Posts Tagged ‘human-animal bond’

Spice Up Your Life!

Spice Up Your Life!

Posted by Pia

Oooh how excited I am to tell you about my recent visit with the lovely Ms. Pepper!
Pepper is the adorable little pooch I was fostering last fall until finding her the perfect home on the east coast. On a recent trip to NYC, I got to see her for the first time since re-homing her, …

Bunny Love

Bunny Love

Posted by Pia

In my quest to learn more about bunnies, I had the good fortune to speak with Cindy Stutts, an educator for the House Rabbit Society, and bunny parent herself. Not only did she offer invaluable advice for anyone considering getting a bunny but she also has these lovable buns available for adoption. See the end …

Animals Have BFFs* Too!

Animals Have BFFs* Too!

Posted by Pia

Last week I reported on all the fun we have shooting the Martha show live with some adorable shelter animals. (Meet them here!)
One of the most important points we did not get to address on the show is regarding the many advantages of adopting a bonded pair of animals. Just have a look …

Backstage at

Backstage at "Martha"

Posted by Pia

Last Thursday some of you may have caught me and a few adorable adoptable critters live with Martha on the show. We answered viewer questions and shared some things you might not know about animals commonly found in shelters. What a fun adventure it was!
Martha even mentioned this blog! She said she enjoys …

This Little Piggy Went To Sanctuary, Part 2

This Little Piggy Went To Sanctuary, Part 2

Posted by Pia

As promised I am here to report that Elf, the 400-pound piggy originally slated for slaughter, is safe, sound and chomping on alfalfa at California’s Animal Acres sanctuary for farm animals. The journey to this new home went smoothly, but was understandably bittersweet for Alexa and her mom, who had raised Elf from a piglet. …

This Little Piggy, Part 1

This Little Piggy, Part 1

Posted by Pia

As you can imagine, I get many emails each day requesting help for animals in need. And it’s not just dogs and cats who need help. Rabbits, birds, goats, chickens and, in the case I’m sharing today, a 400-pound pig named Elf, are looking for permanent homes as well.
Meet Alexa. Having raised Elf from a …

A Heart the Size of Texas

A Heart the Size of Texas

Posted by Pia

I recently reported on West Hollywood’s passage of a landmark ban on pet stores selling dogs and cats other than those from shelters. Texas-based Chardonnay and Sir Lancelot, now part of a loving home, are just two examples of dogs who have endured the cruelty this ordinance seeks to bring to an end.
Chardonnay and Sir …

Special Indeed

Special Indeed

Posted by Pia

While I always love to hear about an animal being adopted from the shelter, the stories of special needs animals being given a second chance especially warm my heart! Meet Darla….
“Special needs” actually covers a broad spectrum of conditions and abilities. Some special needs animals require continued care such as assistance with walking …

Compassionate Public Policy

Compassionate Public Policy

Posted by Pia

This past week the City of West Hollywood took a landmark stand for shelter animals like these cuties!
In a compassionate and historic move led by council member Jeffrey Prang, this progressive city council voted to give shelter animals a fighting chance. The recently passed ordinance prohibits pet stores from selling cats and dogs other than …

A Dramatic Rescue - Why not 1,000 More?

A Dramatic Rescue - Why not 1,000 More?

Posted by Pia

Last week the nation watched on pins and needles as a stranded dog was saved from drowning in the overflowing Los Angles River. Nature doesn’t discriminate among those she affects, and thankfully, neither did the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The dog rescued in that brave effort has become known in the many follow-up stories in the …