Posts Tagged ‘social justice and animals’

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 …

An Easy Way to Help

An Easy Way to Help

Posted by Pia

As we gear up for the Purina ONE Tour for Heroes in February, I wanted to tell you about a great way to let people know about adoptable animals that also helps feed homeless pets. Just visit MarthaStewart.com/pet-adoption between January 15 and March 31, 2010, find an adoptable pet using the search tool, and …

Horses of Any and All Colors...

Horses of Any and All Colors...

Posted by Pia

As a little girl growing up in New York City I did not have much interaction with horses.  I recall seeing the carriage horses waiting for tourists outside of Central Park and felt a sadness as I knew if they had a choice they’d likely choose to be running in pastures with their kin.
Through my …

When it comes to keeping New Year's Resolutions...

Posted by Pia

Our furry friends may be just what the doctor ordered!
It is certainly not news that as one year closes, many humans designate resolutions to improve their lives in the year ahead. Makes me wonder if our companion animals do the same thing. What might they resolve to do? Nap more? Fetch sticks with greater accuracy? …

Teamwork and Friendship

Teamwork and Friendship

Posted by Pia

The story of a dog named Georgie, the strength of a friend and some good, old-fashioned teamwork.
Hello friends! It is the end of a long, emotional few days — but ones that have me reflecting on the value of our fellow creatures, humans included. My recent adventures began with efforts to secure the safety of …

A Visit to Martha in Support of Adoption

A Visit to Martha in Support of Adoption

Posted by Pia

If you caught The Martha Stewart Show on Tuesday you saw a great segment on pet adoption and the importance of spay/neuter. Barbara Fight, a dog-loving producer at Martha and good friend, did a wonderful job showcasing some lovable animals needing homes. She asked me to provide an adoptable dog from Adopt-a-Pet.com to be at …

Ms. Pepper's Journey, Part 2

Ms. Pepper's Journey, Part 2

Posted by Pia

Last week I shared the benefits of fostering and introduced you to my latest foster, Pepper.  I also promised that her story would have a happy ending. In reality, Pepper finding her forever home isn’t an end at all —  It’s a wonderful new beginning!  Naturally, our parting pulled at my heart strings.  I will …