Companion Keeper
Written by Ava   

Kate Natrass Atema  is a companion in her own right.  As the Companion Animals Program Director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) she's a best friend both to cats and dogs and to the people that benefit from the many community projects around the world which she coordinates. in order to help cats and dogs. 

More so, she's a teacher, who teaches her students, peers, and animal lovers how to do the same.  Still, what's one Companion Animals director with an organization behind her to see her through.  The International Fund for Animal Welfare was originally founded merely to stop Canada's baby seal hunt but now has grown worldwide to help animals (like companion animals) in 15 countries.

We had the chance to talk to Kate about her role at IFAW and how animals around the world are benefitting from IFAW treatment.

What do you do in your role as Companion Animals Program Director?

My job is to ensure that we are doing the best work for as many dogs and cats around the world as possible. 

Must Love Dogs
Written by Ava   

As a dog rescuer, Amy Hunt sees abuse, neglect, and cruel treatment to pups on a daily basis, but she remains surprisingly optimistic about the rescue experience and its results.  While the world remains greedy and lazy about puppy mills and pet shops, she hopes to help educate communities on why dogs shouldn't be toted as trophies at a pet store.  

We talked to Amy about what makes the dog rescue experience so important to her, so much so that she's become the Ohio State Rep for Russell Rescue, a national network of volunteers dedicated to placing unwanted, displaced, or abandoned Jack Russell Terriers into permanent homes and at the same time, founded Multiple Breed Rescue, an organization for mix breed dogs that don't fall into a breed specific rescue.  

She's also started her own dog rescuer's blog in order to express the hardships she's encountered when fully throwing herself into the dog rescuing process.  

So far so good as Amy is on her way to being a true hero in the dog rescue area.

PBRC To The Rescue!
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Regardless of how lovable you may think they are, pit bulls need rescuing just as much as any other kind of dog.  In fact, according to statistics, pit bull type dogs are the most abused and misunderstood dogs in the US! And they need caretakers and loving homes!

Marcy Setter, a volunteer for Pit Bull Rescue Central explains why they need saving and what her organization, a virtual pet shelter and educational resource center, is doing to help the cause. 

What is Pit Bull Rescue Central and what are its goals?

Pit Bull Rescue Central, Inc. (PBRC) is an online virtual shelter and educational resource center for owners, rescuers, caretakers and shelters dedicated to the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier and pit bull mixes.  PBRC has been on-line since 1996 and became a 501(c) 3, in July of 2002.  Our organization is 100% volunteer run.  PBRC volunteers come across the United States, Canada and Europe.  Our volunteers are extremely knowledgeable and include: veterinarians, technicians, dog trainers, shelter personnel, rescuers and pit bull owners.

Like an Alley Cat
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Perhaps Sixties singer Peggy Lee put it best when she sang about a man who had more than just her on his arm: 

He goes on the prowl each night,
Like an alley cat.
Looking for some new delight,
Like an alley cat.

Unfortunately, alley cats are stereotypically known for being just as the singer describes: sneaky, cunning, conniving, and always on the prowl. 

Ironically, as Maggie Funkhouser knows, they are so much more lovable than that when you take them into your home.  And the organization Alley Cat Rescue: The National Cat Protection Association, is making it that much easier to do so.  Maggie, a spokesperson for the organization, tell us these cats can be surprisingly lovable and often in need of human assistance.  

The Great Tortoise Rescue
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Don't confuse tortoises with sea turtle. They aren't one and the same.  Susan made that quite clear to me when I interviewed the founder of the American Tortoise Rescue organization. "Don't worry," she said, "It's confusing for most people."

It's quite simple.  Tortoises dwell on land, while their marine cousins, sea turtles, make their home in the sea.  

Unfortunately, both are endangered species and in need of some serious rescuing.  

The American Tortoise Rescue is a place for info about the care, feeding, and rehabilitation of endangered and captive-bred tortoises.  They help to abolish "live market" slaughter of turtles, illegal selling of hatchlings, and the importation and exportation of a variety of tortoise species and keep them away from everyday threats. 

Though they have rescued well over 3,000 turtles and tortoises (which Susan will tell you about later), they house, give or take, about 125 of them.

The Best Friend
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Will there ever be a day where no more homeless pets roam the streets? Best Friends Animal Society says yes and they're working on it! 

The non-profit charity organization works with shelters, rescue groups, and their own members to ensure stray cats, dogs and other animals are sheltered, adopted, and taken care of for the rest of their life.

They've opened their own sanctuary in Angel Canyon, Utah provide programs for adoption, spay/neutering and education and manage the Best Friend Network among loads of other services.

The group was started in Arizona in the 1970s when a group of animal enthusiasts were fed up with various humane societies who felt they had no choice but to kill off animals rather then provide programs for adoption and rehabilitation.


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