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Living trust for your pets

August 27, 2012

Many people consider their pets to be family members. Therefore, it is not uncommon for pets to be named as beneficiaries in wills and/or living trusts. Often the bequest for pets includes leaving a large sum to an animal rescue organization or a sanctuary that is instructed to care for and re-home your pets. The problem with… Continue Reading »

Safe summer for your pets

June 11, 2012

As summer approaches, high temperatures can pose dangers to your animals in different ways. There are many articles on summer safety tips for your pets to keep them safe from hyperthermia, dehydration, bug bites and other summer hazards, but many people don’t think about the heightened risk of a dog or cat escaping from the home and being lost…. Continue Reading »

Dogs are pack animals

May 24, 2012

Valentino would not accept Pollyanna when I first adopted her. He was my only dog for six years when she joined our household. When we hiked in the mountains, he gave her a low growl. This went on for two months. He then started getting used to having her around. But not happy. At this point,… Continue Reading »

Dealing with your dog’s declining health

April 25, 2012

When our dogs get older, they start showing all sorts of health problems, just like the way we do. One of the typical issues with large dogs is their weakening back ends. When their hips or spinal nerves deteriorate, dogs typically start dragging their feet/paws. Consequently, their toe nails get worn out and eventually start bleeding. I… Continue Reading »

National Volunteer Month

April 10, 2012

April is National Volunteer Month, not only save a life, but make a family that adopts the dog very happy, and the effects of your deed will last for many years, throughout the dog’s lifetime. Animal control pounds are always full, and consequently, rescue organizations are always full. The difference between the two is that the animal… Continue Reading »

Commitment to your family member

March 11, 2012

A lovely family adopted a sweet blind Mastiff mix from my group, several years ago. They lived in a dog-friendly condo, but they did not realize that their condo rules (CC&Rs) had a weight restriction: Dogs weighing more than 25 lbs. were not allowed. Leyna, the dog they adopted, weighs about 90 lbs. Every resident… Continue Reading »

Doris Day and animal rescue ethics

February 12, 2012

Shortly after I moved here from Tokyo in the ’80s,  because I poured my heart out about how her singing influenced mine as a professional jazz singer. A few weeks later, I received a small single slip of paper soliciting donations without a reply letter. Not only had my heartfelt letter been summarily ignored, but… Continue Reading »

Myth of Rescue

December 15, 2011

I run an animal rescue group, and people often call me the owner of the organization or refer to the rescue group as a business. But I do not “own the business” because 1) this is not a business and 2) no one can own an entity that is registered as a 501(c)(3) California nonprofit… Continue Reading »

Your aging dog

November 14, 2011

When your dog becomes old, while euthanasia is supposed to only be conducted to alleviate an animal’s suffering from incurable and painful disease or injury, not for their own convenience.  Other heartless people discard their dogs in the pound and adopt a puppy. When I witness such people, I often wonder if they realize that… Continue Reading »

‘Meetup’ with your dog

October 18, 2011

I read an article by Peter Lovenheim, ” in the Los Angeles Times several months ago.  He discussed how we are disconnected from our neighbors — we often do not even know who lives next door. It is so true that people almost never have to leave their homes because they can communicate with others… Continue Reading »

Pets and Landlords

August 2, 2011

Day in and day out, the number one reason we hear from people who surrender their dogs is, “My landlord doesn’t allow pets.” As the head of a nonprofit organization, Forte Animal Rescue, and a former Commissioner of the Board of Los Angeles Animal Services, I was invited to a meeting of The Apartment Association… Continue Reading »

Animal control’s temperament testing

May 2, 2011

“Temperament” is defined by W. Handel, in his article, “The Psychological Basis of Temperament Testing,” as: “the sum total of all inborn and acquired physical and mental traits and talents which determines, forms and regulates behavior in the environment.” (Reference:  American Temperament Test Society) Los Angeles former Commissioner on the Board of Animal Services, Laura… Continue Reading »

Adopting a dog vs. replacing your late dog

April 20, 2011

“He looks just like my dog who died last year, ” said a woman who adopted a new dog explaining why she chose him.  Eventually, however, she wanted to relinquish this poor dog because he’s not the same as her late dog. This happens more often than you may think.  It’s understandable that you’d like… Continue Reading »

Whose job is ‘rescue’?

March 23, 2011

When you are running a rescue organization, you receive all kinds of calls.  The majority are quite astonishing.  For instance, this was an actual message left on our rescue group’s voice mail system, “I’m getting married and I have to get rid of my dog because my fiancé doesn’t do dogs.” Another remarkable email we… Continue Reading »

When a dog gets hit by a car

February 25, 2011

My dog got hit by a car today. We were crossing a street. Both directions were totally clear, no sight of a car even in distance. Then a woman driver in a SUV drove out of a driveway, not looking in front of her at all. As I saw her SUV coming towards us, it was like… Continue Reading »

Adoption policy — How strict is too strict?

January 27, 2011

One of my neighbors’ dog died. She was a Pit Bull he saved from the street over 10 years ago. She must have been 14 years old or so when she passed. She wasn’t particularly good with other dogs, so her guardian, I’ll call “Ron,” went through a lot to work with her, and she… Continue Reading »

Wonder of Life

November 5, 2010

Not only do we rescuers advocate for spay and neuter of companion animals, it is the law in the City, as well as the County, of Los Angeles. After hearing our lecture on spay/neuter, some people still say they want to have their dog breed just one litter of puppies to show their children the… Continue Reading »

Dog Lover vs. Pet Lover

October 6, 2010

When you watch  if your dog is afraid of skateboarders, you need someone to pass by you and your dog on a skateboard, over and over again. If a dog needs to learn to coexist with other dogs, Cesar takes her to his camp where dozens of his canine assistants will help accomplish the task. My… Continue Reading »

Dogs and Toddlers

September 28, 2010

People get married, have a kid or two, and feel it’s time to add a family dog. This is all natural and nothing is wrong with it, but there are many rescue groups that decline homes with kids under 5 years old. Delaware Puppy Rescue cites on its website: “Until [7 years old] a child cannot reliably… Continue Reading »