Thursday, May 04, 2006

Pets in Housing Bill, Intro. No. 13, New York

For those of you in the New York City area, the Humane Society of the U.S. has put out an all points bulletin regarding an important community meeting on Wednesday, May 17, 2006 from 6-8pm at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center at 208 W. 13th Street ( between 7th and 8th Avenues ), Room 410.

The meeting will be with Council Speaker Christine Quinn who has the power to make or break this bill. Your help is needed to pass this bill, and you can do so by attending yourself or by informing people about this important meeting. Speaker Quinn must know that there are people who care about the issue of living with cats and dogs in a city environment.

The Pets in Housing Bill, Intro. No. 13 provides that once a landlord waives a renter's no-pet clause, the renter can replace the deceased or relocated pet with another pet of the same species. That is, the no pet-pet clause is waived for the entire tenancy, not just for the lifetime of one pet. If, your no-pet clause was waived and you had a pet for a period of time, and the pet dies or was relocated, you can automatically adopt a new pet of the same species, eliminating the need to choose between your apartment or pet.

Any questions, contact Joyce L. Friedman at 1-718-807-6748 or email her at

Do you part. Attend, voice out, or spread the word.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

New Jersey SPCA Chapters

Information is power. The information below, with your participation, can help rectify a bad situation, namely animal cruelty. Listed below are phone numbers for the chapters of the SPCA in New Jersey at the county level. Also listed is the main office at the state level. If you can't reach your local chapter, call the police. If you see cruelty, make the call. Here is the information:

1119 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
800-582-5979 or 732-247-0433



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Monday, May 01, 2006

Chocolates and Dogs, A Bad Mix

You have probably heard it before, but unfortunately some have not...that chocolates and dogs don't mix. Spread the word. Why is it harmful? Chocolate is made with cocoa beans. Cocoa beans contain methylxanthine alkaloids in the form of theobromine and caffeinea and they are toxic to dogs. It is said that we, human beings, stop eating chocolates before we reach toxic levels, but dogs will go on consuming the stuff. Dark chocolates are the worse and white chocolate is the least harmful. But, hey, just forget about it!

There is talk about the amount of chocolate consumed vis-a-vis the weight of the dog before the chocolate consumption becomes toxic, but I'd say it again---just forget about it. Just don't feed your dog chocolates. They are too fatty anyway. As for
symptoms of chocolate poisoning, here they are: from vomiting, diarrhea to panting, excessive thirst, constant urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, and seizures. And, of course, the grand daddy of them all is death. Severe cases will be fatal. The smaller the dog, the lesser the amount of chocolate consumed for poisoning to occur.

If your dog accidentally ate chocolates, try to induce vomiting within the first two hours. I have always had difficulty with this particular advice. How do you induce a dog to vomit? I don't know. I'd say, ascertain the type of chocolate eaten and take the dog to the vet asap. pronto.

Making the move...

Well, it's a beautiful day here in New Jersey. On days like these, I sit out on the front lawn and enjoy the sun and the warmth of spring. Heck, even my 8-pound chihuahua is out there sunning herself. Only a year and a half ago, she was in a dreadful situation at a high-kill animal shelter, and now she is laid out on a lush green lawn with her eyes closed in total relaxation and enjoyment. The saying, " It's a dog's life " is not necessarily a bad one. But, there are plenty of cases where a dog or any animal's life is unacceptable because they live in pain.

I'd like to help but what I can't understand is why the Bergen County Animal Shelter never called back about my application to become a volunteer. Calling them doesn't turn the key either. I reckon they are already fully staffed with kind-hearted animal-lovers like myself. What else can I do but to give monetary assistance if I can't give my time and effort. To this end, I give $20 a month to the ASPCA via Visa card, and I also donate small amounts of money to needy animal shelters in the general area. Every little bit helps.

I have come to realize that being sympathetic to animals, or being an outright animal-lover, doesn't mean that one is taking an important step towards animal welfare. Many people who geniunely love animals do not help out. I feel that to commit an act of kindness requires a leap of faith or conviction on the part of the individual. What I am saying is that there is resistance, or stasis, towards committing an act of kindness. What is an act of kindness? That would be like giving money to animal welfare organizations, or providing a temporary shelter for a dog or cat (fostering), or going out on a limb and intervening in a situation that is cruel to an animal. I feel that even good-hearted people need to be nudged or convinced towards an act of kindness, that helping is not hard to do. There's no reason to be shy about it. Go and do it. There are actual living creatures who will benefit from your kindness.

I continually surf the websites of animal shelters and decide which one would be the recepient of the small amount of money or goods that I can give away that month. All of them need help. I am doing something about what is in my power and control, and many out there are doing their share as well. Think of it as a great gift to yourself---to give to the animals. An animal shelter is never okay; they are not sailing along contently. Help is always needed and welcome. You really have to take your hats off to those people who are on the frontlines against animal cruelty. We are blessed by their presence and by their selfless work.