Albany, N.Y. – On Thursday, January 9, 2014, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed A.740-A/S.3753-A or the “puppy mill bill” into law. The new legislation, which the New York State legislature passed last summer, will allow local governments, like New York City, to enact stricter laws regarding pet dealers. Municipalities in New York will now be able to pass ordinances like those sponsored by the Companion Animal Protection Society in California, Illinois, and Florida. Continue reading

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Xmas message WylieCute puppies are in high demand during the holidays. During a time when everyone is searching for the perfect gift, people often forget that the cute Labrador with a giant red bow is NOT a toy but a living and breathing being. Unfortunately, many individuals will act on impulse, fall victims to the season’s shopping craze, and buy a puppy from a pet shop window. Here are five compelling reasons not to fall for the trap:

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Costumes, pumpkins, horror movies, and candy! What’s not to love about Halloween? Although you might have your perfect night planned out, your dog (or cat) might not be too excited about this day’s spooky happenings. Being safe doesn’t mean you’ll ruin the fun, though! Just check out the following tips to make this day enjoyable for everyone in your family, fur kids included. Continue reading

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CAPS_picDianne Arp is an animal lover by nature. When she’s not helping companion animals as a licensed veterinary technician and volunteering at the labrador rescue group Great Lakes Lab Rescue, she’s educating the public about the pet shop – puppy mill connection as CAPS’ Chicago outreach coordinator. Dianne has been protesting pet shops since the summer of 2011 when she found out about one of CAPS’ protest events via Facebook. During the past two years, Dianne has participated in peaceful demonstrations against Happiness is Pets stores in Lombard, Arlington Heights and Orland Park, IL and most recently Puppy Parlor in Lisle, IL. Continue reading

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It’s summer, the perfect time of the year to enjoy the big, grandiose outdoors with your four-legged best friend. After a long week of work and routine, you decide to take Fido to play fetch at the park (the one with the green grass, chirping birds, and tall trees). All is fun and games until you notice small bumps latched onto your dog’s skin. What do you do? Continue reading

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As her loyal fans know, CAPS Spokesmodel Beatrice has had difficulty seeing over the last few years. So, when she heard that the chance to educate others about dogs with vision problems was available, she asked her CAPS family to do just that. Continue reading

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Meet Oliver, the newest addition to the Howard household. The two-year-old cattle mix joined CAPS President Deborah Howard, his canine siblings Spencer, Wylie, and CAPS Spokesmodel Beatrice, and his feline siblings Jack and Miles on April 13. His story begins, believe it or not, with an image posted by Spalding County Animal Shelter volunteer Suzy Bailey on Facebook urging the online community to adopt a sweet-looking boy named Bard before March 29. It was love at first sight. Continue reading

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Today we celebrate Earth Day, 24 hours out of an entire year dedicated to that beautiful planet we call home. We all know by now that our decisions play a key role on the environment’s health. If you changed your light bulbs, switched to organic food, came home with a compost heap, commuted, and rode your bike to work, rest assured there’s more you can do. Just like humans have a carbon footprint, animals have a carbon paw print. Read on to learn about the many ways you can help nature and your yapping best friend by making wiser, if not healthier choices: Continue reading

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Carmen, the CAPS canine columnist (Ask Carmen), was rescued off the streets of Puerto Rico by CAPS in 1996.  She had severe mange and was underweight. Deborah Howard’s then husband, Tom, photographed her during a trip and several months later, thanks to multiple arrangements with Nilsa Diaz from Ciudadanos Pro Animales de Aguadilla, rescued her and took the feisty sata (Spanish word for street dog) back to the states. Her arrival made headlines after a press conference that addressed the plight of homeless dogs in the tropical island.

During her happy days next to her human family, Carmen enjoyed sunbathing, warm and sunny days, and spending her free time next to her adoptive father while he worked, read, watched TV, and slept. She went on to become a respected canine advice columnist who relied on a panel of experts (a la Ann Landers), including CAPS board member Dr. Don Allen.

Carmen passed away on March 21, 2011 at the age of 17. She will be missed.

For more information about the Save A Sato Foundation, a non-profit that rescues Puerto Rican street dogs and places them in no kill shelters on the mainland U.S., please visit their website at www.saveasato.org.

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If you live in New England, you’ve probably noticed winter is no laughing matter. The roads get slippery, the cold freezes to the bone, heaters dry skin, blistery winds crack lips, and the salt on the sidewalks ruins jeans and shoes. Sure, the summer time heat is a pain in the you know where, but numb limbs and noses are equally annoying. We complain and complain about itchy sweaters and smelly scarves, but have you put any thought into dear, old Fido? Continue reading

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