Fireworks by Garret Ward

Fireworks by Garret Ward

The 4th of July is a great holiday to spend quality time with loved ones while celebrating the birth of our great nation. The combination of colorful fireworks, delicious food, warm weather, and great company makes Independence Day a fun and joyous yearly festivity. Unfortunately, what might seem fun for humans isn’t always that fun for our four-legged companions. July 5th is often a busy day for many animal shelters due to panicked animals who get lost, injured, or disoriented trying to seek shelter from loud noises and bright flashes of light.
Please take a moment off your busy schedule and read the following tips to keep Fifi and Fido safe and sound during your holiday celebration. Continue reading

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unnamedToday, Suffolk County became the first in New York State to sign a ‘puppy mill’ law. Even though it won’t be an outright ban, it will implement stricter rules for pet dealers and prohibit the sale of animals from proven puppy mills. The ‘Puppy Mill Bill’ also brings transparency to the pet dealer business by requiring pet shops to provide the latest USDA inspection reports upon request. After the bill was signed, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone presented the pen used to CAPS New York Director Barbara Dennihy in recognition of her hard work.

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Suffolk County Legislature approved an amendment that will require more disclosure from pet stores and prohibit the sale of animals from proven puppy mills. Continue reading

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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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