Meet and mingle with new and old friends at South Shore Living magazine's kick-off party for our March 2014 "Most Influential Women on the South Shore" issue. Join us as we celebrate the area's most influential women in person, including CAPS President Deborah Howard.

The River Club
78 Border Street 
Scituate, MA 02066

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

More information:
http://www.ssliving.com/South-Shore-Living/Celebrate-Women-Launch-Party/

Published in CAPS News
Publication/Event date: 2013-12-29
Publication name: The Boston Globe
URL for more info: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/south/2013/12/29/animal-protection-advocate-from-hull-expanding-reach/ao5Xjz5MGsF3tMOMn4AKVL/story.html
Summary:
RESCUE MISSION: Deborah Howard is seeking local help in preventing cruelty to animals in pet shops and the so-called puppy mills that supply them.

Howard founded the Cohasset-based Companion Animal Protection Society in 1992, and has since taken her fight nationwide. Though the pet-store issue isn’t as big in Massachusetts (there are no pet shops in Boston, she said), there are chain pet stores in communities across the area, and she’d like to launch protests there.

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Publication/Event date: 2013-09-10
Publication name: Opposing Views
URL for more info: http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/animal-rights/san-diego-puppy-store-owner-david-salinas-defies-pet-shop-puppy-mill-ban#
Summary:
Last week a new ordinance went into effect in the city of San Diego, Calif., making it illegal to sell or offer for sale any commercially bred puppy, kitten or bunny, whether they are from a Midwest puppy mill or a local breeder.

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Publication/Event date: 2013-09-07
Publication name: International Business Times
URL for more info: http://www.ibtimes.com/pet-shop-bans-san-diego-la-albuquerque-elsewhere-underscore-escalating-war-puppy-mills-commercial
Summary:
Remember that doggy in the window? The one with the waggly tail? In some places, he would now be illegal -- no matter how much he costs.

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Tuesday, 30 July 2013 07:42

Treating Farm Animals With Respect

Publication/Event date: 2013-07-27
Publication name: The New York Times
URL for more info: http://kristof.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/27/treating-farm-animals-with-respect/?comments&_r=0#permid=139
Summary:
My Sunday column is a side trip from the issues I mostly write about, and has nothing to do with international relations or politics. Rather, it’s about our ethical obligations to animals.

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Comment by CAPS President Deborah Howard:

"I have long admired your column for addressing human rights issues, especially those of women in third world countries. Please also address the suffering of those animals kept in horrific conditions in thousand of puppy mills in the Midwest, PA and NY (the latter two have mostly Amish mills) in order to produce puppies for pet shop and Internet puppy sales.

The Companion Animal Protection Society, the nonprofit I started more than 20 years ago, has investigated more than 1,000 puppy (and cat) mills, most of them USDA-licensed. Our undercover employment investigation brought down one of the largest and most notorious dog brokers in the country (she had 900 adults dogs and 400 puppies). We were also behind the OIG's scathing report on the USDA's failure to enforce the Animal Welfare Act as it pertains to this industry.

While millions of dog, cats and other companion animals suffer and die in often substandard shelters around the country, uninformed consumers continue to buy, often on impulse, puppies and kittens from pet shops and online. There are 111 pet shops in NYC, Westchester and on Long Island. Meanwhile, the conditions at Animal Care and Control centers in NYC are horrible. Young kittens, often as young as a month or less, are routinely euthanized.

You and your readers can watch our undercover footage, read our investigation reports and learn more about our outreach and ordinance work on our website."

Related article:
The New York Times: Can We See Our Hypocrisy to Animals?

Published in CAPS News
Thursday, 13 June 2013 14:39

Wags 4 Hope and CAPS on Pet Life Radio

Publication/Event date: 2013-06-12
Publication name: Pet Life Radio
URL for more info: http://www.petliferadio.com/awesomeadvocatesep11.html
Summary:
Learn why that doggy in the window costs much more than most of the public realize. Meet Deborah Howard, Companion Animal Protection Society founder and president. Learn about why Howard was horrified when she learned what was behind the doggy in the window, and why she organized CAPS.

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Publication/Event date: 2013-06-01
Publication name: Patriot Ledger
URL for more info: http://www.patriotledger.com/features/x83403367/Cohasset-nonprofit-is-top-dog-in-fight-against-puppy-mills#axzz2UzhzA7LQ
Summary:
COHASSET —Twenty-five years ago, Deborah Howard knew next to nothing about puppy mills. Now she’s a leading crusader against the puppy-mill industry.

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Publication/Event date: 2013-05-31
Publication name: Dog Talk®
URL for more info: http://www.traciehotchner.com/dt/podcasts/Dog_Talk_05_31_13.mp3
Summary:
Announcing This Week's Dog Talk® (and Kitties, too!)
Now Ready For Your Listening Pleasure!
May 31, 2013

Deborah Howard talks about CAPS — the Companion Animal Protection Society — and their extraordinary work as watchdogs of puppy mills and their undercover videotaping of atrocities that have shut down some of the worst offenders; Dr. Teri Meekins is one of the original founders of the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation and her tireless work there — and in the surrounding community, including the Shinnecock Indian reservation — has gained her the award of Best Veterinarian on Long Island, that will be bestowed by The Pet Philanthropy Circle on June 29 at their yearly ceremony on the East End of Long Island; Tracie talks with David from Halo about the cool City Tails NYC Pop-Up store at the corner of 47th and Lexington where Tracie's live shows on the Radio Pet Lady Network will be simul-broadcast into the shop at 8 PM weekdays.

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Publication/Event date: 2013-05-30
Publication name: People.com
URL for more info: http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20703212,00.html
Summary:
Deborah Howard was on her way into an Atlanta mall in November 1989 when she passed by a pet shop displaying adorable puppies in the window.

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Publication/Event date: 2013-05-13
Publication name: Sherman Oaks Patch
URL for more info: http://shermanoaks.patch.com/blog_posts/sherman-oaks-native-leads-national-models-against-pet-shops-and-puppy-mills-campaign
Summary:
Glamorous models and Beatrice, a sassy Basset Hound puppy mill survivor, are the faces of Companion Animal Protection Society’s (CAPS) national campaign designed to educate the public about atrocities in puppy mills and the risks associated with buying dogs at pet shops supplied by these facilities. CAPS Founder and President Deborah Howard is a Sherman Oaks native.

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