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Tuesday, 11 October 2011 20:00

Irvine bans retail sales of dogs, cats

Carole Sax, CAPS Los Angeles Volunteer Coordinator, spoke at the Irvine City Council Meeting.

Picture courtesy of Brenda Calvillo

Publication/Event date: 2011-10-11
Publication name: The Orange County Register
IRVINE – The latest chapter in a fast-growing debate over animal welfare in puppy mills and other venues played out Tuesday night in Irvine, where elected officials backed government intervention to safeguard pets and animals used for entertainment.
On a 4-1 vote that drew a standing ovation, the City Council banned retail sales of dogs and cats, rodeos and circuses featuring exotic animals.
Dahli Brandt bought a sick puppy from Barkworks and she filed a complaint with the Companion Animal Protection Society. Thank you to Macerich and the Irvine Company for making the right decisions. Now if only the Petland chain in the U.S. would follow the decision of Petland Canada with 37 stores to go humane, which followed the decision of PJ's, another Canadian chain to go humane.

Publication/Event date: 2011-10-11

Publication name: Global Animal
Global Animal just received news that shopping center developer Macerich is banning sales of live animals in more than 70 malls across the US. This new humane policy designed to break the puppy mill business chain is taking effect nationwide within 30 days. Macerich confirmed that they will not renew the leases of existing pet stores that sell animals and in their place, are opening humane stores offering adoptions of rescued pets.
Some of the high profile shopping malls include Los Angeles’ Westside Pavilion, which is opening a rescue store this month in association with the nonprofit Friends of LA Shelters, Scottsdale’s Fashion Square, Chesterfield Towne Center in Richmond, Virginia, and Santa Monica Place.
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 20:00

The Spookiest Halloween Fundraiser for CAPS

Orange County's Biggest Halloween Bash

$15 cash admission at door, includes raffle ticket, light supper,
HH Drinks from 7:30-8:30pm, FREE parking.
Don't miss best costume prizes, mingling with OC's awesome animal lovers, and great music!
October 29, 2011
7:30pm - 12:30am

Our party will be hosted at the elegant Annabel 81, Newport's newest trendy restaurant. Annabel 81 will be turned into a spooky, delightful playground for our members and guests.

4647 McArthur Blvd.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 784 - 0331

This is a fundraiser for CAPS
Companion Animal Protection Society
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 20:00

Leading protests for the love of the dogs

If you live nearby Lombard, Illinois and would like to join a protest event, check out the Happiness is NOT Pets Facebook event page for details.

Publication/Event date: 2011-10-24
Publication name: My Suburban Life
Two Saturdays each month, rain or shine, Ida McCarthy can be found with a group of people protesting outside a Lombard pet store.
They’re upset, she said, because the store, and eight others throughout DuPage County, sell puppies that were bred under inhumane conditions in puppy mills.
More than three years ago, McCarthy joined a group called the Companion Animal Protection Society, which campaigns for humane protection of companion animals in pet stores and puppy mills.
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If you live nearby Lombard, Illinois and would like to join a protest event, please contact us for details.
Publication/Event date: 2011-10-30
Publication name: Blog with me/ Ida McCarthy
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Happiness is pets in Chicago should be held libel for fraud. They have a fancy new website with a section called "Happiness is pets and puppy mills." Take a look at the site and see the cages, they are like aquariums.
They put the puppies in the aquariums with the plastic or wire bottoms so their little paws fall through all day and night. Nobody there to oversee them at night. What if they have to go out in the middle of the night? They just sit in their poop. And what about during the day? Has anyone EVER drove by a puppy store and seen puppies outside? Nope, they are stuck in the cages. I wonder if they find dead dogs in the morning after leaving them alone all night in the store. Sometimes puppies have seizures and all other kinds of things....they're puppies. They should be watched all day and night while they are in their puppy years. NO REPUTABLE BREEDER would even think of doing this to their puppies.
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CAPS San Diego Campaign Coordinator Sydney Cicourel would like to sincerely thank the Westfield Horton Plaza management in San Diego for making the humane decision to not execute a lease to a puppy seller called San Diego Puppy. Cicourel stated, "After a long discussion with Michael McIntosh, General Manager of Horton Plaza, it was decided that having such a tenant would be contraindicated for their business model."

CAPS commends this decision and hopes that perhaps Westfield may just become the example for other shopping centers considering tenants selling products rooted in cruelty! CAPS is also looking to discuss the "humane model" with Westfield regional corporate headquarters across the US.

Again, sincere thanks to Michael McIntosh and the entire management team at Westfield Horton Plaza!
If you live nearby Lombard, Illinois and would like to join a protest event, please contact us for details.

Publication/Event date: 2011-11-21

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The picture of a cute puppy in the window of a pet store waiting to be sold to a happy family is an endearing one. That is the picture projected in a 1950’ television production of Patti Page singing her hit record “How much is that doggie in the window?"

Today, Ms. Page sings a different tune. She now sings “Do you see that Doggie in the shelter?” Page claims she changed her mind about pet store puppies when she learned of “pet stores having mass breeding places and thought how terrible that was.”

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This article discusses the USDA's Office of Inspector General Report based on a two year OIG audit and investigation, which was prompted by a two hour meeting CAPS had with them in May 2006 in which we presented investigation reports, video footage and photographs of USDA licensed puppy mill breeders and brokers. Our reports, which cite AWA violations, compared our findings to those of the inspectors.

Publication/Event date: 2011-11-28

Publication name: Tulsa World

URL for more info:;articleid=20111128_16_A1_AUSDep413738

A 2010 U.S. Department of Agriculture report featuring disturbing images from Oklahoma kennels shows the need for state regulation of commercial dog breeders, the head of the state board in charge of that process says.

"It's atrocious," said Oklahoma Commercial Pet Breeders Board Chairman Angel Soriano. "How can we say we don't need legislation in this area?"

But an attorney for dog breeders who are challenging the constitutionality of the state's rules has a different take on the report.

Read more from this Tulsa World article at;articleid=20111128_16_A1_AUSDep413738
CAPS wants you to shop at Kindred Spirits Gift Shop, LLC TODAY, December 2nd, 2011. You will need to "Like" the gift shop's page so you can participate in the festivities! 25% of all purchases of jewelry handcrafted especially for us critter lovers and 10% of all purchases through the entire gift shop are being donated to CAPS. Oh, and there's two other pieces being offered to the highest bidder. $$ to CAPS! Now, that's something to WOOF about! ♥

Remember to "LIKE" Facebook Page

This is an all-day event ending at 11:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (U.S.)
All sales made today, a portion of the purchases will be donated to CAPS. Place orders as normal in the gift shop. However, the auction necklaces -- three below -- you have to "bid" right under the piece picture in the "Comment" section on the Facebook page. The highest bidder wins the piece, and 50% of the bid price of the auction pieces gets donated to CAPS.

Click to LIKE the page
Shelly from PoochParkWear Custom T-Shirts and Hoodies for Dogs is donating a custom doggie t-shirt today to help CAPS. Please click on the link, choose the t-shirt of your choice, color, size and what you want it to say, then e-mail Shelly at Be sure to tell her you are from Kindred Spirits, and she will do the rest! Woof!

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