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Models & CAPS

What do you get when you combine glamorous fashion models with cute dogs rescued from un-glamorous puppy mills?

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Check out the following pictures of the CAPS table at the "Annual Smithtown Festival Day" in Smithtown, NY.
About 15,000 people attend every year for the various vendors, entertainment, and food.
CAPS NY Director Barbara Dennihy took a booth for the second year in a row to educate consumers about pet shops and puppy mills.
There was lots of interest this year. The huge "Models Against Pet Shops and Puppy Mills" banner had people stopping by all day to ask about the campaign and our work.
Dennihy also spoke about New York State Senate Bill S3753 and how New Yorkers can help get it passed. Passage of this bill will allow local municipalities to regulate pet dealers in NY state communities.
Thank you Barbara for your hard work and dedication!
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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: 2013-05-26
Publication name: Lisle Patch
URL for more info: http://lisle.patch.com/groups/announcements/p/an--protest-the-puppy-mill-parlor-in-lisle
Summary:
Thank you to everyone who tried to protest the Puppy Mill Parlor today! We weren't there for 15 minutes and this wonderful place of legitimate business called the police on us, after yelling at me, "I'm going to kick your a** from here to...." don't know, didn't hear the rest. They then took all their garage sale? merchandise and left. Please join us next Saturday from Noon till 2:00 to educate the public on the fraud that is going on in this store. If you have been sold a sick or dying dog, please visit www.caps-web.org and fill out a pet store complaint form. Thank you!

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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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Thursday, 30 May 2013 10:58

Models Help Put a Cap on Animal Cruelty

Publication/Event date: 2013-05-28
Publication name: Joonbug
URL for more info: http://joonbug.com/national/charity/Models-Help-Put-a-Cap-on-Animal-Cruelty/yvVzkHTWa2T
Summary:
Who knew animal rescue could be so glamorous? Judging by Companion Animal Protection Society’s Models Against Pet Shops and Puppy Mills campaign and its team of captivating activists, it certainly is.

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CAPS' very own Ida McCarthy (CAPS Chicago Campaign Coordinator) was on Broken Breeds radio show last Friday (May 24th).
Click on the link to play the interview!
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/brokenbreeds/2013/05/24/advocates-protest/scrub/709

 

Publication/Event date: 2013-05-24
Publication name: Broken Breeds
URL for more info: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/brokenbreeds/2013/05/24/advocates-protest/scrub/709
Summary: 
In the second part of our Advocacy show, we are looking at the protest outside Puppy Parlor in Lisle, Illinois.
We will be speaking to the lady who started the protests (CAPS Chicago Campaign Coordinator Ida McCarthy), which take place every Saturday from 12pm-2pm.
How did she find out about this place which ranks number two on the HSUS top 100? What made her want to get out there and raise awareness?
Even though the neighbours are against it, why haven't they done anything about it? How can they stand the smell of decaying flesh come from the back of the store?
Listeners are welcome to call our show and ask questions of their own, or tell us about puppy mills they are aware of, or of anything they are doing to help shut down puppy mills.
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Publication/Event date: 2013-05-14
Publication name: CBS Chicago
URL for more info: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/05/14/humane-society-2-of-100-worst-puppy-mills-located-in-illinois/
Summary:
“The only thing that’s going to stop this is to ban the sale of puppies at pet stores,” said Ida McCarthy, Chicago Coordinator of the Companion Animal Protection Society. As many as 30 cities in the U.S. have done just that including Los Angeles. San Diego is the latest considering a ban. In Canada, Toronto has enacted a similar law.

“You have to stop the demand and the puppy mills – where are they going to sell their dogs? There are always going to be puppy mills but there’s not going to be thousands of them like there are now,” she said.

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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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Publication/Event date: 2013-05-11
Publication name: Lisle Patch
URL for more info: http://lisle.patch.com/announcements/puppy-parlor-makes-the-horrible-hundred?fb_action_ids=10151900704588626&fb_action_types=og.recommends&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582
Summary:
Wow! Puppy Parlor in Lisle made the "Horrible Hundred" list! The HSUS has named the top 100 puppy mills throughout the United States with numerous violations against The Animal Welfare Act. They picked out the top two in Illinois, and one is a pet store, guess which one? The award goes to....PUPPY PARLOR in Lisle. Shame on you Lisle City Council for supporting this.

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