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CAPS Rescue Fund

GizmoThe CAPS Rescue Fund benefits from your support. CAPS has rescued a number of puppy mills dogs during its investigations of USDA licensed facilities. We have placed most of these dogs in wonderful homes. A few older dogs are in long-term foster care, and CAPS is responsible for the cost of their care. Not only will your donation help with the expenses for the foster dogs, but it will also help cover veterinary bills, including spaying and neutering, for additional dogs that we rescue from puppy mills.

Gizmo

Gizmo, Spring 2002. He has a wonderful home and his fur is growing back.

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Tuesday, 29 December 2009 17:14

PayPal Donations Help / FAQ

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PayPal Donations Help / FAQ

Q: How are donations processed?

A: CAPS uses PayPal to process donations. After you fill out and select to have your donation processed on our site the donation information is sent to the official PayPal site to be processed. 



Q:
Do you store our credit card info?
A: We, CAPS, do not store or even see your credit card information. That all transpires on www.paypal.com.



Q: Do I have to have a PayPal account to donate?

A: No, if you don't, after you are redirected to the PayPal website, please select the small "Continue" link  in the left column to pay by credit card.  However, if you attempt to use a credit card already on file with your email address, PayPal will recognize it and stop you.  You will get a response like:

"You cannot use an e-mail address or card number that belongs to an existing PayPal account. If you have a PayPal account, please log in. If you don't, please change the e-mail address or card number and try again."

You either have to log into your PayPal account and do it that way or use an alternate credit card if you have one that is not linked to a PayPal account.
PayPal Must Log in


Q: I tried to pay using PayPal but it does not recognize my password, and of course I cannot use the "Continue" link because I only have one credit card and it is linked to my email address. What do I do?

A: This is tough because the problem is on their system, not CAPS.  The real solution is to follow the PayPal process to get your password reset.  Whether you do it now or later, this is something you might want to get fixed.  Try this number for PayPal, 1-888-221-1161, and  prepared to persist with accuracy until desired results.

However if that does not work you can send in a donation by postal mail or we can submit your donation through Network for Good.

Monday, 30 March 2009 10:01

CAPS Professional Services

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CAPS Professional Services

John Maher
General Counsel
New York City, NY
www.rvblaw.com/John-T-Maher.html

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Web design and development, Small business solutions
Metro Denver, CO
www.dottedi.biz

RQ Tek
Information Technology
Metro Boston, MA
www.rqtek.com

Sample and Bailey
CPA Firm
Fort Collins, CO
www.sampleandbailey.com

Bob B. Bob Productions
Video Editing and Production
Los Angeles, CA
www.Bobbbob.com

Monday, 30 March 2009 10:01

CAPS Advisory Board

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CAPS Advisory Board


Bob Meetin
Web Developer for CAPS
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Colorado 

Josh Colvin
Operations Manager & Cruelty Intervention Coordinator
Animal Care & Control Center
Animal Rescue League of Iowa
www.arl-iowa.org
Iowa

Mary LaHay
Director
Iowa Voters for Companion Animals
http://iavotersforcompanionanimals.org/index.html
Iowa

Jan Price
Saving Death Row Dogs
www.savingdeathrowdogs.com
Kansas

Pam Sordyl
Director
Puppy Mill Awareness Meetup
http://www.meetup.com/puppymillawareness
Michigan

Nancy Minion
Co-founder and President
Second Chance Animal Rescue
www.secondchancerescue.org
Minnesota

Ann Olson
Director of Animal Folks Minnesota
www.animalfolksmn.org
Minnesota

Bob Baker
Executive Director
Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation
www.maal.org
Missouri

Libby Williams
Director
Pet Watch New Jersey
www.pwnj.org
New Jersey

Mary O’Connor-Shaver
Founder and Director
Ban Ohio Dog Auctions
www.banohiodogauctions.com
Ohio

Ruth Steinberger
Director
Spay First
www.spayfirst.oklahomamediagroup.com
Oklahoma
Monday, 30 March 2009 10:01

Board Members & Advisory Board

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CAPS Board Members

Deborah A. Howard
President and Chairman of the Board

deborah howards blog2.ld2As president of CAPS, Ms. Howard is responsible for overall management, program planning, and reporting.  Furthermore, she handles public relations, investigations, legislative involvement, membership development, fund-raising, consumer and employee relations, and development of educational materials.

Ms. Howard has extensive experience in the communications field.  
Prior to starting CAPS, she ran an Atlanta-based public relations agency, Howard Communications.  She was formerly with Porter/Novelli -- the lead PR agency with the Omnicom Group -- in San Francisco. Ms. Howard worked with “Dateline” for over a year to prepare an expose of the multimillion dollar pet shop and puppy mill trade.  “A Dog’s Life,” which was over an hour in length, aired in two-parts in the spring of 2000.  Viewers were shocked at the inhumane conditions at puppy mills that provide dogs to pet shops and appalled at USDA’s Deputy Administrator of APHIS Ron DeHaven’s smug indifference to the horrid conditions at two USDA licensed facilities.  They sent more than 9,000 letters and emails to NBC, the second largest response to any “Dateline” program in its history.  “A Dog’s Life” won a Genesis award in 2001. 



Ms. Howard has also generated stories on the pet shop/puppy mill issue with Reader’s Digest, Life, People, Detroit Free Press, The Philadelphia Inquirer (two front page articles), CNN “20/20” (three times), “Hard Copy,” “Marketplace” (CBC) and with numerous television news programs and newspapers around the country. As a public relations professional, Ms. Howard handled a number of national accounts.  The newspaper placements for her PR clients included the Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press, The Miami Herald, The Baltimore Sun, and Dallas Morning News.  

Ms. Howard’s numerous magazine placements included U.S. News and World Report, Consumers Digest, Rolling Stone, Elle, Vogue, GQ, Cosmopolitan, Better Homes & Gardens, Working Woman, and Entrepreneurial Woman. Ms. Howard has also worked as a radio news reporter and anchorwoman. 



After graduating from New College of Florida with a BA in Political Science, Ms. Howard earned a law degree from Santa Clara University.

John T. Maher
General Counsel

John Maher is an attorney licensed to practice before all Courts in the State of New York. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his law degree from the New York Law School, and was admitted to the New York Bar in 1990. He is also admitted to the bar of the State of Connecticut and in numerous federal courts nationwide.  

Mr. Maher began his legal career at the law firm of Nourse and Bowles and later became a principal at several firms including The Law Office of John T. Maher, P.C. where he practiced for many years. He is currently of counsel at Russin, Vecchi, Berg & Bernstein LLP and also serves as general counsel for the Companion Animal Protection Society.  

As an attorney, he has represented a variety of individual and corporate clients in various legal areas including securities, employment law, intellectual property, corporate transactions, and First Amendment issues.

Mr. Maher has served as an arbitrator of securities cases at the New York Stock Exchange and is the author of a legal book and several legal journal articles and has reviewed, commented on, and modified proposed securities regulation legislation that became enacted as law.  

Mr. Maher has practiced Animal Law, which includes First Amendment issues for over twenty years. He has handled several First Amendment cases brought against protesters, and in every case has succeeded in getting the case dismissed. In addition to CAPS, he has represented, inter alia, Best Friends Animal Society, Smiling PitBull Rescue, the New York State League of Humane Voters, the Global Justice Alliance, and many smaller animal organizations and individuals involved in animal rights, welfare and legislative campaigns and issues.

Mr. Maher also teaches Animal Law as an Adjunct Law Professor at the Touro Law Center in Central Islip, New York and regularly speaks at Animal Law symposia and events. He has also participated in drafting many legislative measures concerning Animal Law, which have subsequently been enacted in various municipalities nationwide.

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Illinois Director


CAPS Advisory Board


Bob Meetin
Web Developer for CAPS
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www.dottedi.biz
Colorado 

Josh Colvin
Operations Manager & Cruelty Intervention Coordinator
Animal Care & Control Center
Animal Rescue League of Iowa
www.arl-iowa.org
Iowa

Mary LaHay
Director
Iowa Voters for Companion Animals
http://iavotersforcompanionanimals.org/index.html
Iowa

Jan Price
Saving Death Row Dogs
www.savingdeathrowdogs.com
Kansas

Pam Sordyl
Director
Puppy Mill Awareness Meetup
http://www.meetup.com/puppymillawareness
Michigan

Nancy Minion
Co-founder and President
Second Chance Animal Rescue
www.secondchancerescue.org
Minnesota

Ann Olson
Director of Animal Folks Minnesota
www.animalfolksmn.org
Minnesota

Bob Baker
Executive Director
Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation
www.maal.org
Missouri

Libby Williams
Director
Pet Watch New Jersey
www.pwnj.org
New Jersey

Mary O’Connor-Shaver
Founder and Director
Ban Ohio Dog Auctions
www.banohiodogauctions.com
Ohio

Ruth Steinberger
Director
Spay First
www.spayfirst.oklahomamediagroup.com
Oklahoma

 


 

Monday, 05 January 2009 16:03

Deborah Howard, President of CAPS

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Deborah Howard's Biography

Founder of the Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS), Deborah Howard is also chairman of the Board of Directors. 

Prior to founding CAPS, Ms. Howard worked on major accounts for one of the largest Public Relations firms in the U.S. and eventually started her own firm.  Utilizing this experience, Howard has generated publicity on the pet shop and puppy mill issue with CNN, "Dateline," "20/20," "Hard Copy," Reader's Digest, LIFE, People, Detroit Free Press, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Boston Globe, South Shore Living Magazine, and numerous local television news stations and newspapers. 

Ms. Howard has a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from New College of Florida, and a Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara Law.  Originally from Los Angeles, California, she now resides on the South Shore of Boston with her family, including four dogs (Spencer, Beatrice, Wylie, and Oliver) and two cats (Jack and Miles).

Wednesday, 03 December 2008 13:43

Consumer Education through Media

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Consumer Education through Media

To raise awareness about the horrors of the pet shops and puppy mills, CAPS has generated stories with the following media: CNN, "Dateline," "20/20," "Hard Copy," Reader's Digest, Life, People, Detroit Free Press, The Philadelphia Inquirer (two front page articles) and numerous local television news stations and newspapers

CAPS worked for more than a year with Dateline to prepare "A Dog's Life," the in-depth report on pet shops and puppy mills that aired on April 26 and May 10 of 2000. This well-researched piece focused not only on Petland, the largest chain in the country, and the puppy mills that deal with Petland and other pet shops, but also on the American Kennel Club's and USDA's roles in this tragic problem. "A Dog's Life" won a Genesis award in the network newsmagazine category.

Viewers were shocked at the inhumane conditions at puppy mills that provide dogs to pet shops and appalled at USDA's Ron DeHaven's smug indifference to the horrid conditions at two USDA licensed facilities. They sent more than 9,000 letters and e-mails to NBC, the second largest response to any "Dateline" program in its history. CAPS was inundated with hundreds of e-mails and phone calls. A number of people who purchased sick or dying puppies submitted complaints by using CAPS' on-line form.

"Dateline" tried to show photos from the McVeigh raid to Ron DeHaven. The USDA inspector, a former federally licensed dog broker, had found no violations just six weeks prior to the raid. The McVeigh pens had no food or water. Some dogs had starved to death and their remains were found on the property.

Thursday, 20 November 2008 22:35

Complaint forms: CAPS and State Attorney General

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CAPS Complaint Form:

Select the CAPS Complaint Form to submit a complaint regarding your pet shop or online purchase.  It can also be used to register a complaint against a puppy mill.

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State Attorney General complaint forms

Thursday, 23 October 2008 00:05

Programs - Companion Animal Protection Society

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CAPS Programs

MollyResearch and Investigations

USDA Licensed Dog Breeding and Brokering Facilities

As the only national nonprofit dedicated exclusively to protecting companion animals, CAPS' foremost concern is the abuse and suffering of pet shop and puppy mill dogs. CAPS investigators are an integral part of our organization. We investigate federally licensed commercial dog breeders and brokers to determine: (1) compliance with local, state and federal (the Animal Welfare Act) laws; (2) humane treatment of animals. CAPS works with state humane investigators and submits documentary evidence to local prosecutors.

Since 1995, CAPS' focus has been on the USDA's failure to enforce the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) as it pertains to commercial dog breeders and brokers. In order to document AWA violations, CAPS investigates federally licensed facilities in the Midwest and Pennsylvania (more than 1000 since 1997). Based on our years of investigative experience, CAPS has concluded that although the AWA gives the USDA the power to license, inspect and regulate breeders and brokers who deal in dogs for commercial purposes, the USDA's implementation of the AWA has been grievously insufficient - fulfilling neither the letter nor the intent of the AWA. The USDA's rules are too often ignored, not only by those who are regulated but also by the regulators themselves.

CAPS is requesting oversight hearings on the USDA's failure to enforce the AWA, advocating changes to the AWA and recommending new policies regarding the actions of USDA inspectors. CAPS visits Washington, DC several times a year and continues to present documentary evidence to top USDA officials and members of Congress.

Pet Shops

CAPS works with members, local animal welfare groups and the public to monitor pet shop conditions and to ascertain the names of breeders and brokers. We investigate some of these breeders and brokers.

Public Outreach and Education

Media Relations

CAPS has a targeted media relations program that exposes companion animal abuse, particularly the plight of pet shop and puppy mill dogs. We provide information and documentation on pet shops and puppy mills to print media and television news programs (national and local).

Consumer Assistance

CAPS encourages consumers who purchased sick or dying puppies to contact CAPS for assistance. We have pet shop complaint forms on our website. We inform these consumers of their options, including the right to recover veterinary expenses under state lemon laws. CAPS relies on consumer information to document illnesses, veterinary expenses and names of breeders and brokers.

Rescue and Rehabilitation

During our investigation of USDA licensed facilities, CAPS rescues puppy mill dogs, especially unwanted breeding stock who are about to be destroyed - humanely or inhumanely - because breeders no longer view these dogs as profitable. Puppy mill breeders often want to get rid of dogs that cannot get pregnant, have difficult pregnancies or deliveries, or who don't produce large enough litters. CAPS often rescue sick or "defective" puppies, including those that have been returned to breeders and brokers by pet shops.

CAPS works with shelters, rescue organizations and individuals to provide foster care and permanent homes for these dogs. We cover veterinary costs, including spaying and neutering. CAPS also makes contact with the families who adopted the rescued puppy mill dogs.

Would You Please Help?
Please help CAPS fund this critical work by giving online today.

Wednesday, 12 November 2008 12:03

Content Submission Policies

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Blog, Message board, Ask Carmen (any that apply) Content Policies

The rules apply to all areas of content on the site. If you push the limits of our guidelines you may find yourself banned at the discretion of our administrators. If you think you might be pushing the limits, you probably are.

Our rules of etiquette include:

  • Stick to topics which are directly or indirectly related to protecting our companion animals.
  • Don't post Off-Topic comments or replies. Off-Topic replies
  • No pornography or any other inappropriate content are not allowed.
  • None of the content sections will tolerate spamming, racism, threatening any user, flaming, etc.
  • Do not use obscenities in this forum. We don't care if it's not in the profanity filter. No censor dodging.
  • Do not troll or create inflammatory posts intended to anger other users.
  • Anything of a sexually explicit nature is not permitted on this forum. This includes nudity, genitalia, sexual intercourse and interactions, risque clothing, and see-thru clothing; real or animated. (Instant Ban)
  • Don't discuss things such as the use of recreational drugs or alcohol.
  • No Viruses are to be Posted, this includes all invasive programs, such as spybot's, etc.
  • Don't post any degratory comments based on age, gender, race, ethnicity or nationality (which will be met with a swift ban)
  • Going to the edge of any of these rules (for example, flaming, but not enough to get you in trouble on on specific occasion) multiple times over a long period of time is called being a jerk. Don't be a jerk or there will be consequences (i.e. a ban, either temporary or permanent based on each individual case)
  • Do nothing to respond to or encourage spambots.
  • No plaigiarism. If someone else originated content, quote them and/or find some way to give them credit.

We reserve the right to modify these rules as the need arises.

Friday, 07 November 2008 14:31

Truth Behind the Doggy in the Window

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Truth Behind the Doggy in the Window

The following article, prepared by a CAPS investigator, originally appeared in the July/August 2007 issue of The Animals Voice Magazine and is reprinted here with permission from that publication.

Inside a small glass enclosure, a tiny ball of light brown fur with pointed ears and a black, whiskered muzzle nips at the tail of the rambunctious litter mate sharing his cage. The puppies bite each other’s ears, chew each other’s toys, and snuggle up together to lay down for a nap.

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Bea's Beat

Blog with CAPS Spokesmodel Beatrice, a puppy mill survivor and vegan advocate.

Blog with Beatrice!

Deborah Howard

Deborah Howard

Learn more about Deborah Howard, president and founder of Companion Animal Protection Society.

Meet Deborah

CAPS Blog

Keep up-to-date about CAPS and read about issues affecting companion animals, especially those suffering in pet shops and puppy mills.

Visit CAPS Blog

Contact Us

Contact CAPS

Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS)
759 CJC Hwy., #332
Cohasset, MA 02025
p: 339-309-0272
501 (c)(3) Tax ID#: 58-2040413

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Class Action Lawsuits

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If you purchased a sick or dying puppy from Barkworks or Happiness is Pets, you may be able to join consumer class action lawsuits. The first step is to fill out the CAPS complaint form.

Read more about Happiness is Pets or Barkworks.

CAPS Complaint Form