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Listen to Oprah – Say No to Puppy Mills

April 4, 2008
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Today on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Lisa Ling went undercover to let viewers know about the horrors of puppy mills.  According to wikipedia,  puppy mills “are large-scale dog breeding facilities that operate under substandard breeding conditions that provoke the development of chronic health problems, temperament issues, and hereditary defects.”  The animals are often sold through pet stores accross the country.  Winfrey, who had previously bought dogs from breeders, later stated “I would never, ever adopt another pet now without going to a shelter to do it. I am a changed woman after seeing this show.”

Kudos to Oprah and to Ling for bringing this subject to the attention of their HUGE audience.  To learn more, click here  and here.  If you are thinking of adding a new member to your furry family, listen to Oprah and avoid the pet store in favor of your local shelter!


ASPCA Spay Day 2008 is Coming Soon!

April 1, 2008
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On April 10th celebrate ASPCA’s Spay Day 2008!  Wear orange in support of the ASPCA and, if you are in the NYC area, head on over to Union Square to join the festivities. 

 Interestingly, The Humane Society held their very own Spay Day on Feb 24th.  One of the cool aspects of this event is the online photo contest.  Site visitors were asked to upload pics of their furry friends and tell the world how much they mean to them.  Can you believe that a pic Jenny submitted of our very own Luigi won an Honorable Mention?!?!  To check out the pic, click here and scroll down towards the bottom of the page.  That’s our boy!    

Preparing for an Animal-Friendly Valentine’s Day

February 11, 2008
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Hey folks! Hope you had a great weekend. Here at Daily Walrus HQ we are gearing up for another busy week – one that happens to include a pet-friendly Valentine’s Day celebration.  No, we aren’t buying Wally, Tito and Luigi any candy or flowers.  Quite the opposite, in fact.  We’re making sure that none of the gifts we give each other contain any toxins that could harm the little guys.

That means chocolates (even delicious vegan chocolates) are off the list, as they can cause vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, an elevated heart rate, or worse in dogs and cats.  Also certain flowers, including lilies, are a no-go because they are poisonous.  Click here to see a list of other flowers and plants that are poisonous to pets from the ASPCA.  Additionally, they have a list of the 10 most common hazardous plants for pets.

Remember that even if your favorite flowers aren’t on the list, pets can still get an upset stomach from ingesting the petals, so keep them out of reach.  Also remember that roses may have thorns that can be dangerous if stepped on, chewed, or swallowed. 

If you think your pet may have eaten something poisonous, give the ASPCA’s poison control center a call at (888) 426-4435. Remember that there is a $60 fee for this service so your first option may be to call your vet during normal business hours.  Also, many communities have 24-hour pet clinics that may be able to answer your questions. 

If you need recommendations for Valentine’s Day gifts, the ASPCA also offers a few suggestions in collaboration with 1-800-FLOWERS here.  They also get to keep 10% of the purchase price so it’s a win-win-win-win for you, your sweetheart, the ASPCA, and your pets. 

Click here for more info on keeping your pets safe from poisonous substances. 

Click here if you think your pet has been poisoned. 

Click here for the ASPCA’s Guide to a Pet-Friendly Valentine’s Day. 

Feel Good About Wasting Time on the Internet

January 20, 2008

The next time you need to look for something on-line, start your search with goodsearch.com.  This search engine donates 50% of ad revenues to the charities or their users’ choice.  Simply select the organization you want your searches to go towards and surf away.  Like all search engines, goodsearch makes money when people click on ads or sponsored links.  Inevitably, users will click on some of these, thus earning money for their default charity. 

You can choose from national and local charities that are already registered or add a new one to the growing list of options (all charities will be verified as registered non-profit organizations by goodsearch before any money is disbursed).  According to their homepage, users have already generated over $11,000 in donations for the ASPCA, over $6,000 for The Elephant Sanctuary, and over $4,000 for the Best Friends Animal Society.  There are several creative ways to make goodsearch work for your favorite organization(s).  You can make all of your searches go toward a certain non-profit, or choose a new one every day and spread the wealth around. Click here to see the list of non-profits currently listed in their database.

Their searches are powered by Yahoo!, so expect the same quality of results as you get from their main browser page.  You can set the search engine as your homepage or add goodsearch to your browser’s toolbar for convenience.  To learn more, check out their FAQ’s here

This is really one of the easiest ways to earn some significant cash for your favorite organization(s).  Just begin your web searches with goodsearch.com, select an animal-friendly charity, and start browsing for a good cause. 

Support your cause while exercising

January 17, 2008
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Hi everyone – it’s Ryan this time.  Having a birthday so close to January 1st has the unusual benefit of being a day to jump-start some of those New Year’s Resolutions that have slowed to a halt (or never got off the ground).  One of my resolutions was, despite the cold Brooklyn mornings, to start running again.  I’m pretty good about running in the summer, but the winter here can be pretty dismal. 

So January 16th provides me with a 2nd chance.  Interestingly, writing this blog with Jenny has given me added motivation to hit the road.  The next time I go for a run, I’ll be wearing a shirt that promoting animal advocacy.  I have a cool “I Heart My Adopted Cat” shirt from the ASPCA that always gets lots of comments.  I’m also going to make a DIY vegan running shirt.  There are lots of folks out there who incorrectly think that a vegan diet, which strictly abstains from animal products, is unhealthy.  It isn’t, and there are plenty of healthy vegans out there to prove it.  There are also many healthy vegan athletes as well (check out Scott Jurek, winner of numerous ultra-marathons).  Tonight I’m going to find a running t-shirt and, using a laundry marker, write a pro-vegan message on it.  Perhaps something simple, like “Vegan” or “Vegan Runner.”  If I’m feeling super bold, maybe I’ll go with “Don’t Eat Meat…” on the front, and “Eat My Dust” on the back (though anyone who knows me will point out that I’m so slow, the only people eating my dust will be the ones standing still and scratching lottery tickets outside of the bodegas). 

Now I’m not really the type to slap a bumper sticker to the car or walk around wearing t-shirts with grandoise statements on them – at least not since high school, anyways.  But I think that doing so while exercising make sense.  People need to know that there are vegan athletes.  People need to be reminded that there are animals in shelters waiting to be adopted.  People need to know that spaying and neutering their pets is a good idea. 

What’s your message?  Whatever it is, spread it around your neighborhood or gym and help inspire others while helping yourself get healthy.         

About author

Hello - we are Jenny and Ryan, a couple living in Brooklyn, New York. We are both busy with school and work but try to take time to do something every day to make the world a better place for animals. Occasionally we may link to outside websites for additional resources, but we do not necessarily endorse all policies of these organizations. Despite the title of our blog, the focus is not only on walruses. So what's with the title? We named this blog after our cat, Wally, aka The Walrus. We are the proud parents of two cats (Wally and Tito) and one dog (Luigi).