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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!    

Boycott Canadian Seafood to Protect Seals

March 11, 2008

According to the Humane Society, “The 2007 Canadian seal hunt left at least 215,378 seals dead — and almost all of them were babies as young as 12 days old.”  Each year, the media and animal rights activists bring up the barbaric clubbing of seals (click here for more info), and each year it continues.  This March, the HSUS is encouraging Americans to hit those responsible for this cruelty where it hurts – their wallets.  Join us in helping to end the slaughter by boycotting Canadian seafood.  Since the seal hunts are conducted by Canadian commercial anglers during the off-season, boycotting their main streams of income should send a message to those involved.  To learn more about the hunt, click here.  Click here to sign the pledge and to learn about other ways to protest this unusually cruel event.      

New Year, New Cell Phone?

January 1, 2008
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New Year – old phones?  Did you get a new cell phone for the holidays?  Chances are you have an old one or two laying around.  Instead of letting them collect dust, recycle them to help animals!  Collective Good Mobile Phone Recylcing offers you an easy way to raise money for various animal orgs.  They recycle/resell the phones and donate the profits to the organization of your choice.  Depending on which group you select, you may have to pay for shipping.  However, if you choose The Humane Society, they will pay the postage costs of your donation (there are numerous other animal groups to choose from too).  You can even search by region to find one close to you.  In addition to cell phones, you can send empty ink cartridges, PDAs, and pagers. 

Check out their About Us page and their FAQs for more info.

While post offices are closed today, you can prepare the package to ship tomorrow.  It is incredibly easy as long as you have a printer.  At the home page click on Donate to take you to this page.  Here you can select your recipient – we chose the Humane Society.  Just click the “Donate” symbol next to the org of your choice to get the necessary forms (packing slip with a barcode).  If you are interested in the HSUS (remember, free shipping), follow this link to their form.  Fill it out, print it, and follow on screen directions to print the free shipping label.  Organize your phones and forms to get ready for shipping.  It’s so easy, even The Walrus’s little brother, Tito, could do it!


Happy New Year from The Walrus!

New Years Wally

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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).