Let’s Help Get The Macau Greyhounds Out Of Danger

Let’s Help Get The Macau Greyhounds Out Of DangerPlease take a moment to sign this petition to tell Macau not to renew the license of the Canidrome racetrack, where every single greyhound either dies from terrible injuries or is killed for running too slowly. Let’s help get the Macau greyhounds out of danger and into loving homes.

Signing only takes a moment!

The goal is to reach 300,000 signatures and we need more support. You can read more and sign the petition here:


Pet of the Month: Tovah

TovahThank you, Marilee, for updating us on Tovah! We are happy to hear Tovah has fully recovered from her parathyroid surgery in late January with Dr. Schulman, and is back to work at UCLA! It truly warms our heart to see Tovah spreading love to the children at Mattel Children’s Hospital!

Pet of the Month: Olivia

OliviaOlivia “OLIVIA” Sager

This inspirational dachshund was found by a technician suffering from seizures in an alleyway. She was found critical, not walking and barely alive. With only seconds to spare, the doctors at our facility acted quickly in hopes of saving her life. She went under a battery of tests and her condition seemed to be deteriorating by the hour. The doctors and staff were determined to turn her around and save her life.

By the second day, with invasive and extensive treatment, her seizures stopped. Within a week, she was walking again. Miraculously she was running around within a month. With treatment and love from our staff, after 2 months she was fully recovered.

About 8 months later, she was adopted by our loving client, Felicia Sager. About one year later, Olivia is fully accustomed to her new loving family!

Her inspiration earned her Animal Medical Center’s Pet of the Month.

Rescuing Asha Attie and Her Pups

Bill Foundation received a plea for help from one of our shelter advocates late Sunday night about a Mama Shih Tzu that had been dumped at East Valley Shelter and gave birth shortly afterward. She was malnourished and her fur was completely matted, so her pups were having a hard time finding her nipples to nurse. So Bill Foundation stepped in to save this mama and her babies.

Follow them on Facebook please consider giving a donation so they can continue to perform miracles like this and check out their awesome photos on Flickr!


We were absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to play a role in the rescue of this mom and her pupppies. After their original physical examinations, the mom and pups were bathed and cleaned, dewormed and placed in a clean, separate environment in our treatment area so that they could be continuously monitored. We have watched them grow and thrive while at our hospital. Asha Attie has been a perfect mom and has been consistently attendant to her puppies. They are close to being old enough to be adopted, thanks to the efforts of The Bill Foundation and the entire staff of The Animal Medical Center of Southern California.

The California Fish and Game Commissioner is Truly an Idiot

In case you missed it, the Commissioner of the California Department of Fish and Game, Daniel Richards, just returned from a hunting trip to Idaho where he paid $7000 so he could participate in a canned hunt so he could kill a mountain lion, brag about it, and eat it. While legal in Idaho, his callous disregard for California’s prohibition on cougar killing represents his staunch anti-environmental agenda, which is deeply at odds with his position as the head of the DFG.

While legal in Idaho, hunting mountain lions has been illegal in California since voters approved Prop 117 in 1990. What kind of sport is it when you pay large sums of money in which dogs chase a mountain lion into a tree so you could shoot it easily?  Richards then had a photo taken of himself smiling with the big dead cat. He sent the shot to a pro-hunting website, saying he was “glad” that killing cougars is legal in Idaho. Richards knows full well that it’s illegal to kill them in California because Fish & Game is in charge of enforcing that law. While legal (in Idaho), participation in this “hunt” is a terrible decision for a Commissioner to make, assuming of course, that he actually cares about an animal he is supposed to be working to protect.

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has urged the Richards to resign over the killing of the mountain lion, saying the killing of a cougar doesn’t reflect California values and the incident is a distraction that interferes with commission issues. I’ll say! The last person I want in charge of managing California’s environment is an anti-environmentalist who views himself as representing hunters. There is a huge conflict of interest within wildlife management agencies because hunters – a SMALL minority- oversee wildlife and their habitat that is supposed to belong to everyone. Wildlife agencies are mandated to protect the environment but they do the opposite. Their policies promote optimal hunting opportunities at the expense of animals, the environment and taxpayers.

At a time when it is increasingly impossible to get Democrats and Republicans to agree on anything, it is especially poignant that both Democrats and Republicans have called for his resignation.  Richards’ response to the Legislature was, and I quote, “Do you really think a California commissioner is actually obligated to follow California laws across these United States? Really?” Yes, you moron, we really do. If I was the State Commissioner of the Drug Enforcement Agency, I would probably think twice about taking a trip to Amsterdam to shoot up heroin, brag about it, post pictures on a website promoting the use of drugs, and then expect the population back home to believe me when I say “Don’t do Drugs.” Hopefully, his inane comments will end with his removal from the commission.

Tails Untold

Tails Untold

If you are a pet lover and are looking for a unique gift or keepsake I suggest you check out Tails Untold (www.tailsuntold.com). Tails Untold will create a personalized pet adventure book for children or adults. They are personalized illustrated books which allow you to relay information and unique characteristics about you, your pet and your family into an illustrated and artfully crafted story. These books are more than a photo album as all of the information you provide is incorporated into each story. In addition, Tails Untold donates a percentage of the sale of each and every book to an animal shelter, animal rescue, animal humane society or animal advocacy group.

The Reintroduction of Wolves into California

On January 16th, a report in USA TODAY made note of the fact that 88 years after the last gray wolf in California was killed, a lone young gray wolf has crossed into our state from Oregon. This is something to be celebrated considering that gray wolves once ranged across almost all of the continental United States. In an effort to protect livestock, Government sponsored wolf eradication programs almost led to the extinction of the species. When the Federal Endangered Species Act was passed in 1973, wolves were the first animal listed. As a result of the mandate to bring back the species, the gray wolf population in the Northern Rockies has come back very successfully. Not everybody is ecstatic, however, about this successful recovery effort.

While conservationists and most normal, rational intelligent people are optimistic that this lone re-entry will lead to a healthy population of gray wolves in California, livestock ranchers are concerned about threats to their herds. In addition, some people are concerned about public safety. All that needs to be said about public safety is the fact that historically and statistically there is no evidence of wolves being a threat to people. There are only two known and documented wolf attacks in the past 100 years in the US or Canada. Period. End of conversation.
This debate comes down to nothing more than livestock ranchers placing the value of their herd above the value of a healthy environment and ecosystem. The disappearance of wolves triggered environmental disruptions because they had always been an important top predator in healthy ecosystems. Their reintroduction has already helped heal some of those changes in areas of the country where they have been allowed to flourish. Elk moved away from lowlands and streams to avoid wolves which have allowed willow, aspen, and cottonwood trees to grow back. This then provided food for beavers and habitat for songbirds and shadier streams for trout and other fish. In addition, the coyote population declined because wolves keep them away from their territories, which led to an increase in the small rodent population which was a boon to other carnivores.

I wish the situation regarding wolves, and for that matter, bears and mountain lions were simple and straightforward. People have very strong feelings about these top predators, both pro, and con. Because of our consistent intrusion into what was previously pristine habitat, human-wolf or bear or mountain lion interaction will invariably increase. That doesn’t make it right to shoot anything that moves. There are many other issues and reasons as to why some people want to eradicate these species. In my biased opinion, to put it succinctly, they’re nuts. But that is a topic for another article. Because of the intense sentiments that this issue instigates, an easy solution is not readily at hand. I for one, however, personally hope that this lone wolf convinces some of his buddies that California is a great place to live.