Monday, January 31, 2011

25 Ways to No More Homeless Pets

These 25 tips are from a Best Friends Animal Society bookmark. Since this qualifies as something you read, I'm passing along the bookmark, "e-style." Please pass these tips along and let's keep working together to end pet overpopulation.

1. Adopt from a shelter or rescue.

2. Volunteer at your local shelter.

3. License, I.D. and microchip your pet.

4. Spay or neuter pets before they are 3 months old.

5. Let officials know that you support animal-friendly laws.

6. Become a Best Friend member at

7. Donate pet food to your local food pantry.

8. Consider your family's lifestyle when choosing a pet.

9. Get pet insurance to help cover the costs of veterinary care.

10. Train and socialize your dog throughout his life.

11. Join or start a Trap-Neuter-Return program for community cats.

12. When moving, plan ahead to find a residence that allows pets.

13. Provide a landlord with a "good pet" resume with references and photos.

14. Develop and post a pet-friendly rental listing for your area.

15. Volunteer for or start a short-term pet fostering program for families in temporary need.

16. Use an air purifier and create a "no pet zone" to control allergic reactions.

17. Prepare your pet for the smells and sounds of a baby when you're expecting.

18. Teach youngsters how to treat animals they know and those they don't.

19. Request that the curriculum in your local schools include humane education.

20. Visit the Pet Care Library on the Best Friends Web site for resources.

21. Hold a fund-raiser for your local shelter or rescue.

22. Start an off-leash dog park.

23. Help look for a missing pet.

24. Foster a lost or homeless animal.

25. Join the Best Friends Network and get involved in your community and beyond:

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Get the California Pet Lover’s License Plate now and start saving lives

We first learned about the California Pet Lover's License Plate when Santa Cruz’s Animal Shelter Relief Rescue shared their brochure with us, adding that support for the new California plate was mandatory. Since then, we’ve passed out brochures for the license plate at shows, mailed them to customers with their purchases, and talked about the new plate. So let’s talk about it:

The talented and generous Pierce Brosnan designed the artwork for the plate, which raises money for California spay/neuter programs and also educates drivers by simply stating “Spay & Neuter Saves Lives.” Proceeds from purchasing the plate fund low-cost and even free altering surgeries for California animals.

It is very important that the California Department of Motor Vehicles receive 7500 pre-orders so that production can begin, and animals can start benefiting from the license plates. As of this writing, 2154 of the new plates have been pre-ordered.

Please, think about the good your purchase will do and pre-order the California Pet Lover's License Plate right now.

Sponsored by the California Veterinary Medical Board, the California spay/neuter plate will reduce homeless pets and save lives. For more information, visit where you can find the answers to any questions you have and learn about the inspiration behind the design.

Perhaps someday there will be no more homeless pets. For now, we do what we can and we hope that means seeing you on the road soon sporting your new California Pet Lover's License Plate.

Thank you,

The Honorable Dalmatian
~for the love of animals~

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Happy New Year from The Honorable Dalmatian!

The Honorable Dalmatian, still in its first year of business, closed out 2010 with a "smarl." For three quarters in a row there has been growth. It may not be monumental but any growth in the retail world is promising, and this week, as the owner cut checks to the five fantastic organizations the business donates to, she beamed.

It’s a joy to be part of the pet-loving community in Santa Cruz and it’s an absolute honor to be part of a team of professionals who make a difference for animals in the community. The Honorable Dalmatian donates to the following five non-profit organizations. Each is unique in what it does but all have one thing in common; their tireless work is passion driven - manifested from hearts of gold:

Santa Cruz SPCA
Project Purr
The Rabbit Haven
Animal Shelter Relief Rescue
Friends of Santa Cruz County Animals

It's not too late to get in on the After Christmas Sale and benefit these organizations in the first quarter of 2011.

The Honorable Dalmatian
~for the love of animals~

May 2011 bring the best for you and your loved ones.