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This Is How You Can Help Dogs In Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria

The Caribbean region has been hit hard these past few weeks starting with Hurricane Irma, and now with Hurricane Maria making its way through the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, who missed the destruction of Irma. With the destruction and tragedy on the island, there are numerous supplies that need to be donated for hurricane efforts and ways to help in recovery. Puerto Rico, having endured an economic crisis and now a major hurricane, needs helping hands to save the helpless animals caught in the storm. Here are some practical ways to help dogs in Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico has an increasing amount of stray dogs, or “satos” as the locals call them, roaming the island. It’s a culmination of the economic crisis, lack of spaying and neutering dogs, and an absence of government help. And the fact of a Category 4 hurricane, the first of its kind to hit the island of 3 million in 85 years, does not help this already existing problem. The increasing financial problems in Puerto Rico have caused many people to flee the island, leaving their dogs behind. Meanwhile, dogs that are left on the streets have most often not been spayed or neutered, leaving dogs to breed and keep breeding. The good news is that there are tons of existing rescue organizations on the island that have been helping save dogs for years. However, all of these organizations receive little to no aide from the government. They need donations to remain in business and help continue their efforts, especially during the hurricane.

The first organization is The Sato Project.

The Sato Project works directly in the area of Yabucoa, the region of southeast region of Puerto Rico that received a direct hit on Sept. 20, with winds up to 155 miles an hour and “catastrophic” flash flooding. The Yabucoa region, which is characterized by extreme poverty, has an area known as Dead Dog Beach, which is a target location for the organization. As the name insinuates, many dogs end up here involuntarily and are left with no food or fresh water to survive. The Sato Project has saved over 1,600 dogs since 2011, and continues to do so with the help of donations.

In response to the hurricane, The Sato Project welcomes independent fundraising, like Kris Carr, the best-seller of and , who is donating 100% of the purchases within the next 48 hours to The Sato Project. You can also donate to the organization here.

The second organization is Island Dog.

Island Dog is located on the east coast in Luquillo, with spay and neuter programs located throughout the island. The organization’s main request of donations is medical supplies that are lacking for veterinarians on the island. Additionally, they ask donators to write a letter to the Puerto Rico Tourism Company to inform them about the devastating problem and ask for resolution.

With the unexpected arrival of Hurricane Maria, Sali Gear, co-owner of Island Dog and resident of Virginia Beach, raised money and chartered a plane in two days that brought over 300 animals from the affected areas in the Virgin Islands to her farm in Virginia Beach. Gear told the , “I did it because it had to be done. People have moved heaven and earth to make this happen.” In order for more projects to be funded like this one in the wake of the hurricane, donate to Island Dog here.

The third organization is Second Chance Animal Rescue.

Second Chance Animal Rescue which was founded in 2000, currently houses over 90 rescues and has rescued and placed thousands of dogs in homes. They thrive off of donations and animal welfare grants. While any donation is welcome, they ask people to donate adult or puppy food to a specific Petsmart location pick up. Donate here.

The stray dog problem in Puerto Rico is only persisting, and the declining financial situation, as well as Hurricane Maria, is only a recipe for disaster for these animals. Here are just a few more names of organizations that are doing similar work in Puerto Rico: Amigos de los Animales, Save a Sato, and Animals in Need. There are plenty of places to donate to that desperately need the help they are not getting from the government.

If you want to learn more about the disparity of stray dogs in Puerto Rico, watch   a 2011 Emmy-winning documentary by Juan Agustin Marquez, and donate to any of the organizations listed above to help the Hurricane Maria efforts.

Read more: http://elitedaily.com/news/politics/can-help-dogs-puerto-rico-hurricane-maria/2077346/

Sad BBC news reporter very unhappily presents footage of happy, surfing dogs

It’s silly season in the UK, which means the media is abundant with funny and frivolous stories to make up for the summer’s slow news and one reporter in particular is just completely over it.

BBC News presenter Simon McCoy is so over it in fact that not even a story about the World Dog Surfing Championship can get a smile out of him. He even prefaces the segment with, “Just bear in mind, it is August,” setting up the clip with as much silly season enthusiasm as he can muster.

We didn’t think it was possible to be this unhappy while reporting on surfing pups, but sheesh, were we wrong. Is he talking about pups or the stock market?

His exasperated sighs can be heard over clips of the event a stark juxtaposition to the footage of happy doggies splashing carelessly in the waves. This man has had it with all the silliness.

Maybe he’s seen one too many dogs surf and now he’s unimpressed. Perhaps he had higher aspirations to only report on cats and now he’s stuck doing dog stories.

Dogs surfing = BORING. Tough break, dude.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/08/07/bbc-presenter-unhappily-presents-surfing-dogs/

This Is The Heartbreaking Reason Why Vets Don’t Want You To Buy Flat-Faced Dogs

I think we can all agree that pups like French bulldogs and pugs are cute. They’re lovable, friendly, funny, and quite a few vets out there really don’t want us to buy them.

That sounds harsh, but the reason why isn’t because they want to rob us of companionship. As it turns out, those precious, squishy faces we all know and love are doing pooches more harm than good.

Because of genetic bottlenecking (which we’ll get to in a second), purebred gene pools are teeming with defects and mutations that actually cause our four-legged friends pain. And you know where pain leads? Right to the vet’s office, which eventually sends dog owners on the fast track to financial strain.

For that reason, organizations like the British Veterinary Association fear the worst for breeds like English bulldogs, pugs, and Frenchies. Their respective genetic mutations could very well lead to a rise in abandonment due to financial burden.

But before we get into all that, let’s circle back around to the genetic bottleneck effect.

Here’s a fun fact about purebred dogs. The breeding phenomenon as we know it today didn’t really exist until about 100 years ago, and creepily enough, it developed alongside eugenics. Pretty telling, right? By artificially limiting canine gene pools and forcing dogs to meet arbitrary breed standards, humans went ahead and created a population bottleneck.

According to UCLA Professor Kirk E. Lohmueller, “As the same small gene pool is spread between more and more dogs, diseases that would normally be rare become inevitable.”

In the case of our flat-faced friends, this is what genetic restriction has done in the name of made-up breed standards.

We’ve turned them into what vets call “brachycephalic breeds,” which means that the vast majority of these dogs deal with respiratory and eyesight problems from a relatively young age. Speaking of age, such breeding has also cut their average lifespans alarmingly short.

Take English bulldogs, for example. These poor nuggets suffer from a multitude of issues that have genetics to blame. On average, they live about eight years (or 10 if they’re lucky).

The sad part is that we could take away their pain by expanding the gene pool. Unfortunately, most breeders won’t budge because they’re more worried about their flat-faced dogs meeting standards that never should’ve existed in the first place.

But don’t take my word for it. Check out what these veterinarians have to say.

Let’s be clear about something. This isn’t the fault of dog owners, but of breeders. If you’re greeted every morning by a squishy face, love that squishy face with everything you have. Just keep this information in mind the next time you go to a breeder for a flat-faced dog. (Besides, there are plenty that need to be adopted!)

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/flat-faced-dogs/

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