COVID-19 changes the way animal shelters operate

By | May 4th, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Cleveland News, Friends of the Bay Village Kennel, General|

“Foster-cation” has become a new buzzword in the pet-rescue world (meaning foster vacation with lots of socialization) since COVID-19 became a household name. Animal shelters have had to change the way they do business out of necessity -- from adoptions and medical treatment, to getting creative with fundraising." When Gov. Mike DeWine’s stay-at-home order went into place in late March, humane societies issued public pleas to help empty the shelters. Most facilities had to cease activities because of the stay-at-home order and social distancing, working with skeleton crews to develop safe and smart ways to move dogs. And move dogs they did. According to Mindy Naticchioni, administrator of Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter (CCAS), nearly 60 dogs were placed into foster-cation. “Dogs are getting family time, exercise and great socialization, and possibly a forever home, Naticchioni said. CCAS ran out of crates due to the overwhelming public response, but not people wanting to foster. In early April, CCAS was operating with minimal staff members overseeing duties such as daily routines, medical cases and owner returns. Friendship APL in Elyria was also operating with limited staff, allowing only two potential adopters in the building at a time. Some of the protective league’s [...]

Beagle Freedom Project

By | March 21st, 2020|Categories: Advocacy|

Dog Parks

By | March 2nd, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

am not a Dog Park advocate. October 8, 2015 | Jill Kessler Miller AND HERE'S WHY: I don’t recommend dog parks. Not ever. The list of things that can go wrong is so long that it completely outweighs the possible attributes; note I say “possible,” because the positives are, in my opinion, only theoretical. First, dog parks are rife with disease, especially giardia. Soft stool, diarrhea that comes and goes, horrible gas? ​Have your vet run a test for giardia. And then, of course, there’s kennel cough, as well other fungi, viruses, fleas and worms. Second, I have seen way, way too many dog bites that have occurred at dog parks for my personal comfort. Mostly to other dogs, but also to people who reach in to break up a dog fight or a to grab their dog out of harm’s way. Even though signage clearly says “Enter at your own risk” and admonishes entrants that the liability they’re undertaking is their own, lawsuits more than often ensue. They’re never simple, they’re always stressful and it may threaten your homeowner’s insurance coverage in the future. But let’s look at it from a dog’s point of view. Dogs thrive on stable relationships. Notice I did [...]

Dog Given Away For Free on Facebook Turns Up at Shelter with Bite Marks On Her Face

By | January 31st, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Pet Safety Tips|

A dog given away for free on Facebook turned up two weeks later at a shelter with facial injuries much to the alarm of a rescue group. Happy Tails Animal Rescue shared Trixie’s heartbreaking story to caution dog owners to never advertise their dogs for free online. “THIS IS WHY YOU NEVER GIVE YOUR DOG AWAY ‘FREE TO GOOD HOME’ “Trixie is a young, loving 6 month old pup who has already seen the absolute horrors this world has to offer. Her old owner couldn’t care for her so gave her away on a Facebook page to what he thought was a ‘good home’. The disgusting humans who posed as a ‘good home’ promptly blocked Trixies old owner so he couldnt check in on her… and 2 weeks passed by before Trixie showed up at the local pound with horrific facial injuries. “In the below photo you can see how swollen this poor baby’s face was… she had been used as a ‘bait dog’ to train dog fighting dogs. We cannot even fathom the horror and pain this girl endured in those 2 weeks after she was given to a “good home”. “As soon as we heard about Trixies story, [...]

Pitbull joins office as a K-9 officer

By | January 26th, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, General|

Pitbull rescued from dog fighting ring joins sheriff’s office as K-9 U.S. & WORLD by: Jeremy Tanner, NEXSTAR Posted: Jan 25, 2020 / 05:34 PM EST/ Updated: Jan 25, 2020 / 05:34 PM EST (Craven County Sheriff’s Office) CRAVEN COUNTY, N.C. (WJW) — An adorable pitbull named Nibbles is getting a second chance at life thanks to the Craven County Sheriff’s Office. According to the sheriff’s office, he’s joining the K-9 division where he’ll help with their “fight against drugs being trafficked and sold in Craven County.” Throw Away Dogs Project had originally rescued Nibbles from a dog fighting ring in Canada. The group was excited to share the good news about his career in law enforcement. On Thursday, he got to meet his new partner and based on the photos, it looks like they’re going to get along great!

Rescue Story From Canada!

By | January 26th, 2020|Categories: Advocacy|

Pit bull rescued from Ontario dogfighting ring now works in arson detection Alaa ElassarCNNPublished Monday, January 20, 2020 3:28PM EST Hansel, a pit bull rescued from a dog fighting ring in Ontario, is believed to be the first arson-detection K9 officer of his breed in the U.S. (CNN) 18K ReA New Jersey fire department's pit bull just became the first of its breed to become an arson detection K9 officer. Hansel, a 4-year-old pup known for his cheerful energy and constant kisses, graduated from training on Friday, officially becoming a member of the Millville Fire Department. "He's extremely excited," Tyler Van Leer, a Millville firefighter and Hansel's handler, told CNN. "Whenever I ask him, 'Are you ready to go to work?' and bring out the harness, he starts doing laps around the crate." Related Stories Hero pit bull dies protecting family from venomous snake War veteran saves girl from a dog attack with a Christmas lawn ornament Search for driver after puppy thrown out of SUV Hansel was rescued from a dogfighting ring in Ontario when he was only 7 weeks old. A global campaign called #Savethe21 was created to fight against the euthanization of the 21 dog fighters, including [...]


By | January 26th, 2020|Categories: Advocacy|

Ohio Judge Is Fed Up With Animal Abusers, So He Punishes Them With A Taste Of Their Own Medicine By Evolve | Sep 23, 2019 facebook Toggle navigation Judge Michael Cicconetti had grown up having a deep love for Herman, his mixed-breed Dachshund dog. He’d loved the dog very dearly, and upon Herman’s passing, he developed a strong affection for animals. Currently the proud owner of Kasey, an adorable Bernese mountain dog a dying had given to him as a Farwell gift, Judge Cicconetti has had it up to neck and chins with people who can’t muster any love for their own pets. Judge Mike, as he is fondly called, has garnered quite the reputation as the Painesville, Ohio Judge who has creative sentences for first-timers in minor offenses. Traffic violations and other misdemeanors which people are most likely to repeat nonchalantly. If the judge believes the sentences and sanctions are probably too cliché, he’ll come up with the most unusual sentences to teach these offenders some worthwhile lessons, while still remaining within the limits of the law. One night in jail is not enough …so says the judge. Apparently, the judge agrees with the fact that Ohio laws aren’t [...]

Aggressive coyote problems increase in late winter

By | January 24th, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, General|

WARNING!!!!! Aggressive coyote problems increase over the next 4-6 weeks as it is mating season for coyotes throughout much of the Midwest. Do not let your dogs out alone and don’t allow your outdoor cats to roam. Although coyotes are prevalent in outlying and rural areas, they’re also thriving in suburban and urban areas, and smaller towns as well. Coyote breeding typically peaks in late February and early March, the gestation period averages 58 to 63 days. Male coyotes can become more aggressive during this time of year, the long and short of it all is that coyotes always pose a risk to your dog (and other small pets) and even to infants. That risk increases during mating season. Aggressive coyotes:  mating season Spay or neuter your pet. Coyotes are attracted to and can mate with unspayed or unneutered domestic dogs. Unspayed female dogs in season can attract male coyotes.  Un-neutered male dogs can be lured away by the scent of a female coyote in her ovulation cycle. Additionally, male dogs can be lured by the female coyote’s scent and killed by male coyotes. You should also be mindful that clever coyotes learn the daily schedules of people and their [...]

92 Military K9s Are Coming Home After Serving In Afghanistan

By | January 24th, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, General|

Dogs are truly a man’s best friend for many reasons. One of those reasons is because some of our best friends are also involved in our nation’s military serving our country. And many of themm are finally coming home from serving in Afghanistan! 92 of them to be exact. Our military K9s work alongside human service members and are highly trained in bomb, weapon, drug, and dangerous gas detection. AMK9 is one of the leading providers with K9 Detection Services, meaning that not only do they provide K9s for military-based services but they also care for the dogs when they return! The U.S. Government recently reached out to AMK9 to bring home 92 military dogs who have completed their deployments over in Afghanistan. AMK9 provided the utmost professional care, crates, food, water, bathroom breaks, airport transports, and veterinarians to ensure the dogs’ well-being coming home. Guy Owens, VP of Operations at AMK9, explains what will happen with the dogs after they return home. “A lot of them are coming back to be adopted, to go to homes where they’ll spend the rest of their days enjoying life, and that’s a good thing,” he says. In addition to coming back home to [...]

Helping stray cats: TNR is the key

By | September 17th, 2019|Categories: Advocacy, Cleveland News, General, Lost Pets, Pet Advice|

Nearly three-quarters of cats who enter our nation’s animal shelters each year are killed. Most are free-roaming, stray or feral cats. Here at Best Friends, we refer to them as community cats. Although some of these cats are adoptable, many more are not. And for unadoptable cats, a trip to the shelter is often fatal. TNR saves cats’ lives Trap-neuter-return (TNR) entails trapping, neutering, vaccinating, and returning community cats to their original outdoor locations. It is not only the most humane method of preventing cats from entering the shelter system, it’s the most effective. TNR also ensures the cats’ health and welfare. Once these cats are sterilized and vaccinated, they can live healthy, happy lives in their communities, where caring residents look out for them. Sterilization and vaccination provide a public health benefit to the community, too, a vast improvement over the failed trap-and-kill approach that’s been used for generations. What is Best Friends doing to help? Best Friends sterilizes, vaccinates and releases tens of thousands of community cats each year, preventing many thousands of births. Support TNR and help reduce the number of community cats, and ultimately the number of cats being killed in America’s shelters. Find a program [...]