An animal welfare activist joins forces with a domestic violence advocate and together they are creating a safe haven for pets of domestic violence survivors

Erin is an advocate for survivors of domestic violence at Middle Way House. Allison is an animal welfare activist and volunteer at a local animal shelter. They joined forces to talk about the link between domestic violence and animal abuse. The rest is history.

Did you know abusers target family pets as a way to intimidate their human victims? Here’s an irrefutable fact: 71% of women experiencing domestic violence reported their abusers had either threatened, harmed, or killed a family pet. Here’s another: 48% of people experiencing domestic violence stay with their abusers because they fear what will happen to their pets. Middle Way PAWSS is creating a future where no one has to choose between their safety and the safety of their pets. 


Anyone fleeing an abusive situation and seeking assistance at the Middle Way House is welcome to place their family pet with a trained PAWSS foster family while they work toward finding safe housing. These pets will receive basic veterinary care at no cost to the pet owner or foster. The goal is to encourage anyone in an abusive situation to leave their abusers without having to abandon their pets. With $12,000, Middle Way PAWSS will be able to provide foster care and veterinary services for approximately 50 pets. $30,000 will allow them to set up an emergency fund to provide lifesaving veterinary care. Every little bit counts—just $20 can help feed a PAWSS cat for a whole month and $40 helps feed a PAWSS dog for a month—together we can help domestic violence survivors keep their pets safe!


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anonymous asked:

Do you think it's possible to have circuses that use animals with out the navigate affects on animals or is it too ingratiated into the system?

Note: I am, of course, speaking largely from personal opinion after looking into this subject and after seeing many of the results of various types of training and “domesication” scenarios. I am not saying views that disagree with mine are wrong entirely.

I don’t believe that wild animals should be kept and maintained for unnatural purposes at all. If you subscribe to the human-animal bond, you concede to the fact that the mutual bond you share with a domestic animal is the result of thousands of generations of co-evolution and development between our species.

Dogs, cats, and other domesticated animals have come to fulfill needs for each other. Part of a healthy “puppyhood” for a domestic dog, for example, involves just as much human exposure as it does other dogs in the 6-12 week mark. Likewise, it is just as important for a puppy to learn how to behave socially with humans as it is other dogs — dogs communicate in complex heirarchies and a series of submissive and aggressive behaviors, but with humans it’s just as important. Dogs’ brains develop healthier and with more capacity for intelligence and learning when they are worked with consistently and made to understand human commands and interactions.

To a reasonable degree, you could healthfully and understandably train many domesticated animals to perform and it not be an aggressive removal from their natural environment — one which already incorporates the cohabitation of us strange bipedal man-beasts.

With wild animals it’s entirely different. I do not like any version of training them because it will inherently be against any healthy and natural stimuli they have.

Diet Of Dogs

So, I frequently get asked what’s THE ideal diet for a dog (or how I feed mine).
There is no general answer. It depends on the dog, the breed, the activity level, the health and many other factors.

If anybody proclaims that there is an ideal kind of feeding, just do not believe them. For a few years now, BARF (Bones And Raw Food) is a trend and pretends to be “THE natural dog diet”. One reason may be that “a dog was once a wolf”. Studies suggest the domesication of dogs began over 100000 years ago and te ancestor of our modern dog is not the today living grey wolf - modern dog and today’s grey wolf have a common ancestor that went exinct. Moreover scientist have found out that modern dogs can segregate starch five times better than wolves, indicating that living with people changed the dog’s diet fundamentally. This was an evolutionary advantage (like cooking was for people).

The modern dog’s diet changed from a very meaty one to a mixed one. I do not claim that BARF or the more extreme variations like Prey Model are per se bad, however they are NOT the one and only “right choice”.

Japanese dogs were fed with rice, vegetables and (leftovers of) fish, very traditionally.
Anatolian shepherd dogs were fed with bread/flour, milk and sometimes eggs or the afterbirth of sheep.
Arabian sighthounds got what their masters ate - containing milk, rice, olives, chicken.

None of these dogs got what a wolf ate, for the ancient breeds for at least 8000 years they were fed very “human like”.

Does this mean that very dog should be fed with lots of grain and only a bit of meat? No, as I said above, it depends a lot what dog you have.

And what do I feed my dogs?
The short answer: “Everything”.
I myself believe today’s dogs are carnivorious omnivores. So you have a broad scale on what diet is right for your personal dog. Arguing whether the dog is carnivorious or omnivorious is a fight between dogmas and food industry. You will find “evidences” for every concept, because data can be interpreted in favour of your own belief.

My dogs get:
Fresh food: Cooked (especially for them) and raw, containing meat or fish, milk products, eggs, vegetables and carbs.
Human food’s leftovers (except it is too spicy or not good for dogs like sweets).
Industrial food in a high quality (dry and wet).

Akuma gets a different diet, less fatty than Yoma’s one and more carbs (due to  his low serotonine level).

As cooking for dogs gets popular these days I want to share some of my recipes in the future. :)