California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said Friday when he unveiled his new budget proposal that he will put money toward animal shelters with the goal of becoming a no-kill state.
“We want to be a no-kill state,” Newsom said according to the Sacramento Bee.
Newsom’s budget, for fiscal years 2020-2021, would give $50 million to the University of California Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program so that it could create a new grant program for animal shelters.
The ultimate goal is to help local shelters and “achieve the state’s policy goal that no adoptable or treatable dog or cat should be euthanized,” the budget summary reads.
The proposal is part of an expansive budget plan by Newsom that aims to create more green jobs and address homelessness.
Newsom’s $222 billion proposal includes a call for more than $1 billion in new spending to get homeless families into temporary or permanent shelters. It also requests another $1 billion over four years to prevent, track and fight fires after devastating wildfire seasons ravaged the state this past year.
The budget also calls for $12 billion over five years to take on climate change.
Exercising is never fun. At least for a fair few of us it is never fun, it’s just something that we tolerate because we like food too much. But exercising with dogs is always a good idea, as these furry companions are great at keeping you motivated to move.
And one group of adoptable dogs from the Santa Barbara County Animal Shelter spent a great day out with the Cross-Country Team from St. Joseph High School. The team decided that it would be fun to invite them to join their morning workout. Each runner was paired up with a dog prior to starting a miles-long run. The huge group then stampeded off, and it was fun for those they passed to see the dogs enjoying themselves.
Luis Escobar, the team’s coach, wrote on his Facebook, “I am not sure who was more excited and having the most fun, the dogs or the kids. Either way, it was a great time and I am sure we will do it again sometime soon.”
What a great idea. Who else thinks that more high school sports teams should look to pair up with their local animal shelters?
Photographer Stuart Williams tells the incredible and moving story of a 49-year-old man who devotes his life to save and protect stray dogs.
Edgardo challenged himself six years ago to go around his country, Mexico, to save as much wounded or sick stray dogs as possible. An admirable man and story …
A few months ago, Williams was driving down a small road in Mazunte, Oaxaca State (southern Mexico), when he witnessed a show that deeply affected him. A man was pushing an overloaded scooter, surrounded by several dogs who wagged their tails and barked happily. Some were on the vehicle while others followed him running.
This man is Edgardo. Six years ago, he had embarked on an unprecedented journey: tour the Mexican coast and save as many sick or injured stray dogs as possible. And he is about to complete his challenge, as he has traveled nearly 14,000 km and he has only 1400 left.
This friend of the dogs has adopted 3. They accompany him since the beginning of his adventure. When it comes to other dogs, those he encounters as he travels along the roads, Edgardo gives them food and drink, cares for them, takes them to shelters and veterinarians to offer them the necessary care.
A Facebook page, entitled Edgardo SalvaPerros (“Edgardo saves the dogs”), is dedicated to him. For his part, Stuart Williams made a small report about
him, which he published on his own Facebook page, The Yogi Photographer:
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Dog Wraps His Body Around An Abandoned 2-Year-Old Child For 2 Days To Keep Him Alive In Freezing Weather
Dogs are amazing creatures. Aside from being human’s constant companion, they can also come to our rescue in times of need. One amazing testament to this is the story of how a dog helped a child who was about to freeze to death.
It happened in Siberia, a Russian region known for having one of the coldest climates in the whole world. A 2-year-old child had been abandoned on a cabin’s front porch while it was freezing cold outside. A dog, who lived in the cabin where the child was abandoned, rushed to help, and wrapped his body around the little boy to keep him warm. This heroic act helped the boy to survive for two days, until some neighbors noticed the dog, and went to check on him. They were shocked to discover that a young boy was actually lying underneath the dog. They both survived, and although the boy suffered from acute hypothermia, he got better thanks to the dog’s heroic act. The boy’s mother was finally identified and charged for neglecting her child.
In Siberia, a 2-year-old-child was abandoned on a cabin’s front porch. Thankfully, a dog who lives in that cabin saw the poor boy.
Mutt Militia, say hello to Jennifer Walker. Jennifer has been fostering for Marley’s Mutts for the past year and a half and has fostered over 15 dogs with us. However, her total foster experience spans 10 plus years fostering over 400 dogs! That’s amazing!
After 10 years of fostering with another organization, school and work got in the way and Jennifer took a break from fostering until 2017. She then found that life was rather boring and non-purposeful unless you were helping someone other than yourself. Jennifer loves working with the dogs and matching them to the families they were always meant to have.
Jennifer’s favorite foster is her current foster, Athena, a wild child, 9 month old lab who has wormed her way into their hearts! Their most challenging foster was Moose who had to be nursed back to health after CCL repair surgery. Moose pulled some tremendous antics while in recovery!
The most rewarding part of fostering for Jennifer is knowing that both a family and a dog’s life are better for having made a great match. She finds people’s happiness is as important to her foster experience as the act of saving dogs.
Everyone always says,”I will never be able to give up a foster dog. I will keep them all!” Jennifer tells them that may be true for the first couple of dogs, but then you learn that they come and go, your brain adapts and you appreciate the time you had with each foster. You learn to find happiness in the match. Jennifer encourages fosters to find support in each other and their experiences and to continue researching and learning in regards to dog training tips and tools.
Aside from fostering, Jennifer and her husband run a dirt bike tour company. They get to visit with people from around the world, share their beautiful dessert and their foster dogs with them.
Thank you for all you do, Jennifer!