Jon Bernthal Wants You to Take Action Against Breed Discrimination

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Few things in life are more frustrating than discrimination and violence. Pit bulls are still being used and abused for dog fighting in cities across the U.S.. In addition to this cruel exploitation, the dogs that are adopted by responsible pet parents face discrimination because the public often associates them with violence. It’s an awful... Read more »

Meet Lateefah - A Chicago Teen You Should Know

Meet Lateefah - A Chicago Teen You Should Know
The media has no shortage of reports on violence. For every article or news story, the masses call out that “someone needs to do something!” Well, lots of someones already are. More amazing than the adults that are doing something (often through careers – court advocates, teachers, social workers, etc.), are the teens that are... Read more »

Pro Skater Bucky Lasek - Think Adoption First (Petco)

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Pro Skater and Driver, Bucky Lasek, is among several celebrities that devoted their time to produce videos that promote pet adoption (the “Think Adoption First project is fueled by Petco). In Bucky’s video, he talks about his ambition as a skater and how he would, “Push [himself]. Feel that fear and try to conquer it.”... Read more »
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Roller Derby Champion Bonnie Thunders - Think Adoption First (Petco)

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From a floating figure skater to a bad-ass roller derby force, Bonnie Thunders has always balanced her athletic powers with heart. Specifically, Bonnie has always had a heart for animals. It was her love for animals that first brought Bonnie to New York. She started a job at the Wildlife Conservation Society. About six months... Read more »

MLB Player Tyson Ross- Won Over by a Pibble Smile

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Tyson Ross, San Diego Padres pitcher, is no stranger to fans approaching him after a game, but one night after a training session, Tyson fell for a special fan – a stray pit bull. Lots of people would have turned away. Stray animals aren’t uncommon – especially in warmer climates where people will simply dump... Read more »

Pro Surfer Taylor Knox and the Little Lady that Keeps Him on His Toes

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I’m all about sharing the positive stories. This video was created by Petco, and is part of their new “Think Adoption First” initiative. As someone who has been working with animals in nonprofits for almost 20 years, I know that adoptions are more accessible than ever and I’m still astounded at the number of people... Read more »
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Dogs Bring a Dose of Stress Relief to ICU Staff at Rush

Dogs Bring a Dose of Stress Relief to ICU Staff at Rush
2 April 2015 Smiles Everywhere After months of planning, the day finally arrived. Five fuzzy bodies waited patiently to meet medical staff at the hospital, but this time it was the doctors and nurses that would be receiving care. Healing Powers of Dog Interacting with pets can decrease blood pressure, lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels,... Read more »

Happy St. Pittie's Day! ADOPT

Happy St. Pittie's Day! ADOPT
You don’t have to be green with envy – adopt your very own companion. Your furever friend. A wiggly butt, sloppy kisses, and adoring glances every time you walk in the door. These three pups have all been waiting MONTHS to find their forever home. Please spread the word. Bully breeds get a bad rap.... Read more »

Pet Dental Health Month

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February is Pet Dental Health Month. Just like with people, dental health is key for pets’ overall health. Leaving food bits between your teeth leads to bad breath and tooth decay. Oral pain from cavities and tooth loss can lead to bigger health issues. Every loving pet parent wants their fur babies to be healthy... Read more »
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Butterfly Tale - A Blind Girl Sees the Wonders of Nature

Butterfly Tale - A Blind Girl Sees the Wonders of Nature
Rachel Carson is one of my personal heroes. In a time when her own life was threatened for uncovering how chemical companies were seeping toxins into our environment, she held onto her convictions and continued to warn the masses with scientific facts. Beyond her bravery and intellect, she maintained a humble attitude and appreciation for... Read more »