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Protect your Pet from Heatstroke

Protect your Pet from Heatstroke

By | July 22, 2016 at 1:07 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee The “dog days” of July continues our extreme desert heat. Last year, the sad story of Summer, a Silky Terrier who died from heat stroke, was all over the local news. Summer sought refuge under an automobile in a Desert Hot Springs car lot, and in the...

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Rod & Sunshine, Deaf Dogs Rock!

Rod & Sunshine, Deaf Dogs Rock!

By | July 14, 2016 at 9:09 pm | No comments

By Janet Mcafee Rod Murphy was not thinking about getting another dog during the summer of 2014. His beloved dog, Sophia, recently passed away after a bout with cancer. An ardent dog lover, Rod serves on the Board of Directors for Loving All Animals and is actively involved...

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Summer Fosters Needed!

Summer Fosters Needed!

By | July 7, 2016 at 3:51 pm | No comments

  By Janet McAfee Lynnette Poole says, “I would have fostered a rescue dog sooner if I’d known what a wonderful experience it is!”  Lynnette is pictured here with Tucker, one of the two dogs she is fostering for Loving All Animals. The snowbirds that foster...

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July 4th Safety for Fido and Fluffy

July 4th Safety for Fido and Fluffy

By | June 30, 2016 at 3:42 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee We humans cheerfully celebrate our nation’s Independence Day this week with fun, food, and fireworks. As we barbeque in the backyard with friends, it might be tempting to include our four-legged family members. However, the 4th of July is the worst day of...

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An Angel Saving Angel

An Angel Saving Angel

By | June 24, 2016 at 1:05 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee The two Spaniels entered Loving All Animals’ dog rescue program on the same day, May 13, 2016.  The dramatic differences between the two animals make for an interesting juxtaposition.  At the time, we did not realize that one would play a role in saving...

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Healthy Human Foods for Benjie

Healthy Human Foods for Benjie

By | June 17, 2016 at 1:02 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee As a general rule, you should not feed your dog people food, in spite of his pleading looks at the dinner table.  Several foods are extremely toxic to dogs including onions, chocolate, grapes, raisins, processed foods, garlic, macadamia nuts, avocados, and...

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Backpack Says “Please Microchip Us Cats!”

Backpack Says “Please Microchip Us Cats!”

By | June 12, 2016 at 12:28 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee On May 26th, John Finley was home in Seaback, Washington, casually checking emails on his computer.  He was shocked when he received one from HomeAgain Microchip stating Animal Samaritans Veterinary Clinic in Thousand Palms identified a cat belonging to him...

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ON THE ROAD WITH LILLY!

ON THE ROAD WITH LILLY!

By | June 3, 2016 at 1:02 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee Dogs love to travel!  Chances are your dog races to go with you whenever you gather up your car keys.  Dogs are natural nomads, traveling in packs in the wild.  They are curious creatures who love seeing new places and meeting new friends.  Traveling with...

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Greyhound Racing Banned in Arizona

Greyhound Racing Banned in Arizona

By | May 28, 2016 at 1:46 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee These beautiful majestic Greyhound dogs are popular among pet lovers, and various rescue groups network them throughout the United States.  Greyhounds are sweet, mild mannered dogs which makes them popular among dog lovers who adopt them after they are...

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An Angel Seeking Angels

An Angel Seeking Angels

By | May 19, 2016 at 9:07 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee Isn’t Angel a beautiful pup?  Her beautiful brown eyes appear happy and grateful as she rides home with her foster mom from the vet.  You would never know she was in a medical crisis with a red blood cell count of 6%, in the range considered...

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Keep Kitty Inside!

Keep Kitty Inside!

By | May 12, 2016 at 4:52 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee Maybe you grew up on a farm or in a rural area where your pet cat was allowed to roam outside.  Today most cat rescue groups will require you to keep the cat you adopt from them indoors.  Some people still think that cats are happier if they have the...

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Bacchus, A Miracle Rehoming

Bacchus, A Miracle Rehoming

By | May 6, 2016 at 1:52 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee Sometimes dogs, like people, become better and happier in a new environment.  Sometimes dogs, like people, take on the attitude of the humans they live with. Bacchus' life story did not start out well.  He was born on a cold December night on the cement...

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Superstars Milissa and Delila

Superstars Milissa and Delila

By | April 21, 2016 at 4:06 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee The small Pomeranian mix dog was out of time at the San Bernardino County shelter at Devore.  One of the most adorable dogs I’ve ever seen, she was on the 4th day of availability.  I wondered why she was not adopted until I noticed her head slightly...

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The Joys of Fostering

The Joys of Fostering

By | April 14, 2016 at 1:24 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee You can help homeless dogs and cats by becoming part of the life-saving foster parent team at Loving All Animals in Palm Desert.  The snowbird foster parents are leaving the Coachella Valley, but the animals in desperate need keep coming throughout the Spring...

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Do Animals Grieve?

Do Animals Grieve?

By | March 30, 2016 at 5:52 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee Have you noticed one of your pets appearing to grieve upon the death of another pet?  Science confirms that you are not anthropomorphizing your cat or dog.  Scientific studies confirm that animals have feelings, and in fact have a wide range of emotions...

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Pippen’s Happy & Healthy Ending!

Pippen’s Happy & Healthy Ending!

By | March 24, 2016 at 7:41 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee Last summer this column featured the story of Pippen, a small one-year-old Terrier in Loving All Animals’ foster program.  Rescued from a high kill shelter in San Bernardino, Pippen was a bit fearful at first, but thrived in her wonderful foster home with...

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The Gardens to the Rescue!

The Gardens to the Rescue!

By | March 17, 2016 at 2:57 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee If you are out shopping at the Gardens in Palm Desert’s lovely El Paseo district on Friday, March 25, between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm you may greeted by a sweet pup or a purring cat.  The Gardens on El Paseo and El Paseo Village are teaming up with the Bianca...

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Paws Behind Bars!

By | March 10, 2016 at 10:48 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee Service dogs are the eyes for those who cannot see, the leaders for people unable to walk, and the healers for those suffering from emotional illnesses.  For some service dogs, it all began behind bars.... Before Puppies Behind Bars began, an inmate named...

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Controlling Barking Dog!

Controlling Barking Dog!

By | March 3, 2016 at 12:46 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee A barking dog can be a good thing if he saves your life from a fire or protects your family from a burglary attempt.  Dogs will bark as a warning to protect their property.  However, a dog with uncontrolled barking may become a "nuisance" threatening your...

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Limousine Shelter Tours Making Matches!

Limousine Shelter Tours Making Matches!

By | February 25, 2016 at 2:06 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee Calling Coachella Valley pet seekers!  Loving All Animals now takes humans to local shelters and rescues to fine their perfect canine or feline best friend.  These shelter tours are popular with pet seekers who don’t know where the public and private...

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THE ACCIDENTAL RESCUERS, A VALENTINE TAIL

THE ACCIDENTAL RESCUERS, A VALENTINE TAIL

By | February 18, 2016 at 1:56 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee One amazing local couple celebrated Valentine’s Day in a special way.  David and Leigh Kirk share a home with their foster daughter and an assortment of family and rescue cats.  They are the founders and operators of ForEverMeow, a charity that saves the...

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Keep Pets Loved and Indoors!

Keep Pets Loved and Indoors!

By | February 11, 2016 at 6:00 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee Coachella Valley residents and their pets have experienced some cold days this winter.  However, now in February most of our pets are basking in bright desert sunlight when they go outside, though some of our mountain peaks are still tipped with snow.  The...

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Sandy Miller – Dog Trainer Extraordinaire!

Sandy Miller – Dog Trainer Extraordinaire!

By | February 4, 2016 at 2:12 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee Do you ever wish Sparkey would stop jumping up on your guests? Would you like your dog to do tricks like the dogs you see perform at competitions? Does your dog become anxious when you leave the house?  Meet Sandy Miller, a Coachella Valley dog trainer who...

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A CHRISTMAS EVE MIRACLE FOR NAGI

A CHRISTMAS EVE MIRACLE FOR NAGI

By | January 28, 2016 at 1:06 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee It was December 24, 2015, and most folks were busy with last minute preparations for the Christmas holiday.  Vanessa Ruggles and Curtis Sweesy, Loving All Animals’ foster parents, spotted a photo on Facebook of a German Shepherd at the main Riverside county...

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FAITH, HOPE & PUPS

FAITH, HOPE & PUPS

By | January 21, 2016 at 12:58 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee You are invited!  On Sunday, February 7, people and pups converge at the Empire Polo Club in Indio for the fourth annual FAITH, HOPE & PUPS event. Animal lovers will be greeted and escorted to their tables by charming rescue dogs seeking homes. Guests...

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Who is the Lucky One?

Who is the Lucky One?

By | January 14, 2016 at 12:35 am | No comments

  By Janet McAfee I recently met up with Wayne Karson and the handsome rescue dog he named “Lucky”.  Lucky was gorgeously groomed, and happily bonded to his human.  He scarcely resembles the thin bedraggled dog I rescued four years ago in the parking lot of the...

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Kali’s Journey Home

Kali’s Journey Home

By | January 6, 2016 at 4:38 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee Vicki and Don Melvin were still heartbroken over the loss of their precious 14-yr-old terrier, Salsa, when a neighbor told them about a rescue dog adoption event at the Shadow Mountain golf club.  The Melvins were open to the idea of fostering another pup,...

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KITTYLAND FUNDRAISER WELCOMES ACTRESS JOANNE WORLEY

KITTYLAND FUNDRAISER WELCOMES ACTRESS JOANNE WORLEY

By | December 30, 2015 at 5:37 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee Coachella Valley animal lovers, particularly those who cherish our fabulous felines, won’t want to miss the largest fundraiser of the year for Kittyland on Sunday, February 7, 2016.  Actress and comedian JoAnn Worley will be the featured guest star at this...

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New Year’s Resolutions for Animal Lovers

New Year’s Resolutions for Animal Lovers

By | December 23, 2015 at 12:23 pm | No comments

  By Janet McAfee Animal lovers are special people with wonderful hearts who appreciate the affection and companionship our cats and dogs provide to us throughout the year.  Pets can also help us enjoy keeping our New Year resolutions.  Setting goals to improve your...

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Avoiding Holiday Hazards for Pets

Avoiding Holiday Hazards for Pets

By | December 17, 2015 at 1:19 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee The holidays are here with Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s Eve arriving in quick succession.  Christmas trees are going up, parties are planned, and holiday lights are brightening our desert.  However, this time of year also sees a dramatic increase in...

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Limousine Shelter Tours Making Matches

Limousine Shelter Tours Making Matches

By | December 10, 2015 at 4:22 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee Bystanders do a double take when an amazing doggie decorated limousine cruises along Coachella Valley streets and highways. Curious stares are riveted when the limo stops and the 4-legged passengers trot out. They are some of our homeless dogs, now freed from...

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Pippi’s Wish, A Home for the Holidays

Pippi’s Wish, A Home for the Holidays

By | December 3, 2015 at 2:31 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee The small gray Terrier waits in her foster home, hoping for that phone call that leads to her “furever” home.  Meanwhile, she is safe and sound and adores her foster Mom.  Pippi dutifully attended several adoption events, including Loving All Animals’...

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JULIE KENDALL, FOSTER MOM EXTRAORDINAIRE

JULIE KENDALL, FOSTER MOM EXTRAORDINAIRE

By | November 25, 2015 at 10:51 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee Bennett was never allowed inside a home before, and I shudder to think how he suffered through the scorching Coachella Valley summer.  The young couple who owned him already had their moving van packed for their new home when they relinquished Bennett to...

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A Second chance for Chance!

A Second chance for Chance!

By | November 19, 2015 at 12:23 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee I moved quickly through the kennels at the San Bernardino City Shelter checking the availability dates on the dogs' kennel cards, not wanting to lock eyes with the pups longer than necessary.  Many of the animals were still on hold for an owner to claim,...

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Super Pet Adoption Festival This Weekend

Super Pet Adoption Festival This Weekend

By | November 12, 2015 at 4:21 am | No comments

Nov. 14th & Nov. 15th at the Palm Desert Civic Center Park By  Janet McAfee There is something for everyone at the 7th annual Super Pet Adoption Festival this weekend, Nov. 14th and Nov. 15th at the Palm Desert Civic Center Park.  This year’s event promises to be...

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