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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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Super Pet Adoption Festival at the Palm Desert Civic Center Park

Super Pet Adoption Festival at the Palm Desert Civic Center Park

By | November 5, 2015 at 2:14 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee Get ready to head down the “Yellow Brick Road” the weekend of November 14th and November 15th for the Wizard of Oz themed Super Pet Adoption Festival at the Palm Desert Civic Center Park.  This is the 7th annual rescue adoption extravaganza sponsored by...

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The Wizard of Paws” Super Pet Adoption Festival

The Wizard of Paws” Super Pet Adoption Festival

By | October 29, 2015 at 3:17 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee Calling all animal lovers! Mark your calendars now for the 7th annual Super Pet Adoption Festival presented by Loving All Animals on the weekend of November 14th and 15th. This Wizard of Oz themed extravaganza is the most spectacular rescue pet adoption event...

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Veterans Search for Twix

Veterans Search for Twix

By | October 22, 2015 at 1:35 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee Twix is a special dog to San Bernardino resident John Silva, a loving canine companion who helps him stay calm and in control of his emotions. An Army combat Veteran, Silva completed two deployments, one to Iraq and a second in Afghanistan and was diagnosed...

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“The Climber” Climbs Into Their Hearts

“The Climber” Climbs Into Their Hearts

By | October 15, 2015 at 5:08 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee The small white Terrier at the animal shelter was nicknamed “the climber”.  Dogs in public shelters usually don’t have names, but this fellow at the county shelter in Thousand Palms caught everyone’s attention when he climbed out of his kennel and...

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OCTOBER IS ADOPT-A-SHELTER-DOG MONTH!

OCTOBER IS ADOPT-A-SHELTER-DOG MONTH!

By | October 8, 2015 at 2:02 am | No comments

By Janet McAfeee Fall has arrived and the holidays will begin soon with Halloween followed by Thanksgiving.  There is no better time than now to think about adding a new dog or cat to bring greater joy to your household during the holidays. The American Society for the...

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Allie Makes 2,000 Spayed

Allie Makes 2,000 Spayed

By | October 1, 2015 at 1:01 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee There was much fanfare on August 28, 2015, when a crowd gathered to greet a lovely brown Shepherd mix dog named Allie when she arrived for her appointment to be spayed.  Allie’s celebrated arrival marked a milestone as she was the 2,000th animal sterilized...

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Deaf Dogs Rock

Deaf Dogs Rock

By | September 24, 2015 at 10:29 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee The story and photo of Mac Adams, a Virginia police officer and his five handsome white dogs, went viral on Facebook receiving over 15,000 shares.  The dogs, Pickles, Nea, Piglet, Opal, and Mortimer are fabulous looking animals, but what makes their story...

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Cassie, From Fear to Love

Cassie, From Fear to Love

By | September 17, 2015 at 12:18 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee The vast majority of dogs adopted and rescued from shelters are happy, well adjusted, tail wagging canines, instinctively looking forward with optimism.  These rescue dogs adjust quickly to their new homes, bond with their family members, and are grateful for...

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Keep Kitty Inside

Keep Kitty Inside

By | September 9, 2015 at 11:34 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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Baby, From Blindness to Hope

Baby, From Blindness to Hope

By | September 3, 2015 at 3:14 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee The animals and their owners patiently stood in line awaiting their appointments at the low cost spay and neuter clinic in Indio.  Suddenly the pace was broken by a frantic woman who suddenly appeared carrying a small pug dog, seeking medical care of a...

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Signs of Heatstroke! R.I.P. Summer

Signs of Heatstroke! R.I.P. Summer

By | August 27, 2015 at 12:01 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee The “dog days” of August continue our extreme desert heat, causing distress to both humans and our best furfriends.  Last week’s column told the sad story of Summer, a Silky Terrier who died from the summer heat wave in a Desert Hot Springs car lot. ...

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Dogs Belong Inside! R.I.P. Summer

Dogs Belong Inside! R.I.P. Summer

By | August 19, 2015 at 6:44 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee The small Silky Terrier ran down the hot dusty road desperately trying to find water.  She didn’t know why her humans left her.  Her throat was parched from thirst, and her body ached with pain.  The dog came to a used car lot at the corner of Dillon and...

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Clear the Shelters- Saturday, August 15

Clear the Shelters- Saturday, August 15

By | August 13, 2015 at 3:05 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee Our two Coachella Valley public shelters are participating in the “Clear the Shelters” event, an adoption promotion sponsored by NBC4 Southern California and Telemundo 52.  On Saturday, August 15, The Palm Springs Animal Shelter and the Coachella Valley...

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Superstars Milissa and Delila

Superstars Milissa and Delila

By | August 5, 2015 at 8:19 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 with no adopter or rescue. I wondered why she was not adopted until I noticed...

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Help Your Pet Live Longer

Help Your Pet Live Longer

By | July 30, 2015 at 12:40 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee Our pets are part of our family, and we want to do everything possible to help them live long and healthy lives.  My special cat Isis lived for 24 years with good vet care that included homeopathy and healthy diet. Small dogs can easily live for 17 years or...

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Black Cats & Dogs Seek Love!

Black Cats & Dogs Seek Love!

By | July 22, 2015 at 8:56 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee Glorious black cats and dogs are waiting for you to adopt them!  Their shining ebony coats glisten in the winter sun, and their striking amber gold eyes peer at you longingly.  Unfortunately, black cats and dogs are shrouded in negative superstitions, and...

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POP: Pets on Parade!

POP: Pets on Parade!

By | July 16, 2015 at 1:02 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee The 4-legged guests will happily trot down the red carpet into the Renaissance Esmeralda Hotel ballroom on July 18, grateful canines who love nothing more than an outing with their humans.  They sit alongside the beautifully decorated tables and scan the...

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POP: Pets on Parade!

POP: Pets on Parade!

By | July 9, 2015 at 1:30 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee The 4-legged guests will happily trot down the red carpet into the Renaissance Esmeralda Hotel ballroom on July 18, grateful canines who love nothing more than an outing with their humans.  They sit alongside the beautifully decorated tables and scan the...

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July 4th Safety for Fido and Fluffy

July 4th Safety for Fido and Fluffy

By | July 1, 2015 at 9:38 pm | 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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Special Pup “Pippen” Needs You!

Special Pup “Pippen” Needs You!

By | June 25, 2015 at 3:20 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee Loving All Animals in Palm Desert saved this tiny 1-year-old Terrier’s life several months ago when we rescued her from a high kill shelter in San Bernardino.  Pippen thrived in her foster home with Luanne Parks.  However, she had a recent medical crisis,...

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Keep Benji Inside #2

Keep Benji Inside #2

By | June 18, 2015 at 2:16 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee Last week’s column discussed how hot pavement can burn your dog’s feet, touching on the dangers posed by extreme weather.  Please keep your dog inside your home as the Coachella Valley weather reaches record highs during June.  There are many compelling...

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FOR PAWS SAKE & OTHER SUMMER HAZARDS

FOR PAWS SAKE & OTHER SUMMER HAZARDS

By | June 11, 2015 at 2:47 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee June has arrived bringing scorching temperatures to the Coachella Valley desert terrain.  This is a good time to remind dog owners, pet sitters, and others who work with animals to take precautions when venturing outside.  We need to ensure our four-legged...

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Sparky Lights Up Their Lives!

Sparky Lights Up Their Lives!

By | June 4, 2015 at 1:07 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee Rebecca Pikus spotted this tiny Terrier puppy on Facebook on a San Bernardino City Shelter networker’s page.  She contacted Loving All Animals with an offer to foster him if we would rescue him.   When someone offers to be part of the solution to save an...

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Puppies Are Not Products!

Puppies Are Not Products!

By | May 27, 2015 at 7:48 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee “Puppies are Not Products” is the title of a campaign of Best Friends Animal Society to fight the proliferation of commercial puppy mills.  A puppy mill is an inhumane, usually large scale, commercial dog breeding facility where there is no regard for the...

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Mary Ewing, Helping our Cats!

Mary Ewing, Helping our Cats!

By | May 14, 2015 at 12:24 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee Coachella Valley cats have a wonderful advocate in Mary Ewing, a local resident who works tirelessly to save their lives and find them new homes.  Her program, Whiskers and Purrs, supports the cat rescue operation for Loving All Animals in Palm Desert. For...

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Potty Training is Possible

Potty Training is Possible

By | April 23, 2015 at 12:43 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee My dog, Scarlett O'Hara, was rescued from an animal hoarder in Hemet who kept 135 dogs and 35 cats in a small house.  Unable to imagine the neglect these animals experienced, I named her after a famous fictional survivor.  However, the process of potty...

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Tail-Friendly Trails

Tail-Friendly Trails

By | April 15, 2015 at 11:46 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee Coachella Valley residents can still enjoy walks and hikes in our beautiful desert before the hot summer arrives.  All dog owners know how much their canine pals love being included in their activities, and exploring nature with "Benji" makes it more...

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DOGS DETECTING CANCER

DOGS DETECTING CANCER

By | April 8, 2015 at 3:05 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee You may be familiar with the incredible ability of dogs to detect odors way beyond our human capability.  Dogs are used to detect drugs and explosives in airports, they help our military in combat detect land mines, and they valiantly work in search and...

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WHO RESCUED WHO? MR. D’S STORY

WHO RESCUED WHO? MR. D’S STORY

By | April 1, 2015 at 9:00 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee People who rescue a dog often describe the miracle that brought them together.  There is often a magical connection, and sometimes the connection happens just in the nick of time through an inexplicable change in circumstance.  Adopters of rescue dogs tell...

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COCO, THE LITTLEST CANCER SURVIVOR

COCO, THE LITTLEST CANCER SURVIVOR

By | March 26, 2015 at 1:37 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee The tiny grey teacup poodles scamper merrily across the vast greenery of the yard.  Tails wagging, heads bobbing to greet arriving humans, the dogs are a picture of canine joy.  They run seamlessly with the group of larger dogs, as if they were part of the...

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Verity’s Job: Keeping her Human Happy & Healthy

Verity’s Job: Keeping her Human Happy & Healthy

By | March 19, 2015 at 1:56 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee Easy to live with, mystical and engaging felines provide people with countless amusement and companionship.  Now we are also discovering they play an important role in keeping us healthy and adding years to our lifespan. These intelligent, independent...

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