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The shelter dog & deaf dog photo book project

Posted Mar 15 09 4:29pm

 Today was all about Archie and Lydia…and countless other dogs. They spent the afternoon with Melissa McDaniel, a very talented and generous pet photographer.  She came to the house today to take pictures of both my dogs for a her book about rescue dogs.

As part of the Photo Book Projects, Melissa is traveling the US and Canada taking pictures of dogs who are in shelters or rescue groups, or former rescues who now have loving, forever homes. Melissa’s own dog, Sadie, is from a shelter, but she’s also deaf. Because of her experience with Sadie, and after volunteering at her local SPCA, Melissa wanted to do something to help shelter dogs and deaf dogs. After giving it some thought, she came up with the idea of traveling the country and taking photos of pets for two books; one about shelter dogs, and one about deaf dogs. Her goal is to bring awareness to the fact that there are many wonderful pets in need of homes. She wants people to know dogs from shelters aren’t “damaged goods.” Many of them are there because their people move and can’t or won’t take their pets, their homes are foreclosed on, or other reasons that have nothing to do with the dog.

archie_dec05.jpg She started her trip just a few weeks ago and has already been to Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. After Austin, she’ll be on her way to El Paso, Texas and then on to Colorado and possibly New Mexico.

At each stop on the tour Melissa is also making appointments to take photos for anyone who’d like some great photos of their pets. She invites pet businesses to contact her about hosting a photo day at their place of business. You can also pre-order the books, which Melissa hopes to have out by the end of the year. A portion of the sales will go to rescue groups, and in fact, rescue groups and shelters can raise money for their groups through sales. See her website for more info.

You can find out where Melissa is going to be by following her blog or joining her facebook page.

Thanks for including my guys, Melissa! I can’t wait to see the books - I know they’re going to be beautiful.

About the photos: Those aren’t Melissa’s photos. I took the one of Archie, but the one of Lydia was taken when she was in the shelter, a couple days before I adopted her.

Technorati Tags: The Photo Book Projects, Melissa McDaniel, shelter dogs, deaf dogs, animal rescue, pet photography

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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 14, 2009, 12:37

Campaign to support abandoned dogs begins

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A campaign to encourage adoption of unwanted dogs and raise funds for rescue centres was unveiled today.

Irish rugby star Gordon D'arcy has teamed up with the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and petfood manufacturer Pedigree to front the campaign, which is aiming to raise awareness of the plight of stray and abandoned dogs in Ireland. 

In 2007, 15,587 dogs were surrendered, with only 8,721 rehomed. An average of 67 dogs are abandoned each day in Ireland, with 43 dogs put to sleep every day, according to statistics from the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government. 

The Pedigree Adoption Drive, which runs until the end of March, will donate money from the sales of Pedigree products to rescue shelters around the country. 

"The money raised in 2008 went a long way for us, and other animal rescue centres nationwide, to re-home hundreds of dogs throughout the country. With thousands more needing our help again this year, the Pedigree Adoption Drive gives hope to so many abandoned and homeless dogs and raises awareness of responsible dog ownership,” said chief executive of the Irish Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) Mark Beazley said 

Last year, the campaign raised €100,000, and is hoping to match that amount in 2009. 

Those who cannot adopt a dog are being encouraged to pledge their support to the scheme by signing up on the website.

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Government urged to give animal ambulances road priority

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The government should allow animal ambulances to install flashing yellow warning lights and enjoy road priority to facilitate their work saving injured animals, Taipei city councilors and an animal protection group said yesterday.

In response, Hsu Hsiu-lung, a section chief of the city's Motor Vehicles Office, said the Taipei city government had already discussed the matter with the Council of Agriculture and the Ministry of Transportation and Communications last week.

The council will formulate related measures within one month and send them to the ministry for approval, Hsu said, predicting that the measures will take effect by the end of this year.

As an advanced city, the Taipei city government should take the lead in awarding priority road rights to animal-saving vehicles, Taipei City Councilor Lee Ching-feng said at a press conference outside the council hall. ......more click here

Source: The China Post

http://rescueadog.blogspot.com/2008/07/government-urged-to-give-animal.html


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Neil Morrissey and Tiggy lead the adopt-a-dog campaign walk

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Marathon runner Dave Heeley launches Guide Dog campaign


BLIND multiple marathon runner Dave Heeley gave passers-by paws for thought at the start of a campaign to raise the profile of Guide Dogs in Birmingham.

Blind Dave, as he is known, joined Lord Mayor Coun Chauhdry Abdul Rashid to launch the charity’s Sight Awareness Roadshow, which is in Victoria Square until Thursday.

The father-of-three from West Bromwich was the first disabled man to run seven marathons on seven continents in seven days.

His efforts collected an astonishing £375,000 for Guide Dogs.

And they generated an estimated £5 million in publicity.

He received an award from the mayor and the charity’s chairman, Tony Aston, for his extraordinary feat.

During the roadshow there will be opportunities to learn more about the charity’s work and how to get involved.

There will also be tips on how to help people with guide dogs negotiate their way around major cities like Birmingham. Copies of a How to Guide booklet and DVD will also be available.

Sue Davenport, Guide Dogs for the Blind regional fund-raising manager, said: “The charity takes very seriously its role in raising awareness of the impact of sight loss and we’re delighted to have this high profile opportunity to make a difference in Birmingham.

“Increasing public understanding of visual impairment is an important part of our work in promoting the mobility and independence of blind and partially sighted people, and a vital support to our core guide dog service.”

* For more information on the charity, visit the website www.guidedogs.org.uk/guidedogweek or phone 0870 240 6993.

http://www.birminghammail.net/news/birmingham-news/2008/10/15/marathon-runner-dave-heeley-launches-guide-dog-campaign-97319-22039451/


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