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Why is Liam Hemsworth eating vegan?

Why is Liam Hemsworth eating vegan?

Posted 30 October 2015   by Amy         Permalink | 4 Comments

Tags: Liam Hemsworth, vegan, adopt, good news

If you love Hunger Games as much as I do, you might be happy to hear that Liam Hemsworth who plays Gale alongside Jennifer Lawrence in the Hunger Games trilogy, has ditched meat, eggs and dairy! (And there's more! Keep reading for another awesome thing Hemsworth has done for animals.)

When asked why he's eating vegan, Hemsworth told Men's Fitness:

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Image: One Green Planet

Look out Ryan Gosling, you've got some 'sensitive new age guy' competition.

Eating vegan is not only the kind choice for animals as Liam said, but it's also good for your health and has huge benefits for the environment. Which reason will it be for you?

For the animals

For the planet

For your health

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And as if we you needed another reason to love Liam Hemsworth -- he also recently adopted a mixed breed dog named Tani. Just look at them together.

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"I’m a big advocate of pet rescue," said Hemsworth. "If you’re going to get a dog, get a rescue."

And I couldn't agree more. By adopting a dog like Tani from a shelter, Liam has not only saved her life but he's also made room at the shelter for another homeless dog to get a second chance. Think that's awesome? Sign the pledge to adopt your next pet.

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Whilst Tani is the new love of Liam Hemsworth's life, ex-fiancé and singer Miley Cyrus is also a passionate animal lover. During their time together Miley adopted 5 shelter pets. She's also vegan and recently spoke out against cruel wolf culls in Canada.

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*Header image thanks to Getty Images.

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This is what happens when people learn the truth about where dogs come from

This is what happens when people learn the truth about where dogs come from

Posted 6 May 2015   by Amy         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: Know Your Best Friend, dogs, puppy factories, adopt, TV, ad, Animals Australia

My workmate Damien and I recently took to the streets of Melbourne with a camera and a one minute video. We asked people to watch the video and filmed their reactions. Here's what happened:

How would you have reacted to the truth that most puppies in pet shops and online come from horrible puppy factories like the ones in the video? I know what my first thought was -- did my family dog Chelsea come from a place like this? If you're thinking the same thing, you can take the quiz to find out.

We got Chelsea from the Trading Post when I was in Year 5. I had never even heard about puppy factories then and I probably wouldn't have believed it even if I had. I hate to picture Chelsea's mum living in a concrete pen, not getting any of the love that we showered Chelsea with. I can't ever really know what life was like for her, but I now know that I have the power to stop other dogs from being treated like breeding machines. And so do you.

By getting your next pet from a shelter or rescue, you can make sure that your money is not going to a cruel puppy factory, you'll be saving a life, and you'll get a lifetime of love guaranteed :)

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Shelter dogs and cats make just as good pets as ones bought from pet shops and online. In fact, in one experiment in Brazil, shoppers couldn't even tell the difference. [Watch it here.]

Have you known an awesome rescue dog? Tell me about them in the comments below :)

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What's wrong with these dogs?

What's wrong with these dogs?

Posted 6 May 2015   by Amy         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: dogs, cats, companion animals, adopt, Quatro Patinhas, video

There's something different about the dogs and cats in this pet shop. Shoppers didn't spot the difference. Would you?

What's wrong with these dogs and cats? Not a thing :) When an organisation in Brazil -- Quatro Patinhas -- swapped out animals in pet shop windows with rescues, buyers still fell in love with them as hard and fast as they would've a purebred puppy. And I think I can safely say that the feeling was mutual :)

I love the tag line on this video -- better than buying a life is saving one. If you'd like more people to hear this beautiful message, please share this video. And make the pledge today to be a lifesaver and always adopt your pets.

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P.S. Have you seen our latest ad exposing the truth about puppy factories in Australia on national TV? Click here to watch it.

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Puppy factories exposed on national TV!

Puppy factories exposed on national TV!

Posted 27 March 2015   by Amy         Permalink | 3 Comments

Tags: Know Your Best Friend, dogs, puppy factories, adopt, TV, ad, Animals Australia

It's an exciting time here at Animals Australia because we have just launched our biggest puppy factory campaign EVER! Dogs in puppy factories will finally have a voice on national TV and on bus stops in Melbourne and Sydney.

Watch the 1 minute TV ad: [There's some sad footage of dogs in puppy factories in this vid so please don't watch if you think it will upset you.]

I can remember the very first time I learnt that most dogs sold online and in pet shops come from places where their mothers may spend their whole lives locked up and never know what it feels like to be loved. I was shocked. And saddened. The most shocking part -- it's actually legal to force dogs to live like this. 

I swore that I would never ever support puppy factories.

The best thing you can do to help end puppy factories is to adopt your future dog from a shelter. That way you not only give a dog in need the love he or she deserves, but you also help reduce the demand for puppies to be bred (which is what puppy factories thrive on).

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To find out more about puppy factories and how you can help end them check out Knowyourbestfriend.com. And keep your eye out for the TV ad and bus stop posters :)

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15 reasons #slacklyf beats #tracklyf, according to a rescued racer

15 reasons #slacklyf beats #tracklyf, according to a rescued racer

Posted 13 February 2015   by Amy         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: greyhounds, racing, greyhound racing, dogs, adopt, Blue

This is a story all about how Blue's life got flipped upside down.

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LAWL.

Blue was a race-winning greyhound. Then he broke his leg. Luckier than most greyhounds in this sitch, he ended up with a work-mate of mine. And his life is well ... here's 15 reasons rescue life beats racing life if you're a greyhound. (I know Blue would agree with me but that dog snoozin'.)

1. This.
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2. This.
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3. This.
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4. This.
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5. This.
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6. This.
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7. Friends.
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Friends who make funny faces together, stay together.

8. Tiny friends.
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9. Big friends.
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10. Dribbly friends.
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11. Nap-time friends.
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12. Hairy/huggy friends.
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13. This.
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14. This.
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And last of all ...

15. Because Blue gets to live the #slacklyf for the rest of his life.

Most dogs born into the racing industry will be lucky to get to live out their full lives :( Blue is one of the lucky ones. But there's no reason that all greyhounds can't live full, happy lives and feel loved just like Blue.

You can help make that possible by taking a pledge (or two) for dogs today:

If you'd like to keep up to date with Blue's busy schedule of napping and hoarding, you can follow him on Instagram @bluethgrey

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A WIN for cats and dogs :)

A WIN for cats and dogs :)

Posted 3 December 2014   by Nelliepotatoes         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: puppy factories, companion animals, adopt, election, politics, Victoria, pet shops, dogs, cats, Nellie

Normally when there's talk about politics I'm all like:

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But I heard some news that made me go like:

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Last weekend was the state election in Victoria. And the new Labor government has promised that they will make sure that NO cats and dogs are sold in pet shops UNLESS they're from an animal rescue group :) 

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So not only will more animals like me get a second chance and a comfy bed and walks and cuddles, but it means that people can be sure that their new friend doesn't come from a horrible puppy factory. (Yup, it's true. Most pet shop puppies come from puppy factories :( See for yourself.)

I reckon this should be the rule in ALL Australia don't you? Maybe you could write to your local politics person and ask them to do the same in your state. I would but ... I'm a dog.

The best news is you don't have to wait for any rules to be changed to be a friend to dogs and cats and help stop puppy factories. By pledging to always adopt, rather than buying from a pet shop, you will be a hero for someone just like me :)

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Yay! Mean dog prison closed down!

Yay! Mean dog prison closed down!

Posted 24 September 2014   by Nelliepotatoes         Permalink | 3 Comments

Tags: puppy factories, Kerang, investigation, adopt, companion animals, victory, good news

I just heard some news that really made my tail wag! This really awful puppy factory place has closed down for good! That means no more dogs like the one in the picture will have to live in this sad, sad place at Kerang (Victoria).

They call it a puppy factory but I call it dog prison. I used to live in one and take it from me, it's not nice. Concrete walls and no love -- that's what dogs in a puppy factory get. And this one in Kerang was just like that. I don’t even want to think about how many puppies got taken away from their mums who had to stay in the prison.

But thank my lucky paws for caring people because somebody told Animals Australia about this puppy factory and do you know what they did? They showed everybody! And just like me nobody wanted dogs to have to live in that place anymore. And now, after being investigated for cruelty, the owners have decided to shut it down!

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One day I think all of the puppy factories will be closed down. Since I was adopted I have only met really nice people who want all the dogs to have waggly tails like I do now and so I think that with all these people in the world it won't be long before all the dogs are freed and getting so much love they can't even keep their paws on the ground because of all the waggling.

The way that you can help make this happy, happy day come true is by saying that you'll always adopt animals from a shelter when you are looking for a new best friend. Animals Australia has shown that puppy factories often sell puppies in pet shops and online so if you want to make sure that you aren't supporting puppy factories then adopt, adopt, adopt! And the best part is you will get a loving friend like me who needs a home for life :)

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G2g steal a toy off Buddy (my brother) now. Byeee!

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I used to live in a puppy factory :(

I used to live in a puppy factory :(

Posted 14 May 2014   by Nelliepotatoes         Permalink | Be the first to comment

Tags: dogs, puppy factories, adopt, rescue stories

Do you only like stories that have a happy ending? Me too. So don't worry, this one has one.

A long time ago (in dog years that is) I was living in a really bad place. All the other dogs were sad and me too. I was always tied up. I didn't even know what walkies was then. And they kept making me have puppies, but then they took them all away. Every time. I don't like to talk about it much, but after I saw that video of the other dogs in the puppy factory, like I was, I wanted to tell my story.

I was lucky. The puppy factory where I lived got shut down, and I got taken to a shelter. And now I get to tell you the best bit. My story has a happy ending all because one lady made a very nice decision to rescue me from that shelter.

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My mum works at a place where they help all the animals and especially the ones in cages. They call the place Animals Australia. I come into the office sometimes and I am a big help, see:

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Mmkay I gotta go it's lunch time now. But if you would like to give someone a happy ending like mine, and make sure that you never ever support puppy factories, you can do this very easy thing – adopt your next animal friend from a shelter. You never know, maybe they will be super helpful like me.

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P.S. I have an Instagram page. You can follow me if you like @nelliepotatoes. Not sure why potatoes ... mmm potatoes ...

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The true price of pet shop puppies ...

The true price of pet shop puppies ...

Posted 13 May 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 6 Comments

Tags: puppy factories, Kerang, investigation, video, adopt, companion animals

Do you know that song "how much is that doggy in the window?" My grandpa used to sing it to me. But I could never have imagined the real cost of pet shop window puppies ... the hidden suffering that goes on behind closed doors.

A new investigation has revealed the secret ties between one of Australia's biggest puppy factories based in Victoria, and a number of popular pet stores. If you love dogs, this will shock you:

This is the true cost of many pet shop puppies — a life of misery for the dogs left behind. Not just in Victoria either... Puppy factories are still legal across Australia, and the RSPCA estimates that most dogs sold in pet shops come from puppy factories.

I'm not surprised that some of the pet shops in this investigation were caught misleading customers when they were asked where their dogs came from. Who would want to own up to supporting a puppy factory?

The dogs who are used for breeding in these places will never get to chase a ball, run along the beach or get a belly rub. They will never feel the love of a family. Most of them are forced to have puppies over and over again until they can't any longer. Then they're killed.

As someone who has always had dogs in my family, this breaks my heart. It's sadly ironic, don't you think, that the animals in these places have been bred to be "man's best friend" but they are deprived of any human love :(

But there's some good news! It's easy to make sure that you never ever ever ever EVER support puppy factories. Simply make the choice to always adopt your furry family members from an animal shelter.

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Animal shelters are overflowing with dogs and cats who desperately need loving homes. Be a lifesaver and make the pledge to always adopt today.

You might even give an animal the love of a family that they've never known! Unleashed's very own Nellie was adopted from a shelter and she had spent the first five years of her life as a breeding dog in a puppy factory. But I'll let her tell you the story herself ;)

Have you ever adopted an animal from a shelter? I'd love to hear your story in the comments.

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Very saved! The meme that almost wasn't

Very saved! The meme that almost wasn't

Posted 1 May 2014   by Amy         Permalink | Be the first to comment

Tags: Doge, meme, funny, adopt, puppy farms, dogs

Wow. Such news. One of the internet's favourite memes might never have been if it weren't for the kindness of one lady :)

This is doge, aka Kabosu.

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Like many adoring pet owners, (guilty!) Atsuko Sato wanted to share some pictures of her adorable fluffy friend. She posted this pic of Kabuso on her blog, and BOOM! The internet exploded.

Doge became a student;

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And pondered the meaning of life.

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There was that scary time when we thought doge was lost;

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But then she was found. Disguised as a hipster.

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Then there was that time that doge made a guest appearance in the Lion King;

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And became an international movie star.

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I could go on all day. But I reckon out of all the stories doge has helped tell, the best one yet is that of Kabosu's – the dog behind the meme. Just four years ago, Kabosu was saved from death row by Japanese kindergarten teacher Atsuko Sato. Kabosu was born onto a puppy factory, where dogs are valued purely for the money they can earn and kindness is in short supply.

Thankfully, the puppy factory closed down but that meant that Kabuso, along with 19 other Shiba dogs were abandoned. Kabuso was one of the lucky ones as she was saved by the kind-hearted teacher :) "She was not loved when she was little, so I want to shower her with love as a member of my family," Sato said.

Very awwwwwwww.

Sato started her blog in 2009 to help raise awareness about puppy farctories and why adopting companion animals is so important. Sato has been pleased by Kabuso's sudden fame. "I want more people to know about animal shelters and puppy mills," she says. Here in Australia, there are more dogs in shelters than there are loving homes for them to go to. Sadly, many will not be as lucky as Kabuso and may be put down. You can help put a stop to this problem in two ways:

Firstly, by pledging to always adopt your companion animals from a shelter, rather than buying from a pet shop. (You never know, your rescue pet might be the new internet sensation.)

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And secondly, by spreading doge's message that adoption is awesome:

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P.S. Don't worry, Kabuso is not letting the fame get to her head. She'll always be a sucker for a good ol' belly rub :)

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"I AM HERE!"

"I AM HERE!"

Posted 17 August 2013   by Amy         Permalink | Be the first to comment

Tags: dogs, pet overpopulation, video, adopt

Animals don’t have a voice. Some animals don’t have a home either.

This video shows how two Chilean students helped some invisible dogs be seen:

August 17 is International Homeless Animals Day. In Australia, roughly 23 animals are put down every hour because they do not have a home to go to. You can help solve this problem by pledging to always adopt your companion animals. (Click here to make the pledge now.)

P.S. This video was shared with me by Izzy, an 18 month old kelpie x who was rescued from a pound in Broken Hill, NSW, just minutes before she was due to be put down. Now that she has found her forever home, she has been able to start her career as a comedian. Check out her very funny Facebook page here.

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Let's celebrate cats! And gifs! And cat gifs!

Let's celebrate cats! And gifs! And cat gifs!

Posted 8 August 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 14 Comments

Tags: cats, adopt, pet overpopulation, World Cat Day

Happy World Cat Day! We owe a lot to cats. Did you know that if it weren't for cats, the internet would be filled with nothing but library catalogues and ads for suspicious medications?

To celebrate cats, (and the divine internet), I've collected my favourite cat gifs OF ALL TIME (i.e. that I've seen so far). And they just so happen to show all the reasons I respect and admire cats:

Cats always get what they want:

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They secretly love dogs:

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They can twerk:

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Cats aren't afraid of anything:

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(except bananas):

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(and balloons):

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(ok, they're afraid of EVERYTHING):

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They are amazing gymnasts:

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They think with their heads:

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They know how to chill:

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And lastly, because LOOK AT THAT FACE:

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Want to do your bit for cats this World Cat Day? The best thing you can do for cats is promise to always adopt rather than buying from a pet store or breeder. Why? Because despite how clearly smart and ridiculously adorable they are, thousands of cats are surrendered to shelters every year, and many of them will end up being put down. In fact, 23 cats and dogs are killed every hour. You can help prevent this by clicking here and making the pledge to always adopt.

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Look who's adopting and why...

Look who's adopting and why...

Posted 10 January 2013   by Anthony         Permalink | 4 Comments

Tags: dogs, pet overpopulation, puppy mills, adopt, Missy Higgins, Miley Cyrus

Proving that money DOESN'T buy you love, some big-time celebs have recently decided to adopt pooches into their family, rather than buy them. Check out the stories and adorable pics of their new best friends!

Miley & BeanMiley Cyrus (or Hannah Montana, I never remember which one is real) and her Aussie fiance Liam Hemsworth (who really only needs one word written on his resume: "HUNK") recently adopted a Chihuahua mix named Bean. Here's just one photo of the little fella; you can find about a million more on Miley's twitter.

And in Australia, the very talented and very lovely Missy Higgins went undercover recently in Griffiths, NSW to adopt Gizmo. I had to include three pictures of Gizmo - I hope you don't mind :)

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So why am I always banging on about adopting rather than buying dogs and cats? "They're all the same aren't they??" Yep, you're right - they ARE all the same. There is nothing wrong or faulty with cats and dogs in shelters. (Did you see the dogs who were taught to drive in NZ to prove how wonderful shelter dogs are?) They've ended up there because someone who was meant to look after them hasn't been doing that. And that's not the dog or cat's fault.

Unfortunately, there are hundreds and thousands of these kissable critters stuck in pounds and shelters across Australia. Uncontrolled breeding, and worse - puppy mills! - have led to a massive overpopulation of dogs and cats. There simply aren't enough loving families for them to join. Buying from pet stores or online may mean you are giving money directly to someone whose only care about dogs and cats is to make money.

You can make a personal promise to all the dumped dogs and cats in shelters around Australia: that you'll always adopt rather than buy when you're ready to welcome a furry friend to your home. Take the pledge now.

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Dogs pass driving test!

Dogs pass driving test!

Posted 12 December 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 8 Comments

Tags: dogs, pet overpopulation, adopt, amazing, rescue

I've heard of teaching old dogs new tricks. But teaching dogs how to drive? You have to see it to believe it ...

Two months ago, the SPCA in New Zealand launched a super-creative campaign. Their plan was to teach three rescue dogs how to drive cars. They did this to increase adoption rates by proving that rescue dogs are in no way inferior to any other dogs. Under the slogan, "Dogs this smart deserve a home", our three hairy heroes began their lessons.

And this is how it went. Get ready to smile!

Pretty awesome, hey?

Both Porter and the SPCA deserve a huge round of applause for what they've achieved. Encouraging people to adopt a dog is such a great idea. With 1000s of dogs being killed in pounds every year, choosing to adopt could literally save a life.

Find out more about adopting a dog; then promise to be a lifesaver yourself by taking the pledge to always adopt rather than buy when it comes to companion animals. And if you do that, then I think you deserve a round of applause, too :)

Has your dog got any funny or impressive tricks? My cat's best trick is luring people close enough to bite them. Can you beat that?

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Do you know where puppies come from?

Do you know where puppies come from?

Posted 27 November 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 4 Comments

Tags: dogs, pet overpopulation, puppy mills, adopt

There's only one reason you'll ever need to adopt, rather than buy companion animals. And this video is it.

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Forget asking, "How much is that doggy in the window?" You should be asking, "Where did that doggy in the window come from?" Because in many cases, the dogs you see in pet stores or for sale online have come from puppy farms.

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Puppy farms are also contributing to the shocking overpopulation of dogs in Australia, which is leading to tens of thousands of dogs being killed in pounds every year. The decision to adopt rather than support the cycle of abuse, overbreeding and death really is a no-brainer!

If you or your family are thinking about adding a new furry member to your home, you'll need to think seriously about these questions

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  • Are you ready to make a long-term commitment? (Dogs can live to be 15 years old, cats even older!)
  • Will you be able to afford food, health care, safety and toys?
  • Do you have enough time to spend with your new best friend?
  • Is your place big enough for a companion animal?

If you've thought through all that, and decide to go ahead with welcoming a beautiful animal into your home, then here's some tips to get you started

  1. Always adopt! You've seen the video, show it to your family so they know why adopting rather than buying is the right thing to do. You can even take the personal pledge to adopt and not buy.
  2. Head to petrescue.com.au to find the perfect companion for you. They've even got an app!
  3. Consider adopting an older dog. They're usually a lot more chilled and may adapt quicker to new environments.

Have you already saved a life by adopting? Was it a cat or a dog? What's his or her name? Tell me your story in the comments below :)

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Ironwoman brings dog back from the dead!

Ironwoman brings dog back from the dead!

Posted 26 October 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: dogs, pet overpopulation, adopt, amazing, rescue

We've all given a dog a kiss at some point in our lives, but have you ever thought you'd have to give one the kiss of life? That's exactly the situation Hayley Bateup (superstar ironwoman) found herself in on the Gold Coast this week.

Now, because it's Friday and you've probably been reading all week, you can just watch the drama unfold on YouTube. Thanks YouTube!

Pretty amazing, hey? Would you have it in you to react as well as Hayley did?? (NOTE: letting a dog lick your face does NOT classify as "mouth-to-mouth resuscitation".)

You can be a lifesaver for dogs yourself, you know. By making the Unleashed pledge to adopt, not buy dogs or other animals, you'll be saving a life. More than a quarter of a million beautiful dogs and cats are killed in Australia every year just because there aren't enough homes and families for them.

If you or your fam are looking to welcome a fur-friend into your home and heart, then please adopt! You'll know forever that you've personally saved a life when you do. And that would be the best feeling ever ... for both you and the animal you saved.

And while we're talking about helping animals - head here and tell me your best tip to help animals beat the heat this summer, and you could win in Unleashed's latest giveaway.

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Your chance to help dogs.

Your chance to help dogs.

Posted 10 September 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 12 Comments

Tags: dogs, pet overpopulation, puppy mills, Oscar's Law, adopt

It may not be groundbreaking news to you - but scientists have recently found out that dogs not only know when humans are sad, but they actually want to help us feel better! And if you've ever been licked on the face by a dog ... you'll know that they're pretty good at cheering people up. This weekend is your chance to give a little back to man's (and woman's) best friends.

In what sounds like a very adorable experiment, dogs (who lived with people, not lab dogs) were introduced to strangers who had to display all different emotions. When the person was pretending to cry, the majority of dogs would run over and try to comfort them. They would nuzzle and lick the person - apparently a doggie's way of saying, "there there, don't cry". Nawww. How sweet is that? Claims that the dogs would then offer to spend the night on the couch with the upset person eating soy ice-cream and watching Big Brother are yet to be proven. I bet they would though, dogs are that awesome.

This weekend you have the chance to return the favour, and help dogs who are in distress! There are rallies planned for Sunday in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide to support Oscar's Law (a campaign to ban the breeding of dogs in puppy mills, and to promote the adoption of companion animals through shelters and rescue groups).

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The conditions that dogs endure at puppy mills are heartbreaking. "Many dogs slowly go insane. They spin in circles or pace back and forth in their cells, some never see daylight, and the outside world is a foreign place to them ... They shy away from human hands as they have never known kindness. The dogs are deprived of even their basic needs as the current law is only concerned with food, shelter and water. The dog's psychological and social needs are ignored on factory farms." This is just part of a description of puppy farms from oscarslaw.org.

Also, the breeding of more dogs on these puppy farms only adds to the dog overpopulation problem in Australia. Already 23 dogs and cats are killed every hour around the country because they don't have homes. This is a cruel fate for these animals who would love nothing more than to share hugs and pats with a family of their own.

So this Sunday, make time to help out dogs in distress. You can show your support at these places and times.

Melbourne: Parliament House, midday.
Sydney: Belmore Park (opp. Central Station), midday.
Adelaide: Light Square (Curry St.), midday.

p.s. Animals Australia will be holding stalls at all three rallies, so make sure you come and say 'hi!' and find out what else you can do to help animals.

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National Desexing Month Can Fix You Up!

National Desexing Month Can Fix You Up!

Posted 10 August 2010   by Jane         Permalink | 3 Comments

Tags: Pet overpopulation, dogs, cats, pets, desex, pounds, pet stores, puppy mills, adopt, breeders, National Desexing Month

So I just discovered that across Australia, 23 dogs and cats are euthanised every hour because there just aren't enough people willing to give them loving homes. I knew the stats were bad, but I had no idea they were that bad!

Puppy mills that supply pet shops aren't just blatantly cruel, they've caused the unwanted pet population to explode. The 'designer dog' phenomenon also adds to the problem. And this just gets multiplied when companion animals become unexpectedly pregnant because they haven't been desexed.

That's why I was really pleased to find out that the National Desexing Network has declared August to be National Desexing Month! This initiative of the Animal Welfare League of Qld has arranged for almost 100 vet clinics around Australia to offer subsidies, discounts and special deals on desexing your beloved pets.

If your animals are already desexed, well done you! Give yourself a gold star! If they aren't, then now's your chance! Click here to find a vet near you offering a reduced price! And if you know anyone who hasn't had their furry four-legged friend fixed, direct them to the website, to take of advantage of the discounts while they still can!

Still not convinced? Desexed animals are more sociable (no spraying or humping my leg thank you very much!), less prone to wander or fight, have reduced risk of getting cancers in the reproductive organs, and (the clincher for me) generally lead longer, healthier, happier lives. Who wouldn't want that for their best friend?

Plus, you'll never have the extra burden of having to find homes for unexpected bundles of fur, or worse, taking them to the pound in the hope that they will do it for you (don't forget that opening stat!).

And finally, if you're thinking of giving an animal a home, please don't buy. Visit a shelter. I promise you'll find your new best friend there, and save a life at the same time. I did! :)

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Stick It To Puppy Mills!

Stick It To Puppy Mills!

Posted 16 July 2010   by Jesse         Permalink | 13 Comments

Tags: puppy mills, dogs, cats, adopt, pet overpopulation, pounds, breeders, pet stores, factory farming, take action

Recently, Unleashed member, Lea sent me some sticker designs she had created to promote shelter adoption. It's always inspiring to see what other people are doing to speak up for animals, and so I wanted to share Lea's designs with you:

I probably don't need to tell you Lea's onto a good thing. Adopting an animal from a shelter, rather than buying one from a pet store or breeder, is a great way to help animals ... For so many reasons!

For starters, you're giving a needy animal a home. Every year across Australia, over 200,000 dogs and cats are put down in shelters because a loving home could not be found for them. Every time a dog or cat is bought from a pet store, or a breeder, that's one less home for an animal in a shelter. And to add insult to injury it also creates the demand for even more dogs and cats to be bred :(

If that weren't reason enough, then puppy mills certainly are! Puppy mills are like factory farms for dogs. Imagine dozens or even hundreds of dogs kept as breeding machines - each dog confined to a small enclosure and given little exercise. These animals rarely get enough opportunity to socialise with other dogs or humans. Investigations of puppy mills have found dogs huddled in enclosures without proper shelter or bedding, and have found sick and weak dogs without proper vet care.

Many pet stores sell puppies from puppy mills. It's heart breaking to think that while the furry little bundle of joy that families buy at a pet store is on his way to his new home, his mum and dad are probably still suffering in a puppy mill.

Adopting a new furry friend from a shelter can be an incredibly rewarding experience. And it is all the more rewarding when you know that you've given a needy animal a loving home. Fingers crossed Lea's stickers reach a lot of people (and I'm sure she'd be happy for you to print them out and help make that happen - click on either image to get a larger version).

Have you adopted an animal?

Got something you're doing to speak up for animals?

Leave a comment below and tell us your story.

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Why Furry Friends Don't Always Make Warm Fuzzy Prezzies
Posted By Ward

Why Furry Friends Don't Always Make Warm Fuzzy Prezzies

Posted 20 December 2008   by         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: dogs, cats, Christmas, adopt, desex, pounds, breeders, pet stores, pet overpopulation

Tis the season to be jolly, no doubt. But as we edge towards Christmas, I couldn't help noticing all of the pet shop windows filled with animals. And this got me thinking that sometimes the best of intentions can have tragic consequences.

Australians love their pets53% of households have a furry friend. And there's no denying it's easy to fall for those cute little animals in pet store windows (they don't call them puppy dog eyes' for nothing)! Yet, most people have no idea where these animals come from, or the sad fate that awaits so many of them. So in hoping for a kinder Christmas for animals this year, here are 5 things you should know about giving animals as presents.

  1. Overpopulation:
    Animal shelters and pounds are already beyond capacity with abandoned and orphaned animals. Every year, some 250,000 healthy cats and dogs are killed around Australia, simply because there is no one who will take them in. When people buy animals from backyard breeders or pet stores, they literally destroy the chances of a shelter animal finding a home, and they put money in the pockets of those who are creating the overpopulation problem.
  2. Puppy Mills:
    Sadly, most animals in pet stores come from puppy millsfactory-like facilities where animals live in miserable conditionsthe mothers are treated as nothing more than breeding machines, until they reach their limit, and usually die. Puppy mills are factory farms for dogs and cats.
  3. The Commitment:
    Post-Christmas, animal shelters receive more animals than at any other time of year. Why? Because adopting an animal is a lot of responsibility, and many people don't consider the commitment they are making, or that they are obliging someone else to make by giving them an animal. Consider this: Will you have enough time to exercise and train them? Will you have the money to feed them and cover vet bills? Do you have the space? These are important questions, and not easy ones to answer for someone else.
  4. An Unpleasant Surprise:
    At some point we've all opened some present and thought Oh god! What am I going to do with this?, but unlike that shirt you'll never wear, or that book you'll never read you cannot pack an animal in a box and forget about them. Many people don't have the time, patience or desire to look after an animal. So that cute little fur ball may not give your loved one the pleasant surprise you'd hoped.
  5. Adopt & Desex:
    Giving an animal as a gift is never a good idea, unless you've consulted the person who will be looking after the animal first. So if you're certain they tick all the right boxes and they've said they want a furry addition to the family, then here's how to put a smile on someone's dial and save a life: adopt from a shelter. Adopting from a shelter gives a home to an animal in need and helps to reduce pet overpopulation. And be sure to desexdesexing does more good than you can ever imagine. The world doesn't need any more dogs and catswe need homes for the ones who are already here.

Peace out!
Ward

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