The DogChannel Newswire (1-5-11)

Tips for walking dogs in cold weather; shelter in San Gabriel, Calif., facing closure; other news.

Posted: January 5, 2011, 2 a.m. EST

Humane Society in San Gabriel, Calif., Struggling to Stay Open
After suffering damage from recent storms, the San Gabriel Valley Humane Society is in dire need of financial support. Fannie Thompson Kessler founded the shelter in her home in 1924, after years of fighting with the city of San Gabriel over the stray dogs and cats she cared for. More than 80 years later, the shelter is still housed in Kessler’s old home and the surrounding property. The facility cares for 130 dogs and 130 cats, the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Tips for Walking Dogs in the Cold and Snow
It’s a great day to take a walk — if you’re a Siberian Husky. If, however, you’re a Chihuahua, a Yorkie or a human, you’d probably rather take a long winter’s nap. But neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night should stay a dog’s appointed rounds. Like mail carriers, they have to go out no matter the weather, reports.
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Lawmakers Cross Pet Care Trust Funds Off 11th Hour To-Do List
Pet owners whose devotion to their furry and feathered loved ones extends beyond the grave may soon have a legal outlet to provide for their animals after the owners themselves have died. A bill that landed on Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s desk could be signed into law this week permits state residents to write pets into their wills, leaving behind trust funds for their care that would be upheld and enforced by a court, reports.
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Several Hundred Pounds of Pet Food Stolen From Santa Cruz, Calif., SPCA
The Santa Cruz SPCA’s pet food bank was burglarized sometime Saturday night or Sunday morning, SPCA leaders said. The shed’s door was damaged and several hundred pounds of pet food were taken, said Santa Cruz SPCA Executive Director Lisa Carter. Families in need who have pets are given free pet food in a weekly program there. The bags of food are stored in the shed next to the SPCA office, reports.
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