The DogChannel Newswire: Hot Topics Edition

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Posted: March 14, 2011, 3 a.m. EDT

Pet Pipeline Gives Hope, Worry to Crowded Shelters
Every day, hundreds of animals are taken in trucks, vans and cars from overcrowded Southern shelters where euthanasia rates sometimes reach 70 percent to states in the North, where puppies and kittens are not as plentiful. It's a labor of love for those whose main goal is getting the animals off death row, but it can also have a dark side ranging from unscrupulous operators looking to make a quick buck to well-meaning incompetence, reports the Wall Street Journal.
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Hundreads of Adoption Offers for Puppy That Wouldn't Die
An Oklahoma puppy who had a close call with death is having no problem finding a new home. Hundreds of people from the United States and Canada are reaching out to try to adopt the puppy, now named Wall-e, which somehow managed to survive despite two attempts to euthanize it, reports
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Church Finds Connection With Pet Owners
When Fran Weil and Gail Arnold were dealing with the imminent death of their West Highland White Terrier last March, the rector at Calvary Episcopal Church in Danvers, Mass., mentioned them during a Sunday service. And after much research, the Perfect Paws Pet Ministry was launched at the church in May. The pet ministry service takes place the third Sunday of each month, and the ministry also includes a pet bereavement support group, reports the Boston Globe.
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Apps to Keep Your Dog Healthy, Active,and Maybe, Quiet
Smartphones can now answer dog-related question with great precision and perform many other dog-related tasks because of apps like Pet First Aid and PupTox. Others, like iSqueek, Squeaky Fun Time and Dog Whistler are meant to interact directly with your pet and may even help shorten your dog’s barking jags, reports The New York Times.
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