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PA HB 2525 Puppy Mill Law out of committee. Next Stop – The House!

Posted by smallspark on June 26, 2008


06-25-08 — House Bill 2525 Clears House Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee

With a vote down party lines, House Bill 2525 has cleared a major obstacle – the PA House Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee with minimal amendments at 7:44PM June 24th

I watched part of the discussion in the PA House live feed here: Live Feed of the PA House of Representative and they let out around 3 pm that day. I didn’t realize they were coming back. I am glad they did!

One of the arguments against bills like this is it may put some breeders out of business. I understand no one wants to take away anyone’s livelihood – it’s certainly unpleasant – but isn’t livelihood a separate issue? It’s not like we have a shortage of animals available. We have too many – and hundreds at every shelter are getting killed because there are not enough places for them. If you have ever loved an animal, it’s hard not to comprehend how horrible that is.

Please note – this blog wasn’t intended to be animal focused so I am moving future posts over to


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Animal-cruelty bill H.B. 2532 PASSED unanimously. :)

Posted by smallspark on June 24, 2008

The House Judiciary Committee is to vote on an animal-cruelty bill (H.B. 2532) under which anyone except a licensed veterinarian would be forbidden from performing cesarean sections on dogs or removing a dog’s vocal cords.

Knowing anyone other than a vet could and DID do this (in any way they so chose) makes me terribly sad. I’m so glad it passed.

I’m holding my breath for HB 2525.

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Looking for a lost pet – WHAT a MESS!

Posted by smallspark on June 2, 2008

So I’ve been looking around in my spare time and somehow have gotten in the habit of trying to match lost pets with found pets. This is accomplished by looking at many lost pet website.   For example –,, and then some regional and local shelters plus specialty breed websites whose pets aren’t aggregated into these other mainstreem sites. gulp. There are tons more sites out there where people can post. 


This is a REALLY time consuming process and the odds of finding your pet are just pathetic.  The searchable fields are practically nonexistent and when they are there – it doesn’t seem like the chosen fields actually get applied. Most ask for your zip code and then you start off with your local shelter info then seemingly random locations.

Of course, given the way shelters move animals around in efforts to get them adopted out and/or alive this probably doesn’t matter. Animals can end up almost anywhere once they get in the system.

Then there are the animals that never get in the system due to being adopted by the finder, and exactly how I got sucked into the mess people deal with when they find a pet. I wanted to find anyone who posted a lost cat ad which matched one(s) I found. I didn’t find the ads. I didn’t find a new place for the cats. But due to the mess out there, that doesn’t mean people didn’t post one.  (Aside: This is exactly how dog-centric, cat allergic me now has FOUR, yes, FOUR cats. *sob* I wanted two doggies but now I have cats.  So the dogs are on hold. I guess. Because ‘m not sure I could survive cats vs. dogs. Really. I might die.)

Anyway, for the ones that DO get in the system, there are still problems. There the posts which don’t use useful keywords in their postings for fear of the animals being taken by unlawful people. (i.e.” I picked up a dog and it was matted. Tell me what your dog looks like and I’ll tell you if I’ve got your dog.”) Uhm. This is REALLY safe for the pet as it almost guarantees the owner, if they found your posting among the thousands of similar ads, or various websites, will pass by this ad – almost looking at it like spam. Plus this type of posting by the finder will most likely have issues being picked up by a search term used by the searcher.

Sad to say posting and searching has another BIG issue. Knowledge and application.  The whole process is based on an assumption that the animal you lost is an easily identifiable breed, identified correctly, with an easily identified color combination and pattern, again, identified correctly. In your posting on a website which someone hopefully found, using the SAME search terms. Example: Brown vs. Tan vs gold. Missing vs. lost. 

Oh my freaking god. 

I have some ideas about this that bring the pet search industry (made mostly of good Samaritans doing this for FREE) into the web 2.0 world.

I wish I were a programmer. I wish I could sit down in one place long enough to be a programmer.

I’d love to chat about this to someone who would work with me – maybe turn this into an open source project. Team effort type of thing.

I’ll be looking around more on the web to see more what I find. If anyone sees anything, let me know.

Right now, if you have a lost pet – I wish you good luck. You’re gonna need it.




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Wanna babysit some brand new kittens for a couple weeks?

Posted by smallspark on May 26, 2008

These are the kittens who DESPERATELY need foster care TODAY: 

A)Mom with two newborn tortoiseshell kittens 

B)Three four-week-old tortoiseshell kittens 

C)Three four-week-old kittens: one tabby and two black 

D)Calico mom with three kittens: one calico, two tabby and white 

E)Three four-week-old beautiful kittens 

F)Two five-week-old black kittens 

PAWS is located at 111 W. Hunting Park Avenue, and volunteers are there right now trying to find foster homes for all the kittens and cats who need to leave the shelter today so they won’t be put down. 

Please go to the shelter or call the foster office at 267-385-3800 ext. 114 if you can give these very vulnerable little ones a place to stay for a few weeks. 

Foster care saves lives, every time! Join us in helping Philadelphia’s homeless pets. Visit today.

p.s. You can also foster dogs, cats, bunnies and even just stop by and play with them or help out when you can.

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