PARROT CONFIDENTIAL: Film by Allison Argo Shows the Bittersweet World Parrots Share with Humans

I have witnessed parrots in captivity. I have heard their loud calls. I have seen in horror parrots who pecked their feathers out. I have also met wonderful parrot owners and rescuers who have dedicated their lives to making the lives of their feathered friends better. But until I saw Allison Argo’s film “Parrot Confidential”Continue reading “PARROT CONFIDENTIAL: Film by Allison Argo Shows the Bittersweet World Parrots Share with Humans”

Proud Spirit Horse Sanctuary: Haven For Unwanted Animals

“Somewhere…somewhere in times own space, there must be some sweet pastured place, where creeks sing on and tall trees grow, somewhere where forgotten horses can go…” reads a sign at the entrance to the Proud Spirit Horse Sanctuary. Author’s Note: I wrote this article a few years ago for Petside.com when Proud Spirit was locatedContinue reading “Proud Spirit Horse Sanctuary: Haven For Unwanted Animals”

Aruban Sanctuary Provides Safe Haven for Donkeys

On an island known for its white sandy beaches and trade winds perfect for water sports, there is small area off the beaten path dedicated to rescued donkeys. Article previously published on NBC Petside.com These playful animals are not native to Aruba. The Spaniards brought them to the island 500 years ago from North Africa.Continue reading “Aruban Sanctuary Provides Safe Haven for Donkeys”

Want to help elephants? Read this inspirational interview with volunteer Diana Edelman at Save Elephant Foundation.

Article previously published on NBC Petside.com Have you ever wondered what it’d be like to quit your job and move abroad to rescue animals? Diana Edelman from Maryland did just that. A year ago, fed up with her PR job, 33-year-old Diana decided it was time to follow her dreams. She always knew she wantedContinue reading “Want to help elephants? Read this inspirational interview with volunteer Diana Edelman at Save Elephant Foundation.”

Save the Rhino, but Kill the Cow?

The wildlife conservation world is abuzz after learning about the extinct status of the Western black rhino in Africa by the IUCN yesterday. Rhinos have been hunted to extinction for their horns, which supposedly possess medical properties according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. There is no scientific proof. Conservationists have been working tirelessly to protect theseContinue reading “Save the Rhino, but Kill the Cow?”

Howling Woods Farm: Where Wolfdogs Get a Second Chance

A brown, burly dog came jogging toward me. His wolf-like face had amber colored eyes that sparkled in the sun. His heavy coat waved and his thick legs moved with grace. When he reached me, he sniffed and slowly plopped to the ground, exposing his long, soft belly to rub. Big, and surprisingly cuddly, Samson,Continue reading “Howling Woods Farm: Where Wolfdogs Get a Second Chance”

20 Tips for Traveling the Globe with Your Dog

It wasn’t until I read Sheron Long’s adorable book, Dog Trots Globe: To Paris & Provence, that I began to consider bringing my dog with me on my travels. Dog Trots Globe is a new travelogue by Sheron Long that recounts travel adventures through France with her Sheltie, Chula. After dozens of trips, Sheron and her husband decidedContinue reading “20 Tips for Traveling the Globe with Your Dog”

Darwin Animal Doctors: Vet Care for All Galápagos Animals

The Galápagos Islands located off the coast of Ecuador are known for their exotic wildlife, such as the giant tortoises, swimming iguanas, sunbathing sea lions, and dancing blue-footed boobies. But did you know that the islands are also home to many dogs and cats? Pets were brought to the islands by those who come to work inContinue reading “Darwin Animal Doctors: Vet Care for All Galápagos Animals”

Interview with Melanie Sue Bowles, Founder of Proud Spirit Horse Sanctuary

“A horse doesn’t have to be used to have value,” wrote Melanie in Hoof Prints, a sequel to her book The Horses of Proud Spirit about starting a sanctuary for neglected and abused horses 20 years ago. Melanie and her husband Jim founded Proud Spirit while still working as professional firefighters in Florida. Today, located in Lincolnton, Georgia, ProudContinue reading “Interview with Melanie Sue Bowles, Founder of Proud Spirit Horse Sanctuary”

Considering Going Vegetarian? Visit the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

Three legged Albie the goat was sprawled on a patch of hay with his nose glued to his food, Timmy the wild turkey strutted his stuff and the two recently rescued cows, Kaylie and Mike Jr., relaxed in a green paddock under an overcast sky. Chickens ran freely, the pigs made contented grunts as theyContinue reading “Considering Going Vegetarian? Visit the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary”