• Confrontational and Non Confrontational Training Methods

    Tuesday, February 10, 2009

    Survey of the use and outcome of confrontational and non-confrontational training methods in client-owned dogs showing undesired behaviors.

    Methods used: Hit or kick, growl at dog, alpha roll, stare at or stare dog down, dominance down, grab dog by jowls and shake.

    Beware: you could get your face ripped off!

  • January, Time to Train the Puppy, Free ebook

    Friday, January 16, 2009

    Dog Star Daily has declared January "Shelter Dog Prevention Month". Dr. Ian Dunbar has made his book After You Get Your Puppy free for download this month. Get it here:

    We have 13 copies of Dr. Ian Dunbar's book "Before and After You Get Your Puppy" in the Pasco County Library Cooperative.

    Hudson Regional Library
    Regency Park Branch
    Centennial Park
    South Holiday
    Land O' Lakes
    Hugh Embry
    New River

    Thank you Ian, Kelly, Dog Star Daily and James and Kenneth!

  • Toy Drive for Pasco Animal Services

    Friday, January 16, 2009

    Toy drive for Pasco Animal Services thanks to Friends of Animal Services. Working in our community to enrich the lives of the animals at the shelter.
    Read the story here:


  • Canine Good Citizen for Puppies

    Friday, January 16, 2009

    A new program for a new year. 2009

    Canine Good Citizen (CGC) for Puppies is called S.T.A.R. Socialization, Training, Activity, and Responsible.
    For more information:

    After completing the course you will receive a framed certificate from the American Kennel Club.

    Pasco Puppy Power!

  • Have a Heart Pet Fair

    Thursday, January 15, 2009

    Have a Heart Pet Fair


    Adoption Event

    When: February 14, 2009 12:00pm – 4:00pm

    Where: Pasco County Animal Services

    19640 Dogpatch Lane, Land O’ Lakes


    Why: Raise funds for the benefit of Pasco County Shelter Animals

    What: Tail Painting Vendors

    Photos with your pet Kissing Booth

    Friends of Animal Services will pay

    $10 toward your adoption this day

    The Have a Heart Pet Fair will help raise funds for items that enhance the health, welfare and environment of sheltered animals therefore improving their adoptability.

    The Adoption Event is to encourage more people to adopt shelter pets. Friends of Animal Services will pay the first $10 towards adopting an animal during the event.

    Friends of Animal Services, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization of people who share a belief that a modern, well-equipped domestic pet animal shelter is essential in our growing community. The group works together to enrich the resources of the Pasco County Animal Shelter for the benefit of the animals on behalf of all Pasco citizens through fundraising, volunteering, and advocacy efforts.

  • Pet Food Assistance Program

    Monday, January 05, 2009

    Pikes Peak Pantry has created a pet food assistance program directory throughout the U.S.

    There is a pet food assistance program here in the Tampa Bay Area.

    Humane Society of Tampa Bay
    3607 N. Armenia Avenue
    Open Tuesday and Wednesday from noon to 7:30 pm,
    Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
    and Sunday from noon to 4:00 pm. This service is also
    available at the Administration Building
    from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

    For more information, please call (813) 876-7138.

    Thank you Pikes Peak Pantry, Colorado and Tampa Bay's Humane Society.

  • Adoption Event Pasco Animal Services

    Sunday, January 04, 2009

    Have a Heart Pet Fair


    Adoption Event

    Vendor Application

    When: February 14, 2009 12:00pm – 4:00pm

    Where: Pasco County Animal Services

    19640 Dogpatch Lane, Land O’ Lakes

    Cost: $25

    · Vendors should arrive at 11:00 a.m. to set up their table

    · Tables can be provided if needed, please indicate below

    · Cash transactions cannot take place on county property

    · Goodie bags & give-aways recommended

    · Drawings for a door prize recommended

    Please detach & mail application to:

    Friends of Animal Services

    P.O. Box 215 Elfers, Fl 34680

    Make check payable to Friends of Animal Services

    Business name

    Contact Person


    Phone #

    Check here if you need Friends to provide a table

  • Florida Creates Tip Line To Report Animal Fighting

    Monday, December 29, 2008


    Published: December 29, 2008

    There's a new way to report organized animal fighting, and it could lead to a reward of up to $5,000.

    Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum announced the creation of a new tip line today. Tipsters can call 1-877-TIP-HSUS (1-877-847-4787) to report cruelty to animals.

    "Animal fighting is a cruel and criminal behavior often associated with gang activity and other violence," McCollum said in a news release. "Now Floridians will have an easy, anonymous way to help make their neighborhoods safer and perhaps receive a substantial reward for their efforts."

    The toll-free line was established in Georgia by the Humane Society of the United States and the security firm Norred & Associates. Once investigators ensure the tip is true, they work with law enforcement agencies to arrest and prosecute the animal fighters. The callers' identities are protected, McCollum says.

    The Humane Society's tip line was set up after the dogfighting case involving former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick. Since it was created in January, the Georgia tip line has received more than 1,000 calls, leading to seven raids and 11 arrests, the news release said.

  • Pet Overpopulation Statistics 2008

    Sunday, December 28, 2008

    Pet Overpopulation Statistics from www.spcala.com

    Spay and Neuter your pet and make 2009 a better year for dogs and cats.

    Pet Overpopulation Statistics
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    • Number of cats and dogs entering shelters
    each year: 6-8 million (HSUS estimate)

    • Number of cats and dogs euthanized
    by shelters each year: 3 - 4M (HSUS estimate)

    • Number of cats and dogs adopted from
    shelters each year: 3 - 4M (HSUS estimate)

    • Number of cats and dogs reclaimed by owners
    from shelters each year: Between 600 and 750k --
    30% of dogs and 2-5% of cats entering shelters
    (HSUS estimate)

    • Number of animal shelters in the USA:
    Between 4k and 6k (HSUS estimate)

    • Percentage of dogs in shelters
    who are purebred: 25% (HSUS estimate)

    • Average number of litters a
    fertile cat can produce in one year: 3

    • Average number of kittens
    in a feline litter: 4 - 6

    • In 7 years, one female cat and her
    offspring can theoretically produce 420k cats.

    • Average number of litters a
    fertile dog can produce in one year: 2

    • Average number of pups per canine litter: 6-10

    • In 6 years, one female dog and her
    offspring can theoretically produce 67k dogs.

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    • There are approximately 65M
    owned dogs in the United States.

    • 39% of USA-households (40.6 M) own at least one dog.
    • Most owners (65%) own one dog.
    • 23% of owners own two dogs.
    • 12% of owners own three or more dogs.
    • On average, owners have almost two dogs (1.6).
    • Slightly more male dogs are owned than female dogs.
    • 18% of owned dogs were adopted from an animal shelter.
    • Dog owners spend an average of $213 on
    veterinary related expenses every year
    • 72% of owned-dogs are spayed or neutered.

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    •There are approximately 77.6M
    owned cats in the United States.
    • 34% of US-households (or 35.4M) own at least one cat.
    • 51% of cat-owning households own one cat;
    the remaining own two or more.
    • On average, owners have two cats (2.2).
    • Slightly more female cats are owned than male cats.
    • 16% of owned cats were adopted from an animal shelter.
    • Cat owners spend an average of $113 on veterinary
    related expenses every year.
    • 84% of owned cats are spayed or neutered.

    The above statistics were obtained from the American
    Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA)

    It costs U.S. taxpayers an estimated $2 billion
    each year to round up, house, kill, and dispose
    of homeless animals. (USA Today)

    Over 56% of dogs and puppies entering shelters
    are killed based on reports from over 1,055 facilities
    across America. (National Counsel on Pet Population Study)

    An estimated 5M cats and dogs are killed in shelters each year.
    That means that one animal is euthanized every six and one half
    seconds. (HSUS)
    Millions more are abandoned, only to suffer from illness
    or injury before dying. (Doris Day Animal League)

    On average, it costs approximately $100 to capture, house,
    feed, and eventually kill a homeless animal - a cost that
    ultimately comes out of our pocket. Low cost spay/neuter
    services are far below that amount.
    (Doris Day Animal League)

    The cost of having a pregnant female can be
    much higher than the cost of spaying

    Seven dogs & cats are born every day for each person
    born in the USA. Of those, only 1 in 5 puppies and
    kittens stay in their original home for their natural
    lifetime. The remaining 4 are abandoned to the streets
    or end up at a shelter (HSUS)

    Each day 10k humans are born in the USA, and each day
    70k pups and kittens are born. As long as these birth rates
    exist, there will never be enough homes for all the animals
    (Spay USA)