Ace of Hearts Thanks Animal Support for Giving Dogs a Second Chance

PRweb News February 07, 2013

Ace of Hearts is grateful for the recent sponsorship by Julian Omidi and Dr. Michael Omidi, co-founders of the charity Animal Support. The dog rescue organization aims to save 500 dogs per day from death at Los Angeles animal shelters.

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Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 07, 2013

Ace of Hearts thanks Animal Support and its co-founders Dr. Michael Omidi and Julian Omidifor their sponsorship and support. Ace of Hearts is a dog rescue organization that is not only devoted to rescuing animals from euthanasia, but also to rehabilitating, spaying and neutering and re-socializing neglected and abused dogs.

“Save a life… Change your life.”

“Funding a non-profit is always challenging and this tough economy makes it even harder to continue to save animals from death row,” says Kari Whitman, founder of Ace of Hearts. “We’re also fielding lots of calls from victims of the foreclosure crisis who have lost their homes and are desperate to find an alternative to surrendering their beloved pets to shelter. We would like to thank Animal Support, and we hope that, with their help, we will be able to continue our mission to rescue dogs from an unnecessary end.”

Since its inception, Ace of Hearts (http://www.aceofheartsdogs.com) has rescued, trained, rehabilitated and provided loving homes to more than 2,000 shelter dogs. Many aggressive breeds, known as “bully breeds,” are simply put down because few services are equipped to handle them. Ace of Hearts specializes in the rehabilitation of such breeds. Additionally, Ace of Hearts provides outreach and information regarding pet spaying and neutering, which is a healthier and more effective means of animal population control than euthanasia. Ace of Hearts relies upon a collective of supporters that house, train and care for the shelter dogs, since Ace of Hearts doesn’t have a shelter facility.

AnimalSupport.org is dedicated to ending animal abuse by recommending charities and organizations that fight to stop this horrific practice. This website will soon contain a network of resources committed to animal protection, rescue and adoption. If you would like to join the fight to end animal abuse and neglect or would like more information about Animal Support, please send a message using the website’s Contact Us function. Check out the Animal Support Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/animalsupport.org and follow us on Pinterest and Twitter.

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Animal Support Helps Ace of Hearts Dog Rescue Give Dogs a Second Chance

PRweb News February 04, 2013

Dr. Michael Omidi and Julian Omidi, brothers and co-founders of AnimalSupport.org have joined forces with dog rescue and adoption organization Ace of Hearts. Pet overpopulation statistics are alarming and countless animals are euthanized. Animal Support and Ace of Hearts encourage adoption volunteers to “change your life by saving a life.”

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Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 04, 2013

“Change your life by saving a life.”

Animal Support extends its support to Ace of Hearts, a dog rescue organization dedicated to saving dogs from euthanasia. Ace of Hearts is dedicated to saving all of the more than 500 dogs that are set to be killed in Los Angeles County shelters every day.

“Animal Support is thrilled to sponsor this great foundation, and we endorse Ace of Heart’s humane philosophy with regard to shelter dogs,” says Julian Omidi, co-founder of Animal Support.

Since its inception, Ace of Hearts has rescued, trained, rehabilitated and provided loving homes to more than 2,000 shelter dogs. Founded by dog lover Kari Whitman in 2001 after her own rescue dog“Ace” passed away, Ace of Hearts lobbies for protection of shelter dogs, and for the reduction of the animal population via mandatory spaying and neutering. Ace of Hearts does not have a centralized shelter facility, but instead relies upon a network of homes and contacts that are willing to house, socialize and care for rescued animals until they are adopted.

In addition to rescuing Los Angeles County shelter dogs, Ace of Hearts has taken in pets displaced by Hurricane Katrina, worked to rehabilitate and retrain “bully breeds” that other services will not handle (breeds that have been specifically bred to demonstrate high levels of aggression) and provide spay and neuter information and outreach programs, so that all pet owners protect the health and wellbeing of their pets by having them sterilized.

AnimalSupport.org is dedicated to protecting the welfare of animals by recommending charities and organizations that fight to stop animal abuse and cruelty. This website will soon contain a network of resources committed to animal protection, rescue and adoption. If you would like to join the fight to end animal abuse and neglect or would like more information about Animal Support, please send a message using the website’s Contact Us function. Check out the Animal Support Facebook page at:http://www.facebook.com/animalsupport.org and follow us on Pinterest and Twitter.

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Abandoned Cockatoo Adopted by Foster Parrots and Animal Support.Org

PRweb News February 01, 2013

Foster Parrots thanks Animal Support and its co-founders Michael Omidi and Julian Omidi for their help and adoption of recently rescued cockatoo named Ziggy. Proper bird care is important and the charity urges all pet owners to understand that every animal has special needs.

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A white cockatoo named Ziggy was recently found abandoned in a foreclosed home, now he is a happy and safe resident of the New England Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary. Thanks to the rescue operation of Foster Parrots and the virtual adoption by Animal Support and its co-founders Michael and Julian Omidi.

Foster Parrots is a nonprofit enterprise dedicated to the sanctuary and rescue of neglected and abandoned parrots and wildlife. Through its virtual adoption program, the contributions of Animal Support will pay for Ziggy’s veterinary care, fresh food and aviary furniture and toys, including hanging swings, ropes and frames.

According to Karen Windsor, Executive Director of Foster Parrots, “parrots by nature are wild and very difficult to keep as pets, therefore parrot owners have a responsibility to ensure proper care of their pets in the home. We thank Animal Support for its generous support which will enable us to continue our bird care programs.” Foster Parrots seeks to raise awareness and understanding of the proper care routine for parrots in order to prevent their neglect, abuse and abandonment. With the beginning of a New Year, Windsor urges all bird owners to review their current care routines in light of the recommendations found on about.com: 2013 New Year’s Resolutions for Bird Owners. (http://birds.about.com/od/livingwithabird/tp/2013-New-Year-S-Resolutions-For-Bird-Owners.htm)

Parrots have been kept as household pets for centuries. Their extreme intelligence and feisty personalities make them objects of entertainment for the owners and observers. Many species of parrots can talk, and some have the ability to string unique sentences together and even carry on a simple conversation. However, there are many bird breeders and retailers that are only interested in making a profit, and do not take the time to explain parrot care best practices. Many owners do not fully appreciate the time and expense of caring for a parrot, which can often live for 70 years or more. It is not uncommon for owners to discover that they simply cannot handle the long-term care and financial strain of caring for a parrot. Parrots often outlive their guardians, which can unfortunately result in the abandonment of the parrot if no one can be found to care for it.

Foster Parrots (http://www.fosterparrots.com) operates a parrot and wildlife sanctuary in Hope Valley Rhode Island for the purpose of caring for unadoptable parrots and exotic wild animals. In addition to housing parrots, the sanctuary currently shelters tortoises, African crested porcupines, aquatic turtles, peacocks, chickens and many species of waterfowl. Foster Parrots also offers a virtual adoption program, where sponsors can donate funds for the care of a parrot. Funding goes towards veterinary care, food, toys and aviary furniture. Sponsorships are good for one year from the issue date, and sponsors receive a photograph of the parrot, a biography of the parrot detailing its species, life history and personality, and an official Certificate of Virtual Adoption. Foster Parrots also offers the option of sponsoring an entire aviary, which is a flight enclosure of a community of birds.

Animal Support is dedicated to addressing pet over-population and abuse by promoting charities working on behalf of animal well-being. The organization was founded by brothersMichael Omidi, M.D. and Julian Omidi  to advocate for animal protection, rescue, adoption, and spay and neuter laws. Animal Support does not accept donations but encourages direct contributions of money and talents to the charities and organizations featured on our website. For more information about Animal Support, send a message using the website’s Contact Us function, check out the Animal Support Facebook page at:http://www.facebook.com/animalsupport.org, and follow us on Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.

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Pet Over-Population is a Serious Problem; Animal Support Advocates for Greater Public Involvement

PRweb News January 12, 2013

Animal Support and its co-founders, Michael Omidi, MD and Julian Omidi, endorse and support Social Compassion in Legislation, a non-profit working to reduce pet overpopulation in California.

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The numbers are simply shocking. In 2012, in California alone, nearly 500,000 pets have been killed in animal shelters and tax payers have paid nearly $250 million to do it. AnimalSupport.org and its co-founders Michael Omidi, MD and Julian Omidi support the efforts of Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL) to protect animals from such a dire ending.

One of SCIL’s primary goals is to pass comprehensive spay and neuter legislation across California. The organization endorsed the California Health Pets Act (AB 1634) which was defeated in 2008. This type of legislation provides a reasonable, fiscally-responsible step towards reducing pet overpopulation in California. Typically, the legislation simply requires that dogs be spayed or neutered unless their owner/guardian obtains an unaltered dog license when they license their animal. Frequently this legislation also requires that roaming cats be spayed and neutered by their owner/guardian.

The number of dogs and cats entering our shelters is currently on the rise. Approximately one million dogs and cats enter California’s shelters each year, and more than half of them are euthanized (killed) simply because there are not enough homes for them. This massive number of homeless pets actually means that every dog born in the state of California has nearly a one in four chance of becoming homeless and dying in a shelter while two-thirds of the cats entering California shelters are euthanized

Social Compassion in Legislation (http://www.socialcompassioninlegislation.org) is a non-profit animal welfare organization that advocates for state and local policy changes and implementation, community outreach, education, and private and public programs. The organization is currently focused on reducing the cost to taxpayers in regards to pet overpopulation and also works on innovative public and private programs such as The Pet Lover’s License Plate program, which generates fund for local programs to promote spay and neutering of companion animals.

AnimalSupport.org was co-founded by Julian Omidi and his brother Michael Omidi with the mission of ending animal abuse by recommending charities and organizations that fight to stop this horrific practice. This website will soon contain a network of resources committed to animal protection, rescue and adoption. If you would like to join the fight to end animal abuse and neglect or would like more information about Animal Support, please send a message using the website’s Contact Us function. Check out the Animal Support Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/animalsupport.org and follow us on Pinterest and Twitter.

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Animal Support Sponsors Animal Rescue & Sanctuary Nonprofit Foster Parrots Cares for the Abandoned and Neglected

PRweb News January 04, 2013

Animal Support is the proud new sponsor of a rescued cockatoo named Ziggy who lives in the Foster Parrots’ sanctuary for exotic birds and animals.

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Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) January 04, 2013

Animal Support is pleased to announce its support of Foster Parrots, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue and care of abandoned or neglected parrots and exotic animals. More specifically, the organization is sponsoring a rescued cockatoo named Ziggy through Foster Parrots’ virtual adoption program. Ziggy was recently nursed back to health after being found abandoned in a foreclosed home. Sponsors’ contributions help pay for veterinary care, fresh food and aviary furniture and toys, including hanging swings, ropes and frames.

While many people are fascinated by these exotic and intelligent birds—some of them can talk, after all—a lot of owners are not aware of the responsibility and expense involved in parrot ownership. Captive parrots need an invariable amount of attention and care during their life time. Certain species of parrots have a lifespan of more than 50 years, and owners cannot fully anticipate their long-term needs. As a result, many parrots are abandoned by their caretakers because of financial hardships, inability to deal with their demands or because they may outlive their guardians.

Foster Parrots (http://www.fosterparrots.com) seeks to offer guidance to parrot owners about the proper standard of care and also to raise awareness of disreputable commercial pet trade practices such as mill-style breeding, parental deprivation and pre-fledge wing clipping. Additionally, some breeders engage in the dubious practice of hybrid breeding, which not only produces parrots with unusual traits and colorations, but also destroys the species’ biological makeup, causing a breakdown of the bird’s natural genetic architecture that enables them to survive in the wild.

Foster Parrots operates a sanctuary for unwanted parrots and exotic animals. In addition to parrots, the sanctuary currently houses African crested porcupines, aquatic turtles, tortoises, peacocks, chickens and numerous species of waterfowl. “By concentrating our focus on parrots, we are extending a vital service to a commercially marketed ‘pet’ that begins its journey at a disadvantage simply by virtue of its wild nature,” states the Foster Parrot mission statement. “By opening our doors to other exotic wild animals that also suffer as “pets” or in captive situations, we are placing parrots in their proper context alongside other wild animals, reminding people that this is, in fact, what parrots are.”

In addition to receiving an MSPCA Human Heroes Hall of Fame award in 2009, Foster Parrots is a member of the Avian Welfare Coalition as well as a WSPA Society member. Foster Parrots also established a conservation project in Guyana in 2004 for the purpose of protecting parrots and other wildlife from capture and poaching.

AnimalSupport.org, founded by Omidi brothers Michael Omidi, MD and Julian Omidi, is dedicated to protecting the welfare of animals – by recommending charities and organizations that fight to stop animal abuse and cruelty. This website will soon contain a network of resources committed to animal protection, rescue and adoption. If you would like to join the fight against animal abuse and neglect or would like more information about Animal Support, please send a message using the website’s Contact Us function. Check out the Animal Support Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/animalsupport.org and follow us on Pinterest and Twitter.

Animal Support does not accept donations.

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Pet Loss Support Group

Pets are family. Anyone who has a dog or cat knows that their furry little one is a precious treasure. Even when they pee on the carpet. Or vomit in the car. At least pets don’t grow up, leave home and only come back for money and food. But I digress.

One of the hardest parts about having a pet that becomes one of your best friends is when it comes time to say goodbye. Not just leaving your loved one behind when you travel out of town on vacation. I mean goodbye, yeah, like forever.

I remember when my mom called me after having to put down our dog. He had lived with us since he was a puppy. I was so devastated that I had to leave work and go home. My neighbor couldn’t leave the house for weeks after her Siberian Husky died. It seems to me that there should be more pet loss support groups to assist people with the process of grief.

For some curious reason, we can forgive our pets more easily than we forgive ourselves or forgive our families. Pets never become workaholics spending every minute away from home and destroy families by eloping with a co-worker. Pets don’t physically or verbally abuse their family members. Pets don’t eat the last slice of chocolate cake. The simple truth is that sharing your life with a pet is one of the purest expressions of love in this world.

Recently I found a gentle and compassionate website that helps pet lovers who have experienced a loss. Pet Loss is a website which specializes in support, information and advice about how to deal with your grief.

Another consideration before making a decision to own a pet is to understand the life expectancy for each individual breed. According to this WebMD Healthy Pets article

“All dog breeds are the same species, yet they age at very different rates,” says David Waters, DVM, PhD, professor and associate director of the Purdue University Center on Aging. “We still don’t understand why.” What veterinarians do know is that the larger and heavier the dog, the shorter its lifespan. Plus females live longer than males. Yeah, where have I heard that one before?

The article continues, “Many purebred dogs come with a laundry list of health issues that can cut into their life spans. Some issues are specific to just one breed, while others can be a problem in many breeds. Owners can play a big part in increasing their pet’s life span. Good nutrition, proper exercise, not letting pets become obese, and proper veterinary care will help pets live healthier, longer lives.

The American Kennel Club lists the most popular dog breeds from 2008 and their average life span, according to The World Atlas of Dog Breeds.

  • Labrador retriever — 10 to 14 years
  • Yorkshire terrier — 12 to 15 years
  • German Shepherd — 10 to 14 years
  • Golden retriever — 10 to 12 years
  • Beagles — 12 to 14 years
  • Boxers — 11 to 14 years
  • Dachshunds — 12 to 14 years
  • Bulldogs — 10 to 12 years
  • Poodles — 10 to 15 years
  • Shih Tzu — 11 to 15 years
  • Miniature Schnauzers — 15 years or more
  • Chihuahuas — 15 years or more
  • Pomeranians — 13 to 15 years
  • Rottweilers — 10 to 12 years
  • Pugs — 12 to 15 years
  • German shorthaired pointers — 12 to 15 years
  • Boston terriers — about 15 years
  • Doberman Pinschers — 10 to 12 years
  • Shetland Sheepdogs — 12 to 14 years
  • Maltese — 15 years or more

Bottom line, enjoy your pet whether you spend a few happy years together or more than a decade.  If you need help breaking through a devastating loss then perhaps you can start your own pet loss support group. This Wall Street Journal article about Toledo veterinarian Dr. Alan Moore at Trilby Animal Hospital has some excellent ideas about how to make it happen.

Dolphins Are Dying Tragically in Gulf Coast

Dolphins Are Dying Tragically in Gulf Coast
Los Angeles (PRWEB) December 3, 2012

Animal Support Offers Reward for Arrest of Guilty Parties

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SUMMARY:  Several dolphins have been mutilated in recent weeks along the Northern Gulf Coast.  A $1,000 reward is available to anyone providing information leading to the capture of those responsible.

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Los Angeles, California – Animal Support is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone providing information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or group responsible for the death and mutilation of several dolphins along the Northern Gulf Coast. Dolphins are immensely popular animals due to their high intelligence and playful attitudes. The protection of these friendly mammals against this evil mistreatment is of great concern to the community.

Authorities are on alert, looking for information about six suspicious dolphin deaths in the waters off of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. In recent months, three dolphins were found on Mississippi beaches with fatal gunshot wounds and the most recent was discovered on Mississippi’s Ship Island with a missing lower jaw. Dolphins were also savagely killed in Alabama where one was stabbed with a screwdriver and in Louisiana where another was found with its tail cut off.

The public, particularly recreational and commercial fishermen, can help by reporting suspicious behavior with dolphins in and around the coastal waters. Killing dolphins is a federal offense subject to a fine of up to $100,000 plus one year in jail under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972. Those with information are urged to call: the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS) at 888-767-3657 or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at 800-853-1964.

Once the authorities are informed, please contact Animal Support via our Facebook page atfacebook.com/animalsupport.org [OR the Contact Us function on our website]. Provide your name, email address, a brief summary of the information provided, and the organization where it was reported. Please help us protect these precious marine mammals and bring the guilty parties to justice.

AnimalSupport.org is dedicated to ending animal abuse by recommending charities and organizations that are fighting to stop the horrific mistreatment of pets everywhere. We are currently compiling a network of resources committed to animal protection, rescue and adoption and will soon make it available on our website. To join the fight to end animal abuse and neglect or get more information about Animal Support, please send a message using the website’s Contact Us function. Follow us on Pinterest and Twitter and check out the Animal Support Facebook page at: facebook.com/animalsupport.org.

Source: Los Angeles, California (PRWEB)

Animal Support Roars onto the Scene Announcing a New Animal Advocacy Non-Profit

PRweb News October 31, 2012

New organization roars on to the scene to bring awareness to animal neglect and advocate for organizations fighting animal abuse and neglect.

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Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 30, 2012

More than 2,000 incidents of animal cruelty, neglect, and abandonment are reported every year, but no one believes that is the full story. These are reports of abuse by private pet owners only and do not include the questionable treatment of animals by under-regulated enterprises such as pet stores, zoos, circuses and farms. Our goal at Animal Support is to help educate the American populace about the need to protect these voice-less creatures that provide us with love and companionship and remind us of the inherit beauty and value of all creation.

Animal lovers everywhere can come to this new website at animalsupport.org to get the real story and the facts about pet overpopulation, puppy mills, and other means of animal suffering. Information about the proper care and feeding of pets – including birds, dogs, cats and horses – is also provided with tips about how to enhance human/animal relationships.

Among the many ways that pet lovers everywhere can become involved in stopping pet abuse is by reporting all instances of abuse and neglect. Even if the abuse is merely suspected, reporting is crucial in order for an official investigation to be waged on the pet’s behalf. As individuals become more aware of the seriousness of pet abuse and neglect, information must also be shared with others so that a collective consciousness surrounding this serious issue is raised.

AnimalSupport.org is dedicated to bringing awareness to animal abuse by recommending charities and organizations that fight to stop this horrific practice. This website will soon contain a network of resources committed to animal protection, rescue and adoption. If you would like to join the fight to end animal abuse and neglect or would like more information about Animal Support, please send a message using the website’s Contact Us function.

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