Monthly Archives: October 2014

Protect Black Cats this Halloween

 

Animal abuse certainly is “spooky.” As if black cats don’t have it hard enough because many refuse to adopt them based on their fur color, Halloween can be especially horrific for them. To this day, some use black cats as props and few practice a tradition of sacrificing them on Halloween. Because of this, some shelters refuse to let anyone adopt black cats during the week of Halloween.

We love the tips in this article from PETA on how to protect companion animals on Halloween.

Make sure you keep your furry friends inside in a secure room, and avoid taking them on trick-or-treating trips. Halloween can scare all members of the family!

We wish everyone a safe and fun Halloween this year!

 

Woofs and Purrs,

Sara

Eco Dogs and Cats

Camon Treats for Big Dogs with Big Jaws

 

We all love dog treats. The pure joy and excitement our dogs experience is fun to witness. Treats are also excellent tools for training our companion animals to listen to us so we can keep them safe and happy. For little dogs with little jaws, we love crunchy treats like Max & Ruffy’s and Mr. Puglsy’s and Mr. Barky’s. But we all know that bigger dogs will inhale treats like those in a millisecond!

For the big furry bundles of love in our lives, or the medium sized dogs with surprisingly destructive canines, something harder is essential. Pig ears, raw hide, bones, and other commercial animal product treats are incredibly cruel and incredibly unhealthy. It’s no treat for our dogs to ingest harmful chemicals and scrapings from slaughterhouse floors. It’s also most certainly not a treat for the kind farm animals that are killed unnecessarily.

At Eco Dogs and Cats, we are very excited about the healthy vegan dog treats we offer from Camon! They are just as texturally tough as their animal based counterparts, but they are full of nutrients and healthy vegetables. We also love that they come from Italy, so they are guaranteed GMO-free!

Check out the fun designs: Churro, Toothbrush, and “Beef Stick”.

We hope you and your furry family enjoy!

 

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Woofs and Purrs,

Sara

Eco Dogs and Cats

Ethical Dog Beds Handmade in the USA by West Paw

 

Here at Eco Dogs and Cats, some of our favorite dog beds are made by West Paw. All of West Paw’s products are handmade in the USA, safe, and environmentally conscious. We love their selection of high quality vegan products. We also love their business practices, because we know our money is paying for living wages and benefits for employees.

The beds are made using 100% recycled IntelliLoft® polyfill (recycled plastic bottles), which uses up to 8 times less energy than it takes to manufacture the same material new and keeps plastic bottles out of landfills. They also use chemical-free renewable hemp.

Practically speaking, these beds are odor resistant, antimicrobial, machine washable and dryer safe. The more you wash them, the softer they get.

Give your dog the love that they selflessly give to you with an ethical, eco friendly, high quality handmade bed!

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Woofs and Purrs,

Sara

Eco Dogs and Cats

 

 

 

The Atrocity of Ag-Gag Laws

If you aren’t familiar with Ag-Gag laws and care about human rights and/or animal rights, you should start getting familiar. These laws directly target whistleblowers, investigators and journalists involved in the animal agriculture industry. We all deserve the right to know what goes on in facilities that profit from the use of animals. All companies should be open to being fairly investigated and held accountable for crimes committed and truth hidden.

Check out this must-read article that explains more specifically what Ag-Gag is. Also, to demonstrate how outrageous this issue has become, here is an article about how the FBI Says Activists Who Investigate Factory Farms Can Be Prosecuted as Terrorists.

Most recently, four local activists were prosecuted under the Ag-Gag law for taking photographs from the street. From the article, by journalist Will Potter:

“It’s only the second time that an Ag-Gag law has been enforced, nationally. The first time was also in Utah. A young woman named Amy Meyer saw a sick cow being pushed by a bulldozer, and she filmed it from the public street. After a news report on this website about her prosecution went viral, prosecutors dropped all charges.

Utah is one of seven states to enact ag-gag laws that make it illegal to photograph factory farms and slaughterhouses. The laws are a direct response to a series of undercover investigations by animal welfare groups exposing horrific animal cruelty.”

We all need to stand together to keep awareness and attention on this issue. Our voices make all the difference in gaining back our rights by getting prosecutions dropped, shutting down these laws where they exist, and preventing future laws from being enacted. Our relationships with dogs and cats help to show us that we all matter and that all of our rights are worth fighting for. Let’s use our voices to make sure that all voices can be heard.

Activists with Mercy for Animals peacefully protesting in Iowa, where Ag-Gag laws are still in effect.

Activists with Mercy for Animals peacefully protesting in Iowa, where Ag-Gag laws are still in effect.

Woofs and Purrs,

Sara

Eco Dogs and Cats