This week our guests include:
Zeus McGoose and Zoey
“My name is Zeus McGoose and I am a Giant “Throwback Pomeranian”….I also have a sistafur and her name is Zoey and a brofur named Bailey..We love to entertain and make people laugh with our silly nature. I tend to attract lots of attention where ever I go due to my “Giant Size” and of course my cuteness..But you already knew that..Like my page and there is much Fun to be Had..I am always in Trouble…High Paws and Tail Wags!”
Darlene Arden’s passion for helping animals live longer and better lives shines through in all she does. Whether she’s writing books or articles, speaking to breed clubs and other animal-related groups, attending veterinary conferences to increase her own knowledge and as a presenter, or interacting with individual pet owners, her goal is always the same — to enhance the lives of dogs and cats.
- Certified Animal Behavior Consultant, Clinical Member, IAABC
- Dog Writers’ Association of America – Former Member (1985-2009)
- Cat Writers’ Association
Board of Directors, 1995-1997 and 2000-2002
- Animal Trainers Forum
- Boston Authors Club
- American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians
- World Canine Freestyle Organization
WCFO Certified Judge
Advisory Board Member
- Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)
- World Dog Press Association (WDPA)
- Massachusetts Advisory Board of Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation
- On Honorable Withdrawal from SAG, AFTRA, AEA, AGVA
Formerly a professional actress / singer / dancer
Puppy Love! Darlene is bonding with an Affenpinscher friend.
Photo by Mary Bloom
Freelance writer. Articles on a variety of topics including celebrity profiles, business, travel and animals have appeared in a wide variety of publications including:
- Family Circle
- Dog World
- AKC Gazette
- Good Dog!
- Good Housekeeping
- Cats (former Contributing Editor)
- Catsumer Report
- Pan Am Clipper
- Car & Travel
- The Boston Herald
- New York Post
- Amtrak Express
- Soap Opera Digest
- Soap Opera Weekly
- Satellite Superguide (former Contributing Editor)
- Carlson Voyager
- Daytimer’s Diary (former Editor)
- Northeast Canine Companion (former Columnist)
- Veterinary Technician Magazine (former Columnist)
- In Summer 2000, helped Harcourt develop and write a Distance Learning Course for Dog Trainers.
- Art Show Public Relations for abstract artist Doris Weiner and jewelry maker Yehudit Shorr.
Dr. Jill Goldman M.Sc, PhD, CAAB
Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist
Court qualified expert
Masters of Science (wolves, Dalhousie University)
Ph.D. (birds and monkeys, York University)
Post-Doctoral Animal Behavior Fellowship (companion and zoo animals, ASPCA and Central Park Zoo)Treats each case as unique
Ethical treatment of animals
Applied behavior modification
Animal Behavior Society,
Interdisciplinary Forum for Applied Animal Behaviorists
American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviorists.
LA 4 Animals
Founder & CEO
LA 4 Animals Foundation
Linda works toward making a positive difference. While a recording artist on Sony, she wrote the first anti-gang violence rap song for the film Colors, and an ECO song for the United Nations Children’s Choir. She has written with other artists including Aerosmith & The Black Eyed Peas and for film scores.
Drawn to the healing arts, Linda then delved into yoga and natural healing, pioneering stress management programs and seminars at entertainment establishments including NBC, CNN, MTV, Sony and Warner Bros. Studios, and developing a celebrity clientele.
Linda facilitates saving homeless pets from euthanasia at high kill animal shelters by networking online and ‘pulling’ them from death row, fostering and finding homes for them through her network of contacts. She currently travels between Los Angeles and Phoenix with her rescued Affenpinscher Beans, assembling LA 4 Animals & Phoenix 4 Animals Foundations to help create more humane animal care systems.
The killing of adoptable animals in shelters due to lack of space and programs has escalated due to the economy in and around the City of Angels – and everywhere else. By attending municipal meetings, engaging those in charge on the government level and interfacing projects, we are working to create the changes needed in the current system to save lives. By aligning with other rescues and the public to address the problems, we can turn this tide.
Transports /relocation We save homeless pets, specifically those on ‘death row’ in Southern Calfornia ‘high kill’ shelters & assist others in their efforts. Working with rescue partners, we can send larger numbers of homeless pets by air and ground to other counties and states where breeds we euthanize in LA County shelters are in demand! Reputable rescue networks are secured on the receiving end to secure safe placement/adoption.
Gathering the Humane Community to be PART OF THE SOLUTION
LA 4 Animals is CALLING TO ACTION those who care to get active. Mobilizing are actors, directors, social networking ninjas, students, teachers, pilots, painters, stores, restaurants – all helping support the mission to create humane care for the homeless pets of Los Angeles – and beyond. Everyone is urged to help in a way that feels right to you. Simply write and tell us what you do – or would like to do for this life saving mission ! La4animals@gmail.com
Creating more ADOPTION OPPORTUNITIES
Partnering with companies, media and sponsors to get homeless pets seen by more of the public.
VOLUNTEER PROGRAM for high kill shelters
We developed a volunteer program for one of the highest kill county shelters, Lancaster. Each shelter should have it’s own structured volunteer program to work with rescues, help with communication and insure better care of the animals.
MULTI MEDIA and Hollywood
Working with Hollywood’s finest to create multi-media to showcase LA’s homeless pets. PSA’s, documentaries, video, creating content for TV and internet.
According to studies, only 14% of pets in homes are from shelters, and only 30% of the public knows there is an over-crowding problem in shelters. Probably only 15% know the extent of it. This all needs to change. Community organizing and outreach to educate the public is a priority regarding Spay/Neuter, adopting from shelters and rescues, fostering to save lives.
PET EDUCATION in Schools
Age appropriate programs for grade, high school and college levels. Program contents include adopting from shelters and rescues, spay/neuter, what fostering is, and life long pet responsibility.
NEWS MEDIA support
Engaging the media to do more coverage regarding over-crowding at shelters, unregulated breeders and puppy mills. This will alarm the public and law enforcement agencies to get more active in closing these perpetrators of pet over abundance in our society.
Improve high kill shelters
We’ve approached shelters regarding building dog runs, quarantine areas, pregnancy accommodations, better air filtration to help minimize disease, more groomers to insure animals don’t stay matted and uncomfortable and more. We are gathering volunteers/resources to facilitate these needs.
Planning a Large Foster Facility in LA County or in close range, where we can save pets from death row, groom, vet and – with a high concept adoption program – to find homes.
Nearly 15 years ago, while in Atlanta for a football game, Tallulah Trice noticed an injured dog staggering around Georgia Tech’s downtown campus.
Trice, who at the time operated an animal rescue in north Georgia, brought the animal to a nearby shelter while others enjoyed themselves on fraternity row.
From that one act, she cemented a partnership with the Atlanta Humane Society that later became one of the first shelter-transport operations in the Southeast.
In a roundabout way, it also led her to the Beaufort County Animal Services, where in a year’s time she has launched new initiatives and slashed the shelter’s euthanasia rate.
Trice says the shelter’s dedicated volunteer corps, strong partnerships with local rescue groups and support from county leaders have spurred the improvements.
That may be, but others believe Trice deserves credit for changing the shelter’s culture to one in which prevention and animal health come first.
“Tallulah is a bundle of energy wrapped in a great love for animals,” said County Councilman Rick Caporale, who started raising the alarm when the county shelter’s kill rate approached 70 percent about three years ago.
Franny Gerthoffer, director of the Hilton Head Humane Association, says Trice is changing public perceptions about the county shelter. Once seen as a grim last stop for stray animals, she says that’s no longer the case.
“People would say, ‘I don’t want to work with the county shelter. All they do is kill animals.’ … Well, Beaufort County doesn’t just kill animals. That is the message we have to try and get across,” Gerthoffer said.
A NEW APPROACH
Trice, 43, was hired as the county’s shelter director in March 2012. Since then, she’s championed trap-neuter-release programs for feral cats and the Beat the Heat program, which offers free or reduced-price spaying and neutering for cats and dogs through April. That effort, in which as many as 40 animals a week are treated, was possible through a $20,000 grant from Sheldon Animal Rescue.
A grant from the American Society for the Prevention Cruelty to Animals is paying for adoptable animals to be transported from the county shelter — where adoptions are few — to cities such as Atlanta and Richmond, where animals are in higher demand.
Trice used donations to open the Tabby House in Beaufort’s Town Center to promote cat adoption, and the county also has hired the Hilton Head Humane Association to provide veterinary services and help with adoptions.
The net result is a sharp drop in euthanasia rates, even as the shelter has taken in more cats than before.
Between April 2011 and March 2012, 48 percent of dogs and 75 percent of cats that arrived at the shelter were put down. For the year ending March 2013, Trice’s first year, just 22 percent of dogs and 44 percent of cats were euthanized.
Trice says those achievements would be impossible without scores of volunteers and the growing number of partnerships.
“Everyone is helping out in different areas,” Trice says. “It’s like a football team. Everyone plays a part.”
Trice, who grew up in Lookout Mountain, Ga., always hoped to be a veterinarian. That hasn’t happened, but she has spent most of her adult life working with animals.
In the mid-1990s, she founded a shelter near Chattanooga that transported animals from a high-kill shelter to no-kill centers like one run by the Atlanta Humane Society. Although the shelter ultimately closed, the group Trice founded, called the Hand Foundation, continued animal transports.
After moving to Bluffton in 2007 with her husband, Trice eventually continued her work with the Hand Foundation. She helped arrange transports from Lowcountry shelters to rescue organizations across the South and up the East Coast. Through these efforts, she solidified bonds with local rescue organizations.
While Trice is proud of the shelter’s improvements over the past year, she says more work can be done — especially with spay-neuter programs — in the year ahead. She’s also focusing on an making rabies vaccines more widely available to residents who can’t afford them.
“I have known people that were passionate about their jobs, but Tallulah goes above and beyond,” said Phil Foot, the county’s public-safety director. “I have never seen someone that puts the amount of hours and personal sacrifice towards helping animals and their owners.”