Welcome to our near-weekly segment: The Week in Tweets! This is where I summarise my weekly tweets (from my Twitter account) and choose my favourite as the Tweet of the Week.
Tweet of the Week
I tweeted a post from Maddie’s Institute, “Study: Focus on the present, not the past, to get pets adopted“. I am a big advocate of positive adoption listings, and this post by the institute covers it well. Statements like “rescued from deathrow”, “had been used as a breeder in a puppy mill”, and “was so skinny when he arrived in care”, don’t get pets adopted! People aren’t terribly interested in what the pet was yesterday, but more the animal they’re bringing into their household today. An excellent post on positive adoption listings.
The South Australian Government has formed a select committee on companion animal welfare. They are seeking submissions, and everyone is encouraged to create a submission. Deathrow pets has posted a detailed draft document that you can use to form your own.
From Saving Pets: “Angel, Vanilla, Milly & Freddie – cute little kittens who didn’t stand a chance“, “Understanding the difference between a public shaming and an adoption drive“, and “The future is no kill” (on Josh Cromer’s fantastic efforts as shelter director).
Indeed, Josh Cromer’s efforts were well celebrated: “‘We’re rocking’: After first year, shelter director reports lower euthanasia rate, higher adoption, rescue numbers” and “Even great is not enough“.
This was a close runner for the tweet of the week: “All dogs are individuals“, talking about how breed generalisations are not helpful in rescue.
Attitude to Rescue Dogs in Australia (academic study review).
Baby jumps on dog – a disturbing video illustrating how children are often permitted to interact with dogs in a dangerous way.
Liam J Perk Foundation – A note from Liam’s mom on her child being bitten by a dog.
In the News
Dogs with Jobs
Behaviour and TRaining
Conditioned Reinforcers from the Fearful Dog Blog.
Other Dog Stuff