Thursday, December 15, 2011

Hoarding Hurts Everyone..

Did you know that 250,000 animals per year are victims of hoarders? (Source: Animal Legal Defense Fund)

According to the Humane Society, animals kept in hoarding conditions often suffer extreme neglect, including lack of food, proper veterinary care and sanitary conditions. Officers investigating hoarding situations often find floors, furniture and counters covered with animal feces and urine. In extreme cases, decaying animal carcasses are found among the living animals. Insect and rodent infestations are also common.

Filthy conditions under which animal hoarders live also attract disease vectors such as insects and rodents. This can also threaten neighboring households. Often a house that is home to a hoarding situation must be condemned by the health department due to unlivable conditions.

The animal cruelty laws of all states have provisions stipulating minimal care standards (e.g., food, shelter, veterinary care, and sanitary conditions) for animals. Legislation has been enacted in a few states specifically addressing animal hoarding.

In situations where the animal hoarder is unwilling to accept help and the animals' conditions do not warrant animal cruelty charges, non-animal agencies often step in to force change. For example, fire departments can cite hoarders for fire code violations, health departments can intervene where there are disease issues and housing code violations, and county zoning boards can step in to force change if there are local ordinances regarding the number of animals a person may keep. The charges may be necessary to help the hoarder understand the gravity of their situation.

For more information, please check out the Humane Society!


Hoarding hurts everyone.


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Happy Holidays!

From my family to wishes for a happy, healthy and safe holiday.  :)


Monday, December 5, 2011

If You Really Love Your Pet...

In every community, in every state, there are homeless animals. In the U.S. as a whole, there are an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals entering animal shelters every year. About half of these animals are adopted, and tragically, the other half are euthanized. These are healthy, sweet pets who would have made great companions. 

Millions of pet deaths each year are a needless tragedy. By spaying and neutering your pet, you can be an important part of the solution. Contact your veterinarian today and be sure to let your family and friends know that they should do the same.  (The Humane Society)

Did you is impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the United States?  The  estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million!  (ASPCA)

For more information on spaying or neutering your pet, please visit The Humane Society ( or the ASPCA (

Don't believe me or the Human Society?  Maybe you'll believe the lovely actress Katherine Heigl.

Come on..I said..they said..she said it.  What are you waiting for?


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Art Basel Miami Beach 2011 - The Good, The Bad, and the Underbelly..

I've been lucky enough to spend the last four days of RL in South Beach, Florida enjoying an amazing weekend of some of the most amazing artwork, exhibitions and displays from artists and galleries all over the world.

Below you'll find some pictures I took, along with links to the various shows and exhibitions.  :)

If you ever get a chance to attend..I highly recommend it.  The experience is unique, and in many instances, captivating.

These are just some of the amazing things I came across in Miami - though there were tons more and something for everything.

I even found an amazing french macaroon truck on the steps of the Bass Museum.  :) 

Hope you enjoy the pictures.