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Posts From Jennifer Clarke

Animal Advocate: Is Your ‘Service Dog’ a Fake? Shame on You

Animal Advocate: Is Your ‘Service Dog’ a Fake? Shame on You

You may have seen them without realizing it. Wearing vests proclaiming they are “service animals,” they accompany their owners into stores, restaurants, planes and other areas where dogs are normally not allowed. Yet you can’t tell what service these animals

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Guarding Against Dog Bites

Guarding Against Dog Bites

Any dog is capable of biting, but many bites can be prevented by paying attention to the animal’s situation, behavior and surroundings.

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Animal Advocate: Resist the Temptation to Feed Others’ Pets

Animal Advocate: Resist the Temptation to Feed Others’ Pets

It’s a terrible thought. You’ve just moved into a new neighborhood and decide to take a plate of cookies to a group of children playing outside. Soon an ambulance comes wailing down the street. One of the kids was allergic

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Animal Advocate: What A Dog Really Needs

Animal Advocate: What A Dog Really Needs

“Woof-woof-woof, woof-woof-woof, woof-woof-woof.”  The incessant barking of a lonely dog can go on for hours. Dogs are intelligent, social creatures. To be left isolated with no stimulation or company goes against their very nature. Dogs evolved as active partners with

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Animal Advocate: Horse Neglect Soars

Animal Advocate: Horse Neglect Soars

Amid the economic downturn, horse neglect cases in the foothills have soared. We now investigate twice as many cases – two to three per month compared to one a month. At least four horses have been simply dumped in our

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Animal Advocate: Loose Dogs

Animal Advocate: Loose Dogs

The foothills are beautiful. No wonder so many choose to retire here to get away from the urban lifestyle and out into the country. So what’s the harm in letting Fido and Rover free to enjoy rural living as well?

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Animal Advocate: Hard Times for Animals, Too

Animal Advocate: Hard Times for Animals, Too

These hard economic times are having an impact on the animals as well. Dealing with job losses, home foreclosures, and uncertainty of what the future holds is forcing many families to make difficult decisions. More pets are being surrendered, and

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Animal Advocate: Who Will Care for Our Pets?

A few years ago I was facing a major surgery and it brought to the forefront this question: “Who will care for our beloved pets should something catastrophic occur and I am not able to?” I checked with friends and

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Animal Advocate: Rabies

Not everyone is aware that the state of California is a declared rabies area. Rabies is a virus that attacks the central nervous system and, once symptomatic, it is almost always fatal. The virus is endemic in the skunk and

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Animal Advocate: Controlling Pet Overpopulation

Having worked in the animal welfare field for more than 20 years, I know that controlling pet overpopulation is the single most important way to reduce euthanasia. Adoption is helpful but spay/neuter is the key. The excess numbers of dogs

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Animal Advocate: Wildfire Preparation

Those of us in the Sierra Nevada foothills live with the very real threat of wildfires. Having to get pets and belongs out during an emergency is stressful under any circumstance, but some advance preparation can help to make things

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Animal Advocate: When a Pet Goes Missing

Nothing is worse than that sense of panic when your beloved dog or cat is missing. The gate was left open and Rover went exploring. The screen is pushed out and Fluffy is nowhere to be found. What do you

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