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2012 Jun 17

Miracle Club & Emergency Funds

Emergency funds save lives!


Please support our Miracle Club & Emergency Funds by donating online via secure PayPal.

Miracle Club Emergency Fund

Furry Friends Rescue often saves special needs and senior dogs and cats from our local shelters. If we did not rescue them, they are often put to sleep because they cannot find a new family due to their expensive medical needs (also shelters are always over-crowded).

When we take in such animals, we provide them with the medical care they need (i.e. dental care and surgeries etc.) which costs thousands of dollars. Our dogs and cats thrive after their much needed medical care and are able to find wonderful new home to spend the rest of their life loved and cared for!

We are urgently in need of more funds to cover our high vet bills. Please join us in helping save homeless and neglected animals in need! Your contribution and support help save lives.

We are especially very tight right now due to a lot of kittens rescued and dental work needed for our cats. Please be their hero and donate today! Thank you very much in advance for your compassion :-)

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2011 Jul 2

4th of July Safe Tip!

4th of July is everybody's favorite.... except for some of our animal friends. Unfortunately, so many animals go missing because they are so frightened of fireworks. Let's make sure to keep your animals safe this year and have fun!

Keep your pets indoors at home in a sheltered, quiet area. Some animals can become destructive and panic when frightened, so be sure that you've removed any items that your pet could destroy or that would be harmful to your pet if chewed.

Leave a television or radio playing at normal volume to keep him company and drawn out 4th of July fireworks.

Best to stay home with your pet. Make sure to give your dog extra exercise during the day to wear him or her out.

If you know that your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises like thunder, consult with your veterinarian before July 4th for ways to help alleviate the fear and anxiety he or she will experience during fireworks displays.

[Video] 4th of July Pet Safety


You can purchase "stress & anxiety" supplements to help calm their nerves.  A lot of online pet stores via Furry Friends Shopping page. (Shopping from these links will donate %s to FFR!)

TranQuil tablets has helped our dogs: http://www.entirelypets.com/tranquil60.html Sold at Waggin Tail, Union City and other pet stores.

Other Helpful Tips!

2010 Oct 12

K-9 dogs strut stuff at Furry Friends picnic

A 'Woofstock' event is held in Fremont's Central Park.

By Rob Dennis
Fremont Argus
Posted: 10/08/2010 11:00:00 PM PDT
Updated: 10/11/2010 09:59:35 AM PDT

FREMONT -- Rocket was a day from being euthanized when Dave Dorn found him nearly six years ago in a Bay Area shelter.

Today, the 9-year-old yellow Labrador is enjoying his retirement after a career as the top narcotics detection dog in the western U.S.

The hyperactivity that makes dogs like Rocket so difficult to handle as household pets often makes them perfect for law enforcement work as drug- and bomb-sniffing dogs, Dorn said.

"Most of the time, these dogs don't make good pets for homes," Dorn said. "They just always keep going, keep going, keep going. ... He was a rocket, man. That's how he gets the name. He (nearly) escaped from me three times."

Rocket demonstrated that get-up-and-go along with his drug-sniffing prowess Saturday during Furry Friends Rescue's Tail Waggin' Walk and Picnic, dubbed "Woofstock."

The event, held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Fremont's Central Park, raised money for Furry Friends and the Tri-City and Hayward animal shelters. Furry Friends, an all-volunteer nonprofit companion animal rescue organization based in Fremont, has saved more than 12,000 animals since 1998.

The day kicked off with a 3K walk and included music, a vegetarian lunch, raffles and a silent auction. Dog show contests included Best Talent, Coolest Hippie, Prettiest Flower Child, Best Speak, Unique Mix and (of course) Howl-loween Costume.

Rocket and another of Dorn's dogs, an 8-year-old black Lab named Storm who specializes in bomb detection, strutted their stuff at noon, walking down a line of plastic tubs and orange cones and then pouncing on the one with the suspicious odor.

Rocket, in character, pawed frantically at the tub, flipping it over and popping the top off. Storm proceeded in a more sedate fashion.

"She's a little slower because she does explosives, and we don't want her knocking over the bomb," Dorn said.

Dorn, a sergeant with the San Francisco Sheriff's Department, has been around dogs his entire life. He has been a police officer since 1994 and has been supervising and training the department's Canine Unit for 12 years.

Through their company K-9 STAC, or Specialized Training and Consulting, he and his wife Kerry have found, trained and placed about 30 dogs into law enforcement agencies throughout California. If a dog has the right stuff, it takes about five weeks to train it to detect odors and conduct searches, and another four weeks to get it working with its police handler.

"I'll take a three-legged dog, I'll take a beagle, I'll take 10 Chihuahuas," Dorn said. "If you have the right drives to make it, you're in with me."

For more information about training dogs for law enforcement work, go to www.k9stac.com. For more information about Furry Friends Rescue, go to http://furryfriendsrescue.org.

This articles are originally posted on www.insidebayarea.com.

2010 Mar 3

Our shelters needs our help!

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All city Animal Shelters in every city are over-full with dogs and cats of all ages. They are out of cage space therefore, the dogs & cats' time there is very short. Please visit your local city Animal Shelter and ADOPT now!

You can look for shelters on www.PetHarbor.com or on our Furry Friends Rescue's Shelter Page for Dogs and cats. Locally, please visit Hayward Shelter & Tri-City Animal Shelter, Fremont.

2010 Mar 1

FFR runner-up for "Beast of the Bay" 2010!

Bay Woof Beast of the Bay Awards 2010 Winners

Furry Friends Rescue won runner-up for Beast of the Bay Awards 2010 for BEST RESCUE GROUP along with other awesome rescue groups in the area! Congratulation to the winner, Muttville! Thanks to our wonderful supporters who took the time to vote for us!

See details on baywoof.com/beastofthebay10.shtml

2009 Dec 18

Help Ashley, a lovable gentle Lab/Pit Mix

Ashley: A lovable gentle girl! Need your donation help and foster home


In November 2009, Ashley (http://furryfriendsrescue.org/find_a_pet/view/13395) was walking the streets – abandoned, lost and cold – until she walked into the arms of someone who cared enough to bring her in. She was brought to the local animal shelter where she waited for her family who never showed up for her. With her charm and affection, she has touched the hearts of everyone who has had the pleasure of meeting her. She is a loving and sweet girl who is very friendly and gentle with every person or animal she meets. When she ran out of time at the shelter, her life was saved by Furry Friends Rescue.

Ashley would love to enjoy life by playing with other dogs, chasing a ball, or going for walks with her friends. Unfortunately, she sustained injuries to both knees some time ago and is experiencing quite a bit of pain and inflammation. She tore both anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL). Walking is painful for her. The doctor says she will need TPLO surgery on both knees very soon.

Donations are needed to give Ashley the care she deserves. If you’d like to see Ashley recover and enjoy life, please send donations to:

Furry Friends Rescue
c/o The Ashley Fund
P.O. Box 7270
Fremont, CA 94537

Or on-line (via safe and secure 3rd party donation application): Donate Online (JustGive.org)

Please spread the word about this story. Thank you!

2009 Nov 11

FFR volunteer work in the SLAC daily news!

SLAC Today published an article about one of our volunteer Teresa. Find out how she helps Furry Friends Rescue. If you are interested in volunteering as Teresa and many others, please see our volunteer opportunity!

People: Teresa Downey to the Rescue

Teresa Downey

Teresa Downey plays with a rescue dog at a Furry Friends event. (Photo courtesy Teresa Downey.)

As an enterprise application manager for SLAC Computer Services, Teresa Downey helps manage the software that keeps the business side of the lab running. In her free time, though, she takes on a completely different role, working to find homes for displaced pets everywhere.

Downey works with a volunteer-run organization called Furry Friends Rescue. Members of the group travel to animal shelters throughout the Bay Area, testing and rescuing dogs and cats at risk of being euthanized. The rescued pets are assigned to foster homes, where Furry Friends volunteers care for them until permanent homes can be found.

According to Downey, the program works, and since 1998 has helped find permanent homes for more than 4,400 animals.

"Within 24 hours of being rescued, the dogs have gone to the vet, and are up on half a dozen different Web sites so that people can see them," she said. "A couple days later they're in a foster home."

By placing pets in foster homes, Downey said, the organization has the time needed to find the right, permanent homes for the cats and dogs, helping to ensure that they don't end up returning to shelters.

"The shelters and humane societies do adoptions much faster," Downey said. "I think, in the end, the animals are much happier once they're in our foster homes. They have a much better chance of having the 'forever adoption.'"

Downey has volunteered with Furry Friends for three years, and over that time has hosted more than a dozen pets, some for as long as five months. She said that while it can be hard to say goodbye to the animals she takes care of, it's rewarding to know that the pets are going to good homes.

"It's just wonderful to see that they've found a family that will love and take care of them no matter what," she said. "I still stay in touch with a lot of the people. I still get e-mails and pictures from some of the families."

Every Saturday afternoon, Downey also goes to the Mountain View Pet Club, hosting "pet showcases" to promote Furry Friends Rescue and to introduce would-be adopters to potential adoptees. According to Downey, the events not only help publicize the program, but help raise awareness of pet issues.

All of the work keeps Downey busy to be sure. Aside from the pets that she adopts, her family keeps five dogs of their own (that's four Mini Schnauzer mixes and one Bichon Frise mix).

For more information on pet adoption, or to find out how to volunteer, visit the Furry Friends Rescue Web site.

—Nicholas Bock
SLAC Today, November 11, 2009

>> View original article at SLAC Today

2009 Oct 18

Thank you for big success in our Tail Waggin' Walk

Thank you!

Tail Waggin' Walk, Autumn Paws 2009–a Waggin' Success!

View this photo album!

See event detail and sponsors.

FFR's October, 17th–7th Tail Waggin Walk & Appreciation Picnic hosted by all volunteers was a big success. It was a sunny and fun day for hundreds of people and dogs (many alumni dogs).

Walkers enjoyed a fun warm-up to music and relaxing 3K walk around beautiful Lake Elizabeth. Afterward, they got lot's of goodies/treats from 20 booths, watched Search & Rescue and Frisbee Demo's, won awesome Raffles and Silent Auction items, ate Pizza, Pumpkin Pie and lot's of goodies, got their dog's photo Portraits, and participated or watched the Howl-loween & Dog Show Contests.
See details/sponsors at www.furryfriendsrescue.org/events/past

Here's video of this FUN event!

We're still adding up our event totals, but so far, our 3K walk raised about $14K. Every dollar raised help save a dog or cat's life from a over-crowded animal shelter.

There is still time to make an on-line gift to Tail Waggin' Walk JustGive.org Furry Friends Rescue page.

Big thanks and HUGS to everyone who volunteered and donated to our event!!! Thanks to all our wonderful sponsors for their donation!

Article in Argus News (online):

Article in Argus News (newspaper):
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2009 Sep 30

AB 241 needs your call to the Governor

Here's letter from SCIL. Let's call governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and make this happen!

YES on AB 241 - Social Compassion In Legislation (SCIL)

AB 241, Assemblymember Pedro Nava's the Responsible Breeder Act, co-sponsored by SCIL, is currently sitting on Governor Schwarzenegger's desk, awaiting his signature.

This is a hopeful time in California for those of us concerned with mistreatment of pets, and it is your phone calls and letters that helped AB 241 come this far:

Chart to describe where we are in the process.

Image of puppy mill.

If the Governor signs AB 241, it will become law on Jan 1, 2010, and the number of large puppy / pet mills in California will be dramatically reduced. If he vetoes it, we must start the entire process again next year, and the suffering of these innocent animals is prolonged.

We urge you to call the Governor and let him know how important this bill is to you. Legislation limiting the number of dogs in puppy mills has already passed in Louisiana, Virginia, Oregon and Washington. It is time for California to join them.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
Phone: 916-445-2841

When you call the Governor's office, you are offered the option to simply press a key to indicate your support of AB 241, but we recommend speaking with a live operator if possible to make sure your voice is heard.

My sincere thanks for your help,

Judie Mancuso
President, Social Compassion In Legislation (SCIL)
A 501(c)(4) non-profit organization focused on reducing pet overpopulation through legislation.

2009 Sep 6

Senator Dean Florez introduces SB250 - The Pet Res

Watch the video of Senator Dean Florez introducing SB250. You will hear success stories from Santa Cruz county and learn more about how and why this bill will benefit both humans and animals. Find out more about this bill at their website: www.yesonsb250.com

2009 Sep 1

SB 250 Final Round of Calls Needed!

Here is the letter from President, Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL).

Social Compassion in Legistration

Dear Friends:

In my last email to you, I promised to contact you with more information about when to contact Assembly members in your area to voice your support of SB 250.

The time is here! The bill will be heard in the full Assembly sometime before September 10, and then will be sent to the Senate for a concurrence vote.

So, we need your calls today! I know that the bill is moving fast and that phone calls seem like they are constantly required, but THIS IS IT. After September 10, the bill is either on it's way to the Governor's desk, or dead.

A simple, quick phone call NOW will help SB 250 reach the finish line!

To help make calls easier, we are introducing our new SB 250 Automatic Phone Caller! Just enter your zip code and the tool directs you to the most critical Legislators in your area.

Click here now to use the tool!

See Why are we being asked to make so many phone calls?!

Without your previous phone calls, we NEVER would have gotten this far. This is hard work for every volunteer out there, but your quick phone calls today are absolutely critical for this bill. THANK YOU!

Thank you so much for your support and for caring about pets in California.

My deepest appreciation,

Judie Mancuso
President, Social Compassion In Legislation (SCIL)
A 501(c)(4) non-profit organization focused on reducing pet overpopulation through legislation.

2009 Jul 17

SUCCESS! AB 241 Passes Committee.

Here is the letter from President, Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL).

Dear Supporters:

Yes on AB 241, The responsible breeder act


AB 241, Assemblymember Pedro Nava's anti puppy mill legislation, won its vote in the Senate Public Safety Committee this morning!

Senators Mark Leno, Gil Cedillo, Loni Hancock and Darrell Steinberg all voted YES. The Senators listened to the hundreds of animal lovers who called and faxed in support of this good bill.

And congratulations Assemblymember Nava! Thank you for representing the vast majority of Californians who see pets as friends, not products. AB 241 will next be heard in August in the Senate Appropriations Committee. We will alert you when the time comes.

Now, a more personal note. This has been a crazy week in Sacramento. AB 241 has passed Committee, while Senator Florez decided to wait until August to move SB 250 forward. Thanks so much to everyone who has called, faxed and traveled to help our pets live better lives.

Once AB 241 becomes law, no one in California will be able to keep more than 50 unaltered dogs. While that may seem like a lot, in reality many puppy mills keep 500 or more unaltered dogs at one time. All too often the puppy mill breeder dogs spend their life in tiny cages, and sometimes never touch the ground for their entire life.

Image of Puppy Mill

The awful treatment of dogs in puppy mills is a direct result of the profit mentality of underground animal breeders, whether they have 5 breeder dogs or 500. They believe it is their right to breed and sell animals without any government oversight. And ironically, backyard breeders (and the groups representing them) complained all through 2007 and 2008 that legislation targeting underground breeding was misplaced and should focus only on puppy mills... but now it's those same people loudly complaining about AB 241! They now oppose ANY legislation designed to help pets, a knee-jerk reaction based on a collective paranoia that sees a conspiracy to take away breeding rights and pets behind every piece of pet legislation.

If this all sounds like hyperbole just for effect, I wish it was. The number of people living off the income of their underground, backyard breeding in California is truly staggering. Before we started doing research into this a few years ago, the scope of this problem, and the millions of tax dollars stolen from our state by these people, just wasn't understood. But now, thankfully, our Legislators are starting to notice.

In fact, the California Board of Equalization is now also starting to take an interest in underground breeding. The BOE is beginning to contact breeders to determine their status and see if they are paying their taxes. That's GOOD NEWS! And the breeder response? Are they stepping up, being honest citizens by finally following current breeding laws and paying taxes? Nope. They are instead frantically pulling all references to individual breeders down from breeder websites and AKC lists, in an attempt to go further underground. Shameless.

The honest truth is that backyard breeders, and the hypocritical organized groups making money from their donations while pretending to care about pets, see animals as a tax-free paycheck. It's income that is easily hidden from the Government, even though current law states that anyone selling animals needs to pay sales tax and claim the income. This week Sacramento was overrun with hundreds of backyard breeders, gathering to oppose SB 250 and AB 241. It was quite a sight. Unlike you, they have plenty of time to travel to the Capital, because their day job is sitting in their house tending to puppies while waiting for the females to come into heat again. Those puppies sell for hundreds (or thousands) of dollars each, tax-free. This is a career, their tax-free livelihood, period, and they will never support truly pet-friendly legislation, because they fear that it will cost them money. It's just that simple, and it was in full display this week in Sacramento.

Thank you for keeping up the fight to help pets. They need our voice! Thank you for being honest taxpayers. Thank you for treating your pets with respect, and rescuing pets instead of purchasing them. And thank you for helping stop cruel puppy mills in California!

We are making a difference together in our great state.

Warm regards,

Judie Mancuso
President, Social Compassion In Legislation (SCIL)
A 501(c)(4) non-profit organization focused on reducing pet overpopulation through legislation.

2009 Jul 9

URGENT! LAST HEARINGS for SB 250 and AB 241.

Social Compassion in Legistration

SB 250 - The Final Hearing!

What is SB 250?
-This copy taken from SCIL (Social Compassion in Legistration)

SB 250 will be heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, July 15th, in room 4202 at 9:00 am in Sacramento.

This is the final hearing - please come to the hearing if you can!

We need your help getting through this final committee. Please call the committee members from now until next Tuesday night.

Dog & cat breeders and other animal industry lobbyists (CA Cattlemen's Association, CA Farm Bureau Federation, etc.) are out in force trying to kill both SB 250 and AB 241. Don't let them do it!!

This is tough work for all of us. But the payoff will be a huge step for animal welfare in our state and will be reflected across the nation. The animals need us!

Phone numbers you can call and more information is listed here.

Please take action for our animals!

2009 Jun 26

SB 250 will be voted This Tuesday!

Social Compassion in Legistration

Follow very easy step and voice your opinion!

What is SB 250?
-This copy taken from SCIL (Social Compassion in Legistration)

Each year, over $250 million dollars is spent housing and euthanizing homeless dogs and cats in California. Approximately 1 million dogs and cats enter California’s shelters each year, and over half of them are euthanized (killed) simply because there are not enough homes.

Right now in California our shelters are seeing an explosion of animals coming into the shelters due to the bad economy, meanwhile the shelters are faced with budget cuts and laying off staff.

This enormous number of homeless pets is a moral and ethical crisis, and an expensive drain on our state's finances. SB 250 provides a reasonable, fiscally responsible step towards reducing pet overpopulation in California in two ways: by fostering responsible pet ownership through increased animal licensing, and by offering incentives for owners to spay and neuter their pets.

SB 250

Please note that SB 250 does not affect feral cat caregivers. The bill applies only to pets that live on your property.

Before this economic downturn we needed SB 250, but now we cannot afford another year without it. Just this past week our state passed an expensive milestone... since January 1, 2009, California has now spent over $100,000,000 tax dollars just to house and euthanize the unwanted pets in our state. Please help prevent the needless suffering of dogs and cats in our shelters, support the overburdened shelter staff that cares for them and the rescue organizations who try to save them.

To learn more about SB 250, including several interviews and video segments, please click here.

2009 Jun 25

4th of July - Safety Tips for dogs & cats

According to Animal Shelters, 4th of July holiday brings in record numbers of strays. Here are the tips for how to keep your animal safe during this great event. Please be safe and have a wonderful 4th of July!

Tips for your pet's safety:

2009 Jun 15

FREE Mobile Spay & Neuter Clinic for Cats

FREE Mobile Spay & Neuter Clinic for Cats

June 15th - Qualify as

  • a household earning less then $40,000 per year.
  • Owned cats only.
  • No feral cats.
  • Alameda or Contra Costa County

Call for Dates & Details: 510-639-7387

Read More Info!

2009 Apr 29

Furry Friends Rescue Needs YOUR Help!

In these tough economic times our funds are dwindling, what this means is that we're not going to be able to rescue as many animals as before (they all have vet, food, and other costs), especially the special needs ones.

What can you do to help?

  1. Donate at www.furryfriendsrescue.org/donations
  2. Vote for us on the Animal Rescue Site!
    Search - Furry Friends Rescue, Fremont, CA
    The Animal Rescue Site $100,000 Shelter Challenge - together with Petfinder. The grand prize is a $20,000 grant and there are many more prizes ranging from $1,000 for weekly winners up to $5,000 for the runner-up. There will be a winner in every state as well as other grants!
    It's free, and only takes a moment of your time. Thank you!
2009 Mar 26

Support SB 250 The Pet Responsibility Act!

California's SB 250 The Pet Responsibility Act

Fiscal Waste B

Very sad reality, but we can change this!

Each year, over $250 million dollars is spent housing and euthanizing homeless dogs and cats in California1. Approximately 1 million dogs and cats enter California's shelters each year, and over half of them (500,000+) are euthanized (killed) simply because there are not enough homes. STOP THE CYCLE!

Visit their Home page at www.yesonsb250.com to learn more.

Download the Support Letter here and faxed it to:
Senator Dean Florez
Fax: (916) 327 5989

NOTE: Need Letters ASAP by April 12th so they can be ready, but will continue to take in more letters after the date.

Bill Status: SB 250 has been introduced on 2/24/09 by Senator Dean Florez and is waiting to be assigned to the first Senate committee.
California SB 250 The Pet Responsibility Act

Read this bill in PDF format.

2009 Mar 4

Help Furry Friends Rescue Win $10,000

Originally osted on our blog on March 4, 2009.

I've entered myself into a contest! If I make it into the top 3 for this week (March 3 - March 10) then Furry Friends Rescue gets entered for a chance to win $10,000!! Imagine all the animals we can rescue, vet, and re-home with that! That's at least 25 animals we can give a second chance too!

So head on over to the website Bissell's Most Valuable Pet Photo Contest and vote for me! You only have to vote once, we'd really appreciate it!

- Morgan. :)

2009 Feb 25

Sit, Fido, Sit! - The Importance of Training

Originally osted on our blog on February 25, 2009.

Training your dog will always help strengthen the bond between your family and the dog! It also makes for a more harmonious and happy home and can be done at any age, however it is definitely critical for puppies! Puppies absorb the most in the first 6 months of their lives and training and socializing them is important in that time frame. However despite the age of any dog, training helps give us boundaries and establishes pack order in the home.

As much as humans love us furry friends, we are still animals and we don't think the same or interpret signals the same way you do. One of the easiest ways to train is using the “Nothing in Life is Free (NILF)” technique. Dogs instinctively look for their “jobs” in life, many were bred to hunt, keep rats away, guard flocks, herd, etc. However the times have changed and many of us don't have to do these jobs anymore.. this can lead to doing other things, things our humans don't always want us to do, like chewing up their shoes. :D NILF training requires the dog to complete a task, as simple as sit, before any reward is given. The rewards can be play time, dinner, snacks & treats, etc. The dog must "work" for their rewards, this helps establish you as the leader and the dog can focus on listening to you and knowing that if he or she does listen, a reward is sure to follow!

Training and socializing outside the home is just as important as with you and your family. Look into local trainers and dog day cares to see if they offer training. These classes are a great way for your dog to get to know other dogs and be comfortable around strangers and people. If you want more individualized attention look for smaller classes or private sessions, this can help you address any worries or concerns you may have about your dog with the trainer.

If you want to take it a step further, I would suggest trying dog sports! Agility, flyball, dock diving are just a few of the dog sports out there. If you're new to the scene, find a trainer who will work step-by-step with you to introduce your dog to dog sports. While it may look like fun and easy, an untrained dog can sometimes injury themselves in a sport. Mom and I just finished our first class in Fly Ball and we found out there was a proper way to turn in that sport and mom had to teach me how to do it.. otherwise I risk hurting my shoulders!

Some great resources can be found below:

Training Classes:

Training at home is great and something you should be doing regularly, however, training classes help dogs adjust to strangers and other dogs. For a list of local trainers click here.

Clicker Training - general description

Clicker Training.com - by Karen Pryor, she's got some great books out about the subject such as Click for Joy!


Before and After Getting Your Puppy by Dr. Ian Dunbar

Online resources:



There are lots of different dog groups online, such as dogster.com and discussdogs.com and even craigslist.org. While these are great resources to get feedback and opinions, remember to be respectful and aware that sometimes you'll have to agree to disagree with other people's opinions and techniques. Your best bet is always to consult a professional trainer or vet.

To find a professional trainer near you, try checking with training associations. Here's a few listed below:

Association of Animal Behavior Professionals

Association of Pet Dog Trainers

Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers

Remember: The most important thing is that training should be fun! Treat it as a game and you'll see some amazing results!

2009 Feb 20

Fido Fine Removed! Hooray!

Originally osted on our blog on February 20, 2009.

After a long and tiring process, the California state budget was passed. Thanks to all the efforts of our humans, the legislature kicked the tax on veterinary services out off the budget!

One small step for dogs and cats everywhere in achieving better healthcare for us!

2009 Jan 24

Attention Pet Owners! Peanut Butter Products Recal

ASPCA published following alert:

Effective Immediately: Please Discontinue Use of Peanut Butter Products, Pet Parents!

"In light of last week’s FDA recall, which traced sources of Salmonella contamination to a plant owned by Peanut Corporation of America, the ASPCA is advising pet parents to temporarily discontinue the use of peanut butter products.

A popular treat for dogs, peanut butter is commonly stuffed into chewable activity toys. While healthy adult companion dogs are relatively resistant to Salmonella bacteria, pets with health issues, young puppies and older pooches with compromised immune systems may be at greater risk. “Pet parents should wash their hands after handling any potentially contaminated food and immediately consult with a veterinarian if any symptoms are noticed in their pets,” says the ASPCA’s Dr. Steven Hansen, Senior Vice President, Animal Health Services. Signs to watch out for in dogs include vomiting, diarrhea, fever, lethargy and drooling or panting. Cats may develop a high fever with vague, non-specific clinical signs.

In addition, pet parents handling a contaminated peanut butter product may also develop food poisoning. “Salmonella can be passed between humans and pets,” says Dr. Louise Murray, ASPCA Director of Medicine. “Adult cats are highly resistant, and most dogs infected with the bacterium appear normal, but may pass Salmonella in their feces, which can infect people or other pets. Therefore it’s essential that pet parents take steps to protect both themselves and their animal companions from infection."

For a complete list of recalled products, please visit the FDA online. Do check often, as the list is regularly udpated. If you suspect that your pet may have ingested or has become sick after ingesting a recalled product, please contact your local veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435."

See the original article at ASPCA site.

2008 Dec 17

Please consider an online donation to Furry Friend

Tis' the Season...to give the GIFT of Life! - Furry Friends Rescue

Everyone is experiencing hardships this year, yet I have seen the spirit of giving shine brighter than before! Everywhere people are coming together to rescue animals, collect food for the hungry, and help give warmth to those who are stuck in the cold.

As people experience economic difficulties they often have to give up their pets. Many end up in the shelters where they are in danger of being euthanized if not adopted or rescued quickly. Some shelters, due to the overwhelming number of animals being dumped, can only give these animals a few days before they're put to sleep.

'Tis the season to give the Gift of Hope and a second chance to save a dog or cat's life. This holiday season, Furry Friends Rescue is asking that you dig deeper into your hearts and considering giving a little more of yourself this year. Perhaps, adopting a new dog or cat, or becoming a foster home so that an animal has a second chance to find a forever home is a way you can give back.

If you can't do that, all rescues and shelters would greatly appreciate monetary and in-kind donations of any amount! Every penny will help save an innocent furry life!

Please consider an online donation to Furry Friends Rescue right now! www.firstgiving.com/ffrholidayappeal

We give thanks to our good health, friends and family (both human and furry). Thank you all for your support and kindness

May the holiday season fill your hearts with peace and love!

2008 Dec 16

Please vote for FFR to win a $10,000 donation!

2009 "A New Year of Hope for Animals" at Furry Friends Rescue!

Help Furry Friends Rescue could win a $10,000 donation from Care2.com.

Vote for FFR by Jan. 31, 2009
Click the image below to Vote

Dear friends who has been voted and left us very nice comments, thank you very much for your support and kindness!

2008 Dec 11

Donation Drive! Toys & Treats for Furry Tots!

Donations are greatly needed for our rescue dogs and cats rescued from very over-crowded animal shelters! Your kindness is greatly appreciated.

Furry Friends Rescue - Toys & Treats for Furry TOTS!

Toys & Treats for Furry TOTS!

Please drop off donation items at our Donation Bins at one of our Showcase Locations below:


Donation also needed for:
Holiday Wishlist for Pets Donation Drive

Please help the cats and dogs that are in need of these simple supplies.

Hosted by: Richard Delgado
The Woof Pack
"Dog Walking, Pet Sitting, and Pet First Aid Training"
(510) 797-WOOF (9663)
See more details at: thewoofpack.com/holiday.html

What they'll need:

  • 6 foot leashes
  • Buckle collars
  • Dog dishes (metal, no plastic)
  • Dog beds
  • Dog toys, chews, and treats
  • Shampoo
  • Regular and Holistic dry food and canned food for dogs and cats
  • Traps for their feral cat program

You can drop off your donations at:

  • Bogie's Discount Pet Supply
    37030 Post St. at Thornton Blvd.,
    Fremont, CA
    (510) 795-6000
  • All About Pets Animal Care
    34664 Alvarado Niles Blvd.,
    Union City, CA
    (510) 475-7387
  • Mike's Feed and Pet
    710 E 14th St,
    San Leandro, CA
    (510) 638-2005

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About Furry Friends Rescue

Furry Friends Rescue (FFR) is an all-volunteer non-profit Bay Area companion animal rescue organization, comprised entirely of experienced volunteers who collectively have rescued hundreds of companion animals and placed them in loving homes.

Since November 1998, we have saved over 12,000 animals and the numbers are growing every day—along with 6000+ Guardian, Shelter & Rescue Assists! Our volunteer home foster about 120 dogs and cats...Read More

Interested in Helping?

We can always use your help! If you are interesting in volunteering, see what volunteer positions are available! If you are interested in fostering, visit Foster Home Network page and fill out the application.

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