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One Nation, Under Dog

6 Jun

“One Nation Under Dog” is set to premiere at 9pm on Monday, June 18th on HBO. 

Nearly two years in the making, the film tells a complicated and unwavering story that explores our relationship with dogs.

The film chronicles those who would protect their animals with regard for little else, the many manifestations of grief from losing a pet, and the brutal truth behind the euthanasia of 4-6 million homeless animals in the US each year and the people who fight to save their lives. See the trailer here.

PAWS New England was honored and humbled to be asked to participate in the film and did everything in our power to painstakingly highlight the struggles faced by all of us in the rescue community. We hope this will change the way homeless animals are treated in the United States and abroad by educating a largely unaware audience of both the staggering horrors and inspiring tales of survival present in the world of dog rescue.

Every rescue group can benefit from this film as viewers will be both horrified by the reality and inspired by the power to save a life. This presents an amazing opportunity for us to help homeless animals in need. PAWS New England will be encouraging our volunteers to host screening parties for their friends and families. We will encourage party-goers to “Take Action” by adopting, fostering, donating, committing to spay/neuter, and promoting legislative and lobbying efforts to end puppy mills and gas chambers.

Take this moment and harness the passion that the movie will undoubtedly provoke. Educate. Recruit volunteers and adopters. Raise funds. Join the fun on facebook and let this movie inspire.

Host a Viewing Party

In order for this movie to spurn a movement that will save the lives of hundreds of thousands of abandoned animals, people need to see it! We ask rescue groups from all over the country to encourage your volunteers to host viewing parties for friends and families on the night of the premiere.

Hosts need only invite over a few friends and tune in. We are asking hosts from all over the country to sign up here and put their city on the map! Let’s show America hundreds of screening parties on our google map! All rescues will likely create unique ideas for screening parties, but we invite hosts to use the PAWS New England “party package” with dog-themed drinks, vegan appetizers and desserts.

We invite everyone to join the virtual party on this facebook page!

Don’t have HBO, but want to see the movie? Contact your local cable company and inquire about a HBO trial.
Positive Feedback for HBO

There were many moments over the last year where it looked as though this film might not make it to production. The executives at HBO were concerned that too few people would be interested in a documentary about rescue dogs to justify the expense of making the film. We passionately pledged that animal lovers from all walks of life would tune in and we need you to help us make good on our promise.

In addition to watching the film, we strongly encourage each and every supporter of rescue to:

  • Show your support for the film on this HBO Documentary Facebook Page
  • Leave feedback for the HBO executives on “Join the Conversation” and let them know you want to see more rescue-themed programming
  • Request that HBO commission a follow-up documentary exclusively about rescue that further explores the stories of the featured dogs

A tremendous thank-you for the amazing and selfless work you do. We hope this film will make it just a little easier to save the lives of innocent animals.

Many thanks,
Dr. Kelly Parker
Cofounder PAWS New England


Stop torturing cats

16 May

I can’t even imagine if my beloved cats suffered the same fate as Alley, Fiddle and Kiki.

Alley, Fiddle and Kiki are three cats used in pediatric intubation trainings at the University of Virginia medical school. The details are horrific: they’re immobilized and helpless as plastic tubes are repeatedly forced down their throats — sometimes as many as 20 times each session. And Alley, Fiddle and Kiki have been enduring this torture for the last seven years.

Tell the University of Virginia to stop using cats in intubation training.
Sign Dr. Gray’s Petition

As a pediatrician with over 25 years of experience, I know just how important proper intubation can be for premature babies. But it’s far more realistic to practice on a human simulator than a cat — which is why almost every other medical school has stopped using animals in trainings. I can’t believe UVA would keep abusing these defenseless creatures rather than following universities like Yale and Johns Hopkins.

There are only weeks before Alley, Fiddle and Kiki will be subjected to yet another year of this torture — a new round of pediatric residency students will start orientation on June 14. I’ve started an urgent petition on Change.org asking the university to stop using cats for training before classes start. Will you join me?

The university claims the cats are treated well — but I can’t imagine anyone agreeing to let his or her cat or dog at home suffer this sort of procedure month after month, year after year. I don’t see the difference between Alley, Fiddle, and Kiki at UVA, and my cats Beeto, Binky, Pounce, and Spooky at home.

I know from experience just how vital intubation can be — it saves lives. I’m simply asking the university to stop using this outdated and unnecessarily cruel method of teaching.

At least 94% of pediatric residency programs have stopped using cats because more ethical, effective methods are available. I’m convinced that if UVA hears from thousands of people across the community, it will realize it should do the same.

Help me make sure Alley, Fiddle and Kiki don’t endure another year of this torture.

Thanks for your help,

Dr. Roberta Gray

Can you foster 3 little kittens?

1 May

Lark, Turtledove and Chickadee

Lark, Turtledove and Chickadee need foster care for about 3-4 weeks. This brood is very healthy and just need a nest and care until they are old enough to find their new homes.

Call Kerry at the Pet Placement Center in Chattanooga at 423-877-0738 or email at kerry@thalppc.com.

26 Apr

Spring Fling Pet Adopt-A-Thon Is May 4-6 in Chattanooga

The Pet Placement Center,  Humane Educational Society and McKamey,  along with many other animal organizations are working every day to save the lives of homeless dogs and cats.

On May 4, 5 and 6, there will be a multi-organization pet adoption event at Petsmart on Gunbarrel Road in Chattanooga.

Each day there will be more than 100 animals on location to be adopted. The goal for the weekend is 250 adoptions.

The event will be from 12-8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday, and 12-6 p.m. on Sunday, May 4-6.
See ya there!

Adoptapalooza 2012 in Pictures

22 Apr

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A success story to warm your heart

22 Apr

Franklin Goes to Utah

 Chattanooga, TN—April 13, 2012 ─ Franklin can only be described as “the little kitty that could.” With his energetic attitude and playful antics, Franklin wouldn’t let something like being positive for both Feline Leukemia (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) ruin his chances at a good life.

The Pet Placement Center rescued Franklin in mid February from a local animal shelter. One of the first things they do at the Center is test any new cat for FeLV and FIV. Unfortunately, Franklin tested positive for both. The veterinarian confirmed that this handsome, 10 month old, snuggly kitten was infected with both viruses.

FeLV and FIV are contracted from other infected cats, and while not a death sentence, it did mean that finding a suitable home for Franklin would prove daunting. No inquiries came in after being posted on the adoption websites for over a month. Franklin had to be housed separately from other cats and kittens at the Center and the lack of furry friends potentially threatened his mental stability.

An admittance request was submitted to Best Friends Animal Society (BFAS) in Utah, but knowing BFAS constantly receives similar requests, the Center did not have much hope of acceptance. Imagine the surprise and happiness felt when the acceptance email arrived. Now the hard work would start! How would this rambunctious fur ball get 1,900 miles across the country to his new home?

This is where Mike Fitzgerald enters. Mike visits the Center’s cats weekly.  Mike had always wanted to visit BFAS, but had never had the right opportunity.  Mike’s employer, Dr. Toumayan at the Cat Clinic, and her staff, were more than helpful in juggling schedules in order for Mike to leave on such short notice.  Mike and PPC seized the chance and in three days, the cross-country adventure was arranged.  Franklin was on his way!

Mike sent daily trip updates detailing what he and Franklin saw along the way. Mike said, “Franklin sang all the way to Nashville & none of it sounded like country western.” He eventually settled into the car ride and seemed to enjoy it. In Amarillo, TX they saw the Cadillac graveyard. In NM, they were greeted by a fresh dusting of snow. On the morning of day four, they reached their destination, Kanab, UT.

Franklin was met with open arms and lots of petting. According to one of the staff at BFAS, Franklin will eventually move into Casa de Calmar, a building dedicated to FeLV kitties where he’ll have cat friends named Annette and Moses. He’ll have loads of fun with his new feline companions.

It’s hard to say why BFAS accepted Franklin, but Franklin’s human friends know it was due to his endearing spirit and soulful eyes.  It really was probably more a situation of lucky timing.  Whatever the reason, PPCs staff and volunteers couldn’t be happier! And Mike cannot be thanked enough for helping Franklin’s dreams come true.  Franklin will be available for adoption once he settles into his new temporary home at BFAS.

The Faces of Kitten Season

20 Apr

L to R: Jitterbug, Bedbug, Lovebug

We are the faces

of kitten season.

Every year around April, little ones just like us show up in area shelters.

Sometimes we find homes. Sometimes we don’t.

It’s a sad fact. But you can help change our situation. It’s not our fault someone let our momma have us. And it’s not our fault someone took us to a kill shelter when we were only 5 weeks old.

Luckily for us, someone from the Pet Placement Center knew we needed help and saved us.



Now, here’s the really unfortunate part. We have Feline Leukemia (FeLV) and FIV. In short this means, we won’t live as long as most cats and we can only live with other cats who are also FeLV positive. We may only live to be 3 years old, but that’s 3 years of snuggling, purring, pure devotion we can give to you.

There is no adoption fee to adopt us. And our spay/neuter will be covered by the Pet Placement Center when we are old enough.

Give us a chance, you will not be sorry.

We promise to play with your toes while you’re sleeping and untie your shoes when you’re not looking.

We promise to wake you up each morning with a soft meow and a wet nose. All we ask in return is that you love us and keep us safe. Here’s your chance to make a difference.


Kerry Moyers-Horton
Executive Director
TN Humane Animal League/Pet Placement Center
5975 Dayton Blvd.
Chattanooga, TN 37415
Phone: 423.877.0738
Fax: 423.877.0515
WED-SAT   10am-5pm
SUN   Noon-5pm


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