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ASPCA, Joplin Humane Society Find Homes for 745 Pets During Weekend Adopt-a-thon JOPLIN, Mo.—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) and Joplin Humane Society successfully found permanent homes for 745 pets during its weekend adopt-a-thon event on June 25 and 26. More than 5,700 people from 24 states rolled into Joplin, Mo. to adopt hundreds of animals in the aftermath of last month’s devastating tornado. "We're completely floored by the amazing outpouring of support," said Joplin native Tim Rickey, the ASPCA's senior director of Field Investigations and Response. "Thanks to the generosity of these wonderful people, the animals left homeless by last month's tornado are sleeping in new beds tonight." Adoption fees were waived for the event, and all cats and dogs were spayed/neutered, micro-chipped, vaccinated, and provided an ID tag free of charge. Since May 23, responders worked around the clock to track down the owners of lost pets through grassroots outreach including flyers, public service announcements, social media outreach, paid advertising, and stories in the media. The mandatory holding period for animals affected by the disaster was even doubled in an effort to reunite as many people and pets as possible. The ASPCA provided emergency sheltering for approximately 1,300 animals during the month-long sheltering period. Nearly 500 animals were reunited with their owners, and several hundred were made available for adoption. Two hundred others, including newborns and injured animals not yet available for adoption, will be made available in the coming weeks. “The ASPCA is grateful for assistance from agencies across the country in helping us provide aid to rescued animals and making the adoption event a huge success,” added Rickey. Eighty-nine animal welfare agencies sent staff and volunteers throughout the operation to support the ASPCA’s disaster relief and emergency sheltering efforts. “There are many sweet and lovable animals waiting patiently for forever homes in a shelter near you,” added Karen Aquino, executive director of Joplin Humane Society. “You can make just as meaningful an impact by adopting a pet from your local shelter.”

Editor of The OC Dog magazine Sheri Grant is now promoting her latest album ‘Uprooted’ which sells in stores and online. Visit When you purchase her CD a portion of proceeds will go towards sponsoring adoption and rescue pages in The OC Dog Magazine. Cd is also available on Itunes, Rapsody, CD Baby

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The ASPCA and Joplin Humane Society thank the amazing citizens of Joplin and the surrounding communities who came out in droves to adopt! Stay tuned to and @ASPCA on Twitter for stories and photos of hundreds of happy endings in the coming days.

When do you start training your dog? Is it when you first bring the dog into your home or is it 6 months later? The answer is you begin training your puppy or dog the moment it arrives. That means you will want to put the dog onto umbilical. You’ll also want to designate a spot for the dog to go to the bathroom outside, not inside. You may even dictate where the dog is allowed to go inside the house. Is it permitted in the master bedroom? Is it allowed into the kitchen while you are cooking? Who enters or exits the doorway first? Little rules like this go a long way towards creating a strong foundation for your dog. It is critical that you start training the puppy or dog the day it comes into the home, before problems develop.

The Winner of The OC DOG Spring 2011 ‘Most Photogenic Dog’CONTEST’

“K9 STREET SAFETY USA” classes offer much more than Sit, Stay, and Come. You and your dog will be exposed to REAL LIFE situations. Within these classes, you are given the necessary tools to manage your dog on and off leash, establish your Alpha role in your dog’s life and create a true bond between you and your dog using Body Language; all without the use of treats or other masking tools.

Congratulations! to the Winning Dog, ‘Lily’ and Dad ‘Adam Stallings’

Do you know how to safely cross the street with your dog? How is your dog’s recall? Do you repeat your commands? How do you get your dog’s attention when it is distracted? Does your dog have patience? … Do you? Would you like to have a well mannered dog? Street Safety Training is a powerful, unique, challenging and successful class that’s fun for both you and your dog. Why be confined to a small room or walking around in a circle at the park? That is not the reality of either your world or your dog’s. Proper training tools are a valuable component for successfully training your dog. Leashes have one major purpose-to keep the dog attached to you. A good quality collar works in conjunction with a high quality leash to ensure that your dog is safe while on lead. I use the “Hustle Up” brand Martingale collar and leash. All classes are held outdoors, be prepared to move! Comfy clothing is a must as well as appropriate footwear. All breeds, sizes, and ages of dogs are welcome.Private Sessions are also available, call for details. I am a graduate of the “Hustle Up” Certified Trainer Educator course in British Columbia, Canada. I chose Brad Pattison’s no nonsense training approach because his unique style stood out from all the rest. Having a love for animals, I decided to follow my dreams to help change the way people and their dogs live together, one family at a time. Prior to my dog training career I was an Environmental Regulatory Compliance professional where I found myself constantly swimming with sharks. Now I am happily running with the dogs.

To view the winner of the Spring 2011 OC Dog Contest online Plus all entries in the Hot Dog Gallery please visit and view all Gallery Dogs there.

You can enter online at or Fill out the Entry form on page 10

J.R. Frederick-Certified Trainer Educator-714-658-7374



Do you know how to safely cross the street with your dog? How is your dog’s recall? Do you repeat your commands? How do you get your dog’s a...