Tight funds close animal shelters & an MSPCA clinic

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2011:

BOSTON,  Indianapolis,  Iqaluit
–With annual income of more than $40 million,  assets of more than $62 million,  and a chief executive salary of $476,000,  the Massachusetts SPCA is a long way from Putnam County,  Indiana,  where the Putnam County Humane Society closed because of a $30,000 deficit;  Boynton Beach,  Florida,  where the last city shelter in Palm Beach County closed to save $19,356; and Iqaluit,  Nunavut,  Canada,  where the only shelter serving the region was unable to stay open on an annual budget of just $50,000. Read more

Wim De Kok to head new U.S. Vier Pfoten office

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2011:


VIENNA-Helmut Dungler,  chief executive of the Austrian-headquartered international animal welfare charity Vier Pfoten (Four Paws),  on September 26,  2011 announced that Vier Pfoten is soon to open a U.S. office in Boston,  under Wim De Kok. De Kok in 1982 cofounded the Dutch antifur society Bont Voor Dieren (Fur is for Animals) as the Anti-Bont Comite.  It took the present name in 1988. Read more

People & positions

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2011:

Dick Green,  who formerly headed disaster relief operations for the American Humane Association and International Fund for Animal Welfare,  was on October 10,  2011 named director of disaster response for the American SPCA.  After helping in the 2005 Hurricane Katrina rescue effort,  Green in 2006 founded the 13-organization National Animal Rescue & Sheltering Coalition.  The coalition has helped to coordinate response to about two dozen disasters.  Green has led disaster relief missions to India,  Japan,  and Pakistan. Read more

BOOKS: Fifty Animals that Changed the Course of History

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2011:

Fifty Animals that Changed the Course of History
by Eric Chaline
Firefly Books (P.O. Box 1338,  Ellicot Station,  Buffalo,
NY  14205),  2011.  224 pages,  hardcover.  $29.95.

The title of Fifty Animals that Changed the Course of History will jar ANIMAL PEOPLE readers even before they open the book.  Both the title and text retain the convention,  fading out in recent decades,  of referring to animals as inanimate objects.  Fifty Animals Who Changed the Course of History would be biologically accurate. Read more

BOOKS: In a Dog’s Heart

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2011:

In a Dog’s Heart
by Jennifer Arnold
Random House (1745 Broadway,  New York,  NY 10019),  2011.
256 pages,  hardcover.  $25.00.

Not another dog book, I said.  The market is flooded with dog books.  Send me cat,  horse,  or elephant books,  but not another book about dogs.  But In a Dog’s Heart, Jennifer Arnold’s latest, perked me up. Read more

BOOKS: Time Is Short And The Water Rises

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2011:

BOOKS: Humane education classic:

Time Is Short And The Water Rises
by John Walsh with Robert Gannon
E.P. Dutton & Co.,  1967.  224 pages,  hardcover.

One can still find battered copies of Time Is Short And The Water Rises through online book search services,  often selling for less than the orignal cover price of $6.95,  plus postage.  The ANIMAL PEOPLE review copy was discarded years ago by Central School District #1,  in the Town of Rockland,  New York. Read more

Little noticed Operation Noah inspired Operation Gwamba

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2011:

Before there was Operation Gwamba,  documented by John Walsh and Robert Gannon in Time Is Short And The Water Rises,  there was Operation Noah,  a five-year rescue begun in 1958 by Rhodesian chief ranger Rupert Fothergill.

Fothergill,  46, began relocating animals from the Zambezi Valley to Matsudona National Park and other habitat near Lake Kariba in 1958,  after the Kariba Dam on the Zambezi River was closed. Fothergill was still at it in 1964,    to little outside notice, when Operation Gwamba began.

The Kariba Dam,  then the biggest in the world,  impounded water for 174 miles below Victoria Falls. Read more

Big Cat Rescue seeks enforcement of 2007 Florida captive wildlife bonding requirement

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2011:

TAMPA–Contacted by ANIMAL PEOPLE about a flamboyant but ill-informed September 28,  2011 “exposé” of Big Cat Rescue by Mike Deeson of WTSP-TV,  Big Cat Rescue founder Carole Baskin seemed only transiently interested in defending herself and her organization.

Her husband,  attorney Howard Baskin, posted an extensive response and rebuttal to Deeson on the Big Cat Rescue web site,  including a detailed summary of why he advised his wife against going on camera with Deeson for what appeared to be an “ambush interview.”  Carole Baskin did e-mail to Deeson an extensive written response to the allegations against Big Cat Rescue.  Read more

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