Posted October 21, 2016 by Ron Callari

Wildlife rescue facilities — dissimilar to most zoos — focuses on the rehabilitation and care of wild animals, saved from illegal breeders, circuses and other types of commercial confinement. In most instances, these centers do not seek to find adoptive homes for the animals, but rather introduce the animals to new lifestyles that suit their needs and that allow them to live out their lives in a loving and nurturing environment.

Posted October 19, 2016 by Ron Callari

Love comes in all shapes and sizes and can be expressed in meaningful ways, particularly when the bride and groom are animal advocates. Most recently, when two couples planned their weddings, they similarly thought of a creative way to shake things up a bit. In place of the traditional bouquets and boutonnieres, both couples chose rescue pups instead for themselves, bridesmaids and groomsmen.  

Posted October 5, 2016 by Ron Callari

Humans aren’t the only ones affected by the predatory pricing of the life-saving medication epinephrine. As the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its subsidiary King continue to inflate the pricing of their drug, our dogs and cats whose pet owners can’t afford to pay for their prescriptions are in dire straits as well.   

Posted September 30, 2016 by Ron Callari

Yes, we’re talking radio station, not television! Many pet owners believe they can communicate with their pets in a way that makes them feel special. My pet grey-cheeked conure for instance, not only seems elated when I start a dialogue with him, he gets just as excited when someone new approaches his cage and starts up a conversation. But that’s because he can also see those he’s communicating with. With radio, it’s just a voice, with no accompanying visual cues.

Posted September 28, 2016 by Ron Callari

Zoos have been under intense scrutiny in the U.S., as more and more animal advocacy groups protest against the inhumane treatment of animals held in captivity. In my recent blog titled, “Are Zoos & Animal Captivity Outdated Paradigms,” I referenced the killing of the 450-pound gorilla Harambe at the Cincinnati Zoo in addition to the derelict treatment of orca whales at Sea World, and the retirement of dolphins from the National Aquarium.

Posted September 26, 2016 by Ron Callari

Medical care for our pets is something that pet owners struggle with daily, particularly when care and surgeries start adding up. Similar to humans, it’s been proven when our dogs and cats are treated regularly by their doctors, they live longer.

Posted September 4, 2016 by Ron Callari

From wars to poverty, there is an exponential amount of strife circumnavigating the globe. Socially, economically and politically when we go mano-a-mano with each other, we can’t seem to get it right, no matter how many centuries have come to past. But environmentally, this should not be the case, particularly when it pertains to other lifeforms that share the planet with us. Extinction is serious business. The wiping out of an entire species is an unbalance that has consequences — and it’s unthinkable we are not doing more to thwart conditions that lead to that type of travesty.

Posted August 30, 2016 by Ron Callari

Ever since Freud deconstructed the human psyche into three discernible parts, namely our id, ego and superego — folks have been flocking to psychiatrist’s couches for almost 100 years now to learn more about what makes them tick. But what about our pets? What about those furry four-legged and feathered winged friends-of-the-family that not only have to put up with their master’s neuroses, but might just have a few ‘ticks’ of their own (literally and figuratively.)