Trying to Stay Strong and Positive

I’ve been away from my own site for a long time, which was not my intention.  There was a moment when I felt defeated, burned out, helpless, hopeless about my campaign in protecting and caring for animals.  I felt that no matter how hard I tried, the message was barely coming across.

I love and want to care for animals of all species, breeds, shapes, and sizes.  With my upbringing and educational background, I thought that I had the capability to make a difference.  However, animals are still being abused, neglected, and abandoned.  Shelters continue to fill up and more animals are being euthanized for lack of room.  Abusers and dog fighters are still on the street and puppy mills are still in business.  I was starting to feel that my mission was going nowhere but that moment is now gone. Continue reading



Ariel is a VERY sweet dog that is in urgent need of a foster home ASAP!  Ariel is a 2 year old gorgeous Pittie mix that was saved from being euthanized at the high-kill shelter in NW IN several months ago.  She never received a rescue commitment except from the independent dog rescuer Nancy McAdam.  Nancy had Ariel fully vetted and placed her in paid boarding until a foster or permanent adoptive home could be found for her. A few weeks after being placed in boarding, Ariel began to rapidly lose weight.  The vet determined that she had a malabsorption disorder in her digestive system that was caused by the stress of being in a boarding environment.  We put out an urgent plea at that time to find Ariel a foster home so that she could be more comfortable and put back on the much needed weight she had lost. Continue reading


Bianca, Brad and Briana are the sweetest 11-month-old buff tabby brother and sisters looking for a loving home.

This threesome was living in a mobile home with forty other cats and some dogs. The person caring for them was well-meaning, but misguided. So, needless to say they get along with everyone and anyone! But, due to the crowded situation they were living in they have had medical issues when rescued including intestinal parasites and upper respiratory infections. Continue reading


On April 30, widely known celebrity animal lover Ellen Degeneres will join Postmaster General John E. Potter for the official stamp dedication ceremony for the Animal Rescue : Adopt a Shelter Pet commemorative postage stamps and kick off the Stamps to the Rescue promotional campaign.

For more info about the campaign:
Stamps to the Rescue

For the press release:
USPS Press Release: Stamps to the Rescue


Meet Tofu!


Tofu came into a grooming salon on October 28, 2009 abandoned and under weight.  Not sure of his fate, the workers thought to take him to the pound but after a couple of days with him, they all fell in love with him.  They decided to keep him as a foster dog and contacted rescue groups Much Love Animal Rescue, Karma Rescue, and Pet Finder.

Tofu is a 50lb white 2-3 yrs old neutered male Pit Bull Terrier.  He’s already microchipped and fully vaccinated as of November 2nd.  He’s very good with people including small children, small dogs, housetrained, crate trained, and no food aggression. 

If you are interested in adopting Tofu or need more info, please contact any of the above-mentioned rescue groups.  Tofu deserves a second chance at life.  Will you be the one to give him that chance?

Tofu’s Adoption Video

The Shelter Pet Project

Pawsitive Change is a proud partner of The Shelter Pet Project and is now partnering up with PetSmart in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago. I will be there this Saturday March 27th 11am-2pm promoting pet adoptions! I hope to see you there!

The Pet Store Disclosure Bill – Illinois HB 5772

Attention all Illinois Residents:

The Pet Store Disclosure Bill will be voted on this week.  This disclosure law is vital for consumer protection – helping them to make informed decisions and learning more about where animals come from.  This important legislation will help combat the unethical puppy mill industry by mandating that pet stores post their breeder information on the cage so consumers can make informed decisions.  It will also list the health record and size of the facility as well as if the dog was in the hand of a dog broker or middleman.  Continue reading

Just a Dog, by Richard Biby

From time to time people tell me, lighten up it’s just a dog or that’s a lot of money for just a dog.  They don’t understand the distance traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for just a dog.  Some of my proudest moments have come about with just a dog.  Many hours have passed and my only company was just a dog, but I did not once feel slighted.  Some of my saddest moment have been brought about by just a dog and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of just a dog gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day. Continue reading

Pet Loss – It’s ok to grieve

I apologize for being absent for 2 weeks. I took a long, but very much needed, vacation to recharge myself, spiritually, mentally, and physically. However, when I returned, I found out my neighbors lost their 15yr old golden retriever. Another sad reminder of the realities of life. Our pets are just like best friends and family members, who also come and go in life.

In the past few months, a handful of people in my life lost their beloved pets. However, the uplifting part of their stories is that all these pets died in old age (minimum of 15 years old). These great dogs lived very long lives, which is now becoming common thanks to not only responsible pet ownership but also great love. These pets were treated like a member of the family, which makes the grieving process just as emotional as the loss of a human member of the family. Continue reading

Where does your state rank?

Two weeks ago, the Humane Society of the United States released a state-by-state ranking of animal protection laws.  The ranking was based on 65 different animal protection issues in 10 major categories, such as animal fighting, puppy mills, and animals used in research laboratories.

Where does your state rank?
Alabama – Missouri
Montana – Wyoming
Total Scores of all 50 States