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Archive: September, 2013

POSTED: Monday, September 30, 2013, 8:51 AM

There are rescue events and then there's Woofstock.

Many of Pennsylvania's best known rescue groups, several thousand dog lovers - and an estimated one thousand dogs, from purse pets to Great Danes - turned out in force in Harrisburg on Sunday for the ninth annual Woofstock event.

My rescue gal pal Olivia and I were among them.We strolled the jam-packed Susquehanna River bank, picked up a cup of peanut butter ice cream and looked over the booths filled with puppy treats and pet-themed artwork for owners.

POSTED: Thursday, September 26, 2013, 12:49 PM

Thinking about doing a little leaf-peeping this fall with your BDF (Best Dog Friend)?

There are a growing number of hotels, motels and specialty resorts that will welcome you and your pet. 

POSTED: Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 12:30 PM
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Leigh Siegfried is an Associate member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and is a Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. She conducts private behavior counseling sessions, group training classes in basic and advanced manners and agility, and a variety of workshops. Opportunity Barks classes are held in Philadelphia and Quakertown, PA. Visit for more info.

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POSTED: Thursday, September 19, 2013, 10:17 AM

The two largest shelters in Berks and Lancaster counties are seeking to merge to create a regional shelter with satellite locations in the two counties as well as Chester County.

The Humane Society of Berks County today announced its proposed merger with the Humane League of Lancaster County to provide pets and caretakers in both counties with strong adoption, veterinary and charitable programs.

Under the plan, which must be approved by the attorney general, the two agencies would retain their names but operate as a regional animal welfare organization with a single board under the name Humane Pennsylvania.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 9:35 AM

One of Pennsylvania's worst puppy mill operators was busted again yesterday.

Derbe "Skip" Eckhart - who ran the notorious Almost Heaven kennel in Lehigh County for years - was caught with several hundred animals on his property, including nearly two dozen horses, 21 dogs, more than 100 birds, three monkeys and so many cats the officers who were on site could not count them, reports the Morning Call of Allentown.

The officers wore masks and gloves due to what was described as an "unhealthy environment" at the property.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 4:28 PM

Changes are coming to the board of the embattled Chester County SPCA.

A plan is in the works that will increase the number of members and give voice to Delaware County - which is sending all of its stray animals there.

The deal, brokered by Sen. Andrew Dinniman (D., Chester), calls for adding 11 members to the board to begin work in October.

POSTED: Monday, September 16, 2013, 9:15 AM
(AP photo)

Time was, when you wanted to buy or adopt a dog you had to physically go somewhere to get him. You drove to the shelter or the breeder.

The Internet changed all that. Now you can order your bulldog or Yorkie from Russia or Kansas or Lancaster County and it will be shipped to you.

But buyer beware the Internet is full of scams and dog breeding is no different. Unlike kennels that sell to pet stores, which are mandated to be inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, those that sell online are completely unregulated by the federal government.

POSTED: Saturday, September 14, 2013, 12:37 AM

Exactly one week ago, we were alerted to a new feral cat initiative on the Jersey Shore.

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Amy Worden is a politics and government reporter for the Inquirer. In that capacity she has explored a range of animal issues from dog kennel law improvements and horse slaughter to the comeback of peregrine falcons and pigeon hunts. From hamsters to horses, animals have always been part of her life. To pass along a tip or contact Amy, click here. Reach Amy at

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