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Halloween Safety

by Anita Carswell

Protect Your Cats This Halloween! Halloween is this week, and while a fun holiday for many people, it is a dangerous time for animals, especially cats, and most especially for black cats. For most people, Halloween is about decorating, dressing in costume, and attending parties, or going trick-or-treating with kids. However, there is a small […]

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Rabbits Are Not Easter Gifts

by Anita Carswell

Every year, thousands of frightened rabbits are produced by breeders, torn from their families, then sold around Easter, as irresponsible “gifts” for children, and every year, most of these poor victims of human thoughtlessness are dumped at animal shelters, where they are killed. In fact, nine out of ten rabbits never make it to the […]

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Please Double Up!

by Anita Carswell

When looking for your next animal companion, give some thought to their daily quality of life. Many people looking only to add one companion animal to their family respond to adoption offers of groups of puppies, kittens, rabbits, or rats with little regard for the bonds and families these animals come from. As a species, […]

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A Beautiful Voice for Animals Silenced

by Anita Carswell

Virginia Handley was a remarkable woman known by many of the IDA staff and volunteers. Rather than write one summary trying to capture who she was and what she did, we’re choosing instead to share with you a couple of the warm remembrances of her closest colleagues and friends. She was best known for her […]

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Farewell to an Animal Rights Legend

by Anita Carswell

The world’s animals and animal rights activists lost one of their most incredibly tenacious and dedicated defenders last week. David Hayden was known and loved by many. He was one of those rare individuals who didn’t have many detractors. He was universally respected and considered an oasis of stability and strength in an often violent […]

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Lonely Abandoned Rabbit Rescued by IDA Staff

by Anita Carswell

In order to start the new year with a bang  (or a hop, as luck would have it), it seems that IDA’s Guardian Campaign Director, Anita Carswell, was fated to rescue and become the guardian of yet another rabbit, along with her partner, IDA’s all purpose fix-it and build-it man, Brendan Montgomerie. The call came […]

Dog Days of Summer (a friendly reminder from the Guardian campaign)

by Anita Carswell

Several times a year we learn of tragedies that could have been prevented. People tend not to realize that during the “dog days” of summer, for example, the temperature inside a car can climb to well above 100ºF degrees in just a matter of minutes. Because dogs can only cool themselves by panting and sweating […]

IDA is thrilled to announce Ohio’s First Guardian City: Parma, Ohio!

by Anita Carswell

Due to the hard work and dedication of local animal advocate, Brandon Yanak, Ohio has its first Guardian Community. Not only did Brandon convince the Parma City Council to change their animal related ordinances, but he also convinced the Parma Animal Shelter, and the Middleburg Heights Animal Foundation to make the choice to use “guardian” […]