Take Your Dog out for a Sniff

What if you could increase your dog’s sense of well-being just by slowing down your walking pace? Canines primarily seek to learn about their environment through their sense of smell. By sniffing that pile of leaves, then that patch of grass, then that tree trunk, they are able to understand the world around them. We primates on the other hand, rely heavily on our vision to make sense of our surroundings. As a result, the way we each prefer to walk down the street can look very different. While we walk forward and visually observe our world, our dogs have their heads to the ground and smell their world. At the park, I sometimes notice this primate-canine disconnect play out. A dog being walk

A Guide To Toxic Spring Plants

Birds are chirping, butterflies are fluttering and the promise of warmer days is just ahead. Springtime is known for its symbolism of rebirth and new life, but this season can also become a time of loss if you are not aware of the toxic plants growing in your backyard. There are a lot of potential dangers awaiting your pets outside, which, if ingested, can cause serious harm. The side affects from these toxic plants can range from nausea to possible death. Here is a helpful guide to identify which springtime plants could be harmful to your family pets: Amaryllis This flowering plant is commonly pink, red or white and has burgundy markings. It is known by many other names, such as Bellad

If you See Something, Say Something

When you report animal abuse or neglect, you may be saving more lives than you know. “Over the past 30 years, researchers and professionals in a variety of human services and animal welfare disciplines have established significant correlations between animal abuse, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, elder abuse and other forms of violence. Mistreating animals is no longer seen as an isolated incident that can be ignored: it is often an indicator or predictor crime and a “red flag” warning sign that other family members in the household may not be safe,” states the National Link Coalition website. [i] With increasing evidence that links animal abuse to violence against humans, we hav

Saving Homeless Pets, One Step At A Time

As an animal welfare organization, the Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare is dedicated to improving the lives of companion animals by rehoming abused, abandoned and neglected pets while fighting for their well being through vigorous legislative efforts, humane education, and by offering high-quality, affordable veterinary care for all. This is the mission our staff, volunteers, board members and supporters live and breath every day. The Albrecht Center works hard to not only alleviate the issue of pet overpopulation, but we fight to get to the root of the problem. Finding loving, forever homes for our homeless pets is, without a doubt, priority. However, there are many elements that go in

Envisioning Change

Like most cats, I'm not a fan of change. Change is unpredictable, disruptive, and unknown. I prefer the comfort and safety of consistency, stability, and predictability. But without change, there is no growth, and without growth, nothing improves. "Change is the only constant in life." A Greek philosopher by the name of Heraclitus figured that out centuries ago, so knowing and expecting change is nothing new. And despite my own personal views, change can be, and often is, a positive step forward. Our organization has faced several changes since being established in 1935. There have been location and facility changes, from Banks Mill Road to Wire Road to Willow Run Road. A name change, from


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