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A Discussion on Animal Welfare in Chicago Airing on CAN-TV

A discussion on animal welfare in Chicago will air on CAN-TV with Susan Russell, former executive director Chicago Animal Care & Control; Crystal Broccardo, co-founder Pet Gotcha Day and myself. Moderators Erica Bishaf , co-founder PetGotcha Day and Paul Sippil, CPA, community builder are encouraging your participation. They are seeking questions and comments regarding animal welfare…
Pet expert Steve Dale joins Bill and Wendy on WGN

Pet Talk with Steve Dale with Bill and Wendy on WGN Radio

I love being on WGN radio with Bill Leff and Wendy Snyder (listen to here), first talking about the grain free diets. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine has issued a vague warning about dogs eating grain free diets, and for some dogs their odds increase of suffering dilated cardiomyopathy (a…
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Warning Regarding Animal Welfare League

Following  a story (on September 7) about theAnimal Welfare League (AWL), which only offered the truth, I was shocked to receive not one or two, but several emails and Facebook Instant messages meant as a warning. While these individuals thanked me for the story, they indicating the shelter’s public relations firm will now come after myself (presumably…
Pet expert Steve Dale's most recent report on the Animal Welfare League of Chicago

Animal Welfare League Woes Worsen

On one visit to the Animal Welfare League (AWL) of Chicago Ridge, Village Trustee Edmund Kowalski witnessed not one but two dogs gasping for air, obviously in respiratory distress. “No one saw these suffering dogs, or worse if they did, they weren’t receiving veterinary care. The images will haunt me the rest of my life.…

Red, White and Blue, Adopt a Pittie For You

Dogs we call pit bulls (because they have a certain “look”) are today’s All-American dog, and there are a lot of them. Likely there are far more dogs we call pit bulls than the American Kennel Club most popular pure bred dog, the Labrador Retriever. For many reasons, there are lots of pitties in animal…

Animal Welfare League Makes Big Changes, Are More to Come?

The Animal Welfare League (AWL) of Chicago and Chicago Ridge is an integral part of the greater Chicago shelter community for many reasons, but most importantly because they are an open-intake facility. Knock on their door, and your are in. However, in recent years, the AWL lost their way, and now the Estrada family is…

Animal Welfare League Story Unfolds for the Better

I will not let the issues surrounding Chicago’s Animal Welfare League (AWL) be forgotten. That was my promise, and I will keep that promise. Over the past months, I’ve heard concerns regarding the Animal Welfare League of Chicago Ridge and Chicago. Seemingly overnight, I was inundated with email and social media posts about animals being treated inappropriately,…

Update: Animal Welfare League

So, why am I supportive of investigating the Animal Welfare League (AWL) more carefully? Why have I featured the Animal Welfare League on my WGN Radio show? This report, from Marcella Raymond at WGN Radio, reinforces what I’ve been saying and offers an update.

Update on Animal Welfare League on WGN Radio

Chicago’s Animal Welfare League (AWL) has been around for more than 80 years, but it doesn’t appear that they’ve changed with the times as they should. They’ve also been in the news lately for some of the wrong reasons, as Kameron Bratt, a former volunteer with AWL and now with Evanston Animal Shelter, and Crystal Broccardo, a…

Panel Will Search for the Truth at Animal Welfare League

Animal Welfare League of Chicago Ridge and Chicago has been the subject of a social media firestorm. Animal activists as well as former employees and volunteers, former staff veterinarians, and even other shelter directors have alleged all sorts of issues. And, many of them suggest downright cruelty, unsanitary and unsafe conditions for people and animals,…

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