Win a Pot o’ Gold and Help the Animal Refuge League

We’re running a contest, and for a buck (all of which goes to the Animal Refuge League), you can enter to win a pot of gold! Yes, gold. Well, what gold is to some dogs that is. Our pot o’gold is a bucket of brand-new, dog-friendly, fuzzy, bouncy tennis balls. And we’re giving one away […]

The 5 Freedoms

When it comes to the animals in our lives, what’s the best way to show the love?  Owning two retail stores for dogs and cats, I could say (and given the impact the weather has had on sales, I probably should say) you really need to spend some money.  I’m always concerned with Zip’s happiness, […]

Surgeries of Convenience

This spring Massachusetts banned devocalization in animals unless medically necessary.   If you’re on this blog then you will immediately intuitively know that this is a good thing.  Isn’t it a little bit bizarre to contrast the massive need for medical care in Haiti for instance with elective cosmetic surgeries of convenience on animals in our […]

Love Your Local Shelters Day

Show the love to your local shelters this Valentine’s Day.  If you are in Portland, please come by the store (195 Commercial Street) and enjoy some sweet treats and free digital photos of you and your favorite creature (you can email them to your other sweetie, the human one).  We’re hosting Love Our Local Shelters […]

Animals in Disaster, WSPA Blog on Haiti

A while ago I posted a note on Facebook & Twitter about where to send donations to help the animals in Port au Prince, but just realized I didn’t blog it.  Devastation on this scale unites us, which is good.  I’m circumspect when it comes to how to respond however.  Not when it comes to […]

1st Prize, Maxi and Calvin’s Big Dreams


Elizabeth Fraser submitted her $4M Idea through the eyes and dreams of her dogs Maxi and Calvin.  I love the creativity, the pace, the humor and the sweetness of it.  I tried to upload it, but seems WordPress won’t take it, so here it is viewable on YouTube.

Kitten Season & Cat Food Shortage at ARL

Carl, Your new Personal Assistant?

I don’t know how caretakers at the shelters do what they do.  Right now there’s an unprecedented need for food & space to house surrendered animals, especially cats.  And as Anne at the Animal Refuge League reminded me the other day, it’s kitten season, so the squeeze will only get worse.  Sometimes at Fetch we’re […]

Animal Refuge League Food Drive

The Animal Refuge League needs food donations, especially dry cat food.  If you’d like to help, you can do it over the phone or at Fetch, and we’ll discount anything you donate at 10% off. We’ll buy the food and get it to the shelter, just give us a call or stop in by Wednesday […]

Meet JoJo

JoJo, Secret Admirer!

I’m going to start blogging about an animal every day or so from Animal Refuge League’s site.  Just in case you can’t go there yourself, which of course, you can, but maybe it’s too much to see all of them at once.  I was just reading their new monthly newsletter, and clicked through to check […]

Proposed Ban on Canned Hunting

Just heard from ME Friends of Animals that there’s a hearing on “An Act To Ban the Hunting of Animals in Enclosed Areas” in Augusta at 9:30 am on March 4.  Should canned hunting be part of the long heritage of hunting in Maine?  Of course not.  It’s cowardly and cruel. They’re asking for immediate […]