All Lives Do Matter

I was going to write about a different topic this month, but in light of recent events, not just here in America, but around the world, I decided to share my personal views about – ALL LIVES DO MATTER.

We come together when a human life is taken too soon and needlessly, as we should. Standing for what is right and wanting justice for the victims is an appropriate reaction for our fellow man. I, too, stand for justice and punishment for the perpetrator(s), regardless of who they are. My heart breaks, watching the news, as loved ones mourn the loss of a friend or family member.

But for me…it doesn’t end there.025

To me, and I hope, other animal lovers around the world, animal lives matter too. Yet, animals are being abused, tortured, neglected, and killed under our very noses every day. They are used to entertain and it’s rarely considered what it takes to get an elephant to balance on a drum or a tiger to jump through a flaming hoop. It’s sad when we see a news report that an orca died at a sea aquarium, yet few give a second thought that the beautiful whale should not have been captive in the first place. Thousands of dogs are left outside through the hottest summers and coldest winters, spending their entire lives at the end of a chain, which is consider normal to many. And factory farm animals are treated so horrifically that it’s too painful to watch the videos and look at the pictures proving the abuse going on behind closed doors.  And let’s not forget horse racing, dog racing, bullfighting, cockfighting, dog fighting.  The list goes on.150

In most cases, we feel as helpless to put an end to animal cruelty as we are to stop the violent murders of innocent people. But nothing will change in silence.

If you can’t afford to donate money, sign petitions; and if you are unable to get involved in activism, at very least, make a decision not to support the very behaviors that continue to perpetuate the cruelty.  Actions really do speak louder than words!

Chance’s Dream Animal Rescue is only able to “help keep pet families together” with the support of animal lovers like you.  Your donations are appreciated!

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Animal lovers…what are you grateful for?



Can you believe we’re getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving already? Another year has flown by. I have so much to be grateful for, but I’d like to focus on my pets, past and present, for this blog. I’ve had the privilege to be a pet mom for over 25 years now and wouldn’t change a minute of it. Other than having them live forever, of course.



Photo of black dog with white neck.


If you’ve read the stories on the Chance’s Dream website you already know the struggles and challenges experienced with each one. Jake was taken way too soon at 3 1/2 years old by leukemia; Tasha struggled over the years with numerous afflictions, but lost her battle with breast cancer 2 months before her 13th birthday; and Chance succumbed to liver disease three weeks before her 15th birthday. I am so blessed to still have Maggie, who will be turning 16 this February. While we are working to keep her quality of life strong, she is not without her challenges. I joke with our vet, that I’m so learned about animal care, that I could go work for her. I’ve also been blessed to have a vet who is aware of holistic alternatives. Unfortunately, I wasn’t as holistically aware when Jake was alive as I was for Tasha and Chance and now for Maggie.  Our most recent loss came much too soon.  My sweet little Ginger Snap had an ovarian tumor that was just too risky to remove considering her size and age.  And, although she was with me for such a short time, Ginger Snap will be a forever reminder of why I do what I do through Chance’s Dream. No pet should lose their home and family just for being sick or injured and she was no exception.

Ginger Snap

Ginger Snap

Each pet taught me so much about myself and my capacity to love, care for, and sacrifice for another living being. Interacting with their different personalities has been so much fun as well.

I am also grateful for the ability to help wanted pets receive needed veterinary care for curable injuries and illnesses. I know from personal experience how straining it can be to face unexpected vet care while struggling to pay your bills.

A few thoughts for a safe & happy holiday:

1. We’re all told not to feed our pets people food. And as tempting as it is, keep the turkey sneaks to a minimum. Fido and Fluffy will feel better in the long run and you won’t have to worry about the aftermath of an upset stomach on your carpet. Keep pet treats handy so they won’t feel left out of the celebration.

2. Be aware of decoration placement so your pets won’t get hurt chewing on an electrical cord or end up with an obstruction from swallowing something that should be out of their reach.

3. Express gratitude to your pets for their unconditional love and loyalty.  They are there for us through the good times and bad, even when we’re not so lovable.  Who else is so quick to forgive us and by our sides any time of the day or night?

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!Chance_lori

We appreciate your support!  Without your generous donations we couldn’t provide the care that keeps pet families together.

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No Tricks or Treats for Your Pets

Pics 10-2015 321Halloween is just around the corner so let’s all plan ahead to keep our pets safe.  Trick or treaters will be knocking on our doors seeking out more candy than anyone should ever eat.  Before the festivities get started, let’s keep a few safety precautions in mind so everyone, including our four-legged members of the family, can enjoy the holiday safely.

  1. Keep your pets safely in another room or put up a baby gate to keep them from escaping through an open door.  While you’re admiring the adorable and scary costumes, a scared or curious pet can sneak passed you without you even noticing.  Gauge your pets behavior.  We may not realize that our pets are responding negatively to constant door bells ringing and happy squeals from strangers at the door.  Halloween isn’t a good time for your pet to be wandering around the neighborhood.  They may end up involved in an accident or in the hands of a mean-spirited individual who may harm them.
  2. Our pets are curious little critters especially when they get a whiff of goodies in the air.  Make sure that bowl of candy is out of your pet’s reach.  Chocolate and other candy are extremely toxic to dogs and cats.  Xylitol, an artificial sweetener in candy isn’t the only danger.  Hard candy and candy wrappers can get lodged in their throats causing them to choke or can cause an obstruction.  Also, kids love to stash candy in their rooms.  Make sure they  stash the candy in a safe place where your pet’s keen sense of smell won’t be able to  get to it.
  3. If you choose to decorate your home, consider where best to display your Halloween decorations and candles, and be especially aware of extension cords.  Keep them out of your pet’s reach so they can’t be eaten or knocked over, which can lead to choking, electrical shock, or even fire.
  4. Be prepared with the location and number to a 24-hour emergency clinic if your vet is not available after hours.  And if your pet has consumed a toxic substance, immediately contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

Wishing you all a safe and Happy Halloween!

Chance’s Dream Animal Rescue is only able to “help keep pet families together” with the support of animal lovers like you.  Your donations are appreciated!

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Do Not Leave Your Dog in the Car

Lare of the Bear (66)Although we are more than halfway through summer, we still have plenty of hot days ahead of us.  Many pet parents do not understand or believe that the temperature inside of a car can increase by 20 degrees within 30 minutes.  Cracking a window or parking in the shade has very little impact in keeping your dog safe.  Overheating can kill your dog!

If you come across a car with a pet that is panting heavily follow these step to help save a life.

  • If there’s time, take down the license plate number and have the store page the owner.  Hopefully, you will reach the person and get the pet out of the car in time.
  • If the pet is obviously in distress call 911 to get immediate assistance.
  • If there is not time to wait for a police officer, get someone to witness the pet’s distress before breaking into the vehicle to rescue the animal.

It’s up to us to be a voice for the voiceless.  Please don’t walk away assuming the animal will be fine.

Chance’s Dream Animal Rescue is only able to “help keep pet families together” with the support of animal lovers like you.  Your donations are appreciated!


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Make Your Pet A Smoke-Free Zone

For better or worse I recognize that people have a right to make whatever decisions they want that affect themselves and their health – smoking included.  If a person wants to harm himself…have at it.  However, I do not believe that they have a right to affect the well-being of others, especially the ones with no voice, such as children and pets.  We see television commercials pretty frequently trying to persuade smokers to make kids a smoke-free zone, but what about your pets?  They are equally susceptible to the dangers of secondhand smoke as humans.  It makes me crazy when I see someone smoking while driving with the window barely cracked and a dog in the back seat.  Those poor animals are forced to breath smoke filled air and suffer the consequences they are subjected to.

Argue all you’d like, but the effects of secondhand smoke are well researched and documented.  According to an article I read from WebMD, “Tobacco smoke has more than 4,000 chemical compounds, at least 250 are known to cause disease.  Secondhand smoke makes you more likely to get lung cancer and many other types of cancer. It’s also bad for your heart.  Every year in the U.S., secondhand smoke causes about 34,000 deaths from heart disease and 7,300 deaths from lung cancer, the CDC says.  Smoke makes your blood stickier, raises your “bad” LDL cholesterol, and damages the lining of your blood vessels. Eventually, these changes can make you more likely to have a heart attack or stroke.” 

Every year exposure to secondhand smoke causes thousands of lung cancer and heart disease deaths among nonsmokers, according to the California Environmental Protection Agency.  And it is linked to respiratory infections, chronic cough, ear infections and severe asthma attacks in children.

So is it really difficult to connect the effects secondhand smoke has on humans to pets?  “There have been a number of scientific papers recently that have reported the significant health threat secondhand smoke poses to pets,” stated veterinarian Carolynn MacAllister. “Secondhand smoke has been associated with oral cancer and lymphoma in cats, lung and nasal cancer in dogs, as well as lung cancer in birds.”

Let’s protect our pets from secondhand smoke and give those precious members of the family the safe, healthy life they deserve.

Make Your Pet A Smoke-Free Zone!

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I have GREAT NEWS!!!

It is with great pride and excitement that I can announce that Chance’s Dream Animal Rescue has received its tax exempt status from the IRS making donations deductible to those who make contributions.

It was a long, and often, discouraging road, but we made it. Anyone interested in making end of year charitable contributions, please consider Chances’ Dream.

Let’s keep pet families together for the holidays and all year long.

Happy and safe holidays to you and your families!!!

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A Body In Motion…..

Nicer weather is here and it’s time to get outside and move. We all know the saying “a body in motion stays in motion and a body at rest stays at rest.” Well, we’ve been resting plenty during this very cold winter and now it’s time to enjoy nice weather and exercise. And that applies to your dogs as well. I recently read a funny statement. “If your dog is overweight, you aren’t getting enough exercise.”  After a moment of contemplation I realized just how true that statement can be.  Fortunately, that wasn’t the case with Chance and me.  She was always fit and the perfect weight.  Me…well, let’s just say, I had my moments.

I read in an article on WebMD/Pets that 45% of all pets in the U.S. are obese.  Obesity in your pet can lead to arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease…same as us.  Getting your pet to his or her normal weight can add up to 2 years to their life.  You can find out what your pet’s ideal weight should be from your vet.

But how do you get your pet to lose weight?  Great question!

  • You can start by measuring food portions and controlling feeding times.  Don’t leave food out all day.
  • Check with your vet to make sure you are feeding your pet the proper food for their age, size and breed.
  • Aside from walking your dog, take some time to play with your pet.  Cats too.  It’s a great way to bond and the exercise is great for you as well.

These are just a few ideas on how to help get your pet back to a healthy weight.  For more information ask your vet or check out  It’s a great resource for just about any health question you may have about your pets.

Enjoy your summer!!!

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