Thursday, October 15, 2009

Way to go Philadelphia Eagles



From this week's episode of The Web-DVM:

- From cat food recall story, date codes for Premier Edge cat food brands recall:

RAF0501A22X 18lb
RAF0501A2X 6 lb.,
RAH0501A22X 18 lb.
RAH0501A2X 6lb.


- Transcript from personal comment:

In my personal comment today, I just want to say, "Way to go Philadelphia Eagles!" And I do not say that in any football sense of the phrase.

As reported by the Examiner.com, The Philadelphia Eagles are putting their money where their mouth is. Just a few months after catching flack for signing convicted dog felon, Michael Vick, the Eagles are making good on a promise to support animal welfare groups.

Earlier this week, the team unveiled a program called TAWK, which stands for Treating Animals With Kindness. According to the Eagles' TAWK press release, the initiative focuses on public education and awareness to reduce the abuse of animals, promote responsible adoption, encourage spay and neuter and put an end to dog fighting.

TAWK was developed in collaboration with animal welfare experts and will benefit from the reach of the Philadelphia Eagles' brand to advocate for responsible care and treatment of animals in the region and beyond.

Christina Lurie, Eagles Owner and Eagles Youth Partnership President Joe Banner, in conjunction with the heads of various animal welfare groups, together shared the details of the initiative and announced a half million dollar commitment for a grant program to support animal welfare organizations.

The Eagles organization will provide a matching grant of $50,000 each for three initial programs:

-- End Dogfighting Program - Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) will bring their grassroots, preventative method to tackle dogfighting in Philadelphia,

-- Low-cost Spay and Neuter Facility - Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) to support the construction of a low-cost spay and neuter facility in Philadelphia,

-- Mobile Veterinary Clinic - Berks County Humane Society to support their new mobile veterinary clinic that will serve neighborhoods in Reading, Chester and parts of Philadelphia, PA.

4 comments:

pw1974 said...

It really makes me happy that the Philadelphia Eagles stepped up in this way. I have to admit that I looked down on that organization when to me they had sold their souls and took the opportunity to sign a great player (albeit scumbag) at a bargain price because of his criminal history.

And I also have to admit that to this day, the more violent side of me imagines Vick covered in cow blood and left to be torn apart in a ring with all of the dogs that were tormented on his compound, BUT . . .

Let's face it, the doc was right in his post a while back, that we have to believe in our system of criminal justice however flawed it may be, that decided that his penalty and he served his time - and now that he's out, however vile and disgusting he is, desrves the right to earn a living. And as such, SOMEONE, was eventually going to sign this sociopath, if not the Eagles, then some one else inevitably would have.

So I applaud the Eagles for doing their part to turn a horrific chapter in the NFL and our country's history, into a message of welfare, compassion, and respect for our nation's animals.

Thanks for posting this, Doc.

p.s.: this in no way means that I am an Eagles fan. I am originally from western PA, so that means I despise all things Phili when it comes to sport. I don't care if Gandi bought the Eagles, I would always despise them in a sports sense. Sorry.

callie79 said...

That is really good. You have to give credit where credit is due.

Jan said...

I thought that the most interesting part of this week's broadcast was when you put up the pic of you competing in that triathlon.

So let's add this up: you have a hospital, run a website, have a TV show, a radio show, a wif eand baby, and still find time to TRAIN FOR THE IRON MAN???

Doc, do you ever sleep???

Roger L. Welton, DVM said...

I do sleep, but when you put my life that way, it does seem remarkable that I have time for all that, plus any pursuits outside of work.

One thing that really helps is my wife bought my son and I a jogging stroller - so on the days that I run, so I can take my little guy with me on my running days. The bulk of my long run goes on a path through an 80 acre nature preserve in the middle of my development, scenery that is not only pleasant to run through, but that my little toddler just loves!