March 23, 2015

7 Phone Apps For Dog Parents

By Abbie Mood

It seems like there is an app for just about everything, and there is certainly no shortage for dog enthusiasts. With everything from the fun to the functional, here are some of my favorites for the iPhone, though I'm sure many of them are on the Android system, too!

Dog Park Finder Plus - $1.99 - Find the closest dog parks, off-leash areas, beaches, hikes, and rest stops. Includes user reviews and important information about these areas (hours, park type, restrictions).

Clicker Lite - free - Forget your clicker during training? Download the Clicker Lite for free and never be without your training tool.

Pet Dossier - $1.99  - Organize all of your pet's information in one place instead of filing papers.

My PetMinder$.99 - Like a datebook for your dog, keep track of your dog's appointments, health or eating habits, medication, or anything else you need.

Map My Dog Walkfree - Log your walks, map routes, and track calories.

Pet First Aid by the American Red Cross - $.99 - This app is like the WebMD of the pet world. Look up your pet's symptoms and figure out how to either self-treat, or when to get them to the vet asap!

Guide to Dog Breeds - $.99 - Whether you are trying to figure out your dog's breed, or just like learning about them, this little app will be your go to guide!

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March 18, 2015

Is Fair Trade Worth It?

In a word, yes. Fair Trade benefits more than 1.2 million farming families in 70 developing countries.

Ok, but what is it? Fair trade certified products are based on six key principles to benefit the farmers and workers, their communities, and the environment:

  • Fair prices- at least the market price, more if the product is organic.
  • Fair working conditions - safe working conditions and fair wages.
  • Direct trade - importers purchase directly from farming groups as much as possible, eliminating the middle man and empowering the farmers to develop business skills.
  • Democratic organizations- fair trade farmers and workers decide how money is spent in the community.
  • Community development - the farmer organizations invest money back into the community for projects such as schools, leadership training, organic certification.
  • Environmental sustainability - agrochemicals and GMOs are strictly prohibited. 
For more information on Fair Trade practices and to find companies that are Fair Trade USA certified, visit the Fair Trade USA website.

March 13, 2015

Celebrate National Wildlife Week

March 9-15 was National Wildlife Week, the National Wildlife Federation's longest-running education program for teaching children the wonders and benefits of protecting our world's wildlife.

While Amazon CARES is best known as a domestic animal charity in Peru's Amazon region, we follow and believe in our mission statement, which includes wildlife animals as well:

Amazon Community Animal Rescue, Education, and Safety (CARES) seeks better health and living conditions for ALL living beings in the Peruvian Amazon region. This includes appropriate care, respect, and protection from cruelty and neglect.

Amazon CARES works hard to represent the rights of all animals in the region, and has reported inhumane treatment of wildlife animals, raised funds for neglected animals, and filed a formal complaint about the illegal use of endangered animals as decoration (yes, decoration). Read more about those efforts in our post, Celebrate National Wildlife Day in Amazon CARES. If you want to help support our mission, you can make a donation here.

But what can you do at home?

The National Wildlife Federation has a few great ideas to get involved in learning about and protecting wildlife near you!

  • Join Wildlife Nation - A community of adults working to connect kids with nature.
  • Organize a community event - Organize a trail clean-up, tree planting, building a habitat garden in your community, host a recycle event.
  • Join a local watershed group - Surf Your Watershed can help you find one!
  • Conserve water 
  • Reduce runoff and erosion by planting trees and native plants
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Limit your use of chemicals and plastics
  • Create a water source for wildlife
  • Adopt a wildlife animal

For more information and some great resources from the National Wildlife Federation, visit the NWF website.

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