Author: Elise Phillips Margulis

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Elise Phillips Margulis

Elise Phillips Margulis is a contributing writer for FIDO Friendly magazine and has been published in The Mighty. She’s obsessed with animal welfare, environment protection, and human rights. Elise lives with her adorable & precocious 10-year-old son, her husband, their gorgeous canine, and their elegant feline. She's also a card-carrying member of Chocoholics Anonymous.

Prosthetic Limbs–They’re Not Just For Humans Anymore

Human beings gain or regain mobility with prosthetic (artificial) limbs, and it’s high time that animals reap the benefits of the impressive innovations in the prosthetics industry. Geriatric pets, those who have been injured, and animals with congenital conditions can walk, run, and play with the help of prosthetics. The creation of animal prosthetics and other assistive apparatuses is revolutionizing movement abilities for dogs and other animals. Some pieces correct affected limbs and other devices enable adaptation so the existing limb can function. Prosthetics and orthopedics (braces and assistive devices) are less expensive than surgery. They are also non-invasive,...

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The Tiny House Trend That’s Changing Homeless People’s Lives

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates that 549,928 people in the United States were homeless in January 2016. A quarter of those were children. Move For Hunger reports that almost 48,000 — or 8.5% — of all homeless persons are veterans. Also, nearly 20% of the homeless population has serious mental illness or substance abuse issues. The two major causes of homelessness are lack of affordable housing and poverty. Tragically, homelessness can be fatal due to poor health, exposure to the elements, violence, drugs, suicides, and being run over by cars. In an effort to help...

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Artist Paints 5,500 Dogs – The Number Killed Every Day at Animal Shelters

An Act of Dog artist Mark Barone describes his haunting, expressive, and evocative collection of dog portraits as “Art to stir the conscience of our nation for the emergence of a compassionate generation.” Barone embarked on his project of painting 5,500 euthanized dogs — representing the 5,500 killed each day in shelters — after learning of the abominable number of homeless companion animals put to sleep daily. He immersed himself into creating a memorial by painting ten dogs a day, seven days a week, and often twelve or more hours per day. The magnificent result is an imposing, impressive,...

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With a Little Help, the Sick and Elderly CAN Keep their Beloved Pets

Imagine being too elderly and/or ill to properly care for your companion animal. You need your beloved pet more than ever as you battle health issues — and perhaps loneliness, too. Sadly, this is all too common for people in nursing homes, hospitals, and hospice. Feeding, walking, litter sifting, and trips to the vet are beyond their scope of physical abilities. Fortunately, organizations around the country have mobilized to ensure the elderly and ill can continue living with their beloved animals and benefit from the comfort and love that they provide. Some of these groups also find homes for...

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L’Oreal is Growing Human Skin in Labs to Stop Animal Testing

L’Oreal is now manufacturing human skin that renders testing cosmetics on animal skin completely unnecessary. Their EpiSkin provides a tangible way to test products without torturing animals. This is good news for people, too — synthetically engineered human skin tests are more reliable than those performed on other species. In animal cosmetics tests, innocent rabbits, dogs, monkeys and other animals are imprisoned in laboratories where they are exposed to high doses of toxic chemicals. Scientists can do anything they want to their victims without so much as administering painkillers. This skin-growing technology will spare animals the agony of at least some...

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