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More National and International Resources for the Homeless and Animals, including Legal Animal Info and Foods that are Toxic to Animals

FEND - How to Report Animal Abuse.

What is Animal Abuse and Cruelty?

Signs of animal abuse may vary depending on the situation. Witnessing someone beating, hurting, or harming an animal is an obvious telltale sign. Seeing a pet left in a hot car during the summer or chained up outside may be more signs. Or noticing if the animal’s coat is full of fleas and ticks or bones protruding from the body, which indicates neglect. For more see

Animal Legal Defense Fund:

National Legal Assistance Attorneys for the Animals:

Human Foods You Should NOT Feed Your Dog

  • Alcohol
  • Avocado
  • Baby foods (can contain onion powder)
  • Broccoli (in large amounts)
  • Candy or other foods that may contain the artificial sweetener Xylitol
  • Canned soups – read the labels! Many contain some kind of onion.
  • Chocolate (contains Theobromine which can very quickly be fatal – chocolate also contains caffeine)
  • Cigarettes, tobacco, cigars (second hand smoke can cause cancer in dogs, too!)
  • Citrus oil
  • Coffee grounds, beans & tea (caffeine)
  • Fat trimmings (can cause Pancreatitis)
  • Garlic – controversial – Some people give it to their dogs to ward off fleas and ticks and supposedly it  works!
  • Grapes or raisins
  • Guacamole (duhhh! contains Avocado!)
  • Hops (used in home brewing)
  • Human vitamins containing iron (can damage the lining of the digestive system)
  • Liver in large amounts – As part of a raw diet liver would be part the total 10% required of the total organ meat allowance. Liver contains iron which contains iron oxide which cannot be digested by dogs.
  • Macadamia nuts – May cause gastric distress, lethargy, weakness and hind end paralysis.
  • Pear pips, kernels of plums, peaches, apricots, apple core pips (contain cyanogenic glycosides resulting in cyanide poisoning)
  • Potato peelings and green looking potatoes
  • Rhubarb LEAF
  • Moldy or spoiled foods
  • Mushrooms
  • Nutmeg
  • Nuts = Macadamia, Walnuts
  • Onion (includes onion powder & flavorings – anything onion) – Foods that contain ONION salt, powder or flavoring of any kind – become an obsessive label reader!
  • Raisins and grapes (damages the kidneys)
  • Raw Potatoes
  • Tomato leaves, skin and stems (green parts)
  • Tuna (canned and fresh carries the risk of Mercury contamination)
  • Turkey, chicken or any poultry skin (cooked)
  • Voltarin (in arthritis medication) - Very Fatal
  • Xylitol (a sugar substitute commonly found in gum, peanut butter, etc.) - can be fatal
  • Yeast dough

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THE AMERICAN DOG MAGAZINE has a list of organizations that provide financial assistance for veterinary services:

HUD resources for the homeless.

California Animal and Dog Law Lawyers