“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way. Charles Dickens. 1859


What does this quote have to do with pets, pet food and animal welfare? Well to me it parallels what’s going on today in 2017 in animal welfare and animal care.

THE BEST OF TIMES:  We used to kill 8 million pets yearly, now less pets are being killed in shelters. Dog and cat ownership is up. People now care for pets like family members. Some pets even better than other family members:}

Healthier pet food is being rolled out. More human grade pet food is becoming available. People are bonding closer and closer with their pets. Animal rights laws are being passed globally.

THE WORST OF TIMES: In 2017 3.5 million dogs and cats are still killed in America yearly. People are becoming more and more selfish, taking their pet to a shelter or stopping their car and pushing their pet out and driving off. This happened this week in Woodstock. I was called to help. Pet food companies are putting poisoned downed animal meat into our pet’s food. Large pet food companies like are lying about the benefits of their products. And more families are struggling to feed themselves and feed their pets. And families are struggling to pay for medical care for themselves and their beloved family pet as well.

So what do we do in these parallel times of Light and darkness? At Green Pets we believe the answer is not turning against one another, but coming together as a local community to work on our challenges. To continue to care for one another. To embracing hope, looking forward together as compassionate, higher thinking human beings to a brighter future. And dare I say it: Loving ourselves, one another and our pets.

For while it is a global world the reality is that most everything that impacts us is locally. Please support your local nonprofits that are making a difference in local lives. Charities that are doing what needs to be done so we can get on with our lives.

Support local nonprofits that are caring for families, women, children and pets. Please support wonderful places and people like Papas Pantry, Ahimsa House, Must Ministries, and yes…Green pets America Charities.

“While others live in the winter of despair, let us bond together as a community in the coming spring of hope.


ANIMAL WELFARE BEST AND WORST OF TIMES, From Steven Monahan, Founder-Executive Director of Green Pets America Charities. Steven shares his insights, expertise and opinions on the human animal bond; including, nutrition, pet food, total wellness, animal welfare and animal rights. As well as news, trends and developments in the global pet industry.



Trump Make domestic abuse on women and their dogs a felony

Trump Make domestic abuse on women and their dogs a felony

President Trump. You state you love women. I believe you. This past week you have signed many Executive Orders. Continue to be bold. Do what no president has done before. Sign an Executive Order this week to save the lives of women.

President Trump make all domestic violence on women and their dogs a no plea bargain, Domestic Violence Felony, not a Misdemeanor domestic violence charge.

I have been in animal welfare for over 10 years. I have seen the sad and vicious pattern. It is always the same. First the man severely abuses his family dog to frighten and control his wife. Then as he gets bolder and madder he escalates the violence and physically abuses his wife as well. The police are called to the house often. Nothing happens. Then again the  police are called. Then perhaps a restraining order, The abuse continues. The police come again. This time perhaps he is charged with perhaps a misdemeanor domestic violence charge. He pays a fine. His record is clean. But the physical and deep seeded emotional abuse escalates. And then he really blow up and does severe injury to his wife and the dog.

Then the dog and the woman leave. They are homeless, both in shelters. The injured dog is in a county animal shelter. The physically and mentally injured and abused woman is in a nonprofit women’s shelter. Most women’s shelters do not allow dogs. So, the abused woman and her abused dog, the only one who loves her are separated and torn apart: just when they need each other the most they are split up.  Some women will not be separated from their dog, so the woman and dog run away. They flee to live homeless on the streets. Alone, unloved and abandoned by society. Why are they punished?  They are the victims, not the criminals.

President Trump, you can change this with your signature on an Executive Order. If you will not advocate for domestic abused women and their dogs then who will? If you do not pass an Executive Order, making domestic violence on women and their dogs a Felony Domestic Violence offense in all cases who will? If not today, then when will women and their animals be safe? President Trump you have the ability, and I trust the bold courage to ensure that women and their dogs live in safety.

Domestic violence can be classified as either a felony or a misdemeanor depending on the seriousness of the incident. Felony domestic violence is a very serious offense leading to legal consequences such as heavy fines, possible time in prison, and a protection order. Misdemeanor domestic violence usually results is a slap on the wrist and a minor fine. 

In 2017 in America women and their companion dogs should no longer live in fear of abusive men.

Trump Make domestic abuse on women and their dogs a felony is written by Steven Monahan,Writer and author on love, outside the box thinking, women and self-empowerment. Founder Green Pets America Charities.

Trump Make domestic abuse on women and their dogs a felony