Considering Transitioning Your Dog to a Vegan Diet? Attend Our Vegan Dog Food Tasting!

Like many vegans, I’m torn over whether to feed my dogs a vegan diet.

On the one hand, I don’t want to support factory farming.

On the other hand, one of my darling boys is a picky eater. I tried feeding him vegan food when I first adopted him eight years ago, but each time he backed away from it in horror as though it was some sort of poison.

I always figured he’d eat it if he was hungry enough, but since it’s even a challenge to get him to eat meat-based food, I knew he’d let himself get pretty skinny before he’d cave.

And frankly, I don’t have the stones to put him through that. Nor do I think it’s “right” to put him through that – paticularly given that mealtime is one of the highlights of his confined and controlled existence.    Ambivalence, thy name is veganism.

A recent facebook conversation, however, motivated me to try again to align my ethics with my actions and finally escape from my dog food-induced guilt.

Apparently, over the last little while, several new varieties of vegan dog food have become available, and some of my friends’ notoriously picky canine companions are liking and thriving on them.

I am especially excited about V-dog. Most vegan dog foods are produced for dogs with allergy problems, and their ingredients, though plant based, still have the same ethical issues as any conventionally produced food. V-dog, on the other hand, is produced by vegans, for vegans. Just read the package encasing this paragon of virtue – It seems so ethical that I am tempted to start eating it myself.

You'll have a negative carbon footprint with this baby!

And the best news: Spikey likes it! Watch the short clip of him gobble it down.

Anyway, my (so far) successful transtion to V-dog has inspired me to try to help out other Ottawans who are interested in trying their dogs on a vegan diet, but who haven’t yet taken the plunge.

So here’s what we’re going to do: on Saturday, August 11, from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, we’re going to have a vegan dog food tasting event. It will be held at Reid Park in the Civic Hospital area. Dogs will get to try between 3 and 4 brands of vegan dog food, and to take home small samples as well.

Vegan snacks will also be provided for the humans, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own contributions to make this a “mini vegan potluck”. Finger foods only please! We’ll have plates and napkins, but no utensils on hand.

I’ll be creating a facebook event with all the details shortly. Please RSVP so we can have an idea of how much food to bring.

And – I hope this goes without saying – everyone is welcome. If your dog isn’t the social type, feel free to come alone and bring him back some goodies. If you are dogless and just feel like some snacks in the park, it’s sure to be fun for you too. Click here for a map of the park’s location.

Looking forward to meeting all the veg-curious dogs and their parents 🙂

The bunnies of New Moon Rabbit Rescue urgently need your help

The NCVA is publishing this guest blog post for the hard working volunteers with New Moon Rabbit Rescue.

By New Moon Rabbit Rescue

New Moon Rabbit Rescue is facing a crisis.  Nothing could have prepared us for the demand we’ve been up against this summer and we are all feeling the crunch.  Demand for rabbits needing help is astronomically high, and public support has not yet risen to meet it.

As a rescue, our biggest challenges have always been getting and keeping foster homes and raising funds primarily to cover medical costs for the rabbits that come to us.

We’ve gained a lot of support over the past six years and grown a lot as a rescue and have been able to save hundreds of rabbit lives.  We are grateful for the unwavering support of the community, but also realize that we must extend our reach in order to be able continue doing what we do and continue being able to give these rabbits a second chance.  We need your help to be able to help them.

Each neuter costs the rescue $130-215, while each spay costs $205-300.  Only a very small fraction of rabbits who come to us are already spayed or neutered, and as we have an average of 45 rabbits coming into rescue per year, we are looking at quite a high cost every year for spaying and neutering alone.  And that’s for a completely healthy rabbit, which many are not when they arrive!

You can donate in many ways, such as Canada Helps (www.canadahelps.org), Paypal (info@newmoonrabbitrescue.ca) or Email Money Transfer through your bank account (regan@newmoonrabbitrescue.ca).  All donation information can also be found on our website.  You can also send a cheque to PO Box 24 North Gower, ON K0A 2T0 or stop by one of our upcoming events.  You will receive a tax receipt for any donation of $10 or more if you provide your name and address.

Fosters urgently needed

For us, just like many animal rescues, foster homes are a constant uphill battle.   If we had 10 foster homes, they would be full at any given point in time and if we had 50, they would also be full.  The more foster homes we have, the more rabbits have a chance at life and to know the love and compassion most don’t know is out there.  Many of the rabbits who come to New Moon are “last chance” animals that would otherwise be euthanized.  When you foster, you are saving a life!

We ask you today to please considering fostering a New Moon rabbit. We need you and more importantly, they need you. They are waiting to show you how wonderful an experience fostering is!

Fostering is an extremely rewarding experience.  Most of these rabbits have spent their lives confined to a tiny cage and do not know the joy of human companionship or have spent months to years in shelters waiting for a forever home that never comes.  It is beautiful to be able to see a shy rabbit unaccustomed to humans or one that has only had bad experiences with people flourish into a loving companion.  To teach a rabbit that they can play, run, interact with their human caregivers and simply be safe and loved, is a most beautiful experience.

All they ask is for love while they await adoption.  All we ask is that you provide them with an appropriate diet, sufficient play time, a clean, healthy environment and socialization.  We are happy to provide farm fresh mixed grass hay and the “start-up” supplies you need (cage, litter box, bowls).

You can foster for a short time or indefinitely – it is up to you!  Don’t worry if you have dogs, cats, guinea gigs, rodents or reptiles – many of our fosters are avid animal lovers with multiple pets!  We are flexible with our foster homes and don’t mind if you don’t have previous rabbit experience as long as you are willing to learn.  Fosters are always welcome to adopt if you meet that special somebunny that changes your life!

Please get in touch

You can find all the information you need on fostering for us at our website and you may also email us at foster@newmoonrabbitrescue.ca.

If you cannot adopt, foster.  If you cannot foster, donate.  If you cannot donate, share this with your friends.  Everyone can make a difference and be a bunny hero!