Learn how your community can rescue, renew and rehome all of your animal shelters animals

Learn how your community can rescue, renew and rehome all of your animal shelters animals.

Learn how your community can rescue, renew and rehome all of your animal shelters animals

An inspiring book, authored by Steven Monahan, founder of Green Pets America Charities. Steven was honored by the State Senate of Georgia for humanitarian efforts for Georgia’s families and companion animals.

Learn the Green Pets America  20-point program for your community to adopt every healthy shelter animal.

Learn how the Green Pets America Cause Marketing programs will bring in the big dollars you need to make a dramatic impact on your animal shelter’s services and adoption of all healthy animals.

Additionally, You will love the heartwarming stories of rescue dogs, therapy dogs, and statistics on the Pet Industry in America.

Read the great Amazon book reviews below.

This plan will work! Loved this book! Very true!  I am giving copies to everyone I know! Everyone needs a copy in their home! I can’t speak highly enough of this book!  

 “This book is great for those who want to help and get the word out about opening and supporting no-kill shelters. If we raise awareness, then we can start changing the world to make it a better place for us and our animals!!! 

“This is a wonderful book about rescuing animals from shelters. There is a long chapter by Leecy Madison about her work at the Pentagon after 9/11 with her DSR therapy dog, Shiva It’s about saving animals from shelters and the wonderful work pets do for us to enrich our lives.

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Black Dog Syndrome Kills

Black Dog Syndrome kills. Did you know that the most killed shelter dogs in America are black dogs?

It is so prevalent it has been named by shelter managers and animal welfare people as “Black Dog Syndrome”. The fear of black dogs is classified as a syndrome. Fear of black dogs is a phenomenon not only in America but throughout the world.

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Because of this bias and fear black dogs are passed over for adoption in favor of lighter-colored animals. Animal shelters work hard to overcome this syndrome from pet adopters but black dogs still remain the most abandoned and most euthanized dogs in animal shelters.

I spent 12 years involved with rescuing dogs. Everything from walking in and pulling them out of kill shelters, to taking them to vets, to bringing them to adoption events and to Pet Smart on Sundays to get dogs adopted. Through all this, one thing became apparent. Black dogs were the least adopted of all the dogs we rescued. Black furred dogs were the least adopted color of dogs in the shelters we went into as well. We always had a larger number of black dogs, versus light colored or mixed color dogs that did not get adopted by the end of the adoption event.

Where we could adopt other color dogs out on average in three months, some black dogs took up to a year…. some, even longer.

Black Dog Syndrome is known by shelters and rescue groups throughout America. Numerous respected national organizations have long recognized BDS as an issue that adversely affects the adoption rates of black pets.

So, what exactly is this syndrome? Black Dog Syndrome is a sometimes conscious, but most times unconscious mental, and emotional bias in humans against black dogs.

There are many reasons for this bias including superstitious fear of black dogs, “old wives’ tales” about black dogs and black dogs depicted in movies and literature as evil or devilish. As examples a scary growling black dog can be seen in The Hound of the Baskervilles, the Harry Potter series and The Omen.

In a survey, Pet finder reported that most dogs for adoption are listed for about 3 months: whereas, black dogs average 12 months on the Pet finder adoption site.

The only real fact, not ignorance, superstition or media and folklore bias is that black dogs do not photograph well on animal shelter websites. This is easily overcome however by simply photographing black dogs in front of blue screens or blue paper.

At Green Pets, creators of the Black Dog Friday awareness campaign we believe that the color of a dog’s coat has nothing to do with the dogs’ temperament or personality. Ask any owner of a black dog. Ask me, we have three black dogs. They are as loving, smart and joyful to be with each day as any other dog.

Please help BLACK DOG FRIDAY spread the word about black dog syndrome. Next time you are ready to adopt a dog, please consider adopting a loving and loyal black dog. Black dog syndrome kills.





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This article is on feeding senior dogs 7 tips. As your once puppy now enters his or her golden years, some things will inevitably change. He’ll still be your best friend, of course, and the vacuum will always be his nemesis. But just like us human animal’s canine animals’ health needs change a bit as well.

One major area you should be aware of is the importance of quality food and supplemental nutrition you give your senior dog. We checked with the experts what to look out for and what you may need to adjust for your senior pup. Here are 7 important tips for your senior dog’s health.

As always, consult with your own veterinarian before making any changes to your pet’s diet—each dog is unique.



If you notice your senior dog is having a hard time eating his kibble, dental disease and tooth pain may very well be to blame. While switching to a softer food may seem to help, it’s crucial to actually address the root of the problem. “Proper dental care can greatly enhance an older dog’s life,” says Dr. Heather Frankfurt, a Texas-based veterinarian who sees many senior dogs with advanced dental disease. “Imagine having a tooth ache, or many, for several years!”

If your dog has stopped eating, however, it’s very unlikely that dental disease is solely to blame—Frankfurt notes that most pets will figure out a way to eat through tooth pain. As with all changes to eating patterns, a visit to your veterinarian is in order.  


Just as senior humans experience joint trouble, your dog is at risk of arthritis and pain. And while plenty of commercial foods are formulated to support joint health, an additional supplement may be appropriate. Frankfurt recommends that dogs over the age of 7 take a joint supplement; for larger breeds, this age could be even earlier. “There are many brands and types of joint supplements available, and it can become overwhelming to choose one,” she says. “Look for a product that contains MSM, chondroitin, and glucosamine—when combined, these ingredients promote healthy joints.”


Antioxidants are prized for their ability to fight disease and the effects of aging. They’re front and center at your trendy juice bar, and can be a healthy addition to your dog’s bowl as well, under the guidance of a veterinarian. “If they’re acting aged, they usually need antioxidants, in my view,” says Dr. Susan G. Wynn, a veterinary nutritionist. “One of the best ways to do this is to supplement fruits and veggies, but some dogs don’t tolerate them or won’t eat them. In that case, I will prescribe an antioxidant combination in capsule form.” If your pup is open to it, consider adding berries, turmeric, and dark leafy greens to his meal. 


Known to boost the immune system and reduce inflammation, omega-3 fatty acids are good for you and your aging pup. Want to reap the benefits? Consider adding fish to his diet. “Senior pets require higher levels of omega-3s for brain and heart health,” says Dr. Judy Morgan, a veterinarian certified in food therapy. “I use sardines, due to the higher heavy metal contamination in larger fish.” Fish oil supplements are another option to increase omega-3s in your dog’s diet. It is possible to get too many fatty acids, however, so be sure to consult with your veterinarian. 


A healthy weight makes for a healthy pup at any age. When seniors slow down, it’s especially important to keep an eye on that scale—extra weight is just as dangerous for our pets as it is for us.

“It’s just so easy to give an extra treat or fill up the food bowl a little bit more—food makes our pets so happy,” says Frankfurt. “However, obesity is something I take quite seriously because of the toll it takes on our pets’ bodies.”

So what can you do? Start with the basics, says Frankfurt. Measure precisely how much food you give at each meal, and never allow your dog to free-feed throughout the day—a constantly full bowl is a fast pass to obesity. Instead, feed your pet at designated intervals at least twice a day to keep him feeling satisfied. If he eats too quickly, consider a “busy bowl” or food puzzle to stretch out mealtime and help him get the most enjoyment out of those calories.

And don’t pay full attention to what the dog food bag says as how much to feed your dog. Watch him or her. If they look fat feed them less. If they look skinny feed them more. Meat produces muscle and grains can cause weight retention so  feed your pet needed meat protein over grain proteins. 


Your dog loves them, and you love giving them to him. But unfortunately, commercial treats are calorie bombs and can undo all the work you’ve done portioning out breakfast and dinner. Fresh fruits and veggies are just as rewarding—you just have to condition your dog to see them as treats.

“I always recommend that pet owners introduce veggies and fruits to their pets at as young an age as possible,” says Wynn. “They’re the healthiest treats we can use. If you teach the dog early that a vegetable is good, then veggies are treats to them.”

For easy rewards, consider small apple slices (without seeds), pear slices, blueberries, mini carrots, or for a cold treat… frozen green beans


When was the last time you bought a new food bowl? Was it during puppy-hood? If so, it may be time to upgrade to something more senior-friendly. For dogs with joint trouble, Frankfurt recommends a raised bowl to reduce the need to bend, keeping mealtime as comfortable as possible. And while you’re at it, put those bowls through the dishwasher—we have a tendency to forget this chore. And don’t let multiple dogs drink from the same bowl as it can spread disease.

Steven Monahan is a writer, author and animal welfare rights leader. He is founder of Green Pets America Charities and the Clean Pet Food Adviser. Both are no-profit organizations in Atlanta Georgia. His current animal welfare book is RESCUE RENEW REHOME, available on Amazon Books and other book retailers. Steve has been recognized by the State of Georgia for humanitarian efforts on behalf of families and companion animals.

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Clean Pet Food Adviser

Clean Pet Food Adviser. The trust factor.The demand for honesty and transparency in the  foods we purchase for ourselves… and for our pets has given rise to confusion, frustration and distrust of large food companies”, said Steve Monahan Founder and Executive Director of the Clean Pet Food Adviser and Green Pets America Charities, Atlanta, Georgia.

Today there is an explosion of interest in fresh foods, whole foods, organic foods and with it simple clean food labels. There is a dramatically increased awareness and focus by consumers on the effects of food on their physical, mental and emotional health. And with that there are mounting demands for transparency from food companies about where and how their products are sourced. What nutritional ingredients and chemicals are in them and how these ingredients are manufactured.Clean Pet Food Adviser

Consumers today have instant resources at their fingertips that make it easy for them to learn about the food they eat. As they learn more about what we and our pets eat, the ingredients used, and how those ingredients are processed, that information is quickly informing the products we purchase.

The next phase of food purchasing is the clean label phenomenon. As example The Beech-Nut Nutrition Co., which said in May it had started listing the percentage of each ingredient for its entire line of jar and pouch baby food products on its web site.

Increasing numbers of consumers are seeking more transparency from the food and beverage industry and shunning artificial ingredients, according to Packaged Facts, Rockville, Md. Over eighty-seven per cent of Americans look at the Nutrition Facts label on packaged foods and beverages at least sometimes, while more than half (56%) actively seek out nutritional information and guidelines, the market research firm said.

“Americans want clean pet food and clean pet food labels” Clean Pet Food Adviser

“In addition to the food consumers eat, they also demand as pet parents the best, cleanest wholesome food available for their pets to eat as well. Pet parents want to know exactly what’s in the food their pets are eating as well” said Steve Monahan Founder of Green Pets America Charities.

Steve further stated that, ” every day the pet parents Green Pets serve tell them that they want to learn more about the quality and wholesomeness of the pet food they purchase for their pets to eat. Therefore to help pet owners make informed purchasing decisions Clean Pet food Adviser was created by Green Pets Charities. Clean Pet Food Adviser will help pet parents make informed choices in order to feed their pets healthy, nutritional food”.

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Pet parents want clean food and honesty in the labels they read, the ads they see and the ingredients used in the manufacturing of the food products they feed their pet. They want labels and advertising in clean simple language. They also demand to know how pet food ingredients are processed and made safe and clean for their beloved pet.

Steve told us that Green Pets has been rating and reviewing pet food for quite awhile. He said “Green Pets  started as a pet food pantry so we have always had a keen interest in making sure pets eat nutritious food. Lately however it had become apparent that the vast majority of the name brand pet foods we reviewed were lacking wholesome fresh ingredients. The heating and manufacturing processing involved in making food into Kibble is a process, that by itself lessens the quality and nourishment in pet food. We felt that while we were recommending the best available, even the best was lacking. The entire pet food industry needs to change. So we have stopped rating all pet food manufacturers. We have created a separate nonprofit arm called Clean Pet Food Adviser to help change the pet food industry. We are focusing our efforts on clean labeling, and clean food just as is being done to change the human food industry”.

There is some good news however in all this. There are some pioneering regional and national pet food manufacturers that are making more wholesome pet food and using clean labeling as well. Clean Pet Food Adviser we will be focusing on those companies and sharing their views and research on those clean manufactures of pet food.

Clean Pet Food Adviser is a nonprofit, focused on changing the quality of pet food in America. The Clean Pet Food Adviser is focused on bringing transparency in pet food labeling and quality whole food pet food products to meet the demands of a pet wellness public.

To help change the pet food industry and to help your pet eat clean and healthy

 Subscribe to Clean Pet Food Adviser [cleanpet.org]. 

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10 Year Anniversary Green Pets America

10 Year Anniversary Green Pets America.

Green Pets America is not your usual rescue the dogs nonprofit. Hi, I’m Steven Monahan, Founder-Executive Director of Green Pets America Charities. We are both an animal welfare and an animal rights organization. Green Pets America cover’s a lot of needs in our overarching vision to keep families and their companion animals safe and together.

As an “animal welfare” organization we are a compassionate and articulate voice for the safety and compassionate care of our beloved companion animals.

As an “animal rights” organization we argue for a right to life for all companion animals through our Companion Animal Right to Life group, named CARLA.

The vision of Green Pets America is in its name. Pets, or more appropriately stated “companion animals” are a precious resource to be sustained and not thrown away.  Green Pets believes our companion animals are not disposable but deserve a right to life and when in shelters must be rescued, renewed and rehomed. We were founded in Atlanta, GA in 2007. GPAC is a nationally recognized Gold Star Rated 501c3 Non-Profit Organization. Steve Monahan and GPAC were recognized by the State Senate of Georgia and other entities for their dedication to families and companion animals.

The concept for Green Pets America Charities was based on Steve’s desire to give a second chance at life for dogs sitting in death row kill shelters. Steve survived a terminal illness and felt compelled to help animals get a new chance at life, just as he was blessed to receive.

In the past 10 years, GPA has rescued, renewed and rehomed over 1,000 death row shelter animals throughout Georgia. Dog Food was given to places like Papas Pantry, Must Ministries, and The Cherokee Animal Shelter.  A need was filled by helping families keep their pets with them when the tough times hit. Additionally, we have helped children in need of a service dog secure one so they can get around safely, living a happy wholesome life just like all their friends.

10 Year Anniversary Green Pets America.Green Pets is keenly aware a phenomenon called “Black Dog Syndrome”.  It’s a sad truth that leaves black dogs in shelters much longer than their tan-furred brethren.  Just like certain breeds, dogs shouldn’t be judged on the color of their fur or their breed.

Green Pets helped honor our local working K9s by providing a fenced in area at the Woodstock police station for a K9 outdoor “break room”.  Our police K9 is on the job protecting us 24/7 and Green Pets America believes we all should love and celebrate these working officers, with the dignity, honor, and respect they deserve.

Steve Monahan, Green Pets Founder, said; Green Pets is not your basic rescue the dogs nonprofit. In our day to day efforts, we seek to fill the gaps in animal welfare that exist by providing needed resources to ensure families and their beloved pets remain bonded and together in hard times.

We listen to families and their individual needs. It may be helping with funds to pay for routine veterinary care for a beloved pet. Or emergency care when a dog or cat is injured.  It even means providing resources for spay and neutering. The State Senate of Georgia and City Council of Woodstock Georgia recognized Green Pets for their service to Georgia’s families and pets.

green pets globalAs Green Pets takes a moment to look back on the past 10 years, we look to the future, not the past. We launched Green Pets Europe in 2016 and are very pleased with the expansion and hunger for learning about sheltering and especially no-kill for Europe. In late 2017 we will further expand Globally and change our name to Green Pets Global.

If you love dogs as we do and want to help them live full lives we know you will love viewing and reading our two best selling books. ART OF THE BLACK DOG, AND RESCUE RENEW REHOME. Both available on AMAZON BOOKS.Rescue Renew Rehome

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Be Kind to Animals Week, May 7th through 13th

IT’S Be Kind to Animals Week, May 7th through 13th.

A week dedicated to showing compassion for animals, is May 7th through 13th.

The week was started over 100 years ago by the animal welfare organization American Humane to increase humane education and animal welfare efforts.

The first Be Kind to Animals Week was held in 1915, a year after nearly 10 million horses used in fighting across Europe died during World War I.

Some suggestions for celebrating the week include adopting a pet from a shelter or rescue, donating to an animal rescue group, taking care of your pet, appreciating wildlife and reporting animal abuse.IT'S Be Kind to Animals Week, May 7th through 13th

Steven Monahan, Green Pets America Charities

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