By some estimates, as many as 99% of all dogs sold in pet stores come from puppy mills. A recent study by the University of Pennsylvania also reports that dogs born in puppy mills often suffer long-term emotional and psychological effects. No matter how caring or loving the homes where many of these animals end up, some are so severely traumatized that they never fully recover from the conditions they began their lives in. Read more »
Michael Omidi is acutely aware of the vicious brutality humans inflict on animals of all kinds. Putting a stop to this cruelty was his motivation for co-founding Animal Support with his brother, Julian Omidi and Maria Abaca.
The proper care of household pets is one thing, and there is much to be done in this arena (see Julian Omidi's bio for details). But there are also a variety of human practices with animals that are less than humane and need to be better publicized in order to move more people to act.
Michael Omidi on Animal Support
There has been a recent rash of dolphin mutilations and deaths in the Gulf Coast which are to date unsolved. Animal Support was moved to offer a reward for information leading to the apprehension of the culprit. Justice must be served and these majestic mammals that are dearly loved for their smart and friendly demeanor must be protected.
Horses are another animal breed that suffers a variety of ills and maltreatments. Horses participating in rodeos, races and professional demonstrations/shows are required to routinely tolerate mistreatment and abuse. And the beautiful herds of wild horses that once roamed freely in the U.S. have dwindled significantly in recent decades. One hundred thousand of them are gathered and sent to Mexico and Canada for slaughter every year.
Michael Omidi and Animal Support's Mission
This is the mission of Animal Support, and co-founders Michael Omidi, Julian Omidi and Maria Abaca, to bring awareness to these animal cruelty issues, inspire other animal lovers to act on animal welfare matters, and most of all to protect all of the beautiful and wondrous animals that share our world.