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Corpulent cat stuck in storm drain rescued


Police and officials at an animal hospital in Stafford County, Va., worked together to free a cat that was found stuck in a storm drain on Thursday.

According to a Facebook post posted by the Stafford County Sheriff’s Department, a sergeant responded to a call involving a cat that was “stuck” in a storm drain. The cat was then taken to a local veterinary hospital to await its owner.

“He was unable to free the feline and contacted Aquia-Garrisonville Veterinary Hospital for assistance,” the caption reads. “Vets at the animal hospital responded and were up for the challenge.”

Officials from a sheriff’s department and an animal hospital worked together to rescue a cat stuck in a storm drain. Above is an image of a cat,
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The non-profit organization PAWS advises that a stray or lost pet should be taken to a local animal shelter.

Anyone who finds an animal is encouraged to file a found animal report, post signs, and share information about the found animal online.

An animal that is brought to a shelter or to a veterinarian can be scanned for a microchip.

“A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is implanted under the skin of an animal,” PAWS said. “Information is encoded on the chip to identify the animal.”

This microchip can provide information about the owner of the animal.

In photos shared by the Sheriff’s Department, the upper half of the cat’s body is seen sticking out of the storm drain.

A second photo shows two people as they worked to remove the cat from the drain.

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“The cat, now affectionately known as ‘Storm,’ has been sedated and removed from the sewer,” the Facebook post read. “Storm is resting comfortably in our shelter, hoping that its owner will see this message! »

Facebook users applauded the efforts of those who responded.

“As an animal lover, it always warms my heart that officers are so compassionate to animals and go the extra mile to help the 4-legged members of our community,” one person said.

“Great job saving this poor kitty,” wrote another.

Some said they hoped the cat was microchipped to ensure it could be returned to its owners.

“A simple chip can tell the difference between where your family is or not,” commented one Facebook user. “Some animals may leave their home range.”

Others took the incident as a way of joking about the unfortunate position the cat was in.

“Kitty needs to fire [the] cat treats,” one Facebook user wrote. “Thanks for helping out Biggy Storm.”

“Purrrr end this story,” another commented. “Thank you OSCS and Aquia Hospital.”

Newsweek contacted the Stafford County Sheriff’s Department and Aquia-Garrisonville Veterinary Hospital for further comment.

A man rescued a kitten he spotted in floodwaters in California, while a viral video showed a man ‘ambushed’ by a group of kittens after stopping his car to save one of them. them.

Another cat was rescued after being left in the middle of a busy highway.

Making volunteering within reach in Columbus, Ohio


👋 Alissa here. Ever wanted to do something outside of your comfort zone but felt too intimidated to take the first step?

  • I thought about volunteering for years, but assumed I didn’t have enough free time to make a real impact.

Driving the news: I recently became a Columbus Humane cat care volunteer – through an extensive but not at all daunting training process.

How it works: We play with cats and monitor their behavior with careful notes. Many shelter animals are naturally stressed, but if kept comfortable and socialized they are more likely to be adopted.

  • I schedule two-hour shifts at my convenience at least twice a month.

The big picture: About 90% of Americans want to volunteer, but only 25% actually do so, according to Stanford University.

  • With the pandemic shutdowns behind us, many nonprofits are still working to replenish volunteers as activities resume, their leaders tell Axios.
  • Meanwhile, flexible work-from-home hours are freeing up many potential volunteers – including me – to help out for the first time.

😺 Quick take: On my first shift last weekend, the cats embodied how many of us feel when trying something new.

  • Some are fearless, like Cindi, who leapt out of her doghouse and into my lap.
  • But many others are like Princess Peep, who needed to be cajoled and encouraged before she found the confidence to go out.

😻 In the end, both cats were adopted and I’m proud to have played a small part.

The bottom line: Volunteering is a great way to connect with like-minded people and give back — and it’s never too late to take that first step. These groups list many local opportunities:

And after: Columbus Humane’s next volunteer orientation will be August 30th. Opportunities range from washing up and greeting visitors to photography and caring for animals.

📬 We want to know: What are your favorite ways to give back? Click reply!

Cumberland County Animal Shelter Filled To The Brim, Waiving Adoption Fees One Week In August :: WRAL.com


– Cumberland County Animal Services is filled to the brim with pets available for adoption. Shelter manager Elaine Smith hopes to encourage people to come to the shelter and add a new furry friend to their family by waiving adoption fees this month.

From August 22-27, the animal shelter is waiving the shelter’s initial adoption fee.

“We want all of these animals to find good, loving homes,” Smith said. “It’s a great way to make it more affordable so people take those funds and spend them on other things like toys and vet bills.”

Rural animal shelters like those in Cumberland County have long struggled to have enough space and resources to house animals.

“When we’re at full capacity, it creates a more stressful environment,” Smith said. “We need to reduce this population in positive ways to prevent disease.”

Smith said Thursday the shelter has 118 cats available for adoption and 131 dogs.

Kittens playing at Cumberland County Animal Services

The shelter, located at 4704 Corporation Drive in Fayetteville, is open Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Three years ago, Cumberland County Animal Services had the highest number of admissions in the state. But since then, the shelter has implemented programs to prevent feral cats from being brought to the shelter for euthanasia and helps owners find new homes for their pets rather than returning them to the shelter, a said Smith.

In 2021, the shelter welcomed 6,402 animals – 3,372 dogs and 2,694 cats.

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Before Smith was director, she said the shelter didn’t really host promotional events. If the animal shelter became too full, the animals had to be euthanized.

“[That’s] something we really don’t like to do,” she said.

She said there is a misconception that free dogs are used for crime or dogfighting rings. Smith said that’s unlikely because the dogs at the shelter are neutered, neutered and microchipped.

“Which found the same quality of adopters whether it was free or full price,” she said.

Micheal Joyner takes videos of kittens at Cumberland County Animal Services

Keep in mind if you see a pet you love online, by the time you arrive at the shelter, that animal may already have been adopted. Most county shelters are first-come, first-served, Smith said. They want to give the animals loving homes as soon as possible and won’t wait around for someone who has reserved a pet, Smith said.

WRAL is part of a national campaign to promote animal adoptions this month. Clear the Shelters, NBC’s annual pet adoption campaign, continues throughout the month.

Dog at Cumberland County Animal Services

Every day, WRAL highlights a participating shelter in our area.

Cumberland County Animal Services first participated in Clear the Shelters four years ago. Smith said on the first day, more than 900 people came to the shelter looking for pets.

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WATCH | Mane Attraction: Rescued Romanian lions find new home at South African sanctuary

  • Five lions, rescued from Romania, were airlifted to South Africa.
  • The lions were kept by a private guardian, but lived in unsuitable conditions.
  • The big cats will be moved to a sanctuary in the Free State.

Five lions, rescued from Romania, arrived in South Africa on Wednesday.

Their arrival coincides with World Lion Day, which is celebrated on August 10.

The day, which celebrates the proverbial king of the jungle, aims to raise awareness of lions and the urgent need to fight for their conservation.

The lions – three males and two females – are all three years old and from the same litter.

They were rescued from a private caretaker in Romania in September 2021.

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After their rescue, they were taken to the FELIDA sanctuary in Nijeberkoop, the Netherlands, for treatment.

But on Wednesday the lions arrived in South Africa on the final leg of a journey to be permanently housed at a big cat sanctuary.

The lions will be housed at Lionsrock Sanctuary of animal welfare activist group Four Paws in Bethlehem, Free State. The lions arrived at OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg on Wednesday after being transported in crates. They then traveled by truck to Lionsrock, a three-hour drive.

The lions were rescued after being featured in a music video, circulating the internet, in November 2020.

One of the lions was clearly injured in the video, prompting Four Paws to track down the owner in Picior de Munte, southern Romania.

Four Paws found nine lions living in small, unsuitable cages filled with droppings and skeletons, and entered into negotiations with the owner for the release of the seven youngest lions.

Two of the lions remain at the FELIDA sanctuary for the time being, for further medical attention.

Spoodles who escaped Christchurch puppy mill are ‘obviously malnourished’, say couple who came to their rescue


A couple who came to the rescue of puppies that escaped from a Christchurch property – where 21 spoodles were rescued from a ‘serious’ and ‘dangerous’ environment on Wednesday – said the animals were ‘obviously malnourished, filthy and putrid”.

The woman behind the apparent puppy mill on Roydvale Ave, Burnside, is Rebecca MacPherson, who previously ran Beccijanes Cattery in Wairakei Rd, where two cat owners returned from their Christmas vacation in 2016 to find he had lost their cats.

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About four weeks ago, Bridget and Hayden, who didn’t want MacPherson to know their surnames, were walking on Roydvale Ave when they saw about 13 puppies running down the road.

The couple, who lived nearby, joined others to get the puppies to safety.

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“We managed to get one. He was getting wet, he was super terrified,” Bridget said.

They described the puppies as “malnourished, absolutely filthy and putrid”.

Hayden noticed another pup trying to escape from a hole under the fence of the property of the nearby dog ​​grooming and spoodle vendor. “He was making an awful sound screaming in pain.”

He tried to pull the dog, but as he put his hand there, a woman’s hand grabbed his on the other side.

Bridget and her partner Hayden took two puppies to the SPCA when they escaped on July 17.


Bridget and her partner Hayden took two puppies to the SPCA when they escaped on July 17.

“I tried to tear up the fence with another lady and that’s when I realized the pup wasn’t stuck under the fence, he was being pulled through that hole.

“I immediately let go because I didn’t want the dog to suffer so much, it was shocking. It was very painful for all of us. »

They managed to flag down a passing police car.

The couple said that when police arrested a woman came out of the property and ‘hollered at them’.

She yelled to “give him back some f’n dogs, they’re my f’n dogs,” Hayden said.

“We both looked at each other and were like we couldn’t physically bring these dogs back if that’s where they came from,” Bridget said.

They took the two puppies they caught to the SPCA.

“We called them a few days after to check in, and they said the dogs were happy and in much better shape,” Bridget said.

Tom Smith managed to get one of the puppies and took him to the SPCA


Tom Smith managed to get one of the puppies and took him to the SPCA

Another couple, Tom Smith and his partner Michelle, were driving on Roydvale Ave when they saw the puppies on the road the same day.

They stopped and got their hands on a puppy.

“It was filthy and filthy and had matted dirt. Someone told us this wasn’t the first time this had happened,” Smith said.

Smith said they waited with the officer while they tried to reach council, but after a 40-minute wait they took the pup to the SPCA.

It’s unclear whether the previous incident had any bearing on Wednesday’s raid.

Fire, police and animal management were involved, saving all 21 spoodle puppies (a cocker spaniel and a poodle cross) and several birds from the property.

Things understands that the firefighters were wearing a breathing apparatus, probably because of the smell.

A person at the scene on Wednesday said the property was “beyond filthy” with a putrid stench detected from the road.

Things spoke to neighbors on Thursday who said Macpherson was “quiet and reserved.” They didn’t have much interaction with her.

A neighbor said in the past month he saw dogs running off the property three times.

Another neighbor said he only ever saw eight or nine adult dogs there, not puppies, who looked “well cared for and well fed”.

“We never smelled anything bad,” they said.

Happy Tails Dog Grooming on Roydvale Ave in Burnside, where 21 spoodle puppies and birds were seized due to animal welfare concerns.


Happy Tails Dog Grooming on Roydvale Ave in Burnside, where 21 spoodle puppies and birds were seized due to animal welfare concerns.

The SPCA described the environment as “initially unsafe” and a “serious situation”.

MacPherson advertises three online businesses: Rebecca’s Spoodles, Happy Tails dog grooming and Westside Curtains.

Rebecca’s Spoodles advertises the puppies online for sale between $1450 and $2000.

Things could not reach MacPherson for comment.

When Things visited Beccijanes in 2016, a woman there told the reporter to “get the hell off my property, you bastard”.

An advertisement for Rebecca’s Spoodles states that the puppies are “very affectionate towards me and no problem”.

“It’s very difficult to get up 3-4 times a night while babies are feeding, warming food and changing bedding. And huge daily wash because not clean. When they’re out of crate and in mothers care, it’s much easier warm in my bed with me and they’re sold out by 8 weeks (sic).

SPCA National Inspection Manager Alan Wilson said all the animals had been removed from the property and were being cared for by the charity’s Christchurch staff.

“WWe would like to thank members of the public for their overwhelming response in offering help to these animals at this time.

“We cannot comment further on the details of Wednesday’s event as it is part of an ongoing investigation.”

Police declined to comment.

Pets In Need staff will not stand trial in puppy death case | New


Three women charged with offenses related to the deaths of seven puppies in a hot van last summer have been accepted into a diversion program and will not face trial, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Brian Brian Buckelew.

Pets In Need Employees Patricia Santana Valencia, Shelter Operations Manager; Margaret Evans, former behavior manager; and Ingrid Hartmann, former human resources manager, transported more than 20 dogs and seven 12-week-old puppies in a transport vehicle from a Central Valley animal shelter to the Palo Alto shelter in 90-degree temperatures on August 2 2021. They discovered that all seven puppies had died between the time they were last checked at a rest stop in Los Banos in Merced County and their arrival at the Palo Alto facility at 3281 E. Bayshore Road. The trio faced misdemeanor charges of failing to provide proper care and attention to an animal and inhumane transportation of an animal.

In a heartfelt and sympathetic statement, Buckelew said he would grant the diversion, which stands at six months when Valencia and Evans must have no new violations of the law and must complete 50 hours of community service. For Hartmann, who was the director of human resources and was brought in for an orientation tour, the judge granted six months with no further violations of the law, but no community service.

Buckelew said he “reviewed” the matter and thanked everyone involved for their professionalism. He reviewed the multiple letters of support from the three defendants, noting that he had received 17 letters on behalf of Evans detailing the highest degree of compassion, care and honor she had brought to the job, letters that Buckelew said he found them “moving”.

Valence, he noted, has also received several letters of support from vets and many professionals who have worked with her over the past 20 years. The letters described her “exemplary” work and pointed out that she had saved the lives of 8,152 cats and dogs over the years and had had no such prior negative events, Buckelew said.

Calling the duties of those who volunteer or seek professionally to protect the welfare of pets and animals “work of the highest calling”, the death of the seven puppies was “a tragedy that everyone wishes not to take place”.

Instead, he likened the incident to an accident where someone falls asleep at the wheel and causes an accident. It may have been “avoidable, but not negligent,” he said.

Given women’s long history in animal rescue, he said they would not have allowed dogs to be intentionally harmed.

“If there was even a clue” that what they were doing would result in the deaths of the puppies, he wouldn’t grant the diversion, he said.

The Diversion Act “recognizes that human beings are imperfect,” he said. “Sometimes an accident is an accident,” he said.

Buckelew was also swayed by reports that although the temperature in the van was undeniably high, the puppies may already have been sick as some reportedly vomited before transport. The video showed them happily playing in a pen in the backyard of a Chowchilla volunteer’s house before being transported by the volunteer to meet Pets In Need employees and their van.

The case has also been the subject of a lot of negative media attention, which he hopes “will not send shivers down the spine of this public service”.

In an Aug. 1 email to the judge, attorney Charles J. Smith said an article in the Palo Alto Daily Post in late July “again contained inaccurate information.” News reports claimed that the back of the van had no air conditioning while the women rode in the air-conditioned cabin up front, which he claims is untrue.

The Pets In Need Mercedes-Benz Transport Van was equipped with a factory-installed air conditioning system in good working order, which was a “single-zone AC” system. There were two optional air conditioning units available for the rear cargo area, but the carrier had not installed this option.

The carrier does not have a partition between the cabin and the loading area that would cut off airflow, but acknowledged “without a doubt, the single-zone system was loaded with all the dogs and the three females by one extremely hot day,” he wrote.

A standard not followed in manuals of good veterinary practice for animal transport was the requirement for a thermometer in the transport area of ​​all vehicles, he said. Pets In Need has since remedied the issue, he said. The organization also followed the recommendation that animals receive water every four hours; the trip took less than two hours and the puppies were checked in Los Banos, he noted.

“Ms. Evans and Ms. Santanavalencia, the two experienced transport workers fully accept responsibility for this tragedy and guessed and ‘Monday morning quarterback’ the decisions they made that day. They have to live with the fact that they could have, and should have done better. The tragedy was preventable. But the tragedy was not intentional based on conduct that these two women knew or should have known to endanger the lives of the puppies. It cannot be ignored , and it must be emphasized, that they were to save these puppies so that they would not be euthanized in pet shelters in the valley, but rather to find loving homes as loving pets. to be the cause of the death of beautiful animals to which they have devoted their lives for many years,” he wrote.

Valencia, who was present at the hearing, wept after the judge’s decision. She declined any further comment outside the courtroom. The women will return to court on November 3 regarding the diversion program.

Animal shelter seeks to increase staff and facilitate volunteering


The Town of Turlock is making some changes to its Animal Sanctuary to ensure it meets the needs of the citizens of Turlock – those with two and four legs.

The Turlock Animal Shelter – part of the police department – is responsible for the education, protection and humane treatment of animals in the city to ensure a safe and healthy community and to promote the benefits of a responsible owner of animals.

There has been a drastic increase in the number of animals housed at the shelter, following the lifting of COVID restrictions.

“There is an increase in population; it’s not unique to us,’ said Turlock Police Chief Jason Hedden, who explained that shelters are filling up across the state as more people return to a work schedule in person after COVID.

As with every other industry in this post-COVID world, the shelter is in desperate need of more workers.

“Staffing has been a challenge,” Hedden said. “It’s not that we don’t have the allocated posts or the funding for the posts.”

In an effort to help attract part-time employees, Turlock City Council recently approved raising the hourly wages of part-time kennel attendants, police cadets and clerical positions at the shelter by $15. at $16 per hour at $18 per hour.

In February, new City Manager Reagan Wilson was quoted in a Journal interview as saying he would investigate the possibility of the Stanislaus County Animal Shelter taking over Turlock’s animal housing and closing the facility in town.

According to Hedden, neither the Stanislaus County Shelter nor any other animal shelters run by the nearby municipality are able to support housing Turlock animals. Hedden said the city is considering options to expand the Turlock accommodation facility, including adding container-like units, while exploring resource-sharing partnerships with area agencies.

“The idea worked together,” Hedden said.

Helping to defray the costs of an increase in population at the shelter recently received a $5,000 grant from California for All Animals through UC Davis. The city is also waiting to hear if it qualified for a $20,000 collaborative grant from the California Animal Welfare Funder.

Along with plans to attract employees and expand facilities, Hedden also facilitated the process of becoming a Turlock Animal Shelter volunteer. The police chief said background checks to help with the shelter are now a separate process from what other police department volunteers go through.

Community support for the animal sanctuary remains key to its success. In addition to volunteers who help walk the dogs, the shelter also accepts donations of food and other pet supplies.

“Dog food is the main donation we like to ask for,” said Brittany Pinney Animal Shelter Supervisor. “No specific brand, but food for large and small dogs. Right now we have a lot of big dogs.

One of the shelter’s biggest business backers, Turlock Poker Room, also steps in to sponsor all adoption fees throughout August.

Animals for adoption are listed on the city’s website at: cityofturlock.org/animalservices/shelteranimals/

All adoptions include a gift bag with treats and valuable animal care information. Most also include local veterinarian gift cards for additional services. A free health certificate is included for all adoptions from local veterinary offices.

Those interested in seeing an animal for adoption can make an appointment by calling 209-656-3140. The shelter is located at 801 S. Walnut Rd. and is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Surry County woman finds silver lining at Tiny Tigers Rescue


SURRY COUNTY, NC (WGHP) — Amber Arnder is naturally drawn to a needy cat.

“I can’t turn away. I will not turn away,” she said.

Seven years ago, she took in and adopted a cat named Josiah from Rescue of tiger cubs who was allegedly attacked by a coyote.

“Once I came to pick him up and saw what the rescue was all about, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on all the cats,” she said.

Arnder has been on the team ever since and is now the manager of Tiny Tigers Rescue.

“Our overall mission is to help cats who would otherwise be forgotten in the community, who would be left behind. We’re proud to take on what we call the silver lining business,” she said.

These may be cats that need medical or behavioral intervention or cats that have been completely abandoned.

“A lot of times we see an elderly owner who may be deceased, and the family can’t or won’t take the cat home. We also see people who move out and just leave their cats behind,” Arnder said. .

Although based in Surry County, Tiny Tigers Rescue can receive up to 100 calls per day, including from surrounding areas, even in Virginia.

Arnder says this is the only cat shelter in this area for many counties.

The job can be emotionally draining, but Arnder remains encouraged knowing the silver lining is close at hand.

“You just have to know that you’re fighting the battle with all the weapons you have and doing what you can to alleviate the problem,” she said.

Tiny Tigers Rescue has helped approximately 3,000 cats since 2005.

None of the team members receives a salary. The association operates thanks to volunteers and donations.

New owner finds her footing at Royal Cat Records


Royal Cat Records has a new owner who has been in the music industry for over 15 years.

New owner Sarah VandenBoom previously worked at HMV for 11 years and at Sunrise Records at the Stone Road Mall for five years.

“My mother came from the old HMV company, called Mister Sound, right out of high school. She was assistant manager of HMV when it opened in 1986, that was the year I was born. So I was raised in a musical environment,” VandenBoom said.

Her aunt was also an assistant manager at HMV for 26 years.

Unfortunately, VandenBoom’s mother passed away in 2006.

“It’s sort of a legacy that I wanted to carry on for our family and the love of music that we have,” VandenBoom said.

The song Brian Wilson by the Barenaked Ladies was often played by her mother. VandenBoom said the song was one of her inspirations and she still plays it almost every morning.

Owning a record store was part of his life plan. After HMV went bankrupt, she wanted to reconnect with the music community.

All discs came with the sale as a turnkey business.

Bryan Munn and his wife Kara were the former owners who opened Royal Cat Records on Macdonell Street six years ago. They also own Sweet! an ice cream and candy shop on Carden Street.

VandenBoom said she would keep Kara close as a friend and mentor.

The name will stick, the only things that will change are extended hours, a bigger social media presence, DJ nights and live shows at the store.

“For me, it’s about getting the music to people,” VandenBoom said.

Before becoming the owner of Royal Cat Records, she was a client.

“I was in the downtown scene in my twenties. As soon as I was able to go out and see the local shows and even before. I’ve been to concerts all my life,” she said.

She said she has always been in the local Guelph music scene.

“It’s very important to me, making sure local music is heard.”

VandenBoom’s musical tastes change with his mood. Her first love was R&B, but more recently she’s been listening to folk rock.

Sage Motel by the Monophonics is a record that she has been shooting for a short time. It’s a funk, jazz, soul fusion album. “Nice pick up, nice Sunday morning album,” she said.

When customers come in with a specific record in mind and it’s not on the shelf, VandenBoom can order it for them. She started making a record list from last week.

“It’s a dream come true,” she said as a woman owner of an independent record store in her hometown of Guelph.

Big Cat Legislation Passes House, Fixes 2003 Legislation Banning Breeding

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The Big Cat Public Safety Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday with a 278-134 vote.

Introduced by Representatives Mike Quigley of Illinois and Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, the legislation builds on the Captive Wildlife Safety Act, which was passed unanimously in 2003 to ban the trade in big cats as pets, according to a press release. The new legislation corrects a drafting flaw in the 2003 legislation and prohibits the breeding of big cats for trade or for the commercial petting of cubs.

According to the press release, the new legislation is supported by national law enforcement, animal welfare, conservation and traditional zoo communities.

“Chaos and cruelty arise when people breed big cats for use as pets or for commercial petting operations,” Wayne Pacelle, president of the Center for a Humane Economy, said in the press release. “It is alarming that this problem has persisted for so long, and this is an important first step in establishing a national policy to end the trade and breeding of endangered lions and tigers like pets in homes and props in roadside zoos.”

The Big Cat Public Safety Act was introduced ahead of the reality TV series “Tiger King,” which brought the issue of private ownership of tigers and lions to American attention. The legislation was featured on a Peacock TV series, “Joe vs. Carole,” in March.

Representative David McKinley, who serves West Virginia’s First District, voted in favor of the legislation.

“Breeders who pump countless big cats for petting are worse than puppy suckers, placing unfunded mandates on animal rescues that must clean up their mess and care for these majestic creatures once they are too big to handle,” Marty Irby, executive director of Animal Wellness Action, said in the press release. “We commend Rep. McKinley for supporting the Big Cat Public Safety Act that will help protect West Virginia families from abused and dangerous big cats.”

Law enforcement also supports the legislation.

“I have experienced the worst-case scenario first hand, and it is a harrowing experience to think of the tigers, lions and other big cats lurking near our homes and schools,” Sheriff Matt said. Lutz. of Zanesville, Ohio, in the press release. Lutz’s office responded to a mass release of tigers, lions and other animals into his community more than 10 years ago. “Congress should step up and support those of us in law enforcement, who risk our lives every day, and pass the Big Cat Public Safety Act.”

According to the press release, nearly 60 petting operations existed 10 to 15 years ago in the United States. Today, there are only two or three commercial petting facilities, and nearly all of the petters featured in “Tiger King” are incarcerated.

“It’s a huge expense to care for these animals, and this reckless behavior places an enormous long-term financial responsibility on animal shelters,” said Carole Baskin, founder of Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida, in the press release. “None of these private big cat owners hold the animals for very long, which means they are turned over to groups like Big Cat Rescue who have to care for these traumatized, often very unhealthy animals.”

International Cat Day: the fabulous life of pampered felines!

If you’re working hard for the high life, don’t just be inspired by celebrities and stars. Discover the life of cats. They are sure to have their moment with the best in food, care, grooming treatments, and special lavish pet homes. On International Cat Day today, here’s how Mumbaikars want everything for their pets, going far beyond just buying a toy or two for them. Here’s what they love about…

Delicious with cat cakes and mousses!

Cat food is no longer limited to the essentials, felines today have a refined palate with gourmet recipes, healthy ingredients and personalized meals. Kay Pires, Bandra resident, cat mom and owner of Pet Story, says, “Now you get premium brands when it comes to cat food. We use very good food brands that customers want. Cats are lazy, they don’t like to chew food as much as dogs, so we have salmon and tuna mousse, creamy fish treats as well as anti-hairball foods with taurine, which is very important for a cat’s vision and immune system.

There’s an increase in gourmet pet foods, as Erika Kleinmann of Piper’s Pet Bakery in Powai observes: “Compared to two years ago, things are definitely different now. We have everything from muffins, chicken or fish cat cakes, tuna cat cookies and special cat cakesicles. These treats are so popular and they are often ordered on cat birthdays.

People are also paying more attention to what goes into their pets’ meals and platforms and stores are focusing more on nutrition. Shrey Sheth of Artico in Santa Cruz, says, “There’s definitely been an increased increase in nutrition in pet food since the pandemic began. It could be that people are focusing on their pets more or just more aware. Thus, we find that consumer behavior is close to what people feed their pets. Cats are carnivores and need animal protein, so we have dishes like a chicken and fish recipe – a puree of meat and vegetables.

Cute Tent Houses and Party Grooming: As chic as it gets


When it comes to toys and accessories, cats love interactive toys and those that contain catnip. They also no longer lounge in corners and on couches and have their own line of furniture. Kartik Gupta, co-founder of Goofy Tails, says, “It’s not just about food and treats, cat parents are spoiling their cats with luxurious and attractive accessories and toys. Deluxe tents and trees are must-have furniture if you’re obsessed with your cat. Cat trees engage the cat and provide a cozy place for an afternoon nap. Special cat houses and tunnels are fancy new furniture for your cat to sleep, play and engage. Even everyday cat accessories are becoming more sophisticated and functional.


Not just ordinary bowls, but special automatic water fountains help the cat get clean, calcium-rich water in a beautiful river-like running water setting. Of course, pet birthdays are also on the list. He adds, “For this, pets dress their fur babies in cute bow ties and fancy, blingy collars. When people want their cats to steal the show, they simply make an appointment with a grooming van before the birthday party! »

Pawdicures and exotic massages make for the TLC salon


Pampering isn’t just for you after a hard day anymore. Pets get their own indulgence with spa visits and luxury treatments. Leisha Motwane, owner of Petgascar Pet Spa, says: “Cats are really pampered these days – they get exotic aromatherapy massages, whitening coat baths, softening deep conditioning baths, kits for kittens, brushings and much more. After.”

Agree Dhaval Bhat, owner of Posh Pets, a chain for dogs and cats. He reveals: “Cats really have a gala moment, they are pampered just like humans. For busy people who find they’re not ready to give their cats a lot of time, a spa treat sort of makes up for it. He advises, “Pet care is in high demand, where cats get a full scratching treatment, then there is a 45-minute hemp oil therapy massage that helps them relax and soothe them. Cats also get fancy coat coloring, which is non-toxic and ammonia-free. It’s just vegetable and fruit based and totally safe. Shares cat owner Aarti Shah, “I think it’s important to give your cat as much attention as you would your own. My two-year-old cat loves her grooming trip to the salon, she gets got brushed and cleaned.Before, she used to get restless, but over time she got used to it and likes it.

Animal shelters across the United States are overwhelmed


Animal shelters in some parts of the country are seeing more and more animals being entrusted to them. Some owners struggling with rising rent, food and gas costs are making the difficult choice to give up their cat or dog, reports CBS News. “We had to make a decision about, you know, we need a roof for the baby and us,” says Kathya Perec of Florida. In some parts of the country, shelters are overwhelmed and understaffed. Julie Skellenger of the Kiya Koda Humane Society in Iowa says, “We don’t have much space in our facility. So if we don’t have space, we have to tell them no. According to data from “Best Friends Animal Society,” 355,000 cats and dogs were euthanized in U.S. shelters in 2021 — the first increase in five years. Animal Rescue for Dogs.” And that’s especially tough at the end of 2020, when you couldn’t find an animal to give to someone.” the DC-metro area for fostering and adoption. But those in need of a home have far outnumbered those looking for a pet pet.” I’ve never turned down puppies. I refuse puppies this year. It breaks my heart,” Horowitz laments the suspension of sterilization at the start of the pandemic. “We stopped sterilization and sterilization for a short time in many places because we were preserving PPE, we did not know what TO DO. But now we are in the fourth generation of those unwanted litters that came out of that era. “Animal welfare organizations provide assistance to owners in need, ranging from food to veterinary care to help keep pets in their homes forever. The ASPCA operates community veterinary clinics in underserved areas , providing partially and fully subsidized preventative care to pet owners qualified for care,” says Dr. Carolyn Brown of the ASPCA’s Department of Community Medicine. To save on medical care, Dr. Brown suggests discussing discuss your budget with your veterinarian as there are usually a range of treatments available for your pet Horowitz and his rescue team hope the scorching summer days don’t further slow the pace of fostering and adoptions. Even if you can’t foster a pet yourself, wellness experts have nimal suggest volunteering your time as a shelter volunteer or making a donation.

Animal shelters in some parts of the country are seeing more and more animals being entrusted to them. Some owners struggling with rising rent, food and gas costs are making the difficult choice to give up their cat or dog, reports CBS News.

“We had to make a decision about, you know, we need a roof for the baby and us,” says Kathya Perec from Florida.

Shelters in some parts of the country are overwhelmed and understaffed. Julie Skellenger of the Kiya Koda Humane Society in Iowa says, “We don’t have a lot of space in our facility. So if we don’t have the space, we have to tell them no.

According to data from Best Friends Animal Society, 355,000 cats and dogs were euthanized in US shelters in 2021 – the first increase in five years.

“This is the toughest summer I’ve seen in 13 years of animal welfare involvement,” says Mirah Horowitz, Founder and Executive Director of Lucky Dog Animal Rescue. “And it’s especially hard coming out of 2020, when you couldn’t find an animal to give to someone.”

Horowitz and his rescue team work with high-mortality shelters in South Carolina, Virginia, Texas and even Puerto Rico, bringing animals to the DC metro area to be nurtured and adopted. But those in need of a home have far outnumbered those in need of a pet.

“I’ve never turned down puppies. I’m turning down puppies this year. It breaks my heart,” Horowitz laments.

She says there’s another reason for the surplus of animals: a suspension of neutering and neutering at the start of the pandemic. “We stopped spaying and neutering for a short time in many places because we were preserving PPE, we didn’t know what to do. But now we’re in the fourth generation of these unwanted litters that came out of that time. “

Animal welfare organizations offer assistance to owners in need, from food to veterinary care to help keep pets in their homes forever. The ASPCA operates community veterinary clinics in underserved areas, providing partially and fully subsidized preventative care to qualified pet owners.

“There is a wide spectrum of what pet owners can afford and along that spectrum there is a limit to how much people can afford to pay for care,” says Dr Carolyn Brown from the ASPCA’s Department of Community Medicine.

To save on medical care, Dr. Brown suggests discussing your budget with your veterinarian, as there are usually a range of treatments available for your pet.

Horowitz and his rescue team hope the scorching summer days won’t further slow the pace of foster families and adoptions. Even if you can’t foster a pet yourself, animal welfare experts suggest volunteering your time as a shelter volunteer or making a donation.

Cat Cafe Maui, where patrons can make feline friends or adopt a house cat


Maui Cafe Cat. PC: Wendy Osher
Maui Cafe Cat. PC: Wendy Osher

A one-of-a-kind space, the Cat Cafe Maui, opens at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center. Described as “a fun and inviting space for cats and humans alike,” patrons of Cat Cafe Maui can relax, play, sip, and shop with rescue cats — and adopt one if they find a special connection.

The business, located on the second floor near the elevators, had a soft opening this week and will hold a grand grand opening on Monday, August 8, 2022.

Specifically designed to socialize and train rescue kittens, Cat Cafe Maui provides a home for cats to prepare for adoption and for visitors to find their forever kittens.

Cat Cafe Maui Founder and Maui Cat Rescue Executive Director Moriah Diamond said the concept started in Japan. According to Diamond, there are at least four companies dedicated to the idea on Oʻahu; however, this is a first for Maui.

Tours are by reservation only, but if someone doesn’t have a reservation when they arrive, they can scan a QR code on site and book an appointment online for all available places.


Availability is at the top of each hour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last time slot being at 4 p.m. Cost is $20 per person (plus expenses) for 50 minutes, and includes premium coffee or herbal tea and designed time. with cats after signing a waiver. Kamaʻāina fares are also available.


“A lot of people on Maui can’t have cats because of the rental situation, but we love cats, so it’s a place where people can come hang out with the cats without having to worry about it. committing to owning a cat, having to care for the cat, having to consider whether or not their owner is going to let them have a cat,” said Erin McCargar, treasurer and volunteer coordinator for the nonprofit Maui Cat Rescue.

“Also those of us who love cats, even though we have cats, we just want to hang out with other cats, so it gives us a nice, clean, comfortable and cool space to hang out with. cats and enjoying it, and meeting other people who also love spending time with cats,” she said. “So it’s just a good way to spend an afternoon sometimes.

Cat-related merchandise is available for sale in a shop located at the main entrance. Refreshments are also available for clients who book a session.


“There’s been a lot of situations, like over the last two weeks where I’ve been stressed, or I’ve been upset or whatever, and I come here and sit and hang out with the cats, and that’s is so soothing and fun and enjoyable, and you can’t help but smile with these little munchkins running around,” McCargar said.

“It’s also a great opportunity for kids to learn how to handle cats, be around pets, play with them, and take care of an animal,” she said.

There are also over 50 volunteers who do deep cleans every morning and evening, and spot cleans throughout the day. Those interested in volunteering are invited to register here.

The other aspect is connecting cats to people and making adoptions easier. Cat Cafe Maui lets potential adopters get to know the cats’ personalities first.

All cats are available for adoption through a partnership with the Maui Humane Society. The Maui Humane Society will receive all adoption fees based on coffee donations to offset their support of cat supplies, adoption administration and veterinary care.

Cats are between four months and five years old and are vaccinated (depending on age), spayed or neutered, microchipped and benefit from the same guarantees that the Humane Society offers if you adopt a cat. If they get sick within the first two weeks of adoption, they can be brought back to the Humane Society and they pay for their veterinary care.

“The hope is that it allows more cats to be connected to more people and available for adoption and then it could help us clean up the shelter so the shelter can accommodate more cats and both help the community cats and the community at large with fewer cats running around without a home,” McCargar said.

With more than 3.4 million cats entering animal shelters nationwide, only 3.1 million cats are adopted each year, according to recent data. At the Maui Humane Society, for every dog, there are two cats that walk through its doors. In its 2022 fiscal year, the Maui Humane Society accepted nearly 5,000 animals, 65% of which were cats.

Maui Cafe Cat. PC: Wendy Osher

“We are thrilled to have a life-saving partnership on the island with Cat Cafe Maui,” said Katie Shannon, Marketing Director of Maui Humane Society in the company’s opening press release. “Their unique adoption opportunity creates more space in our shelter, ultimately increasing our rescue capabilities. All adoptable cats at Cat Café Maui are from the Maui Humane Society, so by adopting from Cat Cafe Maui, you are saving cats. from Maui in need.

“The opening of Cat Cafe Maui marks the first such experiential concept at Queen Ka’ahumanu and we love the idea of ​​combining the retail and cafe space with pet therapy, education and potentially helping the overpopulation of cats in our community,” said the general manager of QKC. Kauwela Bisquera in the opening announcement.

“So far, the reception has been excellent. I don’t know which is more fun – watching cats or watching people watch cats,” McCargar said.

Once installed, Cat Cafe Maui will also host events such as Kitty Yoga, movie nights, educational events, storytimes, art classes, and possibly birthday party packages.

“We love helping animals and making people smile,” said Moriah Diamond, founder of Cat Cafe Maui and executive director of Maui Cat Rescue. “We are also committed to using this space as a way to raise awareness of cats on the island and educate our community about responsible pet ownership.”

Maui Cafe Cat. PC: Wendy Osher

More: Cat Cafe Maui is the for-profit arm of Maui Cat Rescue. Maui Cat Rescue’s mission is to facilitate the adoption of homeless cats on Maui and to limit overpopulation. Maui Cat Rescue encourages cats, provides them with top-notch care and facilitates adoptions through its Cat Lounge, a warm and inviting space where clients can come to spend time with cats, relax and rejuvenate and eventually adopt . The cat cafe also hosts and offers educational programs and activities for the public. For more information, visit https://catcafemaui.com www.mauicatrescue.org.

Ukrainian woman risks her life to save wild animals from war


Natalia Popova has found a new purpose in life: saving wild animals and pets from the ravages of war in Ukraine.

“They are my life,” said the 50-year-old, stroking a lioness with light fur like a kitten. From inside a pen, the animal rejoices in the attention, lying on its back and stretching its paws towards its keeper.

Popova, in cooperation with the animal protection group UA Animals, has already saved more than 300 animals from war; 200 of them have gone abroad and 100 have found a new home in western Ukraine, which is considered safer. Many of them were wild animals that were kept as pets in private homes before their owners fled Russian bombings and missiles.

Popova’s shelter in the village of Chubynske, Kyiv region, now houses 133 animals. It’s a vast menagerie, including 13 lions, a leopard, a tiger, three stags, wolves, foxes, raccoons and deer, as well as domestic animals like horses, donkeys, goats, rabbits , dogs, cats and birds.

Animals awaiting evacuation to Poland have been rescued from hotspots such as Kharkiv and Donetsk regions in eastern Ukraine, which see daily shelling and active fighting. Ukrainian soldiers who let Popova know when animals near the front lines need help joke that she has many lives, like a cat.

“Nobody wants to go there. Everyone is afraid. I’m scared too, but I’m going anyway,” she said.

Often she is shaking in the car while going to save another wild animal.

“I feel very sorry for them. I can imagine the stress animals are under because of war, and no one can help them,” Popova said.

In most cases, she knows nothing of the animals she rescues, their names and ages, or their owners.

“Animals don’t show up when they come to our house,” she joked.

Bears play at an animal shelter owned by 50-year-old Natalia Popova in Kyiv region, Ukraine, August 4, 2022.

During the first months of the war, Popova traveled alone to the hot spots of the war, but a couple from UA Animals recently offered to transport and help her.

“Our record is an evacuation in 16 minutes, when we rescued a lion between Kramatorsk and Sloviansk,” Popova said. A trained economist with no formal veterinary experience, she administered anesthesia to the lion because the animal needed to be put to sleep before it could be transported.

Popova says she has always been very attached to animals. In kindergarten, she built houses for worms and talked to birds. In 1999 she opened the first private horse club in Ukraine. But it wasn’t until four years ago that she saved her first lion.

An organization against slaughterhouses approached her with a request for help in rescuing a lion with a broken spine. She didn’t know how she could help as her expertise was in horses. But when she saw a photo of the big cat, Popova couldn’t resist.

She built an enclosure and took the lion in the next morning, paying the owner. Later, Popova created a social media page called “Help the Lioness”, and people started writing asking for help saving other wild animals.

Yana, the first lioness she rescued, became part of the family because she couldn’t find a new home due to a disability. Popova took care of her until her death two weeks ago.

The refuge is only a temporary stopover for the animals. Popova rehabilitates them and then finds new homes for them. She feels a special bond with each big cat, but says she doesn’t mind letting them go.

Natalia Popova, 50, strokes a tiger at her animal shelter in Kyiv region, Ukraine, August 4, 2022.

Natalia Popova, 50, strokes a tiger at her animal shelter in Kyiv region, Ukraine, August 4, 2022.

“I love them and understand that I don’t have the resources to give them the comfortable life they deserve,” Popova says.

At first, she funded the shelter with her own funds from the equestrian business. But since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, the horse trade has not been profitable. With more than $14,000 a month needed to keep the animals healthy and fed, she turned to borrowing and saw her debt soar to $200,000.

She receives money from UA Animals and donations, but worries about how to keep it all together have kept her awake at night.

“But I’m still going to borrow money, go to trouble spots and save the animals. I can’t say no to them,” she said.

Popova sends all her animals to Poznań Zoo in Poland, which helps her evacuate them and find new homes for them. Some animals have already been transported to Spain, France and South Africa. His next project is to send 12 lions to Poland this week.

With no end of fights in sight, Popova knows she will always be needed.

“My mission in this war is to save wild animals,” she said.

Millcreek Township residents and officials at odds over cat euthanasia


A Millcreek Township neighborhood is in mourning and disbelief after the township animal control officer euthanized what locals say was a healthy, good-natured cat.

The incident happened on the afternoon of July 29, when a woman in the 3200 block of Berkley Street contacted animal control about a stray male cat who had entered her home and refused to leave.

The woman, who asked not to be identified for privacy reasons, told the Erie Times-News the cat looked healthy and was friendly.

“The cat was super sweet,” she said. “He let me pet him and hold him all the time. I also tried to check for fleas or anything on him and didn’t notice anything.”

The woman said she messaged the Erie Animal Network Facebook group to post a photo of the cat to find the owner. When no one claimed the cat after a few hours, she contacted Millcreek Township Animal Control, hoping they would transport the cat to the Erie Humane Society.

“I had looked on the Humane Society’s Facebook page and seen that they were closed for cleaning, so I couldn’t take it myself,” she said. “I called (Animal Control) to make sure they could still take the cat there. The (policeman) said ‘yes’ and they had the keys to the building.”

The cat never arrived.

Township says cat was aggressive, host of parasites

In a news release Friday, the township said its animal control officer, Rich Lyall, responded to the home and immediately noticed the cat was a host to several parasites.

Lyall also did not observe any collars, ID chips or rabies vaccination tags, the statement said.

“Employing standard industry precautions that are specifically designed to mitigate the spread of animal-borne disease, the officer used a capture pole to remove the cat from the home,” the statement read. “The cat reacted aggressively and endangered the safety of all parties involved.”

The statement continued, “Out of an abundance of caution, the cat was euthanized in accordance with Pennsylvania’s Animal Destruction Methods Licensing Act, particularly out of an interest in public safety and due to the potential for community spread of the virus. rabies and other animal-borne diseases.

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Pictured is Millcreek Township Supervisor Kim Clear.

Millcreek Township Supervisor Kim Clear said it is standard practice for the animal control officer to take stray animals to the Erie Humane Society.

However, if the officer feels in danger or believes the animal could pose a danger to someone else, then “the officer will have to make the decision whether or not to euthanize the animal,” she said. told the Times-News.

“In this case, the officer felt that multiple parts could have been at risk due to the cat’s aggression and the possibility that it had an animal-borne illness or disease,” Clear said.

Neither Clear nor the Millcreek Police Department could confirm how the cat was euthanized.

Was there another option?

Nicole Leone, executive director of the Erie Humane Society, said animal control officers can always contact them if they are unsure how to handle an animal.

“We’ve seen many cases of fearful animals that can be mistaken for aggressive animals. We’ve also seen many cases of animals in need of significant medical attention and were able to help,” she told The Times- News.

“We are here to be used as a resource and to provide support to help all pets. Although an officer may be a little less familiar with how to handle an animal, they can call us. They have our after hours number. They have access to the building after hours. We are here to support them.

Clear said the township is in the process of renewing a contract with the Erie Humane Society to ensure animal control takes stray animals there.

However, she added, if the animal poses a threat, “it’s (Lyall’s) job to protect people and he made the decision to protect others. It was not an easy decision. . He made the tough decision.”

The owner must file a complaint

Candy Weigel, who lives on the corner of Berkley and 34th Street, considered herself the owner of the cat, having found it in July.

Naming him “Eli,” Weigel said his cat was just under a year old and enjoyed walking around the neighborhood and visiting others.

“He was very nice, he would go to anyone,” she said. “He just wanted attention and he was sitting on your lap.”

Weigel said she was absent on the day of the euthanasia and had not seen the Facebook post on the Erie Animal Network.

When she couldn’t find her cat and realized he wasn’t at the Erie Humane Society, she contacted the township and later learned of Lyall’s emergency euthanasia and the Millcreek Police Department.

She now plans to file a formal complaint against the township, insisting animal control rushed to euthanize her cat instead of taking her to the Erie Humane Society.

“He was a perfectly clean cat,” she said. “We had all seen him the days before. Every photo and video we have of him, he looks great. Then all of a sudden the animal control officer says he wasn’t worth it. be saved because he looks so bad, and he makes that assessment in a minute.”

Lyall could not be reached for comment for this story.

Tips for Pet Owners

Clear, who said she wants residents to continue to depend on animal control, stressed the importance of responsible pet ownership.

“I want to encourage people to be responsible pet owners and make sure your pets are tagged and have their shots and also follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines,” a- she declared.

“As a pet owner myself, I’m so sorry for them. But we really need to practice responsible pet ownership.”

Stray animals can be brought to the Erie Humane Society, located at 2407 Zimmerly Road. They can be reached at 814-835-8331.

AJ Rao can be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @ETNRao.

Tri-Cities Animal Shelter at Full Capacity, Needs Adopters – YakTriNews.com


PASCO, Wash. – After months of uncertainty regarding the Tri-Cities Animal Shelter’s (TCAS) future, the new management faces another hurdle.

On Friday, August 5, the City of Pasco officially transitioned to a full in-house operating system at TCAS.

“Previously, the shelter was operated by the Benton Franklin County Humane Society as a third-party contractor,” a press release read.

Now the shelter is at capacity, meaning it is also reaching essential admission status.

According to a Facebook TCAS Publishthis state is described as:

…the shelter will limit the acceptance of animals to animal control/law enforcement assistance and specific animal cases until capacity warrants normal admissions operations. During essential intake status, the shelter will continue to accept:

• Sick or injured animals

• Animals with no viable options for shelter in the community

• The admission of animals that pose a threat to public safety

Animal Control will respond to calls during this time with the following priority:

• Cruelty and neglect

• Public safety calls, including complaints of bites, dangerous animals and rabies issues

• Assistance to law enforcement

• Animals in immediate danger »

Zach Ratkai, director of administrative and community services for the city of Pasco, said the goal was to “professionalize the shelter, establish new policies and practices” and meet the needs of the animals.

“We’re at full capacity but we’re doing our best for the community,” Ratkai said. “There is no place for big dogs, small dogs, cats.”

Ratkai said shelters “across the country and in the Tri-Cities, Eastern Washington and the Pacific Northwest region are full.”

“We have a lot of big animals here that need a good place to live,” Ratkai said. “So we’re working really hard to make sure we maintain that capacity, taking care of the animals that are in our care.”

Currently, TCAS is running a “Clear the Shelter” event that raises the adoption fee for dogs and puppies to $100 and for cats and kittens to $50.

Animals are also spayed or spayed, vaccinated, and with their appropriate medications with the help of Tri-Cities Veterinary Offices.

“We do them quickly so that when people come to adopt an animal, they can bring it home that day, which helps us with the carrying capacity, but it will also help to unite these animals with large families. “, Ratkai said.

Those second chances are essential for Ramon, a Kennewick resident who suffered serious injuries in a crash in 2018.

“My head split open all the way,” Ramon said, noting that he was also in a coma for months. “God helped me to live.”

So when his stepfather passed away and his stepmother didn’t want to keep the family dog, Ramon said he knew it was time to give something else a second chance.

He is now the proud owner of his in-laws’ Chow Chow, which he affectionately calls his “best friend”.

“He took care of me,” Ramon said. “We have so many dogs here that we just want someone to adopt them. If anyone is lucky enough to adopt a pet, be it a cat or whatever you like, you should grab it and adopt it and it will make you happy in life.

The Tri-Cities Animal Sanctuary is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“He was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime cat”


Howie The fundraising cat who helped raise over $100B for an animal rescue in Norfolk died this week days before a big fundraiser in his honor

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Howie the Fundraising Feline has helped raise over $100,000 for a Norfolk animal rescue organization.

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From birthday parties, raffles, donut drives, Howie, an adopted cat from Purrfect Companions of Norfolk, and his pet parent have raised thousands of dollars for the Delhi-based shelter.

Howie was taken to Purrfect Companions after being hit by a car in February 2017. He recovered from his injuries with the care of staff at the facility and was adopted by shelter volunteer Angela Britton on December 25 from the same year.

“I was dropping off food at the shelter my other cats had raised money for and Howie was the office cat. I met him and had followed his story and everyone loved him so I assumed he would be adopted long before I had the chance to meet him,” Britton said in a recent post. interview. ” He was there. I just fell in love with him.

Howie turned 11 on February 1. It was scheduled to be celebrated at Howie’s Big Summer Bash on August 6 at the Royal Canadian Legion in Delhi.

Sadly, Howie passed away earlier this week from lung cancer diagnosed on June 29. At that time, he had a life expectancy of only a few weeks.

On Monday, Britton posted the news on Facebook: “February 1, 2011 – August 1, 2022. Howie, if love could have saved you… you would have lived forever. After everything you’ve been through, I promised you that I would never let you hurt or suffer. Now I know, for sure, that was a promise I kept. Thank you for choosing me to be your mom. I will love you with all my heart forever and always Howie. I love mom.”

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In a message to the reformer on Friday, Britton said: “He was definitely a once in a lifetime cat and he will be sorely missed by all of us.”

So how did Howie and Britton raise all that money? This was done through raffles, donation drives, donut sales, Howie’s painting and paw print auctions, as well as in-person and virtual birthday parties.

Over the years, Howie has had many surgeries such as tooth extractions and the removal of a pellet from his leg. In 2019, Howie was discovered to have ear cancer after being mistaken for frostbite or a scab. Howie underwent surgery to remove a double ear, which resulted in a cancer-free diagnosis.

“He brought so much happiness, joy and laughter into my life,” Britton said. “After all the horrible things Howie has been through, I’m so glad we were able to spend our time giving back to help others.”

Howie’s Big Summer Bash fundraiser will run as scheduled from 1-4 p.m., where guests can bring items to donate to the shelter.

Saturday’s party will include some of Howie’s feline friends, as well as raffles, cakes, games, a barbecue and coloring contests. Tours of the Purrfect Companions Refuge will take place concurrently with the celebration. People can message Howie’s feline fundraising Facebook page to book a tour.

Howie has not only raised funds but also a strong fanbase over the years. A Facebook page has more than 2,000 followers, many of whom have offered messages of condolence.

To follow Howie’s story, visit the Facebook page



Are you traveling with animals for the first time? Here’s what you need to know.


More than 23 million American households — nearly 1 in 5 nationally — have adopted a pet during the pandemic. And now many of those Americans will try to take their first vacation with a cat, dog or bird.

Are you ready?

Traveling with pets is one of the most controversial topics I have ever discussed. From fake emotional support animals to annoying owners, fur always flies when I write about animals and travel.

But it’s a good question: what happens when you try to take all those pandemic animals on vacation with you? Should you even bother? And if you do, what do you need to know?

“Traveling with pets has become more difficult after the pandemic,” says Josh Snead, CEO of Rainwalk Pet Insurance.

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There’s a long list of challenges to traveling with pets, including new fees and tougher rules for traveling with pets. Summer is particularly difficult because airlines impose limits on transporting animals in hot weather. Perhaps the biggest hurdle is an explosion of fake rabies documentation from pet importers, making it more difficult to transport animals across borders, Snead says.

“Often,” he adds, “bureaucracy makes things so expensive that they are no longer worth it.”

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What happens when all these animals travel this summer?

Traveling with pets is not always the best idea. If you’re moving across the country and need to bring Rover, fine. If you have a documented disability and have a trained, well-behaved service animal, OK. But I have never seen a dog or a cat “ask” to go on vacation. In fact, if they knew they’d be compressed into a carrying case for hours or locked in a hotel room, they’d probably rather not go on vacation with you.

But if even a small percentage of the pet-owning population is traveling with an animal this summer, things could get interesting. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, nearly 39% of American households own dogs; 25% own cats – or perhaps it is more accurate to say that they are owned by cats. And these are pre-pandemic numbers. So imagine what happens when they hit the road.

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Here is what they will face:

No more pet fees. About half of U.S. hotels allow pets, according to CanMyPetStay.com, a site that tracks pet policies. Of these, 95% charge a pet fee, which averages $43 per night or $94 per stay. Randy Greencorn, who publishes the site, advises pet owners to call the hotel ahead to confirm pets are allowed. “And ask the hotel to add your pet to the reservation to avoid complications at check-in,” he adds.

New rules. Janice Costa, owner of Canine Camp Getaway, says she’s recently seen all kinds of new rules for pets. They range from higher cleaning fees to fees per pet rather than per room. Another new feature in some hotels are size limits for dogs. “Other hotel chains now have policies limiting guests to one dog per room,” she says. “And more and more hotels seem to be having a policy that dogs cannot be left in the room unattended, even in a crate. This can be problematic if you want to go out to dinner or do something that isn’t not related to dogs during your trip.”

Inexperienced owners. Many Americans will be traveling with their pet for the first time. A new survey by Harvest Hosts, an RV membership program, found that only half of travelers (52%) base their travel plans on hosting their pets. This means that some pet owners will leave their dogs and cats in their hotel room or RV while they enjoy their vacation, which is not the case for the pet. You can’t do anything against inexperienced owners. But you can plan ahead if you are bringing your pet.

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If you're staying at a Kimpton property, you can easily have someone take your best friend for a walk or keep them company if you're going out to dinner or somewhere else you can't bring a dog.

New pet programs. Hotels know this will be a great summer for travel with pets. For example, Kimpton Hotels recently launched a new program called KimptonxWag. It’s a partnership with mobile platform Wag!, which pairs pet owners with professional caregivers for boarding, sitting and walking. If you’re staying at a Kimpton property, you can easily find someone to take your best friend for a walk or keep them company while you go out for dinner. “Once you’ve determined that your dog is coming on the road with you, you need to make sure that you carefully consider the hotel you’re staying at,” says Nick Gregory, senior vice president of hotel operations for Kimpton.

Tips for traveling with your pet: Maybe you shouldn’t

That’s a lot to consider before traveling with a pet this summer. And yet, many pet owners think of their own vacation needs before their pets. They travel to places where pets are not welcome or will not be comfortable.

Sasha Armstrong, creator of the Canine State of Mind educational program, says a successful trip with your pet takes more planning than a regular vacation.

“It’s a great idea to choose a place in nature if possible, or try to pick a place to stay that meets your dogs’ needs as much as your own needs,” she says.

What if you can’t? Have a friend at home care for your furry friend while you’re away and save your pet – and you – unnecessary stress.

Your checklist for summer travel with your pet

Food and emergency contacts. “Plan ahead to ensure that items a pet typically needs at home are brought on the trip,” advises Darcia Kostiuk, Senior Veterinarian for Orijen Pet Foods. This doesn’t just include the usual items, like food, dishes, leashes and collars, carriers, litter boxes and bags, treats, toys, medicine, and blankets. Kostiuk also recommends having the phone numbers of trusted veterinarians and local emergency veterinary clinics on hand.

Documentation. “It’s important to bring all the papers,” said Jean Shafiroff, spokesperson for American Humane. This includes all required vaccination and health certificates. Shafiroff, who owns five rescue dogs, notes that airlines are particularly picky about documentation. “Foreign dogs especially have a harder time getting into the United States,” she adds.

Travel insurance for pets. A new report from travel insurance company Battleface found that 44% of Americans want the ability to customize travel insurance policies to meet their specific needs, including a pet travel package. Some travel insurance plans provide coverage for pet-related expenses. For example, if your return trip is delayed by at least six hours and you cannot pick up your dog or cat on the scheduled day, Seven Corners RoundTrip Choice will cover up to $500 for kennel fees or expenses. You may also consider a ‘cancel for any reason’ policy. “Perhaps your pet is older or you’re concerned that they’ll get sick while you’re away,” says Angela Borden, Product Specialist at Seven Corners.

Local pet rescue takes action to help veteran dog owners – Salisbury Post


SALISBURY — A local nonprofit pet rescue is working to help veterans who own pets and need help transporting their companions.

Rick Roper, president of Maverick Pet Transportation and Rescue, has been volunteering with a team of helpers for three years. When veterans are admitted to hospital or find themselves in other unfortunate circumstances, some do not have family or others to care for their pets while they are away.

So Roper steps in. He spoke at a symposium at the Department of Veterans Affairs when the program was first offered, sharing that Maverick’s services are available to veterans who need care for their pets.

“If we have the funding, we can board the dog,” he explained. “We get them vaccinated and update their vaccines.”

He said that so far six dogs have gone through the rescue program.

Even if the animal is difficult to retrieve from a home, a volunteer from the nonprofit transportation agency can visit a veteran’s home while they are out to provide food and water to an animal that does not feel comfortable being removed. The program’s flexibility ensured pets loyal to their veteran owners were cared for, even if they couldn’t go to a boarding center.

Roper also said the organization is considering including veteran IDs in microchipped dog profiles. Some veterans do not have identification documents to identify their status.

“Sometimes when animal control gets calls to come to these homes, they don’t get told ‘he’s a veteran,’ so sometimes they have no idea,” he said. “A lot of veterans use these dogs to recover and get out of the house. It doesn’t matter which side you’re on, veterans need help. They’ve been through enough…I’m not here to take the dogs from the veterans, we are here to give them the help they need.

“The long-term idea is to go through the VA and get on the veterans mailing list that ‘hey, keep your pets up to date, we can help you get them vaccinated or give them some food,'” Roper said. “It’s just a starting point.”

You can visit www.maverickpet.org or the organization’s Facebook page for more information.

“The long-term idea is to go through the VA and get on the veterans mailing list that ‘hey, keep your pets up to date, we can help you get them vaccinated or give them food. ‘” Roper said. “It’s just a starting point.”

The Vineyard Gazette – Martha’s Vineyard News


We have another adoption to report this week. Mozzie, the gorgeous gray and white tuxedo, has found her new home.

This week, we present to you Laverne and Shirley, two big black rabbits. These girls were hand raised and are very friendly. In their old home, they loved to spend time outdoors in their fenced yard, so a place where they could spend time outdoors would be perfect for them. These girls would make delicious pets for any bunny lover. They even come with their own hutch.

There are a few other cats that need a home. Dusty and Gracie are 11-year-old roommates who we’d like to relocate together, so their adoption fees will be waived. Dusty is a light silver/buff medium coat and Grace is tabby and white. These pretty girls are shy because they are afraid to be at the shelter and need a stable home. And there’s also the five-year-old girl in the tuxedo, Teaser.

But if you prefer guinea pigs, we also have two calico males, Bert and Ernie, who are both very friendly. Martha’s Vineyard Animal Sanctuary is here for our community. We are always available and our door is always open if your adoption is not a perfect fit.

Plus, if anyone needs cat food, dog food, or a crate, we have plenty and are happy to share. The Island Food Pantry also offers pet food for those in need. Simply call us during the opening hours of the shelter.

The shelter’s phone number is 508-627-8662. Hours are: Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

‘Stray’ cat video game brings some benefits to real cats



NEW YORK — The virtual hero cat of new video game sensation “Stray” isn’t just meandering along rusting pipes, jumping over unidentified slimes and decoding clues in a seemingly abandoned town. The bold orange tabby also helps real-world cats.

Through online fundraising platforms, players play “Stray” while broadcasting live for the public to raise money for animal shelters and other cat-related charities. Annapurna Interactive, the game’s publisher, also promoted “Stray” by giving two cat rescue and adoption agencies raffle copies of the game and renting a cat cafe in New York City.

Live play for charity isn’t new, but the “Stray” resonance quickly found among cat lovers is unusual. It was the fourth most-watched and streamed game the day it launched on Twitch, the streaming platform said.

Viewers watch players navigate the adventurous feline through an aging industrial landscape doing normal cat tricks – balancing on railings, stepping on keyboards and dropping items off shelves – to solve puzzles and evade enemies.

About 80% of the game’s development team are “cat owners and cat lovers” and a real stray orange cat and their own cats inspired the game, a creator said.

“I certainly hope some people may be inspired to help the real strays in real life – knowing that having a pet and a companion is a responsibility,” said game studio producer Swann Martin-Raget. BlueTwelve in Montpellier, in the south of France. .

When Annapurna Interactive reached out to the Nebraska Humane Society to partner up ahead of the game’s July 19 launch, they jumped at the chance, marketer Brendan Gepson said.

“The whole game and the whole culture around the game, it’s all about the love of cats,” Gepson said. “It fit very well with the shelter and our mission.”

The shelter got four copies of the game to give away and asked for $5 donations to enter a raffle to win one. Within a week, they raised $7,000, Gepson said, with the vast majority of the 550 donors new to them, including people donating from Germany and Malta. The company also donated $1,035 to the shelter.

“It was really mutually beneficial,” Gepson said. “They got great PR out of it and we got a whole new donor base out of it.”

Annapurna also bought Meow Parlor, New York’s cat cafe and adoption agency, for a weekend, along with a $1,000 donation. Visitors who had booked could buy “Stray” themed products and play the game for 20 minutes surrounded by cats. (The game also captivates cats, videos on social media.)

Jeff Legaspi, Marketing Director of Annapurna Interactive, said it made sense that the game’s launch would do something “of positive impact and hopefully create more awareness for adoption and not purchase of a new pet.

Annapurna declined to disclose sales or download figures for the game, which is available on PlayStation and the Steam platform. However, according to Steam Monitor SteamDB, “Stray” was the No. 1 game purchased since two weeks.

North Shore Animal League America, which rescues tens of thousands of animals each year, said it has seen no increase in traffic from the game, but has received more $800 thanks to a player.

By a happy coincidence, the shelter had just created a profile on the Tiltify platform, which allows charities to receive donations from video streams, the week the game launched. The player funneled the donations to the shelter, breaking her initial goal of $200.

“We see Tiltify and live streaming as a whole new way for us to engage a whole new audience,” said Carol Marchesano, Senior Director of Digital Marketing at Rescue. However, organizations usually have to reach out to personalities online to coordinate live streams, which can be a lot of work, she said.

About nine campaigns on Tiltify mention the “Stray” game, said company CEO Michael Wasserman. JustGiving, which also facilitates charity live streams, said it identified two campaigns with the game.

For his part, Nebraska’s Gepson reached out to an Omaha resident who goes by the name of TreyDay1014 online to host a charity livestream. Trey, who asked that his last name not be used, has two cats, one of which he adopted from the shelter.

Last week he told viewers watch live on the Twitch platform as his cat persona kicked another cat’s tail and danced along the railings.

“If I found out my cat was out there doing this, I would be shocked,” Trey said, as his character jumped a perilous distance. Moments later, a rusty pipe broke, sending the tabby into a heartbreaking plunge into darkness.

“He’s a poor baby,” Trey said darkly, “but we’re fine.”

A $25 donation followed the drop, bringing the amount Trey raised for the Nebraska shelter to over $100 in about 30 minutes. After four and a half hours of play, donations totaled $1,500. His goal was to raise $200.

“It opened my eyes to the possibility of using this platform for more than just playing video games,” Trey said.

AP business writer Matt O’Brien contributed to this report.

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Volunteers Wanted for Glacier Park Bighorn Sheep Study


The Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center and biologists from the University of Memphis are recruiting and training 45 volunteers to identify, classify and record the behavior of bighorn sheep in Glacier National Park this season.

Across North America, bighorn sheep face critical disease threats, and the efforts of volunteers will help determine if community science and animal behavior can improve disease monitoring and management in national parks and other wilderness areas.

Community science volunteers will collect data on bighorn sheep behavior alongside biologists using provided spotting scopes and binoculars. Volunteers should wear typical hiking clothes and bring their own food and water. Hiking distances will be 5-15 miles per day, with the flexibility to choose preferred hiking locations and dates. No prior experience is necessary. Attendance is required at one of three one-day trainings held at the Community Building at the park headquarters in West Glacier at 162 Mather Drive. Volunteers are required to complete at least two behavioral surveys within a week of attending a training session, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Training dates:

August 6 West Glacier

September 9 West Glacier

September 30 West Glacier

To register for a training session or for more information, contact CCRLC at (406)-888-7986 or email [email protected] Donors to the Glacier National Park Conservancy provide nearly all of the funding for the park’s citizen science program. The program will not be able to reimburse volunteer expenses. Visit the Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center Citizen Science page for more information about our program.

Preview of Maui’s First Cat Cafe


HONOLULU (KHON2) — Attention, cat lovers! Maui finally has its first cat cafe where you can sip a cup of coffee or tea, enjoy local baked treats, and hang out with adoptable cats. Doesn’t that sound inviting?

Moriah Diamond, the founder of Maui Cafe Cat, has been an animal lover since childhood on a farm in Israel. She wanted to create something that combines her passion for cats and her desire to contribute to the Maui community.

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“I always dreamed of doing this,” she said.

Taking inspiration from Oahu’s four cat cafes, which provided collaboration and insight, she realized that Maui badly needed its own cat cafe and lounge. Cat Cafe Maui has a partnership with the Maui Humane Society, as well as a steady stream of sociable, healthy, and adoptable cats just waiting to find their forever homes.

On August 8, you can meet these cats at the grand opening of the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center in Kahului. They are located on the second floor near the elevators, opposite the cinema.

All guests must RSVP prior to visiting. Admission is $20. Click here for more information.

Volunteers can also join and be part of the effort through a new nonprofit called Maui Cat Rescue.

My goal for this business is to create a fun, unique, and safe sanctuary space for cat lovers and cats, as well as give Maui feral/community cats a chance to be adopted into a loving home,” said Diamond.

She calls the cat cafe a great foster home where they partner with local shelters to ensure the cats receive loving treatment. It’s a chance for people to meet them, socialize, get to know their personalities, and maybe create a bond that wouldn’t happen otherwise.

“Sometimes we can even do twinning! We love to have conversations, and sometimes we can find a cat whose personality is just right for you,” Diamond wrote on his fundraising page. “You might even find your new best friend. Come fall in love!”

Diamond hopes this will help shelters and have a positive impact on Maui’s cat community.

(Courtesy of Moriah diamond)

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There will also be plenty of merchandise (cat-oriented, of course) to help them keep their doors open.

New cat-themed store opening in downtown Schenectady


SCHENECTADY, ​​NY (NEWS10) — Spicy Purrito, a cat-themed boutique, has opened at 34 Jay Street. Owner Tonya Hall has expanded into the new storefront after developing a strong following in a space she rented inside the Schenectady Trading Company on Union Street.

“After more than 40 years, my grandmother and mother still make sure to give me cat-themed birthday cards, which I treasure,” Hall said. “Although I have always been creative and artistic, I discovered sewing at university. After many years of practice, I became a fairly decent quilter. An entrepreneur at heart, I spent a few years trying to figure out how to marry my love of fabrics with my love of cats and, oh surprise, The Spicy Purrito was born!

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Hall launched the company in March 2017. Her products include catnip toys, which she makes by hand. After selling his wares for two years at craft fairs, Hall asked the owner of The Schenectady Trading Company to sell some of his wares there.

Hall said she would continue her full-time job at the New York State Lottery while owning The Spicy Purrito. The shop is currently open on weekends from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and by appointment. The store will also be open during select downtown Schenectady special events.

“Although my shop is a ‘side gig,’ I can promise that I put 110% of my heart into this endeavor,” Hall said. “Owning a boutique has been a dream of mine for a long time, and I decided life was too short to wait. I meet so many wonderful people who share stories about their kittens. I am honored that you entrust me with the entertainment of your felines.

Titos & Treats At the Trap fundraiser helps Warwick Animal Shelter

[CREDIT: The Trap]    The Tito's and Treats fundraiser for The Warwick Animal Shelter will take place at The Trap at 195 Old Forge Road, East Greenwich, RI on August 14.
[CREDIT: The Trap] The Tito’s and Treats fundraiser for The Warwick Animal Shelter will take place at The Trap at 195 Old Forge Road, East Greenwich, RI on August 14.

WARWICK, RI – Tito’s Handmade Vodka and The Trap are teaming up to help homeless animals in Warwick on Sunday, August 14 from 2-6 p.m. for “Tito’s and Treats at The Trap” at 195 Old Forge Road, East Greenwich, RI .

Dogs and their friends are invited to the event, which features dog-themed cocktails, live music from Josh Crowe, and a cornhole patio game. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet adoptable dogs from Warwick Animal Shelter.

Dogs can cool off with a puppy cup (vanilla ice cream with a dog bone), enjoy the cool water stands, and hang out with their dog pals. The trap will have Tito brand gifts.

Proceeds will help homeless animals. A portion of the proceeds from Tito’s and Treats at The Trap will benefit Friends of Warwick Animal Shelter (FOWAS), a 501(c)3 non-profit humanitarian organization founded in 2001 that supports homeless cats and dogs at the Refuge. for animals of Warwick. Donations provide critically important emergency and routine veterinary care, prescription medications, food and more for the animals at the shelter. FOWAS funds “extras” such as blood tests, X-rays, special surgeries, dental work, or ultrasounds, which helps keep adoption fees reasonable. Donations are tax deductible, as permitted by law.

Dogs must be kept on a leash. The rainy date is Sunday, August 21, 2022.

Tito’s Handmade Vodka is produced in Austin at the oldest legal distillery in Texas. The company is passionate about helping pets in need across the country with the “Vodka for Dog People” platform.

The Trap, voted “Best Neighborhood Bar, West Bay”, by RI Monthly, offers traditional pub fare with a twist, a late night menu, alfresco dining, live music with cozy fireplaces, televisions and a full bar all in an easily accessible and unique environment. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are always welcome on Le Trap’s spacious outdoor terraces.

Join the “Tito’s and Treats at The Trap” Facebook event on Facebook to keep up to date with the event.

Animals seized in York County are now up for adoption


Four-year-old mix Peppa gets petted by Adelle Oswald, an animal care technician at the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland in Westbrook on Monday. Peppa is among dozens of dogs and cats that have been seized from a home in Alfred and are awaiting state approval to be adopted. Derek Davis/Staff Photographer

At least a dozen dogs and cats will be up for adoption on Tuesday, following a court ruling over an aspiring animal shelter in Alfred.

In April, 50 dogs and 11 cats were seized from a home owned by Alfred who was applying for permission to operate a shelter.

According to court documents, state animal welfare officials said the home failed multiple inspections during the licensing process. An order was issued Wednesday by Springvale District Court that returned 47 dogs and nine cats to the state, and returned two dogs and two cats to the owners of the future shelter, Brenda and Jeffrey MacKenzie.

The Animal Welfare Society of Kennebunk, which had received 32 of the pets, will have seven dogs and three cats available for adoption on Tuesday, according to director of operations and programs Adam Ricci.

Stella, a four-year-old mix and one of dozens of animals seized from a home in Alfred in April, plays Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland in Westbrook. She and dozens of other seized dogs and cats were awaiting state approval so they could be adopted. Derek Davis/Staff Photographer

The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland in Westbrook, which received 15, will have seven dogs, said director of community engagement Jeana Roth. Roth said some were also sent to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Hancock County, the Somerset Humane Society and the Franklin County Animal Shelter.

Ricci said dogs in the Animal Welfare Society’s care are well socialized. Three were treated for heartworm, he said.

“They’re all great adoption candidates,” Ricci said. “We look forward to (the) next steps in their lives.”

Others will be adopted by foster families who had helped shelters care for them, Ricci and Roth said. A dog was euthanized a day after the seizure, Ricci said.

Ammera, a three-year-old husky mix, admires her surroundings in an outdoor exercise area at the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland in Westbrook on Monday. Derek Davis/Staff Photographer

He said the MacKenzies stayed in touch with the Animal Welfare Society throughout the process. The fact that the state is returning four of the pets to the owners, Ricci said, speaks to the intentions of the owners.

“They were just overwhelmed with the number of pets they were trying to take care of,” Ricci said. “It’s very appropriate to return a few pets to them.”

Jeffrey MacKenzie declined to comment.

rot said the majority of the dogs the Animal Refuge League has rescued had parasites and infections, which have since been treated. Two had heartworm and one finally tested negative last week, she said.

“Honestly, it was really heartbreaking,” said Roth, who said she was working at the shelter when the dogs arrived. “Many of the dogs were very thin and dehydrated. The majority of the dogs we received had intestinal parasites and infections, so they weren’t feeling well.

Rachel Welch, district humanitarian officer with the state’s animal welfare program, said an establishment license was mistakenly sent to the MacKenzies following their June 2021 license application, according to court documents. . The residence failed several inspections conducted by the Animal Welfare Program in the months that followed, and some of the dogs tested positive for the highly contagious parvovirus, Welch wrote in a request and affidavit for a show cause hearing.

Luna, a one-year-old mix, grabs a treat while working with staff in an outdoor exercise area at the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland in Westbrook on Monday. Derek Davis/Staff Photographer

In March, the animal welfare program gave the MacKenzies about 30 days to find homes for the pets, and they returned to execute a search warrant on April 7, Welch wrote in court documents.

Of the animals that were removed, “all were found to be living in conditions that were not humanely clean, and many had health issues,” Welch wrote.

She added that there were pets kept in kennels and makeshift enclosures in the kitchen, the two upstairs bedrooms, a bathroom, a shed at the back of the property and a room. adjoining the garage. There was no food or water in many places, Welch wrote, and many cages were filthy with urine and feces.

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Kent Griffin will do what it takes to protect not just gun rights, but all rights | OPINION


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Comment contributed by BJ Miksic endorsing Kent Griffy:

Being both a member of the NRA and TFA and a retired military lieutenant colonel, I accept that when legislatures pass new gun laws, it will take an open, inquisitive mind and effort to protect our Second Amendment rights. Laws must be passed through due process, with our rights taking priority. Mr. Kent Griffy was named as an approver of the Red Flag laws.

In discussions with him, this is not the case. When you quote someone publicly, give the full answer or it looks and smells like a political hit. In a forum (State House Republican candidates discuss school vouchers, gun control, highway funding), the question was posed by Chris Smith: “In response to the recent gun violence in Uvalde and Buffalo, this week a bipartisan group in Congress reached a deal where they would provide federal funding to states for enforce red flag laws. What do you think of the Red Flag laws, and do you think it would be appropriate if it came with federal funding from the State of Tennessee? »

Griffy’s response (given in full by Clarksville Now): “Red Flag has been introduced but to my knowledge it hasn’t passed yet. I think Red Flag will be a good thing, I haven’t read the details to say I totally support it or totally oppose it. I would definitely do it if it works. I think we always have to put ourselves in a position of caution and we have to make sure that we provide security but that we don’t take away people’s rights.

It is a statement made in a stressful situation without knowing what the bill says. This is not a “pat” political answer but an intelligent and truthful answer. This is expected of a good legislator. In a previous conversation with him, we talked about gun violence. It is against any Red Flag law that is made without due process of law.

Kent Griffy does not play politics, he does not attack his opponents, but displays his qualifications, his convictions and his desire to ensure that he will do what is necessary to protect not only gun rights , but all rights. Laws must protect law-abiding citizens. Therefore, the continued violence of criminals and people with mental disorders must be addressed in a bipartisan effort. Openly ignoring this violence does not work.

BJ Miksic

Spyro has been modified into an indie cat hit Stray


Four legs? Check. Adorable? Yeah. Winged and purple? Wait, that’s not a cat. There’s only Spyro the dragon, modified in Bluetwelve’s indie hit miaow ’em up Stray. A pretty decent fit too, Spyro me ol’ chum. It’s a bit like Toys For Bob deciding to give the brave young drake his own version of Sonic Frontiers.

Vinton Today – Benton County Community Foundation Distributes $134,426 to Local Nonprofits


Photo: Grant recipients gathered for the 2022 Benton County Community Foundation Awards Ceremony on July 26 at the Van Horne Community Building, where $134,426 in grants were awarded to 22 projects from serving organizations Benton County.

The Benton County Community Foundation (BCCF) held its 2022 grant awards ceremony at the Van Horne Community Building on July 26, announcing the distribution of $134,426 to 22 projects from organizations serving Benton County throughout throughout its 2022 grant cycle.

“Benton County is very fortunate to have these organizations working to better our community and the Benton County Community Foundation is proud to support them,” said BCCF Steering Committee Chair LeRoy Staker.

The grant recipient organization, the grant-funded project, and the grant amount are listed below by funding area.

Arts & Culture

  • Belle Plaine Historical Society, photography and conservation of negatives, $2,000

Community improvement

  • American Legion Post 167 – Newhall, roof replacement, $8,000
  • Benton County Solid Waste Disposal Commission, convenience area, $5,000
  • Blairstown Firemans Associations, Inc., ice rescue equipment, $2,526
  • Cedar-Mt. Auburn Volunteer Fire Department, equipment replacement, $10,000
  • Friends of Urbana Public Library, A Library for All Seasons, $8,900
  • Urbana Fire Fighters Association, Inc., Grain Elevator Rescue Equipment, $8,000
  • Van Horne Firemans Associations, Inc., Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus Air Compressor, $10,000

Education and Youth Development

  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois, Benton County Girl Scout Leadership Experience, $4,000
  • Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa, Inspiring Futures – Building Dreams in Benton County, $7,000
  • Vinton Early Learning Center, PBIS Implementation, $9,568
  • Vinton-Shellsburg Community School District, backpacking program, $4,482

Environment and animal welfare

  • Benton County – Auditor, Conservation – Hoefle-Dulin Shoreline Stabilization Project, $8,375


  • Benton County Volunteer Program, Medical Transportation Program, $7,500
  • Blairstown Ambulance Service, Inc., heart monitor and IV pump, $10,000
  • North Benton Ambulance, Sapphire Multi-Therapy Infusion Pump Kit, $7,050

Personal services

  • Families Helping Iowa Families, Benton County Foster Care Program Support, $5,000
  • Hawkeye Area Community Action Program, Rural Elder Services walk-in cooler repair, $5,540
  • Lutheran Services in Iowa, Healthy Families America in Benton County, $2,000
  • North Star Community Services, Access Our Community, $4,600
  • Riverview Center, Benton County Sexual Assault Crisis Response Toolkit, $2,885
  • Wesley United Methodist Church – Vinton, Wesley United Methodist Pantry, $2,000

Grant decisions are determined by a local committee of Benton County volunteers. Committee members are: Jean Fish, Mindy Fisher, Alison Henkle, Rod Kubichek, Kassie Mather, Jackie McDermott, Manda McKinley, Brian McNulty, John Mossman, Tracy Papesh, LeRoy Staker (Chair) and Christine Turner.

Grants are awarded through BCCF’s competitive grant process to projects in the areas of arts and culture program, community betterment, education and youth development, environment and animal welfare, health and social services. Grant applicants must be a designated 501(c)(3) organization or government entity serving Benton County in order to be considered for funding. The 2023 grant cycle opens on January 1 with an application deadline of March 15. Grant guidelines and application are available at www.bentonccf.org.

The Benton County Community Foundation is a local foundation that provides grants to organizations building stronger, more vibrant communities in Benton County and helps people establish funds to support causes close to their hearts. The Benton County Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, a nonprofit organization committed to creating long-term impacts in 20 Iowa counties. For more information, contact 319-287-9106 or visit www.cfneia.org. CFNEIA is confirmed in compliance with the National Standards for US Community Foundations.

‘DOGust 1st’ serves as a celebratory birthday for shelter dogs


Monday is the perfect time to celebrate the shelter dog in your life. August 1st serves as the universal ceremonial birthday for shelter dogs known as “DOGust 1st”.

Thousands of dogs are adopted each year from shelters across the country, and many are brought into new homes with no way of knowing their actual birthdays or the best way to celebrate them. So in 2008, the world’s largest no-kill shelter chose August 1 as the universal birthday for shelter dogs.

According NationalToday.comNorth Shore Animal League America chose the day to celebrate and honor the shelter dogs who add so much to their owners’ lives.

Now the day is being used by local shelters as an opportunity to free up space and get more dogs adopted and into forever homes.

The Santa Monica Animal Shelter is one of the organizations marking the holidays by raising awareness of the many dogs and other animals currently available for adoption. Shelter officials say ten dogs and more than 20 cats are in desperate need of forever homes.

Anyone hoping to celebrate DOGust 1 by bringing home a new family member should contact the Santa Monica Shelter (or another shelter near you) to see how to make a shelter dog’s birthday even more special.

The Santa Monica Animal Shelter is located at 1640 9th Street and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment only. For contact details, Click here.

Gizmo is a beautiful cat looking for a new home


Piercing blue/green eyes set Gizmo apart from the rest of the crowd of cats currently living at Pet Refuge. He loves attention and is a very curious boy. Gizmo loves making new friends and this 2 year old is easy to pick up and cuddle. This handsome boy is looking for a second chance at life and he’ll be happy to watch you and the world go by while sitting in his cat tree. Gizmo would make a great addition to any family and if you’re short on beds he’ll happily curl up and sleep in your bathroom sink.

Pets are available for adoption through

• Pet Shelter Inc., 4626 Burnett Drive, south turn. Phone: 574-231-1122. Website: www.petrefuge.com.

• Homeward Bound Animal Welfare Group, Website: www.homewardboundawg.com. Email: [email protected]

• Elkhart Humane Society, 54687 County Road 19, Bristol. Phone: 574-475-4732. Website: elkharthumanesociety.org.

• Rescue of small second chance dogs, Elkhart. Phone: 574-522-4248. Websites: secondchancesmalldogs.org and www.petfinder.com.

• PetsConnect Inc., PO Box 8104, South Bend, IN 46660-8140. Phone 574-282-1225. Website: www.petsconnect.org.

• Humane Society of St. Joseph County, 2506 grape road, Mishawaka. Phone: 574-255-4726. Website: www.humanesocietystjc.org.

• Heartland Small Animal Rescue, PO Box 6033, South Bend, IN 46660. Phone: 574-400-5633. Website: www.heartlandsmallanimalrescue.org.

• South Bend Animal Resource Center, 521 Eclipse Place, south turn. Phone: 574-235-9303. Website: sbacc.petfinder.org.

‘Aristocat Cafe’ set to open in downtown Harrisonburg


HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) – This is the perfect mix of tea and cats.

A new cat-friendly business is coming to downtown Harrisonburg.

“Basically what we’ve done is create a 100% space for these adoptable cats, next to tea,” said Amanda Atwell, owner of Aristocat Cafe.

Aristocat Cafe is a British-inspired teahouse that has partnered with the Humane Society of Shenandoah County.

The cafe will provide a pet and sip experience between customers and foster cats.

“Fall in love with someone knowing they’re not scared, they’re not scared, they’re not…you know they’re there and they’re 100% himself and he’s fiery and he’s brave and you know. you meet the real ‘mittens,’” ​​Atwell said.

Atwell is a business chef and said she thinks mixing two of her favorite things would create the perfect space.

Atwell said she got the idea for a cat and tea cafe from a place she and her husband visited in Toronto. As a cat lover herself, when she saw this was a possibility, she put her business degree to good use to make it possible in the friendly town, and after five years of hard work, the business is almost ready to open.

“Putting the two together was something I always wanted to do but didn’t realize existed,” Atwell said.

The menu currently has 90 teas and will also include coffee and snack options.

As for the cats, customers can schedule a 30-minute or hour-long session to play with the cats or just watch while you enjoy coffee.

“They find someone, get to know that cat and know it will be right for them, and then adopt them and get shelter,” Atwell said.

Atwell said construction is expected to be complete by mid-August and plans to be operational by the end of September.

To stay up to date with the opening of Aristocat Café or Adoptive Cats at the Humane Society of Shenandoah County, visit the websites listed below:

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Northland boy uses his baking skills to support local animal shelter


GRAND RAPIDS, MN. (KBJR) – An inspiring 9-year-old from Northland is making a difference, one pastry at a time.

“I just want to make a difference for people,” Landin Rahier, 9, said.

He hasn’t always had the easiest time connecting with other kids.

“He’s often bullied, and we always have to tell him, ‘choose the few people who love you and that’s all that matters, and God,'” Landin’s mother, Desiree Rahier said.

She said Landin was diagnosed with autism when he was very young.

He’s always loved animals because, as he says, “They don’t have to talk, they just love you unconditionally.”

“I love them because you don’t know their imagination until you meet them,” he said. “And when you meet them, maybe sometimes they will become your pets.”

In late May, Desiree and Landin were driving together near Grand Rapids when the car in front of them hit a dog and drove off.

“I’m not the type of person to keep driving,” Desiree said.

They stopped to help the injured dog and brought her to Great Tails Animal Rescue where she was taken to a vet for treatment.

There they discovered that she also suffered a gunshot wound, but still do not know when she was shot.

“[Landin] wouldn’t let him go,” Desiree said. “It really hurt him. He cried many nights honestly, because we just couldn’t take it.

Landin, a well-known baker in his community, had already planned a sale this weekend.

He was so grateful to Great Tails Animal Rescue that he decided to do what he could to support them.

“Because of this dog, he says, ‘I don’t need the money mom, I want to give it to them, so they can help another dog,'” Desiree said.

He runs a booth at Effie Days Friday through Sunday, where he’ll sell banana bread, brownies, cupcakes and more.

All proceeds will benefit his friends at Great Tails Animal Rescue as they raise money for a bigger building, so they can house more animals.

“When you make a difference, it feels good because you know you’re doing something for someone else,” Landin said.

If you can’t make it to Effie Days, but still want to support Landin’s cause, you can do so through the gofundme.

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City of New Braunfels May Remove Retail Sales of Cats and Dogs from Commercial Breeders | Community alert


New Braunfels City Council members will soon consider an ordinance prohibiting retail pet stores from sourcing and selling cats and dogs from commercial breeding facilities.

At their meeting in May, members of the city’s animal services advisory board voted to recommend an ordinance that would allow the sale of cats and dogs in retail establishments if they came from an animal shelter. or an animal welfare group.

The council’s recommendation also includes an effective date of one year from the date the proposed ordinance is passed.

Council members did not act on the proposed order at their meeting on Monday.

Yet, after listening to affected individuals and stakeholders on both sides of the issue, members reached a consensus calling on city workers to proceed with the development and presentation of a first reading of the proposal at next meeting.

Board members also instructed staff members to provide data on the number of animals in the shelter from retail pet stores and whether there was any information indicating a national or province-wide correlation. the state between retail pet stores and shelter adoption rates.

Although the proposed order does not mention a specific business, most of the attention has focused on Puppyland, which began selling puppies from its New Braunfels MarketPlace storefront nearly a year ago.

Public concerns focus primarily on the supply of animals sold and how they are transported to stores.

Although speakers addressing the council on Monday and previous meetings have claimed that Puppyland sources its animals from puppy mills, Puppyland representatives have denied these accusations, stating that the store only sells pets. USDA-certified responsible breeders, verifies breeder inspection reports, and offers health guarantees.

“They visit their breeders at least once a year – every breeder they source from to ensure that the operations providing them with a puppy are up to par,” said Albert Sardinas, a representative based in the United States. of Washington from the owners of Puppyland. Justin and Kayla Kerr. “Higher than Texas state standards – higher than federal government standards. Puppyland owners also visit their transport provider several times a year to ensure that the same level of care you see at their store is maintained from breeder to that store.

Other related public concerns include the growing community pet population and the desire to encourage the adoption of homeless pets.

Sarah Hammond, executive director of the Humane Society of New Braunfels Area since 2015 and a member of the Animal Service Advisory Board, expressed concern to board members about the number of animals the Morningside Drive shelter houses.

“Our overall adoption rate has skyrocketed, allowing us to rescue more than 90 percent of animals entering our shelter each year, so far,” Hammond said. “The last few months have seen an increase in the welcoming of medium and large dogs into our shelter, which has put our shelter under strain unlike anything we’ve ever seen. And it’s not just New Braunfels Shelters across the state have been under “Code Red” status for months, which means there are far too many dogs coming in and not enough coming out, leaving shelter workers with the impossible task of choosing which less adoptable dogs to put to sleep each day in order to make room for the incoming stayers and abandoned dogs we see every day.

Developing an ordinance regulating pet sales in New Braunfels has been a long process that began late last year.

At its regular meeting in October, the Animal Services Advisory Council discussed regulating the sale of dogs and cats in commercial pet establishments.

The issue was brought to the attention of city staff and board members in response to Puppyland’s opening, prompting residents and others to speak up during the communications with residents portion. citizens of city council meetings.

The board discussed options for potential orders at two subsequent meetings. Municipal employees and members of the Board of Directors also met and visited the parties concerned.

In their deliberations, the council considered similar ordinances in other Texas cities.

In San Antonio, a pet store “shall not rent, offer for sale, trade, give away, or otherwise transfer a cat or dog unless the cat or dog was obtained from a local animal shelter. city ​​or county, animal control agency, or animal shelter. organization approved by the Ministry.

This ordinance came into force last year.

In Fort Worth, a person “commits an offense if he trades a cat or dog for compensation, regardless of the age of the cat or dog, to a place other than where the cat or dog was born.”

Similar to the ordinance proposed by New Braunfels, Waco and College Station ban the retail sale of dogs and cats unless they come from a shelter or welfare group.

A proposed State House bill containing similar provisions did not pass the 2021 legislative session.

Furry Friday: Cardboard Cats

Zelda would look great anywhere, but looking down from her spacious, albeit sparsely furnished container, she's lovely.

Zelda would look great anywhere, but looking down from her spacious, albeit sparsely furnished container, she’s lovely.

Sofas, car seats, pergolas, lambrequins, railings, window sills, laptops are all part of the kingdom of the domestic cat. But what is the problem with the boxes?

Because boy, cats love a cardboard box. This is the case regardless of the original purpose of the box and whether the cat fits in it or not. The box is enveloping, encompassing and comforting. It’s stiff enough to feel secure yet soft enough to be, uh, molded to the cat’s wishes.

Today, testify with me of the attraction that the boxes exert on our feline companions. Scroll and enjoy!

Gus has a feeling you want the box back.  But don't even think about it.

Gus has a feeling you want the box back. But don’t even think about it.

Thank you all for sending photos. Please email me your own animal photos or message me through the Four Legs Good Facebook page. Help Furry Friday avoid embarrassing mistakes by remembering to include your pet’s name and gender if it’s not obvious!

Cleo's box came with wrapping paper.  She wasted no time in evicting these noisy tenants.

Cleo’s box came with wrapping paper. She wasted no time in evicting these noisy tenants.

Boxes can lend themselves to adorable posing, as with Bert and Ernie (left) and Furmino.

Boxes can lend themselves to adorable posing, as with Bert and Ernie (left) and Furmino.

Eden (left) and Smudge colonized their boxes before the contents were emptied.  You must move quickly.

Eden (left) and Smudge colonized their boxes before the contents were emptied. You must move quickly.

For views and ventilation, nothing beats Clyde's simple apartment.  As long as the weather doesn't change.

For views and ventilation, nothing beats Clyde’s simple apartment. As long as the weather doesn’t change.

Proudly installed: Katy (left), Judi and Dusky look bulletproof in their boxes.

Proudly installed: Katy (left), Judi and Dusky look bulletproof in their boxes.

Pancho Villa (left), Arlo and Elsa won't pass up the opportunity to test a storage solution.

Pancho Villa (left), Arlo and Elsa won’t pass up the opportunity to test a storage solution.

Boxed and happy: Peggy Sue (left), Coco and Whiskey are ecstatic in their garden boxes.  RIP to Coco, who said goodbye this week.

Boxed and happy: Peggy Sue (left), Coco and Whiskey are ecstatic in their garden boxes. RIP to Coco, who said goodbye this week.

It makes no difference if the box isn't what you would call a spade.  A cat will always make friends with it.  Just like Rocky (left), Tui, Cat and Shadow.

It makes no difference if the box isn’t what you would call a spade. A cat will always make friends with it. Just like Rocky (left), Tui, Cat and Shadow.

George loves a penthouse view.

George loves a penthouse view.

Spice's goal was to occupy the delivery box, and she achieved it.

Spice’s goal was to occupy the delivery box, and she achieved it.

At Sylvie's, French doors open onto a terrace, facilitating indoor-outdoor circulation.

At Sylvie’s, French doors open onto a terrace, facilitating indoor-outdoor circulation.

Any cat owner will recognize this classic feline behavior: settling down before the box is even half empty.  The enthusiastic occupant is Poppy.

Any cat owner will recognize this classic feline behavior: settling down before the box is even half empty. The enthusiastic occupant is Poppy.

Three types of residences: jewel (Millie, left), cozy (Cleo) and surprisingly spacious (Charlie in the feijoa gift box).

Three types of residences: jewel (Millie, left), cozy (Cleo) and surprisingly spacious (Charlie in the feijoa gift box).

Clyde adjusted, so he sat down.

Clyde adjusted, so he sat down.

Jess watches the world go by from her porch.

Jess watches the world go by from her porch.

Bolli follows the events of the neighborhood from a luxurious point of view.

Bolli follows the events of the neighborhood from a luxurious point of view.

Goofy, seventeen, is satisfied with his repairman.

Goofy, seventeen, is satisfied with his repairman.

Of course, I'm sitting here – where else would I be?  Axel (left), Bella and Winston don't want to be asked about obvious things.

Of course, I’m sitting here – where else would I be? Axel (left), Bella and Winston don’t want to be asked about obvious things.

Loki undertakes a small DIY, just to leave his mark on the scene.

Loki undertakes a small DIY, just to leave his mark on the scene.

Thank you can't believe she fits so perfectly.  'I take it!'  she says.

Thank you can’t believe she fits so perfectly. ‘I take it!’ she says.

Otto arrived as an adopted kitten and quickly became this famous thing, an adopted failure.  Now his life is full of caring, companionship and cardboard.

Otto arrived as an adopted kitten and quickly became this famous thing, an adopted failure. Now his life is full of caring, companionship and cardboard.

Here is a tribute to the late Monty, a beautiful character who we miss a lot.

Here is a tribute to the late Monty, a beautiful character who we miss a lot.

In the dark depths one can, if one tries hard, glimpse the strange features of... Ed.

In the dark depths one can, if one tries hard, glimpse the strange features of… Ed.

Although not to everyone's taste, banana boxes have their place.  Glorious Lexie makes the most of hers - but don't try to pick it up.

Although not to everyone’s taste, banana boxes have their place. Glorious Lexie makes the most of hers – but don’t try to pick it up.

Want to know more about Lady Lulu Belle?  Well, let her human assistant tell her, “She tears the cat treat packets into BITS;  push back the ornaments of my library;  tear open catnip packets;  and plays with water to the point that her water bowl is in the laundry tub, so it doesn't matter when she knocks it over and/or plays in it.

Want to know more about Lady Lulu Belle? Well, let her human assistant tell her, “She tears the cat treat packets into BITS; push back the ornaments of my library; tear open catnip packets; and plays with water to the point that her water bowl is in the laundry tub, so it doesn’t matter when she knocks it over and/or plays in it.

Boxed Beauties: Marmaduke (left) and Harvey look exquisite.

Boxed Beauties: Marmaduke (left) and Harvey look exquisite.

Furry Friday welcomes Hazel again, who uses this box as a lounge chair.

Furry Friday welcomes Hazel again, who uses this box as a lounge chair.

Molly wonders if it will stretch a bit with use.

Molly wonders if it will stretch a bit with use.

The box is a little shallow, and it's a rough course, but Felix makes it his own.

The box is a little shallow, and it’s a rough course, but Felix makes it his own.

Cats sleep fat but walk thin, wrote a poet.  Sooty (left) proves that 'sit square' can be added to the list.  Meanwhile Andy is vigilant.

Cats sleep fat but walk thin, wrote a poet. Sooty (left) proves that ‘sit square’ can be added to the list. Meanwhile Andy is vigilant.

Their beauty spilling out to the sides, Stevie (left) and Silvie relax rectangularly.

Their beauty spilling out to the sides, Stevie (left) and Silvie relax rectangularly.

No, Sooty, your butt doesn't look big in there.

No, Sooty, your butt doesn’t look big in there.

Have you ever been so tired that you sleep in a terrible position and wake up badly?  I'm afraid that's what's going to happen to Marley.

Have you ever been so tired that you sleep in a terrible position and wake up badly? I’m afraid that’s what’s going to happen to Marley.

Pixie complains.  But the fact is, Pixie, you're either stylish or comfortable, and you can't be both.

Pixie complains. But the fact is, Pixie, you’re either stylish or comfortable, and you can’t be both.

His name is Rough, which might sound more like a dog's name until you realize he has a companion (seen in the background) named Tumble.

His name is Rough, which might sound more like a dog’s name until you realize he has a companion (seen in the background) named Tumble.

Finally, Luna's home has been upgraded with a window.  To better fix you with a bright blue look.

Finally, Luna’s home has been upgraded with a window. To better fix you with a bright blue look.

Humane Society of Ohio rescues 80 dogs, community rallies to cheer them on



Lori Carlson arrived at work at the Licking County Humane Society one morning to an alarming phone call from an animal control division police officer in Newark, Ohio.

A probation officer visited a condemned home on the morning of July 22 looking for someone who had violated probation, and the officer discovered dozens of small dogs – all Chihuahuas and Shih Tzus – living in the misery with three people. They appeared to be hoarders, the officer told him.

All of the dogs were infested with fleas and many appeared to have serious skin infections, he told Carlson. None had been spayed or spayed, and several litters of puppies were found covered in feces, urine and waste.

Carlson, the shelter’s executive director, said the officer told him the animals needed to be rescued immediately.

“I sent in my three agents from the Humane Society, and we quickly realized that was not enough,” she said.

“At first we were told there were about 30 dogs,” Carlson said. “But that number went up to 50. And then after that we found out there were actually 80.”

“Our officers had to crawl through the debris to find all the puppies and put them with the right mother,” she added.

The smell inside the house was unbearable, Carlson said, noting that it took his employees and animal control officers five hours and several trips to get the dogs transferred to the Humane Society shelter. .

The dogs ranged in age from 1 week to 12 years old, she said.

“The people in the house had no idea how many dogs were there – they had been breeding and multiplying for a long time,” she said. “We’ve done a lot of rescues over the years, but never one like this.”

It was the largest rescue in the shelter’s history, Carlson said.

After the dogs are washed and treated by a veterinarian, Humane Society staff face a new dilemma: where to put them all?

“We’re not a large shelter — our typical capacity is 40 dogs and 60 cats,” Carlson said. “Fortunately, we had just built a new medical and isolation center, so we could put kennels there.”

One roommate is 85, the other 27. Such arrangements are on the rise.

It didn’t help that a week earlier the shelter rescued 52 cats from two pet storage situations, she added.

“Now with this big rescue dog, I knew we were going to need the help of the community,” she said.

Carlson contacted the local newspaper, the Newark Advocate, to say donations were needed for the dogs’ medical care – including neutering, neutering, dental care and microchipping – before they could be put in adoption.

She also posted a wish list of supplies, including dog food, bleach, digital thermometers, garbage bags and puppy training mats.

Then she called several of the shelter’s regular volunteers and asked them to take care of the five nursing dogs who had puppies.

She said the audience response was overwhelming.

A worker stopped by to help find a missing girl. He found her waist-deep in a stream.

“Wishlist items on the way!!! Thank you for all you do,” one person commented on Facebook.

“Thank you for the rescue – pray they all find loving homes. Would love to take them all,” another wrote.

Kris Mitchell, a volunteer foster family from Newark, offered to foster Mimi, a Chihuahua mix, and her four puppies. Mimi had been found with a piece of PVC pipe around her neck.

“They’re fine, but the mom dog is pretty exhausted, as you can imagine,” Mitchell, 55, said. “She’s very sweet and quite gentle, and her coat is still a bit patchy from the flea infestation.”

“I am happy to provide Mimi and her puppies with a calm, quiet place to recover until they are all ready to find loving homes,” Mitchell added.

Bethany Stickradt of Newark offered to foster a Chihuahua named Lucy and her litter of four week-old puppies.

“I already have three dogs, so I can’t keep any of them, but we will work to socialize them and put them in good homes,” said Stickradt, 33, who placed them in teacups for a photo to show how tiny they are — and also because it’s adorable.

She said Lucy is extremely protective of her newborn babies, but now allows her to pick them up, pet them and weigh them.

She just got accepted to medical school. She is 13 years old.

“It’s inconceivable to me that anyone has that many dogs in their house,” Stickradt said. “It certainly didn’t happen overnight. I keep asking myself, ‘How can we prevent such things from happening again?’ »

Animal hoarding is a growing problem, according to the Animal Legal Defense Fund, with as many as 250,000 pets suffering from hoarding abuse such as malnutrition and untreated medical conditions each year. Hoarders “keep an abnormally high number of animals for which they do not provide even the most basic care,” according to the Animal Legal Defense Fund website.

In many cases, the people who collect the animals suffer from mental illness, Carlson said.

“It’s really sad, but it’s also hard not to feel angry,” she said. “Something like this is so avoidable and so unnecessary. These dogs lived in horrible, unsanitary conditions with very little, if any, care.

The dogs didn’t have names, Carlson said, so his staff named them all.

“The people [in the house] were trying to make up names as we brought each dog to the door,” she said.

When the medical evaluations are complete for the dogs, Carlson said, she will send the information to Licking County’s chief legal officer, who would be responsible for filing any criminal charges in the case.

“I will recommend charges of violating pet laws in Ohio, with a sentence of up to six months per charge,” she said. “We would like a charge for each animal, so it’s 80 counts.”

A few of the dogs have already been put up for adoption, Carlson said, and she looks forward to finding happy homes for the others.

“They deserve to have families who will treat them with love and kindness,” she said. “As everyone walked through our door, I would gently tell them, ‘Your life just got better.'”

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Animal shelter in Belleville reports evacuating 40 dogs from flood


BELLEVILLE, Ill. – The Belleville Area Humane Society cleans up flood debris caused by severe flooding on Tuesday.

The St. Clair Animal Control Center was closed due to flooding on Tuesday. Placement manager at the Belleville Area Humane Society, Amanda Roos, said they went to their partner’s shelter to rescue the animals from standing water.

“I arrived at our partner shelter, St. Clair County Animal Services around 7:15 a.m. when the flooding was in full effect,” Roos said. “We were pulling dogs out of water up to their necks, and pulling cats out and putting everyone in crates, and setting up on the sidewalk to at least get them out of the majority of the floodwaters.”

The Belleville Area Humane Society was unaffected by the flooding, but partnered with Gateway Pet Guardians and Stray Rescue of St. Louis to save pets from the flash flood.

“Animal Control, also known as St. Clair County Services, they are always busy so they were full,” said Kim Vrooman, executive director of the Belleville Area Humane Society. “We were able to evacuate more than 40 evacuated dogs in a short time.”

The dogs were temporarily housed at the Belleville Area Humane Society, but on Wednesday the kennels were empty.

“I think we received over 200 foster family requests yesterday,” Vrooman said. “A lot of outpouring from the community showing up with donations, showing up with supplies or showing up as a volunteer, it was really amazing.”

Vrooman said they are working with St. Clair County Animal Services to determine a plan while they are safe from flood damage.

Lambton County Winery Hosts Craft Market Fundraiser for Cat Rescue


Alton Farms Estate Winery hosts a midsummer craft market and fundraiser for local charities this Saturday and Sunday.

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Alton Farms Estate Winery hosts a midsummer craft market and fundraiser for local charities this Saturday and Sunday.

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Fees sellers pay to set up on the lawn, next to the cellar patio on Plympton-Wyoming’s Aberarder Line, will be donated to the Cat Chance Group, co-owner Anne Kurtz Alton said.

Cat Chance is a Sarnia-based non-profit charity involved in the rescue and adoption of cats.

Local artisans and charities will have booths open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

They include IODE, as well as the Kiwanis Club of Petrolia which will serve burgers and hot dogs.

“We love giving people an inexpensive place to fundraise or sell their stuff,” Kurtz Alton said.

The wine estate has been hosting open-air markets for a few years when public health rules allow it.

“It gave sellers a chance to sell something” at a time when few sites were operating.

“I’m really happy to see a lot of them coming back and we’re getting new ones,” Kurtz Alton said. “It’s always great fun.”

About 20 vendors are expected this weekend, she said.

The winery also continues to offer live music on its terrace this summer.

On Friday, it hosts a return performance from soprano Christina Bell and pianist Andrea Grant for an evening performance from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $50 and include a pasta bar, salad, and glass of wine or spritzer.

Bell is originally from Goderich and sings with the Canadian Opera Company.

“My daughter worked with her at a Starbucks in Toronto,” Kurtz Alton said of how they connected with Bell.

“She’s just a lovely person and she doesn’t sing opera,” Kurtz Alton said of Friday’s event. “There will be a lot of show bits and stuff like that.”

Grant teaches voice at the University of Toronto and is also a concert pianist.

“We have world-class people on our patio,” Kurtz Alton said.

The winery also hosts local musicians, including Grand Bend guitarist Tom Taylor, who plays on the terrace on Saturdays.

“We’re just trying to find ways to bring things here that will appeal to people and that people will appreciate,” Kurtz Alton said.

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EU agrees to limit the use of natural gas

European Union energy ministers have agreed to a deal that encourages bloc members to voluntarily reduce their natural gas consumption by 15% in order to manage their dependence on Russian energy.CreditCredit…Virginie Mayo/Associated Press

BRUSSELS – European Union energy ministers struck a deal on Tuesday to cut their natural gas consumption, finding enough political common ground for a quick compromise designed to avert an energy crisis as Russia gambles with Union fuel supplies.

The agreement provides exemptions for countries that face particular energy problems or have been diligent in saving more gas than they needed in recent months. But he still calls on all nations to voluntarily reduce their natural gas consumption by 15% by spring.

Nations in the bloc will need to agree that there is a broader energy supply emergency to make the measures mandatory.

The deal came less than 24 hours after Russian gas monopoly Gazprom said it would further reduce the amount of natural gas it would send to Germany through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline. Restricted flows resumed less than a week ago after an annual maintenance shutdown.

The compromise, while softer than the original proposal, meant an important step in dealing with the bloc’s dependence on Russian energy and the vulnerabilities it creates as the Kremlin tries to punish the Europe for its support for Ukraine. He also underlined the continued ability of the European Union to forge an agreement and overcome divisions in the face of persistent threats from Russian President Vladimir V. Putin.

“Today the EU has taken a decisive step to address the threat of a complete gas cut by Putin,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a statement shortly after the announcement. conclusion of the agreement.

Unanimity was not required to pass the proposal, but only one of the 27 member states ultimately did not support the compromise, according to diplomats involved in the process. The only country to vote against was Hungary, which appeared as a spoiler in the last round of critical votes on Ukraine-related topics.

The European Commission’s initial proposal last week laid out a less flexible plan to urgently reduce fuel use across the bloc, suggesting savings would keep the 27 members afloat if the Kremlin turns off the taps, ensuring that no country in the EU would face a crisis. . But it provided fewer exceptions and tasked the Commission itself with calling an emergency and triggering mandatory natural gas cuts.

However, the European Commission’s proposals are generally maximalist and take into account the dilution process that usually ensues when EU countries, each with their particular needs, begin to debate them.

Ms von der Leyen said that by acting together – and taking into account the energy challenges facing individual nations – the EU had “secured the solid foundations of much-needed solidarity between member states in the face of Putin’s energy blackmail.

The logic behind the request that countries less dependent on Russian gas share the burden of reducing consumption fairly is that the economy of the European Union is highly integrated and that a blow to a member can harm everyone.

This is especially true when one of the most vulnerable economies belongs to Germany – the de facto leader of the bloc, one of the world’s major industrialized nations and a major buyer of Russian natural gas.

Russia has been slow to restore gas supplies through the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, which connects Russia and Germany and was offline for several days this month for maintenance.

Russian gas flow, which provides 40% of EU consumption, was less than a third of the normal average in June. Gas storage facilities in Europe, normally almost full at this point of the year in anticipation of winter, are not sufficiently supplied to cope with this volatility and shortages.

The compromise plan will exempt Ireland, Cyprus and Malta, island nations with little flexibility to seek alternative energy sources, as well as Baltic states that have power grids connected to those of Russia, according to an official statement summarizing the agreement outlining the reasons for the exemptions. .

Because several EU countries – including Poland, Greece and Spain – with more modest consumption and adequate stocks considered a uniform reduction in use to be unfair, the plan also sets out other grounds for more modest reductions in consumption. For example, countries that have exceeded their storage fill target can compensate by reducing their use less.

Atlantic County offers reduced, waived fees at animal shelter


Atlantic County, NJ Manager Dennis Levinson is encouraging citizens to take advantage of significantly reduced and (in some cases) waived fees at the Atlantic County Animal Shelter during the month of August 2022.

It’s all part of the annual national Clear the Shelters campaign.

“If you are looking for a pet, this is a perfect
opportunity,” Levinson said, adding that “the significant savings should serve as an attractive incentive.”

This special program is available August 1-31, 2022. The adoption fee will only be $25 and all fees are waived for “senior” pets ages 7 and older during what is called the annual “Clear the Shelters” promotion.

Atlantic County Animal Shelter has dogs and cats of all ages, sizes and temperaments.

Standard adoption rates range from $85 for cats and kittens to $110 for dogs and puppies.

It includes a variety of important things:

  • compulsory sterilization
  • age-appropriate vaccinations
  • diagnostic tests
  • microchip
  • free veterinary consultation

In addition, for dogs adopted from the shelter, are free
obedience classes are offered.

“We invite the public to make an appointment to meet the wonderful animals in our care who are eager to find forever homes,” said Kathy Kelsey, director of the Atlantic County Animal Shelter.

You can call (609) 485-2345 to schedule an appointment, which are available from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.

Atlantic County has participated in this noble national campaign for the past seven years.

It’s a “national pet adoption campaign sponsored by NBC Universal that has resulted in nearly 500 successful adoptions at their facility and more than 731,000 across the country,” Linda Gilmore said. , Public Information Officer for Atlantic County Government.

THE SOURCE: Linda Gilmore, Public Information Officer for Atlantic County Government.

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Shelters and rescues grappling with rising animal consumption | Mineral wells


When a treasure trove of 26 cats were handed over to Mineral Wells animal shelter earlier this month, it was just over a quarter of the shelter’s capacity.

“A lady, she had to move. Obviously she had had all these animals for a while and couldn’t take them where she was going,’ said Mineral Wells Police Sgt. Neal Davis, who oversees the shelter. “All of a sudden it was more than she could handle.”

It was also more to manage for the establishment, which had already been full for months. Davis said the shelter can accommodate about 25 dogs and 35 to 40 cats. And the demand hasn’t stopped.

“Last month we released 200 and we were still running over 100 animals in our shelter,” he said.

This seems to be a problem that many are facing.

The Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter welcomed more than 4,500 animals in the month of June, an increase from the same time in 2020 and 2021. Prior to 2019, however, the number of admissions was, on average, similar to this year.

Dog owner abandonments have increased by approximately 33% since 2017, and cat owner abandonments have increased by 102%.

Shelter staff say many factors could be contributing to the increases, including a COVID ‘return to normal’ and pet owners believing the shelter is a safe place to take pets after financial hardship. .

Lauren Anton, executive director of Saving Hope Rescue, helped facilitate the rescue of the Mineral Wells cats, which were to be euthanized about three days after being dropped off due to space.

“I’ve been in rescue for 12 years and it looks like we’ve regressed to where Tarrant and Parker counties were six years ago when there were daily euthanasias,” she said. “We receive many owners who surrender every day.”

Since its inception four years ago, Saving Hope has rescued and facilitated the adoption of over 5,000 dogs and cats, with over 300 dogs and 200 cats in their network of foster homes. They continue to respond daily to requests from individuals and shelters.

“Inflation, COVID, lack of housing and time are the reasons,” Anton theorized of the numbers, “but I believe we have become an indispensable society. Animals in Texas are property and are treated The laws are not rigid enough and very rarely enforced.

She, like Davis, also believes the pandemic has played a role in owners not vaccinating or neutering their pets.

“One of the things we noticed immediately after the pandemic was an explosion of puppies and kittens,” Davis said. “This could be attributed to the shelters being closed, so the sterilizations normally carried out were not.”

The Mineral Wells Sanctuary accommodates approximately 2,300 animals per year. This includes live animals as well as dead animals in the county, such as livestock. About a third of their consumption comes from the county, while the rest comes from within the city limits.

Davis said their legal obligation, when they receive an owner who surrenders, wanders off or has to quarantine an animal and no one shows up to claim it, is something a lot of people may not understand. not.

“At that time, the animal is mine and I can euthanize it. It’s not what we want to do, but it’s my legal obligation,” he said. “We want the animals out, but we are not a kill-free shelter. We have to slaughter animals every month, but luckily it’s less than 10% in total.

At this point, the social side becomes paramount over the legal side – volunteering, networking, rescuing and socializing animals, which Davis’ staff of three full-timers and one part-timer cannot. all do.

“They just need interaction… someone to walk the dogs, pet the cats,” he said. “We have excellent volunteers who are good at recruiting others and I am extremely grateful for their help.

What he needs now, he said, is a volunteer at the coordinator to plan volunteer registration and schedules.

“It appears to be feast or famine. One day, 19 people showed up at the same time,” he said.

For Anton, foster families, donors and adopters are in dire need, especially as the rescue plans to expand and develop a rescue ranch and seniors’ sanctuary in Aledo. Over the past two weeks, Saving Hope has taken in 116 dogs and 71 cats.

“There’s no easy solution to this,” Davis said. “It’s not something we’re going to euthanize to get away with it, it’s not something we’re going to carry or adopt to get away with it.

“It is something that we have to have a sterilization and sterilization check, we have to have the animals repaired. Because as long as they have babies, it’s just exponential.

Andrew Schulz praises James Dolan, says Jalen Brunson is a Home Run signing


On today’s Pardon My Take…ANDREW SCHULZ! The comedian joined Mr. Cat and Mr. Commenter on today’s show to discuss his career, Elon Musk, his new TV special and more. Schulz also happens to be a die-hard New York Knicks fan, and you can sense his passion for the team throughout this interview. However, he also had his fair share of issues with the Knicks, particularly owner James Dolan. But we are here to change that narrative today. I’ll let the guys explain on that…

Andrew Schulz: New York is a basketball city, I don’t think people realize that. It’s pure basketball, we grew up playing basketball. None of us grew up playing hockey, none of us grew up playing football. I grew up in Manhattan, there was no football field to play on. I played my high school basketball games at Basketball City, because we didn’t even have a basketball hall. So it’s like, that’s all we care about, that’s all we know. What if the Knicks actually won a championship, oh my. For example, whoever is on this team, you are knighted.

Mr. Cat: Yeah, I mean, the Knicks beat the Celtics in the first game of the season, and it was like a fucking parade.

Andrew Schulz: Exactly. I mean he’s so sensitive [Dolan]he won’t even let me sit courtside, man.

Mr. Cat: Really?

Andrew Schulz: Yeah, man.

Mr. Cat: Are you banned?

Andrew Schulz: I’m not banned, but I did those shows.

Mr Cat: But if you bought a ticket…

Andrew Schulz: I’m a season ticket holder, so I have fucking tickets. You don’t have to give me tickets, I’ll go. I don’t want to call you for fucking tickets or do all that fucking quackery, I’m going. But I was doing those shows at Radio City, right? I had two concerts at Radio City, sold out. They own Radio City, Madison Square Garden, everybody’s hooked up. And usually what they do is if you have a show, they go there, they put you there, you sit next to a guy on The Sopranos for two episodes, and then you, say hello, wave to the camera. And I was gonna do some, you know, I was gonna try to do some fun stuff with this moment, right? And so I contacted them about it, like, and look, it’s not, like, half full. We sold out two Radio City shows in one night. 12.00 people, it’s The Garden if you wanted. And then I got the fucking… and then they were like, “You know, we heard you say things about Dolan and they’re not going to…” I couldn’t believe it. I’m like, “I’m trying to promote the shows in your venue.”

Mr. Cat: That’s right, I make you money.

Andrew Schulz: I already pay you to come to games.

Mr. Commenter: This is just insane. He must have a full-time guy working for him whose job is just to scour the internet for any mention of James Dolan. Jake, you should write about that James Dolan interview, knowing he’ll see it.

Andrew Schulz: He will absolutely read it, 100%. And the only reason, and I got pretty crazy on a few podcasts.

Mr. Cat: You were bullshit. That’s the part we don’t hear here. Andrew said, “They won’t let me sit on the short side!” It’s like, let’s get the tape, I know that for a fact.

Andrew Schulz: I want to do The Garden, that’s the goal. As for the next tour, the goal is The Garden. So, you know, James, you’re the man.

Mr. Commenter: Yeah, Jake, that’s the article. Andrew Schulz praises James Dolan as ‘Best owner in sport’.

Mr. Cat: Jalen Brunson, “Signing the home run.” We will get it for you. Signature of the home run.

Good, you have it now. James Dolan is the man, according to Andrew Schulz. Jalen Brunson is an elite signing, according to Andrew Schulz. Hopefully this blog is a step in the right direction to get Schulz to sit pitchside for his favorite team.

Local animal sanctuary working hard to keep animals cool in extreme heat


WESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) – Owners and volunteers at Whip City Animal Sanctuary in Westfield worked hard to keep their animals cool on Sunday. The horses got a nice cool breeze.

With temperatures reaching over 90 degrees, Robin Plourde, the animal sanctuary’s founder and co-owner, told Western Mass News it’s important to hose down a horse.

“Every day, all the horses are watered. They come in, each stall has a fan for more air,” Plourde said.

Plourde added that they also fed frozen corn to chickens and roosters, to make sure they stayed hydrated.

“It chills them. They have pools to cool off in. The geese love to swim in the pool which refreshes them.

But how do they know if an animal is dehydrated?

“They get lethargic,” Plourde said. “They don’t really eat, which is unusual for most animals. They lay down in the sun, which is very unusual. Usually they seek shade.

They also take extra precautions during the summer for certain animals, including sheep.

Plourde said: “We now have a sheep that still has a winter coat. She was mowed in the spring, but she needs to be mowed again. So for now, she’s here where it’s cooler than outside.

Owners told Western Mass News they also take animals to hospitals when needed, but that’s more common in winter than summer.

Midcoast Humane celebrates the opening of a new shelter


A dog named Donald watches visitors at the grand opening of Midcoast Humane’s new shelter on July 23, 2022. John Terhune / The time record

Midcoast Humane celebrated the grand opening of its new location at 5 Industrial Pkwy in Brunswick on Saturday.

State Senator Mattie Daughtry and Midcoast Humane Board Chairman Bill Muldoon were among the speakers at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, before guests toured the new building to meet and play with the dozens of dogs and cats currently available for adoption.

“I’m proud to be here as someone whose life literally wouldn’t be the same without this shelter,” said Daughtry, who added that she has adopted several pets from the Brunswick organization. “I can’t wait to see what the next 70 years will bring to Midcoast Humane.”

Midcoast Humane completed the purchase of the Industrial Parkway shelter just days before most public spaces closed in March 2020, according to executive director Jess Townsend. After pandemic-related delays, the organization finally moved its animals to the new space last month, an upgrade Townsend said was long overdue.

Jess Townsend, executive director of Midcoast Humane, cuts the ceremonial ribbon in front of the new shelter building on July 23, 2022. John Terhune / The time record

“The whole project was driven by necessity, not choice,” she said. “Our building in Range Road was no longer suitable in any way, shape or form.”

Built in 1950, the former Midcoast Humane shelter had failing plumbing, electrical and drainage systems, Townsend said.

“We were fighting against the environment,” acknowledged behavioral and training specialist Ben Bricker. “Here, everything is fluid; everything is correctly configured. It’s so much better.

The Midcoast Humane team designed the new building with the latest research in animal behavior and care in mind, Bricker said. Instead of shiny white walls that can fluoresce in an animal’s vision, the shelter features a “fearless” color scheme of purple, light blue, and taupe. While a dog’s bark echoed through the entire floor, upsetting all of the dog’s neighbours, built-in sound baffling now helps keep things calm and quiet, while a speaker and camera system allows staff to monitor animals from a distance and soothe them with music. .

New amenities will allow the shelter’s clinical staff to expand their services, according to Dr. Menolly Côté, the organization’s medical director.

Previously, the Midcoast team neutered and neutered animals in a mobile surgical unit — essentially a converted RV with two surgical bays, according to Cote. The new shelter, which is equipped with a digital X-ray machine and dental facilities, will allow the Cote team to perform procedures they used to outsource to other hospitals, such as exploratory bladder and abdominal surgeries.

Midcoast Humane volunteer Trinity Brown leads Gambit as guests tour the dozens of animals available for adoption at the shelter. John Terhune / The time record

“One thing I really like about our organization is that we’re able to support people where they are,” Côté said. “We are able to provide this even better with our new facility.”

Midcoast can now house 30% more cats than before, a significant improvement at a time when adoptions are slowing and the number of unprotected felines is on the rise, according to Townsend.

“We have quite a season of kittens this year,” she said. “We’re not used to seeing so many kittens locally, and we started seeing them much earlier than usual. We had newborns in February which is unusual.

The surplus of local cats has allowed Midcoast Humane and other shelters in Maine to take in fewer animals from other states, Townsend said. Before the pandemic, out-of-state shelters transported about 10,000 out-of-state cats and dogs to Maine each year, according to data from Maine’s Animal Welfare Program.

While the summer months often bring adoption slowdowns, according to Assistant State Veterinarian Rachael Fiske, the current lull may also be a response to renewed interest in pet ownership in the during the first months of the pandemic.

“Have we saturated the market? she asked. “I am not sure.”

In addition to donating to shelters like Midcoast Humane, animal lovers can help by staying on top of their pets’ care and scheduling appointments months in advance, Fiske said.

“If you’re adopting or buying a pet, whatever the case, it needs to be planned out,” she said. “Most people who are planning to have a baby will choose a pediatrician and probably make a phone call ahead of time. I think we need to change to change that mindset about our family members as well. pets.

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Mediterranean ships find 5 dead and save more than 1,100 migrants | WETM


MILAN (AP) — Italian ships have recovered five bodies and rescued 674 people crammed onto a fishing boat adrift in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya, the Italian coastguard said on Sunday, while European charities reported having saved more than 500 others.

Some of the survivors had to be snatched from the sea during the Italian operation on Saturday which was carried out 190 kilometers off Calabria by a navy merchant vessel, three coastguard patrol boats and a financial police boat . All those rescued were brought to ports in Calabria and Sicily.

The causes of death of the five dead were not immediately known.

The coastguard said it was just one of a series of rescues in recent days in Italy’s central Mediterranean search and rescue zone, as desperate people fleeing poverty or oppression were looking for a better life in Europe. In one case, a helicopter was called in to evacuate a woman in need of medical attention from a migrant boat in a precarious condition, the Coast Guard said.

In separate operations, German charity Sea-Watch said it rescued 444 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean on overcrowded and rickety smugglers’ boats. The Sea-Watch 3 vessel carried out all five operations in 24 hours and said survivors included a pregnant woman and a badly burned man.

The charity is asking permission to bring the rescued people to a safe port, as the rescue ship is unable to accommodate that many people.

In addition, European charity SOS Mediterannee said its rescue vessel Ocean Viking rescued 87 people, including 57 unaccompanied minors, from an overcrowded dinghy off the coast of Libya. None had life jackets, the charity said.

Migrant arrivals in Italy have increased by almost a quarter compared to 2021, with 34,013 recorded up to Friday.

Although still significantly lower than the record year of 2015, crossings remain deadly, with 1,234 people recorded dead or missing at sea by the UN refugee agency this year, including 823 in the perilous Mediterranean. central.


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More puppies in pet stores? New York could finally ban the sales.


Hundreds of postcards, with visceral images of malnourished golden retriever puppies living in filthy conditions, are flooding the New York governor’s office. A massive email campaign has been launched by national animal rights groups.

However, the pet industry and its lobbyists have also mobilized. Zoom meetings were held with the governor’s staff; a pet store employee created an independent campaign of videos featuring well-treated puppies that went viral on TikTok.

Of the hundreds of bills Governor Kathy Hochul must decide whether or not to sign before the end of the year, few seem to carry more emotional weight than one that affects the well-being of a constituency that can’t even vote: puppies.

After years of debate, New York state lawmakers passed a bill in June with rare bipartisan support that would ban the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in New York pet stores. , resulting in a heated clash between animal welfare groups and the pet industry.

In recent weeks, they have redirected their efforts to lobbying Ms. Hochul, meeting with her office to plead their case as she decides whether to sign or veto the bill, with both sides trading accusations of lying and spreading false information.

If Ms. Hochul signs the bill, New York would follow the lead of California, Maryland, Illinois and other states that have passed similar bans meant to curb commercial breeders, sometimes called puppy mills or kitten factories.

The breeding facilities have for years been the source of intense controversy because, according to animal rights activists, they operate with little supervision and raise dogs in cruel and inhumane conditions, often leading to the sale of puppies. sick to consumers.

The bill aims to close that pipeline by banning the sale of animals at New York’s roughly 80 pet stores — ubiquitous for puppy displays that can cost thousands of dollars — and encouraging New Yorkers to adopt pets from company in shelters. People would still be allowed to buy animals directly from breeders, an attempt to allow future pet owners to visit and buy from responsible breeders.

“We know what it looks like when animals don’t receive that care and certainly, from photos and documentation of what these facilities look like, it doesn’t happen,” said Jennie Lintz, director of the initiative. from the puppy mill to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. “New York remains one of the largest markets for these commercial facilities, so the bill could have an impact not just here, but across the country.”

Pet stores have fiercely pushed back against the legislation, arguing that the bill would put them out of business, drive hundreds of workers out of work, make it harder for people to get a pet in the state and potentially lead to a market underground pet sales – arguments that the bill’s supporters have dismissed as exaggerated.

One of the industry’s biggest grievances is its claim that animal activists have demonized most of the animal husbandry industry as abusive. He argues that the unsanitary puppy mills that have been the subject of damning investigations are not representative of the entire industry.

“Let’s not pretend there aren’t people doing the wrong thing, but they are rare,” said Mike Bober, president and CEO of the Pet Advocacy Network, a national pet trade association. . “We are deeply offended and frustrated that people willfully and intentionally misrepresent the state of farming in the country.”

Ms. Hochul, a Democrat running for a full term in November, has not publicly shared her thoughts on the bill and her office said it was still reviewing the legislation.

The country’s more than 2,000 dog breeders are largely federally regulated and licensed, but animal rights advocates say the minimum standards of care they are supposed to provide are outdated, insufficient and rarely enforced.

In New York, the state attorney general’s office has filed lawsuits in recent years against a handful of pet stores, including those in Albany and New York, accusing them of misleading consumers and selling sick puppies. or abused and from unauthorized breeders.

In 2021, Attorney General Letitia James sued Shake a Paw, which operates two stores on Long Island, for issuing health certificates, charging customers unexpected veterinary fees and selling at least nine dogs who died of serious illnesses shortly time after their sale. The store owners have vehemently denied the allegations.

The lawsuits have helped fuel support for a ban, despite the industry’s belief that banning puppy retail will lead to a cascade of unintended consequences, including more online scams and fewer legal protections for consumers who adopt sick puppies.

While New York is home to about 40 commercial breeders, according to the ASPCA, the majority of puppies sold in pet stores in the state are imported from breeders elsewhere, mostly from the Midwest.

Emilio Ortiz, manager of Citipups, a pet store with two locations in Manhattan, said the company carefully sources the hundreds of puppies it sells each year from about 30 different breeders across the country who he says , exceeded federal standards and provided “an excellent living situation for their dogs.

Mr. Ortiz, who met with state lawmakers and the governor’s office to lobby against the bill, argued that the biggest hurdle for the industry is a “distorted view and public narrative” according to which all breeders and pet stores are bad actors. In response, he began creating videos that seek to show a behind-the-scenes look at how stores treat the pets they sell. Mr. Ortiz has amassed more than 300,000 followers on TikTok and his videos have garnered millions of views.

“It’s an uphill battle,” he said. “We’re just small companies compared to some of these big national organizations that raise millions of dollars and have this marketing machine behind them. Usually people only hear about these horror stories, so I wanted to show people what’s really going on.

He added: ‘We would be completely bankrupt’ if Ms Hochul signed the invoice, noting that around 90% of the store’s sales came from the sale of puppies.

Proponents of the bill have argued stores that sell pets could adapt by switching to selling pet supplies, although the industry says this would require stores to invest heavily to reconfigure plans. floors originally designed to house live animals.

Pet stores would be allowed to partner with shelters and rescue organizations to hold adoption events, although they would not receive any fees associated with adoptions. Bober said all but two of the 28 pet stores that sold puppies in California closed two years after the ban took effect in 2019, according to data compiled by his trade association.

State Sen. Michael Gianaris, a self-described animal-lover Democrat who introduced the bill in New York, brushed off the industry’s trade concerns, saying the ban had a more fundamental purpose. : stop treating animals like commodities or like “an item on a supermarket shelf.

“I don’t think we should sanction animal torture as a way to keep people in business,” said Mr. Gianaris, Deputy Majority Leader and owner of a rescue cat, Alley, and a puppy. of mixed breed Cavapoo, Fred. , which he said he bought from a reputable breeder. “I hope it doesn’t take the governor as long as it took the entire legislature to figure out the right thing to do.”

Although many Republican lawmakers voted for the bill, it did not gain traction in Albany until Democrats took full control of the state Capitol four years ago. The legislation passed the state Senate in 2020 but stalled in the Assembly.

Some moderate House Democrats opposed the bill and offered more targeted alternatives to regulating the pet trade, while some animal activists loudly accused House Speaker Carl Heastie of delay legislation.

That changed on the last day of this year’s legislative session, when the 150-seat Assembly passed the bill, which was introduced in the lower house by Congresswoman Linda Rosenthal, a Manhattan Democrat, with just 15 vote against.

“The last bastion of fairness is puppies and kittens,” said Libby Post, executive director of the New York State Animal Welfare Federation, an organization representing animal shelters and organizations. Relief, who support the bill.

The pet industry has accused shelters and rescue organizations of hypocrisy, arguing they operate with few regulations in New York, although a second bill on Ms Hochul’s desk would seek to change that by implementing uniform standards for veterinary care and emergency accommodation. animals.

Ms Post said banning pet retail would ease pressure on more than 100 shelters and 400 rescue organizations in New York City, many of which she says are teeming with dogs, including those people have obtained during the pandemic but may have given up after being called back to work.

“What happens in a puppy mill is absolutely inhumane,” Ms Post said. “And New York is complicit in animal abuse as long as we allow the sale of crushed animals.”

This Hyd-based group has rescued dogs, cows and even a crocodile in flood-hit TS districts

This Hyd-based group has rescued dogs, cows and even a crocodile in flood-hit TS districts

Hyderabad: The city-based Warriors Animal Conservation Society has rescued nearly 150 animals from various flood-affected districts in Telangana over the past few days.

Nine volunteers – Pradeep Parakuth, J. Santoshi, V. Sanjeev Varma, Prabhu Teja, Manish Goud, Raghav, Chetan, Ramakrishna and Manish Vakada – have taken it upon themselves to save animals in Telangana.

Of the many animals the team has rescued, they say saving a juvenile crocodile was both exciting and empowering. “The crocodile made it through the floodwaters and washed up near fields in a village near Bhadrachalam,” said Praveen Parakuth, one of the volunteers.

“Crocodiles are generally resistant to humans, so it was a little difficult. But we had an advantage because it wasn’t a big one. We handed the crocodile over to the forest department,” he adds. The crocodile didn’t hurt anyone.

The volunteers rescued dogs, cats, chickens and pigs. “Many animals climbed onto the terraces and were waiting for someone to help them. Many villages are still flooded,” says Praveen. The team also saved a buffalo and two cows.

The volunteers visited various villages including Nellipaka and Bhurgampahad village in Khammam district and several surrounding villages near Bhadrachalam.

“In many houses where the water levels are slowly falling, snakes had entered these houses. We saved five snakes in one village,” said another volunteer, Manish Goud.

Praveen and his team saw at least 200 dead animals, mostly cows, chickens, piglets and buffaloes. “It was extremely sad to see so many animals dead. The damage caused to animals by the floods was far greater than we expected. When we arrived in Kothagudem and started relief work on July 15, we were only supposed to stay here for two or three But we are inundated with requests and reports of animals stuck in the floods even now,” Manish says.

The team also visited villages on the Andhra Pradesh-Telangana border.

In addition to rescuing the animals, the volunteers ensure that the animals receive all necessary medical care.

Adoption Fees Waived and Reduced for Bossier Animal Shelter


BOSSIER CITY, La. (KSLA) – Special adoptions are available at the Bossier City Animal Service shelter for a short time, act now if you are interested in adopting.

Currently, there are many more pets available for adoption than in previous years due to recent issues such as understaffing and increased admissions. So, due to this time of crisis, Bossier City Animal Services (BCAS) and Best Friends Animal Society are teaming up to encourage more people to adopt a pet between July 22-24.

BCAS will be open from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday (this week only), with the aim of finding homes for as many animals as possible. BCAS is located at 3217 Old Shed Road, next to Tinsley Park.

“This weekend, July 22, 23 and 24, Bossier City Animal Services is teaming up with Best Friends Animal Society to bring happiness home! We have space to house approximately 170 individual animals. We currently have 213 in our system, including a handful in foster homes, and have to turn away multiple animals each day due to lack of space. With local and national animal shelters filled to the brim and more in need of shelter every day, Bossier City Animal Services invites everyone to come see, visit and adopt your local animals in need, with an approved application. , no charge for pets 6 months and older and $25 for pets under 6 months,” said Shari Wood, Superintendent of Animal Services.

Get reduced or waived fees by adopting this weekend.(bcas)

BCAS: Benefits of adopting:

  • One-Stop (Adoption) Shop: Most animals you adopt from a shelter will come vaccinated and spayed or neutered, saving you time and money if you don’t have to do it yourself , like when you buy a pet.
  • YOU GAIN A PARTNER FOR LIFE: Animal shelters and humane organizations care about your new family member and will be there to support you throughout the animal’s life with helpful resources and information.
  • You save at least two lives: when you adopt, you save the life of the animal you adopt and open up a place in a shelter or sanctuary for a new animal that needs a forever home.

The summer months are the highest pet admission months in America.

“Following the huge success of our National Adoption Weekend in May, which saved 4,529 lives, we were looking forward to having a second National Adoption Weekend as soon as possible,” said Julie Castle, CEO of Best Friends Animal Society. “The summer months, and July in particular, are one of the highest admission months for animal shelters in America, so we really encourage anyone looking for a pet to adopt now.”

Fee for animals over 6 months old is waived, fee for animals under 6 months old is $25.

All adoptions require an approved application and include spaying and neutering, verification and age-appropriate vaccinations as well as rabies

You can see the adoptable animals on Petfinder.com. Simply choose “Shelters & Rescues” and search for Bossier City Animal Services.

For more information, www.bossiercity.org/217/Animal‐Control. Follow Bossier City Animal Services on Facebook @bcasstrong to learn more.

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Dogs, cats, goats and guinea pigs looking for forever homes


Dogs, cats, goats and guinea pigs are looking for forever homes in Dorset.

They are all currently cared for by Margaret Green Animal Rescue.

Aida is an 11 year old Staffy. She’s looking for her retirement home forever, where she can have a nice duvet to sleep on and plenty of cuddles, because she’s a real cuddle beast! She is a very sweet and affectionate girl who likes to be in the company of people. Despite her age, she still likes to take short walks and she loves rolling around in the grass.

Echo of Bournemouth:

Duke is a four-year-old racing greyhound. He is an excitable boy who is always ready for his next adventure. He loves being outdoors, as there are so many interesting places to visit and new things to sniff out. He loves his toys and he could play with them for hours! He is looking for an adult-only house where he will be the only pet.

Echo of Bournemouth:

Max is a 7 year old Jack Russell Terrier who has a cheeky personality. Before coming to Lincoln Farm, he hadn’t seen much of the world, but now he’s starting to enjoy his walks and running with his four-legged friends. He is looking for a calm and peaceful home with a family who will have time to help him gain confidence. He could live with other dogs and teenagers, but not with cats.

To register an interest in relocating Aida, Duke or Max, please contact the Lincoln Farm team: [email protected]

Echo of Bournemouth:

Yogi is 12 years old and he can be quite shy at first, but he quickly comes back once he gets to know you. He loves affection and a nice head start. He’s looking to be the only cat but he could possibly live with older kids and a dog that loves cats, but he loves being the boss!

Echo of Bournemouth:

Boris is a 3 year old Anglo-Nubian goat. He is looking for a home where he will be the companion of a goat of similar size and like-mindedness. He can be a little loud, but he loves nothing more than having regular contact and stories with his two-legged friends. Due to its size, it will need tall, strong fences and a hard surface to keep its feet healthy in the winter.

Echo of Bournemouth:

Sven is 8 months old and quite a curious boy, but he can be shy until he gains some confidence. Due to her long hair, her new owners will have to give her regular haircuts. He came to the center at a very young age along with many other men. They didn’t particularly get along and he is therefore looking for a home with one or more females.

To register an interest in relocating Yogi, Boris or Sven please contact the Church Knowle team [email protected]

Visit margaretgreenanimalrescue.org.uk

SHAKE IT DOWN: Ritz on the River 2022 brings Motown to Vicksburg – The Vicksburg Post


The 9th Annual Ritz on the River was held Thursday night at the Vicksburg Convention Center.

The catered dinner and concert was attended by more than 400 people, many of whom were dressed in the “Motown” theme.

VCC Executive Director Erin Southard said she was very pleased with the turnout.

“We haven’t heard anything but an overwhelmingly positive response last night,” she said. “I think we had the highest turnout in many years.”

The venue was decked out in neon purple and sparkly decorations to go with the Motown theme. The room shimmered when the lights went out and the music started.

New Orleans-based band The Phunky Monkeys were the main attraction. The 11-piece ensemble performed classic Motown hits in front of a crowded and energetic dance floor.

Southard said the goal of the event was simply to create a great night.

“You have no more places to dress up,” she said. “We want to do something where people can dress up and go out at night, but do it on a Thursday so it doesn’t conflict with weekend plans.”

The Ritz on the River also has a philanthropic aspect. Each year a different organization is featured and receives a portion of the proceeds as a donation. This year, the Convention Center was able to donate $5,432 to the Friends of the Vicksburg Animal Shelter.

Missy Arnold, president of the board of directors of Friends of Vicksburg Animal Shelter, was happy the organization received the money.

“We were just thrilled they chose our organization to make this donation,” Arnold said. “Because all of this money will go towards the needs of the Vicksburg Animal Shelter.”

The organization provides additional funding and volunteer work for the local shelter.

Southard was happy to be able to give back to the community.

“We just thought they would be a great recipient,” she said. “We wanted to help and give back; to help them achieve their goals of caring for animals that need a little extra love.

The dinner was provided by Seazand Dreamz Catering, which has served as the Convention Center’s event caterer since last year. It included bone-in pork chops, green beans, french fries, and a twice baked potato casserole, along with a variety of desserts. The bar also served two special cocktails to go along with the theme.

“We want to make sure people are having a good time and having good food, and walking away with nothing but euphoria and excitement for whatever they just witnessed,” Southard said.

She would also like to thank all the volunteers and sponsors who made the event possible. Mutual Credit Union was the title sponsor, but many other businesses around Vicksburg also contributed. Many organizations have reserved entire tables for staff and volunteers.

Southard said she looks forward to next year’s Ritz on the River in July. She also mentioned that the Convention Center is always looking for volunteers and sponsors to help with the events.

“We would like someone to join us to help volunteer, sponsor or just assist,” she said.

For more information about volunteering or sponsoring the Vicksburg Convention Center, you can call their main office at 610-630-2929.

The Ultimate Guide to Petstock Products for Your Furry Friend


Everything an animal needs to be healthy and happy is available for purchase, whether it’s a dog, a cat or even a chicken. Necessities for your pet can be obtained at any pet store, such as PETstock Australiaand are available in different options to discover the perfect fit for your pet.

So, keep these necessities in mind before bringing a pet into your home; rushing to a store at night because you’re running out of pet food isn’t the best strategy. Keep reading to find out more!

everyday food

The first and most obvious need of every pet is food. No matter what type of food you feed your pet, they always need nutritious meals. Make sure the food you choose for your pet contains all the necessary nutrients. Adult cats and dogs need a different diet than kittens and puppies, as well as older people.

Here are the types of food you can find on the website:

  • air dried
  • Canned food
  • Food pouches
  • Food Trays
  • Freeze-dried
  • Frozen
  • Raw
  • Seasonal
  • The sticks
  • Mattress topper

Pet Treats

Dogs and other pets are rewarded for listening to you with pet treats or cat snacks. To do tricks or obey instructions or pee outside, dogs are taught by their owners. Using dog treats as a dog training method is one option. If you want your pet to be happy when you give him a snack, you need to know what he likes the most.

As you can see, many pet treats are available at pet stores and online. Here are a few:

  • The sticks
  • Seasonal
  • Freeze-dried
  • Dry foods
  • air dried
  • Treat
  • Frozen
  • Cubes
  • wet food
  • Dry foods
  • Food pouches

You will have no problem choosing the best treats for your pet as there are plenty of alternatives available. Treats can be very helpful in the early stages of training your cat or dog.

Collars and Leash

Investing in a leash for your pet is essential. Taking your dog for a walk helps keep him out of trouble, but it also ensures he won’t get lost. They can help keep you and your dog safe on the go. Plus, they can provide a technique to restrain your pet while you’re preoccupied to prevent your dog from running away with a child’s candy.

A 6 foot leash is ideal for dogs as it allows them to keep a comfortable distance from you while walking. According to most veterinarians, retractable leashes are less effective in managing dogs and can be dangerous for you and your dog.

Retractable leashes have been blamed for several incidents, including people losing fingers and lacerated canines. Therefore, using a standard leash is preferable and safer.

Dining and drinking bowls

You will need separate food and water dishes for your pets if you want to feed them together. You should acquire two of each type to be sure if you need to use your main one for cleaning.

The ideal bowls are made of stainless steel as they are durable, simple to clean and maintain a high standard of hygiene. To top it off, they are really simple to clean; just pop them in the dishwasher with your dishes, and they’ll be sparkling clean in no time. You should clean your pet’s bowls daily to keep them hygienic.

pet toys

Toys are essential to the life of every animal, whether it is a dog, a cat or even a chicken. A must have for any pet owner. Chew toys are preferred by most dogs, while catnip-infused mouse toys are preferred by most cats. Animals of all kinds, including chickens, must have access to a supply of balls.

However, keep your pets away from toys that contain small parts such as feathers, bells, or eyeballs that they could remove and eat.

Here are some toys for your four-legged friend!

  • chew toys
  • Stuffed toy
  • Fetch and throw toys
  • Rope and tug toys
  • Chopsticks
  • Scrapers
  • Balls

Grooming supplies

Grooming is necessary for cats and dogs, especially as they age and become less adept at keeping clean. Brush or comb your pet’s coat regularly, especially if it has long hair. Matted coats can be uncomfortable and unhealthy.

Bathe your pet regularly to keep their coat looking its best. Using a wipe to remove dirt, odors quickly, and allergies is a good option if you don’t have time for a full bath. As a last resort, you can trim your pet’s nails with nail clippers and wipe the inside of your ears to remove any excess wax. Dogs, of course, also need their teeth cleaned.

Comfortable beds and furniture

Pet owners must give a different sleeping arrangement if they do not want their pets to use theirs. Beds and furniture are your last essentials for your pet. Dog beds are great for your canine friend, but a cat tower or cat tree with a scratching post is a great alternative for your feline friend.

These trees or towers give your cat more resting and vertical space, allowing them to focus their scratching efforts in one spot rather than your entire home. Know that cats need to scratch their nails to keep them in good condition.


Caring for any type of pet requires responsibility. It’s never a simple task since all pets need to be fed, watered and exercised, regardless of their type. Caring for your pet’s needs shows your affection for them. Therefore, giving them these essentials would be the first step.






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Animal sanctuary makes the cut for a hairdresser


RUSHVILLE — Jaynie Carey’s family recently gained four new members. Now, the Schuyler County hairstylist hopes to give back to the organization that connected her two-legged parents with their newest four-legged family members.

Carey and her family adopted four dogs — Tucker, Ottis, Maisie and Mollie — from the Humane Society of Schuyler County animal shelter.

“It started in 2019 when my sister got her dog,” Carey said.

From there, it all came together, with Carey’s parents adopting a dog, her sister adopting a second dog, and Carey and her husband adopting one.

“They made the process so easy,” Carey said of the shelter. “I got Ottis on New Years Day. He wasn’t even posted yet (as adoptable). They called us and said they thought he would be a good fit for us.”

Whether it’s napping with his new family members, playing with his new canine cousins, or going for rides on the family ATV, Ottis has fitted right in, Carey said.

Ottis came to the Carey family after his former owner left him chained up outside, she said, adding that she was grateful to the shelter for helping her escape that situation and for helping her. to have united with her.

“He now has a happy home and we’re glad we were able to get him back,” Carey said.

Now, with the love of a couple of good dogs, Carey wants to use her talents to help the shelter.

Carey will be giving away free haircuts on Monday to those who donate to the shelter.

“When I became a hairstylist, I wanted to find a way to give back to my community,” Carey said. “They gave us so much love – and our dogs – that I wanted to give back. I love our local shelter and they do so much for these animals.”

Because the organization relies on donations, Carey wanted to help where they needed it most, she said.

The organization said they need cat litter, paper towels, cat and dog toys, cleaning products, Finish dishwasher tablets, bleach, liquid fabric softener, vinegar, blankets, and Hill Science Diet dog and cat food. Any money raised will also go to the shelter.

Those wishing to donate in exchange for a free haircut can visit Penney Cuts Salon at 207 W. Washington St. from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.

Cuts will be available walk-in only, Carey said.

Valley residents looking for a small pet have a new option


As the housing crisis ends up putting more and more Valley residents in unexpected situations, the safety and well-being of pets is of growing concern.

Some residents have had to give up a pet, house a pet with a friend or relative, or consider a pet more suitable for a smaller space or with limited resources.

Shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic, Valley residents may have begun to notice that a 2015 state agency rule change allowed a type of small animal to be bred, sold and owned in Arizona.

A late 2015 decision by the Arizona Game and Fish Department moved African pygmy hedgehogs to an “unrestricted” list.

While the list of prohibited and permitted types of animals and species remains vague and absurd in many ways and in many places, including Arizona, other states’ former hedgehog owners, and small pets from Arizona were happy to see that there is no longer a ban here.

“I worked at a pet store and someone brought one in around 2016,” said Nikki Kulak, owner of Sonoran Desert Hedgehogs. “Shortly after that I started researching everything I could possibly know about them and got one. I was hooked. I could tell how much I loved interacting with the little babies I had. was going to end up becoming a breeder.

Care and feeding

Kulak, who raises hedgehogs at her home in Maricopa, said she quickly learned about the commitments involved in effectively and responsibly caring for a hedgehog. The animal’s needs and equipment are somewhat specialized.

From kibble, the dry crunchy material resembling cat food that is often a hedgehog’s main food, to mealworms that can be used as treats, to the wheels they roll on at night (African pygmy hedgehogs are nocturnal ), there are plenty of adjustments to be made – even for lifelong animal lovers like Kulak.

Being part of the family Erinaceidae, hedgehogs would be considered insectivores except that they are omnivores. Mealworms from a pet store can be an occasional treat.

However, aside from mealworms and Aspen shavings that are used to line a hedgehog’s cage, few items that hedgehog owners prefer can be found at pet supply stores. The sometimes contentious relationship between pet stores and hedgehog breeders and owners is partly due to specialization.

A “pigloo” is part of the hedgehog’s nocturnal habits: in daylight, hedgehogs, when not eating or making brief forays around their aspen-lined cages, seek darkness. Specially designed sleeping bags, inside small domed coverings known as pigloos, provide this shelter.

Many of these sleeping bags can be used to help remove a reluctant hedgehog from a cage for cleaning, recreation, or vet visits.

Paper towel or cardboard toilet paper tubes are great toys for hedgehogs. They plant their snout there as if they were digging a tunnel.

A well-adjusted, easy-going hedgehog will be relaxed and open if held. Those who are more tense or on guard will puff up, shield their faces and soft bellies, and sometimes explode and hiss.

Kulak said hedgehogs tend to behave better in groups, although groups of all males sometimes fight, while females do not. There is no real logic in how a hedgehog personality develops, although gentle and frequent human handling throughout infancy seems to help.

“I’ve had some that were nice and a few that were just a brat and a half,” she said.
Hedgehogs live for about five years. Kulak said breeders are trying to extend those lifespans by sharing health and safety information.

A symptom of a hedgehog health problem will be if many of the animal’s 5,000 quills fall off in a short time. Regular visits to the vet are important to see if the animal is developing in a healthy way.

Kulak said COVID-19 has caused a shift in how pet stores and breeders interact with the public. In addition to keeping humans safe, breeders wanted to avoid contracting a mite or other infestation, for which treatment would have been an added burden on top of COVID preventative measures.

“That’s why I don’t accept rescues,” she said.

Domestic dwellings

There seems to be some disagreement among breeders about the safest method of temperature regulation. Hedgehogs seem to enjoy life best between 75 and 80 degrees, which isn’t as cool as most humans keep their homes.

If a house or room was at 68 degrees, Halak said, it would send hedgehogs into hibernation mode. Mounted heat lamps seem to be the preferred modern way of only heating a cage area, rather than an entire room or house.

One breeder says that heating devices such as stones or heating pads are not recommended as they can cause second degree burns. Kulak echoed this: She said such heaters are nearly impossible to find now and largely discouraged.

Some breeders and owners use large plastic storage containers, without lids, as cages, which means that heat lamps or other hearing aids should not be too close to the plastic.

Aside from the 2015 Game and Fish rule change, no Arizona state agency is directly involved with hedgehogs or many other species. Hedgehog breeders need only be registered with the United States Department of Agriculture and follow all federal requirements.

Keith Lewis, a North Phoenix apartment dweller who cares for a handful of rats, ferrets and hedgehogs, has a near-albino rescue named Imani, who is about 2 years old.

Lewis said neutering and neutering is rarely done in exotic pets because it’s expensive. Separating breeding animals seems a more feasible option.

Tamra Rothenburger is the executive director of Arizona Sugar Glider Rescue. It’s a Phoenix-area non-profit rescue for sugar gliders and hedgehogs. She said there’s a short list of questions every potential owner can ask themselves when considering whether hedgehogs are the best type of pet for each person.



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Animal Control By-law – City of Burlington


The City of Burlington’s Animal Control Bylaw regulates pet licensing and microchipping, animal safety, and common pet issues.

Animal attacks

By law, all animal bites or scratches that cause a break in the skin must be reported immediately to Halton Region Public Health. If you have been bitten or scratched by an animal, especially if you suspect rabies, contact your doctor or local health department immediately.

If your dog or cat is injured in a fight and you suspect it was bitten or scratched by a rabid animal:

  • Do not handle your pet. There may be fresh saliva from a rabid animal on its coat which may carry the rabies virus
  • Isolate your pet
  • Immediately call your veterinarian and animal services at 905-335-3030

Animals in the facilities

You cannot bring animals into municipal buildings that have signs prohibiting animals, except:

  • Assistance dogs
  • Animals for which you have received an exemption permit

Animals in parked cars

To report an unattended pet in distress, call the Halton Region Police Department at 905-825-4777 or Burlington Animal Services at 905-335-3030.

During the hot months, temperatures in parked cars can turn deadly in minutes. Please do not leave pets alone in the car, even if you have parked the car in the shade or cracked the windows.

If you leave your pet unattended in a hot vehicle, you could face charges under the PAWS Act or the Criminal Code of Canada.

Learn more about pet safety in hot weather.

microchip cat

Microchips are permanent forms of identification that help lost cats get home quickly. If you own a cat in Burlington, you must have your cat properly identified by having a microchip implanted. Contact your local veterinarian for more information on how to do this.

dog license

All dogs in Burlington must be licensed. Dog licenses also allow us to help you find your dog more easily if it goes missing. You can apply for or renew your dog license.

Dogs on the beach

With the exception of service dogs, you may not bring dogs onto City-owned or operated beaches. This helps keep our beaches clean and safe for residents and visitors who use them.

leash laws

No animals, including cats, are allowed to run in Burlington. If your animal is outside your property, it must be kept on a leash and led by a competent person. It helps keep your pet and other people safe.

lost animals

We will shelter any stray or lost animals found in the city. We place animals suitable for adoption if they are not claimed by their owners.

It is important to register your dog and have your cat microchipped so that we can find you more easily if he gets lost.

Pit Bull and Dog Owner Liability Act

Ontario law requires that you have a muzzle on your pit bull and a leash length limit of one point eight meters if they are not in an enclosed space on private property. Consult the Ontario Pit Bull Legislation to learn more about pit bull ownership restrictions and regulations.

The Ontario Dog Owners Liability Act states that dog owners are liable for any damage resulting from someone being bitten or attacked by their dog. You can read more about owner liability and the potential consequences of dog attacks in the Liability Act.

Bend over and pick up

Please pick up after your dog. Dog feces contaminates beaches and other public spaces. They pose health risks to children playing nearby as well as to other people and animals. Diseases and parasites can be transmitted through direct contact with dog feces. We can work together to keep our public spaces safe and clean by following these guidelines:

  • When you go out with your dog, bring a plastic bag
  • Pick up the droppings left by your dog using the bag
  • Put the bag in the nearest trash can and wash your hands as soon as possible

Anderson County animal shelter director retires for euthanasia


After months of tension and accusations about how The Anderson County Animal Shelter was run, director of animal care and control, Brian Porter, presented his retirement to the county mayor. Porter’s last day will be Wednesday.

“Brian has been in Anderson County since 2006, and while there is a review by Human Resources regarding the complaints, I want to take this opportunity to thank Brian for all he has done to make advancing animal welfare in Anderson County over the past 16 years,” County Mayor Terry Frank said in a statement to Knox News.

“He was a trailblazer who worked with animals his entire adult life, and was always a person who gave more than he ever asked for. I am currently working to find an experienced, capable, and compassionate person to assume the duties of director.

Concerns over the shelter’s management have started to escalate over the past six months, peaking this spring after a social media post said Porter had been euthanizing animals under an expired license since the beginning of 2021.

Kittens watch from their cage at the Anderson County Animal Shelter in Clinton, Tenn., Wednesday, June 8, 2022. The shelter has come under scrutiny after concerns were raised over the number euthanized animals and the method used to slaughter them.

Since the first post, community members have raised more accusations and concerns on social media and at county commission meetings.

In recent months, the commission has voted to install cameras in the current shelter, hire a veterinary director to ensure ethical practices, and form an advisory committee for the shelter that includes three commissioners and six community members.

A human resources investigation has also been opened and Frank is awaiting its findings.

Meanwhile, the mayor’s office is conducting research into how similar counties are organizing their shelters and how other states are dealing with animal overpopulation, a national problem.

His office is also reviewing the effectiveness of mandatory sterilization laws.

In a statement, Porter thanked Knox News “for reaching out to me for clarification on my decision to retire, as you know there has been a barrage of misleading accusations about myself and the staff of the shelter by a small group of individuals, some of whom have even been kicked out of other shelters, who have used social media to defame my animal reputation and shelter workers.”

Porter said the charges “played a significant role in my decision to retire after 15 years of county service and 24 years in total as an animal control officer.”

He said he will “stand by the numbers the shelter has generated since it opened in 2016, with euthanasia decreasing each year while adoptions and rescues increase. This is the path all shelters are striving for, and the shelter was clearly achieving those goals.”

Killing of 29 dogs in Qatar sparks outrage on social media

DOHA: Twenty-nine dogs were shot dead by a group of gunmen at a local factory in Qatar.
The incident sparked outrage and a debate started on social media
The attackers claimed that dogs had bitten their sons.
Animal rescue center PAWS said on Sunday the group stormed the factory, shot all 29 dogs and injured several others, Doha News reported.
Qatari authorities have yet to comment on the incident. Sheikha Al Mayasa bint Hamad Al Thani, sister of Qatar’s ruling emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, criticized the attack and called it “unacceptable” in an Instagram post.
The gunmen threatened factory security guards and forced their way inside, local media reported.
“The security team were rightly scared as two of the men were holding guns. The security team tried to stop the men from shooting a group of handsome, friendly neutered dogs, but they realized that they were also putting themselves in danger,” the animal rescue said. center said in an Instagram post.
The dogs and puppies were shot in front of the security team. The shelter mentioned that a puppy was fighting for its life at the vet, it added.
Roni Helou, an animal rights sustainability brand, condemned the incident and called it “a barbaric act and a threat to Qatari society”. He urged the government to investigate the incident and hold the group accountable.
“People who blatantly killed all dogs should be imprisoned, regardless of nationality. Anyone who can kill an animal without a wink can easily kill a human,” the brand said in a comment.
Meanwhile, netizens were worried about gun laws in the country and asked why citizens can own guns.
According to Qatari law, a person can own a firearm after obtaining a license from the Ministry of Interior. It is rare for expatriates to obtain the firearms license unless they are part of the special forces or the army.
A person can be fined from QAR 1,000 to QAR 50,000 for possessing a firearm without a license and can be sentenced to a prison term of one to seven years depending on the type of firearm.
Similar incidents of animal abuse have also been reported in the country.
Last year, a cat was killed by hanging by an unknown person. A photo of the incident was shared by an animal welfare advocate in Doha.

Broward Animal Shelter Waives Adoption Fees, Hoping To Find Bigger Dogs Forever


FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida. – There are too many dogs and not enough homes.

Broward County Animal Care and Adoption Shelter says they are overcrowded right now, but mostly with larger dogs.

“We find ourselves over capacity with mostly medium to large dogs,” said BCAC behavior and training manager Jenna Jones.

Jones says the current economic situation has forced families to abandon their beloved dogs.

“Some of the biggest issues right now are with economic changes, the eviction crisis, the difficulty in finding affordable housing, housing without restrictions for larger dogs,” Jones said.

Broward Animal Services currently has over 100 dogs available for adoption.

“We would love for you to come and adopt our dogs, there are so many and we have dogs that would suit any household. Whether you’re looking for a couch potato, like a Netflix buddy, or looking for someone to jogging, we have every extreme and everything,” Jones said.

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The shelter runs a program called Senior Paws, which gives up food for adoption and provides free basic medical care and food for life to senior dogs you can adopt.

But, at this time, Animal Service is waiving all adoption fees. If you can’t adopt, you can volunteer, donate, or be a foster parent.

For more information on adoptions, visit the Broward Animal Service website by clicking here.

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Bloomington Animal Shelter overcrowded, needs to adopt more dogs


The Bloomington Animal Shelter has more dogs than it can currently handle and will have to increase its euthanasia rate if help doesn’t come soon.

Although the shelter is often full, the number of animals – mainly dogs – has increased this summer to the point where it is almost unsustainable, said Virgil Sauder, director of Bloomington Animal Care and Control.

“We currently house dogs in offices. We have housed dogs in our bathrooms. We modify our space as much as we can,” Sauder said. “I can honestly say that if we don’t have some sort of relief valve soon, the option we are left with is euthanasia.”

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As of July 16, the shelter had 94 dogs and 224 cats, according to a post on the City of Bloomington Animal Welfare and Control Facebook Pagewho held nearly 1,500 shares.

“We are drowning and we see no end to it,” the post read. “We ask for mercy.”

The shelter typically sees an increase in cat numbers during the summer due to the breeding season, Sauder said, but more people are rehoming their dogs than usual and a shortage of veterinarians is also slowing the adoption process.

A “normally high” number of dogs at the shelter is around 80, Sauder said. Shelters across the country are overcrowded, so transporting animals to other locations is not an option.

Many pet owners are bringing their dogs back to the shelter, at least from what Sauder has seen, because the cost of living and pet apartment fees are rising. Additionally, many owners have breed and size restrictions, so even those who want to adopt cannot because of where they live.

“I think it’s time, if (owners) want to help, to seriously look at the fees you charge for dogs,” Sauder said.

The shelter accepts volunteers, but Sauder has also encouraged qualified people to volunteer or apply for local veterinarian positions. Vets are overworked and understaffed, he said, and that affects how quickly an animal can be ready for adoption.

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For those looking to adopt, the shelter has temporarily reduced its adoption fees. Applications can be completed online or in person, and the shelter takes walk-in tours on Fridays and Saturdays and walk-in tours on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Just spreading the word about adoption will also help the shelter, Sauder said, while breaking down stereotypes about certain dog breeds. Most of the dogs at the shelter are medium to very large in size and are stereotypical breeds considered aggressive, such as pit bulls.

“The breed of dog can give you a general idea of ​​what you might be up against, but it doesn’t necessarily mean what the individual is,” Sauder said. “It’s important to break some of those stereotypes and get people to open up… when they visit and expand their choices.

Contact journalist Christine Stephenson at [email protected]

Junior the Coors Field cat gets a forever home, a furry friend and a new name


Junior, a cat born at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado, has a new home and a new furry friend. He also dropped his old name for a new nickname, “Chip”.

Chip, known to some as the Coors Field Cat, was trapped in April when he was estimated to be 9 months old, according to KUSA-TV. Although he wasn’t sure if the wild-born cat could be tamed, Animal Rescue of the Rockies, the organization behind his trapping, decided to give Chip a chance to live with humans.

Animal Rescue of the Rockies contacted Jenni Leighreports KUSA-TV, and asked her if she would accept to welcome him.

Leigh agreed and decided to see if Chip could get used to having people around him. After six months in Leigh’s care, not only could he handle humans, but he craved their attention. When her new owner – who declined to be named – met with Leigh to see if she got along with Chip, he immediately demanded that she have a belly rub.

“Just remembering that moment brings me to tears because it’s been such a long journey for him, from his early days when he was wild and untouchable,” Leigh told KUSA-TV. “A few days later he got into his new carrier of his own free will and settled in for his trip home as if he had been planning this for months.”

In an Instagram post celebrating Chip’s adoption, Leigh share that while he was in foster care, he had befriended the other cats she cared for. In the montage, he can be seen cuddling cats of all ages and helping kittens learn the ropes of the cat trade.

Now the friendly tuxie is happy in his new home with his new name and another cat, a ginger boy named Dale. While having a pair of cats named Chip and Dale, like Disney’s cartoon chipmunks, makes sense, KUSA-TV reports that’s not the only reason for their name. He earned the nickname “Chip” due to the chip being cut from his ear – indicating that the once feral cat had been neutered – and the fact that his black fur makes him look like a chocolate chip.

Chip, a tuxedo cat like the one in this photo, has a new home after being trapped from his old home at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado.
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Chip is the only known surviving child of Socks, the original Coors Field Cat, who lives in the Colorado Rockies stadium, according to KUSA-TV. Socks has her own Twitter account, where “she” celebrates the adoption of her son. The account is actually managed by Shannon Hurd, a Rockies fan who also helps take care of Socks.

“Amazing news! My son, Junior, who was trapped at Coors Field in January, neutered and raised for six months by the amazing @PurritoPlace has been ADOPTED!!! He has a wonderful new home with an energetic cat brother! So happy for him!!!,” @CoorsFieldCat wrote.

Socks was also trapped and neutered by Animal Rescue of the Rockies, though she was too wild to tame and still lives at the stadium.

While it might sound strange, it’s actually quite common for cats to live in stadiums, even if that means they can run around the pitch during a game or get into trouble. Even at Coors Field, another cat went viral after running onto the field at a Rockies game in April 2021.

A colony of feral cats has lived in Coors Field for decades, according to The Denver post. And cats don’t just interrupt ball games in the cutest way possible, they’ve also been known to help keep pest populations down. Like the Rockies, the Coors Field cloud has its own fans.

“The idea of ​​living in a stadium is so cool,” said Derek Kessinger, a former stadium concessions employee. The Denver post. “Coors Field is great for the fans, but there’s nothing better than being one of the only people in the stadium. If you were a cat, that’s a perfect life – just laying in the sun at the baseball stadium.”

Adorable emu goes viral for constantly interrupting owner’s videos



An adorable emu has gone viral on social media for interrupting all of his owner’s TikTok videos.

On TikTok, Taylor, who runs Knuckle Bump Farms in South Florida, frequently posts videos of and about her animals. At the beginning of some of his clips, his big birdie named Emmanuel can be seen entering the shot and bringing his face close to the camera.

A compilation of the clips where Emmanuel disturbs his owner’s videos has been shared on Twitter this week and features plenty of moments from Taylor’s TiKTok account where Emmanuel pokes his head into the frame.

“I’m trying to educate people right now, OK,” Taylor tells the bird in a clip. “Can you just stop?”

Another clip shows Taylor petting her cow, as Emmanuel again walks past the camera. A subsequent clip shows Taylor staring at a black swan in a lake when Emmanuel interrupts her. She said, “Don’t do that.

Hilariously, Taylor seems to accept that the bird was going to keep interrupting her and just tells her to “do it” at some point. The bird then opened its mouth, pointed its beak at the camera and knocked the device to the ground.

After repeatedly slapping the camera with her beak, Taylor sarcastically asked, “How did that make you feel?” Was this all you ever wanted, wished and hoped for in life? Do you feel fulfilled now? »

On Twitter, the post has over 22.1 million views, with viewers expressing how amused they are by Taylor’s bird.

“Immanuel [is] legit my spirit animal man,” one wrote, while another said, “I will definitely be yelling ‘Emmanuel, DON’T DO IT’ at any of my animals within 24 hours. I bet it will be for Sharknado cat.

Other viewers went on to praise Taylor’s close bond with Emmanuel and noted how much it reminded them of a parent-child relationship.

“The fact that the internet’s most viral videos so often involve human emotions for animals of all kinds – not just dogs and cats – speaks volumes about our natural relationship with them,” one wrote. ‘them.

“You have to write a children’s book about Emmanuel the emu who wouldn’t behave – but you loved him anyway,” added another. “As a kid who gets into trouble all the time, that would be so relevant.”

In a video posted to her TikTok on July 17, Taylor thanked her viewers for their support “over the past few weeks.” As she explained that she had always been an “animal lover” and had “been creating content since 2013”, Emmanuel made another uninvited appearance in her video, before flipping her camera.

“I try to say thank you to them because they support us on the internet,” she told him. “I know you don’t know what the internet is, but you’re literally pretty famous there.”

Taylor highlighted her gratitude in the caption, writing, “We pray this account is a safe space for anyone looking for a little joy in this dark world. WE LOVE YOU!”

Topeka is part of A Community Thrives’ annual fundraising campaign


Several Northeast Kansas nonprofits have been chosen to participate in A Community Thrives, an annual fundraising campaign.

Helping Hands Humane Society, Topeka Common Ground, Topeka Genealogical Society, Topeka Performing Arts Center Inc., and Veronica’s Voice, of Kansas City, Kan., are the five community organizations that will have the chance to receive a share of $2 million in grants, which will be distributed among organizations nationwide.

A Community Thrives is a grantmaking and crowdfunding program sponsored by Gannett, the parent company of The Topeka Capital-Journal and USA TODAY Network. Since 2017, she has been supporting groups that deal with social issues.

Funds can help communities produce food

Topeka Common Ground, a volunteer-run nonprofit that promotes, encourages and supports community gardens in Topeka and Shawnee County, is participating for the first time this year.

“We are a small organization focused on supporting and encouraging community gardening,” said Barbara LaClair, president of the organization. “We work with a very limited budget.”

LaClair had prior knowledge of the program due to her experience as a board member of the Topeka Genealogical Society, which graduated from the program last year, she said.

LaClair also hopes for good results for this organization.

At the entrance to the community garden of the Countryside United Methodist Church is a dedication to Jerrie Ross.

“Every year we provide seeds and seedlings for free, and we start planting in the garden,” she said. “We also offer a small number of grants, very small grants, to neighborhood gardens.”

These funds are used to purchase soil amendments, containers and frames for raised beds, making them more accessible for those with mobility issues.

“The more money we have, the more we can offer this kind of support,” she said.

Pets, those looking for their roots, children and women can benefit

Helping Hands Human Society, a local animal shelter located at 5720 SW 21st St., cares for hundreds of dogs and cats.

Helping Hands Humane Society has been advocating for animal welfare, promoting adoption and the return of lost animals, since 1890. It seeks to reduce overpopulation through sterilization and offers training courses in “petique”.

The Topeka Genealogical Society, founded in 1965, promotes the study of genealogy and family history. It has more than 11,000 books and 700 genealogical periodicals.

The Topeka Performing Arts Center, Inc. offers programs for students of all ages, with opportunities to learn, experience, and be recognized in the world of dance, music, and theater.

Veronica’s Voice gets women out of sex trafficking. It also seeks to prevent their entry into prostitution and to end any demand through the leadership of survivors.

Catheryn Hrenchir is a staff writer for The Topeka-Capital Journal. She can be reached at [email protected] or (785) 817-6383.

High heat forces pet adoption event indoors


WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – About 30 Beauties and Beasts ‘Bow Wow Luau’ dogs were dressed and ready for a trip to the pool on Sunday afternoon – but triple-digit temperatures brought the luau indoors. The event was supposed to take place last month, but the high heat that day also changed plans, canceling the event until now.

Beauty and Beasts Volunteer McRae Steven

“There was a heat advisory in June so we planned everything in Hyde Park, just opposite the Central Standard Brewery,” said Beauties and Beasts volunteer McRae Steven. “We love doing it there, but we had this heat advisory so we had to call it all off for everyone’s health.”

Volunteers say the move was necessary to keep workers, guests and dogs safe.

“We don’t advise you to do this at this time of day,” Steven said. “It doesn’t matter how hot it is. It is getting hotter and hotter in the afternoon.

Some tips for keeping your dog safe in the heat include keeping him indoors as much as possible, keeping him away from hot concrete on walks, and monitoring how much exercise he gets in the heat so he doesn’t not overwork.

“If they want to play fetch, you have to play in the evening or in the morning,” Steven said. “Be aware of this, as overheating happens often. And I think I noticed that more than usual.

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“I have always been an animal lover”


July 17—KINGSTON — Tracey Morgan-Chopick loves animals.

So much so, in fact, that in her spare time outside of her 40-hour nonprofit fundraising workweek, she works tirelessly to help families recover their lost or missing pets.

“I’ve always been an animal lover, ever since I can remember, ever since I was born. I was always the one, you know, helping the tortoise across the road, picking up the stray cat. If I saw a dog, I would bring it home, trying to find its owner. It’s just who I am,” Morgan-Chopick said.

And with that love and passion for helping animals, she created Alfalfa County Pet Recovery Services.

Morgan-Chopick, who turns 45 this week, has been providing pet recovery services for just over a decade. She also worked as a humanitarian police officer for a time, although the pandemic threw a wrench in that. Morgan-Chopick is also the coordinator for the Luzerne County Animal Response Team, which coordinates emergency response efforts with 911 and the Emergency Management Agency for sheltering, rescuing technical and a litany of other emergency services to keep animals out of harm’s way.

Citing a need for animal recovery services in the county, Morgan-Chopick began her quest to help those in need. Although she mainly runs the show solo, she occasionally gets help from friends and her husband, Jeff.

Both Jeff and Tracey are trained Missing Animal Response (MAR) technicians. “It’s basically a crash course where you learn about dog behavior, different ways to trap dogs, even cats too. So they go over a lot of stuff about what to look for, how to trap. There are things called calm signals, which basically (say) you never look a lost dog, a scared dog, directly in the eye…so, you know, things like that. between them, I knew them instinctively before taking the course,” Morgan-Chopick explained, also noting that MAR is a national organization.

And although Alfalfa County Pet Recovery Services offers services throughout the county, they are not limited to our area.

“I do a ton of Lackawanna County. I also do surrounding counties normally, but I mean I’ve done Wayne County, I’ve done Columbia County. I’ve been to New Jersey for some dogs “I just went upstate New York for the dogs they couldn’t catch. It really depends on the situation and my schedule,” Morgan-Chopick explained. And in the event that she cannot personally service a matter, she is more than willing to do consultations by phone or email.

The full list of Alfalfa County Pet Recovery services includes:

— Consultations by telephone, Facebook and e-mail.

—Human capture of lost dogs and cats (although Morgan-Chopick has been in many cases, including horses, goats and others) via state-of-the-art traps that use laser triggering, ensuring that the cage closes when the animal steps inside.

— Investigations of stolen animals.

—Designs and placement of posters to increase awareness.

—Microchip scanning.

—On-site consultations and research

—Camera setup and monitoring

—Advice and support on cases, instructions for families conducting solo searches

Morgan-Chopick admits it’s a lot of work, but seeing a worried family reunited with a beloved pet is worth it.

For many, pets are part of the family, after all.

“So, you know, if I lost one of my dogs, God forbid, like I wanted someone who was there and knew what they were doing to help me get my dog ​​back. You see this I mean? Because I would ‘I don’t sleep… I would be up 24/7 looking for my dog. Nothing would stop me,'” she said. declared, and it is with this mentality that she lets nothing stop her from reuniting the lost animals with their people.

Morgan-Chopick was also honored for her selfless efforts by the NEPA chapter of the American Red Cross with the Local Heroes Award for Animal Rescue a few years ago, but she doesn’t do what she does for the accolades. It’s all about helping animals. As she said, “If someone loses a pet and they need help, I can help them.”

For more information about Luzerne County Animal Recovery Services or to request their assistance, visit the organization’s website at alfalfacountytrecoveryservices.com or their Facebook page @ LuzerneCountyPetRecoveryServices.

Resale to the rescue, Frantz Fund, Motels4Now works to help the homeless


The moon and the stars are all aligned. The dogs will spend their day in the sun. Well, maybe not in the sun, but they’ll be better off.

Unfortunately, the cones will be involved quite a bit. They will get over it.

Several local non-profit charities are joining forces to help the owners of six dogs. Working together alongside a veterinarian and a business owner to get things done. Dogs should be neutered or neutered for everyone’s benefit. Loving pet owners are homeless. They are good with their animals and want the best for them. A few other good people want to help make things better.

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There are many parts to this story, so hang in there with me. Ultimately, people can help out with a good idea by donating. Much good can be done with $600. Any funds raised beyond the goal will be used to pay for vaccinations, microchipping, etc.

The first part of this epic begins with the dogs and the owners. Pet owners are associated with Our Lady of the Road and Motels4Now. Tracy Leliaertoutreach specialist at Motels4Now, worked with Karen Murphy Schemeyer, which helps reduce the cat population. Karen has been an advocate for cats and the need for sterilization.

His 501c3 charity is known as St. Cats. Karen said she has been trapping cats and neutering them for over 30 years. Lots of homeless cats are fixed, thanks to Karen.

Rachel will soon be neutered, thanks to a group effort by several local charities to help homeless people spay or neuter their dogs.

Tracy sang Karen’s praises. “She goes above and beyond. You ask him, and it’s done. He is a gentle soul.

Karen said owners are always grateful for the TNR (trap, neutral, return). “Pets are members of the family. Pets give (the homeless) stability, purpose.

A healthy pet is good for everyone, Tracy said. There is no need for additional kittens or puppies. “We want to be proactive about this for the sake of people and pets.”

As for the name of the charity, “St. Cats,” says Karen, she often checks the traps on Sunday mornings and hears church bells ringing in every neighborhood. The bells inspire her. “It’s my church on Sunday mornings to help others.”

Back to kittens and doggies. The cats are in good shape. Tracy worried about the welfare of six dogs and turned to Karen for help or recommendations. Karen took the mission. In no time, a plan was drawn up with other charities involved.

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Hobart’s SNIP Low Cost Mobile Veterinary Unit will provide services. Dave Nuferowner of Burton’s Laundry, will set up an area with electricity for the neutral truck, Karen said.

Karen contacted another local charity, the Frantz Fund. The fund helps low-income pet owners get their pets neutered and vaccinated. Founder of the Frantz Fund Gayle Dantzler said: “We find it particularly rewarding to work with other animal welfare charities who share our goals. Usually, when another organization contacts us, it is a matter of urgency. And that certainly applies in this case.

Scar waits patiently.  Several local charities have banded together to pay for the neutering or neutering this month of six dogs owned by homeless members of the community.

Gayle is a retired editor of The Tribune.

Signing up to help is Resale to the Rescue, 905 W. McKinley Drive, Mishawaka. The store is an upscale resale store and supports animal organizations in the area.

The store celebrates its sixth anniversary this month. John Caudell, founder of the store, said what better way to celebrate than by donating to a good cause? “It’s an opportunity to network with groups. It’s a great opportunity to join a cause.”

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Over the past six years, Resale has donated over $500,000 to major animal groups in the Michiana area. “It’s our sixth anniversary, so let’s help six dogs,” Jan said.

Resale is running a Facebook fundraiser on its site through the end of the month. Customers can also donate in-store or by mail.

“St. Cats and Low Cost SNIP in Hobart, along with Our Lady of the Road, are the organizations on the ground that make this possible. And Resale to the Rescue has stepped up to support our role with a fundraising appeal to its many followers. As with all the most meaningful animal relief efforts, this one is as much about people as it is about their pets,” Gayle said.

Shilo is composed and thoughtful.  Several local charities have banded together to pay for the neutering or neutering this month of six dogs owned by homeless members of the community.

With all fingers (and paws) crossed, the job will be done later this month. The results will be grateful owners and a stronger charity network. Pets will be a bit upset for a few weeks, but they’ll get over it.

Contact Kathy at [email protected]

1955 The Barns Must Fall – TPG, Inc.

By Jondi Gumz

The Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds pig and sheep barns, in use since 1955, have been declared ‘unstable and unsafe’ by a state agency, and fairground CEO Dave Kegebein recommends they be demolished to make way for temporary facilities for 4-H Participants showing animals at this year’s fair September 14-18.

Livestock barn at the Watsonville County Fairgrounds

In the long term, Kegebein proposes to build a new multipurpose building which he says will cost between $8 million and $10 million, and to divide it into three parts depending on fundraising.

“Wonderful supporters will push these projects forward under the right conditions,” he said. “You have to think flexibility.”

The council’s breeding committee, which met on July 6, approved its recommendation, which is forwarded to the nine-member fair board at a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. on July 19. See www.santacruzcountyfair.com/board/agenda-items

Jody Belgard, vice chair of the board, said a special meeting scheduled for July 12 was canceled because the agenda was not posted on the fair’s website 10 days ago. advance, as required.

The Salinas Valley Fair, which made a master plan update in 2017, has a nonprofit foundation with 300 members who raised funds to build two event centers in 2005 totaling nearly 120,000 square feet .

New construction at the Watsonville Fairgrounds would allow for a wider service road than what exists.

Kegebein sees this as an opportunity to reduce the chances of a mass shooting like that at the 2019 Gilroy Garlic Festival, where the shooter used bolt cutters to cut through a wire fence and evade security checks.

Kegebein also sees a new facility as a source of income, rented out for equestrian events, trade shows and other activities while being available for emergency housing for people and livestock as needed during the disaster. CZU fire. (Santa Cruz County has a contract with the fairgrounds for emergency housing.)

The Chowchilla-Madera County Fair built a new event center after a 2008 fire destroyed the largest building on the land rented for weddings, reunions and fundraisers.

Rental demand is high at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds.

“We are fully booked for the rest of the year,” Kegebein said.

Bingo brings a crowd, for one.

In the spring, the fairgrounds hosted Burning Man Santa Cruz, drawing approximately 3,000 attendees for laser light shows, art, music, and camping.

No record of this event could be seen last week when the 14th District Livestock Committee heard Kegebein’s presentation.

As an alternative to temporary quarters for county fair attendees, Kegebein said he had approved plans for an engineering foundation that could be installed before the county fair in September 2023.


Among members of the Breeding Committee, there was consensus to go with ‘option one’, temporary breeding facilities this year, meaning youngsters showing pigs must bring their own water and continue the multipurpose building for the future.

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The fairground cattle barns were declared unsafe, but no “Prohibit” signs were posted on the side where campers were staying.

“Safety is the top priority,” Kyle Middleton said, noting that a microphone system would be needed to communicate with 4-H youth. “I think we can find something.”

Kyle Plaskett said “The barn is at full power” and he saw “a lot of extension cords running across the grass”.

Loretta Estrada asked about shade for animals, and Stephanie Fontana observed, “On the lawn, pigs can uproot themselves. I’m really worried about this.

Danny Naranjo said: “Let’s start with new barns. You have to move with the times. »

Fair volunteers Yvonne Sowersby and Jodi Corkner supported the first option.

Corkner said it was “really exciting to move into a new multi-purpose building”.

The task sounds “daunting”, Sowersby said, “but take it one step at a time”.


Not everyone supported Kegebein.

Philip Carranco, whose daughter raised 300 chickens at Aromas for the fair, said the scale for weighing animals sold at the market must be calibrated on a stable surface provided by the barns.

Aptos resident Becky Steinbruner has sent three emails to Kegebein regarding her security concerns since October. She argued that the barns were declared unsafe because Kegebein demolished the permanent wooden cattle pens, which she said damaged the integrity of the buried concrete pole piles.

Kegebein later said the problem was dry rot.

Steinbruner said the work was funded by the Fairgrounds Foundation, a nonprofit run by Jeannie Kegebein, a volunteer married to John Kegebein, Dave Kegebein’s father.

Steinbruner said last year Dave Kegebein had volunteers remove and replace all the poles and add large beams to the roof beams, without approval from the fair’s board or the California Construction Authority, the joint powers authority organized in 1988 to provide finance, design, and construction services for health and safety and other fairground projects throughout California.

Steinbruner thinks this agency, which assesses potential risks and problems before the project begins, should be involved.

She asked the fair board to have a public discussion about proposed deals between the fair and the county board of supervisors on a 38.5-acre property at 188 Whiting Road, next to the fairgrounds where the county intends to create equitable access to sports fields, hiking and healthy recreation. The price is $2.31 million, with a 12-month purchase option ending November 12, 2022.

Steinbruner visited a few CZU fire victims who lived in 12 to 15 trailers at the fairgrounds, per the county’s agreement, in November 2020, learning that they were paying $900 a month for a site of camping car. Some got rental assistance from FEMA while others were unsure how they would make the payment.

During a severe storm in January 2021, where people were told to evacuate due to an expected ‘debris flow’, the fair was not ready to accept evacuated animals, so some were sent at Quail Hollow County Park and others at Animal Services.

If stables do not exist, Steinbruner wonders: how could fairgrounds provide emergency accommodation in the future?

Kegebein said the fairgrounds are “fully prepared” with 300 portable small animal enclosures that can be set up anywhere.

Also available are the stable — with 300 stalls — the cow barn and the poultry barn.

In May, Randy Crabtree Jr., executive director of the California Construction Authority, emailed Steinbruner to say, “CCA is actively working with the Fair, the design team, the state, and our inspectors to s ensure work is completed correctly to operate barns safely. for its many uses.

He added, “Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds and the State of California are ultimately responsible for the construction schedule and facility planning. The CCA remains ready to assist at the request of any of these organizations. »

No need to answer

During his presentation, Kegebein mentioned the refusal, adding, “No engineer on this Earth will say it’s okay to use these barns.”

Jessica Ayala of Aromas, who attended Fair Meetings for two years, claimed that “$100,000 was poured into the barns for repairs – it’s a misuse of public funds.”

Asked about these allegations, Kegebein said, “There is no need for me to respond to that.”

When the Livestock Committee met on July 6, the public comment time was reduced from three minutes to two minutes per speaker.

Steinbruner ran out of time, asked for more, and Stephanie Fontana, the committee chair, said no.

However, the volunteers presiding over the departments of the fair and listed in the Kegebein organization chart were allowed to speak without time limit.

On page 60 of the June 28 board package, Kegebein asked the board to approve the demolition of the cattle barns.

Kegebein’s memo on the future of sheep and pig pens gave cost estimates of $150,000 for installing foundations and $250,000 for a new sheep barn foundation, if the work is done by the foundation. from the fairground. If a contractor is hired, the estimate was $400,000+ and $500,000.

Removal of barns by foundation volunteers was estimated at $25,000, and rental of tents at fair time cost between $10,000 and $20,000 per year.

A new metal roof was estimated at $400,000 for each phase and a concrete floor at $240,000 to $720,000, depending on size.

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Internet-obsessed as Golden Retriever helps owner trim cat’s claws


A pet owner has left the internet in stitches after sharing an inventive way to get the cat to sit still to get its claws trimmed.

In a viral video with over 12 million views, TikTok user justin.vevina shared how dog Vevina helped clip the cat’s claws by holding it down.

The hilarious clip shows the cat looking considerably annoyed by the nail clippers and a scratch on the owner’s arm, likely from a previous attempt to groom the feline.

But the Golden Retriever dog comes to the rescue, trotting into the bathroom with a cardboard box which he soon holds above the cat while the human gently cuts the cat’s claws.

“The dog understood the mission,” said a commenter on the viral video. While another reply read, “Love your little helper. He’s so adorable.”

The Humane Society of the United States says that your cat’s claw trimming is an important part of maintaining your pet’s health, in addition to protecting you, your pet, and your furniture.

But trimming claws is not always an easy task. The Humane Society says, “If you approach a cat with a sharp object in one hand while trying to grab a paw with the other, chances are you’ll come in empty-handed.”

Anyone who has spent time with a cat knows that their temperament can vary widely, and so there is no right or wrong way to clip a cat’s claws: “Some cats do well without any restraint”, says The Humane Society: “But most cats need to be held firmly but gently to make sure no one gets hurt.”

Earlier this year, another cat’s dramatic reaction to having its claws trimmed also drew viral attention when Scottish Fold cat Munchkin Fitzgerald Grant received millions of views after claiming to be incredibly upset after having his claws clipped. claws.

If you’re trimming your cat’s nails at home, it’s important to take expert advice and ask your veterinarian for help if you’re unsure. The Humane Society also notes that, “If you can’t get all 10 claws clipped at once, don’t worry. Few cats stay patient for more than a few minutes, so take what you can get.”

“The dog looks so scared this box is not enough,” said another response on the viral TikTok video. While one commenter wrote: “[The] dogs like I’ll pay for it later.”

“That’s what I call a partnership,” another viewer wrote.

“I love the doggy looks like he’s saying ‘I don’t like this man, I don’t think we should do this’,” another commenter joked.

Newsweek has contacted justin.vevina for comment.

A file photo of a Golden Retriever dog looking at the camera, left, and a close-up of a cat with its claws clipped, right. The internet has been left in turmoil after a dog was caught helping its owner trim the cat’s claws.
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Spotted dolphin swimming in the Connecticut River

Photo by Liz Hardaway

Bottlenose Dolphin in the Caribbean Sea near Roatan Island, Honduras. A dolphin was spotted in the River Thames in Norwich on Thursday morning.

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NORWICH – A dolphin was spotted in the River Thames in Norwich on Thursday, according to Mystic Aquarium.

The aquarium received reports of the mammal that morning. The aquarium contacted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, who advised Mystic to monitor it, an animal rescue technician at the aquarium said in a Facebook video.

Norwich Police Service have been in the area to tell anglers to pull their lines out of the water.

Mystic Aquarium had sent one of its volunteer first responders to assess the dolphin, but by the time she arrived the dolphin had left the area.

“We will keep a close eye on this region and a listening ear on our hot line,” said the technician.

Anyone who sees a marine mammal in need should contact the Aquarium Animal Rescue Hotline at 860-572-5955 ext. 107. Residents can call their local animal control officer or police department, as well as DEEP Dispatch at 860-424-3333.

Colombian Party and Cat Adoption: What to Do in Austin This Weekend?


🗓 friday

🎙Live music at the Lone Star Court*

Enjoy the deep roots of Texas music with weekly live performances at Court of the Lone Star. Located at The Domain, there’s always an air for you to tap your feet into the retro-inspired property. From Thursday to Saturday, locals and travelers can enjoy live entertainment and specialty cocktails at the waterer. This week you can catch Reagan Quinn, Chris Maxand Velazquez Trio.

7pm-9pm Thursday, 8pm-11pm Friday-Saturday | 📍Lone Star Court, 10901 Domain Dr.

😂 Erik Griffin Live

Actor, comedian, writer and podcaster Erik Griffin brings a bit of LA’s Comedy Store scene to Austin with four shows at The Creek and the Cave. Tickets start at $25

7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday | 📍The Creek and The Cave, 611 E 7th St.

🗓 Saturday

🐈 Saturday Adoption Event

Join Austin Pets Alive! for a free furry, fluffy cat adoption event at the NORTHSIDE estate across from Flower Child. Cats and kittens of all ages will be available for free adoption, already neutered and neutered, vaccinated and microchipped.

10pm-3pm Saturday | 📍 NORTHSIDE Estate, 11700 Rock Rose Ave.

🎥 “Studio Ghibli Day” at Paramount

Celebrating Miyazaki Hayao’s work on his Summer Classic series, The Paramount declared July 16 “Studio Ghibli Day” and celebrates with a screening of the 2004 film “Howl’s Moving Castle”, dubbed in English. Tickets start at $11 each.

From 2 p.m. Saturday | 📍 The Paramount Theater, 713 Congress Ave.

🧙 Austin Witches Market

Grab a beer and unleash your inner witch at Austin’s Witches’ Market, this time at the Buzz Mill. Come get crystals, tarot cards, witchcraft jewelry, sage bundles, pendants, art and skincare from Austin’s spooky makers.

7pm-11pm Saturday | 📍 Buzz Mill, 1505 Town Creek Dr.

🗓 Sunday

🐐 Goat Yoga and Margs

Whether you’re a yoga beginner or a certified yogi, all are welcome to partake in goat yoga and have a drink at Trudy’s Del Mar. Enjoy plenty of baby goats bouncing, “helping” with poses, and reaching for cuddles. Tickets start at $35 each, which includes two drinks at Trudy’s.

9am-10am Sunday | 📍 Trudy’s Del Mar, 1600 S Congress Ave.

🇨🇴 ATX Colombian Party 2022

The annual Colombian festival returns for the third time to bring the community together around live music, comfort food, dancers, shopping, and arts and crafts to celebrate Colombia’s Independence Day. Tickets start at $15.

12pm-8pm Sunday | 📍 Round Rock Multipurpose Complex, 2001 North Kenney Fort Blvd.

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Where to Adopt, Foster Four-Legged Friends in Williamson County


On a recent Friday, City of Franklin employees enjoyed a whirlwind start to the weekend with Kitty Hall, an annual adoption event with the Williamson County Animal Center.

The Animal Center brought a group of cats and kittens to City Hall offices, where employees, families and residents spent hours playing with — and adopting — new feline friends.

“Some people might be apprehensive about visiting an animal shelter, even though we have a 97% savings rate,” said Penny Adams, promotions specialist at the animal center. “We want to bring our pets to where the people are.”

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Fifteen cats were adopted, finding new homes through the event, including kittens, adult cats and couples who were adopted by the same families. All cats at the animal center, including those adopted Friday, are microchipped, spayed or neutered and up to date on vaccinations and flea control.

Franklin permit specialist William Holcomb spent the afternoon hanging a fuzzy green toy above a pack of playful kittens, who did their best to smash it into the air. Holcomb adopted her very own furry friend, Creampuff, at last year’s event.

“They made it super easy,” he said. “They set you up for success.”

The Williamson County Animal Center moved into a new home in February. Adams said residents who aren’t looking to adopt a new pet can support the center’s mission by fostering pets, volunteering and donating supplies such as cat and kitten food, which are in high demand due to coronavirus-related supply chain delays.

Cole Villena covers Williamson County at The Tennessean, part of the USA Today – Tennessee Network. Contact Cole at [email protected] or 615-925-0493. Follow Cole on Twitter at @ColeVillena and on Instagram at @CVinTennessee.

Escaped pet cat Rowdy finally caught at Boston airport: NPR


Rowdy the cat is shown here after being captured at Boston’s Logan Airport on Wednesday. The cat escaped from its cage as its family returned to the United States after an army deployment in Germany.

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Rowdy the cat is shown here after being captured at Boston’s Logan Airport on Wednesday. The cat escaped from its cage as its family returned to the United States after an army deployment in Germany.

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BOSTON — The beloved pet cat of a family who has been dodging airport staff, airline workers and animal experts since he escaped from a pet carrier at the Logan International Airport in Boston about three weeks ago was finally caught on Wednesday.

“Whether it was out of fatigue or hunger, we’ll never know, but this morning she finally let herself go,” an airport spokesperson said of the cat named Rowdy in a statement.

Rowdy has undergone a medical check-up and will be returned to her family.

“She looks great, is happy to be around people and I’m sure she will be happy to be reunited with us,” her owner Patty Nolet Sahli posted on Facebook.

Rowdy’s time on the run began June 24, as the family returned to the United States from an army deployment in Germany, Sahli previously posted. When their Lufthansa flight landed. the 4-year-old black cat with green eyes escaped from her cage, chasing some birds.

Soon Rowdy herself was the target of a lawsuit, as her escapade sparked a massive search involving airport and Lufthansa staff, construction workers and animal welfare advocates, as well as the use of wildlife cameras and safe release traps.

Lufthansa even hired a tracker to trap Rowdy, Sahli said.

Despite many sightings, Rowdy has always eluded her pursuers – but now some calm has been restored.

Philly Animal Shelters Advocate for Adopters and Foster Families


Hard-earned gains and the way forward

What makes the current situation frustrating for some defenders is how much progress has been made in recent years.

When the ACCT was created in 2012, the non-profit association welcomed more than 32,000 animals in one year. Only 62% left the shelter. At the end of last year, about 14,000 animals entered the shelter, with an 89% survival rate, just below the 90% benchmark that meets national “no-kill” standards. Even then, “it’s not just numbers,” Barnett said. “Every number is an animal.”

The ACCT survival rate for 2022, end of May, was 87%. But with rising admissions and limited space, shelter workers fear they will roll back on the city’s hard-won gains.

Chronic underfunding and high turnover among ACCT leaders are familiar pain points. The nonprofit has seen seven executive directors over a 10-year period, with Barnett joining Tara Schernecke as interim co-executive director in November 2021.

The passion, seen in December 2021, was dropped in the lobby of ACCT Philly on Christmas Day. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

The way forward, shelter workers say, will build on the collaborative work that led to this point.

In 2018, ACCT joined a group of area shelters to create the Philadelphia No-Kill Coalition, with the goal of turning Philly into a kill-free city. Now comprised of 23 member organizations, No-Kill Philly works to increase the survival rate of animals in city shelters, in part by intervening before an animal lands in a shelter.

The patchwork of organizations aims to connect residents with free or low-cost pet care to help keep families whole.

Barnett points to a change in the way rescue organizations approach owner surrenders, an approach that seeks to stifle the tendency to make assumptions about someone having to surrender their pet.

“[There] It used to be just this kind of judgment of… ‘If you give up on an animal, you’re a horrible person and you should never have a pet again’ or ‘We’re not going to help you if you can’t. not pay for veterinary care.

Lacey takes a break from outdoor playtime
Lacey, seen in December 2021, takes a break from vigorous outdoor play at ACCT Philly in North Philadelphia. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Supporters insist on the need to remain compassionate. And on a practical level, not everyone knows these services exist, Barnett said.

Advocates hope residents considering returning their pets will use these types of community resources before turning to the shelter. ACCT runs a helpline for pet owners in need, No-Kill Philly hosts free pet pantries, and City of Elderly Love runs a pet retention fund, to n to name a few.

Local efforts like the Philly Pets Vax Project fill a similar need, hosting free clinics to help prevent costly medical issues that often lead to pet abandonment.

To bring animal control to a more manageable level, says the PSPCA’s Bernstein, Philly must also see a change in the way its residents and their pets are cared for.

Eviction and housing instability are among the many reasons people give for abandoning their pets, shelter workers say. Bernstein cites creating more accessible and pet-friendly housing as a longer-term, albeit complex, solution that would reduce the number of animals turned over to shelters.

Apart from landlord surrenders, shelter workers and advocates hope to see an expansion of what is known as TNR, or trap, neutral, return. The process involves humanely trapping the cats, neutering or neutering them, and bringing the felines back to where they came from.

How to Adopt or Foster a Pet in Charlotte


This dog arrived at CMPD Animal Care and Control as lost, according to the shelter.  The animal is recovering from an injury.  No owner has claimed the dog, and he is available for adoption.

This dog arrived at CMPD Animal Care and Control as lost, according to the shelter. The animal is recovering from an injury. No owner has claimed the dog, and he is available for adoption.

CMPD Animal Care and Control

Adopting or fostering an animal from a shelter can be a rewarding experience.

Unfortunately, the rising cost of care due to inflation has led many owners to drop their pets off at local shelters, which can lead to overcrowding, humane education specialist Julia Conner told the Charlotte Observer in June.

This scenario recently played out with Persephone, an eight-year-old black brindle pit bull terrier who was rescued from the streets of Charlotte. The dog waited 251 days at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Animal Care & Control shelter before being adopted last month, the Observer reported.

It was the longest wait for a dog to be adopted from the shelter, just over a year, the agency said.

RELATED: Persephone’s Long Road Home: She Found Family, They Found Healing.

While Persephone has found her forever home, many other pets are not so lucky.

As of Monday, there were 99 dogs, 136 cats and four rabbits available for adoption at the shelter or in foster homes. According to the shelter’s website, fewer than 10 kennels are open for incoming dogs.

Here’s how you can adopt or foster a pet at the shelter.

Requirements for adopting a pet from a shelter

Information about animals available for adoption is listed on the CMPD Animal Care & Control websiteincluding the animal’s name, photo, age and date of arrival at the shelter.

To adopt a pet from the shelter, you must:

  • Bring a valid driver’s license or government-issued ID.

  • Be at least 18 years old.

  • Bring current rabies certificates and any proof of neutering or spaying for your other pets at home.

  • Bring a cat carrier if you are considering adopting a cat, or a leash and collar if you are considering adopting a dog.

The cost of adopting an animal varies according to the type of animal

The price of animals at the shelter includes adoption, castration, sterilization, microchipping and licensing fees. Puppies and kittens are defined as animals less than four months old.

  • Adult dogs: sterilization: $118; Neutral: $113

  • Puppies: sterilization: $108; Neutral: $103

  • Adult cats: Sterilization: $98; Neutral: $93

  • Kittens: Sterilization: Sterilization: $88; Neutral: $83

Exotic animals — like guinea pigs, snakes, and iguanas — are sometimes available for adoption at the shelter, with prices ranging from $1 to $75.

How to welcome a pet

Some shelter animals need a foster family to heal and grow while they search for homes, CMPD Animal Care & Control website Explain

Small and large dogs that need socialization, large dogs that need a break from the kennel, and animals recovering from surgery are some of the greatest fostering needs.

Here’s what you need to know to become a childminder:

  • You must be at least 18 years old before applying, but you do not need to be a resident of Mecklenburg County.

  • Since foster animals are looking for a new home, your contact details may be listed on the Animal Care & Control website.

  • Potential adopters can contact you by email.

  • Some foster animals need to be separated from other animals in your home.

  • Photos and biographies of each animal must be submitted to the Animal Care & Control Foster Care Coordinator within the first week they are in your home.

  • Adopters can be kept for up to six months before returning to the shelter if they are not adopted.

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, you can find the guidelines and application on line. Once your application has been approved, you will receive an email with further instructions.

RELATED: Inflation Is Forcing Dog Owners To Give Up Their Pets, Says Animal Care

How to Volunteer at a Charlotte Area Shelter

There are a variety of volunteer jobs available at the shelter and at offsite adoption events, describes CMPD Animal Care & Control.

Each volunteer must be at least 18 years old, complete a applicationundergo a background check, pass a drug test and attend a volunteer orientation session.

Evan Moore is a duty reporter for the Charlotte Observer. He grew up in Denver, North Carolina, where he previously worked as a reporter for the Denver Citizen, and graduated from UNC Charlotte.

Local animal rescues overwhelmed with strays


INDIANAPOLIS — Animal rescues are overwhelmed in central Indiana. These pet shelters say they are seeing more stray and abandoned animals than ever before. Sometimes this is done to the detriment of the animal.

“We get calls every five minutes to pick up my dog, pick up my cat,” says Jane Irk, an animal rescuer of 14 years and owner of Sacred Sycamore Rescue, “None of us have ever seen so many animals. I mean people abandon them.

So far, Indianapolis Animal Care Services (IACS) has taken in more than 250 animals since the beginning of the month, and it’s only been eleven days. Typically they see a boost near the 4th of July because of the fireworks, but they say it’s more than usual.

“There may be a bit of a wait if you just want to return your pet,” says Roxie Randall, IACS Manager, Community Outreach, “They can always contact our reception staff and make an appointment because all intakes are by appointment.

The rescues we spoke with think too many people with pandemic pets are just letting them go because they can’t care for them since returning to work in person, and they can’t either to find a refuge to welcome them. Currently, IACS is over capacity. They will only take animals in an emergency. Rescues are seeing more strays, and some believe people are just letting dogs go because they have no alternative.

“A friend of mine who has a chihuahua rescue just picked up a little chihuahua the other day that was downtown. One of his eyes had to be removed, he had scars all over and he weighed 3.5 pounds. We think he may have been thrown out of a car,” Irk says, “We see everything. We see purebred dogs, labradoodles, mini doodles, German shepherds. Most of them are thin, have not been treated. Everyone should go to a shelter or rescue and look at all those faces because it’s heartbreaking. »

If you are having difficulty caring for your pet, Sacred Sycamore Rescue and IACS suggest contacting Indy Cares. The program can help you get food, vet visits and even vaccines.

Upcoming Events to Help Pet Owners, Animal Rescues | New


SHARON – Two events this month on the same date – a pet food giveaway and “Paws for a Cause” – will help support community pet owners and animal rescues.

The first event will be a cat and dog food giveaway, hosted by the Animal Protection League of Western Pennsylvania. It will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. SaturdayJuly 16, at Case Avenue Elementary School, 36 Case Ave., Sharon.

The gift is made possible by a grant from the Glenn and Jean Harnett Private Charitable Foundation, PLA President Stacey Squatrito said.

The giveaway will provide 160 bags of cat food and at least 50 bags of dog food. Cat food was provided at a reduced price by Hermitage Agway, while Tractor Supply provided dog food. Tractor Supply will also donate dog food, Squatrito said.

This is the third annual pet food contest the PLA has held since 2020, when it began helping pet owners in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although pandemic conditions have finally improved, Squatrito said there is a continued need as pet owners battle inflation and supply shortages.

“Agway couldn’t provide us with enough dog food because the warehouses were empty,” Squatrito said.

Sharon High School’s cross-country ski team will provide volunteers to help load people’s vehicles. No registration is necessary and vehicles will receive one or two bags of food depending on the line of vehicles that day.

Apart from the pet food gift, the APL also needs foster homes and has 11 kittens ready for adoption, Squatrito said.

More information about the APL can be found at aplofwesternpa.org or facebook.com/APLofWesternPA.

The other event, also on Saturday, July 16is the “Paws For A Cause” fundraising and adoption event, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Greenwood Hubbard Chevrolet, 2635 N. Main St., Hubbard.

Heather Mahaven, a dealership employee and pet owner herself, said this will be the third such event she has organized since the first “Paws For A Cause” in 2020.

“Most things were closed during COVID, and I came up with the idea because I’m very passionate about animals and wanted to do something,” Mahaven said.

Attendance at the initial event was “a bit lackluster” due to concerns over the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but last year’s event saw much better attendance from the public.

This year will feature four animal rescues, multiple vendors, a basket raffle and a 50/50 raffle, as well as All Paws Matter and the APL. Vendors range from Prairie Voice Creations, which makes Native American beads from First Nations sources, to Miranda’s Metaphysical Creations, which creates jewelry.

In addition to financially supporting the various animal rescues, the event will also give visitors a chance to meet potential pets, as some of the rescues will make their animals eligible for adoption.

Although adoptions will not take place at the event due to the necessary checks and paperwork, Greenwood Hubbard Chevrolet will cover the costs of any adoptions resulting from the event, Mahaven said.

Mahaven said she would still accept vendors and animal rescues, or auction items until next Thursday. Participants must provide a $10 donation and basket donation.

Interested persons may contact Mahaven at Greenwood Hubbard Chevrolet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 330-534-1961 ext. 2613.

The APL will be among the animal rescues represented and its 11 kittens will also be available to visitors, Squatrito said.

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Pregnant sheep with twins stolen and killed


A sheep injured after an earlier attack by dogs at Maungaturoto Country Club. Photo / Provided

A ewe pregnant with twins on a farm owned by a Northland club was shot and stolen, with a volunteer blaming the theft on ‘difficult economic times’.

The grim discovery just inside the paddock between the Den and school fields on Bickerstaffe Rd was made by Maungaturoto Country Club volunteer Andrew Swadling during his daily walk around the farm to check all was well .

Over the years, the club has lost a number of lambs and ewes to marauding dogs, prompting the SPCA and Kaipara District Council to ask dog owners to take extra precautions to ensure the safety of vulnerable animals, especially during the lambing season.

Swadling said it was not the first time the club’s lambs and ewes had been stolen.

“It’s a sign of the difficult economic times, of Covid and the difficulties associated with it,” he said.

About a year ago, up to a dozen newborn lambs were mauled to death by a dog, prompting KDC animal control officers to set traps and surveillance cameras in the region.

Following this attack, Swadling discovered two injured lambs in a pen and took them to his home for treatment.

He said he patrols the farm twice a day while working full time.

“The dog problem subsided after 2020. Recently there have been dog attacks in the area but not here. This time someone killed a pregnant sheep between 3 and 7 years old and took away the meat “, did he declare.

The club did not report the latest theft, discovered by Swadling last Thursday, to police and council.

Dog attacks in recent years have prompted the club to install surveillance cameras and set traps.

Last month, Maungaturoto farmer Rex Roadley lost more than 100 sheep – including some of a prized breed – to dog attacks.

The KDC animal management report for 2020-2021 noted a 24% decrease in dog attacks in Maungaturoto.

Previously, KDC had received a large number of complaints about owners not keeping their dogs under control, picking up their dogs, or letting their dogs roam the streets.

Under the Control of Dogs Act 1996, owners of dogs disturbing sheep were liable to a fine plus the damage caused by the attack.

Cambridge Homeless Cat Rescue helps cats find forever homes


The Cambridge Homeless Cat Rescue is hosting a cat adoption on July 16 at Ren’s Pets Depot in Cambridge from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

With over 140,000 homeless cats in Waterloo Region, Cambridge Homeless Cat Rescue continues to help make a difference.

The rescue is holding a cat adoption on July 16 at Ren’s Pets Depot in Cambridge from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cambridge Homeless Cat Rescue is a voluntary non-profit animal welfare program dedicated to rescuing homeless cats in the Waterloo Region.

The organization began operations in September, offering trap, neuter and release (TNR) programs, trapping and adoption services.

Since then, Cambridge Homeless Cat Rescue has rescued over 188 street cats and found foster families for over 71 cats across the region.

With the upcoming adoptathon, Sue Parsons, co-founder of Cambridge Homeless Cat Rescue, said all cats up for adoption are from Waterloo Region. Some were born in foster care, but some were trapped on the streets.

“We have a long list of cats to rescue and we can’t help them until the ones we have now are adopted,” Parsons said.

“We are coming to the end of kitten season and will be moving back to adults soon. People who have been expecting kittens need to take action in the next few months.”

The cost to adopt an adult cat is $150 and kittens are $225.

“Besides the adoptathon, we will also have items for purchase such as handmade cat toys and information available for those looking for other ways to help street cats in our community who cannot adopt. at the moment,” Parsons said.

“Ren’s Pets Depot also donated a gift basket for a raffle.”

Cambridge Homeless Cat Rescue manages both stray and feral cats and works with a local TNR program to ensure they are trapped, neutered and released back home.

Stray cats are trapped, brought to a foster home to reintroduce them to indoor life. They are also neutered or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. These cats will then be placed for adoption.

The organization has recognized a need in the Cambridge area for trapping and TNR for large numbers of feral cats that live on the streets to reduce and eventually eliminate them.

Cats are also made up of pet cats that I ended up living on the streets after they escaped or were thrown outside. These cats are then rescued and will enter the Cambridge Homeless Cat Rescue foster home program, and an attempt to find the original owner will be made. If none are found, the cats will be part of the organization’s adoption program.

Parsons encourages everyone to come to the adoptathon where they might end up finding a new furry family member.

“The kittens are the perfect age to be adopted right now,” Parsons said.

“They’re ready to easily blend into a forever family home and be a great new member.”

For more information on the Cambridge Homeless Cat Rescue, visit here.

Dog-Friendly Vineyard Launches Wine Launch Party That Benefits Local Animal Rescue


Kuhlman Cellars donates every bottle sold to a local animal rescue organization, and they will have “Barkuterie boards” for the dogs in attendance.

FREDERICKSBURG, Texas — Kuhlman Cellars is celebrating the Dog Days of Summer with a wine launch party next weekend, and all for a great cause.

Four-legged friends are invited to the event and can enjoy the dog pools and “Barkuterie Boards” while their wine-loving humans can enjoy the vineyard, nestled on the Texas Wine Trail between Fredericksburg and Johnson City.

The Dog Days of Summer celebrates man’s best friend and the release of three new wines, including the new Estate Red Blend.

“We worked towards this stage for nine years, tilling the land, working the vines, and then the winemaking team did an incredible job in the winery,” said Chris Cobbs, co-founder of Kuhlman Cellars.

Cobbs said the vineyard has always been animal-friendly since adopting their mascot, Niko, who was rescued after Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

“We’re a working vineyard, so we have vineyard dogs that work during the week and are usually away on the weekends,” Cobb said. “But we also have a vine cat Niko. And if you come to visit, he’s the fuzzy prince of the porch.

Cobb said Niko inspired a passion for supporting local animal rescue organizations.

“We will be donating every bottle sold to the Humane Society of the New Braunfels area. It’s an organization that does amazing work, and really with the heat and the drought, they need support more than ever,” Cobbs said.

“Our community is so important to us. We live in San Antonio and the Hill Country, and being able to give back to organizations that mean a lot to us is just super important,” he added.

For more information on the Dog Days of Summer Wine Release Party taking place on Sunday, June 17, visit their website at Kuhlmancellars.com.


Love Island: Fans beg producers to take stray cat who wandered into villa to vet


Paige Thorne

Last name: Paige Thorne

Age: 24

Location: Swansea

Occupation: Paramedic

Who is their type on paper? “In Swansea there is no one I can find.

‘I don’t have to sweep. So, I hope they can come see me now!

“I got out of a relationship and was so sick of the guys. Then I was like, ‘Okay, I’m bored now’

Indiya Polak

Last name: Indiya Polak

Age: 23

Location: London

Occupation: hotel waitress

Who is their type on paper? “It’s pretty hard to date someone without being influenced by social media and stuff like that.

“Love Island is a great place to get to know someone one-on-one.

“I don’t think I’ve ever dated two guys who are quite alike.”

Tasha Ghouri

Last name: Tasha Ghouri

Age: 23

Location: Thirst

Occupation: Model and dancer

Who is their type on paper? ‘My love life was a disaster.

“It’s an opportunity for me to find ‘the one’ and have a great summer at the same time.

“I’m definitely ready for a relationship. I’m 23 now, so I’m ready to meet someone and travel with them.

Gemma Owen

Gemma Owen

Last name: Gemma Owen

Age: 19

Location: Chester

Occupation: International dressage rider and business owner

Who is their type on paper? ‘I’m open to find love, I want to have a really fun summer.

“I would say I’m fun, flirty and fiery. I think I’m good at giving advice, I’m a good person to talk to, I’m very honest.

“If I want the same guy, I would but in a nice and respectful way.”

André Le Page

André Le Page

Last name: André Le Page

Age: 27

Location: Guernsey

Occupation: Real estate agent

Who is their type on paper? ‘When I’m with someone, I’m very faithful.

“I’m a good boyfriend because when I’m with someone, I’m everything to them.

‘I’m actually single for once, so I thought why not? This is the best time to try.

Ekin-Su Cülculoğlu

Ekin-Su Cülculoğlu

Last name: Ekin-Su Cülculoğlu

Age: 27

Location: Essex

Occupation: Actress

Who is their type on paper? “I’m pretty picky and I’m not just looking for looks, I’m looking for intelligence!”

“I’m looking for someone smart, someone who can have good conversations. Nothing like arrogance!

Jay younger

Jay younger

Last name: Jay younger

Age: 28

Location: Edinburgh

Occupation: investment analyst

Who is their type on paper? ‘I’m a slow burner for sure, yeah. I don’t fall easily.

“I like self-sufficiency in girls.”

Deji Adeniyi

Last name: Deji Adeniyi

Age: 25

Location: Bedford

Occupation: Account Manager

Why Love Island and why now? The reason is that my sex life is amazing but my love life is awful. I am the master of failed conversation scenes. My love life is not going well so one night I decided to apply for Love Island and now I’m here!

Josh Samuel Le Grove

Josh Samuel Le Grove

Last name: Josh Samuel Le Grove

Age: 22

Location: Essex

Occupation: Model

Why Love Island and why now? I have always been single. If you have to find someone, it will be in a place where everyone is single and looking for the same thing.

Volunteers wanted: July 10, 2022 | Way of life


The American Red Cross – East Texas Chapter, a non-profit organization that prevents and alleviates human suffering in emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers, offers diverse volunteer opportunities with many programs offered by the American Red Cross. For more information, contact Executive Director Karen Holt at [email protected] or call (903) 331-2565.

Longview Regional Medical Center is looking for volunteers to join its Volunteer Auxiliary. For more information, call (903) 233-4762.

East Texas Literacy Council, a non-profit organization based in Longview, has an immediate need for a volunteer to teach an ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) course one or two mornings a week in Kilgore. No experience is required. For more information, call (903) 757-9302.

Rescuers: the passionate rescue of Skylyr, a local non-profit, foster-based dog rescue organization has an immediate need for foster homes to facilitate this effort. The placement usually lasts three to six weeks. The rescue provides food, veterinary care, etc. You provide love, a safe place for the dog to hang out, and you help the dog prepare for his forever home. For more information, email [email protected] or text Angie at (903) 452-0526.

Longview Arboretum and Nature Center looking for volunteers to help with the reception, gift shop, garden, children’s classrooms and events. For more information, call (903) 212-2181.

silver paws, a non-profit agency that provides healing through animal-assisted activity and therapy programs, seeks volunteers to help out at our facility as a host, program assistants and fundraisers and assistance to events. We are always on the lookout for new therapy animal teams ready to serve the community. For more information, visit www.silverpawstx.org, call (903) 720-2068, or email [email protected]

All Good Dogs Coalition looking for volunteers with observation skills who can follow instructions. They will participate in monthly adoption events and/or rehabilitation activities under the guidance of a dog trainer. For more information, email [email protected] or call/text Klancey (903) 235-0383.

Longview Pet Rescue Organizations have an immediate need for volunteers to foster dogs and cats due to an increase in strays and pet abandonments. Volunteers are trained and most expenses are covered. The reception can last from a few weeks to a few months. For more information, email [email protected] or visit LongviewPetsRescue.org.

Mission Newgate, 207 S. Mobberly Ave., Longview, needs volunteers for lunch servers from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Mandatory caps and masks. Volunteers can be in groups or individually. Up to three people are needed each day. For more information, call Brenda, (903) 757-6146.

Martin House Children’s Advocacy Center is a nonprofit organization that provides a collaborative, multidisciplinary response to the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse. Volunteers help bring hope to children who have been abused. For more information, email [email protected] or call (903) 807-0189.

Texas Home Health Hospice, 2904 N. Fourth St., Longview, needs volunteers to provide companionship to patients, family support and office assistance. For more information, email [email protected] or call (903) 234-0943.

East Texas CASA is looking for volunteers to help children enter the foster care system. CASA volunteers are screened and trained, then appointed by judges to represent and advocate for the child in the child protection system. For more information, email [email protected] or call (903) 753-8093.

Citizens of Longview on Patrol looking for volunteers to increase cooperation between residents and the Longview Police Department. For more information and volunteer opportunities, email [email protected] or call (903) 424-9609.

– To be considered for publication in this section, submit your information by 5 p.m. Wednesday to [email protected] or by mail to PO Box 1792, Longview, TX 75606.

Franklin Co. Humane Society asks city for additional funding and public for help as costs of new animal shelter project rise


FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) – A new Franklin County animal shelter has encountered development issues. So now the county’s humane society is seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional funding from the city of Frankfurt – but can the city provide it?

“We’ve been in a floodplain for almost 50 years, so obviously it was necessary,” said Sam Marcus of the Franklin County Humane Society.

Marcus says the Humane Society relocation is now about 30% complete, but they’ve hit a roadblock. Companion Place needed to be paved over for the shelter to open and it was expensive.

“We shouldn’t have to pay for this route,” Marcus said. “It’s a public street, it’s your road, and it costs $350,000.”

He says the project should be finished by the end of August, so they need funds to complete the job. But the city of Frankfort has already committed $1 million to the project, and city commissioner Katrisha Waldridge says it’s a private road.

“I think it’s not our responsibility,” said Waldridge, who is also acting mayor. “We donated the million dollars and it may be for the building or for the infrastructure that he may need.”

Waldridge says this project has a higher price tag and larger scale than necessary…

“When I think about $6.5 million, I don’t think of an animal shelter,” Waldridge said.

But Marcus argues it should set the standard for the state.

“We’re dreaming big…it’s not much bigger than our building is now,” Marcus said. “The bottom line is that it meets today’s standards for medical care and wellness and it’s something quite unique in Kentucky…unfortunately.”

Even still, Waldridge thinks the city needs to save money for several other pressing issues.

“We’re going to be one of the biggest animal shelters in the state – awesome,” Waldridge said. “But we also have a homelessness issue, we have mental health issues in our city and that’s where our money needs to start going now.”

Marcus hopes the public will encourage city commissioners to discuss additional funding. He says they have had discussions with some members of the board to discuss this during the working session on Monday. But they need three out of five commissioners to agree to discuss the matter, and Waldridge says she remains firm in her position that they can’t give any more money.

However, Waldridge noted that she supports the animal sanctuary, as the commissioners voted unanimously to provide the $1 million pledge. She added that once the road is completed, the city has also offered to pay for its maintenance in the future.

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Catmandu from Carson City presents his cat of the week: Kit | Carson City Nevada News


Meet Kitt: This big, handsome and affectionate male cat will rub up against your legs and purr while you scratch his chin. He loves Temptations wet food and treats.

Abandoned when his family moved away, Kitt survived more than 2 years in a coyote-ridden neighborhood by hunting and hiding. Everyone thought he was wild. During a cold snap last January, a caring lady started providing him with food to help him survive. Slowly Kitt began to trust him and after several weeks she was able to pet him. Soon he was at her doorstep morning and night, begging for food and affection.

Because of other animals, she couldn’t bring him inside. Fortunately, we were able to take him to Catmandu. Moving in with over 85 cats came as a shock to him and he went into hiding for several weeks. Slowly he also learned to trust us and started to show how nice he really was. While he still hides a lot in Catmandu, he will thrive in his own home.

The vet guesses it is a healthy 3-year-old child. He is neutered, up to date on his shots, and ready for a calm, interior home. To meet this adorable handsome boy, go to Catmandu from Friday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1829 Brown Street.

Catmandu is a non-profit, cage-free cat sanctuary and shelter. Since opening in 2014, Catmandu has helped over 2,300 cats and kittens find a better life. Most of them come from underprivileged backgrounds.

They are wanderers, born wild or abandoned. Catmandu needs the support of our community to stay open.

If you would like to help Catmandu, whether by donating or volunteering, please go to: https://catmanducc.org. Meow.

Cat obsessed with carrying oversized toys melts hearts with 14 million views


We know dogs are great at fetching, but a cat that loves bringing its owner its favorite toys has won hearts online.

Feline fetch fan Harpo is a black and white cat with over 200,000 followers on the rainsurnamecats TikTok account. Most famous for his blue sea monster toy, his videos show him meowing loudly as he carries the oversized stuffed animal through the house.

Harpo’s owner says carrying the toys is his “daily ritual” and “favorite game,” which is borne out by the number of videos of him carrying the blue sea monster.

A June 29 video has been viewed more than 14 million times as Harpo heads into the living room after dinner with his trusty toy. In the comments, viewers shared their thoughts.

“The way he waddles towards you. Omg,” one commenter wrote. While another TikTok user said, “Cats are the best guy.”

In a later comment, rainsurnamecats explained, “We play fetch, and Harpo gets treats for items that fall closest to me and/or are accompanied by particularly funny meows.”

Newsweek has contacted rainsurnamecats for comment.

It’s not just the sea monster that Harpo likes to carry around. In fact, her owner has set up a subscription service where, for $1 a month, you can send a photo of your loved one and watch Harpo bring the photo to her owner. .

But why do cats behave like this? Cat advice site Kitty Help Desk says that when cats carry things around and meow like that, they’ve basically bonded with the toy, even if it was their offspring.

“It’s not uncommon for cats to do this,” they wrote. “Especially if they’re raised without much interaction with other cats. The toy essentially fills a void in their world and comforts them, the same way a stuffed toy can comfort a child.”

“Love the split second at the start where you can only see the stuffed animal floating around,” one comment said. Another user wrote: “My cat does this but with a Dave the minion toy.

Although it’s part of a parental instinct, male cats are just as likely to display protective parenting behaviors as their female counterparts, which could explain why Harpo likes to carry things around the house.

For some viewers, the viral video was a bit too much to handle. One commenter said: “I’m sobbing, I’m literally crying. I love him so much, I love your cat, I’m going to die for him, I honestly mean I’ll do anything for him. God, he’s so unbelievable.”

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Shelter volunteers honor pet graduates with yearbook as they move on to better things • Long Beach Post News


LBACS volunteers are huge animal advocates, and many are creative. In addition to going to the shelter to walk, bathe and play with once-neglected dogs and cuddle and otherwise socialize scared cats, they create posters to share on social media and Photoshop silly costumes on their vacation photos. . Willful dog Ricky Yim, who modestly refused to pose for a photo, is one of the least dogmatic when it comes to creativity. He got the idea for the yearbook when he saw a display of dog training graduates at a PetSmart.

“Since it’s graduation season and I’ve never done anything like this before, I thought a yearbook would be a great, cute idea to do,” Ricky said. “I posted on our volunteer page for people to post photos, and I choose the best ones.”

The volunteers came up with “most likely to” descriptive sentences; Dee Carey, another willing volunteer, photoshopped the mortars; and head volunteer Gary Tanaka played Professor Gary – an apt nickname, on the last page.

Ricky hopes the yearbook project will inspire adopters and foster families to visit the shelter and meet every graduate and undergraduate.

“I love finding a special thing and turning it into an adoption opportunity,” he said. “We want to promote animals first, in any shape or form, in any special way.”

Practically pets

What is a diploma without a gift? Friends of Long Beach Animals is funding one year of free medical care for any dog ​​or cat adopted from our shelter in July! I mean, what animal doesn’t like going to the vet? Nevertheless, health is the second best gift you can give an animal – the best is the promise to love it forever and ever.

Long Beach Animal Care Services is located at 7700 E. Spring St. in Long Beach, at the entrance to El Dorado Park (no parking fees for shelter visitors). Foster and adoption hours are Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adopt one of these graduates or undergraduates or any shelter cat and dog, and bless them with health.

Small gray pit bull with white chest and big ears is looking to the right with its mouth open and sitting on a green blanket

Bebita (#A656328) is a 5 year old pittie who is one of our shelter’s longest resident. She has been waiting for her loved one to find her since last April! Bebita was voted best ears in the yearbook and now that she’s not wearing her mortarboard you can not only see them but also the big smile that goes from ear to ear! She is very affectionate and loves being around her people. She can be protective in the home environment, so she will need a patient owner to help her learn to trust new people. She will thrive in an experienced purebred home where she is the only pet. If you’re looking for your soul mate, someone to exercise with, and a Netflix buddy, this little girl is waiting for you!

Tan German shepherd with white neck and black nose sits on green grass with tongue hanging out in a smile.

Joko (ID#A673425) was voted most likely to steal from your girlfriend! This is only partly correct – Jocko is a heart-stealer for equal opportunities and he has won the hearts of every volunteer he runs with. He’s a 3-year-old German Shepherd ready for a romp followed by a relaxing rest at your feet, or on the couch with you!

The white Harlequin cat with a black mask over one eye and black spots on its back and tail lies against the kenne.  His front leg is twisted.

Angel (ID#A673474) was voted the softest fur. She is only 2 years old. She was born with a deformity in the front legs, possibly radial hypoplasia, which causes the legs to be permanently bent at right angles, but this condition does not affect her health. She was once much loved, but her human died and no one could or would take her. Volunteer Susan has spent a lot of time with Angel and has found that although she’s mostly shy at the shelter, she likes being petted by people she trusts. Angel can run and even jump a little, and Susan feels like she’s going to bond with another special someone and love them as much as she loved her human.

a white cat with a tabby mask and a spot on her pink nose sits and looks to her left.

Chad (ID#A667964) did not participate in the photo day: he is shy in front of cameras. In fact, he was so shy that he hid so much from his owner. So the owner took him to the shelter. We’re sure there’s a place for him because he’s grown into a really nice guy. He is 2 years old and has been at the shelter for too long, at least eight months. He is a handsome little servant with short hair, his green eyes will attract your attention! It will thrive in a forever home.

To the rescue!

Council District 8 Announces 60-Day Amnesty for New or Late Pet License Fees for Designated Residents

A resolution introduced by Councilman Al Austin and passed by City Council provides for a temporary amnesty program that waives first-time pet license fees and late pet license fees. Expired pet for residents of areas designated by the Community Development Block in Long Beach can apply for a HUD grant program that will waive fees for new and late pet licenses through August 23. Access this map to determine if you live in a CDBG area, or call 562-570-1326 or email [email protected].

Big fun fur balls

The 4th of July is behind us (although the illegal booms are still breaking the air), and summer is officially on! Whether you’re a graduate, undergrad, or just someone who wants to have a good time, these furious, furious, and fun ideas are for you!

25th Annual National Wienerschnitzel Wiener Championship: Saturday, July 16, first race 6:30 p.m., Los Alamitos Racetrack, 4961 Katella Ave, Cypress, $3 per ticket.

Aaaand, away they—wait! Rise! The finish line is the other way around! No, don’t eat that! Enjoy a fun “race” in which the little ground hounds will be themselves as they compete for prizes and championships! It’s hilarious fun for the whole family. Event t-shirts and raffle tickets will be on sale at the track, with all proceeds supporting the welfare of the resident cats and dogs at our fabulous Seal Beach Animal Care Center. Purchase your tickets at the Seal Beach Animal Care Center business office during office hours. All bets are off, literally. It’s just for fun and doing a good job!

Long Beach Adoption and Craft Fair: Saturday, July 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Long Beach Towne Center, 7575 Carson St., Long Beach, free admission.

Support our local animal shelters and sanctuaries at this family event! Lots of shopping and wonderful pets to adopt!

Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge broadcast: Saturday, July 24 and July 31, KCBS TV, 4 p.m., times subject to change; Check here for the latest broadcast times and event information

Each year, some of America’s sportiest dogs compete in Purina Pro Plan’s Surf Dog Competition, where they trade belly rubs for belly boards and ride the waves at Huntington State Park Beach. This year’s furry surfers performed aquatic feats – or is it paws – in contests such as the Amazing Dive Dog, the Amazing Freestyle Flying Disc Qualifier and the Amazing Fetch! on June 10 and then moved to dry land on June 11 for the agility challenge. Whether your dog has paddled on a board or is just a hodad, he’ll love watching this event, and so will you! Check out the action here! (Despite discouraging performances, every dog ​​was owner trained and wears a life jacket. Plus, every dog ​​is monitored.)

a blonde lady wearing a white face mask and black tank top pets a german shepherd dog as a friend, seen only as a torso and legs, sits and watches

El Guapo is a “foster-fail” from Sparky and the Gang Animal Rescue

Foster for a while or forever!

If you’ve always wanted a pet, but aren’t sure if you’re ready for a lifetime commitment (the pet), or if you’re past the time of roommates for some reason, the Foster care can be a great solution. , especially with one or more kittens appearing during kitten season. Each of the organizations listed below is in desperate need of foster families who will socialize them and help save their little lives. Who knows, maybe one of these lifetimes will change your mind about not being ready for a roommate!

These non-profit organizations also regularly offer cat, dog and rabbit adoptions. Now, adoptions are mostly by appointment. Click on the links for each rescue in case of updates or changes. These organizations operate on donations and grants, and anything you can give would be appreciated. Please suggest rescues in the Long Beach area to add to the list.

Animal shelter program provides learning and peace of mind for children and pets


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By C. Jayden Smith

The life of a cat or dog in an animal shelter can be stressful, loud and chaotic, but a local program provides time to reassure their animals.

The San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Sanctuary, in conjunction with the Pet Project Foundation, its volunteer arm, has operated the “Calming Tales” program for about five years, allowing children to read books to animals. The program started as a way to engage more with the community, provide access to young children, and help the animals indoors.

“It helps them learn to be calm with visitors, a good skill in their transition to the home environment,” said CASA supervisor Jen Stinett.

Since the program was announced on social media and in the city’s youth hobby magazines, the community has responded significantly. It continues to do so each summer, until program capacity is maximized for all slots each week.

Animals, especially dogs, can be negatively affected by the busy environment of a shelter, which can lead to various behaviors such as nervousness.

Stinett said part of the shelter’s goal is to help animals learn the skills and behaviors needed to live their best lives as pets at home, because most people don’t want their pets be on them at all times.

“You’re going to want to have some great couch potato time, lounging time with your dog,” she said. “And (the program) teaches these pets to have this quiet time that (establishes), ‘There’s nothing wrong with laying down and being quiet and talking to someone in front of you. .'”

Children who participate also receive positive benefits. Reading is a quiet activity that gives them time to get used to being around animals in general, or those that differ from what they experience at home.

Stinett added that the program allows children to read aloud without the stressors of making an error such as mispronouncing a word. It helps even more that pets are engaged and actively listening.

“It’s without the feeling of ‘you’re going to mess up’ and someone’s going to laugh at you for it or something,” she said. “Obviously our animals are just there to listen to them and that gives them more confidence in their reading aloud abilities.”

Many children return week after week, year after year, which is a great support and a mark of the success of the program.

Stinett noted that adults sometimes arrive with more enthusiasm than children, but everyone seems to leave happy most of the time.

While there are several factors involved in determining available slots, the shelter normally welcomes between 10 and 15 children per week, a number that is unlikely to change anytime soon during the summer.

Reading time is on Monday afternoons, as the animal sanctuary is closed to the public on Mondays. The program also interrupts the walking and exercise program, which Stinett said he wants to have as little impact as possible.

Adding extra days would require sheltering close to the public during this time to have the peace and quiet best suited to the program.

“We can’t have (the) audience coming in and out, sort of walking around; it would disrupt the whole vibe of the program,” Stinett said. “So…that’s why we didn’t expand it.”

She mentioned that the animal shelter plans to expand to other months of the year. From September, Stinett said, seniors will be able to come on Monday afternoons to read books.

The summer session is already full, but the registration period for senior reading time will begin towards the end of the season.

“We will have that information available soon, but they can email us for more information on this program,” Stinett said.

Contact the shelter at [email protected] or 949.492.1617.

C. Jayden Smith

C. Jayden Smith graduated from Dana Hills High in 2018 before pursuing a bachelor’s degree in digital and broadcast journalism at the University of North Texas. After graduating in December 2020, he reported for the Salina Journal in Salina, Kansas. Jayden loves college football and bothers his black lab named Shadow.

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Animals of the week


Many animals are waiting for “forever homes” at the Yolo County Animal Shelter, 2640 E. Gibson Road in Woodland.

Among them is Luci (A189979), a year-old female calico cat who is a mixture of sweetness and shyness. Luci and her sister Ginger have become more outgoing and playful since arriving at the shelter together. Both can be shy at first, but kindly warn new friends.

Shiloh (A193025), an energetic one-year-old husky shepherd, also hopes to find a good home. She has a charming smile and is a typical husky: playful, intelligent and vocal. Shiloh knows the commands “sit”, “legs” and “down”. She is eager to learn more about obedience training. Shiloh needs a structure with proper boundaries in a home to control her pup’s energy.

For more information on adoption, contact [email protected] All animals in the shelter are up to date with their vaccinations, microchipped and neutered or neutered.

The staff is available to help you by phone during business hours at 530-668-5287. Refuge hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. To meet adoptable YCAS animals, visit friendsofycas.org. To become a volunteer, register on tinyurl.com/yolovolunteerapp. Follow us on @ycas.shelter and Instagram on @yoloanimalshelter.

Shilo. Courtesy picture

Denmark’s animal shelters are struggling to keep up


Some 2,000 animals are housed in just ten shelters across the country, according to Dyrenes Beskyttelse, the animal welfare organization

The number has increased by 30% since last year – and the season is not yet at its peak.

“It’s an unfortunately high number, which unfortunately increases every summer,” said Karina Fisker, accommodation program manager at Dyrenes Beskyttelse.

“Last year we also had a lot of animals that needed help, but this year we are overflowing! Our boarding schools are packed, and our staff and volunteers are struggling to keep up.

Shortage of volunteers
In 2021, nearly 800 families took in animals through the Dyrenes Beskyttelse shelter program. This year, however, fewer families are opening their homes to animals in need.

“This year we noticed that people had a lot of plans for the summer because it was difficult to find enough volunteer host families,” Fisker said.

“It is simply not possible to save so many animals without the invaluable help we receive from volunteers.”

Dogs, cats, kittens, rabbits, guinea pigs and birds are among the animals hosted by Dyrenes Beskyttelse. The organization encourages potential foster families to contact a local shelter through its website.

Animal control officer dejected after illegal fireworks target dogs at shelter – NBC Connecticut


Who shot illegal fireworks at dogs in an animal shelter? That’s what the New London police would like to know.

“It breaks my heart that this happened,” said Waterford-East Lyme animal control officer Robert Yuchniuk.

Inside New London Animal Control, and just where Yuchniuk said the fireworks hit on the 4th of July, a dog hangs back, afraid to look too far.

Yuchniuk said all the animals are physically fine, but the fireworks going off right next to them must have been terrifying.

“It bothered me a lot. These dogs are going through a tough time,” Yuchniuk said.

Yuchniuk said when he arrived at the facility on the morning of July 5, he found debris from illegal fireworks littering the area around the New London Animal Control facility inside Bates. Woods Park, which is shared with Waterford and East Lyme.

He said some of the debris was inside the kennels where the dogs were. Yuchniuk said that for this to happen, people had to intentionally aim for the fence where these dogs are. He said a dozen dogs were in the facility at the time.

A dark patch on the grass nearby is where Yuchniuk said the fireworks started a fire which first responders put out. But it’s the belief that the dogs were intentionally targeted that upsets him the most.

“In my 12 years of fighting animals, I have never seen anything like it. The callousness and cruelty of lighting fireworks here, and especially when they started hitting this building. Maybe the first one was a mistake, but whoever they fired afterwards, they knew what was going on,” Yuchniuk said.

Yuchniuk said some of the debris landed on the roof, and he’s grateful the building didn’t catch fire. He now hopes they can get security cameras.

After publishing an article about what happened to the Waterford-East Lyme Animal Control Facebook Page, people commented and offered to donate. They also offered to sit outside the animal control facility to monitor the next 4e of July.

“Maybe we can get the ball rolling and do some fundraising and maybe put some cameras here to prevent things like this in the future,” Yuchniuk said.

Yuchniuk said if there was an effort to raise money for the cameras he would post it on the Waterford-East Lyme Animal Control Facebook page.

He said police came to the facility on July 4 to report illegal fireworks, but were unable to locate those responsible.

If you have any information, you are asked to call New London Police.

Petition urges trap repair program for feral cats


An online petition advocating the implementation of a feline spay/neuter program in Medicine Hat is gaining support from regional animal rights organizations and attention from the city.

Hatter Audrey Skoog posted the petition – addressed to the city council – online on Sunday evening in the hope that councilors would take action on what Skoog describes as an extreme problem of overpopulation of feral and stray cats.

“There are only cats everywhere,” Skoog told The News. “All the rescues are complete, they constantly need foster families. And it’s not getting better. It’s not like we have situations where shelters get empty and then we can refill them.

Skoog, a longtime volunteer with an animal rescue organization, says cat overpopulation has led to a constant capacity problem for animal shelters.

“We can’t have a fully robust (animal rescue) program while these cats are invading the city,” Skoog said. “And the problem is that you can’t get out of an overcrowded situation. There are only a limited number of humans in a city who can adopt.

“But if you go into these colonies (of cats) and you trap, castrate and release, it reduces the size of the colonies. It’s a humane way to manage feral and semi-feral cat populations.

Skoog says she recognizes spaying and sterilization procedures aren’t cheap, but says the long-term benefits will outweigh the upfront costs.

“We’re going to have those costs whether we euthanize (or) expand the shelters,” she said. “But, in the long run, if you actually control cat populations, it costs less over time.”

RJ Bailot, executive director and co-founder of Canadian Animal Task Force, a Calgary-based nonprofit that specializes in TNR, agrees with Skoog.

“There are many benefits to TNR,” Bailot said. “It basically allows you to have a healthy, stable population – something that’s manageable.”

Bailot says other benefits include an overall improvement in the health of wild populations and a reduction in disease, as each trapped cat is seen by a veterinarian and vaccinated before being released, a rebalancing of populations of small animals that have been too hunted by stray animals. cats, and an opportunity for friendly cats to enter adoption programs, without overburdening animal shelters.

The director of the Medicine Hat SPCA shelter, Tom Carney, has long believed that Medicine Hat would benefit from a spay/neuter-and-neuter program.

“There’s definitely a cat overpopulation problem in Medicine Hat,” Carney said. “Our shelter is packed. We don’t have any kind of room. Right now, I’d say we’re at about 99.5% capacity. And we started taking waiting lists for dogs and cats.

Carney, joined by his team and several other local relief organizations, previously petitioned the city to implement a TNR program, but nothing ever materialized.

“We approached the city a few years ago,” Carney said. “But the way the (responsible animal ownership) bylaw was written, the city was unable to approve a TNR program at this time.”

Carney is hopeful for the future, however, as he has recently been in contact with city officials who are re-examining the potential for a TNR program in Medicine Hat.

“We’re looking at the program,” said Dave Young, special projects manager for the city’s utility division. “We will have some changes to Responsible Animal Ownership By-Law No. 3935 to allow for the release of animals.

“It’s a project planned for later this summer or early fall. (That’s when) we would take the matter to council.

In the meantime, Skoog is mobilizing community support with his petition, which has far exceeded the initial goal of 200 signatures and is now closing in on 500.

KENDALL KING, Local Journalism Initiative reporter, Medicine Hat News

U.S. Sustainable Pet Care Products for Dogs and Cats Market Report 2022: Focus on Product Quality Driving Growth – ResearchAndMarkets.com


DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The report “Durable Dog and Cat Pet Care Products in the US, 4th Edition” has been added to from ResearchAndMarkets.com offer.

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic continues to be felt in nearly every facet of American life, even as living and working conditions return to some sense of normalcy. In the previous edition of this third quarter 2020 report, the editor had forecast a growth rate of 10% for the durable goods market for this full year, but the reality defied all expectations.

After years of low to mid-single-digit growth, the durable pet products market grew 18% in 2020 as pet owners rushed to purchase products such as gates and crates to keep confined animals while they worked from home, collars and leashes for the walks they now had time to take, and toys to entertain and interact with pets. An even bigger achievement, 2021 saw sales increase by 20% to almost $8 billion, four percentage points faster than the growth of the entire non-food pet supplies industry.

Main topics covered:


Market overview


  • Market overview

  • Marketing and new product trends

Collars, leashes and harnesses

Crates, transporters and housing

Bowls, feeders and drinkers

Fashion clothes and accessories

Litter boxes and accessories


  • Pets at the heart of life at home

  • Venture into the great outdoors

  • Online influence

  • Total well-being

  • Pets and elderly owners

  • Subscription programs

  • Private Label

  • pet technology

  • Cats: an underserved minority

  • Budget-conscious households

  • Minimize pet abandonment

Market overview

Market size and composition

  • Pandemic-induced stay-at-home trend drives double-digit growth

  • Largest durable goods category is toys at $2.6 billion

  • Table Retail Sales of Sustainable Pet Products by Category, 2016, 2020 & 2021 (Million $ and Percentage)

  • Dogs make up the lion’s share of durable goods sales

  • Market share by retail channel

Market factors

  • Pet durable goods make up nearly a third of the non-food pet supplies market

  • Pets at the heart of life at home

  • Increased focus on health and wellness

  • Inflation and supply chain issues

  • Product quality tops pet owners’ list of priorities

  • The pet population: the conundrum of “pandemic pets”

  • Technology extends the reach of the omnimarket

  • Cats are gaining representation in the market

  • Competitive trends

    • A wide range of companies competing in the durable goods market

    • The pandemic is accelerating transactions

    • Human crossings, onboard animal retailers

    • Subscription programs introduce new sustainable products

    • Amazon’s hold on the durable goods market

    • Sales and consumer influence continue to shift online

  • Look forward

    • U.S. retail sales growth moderating


  • Chapter Highlights

  • Market overview

  • Robust continued growth

  • Purchase frequency

  • Toy distributors

  • Focus on sustainability

Marketing and new product trends

  • Toys category gets a boost thanks to pandemic-related ‘play at home’ weather

  • chew toys

  • Tug Toys

  • Go get toys

  • plush toys

  • Puzzle/Stimulation Toys

  • Toys, scratchers and furniture for cats

Collars, leashes and harnesses

  • U.S. Retail Sales Moderate

  • Purchase frequency

  • Introducing the Marketer

  • Marketing and new product trends

  • Collars/leashes/harnesses in demand as more pets accompany owners

  • Focus on safety

  • Outdoor equipment

  • Products without pulling/forming

  • Elegant/decorative

  • nature friendly

  • Collars, leashes and harnesses for cats

  • Pet tracking, monitoring and more


  • A “back to normal” forecast for U.S. retail sales

  • Purchase frequency

  • Introducing the Marketer

  • Marketing and new product trends

  • function and fashion

  • Beds Cutlery/Cups

  • Design/decor beds

  • Rugs, pillows, blankets and rugs

  • Functional beds

  • Cat beds

Transporters, crates and housing

  • U.S. Retail Sales Moderate

  • Purchase frequency

  • Introducing the Marketer

  • Marketing and new product trends

  • Pet comfort, portability among key draws

  • Carriers

  • Cat containment

  • Doors and gates for pets

  • Strollers

  • Crates and niches

  • Travel products provide security on the go

Bowls, feeders and drinkers

  • U.S. Retail Sales Moderate

  • Purchase frequency

  • Introducing the Marketer

  • Marketing and new product trends

  • Pet owners choose stylish, solution-based feeders

  • Designer bowls

  • Functional feeders/drinkers

  • Automated and intelligent feeders and drinkers

  • Travel feeders/drinkers

Fashion clothes and accessories

  • Retail sales will continue to increase slightly

  • Purchase frequency

  • Introducing the Marketer

  • Marketing and new product trends

  • Merge function and mode

  • Functional clothing

  • Fashion-oriented clothing

Litter boxes and accessories

  • Retail moderation

  • Purchase frequency

  • Introducing the Marketer

  • Distributors of litter boxes and litter box accessories

  • Marketing and new product trends

  • Performance and comfort are the key words

For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/za0ykg

Volunteer Recognition Event in Palmerston North Celebrates Area ‘Angels’


Manawatū Lesbian and Gay Rights Association volunteer Matt Keen is recognized by Volunteer Central director Kate Aplin. Manawatū District Mayor Helen Worboys looks on. Photo / Kim Sargent Photography

You should never question the value of volunteers – Noah’s Ark was built by volunteers while the Titanic was built by professionals.

It was one of many jokes Palmerston North town crier Lyal Brenton made while organizing the ninth volunteer recognition event covering Manawatū, Horowhenua and Tararua last month.

The event is organized by Whatunga Tūao Volunteer Central, which has approximately 120 member organizations and 1,500 registered volunteers. Last year there were 17 recipients, but this year the number has grown to 32 – 30 volunteers, one business and one organization.

Manawatū District Mayor Helen Worboys said volunteerism is at the heart of any thriving community. Volunteering measures its success by the feel-good factor.

She told recipients that their efforts help make our communities a great place to live.
Some people want it to happen, some want it to happen, volunteers make it happen.

“You are our community angels.”

Horowhenua Mayor Bernie Wanden was at his first volunteer recognition event.

He said that as mayor, it is a privilege to see firsthand the difference volunteers make.

As a proud Rotarian of 35 years, the principle of service was not new to him but he was continually amazed by the work of volunteers.

“You are definitely making this area a better place and we sincerely thank you for that.”

Pam Good (Skills4Living), Glenys McHutchon (Skills4Living), Jill Spicer (Red Cross) and Toni Ferris (Palmerston North Community Patrol) were among the recipients.  Photo / Kim Sargent Photography
Pam Good (Skills4Living), Glenys McHutchon (Skills4Living), Jill Spicer (Red Cross) and Toni Ferris (Palmerston North Community Patrol) were among the recipients. Photo / Kim Sargent Photography

The recipients were:

Alison McPherson – Age Concern PN & Districts

Grant Perry – City Mission Palmerston North

Shirley Byron – City Mission Palmerston North

Anita Weber – English Language Partners Palmerston North and Red Cross – Pathways to Settlement / Migration Team

Mariana Alletson – Palmerston North English Language Partners

Vicky Forgie – From the Source of the Manawatū River to the Sea

Josie Brennan – Manawatū Environment Network

Beth Lew – Manawatū Food Action Network

Lance Pedersen – Foxton Beach Community Health Shuttle

Andi Leipst – Lesbian and Gay Rights Association of Manawatū

Matt Keen – Lesbian and Gay Rights Association of Manawatū

Charlotte Tichbon – Manawatū Toy Library Association

Sheen Yee Goh – Manawatū Toy Library Association

Jess Jin – Mash Trust

Kris Rutherford – Mash Trust

Louise Moss – MentorEd Charitable Trust

Vicki Brunton – MentorEd Charitable Trust

Louise Dekker – Palmerston North Community Patrol

Toni Ferris – Palmerston North Community Patrol

Jill Spicer – Red Cross

Glenys McHutchon – Skills4Living

Pam Good – Skills4Living

Patricia Hayes – Super Grans Manawatu

Judy Matthews – Manawatu Artwork

Beverley Dowling – New Zealand Animal Evacuation

Kylie Tamakaha – freelance volunteer

Alana Blair – Super Grans Manawatu

Umesh Ravji – Digits Charitable Trust

Mel Reeves – Horowhenua Kāpiti Pay it Forward Group

Kelly Fox – Horowhenua Kāpiti Wellington Traffic Updates

Booth’s Transport was nominated by Mash Trust for fulfilling Harlen’s dream of riding in a huge truck.

Menzshed Manawatū was nominated by the Manawatū Toy Library Association for repairing toys and making spares for missing parts.

Beverley Dowling (NZ Animal Evacuation), Judy Matthews (Work Manawatū) and Patricia Hayes (SuperGrans Manawatū) were among the recipients of the volunteer recognition event.  Photo / Kim Sargent Photography
Beverley Dowling (NZ Animal Evacuation), Judy Matthews (Work Manawatū) and Patricia Hayes (SuperGrans Manawatū) were among the recipients of the volunteer recognition event. Photo / Kim Sargent Photography

Animal Control – NBC Connecticut


An investigation is underway to determine who was responsible for intentionally firing fireworks at dogs in kennels at the New London Animal Shelter in Bates Wood Park on July 4.

Waterford-East Lyme Animal Control officials said they arrived at the animal shelter on Tuesday morning and “it looks like a war zone with all the firework debris spent in our parking lot.” They said there was also a patch of grass that had been set on fire overnight and several square feet of dried grass had been burned.

While clearing the kennels on Tuesday, officials said they found debris inside the kennels, which they believe means someone intentionally fired fireworks at the dogs in the kennels.

“I can only imagine how scared the 12 dogs in the kennel were last night. It’s a miserable place for animals on the best days, last night must have been unbearable,” said Waterford-East Lyme Animal Control in a Facebook post.

Although New London Police responded to the park several times on July 4, the person or persons responsible have not been located.

If you know of anyone who may have been involved, you are urged to contact New London Animal Control Officers.

Drove of Kittens pushes St. Louis-area cat rescue to the brink | St. Louis Metro News | Saint Louis

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Tim, who helps run the cat rescue, Catty Shack, along with his family, plays with kittens.

Six months ago, Sarah started making homemade t-shirts and sweatshirts.

She had never made custom shirts before. But she learned on her own. She stayed up until midnight, watching YouTube videos and learning to print designs and heat press them onto clothes.

Sarah didn’t do the merchandising for fun. She had to. Her cat rescue, Catty Shack, was running out of money. The Metro East family organization had been inundated with felines in need of rescue.

Six months later, Sarah started making goods again and selling them on their website. Her cat rescue is running out of money again, Sarah posted on Facebook last week.

But the rescue is not going bankrupt, she confirmed to the RFT. In some ways, this desperation is normal. The family shelter usually experiences financial difficulties during kitten season – the spring and summer months when many kittens are born.

“It’s just crazy,” Sarah says of kitten season. “There are kittens being born all the time, so it’s not abnormal. We’re running out of money all the time. So it’s not something special. Nothing caught fire or anything. Either – none of that. It’s just expensive with vet bills and food and all that good stuff.

Sarah demanded that RFT only use her first name, claiming an abusive cat owner was trying to track her down.

She operates the Catty Shack with her parents from their garage in Hamel, Illinois, a village of 900 people just northeast of Edwardsville. They rescue homeless, abused and abandoned cats, and help these cats find new owners. Sarah regularly has handfuls of kittens and cats running around the garage.

“I love doing it,” Sarah says, as one of her current kittens, Fuzzy Bridges, climbs onto her shoulders. “I love seeing people’s faces when they catch their cats. I love the updates people send us. I love helping cats. I love animals.”

The Catty Shack is run entirely by volunteers. Sarah says all the money they get is from donations.

But as donations slowed, the Catty Shack struggled to cover the cats’ expenses. When they ran out, Sarah had to dip into her personal funds. That’s why Sarah turned into an amateur designer, trying to raise money for the Catty Shack.

This go-around, she also crafts new keepsakes, such as color-changing glasses, coasters, and pins.

The organization owes its life to a feral colony that settled in Sarah’s parents’ backyard in 2018. The cats roamed the property and played in outdoor cat houses.

Then the cats died suddenly, victims of apparent poisoning.

The moment motivated Sarah to do more. Together with her parents, she decided to start rescuing cats. And almost instantly, Sarah started getting calls from people about their cats.

“We thought it would just be a little, ‘Oh, we’ll have a few cats here and there, whatever, whatever,'” Sarah says. “And then it kind of spiraled.”

Five years later, Sarah still keeps track of every cat that comes through her house. At one point, they had up to 17 cats in their garage, which is equipped with an incubator, quarantine kennel, cat tree and a shelf for the cats to look out of. window.

Caring for cats requires almost constant attention. Sarah and her parents play with the cats, help them socialize and take them to the vet. The kittens need to be fed every two hours, and Sarah will wake up in the middle of the night to help them.

These days, the Catty Shack has three cats in its garage — Fuzzy Bridge, Sweets McGhee and Bubba.

However, once they get rid of these newer cats, they will take a little break, Sarah says, until they find a financial footing.

“We’re hoping we’ll beef up our bank account so we don’t go, ‘Oh my God, are we going to be able to pay this month’s vet bill?'” Sarah says.

Despite the fear, Sarah says not to worry. The Catty Shack isn’t going anywhere.

“There’s nothing better than going out [to the garage] and the cats come running up to you and you saw them as tiny little things that barely made it,” she says. “They’re healthy and they’re happy and it’s very rewarding. As stressful, as awful as it can be at times, it’s the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done.

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Stop the spread of desertification


No matter where you live, increasingly frequent heat waves and droughts can make your hometown feel like a desert. And you might not be wrong: deserts make up more of the planet than they did a few decades ago, and that number continues to grow. Although the area classified as desert is expanding, technically speaking, what is happening is the degradation of other types of desert landscapes. This process of degradation of drylands is called desertification. And in many cases, this is not just a natural phenomenon, but the result of human activity.


The word desert conjures up images of sandy expanses devoid of vegetation under a scorching sun – places like the Sahara or the Gobi. But deserts are not always hot. And although they often appear sterile, they are never truly lifeless. The one characteristic common to all deserts is that they are dry. A desert is generally defined as an area of ​​land that receives no more than 10 inches of precipitation per year. Although there are many types of deserts, this drought usually creates harsh conditions. Drought, extreme temperature variations and other desert conditions limit ecosystem productivity. Although the result may seem barren, desert systems are often quite complex. However, they are also quite vulnerable to degradation. Damage to slow-growing plants and delicate desert soil can take decades or even centuries to heal.

growing deserts

Deserts exist on all continents and cover approximately one-fifth of the Earth’s land area. They are currently home to around 1 billion people, or one-sixth of the Earth’s population. More than 2.3 billion people are already facing water stress, but within 50 years, a third of the world’s population will live in areas with hot conditions close to the Sahara. The number and duration of droughts have increased by 29% since 2000. By 2050, droughts could affect more than three-quarters of the world’s population, perhaps even where you live. Regardless of the quality of water infrastructure, developed countries are not immune to the effects of climate change. Climate change-induced drought is causing more and more parts of the world to experience desert-like rainfall patterns.


Through climate change, desertification is ultimately the result of human activity. But more directly, desertification results from the degradation of dryland ecosystems through overexploitation and inappropriate land use. The main mechanisms of desertification are deforestation, overgrazing and intensive agriculture.

It may seem that not much can be done to prevent desertification. Because it results from land use decisions and farming practices, government officials and farmers appear to be in control. But everyone has a carbon footprint they can reduce, and everyone eats food. Individual actions and consumer choices contribute to the problem. And that means individuals can help solve it.

Stop desertification

More than half of all deforestation results from the expansion of agricultural land for agriculture, mining and drilling. Once land is cleared for agriculture, it further degrades in two ways. Industrial farming practices damage the soil of croplands, and overgrazing further degrades the soil where livestock are raised. Conversion to pasture contributes more to deforestation than conversion to cropland. But soy grown as fodder is a primary crop contributing to deforestation, meaning even cropland conversion is linked to animal agriculture. Thus, eating less meat is one of the most important steps individuals can take to preserve natural habitats and prevent desertification. Look for more sustainable choices when eating meat and try to support regenerative agriculture every time you shop.

You can help prevent the spread of degraded land closer to home by learning how to protect your local watershed, not contribute to diffuse water pollution, and properly manage stormwater on your own property. Urban expansion is not as important a factor as agriculture and industry. But in fragile ecosystems, it can contribute to desertification. If you live in a dry or sensitive area, pay attention to local elections and vote for candidates who support sustainable development and land use planning.

When you get out into nature, learn to hike and camp responsibly to avoid erosion and wildfires. Even better than leaving no trace is to make improvements to lands that have already been impacted by human activity. Support habitat restoration and reforestation projects, either by getting involved directly as a volunteer or by donating to programs like Canopy Project. In your home and landscapes, use water wisely. Minimize lawn areas and if you live in a dry climate, consider xeriscaping instead of a traditional garden.

St. Joseph Animal Shelter Overcapacity, Needs More Adopted and Foster Pets | New


(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) If you’ve ever considered owning a rescue dog or cat and can afford to care for it, now is the time to adopt.

“We’ve had a hard time, you know, making space and we’re an open admissions shelter. So that means even when our last cage is full, we can’t say no, we can’t refuse. animals,” said Aubrey Silvey of St. Joseph Animal Control and Rescue.

St. Joseph’s Animal Shelter is currently over capacity ahead of the July 4 holiday. And since fireworks can scare pets, the shelter needs enough space to accommodate any dogs or cats that run away from their home.

“Before the fireworks start, make sure your fence is secure. If your dogs are going to be outside, if you can keep them on a leash, that’s even better because they’re going to be scared. Make sure make sure they carry tags with current phone numbers,” Silvey said.

And if you don’t have the capacity to fully adopt a pet, fostering is always an option that helps the shelter make more room.

“So when we’re short on space here, we have opportunities outside of the shelter for temporary placement,” said Cara Campbell, a volunteer for Friends of the Animal Shelter.

In an attempt to solve the overcrowding problem, the Friends of the Animal Sanctuary have a deal for anyone who adopts.

“FOTAS is sponsoring $10 adoptions which will continue through Saturday July 9th. And so $10 will cover your basic medical bills and your municipal license if you live within the city limits of St. Joseph,” Campbell said.

And an important note in case you have a missing dog or cat…

“If your dog is missing, what you want to do is go to our website and select stray. And on that page it will show every stray dog, every stray cat. Every pet we get will keep it for five days if he doesn’t have tags, then after that he’s placed for adoption. So if your pet is missing, you really need to check every day,” Silvey said.

The animal shelter just wants pet owners or anyone who has thought about adopting or adopting to understand the impact it has on the shelter and the animals.

“We’re doing everything we can, but we’re relying on foster families, you know, adopters to come and take these animals away from us so we can continue to help more. And so we’re staying incredibly full. And we’re relying on the community to help us get these animals back into homes,” Silvey said.

Dog dies protecting children from cougar – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth


A family dog ​​died a hero while protecting four children from a mountain lion in their backyard.

On June 14, Virginia Havens of Idaho Springs, Colorado, was cooking dinner while her children, ages 11, 8, 7 and 4, played in the yard and their father, Daniel, cleaned the car.

Suddenly, their 2-year-old dog, Lady, a pit bull-chihuahua mix, started barking aggressively in the yard.

“I heard my husband yelling ‘Come home now’ and my kids yelling ‘Wolf!'” said Havens, 37. TODAY Parents, adding that she ran to her front door. “I had a surreal moment where I was like, ‘Am I seeing what I think I’m seeing?'”

A “huge” mountain lion, which Haven estimated to be at least five feet long, faced Lady.

According to Havens, Lady charged the lion and animals started to fight while the family ran inside.

Lady died as she lived, with absolute love and devotion to her family.
Courtesy of Virginia Havens

Havens wanted to run back to help Lady, but it was too dangerous, so she fled to her daughter’s room on the second floor. There she opened the window and threw a pair of pink roller skates at the cat, to distract him from the bloody fight with Lady.

“I was freaked out and my kids were crying,” said Havens, who called 911 from home.

Officers arrived within five minutes and fired three non-lethal shotgun blasts, two of which hit the lion, forcing it to retreat into the mountains.

The Havens family in Colorado lost their dog Lady after fighting a mountain lion in their backyard.
Courtesy of Virginia Havens

Idaho Springs Police Chief Nathan Buseck told TODAY Parents that animal-on-animal attacks do not require the use of lethal force, although a response officer was ready to shoot the lion with a gun if the family had been in danger.

Lady survived the 20-minute fight and as she trotted home, Havens held out hope, despite her injuries.

“She was bloody and had a hole in her skull,” Havens recalled. “As she got closer I could see her right eye bulging and she was having trouble breathing.”

Havens picked up her dog and wrapped her in a towel. The family went to Evolution Veterinary Specialists, a nearby veterinary hospital.

Lady was taken to triage, where doctors said her outlook was bleak.

“She had three holes in her skull and the underside of her muzzle was punctured, which is why she couldn’t breathe well,” Havens explained. “Doctors could not guarantee that she would survive the night.”

The Havens family made the devastating decision to take Lady down.

The Havens children mourn the loss of their dog Lady.
Courtesy of Virginia Havens

“Doctors gave Lady painkillers but she was moaning uncontrollably,” an emotional Havens said, adding that she had prepared her children for Lady’s “owies”.

“The kids were in a puddle of tears, but seeing Lady like this also helped them understand the reason for letting her go,” Havens said. “We said goodbye and hugged Lady and thanked her.”

Havens said park rangers informed his family that the lion was unlikely to return because he had not killed.

According to Native animal rescue refuge in Santa Cruz, California, once the lions have killed their prey, they eat the carcass until they are full, then bury the rest. After a period of fasting, they return and continue to eat.

Havens is comforted by the unlikelihood of the cat’s return, but she is wary of allowing her children to play in the yard as they have for nine years. According to Buseck, it’s not uncommon for a mountain lion to enter a residential yard, though bears tend to be a bigger problem in the area.

While Lady will never be replaced, the family has welcomed another dog into their home: a puppy named Boaz.

A picture of Lady now hangs on the Havens wall.

“Lady was our little angel,” Havens said. “She was a warrior.”

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Winner of July Coachella Valley Spotlight: Living Free Animal Sanctuary


Living Free Animal Sanctuary is a non-profit organization that gives animals a second chance. It is a no-kill animal sanctuary whose primary mission is to rescue and rehabilitate time-lapsed dogs and cats in public shelters. Ultimately, finding them their forever home.

Once the rescuers arrive, they undergo a full medical examination and receive treatment. They are sterilized and sterilized if necessary. In addition, they benefit from safe cage-free rehabilitation and socialization. However, the organization is not authorized to take animals from the civilian public.

There are approximately 110 cats and 40 dogs at the shelter who are cared for. If for some reason an animal is not adopted, the shelter will care for it for the rest of its life.

Living Free is also home to War Horse Creek, an immersive transition training program using rescued wild mustangs to help veterans adjust to civilian life.

The non-profit organization was founded by Emily Jo Beard in 1980 as one of the nation’s first privately funded non-killing animal sanctuaries. It is located on 155 acres at 54250 Keep Camp Road, Mountain Center, CA 92561.

If you want to help Living Free’s mission, you can donate, volunteer or adopt a pet.

Understaffed Jefferson Animal Shelter Struggles Under Wave Of Stray, Abandoned Animals | New


Finding a home for a toy-sized dog or puppy was an easy task at Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter.

“Two years ago, there were people fighting in the parking lot to adopt a small dog,” says Michelle Brignac, the director of the shelter.

But now the shelter can barely get them out. And a room that Brignac said was “very rarely full” is packed with dozens of little yelping canines.

It’s one of the markers of a slowdown in pet adoptions that has filled shelters across Louisiana to the brim and officials begging the public to open their homes to animals in need.

Cats wake up from a nap at the Jefferson Parish animal shelter in Harvey on Tuesday, June 28, 2022.

The Jefferson Parish shelter takes in 70 to 100 animals each week, but only sees about eight adopted each week, Brignac said. It’s an unsustainable equation, and if adoptions don’t resume, Brignac said the shelter may have to turn to euthanasia to make room; at the moment, the shelter only kills aggressive or sick animals.

At the beginning of June, the shelter stopped letting owners return their pets, in order to maintain a shelter space for stray animals.

Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter

Michelle Brignac, director of the Jefferson Parish animal shelter, poses with Bootsie the kitten at Harvey’s shelter on Tuesday, June 28, 2022.

“We’re barely there,” Brignac said. “We empty the ocean with a spoon.”

Worse still, Hurricane Ida wiped out the parish’s east shore shelter in Elmwood with flooding that caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage and rendered the site unusable. A new “animal eutopia” was already in the works for the eastern shore, but it won’t be operational for at least 2 and a half years, Brignac said.

To make ends meet, the government agency Jefferson Protection & Animal Welfare Services has set up a temporary shelter in Fat City. But it closed after its windows were smashed in an apparent act of vandalism.

This left the government’s West Bank refuge in Harvey as the only public option. It can hold about 250 large dogs. There are currently about 208 of them, Brignac said, and most of them are “bully breeds,” like pitbull mixes, which some homeowners associations and apartment complexes don’t allow.

Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter

One-eyed Jonny Boy looks on from his enclosure at Jefferson Parish Animal Sanctuary in Harvey on Tuesday, June 28, 2022.

Even if the east bank shelter were operational, the agency wouldn’t have enough staff to staff it adequately, Brignac said. The shelter has parochial funding for 57 positions, but only 30 are filled. No one is applying for the open jobs, Brignac said.

The staff shortage means it takes the shelter longer to clean the kennels and less time for the dogs to run outside. Brignac said dogs only spend an average of eight minutes a day outdoors).

Jefferson Parish is supposed to have nine human officers to investigate dog attacks, rescue sick animals and investigate allegations of animal cruelty. But only two positions filled.

“It’s almost like we’re facing the perfect storm – after the storm,” Brignac said.

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Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter

Lillian Lynch, 18, cleans cat enclosures at the Jefferson Parish animal shelter in Harvey on Tuesday, June 28, 2022.

Working in a shelter is emotionally, physically and mentally draining, Brignac said. And it’s often dirty. Brignac joked that some of their canines looked like “caca-casso”.

But the work can also be rewarding, especially when an animal finds a home. “We see the best in humanity and the worst,” Brignac said.

Struggles are not unique to Jefferson Parish.

St. Tammany also stretched

“We are filled to the brim,” said Michael Vinsanau, spokesman for St. Tammany Parish Government Administration. “We welcome more animals, and [fewer] the animals come out.

Some of these animals were adopted during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic — and are now being brought back by their owners — Vinsanau said. He attributes the returns to rising inflation.

The St. Tammany shelter was sending 10 to 20 animals a week to shelters in the northeast, which historically have more room. But that slows down as these shelters fill up.

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St. Tammany’s shelter does not euthanize animals for space, and Vinsanau said staff members will do “everything in our power, plus certain not to come to that.”

Over the past few weeks, shelter staff have taken to Facebook to implore the public to adopt or foster animals.

For those who want to house an animal for a few days, which frees up space at the shelter, the Jefferson Parish agency provides the necessary food, toys and blankets, Brignac said.

Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter

Potential adopters look at dogs at Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter in Harvey on Tuesday, June 28, 2022.

And he’s always looking for volunteers to help fill the void.

“I had no idea there was such a huge need,” said Sarah Goodwin, who recently volunteered with her 13-year-old daughter Maddie.

Brignac, who took over the management of the Jefferson agency three years ago, takes care of herself, cleaning the kennels, instead of camping in her office. His staff recently received their shirts which read “Chaos Director”.

“As long as I am here, I will not let the ship sink,” she said.

Could you give this cat a home


ARWEN is a long-haired domestic tortoiseshell cat looking for a new home.

The cat, born in January 2013, is currently being cared for at the Sanctuary for All Creatures, Large and Small Animals, near Ponthir.

A spokesperson said: “Arwen came to us in May 2022. She requires a specialist home with feral cat experience.

“Arwen’s previous owner told us that she came from a family when she was very young (18 months) and that she had been abused. Therefore, we now believe that is why Arwen don’t trust humans.

“Arwen has been living primarily as an indoor cat since 2013. Her owner is very understanding of her space and responsiveness. Arwen’s previous owner told us that she likes to follow her around the house and curls up in next to her on the sofa, in the evenings.

“As Arwen had lived in her previous home for nine years, we believe it will take a long time to bring her back to this point. She needs the utmost patience and understanding.

“Arwen won’t tolerate being picked up and she was never a ‘lap cat’. Arwen loved playing with a laser in her old house and loved toys. Arwen had the garden in her old house but she chose not to venture further than that.

“Arwen is litter trained and is very tidy in her cabin here with us. Arwen does not meow according to her previous owner and is a very calm cat.”

For more details go to www.allcreaturesgreatandsmall.org.uk/

Meet Wyatt Earp of the St. Cats and Dogs of Nay Aug Zoo


In this week’s 16 To The Rescue, we meet an older cat who is often overlooked due to his age and shyness.

SCRANTON, Pa. — Despite his shy personality, Wyatt Earp will never say no to belly rubs or scratches behind his ear. And after living here at the St. Cats and Dogs of Nay Aug Zoo, Wyatt is more than ready to be adopted.

“He gets overlooked sometimes because he might not come right up to you and he’s a darker color, but he’s actually very friendly. He’s missing an eye but he doesn’t even mind a He’s definitely meant to be a lap cat,” said Katrina Organ, St. Cats and Dogs of Nay Aug Zoo.

Wyatt’s eye requires no further medical attention and there is no risk of infection. The volunteers think it was like that long before he came to live here. Wyatt was brought in after his owner passed away, and although he was very scared at first, he is better now.

“I love petting him. He loves people, he loves attention. We actually had a volunteer take him home, but unfortunately they have a dog, even though it was a small dog that didn’t didn’t mind, he didn’t do well with it,” Organ said.

So no dogs, but Wyatt does well with other cats. He would certainly be happier in a quiet house, though.

“A perfect home would definitely be a home with adults, maybe older kids. I wouldn’t say little kids either because he likes to cuddle me, not play with me so much,” Organ said.

Wyatt takes a while to get to know new people, but the volunteers know he’s worth it, which is why they wanted to feature him this week.

“We’re really pleased to have introduced him. Again because he’s just a bit of an older, darker colored cat, we think he’s often overlooked, so we’re hoping for this little chance to shine will find him the home he deserves,” Orgue said.

You can find Wyatt’s adoption information by clicking here.

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