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These lucky dogs get to have a pool party

All dogs go to Heaven, but lucky dogs go to this daycare. A doggy daycare in Maybee, Michigan, is giving pooches top-notch treatment while their owners are away. The facility,...

Emergency planning for pets urged by South Island Pets Team

Residents of B.C.'s west coast are familiar with the reminders to be prepared for a large scale earthquake — something experts say is a near certainty — pet owners are being reminded to include things for their animals in their emergency preparedness kits. If they have a favourite toy maybe pick him up another one that looks just like it, a blanket or a shirt that smells like you, extra food for ...

Unusual pets

From goats to hyenas, the unusual pets people keep.

Grieving stray dogs attend funeral, pay respects to woman who fed local animals

For much of her life, Margarita Suarez fed and cared for stray dogs and cats in Merida Yucatan, Mexico.

Get ready for some feline fun! Cat show returning to Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY – Get ready for some feline fun, Oklahoma! More than 100 cats and household pets are coming to Oklahoma to compete for prizes at the annual Oklahoma City Cat Club show. Show manager Janis Walkingstick says various breeds of cats will be shown at the event. “We’re hoping all the interest about cats […]

Music could help relax cats at the vet

Chuck Bednar for - @BednarChuck Taking a cat to the vet can be quite an adventure, but research published Monday in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery suggests that music could soothe a feline patient, ideally making the entire experience of caring for your pets somewhat less of an ordeal. Researchers from University of Lisbon and a veterinary clinic in the Portuguese town ...

Roaming domestic cats should be brought to heel

The ACT Domestic Animals Act 2000 provides the mechanism for targeted, practical and effective action against a key threat to at-risk species: roaming domestic cats, and Canberra is well placed to be a national leader on this issue.

Dogs attack and injure 2 children and 2 adults in Norfolk

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Police say three dogs are under quarantine after they attacked and injured two children and two adults in Norfolk.

Fashion Art of People and their Pets Makes its Mark in Contemporary Art

A Collection of fashion oil paintings, "Fashionable People & Fashionable Pets", Debuts at Art Expo New York, 2015 by leading fashion artist, Barbara Tyler Ahlfield. This Collection is her newest following her nomination as one of The Top 50 Emerging Artists of 2014 in Art Business News. (PRWeb March 31, 2015) Read the full story at

Cats find classical music 'cool'

Washington, Mar.31 (ANI): A new study has revealed that classical music helps calm and tolerant cats during the surgery. According to the research by veterinary clinicians at the University of Lisbon and a clinic in the nearby town of Barreiro in Portugal, music was likewise beneficial for cats in the surgical environment. The results showed that the cats were in a more relaxed state (as ...

Complaint: Dangerous dogs being released by city

Animal shelter dogs that have maimed and/or killed are still allowed to be adopted

Where has your love for your pets gone?

There are only a few animal welfare groups and a handful of individuals rescuing, homing and feeding abandoned pets across the UAE. Because of the sheer number of abandoned pets, the money raised is never enough. Dr Sana Peeran of Zabeel Veterinary Hospital in Dubai said that people migrating to the UAE with their pets or those who buy or adopt animals in the UAE must take their responsibility ...

Lucas County Dogs for Adoption: 3-31

Dogs remain available at the Lucas County Canine Care & Control Office, 410 South Erie St., Toledo. For information, call 419-213-2800.

Cats display limited interest in mice

I made it through winter without seeing a single mouse in my house, which I had heretofore attributed to living with five cats. I know now that this theory is folly.

More than 100 dogs removed from Champaign County property

Shelters across Southwest Ohio are working to take care of more than 100 animals removed from a home, one of the largest seizures in Champaign County.

Rock Cats to Hold Job Fair on Saturday

New Britain, CT- The New Britain Rock Cats Baseball Club, the Double-A Eastern League Affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, will hold its annual Job Fair at New Britain Stadium on Saturday, April 4 from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM. The Rock Cats are seeking applicants to fill a wide range of seasonal, game day positions and looking for upbeat, fan-friendly individuals to help them make this new baseball ...

Stray Dogs Visit Animal Lover's Funeral to Mourn

A pack of dogs who never met Maria Suarez in life, came to mourn her in death

Cats chill out while listening to tunes

Brooks Hays LISBON, Portugal, March 30 (UPI) -- A study shows music helps cats relax, even as they're strapped to a table about to have their reproductive capabilities taken forever.

Federal bill could protect pets under Personal Protection Orders

Legislation being discussed in Congress would expand a Personal Protection Order to include pets of domestic violence victims.

Pack of Stray Dogs Stand Guard at Animal Lover's Funeral

At the funeral for Margarita Su??rez in Cuernavaca Morelos, Mexico, there was a pack of stray dogs who came inside the funeral home and stood guard.

Family say dog Snowbell was nearly blinded by Pets at Home grooming session

Terry Maughan, 20, paid £36 for his terrier Snowbell to have the treatment. When he took his beloved pooch home he was shocked to see the dog struggling to breathe and unable to open her eyes.

'Impractical' to use Medical Detection Dogs? Wrong

Doctors and scientists worldwide are putting their faith in dogs' ability to sniff out cancer - so it's time Cancer Research UK changed its attitude towards them

Cats relax to the sound of music

( SAGE Publications ) It is widely accepted that, in humans, music confers numerous benefits. An extensive body of research indicates that these benefits extend even to patients under general anesthesia, and include reduced perceived pain, anxiety and stress.

Cats Gold claim silver

Cats Gold came up short of winning the Brandon-based club’s 16-and-under girls’ volleyball tournament at the Healthy Living Centre on Sunday. Mady Beaubier had five kills, while Kaelyn Walker added three as the Cats Gold fell 2-0 (25-18, 25-14) to Dynamo in Sunday’s final.

Exclusive Photos: See Why Dancing's Michael and Peta Are the Goofiest Pair

Exclusive Photos: See Why Dancing's Michael and Peta Are the Goofiest Pair Dancing with the Starscontestant Michael Sam might be a big, tough football player, but he's not above enjoying cucumber facials with his partner Peta Murgatroyd. In our exclusive photos, the duo takes us behind the scenes from spas and selfies to Week 4's run-through. Check them out! ... Read More > Other Links From Dancing with the Stars Michael Sam Peta Murgatroyd

Dogs left to starve in Southland garage

The occupants of an Ohai property have ducked and dodged Southland District Council to avoid prosecution after two dogs nearly starved to death in their garage, council staff say.

Easter treats a no-no for pets

Easter is right around the corner but you need to hide the sweets and chocolate from your pets as well as your children.

Cats have high hopes for classy Nakia Cockatoo

Cats are re-generating into a more complete team like the reigning premier Hawks.

Call for action over obese pets

VETS are calling for more action to be taken over pet obesity following a rise in overweight animals.The latest PDSA animal wellbeing report reveals that four out of five vets have seen an increase in pet obesity cases in the last two years.And pet owners in the West Midlands are said to be the worst offenders for giving their animals high calorie treats with 68 per cent regularly feeding them ...

Animal shelters let kids cozy up to pets at summer camps

Children who love to dance, act or play sports have summer camps specialized just for them. But many parents don't realize that kids who are passionate about pets can have the same immersive experience. ...

Animal shelters let kids cozy up to pets at summer camps

In this Monday, March 16, 2015 photo, Ashley Carter, 14, looks at a red-tailed boa constrictor during the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA spring kids camp in Phoenix. Thousands of youngsters from 6 to 17 will attend similar summer camps this year at hundreds of animal shelters across the country. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Children who love to dance, act or play sports have summer camps specialized just for them. But many parents don't realize that kids who are passionate about pets can have the same immersive experience.

Heave, ho: Elephants rescue 18-wheeler stranded on Louisiana road

Two elephants support a stranded eighteen-wheel truck in danger of tipping over in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana in this handout photo When an 18-wheeler truck became stranded by the side of a Louisiana road, two elephants inside came to the rescue. Sheriff's deputies in Natchitoches Parish on Tuesday morning received a call about a stuck truck. The truck's driver, also an elephant trainer, walked the elephants out of the cargo compartment and directed them to help prop up the vehicle, sheriff's Captain Tony Moran said in an interview. The truck had pulled over on an interstate shoulder near Powhatan, Louisiana, about an hour south of Shreveport.

Lombardy, the new Caspian for caviar

Lombardy, the new Caspian for caviar With pools 85 times the size of the nearby pitches where Rugby Calvisano plays, the company Agro Ittica Lombarda is putting this northern Italian town on the map again -- as the world's top caviar producer. The world's most prized caviar comes from wild sturgeon in the Caspian Sea. Agro Ittica was the first sturgeon farmer in Europe and well positioned in 1998 when under CITES, the international convention to protect endangered species, fishing of the Caspian sturgeon was restricted, then banned outright in 2010. While most consumers associate caviar with Russia, Agro Ittica points out that sturgeons were historically found in many parts of the world, including Italy.

Washington goose poop prompts officials maybe to let the dogs out

File photo of Canada Geese fly by the U.S. flags at the base of the Washington Monument, in Washington The U.S. Park Service is weighing using dogs to drive off Canada geese that each foul the U.S. capital's National Mall with up to three pounds (1.4 kg) of droppings a day, the agency said on Tuesday. The Park Service is considering using border collies to harass the large and growing population of Canada geese from tourist draws like the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, the Washington Monument grounds and John F. Kennedy Hockey Fields. The droppings damage pumps and filters of the Reflecting Pool, degrade the park and are a potential public health hazard, the Park Service said in a statement. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said that local populations of Canada geese were increasing rapidly throughout the lower 48 U.S. states.

PETA Claims Warner Bros. 'Harry Potter' Studio Tour Mistreats Owls

Footage from the animal rights group posted to YouTube claims to show "owls who were clearly distressed were suspended in tiny cages and repeatedly forced to perform demeaning tricks."

As Forests Burn, Conservationists Launch Global Wildlife Rescue (Op-Ed)

As Forests Burn, Conservationists Launch Global Wildlife Rescue (Op-Ed) Jeremy Radachowsky is assistant director for the Latin American and Caribbean Program at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). In 1998, in one of my first real experiences in the tropics, I volunteered as a research assistant to track tapirs in Corcovado National Park. As the months wore on, I watched as the forest understory withered and the creek beds dried up. But that year, the effects of El Niño were more extreme.

Poachers slaughter 30 elephants in DR Congo

File photo shows an African elephant in the Waly Bai area of the Nouabale Ndoki National Park, Republic of Congo, on May 22, 2012 Ivory-hungry poachers have killed 30 elephants in a Congolese national park in the past two weeks, park authorities said Monday, adding that the culprits were likely Sudanese militia. News of the Garamba National Park slaughter came as wildlife experts warned at a major summit in Botswana that elephants could become extinct with a few decades if poaching continues. Sudanese raiders are suspected of killing the endangered pachyderms, conservation director at African Parks Jean Marc Froment said. "We have a group of north Sudanese coming inside the park, spreading in small groups and during 15 days they killed 30 elephants," said Froment, whose group co-manages Garamba National Park, located in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Humans Butchered Elephants 500,000 Years Ago, Ancient Tool Suggests

Humans Butchered Elephants 500,000 Years Ago, Ancient Tool Suggests Stone tools that are half a million years old have been unearthed in Israel — and they still have traces of elephant fat clinging to them. Though anthropologists had strongly suspected that early humans used tools to break down a carcass for its muscle, fat and marrow, "there was no smoking gun to show that the stone tools were, indeed, used for these kinds of tasks," said study co-author Ran Barkai, a professor of archaeology at Tel Aviv University in Israel.

Czechs deploy wild horses from Britain to save biodiversity

In this photo taken on Monday, March 16, 2015, one of the 14 wild mares from Britain’s Exmoor National Park rests in an enclosure near the village of Milovice, Czech Republic. Twenty-five years ago it was a military zone where occupying Soviet troops held exercises. Today it’s a sanctuary inhabited by wild animals that scientists hope will improve biodiversity among local plants as well as save endangered species. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) MILOVICE, Czech Republic (AP) — Twenty-five years ago it was a military zone where occupying Soviet troops held exercises. Today it's a sanctuary inhabited by wild animals that scientists hope will improve biodiversity among local plants as well as save endangered species.

Dozen whales die after Australia stranding

A stranded pilot whale in Bunbury harbour, south of Perth, Western Australia, on March 23, 2015 Twelve whales died on Monday after stranding themselves against a rocky breakwater on Australia's west coast, with experts working hard to save another four. The pod of long-finned pilot whales got into trouble in Bunbury harbour, 175 kilometres (110 miles) south of Perth, Western Australia's Department of Parks and Wildlife said. The department's nature conservation leader Kim Williams said 12 whales had died, and six had been herded out to sea by small boats. "Unfortunately one of these whales has re-stranded and is being taken out to deeper water again, while the other three are not swimming strongly and there is a chance they will also re-strand." Williams said it was hoped that the released whales would join another pod of 15 long-finned pilot whales which has been swimming in the area all day.

Sri Lanka promotes former general who defeated Tigers to field marshal

Former army chief and defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka waves at his supporters during a political rally in Colombo By Shihar Aneez COLOMBO (Reuters) - A former Sri Lankan army general who led the military to victory in a 26-year war against Tamil Tiger separatists and later served time in jail was elevated to become the nation's first five-star field marshal on Sunday. Sarath Fonseka had won a pardon in January from newly elected President Maithripala Sirisena after being convicted by the government of former President Machinate Rajapaksa of offences ranging from corruption to engaging in politics in uniform. Fonseka's promotion could help Sirisena gain the confidence of the military and strengthen the president's position versus Rajapaksa in a future election. The 64-year old veteran, dressed in his uniform, walked to a special red-carpeted stage in front of Sirisena to hear the reading of his 40 years of military achievements and receive the field marshal baton.

Nevada wildlife managers reject ban on coyote-hunting contests

A coyote walks in Yellowstone National Park Nevada wildlife managers on Friday voted down a proposal that would have banned hunts offering cash and prizes for slaughtering coyotes in competitions across Western states that conservationists decry as "killing contests." In December, California became the first U.S. state to prohibit inducements like money and merchandise for hunting events of wild animals including coyotes, foxes, bobcats and other creatures classified in the state as fur-bearers and non-game mammals. The recent push by wildlife advocates to outlaw hunting contests for wild animals like coyotes, which are considered nuisances allowed to be shot on sight in most of the West, comes as increasing numbers of competitions are held in states such as Nevada, California, Idaho, New Mexico and Oregon.

Green sea turtles recover in Florida, Mexico

In the waters of the west Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, green turtles are found from Texas to Massachusetts, as well as the US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico The move comes after decades of efforts to save one of world's largest breed of sea turtles, Chelonia mydas, which have been on the endangered species list since 1978. "The proposal to revise the status of green sea turtles breeding in Florida and Mexico from endangered to threatened shows that conservation is making a difference, and once again demonstrates the effectiveness of the Endangered Species Act in protecting and recovering our most at-risk species," said US Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe.

Dogs by the hour: Japan offers pet rental service

Rino Kakinuma, 7, plays with toy poodles, beagles and a golden retriever at the Dog Heart cafe in Tokyo, February 22, 2015 In crowded Tokyo you can rent a mutt for a few hours of wet noses and unconditional loving from Man's Best Friend. For seven-year-old Rino Kakinuma, surrounded by toy poodles and beagle pups, it is the perfect solution -- a fortnightly chance to play with her four-legged friends. "She really likes dogs but our home is not suitable for pets," her father Shinji Kakinuma tells AFP. "I was a bit sad for her so I looked for places where she could hang out with dogs." Rina and her father are not alone.

French court clears foie gras producer of cruelty

Force-feeding ducks to make foie gras is legal in France, but the European Union ruled in 2011 that birds cannot be kept in individual cages and gave farms until the end of 2015 to comply Le Roche-sur-Yon (France) (AFP) - A French court on Thursday cleared a foie gras producer accused by animal rights activists of "acts of cruelty" for the conditions in which it force-fed its birds. The case targeted one of France's best-known producers, Ernest Soulard, a company based in the western Vendee province which supplies top restaurants including Le Fouquet's and George V in Paris. It was brought by animal rights group L214, which released a video in 2013 claiming to show the conditions at farms under contract to Ernest Soulard, with ducks confined in individual cages, barely able to move. The video prompted top chefs, including multi-Michelin-starred Joel Robuchon and Britain's Gordon Ramsay, to suspend their orders with the company.

Costumed 'goose' thanks Prince Charles in front of White House

In 2008, Prince Charles said he had ordered his personal chefs to stop buying foie gras An animal rights activist wearing a goose costume thanked Britain's Prince Charles in front of the White House on Thursday for his opposition to foie gras. "Charlie is my darling for banning foie gras from royal menus," read a placard held up by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals activist. "We wanted to thank him for his kindness and for setting a good example," the activist, Ashley Byrne, told AFP. In 2008, Prince Charles said he had ordered his personal chefs to stop buying foie gras.

Tiger meat, bear paws openly available in Laos: NGO

A resort complex in northwest Laos targeting Chinese visitors has become a "lawless playground" for the trade in illegal wildlife ranging from tiger meat to bear paws, an advocacy group says A resort complex in northwest Laos targeting Chinese visitors has become a "lawless playground" for the trade in illegal wildlife ranging from tiger meat to bear paws, an advocacy group said Thursday. Customers "can openly buy endangered species products" in the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone on the border between Laos, Myanmar and Thailand in Laos' Bokeo province, according to a report by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).

Pumped-up India braced for Tigers challenge

India's Suresh Raina dives to make the crease during the Cricket World Cup Pool B match against Zimbabwe at Eden Park on March 14, 2015 Defending champions India look to tighten their iron grip both on the World Cup and on Bangladesh when the two neighbours meet in Melbourne for a semi-final spot Thursday. India have reached the quarter-finals with six wins in six pool games, bowling out the opposition every time. They have defeated Bangladesh 24 times since their first meeting in 1998 and have lost just three -- although one of those came in the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean which led to India's early exit. Suresh Raina, whose unbeaten 110 helped India chase down Zimbabwe's 288-run target for a hard-fought six-wicket win in their concluding pool game in Auckland last weekend, says the Indians are ready to "express themselves." It's been a marathon buildup for India in defence of their World Cup crown, starting last November for their win-less Test and one-day matches in Australia.

Mystery of Darwin's strange South American mammals solved

An artist's rendering shows the South American native ungulate Macrauchenia patachonica By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - To 19th century British naturalist Charles Darwin, they were the strangest animals yet discovered, one looking like a hybrid of a hippo, rhino and rodent and another resembling a humpless camel with an elephant's trunk. Ever since Darwin first collected their fossils about 180 years ago, scientists had been baffled about where these odd South American beasts that went extinct just 10,000 years ago fit on the mammal family tree. Researchers said on Wednesday a sophisticated biochemical analysis of bone collagen extracted from fossils of the two mammals, Toxodon and Macrauchenia, demonstrated that they were related to the group that includes horses, tapirs and rhinos. Some scientists previously thought the two herbivorous mammals, the last of a successful group called South American ungulates, were related to mammals of African origin like elephants and aardvarks or other South American mammals like armadillos and sloths.

Nevada bill would allow sick pets to use medical marijuana

Pets might soon be able to use pot under a bill introduced Tuesday in the Nevada Legislature. Democratic Sen. Tick Segerblom is sponsoring the measure that would allow animal owners to get marijuana for ...
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