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Pet rescue seeks humane response to feral cat problem

WATERLOO | A local pet rescue is hoping the Cedar Valley will wrap its paws around a new way of dealing with a growing population of wild cats.

China bans ivory carving imports for one year

China is the world's largest consumer of illegal ivory, according to conservationists Beijing has imposed a one-year ban on imports of ivory carvings, but questions remained Friday on its effect on rising Chinese demand, which critics say could push wild African elephants to extinction within a generation. The move comes days ahead of a visit to China by Britain's Prince William, who has campaigned against illegal wildlife trafficking and is expected to speak on the issue during a stop in the southwestern province of Yunnan next Wednesday. The measure took effect Thursday and was announced by China's State Forestry Administration in a statement posted on its website. China is a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites), but conservationists say it is the world's largest consumer of illegal ivory, with skyrocketing demand leading to the slaughter of tens of thousands of African elephants each year.

Vet offers tips to stop cats from scratching furniture

A retired veterinarian gives us her best advice on furniture scratching and scratching posts.

Dogs Were "Poisoned" by Purina Food, Owner Says

It started with a phone call from his wife: We're out of dog food. 

Cat Haven offers free cats in WA

The Perth Cat Haven is bursting at the seams, prompting a special offer of free cat adoptions.

Lucas County Dogs for Adoption: 2-27

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

‘Pervy’ teacher claims cats opened bottles of lube

First it was crossword puzzles — now it’s his cats. The Riverdale prep school teacher on trial for allegedly having sex with his 16-year-old student came up with yet another...

Translator for Cats

Translator for FREE cats!Would you like to say something to your cat and to understand you?After examining many meows of dog, meowing...

Joaquin Phoenix Stars in PETA Dog-Leather Expose

The vegan actor narrates the unnamed film about the Chinese dog-leather trade.

Humane Society shares before & after photos of hoarded dogs

The Houston Humane Society has released photos of a collection of small dogs that were rescued from a home in Bay City about a month ago. The small pups, 20 in all, are now available for adoption at their Almeda Road location.

Africa, From a CATS Point of View

( NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center ) From Saharan dust storms to icy clouds to smoke on the opposite side of the continent, the first image from NASA's newest cloud- and aerosol-measuring instrument provides a profile of the atmosphere above Africa.

Singapore cat cafe an escape from rat race

For some of Singapore's luckiest cats - and customers - cat cafes offer a stress-relieving haven away from the hustle and bustle.

French bulldog joins ranks of most popular U.S. dogs

Luke, a French Bulldog is carried by his owner Paul from New York City outside the Pennsylvania Hotel in New York City ahead of the139th Westminster Kennel Club's Annual Dog Show in the Manhattan borough of New York By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - The bat-eared, flat-faced French bulldog has earned a spot among the 10 most popular dog breeds in the United States for the first time in a century, the American Kennel Club said on Thursday. Topping the annual list was the Labrador retriever, keeping its title as the most sought-after canine for the 24th straight year, it said. Second was the German shepherd, followed by the golden retriever, standard bulldog, beagle, Yorkshire terrier, poodle and boxer. ...

Texas firefighter kills dogs, posts pictures on Facebook

In North Texas, a firefighter shot dead his neighbor's dogs then posted a picture of them on Facebook, reports the Greenville Herald Banner. The image shows two fallen Labradors lying in blood-stained snow.

Wonkblog: Tiny dogs are taking over this country

The rise of the small dog.

Fireman gloats online after killing neighbor’s dogs

A Texas man allegedly shot and killed his neighbor’s dogs after they strayed onto his property — then boasted about the sick act on social media, according to local reports....

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Search for dogs after deer mauled

The owner of two small dogs who mauled a deer so badly it had to be put down are being sought by animal welfare charity inspectors.

When dogs and cops clash

Training needed to keep police officers, residents safe and prevent dog deaths.

Car service turns into animal haven, helps sterilize feral cats

A Brooklyn car service owner is using her spare space to help control the pet population — with on-site vets that have spayed and neutered thousands of cats. Big Apple Car in...

Cats starve to death trapped beneath wheelbarrow

Just how long two cats had been trapped under a wheelbarrow at a Vancouver mobile home park isn't clear. But Clark County Animal Control officers say it was no accident.

Purina lawsuit: Does one of its products cause pets to become ill? (+video)

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Purina, claiming one of its dog food products includes toxic ingredients. Purina vigorously denies the allegation.

Gray wolves, once decimated by eradication campaign, rebound in Oregon

A wolf roaming the same area as OR 7 is seen in this undated Oregon Fish & Wildlife handout photo taken with a remote camera By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Oregon's once decimated gray wolf population has rebounded to at least 77 animals, and the wolves are now pairing off and breeding across a wide region, state officials with the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife said on Wednesday. Gray wolves, native to Oregon but wiped out in the state by an eradication campaign in the early 20th century, first returned there in 2008 and have now spread out to multiple parts of the Pacific Northwest state. “The wolf population continues to grow and expand, and for the first time we’ve had wolf reproduction in southern Oregon,” said Michelle Dennehy, spokeswoman for the state wildlife department. We also documented six new pairs of wolves, and 26 pups.” But as population growth triggers a review of state Endangered Species Act restrictions on harassing or killing wolves that threaten livestock, conservationists cautioned it remained too early to celebrate the species’ recovery.

SeaWorld Orlando stops popular program for guests to feed dolphins

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO (Reuters) - SeaWorld Orlando has ended a popular program for visitors to hand-feed its dolphins, ending what conservationists believe was the last such large-scale program in the United States. Her death led a federal administrative judge to order the theme park to maintain barriers between trainers and the whales.

Lawsuit filed against Purina claims food sickens, kills dogs

A dog owner has filed a lawsuit against a pet food company alleging that thousands of dogs have been sickened or died from eating a brand of dry dog food. Pet owner Frank Lucido filed the suit on Feb. ...

Thousands of dogs killed by Purina pet food: suit

Thousands of dogs have been poisoned and killed by a popular brand of Purina dog food that contains toxins, a pet owner alleges in a lawsuit filed in a California...

Purina lawsuit: Does one of its products cause pets to become ill?

Nestle Purina PetCare Company faces a lawsuit that claims its dog food, Beneful, contains toxins that are poisonous to animals. Frank Lucido, a pet owner in California, brought a class-action lawsuit against the major dog food provider, after three of his pets became sick and one died.

Australian RSPCA seizes 150 pets hoarded in Canberra home

Some 150 pets including mice, rats and guinea pigs have been found in an Australian home, an animal welfare group said Wednesday as it warned about the hoarding of animals. The RSPCA said the small creatures, which also included ducks and other birds, were seized from the house in the capital Canberra. "We ended up with four truckloads full of animals," Tammy Ven Dange, chief executive of the ...

Accident kills Sunrise cat rescuer, leaves 15 felines without a home

Animal lover Sharon Levine had two cats of her own, but took in another lucky 13 who needed a foster home.

Rochester Hope for Pets Awarded John F. Wegman Fund Grant

On Tuesday, Feb. 24, Rochester Hope For Pets was awarded the John F. Wegman Fund Grant, which assists Veterinary Medicine Explorers in advancing their education and career development.

Pets are part of the family

SOME Mackay region pet owners have joined the trend of super-pampering their animals and treating them like their children but it may not be a widespread fad.

'Holy pig' festival draws thousands in Taiwan

A Taiwanese family pose for photos in front of a 714.6-kilogram pig -- hidden behind a screen -- during the annual "Holy Pigs" Festival outside the Zushi Temple in New Taipei City, on February 24, 2015 Thousands of worshippers flocked Tuesday to a controversial "holy pig" festival in Taiwan which sees the carcasses of giant overfed swine on display, a custom deplored by animal rights campaigners. "In the past, many of the pig owners raised them on their own to show their respect and sincerity to the gods.

Bomb-sniffing elephants trained in South Africa

Ranger rides an elephant during a demonstration of the art of "bio-detection", to see if it can be used to sniff out explosives, at the Adventures with Elephants game ranch, in Mabula By Ed Stoddard MABULA, South Africa (Reuters) - In the South African bush, elephants are being trained in the art of "bio-detection" to see if they can use their exceptional sense of smell to sniff out explosives, landmines and poachers. Think about mammoths, which had to find food through the ice," said Sean Hensman, operator of Adventures with Elephants, the game ranch 180 km (110 miles) northwest of Johannesburg where the training is being conducted. In Hensman's case, he said his father was startled in the 1990s while watching a herd of elephants in Zimbabwe to discover that a female member of the herd had tracked him. Inspired, his father trained 12 elephants for anti-poaching patrols in Zimbabwe but in 2002 the family lost their three farms to President Robert Mugabe's land seizures and came to South Africa.

Pets offer purpose and health benefits

STUDIES SHOW: That up to 95% of seniors talk to their pets. ACCORDING to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world with approximately 63% of households owning a pet.

New Residents: Dolphins Swam into Mediterranean 18,000 Years Ago

New Residents: Dolphins Swam into Mediterranean 18,000 Years Ago Bottlenose dolphins moved into the Mediterranean, once too salty to harbor much marine life, at the end of the last ice age about 18,000 years ago, a new study finds. "It is quite likely that the bottlenose dolphin hasn't actually been in the Mediterranean for long, in terms of the evolutionary time frame," said Andre Moura, one of the study's researchers and a lecturer of life science at the University of Lincoln in the United Kingdom. During the last ice age, the Mediterranean was saltier and shallower than it is today, making it a difficult place for marine creatures to live, the researchers said. When fish and other sea creatures moved in, hungry bottlenose dolphins quickly followed, Moura said.

Wellness Natural Pet Food Helps Pets in Need with $1.7 Million In-Kind Donation to PetSmart Charities(R) and Local ...

TEWKSBURY, Mass. -- Wellness(R) Natural Pet Food and the WellPet Foundation today announced a $1.7 million in-kind donation of Wellness pet food to PetSmart Charities for distribution to five shelters ...

Morrissey to return to US for Firefly festival

British singer Morrissey Morrissey, who canceled half of his US tour last year due to illness, will return in June for the Firefly Music Festival -- which will also feature a mystery headliner. Firefly, which was launched in 2012 in Delaware in a bid to create a major music festival on the US East Coast, on Tuesday announced a lineup that also includes Nashville rockers Kings of Leon, alternative pop-rockers The Killers and hip-hop icon Snoop Dogg. Morrissey, the famously dour singer whose poetic vignettes of life's woes have won him a cult following, canceled a month of US shows last year due to illness. A staunch animal rights activist, Morrissey demands venues not serve meat.

Texas Woman Goes to Court to Stop Lassie's Trainers From Breeding Rin Tin Tin Dogs

Who owns a silent star's great-great-great-great-great grandchildren is woof, woof, complicated.

Tiny Oregon minnow is first fish taken off endangered list

This undated photo provided by Freshwaters Illustrated via the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows an Oregon chub, right, swimming with baby salmon in the McKenzie River in Oregon. The tiny fish found only in Oregon has become the first fish in the country removed from Endangered Species Act protection because it no longer faces extinction. It was put on the endangered species list 22 years ago. (AP Photo/Freshwaters Illustrated via the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Jeremy Monroe) GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A tiny minnow that lives only in backwaters in Oregon's Willamette Valley is the first fish to be formally removed from Endangered Species Act protection because it is no longer in danger of extinction, officials said Tuesday.

In a first for a fish, Oregon chub removed from endangered list

The Oregon chub is seen in an undated USFWS handout By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - For the first time, a fish has been removed from U.S. Endangered Species Act protection as federal officials declared on Tuesday that a tiny shimmering minnow found only in an Oregon valley was no longer in danger of extinction. Millions of the two-inch (5-cm) fish, the Oregon chub, once swam in waters surrounding Western Oregon's Willamette River. Fewer than 1,000 remained in just eight wetlands in 1993 when the chub gained endangered species protection. The fish's resurgence shows that habitat improvement and species recovery efforts can succeed even in areas heavily impacted by agriculture and urban development, said Paul Henson, Oregon supervisor with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service.

Lawmakers want Amtrak to allow small pets on trains

In this photo taken Feb. 11, 2015, Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif. poses with Lily, his 15-pound French bulldog in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington. It all began with Lily, a 15-pound snowball of a French bulldog with dark mahogany eyes, a wrinkly nose and a penchant for jumping on furniture and laps so that she can get closer to her many human visitors. She and her owner, Rep. Jeff Denham of California, take the occasional coast-to-coast plane ride together. But when he tried to take her on Amtrak a couple years back, he learned that only service dogs were allowed aboard. It's a policy he's been trying to change ever since, and he appears to be gaining momentum. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) WASHINGTON (AP) — It all began with Lily, a 15-pound snowball of a French bulldog with the face of a tough guy and the personality of a princess.

From a shih tzu to a sheepdog, dogs advance at Westminster Kennel Club show

Swagger, an Old English Sheepdog, walks with his co-owner and handler Johnson during judging in the Herding Group at the 139th Westminster Kennel Club's Dog Show in the Manhattan borough of New York By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A bouncy beagle and a floppy Old English sheepdog were among a handful of canines selected on Monday to advance in the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, a two-day event that draws more than 2,700 competitors from 15 countries. In its 139th year, the show is the second-longest continuously running sporting event in the United States, behind the Kentucky Derby horse race. "It's a beautiful group of dogs," said Colton Johnson, from Colorado Springs, whose three-year-old Old English sheepdog, Swagger, won best in his group and will advance to the finals. From perfectly coiffed Standard Poodles to small and sprightly Bichon Frises, 192 breeds were featured in this year's event, taking place at Piers 92 and 94 and Madison Square Garden in Manhattan.

Dogs ready to have their day _ and nights _ at Westminster

Ce Ce, a weimaraner from East Rutheford N.J., is displayed in her crate during the American Kennel Club Meet the Breed event, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) NEW YORK (AP) — "Let me have the ..."

Pets meet their toy lookalikes

Pets with their toy clones – Pet owners can buy plush replicas of their beloved animals through Cuddle Clone. Here, Talia Howard's pug Bongo poses with his doppelganger.

Rules on exotic pets to be reviewed

The environment secretary announces a review of the trade and importation of exotic animals as pets in Scotland.

Westminster show dogs enjoy royal treatment at trio of NYC hotels

Portrait of a dog is seen next to the elevators at the Hotel Pennsylvania before the upcoming 139th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - At New York's swanky Manhattan NYC hotel, an elite clientele mingled in the frosty air on a turf-lined terrace before retreating into a warm suite filled with fine food and doting handlers who saw to their every need. This was the weekend before the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, and some of the world's most valuable purebred canines were enjoying the royal treatment at one of three hotels that specialize in accommodating them before the big event. "He loves coming to New York. Manhattan NYC, an Affinia hotel, and two other properties partner with Westminster to provide both canine and human participants with a place to stay and a lot more.

140 whales die after getting stranded on New Zealand beach

A Department of Conservation worker tends to a whale stranded on Farewell Spit, a famous spot for whale beachings, in Golden Bay on New Zealand's South Island, Friday Feb. 13, 2015. Nearly 200 pilot whales stranded themselves on New Zealand's South Island on Friday, with hordes of rescuers rushing to the remote area in a bid to guide them back to sea. (AP Photo/New Zealand Herald, Tim Cuff) AUSTRALIA OUT; NEW ZEALAND OUT WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — About 140 pilot whales that stranded themselves on a remote stretch of New Zealand beach have died, but conservation workers and volunteers are hoping the remaining 60 or so will survive after they managed to get them refloated, an official said Saturday.

100 pilot whales dead after New Zealand stranding

Scientists are unclear why pilot whales strand themselves in large groups, with some speculating healthy whales beach themselves while trying to help sick or disorientated family members that are stranded More than 100 pilot whales that stranded on a New Zealand beach have died, conservation officials said on Saturday, voicing grave fears for more than 90 others from the pod. The whales beached themselves on Friday at Farewell Spit at the northern tip of the South Island, with dozens of rescuers racing to re-float the marine mammals on the evening high tide.

U.S. wildlife managers mark population rise for rare wolf

The number of imperiled wolves found only in the American Southwest climbed to 109 in 2014, marking the fourth consecutive year that the population of Mexican gray wolves has risen by at least 10 percent, federal wildlife managers said Friday. Wild Mexican wolves were believed to be all but extinct in the United States in 1998 when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began reintroducing the animal to its native range. At that point there had been no sightings of the wolves, which are native to western Mexico's Sierra Madre mountains, in the wild in the United States since the 1970s, said Benjamin Tuggle, the Service's southwest regional director.

Rescue group takes in cats from area near Hawaii lava flow

HILIO, Hawaii (AP) — An animal rescue group is taking in stray cats near an active volcano on Hawaii's Big Island.
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