Author: Elise Phillips Margulis

About The Author

Elise Phillips Margulis

Elise Phillips Margulis is a contributing writer for FIDO Friendly magazine and has been published in Way Cool Dogs, The Mighty, and Superfood Box. She’s obsessed with animal welfare, environment protection, and equality. Elise lives with her adorable & precocious 10-year-old son, her husband, their gorgeous canine, and their elegant feline. She’s also a card-carrying member of Chocoholics Anonymous.

Mayors Across the U.S. are ‘Moving’ To Fight Heart Disease

With two-thirds of Americans overweight — and about one-third of them obese — diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and heart disease run alarmingly rampant in today’s nation. A national epidemic calls for a national intervention. Enter The National Forum For Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, a coalition comprised of more than 80 U.S. and international public and private organizations including academic, advocacy, faith, and policy-setting groups. This non-profit volunteer coalition has launched a new initiative to lengthen life expectancy in the U.S.: The Move With The Mayor Challenge. This collaborative effort of city mayors and the National Forum aims to fight heart disease — America’s top cause of death...

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It May Look Funny, but This Cat Collar Is Designed to Save Birds

Does your cat lovingly shower you with precious gifts of dead and half-dead birds? A new invention may help. The Chirpon collar was designed to warn birds when a cat is on the prowl in their vicinity, stopping the hunt before it ends in tragedy. “I inherited two cats from my kids when they left home,” Steven Crawford, bird enthusiast and inventor of the Chirpon collar, told Lady Freethinker. “I, on the other hand, was more interested in the birds that came to my feeders. I was very distraught to see a cat running by with a bird in its mouth as...

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Revealed: The Wackiest Pet Names Of 2016

Not everyone is content naming their pet Spot or Whiskers. Some human parents eschew generic names and opt to give their animal companions extremely creative ones — perhaps better described as outlandish. It’s a momentous decision to choose the word(s) that you’ll be uttering for years to come. It can be a social statement, a term of affection, a humorous reference, or an homage to another animal (or human). But just as human baby names become more “original” (read crazy), pet names also grow more eccentric. In celebration of the odd pet name, Nationwide’s pet insurance arm holds an annual contest...

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Animal Justice Billboard Looms over NYC’s Times Square

Would you have a hankering for a hamburger after seeing cows close up, soulful eyes and all? Would you crave milk if you saw calves stolen from their mothers just after birth? Be Fair Be Vegan has assumed the job of teaching the public the hidden horrors endured by animals in agriculture and other industries, and is calling for an end to the violence. Throughout the month of August, Be Fair Be Vegan will display 200 street posters and two billboards in Manhattan designed to convince the public that animals deserve to be treated humanely, and not exploited. Campaign organizers chose New York...

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These are America’s Top Shelter Dog Makeovers

Animal shelters are overflowing with friendly dogs seeking new homes — and residents need to look their best because there are plenty of canines to choose from. Enter nonprofit organization Greater Good and grooming supply maker Wahl, who partnered to help clean up rescued pooches to get them adoption-ready.  Shelters untangled and cleaned over 20,000 dogs, revealing the princes and princesses hidden under their matted fur. Wahl donated 1,200 bottles of their all-natural pet shampoos. That’s a lot of lather. Shelters submitted photos of the transformations, which were entered into the Dirty Dogs Contest to determine America’s top shelter dog makeover. Mouse, below, took first place....

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