Category: Dogs

Loving Pit Bull Becomes Foster Mom to More than 100 Orphan Kittens

When it comes to maternal instincts, pit bull Zuca is an expert! Having cared for nearly 100 orphan kittens in the last four years, Zuca has become the ultimate inspiration for adoption, and even has her own Instagram page. After losing her best friend, Stout the cat, to kidney disease in 2013, Zuca became depressed and lethargic until owner Ronda Layne decided to foster Monkey the kitten from an animal shelter in Portland, Oregon. As a rescue animal herself, Zuca has stepped up to the responsibility of nurturing boxfulls of abandoned kittens until they grow old enough to be adopted...

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United Suspends Flying Animals in Cargo, is Reviewing Animal Policy after Dog Mix-Ups and Death

Following several major incidents involving animals, United Airlines is temporarily suspending all pet transport inside the cargo holds of its airplanes. Although they will honor existing bookings, they will not accept new reservations. “We are conducting a thorough and systematic review of our program for pets that travel in the cargo compartment to make improvements that will ensure the best possible experience for our customers and their pets,” said a statement released by the airline this week. “To achieve this outcome, we will partner with independent experts in pet safety, comfort and travel.” This follows the death of a 10-month-old French...

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Cruelty Free ‘Clean Meat’ will Soon be Available in Pet Food

Cruelty-free meat for our pets is on the way, with biotech company Wild Earth, Inc. about to release a new pet kibble developed entirely from cultured proteins. Their first product line is made from a fungus called koji, which is renewably sourced and environmentally friendly. Used by humans for centuries, the fungus can yield simple and clean proteins and carbohydrates. “Wild Earth has found a novel way to deliver protein and will have a great nutritional profile, to meet the same requirements as meat-based pet foods,” says Wild Earth chief veterinary officer Dr. Ernie Ward. “Pet lovers want healthy, humane,...

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Russian Nerve Gas was Tested on Dogs First in Cruel, Deadly Experiments

Russian scientists systematically poisoned and killed over a thousand dogs to develop the military grade nerve agent recently used in an attack on a double-agent and his daughter in the UK. Evidence suggests these poor animals were subjected to painful and grossly inhumane treatment. From the 1970s to the early 1990s, Russian scientists were developing the formula for a group of nerve agents known as Novichok at the Chemical Research Institute near Nukus, Uzbekistan and at the Shikhany Institute in southeastern Russia. In the early 2000’s the United States was asked to help destroy these facilities. During the project, Andrew C. Weber,...

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United Airlines Sends Family Dog to Wrong Country by Mistake

United Airlines is once again facing criticism for its treatment of animals — this time for sending a beloved family pet to the wrong country. A 10-year-old German shepherd named Irgo, who was meant to fly from Oregon to Kansas to join his family in their new home, was mistakenly flown to Japan after being placed in the wrong kennel. Owner Kara Swindle arrived in Kansas to pick up the family dog, and instead discovered a Great Dane in his place. The Great Dane had been destined for Japan, but baggage handlers mistakenly switched the two dogs in Denver....

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