Category: Animals

VIDEO: Clever Kitty In Need of Forever Home Takes Matters into Her Own Paws

Rosie the cat, born in 2013, found herself at Purrfect Pals Cat Shelter in Arlington, Washington after her first two adoptive families returned her. It was important that Rosie was placed in the care of someone who understood her “cattitude” and had the patience for her need for time to adjust. Life at the shelter made Rosie unhappy and grumpy – so much so that several days into her third (and final) stay at the shelter, she took matters into her own paws. Resolving to find her forever home, Rosie stood on her hind feet pawed at the glass...

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Sale of Puppy Mill Dogs Now Banned in 250 Places in the U.S.

The city of Poulsbo, Washington, has joined hundreds of other places in America that have banned the sale of puppy mill dogs and cats in pet stores. That brings the total number of towns, cities, counties and even states who now forbid the cruel practice to 250. Progress is happening! By banning the public sale of animals sourced from mass-breeding facilities, authorities hope to decrease the number of animals euthanized at shelters every year and reduce the problem of cruel conditions witnessed at puppy mills throughout the country. “By closing the markets for the sale of dogs from puppy mills,” The...

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VIDEO: Adorable Pig is Touring the Nation to Change the Way We View Animals

A pet pig named Charlotte is accompanying her owner on a road trip across the United States, and she’s changing the way people think about animals. The outgoing pig is making lots of new friends who are delighted to meet her. Charlotte’s owner believes there’s “some power in people seeing an animal get to be their own voice,” and her message is indeed important. Charlotte and her mother were rescued from a breeder who was selling “mini” pigs they no longer wanted to care for. There’s no such thing as “mini” pigs, though — they all grow up. Nervous...

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It’s Not Just Human Bloodshed: War is Killing our Wildlife, Too

The effects of war on human populations are generally well documented. With some exceptions, the harm done to animals and ecosystems is considered only as an afterthought (if at all). But this week, in a letter in science journal Nature, researchers shifted the focus and examined how war in Africa effects large mammals. What does war do to elephants, hippos, warthogs or zebras? Researchers found that the frequency of war is strongly linked to declines in populations of large mammals. During war, organizations set up to protect wildlife lose the capacity to maintain their programs and defend nature reserves. As local residents struggle to make ends meet...

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Watching Birds is Like Medicine for Depression and Stress

For many of us, the daily grind can be stressful, leaving us feeling exhausted and even anxious. While it’s tempting to shut the blinds and hide inside in your favourite PJs, a new study offers a surprising alternative: bird watching. Whether you hike out into the wilderness with boots and binoculars or simply gaze out your office window and admire the view, you’re better off with birds. The study – a collaboration between English and Australian academics – reveals a positive association between bird watching and better mental health. After surveying the mental health of 270 people of a variety...

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VIDEO: Vet Stays in Freezing Doghouse to Show Exactly Why Your Pet Belongs Indoors

To demonstrate the dangers of leaving a pet outside in the cold for too long, veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward filmed himself spending a freezing night in a doghouse during winter. He resolved to stay in there as long as he could “stand it.” At the beginning of the experiment, the inside of the doghouse was already a bitter 20 degrees Fahrenheit. A half-hour in, the temperature had increased to 25 degrees. Dr. Ward was shivering and ice crystals had begun to form inside of the doghouse. At the one-hour mark, the temperature had dropped to about 21 degrees. As the...

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