Category: People Doing Good

How to Get Involved With Animal Advocacy – A Beginner’s Guide

People pursue profit at the expense of other living creatures in countless ways. From entertainment to experimentation, animals are tormented at the hands of humans every day. Despite feeling fear and pain, just like us, they can’t ask for the suffering to stop. However, by becoming more involved with animal advocacy, you can help give a voice to the voiceless. Joining the chorus of others working to end animal cruelty will help make a difference. Yet with numerous animal rights organizations on the map, it can be difficult to choose the best path for investing your time, money and...

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Meet the ‘Cat Cop’ Rescuing Felines on the Streets of Florida

The homeless pet epidemic is overwhelming. According to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), over 6.5 million dogs and cats are put in animal shelters each year in the United States alone. Only half of these animals get adopted. While stray dogs are more often found and taken to shelters and put up for adoption, many homeless cats spend their entire lives roaming the streets; and since most are not spayed or neutered, kittens are constantly being born into the sad, stressful life. A Florida cop named Gretchen Byrne has taken matters into her...

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After Decades of Effort, Sea Turtles Are Making a Comeback

Conservation efforts that began in the 1950s are finally paying off. Sea turtles are making a comeback according to a new study published in the journal Science Advances. “These findings provide an important message for local conservation efforts, showing that they can be and are being effective for different species globally,” wrote one of the study’s authors, ecologist Antonios D. Mazaris and his colleagues. Sea Turtle Populations Increase Globally Estimating sea turtle populations can be tricky. They travel large distances when they migrate, and male sea turtles don’t come to shore. To figure out how sea turtles are doing, the study’s authors...

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Dozens of Dogs Flown to Safety from Puerto Rico’s ‘Dead Dog Beach’

Hurricane Maria has devastated Puerto Rico, leaving most of the region with no power and scarce supplies of food and water. Not only are Puerto Rico’s people affected, but animals across the island are in desperate need, too. Playa Lucia, a beach on the island  commonly known as “Dead Dog Beach,” homes dozens of abandoned dogs (though not hundreds, as previous reports claimed). As a popular dumping site, the beach is full of helpless strays who had absolutely no place to go when the hurricane hit. The Sato Project, a group devoted to helping the dogs along Playa Lucia,...

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UPDATE: Dog Abandoned on Roadside, Tangled in Chain, Now Has Loving Home

In August, a man was caught on camera abandoning a dog on the side of the road just outside of Dallas, Texas. As LFT reported, he was the first arrest after secret video surveillance was installed by officials at the popular dog-dumping site — and thanks to this initiative, justice is being served to the man responsible for the cruelty. The helpless dog, named KD, was found nine hours after being dumped; the Dowdy Ferry Animal Commission immediately took her to a Dallas shelter. A month later, KD has settled into a forever home with Reagan Henderson and Zachary San Roman,...

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How 2 Kayaking Brothers Got the Government to Finally Clean ‘World’s Most Polluted River’

Using two kayaks made from re-purposed plastic bottles, two brothers paddled what has been called the most polluted river in the world. Gary and Sam Bencheghib made the nearly 200-mile journey down the Citarum River in Indonesia to raise awareness and document the extensive ecological devastation. The Citarum River is 40 miles east of Jakerta, and extends from Wayang Mountain to the Java Sea. It irrigates crops and provides drinking water for more than 25 million people. Until the late 1970s, the river was healthy and full of fish. As the area surrounding the river industrialized, however, it became overloaded...

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Europe’s Circus Elephants will Soon Get their First Retirement Home

What started as just an idea to create Europe’s first elephant retirement home is finally coming to fruition. After years of planning and scouting out the perfect location in the Limousin region of France, Belgian couple Tony Verhulst and Sofie Goetghebeur have finally secured permission from the French government to build elephant barns and receive elephants. This year, Elephant Haven will finish construction of its first barn and plans to start accepting elephants between 2018 and 2019. “There are more than 100 elephants in circuses across Europe,” Verhulst told Hitachi Construction Machinery upon receiving a mini excavator from the organization...

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