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Over 100 Cats and Dogs Saved From Top Floor of Flooding Animal Shelter
Image via Celiafoto/Shutterstock.com On Friday, September 14, rescue workers saved two staff members, 43 dogs and about 80 cats from the top floor of the Carteret County Humane Society, in Newport, North Carolina, which was flooded from Hurricane Florence. According to USA Today, the staff members and animals were trapped for hours before they were rescued by the Cajun Navy, a volunteer group of...
Eating Cats and Dogs Is Now Outlawed in the US
Image via Anatolii Brohovskyi/Shutterstock.com The House passed the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2018 on Wednesday, Sept. 12, making it illegal in the US to kill cats and dogs for the purpose of consumption. The passing of the bill is a win for animal rights groups, who say there is a small underground market for dog and cat meat in the US. The bill states that individuals will be...
Study Shows Animal Shelters Often Misidentify Dog Breeds
Image via InBetweentheBlinks/Shutterstock.com According to a study published in PLOS ONE, animal shelter staff correctly identify a dog’s primary or secondary breed 67 percent of the time. When asked to identify more than one breed, their accuracy dropped to just 10 percent. Breed identification at shelters is often made based on the dog’s visual appearance. It is not common for animal...
California’s State Legislature Passes Bill That Bans the Sale of Animal-Tested Cosmetics
Image via Yulia Kozlova/Shutterstock This past week has been a historic week for the state of California. The state’s legislature became the first in the United States to pass a bill that would ban the sale of animal-tested products. California bill SB 1249 specifically focuses on cosmetics, which are defined in the bill as “any article to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on,...
New Zealand Town Considers Cat Ban to Protect Wildlife
Image via Coupek Martin/Shutterstock Omaui, a town in New Zealand, is considering implementing a ban on new domestic cats in an attempt to help protect their ecosystems and native wildlife. As explained by BBC News, “Under the initiative, proposed by Environment Southland, cat owners in Omaui will have to neuter, microchip and register their moggies with local authorities. After their pet dies,...
Vacaville Police Rescue 60 Shelter Animals Before Nelson Fire Strikes
Image via SPCA of Solano County/Facebook According to the Sacramento Bee, the Nelson Fire started around 5 p.m. on Friday, August 10, and “burned through 2,162 acres between Fairfield and Vacaville in Solano County,” in California. Thankfully, as of Sunday morning, the Cal Fire website reported that it has been 100 percent contained. However, while the fire was tearing through Vacaville, it...
2018 Brings New Highs for Pet Industry
Image via Cressida studio/Shutterstock The American Pet Products Association (APPA) released their annual report on the “Pet Industry Market Size & Ownership Statistics,” and it shows that pet parents are spending more than ever on their fur babies.                             In 2017, pet parent expenditures totaled $69.51 billion; however, for 2018, the APPA is...