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Battered by Tornadoes, Local Humane Societies Continue to Help Thousands of Pets
This story may begin in a Humane Society in Sioux City, Iowa, where over 70 pets are being placed under foster care. The doors of the shelters have stayed open in the wake of the catastrophes spawned by the incessant floods and tornadoes crossing state lines and time zones of America’s heartland. Accepting donations, applications from foster pet-owners, and even providing kennels, pet taxis,...
Shoe Company Fits Penguin with Life-Saving Sole
Teva, an adventure-footwear company, celebrates after fitting a Santa Barbara Zoo penguin with a custom shoe to compensate for his impaired foot. "Lucky," a Humboldt penguin, first appeared healthy when he hatched in a nesting box at the Santa Barbara Zoo exhibit in April. But soon after the zoo’s penguin handlers set him down, they noticed Lucky was walking with a limp and not swimming...
Pictures of Cat Injured by Arrow on Facebook Page Raises Money for Feral Felines
Carol Manos, operator of Carol’s Ferals, a Grand Rapids, Michigan-based organization dedicated to sterilizing and finding homes for feral cats, learned earlier this week that a stray cat had been shot in the face with an arrow. What Manos did next may surprise you. "I don’t know what kind of sick people get their jollies this way," Manos said. "This was no accident. It’s obvious this was...
Hot Dog: Airlift Rescues Abandoned LA Chihuahuas
LONG BEACH, California - Blame it on Paris Hilton: the craze for owning small dogs as fashion accessories has led to an explosion in the number of chihuahuas in Los Angeles, where tiny canines are everywhere. But now an animal-friendly philanthropist has come to their rescue, organizing an airlift of diminutive pooches abandoned by impatient owners in California -- jetting them off by private...
Haiti Recovering: An Inside Look at the Island's Animal Relief Effort, Post-Earthquake
It was not unlike any other day last January when an earthquake of enormous magnitude shook the tiny island of Haiti. If it had struck anywhere else, it would caused extraordinary damage, but the fact that it occurred in Haiti made it so much more destructive. To say that Haiti, the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, was ill prepared is an understatement. Even one year later it is still...
Rachael Ray Serves Up the Sweet Stuff for Pet Charities
With all of the bad news that has been coming to light concerning pets that have been given up due to financial difficulties, it is heartening to know that there are still people who are actively committed to saving and rehoming these animals.  One such person is Rachael Ray, a nationally recognized chef who has combined a tour to promote her new book, Look + Cook, with a fund-raising tour to...
No Buddy Gets Left Behind: SPCA Program Transports Dogs From War-Torn Iraq to the U.S.
Roadside bombs, blown up bridges and insurgent firefights -- these are just some of the contingencies Operation Baghdad Pups (OBP) must face to accomplish their objective. Their mission: to rescue dogs and cats befriended by U.S. military personnel while serving in the war-torn areas of Iraq and Afghanistan. This is no small feat. Behind every mission, there are months of communication and...