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Dogs & Taxes: Digging Up Tax Deductions For Pets

(PETS/PET CARE) Being a pet guardian has many benefits, but when it comes to filing taxes, claiming your furry friend as a dependent is prohibited. Even though dogs are not tax deductible, certain pet related expenses are. Check out the list below to learn about any tax deductions you may receive for being a pet […]

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A surcharge of $25 will be assessed for pet travel. Photo credit: Animal Fair

On The Right Track: Amtrak’s New Pet Pilot Program

(PETS/TRAVEL) Traveling with pets is no easy task. While some guardians choose to keep their pets in kennels while they travel, others may resort to storing their pets on planes, which carries several risks. Amtrak, however, has a new pilot program that allows people to bring their pets on the train with them. — Global […]

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Hanako was originally sent to the Ueno Zoo when she was 2 years old. Photo credit: Express

The World’s Saddest Elephant? Help Save Hanako!

(ANIMALS IN CAPTIVITY/ZOOS) Hanako is quite possibly the world’s saddest elephant. Believed to be the oldest elephant in Japan, Hanako has been living in a concrete prison for 61 years. Her cell resides in the Inokashira Park Zoo in Tokyo, known by visitors as “one of the cruellest, most archaic zoos in the modern world.” […]

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Who Knew?! Amazing A To Z Animal Facts

(ANIMAL FACTS/ABOUT ANIMALS) Here’s a list of weird and wild animal facts—from aardvark to zebra—and other creatures in between, courtesy of the amazing animal kingdom. We all know cats land on their feet and dogs wag their tails when happy. But do you know which animal has hairy eyes or what to call a pre-pubescent […]

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The Truth About Declawing: What Vets Aren’t Telling You

(ANIMAL WELFARE/PETS) Declawing a cat is the equivalent to amputating a human finger at the third knuckle, and yet twenty-two million domestic cats per year are declawed in the United States—a third of which reap serious behavioral and physical consequences from the procedure. Due to a general ignorance and perpetuation by greedy vets, the procedure […]

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A newly adopted cat at this year's Adoptapalooza event at Union Square on September 8, 2013. Photo Credit: Dana Edelson

10 Reasons To Adopt, Not Buy!

(PET ADOPTION) Animal lovers often wonder… with thousands of adoptable animals being euthanized every day, why do so many people continue to purchase their pets? Due to some common myths about shelter animals, as well as the adoption process itself, pet adoption is a frighteningly unpopular practice. Here are the top 10 reasons to choose adoption when adding […]

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Pet Peeves: Are Litter Boxes A Cat’s Safe Haven?

(PET CARE/CATS) Figuring out the idiosyncrasies of your companion can be difficult. For instance, why do cats play in their litter boxes? Behavior like this can give you clues as to how your pets are feeling in a particular situation. One would think a place where you dispose of your own waste would be the last […]

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"The Last Pig" focusses on Comis' personal struggles as a pig farmer. Photo credit: The Last Pig

Pigspiracy? ‘The Last Pig’ Documentary

(PIGS/FACTORY FARMING) It’s no secret that factory farms engage in inhumane practices–most prominently, the gruesome slaughtering of innocent animals. Films such as Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, a documentary chronicling the horrors of factory farming, are gaining momentum among modern-day activists. Cows, however, are not the only animals enduring such hardship. — Global Animal

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