Monthly Archives: August 2017

Courts Lay Down The Paw: Abused Pets Get A Legal Voice

(PETS/ANIMAL LAWS) Last year, Connecticut became the first state to allow judges to appoint lawyers and law students as volunteer advocates for pets in cases involving cruelty, abuse, and neglect. Alternately, animal advocates can also be requested by a prosecutor or defense counsel. What's more, the volunteer advocates are authorized to conduct investigations in hopes of reinforcing prosecutors who are overburdened with cases or may consider crimes against animals to be less of a priority. Since Desmond's Law went into effect, volunteer advocates have been appointed in five cases, which are being closely monitored by lawmakers, legal scholars, and animal activists in hopes of adopting similar measures in other states. The groundbreaking legislation tackles the disconnect between how people treat animals and how the law treats animals in court, and ultimately aims to convince the judiciary to treat animal cruelty as a serious crime. After all, it's not "just a dog." Read on to learn more about Desmond's Law and the fight for justice for our furry friends. -- Global Animal

Amazing Dog Performs CPR

(AMAZING DOGS/CUTE ANIMAL VIDEOS) Representing Italy in the Freestyle Final of the 2016 FCI Dog Dance World Championship in Moscow, Lusy Imbergerova and her dog Deril performed a safety dance of sorts. Watch Deril and Lusy's amazing dance--which even includes performing CPR. Bravo! -- Global Animal

Otter Talks In His Sleep

(OTTERS/CUTE ANIMAL VIDEOS) This otter talks in his sleep, and it's absolutely adorable. -- Global Animal

Hurricane Harvey: How To Help Pets In Need

(HELP ANIMALS/ANIMAL RESCUE) HOUSTON -- In the same type of catastrophic flooding that beset Texas during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, record rainfall from Tropical Storm Harvey has battered the nation's fourth largest city this past week. The flooding has left 25 dead and caused more than 30,000 people to flee their flooded homes. While many pets are left behind, animal rescuers remain hopeful that animals will stand a better chance than they did 12 years ago during Hurricane Katrina, which left an estimated 600,000 animals killed or stranded. Thanks to the passage of the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards which forever changed the way animals are treated during emergency situations, first responders can now rescue pets just as they save people. Efforts to save animal victims are well underway as floodwaters continue to rise. Global Animal Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that funds emergency animal rescue worldwide, is collecting donations to disperse between vetted organizations working on the ground in the affected areas to help with medical costs for injured animals, boarding and food, and reuniting lost pets with their guardians. Please consider supporting the efforts to save animals in critical peril. Read the New York Times article below for more on the Hurricane and citizens' tireless efforts to save their beloved pets amid the chaos. -- Global Animal

Be Prepared: Emergency Plan For Your Pets

(PET CARE) The effects of Tropical Storm Harvey this past week are a sobering reminder of how everything can change in a moment. This begs the question: How prepared are you for a natural disaster? Here is an excellent article for pet guardians on what we need to know and do—including a pet first aid checklist—to care for our furry family members in the event of an emergency. – Global Animal

Waiting For Payday Like…

(PETS/CATS/FUNNY ANIMAL VIDEOS) Sometimes you're just sitting at work, waiting for payday--much like this lazy little cat. -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Vegan Macaroni Salad

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) With Labor Day weekend just around the corner, why not give your mom's macaroni salad a vegan makeover? This classic summer staple is perfect for potlucks, picnics, barbeques, and pretty much any summertime gathering. This typical deli-style macaroni salad is chock-full of crunchy vegetables like broccoli florets, carrots, green onions, red bell peppers, and celery--giving it a nice crunchy texture. But the main ingredient that takes this recipe to the next level? The smoked tofu. What's more, this salad is super easy to prep ahead of time. Whip up the dressing and prep the vegetables, tofu, and macaroni noodles separately. Add the dressing 30 minutes to an hour before serving, mix together, and refrigerate until ready to eat. Voila! -- Global Animal

Meet Squish The Flamingo

(WILDLIFE RESCUE/BIRDS/CUTE ANIMAL VIDEOS) Squish the baby flamingo hatched from an abandoned egg that zoo keepers found and incubated at the Jurong Bird Park’s Breeding and Research Centre in Singapore. A month later, on June 7, the baby chick was born, weighing 90.5g. Keepers worked around the clock to care for him, feeding him a special formula, similar to a flamingo’s crop milk, multiple times a day. Today, Squish weighs a healthy 1.2kg. To develop strength in his long, growing legs, Squish goes on daily short walks, wearing handmade blue booties custom-made for him to protect his delicate feet from the hard ground surfaces outside the centre. Once he reaches three months, he will be integrated into the flamingo flock flock at the park’s Flamingo Lake, managed by Wildlife Reserves Singapore. -- Global Animal

Surprised Dog Reacts To News That He’s Getting A Brother

(FUNNY PETS/DOGS/CUTE ANIMAL VIDEOS) We all get excited when a new baby (or puppy) is on the way. But this Golden Retriever isn't taking the news so well. Watch his hilarious reaction to finding out he's getting a brother. -- Global Animal

Have You Hugged Your Dog Today? Rescued Pups Meet Their New Families

(DOGS/PETS/CUTE ANIMAL VIDEOS) Today, August 26 is National Dog Day! So why not celebrate with this heartwarming video, courtesy of PETA, of rescue dogs meeting their newly adoptive guardians? These tail-wagging moments remind us that all dogs deserve happy lives with good food, cozy beds, long walks, and lots of TLC. -- Global Animal
sad dog looking sick, lying on ground

What Is Dog Parvovirus?

(PET HEALTH/DOGS) You've vaccinated your dog against Parvovirus, but do you know what it is? Ciara Black is a Global Animal contributor from the Dog Help Network, a resource for dog health related websites. Read on for her important information on canine Parvo, and how you can protect your pet. — Global Animal

Cat Squeezes Himself Into Box

(FUNNY CATS/PETS/CUTE ANIMAL VIDEOS) This cat redefines the phrase, "wherever I fits, I sits." Watch as he magically squeezes himself into a tiny box. -- Global Animal

Morning People Vs. Me

(FUNNY DOGS/PETS/CUTE ANIMAL VIDEOS) Some dogs are morning dogs, and some just aren't. Just wait for it... -- Global Animal

Feline-Friendly Tips: Find The Purr-fect Vet For Your Cat

(PET CARE/CATS) Looking for a new vet for your cat? Whether you just moved, adopted a new pet, or just want a different vet, here are some tips from the ASPCA on finding the right veterinarian for your beloved feline friend. — Global Animal