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California Wildfire Relief: Your Donations At Work

(HELP ANIMALS/DISASTER RELIEF) As wildfires continue to blaze on opposite ends of California, first responders are working tirelessly to help both human and animal victims alike. While a number of Southern California residents are being allowed back in their homes after the Woolsey Fire destroyed an area the size of Denver, over 50,000 people in Northern California remain displaced from the Camp Fire in Butte County. So far, Global Animal Foundation distributed $3,000 to help committed animal rescue organizations as they work around-the-clock to rescue and care for the countless pets and other animals impacted by these devastating fires. Continue reading to see your donations at work. -- Global Animal

The Saga Of Stanley: Malibu Giraffe Left Behind In California Wildfire

(ANIMAL RESCUE) As the Woolsey Fire raged throughout Southern California on Friday, concern grew over the welfare of the menagerie of animals at Malibu Wines, a popular vineyard in the fire's path. As information began to emerge regarding the animals left on the winery's ground--including horses, pigs, cows, zebras, camels, alpacas, and most famously, Stanley the Giraffe, which all serve as attractions along the winery's Safari Tour--it was unclear if and how the animals were being kept safe. Activists were quick to condemn the winery, claiming the animals shouldn't have been left behind, while experts say evacuating poses extreme risk to some of the exotic animals. Thankfully all but two animals--a llama with foot pad issues and a horse with wounds from a wire fence--were completely unharmed. But some say the dire situation still begs the question: should a winery be caring for exotic animals? Read on to learn more about the saga of Stanley and share your thoughts in the comments below. -- Global Animal

Sandra Bullock Donates Big To Help Animals Amid California Fires

(HELP ANIMALS/ANIMAL RESCUE) Actress Sandra Bullock has donated $100,000 to the Humane Society of Ventura County (HSVC) amid efforts to save animals from the devastating Woolsey and Hill fires in Southern California. Well-known for her philanthropy, Bullock said she wanted to contribute to those on the frontline rescuing animals in peril and hopes her contribution will inspire others to do the same. Continue reading for more on the wildfire rescue efforts and see how you can help. -- Global Animal

California Wildfires: Here’s How You Can Help Animals In Need

(HELP ANIMALS/DISASTER RELIEF) As wildfires continue to blaze throughout opposite ends of California, first responders are working around-the-clock to help save those in need. More than 300,000 people have been forced to evacuate their homes since the fires began, with many unable to take their beloved pets with them. Horses and other animals are also in danger as flames continue to spread and new fires flare up. -- Global Animal

Overwhelmed By Climate Change? Here’s How You Can Help

(CLIMATE CHANGE/ACTIVISM) There's no denying climate change is real--and it's occurring at a rate that's roughly ten times faster than normal. But let's face it, sometimes the statistics regarding global warming and it's threat to humans, animals, and the environment can be overwhelming. So what can you do about it? From campaigning and going vegan/vegetarian, to installing insulation and solar panels, here are some practical steps you can take to help prevent climate change. -- Global Animal

Top Fashion Capital Of The World Goes Fur-Free

(ANIMAL WELFARE/ANIMAL NEWS) Following in the footsteps of West Hollywood, Berkeley, and San Francisco, Los Angeles is now the largest city in the United States to go fur-free. Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to ban the sale of fur beginning in January, giving retailers until 2020 to rid their existing inventories. Their decision comes just days after designer Burberry and London Fashion Week announced they would go fur-free. And while a growing number of municipalities and major fashion designers--including Michael Kors, Versace, and Gucci--are saying no to fur, the city's move signals a growing trend to outlaw the inherently cruel and inhumane fur trade globally. Read on to learn more about this historic decision for the nation's second largest city and one of the world's major fashion hubs, and how it's poised to encourage similar bans around the globe. Don't forget to take a stand against cruelty to animals by signing PETA’s fur-free pledge today! -- Global Animal

Lucky Hunt Foundation: Sanctuary For Bulgaria’s Strays

(STRAY DOGS/ANIMAL SANCTUARY) Based just 25 kilometres (about 15 miles) from Varna, Lucky Hunt Foundation is a clean, spacious sanctuary for dogs rescued from the streets of Bulgaria. It’s currently home to more than 150 dogs and puppies who were abandoned, abused, or homeless before they were brought there. Everyone is well looked after, with lots of room to play and sleep. Now Lucky Hunt Foundation is in need of volunteers. With plenty of dogs in the area in need of care, short-term volunteers can help stay on top of the animals’ needs, and keep costs low enough that the shelter can continue to operate. -- Global Animal

National Rescue Dog Day Is Here, So What Are You Waiting For?

(RESCUE DOGS/PET ADOPTION) Today, May 20, is National Rescue Dog Day, a day to recognize and appreciate the countless benefits of adopting a four-legged friend in need of a forever home. Over 3 million abandoned and abused dogs enter animal shelters each year, and their potential for love is limitless. These dogs often overcome extreme odds, but can still provide boundless comfort, security, and friendship as family pets. They offer a variety of therapeutic benefits to help relieve anxiety, depression, and PTSD, and with a little extra training, rescue dogs can also serve as dutiful service pets for the elderly or those with disabilities. Proud parents of rescue pets know first-hand how their four-legged friends improve their lives, and couldn't imagine a more worthy companion. So today, for National Rescue Dog Day, celebrate the joys of animal adoption and give your furry friends a well-deserved treat! -- Global Animal
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Dogs In Russia World Cup Cities Need Your Help

(ANIMAL RESCUES/ANIMAL VIDEOS) As protestors urge the Russian government not to fund the killing of stray dogs in 2018 Fifa World Cup Russia host cities prior to the World Cup matches, the World Animal Awareness Society is building relationships with rescuers working on-the-ground, saving and sheltering as many homeless dogs as they can. The organization has multiple team members in at least half a dozen of this year's World Cup host cities, and intends to network as many local citizen rescues in Russia to help give these dogs a chance at life. Visit the GoFundMe page for more information and consider donating to the cause to help save Russian dogs. -- Global Animal

Introducing The Largest City In The U.S. To Ban Fur Sales

(FUR TRADE/ANIMAL NEWS) In a unanimous vote, San Francisco has officially become the largest city in the U.S. to ban fur sales! With fur sales in San Francisco ranging from $11 million to a whopping $40 million, the ban is expected to most significantly impact an estimated 30 retailers in the Union Square area. While the new legislation does not apply to other animal products like leather, lambskin, or wool, retailers with fur in their existing inventory will no longer be able to sell fur products starting January 2020. San Francisco joins two other California cities, West Hollywood and Berkeley, in saying no to fur. In recent months, an increasing number of influential top fashion designers are also choosing to go fur-free. An estimated 50 million animals all over the world are slaughtered for their fur, with 85 percent of pelts coming from fur farms. We hope that San Francisco's historic ban will encourage legislators globally to consider similar bans. Read on to learn more about the unanimous vote and see how you can take action against the fur trade below. -- Global Animal

How Olympic Skier Gus Kenworthy Shut Down A South Korean Dog Farm

(ANIMAL RESCUE/DOGS) While Olympic snowboarder Maddie Mastro rescued a dog named Jadu from a South Korean butcher's block, Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy also made a significant impact for animals in South Korea. After rescuing street dogs during the Sochi Games in Russia and returning home with them in 2014, the freestyle skier repeated a similar mercy mission during last month's PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Once again with the help of Humane Society International (HSI), Kenworthy and his boyfriend, actor Matthew Wilkas, rescued 90 dogs from a South Korean dog meat farm, which has since been shut down. Most of the dogs are being flown to Canada where they'll eventually be available for adoption, but one of the dogs (affectionately named Beemo) is going home to the U.S. to live with the Olympian himself. Read below to learn more about Kenworthy's "heart-wrenching" trip to one of South Korea’s 17,000 dog meat farms. -- Global Animal

An Everyday Ingredient That’s Killing Orangutans

(WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) Palm oil is now present in more than half of consumer packaged goods found in grocery stores across the U.S., including chips, cookies, cake mix, canned soup, baby formula, and more. The market's increasing demand for palm oil has threatened the existence of rainforests around the world, specifically those located in Southeast Asia. Destruction of what may be our last saving grace in preserving the earth's ecosystem also means endangering the lives of iconic species including the red-listed Sumatran and Borneo orangutans. Orangutans are said to be among our closest kin in the animal kingdom, and we're slowly killing them off without even realizing it. Read on to learn how you can prevent their currently inevitable destruction. — Global AnimaL

“Like A Humane Society With Guns”: Dutch Police Defend Animals In Danger

(ANIMAL WELFARE/ANIMAL RESCUE) As the first country to have an animal rights party in parliament, the Netherlands is paving the way for animal welfare enforcement. Described as "a Humane Society with guns, handcuffs and badges," the 250 members of the Dutch animal police force help enforce laws protecting pets, livestock, and wildlife from abuse. Given the direct link between violence against animals and violence against humans, the animal police force's work is largely a combination of both animal protection and human social services. Read on to learn more about these pioneers in animal protection and their significant impact in the Netherlands. -- Global Animal

California Wildfire Relief: Here’s What Your Gift To Animals Looks Like

(HELP ANIMALS/DISASTER RELIEF) Earlier this month, four major wildfires broke out within 24 hours in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The outbreaks forced over 200,000 people to evacuate, and thousands of firefighters were summoned to help. The still-raging Thomas fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara County is now the largest fire in California history, burning 273,400 acres and destroying 775 homes since it began on December 4. So far, the Global Animal Foundation has raised over $3,000 to help the hundreds of pets and other animals displaced by the fires as committed animal rescue organizations work around-the-clock to save and keep animals safe and healthy. -- Global Animal

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