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Southern California Wildfires: How To Help Animal Victims (TAKE ACTION)

(HELP ANIMALS) Several major wildfires that all flared in just 24 hours continue to burn throughout Southern California, scorching a combined 83,000 acres, destroying an estimated 200 homes, and prompting at least 150,000 people to evacuate. Fed by rapid winds, low humidity, and dry conditions, at least three of the fires are zero percent contained and continue to threaten over 3,000 homes. The fires are expected to grow as gusty winds continue through most of the week. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti urged those under mandatory evacuation orders to leave their homes before it's too late. Global Animal Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that funds emergency animal rescue worldwide, is collecting donations to disperse between HSVC, LACACF, and other 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. -- Global Animal

Giving Tuesday: 8 Gifts That Give Back To Animals

(HOLIDAYS/PETS) Now that the chaos of Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over, it's time to take a break from material possessions and do something that 's good for the heart and soul. Today, for Giving Tuesday, why not give back to animals? The shopping list below offers the perfect gifts for both pets and pet lovers. Whether you're donating to your favorite animal charity or symbolically adopting an endangered animal plush toy, you can rest assured you've helped make the world a slightly better place. Read on for the complete list of gifts that give back to animals, and get giving today! -- Global Animal

Feral Cat Day: The Truth About Crazy Cat People & Why We Need Them

(CATS/STRAY ANIMALS) What do you picture when someone uses the phrase, “crazy cat lady?” An older woman with more than five cats? Someone who spends all of their money on cat toys and food? In reality, “crazy cat ladies” are the ones who rescue and help care for our stray and/or feral feline friends. If it wasn't for these wonderful, compassionate people, countless cats would be without adoptive homes, left to fend for themselves on city streets. In observation of Feral Cat Day, read on to learn more about these selfless individuals who deserve more than an eye roll when stereotyped as “crazy cat people.” -- Global Animal
Top Reasons To Go Vegan: Meat Causes Heart Disease

Vegetarianism & Mental Health: Plant-Based Happiness

(VEGETARIAN LIFESTYLE) There's no doubting the benefits of a meat-free diet as statistics show vegetarians have lower rates of health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. But did you know going meat-free also promotes empathy amongst human beings? In the following article, Dr. Sujatha Ramakrishna, author of Raising Kids Who Love Animals, discusses both the mental and physical benefits of a vegetarian diet, claiming a compassionate lifestyle is much more fulfilling than a selfish one. Read on to learn more about the relationship between human compassion and our eating habits. — Global Animal

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

Polarizing Views On Climate Change Pave Polar Bears’ Path To Decline

(POLAR BEARS/WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) While the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the Earth, polar ice caps are melting at a startling pace--which, as you can imagine, does not bode well for the world's polar bear populations. In fact, a 2015 assessment predicted a 30 percent decrease in the number of polar bears by 2050. But numbers aside, scientists are noticing other, more subtle indications that polar bears are at an increasing risk, including changes in their physical condition, size, reproduction, and survival rates. As the Arctic ice continues to shrink and the number of ice-free days increases, bears are also entering nearby villages, and interactions between bears and humans are becoming more common--putting both the bears and people at risk. There's no doubt the loss of sea ice is linked to the unregulated release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, yet climate change denialists claim the loss of ice does not pose a threat to the polar bears' survival. Read on to learn more about the plight of this endangered species, and click here for everyday ways to save polar bears from extinction. -- Global Animal

Vet Travels 900 Miles To Help Horses At Standing Rock

(HORSES/ANIMAL ACTIVISM) The controversial multi-billion-dollar Dakota Access Pipeline project continues to make headlines as an estimated 10,000 protesters remain on prairie land, despite growing calls for them to move elsewhere. While danger to both protesters and law enforcement is ongoing, one veterinarian is providing help to the Sioux and their horses amid the chaos. After receiving a phone call from a horse caretaker at the Oceti Sakowin Camp, Charmian Wright, DVM, owner and operator of Mountain Horse Medical, raised funds for medical supplies via GoFundMe, and proceeded to drive the 900 miles from Park City, Utah, to Standing Rock, North Dakota. Given that all of the Sioux horses are well cared for, and none have been killed, Dr. Wright's main incentive was to teach horse caretakers and riders how to treat emergency injuries and assess potential illnesses. She has since returned home, but continues to raise funds for the Sioux. Read on to learn more about Dr. Wright's trip, and click here to donate to help Native Americans and their horses on the Sioux Reservation. -- Global Animal

Heroes Of The Flood: How Two Vets Saved 33 Dogs In Louisiana

(ANIMAL RESCUE/NATURAL DISASTER RELIEF) Animal rescue efforts are still underway following the Great Flood of 2016. The Humane Society of Louisiana put out a call for help after the Louisiana floods devastated the Livingston Parish region. Dogs were found stranded on the roof of the flooded Denham Springs Animal Shelter, but luckily Dr. Liza Ledet and Ashley Geoghegan, two veterinarians from the Mandeville Animal Hospital, came to the rescue. The two vets and their staff members are being credited with saving the lives of more than 30 dogs rescued from the Louisiana floodwaters. This week, Jeff Dorson of the Humane Society of Louisiana thanked the dedicated vets by presenting them each with a special "Heroes of the Flood" award for their noble efforts. Not only did they save 33 animal lives, but they are also committed to caring for the animals--out-of-pocket---until they're adopted. "We had 17 dogs that were just rescued from the flood that needed immediate help, and who could help us,"Jeff Dorson said. "Their answers were, 'We can. Just bring them in and we'll figure it out.'" Thanks to Global Animal donors like you, so far we've distributed over $2,200 to help animals affected by the floods. Funds are being dispersed between the Humane Society of Louisiana (HSL) and Companion Animal Alliance of Baton Rouge (CAABR) to assist with field rescue operations and sheltering services. Learn more about the Humane Society of Louisiana and the Mandeville Animal Hospital's flood relief efforts in the article and video clip below. -- Global Animal

Flood Relief Donations: Helping Louisiana Out Of The Mud

(ANIMAL RESCUE/ACTIVISM) Last month, the United States witnessed the worst natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy when prolonged rainfall and catastrophic flooding devastated parts of southern Louisiana. The historic and unprecedented event was quickly declared a state of emergency as it submerged thousands of homes and businesses, displacing thousands of residents and their pets. Fortunately, rescue organizations--both local and national--have banded together to help animals in need following the disaster. The Global Animal Foundation quickly distributed an initial $1,200 to aid first responders on the ground helping animals affected by the floods. Thanks to generous donors like you, we are thrilled to announce that we've sent another $1,000 from the Louisiana Flooding Relief Fund. -- Global Animal

Have A Heart, Pay The Price? Activist Faces Jail Time For Helping Pigs In...

(ANIMAL ACTIVISM/FACTORY FARMING) In June 2015, animal activist Anita Krajnc stopped on the side of the road to help some slaughterhouse-bound pigs packed into a large trailer. The pigs were visibly overheated and dehydrated, so Krajnc did what any other humane individual would do in the situation and offered water to the thirsty animals. This ultimately resulted in a heated argument with the truck driver who proceeded to call the police and press charges. Now, Krajnc is being charged with criminal mischief and faces jail time or a fine of up to $5,000 for her compassion in action. The trial has gained widespread attention with many calling Krajnc's efforts heroic, while others say activists like herself are a nuisance and interfering with private property. But exactly how is it legal to torture animals and kill them, but it's illegal to give them water to relieve the animals' suffering? What are your thoughts? Continue reading for more details on the incident and view video footage of the confrontation below. -- Global Animal

Thank You, Global Animals! Louisiana Flood Donations At Work

(ACTIVISM/TAKE ACTION) In what's being described as the worst natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy, recent catastrophic flooding in Louisiana damaged or destroyed as many as 70,000 homes, displacing thousands of residents and their pets. Rescue organizations across the nation are banding together in a race against time to help animals left behind in the disaster. So far more than 600 animals have been rescued, and groups are working hard to help these animals become healthy again and reunite pets with their families or find them new homes. Thanks to Global Animal donors like you, so far we've distributed over $1,200 to help animals affected by the floods. Funds are being dispersed between the Humane Society of Louisiana (HSL) and Companion Animal Alliance of Baton Rouge (CAABR) to assist with field rescue operations and sheltering services. -- Global Animal

Lending A Helping Paw To Pets Of Orlando Shooting Victims

(PETS/ANIMAL CARE) Over the weekend, the U.S. witnessed the deadliest mass shooting in it's history after a gunman opened fire in an Orlando nightclub. With 49 people killed and another 53 injured, local animal groups are offering to care for pets affected by the horrific tragedy. Continue reading for a list of Orlando-based organizations volunteering their assistance during this difficult time. -- Global Animal

Join The Pack! Celebrate 150 Days Of Animal Rescue

(CELEBRITIES/ANIMAL ACTIVISM) Join the ASPCA in celebrating its 150th anniversary by pledging to help animals in need. In honor of 150 years of service to animals, the ASPCA is launching 150 Days of Rescue, a national campaign designed to protect homeless and abused animals. The 150-day campaign, which launched on April 10th, the ASPCA's birthday, and will continue through September 7th. -- Global Animal

5 Ways Students Can Stand Up For Animals

(ANIMAL ACTIVISM) You're never too young to make a difference for animals, so the Humane Society has outlined several ways for students around the world to become leaders for animals. The list includes videos featuring celebrities such as Jenna Tatum and Woody Harrelson, as well as an infographic on how to start your own humane, animal-friendly organization. Read on for the amazing things you or your child can do to be cruelty-free. — Global Animal

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