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4 Ways To Help Animals This Holiday Season

(HOLIDAYS/ANIMAL ACTIVISM) With the holidays in full swing, now is the perfect time to get into the giving spirit and help our furry and feathered friends. Whether you’re giving a gift or giving back, take a look at these four great ways to help animals this holiday season. -- Global Animal

Don’t Try This At Home! Man Risks Life To Save Rabbit From California Wildfire

(WILDLIFE/ANIMAL RESCUE) As destructive wildfires continue to tear across Southern California, destroying homes, forcing evacuations, and displacing thousands of residents, one unnamed man risked his life to save a wild rabbit from the blaze. The viral video of the daring rescue shows a Ventura County highway engulfed in smoke and flames from the Thomas fire, which is so far the most massive of the Southern California wildfires, consuming nearly 100,000 acres. The unidentified good Samaritan--who has since become a social media hero--pulled over along Highway 1 near La Conchita, California, and braved the flames to save the small creature from the hellish inferno. It goes without saying that getting this close to a wildfire is extremely dangerous and not recommended, but in these trying times, we need more examples of compassion toward animals. Read on to learn more about the daring rescue and view the footage in the video clip below. -- Global Animal

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
Fewer than 100 Sumatran rhinos remain in the wild. Photo Credit: World Wild Life Foundation

Sumatran Rhino Population In A State Of Ruin

(RHINOS/WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) In the 1980s, there were estimated to be 800 Sumatran rhinos left in the wild. Nowadays, that number could be as low as 30--no thanks to poaching and habitat loss. But since these four known wild rhino populations are so segregated from one another, they also have difficulty reaching each other to breed. The situation has become so dire, conservationists will need to start capturing wild Sumatran rhinos to breed them and boost the species' captive population. Read on to learn more about how we can save this species from extinction. -- 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

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund: Helping Victims Stay Afloat

(DISASTER RELIEF/ANIMAL RESCUE) Hurricane Harvey caused devastation for countless people and their pets throughout Texas and Louisiana. Luckily, over 300 shelters and animal rescues all over the the country have stepped in to help. Those affected those affected face an uphill battle to rebuild their lives, but volunteers continue to work day by day, trying to find forever homes, pet by pet. -- Global Animal

TAKE ACTION: Hurricane Harvey Animal Victims Need Our Help!

(HURRICANE HARVEY/ANIMAL RESCUE) Being the most powerful storm to hit the mainland in over a decade, Hurricane Harvey has completely wreaked havoc throughout Texas and Louisiana. To put things in perspective, an estimated 20 trillion gallons dumped on the 2.3 million-person city of Houston since Harvey came ashore. Some parts of Texas received as much as 50 inches of rain, causing extensive property damage that could reach $190 billion. The torrential rain, devastating winds, and widespread flooding has resulted in 39 human casualties and driven over one million people and their pets out of their flooded homes. Fortunately, an extensive network of animal rescue groups from all over the U.S. are rushing to provide aid as first responders are working round-the-clock to save stranded pets. In Houston alone, there likely are thousands upon thousands of displaced pets in need. These animals desperately need our help. Please consider making a donation, no matter how small, to make this life-saving work possible. -- 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

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

Join The Stampede! Celebrate World Elephant Day

(ELEPHANTS/WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) Happy World Elephant Day! This global campaign was founded in 2012 to shine a light on the delicate state of elephant populations across the globe. In addition to habitat loss and exploitation, poaching for the ivory trade is one of the most difficult issues conservationists must face to protect these gentle giants. But how can you get involved in the fight to save elephants, before they become permanently extinct? Continue reading below to learn more about the global efforts taking place to stop elephant poaching in its tracks, and shut down ivory markets across the globe once and for all. -- Global Animal

Why Did The Sloth Cross The Road? Threats To Sloth Populations

(SLOTHS/WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) On June 2, the oldest sloth in the world, Miss C, died at the age of 43. She spent her long life at the Adelaide Zoo in Australia, and was the last to exist in the country. Since sloths are native to Central and South America, the Aussies might have to wait a while before seeing another furry slowpoke in their land. The death of Miss C reduced the sloth population by one due to age-related issues. That said, are there other threats to these animals? Sadly, yes. -- Global Animal

A Common Crime: 10 More Elephants Poisoned By Poachers

(WILDLIFE CONSERVATION/POACHING) In a major loss for the animal kingdom, 10 elephants--including a mother and her young calf--were poisoned by poachers at Zimbabwe’s Hwange national park last week. A bucket of poison (typically a dilute sodium cyanide solution and/or paraquat, an extremely toxic agricultural herbicide) was found near the scene and three arrests were made over the weekend, with one of the suspects found in possession of ivory. Unfortunately this has become a common method of killing wildlife since using poison allows poachers to kill large mammals silently, without rifle shots that would alert park rangers to their whereabouts. In addition to killing these magnificent creatures, the poison can also greatly disrupt the ecosystem and rattle the food chain. Predators like lions and hyenas can die if they consume poisoned flesh, while other animals have died by drinking from contaminated buckets and watering holes. What's more, the deaths from this murder method are said to be slow and painful for the animals. Read on to see how the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority is responding to the problem with force, and click here to seek justice for the poisoned elephants and other affected wildlife. -- Global Animal