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Living With A Dog: Everyday Tips For Keeping Your Home Clean

(PETS) Dogs are warm, fluffy creatures full of love and exuberance. They’re kind of like kids, in a sense that, while they’re an absolute joy to have around, they don’t always have the same attitude towards messiness that we typically do. They’ll tread happily over your new carpet and leave muddy paw prints behind. There's going to be fur all over your furniture. And on a few occasions, it’s likely you’ll come home to them digging through the trashcan because they smelled something interesting. To live with a dog means you'll deal with a bit of mess from time to time, but luckily this doesn’t have to affect the overall cleanliness of your home. Here are a few tips and tricks to ensure your living space is fresh and tidy every day. -- Global Animal

Happy World Vegetarian Day! (POLL)

(VEGETARIANISM) Today, October 1, is World Vegetarian Day, bringing awareness to the ethical, environmental, health, and humanitarian perks of vegetarian living. — Global Animal

Why Water Is So Important For Dogs

(PETS/DOGS) We all know about the importance of drinking water. Doctors and scientists can't emphasize the benefits of staying hydrated enough--explaining that proper hydration...

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

How To Keep Your Dog Calm During Fireworks

(PET CARE/PET SAFETY) The 4th of July holiday is the busiest time of the year for animal shelters. Dogs are found wandering terrified on the streets after being scared from home by fireworks. Fortunately, there are simple precautions you can take to keep your pets safe and their anxiety levels at a minimum during this patriotic holiday. — Global Animal

Is It True? Can Dogs Smell Cancer & Lactose Intolerance?

(DOGS) Dogs possess an impressively strong sense of smell. They are used as service dogs because of this particular ability, which helps in bomb detection, disease identification, and so on. They can even smell the amino acids that are absent from their diets and may push aside the food bowl. Quite recently, the talk of the town was that dogs could smell cancer in humans at the earliest stage. A dog is guided by the power of his olfactory cortex rather than visual cortex. He explores the world by the delightful scents rather than attractive colors. A dog can smell roses and leaves, but cannot see their pretty colors. -- 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

A Guide To Buying The Best Dog Apparel For Icy Winters

(DOGS/PET CARE) Dogs don’t typically like staying inside during winters, especially when they are young and active. Restricting your dog indoors throughout the winter can often cause frustration, anxiety, anger, or depression. Consequently, your pooch can develop anti-social behavior or aggression towards other dogs. Being a pet parent, you need to fulfill your pup’s need to go outside, socialize, and exercise for a while to positively channel his/her energy. Take your pooch for walks for short periods of time, but always be sure to protect him/her appropriately from ice and rain outside. Winter apparel needs vary for different regions and dogs of different breeds and ages. The following buying guide will help you invest wisely on the best dog apparel for icy-cold winters. -- Global Animal

Canine Cabin Fever? Fun Indoor Activities To Keep Tails Wagging This Winter

(DOGS) When the cold temperatures hit, the snow covers the ground, and the ice makes the sidewalks a slippery ice rink, you'll probably want to find some fun indoor activities for your dog to engage in. Your dog's exercise and activity needs will largely depend on factors like his/her age, breed, overall health, and size, but it's safe to say that your four-legged bundle of joy should get between half an hour to 120 minutes of activity each day. And when the cold weather season makes it hard to get outside regularly enough to keep you dog in tip-top shape, you’ll need to find another way. Read on for a look at some fun indoor activities with dogs during the winter so that man’s best friend can maintain optimal health even when the temperature keeps you and your pet inside. -- Global Animal

Take Action: Tell The Humane Society All Bets Are Off! Stop Taking A Gamble...

(ANIMAL NEWS/TAKE ACTION) The Animal Foundation in Las Vegas, Nevada, is the highest volume single-site animal shelter in the U.S. But despite its nonprofit, 501(c)3 status, activists claim the organization is breaking a law that bans the promotional sale of live animals as the shelter is set to raffle 150 Pomeranian puppies rescued last month. -- 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

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
Hedgehogs, cute animals, hedgehog facts

15 Fantastic Hedgehog Facts

(HEDGEHOGS/FUN ANIMAL FACTS) Who doesn't love hedgehogs? From their little spikes to their cute beady eyes, there are many things to love about this adorable and loveable animal. Hedgehogs have been domesticated since 4 B.C and permanently immortalized in our culture through characters such as Sonic the Hedgehog. Scroll down for 15 more fun hedgehog facts! — Global Animal

5 Odd Animal Behaviors Explained

(ABOUT ANIMALS/ANIMAL BEHAVIOR) The animals in our lives can do some really strange things. From fish playing dead to dogs faking injuries, here are five of the oddest animal behaviors explained. -- Global Animal

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