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June Is Adopt-A-Cat Month! Here’s How You Can Help Save Felines In Need

(PETS/CATS/KITTENS) Every spring and summer, thousands of newborn kittens flood animal shelters across the U.S. And with kitten season upon us, it's time to celebrate Adopt-A-Cat Month and help save these cats in need. Animal shelters across the United States have an estimated influx of six to eight million animals per year, many of whom end up being euthanized if a suitable home is not found for them. A collaboration between the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Maddie's Fund, and the Ad Council, the Shelter Pet Project is celebrating Adopt-A-Cat Month with radio, TV, out-of-home, and interactive public service announcement (PSA) campaigns to help all shelter pets—not just cats—find loving forever homes. —Global Animal

5 Summer Activities For You & Your Pet

(DOGS/PETS) With summer in full force, the extra hours of sunlight and warmer weather make it a perfect time to incorporate some new, fun activities into your schedule for you and your dog. From hiking to beach fun, read on for outdoor activities and pet tips to have an active, safe summer! — 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 Your Dog Going Deaf Or Blind? Communicating With An Older Dog

(SENIOR PETS/OLDER DOGS) Your dog has been your best friend for many years, but perhaps now he/she is slowing down, sleeping more and becoming startled by pats on the back. Is there a better way to communicate with an aging dog? Absolutely! -- Global Animal

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

Remember Me Thursday: Let’s Light Up The World

(ANIMAL ACTIVISM/CELEBRITY NEWS) Each year on the fourth Thursday of September, Remember Me Thursday, a worldwide pet awareness campaign, sheds light on the millions of orphaned pets around the globe. On the day of the event, which will take place on Thursday, September 25, 2014, individuals light candles not only in remembrance of orphan pets who have lost their lives, but also to shine a light upon animals who still desperately need homes. — Global Animal

Adopt A Turkey – Ady Gil Will Show His Thanks

(THANKSGIVING/TURKEYS) Ady Gil is moving from sea to land, saving turkeys in time for Thanksgiving and giving the birds something to be thankful for. Gil, who is best known for donating $1 million to his namesake vessel with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, is matching donations up to $50,000 for Farm Sanctuary's Adopt-A-Turkey program until November 25. -- 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

Flap Your Wings For World Penguin Day!

(PENGUINS/ANIMAL FACTS) Today, April 25 is World Penguin Day--not to be confused with Penguin Awareness Day, which takes place January 20th. Marking the start of the flightless birds' annual migration north, World Penguin Day is a great opportunity to learn about and celebrate one of the few natives of Antarctica, penguins! -- Global Animal
Indoor cats tend to be drawn to floral arrangements. Photo credit: Blue Cross Animal Hospital

Fatal Flowers? Keep Lilies Away From Cats!

(PET CARE/CATS) With Easter just around the corner and lilies in full bloom, it's important to learn about the dangers of bringing lilies into your home. Many pet guardians do not realize that lilies, particularly Easter, Tiger, Asiatic, Day, and Japanese Show lilies, are poisonous and potentially deadly to cats. If a cat ingests or comes into contact with any part of the lily plant, including its pollen, he/she could possibly develop kidney failure and die within several days. — Global Animal

Restaurant Makes An Ass Of Itself

(ANIMAL RIGHTS) Cinco de Mayo wasn’t exactly a fiesta for Los Angeles Mexican restaurant Pink Taco. Twitter and Facebook erupted on Thursday afternoon when a photo circulated of a donkey that had been spray painted pink with “Pink Taco” messily scrawled on her side. It was close to 90 degrees in Los Angeles on Thursday, and the pink donkey was chained alone outside the restaurant in the blazing sun. -- 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

Pet Peeves: Are Litter Boxes A Cat’s Safe Haven?

(PET CARE/CATS) Figuring out the idiosyncrasies of your companion can be difficult. For instance, why do cats play in their litter boxes? Behavior like this can give you clues as to how your pets are feeling in a particular situation. One would think a place where you dispose of your own waste would be the last place anyone would want to spend extra time. But when cats are put in a new situation, whether it be introducing your cat to a new animal or adding an extra family member to your household, their behavior may seem a little more erratic than usual. Read more to find out the reason behind cats obsession with litter boxes. — Global Animal

Photo credit: The Dogington Post

Dogs & Taxes: Digging Up Tax Deductions For Pets

(PETS/PET CARE) Being a pet guardian has many benefits, but when it comes to filing taxes, claiming your furry friend as a dependent is prohibited. Even though dogs are not tax deductible, certain pet related expenses are. Check out the list below to learn about any tax deductions you may receive for being a pet parent. -- Global Animal

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