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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
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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

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
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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

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

S-Town Is A Eulogy For The Planet

(ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH/CLIMATE CHANGE) After listening to the podcast “S-Town” by investigative journalist Brian Reed, I am left with a multitude of feelings, but the overwhelming one is sadness. The poignant story starts as an investigation of a purported murder and morphs into a complicated portrayal of a local genius named John B. McLemore and his relationships with the residents of Woodstock, Alabama, or, as he christened it: “S*** Town.” -- Global Animal

5 Films That Will Make You Want To Change Your Diet

(ANIMAL ACTIVISM/FACTORY FARMING) There is a new epidemic sweeping across the globe, but it seems nobody is doing anything about it. That’s probably because this epidemic doesn't affect people--it affects animals. Millions of helpless animals are tortured, abused, and mistreated just so we can feed our faces. Factory farming is big business, and it's destroying our world. Factory farming is the process of raising a high number of animals for the purpose of food, in the most efficient way possible--and treating them less like living beings than like a resource to be maximized, whatever the cost to their, and our, quality of life. According to the ASPCA, over 99 percent of farm animals in the United States are raised in atrocious factory farms. To help show how terrible these factory farms are, here are five documentaries that will make you want to change your diet. -- Global Animal

Give A Rat’s Arse For World Rat Day!

(PETS/RATS) Today, April 4 is World Rat Day! There's no doubt rats get a bad rap, but they're actually really kind and helpful creatures, who can be wonderful pets for people of all ages. In fact, rats are some of the most social, intelligent animals in the world. But sadly, millions are used in research experiments every year. These sweet animals deserve greater recognition and treatment. In honor of World Rat Day, we urge you to look past the common myths and prejudiced stereotypes. Here are some fun facts that might make you reconsider your opinion of rats. -- Global Animal
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World Spay Day: Make Every Day Spay Day!

(PETS/NATIONAL SPAY DAY) Today marks the 23rd annual World Spay Day, a day dedicated towards encouraging the public to spay and neuter their pets. Established by the Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International (HSI), and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA), National Spay Day spotlights the power of affordable and accessible spay-neuter services. Not only does spaying and neutering pets save the lives of feral cats and stray dogs who might otherwise be euthanized in shelters or killed on the streets, but sterilizing house pets also allows animal shelters and rescues to better provide for homeless animals in need. There are many life-saving benefits of spaying or neutering pets, so don't wait to take action! Visit the HSUS resources below and make every day World Spay Day! -- Global Animal

How To Stop Your Dog From Barking

(PET CARE/DOGS) Is your dog driving you and your neighbors up the wall with his or her barking? Here are few simple tips to keep your dog happy, healthy, and--above all--quiet. How to stop dog barking. — Global Animal

Curtains Close For Ringling Bros.’ Cruelest Show On Earth

(CIRCUSES/ANIMAL NEWS) In a major victory for circus animals everywhere, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced its "Greatest Show on Earth" will be closing for good in May. Kenneth Feld, chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment, which owns the circus, attributes to the closure to declining attendance, high operating costs, shifting public tastes, and ongoing pressure from animal rights groups. Feld also claims ticket sales declined more drastically than expected after the company removed elephants from its shows last year. While an increasing number of people agree forcing animals to perform is cruel and unnecessary, it's clear that public opinion has finally put an end to the suffering. Gone are the days of animals living in cramped, barren conditions for long periods of time, where they are forced to perform tricks through physical violence, fear, and intimidation. But now it's time for all circuses to follow suit and end their wild animal acts. Read on to learn more about the elephant-sized decision, and for more on the rise and fall of Ringling Bros. circus. -- Global Animal

My Cat Dies In The Time Of Trump

(PETS & POLITICS/OP-ED) Omar the cat died today. A veterinarian came to our home, and with two quick shots, Omar was put out of his pain after 19 years of life. The vet said it's better to be a day early than a day late, and that we seemed to hit the 'sweet spot' between Omar’s quality of life and a painful existence. For the past two years, Omar got the best medical care possible, a daily regime the kept him frisky to the end. It was care I only wish was available to all people. -- Global Animal

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