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Only Down Under? Aussie Police Find Furry Friend In Woman’s Bag

(KOALAS/AUSTRALIAN WILDLIFE) Australian police were in for a fuzzy surprise on Sunday night after arresting a woman with an adorable baby koala in her bag. Crikey! The 50-year-old woman was stopped during a regular patrol and arrested due to "outstanding matters." When asked whether she had anything to declare before being taken into custody, she shocked officers by handing over a zipped green canvas bag with a joey inside. -- Global Animal

Paw-litics: 16 Animals Poised To Win The Presidential Election

(FUNNY ANIMAL PICTURES/ANIMALS & POLITICS) Election Day is finally here! While many are on their way to cast their votes at the poll booths, these animals are having their own political party. In a world currently swarming with political animals, take a look at these paw-litical animals as they encourage everyone to get out and rock the vote today! -- Global Animal

Making It Up To Animals: China Finally Accepts Cruelty-Free Cosmetic Testing

(ANIMAL NEWS/ANIMAL TESTING) In a major victory for lab animals, China has finally accepted the first non-animal testing method for cosmetics. This breakthrough can be attributed to the scientists at the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS)--a non-profit institution focused on developing non-animal research methods--who have created a 3T3 Phototoxicity method that measures a chemical's potential harm by exposing it to light rather than injecting or applying it onto rabbits, mice, or other lab animals. This practice is already in widespread use throughout the U.S. and the E.U., but soon, for the first time ever, the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) will recognize the cruelty-free data as acceptable for safety evaluations of cosmetic ingredients. -- Global Animal

The Life of a Pitbull: Lulu in Santa Monica

(PIT BULLS/DOGS) As Global Animal founders, we have met and worked with many dogs, and want to share our experience with the latest addition to our family. Lulu was adopted at an NKLA (No Kill Los Angeles) event through "Angel City Pitts" three years ago, when she was three years old. She was rescued from an abusive situation and taken as evidence of inhumanity because she was kept in a cage and constantly bred from the time she could reproduce. Her DNA test shows she is 100% American Staffordshire Terrier. She came with medical issues and in order to spay Lulu, the veterinarians had to cut through scar tissue from back-yard C-sections. They also cropped her ears, possibly to prep her for fighting, which results in regular ear infections. Lulu had no real idea how to be a dog, couldn’t climb stairs, and never barked. But we could see that she was a special spirit who simply needed a loving home. We went out that morning to go to a museum exhibit, got diverted by the NKLA event, and came home with Lulu! We were a bit concerned about how she would fit into our household, but our first dog Stanley showed her the ropes, our ancient cat Omar set the boundaries about who was boss, and Lulu slowly began to relax into her new home. Now she’s loving life! A word about the breed: Lulu is the most stable, loving dog we have ever encountered. As gentle as a lamb, she is non-reactive in every situation, whether with an aggressive dog, a two-year-old climbing on her back and even taunting squirrels and speeding skateboarders. We love her (she never leaves my side) and we wanted to share our story and pictures to encourage other dog lovers to consider this breed. They were once the family dog of America and if you watch the incredible documentary on Netflix called Champions, about the rehabilitation of the Michael Vick dogs, you will see their true nature is stable, gentle and forgiving. Like any dog, their loyalty can be distorted through torture and abuse, but the misinformation about this breed is at epidemic levels. A new book called Pit Bull tells the truth. Their jaws don’t lock any more than any other dog, their stability is on par with the Labrador, and they are fantastic with children. Places where breed specific bans have been enacted against pit bulls have not shown a decrease in dog bites. If any dog is unstable, look at the other end of the leash for the reason. Judge the deed, not the breed! -- 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

Is Quebec’s Pit Bull Ban Jumping The Banned-Wagon?

(PIT BULLS/BREED DISCRIMINATION) QUEBEC -- In the wake of a series of high-profile pit bull attacks, Quebec City recently announced a plan to ban pit bulls throughout the city. Mayor Régis Labeaume released a video statement on June 16 explaining why he wants to ban pit bulls in Quebec City beginning January 1, 2017, leaving pit bull parents with just over six months to respect the regulations and get rid of their dogs--a much stricter approach than other regions have announced. -- Global Animal
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A Boy & His Dog: A Fur-ever Friendship

(DOGS/ANIMAL FRIENDSHIP) UNITED KINGDOM — One has a debilitating disease, and one has only three legs. Owen and Haatchi have an incredible friendship, yet one based on very strange circumstances. The bond between the little boy and his Anatolian Shepherd dog is truly inspiring. — Global Animal

A California Dream Come True: LA Bans Commercial Pet Sales For Good

(ANIMAL NEWS/PETS) In 2012, Los Angeles City Council placed a temporary three-year ban on the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits from commercial breeders. Thanks to a 12-0 vote on Wednesday, Los Angeles made the ban permanent before it expired. The initial three-year ban was intended to be a trial period in case the law became too economically detrimental for pet stores. However, pet stores have made the necessary adjustments since the ban went into effect, placing more focus on hosting animal adoption events and selling pet supplies. -- Global Animal

Meet Xander, The Blind Service Pug (GALLERY)

(DOGS/CUTE ANIMAL PICTURES) Xander may be the cutest, sweetest pug to ever grace this Earth. As a baby, Xander suffered from head trauma which resulted in him needing both of his eyes removed. Shortly after being adopted by his companion Rodeny Beeney, Beeney knew that Xander was destined to be a therapy dog. After adopting Xander, Beeney and his wife officially certified him as a service dog. Xander is proudly the only furry member on the Hospital Guild. He provides comfort to victims of child and spouse abuse, anyone who needs companionship, children who have a fear of dogs, and he often accompanies the Hands and Words are Not for Hurting group on school programs and various outings. Despite Xander's limitations, he continuously brings joy to anyone and everyone who has been blessed by his presence. Like Xander on Facebook and see his cuteness hard at work in this adorable gallery. — 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
Greig is the proud father of ten elderly shelter dogs. Photo credit: Bored Panda

Age Is Just A Number: Lending A Helping Paw To Senior Dogs

(SENIOR DOGS/PET ADOPTION) There's no easy way to recover from the loss of a beloved pet. Steve Greig, however, has found a way to devote his life to the animals who need his love the most. Greig begins each day with 10 shelter dogs by his side, and he can't imagine anything more fulfilling. -- 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

Don’t Hide Your Head In The Sand: Save Ostriches From Slaughter!

(ANIMAL CRUELTY/OSTRICHES) It may be time to rethink your next designer handbag purchase. For years, activists have fought against using animal skin for clothing and accessories. Some individuals refuse to wear leather while others take a stand against fur coats; but many are unaware of the extent of the cruelty that occurs behind closed doors. Exotic animal skins come at a much greater cost to humanity than the number on their price tags. One lesser known industry that engages in horrific and cruel animal practices is the ostrich leather industry. -- Global Animal

Animal X-Ray Photography: Creepy Or Cool?

(ANIMAL PICTURES/WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY) Sure, X-rays can be used for medical purposes, but have you ever thought to use X-rays as an art form? Read on for more details about three amazing artists and their intriguing work with animal photography. — Global Animal

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