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Spaying and neutering can save your pet's life! Photo credit: Petfinder.com

8 Paw-sitive Facts For World Spay Day

(PETS/CATS AND DOGS) Today is the 20th annual World Spay Day—a day meant to shine a light on the positives of spaying and neutering your pets. Spaying/neutering your pet can help save his or her life, as typically spayed/neutered animals live a healthier and longer life. World Spay Day gives communities of animal lovers a unique opportunity to save thousands of animals. Typically, stray cats and dogs who are not spayed or neutered will be put down in a local shelter. By participating in World Spay Day, communities are helping lower the rate of pet euthanasia.— Global Animal

Pet Tech: Giving Your Pet A Better Quality Of Life

(PETS/PET CARE) Most pet parents view their animals as family members, but with our busy work schedules, it can be difficult to give our beloved companions the attention they deserve. Luckily technology is on our side, and it's helping us give our pets a better quality of life. For instance, there are dozens of tech-smart products available to assist with our pets' basic needs, in addition to their exercise, comfort, and of course, fun! There are also several dog-walking and daycare service apps for while you're away. View the infographic below for more on how technology is lending a helping paw to our furry friends. -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Nordic Winter Vegetable Soup

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) With cold winter weather looming, warm up with this hearty Nordic Winter Vegetable Soup for this week's Meat-Free Monday. This simple vegetarian soup is chock-full of seasonal herbs and nutrient-rich root vegetables like parsnips, celery root, baby spinach, leeks, thyme, and bay leaves. As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Most Popular Dog Breeds By State

(DOGS/DOG BREEDS) Did you know there are an estimated 90 million dogs living in U.S. households today? These breeds vary from large outdoor dogs like Labradors and Huskies, to smaller "apartment" dogs like Chihuahuas and Dachshunds. View the infographic below to see the most popular dog breeds by state--the results might surprise you! -- Global Animal

Love Your Pet Day: Furry Friends Steal The Show

(PETS/PET LOVERS) Did you know February 20 is Love Your Pet Day--aka every "fur child's" favorite holiday? Today is a day dedicated to the special relationship we share with our beloved pets, so be sure to set aside some time to give your pets some extra TLC. Read on to see how pet lovers everywhere are celebrating National Love Your Pet Day, and don't forget to be extra generous with belly rubs, walks, treats, and playtime--not just today, but everyday! -- Global Animal

A Story With A Song: Country Star Luke Bryan Adopts Senior Dog

(CELEBRITY PETS/DOG ADOPTION) Country music star Luke Bryan and his wife Caroline recently gave a senior dog a new leash on life after adopting an 18-year-old rescue named Poochie into their home. Poochie was deemed a "forever hospice foster" at Proverbs 12:10, a Nashville-based animal rescue, until the singer read about him on social media and decided to step in and save the senior pup. Read on to learn more about the heartwarming adoption story and how this senior dog is living out his golden years. -- Global Animal

In Dogs We Trust: Presidents & Their Pets

(FAMOUS PETS/DOGS) As we celebrate Presidents' Day, it just doesn't seem right to leave out those who gave their unconditional love to many of America's leaders. That can be a tall order. Of course, we're speaking about the First Pets. Read on for more about the many beloved animals throughout history—dogs, cats, horses, parrots, and others—who supported our nation's presidents. — Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Vegan Malai Kofta With Green Yogurt Sauce

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) Tantalize your taste buds this Meat-Free Monday with this vegan malai kofta with green yogurt sauce recipe. Malai kofta is a delicious and hugely popular Indian dish, serving as the perfect vegetarian alternative to meatballs. Malai stands for cream and kofta is a fried dumpling of mashed potatoes, paneer (Indian cottage cheese), or other vegetables. This recipe uses zucchini and carrots, but you could also use cauliflower, peas, or whatever veggies you prefer. Typically saved for special occasions, this dish is a labor of love and may seem like many steps, but the work is well worth it. As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal
The International Whaling Commission banned the hunting of blue whales in 1966. Photo credit: Wall Street OTC

A Whale Of A Day: 6 Fun Facts For World Whale Day

(OCEAN CONSERVATION/WHALES) Every year on February 16, conservationists and animal lovers alike come together to celebrate World Whale Day. Founded in 1980, this international day of observance serves to raise awareness about the ongoing need to protect our world's whale populations. Whales are so incredibly important to our Earth's ecosystems as they play an integral role in balancing the food chain and ensuring certain species do not overpopulate the world's oceans. However, these animals are threatened by a number of human-related activities like pollution, ship collisions, and even hunting. Despite a ban on commercial whaling in 1986, whales still face slaughter--most notably off the coasts of Japan. Celebrate World Whale Day and learn more about the oceans' most iconic mammals with these important facts below, and see how you can take action to help marine life. -- Global Animal
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Animals Cuddle Up For Valentine’s Day (GALLERY)

(PETS/CUTE ANIMAL PICTURES) Still not sure what you're going to do for Valentine's Day? The animals in the heartwarming gallery below have the right idea; spend your day with someone you love. Cuddle up with your Valentine and enjoy these adorable pictures of kittens, puppies, bunnies, squirrels, birds, monkeys, and many other animals from all around the world who are celebrating their love. — Global Animal

Have A Pet-Friendly Valentine’s Day!

(CATS & DOGS/PET CARE) All around the world, February 14 is the day to exchange gifts, flowers, and chocolates--all in the name of St. Valentine. This special time of year can be just as fun for pets as it is for humans, if the right precautions are taken. Read on to learn how you and your furry friend can have a safe and festive Valentine's Day. — Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Berry Love Pies With Red Velvet Crust

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) Celebrate a guilt-free Valentine's Day with these vegan Berry Love Pies with Red Velvet Crust. These pies are sure to wow your sweetheart, and believe us, they taste as good as they look! The rich red velvet crust is completely gluten-free and coated with a delectable homemade berry jam. Flare up your pies with fresh or dried fruit, crushed nuts, coconut flakes, and whole berries. As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Goofy GIFs For The Soul

(CUTE ANIMALS/ANIMAL VIDEOS) We love animals and we love these cuddly, comedic clips circling the web. If you need a good laugh, check out these adorable GIFs. These cute critters are sure to bring a smile to your face! — Global Animal

Sweet Tooth? Here’s Why Dogs Shouldn’t Eat Chocolate

(PET HEALTH/DOGS) You've likely been told to keep your pooch away from chocolate, but why exactly is it so bad for them? Read on to find out why experts say chocolate is not good for dogs, and see what to do if your pup accidentally ingests any cocoa products. — Global Animal

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