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International Cat Day: Fun Facts Celebrating Our Favorite Felines

(CATS/PETS) Today, August 8 is International Cat Day! Founded by the International Fund of Animal Welfare (IFAW) in 2002, International Cat Day is dedicated to celebrating people's passion for their feline friends, while spreading awareness for cats in need. But today isn't the only day dedicated to cats. There's also also National Cat Day on October 29, Respect Your Cat Day on March 28, World Cat Day on February 17, and of course, every cat lover's favorite day of the week, Caturday! Read on for more on International Cat Day, and for other fun facts about our favorite felines. -- Global Animal

Hiking Tips For You & Your Dog

(DOGS/LIFE WITH PETS) Former wilderness ranger Ceiridwen Terrill has trekked through the woods for pleasure and for work, and she's always done it with her two Shepherd mixes by her side. In the interview below, Terrill talks about safety, guidelines, and supplies while hiking with our four-legged friends. Although Terrill's two dogs have been hiking for years, she outlines the most important tips to protect you and your dog from anything and everything the wild offers. Read on to get all the facts from Terrill and to learn about a few hiking areas that are dog-friendly. — Global Animal

Memorial Day: Honoring The Animals Who Served

(MEMORIAL DAY) While many brave individuals have valiantly defended our country, countless animals have also served us in a variety of ways. Today, on Memorial Day, let's honor those who died in the line of duty as well as the sacrifices made by a surprising array of animals. From the U.S. Navy's Marine Mammal Program's use of dolphins and sea lions to carrier pigeons during World War II, take a look at these courageous creatures who have answered the call of duty. -- Global Animal
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This Memorial Day, Remember Pet Safety!

(MEMORIAL DAY/PET CARE) Memorial Day Weekend is finally here, which means it's time to honor those who served. It also means traveling and spending time with friends, family, and Fido! But between high temperatures, road trips, and family BBQs, holiday weekends can be stressful and potentially dangerous for animals. Luckily, simply ensuring your pet(s) have a shady place to get out of the sun and checking that they're microchips and ID tags are up-to-date can significantly help prevent a Dog-Day disaster. Prevent Memorial Day mishaps with these helpful tips, courtesy of the ASPCA, below. -- Global Animal

Shell-ebrate World Turtle Day With These 7 Unique Travel Experiences

(ANIMAL TOURISM/WILDLIFE) Every year on May 23, World Turtle Day shines a light on the plight of sea turtles as they arrive to beaches all over the world to nest from mid-May to late-August. As more beachfront properties open around the world and nesting sea turtles are forced to share land with vacationing humans, a variety of hotels and cruises are doing their part to protect turtles and their nesting grounds while helping guests participate in conservation efforts. Lights, urban development, and even hunting have a significant impact on the survival of nesting turtles, but luckily many resorts are learning to be good neighbors and are even improving the odds for these threatened species. This World Turtle Day, check out these seven unique travel experiences that go above and beyond to protect nesting and hatchling sea turtles. -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Vegan Strawberry Muffins

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) Summer will be here before you know it, so why not celebrate early with these perfectly moist, vegan strawberry muffins? These dairy-free and egg-free delights are ideal as a fresh, seasonal breakfast pastry or daytime snack. Not only are they sweet and fluffy, but they're totally guilt-free (and gluten-free with almond flour)! As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Spring Is In The Air & So Are Ticks

(PET CARE/DOG HEALTH) Are you having an active spring with your pup? While the spring weather is beautiful for long walks on the beach or in the park, it's important to remember to keep your dog free of ticks. Read on to learn about the symptoms of Lyme disease and how to keep your dog healthy and tick-free. — 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

14 Ways To Go Green With Your Dog This Earth Day

(DOGS/GO GREEN) Ever wonder how you can help reduce your dog's carbon paw-print? Going green with your dog is actually really easy. Not only will you feel good about reducing your environmental impact, but it will make your dog healthier and happier while saving a ton of money in the process. Just in time for Earth Day, take a look at these 14 ways dog parents can "go green" with their dogs, courtesy of Ultimate Home Life. From buying organic dog food to choosing to adopt, and not shop, there are so many ways you can become a green pet parent.

What On Earth Is Earth Day?

(EARTH DAY/ENVIRONMENT) The 1960's brought about a ton of changes for the American people, including protecting our environment. Brought into effect by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970, Earth Day sparked a worldwide rally to appreciate, protect, and teach about the importance of a healthy environment. From compassionate efforts including park clean-ups, teach-ins, and tree-plating parties, to long-term commitments like caring for trees planted in honor of Earth Day, Senator Nelson has inspired people around the world to become involved with the environment—and in the U.S., the number has reached up to around 80 percent of the population. Read on for the true story behind Earth Day, and see what you can do to take part in this important day of the year. — Global Animal

Bat Appreciation Day: Go Batty With These Fun Bat Facts!

(BATS/ANIMAL FACTS) Bats often get a pretty bad rap due to countless myths and common misconceptions, and it's actually helping drive the species to extinction. But in reality, these "scary creatures" have an extremely important role in our environment, managing insect populations and pollinating plants. Just like bees, bats pollinate many plants and facilitate seed dispersal. Bats also eat bugs, thus reducing the amount of pesticides used by farmers (which also means less pesticides polluting the environment). In fact, scientists estimate bats in the U.S. have saved us somewhere between $3.7 and 54 billion in pest control services every year. Read on to learn more about the reasons we have to thank and celebrate bats. -- Global Animal
If you already have a pet, make sure to adopt a dog that will get along well with other furry animals. Photo Credit: istockphoto

Raise Your Paws For National Pet Day!

(PETS/NATIONAL PET DAY) Today is National Pet Day, and it's the purr-fect time to show your pets some extra love. Established in 2006 by pet and home lifestyle expert-animal advocate Colleen Paige--who also founded National Dog Day and Cat Day, as well as National Puppy Day and Kitten Day--this national paw-liday celebrates the joy pets bring to our lives while spreading awareness about the plight of shelter pets awaiting adoption all over the world. In honor of National Pet Day, here are some fun ways to celebrate and great quotes that will make you love your pet even more! Don’t have a four-legged friend? Check out our Pet Adoption database! -- Global Animal

Rare Photos: The Unicorn Of The Sea

(OCEANS/NARWHALS) Commonly referred to as "unicorns of the sea," narwhals are rare and elusive, coldwater porpoises.  Photojournalist Daniel Botelho spotted the unique animal on his North Pole expedition, and quickly started snapping away with his camera. "I always knew it would be very tough to get close to a narwhal whale,” he said. “It is notoriously hard to get close to one. But while all the staff could only stand a half-hour in the water, I took advantage of my cold resistance and stayed for three hours.” Read on to learn more about these majestic animals and take a look at the incredible photos. — Global Animal

Fossil Discovery Proves Unicorns Were Once Real

(ANIMAL DISCOVERY/RHINOS) Believe it or not, unicorns were once real! Researchers identified a new fossil site containing the remains of massive mammals, including these previously thought mythical creatures. However, this unicorn species is actually a type of giant rhinoceros called Elasmotherium sibiricum. What's more, their findings determined the now-extinct giant ‘Siberian unicorn’ existed much more recently than you'd think, and may have roamed the Earth at the same time as humans. Read on to learn more about this rhino-sized discovery. -- Global Animal

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