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Only about 1% of all pets in North America are insured. Photo Credit: Modern Dog Magazine

Does Your Pet Have A Plan? Finding The Right Pet Insurance

(PET INSURANCE) As it turns out, finding health insurance for yourself is relatively similar to finding insurance for your pet, with pre-existing conditions and the effects of aging making the process much more difficult. And with veterinary costs on the rise, it's becoming increasingly more important to make sure your pet is insured. Read on for more guidelines on how to find the right insurance for your pet and your pocketbook. — Global Animal

12 Reasons You Don’t Want To Clone Your Pet

(PETS/ANIMAL SCIENCE) So maybe your animal, who was of course the best animal in the whole world, died, and you’d do anything to bring them back. You heard about cloning--it was so long ago that Dolly was cloned (1996, but announced 1997) that by now they should be able to clone your best friend with ease. In fact, plenty of dogs and cats and other animals have been cloned around the world. But let’s look at some facts about the pet cloning industry... -- Global Animal

Cats Of YouTube Host Art Festival

(CATS/ANIMAL VIDEOS) Put your paws together for your favorite kitty! Thursday marked the first year of the Internet Cat Video Film Festival at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, screening the best of the best feline-themed videos. An estimated 10,000 cat lovers and fans showed up to support the contestants, who ranged from internet sensation Maru and his infatuation with cardboard boxes, to Snooky the ticking tabby. The museum showed 79 videos in 75 videos, but only one cat would triumph. It was the existential Henri, le Chat Noir, who took home this year's Golden Kitty Award. Watch some of the videos below and vote which is your favorite! — Global Animal

Be Thankful For Turkeys Beyond Food

(TURKEYS/ANIMAL FACTS) While many people only think of turkeys around the holidays, it turns out the beautiful birds are far more useful alive than they are on a Thanksgiving dinner plate. Read how the noble bird helps fight cancer, insects, and even heart disease for the other 364 days of the year. – Global Animal

Adorable Animal Antics (GALLERY)

(WILDLIFE/ANIMAL PICTURES) Animals can't help but be cute sometimes. Take a look at the adorable activities these pets and wildlife have been caught doing on camera! — Global Animal

Baby Animals From Around The World (GALLERY)

(BABY ANIMALS/CUTE ANIMAL PICTURES) Check out this fantastic collection of photos showing new members of the animal kingdom from all around the world! — Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Vegan ‘Hippie’ Carrot Muffins

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) Even though carrots of all kinds are available all year long, fresh spring carrots are always worth seeking out. For this week's meatless meal, try these delicious vegan 'hippie' carrot muffins. These muffins are "cupcakes masquerading as breakfast," thanks to a dreamy, 100-percent vegan coconut whipped cream. Not only are they healthier than regular carrot cake, but they only take 30 minutes to make, using just 10 simple ingredients. These sweet springtime treats are sure to tantalize your taste buds! As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

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

Meat-Free Monday: Shaved Brussels Sprout Potstickers

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) For this week's meatless meal, satisfy your craving for something salty and crunchy with these shaved brussels sprout potstickers. These tasty dumplings give fried food a healthy spin with Brussels sprouts that are bursting with nutrients. These low-calorie, nutritionally dense vegetables are a great source of protein, and just one serving meets the daily vitamin C and vitamin K requirements. There’s a few ways you can go about shaving Brussels sprouts: you can use a mandoline, a food processor with a shredding attachment, or simply a sharp knife. Feel free to save the leftovers for a simple side salad. As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Lemony Broccoli, Chickpea & Avocado Pita Sandwiches

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) This Meat-Free Monday, celebrate the flavors of summer with these fresh, lemony broccoli, chickpea, and avocado pita sandwiches. These sandwiches are a delicious and hearty lunch or dinner option, bursting with Greek flavors and lots of texture. What's more, the broccoli chickpea salad is equally tasty by itself or on avocado toast. As always, happy eating! -- 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

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

The Spirit Of Giving: Help Animals Have A Happy Howl-iday

(ANIMAL ACTIVISM/TAKE ACTION) Happy Holidays! 'Tis the season of giving, and the Global Animal Foundation is celebrating by giving back to animals in need. As you may know, Global Animal Foundation is a non-profit 501(3)C charity that functions like a Green Cross for animals. It’s a responsive umbrella organization that distributes donations to vetted animal rescues worldwide that aid animals in crisis. Our mission is to swiftly get resources on the ground during natural disasters and other emergencies that put animals, from pets to wildlife, in critical peril. Thanks to donations from animal-lovers across the globe, our campaigns have granted thousands toward assisting animal rescues with funding for medical expenses, providing food and housing for rescued animals, and helping shelters reunite lost pets with their families in the wake of natural and manmade disasters. -- Global Animal

Bethune’s Fate To Be Determined In Next 24 Hours

(WILDLIFE) — Peter Bethune has been in jail in Japan since February, after he boarded a japanese whaling ship and attempted to arrest the captain. He faces up to 2 years in prison. — Global Animal

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