Tuesday, September 29, 2020

PETS

News and stories for animal lovers of pet rescue, pet adoption. Plus, breed information for dogs & cats and other pets as well as vet tips and great ideas you and your pet will love.

Abandoned Puppies Attacked By Bees

(ANIMAL ABUSE) CALIFORNIA — Two weeks ago, five puppies were abandoned and tied to a tree directly under an active beehive. While two of the animals managed to survive the swarm of disturbed bees, the other three were less fortunate. While it is still unclear if the person who dumped the puppies there was planning to return, this was no doubt an irresponsible, careless act by the guardian who has yet to come forward. Hopefully this instance will bring attention to the prohibiting of tethering and abandoning dogs. Read on for more details on the remaining pups, their recovery and their hopeful future. — 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

Pet Guardianship In Decline

(PETS) The American Veternary Medical Association surveyed 50,000 U.S. homes and found that pet guardianship has decreased by 2.4 percent since 2006. Given the country's current economic troubles, and as fewer Americans live in family situations, individuals are much less likely to care for a pet nowadays. With so many animals in local shelters, we can only hope that more people will open their homes to these great companions. Read on to learn more about current pet statistics in the U.S. —  Global Animal

Good Dogs Matched With Bad Boys

(ANIMAL CONNECTION) TEXAS — The Victoria Regional Juvenile Justice Center has started a pilot program called the Dream Seekers Animal Rescue and Training. So far, the program includes Alice, a 2-year-old dachshund/terrier mix, and Devin Olguin and DeAndra Moffett, her first trainers. The idea is that by helping to train an animal, incarcerated youth will develop certain character traits like empathy, responsibility, and patience. Wonderful programs like this, including Prison Tails which matches prisoners with 'unadoptable dogs,' are becoming more and more popular as they continue to yield positive results. Read on to find out how these programs help rehabilitate both animals and people. — Global Animal

Life with dogs, and the relationships with our pets.

Is Your Dog A Mind Reader?

(AMAZING ANIMALS) Your pooch may not be exact, but dogs certainly have a sixth sense when it comes to understanding people. It comes as no surprise to most dog lovers but a new study shows that dogs have the ability to predict their guardian's actions. Using tests involving eye tracking, Joseph Topal and his collaborators discovered that dogs understand what people are trying to express in a similar way a six-month-old human infant would. Perhaps this is the reason why so many of us treat our animal companions like family. Read on to find out more details about this discovery.— Global Animal

U.S. Saddles Up For Horse Slaughter, Activists Say ‘Neigh’

(HORSE SLAUGHTER) On August 2, a judge will decide whether to issue a temporary restraining order preventing horse processing plants from opening in the U.S. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) along with other animal protection groups are currently suing the USDA, claiming the agency failed to conduct the necessary environmental review before authorizing horse slaughterhouses. Not only do 80 percent of Americans oppose horse slaughter, but activists also maintain the U.S. government could spend millions of taxpayer dollars to operate horse slaughter facilities, only to have Congress eventually terminate the process. Nevertheless, reports show the Valley Meat Company plant in Roswell, New Mexico, and Responsible Transportation’s plant in Sigourney, Iowa, are set to open just three days after the scheduled court hearing. Read on to learn more about the ongoing debate and sign the petition requesting that Congress pass the Horse Slaughter Prevention Act. — Global Animal

Pit Bull Discrimination – A People Problem?

(DOGS/DOG BREED DISCRIMINATION) Pit bulls have been the target of breed-specific legislation for years despite evidence claiming such laws do not diminish the number of overall dog attacks. Support for these laws is based on the misconception that pit bulls are more dangerous and prone to aggression than other dog breeds. However, the seemingly high numbers of pit bull attacks are, in fact, a result of the high population of pit bulls in the United States. When considering the frequency of attacks by percentage, the number is actually low. Due to inaccurate perceptions of the pit bull, many shelters around the country even put down the animals before giving anyone the opportunity to adopt them. With more and more evidence proving pit bulls are no more dangerous than any other dog breed, education for the public is needed to ensure these animals are not treated unfairly. Read the full article below for more information on the treatment of "America's dog." — Global Animal

Cruelty Free Farmer Names His Dairy Cows

(FARM ANIMALS) OREGON — All hope is not lost for inhumanely treated farm animals. Bob Bansen, an Oregon dairymen, raises his cows to be happy cows. Naming each of his 230 "girls," Bansen knows each of his cattle from head to udder. In addition to the farmer's personal acquaintance with his cows, his secret to healthy livestock is no antibiotics. Although Bansen was hesitant to wean his many companions off of the recommended medications, he found that his cows' health improved without them. He concluded that as long as the animals are kept clean and have access to free range, the risk of infection that warrants antibiotics is greatly reduced. If dairy farms followed Bansen's example, many cases of animal cruelty could be put to an end. Continue reading to learn about Bansen's humane methods of agriculture.  — Global Animal

No Dog Left Behind: Senior Dog Rescued After Family Moves Away

(PIT BULLS/DOG RESCUE) Would you be loyal enough to wait for your family if they left you? This devoted senior pup was abandoned at home after his family moved away. Luckily for him, his neighbors saw poor Stewie and knew they had to do something for the poor guy. Read on to find out about this faithful boy and his journey. -- Global Animal

Vick’s Dogs Reunite For Family Photo

(DOG RESCUE) October 27 marked the fifth anniversary of the adoption of the 13 dogs rescued from Michael Vick's Bad Newz Kennels. In celebration of the progress and success of these once abused dogs, seven of the canines and their current guardians reunited for a family photo at BadRap, one of the two non-profit organizations that took in Vick's fighting dogs. Many believed that the recovered dogs from Bad Newz Kennels were violent and should be euthanized, but BadRap was determined to rehabilitate Vick's victims. Thanks to the compassionate persons at BadRap and the amazing families who adopted the companions, the dogs  "have gone on to earn impressive accolades, and all have proven themselves to be cherished family companions," stated BadRap director Donna Reynolds. Continue reading to learn about the many accomplishments of these resilient animals. — Global Animal 

How To Keep Your Dog Calm During Fireworks

(PET CARE/PET SAFETY) The 4th of July holiday is the busiest time of the year for animal shelters. Dogs are found wandering terrified on the streets after being scared from home by fireworks. Fortunately, there are simple precautions you can take to keep your pets safe and their anxiety levels at a minimum during this patriotic holiday. — Global Animal

Pawmazing First-Aid Kits Help Pets In Crisis

(CATS AND DOGS/PETS) April is Pet First-Aid Awareness Month, and in celebration, Denise Fleck, author of Don't Judge a Book by its Cover, is introducing new products to her Sunny-dog Ink line. Sunny-dog Ink and Fleck created the veterinarian-approved safety kits for both dogs and cats, and offer first aid kits for different occasions and scenarios. Continue reading to find out more about the kits and how to keep your pets safe. — Global Animal

Pigs, Gestation Crates, Animal Cruelty, Factory Farms, Walmart

Shameful Smithfield Factory Pig Farm Reneges On Humane Promises

Dec. 15, 2010 -  Smithfield Foods, the largest factory farm for pigs, may know no shame, but it knows a lot about torture. Smithfield is reneging on its promise to end the use of  'gestation crates' by 2017. Let's call these crates what they really are: torture crates. They drive pigs, who are smarter than dogs, insane because they literally can't move an inch for their entire lives. We call on everybody with a heart to read this story and take action against this company. And if you are a pork eater, boycott this producer and use Maxwell Foods, a company that is 100% gestation crate free. – Global Animal

Are You Ready To Adopt A Pet? 10 Questions To Ask First

(PET ADOPTION/RESCUE PETS) Are you ready for a pet? Ask yourself these 10 vital questions from the Humane Society to find out if you are prepared to care for a new member of the family. -- Global Animal

Police Officer Kidnaps Dog In Daring Rescue

(DOG RESCUE) DENMARK — Lars Bo Lomholt, a Denamrk police officer, has been accused of kidnapping a German Shepherd scheduled to be euthanized for biting another dog. The officer now faces criminal charges and discharge from the North Zealand police department. Thor, the 7-year-old German Shepherd, bit a smaller dog once after being startled. Soon after, it was determined by the police department that the dog's behavior was "unnatural," and Thor was taken away from his rightful guardian. Read on to learn more about this heroic tale and sign the petition to support this brave animal lover. — Global Animal

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