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Don’t Judge A Pup By Its Color

(PET ADOPTION/BLACK DOGS) U.S. animal shelters are taking strides to combat 'Black Dog Syndrome,' a phenomenon in which black dogs and cats are often less likely to be adopted and first to be euthanized due to their dark coloring. Shelters are not only providing black pets with colorful bandanas and collars, but they are also beginning to use professional photography and lower adoption fees. Read on for more on how animal shelters are promoting black pet adoption. — Global Animal

This Is Howl-oween: Cute Costume Ideas For Your Dog

(HALLOWEEN PETS) Halloween is supposed to be scary, but it doesn't mean you can't enjoy a chuckle, too. Check out this fun gallery of pet costumes and you decide – wrong or wonderful, freaky or fabulous? — Global Animal

Trick-Or-Treat! Halloween Pet Recipes

(HALLOWEEN/PETS) Halloween might be a time to gorge on all of those Kit Kats, but your pets shouldn't have to miss out on all the sweets. As you prepare your animal companions for a spooky holiday, why not whip up some tasty Halloween treats to go along with their costumes? They might not be able to trick-or-treat for candy, but they are sure to be happy with these delicious, pet-friendly treats! — Global Animal

Living With A Dog: Everyday Tips For Keeping Your Home Clean

(PETS) Dogs are warm, fluffy creatures full of love and exuberance. They’re kind of like kids, in a sense that, while they’re an absolute joy to have around, they don’t always have the same attitude towards messiness that we typically do. They’ll tread happily over your new carpet and leave muddy paw prints behind. There's going to be fur all over your furniture. And on a few occasions, it’s likely you’ll come home to them digging through the trashcan because they smelled something interesting. To live with a dog means you'll deal with a bit of mess from time to time, but luckily this doesn’t have to affect the overall cleanliness of your home. Here are a few tips and tricks to ensure your living space is fresh and tidy every day. -- Global Animal

Superstition Leaves Black Pets Homeless

(SHELTER ANIMALS/PET ADOPTION) Black Dog and Black Cat Syndrome are real, but these phenomenons have more to do with screwy superstition than any overt 'racism.' Read why black pets are less likely to be adopted--and maybe buck the trend yourself with the next animal you adopt into your family. – Global Animal

How Hurricane Maria Turned Puerto Rico Into “An Island Of Strays” – A Personal...

(STRAY ANIMALS/ANIMAL RESCUE) Nearly a year after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, a new, definitive study determined nearly 3,000 people lost their lives in the wake of the storm--a drastically higher total than the previous official death toll of 64. Without electricity, internet, and even running water for several weeks, the country transformed into "an island of strays," as one resident describes. Puerto Rico's high number of stray dogs and cats was already an issue prior to the catastrophic storm, but given its long-term impacts, an estimated 300,000 people moved away, with many leaving their pets behind. Read on to learn how one man's personal account of living through a catastrophic storm like Hurricane Maria has given him new insight into the lives of stray animals--proving that all it takes is one person to save a life. -- Global Animal

In Memory Of Sirius, Police Dog Killed On 9/11

(SEPTEMBER 11TH/ANIMAL HEROES/POLICE DOGS) NEW YORK — Today is the anniversary of that fateful day of terror. Not all first responder victims were of the two-legged kind. Sirius, a Port Authority Police Department K-9, was killed when the Second Tower collapsed. Read on about the only police dog killed in the attacks that day, the grief-stricken partner he left behind, and how this working dog—or perhaps more accurately, canine American—is rightfully honored along with other fallen heroes. Rest in peace, Sirius. — Global Animal

Portraits Honor 9/11 Search & Rescue Dogs

(DOG PICTURES/ANIMAL HEROES) Amid the chaos of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, nearly 100 search and rescue dogs were deployed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help find survivors at the World Trade Center and Pentagon sites. See the poignant photos of these four-legged 9/11 heroes and their stories below. What heroic faces! — Global Animal

Understanding How Pets Grieve: Tips To Help Pets Cope With Loss

(PETS/ABOUT ANIMALS) Grief is a complicated emotion that everyone processes differently. Not only do humans experience loss, but our furry friends do, as well. When...

Pet Obesity: A Growing Problem

(PETS) Over 100 million dogs and cats in the U.S. are currently classified as overweight or obese--up from 80 million five years ago. While an estimated 60 percent of cats and 56 percent of dogs are considered above the average weight, many would argue that dog and cat obesity in the U.S. is mirroring the human obesity epidemic. But there's not as much stigma with animals being overweight as with people. The worst part? Many pet parents find their pets' weight gain of little concern, or even "cute." It's safe to say the public is more tolerant of overweight pets than they are of thin ones. But the truth is pet obesity can bring on a number of health problems including diabetes, arthritis, liver and kidney diseases, high blood pressure, heart failure, and even some cancers. Read on to learn more on what's contributing to the pet obesity epidemic and how to stop it. -- Global Animal

K9s For Warriors: Lending A Helping Paw To America’s Heroes

(SERVICE DOGS) K9s For Warriors is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit veterans service organization that specializes in providing service dogs to veterans suffering with PTSD, brain injury, or other trauma resulting from military service post-9/11. The dogs are trained to help ease symptoms related to war trauma such as anxiety, isolation, depression, and nightmares. Ultimately, the organization's goal is to empower soldiers to return to civilian life with a sense of dignity and independence. As of July 2018, K9s For Warriors has rescued 880 dogs and 458 disabled veterans since 2011. Read on to learn more about this life-changing organization and its amazing success stories. -- Global Animal

Developing A Spiritual Connection With Your Pet

(PETS/HUMAN ANIMAL CONNECTION) You love your pet, but are you connected spiritually? Read how you can become connected, and learn how pets help people create better connections with each other. -– Global Animal

Animals Say ‘Happy Birthday, USA!’ (GALLERY)

(ANIMAL PICTURES) It's the 4th of July, and even animals are celebrating Independence Day with a birthday party! Check out the adorable photos of these patriotic pets. And a very happy birthday to You-S-A! — Global Animal

Young Han & Chewie: May The Force Of Cuteness Be With You

(DOG PICTURES/PETS) Happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th be with you! Photographer Rocio Preciado takes us back to a galaxy far, far away, when Han was just a boy and his fateful companion Chewie was just a young Dachshund. If the original Star Wars trilogy is ever remade, at least we now know who should get the roles of Han and Chewie; this adorable little kid and his equally adorable pooch. See more of young Han and Chewie in the gallery below and be sure to see more of Preciado's work at Cuije.com. — Global Animal

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