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

Dogs In Pet Halloween Costumes, Ghosts Holding Pumpkins

Halloween Cat Cookie

Your kitties will love the fishy flavor of these tasty treats.

Ingredients:

PET HALLOWEEN COSTUME, COSTUMES FOR CATS AND KITTENS, PIRATE COSTUME, Cat in a pirate costume
This cat pirate is ready to steal your treasure! Photo Credit: Instragram/Petsmart
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 5 Tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 3 Tablespoons soft margarine
  • 1 Tablespoon cod liver oil
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1/4 cup soy flour

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Combine water, cheese, margarine and oil.
  • Add flour and form dough.
  • Roll to 1/4 inch thick and cut with small holiday cookie cutters.
  • Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden.

Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Pooch Treats

Your dog will love the taste and enjoy the crunch!

Ingredients:

Justice thinks no one will notice if he sits really still!
Justice thinks no one will notice if he sits really still!
  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup fresh or canned pumpkin (not seasoned pie filling)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup water as needed

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Whisk together flour, baking powder, pumpkin, peanut butter and cinnamon in a bowl.
  • Add water as needed, but the dough should be stiff and dry.
  • Roll to 1/2 inch thick and cut with holiday cookie cutters.
  • Bake for about 40 minutes, or until hard.

Maple-Pumpkin Cookies

Perfect holiday flavors for your canine!

Ingredients:

Twiggy, a 2-year-old mixed terrier rescue, barters for treats.
Twiggy, a 2-year-old mixed terrier rescue, barters for treats.
  • 2 cups organic brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
  • 3 tsp wheat-free baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp powdered ginger
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups organic canned pumpkin (without spice)
  • 1/2 cup water or apple juice (reserved)

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Combine the dry ingredients and mix well.
  • In a separate bowl, combine all the wet ingredients, except for the water or juice, blending well.
  • Mix the dry ingredients into the wet very slowly. The batter should be thick but pourable.
  • Slowly mix in the water or juice until you have a nice consistency.
  • Take about 1/2 Tbsp size drops and place them on a well-oiled cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 400°F for 10 minutes. Cookies should be firm, but still soft and chewy, just like you like your own cookies!

Special NoteRemember these recipes are treats and should not replace your pet’s regular meals. Please check with your veterinarian if your pet has special dietary needs or food allergies.

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

Sirius Dog Run honors the only canine victim from the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City.

(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 to learn more 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

Artist Debbie Stonebraker’s portrait of Sirius, who was an explosives specialist and reportedly had over 400 people at his funeral. Photo credit: Downtown Express
Artist Debbie Stonebraker’s portrait of Sirius, who was an explosives specialist and reportedly had over 400 people at his funeral. Photo credit: Downtown Express

Downtown Express, Ronda Kaysen

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, the Explosive Detector Team for the World Trade Center – consisting of Port Authority Police Sergeant David Lim and Sirius, a yellow Labrador retriever – were in their South Tower basement office when the first plane struck the North Tower. Officer Lim put his 4-year-old partner in his kennel and headed off to the damaged tower to help

“I told him, ‘I think we’re in a lot of trouble right now,’” said Lim, who assumed he and Sirius had somehow failed to detect an explosive.

“I said, ‘I’ll be back for you.’”

But before Lim could return, the events of the day unfolded, the South Tower collapsed followed by the North Tower, burying Lim on the fourth floor with six firefighters and an injured woman. The people were all safely rescued five hours later.

Lim did come back for Sirius eventually – on Jan. 22, 2002 when his remains were uncovered still in his kennel.

The Sirius Courage Award will be presented at the ceremony by Sgt. David Lim of the Port Authority Police, pictured here with his explosive detection dog Sirius, who lost his life in the 9/11 attacks. Photo: shaggydogstories.com

“I was very fortunate; so many people didn’t find anybody,” said Lim, adding that Sirius was treated with the same respect as all the other victims recovered. “They treated him like everybody else — bestowing the honors. I always appreciated that.”

At his memorial service the following April at Liberty State Park, 400 people attended including 100 K-9 teams from across the country.

“Sirius has his own following,” said Lim. The dog has a memorial in his honor in Canada, a painting by dog portrait artist Debbie Stonebraker and numerous Web sites commemorating him.

Sirius was not your typical bomb dog.

“He was a big mush. You thought he was a lap dog, even though he was almost 100 lbs.,” remembered Lim. “He was very methodical… It was very cute watching him work.”

More Downtown Express: http://www.downtownexpress.com/de_112/dogrun.html

Editor’s note: To clarify, and as Sirius’ partner, Sergeant David Lim, personally notes in Global Animal’s comments below, Sirius died when the South Tower collapsed. Sirius was kept in the Port Authority office in the South Tower (2 WTC) for his safety during the chaos following the plane collision into the North Tower (1 WTC). No one could have predicted the unthinkable. Within two hours, the Twin Towers collapsed, killing 2,606 people in the towers and on the ground, including 37 Port Authority officers. And Sirius, Port Authority Police Department K-9 #17. ~ Leah Lessard Jeon, Global Animal. 

UPDATE: See how the Sirius Dog Run is enjoyed by fellow pooches & people today

The dog run is located in the former Pumphouse Plaza on the roof of an underground pumping station. Photo Credit: bpcdogs.org
Photo Credit: bpcdogs.org

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

Rescue teams composed of dedicated men, women, and dogs spent several days, even weeks, following the Sept. 11th attacks searching for survivors. Photo credit: Barcroft Media

These loyal dogs worked tirelessly to search for anyone trapped in the rubble, alongside countless emergency service workers and members of the public.

Search and rescue dogs helped service men and women find trapped survivors during the aftermath of the Sept. 11th attacks. Photo credit: Barcroft Media

Earlier this year, Dutch photographer Charlotte Dumas located 15 of these heroes and has commemorated them in a touching series of portraits entitled “Retrieved.” Traveling to 12 different states in the U.S., Charlotte photographed the surviving rescue dogs, all well into their golden years, at their homes where they still live with their caretakers a full decade after serving their country during its desperate time of need. Their stories are now compiled in the book “Retrieved,” published in September 2011 for the tenth anniversary of the attacks.

Noted for her touching portraits of animals, especially dogs, Charlotte wanted “Retrieved” to serve as recognition for some of the 4-legged first responders.

“I felt this was a turning point, especially for the dogs, who although are not forgotten, are not as prominent as the human stories involved,” explained Charlotte.

“They speak to us as a different species, and animals are greatly important for our sense of empathy and to put things into perspective.”

Guinness, 15, from Highland, California, started work on the morning of Sept. 13th with Sheila McKee and was deployed for 11 days. Photo credit: Charlotte Dumas

 

Tuff arrived in New York the night of Sept. 11th and started working early the next day. Photo credit: Charlotte Dumas

 

Abigail was deployed on the evening of Sept. 17th, and spent the next 10 days searching for survivors. Photo credit: Charlotte Dumas

 

Moxie, 13, from Winthrop, Massachusetts, arrived with handler Mark Aliberti at the World Trade Center on the evening of Sept. 11th and searched the site for eight days. Photo credit: Charlotte Dumas

 

Red, 11, from Annapolis, Maryland, went with Heather Roche to the Pentagon working from Sept. 16th to the 27th as part of the Bay Area Recovery Canines. Photo credit: Charlotte Dumas

 

Hoke and handler Julie Noyes were deployed to the World Trade Center from their home in Denver, Colorado, on Sept. 24th and searched for five days. Photo credit: Charlotte Dumas

 

Merlyn and handler Matt Claussen were deployed to Ground Zero on Sept. 24th, working the night shift for five days. Photo credit: Charlotte Dumas

 

Kaiser, 12, from Indianapolis, Indiana, was deployed to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11th and searched tirelessly for people in the rubble. Photo credit: Charlotte Dumas

 

Bretagne and guardian Denise Corliss from Cypress, Texas, arrived at the New York site on Sept. 17th, remaining there for 10 days. Photo credit: Charlotte Dumas

 

Tara, 16, and handler Lee Prentiss from Ipswich, Massachusetts, arrived at the World Trade Center on the night of Sept. 11th and remained there for eight days. Photo credit: Charlotte Dumas

Put Your Paws Up For International Dog Day!

Harper, a happy pit bull puppy with a new lease on life. Photo credit: today.msnbc.msn.com

(PETS/DOGS) Attention dog lovers! It’s time to celebrate the dog days of August, and share your appreciation for your canine buddies.

August 26th is National Dog Day; so make sure you go out of your way to appreciate your favorite canine friend, and if you don’t have a special canine in your life, celebrate by adopting one from a shelter.

National Dog Day
National Dog Day has been an annual celebration since 2004. Photo Credit: National Dog Day Foundation

Back in 2004, National Dog Day was started by the National Dog Day Foundation, with the intention of honoring all of the canines that make our lives better, and encouraging the rescue of dogs in need.

The foundation’s motto is, “Saving 10,000 Dogs – One Day at a Time,” and it’s a goal they try to meet each year.

There are just two very important things to remember when celebrating National Dog Day. First off, make sure you acknowledge our dog companions make our lives easier by providing unconditional love, protection, and aid to those in need. Secondly, send a little love back by rescuing a dog in need of companionship.

As a treat for the festivities, Petsami made a compilation of some of the most charming canines on the web. Give it a watch below, and have a happy National Dog Day!

— Anthony Armentano, exclusive to Global Animal

Put Your Paws Up For Black Cat Appreciation Day!

(CATS/PETS/CUTE ANIMAL VIDEOS) In celebration of Black Cat Appreciation Day, enjoy this fun, animated video from Furball Fables. Believe it or not, there’s still a lot of stigma surrounding black cats as they are the least likely to be adopted at animal shelters. Black cats are often portrayed as spooky and bad luck, but luckily this is all starting to change as they are growing in popularity.

The new book “Black Cats Tell All,” edited by Layla Morgan Wilde from Cat Wisdom 101, is helping reverse negative stereotypes and create a new myth for black cats. The book features over 100 black cats from all over the world, including celebrity cats from Youtube and Instagram, as well as Furball Fables’ very own black cat Buddha.

The movement to re-brand black cats as paw-sitive, lovable pets is going strong and growing every year. Black cats are cool! Pass it on! — Global Animal

Join The Stampede! Celebrate World Elephant Day

Photo credit: The Guardian

(ELEPHANTS/WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) Happy World Elephant Day! This global campaign was founded in 2012 to shine a light on the delicate state of elephant populations across the globe. In addition to habitat loss and exploitation, poaching for the ivory trade is one of the most difficult issues conservationists must face to protect these gentle giants.

But how can you get involved in the fight to save elephants, before they become permanently extinct?

Continue reading below to learn more about the global efforts taking place to stop elephant poaching in its tracks, and shut down ivory markets across the globe once and for all. — Global Animal

Photo credit: The Guardian
Poaching for the illicit ivory trade drastically impacts elephant populations in both Asia and Africa. Photo credit: The Guardian

Huffington Post, Susan Lieberman, Ph.D

August 12th has been considered “World Elephant Day” for the last few years. It’s an opportunity for the global community to celebrate the magnificence of Asian and African elephants and for all of us to rededicate ourselves to ensuring a world where elephants and people live in harmony.

For communities and countries in Africa, every day is elephant day–as rangers fight to stop the poaching that is slaughtering elephants across the continent; as communities struggle against lawless gangs that threaten both their security and their livelihoods; as governments struggle to stop the corruption and criminal syndicates that fuel the illegal wildlife trade; and as governments and conservationists fight to stem the greed and desire for ivory by closing ivory markets in multiple countries.

These efforts must be scaled up and continued 365 days a year. On the government and policy front, there have been some recent positive moves. The Obama Administration in the U.S. should be congratulated this World Elephant Day for taking several laudable steps. In 2013, the President issued an Executive Order to Combat Wildlife Trafficking and in 2014 he issued a National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking.

African Nations use elephant poaching as a form of income. Photo credit: Jo Crebbin/Shutterstock
African nations use elephant poaching as a form of income. Photo credit: Jo Crebbin/Shutterstock

More recently, in response to the growing poaching crisis that continues to threaten African elephant populations, President Obama followed up on his national strategy while in Kenya last month. There he announced the publication of an excellent proposed rule (known as “4(d)” for the clause in the legislation in which it appears) by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that will result in a near-total ban on the domestic commercial trade of African elephant ivory in the U.S.

It is critical that other governments, including those of China and European countries, also close their ivory markets. It is very encouraging that there have been recent statements by China that it plans to shut down its domestic ivory market. Hopefully that will happen soon.

African elephant range countries continue to bear the brunt of the scourge of elephant poaching and ivory trafficking. They have asked the world to end the trade in ivory and devalue its economic worth by closing markets. When the member governments of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meet next year, they have a real opportunity to take further action on this crisis.

Meanwhile, on July 30th the United Nations General Assembly adopted a landmark resolution that targets the global problem of wildlife trafficking, including in elephant ivory, calling on all 193 UN member states (governments of the world) to take a series of actions to “prevent, combat, and eradicate the illegal trade in wildlife.”

A woman organizes confiscated elephant tusks in Manila, Philippines. Photo Credit: Romeo Ranoco, Reuters
A woman organizes confiscated elephant tusks in Manila, Philippines. Photo Credit: Romeo Ranoco, Reuters

The resolution recognizes the intrinsic value of biological diversity to human wellbeing, while expressing concern over widespread poaching and trafficking. The resolution says the increasingly sophisticated networks of organized crime involved with trafficking threaten human health and safety, security, good governance, and sustainable development.

The resolution contains a number of vital actions for countries to take, including strengthening their enforcement and prosecutorial efforts. But what is most significant is that for the first time, the global community at the highest level is standing up and recognizing wildlife trafficking as the transnational organized crime that it is and committing itself to attacking it with all the tools used to combat other forms of trafficking.

All of these commitments by governments must be followed up by real action, at all levels, to stop the poaching, stop the trafficking, and stop the demand. We must all work to see these commitments fulfilled – by governments, conservation organizations, intergovernmental organizations, private industry, and citizens worldwide.

If – and only if – we can do all of that, we have reason to hope that when the world celebrates World Elephant Day next year we will be able to celebrate increasing and more secure elephant populations across Africa and see the possibility of their recovering across their range in the not too distant future.

More Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/susan-lieberman-phd/bringing-awareness-of-poaching-and-trafficking-on-world-elephant-day_b_7971150.html

Be A Lionheart For Lions This World Lion Day!

Lions are quickly vanishing across the African plain. Photo credit: openwalls.com

(LIONS/WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) Today, August 10 is World Lion Day! Celebrating the almightly King of the Jungle, this international holiday aims to raise awareness about the plight of lions and help save them from extinction.

African lion numbers are dropping drastically as wealthy hunters pay tens of thousands of dollars to hunt these magnificent creatures. In July 2015, Cecil the lion was notoriously shot and killed by an American trophy hunter who paid a whopping $50,000 for the hunt. Almost exactly two years after the famed lion’s death, one of Cecil’s sons Xanda was also killed in similar circumstances during a trophy hunt last month.

Lions have been under threat of poachers for centuries, and the killing of Xanda just demonstrates how trophy hunters have learned absolutely nothing from the international outcry following Cecil’s death. These callous killers continue to poach even though there are as few as 20,000 African lions remaining in the wild.

We must call on government officials and the tourism industry to take responsibility–join the global movement today. Continue reading below for reasons to love lions this World Lion Day. — Global Animal

Lions are quickly vanishing across the African plains. Photo credit: openwalls.com

Patch, Beth Dalbey

Lions are among nature’s most majestic creatures and have been woven into religion and culture since the beginning of time. But they could be gone from the planet in about three decades without dramatic conservation efforts, according to the founders of World Lion Day, a Thursday, Aug. 10, observance spreading awareness about the “vulnerable” African lion and “endangered” Asiatic lion.

The decline of lions has been steep and dramatic. Millions of lions roamed the globe 2,000 years ago, but only about 20,000 remain today, living primarily in Africa, except for about 300 Asiatic lions living in India’s Gir Forest. Lion numbers have plummeted 43 percent in 21 years, or about three generations, due to indiscriminate killing in defense of human life or livestock, habitat destruction, poaching and the bush meat trade, according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

There are many ways to observe World Lion Day and celebrate the species. Here are five reasons you should love lions:

Hear me roar: Male lions have deep, loud roars that can be heard up to 5 miles away. Tigers and jaguars also roar, but with a higher pitch. Scientists can’t account for the difference in tenor but believe lions roar to communicate and that male lions stake out territory with their ferocious roars.

Oh, you sexy thing: The males have gorgeous manes of fur, which is unique among cats. Charles Darwin, one of the originators of the theory of evolution, and other scientists once falsely thought the manes offered a thick layer of protection against injury during fighting. A 2006 scientific study basically showed that male lions toss and flaunt their manes in a sexual come-on to lioness.

Photo credit: MMOABC.com

Sisters for life: Males lions roam all over the countryside catting around, so to speak, but lionesses remain with their siblings, mothers and other preceding generations for life — or at least for the most part. The exceptions are the lionesses that spirit away when a new male lion swaggers in and deposes the pride leader, then kills his offspring to establish his own blood line. Females that do stray from the territory they were conceived in face a grim future alone. The naturally roaming males become fierce hunters, but pride-bound females unable to fend for themselves face drastically lower chances of survival.

One, two, three: Lions can count. Scientists say they count the number of roars they hear from competing prides to calculate both their strength and whether it’s safe to attack. Craig Packer, a University of Minnesota ecologist and one of the world’s top lion experts, concluded in long-running studies of African lions that they developed the ability to count as part of their continued evolution to dominate, not share, the savanna.

Don’t turn your nose up at that: Lions respond to foul smells the same way you might, by screwing your face into a contorted frown, wrinkling your nose and pulling back your lips in a pinched grimace. The expression as cats draw the acrid scent of another lion’s urine into their nostrils is known as the Flehmen response. The lion looks ferocious and threatening, but the display is simply a natural response as the scent passes over the cat’s vomeronasal organ, an auxiliary olfactory sense organ that is found in many mammals.

More Patch: https://patch.com/us/across-america/world-lion-day-2017-5-reasons-love-biggest-loudest-cat

TAKE ACTION: Spread the word of World Lion Day and join the global movement today.

International Cat Day: Fun Facts Celebrating Our Favorite Felines

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(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

“Time spent with cats is never wasted.” — Sigmund Freud

Photo Credit:Heavy, Daniel S. Levine

August 8 marks International Cat Day, a special holiday to celebrate the Internet’s favorite pet. The International Fund for Animal Welfare created the holiday to raise awareness for cats in need.

Today isn’t the only holiday dedicated to cats. There’s also National Cat Day on October 29 and World Cat Day on February 17. Considering the passion people have for cats, we can’t show them all our love in just one day.

Here’s what you need to know about International Cat Day.

1. International Cat Day Was Created by the IFAW in 2002

International Cat Day was created by the International Fund for Animal Welfare in 2002.

The IFAW has existed since 1969 and was founded in Canada. The animal rights group has projects in over 40 countries, with the goal of saving animals in need, including cats. The group also helps save animals after disasters and tries to save populations from cruelty and hunting.

“Our vision is a world where animals are respected and protected,” reads a statement on their site. “Our promise: We promise supporters and policy makers effective animal protection solutions delivered with intelligence, compassion and integrity.”

“Conservation decisions should be guided by ecological and biological sustainability,” IFAW President and CEO Azzedine Downes wrote in a July column for the Huffington Post. “As human population and development expands, the world’s wild spaces are disappearing, which in turn has a direct correlation to the biological diversity of an area. We need animals, as they are important to people and the planet.”

Kidney failure in cats can at times be irreversible. Photo Credit: AE Pictures Inc. via Getty Images
Kidney failure in cats can at times be irreversible. Photo Credit: AE Pictures Inc. via Getty Images

2. Over 30 Percent of American Households Own a Cat as a Pet

According to statistics from the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, 30.4 percent of American households have a cat as a pet. That’s a little less than dogs, as 36.5 percent of American households have canines. However, there are more cats owned as pets than dogs, since it’s easier to have more than one cat than it is to have more than one dog.

The 2012 AVMA statistics estimate that there were 74.06 million cats owned as pets and the average cat-owning household has 2.1. But the average dog-owning household only has 1.6.

The Washington Post noted in 2014 that cats are more popular in the Northeast and Upper Midwest, while dogs are popular in the South and Southeast.

However, outside of the U.S., dogs outnumber cats 10-to-1 in India, but cats outnumber dogs 3-to-1 in Switzerland, Turkey and Austria. Cats are much more popular in Western Europe, while dogs are favored in Asia and South America.

“Some regions, like the Middle East and part of Africa, have an especially long-standing appreciation of cats,” Jared Koerten, a pet industry analyst at Euromonitor, told The Post. “In Latin America it’s the complete opposite. Dogs are part of family life there.”

Tardar Sauce, more famously known as Grumpy Cat, wants you to have a productive work day. Photo Credit: inquisitr.com

3. Grumpy Cat Isn’t Really Worth $100 Million

Remember Grumpy Cat? It’s hard to forget just how popular that cat, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, was in 2012 and 2013. In December 2014, a British tabloid claimed Tardar Sauce was worth $100 million to owner Tabatha Bundesen.

In an interview with the Hunffington Post, Bundesen called that “completely inaccurate.” However, she wouldn’t provide the correct figure.

While it’s been four years since Grumpy Cat debuted online, Bundesen created an industry around her famous cat. She sells over 800 products on GumpyCats.com. She’s still posting YouTube videos to promote mobile games and other projects. And this summer, Dynamite and Kaboom! published a Grumpy Cat and Garfield crossover.

A newly adopted cat at this year’s Adoptapalooza event at Union Square on September 8, 2013. Photo Credit: Dana Edelson

4. The ASPCA Estimates That 1.6 Million Cats Are Adopted Each Year

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASCPA) estimates that 3.2 million animals are adopted from shelters each year, with 1.6 million of them cats. However, around 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized, with 860,000 of them cats. This is a decrease from 2.6 million in 2011, showing that more Americans are choosing to adopt their pets instead of buying them at a store.

According to APPA statistics, 31 percent of cat owners got their cats from a shelter or humane society. Twenty-eight percent got their cat through friends or relatives. Only three percent got their cats from breeders, but 34 percent of dogs are obtained as pets from breeders.

On August 7, MLive.com reported that the number of dogs and cats brought to animal shelters in Michigan dropped 22 percent from 2011 to 2016, according to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. It’s part of a national trend, since shelters are making it easier to adopt. Plus more pet owners are using microchips to keep track of their pets.

5. There Are 2 More Cat Holidays Left to Celebrate, World Cat Day & National Cat Day

International Cat Day isn’t the only cat holiday on the calendar. On October 29, there is National Cat Day, which was created by to raise awareness for cat adoption and cat lovers to celebrate their favorite pet. The holiday was born in 2005 and created by Colleen Paige, the founder of National Puppy Day.

There’s also World Cat Day, which is celebrated on February 17. Vogue notes that this holiday is celebrated mostly in Europe. There’s also a World Cat Day celebration in Russia on March 1. Lifegate reports that the European holiday was born in Italy 25 years ago.

More Heavy: http://heavy.com/news/2017/08/international-cat-day-2017-facts-origin-date-world/

Hiking Tips For You & Your Dog

Photo credit: cheryl strahl via Flickr

(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

Dogs who go along for long hikes should be trained to carry a pack, like this husky has on his back. Photo Credit: Trojan Llama via Flickr

The New York Times, Rachel Lee Harris

AS a nature writer and former wilderness ranger, Ceiridwen Terrill has spent a lot of time roaming the wilderness, often with her dogs. Her treks with Inyo, a wolf and husky mix she adopted as a traveling companion, are the subject of her new book “Part Wild.” And her shepherd mix, Argos, has been trained to carry his own backpack. “Even at 12 years old, he can put in the miles,” she said on the phone from Portland, Ore., where she lives and teaches at Concordia University.

Hiking with dogs helps Ms. Terrill feel safer on the trail and is a great bonding experience, she said. But there are guidelines that hikers should adhere to for the safety of both wild and domestic animals. Here are excerpts from a conversation about trekking the great outdoors with a canine companion.

Q. How do you prepare for a long trek with your dog?

A. Almost any breed can hike — you just need to get them in shape and used to uneven or rocky terrain. Practice the “come” command, because as much as they are able to inhibit a lot of their natural drives, if they smell a wild animal, they will go deaf. If you don’t have 100 percent confidence in your dog, hike with it on a 25-foot cable. What I like to do is take a Flexi lead carabiner, usually used for rock climbing, and attach it to my pack. That way, the dog is always connected to me but I’m hands-free.

Q. What supplies do dogs need?

A. Choose a pack for your dog and then start them wearing it around the neighborhood on walks to get them comfortable with it. You want one that’s sturdy, well made and secured with straps under the belly and around the chest. I always like to sew on reflective strips. You need to be able to see your dog in low light or by headlamp. Get dog boots for traction if you’re going to be in snow or on rough terrain. Your exercise routine will toughen up their feet, but sometimes you need boots too, especially if you’re in cactus country.

Q. What are some ways to keep your dog safe?

A. Dogs chasing wildlife is bad news; they are predators. Also, people have lost their dogs as a result. People can also lose their dogs to stream or river crossings. Make sure to remove your dog’s pack and test the speed of the current. Use a harness because the dog can slip the collar. And get your dog used to water before going.

Q. What other precautions should people take?

Photo credit: cheryl strahl via Flickr

A. Bring a first-aid kit and a snakebite kit. Heat is not to be taken lightly. There are just some places that are too hot for dogs. Be aware of poison oak. They can get it on their fur and transfer it right to you. Check the water conditions with local rangers. Carrying enough water for you and your dog adds a bunch of weight. So at least make sure to camp near water at night.

Q. Do you enjoy camping with your dogs? 

A. Absolutely. If you’ve been building the weight of your dog’s pack during training, it can carry its own food on longer trips, but make sure to pack it away at night, where animals can’t get at it. Collapsible nylon bowls are great — lightweight and water-resistant. And then I use the 25-foot cable in camp.

Q. What are your favorite outdoor destinations for dogs?

A. National parks are not my first choice; the majority of them don’t allow dogs on hiking trails. The upside is that there is usually a national forest adjacent or a wilderness area, and both allow dogs. They are less manicured, but they are quite safe. I would also go to Bureau of Land Management areas. Personally, I love the Grand Staircase near Kanab, Utah. Also, Red Rock Canyon, outside of Las Vegas.

Q. Why do you feel safer with your dog?

A. They can save your life. My ex-husband and I were lost in a blizzard in the Sierra Nevada for 19 hours with two of our dogs. When we were freezing, they kept us warm. I slipped and fell with a huge pack on my back. Thelma, my female, tugged at my pant leg and boot until I got up.

More New York Times: travel.nytimes.com/2012/04/01/travel/into-the-wild-with-a-dog-at-your-side

6 Tips To Keep Your Dog Cool During The Dog Days Of Summer

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(DOGS/PET CARE) Summer days can be fun for pets and humans alike. The sun is shining, the sky is clear, and the park has never looked more inviting. But just as children and even adults can be negatively affected by excessive heat, animals are susceptible to those same dangers.

Here are six tips to keep your beloved pet happy and healthy during this heat wave and throughout the summer season.

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You can help keep your pets cool this summer with a few helpful tips. Photo Credit: Sunny Oaks Pet Resort

1. No parking, please

Never leave your pet in a parked car. It doesn’t matter if you’re getting milk or just picking up a prescription. As with babies, leaving an animal in the car is extremely dangerous and even fatal. Leaving a living creature in a metal box with lots of windows results in something called the greenhouse effect, which will make the inside of your car much hotter than it is outside. To keep your pet safe, either shop at a pet friendly store or leave him home with the air conditioner running.

2. Bath time

Summer days usually make the best beach days. While it’s not always convenient or safe to bring your dog to the beach (unless you have plenty of fresh water), it’s sometimes nice to cool down in other ways. You can let your doggie into the pool if he’s a skilled swimmer and you make sure he’s not drinking chlorinated water. Just remember to rinse off any salt or chlorine. A better idea, however, is a nice romp in a clean kiddie pool around noon.

3. Get a trim

A good haircut usually solves life’s problems, and it can definitely help your pet keep cool this summer. Give your dog’s fur a nice cut, leaving it about an inch long. Make sure not to trim all the way down to his skin, as this will leave your pet without protection from the sun. Keeping your cat or dog brushed, well-groomed, and free of any excess fur will do wonders for his or her summer.

4. Exercise intelligently

A nice bath is the perfect cure for a hot summer afternoon. Photo Credit: Rummy’sBeachClub.com

While exercise is important for both pets and their caretakers, it’s usually best when kept to the early hours of the morning and later in the night. This keeps your pets healthy as well as cool. Never force your pet to go for a walk in the heat, especially on asphalt where he can burn his paws, unprotected by sneakers or flip-flops, and always make sure to provide plenty of water before, during, and after a run.

5. Beat the heat, stay inside

It may be a tad inconvenient to drag a bigger, wilder dog inside for the afternoon, but animals are more sensitive to heat than people. Too much sun can be extremely dangerous. So if the day’s turning out to be uncomfortably hot, do your pet a favor and bring him inside. He’ll thank you for it.

6. Maintain your cool

It’s hard to stay cool with the sun beating down your brow or muzzle. Keep your pets cool by making sure they have a shady place to stay at all times throughout the day. A nice, well-ventilated dog house is a great start. A grassy area, free of treatments and pesticides, is also ideal for puppy lounging. Finally, and most importantly, is to keep your dog well-watered. Make sure that your beloved animal has access to fresh, clean, and cool water at all times. If it’s extra hot, consider stocking your pet’s water bowl with ice cubes. He’ll be living the high life and staying cool all summer long thanks to you.

— Bianca Caraza, exclusive to Global Animal

Celebrating World Oceans Day: Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet

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(OCEANS) Happy World Oceans Day! Originally created by The Ocean Project in 2002, World Oceans Day became nationally recognized as June 8 in 2008. Since then, the project has reached millions worldwide in advocating for healthier oceans and a healthier planet.

There’s no doubt that factors like climate change and pollution are threatening our Earth’s oceans, but it’s never too late to save them. Read on for ways to help save the oceans and reduce plastic pollution. — Global Animal

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“Healthy oceans, healthy planet” is this year’s theme for World Oceans Day. Photo credit: beezmap.com

USA Today, Molly Podlesny

Healthy oceans, healthy planet. That’s the theme for this year’s World Oceans Day.

This unofficial holiday isn’t just about enjoying beaches, but also respecting the earth’s aquatic resources. This year, people and organizations are encouraged to specifically work toward eliminating plastic pollution, according to the World Oceans Day website, an offshoot of The Ocean Project.

A January report from the World Economic Forum and Ellen MacArthur foundation showed that by 2050, there could be more plastic (by weight) than fish in the planet’s oceans. As much as 165 million tons of plastic could be floating around the oceans currently.

Most plastic is not biodegradable, and a vast majority of it is not being recycled effectively, hence the massive amounts being dumped.

A seal trapped in plastic. Photo Credit: Nels Israelson
By 2050, there could be more plastic (by weight) than fish in the planet’s oceans. Photo Credit: Nels Israelson

Here are some ways to cut down on the volume of plastic waste:

1. Buy beer

One brewery in Florida has taken the theme to heart by creating six-pack packaging edible to animals on land and sea. Often, animals can choke or get stuck in the plastic rings that hold the tops of beer and soda cans together, but Saltwater Brewery’s rings are not only biodegradable but can actually be consumed.

2. Drink water differently

Garbage, mostly plastic floating in the hundreds of miles long ocean junkyard suitably named "The Great Pacific Garbage Patch." Photo Credit: Scripps Institution of Oceanography via National Geographic News
Garbage, mostly plastic floating in the hundreds of miles long ocean junkyard suitably named “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” Photo Credit: Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Instead of throwing away a plastic water bottle every time you need a drink, use reusable water bottles and refill them. You’ll save money AND create less waste.

3. Shop ’til you drop

Bring cloth bags with you when running errands. Plastic bags can get caught around sea animals necks or in their digestive tracks and harm them — California lawmakers are even attempting to ban plastic bags. Cloth bags are reusable, and usually can hold more, which means less trips between the car and the house.

4. Pick it up

Participate in a litter cleanup on a beach near you. The World Oceans Day website lists events all over the world at which volunteers gather to pick up trash and plastic from the beach. It’ll improve appearances and protect the wildlife.

5. Leave no trace

Fishing enthusiasts should follow the old hiker’s adage, “take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints.” Make sure to bring all fishing gear and any trash back with you, whether you’re on the shoreline or on a boat (although in that case, you won’t even leave any footprints).

Boyan Slat plans to clean up the world's oceans in just five years. Photo Credit: The Daily Galaxy
A Dutch student named Boyan Slat plans to clean up the world’s oceans in just five years. Photo Credit: The Daily Galaxy

6. Other ways to help

Another way to help out the world’s waves is to eat sustainable seafood. This means fish or crustaceans that are caught in a way that preserves their populations, according to National Geographic. Sustainable fish farms are particularly conscious of pollution and disease, although it is possible for wild fisheries to practice sustainability by targeting fish lower on the food chain that are able to replenish their own populations quickly.

Alternatively, cut back on seafood consumption altogether, as popular species like salmon or tuna are extremely overfished.

Share your sustainable activities with the internet. World Oceans Day is even promoting “Selfie for the Sea,” a social media movement documenting people helping the oceans.

More information about the organization and the holiday can be found on their website, worldoceansday.org, or on their Twitter and Facebook.

More USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/06/08/world-oceans-day-june-8/85592548/

Memorial Day: Honoring The Animals Who Served

Inside US aircraft B-18 over Hawaii, a message on onion skin paper is placed in a capsule and attached to a carrier pigeon’s leg before the bird is tossed out (January 1943).

(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

Inside US aircraft B-18 over Hawaii, a message on onion skin paper is placed in a capsule and attached to a carrier pigeon’s leg before the bird is tossed out (January 1943).

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Many brave men and women have defended this nation against tyranny and injustice. Animals, too, have served and defended our country in a number of different ways. On Memorial Day, when we honor those who died in the line of duty, we’re highlighting the sacrifices made by a surprising array of animals.

BOMBS (AWAY)

Bats

Back in 1941, when the nation was reeling from the devastation of Pearl Harbor, the Air Force, Army, and Marines decided to strap bombs onto bats. A dentist lent the National Defense Committee the fantastical idea of using bat bombs as retaliation against the Japanese. Several tests were run with Mexican free-tailed bats netted from caves, but ultimately, it was decided that the animals were not to be trusted with explosives: A few escaped during practice runs and set off massive fires in military facilities.

Bees

Bomb-sniffing bees may be coming to an airport near you. The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is teaching honeybees to smell explosives. When they detect even the subtlest hint of a target chemical, they start to wag their tongue-like proboscises. Officers who are watching the bees can monitor changes in their behavior and send out an alert if they seem disturbed. The bees are kept in a closed chamber during the process, but are returned to their hives at the end of the day. DARPA is still working on mobilizing these security bees. In the future, they may also be used to expose caches of drugs, such as cocaine and meth.

Sea Lions

The US Navy’s use of bottlenose dolphins is not a well-kept secret. But most people probably don’t know that sea lions are also a part of the military’s Marine Mammal Program. They’re easy to train and well adapted for deep-water conditions, thanks to their acute vision and supreme directional hearing—making them excellent agents for detecting mines and underwater intruders. Currently, there’s one operational unit of sea lions based out of San Diego.

A specially trained Navy dolphin helped with the discovery and recovery of the Howell torpedo. Photo Credit: Alan Antczak

SECRET AGENTS

Pigeons

D-Day was the turning point of World War II, but it came at the cost of 9,000 Allied lives. More lives would have been lost however, if it weren’t for rock pigeons. As the Allies descended on the beaches of western France, their radios went dead. Communications were blacked out between the troops and the Allied headquarters—until, that is, the pigeons flew in. The birds delivered important tactical information, such as enemy coordinates, and let the Allied leaders in England know how their troops were faring.

Pigeons were used extensively in both of the World Wars. With their precise homing instincts, they were the ideal choice for transmitting information quickly and accurately. They were also the first animals to be formally recognized in the U.S. for their valor. The Dickin Medal, created in 1943, has been awarded to many pigeons, numerous dogs, three horses, and one cat.

Over the decades, historians have uncovered numerous stories about the valor of pigeons-in-service: British paratroopers used them to send coded messages with the locations of German tanks, and Americans outfitted them with fake letters stating that the D-Day invasion was going to take place in Calais. The German army eventually caught wind of the Allied collaboration with pigeons, and started shooting the birds and training falcons to take them down.

Flying Insects

This new invention will help you look at insects in a new light. Cyborg insects are being considered by DARPA as an alternative to surveillance drones. By attaching electrodes to moths, beetles, and other flying insects, scientists in the U.S. have successfully transformed invertebrates into remote-controlled cyborgs. One engineer from the University of California, Berkley went so far as to rewire the musculature of a giant flower beetle so that he could redirect the insect’s flight. He then stuck a backpack on the beetle using beeswax. The contraption would emit electrical pulses on his command, forcing the beetle to steer itself in the chosen direction.

Users are able to control Backyard Brains’ RoboRoach remotely. Photo Credit: Backyard Brains

SOLDIERS IN THE RANKS

Elephants

The use of elephants in warfare dates back to the conquests of Hannibal in 218 B.C. Conquerors would have the massive mammals transport weaponry, but they were also a valuable part of arsenals. One elephant could effectively take out many soldiers on foot. However, once armies began to transition to artillery and cannons, it became impractical to bring the six-ton animals out onto the battlefield. But they were still tapped for their extraordinary strength in a variety of ways; during WWII, for instance, they helped to construct bridges for the British. Today, the U.S. military avoids handling elephants due to their Endangered status.

WildCat

Also from DARPA comes the WildCat robot. This futuristic creation, modeled after cheetahs, can gallop at speeds of up to 30 mph. Its practical uses range from fighting fires to wielding firearms in war zones. WildCat’s greatest weakness right now is its noisy power source, something its creators are working to rectify. The quieter they make it, the deadlier it’ll be.

More Audubon: https://www.audubon.org/news/this-memorial-day-remembering-animals-served

This Memorial Day, Remember Pet Safety!

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(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

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Memorial Day weekend is a great excuse to get outside and enjoy the summer weather, but always remember to practice pet safety! Photo Credit: ASPCA

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As the unofficial start to summer, Memorial Day is a great excuse to get outdoors. But whether you’re partying, barbequing, or just soaking up some rays, it’s important to keep your pet’s safety in mind at all times. To prevent any Memorial Day mishaps, we’ve put together some tips to help protect animals during the “Dog Days” of the season.

Party Smart

Barbequing is one of the best parts of Memorial Day, but remember that the food and drink you serve your guests may be poisonous to pets. Keep alcoholic beverages away from animals, and remind guests not to give them any table scraps or snacks. Raisins, grapes, onions, chocolate, and avocado are all common at barbeques—and they’re all especially toxic to animals.

Never leave pets unattended by a pool! Photo Credit: Facebook/Brittney Lemoine

Be Cool Near the Pool

Don’t leave pets unsupervised around a pool or lake—not all dogs are expert swimmers! Introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats. Also, try to keep your dog from drinking pool water, which contains potentially dangerous chemicals like chlorine.

Skip the Spray

Unless specifically designed for animals, insect repellant and sunscreen can be toxic to pets. Signs of repellent toxicity include drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst, and lethargy. DEET, a common insecticide in products for humans, may cause neurological issues in dogs.

Made in the Shade

Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so if you’re spending time outside, give them plenty of fresh, clean water and make sure they have a shady place to get out of the sun. Note that animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.

IDs, Please

Time spent outdoors comes with the added risk of pets escaping. Make sure that your pet is fitted with a microchip or ID tag with identifying information, or both. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Opt for a Humane Holiday

Everyone loves a Memorial Day barbecue, but for those who eat meat, eggs or dairy, avoiding the worst factory-farmed products can be tricky. For help making the most compassionate choices this holiday (and all year long!), be sure to reference our humane picnic tips.

More ASPCA: https://www.aspca.org/news/celebrate-pet-safety-memorial-day

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

Over 100 Hawksbill turtle hatchlings are released on Accra beach in Barbados. Photo Credit: skiptomalou.com

(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

1. Galapagos Green with Envy | Galapagos

Travelers can make their friends green with envy this World Turtle Day when they come face-to-face with the elusive Galapagos green turtle, only found in the archipelago’s tropical Pacific waters. Sail aboard Ecoventura’s fleet of sustainable mega-yachts including the luxurious, new MV ORIGIN, appropriately named after Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species. With two unique, seven-night itineraries, turtle lovers will explore the olive-sand beaches at Charles island and Zodiac their way to Baroness Point with two certified naturalist guides. Cruisers will come within inches of the iconic giant Galapagos tortoises and join the sea turtles for an afternoon snorkel, which is offered several times during the duration of the expedition.

2. Pioneer Your Turtle Adventure | Barbados

Over 100 Hawksbill turtle hatchlings are released on Accra beach in Barbados. Photo Credit: skiptomalou.com

Fun fact: Barbados has more turtles than any other Caribbean island! For guests craving an up-close encounter with the native hawksbill and leatherbacks, there’s no better place than Turtle Beach Resort. Situated on the lively south coast of Barbados, families (and turtles) flock to this beachfront paradise for a locally inspired vacay. Guests can play in the cool waters with the adults, and during the summer months, they’re likely to spot hundreds of turtle hatchlings on the property’s 1,500 foot stretch of pearly white sands. The resort’s expert team of “Turtle Pioneers” as they’re affectionately called, not only teach guests about island conservation, but help lead the baby turtles to the sea after they’re born with the help of the Barbados Sea Turtle Project.

3. Help the Cause in Cancun | Cancun, Mexico

Perfectly situated on a stretch of bright Mexican Caribbean beach, sister properties, Marriott Cancun Resort & JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa feature a sea turtle protection program that saves an average of 3,000 endangered baby turtles each year. From June through September, marine biologists guide the staff in preparing and caring for nesting areas on the beach. Guests at the resorts are invited to participate in the nightly release of the baby turtles, and can do so by calling concierge to find out if turtles will be released on a given night.

Every year from June to September, thousands of sea turtles come to lay their eggs on Banderas Bay beaches in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. After about 45 days of incubation, the hatchlings are born and ready to be released into the sea. Photo Credit: Banderas News

4. Protecting the Turtles in Puerto Vallarta | Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Located between Banderas Bay and the Sierra Madre Mountains, Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa makes it easy for travelers to access to once-in-a-lifetime animal encounters. From June to December, guests can participate in the resort’s turtle protection program and have the opportunity to release newly hatched turtles into the ocean. Since the program started, more than 4,000 nests have been incubated at the hotel’s nursery, and over 1,200 incubated naturally at the beach. This program is a family favorite as children staying at the resort have the chance to even name their tiny sea turtles, and gather at sunset to wish them luck and set them free to return to the ocean. In addition to having the opportunity to release newly hatched turtles, nature-lovers can join the resident biologist for a nighttime stroll along the beach to monitor the nesting turtles. Guests can meet at the turtle nursery at 10:30 pm, where the biologist will provide information about the conservation project and instructions for patrolling the beach.

5. Rescue and Restore the Ridley Turtles | Clearwater Beach, Florida

There is no better place to spend World Turtle Day than Sandpearl Resort, the first Silver LEED-certified resort in Florida dedicated to preserving the beauty and ecosystems of the Gulf Coast. In addition to enjoying beautiful white sand shores of Clearwater Beach, kids can participate in fun-filled activities from nature walks to scavenger hunts to yoga with the friendly Camp Ridley Mascot, “Ridley the Turtle” named after the Kemp Ridley turtle, which is found primarily in the Gulf of Mexico. Just minutes away from the hotel, Sandpearl Resort partners with Clearwater Marine Aquarium, where injured marine life including turtles are rescued and nursed back to health by aquarium staff and volunteers. Guests can visit all of the resident sea turtles (including five different species, two of which are endangered) from Stubby, who is missing her front flippers because of severe injuries, to Harold who has helped staff to better understand visual complications on stranded sea turtles. Guests who fall in love with newfound turtle friends can even adopt a turtle through Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

6. Stay & Save the Sea Turtles | Jupiter Beach, Florida

It is illegal to harm or harass sea turtles, their nests or hatchlings as sea turtles are protected by the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

Perched on pristine stretch of Atlantic coastline dotted with natural dunes, Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa is an idyllic escape for travelers looking to give back while enjoying the easy, breezy beach life. Guests of Jupiter’s only oceanfront resort can book the “Stay & Save the Sea Turtles” package and get a portion of proceeds from their visit donated to the local Loggerhead Marinelife Center, adopting a sea turtle in their name. The area is a haven for this endangered species, and travelers can even spot sea turtle hatchings at night on the resort’s beach during nesting season, which runs from May through October. Guests can check out sea turtles in their natural habitat while exploring the local area with off-site activities that include kayaking, paddle-boarding, boating and more.

7. Learn About Loggerheads | Sarasota, Florida

Perched on the beaches of Longboat Key – a barrier island off the Gulf coast with more than 35 miles of nesting beaches for loggerhead turtles – The Resort at Longboat Key Club is a great place for nature-loving families. Just minutes from the property is the Sarasota Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, which has rehabilitated and released more than 100 sea turtles. With the property’s current “Summer Sun & Summer Fun” package, families can visit the Mote Marine Aquarium free of charge and snag three nights accommodations and daily breakfast.

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