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40 Cool Gifts for the Whole Crazy Family (Including Your Pets)

Some great gift ideas for parents, pets, kids, and partners. read more

Rights groups criticize use of dog skin in China

By Natalie Thomas and Megha Rajagopalan WUJI, China/BEIJING (Reuters) - Dog skin produced by Chinese factories is used to make gloves, shoes and other products destined for export, footage provided to Reuters by an animal rights group shows. China has faced criticism for its treatment of animals, including bears, whose bile is used in traditional medicines. Tigers are also bred and killed, in some areas, for their pelts and bones. ...

Holiday Treats, Decor May Mean Problems for Pets

We may look forward to Christmas trees, tinsel, chocolate and more during the holiday season, but those are just some of the things to watch out for when it comes to our pets. Jill Urban filed this report.

PHOTOS: Pampered pets that don duds move to the mainstream

LOS ANGELES — These clothing designers have to think about pattern, fabric and fit — as well as where to put the poo bags. Creating on-trend outfits is a whole different animal for pet fashion designers, whose work is becoming mainstream as animal lovers look to further pamper their pets. For some owners, it’s a statement; for others, it’s a way to match man’s best friend; and sometimes it’s ...

Cats out of the bag

Two kittens and their mother found dumped in a rubbish bag in a Perth park.

Hearing dogs trained in Scotland

The first Hearing Dog to be trained entirely in Scotland

Four neglected dogs rescued from Paterson apartment

Four severely infected and matted poodles underwent extreme makeovers Wednesday following their rescue from a Paterson apartment building after their owner’s death.

CATS: Portion of streetcar track to be to reinstalled

A section of streetcar track that was laid improperly is being removed and reinstalled by the contractor, the Charlotte Area Transit System said. Click to Continue »

Dogs broken out of pound face destruction

A Nelson woman stopped by police with her dogs in her car following a heist from the Nelson pound has lost her bid to save them.

Abused dogs rescued from horrific puppy mill

80 emaciated dogs, three cats, two geese, several birds, chickens and a gibbon were found in a filthy, stinking bungalow in Subang.

A tourist in Detroit: Motown, coney dogs and art

This Dec. 2, 2014 photo shows the exterior of the Motown Museum in Detroit. The museum is located on the site of the recording studio that Berry Gordy founded in 1959, creating the Motown hit machine that produced Diana Ross and the Supremes, The Temptations, Michael Jackson and many other superstars. The museum is filled with artifacts from original furniture to gold records, and visitors get to see the recording studio _ small and simple by today’s standards _ where many of the hits were recorded. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz) DETROIT (AP) — I arrived in a power outage, got a $45 parking ticket and drove past dozens of abandoned homes. But as a tourist on my first trip to Detroit, I also sang in the Motown studio, saw the paintings that were nearly sold to pay the city's bills, and bumped fists with the sculpture of boxer Joe Louis' powerful arm.

Cats go 2-1 for the week, face Frenchtown Saturday

The Columbia Falls boys basketball team won two and lost one this past week.

EASTVALE: Cat population again explodes at mobile home park

More than 350 stray and abandoned cats are roaming an Eastvale mobile home park after efforts to control the population lapsed. Now city and Riverside County officials are reaching out to property managers at Swan Lake Mobile Country Estates to get a...

Keep Calm and Party On: Protect Pets from Anxiety this Holiday Season with The Rein Coat®

The therapeutic calming coat is designed to lightly touch your pet on the nape of the neck (just like the mommy dog), triggering the production of oxytocin, commonly referred to as the "love hormone" released by the brain that reduces fear and anxiety. "Unlike other calming products, The Rein Coat simulates a familiar memory for the pet instead of merely distracting them from what it is they're ...

Clifford and other dogs I’ve loved

From 'The Poky Little Puppy' to 'Cujo,' dogs have been some of the most memorable characters in literature.

Pets that don duds move into the mainstream as retailers hawk trendy fashion lines for animals

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - These clothing designers have to think about pattern, fabric and fit — as well as where to put the poo bags.

Pampered pets that don duds move to the mainstream

This undated photo provided by American Eagle Outfitters shows a beagle wearing an American Beagle Outfitters beanie and a puffer vest. For some pet owners, clothing plays into a luxury lifestyle. For others, it's a way to match man's best friend; and sometimes it's simply about keeping animals warm this winter. (AP Photo/American Eagle Outfitters) LOS ANGELES (AP) — These clothing designers have to think about pattern, fabric and fit — as well as where to put the poo bags.

Pampered pets that don duds move to the mainstream

These clothing designers have to think about pattern, fabric and fit — as well as where to put the poo bags. Creating on-trend outfits is a whole different animal for pet fashion designers, whose work ...

One Million Pets Adopted Through Blue Buffalo Home 4 The Holidays Campaign

WILTON, Conn., Dec. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The holiday season is a time to surround yourself with loved ones—and pets are no exception. Through Blue Buffalo's Home 4 the Holidays campaign, the company today announced the initiative reached this year's holiday goal of finding a forever home for one million deserving dogs and cats throughout the world. In celebration of reaching this year's goal ...

Owner of Cuddles Cat Cafe puts business up for sale after cat deaths

SINGAPORE - A cat cafe that was under investigation over the deaths of seven cats is now up for sale. In a lengthy Facebook post made by the owner of Cuddles Cat Cafe on Wed, Dec 17, Mr Jonathan Tan apologised for the deaths of the cats and expressed remorse over purchasing the cats in the cafe instead of adopting them. Mr Tan wrote: "Under my care, 7 Cats died in a one year time-period ...

Cats Are Ruthless Killers

Humans think of cats as fuzzy and cute. Birds and small mammals have a vastly different perception. Domestic cats kill between 1.4 and 3.7 billion birds and between 6.9 and 20.7 billion mammals (mostly mice, shrews, rabbits, squirrels, and voles) each year, according to a study published last year in Nature Communications. The study indicated that both stray and owned cats are responsible for a ...

Cats hated for being 'murderous' pests by third of gardeners, survey finds

Cats are now more hated than wasps and foxes, with 34 per cent of gardeners loathing the 'murderous' pests, according to annual survey

Jogger hurt in attack by two dogs

Angela was running when she was attacked by two dogs. How their owner reacted shocked her.        

Pets and Winter Weather: A Dangerous Mix The Grounds Guys® offers Safety Tips for Keeping Pets Safe and Warm

Winter weather and pets can be a dangerous mix if steps are not taken to protect them from the bitter cold. (PRWeb December 16, 2014) Read the full story at

Protect Your Pets From Holiday Hazards

As beautiful and magical as the holiday season is, it can be filled with danger for our furry family members. The team at NorthStar VETS, a 24/7 emergency and specialty animal hosp

Go For the Food: Coney Island hot dogs in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — To New Yorkers like me, going to Coney means hopping on a Coney Island-bound subway train to an amusement park at the beach. But on a trip to Detroit, I learned that "coney" means something entirely different.

AUDIO: 11 dogs rescued after cliff fall

Eleven dogs from a hunt pack are rescued after becoming trapped in a gorge near Aberystwyth.

Rare white rhino dies at San Diego zoo, leaving only five on earth

A northern white rhinoceros named Angalifu that died on Sunday is seen in this San Diego Zoo Safari Park handout photo (Reuters) - One of only six northern white rhinoceros left on earth died over the weekend at a San Diego zoo, bringing the species closer to extinction, zoo officials said on Monday. Angalifu, who was about 44 years old and being treated for age-related conditions, died on Sunday, according to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The world's only known remaining northern white rhinos are an elderly female still at the Safari Park, one at a zoo in Europe and three in Africa, the California zoo said in a statement. ...

60 rescue cats from Quebec arrive safely in Toronto

Sixty cats arrived after a long trip down the 401 in a cube van from Montreal to find foster homes in Toronto over the weekend.

Stray dogs travel to reunite with soldiers

Pen Farthing, a former sergeant in the Royal Marines, is reuniting soldiers with the stray dogs they befriended while serving in Afghanistan.

Rare northern white rhino dies at California zoo

This Oct. 21, 2014 photo provided by the San Diego Zoo shows Angalifu, a northern white rhinoceros at his enclosure at the San Diego Zoo. Zoo officials said that Angalifu, was only one of six left in the world. He died Sunday, Dec. 14 at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Angalifu, who was about 44 years old, apparently died of old age. (AP Photo/San Diego Zoo, Ken Bohn) SAN DIEGO (AP) — A northern white rhinoceros that was only one of six left in the world died Sunday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, zoo officials said.

Meow Parlour, NYC's Newest Cat Cafe, Opens Today

If you love cats and pastries, you'll want to visit Meow Parlour - New York City's first-ever cat cafe.

Cats dismantle Peabody in district opener, 9-0

It took a little while, but the Leesville Wampus Cats were able to wear down the Peabody Warhorses.

Dr. Boyd's Pet Resort & Veterinary Center Announces Grand Opening of New State-of-the-Art Facility in Irvine

"Everyone deserves a vacation, including pets!" That's the idea and inspiration behind Dr. Boyd's Pet Resort, an all-inclusive grooming, daycare, veterinary, training and boarding facility now ...

11 dogs rescued from isolated gorge

Eleven dogs from a hunt pack are rescued after becoming trapped in a gorge near Aberystwyth.

Pope Francis turns out not to have made pets in heaven comment

Pope Francis releases dove prior to delivering Holy Mass at Holy Spirit Cathedral in Istanbul By Frances Kerry and Philip Pullella WASHINGTON/VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - It was a heartwarming story for legions of pet owners and animal lovers around the world. Pope Francis, talking to a distraught boy whose pet had died, declared there was a place in heaven for the creatures we share our lives with. His comment was reported this week by many news media outside Italy, with dozens of articles in the United States. It was veritable catnip to social media. However, it turned out the pope had not made the comment. ...

South African rangers kill 3 poachers

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Some South African rangers grimly call it the "Christmas shopping" season for rhino poachers.

Bangladeshis use sponges to clean oil spill threatening dolphins

Bangladeshi villagers try to collect oil that spread in the river after an oil tanker sank in the Shela River in Mongla, in a photo taken on December 11, 2014 and received from the World Conservation Society on December 12 Bangladeshi villagers using sponges, shovels and even spoons worked Friday to clean up a huge oil spill in a protected area that is home to rare dolphins, after environmentalists warned of an ecological "catastrophe". Thousands of litres of oil have spilt into the protected Sundarbans mangrove area, home to rare Irrawaddy and Ganges dolphins, after a tanker collided with another vessel on Tuesday. The government has sent a ship carrying oil dispersants to the area, which is inside one of three sanctuaries set up for the dolphins.

Electric Zoo 2013 Death Leads to Guilty Plea

The plea is made after an attendee collapsed and had a seizure at the August 2013 Electric Zoo music festival on Randall's Island

New York man pleads guilty in drug case tied to 'Electric Zoo' death

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - An upstate New York man pleaded guilty on Thursday of conspiring to distribute the potent drug "molly" that was ultimately given to a 23-year-old man who died of an overdose at an electronic music festival last summer. Patrick Morgan, 24, admitted to supplying the drug to a friend in Buffalo, New York, who intended to distribute it at the Electric Zoo three-day concert on New York City's Randall's Island. "I knew what I was doing was wrong and illegal," Morgan said. ...

Bangladesh oil spill 'threatens rare dolphins'

A Bangladeshi oil-tanker lies half-submerged on the Shela River in the Sundarbans in Mongla on December 9, 2014 after it was hit by a cargo vessel An oil spill from a crashed tanker in Bangladesh is threatening endangered dolphins in the vast Sundarbans delta, officials warned Thursday, calling it an ecological "catastrophe".

Guiding African Wildlife Through Global Warming

Guiding African Wildlife Through Global Warming Jessica Arriens is a public affairs specialist for the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) contributed this article to Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. The Congo basin is an unruly ribbon of tropical forest, more than a million square miles spanning six countries in Central Africa, running inward along the equator from the continent's western coast. In Central Africa, those forces include deforestation, climate change, hunting and more. The region is "so enriched with life," says Mary "Katy" Gonder, a Drexel University biologist and one of the lead researchers on the Central African Biodiversity Alliance (CABA).

Iran's unwelcome dogs find care at rare shelter

In this Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 photo, Homa Rashid, a lawyer and volunteer at the Vafa Animal Shelter, rests with a dog, in the city of Hashtgerd 43 miles (73 kilometers) west of the capital Tehran, Iran. More than 500 dogs find care and affection at the Vafa Animal Shelter, which was established through an endowment in 2004 and is the country’s only licensed animal refuge. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi) TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Man's best friend is seen as anything but in Iran, where city workers gun down strays and conservatives view pet dogs as a corrupting Western influence. But in a rare animal shelter in the countryside west of Tehran, hundreds of lucky pups have found mercy, and a growing number of Iranians are learning to love them.

Humpback whales increasing in waters near NYC

In this June 2014 photo provided by Gotham Whale, a humpback whale breaks through the surface of the Atlantic Ocean just off a beach on the Rockaway peninsula near New York City. Humpbacks have been approaching the city in greater numbers than in many years; there were 87 sightings in nearby waters from a whale-watching boat in 2014. (AP Photo/Gotham Whale/Dennis Guiney) NEW YORK (AP) — Maybe they want to sing on Broadway.

Off-spinners in firing line of governing body crackdown

Pakistani off-spinner Saeed Ajmal (R) delivers a ball during a training session in Dubai on November 3, 2013 Off-spinners could be in danger of becoming an endangered species as exponents fall by the wayside in the recent crackdown on illegal bowling actions by cricket's world governing body.

PETA Blasts Discovery's 'Eaten Alive' Over "Inexcusable Torment" of Anaconda

As viewers saw Sunday night, Paul Rosolie ultimately was unsuccessful in his attempt to be swallowed by a giant snake

U.S. declines to upgrade protections for grizzly bears in Idaho, Montana

A grizzly bear roams through the Hayden Valley in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Federal wildlife managers on Friday declined to upgrade protections for a population of grizzly bears in the remote reaches of Idaho and northwest Montana that numbers fewer than 50, and which conservationists say are going extinct. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the outsized, hump-shouldered bears that roam the Cabinet Mountains and Yaak River drainage in the Northern Rockies are likely to reach a recovery goal of 100 without changing their status to endangered from threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act. ...

Tiger triplets have debut at Washington state zoo

Jaya walks out with Kirana, Dari, and Indah at the Sumatran tiger enclosure at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. The Sumatran tiger triplets born Oct. 8 weighting between two and half to three pounds. (AP Photo/The News Tribune, Lui Kit Wong) TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Sumatran tiger triplets born two months ago have gone on public display Friday at a zoo in Washington state.

Chimpanzees have no human rights: N.Y. court

Tommythechimp By Daniel Wiessner ALBANY, N.Y. (Reuters) - In the first case of its kind, a New York appeals court rejected on Thursday an animal rights advocate's bid to extend "legal personhood" to chimpanzees, saying the primates are incapable of bearing the responsibilities that come with having legal rights. A five-judge panel of the Albany court said attorney Steven Wise had shown that Tommy, a 26-year-old chimp who lives alone in a shed in upstate New York, was an autonomous creature, but that it was not possible for him to understand the social contract that binds humans together. ...

California wildlife managers ban prizes for competitive hunts

By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - California wildlife managers on Wednesday banned the awarding of prizes for hunting contests targeting non-game animals like coyotes in what is believed to be the first such measure in the country aimed at lessening the appeal of such competitions.   The California Fish and Game Commission voted 4-1 to prohibit so-called inducements like cash and merchandise for hunting events tied to coyotes, foxes, bobcats and wild animals classified in the state as furbearers and non-game mammals. ...
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