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Pet Pic of the Day

In Pet Pic of the Day on May 28, 2009 at 8:30 pm


“Trio” by flickr user Jamie1002.

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Birds, beware! You’re not the only one with wings…

In Just for Fun on May 27, 2009 at 8:51 pm

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… a cat with wings? This cat in Chongqing, China started growing wing-shaped appendages when he turned 1 year old. No one is quite sure what the appendages are–bone mutations, a genetic change caused by chemical ingested by his mother, or even a siamese twin growing inside the cat! Whatever the case, it doesn’t seem to bother the kitty and he likes the attention!

Rachael Ray receives humanitarian award

In Animal News on May 27, 2009 at 8:45 pm

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TV host, cookbook author, and dog food developer Rachael Ray has been awarded the North Shore Animal League America President’s Award for Humanitarian Excellence. The group chose Ray because of her commitment to animals and the no-kill campaign. Her website, Rachael’s Rescue, highlights organizations that are dedicated to helping animals. The award will be presented to her at the eighth annual Lewyt Humane Awards Luncheon on June 3.

Most US cats neutered, study says

In Animal News on May 27, 2009 at 8:15 pm

A recent study conducted by the national nonprofit group Alley Cat Allies reveals that the majority of household cats in the US are neutered. The study, “Population Characteristics and Neuter Status of Cats Living in Households in the United States,” is published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Association.

Consisting of 1205 random respondents across the country, this is the first nationally representative study to analyze the relation of household income to the neuter status of pet cats. The income benchmark included in the study was $35,000, and the findings indicate that family income is the most significant predictor of whether household pet cats are neutered. Read the rest of this entry »

Nutro Products Recalls Dry Cat Food Products

In Health and Safety on May 21, 2009 at 9:50 pm


Nutro Products announced a voluntary recall of select varieties of Nutro Natural Choice Complete Care Dry Cat Foods and Nutro Max Cat Dry Foods with “Best If Used By Dates” between May 12, 2010 and August 22, 2010.

For more information, visit http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/nutro05_09.html.

ASPCA launches puppy facts database

In Animal News, PUPPIES! on May 18, 2009 at 8:18 pm

The ASPCA has launched a database to search for inspection reports for breeding facilities across the country. The database lists violations from lack of medical care and unsanitary living conditions to inadequate record keeping. Also included in the database is information for pet stores located New York, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.

For more information, visit ASPCAPuppyFacts.org.

Pet Pic of the Day

In Pet Pic of the Day on May 14, 2009 at 8:24 pm


Mary by flickr user Terra Dawn Photography.

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Ask Tamar!

In Just for Fun on May 7, 2009 at 3:14 pm


Having a problem with Fido? Tamar Geller, founder of The Loved Dog™ method of dog training, best selling author, life coach to the stars’ pets, and of course, Tails cover star wants to hear your training questions. She will answer them on the Ellen Degeneres Show (another Tails cover star!) on Thursday, May 21. Submit your questions here and be sure to tune in!

Don’t let the swine flu scare you away from the zoo

In Animal News on May 5, 2009 at 9:16 pm


Zoo members and visitors, rest assured–it is OK to visit your favorite warthogs, pigs, and other swine-related animals without the fear of catching the swine flu.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the H1N1 virus (commonly known as swine flu) is a human virus that is transfered to swine from humans, not the other way around. So you’re free to visit your friend’s pet pig or the zoo. Of course if you’re experiencing flu symptoms, you should stay away from people and swine to prevent further spread of the virus.

Polar bears need your help!

In Animal News, Help the Animals on May 5, 2009 at 6:29 pm


Polar bears need your help! These animals are at risk of extinction from global warming—their sea-ice habitat is melting, posing a serious threat to the survival of the species.

Two rules were passed in the final days of the Bush administration that weaken the Endangered Species Act. One exempts an expansive range of activities from expert scientist review, and the other bans federal agencies from examining the effects of greenhouse gas emissions on polar bears.

President Obama’s Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar, has overturned the regulation that exempted the expert scientist review. Additionally, he has authority to rescind the rule that reduces protections for polar bears. However, Salazar’s authority will expire on Friday, May 8.

Please act now in alliance with concerned scientists, members of Congress, and members of the California legislature to protect polar bears. Sign the petition from the Center for Biological Diversity in support of the removal of this dangerous rule. —Christina Cottini