Economic Troubles in Portugal Lead to More Abandoned Animals

Critter News

Thousands of pets are being abandoned across Portugal, either being dumped at the gates of charitable associations or simply taken far from home and left behind, as owners struggle to make ends meet due to the continuing financial crisis. animal abandonment economics portugalFrom the Portugal News Online.sad stuff.

Spaniards Are Giving Up their Horses Due to Economic Conditions

Critter News

and they are ending up in slaughterhouses or are being abandoned. animal abandonment economics spain horses poverty horse slaughter

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Preparing Pets for Hurricanes

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Too many times we see pets abandoned during weather-related disasters and with yet another Hurricane possibly headed our way (Irma), Petplan pet insurance wants to remind responsible pet parents to be aware of these simple tips to keep their pets … Continue reading → cats dogs hedgehogs people helping animals pet care

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An Animal Welfare First in Spain

Critter News

Woman fined for abandoning her dog at the doors of an animal rescue organisation It's the first time that an owner has been fined in such circumstances.First Instance and Instruction Court Five in Segovia has fined a Madrid woman 120 € after she abandoned her Rottweiler dog at the doors of the El Refugio animal refuge at El Espinar, Segovia in May 2008. Loa was six years old at the time she was abandoned, with her papers left with her.

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Finally. Jasmine the Greyhound

Animal Person

It had been locked in the shed and abandoned. In an act of kindness, the police took the dog, which was a Greyhound female, to the nearby Nuneaton Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary, run by a man named Geoff Grewcock and known as a willing haven for Animals abandoned, orphaned or otherwise in need. We had two puppies that had been abandoned by a nearby railway line. I received this steadily for a month or two and still find it heartwarming.

Marine Litter is Devastating Oceans

Critter News

Abandoned, lost or discarded fishing gear in the oceans makes up around 10 percent of all marine litter. And the problem is getting worse as we continue overfishing the oceans. It's easy to overlook ocean issues when there are so many other things to think about. But the oceans are also an ecosystem with living beings.).

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You can help Angels in Fur Dog Rescue with just a click!

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Since 2006, Angels in Fur has rescued and rehomed approximately 1,000 abandoned dogs from the pound or neglectful owners, many needing orthopedic surgery and months of rehabilitation. Natural Balance has teamed up with Angels in Fur Dog Rescue to donate one pound of food for each new “LIKE” on the Natural Balance Facebook page ( ). That means that YOU can help feed rescue dogs with just a click of your mouse!

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Argentine Dog Saves Baby

Critter News

A dog in Argentina saved an abandoned baby. The baby, weighing 4kg (8lb 13oz), had some slight injuries, but no bite marks. The owner called the police and the child is now being looked after by the authorities, while a decision is taken about his future

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Do Peafowls Hate Albinos?

10,000 Birds

A fascinating post at Bird Ecology Study Group about a series of observations of an Indian Peafowl that was more than willing to abandon her albino chick. Asides

Let’s Catch Up!

Creature Talk

Most are abandoned or euthanized, or sometimes sold into slaughter. There have been SO many things I’ve wanted to write about lately, but I’ve let summer get the best of me and been a bad little blogger. In an effort to “catch up&# , here are just a few of the things I’ve been thinking about the last couple months: If you haven’t seen the documentary THE COVE yet, you need to.

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A new bower in Cygnet Park-Broome

10,000 Birds

Well, now it has really fallen apart and they have abandoned it. The Great Bowerbird bowers around Broome don’t last forever despite their solid construction. We have extreme weather during our wet season with cyclonic winds and torrential rain.

City of Albuquerque Being Sued for Trap-Neuter-Release Program

10,000 Birds

From the American Bird Conservancy : The mayor of Albuquerque and the director of the city’s animal welfare department have been named in a lawsuit alleging that the officials have committed animal cruelty by allowing certain illegal and improper animal management practices to occur related to abandonment of stray cats. Britton’s lawsuit claims that the abandonment constitutes cruelty to animals as defined specifically by Albuquerque ordinances and state law.

The Lady with 700 Cats

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Boxes of abandoned kittens, emergency CPR, meds for sick strays — each day brings a new set of challenges to her refuge on 12 acres in central California. Largest Cat Rescue on Earth ” – It’s never a dull moment at the Cat House on the Kings, a sanctuary for abandoned cats in California where over 700 cats live without fear. Nat Geo WILD’s The Lady with 700 Cats, airs Saturday, July 30.

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Unexpected Farm Animal Deal in Ohio

Critter News

Animal welfare groups led by the Humane Society of the United States have agreed to abandon a fall ballot issue against animal cruelty as part of a deal with state farm groups brokered by Gov. To me, it's another example of the Humane Society's growing savvy and clout in the US. I know many will disagree with me and say it's a cop-out, but I'll take what I can get. From the Associated Press.

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On Discounts on Adoptions

Animal Person

With record numbers of animals being abandoned due to foreclosures and the economy, and let's face it, adopting a dog or cats isn't going to save you any money, do you think it is irresponsible to offer discounts? Here's a Gray Matter for you (or maybe not): A humane society near me is doing a cat- and dog-adoption promotion this month. You can adopt a dog for $75 rather than $100, and if you adopt a cat for $50 you can get a second one for half the price.

Poor Nesting Success for Wading Birds in South Florida

10,000 Birds

Most hard-hit were federally endangered Wood Storks , which saw all 820 nests fail or be abandoned. In 2012, for the third straight year, wading birds in south Florida had poor nesting success. Only 26,395 nests were started in 2012, a 39 percent decline compared to the decadal average. Asides Florida herons and egrets

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“New York’s Kindest” includes Rock & Rawhide!

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As the only organization in New York City whose doors are open to any animal in need, AC&C rescues thousands of New York’s homeless, neglected, abused and abandoned animals each year. Those who adopt an animal, volunteer to walk dogs or spend time with cats, or donate – whether it’s a financial contribution or toys and blankets – truly make a difference in the lives of homeless and abandoned pets, says Risa Weinstock, interim executive director.

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Utah's Shelters Providing Strays to Labs for Research

Critter News

Scores of abandoned dogs, cats and livestock from Utah animal shelters become subjects of laboratory research at the University of Utah each year. Thanks to PETA's undercover investigation of University of Utah labs for bringing this issue to media attention. From the AP. That's because of a little-known state law that requires government-run pounds to turn animals over to researchers if asked.

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Why I'm Not Giving Up On Capitalism

Animal Person

I guess part of my refusal to completely abandon capitalism is the related notion (byproduct? Among friends I'm thought of as a bit of a conundrum because I haven't completely given up on capitalism. More important, I haven't given up on the idea that money can save the day sometimes. Or pulling money. For instance, I think shareholder activism isn't a terrible idea because you're giving them money in the first place.

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National Family Pack Walk Giveaway

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All proceeds from the National Family Pack Walk events will be donated to the Cesar Millan Foundation, which raises awareness and supports the rescue, rehabilitation, and re-homing of abused and abandoned dogs. This year’s National Family Pack Walk will prove, once again, that it’s not your average walk in the park. Scooby-Doo, Cesar Millan, four-legged friends and their pet parents from around the U.S., will walk to raise money to save the lives of shelter dogs. The 1.5

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My Uneventful 3rd Blogiversary

Animal Person

Of course some of the original inhabitants migrated across the street to an abandoned building, and that's next. I was hoping to say that I have blogged every day for three years as of today, but sadly, and very frustratingly, the past couple of days I have been otherwise occupied. So here I am, on the third anniversary of Animal Person, asking for advice that has nothing to do with veganism or animal rights (and I've tweeted about this so some of you already know what's coming).

Military Dogs Play Roles in Iraq and Afghanistan

Critter News

The most famous example of military dogs is the Vietnam dogs who faithfully served American soldiers and then were abandoned to unknown fates after we left the country. We chain them, use them for experiments, eat them in some countries and make them wear funny sweaters in others. But we also use them to fight our wars and intimidate our detainees.

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Animal Shelter Portraits

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Photographer Mark Ross has captured some truly beautiful, and touching, photos of animals abandoned at kill shelters. The book, Animal Shelter Portraits , captures just a small glimpse of what our furry friends experience in shelter situations. The photos in the book made me want to reach out and save each one of them. The faces say it all, the sadness of being at a shelter, the hope that maybe there will be a second chance for a happily ever after.

And So It Begins

10,000 Birds

and Canada, it had apparently discovered an abandoned nest, on which it was clearly showing nesting behavior. I can’t resist loving my first week of birding each year.

What to do if you no longer can care for your bearded dragon.

4 The Love Of Animals

Shoppers discovered the abandoned animal, wrapped in a white plastic bag at Morrisons Supermarket located on Pilton Drive. The authorities believed that its likely that the owner simply wanted to abandon the pet because he could no longer care for it. Before abandoning a pet, try to find another home for it. Many pet owners are able to enjoy their pets for the entire duration of the animal’s life.

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World Animal Day in Minsk

Critter News

They also put up a tent to collect donations, such as pet food, cages, collars and other pet supplies, for stray and abandoned animals kept at the shelters. I doubt caring for strays in Belarus is an easy task , so kudos to these people for the work they do. City Fauna and another animal welfare charity named Ehida brought around 40 pets from their shelters to the park on Sunday in an attempt to re-home them.

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On ANIMAL EQUALITY, by Joan Dunayer

Animal Person

Minus that role, the term implies, such an animal has no place; if they aren't some human's companion, or their companionship fails to please, they can be abandoned or killed" (8). A handful Animal Person readers since May of 2006, when I started this then-daily blog, have asked me if I've read Joan Dunayer. And now that I've read Animal Equality and begun Speciesism , I think I know why.

2010 105

On Compassionate Carnivores and Betrayal

Animal Person

A violation of trust or confidence, an abandonment of something committed to one's charge. Stephanie's post about " The Compassionate Hypocrite " on Saturday reminded me of what Catherine Friend and other " compassionate carnivores " are doing in addition to twisting the definition of compassionate beyond recognition. Their claim is that what has become the customary way to take sentient nonhumans from babyhood to untimely death is not humane. It's cruel.

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Is Dolphin Therapy Cruel to Dolphins?

Critter News

Smith, who was originally inspired by watching a dolphin interact with her mentally disabled brother in the 1970s, offered the therapy free of charge for more than a decade, before abandoning the work out of ethical concerns in the 1990s. Knowing now how highly intelligent these animals are, I am very resistant to "using" them for therapy. From the Washington Post.

Portuguese City Tries to End Killing of Strays

Critter News

But as of this Saturday Lagos will adhere to an alternative path in dealing with abandoned animals and overflowing municipal infrastructures, thanks to the intervention of two local ladies, Cecilia do Carmo and Esperança Martins, who in 2006 initiated proceedings to found an animal protection association following a distressing visit to the kennels. Portugal is NOT known for its kindness to animals so this is a significant development for a Portuguese city. From the Portugal News Online.

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Second Annual National Family Pack Walk

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The Cesar Millan Foundation is dedicated to promoting animal welfare by supporting the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of abused and abandoned dogs and by delivering community humane education programs, including the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum. Cesar Millan, and Scooby-Doo have partnered again for the Second Annual National Family Pack Walk on September 29 in Washington, D.C.

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Is fostering the answer? We think it is.

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A Pathway to Hope is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of abandoned dogs and cats, with a special focus on south to north rescue of northern breed dogs, the rescue of stray cats, and community outreach to further the cause of rescue. NEW JERSEY – Animal shelters are full, they have no space, they often have no money, and they have a small amount of dedicated volunteers.

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No More PU

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Tidy Cats is coming to the rescue in the Big Apple to assist with stinky situations in the lives of New Yorkers, including: cleaning up a long-abandoned Queens property; providing a free, “No PU View” from the top of the Empire State Building; and will personally sweeten up the lives of New Yorkers. The house has been abandoned for several years, and the property became a dumping ground for trash. Sometimes life just stinks, but Tidy Cats® is here to help.

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Guest Post: Foreclosures Threaten Pets As Well As People

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While there are no exact numbers on how many animals are coming in from foreclosed homes (since many people don’t give an accurate reason), shelters have noted a dramatic increase in the number of homeless pets they take in, either from owners dropping them off, or from pets that are simply abandoned outdoors or in empty houses. Foreclosures Threaten Pets As Well As People.

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Perch Wars

10,000 Birds

One heron had the good sense to abandon his quest quickly. In April of this year, I had the crazy idea of submitting this article to 10,000 Birds for their consideration. Since I will still be enjoying my last couple of days in Spain on this week’s deadline, I thought it might be the moment to share it with all of you. I’ll post more recent material next week!

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Animal Person

He started frolicking with abandon in the dried green moss at the base of Bob, our resident Spathophylum. Kermie. One of the reasons my marriage to a carnivorous Republican worked so well, at least for the first four years, was that he traveled a lot. He unwittingly afforded me the luxury of many weekends spent hanging out with subversives of all kinds to support their causes and quietly planning the overthrow of the government.

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Farm Sanctuary needs help.

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Farm Sanctuary recently came to the aid of six male Holstein calves, several just days old, who had been abandoned without food or water and left for dead. With much love and care these calves are now thriving, however, they are in desperate need of potential adopters for these sweet boys. Farm Sanctuary operates the country’s largest farm animal rescue and adoption network.

A Pocket Guide to Pigeon Watching: Getting to Know the World’s Most Misunderstood Bird: A Book Review by a Pigeon Cynic

10,000 Birds

The American Birding Association has declared that 2022 is the year of the Burrowing Owl, but if Rosemary Mosco has her way, it will also be the year of the Rock Pigeon.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of September 2014)

10,000 Birds

Corey and I were most pleased to see that shorebirds haven’t entirely abandoned the Esat Pond at Jamaica Bay. James Russell Lowell famously wondered , “And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days…” Of course, he was on the mark concerning the quality of June days, but don’t you think he might have overlooked September? My BBOTW was a weird Dunlin while Corey was most partial to the Pectoral Sandpiper pictured above. How about you?

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Emmylou Harris on Dogtown tonight!

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Theresa, an abandoned pit bull, has a mysterious mass in her belly. Music star Emmylou Harris calls for help with a vicious shepherd mix named Gunnar, leaving animal behavior specialist Sherry Woodard only a few days to come up with a plan to overcome his aggression. The dog has a history of skin cancer, so vet Dr. Patti Iampietro must do exploratory surgery to see if the cancer has spread internally.

Flycatchers in the Cocoa

10,000 Birds

Targeting a nest that is just approaching completion, the flycatchers persistently annoy the builders until they eventually abandon the nest. When out birding, I prefer completely wild habitat. There is something about a mature rainforest, for example, that cannot be replicated by any human.

Some Good News In NJ Farm Animals Case

Critter News

The plaintiffs plan to pressure the NJDA to abandon them when the regulations are revised. Thanks to Farmed Animal Net for this information from August 8. In a unanimous decision, New Jersey’s Supreme Court rejected a broad challenge by animal protection advocates to the state’s rules on the care of farmed animals) but struck down regulations that regard husbandry practices as being “humane” merely because they are routine.

Tom Regan on Utilitarianism

Animal Ethics

To secure the philosophical foundation for animal rights requires abandoning utilitarianism. ( The initial attractiveness of utilitarianism as a moral theory on which to rest the call for the better treatment of animals was noted in an earlier context. Because animals are sentient (i.e.,