Friday, September 27, 2013

Transformation of a Dog Who Was Terrified

A puppy, once housed at the City of San Antonio, Texas Animal Care Services facility, was featured in this column over a year ago.  His photo quickly broke hearts...his head was low to the ground, his back hunched over and his entire demeanor reflected pure and utter terror.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Parisian Cat Cafe Offers "Purr Therapy"

Customers braving the rush at Paris's newest cafe to order their coffees and croissants, are now able to enjoy them in the company of a dozen resident cats.  The "Cafe des Chats" in the heart of the capital's chic Marais district is home to a dozen felines who weave in between the tables or curl up on armchairs as diners tuck in.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Images: Hilarious Animal Photobombs

Deirdre Mead and Jonathan Itskov were celebrating a birthday at Six Flags Adventure Land in New Jersey when photobombing expert Conan the gutsy giraffe decided to steal the couple’s limelight.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Elephants, Killer Whales, and Exercise

The lives of orcas and elephants are remarkably similar, unhappily so in those areas where they interface with humans. Both have been hunted and captured, both are forced to perform tricks and live in unsuitable enclosures.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Male Orangutans Found to Share Travel Plans

After several years tracking orangutans in the Sumatran swamplands, researchers made some surprising discoveries, they report in the journal PLoS One: males make travel plans up to 24 hours in advance and share them with nearby orangutans by emitting long, loud calls that can be heard more than a half-mile away.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Cat Unlocks iPhone Using Fingerprint Sensor

As you can see in the video above, Apple’s new fingerprint sensor in the iPhone 5s isn’t restricted to human users. After commandeering a cat, I tested a colleague’s hypothesis that you could register the identifying skin segments of your favorite furry friends for Touch ID, too.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Liberator Comics Takes Up Animal Rights

A new comic book mini-series hit the shelves recently with an important message for readers of all ages:Liberator Comics. It is a bold new voice speaking out against animal mistreatment and abuse.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

National Farm Animals Awareness Week

Every year, billions of intelligent, gentle animals are raised and killed just so they can be eaten. Crazy, isn’t it? Cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys and other animals in the farmed-animal industry are deprived of all that is natural and important to them. They live in horrible, extremely crowded conditions and suffer terribly before they reach someone’s dinner table.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Dog Alerts Parents to Babysitter’s Abuse

A South Carolina couple is crediting their erstwhile family dog with helping them discover their babysitter was secretly abusing their seven-month-old son when they weren’t home.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Ugly Animals Rule, Cute Is Creepy

Why do we find some animals cute and not others? And why do the cute ones get all the attention when it comes to conservation? Thanks to the Ugly Animal Preservation Society, that may be about to change

Friday, September 13, 2013

Blobfish Voted Ugliest Animal

The blobfish is officially the ugliest animal on the planet. It looks, as its name might suggest, like a large, unattractive and — dare we say — creepy blob. The Guardian describes it “a marine Jabba the Hut.”

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Cruelest Cut: Animal Rights Against Cat Declawing

Over the years Jennifer Conrad has come to see her fight as one against greed and stupidity, a nasty pocket of the stuff festering deep in the heart of her own profession. When her crusade began, though, Conrad wasn't thinking that way. She was focused on one patient, Drifter, a three-year-old, 550-pound tiger who was in agony and pissed off about it.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Cat Survives 11 Story Fall

A house cat in Alaska learned the hard way not to chase mosquitoes after following one out a window and falling 11 stories.  The 2-year-old cat, named Wasabi, survived but suffered a fractured leg and broken bones.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Superheroes Save Cat From Fire

Holy smokes, Batman — you rescued a kitty from a burning building!  Two men in superhero costumes beat firefighters to the scene of a house fire in West Virginia and rescued a cat trapped inside.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Actor Gives Home to Abandoned Pets in CA

Nearly 35 years ago, Leo Grillo thought he could get people to stop dumping dogs and cats in the forests and deserts of Southern California.  He discovered quickly that wasn't going to happen. There seems to be no end to the number of animals he finds discarded on the side of the road.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Five Tips For Traveling With Pets

For those of us who consider pets members of the family, leaving them behind when we travel often isn't an option, especially if they're a certified companion or therapy animal. Sometimes, however, we just want to bring our furry friends along.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Two Dogs Work Together to Chase Off Cougar

A rare animal close encounter was captured on tape in the rural area of the northwest Victoria Highlands in Canada. Two pet dogs named Kovu and Teaka were seen barking at a young hissing cougar in an apparent attempt to drive the wild animal away from the house.


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Man Wakes Up to a Fox In His Bed

Hide your girlfriend! Hide your down comforter! There's a furry and bizarre bed intruder on the loose. According to The Mirror, a half-asleep man rolled over in bed expecting to find his girlfriend, but discovered a fox instead.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Essential History Of Hollywood’s Talking Animals

Tonight marks the premiere of Super Buddies, the latest and greatest chapter of Disney Channel’s series featuring the descendants of Air Bud, that canine wonder that was introduced to the world in 1997, defying physics, biology, and professional human athletes to dunk basketballs and score touchdowns.