ASPCA seized near-record 600 animals from no-kill shelter

Associated Press
Thursday, 04 February 2016 08:35

One of the largest rescues of companion animals in the history of the ASPCA was being carried out in North Carolina, where 600 or more dogs, cats, horses and other animals were seized from a no-kill shelter.

About 300 dogs and puppies were already being cared for in two 40,000-square-foot warehouses opened by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The rest were being moved there, cared-for by a total of 140 veterinarians, staffers and volunteers.

Miniature horses recovering after farm rescue

The Crystal Lake Northwest Herald
Friday, 08 January 2016 11:34

Jenna Dickson expected to rescue only the miniature horses in the worst conditions when she headed to a farm in central Illinois.

No more than six would be coming back to the Hooved Animal Humane Society in Woodstock, Illinois, she thought. But then she saw all 14 miniature horses.

For one family, homing pigeons are a tradition

Written by Julian March,
StarNews of Wilmington
Sunday, 20 December 2015 04:25

Bud Baldwin spends a lot of time looking up to the sky.

When his homing pigeons are airborne, he waits for them to circle the trees above his North Carolina backyard. The 70-year-old has kept the birds since he was a boy.

Animal Planet introduces world to ‘Dr. Dee, Alaska Vet’

Written by Sue Manning,
Associated Press writer
Saturday, 21 November 2015 12:58

Dr. Dee Thornell bought the first heated surgery table in the state of Alaska — for animals. But as a veterinarian with an animal hospital in Fairbanks, she doesn’t always get to use that table. She’s just as likely to be flying to some remote location, performing surgery using a church pew, pool table or truck bed.

Thornell also is the first veterinarian from Alaska with a reality television show. Animal Planet’s Dr. Dee, Alaska Vet, debuted on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. CST.

Microchip helps family find missing cat after four years

Written by Martha Waggoner,
AP writer
Friday, 29 January 2016 10:20

Hemi, an American Curl mix cat, is ready for his close-up at Craven County Animal Control in New Bern, North Carolina. The cat spent the last four years wandering Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. Thanks to a microchip, Hemi was soon to be reunited with his owners at their current home in North Dakota.
—Photo: Bill Hand/Sun Journal via AP

A cat named Hemi, who vanished without a trace in 2011 and reappeared just as mysteriously in January, was to make a jet flight halfway across the country to rejoin the family that never stopped missing him.

Pets can donate blood too

Written by Julie Steinbach,
Contributing writer
Sunday, 20 December 2015 14:22

Laurie Verrier’s dog Booker donating blood at Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals, in Milwaukee.
—PHOTO: Courtesy

Today’s pets benefit from an array of medical technologies developed for humans. But not many pet owners realize a relatively old standby — blood transfusion — is commonly used in veterinary settings.

Disabled chihuahua named G.I. Joe inspires others with his joie de vivre

Written by Jill Schramm,
Minot Daily News writer
Friday, 04 December 2015 12:03

An 8-1/2 pound survivor named G.I. Joe has experienced an amazing turnaround in his life. The long-haired chihuahua cross owes a lot to his new-found human friends, but it’s his friends who are thanking him for showing them what it means to be a fighter.

“This dog has inspired so many people,” Alison Smith of Mandan, one of his rescuers, told the Minot Daily News. “We have people all over the place I don’t know who they are that are following his story. We have people who are also in wheelchairs or are paralyzed or are fighting illness or cancer. … They are bonding with this dog, and that’s giving them inspiration to battle their own issues.”

St. John’s on the Lake makes room for residents’ furry friends

Written by Julie Steinbach,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 07 November 2015 19:49

Anyone who’s ever had an animal companion knows just how much joy they bring. Our companion animals play an important and irreplaceable role in our lifestyles and emotions. They help to guide us through life’s many struggles and have been proven beneficial to our health and happiness. 

One challenge we all face is aging, particularly when the time comes to move into a retirement community. It’s a hard choice to leave one home for another, and many seniors must face the decision of whether to take a beloved furry friend with them. 

Traveling with pets: the dos and don’ts

Written by El Portal Sedona Hotel Saturday, 16 January 2016 13:50

For many people, pets are an integral part of the family, and a vacation would feel incomplete without their presence.

But traveling with pets raises concerns over where to stay, what mode of transportation to use and how the trip will impact the pet’s behavior and well-being.

Party animals: Cats and dogs join the ugly sweater Christmas tradition

Written by Sue Manning,
AP writer
Sunday, 20 December 2015 09:17


Ugly sweaters aren’t just a Christmas tradition for people. Cats, dogs and even guinea pigs are joining the party.

Disabled Chihuahua named G.I. Joe inspires others with his positive spirit

Written by Jill Schramm,
Minot Daily News writer
Friday, 27 November 2015 12:54

GI Joe —PHOTO: Facebook

An 8-1/2 pound survivor named G.I. Joe has experienced an amazing turnaround in his life. The long-haired chihuahua cross owes a lot to his new-found human friends, but it’s his friends who are thanking him for showing them what it means to be a fighter.

The road to Kitten Bowl III paved with unspeakable cuteness

Written by Leanne Italie,
Associated Press writer
Tuesday, 27 October 2015 06:18

Scene from Kitten Bowl II

How do you wrangle a bunch of furry paw-thletes on a kitten-scale football field? With a tiny little ball on a string dangling from a great big TV camera.