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It’s Her 98th Birthday But Who’s Counting: A Conversation with Betty White

On January 17 Betty White celebrates her 98th birthday. Here are some fun Betty White facts – I know them, because she’s told me herself. She loves, loves working – but it’s really only so she can advocate for wild and captive animals in zoos, and to fund studies to support animal research. For decades,…

Adult Dogs and Cats: Waived Adoption Fees at Chicago Animal Control (CACC)

Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) is hosting a fee-waived adoption event on Saturday, January 18th and Sunday, January 19th  to make it easier than ever for Chicago-area animal-lovers to find a new friend to help them meet their goals. Adoption fees will be waived for all pets six months or older and bonded pairs.…

1 Million Dollars from Morris Animal Foundation to Learn How to Prevent and Better Control Wildfires

It’s unclear what our government is specifically doing to support Australia, as human lives and untold animal lives are being lost in the bushfires. Volunteer firefighters have traveled there from the U.S., and many U.S. non profits such as the American Veterinary Medical Foundation are stepping up. This one, from the Morris Animal Foundation, is…

Bengal Cats with Issues and Why Vick Should Not be Pro Bowl Captain on WGN Radio

On my WGN radio Steve Dale’s Pet World  radio show, listen HERE to Dr. Drew Weigner, president of the Winn Feline Foundation, chime to help answer a listener question about about two kitties, one of which has the calici virus. While this can be a serious illness, in the vast majority of instances it’s like any…

Opposing Declaw, Banfield Hospitals & AVMA Make History

I’ve been adamantly opposed to declaw for many years. Yesterday, I was talking with a cat behavior consultant colleague who edited Think Twice Before You Declaw a handout, which we co-authored with several others back in 2006. Since then, we know much more: Not declawing doesn’t mean more cats will be given up to shelters…

American Veterinary Medical Foundation to Support Australia

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Board of Directors today approved a $25,000 donation to aid Australian veterinarians who are helping animals impacted by the bushfires ravaging their country. In addition, the AVMA is encouraging its 95,000 members and the general public to consider contributing to relief efforts by donating to the American Veterinary Medical…

Hindu Celebration of Dogs

In Nepal, every year is the year of the dogs. Each November, there’s a traditional Hundu week of celebration of dogs and for dogs. Dogs are adorned with decorations, including garlands, and presented with special meals. Even street dogs often receive this revered treatment. This is called the Tihar Festival. According to Internet sources, if…

Heroic Australians Rescuing Koalas

I did write about a dog who is searching for, finding and saving koalas. I didn’t mean to leave out how people are doing the same, quite heroically. There are actually koala veterinary hospitals in Australia. Of course, they’re filled up and very busy – but they are saving koalas. Ordinary residents, some who have…

Dog Finds and Rescues Koalas

Bear is a Border Collie with blue eyes and a dog’s nose. His employers is  Detection Dogs for Conservation, and his job to to find displaced, sick, orphaned and injured koalas in the wild, according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). Among the human koala rescuers and firefighters and residents happening upon koalas,…

Australia Burning: Epic Tragedy

The Australia wildfires, covering nearly 12.5 million acres is one of the worst disasters ever, killing (so far) at somewhere around 100 humans (dozens remain missing), thousands of structures (homes and businesses) destroyed; and estimates are at least one billion (that’s not a typo) wild animals (many endangered) have died. In addition to unparalleled habitat…

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