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    Special Rescues Help Ailing Owners Find Pets’ Next Home | Michigan News

    By LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Who will take your pet when you die? The question often doesn’t have an easy answer, especially for ill or older people headed to residential nursing care or assisted living. During the pandemic, specialized rescue, advocacy and adoption services run by volunteers are trying to fill the void, one pet at a time. Leaders in the small movement said the past couple of years have opened the eyes of many. “The thing about COVID is a lot of people are thinking, I can’t be guaranteed to be around forever. A lot  

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    Local pet organization wins awards

    The Animal Pad, an all-breed nonprofit dog rescue based in La Mesa, recently won two awards from pet-supply retailer Petco totaling $11,000. It was one of several animal rescue and welfare groups winning money through the Petco Love Stories campaign. Petco Love Stories are stories from local residents about the pets they rescued and how the animals made a difference in their lives. The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA was awarded $11,000 for stories submitted by the San Diego branch and the Escondido branch. Oceanside-based Shelter to Soldier Inc. was awarded $6,000 for two stories, and The Animal Pad  

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    Betty White famously loved animals. Fans are taking up the #BettyWhiteChallenge to donate to animal shelters in her honor.

    When television icon Betty White died on New Year’s Eve, she left behind a legacy of joy. Social media was flooded with positive messages about the actress, many remembering White for her two passions: acting and animals. Now, social media users are spreading the #BettyWhiteChallenge, which encourages people to donate to animal shelters in White’s honor. When White’s former costar Ryan Reynolds tweeted about his friend’s passing, a Twitter user named Lisa Powell replied: “Let’s all donate something to your local animal shelter on Betty’s birthday on January 17th in her honor! It’s the least we can do to still  

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    Betty White Saluted for Her Work as Animal Advocate

    “My preoccupation with animals is an open secret,” wrote Betty White in her 2011 book “Betty & Friends: My Life at the Zoo.” The legendary star, who died this week at age 99, was known for more than just her TV and film work. She was a self proclaimed “zoo nut” who spent her life advocating for animal welfare.  White’s parents were animal lovers and she grew up going to zoos regularly. As her profile as an actor and TV personality grew, it became natural for her to use her platform to spotlight that passion. In 1971, White created and  

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    Animal Services Reminds Public to Keep Pets Safe During Cold Spells

    With low temperatures here to stay, Animal Services would like to remind the community about the simple steps they can help keep their pets safe this winter season. So far this month, Animal Services has received more than 200 calls for pets that have been left outside with no shelter and other winter-related incidents. Provide a warm place to sleep and rest: If possible bring your pets indoors, a garage or a laundry room are great spaces that can be used. If you must leave a pet outside, make sure they have proper shelter with four walls, a roof, and  

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    As winter weather arrives in the Portland area, pets and livestock need extra care

    As winter weather arrives in Portland, Multnomah County Animal Services is reminding people to protect their pets and livestock. In cold weather, animals face serious health risks, including frostbite and hypothermia. Pet owners are urged to keep animals indoors during cold weather. Multnomah County warming shelters opened Saturday afternoon, and pets are welcome. Snow is expected to arrive late Saturday and temperatures are expected to drop to the low to mid-20s by the middle of next week. The Oregon Humane Society’s guide to caring for pets in cold weather reminds pet owners that dogs and cans can get frostbite on  

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    Magic Valley animal shelters encourage conversations before giving pets as gifts

    TWIN FALLS, Idaho — Magic Valley animal shelter staff encourage the public to take into consideration the responsibilities that follow in gifting a furry friend for the holidays. Brittney Sterling, a technician at the Jerome Animal Shelter, encourages people to get creative by giving the gift recipient a stuffed animal and suggesting they go pick out their forever pet. This allows the animal’s new owner to have a say in who they welcome into their home. “A family member might have an idea of what they think another person wants in an animal, but they truly have no idea,” Sterling  

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    Gifting love with a pet

    I have a confession to make. Many years ago, I gifted an incredibly funny, loving, and lanky dog to my mother for Christmas. I was fostering him through some medical issues and my mother had met him during that time. After those meetings, my mother would talk about him nonstop. Then, one day near Christmas, I visited my parents with the pup. When it was time to go, I began gathering my things. My mother helped gather up the pup. I stopped her and said, “No, he’s staying. He’s yours now.” I walked away from my mother’s shocked face and  

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