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    Links between domestic, animal abuse

    As many as 71 percent of pet-owning women entering domestic violence shelters report that their abuser injured, killed, or threatened family pets for revenge or psychological control. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and provides an opportunity to help raise awareness about the link between domestic violence and animal abuse. Up to 48 percent of domestic violence survivors reported delaying leaving their abusers because they feared what would happen to their pets. Many people have never considered the link between domestic violence and animal abuse. Abusers may target pets to: Maintain terror or fright Gain more power and control Eliminate  

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    Faithful pets celebrated in annual Blessing of the Animals at area churches

    Every year on or around the fourth day of October, people all over the world, residents of Orange County included, gather to celebrate St. Francis Day in honor of the patron saint of animals, Saint Francis of Assisi. In remembrance of his love for all creatures, guardians or pet parents traditionally take their animal companions to church for a Blessing of the Animals. According to the Humane Society, the earliest books about Saint Francis were written by Thomas of Celano, a member of Francis’ religious order who knew the saint personally. Thomas’ books reveal Francis’ love for animals and his  

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    Philippines pets receive blessings in drive-through ceremony

    MANILA, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Hundreds of animal lovers in the Philippines had their pets blessed via a drive-through ceremony on Sunday to mark World Animal Day and the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, forgoing the usual fanfare due to COVID-19. This was the second straight year that organisers had to hold a drive-through ceremony to mark World Animal day – celebrated worldwide to recognise animal rights and welfare – to ensure the safety of the animals and owners. The Philippines has recorded more than 2.5 million COVID-19 cases and more than 38,000 deaths  

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    Pet rescue says giving newly adopted pets some space helps them adjust

    BUCKHANNON, W.Va. – Imagine being sent away from your family to a strange, noisy place where you have to learn a new language and completely new rules. Robin Keough, a volunteer at Luv 4 Animals, said that’s how pets feel when they are placed in an animal shelter.  “Being in the shelter is stressful for them. Many of the dogs, their owners have died, and that’s why they came to the shelter, or they’ve been strays. They’ve been on the street for a while. They’ve had to fight for food or find food out in the countryside. Or, their  

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    Animals in need after Hurricane Ida

    People and animals are in urgent need in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. The catastrophic Category 4 hurricane pounded the state with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph; it left more than a million without power, destroyed homes and cut a path of destruction across multiple parishes. People are left struggling without power, supplies or gas in the aftermath of the storm. “The situation is urgent for everyone, and that includes animals,” says Jeff Dorson, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Louisiana. “There is widespread suffering, devastation and great need here across multiple parishes.” The Humane Society of Louisiana  

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    No Kill Louisville Pet Food Bank Supports Hundreds of Pets

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Adding a furry friend to a family can be fun, but taking care of a pet can get expensive, especially for those on a fixed income. No Kill Louisville, a community of pet-loving volunteers, provides rescue and adopted animal owners the pet food they need to keep their furry family members at home and out of shelters. What You Need To Know No Kill Louisville provides support services to keep pets out of shelters It provides 45,000 lbs. of pet food monthly through its pet food bank  The organization is fully operated by volunteers In 2020,  

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    Chicago Animal Shelters See Uptick in Pets in Need of Care | Chicago News

    Animal shelters across the city are seeing an increase this year in the number of pets coming through their doors after a relatively quiet 2020, during which few people gave up their pets, or “surrendered” them, to shelters. Jennifer Schlueter of the city-run Chicago Animal Care and Control says people are citing these surrenders to disruptions like returning to work or moving. But the increase in animals puts a strain on the shelter, she said. “What helped us the most during 2020 was those requests (to surrender a pet or bring in a stray) were really reduced, and what we’re  

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    Animal Services accepts donations to help pets after Ida

    Hot Springs Animal Services is asking for donations to help pets and pet owners affected by Hurricane Ida. Animal Services is collecting blankets, towels, dog food, cat food, both hard and soft, cat litter, and treats. “I really want to help the citizens of Louisiana. They have lost their whole lives. Their pets are all they have left. I can’t really help out with their home belongings, so I thought, why don’t I help out with their pets?” Michelle Stone, Animal Services coordinator, said. Stone said she “stayed up for two hours Monday night thinking ‘What can we do?’ I  

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