• Pets & Animal

    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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  • Animal Care

    Animals removed from Jackson Animal Shelter for slated renovations

    JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – Renovations will soon get underway at the Jackson Animal Shelter which has had building problems for the past several years. Animal advocates have been working with the city to get the needed improvements while caring for the sheltered animals. Wednesday it was all quiet at the Jackson Animal Shelter, where the last dogs and cats were removed so overdue repairs could be made. But animal advocates say much more is needed than just a building fix. “There’s been deferred maintenance, and that’s being kind. Actually there’s been no maintenance or repairs at the shelter,” said Lyn  

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  • Pets & Animal

    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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  • Animal News

    More than 1,800 animals rescued from Caldor Fire

    PLACERVILLE, Calif. (KTXL) – It’s not just tens of thousands of people who have been displaced by the Caldor Fire, more than a thousand animals left behind by fleeing families were also evacuated.  Joanie Marinelli got the call to evacuate on Aug. 17. “I had already loaded my horse and brought her somewhere safe. But we didn’t have time to bring the emu, and the seven chickens and the two goats with us,” Marinelli said. “My horse and my dog are really important to me, but my farm animals are equally important, but so it was hard to leave them.  

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  • Animal Nutrition

    How the Nutritionist at the National Zoo Feeds 2,700 Animals a Day

    Think planning the meals for your kid is tough? Try choosing what pandas, cheetahs, and elephants will eat. “We definitely have animals with likes and dislikes,” says Mike Maslanka, senior nutritionist at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. “We balance the diet on paper. It looks really good, meets all the nutritional requirements. Then you put it in front of the animal, and it doesn’t eat it. Or it only eats two ingredients and leaves two ingredients. So now we have to go back to the drawing board. “That type of interplay happens every day.” Think of Maslanka, 49, as the head  

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  • Animal News

    Animal Charity of Ohio lobby, offices converted to house influx of abuse case animals

    YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Throughout the pandemic, experts believe abuse has been up and reporting has been down. This is the case with child, animal and intimate partner abuse. Local pet shelters are seeing more and more of those animals finally come in, but they’re running low on space. “All of them, every animal you’ll see is part of a case,” said Jane MacMurchy, with Animal Charity of Ohio. Right now, Animal Charity has about 175 animals in their custody. They oversee all of Mahoning County for abuse cases — all 425 square miles of it. Rabbits, bearded dragon rescued  

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  • Animal Care

    North Texas animal shelter rescues 51 animals from Louisiana ahead of Hurricane Ida

    A North Texas animal shelter has rescued 51 homeless animals in Louisiana ahead of Hurricane Ida’s landfall. Operation Kindness, located in Carrollton, Texas, evacuated 20 dogs and 31 cats Saturday evening from its rescue partner, the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter, in Louisiana. The storm moved over the warm waters of the Gulf Saturday, and by Sunday morning, Ida strengthened into a Category 4 hurricane, according to KSAT meteorologists. It is expected to make landfall in the afternoon. RELATED: Category 4 Hurricane Ida strengthening before landfall The rescued animals arrived at the North Texas shelter around 2 a.m., Sunday. They  

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  • Animal Nutrition

    Leafy branches from trimmed trees around electrical lines provide snacks for St. Louis Zoo animals | Arts and theater

    One recent afternoon, Rivers Edge keepers Tori Mattingly and Madi Culbertson helped cut and sort the browse along with several others from different parts of the zoo. “This is very clean compared to what we normally do,” Culbertson jokes. The pair had spent the morning cleaning the indoor and outdoor habitats of the elephant barn. When they put out the browse in piles, the elephants head straight to it, they say. “A lot of times, they like to start swinging it around,” Mattingly says. “One of the elephants, Rani, I see her a lot of times putting it on top  

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