• Cat

    Faith the cat adopted from Helena after surviving traumatic injury | Local

    Sometimes faith is all you have. A 10-month-old cat who was brought to the Lewis and Clark Humane Society in Helena in November with a disfigured face went to her new home on Wednesday to live with a veterinary technician who tended to her when the feline underwent reconstructive surgery in Washington state. The cat was missing a chunk of her jaw and her eye had to be removed, said Cassidy Clark, director of development and communications at the Lewis and Clark Humane Society. “We have no idea what happened to her, she just had a disfigured face,” Cook said. 

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  • Pet Food

    A Cat Food Shortage In Fairfield? Local Industry Expert Explains

    FAIRFIELD, CT — When Fairfield Patch asked readers if they’d noticed any items missing from store shelves recently, they had one answer: cat food. Canned cat food in particular has become hard to find, some said. At least one reader was forgoing brick-and-mortar stores for online retailers. “Ordering from Chewy lately,” Kimberly Hein wrote in a Facebook comment. With the fast-spreading omicron coronavirus variant, severe winter weather and ongoing supply chain and labor issues, shoppers are struggling to find grocery staples such as chicken breasts and cream cheese, Patch reported this week. But is there really a cat food shortage? 

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  • Dog

    Local business seeks second chance for dog after fatal fire | News

    Marley knows how to sit, stay and walk pretty well on a leash. But those around the nearly 10-year-old Shar Pei/American Staffordshire Terrier mix said what the dog still doesn’t really understand is why her favorite human in the world hasn’t come back for her. On the afternoon of Dec. 21, 2021, Marley’s owner, Judy Gaskin-Payne, was getting ready to head to Florida for the holidays and dropped the dog off for a boarding session at Always about Pets, a local animal grooming business just off Dixon Road. But later that evening, a fire destroyed Gaskin’s southeast side residence, and  

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  • Pets & Animal

    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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  • Cat

    ‘It’s a Christmas miracle’: Family reunited with missing cat after three years | Local News

    Dr. Ann Kandis with her male cat, Noodles, who went missing three years ago near Kandis’ farm in Geneseo. Through a connection with a stranger, Kandis found and was reunited with her cat in what she calls “a Christmas miracle.” Noodles, a male cat who went missing three years ago from his farm in Geneseo, was reunited with his family Christmas Eve. Noodles had a habit of sitting on horses and donkeys. Noodles,  

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  • Animal Care

    Local animal care advocate volunteers time to help treat animals displaced from Marshall Fire

    BOULDER CO. — Hundreds of families were displaced after the Marshall Fire in Boulder County, and hundreds of animals also lost their homes. Now, a local animal care advocate is volunteering her time to provide care for dozens of animals. The morning after the Marshall Fire began, Ashley Main drove to Boulder County to care for displaced animals. She’s a surgery veterinary technician from Colorado Springs, and when she arrived in Louisville, she helped with at least 30 horses, 10 chickens, and placed 16 cat shelters around the fire zone. She also triaged animals who were evacuated and helped with  

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  • Dog

    Experts say therapy dogs make a difference in local schools

    (WXYZ) — This week when students return to Oxford schools, therapy dogs will be playing an important role in providing comfort, and it’s something experts agree is needed. “The dogs in school can be a great help. I’m all for it,” said Jacquelyn Night-Oliver. As a parent of two daughters in Rochester, Night-Oliver is a major supporter of the use of therapy dogs in schools. Therapy dog trainer Michael Burkey with Michigan Dog Training adds the companions are simply, “very non-judgmental. Just pure love and helps take the focus off stress of what they’re dealing with.” Related: New comfort dog  

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  • Cat

    Local Feral Cat Program Merges with Berkshire Humane Society / iBerkshires.com

    The “Catty Shack” behind Berkshire Humane Society houses feral cats awaiting or recovering from spay or neuter. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two animal welfare nonprofits have officially joined forces to best serve local felines. A volunteer organization that aids feral cats of Berkshire County, Animal DREAMS, is now a part of Berkshire Humane Society (BHS) for shared administrative processes and streamlined operations.   Animal DREAMS is now called the Community Cat Program and continues to be led by Executive Director Stacey Carver.  The organizations stressed that it will be business as usual for the cats, as the merge only  

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