• Pets & Animal

    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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  • Pets & Animal

    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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  • Pet Food

    Simmons Pet Food shares half-million pounds of pet food with area shelters for holidays

    During the month of December, Simmons is sharing over a half-million pounds of pet food to help nourish and delight pets this holiday season. Logistics teams began coordinating and delivering donations to area shelters last week. More than 18 locations have received donations and more are scheduled over the next several days. Shelters will use the donations to care for the dogs who have yet to find a new home or to hold special distribution events to promote adoption and to share pet food with pet owners in need. Simmons team members who are pet parents have the opportunity to  

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  • Dog

    Breeders selling dogs online raises issues for shelters

    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — As selling dogs through platforms like the Facebook marketplace is prohibited, many are going another route, selling puppies under listings for dog food or crates creating a problem for local shelters. The local rescues here are taking dogs from the shelters that are already at capacity as well as from the streets and are trying to send them out of the county to places where dog overpopulation is not an issue. But they said they cannot keep up with breeders putting more dogs into the community which they said often have health problems. “We see a  

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  • Cat

    Columbia residents making stray cat shelters for the winter

    If you find a feral cat or litter of kittens in your backyard, you can help them survive the winter with a few easy steps. COLUMBIA, S.C. — Everyone needs a shelter, a home, or even a temporary home … and that includes stray cats right here in the Midlands. “They have those for situations like today where it’s pouring rain,” cat shelter creator Claire Becraft said. “It helps keep them out of places like crawl spaces.  “Also, real young kittens will sometimes crawl up and get in car engines and you won’t know.” Becraft said. That’s why on cold  

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  • Pet Food

    Petcurean Donates 18,431 Meals to Animal Shelters to Aid Disaster Relief Efforts | Industry News

    Petcurean donates 18,431 dog and cat food meals to more than 10 communities and pet food banks and rescues across British Columbia. The donation was made possible with the support of Petcurean’s distribution partners, Petslink and Anipet Animal Supplies, and comes in the wake of widespread flooding and mudslides that have devastated communities across the province, including the Fraser Valley where Petcurean is headquartered.  Additionally, Petcurean has provided financial aid to local charities within the community in light of the recent natural disasters including the Abbotsford Disaster Relief fund and a GoFundMe, Help Our BC Farm Families, to support  

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  • Cat

    Fargo-Moorhead animal shelters brimming with cats, dogs

    “Echo,” said shelter operations director Heather Clyde as she gently admonished Echo, one of several dogs the shelter is keeping in kennels in a hallway of the shelter. “This is not where we want to be housing dogs, but this is what we have to do at the moment,” Clyde said, noting that while the shelter is most comfortable caring for 100 animals or less, it currently has about 170 animals in its charge, with about 120 of those being cared for by foster families in the community. “We are kind of at an all-time high,” said Heather Klefstad, marketing  

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  • Cat

    San Diego County program puts cats to work outside shelters

    San Diego County has a new program for cats that aren’t friendly enough to live in normal homes with families but avoid keeping them in shelters or euthanizing them. The program is called ‘Working Cats’ and the cats do exactly that: work. “These cats are shy, they’re not as social as the cats in our traditional adoption program but they are excellent mousers,” said Kelly Campbell, the director of San Diego County Department of Animal Services. “They’re more than willing to help patrol your property, your warehouse, your outbuilding, your barn and make sure that it’s pest-free.” She said working  

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