LOS ANGELES (AP) — Being homeless in Los Angeles and struggling with addiction is hard enough, but Rachel Niebur couldn't imagine enduring it without her dog Petey.
Niebur credits her constant companion, an energetic black and white chihuahua mix, with helping her keep off drugs and giving her a reason to get up in the morning.
WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — Emergency responders rescued 50 dogs and cats from a fire at a pet boarding facility in Westport after three people had escaped the flames by jumping from a second-floor window, authorities said Thursday.
BOSTON (AP) — A California-based finance company has agreed to pay more than $900,000 to settle allegations that it was illegally leasing dogs in Massachusetts, the state attorney general's office said.
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Some Delaware lawmakers are itching to ensure that cats can keep scratching.
A bill introduced in the state House on Thursday would prohibit cat owners from declawing their pets except for “therapeutic purposes.” That definition means addressing a physical or medical condition that compromises the health or well-being of a cat.
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman whose dog disappeared more than a year ago has celebrated an emotional reunion after her pet was found 200 miles away at an animal shelter.
Emerald Tinae described her dog, Mochi, as an escape artist and thought someone might have taken him, news outlets reported.
BEIJING (AP) — There were no tail grabs for this tiger.
French snowboarder Lucile Lefevre was a crowd pleaser at Big Air Shougang all the same.
The 26-year-old helped Beijing ring in the Year of the Tiger by putting on an orange-and-black big-cat costume during qualifying Monday in women's big air and miming a pair of claws while some 20 feet off the ground.
CANAJOHARIE, N.Y. (AP) — Ellie the potbellied pig snuggles up to Wyverne Flatt when he watches TV and sometimes rolls over to let him pet her belly. The 110-pound pig is “family,” Flatt says, an emotional support animal who helped him through a divorce and the death of his mother.
The late Betty White was a tireless lifetime advocate for animals, from caring for those without homes to launching her own weekly TV show, “The Pet Set,” dedicated to her celebrity friends and their pets.
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.
DENVER (AP) — When Lisa Young evacuated her home as a fast-moving Colorado wildfire burned, it looked like firefighters were going to be able to stop what appeared then to just be a grass fire in a field behind her home.
DAWSON SPRINGS, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky animal shelter has been doing its part to help with recovery from last month's tornadoes by reuniting pets lost in the storm with their owners.
The Hopkins County Animal shelter has taken in about 90 dogs and about 120 cats from the hard-hit community of Dawson Springs since Dec.
DETROIT (AP) — A New Year's program from Detroit Animal Care will allow free adoptions, waived license fees and free rides home for stray pets that have microchips.
The program started Friday and runs through Tuesday.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Westminster Kennel Club's annual dog show has become the latest event to be postponed or canceled in New York as the number of coronavirus cases surges.
The club's board of governors announced Wednesday it was postponing its 2022 event, scheduled for late January, to later in the year.
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Beginning in July, pet owners in a north Louisiana parish could see their dogs or cats impounded if they don’t get them spayed or neutered.
The Shreveport Times reports that the Caddo Parish Commission approved a spay and neuter mandate Thursday.
You might be thinking of adding a furry friend to the family during the holidays. And you’ll be in good company: 70% of U.S. households have a pet, according to the 2021-2022 American Pet Products Association National Pet Owners Survey.
CASS LAKE, Minnesota (AP) — Animal neglect used to be such a problem on the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota, with basic services like sterilization out of reach for many due to poverty and remoteness, that packs of stray dogs would sometimes bring traffic to a halt on the main highway.
HIGHLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A woman was rescued from her burning southeastern Michigan home after she refused to leave while trying to save some of her exotic animals, birds, ferrets and other pets.
HONOLULU (AP) — A male Hawaiian monk seal has died at a Big Island marine mammal hospital after a five-week battle with toxoplasmosis, which is a parasitic disease spread by cat feces, officials said Monday.
BEIJING (AP) — China has confined nearly 1,500 university students to their dormitories and hotels following an outbreak of COVID-19 in the northeastern city of Dalian.
The order was issued Sunday after several dozen cases were reported at Zhuanghe University City and hundreds of students were transferred to hotels for observation.
NEW YORK (AP) — A lot of that human-pet bonding during the pandemic is slowly coming to an end as more offices reopen, so what's a lonely dog to do?
Turns out, a lot — and we don't mean an all-day whine, a messy rug delivery or doubling down on destroying the furniture.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana State University veterinary school’s diagnostic lab is providing free COVID-19 testing for dogs and cats in Louisiana through the end of the year, the school said Wednesday.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland veterinary services provider Hannah Pet Hospital will pay over $43,000 to a former pet nurse to settle a federal sexual harassment lawsuit.
NEW YORK (AP) — Clarence the giant schnauzer came into Penny Wagner's life as a puppy nearly eight years ago, at a traumatic time for her family.
She and her husband, Steve, had recently lost their 21-year-old daughter in a car accident.
California on Saturday enacted a law aimed at phasing out one of the nation's large canine blood banks and the practice of keeping dogs in facilities while their blood is drawn.
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law to let veterinarians run community blood banks where residents can take their pets to donate blood and that can sell and transfer the blood supplies to clinics that need it.
TRAVELERS REST, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina health officials are urging residents to keep pets up to date on their rabies vaccination after a fox and a bat tested positive for the disease.
A rabid fox in Travelers Rest north of Greenville exposed one person and two dogs to the virus, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said Thursday.
BEIJING (AP) — A city in northern China has killed three housecats after they tested positive for COVID-19, according to a local media report Wednesday, as the country takes increasingly strict measures to contain new outbreaks.
MIAMI (AP) — A ferret has tested positive for COVID-19 in Florida, federal officials announced Friday.
This is the first ferret to test positive for COVID-19 in the United States, according to a U.S.
GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) — The city of Georgetown is recommending updates to the city's fire code after a pet boarding facility caught fire, killing all 75 dogs that were inside.
Recommended updates include requiring smoke alarms and sprinklers systems in kennels and pet boarding facilities, regardless of their size, a city official said Tuesday.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Officials say a rabid bat has been discovered in Northeast Portland. This is the first animal to test positive for rabies in Multnomah County since 2014, according to the county.
NEW YORK (AP) — An 80-pound cougar was removed from a New York City apartment where she was being kept illegally as a pet, animal welfare officials said Monday.
The owner of the 11-month-old female cougar surrendered the animal on Thursday, Kelly Donithan, director of animal disaster response for the Humane Society of the United States, said in a news release.
ELLSWORTH, Maine (AP) — More than 20 organizations around Maine are set to receive grants in support of animal welfare work.
The money is from the Maine Community Foundation, which is awarding $282,000 to support the work.
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The 25th annual rabies bait drop is getting underway across much of Vermont, officials said Monday.
Beginning on Thursday, technicians will begin distributing 450,000 quarter-sized blister packs containing rabies vaccine that will be distributed in nearly 100 Vermont communities across nine counties.
BURNSVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Officials in Minnesota said they’re finding more giant goldfish in waterways, prompting a plea to citizens to stop illegally dumping their unwanted fish into ponds and lakes.
Last summer, like millions of Americans, I brought home a 7-pound ball of fluff. Over the past year, my mini-goldendoodle has turned into 23 pounds of pure joy.
Close to 1 in 5 households have acquired a dog or cat since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recent survey from the ASPCA.
ATLANTA (AP) — An exotic cat that was roaming parts of Atlanta has been captured, but the owner is being forced to give up her pet because it's illegal to keep such cats as pets in Georgia.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources said Thursday that a serval, a species native to Africa, had been taken to a holding facility until it could be relocated to a wildlife sanctuary.
NEW YORK (AP) — Yummy, a 12-year-old Labrador retriever, is in Petco's San Diego offices so much he has his own title.
“We call him the chief dog officer,” says CEO Ron Coughlin, the real top dog at Petco, who brings Yummy to work every day.
NEW YORK (AP) — A rabid dog imported into the United States this month has sparked a public health investigation across several states.
Health officials say a dog brought to the U.S. from Azerbaijan that ended up with a family in Chester County, Pennsylvania began acting strangely.
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials Monday announced a one-year ban on bringing in dogs from more than 100 countries where rabies is still a problem.
Dogs coming in from those countries already needed proof of rabies vaccination.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Several hundred dog owners and their pets gathered Sunday outside Greece’s Parliament in protest against a draft law that will make sterilization of household pets — especially cats and dogs — mandatory.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A recent increase of people giving up pets to an animal shelter in Juneau has shelter managers concerned that people going back to work as coronavirus pandemic restrictions ease can no longer care for the pets they had.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — During the gloomiest stretches of the pandemic, Dr. Diona Krahn's veterinary clinic has been a puppy fest, overrun with new four-legged patients.
Typically, she’d get three or four new puppies a week, but between ANCHORAGE (AP) — Public health officials in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta have asked residents to vaccinate their pets after three rabid foxes were found in the last few weeks...
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Public health officials in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta have asked residents to vaccinate their pets after three rabid foxes were found in the last few weeks...
CHICAGO (AP) — It is the time of year that coyotes are out and about looking for other coyotes to mate with and animal control officials want pet owners to know that it's also a time when coyotes enjoy snacking on dogs and cats...
FAIR HAVEN, Vt. (AP) — The re-elected pet mayor of Fair Haven has met his goal of money raised for a new dog park.
Murfee, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, gained $5,000 in donations, and a Castleton couple matched that amount, WCAX-TV ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — One of four former champions in this year’s Iditarod quit the race Saturday, saying it was in the best interest of his dog team which had picked up an illness. Pete Kaiser, who in 2019 became the fifth Alaska Native and first Yupik musher to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, scratched at the McGrath checkpoint...
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — One of four former champions in this year’s Iditarod quit the race Saturday, saying it was in the best interest of his dog team which had picked up an illness.
Pete Kaiser, who in 2019 became the fifth Alaska Native and first Yupik musher to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, scratched at the McGrath checkpoint...