Choosing safe Valentine’s flowers, plants for pet parentsFebruary 7, 2023 GMT
If you're sending your sweetheart cut flowers or a potted plant for Valentine's Day, choose ones that are safe for their pets.
One lick of a pollen-covered lily stamen can be life-threatening to cats, as my daughter Julia learned when her cat, Nyah, found her way to a beautiful and well-intentioned gift bouquet displayed in a vase on the table.
Bringing a dog along for a holiday stay? Make sure to planDecember 19, 2022 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — Traveling with dogs can be stressful. Throw in holiday home stays at one of the most chaotic times of the year and double that stress for humans and animals alike — especially when hosts have pets of their own.
Pack of coyotes surrounds dog walker in MassachusettsOctober 17, 2022 GMT
SWAMPSCOTT, Mass. (AP) — Coyotes surrounded a person walking their dog north of Boston over the weekend but were apparently scared off by police cruisers that arrived to help, authorities said.
Police in Swampscott received a call around 9:30 p.m.
Humane Society cat shelter in Reno dealing with outbreakOctober 16, 2022 GMT
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada Humane Society facility in Reno is temporarily not taking any cats and kittens in the midst of a deadly virus outbreak.
The Reno Gazette-Journal reported Friday that 11 cats have died in the past three weeks of panleukopenia.
What spiking US veterinary prices reveal about inflationOctober 12, 2022 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Most pets hate visiting the vet. Now it's becoming a lot more unpleasant for their owners, too.
America's worst bout of inflation in four decades has swollen the cost of your dog or cat's visit to the animal doctor.
Animal blessing rule: Venomous critters stay homeSeptember 29, 2022 GMT
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Rule No. 1 for next week’s animal blessing at a Catholic university in New Orleans: “Please leave venomous animals at home.”
A queen and her corgis: Elizabeth loved breed from childhoodSeptember 11, 2022 GMT
LONDON (AP) — For many people around the world, the word corgi is forever linked to Queen Elizabeth II.
Princess Diana once called them a “moving carpet" always by her mother-in-law's side. Stubby, fluffy little dogs with a high-pitched bark, corgis were the late queen's constant companions since she was a child.
An exotic bird lures trappers to Gaza’s tense frontierAugust 24, 2022 GMT
KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip (AP) — They fan out along the tense frontier with Israel in the pre-dawn darkness, setting traps and training their eyes on the other side of the separation fence — where the parakeets are.
Students -- and pets -- move into dorms at Nicholls StateAugust 16, 2022 GMT
THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — A south Louisiana college is welcoming students back to campus and some, for the first time, are bringing their pets.
Taylor Lafleur moved into a dorm at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux last week with her dog, Moa — a 7-month-old Great Pyrenees and hound mix.
Ukrainian risks her life to rescue wild animals from warAugust 7, 2022 GMT
CHUBYNSKE, Ukraine (AP) — Natalia Popova has found a new purpose in life: Rescuing wild animals and pets from the devastation wrought by the war in Ukraine.
How canine heart disease was tied to grain-free dog foodJuly 23, 2022 GMT
In 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, acting on input from a group of veterinary researchers, began investigating whether the increasing popularity of grain-free dog foods had led to a sudden rise in a potentially fatal heart disease in dogs, dilated cardiomyopathy.
Shelter in Ukraine’s capital takes in animals haunted by warJuly 20, 2022 GMT
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Shell-shocked family pets started roaming around Ukraine's capital with nowhere to go in the opening stages of Russia's war.
Volunteers opened a shelter to take them in and try to find them new homes or at least some human companionship.
Dog show 101: What’s what at the Westminster Kennel ClubJune 21, 2022 GMT
TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Thousands of dogs started competing Monday toward the best in show prize at the illustrious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. To the casual viewer, the annual exhibition of dressed-up handlers leading well-mannered dogs around a ring might seem like a somewhat stilted walk in the park, but there's more than that to choosing a champion.
Bloody toll of Mexican criminals’ fixation on exotic petsJune 17, 2022 GMT
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican narcos’ fascination with exotic animals was on display this week after a spider monkey dressed up as a drug gang mascot was killed in a shootout, a 450-pound (200 kilogram) tiger wandered the streets in the Pacific coast state of Nayarit, and a man died after trying to pet a captive tiger in a cartel-dominated area of western Michoacan state.
Bad Kitty: German town grounds cats to save rare birdsMay 18, 2022 GMT
BERLIN (AP) — What a cat-astrophe!
Authorities in the southwest German town of Walldorf have ordered some cat owners to keep their pets indoors until the end of August, to protect a rare bird during its breeding season.
Homeless shelters begin to see value in making room for petsMay 1, 2022 GMT
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.
50 dogs and cats rescued from fire at Westport pet kennelApril 21, 2022 GMT
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.
Company settles dog-leasing allegations for more than $900KApril 14, 2022 GMT
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.
MetLife Pet Insurance Launches MyPets Rewards Program With LifeBalanceMarch 16, 2022 GMT
Delaware lawmakers eye ban on cat declawingMarch 10, 2022 GMT
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.
North Carolina dog owner reunited with pet after 1 yearMarch 5, 2022 GMT
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.
Injured Olympian gets big air in big-cat costume for kicksFebruary 14, 2022 GMT
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.
Emotional support or hogwash? Man fights to keep his pet pigFebruary 11, 2022 GMT
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.
#BettyWhiteChallenge raising money and awareness for animalsJanuary 14, 2022 GMT
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.
Special rescues help ailing owners find pets’ next homeJanuary 11, 2022 GMT
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.
Some still don’t know fate of pets after Colorado wildfireJanuary 6, 2022 GMT
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.
Kentucky shelter working to locate pet owners post-tornadoJanuary 1, 2022 GMT
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 Animal Care offering free adoptions, waived feesJanuary 1, 2022 GMT
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.
Virus postpones Westminster Kennel Club’s annual dog showDecember 30, 2021 GMT
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.
Louisiana parish to require spaying or neutering of petsDecember 11, 2021 GMT
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.
Pet insurance can help keep costs for your furbaby in checkDecember 9, 2021 GMT
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.
Reviving Ojibwe spiritual traditions, one pet at a timeNovember 27, 2021 GMT
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.
Woman pulled from burning home while trying to rescue petsNovember 26, 2021 GMT
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.
Hawaiian monk seal dies after battle with parasitic diseaseNovember 22, 2021 GMT
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.
New outbreak prompts China to lock down university campusNovember 15, 2021 GMT
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.
Humans back at work? Gifts that help dogs handle anxietyNovember 9, 2021 GMT
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.
LSU vet school lab testing pet cats and dogs for COVID-19November 3, 2021 GMT
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.
Pet Parade opens new flagship store Reddy, by PetcoOctober 31, 2021 GMT
Pet hospital to pay $43K to settle sex harassment suitOctober 21, 2021 GMT
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.
A more comfortable goodbye? Vets bring pet euthanasia homeOctober 14, 2021 GMT
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 to allow more canine blood banks, walk-in donorsOctober 10, 2021 GMT
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.
South Carolina officials report 2 positive rabies testsOctober 1, 2021 GMT
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.
China kills 3 housecats that tested positive for COVID-19September 29, 2021 GMT
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.
USDA: Ferret tests positive for COVID-19 in FloridaSeptember 24, 2021 GMT
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.
Pet resort caught on fire, city asks fire code to be updatedSeptember 23, 2021 GMT
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.
Rabid bats found in Portland and BeavertonSeptember 15, 2021 GMT
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.
Cougar that was kept as illegal pet removed from NYC homeAugust 30, 2021 GMT
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.
Animal welfare groups to help disadvantaged pet ownersAugust 14, 2021 GMT
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.
Vermont’s annual rabies bait drop to begin ThursdayAugust 2, 2021 GMT
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.
Unwanted pets: Giant goldfish turn up in Minnesota waterwaysJuly 13, 2021 GMT
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.
Millennial Money: ‘Back to normal’ boosts pandemic pup costsJuly 13, 2021 GMT
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.
Roaming exotic cat caught, but owner won’t get it backJuly 9, 2021 GMT
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.
Pandemic pets are a ‘furry annuity,’ says Petco CEOJune 24, 2021 GMT
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.
Rabid dog imported into US sparks multi-state investigationJune 18, 2021 GMT
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.
US bans dogs brought in from 100 countries with rabies riskJune 14, 2021 GMT
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.
Greek dog owners protest mandatory sterilization of petsMay 23, 2021 GMT
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.
Return of pets to Juneau shelter raises concern for managersMay 19, 2021 GMT
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.