<![CDATA[NECN - New England News - Clear the Shelters]]>Copyright 2019http://www.necn.com/news/new-englanden-usMon, 19 Aug 2019 04:52:42 -0400Mon, 19 Aug 2019 04:52:42 -0400NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Top Stories]]>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:19:11 -0400]]><![CDATA[The Dodo]]>Wed, 14 Aug 2019 13:30:25 -0400]]><![CDATA[Before You Adopt]]>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:19:11 -0400]]><![CDATA[Videos]]>Thu, 07 Jun 2018 18:48:24 -0400]]><![CDATA[Amazing Animal Stories]]>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:19:11 -0400]]><![CDATA[After You Adopt]]>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:19:11 -0400]]><![CDATA[Full Archive]]>Fri, 10 Aug 2018 12:15:32 -0400]]><![CDATA[Second Chances]]>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:19:11 -0400]]><![CDATA[SEE IT: 5th Annual Clear the Shelters Day in New England]]>Sat, 17 Aug 2019 12:10:52 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/first+adoption+nh+clear+the+shelters.jpeg

Photo Credit: Katherine Underwood | NBC10 Boston]]>
<![CDATA[Uniquely Boston: Paw Pop Art]]>Fri, 16 Aug 2019 23:51:55 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Uniquely_Boston_Paw_Pop_Art.jpg

A local artist not only paints pets, but also fosters them.]]>
<![CDATA[Adoption Fee Being Waived for Former Race Horse]]>Fri, 16 Aug 2019 11:42:32 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Adoption_Fee_Being_Waived_for_Former_Race_Horse.jpg

The MSPCA at Nevins Farm is waiving its $1,000 adoption fee for a former race horse who is seeking to be adopted. Ellie Monteith tells us more.]]>
<![CDATA[Breaking Down the Pet Adoption Process]]>Fri, 16 Aug 2019 08:51:45 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2019-08-15+at+3.44.42+PM.png

Thinking about pet adoption but feeling unsure or overwhelmed? The ASPCA's Kelly DiCicco breaks down the process of adopting and acclimating your new pet to your home. ]]>
<![CDATA[Severely Emaciated Dog Weighed Just 15 Pounds When Found: MSPCA ]]>Thu, 15 Aug 2019 19:01:11 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Glitch+Dog+Sad_3_1.jpg

A reward is being offered for information about a severely emaciated dog that was found in Canton, Massachusetts, in a condition that shocked shelter staff and veterinarians.

The dog, who has since been named "Glitch," was found near Massasoit Community College's campus in Canton. Glitch was brought to MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston's Jamaica Plain last month by the two people who found him.

Neglected and starved, caretakers say Glitch was found "near death," lying in the grass.

"Our veterinarians recognized this is one of the worst neglect cases they've seen," said Michael Keiley, the director of adoption centers for MSPCA-Angell. "But you could still see that sweetness, still a little, tiny tail wag and showing that he had some spirit still left to fight."

The pit bull mix was severely emaciated. It's estimated he's about 6 months to a year old, and should be about 50 pounds, but he weighed under 15 pounds when he was brought in by two Good Samaritans.

"When he came in, he couldn't even really lift his head, he had no energy," Keiley said. "But with the hard work that we've already done, he's already gained 2 and a half pounds."

He's also improved his posture. When he was brought in, he was walking on his shins.

"We did see a hunch in his back, which could indicate that he's been overconfined," Keiley said.

"You sort of worry about where that dog came from and what conditions he was living in, and then it just hurts your heart and you feel really bad," said Maryellen Lundy, who lives nearby.

"It's just very sad to know that somebody wouldn't care for an animal like that," said Lisa Klein, who also lives nearby.

But Glitch has a sweet demeanor, loves cuddling and other dogs, and is expected to be available for adoption in a few weeks to a few months, depending on his health.

"We're going to take him from a situation that was really bad, and put him in a position to have a really successful, great life," Keiley said.

The MSPCA's law enforcement department is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for neglecting Glitch.

If you have any information on this dog, give them a call.



Photo Credit: MSPCA-Angell
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<![CDATA[Programs for Low-Income Pet Owners]]>Thu, 15 Aug 2019 10:47:50 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/Programs_for_Low_Income_Pet_Owners.jpg

Did you know there are programs to help low-income pet owners? MSPCA's Rob Halpin explains.]]>
<![CDATA[Chatham Paramedic Temporarily Adopts Dog of Sick Resident in Need of Care]]>Wed, 14 Aug 2019 16:47:51 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Chatham+Fire+Dog.jpg

A paramedic with a Massachusetts fire department is fostering the dog of a sick resident with a severe medical condition.

The woman would not agree to receive treatment for her condition because she was concerned about Mia, her middle-aged Labrador retriever. That is when paramedic Michael Lopriore of the Chatham Fire Department decided to step in.

Lopriore had gotten to know the resident from daily interactions having responded to multiple calls from her, Chief Peter Connick said. Knowing that she needed treatment, Loprirore agreed to adopt Mia for as long as needed.

“I am always happy and proud of the care and service the firefighters provide” said Connick. “This act just shows how dedicated they are to what they do.”

Connick spoke about how, despite not being for everyone, owning dogs can be so meaningful for some people. It can mean the world for those who live alone, he said.

Part of Chatham Fire Department's mission statement reads, "To do the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason."



Photo Credit: Chatham Fire Department]]>
<![CDATA[Small Shelters Animals Are Also Hoping to Be Adopted]]>Wed, 14 Aug 2019 10:32:16 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Small_Shelters_Animals_Are_Also_Hoping_to_Be_Adopted.jpg

Clear the Shelters is just around the corner and small animals need love, too! There are many rabbits, hamsters, reptiles and guinea pigs who are searching for their forever homes and are hoping to get adopted.]]>
<![CDATA[The Importance of Microchipping Your Pets]]>Tue, 13 Aug 2019 17:25:43 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/The_Importance_of_Microchipping_Your_Pets.jpg

If you are a proud pet owner, adoption officials recommend microchipping your furry friend to not only keep them safe... but to keep them out of shelters.]]>
<![CDATA[How First Time Pet Owners Can Find a Suitable Companion]]>Mon, 12 Aug 2019 09:50:43 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/How_First_Time_Pet_Owners_Can_Find_a_Suitable_Companion.jpg

Choosing your first pet can seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be! The MSPCA gives us valuable tips on how to find a suitable companion for the first time.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Vermont Youngster Cares for Kittens]]>Sat, 10 Aug 2019 23:13:16 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Clear_the_Shelters__Vermont_Youngster_Cares_for_Kittens.jpg

One kitten foster parent used her Make-A-Wish choice to build a bedroom fit to take care of kittens.]]>
<![CDATA[Maine Woman Happy to Have Adopted a Pair of Cats]]>Fri, 09 Aug 2019 19:28:31 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/Maine_Woman_Happy_to_Have_Adopted_a_Pair_of_Cats.jpg

Maine needs more cat parents. Meet a resident and her two furry friends.]]>
<![CDATA[Becoming a Foster Parent to Pets in Need]]>Thu, 08 Aug 2019 19:27:49 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/Fostering_Animals_Through_the_MSPCA.jpg

The fostering program at the MSPCA in the Boston area is thriving. Hundreds of homes have been open to pets, which is why the cages at the facility are empty at times.

The program not only allows the person fostering to decide if they want a pet, but puts them first in line to adopt if they find their forever pet.

It also allows the animals to be in a loving home where their personalities can show. Pets who are nervous, or have trouble socializing, also get he chance to become more social before being placed in a home.

The MSPCA has used foster homes less and less because their spay and neuter program has the homeless animal population largely under control. Animals that come in are adopted out rather quickly, leaving lots of space for new animals to come in. This allows the MSPCA to use foster homes for more specialized care for their animals.

Rebecca Innis of Boston has been fostering kittens and and cats since 2011. Hundreds have strutted in and out of her home. It was through the fostering program that she found her forever pet. She even has allowed several pregnant foster cats to have their babies inside her cozy studio apartment.

"It's probably as close to childbirth as I ever need to be," said Innis.

Her cat, Roo, was in the litter of a cat who gave birth a few months ago in her apartment.

Roo is not the only cat she gave a serious commitment to.

"I ended up adopting a cat previously that had leukemia," Innis said. "I knew she wasn't going to have a long life and I wanted her to have as much of an enjoyable time as she could, so I kept her for about a year until she passed."

If you'd like more information on how to foster an animal, visit MSPCA.org.

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<![CDATA[Family Glad to Be With Quincey After Clear the Shelters]]>Thu, 08 Aug 2019 19:16:47 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Family_Glad_to_Be_With_Quincey_After_Clear_the_Shelters.jpg

The McCain family in Raymond, New Hampshire, says age is just a number, especially when it comes to pets.]]>
<![CDATA[‘One of a Kind’ Vt. Volunteer Fosters Kittens, Despite Physical Challenges]]>Tue, 06 Aug 2019 19:07:50 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Kira+Serisky+foster+parent+to+kittens.JPG

A young volunteer from Vermont is inspiring the adults who work at her local humane society, through her high level of dedication to animals—despite her own physical challenges.

Shelburne’s Kira Serisky, 16, works as a foster parent to kittens who are too young or weak for adoption.

“They are my patients,” Serisky said of three 7-week-old orphan kittens she’s caring for at her home.

One of the kittens needs antibiotics for his eye following an upper respiratory infection, and still has to drink formula from a bottle.

Serisky has been a patient herself for much of her young life, for a cruel form of the connective tissue disorder Ehlers-Danlos.

It makes joints and organs really weak, and has meant serious mobility challenges for Kira, who uses a wheelchair.

During a long hospitalization this summer, Serisky couldn’t wait to get back home to the newborn kittens who needed her, she told necn and NBC 10 Boston.

“It felt really good to be back to taking care of them, as opposed to me being taken care of by nurses and everything,” the teen recalled.

In May, Serisky had a wish come true thanks to Make-a-Wish Vermont—not for a fancy trip or a chance to meet a celebrity, but for a new space-themed bedroom.

That bedroom was specially outfitted for Serisky to do her volunteer work helping rescue groups and shelters care for kittens until they are strong or healthy enough for adoption.

“For me to be able to give them a chance to grow up and be able to be adopted is really rewarding,” Serisky said.

The Humane Society of Chittenden County, which counts Kira among its volunteers, said it relies on community support and animal foster homes, especially with kittens, who often need intensive attention before they can be spayed or neutered.

“Kira’s definitely one of a kind,” said Erin Alamed of the Humane Society of Chittenden County. “It’s really inspiring that at a young age—and even younger—that she was that committed to doing the foster care for us.”

“Seeing, especially, young folks like Kira who are willing to go the extra mile on behalf of animals is fantastic,” added Cynthia Cole of the Humane Society of Chittenden County.

In addition to HSCC, Serisky also helps foster animals for FURRR 911, a rescue organization in New York located near the medical center where the teen receives care.

Serisky said she knows fostering often means having to say goodbye to the kittens she’s cared for, but when she does, she’s grateful to have been part of a team helping animals find permanent homes.

“I love what I do,” Serisky said, smiling.



Photo Credit: NBC10 Boston/necn]]>
<![CDATA[TOO CUTE: Puppies Storm City Hall Plaza for Wag Wednesdays]]>Wed, 31 Jul 2019 20:07:04 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/puppies24.jpg]]><![CDATA[Lightning Causes $30K of Damage to New York Animal Shelter]]>Sat, 20 Jul 2019 17:07:44 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/little-shelter-combo.png

Lightning struck the grounds of a Long Island, New York animal shelter, shattering a memorial fountain and shooting the shards across the facility, causing $30,000 of damage, the shelter said Saturday. 

Little Shelter said its industrial air conditioning unit was destroyed, along with a phone system control panel and the central alarm station were destroyed. 

No animals were hurt. 

A thunderstorm on Wednesday night was part of the aftermath of Tropical Storm Barry. A lightning bolt struck a tree at the Huntington shelter at about 10 p.m., then traveled to the fountain, the shelter said. 

The fountain shattered and pieces of it were strewn across the grounds, with one even flying over the cat building, the shelter said. 



Photo Credit: Little Shelter ]]>
<![CDATA[Wee Pups to (Nearly) Take Wing at the Wiener Nationals]]>Thu, 18 Jul 2019 16:14:03 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/wienernationalslosalamitos1.jpg

What sort of sound or catchphrase or verbal indicator might a Dachshund employ when she is ready to run very, very fast?

"Meep, meep" is already taken, of course. "I'm outta here" conveys the spirit of a Dachshund on the move, but that is something a human might say, not a pup who speaks in bark-ese.

Hmm. This is ruff, er, rough.

We'll just assume that the sweet but fleet Fidos that compete in Wienerschnitzel's famous Wiener Nationals have one thing on their minds: Reaching the end of 50 yards in an impressively quick amount of time.

And plenty of Dachshunds will do just that, on Saturday, July 20 at Los Alamitos Race Course in Cypress, California.

This summertime tradition is very much about doting on Doxies, and meeting other humans who love these hounds, but there's something even stronger at its strong heart: Raising money for the Seal Beach Animal Care Center, which assists in "...finding home for stray animals in the Orange County area."

Lots of people show with their pooches, hoping they can run, but there are rules to know.

Like? A toy or treat may be employed to "entice" your pumpkin to run, but there is no jogging alongside (two people are permitted with each canine participant, one at the starting gate and one waiting at the finish).

Everything to know? Woof woof: It's right here. There's a release waiver, too.

The cost to enter and cheer on these lil' Lassies and Laddies? It's three bucks, and young people 17 and under will be admitted for free.

Los Alamitos calls the Wiener Nationals the venue's "most popular event" of the year, and over 8,500 people attend, per the course.

So arriving early, whether you have a racing pup in tow or not? Smart move.

Dachshunds are famously smart, after all, and if they could talk, they'd certainly advise anyone to head for the Cypress destination well ahead of the first race of the evening, which begins at 6:30 p.m. (gates open at 4:30 p.m.).

Nope, Dachshunds can't fly, but watching all four of their wee feetsies leave the ground at once, as they attempt to reach the finish line first, can make you feel as though you're heart is in flight.

Yes, we said "wee feetsies." Nope, we're not taking it back.



Photo Credit: Wiener Nationals]]>
<![CDATA[Ex-Hospice Cat Thriving After Clear the Shelters Adoption]]>Tue, 09 Jul 2019 07:25:12 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/219*120/baby+obrien+the+cat.jpg

She’s helpful, affectionate and will always lend a paw to hold when you listen to sad music or watch a soap opera.

Baby, a 15-year-old cat who was adopted after being a hospice resident at a Massachusetts animal shelter, is loving life and no longer needs medication after Bjarna O’Brien welcomed her into her family.

Baby was adopted from the MSPCA at Nevins Farm last year during NBC and Telemundo Owned Stations' Clear the Shelters campaign. She was on medication for kidney failure and frequently vomited because she was unable to stomach her food. Often low on energy and missing patches of fur, Baby's prospects of being adopted appeared low. 

Luckily, O’Brien showed up -- and immediately knew she was interested in the feline.

"I was looking for a hospice cat because I work with animals and I know I can work with them," the Derry, New Hampshire, resident said. "I saw her online and asked when I could see her in person."

O’Brien took Baby home the same day and the love between the two was instant. O’Brien said she clothed Baby in outfits meant for small dogs in order to hide her bald spots. The dresses and sweaters she donned made Baby an instant with visitors.

With some love and tender care, O’Brien nursed Baby back to health in no time. She switched her diet to raw cat food, which O'Brien said did wonders for Baby who has since gained weight and grown stronger. Her strength showed on Christmas Day when she garnered enough energy to play for the first time.

"I sat down and cried when she played during Christmas," O’Brien said. "I bought a piece of wood that has string and a feather on it. She had been interested in it but was always too tired to do anything about it. I just took it out again that day and she started to bat at it and began running around."

O'Brien described Baby as a sweet, affectionate cat whose name suits her.

"The real reason Baby's name fits her is because she cries when she’s lonely," O’Brien said. "She likes being held in your arms. When I get home, I have to pick her up immediately."

Baby is certainly more than just a pet in the O’Brien household. She is a member of the family who often tries to help others out.

When the brother of O’Brien’s boyfriend was hit by a forklift, Baby was there to offer emotional support. 

"While others were at work, she kind of became a comfort animal to him," O’Brien said. “She’s now taking care of her 'uncle.' She’s kind of become a therapy animal. As much as I think we take care of her, she takes care of us."

Aside from being an affectionate cat, Baby is also empathetic.

"With sad music or a soap opera, she puts one of her paws on your hand. She actually holds your hand," O’Brien said.

O’Brien said adding Baby to her family has brought more joy to her life and she encourages others to adopt a pet.

"If you have the space in your heart to let another life in, I think you’ll realize how rewarding it is to look after a pet," she said.

However, she warns that adopting a pet is a real commitment. O’Brien suggests others consider taking in a senior animal.

"People seem to think they’re (up for) adoption because there may be something wrong with them or they’re undesirable, but you never know why they’re there," she said. "Maybe they had an owner who could no longer care for them or maybe their owners died."

"Taking in a senior animal is its own kind of experience and it’s rewarding in its own way," O’Brien said. "Don’t overlook them because there’s so much more heart there than people realize."



Photo Credit: Bjarna O'Brien
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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: ARL Boston]]>Thu, 20 Jun 2019 16:38:52 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Clear_the_Shelters__ARL_Boston.jpg

The Hub Today's Colton Bradford visits Animal Rescue League of Boston to meet a few pups looking for their forever home.

For more information:


Animal Rescue League of Boston - Dedham Branch


55 Anna's Place, Dedham, MA 02026

(781) 326-0729

www.arlboston.org/adopt/adoption-centers/]]>
<![CDATA[Home Sought for K-9 Who Lost Job, Leg to Cancer]]>Fri, 17 May 2019 07:38:17 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/51619+former+k9+looking+for+new+home.jpg

A former K-9 who served the Billerica, Massachusetts community was recently diagnosed with cancer and lost his leg and job as a result of the illness. Now, he’s hoping to be adopted so he can enjoy his retirement with a forever family.

"Blue," a dusty-brown Bloodhound, was taken to a veterinarian after a Billerica police sergeant noticed a fatty cyst on the dog. What was thought to be a benign tumor turned out to be a soft tissue sarcoma, a type of lethal cancer.   

The dog's leg was surgically removed at MSPCA at Nevins Farm in a bid to prevent the cancer from spreading.

Post amputation, Blue is described as the same loving and friendly creature he always has been. He previously worked with officers to track suspects and evidence by using an impeccable sense of smell.

Anyone interested in adopting Blue is asked to contact the MSPCA at Nevins Farm via email or visit the Methuen animal shelter.



Photo Credit: MSPCA at Nevins Farm]]>
<![CDATA[Long Road Ahead: Emaciated Dog Found in Manchester, NH Park]]>Wed, 10 Apr 2019 09:47:28 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/204*120/41019+nh+emaciated+dog+web.jpg

A severely emaciated pit bull has a long recovery ahead of her after she was found stumbling around a Manchester, New Hampshire park, according to animal shelter officials.

The Granite State Dog Recovery picked up a dog they named "Daisy" from Livingston Park on Monday, according to a Facebook post from the Manchester Animal Shelter. The dog was reportedly found with urine burns on her skin and she smelled strongly of urine at the time of her discovery.

Due to Daisy’s condition upon finding her, officials believe she may have been kept in confinement in a crate or kennel before she was rescued.

The dog, who weighs only a third of what her weight should be, was rushed to the Veterinary Emergency Center of Manchester for treatment. She was found with a faint blood pressure due to her malnutrition and dehydration, authorities said.

Daisy has since been receiving IV fluids while she recovers and has been wrapped in warming blankets in an effort to regulate her temperature. She has so far made small victories in her recovery, such as being able to eat a few small meals and being able to walk a bit on her own.

The pooch is currently in stable condition, according to the Manchester Animal Shelter.

The Manchester Animal Control is investigating the animal abuse case. Officials are unsure who she belonged to or where she came from.

Anyone who recognizes the dog or who has information on her mistreatment is encouraged to contact Manchester Animal Control at 603-668-8711 or the Granite State Dog Recovery at 1-855-639-5678.



Photo Credit: Granite State Dog Recovery/Manchester Animal Shelter]]>
<![CDATA[They're 'Best Friends': Inseparable Cat and Dog Get Adopted Together]]>Tue, 26 Mar 2019 10:44:06 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Fur+Ever+friends+adopted+together.jpg

Kitty and Leila, an inseparable cat and dog duo surrendered to a Boston animal shelter, have been adopted together, assuring that this odd couple will remain close fur-ever.

Leila, a 2-year-old Chihuahua, has known Kitty, a 6-year-old long-haired brown and white tabby cat, all her life. When their previous owner lost their home and couldn’t find a find a new place that would accommodate the pets, the pair was surrendered to the Jamaica Plain animal shelter.

The MSPCA-Angell said Kitty and Leila were dropped off sharing the same carrier.

"They are each other’s best friend and keeping them together has made a very difficult situation much easier for them to handle," said Anna Rafferty-Fore, associate director of the MSPCA’s Boston adoption center.

Determined to keep the best friends together, the shelter even broke its own protocol of housing pets with their respective species. Kitty and Leila shared makeshift quarters in a room apportioned just for them, the shelter said.

The MSPCA also hoped to find the duo new pet parents willing to take both Kitty and Leila. They shared their story on social media, and pleaded with users to help them find "a hero individual or family to adopt them both, so the two confidants need never, ever be separated."

A week later, their wish was granted. A Massachusetts couple who came across the story of Kitty and Leila was more than happy to take in the two best friends.

The MSPCA tweeted a picture of the new family and thanked everyone for sharing their post and spreading the word to help find a home for the inseparable cat and dog duo.



Photo Credit: MSPCA Angell]]>
<![CDATA[Friends Fur-Ever: Cat, Dog Duo Hoping to Be Adopted Together]]>Fri, 22 Mar 2019 13:18:12 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/32219+cat+and+dug+adoption+duo.jpg

An unlikely duo at MSPCA-Angell's animal shelter in Boston is hoping to be adopted together after they were surrendered in the same crate.

A cat named Kitty and her chihuahua best friend Leila were surrendered to the Jamaica Plain animal shelter on March 14 after their owners lost their home and could not find a new place to accommodate the pets.

The pet pair's bond is so paws-itively unique and true, that the two were even surrendered to the shelter in the same pet carrier. Staff initially tried to follow protocol by housing the pets with their respective species, but Kitty would yell when she would be separated from Leila.

Now, staff at MSPCA-Angell's are determined to keep them together and have even broken protocol for that very reason.

"Leila is 2 years old and has lived every moment of her life with Kitty," said Anna Rafferty-Fore, associate director of the MSPCA’s Boston adoption center. "They are each other’s best friend and keeping them together has made a very difficult situation much easier for them to handle."

The animal shelter is seeking adopters who are willing to welcome both Kitty, age 6, and Leila into their homes. The dynamic duo are described by staff as "playful, affectionate and gentle."

Those who are interested in adopting these best friends can email adoption@mspca.org or visit the MSPCA's Boston adoption location in Jamaica Plain.



Photo Credit: MSPCA Angell's
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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters Update: Where Are They Meow?]]>Tue, 02 Jul 2019 09:13:10 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/219*120/pupdate+cts+thumbnail+necn.jpgWe caught up with a few furry friends and their families more than half a year after their fateful adoptions during our Clear the Shelters initiative. These well-loved pets were adopted during CTS at MSPCA at Nevins Farm.

Photo Credit: NBC10 Boston]]>
<![CDATA[Thousands of Pets Find New Homes During Clear The Shelters]]>Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:22:24 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/SAMPLE+TIMELINE.00_00_36_21.Still003.jpg

Across the country thousands of animals are finding forever homes. Watch some of these lucky pets as they meet their new families for the very first time.]]>
<![CDATA[Help Katherine Underwood Clear the Shelters]]>Sat, 18 Aug 2018 13:45:00 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/katherine.jpg

NBC10 Boston's Katherine Underwood reports from the New Hampshire SPCA on the "Clear the Shelters" initiative underway across the country today.]]>
<![CDATA[Help NBC10 Boston's Latoyia Edwards Clear the Shelters]]>Sat, 18 Aug 2018 13:12:11 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Clear_the_Shelters_Today.jpg

NBC10 Boston's Latoyia Edwards reports from the MSPCA in Jamaica Plain, where the clearing of the shelters is well underway.]]>
<![CDATA[Today's the Day! Help Pets Find Their Forever Homes]]>Sat, 18 Aug 2018 12:36:43 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Cinderella_the_Cat_Available_for_Adoption.jpg

Cinderella the cat is one of many animals looking for a forever home! Help NBC10 Boston and necn Clear the Shelters!]]>
<![CDATA[Lovey: An Adoption Success Story]]>Mon, 20 Aug 2018 12:43:32 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/Lovey_An_Adoption_Success_Story.jpg

The fourth annual Clear the Shelters event, a nationwide pet adoption initiative, will be held Aug. 18, 2018. Plenty of animals are in need of loving homes but one lucky cat named "Lovey" was able to find her forever home at last year's event.]]>
<![CDATA[Ready to Adopt a Pet? Consider Senior Animals]]>Fri, 17 Aug 2018 10:39:50 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Ready_to_Adopt_a_Pet_Consider_Senior_Animals.jpg

When families are looking to welcome a new pet into their lives, senior animals are often overlooked. Shultz’s Guest House Rescue visits us and shares some of the many positive things that come with adopting a senior pet.]]>
<![CDATA[Finding a Home for Lola]]>Thu, 16 Aug 2018 18:58:34 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Her_Name_Was_Lola.jpg

The fourth annual Clear the Shelters event, a nationwide pet adoption initiative, will be held Aug. 18, 2018. While there's a need to find homes for cats, dogs, and small animals, there's also a need to find homes for unique animals like pot belly pigs!]]>
<![CDATA[Pets With Medical Issues Could Be a Purr-Fect Fit for Your Family]]>Thu, 16 Aug 2018 06:49:07 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/King+and+Moses.jpg

Clear the Shelters is a great time to find a new family pet. Just like humans, some pets have a history and that history also means they could be a perfect fit for your family. 

King, a 1-year-old pit bull mix, at the Connecticut Humane Society in Newington, is the king of tricks and eating treats. 

“He is a big goof! He will do just about anything for a cookie,” Becca Meyer, the behavior coordinator at the CT Humane Society, said. 

King faced a big battle already. He had major hip surgery and has slowly been rehabilitating with walks, but is almost 100 percent. 

“We just look for someone to be patient with him while he heals up,” said Meyer. 

While King might have a medical history, it doesn’t mean he or other animals with medical issues can’t have a perfect home.

Moses, an 11-year-old cat, is also looking for a home.

“Come on in and adopt him,” Theresa Geary, the director of operations at the Connecticut Humane Society.

Moses is social. He loves people, laying on desks during meetings and playing with toys.

However, he will need a new family ready to take care of his diabetes.

“He is a wonderful cat, a little bit older gentleman. And we have spent the last several months regulating his diabetes and now he is in a stable place on special food and on medication,” said Geary.

“We see what an amazing companion he could make somebody. And the medical part, we will go over all of that with his future family,” Susan Wollschlager, the marketing and communications director for the CT Humane Society, said.

Just like people, pets’ pasts shape them.

“These animals have so much love to give people. And I think when they have gone through something like that, that's a little more challenging, they seem even more grateful when you bring them into your family and adopt them. They seem to blossom,” Wollschlager said.

On Aug. 18, NBC Connecticut and Telemundo Connecticut are teaming up with the Connecticut Humane Society and dozens of animal organizations.

Many shelters will offer reduced fees for adoption. Hundreds of pets will be available for adoption. Last year in Connecticut, more than 1,100 pets found their forever homes during Clear the Shelters.

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<![CDATA['Animal Rescue' Couple Facing 44 Animal Cruelty Charges]]>Thu, 16 Aug 2018 11:06:28 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/_Animal_Rescue__Couple_Face_Animal_Cruelty_Charges.jpg

A New Hampshire couple is facing dozens of animal cruelty charges after police found malnourished horses, dogs, cats, birds and reptiles on their property.

Police say Edith Daughen and her husband, Nicholas Torrey, who had advertised their property in New Hampton as an animal rescue, are now facing 44 counts of animal cruelty. 

One of the horses police found was so sick, she didn't survive the rescue attempt.

"She had a lot of years left and those years were taken from her," said Sharon Morey.

Her sunglasses hid her tears as she recalled the 12 hours she spent trying to save Bristol the horse.

"In those last 12 hours, we gave her love, dignity, respect, and in the end, freedom," Morsey said.

She and a team of rescuers from "Live and Let Live Farm" in Chichester were called to the New Hapmton home, where police had found two malnourished horses.

Lulu and Bristol were loaded into a trailer, but Bristol — starving and hypothermic — collapsed on the way to her new home and never got back up.

"We massaged her legs, wet her mouth with syringes, got fluids into her," Morsey said. "She was grabbing and eating at hay. She had a spark of life in her eye, she wanted to live."

During a subsequent search at the same home, police found dozens more animals in dire need — birds, guinea pigs, reptiles, dogs and cats, without any food or water.

"Even if you run out of money, you can still turn the faucet on, you can still give them water," said Teresa Paradis, who founded Live and Let Live Farm 21 years ago. "There's no excuse."

"It's very emotional, you want justice for that horse," Morsey said about Bristol.

The defendants voluntarily surrendered most of their animals. That means as soon as they're all healthy enough, they'll be available for adoption.

The couple is due back in court in October.

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<![CDATA[Adopting Small Pets: Little Critters Are Great Additions!]]>Wed, 15 Aug 2018 10:29:32 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Adopting_Small_Pets_Little_Critters_Are_Great_Additions.jpg

Dogs and cats are popular pets, especially when it comes to adoption, but tiny critters need love, too! The Animal Rescue League discusses how small pets could be a loving addition to your family.]]>
<![CDATA[Kitten Rescued From Engine Compartment of Vehicle in Seymour]]>Wed, 15 Aug 2018 06:36:56 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/SEYMOUR+kitten+found+081418.jpg

Photo Credit: Citizens' Engine Co. No.2]]>
<![CDATA[Gifford Cat Shelter and the Joy in Finding a Feline Friend]]>Tue, 14 Aug 2018 10:36:39 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Gifford_Cat_Shelter_and_the_Joy_in_Finding_a_Feline_Friend.jpg

The Gifford Cat Shelter, a Boston-based organization that focuses on finding families for homeless cats, stopped by to talk about the delight in owning a feline. If you want to adopt a furry friend, join us on Aug. 18 for our Clear the Shelters initiative!]]>
<![CDATA[Vt. Shelter Ensures Better Match for Pet Parents]]>Mon, 13 Aug 2018 17:10:31 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Vermont+shelter+dog.JPG

Ahead of the annual Clear the Shelters event this weekend, a participating non-profit in southern Vermont hopes prospective pet adopters will consider a series of questions as they prepare to visit their area shelters.

The Second Chance Animal Center in Shaftsbury encourages people to ask themselves the following questions:


  • Can we make the time to properly take care of an animal and help enrich its life, with plenty of time for exercise, grooming, training, and other needs?
  • Is our household high-energy or low-key, and what type of pet best fits that lifestyle?
  • Do we have disposable income sufficient to cover vet bills, boarding, food, and other costs that may arise down the road—including potential emergencies?


Andy and Donna Chambers asked themselves all those questions before adopting a hound mix named Maddie this summer.

Second Chance told the Chambers that Maddie’s previous owners neglected her by keeping her tied up outside, rarely—if ever—letting her indoors, and failing to feed her properly.

“It’s like she knows how she had it and she likes the change, and she appreciates it,” Donna Chambers said of Maddie. “We appreciate her. And it feels really good to do it.”

The Chambers are both retired, so have time to devote to Maddie, who had no real training at all—until now.

“I knew we were going to spend lots and lots of hours,” Andy Chambers said.

That’s where Second Chance offers dog parents a special bonus.

The shelter has a trainer who works with adopters on ways to correct certain behaviors. In Maddie’s case, jumping on the couch appears to be a problem to address.

That trainer even makes home visits, explained Cathi Comar, the executive director of the Second Chance Animal Center.

“All at our cost,” Comar noted. “So that our behaviorist can see if the training’s going well, what maybe needs to be changed, and just to ensure that the dog actually stays in the home. In the end, that’s our goal is for all of our animals to stay in their forever homes.”

Comar and her team will get a new place to work on that goal this fall.

The Second Chance Animal Center is moving into a more than 10,000 square-foot headquarters in Arlington, Vermont, to better serve its large coverage area: Vermont’s Bennington County and parts of nearby New York and western Massachusetts.

Comar said the new facility will allow for expanded surgical operations, create new opportunities for visits and classes for members of the community, and will allow for an even better quality of care for shelter animals.

The focus of the expansion, Comar indicated, is to help even more animals like Maddie to get a “Second Chance.”

Click here to visit the website of the Second Chance Animal Center.

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<![CDATA[#ClearTheShelters: Pets Find Their Forever Homes]]>Mon, 20 Aug 2018 12:45:03 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/160*120/Dk5SbpiUYAsrIOR.jpg

Thousands of animals around the region have found forever homes as part of the nationwide Clear the Shelters event.

As of 5 p.m. Saturday, more than 5,300 animals were adopted across New England.

At the New Hampshire SPCA in Stratham, a 2-year-old Great Pyrenees dog named Brownie needed a home, and by noon, he had one. He wasn't the only one getting a new home, either.

Noir, an adult cat, will finally be going home with Aveen Kenny.

"He's an adult cat, that makes our hearts proud because everyone wants the kittens, we want someone with more maturity," the Epping resident said.

Nine-year-old Molly Valenza took home a three-legged cat during last year's Clear the Shelters event, and couldn't wait to bring home a new friend again. This time, there were tears of joy in her eyes as she held her new kitten.

"I thought, 'Wow, Sugar would be a good name because she's so sweet,'" she told NBC10 Boston.

Staff at the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland in Maine say Clear the Shelters day feels like Christmas.

"We say it's the best day of the year," a staff member said. "Our whole team looks forward to it."

Martha woke up at 2:30 a.m. to be one of the first in line at the Animal Refuge League, and it appeared the early alarm was worth it as she walked out of the shelter with a puppy named Angel in her arms.

"I feel really happy," she said.

Hundreds of shelters in 20 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico have joined the one-day adoption drive. About 50,000 animals had been adopted across the country by noon on Saturday, and more than 80,000 pets were adopted across the U.S. during last year's event, but millions more need a forever home.

Click here for more resources on what you should do after you adopt a pet, tips on prepping your home for your new family member, photos of our employees with their furbabies and much more.



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<![CDATA[Shultz's Guest House Rescue Stops By]]>Tue, 28 Aug 2018 11:24:38 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Schultzs_Guest_House_Rescue_Stops_By.jpg

Nellie and Sasha, two pups who are available for adoption, made a special appearance just ahead of our Clear the Shelters initiative. Shultz's Guest House Rescue stops by and discusses their adoption process.]]>
<![CDATA[Maine Family Adopts Dog After Fostering]]>Mon, 13 Aug 2018 17:49:36 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/From_Fostering_to_Adoption.jpg

From "foster failure" to adoption success story, one family in Maine can't imagine its home without its furry friend.

Last summer, Janice Ribeiro and her son, Sam, started feeling like they were ready to have a dog again. Their previous pet had passed away, and they wanted to ease back in to pet ownership. They decided to be a foster family for a dog at the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland.

"We loved him right from day one," Ribeiro said of poodle mix, Gaultier. The little gray dog was calm, affectionate and exactly what they were looking for.

Days later, it was time to return him to the Westbrook animal shelter so a family could adopt him on Clear the Shelters day. But instead of simply dropping Gaultier off, the family got in line — waiting outside the shelter in the hopes of adopting the dog they had just fostered.

They woke up before 5 a.m. and were among the first in line that morning. A few hours later, Gaultier was officially their dog. They've been going on adventures together ever since.

"It's amazing how instantly he connected with us," Ribeiro said.

Gaultier enjoys walks on Willard Beach, camping trips, belly rubs and being carried around in bags. Ribeiro said he looks a little bit like an Ewok from Star Wars, so they dressed him up like one on Halloween.

She said from now on, her family will adopt shelter pets, and she is encouraging other families to consider fostering and adopting, too.

"There are so many animals that need homes," Ribeiro said.

And she thinks taking part in Clear the Shelters Day is a great way to do it.

"The event is really fun," she said. "If your family is ready [to adopt], go for it."

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<![CDATA[Benefits of Adopting an Older Pet]]>Wed, 08 Aug 2018 18:17:15 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Benefits_of_Adopting_an_Older_Pet.jpg

All pets deserve a loving home, regardless of their age. The MSPCA says there are benefits to adopting an older animal.]]>
<![CDATA[52 Dogs Rescued, Owner Charged With Animal Neglect]]>Wed, 08 Aug 2018 17:19:05 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/52_Dogs_Rescued_From_NH_Home.jpg

More than 50 Labrador retrievers are now spending their days inside a shelter as their owner awaits his day in court, charged with several counts of animal cruelty.

It's the largest dog intake the Monadnock Humane Society has ever seen, and their resources to care for the animals are running out.

The dogs have been at the shelter for the last month.

"What keeps me up at night is making sure they're getting one-on-one attention, and keeping them happy and healthy here," said Operations Director Emily Kerylow.

Prosecutors say the dogs were rescued from the Marlborough home of John Riggieri. The Cheshire County Sheriff's Office arrested the 58-year-old this week and charged him with four counts of animal neglect.

On the way to his front door, NBC10 Boston witnessed several outdoor crates and empty dog food bags. He's out of jail on personal recognizance bail, but didn't answer the door. On his Facebook page, Riggieri says the charges are "absolute rubbish" and called the case, a "witch hunt."

Kerylow says the Humane Society has spent more than $30,000 caring for the dogs — far exceeding their yearly budget in just one month.

"Not only are we maxed out space-wise, but it also limits our ability to help our community," Kerylow said.

The executive director of the humane society, Kathy Collinsworth, blames the state's poor regulations on commercial dog breeders.

"It's an example of what can happen when they don't have to be licensed," she said.

Collinsworth says if the laws don't change, these stories won't stop.

The humane society has made a plea to the Cheshire County Attorney's Office to allow the dogs to go out to foster homes while they await Riggieri's trial in September. Kerylow and Collinsworth say that will help save money while also giving the dogs the love and attention they need outside the shelter.a

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<![CDATA[More US Companies Allowing Employees to Bring Dogs to Work]]>Mon, 06 Aug 2018 16:17:09 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Working_With_Fido.jpg

Do you have a hard time saying goodbye to your dog in the morning?

If the answer is "yes," there's some good news for you. More and more companies are letting their employees bring their canine companions to the workplace.  

Massachusetts-based Harpoon Brewery, ranked third on an annual list of America's most pet-friendly companies, said it began allowing staffers to bring dogs at their Vermont facility. After seeing its success, it began encouraging employees at their Boston office to do the same. The dogs are only allowed in the office and not near where the beer is stored and served. 

"Productivity did not go down, but blood pressure certainly did and from there we ended up with three, four, seven dogs coming in at a time," said Chris Bonacci of Harpoon Brewery.

He said it wasn't a vision they had planned for the company, but a natural progression starting with the CEO who loves dogs, and people bringing them along to work.  

According to the Society for Human Resource Management in Alexandria, Virginia, nine percent of employers allow workers to bring their pets to work every day. Among them are companies like Google, Amazon and Tito's Vodka.  

Yet, 37 percent of pet parents say they would sacrifice vacation time and take a pay cut to bring their pet to work, a Wellness Natural Pet Food survey conducted by ORC International found. Twenty-two percent of respondents said they'd be more productive with a pet at the office. And 44 percent of the 1,100 pet owners polled said they would consider a career move for a pet-friendly workplace. 

WellPet says its pet-friendly policy gives the pet food company a competitive edge to entice the best talent.

"We know that millennials are going to be a big part of the workforce going forward, and it will even be more important to bring your dog to work. We know they have pets because they are starting families later," said WellPet CEO Camelle Kent.

The pups at Harpoon Brewery and WellPet appear more than happy to get some extra love when they clock in for a 9-to-5. Both companies even have "petiquettes" for their four-legged employees to hang around the office. The dogs must be able to get along with other dogs and humans, owners have to take them out regularly for bathroom breaks, and employees must keep food out of their trash bins so the dogs don't eat it.

So far, neither company has had problems with others not wanting dogs at the workplace nor has there been any reports of allergic reactions to the dogs, noting that should either of these concerns become a problem it would be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

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<![CDATA[Think Outside the Box When Adopting: Pigs Need Love, Too!]]>Tue, 07 Aug 2018 12:49:42 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Scarlett+the+pig.JPG

If you're considering a new pet for your family, the New Hampshire SPCA is asking that you think outside the box.

The shelter has several potbelly pigs that need new homes and more pigs are being surrendered every week.

Scarlett has been at the shelter for several months and desperately needs a new family.

Just like a dog, Scarlett loves to go for walks and responds to her name. She's a pig with all the very best attributes of man’s best friend.

“Scarlett loves lounging on her bed and getting tummy rubs and she’ll fall asleep,” said NHSPCA's farm animal manager Carrie Fyfe.

Scarlett was surrendered to the New Hampshire SPCA by a family who said she outgrew their expectations. Fyfe said families who get tiny piglets because they think a piggy is "cute," are then surprised when they grow into a 100-pound porker. 

“Not necessarily all pigs end up being teacup or miniature,” Fyfe said. “We’re seeing people run out of time, they don’t have the experience or the knowledge to take care of these guys.”

Fyfe notes that its a myth that pigs are dirty. In fact, they are actually very clean animals, and because they have very few functional sweat glands, they can hardly excrete body odor. 

And just like dogs, pigs know a little something about loyalty and love.

“They’re so rewarding because once they’re bonded to you, you are their person for life,” Fyfe said.

Scarlett is hoping to find a forever home in the weeks leading up to Clear the Shelters event on Aug. 18.

“We’ve so enjoyed having her, she’s been so much fun, but she’s ready,” Fyfe said.

The shelter has at least two more pot belly pigs that will also be looking for new families.



Photo Credit: NBC10 Boston]]>
<![CDATA[Tick Dangers for Your Pets]]>Wed, 01 Aug 2018 22:24:10 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Tick_Dangers_for_Your_Pets.jpg

Keep your pets safe from harm this summer.]]>
<![CDATA[Amputee Kitten Thriving, Searching for Fur-Ever Home]]>Mon, 30 Jul 2018 04:22:27 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/206*120/072718+benji+kitten+amputation.JPGA critically-injured kitten whose left front arm was so badly injured that it needed to be amputated is now thriving and ready to find his fur-ever home.

Photo Credit: MSPCA at Nevins Farm]]>
<![CDATA[WATCH: Madrid Police Dog 'Performs' CPR on Partner]]>Tue, 26 Jun 2018 10:28:49 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/20180626_cpr_dog_SOCIAL.gif

Poncho is ready to save a life! Madrid's municipal police department shared a video of K-9 Poncho "performing" CPR on his human partner as a way to promote adoption. ]]>
<![CDATA[Dog Found Emaciated, Efforts to Save Her Underway]]>Mon, 25 Jun 2018 12:07:50 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/180*120/062518+brandy+emaciated+dog.jpeg

A Weymouth, Massachusetts dog captured the heart of animal lovers and good Samaritans after a GoFundMe page was created to nourish her back to health from starvation.

The pooch, Brandy, is being treated for negligence at the VCA South Shore Animal Hospital in Weymouth. She was allegedly found emaciated in her owner’s home after a neighbor’s repeated attempts at a welfare check.


The neighbor, who created the charity page for the pup, immediately took Brandy to a veterinarian after the dog’s owner turned her over. After a series of examinations, veterinarians confirmed that the dog was being starved.

The animal hospital said the bill associated for Brandy’s three-day stay would amount to more than $4,000.

Brandy has been responsive to her treatments and is said to be wagging her tail and showing affection. The pup’s case was so widely received online, that it captured the attention of Braintree police, who responded to a call about Brandy and her owner’s wellbeing.


An animal cruelty investigation is underway, according to the GoFundMe page.



Photo Credit: Suzanne DiGiammo Rayberg via GoFundMe
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<![CDATA[NHSPCA in Need of Donations After Taking in Dozens of Dogs]]>Fri, 08 Jun 2018 18:52:13 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NHSPCA_in_Need_of_Donations_After_Taking_in_Dogs.jpg

The New Hampshire SPCA is in desperate need of donations after spending more than $100,000 caring for dozens of dogs involved in one cruelty case.

On Friday, our NBC10Boston crew met Jill, Jack, Cali, Smokey, and the list goes on.

"I would say we are more inundated now than I ever recall," said NHSPCA Executive Director Lisa Dennison.

Thirty-six dogs were rescued from a New Hampshire woman who is now facing 29 charges of animal cruelty. The case started at the end of last year, when a fire at Jennifer Choate's Bristol home killed 29 dogs.

After the fire, police executed a search warrant at a barn Choate rented in Alexandria. It was the middle of winter, and police found almost two dozen German shepards locked in small, metal crates in temperatures below freezing.

"It was just heartbreaking," Dennison said. "Heartbreaking."

In cases like this, the NHSPCA is required by law to keep the animals as evidence until a judge decides their fate. So for the last six months, these dogs have grown up in a kennel.

"Some of the dogs have never been up and down a staircase," Dennison said. "They don't know the warmth of a home."

For the first time in more than two decades, the shelter has burned through its rescue fund, spending more than $100,000 caring for Choate's animals.

"This has been the most difficult case I can remember in a very long time," Dennison said.

And on Thursday, 10 more dogs from a different case were surrendered, leaving the NHSPCA in dire need of the public's help.

"We sit and we wait, and wait, and wait, and wait," Dennison said. "The cost of caring for these animals grows every single day."

She says there is no relief in the near future, because the dogs will have to be held in protective custody, at least until Choate goes back to court until July.

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<![CDATA[Adoptable Pets Near You]]>Fri, 17 Aug 2018 10:33:04 -0400]]><![CDATA[Foster Cat Saves Lives of Newborn Kittens]]>Wed, 04 Apr 2018 14:15:47 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/160*120/MSPCA+Betty+Kittens.jpeg

The maternal instincts of a cat named Betty has earned her hero status for saving the lives of a newborn litter of kittens.

On March 22, a cat named Church suffered a prolapsed uterus while giving birth to five kittens. Church's owner, not realizing anything was wrong with her cat, planned on bringing the kittens to the MSPCA for adoption once they were old enough to be separated from their mom.

But when Church's health continued to deteriorate, she could no longer nurse her newborn kittens — all of whom were growing steadily weaker.

So Church's owner called the MSPCA sooner than expected and brought Church in for emergency surgery. Church recovered, but not enough to care for her kittens.

Enter Betty: a 2-year-old orange tab cat had been dropped off at the shelter prior to Church's arrival after she was abandoned in an apartment building. It just so happened that Betty was lactating, despite not having any kittens of her own. Alyssa Krieger, the community outreach coordinator at the MSPCA, introduced Church's kittens to Betty in hopes that she would nurse them back to health.

Sure enough, Betty was able to help the five kittens. Church recovered to the point she was able to nurse some of her kittens, too, which worked out perfectly since Betty wasn't able to produce enough milk for all five kittens.

"It's extremely rare for us to have a mom cat who is able to take over kitten care for another, and we often have to resort to bottle feeding kittens," Krieger said. "But we were lucky that Betty was able and willing to foster these kittens while their mother recovered because there are so many nutritional and socialization benefits of a 'real mom.'"

Betty was transferred to a foster home with one of the kittens, while Church returned home to her family with the other four. After 10 weeks, all five kittens will be available for adoption — as will Betty, once the weaning process ends.



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<![CDATA[21 Abandoned Animals Rescued From NH Home]]>Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:04:39 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NH+Animals+011618.jpg

Authorities rescued 21 abandoned animals from a New Hampshire home Friday.

According to the New Hampshire SPCA, 10 cats, five rabbits, three gerbils, a guinea pig and two turtles were found at a home on Wanda Lane in Exeter. The home's occupants had been evicted about two weeks earlier.

"When they arrived at the shelter, they were obviously very hungry," New Hampshire SPCA Field Services Manager Steve Sprowl said in a statement. "The cats and rabbits especially were drinking water like they hadn't had it in days, or longer."

The guinea pig was in such poor condition that he had to be euthanized. A veterinarian said that the animals were thin and suffered from flea infestation and that some had ear mites.

The SPCA had already been caring for 32 dogs that were rescued from similar circumstances, including 31 German Shepherds from cases in Bristol and Alexandria.

"I can't remember a time in recent history that we've had this many animals under protective custody," New Hampshire SPCA Executive Director Lisa Dennison said. "While we will always find a way to care for the animals that need us ... it puts a tremendous financial strain on our resources."

The agency is asking for help paying for the animals' care. Click here for more information.



Photo Credit: New Hampshire SPCA]]>
<![CDATA[Shelter: Abandoned Dog Left Tied to Bench in Frigid Temps]]>Tue, 02 Jan 2018 19:41:56 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Northeast+Animal+Shelter+abandoned+dog+composite+010218.jpg

A dog was left tied to a bench in sub-freezing temperatures for nearly an hour outside of a Massachusetts animal shelter, according to shelter officials.

In a post on social media Tuesday, Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem said they found a female dog that had been tied to an outdoor bench for about 45 minutes with the temperature at a frigid 7 degrees.

The shelter posted surveillance images of the dog's owner looking inside the shelter before abandoning the animal and the owner's vehicle.

"Maybe we'll never know the name she has always known, what she has been through, or why you didn't go to another door at our building to talk to someone instead of just leaving her tied up but she gobbled up a warm meal and is wrapped in blankets and getting warm," the shelter wrote on its Facebook page.

The shelter has since nicknamed the dog "Icelyn" and believe she is a 5-year-old Papillion-Chihuahua mix.

She’ll likely be available for adoption in a week – but the shelter isn’t taking any names and says people should just check on their website.

The shelter's Facebook post about the tragic circumstances has gone viral since it was posted on Tuesday morning.

It's unclear if a police report has been filed.



Photo Credit: Northeast Animal Shelter
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<![CDATA['No One Would Help': Owner Leaves Note With Dog]]>Tue, 29 Aug 2017 09:07:21 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Harwington-Dog-Abandoned-thumbnail.jpg

A handwritten letter was left by the owner of a dog abandoned in Harwinton.

"My owner loves me very much, I am their life!" the note reads. "My human went homeless & found out they have a disease & cannot care for me."

The male pit bull, presumably named Fatty McFat, was left in a crate behind the Litchfield Hills Veterinary Hospital in Harwinton on Monday morning, animal control said.

Harwinton Animal Control said the dog food and water was left for the dog in bowls and a bag of dog food was left on top of the crate. They described the dog as being very afraid, but do not believe the dog was left for long. 

The letter claims the owner attempted to rehome the pet but no one would take him.

"It is not fair for me to live in a car which I have been for 2 months & my human cries everyday (sic) that they are sorry & love me," the letter reads. 

The dog had no chip, was wearing a red bandana and a prong training collar. 

"My human is heart broken & very sad it has come to this. No one would help," the letter reads. 

Animal control said it appeared the dog hurt himself trying to get out of the crate, but was in relatively good health. The dog had to be tranquilized to move him. 

“Leaving a dog like this in a very scared situation is the worst-case scenario for the dog,” said Erin Barrows, a veterinary technician at the animal hospital where the dog was found.

Harwinton Animal Control is asking the public for help getting more information on the situation. Anyone who recognizes the dog or the situation described is asked to call animal control at (860) 806-8743.

Per Connecticut law, they will wait seven days to find the owner before they can determine if the dog will be adopted.



Photo Credit: Harwinton Animal Control
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<![CDATA[NBC Boston, NECN and Telemundo Help Clear the Shelters]]>Sat, 19 Aug 2017 16:23:00 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/160*147/Pixie.JPGShelters across the country, including 47 across New England, are taking part in the one-day adoption drive Saturday, Aug. 19. Last year, more than 53,000 pets were adopted during the event, but millions more are in need of a home.

Photo Credit: Danielle Waugh]]>
<![CDATA[Website Matches Dogs With Adopters]]>Sat, 19 Aug 2017 08:57:49 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000008397413_1200x675_1028162115723.jpg

A website called How I Met My Dog is helping people find the perfect pet for them by using personalized profiles for both humans and canines.]]>
<![CDATA[28 Cats Recovered in Emergency Rescue]]>Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:28:56 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/180*120/CatRescueRevere3.jpg

An emergency cat rescue is underway in Revere, Massachusetts.

According to the Northeast Animal Shelter, 28 cats are being rescued from a woman’s home. Currently, 16 have been taken from the home with 12 on the way.

According to the shelter's website, police responded to a Revere home after a call from a concerned neighbor. When they arrived they found cats in every room of the house.

Northeast Animal Shelter is asking for help taking care of the new rescues. "Our shelter was already full before these new rescues arrived," says the shelter's website.

Check back for updates as this story develops.

 

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<![CDATA[Margaret Returns to Shelter Where She Met Susan Tran]]>Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:03:16 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Margaret_Returns_to_Shelter_Where_She_Met_Susan_Tran.jpg

Three years after being adopted by NBC Boston reporter Susan Tran, Margaret returned to Shultz's Guest House in Dedham, Massachusetts.]]>
<![CDATA[Plenty of Dogs and Beer at NH Brewery's 'Yappy Hour']]>Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:45:20 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000008357908.JPG

We all know adopting a pet means gaining a loyal companion, but did you know it can also mean finding a whole new community of friends?

There’s proof at an event called “Yappy Hour” at Smuttynose Brewery in Hampton, New Hampshire.

“I mean they love beer and they love their dogs,” said Ali Lynch, the Outreach Coordinator at the New Hampshire SPCA.

It turns out, Yappy Hour at Smuttynose Brewery is just another twist in Minnow’s interesting journey.

“She had a rough upbringing, she was tied to a tree in Mississippi, it was so sad, but look at her now,” said Minnow’s owner Alycia Brandt of Hampton. “She’s out here maybe having a beer, but shh, we won’t tell anyone.”

That’s right, the seven-month-old rescue is now enjoying a cold one with her owner.

“We met her online, so it was virtual dating,” laughed Brandt. “Probably one of the highlights of my life bringing her home.”

Yappy Hour is a fundraising event for the NHSPCA, bringing dog lovers, and their dogs, to different breweries across the Seacoast.

“It definitely opens up a wide community and lots of people,” Brandt said.

“It’s really awesome because there are not a lot of places you can bring your dog to just hang out and have a drink,” said Lindsay Sherman who just recently adopted her dog, Atlas.

On this night, one dollar from every pint sold at the Hampton brewery went straight to the shelter to help volunteers care for the animals.

“Right now, we are pretty much at capacity at the shelter,” Lynch explained.

This is the fourth Yappy Hour of the summer and there are several more events before the season is over.

“Any funds we can get from these events, we appreciate more than people know,” Lynch said.

If you’d like to become a part of the rescue community, come to the NHSPCA on August 19 to help NBC Boston and NECN Clear the Shelters. 

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<![CDATA[Help necn #ClearTheShelters!]]>Sat, 19 Aug 2017 21:30:46 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000008400565.JPG

More than 2,400 animals were adopted around New England, and more than 45,000 now have forever homes, thanks the nationwide effort Clear the Shelters.

NBC Boston producer Kathryn Shehade was one of the many who went to a shelter on Saturday and fell in love with a furry friend.

Max the dog was waiting for her at the MSPCA's Nevins Farm location in Methuen, Massachusetts, and by the end of the effort, she decided she "couldn't leave him there."

Meanwhile, in Portland, Maine, Stephanie Boulanger had had her eyes on a rescue dog, Daisy, at the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland.

"She's so happy and she makes me happy," she said.

Gautier was also at the ARL of Greater Portland's shelter when his foster family decided to line up at the crack of dawn in order to adopt him -- forever.

"We heard about the event, we fell in love with him, so we woke up at 5 a.m. this morning to come and adopt him," Janice Ribeiro said.

Cats and dogs weren't the only animals to find forever homes on Saturday, either. Goats, pigs and even horses at Nevins Farm found new families through the Clear the Shelters effort. However, MSPCA officials say those looking for one of these animals need to be conscious of their special needs, like having a farm animal veterinarian available to help.

Interested in rescuing a new furry friend? Click here for our interactive map to help you pinpoint the nearest participating shelter in your area.

In addition to our livestream from the MSPCA-Angell in Boston, you can also watch live video of Clear the Shelters from across the country.

Click here for more resources on what you should do after you adopt a pet, tips on prepping your home for your new family member, photos of our employees with their fur babies and much more.



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<![CDATA[Specialized Approach to Pet Adoption in Hopkinton]]>Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:11:12 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Specialized_Approach_to_Pet_Adoption_in_Hopkinton.jpg

The Baypath Humane Society in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, takes a specialized approach to helping each pet find the right home. Volunteer Kim Melanson says it's not about a pet's physical appearance, it's about their personality and the shelter works hard to match each dog or cat with the right family. ]]>
<![CDATA[People Pet Vet Talks Clear the Shelters]]>Wed, 09 Aug 2017 17:07:34 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Talk+Stoop+Clear+the+Shelters.jpg.jpeg

People magazine Editor-in-Chief Jess Cagle and celebrity pet vet Evan Antin stop by “Talk Stoop” to chat with Cat Greenleaf about the effort to “Clear the Shelters” on Aug. 19.

Dr. Antin’s biggest piece of advice for those planning on adopting a cat or dog: “Going to a local rescue or shelter and visiting with the dogs, and realizing whether or not this is a good move for you,” he says.]]>
<![CDATA[Our Viewers' Shelter Pet Photos]]>Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:41:19 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/1180.jpgCheck out this photo gallery of viewers and their beloved adopted shelter pets! ]]><![CDATA[The Pets of NBC Boston, necn, and Telemundo Boston]]>Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:44:20 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/joyanddogs2.jpgIntroducing the pets of NBC Boston, necn, and Telemundo Boston and their wonderful owners!]]><![CDATA[How to Bathe Your Dog]]>Thu, 07 Jun 2018 19:24:45 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-08-05-at-8.25.58-PM.jpg

Is your pup stinky? Watch Ripley the Chocolate Lab get a bath at Bideawee, a no-kill animal rescue in New York City, and see how you can safely bathe your own canine.]]>
<![CDATA[Dogs From Puerto Rico Get 2nd Chance]]>Fri, 28 Jul 2017 18:03:59 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000007896053.JPG

Every shelter pet has a story. Some have overcome extraordinary odds while others traveled great distances to get a second lease on life.

One of those dogs is Yuko: a rescue from Puerto Rico, brought to the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland in Westbrook, Maine.

A volunteer from the All Soto Rescue group in Puerto Rico discovered Yuko and his three siblings abandonded on the local streets. The rescue center placed the four puppies in a foster home to nurse them back to health and prepare them for adoption.

Foster mother Marta Delgado noticed his breathing and heart rate seemed irregular and he was frequently fatigued, even after napping

"I grabbed him and felt something on his little chest," she said. A visit to a veterinarian revealed Yuko had a heart defect, and needed an expensive surgery to save to his life.

Delgado created a GoFundMe page, and more than 100 people from around Puerto Rico and in the United States pitched in to raise the $5,000 she needed to pay for his surgery.

"I am the happiest person on earth," said Delgado. "Yuko is the perfect little dog that every family should have in their home," she added through tears.

Once he had the surgery, Yuko was flown to the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland in search of a forever home.

Because Puerto Rico has a 99 percent euthanasia rate, rescue centers like All Sato have partnered with shelters in the U.S. to place fostered pets in America.

"Here at the Animal Refuge League, we have a 99 percent placement rate – so it’s really life saving work," said ARLGP spokeswoman Jeana Roth.

Yuko was adopted on July 22, just one day after ARLGP announced he was looking for a new home.

But just because Yuko is no longer a contender for a forever, there will be several other Puerto Rican rescue dogs up for adoption at ARLGP during NBC’s Clear the Shelters campaign on Aug. 19.

"All of these dogs are so important to us," said Roth.



Photo Credit: Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland]]>
<![CDATA[Police Seek Person Who Shot Cat in the Eye With a Dart]]>Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:12:03 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/catshot.jpg

Police in Brockton, Massachusetts, are seeking the public's help in locating a person who shot a cat in the eye with a blowgun dart.

Brockton Animal Control responded to the Mulberry Street area on Sunday for a report of a cat that had been injured by a sharp object. The item turned out to be a homemade dart suspected to have been fired from a blowgun.

The cat was found to be suffering serious injuries as a result of the injury. A photo released by animal control showed the cat with a cut over its eye and severe swelling.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Brockton Animal Control at 508-580-7835.



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<![CDATA[Kitten Who Lost Nose Will Undergo Reconstructive Surgery]]>Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:25:05 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/202*120/Nigel+not+as+graphic+%28credit+MSPCA-Angell%29.JPG

A little orange kitten that lost part of his face is getting some help from the veterinarians at the MSPCA.

Officials at the MSPCA's Angell Animal Medical Center said a good Samaritan found the kitten beside a dumpster in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood on July 7.

The kitten, who was named Nigel by the MSPCA's shelter staff, was examined by veterinarians, who noticed that he had a discolored nose, which usually indicates an upper respiratory infection.

Nigel was given some antibiotics and pain medicine, but after a week, the skin on and under his nose fell apart, exposing many of his teeth and his jaw.

"We were shocked to discover later just how seriously injured Nigel was," adoption center manager Alyssa Krieger said in a statement.

MSPCA officials don't know what happened to Nigel, but said he might have been electrocuted or hit by either a car or a person.

Nigel will undergo reconstructive surgery in a month, when veterinarians will use existing facial tissue to "close the gap." He will also be neutered and microchipped before shelter officials place him in a new home.



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<![CDATA[Puppy Left at Airport Bathroom With Heartbreaking Note]]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:20:15 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Chewy+Abandoned+Puppy.jpg

A miniature Chihuahua was left inside a Las Vegas airport bathroom along with a heartbreaking letter from the puppy's owner.

In the handwritten note, Chewy's owner reveals she's a victim of domestic violence and was escaping her "abusive boyfriend," but couldn't afford the airfare for her 3-month-old dog.

"She didn’t want to leave me with all her heart but she has NO other option. My ex-boyfriend kicked my dog when we were fighting and he has a big knot on his head. He probably needs a vet," the note, which was posted on the Connor and Millie's Dog Rescue (CMRD) Facebook page, said. "I love Chewy sooo much – please love and take care of him.”


Since sharing Chewy's story on Facebook, CMDR says there has been “tremendous interest” in the pooch. The Las Vegas-based rescue center said it reviewing all of the interest forms before it selects a new home for Chewy.

"However, there is but 1 Chewy and he can go but to 1 home. Please consider the hundreds if not thousands of "Chewys" loaded with love that are desperately seeking homes in shelters which are at max capacity, rescues are full! Please consider adopting another wonderful companion in his honor!" the shelter added.



Photo Credit: Connor and Millie's Dog Rescue
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<![CDATA[Special Needs Corgis Ready for Their Closeups]]>Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:17:00 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/180*120/DSC_9647_Panda.jpgEach corgi in the series has either a behavioral, neurological or other medical need.

Photo Credit: Casey Christopher]]>
<![CDATA[Rescued Miniature Horses to Provide Therapy for Wounded Veterans]]>Fri, 07 Jul 2017 13:33:36 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Horse_Therapy_Helps_Wounded_Veterans.jpg

A riding center in Ramona is bringing together miniature horses saved from slaughter and veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD) in a program that helps heal all involved.

The Cornerstone Therapeutic Riding Center adopted two miniature horses on Thursday, and will use them in its program Operation Saddle Up, which provides therapy to wounded service members and veterans suffering from PTSD, according the center.

The miniature horses were rescued from slaughter in a Texas auction house by P.A.W. 4 The Foundation, an animal rescue organization founded by Charlotte Olhausen. 

According to Cornerstone, the horse therapy provided through Operation Saddle Up has brought an 85 percent decrease in suicidal thoughts, 75 percent decrease in PTSD and 90 percent decrease in anxiety for those veterans enrolled in their program.

In addition to helping service members, Cornerstone said the horses will be used to help children with special needs and serve as program ambassadors throughout the community once they are trained.

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<![CDATA[Retriever Fever: America's Most Popular Dogs, in Photos]]>Thu, 06 Jul 2017 22:55:37 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/178*120/1GettyImages-519107508_master.jpgThe Labrador retriever is America's best best friend, according to the American Kennel Club. This gallery features "aw"-inducing photos of the top 10 most popular dog breeds in America, as judged by the AKC.

Photo Credit: Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA['Giant' Draft Horses Rescued From Massachusetts Farm]]>Thu, 06 Jul 2017 15:44:55 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Abe+and+Dolly+settle+into+new+quarters+at+the+MSPCA-Nevins+Farm+%28credit+MSPCA-Angell%29.jpg

Ten "giant" draft horses are now in veterinary care after the owner of a central Massachusetts farm surrendered them to authorities.

The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says the horses, nine male and one female, are being cared for at the Nevins Farm in Methuen.

MSPCA officials say the previous owner could no longer meet the horses' needs and surrendered them June 28. Some of the horses are underweight and have teeth and hoof issues.

Draft horses, which stand a foot taller than normal breeds, are traditionally used as working animals to pull carriages or plow fields.

The MSPCA says once healthy, the horses will be available for adoption. The nonprofit organization has set up a donation fund to pay for the animals' veterinary care.



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<![CDATA[ALS Treatment for Dogs Could Benefit Human Patients]]>Thu, 06 Jul 2017 12:46:47 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/ALS+Dog+1.JPG

Despite the increased awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease, few people know that a similar disease affects our canine companions. 

Degenerative myelopathy is a disease similar to ALS that causes progressive paralysis in older dogs. Both neurodegenerative diseases are fatal and there is no cure. 

As in humans with ALS, dogs with degenerative myelopathy eventually die when the respiratory system stops working, but often pets are euthanized before. 

But researchers at the University of Massachusetts partnered with the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in Grafton, Massachusetts, to test a new drug therapy in dogs that they hope could one day benefit human patients with ALS. 

Dogs participating in the trial, which began in December 2016, undergo tests and are checked every three months to assess their neurological and motor functions. According to Tufts, four dogs are currently in the pilot study. So far, the therapy appears safe in pets, but researchers say it's too early to determine whether it will stop the disease or reverse it.

"Does it work? That’s the question I wake up and go to bed with every day," said Robert H. Brown Jr., a UMass Medical School neurologist and one of the world’s foremost experts on ALS.

The failure rate with clinical trials for any drug is very high.

"Approximately only 10 percent of drugs that make their way into people is actually approved by the FDA for use in humans," said Dr. Cheryl London with Cummings School.

One reason is that tests are done on mice, which are given the disease or genetically engineered. London says because of these factors, the disease in mice don't accurately represent what researchers see in humans. But diseases in dog, cats and even horses do. Researchers also say because these animals are much closer in makeup to humans than mice, the likelihood of success is greater.

Greta, a 9-year-old boxer, is one of the dogs participating in the clinical trial of the drug therapy and her owner hopes it could stop her disease from getting worse. 

"Her contributing to the research was really important," Greta's owner said. "That it links to human ALS and research in that area, it just seemed like Greta could help dogs and humans, both."

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If your dog has generative myelopathy and you would like your dog to take part in this study, click here to see if it meets the criteria.



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<![CDATA[PAWmicon: Comic Canines in Cosplay]]>Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:04:11 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/180*120/pawmicon_19.jpgCoo over woofers dressed as superheroes, and villains, too, from movies and comic books, at a sweet San Diego fundraiser.

Photo Credit: The Helen Woodward Animal Center]]>
<![CDATA[Kristen Bell, Charlize Theron Gush Over Their Rescue Dogs]]>Thu, 06 Jul 2017 22:08:45 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/KristenBell-CharlizeTheron.jpg

As the Annenberg Foundation prepares to celebrate the opening of the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace in Playa Vista, California, some of Hollywood's most famous dog owners are sharing their positive pet stories with fans.

In a new video posted on YouTube, Kristen Bell reintroduces viewers to her dog Lola, who she rescued at a shelter 13 years ago.

"I wanted a dog for my birthday, which was like my first dog as an adult and she was just staring at me from inside her kennel and I felt this instant connection and the woman at the pound said, 'You may not want that dog. She's been returned by two other families,'" the actress recalled. "And I said, 'Nope. That's my dog. That's the dog I want.'"

The rest, as they like to say in Hollywood, is history.

Stars Who Adopted Pets

Charlize Theron also stars in the video with her two beloved pooches Johnny and Berkley. The Hollywood actress couldn't help but emphasize how much pets can become part of the family.

"My children absolutely adore them and they adore my children and I cannot imagine my family without them," Theron shared. "What's better than opening your door and two friendly faces are just happy to see you no matter what? That's what Berkley and Johnny do."

She added, "They're strays, they look weird but they're so beautiful. You don't need a purebred dog."

The Wallis Annenberg PetSpace is described as a community service and pet adoption center that includes veterinary care and animal education.

In fact, the center also focuses on "the celebration and study of the relationship between people and their pets -- and the important and beneficial impact of the human-animal bond."

"Looking out for another living thing is a way of learning how to look out for yourself, learning to have empathy and love and I think that's brilliant for kids," Stephen Moyer shared. "It's a great reminder for us."



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<![CDATA[Nearly 1,000 Animals Rescued]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:17:08 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NC_rescuedanimals0621_1920x1080.jpg

Nearly 1,000 animals are being cared for after being found in an old moving truck in Fresno, California, Friday. Kendyll Lyons, a kennel worker at Fresno Humane Animal Services, has been working long hours to make sure the hundreds of birds, bunnies, quail and others. A total of 955 animals were rescued, but several have since died.


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<![CDATA[Ultramarathon Dog Scores Book and Movie Deals]]>Thu, 06 Jul 2017 22:20:07 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/AP_17165751510592.jpg

Gobi, the stray dog who captured hearts when she adopted her human Dion Leonard during a 155-mile race across China's Gobi desert, will be featured in books and a movie depicting how the two met and bonded.

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<![CDATA[34 Dogs Saved From 'Deplorable' Conditions in Calif. Home]]>Sat, 17 Jun 2017 18:28:33 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/6-17-17_Dog_Seizure.jpg

Nearly three dozen dogs were rescued Thursday from woeful conditions in a Scotts Valley home, according to the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter.

The rescue happened after someone reported that several dogs were suffering from "deplorable and inhumane" treatment at a residence. The animal shelter officers were familiar with the property since there have been similar complaints made in the past, the shelter wrote on Facebook. 

"The conditions were such that [the dogs] needed to be seized," Linda Puzziferro from the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter said. "They were breeding the dogs, and there were many dogs. The conditions were not good."

With the help of warrants and assistance from the Scotts Valley Police Department, the animal shelter retrieved 34 dogs. Most of the canines were Boston terriers, as well as some Tibetan spaniels and one Chihuahua mix.

The pets were not being treated appropriately and will need to be examined by the veterinarians, according to the shelter.

The dogs' owner struggles with hoarding problems and recently suffered a stroke, a man who lives on the property where the dogs were seized told NBC Bay Area. The man added that he understands there were too many dogs in one location, but claimed the pups were healthy.

The shelter is stretched thin, officials said, and asked for donations.

People looking for more information can find it online.




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<![CDATA[Find a Participating Shelter Near You]]>https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/NECN+BOS+CTS+Map.png

Animal shelters across the country are teaming up with NBC and Telemundo stations to find loving homes for pets in need.

The fifth annual Clear the Shelters event, a nationwide pet adoption initiative, will be held Aug. 17, 2019. More than 1,000 shelters are joining the one-day adoption drive.

The goal is to #ClearTheShelters by finding forever homes for as many animals as possible.

Across the country, over 100,000 pets were adopted during last year’s event, but millions more remain homeless. Every year, 6.5 million animals end up in shelters nationwide — and only 3.2 million are adopted, according to the ASPCA.

Many local shelters will take part this year in Clear the Shelters. Refer to the interactive map above to identify a participating shelter near you.


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<![CDATA[Calif. Couple Accused of Hoarding 180 Yorkies Pleads Guilty]]>Wed, 12 Jul 2017 02:48:23 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Poway-Dogs-RESCUED.jpg

A Poway couple, accused of hoarding more than a hundred Yorkie dogs inside their homes and a restaurant pleaded guilty Monday, confirmed prosecutors.

Christine Calvert, 62, and Mark Vattimo, 73, will be placed on three years of probation at their sentencing on July 11, said prosecutors.

Calvert and Vattimo previously pleaded not guilty in March.

Deputy District Attorney Karra Reedy said it's most important that the defendants get help, in order to make sure this never happens again.

The defendants must undergo counseling and are not allowed to own any pets, as part of their plea agreement. They also will transfer the ownership of a 31-foot motorhome to the Humane Society as restitution in the case, said prosecutors.

After 18 months of probation, Vattimo and Calvert may apply to have their felony convictions reduced to misdemeanors, according to Superior Court Judge Kathleen Lewis.

Back in January, the Humane Society received a report from a concerned veterinarian that suggested the Poway couple was keeping 180 dogs in deplorable conditions. The dogs were kept in dark, unsanitary rooms filled with feces, urine, and mice at the defendants' home.

When Humane Society officials went to the scene, they were prevented from entering the home, said Reedy. After a few days, they were able to come in and 94 dogs were removed from the defendants' home within the next eight hours.

Later, 29 dogs were also seized from a restaurant the couple owned and nearly 50 dogs were taken from a motor home when Calvert was arrested last February in Primm, Nevada, according to prosecutors.

It was unclear why the couple kept so many dogs in terrible conditions, Reedy said. All the animals had health problems, ranging from ear infections to severe matting.

The couple was charged with 10 felony counts, including animal abuse and neglect, and one count of resisting an officer.

The dogs were placed in the care of the San Diego Humane Society. 

More than 1,500 adoption applications were submitted for the Yorkies, prompting the organization to close the adoption process earlier than planned.

Ed. Note: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the name of a defendant. The article has been corrected. We regret the error.



Photo Credit: San Diego Humane Society]]>
<![CDATA[Stolen Dog Reunited With SoCal Family 7 Year Later]]>Wed, 07 Jun 2017 10:06:59 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/dog-reunion-060617.jpg

Pet microchipping led to a heartwarming reunion Tuesday for a Southern California family and their dog, who finally returned home seven years after she was stolen.

Kona, an 8-year-old pit bull, was dropped off by animal control at Ventura County Animal Services (VCAS) Saturday in Camarillo, where workers scanned her for a microchip implant that led to her owner, Shannon Pratt.

The last time Pratt and her family saw Kona was seven years ago when the then-1-year-old pit bull was stolen from their backyard in Ventura County, according to VCAS. The family has since moved to Bakersfield and Kona's collar was left behind.

Upon receiving the good news from VCAS, Pratt and her daughters drove to Ventura County to pick up Kona.

Tuesday's emotional reunion, which was streamed live on VCAS' Facebook, shows Pratt and her three daughters happy to be reunited with Kona.

"It's just the best feeling when the microchip scanner beeps," said VCAS director Tara Diller. "It means the pet has a microchip, and the chances of reuniting pets with their owners increases exponentially."

Even though a microchip implant dramatically increases the likelihood of locating a pet's owner, the vast majority of lost pets do not have these implants, according to VCAS spokesman Randy Friedman.

This is also true of the lost pets at the Camarillo Animal Shelter. Few animals there have microchips, making it difficult to locate owners and move animals out of the shelter. The Camarillo shelter currently offers shelter to 240 animals, almost 100 animals more than its intended 150-animal capacity. The shelter has been far over capacity since it became a "no-kill" facility in 2014, Friedman said.

Microchip implants are the size of a grain of rice and last a lifetime, making them a "game changer" for lost pets, Friedman added.

Animal services officials especially urge owners to microchip their pets as July 4 nears. Friedman said that having a microchip implant will increase the chance that a pet will be returned if it gets lost after running from fireworks.

VCAS offers microchip implants for $10 at low-cost vaccination clinics that are held at different sites each month. Implants are offered for free for pets that were lost and have been returned to their owners.



Photo Credit: Ventura County Animal Services
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<![CDATA[50 Animals Rescued Following Animal Cruelty Complaint]]>Tue, 06 Jun 2017 14:15:04 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/196*120/NHSPCA+rescue+060117+1+EDIT.jpg

About 50 animals living in overcrowded, filthy conditions were rescued in New Hampshire and relocated to the New Hampshire Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (NHSPCA) in Stratham following an animal cruelty complaint, authorities said.

An NHSPCA spokesman says the animals include two horses, a mother dog and her four puppies, 27 rabbits and 15 guinea pigs.

All will be evaluated by a veterinarian.

The organization believes the dogs are suffering from worms and the horses appear underweight and without proper hoof care. Some of the rabbits and guinea pigs were suffering from urine burns on their paws.

"It is always devastating to see animals that were entrusted to the care of humans and those humans failed to provide it," said Lisa Dennison, the NHSPCA's executive director. "These animals have suffered at the hands of human seeking to make a profit from their offspring."

The NHSPCA says the owners of the animals are cooperating with authorities but are expected to face animal neglect charges. Their information has not been released.

Once the animals have recovered, the NHSPCA said they will be placed in homes.

The agency is seeking donations to help pay for their food, vaccinations and care. To make a donation, go to www.nhspca.org, call 603-772-2921, Ext. 102 or send it by mail to New Hampshire SPCA, PO Box 196, Stratham, NH 03885.

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<![CDATA[Meet Isis, the Bomb-Sniffing Dog Protecting You]]>Thu, 25 May 2017 12:30:13 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/215*120/052417+isis+the+bomb+sniffing+dog.jpg

ISIS was raised in prison, but she wasn't doing hard time. The bombing-sniffing pooch was trained by female inmates at Florida prison to become a service dog as part of a program called Puppies Behind Bars. NBC 6’s Julia Bagg reports.

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<![CDATA[Service Dog in HS Yearbook]]>Fri, 19 May 2017 23:31:55 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/soldier+campbell+yearbook1.jpg

To see Kathryn Campbell smile, you'd have to look into her past. The once active, talkative little girl started having seizures at the age of ten.

"She has since lost her ability to speak with us, and she doesn't smile very much anymore," said her mother, Kim Campbell. "We have lost that outgoing little girl, and that has been absolutely the most difficult part."

Bringing comfort to the whole family is Kathryn's best friend, Soldier.

"He's a goofball, and he's a big old scaredy cat. He eats socks, which is his absolute worst habit," Kim Campbell said.

Soldier is Kathryn's service dog. Together, they attend Timber Creek High School in Fort Worth. He's by her side constantly — even in the school yearbook.

But his presence is for more than just comfort.

"He can smell the differences in her body before the seizures actually happen," her mother said.

His alerts range from licking to pawing and barking, and they give Kathryn's caregivers an average 45-minute warning before a seizure occurs.

"Every seizure is life-threatening," said Kathryn's nurse, Samantha Stringer.

Stringer said she uses the extra warning time to prepare oxygen and rescue meds.

When she jumps into action, Soldier waits. He's always on alert, and he's always by Kathryn's side—through everything.

As high school freshmen they went to homecoming together—and then prom.

Soldier is an active member of Kathryn's classroom, so when it came to student picture day, Soldier took part.

"There's lots of kids rolling through, it's like, 'Hey! Here's a dog, okay good,'" said photographer Jared Pyfer, who captured Soldier's student ID picture.

Soldier is not only featured in an article with Kathryn in the yearbook, he also has his own picture, alongside the other students.

Because of his name's first letter, S, Kathryn's sister separates them in the row of pictures. But Soldier is close by—just like always.

"I think it commemorates their bond that they have. They get to go through all of this together," student Amanda Barber said.

Soldier is a proud student with a life-saving sense of smell and enough love to give anyone who needs some comfort.

"Every life matters and everyone that walks into this school matters," Stringer said. "Even a dog's life can make an impact of life and death, and I think that's amazing."

"He's a blessing, all the way around," said Kim Campbell said.



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<![CDATA[Need a Dog Walker? There's an App for That]]>Thu, 06 Jul 2017 22:44:25 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/2017-05-15_0630.png

If you have a dog you have to leave everyday to go to work, you may feel a little guilty? What if your dog needs to go outside? Well, there's an app for that. News4's consumer reporter Susan Hogan shows us how a new app can make your day guilt free.]]>
<![CDATA[Pistons Coach Adopts Animal Shelter's Last Dog]]>Thu, 06 Jul 2017 22:37:33 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/US-MI-Last-Dog-Adopt-CR_1200x675_940425283974.jpg

Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy and his family have adopted a Labrador retriever mix that was an animal shelter's last remaining dog following a pet adoption day.

Van Gundy, his wife Kim and their teenage daughter picked up Eastwood, a special needs dog, Tuesday at the Little Traverse Bay Humane Society in the northern Michigan city of Harbor Springs.

Eastwood gained national attention last week for being the shelter's last remaining dog following a statewide "Empty the Shelters" free pet adoption day that found homes for nearly 1,600 pets at 66 Michigan shelters.

The friendly pooch was born with an eye defect and a leg deformity that may someday require surgery.]]>
<![CDATA[Duck Shows Up at Man's Home, Refuses to Leave]]>Mon, 08 May 2017 16:12:48 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NC_duckman0508_1500x845.jpg

A duck showed up at a Florida man's home a few weeks ago -- and he says it still won't leave the property. Lakeland resident Richard Martin says he tries to take the animal to a nearby lake but she always waddles back to his house.]]>
<![CDATA[Cat Survives 15 BB Gun Shots]]>Thu, 11 Oct 2018 02:32:08 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/chance-the-cat-la.jpg

An eight-month-old kitten is recovering after being shot 15 times with a BB gun earlier this week.

The stray feline came in to Nohl Ranch Animal Hospital with multiple puncture wounds, all of them aimed at his head, according to hospital officials. Five BB gun pellets went through the cat's skull; surgeons were able to remove all but one, which was too deeply embedded. 

Hospital workers have named the cat "Chance" because he miraculously survived the attack. Veterinarians said that cats are normally quick to run away once they've been attacked, raising questions about how 15 shots were fired at the kitten. 

"We would think he would have ran, so it's a possibility that he could've been held down or tied down," Dr. Janie Guirguis said. "But we're not sure."

Chance was found hovering under a truck just a few blocks from the Nohl Ranch Animal Hospital in Orange County, California.

Doctors said the shock of the attack left Chance blind, but they're hoping he'll regain his eyesight as he heals.

Chance will continue to recover before Nohl Ranch begins searching for a suitable home.



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<![CDATA[Local Animal Shelter Hours]]>Thu, 18 May 2017 12:11:40 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Dog-Cat-GettyImages-10093564.jpg

MSPCA ANGELL —

617-522-5055

350 S Huntington Ave, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

HOURS:

Monday - Closed

Tuesday - 1–5 p.m.

Wednesday - 1–5 p.m.

Thursday - 1–5 p.m.

Friday - 1–5 p.m.

Saturday - 11AM–4 p.m.

Sunday - 11AM–4 p.m.

MSPCA NEVINS FARMS –

978-687-7453

400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844

HOURS:

Monday - Closed

Tuesday - 12–5 p.m.

Wednesday - 12–5 p.m.

Thursday - 12–5 p.m.

Friday - 12–5 p.m.

Saturday - 12–4 p.m.

Sunday - 12–4 p.m.

MSPCA CAPE COD —

508-775-0940

1577 Falmouth Rd, Centerville, MA 02632

HOURS:

Monday - Closed

Tuesday - 1–4 p.m.

Wednesday - 1–4 p.m.

Thursday - 1–6 p.m.

Friday - 1–4 p.m.

Saturday - 1–4 p.m.

Sunday - 1–4 p.m.

ANIMAL RESCUE LEAGUE OF BOSTON —

617-426-9170

10 Chandler St, Boston, MA 02116

HOURS:

Monday - Closed

Tuesday - 1–6:30 p.m.

Wednesday - 1–6:30 p.m.

Thursday - 1–6:30 p.m.

Friday - 1–6:30 p.m.

Saturday - 1–6:30 p.m.

Sunday - 1–6:30 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Lab Report: Gene Researchers Map Out Dog Family Tree]]>Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:27:50 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/211*120/gretriever.jpg

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have come up with the most complete and definitive canine family tree to date, NBC News reported.

They've spent more than 20 years sampling the genes of 161 breeds of dog, sequencing them and comparing them to show how breeds were mixed and matched to make new breeds. The genealogy also gives a rough timeline and geographic map of what came from where.

"It's very subtle variation in small numbers of genes that account for that very large difference in morphology that we see across breeds," said Elaine Ostrander of the National Human Genome Research Institute, part of the NIH.

The goal is to track disease-causing genetic mutations, which often translate to human disease genes, Ostrander said.



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<![CDATA[Match for Mutts? Website Helps People Adopt the Best Dog]]>https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Golden-Retriever-GettyImages-522796697.jpg

There's a new way to find the perfect family dog. 

The founders of the website How I Met My Dog say people usually select a pet based on appearance and breed. But that's barking up the wrong tree. 

How I Met My Dog matches humans and potential pets based on what really matters - personality, lifestyle and behavior. Some are calling it a canine version of eHarmony or Match for mutts. 

People looking for a new dog can fill out a personality profile based on their lifestyle. 

The site then matches them with dogs at shelters or that need new homes that would complement that lifestyle. 

The service has rolled out in the Boston area, and the founders are hoping to go nationally later this year.

Copyright Associated Press / NECN



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<![CDATA[Family Introduces Their Rescue Dogs]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 11:35:45 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2016-07-24-11h28m27s88.pngNecn reporter Joy Lim Narkin introduces her family's rescue pets during Clear the Shelters on July 23.]]><![CDATA[Dozens of Pets Find Homes in Clear The Shelters Day]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 21:43:00 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/Clear+the+Shelters2.jpg

Necn spent the day helping Clear the Shelters around New England. At the MSPCA Angell Adoption Center in Jamaica Plain, dozens of animals like Max found new homes.

“An older dog, the chances are less, we understand that,” said adopter, Ron Heckman.

“I can’t wait to get him home and show him everything,” Ron's wife Anne added.

At any given time, there are some 40 dogs up for adoption at the shelter, most of them the same breed as Max, in part because of the bad rap.

“Well, we wanted to take a pit bull because of the reputation and how badly some people treat them,” said Anne Heckman.

Meanwhile in Maine, the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland connected kittens and cats with their new families.

In New Hampshire, the NHSPCA in Stratham adopted out rabbits, rats and other small animals. At Nevins Farm in Metheun, workers hoped to find horses and pigs good homes.

“Our biggest population is cats but also dogs we have a lot of rabbits, guinea pigs, mice ferrets chinchillas,” said Alyssa Krieger of the MSPCA.

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<![CDATA[Family Set to Adopt One Dog, Leaves With Two]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 18:01:40 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/CTSJediSithDogs_1200x675_731049539547.jpgNBC 7's Dagmar Midcap speaks with a San Diego family who went to the San Diego Humane Society during Clear The Shelters on July 23, 2016 with the intentions of adopting one dog, but happily left with two new pets.]]><![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Pets Adopted Around the Country]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 18:53:00 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/180*120/ACCT+Othello+Dog+CTS.JPGThousands of pets have been adopted from hundreds of shelters across the country as part of Clear the Shelters, NBC and Telemundo's nationwide pet adoption initiative. Here are some of the animals that found their forever homes.

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<![CDATA[Dogs Find Loving Homes]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 13:46:13 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2016-07-23-13h32m11s35.png

Heather Murphy was on a mission. She went to the New Hampshire SPCA four and a half hours before the sun came up. It was worth the early arrival because within minutes she found everything she was looking for.

"It's exciting like having a new baby," she said.

The shelter started the day filled with 140 animals in need of a home, including rats, rabbits and pigs.

Kittens and puppies are always a fan favorite, meaning that sadly, the older animals tend be overlooked.

If you have room in your home and a place in your heart, adopting a pet will change your life and theirs.



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<![CDATA[Shelter Loses Animals in Fire, Working to Adopt Others]]>Thu, 21 Jul 2016 09:20:44 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/CTS+Davinici.jpg

It's been nine months since a non-profit shelter in Central Massachusetts was devastated by fire. The organization is trying to put the pieces back together and they need your help with one very important piece.

DaVinci is a survivor.

The male pit bull was rescued twice - once from a high kill shelter, then again from fire.

All but four dogs and a cat were killed when the Sweetpea Animal Shelter burned to the ground in November. And the building that housed dozens of waiting pets was a total loss.

Shelter president Maria McDonnell vividly remembers the late night call, with words she never thought she would hear "...the shelter was on fire to say it was surreal is an understatement,” she said.

Months later the Paxton, Massachusetts shelter sits in ruin, but will be rebuilt thanks to overwhelming community support.

"We received over $400,000 in donations since the fire, which is going towards our rebuild,” said McDonnell. She wears a pin with the ashes of the shelter so she never forgets the mission.

"There's not one day that doesn't go by that I don't think of those 40 animals that lost their lives and I just want to make Sweetpea something fantastic in memory of them."

The four other surviving animals have been adopted. Jade now has a loving family to take her on walks.

"I'm an animal lover so it immediately affected me and upset me a lot,” said Katrina Sinclair, who adopted Jade. Despite some scarring from the fire, Jade has no long term health issues.

“She just loves to snuggle and she's very warm,” said Sinclair’s daughter, 10-year-old Sophie Giadanowicz.

But DaVinci still needs a forever home.

"To see DaVinci every day to know he's still at the shelter, waiting for a home, it's hard. We really want him to have a home. He's a good dog. He'll make someone very happy,” said Kathleen DiLeo, a Sweetpea volunteer.

Davinci is approximately 3-years-old and has no long term health issues from the fire. He would do best in a home with adults and no other pets.

For more information check out Sweetpea online.



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<![CDATA[Hundreds of Dead, Injured Animals Found on Site for 2nd Time]]>Thu, 21 Jul 2016 19:45:23 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/Westport+Mass+Dead+Animals.JPG

Police say officers have discovered hundreds of dead and injured animals, makeshift cabins, burning trash and illegal stoves on a 70-acre property in Massachusetts. 

Police say Westport and Dartmouth officers searched a portion of the Westport land on Tuesday and found three goats that had to be euthanized, dead sheep and several other sick or injured farm animals in "deplorable conditions." 

Authorities say the investigation started last week after a man reported that his goats had been attacked by two Rottweilers. The dogs had been found in poor condition after escaping an "unsanitary enclosure." 

Police identified the owner but declined to say Tuesday whether he or anyone else will face criminal charges. 

Police say a similar situation was found on the same property in 2010.

The Animal Rescue League of Boston has been working to help the animals found on the property. Click here to find out how you can assist in the effort.

Copyright Associated Press / NECN



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<![CDATA[Summer Camp Promotes Proper Animal Care]]>Tue, 19 Jul 2016 22:55:20 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/Camp+Paw+Paw1.png

A long-running summer day camp at the Humane Society of Chittenden County in South Burlington, Vermont, teaches kids about proper pet care.

"I think it kind of opens their eyes totally to how much responsibility it is it take care of an animal," said Erin Alamed of the Humane Society of Chittenden County.

Camp Paw Paw runs several different sessions for kids aged 7 to 12.

Children learn about proper pet care and safety. They also meet with members of the community who work daily with animals, from police K-9 handlers to therapists and trainers.

"They're like, best buds for you," said camper Gianna Petrunich, describing why she likes animals.

When necn visited, the campers were honing their observation skills by examining insects.

"That sense of valuing other living organisms - I think it's really important," said ecologist Linden Higgins, who taught the kids some basics on identifying insects.

The goal of all the programming is to foster a deep respect for animals early, possibly setting the stage for decades of supporting animal welfare.

"You treat animals nicely, and carefully, and you treat them the way they want to be treated," said camper Adam Kavanaugh.

"They have hearts too, just like people, and they need help because they can't take care of themselves," Ava Desautels, another camper, said about animals.

For more information on the Humane Society of Chittenden County, you can visit their website.

Several pet adoption centers across Vermont are participating in necn's Clear the Shelters day this Saturday. Click here for more information.



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<![CDATA[Summer Camp Promotes Proper Animal Care]]>Tue, 19 Jul 2016 10:57:08 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2016-07-19-10h35m11s60.png

A long-running summer day camp at the Humane Society of Chittenden County in South Burlington, Vermont teaches kids about proper pet care. 

"I think it kind of opens their eyes totally to how much responsibility it is it take care of an animal," said Erin Alamed of the Humane Society of Chittenden County. 

Camp Paw Paw runs several different sessions for kids aged 7 to 12. 

Children learn about proper pet care and safety. They also meet with members of the community who work daily with animals, from police K-9 handlers to therapists and trainers. 

"They're like, best buds for you," said camper Gianna Petrunich, describing why she likes animals. 

When necn visited, the campers were honing their observation skills by examining insects. 

"That sense of valuing other living organisms-- I think it's really important," said ecologist Linden Higgins, who taught the kids some basics on identifying insects. 

The goal of all the programming is to foster a deep respect for animals early, possibly setting the stage for decades of supporting animal welfare. 

"You treat animals nicely, and carefully, and you treat them the way they want to be treated," said camper Adam Kavanaugh. 

"They have hearts too, just like people, and they need help because they can't take care of themselves," Ava Desautels, another camper, said about animals. 

Click here for more information on the Humane Society of Chittenden County.



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<![CDATA[Adopting a Horse]]>Mon, 18 Jul 2016 10:40:53 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2016-07-18-10h32m16s96.pngAll of the horses at the New Hampshire SPCA have a story. Now they need a loving home.

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<![CDATA[Easing Pet Care Affordability]]>Fri, 15 Jul 2016 23:20:07 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2016-07-15-23h17m26s230.jpg

The Windham County Humane Society in Brattleboro, Vermont, says addressing people's struggles to afford adequate care for their pets is a pressing issue for it and similar organizations across the country.

"If we can keep animals in their homes, we can help more animals," said Annie Guion, the executive director of the organization.

The Windham County Humane Society has an assistance program which uses grants, donations, and volunteers to help people in the county who may be unable to pay for food or medical needs for their animals.

Dr. Sue Kelly, a veterinarian, donates two hours a month at the shelter to offer free or deeply-discounted animal care services, by appointment.

"These people who come in, they are so appreciative," Kelly said. "I always leave here happier than I got here."

The vet said services run the gamut from providing rabies and distemper shots to more complicated exams. The day necn visited, Kelly was examining a dog who received an eyelid reduction surgery when the center adopted the animal out. That eyelid would require additional surgery, Kelly determined, which she and the Humane Society would handle.

Beverly Covey of Marlboro, Vermont brought her dog, Xena, to see Kelly. The animal got all her shots and a locator chip implanted, for just $10.

"You can't beat the price," Covey said, adding that the discount clinic has allowed both her and an elderly relative to hold onto their pets, without worries about costly procedures. "Here, they care for the animal and the person, because my view is, without a dog or a cat, you're not completely full in your heart."

Guion said owners' tight finances are a major reason why owners surrender their pets and why many animals enter shelters. Therefore, addressing financial concerns should help keep some animals with their owners, Guion said.

"It's been a real game-changer for the shelter," Guion told necn. "The alternative would be to say, 'We're not going to help you with that,' and she might say, 'Well, I'm going to surrender the dog to you.' Well now, the dog still needs the surgery and it has to be re-homed. Can I give it the surgery and keep it in the home at the same time?"

Guion explained she requires proof of need and residency in Windham County to qualify.

She noted that the humane society works closely with area vets to make sure they're not losing business, even giving referrals and helping with costs for procedures that need to be done in those private offices.

Guion said in some cases, Dr. Kelly's free or discounted-cost clinics may the only time an animal sees a veterinarian.

On its website, the humane society says it asks owners to agree not to acquire any more pets while they're receiving assistance, and to work with WCHS to have all family pets spayed or neutered.

The Windham County Humane Society is participating in necn's Clear the Shelters day July 23. Click here for more information on the agency.



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<![CDATA[Bill Would Allow People to Smash Car Windows to Save Pets]]>Fri, 15 Jul 2016 09:30:53 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2016-07-15-09h29m36s190.pngMassachusetts lawmakers are working to make it easier to save pets left inside hot cars.

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<![CDATA[Prisoners Help Train Service Puppies]]>Fri, 15 Jul 2016 09:06:05 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2016-07-15-09h03m09s187.pngSelect inmates are working with puppies to help raise them to become service dogs for those in need.

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<![CDATA[7 Goats Find Forever Homes After Being Surrendered]]>Wed, 13 Jul 2016 22:32:36 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NECN_071316_UnderwoodGoats9PM_1200x675_724740675752.jpgSeven goats have found forever homes after being surrendered by a Montague, Massachusetts, property owner back in May. The owner gave up a total of 47 goats in what was one of the largest ever surrenders to the MSPCA.]]><![CDATA[MSPCA Encourages Rabbit Adoption on Cape]]>Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:32:08 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Baby-Bunny-GettyImages-123515199.jpgDogs and cats aren't the only animals in desperate need of forever homes. Dozens of rabbits are filling Massachusetts shelters.

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<![CDATA[Madonna Dancer’s Dog Fatally Shot by Police in Brooklyn]]>Wed, 13 Jul 2016 09:39:57 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/stonnie+boy+dog+shot+killed.jpg

A dog belonging to a professional dancer touring with Madonna was shot and killed by police officers while they were issuing an arrest warrant in Brooklyn Tuesday, police and friends say. 

The officers went to a home on Montauk Avenue in East New York in the early evening to serve a warrant to a 29-year-old man wanted in an open complaint, police said.

There, the suspect had a pit bull loose, and the dog bit one of the officers in the arm. His partner opened fire on the dog, killing it, police said.

"They came into the gate. He had the dog loose and the dog came out," said witness Micky Burgos. 

The cop who was bitten was treated for minor injuries. 

The dog belonged to a friend of the suspect, who was watching it while the owner -- a professional dancer named Stanley "Sheik" Mondesir -- wraps up his tour with Madonna in Los Angeles, friends said.

A witness said the officers had no choice but to shoot the animal, but friends said the dog was well-trained and cops should have tried to avoid it.

"The dog is a good dog," said Peaches Simmons, a friend of Mondesir. "I feel like if they really needed to get in the house -- that's why the need animal control." 

Simmons called Mondesir to let him know his dog was killed, and said he was distraught.

"He started crying 'cause he had Stonnie since he's a baby," said Simmons.

The dog, named Stonnie Boy -- an apparent slang term for "get wild" and something Madonna yells onstage -- was about 3 or 4 years old. 

People in the neighborhood said the dog was well-behaved and never seemed aggressive. But Burgos said the officers did what they had to do.

"I told the police officer, 'I'm sorry, it wasn't your fault,' 'cause the dog came at him," said Burgos. 

Police would not describe the nature of the warrant that was being issued against the suspect. 

Mondesir is a so-called "bone-breaker" dancer who has been touring with Madonna over the past year, friends said. He was also part of a popular dance crew, RingMasters, that appeared on MTV. 



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<![CDATA[9 Cats That Won't Make You Sneeze]]>Thu, 08 Aug 2019 09:53:39 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-99192954_high-cropped.jpgIf you love cats but suffer from allergies, don't be discouraged. Here are a few breeds that won't send you running for Benadryl.

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<![CDATA[Pa. Firefighters Rescue Fox]]>Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:12:38 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Soccer+Net+Fox.PNG

A group of local heroes rescued a fox tangled in a soccer net in New Hope, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

New Hope Eagle Volunteer Firefighters, along with Solebury Township Police and Medic 146 came to the rescue of the fox after its head was stuck in the soccer net.

A video posted on Facebook shows the group cutting the net that appears to be tangled around the animal's head. They then released the fox back into the woods. Take a look at the rescue in the video embedded above.



Photo Credit: New Hope Eagle Volunteer Fire Company
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<![CDATA[Md. Woman Kept 66 Dogs in Her Home]]>Sat, 09 Jul 2016 09:38:30 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Katherine+Ting+Tiong+Look+N.jpg

A Maryland woman will spend 180 days in jail for keeping 66 dogs in deplorable conditions in her home.

A district court judge sentenced 47-year-old Katherine Ting Tiong, of Rockville, to more than 16 years in prison with all but 180 days suspended. She also will be placed under three years probation and has been ordered to pay a $1,000 fine. 

The judge said the dogs would have been better off euthanized than continue living in her home.

Ting Tiong was charged earlier this year after police rescued the dogs on New Year’s Day.

The dogs were found in varying levels of distress, according to the Animal Services Division of the Montgomery County Police Department. Many of the animals had dirty fur soaked in urine, infections or suffered from other untreated diseases.

Three of the dogs had to be euthanized, and another also died.

Ting Tiong told authorities she was operating a rescue service called Forever Homes Animal Rescue.

Before sentencing Friday, Ting Tiong told News4's Kristin Wright she had lined up a rescue in New Jersey to pick up 30 of the dogs.

The police investigation officially began after one of the dogs bit a woman at a Potomac pet adoption event in December.

Most of the surviving dogs have been adopted, but some of them are still working through issues with their new families, according to Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center. Three of the dogs are still up for adoption.

To adopt, call 240-773-5900.



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<![CDATA[Pet Foster Care]]>Fri, 08 Jul 2016 12:45:20 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NECN_070716_glenncts_9pm_1200x675_720864835761.jpgFostering pets is a trend catching on with animal enthusiasts, so check out Daisy's Animal Rescue League. And help us Clear The Shelters on July 23.]]><![CDATA[Clear the Shelters- Dog Adoptions]]>Thu, 07 Jul 2016 11:06:44 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NECN_NECN_CLEAR_SHELTER_3_1200x675_720396867535.jpgClear the Shelters takes place on July 23. ]]><![CDATA[Clear the Shelters]]>Thu, 07 Jul 2016 11:05:59 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NECN_NECN_CLEAR_SHELTER_2_1200x675_720388163696.jpgClear the Shelters takes place on July 23. ]]><![CDATA[Clear the Shelters- Cat Adoptions]]>Thu, 07 Jul 2016 11:04:52 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NECN_NECN_CLEAR_SHELTER_1_1200x675_720388163941.jpgClear the Shelters takes place on July 23. ]]><![CDATA[Pigs Need Homes, Too]]>Wed, 06 Jul 2016 23:35:40 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2016-07-06-23h31m45s73.jpgIt's not your everyday pet, but pot-bellied pigs are now in growing need of adoption. Help us Clear the Shelters on July 23.]]><![CDATA[5 Dogs Rescued From South Korea Farm Wait for Shelter]]>Wed, 06 Jul 2016 09:58:01 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NECN_070516_rescued_dogs_1200x675_719230019819.jpg

Five of 150 dogs raised in a South Korea meat farm are currently in New Hampshire waiting for a shelter. 

Dogs were rescued after the South Korea farm was shut down by volunteers. The dogs were transported to the U.S., and five of them are in the New Hampshire SPCA. 

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<![CDATA[Five Dogs Rescued from South Korea Farm Wait For Shelter ]]>Tue, 05 Jul 2016 23:37:54 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NECN_070516_rescued_dogs_1200x675_719230019819.jpgMore than 150 dogs being raised on a meat farm in South Korea have been rescued. Five of them are in New Hampshire. ]]><![CDATA[Helping Pets During Fireworks Shows]]>Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:27:34 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Dogs+vs+Fireworks.jpg

The Fourth of July fireworks may be fun for those of us on two legs, but for a lot of four-legged friends out there, it's not the same story. 

The loud noise from fireworks shows during the holiday can often cause serious anxiety for pets and can even send some running out of fear.

Cate McManus with Dallas Animal Services said it’s common to see a rush the day after the yearly Fourth of July display as their already packed shelter takes on even more pets that got away from home.

“When animals just freak out from fireworks, they get out of fences or break down doors," she said. "I mean some dogs really go to extremes to get away — they’re so scared."

There are a lot of options available to deal with the anxiety such as wearable options, while others include herbal or over-the-counter pills offered at pet stores.

Last May, when Southlake veterinarian Dr. Tom Holbrook was seeing similar anxiety from dogs during thunderstorms, he showed NBC 5 a new medication being prescribed to dogs during such situations called Sileo.

"You put it in the cheek and gums,” said Holbrook. “Just put the syringe right in the gum right there and just squirt so many dots, and the dots are on the syringe itself."

The fast acting gel calms the pet and wears off after just a few hours. Holbrook’s office warns that it does require a checkup and prescription from your local vet to get the gel.

McManus said her best advice for avoiding problems during the fireworks is to keep your animals indoors and comfortable in a spot where they feel safe.

“Keeping them confined, well confined, certainly with a collar and tags on just in case,” she said.

If you do come across a stray after the fireworks, local animal services leaders ask that you contact them right away so that they can work to get that pet back home.



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<![CDATA[Dogs Hitch a Ride With Maryland Firefighters]]>Sun, 03 Jul 2016 13:42:38 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/dogs110.jpg

A group of Maryland firefighters gave a helping hand to a few four-legged furry friends Saturday morning — saving one from a hot car.

Prince George's County firefighters were called to the Home Depot in the 6000 block of Oxon Hill Road after a man reported having chest pains.

The man was in his vehicle in the store's parking lot with three dogs. He told the firefighters he had been drinking and was intoxicated, fire officials said.

Firefighters offered to take him to the hospital, but he declined. The concerned firefighters then called police who told the man he was in no condition to drive home. They suggested he walk to his house nearby.

The firefighters then noticed a dog left in another parked vehicle in the lot. All of the vehicle's windows were closed.

The crew found a door unlocked and rescued the dog. They tended to the pup until its owners returned to the vehicle, fire officials said.

Firefighters then gave the three other dogs an adventurous ride back home on-board the fire engine.



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<![CDATA[A Second Chance for Pit Bulls]]>Thu, 30 Jun 2016 23:28:44 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2016-06-30-23h28m00s15.jpgIt's a breed with a bad rap, but experts say pit bulls are what we teach them. July 23 is Clear the Shelters day, a national initiative to get as many homeless pets adopted as possible.]]><![CDATA[MSPCA Wants You to Clear the Shelters]]>Wed, 29 Jun 2016 23:31:06 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NECN_062916_chriscts_4pm_1200x675_715519043708.jpgThe second-annual event, on July 23, is a nationwide initiative to help thousands of animals find new forever homes.]]><![CDATA[Meet the AKC's Newest Breed]]>Wed, 22 Jun 2016 07:43:15 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/westminster+dog.jpg

A high-energy Hungarian herding dog is the latest new breed headed to the Westminster Kennel Club and many other U.S. dog shows.

The American Kennel Club is announcing Wednesday that it is recognizing the pumi, the 190th breed to join the roster of the nation's oldest purebred dog registry. That means the pumi can vie for best of breed at Westminster for the first time next February.

With coats of corkscrew curls and ears that flop at the tips, the pumi (pronounced POOM'-ee) has a whimsical expression that belies its strong work ethic, fanciers say. The 20-to-30-pound breed goes back centuries in Hungary, where it herded cattle, sheep, and swine. It's related to the puli, a breed already recognized by the AKC and known for its coat of long cords.

Like many herding dogs, pumis — the proper plural is actually "pumik" — are alert and active.

"They're not for somebody who's going to sit and watch TV all day long," said Chris Levy, president of the Hungarian Pumi Club of America. But if provided with enough exercise and stimulation, "the pumi can chill out."

Considered quick learners, pumis have done well at agility and other canine sports. Some in the U.S. also herd rabbits, chickens, goats and even cats in a cattery, said Levy, who breeds the dogs in Salem, Oregon. She and others have been working to build up the breed in the U.S. for two decades, but it's still quite rare.

AKC recognition requires having at least 300 dogs of the breed nationwide, among other criteria. Two other new breeds, the American hairless terrier and an ancient North African hound called the sloughi, were recognized this past January and will also be eligible for Westminster for the first time next year.

Some animal-rights advocates say dog breeding is too appearance-focused and irresponsible when many mixed-breed animals need adoption. The AKC says conscientious breeding helps people and pets make happy matches by making the animals' characteristics somewhat more predictable.

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<![CDATA[11 of the Best Dog Breeds for Senior Citizens]]>Thu, 20 Jun 2019 16:21:31 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/welsh-terrier.jpgA friendly dog can make the perfect sidekick for a senior citizen. According to PetBreeds, these 11 breeds are hardy and cheerful, making them excellent companion dogs. They are also highly intelligent and can be trained to assist less able-bodied owners.

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<![CDATA[News Anchor Apologizes to Dog He Saw in Hot Car]]>Tue, 14 Jun 2016 17:34:59 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Kyle-Clark-cropped.jpg

Kyle Clark, a news anchor in Denver, made an impassioned apology to a furry member of the local community during a recent broadcast.

While grabbing lunch, Clark heard a dog loudly crying in a locked Honda CR-V on a 90-degree day. In a video of his broadcast posted to his Facebook page, Clark said he nearly resorted to throwing a rock through the car window to help the clearly distressed dog. He said the animal's cries could be heard from across the parking lot.

"Do you know how hot it is in 90 degree sun when you're wearing a suit, or fur, in a car? I'm guessing you don't or you don't care," said Clark, who works for NBC affiliate KUSA.

Deciding against breaking a window, Clark instead called the Denver 311 help center. While he was on hold, the dog's owner finally returned from the nearby frozen yogurt shop. However, Clark said the person "blew him off" and "basically laughed" when he warned the person against leaving the dog in a hot car.

"There's an apology in order, not for you, no, for your dog," Clark said. "I am sorry that your dog does not have better humans."

The American Veterinary Medical Association warns that hundred of pets die every year from heat exhaustion after being left in cars on warm days. Dogs are particularly susceptible to the heat because their primary method of cooling is panting, which is not as efficient as sweating. The organization writes on its website that parked vehicle temperatures can rise by almost 20 degrees in just 10 minutes and continue to rise over time-- even if the windows are cracked.



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<![CDATA[Hardly a Dog's Life for First Pets Bo & Sunny]]>Sun, 29 May 2016 17:46:15 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/AP_851780932641.jpg

It's hardly a dog's life of just eating and sleeping for President Barack Obama's pets, Bo and Sunny.

The pair of Portuguese water dogs — Bo with his distinctive white chest and front paws, and the all-black Sunny — are canine ambassadors for the White House, very popular and so in demand that they have schedules, like the president.

"Everybody wants to see them and take pictures," Michelle Obama said. "I get a memo at the beginning of the month with a request for their schedules, and I have to approve their appearances."

The dogs have entertained crowds at the annual Easter Egg Roll and Bo has been at Mrs. Obama's side when she welcomes tourists on the anniversary of the president's inauguration. The dogs also have cheered wounded service members, as well as the hospitalized children the first lady visits each year just before Christmas. In a sign of just how recognized Bo and Sunny are, authorities in January arrested a North Dakota man who they say came to Washington to kidnap one of the pets.

Bo, now 7, joined the Obama family in April 2009. He was a gift from the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., a key supporter of Obama's 2008 presidential campaign who became close to the family. Bo helped Obama keep a promise to daughters Malia and Sasha that they could get a dog after the election.

Sunny, nearly 4, came along in August 2013.

Bo already had a job as a "helper" to Dale Haney, the head groundskeeper at the White House, which happens to be a national park.

"He leaves every morning and he goes down with Dale ... and he's with all the National Park Service guys. And you'll see him, and he's like walking around with them, and looking at the plants," Mrs. Obama said. "I think he thinks he has a job because he takes it very seriously. So if I go out and see him, he kind of ignores me when he's with his worker crew people."

The dogs have a pretty nice life. "They can sit on my lap, they sit on my chair, they cuddle with me," Mrs. Obama said. "I like to lay on the floor with them and blow in their face. I like to make them run and chase each other. But they're so cute, I just love to just cuddle them and massage them."

Presidential pets are always popular and many presidents kept dogs as companions. President Harry S. Truman famously advised: "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog."

President George H.W. Bush's English Springer Spaniel, Millie, "wrote" the best-seller "Millie's Book."

President Bill Clinton's chocolate Labrador Retriever, Buddy, helped Clinton weather the scandal over his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

President George W. Bush's Scottish Terrier, Barney, had an official web page and starred in "Barneycam" videos that were filmed from a camera hung around his neck. Like Mrs. Obama, first lady Laura Bush was involved with the video scripts and the taping schedule.

President Lyndon B. Johnson angered animal lovers by lifting his pet beagle, Him, by the ears in front of news photographers.

Obama promised last year to "clean things up a little bit" before leaving the White House in January because the dogs "have been tearing things up occasionally."

Mrs. Obama said her four-legged family members had been nice overall, but she exposed Sunny's naughtier side.

"You know what she does sometimes? She leaves the kitchen and she'll sneak and she'll go poop on the other end of the White House," the first lady said.

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<![CDATA[Puppies Abandoned Outside NH Shelter]]>Wed, 25 May 2016 16:08:49 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/160*120/puppies18.jpg

Police in Laconia, New Hampshire, are asking for the public's help in finding the person responsible for abandoning eight puppies outside of an animal shelter.

Officers received a call around 5:30 a.m.

They say a metal crate and a wooden box were left next to the driveway of the Humane Society on Meredith Center Rd.

Each container held four puppies. They were covered in black flies and feces.

Authorities say it looks like two different litters, as four of the puppies are twice the size of the others.

The puppies have been fed and placed in two separate kennels.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Laconia Police at: (603) 524-5252.



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<![CDATA[Dogs Once Headed for Slaughter Up for Adoption]]>Fri, 20 May 2016 08:01:54 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Scared+Robin+compressed.jpg

Five dogs rescued from a dog meat farm in South Korea have arrived at the New Hampshire SPCA.

The pups are being evaluated and treated for any medical or behavior issues, and will later be put up for adoption.

The NHSPCA team will slowly socialize the dogs and help them work through a large number of new experiences.

The dogs are part of a group of 250 dogs and puppies rescued by Humane Society International's Animal Rescue Team. The dogs came from a dog meat farm in Wonju, South Korea.

Click here to learn more about the NHSPCA.



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<![CDATA[New Dog Meds to Curb Dogs' Noise-Related Anxiety]]>Thu, 06 Jul 2017 22:17:28 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/AP_16137623735677-zoetis-dog-anxiety-medicine.jpg

Fido and Spot may not have to cower under the bed this summer when fireworks and thunderstorms hit.

The first prescription veterinary medicine for treating anxiety over loud noises — a widespread problem that can send dogs running away in terror and harm both themselves and property — will soon hit the market.

Veterinary medicine maker Zoetis Inc. of Florham Park, New Jersey, said Monday that recently approved Sileo will be available through veterinarians within a week.

Dr. Chris Pachel, a veterinary behaviorist at the Animal Behavior Clinic in Portland, Oregon, welcomes a medicine tested specifically on dogs that works rapidly but wears off within hours — like by the time a thunderstorm is over.

Dogs are now treated with medicines designed for their human owners or behavioral training, which can be ineffective or come with side effects.

"There's always a need for new options," said Pachel, who has reviewed some testing data on Sileo but isn't affiliated with Zoetis.

Fear of loud noises is a common problem for the 70 million dogs in the U.S. and their owners. Dogs are sometimes so frightened they jump through windows, destroy doors while trying to escape a room or run into traffic and get hit by cars. July 5 is the most common day for frustrated pet owners to drop a dog off at a shelter, according to a Zoetis study.

"I have seen the absolutely worst things that can happen with noise anxiety," Dr. J. Michael McFarland, head of U.S. pet marketing at Zoetis, who formerly worked at multiple animal hospitals.

Current treatments range from human anti-anxiety pills such as Xanax and tranquilizers that sedate dogs for many hours, but don't necessarily calm them, to behavioral treatments. Those include confining the dog to a small room or portable kennel, or trying to desensitize dogs by repeatedly exposing them to increasingly loud noise.

Pachel said those treatments or combinations of them work for many dogs, but the tranquilizers can take days to wear off and anti-anxiety pills — many only tested on people — can cause appetite problems, upset stomach and, rarely, abnormal heartbeats if the dose isn't right.

Sileo works by blocking norepinephrine, a brain chemical similar to adrenaline that pumps up anxiety. It comes in prefilled plastic syringes with a dial for setting a precise dose according to the dog's weight.

The needleless syringe is placed between the dog's gum and lip. A little push ejects a small amount of gel that's absorbed by the tissue lining the dog's cheek, which limits how much circulates in the dog's body at a time while enabling the medicine to start working within 30 to 60 minutes. It works for two to three hours, said McFarland, who said he has used Sileo with good results on his Finnish Lapphund.

Each syringe costs $30 and holds enough medicine for about two doses for an 80- to 100-pound dog or four doses for a 40-pound dog.

Dr. Barbara Sherman, a professor at North Carolina State University who runs its animal behavioral medicine clinic, reviewed detailed data on Sileo while serving on an advisory board at Zoetis and found its effectiveness "impressive." She said side effects were benign and thinks that for some dogs, it will be easier to administer than pills.

Zoetis has exclusive rights to distribute Sileo in the U.S. under an agreement with its developer, Orion Corp. of Finland.

In testing conducted for the company on 182 pet beagles on New Year's Eve, 75 percent of their owners rated its effect good or excellent, compared with 33 percent whose dogs got a placebo. Side effects were rare and minor.

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<![CDATA[Housebroken Bison for Sale by Texas Owner]]>Fri, 13 May 2016 16:36:59 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Bullet+the+Bison.jpg

An 8-year-old bison named Bullet has outgrown its Texas home and the owner wants to find a new place for the 1,000-pound pet to roam. 

The family posted a Craigslist ad listing Bullet as "for sale" for almost $6,000, as long as the new owner will allow the bison to continue interacting with people. Bullet's owner says the buffalo needs more space and grassland.

According to the ad, originally posted in March, Bullet is housebroken and "perfectly gentle." The post indicated that "if this ad is still showing, the buffalo is still for sale." On Friday afternoon, a link to the post displayed a message stating the post had been flagged for removal. 

"Bullet loves to chase and spar with a riding lawn mower, wheel barrow or even my truck when I'm out in the field. She will follow me when I'm in the truck. She is like a precious gigantic dog herself," the listing said.

It warns that Bullet is still a buffalo, after all, and should never be left alone in the house or with children.

The buffalo is also famous, the ad read, noting Bullet is featured in the children's book "Heaven is for Animals" by Nancy Tillman.

Bullet lives with the family in Argyle, 30 miles northwest of Dallas. 

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<![CDATA[Kitten Found Traumatically Injured Behind KFC]]>Fri, 13 May 2016 11:53:33 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/cat45.jpg

A kitten was found traumatically injured behind a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant on Beacon St. in Allston, Massachusetts, earlier this week.

He had been struck by a car and could not move. He was breathing heavily and in severe pain.

A person found him and brought him to the MSPCA where he now awaits surgery.

The kitten named "Captain Crunch" has major fractures to both of his hind legs. He will undergo surgery the week of May 16.

"Captain Crunch" will require six to eight weeks of rest. After he heals, the MSPCA will seek to find him a forever home.

Anyone interested in adopting him can email: adoption@mspca.org.

His surgery is expected to cost $5,000 and will be paid for via Spike's Fund. If you wish to contribute, click here.



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<![CDATA[Dog Found Riddled With Porcupine Quills]]>Fri, 06 May 2016 11:29:37 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/doggie11.jpg

A Massachusetts couple faces animal cruelty charges for allowing their dog to suffer unnecessarily. 

The MSPCA-Angell's Law Enforcement team has filed one count of felony animal cruelty against Richard and Hillary Marshall of Phillipston. 

"Buttercup" was found riddled with porcupine quills, at least 20 of which had to be surgically removed.

The pup was brought to Angell by MSPCA Law Enforcement Officer Nadya Moreno on April 9. The dog was in significant pain, suffering from a fever, infection and abscesses. She also tested positive for Lyme disease and her joints were inflamed.

The pair will be arraigned in Gardner District Court on May 24.

Animal cruelty is a felony crime in Massachusetts and carries a maximum prison sentence of 7 years in state prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000.

"Buttercup" has since been treated and is now up for adoption. Anyone interested in adopting her, should click here for more information.



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<![CDATA[Secret Lives of Animals]]>Thu, 05 May 2016 12:06:30 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2016-05-05-00h21m00s120.jpg

The MSPCA is giving a glimpse into the secret lives of animals.

Some of the organization's shelters in Massachusetts have teamed up with Logitech during May for "National Pet Month."

The company has donated 400 new Bluetooth-enabled cameras, and some have been mounted at shelter in Boston, Methuen and Cape Cod.

Viewable online, the feeds show the pets available for adoption, and MSPCA staff can see what the animals are up to when they're not around.

The cameras confirmed that 10 terrified cats from a hoarder, who wouldn't appear at all during the day, were healthy and active at night.

Some are mounted in the dog pens, too - and they depict what a dog day afternoon is really about.

All through May, if you adopt a dog or cat from the MSPCA, you also get one of these cameras for free to place in your home, allowing you to keep an eye on your furry friend on a computer or mobile device.



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<![CDATA[Paralyzed Dog Left at Florida Shelter With Note]]>Wed, 04 May 2016 13:48:48 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NC_paralyzeddog0504_1920x1080.jpgA Florida animal shelter is caring for a paralyzed dog named Genie after her previous owners left her at the shelter with a handwritten note, explaining that the owner could not afford to care for the small pup. "I tried to manage her pain with medication from her vet but they only ease her pain and she needs surgery. I cannot afford so I ask that the Animal Health Center heal her and find her a loving forever home. Thank you," said the note. ]]><![CDATA[Rescued Lions Explore New Home in Sanctuary]]>Tue, 03 May 2016 13:38:47 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/AP_518985915980-lion-airlift-south-africa-sanctuaries.jpg

Lions rescued from circuses in Colombia and Peru and airlifted to South Africa scratched their manes on trees and explored their new territory in the African bush after being released into a sanctuary north of Johannesburg Sunday.

One of the 33 lions, a male known as Zeus, let out a mighty roar before stepping out of his cage into an enclosure where he will spend the coming months being monitored by a vet.

The lions arrived at the Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary shortly after dawn on Sunday to end a two-day journey from South America.

The lions were freed after the use of wild animals in circuses was outlawed in Peru and Colombia.

It will be impossible for the lions to survive in the wild as they were bred in captivity and their circus owners mutilated many by breaking their teeth and removing their claws. Because they cannot hunt they will be fed game meat and will have water in their enclosures.

"They are remarkably calm after such a long journey," Tim Phillips, the co-founder of Animal Defenders International which led the rescue of the lions told The Associated Press. "It was a dream come true watching them step of those cages into their new homes in the African bush."

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<![CDATA[Dogs Get Own Bathroom at NY Airport]]>Sat, 30 Apr 2016 13:29:36 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/AP_16119780722026.jpg

Little Simba couldn't wait to check it out.

The toy poodle was one of the first dogs to try a special bathroom designated just for animals at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, among a growing number of "pet relief facilities" being installed at major air hubs across the nation.

"There's a fire hydrant in there!" Simba's owner, Heidi Liddell, announced as she opened the pawprint-marked door between the men's and women's rooms.

It didn't take long for the dog to sidle up to the little red hydrant atop a patch of artificial turf and do her business. A dispenser of plastic doggie bags and a hose was provided for the owners to clean the area up for the next pet.

The 70-square-foot room, at JFK's sprawling Terminal 4, allows dogs and other animals to relieve themselves without needing to exit the building to find a place to go outside — a step that requires an annoying second trip through the security line.

"We had seen an increase of passengers traveling with pets and we decided to do it sooner rather than later," said Susana Cunha, vice president of the management company that operates the terminal.

Guide and service dogs, emotional support animals and other pets traveling with passengers are all welcome to use the facilities.

A federal regulation will require that all airports that service over 10,000 passengers per year install a pet relief area in every terminal by this August. Airports that already have them include Dulles International outside Washington D.C., Chicago's O'Hare and Seattle-Tacoma International.

"With long flights and short transit time frames, passengers would not have enough time with plane changes to come back through security," said Karen Greis, a consumer services manager for the Guide Dog Foundation, a nonprofit that trains service dogs and participated in the design of the new facility. "Having relief areas inside the terminal is a stress reliever for the handlers."

That was certainly the case for Taylor Robbins, who had already missed one flight from JFK to Atlanta and was unsure if she had enough time to go back outside to find a place to walk her terrier John John.

"It's really clean, it gets the job done and he seemed to understand he could use it," she said after exiting the doggie restroom. "Without this he would have had to hold it in."

Other pet owners were encouraged by the convenience.

Mark Shadowens, from Lake Tahoe, California, peered into the new facility with a smile. He said he and his wife Helen would love to travel with their Jack Russell terrier, Bella, but fears not being able to find a place to let her go to the bathroom.

"We travel with our pet a lot, just not on airlines," Shadowens said. "We like to go see the world and I think we would bring her if there were places like this."

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<![CDATA[Bridge-Running Dog Adopted]]>Fri, 29 Apr 2016 02:19:28 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BayBridgeDog.jpg

Ponch, the stray Chihuahua who captured hearts around the nation after he sprinted across the Bay Bridge early this month, has finally found a home. 

After being rescued by California Highway Patrol April 3, Ponch went to stay with a foster family connected to San Francisco County's animal services department. His caretakers waited several weeks to see if someone would come forward and claim ownership – Ponch had a collar with a skull dangling from it when he was captured – but no one stepped up.

Instead, offers from animal lovers all over the world came flooding in, asking if it would be possible to give the 10-pound Chihuahua a new home. Animal Care and Control conducted several interviews, according to the department, before settling on a suitable family for Ponch. He was scheduled to go home Thursday, after his rescuers have a chance to bid him farewell.

“Taking into consideration that Ponch is a nervous fellow who loves to run, his new home and family are perfectly suited to give him the happily-ever-after life,” Animal Care and Control said in a statement. The family adopting him wishes to remain anonymous.

Ponch’s story went viral following an early morning police chase that resulted in a short shutdown of the Bay Bridge. The pup, who was visibly frightened, was darting across lanes of traffic.

The California Highway Patrol officers involved in his rescue nicknamed the pup “Ponch,” after Erik Estrada’s character in the 1970s TV hit “CHIPS.”

“We’re happy that Ponch’s story has ended with a loving new home”, says Animal Care & Control Executive Director Virginia Donohue. “We’re grateful for all of the good will Ponch has generated for shelter dogs.”



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<![CDATA[Biker Dog in UK Gets His Own Yellow Kevlar Coat]]>Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:45:54 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/kevlardog.jpgBiker Steve Hawley wanted to share his favorite hobby with his dog and bought a yellow kevlar coat for the Labrador, Renee. Kevlar is an ultra-tough synthetic material designed for the toughest tasks; it's regularly used in motorcycle clothing when leather is not convenient.

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<![CDATA[Kitten Stars of 'Keanu' in Hollywood Spotlight]]>Thu, 28 Apr 2016 07:09:47 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/212*120/KNU-FP-001.jpg

Anyone who's spent time with a cat might agree with filmmaker Peter Atencio when he says cats are the "15-year-olds of the animal kingdom."

Dogs are eager to please their owners. Cats couldn't care less.

But the kittens that play the title tabby in the new action-comedy "Keanu" impressed their human co-stars so much, they've earned permanent places in Hollywood.

"They blew away my expectations," said Atencio, director of "Keanu" and a self-described "crazy cat man" who has three cats, two dogs and a rabbit at home. "They took direction really well."

"Keanu," in theaters Friday, tells the story of Clarence and Rell ("Key & Peele" stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele), two mild-mannered guys who pretend to be killer criminals after a gang of thugs steals Rell's kitten, Keanu. The gangsters want to keep the kitten — now wearing gold chains and a tiny do-rag — but Clarence and Rell will do anything, including embracing their inner tough-guys, to get him back.

Seven brown tabbies, all rescued from animal shelters, played Keanu. Trainer Larry Payne said animal roles generally require multiple actors (or, in this case, cat-ctors), as each has its own personality traits that contribute to the onscreen character.

Some kittens are better at hitting marks, for example, while others are particularly skilled at sitting still and being adorable.

"There's the run guy, there's the snuggle guy, there's the meow guy," Key said.

"It's like assembling a team of bank-robbers," Atencio added.

Payne initially trained three kittens to play Keanu, but they aged out halfway through production.

"(They) had gotten big and not really kitten-like anymore," he explained.

He adopted four more kittens to finish the film. All were about eight weeks old when they began their monthlong training.

Besides learning the skills they'd need for their scenes — sit, stay, go from one mark to another — the Keanus had to get used to the noise and commotion of a movie set. Loud sounds typically make cats run and hide.

"It's a little bit easier with the kittens, believe it or not, than with adult cats, because I don't think they know any better," said Payne, who trains all kinds of animals for film and TV roles. "The kittens almost think, 'This is what all kittens do: We work on movies!'"

Payne plied the kitties with treats during training. Repetition and positive reinforcement are key, he said. He uses off-camera buzzers or clickers — which signify food is coming — to summon the cats to their marks.

He also used treats to get them to tolerate the dozen or so costumes Keanu wears. Rell dresses his pet in a little fedora, goggles, a leather jacket, a hoodie and sunglasses, among other things.

When the kittens weren't on screen, they hung out in miniature star trailers: deluxe animal carriers decked out with beds, toys and water. When filming on location in New Orleans, all seven Keanus stayed with Payne in his hotel suite.

Peele, who co-wrote "Keanu," said a cat-napped kitten wasn't part of the film's original premise. He and co-writer Alex Rubens knew the main characters and their squares-in-gangland dilemma, but "it didn't feel like we had something that really justified why we would put ourselves in danger," Peele said. "That's where the kitten came in."

Though he has a dog who sometimes wears outfits ("We got a Burberry outfit and we do have a little beach hoodie. It goes deep."), Peele said they made Keanu a kitten because "we realized there's not a lot of kitten movies."

Payne, too, said he "never had the pleasure of doing an entire kitten movie" in his 30-year career.

Atencio would do one again, saying, "I would love to do a kitten-based horror or thriller."

Maybe he'll call on the kittens formerly known as Keanu? All the film's feline stars are staying in Hollywood. Though one went home with "Keanu" co-star Tiffany Haddish to become a housecat, Payne said the others will continue to act.

He and his colleague, April Mackin, each took two kittens home, and the remaining two live at the California ranch where Payne keeps his menagerie of acting animals.

"The fact that I was able to acclimate them to a movie-set environment when they were real young, they become valuable for us for the future to do that work," he said. "They're provided a great home. We have on-staff vets. And they're very spoiled, much like a normal star would be."

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<![CDATA[Dog Helps Save Kids From Fire]]>Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:08:13 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/180*120/maxx2.jpg

A German shepherd helped firefighters find his owners' two young children as flames ripped through the family's central Florida home, authorities said.

The dog, named Maxx, helped crews navigate through thick smoke to find the 4-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl Monday night in their burning home in the Orlando suburb of Longwood, according to the Seminole County Sheriff's Office.

Moments earlier, neighbors who saw the fire spreading called 911, broke windows and helped rescue the children's mother, Margo Feaser, a 12-year veteran of the sheriff's office who currently serves as an auto theft investigator.

Firefighters then were able to rescue Feaser's husband and the two children, with Maxx's help.

Family members were hospitalized and their conditions ranged from serious to critical. Maxx was treated for smoke inhalation and is said to be doing well.

A GoFundMe page has been established to help the family's medical, veterinary, and other housing expenses as they work to recover from the effects of the fire. As of Wednesday morning, more than $11,000 had been raised to help the Feaser family.

In addition to her role with the Seminole County Sheriff's Office, Feaser served three years in the U.S. Army and is a member of the Army National Guard. Her husband is also a military veteran.

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<![CDATA[Dogs Hate Being Hugged: Pet Behaviorist]]>Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:50:29 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-522796761-%281%29.jpg

Most people treat their dogs like family, giving them big, all-encompassing hugs.  

But a new article in Psychology Today says dogs are actually stressed out by this sort of affection. Canine behaviorist Stanley Coren writes that when dogs get hugged, they interpret it differently than humans. 

Signs of stress include a dog turning his head away from whatever is bothering him and closing his eyes. Lowered or slicked-back ears are also a sign or stress, according to Coren. 

But, this doesn't mean you can't love your pup. Coren suggests expressing your affection toward your pet "with a pat, a kind word, and maybe a treat."



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<![CDATA[Orphaned Puppy Adopted Into Litter of Kittens]]>Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:35:46 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/cat-adopts-puppy.jpg

Families can come in all shapes, sizes and species.

Such is the case with Bobby, a tiny Chihuahua who found himself alone at 5 days old when his mother was struck by a car.

A passerby found him on the side of the road and brought Bobby to Michigan Humane Society, where volunteers struggled to give him the care he needed.

He was too young for solid food and required constant attention.

"The calories and nutrition to keep him healthy and growing need to come from his mom. Bottle feeding can be inconsistent, laborious, and risky, even for those that have the resources and time to do so," the humane society wrote on its website.

But there was one problem. There were no nursing dogs at the shelter.

"They had a mom cat that was recently still nursing and they thought — ingenious idea — to maybe see if this puppy could go along with these guys and see if mommy cat could treat him like one of her own," said humane society employee Faith O'Georgia. "And it actually worked."

Now 5 weeks old, Bobby has several feline siblings, including one small kitten who follows him around.

"You think about Mother Nature and how cats and dogs aren’t supposed to like each other but as we all know at the Michigan Humane Society that’s not always the case and this is certainly an extreme example of that," said Ryan McTigue with the humane society.

Bobby will move to a foster home with other dogs when he's old enough to eat solid food.



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<![CDATA[Presidential Pets Through the Years]]>Fri, 16 Aug 2019 10:59:16 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/180*120/ap_940319058.jpgA range of dogs and cats have kept presidential families company through their stay in Washington, including Fala, Franklin D. Roosevelt's Scottish terrier; Socks, the Clintons' cat; and Bo and Sunny, the Obamas' Portuguese water dogs. Take a look back at the pets that have called the White House home.

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<![CDATA[Animal Shelter Opens a Pet Gym in Kentucky ]]>Tue, 19 Apr 2016 11:54:48 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/petgym.jpgAn animal shelter in Kentucky started a pet gym as a way to fund the rescue shelter, but they found they were helping pet owners fill a need -- better exercising obese pets.

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<![CDATA[Shelter Selfies: Show Off Your New Pet]]>Sun, 16 Aug 2015 09:34:40 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/197*120/Deputy+Dog.JPG

Across the country, animal lovers are helping pets in shelters find a new forever home.  Did you get a new best friend on #ClearTheShelters day? If so, show off your newest family member. Post a picture to Twitter or Instagram with the #ClearTheShelters hashtag, and we might highlight it right here. 

Now check out all of these other cute pets - animals that were either adopted as part of Clear the Shelters, or are joining the effort to get others adopted:



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<![CDATA['Clear the Shelters': Find Your Shelter]]>Sat, 15 Aug 2015 11:46:03 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/CLEAR_SHELTER_1200_675.jpg

Many animals in our area are in need of forever homes. That's why necn and Telemundo Boston are partnering with dozens of shelters throughout the region to help find these animals loving homes.

Aug. 15, 2015 is "Clear the Shelters" Day, an initiative by NBC-owned stations to help get animals waiting for new homes successfully adopted.

Dozens of shelters are taking part in #ClearTheShelters Day. Participating shelters hope to attract even more people than usual who are interested in adopting a furry friend.

The ultimate goal of the event is to help as many animals as possible find their perfect match!

We are proud to take part in this national effort, while shedding light on the importance of shelter adoption.

Please refer to the list below to help identify a participating shelter near you:

MASSACHUSETTS:

Animal Rescue League of Boston 

Locations: 

10 Chandler Street

Boston, MA 

Phone: (617) 426-9170

Hours: 1-6:30 p.m.

3981 Main St (Rte 6A)

East Brewster, MA 02631

Phone: (508) 255-1030

Hours: 1-6:30 p.m.

Animal Rescue League (Super Pets on the Move, mobile adoption) 

1210 Providence Highway (Petco in Norwood) 

Norwood, MA 

(781) 326-0729

Hours: 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. 

*NOTE: The Animal Rescue League of Boston will be offering $50 off the adoption fees (at all 3 locations) of all adult cats and dogs (ages 1 and older). 

MSPCA

Locations: 

Boston ACAC

350 South Huntington Ave.

Boston, MA 

(617) 522-5055

Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cape Cod ACAC

1577 Falmouth Road

Centerville, MA 

(508) 775-0940

Hours: 1-4 p.m.

Methuen ACAC and Nevins Farm

400 Broadway

Methuen, MA 

(978) 687-7453

Hours: 12-4 p.m.

Forgotten Angels Shelter

Satellite Location: 1256 Main Street 

Lancaster, MA 

(978) 857-5055

Hours: 8 a.m.-1p.m.

Daisy's Animal Rescue League

Sterling, MA

Foster based organization. All adoptions are by appointment only.

(978) 230-2510

Hours: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Second Chance Animal Shelter

11 Young Rd.

E. Brookfield, MA

(508) 867-5525

Hours: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

*NOTE: $50 off adoption fees of chihuahuas and $9 adoption fee special on select adult cats. 

Baypath Humane Society

5 Rafferty Rd. 

Hopkinton, MA

(508) 435-6938

Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Blue Dog Shelter

1014 Pearl St. 

Brockton, MA

(508) 436-6446

Hours: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Guardian Angels Cat Rescue

Adoption Information Day at Especially for Pets

44 Main St. #4

Wayland, MA

(781) 237-8405 or (508) 651-1205

Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

*NOTE: $35 off normal donation costs for adult cat adoptions.

Here Today Adopted Tomorrow Sanctuary

180 Sturbridge Rd.

Brimfield, MA

(413) 324-8224

Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Medfield Animal Shelter

101 Old Bridge St.

Medfield, MA

(508) 359-8989

Hours: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

*NOTE: All adoption fees for adult pets will be reduced by $25, and a local veterinarian is offering a free exam after adoption. 

Northeast Animal Shelter

347 Highland Ave.

Salem, MA

(978) 745-9888

Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

*NOTE: Lowering adoption fee by $50 for every pet older than one year. 

Quincy Animal Shelter

56 Broad St.

Quincy, MA

(617) 376-1349

Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Save a Dog 

604 Boston Post Rd.

Sudbury, MA 

(978) 443-7282

Hours: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Worcester Animal Rescue League 

139 Holden St.

Worcester, MA

(508) 853-0030

Hours: 12 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Greyhound Friends, Inc. 

167 Saddle Hill Rd. 

Hopkinton, MA 01748

(508) 435-5969

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

*NOTE: Each person that adopts a dog will receive a complimentary "welcome home" package for their new dog. Included will be: a winter coat for the dog, a sample of the dog food fed to them at the shelter, a new collar, a new leash, a new dog bed and a crate will be loaned out if needed. 

NEW HAMPSHIRE:

Cocheco Valley Humane Society

262 County Farm Road

Dover, NH 03820

Phone: 603 749-5322

Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

New Hampshire SPCA

104 Portsmouth Ave.

Stratham, NH

(603) 772-2921

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Salem Animal Rescue League

4 SARL Dr.

Salem, NH

(603) 893-3210

Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Manchester Animal Shelter

490 Dunbarton Rd.

Manchester, NH

(603) 628-3544

Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Pampered Paws Sanctuary 

5 Deer Cove

Farmington, NH

(603) 775-1091 or (603) 397-9546

Hours: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

VERMONT:

Windham County Humane Society

916 West River Rd. (Route 30) 

Brattleboro, VT

(802) 254-2232

Hours: 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

*NOTE: Name your own adoption fee for the day. 

Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society

4832 Route 44

West Windsor, VT

(802) 484-5829

Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

MAINE:

Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland 

449 Stroudwater St.

Westbrook, ME

(207) 854-9771

Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

*NOTE: All adoptions will be by donation for the entire day at this shelter. No set price. Shelter will ask adopters to make a donation of their choice. 

RHODE ISLAND:

Rhode Island SPCA

186 Amaral St.

Riverside, RI 

(401) 438-8150

Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

CONNECTICUT:

For a complete list of Connecticut locations, click here.


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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters Day in New England]]>Sun, 16 Aug 2015 08:17:54 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/160*120/kobe+nhspca.jpg

Necn and Telemundo Boston partnered with animal shelters throughout New England for "Clear the Shelters" Day on Saturday, an initiative by NBC-owned stations to help find homes for the hundreds of homeless pets waiting to find loving homes.

The MSPCA Angel in Boston had plenty of animals up for adoption- and we're not just talking about cats and dogs.

"We also have guinea pigs and chinchillas, ferrets, hamsters, rats, mice, birds, parrots, we get reptile sometimes, we've seen tarantulas. There's really nothing that we don't see," explained Alyssa Krieger of the MSPCA.

And that means the opportunities to find a forever friend were huge. Catherine DiCarlo said adoption is the best option.

"There's tons of animals out there floating through the streets you can see that aren't cared for, so this is a better option," DiCarlo said.

Nancy Radden came to the MSPCA just to see what options are out there.

"My dog brings me a lot of joy, so if I can bring that to another animal, that would be great," Radden explained.

Across New England in New Hampshire, it was a mad dash when doors opened at 9 a.m. at the SPCA in Stratham. There were 70 adoptions in just the first three hours.

7-year-old Aaron Farago had to promise his mom that he'd take on the responsibility of a dog before they adopted.

"Oh I can't wait, I can't believe we are taking another dog home. I'm so excited," Farago said. "I'm going to have to feed him, I'm going to have to take him on walks and exercise him, and take him out to go poop."

But for those who've had pets before, they know all the work is well worth it.

And in Maine at the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, 100 people lined up to be there when the shelter opened. The shelter said they didn't know what to expect, but that the day's turnout far exceeded their expectations.

"The line has been amazing. We're just blown away," said Patsy Murphy of the ARL.

Cynthia and Rob woke up at 4 a.m. to make the drive from Bethel, Maine. She had her eye on a specific puppy and even scoped her out at the shelter days earlier.

"It's absolutely heartwarming to see an animal who didn't have a home before we opened to make a connection with their new human companion and to watch them just embrace a new beginning," Murphy continued. "It's great to have a day like today to celebrate, but to remind folks we're here every day, and if you can adopt- adopt, donate, or volunteer."



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<![CDATA[Meet The Stars of Clear the Shelters Day]]>Sat, 15 Aug 2015 14:35:39 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/160*120/nhspca+couple+theodore.jpgPeople lined up early to help "Clear The Shelters" on Aug. 15.

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<![CDATA[Frostbitten Duck Gets New Feet, Thanks to 3-D Printer]]>Mon, 18 Apr 2016 15:53:13 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Duck-Feet-Lon-NR-146100462528100001.jpg

A duck that lost its feet to frostbite is waddling again thanks to a Wisconsin middle school teacher and a 3-D printer. 

Vicki Rabe-Harrison rescued Phillip the duck and, after watching a video of a 3-D printer online, turned to South Park Middle School teacher Jason Jischke in Oshkosh for help. 

Rabe-Harrison told Green Bay television station WBAY she assessed Phillip's quality of life and was planning to put him down when Jischke called to say he and his class were working on the project. It took them six weeks of trial and error to get the prosthetic feet just right. 

Phillip was a bit wobbly when he first tested his new feet, but he has now joined other birds and animals at a sanctuary in Cedarburg, 20 miles north of Milwaukee.

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<![CDATA[Playful Polar Bear Cub Debuts at Ohio Zoo]]>Mon, 18 Apr 2016 11:07:02 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2016-04-18+at+9.09.52+AM.png

A 5-month-old female polar bear cub has made quite a playful debut at an Ohio zoo.

The cub born in early November frolicked around her enclosure Friday at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and even got an orange traffic cone stuck on her head for a moment.

About 1,000 people lined up to get the first glimpses of the polar bear, named Nora. The cub provided a lot of entertainment and laughter as she swam and bounded around her enclosure.

The cub's twin died shortly after birth, and she has been hand-reared since her mother began neglecting her.

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<![CDATA[Police Seek Charges Against Puppy Owner Who Abandoned His Pit Bull]]>Fri, 15 Apr 2016 21:45:00 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/041516_puppyrescue.jpg

The owner of an abandoned 8-week-old pit bull could face charges after admitting he left the puppy on the side of the road earlier this week, according to police in Littleton, Massachusetts.

Police said a hearing for a criminal complaint has been submitted against the owner.

The puppy was found in good health by a motorist and his daughter. The two found the dog wandering around Nashoba Road on Tuesday, where they then flagged down Sgt. David Leslie, who was patrolling the area at the time. The dog was brought to Littleton's Animal Control Officer Phyllis Tower.

Arrangements are being made to put the dog up for adoption.

"The puppy was found in good health and has been placed in safe care until we can find it a forever home," Chief Matthew J. King said in a statement.



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<![CDATA[Woman Turns Her House Into Cat Sanctuary, Moves Into Trailer]]>Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:56:28 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/CatLady-GIF.gif

It started with a few kittens. But nearly a quarter century later, a California woman has transformed her 4,000-square-foot home into what's believed to be the largest no-cage cat sanctuary and adoption center in the U.S.

An estimated 24,000 cats have been saved by the sanctuary, which houses up to 1,000 felines at any given time. Lynea Lattanzio set up Cat House on the Kings after finding out that many nearby shelters euthanize cats who aren't adopted.

As more feral and abandoned cats took up residence in her home, she moved out into a trailer on her 12-acre property.

Lattanzio spent her entire retirement fund on her pet project, which also relies on donations.

"If I didn't have to deal with humans and all their drama in life, I would be perfectly content just taking care of cats," she said.

She now has staff and a team of volunteers to keep the house clean and the cats fed. The sanctuary also employs veterinarians who keep the cats healthy and spayed or neutered. The cats lap up about 1,000 cans of cat food a week.

People looking for a furry companion are allowed kitty cuddle time on adoption days.

A cat-proof fence keeps predators out and cat doors allow them free reign of the home.

"They've got this house. They've got 12 acres. They can climb a tree. They can go sit in the sun outside," Lattanzio said. "It just gives these animals a reason to live as opposed to just living in a cage just because no one wants them."

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<![CDATA[New Zoo Exhibit Puts Visitors Nose to Beak With Penguins]]>Fri, 15 Apr 2016 10:51:34 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/PenguinDetroitGIF.gif

A new penguin habitat that the Detroit Zoo calls the world's largest such facility offers its 80-plus residents new rocks for climbing, waves, snow and better ice conditions, while allowing visitors to come nose to beak with the stately birds.

A preview Wednesday showed off the $30 million Polk Penguin Conservation Center, which features an underwater gallery and two acrylic tunnels where visitors can watch four species of penguins swim above, around and below them.

Zoo officials say it's designed to simulate the penguins' native habitat, including optimal air and water temperatures. Zoo CEO Ron Kagan, who made multiple research trips to Antarctica, says the penguins can "do the polar plunge" in the 25-foot-deep aquatic area.

"This is so new, they're still learning this new environment," Kagan said in an interview. "They've never been able to dive this kind of depth. They've never had this kind of opportunity for ice and snow."

Sixty-nine penguins — gentoos, macaronis and rockhoppers — have marched over to their new home, which opens to the public on Monday. Fourteen king penguins will arrive in a bit.

The 33,000-square-foot Polk Center is situated on two acres. In addition to the 326,000-gallon swimming pool, the new inhabitants also have the option of spending time chilling in their spacious above-ground abode that includes expansive windows that allow visitors to see in — and the penguins to see out.

The environment is intended to encourage the same kind of behavior as in the wild, from leaping in and out of the water to nesting and rearing young.

"We've had penguins at the Detroit Zoo for many years, so we know how to feed penguins and keep them healthy," said Scott Carter, the zoo's chief life sciences officer. "What we wanted to make sure we could do here was make sure that we could create an environment in which penguins could really be happy, in which penguins could thrive."

The center's design, inspired by the harsh climate of Antarctica, features an exterior that resembles a towering iceberg with a crevasse and waterfall.

It's "the biggest project that the Detroit Zoo has ever undertaken" Kagan said. A $10 million donation from the Polk Family Fund is the largest gift in the zoo's 88-year history.

The center is free with Detroit Zoo admission, but requires timed-entry passes that are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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<![CDATA[Great Dane Gets Stuck in Tree]]>Thu, 14 Apr 2016 13:40:51 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/DaneinTree.jpgKora, a 120-pound Great Dane who was stuck 20 feet up a tree in Louisville, Nebraska, was rescued Saturday night by the local fire department.

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<![CDATA['Inky' the Octopus Escapes New Zealand Aquarium]]>Thu, 14 Apr 2016 18:48:14 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Inky-AP_287185602729.jpg

Inky the octopus waited until it was dark and the staff had gone home from the National Aquarium of New Zealand before making his move. 

He squeezed and pushed his way through a tiny gap in the mesh at the top of his tank and slithered 2 meters (6.6 feet) to the floor. Then he made a beeline across the room to a drain hole. 

With a body the size of a rugby ball, Inky managed to stretch out and squeeze into the hole. From there, he shimmied down the 50-meter (164-foot) pipe until he was back in the Pacific Ocean.

All he left behind three months ago was a slimy trail, allowing staff at the Napier aquarium to re-create his amazing escape. 

He's not been seen since. 

Inky's story begins on Pania Reef, several hundred yards (meters) out to sea from the aquarium. He was pulled up by a fisherman in a lobster pot and wasn't in good shape. He'd been attacked, probably by a snapper or some other fish, and a couple of his tentacles were half their normal length. 

After a year recuperating at the National Aquarium, said manager Rob Yarrall, Inky was once again in good health. And he'd been delighting the staff with his intelligence. 

"He used to come up and you could hand-feed him," Yarrall said. "He'd grab hold of you with the suckers on his tentacles, or squirt water at you. And he worked out how to screw the top off a jar." 

Yarrall said that since they have no bones, octopuses can squeeze through almost any hole that's larger than their beaks, so the drain hole, 15 centimeters (6 inches) wide, was no great challenge.

After Inky escaped, the aquarium staff figured out what happened, admired his cleverness, wished him the best and went back to work. No one thought to publicize the story until Robyn McLean, communications manager for the Napier City Council, heard about what happened this week. She told a local reporter, and before long she and her small staff had fielded more than 100 calls from international media. 

"It shows how we should never take animals for granted," McLean said. "The humble octopus is a very, very intelligent creature. He thought this one out and he nailed it. So, go Inky."

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<![CDATA[Runaway Calf Befriends Blind Cow Who Lost Pig Pal]]>Wed, 13 Apr 2016 19:24:19 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/12472334_962445667175962_1075988760580106634_n.jpg

A calf that spent several days on the loose in Massachusetts is the new companion of a blind cow left heartbroken when it lost its playmate of eight years, a spotted pig, according to their caregiver.

The calf was brought on Tuesday to Don't Forget Us Pet Us Sanctuary, in Dartmouth, the home of the blind cow, named Baby.

Baby "had never been by herself for so long. She was all alone," said Debbie Devlin, owner of Don't Forget Us Pet Us Sanctuary.

The escaped cows were destined for the slaughterhouse when they escaped last week, according to Devlin. The other two cows were hit in driving accidents, one dying immediately while the other was severely harmed and subsequently euthanized. But the calf eluded danger.

"She really became a famous escaping calf," Devlin said. "She was on her freedom run."

It was Jennifer Ferreira who originally spotted the missing calf on the side of the road, dusted in snow. Ferreira posted a photo of the missing calf on Facebook, which sparked interest in the small community, the shelter said in a Facebook post. Local news stations and the Dartmouth Police Department tracked the calf, which was eventually returned to the livestock yard, but not for long.

Jean Briggs, a supporter of the sanctuary's, saw stories about its escape and called up Devlin on Thursday to find out if she was interested in the calf. Devlin was, so Briggs used her tax refund to buy the calf from Robinson's for $450, Devlin said. She turned the calf over to the sanctuary on Tuesday.

Devlin said the timing is perfect. The cow at her shelter, named Baby, lost her companion pig, Lulu, on Sunday.

"She would walk frantically in circles, mooing away," Devlin said.

That soon changed. Within seconds of arriving at her pen, adjacent to Baby's, the corralled calf burst through the 8 foot-tall gate to be beside Baby, Devlin said, leaving the gate off its hinges.

"She ran to the blind cow and hasn't left its side," Devlin said.

Devlin has owned Baby for 10 years and the sanctuary is home to many animals that people either don't want or can't afford to keep, according to Devlin. Don't Forget Us Pet Us also has a duck with no feet, a one-eared chinchilla and more. The pig, Lulu, became Baby's companion after horses and ponies proved too aggressive for the bovine.

"It was so helpful having the pig to be able to show her when we had to move things around or make changes," Devlin said.

This duty will now likely fall on the calf that has taken to Baby, Devlin said.

The sanctuary still hasn't named the calf — Devlin said she is considering running a naming contest on the Don't Forget Us Pet Us Sanctuary Facebook page. The sanctuary also plants to raise funds for "super strong fencing" for the calf.

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<![CDATA[Coyote Found Shot Gives Birth to 5]]>Wed, 13 Apr 2016 20:03:48 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/coyote-split.jpg

First, rescuers realized the emaciated coyote they pulled from the bottom of an empty reservoir in Southern California was blind from being shot between the eyes. Then, the rescuers found the near-death animal was pregnant.

After a monthlong regimen of care, including intravenous fluids and vitamins, the coyote gave birth at an animal hospital to a litter of five healthy puppies.

Julia Di Sieno of the Animal Rescue Team in Solvang found the coyote in the reservoir after a call came into her hotline Feb. 11. The coyote was bleeding and having trouble breathing.

Di Sieno climbed down 30 feet into the stone-and-mortar reservoir and loaded the wounded animal onto a gurney. She named it Angel.

Examinations revealed Angel had been shot between the eyes, and the bullet blinded her. The coyote then likely wandered the Santa Ynez Valley north of Santa Barbara for days or weeks until she tumbled into the reservoir, Di Sieno said.

"What this animal endured is beyond comprehension," Di Sieno told the Los Angeles Times for a story Wednesday. "When she had puppies, I didn't know whether to cry in sadness or for joy."

She plans to care for the puppies until they are mature enough to be released in the surrounding mountains. Di Sieno hopes to keep Angel as a surrogate mother for young coyotes that her nonprofit rescues. But first she has to persuade the state Department of Fish and Wildlife not to euthanize it. In California, possession of a coyote is illegal unless permitted by the state.

Fish and Wildlife spokesman Andrew Hughan told the Times the agency is looking for a reasonable solution.

"The department appreciates Julia and the rescue team's efforts to save this coyote and other wildlife," he said. "We've worked closely with her over the years and appreciate her passion for rescuing imperiled wildlife."

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<![CDATA[Cat Crosses Mexico Border in Fender]]>Wed, 13 Apr 2016 16:19:36 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Cat+under+fender.JPG

A cat that became trapped in the front fender of a car unwittingly took a trip from Mexico to Oceanside in Southern California.

The Oceanside Fire Department posted video on its Facebook page showing firefighters rescuing the cat on March 21.

The person who alerted firefighters said he drove from Mexico to his home in Oceanside — about 54 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border — apparently not knowing about the cat.

Loud meowing alerted him to the whiskered stowaway tucked beneath the vehicle.

A firefighter wearing gloves is seen in the video pulling the cat free from beneath the front fender of the car. The cat then loudly meows and tries to dart away.

Fire officials said the animal was taken to the humane society.

It wasn’t clear how the cat got beneath the bumper.



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<![CDATA[Kitten Stuck in Wall]]>Wed, 13 Apr 2016 13:34:03 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/041216+bso+saves+kitten+deerfield+beach.jpg

Firefighters have rescued a kitten that was trapped inside the wall of a South Florida home, bringing an end to a family's confusion about where a certain meowing sound was coming from.

Broward County Sheriff's Office Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles said several firefighters on Monday safely removed the small gray kitten after cutting a hole through the wall in the Deerfield Beach family's living room. The kitten didn't appear to be injured.

It's unclear how the feline became trapped. Jachles said a neighborhood cat must have had a litter in the home's attic, with the kitten then somehow falling down into the wall.

The Miami Herald reports that the family adopted the kitten and named it Hugo, after one of the firefighters who rescued it, Hugo de Almeida.

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<![CDATA[Missing Dog Found Dead in Owner's Stolen Car]]>Wed, 13 Apr 2016 12:49:55 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Dog+Left+to+Die+in+Stolen+Car.pngAn Oregon man's dog was found dead inside his stolen car on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. Kona, a Great Dane and black lab mix, was inside Bill Robbins' car when it was stolen last week in Portland.

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<![CDATA[Canine Food Truck: Chicken Feet, Pumpkin Pretzels and 'Pupcakes']]>Wed, 13 Apr 2016 10:56:04 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/AP_16104212190147-barkery-barkery-th.jpg

Stand on any block around lunchtime near Amazon.com's downtown Seattle headquarters and there are two common sights: people walking their dogs and people buying lunch at food trucks.

The scene offers a window into Seattle's infatuations with dogs (and cats), which outnumber children here, and the maturing roaming food truck market.

Now, one truck is combining both by catering to humankind's best friend.

"It kind of seems natural that now that we've conquered the people food truck market that we bring that to our faithful furry friends," Janelle Harding said.

Harding is a customer of The Seattle Barkery, a food truck that serves dogs and their owners in Seattle-area dog parks, office building parking lots, farmer's markets and private events. It rolled into operation 10 months ago.

"There is definitely a market for more things like that, where human and canine activities are combined. You don't want to always leave them at home or leave them in the car," said Dawn Ford, who owns and operates the truck with her husband, Ben.

By Ford's count, their truck is one of just a handful in the country that caters to canines. The concept is new and rare enough that dogless people occasional misunderstand and purchase a treat.

"They end up ordering something, and they seem weirded out by it," Ford said.

Popular offerings include air-fried chicken feet and duck neck, cupcakes with bacon, rebranded "pupcakes," mini cheesy doughnuts, pumpkin pretzels and peanut butter-banana cookies.

"Peanut butter is like a must," Harding said after buying treats for her pug, Stella.

Ford worked at one of Seattle's dog-friendly bars, then became a dog walker and began cooking her own treats for customers following a rash of product recalls.

"All of our treats are soft," she said. "All of our treats aren't filled with ingredients you can't pronounce."

Giving dogs homemade treats rather than processed ones is deeply important to Ford.

"What we feed our animals reflects their health," Ford said. "Animals' lives are short. If we can feed them good quality products, why wouldn't you?"

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<![CDATA[App Releases Top Pet Names]]>Tue, 12 Apr 2016 09:04:13 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Corgi-GettyImages-512536165.jpg

Looking to adopt a new furry companion?

In honor of National Pet Day on Monday, social media app Nextdoor released a report on top pet names across the country and by animal.

For the Southwestern states, including California, that name is Lucy. Coincidentally, Lucy is the top names for cats.

Bella, the most popular pet name in the Pacific Northwest, also earned the top name for dogs.

In a similar list released last month, Nextdoor also named Bella the top dog name in San Diego County, followed by Lucy, Buddy, Max, Molly, Daisy, Bailey, Lola, Rocky and Chloe.

National Pet Day started in 2006 to celebrate the joy of animals and to draw light to those in need of permanent homes.

Data for the list was compiled from Nextdoor member profiles that included pet information. 

Here’s a look at the full Nextdoor map of most popular names:



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<![CDATA[6-Year-Old Girl Rescues Trapped Ducklings]]>Wed, 13 Apr 2016 04:28:29 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/222*120/04.10.16_Mia-Rescued-Ducklings.JPG

Eight ducklings separated from their mom and dad after falling down a narrow Southern California drainage pipe found their hero in a brave 6-year-old Laguna Niguel girl who came to their rescue.

Mia Rabii and her mother, Skye, were in Laguna Hills Saturday afternoon when they were flagged down by another family, who had come upon the mother duck with a lone duckling. The father was nearby.

The family had located the other ducklings down a narrow pipe, but no one had arms small enough to reach down and pull them out.

Mia said, "I can do it," according to her mom, and reached down the pipe all the way to her shoulders and pulled out the eight ducklings one by one, reuniting them with their anxious mother.

Mia, who is going to be Student of the Week at school, wants to be a veterinarian.



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<![CDATA[Dog Found With Muzzle Taped Shut]]>Sat, 09 Apr 2016 17:07:01 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/040916dog.jpg

Authorities are offering a reward for information leading to the conviction of the person who taped a dog's muzzle shut then abandoned it on a New York highway.

The male German shepherd was found Saturday on Montauk Highway in Lindenhurst, said the Suffolk County SPCA, which is offering a $2,000 reward.

"To leave this dog unable to eat or drink, abandoned and frightened on a busy road is heartbreaking," organization chief Roy Gross said in a statement.

Gross said the dog, estimated to be 2 or 3 years old, is in good health and very social.

"I can say whoever did this is a truly heartless individual," Gross told NBC News.

The Babylon Animal Shelter picked up the dog and is now caring for it.

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<![CDATA[Baby Bear Rescued From Brush Fire]]>Fri, 08 Apr 2016 11:25:16 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/040816+baby+bear+saved+from+fire.jpg

Firefighters in central Florida helped save a crying bear cub while fighting a brush fire on Thursday.

The roughly 250-acre fire took place in the rural Royal Trails section of Lake County. Multiple homes had to be evacuated.

A resident heard the bear crying and firefighters went back into the brush to rescue him, according to Lake County public information officer Elisha Pappacoda.

According to NBC affiliate WESH in Orlando, Lake County Fire Rescue contained the fire and was in the "mop-up" phase when they found the cub.

"We do have a lot of Florida black bears in the area. But, this [baby bear] is not something you see every day. The tips of his fur on his face were singed. Firefighters held onto him until Fish and Wildlife came," Pappacoda said. 

Nicknamed "SJ" — for Smokey Jr. — by the fire department, the cub's paws and face were burned and his mama bear was long gone.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was called to evaluate the cub. "SJ" was in a veterinarian's care Friday morning. Pappacoda said the cub is doing fine and recovering from the minor burns. 



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<![CDATA[Wayward Sea Lion Returns to Ocean]]>Tue, 19 Apr 2016 07:07:00 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Marina+sea+lion+return.jpg

Amid cheers by those who rescued her, Marina, the wayward sea lion that ended up in a La Jolla restaurant booth two months ago, was returned to the ocean off California on Tuesday.

SeaWorld animal care workers boated out several miles off the coast of San Diego to return Marina and several other rehabilitated sea lions.

One by one, the animals waddled to the back of the boat and dove in, swimming away as the rescue workers looked on.

The chef of The Marine Room Restaurant, where Marina was found curled up in a booth in February, joined SeaWorld workers to free the pup.

Chef Bernard Guillas had snapped photos of the pup when he found she had sneaked in to his restaurant and posted the photos on social media. They have since gained thousands of likes and comments.

Guillas said he’s seen dramatic progress in Marina’s health since she was rescued. She’s gained 25 pounds and shows signs she can forage for food in the wild.

“When she arrived, she was frail,” Guillas said. “She’s back in the ocean, in the big blue, and she’s going to enjoy life now.”

Jody Westberg, the park’s Stranded Animal coordinator, said Tuesday it was an emotional experience returning Marina to her natural habitat, and she’s confident the sea lion will survive and thrive.

“She’s a feisty, sassy animal,” Westberg said.



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<![CDATA[Officer Saves Family Dog]]>Tue, 19 Apr 2016 05:45:00 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/216*120/bailey_rescued.jpg

A police officer in Southern California was credited with saving the life of a cherished family dog that was bitten in the face by a rattlesnake.

Dispatchers received a call around 4:20 p.m. Monday from a frantic girl who said her family's 11-year-old chocolate Labrador, Bailey, had been bitten by the rattlesnake while playing in the backyard, according to the La Verne Police Department.

Officers Chris Dransfeldt and Greg Rodriguez responded to the home in North La Verne, an area near the foothills where rattlesnake sightings are common, police said.

According to police, Bailey had suffered a bite near one of his eyes and his face was swelling in reaction to the venom. The 17-year-old girl told Dransfeldt that Bailey was like a child to her parents, who would be devastated if the dog died.

The girl had no means of transportation and her mother could not leave work, police said. It might have been too late by the time she got there anyway, so Dransfeldt sprang into action.

The officer, a dog lover himself, took Bailey to the nearest veterinary hospital in La Verne. Workers told Dransfeldt the only animal hospital that carried anti-venom was located in the nearby town of Upland, so Dransfeldt put Bailey in the back seat of his cruiser.

Bailey whimpered in pain from the bite as Dransfeldt rushed him to the VCA Animal Hospital in Upland, according to the La Verne Police Department. Veterinarians administered an anti-venom medication, as well as fluids, to help save Bailey's life.

The dog stayed overnight at the hospital and was released Tuesday morning to his family. He was recuperating and is expected to recover, police said.



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<![CDATA[Wayward Sea Lion Blocks Traffic]]>Tue, 05 Apr 2016 09:53:09 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/sea+lion3.jpg

A wayward sea lion wandered into the road Monday morning in Sonoma County, California, stalling traffic as drivers gawked and crews from the Marine Mammal Center worked to move the animal from harm's way.

The sea lion's expedition blocked the eastbound route of Highway 37 at the junction of California State Route 121, by the railroad tracks. Traffic was at a standstill at 10 a.m., according the California Highway Patrol.

The area — near Skaggs Island and the San Pablo Bay, in the middle of Novato and Vallejo — is the same spot where a 900-pound elephant seal was stranded in December 2015. The seal had to be tranquilized and corralled after it tried to cross Highway 37.

According to the police log, an off-duty officer chased the sea lion before experts from the Marine Mammal Center arrived. The agency tweeted a picture of the sea lion before it emerged from the water.

Center spokesman Giancarlo Rulli said his agency's rescue crews actually know this sea lion, and had previously nicknamed it "School Daze," a young male who had been at the center several times and treated for malnutrition. Doctors also had determined that this sea lion suffers from neurological damage, possibly because of past domoic acid exposure, the same toxin that caused the most recent Dungeness crab fishing season in California to be delayed.

School Daze is one of more than 80 young California sea lions currently at the Sausalito, Calif. center —more than four times the average normally this time of year, making this the fourth year in a row that California sea lions have been in crisis.

“After four years of sea lions in crisis, the initial shock of seeing so many starving sea lions is over and now we’re really starting to worry about long-term impacts on the population as a whole,” Dr. Shawn Johnson, director of veterinary science at the center said in a statement.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that from January to May 2015, California sea lion strandings were more than 10 times the average.

Nearly 600 sea lions pups and yearlings were stranded in California in March, according to NOAA, though that was nearly half the number reported stranded in March 2015. NOAA scientists say it’s likely that a change in the availability of the animals’ prey, like sardines, is affecting nursing mothers.



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<![CDATA[67 Pups Saved From Freezing Van]]>Tue, 05 Apr 2016 14:06:29 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/DSC_00036.jpg

New Jersey police officers saved 67 puppies from a near-freezing van early Monday morning, authorities said.

Paramus police officers spotted the Freightliner Sprinter van parked in the back of the Just Pups store on state Route 17 in Paramus about 3 a.m., according to police. Cops later determined the van belonged to the owner of the Just Pups store. 

When officers approached the van, they heard dogs whining and smelled an odor of urine and feces coming from the vehicle.

They opened an unlocked door, saw the dogs covered in feces and called animal control, authorities said. It was later determined the temperature inside the van was about 38 degrees.

Fifteen dogs needed medical attention and were taken to Oradell Animal Hospital, police said.

The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Animal Cruelty Task Force is investigating.

The owner of the Paramus Just Pups store, Vincent LoSacco, was charged with 267 counts of animal cruelty in late February for alleged poor conditions at the East Brunswick outpost of the store. The location later had its business license revoked by the town.

Reached after those charges were filed, LoSacco said they were baseless and that an officer who issued him the summons has a personal vendetta against him. He later posted a video to Facebook saying he had been unfairly targeted.

The Paramus location had also been the target of investigations and complaints before Monday, authorities said.

LoSacco, who owns multiple Just Pups locations throughout the Garden State, couldn't be reached for comment Monday. An employee who claimed to be LoSacco's son declined to comment on the case to NBC 4 New York. 

It's not clear if charges will be filed in the case.



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<![CDATA[America's 10 Favorite Dog Breeds ]]>Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:54:00 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/180*120/10-ShihTzu.jpgAmerica’s top 10 favorite dog breeds include the pug, the Lab and the little Shih Tzu. PetBreeds, which runs a pet search engine, analyzed the country's most popular dog breeds based on average user rating and total number of reviews for each breed, filtering out doggies who had fewer than 40 reviews. Here are the results.

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<![CDATA[Dog Surfs It Up for Charity]]>Tue, 12 Apr 2016 17:18:02 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/180*120/french-surf-bulldog.jpg

With summer on the horizon, Southern California waves are beckoning a slew of Angelenos, including a French bulldog who has made surfing her charitable hobby.

Cherie, the 5-year old Frenchie, literally started from the bottom after being left at a dog shelter by a family who could not take care of her.

Cherie was placed into the French Bulldog Rescue Network at a very young age. That's where she was rescued by a Newport Beach couple with great love for Frenchies.

Under the care of Amy and Dan Nykolayko, Cherie made frequent trips to Rosie's Dog Beach in Long Beach where they saw how much Cherie enjoyed the water and wearing a life jacket. After her owners learned of dog surfing lessons in Del Mar, Cherie began her surfing career.

In 2013, Cherie began competing, not only for her own, but for dogs across the nation. With the help of the Nykolaykos, Cherie has raised nearly $7,000 since 2013 for rescue organizations by participating in many canine surfing competitions.

"Surfing is crazy, awesome fun but it is very important to me to help raise money for animals in need at all of the events that I compete in," reads Cherie's mission statement on her website. "Many dogs aren't as lucky as I am so I do my very best to give back every year."

Cherie won first place in the medium dog category at the 2015 Surf Dog-A-Thon and has placed in many competitions for her fundraising efforts as well. She has appeared at the All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration as well as on Nightline and Good Morning America.

The Nykolaykos, who do everything from coordinating Cherie's outfits to surfing alongside her, are both fundraising coordinators at the French bulldog Rescue Network where Cherie was placed before finding her forever home with them. 



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<![CDATA[Chihuahua Rescued on Calif. Bridge]]>Mon, 04 Apr 2016 09:48:06 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/runaway+puppy.jpg

California Highway Patrol officers gave chase to an unlikely suspect early Sunday — a Chihuahua.

A driver reported the dog on westbound Bay Bridge just after 7 a.m., according to Officer Vu Williams, a spokesman for CHP San Francisco. 

CHP units noticed the small dog on the bridge's north side catwalk heading toward San Francisco, prompting an officer to stop traffic.

A motorcycle officer tried to go over to the Chihuahua and pick it up, but it bolted onto the Bay Bridge, Williams said. A video on the CHP San Francisco Twitter page shows a motorcycle officer pursuing the dog as it scampered across multiple lanes.

The black Chihuahua kept running away from officers who were trying to safely capture it so a motorcycle officer and others in a patrol car boxed in the wayward dog, Williams said. One officer distracted the animal with a jacket while another scooped it up. 

The rescue lasted roughly five minutes, according to Williams. 

CHP officers also shared a photograph of the Chihuahua being carried by one of their colleagues. A skull is dangling from the dog's black collar, but Williams said it doesn't contain any identifying information.

The dog has been picked up by the San Francisco County's Department of Animal Care and Control, whose employees nicknamed it "Ponch," after Erik Estrada's character in the 1970s TV hit, "CHiPs." Officials are going to use a scanner to ascertain if it has a microchip in it, Williams said.

Officials are seeking the public's assistance in reuniting the Chihuahua with its owner. If it isn't claimed in seven days, it will be put up for adoption.

This dog isn't the first animal to prompt a brief closure of the Bay Brige. Williams said turtles, seals and a litany of other animals have caused traffic jams in the past. 

Anyone with information is asked to call 415-554-6364.



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<![CDATA[Dog Rescued After Week in Storm Drain]]>Fri, 01 Apr 2016 15:47:03 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Dog-GettyImages-100394559.jpg

Firefighters outside Charleston, West Virginia, have rescued a dog believed to have been stuck in a storm drain for nearly a week.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Pinch residents on Thursday found a dog stuck in an underground storm pipe. The neighbors had been hearing the dog's barks for days but had been unable to locate the canine.

With the help of a West Virginia American Water crew, members of the Pinch Fire Department dug up concrete and cut the pipe in order to free Mater, a 14-year-old beagle mix who had been missing since March 25.

The dog was taken to a veterinarian and is safely back with his owners, who say they're planning to install a fence.

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<![CDATA[Butcher Rescues Pet Pig]]>Tue, 12 Apr 2016 17:16:18 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/181*120/12923144_10154021408273798_8038226485201047208_n.jpg

An unwanted pet pig got a new lease on life after ending up at the butcher.

"Luckily, the butcher could tell that Missy belonged in a home and not on the dinner table so she was brought to the New Hampshire SPCA for safe shelter and a second chance," the SPCA wrote in a Facebook post March 30.

Missy, a 3-year-old pot-bellied pig who is now up for adoption, is used to living in a house and loves to sleep under the covers with her human counterparts, according to the animal shelter. She is litter box trained and knows how to sit. 

The rescue operation said Missy has been going for walks and spending time outside with staff members — and she's learning how to walk on a leash. 

"She is one smart gal and would love a family to keep her mentally engaged!" the SPCA wrote on its website.

In a Facebook update posted April 1, the SPCA said thousands of people have shared Missy's picture and passed along information about her original home.

"And because so many people have responded, we will surely be able to find homes more quickly for other pot-bellied pigs when they are surrendered here, which happens more frequently than people might think!" the agency wrote.

To learn more about adopting Missy, call 603-772-2921 ext. 124 or visit the New Hampshire SPCA website.



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<![CDATA[Puppies Help Save Starving Mom]]>Fri, 01 Apr 2016 10:34:43 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Princesspic.jpg

Puppy siblings Calvin and Jordan likely saved their mother’s life two weeks ago.

The puppies ran loose in Gaithersburg, Maryland, on March 14, and bystanders called the Montgomery County Animal Services, authorities said.

When an officer arrived, he found more than just the the puppies’ home — their mother, Princess, was in critical condition.

Princess, a Catahoula mix, had no food or shelter and only a small container of dirty water to drink. Animal services said she weighed just 29 pounds, when she should weigh about 50-65 pounds.

The officer took all three dogs to Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center, where Princess is still recovering.

Since she arrived at the center two weeks ago, Princess has gained over 12 pounds and begun to trust and open up to people, despite the abuse she endured.

"She can be seen in the veterinary office wagging her tail hopefully as staff pass by, and leaning up against people who come to visit her," the adoption center wrote in a press release.

Owner Allyn Tyrone Meeks was charged with one misdemeanor count for failure to provide veterinary care, shelter and food. Meeks faces up to 90 days in jail or a $1,000 fine, if convicted. It's not clear if Meeks has hired an attorney.

Princess and her two puppies are now up for adoption. For more information about adopting the dogs, call the adoption center at 240-773-5900.



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<![CDATA[Dog With Cancer Lives Bucket List]]>Tue, 12 Apr 2016 17:16:28 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/bucket4.jpg

A Michigan dog diagnosed with terminal cancer after his owner died is now living out a bucket list of "everything a dog should do before they cross the rainbow bridge."

Loren Cazan, a volunteer at Rejoyceful Animal Rescue in Mount Clemens, adopted the 14-year-old Lab mix named Buddy after his owner suddenly passed away.

"The family had contacted the rescue and asked if we could take him cause they didn’t want him to end up at a shelter," said Michelle Heyza, founder Rejoyceful Animal Rescue. "He was very depressed when he came in."

Rescuers took the dog to a vet, where tests revealed Buddy had mast cell cancer.

"He has a tumor on his side, and a bunch of small tumors all over his body," Heyza said. "He’s not in the position at 14 years old to have the tumors removed. He wouldn’t survive surgery." 

Heyza called the vet visit a "blow" because there was nothing the workers could do. She called Buddy the "most lovable dog you could ever meet."

"There’s not a person or thing he didn’t like that he didn’t meet, which made his diagnosis all the more hard to hear," she said, adding, "So we created a bucket list of everything a dog should do before they cross the rainbow bridge. It was to celebrate his life and have fun with him before he goes."

A series of photos show items on the pup’s bucket list, including: get adopted, chase a flock of geese, become a businessman, get a job, eat a "pup cup" with his best friends and "being a total chick magnet surrounded by a bunch of chicks!"

"We hope that people will adopt other senior dogs and help them live out a bucket list," Heyza said.



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<![CDATA[73 Dogs Saved From Tx. Puppy Mill]]>Tue, 12 Apr 2016 17:16:37 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Stephens-Co-Puppy-Mill-07.jpg

Seventy-three neglected dogs were rescued from an alleged puppy mill in Stephens County after being found in filthy, cramped conditions, according to the Humane Society of North Texas.

HSNT said the owners were breeding Australian shepherds, border collies, German shepherds and Labrador retrievers. The animals were housed in three areas that did not provide suitable living conditions.

"The conditions these dogs were living in were absolutely horrific," said Kim Meek, lead humane investigator for HSNT. "It was clear that the owners had become overwhelmed. There were so many dogs living inside the house that the owners had actually moved into a travel trailer in the yard. More dogs were living in the attached garage and two large buildings. Even worse, there were several dogs crammed into wire pop up crates. In many of the enclosures, more than 6 inches of feces covered the floors."

The Stephens Count Animal Shelter was awarded custody on Monday of all 73 dogs — including three nursing mothers. The shelter was unable to care for the large number of animals and signed custody of 60 dogs over to HSNT.

HSNT gave the dogs medical examinations and treated them for parasitic infections. Two of the puppies tested positive for parvovirus; one died and the other is being treated by a veterinarian.

"Puppies born in puppy mills frequently contract life-threatening diseases such as parvovirus and distemper as a result of the squalor they live in," said HSNT veterinarian Dr. Cynthia Jones. "Sadly, many do not live to see their first birthday."

A male miniature Australian shepherd, named Ranger by the HSNT staff, needs ear ablation. HSNT said it doesn't know what caused Ranger's deformity, but without the surgery, he will have chronic ear infections and ear pain. According to the HSNT, the surgery would remove his ear canal and sew it shut, allowing him to live a healthy, comfortable life.

HSNT is seeking donations from animal lovers in the community to provide Ranger with surgery and to help fund the care of the 60 dogs in its care until they are able to find loving homes.

Donations can be made at www.hsnt.org, by calling 817-332-4768, or by mail at 1840 E. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76103.

The rescued dogs will remain at the HSNT holding facility until they are cleared to undergo spay and neuter surgeries and then enter the adoption program.



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<![CDATA[Special Explores Program for 2nd Chance Dogs]]>Wed, 30 Mar 2016 13:02:51 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/AP_19533597227.jpg

Animal Planet will soon celebrate the success of a unique program aimed at second chance dogs, often shy and traumatized victims of puppy mills, hoarders and abandonment.

In an hour-long special, the network delves into the Behavior Rehabilitation Center at St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in Madison, New Jersey. It's a pilot program of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals that began in 2013 and will soon be expanded, in time for the ASPCA's 150th anniversary.

Called "Second Chance Dogs," to air April 16 (9 a.m. Eastern), the Animal Planet show starts at the center's beginning, when the ASPCA decided to try rehabilitation for hard luck cases.

Of 259 dogs sent to the center since it opened, 185 have graduated. Of those, 170 were adopted and the majority is doing quite well, said Kristen Collins, a certified applied animal behaviorist who oversees the project and will be the director of a new facility planned as part of the expansion.

Not all the dogs were success stories. Thirteen were deemed inappropriate for the program, including those with health issues, and 28 failed to graduate after months in the program. Some of those were sent back to the shelters where they came from and some had to be euthanized.

But the ASPCA stands firmly behind the center. It will continue to move dogs through St. Hubert's until a new $9 million, 35,000-square-foot facility is finished in mid-2017 in Weaverville, North Carolina.

"While we can't yet answer all of the questions associated with rehabilitating at-risk animals, we continue to witness amazing transformations, dogs that conquer their anxiety and fear despite years of devastating behavioral damage. These transformations change the trajectory of their lives," said Matthew Bershadker, president and CEO of the ASPCA.

Nearly every animal shelter in the country has a shy dog or two, Collins said. The new rehab center will have a dormitory that can accommodate visiting staff bringing in dogs from shelters or seeking training on how to handle their own loads. Shelters will not be charged for sending dogs or staff to the center, she said.

The human training will be offered because the ASPCA feels it's just as important to teach shelter workers around the country how to gain the trust of severely traumatized dogs as it is to rehabilitate the animals, Bershadker said.

"Collecting this insight and sharing it will enable all of us to move more vulnerable dogs from peril to safety," he said.

Collins said the center was the first dedicated solely to abused or neglected dogs. Her dogs, Wink, Juno and Toefu, are part of its workforce as "helper" dogs. They made it into the documentary, done by the production company Dog Files under ASPCA supervision.

Kathryn Klumpp of Watchung, New Jersey, is the proud owner of one of the center's graduates. She adopted Mary Ann after the dog was transferred from rehab to the Butler Town Pound. The mutt, believed to be around 2, adjusted quickly to life with her new family, Klumpp said. Her husband, sons (ages 11 and 13), two other dogs and a cat all made it work.

"When she came home, the family could only scratch her under her chin where she could watch them. Now, they can scratch her back." Klumpp said. "That's how much she has come to trust all of us."

While things went quite smoothly, the family made one serious change: "So now her name is Hope."

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<![CDATA[Partially Blind Steer Saved]]>Tue, 12 Apr 2016 17:16:48 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Oatmeal-Blind-Steer.jpg

A partially blind steer that was among the winners of the Fort Worth Stock Show has avoided slaughter after critics decried plans to butcher the animal.

Oatmeal was recently moved to an undisclosed ranch after stock show officials stepped in to help save him, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Saturday.

Kendyll Williams, 13, of Huntsville, raised and showed the steer at this year's Fort Worth Stock Show and a buyer paid $8,000. Then an online effort began to save the animal diagnosed with cataracts.

On Feb. 11, Matt Brockman, the show's publicity manager, hauled Oatmeal to the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in College Station for examination.

"He loaded like a champ and hauled like a champ," Brockman said Friday. "It was clear that he had functional eyesight, and in my opinion, this steer could have entered the food system. ... I've worked with totally blind steers, and this steer wasn't that."

Oatmeal was moved to his new home after being examined at Texas A&M.

"It was established by our board certified ophthalmologist that the steer is not completely blind and does have partial vision, although cataracts are present in both eyes," Dr. Eleanor Green, dean of the veterinary college, said in an email to the Star-Telegram on Friday.

Brockman said young exhibitors at the Fort Worth Stock Show are learning about the industry and providing a safe food supply, knowing fully their animals will end up in the slaughterhouse.

"A young livestock show exhibitor knows the animal they raise to show will someday enter the food system. ... The youth participants are fully aware that at some point their 'project' will be processed and enter the food system," Brockman said in a previous email to the newspaper. "They're helping feed the world."

Renee King-Sonnen, founder of the Rowdy Girl Sanctuary in Angleton, which sought to save Oatmeal, said volunteers collected about $12,000 for the animal's care.

"I'm happy if he's really safe, I just don't understand all the secrecy," King-Sonnen said. "I just hope he never, ever, ever sees a slaughterhouse."

The money raised for the steer will now go toward scholarships for young people who indicate they have a change of heart about showing and selling livestock for slaughter, she said. 

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<![CDATA[Dog's Emotional Reunion With Owner]]>Fri, 25 Mar 2016 16:27:13 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/032516+chloe+mary+jane+collier+county+department+of+animal+services.jpg

A Facebook video showing a Florida dog owner's emotional reunion with his stolen dog after seven months apart is going viral.

The video, posted by the Collier County Department of Animal Services, shows the dog happily barking and jumping into her owner's arms for a big hug.

The dog, named Chloe by the shelter's workers but whose real name is Mary Jane, was found roaming the streets. The shelter posted videos which led to her owner.

The Facebook video (below) has been viewed more than 1.5 million times and had nearly 35,000 likes by Friday.

 



Photo Credit: Collier County Department of Animal Services
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<![CDATA[Runaway Piglet Gets a Home]]>Tue, 12 Apr 2016 17:17:30 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/IMG_18272.JPG

This little piggy, who ran wildly among cars and brought traffic to a halt in San Francisco's Mission District earlier this month, has traded in city life for the country.

According to the San Francisco Department of Animal Care and Control, the wayward piglet, who has since been named Janice, was adopted by Al Wolf, the director of Sonoma County Reptile Rescue. The piglet and her new guardian left for Sonoma Monday morning.

Janice drew a crowd of good Samaritans on March 8, leading them on a chase up and down Dolores Street, animal care officials said. Finally, Brother Damian with the Society of Saint Francis was able to scoop her up and get her to safety.

 "Janice has spent her time wisely, bringing good cheer and smiles to shelter visitors," the Department of Animal Care and Control said in a statement.

Although no owner laid claim to Janice, the piglet's story captured the attention of many who asked to adopt her, officials said.

"We've enjoyed having Janice — she’s taught us a lot about pigs, and we’ve loved her good nature and spirit," Animal Care & Control Executive Director Virginia Donohue said.



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<![CDATA[Scalded Cat Finds New Home]]>Tue, 12 Apr 2016 17:17:39 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Driver+The+Cat.png

Nearly two months after a disturbing video surfaced showing a man scalding a cat with boiling water, that same cat has found a happy new home. 

A video posted on Facebook in early February showed a man coaxing a cat toward him before pouring a pot of boiling water on the animal. The footage sparked nationwide outrage as it spread across social media, prompting a police investigation.

Eighteen-year-old Leon Teague, of South Martin Luther King Drive, was charged with one felony count of animal torture and one misdemeanor count of animal cruelty. It's not clear if Teague has hired an attorney.

The cat was found, thanks to a rescue effort organized by two Chicago women, and taken to Felines & Canines animal shelter in Edgewater.

Now, the cat, named Driver, has been adopted after more than a month rehabilitating from his injuries, according to the shelter's Facebook page. 

Calling the incident "one of the most horrific assaults we’ve ever seen," executive director Abby Smith details the treatment Driver endured.

According to Smith, Driver suffered third-degree burns and subsequent infections, requiring two weeks of hospitalization in the ICU, laser therapy, wound cleaning three times a day and more. 

After a diligent screening process, the shelter was "over-the-moon" to announce Driver's adoption this week, Smith said. With three sisters to play with, Driver's new home has "the most gentle, loving family where Driver will know nothing but kindness, love, and napping in the sunbeams for the rest of his life," according to Smith. 

The shelter also established "Driver's Fund" to help rescue and care for animals suffering from extreme injury or illness.



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<![CDATA['Cat Cafe' to Open in Chicago]]>Thu, 17 Mar 2016 17:39:40 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/cat+cafe2.jpg

Why drink coffee alone when you can enjoy it in the company of a cat?

Chicago’s first "cat cafe" is coming to West Rogers Park as part of Tree House Humane Society’s new shelter set to open this year. The Chicago City Council on Wednesday approved an ordinance allowing the opening of animal shelter cafes.

"Cat Cafes are wildly popular throughout Asia, Europe and the United States," Alderman Debra Silverstein, who introduced the ordinance, said in a statement. "The 50th Ward will soon be home to the City of Chicago’s first Cat Cafe and, thanks to this new ordinance, will set a trend that will spread throughout the city and the rest of the Midwest."

Tree House Humane Society’s Cat Cafe plans to open at 7225 N. Western Ave. as part of its new adoption center and veterinary clinic. The location features full-length glass windows in the serving areas and an adjacent sitting room where visitors can have direct interaction with adoptable, rescued cats while enjoying coffee, tea and other beverages.

"We are extremely grateful to Alderman Silverstein and the City Council for making this dream a reality," said David de Funiak, executive director of Tree House Humane Society, in a statement. "The Tree House Cat Cafe will provide a unique opportunity for individuals to interact with our rescued, adoptable cats, ultimately helping more animals find their forever home and enabling us to rescue even more."

The new facility started construction last June as an adoption center and will now include a cafe. Tree House’s goal is to open sometime mid-year. Funds from the cafe will benefit the shelter, with proceeds directly supporting the rescue and rehabilitation of the cats.

The Animal Shelter Café Permit is available for licensed humane societies only, and the ordinance aims to facilitate as a tool to boost adoptions. The cafes can only sell non-alcoholic beverages and must maintain sanitation requirements.



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<![CDATA[U.S. Navy Finds Puppy ]]>Fri, 18 Mar 2016 10:08:37 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Luna-Navy-Reunion-SD-0316.jpg

A missing puppy that fell off a fishing boat nearly five weeks ago in the waters off Southern California was found by the U.S. Navy Tuesday and reunited with her family in San Diego.

U.S. Navy officials say Luna – a 1-and-a-half-year-old German Shepherd – was presumed to be lost at sea after falling overboard near Naval Auxiliary Landing Field San Clemente Island (SCI) in Southern California on Feb. 10.

That day, Luna's owner, Nick Haworth, called officials at SCI from his fishing boat to report that he and his crew were bringing in traps from a fishing vessel when Luna vanished. Hayworth said one minute the pup was there and the next she was gone.

Haworth and his crew were about two miles off the coast of San Clemente, and he told Naval officials he thought Luna may try to swim to shore.

Navy staff at SCI searched the island for the dog to no avail. Hayworth stayed at sea for two days looking for Luna. And still, no luck.

After about a week of searching for the pup, she was presumed dead, Navy officials said.

Nearly five weeks passed.

Then a miracle happened.

On Tuesday morning, as Navy staff headed to work at SCI, they spotted Luna sitting next to the road. The pup, as her owner hoped, had somehow managed to make it ashore.

When the pooch saw staffers, she ran right up to them.

"They were shocked," Naval Base Coronado PAO Sandy DeMunnik told NBC 7.

DeMunnik said Luna was examined by a Navy wildlife biologist who found her to be undernourished but otherwise unharmed. The pup was in "good spirits."

The Navy flew Luna to Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado (NASNI) Wednesday afternoon, where was turned over to a family friend of her owner. Haworth, a commercial fisherman, was out of town for work, but was soon due to return home to San Diego to be reunited with his beloved companion.

Haworth's family friend, Conner Lamb, went to pick up Luna on Wednesday afternoon in Haworth's place and the reunion was joyous.

Lamb has worked on a fishing boat with Luna often and was ecstatic and amazed she's alive. He scooped her up and embraced the pup as soon as he saw her. Luna's tail wagged.

"[It's] just really mind blowing to tell you the truth," he said. "When I got the call this happened, [I] never even though this would be possible."



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<![CDATA[Kittens Left for Dead in Suitcase]]>Tue, 12 Apr 2016 17:17:46 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NYPD+kittens+1.jpg

Police rescued a half-dozen kittens after someone threw them in a suitcase and left them for dead, the NYPD said.

The felines had been tossed over a fence at a lot on Wythe Avenue near the Williamsburg Bridge in Brooklyn on Thursday evening, according to the Daily News.

The 90th precinct tweeted photos of the little critters on Tuesday following their rescue.

Sadly, a seventh kitten did not survive.

The rescued kittens are now with the ASPCA awaiting adoption.

Anyone with information about who tossed the cats is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.



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<![CDATA[New Hope for Neglected Pups]]>Tue, 12 Apr 2016 17:17:55 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/202*120/transformed-dogs-031516.jpg

Two Southern California pups who were found with severely matted fur after living in what Riverside County Animal Services called "uncomfortable" and "neglectful" conditions were given a makeover, officials said Tuesday.

The dogs arrived at the Riverside shelter Monday with bloodshot eyes and heavily matted fur in what authorities called one of the worst cases they'd seen.

"These two dogs illustrated the worst matted condition I've seen in my almost 10 years working for the county," Rachel Schafer-Young, who groomed the dogs, said. "It almost seemed that they were suffocating in their own fur."

A good Samaritan found the grimy canines after witnessing someone dump trash in a remote area of the Coachella Valley. Then the man saw the trash move.

"These dogs were a complete mess," the shelter said in a statement.

The dogs, both male and about 5 years old, were shaved down and all of the heavy fur removed.

Schafer-Young said the dogs are believed to be purebred Shih Tzu, though she said she can't tell for sure.

The dogs may soon have a new "leash" on life: A special adoption will be planned, shelter workers said.



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<![CDATA[Kids Read to Dogs]]>Mon, 14 Mar 2016 23:48:21 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/220*120/barks-and-books031416.PNG

What could be cuter than kids and dogs?

Children in Southern California read out loud to "tail-wagging tutors" Monday at La Pintoresca Branch Library as a part of the Pasadena Humane Society's "Barks and Books," a reading enrichment program that encourages kids to build confidence in their reading skills and the safe and humane treatment of animals.

The guest of honor was Smokey, an 8-year-old pit bull, who donned a shamrock headband in the spirit of St. Patrick's Day.

"We found that children who were afraid of dogs are more comfortable after being with a dog here in the library," Rosa Cesaretti of the La Pintoresca Branch Library in Pasadena said.

Since 2003, volunteers from the Humane Society have regularly brought specially-trained dogs to more than 17 different libraries in the Southland.

"We also find that as the children are reading out loud, they're able to listen to themselves read, and they're realizing that they could read well and it builds their confidence," Cesaretti said.

The "Barks and Books" program is free and open to the public. Find out where else you can read to curious canines here.



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<![CDATA[Helping Your New Shelter Dog Adjust]]>https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/CTS-2015-AcclimatingYourDog-Fixed_1200x675_505037891838.jpg

The first thing you might want to do after you bring a new dog home from the shelter is also something you probably shouldn't do: invite all your friends over to meet the cute pup.

Instead, you should first make sure that your dog is comfortable with its new surroundings. Then, invite one friend over at a time to make sure you don't overwhelm the dog.

That's just one tip that can help your dog adjust to their new home. Watch the video above to learn more. 

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<![CDATA[Rutger, Rutgers Gardens Cat, Dies]]>Fri, 04 Mar 2016 13:31:54 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/rutger-on-plants.jpg

The cat that was a fixture greeting visitors at New Jersey's Rutgers Gardens has died. Rutger was 21 years old.

Horticulturist Monica McLaughlin told the Home News Tribune she was with Rutger when he died on Monday. McLaughlin said she and another volunteer knew it was time and they held him and sat on the grass with the sun shining on him.

"To think he made it that long. He had a great life," McLaughlin told NBC.

The gray tabby spent his life controlling the mice population at the gardens in New Brunswick. However, Rutger went missing in 2014 when a woman took him to make him her pet.

McLaughlin said it did not work out and the woman set him free about two miles away. He was spotted outside a home where a person was grilling salmon.  

McLaughlin said Rutger wasn't the only cat to take up residence at the Gardens and mentioned another feline named Luke.

"I just hope he'd venture out of the greenhouse area more," she said.
 

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<![CDATA[Pet Tech Helps Keep Animals Safe and Connected While You're Away]]>Tue, 19 Apr 2016 10:44:00 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/PetTech-Thumbnail.jpg

Technology isn't just for humans anymore. It's also for their furry friends.

In Silicon Valley and beyond, a growing number of startups are selling devices to keep pets safe, healthy, entertained and connected when their owners are away.

"Pet tech" entrepreneurs and investors see a big opportunity as pet ownership grows and owners show a willingness to spend serious money on their four-legged companions.

Nearly two-thirds of U.S. households, or 80 million homes, have pets, and Americans spent more than $60 billion on them last year, according to the American Pet Products Association.

"The number of pets in the world is growing extremely fast and that opens up the market," said Peter Harrop, chairman of IDTechEx, a technology market research firm. "I'm sure five years from now there will be all sorts of things we can't imagine."

Already, there are devices that let your pets call you (PetChatz), play games and win treats when they're home alone (CleverPet) and even speak with a human voice (Petspeak).

But as more pet-tech gadgets come to market, experts caution owners against relying on them too much.

"The technology can be useful as an adjunct, a way of enriching your relationship with your pet, but certainly not a substitute for time spent with your dog," said Pamela Wyman, who runs the DogEvolve training school in Oakland.

The Petzi Treatcam lets Anne Ryan check on her dogs Oscar and Reggie at her Berkeley home when she's working in San Francisco or traveling out of state.

The Internet-connected device lets her see her dogs, talk to them, take photos and even dispense treats — using an app on her phone.

"I turn it on, get to see them, get to talk to them and it changes my mood, and puts me back in a positive frame," said Ryan said. "I didn't know that I needed it, but now I don't think that I could live without it."

The TreatCam was created by San Jose-based Petzila, which was founded by two veteran technology executives who wanted to get their pets online. The startup also created a social media app that lets owners share pet photos.

"All of the most current crazes and fads in technology were touching everything but the pet," said CEO David Clark.

Whistle, a San Francisco startup, sells a GPS-enabled Pet Tracker that alerts owners when their pets have left their "safe zone" and helps find them if they get lost. The device also lets owners track how much exercise and sleep their animals are getting.

Ben Jacobs, Whistle's CEO and co-founder, said the pet-tech market is expanding fast as pets move up the household hierarchy.

"From the yard to the home to the bed — the dog is no longer out as part of the farm, but they're actually sleeping in bed with you as part of the family," Jacobs said.

For owners who want their dogs and cats to be more active during the day, the Petcube Camera lets them see and speak to their pets, and play with them with a laser pointer.

Petcube's Ukranian founders started the company in Kiev, but moved its headquarters to San Francisco to reach a global market.

"If we can connect all the pets to the Internet and basically digitize this space, it will be nothing short of disruption," said Yaroslav Azhnyuk, Petcube CEO and co-founder. "It will be very big." 

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Real Dog Meets Giant Robot Dog]]>Tue, 19 Apr 2016 02:04:00 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2016-03-01-at-1.30.47-PM.jpg

It's dog versus machine.

A video, created by Boston Dynamics, the Google-owned robotics company, shows an interaction between a small, real dog and the Spot robot, which looks like a tall, headless dog. 

"Come on, take him big dog," a voice says in the video shot in a parking lot. 

But the real dog is not intimidated. It barks relentlessly and doesn't let the lifelike robot get away too far, chasing after it. The Spot robot is the latest quadruped robot from Boston Dynamics.

The video was posted to YouTube on Feb. 27 by Steve Jurvetson, a venture capitalist who is involved in several high-tech companies.



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