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A dog got monkeypox in first known case of human-to-animal transmission

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In what appears to be the first documented instance of monkeypox spreading from humans to animals, a dog was likely infected with the virus by its owners in France, scientists say.

The development, reported in the Lancet medical journal, underscores guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that urges people with ...Read more

Firefighter climbs into storm drain to rescue trapped kitten

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(UPI) Firefighters in Virginia came to the rescue of a kitten trapped in a Fairfax County storm drain.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue said the Mount Vernon-based crew of Engine 409 responded Tuesday afternoon to a report of a kitten trapped in a storm drain.

Firefighters removed a manhole cover and probationary firefighter James Gupton climbed...Read more

How data from period-tracking and pregnancy apps could be used to prosecute pregnant people

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Many popular reproductive health apps are lacking when it comes to protecting users' data privacy, according to a new report highlighting the potential legal risk to people seeking an abortion.

After studying 20 of the most popular period-tracking and pregnancy-tracking apps, researchers from the nonprofit Mozilla Foundation found that 18 of ...Read more

Quality of life signs to check for your aging pet

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Pet ownership is widespread in the U.S., as the American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that about 38% of households have a dog and around 1 in 4 households have a cat. These beloved pets are important members of the families they belong to, providing companionship, entertainment, exercise, love, and comfort. 

Having a pet can be a...Read more

Dog rescued after being lost in Missouri cave for up to 2 months

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(UPI) A team of spelunkers working to map a Missouri cave ended up rescuing a dog that may have been lost underground for up to two months.

Rick Haley and Gerry Keene, who led the team working to map the Berome Moore cave for the Cave Research Foundation, said they encountered the lost canine about 200 feet inside the main passage of the cave, ...Read more

Quality of life signs to check for your aging pet

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Pet ownership is widespread in the U.S., as the American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that about 38% of households have a dog and around 1 in 4 households have a cat. These beloved pets are important members of the families they belong to, providing companionship, entertainment, exercise, love, and comfort. 

Having a pet can be a...Read more

Comfort for Pet Lovers

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Dear Annie: Several dear friends have had to put down beloved pets, and I was wondering if you could print the beautiful poem about the Rainbow Bridge? It helped me so much when I lost my beautiful Lucky! -- Missing My Four-Legged Friend

Dear Missing: Please find below a poem that has brought comfort to pet lovers everywhere.

The Rainbow ...Read more

Trio of Malayan tiger cubs born at Arkansas Zoo

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(UPI) A trio of endangered Malayan tigers was recently born at the Little Rock Zoo in Little Rock, Ark.

The three tiger cubs were born this past Saturday to mother Asmara, according to a social media post from Little Rock Zoo officials.

The zoo said that Asmara gave birth in a specially prepared indoor denning area, where she and her cubs will...Read more

Quality of life signs to check for your aging pet

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Pet ownership is widespread in the U.S., as the American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that about 38% of households have a dog and around 1 in 4 households have a cat. These beloved pets are important members of the families they belong to, providing companionship, entertainment, exercise, love, and comfort. 

Having a pet can be a...Read more

Tips to help your dog cope with the end of summer blues

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As the summer comes to a close and the school year starts up again, you might notice your dog is overwhelmed and acting differently as a result. This busy time of year is a good time to think about your dog, who may be feeling left out during this time of transition.

The American Kennel Club recommends the following tips to keep your dog ...Read more

Dog and owner rescued from roof of public bathroom in Australia

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(UPI) Emergency responders in Australia came to the rescue of a German shepherd that became stuck on the roof of a public bathroom -- and its owner became trapped trying to rescue it.

Police and New South Wales Fire & Rescue personnel responded Thursday night when a German shepherd found its way to the roof of a public restroom block in ...Read more

International Cat Day was founded by animal welfare group in 2002

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(UPI) International Cat Day, celebrated annually on Aug. 8, was founded in 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare to celebrate feline companions and raise awareness of their needs.

The holiday was created in 2002 by IFAW to raise awareness of felines in need around the world as well as proper care of cats in the home.

International ...Read more

American Kennel Club offers pet theft prevention tips

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Pet theft happens every day across the country, and though it is an unimaginable thought, it is important to be prepared and be alert. Pet theft is on the rise, and losing a member of your family can be devastating.

While it cannot always be helped, the American Kennel Club offers tips for protecting your pet from theft.

Walk close. When ...Read more

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Activists say people are abandoning their dogs in the woods

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PHILADELPHIA — A small but growing number of dogs are being abandoned in and around a wooded section of the West Mount Airy area of Philadelphia — some of them found tied to trees or stakes.

A few other dogs, as well as cats, are being dumped in other locations in Northwest Philadelphia, according to activists.

The spate of creatures being...Read more

Texas family's stolen dog found 5 years later, 600 miles from home

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(UPI) A dog stolen from a Texas family was found five years later when she was picked up by an animal control officer more than 600 miles away.

The City of Borger said in a Facebook post that an animal control officer recently picked up a stray German shepherd and scanned the canine for a microchip.

The dog's microchip identified her as Sheba,...Read more

The American Kennel Club offers tips for the perfect 'staycation' with your dog

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Going on a vacation can be expensive and stressful, especially if you plan on bringing your dog with you. With plenty of dog-friendly activities in your area, there’s no need to stray far away from home to enjoy a vacation. The American Kennel Club suggests the following tips to help you enjoy a fun “staycation” for you and your dog.

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Exotic cat on the loose in Long Island

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(UPI) Animal rescuers in the Long Island region of New York are urging residents to keep watch for a large exotic cat spotted wandering the area.

The Strong Island Animal Rescue League said the cat was spotted wandering loose this week in Islip.

Rescuers urged residents to call 911 or local rescue groups while keeping a safe distance from the ...Read more

Lynx captured after days on the loose in Long Island

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(UPI) A Lynx on the loose in New York's Long Island region has been captured after three days on the loose.

The Strong Island Animal Rescue League, which earlier warned residents to be on the lookout for the exotic cat, said the Suffolk County Police Department captured the lynx about 3:30 a.m. Friday in Islip.

Strong Island Animal Rescue ...Read more

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Smoke from California wildfires puts cats at risk of developing deadly blood clots

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Dr. Ronald Li, a critical care veterinarian at UC Davis, treated 23 cats that were rescued from the devastating Tubbs fire that scorched Northern California for more than three weeks in October 2017. They had the kinds of traumatic injuries he expected to see: first- to third-degree burns, exposed skin and scar tissue.

But there was something ...Read more

Wisconsin couple open 'mewseum' to show off cat figurine collection

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(UPI) A Wisconsin couple turned their collection of more than 13,000 cat figurines and feline-themed pieces of art into a "mewseum" to raise money for shelter cats.

Shawn Redner and Hilary Siegel-Redner said they remodeled the basement of their Menomonee Falls home so they could increase the number of cat figurines on display at the house, also...Read more