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     Meet Rena, a one-year-old Pitty pup who's hoping to be home for Christmas. She's currently at an Abbeville, Louisiana, kill shelter. At 32 pounds, she'll make a right-sized addition for a loving family. To adopt Rena, please visit Animal Aid for Vermilion Area.

  Meet Chester, a neutered and housetrained male Flame Point Siamese born with a slight abnormality of his upper eyelids. He's great with kids and other cats, and loves his belly rubs. To learn more about adopting Chester, please contact Animal Rescue New Orleans.



Website of the Week...

     Afghanistan may be war-torn and desolate, but it also has beautiful pets waiting for homes. Our Website of the Week is Nowzad dogs, which features dogs and cats from Afghanistan's only animal shelter. The animals inside this shelter are extremely cute and amazingly beautiful.

According to the website, "When we first found out last year that we needed to find a new home for the Nowzad animal shelter due to circumstances beyond our control, it was a rather stressful and worrying time for the charity. But with thanks to the kindness and generosity of our fantastic supporters our fears were soon alleviated." The Nowzad Conrad Lewis Clinic for small animals is funded solely by generous donations. Two Afghan national veterinarians have been expertly trained by the generous support of Dr. Mohammad of Mayhew International, London, and Dr. Susan Chadima of Maine, who have both given up so much of their time to teach, oversee and support the Afghan vets to learn new valuable skills that have now seen the clinic carry out extremely necessary amputations on street dogs injured in road accidents, dentistry on cats with severe teeth problems, a tumor removal from a much-loved soldier's adopted dog, as well as the constant need for neutering and spaying of the stray population. See more at Nowzad's medical clinic page.

"With the shelter lease secured, we now have been told that our lease on the clinic, cattery and secure staff accommodation is not going to be renewed, and that the clinic has just two months to move," the website stated. "Having secure accommodation is vital in what is technically; still a country at war with daily threats aimed at western aid agencies."  

"This time we have decided to improve upon what we currently have and build a legacy for animal welfare in Afghanistan that will last long after the proposed troops pull out in 2014," the website added.

The shelter is hoping to collect about $125,000 in donations to secure a site for improved clinic facilities and serve as an educational base for Afghan national trainee vets. Along with reducing the threat of rabies, more staff would be trained to promote the benefits of animal welfare.

Take a look and fall in love with the Nowzad dogs of Afghanistan and donate if you can.

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"The (Humane Society) sued the USDA in 2005 over public access to (Animal Welfare Act) reports concerning animal use in university and other laboratories. That case was settled in 2009 in exchange for the USDA's agreement to post certain data on its website concerning research on animals. The agency's precipitous decision to purge virtually all AWA and HPA enforcement documentation -- just two weeks after President Trump assumed office -- violates the plain terms of the settlement and a federal court order."

-- Humane Society of the United States, commenting on Trump's U.S.D.A. banning access to tens of thousands of animal welfare records

Sick bastards! Every 33 hours a rhino is slaughtered!

PHOTO SERIES: Meet this cute baby rhino named Raja!

Asshole Trump strikes again! Limits removed on netting of turtles, dolphins, other marine mammals!

Chicago police hope to find owner of dog rescued from Lake Michigan

VIDEO: Horse has fun with a squeaky rubber chicken!

Climate change seen as causing animals to be out of sync!

Animal abuse registry gains support throughout U.S.!

Power of social media: Animals Asia helps shut down 100 dogmeat restaurants in China!

Scarlet ibis, national bird of Trinidad & Tobago, being poached, eaten into extinction on those islands!

Park ranger from the Congo tells of the stark, grim reality of the ivory trade

Elephant found dead from electrocution in India

Stop having misconceptions about feral cats!

Feral cat debate opinion: Trap, Neuter, Return is sound public policy

50 nabbed for rhino poaching

Man fatally injures his German shepherd with an ax!

Incredible! 99-year-old veteran donating $2 million to wildlife refuge!

Hurt Mama 'Possum won't let go of people who saved her babies!

What's good about opossums? They eat ticks by the thousands!

Puppy mill ban passes one California House, Senate next!

Two dozen nailed with 200 poaching counts in Ohio!

Man found guilty of mistreating dogs

73-year-old man hurt when great white shark jumps in his boat!

Zookeeper killed by tiger in UK

Pure evil: Man throws two dogs from fifth-floor building, one survives!

True crazy cat lady: Woman designs little living room furniture just for her felines!

Ultimate revenge: Hunter crushed to death by dying elephant he shot!

Dog whose mouth was taped shut so grateful to be freed!

All of these animals are endangered, and here's what YOU need to know!

Rare, beloved white wolf killed in Yellowstone

YOU can help protect the northern white rhino, the world's rarest mammal!

Will relentless climate change wipe out the beloved yellow-eyed penguin?

Four arrested in South Africa in possession of parts of two lions

Burrito, the rare male tortie kitten, is in high demand for adoption!

PHOTO SERIES: Meet Smiley! Born without eyes, this golden retriever is an outstanding therapy dog!

VIDEO: Look at who takes a drink from The Bucket!

Veterinarian helps after other vet takes off with all pet records!

12 dogs found in mass grave in California; $10,000 reward offered for information

Animal sanctuary relocation rejected, so owners euthanize all of its 11 exotic animals



Here is an excellent S.T.A.R.T., the S.T.A.R.T. Rescue has transported nearly 5,000 animals!

VIDEO: Lambs won't eat, but then they are reunited with Mom!

PHOTO SERIES: Why are squirrels getting fatter?

Girl pries alligator's jaws open to free herself!

OPINION: Time for Veterans Administration to stop experimenting on animals!

Greyhound trainer busted for giving dogs cocaine!

For the sake of a tortured and killed cat, sign the petition to create an Animal Abuse Registry in Utah. Let's do it in every state!

Spider blamed for rollover crash!

Hundred rare pangolins rescued from wildlife traffickers!

VIDEO: Baby black rhino makes debut at Pittsburgh Zoo

World's 'most expensive' tortoises rescued in Taiwan!

Paying the price: Poacher gets 20 years over ivory

Batavia, Ill. City Council goes whole hog to protect 'service' pig!

Going to the dogs: Woman dumps husband to live with 500 huskies and hundreds of stray dogs!

Underground puppy mill raided in Newton County, Ind.

The other ivory trade: Narwhals and walruses!

Can you help gray-headed flying foxes?

HUNTER BECOMES HUNTED: South African eaten by crocodiles!

MORONS IN MONTANA: Macho hunters Trump Jr., GOP congressional candidate want to shoot pregnant prairie dogs!

Oldest polar bear in captivity dies at 36 at San Francisco Zoo

ALASKA'S ASSHOLE: Congressman Don Young wants ivory ban relaxed to kill more walruses; more elephants would be butchered, too!

REAL PIGS: Scumbag N.C. legislators ready to protect factory farms from scrutiny!

April the giraffe gives birth! See the baby on live cam!

Meet some of the animals, including many pigs, at Farm Sanctuary

VIDEO: Bell ringers! Who says cats can't learn new tricks?

What a dick! Trump OKs killing of hibernating wolf pups, bear cubs in Alaska!

Estimated 20,000 salmon escape sea farm in Scotland!

Cattle drive! Six steers go from slaughterhouse to sanctuary!

Girl found living with monkeys in India!

Appeals court upholds dismissal of anti-mustang suit

Starving bear, lion finally rescued from shuttered Mosul zoo

Suspected rhino horn seized in Hong Kong

This orangutan rescued from Indonesia black market pet trade

NASA portrait features two rescued dogs!

Watch this video and YOU can help animal shelters!

College campus embraces feral cats, and with inspiring results!

Russian museum keeps 74 cats so its basement stays mouse-free!

VIDEO: Cuteness alert: These otters are fun to watch!

What is killing the bald eagle, America's symbol of freedom? LEAD!

Dog gone! Popular off-leash canine park closing

YOU can help support Illinois counties' rights to save cats!

Stupidity! Loose bomb-sniffing dog in training shot at airport!

When will the killing end? Famous kissing black rhino slaughtered by poachers in South Africa!

Why are humpback whales, known as solitary animals, coming together in groups?

How a shark finning camp transformed to a baby shark nursery!

Great news! Switzerland 35th country to ban seal products

YOU can help put an end to bobcat slaughter in Illinois!

Open killing season declared on wolves in Wyoming

Bastards! Rhino killed for its horn by poachers at nature preserve in France!

Surgeons remove 915 coins from belly of sea turtle!

USDA orders end to swims with tiger cubs in Florida

Dogs chase leopard away from housing area in Mumbai, India

Amazing! 35 million watching live cam of giraffe giving birth!

Facebook directory of animal shelters and rescue groups in all 50 states!

Have a H.A.R.T.: Adoptable canines from the Homeless Animal Rescue Team of Illinois

Animal Almanac

June 24, 2017 

   1854:  Cole's American Veterinarian, a Treatise on the Diseases of Animals, by S.W. Cole, was among the "books for everybody" being advertised by the Semi-Weekly Standard in Raleigh, N.C.

   1914:  The Salt Lake (Utah) Tribune reported Fred Ayer made a first-place finish in the Solomon Derby dog race on March 2. Ayer covered 64 miles in 6 hours, 47 minutes and 24 seconds. The Solomon Derby was reported to be the first of the "season's classic dog races."

   2013:  Nine out of 10 cat owners report cuddling with their cats reduced the owners' stress levels. -- Express, London

     Ann and Roy Bernard of Kankakee, Ill., started the website AnimalNewswire.net on July 1, 2013. The site also now is available as animalnewswire.com. Since its start, the website has worked to stop the killing of rhinoceroses and elephants for the ivory, the slaughtering of whales and provided Livestream coverage of a savage dolphin hunt in Japan. AnimalNewswire also led the charge to stop a bill in Illinois that would have forced nearly all animal shelters in the state to close. See editorial link below.

An AnimalNewswire editorial: We can never again let Illinois legislators get thisclose to closing our animal shelters

Pig in slaughterhouse comforted by animal activist

Should it be a crime to film at factory farms? The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is pushing such bills in six states.

Factory farm film

Animal activists see such legislation as a way to hide mistreatment and abuse of animals. The proposals mandate that evidence of animal abuse be turned over to law enforcement within 48 hours, or face a financial penalty. This video shows abuse at a factory farm.


The mandatory microchipping of dogs was the hands-down winner of our last poll. 

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 "If a vicious attack were to occur in the future, microchips may lead to the culpable dog owner.

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