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     Meet Rena, a one-year-old Pitty pup who's hoping to have a home. 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 dog was not very big, but in this life not everything of value is. Those who know me know I have great admiration for animals. If it happened again today, I would do the exact same thing."

-- Carlos Matos, race car driver, who likely lost a race because he stopped to avoid hitting a dog

Lions maul suspected poacher to death!

Dolphin slaughter in Japan continues, 6 butchered, one captured for zoo!

Yuck! Parasitic worms previously found in cows removed from Oregon woman's eye!

36 more striped dolphins slaughtered in Taijii, Japan, and Trump and Japan's PM ignore it!

Blood on the ivory: American investigator stabbed to death in Kenya!

Runaround Sue: Well-known T rex getting new digs at Chicago's Field Museum

Bullseye! Shot goose hits hunter, knocks him unconscious!

VW, Mercedes apologize for testing diesel fumes on monkeys

Bastards! 4 elephants killed with fruit poisoned with cyanide!

Bullet with his name on it: Hunter shot dead while aiming for lion he wanted to kill!

Group seeks to expand ban of boiling lobsters, crabs

Who's Grumpy now? Famous feline nets $710,000 from copycat!

Trump: U.S. ban on elephant trophies will remain in place

52 baboons escape Paris zoo; four remain on the lam!

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Rare baby okapi presented at London Zoo!

Shorts sighted: Man makes fashion statement to help raise funds for animal shelters!

Incredible! Cat rescues puppy in war-torn Syria!

1,000 cold-stunned turtles rescued from drowning in Gulf!

Scratch from rabid bat fatal to 6-year-old Florida boy

Zimbabwe's first lady implicated as being in poaching syndicate!

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Baby sloth makes its debut!

Great video! Volunteers rescue dozen elk that fell through ice!

Want to be a senior owner of pets? Many pros, cons to consider

How to determine when a dog is in pain

This little piggy has a BBQ cook now running a farm rescue!

Scaling a severe burn: Injured mountain lion's paws bandaged with fish skin!

Stingrays invade California beach!

Elephant's death in Topeka, Kansas, zoo under investigation

U.S. Senate passes act to crack down on animal cruelty

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Will we say goodbye to French Bulldogs?

Notorious wildlife trafficker nailed in Thailand!

YOU can sponsor a cheetah or a livestock guarding dog!

Parading penguins have Christmas spirit!

Hey Trump! Rocket Man getting funds from rhino horn poaching!

Oh crap! Bomb-sniffing dog leaving surprises in airport terminals!

80-year-old mayor rescued from icy lake after retrieving pet dog!

Bloodbath: Dolphin butchers 'not ashamed' after seeing movie 'The Cove.' WARNING: GRAPHIC PHOTOS

Bears rescued from Vietnamese bile farm, see the touching videos!

'Underwater city' reveals mysterious octopus world

Prehistoric penguins were as big as humans!

Animal skeletons reveal beatings, restraints for pets in ancient Egypt

Horrifying! 29 horses perish in California wildfire

Brutally abused pup in Turkey doused with industrial glue won't give up! See these shocking incredible photos!

Rare white moose seen in Sweden!

A cure for the flu? Would you believe frog mucus?

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Husky won't duck this friendship!

Traveling with cats in the car: 5 ways to calm your kitty!

Poll: Nearly half of all Americans would like to see the end of slaughterhouses!

5 turkey myths busted!

GOP in Congress: Let lesser prairie chicken go extinct! And to hell with the gray wolf, too!

How to keep your cat off the counter!

3 elephants forced onto Georgia interstate during tractor-trailer fire

Freed from slaughter! Live tiger in cage en route to Hanoi saved by Vietnamese police!

Smugglers caught with 125 budgies in Indonesia!

Girl's fate uncertain after accidentally shooting protected elk

Wisconsin removes minimum wage for deer hunting!

Fake alligator farm nails poachers!

Illinois legislators look to protect monarch butterfly habitat

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Kitty part of the pack with husky buddies!

Critically endangered! Only few hundred mountain gorillas remain in wild, listen to the sound of a gorilla!

Nearly killed by a tiger, man comes back to save it!

Steroid use admitted in greyhound racing!

Frozen remains of extinct lion found

Antarctic krill not just whale food!

See how YOU can save rhinos!

Oldest Indian rhino dies at 48

Hoarding! 47 dogs rescued from home near Chicago!

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Believe it or not, THIS is the most trafficked animal in the world! Can you name it?

Rare snowbirds: Young Pennsylvania plover spotted in Florida!

Nearly half of Hawaii's coral reefs bleached from heat waves!

Cuteness alert: Baby wombat introduced at Chicago zoo!

Progressive! California first state to ban sale of animals from puppy mills!

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YOU can name this baby kiwi!

YOU can stop help the slaughter of wild horses and burros!

Michigan tragedy: 3 children killed, others seriously hurt as pickup slams into horse-drawn buggy

Blind dogs and cats can gain sight and have a safe haven!

'Enemies of the nation' sentenced to 36 years in prison for killing rhinos!

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Desperate effort on to save 'smiling porpoise' from extinction

This story about Tony the Tiger isn't great!

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What a Lulu! Cute but a failure at bomb-sniffing!

YOU can help stop the black bear, cub trophy hunt in Maryland!

Two elephants make dramatic rescue of drowning calf!

Brutal picture of dead, dehorned rhino wins wildlife award: WARNING: GRAPHIC PHOTO

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Rare white rhino makes its debut!

Justice at last! 4-year prison sentence for man who smuggled body parts of 125 tigers, 1,200 leopards!

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Lutheran Comfort Dogs doing God's work at sites of tragedies!

Good news, sort of: Brazilian pork processor chooses to abandon cages and let the pigs run free!

Last chance now to save the vaquita, the 'smiling porpoise'!

PHOTO, VIDEO SERIES: Breakthrough for nervous bear too scared to believe she was truly safe!

YOU can help by rhinos by adopting them!

Red-headed woodpecker numbers in decline!

No tale: Fish can become depressed!

Police intercept suspect rhino poaching syndicate!

Mama Kitty back with kittens after suffering broken leg in Hurricane Harvey!

Hundreds of cats, dogs rescued from Puerto Rico in need of forever homes

Gucci says arrividerci to fur!

Rattlesnake bite fatal to 31-year-old triathlete!

Teen admits he nearly killed dog with arrow!

And a child shall lead them: 10-year-old boy raises $100,000 to save rhinos!

Should people boycott Jimmy John's because the jackass owner keeps killing endangered animals?

Feds offer $5,000 to nail wolf-killer!

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Rare Key deer survive hurricane but remain endangered

PHOTO SERIES: A whimper in a barn changes the way a farmer looks at this animal!



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

UK's annual massive bird slaughter about to begin

Huge drop in poaching so far this year in Mozambique park!

When will this savage bloodbath end? Dolphins, whales being slaughtered in Japan, Faroe Islands!

2 more pygmy elephants found dead without tusks!

Residents worry about wild elephants after rampage near school!

Cuteness alert: Tiger cubs meet each other for first time!

4 in court in Namibia for having elephant tusks

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Meet Maya! Rare tapir born in Scotland zoo!

3 Vietnamese nabbed with rhino horn in Thailand

Badger severely injured, euthanized after being caught in barbarous snare trap

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Disabled animals get second chance with 'Furrtographer'

Gates, Branson see investment future in 'clean meat,' which no longer kills animals!

Orangutan birth brings hope for Sumatra reserve, see the photos!

Endangered snow leopard cubs make their zoo debut!

A long life: Nutmeg, world's oldest living cat, dies at 32

Rescuers use clever way to save kitten trapped in well!

Dog that disappeared in Florida turns up in New York more than a year later!

Passionate conservationist David Shepherd dies

5 ways to tell your dogs you love them in their language

Czech zoo burns rhino horns, condemns S. Africa auction

54 cats safe at Hemingway Home in hurricane-damaged Key West, Fla.

Reporter helps rescue baby dolphin!

Animals in Barbuda fight to survive amidst Hurricane Irma aftermath!

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Manatees saved after being marooned in drained bay!

Great news! Number of endangered black rhinos rising!

Decaffeinated? Climate change could impact bees, trees needed to produce coffee

Cat chewing itself? Forget the plastic cone, give it an infant-sized shirt!

Deadly herpes virus threatens oysters worldwide!

Japanese smuggler arrested, six exotic animals seized in Bangkok

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Sassy swimming cat becomes symbol of resilience against Hurricane Harvey aftermath

Cat Tale I: See this world record long feline tail of 17 inches!

Cat Tale II: This feline is a world record 29 inches tall and weighs 30 pounds!

Firefighter dives into bay to rescue pup!

How zoos, aquariums prepare for hurricanes

Chronic wasting disease getting near Yellowstone elk herd

Wildlife crime in top 5 most lucrative for organized crime!

Tiger killed in Georgia had escaped circus truck!

10 sharks found in basement pool in New York City!

In case of disaster, have an evacuation plan for your pets

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Pets, wildlife swimming through Harvey's floodwaters

More than 100 dogs found abused, chained, starved in Georgia

Hundreds of pets displaced in Houston; here's how YOU can help them

Sad sun bear free for more than a year but still afraid to go out of his cage!

Airport using therapy dogs to soothe stressed fliers!

Ghostly, translucent lobster caught off Maine coast! See the photo!

Salmon farm collapse into Puget Sound, Wash., renews debate about fish farming

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Here's why people are posting cat pictures in response to the Barcelona attack

Whiting, Ind., shelter director tied to dogfighting remains on city payroll!

Chinese fishermen get prison sentences for killing 6,000 sharks!

Alligator snapping turtle makes debut at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium

10 charged with illegal wildlife trafficking in Virginia

Baby elephant gravely ill at Pittsburgh Zoo

Piglets rescued from fire in March become sausages for rescuers!

Two ducklings rescued in West Chicago!

SeaWorld euthanizes 42-year-old 'matriarch' orca

Here are some reasons not to eat tilapia!

Read what the Pope says about protecting plant and animal species

FATAL REVENGE! Big game hunter trampled by elephant in Namibia!

Massive case of illegal killing of wildlife ready to go to prosecutor. WARNING: GRAPHIC PHOTO

Needed: Homes for 400 greyhounds!

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Piglet DNA map could mean animal organs for needy humans!

Women sue after finding mouse in chicken sandwich!

Extreme poaching: Chinese fishing vessel nabbed with 200 tons of sharks off Galapagos Islands!

Crushing statement: Two tons of ivory destroyed in New York City!

Photo of the Day

Near death, this 43-pound Weimaraner has made an incredible recovery!

Highly endangered white rhino population in Uganda rises to 20

Prison for man who threw dogs off parking garage

A win-win: High school track team runs with shelter dogs!

Determined paralyzed kitten walks again!

Photo of the Day

Here is one of many great pictures captured from camera trapping in the trees!

Actor William Shatner narrowly escapes injury at horse show

Dog flu update and a new site to follow the flu epidemic

Listen to the beautiful sound of a loon duet!

A first! See photos of a female lion nursing a leopard cub!

Rare bird not seen in 60 years found in Venezuela!

PHOTO SERIES: This picture shows a pit bull before his adoption. Check out the photos after he gets a home!

South Africa reporting slightly fewer rhino killings this year, but the number still is appalling!

Trump administration pledges $23 million to fight poaching in Namibia

SeaWorld tragedy: Baby orca dies

YOU can help save the koala from extinction: Here's how!

Why? Parts of rare animals nabbed in Katmandu!

Smile! Selfie makes monkey out of photographer!

Real fish story: Man reels in 80-pound catfish!

VIDEO: Oh deer! Dog rescues fawn from water!

Alarm sounded on rising number of tiger killings!

Animal abuse in Singapore results in $180,000 fine!

Two poachers killed, four arrested after rhino slaughter! WARNING: GRAPHIC PHOTO

South Africa savages: Six white rhinos killed in one night!

Famous French bulldog lifts spirits of hospital patients!

Trump administration sued over federal blackout on animal welfare information!

No bull! Shark caught on Indiana lake!

Chicago area tragedy: 18 horses killed in barn fire!

Italian town uses only silent fireworks to reduce anxiety in pets, wildlife!

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

February 16, 2018 

   1924:  An Australian government representative announced six dairy cows had been selected the day before to be sent to Rottnest Island to be sited in the same area on the island where cattle had died from an infectious disease called rinderpest. The cattle were to be observed for 20 days to see if they developed rinderpest, which had a typical incubation period of 10 days. -- The Sunday Times, Perth, Australia

   2002:  A South African farmer and three of his employees were charged with murder after feeding a former employee to lions. When Nelson Shishane, 38, returned to the farm to retrieve his belongings, he was beaten and driven to a white lion breeding project, and was thrown into the enclosure. Authorities made the gruesome discovery of a human skull and leg parts. -- BBC News

   2003:  Scruff, a one-year-old terrier-collie mix whose name reflects his appearance, joined the Northumbria Police Passive Alert narcotics Detective Dog Team. "He is a lovely natured dog and one you really become attached to," said a police sergeant. -- BBC News

     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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On mandatory microchipping: 

"There is no way to enforce this policy with back yard breeders and  Most Pit Bull breeders are backyard breeders."

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

  - Lidio 

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