Seneca Park Zoo celebrates first artificial insemination of polar bears

It takes a whole team to make a polar bear pregnant! (The polar bear artificial insemination team; photo Kelli O'Brien)

I love being able to shine light on my wonderful hometown of Rochester, NY and today there's super news that makes animal history: The Seneca Park Zoo, in partnership with the Cincinnati Zoo's Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW),  is celebrating the first successful artificial insemination of polar bears in the world.Aurora and Zero, the Seneca Park Zoo's polar bear couple, have been together for two years without any cubs to show for it. And while the bears are older … [Read more...]

Loose puppy on runway delays flights

On Wednesday, the AP reports that a 30-pound Rhodesian Ridgeback named Byrdie escaped from her crate while being loaded onto a Delta flight. The pup ran around the runway until authorities, unable to catch the dog and leash her, could find her owner on the Memphis-bound flight.The owner called, and the 14-month-old pup came running.This is one reason why I refuse to travel by air with my dog: he'd have to fly with the luggage, and there's no way I'd hand my dog over to strangers who … [Read more...]

International Justice Mission celebrates 15 years fighting oppression – not for puppies, but for people

I wanted to share a non-animal story with you today, because it's so important to me - and if you're the compassionate reader I think you are, it will be important to you, too.This year, International Justice Mission celebrates 15 years of seeking justice around the world on behalf of the oppressed, the abused and the forgotten. Their team not only rescues people from oppression and slavery, but uses the legal systems in their countries to bring the perpetrators to justice.This is on my … [Read more...]

Honey bees, pesticides and why you should care about them both

When the news came out this week that researchers now believe that pesticides are causing what is commonly referred to at Colony Collapse Disorder, my guess is that most people scanned the headline and moved on.But I read the story with interest, because ever since I watched two documentaries on bees I've been more and more intrigued with how our food supply - and the overall health of the nation - is tied to those buzzing little insects we take for granted.Both films - "Colony" and … [Read more...]

Michael Vick featured in Humane Society videos

The Humane Society of the United States has released a 30-second video public service announcement featuring Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Michael Vick (see below). In the video, Vick urges viewers to report animal cruelty and fighting activities in their communities via the HSUS toll-free animal fighting tip line.Vick is also featured in a two-minute video for the HSUS Pets For Life program, which "brings critical resources such as vaccinations, spaying and neutering, dog training, and ot … [Read more...]

Hollywood plays host to the 26th Annual Genesis Awards, Saturday March 24, 2012 (Updated with winners)

Ian Somerhalder will be presented with the Wyler Award at the 26th Annual Genesis Awards.

Tomorrow night, the Humane Society of the United States and Hollywood will honor the major news and entertainment media who over the last year have produced "outstanding works that raise public awareness about animal issues" with the 26th Annual Genesis Awards.The list of nominees includes (full list at the end) features films like "Dolphin Tale," "Rio," "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," and "War Horse" as well as talk shows like The Ellen DeGeneres Show."Dancing With The Stars" judge Ca … [Read more...]

Gorham, NY approves one year moratorium on dog breeding

Last night, the town of Gorham unanimously approved a one year moratorium on wholesale dog breeding kennels, according to 13WHAM. And all animal advocates said, "YAY!"The wholesale dog breeding facility proposed in February by Curtis and Jolene Martin, and the town board's initial unanimous approval of their special use permit, sparked a controversy that quickly spread from coast to coast. (There is a list at the end of related posts about the issue.)Calls, emails and petitions flooded … [Read more...]

Humane Society announces Fifth Annual Dog of Valor Award winner

Hank, Fifth Annual Valor Dog of the Year and People's Hero. (photo: www.humanesociety.org)

When "McKenzie" suffered a severe beating with a hammer at the hands of her boyfriend, her dog Hank stepped into protect her, earning him a beating that shattered ribs and a hip. It was this story of valor, along with the healing both McKenzie and Hank experienced, that earned this Great Dane the title of Fifth Annual Dog of Valor.Sponsored the Humane Society of the United States, the Dogs of Valor Awards honor and celebrate dogs who have shown extraordinary courage or resolve by heroically … [Read more...]

Man ticketed after taking cat for a jog, then tethering it to a rock

Video: Cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy explains how to read a cat's body language I've venture a guess that most cat owners don't leash up their kitties and take them out for a walk in the neighborhood. Not that it can't be done. But as a man in Boulder, CO found out this week, if the cat doesn't want to go for a walk, you'd better take him home.According to DailyCamera.com,19-year-old Seth Franco, of Lafayette, CO, went out for a jog in Waneka Lake Park and took his cat with him. When … [Read more...]

Update on 9News anchor Kyle Dyer, who was bit by dog on live TV

Click the image to go to the KUSA-TV website to watch the video.

Last week, I told you about Colorado’s 9NEWS morningKyle Dyer, who two weeks ago was bitten in the face by a dog while interviewing the dog's owner, Michael Robinson, and the firefighter who rescued the dog after he had fallen through the ice.Dyer suffered serious injuries that required 70 stitches to her face, as well as reconstructive surgery. In an interview this week, she talked about the incident with her morning show co-host, Gary Shapiro.She's right when she says the incident could … [Read more...]


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