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After 7 years, wayward cat reunited with owners

After 7 Years, Wayward Cat Reunited With Owners

October 22, 2014 - - Moka, the Siamese cat, is finally home.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head ( reports the cat lived with four members of the band the Fresh Hots on the resort island but wandered away in 2007.
The band later broke up. But last week, a tow truck driver found a wandering cat and took it to the vet. Veterinarians were able to track down the old owners through a microchip. Read more...

2014 is the year of the ginger cat

Why 2014 is the Year of the Ginger Cat

October 20143 - - Hit movie Gone Girl has marquee names: director David Fincher, actor Ben Affleck and a music score by Trent Reznor.

But the breakout star is a cat who, heretofore, has remained uncredited. Read more...

21st Century Cat

Cat Watch 2014: The 21st Century house cat

October 6, 2014 - BBC News - Cats are at a crucial point in their evolutionary journey as they transform from solitary hunters to domestic pets, a study by the BBC and the Royal Veterinary College has revealed.

Our felines are adapting quickly to life in densely-packed cities, changing their behaviour to fit in with our 21st Century lives. Read more...

Cat Gets Blood Transfusion from Dog

Cat Gets Lifesaving Blood Transfusion...From a Dog

October 6, 2014 - abc news - A sick cat in Florida got a lifesaving blood transfusion from an unlikely donor: a dog.

Buttercup is now recovering at home after the procedure at Marathon Veterinary Hospital in the middle Florida Keys last month. Dr. Sean Perry, who performed the transfusion, told ABC News that cross-species blood transfusions, called xenotransfusions, aren't common in veterinary medicine but are an option in certain cases. Read more...

Russian Bank Offers Cat with Mortgage

Russian Bank Offers Cats with Mortgages

September 1, 2014 - - Would you like a cat with that mortgage? Russia's biggest bank, Sberbank (SBRCY), is offering to deliver cats to the doorsteps of new mortgage clients as part of a quirky promotional campaign.
In Russia, it's considered good fortune if a cat enters a new home ahead of the owners. Read more...

Multi-State Dog Fighting Bust - Where are they now?

Multi-State Dog Fighting Bust - Where Are the Dogs Now?

August 28, 2014 - ASPCA - It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since more than 300 dogs were rescued from lives of misery and horror in one of the largest federal dog fighting busts in U.S. history. The August 2013 raid spanned Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Texas, and resulted in ten arrests and the rescue of 367 dogs, ranging in age from just several days to 10-12 years. Read more...

Tegus still for sale in Florida

Why Are Tegus Still For Sale in Florida?

August 19, 2014 - - According to a recent article in the New York Times, biologists in Florida consider the tegu to be the “most troublesome invasive species in the Everglades.” The lizards arrived in Florida through the pet trade. The tegus in the Everglades are descended from released or escaped pets. Read more...

Urgent Alert: Dogs in Hot Cars

Urgent Alert: Dogs in Hot Cars

August 13, 2014 - ASPCA - As summer heats up, it’s tempting to bring your pet with you on car rides around town. Sadly, many people believe that cracking a window is enough to keep their dogs cool in the car while they make a quick pit stop—but they couldn’t be more wrong. When it’s 80 degrees outside, your car will be a staggering 114 degrees in less than 30 minutes. Read more...

Hero Cat Cleo

Hero Cat

Pauline Jenkins knew something was wrong when the normally placid and laid-back Cleo started running up and down the stairs and behaving strangely. So when husband Richard complained of chest pains and Cleo clambered onto the bed to be next to him, she quickly dialled 999. Paramedics arrived and confirmed Richard had suffered a heart attack and needed emergency treatment. Read more...

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Did you know that:

  • Cat Depot has close to 200 little tummies to fill every month - that's more than 12,764 cans of Friskies and 3,120 lbs. of dry food per year!
  • Cat Depot uses an average of seven 50 lb. bags of clay litter per week.
  • Cat Depot uses an average of eight 40 lb. tubs of scoopable litter per week.

Stand up for humane efforts to protect cats

Stand Up for Humane Efforts to Protect Cats


July 31, 2014 - Best Friends Animal Society -  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service continues its anti-cat campaign. Read more and Take Action...

Kitten Killer Sentenced to Prison

Kitten Killer Sentenced to Prison

July 29, 2014 - - We now know the fate of a man who tortured and killed a kitten. Investigators say 25-year-old Robert Heckmann recorded himself torturing and killing a 12-week-old kitten named Loki. Heckmann pleaded guilty to the crime back in March. Read more...

ASPCA Rescued Puppy Timmy

You Won't Believe What This Puppy Looks Like Now

July 23, 2014 - ASPCA - It’s hard to believe that this goofy, big-eared boy was once destined for a life of brutal fighting. Thankfully, he was rescued from an almost certain death by the ASPCA and by supporters like you. See Timmy's Progress...

Talented Cat Blossoms

Talented Cat Blossoms to a Beautiful Butterfly from an Ugly Cocoon


July 21, 2014 - - Cat lover, advocate, rescuer and volunteer Joan Addison sent us the story of a formerly starving and scraggly black cat she rescued last year. No one showed an interest in the wretched little creature Joan had rescued at first, but as she blossomed into a glorious beauty, people wished her well and tried to help find her family. Read more...

Venus the cat appears to have 2 faces

Venus the Cat Appears to Have 2 Faces

July 10, 2014 - - An adorable cat with humble beginnings on a North Carolina dairy farm has found fame on the internet.

"Venus the Amazing Chimera Cat" appears to have two faces because of her distinct fur markings.
The left side of Venus' face is black with a green eye, the right side of her face has orange tabby cat markings with a striking blue eye. Read more...

Kitten rescued by Tampa firefighters

Firefighters Rescue Kitten and Find Him a Good Home

July 8, 2014 - - Tampa, Florida firefighters rescued a kitten trapped in a car engine for three days and found him a good home.

Firefighters with Tampa’s Fire Rescue Station 11 made the rescue last week when a couple showed up looking for help. Read more...

Sir Stuffington

Viral Cat Sensation, Sir Stuffington, Found Safe 

June 24, 2014 - - A one-eyed Portland cat whose Facebook page went viral is back home Tuesday night after possibly being stolen, according to his owner.

Sir Stuffington, as he's called, became an Internet sensation after he was rescued and turned into a cute little pirate on Facebook by his new owner.  The kitten only has one eye and also has a disfigured jaw. Read more...

Sharks in a Jar

Sick Souvenirs

June 24, 2014 - - This week, Miami New Times reported on t-shirt shops selling dead baby sharks as souvenirs. The sharks, by-products of the commercial fishing industry, are preserved inside bottles of blue alcohol/water solution. Read more...

Alley Cat Allies Calls for Dismissal of Ohio Humane Officer

Alley Cat Allies Calls for Dismissal of Ohio Humane Officer


June 17, 2014 - Alley Cat Allies - One year ago, almost to the day, North Ridgeville Humane Officer Barry Accorti was in an Ohio residential neighborhood and shot and killed five kittens in front of children. Just this week, Accorti was at it again. This time his victim was a baby raccoon. Again, children looked on as he shot and killed the defenseless animal. Read more...

Cat Found in Rubble of Twister

Family Cat Emerges From Wreckage After Deadly Twister Strike


June 17, 2014 - abc news - Lori Webster was surveying the remains today of her brother’s home, razed by twin tornadoes in Nebraska’s Stanton County, when one of the family’s cats appeared in the wreckage. Read more...

Action Alert - stop indiscriminate killing of animals in national parks

ACTION ALERT! Stop the indiscriminate killing of "domestic or feral" animals in our national parks 

June 12, 2014 - Best Friends Animal Society - A regulation being considered by the National Park Service (NPS), if adopted, could expand and legitimize the indiscriminate killing of domestic cats (and all other animals who might be construed as "domestic or feral") on all NPS land. Take Action...

Grumpy Cat Movie coming at Christmas

Grumpy Cat, The Movie to Premiere at Christmas

June 12, 2014 - The Telegraph - The Internet's grumpiest cat will star in a festive film described as "a little Home Alone and a little Die Hard." Read more...

Cat Returns Home One Year After Flood

Cat Returns Home One Year After Flood

June 6, 2014 - - Satan’s back! The cat disappeared during last year’s High River, Alberta flood of June 20, 2013 when authorities conducted a house-to-house search. He returned home this past Monday. Read more...

National Hug Your Cat Day

How To Hug A Cat -- Perfectly, Every Time

June 4, 2014 - The Huffington Post - You promise yourself (and your cat) that you'll be better next time. You'll remember to shower your beloved pet with affection. You'll rub her belly and pat her on the head 100 times tonight. But then, the business of life gets in the way. The sun sets, another day comes to an end and your cat carries on without the attention she deserves. Read more...

Hoarder steals back cats from humane society

Cat Burglar! Hoarder Allegedly Steals Back Felines from Humane Society

May 29, 2014 - NY Daily News - Lee Ann Shore lost eight cats to animal rescue workers after they deemed her house unsuitable for pets earlier this month. She allegedly broke into the Coulee Region Humane Society to get her cats back — and took a few more while she was at it. Read more...

Paintings made better with cats

The Paintings "Made Better By Cats"

May 26, 2014 - - Russian artist Svetlana Petrova has become known for her online artwork of famous portraits featuring her big ginger cat Zarathustra.

Ahead of a new exhibition bringing the internet meme into a physical setting, the artist tells the BBC why she first created the artwork and how digital technology is helping to create new art forms. Read more... 

Cat Saves Boy from Dog Attack

California Boy, 4, Attacked by Dog is Saved by Family Cat

May 15, 2014 - - A cat was credited for defending a California boy, 4, who was attacked by a dog in his driveway Tuesday while playing on his bicycle.

The incident was caught on a security camera and showed the dog, described as a Labrador/ chow mix, attacking the boy from behind and grabbing his pants. Read more...

ADA/Service Dog Public Announcement

ADA/Service Dog Public Announcement

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PETA offers reward for finding Lakeland cat killer

PETA Offers Reward for Finding Lakeland Cat Killer

April 30, 2014 - - Lakeland, Florida -- After three cats were found cut in half in Polk County, PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for these crimes. Read more...


Kittens shipped in cardboard box to cable company

Kittens Packed Into Cardboard Box, Shipped to Cable Company

April 26, 2014 - - Two newborn kittens are recovering at a Humane Society facility after they were accidentally packed into a cardboard box in Los Angeles and shipped to a cable company in San Diego. Read more...

Easter Lillies Toxic for Cats FDA Warns

Easter Lilies Toxic for Cats, FDA Warns

April 16, 2014 - - Easter lilies are popular in homes at this time of year, but they can be deadly for cats, a veterinarian warns.

The same is true for Tiger, Asiatic, Day and Japanese Show lilies, said Dr. Melanie McLean, a veterinarian at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Read more...

Baby Squirrel Joins Litter of Kittens

Baby Squirrel Joins Litter of Kittens

April 12, 2014 - - A rescued baby squirrel named Peanut has been welcomed into a little cat family of a mama and her kittens.

The Washington Post reported on the heartwarming story of Peanut, the family who rescued him, and his adoptive cat family. Read more...

Three Siblings' Journey of Love and Loss

Three Siblings' Journey of Loss and Love

April 10, 2014 - - When Mary (name changed) was diagnosed with a brain tumor that would eventually kill her, she did not know what could be done with her three precious little kitties.
Not one member of Mary’s family could take in her babies who had been with her for over 8 years! Read more...
MMA Fighter Offers Reward for Lost Cat

UFC Champion MMA Fighter Offers Reward for Lost Cat

April 9, 2014 - - He’s known for his knockouts in the ring but UFC championship fighter Jon “Bones” Jones also has a softer side.

Now, the fighter is asking for help finding his very rare cat who’s gone missing in Albuquerque. It’s not every day that a cat like Jones’ goes missing. The cat is an exotic crossbreed cat that can be worth up to $25,000. Now Jones is offering a reward to get it back. Read more...

Dog Fighting Bust in Wisconsin

Breaking News: Dog Fighting Bust in Wisconsin

April 2, 2014 - ASPCA - The ASPCA is currently on the ground assisting the Milwaukee Police Department and the District Attorney of Milwaukee County with a multi-site dog fighting raid in the City of Milwaukee. Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission is transporting, sheltering and caring for the dogs. Read more...

Utah No-Kill Bill

BREAKING: Utah Governor Signs Best Friends BDL Preemption Bill


April 2, 2014 - - What an amazing week for Utah’s animals! Over the weekend, we launched No-Kill Utah (NKUT), the initiative to take the entire state of Utah to a collective 90 percent save rate. The response has been phenomenal, as we knew it would be, including an editorial endorsement from the Salt Lake Tribune supporting no-kill as a policy. Read more...

Missing Cat Found In Couch

Missing Cat Found in Owners' Donated Couch After 5 Days

April 2, 2014 - - Corringham, Essex, UK residents Pauline and Bill Lowe were distraught with worry after their 10 year old cat Crockett went missing last week. The beloved cat was not known to stray and his petparents cold not fathom how and why he had suddenly disappeared.

The mystery was solved five days later when the couple got a call from St Luke’s Hospice charity shop in Grays, nearly 20 miles away. Read more...

RSPCA is at full capacity

What a Cat-astrophe: RSPCA "full to capacity" after Britain's cat population reaches crisis point 

April 2, 2014 - - The RSPCA says it is 'full to capacity' with abandoned cats. 

Frisky felines are causing a kitten boom which has the RSPCA overrun because fewer people can take them in or adopt them. It has caused the cat population in the UK to reach crisis point and the animal welfare charity have published a startling new report. Read more...

April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

ASPCA - One of our most important events is the celebration of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. Read more...

Prevent Puppy and Kitten Mills in Florida

FL: You Can Help Stop the Cruelty of Puppy and Kitten Mills Today 

Best Friends Animal Society - At the moment, there are few protections for dogs and cats in Florida’s commercial breeding facilities. As a result, substandard and negligent breeding has flourished, allowing inhumane puppy and kitten mills to operate virtually under the radar, and causing countless animals to suffer. Read more...

Inventor of Web is Astounded by Cats on Web

Inventor Of Web Astounded By All The Cats Online

March 13, 2014 - - Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, is both worried and optimistic about the future of his creation. Read more...

Humane Lobby Day 2014 Tallahassee

Tallahassee, FL: Humane Lobby Day - March 26, 2014 - Florida's animal advocates will soon fill the halls of the Challenger Learning Center in Tallahassee for Humane Lobby Day 2014. You can be in on this exciting action, too! Join your HSUS state director Kate MacFall for one day that can make all the difference for animals. The Legislator Humane Awards will be presented and lunch will be served. Read more...

Florida Take Action to Protect Pets and Consumers

FL: Please Take Action to Protect Pets and Consumers

Best Friends Animal Society - For too many years in Florida, irresponsible and unscrupulous breeders have profited from selling their animals at swap meets and flea markets. There is no guarantee of the animals' health or conditions under which they were bred, and little opportunity for recourse if the purchaser is dissatisfied. Read more...

Florida Greyhounds Need Your Help

Florida Greyhounds Need Your Help

Greyhound Racing is currently being discussed by our state legislators.
Senate Bill 7052 is a comprehensive gambling bill that includes greyhound racing. Senator Sachs has asked for an amendment to this bill to include the decoupling of greyhound racing. Currently, greyhound racing is "coupled" with other forms of gambling. Read more...

9 Events Where Animals Need Your Voice

9 Upcoming Events Where Animals Need Your Voice

March 13, 2014 - - It seems that ever since “Blackfish” came out, more people have become a part of the animal protection movement and want to participate in protests, rallies, marches, or boycotts. For those of you who are searching for platforms where you can help out, here is a list of eight upcoming events where you can lend animals your voice. Read more...

Gigi Fox Terrier Adopts Kittens

Mini Fox Terrier, Gigi, Adopts Motherless Kittens

March 13, 2014 - - Gigi the Australian  Miniature Fox Terrier dog adopted three orphaned kitten, who she cares for alongside her one surviving puppy. 

Gigi had two puppies recently, one of whom died at birth.  When the surviving pup was two weeks old, Gigi’s motherly instincts compelled her to adopt the litter of foster kittens when she heard their cries. Read more...

Help Animals at Tax Time

Help Your State’s Animals at Income Tax Time

March 11, 2014 - - Many of us dread filing our taxes—and understandably so. But as you navigate through complicated forms and piles of receipts, be aware that some states offer their citizens a chance to help animals at tax time. Read more...

Tower Cheetah helps soldiers in Afghanistan

Tower Cheetah on Guard Duty

March 10, 2014 - - “Tower Cheetah helping me guard my camp in Afghanistan. He was probably the most spoiled cat in the camp. This tower had around a platoon of 40 or so guys that rotated through when on guard duty and keep him company,” said Bhas via reddit. Read more...

Humane Lobby Day 2014

Humane Lobby Day - March 26, 2014

March 6, 2014 - Humane Society of the United States - Florida's animal advocates will soon fill the halls of the Challenger Learning Center in Tallahassee for Humane Lobby Day 2014. You can be in on this exciting action, too! Join your HSUS state director Kate MacFall for one day that can make all the difference for animals. The Legislator Humane Awards will be presented and lunch will be served. Read more...

Cat Travels 100 Miles on Fuel Tank

Cat Travels 100 Miles from Devon to Bristol on Coach Fuel Tank

March 6, 2014 - - A stowaway cat is recuperating after curling up for a nap underneath a coach and waking up 100 miles away. Read more...

Stop Air France From Shipping Monkeys to Their Deaths

Stop Air France From Shipping Monkeys to Their Deaths

March 4, 2014 - - Air France is one of the largest traffickers of primates in the world. The airline claims to be “making the sky the best place on Earth” – so why does it continue to ship terrified monkeys to laboratories to face imprisonment and torture? Read more...

A Tale of Two Turtles

A Tale of Two Turtles

February 25, 2014 - ASPCA - Expecting the unexpected is par for the course when rescuing animals from cases of cruelty. But little did we know that two turtles would become part of the story of thousands of birds rescued from a cockfighting bust earlier this month. Read more..

Bronte the singing cat

Musical Moggy! Bronte the Singing Cat Goes Viral in Uplifting New Advert

February 27, 2014 - - With adorable chubby cheeks and a white handlebar moustache, a four-legged feline has become an internet sensation, after staring in the hilarious advert for mobile phone firm Three. Read more...

London's First Cat Cafe is Opening its Doors

London's First Cat Cafe is Finally Opening its Doors

February 27, 2014 - - Okay. We don’t want to alarm anyone or cause a citywide incident but we may have the best and most exciting news you’ll hear all year. Actually, it might be best if you switch to reading this on your phone and excuse yourself from your desk so you can go to a quiet corner where you can have your own private celebration because it’s here! It’s finally here! Read more...

Even the Mythbusters can't herd cats

Even the MythBusters Can't Herd Cats

February 26, 2014 - - Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman prove that maybe it's not quite so easy to get cats to do what you want. Then again, maybe they just didn't have enough fish flakes on hand. Read more...

NY Vet Commits Suicide After Cat Custody Battle Ruins Gentle Hands Clinic

New York Veterinarian Driven to Suicide After Cat Custody Battle Ruins Clinic

February 26, 2014 - - Dr. Shirley Koshi’s Bronx clinic, Gentle Hands, took in a stray named Karl. But Gwen Jurmark had fed Karl and other cats that lived in Raoul Wallenberg Park, and she sued the vet — and organized a protest against the clinic — to get Karl back. A clinic worker said the lawsuit, online attacks against the doctor and financial problems ‘drove [Koshi] over the edge.’ Read more...

Pups Hanging with U.S. Skiing Medalists

Famous Pups: ASPCA Adoptable Dogs Shine on the Today Show

February 20, 2014 - - Lights, camera, action! If you watched NBC’s Today Show this morning, you probably saw a segment featuring three newly famous ASPCA adoptable dogs: Wishbone, Nautica and Bam Bam. Read more...

Florida Greyhounds Need Help

Florida: Help Free Thousands of Greyhounds from Misery at the Dog Track!

February 19, 2014 - - Action Needed:  Please call your state representative and state senator in the Florida Legislature to express your support for decoupling dog racing from other forms of gambling in the state of Florida and for mandated injury reporting. Read more...

Napier Shelter Deemed a Sanitary Nuisance

Napier's Animal Shelter in East Manatee Deemed a Sanitary Nuisance

February 19, 2014 - - An East Manatee animal shelter that closed after a recent raid by authorities has been deemed a “sanitary nuisance” by the Manatee County Health Department. Read more...


Cat Eye

Cats and Dogs May See in Ultraviolet

February 19, 2014 - - A house cat's bizarre antics may be more than just feline folly. The kitty may be seeing things that human eyes can't.

Unlike humans, many animals see in ultraviolet, and a study now suggests that cats, dogs and other mammals can, too. Knowing these animals see things invisible to humans could shed some light on the animals' behavior, the researchers say. Read more...

Grumpy Cat

Pictures of Cats Are More Popular Than Selfies: Here’s Why

February 19, 2014 - - Research published today shows that we are a nation of online cat lovers, preferring to post images and videos of our favourite moggies rather than share selfies.

According to a study by mobile network Three, internet users share more than twice as many online cat pictures than selfies. Read more...

4000 Birds Seized in Largest Cockfighting Bust

Update: 4,000 Birds Seized in Largest Cockfighting Bust in NY State

February 13, 2014 - - Earlier this week, we told you about our support of a massive cockfighting bust that spanned three counties in New York State. At the request of the New York State Attorney General's Office, the ASPCA is still on the ground at an Ulster County farm, assisting with the removal, transport and sheltering of as many as 4,000 fighting roosters. Read more...

Facebook and Microchip Bring Thomas Home after Eight Years

Facebook and Microchip Bring Thomas Home After Eight Years

February 12, 2014 - - A handsome tuxedo boy named Thomas went missing from the garden of his Woodburn, Dalkeith, Scotland, UK home in 2005, and his guardian had long since given up thinking he might still be alive when she got the surprise of her life when checking in to a local cat rescue’s Facebook page last week. Read more...

4,000 Birds Seized in Cockfighting Raid

Breaking News: 4,000 Birds Seized in Largest Cockfighting Bust in NY History

February 10, 2014 - - At the request of the New York State Attorney General's Office, the ASPCA, the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police, assisted with the removal, transport and sheltering of as many as 4,000 fighting roosters in the largest cockfighting case in New York State history. Read more...

Manatee Animal Rescue Raid

Over 300 Animals Seized from Manatee County Animal Rescue

February 6, 2014 - - MANATEE COUNTY, FLA. – A nearly two-month investigation into an animal sanctuary and shelter continued on Wednesday when multiple agencies executed a search warrant, seizing over 300 animals from the property.

Investigators donned protective suits and masks before going inside a home at the Napier’s Log Cabin Horse and Animal Sanctuary on State Road 64. Read more...

Joel Schreibvogel Investigation - Tiger Photo

USDA Should Revoke Federal License of Nation’s Largest Big Cat Breeder

February 6, 2014 - - For several years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has had an open investigation regarding big cat breeder and exhibitor Joe Schreibvogel of the Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park, formerly GW Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Okla. for violations of the Animal Welfare Act. Animal protection organizations have asked the USDA to permanently revoke Schreibvogel’s exhibitor license. Read more...

Couple Arrested for Braving Avalanche to Bring Cat to the Vet

Couple Arrested for Braving Avalanche to Get Cat to the Vet

January 30, 2014 - - Ninja needed help and the only vet clinic that would see him without getting money up front was on the other side of an avalanche that blocked the road. His petmom and her partner were arrested for entering the avalanche zone but their determination saved Ninja’s life. Read more...


That One Time A CATNADO Actually Happened In England

January 28, 2014 - -  Severe weather swept across parts of the United Kingdom earlier this week, bringing heavy downpours and strong winds that left thousands without power and "lifted cats in the air," according to the BBC.

Yes, you read that right. A "catnado" -- a tornado filled with cats -- actually occurred. (Seriously.) Read more...

Help Sick Calves Sent to Slaughter

Help Sick Calves Sent to Slaughter

January 27, 2014 - - An HSUS undercover investigation at Catelli Bros. -- a calf slaughter plant in Shrewsbury, New Jersey -- found downed calves enduring horrible mistreatment and others inhumanely slaughtered. Read more...

Inside Look at Kentucky Puppy Mills

Video: Inside Look at Kentucky Puppy Mill Rescue

January 24, 2014 - - lThe ASPCA joined local authorities to remove more than 40 dogs, including Chihuahuas and blood hounds, from a large, substandard breeding facility—also referred to as a puppy mill—in Nancy, Kentucky. Read more...

Owl Chick Reunited with Family

Owl Chick Reunited with Family

January 21, 2014 - - Thanks to a quick-thinking couple from Ohio, it’s a happy new year for an owl family in South Florida.

In late December, a great horned owl chick was found on the ground at the foot of a tree by two vacationers. Too young to fly, hunt for food, or evade predators on her own, the chick was picked up and brought to South Florida Wildlife Center for immediate care. Read more...

Skateboarding Cat

Skateboarding Cat Who Lives Life in the Fast Lane

January 21, 2014 - - If you’re going to have nine lives, you can be a little bit reckless with at least one of them.

Didga the cat is living life in the fast lane on board his motorised skateboard Ollie.
Stunning spectators, he cruised through the Australian coastal town of Coolongatta. Read more...

Skinny moves it

Skinny Moves It

January 20, 2014 - - Here’s a fun and heartwarming cat exercise video starring Skinny, who knows how to move it, and has lost 17 pounds since being found, barely able to walk, in a woman’s back yard in Texas 16 months ago.
Skinny, the famously fat cat, was found in Richardson, TX in September 2012. Since his initial weigh-in at 42 pounds, he has been on a long weight loss journey. He is down to 25 pounds! Read more...

Cat Alerts Neighbor to Impending Heart Attack

Cat Alerts Neighbor to Impending Heart Attack

January 15, 2014 - - Heaton Norris, UK resident Pete White says his neighbor’s cat Chequers saved his life by warning him he was about to have a heart attack earlier this month.

Chequers came to the Whites’ door meowing to come inside on January 2 and stuck by Mr. White in a very uncharacteristic manner. Read more...

year of the horse - ASPCA breaking news

Breaking News: 2014 Is, Indeed, the Year of the Horse!

January 13, 2014 - ASPCA - The U.S. Congress just released the brand new funding bill for FY2014 – a massive bill involving more than a trillion tax dollars – and we are thrilled to announce that horse slaughter will not be coming back to United States soil. Read more...

Astoria Cats are Disappearing

Animal Lovers Fear Someone is Making Astoria’s Stray Cats Disappear

January 8, 2014 - Call it the case of Astoria’s disappearing stray cats.

Once prominent in Astoria, felines across the neighborhood seem to be disappearing at an alarming rate, according to several people who have fed and cared for them. Read more...
End Carriage Horse Rides in NYC

Let’s End Carriage Horse Rides in New York City


January 2, 2014 - - On December 30, then-Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio unequivocally reaffirmed his stance against the use of carriage horses in New York City. Read more...

Missing Cat Slate is Found After 4 1/2 Years

Missing Cat, Slate, is Found After 4 1/2 Years

January 2, 2014 - - Slate is back with his family again after nearly five years, thanks to his microchip and the people who helped him.

Collingwood, Ontario resident Karen Young was surprised one day about a month ago when she received a phone call from Bellbrae Animal Hospital, also in Collingwood, telling her the cat she had not seen in four and a half years had been found. Read more...

Fur Flies in Cat Spat at Manatee Trailer Community

Fur Flies in Cat Spat at Manatee's Trailer Estates Community


January 1, 2014 - - A colony of feral cats is causing a spat at Trailer Estates, where some residents are angry because they say the animals have become a nuisance. Read more...


Maximus is reunited with family on Christmas eve

Lost Cat Maximus' Christmas Eve Rescue

December 26, 2013 - - Indoor cat Maximus got out and was missing for a week before he was discovered to be stranded with an injury up high in a pine tree on a steep hillside. A highly trained rescue team got him safely down from the tree and back home to his relieved and grateful owner on Christmas Eve. Read more...


Cats shot in Las Vegas

Residents Unite Against Cats Being Shot


December 25, 2013 - - Volunteers were out in a Westside neighborhood looking for suspects after two cats were shot with a pellet gun. Resident gates weren't enough to keep a crime from happening in a neighborhood near Fort Apache Road and Charleston Boulevard as homeowners were greeted by a flyer with an ominous warning - Someone is Shooting Pets. Read more...


Italian Officer Saves the Life of a Cat

Italian Army Medical Officer Faces Prosecution for Saving the Life of a Cat


December 23, 2013 - - It is being widely reported in the Italian and British press that Italian army reservist Barbara Balanzoni is facing prosecution for doing the humane thing and saving the life of cat in distress at a Nato base in Kosovo. Read more...

Hillsborough Community Cats Update Dec 2013

Update: Good News! Hillsborough County Commissioners Enact Trap-Neuter-Return Ordinance


December 19, 2013 - Alley Cat Allies - Good news! On December 18, Hillsborough County commissioners enacted a Trap-Neuter-Return ordinance by a 6-1 margin. Feral cat caregivers now have legal protection for the valuable community service they perform. Read more...

Cats were domesticated 5,300 years ago

Cats Were First Domesticated at Least 5,300 Years Ago, Study Shows


December 18, 2013 - - We log into live streams of cats sitting in front of Christmas-themed fireplaces. There's a cat documentary film festival in Brooklyn, New York, and most YouTube cat videos are insta-hits. There's no denying people love their cats. But just how long have humans had feline friends? More than 5,000 years, according to a new study. Read more...

Cool for Cats

Cool for Cats


December 18, 2013 - NY Times - If there is a stylish product made for cats, chances are Kate Benjamin owns it or has written about it. Or both. Ms. Benjamin, 42, started blogging about her favorite things for cats in 2007, and over time a business began to emerge. Read more...

Poor Cat Owner Knowledge Linked to 850,000 kittens each year

Poor Owner Knowledge of Cat Sex Life Linked to 850,000 Unplanned Kittens Every Year


December 16, 2013 - - Widespread ignorance among cat-owners about the sex lives of their pets may be leading to more than 200,000 unplanned litters -- or more than 850,000 kittens every year in the UK, finds research published online in Veterinary Record. Read more...

Hillsborough County Community Cats are In Danger

Hillsborough County Community Cats Are Still In Danger
Please Sign the Petition to Help Save Them 


December 13, 2013 - - On December 18, 2013 the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will vote on amending the ordinances needed to allow the healthy cats to be TNVR’d out of Hillsborough County Animal Services (HCAS) instead of euthanizing them, which is what Hillsborough County has been doing up until now. Read more...


Lil Bub

The Cult of Purr-sonality


December 12, 2013 - - It’s a cat’s world. We’re just renting space in it. Nowhere is that more evident than on the Internet, which, according to those who analyze these sorts of things, is made of cats. A daily tsunami of cartoons, Vines, memes, and GIFs celebrates every facet of cat character, from cute to conniving, carefree to “couldn’t care less.” Read more...

Feral Cats in Nativity Scene

Feral Cats Make Themselves at Home in Nativity Scene


December 11, 2013 - - New York photographer Rafael Lopez Jr. reported last week on the story of a nativity scene in Red Hook, Brooklyn that is populated by a small colony of feral cats who delight passersby as they sit nestled in the creche along with the usual figures. Read more...

Cats in Bayside Prison's TNR Program are in Danger

Cats In Bayside Prison's TNR Program in Danger


December 11, 2013 - Alley Cat Allies - A colony of feral cats outside Bayside State Prison in New Jersey is at risk of being killed. The cats have been part of a successful TNR program for nearly 10 years, but a new prison administrator plans to hire a contractor to catch and kill the cats. Read more...

Watching Your Pet's Waistline This Holiday Season

Watching Your Pet’s Waistline This Holiday Season


December 6, 2013 - - Though we humans are often told to watch our waistlines during this season of holiday cookies and pie, it’s also important to keep our pets’ weight in mind. While it may be tempting for you or your party guests to share some extra treats from the table with your dogs and cats, those extra calories can really add up. Read more...

puppy mill

Sarasota County: Take a stand against puppy mills!


December 6, 2013 -  At the December 10 meeting of the Sarasota County Commission, commissioners will discuss a proposed ordinance that would prohibit the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits at pet stores. In addition, the ordinance would stop the sale of pets at flea markets, in parking lots and along roadsides.

Local breeders would be allowed to continue to sell dogs, cats and rabbits, but only if those animals were bred and raised on the premises of the person selling the animal. The ordinance would also allow pet stores to provide space for animals from animal shelters/rescue groups for the purpose of adoption. Existing pet stores would have one year to stop the sale of cats, dogs and rabbits.
Please contact the Sarasota County Commission and urge them to support the proposed ordinance. It is important that commissioners understand that there is widespread support for this ordinance among local residents. 

St. Bernard Snuggles with Cats

St. Bernard Keeps Stray Cats Warm Every Night

November 28, 2013 - - Dozens of stray cats have been welcomed by a nine year old giant St. Bernard who let his feline friends cuddle up to him every night to shelter them from the cold.

His name is Yankee who lives in a home in Iowa. Owner Keegan Vansoelen frequently finds the cats coming to his home from a barn and snuggling up to his dog Yankee for warmth. Read more...

Cat and Adoptive Parent Firefighter

Cat Set on Fire to Be Adopted by Philadelphia Firefighter

November 27, 2013 - - The Pennsylvania SPCA announced today that Campbell, the cat set on fire in the Olney section of Philadelphia on November 10, 2013, will be adopted by Stephen Paslawski, a Lieutenant in the Philadelphia Fire Department. Read more...

Cat Stuck on Viaduct

Cat Stuck On Viaduct Rescued After 2-Day Mission By Firefighters 

November 24, 2013 - Huffington Post - A curious cat was stuck atop a Manchester, U.K. viaduct, blissfully unaware that firefighters were trying to save him for two days.

The black-and-white kitty was finally snared by a humane trap...Read more

HSUS Rescue in the Phillippines

Animal Rescue Team in the Phillippines

November 25, 2013 - Humane Society International - Our animal rescue team is still on the ground in the Philippines -- operating a shelter in Cebu, rescuing pets off the island of Tacloban, and responding to requests for food and veterinary care on site. Many of the rescued pets have been reunited with their families, and we will continue to do whatever is necessary to help both people and animals affected by disaster. Read more...

ASPCA Humane Awards 2013

ASPCA Humane Awards: Meet the Dog, Cat and Kid of the Year


November 21, 2013 - ASPCA - A group of amazing people and animals will be honored today at the 2013 ASPCA Humane Awards Luncheon in New York City. The annual ceremony recognizes special animals and individuals who made a positive and lasting impact during the past year. Read more...

Missing Dog found under tornado rubble

Heartwarming Reunion: Illinois Tornado Survivor Finds His Missing Dog Buried Alive Under Rubble


November 20, 2013 - - Jon Byler Dann, above, survived the devastating tornado that struck Washington, Ill., by hunkering down in the basement clutching his four children – ages 8, 5, 2½ and 1½. But an important member of the family was still in harm's way. Read more...

Save Florida Greyhounds

Florida: Help Free Thousands of Greyhounds from Misery at the Dog Track!


November 19, 2013 - ASPCA - We need your help to eradicate dog racing in Florida, home to 12 dog racing tracks (the most in the U.S.!). State law requires businesses with gambling licenses to operate Greyhound tracks if they want to offer any manner of gambling. Read more...

Ji-Ji Bear on the roof

Our Columnist Rescued a Kitten! Should He Keep Her?


November 12, 2013 - - Phillip Mlynar saw a kitten on the roof opposite his Brooklyn apartment and knew he had to help. After two long weeks, he conjured up a rescue for the hungry and frightened fluffball, now named JiJi Bear -- and he's wondering whether he should break his longtime one-cat rule to adopt her. Read more...

Florida Greyhounds Need Your Help

Florida Greyhounds Still Need Your Help


November 14, 2014 - - Over the next few months, Florida lawmakers will vote on changing the state's gambling laws. Some of these changes will affect greyhound racing, and can either help or hurt thousands of dogs. Read more...

The Truth About Chicken

How did the chicken cross the road? He couldn't.


November 14, 2013 - ASPCA - Most modern-day chickens couldn’t cross the road if they tried. Learn more and take action. Help us reach 50,000 signatures by November 18! Read more...

Pigs Deserve to Turn Around

Would You Like To Live In An Airplane Seat?


November 12, 2013 - - Millions of pigs are confined inside gestation crates — cages so small they're unable even to turn around. ItÂ’s like living in an airline seat! Read more...


ASPCA Appeal - Stop Horse Slaughter

URGENT: Stop Horse Slaughter NOW!!


November 8, 2013 - ASPCA - There is no such thing as a commercial horse slaughter plant that does not inflict cruelty on horses. And horse slaughter is not only bad for horses, it’s also bad for people. Meat from American horses is unsafe for human consumption. Our horses are not raised as food animals; they are raised to be companions, sport competitors or work partners. Read more...

 Kitten Bowl

 First Annual Kitten Bowl in 2014


It may be a little early to start getting excited about who's playing in the Super Bowl, but Hallmark Channel is already gearing up for 2014's first annual 'Kitten Bowl.' Read more...

Protect Racehorses

Protect Racehorses, Prohibit Performance-Enhancing Drugs!

October 31, 2013 - ASPCA - Though horse racing used to be called the “sport of kings,” racehorses are not treated as royalty. One cruel and widespread practice is the “doping,” or drugging, of racehorses. Last year The New York Times published a shocking exposé into the widespread doping of racehorses, “Death and Disarray at America’s Racetracks” (3/25/12). Read more...

Facebook Arrest

Facebook Post Results in Arrest of Woman Who Lit Her Cat's Tail on Fire


October 26, 2013 - - A Redlands, CA woman who lit the end of her cat’s tail on fire and posted a video to Facebook has been arrested and the cat, who did not sustain serious injury, is in the care of Redlands Animal Control. Read more..

Jerky causing illness in cats and dogs

FDA: Cause of Pet Jerky Related Illnesses in Dogs and Cats Still Unknown

October 24, 2013 - ASPCA - LThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has shared some upsetting news: Over the past few years, thousands of dogs and at least 10 cats have become sick after eating various forms of jerky for pets—and around 580 pets have died. Read more...

Subway Kitties found a home

Subway Shut-Down Cat Couple Adopted


October 23, 2013 - - Kitties board the love train for a purr-fect ending! The two kitties, Arthur and August, who shut down subway lines two months ago have found a new home. They have been adopted by Brooklyn couple Katherine Lynn and Keith Lubeley. Read more...


Good Samaritan Rescues Kitten

Good Samaritan and Shelter Staff Rescue Kitten Trap


October 23, 2013 - - Staff from Southern Pines Animal Shelter in Hattiesburg, MS saved the day for a little kitten trapped down a drain and a Good Samaritan and others who’d been trying to get her rescued for days. Read more...

Dog Fighting Case Update

Dog Fighting Case Update: Two Defendants Sentenced


October 2013 - ASPCA - Two individuals connected with last March’s raid learned that they would serve time in prison, pay large fines and perform community service for their roles in the illegal enterprise. Read more...

Wine for Cats

Japanese Company Debuts a New Wine — For Your Cat 


October 16, 2013 - - How about a nice mew-veau for kitty? Nyan Nyan Nouveau is named after Beaujolais Noveau. No doubt it's purr-fect with fish. 

Find the idea of curling up alone with a bottle of wine depressing? Now you don't have to. Simply pour your cat a glass as well. Read more...

Protesters in Kitten Torture Case Against Judges Son

Protesters Pleased with Developments in Kitten Torture Case Against Judge's Son


October 9, 2013 - - Animal advocates who turned out to protest and to represent the kitten victims at the Oriskany Village Court in Oneida County, NY today were largely pleased with developments in a torture case against the son of a local judge. Read more...

Puppy Mill Poodles

Nearly 80 Dogs, Other Animals Rescued from NC Puppy Mill


October 9, 2013 - - Nearly 80 animals were rescued from a Pender County, N.C., property after local law enforcement became concerned about this facility when a consumer filed a  complaint regarding a sick puppy. Read more...

Rare Janus Kitten

Rare, Two-Faced Janus Cat Born in Brazil


October 9, 2023 - - A white two-faced kitten was born to a house cat in Brazil on Monday. A resident of the Brazilian beach resort community of Balneario Camboriu made a short video with her cat and its newborn kittens on Monday, including the rare two-faced Janus kitten born in the litter. Read more...

Thumper learns to walk

Disabled Kitten Uses Walker to Take First Steps


October 5, 2013 - Huffington Post - It was unsure if Thumper, a white kitten with black spots, would ever walk, but once he took his first step, there wasn't a dry eye in the room. Thumper was homeless and abandoned in a yard. There were three litters stranded in the bushes left to die. Nine kittens were saved that day by PACT, including Thumper. Read more...

Take Cruelty Seriously

Tell Local Authorities: Take Cruelty Seriously!

October 3, 2013 - -On August 25 in Walton County, Florida, a man shot MommaCat in cold blood right in front of her caregivers. Even as they begged him to stop, he ignored them and shot her again.

A Walton County police officer responded and refused to do anything. And despite a clear case of animal cruelty and pressure from Alley Cat Allies and thousands of citizens, the Sheriff’s Department declined to charge the shooter. Read more...

Bobbin is found after school bus crashes into rescue shelter

Cat Missing After School Bus Crashes into Rescue Shelter is Found

October 2, 2013 - - There was one bit of good news today for staff and volunteers with Wright-Way Rescue in Niles, Illinois, when a missing cat named Bobbin was found a few hours after a school bus crashed through the rescue’s building, displacing the animals and disrupting the process that saves animals in danger of euthanization and transports them so they can live and find good homes. Read more...



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