SeaWorld in Orlando, FL., is joining forces with the SPCA of Central Florida and Orange County Animal Services to encourage more people to adopt dogs and cats in need of a home.
“SeaWorld’s Happy Tails” is a new animal adoption campaign that offers pet lovers two free single-day admissions to SeaWorld when they adopt a dog or cat from one of the participating animal shelters. Tickets are valid for admission to the park for a day at any time within one year of receipt.
Over 39,000 animals in need of a good home are impounded each year at the SPCA of Central Florida shelters in Orlando and Sanford, and the Orange County Animal Services shelter in Orlando. SeaWorld’s National Animal Ambassador has said the new program, starting today, is SeaWorld’s way of supporting the ‘incredible organizations and saying ‘thank you’ to people who help save animals’.
‘We are thrilled to partner with SeaWorld for an innovative program that benefits both pets and people in our community,’ said assistant manager of Orange County Animal Services, Dil Luther. ‘Saving a shelter pet’s life is a reward in itself, but a trip to SeaWorld is a generous ‘thank you’ new adopters will undoubtedly enjoy.’
Details of the program, including participating shelters, can be found on www.seaworldcares.com
The property is located in Surry County, VA and if bought, the 15 acre grounds would become the aptly named “Good Newz Rehab Center”. The center would include large penned area for dogs to run, many individual pens and a facility to help distressed dogs recuperate. The five bedroom luxury home would be turned into official offices for the group.
$600,000 will need to be raised by 3/20 in order to secure the property and an estimated 3 million in total will be needed for the full renovation. The group from Central Pennsylvania’s founder and CEO, Tamira Thayne stated, ‘our efforts at this time matter, because we recognize that this horrible thing happened, but now let’s turn it into something positive.’ Thayne went on to say that certain parts of the facility would not be built on and would be fenced off as a memorial to the dogs that were lost as a result of Vick’s fighting operation.
Dogs Deserve Better have a Facebook page named ‘999,999 Friends for the DDB Good Newz Rehab Center for Chained Dogs‘ in order to raise funds and awareness for the cause. The theory is that if 999,999 people join and donate just $1.00, then they will be able to afford the property and start work on it soon after. Donations are also being accepted on the Dogs Deserve Better website.
Over 40,000 animal rights supporters from around the world recently sent e-mails urging Unilever to stop testing tea on animals, practicing unnecessary animal cruelty. These emails prompted representatives from PETA and affiliates to fly to London to meet with Unilever, the world’s largest tea maker, and the company agreed to end such tests. Shortly after, a message was posted on the Unilever site that stated, ”Unilever is committing to no animal testing for our tea and tea-based beverages, with immediate effect.”
Cruel tests that involved tormenting and killing animals simply to study the health effects of tea products and ingredients will no longer take place at Unilever. It has been claimed that none of the experiments that the company ran were a legal requirement for beverage makers. Regulators have stated that animal tests are not required to prove a health claim about a product.
There is a recall on select the Kroger Food Company some of their pet food products in select retail stores as the food may contain aflatoxin, which can be harmful to animals. Aflatoxin is a naturally-occurring toxic chemical by-product from the growth of the fungus Aspergillus flavus on corn and other crops.
Kroger are recalling the following items:
* Pet Pride Cat Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111088128
* Pet Pride Cat Food sold in 18 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071357
* Pet Pride Tasty Blend Poultry & Seafood Cat Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111088152
* Pet Pride Tasty Blend Poultry & Seafood Cat Food sold in 18 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074580
* Pet Pride Kitten Formula Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071903
* Kroger Value Chunk Dog Food sold in 15 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071559Kroger Value Chunk Dog Food sold in 50 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code:1111000108
* Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food sold in 22 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074566
* Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food sold in 50 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074563
* Kroger Value Cat Food sold in 3 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111000018
Stores included in this recall: Kroger stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia; Dillons and Gerbes stores in Kansas and Missouri; Baker’s stores in Nebraska; Food 4 Less stores in Nebraska, Illinois and Indiana (Chicago area); and Jay C, Hilander, Owen’s, Pay Less and Scott’s stores in Illinois and Indiana.
Stores the company operates under the following names are not included in this recall: Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, King Soopers, Smith’s, QFC, City Market, Foods Co., and Food 4 Less stores in California and Nevada.
Aflatoxin can affect people and animals, particularly dogs, causing illness and liver damage. Symptoms of aflatoxin exposure include lack of appetite, lethargy, bloody diarrhea, vomiting and yellowing of the eyes. If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, please consult your veterinarian as soon as possible.
For more information, you can visit Kroger’s recall page or contact Kroger toll-free at (800) 632-690.
In Berlin, a Rhodesian Ridgeback called Etana has recently given birth to seventeen puppies. This extraordinary feat. has made life very hectic for Etana’s owner, Ramona Wegemann, who has been looking after the puppies non-stop since their birth.
Etana is physically unable to feed so many pups so Ramona has been bottle feeding them several times a day for weeks now, claiming she only gets a few minutes sleep at a time. When she’s not bottle feeding them, she is keeping them entertained. If one puppy is a handful, imagine seventeen!
More on this story can be found on the Huffington Post website
Pet Owners Concerned About Law Change
Animal owners are concerned about changes to the law regarding how pets are treated by their owners, reports News4Jax.com.
The report says that one of the most controversial issues that was contained within the proposal is the categorization of potential dangerous dogs.
It also proposes that every vet will need to sell a $20 city licence for every pet that is given a rabies shot – and from January every new pet will need a microchip for identification.
The proposal will also see a limit placed on ‘backyard breeding’, something of a concern for legitimate breeders.
Read more about this story at http://www.news4jax.com/news/24595984/detail.html
MoCity Offers Free Pet Registration
Missouri City pet owners are being encouraged to take their pets to Missouri City Animal Control division between 10am – 4pm on August 14th for free registration.
More details at http://www.fortbendnow.com/2010/08/11/47257
Pet Owners without tags face losing their dogs
NewsTribune.info reports that anyone who does not buy dog tags for their pet could face a fine, as well as losing their dog.
Mineral County Commissioner Assessor Rose Ann Maine has reminded pet owners that Mineral County residents should pay $3 per dog for a county licence, or $6 if they live in one of the municipalities.
Pet Health Insurance popularity rises
USA Today has reported that despite the economic downturn, pet owners are still making sacrifices in order to ensure that their pets are covered by health insurance.
Owners of dogs and cats are increasingly taking out insurance for more extreme health issues, such as kidney transplants to hip replacements to help improve their health and wellbeing in elderly or ailing pets.