Similar to how Antonina and Jan Zabinski interacted during World War II with their zoo animals up close and personal, actors Jessica Chastain and Johan Heldenbergh engage with animals on a movie set much the same. In the newly released flick, “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” this real-life story details how these Warsaw zookeepers used their positions to hide Jews in a zoo where the animals cohabitate with the residents.
Saving a dog or cat from euthanasia is a noble endeavor. Dog and cat non-kill animal shelters also have this as a goal. But the volunteer group known as the Unwanted NYC Pets and their proactive initiatives take rescues one step further. They not only rescue dogs and cats from the brink of demise, they provide cost-laden makeovers and rehabilitation.
Each year in advance of the Super Bowl, there’s another ‘Bowl’ that catches the imagination of thousands of fans. Now, into its 8th year on Animal Planet, the Puppy Bowl has become ‘ruff-er and ruff-er’ to come up with funny quips to describe this momentous event.
Does your dog have the jaws of a teething shark and the ferocity of a hungry crocodile? So does Jessie, my co-reviewing golden retriever, so I’m always on the lookout for toys she can’t shred within one minute or less, so here’s a shopping guide for big and strong puppy owners:
I can think of a lot of things I would do if I were 97-years-old. Actually, that's a lie. I will probably just stay in bed and watch re-runs of NCIS. But, this woman has the right idea--and she's awesome.
Zoos have been under intense scrutiny in the U.S., as more and more animal advocacy groups protest against the inhumane treatment of animals held in captivity. In my recent blog titled, “Are Zoos & Animal Captivity Outdated Paradigms,” I referenced the killing of the 450-pound gorilla Harambe at the Cincinnati Zoo in addition to the derelict treatment of orca whales at Sea World, and the retirement of dolphins from the National Aquarium.
The growing population of homeless existing in the United States is an issue of grave concern. In urban areas likes New York City, there are temporary emergency centers and soup kitchens that can provide these disenfranchised folks with food and a roof over their head.
But humans aren’t the only ones suffering from homelessness?