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.
Refugees from foreign countries are of topical interest in the United States these days, particularly with the recent ‘travel ban’ imposed by the president. Generally speaking, a refugee is defined as a displaced person who has been forced to cross national boundaries and is unable to return to his or her home of origin. Wildlife that are captured and sent to zoos, circuses and other forms of captivity can be considered refugees as well, when they attempt escape.
Police rescued 103 puppies from an overturned transport van that was driven into a ditch off of interstate 86 in Avoca, a town located in Steuben County, New York. The puppies were being delivered by a woman traveling from Missouri to local pet stores. The New York State Police immediately contacted the Finger Lakes SPCA to help house the pups and attend to medical issues and relocation.
The death of an Orca whale on January 6 was a very sad event. We’ve heard a good number of reports over the years regarding these magnificent creatures being washed ashore at the end of their lives. While not the largest animal known to man [that distinction is reserved for the Blue Whale], Orcas are not light-weights either. They are known to weigh up to 6 tons in weight and 32 feet in length, at full maturity.
My blogs over the years have covered the perils and forecasts of the many endangered species on this planet. In my post, “Why We Should Be Concerned About The Sixth Mass Extinction?” I reported on the current ‘extinction event’ that is happening in our lifetimes. Think about that! There have only been five periods of heightened animal extinction since the dawn of time, and the most current one is happening right under our noses.
In a few of my past posts, I reported on microchipping dogs and its importance in locating lost pets, particularly during inclement weather such as hurricanes. Of recent date, the application of microchipping has expanded to include some of our other most loved pets. For instance, with parrots, like dogs, this procedure is a lot safer than the standard, traditional leg bands.