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A hospital in Syracuse, New York is paying dog-adoption fees to improve heart health for humans.
The Post-Standard says St. Joseph’s Health is making the offer through February at two rescue organizations.
It cites studies that show having a dog can lower blood pressure and stress levels, reduce the chance of a heart attack and provide other health benefits.
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Most dog owners will tell you they consider their beloved pets to be members of their families. Now new research suggests that dogs may be even more like us than previously thought.
Evan MacLean, director of the Arizona Canine Cognition Center at the University of Arizona, found that dogs and 2-year-old children show similar patterns in social intelligence, much more so than human children and one of their closest relatives: chimpanzees. The findings, published in the journal Animal Behaviour, could help scientists better understand how humans evolved socially. Read more
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The social ability of dogs is affected by genes that also seems to influence human behaviour, according to a new study from Linköping University in Sweden. The scientists have found a relationship between five different genes and the ability of dogs to interact with humans. Four of them also show similarities to certain conditions in humans. Read more
Research published this week in the journal Vaccine reports field trials of the oral vaccine SAG2 in Ethiopian wolves, Africa’s most threatened carnivore and the world’s rarest canid.
The trials, undertaken by the University of Oxford, the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority and the UK Animal and Plant Health Agency in the Bale Mountains of Ethiopia, are the first ever conducted in wild populations of an endangered carnivore.
Some animals go above and beyond the call of duty. Recently the American Humane Association gave out their Hero Dog Awards. While all the finalists’ stories are inspiring (you can read them here), this one is my favorite.
The 2015 A Voice for Animals Contest is now open for submissions. Now in its 26thyear, the contest affords teens (ages 14-18) an opportunity to investigate the causes of animal suffering and explore potential solutions. Submissions will be accepted May 15 through August 15, and the winners will be announced no later than November 6, 2015.
This year, A Voice for Animals Contest has two entrant categories:
- Entrants in the 14-15 year old category are invited to write an essay that addresses either the mistreatment of one animal species or one cause of animal suffering, or the preservation of one species threatened with extinction, occurring anywhere in the world, and potential solutions to the issue.
- Entrants in the 16-18 year old category must become involved in a project (new or pre-existing) that addresses either the mistreatment of one animal species or one cause of animal suffering, or the preservation of one species threatened with extinction, occurring anywhere in the world. Students must submit either 1) a written essay with accompanying photos, or 2) an original video.
Indiana based pet food manufacturer J.J. Fuds announced the recall of a select lot of J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks Pet Food because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria.
According to a press release issued by the FDA, the recall came after the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development conducted routine tests and the results showed positive for Listeria.
Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Listeria infection can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.
Animals ill with Listeria will display symptoms similar to those seen in humans.
Top Five Reasons to Adopt
Thinking of adding a pet to your family? Here are five reasons to adopt your new best friend.
1. If you adopt, you’ll save a life
Around 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized each year in the United States simply because too many people give up their pets, and too few people adopt from shelters.
Because there is limited space at shelters, staff members sometimes need to make very hard decisions to euthanize animals who haven’t been adopted.
The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them.
By adopting from a private humane society or animal shelter, rescue group, or the local animal-control agency, you’ll help save the lives of two animals—the pet you adopt and a homeless animal somewhere who can be rescued because of space you helped free up.
2. When you adopt, you get a healthy pet
Animal shelters and rescue groups are brimming with happy, healthy animals just waiting for someone to take them home. Most shelters examine and give vaccinations to animals when they arrive, and many spay or neuter them before being adopted. In addition to medical care, more and more shelters also screen animals for specific temperaments and behaviors to make sure each family finds the right pet for its lifestyle.
It is a common misconception that animals end up in shelters or with rescue groups because they’ve been abused or done something “wrong.” In fact, most animals are given to shelters or rescue groups because of “people reasons,” not because of anything they’ve done. Things like a divorce, a move, lack of time, and financial constraints are among the most common reasons pets lose their homes.
3. Adopting will save you money
Adopting a pet from an animal shelter or rescue group is much less expensive than buying a pet at a pet store or through other sources. In addition, animals from many shelters are already spayed or neutered and vaccinated, which makes the shelter’s fee a real bargain.
4. Adopting a pet will make you feel better
Pets have a way of putting a smile on your face and a spring in your step. Not only do animals give you unconditional love, but they have been shown to be psychologically, emotionally, and physically beneficial. Caring for a companion animal can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment and lessen feelings of loneliness and isolation in all age groups.
Find your new best friend today! Search for adoptable pets at theShelter Pet Project.
Pets can help your physical health as well—just spending time with an animal can help lower a person’s blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and dog walking, pet grooming, and even petting provide increased physical activity that can help strengthen the heart, improve blood circulation, and slow the loss of bone tissue. Put simply, pets aren’t just good friends; they’re also good medicine and can improve a person’s well-being in many ways.
5. If you adopt, you won’t be supporting puppy mills and pet stores
Puppy mills are “factory style” breeding facilities that put profit above the welfare of dogs. Most animals raised in puppy mills are housed in shockingly poor conditions with improper medical care, and the parents of the puppies are kept in cages to be bred over and over for years, without human companionship and with little hope of ever joining a family. And after they’re no longer profitable, breeding dogs are simply discarded—either killed, abandoned or sold at auction.
Puppy-mill puppies are sold to unsuspecting consumers in pet stores, over the Internet, and through newspaper classified advertisements to whoever is willing to pay for them.
Marketed as coming from great breeders, well-rehearsed sales tactics keep money flowing to the puppy mill by ensuring that buyers never get to see where the pups actually come from (a vital step in puppy-buying). Many of the puppies have serious behavioral and health problems that might not be apparent for months, including medical problems that can cost thousands of dollars to treat, if they are treatable at all. Unfortunately, a lot of people are not even aware that puppy mills exist, so when they buy a pet from a pet store, online or other retail outlet, they are unwittingly supporting this cruel industry.
By adopting instead of buying a pet, you can be certain you aren’t supporting cruel puppy mills with your money. Puppy mills will continue to operate until people stop purchasing from them. Instead of buying a pet, visit your local shelter or contact a local rescue group, where you will likely to find dozens of healthy, well-socialized puppies, kittens, and adult pets—including purebreds—just waiting for that special home—yours.
We found the following article on The National Humane’s Society’s webpage and wanted to share it with you.
Common-sense tips, the latest recalls, and new FDA rules to protect your pets
While it’s nearly impossible to ensure that your pet will never come in contact with tainted pet food or treats, you can reduce your pet’s risk. Protect your pet by taking these four important steps:
1. Follow common-sense tips for protecting your pet from harmful food
• Check our list of recalled foods and treats regularly for information about items that have been recalled. You may also want to join our online community to receive information about recalls via the Pet of the Week enewsletter.
• If your pet’s food or treats are recalled, immediately stop feeding the product to your pet. You can return recalled products to the store where you purchased them for a full refund or dispose of them in a secure area not accessible to animals. If you have questions about recalled food or treats, contact the manufacturer.
• If your pet may have consumed a recalled product, consult your veterinarian, even if your pet isn’t showing any symptoms.
2. File a complaint with the FDA if your pet has been poisoned
If your pet has become ill or died because of a tainted food or treats, please report it to The FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in your state.
3. Watch this video from The FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine
The FDA is proposing stronger rules on tainted pet food. Act now to make those rules effective:
- Read The HSUS’s response to the proposed rules »
- Read Wayne’s Blog on why the proposed rules are necessary »
- Watch the FDA’s presentation on the rules »