Kitty gets stuck on a tower.
Rescuers this week plucked a black cat from a water tower, which has been converted to hold cellular infrastructure in the town of LaSalle, north of Denver.
The cat had been stranded almost a week.
Technical Rescue Systems, a Fort-Collins based training firm, arrived to save the animal. Company founder Steve Flemming says he has no idea how the small feline got up the tower in the first place.
Two climbers scaled the tower and herded the cat into a pet carrier before lowering it to the ground.
A small crowd that gathered to watch the spectacle unfold erupted in applause.
Ruff justice for dog on death row....
A Michigan dog who spent weeks on death row has returned home after DNA tests cleared him in the death of Vlad, a dog next door.
Jeb, a Belgian Malinois, was released to his owner this week. Kenneth Job was emotional, saying his dog looks "awful skinny but he's alive."
Jeb was seen standing over Vlad's body on Aug. 24 in St. Clair Township, 50 miles northeast of Detroit. Authorities said the Pomeranian's injuries suggest he was picked up and shaken by a larger animal.
A judge ordered that Jeb be euthanized. But he also agreed to DNA tests on Vlad's body. The result: No DNA from Jeb.
Jeb's owner has agreed to install an adequate fence.
Americans are spending more on health care — for their pets
Pets — they're just like us! Or, at least, we Americans try mighty hard to make them so.
We give them fluffy beds. We take them to work. We offer them kale treats and put them on gluten-free diets. We dress them up in Halloween costumes, and we strap fitness trackers on them. Our ancestors named their dogs Fido and Rover; we name ours Max and Lucy.
Another aspect of life we share with our animals? Rising spending on health care, according to a recent working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Only about 1 percent of pets have health insurance.
Even so, after crunching some numbers, the economists found a few striking numbers on health-care system for Fido - er, Lucy.
Using annual data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Expenditure Survey, the authors found that although spending as a share of gross domestic product on housing and entertainment were "fairly flat" from 1996 to 2012, spending on pet purchases, medical supplies and veterinary services have followed human health-care spending "remarkably closely." It rose about 60 percent for pet health care in that time.
The authors, economists at Stanford and MIT, don't make any judgments about what this says about our relationship with pets.
So now got one more thing to share with your pooch: grumbling about medical bills.
Pets are not children, says writer
Most people who have pets agree they are like family, but a New York Magazine writer says “pets are not children, so stop calling them that.”
M.A. Wallace with New York Magazine writes that the idea that you are a parent when you have a pet is unsettling and argues in the opinion article that this trend must end.
"It’s their sincerity that worries me because it can’t mean nothing that," Wallace writes, "millions of people are happily, willfully confused about the difference between having a pet and raising a child."
He argues that children are the connection to the future, but pets "don't change" and that the time you spend with them tends to be the same-old thing.
"We keep them to meet our needs, not theirs."
What do you think of people referring to their pets as children? Does it bother you? Join our conversation and call TPR now and tell us your thoughts. Are pets your children?
The Critical Role Pets Play In Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is often portrayed in the context of two people: an aggressor and a victim. But this leaves out crucially-involved figures who play an influential role in both victim safety and the progression of violence. Why are these figures overlooked? Because they aren’t human; they’re pets.
As National Domestic Violence Awareness Month comes to an end, it’s important to realize and remember that a victim’s concern about the safety of household pets can delay or even prevent her escape from an abusive relationship.
In published studies from 2007 and 2008, one-third of domestic violence survivors say they hesitated to seek shelter because of their concern for a pet’s welfare, and as many as 25 percent report that they’ve returned to an abusive partner out of concern for their pet.
That fear is often justified. Studies show that domestic abusers often intentionally target pets to exert control over their partners – over 50 percent of pet-owning women entering domestic violence shelters reported that their abusers threatened, harmed, or killed a family pet.
Given that, in America, one out of four women experiences domestic violence in her lifetime, and a woman is abused every nine seconds, more should be done to keep victims and their pets together as both seek shelter. This includes allowing pets in the same temporary homes as victims, an accommodation offered by only three percent of domestic violence shelters.
That’s why we support and encourage action on the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act, which criminalizes the intentional targeting of a domestic partner’s pet with the intent to kill, injure, harass, or intimidate. The PAWS Act expands interstate stalking provisions within the existing Violence Against Women Act to make crossing state lines to injure pets an offense punishable by up to five years in prison. The bill will also establish grants to help provide housing for both victims and their at-risk pets, and allow victims to recover their veterinary costs.
Thirty-one U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico have all passed laws to protect the pets of domestic violence victims, and the PAWS Act would provide federal protections to complement these state laws.
We also encourage domestic violence shelters and victim advocates to ask incoming clients about pets in their homes as well as the threats those pets face from abusive partners. With this information, communities can coordinate with local animal shelters and veterinarians to provide pet-friendly housing options that can make a life-saving difference for victims, their children, and their pets.