It is with heavy heart that I read this message about the passing of a dear friend Doris Day. Please consider making a donation in her name to DDAP her animal organization that supports animals everywhere.
With heavy hearts, we share the news that Doris Day passed away peacefully at her home in Carmel, Calif. She had just celebrated her 97th birthday on April 3, and many of you attended birthday events and sent your best wishes from around the globe. She delighted in hearing from you! She was in good physical health to the end, and we are so grateful she was surrounded by friends as she passed.
The world has lost a light. Doris was not just a darling of song and screen, but a close friend, an inspiration when the world seemed bleak, and a dear, compassionate advocate for her favorite beings on Earth: the 4-leggers.
Her life's work -- her music, her films, and her animal advocacy -- comprise an enduring legacy. Fans will continue to laugh at her romantic comedies, admire her dramatic grit, marvel at her pitch and interpretation of so many great, songs. She redefined what it meant to be a girl singer with a Big Band, and she broke the mold for Hollywood starlets. And for so many fans, young and old, the name Doris Day will always make us smile.
Doris' passionate work on behalf of dogs, cats, horses, sea lions, raptors and other animals in need of rescue, veterinary care and adoption will not end. The Doris Day Animal Foundation is committed to continuing its work as a grant-giving organization, funding smaller animal welfare non-profits across the country.
As you remember Doris, give a thought to the animals she cared for so deeply. Memorial contributions in Doris' honor are appreciated.
While we grieve Doris' loss, we at DDAF also honor her leadership of more than 40 years. She was truly a voice for the voiceless among us, a bright and beautiful champion for the cause of animal welfare, and a dear, dear friend to us all.
In deepest sympathy,
T. Robert Bashara
From notable market growth to the expanding presence of CBD (cannabidiol) products, these are “exciting and innovative times” for the pet supplements industry, according to market research firm Packaged Facts.
In the new report Pet Supplements in the U.S., 7th Edition, Packaged Facts notes that pet supplements have rebounded from the sluggish annual increases following the Great Recession. Pet supplement sales growth has increased steadily since 2014. The strongest year of the current five-year period, 2018, registered 5% growth in U.S. retail sales driven by factors including the improved economy, the overall pet market’s focus on health and wellness, and the impact of pet owners who view their pets as family members.
At the same time, growth in the segment likely hinges on greater acceptance of the expanding array of CBD pet supplement products. The explosion of CBD onto the market has had a “halo effect,” spawning a burgeoning new product segment and putting a spotlight on the market as a whole that is expected to last for years.
“Through the years, the pet supplements market has benefited from the popularization and cross-over of various ingredients from the human side, such as glucosamine and omega fatty acids,” said David Sprinkle, research director for Packaged Facts.
“Looking back, however, it’s hard to recall anything making more of a splash in both human and pet supplements than CBD.”
Even with regulatory issues yet to be settled, Packaged Facts consumer survey data show that among pet owners, 39% of dog owners and 34% of cat owners agree that they like the idea of CBD supplements for their pets.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) released its largest rescued Loggerhead sea turtle to date. Kirby, a 225-pound endangered loggerhead sea turtle, headed home on Tuesday, May 14 off Clearwater Beach, FL. Kirby is an adult male sea turtle who was found floating near Indian Rocks Beach on January 29, 2019. CMA staff rescued Kirby and found a T-shaped wound on his head, several barnacles and algae on his carapace. He also had a buoyancy issue suspected to be caused by a GI tract problem. His treatment plan consisted of fluids, vitamins, antibiotics, and monitoring his body temperature. Kirby steadily gained weight and his buoyancy improved. He is now healthy and ready to return to the wild.
Kirby was satellite tagged prior to release so Clearwater Marine Aquarium can evaluate his movements. Satellite tracking is beneficial for research purposes including the migration of sea turtles, their foraging behavior and much more. To stay updated with Kirby’s movement, visit seewinter.com.
“Kirby’s release is both rewarding and emotional for our team members who have worked hard for months on his rehabilitation,” says David Yates, CEO of CMA. “Seeing a rescued animal return home to the ocean where they belong is one of the best parts of our job.”
This week the Humane Society of the United States’ Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch was granted full and legal custody of a tiger who has been in their care since February 12 after he was found abandoned in a Houston home. The tiger was transferred to the world-renowned 1,400-acre sanctuary in Murchison, Texas, joining more than 800 resident animals including a tiger named Alex, a former pet who arrived in 2014.
Noelle Almrud, director of the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, said: “This tiger was found living in a small cage and is now enjoying the life he deserves - living here in a five-acre, naturally wooded habitat complex that emulates a native environment. Since his arrival we have seen him flourish from being fearful and timid, to boldly exploring his habitat. He loves to climb high on his platforms and soak up the early morning sun’s rays. He will have the opportunity to roam in wooded forest and nap under a tree without worry or stress. We are grateful this was not a temporary home for him and that BARC transferred legal custody to us so we can care for him properly for the rest of his life.”
The Ranch is operated by the Fund for Animals, an affiliate of the Humane Society of the United States.
- Exotic animals are readily available to anyone who wants to buy or own one.
- There is no uniform regulation determining who can possess big cats or other dangerous wild animals in the U.S. Thousands of these animals are kept as pets or in grossly substandard conditions at poorly run roadside and traveling zoos, pseudo-sanctuaries, and private menageries.
- Thirty-five states have already passed meaningful laws regarding the private possession of wild cats.
- Texas SB 641 - legislation that would prohibit private ownership statewide, has made it through the Senate. But with only two weeks to go, the bill is being held up in the House Public Health Committee by Chairwoman Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston.
Police in the Chicago area are telling pet owners to beware of “zombie raccoons.”
They’re referring to raccoons with the distemper virus, the Chicago Tribune reports.
The animals sometimes “walk on their hind legs, stagger and bare their teeth,” according to the newspaper. That gives them a zombie-like appearance.
There have been three reports in Riverside, according to that community’s police department.
Distemper is a serious disease for dogs. Dogs are routinely vaccinated against the virus, but unvaccinated canines can experience a variety of symptoms, from sneezing to lethargy to seizures.
Dog urine may be undermining cities’ efforts to keep sewer systems from overflowing, a new study suggests.
Cities’ “green infrastructure,” such as street trees, helps to absorb rainwater, Popular Science notes. But these areas also happen to attracts lots of dogs that need to do their business.
And the urine might be making soil in those areas less absorbent because of its low pH and its nitrogen content, according to a study by Columbia University undergraduate and graduate researchers. It also may be causing the soil microbiome to become less diverse.
In areas such as sidewalk tree pits, ““the soils seemed barren, compacted, and the water from rainfall didn’t seem to penetrate very well,” ecologist Krista McGuire, who led the research, said of her reason for starting the project.
The researchers explained in their paper:
Five tiny kittens reportedly took part in a very long and unexpected adventure late last month when construction workers moved a 60-foot steel column containing the felines from Hayward to San Diego — nearly 500 miles away.
As the San Diego Humane Society details in a Facebook video, construction workers who were working on new medical offices heard meows coming from a column they were preparing to install on April 24.
They tilted the column, and the kittens — who were just a week old at the time — slid out. It's unclear whether the stowaways came aboard in Hayward or somewhere along the route.
"Sixty feet tall, 14,000 pounds, and they were in there in a dark little hole," said Evan McColl, a construction worker who helped rescue the kittens.
The cats are now in foster care and will be ready for adoption in another couple of months. There are already two interested parties: a couple of the construction workers who helped save them.
And as the Humane Society adds, they've been given appropriate construction names: Crowbar, Rebar, Chisel, Jackhammer and Piper.
An Oklahoma man was forced to act quickly when he realized he had a slithering surprise waiting for him in his dryer vent.
“There was a huge snake. It went from the gate, all the way through the AC unit and we saw it up in the dryer vent, going inside,” said Wayne Melvin, who found a snake at his home.
A nearly 7-foot snake was making its way through a dryer hole, which leads straight to his house.
“We pulled the dryer out. We took it apart to see if we could find this thing. We didn’t want it in the house,” Melvin said.
Thankfully the snake didn't make it that far. Realizing there was no place to go, the reptile tried to slither its way back out.
"The only thing that was sticking out the next time was the head. And I'm not gonna try to grab that,” Melvin said.
Rather than calling a pest control company, Melvin decided to see if the snake would come out on its own.
“We gave it a little bit of time to come out naturally instead of hurting or killing it,” Melvin said.
He said with a home that backs up to a creek, he’s seen snakes nearby before. But had never dealt with anything like this before.
“It scared me,” Melvin said. “It was definitely a different location. Normally you find them hidden in very obvious locations. Not your dryer vent.”
After the vent was snake-free, Melvin threw some gloves on and carried the snake to the creek behind his house, letting it go back where it belonged.
Kissing cows — “with or without tongues” — is all the rage in Austria, but it endangers the animals and those smooching them, warn officials.
The disturbing trend has been promoted by Swiss app Castl, which launched its bizarre Cow Kiss Challenge to raise money for charity.
But now the practice has been slammed, with politicians and farming officials saying that it’s creating a nuisance and could lead to people getting trampled to death by upset cows, particularly those with calves.
Castl has been encouraging people in Switzerland, Germany and Austria to kiss cows for a good cause since launching its “KuhKussChallenge” on Wednesday, “with or without tongues.”
As a result, people have been filmed wandering onto paddocks, approaching cows, before puckering up and smooching the confused animals.
Tyrol’s state veterinary director Josef Kossler said “this is very dangerous,” especially for those approaching cows looking after their calves.
“These animals must not be encountered in any way,” he warned.
Grumpy Cat – the most famous cat on the internet, whose downturned mouth and unimpressed expression was the universal digital shorthand for displeasure – has died.
The seven-year-old cat, real name Tardar Sauce or Tard, became one of the internet’s first “petfluencers” after gaining fame online for her perpetually gloomy gaze, launching an empire worth millions. She died in the arms of her owner, Tabatha Bundesen, in Phoenix, Arizona, on Tuesday morning after complications from a urinary tract infection.
News of her passing was shared with her nearly 11m followers on Instagram beneath the caption: “Some days are grumpier than others.” “Despite care from top professionals, as well as from her very loving family, Grumpy encountered complications from a recent urinary tract infection that unfortunately became too tough for her to overcome.
“Besides being our baby and a cherished memory of the family, Grumpy Cat has helped millions of people smile all around the world – even when times were tough. “Her spirit will continue to live on through her fans everywhere.” Grumpy Cat’s manager, Ben Lashes, told the Guardian that Grumpy Cat “loved her many fans in the UK”.
“She was lucky enough to travel there for the unveiling of her Madame Tussauds wax figure, a signing at HMV Oxford, a buyers’ showcase for Primark, and a private visit to Abbey Road studios. Grumpy will forever be the queen of cats.”
Tardar Sauce was born the runt of her litter on 4 April 2012, with a combination of feline dwarfism and an underbite thought to be behind her disgruntled expression. She was launched into internet superstardom when Bundesen’s brother, visiting from Ohio, put a photo of “Grumpy Cat” on Reddit that September.
The image of Tard became one of the first reaction gifs, used to communicate apathy or cynicism. There are nearly 40,000 results for “Grumpy Cat” on the gif aggregator Giphy.com.
Her owners had earlier countered claims of exploitation, writing on the Grumpy Cat website that “99% of the time she is a normal kitty” and that “for the safety of our family and that of Grumpy Cat” she did not do personal meetings.
Last year they won $750,000 in damages from a US coffee company for violating the terms of their agreement to use the cat’s image on a line of iced coffee drinks called “Grumppuccinos”. The cat made a brief appearance at the trial.