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Talkin' Pets News

May 25, 2024

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Gino Sassani - Lost World Reptiles - Tampa, Florida

Producer - Lexi Adams

Network Producer - Sydney Hubbard

Special Guest - Jennifer S. Holland - Author of Dog Smart: Life-Changing Lessons in Canine Intelligence - she joins Talkin' Pets at 5pm ET with give away books

A new USDA animal disease traceability rule requires that livestock animals be officially identified before they are moved across state lines.

University of Missouri Extension veterinarian Craig Payne says everyone in the cattle industry should be aware of the rule.

Payne said that three classes of cattle are affected by the rule. Cattle falling into any of these classes will need to be officially identified and have a certificate of veterinary inspection before going out of state:

  1. Sexually intact beef cattle 18 months of age or older.

"The big thing to keep in mind is that in terms of beef cattle, anything less than 18 months of age is not going to require identification," Payne said. "Also, there are quite a few exceptions and details in this rule, so if you have any doubts about what is required, contact your veterinarian or state animal health official."

2. Any cattle, regardless of age, that are going out of state to a rodeo, recreational event, show or exhibition.

3. All female dairy cattle, regardless of age, and all male dairy cattle, including dairy steers born after March 11, 2013.

There are some exemptions to the identification requirement, such as cattle moving directly to a recognized slaughtering establishment or a tagging site such as livestock markets that have been authorized by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service or state or tribal animal health officials.

"The big thing to keep in mind is that in terms of beef cattle, anything less than 18 months of age is not going to require identification," Payne said. "Also, there are quite a few exceptions and details in this rule, so if you have any doubts about what is required, contact your veterinarian or state animal health official."

Payne says the primary forms of identification that will be used include the silver or "brite" metal ear tags. "If heifers have been brucellosis-vaccinated, their orange brucellosis vaccination tag will qualify. There is also a tag called an AIN tag, which has a 15-digit number beginning with 840. These include a variety of types. One is the electronic identification tag, and there is also a visual tag."

Payne notes that the federal rule is not a substitute for individual state import regulations, which may be more stringent than the USDA regulations. Because of this, Payne recommends that you call the destination state prior to shipment to make sure you are in full compliance with the state's import regulations on all farm animals.


After 239 days closed, Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Zoo will reopen Memorial Day weekend with a few new animal friends to enjoy, the Wildlife Conservation Society announced Tuesday. 

The zoo will open for members on May 25 and the general public on May 26. Tickets, which must be bought online ahead of your visit, cost $9.95 for adults, $7.95 for seniors and $6.95 for children over 3 years old. 

“Throughout our temporary closure, many New Yorkers shared how important this beloved zoo is to the Brooklyn community and to all throughout the city” said Craig Piper, Vice President and Director of City Zoos for the Wildlife Conservation Society.

None of the zoo’s 400 animals were affected by the storm, according to the society. But they did get a few new friends, like a rare species of deer and a female baboon born during the closure. 

“Like countless other Brooklynites, I have vivid childhood memories of the Prospect Park Zoo and when it was forced to close after last September’s devastating rainstorm, it was a huge blow to families and school kids across Brooklyn,” said New York Assembly Member Robert Carroll. 

“Now l get to make all new Prospect Park Zoo memories with my son Teddy—seeing it all again through a child’s eyes is one of the greatest joys for any Brooklyn parent!”

The zoo was significantly damaged in September 2023 when heavy rains brought trains and planes to a full stop and wreaked havoc on New York City infrastructure. 

The storm covered the zoo in seven inches of rain and run-off, damaging boilers, HVAC, electrical and life support equipment – some of which were stored in basements that saw up to 25 feet of water. 

The zoo has been put back on the electrical grid and many repairs made, but there is still work yet to be done. 

“While this reopening of Prospect Park Zoo is a major milestone, we have a long way to go before the zoo is fully restored,” Piper said.


A man in Alaska was killed on Sunday after his attempt to take photos of two newborn moose calves angered the mother, resulting in her attacking and killing him, authorities shared.

A spokesperson for the Alaska Department of Public Safety shared with NBC News that the man killed in the attack was 70-year-old Dale Chorman of Homer, Alaska.

“As they were walking through the brush looking for the moose, that’s when the cow moose attacked Dale,” spokesperson Austin McDaniel shared.

McDaniel also shared that the moose had recently given birth to the calves, and after Chorman and his companion noticed the angered mother, they started to run away.

However, the mother moose still attacked, killing Chorman, while the other man was able to escape uninjured.

It is not known how Chorman was killed, as the second person did not witness the attack.

First responders attempted life-saving measures, but Chorman was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Alaska State Troopers shared in an online post that the cow moose had left the area when they searched for it.

Alaska is home to thousands of moose, and while the animals are not typically aggressive, they can be provoked, especially around young calves, according to the state’s Department of Fish and Game.

“Calving season for moose is the time when you definitely want to give them extra space,” McDaniel said. “Cow moose with calves are going to be some of the more aggressive moose you’re going to come in contact with.”


A firefighter has added a four-legged friend to his life after handling a very tough assignment.

Firefighter James Trounson recently adopted a terrier named Martha after helping to rescue the dog from her previous owner’s home. 

The 52-year-old Mullion Community Fire Station firefighter in Cornwall, England, was among those called to assist the Helston Community Fire Station when he found a woman who had passed away inside her home. 

"We had the job of removing the deceased lady from the property and then I, myself, had the job of getting the dog out," he told Fox News Digital. 

"The little terrier took quite a bit of persuading to come to me, [but] eventually she just jumped into my arms," he said.

With no next of kin for the dog, Trounson suggested taking her to the same adoption agency where he'd adopted a collie named Merlin four years earlier.

"[But] we were always looking for a companion for Merlin, so the police said to have this one as long as it was OK with the RSPCA," he said.

After taking her to the RSPCA for a vet visit, Trounson officially became a dog dad twice over. 

Trounson said Martha the terrier has really taken to him and his family.  Trounson and his fiancé Mel have four children between the two of them.

They've been farming in Cornwall, England, for nearly 40 years before purchasing land three years ago. There, they farm beef cattle; Trounson also works as a builder in his free time. 

Trounson said Martha has "completely" taken to him and never leaves his side. "She rides around in the tractor as if it was second nature and loves it," he told Fox News Digital. 

As for how Merlin is getting along with Martha, Trounson said the two dogs get along great — noting that even his two cats love her. "Martha has completely settled down in her new home, and I’m so glad I’ve been able to offer that to her," he said. 

The Helston Community Fire Station posted on social media about the occurrence on Facebook and said that Martha was "one very happy dog."

The fire station added, "Out of tragedy, sometimes there is happiness."


Microplastics are breaching the “most intimate aspects of human health” as scientists find the dangerous tiny particles in testicles, raising concerns about male fertility. Researchers at the University of New Mexico examined 47 canine and 23 human testes taken from neutering operations and cadavers. They found that every testicle sample contained microplastics.

Microplastics are tiny plastic particles that are less than 5 millimetres across, about the size of a sesame seed or smaller. They are released from larger pieces of plastic that break down over time as well as from synthetic fabrics, cosmetics and industrial processes.  In recent years, scientific studies have shown microplastics are present everywhere, from the water we drink to the food we eat and even inside human organs. Now scientists are worried that by getting into our reproductive organs, microplastics can have an impact on fertility in human beings.

The researchers found that the most prevalent polymer in both human and canine tissue was polyethylene, which is used to make plastic bags and bottles. In dogs, that was followed by PVC, which is used in industrial, municipal and household plumbing and many other applications. The research was published in the journal Toxicological Sciences last week.

The researchers were able to count the sperm in the canine samples but not in the human ones, which had been chemically preserved. They found that higher levels of PVC in the tissue correlated with a lower sperm count. Dr Xiaozhong Yu, the lead author of the study, said there is a correlation between microplastics and fertility but more research is needed.  “At the beginning, I doubted whether microplastics could penetrate the reproductive system,” Dr Yu said.

“When I first received the results for dogs I was surprised. I was even more surprised when I received the results for humans.” “The plastic makes a difference – what type of plastic might be correlated with potential function,” he said.  “PVC can release a lot of chemicals that interfere with spermatogenesis and it contains chemicals that cause endocrine disruption.” Decreasing sperm count in men has been an issue in recent years and a number of studies in the past have connected it to increasing pollution.

The health, and existence, of future generations depends on our ability to innovate and transition away from our addiction to plastic.   Sian Sutherland, co-founder of A Plastic Planet and the Plastic Health Council, said. Microplastics have been found in every corner of the planet, from the highest mountain peaks to the deepest of oceans.

Environmentalists have been demanding a ban on the production of single use plastic and there’s a debate going on over an international effort to create the first legally binding treaty about how the world tackles plastic. “Microplastics are infiltrating the most intimate aspects of human health, adding to an ever-growing list of places where scientists have identified them,” Sian Sutherland, co-founder of A Plastic Planet and the Plastic Health Council, said.

“The question we must ask ourselves is: what will it take for us to rethink our relationship with plastic? Is the prospect of sperm counts falling to zero by 2045 enough to kick us into action? The health, and existence, of future generations depends on our ability to innovate and transition away from our addiction to plastic.”


Threatened howler monkeys have been dropping dead from trees in Mexico’s southeastern tropical forests in recent weeks amid a nationwide drought and heat waves that have sent temperatures soaring across much of the country.

In the state of Tabasco, where temperatures are forecast this week to surpass 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit), local media have reported up to 85 deaths, while local authorities have confirmed the trend without providing a death toll.

In a statement over the weekend, Tabasco’s Civil Protection agency attributed the deaths to dehydration.

A source from the agency told Reuters on Monday that monkeys have been confirmed dead in three municipalities of the state.

In a forest outside Camalcalco, Tabasco, volunteers collected the corpses of mantled howler monkeys (alouatta palliata) that died from high temperatures, before placing buckets of water and fruit to try to stave off more deaths.

The mantled howler monkey is classified as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.

“It is because the heat is so strong. I’ve been visiting the states for a long time and I have never felt it as much as now,” Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who hails from Tabasco, said on Monday when asked about the monkey deaths.

“So, yes, we have to care for the animals and yes we are going to do it,” he said in his regular news conference.

Later on Monday, Mexico’s environment ministry said in a statement that it was coordinating efforts to address the monkeys’ deaths, which it attributed to several possible reasons, including “heat stroke, dehydration, malnutrition or the spraying of crops with toxic agro-chemicals.”

Mexico is also home to the Yucatan howler monkey, which because of deforestation is classified as endangered on the IUCN Red List.

Mexico’s health ministry reported a preliminary count of 26 people who have died from heat-related causes between the start of Mexico’s heat season on March 17 and May 11.


Starting this morning and continuing through Monday, Military families in San Diego are invited to meet some fuzzy recruits at Helen Woodward Animal Center. Thanks to the Animals for Armed Forces Foundation, the Center is offering sponsored pet adoptions in honor of Memorial Day to thank military members and their families for their service. Adoption fees will be covered from Saturday, May 25 through Monday, May 27, for approved adopters while supplies last.

 The Animals for Armed Forces Foundation is a Southern California non-profit dedicated to bringing smiles to military heroes while also saving orphan pets in need. Like Helen Woodward Animal Center, the foundation recognizes the years of comfort, laughter, joy and devotion a loving pet can provide – all crucial elements to assist military members and their families whose lives have been dedicated to serving our country near and far.

 Helen Woodward Animal Center has seen the healing power of animals and facilitates a number of programs dedicated to serving our military community. The Pet Encounter Therapy program (PET) typically serves 60-70 veterans monthly (at the ICS Hawthorne Center and Veterans Village San Diego), utilizing therapeutic animals to help lower blood pressure, regulate breathing, improve memory and lift the spirits of wounded soldiers.   

 Thanks to the Center’s AniMeals program also regularly assists Wounded Warriors, providing pet food to wounded military clients with service dogs. Working through the Recovery Care Coordinator Office (RCC) and the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS), the program ensures that food costs are not a factor in keeping these beloved friends by the sides of the soldiers who depend on them.

 Helen Woodward’s Companion Animal Hospital Military Fund also supports our military by offering free services to Active Duty Enlisted Military E-1 to E-7 or Disabled Military and their immediate family members.  The highly in-demand fund is consistently seeking donations to continue to provide these incredibly important services.   To donate to Helen Woodward’s Companion Animal Hospital’s Military Fund, please contact VP of Development Renee Resko at (858) 756-4117 x 347 or donate on-line at

 “Pairing an orphan pet with a military family is a true win-win for us,” stated Kendall Schulz, Adoption Services Director. “We know that the pet and the military family will benefit from the bond and we are so grateful to Animals for Armed Forces Foundation for helping us unite these deserving hearts.”

 This weekend adoptable dogs, cats, puppies and kittens will be waiting for their forever homes. Prospective adopters can view available pets here:

 For more information, please contact Helen Woodward Animal Center Adoptions Department at: 858-756-4117 ext. 1.


The American Kennel Club (AKC), a not-for-profit organization, the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for dogs, lauds the draft language released by the U.S. House Agriculture Committee for the 2024 Farm Bill – the Farm, Food, and National Security Act of 2024. This must-pass bill reauthorizes U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs for five years and typically serves as a vehicle to address federal priorities in the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA). “We appreciate the tireless and bi-partisan efforts of House Agriculture Chairman G.T. Thompson and his staff in presenting a bill that not only supports U.S. Agriculture needs, but also supports important priorities for dog enthusiasts including canine health, welfare and the rights of responsible dog owners,” said Dennis B. Sprung, AKC president and CEO.     Dog-related highlights of the bill’s base text include:

  • Enhanced protections for dogs under the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA), including expanded resources for educational outreach.
  • Additional resources for USDA to better enforce the AWA, including reporting to Congress on existing enforcement with recommendations for improving enforcement.
  • Animal Care requirements: Clarifications that visual dental examination should be included in existing annual veterinary requirements.
  • Improves USDA response related to any dogs found in a state of “unrelieved suffering” by requiring better and more timely notification of state and local authorities if an inspector finds that dogs are being kept in unacceptable conditions.
  • Expands USDA’s electronic health documentation requirements for pets entering the United States. This reflects language in the Healthy Dog Importation Act (HR 1184) by requiring electronic records documentation on dogs prior to the importation that confirms the dog is in good health; microchipped; has received all necessary vaccination and parasite treatments, demonstrated negative test results, and has a health certificate from an accredited veterinarian; and in the case of a dog intended for transfer, is at least 6 months old. Exceptions are provided for dogs that are personal pets of United States origin returning to the United States; United States military working dogs; for research purposes; and coming to the United States solely for veterinary treatment; among several others.
  • Provides funding for transitional shelters for victims of domestic violence that allow victims to shelter with a pet. This measure reflects efforts privately supported by the AKC Humane Fund that ensure that concern for a pet left behind does not prevent a victim from seeking needed safety and shelter.
  • Codifies and provides permanent funding for USDA’s National Detector Dog Training Center in Newnan Georgia, which trains specially selected dogs (and the handlers) to identify invasive pests and diseases that threaten U.S. agriculture. The measure, previously known as the “Beagle Brigade Act” also grants authority to create additional training facilities and an off-site training program.

The Farm, Food, and National Security Act of 2024 will be marked up by the House Agriculture Committee on May 23. AKC and its millions of constituents urge the U.S. House Agriculture Committee to advance these positive initiatives without amendment.


The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) hosted its first-ever Spring Policy Forum focused on Mental Health and Companion Animals, convening leaders in the pet care community and partners in the mental health space to move society toward more widespread awareness of the important role of companion animals for improved mental health. The Policy Forum program featured presentations addressing research, practice, and policies associated with this important topic and delivered by expert speakers from a wide array of disciplines. Speakers included Susan Trachman, MD, a Board-Certified Psychiatrist who talked about the role of pet ownership in supporting mental health and Mental Health America (MHA) and HABRI unveiled results of a survey of 4,000 MHA constituents on the care and resource-related needs of those impacted by mental health related to companion animals. The MHA-HABRI survey found that pet owners overwhelmingly report positive health benefits resulting from their pet, that there is great interest and need for resources related to pets and mental health, and that this is particularly true among those living with a mental or physical disability: 

  • 98% of pet owners report at least one health benefit resulting from their pet, including reduced feelings of loneliness (73%), providing comfort (73%) and a source of happiness (79%)
  • 71% of respondents (76% of those with a disability) are interested in working with a mental health professional who incorporates pets or animal-assisted interventions (AAI) into their practice
  • Those with a disability are more likely to say they are interested in pets to support their mental health (79%) compared to those without a disability (50%)
  • 93% of respondents agree there should be more support for pet ownership and AAIs in society

“Mental Health America is proud to partner with HABRI to bring forward new data from our constituency on the experiences, benefits and challenges related to pets and mental health,” said America Paredes, PhD. “We found that not only is pet ownership incredibly important for so many people, but also that more than three quarters of those living with a disability want to work with a mental health professional who incorporates pets in their practice. Our survey showed that it is hard to find reliable information about pets and mental health, revealing a great need for resources and information related to pets and animal-assisted interventions.” “HABRI is proud to bring together a diverse group of leaders in mental health, veterinary medicine, research, animal-assisted interventions, pet care, and public policy to elevate the conversation about pets and mental health,” said Steven Feldman, President of HABRI. “Armed with research, new insights, model practices and policy considerations, HABRI’s goal is to drive the conversation on how best to support pet ownership and the human-animal bond for a healthier society.” HABRI’s Spring Policy Forum is sponsored by leading pet care and animal health companies and organizations; American Pet Products Association (APPA), Petco Love, Mars Petcare, American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and whiskerDocs.  “Policy Forum sponsors and all of HABRI’s partners are committed to supporting better mental health for pet owners, veterinarians and everyone who can benefit from the research-backed benefits of the human-animal bond,” Feldman added. For more information, please visit


Marlin, Texas – In January, a man searching for his own dog at the city animal control in Marlin, Texas, made a horrifying discovery. The dogs being held in the facility’s kennels were skin and bones…surrounded by piles of feces, and lacking access to food and water. One of the dogs in the kennel area was dead, apparently the victim of starvation.

The concerned resident, Jeffrey Rich, took video of the appalling conditions and posted it to social media where it sparked a firestorm of outrage from animal lovers, and caught the eye of Police Chief Jim Hommel, who asked Rich to take the video down.

The city animal control is run by an animal control officer who reports to Chief Hommel. The police chief cited a poor “cleaning” policy for the deplorable situation, telling KWTX News:

“We need training on cleaning the kennels. We are going to look at our policies to make sure they’re cleaned properly and the dogs are treated properly.”

The horror inside of this CITY operated, taxpayer funded facility is inexcusable. If a person were to keep their dog in a filthy kennel, without food or water, they would face charges. If a person allowed their pet to starve to death, they would be arrested. But inside of this city run facility, the deplorable situation is being watered down from clear cruelty and neglect to poor cleaning practices.

Journalist Paul Mueller has been following the Marlin animal control situation and he is trying to get answers, but officials are stonewalling him; it is apparent that the neglect and cruelty is being swept under the rug.

Without significant public outrage, and a demand for accountability and reform, nothing will change. Please add your name to the petition today at if you are disgusted by the conditions at the Marlin Animal Control facility and want justice for the neglected dogs.

We the undersigned demand that the animal control officer who allowed a dog at the Marlin animal control facility to starve to death, and others to live in filth, without access to food and water, be fired and charged. We demand District Attorney Kathryn ‘Jody’ Gilliam press charges against everyone involved in the blatant neglect and cruelty these dogs suffered. This petition acts as our collective endorsement for despicable acts of animal cruelty and neglect to be addressed and remedied. 


Washington County, PAWashington County Controller April Sloane has been arrested and is facing felony animal cruelty charges for starving her adopted dog, Thor, to death. An anonymous tip led North Strabane Township police to Sloane’s home on December 6; investigators executing a search warrant found the body of her dead pet wrapped in a garbage bag.

Thor had been dead for nearly two weeks by the time the authorities discovered his body in the basement. A necropsy confirmed that Thor was starved to death. He had zero body fat at the time of his death, weighed just 20 pounds, and no other injuries or illnesses were detected to explain his emaciated condition.

Investigators spoke with Sloane’s 14-year-old son who told them that Thor was kept in “deplorable” conditions and he was not provided with care for days at a time. When Thor became so weak that he could not stand, Sloane’s son asked if they could take the dog to a veterinarian, but she refused. A veterinary hospital is located just 500 feet from her home.

Sloane adopted Thor from the Washington Area Humane Society in April 2021 when he was just a puppy. Photos show that Thor was used during her campaign for the office of Washington County Controller. On December 12, the animal shelter issued a public statement about Thor’s death, and Sloane’s arrest:

The Washington Area Humane Society (WAHS) is saddened by the recent death of Thor, a dog adopted from our shelter in 2021. The WAHS Humane Society Police Officer has been working closely with the District Attorney’s Office and North Strabane Police and detectives in this investigation. We appreciate their quick response to the information we received. Given the evidence in this case, the DA’s Office has filed charges against April Sloane.

Police records indicate that Sloane admitted to killing Thor, telling them that he died “due to not being properly cared for.”  At least seven elected officials in Washington County are pushing for Sloane’s resignation. Washington County Commissioner Nick Sherman said, “She’s not in sound body and mind, and this is a big position that she has with the controller. This is all the finances of the county, and it’s imperative that we have someone in there who understands the office and has the mental capacity to handle the large responsibility of the finances of the county.” If you are outraged and disgusted by the suffering April Sloane inflicted on this young dog please add your name to the petition at . She is charged with aggravated animal cruelty for causing serious bodily injury or death and aggravated animal cruelty for torture as well as animal neglect.

We the undersigned demand that April Sloane be held accountable for starving her dog, Thor, to death. Thor undoubtedly suffered greatly before dying and there is no excuse for the excruciating neglect he was subjected to. This petition acts as our collective endorsement for the maximum penalty allowed by law for all charges stemming from this despicable act of animal cruelty. We stand in support of the elected officials demanding that April Sloane resign from her position.


Pasadena-based Tail Town Cat Café, the largest nonprofit cat café in Southern California, has announced its inaugural Summer Carnival of Cats – a free Open House and Feline Faire on Saturday, June 1 from 11am - 4pm.  As Tail Town’s official grand reopening as a nonprofit, the event offers feline fans an opportunity to play, party and purr with 30-40 free roaming rescue cats that live onsite. For those 21+, a paid afterparty event will allow ticketed guests to chill with the cats in the lounge from 6 - 8pm.

 During the day Tail Town will open its adoption lounge for guests (ages 6 and up) for a free visit to meet the adoptable rescue cats and play shortened versions of Tail Town’s quirky weekly events. Guests can gain insight into Tail Town Cats’ work with cat and kitten adoption, cat socialization and feline education, as well as see the new breed of cat café that throws out the old and allows direct, playful interaction for humans and felines. At Tail Town’s Feline Faire, guests can have fortunes read, play carnival-style games and enjoy refreshments. A newly launched membership program will debut as well as an assortment of Tail Town branded merchandise to wear, gift, attach and display with catty pride.

 “To celebrate Tail Town’s nonprofit status we’re opening our doors during the day to allow the community to visit our lounge for free and get a glimpse at the amazing and loving work we do with cats,” said Gwendolyn Mathers, acting executive director of Tail Town Cats. “And for those that are interested, the Summer Carnival of Cats and Feline Faire will provide opportunities to help us raise funds and support our mission of housing rescue cats from shelters and the streets, and ultimately helping them all find loving homes.”

 Visitors can get a taste of Tail Town’s monthly activities with mini-games played on the hour, all surrounded (and disrupted) by a sea of resident cats. Games include Lightning Kitty Bingo, Cat Trivia and Cat Cornhole; one session of Tail Town’s tiny Meow-N-Paint will be held where guests can paint their own cat portrait. Children can play Sift & Search, finding prizes in a giant (and pristine) sandbox. Space is limited in the lounge area, and games are expected to fill fast. For those wishing to cool down with the Tail Town cats after the festivities, a paid 21+ afterparty event will run from 6 - 8pm that allows ticketed guests to chill and enjoy the relaxing vibes. Attendees can sip cat-themed beer and hard seltzer provided by Brouwerij West and snack on refreshments from Tiny Tiki, the plant-based Polynesian pop-up. Space is limited, and Tail Town recommends securing afterparty tickets quickly at

 Friends of Tail Town are providing generous support with goods, refreshments, services, funds and miscellaneous goodwill; they include Glendale’s Off the Leash, The Tarot Nerd, Liquid Death and the Respira Coffee Cart as well as Brouwerij West and Tiny Tiki.  According to Mathers community support is seen as will be a substantial source of funding to help in Tail Town’s growth, and proceeds from lounge visits, events and space rental helps Tail Town operate and find homes for more kitties. With Tail Town functioning as a nonprofit, all one-time or recurring donations (including lounge and event visits) that are made though are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Wishlist gifts are also included. Tail Town Cat Café and Adoption Center is located at 1780 E. Washington Blvd in Pasadena, CA and is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 5pm (with the last entry each day at 4pm).


Omaha, Nebraska – A cat suffering with an upper respiratory infection and dental problems was abandoned in a parking lot earlier this month – the person who abandoned her left a note inside the plastic crate left behind.

According to Felius Cat Cafe & Rescue, the cat, Mei, the note explained that her owner has passed away: The note read “My wife passed away. This was her cat. I can no longer care for it. The Humane Society won’t pick her up. Good luck.”

Thanks to Stray to Spay and Wag’s, Mei was provided with veterinary care. She is recuperating from her ailments and receiving supportive care in a foster home. When she feels better, her dental problems will be addressed.

Anyone hoping to help can donate at or our Venmo @FeliusOmaha. Felius Cat Cafe thanked those involved in her rescue, “Also, thank you again to our friends at Stray to Spay and Lone Tree Animal Care Center for helping us save this lady! We couldn’t do it without you!”


If you have a pet living with you, you'll want to be extremely cautious of plants you have growing both inside and outside your home, as they can be toxic to your furry friends. 

Plants can add vibrant color and a sense of nature to a space, while simultaneously providing a peaceful, calming feeling. 

Especially during spring and summer months, blooming plants are an appealing feature for the yard.  Many individuals choose to decorate their indoor space with flowers as well.  Before buying a plant, do proper research to ensure it won't potentially cause harm to your pet. 

There are many plants that are extremely toxic to pets. Before planting outside or purchasing a household plant for your home, do research and be sure it's safe for your pet. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; FlowerPhotos/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) These eight are just a few of the many plants that are extremely dangerous for pets.

  1. Lily
  2. Sago palm
  3. Tulip
  4. Azalea
  5. Kalanchoe
  6. Schefflera
  7. Oleander
  8. Chrysanthemum


Kelly Simkins owns a variety of exotic animals from around the world: Two snakes, two tarantulas, two parrots, two geckos and seven hissing cockroaches. But the rarest pet in her collection was found on a tree in the Orland Grasslands Forest Preserve.

Most cicadas are criticized for the harsh sound they make, the smell that wafts from their discarded exoskeletons and their beady red eyes. So when Simkins found a cicada with bright blue eyes — brighter than those found on actor Cillian Murphy — she knew she had stumbled upon a rare discovery.

“The blue-eyed one just really stuck out there,” Simkins said.

Blue-eyed cicadas are the feature of an “extremely rare” genetic mutation that is found in “one in a million” or even fewer cicadas, explained Dr. Mary Carrington, a plant ecologist who was a biology professor at Governors State University and is the interim dean for the university’s College of Graduate Studies.

Similar to humans, eye color is not believed to affect cicadas in any way other than appearance, said Carrington.

Two broods of cicadas that only come out of the ground every 13 and 17 years overlap in Illinois this year for the first time in 221 years. This rare instance has been exciting scientists like Carrington, who marvel at trees covered in the large bugs, enjoy the screeching sounds and study the creatures.

Cicadas started to present themselves earlier in recent weeks and are expected to stay around until late June. They are harmless to humans and the exoskeletons they leave behind can be incredible nutrients for gardens, said Carrington. The adults that shed their exoskeletons and fly away are delicious treats for a variety of other animals, playing a critical role in the local ecosystem.

Simkins hopes the Field Museum will incorporate the blue-eyed cicada into its exhibits. If the museum won’t take her cicada, she said she will get it taxidermied and save it in her collection.

She also owns a business called Merlin’s Rockin’ Pet Show, that allows schools and people to rent out the animals for educational or recreational purposes. Her pets love cicadas, she said.

“I was actually looking for cicadas for my reptiles because my reptiles eat them,” said Simkins.

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But animals aren’t the only ones frothing at the mouth over these alien looking critters. Humans also have been known to snack. “I’ve tried them also. They’re pretty good,” said Simkins. “I cook them with Old Bay seasoning. Fry them in a pan with some butter, she advises. They taste like french fries and shrimp.


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