Welcome to The Paw Print! In this recurring feature, we highlight the latest news affecting animals and animal-lovers around the country. Here are some of the top stories right now:
Rescue Pup Set to Receive 3D Printed Prosthetic Paw: Rylee, a 2-year-old Great Pyrenees, lost one of her front paws after being caught in a trap. Rylee is under the care of Dirk's Fund Golden Retriever Rescue in Pacific, Missouri, where volunteers are raising funds in hopes of securing a 3D printed prosthetic paw for the injured pup. Once Rylee’s paw has been replaced, she’ll be made available for adoption. [KSDK]
Some Cats and Dogs May Be Allergic to Humans: According to veterinarians, dogs and cats may suffer from some of the same types of allergies that humans experience—and may even be allergic to their human companions. While it’s rare, dogs and cats can be allergic to dog, cat or human dander. These allergies present themselves as skin inflammation and itching for dogs, and little scabs or missing hair, typically around the head and neck area, for cats. Like humans, pets can be tested and treated for many types of allergies. [National Geographic]
Missing Dog Reunited with Family Following Deadly Illinois Tornado: Missy, a white German Shepherd, was reunited with her family after a deadly tornado struck Fairdale, Illinois. Sadly, Misty’s guardian, Geraldine "Geri" Schultz, died in the storm, but her remaining family members launched a search for the missing pup in the area and on Facebook. Misty was first spotted by a utility worker, and was soon reunited with Shultz’s husband and grandson. [CBS News]
Inmates Care for Rescued Cats at Indiana Correctional Facility: As part of a new program called Felines and Offenders Rehabilitation with Affection, Reformation and Dedication (FORWARD), twelve shelter cats have been relocated to the refurbished office of Pendleton Correctional Facility in Pendleton, Indiana. There, the cats socialize with people and other cats and play with toys crafted by inmates. The inmates take turns caring for the cats, which are available for adoption by prison staff or the families of inmates. [Huffington Post]
German Shepherds Trained to Detect Prostate Cancer in Humans: An Italy-based research team has published a report noting that two German Shepherds have been trained to detect the scent of chemicals linked to prostate cancer in human urine samples with more than 90% accuracy. The report, published in The Journal of Urology, is the latest of multiple studies examining the prospect of utilizing dogs to help diagnose cancer and other infectious diseases. [The Guardian]
Pet Obesity on the Rise in UK: A disturbing new report from British animal charity PDSA found that one in three dogs and one in four cats in the UK are overweight or obese. Additionally, the report stated that “80% of vets and vet nurses believe there will be more overweight pets than healthy weight pets in five years time.” What are some of your own methods for keeping your pets active, exercised and at a healthy weight?
A New Feline Flick: Calling all cat-lovers! New reports out of Hollywood state that actors Kevin Spacey and Christopher Walken have signed on to appear in “Nine Lives,” a film in which Spacey will play a man trapped in the body of a cat. We’re usually covered in cat hair, so this is one concept we definitely understand!
An Adora-bull New Mom: Pittie and Kitty, a full-grown pit bull and a newborn kitten, were found on the side of the road in Dallas, Texas last week. The kitten needed mothering, and Pittie was more than happy to take the job—she even nursed the kitten herself! Check out the cute pics and video of this very sweet duo.
Welcome to The Paw Print! In this new recurring feature, we’ll be highlighting the latest news affecting animals and animal-lovers around the country. Here are some of the top stories right now:
Purina® Under Fire: A lawsuit filed in California last week claims that Beneful®—one of Purina’s most popular dog food brands—is responsible for the death of thousands of dogs. The lawsuit claims that a specific ingredient called propylene glycol is the suspected cause of canine illness and death, though a spokesperson for Purina has called the suit “without merit.” Do you feed your pets Purina? Share your thoughts below!
Missing Dog Goes Viral: When a New York City woman’s pit bull mix, Sugar, went missing last week, she turned to the Internet for help. The hashtag #FindSugarNYC went viral as thousands of people shared the story. If you have any information about Sugar, call (917)-796-0171.
Duggar Clan Causes Outrage: The Duggar family—from the popular TV show 19 Kids and Counting—outraged animal-lovers this week when they published an Instagram video that appeared to show cruelty toward a cat. Derick Dillard, the husband of Jill Duggar, was sledding down a hill when he allegedly steered into the unsuspecting feline.
Humane Pet Food Headed to US: Pet food brand Open Farm® has partnered with nonprofit Humane Farm Animal Care® to bring Certified Humane pet food to the U.S for the first time. To receive this certification, Open Farm will use only meat and poultry products in its pet foods that come from Certified Humane farms. Are humane practices something you factor into your own pet food purchases?
The Future of Zoos: A story published by Fast Company® delves into the future of zoos—with an emphasis placed on the wellbeing of the animals over the experience of visitors. Do you think it’s time for zoos to get a makeover?
Toefu was one of 76 dogs rescued from the home of a hoarder in Tennessee in 2010. The dogs were found living in horrific filth, with fumes of ammonia and animal waste strong enough to send one rescuer to the hospital. All of the dogs were desperate for freedom; Toefu was number 16.
After their rescue, the animals were taken to a local shelter where they were treated for a variety of issues. It was there that ASPCA Animal Behaviorist Kristen Collins first spotted Toefu. Likely inbred, Toefu had an underbite, extra toes, and had never before experienced life outside of the hoarder’s home. Kristin adopted her and spent the next year helping the sweet spaniel overcome a lifetime of anxiety, fear and neglect.
In 2013, Kristin and her dogs moved to Madison, New Jersey, where Kristin began overseeing the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center—the first and only facility dedicated to the behavioral rehabilitation of canine victims of cruelty. It was there that Toefu discovered her true calling: helper dog.