Pets


 Some of the cats up for adoption at the Animal Advocates thrift shop in the West End.

Pet Tales: Animal Advocates saves cats and dogs

For 30 years, Animal Advocates has been quietly helping homeless dogs and cats. Now they’re looking for shoppers and foster homes.

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 Noreen and Rich Kohl can keep their Giant Breed Rescue business at their home in New Sewickley, Beaver County.

Giant Breed Dog Rescue wins court case, can continue operating

Rich and Noreen Kohl’s Beaver County home serves as a refuge for large dogs. They faced opposition from neighbors and the zoning board.

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Why You Need a Special Doctor for Special Cases

When it comes to ensuring that the right person is providing care for your pets, there are times when the letters following a

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R.I.P. Fido: Grief groups grow as society views pets as family members

BALTIMORE — Their names were Bandar and Pixel. When they died, Bandar in 2013 and Pixel in 2014, Linda Schenk as shaken. She had owned both

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 Even though the zoo is closed to visitors until Feb. 14, the animal caretakers and groundskeepers are working regular hours to keep the animals healthy and their minds alert.

Behind the Scenes at the Pittsburgh Zoo

Watch an up-close training with some smart sea lions. It’s part of our weekly video series while the Pittsburgh Zoo is closed until Feb. 14.

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There is More Than One Way to Treat Your Pet's Pain

When pets suffer from pain, owners must provide immediate relief so that secondary health and behavior concerns do not emerge on a short or

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One night in the life of a hockey team’s adopt-a-dog event

CHICAGO — They came with names like Cheddar, Freckles, Ferris and Stripe. Sixteen homeless dogs had been transported from Chicago’s Animal

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 In this image produced on Nov. 19, 2014, provided by the Lucy Foundation, cinematographer Sam Nicholson records quarterback Jack the dog in a scene in a fanciful Cats vs. Dogs football game scheduled to appear on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. It won't be part of the game broadcast but will be an alternative show dubbed the "Kitten Bowl" on the Hallmark Channel, three hours before the Super Bowl game on NBC. (AP Photo/Lucy Foundation, Betsy Martin)

Ad by special-effects master pits cats vs. dogs for a cause

LOS ANGELES (AP) — From brain-devouring zombies in “The Walking Dead” to crime-scene bloodshed on “CSI,” special-effects wizard Sam

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Animal Island: Does wolf history explain dogs’ love of Wolfgang?

Q: I have read research suggesting that dogs prefer classical music to other genres, and I also believe that dogs respond to classical

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Are you in Flea Denial?

It can be frustrating to identify if your pet has a flea infestation. Learn some tell-tale signs of fleas on dogs and cats.

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They Ate What?

Did you know that cows get hairballs, just like cats? Dr. O'Brien mourns the difficulty of taking X-rays of the large farm animals she

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Virbac U.S. Recalls SOLOXINE Thyroid Supplement

Virbac U.S. recalls four lots of SOLOXINE (levothyroxine sodium) Thyroid Supplement. Find out why at petMD.

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Troubled veterans feel at peace working with rescue dogs

CHICAGO — James Elmore was putting Vienna, a pit bull mix, through her paces. On command, she sat, went to the down position, crawled,

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Oma’s Pride Recalls Purr Complete Feline Poultry Meal

Oma’s Pride recalled Purr-Complete Feline Poultry Meal due to possible Salmonella. Learn more with petMD.

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Pet Points: 5 ways to ensure cats have 9 lives

The Million Cat Challenge is an attempt by veterinarians and shelters to reduce the number of cats euthanized every year.

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 Lori Timczyk with her daughter Jessica, 15, and Rocky, their 4-pound Yorkshire terrier who survived an attack from a hawk.

Pet Tales: Dog survives hawk attack

Owners’ quick thinking and driving helps save Rocky, their 4-pound Yorkshire terrier, after he is carried away by a hawk.

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What To Do When a Dog Stops Eating

Most dogs love to eat, which is why a meal that has been left untouched immediately raises concerns. An almost endless list of problems can

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Can Your Cat Literally Make You Crazy?

Cats get most of the blame for spreading the Toxoplasma gondii parasite - that is the parasite that causes toxoplasmosis in people. But are

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 Karen McCandless of Butler lets Mary Wagner, 84, one of the residents of Concordia at Rebecca Residence in Allison Park, pet one of her two therapy cats, Tirzah, during a visit there on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015.

Butler cats put on a show for nursing home residents

Unlike many felines, Butler couple’s cats are happy to perform at a variety of places, such as Concordia at Rebecca Residence in West Deer.

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 Anyone who sees the bird should call Noor Salman at 412-478-7272.

Greenfield cockatiel missing, owner asks for help

Anyone who sees the bird should call Ms. Salman at 412-478-7272.

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'Paw-paparazzi' take note: World Dog Awards honor star pets

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Awards season is underway in Hollywood, but one show will roll out green turf instead of red carpet and celebrate

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Frostbitten cat reminds of need to protect pets in bitter cold

CHICAGO — As Chicagoans struggle through the season’s first serious blasts of cold weather, a small cat named Sunny has a much-needed

1 week ago


4 dog breeds join the AKC family, but which should join yours?

At least two of the four new breeds that were recognized by the American Kennel Club recently seem family-friendly. And the other two might

1 week ago


Animal Island: Calming a dog with car sickness

Q: Sandy is a 1-year-old Lab-boxer mix. Since we got her at 4 months old, she has drooled excessively, then vomited when we travel with her.

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 Frankie (Oct. 30, 2002 — Dec. 31, 2014)

Animal Tales: Dogs deserve obituaries, too, especially Frankie

Don’t doubt that a dog is valued just as much as any other family member.

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Jenkins Township homewoner burned, pets killed in fire

A man suffered burns to his hands and face and two pets died Monday in the latest of structure fires that destroyed four Luzerne County

1 week ago


Palin pet post raises furor

A photo of Trig Palin standing on the family’s black Labrador retriever draws support and criticism on Sarah Palin’s Facebook page.

2 weeks ago


 Kim Moran , a woman was walking with her dogs in Aleppo when she was hit by a driver and killed. Friends united to find the dogs.

Pet Tales: Friends, strangers rally to save dogs of accident victim

Police, friends and strangers combine forces to find and rescue Kimberly Moran’s Bernese mountain dogs after fatal accident.

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Feeding to Prevent Diabetes in Cats

Diet plays a huge role in preventing diabetes in cats. As is the case in people, most cats with the disease develop what is called type 2

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Monensin in Horses – The Latest Update on the Horse Poisonings

Just this past October, a case of monensin toxicity at a horse barn in Florida claimed the immediate lives of three horses and affected 19

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EDITORIAL: On unwanted pets, go to the start of the problem

A local pet rescue group recently held its monthly adoption day at a business in Mount Pocono. This is a fine, in-person way to showcase

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 One of the cats up for adoption at the Animal Advocates thrift shop in the West End lounges in a bed on the second floor of the store.  The store houses cats for adoption but the dogs are placed with foster families.

West End resale shop benefits homeless dogs and cats

Animal Advocates Thrift Shoppe in the West End is the main fundraiser for the nonprofit group that fosters animals.

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 This video frame grab shows a cat named Beans playing a game called Catzilla on an iPad in Los Angeles. Fuller, Nate Murray and their company, Hiccup, created “Game for Cats”, “Paint for Cats” and “Catzilla”.

Tablet apps let cats catch critters in cyberspace

If you’ve had enough time to play with the tablet you got for the holidays, try turning the device over to your tech-savvy cat.

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Animal Island: Thoughts on losing 4 beloved dogs

I am very sorry to not answer your questions this week, but I am hurting and I need to vent to a sympathetic audience.

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Jump Your Bones Recalls Select Kangaroo Bites and Roo Bites Pet Treats

Jump Your Bones, a Florida-based pet treat company, has voluntarily recalled its Kangaroo Bites and Roo Bites brand treats because of

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Do Animals Have Emotions?

Scientific research into animal emotions is important, not just because it increases our understanding of the inner lives of animals, but

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Red Paw rescues pets from disaster scenes

WHEN AN early-December fire consumed their kitchen and filled their North Philadelphia house with smoke, Sharon McCurdy and her adult son,

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Dog, shelter reunite after 900-mile trip from NYC to Chicago area

CHICAGO — A suburban Grayslake animal shelter welcomed back a dog adopted more than a decade ago after it was found at a shelter in New

3 weeks ago


Pet Tales: Max, Bella top names for puppies

Pop culture, foods and nature influence pet names for new puppies. Other topic: the biggest holiday hazard to your dogs may be on your feet.

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Pet Points: Canine distemper rare but still a danger

Regular vaccinations have made great strides against canine distemper, but this potentially fatal viral disease remains a threat.

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 Illini, a Bernese Mountain named for the University of Illinois Fighting Illini, ran off when her owner, Kimberly Moran, 49, was fatally hit by a car in Aleppo this morning.

Dog lost after fatal pedestrian accident in Aleppo

One of the dogs Kimberly Moran was walking this morning when she was hit and killed by a car, ran off after the accident.

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How to Feed Older Dogs

Nothing beats a good, old dog. The relationship between canine senior citizens and their owners is exceptionally deep and multifaceted.

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Say, meow: Animal shelter staffs sharpen photo skills to spur pet adoption

The studio in St. Louis is part of a “Meet the Real Me,” a pilot program funded by Nestlé Purina PetCare.

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Animal Island: My take on the raw food diet for dogs

Q: We just got a Westie puppy from a breeder in New Jersey who feeds all her dogs a raw food diet. She gave us enough to feed the puppy for

3 weeks ago


Simon Purrkins: Black cat’s ghost said to prowl ‘haunted’ mansion

AKRON, Ohio — The people who run Perkins Stone Mansion are used to things that go bump in the night.

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Talking Dogs: Tips for training a jumper to settle down

Linda has written in with a question about her 5-month-old boxer puppy, “Alexa.” It seems she’s quite a jumper, and Linda has tried

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