March for the Animals photos

The Maryland SPCA held its annual March for the Animals on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium. The walk-a-thon and festival helps the SPCA care for homeless pets. Take a look at photos from Saturday along with images from past years. For more info, go to 

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Baltimore zoo's baby penguins take their first plunge

Seven baby penguins will take their first plunge in the outdoor pool with the rest of the colony at the Maryland zoo in Baltimore.

On Thursday morning, Penguin Coast staff will introduce the chicks, all born in October and November, to the outdoor pool to swim with the other adult and older juvenile...

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AKC 2016 Top Dog Breeds

Labrador retrievers extended their record run as America's most popular dog breed, leading the American Kennel Club's new rankings for a 26th straight year. But Rottweilers are enjoying renewed favor, and some other dogs have been striding up the popularity ladder.

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Ask a Vet: Let your dog make the decision on dog parks

I would like to take my dog to a dog park. She really hasn't been around other dogs much before. What should I do?

Dog parks are not for all dogs. Some dogs love playing with others and have good manners, while others may be aggressive or fearful and are best not taken to dog parks.

If you'd like...

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Maryland State Fair favorite Homer the mule retiring at 52

Homer the mule strolled out of his stall at a measured pace, in no hurry receive a black-and-yellow ribbon around his substantial neck.

At age 52, he has earned his retirement. As one of Maryland State Fair's most beloved mascots, he stepped out Saturday to be honored by scores of his assembled...

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Rescue group finds homes for Kuwaiti dogs in Baltimore

As the dogs touch down on a plane from Kuwait, each arrives with a story: Hope was the last survivor pulled from a pile of dead puppies; Stella was stabbed eight times; Mandy is recovering from pancreatitis.

Jennifer Yoon recalls their histories as she scrolls through pictures of some of the 152...

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Retro Baltimore: How Baltimore's zoo got its first elephant

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is celebrating its 140th anniversary with a "Zoobilee" event this Friday. To get ready, we dug through our archives to bring you a story of perhaps the most famous animal ever to grace Druid Hill Park.

“[T]here will never be another Mary Ann,” Raymond S. Tompkins wrote...

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White Sox set world record for dogs at a sporting event

The outfield seats at U.S. Cellular Field hosted 1,122 dogs and their owners Tuesday night during the White Sox game against the Indians, a Guinness World Record for the most dogs at a sporting event.

The Sox set out to achieve the record for their annual “Bark at the Park” event, and a Guinness...

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Coalition forms to spay, neuter stray cats in Anne Arundel

A new partnership is working to spay, neuter and vaccinate stray cats in Anne Arundel County with the goal of improving their quality of life and reducing the number of homeless animals that are euthanized each year.

The Anne Arundel Community Cat Coalition follows a Trap-Neuter-Return model, said...

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Laurel dog trainer adds retail shop on Main Street

Laurel resident Krys Rackley says she knows firsthand that dogs are much more than man's best friend. For decades, the third-generation K9 trainer has seen dogs serving people with disabilities as well as military and law enforcement officers.

After becoming a K9 handler at age 16, Rackley founded...

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How to incorporate pets into your emergency plans

Q: Any pet-care emergency preparedness tips in case of natural disasters and power outages?

A: As we often see in the news, Mother Nature can be punishing, but we’re generally fortunate here in the Mid-Atlantic. Unlike other regions, we’re spared from major earthquakes and wildfires. And while...

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Tigger, the 22-year-old cat with a bucket list, dies

Tigger, the 22-year-old cat who enjoyed trips to the beach and captured hearts across Baltimore, has died.

His owners shared in a post on Tigger's Facebook page that the cat, who was adopted by a former Ravens cheerleader when he was abandoned at age 20, passed away Friday night.

"Late Friday night...

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Pot for pets: Owners treating sick animals with cannabis

Michael Fasman's 12-year-old dog, Hudson, limps from pain caused by arthritis and an amputated toe, but Fasman doesn't want to give her painkillers because "they just knock her out."

So the San Francisco resident has turned to an alternative medicine that many humans use to treat their own pain...

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Collared - Baltimore Sun readers' pets

Read about local pets, or share your own story. We're interested in cats and dogs, but also hamsters, hedgehogs, turtles, horses, chickens -- the whole pet gamut. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and be sure to put "Collared" in the subject line.

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Meet Azalea the smoking chimp, new star at Pyongyang zoo

Pyongyang's newly opened zoo has a new star: Azalea, the smoking chimpanzee.

According to officials at the newly renovated zoo, which has become a favorite leisure spot in the North Korean capital since it re-opened in July, the 19-year-old female chimpanzee, whose name in Korean is "Dallae," smokes...

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Harford Humane Society overrun with cats

The new headquarters of the Humane Society of Harford County on Connolly Road in Fallston has too many cats. The Humane Society has so many cats it's giving them away free.

"We literally have nowhere left to put incoming cats," Cat Kelly, the Humane Society's director of shelter operations, said...

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Program would help link veterans with therapy dogs

Sgt. Matthew Morres couldn't escape the sense that he had lost a piece of himself when he first returned home from Afghanistan.

After an explosion broke his back and left him with traumatic brain injury, he was told he would have to be medically retired.

"When they told me, 'Sgt. Morres, you're...

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Bald Eagle at Harford animal hospital healing, needs your fish

If you happen to have any fresh fish lying around, an animal hospital in Harford County would be willing to take it off your hands.

Chadwell Animal Hospital in Abingdon has a hungry critter on hand, and it’s not your typical pet. This one is a Bald Eagle.

According to a Facebook post, Chadwell...

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Maryland Zoo reveals name of new baby giraffe

Meet Willow. 

The giraffe calf born at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore this month officially has a name, as the zoo announced the results of an online naming contest Thursday. 

Willow was the top choice, receiving 30 percent of the vote, zoo staff said in a Facebook Live video. Staff of the zoo's...

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