The Twelve Pets of Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the shelter, The Twelve Pets of Christmas were in need of a helper. For although these Twelve Pets have so much to offer, These groups are ignored when it comes to adopters. *** *** Group One is adult cats, aged nine months and up. Why adopt only kittens? They’re cute, but grow up! Fully grown cats need forever homes too, Could one of these cats make its new home with you?  *** *** The next group of pets (and this one astounds): Big, lovable dogs weighing forty-plus pounds. A cuddly pooch you…
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Do You Suspect Your Pet Has Diabetes? 7 Warning Signs

  According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, one in every 200 cats, and one in every 400-500 dogs in the US are affected by diabetes. Similarly to diabetes in humans, pet diabetes can be managed with medication, diet and exercise. These 7 warning signs are commonly seen symptoms of diabetes. If you suspect your pet has diabetes, you should consult your veterinarian as soon as possible. 1. Increased Thirst If your dog or cat suddenly cannot seem to drink enough water to quench its thirst, this may be an early warning sign of diabetes. 2. Increased Urination Going hand…
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5 Myths About Senior Pets – Destroyed

Babies drool; seniors rule. Senior pets, that is. Personally, I love me some frosted snouts. There is just something heartwarming about seeing an older dog or cat with years of wisdom written into the sprinkling of white on snout or coat. Why do senior pets rule over their younger counterparts? First let’s define what a senior actually is. For cats, senior status is reached between 8-10 years of age; for small dogs around 7, and for large dogs; 5. So we’re not talking ancient, just mature. And maturity is the thing. They have dignity. Decorum. They know who they are…
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10 Things You Can Do to Help Your Local Shelter or Rescue

November 1-7 is National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week, when we give a collective “shout out” to all the dedicated shelter and rescue workers who care for the 6-8 million homeless animals who pass through their facilities each year.  This is a hard job, and for the most part, a thankless one.  The reward for most comes from the belief that they are making a difference in the lives of homeless animals.  They are constantly underfunded, short staffed and in need of money and supplies, so this week we are highlighting 10 things you can do to help your…
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Remembering the fight to protect ferrets

Buddy and Gumby squirm around like furry worms on speed. Their bodies stretch and collapse into balls, their paws clambering for an object that seems eternally just out of reach. They’re escape artists. Look away for a minute and they’ll sneak inside your dishwasher or reclining chair — perhaps...

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Torrey Smith makes big donation to BARCS after Pawject Runway

Although Torrey Smith is no longer a Raven, he continues to give back to Baltimore.

After the Pawject Runway fundraiser for BARCS Saturday night, Torrey and Chanel Smith made a huge donation to the shelter, covering the adoption fees for every dog and cat at the event. They also made an extra donation...

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Reduced prices, hours at Maryland Zoo over the winter

Cheaper tickets are to be had this winter at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore -- along with reduced hours.

Adult tickets are typically $18; seniors are $16 and children are $14. The new discounted prices will be $10 per person from Dec. 1 through Feb. 28. Children under the age of two will remain...

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Lemur born at Maryland Zoo in Baltimore turns one month old

A lemur born at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is turning one month old.

The zoo said in a statement the Coquerel's sifaka was born Oct. 25. The zoo says the baby is the fifth offspring for the Maryland Zoo's sifaka pair, 12-year-old Anastasia and 14-year-old Gratian. the gender of the baby has...

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Maryland Zoo to open bobcat exhibit in 2017

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore has started to make room for one of its newest species — bobcats.

The zoo has begun renovating space in its Maryland Wilderness area, repurposing the exhibit that formerly housed red foxes and turning it into the new home for the nocturnal felines, according to a recent...

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Maryland Zoo tries to balance animal encounters with safety

Takia Hall had never before seen a giraffe up close. But on a field trip to the Maryland Zoo on Wednesday with her 5-year-old son's class, she and her child were able to get close enough feed the animals.

It was the kind of encounter that zoos want to make happen. But they must balance it against...

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We Like Big Mutts and We Cannot Lie!

We like big mutts and we cannot lie! You purebreds can’t deny, That when a mutt walks up with an interesting face, And spots all over the place, You drop tongue, and you go “ruff, ruff!” ‘Cuz you know that mutt is tough! Big heart and oh, so daring. You’re hooked and you can’t stop staring! I’m tired of the AKC, saying purebreds are the thing. Keep your sire’s papers; keep your pedigree, Only mixed breeds are for me! So fellas, ladies, have you gone and got your mutt? (Not yet?) Adopt one, foster, LOVE that crazy mutt! Get one…
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Skip the Mall: 5 Meaningful Ways to Spend Black Friday

Ah, Thanksgiving. A time to gather round your family, enjoy good friends, and give thanks for all the blessings in your life. That’s Thursday, anyway.  The next day, less than 12 hours after existing in a tryptophan-induced, zen-like, meditative state of gratefulness, @#$% gets real again. Black Friday, y’all. Time to charge department store entrances like tributes hitting the cornucopia in The Hunger Games. Wait, what? What happened to all that gratefulness and generosity of spirit? Where’s the thanks? This year, skip the mall and do something meaningful on Black Friday instead. Here are 5 ideas to get you started.…
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Celebrities Loving on Black Cats: Adopt a Mini-Panther on National Black Cat Day!

I know you’ve heard this all before but stars really are just like us.  Many stars are huge animal-lovers and they do a lot of work raising money, awareness and even getting right into the animal rescue world to get their hands dirty. Working in the animal realm, we see how one well-placed tweet, Facebook post, ad campaign or recommendation from a celebrity can be a major tipping point that helps organizations and their animals. So we are saying a special thank you to celebs who have given black cats a shout out! Since it’s National Black Cat Day, let’s…
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Tom and Audrey's 2015 nesting season is subject of new book

Maryland's favorite osprey couple is the subject of a new book.

"Inside an Osprey's Nest: A Photographic Journey through Nesting Season" documents last year's nesting adventures of Tom and Audrey, the osprey duo that lives on Kent Island and is followed by the Chesapeake Conservancy's popular Osprey...

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What to consider before gifting a pet for the holidays

Q: Our grandkids have embarked on a campaign to get a pet — any pet — for Christmas. Should we indulge them with a surprise pet?

A: As a grandparent myself, I know the urge to indulge! But as a veterinarian, I have to say the decision depends on several factors — most of which should be cause for...

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Baltimore preps properties near Horseshoe casino for sale

Baltimore is preparing to sell two properties near the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore for redevelopment, relocating the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter.

The City Council approved changes this week to a plan passed in 2002 to overhaul the industrial zone, adding outdoor recreational use to the...

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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 support.mdspca.org. 

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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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