Although we like to take our pups along on outdoor outings, it's better to leave them at home for the fireworks shows. Pets don’t do well with fireworks – and many new pet owners may not realize just what a danger it is to them.
Pets don't like loud noises, and Animal Care Services advises pet owners
to not leave them outside, even if it is in a fenced yard.
Pets who have never been aggressive might become biters when they are frightened, and pets who stay in the yard normally might jump the fence and try to get away when they hear fireworks.
The City of San Antonio has approved an ordinance under the 2012 Bond Program to save the lives of more stray dogs and cats.
The General Obligation Bond funds are designated for construction of new kennels to increase the City’s capacity to house roaming pets. The Request for Proposal allowed for the kennels to be built off-site and run by an independent organization, and The Animal Defense League successfully responded to the RFP. The Animal Defense League says its new $2.2-million dollar facility will move the city closer to the goal of becoming a “No-Kill” city.
For Huyen Hoang and his identical twin brother -- who also has the same name -- the plight of the Asian rhinoceros was all but unknown, until one day a news report featured images of a Javan rhino poached for it’s horn.
Like many of us, the Portland State University undergraduate was unaware of the increasing black market for rhinoceros horn, and the keratin inside it. The price has jumped so high it at times rivals gold; by some estimates reaching $65,000 a kilogram.
At San Antonio's Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, Marabel Vasquez is monkeying around—but that's her job. She is the chimpanzees' behavioral specialist at the private research facility. She visits with the chimps, provides environmental enrichment and assesses their social dynamics.
On this January morning, it's overcast and 38 degrees, but the chimps brave the cold. Many are outside in their enclosed play area and welcome Marabel with hoots.