Lions killed at Denmark Zoo

Excerpt from “Something Rotten in Denmark,” a blog post by Wayne Pacelle of Humane Society of the United States:

Take a look at Act II at the notorious Copenhagen Denmark Zoo. Act I, involving the killing of a perfectly healthy 18-month giraffe named Marius, provoked widespread global outrage and condemnation not too long ago. The zoo said that it already had sufficient genetic diversity given the captive population of giraffes within European zoos and so officials there decided Marius was expendable – and should be killed. They did kill him and fed him to the lions.

It was not as if they loved the lions so much that they had to feed the big cats fresh meat. Two days ago, this same zoo announced it had killed four lions, including two cubs. Again, officials said they already had enough genetic diversity among captive lions, so these lions were expendable, too. What’s more, they were bringing in a new male lion and worried he’d kill the cubs.

“If the Zoo had not made the change in the pride now then we would have risked that the old male would mate with these two females – his own offspring – and thereby give rise to inbreeding,” said a statement from Copenhagen Zoo officials.

Apparently, the memos on the option of sterilizing the big cat, or the other cats in the pride, never made it to them.

When you think of animals as individual beings, with their own lives, you rescue them from crisis and then find a way to give them a good quality of life, as we did with the Arkansas animals. If you treat animals like a bunch of ambulatory exhibits or repositories of DNA, then you have the outcome that played out in Denmark. Sadly this outcome is all too routine in many of the zoos of Europe.

The World Associations of Zoos and Aquariums and other professionals in this field must condemn these unacceptable actions in the zoo community and remind officials like those at the Copenhagen Zoo that individual animals matter.

Read more of Wayne Pacelle’s blog, A Humane Nation

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Found a litter of kittens outdoors? Best Friends offers these tips

263 Best Friends Animal Society offers the following tips on what to do if you find a litter of kittens outdoors:

  • First of all – don’t panic. Observe and leave the kittens alone — make sure they have been abandoned before you take action. You’ll often find that their mother is simply out looking for food or for a good place to move them. Take note of the exact location so you can share the address and description of where the kittens are located if you find that they have been abandoned.
  • Contact your local animal shelter to get the contact information for your local community cat or TNR program. These groups will be able to determine if the mother comes back in a normal time frame or if the kittens will need to be bottle fed.
  • Though it may go against your instincts, don’t immediately scoop kittens up and take them to the shelter.
  • If the mother does not come back and you are willing to volunteer with your local group to care for the kittens, please first read Best Friends’ resource article “Feeding and Caring for Bottle Babies.”
  • If the mother does return, keep your eye on her and the kittens until they are old enough to be trapped, spayed or neutered and returned to the area they came from. TNR is not only the most humane method of preventing cats from entering the shelter system, it’s the most effective. (Editor’s note: Often, the kittens can be tamed and adopted into homes if you catch them at a young age. I’ve also had some luck with taming some of the adults.)

Want to help community cats?

  • Best Friends Animal Society has volunteer opportunities in Los Angeles, San Antonio, Baltimore, Albuquerque, DeKalb County, Georgia, St. George, Utah and the Four Directions program for rural southern Utah.
  • The Best Friends No More Homeless Pets Network of local animal rescue groups and shelters has more than 250 groups nationwide that are involved in helping community cats.
  • Your local animal rescue groups and shelters can put you in touch with the community cat programs that are not affiliated with Best Friends, you also can do an internet search to find groups in your area. “Bottle feeding is a very rewarding but also incredibly demanding endeavor, so make sure you have the time, resources and a suitable home to care for the kittens,” said Dankert. ​“​And please also remember how important it is to spay and neuter your pets. This is the single most important thing we can do to prevent unwanted litters. Best Friends has an education campaign called Fix at Four and you can enter your zip code to find local veterinarians and low-cost spay/neuter clinics.”

Find out more

Like Best Friends Animal Society on Facebook: www.facebook.com/bestfriendsanimalsociety

Follow Best Friends on Twitter: twitter.com/bestfriends

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Pupthat! photo and video sharing app is just for dogs

photo (1) Pupthat!, a photo and video sharing mobile application just for dogs, is now available in the Apple App Store and Google Play. This new social media mobile app allows users to create a profile for their dog, post photos and videos of their puppy, give dogs virtual bones, comment on photos and videos and form their own “dog pack” of followers.

The photos and videos that receive the most virtual bones from other users will trend on the home page. Users will be able to follow other dogs and stay up-to-date with the activities of their favorite puppies.

Pupthat! was created by brother and sister duo, Carlos and Erika Gutierrez, both of Washington, DC.

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“Portlandia’s Fred & Carrie Make Each Other Top Dog” ­ airs Thursday on IFC

Long-time couple Claire (Carrie Brownstein) and Doug (Fred Armisen) question the lack of affection in their relationship and try to rekindle their spark by treating each other like their much-loved pet.

Will cookie treats and tummy rubs fix their relationship woes? Find out at IFC.com, or watch the full episode at 10 p.m. ET/PT Thursday, March 27, on IFC.

Guest stars from this week’s episode include Kumail Nanjiani (Burning Love), Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks) and Annie Clark (St. Vincent).

Created by Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein and Jonathan Krisel, Portlandia welcomes viewers to their quirky, free-range world written as a love letter to Portland, Oregon. The series is executive produced by Lorne Michaels and produced by Broadway Video.

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German Shepherd found in Parkville, MD

found-gsd0324 A female black-and-brown German shepherd dog was found March 24 in Parkville, Maryland. If seen, contact FidoFinder.com, using ID #408931.

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White pit bull lost in York, PA

BRUISER HAS BEEN FOUND! Bruiser, a white male pit bull, was lost March 23 in York, PA. If seen, contact FidoFinder.com, using ID #408913. (No photo available)

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Mixed breed tops Pets Best Insurance’s list of favorite dog breeds

Mixed breed

Mixed breed

Pets Best Insurance Services recently released its list of the top 10 most popular dog and cat breeds enrolled with the agency in 2013.

In the company’s eight years of insuring dogs and cats, the top 10 most popular breeds have remained relatively consistent. However, the agency has noticed definite trends during the years, with certain breeds gaining popularity and others falling in the rankings.

While a number of breeds have gained popularity in recent years, the French bulldog has seen the most dramatic rise. In 2006, the French bulldog was the 55th most popular dog breed enrolled with Pets Best. By 2013, the small, muscular pooch was the 19th most popular breed.

“Several years ago, French bulldogs started popping up in television commercials and print ads,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, president and founder of Pets Best. “When a relatively unknown dog breed begins to enter the mainstream, it creates a buzz among prospective pet owners and begins to affect ownership trends.”

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier

Compared to the American Kennel Club’s 2012 dog registration statistics, the Pets Best top 10 list offers several surprising findings. First, the No. 1 most popular dog breed enrolled with Pets Best not only in 2013 but throughout the agency’s history is a mixed or designer breed. This is of note because the AKC only recognizes purebred dogs, without highlighting the popularity of mixed breeds. Pets Best found mixed-breed dogs solidly hold the No. 1 spot. In 2013, mixed breeds made up nearly 30 percent of all canines enrolled with the agency.

While the AKC list does not include pit bulls, the Pets Best rankings show pit bulls as the seventh most popular dog of 2013. Based on data from Pets Best, this category includes the American pit bull terrier and the American Staffordshire terrier. The category climbed from 10th place in 2007.

Labrador

Labrador Retriever

In addition to these rankings, the ever-popular Labrador retriever held second place for most popular dog breeds.

Top 10 Dog Breeds of 2013
1. Mixed breed
2. Labrador retriever
3. Yorkshire terrier
4. Golden retriever
5. Chihuahua
6. Shih Tzu
7. Pit bull
8. Dachshund
9. German shepherd
10. Maltese and English bulldog (tie)

Top 10 Cat Breeds of 2013
1. Domestic shorthair
2. Mixed breed
3. American shorthair
4. Domestic longhair
5. Domestic medium hair
6. Siamese
7. Maine coon
8. Ragdoll
9. Bengal
10. Persian

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2014 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Bored? Looking for something to do? Check out YDR Pets' events listing.

Bored? Looking for something to do? Check out YDR Pets’ events listing.

Looking for something to do? Check out our listing of pet-related events. To add animal-related events to this listing, e-mail rose@ydr.com:

APRIL 19

  • Pre-registration for the Maryland SPCA’s March for the Animals will be 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 19, at the Maryland SPCA,3300 Falls Road. For details, visit marchfortheanimals.kintera.org
  • A microchip and rabies vaccine clinic will be 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 19, at York County SPCA, 3159 Susquehanna Trail North, Manchester Township (York County, PA). The rabies vaccination is $15 and the microchip cost is $25. In order to receive a rabies vaccination that is valid for 3 years, proof of a previous vaccination must be provided. Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers.
  • Pet Photos with the Easter Bunny will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at York County SPCA, 3159 Susquehanna Trail North, Manchester Township (York County, PA). Cost is $5.

APRIL 22

  • Pre-registration for the Maryland SPCA’s March for the Animals will be 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at the Maryland SPCA,3300 Falls Road. For details, visit marchfortheanimals.kintera.org

APRIL 25

  • Wags & Whiskers, “The Great Gatsby” will be 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 25, at The Trust Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, 37 N. Mar­ket St., Lan­caster, PA. Join the most influ­en­tial flap­pers and dap­pers for an evening of “puttin’ on the Ritz,” a night filled with Roar­ing Twen­ties music and indul­gences. For one night only, the Trust Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter will be trans­formed into one of Jay Gatsby’s out­ra­geous galas, including cham­pagne tow­ers, flap­pers, hors d’oeuvres, a lim­ited cock­tail selec­tion, live and silent auc­tions, and light enter­tain­ment. All pro­ceeds ben­e­fit the ani­mals at the Humane League of Lan­caster County. Click here to purchase tickets.

APRIL 26

  • A pet memorial balloon release will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Pet Valu, at 1919 Springwood Road in York Township. To honor your pets who have crossed over the Rainbow Bridge, stop by Pet Valu from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26 to purchase balloons for $1 each, and write the pets’ names on the balloons. At 3 p.m., all the balloons will be released. Proceeds will benefit animals in need.
  • Dr. Deborah Flake’s Animal Wellness Clinic will host its annual spring rabies vaccination and microchipping clinic from noon to 9 a.m. Saturday, April 26. No appointments necessary. The event will be held rain or shine at the Animal Wellness Clinic, 10 minutes west of Gettysburg, PA, on Route 30 West. Cost for the rabies vaccination is $11. Canine distemper and feline distemper vaccines are $12 and canine bordetella (“kennel cough”) vaccine will be offered for $15. Microchipping costs $48 and includes registration in a national database, as well as the necessary forms for dogs to receive a Pennsylvania lifetime license. Proceeds will benefit the Gettysburg Area Recreation Authority (GARA) Dog Park Campaign. All pets must be on leashes or in carriers. For more information, call 717-337-2785 or visit www.chipmypet.com.
  • Furry Friends Network Spaghetti and Muttballs Dinner will be 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at St. Patrick’s Church, Warrell Social Hall, 87 Marsh Drive, Carlisle, PA. Tickets are $7 per person; $4 for children 3 to 6 years old and free for children 2 and younger. Eat in and BYOB if you’d like, or get takeout for an easy meal at home. Homemade desserts will be available for purchase at a cost of $1 each. There will also be a 50-50 drawing, a raffle table, a sports auction and more. Click here for details.
  • A spring rabies clinic will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 26, at Hopewell Veterinary Service, 2 Trouts Lane, Stewartstown, PA. Rabies vaccines are $10 (CASH ONLY); all other vaccines are at regular clinic pricing. For details, call 717-993-2155 or visit www.hopewellvetsvc.com
  • Cool Cars for Cats and Canines will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at Hershey AACA (Antique Auto) Museum, 161 Museum Drive, Hershey PA. Check out vehicles including Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Lotus, McLaren, Porsche, Viper, Z06/ZR1 Corvette, Ford GT and other cars. Public admission is $5, free for children younger than 10. You can show your exotic car for a $25 donation, which includes complimentary breakfast items and a ticket to the AACA Museum. The event also includes a silent auction, raffles and a chance to meet adoptable animals. All proceeds benefit the rescue and care of the homeless animals of Castaway Critters. For details on the event, visit www.coolcarsforcatsandcanines.com. For information on Castaway Critters, visit www.castawaycritters.org.

APRIL 26-27

  • Pet Valu PAWS Weekend will be April 26 and 27 at the Harrisburg Pet Valu, 2302 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA. Central PA Animal Alliance will be there from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, with some of their adoptable animals, and will be holding a bake sale. If you’d like to donate baked goods for the bake sale, email pahippler@gmail.com.

APRIL 27

  • Central Pennsylvania Animal Alliance’s annual Compassion with Fashion Show will be Sunday, April 27, at the West Shore Country Club, 100 Brentwater Road, Camp Hill. This year’s special guest and keynote speaker is Larry Levin, New York Times best-selling author of “Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love.” Guests purchasing premiere runway seats will have the opportunity to meet Levin and Oogy (if his health allows it) during an exclusive champagne reception prior to the fashion show. The afternoon includes hors d’oeuvres and a gourmet vegetarian luncheon and dessert. The fashion show includes fashions by Annabel’s and The Bon-Ton, shoes by Plum Bottom and jewelry Don and Candace Cothard, Imagination in Glass. The highlight of the show will be adoptable animals available from area rescue groups. Door prizes, raffle baskets and a silent auction are also planned. Premier runway seats are $110 each, or a table of 10 for $1,000, which includes a private reception at 10:30 a.m. Only 50 premier runway seats are available, so reserve the space early. All other seats are $65, or a table of 10 for $600. Doors open at noon. To make reservations, visit www.cpaa.info.
  • Maryland SPCA’s 19th annual March for the Animals will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at Druid Hill Park. Participants who raise $40 or more receive the 2014 March for the Animals T-shirt, goody bag and dog bandana. Pre-registration for the March is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 19, or 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at the Maryland SPCA,3300 Falls Road. Registration for the Pet Costume Contest and the Smart Pet Tricks Contest begins at 10 a.m. the day of the March (Sunday, April 27). The entry fee is $5 for each contest. Judging begins at 11:30 a.m. Contest winners receive gift certificates from dogma – life, with your pet. For details, visit marchfortheanimals.kintera.org

MAY 4

  • The fourth annual Lancaster Pet Day will be held rain or shine from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at the Fred F. Groff Inc Life Celebration Home, 234 W. Orange St., Lancaster, PA. The afternoon is designed to promote animal well-being, encourage adoption of pets that are in need of homes and celebrate the bond between humans and pets. There will be a petting zoo for the children and Central PA Animal Alliance will offer a low-cost vaccine and microchipping clinic from 1 to 3 p.m. Vaccines cost $10 each and microchipping costs $25. The event also will include various animal rescues, animal rights organizations, outdoor demonstrations (Sleepy Hollow Petting Zoo), Bob Rudy’s Pet Radio, pet photography, blessing of the animals, a pet psychic, crafts, food and more. Be sure to look up 4th Annual Lancaster Pet Day on Facebook and like it to upload a picture of your pet for the photo contest. For details on the event, call Fred F. Groff Inc at 717-397-8255.

MAY 5

  • Support Forgotten Cats by getting your car washed from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, May 5, at Magic Car Wash, 3221 Naamans Road, Wilmington, DE 19810. Forgotten Cats will receive a $3 donation for every Super, Ultimate or Works wash purchased.

MAY 17

  • Personalized Greyhounds Inc. adopters and greyhounds will greet families from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at the York Galleria, off of the Mt. Zion Road Exit of Route 30, York, PA. Adopters will be available to answer questions about living with retired racers and how to adopt greyhounds as pets. Greyhounds will be on hand for wags and kisses. For additional information, visit www.pgreys.org, find them on Facebook, or call 717-292-6464.

JUNE 2

  • Support Forgotten Cats by getting your car washed from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, June 2, at Magic Car Wash, 3221 Naamans Road, Wilmington, DE 19810. Forgotten Cats will receive a $3 donation for every Super, Ultimate or Works wash purchased.

JUNE 14

  • A microchip and rabies vaccine clinic will be 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 14, at York County SPCA, 3159 Susquehanna Trail North, Manchester Township (York County, PA). The rabies vaccination is $15 and the microchip cost is $25. In order to receive a rabies vaccination that is valid for 3 years, proof of a previous vaccination must be provided. Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers.

JULY 7

  • Support Forgotten Cats by getting your car washed from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, July 7, at Magic Car Wash, 3221 Naamans Road, Wilmington, DE 19810. Forgotten Cats will receive a $3 donation for every Super, Ultimate or Works wash purchased.

AUGUST 4

  • Support Forgotten Cats by getting your car washed from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, at Magic Car Wash, 3221 Naamans Road, Wilmington, DE 19810. Forgotten Cats will receive a $3 donation for every Super, Ultimate or Works wash purchased.

AUGUST 9

  • A microchip and rabies vaccine clinic will be 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, August 9, at York County SPCA, 3159 Susquehanna Trail North, Manchester Township (York County, PA). The rabies vaccination is $15 and the microchip cost is $25. In order to receive a rabies vaccination that is valid for 3 years, proof of a previous vaccination must be provided. Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers.

OCTOBER 18

  • A microchip and rabies vaccine clinic will be 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, October 18, at York County SPCA, 3159 Susquehanna Trail North, Manchester Township (York County, PA). The rabies vaccination is $15 and the microchip cost is $25. In order to receive a rabies vaccination that is valid for 3 years, proof of a previous vaccination must be provided. Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers.
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Gray-and-white cat missing in West York area

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Leo, a gray-and-white neutered and declawed male cat, has been missing since March 4 from his home on Monroe Street in the West York area, near the York Expo Center.

“We think he got out while we had some workers here at our home. He is neutered and front declawed. He has light and dark gray stripes and white patches,” Lorrie writes. “A family member had to find a home for her cats due to a housing issue. So we took Leo for her. He was very skittish when he first came to our home. But once he got to know us, he became very vocal and very cuddly. We miss him so very much.”

If you think you’ve seen Leo, call 717-848-6425.

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Conference call with Cesar Millan (“The Dog Whisperer”)

I recently was asked to join in a conference call with Cesar Millan, “The Dog Whisperer,” in which he discussed his new TV series, “Cesar 911,” and answered some questions on dog behavior. “Cesar 911″ premiered at 9 p.m. ET on Friday, March 7, on Nat Geo Wild. Additional information can be found at www.cesar911.com.

The conference call was hosted by Katherine Taylor. Unfortunately, I was unable to participate in the call because my sister was very ill and in the hospital at that time. Katherine was kind enough to send me a transcript of the conference call to share with readers. The following is a partial transcript of the call.

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Maggie Gellers with Barkleigh Production: I met you a couple of years ago at Penn State and gave you a copy of an old Groomer to Groomer, … you remember that?

Cesar Millan: Yes, ma’am.

M Gellers: I have presently a 7-year-old whippet and he’s typically very calm, occasionally he gets himself in an aggressive state, like one time I picked him up from, he was in the kennel overnight, I was taking his lead off and he wrapped his head around and snapped at my hand and scratched it. And then just a few weeks ago we had a plumber in the house and I had him on his leash and I was going to put him –- not the plumber, the dog -– in the crate, and he did the same thing, he turned around and snapped at me. So it seems like I don’t understand what makes him in that state.

C Millan: Your question, and everybody’s situation, it’s pretty much the same: aggression, insecurity, fear. How you deal with it is more important. Most people focus on the dog. “I have a dog, my dog is aggressive.” But I always focus on why do you think the dog is aggressive, what is it that you are doing or not doing that your dog has developed this? Because they’re not born with aggression, for example, in society, and so that’s what we have to learn to identify, is what are we doing that we trigger this.
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