Not feeling the love this Valentine’s Day? Maybe ‘the one’ for you has four legs

From Best Friends Animal Society:

KANAB, Utah — Flowers. Candy. Declarations of love. For those happily coupled, Valentine’s Day can be one of the best times of the year. For some of the 102 million singles in America, according to, the holiday can be awful.

Photo credit: Best Friends Animal Society

Photo credit: Best Friends Animal Society

With millions of people looking for love online, Best Friends Animal Society asks the question: Why limit
the search to the two-legged?

“Ask just about any pet owner and they’ll tell you, dogs and cats provide them with a lot of joy, comfort
and companionship,” said Gregory Castle, chief executive officer of Best Friends Animal Society. “And
with so many dogs and cats in shelters or rescues waiting to be your one and only, Valentine’s Day is the
perfect time of year to adopt a pet.”

To further promote prospective people and pet matches, Best Friends Animal Society is offering $10
adoptions during “The One” promotion taking place February 13 to 16 at its adoption centers in Utah, New
York and Los Angeles, as well as through participating No More Homeless Pets Network partners across the country. More information about the promotion can be found by visiting

Still not sure about a four-legged Valentine? Best Friends Animal Society offer 14 compelling reasons why a pet might just be “The One” for you:
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Enter your therapy dog story to the Books & Barks contest by Feb. 15

books-barks2015Pets Best Insurance Services is accepting submissions for its Books & Barks contest, targeted to highlight the use of therapy dogs with assisting children in learning environments across the nation.

Pets Best invites therapy pet handlers and organizations, students and educators to submit inspirational stories about the positive effects therapy dogs have had on students in reading programs. The winning school or library associated with the program will receive $1,000 from Pets Best. In addition, the agency will offer a $500 donation to the therapy dog handler’s favorite animal-related nonprofit organization.

Deadline to enter is Feb. 15. To submit an entry, visit

Online voting for the best entries will occur from March 5 to March 12. The winner will be announced March 13.

For more information, visit

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Wings of Rescue to fly 400 dogs and cats within 3 days

flight-of-the-valentines-web3 As part of its Flight of the Valentines, Wings of Rescue will fly 400 dogs in three days.

More than 150 dogs, mostly small breeds, will be flown by Wings of Rescue from overcrowded municipal shelters in California this Thursday (Feb. 5). Seventy to ninety of those dogs will go to North Shore Animal League America. The dogs are expected to arrive at Sheltair Farmingdale Airport Terminal, 1100 New Highway, Farmingdale, NY, at approximately 7 p.m.

The dogs are expected to be available for adoption starting Feb. 11 at North Shore Animal League America — just in time for the shelter’s Valentine’s Day 50 percent off adoption special for all approved adopters.

For information on North Shore Animal League, visit For information on Wings of Rescue, visit

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Ever wonder where the show dogs stay during the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show?

New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania is gearing up to host all the canine hopefuls taking part in the 139th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show to be held Feb. 16 and 17 at Madison Square Garden (directly across from the hotel). The Groups, Junior Showmanship Finals and Best In Show will be held at Madison Square Garden; the breed judging and benching will be held at Piers 92/94.

New York's Hotel Pennsylvania hosts a pet fashion show as part of the festivities surrounding the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania hosts a pet fashion show as part of the festivities surrounding the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

From Westminster wedding ceremonies to hosting an annual Pet Fashion Show, the Pet Friendly Hotel of the Year goes the extra mile. To prepare for this event, the hotel is planning to set up a variety of exclusive onsite daily events and amenities to coincide with the Show exclusively for guests, which include:
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Declawed orange cat found in Spring Garden Township

found-orangecat0131 A front-declawed male orange cat has been found in the area of Ludlow and Virginia Avenues in Spring Garden Township (York County, PA), near the firehouse, Parma Pizza and Azteca.

lost-orangecat0131b The person who found him said he has a loud meow and he has been hanging around shrubs in the neighborhood for approximately two weeks. A few days ago, he came into the house and went to the basement to hide. He eventually came back upstairs and jumped onto the bed, purring and sucking the corner of the pillowcase. The finder said the cat is clean and has no fleas, mites or worms; uses the litterbox and is not aggressive with other pets — a very polite guest.

If you know where this cat belongs, or if you’re interested in adopting him if his family is not found, email

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Some dogs need coats or sweaters in cold weather

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From Fitdog Sports Club:

Winter brings chilly walks, and some dogs in particular need protection against the elements. A jacket or sweater can help your dog maintain a healthy exercise routine even in colder weather. Here are five dog breeds that really need jackets.

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Fun facts about lemurs

kingjulienposter DreamWorks Animation and Netflix brought Madagascar’s favorite royal lemur, King Julien, to the small screen in “All Hail King Julien” on Dec. 19. In honor of King Julien’s first starring role, the Duke Lemur Center in Durham, North Carolina, shared the following facts about lemurs like King Julien and his trusty side-kicks Maurice, Clover, and Mort.

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Will you watch Super Bowl, Puppy Bowl or Kitten Bowl? Or maybe both?

From left,: Aaron Pawdgers plays for the  Northpole Panthers and Barney plays for the  Hallmark Channel Hearties. (Photo by Marc Lemoine, Crown Media United States)

From left,: Aaron Pawdgers plays for the Northpole Panthers and Barney plays for the Hallmark Channel Hearties. (Photo by Marc Lemoine, Crown Media United States)

Super Bowl Sunday is this weekend, and I know many people will be watching the Super Bowl with friends. Not being a sports fan, I don’t watch the big game. But there are other options for people like me: Puppy Bowl and Kitten Bowl.

Puppy Bowl is in its 11th year, and I have watched it a few times — very cute! Kitten Bowl aired for the first time last year, and I missed it, but I’m hoping to catch it this Sunday. The good news is, Kitten Bowl starts at noon on Hallmark Channel and Puppy Bowl starts at 3 p.m. on Animal Planet, so it’s possible to watch both.


Joe Fluffo plays for the  Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Mountain Lions team. (Photo by Marc Lemoine, Crown Media United States)

Joe Fluffo plays for the
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Mountain Lions team. (Photo by Marc Lemoine, Crown Media United States)

Hallmark Channel’s “Kitten Bowl II” will air at noon Eastern and Pacific time, 11 a.m. Central time. on Sunday, Feb. 1. Kitten Bowl trended No. 1 on social media last year. The show is presented in association with North Shore Animal League and Last Hope Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation.

Hosted by Beth Stern, TV personality and national spokesperson for North Shore Animal League America, “Kitten Bowl II” brings a star-studded lineup that includes legendary New York Yankees radio voice John Sterling and award-winning reporter, sports analyst and commentator Mary Carillo as “Kitten Bowl’s” official play-by-play announcer. Special guest appearances will include newly appointed FFL (Feline Football League) commissioner Boomer Esiason, Kevin Nealon, Regis Philbin, Mario Lopez, Maria Menounos, Kat Dennings, Bob Harper, Fiona Gubelmann, Tricia Helfer, Heather McDonald, Deidre Hall, Jenn Brown and Camren Bicondova.

Want to see more of the catletes? Get highlights of the Feline Football League games at Cat Center, hosted by John Sterling and Mary Carillo, at


Puppy Bowl XI will air at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, on Animal Planet. A lovable starting lineup will play in a combination of terrier tackles, touchdowns, puppy penalties, fumbles and Fido first downs.

For the first time in Puppy Bowl history, the pups will be battling it out on teams: Team Ruff and Team Fluff. And you can get in on the fun by drafting pups in the Fantasy Game and watching their points tally up during the game to see if you can get on the leader board.

The Bissell Kitten Halftime Show is back for another year, and sideline reporter “Meep the Bird” will return to tweet live updates throughout the game. Follow @MeepTheBird on game day for the latest news, puppy penalties and behind-the-scenes moments from inside the stadium.

View pre-game videos, get more information and draft your Puppy Bowl Fantasy Game team at

And offers several “tail-gating” recipes for your dog’s Puppy Bowl party at


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Five ways to ‘winterize’ your pet

From the American Veterinary Medical Association:

When temperatures go down, we bundle up. But your pets need protection, too! People often forget that the extreme cold can affect your animals just as much as extreme heat. The American Veterinarian Medical Association (AVMA) warns that the cold can pose serious health risks to your pets. Animals can get frostbite and hypothermia just as easily as humans! Here are some tips and tricks to keep your pet warm and healthy as they face the cold this season.

Wagging away from Long Walks: When the temperature begins to drop, consider dropping a few minutes off your daily walks. Like humans, animals are sensitive to the cold air.

Rinse, Lather, and Repeat: After taking your pet for a walk, rinse off their paws and fur to get rid of accumulated anti-freeze or chemicals placed on the roads.

Visit Doctor Doolittle: The winter season is a great time to take your pet to the doctor to ensure they are strong and healthy enough to face the cold. It will also help pets that have already been affected by the drop in temperature.

Food For Thought: Increasing your pets’ weight is not always the best way to keep your pet warm and healthy during the winter. Try to keep your pet at a normal weight, but pets that live outdoors may require more calories to regulate body heat.

Protect their Paws with Padded Booties: Imagine walking outdoors barefoot in what feels like sub-zero weather. Not great, right? Your pet doesn’t think so, either. Now, pets can walk outdoors comfortably with booties, which provide a nice warm layer between pets’ paws and the snow and ice.

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Should your dog wear a coat?

By Dr. Eva Evans, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best insurance:

It’s that time of the year again. The weather is getting colder. Our furry friends still like to spend time outside, but do they need protective clothing such as sweaters and coats? In most cases, the answer is no. Most dogs have enough fur to keep them warm outside during the winter. When making the decision on whether to put warm winter clothing on your dog, you should consider your dog’s size, breed and the outside temperature.

leo-sweater Very small dogs have a harder time retaining body heat, so they may need a sweater or coat when outside for extended periods of time during the winter. If your dogs are short-haired breeds or breeds that are originally from a warm climate, they may also need cold weather wear. These breeds include dogs such as the Chinese crested, Chihuahua and Italian greyhound.

Dogs that have long hair such as the Pomeranian, Chow Chow, Siberian husky and Great Pyrenees do not need additional clothing during the winter. Additionally, the outside temperature and length of time outside should also be considered when deciding whether or not your dog needs to wear a coat. Dogs in temperatures greater than 45 degrees typically do not need protective clothing. If your dogs will only be outside for 10 minutes or less, they typically do not need any clothing except in extremely cold climates.

It is important to remember that coats and sweaters on dogs should only be worn if needed when they are outside in very cold weather. Dogs should not wear these clothing items in the house, as they can overheat easily. Clothing items should always be removed from the pet after they are no longer needed to prevent chafing and irritation of the skin. Remember to use your best judgment this winter on whether or not to put a coat on your dog. If you are unsure, just ask your veterinarian.

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