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August 30, 2007

Pets and dementia ?

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DEMENTIA is on the increase in Australia's cats and dogs, just as it is in people.

The reason, a leading veterinarian says, is that like the human population, the nation's pets are also ageing.

A study published in the Journal of Small Animal Practice reported that "28 per cent of cats aged 11 to 14 develop at least one geriatric onset behavioural problem. This increases to over 50 per cent for cats 15 years of age or older."

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August 28, 2007

A new Idea in Cat Shelters!

Press Release!

Dearborn Animal Shelter Introduces Cat Community Center
With the rising number of
cats being turned into the shelter this summer the Dearborn Animal Shelter
has taken an active role in making sure these cats find a loving home by
starting the Cat Community Center, also known as the Triple C. This program
usually can be found in newly built shelters, but the Friends For the
Dearborn Animal Shelter has taken an innovative approach by renting and
converting a trailer. Renting a trailer was a necessary step since the
current 4,000-square-foot facility cannot accommodate all of the cats
available for adoption.

In this satellite center, up to 15 cats are able to live cage-free while
waiting for a home. The cats can roam and socialize with other felines,
stretch and play, and enjoy the sunshine. This socialization and higher
quality of living greatly improves a cat's adoption rate, especially since
many shelter cats wait up to a year or more to be adopted. The center also
provides a more inviting adoption area for shelter visitors.

The Dearborn Animal Shelter has already seen the success of this program
since it first started in the beginning of this year. To date over 18 cats
have been adopted.

A particularly compelling story involves two cats, Mona and Sissy, who had
been waiting for homes for over 3 years. These two best friends were the
very first felines to take up residence in the Triple C, where their
wonderful personalities were finally able to shine. April Cronin, a teacher
in Dearborn, visited the Triple C and met the delightful duo. They are now
part of her family.

April commented on the impact the Community Cat Center has on cats waiting
to be adopted, "Because of this care, these two loving and trusting cats
made a smooth transition into my home, into my family. Thanks again for two
beautiful cats."

If you would like to learn more about the Community Cat Center or would like
to adopt a cat you can contact the Dearborn Animal Shelter at 313-943-2697
or visit the shelter at 2661 Greenfield in Dearborn.

The mission of the Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter is to provide
loving care and sanctuary to animals, encourage adoptions and reunions, and
promote respect, responsibility and compassion for all animals.

Animals are the heart of our mission.

Elaine Greene
Executive Director, Shelter and Animal Services

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August 27, 2007

Extinction hot spots

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Global warming will force more animals onto the threatened species list, and some already endangered animals will probably become extinct, environmental experts warn.

Although many species struggle, others are starting to recover, including the bandicoot, which has been spotted in the inner-west suburb of Dulwich Hill for the first time in more than 50 years.

read the article and YOU decide!

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August 24, 2007

Talkative parrot Booger Bear keeps family entertained

It could just have been a cheap parlor trick, with the parrot saying "Polly want a cracker," but for Lynn Reed and her family, Booger Bear is no side show; he's the main event.

A yellow nape Amazon, Booger Bear can meow, whistle and sing Popeye the Sailor Man; Row, Row, Row Your Boat and his own ode to himself, Booger Bear.

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August 23, 2007

PetSmart Bird Adoption-Only Program Takes Flight in Minneapolis Store

More information about bird adoptions and fees can be found at www.maars.org. For information about the PetSmart adoption program, visit www.petsmartcharities.org.

Phoenix, AZ -- August 23, 2007 -- Rainbow, a Bronze-winged Pionus, and many of his feathered, homeless friends at Minnesota's largest shelter for homeless birds have a lot more to sing about with the opening of PetSmart's first in-store adoption-only center for companion birds.

PetSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ: PETM), North America's largest pet specialty retailer, and Stillwater-based Midwest Avian Adoption & Rescue Services (MAARS), Minnesota's largest bird shelter, adoption and education organization, have launched a groundbreaking bird adoption partnership in the St. Louis Park store. Instead of selling companion birds, the store will only provide birds for adoption in what is considered to be the first arrangement of this kind in the pet specialty retail industry.

Funded by PetSmart Charities with a $54,000 grant and occupying about 90 square feet of donated retail space, MAARS will operate a fully-staffed adoption center within the PetSmart store during regular business hours to find permanent loving homes for homeless companion birds. Prospective pet parents will be screened and educated by agency representatives on proper bird care to prevent unnecessary abandonment, neglect, abuse and surrender.

PetSmart and MAARS will host an Adoption Information Celebration Saturday, Aug. 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the St. Louis Park PetSmart. MAARS staff and PetSmart associates will be available to answer questions, counsel prospective adopters and assist customers with appropriate choices from the wide selection of bird-related products. The store is located at 5640 Cedar Lake Road on the Southwest corner of Highway 100 & Interstate 394...

Birds of many sizes and species have been individually selected for adoption through the partnership program including Finches, Lovebirds, Cockatiels, Budgerigars (Parakeets), Doves, Quaker (Monk) Parrots (Parakeets) and other small parrot species. Consistent with PetSmart's Vet Assured program, birds available for adoption through MAARS undergo a precautionary 30-day quarantine, have been thoroughly examined by an attending veterinarian and are tested for infectious disease. Pet Parents also will find a supply of bird cages, food and accessories in the store.

"We are pleased PetSmart is taking a leadership role in addressing the needs of displaced captive birds who have been relinquished or abandoned and deserve loving homes capable of the commitment that living with a bird requires," said Eileen McCarthy, CEO of MAARS. "We are honored to be part of this groundbreaking test program." MAARS will continue to have adoptable birds available at its St. Louis Park shelter.

"We are extremely proud to be partnering with MAARS, which is one of the premiere bird shelter and adoption organizations in the country. MAARS has a great capability to provide healthy, adoptable pets and serve as an educational resource for prospective pet parents. With them, we will make great strides in our efforts to save lives of homeless pets," said Julie Schmaltz, PetSmart adoption operations manager.

All adoption agencies that partner with PetSmart receive 100 percent of the adoption proceeds and PetSmart Charities pays an additional $5, $10, or $15 grant to each partner agency for every animal adopted in a PetSmart store. In partnership with PetSmart Charities and adoption agencies nationwide, PetSmart earlier this year adopted out its 3 millionth pet.

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August 21, 2007

Pet Cruelty Accusations Startle Upscale Enclave

A New Jersey couple is charged with animal cruelty after
more than 100 neglected cats and dogs were found living in
squalid conditions in their $2.4 million home.

read story here

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August 20, 2007

World Parrot Rescue, Canada

The World Parrot Refuge in Canada.. now has 600 birds in their care. Visit the site for more info and way's you can help, along with *Virtual Adoption*

Watch this wonderful video of some of the parrots in their Care.

They ask people to spread the news! If you would like this video for your site, you can get it at You-Tube here

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August 18, 2007


Does your enterprising pooch have a habit of digging out the edibles—and not-so-edibles—in your garbage can?


He may be satisfying his canine instincts, but the ASPCA would like to inform pet parents that the everyday items you throw away could be dangerous to your pet. These include:

- medications
- foods harmful to pets, such as chocolate, onions and coffee grounds
- poisonous plant cuttings
- household cleaners
- insecticides
- batteries
- bones, plastic, metal and paper, which can cause choking and other obstructions
- bacteria in spoiled food
- molds in rotting foods such as cheese, nuts, grains and pasta

Here are some practical ways to avoid hazardous encounters with discarded items:
- Use securely covered wastebaskets that don’t tip over easily, and store them in a cabinet under the sink.
- Take your garbage out right away.
- Properly dispose of potentially toxic materials, such as batteries. Your local garbage disposal company can offer advice.

For more details on the dangers of pets getting into garbage, please read our latest press release. If you think your pet has ingested a potentially hazardous item, please contact your veterinarian or local emergency animal hospital immediately, taking note of any items you might have thrown away. If you can’t reach your veterinarian, please contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center’s 24-hour hotline at (888) 426-4435 (fee will apply).

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August 16, 2007

'Protein pill' saves parrot in peril

SCOTTISH scientists have helped to save one of the strangest and most endangered birds in the world from extinction.

The kakapo, the world's only nocturnal and flightless parrot, was facing extinction due to man's invasion of its habitat, in New Zealand.


But experts in Glasgow have been instrumental in helping to boost its numbers by developing a food supplement to improve its breeding potential.

Environmental factors such habitat clearance and the introduction of predatory animals caused numbers of the breed to dwindle to only 51 in 1995.

Another problem is that kakapos breed infrequently. This is because they feed their young on the fruits of the pink pine and rimu trees, which produce fruit every two to six years - so kakapos only breed then.

During the years in between, the kakapo's natural diet consists of coarse leaves, grasses and herbs, which lack adequate nutrients for rearing chicks.

David Houston, professor of zoology at Glasgow University, has worked for ten years developing methods of helping endangered bird species.

He has developed a "protein pill" to supplement the kakapo's diet, helping it to create more and better quality eggs.

"We had been looking at the factors that influence the number and quality of eggs," he said. "While domestic chickens receive all the nutrients they need for egg production in their daily food, wild birds set them down in their body over a period of time. I became interested in the kakapo because I was convinced its eggs have been affected by its diet." ...

In collaboration with the New Zealand Board of Conservation, which has spearheaded efforts to save the kakapo, a pellet consisting of various amino acids needed for strong egg production was devised. It also includes crushed almonds and dried egg.

The first trial feeds were carried out in 2002, and Prof Houston said: "There was real concern over whether or not they would eat them, because they are the sole breed of parrot that eats nothing but foliage. But the pellets were put in hoppers, from which the birds ate them without any trouble."

Within the first year, there were measurable results: they had gone from low numbers of eggs being produced and poor chick survival, to the production of 64 eggs, 30 of which hatched healthy chicks. The supplement has since helped further boost the number of kakapos, which now stands at 86.

While they have been unable to speed up the breeding cycle - it is thought to be tied to visual cues from the fruit trees - it is hoped numbers will pass the 100 mark in a few years and that the kakapo will eventually lose its endangered species label.

Colin Oulton, head keeper in the bird section at Edinburgh Zoo, said of the kakapo: "Its massive size and flightlessness make it a very unique bird.

"It has only been down to the fantastic work of the conservationists, moving them to safe islands and monitoring them, that has helped save the breed from extinction. It is a very strange bird with a strange story."

• THE kakapo parrot was able to fly. In prehistoric times it arrived on the uninhabited islands of New Zealand.

Lacking predators, the "owl parrot" as it is also known - due to its nocturnal habits and owl-like face - lost the ability to fly, and took to living on the ground among foliage.

It can run fast for great distances and climbs high trees, using its wings to "parachute" down.

The intrusion of humanity to its habitat brought with it cats, rats and other predators that nearly destroyed the species.

Efforts to rescue the species from extinction have been made since 1890, but only began to succeed in the 1980s, with the setting up of suitable habitats for the birds on four predator-free islands.

Unlike other parrot species, kakapos are described as being easy- going and friendly.

This article: http://news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=1287182007

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August 14, 2007

Eye In The Sky Tracks Macaws On The Wing

Researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society have succeeded in placing satellite collars on wild parrots for the first time ever, allowing the scientists to track the birds across the wild landscape of Guatemala with earth-orbiting spacecraft.

Scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society have fitted two scarlet macaws with satellite collars, the first time such devices have been used to track wild parrots. (Credit: Wildlife Conservation Society)

In conjunction with the Loro Parque Foundation, Texas A&M University, Amigos de los Aves-USA, North Star Science and Technology, and the US Agency for International Development, researchers with the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Guatemala Program recently succeeded in fitting two adult scarlet macaws with satellite tracking (Platform Terminal Transmitter, PTT) collars in an effort to learn more about the habitat use and migration patterns of the birds.

Two macaws were captured in the La Corona region of the Maya Biosphere Reserve of Guatamala, and released on the 27th of June and the 4th of July, respectively.

“We know where these birds nest, but we have no idea where they go and how they use the surrounding landscape for the rest of the year,” said WCS-affiliated researcher Dr. Robin Bjork. “The collars will enable us to track these wide-ranging birds and help inform management strategies to protect the species in Guatemala.”

The researchers are already receiving data from the collars, with positions obtained by satellite and sent to the field station computers. The collars are expected to last for 9 months, which should generate the data needed to illuminate the mysterious nonbreeding season habitat use, and habitat requirements of the scarlet macaw in Guatemala...

WCS researchers are hopeful that they will be able to capture the collared birds during the 2008 nesting season to remove the collars. If recapture is not possible, the collars have “rustable” nuts that increase likelihood the devices will decay and eventually fall off.

The scarlet macaw is a denizen of the humid, riparian forests of Latin America, ranging from Mexico down to the Peruvian and Brazilian Amazon. The primary threats to the species are habitat destruction and the pet trade. The scarlet macaw is currently listed on Appendix I of CITIES (Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species). In Guatemala, some 300 individuals persist in the Maya Biosphere Reserve, a stronghold for the population.

The Wildlife Conservation Society recently announced that it will invest $3 million over the next five years to the Maya Biosphere Reserve, important for not only scarlet macaws but other wildlife as well as important archeological sites. The funding is aimed at creating a conservation network called the “Mesa Multisectorial Para el Area Natural y Cultural de El Mirador-Rio Azul,” which will span more than 3,800 square miles—an area larger than Yellowstone National Park—as well as provide funding for El Mirador-Rio Azul National Park.

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August 13, 2007

Heeeeere's Johnny.. and the Amazon!

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August 10, 2007

Family's pet parrot survives encounter with hawk

From Daytona Beach Paper.. Long Video story HERE:

ORMOND BEACH -- African grey parrot Bogart can talk, but he hasn't yet said a word about an incident most of his kind never live to contemplate.

What happened between the time a hawk ripped him from a screened-in porch and when his human -- the one he calls "Mom" -- Elise Ewaniuk found him lying under a tree in the thick woods probably went beyond words.

On Bogart's seventh visit to the veterinarian in a row Wednesday, the prognosis for survival was good -- even if he might always carry the scars. His veterinarian, Dr. Mark Andersen, isn't sure whether Bogart's neck will ever straighten.

And Ewaniuk hasn't quite recovered herself.

"Four days have been like four months," she said.

It all started in the early afternoon Aug. 2 when Bogart was sitting on a perch on the Ewaniuk family's screened pool deck of their home in north Ormond Beach. Then, Ewaniuk heard screaming -- but she didn't know it was her beloved "little man."

"It sounded like something scared, something being attacked," Ewaniuk said of what brought her from her home office to investigate. "I came walking out because we have a bunch of baby (wild) turkeys back there."

What she saw, though, was beyond her imagination -- and something she still sees when she closes her eyes: her pet in the talons of a hawk.

"He was just heading from the screen into the sky," Ewaniuk said. "I thought, 'He's gone. He's got him.' "

The hawk, it appears, had been able to burst through a small tear about the size of a softball in the screen and grabbed the bird known among the Ewaniuk family's friends for asking, "You talking to me?"

Ewaniuk said she ran back in the house for her shoes, ready to run into the forest behind her house.

"I guess I was going in there to see if I could find him eating him," she said.

She ran 20 feet and saw her feathered child lying under a tree.

"I couldn't believe it. I don't even know what made me run in that direction," she said, explaining that she had seen the bird fly in the opposite direction.

Bogart was rushed to Ravenwood Veterinary Clinic in Port Orange. There, he received oxygen, antibiotics and painkillers. He spent a few nights in an incubator.

"He certainly is lucky," said veterinarian Andersen. "Most attacks like that . . . I've seen birds with the wings torn off, their legs torn off.

"The bird (hawk) was probably startled by screaming and yelling," Andersen said.

He advised people not to leave their exotic birds on a porch or outside unattended.

"If they see a bird in a cage, they will reach right into the cage," Andersen said.

For now, when Bogart's not resting on her chest, Ewaniuk keeps the feathered patient in a makeshift structure formed of blankets and pillows on the sofa. She can't wait until he's back to his old tricks: chasing people out of the kitchen while laughing, attacking her husband even as he mimics Bogart's voice and insisting that Ewaniuk take a shower.

Tuesday she knew he was back on the road to recovery when he took the first sip of his favorite liquid treat: hot coffee with cream and sugar. Hope that he would be back to his old self blossomed moments after Ewaniuk brought Bogart home.

"I put him down and he said, "C'mere."

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August 09, 2007

Parrot refuses to leave man's head

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Aug. 7 A Stockholm, Sweden, man was forced to get veterinary assistance when a mysterious parrot took up a position on his head and refused to budge.

Catharina Nordin of Stockholm Police said the bird "came out of nowhere" Monday and attached itself to the head of the man, whose name was not released, The Local reported Tuesday.

The man and his wife sought assistance from the local animal hospital after their own attempts at removing the bird from the man's head failed.

It was unknown Tuesday whether the incident caused any injuries to the man or the bird.

source: earthtimes.org

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August 07, 2007

Parrot mimics owner ..to wind up her dog

A PETRIFIED pooch is being bullied by a cheeky pet parrot who mimics their owner's voice.

Hapless mutt Kizzie doesn't know whether she's coming or going when Banjo squawks out orders to her.

The mischevious 11-year-old African Grey imitates owner Katie Field to call poor Kizzie into the room - only to demand: "What are you doing?"

At other times she even orders the poor Italian Spinone into her cage - and then tells her off for misbehaving. The real Katie admitted: "Kizzie now avoids going in the kitchen if she knows Banjo is in there. If she has to go in there, she'll creep round the edge of the room.

"But Banjo even taunts her by calling her into the room when she's not there.

"Kizzie will go bounding in, but will be confused because Banjo's voice sounds so much like mine - but there's no one to be seen."

Banjo mimics Katie to shout all sorts of intimidating commands at the 14-month-old gundog. Katie, 23, said: "She says 'Get in there' to make Kizzie sit in her cage. And says 'Get off' when she thinks she's doing something wrong.

"Sometimes she'll even shout her name and ask her 'Kizzie - what are you doing?' She's just so talkative and you rarely see that in parrots.

"Kizzie is very wary of Banjo. She will sit near the window in the kitchen and is really afraid of her. When Banjo is in there flapping away and chatting to everyone she will wander out the kitchen and sulk in another room."

Katie - a trainer in animal behaviour - said Banjo acts the boss at the pet-crowded home in Stafford. Katie, who owns 13 other dogs, added: "You can't change her behaviour - Banjo does what she wants on her own terms.

"She rules the roost around here and she knows it.

"Banjo is stuck in her ways and is too old to change. But she only does it to Kizzie because she knows she will get a reaction. If you ignore her like my other dogs do, nothing happens.

"But Banjo knows that Kizzie - who is very shy anyway - is frightened so carries on.

"It all started with another dog we had who also reacted badly and never really got over her encounters with Banjo.

"She has to be the centre of attention at all times.

"If she says something and someone reacts to it she will do it again and again and again. She even talks to us as well. If she asks a question and doesn't get an answer, she'll repeat herself until she gets one."

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August 06, 2007

Not So Cuddly: Panda Attacks Zookeeper


A zookeeper needed more than 100 stitches after a 3-year-old panda viciously bit and scratched him during feeding time at a zoo in northwestern China, a newspaper reported Monday.
Giant Panda Lan Zai, who attacked a zookeeper during feeding time, relaxes at a zoo in Lanzhou, in China's northwestern Gansu Province, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007. The zookeeper needed more than 100 stitches after the panda viciously bit and scratched him during feeding time on Saturday. The zookeeper, surnamed Zhang, was hospitalized after the attack Saturday, but his life was not in danger.

The zookeeper, surnamed Zhang, was hospitalized after the attack Saturday at a zoo in Lanzhou, Gansu province, but his life was not in danger, the Lanzhou Morning Post reported.

Zhang was feeding the panda from outside the enclosure, sticking his arms through the wire, when the panda, Lan Zai, grabbed his arms and began biting them and then scratched his legs, the newspaper reported.

Lan Zai was transferred to the zoo on July 28 from Chengdu in southwestern China and, apparently not adjusting well to Lanzhou's drier climate, had refused to eat for several days, it said.

The panda also had not grown comfortable with Zhang during its weeklong stay at the zoo, it reported.

Phones rang unanswered at the Lanzhou zoo on Monday afternoon.

Last October, a panda cub bit off part of the thumb of an American visitor who was feeding the animal at a reserve in southwestern China. A month earlier, a drunken Chinese tourist bit a panda at the Beijing Zoo after the animal attacked him when he jumped into the enclosure and tried to hug it.

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August 03, 2007

OMG too cute!!

Cat Month Photo Contest!
Announcing the winners of the second annual Adopt-A-Shelter Cat Month Photo Contest!

In honor of Adopt-A-Shelter Cat Month this June, we put out a call for portraits of the most amazing kitties out there. Our inbox was flooded with entries, leaving our judges with the difficult task of selecting the best of the best. We are proud to salute the winners here.

ok, you know me better not to give you at least a peek... right.
naw, I can't..
well. ok.


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August 02, 2007

Love Dog. =)

A male long-coated chihuahua named 'Heart-kun' with a heart-shaped pattern on his coat sits at Pucchin Dog's shop in Odate, northern Japan July 10, 2007. The one-and-a-half-month-old chihuahua was born on May 18, 2007 as one of a litter. The shop owner Emiko Sakurada said that this is the first time a puppy with these marks has been born out of a 1,000 that she has bred. She also said that she has no plans to sell the puppy.


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