• Animal Care

    Animal Care Services issued 43 citations for animals out in the cold Thursday

    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Ahead of the winter weather Thursday, Corpus Christi Animal Care Services prepared for calls regarding animals left out in the cold. Thursday, the crews were out responding to those calls. “They were proactively out in the field, responding to calls real-time for calls of service for dogs left outside, or even somebody calling thinking there was an animal left outside,” said program manager Joel Skidmore. “They were responding and handling those.” Skidmore said officers responded to 51 calls Thursday into Friday, and issued 43 citations, which he said was typical for a cold night in the city. “The requirement is if the temperature drops or feels…

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    Pima Animal Care Center prepares to take in hundreds of animals after New Year’s Eve fireworks

    TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – As we head into the New Year, it’s bringing new concerns about the capacity at Pima Animal Care Center. The shelter is still in a code red situation and they are expecting to see hundreds of dogs that were spooked by fireworks come in after the New Year. “New Year’s Eve is going to be an added, uncomfortable situation to an already crowded shelter,” PACC’s public information officer Nikki Reck said. PACC is hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst. The kennels in their overflow space just emptied Wednesday, but they’re expected to fill up again this weekend and then some. “We…

  • Animal nutrition

    Problem-Solving Animals’ Nutrition Needs: Stories from a Real-life Zoo Guardian

    Elephants are another special case. I can’t assess them the way I do other animals because their skin is very thick. Instead, we use a visual score that looks at the same points I would touch but matches pictures with the text descriptions. Elephants also pose an additional challenge since they are herd animals and all have access to the same hay, which is the bulk of their diet. When our female Asian elephant, Bozie, arrived at the Zoo in 2013, she scored in the 8 to 9 range on the body condition scale. While she was in quarantine, we transitioned her off the food she received at her previous…

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    150 animals adopted in two days at Hamilton County Animal Shelter

    Finding their “furever” home, 150 pets were adopted in two days over the weekend at Cincinnati’s main animal shelter.The shelter went into crisis mode after taking in 276 animals in just nine days.”We have been at what we call code red status since May 19,” said Ray Anderson, media and community relations manager at Cincinnati Animal CARE – Hamilton County Animal Shelter.Anderson said the shelter is currently housing 85 cats and more than 100 dogs at its Colerain Avenue location. Hundreds more are in foster homes.The shelter believes the pandemic has had a hand in the number of pets it is caring for.The shelter waived adoption fees over the weekend…

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    Geriatric animals at Shedd Aquarium receive specialized care, individualized plans | ‘An Ocean on the Lake’ Episode 5

    CHICAGO (WLS) — Animals at aquariums and zoos live much longer than they would in the wild, due mostly to health care access and the absence of predator. At the Shedd Aquarium, that means staff are dealing with challenges of geriatric animal care. Aging affects most animals in similar ways to humans, from arthritis and vision loss to diminished muscle capacity. The daily docket for a Shedd veterinarian includes familiar ailments for a wide range of patients: an American bullfrog with heart disease, penguins with arthritis, California sea lions with cataracts, a triggerfish with vision loss, a northern sea otter diagnosed with lymphoma, and on and on. “We’re not all…