• Pets News

    Special rescues help ailing owners find pets’ next home

    NEW YORK (AP) — Who will take your pet when you die? The question often doesn’t have an easy answer, especially for ill or older people headed to residential nursing care or assisted living. During the pandemic, specialized rescue, advocacy and adoption services run by volunteers are trying to fill the void, one pet at a time. Leaders in the small movement said the past couple of years have opened the eyes of many. “The thing about COVID is a lot of people are thinking, I can’t be guaranteed to be around forever. A lot more people are trying to make plans in advance, which is the best thing to…

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    Pet owners on the prowl for cat food amid supply chain issues

    LELAND, N.C. (WECT) – Many pet owners have noticed a new shortage lately, causing families to dig deeper into their pockets or venture out of their pets’ comfort zone. “Well, I gotta burn a bunch of gas or get on my cell phone and start calling around — ’Do you have this’ or ‘Do you have that?’” said Leland cat owner ALex Fulcher. “You know, it’s just kind of aggravating not being able to find it. I’ll probably go to three or four different stores.” Canned wet pet food seems to be hard to find lately, especially for cat owners. Some stores are better than others when it comes to…

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    Vegan dog food grows in popularity among eco-conscious pet owners

    Consumer concerns about health and the environment are spurring the rise of a new meat-free category: pet food. Amid growing pet ownership fuelled by the pandemic, owners want to apply their own dietary habits and values to their animals, and are willing to pay more to do so. This has led to the launch of products from plant-based dog food to pet treats made from insects, say executives and analysts. “The modern consumer and pet owner wants to feed their pet companions the same way they feed themselves,” said Michael Lavin, founder of agri and food tech venture capital firm Germin8, which specialises in animal nutrition and health. “They apply…

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    Kentucky shelter working to locate pet owners post-tornado

    A Kentucky animal shelter is doing its part to help with recovery from last month’s tornadoes by reuniting pets lost in the storm with their owners ByThe Associated Press January 2, 2022, 2:39 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article DAWSON SPRINGS, Ky. — A Kentucky animal shelter has been doing its part to help with recovery from last month’s tornadoes by reuniting pets lost in the storm with their owners. The Hopkins County Animal shelter has taken in about 90 dogs and about 120 cats from the hard-hit community of Dawson Springs since Dec. 11, The Messenger reported. Shelter Executive Director Dustin Potenzas told…

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    Pet owners are struggling to find pet food amid supply chain woes

    The supply chain crisis strikes again, and this time it’s targeting the furry creatures that have helped keep many people sane during the pandemic, as reports of pet food shortages roll in from around the country. As companies experience shortages of labor and materials, as well as logistics hurdles, it’s affecting the supply of pet food. This comes as pet ownership across the U.S. skyrockets. According to the American Pet Products Association, pet ownership in 2021 increased to about 70 percent, and in a survey, 35 percent of pet owners said they’re spending more on their pet and pet supplies, including food, over the last 12 months. That’s now being reflected in grocery…

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    The Pet-Food Shortage Is Real, and Owners Are Scrambling. ‘It’s Been a Waking Nightmare’

    After an online order didn’t show on time, Phyllis Pometta stopped at five different stores before she hit pay dirt. There it was on the shelf: beef stew-flavored dog food. Ms. Pometta scooped up about four cans, which weren’t her preferred brand. She was desperate, with supplies of the food she usually bought for her dog nowhere to be found online or in stores. Karma, a Pomeranian rescue, wasn’t as desperate. She sniffed the food and rejected it. Ms. Pometta coaxed the dog to try it by adding beef-flavored treats, which gave Karma an upset stomach for days. After that, Ms. Pometta said she resorted to making Karma’s meals herself,…

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    Cat owners to be obliged by law to have pets microchipped

    Thousands of lost or stolen cats could be reunited with their owners every year under plans to make microchipping compulsory by law. Vets and animal-lovers welcomed the announcement but said the government should urgently tidy up the patchwork of pet databases that hinder animals being found. Critics have previously pointed out that government-approved databases are independent commercial enterprises with different processes and often rank highly on internet search engines. The government drew up its compulsory microchipping plan after a sharp rise in pet thefts and lobbying by heartbroken owners, as well as rescue centres being overwhelmed with lost or unwanted pets. Under the plan, keepers of the UK’s 10.8 million…