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    Why pet owners in Hong Kong are hiring private planes for their pets

    Hong Kong (CNN) — “Private jet for your pet” is the kind of phrase you might expect to hear from a movie star or media mogul. But in 2022 Hong Kong, it’s just as likely to be a regular person looking into this very unusual expense. Many people who are moving away from the financial hub have been unable to secure flights out of the city for their dogs and cats, leading to online groups where desperate pet parents try to pool their money to cover the cost of renting a charter plane. Olga Radlynska says her company has flown dogs of all sizes on their jets. L’VOYAGE Hong Kong…

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    Pets prove to be the pandemic’s cute, furry growth area | Pets

    Her name was Peanut. I was drawn to her because she looked like the Jack Russell terrier from the TV show Frasier (the only likable member of the cast) and maybe also because of some bottomless loneliness. The pandemic seemed to nudge so many people into getting pets so maybe I should also become a mother to this oversized rat? A lot of people in the US got a dog in the pandemic. Almost 9 million dogs have been acquired by households since the start of the pandemic (a number equivalent to the population of New York City) bringing the total number of dogs in the US to 108 million…

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    Departing Hong Kong residents fly their pets out of city on private jets

    Hong Kongers leaving the increasingly isolated city are chartering private jets for their pets — the only way many can take their animals with them as pandemic restrictions squeeze freight space on commercial flights. With the city’s zero-Covid regime leading to soaring cargo rates and flight cancellations, people are grouping together to use private jets at a cost of about HK$200,000 ($25,665) for each owner with their pet, companies and individuals say. “There’s a huge demand,” said Chris Phillips, pet and medical charter manager at Air Charter Service, a private jet broker. “People want to get their pets back [to their home countries], their cats and their dogs and their…

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    2,000 Pets Including Hamsters and Chinchillas to Be Killed to Curb COVID Spread

    Thousands of small animals, including hamsters and chinchillas, are set to be culled in Hong Kong after a handful tested positive for COVID. In a COVID-19 press conference held Tuesday (January18,) the Hong Kong government announced several small rodents tested positive for the virus at a pet shop. This followed an employee at the pet shop testing positive on Monday. Pet owners have been told if they bought hamsters or small pets from the store after January 7, they will need to hand them over to be culled. It was reported nationally that the government has tested hundreds of samples collected from the small animals. So far only the hamsters…

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    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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    Pope Scolds Couples Who Choose Pets Over Kids

    Agostino Paravicini Bagliani, the author of “Il Bestiario del Papa” (The Pope’s Bestiary), said that for many centuries popes had used animals, like the dove, “to create and confirm the authority and sovereignty” of the papacy, a reinforcement of its power. It was unclear, however, exactly how many popes had domestic pets, he noted; the most famous is Pope Pius II, who lived during the Renaissance and wrote about his dog, Musetta. Other Renaissance popes also had pets, notably Paul II, who had a monkey; Sixtus IV, who had an eagle; and Leo X, who had a menagerie of exotic animals, including lions, leopards and bears, Mr. Paravicini Bagliani said.…

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    Staten Island’s Animal Care Center of NYC seeking homes for pets amid overcrowding, worker shortage

    TOTTENVILLE, Staten Island (WABC) — An animal shelter on Staten Island is feeling the impact of the pandemic, with pets desperate for new homes and the people who run the shelter desperate for healthy workers. The Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) is teeming with so many animals you can hear the din from the street. It’s a relatively small shelter packed to the gills with all kinds of household pets no longer wanted and up for adoption, with lots of competition. “We are overcrowded,” said Paul Sanders of the Animal Care Centers of NYC. Sanders runs the Staten Island location of Animal Care Centers, which holds the city contract…