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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…

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    New laws in 2022 address surprise medical bills, chained pets, cocktails-to-go

    The new year will bring a host of new laws that take effect starting Saturday on issues from surprise medical bills to restraints for the family pet. Protections from unexpected medical bills kick in on New Year’s Day. A new federal law, the No Surprises Act, requires insurance companies to cover even out-of-network expenses that can sneak up, especially in emergencies.  Two-thirds of adults fear unforeseen medical costs, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. It said bills for one-fifth of emergency treatments and one-sixth of in-network hospitalizations include at least one out-of-network charge. Financial literacy In Ohio, students entering high school in the new year won’t be allowed to graduate…

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    2021 Pets of the Week: Where are they now?

    1/40 Leon (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance) Leon is still available for adoption! He has great house manners, loves to nap and play outside, and is housebroken. He also enjoys saying hi to other dogs when he’s out on a walk. Leon is looking for a family that enjoys long walks (and long naps on the couch). 2/40 Sasha (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance) Sasha is still available for adoption! She’s a champion car rider, loves toys full of treats and enjoys spending time with her favorite people. 3/40 Dupree (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance) Dupree is still available for adoption! This silly, sweet 2-year-old is super-smart and a quick learner, and he’s…

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    COVID vaccines for dogs and cats? What to know about vaccines and testing for pets

    Though dogs can get COVID-19, they’re unlikely to get severely ill or spread the disease to humans. Cavan Images/Getty Images For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO and CDC websites. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, research has shown that pets and other animals can catch the coronavirus. According to the US Department of Agriculture, at least 15 species of animals, including domestic pets and wild animals, have contracted COVID-19. So will there be a feline or canine vaccine for COVID-19? Don’t hold your breath. Simply put, pets are unlikely to get severely sick from the coronavirus and also unlikely to pass COVID-19 to humans. According…

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