Body Parts From Endangered Wildlife Sold on Facebook-CEO Zuckerberg Silent (Video)

Animal Cruelty, Animals

by N.Morgan 

This screen grab from a Facebook group and photographed on a computer screen in Washington, Monday, April 9, 2018, shows what appears to be a bucket of tiger teeth offered for sale on a Facebook page. In a complaint filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, wildlife preservation advocates allege that Facebook’s failure to stop illicit traders utilizing its platform for illegal activity violates the social network’s responsibilities as a publicly traded company. (AP Photo)

Facebook is under fire again, this time accused of allowing the body parts of endangered animal species to be sold globally on the website.

Watching the recent testimony of Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg leaves no doubt he has no issue with not telling the truth, even under oath.

Facebook is displaying advertisements for well-known American corporations on group pages operated by overseas wildlife traffickers illegally selling the body parts of threatened animals, including elephant ivory, rhino horn and tiger teeth.

In a secret complaint filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, wildlife preservation advocates allege that Facebook’s failure to stop illicit traders using its service for illegal activity violates the social network’s responsibilities as a publicly traded company.

Facebook didn’t respond to requests for comment.

The complaint, a copy of which was provided to The Associated Press, was initially filed in August on behalf of an undercover informant represented by the National Whistleblower Center, a non-profit legal advocacy group. The identity of the informant, who recorded video of face-to-face meetings with wildlife traffickers set up over Facebook, has been kept confidential out of safety concerns.

The SEC declined to comment Monday on whether the whistleblower complaint triggered an investigation of the company.

“Facebook is not an innocent bystander to these crimes,” said Stephen Kohn, executive director of the National Whistleblower Center. “Facebook sold advertisements on the very pages the illegal ivory was being marketed.”

Facebook is one of 20 technology companies that last month joined the Global Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online, which was organized by Google and the World Wildlife Fund. Weeks after the March 7 announcement, an AP reporter was able to see scores of internationally banned wildlife products for sale in public and private Facebook groups, most based in Southeast Asia.

Among the items available were belts made from what appeared to be the fur of Bengal tigers, a critically endangered species with only about 2,500 still living in the wild. Also advertised were horns from black rhinos, a species heavily targeted by poachers with little more than 5,000 still roaming Africa.

Negotiations over price and delivery are often initiated by Facebook Messenger. Instagram and WhatsApp, two social media platforms also owned by Facebook, are also sometimes used by traffickers.

The allegations tying Facebook to the illegal trafficking of wildlife are surfacing while the company is already scrambling to recover from a privacy scandal that has wiped out $79 billion in shareholder wealth during the past three weeks.

The crisis stems from revelations that Cambridge Analytica, a data-mining firm connected to President Donald Trump’s successful 2016 campaign, had exploited weaknesses in Facebook’s privacy controls to collect personal information about 87 million people without their consent.

Zuckerberg will try to reverse the backlash against the company when he opens two days of testimony in Congress. His appearance will give lawmakers the opportunity to grill him about the Cambridge Analytica episode, as well as evidence that Russian agents manipulated Facebook’s network to spread false information that may have swayed the 2016 election.

The SEC complaint may trigger other lines of inquiry about how much of Facebook’s annual revenue of $41 billion has been generated by ads running on pages featuring illegal activity, such as the sale of elephant ivory and tiger teeth.

Facebook hasn’t disclosed that some of its revenue may be tied to illegal trafficking in wildlife in regulatory filings that are supposed to outline various risks and other threats that could crimp its profits or stock price.

Trafficking investigators say they have seen no drop off in the illegal products offered for sale on Facebook after prior public pledges by the company to crack down.

They are calling on federal security regulators to force Facebook to immediately freeze accounts being used by illegal traffickers and cooperate with international law enforcement to identify the individuals involved for prosecution.

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References:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/body-parts-threatened-wildlife-widely-sold-facebook-234807698–politics.html

http://www.ap.org/

AP environmental reporter Michael Biesecker at http://twitter.com/mbieseck

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Pangolins Are Weirdly Amazing Creatures and Sadly Endangered (Video)

Animals

by N.Morgan

Pangolins are considered one of the world’s most heavily trafficked mammals roaming the Earth.

These defenseless little beings are being slaughtered to extinction – simply to meet a demand based on superstitions and exploited by greed.

Experts warn that the illegal trade in Pangolins will render them extinct within our lifetime – yet most people have never heard of a Pangolin!

Pangolins are mammals of the order Pholidota.

The one extant family, Manidae, has three genera: Manis, which comprises four species living in Asia; Phataginus, which comprises two species living in Africa; and Smutsia, which comprises two species also living in Africa.

Pangolins have large, protective keratin scales covering their skin, and they are the only known mammals with this feature.

They live in hollow trees or burrows, depending on the species.

Pangolins are nocturnal, and their diet consists of mainly ants and termites which they capture using their long tongues.

They tend to be solitary animals, meeting only to mate and produce a litter of one to three offspring which are raised for about two years.

Pangolins are threatened by hunting (for their meat and scales) and heavy deforestation of their natural habitats, and are the most trafficked mammals in the world.

To help protect endangered pangolins, you can support rescuers at Save Vietnam’s Wildlife: http://thedo.do/pangolins.

To help save endangered wildlife, you can support Project CAT: http://thedo.do/projectcat.

Special thanks to CTGN America (http://cgtn.com/america) for their incredible footage.

References:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCINb0wqPz-A0dV9nARjJlOQ

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pangolin

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Cruel Monster Sealed Pet Dog in a Bag and Left Her in the Middle of a Field to Die (Video)

Animals, Dogs

(N.Morgan) Anyone who is capable of hurting/abusing an animal is a special kind of monster, who deserves to be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

This is Misty’s story and how this precious girl was zipped up in a duffle bag and left in the middle of a hunting field in Fort Winnebago to die wounded and alone.

A sheriff driving by the field noticed the bag and found a very sick and wounded dog trapped inside of the bag.

The wonderful and compassionate people at the Columbia County Humane Society and the Portage Veterinary Clinic are now caring for the poor dog.

The shelter workers soon discovered that, despite her wounds and obvious abuse, Misty was a very sweet and gentle girl who was desperate for love and affection.

Watch Misty’s story in the video below.

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Reference:

http://www.heroviral.com

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Little Girl Testifies Against Her Abuser- When She Gets Scared, She Gives Her Deaf Dog a Signal (Video)

Animals, Dogs

(N.MorganWhen children are required to testify in a court case, it can be a very scary and traumatic experience which may leave scars that last a lifetime.

With that in mind, the K9 Circuit Program was developed to provide support to these little ones and the dogs that escort these children into court are some of the most extraordinary animals on the planet.

“Think about how a child must feel. They have to face the person who has hurt them, they have to sit in front of a bunch of strangers and tell a really painful story, and most of the time they’re not even with their family while they’re testifying,” said Joanne Rittenhouse, one of the dog handlers.

“All the dogs make everyone calm; they have a good presence,” she continued.

Studies have shown that people are better able to recollect facts and provide more accurate information regarding traumatic events when they are calm.

With the assistance of the dog teams, children and adults are able to relieve their anxiety about the underlying traumatic events and provide more precise testimonies in court proceedings.

These wonderful dogs allow children to feel comfort and security in the midst of these trying situations.

One very special therapy dog named Karl is one of 6 dogs in the K9 Circuit Program. He was born deaf, knows sign language, and is an amazing support to the kids he comes in contact with.

“Karl gave her the courage to go through with the trial. I couldn’t even get her out of the car when we first started and towards the end she was getting out of the car just to go and see Karl,” added dog handler Carol Feiner.

The Ninth Judicial Circuit is the first Florida circuit to utilize both pet therapy dog teams and a professionally trained, ADA certified dog and its handler. All pet therapy dogs and their owners must be TDI certified members of Companions for Courage, currently the only provider approved to work in the Ninth Circuit.

The Ninth Circuit is also fortunate to have been awarded a Courthouse Facility Dog who regularly works with children at the Juvenile Justice Center. This dog was bred, trained and provided through Canine Companions for Independence, a nationally recognized provider of service dogs.

If you’d like to know more about K9 Circuit Program see their website here: https://www.ninthcircuit.org/about/programs/k9th-circuit-program

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References:

http://www.waggingtonpost.com/little-girl-testifies-against-her-abuser-when-he-walks-in-she-gives-her-deaf-dog-a-signal/

https://www.ninthcircuit.org/about/programs/k9th-circuit-program

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Lonely Stray Dog Tried Everything to Get Adopted. Then One Day She Found a Woman’s Car (Photos and Videos)

Animals, Dogs

(N.MorganBlue was one of the thousands of strays lost in the streets of Greece. Unlike most of the other strays, Blue was destined for great things. Blue the stray dog was so lonely that she used every opportunity she could to make friends.

But when the sun went down on the Greek beach where she lived, she would be all alone. Even when she chased people’s cars, in fact, no one would take her home.

However, little did she know that someone would finally come to her aid…

That remarkable someone was Valia Orfanidou, who in August 2016 was on vacation in her hometown just outside the Greek capital, Athens. She happened to be staying by the sea, so every day the animal lover would take her dogs for a stroll on the beach.

She usually did that in the afternoon, when the hordes of sunbathers had retreated. That way, her pooches could have the run of the beach.

It was during these walks that Orfanidou and her dogs were joined by another canine. One afternoon the gang had just been minding their own business when a lone pooch bounded towards them. It seemed as if she had spotted the group from afar and wanted to join in the fun.

Recalling the incident, Orfanidou wrote in a YouTube clip, “She was looking desperately for company.”

Valia’s kind heart, taking pity on the poor mutt, she decided that it couldn’t hurt to let the little dog play with her pets while they were on the beach.

Moreover, Orfanidou suspected that the dog, who would go on to be named Blue, was one of Greece’s many strays. In 2015 animal welfare charities estimated that more than a million dogs roamed the country homeless.

Unfortunately, the recent debt crisis in the country had made the problem worse, as many pet owners abandoned the animals that they could no longer afford.

So Blue’s predicament was not unusual in Greece. Her sweet personality, though, made her stand out from the crowd. Writing on YouTube, Orfanidou explained that the young dog, perhaps only six or seven months old, demanded human attention. Indeed, it seemed all the little puppy wanted in life was someone to love.

As Orfanidou later told The Orphan Pet, “She would spend her day on the beach, going from one person to another, wagging her tail and begging for attention.”

“She would follow people home and run behind cars driving by. She only needed one look from you, and she would come to you and stay beside you, as if this was where she belonged.”

But while Blue’s situation broke Orfanidou’s heart, she was still unsure whether she could do anything to help.

“When you are an animal lover living in Greece, you simply get used to lonely stray dogs wandering around everywhere and choose to rescue the ones that can’t make it on the streets: the sick, emaciated or hurt ones, the newborns and the pregnant females,” she explained on YouTube.

Although Blue didn’t seem to fit into any of these criteria, Orfanidou decided that she would have to help the dog find the love she so desperately needed. So, after a few days, Orfanidou returned to the beach to collect Blue.

She then drove the hound all the way to Athens.

Once they made it back in the city, Orfanidou took Blue straight to the vet to get checked out. She then dropped the dog off at a friend’s house until she could return to Athens for good. Now the hunt was on to find Blue her forever home.

It’s unknown what fate would have been waiting for Blue if Orfanidou hadn’t stepped in. According to Greek Animal Rescue, a U.K.-based charity focused on rescuing the country’s strays, there are no major organizations in Greece that provide help for homeless animals.

But, luckily for Blue, her fortune had changed. In fact, the once lonely and vulnerable stray was thriving back at home with Orfanidou. And given that the pooch was easy to handle, sweet and easy-going, Orfanidou was sure she would make the perfect pet for one lucky owner.

A few months later, she found her forever family in Holland! Blue is thriving in her new home and is loving all of the attention. She lives with other dogs and cats, and has a new life filled with all of the love she could have ever imagined. Her new owner has many rescues who are therapy dogs, working to help comfort people at hospitals and nursing homes, so becoming a therapy dog is something that is likely in Blue’s near future!

Blue’s new family, meanwhile, graciously kept Orfanidou updated on her progress in her new country. “She finally has the pack she always wanted, friends to play with, a warm bed to sleep in and everything she ever dreamed of, right there for her,” Orfanidou told The Orphan Pet. “She won’t have to feed off leftovers and garbage anymore, nor beg for attention and love. All the love in the world is there for her, to enjoy every day, for the rest of her life.”

In addition, Blue’s family set up a Facebook page for the dog and pictures posted there show that the pooch had settled in well at her new home. She also loved spending time with fellow rescue dog and new best friend Rincewind and began to accompany her new mom to physiotherapy.

See Blue’s incredible journey in the video below.

So why does Athens have such a big dog problem?

Greek-American Tom Mazarakis explained on his website:

I have been living in Greece for the last 33 years and am well acquainted with the recent history of the dog situation in Athens and the rest of Greece.

As in most civilized countries, in Greece too, every municipality had a “dog pound” and a “dog catcher”. And, as in most cities throughout the world, many domesticated dogs in Greece would one way or another gain their “freedom” from their owners.

Either they would run away on their own, or they would be “let go” by irresponsible owners. Whatever the case may have been, these stray dogs often would breed and have puppies and multiply accordingly.

The dog catchers in Greece used to step in and round up as many strays as they could. The strays were held in the local municipal dog pounds for a period of no more than 90 days, and if no one claimed the dogs, they were typically then put to sleep.

This system kept the stray dog population down to a manageable level up until about 10 years ago. At about that time, a local animal rights activist group found out about a particular dog pound that kept their dogs in miserable and inhumane conditions. They visited the pound and filmed the scene.

Then they took their evidence and presented it to the local District Attorney who in turn issued a warrant for the responsible mayor’s arrest. That mayor was charged with the crime of “maltreatment of animals” which is a very serious offense in Greek law. He was convicted and sentenced to several months in prison along with a stiff monetary fine.

As a result, almost every municipality in Greece dissolved their dog pounds and fired their dog catchers. As you can understand, this paved the way for the stray dogs to multiply without restriction, and today they have become a serious problem. Many people, and especially children, have been attacked and mauled by gangs of wild dogs. But, no one takes responsibility.

The local Humane Society has been making every effort it can to feed and take care of as many stray dogs as they can handle, but their numbers keep growing. They try to neuter as many of the dogs as they can, but they just can’t seem to put even a small dent into the problem.

A small cafe on the Greek island of Lesbos has recently opened its doors to cater for the areas ever increasing populace of stray dogs. Footage taken on Wednesday, show the animals strewn out across the cafe catching up on some much needed sleep.

The cafe closes down to customers at 03:00 local time and opens up as a dog bed sit, allowing the stray canines to use the building during the winter months. 

Reports suggest that there are over one million stray dogs scattered across Greece, most of which were once domesticated, however due to the recent debt crisis, many families have had to give up their pets, leaving many to become homeless. 

The suffering of one dog is too much for an animal lover to accept. The suffering of a million is almost unfathomable. The BBC reported recently on the dogs of Greece, becoming victims of homelessness and hunger, following years of financial crisis in the country:

There are more than a million strays in Greece because people are simply abandoning pets they can no longer afford to keep”

Ways you can help the stray dog crisis in Greece:

Brian Davies led the Network for Animals team into action, rented a van and set to work. We initially discovered stray dogs, wearing collars in the centre of Athens. These dogs effectively ‘belong’ to the city. They are neutered and cared for by city officials, good samaritans, and tourists who visit the areas around the Acropolis, and generally appear to be in good health.

The real issue is on the outskirts, where there are no tourists or city officials to support the dogs. Out here, it was clear that the scale of the problem hadn’t been overstated. In these areas, the dogs roam abandoned industrial parks, old factories, and in struggling neighborhoods. They are hungry, homeless, and often in need of medical attention.

We teamed up with volunteers from ‘Ghost Dogs of Aspropyrgos‘ who were doing their absolute best, with very limited resources to feed hungry animals, take care of their veterinary needs, and offer hope to animals facing overwhelming circumstances. Every day the volunteer group feed more than 300 starving dogs.

The dogs’ love of affection reminded us of the lives they might once have had. Many will once have known homes, and loving owners. They now live on the streets and are completely dependent on human generosity. Network for Animals need to do more, and with your support, we will. Please make a donation and help support the ghost dogs of Greece.

For volunteering, please email us your name, address and personal details, and confirm that you will be able to provide your own transport to Greece, as well as food and hotels/hostels. Being able to drive and hire a car is also incredibly useful, as the areas covered are remote.

Please also email us if you are from the UK and interested in adopting a dog from Greece or joining a fostering program, run in conjunction with Greek Animal Rescue.

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References:

SBoone

http://scribol.com/a/environment/animals-environment/stray-dog-adopted-car/?utm_source=aol.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=pubexchange_module&utm_content=aol&utm_term=pubexchange_module-scribol-aol

http://www.petguide.com/blog/dog/stray-dog-finds-new-home-and-new-career-in-new-country/

http://familypet.com/blue-rescue/

http://www.reshareworthy.com/stray-dog-on-beach-rescued/

https://protectallwildlifeblog.wordpress.com/greek-coffee-shop-opens-its-doors-every-night-to-stray-dogs/

https://networkforanimals.org/an-update-on-the-ghost-dogs-of-greece/

http://www.straysofgreece.org/

https://www.athensguide.com/straydogs/

https://wildbeneaththeskies.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/the-stray-dogs-of-greece/

 

Dog Who Lost Her Legs Determined to Walk Again; See How She Is Now (Video)

Animal Cruelty, Animals, Dogs

(N.Morgan) Chi Chi, a beautiful Golden Retriever, survived insurmountable odds to overcome the scars left from her horrific past, and to find a loving and accepting family.

No one knew for sure if this golden retriever would ever walk again – but when one family refused to give up on her, she surprised everyone. Today she’s training for a very important new job.

Please be advised: The following contains information about Chi Chi’s history and treatment that led to her amputations and is graphic and disturbing: From Chi Chi’s Facebook

Chi Chi was born in January 2014 and was kept alive in immensely cruel conditions, all while her body was being prepped to one day be considered ready for slaughter and sold into the dog meat trade.

Chi Chi, whose legs had rotted from the extreme abuse, was thrown away in a trash bag in the South Korean countryside where dogs are traditionally killed for meat.

Her spirit must have surely been broken, and all hope lost.

Then she was saved.

These amazing people discovered her in that trash bag in a well-known dog meat slaughter region of South Korea. Her feet were barely attached and she was in immense pain with cuts and bruises all over her body.

However, what they also saw was this sweet girl with a bright spark showing in her eyes. They brought her to be evaluated by a veterinary clinic.

What they discovered was that her four legs were so badly rotted that in order to save her life they would have to be amputated immediately.

Due to Chi Chi showing her strong spirit and will to live, they went ahead with the surgery. 

This was made possible by The Hope Foundation (Nabiya/Irion Project to help injured Animals) when they contacted ARME to partner and find a home in America.

Chi Chi has since made a full recovery and is a joy to be around. She lights up the room, greets everyone with a happy wagging tail, and loves to share her sweet spirit with anyone who comes to see her.

She loves to be involved in everything the doctors and staff are doing, and happily scoots around the office, putting her sweet face in everybody’s business!

But Chi Chi’s journey had just started. She had been adopted by an amazing family in Arizona, USA, and was soon on her way to a new life.

Chi Chi is a true testament of what it means to be a survivor, moving from the darkest of places and coming out into the light with strength and love for all. She is THE dog saved by Dogs In The Dark with help from the guiding light that is Chula’s Compass by ARME.

Now Chi Chi is paying the kindness she received forward, and is currently training to be a therapy dog. Her new role will take her to hospitals and other facilities where she can interact with people of all ages and share her light of inspiration.

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References:

https://www.facebook.com/chichirescuedog/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnE7A3x2DrI

https://www.instagram.com/chichirescuedog/

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Chained Dogs Abandoned to Die Alone in Hurricane Harvey Floods (Videos)

Animals, Dogs

 

(N.Morgan) Hurricane Harvey has brought devastation and destruction to many parts of Texas, and as rescuers and media enter so many of these flooded areas, they have made the heart-wrenching discovery that pets, especially dogs, had been left behind when people evacuated.

Despite advanced warnings from authorities of the need to make arrangements for yourself and your pets, not everyone heeded the information, resulting in these heartbreaking photos of dogs left in harms way emerging on social media.


Even though many families were able to evacuate with their dogs, evidence is showing that a number of dogs were just left behind.

Many were found having taken shelter on a tiny patch of higher ground, but the number of dogs found chained or simply tied up and abandoned to fend for themselves as the floodwaters caused by tropical storm Harvey rose around them is shocking.

With the heavy rains continuing and waters still rising from both the natural disaster and those man-made disasters like the release of water from dams, anyone who chained or tied a dog to poles or trees handed them a death sentence.

Thankfully, many of the courageous bystanders who saw these dogs in trouble never thought twice before wading in to save them, and although greatly overwhelmed, the humane societies and authorities want to help save them also, and are taking each report seriously.

These two dogs were chained up on properties, but photographer Ruaridh Connellan untied them and took them to safety.

Not all of the dogs were found chained, some were simply left behind. Fortunately for this dog, a kind neighbor took him in.

My neighbor left their dog out in the back yard and evacuated… so lord knows I took him and brought him into my house ???? pic.twitter.com/pMObSmMNto

— Cøurtney∞ (@weiszass8) August 25, 2017

 

One reporter covering the hurricane captured this photo below. At least their family had the good sense to put the two dogs in a boat.

 

 

“Sadly a family had to evacuate their flooded neighborhood in Dickinson, #Texas without their dogs,” the reporter wrote. “Hope they’re ok. #houston”

He later added, “I should add, I think the people have every intention of coming back to get the dogs,” he wrote.

“Food was left behind and I suspect it had to be a tough choice and that they will come back for them as soon as they can.”

Other dogs have been found trying to find dry ground or something to hang on to, like this dog did to a guard rail.

Fortunately for him, he was rescued by 4 Paws Farm, who are in Texas and working tirelessly to help save stray and abandoned dogs.

Not every dog has been so lucky. One person shared this sad photo of a dog killed by the other dangers caused by a hurricane and flooding – downed electrical wires.

“Neighbors evacuated yesterday. They left their fur baby behind. He was electrocuted at 5:30 a.m. He was a beautiful German Shepherd.”

 

Ahead of the storm, law enforcement agencies urged dog owners to unchain their pets.

The Roman Forest Police Department issued a stern warning on Facebook, after witnessing some dogs left chained outside homes.

They explained that their chief had witnessed a chained dog drown during a past flood, writing,

“The dog barked and barked as the water kept rising until the water got high enough and the barks stopped.”

 

 

“Please do not keep your family members tied to a rope or chain. It is against the law to keep a dog on a chain during extreme weather conditions,” they wrote.

“I promise you, that I will hold anyone accountable that unlawfully restrains they’re dog in extreme weather conditions,” Chief Carlisle added. “Dogs are your family members too.”

In the aftermath of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, some 250,000 animals died or were displaced.

If you are looking for ways to help stray animals stranded by Hurricane Harvey, contact a Texas animal shelter or rescue organization and see how you can help.

Many are looking for temporary foster caregivers, food supplies and funds.

How you can help in the effort to save these animals:

At this time, Houston PetSet is looking into how we can be a resource and potentially partner with our civic leaders, law enforcement and national partners to support those working “in the trenches” to make a difference.

In response to an outpouring of support from friends both near and far – even friends from across the globe! – we have set up a Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund to begin raising the critical funds that will be necessary for animal rescue and welfare-related efforts.

If you are so inspired, please consider making a donation and Houston PetSet will be sure your dollars are used wisely in helping all animals and their owners affected in our community.

If you are an existing Houston PetSet Grantee in need of emergency funding, please send an email with details including an estimated budget and your plan to spend the funds to serve animals and their owners in affected areas to info@houstonpetset.org for our review and consideration.

Thank you all for your support during this time of tragedy. Together, we can help alleviate suffering caused by Hurricane Harvey… For The Animals!

To make a donation, go HERE

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References:

http://www.reshareworthy.com/animal-rescue-desperately-pleas-for-help-to-save-trapped-dogs/

http://www.reshareworthy.com/chained-dogs-left-to-die-after-hurricane-harvey-flood/

https://www.houstonpetset.org/hurricane-harvey-relief-fund/

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A Wife’s Little White Lie Turns into a Giant Surprise for Her Husband (Videos)

Animals, Dogs

(N.Morgan)  As any dog owner can tell you, it was love at first sight for the new furry family member.

But for this wife, getting the new puppy into the house would require a little subterfuge, since the house was small and her husband was not interested in a large dog.

So she announced the new member of the family was a terrier, cute as could be, and into their home he came. It was only a ‘white lie’ so her husband would have time to love him as much as she did already, but she knew they would soon be found out, because her beloved Yogi Bear would not be small for long since he was actually a Great Dane.

Meet Yogi Bear or Bear, as his family and friends call him. When Yogi was a pup, he was the tiny thing you see before you. Sue told her husband that they would be taking a “terrier” home. Since Robert wasn’t keen on having a big dog in the house, this would be just fine.

Fast forward nine years and what the Markhams have isn’t a little terrier, he’s really a much bigger breed. Yogi is a full-sized Boston Great Dane! These dogs are considerably larger than a Jack Russell terrier — much, much larger.

The picture below may appear to be photoshopped, but it isn’t: Yogi is one of the largest dogs in the UK!

To put this in perspective, a standing Yogi measures, from nose to tail, nearly 7 feet long, and wolfs down a whopping $175 dollars worth of food per month.

Yogi usually relaxes on his own two-seater couch and eats a hearty breakfast – scrambled eggs and sausage in addition to his regular dog food.

Despite his protective nature and massive size, it turns out he is nothing but a gentle giant.

“Last winter, an old female cat we call Toffee started coming in the house for warmth. She must have been about 10 years old, so quite old, like Yogi. We thought he wouldn’t be a fan, but instead he welcomed her onto his sofa and they often curl up and sleep together.”

Despite telling a little white lie, Robert wasn’t upset about Sue’s doggy motivated deception. He fell in love with Yogi early on and is overjoyed he’s a beloved member of their family.

So who is this lovely large breed dog, besides the model for the famous cartoon dog Scooby-Doo?

The Great Dane is one of the tallest dog breeds, developed in Germany for wild boar hunting. The record holder for the world’s tallest dog (according to Guinness World Records) is listed as a black Great Dane named Zeus, who measured 111.8 cm (44.0 in) from paw to shoulder. Zeus sadly died in September 2014 at the age of five.

The large size of the Great Dane, a short-haired breed, gives it a dignified, regal appearance, and the well-formed muscular body shows off the animal’s strength. They have great balance, helping them to never appear clumsy when in motion. They are born with down flopping ears, and the cropped ears (standing points) is achieved through surgery and implants.

Tall they may stand, but their friendly nature is as large as they are. Great Danes often display their affection to others, especially their owners. An acquired nickname for these large dogs is largest ‘lapdog’, because they strongly prefer to be sitting on or leaning against their owners whenever they can.

They tend to get along with all those they meet, including other dogs, non canine pets and humans they are familiar with. Be sure to socialize them from an early age, so the can become comfortable in new environments and situations. Their gentle nature makes the Great Dane great around children, needing only a little extra training of both parties.

There are a number of different coat colorations for the Great Dane.

Fawn and brindle

Fawn: The base body color is yellow gold with a black mask, where the black definitely appears on the eye rims and eyebrows, and may appear on the ears.

Brindle: The base body color is fawn, with the black an allover effect in a chevron stripe pattern, sometimes referred to as a stripe pattern.

Harlequin and black

Black: The base body color is a solid glossy black, with no other color or marking showing

Harlequin: The base body color is pure white, with black and torn patches irregularly and well distributed over the entire body; a pure white neck is preferred. The black patches should never be large enough to give the appearance of a blanket, nor so small as to give a stippled or dappled effect. Two other harlequin colorations include a few grey patches thrown among the mass of black patches, and where there are single black hairs showing throughout the white base body color, giving the Great Dane a salt and pepper look or what is sometimes called a dirty look.

Blue: The base body color is a pure steel blue, solid without any other color or marking showing.

Grey merle or blue merle (Grautiger): The base body color is grey, as the name suggests, with a wide mix of other shades and marking patterns.

Mantle: The base body color is a distinctive mix of black and white, with a solid black blanket extending over the body, covering the back and sides; the skull is black with a white muzzle, and can have a white blaze; look for a white collar along with a white chest, and areas of white on the forelegs and hind legs; finish with a white tip on an all black tail. This is the type of Great Dane who was the star of this article, and they are also call Boston Great Danes in some countries because of the similar coloration and pattern which is seen on the much smaller Boston Terrier.

There are still other color combinations which occur in Great Danes, all lovely and all loving just like any Great Dane, only not on the books as AKC approved colors.

There are many adoption organizations across the country who specialize in Great Danes, click Here to see list.

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http://scribol.com/environment/animals-environment/couple-took-home-tiny-puppy-then-realized-wasnt-what-seemed/

http://honesttopaws.com/giant-terrier/

http://www.inspiremore.com/puppy-turns-giant-great-dane/

http://www.akc.org/content/entertainment/articles/tiny-puppy-meets-great-dane/?utm_source=akc.org&utm_medium=content-page&utm_campaign=right-side-bar-blueconic&utm_content=algo-1

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Sweet Encounter With the Mysterious Sea Creature of Scilly Isles (Videos and Photos)

Animals

(N.Morgan) This is a tale of a close encounter of a friendly kind, where humans are the intruders into an underwater world of magic.

It is about a diver and an Atlantic grey seal encounter in the Isles of Scilly, an archipelago off the south western tip of the Cornish peninsula in the United Kingdom.

The diver shown in the story indicates the encounter with this grey seal was unexpected, it is believed he was not part of any tourist group since they tend to meet the wildlife while snorkeling close to shore.

55-year-old Gary Grayson has been scuba diving many times before – yet this underwater encounter was unlike anything he had ever experienced. The seal approached him, and Grayson wasn’t expecting anything other than a brief glimpse as the creature passed. But then something truly amazing happened which – if he hadn’t been wearing a mask – would have left him breathless.

In 2014, Grayson was diving off the Scilly Isles, where he had a chance meeting that was not only unexpected but totally unforgettable. Fortunately, Grayson and his team captured the event on camera to share this remarkable experience with the world.

Grayson uploaded the extraordinary video to his YouTube channel on August 1, 2014, and it subsequently went viral. During his recorded dive, Grayson comes face-to-face with an especially forward Atlantic grey seal. And while he had seen the mammals many times before, he never expected to be this close to one.

In an interview with the local newspaper, the Manchester Evening News, Grayson said, “I had seen other seals in the water, but they just buzzed past us. None was as inquisitive as he was.” What’s more, after he came over to investigate Grayson, the mammal’s curiosity only grew.

Then suddenly, the seal put his face right up against Grayson’s mask. Initially, he took an interest in the diver’s equipment — and particularly the bubbles coming from his breathing apparatus. The seal seemed fascinated by the stream of froth jetting into the water.

It was only when the seal lost interest in the bubbles that something remarkable happened. Grayson felt something close around his hand, and when he looked down, the seal was grasping it in his webbed flipper. It looked like the diver had made a new friend.

Grayson shook hands with the seal, but he couldn’t have predicted what happened next. It appeared that the seal wanted something from the diver and so nibbled lightly at his hand as if to keep his attention. Then the seal did something incredible.

As Grayson petted the seal, the mammal rolled around in the water and presented his tummy to him. The adorable sea creature was acting just like a playful puppy – and he even wanted a belly rub! Later on, the adventurer gave the experience his wholehearted ‘seal of approval’.

The story calls the sea creature a sea lion, but that is not a correct identification. Research of the sea creatures to be found in water off the Isles of Scilly shows they are images of grey seals, with all the dappled spots on their body, and that is what the tourist come to see and swim with in this part of the Atlantic..

In the United Kingdom, grey seals are protected under the Conservation of Seals Act 1970, however, it does not apply to Northern Ireland. In the United Kingdom, there have also been calls for a cull of the grey seals from some fishermen, who are claiming that fish stocks have been declined due to the grey seals.

There is a tourist industry which revolves around swimming/snorkeling with the grey seals in the Isles of Scilly — this would mean the sea animal is comfortable around humans when both are swimming in the water, but the level of engagement the diver experience with this special creature was very unusual .

The grey seals are the largest breeding seals found in the United Kingdom. Half of the world’s population of grey seals are found around the British coasts, and the numbers of grey seals in the United Kingdom have doubled since 1960.

In the autumn, females congregate at traditional pupping sites called rookeries. The grey seal pups weigh approximately 31 pounds (14 kilograms) at birth, but since their mother’s milk contains sixty percent fat, they quickly balloon and develop the blubber layer essential for maintaining their body temperature out at sea.

When in the sea feeding, the grey seals can dive to a depth of approximately 230 feet (70 meters).

The video below is from December 2015, and was filmed in a different area, the Bardsey Island (Ynys Enlli), North Wales. It shows the grey seals on the shore, just being themselves, along with some footage of females and their pups. All footage was taken by Ben Porter.

A great week’s diving in Scilly with Dave McBride of Dive Scilly. This footage below was shot on a late afternoon dive. The other divers had exited the water after about 40 minutes, which is when the seals became a bit more inquisitive. This diver spent over an hour and a half in the water just playing. What an amazing experience.

The grey seals seem to be playing peekaboo, their gentleness and grace definitely make a lasting impression and provide for an experience you will never forget.

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http://beforeitsnews.com/r2/?url=http://scribol.com/environment/animals-environment/diver-no-clue-seal-gripped-hand/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey_seal

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2009/oct/11/scilly-isles-seals-swimming

http://scribol.com/

 

 

http://www.ios-wildlifetrust.org.uk/scilly-wildlife/underwater-scilly

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/kit-and-accessories/outdoor-clothing/snorkelling-with-seals-in-the-isles-of-scilly/

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A Little Kindness and Love Can Indeed Change a Life (Photos)

Animal Cruelty, Animals, Dogs

(N.Morgan) It is an unfortunate and sad fact that not every dog is provided a loving and safe home. This can be due to the dog being born on the streets or being abandoned in early puppyhood because their owners were either unable to provide for them or decided that owning a dog was too big of a responsibility.

Pooches like these regularly spend the greater part of their lives capriciously meandering the streets, fighting off dangers and ailments and scarcely scrounging enough food scraps to survive.

Kelsey had been one of those dogs, living in the streets homeless and a stray, she was just barely surviving.

When rescuers recently found her on the side of the road, they were shocked: her condition was critical, so much so she hardly even resembled a dog.

The photo above shows when rescuers discovered a homeless pup they later named Kelsey on the side of a busy road, she was barely recognizable. She was thin, malnourished, and covered in sores. Not only that, but she was also desperately searching for something to eat.

As rescuers assessed the dog’s condition, they determined that her body had been completely ravaged by sores and infections. These cuts and bruises had resulted in the most of her fur falling out, which caused her to appear even more thin and sickly. They knew she was in desperate need of medical attention and they had to act fast.

Like many stray and abandoned animals, Kelsey was suspicious and very cautious, not trusting these individuals who were trying to help her. For a long time, she refused to allow the rescuers to place her into their vehicle so they could take her to get help. After a few hours of patient coaxing, the rescuers finally were finally able to gain Kelsey’s trust and get her into the car.

It was clear to the rescue team that Kelsey was in terrible shape. And the team realized if they had not found her when they did, there would have been a good chance that Kelsey might not have survived. In fact, the veterinarians at the rescue center could not believe she was still alive at all when they first saw her.

The veterinarians used all of their expertise to ensure that Kelsey would survive her horrific ordeal. They worked tirelessly to give her the proper care she clearly needed immediately. The first step, of course, was to make sure she was eating nutritious food.

Getting her to eat proper dog food wasn’t very difficult, the poor dog was starving and pretty much willing to wolf down almost anything presented to her! Even though she had a long way to go before she could be a fully healthy dog again, the veterinarians were going to do whatever it took to get her back on her feet.

By that point, Kelsey seemed to sense that she was in good hands. The veterinary staff could see her warming up to them, and her spirits appeared to be rising by the second. Just take a look at that sweet face! That’s a dog who knows she’s going to get better.

As Kelsey’s infections and wounds started to heal, her spunky spirit began to shine through. It was clear that the companionship of the veterinarians was helping her feel right at home with them. It wasn’t long before she was eagarly stepping outdoors to enjoy the sunshine whenever they did.

Another major step in Kelsey’s recovery was helping her to learn how to socialize with other dogs and animals. Thankfully, the staff at the animal hospital was quick to introduce her to a number of other dogs at the facility who were more than happy to play with her and show her the ‘doggie’ ropes!

Kelsey was blazing her way towards making a full recovery in a physical sense, but she was also becoming more social and comfortable around the people and other animals in her new environment. As her body was healing right before the staff’s eyes, so had her spirit returned. She was clearly much happier!

Once her sores and infections healed, it wasn’t very long before Kelsey’s beautiful fur finally began to grow back. Thanks to all the love and care she’d received, she no longer looked anything like the poor animal the hospital had begun treating just a few short weeks prior!

Like any pup, Kelsey was more than happy to curl up and nap in her new cozy, comfortable dog bed! It is certainly a better place than the cold concrete of the uncertain streets. It was clear she definitely felt right at home. She was finally experiencing a normal dog’s life: going for walks, taking naps, and eating lots of delicious, healthy snacks.

Kelsey has turned into a happy, healthy and beautiful dog just like any other. It was amazing to see what the veterinary staff was able to accomplish once Kelsey received the proper love and care that every dog deserves.

She was clearly thankful for their help, too.

Best of all, Kelsey was eventually adopted! She finally got the happy ending she deserved, and it was all thanks to the vets and rescuers who made all the difference in her unbelievable transformation. Bravo to them!

Finding a Dog.

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