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With Billionaire's Help, Sochi Strays Escaping Death

Shelter has saved 80 dogs so far

(Newser) - Hundreds of stray dogs have been killed ahead of tomorrow's opening ceremony in Sochi, but some may escape that fate thanks to a shelter funded by Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska. Volnoe Deloe—or Good Will, roughly—has been grabbing up as many stray dogs as it can around Sochi...

Mutt Goes From Gas Chamber to Rose Parade

He's 'spokesdog' for drive to end inhumane treatment

(Newser) - Two years after he was put in a steel box and gassed with carbon monoxide, a beagle mix with a knack for survival will be proudly riding a float in Pasadena's Rose Parade. Daniel was six months old when he was placed with 17 other dogs in a gas...

Miracle Cat Found Alive in Rubble of Burned Shelter

Many other animals died in the blaze

(Newser) - A Kentucky animal shelter burned to the ground last Friday with 60 animals inside, about half of whom died in the blaze—but nearly a week later, a miracle. Freckles, a 1-year-old cat, was found in the rubble of the Knox Whitley Animal Shelter, WKYT reports. She was found by...

The Obamas Should Have Adopted a Pit Bull Instead
The Obamas Should Have Adopted a Pit Bull Instead

The Obamas Should Have Adopted a Pit Bull Instead

Breed has become a symbol of racial segregation, poverty: Emily Nusser

(Newser) - The Obamas just adopted a pretty new Portuguese water dog . But if the first family really wanted to make a statement, they should have adopted a pit bull from the pound instead, writes Susan Nusser at Salon . Pit bulls are "resilient, unpretentious, and a little gritty," she says....

PETA Slammed for Killing 2K Animals a Year

Animal rights activists say its shelter should go no-kill

(Newser) - PETA is usually the one accusing others of animal cruelty. Not anymore. Though the group is well known for loudly objecting to things like goldfish racing and backpacks made from fur , it is now drawing attention for a very different reason: its animal shelter kills around 2,000 dogs and...

Internet Saves This 'Gay' Dog

Facebook campaign goes viral, prevents euthanasia

(Newser) - The Internet came together to save a dog after his owner dumped him at a Tennessee shelter ... because he thought the dog was gay. A picture of the bulldog, who was in danger of being euthanized, was posted to Facebook in an attempt to find an adopter. "He hunched...

To Curb Panhandling, San Francisco Tries ... Puppies

It will pay panhandlers a stipend to care for shelter's pooches

(Newser) - San Francisco is taking a novel approach in its never-ending fight to limit panhandling in the city: In a word, puppies. As the Chronicle explains, the city will soon start a program in which panhandlers get paid a small stipend, say $50 a week, to forgo their begging and instead...

Super-Sized Kitty Dies
 Super-Sized Kitty Dies 

Super-Sized Kitty Dies

Celebrity fat cat 'Meow' dies of obesity complications

(Newser) - A colossal cat handed in to an animal shelter in New Mexico has died just weeks after eating up national attention. Meow, a 2-year-old tabby who topped the scales at 39 pounds, died of pulmonary failure related to his huge size, reports the New York Daily News . He had been...

Huge Cat Finds Its Way to Animal Shelter

Now 'Meow,' 39 pounds, needs a home

(Newser) - If you need some companionship—and you have room in your apartment for a cat who is basically the size of a toddler—consider adopting 2-year-old Meow, who was dropped off at a rural shelter in Roswell, NM, recently. That shelter—overwhelmed with Meow's girth—turned him over to...

California Pooch Could Be World's Smallest

At birth, Dachshund mix 'Beyonce' could fit in spoon

(Newser) - A puppy so small that she could fit into a spoon when she was a newborn could set the record for the world's tiniest dog. Beyonce, a dachshund mix, is now two weeks old, and still only the size of a business card. She was the fifth of five...

Pet Rescue Groups Need to Ease Up on Adoption Rules

Over-the-top standards scare away would-be owners: Emily Yoffe

(Newser) - Animal rescue groups have come a long way over the years and done wondrous things in reducing the number of dogs and cats that get put down, writes Emily Yoffe at Slate . Here comes the "but": These groups need to loosen up their overly strict adoption standards, which often...

Cat With 26 Toes Helps Save Shelter

Daniel's odd feet has brought in $50,000 and counting

(Newser) - Daniel, an orange-and-white tabby cat, is doing everything he can to save the Milwaukee Animal Rescue Center, and he's doing it by showing off his bizarre feet. He has 26 toes. Donations of $26—one for each digit—are flooding into the nonprofit animal shelter , which was recently hit...

Kitler: Kitten Who Looks Like Hitler Can't Find a Home
 Hitler Kitten Can't Find a Home 

Hitler Kitten Can't Find a Home

6-week-old kitten repeatedly overlooked for adoption

(Newser) - Adolf Hitler's legacy of evil is taking its toll on an unlikely victim—a 6 week-old kitten in England. "Kitler," an abandoned black and white cat with markings that make her resemble you know who, is struggling to find a home, reports the Telegraph . The kitten was...

Guy Tries to Cremate Dog, Sets Fire to House

Now he's without his best friend and a place to live

(Newser) - A Virginia man accidentally set fire to his house while trying to cremate his dead dog, reports InsideNova . He reportedly set fire to wood that he placed next to the body of his 11-year-old Rottweiler, and added gasoline to encourage the backyard fire. The intensified flames caused $70,000 worth...

Adopt a Mutt Instead of Buying a Purebred
Adopt a Mutt Instead
of Buying a Purebred

Adopt a Mutt Instead of Buying a Purebred

Opinion: The obsession with selective breeding is 'narcissistic'

(Newser) - Betsy Karasik used to own a pair of pedigreed Maine coon cats, and while she liked them just fine, "I now look at that phase of my life much as a vegetarian might look back on eating veal: an ethical misstep that was the product of ignorance," she...

Shelter Kills War Hero Dog by Mistake

Mutt saved 50 soldiers in Afghanistan

(Newser) - A dog credited with saving the lives of dozens of US soldiers in Afghanistan was euthanized in an Arizona shelter by mistake, reports the Arizona Republic . Target, a stray who hung around a US military base, became a hero when she and two other dogs attacked a suicide bomber who...

W. Hollywood Bans Pet Sales
 W. Hollywood 
 Bans Pet Sales 

W. Hollywood Bans Pet Sales

City aims to stamp out sales of 'puppy-mill' pets

(Newser) - The animal-rights trailblazers on West Hollywood's City Council have passed an ordinance banning pet shops from selling cats and dogs. No stores in the city currently sell the animals, but council leaders hope the move will set an example to other cities and help put "puppy mills" and "...

Feral Beagles Loose on Long Island

Abandoned dogs hunt in packs, frightening people and pets

(Newser) - Residents of eastern Long Island must be asking what they could have done to deserve a plague of rogue Snoopys. Feral beagles, abandoned for poor performance by hunters who used them to seek rabbits, have become a serious problem this winter. The animals have grouped into packs to seek food...

150 New Yorkers Vie for 15 Chihuahuas

 150 New Yorkers 
 Vie for 15 
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150 New Yorkers Vie for 15 Chihuahuas

California ships purse dogs East—but doesn't send enough

(Newser) - The migration of Chihuahuas from overloaded California shelters to the East Coast has gotten a lot of press—maybe too much. The publicity led 150 New Yorkers to line up outside the ASPCA yesterday to compete for 15 Chihuahuas. “This is a f---ing joke,” one would-be owner tells...

California Ships Cast-Off Chihuahuas East
 California Ships 
 Cast-Off Chihuahuas East 

California Ships Cast-Off Chihuahuas East

Shelters in other parts of the country happy to take popular breed

(Newser) - Just in time for the holidays, New Hampshire has dozens of Chihuahuas available for adoption thanks to a new project. A group of animal lovers, including actress Katherine Heigl, launched Project Flying Chihuahuas after hearing about the overpopulation of the diminutive breed in California shelters (some call it “Paris...

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