The Most Dog-Friendly Cities in America in 2018

Just under 70% of U.S. households have a pet, according to the National Pet Owners Survey. It probably comes as no surprise that the survey also found that dogs were the most popular pet for American households. Of the 85 million pet-owning households, 60.2 million of them opt for a pooch. But as any dog-owning family knows, the quality of life for you and your dog can be heavily dependent on where you live. Dog-friendly cities contain walkable streets, runnable parks and access to affordable mortgages. In order to find the most dog-friendly cities in America, SmartAsset looked at data on six different factors. We looked at median home value, dog parks, walk score, dog-friendly restaurants,

Popular Grain-Free Dog Foods May Be Linked to Heart Disease

Bison and chickpeas. Wild boar and sweet potatoes. Kangaroo and lentils. These are just a few of the spectacularly popular selections of “grain-free” dog food that have deluged the pet food market in recent years. Dense with exotic proteins, teeming with legumes favored by health-conscious humans, they are promoted as delicious as well as nutritious — better for gluten-sensitive bellies, closer to the ancestral, protein-rich diets of the Yorkie’s savage forebears. But earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it is investigating a link between these diets and a common type of canine heart disease. The condition is dilated cardiomyopathy, or D.C.M., in which the hear

Marin Voice: Let’s learn to live safely and peacefully with coyotes

As representatives of Project Coyote, a nonprofit organization based in Mill Valley that promotes coexistence between people and predators, we must respond to a hyperbolic opinion piece (Marin Voice, July 17) about the dangers of coyotes. The opinion piece questions the effectiveness of a non-lethal coyote coexistence model that has been lauded by conservationists, scientists, ranchers and government officials for its documented continuous reduction in coyote conflicts in Marin County. At the same time, the piece makes no mention of the disastrous collateral damage of lethal control — the poisoning and trapping of pets and other species, as well as the potential death of other animals that m

Orange County animal shelter has new director

There’s a new big dog coming to town. The county-run Orange County Animal Care shelter in Tustin has named its new director. Mike Kaviani of Austin, Texas, will assume the role Aug. 17, according to an OCAC statement. Animals advocates might be happy to hear Kaviani hails from a no-kill nonprofit in Texas where he was director of Lifes Saving Operations for Austin Pets Alive. His biography states he has 14 years of experience in the animal care industry. His main focus has been “solutions for the last 5 percent of canine shelter populations, volunteer engagement and retention and creating best practices,” according to the press release. While in Austin, Kaviani helped the nonprofit emphasize

Here's More Proof That Your Dog Really Does Love You

Most dog owners would do just about anything for their pups. And a new study says the feeling may be mutual. Plenty of research has shown that dogs respond to signs of their owner’s distress, such as crying, but it hasn’t been clear to what extent pups will try to make their owners feel better. A paper published Tuesday in the journal Learning & Behavior, however, suggests that “dogs will actually take an action trying to alleviate that distress,” says Julia Meyers-Manor, an assistant professor of psychology at Ripon College in Wisconsin and a co-author of the study. The results suggest that your pooch may empathize with and care for you even more than you know. The researchers ran an experi

Jury finds woman guilty in downtown SF dog-throwing case

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) A woman charged with throwing a Chihuahua to its death from the seventh floor of a downtown San Francisco parking garage earlier this year was found guilty today on all charges. Following three weeks of trial and a day of jury deliberation, Wakeen "LaLa" Best was found guilty of animal cruelty, auto burglary and vandalism. "This defendant showed no remorse and is responsible for the death of a little, defenseless animal," District Attorney George Gascon said in a statement. "This verdict is a small step toward bringing justice for Dunky. This verdict also sends a clear message that in San Francisco there are consequences for harming our beloved pets." According to prosecu

Woman charged with animal cruelty in case involving 145 animals

ORANGE COVE, Caif. (FOX26 NEWS) — The Central California SPCA says a woman has been officially charged with animal cruelty in case where 145 animals (142 dogs and 3 cats) were seized from a "no-kill" rescue in Orange Cove. SPCA officials say Mary Kay Nelson is now facing six charges of animal cruelty after officers found several animals suffering from a variety of medical conditions at Noah's Friends Animal Sanctuary in 2016. Officers say many of the dogs were in extremely emaciated with parasites, as well as other diseases. The dogs were living inside and outside, confined to small crates, covered to feces and urine, and without food or water. The CCSPCA says all of the animals have been ta

Yolo SPCA, Animal Services part ways; partnership will take new form

For decades, Yolo SPCA staff have worked alongside those at a Woodland shelter to provide services aimed at helping animals. Starting today, this partnership will change and these responsibilities will shift to solely county staff. Specifically, the Yolo SPCA is closing its office within the Yolo County Animal Services shelter “in detriment to animals and county residents,” according to Tracey Louper, who has been involved with the shelter on and off for 30 years. Louper posted on her Facebook page, highlighting efforts by SPCA staff to provide better care to the animals who find themselves in the shelter off East Gibson Road. The partnership has reduced the euthanasia rate enough to qualify

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