Report: Lions moved less during lockdown

According to a new study published in Ecological Solutions and Evidence, as people sheltered in place during the initial stage of the pandemic in spring 2020, mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains and surrounding areas in greater Los Angeles used smaller areas and moved shorter distances, too. Speculation from the media and public helped fuel the perception that wildlife […]

Photo shoot is the cat’s meow

‘A people person who loves animals’

It’s mostly empty at America’s Teaching Zoo on a recent morning, but as Mara Rodriguez walks along the dirt paths of the 5-acre facility at Moorpark College, she is far from alone. She stops at each enclosure and takes time to watch the animals, speaking to them as if they were old friends—because many are. Her eyes brighten and her […]

Pandemic pets not getting the love owners once showed

Working from home and needing companionship, many people adopted animals during lockdown, but now as they return to their pre-pandemic lifestyle, some are returning their pets. Shelters across California filled with surrendered animals the past several months, with some locations reporting twice as many surrenders since restrictions have loosened, according to a July 8 Reuters article. Why? For some pet […]

A day to celebrate the mutts we love

National Mutt Day is Sat., July 31. America has a long history of affection for mutts. Two of cinema’s most famous dogs, Spike from “Old Yeller” and Higgins from “Benji,” were mutts adopted from shelters. Heroic mutts such as Balto, the sled dog who brought lifesaving diphtheria medication to remote corners of Alaska, are immortalized in bronze statues. Even the […]

When the owner’s away, the animals worry

Experts say it’s not uncommon for pets to feel anxious or to get lost now that people are returning to work and leaving home more often. “Be aware of what your pet needs, and really watch them,” said Donna Gillesby, deputy director at Ventura County Animal Services. Like many people, Gillesby adopted a dog during the pandemic. Now that she […]

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