Nova Scotia coast chosen as potential home for retired whales raised in captivity – Halifax | Globalnews.ca

By Michael Tutton The Canadian Press

A U.S.-based conservation group has chosen a site in Nova Scotia where it plans to build a kind of retirement home for whales raised in captivity.

The Whale Sanctuary Project announced Tuesday that it wants to provide a home for about eight whales in a 40-hectare inlet southeast of Sherbrooke, N.S., at Port Hilford, along the province’s rugged and lightly populated Eastern Shore.

Charles Vinick, director of the non-profit group, says it still requires provincial and federal permits and an estimated $12 to $15 million for capital costs.

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The project involves installing nets to enclose an inlet, creating an area where the retired orca and beluga whales are free to swim and dive deeply, while still being fed and cared for by the group.

Vinick says consultation work will continue with the small communities in the area, as well as with a group of lobster fishermen who have fished the local waters.

However, he also says strong community support for the project has been key to selecting the Nova Scotia option over possibilities in British Columbia and Washington State.

Vinick says the pristine waters about 200 kilometres northeast of Halifax offer an expansive area in a bay that’s open to the ocean but is sheltered from storms.

He says his group’s past experience with captured whales is that they cannot re-adapt to life in the wild without assistance.

“You might think of it as retirement, or assisted living. These whales have raised tens of millions of dollars for their park owners, and they’ve entertained millions of people, and we owe something back,” said Vinick.

The plan to locate a sanctuary in Nova Scotia comes in the wake of Parliament passing Bill S-203 last year to bring an end to the captivity of whales and dolphins in Canada.

“Whales and dolphins are highly intelligent, emotionally sensitive and socially complex animals,” said Dr. Lori Marino, president of the Whale Sanctuary Project.

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“In the confines of a concrete tank at a marine park they suffer chronic stress and then often fatal illness. Relocating them to an ocean environment will give them a healthier life where they can thrive.”

Dr. Stephen Flemming, director of the nearby Sherbrooke Village Museum, said in a news release that he’s “delighted at the prospect of having a whale sanctuary nearby.”

Vinick said the group intends to work with schools and museums to offer educational programs about the whales at the sanctuary and their counterparts in the wild.

The Whale Sanctuary Project’s objective is to have the sanctuary ready to receive whales by the end of 2021.

Vinick estimates the annual cost will be $2 million – including a veterinary clinic staffed full-time and a nearby interpretation centre.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 25, 2020.

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This Shelter is Closing

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Those that are not adopted will either be euthanized or transfer to a different shelter, no decision has been made yet!

Success! Cruel Beagle Fungicide Test Ends at Corteva Agriscience | Care2 Causes

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Less than a week after the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) released the disturbing report that 36 beagles were being force-fed a fungicide in a test commissioned by Coreteva Agriscience, a division of Dow DuPont, the company announced it will end this terrible study.

An undercover HSUS investigator at Charles River Laboratories in Michigan discovered that the beagles were being fed Adavelt, a new Coreteva Agriscience fungicide, in gelatin capsules for a year. According to the report released March 12, some of these dogs “were being subjected to very high doses – so high that up to four capsules had to be shoved down their throats.”

All the surviving beagles were scheduled to be euthanized in July. Their organs would then be removed and examined for any damage from the fungicide.

This study is horrible for many reasons. For one thing, it does not replicate how Adavelt would be ingested by humans. Even worse, the United States government hasn’t even required this test for over 10 years, ever since scientists realized it provides no worthwhile information.

Corteva Agriscience said it had to conduct the test—which it admitted was unnecessary—to meet a Brazilian regulatory requirement. However, Brazil’s pesticide authority, ANVISA, told the HSUS it will waive the test for companies that don’t want to conduct it.

At Corteva Agriscience’s request, ANVISA sent a formal, written version of this policy to the entire Brazilian pesticide industry. But Conteva Agriculture refused to stop the test until the industry received confirmation that it was no longer required. If that confirmation took longer than four months, those beagles would die in July.

The HSUS and Humane Society International (HSI) have been working for months to make Corteva Agriscience end its cruel fungicide test and release the beagles, so they can find loving homes. More than 122,000 people signed HSUS’ petition on Care2 making this demand.

On March 18, just six days after the HSUS released its report, Corteva Agriscience announced it had secured a waiver from ANVISA and had immediately ended the test. The company promised it would make “every effort” to rehome the beagles.

We’ve been working to refine, reduce, & replace animal tests for years. Today we’re pleased to announce our efforts resulted in a waiver & we can stop the study. We’ll make every effort to rehome the animals. Please read our full statement. pic.twitter.com/SQc5RJg41M

— Corteva Agriscience™ (@corteva) March 18, 2019

“We applaud Corteva for making the right decision,” Kitty Block, HSUS president and CEO, wrote on her blog. “The company has been a valuable partner to us in the past on important measures to decrease animal testing and we hope that we can work with them on a happy ending for these dogs.”

The surviving beagles owe their lives to the efforts of the HSUS and HSI, as well as everyone around the world who urged Corteva Agriscience to stop the test. Here’s hoping the HSUS is successful again in finding loving homes for every one of these survivors.

Creating a Care2 petition is easy. If you have an issue you care deeply about, why not start your own petition? Here are some guidelines to help you get started, and soon the Care2 community will be signing up to support you.

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Sign Petition: Send Dolphinaris Arizona Dolphins to a Real Sanctuary

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Four dolphins are seeing no end to their suffering, from the desert to disease to dirty waters. We need to get them to a real sanctuary now.

Even before the construction of Dolphinaris Arizona, a swim-with-the-dolphins tourist attraction in the desert near Scottsdale, animal welfare advocates warned that the desert was no place for dolphins. Not only do summer temperatures there often reach triple digits, but dolphins already stressed out from being in captivity would be more susceptible to valley fever, a deadly fungal disease.

These concerns were ignored. Dolphinaris Arizona opened in October 2016 and tragically, by January 2019, four of its eight dolphins had died. The facility announced it was temporarily closing while it was inspected by outside experts. One month later, Dolphinaris Arizona announced that it will permanently end its dolphin exhibition.

This seems like really good news, but unfortunately the four surviving dolphins have been shipped to another controversial location. They will now live in captivity at Coral World Ocean Park’s new St. Thomas Sea Sanctuary in the Virgin Islands. This facility “has faced heavy opposition and controversy mainly due to its location being vulnerable to extreme weather and frequent contamination with runoff,” according to the nonprofit Dolphin Project.

These dolphins have been through enough, they do not deserve more suffering, sickness and potential death. This is not a solution to the unethical captivity of the dolphins.

Please sign and share this petition asking Coral World Ocean Park to release them to a safer sanctuary.

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Sign Petition: 100 Orcas and Belugas Are Being Tortured in “Whale Jails”

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by: Care2 Team
recipient: Prosecutor General of Russia, Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs

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Just off the Russian coast, 11 orca and 90 beluga whales are being held in tiny, cramped, and probably illegal enclosures that are being called “whale jails.” Many fear that the marine animals will be illegally sold to Chinese water parks and aquariums.

The situation is horrifying. Please sign this petition demanding that Russian authorities investigate and shut down these “whale jails,” and hold those responsible accountable!

According to reports, the four companies that own the pens holding these whales have been caught selling whales to China in the past. They had been given permission to capture wild whales for educational purposes, which is legal, but secretly sold them to aquariums in China, which is illegal. One orca sold for more than $1 million.

These companies are profiting over the torture and abuse of these amazing creatures. Trapping dozens of whales in tiny pens and then selling them for a life of misery in an aquarium is absolute abuse. Those responsible must be held accountable.

Whales deserve to be free and wild. Sign now to urge authorities to get to the bottom of this and save these whales.Photo: Masha Netrebenko/The Siberian Times

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100 Orcas and Belugas Are Being Tortured in “Whale Jails”

“This Elephant Spent 30 Years Neglected By A Zoo – Until Activists Stepped Up To Set Him Free” Published October 10 2018

Success: Charges Dropped Against Rescuer Who Saved Animals From Hurricane

Charges have been dropped against an animal rescuer who opened up a temporary shelter for dozens of animals during Hurricane Florence. Applaud this action that acknowledges that this woman acted out of compassion and therefore should not be punished.

Source: Success: Charges Dropped Against Rescuer Who Saved Animals From Hurricane

Petition: Shelters in Hurricane Affected Areas May Have to Kill Their Animals If They Don’t Get Help

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by: Care2 Team
recipient: Governor Roy Cooper

33,106 SUPPORTERS – 35,000 GOAL

It happens every year. When hurricanes come to shore and evacuation warnings are given, people pack up and head out in the hopes of avoiding disaster. But as people leave their homes and cities, they sometimes find themselves forced to leave their pets behind. Many of these animals end up in local shelters who quickly become overwhelmed by the sheer number of new pets they had to accept.

When a shelter usually reaches capacity, they can often rely on locals to open their homes to homeless cats and dogs. But if the entire city is evacuating because of a storm, fewer people means fewer chances for adoption.

That’s just what’s happening now at the Pender County Animal Shelter, an animal rescue organization in North Carolina currently in the path of Hurricane Florence. The shelter says they are overcrowded and may have to begin euthanizing animals to make space.

Clearly, for any animal shelter, killing the animals they care for is the last resort, but if no one can take these pets in, or they can’t get the resources they need, they will have no other choice.

While North Caroline officials are working hard to ensure their human residents survive the storm, they should also take their feathered and four-legged citizens into consideration as well. One way to do so would be to provide resources to affected county animal shelters, like the one in Pender County, so they don’t have to put down any of the animals they were hoping to save.

Please sign this petition and tell Governor Roy Cooper to take immediate action to aid animal shelters in the eye of Hurricane Florence. Together, we can help save hundreds of pets in need.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/244/258/462/shelters-in-hurricane-affected-areas-may-be-forced-to-kill-their-animals-if-they-dont-get-help/

WAN Update: The Carr Fire, The Ferguson Fire & The Complex Fire Continue To Burn Across Northern California; Important Animal Rescue Information – World Animal News

By Lauren Lewis

July 31, 2018

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There are reportedly 16 wildfires currently scorching across California with the monstrous Carr Fire near Redding becoming the 7th most destructive fire in the history of the state.
Northern California has been hit especially hard with the Carr Fire, the Ferguson Fire near Yosemite Valley, the Complex Fire, River Fire, and Ranch Fire in Mendocino County.
The Carr Fire, which has burned more than 100,000 acres, tragically has already claimed the lives of two firefighters and six civilians. The number of animals that have perished in the fire has yet to be addressed, but sadly, there has been many.
“Haven Humane is filling up quickly with evacuated animals. We are desperately trying to make space for all incoming evacuees,” the non-profit posted on its Facebook page, noting that they were ‘receiving everything from goats to rabbits.’
Fortunately, Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) in Walnut Creek is helping to clear Haven Humane to make room for more animal evacuees. It has already taken in close to 40 dogs and cats.

ARF
“Haven Humane actually had a pool of over 500 animals since Thursday, and in order to alleviate the burden on their efforts, we are pulling their existing population and trying to get them re-homed,” ARF posted on its Facebook page. “Our teams are returning with more animals from our partners in Carr Fire evacuation areas. Taking in these adoptable animals creates local space for the more than 800 pets displaced since last week.”
The relocated animals will be up for adoption at ARF following medical assessment.
In addition to Haven Humane, 530-241-1653, located at 1816 CA-273 in Anderson, which is taking in small animals, the following evacuation centers have also been set up:

Large animal shelter: Tehama County Fairgrounds, 530-527-5920, 650 Antelope Blvd Red Bluff
Large animal shelter: Intermountain Fairgrounds, 530-336-5005, 44218 A St, McArthur
Large and small animal shelter: Redding Rodeo Grounds, 530-241-5731, 715 Auditorium Dr, Redding. While WAN does not support rodeos, we appreciate the organization opening their doors to temporarily house displaced animals during the fire.

Ferguson Fire
As of this morning, the Ferguson Fire near Yosemite National Park has burned 57,846 acres. Sadly, this fire also resulted in the loss of the lives of two firefighters.
Yosemite National Park remains closed with Yosemite Valley expected to reopen to all visitors at 4:00 pm on Friday, August 3, 2018. Limited visitor services will be available inside Yosemite Valley, including campgrounds, lodging, and food service operations.

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The small animal shelter at SPCA of Mariposa County, 209-966-5275, located at 5599 Highway 49, is reportedly at full capacity.
Animal evacuation centers include:

Small pets may now be accommodated at the Mariposa Elementary School Shelter at 5044 Jones Street, where Central California Animal Disaster Team (CCADT) is operating an emergency animal shelter.
Large animals are being accepted at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds, 209-966-2432, located at 5007 Fairgrounds Road in Mariposa.

Complex Fire, River Fire, and Ranch Fire in Mendocino County
Multiple fires continue to burn in Mendocino, Lake, and Napa counties. The weather remains hot, dry, and windy. Firefighters remain hard at work trying to contain the fire that has already consumed more than 56,000 acres.

Animal evacuation centers are as follows:

Small animals are being accepted at Animal Care Services, 707-463-4427, located at 298 Plant Road in Ukiah.
Horses are temporarily housed at Redwood Riders Arena at 8300 East Road in Redwood Valley.

WAN will continue to update this breaking story. We are sending our prayers!

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This weekend plan a visit to your local rescue shelter, where your new best friend is waiting for you

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Rescue pets aren’t problem pets, they’re just very unlucky.

So please visit your local shelter today and help save a life.

 

What should I do if I find a stray cat? – Katzenworld

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Heartbreaking News As Missing Pilots N Paws Volunteer Pilot’s Plane Went Down Over The Gulf Of Mexico – World Animal News

By Lauren Lewis 
January 5, 2018

As family, friends, and admirers of pilot Bill Kinsinger hold their collective breath waiting for news of his whereabouts after his plane crashed Wednesday while en route to pick up an elderly dog.
Tragically, Kinsinger was approximately 20 minutes away from his destination when his plane crashed over the Gulf of Mexico. The kind-hearted Pilots N Paws volunteer was on his way to pick up Masaru, an 11-year-old husky who needed to be taken from Texas to Oklahoma for medical treatment and was just hours from being put down. 

A Facebook page dedicated to saving Masaru also confirmed that the dog was not on the plane when it went missing.
Pilot Justin Blackburn was among several fellow pilots that continued Masaru’s rescue, landing the dog safely at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Wiley Post Airport in Oklahoma City. 

“Whatever happened to Bill you know, he did it for this dog out of the goodness of his heart,” Blackburn told News 9. “It would have been sad to me to not have that completed.”
“A very emotional Pilots N Paws transport will land any minute at Wiley Post Airport (KPWA), PNP Pilot Bill’s home airport in Oklahoma City. The pilots chose to fly to KPWA in Bill’s honor,” the non-profit organization that transports rescue animals from kill shelters to foster families and other no-kill shelters, posted on Facebook. “Having flown PNP rescue missions each week since he first joined in July 2014, Bill is a very special part of our organization.”
“We’ve long said that flying rescue animals is a labor of love for our pilots; rescuing animals is Bill’s passion,” the organization said in a statement further explaining that Kinsinger’s Oklahoma City home-base enabled him to complete many rescues from “Texas where there is a large number of homeless animals, to Colorado where there is a large number of available adoptive homes.”
The statement went on to share a remarkable story of a time when Bill drove to Arkansas to pick up seven dogs that he originally committed to flying before he found that his plane was damaged. He brought them to his home the next night to join another dog he was fostering in “a custom-built log cabin doghouse.”
“Please keep Bill and his family in your prayers,” Pilots N Paws continued on Facebook. “We are holding out hope for a miracle that he will be found safe.”
WAN joins Pilots N Paws and countless others in praying for this special man’s safe return.
WAN will continue to update this story as the Coast Guard continues to search for Bill over the Pacific Ocean.

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Petition · Save Lamby in her final hours! · Change.org

Lamby is an abused dog facing euthanasia after being seized from her owner. After spending her life stuffed in a crate and being painfully bond with rubber bands that held on sunglasses and hats to encourage passerbuy to donate money. She has been designated a “dangerous dog.”  We have a rescue who would like to save and Rehabilitate Lamby, giving her a chance at a nice life with loving family. The most tragic thing about this situation is that she was in the custody of the Dallas Animal Service on five occasions and every time she was turned back over to her abuser, it would be a real failure of Justice if Lamby where to be euthanize now, after so many missed opportunities to give her a better life. We’re asking the city of Dallas to resecind the order to euthanize and release her to the rescue. Please do not let her die voiceless and alone. Give her a chance at a real life and a real home.

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Chubby raccoon rescued after getting wedged in sewer grate opening | WPMT FOX43

Zion, Illinois police officers, responded to a very unique call Friday morning.

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Rescuers Come Together To Help The Animal Victims Of California’s Wildfires | Care2 Causes

By: Alicia Graef
October 20, 2017

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As thousands of firefighters continue to battle wildfires blazing across California, rescuers are coming together to help save both companion and wild animals affected by the fires.

In Defense of Animals (IDA) has offered a harrowing glimpse into the situation with footage that shows horses being rescued from dark clouds of smoke.

 

“It was pretty scary, as the fires were right there, and they were moving fast,” said Nicole Otoupalik, an IDA rescuer seen in the video. “The poor horses were scared, too. It was amazing to see people just running to help the horses at Irvine Park. They didn’t have enough staff to evacuate the horses, and so members of the public who had come to get a look at the fire just started running back into the park to help lead the horses out. Strangers were just offering their time, trailers, and trucks to help get the animals out of there. Others in cars stopped to offer rides to help everyone get there more quickly.”

According to IDA, the horses were safely evacuated from Irvine Park to a grocery store parking lot, and were taken from there to an evacuation camp at the Orange County Fairground.

Evacuated Horse s OC Fairgrounds CREDIT In Defense of Animals_previewEvacuated horses at the Orange County Fairground. Credit: In Defense of Animals

The danger in Orange County is over, but many animals were injured and killed, and their homes have been destroyed, while many more are still at risk.

Evacuated Pigs OC Fairgrounds CREDIT In Defense of Animals_previewEvacuated pigs at the Orange County Fairground. Credit: In Defense of Animals

In an effort to help, IDA has teamed up with several local organizations to offer aid through its Disaster Relief Fund, including the Sonoma Humane Society, Lost Hearts & Souls Horse Rescue, Forget Me Not Farm, Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue, Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch, House Rabbit Society and the Otra Mas horse rescue.

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Despite the heartbreaking losses of life and devastation, people are still coming together and using their time and resources to help some of the most vulnerable victims.

Lost Hearts and Souls Rescue receives IDA aid CREDIT In Defense of Animals_previewLost Hearts and Souls Horse Rescue. Credit: In Defense of Animals

These organizations are taking in a variety of animals who have been displaced by the fires and providing them with care, and some are working to reunite lost pets with their families, and provide services to pets for people who have been hit financially as a result of the fires.

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“5,700 homes and businesses are reported destroyed, with at least 41 confirmed human deaths and untold animal casualties. 217,000 acres have been consumed by the flames and wild animals have no choice but to simply run as fast as they can from the terrifying blazes consuming their homes. Tens of thousands have perished, and more are injured and need help,” IDA added in a statement.

“Many families forced to flee the burning onslaught had very little preparation or warning. Some barely made it out alive as they dashed to find and secure their animals. Now these family members – four-legged, winged or hoofed – must find shelter and hope for the best as 11,000 firefighters battle the blaze.”

For more on how to help support disaster relief efforts, check out In Defense of Animals.
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Petition: OLD DOGS MATTER – Help Save Old Souls K9 Rescue

Old souls K9 Rescue is  a 501c3 nonprofit rescue for senior and abandoned animals in Arizona.

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Thanks To Animal Rescuers EVERYWHERE !

Well this warms my heart. I’ll be looking for them for my last rescue

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Unlike most days at the Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and grey, damp as a swamp and as dismal as could be imagined. All the recent arrivals were confused and concerned. They had no idea what to think for they had never experienced a day like this before. But the animals who had spent some time waiting for their beloved people knew exactly what was happening and began to gather at the pathway leading to the Bridge to watch. They knew this was something special.

It wasn’t too long before an elderly animal came into view, head hung heavy and low with tail dragging along the ground. The other animals on the pathway…the ones who had been at Rainbow Bridge for a while…knew the story of this sad creature immediately. They had seen it happen far too many times.

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Horse Rescued From Auction House Has Best Response To Being Set Free


Horse Rescued From Auction House Has Best Response To Being Set Free

“She definitely knows she’s no longer on her way to slaughter.”
By Elizabeth Claire Alberts
July 27, 2017

When Jamie Castano visits a livestock auction house, he feels overwhelmed by the number of animals in need of help.

“You stand there in a warehouse, and … you see that there are thousands that are going to be killed today, and it almost makes you feel like, ‘What are you doing?’” Castano, founder and president of Freedom Farm Animal Rescue, told The Dodo.

Three weeks ago, Castano and a few sanctuary workers went to an auction to get pictures and videos of what was going on, though they hadn’t intended on rescuing any animals.

Joanie, one of the horses at the auction house | Freedom Farm Animal Rescue
But their plans changed when Castano noticed a horse with “25” tattooed on her neck.

“I actually have the number 25 tattooed on my arm as a memorial for my uncle who had passed away,” Castano said. “So when I happened to see her, I was like, ‘Oh my god.’”

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She was in a “direct ship” pen, which meant that she was being sent to slaughter right after she was sold, according to Castano. He also noticed that Joanie had a bunch of holes on both of her legs called “pin firing marks.”

“They give them to racehorses,” Castano said. “It’s pretty much like a shot of acid to freeze the tendon or muscle. So when they have an injury or they’re not performing their best, this is supposed to make them not feel that area. My vet had said, ‘Maybe four or five pin firing marks is almost normal,’ but she had 18 on each leg.”

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Castano and the other sanctuary staff wrote a post about Joanie on Instagram, and through this, they managed to raise enough money to buy Joanie’s freedom and take her home that very day.

“We backed up the trailer to her quarantine field, and as soon as we let her out — we didn’t even taken the stickers off her butt yet — she walked right out and started rolling,” Castano said.

In addition to the “25” tattoo, Joanie had another brand on her that helped Castano figure out where she’d come from.

“She was actually born in 1999, I believe in Illinois, and her name was Gias Eternal, and supposedly she won a lot of races and she won a lot of money,” Castano said. “And I guess when she got to the age when she could no longer race … they retired her.”

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But instead of giving Joanie the retirement she deserved, she was sold to another owner and used as an Amish buggy horse.

“She’s had hair loss on her head on the sides of her face where she would wear that buggy equipment,” Castano said.
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Then, for whatever reason, her last owner decided to sell her to the auction house, and from there, she would have ended up at the slaughterhouse.

But now Joanie is safe, and she’s finally enjoying the retirement she deserves at Freedom Farm Animal Rescue.

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“At the auction, when we first walked up to her, I said, ‘Wow, she’s beautiful,’” Castano said. “I put my hand out to pet her and she flinched and threw her head like she was terrified of me — she didn’t even want me to touch her. But now she’s been in quarantine for three weeks, you can walk up to feed her, she runs up to the gate and she’s all in your face. She definitely knows she’s no longer on her way to slaughter.”
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Joanie gets out of quarantine today, and Castano is looking forward to introducing her to the other rescue horses at the sanctuary.

“She’s just an absolute sweetheart,” Castano said. “If we’re in her field, she’ll follow us all around. To go from a horse that was on her way to a slaughterhouse to following us around the pasture — that’s incredible.”
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To see more photos of Joanie living the good life, you can follow Freedom Farm Animal Rescue on Instagram. You can also help support her, as well as the other animals at the sanctuary, by making a donation.

After 50 Years Of Abuse, Gajraj The Elephant Is Finally Free Watch the Video | Care2 Causes


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Petition: Release the Suffering Elephant Chendra and Send Her to a Sanctuary, Oregon


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“Bubbles” The Old Horse No One Wanted Gets Showered With Gifts

His name is Bubbles and he’s so loved now.
An old horse went from being an animal no one wanted to a happy horse with a name — Bubbles — and totally spoiled with gifts.
In December, Bubbles found himself at a Texas “kill lot” — the last place horses like him get a chance to be rescued before heading to Mexico for slaughter.
“Oftentimes, the horses or donkeys are old, or the owners lost their property, or the owners passed away or simply are unable to care for them and they are sold to auction,” Sarah McGregor, a spokesperson for Becky’s Hope Horse Rescue (BHHR) in Frisco, Texas, told The Dodo at the time. “If they are not bought at auction by people or other farms, the slaughter pipeline will buy up all of the animals and resell them.”

It seemed that no one was willing to rescue him, so he realized he would simply have to save his own life.

Bubbles spotted a group of people from BHHR who were there to rescue some mini donkeys — so he decided to tag along.

“This skinny, grey gelding walked straight up to our trailer, past the gates, disregarding the commands of the kill lot employees,” BHHR wrote. “He was intent that this was his ride out of there … There was just no way we could leave him behind!”
Since then, Bubbles has been making friends and loving his new home. And people — at the sanctuary and all over the world — seem to love him right back.

Soon after the story of Bubbles rescuing himself came out, the old horse started receiving fan mail.

And it just kept coming.

“We did a post with our Amazon wish list,” Missy Smith, volunteer with Becky’s Hope, told The Dodo. “People love Bubbles and they responded. We rarely get this many donations at once … Some of the envelopes were addressed to him. How cute is that?”

“The gifts came from all over the world,” Gina, another long-time volunteer, told The Dodo. “We are profoundly humbled and grateful for the outpouring of support Bubbles the rescue has received.”
“We are an all volunteer organization and have always been funded exclusively through donations,” Gina said. “We have many kill pen and auction intercept horses and donkeys here, and these kind donations benefit all of them.”

And it seems Bubbles is more than happy to share.

“Bubbles really is as sweet and smart as we say he is,” Smith said. “He’s a gentle wise old soul.”

To give to Bubbles, you can donate here or get your very own Bubbles t-shirt here. To follow Bubbles on Facebook, click here.

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Bubbles

 

December 28, 2016

Frisco, TX – A senior white horse with short ears destroyed by frostbite wasn’t on the rescue list at a kill pen in Frisco when Becky’s Hope was saving 9 mini donkeys from shipping to slaughter. Becky’s Hope had raised the funds needed to rescue the 9 miniature donkeys but were not planning on saving any other animals. The white horse saw the donkeys loading up, and determined to be on that trailer.

The white horse pushed his way through gates, down alleyways, passed yelling workers trying to stop his forward progress, but nothing would stop the horse. He reached the trailer, climbed aboard, and tried to melt into the herd of donkeys. “I firmly believe that he thought if he mixed in with the mini donkeys we wouldn’t notice. He’s like I’m just one of them. Got on the trailer with them, stood there like you don’t see me, and kept his head kind of down,” Sue Champman of Becky’s Hope told reporters.
The rescue paid $450 to the feedlot rather than turning the white horse out, and promptly named him Bubbles. He is doing very well at the rescue. You can follow his progress on the Becky’s Hope Facebook page.

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Bubbles after being rescued.

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petition: Award Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel “The Cat Man of Aleppo” a Nobel Peace Prize!


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Coffee Grounds To The Rescue

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Thanks again, after a series of earlier excellent items, Anthropocene:

A caffeine fix for heavy metal cleanup

Each year, coffee drinkers across the globe create six million pounds of waste in the form of spent coffee grounds. Some of us chuck it in our compost pile, but most of it becomes just another garbage disposal challenge.

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ARES – A1091796″ URGENT” Will be Destroyed October 3rd,2016

   Only  a 9 month old puppy!

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Louisiana Is Running Out Of Places For Rescued Animals To Go


By Christian Cotroneo
Aug. 24, 2016

When an animal rescue team came across a couple of horses tied, abandoned and wilting under the hot Louisiana sun, it must have seemed like a triumph.

They had gotten to the horses, left behind in the scramble to flee parts of the flood-wracked state, just in time.

But it didn’t take long for members of Guardians of Rescue to realize that finding these forlorn animals was only the beginning.

Where do they take them? Which shelter or sanctuary — already crammed beyond capacity — had room for a couple of horses?

Much like the Louisiana flood itself, it’s easy to chalk up the heroics in the first few days of America’s worst disaster since Hurricane Sandy as a victory. And move on. Many of the people who put their lives in danger to save thousands of animals did just that.


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From his vantage on the sopping ground of the the Baton Rouge area, Robert Misseri has seen the rescue effort recede along with the high waters.

And it couldn’t come at a worse time.

“Now that the floods have receded, the aftermath is 10 times worse,” Misseri, who founded Guardians of Rescue in 2010, tells The Dodo. “It is total insanity.”

Instead, despite rescuing countless abandoned animals, Misseri’s team is being met, time and time again, by the same sad chorus at animal shelters: No more room.

Robert Misseri’s team arrived in the aftermath of the Louisiana floods.
Guardians of Rescue

The group did manage to find a temporary home for the pair of dehydrated horses. But as more and more animals appear — Misseri says many terrified pets are only emerging from hiding now — the problem of housing them becomes increasingly dire.

Especially since many animal shelters in the region were destroyed in the deluge.

St. Tammany Humane Society

“A challenge we are dealing with is that all of these animal shelters are full,” Misseri explains. “We are out in the field trying to get animals and there are no place to put them.

“We picked up twenty something animals yesterday, but there is no place to go.”

Guardians of Rescue
Of course, it would help if more owners stepped forward to claim their pets. But Misseri says the disaster hasn’t yet reached that point.

In fact, he sees the overall rescue in several distinct phases. The first was the immediate response to fast-rising waters, which involved “anybody who could get animals to high ground or break them off of chains.”

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Then came the water rescue, which saw people patrolling neighborhoods that had suddenly turned into canals looking for animals in the water or clinging to debris.

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The next phase, where Misseri says the effort is at now, is crucial. The floodwaters have receded, revealing the full extent of the catastrophe — and the toll it’s taken not only on the people who lived in these neighborhoods, but also their pets.

Parishes in the Baton Rouge area appear like ghost towns, abandoned by humans but still, in many cases, home to dogs who had been left chained on dry islands. Or on rooftops.

All of them need immediate help.

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“We knew the aftermath was going to be complicated and many animals would be languishing,” Misseri says. “People don’t realize this. They think, OK, whatever is saved was saved in the flood. Whatever dies, dies.’

“But there are animals that need to be rescued this second. People forget about that.”

And even when you find animals, where do you take them?

Although Misseri says every available space is spoken for, his group is still finding tentative homes for them. But the waves of four-legged refugees shows no sign of abating.

Denham Springs Animal Shelter
“This is when you see dogs coming out of hiding and from the high points. It is way worse than it was,” Misseri says. “If they are left, these animals will suffer and die.”

And the people who are still spending every sleepless moment saving animals in Louisiana are not about to let that happen. But they will need another kind of hero.

Think that could be you? Consider making a donation of supplies or money to Guardians of Rescue through its Louisiana Rescue page. And if you know of any animal in the Baton Rouge area who needs to be rescued, contact the group at info@guardiansofrescue.org or call 888-287-3864.
Heroes Are Saving Thousands Of Animals In The Louisiana Floods
People Are Risking Their Lives To Save Animals From Louisiana Floods
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Petition: Free Malik, the saddest lion in Germany, from Tierpark Chemnitz


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Petition update · Urgent Marley Update 7/24 · Change.org


Operation Save Marley
by Please Help Marley · 146,181 supporters
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Urgent Marley Update 7/24
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Jul 25, 2016 — Just a few days ago we had about 17,000 signatures and we sent out a request for those of you to reach out to TV and radio stations near Panama City, FL and also near you, wherever you reside. We also asked that you reach out and share Marley’s story.

The result is that today we have over 130,000 signatures. We ask that you again take to social media ( Twitter and Facebook) and tell others about Marley. Thanks to each of you that share his story this has become something bigger than anyone anticipated.

We have no new news to share at this time as this is an active court case and there are limitations on what can be shared.

We can do this, but only together.

Keep up the good work and please share the below link!!!! Don’t forget to tell celebrities to sign!

https://www.change.org/p/operation-save-marley

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Petition update · BREAKING: 79 3-Strike Wild Horses and Burros will be SOLD! · Change.org


Bring emergency shelter and shade to captive wild horses and burros
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Jul 9, 2016 — Dear Friends of Wild Horses & Burros,

All of the wild horses and burros known as the #Nevada79 have received 3-Strikes and are now considered Sale Eligible thus losing their protections. 12 are located at the Palomino Valley Center outside Reno, Nevada and 67 are located at the facility in Fallon, Nevada known as Indian Lakes. Go here to see the list: http://protectmustangs.org/?p=9201

Let’s make sure none of them go to kill buyers signing on the dotted line and lying to BLM.

Most of these wild horses and burros will be put on the Internet Adoption for Sale starting next week here: http://www.blm.gov/adoptahorse

Let’s get them into loving homes in pairs. Let’s get all of them to safety!

 

 

Anne Novak
Executive Director
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Protect Mustangs is an organization who protects and preserves native and wild horses. We are a member of the Alliance for Wild Horses and Burros https://www.facebook.com/Alliance-for-Wild-Horses-and-Burros-282933648725820/

BLM explains how they create 3-Strike wild horses: http://protectmustangs.org/?p=2811

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