Latest Animal shelters and adoption services News

Animal shelter says "world's worst cat" is up for adoption

Jan. 23, 2020 6:05 PM EST

BAKERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The “world's worst cat” is available for adoption — just ask the Mitchell County Animal Rescue organization in North Carolina. The shelter about 55 miles (89 kilometers) northeast of Asheville is waiving adoption fees in the hope that someone will take the cat...

Nearly 30 animals seized from Maine home

Jan. 22, 2020 1:02 PM EST

HAMPDEN, Maine (AP) — Nearly 30 animals were seized from a Maine home, officials said. The owner of the home was working to create a licensed breeding kennel, but a search warrant was issued after multiple violations were found, said Liam Hughes, director of Maine’s animal welfare program. The...

Delaware animal shelter will receive dogs from Puerto Rico

Jan. 18, 2020 5:22 PM EST

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) — A Delaware animal shelter is scheduled to receive several dozen dogs that have been evacuated from earthquake-ravaged Puerto Rico. A group of rescue organizations are partnering to fly more than 110 at-risk shelter pets from Puerto Rico to Delaware, New Jersey and Florida, the...

Puppy at Texas animal shelter tests positive for rabies

Jan. 18, 2020 5:20 PM EST

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas health officials say a 6-month-old puppy at an animal shelter in Stephenville has tested positive for rabies and anyone who interacted with the dog should be tested. The Texas Department of State Health Services said in a news release that the tan and white lab mix was...

Man slept at animal shelter to help pets get adopted

Jan. 18, 2020 3:01 AM EST

SPRING HILL, Fla. (AP) — Many thought he was crazy. His girlfriend, family and friends tried to talk him out of it. But once Kris Rotonda became aware of the struggles the Humane Society of Pasco County faced — a lack of funding, limited number of volunteers, no real building to house the animals...

W.Va. moves to make shelter dogs official state dog

Jan. 14, 2020 2:06 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Rescue dogs could soon become West Virginia's official state dog under a proposal approved Tuesday in the Senate. The resolution, sponsored by Sens. Ryan Weld and Stephen Baldwin, says it seeks to bring attention to dogs living in the more than 500 animal shelters in the state....

Third horse rescued in Kentucky where 20 others were killed

Jan. 13, 2020 8:55 PM EST

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (AP) — A third horse has been rescued from a strip mine site in Kentucky where 20 horses were found fatally shot. The filly was captured by Dumas Rescue on Saturday and taken to the Kentucky Humane Society, news outlets reported. The horse is believed to be the daughter of the pregnant...

ADVANCE FOR PUBLICATION ON MONDAY, JAN. 13, AND THEREAFTER - In this Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, photo, Gabriel, an Australian Shepherd mix, looks into the camera at the Animal Humane Society in St. Paul, Minn. In St. Paul, the Humane Society staffs an adoption site and surgical truck directly next door to St. Paul Animal Control. In fact, unlike the city of Minneapolis, St. Paul does not run a public adoption program of its own. Instead, the cash-strapped agency relies entirely on private placements and nonprofit partners. (Scott Takushi/Pioneer Press via AP)

St. Paul Animal Control sees opportunity for collaboration

Jan. 13, 2020 1:01 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Molly Lunaris faced a cat crisis: 84 felines, most of them less than a year old, roaming largely unattended in a St. Paul home. In a different era, the intense animal hoarding might have been handled with back-to-back euthanasias rather than rehousing the cats. Lunaris, however,...

In this Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 photo, newly acquired miniature horses run in their paddock at Nexus Equine in Edmond, Okla. In partnership with a pilot program run by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Nexus Equine works to rescue horses and re-home them, providing care and training before the horses are adopted out. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Oklahoma program offers rescue for horses, other equine

Jan. 12, 2020 9:49 AM EST

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — When Ken Friend learned a job transfer meant moving his family to California from the small farm they’d been living on in rural Oklahoma, he knew he’d have to find new homes for his animals. In addition to the four dogs Friend had adopted over the 14 years he and his wife...

20 cats, owner found living in Virginia Beach storage unit

Jan. 9, 2020 2:34 AM EST

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A Virginia animal shelter took in 20 cats after they were found living in a storage unit with their owner who had recently lost her home, the adoption center said in a social media post. The woman and the felines were found living in a Virginia Beach self-storage unit this week,...