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News » Pets and Animals

Meghan Mackerel & Prince Herring Remind You to Stay Standoffish

Rescued harbour seal pups Meghan Mackerel and Prince Herring — now in treatment at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre — can’t speak English. If they could, they would advocate for decorum when it comes to marine mammals on B.C. beaches.

MMR seal pups - Meghan Mackerel and Prince Herring - Photo Meighan Makarchuk

Abbotsford Pig Farm Protest

The "Meat the Victims" activists from last Sunday's protest and lockdown at Excelsior Hog Farm in Abbotsford BC, would like to provide additional information. This was a precedent-setting event that was the first of its kind in Canada. Of the 200 participants, 65 of them were ready and willing to face the legal repercussions, and many more are willing to keep facing those consequences until animal use and abuse is abolished. As was written on our shirts "One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” Many people would smash a car window to rescue a suffering dog. These pigs are more intelligent than dogs and are very sensitive social beings. This action was necessary to bring awareness to what farmed animals endure while being bred and raised.


Basset Bustle Extravaganza

Dog lovers will not want to miss the annual Basset Bustle, celebrating Basset Hound Rescue in Ontario and featuring hundreds of Basset Hounds.


Animal Rescue's Three Quick Tips To Make Pet Care More Environmentally Friendly

COAR is a dog rescue based in Ontario that works to save the lives of dogs across North America. In this news release they talk about how pet parents can save the planet while saving dogs by choosing more environmentally sustainable pet care products.


Cause 4 Paws Fundraiser To Help Dog Without Front Paws Monday Night

Businesses, Celebrities, and community members come together next Monday night in Toronto at a fundraiser for a terribly abused dog named True who has no front legs. The event will raise funds for prosthetic and for vet bills. Extra funds will go to saving other dogs like True.


Noise about whales and salmon is not sound science say scientists

“With fake science, as long as you repeat it often enough it takes on a life of its own,” – Dr. Andrew Trites, director of UBC’s Marine Mammal Research Unit


From Dogs to Frogs and Everything in Between

Fraser Valley Pet Expo has something for everyone! Kids will love interacting with all kinds of exotic animals, and pet parents will enjoy shopping from vendors or talking with groomers and other animal professionals. If you are looking for a new member to join your family, you can talk to one of the rescues that will be attending and see if they have the perfect pet for you.


BC SPCA amps up efforts to assist animals affected by the province’s wildfires

The BC SPCA is on high alert, bracing for the need to assist animals impacted by the province’s raging wildfires.

Marsha the calico cat

Close competition at 2018 Sheep Dog Trials Festival

With a score of 261, Grant the border collie, owned by Barbara Ray from Millboro, Va., was the top dog at the 31st annual Kingston Sheep Dog Trials held Aug. 10 to 12 at Grass Creek Park.


Rescue effort unable to save warm-water dolphin stranded on Vancouver Island

The efforts of a team from the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, an Ocean Wise Initiative - together with incredible work by staff from Parks Canada - were not able to save what is believed to be a long-beaked common dolphin, which stranded on a sandy shoreline in Pacific Rim National Park on Thursday morning.


Public Demonstration to protest the slaughter of Dogs & Cats in Korea

Join two- and four-legged animal rights advocates as they march to end the Korean Dog Meat Trade.

A public demonstration to protest the slaughter of Dogs and Cats in Korea takes place at Christie Pits Park in Toronto on July 28th, 2018 from 1pm to 3pm.


Free Korean Dogs Launch Party and Adoption Event, July 7th, 2018

Learn more about Free Korean Dogs, how to get involved in ending the dog meat trade, and how to adopt a Korean rescue dog.


Sea Shepherd condemns slaughter of 122 mother whales

New figures released at the recent International Whaling Commission (IWC) Scientific Committee meeting show that 122 whale mothers were slaughtered as part of the Japanese Government's illegal Antarctic whale hunt


White-nose Bat Syndrome Found in Manitoba

Manitoba Sustainable Development advises its first case of white-nose syndrome in bats has been identified after testing confirmed the disease has been found in bats in the Lake St. George area.


Toronto Cat Rescue 14th Annual Bowl-a-thon - Save Cats from the Gutter!

Toronto Cat Rescue (TCR) is pleased to announce that registration is now open for its 14th Annual Bowl-a-thon for cats!


Toronto Cat Rescue 14th Annual Bowl-a-thon - Save Cats from the Gutter!

Toronto Cat Rescue (TCR) is pleased to announce that registration is now open for its 14th Annual Bowl-a-thon for cats! Last year, TCR raised $25,000 and this year, our ambitious goal is to raise $30,000. Help us raise much-needed funds by spending an afternoon bowling and meeting other cat lovers. There will also be amazing prizes, pizza and photo ops-complete with tails and ears!


Paving the Way to Pandas

After years of planning, and $100 million in upgrades, the Calgary Zoo announced that it will open the doors to its new state-of-the-art Panda Passage on May 7, 2018.


Getting Your Animal Fix

The omnipresence of cute cat videos, as well as the increasing popularity of places like cat cafes, is a clear indication of the animal obsession that is prevalent in our society. And why not? Having a pet increases happiness and health in their owners*, and for anyone who is a fan of animals it seems that a cute animal video is enough to bring a smile. But what about people who are unable to keep pets due to living circumstances or allergies?


Buster's Brew Bone Broth Tea for Pets

Buster's Brew Releases New Product for Pets Just in Time for Valentine's Day - A Healthy Bone Broth Tea for Dogs and Cats

Pets may now enjoy a very healthy treat in the form of a tea that's made from organic, all-natural ingredients that will improve health and happiness.


Waddlers Unite - Penguin Walk Returns

The Calgary Zoo’s highly anticipated Penguin Walk is back for another year of waddling wonder. Celebrating its sixth anniversary, the king penguins will once again take to the zoo’s pathways for a royal stroll through the park. Starting Wednesday, January 17, 2018, the birds will walk every day at 11:00 a.m.


Vancouver Aquarium Welcomes Tooth-Walking Seahorses AKA Walruses

Vancouver Aquarium, an Ocean Wise initiative, is pleased to announce the arrival of two young walruses - Lakina and Balzak - from Aquarium du Québec. During the coming months, the young walruses and Vancouver Aquarium's marine mammal team will get to know each other and develop the strong, trusting relationship crucial to animal care.

Balzak and Lakina in snow - sm - Credit Vancouver Aquarium

Sea Shepherd releases suppressed Australian Government whaling footage

Jeff Hansen, Managing Director of Sea Shepherd Australia, stated, “Sea Shepherd has been a part of a joint effort fighting the Australian Government to release rare whaling footage obtained on a 2008 Australian Customs mission to the Antarctic.


Sea Shepherd's Campaign To Save The Vaquita Porpoise Launches In Mexico With Two Vessels

The M/V Farley Mowat and the M/V John Paul DeJoria kick off Operation Milagro IV in the Gulf of California in collaboration with the Mexican Government.


Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival

The Countdown to the 2017 Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival is on.

Photo by Danny Chan

Increasing Threats to Narwhal and Beluga Remain Key Focus of Ocean Wise Arctic Research

At or near the top of the food chain in their icy ecosystems, narwhal and beluga serve as key indicator species, providing information about environmental conditions in Canada’s rapidly changing Arctic. Which is why Ocean Wise continues to place a priority on studying the whales in the field.

Narwhal

The challenge of Chronic Wasting Disease: Insidious, Dire, and Urgent

The cervine (deer) version of ‘mad cow disease’ is threatening Western Canada’s deer, elk, moose, and caribou populations. Like ‘mad cow disease’, chronic wasting disease (CWD) is an infectious protein or ‘prion’ disease. It is always fatal.


Project FeederWatch Celebrates 30 Years of Fun and Science

Project FeederWatch celebrated its 30th anniversary last winter, thanks to dedicated participants who observe birds at their feeders.


780 KENNELS Improves Edmonton’s Dog Kennel Industry

Edmonton's traditional standards for dog kennels have now been exceeded by 780 KENNELS adhering to Alberta's Building Code for residential grade dwellings when building their new dog kennels.


Sea Shepherd Release Powerful Video on the Same Day Japan Begins its Annual Dolphin Hunt

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has released a video about dolphin captivity today, the same day that Japan begins its annual six-month dolphin drive in Taiji.


Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre has a Record-Breaking Rescue Season

It has been an epic season of animal rescues for the team at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, presented by Port Metro Vancouver, with almost 200 stranded, sick and injured marine mammals saved from B.C.’s coastal waters, and one endangered beluga whale returned to the ocean on Canada’s east coast. And it’s not over yet.


Rescued Sea Otter Pup Hardy Moves Into Nursery At Vancouver Aquarium

Hardy, the male sea otter pup rescued in June from waters near northern Vancouver Island, has now moved into the nursery at the Vancouver Aquarium, an Ocean Wise initiative, to continue receiving 24-hour care from the sea otter experts on site.

Sea Otter Pup Hardy

Outlining the Secret for Penguin Chick Success

The Calgary Zoo is pleased to announce the arrival of three new penguin chicks thanks to the long-term thinking of the zoo’s dedicated Animal Care team.


Unprecedented right whale deaths in Gulf of St. Lawrence requires government action

Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada, released the following statement:


Come Nose to Snout with Steller Sea Lions at Vancouver Aquarium's New Steller’s Bay Exhibit

Come nose to snout with Steller sea lions at Steller’s Bay, a new exhibit that spotlights these majestic and mysterious creatures, starting July 1 only at Vancouver Aquarium.

Vancouver Aquarium Steller Sea Lion

Weeks-old Sea Otter Pup in Care at Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre

A tiny male sea otter pup - estimated to be just two to four weeks old - is now in 24-hour care at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, after concerned members of the public found it swimming alone in open water off northern Vancouver Island on Sunday. Although the pup appears healthy, he requires care night and day from the Rescue Centre team, just as he would from his mother. Staff and volunteers are spending shifts feeding, bathing and grooming the newborn pup, which has not yet been named.

male sea otter pup

Vancouver Park Board turns its back on whales, dolphins and porpoises that require rescue and ongoing care

Dr. John Nightingale, President and CEO, Vancouver Aquarium statement re: The proposed bylaw wording released yesterday by the Vancouver Park Board.


Survey Shows Overwhelming Public Support for Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Program

94% of British Columbians, 95% of Metro Vancouver residents agree that the Aquarium should provide a long-term home to injured, sick cetaceans if DFO determines that the animal cannot survive in the wild.


Proposed Vancouver Park Board bylaw places injured and orphaned whales and other marine mammals at risk

Vancouver Aquarium seeks public support to maintain Marine Mammal Rescue Program and care for non-releasable whales, porpoises and dolphins.


Toronto Zoo Is Committed To Saving & Protecting Endangered Canadian Species

The Vancouver Island marmot (VIM), is one of the most critically endangered animals in the world, and is Canada's MOST endangered mammal.


Clam Counter App Launch

Spring has officially sprung and as the temperature continues to climb Canadians will be sitting on the dock enjoying summer in no time. How will you be keeping your kids amused while at the lake or hiking along streams this summer? The Clam Counter App is the answer and the Toronto Zoo and Fisheries and Oceans Canada need YOU! You can help save these critically endangered freshwater mussels without even getting your feet wet.


Dogs Can Be More Than Just A Child’s Best Friend

1 in 65 children will be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder this year making it the most commonly diagnosed neurological disorder in Canada. One reason this diagnosis terrifies parents is because 50% of these children will wander off and go missing at some point in their life as per the American Academy of Pediatrics. Autism Dog Services (ADS) aims to protect this vulnerable segment of the population by providing them with an autism service dog to help watch and comfort them.

Autism Dog Services

Meewasin Pelican Watch - The Pelicans Have Landed

The first official pelican to touch down between the CP Bridge and the weir did so Sunday, April 2, at 6:25 pm, as witnessed by Meewasin's official spotters from the Saskatoon Nature Society.


Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre Deeply Disappointed in Park Board Decision

We are deeply disappointed and disagree with the Vancouver Park Board's proposed amendment to the Parks Control By-laws to prohibit the importation and display of cetaceans (whales and dolphins) at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre.


Science vs. the sea lamprey

Concordia biologist Grant Brown uncovers a natural compound to combat the invasive water species.


Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre Makes New Commitments to Beluga Conservation Research

A warming planet is a hostile place for a species best suited to cold and ice. In the Arctic, the beluga whale's environment is melting, and in the St. Lawrence Estuary, human pressures have caused the whale population to dwindle to approximately 800 individuals - 6.7 per cent of what it was before 1885; it continues to drop 8 per cent a year.


New Mariner's Guide created to protect whales from ship strikes

Ship strikes, vessel disturbance, and underwater noise are key threats faced by whales, dolphins and porpoises off British Columbia's coast.


Innovative Agreement Supports Expansion of Zoo's Conservation Programs

Calgary Zoo today announced an innovative agreement with one of Canada's top veterinary clinics to assist the zoo as it expands its endangered species breeding programs.


Join the 20th Great Backyard Bird Count

A lot has changed since the first Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) was held in 1998. Each year brings unwavering enthusiasm from the growing number of participants in this now-global event.


New Online Hub Shares Needed Information on Pet Cancer

Vets estimate that one in four dogs, at some stage in their life, will develop cancer, and 50% of dogs over the age of 10 will develop cancer - that according to the Veterinary Cancer Society.


S.A.G.A. Media Productions Will Launch White Lion the indie Movie Project to Save Exotic Animals From Extinction!

WHITE LION INDIE MOVIE PROJECT Launches On Indiegogo.com Kickstarter.com and Avaaz.com To Create An Incredible Awareness to Endangered Species of Exotic Wild Animals that are drifting off into Extinction! The Main Objective Will be to Prevent Poaching and Push All Governments to Change and Toughen the Laws on All Exotic Animal Poachers and Animal Parts Traders In Order to Save Animals' Dwindling Numbers from Certain Death of all those Endangered Species! Please HELP with the Cause! Thank, you and God Bless!

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