San Diego Union-Tribune: To reunite lost pets with their owners, the San Diego Humane Society turns to texting

San Diego Union-Tribune: To reunite lost pets with their owners, the San Diego Humane Society turns to texting. “To help reunite thousands of pets who are lost each year with their owners, the San Diego Humane Society launched a new cell phone texting program Tuesday to give San Diegans tips on how to find their missing pets sooner. Lost2Found, a one-way communication system, provides automated texts with step-by-step instructions over a two-month period to help people know what to do as they search.”

PR Newswire: Mars Petcare and the Broad Institute create open-access database of dog and cat genomes to advance preventive pet care (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: Mars Petcare and the Broad Institute create open-access database of dog and cat genomes to advance preventive pet care (PRESS RELEASE). “Mars Petcare is partnering with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, a world leader in the genetic and molecular analysis of diseases, to create one of the largest open access cat and dog genome databases in the world. Genomes from 10,000 dogs and 10,000 cats enrolled in the MARS PETCARE BIOBANK™ initiative will be sequenced over the next 10 years. Insights from the open access database can help advance individualized pet health care for future generations of dogs and cats.”

BusinessWire: Nextdoor Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of Treat Map With New, Pet-friendly Halloween Features

BusinessWire: Nextdoor Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of Treat Map With New, Pet-friendly Halloween Features (PRESS RELEASE). “Neighbors have the ability to pin their home on the Treat Map and can then explore the interactive local guide to find their favorite streets for treats and Halloween decor. For the first time, a unique pet-friendly pin will be available to neighbors in the U.S., ensuring pet owners or pet-welcoming neighbors can include their furry friends in the trick-or-treating fun.”

American Kennel Club: AKC Launches Digital Library To Commemorate Anniversary

American Kennel Club: AKC Launches Digital Library To Commemorate Anniversary. “The digital library will include the entire run of the AKC Gazette from 1889 to the present day. The AKC Gazette is the longest continuously published dog magazine in America and one of the oldest sporting publications in the country. Users can also search a collection of historic Show Catalogs from 1887 – 1983, including the very first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show catalog from 1877. New collections will be added to the digital library in 2023. All content is made available without fees and is fully text-searchable thanks to Optical Character Recognition in PDF files, which makes the library user-friendly.”

PR Newswire: ASPCA Collaborates with the NC State University Libraries to Digitize Over 150,000 Pages of Historical Animal Welfare Archival Material (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: ASPCA Collaborates with the NC State University Libraries to Digitize Over 150,000 Pages of Historical Animal Welfare Archival Material (PRESS RELEASE). “Today, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) and the NC State University Libraries announced the completion of a three-year, grant-funded project to digitize the ASPCA Historical Archive – a curated collection of more than 150,000 pages of archival material, including annual reports, journals, scrapbooks, photos, and publications that provide a timeline of the work and influence of the ASPCA since its founding on April 10, 1866.”

Mashable: It’s not too late to socialize your pandemic puppy

Mashable: It’s not too late to socialize your pandemic puppy. “Along with separation anxiety, socialization is a behavioral challenge that many ‘pandemic puppies’ are now facing. Introducing your puppy to new experiences is a critical part of their development. Simple things like having friends over to your house, taking your puppy out to a pet-friendly restaurant, or going to in-person puppy classes are all ways to socialize your pup — and all are experiences they may have missed out on when we sheltered in place.”

CNET: Stepan the Internet-Famous Cat Escapes Ukraine, Finds Safety

CNET: Stepan the Internet-Famous Cat Escapes Ukraine, Finds Safety. “Stepan is pure vibes. He’s a 13-year-old tabby cat with more than a million followers on TikTok who relish videos of him cooly leaning against a counter with a drink, while colored lights dance on the wall, looking like his night out at the club is winding down. Stepan is also Ukrainian, which means his life and the life of his favorite human, who goes by Anna on the app, have been utterly upended since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began Feb. 24.”

Mashable: I got a dog. My online life changed overnight.

Mashable: I got a dog. My online life changed overnight. . “The instant I got my dog — a lovely, adorable puppy named Henry — my entire online life changed. My TikTok For You Page (FYP) was suddenly dog video after dog video. My Instagram ads were entirely for dog-related products. Twitter was…still a cesspool of my own choosing, so at least there was that. But life pre-Henry was totally different online. I had interests. I jogged, I air fried, I liked NBA basketball, I spent way too much time thinking about grilling. These interests were all displaced by the algorithms practically screaming ‘YOU HAVE A DOG!’”

Drexel Now: What It’s Like Making Your Cat Famous on TikTok

Drexel Now: What It’s Like Making Your Cat Famous on TikTok. “You watch an orange tabby cat tug on a tea bag string dangling over the side of a mug, almost pulling the drink off the counter. Then you see the cat sprawled on top of the refrigerator door, unwilling to move so it can be closed. Next thing you know, the cat is knocking a wine glass over, pushing a picture frame on the wall, and trying (and failing) to climb up a window. Sometimes that’s a day in the life for Herman the cat and Patricia Kraus, his owner.”

Reuters: Hong Kong to cull hamsters after COVID-19 found in pet shop

Reuters: Hong Kong to cull hamsters after COVID-19 found in pet shop. “Hong Kong ordered a cull of 2,000 hamsters on Tuesday and warned pet owners not to kiss animals after a cluster of COVID-19 cases was traced to a pet shop. The outbreak of Delta variant cases in humans linked to the shop worker prompted tests on hundreds of animals in the Chinese-ruled territory, with 11 hamsters showing up positive.”

PsyPost: Dog owners report fewer depression symptoms and a greater sense of social support during the pandemic

PsyPost: Dog owners report fewer depression symptoms and a greater sense of social support during the pandemic. “Pet dogs may be helping people cope during the COVID-19 crisis, according to findings from a study published in the journal PLOS One. When surveyed during the pandemic, dog owners reported fewer depression symptoms and a stronger sense of social support compared to people without dogs.”

CNET: When can pets get the COVID vaccine?

CNET: When can pets get the COVID vaccine?. “They’re man’s best friend (or good acquaintance, if you’re talking about a cat), and they might stick like glue to your side while you recover from the worst of illnesses, including COVID-19. But research throughout the pandemic has shown that pets and other animals can catch the coronavirus – according to the US Department of Agriculture more than 15 species of animals, including domestic pets and wild animals, have contracted COVID-19. So will your dog or cat be able to get a COVID vaccine?”

Google Blog: Paws meet machine learning with Pet Portraits

Google Blog: Paws meet machine learning with Pet Portraits. “Today we are introducing Pet Portraits, a way for your dog, cat, fish, bird, reptile, horse, or rabbit to discover their very own art doubles among tens of thousands of works from partner institutions around the world. Your animal companion could be matched with ancient Egyptian figurines, vibrant Mexican street art, serene Chinese watercolors, and more.”