Some of the week’s top headlines in the animal world…
Peek-A-Boo, I Hope No One Sees You!
According to a story from Tribune Media Services, many travelers are attempting to sneak their pets onto flights and into hotels. While there are no exact numbers (because if no one noticed, it didn’t happen, right?), many travelers are hissed off at the high surcharges that airplanes and hotels force on their compawions. The story goes on to state that airlines charge such high rates because they are trying to “discourage” passengers from bringing pets, while hotels are worried about people that are allergic to animals. Hmm, I may be a little biased here, but I would rather sit next to a dog or a cat than most people on an airplane. You can check out the full article here: http://www.cnn.com/2010/TRAVEL/05/13/travel.with.pets/index.html
Shelters Gaining Popularity
The majority of Americans now say that they plan on adopting their next pet from a shelter. An Associated Press-Petside.com poll found that only 8 percent plan on purchasing a pet from a pet store, while 23 percent will purchase a pet from a breeder. If accurate, the poll could mean that shelters will be seeing more adoptions in the coming years, as only 30 percent of those polled said their current pet was a rescue.
Beware of Katherine
Think it’s OK to abuse animals? Think again. Not only is the law coming after you, so is Katherine Heigl. The superstar is using her fame to fight animal abuse. The Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, founded by Heigl and her mother, is offering rewards to people who come forward with information about animal abuse. Katherine spoke about the plan last week after learning of a pit bull who was discovered last month with his legs tied together in a muddy field. The Heigl Foundation helped find a new home for the pup and his owner was arrested.
Poor Little Piggy
A pot-bellied pig may get an eviction notice unless an Arkansas judge decides otherwise. Wilferd Kallhoff is fighting to keep his pet pig Joker. The town of Mountain Home, Ark. is demanding that Joker leave, saying that he isn’t allowed to reside within city limits. Kallhoff, who is 78, keeps Joker indoors most of the time. Neighbors complained, however, and now the town is demanding the pig leave the premises. The local police gave Joker five days to find a new home, but Kallhoff is going to court, hoping that a judge will let his best buddy stay.