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Pet features

The Big Number: 6,457,534 animal-related injuries at ERs

It took lions and tigers and bears to frighten the "Wizard of Oz" characters, but today those fears might very well be brought on...

A Christmas story from Tommy's Felines

GREENE — The cats and kittens of Tommy's Feral Feline Friends, just like an orphaned child, have been disappointed year after year with no...

Why do we love pets? An expert explains.

Ours is a pet-loving culture. Researchers spend a lot of time exploring what has become known as "human-animal interactions," and the pet industry spends...

Responsible Pet Care to hold open house

PARIS — Responsible Pet Care Shelter & Adoption will host a holiday open house from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15 and 16,...

The scoop on how your cat’s sandpapery tongue deep cleans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cat lovers know when kitties groom, their tongues are pretty scratchy. Using high-tech scans and some other tricks, scientists are learning...

Animal Tales: Horse trainer focuses on love, not force

AUBURN — Forced to run when he did something wrong, and later rescued from a slaughter auction, Bob was one of the most stressed-out...

Maine veterinarians offer more compassionate ways to euthanize pets

Maine veterinarians are offering more compassionate care and surroundings to make euthanizing cherished pets less traumatic.

More home appliances for pets hitting store shelves in Japan

An increasing number of home appliances for pets are hitting the shelves in Japan, such as cameras that allow owners to watch the adorable...

Freeport dog loves leaping into leaves and the internet loves her

FREEPORT — Jumping into piles of leaves is a fun way to celebrate autumn. But for Stella, a yellow Labrador retriever with 153,000 followers on Instagram,...

Dog's four-year stay at Paris shelter draws national attention

PARIS — Employees at Responsible Pet Care of Oxford Hills posted a photo on Facebook last week of a white, purebred Staffordshire bull terrier...

Ginger has been in pet shelter for 4 years and may finally get a...

PARIS (AP) — An animal shelter in Maine that recently brought attention to a dog under its care for four years has been flooded...

Secrets of the royal ravenmaster at the Tower of London

LONDON — There are some weird gigs associated with the British royal household. There's a keeper of the queen's stamps. Who knew? There's a...

Animal Tales: Dog on the job

Mowgli, left, greets Steve Burger, Rainbow Bicycle's newest employee. Mowgli is on the store's website, while Burger has yet to achieve such honor. Burger...

Meet Brady, the active Coonhound

FARMINGTON — If you are a hound lover Brady could be the dog for you. One and a half year old Brady is a Coonhound...

Michigan township allows boy with autism to keep therapy ducks

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — New guidelines will allow a 12-year-old western Michigan boy with autism to keep his ducks, which are his emotional...

Veterinary clinics add soothing touches to ease painful goodbyes

In December, Chelsea Lincoln's pet rat, Juniper, developed an incurable tumor. Lincoln then faced every pet owner's hardest realization. It was time to end...

Animal Tales: For boy with allergies, goats could not be better pets

Gabriel Munroe, 9, of Auburn plays recently with his goats in his backyard. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)AUBURN — When it became clear that Gabriel Munroe...

An ark in a bus: Driver rescues 64 dogs and cats from Hurricane Florence

There is nothing like a meal at the Waffle House after driving more than 60 animals from the South Carolina coast to southern Alabama...

Animal Tales: From Auburn K-9 to family pet, retirement suits Inka

BRUNSWICK — When she was a police dog, Inka was all about work. Tall and muscular, with a deep bark, the German shepherd protected anything...

FCAS: Adoptable pets can have new dispositions outside the shelter

FARMINGTON — Franklin County Animal Shelter is featuring Khai and Saxson as its Pets of the Week. Khai is a 3-year-old male American pitbull terrier....

Gift to give GAHS opportunity to provide enrichment to shelter pets

LEWISTON — The Greater Androscoggin Humane Society will begin a comprehensive enrichment program, thanks to a generous $5,000 gift from Priscilla Gendron. This new and...

KVHS to participate in national adoption event

AUGUSTA — Kennebec Valley Humane Society will participate in the national Clear the Shelters event by hosting Paws in the Park from 10 a.m....

FCAS: Shelter pet arrives from North Carolina

FARMINGTON — Bo, a 1-to 3-year-old male terrier mix, is the Dog of the Week at Franklin County Animal Shelter, and he has just...
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‘Administrative assistant,’ canine mother are Pets of the Week

FARMINGTON — Mama and Carra are the Pets of the Week at the Franklin County Animal Shelter. Dog of the Week, Mama, a 3- to 4-year-old unconfirmed breed, is an affectionate girl looking for an...

Mega Yard Sale to benefit Franklin County Animal Shelter

FARMINGTON — Maine's Mega Yard Sale, expected to include almost 100 sellers, will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at the Farmington Fairgrounds. Parking will be available on High Street, directly...

Five-year-old declines gifts to support Greater Androscoggin Humane Society

Kaida Gatcomb of Lewiston presented the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society with donations from her fifth birthday, on April 29. Kaida asked for donations for the pets in lieu of birthday gifts. She is pictured...
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