In a recent rescue effort, 117 cats taken from woman’s home, over 30 remain

The Humane Society found over 150 cats in one woman's homeThe Humane Society recently rescued more than 100 cats from a woman’s home in Madras, Oregon.

What started as a woman’s effort to rescue cats grew amounted in more 150 felines occupying her home. Overwhelmed by the large amount, the woman called the local humane society in hopes they would come take some off her hands, according to KTVZ.com.

"Every bedroom had cages full of cats – there were some out on the back porch, they were in cupboards – we were finding them everywhere," Karen Szymanski, of the Humane Society of Central Oregon, told the news source.

Because they didn’t have enough space, the organization could only take 117 cats, and planned to come back for the rest in the next couple of weeks when space opens up.

All of the felines are reportedly in good cat health, however, leading the Humane Society to be hopeful that adoptions can begin to take place soon.

If you’re looking for a pet this holiday season, you might want to consider picking a cat from a local animal shelter. The most recent animal shelter statistics show that in 1997, 71 percent of cats that enter animal shelters are euthanized, according to the American Humane Society.ADNFCR-2720-ID-19529424-ADNFCR

Cat journeys over 1,400 miles after stowing away on a ferry

Ferry workers were stunned to find the furry stowawayOne cat recently experienced a trip most people can only dream of, a trip from Hampshire, England, to Spain.

The orange cat, named Sandi, went missing after it was let outside to roam around by its owners. Sandi ended up on a ferry and was discovered when crewmembers spotted him wandering the car deck.

When they took the feline to the vet to ensure it was in good cat health, a microchip revealed that Sandi was registered in the United Kingdom. Taking special care of the cat on the journey home, crew members set Sandi up in his own cabin with a sea view and fed him a special menu of salmon, chicken and milk, according to the news source.

Sandi’s owner Tim Austin explained he and his wife were starting to give up hope when the cat didn’t return the next morning.

"When we didn’t hear anything for a few days we thought he may have been caught by a fox or runover," Austin told the Mail. "We were heartbroken and started to give up hope."

Sandi’s story shows the importance of having a microchip installed in your pet. If the animal is found, veterinarians can scan their barcodes to see who the owners are.ADNFCR-2720-ID-19529426-ADNFCR

First case of H1N1 found in dog

If you think you may have the swine flu, cover your coughing and sneezing around dogs, as they may also get infectedPeople fearing the dreaded swine flu may have to worry about their family dog too, as a case of the virus in a household pet in New York was recently discovered.

Animals are no strangers to the swine flu, according to the New York Post. Cases of H1N1 have previously been reported in cats and ferrets. Now, a 13-year-old mixed breed dog is suffering from the same strain that affects humans.

It’s believed that the dog contracted the virus from his owner, who tested positive for the illness, according to PetMD.com. Two different labs confirmed that the dog was infected with H1N1 with the help of blood tests.

The dog has since recovered from the illness, but the case serves as a cautionary tale to other dog owners.

Because it appears that humans can pass illnesses onto their pets, to keep your furry friend in perfect dog health you should consider covering coughs and sneezes, wash your hands frequently, and try to stay away from your pets until 24 hours after your fever breaks, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.ADNFCR-2720-ID-19526957-ADNFCR

How to keep your dogs healthy and warm this winter

Keep dogs happy and healthy by brushing their furWhile many people notice that their skin changes with the cold winter weather, some may not realize that their dogs need some extra attention on their skin, too.

To keep owners current on pet care, the American Humane Association is listing ways to keep your dog’s skin healthy this winter season.

Brushing your dog helps get rid of excess skin flakes that can be itchy and can keep its fur free of parasites. All dogs should be brushed, as it may prevent mats from inhabiting their hair.

The Association also suggests inspecting your dog using your hands. Parting its fur to check for skin abnormalities may help keep your friend in good dog health.

Finally, to keep your pet shielded from the cold, you may want to consider dressing it in a coat or sweater. You don’t have to go crazy for full-blown outfits as some celebrities and dog enthusiasts are known to do, but a simple extra layer may help keep your dog warm.

Another way to keep your dog warm indoors is also popular among humans. PETCO reports that one of the top ten gifts for pets is a dog Snuggie.ADNFCR-2720-ID-19526954-ADNFCR

Certain mushrooms could be detrimental to dog health

It may be a good idea to watch what your dog eats while outsideEven for dogs in perfect health, eating death cap mushrooms could lead to an early demise, which is why owners should take extra precaution in looking for the dangerous fungus around their yard.

Death cap mushrooms, or amanita phalloides, could result in liver failure or even death for dogs, according to SNDailyJournal.com. Scott Delucchi of the Peninsula Humane Society told the news source that it might be a good idea for dog owners to pay close attention to their canine friends when they’re outside, especially when they’re off the leash, as they could ingest something that could be detrimental to dog health.

Phyllis McArthur told the news provider that her dog Maggie was healthy and happy until she ingested the deadly fungus.

"The symptoms are devastating," McArthur told the news provider. "There isn’t enough money in the world to save your pet once the symptoms are apparent. In two days we had already accrued $3,000 in vet bills. We would have continued to pay more if we thought we could save her. Sadly she never had a chance."

Petplace.com suggests that owners should look for symptoms such as vomiting, seizures and excessive salvation, as they could be signs of mushroom poisoning.ADNFCR-2720-ID-19524577-ADNFCR

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