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Pandemic gives rise to drive-through pet blessings in The Philippines

Pandemic gives rise to drive-through pet blessings in The Philippines

Pet parents in the Philippines had their pets blessed via a drive-through ceremony this past Sunday to mark World Animal Day and the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. Amid rising cases in the country, drivers brought their pets to a Catholic priest and from a safe distance inside their owners’ cars, the animals, which included cats, dogs, and birds, were sprinkled with holy water by the priest in Manila, reports Reuters. The Philippines has…

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A Labrador is helping Colombians shop by making deliveries to their doorsteps

A Labrador is helping Colombians shop by making deliveries to their doorsteps

Eight-year-old chocolate Labrador Eros trots through the city of Medellin, Colombia several times a day with a straw basket in his jaws, taking vegetables, fruit and packaged foods to customers of the El Porvenir mini-market. The handsome pooch is paid with treats and massages of his furry head. Eros’ pet parent Maria Natividad Botero says he helps her and her family maintain social distancing while running El Porvernir. “And people love it when we send the dog,” Botero told the…

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‘Noah’s Ark’ plane brings back dozens of pets to Toronto from Cayman Islands

‘Noah’s Ark’ plane brings back dozens of pets to Toronto from Cayman Islands

A chartered ‘Noah’s Ark’ flight carrying 55 pets from the Cayman Islands landed safely in Toronto last week. The flight, which cost CAD 140,000 (USD 101,668), also transported over 90 human passengers and was nicknamed the Noah’s Ark Project. According to CBC, Nikole Poirier, a Canadian who lives in the Cayman Islands, says she made calls to the Canadian consulate after learning that pets were not allowed to go home with their human parents on the only repatriation flight to…

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The Guide to Social Distancing With Your Dog: Dogfriendly.com

The Guide to Social Distancing With Your Dog: Dogfriendly.com

As dogs all over the world are happy that their pet parents are home so much more during the lockdown and taking them on walks, dogs during this time need to stay on leashes more than ever as they can create more human to human contact. By visiting with other dogs, your dog will bring you close to the other dog parents and visa versa. Also, although there is no evidence of dogs catching coronavirus, they are certainly capable of…

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Dogs are being trained to sniff coronavirus at UK airports

Dogs are being trained to sniff coronavirus at UK airports

Six dogs are being assessed and trained to detect Covid-19 in passengers at UK airports once the lockdown measures are relaxed. Charity Medical Detection Dogs hopes the dogs will play a vital role in preventing further spread of the pandemic in future.  The six dogs, Norman, Digby, Storm, Star, Jasper and Asher are ready to be assessed to work on a project to train dogs to detect the virus, and their noses could pick up its scent in as little as 6 to 8…

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UK: Which online pet shops are still delivering food and essentials?

UK: Which online pet shops are still delivering food and essentials?

During the UK lockdown, the government deemed pet stores as essential retail stores which means they are still open. So while you can still drive to the shops to grab essentials, online shopping is an option if you are unable to make it to the shops. The Independent put together a list of pet shops that are still delivering during the lockdown. Pets at Home. NHS workers receive a 10% discount. Online orders are expected to experience delays. The shops…

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US retail pet industry forecast to drop 17% due to coronavirus pandemic

US retail pet industry forecast to drop 17% due to coronavirus pandemic

While the US pet industry was able to resist the Great Recession of 2008-09, the retail pet industry is set to take a 17% hit due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to data from Packaged Facts. The data forecasts that total US retail sales of pet products and services will decline by 17% in 2020, compared with the 5% growth anticipated before the coronavirus pandemic hit. These projections translate to a drop of $78.5 billion in 2020 compared to $95.0…

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Coronavirus Crisis sees more dogs and cats finding loving homes

Coronavirus Crisis sees more dogs and cats finding loving homes

There is some positive news amid the current coronavirus crisis and lockdowns. The number of people adopting pets across the world is soaring. According to UK-based animal shelter Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, more than 150 Battersea dogs and cats found loving new homes last week as the UK public opened their doors and hearts to rescue pets amid the coronavirus health crisis. “At such a challenging time, Battersea saw a small ray of hope as its staff managed to…

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Dog working from home during crisis? There’s an Instagram account for that!

Dog working from home during crisis? There’s an Instagram account for that!

Instagram account @DogsWorkingFromHome made its first post during the onset of the coronavirus crisis, and already has hundreds of submissions, according to The Guardian. The coronavirus outbreak has meant that many countries across the world are having their employees work from home to slow the spread of the disease. This means colleagues can out each other’s pets during video conferences. Mark Polchleb, a brand manager from Melbourne, thought this pet video conferencing experience deserved its own home online.  “I just…

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