Five free virtual events to join online this week in lockdown

Five free virtual events to join online this week in lockdown

This week alone, there are tonnes of fantastic free virtual events taking place, from a West End musical-themed pet adoption evening, to an online celebration of all things plant-powered.

These dogs are waiting for a home in lockdown

These dogs are waiting for a home in lockdown

These angels need a home (Picture: Birmingham Dogs Home)Last week, we told you about Alfie, the adorable pup who hadn’t received a single adoption enquiry.Look at this beauty (Picture: Birmingham Dogs Home)This 10-year-old Staffie might be old, but she still likes to play and be active.

Pets for the Elderly helps seniors adopt and keep pets amid pandemic

Pets for the Elderly helps seniors adopt and keep pets amid pandemic

The goal is to have at least one participating shelter in all 50 states by the time the expanded program officially launches on Jan. 1, 2021.She said Pets for the Elderly was founded by the late Avrum Katz to help seniors feel healthier and more connected through pets and to find shelter dogs and cats forever homes.

'Sad' dog who hasn't had any adoption interest seeks a forever home

'Sad' dog who hasn't had any adoption interest seeks a forever home

The pup is eagerly awaiting an email from someone, anyone, to adopt him (Picture: Animal Rescue Cumbria)Do you have the space and love to take in a dog looking for a forever home?

Pets and pandemic: Mental Health and pandemic: Pets provide a great way to de-stress during lockdown

Pets and pandemic: Mental Health and pandemic: Pets provide a great way to de-stress during lockdown

Actress Sai Pallavi's sister Pooja Kannan always wanted to own a pet but her parents and sister would have none of it.Photographer Richard Antony, who had an iguana named Rango and a miniature pinscher, Charlie, welcomed three more pets into his life after the lockdown was declared.

30 adoptable pets get ‘courtside’ seats at NBA playoff game

30 adoptable pets get ‘courtside’ seats at NBA playoff game

During Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets, the broadcast cut to 28 dogs and two kittens and their fosters filling virtual courtside seats, with an announcement that they were all “100% adoptable and 100% adorable” and a link to learn more about adopting them.

The parrot problem: why Zoom calls are forcing people to abandon their pets

The parrot problem: why Zoom calls are forcing people to abandon their pets

The rescue charity Birdline took in 88 birds between March and September, a 70% increase on the same period last year.Well, at least the rescued birds can now be adopted by new owners with more patience.Some parrots don’t like women.

Actor Dennis Quaid Is Adopting a Virginia Shelter Cat Named 'Dennis Quaid'

Actor Dennis Quaid Is Adopting a Virginia Shelter Cat Named 'Dennis Quaid'

Hollywood actor Dennis Quaid is adopting a cat from the Lynchburg Humane Society in Virginia.“We take in about 4,000 animals a year, so we really just try to come up with creative names and just not have the same name twice,” Danielle Ulmer, Adoption Center Manager with the Lynchburg Humane Society, told WSLS.

Lonely dog given up for adoption as key worker owner had to work 12-hour shifts

Lonely dog given up for adoption as key worker owner had to work 12-hour shifts

Eight-year-old Shar Pei Bella Boo is up for adoption after her owner’s working patterns in lockdown left her anxious and lonely (Picture: Parrot & Pineapple | Pooch & Pineapple | Rophotographs)Lots of pets have enjoyed extra quality time with their owners in lockdown thanks to a move towards home-working.

Is COVID-19 just an excuse for pet abandonment?

Is COVID-19 just an excuse for pet abandonment?

Animal activist Sai Vignesh has rescued close to 12 such abandoned dogs in the past few months.Pets are abandoned on a regular basis and the coronavirus era is no exception, explains Chennai-based animal activist Shravan Krishnan.

Abandoned by families, many large dogs struggle in shelter homes in Bengaluru

Abandoned by families, many large dogs struggle in shelter homes in Bengaluru

Sam, as it turns out, was abandoned by his former pet parents, as they realised the difficulties of keeping a big dog in a family with children a tad too late.People tend to buy a breed that is trending and fashionable, and those end up in the abandonment circle,” Chinthana signs off.

World Environment Day: #WorldEnvironmentDay: Take a step towards becoming sustainable pet parents

World Environment Day: #WorldEnvironmentDay: Take a step towards becoming sustainable pet parents

I am strongly against packaged food, because some of them are really unhealthy for the pets and the environment," says Snehal.If you invest the same money on these strays, you can give a better life to so many of them at that cost, so adoption should be your go to choice," says Trisha.

Meet, 'rent' or adopt a dog through Zoom meetings

Meet, 'rent' or adopt a dog through Zoom meetings

Pedigree's Dogs on Zoom campaign helps shelters like Nashville Humane Association host virtual meet-and-greets with adoptable dogs, and sponsors adoption fees for pets adopted through the program.Michigan Animal Rescue League launched a videoconferencing fundraiser in which people can "rent" an adoptable dog, cat or kitten to appear in Zoom meetings.

Quarantine companions: 'If you can give a pet a home whilst self-isolating it’s fabulous'

Quarantine companions: 'If you can give a pet a home whilst self-isolating it’s fabulous'

As shelters brace for fewer volunteers and more surrendered animals, Australians are being urged to consider adopting or fostering.As the Covid-19 crisis progresses, RSPCA shelters around Australia have had to change their hours and take a number of other steps to protect their employees, volunteers and animals.

Dog who’s been waiting for a home for seven years begs for a ‘second chance’

Dog who’s been waiting for a home for seven years begs for a ‘second chance’

But while she’s fully trained and a lovely dog, getting Ginger adopted has been tricky, in part because she needs to be the only pet at home and can’t live with small children.

Animal shelter puts fliers on pizza boxes to help rehome dogs

Animal shelter puts fliers on pizza boxes to help rehome dogs

When the owner of the pizza shop, Mary Alloy, saw the shelter struggling, she decided to adopt a furry friend but was sad about the rest of the animals without a home.

Britain's loneliest dog is holding auditions for owners after 10 years in shelter

Britain's loneliest dog is holding auditions for owners after 10 years in shelter

After an online appeal, the dog has received hundreds of adoption requests (Picture: Triangle News )‘It takes her quite a while to build up a bond with someone but it’s always handy to have some treats to win her over.

Dogs with ticks coming out of their ears left to starve in Tenerife cave

Dogs with ticks coming out of their ears left to starve in Tenerife cave

The dogs were found in the baking sun with no food or water (Picture: CEN/@alberguevallecolino)These upsetting images show five emaciated and tick-infested dogs forced to live in a cave on the tourist island of Tenerife.

Lab animals can now be adopted instead of euthanised, FDA says

Lab animals can now be adopted instead of euthanised, FDA says

Under the updated policy, which was adopted in November but not reported by the agency until now, healthy dogs , cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and some farm animals are now permitted to be transferred to shelters and sanctuaries after they’ve been used for lab experiments.

'World's worst cat': Animal shelter's honest ad goes viral

'World's worst cat': Animal shelter's honest ad goes viral

Lowery said the shelter has tried writing honest, tongue-in-cheek ads for other animals, including one dog she described as a “counter-surfing butter stealer.” But they'd never seen as much success as they have with Perdita.