More than 1 billion animals killed by Australian wildfires

More than 1 billion animals killed by Australian wildfires

Chris Dickman, a professor of ecology at the University of Sydney, revised his estimate of 480 million animals affected by the fires, saying on Wednesday that more than 800 million animals have likely been killed in the Australian state of New South Wales alone.

Hunt to find owners who dumped ‘skin and bones’ dog in street

Hunt to find owners who dumped ‘skin and bones’ dog in street

The poor dog was close to death and was severely underweight (Picture: Northumberland County Council/SWNS)Tiggy is now being cared for in a foster home organised through Berwick Animal Rescue Kennels where she is on a special diet to help her regain some weight.

Man prescribed emotional support dog faces eviction for having a ‘pet’

Man prescribed emotional support dog faces eviction for having a ‘pet’

Christopher Palmer, 63, says he wouldn’t be able to leave the house without his beagle Tammy (Picture: SWNS)A man with severe mental health issues faces eviction after doctors prescribed him an emotional support dog.

A dog 'drove' in circles for over an hour — see the video

A dog 'drove' in circles for over an hour — see the video

Max accidentally hit the gear stick into reverse, locking the owner out of the car and causing the vehicle to circle the cul-de-sac for nearly an hour.

Clever dog rings doorbell at 2am after getting locked out

Clever dog rings doorbell at 2am after getting locked out

Robert accidentally left Chika outside when he was locking up for the evening but thankfully, he heard the doorbell and woke up to find his pet sat on the porch.

Cats are just as loyal to their owners as dogs, study finds

Cats are just as loyal to their owners as dogs, study finds

Researchers from Oregon State University say they have found that, just like children and dogs, cats form emotional attachments to their caregivers including something known as “secure attachment” – when the presence of a caregiver helps them to feel secure and calm.

‘He brought me a tissue when I was ill’: the moment readers realised their cat loves them

‘He brought me a tissue when I was ill’: the moment readers realised their cat loves them

Many cat owners will know this already, of course, so we asked Guardian readers to tell us about the moment they realised their pets really loved them.“About a week after we got him, I came home from work.

Tell us about the moment you realised your cat loved you

Tell us about the moment you realised your cat loved you

If you have lived with a cat we’d like to hear your stories about when you discovered they returned your affection.If so we’d like to hear your stories about the moment you realised your cat really loved you.

Cow cuddling lets people relax with help of friendly bovines

Cow cuddling lets people relax with help of friendly bovines

It’s received so much attention in recent months that people have been driving for hours for the chance to embrace, brush and talk to the sociable bovines, said owner Suzanne Vullers.Every "cow cuddling" session is different: Some people like to sit quietly with the animals; others talk to them.

Delaware is the first no-kill state for shelter animals in US

Delaware is the first no-kill state for shelter animals in US

Linda Torelli, director of marketing for the Brandywine Valley SPCA, which has three locations in Delaware and cares for more than 14,000 animals each year, credited a multipronged approach with helping the First State achieve no-kill status — and its citizens.“The community in Delaware is very oriented to pet advocacy, so we had their support,” she told TODAY.

New York becomes first state to ban cat declawing

New York becomes first state to ban cat declawing

— New York became the first U.S. state to ban the declawing of cats Monday, joining most of Europe, several Canadian provinces and a growing list of American cities that already prohibit a procedure animal advocates call cruel and unnecessary.

Dog treats linked to salmonella infection in people

Dog treats linked to salmonella infection in people

Pig ear dog treats are linked to at least 45 cases of salmonella infection in people, according to the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This celebrity dog has over a million followers! Here’s her heart touching story

This celebrity dog has over a million followers! Here’s her heart touching story

Not to miss, she has a special book titled ‘Marnie the Dog: I’m a Book’ dedicated to her that has a special collection of her photos along with some hilarious captions.

New study says cats respond to the sound of their own names

New study says cats respond to the sound of their own names

A new study suggests household cats can respond to the sound of their own names. Vitale, who said she has trained cats to respond to verbal commands, agreed that the new results don't mean that cats assign a sense of self to their names.

Meghan Markle charity SAVES 'shaking, scared and starving' dog on brink of death

Meghan Markle charity SAVES 'shaking, scared and starving' dog on brink of death

When Tess arrived at Mayhew – the London animal home established in 1886 and which received Meghan’s royal patronage at the beginning of the year – she was in a pitiful state, weighing a fraction of the healthy weight of a German Shepherd and could barely stand.

California becomes first US state to only sell rescued animals in pet shops

California becomes first US state to only sell rescued animals in pet shops

California is set to become the first US state to ban the sale of cats, dogs and rabbits in pet shops unless they are from rescue centres. Known as AB 485, under the new rules pet shop operators will have to provide records of each animal’s origin or face a $500 (£391) penalty.

Californian law change means pet shops can sell only rescued animals

Californian law change means pet shops can sell only rescued animals

The change means cats, dogs and rabbits sold by retailers cannot be sourced from breeders, only from animal shelters. A couple hoping to adopt a cat from a San Diego shelter on Friday, told NBC News the move was a step forward for the state.

California will soon require pet stores to only sell rescue dogs and cats

California will soon require pet stores to only sell rescue dogs and cats

Originally approved in October of 2017 by Governor Jerry Brown, a new state law will go into place on January 1, 2019 that requires all pet stores to get dogs, cats, and rabbits from rescue organizations rather than breeders.

The Top 5 States for Pet Obesity

The Top 5 States for Pet Obesity

According to recent statistics, compiled in the 2013 Banfield State of Pet Health Report , pet obesity is increasing at an alarming rate.

'Just DESPICABLE' Tragedy as 'skeleton' bulldog left to die under a bush

'Just DESPICABLE' Tragedy as 'skeleton' bulldog left to die under a bush

RSPCA Inspector David McAdam said the bulldog was suffering some of the worst health problems he has ever witnessed when the pet was found in a remote area of countryside near Blidworth, Nottinghamshire, last week.