Let's face it, lots of people don't need a thing this holiday season. They have plenty of bottles of wine, more pairs of pajamas than they can wear and all the latest electronic gadgets. So, what do you do? How about donating to a charity in a friend or relative's name? As an added bonus, you'll be giving yourself the gift of a tax deduction.
If you have a cat, I'm certain your kitty has been touched by research funded by the
--After my cat, Ricky, died in 2002 due to feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (there's no cure or effective treatment for this often fatal heart disease), I began Winn's
--Dogs experience heart problems of their own. Chronic Valvular Disease is often fatal, killing dogs of all breeds but is especially rampant in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Dachshunds. Journalist
--No one ever wants to see baby animals die. Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) is always fatal, and according to Dr.
The need is indisputable, since about one in every four dogs dies of cancer.
"Cancers occurring in kids and dogs are often almost identical," Gorlick notes. "If the dogs benefit by new therapies, odds are children will, too. For example, osteosarcoma (bone cancer) is common in large dogs, and occurs it acts pretty much the same when it occurs in children." Make a donation in a dog's name or a person's name at www.curecaninecancer.org, or 800-243-2345.
--Also consider a donation to support the good work of the
Of course, you could also help out your local animal shelter either in dollars or time spent volunteering.
Should We Worry About Pets Catching H1N1
The fact that a single cat came down with the H1N1 is fascinating to scientists, veterinary infectious disease researchers and human virologists, but is this truly significant at all?
The National Dog Show, presented by Purina, will air in a two-hour special on Thanksgiving Day, following the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC, 12 p.m. ET. Arguably, even more than the legendary parade, the dog show, hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia, has a little something for one everyone in the family. That's a rarity on TV these days
Cat Microchipping Effort Breaks Record
Breaking the Guinness record book -- or maybe it's a Garfield record book -- 59,074 cats were microchipped and enrolled in the HomeAgain Pet Recovery Program from June through August. For the second consecutive summer, HomeAgain donated $1 per cat 'chipped to the non-profit Winn Feline Foundation.
Celebrating Feral Cats
Domestic cats have been living with people for around for about 10,000 years, according to recently uncovered archeological evidence. Sometimes the cats provide great benefit. Credit cats for killing rats who spread the Great Plague. Today, we know living with housecats is beneficial for our health
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