Pet+ER of Towson gives matching gift to March for the Animals

Pet+ER of Towson gives matching gift to March for the Animals

The Maryland SPCA’s 19th annual March for the Animals, scheduled for April 27, received a kickstart in the form of a challenge gift of $5,000 from Pet+ER of Towson.

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Dog allegedly given poisoned sausage in Hampden

Dog allegedly given poisoned sausage in Hampden

A Hampden woman says someone apparently attempted to poison her dog by giving it sausage stuffed with Tylenol on Saturday evening.

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Most popular dog and cat breeds

Most popular dog and cat breeds

People are passionate about pet breeds. While an increasing number of animal lovers list "rescue" as their favorite breed (and go, you!), many stick with the breed they grew up with or carefully researched before adding a furry friend to the family.

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PETS PICTURES

Adoptable pets at Baltimore-area shelters [Pictures]

Adoptable pets at Baltimore-area shelters [Pictures]

Collared - Baltimore Sun readers' pets [Pictures]

Collared - Baltimore Sun readers' pets [Pictures]

Found a litter of kittens: Now what?

Found a litter of kittens: Now what?

It’s kitten season, which is the time of year animal shelters are flooded with young cats. It can be overwhelming for shelters, which can lack the space, funding, and the people to care for young kittens, some of which need to be bottle-fed every few hours, and many of which must be weaned, spayed/neutered, and then adopted.

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Dog groups get funding with Unleashed by Petco grand opening in Pikesville

Dog groups get funding with Unleashed by Petco grand opening in Pikesville

Two local dog groups will celebrate big donations this weekend when the new Unleashed by Petco hosts its grand opening in Pikesville. Pits and Rotts for Life Rescue and the Baltimore group Pets on Wheels will each receive $1,500 as part of the grand opening, to help them continue their work in the community.

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Bandana-wearing dogs set world record in Harford County

Bandana-wearing dogs set world record in Harford County

Guinness World Records certifies results

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Animal-rescuing cop becomes Baltimore's top eligible bachelor

Animal-rescuing cop becomes Baltimore's top eligible bachelor

Jon Boyer is probably going to take a lot of heat for this -- we’re sorry, Jon. But it’s really our duty to report your utter fabulousness and rock-star status as an animal rescuer. Not that the ladies of Baltimore need any reminding, apparently.

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Kitten shower March 9, gifts welcome

Kitten shower March 9, gifts welcome

Kitten season is coming! The experts at the Baltimore Humane Society say they see an explosion of newborn kittens at their shelter every spring, many of whom need round-the-clock bottle feeding and a whole lot of attentive care.

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Mill at the Mall benefits Harford Humane Society

Mill at the Mall benefits Harford Humane Society

Pet lovers in Bel Air have a new shopping option thanks to the opening of Mill at the Mall, a pet-supply boutique sharing space with the Humane Society of Harford County’s "Rescue Me!" adoption center inside Harford Mall.

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Maryland DogFest is coming up

Maryland DogFest is coming up

Ready to break out of your cabin fever? Humans and dogs are all a little antsy after this cold and snowy winter, but a great cure is coming: Mark your calendar for Maryland DogFest, March 8 and 9 at the Charles County Fairgrounds in LaPlata.

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MD SPCA offers true love for Valentine's Day

MD SPCA offers true love for Valentine's Day

Looking for love this Valentine’s Day? The Maryland SPCA can help! Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15, the MD SPCA’s Baltimore shelter will find you true love for your own price.

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Rescue dogs: Separating myth from fact

Rescue dogs: Separating myth from fact

A friend and I were talking about adopting dogs recently and she had a lot of questions about rescues -- she's nervous about bringing a second-hand dog into her family with two small children. It's something I hear a lot, and it's the No. 1 reason people tell me they buy dogs from breeders. The unknown is scary.

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Baltimore Humane Society to begin pet-food collection drive

Baltimore Humane Society to begin pet-food collection drive

To help meet growing needs, the Baltimore Humane Society has designated its Reisterstown shelter as a permanent drop-off location for donations to the Thankful Paws Mobile Pet Food Bank, launching the new initiative with a two-week donation drive starting Monday, Jan. 13.

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MD SPCA celebrates 50,000 spay, neuter procedures

MD SPCA celebrates 50,000 spay, neuter procedures

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) says spaying or neutering pets can reduce or eliminate the risk of some cancers, along with reducing their urge to mark territory, wander off and get lost, race into the street after a potential mate and be hit by a car, or become aggressive over time. So it's no wonder shelters and veterinary professionals urge pet owners to spay and neuter their dogs and cats.

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Bella and Lucy are top pet names

Bella and Lucy are top pet names

Way back in 1999, we adopted a chocolate lab named Molly. Only within about two minutes of meeting her, we knew she wasn't a Molly. This dog was serious and clingy and scared of her own shadow. So the day we adopted her, we changed her name to Mocha and she stayed Velcroed to me for the next 10 years.

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Dog owners in Fells Prospect angry over community association's advice to residents

Dog owners in Fells Prospect angry over community association's advice to residents

Residents of the Fells Prospect neighborhood have long grumbled about abandoned dog feces in their sidewalk tree pits. But when a recent community association newsletter advised members to, among other things, place pine cones or clippings from thorny plants in the pits to keep dogs out, some property owners saw red and said the suggestions were both harmful to pets and illegal.

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Dogs align with magnetic fields while pooping: study

Dogs align with magnetic fields while pooping: study

Dogs can typically smell and hear far better than their human companions. Now it appears they can sense Earth’s magnetic field too, say a team of biologists – and they show it when they poop.

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Tips to keep your pet safe in cold weather

Tips to keep your pet safe in cold weather

Despite a few warm days here and there, winter is definitely here and it's getting cold outside, which means pets need a little extra consideration.

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New York mayor vows to ban horse-drawn carriages

New York mayor vows to ban horse-drawn carriages

Horse-drawn carriages are something of an icon in and around New York City’s Central Park. But the city’s new mayor says he’s going to ban them, citing animal cruelty in the practice he finds outdated and unnecessary.

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Dog adopted on Christmas Eve is missing from Pasadena home

Dog adopted on Christmas Eve is missing from Pasadena home

A pit bull mix who got a lucky break on Christmas Eve has gone missing, and the SPCA of Anne Arundel County is trying to get her back.

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The 12 cats of Christmas [Pictures]

The 12 cats of Christmas [Pictures]

Baltimore-area shelters are filled with cats looking for homes. Here are 12 kitties looking for love.

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Ask the Pet Expert | Dog flu is going around

Ask the Pet Expert | Dog flu is going around

I'm hearing that a dog flu is going around. What symptoms should I look for, and when should I take my pet to the vet if he's sick?

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Pet-store owner seeks home for abandoned cat

Pet-store owner seeks home for abandoned cat

The UPS driver looked a little befuddled when he walked into Howl on Chestnut Ave., in Baltimore yesterday afternoon.

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Amorous Hampden cat finds true love -- and a great Christmas sweater

Amorous Hampden cat finds true love -- and a great Christmas sweater

A few weeks ago, he was a lovestruck tom cat caterwauling in front of a Hampden shop, hoping for a taste of canned food and a glimpse of Mrs. Puff, the haughty shop window she-cat. 

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Here comes Santa Paws!

Here comes Santa Paws!

Dec. 14 event benefits BARCS

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MD SPCA opening satellite center in White Marsh this weekend

MD SPCA opening satellite center in White Marsh this weekend

Looking for a little love or the purrr-fect present this year? It just got easier.

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Catsino Night this Saturday

Catsino Night this Saturday

Faux gambling night to benefit cats at Baltimore Humane Society

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Pets for Patriots

Pets for Patriots

Program matches pets with veterans and helps pay for care

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Fund established to remember 5-year-old dog lover

Fund established to remember 5-year-old dog lover

Sarah Jayne Orton of Finksburg turned 5 in May, and asked that all of her birthday gifts be donations to the Baltimore Humane Society. Her family had adopted a dog, Scooter, from the shelter before Sarah was born, and the kindergarten student at Mechanicsville Elementary School wanted to help other homeless animals.

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Charm City Cakes delivers cupcakes, kittens ... but not here

Charm City Cakes delivers cupcakes, kittens ... but not here

We're bitter and angry. But we have a darned good reason.

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Rules proposed to boost pet-food safety

Rules proposed to boost pet-food safety

Pet food manufacturers would be required to develop safety plans and adopt procedures to prevent foodborne illnesses if FDA regulations proposed today are adopted.

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FDA updates jerky-treat investigation

FDA updates jerky-treat investigation

The federal Food and Drug Administration today released an update on its investigation into jerky pet treats: As of Sept. 24, the agency says, more than 3,600 pets have become ill and 580 have died after eating the snacks.

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Mega pet-adoption event Nov. 2 and 3

Mega pet-adoption event Nov. 2 and 3

Seven Baltimore-area rescue groups will team up with Petco on Saturday, Nov. 2, and Sunday, Nov. 3, for a mega adoption event  that hopes to pair as many homeless pets with forever families as possible.

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ABOUT THE BLOGGER


Kim Fernandez is a lifelong dog lover who's currently owned by Molly, who started out as a Lab Rescue orphan and is now among the most spoiled canines on the eastern seaboard. When Kim's not throwing tennis balls at the dog park or pressuring her friends to rescue pets, she writes for a variety of magazines and websites.

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Helping your pet deal with thunder and lightning

Pet expert Steve Dale shares some tips on how to help your pet deal with thunder...

Pet expert Steve Dale shares some tips on how to help your pet deal with thunder and lightning storms.