Month: August 2020

I’m A Grown Woman And I Still Sleep With A Stuffed Animal

The author's George is a stuffed hound with floppy ears who prefers to maintain his privacy. This is a teddy bear. (Photo: Chris White via Getty Images)
The author’s George is a stuffed hound with floppy ears who prefers to maintain his privacy. This is a teddy bear. (Photo: Chris White via Getty Images)

I lie in bed struggling with each breath, a damp washcloth across my forehead. I’m tucked under the sheets, every muscle in my body on fire as COVID-19 rages through me. I look at the small bag sitting by the door packed with necessities and wonder if George will be allowed to come with me to the hospital if my symptoms worsen. He is right beside me, my only comfort.

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St. John Animal Rescue Raising Money to Save Hundreds of Pets Facing Death in the Caribbean

Anne Bequette Photography, https://www.stjcreative.com/

The Animal Care Center (ACC) of St. John is working to help the “silent victims” “across the Caribbean” that are deeply affected by the halt in the stateside transportation of animals due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

According to a release from The Animal Care Center of St. John, Caribbean animal shelters are “understaffed, underfunded and overcrowded,” with some now at “four times their capacity,” and are greatly feeling the effects of restrictions put in place because of the pandemic. Caribbean shelters are now reaching the point where they may have to euthanize animals they

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30 IL Counties At ‘Warning Level’ As State Adds 2,149 New Cases

ILLINOIS — State health officials announced on Friday 2,149 new cases of the coronavirus and 20 additional deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus. The statewide totals now stand at 229,483 confirmed infections and 7,997 known deaths. Another 1,417 probable cases and 209 probable deaths are not included in the official totals.

The latest deaths include:

  • Cook County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 4 males 80s, 1 female 90s

  • DuPage County: 1 male 70s

  • Hancock County: 1 female 80s

  • Jefferson County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 90s

  • Lake County: 1 female 80s, 1

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California hotels and communities are hosting people’s pets and offering free or discounted housing to help those impacted by wildfires

A member of the Airbnb Open Homes program. 

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A member of the Airbnb Open Homes program.
  • While wildfires burn across California, communities and hospitality organizations are coming together to help house evacuees.

  • Some areas are opening up more hotel rooms and lodging to evacuees, and others are offering reduced rates to those in need.

  • Airbnb is also offering free shelter through its Open Homes program, and Wag Hotels will host furry friends.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

As wildfires continue to burn across California, local communities are coming together to offer evacuees steeply discounted lodging at hotels and opening up their

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Find Your New Furry Best Friend on These Pet Adoption Websites

Photo credit: Westend61
Photo credit: Westend61

From Woman’s Day

Whether it’s a longing for companionship or extra time to kill, something about 2020 is making a lot of people consider getting a pet. Shelters, nonprofit rescues, private breeders, and pet stores have all seen a spike in demand for dogs since the COVID-19 pandemic began, The Washington Post reported. Although you could always buy a pet at your local store or through a breeder, adopting a pet allows you to give a home to an otherwise unwanted animal. And the good news is there are plenty of pet adoption websites where you can

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