Month: December 2020

Left behind: How to prepare pets for a post-pandemic life


In this photo provided by Kate Hilts, her cat, Potato looks up at her April 29, 2020, in Washington. Cats who were practicing social distancing years before we knew what it was have become attracted to Zoom calls, are following their humans around the house, and even allow themselves to be cuddled. And remember “All Dogs Go to Heaven?” With their humans at home 24/7, many are already living it. Relationships between pets and people are changing during the pandemic, possibly permanently. (Kate Hilts via AP)


Sometime in 2021, probably for many more than a year after

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Alaska Airlines is banning emotional support animals as the DOT’s new rule take effect in January

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A dog flying on an airplane. Angel DiBilio/ and
  • Alaska Airlines will only allow trained service dogs to fly on its planes in 2021. 

  • A new Department of Transportation rule takes effect on January 11, 2021, that defines a service animal as a trained dog and gives airlines the flexibility to limit which animals they allow onboard.

  • Airlines have been looking to close the emotional support animal loophole for years after onboard incidents with the often untrained animals. 

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Alaska Airlines is adding emotional support animals to its no-fly list.

Starting on January

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Make sure to bring your pets indoors on New Year’s Eve | Critter Corner

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS5) — New Year’s Eve is one of the most dangerous nights of the year for pets. Fireworks and other loud noises can spook pets and send them running off. 

Fireworks send influx of missing pets to The Maricopa County Animal Shelter

When The Maricopa County Animal Shelter opened its doors Wednesday morning, there were already several people waiting outside to return pets they found. Other were there looking for a pet that was missing.

The Arizona Humane Society (AHS) cautions pet owners to bring dogs and cats indoors Thursday night, and keep them in a safe, escape-proof space as the clock ticks closer to midnight.

Ringing in the

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Senate Investigation Finds Obama Admin Knowingly Funded al-Qaeda Affiliate

Non-profit humanitarian agency World Vision United States improperly transacted with the Islamic Relief Agency (ISRA) in 2014 with approval from the Obama administration, sending government funds to an organization that had been sanctioned over its ties to terrorism, according to a new report.Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) recently released a report detailing the findings of an investigation his staff began in February 2019 into the relationship between World Vision and ISRA.The probe found that World Vision was not aware that ISRA had been sanctioned by the

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Alaska Airlines Announces Ban on Emotional Support Animals from All Flights


Alaska Airlines will soon no longer allow emotional support animals (ESAs) on any flights.

According to a release from the airline, the decision was made “following recent changes to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) rules.” In early December, DOT announced, among other changes, that airlines are allowed to treats ESAs as pets, not as service animals. This distinction allows airlines to strip ESAs of the privileges that are given to service animals onboard flights — which include boarding for free, ignoring weight, size, and capacity restrictions placed on passenger pets traveling in the cabin, and sitting outside of

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