Month: January 2021

In WVa and beyond, pet adoptions soar during pandemic

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Something good came out of 2020 after all.

Sarah Tolley, the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association’s community engagement coordinator, said the shelter experienced a 40% increase in adoptions last year. That was powered by a 60% jolt at the end of June that left the shelter down with “maybe five dogs available in the kennels, no puppies at all, no kittens available and maybe a couple of adult cats.”

The majority of those animals adopted aren’t being returned to the shelter, Tolley said.

“Something that stands out more than anything is we also have fewer returns of adoptions,”

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Restoring Our Water Systems Should Be Top Priority for Biden Administration

By Katy Neusteter

The Biden-Harris transition team identified COVID-19, economic recovery, racial equity and climate change as its top priorities. Rivers are the through-line linking all of them. The fact is, healthy rivers can no longer be separated into the “nice-to-have” column of environmental progress. Rivers and streams provide more than 60 percent of our drinking water — and a clear path toward public health, a strong economy, a more just society and greater resilience to the impacts of the climate crisis.


Public Health

Wild and Scenic Merced River, California. Bob Wick / BLM

Let’s begin with COVID-19. More than

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Adorable Adoptable Pets Of The Week In The Waukesha Area

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As Dems Stress About Impeachment Trial, Trump Plots Revenge

Andrew BurtonCongressional Democrats can’t wait to get started on the agenda of the new president—but their attempt to clean up the mess the last one left behind is threatening to delay that work before it even begins.When the House of Representatives impeached Donald Trump for inciting the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol—with unanimous Democratic and even some Republican support—it set into motion the constitutional inevitability of a trial in the Senate, a process triggered as soon as the article of impeachment arrives in the upper chamber.On

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Alpacas get snotty when they don’t get their way

Some sprung for a Peloton, or a new puppy — but for these friends, it was a trio of alpacas. 

As far as pandemic purchases, Melanie Hinze and Melanie Ramos’ take the cake. The pals from Germany bought three alpacas, Elvis, Teddy and Puschel in July, and have been documenting the fluffy creatures for their Instagram page. Now, their 1,300 followers are going crazy for the human-like animals. 

“We . . . leave the stressful everyday life behind when we go for a walk with them or when we feed them briefly,” Hinze, who works alongside Ramos at a pharmaceutical

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JHS offers unique adoption event in January

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – National “Change a Pet’s Life Day” is Sunday, January 24 and the Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS) is offering a unique adoption opportunity for community members.

This Sunday, Jan. 24, JHS is offering free adoptions in exchange for a bag of pet food for the JHS pet food bank.

The goal of this event is to assist both pets and people in need by finding new homes for the animals at JHS while providing pet food to community pet owners.

“This event is a wonderful way to give back to both pets and people in need,” Denise Deisler,

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