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PET CORNER: Halifax is not a proactive city when it comes to integrating pets into society

PET CORNER: Halifax is not a proactive city when it comes to integrating pets into society

Why did Halifax Regional Municipality councillors even debate a proposal to allow dogs on the Metro Transit ferries that cross the harbour? Of course it was never going to happen.
PET CORNER: Spay-and-neuter funding program from HRM ain’t broke, don’t fix it

PET CORNER: Spay-and-neuter funding program from HRM ain’t broke, don’t fix it

It's now almost August. No money has been issued to anyone. Not the SPCA or any other rescue. I guess the unaltered outdoor cats didn't get the message. They're still spitting out kittens like it's their job. So what's going on?
PET CORNER: Rabbit rescue aims to help abandoned bunnies find new homes

PET CORNER: Rabbit rescue aims to help abandoned bunnies find new homes

10,000 Carrots Rabbit Rescue is the only rabbit rescue in the Maritime provinces and even though it's rehomed over 300 bunnies in six years, it's still almost overwhelmed by the number of rabbits being abandoned and in need of care.
PET CORNER: Pet lovers have to watch out for online scams

PET CORNER: Pet lovers have to watch out for online scams

There are some basic precautions you should take if you're buying or selling an animal, especially one you find online.
PET CORNER: Kitten season keeps rescuers busy

PET CORNER: Kitten season keeps rescuers busy

'Tis the season. Anyone in the world of cat rescue knows exactly what I'm referring to. It's a season they steel themselves for every year as it puts a strain on finances and uses up a good amount of human and other kinds of resources.
PET CORNER: Splinter the tiny, hard-luck dog has mysterious past, bright future

PET CORNER: Splinter the tiny, hard-luck dog has mysterious past, bright future

The mystery of Splinter may never be unraveled. But for David Johnston — who found the little dog wet, cold and starving one recent night while walking his dog in Halifax's Point Pleasant Park — that's OK with him.
PET CORNER: It’s time the declawing of cats was outlawed in Nova Scotia

PET CORNER: It’s time the declawing of cats was outlawed in Nova Scotia

Or, here's a radical thought: if your couch is more important than your cat's paws, then get a goldfish.
PET CORNER: SPCA pleased with results of open admissions trial

PET CORNER: SPCA pleased with results of open admissions trial

For the month of March, the Nova Scotia SPCA decided to open the doors of its Dartmouth shelter to any pet in need of help. “There wasn't the flood that we expected,” says Sandra Flemming, provincial director of animal care for the SPCA.
PET CORNER: Paws to Read program brings dog-eared listeners to help kids read

PET CORNER: Paws to Read program brings dog-eared listeners to help kids read

I'm a big fan of programs that bring youngsters and pets together. The upsides are huge and the impact can last a lifetime. One such program is Paws to Read, offered at various branches of the Halifax Public Libraries system.
PET CORNER: Spay Day HRM aims high for World Spay Day

PET CORNER: Spay Day HRM aims high for World Spay Day

Spay Day HRM has set an ambitious goal for itself on Feb. 28's World Spay Day — it aims to spay or neuter 100 cats, about four times its usual target for the annual event.