Animals

MSPCA saves 200 birds from euthanasia after breaking up cockfighting ring

The MSPCA was able to save more than 200 birds from euthanasia after hundreds of roosters, hens and chicks were discovered in a cockfighting operation in Northampton. At the end of May, the MSPCA and Northampton police announced that officials busted a cockfighting ring that involved nearly 400...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 1:19pm

NYC Council passes bill requiring an animal shelter in every borough

The New York City Council unanimously passed a bill on Thursday requiring that a full-service animal shelter be built and maintained in every borough. The bill, sponsored by Council Member Paul Vallone who represents District 19 in northeast Queens, will restore a legal requirement for New York...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 12:30pm

Next time you spot a turkey around Massachusetts, tell the state

You may have seen them strolling the streets of Cambridge, or been chased down by one in Brookline. You may even follow them on Twitter. We’re talking about turkeys, of course, and the next time you see such a fowl, the state is asking that you take notice and fill out a survey. Every...

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 1:00pm

MSPCA rescues nearly 400 birds from Mass. cockfighting ring

Nearly 400 roosters that were involved in a Northampton cockfighting ring were rescued by the Massachsuetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, marking the largest bust in the animal non-profit's history, the organization said. While the birds are housed at MSCPA-Nevins Farm, the...

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 2:53pm

Four penguin chicks make debut at New England Aquarium

Four new members of the New England Aquarium penguin family have made their first public debut. The little blue penguin chicks — named Goose, Wedge, Derwent and Miramar  — made their on-exhibit entrance Thursday morning after having hatched about 80 days ago. They’ve...

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 5:24pm

Right whales are still around Massachusetts, putting lobster season on hold

Right whales off Massachusetts shores are causing some troubles for local lobster fishers. State officials have extended a ban on lobster traps in Cape Cod Bay because of the marine mammals still feeding in those waters. North Atlantic right whales are an endangered species, with only about fewer...

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 1:13pm

Staten Island deer population down due to vasectomies

Staten Island’s deer population has dropped 8 percent thanks to sterilization efforts by the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday. An explosion in the borough’s deer population has been causing headaches for residents, but two years into the city’s “deer impact...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 1:31pm

Storm brings more seals onto Mass. beaches, but don't disturb them, aquarium says

Seals are pretty cute, but if you see one lying on a Massachusetts beach, please don’t disturb it, the New England Aquarium is warning residents. After a seal pup was recently found on a New Hampshire road, the aquarium is reminding people that weather events like the intense coastal storm...

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 10:52am

Need more of the Olympic Games? This animal shelter hosts PyeongChang with pets

First there was the Kitten Bowl, then the Puppy Bowl, and now, we’re about to spoil you even more with the cutest Winter Olympics to date — a PyeongChang for adoptable pets. Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control, the municipal shelter for the Charlotte, North Carolina area,...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 4:20pm

Canned dog food recalled for possible euthanasia drug contamination

Several kinds of canned dog food are being recalled for containing a drug used to euthanize animals. The J.M. Smucker Company said it is recalling certain products, including Kibbles ‘N Bits and Gravy Train cans, for turning up positive results of pentobarbital. Pentobarbital is most...

Monday, February 19, 2018 - 12:00pm

ASPCA funds microchip scanners for all NYPD precincts to fight animal cruelty

In its continued effort to help the NYPD fight animal cruelty, the ASPCA is funding pet microchip scanners for all 86 police precincts, including Housing Police Service Areas, across the city, the organization announced Monday. Microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and are implanted in...

Monday, February 12, 2018 - 12:52pm

Everything you need to know to catch the upcoming Kitten Bowl

The team rivalries might be viscous, but there’s one thing everyone can enjoy on Super Bowl Sunday: the Kitten Bowl. Even dog lovers can’t deny the cuteness of the little fluffs. So before you dish out the snacks to your guests and the shade to your rival team, bring family and friends...

Monday, January 29, 2018 - 1:44pm

47K-square-foot animal shelter coming to the Bronx

Homeless animals in New York City will have a new resource with a city animal shelter coming to the Bronx. A 47,000-square-foot Animal Care Centers (ACC) of NYC facility is projected to open in the East Bronx in 2024, city officials announced this week. The full-service shelter is expected to...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 1:12pm

Caramel the kitten back with MSPCA after being stolen

Caramel, a two-and-a-half-month-old kitten, was on her way back to the MSPCA-Nevins Farm in Methuen after being stolen from the adoption center Thursday afternoon. At about 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, the brown and orange kitten was stolen by a woman who put the kitten in her bag, officials said....

Friday, January 19, 2018 - 5:00pm

A scientist explains Cape Cod’s 'frozen sharks'

Winter has already taken its toll on Boston and its surrounding areas with record-breaking flooding, frigid temperatures and lots of snow, but are humans the only ones feeling its effects? The rapid drop of water temperatures in coastal waters may have played a role in the deaths of four thresher...

Friday, January 5, 2018 - 2:35pm

Bye-bye glitter? Scientists suggesting a ban just in time for the holidays

Glitter catches our eye, adds glitz to anything and can glam up your look on a hot night out. It also gets stuck on everything and seemingly (like beach sand) never goes away, but that isn’t why researchers are suggesting a ban on glitter. Glitter does “terrible damage” to the...

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 12:27am

Uptown and Downtown rats in NYC are genetically different, study finds

You’ve heard of Uptown girls, but what about Uptown rats? Apparently, rats that live Uptown and Downtown in New York City have distinct genetic differences, according to a new paper out of Fordham University. Matthew Combs, a PhD student at Fordham, is writing his dissertation about the...

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 5:03am

Adopt a pet and then get 'Stuffed' with Lisa Lampanelli

Lisa Lampanelli, the “queen of mean,” isn’t known for keeping mum. She said her parents taught her never to talk about who she is voting for or how much money she makes. Everything else is fair game. Animal adoption and body issues are two topics the comic will talk about freely...

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 4:42pm

7 foods to keep away from your pet this Thanksgiving (and some alternatives)

We give thanks for our furry family members and want to spoil them year ‘round, but while we indulge in Thanksgiving goodies, we need to be the humans in the relationship and monitor what our party animals get into. Here are some pet safety tips to get you through your Thanksgiving meal. 1...

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 2:41am

The most vegan-friendly meal kit delivery services: PETA

In a world of conveniences, there are meal delivery kits. Companies like the well-known Blue Apron or FreshDirect ship you the ingredients you need plus the recipe. All you have to do is cook and serve. Unless you’re vegan. Then, your options could seem a bit dismal, but maybe you're not...

Friday, November 17, 2017 - 5:18pm