Tours at Animal Friends Sanctuary benefit shelter, promote compassion

Good News Notes: “Two-year-old Blake Burkley dissolved into a fit of giggles when it came time to feed the cows. Perched on her mother’s hip, the girl laughed as cows named Mary and Jesus searched with their tongues for a tasty treat. For Alexa Burkley of Irwin, a tour at Animal Friends Sanctuary in Unity was a…

Silver Spring dog honored for saving elderly neighbor

Good News Notes: “The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is honoring a local dog for his heroic efforts in saving an elderly neighbor in Silver Spring earlier this month. An adopted pup named Milo received the Heroic Dog Award from PETA on Tuesday. When his owner, Makayla Swift, went to take Milo…

Ursula Landsrath Animal Rescue Fund Awards $57K in Grants

Good News Notes: “The Ursula Landsrath Animal Rescue Fund and the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties have awarded grants totaling $57,000 to 24 nonprofit animal rescue organizations across Virginia. Ursula Landsrath created the Animal Rescue Fund of Virginia as an independent organization in 2008, distributing more than $1 million to Virginia-based animal…

Rescue Labrador Retriever Adopts Orphaned Kittens

Good News Notes: “A rescue dog is paid it forward by looking after a litter of orphaned kittens. According to a release from the U.K. animal rescue charity Battersea, Bertie, a one-year-old Labrador retriever, is helped the Battersea shelter that found him a forever home raise a group of kittens. Bertie started looking after the seven kittens…

Wildlife rehab center aims to fill gap for injured critters

Good News Notes: “They arrive in baskets and cardboard boxes, bleeding from near-misses with lawn mowers or snatched from the jaws of neighborhood cats. It’s birthing season in the Lehigh Valley, and that means a steady stream of injured baby rabbits, squirrels, opossums and songbirds will be showing up at Melissa and Michael Descant’s door….

Yale drama school to stop charging tuition after receiving $150 million donation

Good News Notes:  “Yale University’s drama school will stop charging tuition for its students starting in August after receiving a $150 million donation. The donation came from philanthropist David Geffen, the drama school said in a statement. It’s the largest donation on record in the history of American theater. The donation also makes the school the…

Chicken yoga becomes the newest animal therapy trend

Good News Notes: “Meows, barks and bleats have been common at yoga sessions in recent years, as animal therapy became a trend to soothe participants as they work out. Recently, a downtown business added clucks into the mix with the launch of chicken yoga. Yes, chickens. But not your average Rhode Island reds. These were…