RACC Credits Pandemic For Empty Cages

Good News Notes:  “Richmond Animal Care and Control (RACC) is reporting a staggering decrease in the amount of animals they’ve taken in and high adoption rates at the same time. In turn, cages that normally would be full are empty. The city-run organization will use the extra space to save animals from around the country….

Mancelona Nursing Home Offers Unique Therapies to Residents

Good News Notes: “The Sterling Residence, an assisted living home in Mancelona, offers unique animal therapy and grow therapy for their residents.” “Seniors can grow their own vegetables in their greenhouse, and sit with some of their therapy animals like dogs, cats, and Betty the miniature horse on their 30 acre property. There are also…

Sheltered coaches, athletes add pets to provide joy through pandemic

Good News Notes: “Gophers defensive coordinator Joe Rossi couldn’t stop glowing about the newest addition to his team. ‘He loves defense. He’s really not interested in letting anyone score points,’ Rossi said. ‘… He’s high-energy. He’s got good speed, good lateral movement. And, you know, he’s just lovable, wants to play all the time.’” View…

Surprising therapy and emotional support animals

 Good News Notes: “Though dogs are the most common therapy animal, plenty of other animals support their owners. Pet Partners told ABC News that, “dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, guinea pigs, rats, miniature pigs, llamas, alpacas, horses, donkeys, and mini-horses” can all be therapy animals. There are important distinctions between therapy animals and emotional support animals. Therapy…

Rescue Animals Visit Nursing Home Residents to Spread Some Joy

 Good News Notes: “Petting dogs and cats can scientifically reduce stress. It’s one of the reasons we feel such immense comfort when we pet, hug and cuddle our pets. But given the current situation going on in the world, we need to keep our distance from each other. This means therapy animals that may have…

Shelter of Hope awarded $500,000 state grant

Good News Notes: “The Humane Society of Yates County (HSYC) and their Shelter of Hope have been award a major grant of half a million dollars for improvements at the shelter that will improve the quality of life for the animals, and increase their chances of being adopted. The HSYC is one of 12 shelters…