Anonymous donor leaves $2.2 million inheritance to CNY charity

Good News Notes: “An anonymous donor recently left her $2.2 million inheritance to the Central New York Community Foundation upon her passing, according to a recent announcement from the charity. The gift established an endowed fund to support local nonprofits that provide healthcare and animal care, two causes that were important to the anonymous woman, the charity…

Duck, duck, saved duck: Neighborhood troupe saves ducklings

Good News Notes: “On their nightly walk with the dogs, Laura Landgren Holt and her husband Rick spotted something new. Neighbors were huddled around a storm drain in Chaska’s Fairway Hills, curiously focused on something below. Unbeknownst to them, a small crew had been stationed at said drain for a while, trying to rescue duckling…

Dogs can sniff out coronavirus with 94% accuracy, study says

Good News Notes: “Man’s best friend could soon be man’s best chance at ever setting foot in a stadium again. Dogs can sniff out the coronavirus with a striking 94 percent accuracy rate — raising the possibility of instant tests at sporting events and airports, according to a new study. Canine handlers trained eight dogs…

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…

Shelter dog proves you can train older dogs to be therapy animals

Good News Notes: “They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but can you? One shelter dog is proving that maybe you can. If Willa Mae could really speak, she would have quite the story to tell.” “‘Willa Mae is breaking down myths that we have been trying to spread the facts of…

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…

Drive-thru pet therapy at Helen Woodward unites animals with Alzheimer’s patients

Good News Notes: “Therapy animals have always provided comfort to people during difficult times, but with social distancing guidelines, it has been hard for them to interact with the public. On Wednesday, the Helen Woodward Animal Centercame up with a creative way to bring together therapy pets and Alzheimer’s patients.” View the whole story here: https://www.cbs8.com/article/life/animals/drive-thru-pet-therapy-at-helen-woodward-unites-animals-with-alzheimers-patients/509-ae968805-321c-4d72-852e-cb1c5f2ea411

Wuhan bans hunting, eating wild animals in response to coronavirus crisis

Good News Notes: “Wuhan, the city at the center of the coronavirus in China, announced Wednesday that eating and hunting wild animals within the city limits has been banned, declaring Wuhan a ‘wildlife sanctuary,’ according to a report. Local authorities in the city of over 11 million have said exotic animals are no longer allowed to be farmed, and breeders…

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…