Winter Break Camp — Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is bringing back Winter Break Camp for kids ages 5-8. Camp runs from Dec. 30 to Jan. 3 with half-day (from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and full-day (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) sessions available. Kids will meet in the Jungle Lab classroom at the RainForest before exploring the zoo to learn about how animals stay active during winter and how zookeepers keep them comfortable year around. To learn more about fees and to register, visit clemetzoo.com/education/breakcamps or call 216-635-3391.
Pawsibilities Rummage Sale — Final day for the Humane Society of Greater Akron rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Stow-Kent Shopping Center, 4301 Kent Road, Stow. Lots of home goods, holiday decor, toys and collectables. For more information on the event, visit www.summithumane.org. Proceeds will be used to help rescue, rehabilitate and care for abused, neglected or abandoned animals and finding loving “forever” homes for them.To read more or comment...
LOS ANGELES: While some say school safety hinges on guns, cameras or alarms in classrooms, Mark Gomer and Kristi Schiller think specially trained dogs should take point in preventing violence in schools.
Gomer's for-profit company has sent a gun- and drug-detecting dog to patrol the halls of an Ohio high school, while Schiller is launching a nonprofit in Houston to give schools the trained canines for free. Their programs are still in their infancy, so questions remain about dogs that can distract, scare or send kids into sneezing fits. But they think they can cultivate their ideas to help schools across the country stay safe.To read more or comment...
LOS ANGELES: All that's left of Doodles are his ashes, a clay impression of his paw and a whole lot of questions owner Patricia Cassidy has about his mysterious death.
Doodles is believed to be one of 580 dogs in the U.S. that have died in the past six years from eating pet jerky from China. Baffled by the cause and seeing another surge in illnesses, the Food and Drug Administration reached out to owners and veterinarians Tuesday to help it find the poison behind the sickening of at least 3,600 dogs and 10 cats since 2007.To read more or comment...
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