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Why Sharks Attack and How to Keep Safe If You Spot One

By Michele C. Hollow of Pet News and Views

Shark sightings make most of us tremble with fear. However, Marie Levine, executive director of The Shark Research Institute, finds encounters thrilling.

Levine has been observing sharks for 40-plus years—many times her encounters have been up close—and she has never been attacked. “There are so few fatal attacks,” she explained. […]

Deployed Soldiers Leave Animals in Loving Hands

Deployed soldiers now have a place for their dogs and cats. Foster program helps military with pets. […]

Charitable Deductions for Animal Rescue Volunteers

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By Julian Block for Pet News and Views

Millions of individuals volunteer to help raise funds or perform other tasks on behalf of charitable organizations. When the annual reckoning with the IRS rolls around, the reward for their willingness to help out can take the form of write-offs for unreimbursed expenses incurred while they do volunteer work.

But what’s in store at tax time for animal rescue volunteers who work on behalf of organizations like the Humane Society of the U.S. and the ASPCA? Are they also entitled to claim charitable deductions for their unreimbursed expenses?

The IRS says such outlays are nondeductible personal expenditures, unless the rescuers establish that they incur the expenses to further the efforts of charitable organizations—for instance, foster care for stray animals.  Continue reading Charitable Deductions for Animal Rescue Volunteers

Wildlife Protection Legislation Hits and Misses for 2014

 

 

 

Our friends at Born Free USA shares its list of successes from 2014, and what still needs to be done in 2015.

1) Federal Bill: Captive Primate Safety Act (H.R. 2856/S. 1463)

Purpose: To prohibit the interstate commerce in nonhuman primates for the exotic pet trade.

History: In 2003, the Captive Wildlife Safety Act was signed into law to prohibit interstate […]

Healthy Halloween treats for your cats and dogs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

by Michele C. Hollow of Pet News and Views

We all enjoy a treat every now and then. Our pets do too. The trick (this Halloween and always) is not to overdo it, and to give your pets healthy options. Avoid Halloween candy, which can be hazardous to your pet’s health. Following are healthy treats that you […]

In Search of Wildlife

By Michele C. Hollow of Pet News and Views

Many of you know I have been writing about pets and wildlife at Parade, which makes it somewhat difficult in posting as often as I would like here.

I recently interviewed Yanni about his work on behalf of panadas, a marine and his service dog from Afghanistan being reunited […]

NJ and NY Pass Ban on Ivory and Rhino Horn Trade

By Michele C. Hollow of Pet News and Views

NJ and NY Pass Bills to Save African Elephants and Rhinos

The New Jersey legislature passed S. 2012/A.3128, a bill that seeks to eliminate trade in ivory and rhinoceros horn. Introduced by Senator Raymond Lesniak (D-20) and Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-33), illegal trafficking of these wildlife products is directly responsible […]

Service Dog Keeps Child Safe

Destiny’s story, along with 3 other families who use service dogs, can be seen in the PBS documentary, Through A Dog’s Eyes. The show airs Wednesday, April 21, at 8 p.m. Eastern. It’s narrated by Neil Patrick Harris and funded by Milk-Bone(R) brand. […]

Check on Pets in Foreclosed Homes

Pets in foreclosed homes. […]

Pet Fosters and Tax Deductions

By Michele C. Hollow for Pet News and Views

I know I am spending more time on my Parade Pets/Wildlife column. I just wrote a post about tax deductions for fosters. So, if you foster or know anyone who does, take […]