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Is it safe to leave the cat at your Airbnb rental?

We rented a private house through Airbnb, and it was a really nice place. It even came with a cat! While caring for the owners’ cat wasn’t a problem–they left food and water, and the cat did his business outside–it left me wondering. Would I be so comfortable leaving my pets with strangers for several days at a time?

Tell us about your remarkable adopted pet

Pet owners, was your dog, cat, bird or rabbit adopted from a pet shelter? I’d like to hear about it! Send a tale about life with your adopted pet and it may be included in an upcoming book, or as part of the Paws Corner weekly column. Send an email to and tell us the most remarkable thing about your adopted pet.

Spirit of giving

Making an impact on pets’ lives, this season and beyond

Dear Paws: As the holiday season swings into full gear, many people may be looking to do something more enriching than just shopping for gifts and getting things we don’t really need. Please encourage your readers to consider donating to their local shelter or offering some of their time as volunteers to help pets during the holidays and year-round.

Latest pet food and pet product recalls, spring 2016

Below are the latest pet food and pet product recalls as of March 31, 2016. Pet food recalls are reported by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and pet product recalls are reported by the U.S. Consumer Protection Commission. Recalls are arranged in order with the earliest recall of …

Amputee pets get back on their feet with amazing prosthetics

Things looked grim for Oscar, a black cat in rural Jersey, UK, when he was badly injured in 2009 by a combine harvester and his back feet had to be amputated. But his owners didn’t give up on him: they took him to a neuro-orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick, who designed two custom-made prosthetic paws.