Thursday, Oct. 4 was International Animal Day, and if you walked through Sproul, you probably noticed the crate of kittens at the Paws and Claws Club table.

Kittens on Sproul!

Kittens on Sproul!

The kittens are up for adoption out of the East Bay Humane Society, and as club member Yujin notes, “we have [a] fostering program in our club through them” where qualified volunteers can be short-term owners. If you love cats, definitely read on!

We might note that, since you’ve probably read of the psychological benefits of being a dog owner, you might not surprised to learn that owning a cat can have psychological benefits, too.* College life is punctuated by stress and anxiety, and studies show that cats can be effective in taking the edge off the bad mood — so why not consider adopting a pet?

On the other hand, adoption can be a big commitment. read more »

dogNothing grabs at the heart quite as strongly as adorable, fuzzy animals. The people over at Paw Fund seem to know this, as it is a nonprofit that helps both the homeless and lower-income to pay for medical bills for their pets.

Founded in January by Jill Posener, the organization started with $25,000 in donations and has helped about 30 animals get spayed or neutered and obtained medical attention for 50 others.

This Sunday, May 22, Paw Fund along with People and Animals Living Safely will hold a free animal care clinic in People’s Park from 11 am to 4 pm. We’re just glad that help is being made more readily available for these animals.

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Pets of the homeless to get help at People’s Park clinic [Berkeleyside]

Chickens in the CoopLions and tigers and — oh wait — Lucky Dog pet store has a pretty wide array of animals, but these aren’t exactly the types that need homes now that the shop has been evicted over a rent conflict. The problem arose, said owner Bobby Rostam, when the landlord, Mary Pagones, refused to repair the property. Rostam consequently ceased his rent payments and court documents show that at one point he owed Pagones $41,000.

Pagones lowered the rent from $3,500 to $2,000 a month in the spring of 2010 on the condition that Rostam would leave by November 11, 2010. Rostam failed to leave by the agreed-upon time and has not paid rent since January, said Pagones’ lawyer.

Rotsam still doesn’t have a home for many animals ranging from turtles to chickens, and Pagones’ lawyer stated that if any animals remain at the store the animal shelter will be called.

Here’s to hoping they all find good homes.

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Closure of Lucky Dog pet store puts animals at risk [Berkeleyside]