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|Anonymous said: I am moving for college. I have a dorm that will accept cats, so I plan to bring a barn-cat with me. Both my parents are allergic and refused to bring cats in the house, but they always adopted more and never wormed or took them to the vet. My cat is a 7 month old tom-cat, or at least, I want him to be mine. I want to get him neutered, checked by a vet, and de-wormed. Do you have any suggestions for other things I should do? He's super friendly and will even let you rub his tummy.|
You’re going to need to provide a lot of stimulation for him, and be careful about him trying to get out. Once he’s inside he might not even be interested in the outdoors, I’ve heard of this happening on more than one occasion, but still - be careful, and make sure anyone you room with knows to keep an eye out when coming / leaving as well.
"I am an Inuit seal meat eater, and my fur is ethical," wrote Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, bundled in a sealskin coat, pants and boots. She also wrote a letter to DeGeneres and posted it online.
Samsung vowed to donate $1 for every retweet of DeGeneres’ celebrity-packed Oscars selfie to a charity of her choice. She raised $1.5 million for the Humane Society of the United States, which campaigns annually against Canada’s seal hunt.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s website calls the seal hunt “one of the most atrocious and inhumane acts against animals allowed by any government.”
The Inuit have long defended the hunt as a sustainable practice, deeply rooted in Inuit culture, which helps feed people in a region plagued by hunger.
"The meat feeds families, which is important to an area where many households have identified that they face issues of food insecurity," said Sandi Vincent, who posted her own sealfie Thursday.
The pelts also come in handy in the cold northern climate and provide a needed source of income, she said. She also countered the idea of the hunt as “inhumane.”
"In Inuit culture, it is believed seals and other animals have souls and offer themselves to you. Humanely and with gratitude we accepted this gift," she said, reminiscing about catching her first seal at age 15.
|pusysquart said: Hi there, I've been looking at getting a corn snake for a while now, and I was wondering if you could give me some books/resources to refer to so I know that I am prepared and that I can give the lil guy/girl the best life I can. I'm weary to just google "how to cornsnake lol" because the internet is rife with dumb people, and I figured I would ask here first. I will probably purchase through BHB Reptiles since they're in Oklahoma and I'm in Texas; but like I said, I want to be ready first.|
Corn snakes are the best starter snake in my opinion. I’ve never had a hard time with a Corn. Actually, my very first snake was a Corn snake someone had brought to my dad’s work thinking it was some sort of venomous snake. So my dad brought him home when I was just a toddler.
Some internet sources are great but I know what you mean, haha. If you plan on purchasing through any other source other than BHB, I recommend the BOI section on Fauna Classifieds. This allows you to search for any previous transactions that either may have gone very well or very bad. Here in FL there are so many Corn snake breeders it makes my head spin! One person I can recommend is Don Stipp. His website isn’t so great but I know he usually has lots of King Snakes and some Corn snakes. Maybe shoot him an e-mail.
As far as resources or books I can’t find any good ones online at the moment and I don’t know of any books that may be able to help.All I can give you is my personal experience with Corns. Some of my followers may have better resources for you though!
Here’s a general care sheet for snakes, courtesy of Reptile Veterinarians, and one for corn snakes by the same source. Here’s one specifically about corn snakes, posted by scalestails, and a whole corn snake website - which is UK based, so some info you may have to adjust accordingly. The Herp Center Network also has a care sheet for corns.
Of course, don’t take any of this as the law. These are guidelines, not a herp keeping Bible. Compare the information available and come to your own conclusions based on it, since you’re not likely to find the same exact information from various sources.
|wolfforce58205 said: Do you have any good resources to give to someone who is dead-set on buying a Craigslist (BYB) German Shepherd? Both for shepherds and backyard breeders. My "friend" is trying to find the cheapest dog she can, stating she has $300 (that is ALL the money she can set aside) to spend on a puppy (she wants 8 weeks old) and everything it will need. She works most of the week and isn't home often. I KNOW she cannot handle a GSD, and she won't listen to anyone about not supporting a BYB. Please help!|
Educate them on what’s wrong with BYB, if they’re not already aware of the issue.
Then help them recognize that the individual they intend to buy from is indeed a BYB, here’s some links on reputable vs. backyard breeders.
If they’re the type of person who wants to “save” the dog, discuss with them how they’re actually doing more harm than good because even though they gave that, one dog a good home since they’re supporting the industry countless other canines will be hurt as a result.
Then you can help them find a responsible breeder,
or even a rescue!
|stupid-american-trash said: I have a small poultry farm (all pets) and I take in rescues a lot. I posted an ad on Craigslist offering to take Easter bunnies/ducklings/chicks (all of which I have the time, money and room to care for). So many people get Easter animals without thinking and end up abandoning them. I've adopted out a good number of rescues and animals to screened approved homes, but I am getting stipulation from doing this from some people. What are your thoughts, is this really a good idea?|
I’m a little confused as to how you’re trying to use ‘stipulation,’ here? Do you mean people are giving you conditions under which they’ll surrender their animals?
Also, sorry we still haven’t responded to your fanmail. I’m not sure what to say yet and have been looking into it but I’m also busy so