Monthly Archives: March 2023

Giraffe Building Closed To Allow Zookeepers To Grieve Death Of Reticulated Giraffe, Rahna

Milwaukee County, WI – On March 29, a reticulated giraffe named Rahna was humanely euthanized at the Milwaukee County Zoo after she began experiencing age-related health issues. According to a release from the zoo, the 30-year-old giraffe has been described as being a “smart and observant giraffe” who was friendly with staff, and at times, “stubborn and opinionated.”

Rahna was born in 1992 at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs; she arrived at the Milwaukee County Zoo in 1994.

Rahna gave birth to one calf, a female named Skye, who is now 25 years of age. Skye lives at the Sacramento Zoo in California. According to the zoo’s release, Rahna did not “take well” to motherhood and her offspring was hand raised by zookeepers.

The Giraffe Building was closed on March 29 to give space for the team to grieve.
If you care to, you can honor Rahna by supporting Giraffe Conservation Foundation


Rest in peace Rahna.

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‘Please Spend Time With Me’ Senior Cat Has Been Homeless More Than 440 Days

Melbourne, Australia – A senior cat is patiently waiting for someone to take her home and love her as their own. The 11-year-old cat, Lovely, has been at the Australian Animal Protection Society for over 440 days – the heartbreaking sign on the outside of her enclosure reads “Please spend time with me.”

According to the animal welfare agency, Lovely’s original owner died. Surviving family took her in for a short time, then moved…leaving her behind. A friend attempted to care for Lovely, but after discovering that she was allergic, the cat was taken to the shelter. Last year, the shelter thought that they had found a good home for Lovely, but her adopter returned her because she meowed too much.

Lovely is receiving care at the shelter, and she has a nice enclosure where she spends her time..but it is not the same as a home, with a real family who she can love.

Please share Lovely’s information and help her find a committed, loving owner. Find the shelter on Facebook here.

Find Lovely’s adoption profile here.

Note: ALL inquiries about Lovely must be made directly to the shelter. Animal Victory is not the point of contact and has no affiliation with this cat, or the shelter. Thank you.

Heartwarming Resolution For Shelter’s Adorable Odd Couple

Wake County, NC – There is a heartwarming resolution for a North Carolina animal shelter’s  “odd couple.” According to the Wake County Animal Center, Cinnamon (a goat) and Felix (a dog), have found a wonderful home where they will be able to spend their lives together.

On March 29, the animal welfare agency updated the public about the bonded friends, writing:

the inseparable goat and dog will soon be living out their years together in the grasses of a local Johnston County farm. The Wake County Animal Center had reached out to a long-time national rescue partner and a local foster family they’d previously worked with, and by the end of the week, these now viral, four-legged friends will be arriving at a new forever home.

In a news release, Shinica Thomas, chair, Wake County Board of Commissioners, said:

“I’m so excited they will be living their dream life in Johnston County with their new family. The Wake County Animal Center has a fantastic rescue network and they focused on the best solution for this pair after getting custody of them. This was the best outcome we could hope for!”

The Mr. Mo Project helped pair the duo with their new owner. Jacqui Bankes, the new proud owner of the dynamic duo said,

“As their forever foster, we are excited to keep them together and also integrate them with our other goats and dogs, after appropriate testing and quarantine. Thank you to Wake County and Mr. Mo Project for making this possible for us!”

Read more here.

Continue Reading: Zoo announces unexpected death of beloved giraffe, Willow

Advocates Clamor To Save Life Of Elderly Dog, Held At California Shelter

San Bernardino County, CA – Dog lovers are clamoring to save the life of an elderly dog who is being held at the Devore animal shelter in San Bernardino. The 15-year-old dog, named Charles, has a microchip, but his owner has not shown up to take him home.

On social media, advocates write:

Charles looks like he has been neglected for a long time. He’s terrified here it’s so loud & scary. Please offer to foster Charles so reputable rescue help can be found. The shelter is FULL he cannot wait.

#A777131 available 3/30 (has microchip, owner has not showed up) ⚠️🩹 Rescue Only (cannot be handled by staff) & Medical waiver required (swollen on cheek, vet says it is not painful)

The shelter has changed the “available date” for Charles to April 3. Because Charles is fearful, he is labeled as “rescue only” by the shelter. You can help this dog by sharing his information. Find the adoption link for Charles here.

ID# A777131
Located: Devore Shelter
Name: My name is Rescue Only Charles.
Description: I am a brown and white, unaltered male, who looks like a Terrier mix.
Age: I am estimated to be 15 years old.
More Info: I am in kennel D 58.

Location: San Bernardino County – Devore Shelter
Phone Number: (909) 386-9820
Address: 19777 Shelter Way
Devore, CA 92407

Note: You must contact the Devore Shelter directly for all information regarding this dog. Animal Victory is NOT the point of contact and has no affiliation with the animal shelter or this dog. Thank you.

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After Decades In Captivity, Lolita The Whale To Be Returned To Puget Sound

Miami, FL – For the first time in decades, Lolita, an orca who has been held captive at a Miami aquarium, will be returned to the area where she was originally captured and taken from her family. According to a news release from the non-profit organization, Friends of Lolita, the orca will be returned to her native waters in the Puget Sound of Washington sometime within the next 18 to 24 months.

In 1970, when Lolita was just four years old, she was captured near Penn Cove, in Washington, and taken from her pod…she has been living for decades in Florida at the Miami Seaquarium. The seaquarium recently came under the management of The Dolphin Company, and entered into a formal and binding agreement with Friends of Lolita, a non-profit organization co-founded by environmentalist Pritam Singh, to bring to life the dream of returning Lolita to an ocean sanctuary.

Mr. Albor, CEO of The Dolphin Company said,

“Finding a better future for Lolita is one of the reasons that motivated us to acquire the Miami Seaquarium. With the help of Jim Irsay and Pritam Singh, we are bringing that dream, the dream of returning Lolita to her home waters, closer than ever.”

Current plans involve transferring Lolita to a cove in Puget Sound where she can swim in the sea, enjoying more freedom than she has experienced for most of her life.

(Stock images for representative purposes only via Pixabay)

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Zoo Announces Tragic Death Of Giraffe Who Died After Sudden Decline

Maryland – This week, the Maryland Zoo announced the unexpected death of a reticulated giraffe named Willow. According to the zoo, Willow, born at the zoo in 2017, had recently been suffering from gastrointestinal issues that caused her to stop eating and her care providers observed a “significant” decline in her condition.

The zoo explained its decision to humanely euthanize her:

Willow’s care team noticed something was off when she didn’t eat her typical meals and showed other signs of illness. Since then, Zoo veterinarians and other team members have been working together, taking steps to treat the gastrointestinal issues Willow was experiencing. Last night, Willow’s condition significantly worsened, and after every effort was made to save her, the team made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize her.

Staff and visitors will miss Willow’s “goofy” personality. The zoo writes:

 Since her birth, Willow has inspired joy and compassion in thousands of people. She grew from an awkward calf with ossicones that looked like pigtails to a beautiful icon of the Zoo and her vulnerable species. Her presence at the Giraffe Feeding Station, in particular, is something everyone will miss.

If you would like to send a message to the zoo, in memory of Willow, you can do so at this link.

(Image via Maryland Zoo)

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Cat Accidentally Hauled Away With Unwanted Recliner

Ashland, Kentucky – A cat who survived a fire when she was a kitten has recently survived an unintended trek to a warehouse after she was accidentally hauled away with her owner’s unwanted recliner. As reported by WSAZ News, Andi McGlone’s black cat, Inky, was stuck in a recliner that McGlone decided she no longer wanted.

On March 1, McGlone called to have the chair hauled away, not realizing that Inky was trapped inside. McGlone told the news agency:

“She was basically trapped inside the chair,” she said. “It was very upsetting to me. She’s like an emotional support pet.”

Workers at Big Sandy Superstore called McGlone to let her know that a cat escaped from the chair and ran into their warehouse when they were unloading it from the truck.

On three separate occasions, McGlone went to the warehouse to find Inky, but her efforts were fruitless and she was losing hope.

Three weeks later, staff at the warehouse called again…letting McGlone know that they had successfully captured her cat. McGlone said:

“I’m just tickled to death she’s home, and emotionally, I feel complete now.”

(Screenshots from WSAZ News)

Continue Reading: Heartbreaking! Dog has spent most of his life in shelter cage, homeless over 2000 days


Urgent! Beautiful German Shepherd At Risk At Shelter After Being Surrendered By Owner

Los Angeles County, CA – A beautiful German Shepherd is at risk at a busy California animal shelter where she was surrendered by her owner in February. On Tuesday, an advocate shared photos and video of the dog, whose name is Dutchess:

Her plea time has expired … urgent
The lovely Duchess of Downey was once a beloved girl of her own castle. Unfortunately, hard times occurred and Duchess was surrendered to Downey.
Our beautiful Dutchess. has been shy, denure, and lovely.

Dutchess is described as shy and gentle. She is certainly lost right now without her home and family. Will you please help her find a new owner by sharing her adoption information? Networking saves lives!

Find Dutchess’ adoption profile here.

ID# A5534471
Located At: Los Angeles County Animal Control – Downey
Three-year-old German shepherd

Downey Animal Care Center
11258 Garfield Avenue
Downey, CA 90242

Phone Number: (562) 940-6898

Note: Please direct ALL inquiries about this dog to the animal shelter. Animal Victory is not the point of contact and has no affiliation with this dog, or the animal shelter. Thank you.

Continue Reading: Heartbreaking! Dog has spent most of his life in shelter cage, homeless over 2000 days

Wildlife Center Closes After Wolf Pack Euthanized Following Death Of Their Pack Leader

Dundee (U.K) – A wildlife center in Dundee was closed after a wolf was euthanized, and then the members of his pack were euthanized as well. According to the Camperdown Wildlife Centre, the alpha male pack leader, Loki, was euthanized after complications following surgery.

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This week, the agency said that the four surviving members of Loki’s pack were exhibiting signs of anxiety after their pack leader’s death, so officials euthanized them. In a release, the agency said:

We are devastated to announce that our alpha male wolf, Loki, has been humanely euthanised today. Despite an initially successful operation, there have been subsequent complications, and the difficult decision was reached to save the animal from further pain. The other four wolves in the pack have been exhibiting unusually anxious and abnormal behaviour since the operation, and it is with great sadness that these wolves have also been euthanised as a result.

Though it was not clearly stated, it is assumed that the wolves were exhibiting aggressive behavior towards each other after Loki’s death. Why the decision to put them down was made so quickly is unknown.

On Tuesday, the wildlife center said:

Camperdown Wildlife Centre will be closed to the public today (Wednesday, 29 March, 2023) to allow our colleagues to process recent events. We thank-you for your patience and understanding.

Some people who learned of the wolves’ deaths have exhibited compassion to the wildlife center, while others have questioned the decision.

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Continue Reading: Heartbreaking! Dog has spent most of his life in shelter cage, homeless over 2000 days

Heartbreaking! Shelter Dog Has Been Caged For 2000 Days

Wantagh, NY -A shelter dog in Wantagh, New York, has spent the majority of his life without a home. His name is Pinto, and he is the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter’s longest resident…a title that no dog wants to hold.

According to the shelter, Pinto was found as a stray in October 2017. At the time, he followed a homeowner into her home…he was then taken to the shelter and he has remained there ever since.

It is difficult to imagine the hopelessness that Pinto must feel after so many years without a home or family of his own.

In January, the shelter wrote:

Pinto’s ideal home is with a savvy owner who has experience with guarding. During his stay at the shelter, we have been working on loose leash walking and commands like “place”, “sit” and “down”. One of his favorite people here at the shelter has said some great things about him – He loves to play in the yard and play fetch, he walks great on leash and is scared of thunderstorms. This poor guy has been waiting so long for his home and we really wish his person would come in to find him soon.

If you are interested in learning more, and getting the most up to date information on Pinto, please contact the shelter’s placement team:
T: 516.785.5220

Watch of video of Pinto at the shelter here.

Note: Animal Victory is NOT the point of contact. Please direct all comments and inquiries to the shelter where Pinto is being held. Thank you.

Continue Reading: Man charged with felony animal cruelty after asking shelter to euthanize his starved dog

Man Threw Caged Puppy Into Tujunga Wash

Los Angeles, CA – A puppy is lucky to be alive after a man cruelly threw her over a fence, into the Tujunga Wash. Surveillance video captured the man taking the caged puppy out of the back of an SUV, walking to a fence, and hurling the cage into the water.

Fortunately, neighbors who witnessed the cruel act quickly jumped into action to save the pup’s life. “When I first saw the puppy, I didn’t even think. I just jumped over the fence, climbed down the wash. I slipped. I didn’t even care; I just wanted to rescue the dog,” a man who wished to be identified only as Amir told NBC4.

The puppy has already been placed in a home with “good people,” and an investigation is under way by the Foothill Division of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Continue Reading: Man charged with felony animal cruelty after asking shelter to euthanize his starved dog

Unlikely Duo: Dog And Goat Best Friends At North Carolina Animal Shelter

Wake County, NC – An unlikely duo is being cared for at the Wake County Animal Center in Raleigh. Cinnamon, a goat, a Felix, a dog, were taken in at the shelter on March 13 and staff quickly became aware that they were deeply bonded to one another.

According to the shelter, the bonded friends were surrendered to the shelter by an owner who was no longer able to care for them. Shelter staff is hopeful that they will be able to find a rescue agency that can take the friends in together.

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In a release, Wake County Commissioner Cheryl Stallings said:

“People often mischaracterize shelters as dog pounds, but the Wake County Animal Center takes in a huge variety of dogs, cats, mice and other critters…still, to see such a strong bond between a goat and a dog is really special. We’re so thankful that our center has established such great partnerships with local rescues so we can send out a plea for this sweet pair.”

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Wake County Animal Center Director Dr. Jennifer Federico commented on the shelter’s desire to keep the pair together:

“In many cases of interspecies friendship, the species are not normally seen together, and sometimes, one is of a species that ordinarily preys on the other in nature – whatever the reason for these two bonding, it’s clear what would be best for their well-being is to keep them together.”

If a rescue organization is not found by March 31, the pair will be put up for adoption.

Continue Reading: Man charged with felony animal cruelty after asking shelter to euthanize his starved dog

Pet Owners On Alert As Phantom Cat Shaver Targets Dozens Of Cats

Kent, England – Pet owners in Kent are on high alert as a mystery person continues to target cats with a shaver. The bizarre crime involves dozens of felines who have been shaved by someone who leaves cats with large chunks of fur missing from their bodies.

One person told U.K. Metro News:

‘I am so angry and deeply shocked that people can do this kind of thing to a cat or any animal,’

The random attacks started around Christmas and they have continued with nearly 84 cats being shaved so far. According to The Mirror, there were 54 cases, but they spiked to 84 within a week’s time.

Some fear that it is not just one person targeting cats…and that copycat crimes are being committed. Anyone who sees something suspicious should call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.

(Screengrabs from Metro and the Mirror)

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Man Charged With Felony After Asking Shelter To Euthanize His Starved Dog

Omaha, Nebraska – A Nebraska man is facing a charge of felony animal cruelty for the abysmal way he treated his young dog, who died of sepsis after being starved. According to sources, on February 26 Terrance Feairs called Nebraska Humane to see if they could euthanize his three-year-old dog.

The dog was in such pitiful condition that the responding animal control officer believed that he was already dead. But the dog was still alive and barely clinging to life.

Steve Glandt, Nebraska Humane Society vice president of field operations, told WOWT News:

“The animal control officer described the dog in his report as a ‘skeleton with skin draped on it,’”

The dog was in such poor health that the difficult decision was made for humane euthanasia. Upon questioning, Feairs admitted that he had never take the dog to a veterinarian, and though the dog was three years old, Feairs had never given his pet a name, or even determined the gender.

Humane officers determined that the dog was kept in “deplorable conditions,” in a confined area where the dog had to eat, drink, urinate and defecate.

Feairs is facing a class 4 felony and is due in court on April 24.




Ralphie The ‘Demon Dog’ Finds New Home With Rare ‘Unicorn Adopter’

Niagara, NY – The saga of Ralphie the so-called “Demon Dog” continues. The deceptively innocent-looking French bulldog rose to internet fame following the Niagara SPCA’s brutally honest adoption profile that outlined his rather difficult demeanor.

Despite the off-putting biography, Ralphie did get adopted, but in short order, he was returned. Ralphie was then sent for some intense training and the animal shelter just announced that Ralphie has been adopted again…this time by a so-called “unicorn adopter” that checks all of the boxes necessary for Ralphie’s long-term success.

In a social media post, the shelter explains:

His adopter’s circumstances differ from our original requirements. Some of that has to do with learning more about Ralphie through training- mainly getting him over his reactivity around other dogs. The rest- well, that has to do with Jason being a unicorn adopter.
Ralphie joins Jason’s pack tomorrow. He’ll live with another Frenchie, a Daschund and a German Shepherd. Jason is uniquely qualified because both his Frenchie and Daschund had bite histories before living with him. As for the German Shepherd- well, he is just lovely and super accepting of everyone.

Ralphie’s new owner is a dog trainer, and he leads an active life full of enrichment for his current pets. The shelter writes:

He’ll provide him with structure, and give him an outlet for all that Frenchie energy. We’re told by Jason that he will spam us with updates, but he has also already created a FB and an Instagram for Ralphie so all of you can follow along too.

The shelter has high hopes for Ralphie:

We wish our tiny, reformed terror all the best and we look forward to hearing about all of his adventures. Will agility be his jam, or maybe he’ll beat his new sibling, Cookie’s 5k time of 36:06??? Whatever his next adventure is, we know he’s set up for a successful future!
Thank you to all who shared Ralphie’s story and to those who donated to help tame the dragon!🐾❤️🐉

Follow Ralphie’s adventures on his new Instagram page here.

Continue reading: Two Tigers Escaped From Tornado Damaged Safari In Georgia

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Two Tigers Escaped From Tornado Damaged Safari In Georgia

Pine Mountain, GA – Two tigers were able to escape from a Georgia wildlife safari after a tornado caused damage on the property. According to the Wild Animal Safari, the Pine Mountain property sustained “extensive tornado damage” this weekend and two tigers were able to breach their enclosure.

Early Sunday morning, the safari notified the public that it would be closed because of the tornado damage:

Hey guys, we were impacted by the tornado last light. We have sustained damage at the park and will not be open today. We are working diligently to keep our team and animals safe and will update with more news as it is available.

An hour later, the safari notified the public that two big cats had escaped:

Like much of Southwest Georgia, Pine Mountain Safari sustained extensive tornado damage this morning. Fortunately, none of our animals and employees were hurt. However, several animal enclosures were breeched, and two tigers briefly escaped.

The tigers’ escape was short-lived. A short time later, the tigers were located, tranquilized, and moved to a safe location. The safari said:

Both have now been found, tranquilized, and safely returned to a secure enclosure.
We appreciate your concern and support during this difficult time. Pine Mountain Safari is committed to the safety of our employees, our animals, our customers, and our community. We will continue to update this page with other relevant storm-related information, as warranted.

At least two large tornadoes touched down in Georgia early Sunday morning. On Friday night, a massive EF-4 tornado devastated Rolling Fork, Mississippi. The small town of 1,800 people was essentially wiped off the map because of the huge twister that stayed on the ground for over an hour.

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