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World Penguin Day Facts

world penguin dayPenguins love relatively cold climates, but despite people’s beliefs, there are no penguins at the North Pole. They live in Antarctica, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Chile, the Falkland Islands, the Galapagos Islands, and South Africa. 

Penguins don’t have any teeth! Instead, they have barbed tongues and throats to help them eat fish, squid, shrimp, krill, and other crustaceans.

There are more than 18 different penguin species. Emperor penguins are the tallest, reaching about 47 inches (they’re also the biggest, weighing up to 90 pounds) Little blue penguins (also known as fairy penguins) are the smallest and shortest of their species, measuring about 13 inches tall. Fairy penguins weigh about 2 pounds, making them the smallest of the species.

Normally, wild penguins will live an average of 15-20 years. However, the effects of climate change are putting more of their natural habitats and food sources at risk each year. As a result, some penguin colonies populations have shrunk by up to 80 percent.

First Aid for Pets: What to do in an Emergency

First Aid Awareness MonthFirst aid skills are important not only for helping humans who may be having a health emergency, but also for pets.

Would you know what to do in case of an emergency with your pet?

April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month – the perfect time to learn and review the skills you may need in order to take care of your furry family member.



Help Prevent Animal Abuse/Cruelty – Know the Signs

How to Help Prevent Animal Abuse/Cruelty

It’s up to each of us to help prevent abuse/cruelty to animals. According to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), an animal in the United States is abused or beaten every ten seconds. However, animal abuse/cruelty does not always have physical indicators. Sometimes it can be difficult to tell if an animal is not being treated well or is being taken care of properly by their owner. That is why it is crucial that we take the time to understand the various forms of abuse/cruelty, the signs to be on the lookout for and how to prevent it.

Possible Signs of Animal Abuse/Cruelty

Lack of adequate shelter:

An animal that’s regularly left outside can quickly perish in the Arizona heat. Access to clean, fresh water and shelter from the sun is important, especially during the summer months. Better yet, animals should be kept indoors where it’s cooler.

Untreated medical or skin conditions:

If an animal is losing hair or has open sores, they need to receive medical treatment. Withholding treatment for common ailments or diseases like diabetes or thyroid issues is also a form of animal abuse/cruelty.

Extended crating:

Pets need regular exercise, attention, and socialization, not to mention potty breaks. If these can’t or won’t be provided by the pet owner, they shouldn’t own a pet.

Negligent abuse/cruelty:

Negligent abuse/cruelty can include leaving an animal alone in a locked car during the summer months. Owners should never do this to their pets – not even for “just a few minutes”. Temperatures within the vehicle will quickly soar to life-threatening levels.

How to Help Prevent Animal Abuse/Cruelty

If you suspect or witness an act of animal abuse/cruelty, don’t look away – ACT! You need to call the local police, the Humane Society or another animal welfare organization. You can make a complaint (anonymously if necessary) so that animals in jeopardy are rescued and receive the care they need. If you’re concerned about the immediate health or safety of the animal, be sure to alert the officer that it’s an emergency situation. Be sure to keep a record of the incident(s), the date of your complaint, the organization you contacted and the name of the person you talked with as well as their response to the situation you’ve described. It may be helpful if authorities decide to prosecute the suspected abuser. Remember, we need to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. For more information on whom to call when reporting animal abuse here in Phoenix, visit