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30 Jun

Cat Cafes: The Feline Sensation That's Sweeping the Nation

Have you always wanted to go to a cat cafe? Have you always wondered what a cat cafe really is? Well, the time is now for both of those things as these feline-centric coffee shops are popping up all over the country. What is it exactly? Well, it’s just what it sounds like: a café where you can go and play with cats. Some call it crazy, some call it genius. The best part of the whole thing is that, in most cases, these cats are up for adoption and are getting a chance at a new home. This craze started in Japan and came over to the United States in 2013. Below is a list of a few of the cat cafes around the country. Don’t see a location near you? Check out for a definitive list of existing and upcoming cat cafes! Make sure to pay attention to the rules of each café, as many have varying age restrictions.

Crumbs & Whiskers: Georgetown, Washington, D.C.

Cost: $10 per hour Monday-Friday, $12 per hour Saturday and Sunday

This is D.C.’s first cat café, which opened only a few weeks ago thanks to an ambitious cat lover and Kickstarter. All cats in the cafe are available for adoption through the Washington Humane Society. While the menu is small, coffee and desserts are provided by Georgetown Bites, a café across the street. On top of that, the shop offers a wide variety of cute t-shirts and cards, with all proceeds going to the upkeep of the cafe. 

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25 Jun

Dog With Missing Nose Made Her Own 'Home' Because No One Loved Her

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(Guest Post from Caitlin Jill Anders at


All dogs want a home they can call their own, and when this sweet puppy didn't have one, she tried to make one all by herself.

Sienna Rose was found wandering around Baltimore on a snowy night this past winter. She was likely a victim of dog fighting — tragically, part of her face appeared to have been bitten off when she was found, Kelcy Kimmerer, of Second Chance Rescue, told The Dodo.

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Credit: Kelcy Kimmerer

Crystal Baldwin, a social worker at a Baltimore school, saw Sienna through a window in her classroom — the dog was freezing and huddled up next to a telephone pole. Baldwin took about 20 minutes to approach Sienna, and when Sienna was finally comfortable, she began begging for crackers from the bag Baldwin was holding. Sienna was so excited to have found a friend, and soon led Baldwin to where she had been living. 

"Her home was around the corner of a cement wall — the last remaining part of a burnt-down home — underneath a pile of snow-covered drywall that had been propped up against what remained of the building," Baldwin said. "Under the drywall she had hidden what she had been living off of — a few empty chip bags and a bird carcass. She was so excited to show me and it made me so sad for her." 

Sienna Pic
Credit: Kelcy Kimmerer

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17 Jun

17 Signs You Definitely Need a Dog

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At DogVacay, we’re passionate about dogs and pet care, and we make it easy for pet owners to find awesome sitters. The idea: your pet can stay in a real home with a loving sitter while you’re away, whether you’re traveling or just out for the day!

To us, everyone should have a dog (or two or three). On the fence? If you relate to any of these 17 signs below, we see a pup in your future.

And guess what—we’ll be joining Animal Planet this June 27 in Chicago for Woofstock: The Road to Puppy Bowl! Join us to meet adorable adoptable pups from PAWS Chicago, and you just might go home with your furry best friend!

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16 Jun

Adoptable Rockin’ Dogs and PAWS Chicago Join Woofstock: Road to Puppy Bowl

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Founder and Chair, PAWS Chicago

Top Row: Left: Hashbrown; Right: Hoot. Bottom Left: Marmaduke; Right: Parfait. Photo courtesy of PAWS

A group of groovy animals will make their big stage debuts at Animal Planet’s Woofstock: Road to Puppy Bowl event in Chicago on June 27, in search of peace, love … and their forever homes. If you missed the first Woodstock (or just want to relive it, without the mud!), come on out and you may be lucky enough to meet adoptable dogs Santana, Country Joe and Sha Na Na. You could even catch acts by Joan Barkez, Jefferson Pawplane, Janice Pawplin or Sly and the Family Bone!

PAWS Chicago will host the on-site adoption event at Woofstock, featuring more than 40 pets waiting to find their rockin’ families. Also, throughout the event weekend, our Lincoln Park and North Shore Adoption Centers will be open extended hours, and in keeping with the free Woodstock tradition, Animal Planet will cover adoption fees at those locations for specially designated “Rock Star” dogs and cats. Check the PAWS Chicago website for details.

PAWS Volunteers, the PAWS Adoption Center Lobby, and Snooks! Photos courtesy of PAWS.

Woofstock: Road to Puppy Bowl will feature great live music, food and outdoor entertainment. But like its namesake, it is also is part of a bigger social movement, challenging traditional views on how homeless animals are treated and celebrating the adoption revolution. PAWS Chicago, a national model in No Kill animal sheltering, is committed to bringing an end to the killing of homeless cats and dogs. 

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15 Jun

The ASPCA is Headed to Woofstock: Road to Puppy Bowl! Are You?

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The ASPCA® team will be making its way to Woofstock: Road to Puppy Bowl in Chicago on June 27! Join us as we celebrate man’s best friend and take the pledge vowing to make pet adoption your first option. At Woofstock, the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) will be handing out blankets to the first 500 visitors who take the adoption pledge. They’ll also be providing information about the ASPCA app, a free app that offers customized step-by-step instructions to find missing pets, expert advice on protecting pets before and during natural disasters, and a place to safely store and update pets’ medical records.

Woofstock: Road to Puppy Bowl is an all day festival featuring Animal Planet talent, live music, food, and more. Not only will there be attractions for humans, plenty of activities will be for their four legged friends. There’s going to be a Doggie Obstacle Course, photo ops, a dog tag machine, and even a kiss cam where you and your pup have a chance to be featured in Puppy Bowl XII! Be sure to swing by the ASPCA’s tent to take the adoption pledge. If you’re unable to make it to Chicago, you can still sign the pledge online.

Photo Courtesy of The ASPCA

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11 Jun

Terminally Ill Dog Goes on Bucket List Road Trip

When Thomas Neil Rodriguez, a New York DJ, returned home from a tour in Asia, he found out his dog, Poh, was terminally ill. Vets found tumors on Poh's liver and kidneys and told Rodriguez that Poh may only have a few days left. According to, it was then that Rodriguez decided he wanted to make the most out of those last "days" and give his beloved dog an adventure he will never forget.

"What started as a single stop in Phoenix, AZ, turned into a 35-city, seven week tour of the United States," Rodriguez, who chronicled the adventures on Poh's own Instagram, told TODAY. Poh's account now has more then 90,000 followers along for his adventure.

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3 Jun

Caitlyn the Dog on Road to Recovery After Being Found With Muzzle Taped Shut

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A 15-month-old chocolate Staffordshire terrier mix is in danger of losing part of her tongue after she was found with her muzzle taped shut by electrical tape. According to WCIV-TV Charleston, her muzzle was taped so tight, her tongue was stuck out between her teeth, and turned black.

Caitlyn the puppy, who has been the focus of hashtags, thousands of dollars in rewards, and campaigns calling for harsher penalties for animal abusers, was found by former care takers who immediately contacted authorities. They say they sold the dog on Memorial day for only $10 dollars, after fear that they could not control the puppy and she would cause them to be evicted. Only two days had passed when they found the puppy in critical condition outside of their home. Authorities are continuing to investigate the case and have arrested the man who previous owners say they sold the dog to.

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26 Mar

'Road to Puppy Bowl' Scores Double with Events in Atlanta and Miami This Weekend


Earlier this month, Animal Planet kicked off its second annual Road to the Puppy Bowl tour with three successful stops in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, MD, and Austin, TX. Continuing with the ongoing mission to promote animal adoption and responsible pet ownership, Animal Planet and several animal rescue organizations have teamed up to host a series of all-star adoption events and help families find their very own MVP (Most Valuable Pet) in cities throughout the United States.

This Saturday, Road to Puppy Bowl will head to the southeast for two simultaneous events in Atlanta and Miami. One event will be hosted in Florida at the Miami-Dade County Animal Services from 10AM to 4PM EST. The second will take place from 11AM to 4PM at the Atlanta Humane Society in Georgia. Join us in either location for an exciting day filled with giveaways, photo ops, and overly adorable animals. We'll post our favorite fan snapshots from the day at, and you can share your own using #R2PB on Instagram.

As an added bonus, any individuals or families wishing to adopt a pet during these events will be able to do so free of charge. That's right! Animal Planet will cover 100 percent of the adoption fees, making it that much easier for you to take your new furry friend off to their fur-ever home!

Get more details and sign up for Road to Puppy Bowl: Atlanta and Miami now!

Can't make it? Stay tuned as we announce more Road to Puppy Bowl dates. There may be an event coming soon to a city near you. 

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17 Mar

Family Rescues Magpie, Treated to a Forever Friend


A photo posted by Penguin Bloom (@penguinthemagpie) on Sep 12, 2014 at 5:47pm PDT

While most families might have a dog or cat for a pet, the Bloom family of Sydney, Australia, has a different sort of animal friend: a magpie.


A photo posted by Penguin Bloom (@penguinthemagpie) on Jan 16, 2015 at 2:23am PST

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28 Feb

Animal Planet Kicks off 2nd Annual 'Road to the Puppy Bowl'

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If you're anything like us here at Animal Planet, the days since Puppy Bowl XI have been absolutely ruff! We all have to wait until 2016 rolls around to see next year's puppy athletes romping around the gridiron, but there's fortunately one great reason for you to keep calm and smile on. Road to Puppy Bowl is on its way! 

For a second year, Animal Planet is bringing the spirit of Puppy Bowl to animal rescue organizations around the country through Road to the Puppy Bowl, a series of all-star adoption events meant to help families find their very own MVP (Most Valuable Pet) at a shelter in their community. When attending each event, you can expect plenty of fun giveaways, photo ops, and overly adorable and adoptable animals. 

Plus, Animal Planet will make adopting an new furry family member even simpler by covering some or all of the costs of adoptions during the events. That means you could take your new cat or dog home for free!

While you're at an event, share your Road to Puppy Bowl experience with us. Post your photos to Instagram and tag them with #R2PB. We'll post our favorites here at


Get more details and sign up for our upcoming Road to Puppy Bowl: OAKLAND and HOUSTON events now! Both events will take place from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, April 18 in their respective time zones. 


Stay tuned as we announce more Road to Puppy Bowl dates. There may be an event coming soon to a city near you.

View a gallery of fan photos from Road to Puppy Bowl events.

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