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Adopt or shop: The specter of puppy mills looms over local debates about pet stores

How does a dog become a pet? The ways in which an owner may meet their new best friend are as varied as dog breeds, ranging from a meticulous, months-long quest to claim a corgi from a rescue organization states away, to a neighbor casually asking if you want to pick a pup from their mutt’s latest litter. But debates around dog ownership […]

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Binky for joy! The Iowa City Animal Center is full of bunnies

Many animal shelters see a sad trend in late spring and early summer: an influx of rabbits, bought from pet stores during the Easter season only to be abandoned after the novelty — along with the leftover chocolate bunnies — was gone. This isn’t the case with every bunny currently housed at the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center, but all six still await a permanent home. […]

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Adoptable Pets of the Week: Didi and Celeste, bunnies about town

For two months, psychologist Tracy Ksiazak has been taking Iowa City shelter rabbits to her office for the Bunny’s Day Out program. “It’s an ideal place to offer shelter bunnies a chance to meet friendly people [and] take ‘hop-abouts’ for exercise.”
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From toys to emergency surgeries, Friends of the Animal Center Foundation fills in funding gaps to help shelter pets

Pinky, Tarzan and Dray took over the boardroom at the South Riverside office of the Friends of the Animal Center Foundation (FACF) in late October. “Having kittens in my office is not crazy for me,” said Christina Kimerle, FACF executive director. “I lived with tigers for a little bit.” […]

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Adoptable Pet of the Week: Pretty Girl, the blind, deaf and super-sweet senior

Every shelter animal has its challenges, some steeper than others. With very little in the way of hearing and no sight, life at the Iowa City Animal Center can be more confusing and stressful for Pretty Girl than a dog with full use of its senses. Still, it couldn’t be more obvious that the 11-year-old is a perfect companion.
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Adoptable Pets of the Week: ‘People cats’ Godiva and Sable

Many self-proclaimed cat people would prefer to hang out with their pets than fellow human beings. Godiva and Sable have the same attitude towards their own species — the two Iowa City Animal Center felines love cozying up to and playing with people, but turn their tails up at other cats. […]

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Adoptable Pet of the Week: Abraham, the country bumpkin

Restless warrior. Wide-eyed wanderer. Star-crossed voyager. These aren’t just phrases used in Elton John’s “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.” They describe Abraham, a rugged feline at the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center. […]

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