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Columbus Humane celebrates 140 years

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Gucci is a two year old female, available for adoption at Columbus Humane, who is celebrating their 140th anniversary on Dec. 7th.

Kane is a three year old male, large mix breed, available for adoption at Columbus Humane

Muffin is a five year old male, available for adoption at Columbus Humane

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Baby girl Bornean orangutan born at Columbus Zoo

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Last week, the Columbus Zoo welcomed a baby female Bornean orangutan into the world, marking the first birth of the critically endangered species at the zoo in over 60 years.

The baby orangutan was born on Nov. 28 at 12:34 a.m. to first-time mother Khali, who is 17. The zoo said the baby appears to be “bright and strong.” It also reports that Khali is attentive to the baby’s needs and spends her time grooming and snuggling her baby. Khali has been bringing her baby over to the keepers for visual examinations, the zoo said.

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Canine Companions provides service dogs to veterans battling post-traumatic stress

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Each November, our nation takes time to honor veterans for their service to our country. Often the sacrifices they make result in health impacts, which is why Canine Companions is doing their part to help those veterans overcome the challenges.

So far, Canine Companions has provided hundreds of service dogs to U.S. war veterans across the country. That includes central Ohio local Rob Garlick, who received his service dog, Fritter, in March of this year.

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Police therapy dogs train at Columbus Zoo

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It was hard to tell who had more fun at the Columbus Zoo on Thursday: the police K9 therapy dogs, or their handlers.

Fourteen law enforcement K9 therapy teams were at the zoo for training, taking in the smorgasbord of sights, smells, people and sounds — like when they were heckled by the seals at Adventure Cove.

“The great thing about these dogs is they’re used for everything,” said Darrah Metz, a deputy with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office who partners with Mattis, a 6-year-old English Labrador.

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Bill would reward landlords who allow some pets without added rent or fees

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A bipartisan duo of lawmakers is hoping to alleviate the housing crisis by targeting a major cost for many renters: their cats and dogs.

House Bill 277 would create a tax credit for landlords who allow companion animals – defined as cats or dogs – in units without added security deposits or fees. For up to 10 units, landlords could earn $750 per unit, reflecting the average additional cost for pet-friendly units, sponsor Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) said last week.

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Columbus Zoo breaks ground on new animal habitats

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It was an exciting morning at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on Tuesday as renovations began on one of the zoo’s oldest regions.

The North America region’s new, immersive habitats will give guests a new way to visit their favorite animals, and the region’s curator, Nikki Smith, says she’s excited for guests to experience these.

“The otters in our habitat love to swim. They love to dive,” Smith said. “It’s not something that our guests get to experience currently, so I’m really looking forward to sharing that with them.”

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Adoptable Pit Bull Showcases Skills in Shelter’s Obstacle Course

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In Loretta’s world, two things reign supreme: toys and obstacle courses. This adoptable Pit Bull mix often showcases her skills and athletic prowess in the newly constructed obstacle course at Franklin County Dog Shelter in Ohio, according to NBC News. Loretta’s favorite way to spend the day is performing tricks — showcasing her skills and athletic prowess, like a true champion.

However, she isn’t alone in this journey. As she waits for her forever home, Loretta is joined by her best friend — a squeaky hedgehog chew toy — as well as her Behavior Coordinator, Becca Moser.

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Adoptable dog shows off skills in shelter’s obstacle course

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The 4-year-old pit bull mix had the opportunity to try out the shelter’s enrichment playground, with Behavior Coordinator Becca Moser along for the ride. Throughout her adventure, Loretta was nearly inseparable from a hedgehog chew toy.

“She might have a little destructive side to her when it comes to her toys,” Moser joked. “She probably could have laid in the grass and chewed on that toy for hours.”

The shelter’s new playground includes a few obstacle course structures, including jumping hurdles, stairs, and puzzles that the dogs can solve to get treats.

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Precious cargo: Columbus Zoo returns 5 rehabilitated manatees to Florida

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Nearly 6,000 pounds of rehabilitated sea cow made the journey to Florida over the weekend after gaining strength in Ohio zoos.

No, these cows didn’t jump over the moon, but their nearing completion of the journey to a healthy reintroduction into the wild is nearly as remarkable. Five manatees from the Columbus Zoo and three from the Cincinnati Zoo successfully completed their rehabilitation, some coming from extremely dire situations, and were placed in customized transports to fly from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport to Florida.

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Largest single-breed horse show in the world returns to Columbus

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The All American Quarter Horse Congress is back in Columbus. It’s the largest single-breed horse show in the world, and it happens each year at the Ohio Expo Center.

Whether you are an enthusiast who has been around horses since birth or someone who has never been within ten feet of one, there is something to pique your interest at the Quarter Horse Congress.

Event organizers say the Congress is a huge driver of the local economy, generating over $400 million. If you plan on coming to the Congress, you’ll see lots of contests over the course of a few weeks including collegiate and youth competitions.

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