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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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Columbus Humane creates one-of-a-kind ‘Essential Care Center’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Between job loss, rising costs and struggling to make ends meet, thousands of pet owners have struggled to stay afloat since the start of the pandemic.

The pandemic was hard on everyone, but it put a heavy strain on pet owners who often struggled to feed or provide medical care to their animals.

“In 2020, the demand for our pet food and supplies absolutely skyrocketed,” said Rachel Finney, who serves as the CEO of Columbus Humane. “We were getting hundreds of calls. ‘My beloved pet, I have pets that I love, but I can’t afford their food. Can you help me?’”

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Cat Fanciers’ Mid-Ohio cat show draws cat lovers to Ohio Expo Center

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The Ohio Expo Center hosted an event this weekend that was purr-fect for families and pet lovers.

The Cat Fanciers’ Association‘s Mid-Ohio cat show came to town this weekend, and it featured more than 30 different breeds of furry friends competing in different contests as well as fun activities for the whole family.

“This is a great opportunity for people to get to know about the different breeds of cats,” CFA all-breed judge Bethany Colilla.

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More Ohioans choosing to adopt shelter dogs over purebreds

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In the past, Americans have been found to prefer to purchase purebred dogs such as French bulldogs or dachshunds. but more recently, there has been a shift toward adopting from shelters, including in Ohio.

A study by Bone Voyage Dog Rescue found that 44% of Ohioans prefer to adopt shelter dogs rather than purchase purebreds, up from older data by the Humane Society of the United States which found 40% of Ohioans preferred to adopt from shelters.

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Franklin County’s most popular dog names

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Local dog owners mostly lean toward human names for their furry friends.

Fetching the newsThe Franklin County Auditor’s Office provided us a list of every dog name licensed this year.

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Birds, bunnies, other breeds take refuge at central Ohio domestic violence shelte

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Survivors of domestic violence seeking to escape an abusive environment are often faced with a difficult decision: what to do with their pets.

Of the estimated 10 million Americans affected by family and partner violence each year, nearly half delay their decision to seek refuge at a shelter out of concern for their animals’ safety, according to Brittany Thomas, the marketing director at Columbus Humane.

That’s why, in 2019, the animal welfare nonprofit teamed up with Lutheran Social Services’ central Ohio-area domestic violence shelter to house and care for victims’ pets – making it one of only 3% of shelters nationwide that accommodate animals.

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Guinness World Records: 30-year-old Portugal dog declared oldest dog ever

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Nearly two months after a Chihuahua mix from Ohio was named the world’s oldest living dog at 23 years old, a dog from Portugal has taken over that title in addition to the title of world’s oldest dog ever.

On Thursday, Guinness World Records declared Bobi, a 30-year-old Rafeiro do Alentejo from Conqueiros, Portugal, the new title holder.

Bobi was born May 11, 1992 and is 30 years and 267 days old as of Feb. 2, 2023. His owner Leonel said he was eight when the dog was born.

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How to give back safely on Giving Tuesday

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Following the big holiday shopping rush, Giving Tuesday is a day for giving back. Many local organizations are asking for your support during the holiday season.

“Our shelter has been full for a while now” said Brittany Thomas with Columbus Humane, one of many organizations asking for support during the holiday season.

The shelter has seen a number of cruelty cases and an uptick in animals being surrendered. Additionally, as the cost of owning a pet increases, many owners are turning to shelters for support with basic veterinarian care.

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Franklin County Dog Shelter hosts reverse trick-or-treat

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The Franklin County Dog Shelter provided a reverse trick-or-treat Thursday night for the dogs and local kids.

During the event, the kids were able to give the dogs some attention and a treat. In return, they got a treat of their own.

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