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  • 21 Aug 2015 4:07 PM | Deleted user

    “If the mountain won’t come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the mountain.” This phrase describes the mission of nonprofit Wings of Rescue.

    Founded six years ago by Yehuda Netanel, a general aviation pilot residing in Malibu’s Monte Nido neighborhood, the organization takes dogs and cats in imminent danger of being euthanized in high-kill, overcrowded animal shelters in the L.A. area and transports them by private plane to Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Montana, where there are shortages of pets available for adoption. 

    The organization now has 31 pilots that volunteer their own time and airplanes to provide regular transportation of animals to facilities outside of L.A. They have also begun picking up animals from the Bakersfield area, as well as South Carolina, and have taken them as far away as New York and Canada. As of last week, the group had rescued a total of 13,843 animals. Wings of Rescue has a network of 29 receiving shelters and 26 sending shelters that they work with to coordinate their transports. 

    A PBS documentary, “Shelter Me: New Beginnings,” portrayed a special Wings of Rescue transport that took place about four months ago, flying 128 dogs from L.A County Baldwin Park Animal Shelter to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on nine private planes that took off from Long Beach Airport.

    Many of the selected dogs had to be spayed or neutered, groomed, photographed and microchipped in the days leading up to the trip. On the day of the flight, they were rousted from their cages beginning at 4 a.m. by volunteers, walked, put into travel crates with labels and photos, lined up, and put into transport vans by 7:30 a.m.

    Once at the airport, the dogs had to be loaded onto one of nine planes for the three-hour flight. Upon arrival in Idaho, a team of nearly 100 volunteers met the planes on the tarmac, took the dogs off the planes and out of their crates, and walked them on leashes to representatives of the proper receiving shelter. A dog “parade” and adoption events took place right on the airport grounds, with many of the dogs being adopted right on the spot. 

    Within two weeks, every dog had found a new family. 

    Debbie Jeffrey, director of the Kootenai Humane Society — one of the Idaho receiving shelters — said in a phone interview with The Malibu Times that Wings of Rescue has brought them 1,500 animals so far. “The majority of what we get is small dogs because we don’t have many of them here,” she said. “Just last Friday, we had another flight, and all 16 of them were adopted by the time we got through processing. We’ll keep taking them as long as they want to bring them.” She lets local people know about incoming transports through social media and Facebook. 

    It’s a very happy ending — all of the dogs that had been not been adopted and headed for euthanasia in the crowded shelters of L.A. found a new home and a new life in the country atmosphere of Idaho. And the story repeats itself over and over again with every flight made by Wings of Rescue.

    Netanel said his organization provides the link between having too many dogs and cats in one place and not enough to go around in other parts of the country.

    “Air transport is being used to bridge the long distances,” he said. “I became aware of how dogs get euthanized routinely after just two or three days in a shelter. And we as volunteer pilots in the general aviation world can do something quite meaningful about it.”

    Unfortunately, the flagship plane crashed on a test flight several months ago, and its absence is compromising Wings of Rescue’s goal of rescuing 7,000 animals in 2015.

    “We’re still feeling the aftermath of this devastating loss, and we need the community’s support to continue our mission of airlifting shelter pets to their new homes,” Netanel shared. “We’re looking to purchase a plane that will make it possible to save an additional 100,000 shelter pets during its lifespan.” 

    He encourages any pilot with access to a cabin-class turboprop or corporate jet to join the volunteer air corps.

    “The rescue flights are easy and fun, the logistics are handled by volunteers, the cost is tax deductible, and the satisfaction is immense,” he said.

    Netanel hopes to buy a pre-owned Pilatus PC-12 pressurized turboprop plane for approximately $2 million, and will personally donate the $1 million insurance payout from the previous plane to kick-off the fundraising challenge.

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  • 21 Aug 2015 4:03 PM | Deleted user

    Helen Hester spent the months after Hurricane Katrina sitting in front of a cage, reading the newspaper to a dog named Chaz.

    He'd been wandering the streets, and it wasn't safe for anyone to interact with him. Hester was determined to get him used to people again. She went to the New Orleans SPCA shelter every day, sat right in front of his cage, and read.

    "He didn't remember that humans were his friends," she said.

    She would read The New York Times and sometimes The New Orleans Times Picayune. She mostly read about the storm and the recovery, but sometimes, just for something lighter, she'd read him the arts section too.

    Chaz was in the crate for months. The SPCA had lost its building in the storm so the shelter was housed in a coffee warehouse with no running water and no air conditioning. There were tarps on the roof but it still leaked. Hundreds of rescued dogs came in every day.

    "I remember just being amazed at the commitment and dedication of the staff and the volunteers that were there around the clock," said Ana Zorrilla, CEO of the New Orleans SPCA. "[They were] just doing everything they possibly could to make the animals comfortable and to help them get over the stress. "

    As time wore on, the dogs around Chaz were adopted, but he was continually passed over because he still seemed too aggressive. Hester kept hoping his real family would come back for him.

    No one was sure where Chaz had come from, but he'd been found in one of the most flooded neighborhoods.

    About 1.2 million people were evacuated from the New Orleans region before the hurricane hit. Those evacuated were told they couldn't bring their pets.

    After the storm, the New Orleans SPCA embarked on the largest animal rescue operation ever seen in the U.S. Volunteers took rowboats to the flooded streets, picking dogs off the roofs and cats out of the water. It's estimated 15,000 pets were rescued.

    But nearly 90,000 New Orleans-area pets have never been accounted for, and some reports estimate that 600,000 animals died or were left without shelter as a result of the hurricane.

    The rescued animals were kept in crates. If they had become too wild, like Chaz, they went into a special area, called the "rehab tent."

    The packs of dogs running through New Orleans after the storm, and the news reports of heartbroken owners searching for their animals, garnered national attention.

    In 2006, the Senate passed the the Pet Evacuation & Transportation Standards (PETS) Act, which authorizes FEMA to rescue, shelter and care for people with pets and service animals. This could save not only the lives of pets, but people too -- about 44% of the 100,000 who did not evacuate stayed because they didn't want to leave their pets behind, according to a report by the Fritz Institute.

    Chaz's owner never came to claim him. Once Hester knew he wasn't going to be claimed or adopted, she had to make a decision. The shelter was only getting more crowded, and some animals had to be euthanized.

    "Gradually it came to me that his real family had found him, and it was myself," Hester said. Now together for ten years, and she says he's a loving dog who still gets terrified during thunderstorms.

    Hester, who was a cat person before Katrina, now has three dogs, including Chaz.

    She also has a van -- just in case.

    "I can fit both the cats and the dogs in there safely," she said. "And maybe a neighbor or two." 

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  • 14 Aug 2015 4:00 PM | Deleted user

    When moved to the weaning facility, one of the first things a pig should do is look for water and take a drink. Unfortunately, the stress of movement, new surroundings and new penmates can delay adequate hydration. Without prevention or support, this dehydration can delay performance and cause significant setbacks in young pigs.

    Dan McManus, DVM, swine specialist for Purina Animal Nutrition, points to dehydration as one of the largest challenges young pigs face at weaning. A lack of water consumption is clear when looking at the numbers. In fact, estimates show only 51 percent of newly weaned pigs consume water in the first 25 hours post-weaning.

    "The young pig is made up of about 70 percent water, so keeping him hydrated is very important in getting him started," McManus says. "At weaning, we need to do everything we can to get pigs drinking and eating."

    "Feed intake the first few days post-weaning is highly correlated to water intake," he adds. "The faster we get them eating and drinking, the better the performance is going to be in that first 40 days postweaning - and beyond."

    Following are three tips to help keep pigs hydrated pre- and post-weaning to set the stage for a successful finish.

    Provide adequate water space and flow.

    A target water consumption for weaned pigs is 0.3 gallons of water per pound of feed consumed, equating to 0.7 gallons of water per day throughout the weaning period. To allow pigs adequate access to water, provide one waterer for every 10 pigs.

    Test the water quality, temperature and flow rate prior to introducing pigs to the facility.

    "We need to provide plenty of water space and plenty of water availability," McManus says. "I like to see a flow rate of about 1 pint per minute through the waterers in the nursery and grow phase and about 1 quart per minute in the finishing phase."

    Provide support at weaning.

    Due to new surroundings, penmates and transport, stressed pigs will often drink low amounts of water during the weaning transition. Hydration support can help minimize the stress by providing essential nutrients and lessen performance lag during the transition.

    Before the transition, add electrolytes to the waterers through a water medicator. To help transition onto solid feed, provide gel and highly-palatable starter feeds both pre- and post-weaning.

    "Electrolyte solutions and gel can help keep pigs hydrated and performing well in that first week postweaning," McManus says. "Look for a product that provides sodium, chloride, magnesium, vitamins and pH acidifiers. These nutrients help balance the gut and keep the pig drinking and eating."

    The added nutrients and palatability of electrolytes have proven effective. In a study evaluating the first three days post-weaning, early weaned pigs drank four times more water with electrolytes (3.748 L/pig/24h) compared to untreated tap water (836 mL/pig/24h).[3] Similarly, feeding gel has led to higher feed consumption the first 4-7 days post-weaning.

    "I typically encourage producers to provide electrolytes to pigs the first 5-7 days after weaning and during times of stress; and to mat-feed gel two days pre-weaning and five days post-weaning," McManus says. "This early hydration is critical in creating eaters and promoting long-term performance."

    Provide support through challenges.

    Dehydration is also likely during health challenges or other times of stress. Critical times in the pig production cycle include: transport, disease and vaccination.

    "A sign of stress in pigs is diarrhea. If a pig has diarrhea, he's losing electrolytes and the water balance in the pigs can reach critical levels. This imbalance can damage the villi in the pig's digestive tract, resulting in decreased nutrient absorption long-term."

    "I've had really good luck with gel and electrolytes when pigs have diarrhea, because of the added nutrients gel and electrolytes provide," McManus says. "These tools are a very good adjunct to help pigs through challenges and help set them up for long-term performance. Through all phases, hydration is critical." 

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  • 14 Aug 2015 3:59 PM | Deleted user

    China has ratified an export agreement which gives unprecedented market access to the Australian live cattle industry.

    Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says China's signature on the cattle health protocol agreement takes Australia a step closer to the first shipment of Australian export feeder and slaughter cattle into China.

    Mr Joyce said the exporters would now need to ensure all animal welfare standards under the ESCAS system were in order.

    He said the first trial shipment of cattle from Australia to China would go by air.

    "This is a process that allows you to basically test the supply chain, and it allows for immediate transport in one day," he said.

    "I think we'll see more of this in the future.

    "It won't be the norm. It will be a very small part of the market, but it's a vital part of the market."

    The Australian Government believes the Chinese market for live cattle can eventually become as big as the largest current market, Indonesia.

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  • 14 Aug 2015 3:57 PM | Deleted user

    Heat and humidity place an added burden on horses during training, competition, and transportation. Especially during the busy summer travel and show season, it’s important to make sure your horse is not becoming overheated, stays sufficiently hydrated, and remains comfortable, even when temperatures soar.

    “Horses are better equipped to work in cold weather than in the heat,” said Katie Young, PhD, equine nutritionist and manager equine technical services for Purina Animal Nutrition. “They build up a tremendous amount of body heat as a result of fiber digestion and muscle exertion, plus insulation from their haircoats and body fat, and hot, humid weather can make heat dissipation extremely difficult.”

    Young and Karen Davison, PhD, equine nutritionist and sales support manager, shared the following tips for horse owners to help ensure a healthy summer season.

    1. Head off heat stress. A horse’s main cooling mechanism is evaporation of sweat from the skin surface. Increased humidity reduces this evaporation, decreasing the horse’s ability to cool down. Under extreme heat, especially with high humidity, the body’s cooling mechanisms might not work well enough to dissipate the heat generated. This can lead to heat stress, which is hard on the body and can impair performance.

    A simple calculation can help you determine your horse’s risk level for heat stress. Take the ambient temperature (measured in degrees Fahrenheit), add the relative humidity (%), and subtract the wind speed (miles per hour, or mph). So, if the ambient temperature is 98° F with a 55% relative humidity and wind speed of 5 mph (98 + 55 – 5), you’re left with the number 148. This value represents your horse’s risk of heat stress:

        130 or less: The horse’s own cooling mechanisms should work effectively.

        140 to 170: The horse has partial cooling capacity and might need some assistance cooling down.

        Higher than 180: The horse is at high risk for heat stress or stroke.

    2. Don’t hesitate to hydrate. Sweat generated during work robs the body of large amounts of fluids and important nutrients that must be replenished. So it’s very important to provide adequate clean water to help horses stay hydrated. In some situations, such as travel, it can be hard to persuade your horse to drink enough water. Compressed hay blocks soaked in water can be very helpful in these situations, as a horse will sometimes eat a hay block with water even when he turns up his nose at a bucket of water.

    3. Amp up electrolytes. Electrolytes are electrically charged mineral salts that play a major role in water balance and are integral to nerve and muscle function. An electrolyte imbalance can lead to heart problems, digestive dysfunction, muscle cramps, and nervousness. The primary electrolytes lost in a horse’s sweat are sodium, potassium, and chloride.

    Horses working at light to moderate levels will generally receive adequate electrolytes from a nutritionally balanced feed, good quality hay, and a salt block or a couple of ounces of loose salt each day. Even if these horses are sweating a bit, a good diet (including free choice or top-dressed salt) along with plenty of clean water is usually adequate to replenish the electrolytes lost in sweat. However, if your horse works very hard in hot, humid climates, and sweats a great deal, he will likely need additional electrolyte supplementation.

    4. Evaluate the environment. Pay attention to environmental conditions and try to avoid working your horse when the risk of heat stress is high. Be sure to provide adequate water for hydration and electrolytes to replenish sweat loss. Try to work in the shade, turn on some fans, and use cold water to wash down your hot horse.

    Summer is great time to enjoy and bond with your horse! Just remember to help him beat the heat through these late summer months by giving him the care and attention he deserves.

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  • 14 Aug 2015 3:54 PM | Deleted user

    Qatar Airways Cargo added a 747-400BCF heavy cargo aircraft to its fleet, completing its first chartered-service flight from Doha to Hong Kong. The aircraft will be used for the charter transport of oversized freight, using both belly freight and maindeck cargo capacity, with 39 ULD positions.

    The pressurized cargo cabin of the freighter will allow Qatar to carry livestock and horses. The cargo hold can also maintain a temperature range from 4° to 30°C for sensitive perishables. Other likely cargo will include heavy machinery, oversized equipment, oil and gas industry machinery, and humanitarian aid. The aircraft is capable of long-haul cargo flights of up to 10 hours.

    Use of the -400BCF will be brief, however. Qatar said it will take delivery of another 747-400F with a nose-loading door in October, to replace the existing 747-400BCF for charter operations. The airline committed to an additional four 777Fs at the Paris Air Show in June, expanding its fleet to eight 777Fs and two A330Fs.

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  • 14 Aug 2015 3:49 PM | Deleted user

    Prison guards in Costa Rica caught a pigeon with a bag of drugs attached to its chest in a bizarre attempt to smuggle drugs to inmates.

    Officers at La Reforma prison captured it with 14g of cocaine and 14g of cannabis stuffed into a black pouch which camouflaged against its dark feathers.

    They have previously caught other animals such as cats and iguanas trying to transport drugs into the prison in San Rafael de Alajuela, local websites have reported.

    The guards spotted the bird on Tuesday afternoon as it flew towards an open area of the medium security La Reforma prison, Teletica reported.

    Prison director Paul Bertozzi said: 'They observed the bulge on the animal so they captured it and confirmed that it carried a bag with zipper - and the drugs were inside... It seems the dove was trained for it.'

    The pigeon was examined by experts at the ZooAve Animal Rescue Centre who said the bag it was carrying caused some damage to its digestive system. 

    Reports from Costa Rica suggest it will be kept in quarantine for at least 40 days because they believe it will return to where it came from if they release it.  

    The head of the centre was 'stunned' by the incident and said it would be well looked after at the centre. 

    The prison is now investigating who was responsible for the drug-smuggling attempt. 

    Paul Bertozzi added: 'We have a warning that this method can be used again as it is not the first time in the history of La Reforma that a pigeon was detected with drugs.'

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  • 14 Aug 2015 3:44 PM | Deleted user

    SAN FRANCISCO -- Michael Forzano, 24, doesn't go anywhere without his yellow Labrador retriever. A software developer in Seattle, Forzano is blind, and in the five years he's owned his guide dog, Delta, he has not once been denied entry into a business establishment.

    That was before he tried hailing an Uber ride.

    This year alone, he’s had seven Uber and Lyft drivers deny him service -- and drive off without him and his service animal.

    “I almost missed a flight once, I’ve been late to meetings. … I’ve had it happen two times in a row, back-to-back,” Forzano said, explaining that this type of incident happens to him at least once every month or so. “It’s really frustrating, really inconvenient and really discriminating is what it is. No one else has to deal with this.”

    Sarah Funes, 24, a student at the University of California, Berkeley, has had similar experiences. On multiple occasions, Funes has ordered an Uber ride only to have her driver take off after seeing her wheelchair. On one particular occasion in Boston, the driver added insult to injury after he drove off, by charging for the ride instead of canceling it -- although Funes later received a refund.

    Unfortunately, Forzano and Funes are not alone. Throughout the country Uber and Lyft customers report problems with accommodations for guide dogs and wheelchairs. In the worst cases, they describe their experiences as feeling humiliation, harassment and discrimination. Many members of San Francisco's disabled community know at least one person who’s had to deal with prejudiced drivers, or they've experienced it at least once themselves.

    Discrimination Suits Pile Up

    These types of incidents have lead to a series of lawsuits against both Uber and Lyft that accuse the companies of violating or failing to uphold the Americans with Disabilities Act, which this year celebrated its 25th anniversary. In California, Uber is being sued by the National Federation of the Blind of California for denying service to customers with guide dogs. The lawsuit alleges a driver forced one passenger’s dog into the trunk of the car. In Texas, a woman is suing Lyft, saying she was denied a ride due to her wheelchair and claiming that the company does not have a single wheelchair-accessible vehicle in Austin. Similarly, Uber was hit with a federal lawsuit just last week, claiming the company does not do enough to make its service accessible to customers with wheelchairs in the Manhattan borough of New York City.

    “We wanted to be treated as consumers like everyone else,” Funes said. “If there are people willing to spend money to use your service ... then you should make it accessible so you can get that money. It’s weird that they’re driving out an entire population of people.”

    Both Uber and Lyft have policies in place that prohibit drivers from denying service to customers with disabilities. When drivers first align with the companies, they are shown videos that let them know they must adhere to the ADA. If a driver violates the ADA, he or she faces the possibility of being removed from both the Uber and Lyft platforms after the companies review each incident. Additionally, both companies have also begun to take steps to provide rides designed specifically for customers with disabilities.

    Uber, for example, last year launched UberAssist, a service that costs the same as the standard Uber service [UberX] but can accommodate seniors and some riders with disabilities by connecting them with drivers who’ve received special training. Uber in 2014 also launched UberAccess and UberWAV, through which Uber connects with local taxi companies and paratransit services to provide customers with wheelchair-accessible vehicles. Both of these services, however, are available only in select markets.

    “The Uber app was built to expand access to safe, reliable transportation options for all, including users with disabilities,” an Uber spokeswoman said. “Any report of discrimination initiates a review of the situation and may lead to deactivation from the Uber platform.”

    Lyft, meanwhile, has similar programs in certain cities. In Chicago, the company places a 10-cent fee on each nonaccessible ride, with the money given to a city-run fund for accessible vehicles. Both companies also work with organizations like the National Federation of the Blind and tech-accessibility experts to ensure their services work well for customers with disabilities. “Lyft aims to accommodate anyone in the community who needs a ride, and many disabled individuals, who were previously underserved by existing transportation options, now actively use and rely on Lyft as a reliable, safe and affordable way to get around,” a Lyft spokeswoman said.

    'A Total Godsend'

    Many disabled customers agree that Uber and Lyft have made getting around easier than was previously possible. For blind customers, for example, hailing a ride is much easier than before, and because all payments are handled via an app, these customers don’t have to worry that a driver might overcharge them.

    “For us [Uber has] been a total godsend. It’s really been a great addition to our lives,” said Casey Mathews, 37, who is blind and works as an access-technology specialist. Mathews praised how easy it is for him to hail an Uber ride and how affordable the fares are. In general, Mathews said he’s had a good experience -- except for the time he and his wife, who is also blind and has a guide dog, encountered a driver who got very upset and refused to drive them after realizing there was a service animal involved. This incident occurred as Mathews and his wife were leaving the National Federation of the Blind’s conference last month in their hometown of Orlando, Florida.

    “The guy was a real jerk about the whole thing,” Mathews said.

    Despite efforts to improve conditions for the disabled, most customers with wheelchairs or guide dogs know there’s a realistic chance they’ll run into a driver who doesn’t know or doesn’t care about the ADA and refuses them service. This is why many customers with disabilities think Uber and Lyft are not doing enough to ensure that drivers are properly trained.

    Uber and Lyft could easily avoid more guide dog incidents if they offered more effective training, critics say. For example, Uber and Lyft could test their drivers to ensure they actually watch the onboarding videos that cover the ADA, said Dan Kysor, 60, of Sacramento, California, who is blind and has been denied service when riding with a friend who is also blind and has a guide dog. Kysor is set to get a service dog of his own in October and expects he will be denied rides.

    “I’m still going to support [Uber] and work within their platform because I just don’t know any superior way to get around,” Kysor said.

    'They Freak Out'

    More training for drivers also would help passengers who use wheelchairs, as many drivers do not understand that several kinds of wheelchairs are foldable and can easily fit in a regular car. “There’s an initial hesitation of they don’t know what to do because they’ve never had a [passenger with a wheelchair] before, and they freak out,” Funes said.

    However, additional training will never solve the need for more accessible vehicles that can transport customers with large wheelchairs or scooters. UberAccess may solve this problem in cities like New York City, Chicago and Austin, but it does nothing for customers in cities like Houston, Phoenix or Washington, D.C. Many experts on disability transportation matters also argue that Uber and Lyft’s partnerships with existing cab companies are inherently flawed as these are the same fleets with which Uber and Lyft compete and have been putting out of business.

    “I don’t care if Uber replaces Yellow Cabs, but I do care if they refuse to provide service to people who use wheelchairs,” said James Weisman, president and CEO of the United Spinal Association.

    Uber and Lyft dispute this claim, but many disabled customers and experts point to cities like Philadelphia that have had a tough time finding buyers for taxi medallions that require wheelchair-accessible vehicles and would make it easier for disabled customers to find suitable rides. Many disabled customers argue Lyft and Uber could change their ways and require accessible vehicles in their fleets but don’t want to because that might be seen by some regulators as reason enough to convert drivers from contractors to employees.

    “Uber’s made it really clear it doesn’t want to do that because that would make them a transportation company, and they would have to be regulated like a transportation company,” said Rachel Tanenhaus, 41, of Medford, Massachusetts, who claimed she has been denied service on many occasions because of her guide dog. There was one weekend where Lyft gave Tanenhaus a voucher because of a denied ride, but when she tried to use the voucher a few days later, the second driver also refused to drive her.

    For many customers with service animals or wheelchairs, they will begrudgingly continue to use Uber and Lyft because there aren’t better options available or because they are hopeful that one by one they can weed out bad drivers. But other customers, like Tanenhaus, say neither Uber nor Lyft will get their money until they change their ways and ensure that disabled customers won’t face discrimination.

    “I was excited about using them originally, and now I’m just pissed at them,” Tanenhaus said. “They weren’t nearly as excited about me.”

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  • 14 Aug 2015 3:41 PM | Deleted user

    (ANSA) - Rome, August 10 - Many of Italy's 60 million pet owners take their non-human loved ones with them on holiday, a survey commissioned by Royal Canin pet food makers showed Monday.

    A full 76% of respondents said they "very much or fairly" in favor of bringing a pet along on holiday, according to the study by Squadrati pollsters.

    As well, 47% of dog owners and 20% of cat owners "always" bring their pet with them on holiday

    A website called Solo Affitti Vacanze has partnered with the National Animal Protection Agency (ENPA) to provide a portal for pet owners who want to find animal-friendly vacation solutions.

    The portal,, lists over 21,000 accommodations that welcome domestic animals.

    The site also provides information about options for animal transport.

    Besides cats and dogs, many airlines also allow animals such as birds, ferrets, fish, rodents, and turtles.

    The most animal-friendly destination in Europe is Switzerland, where 63% of accommodations allow pets, followed by Germany at 60.

    A HotelTonight ranking of Italy's most pet-friendly cities showed Turin, Milan, and Bologna as the top three, with Rome in 10th place.

    For Italians who opt to have a pet-free holiday, however, 65% turn to family and friends to take care of their domestic animals, the Squadrati study said.

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  • 14 Aug 2015 3:39 PM | Deleted user

    Wednesday, August 12, 2015, Ukraine International Airlines transported two maras and three meerkats on its regular flights PS102 Amsterdam – Kiev and PS611 Kiev – Yerevan. Transportation of animals was carried out under the UIA Professional Cargo Solutions program.

    Having arrived from Amsterdam, the animals spent 2.5 connecting hours at Kiev Boryspil International airport under specialists’ care and then departed to their final destination – Yerevan Zoo.

    Professional transportation of wild and exotic animals is a part of the freight portfolio of Ukraine International Airlines, that has been successfully transporting animals to zoos all around the world for many years.

    “Transportation of wild animals is a technically difficult and highly responsible task that requires special skills and vast experience in live cargo handling, – noted Evgeniya Magas, UIA Senior Cargo Product Manager. – Due to the prompt and well-coordinated teamwork, and thanks to the well-timed customs clearance, we managed to make the animals’ transfer in Kiev in the shortest possible time. During their long journey maras and meerkats were provided with the most comfortable flight conditions, specific nutrition, and special care”.

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