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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — The dogs and cats at the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri aren't just sitting around in their pens while waiting to be adopted.
The society in Cape Girardeau has begun a kennel enrichment program to reduce the stress for animals. The program includes playing music, using oils to stimulate dogs' sense of smell and providing the animals with different toys and activities to keep them moving. As an added bonus, potential owners can see the animals being playful.
The Southeast Missourian reports the games include "Cheerios from Heaven," for dogs, when a staffer throws cereal in the air and lets the dogs find it. For cats, toys made of feathers and other items are hung in kennels to give the animals something to rub on and bat around.
The reward for information on who burned a dog that was found last month is higher.
Zeus was a pit bull. He was found with third-degree burns on over three-quarters of his body. Veterinarians determined his injuries were so severe that they were forced to euthanize him. The Humane Society has increased the reward from $2,500 to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Zeus' owner reported the dog missing from his Jennings home. Authorities found the dog badly burned in a neighbor's back yard.
Earlier this summer, a St. Louis woman was charged with felony animal abuse for setting a dog on fire and bragging about it on Facebook. That dog also died.
It is National Check the Chip Day. That's not chocolate chips or potato chips. It's microchips!
Those little silicon chips implanted in pets greatly increase the chance of finding your furry friend if it's lost or stolen. But a microchip only works if it's registration information is accurate.
Call in the Humane Society of Missouri and their Animal Medical Center of Mid-America. They are offering free chip checks for you pet and a discount on having a chip inserted. Microchips usually cost $42 but through Saturday, you pay only $25.
The Humane Society asks that you make an appointment for that, but if you just want a check of an existing chip they offer free walk-in visits. For more information call 314-951-1534.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to a law that raised the state's licensing fees on animal shelters.
The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the lawsuit by the Humane Society of the United States and two animal shelters was moot. The court noted that the suit challenged the procedure by which a 2010 licensing law was passed, but that lawmakers had changed the law again in 2011.
The 2010 law made animal shelters subject to the licensing fees already charged to dog breeders. The 2011 law raised Missouri's maximum licensing fee from $500 to $2,500 for commercial breeders, kennels and animal shelters.
The Humane Society of Missouri's disaster response team in St. Louis is being called into action because of flooding in south central Missouri. A four-member team has taken a large animal rescue trailer to Waynesville to house up to 100 pets whose owners have nowhere to keep them until the flood waters recede.
The St. Louis shelter will also accept 15 dogs from the Waynesville shelter to make room for local pets displaced by flooding. The dogs will be made available for adoption in St. Louis.
The participating restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds to help the Humane Society pay for animal cruelty investigations and veterinary help for those animals.
The participating restaurants are: - Hammerstone's (Soulard location)
- Nora's (Dogtown)
- The Shanti (Soulard)
- Three Kings Public House
- Felix's Pizza Pub
- Candicci's (Ballwin)
- The Sweet Divine
- Anthonino's Taverna on the Hill
- Gourmet to Go (Ladue location)
- Atlas Restaurant
- Pomme café and Wine Bar
- Pomme Restaurant
- Franco Restaurant
- Nico Restaurant
- Milagro Modern Mexican