Arizona Animal Sanctuary Needs Volunteers to Cuddle Rescued Wolfdog Puppies

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A dog sanctuary and rehabilitation center near Clarkdale, Arizona, has been flooded with phone calls and emails ever since it asked for volunteers to come cuddle their rescued wolfdog puppies. Nonprofit organization Pets Return Home recently saved more than two dozen pups—plus two pregnant moms—from being euthanized in Northern California, SFGATE reports.

These particular pups were rescued from a breeding center in California that had more than 160 wolfdogs, which are a cross between a wolf and a dog—typically a Siberian husky, Alaskan Malamute, or German shepherd. The population at the “puppy mill” got out of control, and the owner could no longer afford to feed the dogs, according to FOX10 in Phoenix.

Several other animal organizations stepped in to save the pups, but 60 still remain in Lessen County, California. Local officials say the dogs must be rescued by November 2, or else they will be euthanized. Plan B to Save the Wolves in Sedona is currently seeking shelters that are willing to take in the animals.

As for the pups in Arizona, Pets Return Home said in a Facebook post that the pups are “adapting extremely well to their new kennels.” Earlier this week, the organization put out a request for volunteers to help socialize—and yes, snuggle—the pups to improve their odds of being adopted. Unsurprisingly, they received an “outpouring of support” and are currently processing those requests.

They’re also still in need of financial support. The dog food alone is expected to cost around $2000 per month, and funds are required to cover medical fees. For more information on volunteering or donating, check out the organization’s website or Facebook page.

[h/t SFGATE]

A Nubian Goat Named Lincoln Was Just Sworn in as the Mayor of Fair Haven, Vermont

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Lincoln the goat may not be housebroken, but she had no problem winning the race for mayor of Fair Haven, Vermont. The new mayor was officially sworn in on Tuesday, March 12, and before signing the oath of office with her hoof print, she marked the occasion by defecating on the town hall floor, the Boston Globe reports.

Prior to getting into politics, Lincoln the droopy-eared Nubian goat lived a simple life. A local family looking for a way to maintain the unruly vegetation on their property had purchased her two years ago when she was 1 year old. At age 3, Lincoln transitioned from munching grass full-time to running for public office.

Though Lincoln's win is impressive, her election didn't involve beating any human candidates. Town Manager Joseph Gunter came up with the idea to hold an election for honorary pet mayor of Fair Haven as way to raise money for a new playground. For a $5 fee, local kids were allowed to nominate the pet of their choice to be town mayor. Lincoln bested more than a dozen candidates, including a gerbil named Crystal and a pacifier-sucking dog named Stella, for the position.

The stunt didn't raise much money—the town came away with just $100 for the playground—but it did earn Fair Haven international attention. In order to go down in history as world's longest-serving animal mayor, Lincoln has to stick around for a while; Stubbs the cat was mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska for 20 years.

[h/t Boston Globe]

The 10 Most Popular Puppy Names of 2019

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If you brought home a new dog or puppy recently and named it Luna, you’re far from the only one. The name, which means moon in Latin, is the most popular puppy name for 2019.

This analysis of cute canine monikers comes from Trupanion, a provider of medical insurance for pets. The company looked at its database of 500,000 dogs and crunched the numbers to identify the names that are currently having a moment. (Although some of the names that cracked the top 10 list, like Daisy and Max, have been around for quite some time.)

Interestingly, Luna wasn’t always popular. As Trupanion points out, “Looking back 10 years, Luna was barely a blip on the name game chart … not even cracking the list of top 20 names.” Nor did it appear on ​Banfield Pet Hospital's list of the 10 most popular dog names of 2018.

Often, there's some overlap between popular pet names and baby names. Luna was the 31st most popular baby name for girls in 2018. This is perhaps linked to the popularity of the Harry Potter character Luna Lovegood, as well as the publicity the name has received in recent years from celebrities like John Legend and Chrissy Teigen and Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem, as both couples named their daughters Luna.

Second on the list of popular puppy names is Bella (its longer form, Isabella, was the fifth most popular baby name for girls last year). Check out the top 10 list below to see if your pooch’s name is trending right now.

1. Luna
2. Bella
3. Charlie
4. Bailey
5. Lucy
6. Cooper
7. Max
8. Daisy
9. Bear
10. Oliver

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