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Friday, May 12, 2017

Meet Pam Pam, an Adorable Kitten Whose Beautiful Mesmerizing Eyes Will Hypnotize You

This is Pam Pam, the kitty with the most mesmerizing eyes ever. See for yourself below, but don’t look at them for too long or you might never be able to look away again.

The reason Pam Pam’s eyes look like this is because of a condition called heterochromia iridis. It’s characterized by abnormalities in the iris, and those affected by the condition have one eye with a different color than the other. 

Another type of the condition, called segmental heterochromia, causes different colors in the same eye. Heterochromia can be caused by inbreeding, genetic inheritance, or mutation, and in some breeds of cats, like the Turkish Angora, heterochromia is a desirable trait that breeders try to maintain. Inherited heterochromia iridis is harmless, and it can be found in both animals and humans. Click HERE to see animals with different variations of this condition.


Spanish Town Council Voted Unanimously to Define Dogs and Cats as “Non-Human Residents”

The Spanish town of Trigueros del Valle only has about 330 people, but they’re people who love their animals. The town council voted unanimously to define dogs and cats as “non-human residents,” which gives them similar rights to humans in their municipality.

The new act is largely targeted at bullfighting and bans any action that causes the mutilation or death of non-human residents. Whether or not this extends to putting a pet to sleep as an act of compassion is unclear, as there is no precedent for it.

The town’s mayor, Pedro Perez Espinosa, says that his duty is to represent not just the human residents, but the residents of the whole town. Dogs and Cats included. Animal rights groups couldn’t be happier about the verdict. We’re in favor of those who recognize how important our furry family members are, too.


Heterochromia is a Genetic Trait That Causes Animals to Have Different Colored Eyes

Given the importance we affix to looking someone (or something) else in the eyes, it's no wonder that heterochromic creatures, or creatures with two different eye colors, are so striking. Though heterochromia is fairly rare in humans, its occurrence is far higher among animals, especially cats. 

Heterochromia is a genetic trait that, depending on the creature it happens in, can be due to inbreeding, genetic inheritance or mutation. In some breeds of cats, like the Turkish Angora, heterochromia is a desirable trait that breeders try to maintain.

One cat in this list – Venus – is heterochromic due to chimerism, a different genetic trait that causes her body to express different pigmentation genes for each half of her body.


Max Scherzer and His Two Adorable Dogs Give Sarah McLachlan a Run for Her Money

Shortly before reporting to spring training with the Nationals after signing his record $210 million contract last January, Max Scherzer and his wife, Erica, adopted two dogs — Bo and Rafi — from a local animal shelter.

Bo, who has one blue eye and one brown eye just like his no-hitter-tossing owner, and Rafi appeared with Scherzer in the Nationals’ 2015 pet calendar.

During the season, the shepherd mixes learned to swim and how to be good dogs when off-leash.

To read more on this story, click here: Max Scherzer and His Two Adorable Dogs Give Sarah McLachlan a Run for Her Money


Washington, DC - Nationals All-Star, Two-Time Cy Young Award Winner Max Scherzer Stars in Humane Rescue Alliance Public Service Announcement

“Every Rescue Animal Has a Story” PSA Campaign Debuts

Washington, DC - The Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA) has enlisted the assistance of an All-Star to encourage the public to adopt rescue animals.  Washington Nationals All-Star and two-time Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer and adoptable dog “Glee” star in the public service announcement, which will debut thiWas week.

The public service announcement was recorded at HRA’s Oglethorpe Street Adoption Center this spring.  During the video, Scherzer explains to viewers that every rescue animal has a story and describes Glee’s journey from the streets of Birmingham to an overcrowded Alabama shelter and finally to the Humane Rescue Alliance.  Scherzer explains that rescue animals are often simply the victims of bad luck, but they have “lots of love to give” and he encourages the public to be a part of a rescue animal’s story.

“Max –and Glee – did an outstanding job in this PSA and we’re thrilled that Max has volunteered his time to help us tell one of the many great stories we have here at HRA,” said Lisa LaFontaine, President and CEO of HRA.  “Professional athletes have a unique public platform, and when they are willing to speak up for the less fortunate– in our case, homeless animals – it can be very powerful.”

Animal welfare and pet adoption are important issues for Scherzer and his wife, who currently have four adopted dogs. Erica Scherzer currently serves on HRA’s board of directors.

“Animals – and especially rescue animals – are an important part of our lives,” said Scherzer.  “My wife Erica and I are proud to work with the Humane Rescue Alliance to help find homes for the dogs and cats that so desperately need them.  Taping this PSA with Glee was a lot of fun, and we’re especially ecstatic that Glee has since found her forever home here in the city.”

Shortly after the taping of the PSA, Glee, who was five months old at the time, was adopted by her forever family in Washington, DC.

The PSA is being distributed to all local television outlets and can also be seen on the Humane Rescue Alliance website by visiting The Scherzer-HRA PSA will be the first in a series featuring professional athletes from Washington, DC telling the stories of HRA adoptable pets.

About the Humane Rescue Alliance:
The Humane Rescue Alliance has protected and served the animals of the community for more than 145 years and serves more than 60,000 animals annually. The broad range of programs offered include: rescue and adoption, humane law enforcement, low-cost veterinary services, animal care and control, behavior and training, spay-neuter services, humane education, and many others. The organization is dedicated to ensuring the safety and welfare of all animals, bringing people and animals together, and working with all communities to support these relationships. HRA is based in Washington, DC, the only major urban area in the country that has all of its animal protection programs and services unified in one organization, making the Humane Rescue Alliance a model for the nation.