Homeward Animal Shelter to hold monthly microchip clinics next month


This year, Homeward Animal Shelter’s monthly microchip clinics will begin on April 25th. These clinics operate on a first-come, first-served basis, so no appointments are needed.

Microchipping is quick, painless, and could prove indispensable when it comes to locating missing pets. Similar to a vaccine, the chip is injected between the animal’s shoulder blades and contains the owners’ contact information. If a wayward dog or cat loses their identification tags, their chip can be scanned and ultimately bring them home.

Owners should always be sure the information contained in the chips are current and up to date. Any change of address, phone number, or other valuable details should be added to the database.

For more information, call 701-239-0077 or head to homewardonline.org.

– Särah Nour

Animal activists to protest Shrine Circus at FargoDome later this month

exploitation-standaloneFrom March 27th to the 29th, peaceful demonstrations will be held in front of the FargoDome against the Shrine Circus, which will be performing on those dates in the mornings, evenings, and afternoons. The demonstrations will take place before the shows begin.


March 27th, 2015
Evening show: 7:00pm
Demonstration: 5:30PM – 7:45PM

March 28th, 2015
Morning show: 10:00 AM
Demonstration: 8:30AM -10:00AM

Afternoon show: 2:00 PM
Demonstration: 12:30 PM – 2:30PM

Evening show: 6:00 PM
Demonstration: 5:00PM – 6:30PM

March 29th, 2015
Midday show: 12:00 PM
Demonstration: 10:30AM- 12:30PM

Afternoon show: 4:00 PM
Demonstration: 2:30 PM – 4:15PM

1800 N University Dr
Fargo, ND 58102

According to the Humane Society of the United States, circus animals are routinely beaten with clubs and bull hooks, electrocuted with cattle prods, and confined to small, often unsanitary cages and boxcars with no heat or air conditioning and little room to move. Based on reports from the USDA, Shrine Circuses in particular have a history of violating the Animal Welfare Act by physically abusing their animals and not providing food, water, or veterinary care.

Stop_supportingOn April 24th, members of UniverSoul Circus will appear in court on charges of animal abuse witnessed by audience members during a show in Atlanta, Georgia. It was last month that video footage was taken of a trainer sticking a bull hook into an elephant’s mouth. The trainer was arrested soon after.

Just recently, a four-month old lion cub named Magnus was rescued from a Spanish circus and given life-saving surgery. In an attempt to stunt his growth and keep him an attractive tourist attraction, his handlers fed him only yogurt and bread, and tried to have him euthanized when this diet made him sick. A fundraiser is being held to raise money for his medical expenses and his transference to the Glengarriff Lions Reserve in South Africa.

In October 2010, a lion tamer in Ukraine was killed by a lion in front of an audience—an incident similar to one in Mexico earlier that year, where a trainer was killed by a Bengal tiger.

Abused circus animals turning on their owners is hardly a new phenomenon. In a much-publicized case from 1916, Mary the elephant crushed her handler to death during a parade in Tennessee. Some witnesses said he had provoked her by yanking her chain or prodding her ears with a stick, but nonetheless, Mary was hanged by an industrial crane in front of over 2,500 onlookers.

For a full listing of anti-circus protests across the nation, head to circusprotest.com.

This article was previously published in the High Plains Reader.

– Särah Nour

Adoptable Pet Profile: Einstein at CATS Cradle Shelter

downloadName: Einstein
Gender: Male
Size: Medium
Age Range: Senior

Among the many office cats at CATS Cradle Shelter, fifteen-year-old Einstein has earned the title of Night Watchman, as he does night-rounds in the office and back rooms, making sure all is well with the others.

Calm, observant Einstein is mostly well-behaved, though he will make his displeasure known when it comes to unwanted attention. If he wants petting and cuddles, he will approach you for them. For this reason he may not get along with small, rambunctious children, and would prefer being an only cat, unless the other cat is also a mature adult.

Which isn’t to say Einstein doesn’t have a rambunctious side. During playtime at the shelter, he has done somersaults in midair, and his speed and agility has earned him the nickname Shooter. When he’s feeling playful, Einstein has the energy of a much younger cat.

The story of how he ended up at the shelter is not a happy one. His longtime owner had to rehome him when he moved to a building that didn’t allow pets, and unfortunately the new owner placed him in the pound. At this point in his life, Einstein needs a loving, stable home with people willing to commit to him.


If you need a benevolent warden to keep things in order around the house, look into adopting Einstein. He’s declawed, so he will need to be an indoor cat, and has the perfect combination of kittenish mischief and the wisdom that comes with age.

– Särah Nour

Paws N’Pucks at the Scheels Arena

PucksNPawsNightFargoForcePucks N’Paws Night
Friday, March 6th
7:05 PM

Scheels Arena
5225 31st Ave S
Fargo, ND 58104

Next Friday, the Scheels Arena will host the 2nd Annual Pucks N’Paws Night, a fundraiser for local animal shelters and rescues sponsored by dogIDs. Ice hockey teams Fargo Force and Tri-City Storm will compete in a game where the ticket sales will go towards helping animals.

Doors open at 6:05 PM and the event itself begins at 7:05 PM. Depending on the seats and whether they’re bought in advance or at the door, tickets range from $9.95 to $27.95.

In addition to the game, patrons can enjoy a lapdog race held on the ice during the first intermission. If anyone wishes to enter their dog for the race, they must buy two human tickets and one dog ticket, and fill out a registration form and submit it with a photo of the dog. Forms can be mailed, emailed, or faxed. There are 30 available spots.

Local country and classic rock musician Dan Brekke will be performing before the game and during intermission. An accomplished musician, Brekke has played several local venues, radio shows, and TV morning programs, and even played alongside Brad Paisley at the 2014 WE Fest in Detroit Lakes.

For more information on Paws N’Pucks, head to homewardonline.org.

– Särah Nour

Missing Cat Posters at CATS Cradle Shelter


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