Animal Answers

Facebook Page Helps Reunite Lost Animals with Owners

Missing Pets in the Northland Currently has More Than 8,000 Followers on Facebook

DULUTH, Minn. – According to the American Humane Association, more than ten million dogs and cats are lost or stolen in the United States every year. One in three pets will become lost at some point during their life. Now with the help of social media and dedicated volunteers, one group in the Northland is looking to make a difference…

Calling All Adorable, Funny, Quarky Talented Pets To The Big Screen!

Furry Film Festival Needs Your Funny Pet Videos!

DULUTH, Minn. — Is your pet the star of the house? If you have a fur baby with a special talent, funny quarks or just plain cute you need to submit a video of them!   Fitger’s Film Festival will be showcasing a compilation of pet videos for your entertainment, hosted by Animal Allies. “I can’t imagine that it’s going to…

Animal Answers: Give the Gift of Adventure this Holiday Season

Staff at the Lake Superior Zoo Invite You to Purchase a Zoo Membership for a Family Member this Holiday Season

DULUTH, Minn. – When it comes to picking out the perfect gift this holiday season, more and more people are picking experiences or adventures, creating memories to last a lifetime. Staff at the Lake Superior Zoo are inviting folks to think about purchasing a Zoo membership this holiday season. Details: A Zoo membership pays for itself in two times, and with…

Protect Your Paws from Holiday Regret

Animal Allies Wants to Remind Potential Pet Owners in the Northland to Think Twice Before Adding to Your Family this Holiday Season

DULUTH, Minn. – Tis the season for gift giving! From the latest electronics, to an adorable kitten or puppy, staff at Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth want to remind all potential pet owners to think twice before adopting and adding to your family, especially over the holiday season. Michelle Sternberg with Animal Allies says potential adopters often stop by…

Meet “Tug” the Pier B Ambassador!

Tugboat or "Tug" Goes to Work with His Owner, Nikki Anderson, Five Days a Week at Pier B Resort in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Can you believe it? Tugboat or “Tug” the Pier B Ambassador is already seven months old! Tug’s owner, Nikki Anderson, works as Director of Operations at Pier B Resort in Duluth. Anderson was asked by the folks at Pier B a few months ago if she would be interested in getting another puppy, having him trained and…

Duluth Apartment Complex Takes on Poo-Petrators

Management at Endi Apartments in Duluth Announce Animal Owners Who Don't Pick up Poop will now Pay a Fine

DULUTH, Minn. – Turds are now the talk of the town, at least at Endi Apartment complex on London Road in Duluth. A new policy in effect will enforce residents to think twice after their furry friend leaves something on the ground that’s not so nice. “It’s not an option, it’s a requirement in our building,” said Peggy Walsh, Property…

Animal Allies Encourages Support on “Giving Tuesday”

A Generous Couple in the Northland Commits to Matching Donations for Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Tuesday, November 27 is the final day to make a huge impact with Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth. Duluth residents Bob and Diane Meierhoff have been long time supporters of animal welfare efforts in the Northland. The Meierhoff’s are excited to announce a matching donation of up to $10,000 if Animal Allies is able to raise…

PJ’s Rescue in Search of Forever Homes

PJ's Rescue is a Non-Profit Organization Serving the Northland; The Group Works to Bring Dogs From Texas to Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn. – Click here to donate to PJ’s Rescue on Give to the Max Day, Thursday, November 15, 2018. Pacino: Pacino was found wandering the streets of mesquite, Texas and was picked up by animal control. His conditions upon intake at the shelter could only be speculated that he was used as a bait dog. All of his teeth…

Pet Protection Tips For Winter Hazard Awareness Week

Dr. Matthew Severs with Superior Animal Hospital Offers Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe in Colder Months

SUPERIOR, Wis. – November 5 – 9 is officially Winter Hazard Awareness Week which means for humans, it’s time to think twice and make sure you’re prepared for the worst winter weather to hit the Northland. But local veterinarians also want to make sure you’re preparing your pets for hazardous conditions. According to PETA, there were at least 40 cold…

Local Shelters, Miller Hill Subaru Host Animal Adoption Event This Weekend

The Subaru "Love-A-Pet" Event is Happening Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4

DULUTH, Minn. – The pur-fect event is happening in the Northland this weekend to help you add on to your family. Animal Allies Humane Society, Lake County Humane Society, PJ’s Rescue and Rockwall Pets will join the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) for it’s annual “Love-A-Pet” campaign adoption event. Animal Allies Development Officer, Michelle Sternberg,…

From Fearful to Fear Free, Dr. Marty Becker Visits North Shore Veterinary Hospital

North Shore Veterinary Hospital to Host Free Open House Friday, October 26 from 4 - 6 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – Dr. Michael Hargrove, Owner of North Shore Veterinary Hospital in Duluth invites the public to stop by their Open House event from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Friday, October 26. Visiting from Colorado, Dr. Marty Becker will also be attending the event, sharing his knowledge and past with creating Fear Free Certification. Fear Free provides online and in-person…

Superior Animal Hospital to Host Open House Saturday

Calling all Costumed Canines and Cats! Superior Animal Hospital is Hosting a Halloween Open House Saturday, October 27

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Calling all canines and cats who enjoy dressing up! Superior Animal Hospital is set to host their Halloween Open House on Saturday, October 27 to celebrate the fall season with games, live surgeries, teddy bear surgeries, face painting, cooking decorating and much more. Photos will be encouraged as costumed animals enjoy the day of fun family-friendly activities….

Former Hermantown Mayor Donates New Book to Local Classrooms

Former Hermantown Mayor, Dan Urshan, is the Author of "Where's Duke," Now Being Donated to Local Classrooms in the Northland

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – When it comes to being in first grade, some real life topics are often tough to discuss with your children. But with the help and creativity of one local author, it’s now easier for Animal Allies to step in and continue teaching lessons for years to come. “Duke went missing in the middle of the winter in…

Animal Answers: Book Donation Helps Spark Animal Education

Hermantown Resident Dan Urshan Donates 1,000 Copies of His Recent Book to Local Classrooms, Shelter Contributors, Sparking Topic of Animal Humane Education

DULUTH, Minn. – Hermantown resident Dan Urshan has been rather busy lately, writing a children’s book about a dog called, “Where’s Duke?” Shawna Weaver, Humane Education Manager at Animal Allies in Duluth, tells FOX 21, Urshan is graciously donating 1,000 copies of the book to Animal Allies. Aside from some of the books being donated to local classrooms in the…

Animal Answers: Duluth Retriever Club Working to Create Hero Hunters

The Duluth Retriever Club Primarily Hosts Training Sessions from May Through September

DULUTH, Minn. – When it comes to hunting, every hunter hopes to achieve the best retriever in man’s best friend. However, it’s not always easy to teach the fundamentals of retrieving. “They don’t come out of the box ready to go,” said Mark Helmer, President of the Duluth Retriever Club. Practice and patience are just two of the skills trainers…

Animal Allies to Host Series of Community Microchip Events

Animal Allies Humane Society is Hosting a Microchip Event Wednesday, September 26 at Bent Paddle Brewing Co. in Duluth's Lincoln Park Neighborhood

DULUTH, Minn. – Happening Wednesday, September 26, Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth will be teaming up with Bent Paddle Brewing to offer a microchip and tag clinic for local pets. The event is happening from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. For $25 dollars, pets will receive a microchip and personalized tag. Michelle Sternberg with Animal Allies says with the capability…

Animal Answers: Hawk Ridge Observes Bird Migration

Bird migration season is in full swing!

DULUTH, Minn.- Bird Migration season started in mid-August and runs through November. For this week’s Animal Answers, Fox 21’s Viktoria Capek talks with John Richardson and Margie Menzies from the bird watching platform at Hawk Ridge to learn about the year’s migration season and what people can expect from the annual bird migration festival. Categories: Animal Answers, News, News –…

Animal Answers: Avoiding Fatalities Linked to “Dog Bloat”

Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus or More Commonly Known as "Dog Bloat" Can Turn Fatal in a Matter of Hours

DULUTH, Minn. – This week’s Animal Answers is centering on a topic known as the “mother of all emergencies,” most commonly found in large breed dogs. The scientific name is Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus, but it’s also referred to as sever bloating. FOX 21 caught up with North Shore Veterinary Hospital Owner Dr. Michael Hargrove to go over the tips…

Animal Answers: A Call of the Wild LIVE in Studio

The Lake Superior Zoo Stopped by FOX 21 Local News with Three Critters Wednesday Morning

DULUTH, Minn. – The Lake Superior Zoo is a fun place for many families to gather and connect with their wild side. Wednesday morning, FOX 21 Local News hosted Jessamy Schwartz from the Lake Superior Zoo. Schwartz brought along three animals most people know little about in depth. A nine-month-old hedgehog, a tortoise and a Skittles the snake helped inform…

A Stroll by the Water with Scoops and Snacks

The Great Lakes Aquarium is Home to Scoops and Snacks, Two Striped Skunks Providing Educations Opportunities to Visitors

DULUTH, Minn. – Nearly every day if you drive by the Great Lakes Aquarium, chances are you’ll see two striped skunks out for a stroll. Natalie Riemer, Senior Animal Care Specialist at Great Lakes Aquarium and her colleagues make sure Snoops and Snacks take full advantage of their outdoor enrichment activities, weather permitting. The two brothers are used as educators…

Kitten Caboodle at Animal Allies Humane Society

With the Recent Closure of one Local Shelter, Animal Allies Humane Society is Feeling the Impact

DULUTH, Minn. – Cats keep coming in to Animal Allies Humane Society at record numbers lately, according to shelter staff. As of Monday, more than 90 cats were in house at the Humane Society. Right now is known as “kitten season” in the Northland, but the recent closure of Friends of Animals Humane Society in Cloquet isn’t helping matters this year….

Hot Weather Worries: Tips for Keeping Pets Cool

In this Week's Animal Answers, Dr. Justin Dahl Offers Tips to Keeping Animals Safe When Weather Warms

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – In this week’s Animal Answers, we’re tackling the topic of hot weather worries when it comes to pets. With temperatures soaring into the 80s and lower 90s, it’s important for us all to remember we’re not the ones wearing a fur coat. Dr. Justin Dahl with Happy Tails Animal Hospital in Superior offers two important tips to…

Northland Trio Looks to Help Animals with PJ’s Rescue

In This Week's Animal Answers, Meet a Trio of Ladies Looking to Spread Love and Compassion with PJ's Rescue

DULUTH, Minn. – A Northland trio recently formed together with the hope of giving dogs from Texas a second chance at life. Founder Tina Marcella says PJ’s Rescue was started out of a desire to rescue more dogs from the southern state. Marcella and two other founders all have dogs that were rescued from Texas, and want to encourage others to…

Duluth Para Pup Helping Create Colorful Canines and Cats

Connect With Duluth Para Pup On Facebook to Place Your Customizable Order

DULUTH, Minn. – A marketing degree with a minor in business management is now helping one Northland woman create a business she’s always dreamed of becoming a reality. “I’ve met a lot of different people that I never knew before,” said Alyssa Burr, Owner of Duluth Para Pup. Socializing and social media go hand-and-hand for Burr. “I get to see…

Sponsor a Pet with Animal Allies Humane Society

The 2018 Fur Ball Gala is Happening Saturday, October 13 at Northland Country Club in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – You have the chance to help sponsor a pet and make a big difference in the Northland right now. The 2018 Fur Ball Gala is happening Saturday, October 13 at Northland Country Club. Officials with Animal Allies are asking folks to register to sponsor a pet for $250 dollars. The sponsorship comes with a pet photography shoot…

Duluth’s Wildest Party to Take Over Lake Superior Zoo

Zoo La Palooza is the Lake Superior Zoo's Largest Fundraising Event of the Year

DULUTH, Minn. – On Thursday, July 19, 2018, the Lake Superior Zoo will host the annual Zoo La Palooza. The operations fundraiser is the highlight of the board’s fundraising work on behalf of the Zoo. Money raised will help the facility continue to provide up-close and personal animal experiences to visitors, which Zoo staff say inspire connections to wildlife and…

Animal Answers: Teaching with Touch at Great Lakes Aquarium

Great Lakes Aquarium Unveiled their New Touchpools on Memorial Day Weekend; the Attraction is Increasing in Popularity

DULUTH, Minn. – Some say seeing is believing, but at the Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth, touching is teaching. On Memorial Day weekend, the Aquarium unveiled three touchpools for the public to visit, including horseshow crabs, sharks, jelly fish and more. The Great Lakes Aquarium is open Monday – Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Click here to learn more information….

Tips for Keeping Pets Calm this Fourth of July

Staff at Animal Allies Humane Society Want to Remind Pet Owners and Firework Users of the Dangers Surrounding Animals and Fireworks

Things you can do ahead of time for stressful, noisy situations: •Medication for Anxiety – prescribed by your veterinarian, this can be helpful for pets with situational or on-going anxiety issues •Securely fastened collar / harness with a Pet ID Tag •Update your ID Tag information – Has your phone number changed recently? •Microchip your pet – Even if the…

Local Veterinary Hospital Goes Fear Free

North Shore Veterinary Hospital in Dultuh is Now Officially Fear Free Certified

DULUTH, Minn. – When it comes to taking your pet to the vet, it can be difficult to even get them in the vehicle. Thanks to one local veterinary practice, making the trip for Fido might be easier during your next visit. North Shore Veterinary Hospital in Duluth is looking to help patients keep calm, and stay healthy. “If animals…

Beautiful Butterflies Back at Lake Superior Zoo

The Butterfly House Exhibit will Remain Open until Mid-September at the Lake Superior Zoo

DULUTH, Minn. – After months of cold and snow and back by popular demand, butterflies have fluttered their way back into the Lake Superior Zoo for yet another summer. Mother Nature forced opening day of the exhibit to be pushed back, but it’s not stopping visitors from flocking to local attraction.   “People are enchanted when they come here,” said…

Animal Answers: Donations Needed for Large Animal Fund

The Humane Society of Douglas County is Looking to Spread Awareness of Their Large Animal Fund

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – It’s more common than many people think; large animals looking for a safe place to go after being surrendered to an animal shelter. Recently on May 11, the Humane Society of Douglas County received a surrendered mare. Staff say she came in tired, weak and tested positive for Lyme disease. Since then, she has received medical care and…

Duluth Brothers Donate Allowance to Bear Country Exhibit

Winter Brothers Choose to Donate Their "Giving" Allowance to Future Bear Country Exhibit at Lake Superior Zoo

DULUTH, Minn. – If you ask any child what they’d like to spend an allowance on, chances are it’ll most likely be toys, but one family in the Northland has come up with a solution which is also spreading future financial knowledge. “I’m going to be really excited probably,” said Elijah Winter. A trip to the zoo can be wild…

Nice Pitbull Looks to Help Open People’s Eyes

Duluthian Jesse Hakala Started Nice Pitbull Seven Years Ago to Raise Awareness and Stomp the Stigma of Pit Bull Aggression

DULUTH, Minn. – Through the power of social media and people coming together, one Northland man is looking to spread H.O.P.E, helping open people’s eyes. “I love all dogs, but pit bull’s are the ones that I chose,” said Jesse Hakala, a pit bull owner. For Hakala, a walk in the park or down a sidewalk comes with pride. “They…

Time to Register for Summer Camp at Animal Allies

Staff at Animal Allies Humane Society Advise Signing up for Summer Camp Sooner Rather than Later

DULUTH, Minn. – Just a few days remain before summer camp will be full at Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth. Humane Education Manager Shawna Weaver stopped by FOX 21 Local News to chat about what your child will take part in during camp. Aside from getting to pet animals and work to make sure they’re happy and healthy on…

Animal Answers: Jimmy Walks Once Again

Duluth Dachshund Jimmy Page Suffered from Intevertebral Disc Disease Two Weeks Ago, Having to Undergo Emergency Surgery

DULUTH, Minn. – Just over two weeks ago, dachshund Jimmy Page had to undergo emergency surgery at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Hospital in St. Paul after slipping two discs in his back. Without any warning sign, Jimmy woke up one day suffering from intervertebral disc disease (IVDD). IVDD is when discs in the back deteriorate, becoming susceptible to bulging or…

Veterinarian Expresses Concern Over Heartworm, Urges Prevention

On Average, Seven Dogs Every Year will Receive Treatment for Heartworm at Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – The disease is deadly, but the group targeted cannot speak up when they’re feeling ill. Heartworm is more common in southern states due to warm weather year round, but it doesn’t mean animals in the Midwest are out of the clear. “I have actually seen mosquitos out already,” said Lindsay Niemi, Practice Manager at Animal Allies Humane…

Animal Answers: Jimmy’s Road to Recovery

Three-Year-Old Dachshund Jimmy Recently Suffered from IVDD, Intervertebral Disc Disease

DULUTH, Minn. – It can happen in the blink of an eye, one small accident or medical condition leading to a potentially life changing diagnosis. Right now, there’s a dachshund in Duluth learning this all too quickly, and now his mom is looking to spread awareness by telling Jimmy’s story. “Hi pretty boy, Jimmy Page! He’s my little buddy,” said…

CASDA Officially Launches Pet Foster Program

Donations and Foster Families Needed as Program Launches, Gains Popularity

DULUTH, Minn. – On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by a partner in the United States, according to the National Center Against Domestic Violence. Officials say it can be difficult to escape an abuser, especially when animals are involved. However, a new program at The Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse (CASDA) in Superior is looking…

Humane Society of Douglas County to “Paws for Love”

The Fundraising Gala is Happening Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Yellowjacket Union in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Residents in the Twin Ports are invited to purchase tickets now through Friday, April 13 for the 12th Annual Paws for Love Fundraising Gala supporting the Humane Society of Douglas County in Superior. Tickets are on sale right now for $50 per person. This includes a fabulous dinner, musical entertainment and live and silent auctions as well…

Pets Paired with Patients During End of Life Care

Both St. Luke's and Essentia Health Have Adopted Animal Hospice Care Practices

DULUTH, Minn. – Providing end of life care can be one of the most difficult, yet rewarding jobs in the medical industry. Now with the help of four-legged friends, local hospitals and hospice care facilities are looking to ease the heartbreak another way. “Dogs give hope, and joy to families and patients that need it in this setting,” said Kelly…

Animal Answers: Easter Baskets Over Bunnies

Education Coordinators at Lake Superior Zoo Remind of the Commitment Bunnies and Chickens Come With

DULUTH, Minn. – With Easter right around the corner, many folks are purchasing candies, baskets and other gifts for children ahead of the holiday. However, Lake Superior Zoo Education Program Coordinator Jessamy Schwartz says now is not the time to purchase a bunny or chicken for your children. She wants to remind people that these animals can live to be…

Animal Answers: Healing Hearts and Paws Fund

Animal Allies Development Officer Michelle Sternberg Discusses the Healing Hearts and Paws Fund, Upcoming Puppy Classes and the Bike Swap

DULUTH, Minn. – The Healing Hearts and Paws Fund at Animal Allies Humane Society helps cover the cost of medical procedures for many animals every year. Many of the animals that arrive at Animal Allies require extensive medical treatment. From conditions such as diabetes to thyroid disease, broken bones to genetic deformities, these cats and dogs enter the shelter desperately needing assistance. Many fundraisers…

Animal Answers: Scooby’s Story

Megan Wedel, Founder of Nemo Paws, Made the Trip to Texas with Volunteers in September, Bringing Back 20 Dogs to the Northland

ESKO, Minn. – Last August Hurricane Harvey proved to be one of the deadliest natural disasters in United States history. But through the devastation came light at the end of a dark tunnel for one Northland family. “It takes a village; there was a lot of us there to make this organization work,” said Megan Wedel, Founder of Nemo Paws….

Keeping the Hive Alive During Winter

It Takes At Least 90 Pounds of Honey to Keep a Colony of Bees Alive Throughout the Winter

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – When you think of honey, a cute plastic bottle shaped like a bear probably comes to mind. But do you ever stop to think about how much work it took to produce the product? In just a few short weeks, snow will melt and flowers will force their way from the ground. You may think a honeybee…

Adopt Julie the Cat Today!

Julie is Available for Adoption at Animal Allies Humane Society; Located at 4006 Airport Road in Duluth, Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn. – Every year on the last Tuesday of February, animal activists join forces to advocate for World Spay Day. This annual campaign shines a light on the power of affordable, accessible spay and neuter to save the lives of many animals. Animal Allies Humane Education Manager Shawna Weaver stopped by FOX 21 Local News Wednesday morning to discuss the…

Could Your Dog Get the Flu?

Dr. Justin Dahl with Happy Tails Animal Hospital Explains How You Can Prevent Your Pet from Canine Influenza

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Every year it’s estimated nearly 80 percent of dogs are exposed to canine influenza will develop the disease. However, local veterinarians say it can be less deadly than the human flu, with a mortality rate of less than ten percent. After all, it seems like every day we hear of more people being diagnosed with the flu….

Money Raised for Large Animal Net Gun After Duluth Snare Incident

Wildwoods Rehabilitation Center in Duluth has Received a Generous Donation to Purchase a Large Animal Net Gun

DULUTH, Minn. – Just days after a wolf had to be shot and killed in Duluth due to a snare being wrapped around its mouth, animal activists are questioning how this could have ended differently. “It’s not unusual and how many of them we don’t see that die in the woods,” said Farzad Farr, Director of Wildwoods. For many it’s…

Animal Answers: Helping Homeless Pets this Valentine’s Day

Borris the Four-Year-Old Shih Tzu Mix Stopped by FOX 21 Local News Wednesday; He's Currently up for Adoption

DULUTH, Minn. – This year on Valentine’s Day, you have the chance to help out homeless pets in the Northland. Pizza Luce is partnering up with Animal Allies Humane Society by donating 100 percent of dessert proceeds to the shelter. All you have to do, is simply say “yes” when asked if you’d like to see a dessert menu. Whether you pick…

Mind Over Matter with Team Freking

Blake Freking and His Team Train Year-Round to Mush in the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, and Many Other Races

DULUTH, Minn. – As mushers make their final trek to the finish line Wednesday morning, the athletes leading the team will likely enjoy a bit of rest and relaxation in the coming days. However, it won’t last for long as many of the teams will soon embark on their next adventure. “Their first year of mushing is really just about…

Humane Society of Douglas County Hosts Raffle Fundraiser

The Drawing will End on April 8, 2018 at the Dreamland Supper Club

SUPERIOR, Wisc.  – The Humane Society of Douglas County is selling raffle tickets for a 2018 Textron Off-Road Wildcat ATV, sponsored by MAC Sport and Marine. The Shelter expects this to be one of their larger fundraisers of the year. Tickets are $20. Money raised will help to benefit over 1,000 animals, finding them a forever home. The drawing will…