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Matilda’s Dog Bakery & Boutique Experiences Huge Influx of Customers Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

With Pet Adoption Rates on the Rise, Joanne Elliott Says She's Working Around the Clock to Keep Customers Stocked on Pet Food, Treats, and Toys

DULUTH, Minn. – Throughout the pandemic, countless local businesses have been dealt with many struggles, however, for one small business owner, sales are soaring as Northlanders are adopting and spending more time with their four-legged furry friends. “It’s all about the pets this year. It’s all about puppies, kittens, adoptions; we’ve sold more kitten food in the last three months…

A Place for Fido Expanding in Duluth’s Fitger’s Complex

Jamie Parent, Co-Owner of A Place for Fido, is Aiming to Open the New, Bigger Location by Mid-November

DULUTH, Minn. – Expanding a business is no easy task, but for the owners of one local pet supply store, this year has been full of first-time adventures. The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t putting a pause on expansion plans at A Place for Fido in the Fitger’s complex. “One thing that’s super exciting is we’re going to have a lake view,”…

Coyote Problem Prompts Proctor Mayor to Contract Fur-Beatles, Owner to Investigate

Joe Thompson Estimates 15 Coyotes are Causing a Ruckus In and Around Proctor

PROCTOR, Minn. – The City of Proctor is dealing with a bit of a wildlife problem. Multiple coyotes have settled in, and it’s causing a ruckus for many residents. Instead of taking an extreme approach to dealing with the situation, the city’s mayor is calling in the famed Fur-Beatles and their owner to investigate with a humane solution in mind. “Proctor…

Pet Owners Reminded of Rodenticide Dangers as Winter Approaches

Local Veterinarians Remind Pet Owners to Book Routine Exams and Lookout for Harmful Poisions Often Used to Kill Rodents

SUPERIOR, Wis. – As winter approaches and the COVID-19 pandemic continues, local veterinarians have a reminder for pet owners, and also those in the neighborhood looking to keep rodents away. With COVID-19 continuing to cause health concerns for many, the staff at Superior Animal Hospital want to remind new and returning customers that safety is of the utmost importance for…

‘Boo at the Zoo’ Moving Forward With COVID-19 Precautions In Place

Tickets Must Be Purchased In Advance for This Year's Boo at the Zoo Event

DULUTH, Minn. – Despite concerns over the spread of COVID-19, the Lake Superior Zoo is moving forward with this year’s ‘Boo at the Zoo.’ Safety measures will be put in place to ensure social distancing. This year’s event will take place throughout three weekends in October. Tickets are currently on sale for ‘Boo at the Zoo,’ taking place October 10,…

Wildwoods Requesting Chokecherry, Raspberry Branches to Aid in Rehabilitation

Branches, Berries Help Teach the Birds How to Forage in the Wild

DULUTH, Minn. – The staff at Wildwoods Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Duluth is asking for the public’s support as summer comes to a close. If you have any chokecherry or raspberry bushes and don’t know what to do with your bounty, you’re encouraged to drop them off at Wildwoods. The berries are used to help retrain birds how to forage…

Recent Incident Sparks Plea from Wildwoods: “Stop Littering”

The Canadian Goose Caught in String Was Cut Free, Then Transferred For Further Medical Care

DULUTH, Minn. – Millions of animals are injured or even killed annually due to the careless actions of human beings. Littering – whether it be cans, containers, string, or fishing line, these materials don’t mix well when coming into contact with animals. Wildwoods Wildlife Rehab Center in Duluth is speaking out regarding a recent incident that could have taken the…

Local Veterinarians Warn Pet Owners of Hot Vehicle Dangers

Vets Say Even on a Mild Summer Day, Vehicles Can Reach Deadly Temperatures in a Matter of Minutes

DULUTH, Minn. – As the dog days of summer set in, local veterinarians and animal control remind pet owners to think twice before leaving your animal in any vehicle. Animals can quickly suffer from heatstroke or suffocation when left in a vehicle for a short amount of time. Lindsay Neimi, medical manager at Animal Allies Humane Society, says heatstroke or…

Pet Food Donations Wanted for Dog, Cat Owners in Need

Donations Are Being Accepted at Petco in Duluth, and Dan's Feed Bin in Superior

DULUTH, Minn. – The COVID-19 pandemic is not only impacting humans but animals as well. Recently Duluthian Tina Marcella, founder of PJ’s Rescue, was approached by an anonymous donor who wanted to start a pet food collection drive to help animal owners in the Duluth region who may be having a financially difficult time due to the ongoing pandemic. Pet…

Northern Lights Cutting Center Sparks Equestrian Interest in the Northland

Talmadge River Ranch, home of Northern Lights Cutting Center, is Open for Private Lessons

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s something you may have taken part in as a kid at least once or twice – horseback riding. FOX 21’s Brett Scott digs deeper into the competition world of cutting and shows how one local family is looking to share their talent with adventure seekers living in the Northland. “I think they’re shocked that it’s something…

Experience Shearing Day at Frosty Ridge Alpaca Farm

Frosty Ridge Alpacas Will Soon Be Open to the Public for Free Farm Tours

DULUTH, Minn. – Can you imagine shearing more than 50 alpaca all in a matter of six hours? It happened Tuesday morning at Frosty Ridge Alpaca Farm located along Maple Grove Road in Duluth. “Believe it or not we sell more socks in the winter than the summer,” said Loni Blumerich, owner of Frosty Ridge Alpaca Farm. The process only…

Tips for Keeping Ticks From Latching on to Your Pets

The CDC Recommends Using Preventative Products to Avoid Tickborne Diseases

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s that time of year again! Creepy, crawly ticks are back out and ready to latch on to you and your pets. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vaccines are not available for most of the tick-borne diseases that animals can get. That’s why local vets say it’s important for pet owners to…

Windy Weather Yields Smaller Bird Count During Spring Migration

Spring Bird Counters Set Up Near Enger Tower and Thompson Hill Depending on Wind Conditions

DULUTH, Minn. – Coronavirus has pretty much put a halt to humans traveling across the nation, but it’s not stopping birds and other wildlife from soaring back into the Northland for the summer season. “We have to be here regardless of the weather,” said John Richardson, a spring migration counter with Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory in Duluth. A windy, cold…

Veterinary Clinics Open Amid COVID-19 Concerns, New Protocols In Place

Local Vet Clinics Are Using Curbside Services to Continue Seeing Clients' Pets

DULUTH, Minn. – With several business owners closing their doors, Northland veterinary clinics are also seeing the effects of coronavirus (COVID-19). This reality is because more people are choosing to keep their pets home instead of receiving nonessential care. At Duluth Veterinary Hospital, they have protocols in place for a curbside service, where staff comes out to retrieve the pet…

Animal Allies Taking Precautionary Measures Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth Postpones Humane Education Activities, Volunteer Trainings Until End of April

DULUTH, Minn. – The COVID-19 pandemic is now impacting the animals up for adoption in the Northland. Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth announced Wednesday morning on FOX 21 Local News that all humane education activities and volunteer trainings will be postponed until the end of April. Michelle Carter, Development Officer at Animal Allies, said the shelter is experiencing shifts…

Registration Now Open for Animal Allies Summer Camp

Summer Camps Fill Quickly at Animal Allies, Register Now to Secure Your Child's Spot

DULUTH, Minn. – The Northland is still months away from hot summer days, but it’s not stopping staff at Animal Allies from thinking summer camp. Registration is now open for camps. Staff tells FOX 21 Local News the camps fill up quickly, so it’s best to register your child sooner rather than later. The camps provide children with hands-on activities…

Park Officials Remind Pet Owners to “Pick Up Poop”

Piles of Poop Left Behind Causes Concerns from Park Officials, City Staff

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s warm, squishy, and it stinks. We’re talking poop. Chances are you’re guilty once or twice of watching your pet poo, and walking away in a public place. But it’s now becoming a problem within the Twin Ports, one pile leading to hundreds if not thousands left unattended. “No one wants to walk in poop when they’re…

Lake Superior Zoo Preschool Accepting Applications Starting February 3

The Nature-Based Preschool is Set to Open on September 8, 2020

DULUTH, Minn. – The Lake Superior Zoo School is gearing up to begin accepting preschool applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Families with children ages three to five years old will be able to submit registrations starting Monday, February 3. Preschool Director Leah Budnik says the mission of the Lake Superior Zoo School is to inspire the healthy social emotional,…

Frosty Ridge Alpaca Farm Provides Educational Experiences

Frosty Ridge Alpaca Farm is Open to Visitors Year Round for Educational Experiences

DULUTH, Minn. – The alpaca species isn’t native to northern Minnesota. The livestock originates from the Andes Mountains in Peru, living at an average elevation of 14,000 feet. It wasn’t until the 1970s that alpacas were introduced to North America. In this week’s Animal Answers, FOX 21’s Brett Scott takes you to a growing herd living in the Northland. “I’m…

Veterinarians Stress Safety for Pets Over Thanksgiving Holiday

Dr. Justin Dahl with Happy Tails Animal Hospital in Superior Recommends Paying Extra Attention to Pets this Holiday Season

SUPERIOR, Wis. – With a Thanksgiving feast on everyone’s mind, local veterinarians say you should consider the safety of your pets during the holiday season. Thanksgiving could potentially be dangerous for some animals, with the possibility of getting table scraps, or getting into the garbage filled with leftovers and grease. Experts say to avoid letting your pets eat grapes, raisins,…

Tips to Remember When Stray Animals Are Found

Animal Allies Humane Society Says They Receive Multiple Calls Per Day Regarding What to Do With Stray Animals

DULUTH, Minn. – It can often be difficult to know what’s the right thing to do when coming across stray animals, especially in the cold winter months. Stray or feral animals may be timid, or show force, leaving helpful animal advocates to wonder what’s the best way of going about getting the animal to a safe place. Michelle Carter, Development…

Phase One of Lake Superior Zoo’s New Bear Country Exhibit Almost Complete

CEO Erik Simonson Says Phase One of Bear Country Should be Complete in Roughly Eight Weeks

DULUTH, Minn. – The new Bear Country Exhibit at the Lake Superior Zoo has been years in the making. Construction crews are currently on site, work is being completed as quickly as possible, and four of the zoo’s new animals have arrived. “Essentially, we have become the parents to our two new bears,” said Dave Thompson, Director of Animal Management…

Great Lakes Aquarium, Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss Partner to Bring New Experience to Visitors

Tour the Great Lakes Aquarium by Touch; Kickoff Event Taking Place Saturday, November 9

DULUTH, Minn. – More than three million people in the United States live with vision loss, whether it be partial, full, for a lifetime, or later on in life. Great Lakes Aquarium is now working hard to break down barriers, making sure every visitor receives the same satisfaction no matter how much they’re able to see or hear. “If you…

New Business Looks to be Twin Ports Only Pet Uber Service

Poocher Pet Shuttle will Officially Open Monday, November 4

DULUTH, Minn. – Uber and Lyft have skyrocketed in popularity with people over the past few years, but what about transportation for pets? Now one Northland resident has brainstormed an idea, and it’s becoming a reality. “I love animals,” said Gerald Osgan, co-owner of Poocher Pet Shuttle. Osgan is turning his passion into a profession. “It’s to free up people’s…

New Pet Transportation Service Opening Soon in Twin Ports

Poocher Pet Shuttle will Begin Animal Transportation Services on Monday, November 4

DULUTH, Minn. – If you’ve ever needed to get your pet to an appointment, but simply don’t have the time or want to go out in the cold, a new business will soon be at your service in the Twin Ports. Poocher Pet Shuttle will be similar to Lyft and Uber, but will only transport animals. Owner Gerald Osgan recently…

Wildwoods in Duluth Temporarily Closed Due to DNR Permitting Issue

At Least One Staff Member at Wildwoods Will Need to Receive Proper Certification from the DNR Before Reopening Rehab and Triage Services

DULUTH, Minn. – The Northland’s only wildlife rehabilitation center is currently closed for rehab and triage services, meaning countless animals can no longer receive care at the facility located along West Arrowhead Road in Duluth. “It’s always been a dream of mine to do more with the environment and to work more with wildlife because I do believe that we…

All Natural, Eco-Friendly Grooming Service Opens in Superior

All Natural Canines is Located at 1308 Tower Avenue in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Dogs, cats, rabbits, and even birds. It sounds like a handful, but for one business owner in Superior, it’s her clientele. Some could say there are new doggies in one window along Tower Avenue in Superior. “Dogs are my main passion,” said Amy Mundt, owner of All Natural Canines Pet Grooming in Superior. The longtime resident of…

Thousands of Bird Watchers Flock to Witness Fall Migration at Hawk Ridge

Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory is Hosting Fall Festival Weekend September 20 - 22 in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – As of September 1, Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory in Duluth is celebrating its 48th season of documenting the great fall migration. This natural phenomenon is attracting hundreds, if not thousands, of bird watchers from local areas, and internationally as the seasons change. Mother Nature is guiding birds of prey such as raptors toward warmer weather as they…

Great Minnesota Get-Together Teaches Sheep Shearing

This Week's Animal Answers Takes us to the Minnesota State Fair

DULUTH, Minn. – When you’re at the State Fair, you can’t forget about all the animal exhibits available. In this week’s Animal Answers, we’re taking you to the sheep barn to meet a couple who walks us through the process of shearing sheep. “My parents fit sheep for a living and I’ve been showing sheep my whole life,” said sheep…

Animal Allies, Irving Community Club to Host Free Event

The Event will Feature Free Collars, Leashes, and Microchipping on Tuesday, August 27

DULUTH, Minn. – Pet supplies and services can be difficult to keep up with, and the cost can oftentimes detour animal owners from getting the necessities needed. On Tuesday, August 27, Animal Allies and Irving Community Club are teaming up to host a free collar, leash, and microchipping clinic. The event is taking place at the  Evergreen Senior Center in…

Specialty Brews to be Unveiled During Zoo La Palooza Fundraiser

Zoo La Palooza is Happening Thursday, July 18 at the Lake Superior Zoo

DULUTH, Minn. – The animals at the Lake Superior Zoo invite you to get wild with them Thursday, July 18 for the annual Zoo La Palooza fundraiser. The after-hours party at the Zoo features LIVE music, food trucks, specialty beer, games, silent auctions and more. Tickets for this year’s event are only $20, with the money going directly back into…

Over 700 Dogs Dart into the DECC Starting Thursday

The Duluth Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show is Happening July 11 - 14

DULUTH, Minn. – The city of Duluth is going to the dogs July 11 – 14. More than 700 four legged friends and their owners will dart into the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) for the annual Duluth Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show. Organizers say the event brings a boost to the local economy, and smiles to the faces…

Keeping Fido Calm During Fourth Festivities

A Place for Fido Offers a Variety of Products to Help Keep Animals Calm During Stressful Situations

DULUTH, Minn. – Anxiety medications are flying out the doors of local veterinary clinics and hospitals this week along with other treats, toys, and materials used to keep animals calm as humans prepare to blast off fireworks to celebrate independence. “We do get a lot of anxiety ridden dogs that come in this time of year,” said Jamie Parent, Owner…

Animal Answers: As Temperatures Rise, Police Warn of Hot Vehicle Dangers

Duluth Police Department Advises Calling 911 if an Animal is Showing Signs of Heat Exhaustion Inside a Vehicle

DULUTH, Minn. – Every year, PETA estimates nearly 100 animals will die due to negligence and heat exhaustion from being locked inside a hot vehicle. Officials say at just 70 degrees, a vehicle’s inside temperature can quickly reach well over 120 degrees. “It is deadly to leave your pet in a car in the summer time. It can happen faster…

Raptor Ridge Soars into Great Lakes Aquarium Friday

Raptor Ridge is an Exhibit Five Years in the Making, Costing $120,000

DULUTH, Minn. – As thousands of runners make their way into Canal Park Friday, others will flock to the Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth for the opening of their new exhibit, Raptor Ridge. Officials with the Aquarium believe the new experience is full of lessons and environmental education. “Granted, don’t get me wrong, fish are great, I love fish,” said…

Pet Supply Store Secures Location in New Duluth Retail Development

Chuck & Don's is Expected to Open Late Winter, Early Spring of 2020

DULUTH, Minn. – FOX 21 is learning more about a new Eagan, Minnesota based pet store coming to Duluth. According to a company spokesperson for the pet supply company, Launch Properties is responsible for building the retail development that Chuck & Don’s will call home in late winter, early spring of 2020. The space will be located in the Jigsaw retail development…

Animal Answers: Dirty Feeders are Killing Hummingbirds

Wildlife Officials Recommend Cleaning Hummingbird Feeders Once Every Three Days

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s official! Hummingbirds are back in the Northland making their seasonal homes and searching for the best feeding spots possible. This often ends up being a feeder near your home, which is why local wildlife experts are urging caution before you take on the responsibility of feeding the tiny creatures this summer. The staff and volunteers at…

Dirty Dog? Experts Express Routine Grooming Habits

Staff at Bark Avenue are Working Around the Clock to Keep up with Spring Grooming

DULUTH, Minn. – As the weather warms up in the Northland and water hoses start turning out, we often think about bath time for out dogs after a long winter without. Local groomers are working around the clock right now to help your pets maintain a clean bill of health, and also make sure your home stays smelling fresh and…

Animal Answers: It’s Time to Talk Turtles

Educators with the Lake Superior Zoo Offer Safety Tips to Remember when Interacting with Turtles

DULUTH, Minn. – With the Minnesota fishing opener on Saturday, May 11 and more humans enjoying area lakes, it’s time to once again talk turtle conservation. It’s also important to remember we often share rural roads with these interesting reptiles. Melanie Michaels with the Lake Superior Zoo stopped by the FOX 21 Studios Wednesday to share a few reminders in this…

Minnesota DNR: Be Aware of Bears This Spring

Minnesota DNR Advises Caution as Black Bears Awake from a Deep Winter Slumber

DULUTH, Minn. – Now that spring has officially sprung, officials with the Minnesota DNR are reminding homeowners to be aware of bears. While these animals are typically more scared of humans than we are of them, experts say it’s important to make sure you’re aware of what to do if destruction is knocking on your door. “The calls have started…

Local Veterinarians Express Tick Prevention as Temperatures Rise

A Yearly, Preventative Lyme Disease Vaccination is Available for Animals

DULUTH, Minn. – With warmer days frequently popping up in the forecast many of us will be spending countless hours soaking up the sun and heading out for walks with our four legged friends. While this sounds much needed and well deserved, it’s important to remember it’s also time for ticks to wake up and latch on. “We’ve found them…

Adopt-a-Duck Fundraiser Happening Now at Animal Allies

The Fundraiser will Help Support the Humane Education Program at Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – This week’s Animal Answers takes Northlanders deep into the pocketbook. Animal Allies is encouraging families across the area to consider adopting a different type of creature all for a good cause. “There’s no ducking around at Animal Allies,” said Michelle Sternberg, Development Officer at Animal Allies. Staff and volunteers at the Duluth shelter cannot stop quacking up….

Upcoming Bike Swap to Help Animal Allies, Head of the Lakes United Way

The 13th Annual Bike Swap is Happening Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29 at Continental Ski & Bike in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s time to dig deep and clean out the garage. The 13th annual Continental Ski and Bike “Bike Swap” is coming up on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29. Throughout the month of April you’re invited to bring unwanted bikes to Continental Ski and Bike (1305 East First Street, Duluth). 100 percent of the proceeds from…

Community Donations Help CHUM Offer Vital Services to Homeless Pets

CHUM Works Directly with Dougherty Veterinary Clinics in Duluth to Provide Much Needed Services to Homeless Pets

DULUTH, Minn. – Dougherty Veterinary Clinics in is helping make a big impact in Duluth. Officials with CHUM have announced an ongoing partnership with the local clinic to help secure shots and other medical treatments for homeless animals in the region. This week’s Animal Answers introduces us to the woman behind the mission in progress along with a Duluth resident…

The Snake Pit Promotes Conservation on World Frog Day

World Frog Day is Recognized on March 20, 2019

DULUTH, Minn. – On Wednesday, March 20, 2019, many across the globe will celebrate and raise awareness for World Frog Day. Frogs are amphibian creatures found both on land and water. They are found to be the predators and are playing a vital role in maintaining the environment throughout its lifetime. Scientists say in recent years frogs are being threatened…

Animal Allies Donations to Help Multiple Organizations in the Northland

When Animal Allies Receives and Abundance of Donations, They're Then Passed on to CHUM, Wildwoods and Other Local Organizations

DULUTH, Minn. – As spring inches closer to the Northland, the demand for supplies at animal organizations in the Northland is rising. Local shelters and animal advocates will soon be dealing with “kitten season” which means the need for blankets, food and other supplies is in top demand. At Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth, they’re thankful to have a…

Treating Pain, Anxiety with CBD Oil for Animals

Ignite Vapor and Tobacco is Located at 502 Hammond Avenue in Superior

DULUTH, Minn. – Scientific research proves man’s best friend is able to help humans relieve stress, but what helps your furry friends calm down and relax? The staff at Ignite Vapor and Tobacco in Superior believe the answer is stocked on their store shelves. Staff member Timothy Frey frequently deals with helping his German Shepard, Dakota, relieve pain. “There are all…

Lake Superior Zoo to Host Local Artist on World Wildlife Day

World Wildlife Day is Happening Sunday, February 3, 2019

DULUTH, Minn. – Sunday, March 3 marks World Wildlife Day and the Lake Superior Zoo is inviting you to help them celebrate and raise awareness. Local artist Brad Vanderbrook will be showcasing his giant portraits of endangered species around the Zoo, and will also be creating his newest piece of work. Vanderbrook uses white bedsheets and permanent marker to create…

Volunteers Needed at Animal Allies Humane Society

The Demand for Volunteers is an Ongoing Concern for Staff at Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – More than 700 volunteers help keep the doors open and animals happy at Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth every year, but staff members say they can never have enough helping hands. “The cats are just amazing and the dogs are always so friendly,” said volunteer Amber Karlstedt. It’s safe to say many of us most likely…

Humane Society Looks to Tackle Stray Problem in Douglas County

The Humane Society of Douglas County is Hosting Another Free Spay, Neuter Clinic in March

SUPERIOR, Wis. – 27 female and 25 male cats are now recovering after a simple spay or neuter procedure over the weekend. For the first time, the Humane Society of Douglas County hosted a free spay and neuter event. The important procedures were performed by Purple Cat Mobile Veterinary Clinic out of Cumberland, Wisconsin. Sheila Keup, Executive Director of the…