Operation PAW to Sell Paintings by Cats at Wynwood Art Walk

Categories: Animals, Art

Courtesy of Operation PAW.
Thanks to LOLcats, Grumpy Cat, and their revered Egyptian ancestors, feline dominance over subservient humans has long been established. Cats rule our households, our interwebs -- why shouldn't they take control of the art world, too?

At next week's Wynwood Art Walk, non-profit, no-kill Operation PAW will be offering up works of art created by uber-talented rescue kitties.

You should jump at the chance to pick up a piece, because a tabby might be the next Banksy.

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Vulcan the Liger Is Back Home at Jungle Island

Categories: Animals

Courtesy of Jungle Island
According to Napoleon Dynamite, a liger is a cross between a lion and a tiger, bred for its skills in magic.

At least Napoleon was spot on about the first part. And as far as kitty witchcraft, well, anything is possible.

As it turns out, we have these potentially bewitching big cats right here in Miami. Vulcan, a 900-pound liger, has returned to his tour of duty after a little R&R, according to the folks at Jungle Island.

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Pit Bull Ban Won't Be Put To Popular Vote Any Time Soon

Categories: Animals

Photo by Taylor Wray
The current countywide ban on pit bulls seems safe from renewed scrutiny from Miami-Dade voters in the coming years. After an attempt to repeal the ban failed by a 63 percent to 37 percent margin in 2012, keeping the decades-old ban in place, activists say they've all but given up hope in changing the legislation.

"The people of Miami-Dade were trained for 20 years to fear anything with a big head and a tail that looks like a pit bull," said Dahlia Canes, the founder of the Miami Coalition Against Breed Specific Legislation.

The defeat in 2012 was too hard to stomach, she explained, and that it made the likelihood of another crack at beating it down at the polls slim to none. No electoral repeal campaign is planned for 2014 or beyond, she said.

See also: President Obama Doesn't Agree With Miami-Dade's Pit Bull Ban

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It's Baby Bird Season in Miami: Here's What to Do If You Find One

Categories: Animals

Courtesy of Pelican Harbor Seabird Station

Early summer brings plenty of charms to Miami (fewer tourists, woohoo), and baby birds are another side effect of this sweltering season. Now is the time of year when wee ones are hatching out of eggs all over the place -- followed sometimes by tumbling out of trees.

But should you find a gummy bear (aka a baby bird with no feathers) or any other incarnation of mini fowl, we got the skinny from the folks at Pelican Harbor Seabird Station on what to do. Check it out after the jump.

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Miami Ranked the Best City to Be a Dog in the U.S.

Categories: Animals

Ciara LaVelle
Just another dog day afternoon in Miami.
On the surface, dogs don't need much in life: food, water, shelter, the occasional scratch behind the ear. But ask any canine companion, and they'll tell you that some places are better than others. (They'll tell you this in barks, whines, and leg-humps; it's up to you to translate.)

And when it comes to dog-friendly cities, Miami tops the list. The social media site MyLife.com recently ranked Miami as the #1 best city to be a dog.

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North Miami Beach Votes to Ban Sale of Commercially Bred Pets in Stores

Courtesy of Jeanne Dykstra
Last night, North Miami Beach council numbers officially put their paws down against selling pets in stores.

Officials approved an ordinance to ban the sale of commercially bred animals in the city, which means no offering up breeding mill-born dogs, cats, ferrets, gerbils, hamsters or rabbits.

The ban follows similar decisions in several other South Florida cities, including Hallandale Beach, Margate, and Lauderdale Lakes.

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Will Miami Seaquarium's New Owners Free Lolita the Orca?

Categories: Animals

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At nearly 20 feet long and 7,000 pounds, Lolita the killer whale is a big lass. But despite her hefty girth, she's spent more than 40 years in a 60-by-80-foot tank at Miami Seaquarium -- the human equivalent, animal advocates say, of living in a port-a-potty.

A battle between the Seaquarium and groups such as PETA has been raging over Lolita for decades. But the recent news that the Virginia Key attraction would be sold to California-based amusement park company Palace Entertainment has spurred animal advocates to push harder than ever to get her back into the wild.

See also: Feds Take Possible First Step Toward Freeing Lolita, Miami Seaquarium's Orca

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Super-Cute Baby Baboon Born at Jungle Island

Categories: Animals

Courtesy of Jungle Island
In the latest news from the adorable animal department, Jungle Island welcomed a bouncing baby baboon last week. Called Makara, the wee one was born to four-year-old Isis.

Jungle Island reps say the baby is doing even better than expected. Isis and the three other Hamadryas baboons in residence are apparently doing a swell job of looking after the little one.

We know you only clicked this for the pictures, so check 'em out after the jump.

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Greyhound Decoupling Bill Would Save Lives and Money, Say Advocates

Categories: Animals

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Greyhound racing seems like something straight out of 1955 -- a track full of dudes in dapper hats all smoking cigarettes and bitching about their wives. It's over the hill; old school; a blast from the past (in a bad way -- like segregation).

The stats support racing's decline -- it's been outlawed in all but seven states (of which Florida is one) and tax revenue has decreased by 98 percent since 1990. Basically, it's jumped the shark. Yet, the practice still lingers, largely due to antiquated legislation that forces gambling establishments to continue if they want to offer other forms of gaming.

Enter greyhound decoupling, legislation that would end the dysfunctional relationship between dogs and slot machines. It's now on the table in Florida, and the The Animal Rights Foundation of Florida (ARFF) is urging people to show support.

See also: Bills to End Greyhound Racing Moving Forward Through State Legislature

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Meet Zoo Miami's Adorable New Lion Cub, K'wasi

Categories: Animals

Courtesy of Ron Magill/Zoo Miami
Congratulations Miami: it's a boy.

Technically, the little guy was born back in December, but it wasn't until yesterday that the fuzzball started getting stalked by paparazzi.

Meet Zoo Miami's three-month-old lion cub, K'wasi, now on display with his momma, Asha, every day. He's a tough guy, and he's already been through a lot, so you know he's going to be one of our favorite Zoo Miami family members for years to come.

Learn everything you ever needed to know about the feisty little newcomer below (complete with adorable pictures).

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