Funny_face"Gov. Don Carcieri signed a law Friday making Rhode Island the first state to require cat owners to spay or neuter their pets. Cat owners must spay or neuter pets older than six months unless they pay $100 for a breeder's license. Violators can be fined $75 per month."

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Katrina_rescue_by_dave_saville_2 Some of the worse pictures of the Hurricane Katrina aftermath were of the pets that were left behind to fend for themselves. We also heard of so many people who refused to evacuate because the hurricane shelters would not take pets. No doubt numerous lives, both pets and their people, were lost because they had no place to go together.

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Rpca One of the presentations at the first International Pet Insurance Conference I attended last month was given by Peter Craske who is with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) in the UK [warning - some of the images on this website are pretty disturbing as you can imagine]. He gave us the state of affairs on animal welfare in the UK and the European Union, which was very interesting.

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