MYTH: Touching Baby Birds Will Cause Them To Be Rejected?

MYTH: Touching baby birds will result in rejection by the parents. FACT: This old wives’ tale is unequivocally false, and wildlife rehabilitation experts have been trying to show this to the public for years. The majority of common non-predatory birds have little to no ability to smell, as they are seed/insect eaters and it plays … Continue reading MYTH: Touching Baby Birds Will Cause Them To Be Rejected?

Responsible, Ethical Breeders: Why They Matter and What You Should Look For

When beginning the search for a purebred dog, one can get overwhelmed by the sheer number of people out there who breed and sell everything ranging from Chihuahuas to Great Danes to the more rare Dogue de Bordeaux and Tosa. Yet there is a MAJOR difference between a "breeder" who just pairs two dogs and … Continue reading Responsible, Ethical Breeders: Why They Matter and What You Should Look For

The Downside of TNR: The Ecological Devastation of Feral Cats

The topic of TNR and managed feral cat colonies is highly controversial. While many in rescue tout it as the self-sustaining solution to overpopulation, those on the opposing side are in constant defense of the devastating impact these cats have on native ecosystems, song birds, wildlife, etc. A recent ecological study in 2010 by the … Continue reading The Downside of TNR: The Ecological Devastation of Feral Cats

Siamese Genetics: Why That Cute Pointed Kitten May Not Be One After All!

The actual pointed coat coloring that Siamese and other breeds are known for (as well as rats, mice, and rabbits) is simply a recessive form of partial albinism called "Himalayan". The Himalayan mutation alters the enzyme responsible for melanin production, which is called Tyrosinase. The mutation restricts the ability of tyrosinase to oxidize tyrosine only at cooler temperatures; warmer temperatures deactivate the enzyme.