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Dogs & Cats in the News

Looking for current resources to use in your Mutt-i-grees lessons? Dogs & Cats in the News provides a compilation of news stories featuring dogs and cats that may inspire students to put empathy into action.

North Carolina hotel welcomes you with open arms and dogs to adopt

At this hotel, guests are welcomed with a wagging tail or a warm lick on the face. A dog will bound out from behind the registration desk, clad in an "Adopt Me" vest, as visitors arrive at the Aloft hotel in downtown Asheville, North Carolina, believed to be the only hotel in the United States where guests can adopt the dog that greets them when they check in. Read more:

Edinburgh University gives library card to cat

One of the UK’s top universities has given a library card to a cat. Jordan has turned his back on his Catholic friar owners and adopted Edinburgh University library as his main residence. The feline has his own Facebook page set up by students with 6,100 “likes”. And now the black and white pet has been made “official” by getting a card for the library, complete with a photo and 2017 expiry date. Read more:

Golden retrievers bring comfort and joy to holiday travelers at the airport

There are few things more reliably stressful than braving the airport during the holiday travel season. In the hopes of combating some of that stress, United Airlines has organized visits from comfort dogs at its terminals in Chicago's O'Hare airport and Houston's George Bush airport, beginning Saturday. Read more:

Unsung heroes: Mysterious Cat Santa delivers homemade toys for felines in San Pedro shelter

Shelter cats don’t generally have much reason to be carefree. Confined to small cages as they wait for someone to pick them out, adopt them and take them home, they can be prone to depression as the days, weeks — and sometimes months — go by. But thanks to a mysterious Cat Santa, the some 30 felines housed at the Harbor Animal Center in San Pedro are being treated to some very special, carefully crafted homemade toys that are the hit of the shelter’s cat room. Read more:

Japanese-style cat cafe coming to Seattle

The poster caught my eye recently while I was waiting for my dinner at a local restaurant. It promised an unconventional, but in my mind ‘purrfect’ marriage: cats and coffee. I rushed home to do some research online and found out more about The Seattle Meowtropolitan, a cat café that is finally bringing this popular Asian phenomenon closer to home. Slated to open around June 2015, its founders are certain that cats and “catpuccinos” are just what Seattle needs. So what the heck is a cat café exactly? Read more: