We couldn’t have asked for a nicer day for a little trip. Last week, Michael said, “Mary, we don’t have time to take a vacation.” But my logic won my husband over: “We get an extra hour back for daylight-saving time.” Besides, Indianapolis is only a short jaunt, and we were headed for the zo…

Champaign County Animal Control Director Stephanie Joos said staff entered the home in the 1300 block of West Springfield Avenue on Oct. 22 after getting a tip and 'it was deemed necessary to impound all dogs on the property,' including 69 adult dogs and 15 puppies.

A GoFundMe campaign to cover care for the puppy pulled out of Champaign's Kaufman Lake on Saturday surpassed its $5,000 goal in less than three days. The dog's rescuer, Bryant Fritz, said there will likely be additional medical care that those funds can help with.

A little TLC at the UI's Small Animal Clinic has brought out the puppy in Poppy, the eight-month-old dog rescued from Kaufman Lake on Saturday who was released to animal control Monday, where she will stay while police investigate who left her in a cage in the lake.

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In Birdland, we sit on the porch in the gentle drizzle. The roof keeps us from getting wet, but the chickens don’t seem to mind the rain, continuing their slow meander through the yard, digging and pecking.

The UI College of Veterinary Medicine's annual open house, set for Oct. 6 this year, offers an in-depth experience into the world of veterinary medicine for all ages.

Today in Birdland it’s sunny and cool. Clouds bounce in a blue sky, and black-eyed Susans nod with the breezes that blow through the yard. The beans have set on, and the wind ripples the lovely green fields. All this belies the urgency our planet is under.

Linda Hewerdine's Society for Hooved Animal Rescue and Emergencies houses as many as 72 of them at a time at her farm outside Dewey. Many will find safe, new homes.

A UI vet med student who noticed something odd on her betta fish, Francisco, took him to the college’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital to see Dr. Krista Keller, a veterinarian who is a board-certified specialist in zoological medicine.

Here come the elephants! I left Birdland this morning in the capable hands of Michael. My husband will watch out for all the critters, collecting eggs, feeding our feline, canine and avian friends.

On our second day in the Bay Area, we hopped on the train with Ellis, our youngest, and rode into to San Francisco. The first stop was the aquarium. As much as we liked to walk along the bay, looking at boats big and small, it was hot, so it was very nice to duck into the air conditioning an…

In Redwood City, near San Francisco, a buddha greets us every time we come back to our hotel. He sits peacefully in a pool, water flowing out of the top of his head like a clear stream of knowledge.

Staff writer Paul Wood chats with the 42-year-old comedian and former Champaign County Humane Society staffer who loves animals.