Kim Zolciak Gained 50 Pounds During Pregnancy, Is Size 2/4 Just 3 Months After Twins' Birth—Find Out How She Lost the …

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It sure didn’t take Kim Zolciak long to get her pre-baby body back!

The former Real Housewives of Atlanta star says she “gained 50 pounds” during her pregnancy with twins Kaia and Kane, telling Life Style that just three months after giving birth, she’s back “between a size 2 and a size 4.”

“I won’t get on the scale,” the 35-year-old said, “but all my clothes fit again!” And it’s not just winter clothes Kim’s cool with—she says she’s “ready to put my bikini back on!”

So how is it that Kim shed the pregnancy pounds so quickly? “I take Xenadrine [a weight loss formula] for energy to work out and do an hour of cardio each day,” she tells the mag.

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It didn’t take her long to start losing the baby weight either. She was pretty trim almost instantly after giving birth. Her 16-year-old daughter Brielle shared a snap of her svelte mom in sweats, musing, “how is my mom a size 4… it’s been 9 days since she gave birth to twins.”

Kim, however, is not so focused on her body that she’s missing out on any of the joys of motherhood. She Instagrammed a sweet snap of herself cuddling with one of the twins earlier this month, exclaiming that “life doesn’t get any better than this.”

In addition to Kai, Kane and Brielle she’s mom to 12-year-old Ariana, 2-year-old son Kroy. Jr and 17-month-old son Kash.

Of course, Kim has help from hubby Kroy Biermann, but she also probably gets in a fair amount of cardio chasing after all those kids!

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‘World’s oldest flamingo’ dies in Australian zoo at 83

Greater the flamingo arrived at the Adelaide Zoo in 1933

A flamingo believed to be the oldest of its kind in the world has died at the age of 83 in Australia.

Greater the flamingo was put to sleep on Friday due to complications brought about by arthritis and old age, officials at Adelaide Zoo said.

The flamingo, named after its species, arrived at the zoo in 1933 and was a popular attraction.

Flamingos are wading birds with a very specialised diet. They have far shorter life spans in the wild.

Greater flamingos – scientific name Phoenicopterus roseus – are usually larger than lesser flamingos and are characterised by pale plumage and pink bills.

Greater the flamingo, who survived a bad beating by a group of teenagers in 2008, was a zoo favourite, officials said.

“Greater is best known for being the world’s oldest flamingo and the last greater flamingo to have resided in Australia,” Elaine Bensted, Zoos South Australia chief executive, told Agence-France Presse news agency.

“Although this is an extremely sad loss for us all, it was the right thing to do,” she said, adding that there was no treatment that could have improved the flamingo’s quality of life.

The flamingo is survived by companion Chilly the Chilean flamingo, 65, said to be the last flamingo in Australia.

Zoo officials said they would keep a close watch on Chilly to see if there was any reaction to Greater’s death.

They were also considering a memorial for Greater, they said.

Leonardo DiCaprio And Jonah Hill 'Titanic' Re-Enactment Buzz Refuses To Die Down [Video]

The Grammy Awards may have dominated the entertainment news from the weekend but one story is refusing to die down. Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio has Saturday Night Live audiences in stitches last Saturday when the Wolf of Wall Street co-stars decided to re-enact the iconic prow scene from Titanic. Hill returned to SNL on the 25th January to host the show for the third time.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Jonah Hill Showed How Close They’ve Become Since Filming ‘TWOWS.’

With the comedy actor’s newly found Oscar-nominated star power, his hosting alone would have probably been enough for the enthusiastic crowd but when DiCaprio dropped by, interrupting Hill mid-flow in his intro speech, excitement was sent into overdrive. “Honestly, my whole life feels like a dream come true right now,” Hill said in his opening monologue. “Between ‘Moneyball’ and ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ and getting nominated for my second Academy Award, I just couldn’t be more grateful.”

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Audience members began asking him questions about his WOWS co-star which miffed the 30 year-old actor to the point where he started ranting about how DiCaprio wasn’t even supposed to be in Martin Scorsese’s comedy. “I call up Marty Scorsese, I say, ‘Marty its JH. I’m ready to get in the ring together.’ He says, ‘Finally,'” Jonah recalled. “Then I say, ‘Should we get DiCaprio on board?’ And Marty says, ‘I don’t know if he can handle it. Sure he’s a movie star and puts teenage girls in the seats. But we need a real actor like you.'”

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Leo Dropped In On Jonah’s ‘SNL’ Intro Speech.

When Leonardo suddenly stepped out on stage, the startled Hill began back-tracking. “What the hell are you doing man?” DiCaprio asked. Hill started gushing about Leo’s talents but The Great Gatsby star was having none of it. “Jonah, I knew this was going to happen if you got nominated,” he said. “You don’t have to pretend anymore. You’re a real actor now. You should be humble. You should be gracious.”

“Remember when we were on set and I’d great really nervous?” Hill asked. “Can we do the thing that we did every time? The thing that made me feel safe.” The pair then re-enacted the iconic “I’m flying!” Titanic scene with Hill playing Kate Winslet’s swooning Rose as the movie’s music began playing in the background. “Am I flying, Jack?” Jonah cried as Leo nuzzled against him. “Yes Rose, yes you’re flying,” responded DiCaprio, fighting back the laughter.

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A New Double Act Is Born?

Throughout the rest of the show Jonah appeared in sketches where he played a six-year-old child behaving inappropriately at a restaurant, an embarrassed game show contestant who clogged a toilet, a horse wrangler, and an awkward dinner guest. Actor Michael Cera also made a surprise guest appearance on SNL where he dressed the same as Jonah in a sketch about falling in love with your computer.

Next week’s SNL will be hosted by Melissa McCarthy.

News of the World reporter hacked phones a thousand times, he tells court

A former reporter at the News of the World has told how he hacked phones a thousand times after he was handed a list of celebrity numbers when he joined the paper in 2005, the Old Bailey has heard.

Dan Evans, who has pleaded guilty to intercepting voice messages at the News of the World, also told the phone-hacking trial on Monday about the “kerching moment” when he met NoW editor Andy Coulson and mentioned how he had hacked phones at the Sunday Mirror in the past.

He said: “I told him about my background, the sort of stories I had been doing. Almost the sort of stuff I had been through before.” 

Following prompting by the other News of the World journalist at the meeting Evans said he told Coulson: “I got on to voicemails and interception and I told him I had a lot of commercially sensitive data in my head and how things worked at the Sunday Mirror and I could bring him big exclusive stories cheaply which was the kerching moment. Bring exclusive stories cheaply equals job.”

Evans said that at the News of the World he was given cash to buy pay-as-you-go phones that were nicknamed “burners”. These, he explained, were phones used for “illicit activities” and would be destroyed or “burned” after two to three months.

Asked how often he hacked between his start date on the paper in January 2005 and the arrest of the paper’s then royal editor, Clive Goodman, for hacking-related offences in August 2006, Evans replied: “Probably most days, there might have been the odd lull.”

Evans has also pleaded guilty to hacking phones while at the Sunday Mirror.

He is the first journalist to plead guilty to hacking phones while working for a paper other than the News of the World.

The journalist told the jury that he started hacking phones after he was made a staff reporter at the Sunday Mirror and carried out this activity for about “a year and a half”.

Evans, who has pleaded guilty to hacking phones at the News of the World up to 2010, described how “there was an explicit lockdown in the dark arts” following Goodman’s arrest and there had been a gap of “years and years” before he started again.

He said he stopped using the burner phones and just starting using the company phones. “It was just easier. The culture there was pretty blasé about this kind of thing bizarrely.”

When Evans started at the News of the World, his new boss handed him a list of hundreds of celebrity numbers including those of Simon Cowell, Cilla Black and Zoe Ball.

Evans said he was given the numbers “because he wanted me to hack the interesting names on it”.

He had “a crack” at getting into around 100 of them, but with repeat calls to voicemails included, he probably hacked phones “1,000 [times] plus, more”.

Evans was also given cash to buy “burner” phones.

He explained: “They were called burner phones because after a while I’d burn them.”

Evans told how he learned the practice of “pretext blagging”, which involved ringing a mobile phone operator or another company and impersonating a staff member from credit control or a similar department.

He told the jury that “pretty much any private data” was available “on demand” at the News of the World including mobile phone numbers, mobile phone bills, credit card numbers, medical records and tax records.

Evans explained how he would ring the voicemail numbers on one phone and then count to three and ring it again on another phone to try and “trick” the target handset into going onto voicemail without alerting the owner.

He said he had learned some hacking etiquette at the Sunday Mirror where he was told “don’t leave footprints”. This meant he would never listen to messages that had not been played by the owner, but he would return later to pick them up.


Former journalist at News of The World and Sunday Mirror Evans after giving evidence in London
Dan Evans moved to the News of the World from the Sunday Mirror in 2005. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

Earlier, Evans described a phone-hacking target list at the Sunday Mirror as containing “lists of celebrities’ voicemail pin numbers” and “celebrity agents [voicemail numbers] where you would pick up voicemails left by them”.

It was updated regularly by him as pin codes got changed or new celebrities appeared on the “radar”.

He described how, at the Sunday Mirror, he had been handed “pages of famous people’s numbers” and told: “This is your job. You have to hack and crack the voicemail pincodes of all these people.”

He said his “general day-to-day life changed” after that. Evans said he was successful at the hacking and he felt he “ended up forsaking the stuff I really enjoyed”, which was investigative journalism.

Evans, who was a news reporter, has also pleaded guilty to two other charges, the jury in the hacking trial has been told – a conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office and providing a false witness statement in relation to proceedings taken against him by the interior designer Kelly Hoppen.

The jury was told he entered his plea in September last year but for legal reasons this could not be reported at the time.

The Sunday Mirror charge related covers the period between 28 February 2003 and 1 January 2005 while the News of the World charge relates to April 2004 and 1 June 2010.

Evans is the fifth person to have pleaded guilty in relation to hacking at the News of the World.

The jury heard at the start of the trial in October that journalists Weatherup, Neville Thurlbeck, Greg Miskiw and Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator and the paper’s specialist hacker, have already pleaded guilty to intercepting voicemails.

The trial continues.

Denver Broncos Defeat Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl Pet Names Competition

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With this year’s Big Game featuring the number one-ranked offense versus the number one-ranked defense, even the prognosticators are having trouble predicting a winner. Fortunately, we have team-inspired pet names to help us determine which team will be victorious on Super Bowl Sunday. Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation’s first and largest provider of pet health insurance, analyzed its database of more than 500,000 insured pets to determine which squad has the best chance to come out victorious based on pet name popularity. The Broncos win by a whisker – check out the chart for complete results.

Among the notable pet monikers in VPI’s database that were most likely inspired by Broncos and Seahawks players, past and present, are 15 pooches named “Elway,” likely named after the Broncos legendary quarterback and one “Largent,” a Shar-Pei from Kirkland, Wash., likely named after the Seahawks Hall of Fame wide receiver.

About Veterinary Pet Insurance

With more than 500,000 pets insured nationwide, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co./DVM Insurance Agency (VPI) is a member of the Nationwide Insurance family of companies and is the first and largest pet health insurance company in the United States. Since 1982, VPI has helped provide pet owners with peace of mind and is committed to being the trusted choice of America’s pet lovers.

VPI Pet Insurance plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. CareGuard® coverage for routine care is available for an additional premium. Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Additionally, one in three Fortune 500 companies offers VPI Pet Insurance as an employee benefit. Policies are offered and administered by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company in California and DVM Insurance Agency in all other states. Underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (CA), Brea, CA, an A.M. Best A rated company (2012); National Casualty Company (all other states), Madison, WI, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2012). Pet owners can find VPI Pet Insurance on Facebook or follow @VPI on Twitter. For more information about VPI Pet Insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit petinsurance.com.

Among the notable pet monikers in VPI’s database that were most likely inspired by Broncos and Seahawks players, past and present, are 15 pooches named “Elway,” likely named after the Broncos legendary quarterback and one “Largent,” a Shar-Pei from Kirkland, Wash., likely named after the Seahawks Hall of Fame wide receiver.

About Veterinary Pet Insurance

With more than 500,000 pets insured nationwide, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co./DVM Insurance Agency (VPI) is a member of the Nationwide Insurance family of companies and is the first and largest pet health insurance company in the United States. Since 1982, VPI has helped provide pet owners with peace of mind and is committed to being the trusted choice of America’s pet lovers.

VPI Pet Insurance plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. CareGuard® coverage for routine care is available for an additional premium. Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Additionally, one in three Fortune 500 companies offers VPI Pet Insurance as an employee benefit. Policies are offered and administered by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company in California and DVM Insurance Agency in all other states. Underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (CA), Brea, CA, an A.M. Best A rated company (2012); National Casualty Company (all other states), Madison, WI, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2012). Pet owners can find VPI Pet Insurance on Facebook or follow @VPI on Twitter. For more information about VPI Pet Insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit petinsurance.com.

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StarStudio Wins Best Magazine at the 12th Gawad Tanglaw

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The country’s best source for entertainment news and celebrity lifestyle is taking things notches higher this 2014, following a win at the prestigious 12th Gawad Tanglaw Awards for Best Magazine.

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Setting the bar with its recent success, StarStudio aims to up its game of bringing the latest happenings in showbiz, as featured in its newest February issue.

For this month, StarStudio Magazine presents “The Love Diaries”—an issue packed with celebrity love stories that will make for the perfect reading this month of love.

Leading the couples featured in this issue are Sarah Lahbati and Richard Gutierrez, who share the exclusive story of how they met and fell in love. The much talked about celebrity couple also give readers a look into their personal travel photos with captions that Sarah wrote herself.

Apart from that, StarStudio looks into celebrity weddings—Melai Cantiveros and Jason Francisco, Miss Universe 2011 3rd Runner-up Shamcey Supsup and Lloyd Lee, and director-turned-Congressman Lino Cayetano and ex-Ateneo volleyball star Fille Cainglet.

A newly-minted couple also takes on the spotlight in StarStudio this February to model day and night date looks, as Gretchen Ho and Robi Domingo show readers ways to look their best for the upcoming Valentine’s day.

All this and more are featured in the February 2014 issue of StarStudio, which was recently named Best Magazine in the 12th Gawad Tanglaw Awards in which ABS-CBN was also named TV Station of the Year.
Get all these and more in StarStudio’s latest issue, available at bookstores and newsstands nationwide. For updates, visit and like StarStudio on Facebook (www.facebook.com/StarStudio.Magazine) and follow the magazine’s official Twitter and Instagram accounts (@starstudiomag) for your best source of entertainment news and celebrity lifestyle.

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Loggers and land-grabbers should leave SE Asia?

It isn’t just the people who love these Asian papaya, mango, banana, fig, rambutang and hundreds of other fruits. But the ancient people of the forest have managed and cultivated these trees to enrich the whole ecosystem. Maybe it’s time we realised that the fruits of the forest are often human-produced, and they need their land back! – Papaya image; Credit: © Shutterstock

When will the ceaseless loss of tropical forest end? The temperature, rainfall and position suit many cash crops, so it is only a matter of time before every native tree, animal and person is removed from the situation!

The Pleistocene continent of Sunda had disappeared by the time Taiwanese residents began colonising 4200 years ago. These first rice farmers were thought so successful that life since then has been a product of their cultural revolution. Instead of this theory however, many other possible human influences on the tropical forests of SE Asia have to be imagined. It would be silly to stick to one theory of rice farmers when contradictory evidence for many other cultural practices is uncovered. The Early Holocene, 11,700 years ago, saw the possibility of complex food production in the rain forest over a very large area, after an Ice Age.

Investigators have always previously failed to notice the many traditional and local agricultural traditions, often associated with hunting and gathering the rich resources that are still available now. The peoples of SE Asia often exchanged plants, animals, technologies and genes, just as elsewhere. This has produced theories of the rainforest as a set of cultural artefacts, affected by ancestors in ways which are completely forgotten.

The evidence for these people-oriented forests is in the disruptions in succession of forest plants. The real facts portray peoples who swapped plants regularly and introduced forest species, into new habitats and areas almost like modern gardeners. Strangely, this also leads into the politics of who owns the rainforest. For 11,000 years current tribal peoples have been managing their land in ways which we couldn’t understand.

Instead of the label, “nomad,” these forest dwellers have simply operated on a sustainable principle. They left no mark (that we could see.) Pollen research has revealed the lie. After the last Ice Age, people will have fired, planted and cleared land throughout the rainforests. Just like hornbills or primates, they wanted fruit, so the trees were planted, just as you find ancient apple and pear trees in modern European landscapes.

Drs. CO. Hunt from Queen’s University, Belfast and RJ. Rabett of Cambridge University collaborated in producing and reviewing this case against the rampant land-grabbing that has taken place in this region. Humans are rarely reduced like this to the level of a simple animal species, unable to manage land. But this argument suited the profiteers who log, plant oil palm and mine now indiscriminately. Chris himself states, “Given that we can now demonstrate their active management of the forests for more than 11,000 years, these people have a new argument in their case against eviction.” And don’t forget reparations!

The Penan people of the Kelabit Highlands in Borneo could be the first to benefit, as we all try to protect the last elephant, tiger, rhinoceros and orang-utan, along with their habitat. They have campaigned unsuccessfully for 40 years to persuade and blockade invaders such as logging companies from their forest. Equally, indigenous people in parts of Borneo, Sumatra, Java, Thailand and Vietnam have needed to fight their governments and others to claim any rights whatsoever.

These formerly vast region of pure forest were not virgin wilderness after all. Back to Chris Hunt: “Our findings indicate a history of disturbances to vegetation. While it could be tempting to blame these disturbances on climate change, that is not the case, as they do not coincide with any known periods of climate change. Rather, these vegetation changes have been brought about by the actions of people.” For example, the Borneo Highlanders burned forest to plant food-bearing plants, as shown by the charcoal deposits, 6,500 years ago. Instead of the obvious short term regrowth of weeds and trees, fruit trees had grown. It would be incredible to suppose that the trees found their own way to the clearing.

In a similar fashion, 10,000 years ago the New Guinea sago palm appeared in Borneo, 2000km away from its home. The Penan are again involved as their prehistoric voyages seem to indicate that they would have been as far as New Guinea, and collected many other plants too. Maybe, after thousands of years and land claims against them, people can return to their ancestral land and claim it as their own. CO. Hunt and RJ Rabett published their paper, “Holocene landscape intervention and plant food production strategies in island and mainland Southeast Asia,” in the Journal of Archaeological Science.

US missile strike targets suspected militant leader in Somalia

The U.S. military carried out a missile strike in Somalia on Sunday, targeting a suspected militant leader with links to the al-Qaeda and al-Shabaab terror groups, U.S. military officials told NBC News.

U.S. military and intelligence officials are reviewing bomb damage assessment to determine if the terror leader was killed or wounded in the strike.

The officials would not yet identify the target of the strike.

The al-Shabaab group — which the State Department designates as a terrorist organization — is a loosely affiliated band of militia insurgents in southern Somalia that has close ties to the al-Qaeda terror network.

At least two senior al-Shabaab rebels, including the group’s leading explosives expert, were killed in a military strike last October.

And earlier that month, U.S. Navy SEALs stormed a coastal Somali town to take down a Kenyan-born fighter with al-Shabaab known as “Ikrima.” But members of the elite SEAL Team Six — the same unit that killed Osama bin Laden in his Pakistani hideout in 2011 — aborted the mission to capture the terror suspect whose real name is Abdikadar Mohamed Abdikadar.

Abdikadar was identified in a Kenyan government intelligence document as the mastermind behind a number of planned attacks, including a plot to strike Kenya’s parliament building and the United Nations office in Nairobi, as well as an Ethiopian restaurant patronized by Somali government officials, the Associated Press reported last year.

The al-Shabaab militants shocked the world on Sept. 21, 2013, when they stormed the Westgate shopping complex in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, slaughtering at least 67 people with guns and grenades.

Daniel Arkin of NBC News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Buddy and Porky Pet Health – Cold Weather Safety Tips

Dear readers,
We were hoping that winter would be over by now, what with global warming and all that, but apparently not.  Darn it!

So you probably already know much of this, but reminders about how to protect pets in the winter weather never hurt.

The basic rule of thumb is this: If it is excruciatingly cold for you, it’s the same for your best friend.

So act accordingly.

Here are some suggestions from the ASPCA pet care guidelines.

If at all possible, keep your cats inside. It’s just better and safer for them.

Remember that outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars. When the motor is started, they can be injured or killed by the fan belt.

If your cats, or neighborhood cats, might be outside,  remember to bang  on the car hood before starting the engine to give them a chance to escape.

Never let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm. Dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost.

So make sure yours always wears ID tags.

Wipe off your dog’s legs and stomach when he comes in. He can ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals when he licks his paws, and his paw pads may also become dry and irritated or bleed from snow or encrusted ice.

If you use ice melt at your house, buy one of the pet friendly brands.

Remember that  antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats.

Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol.

Never shave your dog  in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth.

When you bathe her  in the colder months, be sure to completely dry her before taking her out for a walk.

If your dog is already short haired, consider getting her a coat or sweater to wear when it is really cold.

Sure, she will look ridiculous. But, most people do at this time of year too, so she will fit right in.

Never leave any pet alone in a car during cold weather. A car acts like a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.

The age of your dog is a consideration.

Puppies do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs, and may be difficult to house train during the winter.

If your puppy seems to really hate the cold, you may want to paper-train him inside. Of if your dog is especially sensitive to the cold due to age, illness or breed type, take him outdoors only to relieve himself.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, is your dog one of those that loves the cold and spends a lot running around in the snow?

Increase his supply of food, particularly protein, to keep him, and his fur, in good shape.  He needs those extra calories and will burn them off.

An finally, make sure your buddy has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A nice soft dog or cat bed is great, but, let’s just face it — in bed with you is perfect!

Speaking of getting through the winter, you can get your own personal warming device for only $20.14 at the Warm Up Oswego Adoption Day on February  8, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Oswego Armory, 265 W. First St.

Adoption fees for cats older than six months are only $20.14 that day.

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.

Our office is located at 265 W. First St., Oswego, NY.

Phone (315) 207-1070.

Email: ochscontact@hotmail.com

Website: www.oswegohumane.org

Because people and pets are good for each other!