LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Delaware’s opportunity to help cats

Delaware is about to take a positive step by passing a bill to save untold numbers of cats. Now awaiting the governor’s signature, H.B. 235 would support Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), the only humane and effective approach for unowned, outdoor cat populations. Through TNR, cats are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, the tip of their ear is painlessly […]

Turkey permits to be issued by state’s Forest Service

Another change to hunting policy this year is that the Delaware Forest Service will be issuing their own turkey hunting permits instead of doing so through DNREC as they have in previous years. It was announced last month that permits to hunt turkeys in state forests will be issued through a separate lottery starting in […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Delaware legislation needed to protect cats

The following letter was sent to Gov. John C. Carney Jr. Dear Gov. Carney, I hope you are well. We’re hearing from many of our thousands of Delaware members and supporters who are deeply concerned after reading news reports detailing the abandonment of a sick kitten by an officer with the Office of Animal Welfare […]

Former Dover SPCA building to be reborn as Pet Resource Center via $500K grant from Petco

DOVER — The barking of dogs and the meowing of cats were no strangers to a property that sits on the southern edge of Horsepond Road in Dover from 1964 until 2001. The white building with several kennels located behind it was the longtime home of the Kent County SPCA before it moved to a […]

College student works with elephants in Thailand

BEAUFORT, S.C. — This summer, Erryn Smith, 20, of Bridgeville, Delaware, spent two weeks in Thailand helping animals and learning hands-on what it’s like to be a veterinarian. Traveling with study-abroad organization Loop Abroad, Ms. Smith was selected as part of a small team that volunteered giving care at a dog shelter and spent a […]

PETA: Change the name of Slaughter Beach

The following is a letter sent to Harry Ward, mayor of Slaughter Beach, from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals President Ingrid E. Newkirk. Dear Mayor Ward, I’m writing on behalf of PETA and our more than 6.5 million members and supporters worldwide — including many in Delaware — with a suggestion: Before the […]

Beware: Pit bull with possible gunshot wound could be on the loose

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CAMDEN-WYOMING — A possibly wounded pit bull dog remained at large a day after being targeted by police gunfire during a domestic incident early Monday afternoon, authorities said. Delaware State Police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe confirmed that a weapon was discharged after the dog “charged at the officer in an aggressive manner.” It was […]

Remembering a family’s faithful friend

GEORGETOWN — Christmas Day 2017 for the Hitchens family was one of immense and immeasurable heartbreak. Jersey, a faithful member of the Hitchens family, brought happiness, joy and unconditional love to the Georgetown family. The day after Christmas, a beloved member of the family — a dog named Jersey — passed away. To many she […]

Say What?

Jerry Hull of Clayton took this photo he entitles “Hunting season! Say Whaaat?” of a doe grazing in a field at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna on Oct. 31. Do you have a great shot of a scenic location in Delaware? Send it to newsroom@newszap.com. Photos must be at least 200 dpi and include your […]

Dover man gets up close and personal with tigers

At some point in the course of our lives we all experience a “pinch yourself” moment. For me, one of those moments occurred in a place called Tiger Kingdom in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Imagine being able to enter the cage of a real tiger. Nervously approaching it, its eyes staring at you with curiosity, you […]