Baidu builds smart shelter for stray cats that uses AI to tell difference between felines and dogs

Daily Mail

Chinese tech giant Baidu has created a high-tech home for stray cats. Its'Smart Cattery' uses artificial intelligence to distinguish cats from other animals and even spot common diseases. The shelters could prove to be a safe haven for many felines subjected to harsh conditions outdoors in the wintertime. Chinese tech giant Baidu has created a high-tech home for stray cats. Its'Smart Cattery' uses artificial intelligence to distinguish cats from other animals and even spot common diseases A cat walks up to the shelter where a facial recognition camera scans its face.


Va. Animal Shelter Aids Stray Animals Displaced by Storm

U.S. News

The Washington Post reports that the Prince William Humane Society, which opened its first adoption center earlier this year, has taken in 30 dogs and 16 cats from shelters in Florida after Hurricane Irma prompted a significant increase in pets needing care. The nonprofit organization took custody of the pets as part of an agreement with Utah-based Best Friends Animal Society. The organization will house all of the cats and 10 dogs for adoption, and bring the remaining 20 dogs to the county animal shelter in Bristow, where they will be put up for adoption.


31-pound stray cat named Mr. Handsome is my favorite celebrity

Mashable

Here's a good situation: a 31-pound stray cat who goes by "Mr. Handsome" has received so much interest at a Pittsboro, North Carolina animal shelter that his new home will be determined by a literal raffle. Mr. Handsome, a flawless celebrity, has been winning hearts all week after being brought into the Chatham County Animal Shelter as a stray. Since then, there's been such an influx of prospective adopters to the shelter that parking and traffic have become strained. Now, those who'd like to adopt Mr. Handsome can fill out an application, which must be emailed to the shelter by July 26.


Stephen Colbert offers cold weather tips to the people of Chicago

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It's damn cold in Chicago, as the Midwest sits in the midst of a polar vortex. In fact, with temperatures hitting -22 degrees Fahrenheit (-30 degrees Celsius) on Wednesday, with a wind chill of -49 degrees Fahrenheit (-45 degrees Celsius), it's so cold in the city that in order to keep the tracks running, crews set fire to the tracks. So, The Late Show host Stephen Colbert donned a Chicago-style moustache to offer up a few cold weather tips for the good people of the Windy City. "Here's how you keep your Polish sausage from snappin' off," he began. In Chicago, you shed one mustache a year, it's like antlers with deer.


NY to Require Animal Shelters to Check Strays for Microchips

U.S. News

Democratic Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal and Republican state Sen. Jim Tedisco sponsored the measure. Rosenthal says it's intended to address the "heart wrenching" times when pets go missing and ensure more animals are reunited with their human loved ones.