Ohio Shelter Is Giving Dogs Short-Term Homes for the Holidays With Its "Sleepover" Program

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The holiday season is often dubbed as “the most wonderful time of the year,” and one Ohio dog shelter is doing what it can to make that true for its resident pups. Through the end of the year, the Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center in Columbus is offering pet-loving families the chance to host a three-day “Holiday Sleepover” with a homeless pet over the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and/or New Year’s Day holidays.

Though the facility has caretakers onsite to feed and walk their adoptable dogs during the holidays, the shelter itself is closed—meaning that these doggos’ interactions with loving humans will be limited.

In addition to giving these homeless pets all the head pats and belly scratches they can handle, the Holiday Sleepover program gives the shelter a chance to test out what sort of environment might be best suited to each pet when it comes time to finding their forever home.

After three days of gratis puppy kisses, all shelter asks of prospective Sleepover participants is that they share any details about the experience. “We give them a little report card to fill out to get a little more information on the dog than what we had before and we're hoping that will help them get adopted a lot quicker,” shelter director Kaye Dickson told KMBC News. "It's just such a happier environment for these dogs to be in a home versus being stuck in a cage.”

Of course, the ultimate hope is that sleepover hosts won't want to part with their furry new friends. "We're hoping these host families fall in love with the animals as well and they may definitely adopt them," Dickson said. Think of it as a sort of canine test drive—but with a lot more licks.

Even if you’re not in a position to adopt a dog at the moment, you can feel good about giving the little guy a holiday to remember. Visit the shelter's website to learn more about the program. And if you don't live near Columbus, but love the idea of having an adorable pooch take part in your annual tree-trimming party, contact some shelters in your own area to see if they offer any similar programs. Many do.

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A Prehistoric Great White Shark Nursery Has Been Discovered in Chile

Great white sharks used prehistoric nurseries to protect their young.
Great white sharks used prehistoric nurseries to protect their young.
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Great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) may be one of the most formidable and frightening apex predators on the planet today, but life for them isn’t as easy as horror movies would suggest. Due to a slow growth rate and the fact that they produce few offspring, the species is listed as vulnerable to extinction.

There is a way these sharks ensure survival, and that is by creating nurseries—a designated place where great white shark babies (called pups) are protected from other predators. Now, researchers at the University of Vienna and colleagues have discovered these nurseries occurred in prehistoric times.

In a study published in the journal Scientific Reports, Jamie A. Villafaña from the university’s Institute of Palaeontology describes a fossilized nursery found in Coquimbo, Chile. Researchers were examining a collection of fossilized great white shark teeth between 5 and 2 million years old along the Pacific coast of Chile and Peru when they noticed a disproportionate number of young shark teeth in Coquimbo. There was also a total lack of sexually mature animals' teeth, which suggests the site was used primarily by pups and juveniles as a nursery.

Though modern great whites are known to guard their young in designated areas, the researchers say this is the first example of a paleo-nursery. Because the climate was much warmer when the paleo-nursery was in use, the researchers think these protective environments can deepen our understanding of how great white sharks can survive global warming trends.