Rome residents urged not to abandon dogs over summer

Annual campaign urges Romans not to dump their dogs during summer. Rome's mayor Virginia Raggi has launched a campaign calling on residents of the capital not to abandon their pets as they head off o...

Adopting a dog in Rome

Guide on how to adopt a dog from Rome's kennels. Are you ready to adopt a dog but don’t know where to begin looking in Italy? Although most people associate Rome with its cats, the good news is that...

Alien animal species invade Rome

Rome ecosystem under attack from non-native invasive animals. The biodiversity of Rome's wildlife is facing increasing problems due to the difficulty of invasive non-native species living in harmony...

Rome's Bioparco faces closure

City owes Rome zoo arrears of €3 million in public funds. Rome's Bioparco is "at risk of closure" due to the non-payment of €3 million by the city, which provides one third of the zoo's funding, acco...

Swallows dying in Rome's cold spring

Swallows seek shelter from cold in Rome houses.Rome's newly-arrived swallows, swifts and housemartins are suffering in this year's uncharacteristically cold May, with numerous reports of the birds dyi...

Dog kills Villa Pamphilj fox

Dead fox believed to be Giglio, not Olimpia. A search is underway for the owner of the dog presumed responsible for killing one of the two foxes resident at Villa Borghese, Rome's largest park. A...

Olimpia the Fox: mascot of Rome's biggest park

Friendly fox becomes celebrity at Villa Pamphilj in Rome. In recent weeks a friendly fox has been attracting increasing attention in Villa Pamphilj, Rome's largest park. The animal has been christ...

Baubeach: Rome's eco-friendly beach for dogs

Rome dogs have fun at the seaside as Baubeach reopens for the 2019 season. Baubeach, Rome’s beach designated exclusively for dogs and their owners reopens for the summer season on 19 April and this y...

Baby dolphin sighted off Rome coast

Rome experts say group of ten dolphins included baby. A baby bottlenose dolphin has been sighted off Rome's southern coastline, according to Oceanomare dolphins Onlus. The organisation is involved...

Rome pets: Hansel the lamb and Dior the piglet

Young farm animals adopted as pets in Rome. Rome residents and tourists have begun to notice a peculiar sight on the streets of the city centre in recent weeks: farm animals being walked around as pe...

Rome considers microchips for cats

Rome city council studies new proposals regarding welfare of cats. Rome's environment commission has recommended several new rules regarding the protection and welfare of animals, subject to approval...

Hope for Italy's brown bear with birth of 11 cubs

Third consecutive year of new brown bear cubs in central Italy. There was good news for the critically endangered Marsican brown bear – the rarest sub-species of bear on the planet – with the arrival...

Bull on the loose in Rome suburb

Rome police round up bull and two cows in Bravetta. Video footage has emerged of a bull walking through the streets of Bravetta, a suburb in west Rome, on the evening of 22 January. In addition to...

Blessing of the animals ceremony at St Peter's

Annual tradition takes place in Rome and across Italy. Italy celebrates the feast day of St Anthony Abbot, the patron saint and protector of animals, on Thursday 17 January. Each year an open air...

Rome dog adopted after 11 years at kennels

16-year-old Thor adopted following Rome's dog adoption campaign. Life begins again for Thor, a 16-year-old dog, who was adopted after spending the last 11 years housed in kennels in the Muratella sub...

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