# Animal welfare
Dozens of rescuers work to save dolphins stranded on Cape Cod
"Our team faced the increased difficulty of rising waters, but we know from experience that it's not an option to leave the dolphins in this area because they often get caught in a repetitive cycle of tides and restrand," Misty Niemeyer, an animal rescue officer for IFAW's marine mammal rescue and research team, said in a statement.
Maryland second state to ban cat declawing
Kitten Scratches Sofa Looking InnocentPhoto by: Patchanu Noree. "AVMA discourages declawing as an elective procedure and supports non-surgical alternatives. Declawing is a major surgery involving amputation and is not medically necessary for the cat in most cases." — The American Veterinary Medical Associationwebsite.