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US Coronavirus: Almost 7 million California residents ordered to shelter in place.

Along with San Francisco, which previously announced its order, residents in San Mateo, Santa Clara, Marin, Alameda, and Contra Costa counties, as well as the city of Berkeley, are required to stay home, per an order from health officers of those jurisdictions.

The Bay Area order is the most draconian yet of measures being taken across the country to stem the virus’ spread as the number of cases continues to rise.

“We must move aggressively and immediately,” San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said at a news conference announcing the order. “The time for half measures is over. History will not forgive us for waiting an hour more.”

Health services, grocery stores, gas stations, banks and food delivery services will remain open. Mass transit will stay open but is to be used only for travel to and from essential services.

As of Monday afternoon, more than 4,000 cases of the virus had been reported in the United States, and at least 74 people have died. More than 400 cases have been reported in California, including seven deaths.

Other countries have been able to slow the virus infection rate “by implementing extreme measures that make people uncomfortable for the time being, but are necessary to get us to a better place,” San Francisco Mayor London Breed told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

The city has put a number of initiatives in place to help those out of work or otherwise hurt by the lockdown, Breed said, including grants for small businesses and a philanthropic fund that the private sector has contributed millions of dollars to help employees.

“It’s going to have an economic impact, and we want to try and support and help people as much as we possibly can,” Breed said.

Elsewhere across the US, schools are closed, and authorities have ordered eateries to offer only take-out or delivery. Large gatherings are banned in many cities and states.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday urged all gatherings of 50 or more people to be canceled or postponed for the next eight weeks, and the White House on Monday offered even more stringent guidelines, saying groups shouldn’t be larger than 10 people.

The Trump administration Monday asked Americans to stay away from bars, restaurants and food courts for the next 15 days, and to not travel if possible.

Santa Clara County Public Health Officer Sara Cody said a regional approach in California’s Bay Area was necessary, as “exponentially difficult” as the decision is.

“We know we need to do this,” Cody said.

The measures are temporary, but “they will last longer than any of us want,” San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow told journalists.

“We are in a rough place, and we are going to have difficult times ahead of us,” Morrow said.

Morrow pleaded with the public to “follow our advice, heed our warnings.”

“This is a time to unite as a community, come to each other’s aid,” Morrow said. “Help each other, dig really deep, find your best inner self, and pull out all the compassion, and gratitude and kindness you can.”

In New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday city officials are considering “everything” in terms of “curfew” or other possibilities as cases continue to grow there.

“Stay home as much as you can,” de Blasio said. “That guidance might get a lot sharper at any point.”

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Homeless Californians join in a lawsuit to mandate Los Angeles provide shelter for thousands

The complaint filed Tuesday by the LA Alliance for Human Rights accuses the city of neglecting its responsibilities and investing resources in approaches that are too slow to address the homelessness problem in Los Angeles. The suit hopes to mandate that the city and county provide services for the homeless population including training, healthcare and shelter in a faster time frame.

“We really are looking to catalyze change on a systemic level,” said Elizabeth Mitchell, an attorney who filed the suit on behalf of the LA Alliance for Human Rights. “We are not looking to get rich. We are not looking for money. We really are looking for change.”

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer’s office said it is reviewing the lawsuit and does not have a comment at this time.

And about 75% of those people are unsheltered, according to the complaint. In comparison, New York City — which has a right to shelter — has an unsheltered rate of 5%, Mitchell said.

“Officials in both the County and City have gone to great lengths in the last couple years to address this crisis, and their efforts are impressive and commendable; yet much more needs to be done,” the suit says.

Elizabeth Mitchell, an attorney for the Los Angeles Alliance for Human Rights, announces the filing of a federal lawsuit at the Midnight Mission in Los Angeles Tuesday.

The problem, Mitchell said, is that Los Angeles City and County are investing in expensive programs like permanent housing, but with three people dying of the homelessness crisis per day the problem is outpacing their solutions.

To reach an additional 22,000 beds in a matter of months, the suit suggests that the city and county work together to explore options like shared housing, tiny houses, 3D printed homes and “other financially feasible options that enable rapid sheltering along with wrap-around services to empower those experiencing homelessness to reintegrate with their communities,” Mitchell said in a press release.

The suit began as a grassroots effort. Downtown residents formed the LA Alliance for Human Rights last summer in response to the suffering around them and in hopes of finding new ways to “break through the barriers,” the release said.

Instead of fighting through bureaucracies, the movement turned to the courts — a system that could move more quickly and provide outside accountability, Mitchell said.

Speed is important in an issue that has economic, environmental and criminal impacts on the area, but Mitchell said everyone involved is concerned about the issue from a humanitarian perspective.

“Whether a person is on the streets of their own accord or because they lost their jobs, people can still say this shouldn’t be the case and we shouldn’t be leaving our people in the streets,” Mitchell said.

CNN’s Stella Chan contributed to this report.

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Mom In North Texas Domestic Violence Shelter Finds 7-Year-Old Son’s Heartbreaking Letter To Santa – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

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Gallery: Shelter breaks record with 472 animal adoptions over weekend | News

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) – Christmas came early for employees and volunteers of LifeLine Animal Project.

The shelter set a record with 472 adoptions during its fifth annual Black Friday adoption event held from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2. The event was a huge success with 288 dogs, 182 cats and two guinea pigs adopted and off to spend the holidays at their new homes.

According to LifeLine Animal Project Fulton County Animal Services Director Lara Hudson, the nonprofit is beyond grateful for the support. “We asked the Atlanta community for their support, and they responded by turning out and adopting more animals [than] ever before during a Black Friday Weekend! To say we are grateful is an understatement,” she said.

All of LifeLine’s shelters participated in the event, including DeKalb and Fulton County Animal Services, the LifeLine Community Animal Center and the LifeLine Cat Adoption Center.

Its previous Black Friday adoption weekend record was set in 2016 with 376 adoptions.

LifeLine DeKalb County Animal Services Director Kerry Moyers-Horten said employees were overjoyed with the adoption weekend results. “Employees here were overjoyed to see so many pets get adopted, and there was hardly a dry eye in the shelter by the close of Cyber Monday. We cannot thank everyone enough for their support and hope it continues throughout December,” she said.

If you missed the event, it’s not too late to adopt a new family member in time for the holidays as LifeLine takes in 40 to 60 animals daily. The nonprofit offers low adoption fees which include spay/neuter, microchip and vaccinations.

Visit more information and to view animals available for adoption.

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Donations needed: Abandoned dogs taken in by Metro East shelter | News Headlines

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. ( — Seven dogs who were neglected and abused were taken in by the Metro East Humane Society.

The group was seized by the police department after being left in an abandoned home for several weeks where neighbors tried to feed and give them water.

The shelter says they couldn’t turn away from taking them in.

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The dogs will be undergoing treatment for severe skin and ear infections and dental issues.

Metro East Humane Society is asking for donations for their treatment as the next weeks will be busy with nonstop medical attention.

You can donate directly through this Facebook post or through their website here.

Donations can also be dropped off at their facility or mailed to to MEHS, 8495 State Route 143, Edwardsville.

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Ohio rescue dog returned to shelter after tragic end to first adoption

MARION, Ohio — An Ohio rescue dog is looking for a new home after a tragic ending to his adoption earlier this year.

Bo, an 8-year-old lab mix, was adopted from the Marion Area Humane Society, a rescue in north-central Ohio.

An older man came into the shelter looking to adopt an older dog and was instantly drawn to Bo, the shelter said.

Bo’s new owner loved and spoiled him, even taking him back into the shelter to visit the volunteers, according to the Marion Area Humane Society.

Unfortunately, the man who adopted Bo died and he was brought back to the shelter in order to find him a new home.

“Bo lost his person and he is heartbroken, we can see it in his eyes,” the shelter said.

Marion Area Humane Society posted Bo’s story to Facebook, hoping to find him a new loving home.

The 8-year-old lab mix is best suited for a home without cats or children, according to the shelter.

Anyone interested in adopting Bo or another pet from the Marion shelter can click


for more information, or call 740-389-6548.

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Shelter cat that beat breast cancer seeks fellow survivor to celebrate cancer-free life

BALTIMORE (WMAR) — Walnut has been through a lot. At 8 years old, she ended up at BARCS and was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, which stopped her from being adoptable.

Laura Cassiday with Chesapeake Cats and Dogs rescued her and got her thyroid under control but she found multiple mammary masses during her spay, and things took another downward turn.

But Walnut is a fighter and a survivor. She recently underwent a bilateral mastectomy to remove the cancer from her body and prevent it from spreading. She’s not out of the woods yet, and her cancer could always come back, which is why she’s looking for someone who understands what she’s been through.

“She takes an inexpensive (about $10 a month) pill twice a day to keep her thyroid in check. She’ll eat it right out of her food, no issues! She is an affectionate lap cat and would love nothing more than cuddling the day away with you… To go through so much and then receive a cancer diagnosis on top of it all would be devastating to almost anyone. Walnut has taken it in stride, appreciating every day and living her life to the fullest,” said Cassiday.

Walnut is located in Baltimore and her adoption fee is waived to a fellow cancer survivor.

“She thinks it would be great to have a partner in life who understands her, so they can cheer each other on… She’s already unstoppable — imagine how the two of you would be together!” said Cassiday.

Cassiday said Walnut would be best as the only animal in her forever home and would do okay with older kids. To learn more about adopting Walnut,

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Hundreds of cats might be put to death in Utah. This shelter is trying to save them.

This isn’t just a cute campaign or a fun internal competition. It’s an effort to make room for the hundreds of healthy cats that are at risk of being euthanized in Utah municipal shelters.

Staff members at the Humane Society of Utah realized there was an overwhelming need to get cats and kittens out of kill shelters across the state.

“We quickly saw the urgency for this when a lot of our staff were visiting these other shelters and saw how inundated they were with cats,” Deanna Shepherd, a spokeswoman for Humane Society of Utah, told CNN. “We knew it was a crisis and we needed to help.”

The shelter launched its campaign October 20, sending out calls on social media, shooting parody videos and giving cats cute bios about their personalities. Until November 16, it will waive all cat and kitten adoption fees as it tries to adopt out as many cats as possible.

Shepherd says kitties are popping up in shelters at a higher rate than usual due to an increased number of unspayed and unneutered cats.

Young kittens are especially vulnerable to being euthanized because shelters often don’t have enough resources to care for them, she said.

The shelter hopes to take in over 200 of the adoptable cats sitting in kill shelters and find them homes.

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