August 31, 2012 03:30 PM

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Movie buffs and cat lovers found the purr-fect compromise Thursday night at the first-ever festival dedicated to the finest in feline film. Organizers said they received thousands of submissions for the festival, which transformed Minneapolis’s esteemed Walker Art Center into a showcase for gone-viral Internet kitty sensations in the categories of comedy, drama, foreign, animated, musical, art-house and documentary. – AP

As Hurricane Isaac winds down, officials say pets were a priority in owners’ storm preparations, which included the use of emergency clinics offering last minute microchipping services and the transportation of shelter animals to other states. “If there was a silver lining in Katrina, it is that we have become so much more prepared and so much better aware for animal issues,” said Dick Green, a disaster-response director for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. – USA Today

Having a ruff day? Your dog knows, several new studies suggest. New research published in the journal Animal Cognition found that canines are more perceptive to human emotion than other species – including fellow humans. –Discovery News

Two bottlenose dolphins strayed into a San Francisco creek from the bay Wednesday and have been spotted swimming out near the Utah Avenue bridge since. Experts are keeping tabs on the marine animals, one of which might be ill from the creek water. –San Francisco Chronicle

Money talks: The Humane Society of the United States dug into their pockets to buy shares in four major financial services companies in an effort to channel shareholder pressure into a change in the pork industry. The animals rights group said Thursday that it invested about $3,000 into each company, which is enough to present proposals during shareholder meetings. –Reuters

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