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Girl's tearful plea to find missing dog answered

An Ohio girl's tearful plea asking the public to help find her missing dog went viral this week. Now there's good news: Buddy the dog has been found and reunited with his family.Laura Wallace posted a video of her 5-year-old daughter Madison's emotional plea and a photo of Buddy on her Facebook page on Wednesday. She had no idea that the video would go viral, being viewed over 9 million times. >...
Photographer captures loving relationship between grandfather with Alzheimer's and cat

Photographer captures loving relationship between grandfather with Alzheimer's and cat

A photographer in Japan has captured the special relationship that has formed between her grandfather, who has Alzheimer's, and a kitten that she rescued. Akiko DuPont says that her grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2009, and his demeanor changed over the subsequent years, according to KTVU. Her grandfather lost interest in life and became grumpy. Enter Kinako, a four-month-old...
NEW VENDOR: Local pet food coming to 2nd Street Market

NEW VENDOR: Local pet food coming to 2nd Street Market

A local company that makes its own all-natural and gluten-free pet food in Dayton will join the 2nd Street Market as a full-time vendor starting May 4. Pet Wants Dayton was founded in late 2015 and sold its products in farmers markets last year in Huber Heights and Oakwood, and will continue to do so after launching its new booth at the 2nd Street Market, co-founder Stewart Meeker said this morning...
WATCH: Elephant escapes angry crocodile with help from its friends

WATCH: Elephant escapes angry crocodile with help from its friends

Elephants were on high alert when one of their buddies found himself in a deadly predicament at Liwonde National Park in Malawi. A crotchety old croc lurking in the local water cooler scared the living daylights out of the group of African elephants when it popped up and chomped on the trunk of one of their friends. The poor elephant let out a blood-curdling cry, and all of his fellow elephants...
April the giraffe fans, here's how you can help name the new calf

April the giraffe fans, here's how you can help name the new calf

April the giraffe's long-awaited calf is finally here – but he doesn't have a name. That's where her throngs of fans come in. The home of the proud mama, Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, is holding a contest to name the new baby boy, born Saturday morning as 1.2 million viewers watched via livestream after months of anticipation.  To enter the contest, visit ...
Ohio animal shelter hosts yoga with adoptable cats

Ohio animal shelter hosts yoga with adoptable cats

Even though one of the basic poses is downward dog, cats are the stars of the class in these yoga events. For the past two years, the Society for the Improvement of Conditions for Stray Animals in Kettering, Ohio, has been offering Yoga With Cats, featuring adoptable cats that appear to form partnerships with the participants during class. The nonprofit organization’s community-engagement team...
Dog speak: Teddy finds his voice

Dog speak: Teddy finds his voice

In December 2014 Teddy, a sweet rescued Lab, joined me, my husband, Ed, and my daughter, Jordan. Teddy exhibited typical dog behaviors except for one, barking. Not one bark, growl or howl did we hear the first two weeks he lived with us. » Karin Spicer on naming a dog His greetings were nonverbal. Teddy wiggled his rump, wagged his tail and shook his shoulders. The first time we witnessed...
Puppy recovering after being thrown from third-story window in domestic dispute

Puppy recovering after being thrown from third-story window in domestic dispute

By all accounts, Callie is a sweetheart who has had a rough start to her young life. Callie, a 10-month-old Westie mixed breed, was rescued Sunday by a Chicago police officer who was responding to a domestic dispute call, according to Fetching Tails animal rescue. The officer found the dog barely moving on the ground in an alley. When he responded to the domestic situation between a boyfriend...
Ikea donates doll beds for cats at animal shelter

Ikea donates doll beds for cats at animal shelter

Employees of an animal shelter in Canada thought it would be cute if they could get Ikea doll beds for their rescued cats to lounge in until they're adopted, and Ikea agreed. The Etobicoke Humane Society told The Toronto Star that Ikea donated 10 Duktig doll beds to the shelter. A video posted on YouTube shows shelter workers constructing the beds and the cats checking them out.  >>...
Cat steals show at Marlins home opener strolling through outfield

Cat steals show at Marlins home opener strolling through outfield

The Miami Marlins’ first home game of the 2017 season included stolen bases, strikeouts and home runs, but one purr-formance stole the show. During the sixth inning of Tuesday’s game against the Atlanta Braves, an unexpected visitor took a stroll along the outfield fence.  A gray cat wedged itself under the base of the wall, drawing the attention of Marlins outfielders Giancarlo Stanton...
Bryce, Yorkie lost during Florida wildfire, gets new home

Bryce, Yorkie lost during Florida wildfire, gets new home

Tonya McClure was so excited to meet her new fur baby, Bryce. Bryce was found walking down a road in Bryceville after a wildfire, but his owners never came forward, according to ActionNewsJax.com. Nassau County Animal Services received a bunch of applications to adopt Bryce, and posts featuring Bryce on social media reached hundreds of thousands of people. But in the end, Animal Services thought...
Mayor's interview interrupted by cat drinking from mug

Mayor's interview interrupted by cat drinking from mug

A mayor who was discussing his city's plans to fix potholes witnessed his weekly interview hit a bump in the road thanks to a thirsty cat. >> Read more trending news As Nils Usakovs, the mayor of Latvia's capital, Riga, was talking Sunday, a fluffy black-and-white cat named Dumka walked into the shot and calmly took sips out of Usakovs' mug, before getting spooked and jumping off the desk as...
Family: Fairborn officer shot our daughter’s service dog

Family: Fairborn officer shot our daughter’s service dog

A Fairborn police officer fired two shots at a loose dog, which family members and an ex-Dayton mayor say is a 20-year-old woman’s service animal. The family and their attorney Paul Leonard, a former Ohio lieutenant governor, want the officer suspended pending an “outside, fair hearing to find out what happened” to Angel, a six-year-old German Shepherd. Two dogs were running loose...
7 tips to keep your dog calm during a storm  

7 tips to keep your dog calm during a storm  

During times of rough weather, it can be difficult to keep four-legged friends calm and comforted amid the madness. According to experts at WebMD, thunderstorm phobia in dogs is quite common and shouldn’t be ignored. >> Read more trending news  "Most of the time they don't grow out of it on their own, and many will get worse with time if nothing is done," veterinarian...
Thief who beat homeowner’s dogs sentenced to 23 years in prison

Thief who beat homeowner’s dogs sentenced to 23 years in prison

A man who broke into a home in Tulsa, Oklahoma, last October, stole items and attacked the homeowner’s dogs was sentenced Tuesday to 23 years in prison.  Joshua Keller later took a plea deal on charges of animal cruelty, burglary and larceny. Kendra Jarrett, who is accused of helping Keller break into the home and steal items, will make her next court appearance on Wednesday. Vicky...
Here’s the beauty behind naming a dog

Here’s the beauty behind naming a dog

Naming a pet is a big deal. Maybe not as important as naming a newborn child, but with many families, it’s pretty darn close. My husband, Ed, and daughter, Jordan, wanted to adopt another rescued dog after our beloved Lucy passed. Reluctantly, I agreed — but only if the new dog’s name was my choice. There were two reasons. First, it’s a control issue. Second, naming the dog...
Must-see: Florida firefighters rescue kitten, ducklings in distress

Must-see: Florida firefighters rescue kitten, ducklings in distress

Florida's Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue team has been busy fighting fires ... and saving baby animals.  This week firefighters helped a kitten and some ducks that were in distress.  Their efforts started Sunday when ducklings got stuck in a drain. Don’t worry, they are safe now. Animals were in peril again on Monday when a days-old kitten got stuck in a crane. Firefighters were...
Nearly 50 dachshunds rescued, looking for forever homes

Nearly 50 dachshunds rescued, looking for forever homes

Two Florida animal rescue facilities have taken in 47 dachshunds and are looking for a forever home for each of them. WJHG reported  that the Alaqua Animal Refuge in Freeport, Florida, and the Save Underdogs Rescue in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, took in the dogs. “They were going to be taken to a local shelter that wasn't a no-kill shelter so ... the reason it was so urgent for us...
Your cat really does like you, in fact more than food, study says

Your cat really does like you, in fact more than food, study says

Cats have gotten a bad rap, at least according to a new study that found your feline really does like you, even if it doesn’t always know how to show you, and it actually likes interacting with you more than it prefers food. The study from Oregon State University researchers in the journal “Behavioral Processes” also determined that cats are trainable if given the right motivation...
Increase in rattlesnake attack on dogs, Texas vets report

Increase in rattlesnake attack on dogs, Texas vets report

Veterinarians in some parts of Texas have reported an increase in the number of dogs bitten by rattlesnakes this year, according to media reports.  “The snakes are coming out of hibernation, they’re cranky and are more likely to strike when other times they might try to avoid that,” Jim Holcomb of Hill Country Animal Hospital in Austin told KVUE. The story does not offer...
Too cute! Baby hippo Fiona catches a glimpse of her parents

Too cute! Baby hippo Fiona catches a glimpse of her parents

The Cincinnati Zoo is preparing for Fiona, the baby hippo born prematurely, to meet her parents. A previous blog post from the zoo stated that as Fiona’s health improves, they expect the calf to be introduced back to her parents, Henry and Bibi, within the next several weeks. But as the preparation for the hippo family to reunite continues, we couldn’t help but swoon over the most recent...
There was a lot of puppy love on National Puppy Day 

There was a lot of puppy love on National Puppy Day 

A little puppy love is a very good thing.  We have buckets of it in our newsroom.   And who are we kidding? Everyday is National Puppy Day to dog lovers.  In recognition of the day, we asked the owners of puppies (and former puppies) in our newsroom to share their photos. One thing was clear: staff members representing Dayton.com, Dayton Daily News, WHIO-TV, The Journal-News...
Dog acting strangely leads man to stranded 3-year-old in ditch

Dog acting strangely leads man to stranded 3-year-old in ditch

A shelter dog with a difficult past is being called a hero after finding a 3-year-old girl naked, alone and curled up in a ditch in freezing temperatures. >> Read more trending news  According to a post by the Delta Animal Shelter in Delta County, Michigan, Peanut led his owner to the girl in a field behind their home on March 20. “About 11am this morning, Peanut started going crazy...
There’s a new baby at the Cincinnati Zoo

There’s a new baby at the Cincinnati Zoo

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden welcomed its newest zoo baby over the weekend. On Saturday, 7-year-old takin Sally gave birth to a healthy calf. The new baby — whose name and gender have “not been determined” — looks strong, according to Zoo spokeswoman Michelle Curley. “We are delighted to see that Sally is being so attentive to this calf and that her maternal...
Viral video of big chicken has some crying 'fowl,' but it's probably real

Viral video of big chicken has some crying 'fowl,' but it's probably real

Social media users can't stop squawking about a viral video of a really, really big chicken. The surprising clip, which started making the rounds over the weekend, ruffled the feathers of viewers who were feeling, well, chicken after seeing the burly bird emerge from its coop. But even though many cried "fowl," CNN reported that the video "is definitely not fake" and likely...
Lucky shelter dog saved from tragic end in Asia, again in NY

Lucky shelter dog saved from tragic end in Asia, again in NY

  A lucky New York shelter dog named Pandy seems to have almost as many lives as a cat. Pandy was saved from a meat market in Thailand and taken to the Animal Haven shelter in New York.  >> Read more trending news “She was rescued from the dog meat trade in Asia — the illegal dog meat trade,” shelter executive director Tiffany Lacey told CBS New York. Then, as a snowstorm...
Blind woman says she and service dog were booted from American Airlines flight

Blind woman says she and service dog were booted from American Airlines flight

A blind woman claims she and her guide dog were asked to leave an American Airlines plane after an employee called her "a danger to the flight." According to the Portland Press-Herald and WLBZ, Sue Martin, 61, of Franklin, Maine, was traveling to San Diego earlier this month when she tried to take a connecting flight with her husband and service dog from Washington, D.C., to Dallas...
Clark County Humane Society increases fundraising to avoid closure

Clark County Humane Society increases fundraising to avoid closure

The Clark County Humane Society has cut hours and laid off employees, but remains in danger of closing after recent changes that decreased the amount of county funding it receives. The humane society and Clark County commissioners agreed to an $80,000 annual contract last month to allow county dog wardens to drop off lost or stray dogs at the shelter. The shelter had received about $200,000 from the...
Cincinnati Zoo baby hippo update: Fiona has been taken off oxygen

Cincinnati Zoo baby hippo update: Fiona has been taken off oxygen

A growing Fiona has been taken off supplemental oxygen, Cincinnati Zoo officials said. The baby hippo’s lungs are almost fully developed as she has been learning to dive and hold her breath in the pool, Cincinnati Zoo hippo handler Wendy Rice said in an official zoo blog post. The premature baby hippo had been on oxygen since she was 8 days old. Lungs are often the last organ to develop in premature...
'Extremely venomous' cobra escapes from Florida home, police say

'Extremely venomous' cobra escapes from Florida home, police say

A monocled cobra escaped early Tuesday from a home in Ocala, Florida, police said. The snake escaped about 3 a.m. from a cage in a home on Northeast 5th Street near Ocala Tuscawilla Park, police said. Right now Ocala Police and Florida Fish and Wildlife are searching for a Cobra; that's on the loose in an Ocala Neighborhood. #WFTV— Myrt Price (@MPriceWFTV) March 14, 2017 The tan and black cobra...
Jack Russell flops, takes nosedive at Crufts dog show, is still adorable

Jack Russell flops, takes nosedive at Crufts dog show, is still adorable

A Jack Russell terrier competing at the Crufts 2017 dog show has become a viral hit after flopping at the competition over the weekend. Today reported that 5-year-old Olly missed obstacles and took a nosedive after jumping over a hurdle in the Birmingham, England, show but seemed to enjoy every minute of it.
Ohio family fights to keep pet pot-bellied pig

Ohio family fights to keep pet pot-bellied pig

An Ohio family in New Carlisle has less than a month to get rid of their beloved 100-pound pot-bellied pig, Olive. City officials recently sent the family a letter telling them pigs of all types are considered livestock and not allowed to live inside city limits. “She’s in our family; she’s like a dog, a cat,” said Misti Hedrick, who added that she plans to start...
New Carlisle wants to evict family’s 100-pound pet pig

New Carlisle wants to evict family’s 100-pound pet pig

A New Carlisle family has a 100-pound, pot-bellied pig as a beloved pet but city officials said she must go. Olive is owned by the Hedrick family and has lived with them for two years. But recently a neighbor complained about the pig and city officials sent Hedrick a letter telling them they had to get Olive out of their home. “She’s in our family, she’s like a dog, a cat,&rdquo...
Cincinnati Zoo’s baby hippo Fiona reaches another milestone on her journey to meet her parents

Cincinnati Zoo’s baby hippo Fiona reaches another milestone on her journey to meet her parents

Fiona has reached another milestone. The premature baby hippo is now over 80 pounds, according to the most recent Instagram post by the Cincinnati Zoo. Fiona’s continued weight gain means that she’s on the right track towards meeting her parents, but it also poses a problem for her care staff. She’s becoming too heavy for them to lift her in and out of her pool.  Her...
CAT LOVERS: This former WSU cartoonist will make you smile

CAT LOVERS: This former WSU cartoonist will make you smile

While attending Wright State University in 2003, Nate Fakes scored a stint as the staff cartoonist at The Guardian, WSU’s school newspaper. And that was a springboard to a career in cartooning that has spanned Mad Magazine, 21st Century Fox, his own syndicated cartoon called “Break of Day,” and now, a cat book. Fakes — who now lives in Bellbrook with his wife, daughter, and...
Could Donald Trump break presidential pet tradition?

Could Donald Trump break presidential pet tradition?

For the first time in more than a century, the President of the United States may not have a pet dog in the Oval Office. After the Palm Beach Daily News reported Palm Beach philanthropist Lois Pope is no longer offering President Donald Trump the goldendoodle she had originally offered as the First Dog, it appears Trump may become the first Commander in Chief without a dog...
WATCH: Daddy dog teaches his puppies to swim in heartwarming viral video

WATCH: Daddy dog teaches his puppies to swim in heartwarming viral video

A video shared online shows the heartwarming moment a father dog takes his litter of puppies to the pond for their first swimming lesson. The Lab jumps into the water without hesitation as his apprehensive puppies stop short at the edge of the pond. Then the puppies slowly wade into the water. The viral clip, posted last month by Rumble user kellyblackwell372, has been viewed more than 470...
Woman drops out of lawsuit against Springfield vet clinic, kennel

Woman drops out of lawsuit against Springfield vet clinic, kennel

One of the plaintiffs in a civil lawsuit against a local veterinary clinic has dropped out but the lawyer on the case said he expects the class action complaint to move forward. Court documents show Tiffany Lobeck dismissed all claims against the Northside Veterinary Clinic and King Kennel in Springfield. Lobeck had previously been named as a plaintiff in the case, which alleged the business charged...
Dog chained up for 15 years gets new forever home

Dog chained up for 15 years gets new forever home

A dog named Bear spent most of his 15 years of life chained in a yard, until a non-profit animal rescue organization stepped in. USA Today reported Friday that a lab mix named Bear was rescued by Guardians of Rescue, which was able to convince the dog's owners to surrender him. "We received a call about a dog in need of a dog house," Robert Misseri, the founder and president of GOR...
WATCH: April the giraffe finally gives birth

WATCH: April the giraffe finally gives birth

The wait is over, April the giraffe fans. April has finally given birth. >>Watch the livestream of the birth  The impending birth of a baby giraffe has had the internet waiting with bated breath since late February. Animal Adventure Park officials announced that April was officially in labor early Saturday morning. She delivered the calf at approximately 10 a.m. ET. April the...
Pet lizard waves at owner, startling moment caught on camera

Pet lizard waves at owner, startling moment caught on camera

A bearded dragon in a terrarium performs an unusual stunt: When its owner waves, the lizard waves back. The unusual waving was caught on video and has now gone viral. But the pet lizard isn’t really waving at its owner, or maybe it is. The reptiles, native to Australia, tend to wave their arms more when they’re young, but the gesture could have several meanings. It might be a sign of &ldquo...
Must see: Impatient dog honks car horn to hurry owner out of Subway

Must see: Impatient dog honks car horn to hurry owner out of Subway

An impatient dog was just doggone tired of waiting for its owner in a car outside a Grove City, Ohio Subway restaurant, so it did what anybody else would do: It laid on the horn. Tim and Yvonne Blankenship were pulling into the restaurant for lunch when they happened to catch the dog, named Diamond, on camera honking the horn incessantly, trying to hurry its owner out of the shop.  It worked...
Dog stolen 7 years ago reunited with owner

Dog stolen 7 years ago reunited with owner

A California woman and her dog were reunited on Saturday in North Carolina -- seven years after she said someone stole him. Early Saturday morning, Kelly Accettola and Bemis reconnected at the Wilkinson Animal Hospital in Gastonia. Bemis was microchipped at the time someone stolen him in 2011, and in December a woman in Gastonia found the dog. The American Kennel Club then...
A 'very amazing puppy': Family dog brought to shelter with note from child

A 'very amazing puppy': Family dog brought to shelter with note from child

The Humane Society of Utah in Murray, Utah, receives former family pets on a regular basis, but one dog came in with a notepad full of messages from his one-time human family member. Today.com reported that Rhino Lightning, a 3-year-old brindled boxer mix, arrived at the organization last week with a spiral notepad full of information on him for his new family, including that he is a "very...
Lawsuit alleges Springfield vet clinic billed for pills it didn’t give

Lawsuit alleges Springfield vet clinic billed for pills it didn’t give

Two Springfield residents have filed a lawsuit against a local veterinary clinic alleging the business charged customers for a flea treatment and other services that weren’t administered and seeking $750,000. The clinic and kennel’s owners denied the allegations and said they’d fight back in court. OTHER COURT NEWS: EF Hutton seeks to throw out former exec’s lawsuit over disputed...
Heartbroken dog owner in Utah warns about poisoning symptoms

Heartbroken dog owner in Utah warns about poisoning symptoms

  A heartbroken Utah family is warning dog owners to watch out for poisons that could kill a dog. The Burrells lost their two dogs last week after a suspected bout of poisoning with antifreeze, a common automotive coolant that is deadly for dogs and humans, too. Katrina Burrell said they had to watch as the vet euthanized their two dogs following a horrible poisoning attack, that included spasms...
One lucky dog in Michigan beat a death sentence through DNA testing

One lucky dog in Michigan beat a death sentence through DNA testing

When a Michigan man’s service dog was accused of killing a neighbor’s dog, it seemed like a lost cause to the Jobs family. Their dog, Jeb, described by the family as a gentle, 2-year-old Belgian Malinois, was taken into custody by animal control officers after the incident last year and spent more than two months in custody, Fox59.com reported. A judge ruled at hearing last fall that Jeb...
Pet stores restricted to selling only rescue animals in San Francisco

Pet stores restricted to selling only rescue animals in San Francisco

Pet stores in San Francisco can only sell dogs and cats that come from rescue organizations or animal shelters under new rules passed unanimously by the city’s Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. Supervisor Katy Tang sponsored the legislation to amend the city’s health code to restrict the sale of animals of unknown origins. “Dogs and cats sold in pet stores often come from inhumane...
Man's pet squirrel unleashes surprise attack on burglar

Man's pet squirrel unleashes surprise attack on burglar

A burglar who broke into an Idaho man’s house to ransack his gun collection encountered a formidable security force – a pet squirrel named Joey. Adam Pearl told KIVI that he knew something wasn’t right when he arrived home Feb. 7 and found snowy footprints leading around to the back of his property. Once inside, he found doors opened and scratches on his gun case. A few small items...
Cat reunites with shocked owner after 15 years apart

Cat reunites with shocked owner after 15 years apart

The Takayesu family never thought they’d see James the cat again. James, a female tortoiseshell tabby named by the son after a Thomas the Tank character, disappeared 15 years ago in Maui, shortly after the family moved. After searching for her in vain, the family eventually went on with their lives and adopted dogs. The Takayesu children are now grown, so it was mother Tori Takayesu who...
Must see: German shepherd adopts brood of baby chicks

Must see: German shepherd adopts brood of baby chicks

A video shared online shows adorable baby ducks getting some tender love and care from a German shepherd. The ducks and dog sit contentedly on a shag rug as the chicks chirp happily between the dog’s massive paws. The gentle pooch nudges the chicks with his nose as they snuggle in front of him. Baby chicks will often adopt any animal or human as a surrogate if they lose their mother.
Too much cuteness! Meet Puppy Bowl players

Too much cuteness! Meet Puppy Bowl players

All 84 puppies playing in this weekend’s Puppy Bowl are up for adoption. The puppies come from 44 animal rescue organizations from across the United States, CBS News reports. The Puppy Bowl pups will be competing on Team Ruff and Team Fluff for show, which airs at 3 p.m. Sunday on Animal Planet. In addition to gridiron antics, the show features special slow motion, water bowl and kiss cams....
Investigation underway after puppy found with metal rod in head

Investigation underway after puppy found with metal rod in head

An investigation is underway after the University of Veterinary Specialists in Pennsylvania received a 10-week-old puppy with a 5-inch metal rod through his head and eyes. The UVS Express Pet Transport was dispatched on Friday for a suspected abuse case. The dog is in stable condition and underwent testing to determine the severity of his injuries and surgical options. "We are going to evaluate...
Firefighters help puppy stuck in an odd situation

Firefighters help puppy stuck in an odd situation

A group of quick-thinking firefighters managed to save a puppy who got its head stuck inside a wheel. According to a Monday Facebook post, the Butte-Silver Fire Department in Montana were called to help an 8-month-old coonhound named Blaze. The puppy’s owner had let the dog play outside for a few hours, and found Blaze trapped with his head inside a wheel. Firefighters say they used "a...
Therapy cat named Duke Ellington lifts spirits on hospital visit

Therapy cat named Duke Ellington lifts spirits on hospital visit

A cat named after a jazz legend hit all the right notes on a recent visit to a California hospital. Duke Ellington, a serene black and white cat, made an appearance at UCSF Medical Center on Monday, delighting patients and staff. The hospital posted a video of the cat’s visit on its Facebook page along with the caption, “Our therapy cat, "Duke Ellington" Morris, brings furry...
Husky stolen in Texas in brazen theft that leaves owner heartbroken

Husky stolen in Texas in brazen theft that leaves owner heartbroken

A resident in Fort Bend, Texas is heartbroken after a brazen thief snatched her Siberian husky from her yard in the middle of the day. The theft was caught on surveillance video and shows the dog struggling against a leash the thief used to drag the dog from its yard. The video also shows the white van that was used to steal the dog. The owner told a Houston TV station that her dog’s name is...
Michelle Obama takes dogs Sunny and Bo on final walk through White House

Michelle Obama takes dogs Sunny and Bo on final walk through White House

The Obamas will soon leave the White House for the last time as the president and first lady. Their eight years in the historic house is coming to an end. First lady Michelle Obama took the Obama’s Portuguese water dogs Bo and Sunny on what’s described as a final walk through the building the Obama’s have called home now since 2009. She tweeted out a short video of the stroll, as...
Reward increases in case of dog found in Detroit with ears, nose cut off

Reward increases in case of dog found in Detroit with ears, nose cut off

The Michigan Humane Society is seeking the public’s help in a horrific case of animal abuse, and the reward for information has greatly increased. The organization received a call from a concerned citizen in a Detroit neighborhood on Tuesday, and a rescue team located the injured Rottweiler mix and rushed him to an animal hospital after observing his severe wounds, according to a press release...
Tuna, star of the Amazing Acro-Cats, dies of cancer

Tuna, star of the Amazing Acro-Cats, dies of cancer

The cowbell won't sound quite the same now that Tuna, the star of the Amazing Acro-Cats cat circus, has died.Happy Cats Haven posted the news Friday on its Facebook page: "To all our fans of Tuna and The Rock Cats and the Amazing Acro-Cats, it's with many tears that we let you know that Samantha Martin's star kitty Tuna crossed the Rainbow Bridge yesterday from cancer." Tuna had recently...
Pet deer gunned down by Kansas game wardens in front of upset family

Pet deer gunned down by Kansas game wardens in front of upset family

 A pet deer on a Kansas farm was gunned down by state wildlife officials in front of its owners, outraging the Mcgaughey family and sparking a social media backlash. Owner Taryn Mcgaughey told local news outlets in western Kansas that a game warden and two other officials showed up at her farm and shot her pet deer five times. “They followed her around our horse pen. The first shot in the...
Lost dog to rejoin New Mexico family after holiday crash that killed daughter

Lost dog to rejoin New Mexico family after holiday crash that killed daughter

A lost dog in North Carolina is on his way to being reunited with his family in New Mexico after a deadly holiday car crash. Coolyay, a 1-year-old American pit bull terrier, ran away from the scene of an accident in Greensboro just before Christmas. The Bannerman family lost their 11-year-old daughter, Tori, when their minivan collided with a tractor-trailer on Dec. 18 as they were traveling to see...
Watch: Ukrainian dog stays by injured sister, protects her on tracks as trains roar over them

Watch: Ukrainian dog stays by injured sister, protects her on tracks as trains roar over them

Two lost dogs in Ukraine turned into lucky dogs and are safe now, after spending two harrowing days over Christmas stuck on busy railway tracks with trains roaring over them every half hour. One of the dogs, named Lucy, was injured and couldn’t move from the tracks near the village of Tseglovka. Watch what her brother, known as Panda, does. He stayed by her side for two days, nudging her head...
Kitten stuck in palm tree makes dramatic leap, survives

Kitten stuck in palm tree makes dramatic leap, survives

A kitten in New Zealand got stuck in a tree, but not just any old tree. The gray and white cat somehow ended up high atop a palm tree that measured approximately 25 meters, according to a report from Stuff, a New Zealand news publication. That’s 82 feet, and firefighters were called out Tuesday to assist in the rescue mission. The firefighters placed a ladder on each side of the tree and climbed...
Dashcam video shows dog jumping out of moving car on highway

Dashcam video shows dog jumping out of moving car on highway

A Colorado woman posted dashcam video on Facebook Tuesday that showed a dog jumping out of a car on a highway. Erica Robles Kannely said her husband captured the frightening scene while driving his truck on a busy I-70. In the video, the small white dog can be seen jumping out the window, rolling over and standing in the middle of the highway as traffic slowed down around it. The dog’s owner...
Cat found with 2 pounds of matted fur that looked like dreadlocks

Cat found with 2 pounds of matted fur that looked like dreadlocks

Hidey the cat was found hiding in the cellar of a Pennsylvania home, after her owner, who has Alzheimer’s disease, was moved into a nursing home. Hidey was carrying a shocking secret. The cat had accumulated years of matted fur, which had turned into what looked like dreadlocks. Paul Russel, a distant relative of the cat’s owner, told The Dodo that he went to check on the cats after the...
Video shows Colorado shelter celebrate all its pets getting forever homes

Video shows Colorado shelter celebrate all its pets getting forever homes

One animal shelter in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has a lot to celebrate this season. The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region held a campaign to clear out its kennels and give as many pets as possible a home, The Colorado Springs Gazette reported. Gretchen Pressley, the organization's community relations manager, said the "Bring Them Home for the Holidays" campaign waived adoption fees...
Children 'Deck the Howls' at shelter's reading to dogs holiday event

Children 'Deck the Howls' at shelter's reading to dogs holiday event

Children brought the holiday spirit to dogs at a special event held at the Humane Society of Missouri. The second annual Deck the Howls event was held Dec. 2 and was open to children ages 5-11 who wanted to come to the shelter and read holiday stories to the adoptable dogs. According to the shelter’s YouTube page, the kids made toys, treats and pillows at the event, and helped tuck the dogs...
Cute potbelly piglet abandoned at groomers, up for adoption

Cute potbelly piglet abandoned at groomers, up for adoption

He’s not exactly what you’d expect to find at a Humane Society just about anywhere, but he’s certainly a cute discovery. His name is Batman. He’s a potbelly pig and you better act fast if you want him. The 5-month-old piglet was dropped off at a Tampa Bay groomers and never picked up by his owner, according to the Tampa Bay Humane Society’s Facebook page. Staffers said...
Therapy dog in festive van delivers holiday cheer to hospital

Therapy dog in festive van delivers holiday cheer to hospital

He even has his own transportation, though Santo rides in a festive van, not a sleigh. This month, Santo is delivering holiday cheer to patients and staff at San Gabriel Valley Medical Center in California. 
Thousands rally for pet pig Raisin as family battles city's swine ban

Thousands rally for pet pig Raisin as family battles city's swine ban

An Oklahoma family is working to change a city ordinance so they can keep Raisin, their four-legged, hoofed family member. Raisin is just like any other family pet to them, but a city ordinance banning pigs is leaving Raisin unwelcome in his own city. Raisin's owners say the miniature pig takes baths, does tricks, paints pictures and poses as an Instagram sensation with more than 9,000 followers...
Generous donor pays for shelter's pet adoptions through end of year

Generous donor pays for shelter's pet adoptions through end of year

A woman with a love for animals is doing everything she can to make sure one California shelter finds good homes for all of its residents by the end of the year. The Front Street Animal Shelter posted the good news on Facebook, thanking donor Kim Pacini-Hauch for her “tremendous act of kindness.” The shelter says all animals will be free to adopt through Dec. 31. Dog adoption fees are...
George W. Bush's newest family member is super adorable

George W. Bush's newest family member is super adorable

Like many people, former President George W. Bush finds it difficult to resist the magic of a puppy. A photo of Bush, former first lady Laura Bush and their new puppy, Freddy, was posted Monday on Facebook. The puppy is an Australian shepherd mix, according to Fox4. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news   Bush wrote in the caption that they were visiting the Jan...
Here are the top 10 dog-friendly cities in the U.S.

Here are the top 10 dog-friendly cities in the U.S.

It's definitely a dog's life in the United States. According to a 2016 survey by the American Pet Products Association, 44 percent of U.S. households have at least one dog. SpareFoot conducted a survey to determine the top 10 dog-friendly cities in the country. It used research from WalletHub, Zumper and Realtor. The blog site then created its list based on the number of mentions...
Cat adopted at age 20 receives loving tribute from family

Cat adopted at age 20 receives loving tribute from family

Dexter the cat spent just two years with the Williams family, but he made every moment count. The Williams family saved Dexter from a hoarding situation in Utah, according to People. At 20, and in declining health, the black and white cat may not have seemed the ideal pet for a family with two young boys. But the cat proved to be a loving, easygoing pet, who enjoyed spending time cuddling with the...
Company launches world's most expensive cat food

Company launches world's most expensive cat food

A British pet food company has created what it claims is the world’s most expensive cat food. British Banquet is a grain-free blend made with “Arenkha caviar, line-caught Scottish salmon, hand-caught Norfolk lobster and Devon crab,” according to the Green Pantry website. Of less interest to cats, British Banquet also contains organic asparagus, quinoa and saffron. The fancy cat food...
Humane Society waives fees on black or orange cats and kittens for Halloween

Humane Society waives fees on black or orange cats and kittens for Halloween

Here’s a treat for you: the Atlanta Humane Society will be waive adoption fees on all cats and kittens with any black or orange coloring today, Monday, October 31, aka Halloween. More than 120 cats and kittens at the Atlanta Humane Society, many with festive Halloween coloring, need homes. If potential pet owners find one with black or orange coloring today, the adoption fees are waived...
Celebrating National Cat Day

Celebrating National Cat Day

For spoiled kitties and their doting owners, every day is cat day, but officially, Oct. 29 is National Cat Day. Colleen Paige, a pet expert, founded the holiday. She also founded National Dog Day and National Pet Day. The holiday is designed to improve the welfare of cats across the country by encouraging adoption, donating to shelters and advocacy groups and by feeding cats healthy food. For many...
Family receives 'sign from doggie heaven' after pet's death

Family receives 'sign from doggie heaven' after pet's death

Catie Callaghan said that her family pet, Bandit, was a "very good dog." "We were his fourth home, and we always talked about how we never gave up on him," she told BuzzFeed News. She said Bandit was "loved by everyone." But after undergoing multiple surgeries, Bandit had to go back for another -- his 15th procedure. At the end of the surgery, the 15-year-old dog died...
Report: Family cat killed with bow and arrow

Report: Family cat killed with bow and arrow

A pet cat was killed by an arrow in Florida this week, and it's not the first time that it's happened to this family. "That was my baby," said Sarah Trump. The Nassau County woman wants to find the person who killed her cat. "Just the fact that nothing is going to get done. It's just infuriating. Because it's not just an animal," Trump said. Trump said it was the third family cat...
Owner claims dogsitter sold dogs on Craigslist

Owner claims dogsitter sold dogs on Craigslist

A North Carolina woman said her dogs were sold on Craigslist by a man she trusted to care for the animals while she was in the hospital. Ekemini Udoh told WSOC she hopes someone recognizes the dogs and returns them to her. “I am really heartbroken. I have been crying nonstop,” Udoh said. "They are my family. They are my kids.” Udoh saved her dogs Rosie and Bella from going...
Munchkin cat Giselle capturing hearts at shelter

Munchkin cat Giselle capturing hearts at shelter

There's a munchkin cat up for adoption at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals that is capturing many hearts, but she is possibly the hardest cat the shelter's ever had to place in a home.  Giselle is 2 years old and barely weighs 2.5 pounds. She came into the adoption center because her owner was overwhelmed. She is completely blind, suffers from joint and nerve...
Dog battling cancer gets sweet wagon ride around town

Dog battling cancer gets sweet wagon ride around town

Joey Maxwell wanted to give his beloved dog, who is battling cancer, a special ride, and the journey has touched the hearts of people around the world. Maverick is a 9-year-old Golden Retriever who is battling lymphoma for the second time. While Maverick has responded well to chemotherapy, he gave his owners a scare this month when he had to be rushed to the animal hospital and spent two nights in...
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