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Dog Tied Behind Walmart Chews Off Own Paw to Escape, Finds Help from Animal Rescue

Dog Tied Behind Walmart Chews Off Own Paw to Escape, Finds Help from Animal Rescue

Originally posted 01/23/2015 06:55PM

Police are on the hunt for two cold-hearted men who left a dog tied up behind a Roseville, Michigan, Walmart in freezing weather.

Courtney the 2-year-old mixed breed pooch was found abandoned by a Walmart employee on Sunday, reports USA Today. Frightened by her time alone outside, the dog also chewed off one of her paws in an effort to escape her restraints.

After being discovered, the authorities were called and Courtney was rushed to Hopeful Heart Rescue. At the shelter, doctors examined the dog's wound and determined she most likely chewed off and consumed her paw while she was outside, with her tight leash acting as a tourniquet.

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Adopt Me! Buckets Wants to Pour Herself Into Your Lap

Adopt Me! Buckets Wants to Pour Herself Into Your Lap

Originally posted 01/23/2015 12:10PM

Home. Some pets never have one to call their own. We'd like to help change that by introducing you to an extraordinary adoptable pet every week. Today, meet Buckets, a 3-year-old tabby available for adoption at Adopt & Shop in Culver City, California.

When you meet this pretty girl, you should sit down and get ready – because Buckets wants to pour herself into any available lap. This affectionate kitty loves adults and kids alike, the attention from people around her is what she craves most.

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Filed Under: Animal Charities, Cats

The Daily Treat: Dog with Two Legs Thinks She's a Kangaroo

Originally posted 01/19/2015 07:40PM

Had she been left on the streets of Romania, she probably wouldn't have survived with just two legs.

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Orphaned Kangaroos & Wallabies in Australian Bushfires Need 'Pouch Liners'

UpdatePosted 01/18/2015 08:45AM

Orphaned Kangaroos & Wallabies in Australian Bushfires Need 'Pouch Liners'

Originally posted 01/14/2015 03:30PM

Sew, here's the deal: Project Pouch needs you!

Koalas aren't the only animals affected by the bushfires in Australia. Orphaned or injured possums, kangaroos, and wallabies need to be kept warm in a pouch-like environment. To help, Project Pouch, a new campaign created by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, is asking for handmade "pouch liner" donations to comfort the traumatized animal babies, nine of which are being cared for by the Adelaide Zoo.

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Adopt Me! George the Albino Doberman Is a Social Butterfly

Adopt Me! George the Albino Doberman Is a Social Butterfly

Originally posted 01/16/2015 11:00AM

Home. Some pets never have one to call their own. We'd like to help change that by introducing you to an extraordinary adoptable pet every week. Today, meet George, an albino Doberman pinscher currently being fostered through the OK Save a Dog Society of Prague, Oklahoma.

Because of his genetic condition, this 2-year-old needs special care from his next owner. In the summer, he's in danger of getting a sunburn and in the winter, he's in danger of freezing.

He has beautiful blue eyes that need special protection from the sun (he'd be grateful if his next owner bought him some doggy sunglasses). Though people spend extra time tending to his skin, he's unfazed. George is a "gentle giant," says the rescue's founder Kim Bowers, "who needs a buddy to play with."

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Filed Under: Animal Charities, Dogs
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Meet the Today Show's New (ADORABLE) Guide Dog in Training

The Daily Treat: Meet the Today Show's New (ADORABLE) Guide Dog in Training

Originally posted 01/14/2015 12:40PM

The Today show rolled out the red carpet – and fire hydrants! – on Wednesday, in honor of a special new cohost.

Guiding Eyes for the Blind has temporarily given the morning show a 10-week-old yellow Labrador retriever puppy to train as a guide dog.

"This is a really great experience both for Guiding Eyes and for the puppy," said Saxon Eastman, a trainer for the non-profit organization, who gives guide dogs free of charge to individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

"This is going to be an awesome socialization experience for him. That's really what we're looking for, to put him on the right track to being a guide dog someday."

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Dog Finally Finds Forever Home After 3 Years of Waiting

Dog Finally Finds Forever Home After 3 Years of Waiting

Originally posted 01/13/2015 02:50PM

It was love at first sight for Gabriel Maldanado.

"I kind of fell for him and told my wife, 'You know, I met this dog today, I think we should adopt him.'"

That dog was Tank, a 6-year-old bulldog living at New York City's Top Dog rescue in the Bronx for the past three years – the longest stay any resident at the rescue has ever had, according to New York's News 12.

The reason the dog has spent half his life looking for a home is very superficial, said Andrew Dymburt, a spokesman for the rescue.

"People are often scared of big dogs," Dymburt shared.

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Filed Under: Animal Charities, Dogs
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Adopt Me! Hope Knows Her Future is Bright

Adopt Me! Hope Knows Her Future is Bright

Originally posted 01/09/2015 10:00AM

Home. Some pets never have one to call their own. We want to help change that by introducing you to an extraordinary adoptable pet every week. Today, meet Hope, a sweet girl who is ready to be someone's loyal companion.

Early last year, Hope was saved from a kill shelter and transferred to a boarding facility by a rescuer. Sadly, that rescuer ran out of money and told the boarding facility that Hope was on her own. The facility contacted the L.A. Animal Rescue, who took her in and is now trying to find the dog a forever hoem.

"I'm very loving, sensitive, polite and appreciative," says her bio. "I think my parents were Dachshund and Staffordshire terriers. I am petite, maybe 35 pounds."

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Koalas Injured in Australian Brushfires Need Your Mitten Donations

UpdatePosted 01/09/2015 09:45AM

Koalas Injured in Australian Brushfires Need Your Mitten Donations

Originally posted 01/09/2015 08:30AM

Animal lovers around the world are picking up a needle and thread to help the numerous koalas injured in Australia's recent surge of brushfires.

These good Samaritans are responding to a call for help from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), which recently posted a plea for koala-sized mittens on its website.

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Adopt Me! Holmes Needs Help Coming Out of His Shell

Adopt Me! Holmes Needs Help Coming Out of His Shell

Originally posted 01/02/2015 09:00AM

Home. Some pets never have one to call their own. We'd like to help change that by introducing you to an extraordinary adoptable pet every week. Today, meet Holmes, a shy guy living at the Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter in Billings, Montana.

Holmes's heart is nearly as big as he is. Just under 1 year old, this 54-lb. pup is overflowing with love, but lacks confidence. He needs a person to help him out of his shell.

"Holmes is a special puppy – he's very shy, and needs a home with an experienced owner who is dedicated to [his] social development," says stray canine coordinator Tiffany Smith.

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