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5 Health Benefits of Loving a Pet This Valentine's Day

INFOGRAPHIC: 5 Health Benefits of Loving a Pet This Valentine's Day

Originally posted 02/13/2015 02:30PM

If you'll be celebrating this Valentine's Day with a furry friend by your side, just like Amanda Seyfried, you should know this: You are 30 percent less likely to visit a doctor.

Huh?

Allow us to explain. According to these very important statistics in an infographic created by the Humane Society Silicon Valley, there are tons of great health benefits to loving a pet on Valentine's Day.

If you're a cat owner, apparently there's a very good reason that your cat likes to listen to your heart. Cat people are 40 percent less likely to experience a heart attack (See, all those cuddle sessions really do pay off!)

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Filed Under: Animal Charities, Cats, Dogs
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Adopt Me! Sergio Is Not Shy About Giving Kisses on a First Date

Adopt Me! Sergio Is Not Shy About Giving Kisses on a First Date

Originally posted 02/13/2015 11:05AM

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 Sergio, a super-affectionate chihuahua mix who is a little charmer.

The staff at the Maricopa County Animal Care & Control in Phoenix, Arizona, can't believe this little cutie wasn't scooped up quickly after his arrival on Nov. 5. He loves people, and his true personality emerges when he spends time with other pups.

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Filed Under: Animal Charities, Dogs
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Adrian Grenier Wants to Help the World's Loneliest Whale Find a Few Friends

UpdatePosted 02/13/2015 10:30AM

Adrian Grenier Wants to Help the World's Loneliest Whale Find a Few Friends

Originally posted 02/12/2015 03:35PM

The heart-wrenching story of our lonely whale starts in 1989, when the U.S. Navy discovered a strange 52-hertz frequency on their under water microphones. Unsure of what was causing the noise at first, bio-acoustian William Watkins eventually determined the sound was being made by a solitary whale, calling out at a frequency that confused and drove off other whales.

Unable to communicate with others of its kind, this creature was probably the loneliest whale in the world.

Watkins was determined to change that and began a 12-year search for the animal, whom he dubbed 52 for the whale's unique frequency. Unfortunately, Watkins passed away in 2004, and the mission to find Lonely Whale came to a halt.

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So ... Who's Amanda Seyfried's Valentine This Year?

Amanda Seyfried's Valentine Is Doggone Cute

Originally posted 02/13/2015 07:00AM

Amanda Seyfried is excited about her valentine this year. As a matter of fact, she's been excited about the holiday ever since a puppy named Finn, now age 5, came into her life.

"Finn is always my valentine," the actress tells PEOPLE.

"Finn looks at me when I talk to him. He just wants to be with me. That's what everyone wants in a partner, right?”

We're sure she means no offense to her awesome human love interest, actor Justin Long.

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Australia's Oldest Man Spends Free Time Knitting Tiny Sweaters for Injured Penguins

Australia's Oldest Man Spends Free Time Knitting Tiny Sweaters for Injured Penguins

Originally posted 02/12/2015 06:30AM

Alfred "Alfie" Date, Australia's oldest living man, is putting his amazingly sharp mind and nimble hands to good use.

The 109-year-old likes to spend his free time knitting little sweaters for injured penguins from his room at a retirement home in New South Wales, reports 9Stories.

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Man Steals Kitten for Valentine's Day, Returns It with Note

Originally posted 02/11/2015 12:40PM



It's being called a Valentine gone wrong.

An unidentified man swiped a 3-month-old kitten from a Minneapolis PetSmart on Friday, and returned it the next day with a note that said he was sorry for what he had done but that he couldn't afford to buy the kitty.

It all began when the man walked into the Roseville, Minnesota, PetSmart (where animals from the Ruff Start Rescue are up for adoption) in search of a furry friend. Ruff Start cat intake coordinator Abbey Lynn tells KSTP news that the man asked to look at cats and a manager assisted him.

Later, another employee saw the man outside of the cat room holding an adult feline. When she took the cat from him and took it back to its cage, she noticed another cage's door had been cut with a bolt cutter.

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Filed Under: Animal Charities, Cats
Credit: Courtesy Humane Society Silicon Valley
Adopt Me! Eeyore's Full-time Job Is Winning Hearts

Adopt Me! Eeyore's Full-time Job Is Winning Hearts

Originally posted 02/06/2015 11:10AM

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 Eeyore, an 11-month-old Chihuahua/terrier mix living at the Humane Society Silicon Valley.

Eeyore is looking for a special home because he's a dog with special needs. He's completely deaf in both ears and trained on hand signals. Sit, stay, come – Eeyore knows it all and the shelter will give his new owner free in-home training sessions as a part of his adoption package.

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Filed Under: Animal Charities, Dogs
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Adopt Me! Cricket Is One Tough California Girl

Adopt Me! Cricket Is One Tough California Girl

Originally posted 01/30/2015 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 Cricket, a 3-year-old pit bull mix found wandering the streets of south L.A. six months ago.

Cricket was in bad shape, when she was discovered darting across a busy intersection by a good Samaritan. According to West Hollywood's Wags and Walks rescue, she was emaciated, covered in fleas and shaking with fear. Cricket still remains a sweet, gentle dog despite having to fight to survive on the streets for an unknown amount of time.

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Filed Under: Animal Charities, Dogs
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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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Filed Under: Animal Charities, Dogs
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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

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