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Guess Whom Hayden Panettiere Has Built a New Home For!

Hayden Panettiere Builds a New Home for Tony the Gorilla at the Kiev Zoo

Originally posted 11/22/2014 04:10PM

Hayden Panettiere is expecting her first child with her fiancé, Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko, and she's already showing what a nurturer she is.

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Daisy the Cancer Detection Dog Awarded for Sniffing Out 550 Cases, Saving Owner's Life

Daisy the Cancer Detection Dog Awarded for Sniffing Out 550 Cases, Saving Owner's Life

Originally posted 11/21/2014 03:00PM

Daisy's nose knows how to save lives.

Since the Labrador was a puppy, she has been trained at the England-based charity Medical Detection Dogs to sniff out cancer and other fatal diseases in samples of breath, skin and urine, reports Advertiser and Review.

Now 10 years old, Daisy has successfully detected over 550 cases of cancer and is being awarded for her priceless contributions to the lives of others. The keen-nosed pup was recently given the Blue Cross Medal for her work in the field of cancer prevention and detection.

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Filed Under: Animal Charities, Dogs
Credit: Courtesy Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter
Adopt Me! Elliot Is a Girl Who Knows What She Wants

Adopt Me! Elliot Is a Girl Who Knows What She Wants

Originally posted 11/21/2014 02:30PM

In honor of Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month, we bring you a distinguished senior pet looking for a loving place to spend forever. Meet Elliot, a 7-year-old border collie mix recently surrendered to the Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter in Billings, Montana.

Oct. 12 was a sad day for Elliot. She was given up to the shelter by her owners because she kept escaping the yard and they worried she would get hurt. True to her breed, Elliot clearly has a lot of energy and she's also very smart, so the shelter is looking for an active family with a secure yard to adopt her.

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Filed Under: Animal Charities, Dogs
Credit: Courtesy Humane Society Silicon Valley
Adopt Us! Peter Pan & Wendy Want to Spend Their Forever Together

Adopt Us! Peter Pan & Wendy Want to Spend Their Forever Together

Originally posted 11/14/2014 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 Peter Pan and Wendy, 7-year-old Chihuahua mixes living at the Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) in Milpitas, California.

This bonded pair were found wandering the streets together in very poor condition. Not only were they unkempt from life on the streets, but they came to the shelter painfully shy and fearful of the world around them.

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Filed Under: Animal Charities, Dogs
Credit: Courtesy Chance at Life Cat Rescue
Adopt Me! Chardonnay Is as Purr-ecious as a Fine Wine

Adopt Me! Chardonnay Is as Purr-ecious as a Fine Wine

Originally posted 11/07/2014 10:00AM

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 Chardonnay, a 6-month-old Calico kitten living at the Chance at Life Cat Rescue in Hackensack, New Jersey.

This sweet kitty was found living under a shed in nearby Elmwood Park with her four brothers. So far, one of her brothers has been adopted, while the rest of the siblings are still looking for loving homes. Chardonnay is one of the spirited ones in the bunch – she loves to play and when the group is done chasing kitty lasers, all of them will cuddle in a big pile (all together now, "Aww!").

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We Can't Even Deal with These Photos from ASPCA's 'Kittergarten' Graduation Ceremony

5 Un-Fur-gettable Scenes from the ASPCA's 'Kittergarten' Graduation Ceremony

Originally posted 11/05/2014 03:00PM

The class of 2014 is impossible to fur-get.

These accomplished graduates reached an important meow-stone Tuesday: their "Kittergarten" graduation, which celebrated their move from the ASPCA's kitten nursery in New York City to the facility's adoption center. From there, they hope to find forever homes.

Similar to traditional graduation ceremonies, the event included a speech – from Gail Buchwald, senior vice president of ASPCA's Adoption Center – a procession of the graduates receiving their "diplomas" while sitting in graduation caps, and plenty of congratulatory chin scratches and cuddles, of course.

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Credit: Courtesy SPCA of Texas
Adopt Me! Vaughn the Pointer Mix Is a People Pup

Adopt Me! Vaughn the Pointer Mix Is a People Pup

Originally posted 10/31/2014 09:00AM

It's Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month and we'll be introducing you to extraordinary canines who need homes throughout October. Today, as the month comes to a close, meet Vaughn, a 1-year-old pointer mix who came to the SPCA of Texas in Dallas on Oct. 11.

The 52-lb. pup was given up because his previous owners didn't have proper housing for him. He lived outside 24/7, which was torture for him because "he's a guy who wants to be with his people," reads the dog's biography.

"If you're looking for a loving and laid-back guy, Vaughn is your boy," Stephanie Knight, communications specialist at the SPCA of Texas, added.

The playful and energetic pooch is great with kids and other dogs, even though he sometimes has a tendency to be quite shy when you first try to pet him. But give him a chance and he'll show you his sweet side. "He's a sweetheart who loves kisses and lap cuddles," his bio says. "He is quiet and fun, and he'll be a great dog for someone."

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Adopt Me! Castle Is Ready to Be Queen of Your Heart

Adopt Me! Castle Is Ready to Be Queen of Your Heart

Originally posted 10/24/2014 11:00AM

It's Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month and we'll be introducing you to extraordinary canines who need homes throughout October. Today, meet Castle, an adorable pit bull who is approximately 1 year old.

Here's a way to really celebrate National Pit Bull Awareness Day on Oct. 25: adopt this regal lady, who came to Animal Care & Control of N.Y.C. (AC&C) as a stray found in Queens.

Communications associate Alexandra Silver tells PEOPLE that the black-and-white cutie is very social and pleasantly greets every single person she meets. "She isn't just friendly with humans; she also seems to enjoy the company of other dogs," Silver says.

The young, energetic pup would do great with an owner who has as much pep as she does. Want to go for an impromptu run in the park? Count Castle in. And, if you'd like to curl up on the couch and watch Game of Thrones afterward, she's happy to oblige.

In honor of Pit Bull Awareness Day, anyone who adopts a pit bull or pit mix from AC&C will receive a free New York Pit Bull Appreciation Society BarkBox, a package containing toys and treats for big dogs. Proud adopters will also get New York Pit Bull Appreciation Society pins.

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Credit: Courtesy Wisconsin Humane Society
Adopt Me! Rascal & Jersey Are a Duo to Adore

Adopt Me! Rascal & Jersey Are a Duo to Adore

Originally posted 10/17/2014 10:35AM

It's Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month and we'll be introducing you to extraordinary canines who need homes throughout October. Today, meet Rascal and Jersey, two pups who prove that two is definitely better than one.

The Australian shepherd mixes were surrendered together to the Wisconsin Humane Society in Milwaukee because their former owner couldn't find a place that would allow them both. The shelter can't bear to split these two, who are the best of friends, so they are hoping to place them in a loving home where they can spend forever together.

"Both adore attention and their personalities perfectly complement one another," says Angela Speed, vice president of communications for the shelter. "Rascal is adventurous and outgoing, while Jersey is sweet, submissive and exceedingly affectionate. When offered treats, Rascal executes his tricks with precision and focus, while Jersey drops to the ground and attempts to become the cutest sweetheart she can imagine – and she always succeeds!"

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Credit: Courtesy of The Helen Woodward Animal Center
Adopt Me! Ricky Is the Dog People Dream Of Owning

Adopt Me! Ricky Is the Dog People Dream Of Owning

Originally posted 10/10/2014 12:00PM

It's Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month and we'll be introducing you to extraordinary canines who need homes throughout October. Today, meet Ricky, a 10-month-old Chihuahua/Dachshund mix from the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

This adorable pup is the unofficial chairman of the center's welcome committee. A staff favorite, Ricky sits in the laps of every volunteer and visitor, and befriends every new canine roommate with affection or a tail wag.

Happy, playful and cuddly are some of the best ways to describe Ricky – so why hasn't he found his forever yet? Nobody knows.

"This is one of those question marks we see from time to time," says adoption services manager Adele Murillo. "Every now and again we'll get a wonderful dog who doesn't whine or bark for attention but just kind of waits his turn. It's almost as though his sweet personality gets him overlooked. He's really a love and he's going to make someone a very happy adopter."

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Filed Under: Animal Charities, Cats

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