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Hurricane Katrina 10 Years Later: Founder of the Best Friends Animal Society Looks Back on Helping Pets Survive the Storm

Hurricane Katrina 10 Years Later: Founder of the Best Friends Animal Society Looks Back on Helping Pets Survive the Storm

Originally posted 08/24/2015 05:25PM

On Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina, the costliest hurricane in U.S. history, made landfall. While the storm itself lasted only a few days, the aftermath stretched on for months. A decade later, the marks of Katrina can still be seen in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi. The hurricane flooded cities, destroyed thousands of homes and displaced hundreds of thousands of people.

It wasn't just humans whose lives were turned upside down by Katrina; countless pets were abandoned, lost and stranded. Thanks to Best Friends Animal Society, many of those animals got a second chance.

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Credit: Finding Shelter/Jesse Freidin
Photographer Documents Amazing Bond Between Shelter Animals and the Volunteers Who Care for Them

Photographer Documents Amazing Bond Between Shelter Animals and the Volunteers Who Care for Them

Originally posted 08/20/2015 05:50PM

As anyone who has volunteered at a shelter knows, developing a deep connection to the animals happens as instantaneously, and surprisingly, as a teenage crush.

When fine art dog photographer Jesse Freidin, 34, realized this, he decided to spend a year taking more than 100 moving portraits of homeless cats, dogs and the humans who care for them in a project called Finding Shelter.

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Filed Under: Animal Charities, Cats, Dogs
Credit: Courtesy San Francisco Animal Care & Control
Adopt Me! Don't Be Fooled, Blue Is Much More than a Grumpy Cat Lookalike

Adopt Me! Don't Be Fooled, Blue Is Much More than a Grumpy Cat Lookalike

Originally posted 08/14/2015 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 Blue, a pug mix currently being cared for by San Francisco's Animal Care & Control.

Despite his attempts to emulate Grumpy Cat, Blue the dog is a very happy, friendly little pooch. He's described as "clownish" by staff at the shelter, who've deemed him a favorite.

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Filed Under: Animal Charities, Dogs

Starved Dog Is Recovering Thanks to Help from Community

Originally posted 07/31/2015 11:40AM

A pup in St. Joseph County, Indiana, is recovering after being found in deplorable shape – and thanks to an outpouring of support from locals, she's on her way to recovery.

According to WSBT-TV News, police say the pooch – now called Hope – is the possible victim of abuse and neglect, and they're searching for the person responsible.

The dog's sad story came to light when an employee at the Gilmer Park Animal Clinic found the emaciated animal on Tuesday morning.

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Credit: Courtesy Viva! New Mexico Rural Animal Rescue
Adopt Me! Napping and Cuddling Are Colt's Favorites

Adopt Me! Napping and Cuddling Are Colt's Favorites

Originally posted 07/31/2015 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 Colt, a pup currently being cared for by the Viva New Mexico Rural Animal Rescue.

The adorable pooch was surrendered to a local shelter with a female and six puppies because their owners could no longer afford to care for them.

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Filed Under: Animal Charities, Dogs
Credit: TruckieLoo Photography
Adopt Us! It's Hard to Fur-get Cats Patrick and Woody

Adopt Us! It's Hard to Fur-get Cats Patrick and Woody

Originally posted 07/24/2015 02:40PM

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 Patrick and Woody, an inseparable pair of felines currently being cared for by the North Country Animal League in Morrisville, Vermont.

Throughout history, there have been many memorable duos, and these cuties are right there with the best of them.

"Like Batman and Robin, Peanut Butter and Jelly or Mac and Cheese, Patrick and Woody are the fearless duo here at the shelter," reads a post on the rescue's Facebook page. "Woody is a little more quiet and reserved [cat] who loves to be scratched under the chin and give you all his attention. Patrick is the crazy, outgoing one of the two."

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Filed Under: Animal Charities, Cats
Credit: Ten Lives Club
Abandoned Mother Cat and Kittens Saved from Sealed Hot Box

Abandoned Mother Cat and Kittens Saved from Sealed Hot Box

Originally posted 07/22/2015 11:10AM

A mother cat and her five newborn kittens are cooling down after being sealed in a box and abandoned in a hot parking lot.

The helpless felines were – luckily – discovered by Ken Lyons, a volunteer from Ten Lives Club cat rescue in Blasdell, New York, reports WIVB.

Lyons found the box, which was duct-taped shut, in the sunny parking lot without a note. The volunteer immediately freed the cat and her kittens and brought them to Ten Lives Club.

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Filed Under: Animal Charities, Cats
Credit: Eleventh Hour Rescue
Adopt Me! It's Easy to Fall For Handsome Valentino

Adopt Me! It's Easy to Fall For Handsome Valentino

Originally posted 07/17/2015 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 Valentino, a pup currently being cared for by the Eleventh Hour Rescue in Rockaway, New Jersey.

This adorable terrier mix is a happy and funny boy – so why would someone abandon him at an animal shelter? An Eleventh Hour Rescue volunteer was baffled by this too and scooped up the pup in hopes of finding him a forever home.

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Filed Under: Animal Charities, Dogs
Credit: Courtesy Fetch Wisconsin Rescue
Adopt Me! Smarty Pants Oscar Is a Quick Learner

Adopt Me! Smarty Pants Oscar Is a Quick Learner

Originally posted 07/10/2015 11:20AM

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 Oscar, a pup currently being fostered through Fetch Wisconsin Rescue of Madison, Wisconsin.

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Filed Under: Animal Charities, Dogs
Credit: Naankuse
Angelina Jolie Pitt Meets an Adorable Cheetah Cub Named After Shiloh

Angelina Jolie Pitt Meets an Adorable Cheetah Cub Named After Shiloh

Originally posted 07/06/2015 05:00PM

On a recent trip to Namibia, Angelina Jolie Pitt secured the sweetest gift for her daughter Shiloh.

The actress, 40, visited the country's Naankuse Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting native wildlife and stopping human-animal conflict in Africa.

The foundation has a special relationship with the Jolie-Pitt family. In 2010, four years after Shiloh was born in Namibia, mom and dad created the Shiloh Jolie-Pitt Foundation to help the Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary with its efforts.

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