03:54 AM EDT 07/10/2016
Originally posted 05/23/2016 09:20AM
Maura Tierney is all about opening herself up to explore new charitable paths.
The actress, 51, has joined forces with the Lindbergh Foundation's Air Shepherd initiative to aim at stopping elephant and rhinoceros poaching in South Africa.
"This is a very lucky thing for me because I got to educate myself quite a bit and see some amazing things," Tierney tells PEOPLE exclusively of her mission to South Africa sponsored by South African Airways. "They approached me and asked if I wanted to be involved in the launch of the project, and I did a lot of research and really wanted to be there."
She adds, "I've done work with charities, but not wildlife, so it's a whole new phase of my awareness."
Originally posted 03/24/2016 02:00AM
Prince George and Princess Charlotte are going to have to rely on someone else to assist the Easter Bunny this year. The young royals will wake up on Easter Sunday without their dad around.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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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