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Adopt Me! Colonel Just Wants to Play Ball

Adopt Me! Colonel Just Wants to Play Ball

Originally posted 03/20/2015 09:30AM

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 Colonel, a 2-year-old black and brindle Rottweiler mix who was transferred to the SPCA of Texas in Dallas from another shelter on Dec. 9.

Colonel's picture is slightly inaccurate – because this dog always has a ball in his mouth! Playing with a ball is one of his favorite things to do; all he needs is a permanent owner who'll vow to play fetch forever.

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Filed Under: Animal Charities, Dogs
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Starving Sea Lion Pups Rescued from California Beaches

UpdatePosted 03/17/2015 06:10AM

Thousands of Sea Lion Pups Rescued off the Coast of Southern California

Originally posted 03/16/2015 04:00PM

It's a heartbreaking image at one California rehab center: Some of the sea lions taken in are starving to the point they weigh less than their birth weights.

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Credit: Courtesy SPCA of Westchester
Adopt Me! Snuggles Wants to Get Comfy on Your Couch

Adopt Me! Snuggles Wants to Get Comfy on Your Couch

Originally posted 03/06/2015 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 Snuggles, a Australian shepherd/sheltie mix currently residing at the SPCA of Westchester in Briarcliff Manor, New York.

This adorable 25-lb. girl came to the shelter as a stray on Dec. 1. Shelter staff describe this pretty blonde as a mature girl who is calm and mellow, the perfect companion for a like-minded human.

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Filed Under: Animal Charities, Dogs
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Think You Can Guess an Animal From Just Their Tail?

Think You Can Guess an Animal From Just Their Tail?

Originally posted 03/03/2015 04:25PM

It's furry, with a long tail, and has big ears … if you guessed monkey, we'd make great teammates!

A new app called TailsUp! tests your animal knowledge with a Charades-like game, using verbal and physical clues to help your teammate guess the right animal.

The game, created by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to help kids and families learn more about animals, will give proceeds from in-app purchases to the AZA's animal conservation.

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Credit: Courtesy Coco's Heart Dog Rescue
Maza Is a Gentle Soul with a Fun Streak

Adopt Me! Maza Is a Gentle Soul with a Fun Streak

Originally posted 02/27/2015 12:30PM

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 Maza, a senior pup currently being cared for by a foster parent through Coco's Heart Dog Rescue in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Maza recently arrived at the rescue with a broken spirit, definitely in need of some TLC.

"He was in poor shape physically. He was covered in fleas, dirty and overall seemed uncomfortable," says Ashley Kurtz, executive director of rescue operations. "We immediately took him into the loving care of a foster home."

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Filed Under: Animal Charities, Dogs
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Dog Recovering After Being Found Trapped Inside Doghouse That Was Nailed Shut

Dog Recovering After Being Found Trapped Inside Doghouse That Was Nailed Shut

Originally posted 02/20/2015 03:40PM

It was a doghouse of horrors.

On Wednesday, an LAPD motor officer discovered an abandoned dog sitting injured and terrified in a disheveled doghouse by the side of the road in south Los Angeles. The house's door had been nailed.

Rescued by volunteers from the Ghetto Rescue FFoundation, the dog – now named Walter Worthy Higgins – is recovering from horribly infected legs, which appear to be the result of severe neglect and abuse, says Tami Baumann, who runs GRFF, the rescue that will take the dog into its care next week.

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Filed Under: Animal Charities, Dogs
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Adopt Me! Lely Is All Ears and Cuteness

Adopt Me! Lely Is All Ears and Cuteness

Originally posted 02/20/2015 12:40AM

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 Lely, a Skye terrier currently being cared for by a foster parent through the Best Friends Animal Society – New York.

This 8-year-old pooch needs an owner who is abreast of her unique medical condition. She has Cushing's disease, a disorder that causes excess cortisone levels in the bloodstream (read more about it here). Most likely, Lely will need to be on medication for the rest of her life, so she needs a diligent owner who will be mindful of that and continue to monitor her condition.

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Filed Under: Animal Charities, Dogs
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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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