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Amputee Kitten Has Dreams of Being a Therapy Cat for Veterans

Originally posted 08/25/2015 03:00PM



As a veteran herself, Karolyn Smith says she knows what veterans need: a purring kitten.

She came to this epiphany when she rescued two kittens from a San Diego shelter, including one named Sophia, whose back leg was amputated when she was found with her umbilical cord wrapped around her paw.

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Filed Under: Animals & Pets, Cats
Credit: Best Friends Animal Society
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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Rare Sand Cat Gives Birth to a Surprise Litter After Losing Mate

Originally posted 08/21/2015 05:15PM

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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: Ben Trivett/People.com
Grumpy Cat and Nala Team Up with Friskies to Help Feed Shelter Cats

Grumpy Cat and Nala Team Up with Friskies to Help Feed Shelter Cats

Originally posted 08/20/2015 01:15PM

Odd couples come in all shapes, sizes and species – and this is one adorably mismatched pair.

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Credit: Getty
The Summer of Epic Breakups: Let's Look at Kittens & Puppies Until We Believe in Love Again

We're Here to Help You Get Through This Summer of Epic Breakups, One Kitten at a Time

Originally posted 08/19/2015 06:15PM

If we could, we'd deliver a pint of cookie dough ice cream and freshly laundered sweatpants to you every morning. We know you're going through a tough time right now; we feel the same way. Instead of spending the summer worrying about, say, which filter to use on our vacation photos, we're clutching our pillows – in all of their tear-stained glory – asking the universe, "Why? Why are you so cruel? Who hurt you so badly that you decided to ruin love for the rest of us?"

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Filed Under: Cats, Cute Pets, Dogs

VIDEO: This Baby Already Knows Cats Are One of the Best Parts About Being Alive

Originally posted 08/19/2015 05:20PM

Sure, smashed carrots and Mickey Mouse pacifiers are pretty sweet. But have you seen a cat, dude? Those things are awesome.

The baby in this video gets it, lounging in bed, wrapped up like a human Pop Tart, getting doted on by her parents. Life is good – but suddenly it gets better.

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Credit: loki_kitteh/instagram
Meet Loki: The Mischievous Vampire Kitty of Instagram

Meet Loki: The Mischievous Vampire Kitty of Instagram

Originally posted 08/19/2015 04:25PM

Fanged feline Loki isn't here to suck our blood; she is here to steal our hearts.

The furry Nosferatu is one of the newest "must follow" meowers to pop up on Instagram, racking up over 30,000 fans.

Loki's owner, Kaet, adopted the cutie two years ago from the Chittenden County Humane Society in South Burlington, Vermont. For Kaet, it was love at first sight, even though Loki was playing hard to get.

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Filed Under: Cats, Around the Web
Credit: Courtesy Elfie & Gimli
Elfie and Gimli Are the Adorable Dwarf Kitty Siblings with a Huge Instagram Following

Elfie and Gimli Are the Adorable Dwarf Kitty Siblings with a Huge Instagram Following

Originally posted 08/18/2015 05:40PM

Hey, down here! There is something you need to see. Meet Elfie and Gimli.

They may be short, but these cats have huge personalities that are helping them win an even bigger Instagram following.

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Filed Under: Cats, Around the Web

Georgia Jail Matches Female Inmates with Shelter Felines So They Can Help Each Other

Originally posted 08/18/2015 11:35AM

Helping paws and helping hands are coming together at the Gwinnett County Jail in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

The facility is home to Operation Second Chance, a program that matches inmates with at-risk shelter animals, reports the Gwinnett Daily Post.

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