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Olympian Gus Kenworthy Finally Brings Dogs from Sochi Home

UpdatePosted 03/14/2014 06:00PM

Olympian Gus Kenworthy Finally Brings Dogs from Sochi Home

Originally posted 03/14/2014 04:00PM

It took a lot longer than he thought it would, but Olympic freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy was finally able to bring those puppies home from Sochi, Russia.

He and his friend Robin Macdonald, who stayed behind in Sochi following the Winter Olympics to complete the adoptions, brought the mom and two of her little ones to the Today show Friday.

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Sochi Puppy Rescued by Olympian Gus Kenworthy Has Died | Animals & Pets, Olympics, Winter Olympics 2014

UpdatePosted 03/13/2014 02:45PM

Sochi Puppy Rescued by Olympian Gus Kenworthy Has Died

Originally posted 03/13/2014 02:15PM

One of the stray puppies adopted by Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy has died.

A stray female that he named Sochi passed away before getting to the U.S. for medical treatment, the silver medallist's friend Robin Macdonald announced on Twitter.

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Growing Up Fisher Cast Adopts Labrador Retriever | Animals & Pets, Stars and Pets, Cute Pets, Pet News, Jenna Elfman

The Daily Treat: Growing Up Fisher Cast Adopts Labrador Retriever

Originally posted 03/07/2014 02:45PM

On the NBC sitcom Growing Up Fisher, J.K. Simmons portrays the blind patriarch of a family-of-four whose guide dog is a yellow Labrador named Mel. Off-screen, the cast and crew of the show are making Mel's life a reality for one lucky person.

The show's cast, which includes Jenna Elfman, and crew have adopted an 8 week old yellow Labrador retriever named Guf (an abbreviation for the show), and will sponsor his guide dog training until he can be paired with a visually impaired person, reports Today. The pooch will be cared for by a "puppy raiser" until the age of 18 months, at which time he'll begin training at New York's Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind.

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Meet the Adorable Kitten Ed Sheeran Saved

UpdatePosted 01/24/2014 04:30PM

PHOTO: Meet Ed Sheeran's Adorable Adopted Kitten

Originally posted 01/24/2014 03:00PM

Best new artist nominee Ed Sheeran isn't guaranteed to win Grammy gold this Sunday – but he's already got a golden heart.

The singer/songwriter adopted a 1-month-old kitten who was about to be put down this week, and has been spoiling him rotten ever since.

"Just bought Graham a bed and snacks," Sheeran Tweeted on Thursday, before setting Graham up with his very own personal Twitter account. He followed that up with even more A-List attention, writing, "Graham needs a lot of TLC, have a feeling his previous owners weren't that nice, he's shy too."

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Another Reason to Love Miranda Lambert: She Saved 40 Dogs! | Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert Live-Tweets Epic Dog Rescue

Originally posted 09/09/2013 04:05PM

Miranda Lambert doesn't seem to be expanding her canine brood any time soon. (At last count, she's a mom to six pooches, but you just never know with the avid animal lover.)

But the country crooner is always more than willing to lend a paw when it comes to helping pooches in need find forever homes. So on Sunday, Lambert live-Tweeted her rescue efforts near her home in Tishomingo, Okla., where she helped an animal rescue adopt out a staggering number of pets.

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The Daily Treat: Meet Ian Somerhalder's 'New Girl' | Ian Somerhalder

UpdatePosted 08/20/2013 05:45PM

The Daily Treat: Meet Ian Somerhalder's 'New Girl'

Originally posted 08/20/2013 12:45PM

More than three months after his split from Nina Dobrev, The Vampire Diaries's Ian Somerhalder seems to have fallen hard – for his new rescue dog.

The actor, 34, introduced his "new girl" over Instagram on Monday, and explained how she unexpectedly came into his life.

"Rescued from traffic near the Vampire Diaries stages just a few hours ago," he wrote, describing the pup as "so smart, so beautiful & charming – all a man could ask for in a girl."

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The Daily Treat: Mandy Moore Introduces Her New Rescue Cats

The Daily Treat: Mandy Moore Introduces Her New Rescue Cats

Originally posted 07/15/2013 02:05PM

Here's an Adams' Family we'd love to join!

Over the weekend, Mandy Moore and husband Ryan Adams became pet parents to two new rescue cats.

"Welcome Addison and Maddie to the Adams' Family!" the singer Tweeted on Sunday, posting a family photo with the furry pair. "[Thank You Los Angeles Animal Rescue] for allowing us to give them a home."

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Jenna Morasca's Blog: Why You Should Adopt an Older Dog | Jenna Morasca

UpdatePosted 04/24/2013 06:45PM

Jenna Morasca's Blog: Why You Should Adopt an Older Dog

Originally posted 04/23/2013 11:10AM

Last August, Survivor winner Jenna Morasca went to a shelter and brought home the unexpected: an older dog with her share of "quirks". Have you ever known a dog to throw bones in the air like a quarterback? That's pit bull Bobbi-Ricki's trick and in a very short time, Morasca has become quite the wide receiver. Here, the reality star talks about the perks of adopting an older pup and why you should consider doing it too.

As human beings we value the experience that comes with age. We are reminded over and over again with statements like "older and wiser" and "respect your elders," promoting age as something to be cherished and respected.

So why are these ideals lost on animal kind? When animals age, some humans see them as less valuable, less important and less entertaining. This is why when you walk into one of the many animal shelters across the country, they're usually filled with animals that are older, or, as I like to say, wiser.

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LeAnn Rimes Rescues 'Drop & Drive' Puppy | LeAnn Rimes

LeAnn Rimes Rescues Puppy Abandoned in Traffic

Originally posted 11/09/2012 09:50AM

LeAnn Rimes said she felt like she was starting over, and this week, she means it.

The singer is beginning a whole new chapter – a wiggly one on four legs – with a puppy she and her family adopted on Wednesday.

The surprise addition joined Rimes, husband Eddie Cibrian, and Cibrian's sons – Mason, 9, and Jake, 5 – after a very rough morning: the puppy was abandoned in traffic on a busy street in the Los Angeles area.

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PHOTOS: Lauren Conrad Adopts (Super Cute) New Puppy

Lauren Conrad Adopts Shelter Puppy

Originally posted 10/29/2012 11:35AM

Here's some advice from Lauren Conrad: "Never go to the animal shelter 'just to look,'" she explained on Instagram last week. "It never ends that way."

It seems that Conrad couldn't stop at looking during a recent trip to an animal shelter, and adopted an adorable puppy that she named Fitz.

Conrad recently wrapped up her book tour and marked the end of her promotional schedule with a new beginning.

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