11:35 AM EDT 02/21/2015
Originally posted 02/20/2015 08:35AM
Long before Jill Rappaport became know for her animal advocacy, the NBC correspondent was already saving the lives of pets in need.
"I always had rescue dogs growing up," she tells PEOPLE. "I was the kid that would come home with a stray, even if it was a little mouse."
Now an award-winning animal advocate and author, Rappaport is teaming up with celebs including Betty White, Lindsey Vonn and Emmylou Harris for her new special Best in Shelter, which aims to raise awareness for homeless animals and to help them find their forever homes.
Originally posted 01/23/2015 06:50AM
A six-year-old Australian shepherd named Sausage is being credited for saving the life of three puppies that were discovered inside a garbage bag in Pleasant Hill, California.
"It is one of the feel good stories of the year," Rick Golphin, deputy director of Contra Costa County Animal Services, tells PEOPLE.
Originally posted 01/19/2015 02:05PM
There are a lot of heroic pets in the world, but none more unlikely than Ludwig.
Originally posted 01/16/2015 12:30PM
Who says cats are self-absorbed?
A long-haired cat from Obninsk, Russia, came to the aid of an abandoned baby recently and is being called a hero. The furry feline kept the baby boy warm and even meowed to get the attention of passersby, the New York Post reports.
Originally posted 12/27/2014 07:30AM
Leah Reeder was out for a walk with her dog, Ralph, on Sunday when she was suddenly attacked by a black bear in Eastpoint, Florida.
Originally posted 12/11/2014 07:30AM
Man's best friend indeed.
When a fire started brewing in the Indianapolis home of Johnny Walker around midnight on Tuesday, his shih tzu/poodle mix Bogey barked furiously to wake him up – ultimately saving the lives of Walker and several others.
According to New York's Daily News, the pup was the first to notice the fire, which was sparked by two unattended space heaters.
Originally posted 10/24/2014 07:15PM
America's newest heroes are not talking about their latest daring mission.
Originally posted 09/11/2014 04:05PM
At Ground Zero in 2001, Bretagne was a specially trained 2-year-old golden retriever who had a sixth sense about who needed her most.
Originally posted 08/22/2014 02:30PM
Man's best friend, indeed.
On Thursday, Steven Krichbaum, 59, was walking with his yellow Lab mix Henry in West Virginia's George Washington National Forest when they were confronted with something bear-y scary: two cubs and a larger black bear, who wasn't happy to see them. The animal proceeded to attack, and the guys leaped into action.
Originally posted 05/19/2014 01:35PM
Judging by her heroic purr-formance that went viral last week, we're sure Tara the cat is going to nail it when she helps throw out the first pitch at a minor league baseball game this week.
But really: If you saw the way she protected 4-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo during a vicious dog attack, you get it. (And if you missed it, watch the video below.)
Still, the hero cat is clocking in plenty of prep time before she takes the field at Tuesday's Bakersfield Blaze game in California.
"TARA THE HERO CAT has been practicing for her first pitch on Tuesday!" the team's Twitter account announced Sunday.
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