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3 Aug

Dog Stuck in Shelter So Long They Changed His Name

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from thedodo.com)
 
Sometimes the longer a pup is at a shelter, the less likely it feels he'll ever get adopted. One shelter decided to give an extra boost to a dog who has been particularly down on his luck.

The Humane Society of South Mississippi was troubled that a wonderful dog named Elmo hadn't found the right family for him. Elmo came to them, sickly and weak, from an overcrowded local shelter where he was on the euthanasia list.

Krystyna Szczechowski Schmitt

"He is such a great dog … he's a great size, he's got a great personality and he's breaking our hearts every day he stays in the shelter," the Humane Society of South Mississippi told The Dodo. "So, we decided to post just exactly how many days he has been here."

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3 Aug

Mange Covered Puppy is Unrecognizable

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 (Guest post by Ben Kerns from thedodo.com)

When Kristy was first pulled from an animal shelter by a rescue group, she had been homeless and suffered from a severe case of mange. Her skin was covered in pustules and she'd already lost so much hair, vets couldn't determine what breed of dog she was.

There seemed to be no hope of her being adopted, especially since the shelter didn't have the funds to get her the care she needed. Kristy was set to be euthanized when the folks at Vet Ranch Rescue, luckily, found her.

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2 Aug

Baby Sloth Clings to His Special Surrogate Mom

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

A baby sloth named Edward is making waves just for being so heart-meltingly adorable. The little 7-week-old two-toed sloth, born in captivity at the London Zoo, has the extra-cute habit of snuggling a teddy bear … but he's not just doing it for fun.

Edward, named for Johnny Depp's character in "Edward Scissorhands," was born to a sloth named Marilyn. But when Marilyn stopped producing enough milk to feed little Edward, caretakers stepped in to help him out, and give him an artificial mom.

 

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2 Aug

Kittenhood Accident Left Cat With Permanently Adorable Expression

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from thedodo.com)

Just like humans, all animals have their own distinctive looks, and some are even more distinct-looking than others. When he was just a kitten, Ozzy the cat had an accident that left him cross-eyed. He fell off of a window sill, and while he luckily survived, his eyes were never the same. Despite it all, he really couldn't be more adorable.

Ozzy's eyes are permanently crossed, but it doesn't seem to have affected his sweet demeanor. And, as some have pointed out, Ozzy also bears a resemblance to Bagheera, the panther who gets hypnotized in "The Jungle Book."

Due to his accident, Ozzy has impaired eyesight and can essentially see only in tunnel vision. Still, the cat seems like a fairly happy guy, with a loving family who supports him despite his differences. 

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31 Jul

Stolen Puppy Jumps from Moving Truck to Escape His Kidnappers

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

Little Jax was stolen right out of his family's Austin, Texas, home last week, but, thanks to his incredible bravery, the puppy managed to escape the thieves and get back to his loving parents.

Jordan Quick and his girlfriend were away from their apartment when dog-nappers broke in and stole the 12-week-old pit bull puppy.

A neighbor's surveillance camera caught some footage of the thieves, but without any leads, Quick was terrified he would never see his beloved Jax again. "He's very loyal," Quick told The Dodo. "He's definitely a daddy's boy.

Quick and his girlfriend set up a Facebook page with a desperate plea for information about their missing puppy. Little did they know, Jax was trying just as hard to get back to them.

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31 Jul

Senior Dog is Rescued After a Life on the Streets

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

When Eldad Hagar of rescue group Hope For Paws got a call about a homeless senior dog living on the side of a California freeway, he knew it wouldn't be an easy rescue.

Hagar and another rescuer found the dog, a big yellow guy they called Rudolph, sleeping in a sunny patch of grass by a highway off-ramp.

They slipped a leash on Rudolph while he was sleeping so he didn't run off into the highway traffic — but when he woke up to find strangers had put a lead on his neck, he was frightened and anxious.

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31 Jul

That Dog is Super Cute, but Can He Breathe?

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(Guest post by Ben Kerns from thedodo.com)

With those perpetually pouty mugs, scrunched-up noses and hanging jowls, dogs with flat faces are undeniably cute. The problem is, breeding dogs to have flat faces causes numerous health problems that could easily be avoided.

Pug (Shutterstock)

Flat-faced or flat-nosed dog breeds, also known as brachycephalic breeds, are prone to a variety of conditions that affect their breathing and ability to live long, healthy lives. The conditions caused by the flat face are collectively known as brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS).

BOAS is sort of a blanket term referring to the various upper airway problems found in the these dogs. These breeds include English bulldogs, boxers, Pekingese, pugs and Shih Tzus, among others. Their shorter skulls and flat faces are the result of decades of selective breeding for what some consider "desirable" traits, and goes directly against the ancestral, natural shape of a dog's head. BOAS can occur in any breed that has a flat face or nose, though it's more common in certain breeds, like pugs, who all suffer from BOAS.

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31 Jul

Happy National Mutt Day!

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It's a good day to celebrate your favorite mixed breed! There's just something about these dogs that bring something special to our lives. However, according to the ASPCA, are approximately 3.9 millions dogs in shelters and only 35% of those dogs are adopted to their forever homes. 

So, check your local shelter when looking for your next canine companion. You just might find the dog of your dreams!

Already have the dog of your dreams? Then here are some ways the National Mutt Day web site says you can celebrate!

  1. Donate blankets, food and toys to animal welfare organizations.
  2. Have a National Mutt Day party and invite all your friends and their dogs!
  3. Take your mutt to the dog park for a romp.
  4. Microchip and I.D. tag your mutt so the shelter can locate you if he/she gets lost.

You can also check out Walk for a Dog, an app that will donate to your favorite shelter every time you walk your dog! Get some exercise AND donate to a good cause, what better way to celebrate this holiday?

Share your celebration with us on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments!

Celebrate the day with some time spent over at the Animal Planet LIVE Puppy Cam!


Live video by Animal Planet L!ve

Learn more about the benefits of adopting a mix breed here!

30 Jul

Puppy Mill Dogs Feel Grass for the Very First Time

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

Last Saturday, 93 furry lives were changed forever.

The little dogs were all different: Some were Shih Tzus, some were poodles, some had long matted hair and some had short coats. Some of the dogs lay quietly, while others paced nervously and whined in their crates. But, all the dogs had one thing in common — they had just been rescued from miserable lives in puppy mills.

North Shore Animal League

Nearly one hundred dogs arrived at the North Shore Animal League America from puppy mills all over Oklahoma. They had all been used for breeding, spending their lives locked in cages, forced to have litter after litter of puppies for sale in pet stores.

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29 Jul

Shelter Dog Joyfully Reunites With His Formerly Homeless Owner

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from thedodo.com)

Last year, Reece's human made a heartbreaking decision few pet owners could even imagine having to make. After falling on hard times, becoming homeless as a result, the man was forced to relinquish custody of his beloved pet — hoping to give Reece a chance at a better life by putting him up for adoption at a local no-kill animal shelter.

"He had lost his job and his home," Brittany May, from the Great Plains SPCA in Missouri, told The Dodo. "We do offer help to families with pets, but obviously if you don't have a place to keep them, then you don't have a place to keep them."

So the man, whose name is withheld out of respect for his privacy, had to say goodbye to Reece, likely thinking they would never see each other again. He was wrong.

Rachel Hodgson

Though his former owner might have wished for a fast happy ending — for Reece to get a new family that would be able to provide him with love and room to play — the dog had no such luck. For more than a year, Reece waited and waited for an adoption that never came, becoming one of the shelter's longest residents.

Meanwhile, the man who had given him up never stopped thinking about Reece, even as he struggled to get back on his feet.

Recently, however, Reece's former owner was able to turn things around, overcoming homelessness to get back on track and a normal life. Naturally, he began looking for a dog to share it with. That's when he found Reece, still waiting where he'd said goodbye so many months earlier.

This week, after the long road they shared apart, Reece and his human were finally reunited.

Almost a year ago, this man fell on hard times and lost his job and house and had to give up his best friend, Reece. Things turned around for him recently and he just happened to look on our website and saw Reece was still at our Independence Campus, waiting. We were able to reunite them, and needless to say, they both were ecstatic to be together again. Keeping families together - just one of the reasons #whywerescue.

Posted by Great Plains SPCA on Monday, July 27, 2015

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