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26 Feb

Pit Bull Who Survived Abuse Wears Cute Doggie Outfits


A pit bull entered Atlanta's Fulton County Animal Services last summer, covered in skin abrasions, home-cropped ears and a sweet personality.

Diamond, a brown and white pit bull with a huge smile, caught the attention of volunteer Neely Conway.

"When I saw Diamond, I was immediately brought to tears," Conway said in a recent Huffington Post interview. "When I took her outside I couldn't stop crying. This sweet animal had suffered so much, but was approaching dogs and humans with such a loving and gentle demeanor. I knew she needed to be saved."

Conway looked for rescue groups to help find Diamond a foster home; a safe situation she envisioned that would lead to her adoption. But Conway was having trouble finding a home for the abused pit bull, who may have looked scary to some.

Everything changed when Conway wrote a blog post about Diamond and shared it on Reddit.

The post was forwarded to Melinda McGuire, who wasn't in the market for a new dog. Regardless, the photos caught McGuire's heart forever.

"All I can say was something grabbed my heart when I saw Diamond's picture, and even sitting here now looking over at her I still feel it," McGuire told The Huffington Post.

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25 Feb

Animal Planet's 'Road to the Puppy Bowl' Tour Kicks Off Its Second Year

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If you're anything like us here at Animal Planet, the days since Puppy Bowl XI have been absolutely ruff! We all have to wait until 2016 rolls around to see next year's puppy athletes romping around the gridiron, but there's fortunately one great reason for you to keep calm and smile on. Road to Puppy Bowl is on its way! 

For a second year, Animal Planet is bringing the spirit of Puppy Bowl to animal rescue organizations around the country through Road to the Puppy Bowl, a series of all-star adoption events meant to help families find their very own MVP (Most Valuable Pet) at a shelter in their community. 


Next Stop:  Baltimore, MD!




On Sunday, March 8, 2015, Animal Planet is taking the Road to the Puppy Bowl tour to Charm City! We will co-host the event with the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter from 11AM to 3PM EST. Join us for an exciting event filled with giveaways, photo ops, and overly adorable animals!

To make the day even sweeter, Animal Planet will cover the full cost of all adoptions during this event. Yes, you can take your new furry friend home—FREE of charge. Whether you fall in love with a feline, a canine, a senior companion, or a playful, young tyke, all of the costs will be covered as long as you register for the event.

While you're there, share your Road to Puppy Bowl experience with us.  Post your photos to Instagram and tag them with #R2PB. We'll post our favorites here at

Sign up for Road to Puppy Bowl in Baltimore, MD here!


Can't make it to Baltimore? Stay tuned as we add more Road to Puppy Bowl dates. There may be an event coming soon to a city near you.

View a gallery of fan photos from Road to Puppy Bowl events.

Live video by Animal Planet L!ve 

10 Feb

Eight Sweater-Wearing Dogs Found in Abandoned Brooklyn Home

Cops coming to answer a burglary call were greeted by a rather cute surprise. Eight sweater-wearing dogs were found in an abandoned home, according to the NYPD.

According to NBC 4 New York, the dogs were taken to Animal Care and Control to receive medical treatment and they'll be available for adoption three days after being medically cleared.

The precinct also tweeted that anyone interested in adopting the pups should call AC&C at 212-788-4000, and mention they were interested in the dogs brought in by NYPD Precinct 61.

You never know what you might find in abandoned houses - take it from Tia and her Pit Bulls and Parolees crew in the video below:

Want to see more amazing dog rescues? Tune in to Pit Bulls and Parolees every Saturday at 10/9c.

10 Feb

"Home is Where the HeART is" Oakland Artists Inspire Adoption at Oakland Animal Services


There is no better combination than art and adoption, and no place knows that more than Oakland, California. With the help of Arson, an Oakland-based ad agency, Oakland Animal Services is motivating locals to adopt the wonderful pets at its facility through art. 

Arson's artists have created unique portraits of over 25 shelter animals for adopters to take home along with his or her new pet. Adopters of all other animals during the month of February will receive a limited edition “Home is Where the HeART Is” poster. 

"We’re huge fans of animals at Arson -- especially rescues. So helping these wonderful dogs and cats find great homes is a dream project for us. We’re thrilled to be working with OAS on this,” says  Matt Morin, Co-Founder and Creative Director at Arson.

Check out the pawesome artwork! 


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9 Feb

"50 Shades of Spay" Initiative Encourages Spaying/Neutering in February


Is this a new movie or a parody of "50 Shades of Grey" with Lady and the Tramp, perhaps? 

It's neither. But with the movie coming out this Friday, you'd think so!

50 Shades of Spay is an initiative started by Found Animals, a privately-funded nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring the safety of animals in homes, shelters and communities. Throughout the month of February and in response to the film's suggestiveness, the foundation plans to motivate pet owners to spay/neuter their pets. 

Found Animals is asking spay/neuter programs across the country to show them your “50 Shades of Spay” to win a grant of $2,500! 

To be eligible, your organization must:

  • Perform at least 1,000 surgeries each year for publicly owned animals
  • Like Found Animals on Facebook
  • Post at least five (5) different photos on Facebook on at least five (5) days in February 2015 (starting January 27th) showing the awesome pets and people you serve
  • Tag Found Animals in each Facebook photo post and use the hashtag, #50ShadesofSpay
  • Tell us why your program deserves a $2,500 grant

Contest period ends February 28th. Winners announced March 9th.

You can enter here. Good luck everyone! 

4 Feb

Animal Planet's 'Road to the Puppy Bowl' Adoption Events

Each February, the most anticipated sporting event featuring the cutest - and adoptable! - players arrives on Animal Planet! Leading up to Puppy Bowl XI, Animal Planet teamed up with NFL teams and animal shelters around the country to raise animal adoption awareness.

NFL stars Torrey Smith, Darren McFadden and Billy Turner were among players to meet fans and their newly adopted pets. 


"I think we all kind of get caught up in wanting to have a pure-[bred] dog, but you can get whatever you want when you adopt," Baltimore Ravens Wide Receiver Torrey Smith said. "There are plenty of dogs in [shelters] just waiting for someone to love them."


Animal Planet co-hosted six "Road to Puppy Bowl" events in six different cities, sponsoring adoption costs for all families adopting pets.

 Missed out on Puppy Bowl madness? Tune in to the full episode here!

28 Jan

Puppy Bowl and Uber Partner to Bring You Puppies on Demand!


Are you jumping at the chance to cheer for Team Ruff or Team Fluff? We've got good news for you today: we're partnering with UBER and animal organizations across 10 cities so adorable puppies can be delivered right to your door!

In celebration of Puppy Bowl Sunday, if you're in Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland, Dallas, DC, Denver, Indianapolis,  LA, Phoenix or Seattle, you can have an adorable carload of pups delivered straight to your office in a few simple steps.

From Uber:


  1. Open your Uber app on Wednesday, January 28, between 11am & 3pm.
  2. Request the “PUPPIES” option in your app. Puppy Bowl can only be delivered to offices. In DC? Enter promo code DCpuppies to unlock the option in your app.
  3. Once the puppies arrive, you and your friends will get to enjoy 15 minutes of puppy cuteness! PRO TIP: Make sure to have an enclosed space ready for Team Ruff and Team Fluff game time!*
  4. Found your Most Valuable Pup? All puppies are eligible for adoption!

*If you’re lucky enough to request puppies to your office, please make sure your boss or building is going to be cool with the woofs and that no one in the area is allergic. Also, having a dedicated room for puppy playtime is preferred.

Fifteen (15) minutes of puppy playtime is $30, but the good news is that the money goes straight back to the participating animal organization in your city! So, not only are you celebrating Puppy Bowl and playing with adoptable pups, you're also helping great causes.

Check out the great participating organizations:

If you're new to Uber, download the app and use code PUPPYBOWL2015 to receive $20 off your first ride!

Uber not in your city? Don't worry! You can watch adorable puppies THIS SUNDAY at 3/2c when they head to the gridiron for PUPPY BOWL XI!

27 Jan

Puppy Bowl Takes Over Good Morning America!

Are you ready for some football? Well, Puppy Bowl Sunday (what some others might refer to as "Super Bowl Sunday") is just around the corner. The puppies prepared with a mini-scrimmage on Good Morning America today, and the result was utter cuteness... Even if there wasn't too much football-retrieving going on.

Check out the action below!

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Want more? Tune in THIS SUNDAY, FEB 1 at 3/2c, and see adoptable puppies in action!

14 Jan

TODAY Show Welcomes a Pup With a Purpose


This morning, the TODAY Show welcomed another member to their ranks: a puppy with a purpose!

The 10-week-old Yellow Labrador Retreiever, which has yet to be named, is being raised by TODAY anchors, staff and an experienced handler. They've partnered with the nonprofit organization Guiding Eyes for the Blind and will help raise the little guy to become a seeing-eye guide dog.

The show is also holding a contest, which allows viewers to choose what to name the puppy: Wrangler, Waldo, Wes or William. See details for voting in the Tweet below!

Head to to learn more about the pup and his training.

Want to see other guide dogs in training? Check out this super cute clip from Too Cute!

25 Nov

Six Reasons Why Animal Planet is Thankful

There are a lot of reasons why Animal Planet is thankful this year, but here are six reasons that stood out!




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