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9 Feb

Dog Living Near Freeway Meets People Who Understand Her Anxiety

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(Guest post by Elizabeth Claire Alberts from

The only home one pit bull knew was a homeless camp near a busy freeway.

Sharra Platt, a volunteer from Karma Rescue, started seeing the white and black pit bull whenever she took the Crenshaw Boulevard exit on the Santa Monica (I-10) Freeway in Los Angeles. The dog would often be lying on a pile of old clothes, or sitting beside a man as he panhandled at the corner.

Platt figured someone was taking care of the pit bull, but she wanted to make sure the dog was healthy and had enough food and water. But going into the homeless camp took courage. "I was very tentative about going in," Platt told The Dodo. "Then one day I saw two women in there, so I decided this was the safest it's going to get."

Platt introduced herself to the camp residents and learned that the pit bull was a female dog named Clarissa. She looked healthy, but there was no food or water out for her. So Platt started visiting every few days to bring Clarissa food, make sure she had clean water and, of course, to give her some affection.

At first, Clarissa seemed wary of people, probably because she wasn't used to getting much attention. But each time Platt visited, Clarissa became more and more affectionate. "She'd crawl on my lap every time after the first few visits," Platt said. "It became clear to me that she craved attention."

Then everything changed for Clarissa. Her main caretakers at the camp moved to another part of Los Angeles. They told Platt they'd take Clarissa, but they ended up abandoning her for three days without food, water or shelter.

Thankfully Platt noticed, and she phoned Karma Rescue, getting permission to pick Clarissa up. "When I put a leash on her, walked out with her and put her in my car, she was so happy and had a huge smile on her face," Platt said.

Yet Clarissa still had a long road ahead of her. When Karma Rescue placed her in a temporary foster home, she developed anxiety, and would "scream" whenever she saw another dog, making it impossible for Clarissa to attend adoption events.

Instead of giving up, Karma Rescue ended up spending thousands of dollars for Clarissa to be trained at K9s Only, a training facility in Los Angeles, where Clarissa learned social skills and got basic training. It was here — at the training facility — that Clarissa met her future sister.

"There was a dog named Penny who would go to K9s Only, and her owners noticed that Clarissa looked a lot like their dog, but with opposite markings," Platt explained. "So they asked to meet her, and the meeting went well. The trainers started walking the dogs together, and Penny's owners had the dogs go into play care together."

Penny and Clarissa hit it off so well, the family adopted Clarissa. Now Clarissa enjoys walks with her sister, snuggles on her new owners' laps and long snoozes on the sofa. But whenever Platt visits, Clarissa makes it quite clear she has never forgotten her.

Clarissa's story has a happy ending, but other pit bulls aren't so fortunate. Pit bull mixes are one of the most common types of dogs who end up in shelters in the Los Angeles area, and many of them end up being euthanized. According to Pit Bull Rescue Central, pit bulls comprise of 40 percent of all dogs in the 12 registered Los Angeles shelters, and 200 pit bulls are euthanized every day just in Los Angeles County.

Karma Rescue is a non-profit group that rescues pit bulls, as well as other dog breeds and cats. They rely completely on charitable donations from the public to provide their rescues with food, housing and veterinary care. To support Karma Rescue, please visit its website.

9 Feb

Giant Rabbit is Looking For a Home With Room to Grow

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(Guest post by Chloe Bryan from

Atlas the rabbit isn't your typical little bunny. In fact, he's about four times larger.

The rescued rabbit is currently available for adoption from the Scottish SPCA's Glasgow center, and he's making waves with his inquisitiveness, his cuddly disposition and, of course, his huge size.

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So why is Atlas so much bigger than the average pet rabbit? He's not one. Atlas is a continental giant rabbit — and a big one at that.

Atlas is only 7 months old, which means he still has lots of growing to do. When he's done, he could weigh more than fifteen pounds.

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9 Feb

Pit Bull Run Over by Train Reunites With the Man Who Saved Her

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(Guest post by Zainab Akande from

This pit bull managed to defy all odds on the night she was brutally run over by a train. They call her Miracle Molly.

On January 20, in Baltimore, Maryland, Molly — a stray with a collar that had only her name but no other leads — wandered into a tunnel just as a fast-moving Amtrak train approached. The train was unable to stop in time.

According to a Facebook post by the Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter(BARCS), after an alert was put out to stop all other trains from approaching, rescuers expected to find a dead body. Amazingly enough, they were greeted with life. However, the 1-year-old pit bull had lost an entire leg in the aftermath and her body was covered in deep cuts. Her major arteries were exposed and she lost a lot of blood.

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"It took nearly three hours from the train hitting her to animal control arriving, to them bringing her to BARCS for processing to us sending her immediately to an emergency clinic," Bailey Deacon, director of communications at BARCS, told The Dodo. "But she never lost consciousness, which is why she's a miracle. All details of the story point to her not making it, but she did."

Molly wouldn't be alive today if it weren't for the swift action taken by Amtrak officer Kevin McMullen, who picked up her battered body from the train tracks. "He told us that — even in her moment of horror, as Molly was rapidly losing blood — she was trying to give him kisses as he lifted her," BARCS noted in a Facebook post two days after the incident.

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8 Feb

Dog Waits in Crumbling Well for Rescuers Brave Enough to Save Him

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

A street dog in India somehow found himself at the bottom of a deep, unstable well — with no way out. He waited, huddled up in a hole in the corner, for someone to finally take notice.

Animal Aid Unlimited received word about the dog and went to help. The dog was hiding, but when he saw people looking down on him he emerged ...

... and desperately tried to climb up to them, to no avail.

The walls of the well were crumbling, and it would be unsafe to lower someone down on a rope alone. But no one was willing to give up on the sweet dog. They knew they had to do anything they could to save him ... and so Animal Aid Unlimited enlisted a little help.

A crane was brought in, and one of the rescuers was slowly lowered down into the well.

The terrified dog had resumed hiding in the wall of the well, and it took a few moments for the rescuer to gain the dog's trust and secure him in a net ...

... but he eventually succeeded, and the two began their slow climb upward ...

... and finally made it back on safe, solid ground.

Without Animal Aid Unlimited, the trapped dog may never have made it out of that well.

Now he's smiling, safe, and back where he belongs.

Check out the full video of this dog's incredible rescue below:

When VRC worker Elise brings in a poor, fragile shell of a puppy, the entire team, Tia included, has never seen a dog in such horrible shape. He's been starving and covered in scabs. Can the team help him recover?

4 Feb

Thank You for Participating in UBER Puppy Bowl!

Thank you for joining us yesterday for UBER Puppy Bowl! We hope everyone who got their 15 minutes of puppy enjoyed every second of it! We also want to remind everyone that all of the puppies used yesterday are adoptable from local shelters!

If you didn’t get enough cute don’t forget to check out this link where you can find out more about your local shelters:

Check out some of the adorable highlights from yesterday's event below!







Don’t forget to tune In to the Puppy Bowl this Sunday at 3/2c!

4 Feb

Sick, Starving Dog Found on Street May Not be What She Seems

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(Guest post by Ameena Schelling from

A good rescue is up for saving any dog. Even when she might not be a dog.

Last week, a woman was walking in Los Angeles when she spotted what appeared to be a homeless dog. She took a picture and texted it to California rescue groupHope for Paws. While it was obvious the animal was "disoriented and clearly very sick," Hope for Paws wrote, she also stood out in one other way: her species.

The disheveled animal appeared to be a wolf hybrid, a first for Hope for Paws. Nevertheless, the team jumped in the car and raced to find her.

When they arrived, they found the animal — who was later named Julia — about to enter a fenced yard, and were fortunately able to shut the door to secure her. But when they approached, they realized the situation was worse than they thought.

"This poor girl was so swollen from infections," Hope for Paws founder Eldad Hagar wrote. "She was bleeding, pus was oozing from everywhere, and it's hard to see because of this coat, but she is just skin and bones."

The only sign of her past was a ratty rope wrapped around her neck. "[That] indicates to me that someone owned and neglected her to a criminal level," Hagar wrote.

Naturally, Julia was wary of humans, but rescuer Lisa Chiarelli sat down near her and began to offer her treats — eventually gaining the hungry animal's trust.

"Even though Julia was so skinny and starved, she took food so gently," Hagar said.

Finally, after 20 minutes, rescuers were able to slip a leash over Julia's head.

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4 Feb

Manny the Frenchie and His Sassy Siblings Talk Paw-some 2016 Plans and Puppy Bowl XII

Our favorite French Bulldog, Manny the Frenchie, has been busy traveling the country spreading love while raising money for dog charities, so it’s no surprise he recently won the title of Most Pawsome Dog at The CW’s World Dog Awards. We know we voted for him!

We were lucky enough to get a few minutes with not only Manny, but his two-year-old brothers – Filip and Liam – brother Frank the Funny Frenchie and sister Leila the Bullboxer to talk bully life, Puppy Bowl and their plans for 2016!

(From left to right) Leila, Manny, Liam, Filip and Frank have their game faces on for Puppy Bowl XII.

Animal Planet
: Manny, your 5th birthday is on Sunday, February 7. Happy early birthday! Do you have any plans for the big day (besides watching Puppy Bowl XII, of course!)

Manny: I can't wait to eat my doggy birthday cake that my mom makes for me while cheering on my buddies! 

Animal Planet: What are some of your birthday wishes?

Manny: I always wish for more bacon dog treats! I also want to travel more this year and meet more of my friends across the country. I’m also looking forward to relaxing with more sink naps.

Manny taking a quick big cat nap!

Animal Planet: Now that you’ve had time to study the starting Puppy Bowl XII line-up, who do you think are the strongest contenders for Most Valuable Puppy?

Manny: Countess and Harper on Team Fluff look ready to take home the MVP, but it may be tough with competitors Tidley and Chichi looking just as determined! This is going to be a close competition!


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3 Feb

Skaters Found Him Struggling on Frozen Lake and Knew They Had to Help

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

A wild boar in Sweden found himself in quite the predicament when he wandered out onto a frozen lake — and got stuck.

The boar was attempting to escape from a small island in the middle of the lake, where he was likely running out of food. Unable to swim across, he tried to walk but kept slipping, and ended up entirely stuck.

Luckily, a group of skaters who were out curling spotted the little guy and knew they needed to help.

And so, instead of curling stones, they curled boar.

The kind skaters pushed the helpless boar across the lake ...

... and safely to the other side.

If the skaters hadn't stepped up to help, the boar may never have made it on his own. It just goes to show that a little bit of kindness can go a very long way.

Check out the full rescue video below:

When a pair of hungry cheetahs set their sights on a lone wild boar, the outcome is all but inevitable.

3 Feb

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 9 cities so adorable puppies can be delivered right to your door!

Photo by Jared Albert

In celebration of Puppy Bowl Sunday, if you're in DC, Denver, Chicago, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Fransisco, San Jose, Phoenix, and New York you can have an adorable carload of pups delivered straight to your office in a few simple steps.


  1. Open your Uber app on Wednesday, February 3rd, between 11am & 2pm.
  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. In NYC? Enter promo code PuppyNYC 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. If you can’t get a visit from #UberPuppyBowl today, you can still support the shelters and rescues by visiting GlobalGiving!

Check out the great participating organizations:

Arizona Humane Society | Washington Area Rescue League | Denver Dumb Friends League| Wags and Walks-LA | Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society | SPCA LA | Liberty Humane (NYC) | Bideawee (NYC) | Humane Society of NYC | San Francisco SPCA | Berkeley Humane Society | Peninsula Humane Society

Don't have Uber in your city? That's ruff, but you can still experience puppy cuteness during Puppy Bowl XII, airing this Sunday at 3/2c!


2 Feb

Rescued Pig Learns to Sit for Treats

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(Guest post by Sarah V Schweig from

More evidence has surfaced that a little rescued piglet is essentially just a puppy.

Wee Wee, who is believed to have fallen off a factory farm truck, was rescued by a family out skiing during the recent "Snowmaggedon."

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As he warmed up, Wee Wee started showing just how playful his puppy-esque personality really was. Now that he's found a forever home in Maryland, at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary, his inner canine is truly shining.

Recently, Wee Wee has learned to sit on command and wait patiently (usually) for a treat.

It's hard to think that more than 100 million pigs are slaughtered in the U.S. alone each year, and that each one has the potential to be as friendly as Wee Wee.

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