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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

'Road to Puppy Bowl' Tour to Kick 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 Puppy Bowl, a series of all-star adoption events meant to help families find their very own MVP (Most Valuable Pet) in a shelter in their community. First stop: the nation's capital, Washington, DC!



On March 1, Animal Planet will kick off the Road to Puppy Bowl tour at the Washington Animal Rescue League, the District of Columbia's oldest animal shelter and home to the adorable and adoptable stars of the APL!VE Kitten and Puppy Cams. Between noon and 4PM EST, Animal Planet will cover fifty percent of the adoption fees for animals adopted during the event. That's not just limited to puppies either. Whether you fall in love with a feline, a canine, a senior companion, or a playful, young tyke, half of the costs will be covered as long as you register for the event. To make things even sweeter, there will also be exciting chances for photo ops, free giveaways, and so much more.

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 at

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


Sign up for the Road to Puppy Bowl at the Washington Animal Rescue League here!

Live video by Animal Planet L!ve 

24 Feb

Dog Risks Life to Save Animal Friend


A dog is battling for his life after trying to save the life of another dog. Patrick, a 2-year-old dog, was found in Santa Fe hovering over his litter mate, covered in punctures and wounds all over his face, head and upper body and legs.

Santa Fe Animal Control found Patrick along a country road Saturday morning in terrible shape. Now, it's a challenge for Patrick to make his way out of his kennel.

Santa Fe Animal Control believes Patrick got his wounds from a number of animals, possibly coyotes, who were trying to attack Patrick's animal friend.

"It was pretty clear he was determined to not leave the side of his friend," said Santa Fe Animal Shelter Director of Growth Evelyn Viechec.

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24 Feb

Missing Dog Endures Abuse but is Finally Reunited With Family

Credit: BC SPCA

When the Westaway's three-year-old son, Ethan, accidentally let their dog Ryder out the front door of their Surrey, B.C., home on Valentine's Day morning, they weren't expecting the lab to come back a victim of animal abuse.

Ryder still hadn't returned by afternoon and the only clue the Westaways received was a call from a private number saying the dog had been roaming Chimney Hill Elementary School. The woman didn't say anything else and did not leave any contact information, as reported by The National Post.

Things only get stranger. 

Hours went by without any leads on the missing pup, until midnight, when police responded to a call. A landlord from a near by complex phoned help for its tenant: a 24-year-old Surrey woman covered in blood. She claimed that a dog attacked her.

But that was far from the case.

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20 Feb

Young Sea Lions Abandoned, Rescue Workers Concerned

Sarah van Schagen (TMMC)

Two motorists found a young sea lion yearling along Skyline Boulevard in San Francisco a week ago Wednesday. The male yearling was nearly 1,000 feet from the ocean and had apparently dragged himself uphill, according to the San Francisco Gate.

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Luckily for the pup, National Park Ranger Matt Wallat was driving along the same stretch of road and noticed the motorists protecting the yearling from traffic. He was able to swaddle it with blankets and place it in a plastic tote bag he had with him. He then brought the sea lion to the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, where he was given the honor of naming him Percevero.

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18 Feb

Meet Rieke, the Cutest Baby Orangutan in the World

"Thumbs up!" 5-week-old Rieke says comfortably wrapped up in her blanket at the Berlin Zoo.

After her birth on Jan. 12, Rieke was instantly rejected by her mom, 11-year-old Djasinga, because the two just didn't bond. But the baby orangutan remains cheerful in spite of abandonment. 


Rieke's being cared for by zookeepers at the Berlin Zoo, specifically Ruben Gralki, who's acting like the orangutan's makeshift mother. 

And since she's drinking her milk, she'll be growing, no doubt. 

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12 Feb

Remembering the Sochi Dogs, One Year Later

Leading up to last year's Sochi Winter Olympics, Russian animal rights activists accused city authorities of leading a campaign to exterminate stray dogs before the big events. Reports of the widespread culling of dogs put city and Olympic officials on the defensive. 


One year ago today! Crazy how big Jakey has gotten :) Photos: @robindmacdonald

A photo posted by gus kenworthy (@guskenworthy) on Feb 11, 2015 at 10:35am PST

The U.S. Olympic team entered Sochi searching for gold medals, but found a different prize. Several American Olympians, notably slopestyle skiing silver medalist Gus Kenworthy worked to adopt and help others adopt some of the more than 1,000 stray dogs, to avoid their untimely deaths. Kenworthy postponed his return home from the Olympics to get the necessary paperwork to allow him to adopt stay puppies that captured his heart in Russia.

His efforts gained great attention in the States, even from the likes of pop singer and animal-lover Miley Cyrus. The rest of America followed suit and welcomed the pups to America for adoption. Our good friends at the Washington Animal Rescue League were among the organizations helping the Sochi dogs find forever homes!


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11 Feb

World Wildlife Fund Names Academy Award Winning Actor Jared Leto WWF Global Ambassador

© WWF-US/Liz Voelker / Close up of Simon N aylor of andBeyond Phinda Game Reserve and Jared Leto tagging a southern white rhino ear f or identification at andBeyond Phinda Game Reserve.

Academy Award winning actor, musician and director Jared Leto has another title to add to his name: WWF Global Ambassador.

The World Wildlife Fund announced today that Leto will bring attention to the most urgent, pressing issues - particularly that of wildlife crime - as its global ambassador.

Leto, who recently traveled to South Africa with WWF, will work with the organization to bring greater awareness about poaching in the wild, particularly that of a dwindling rhino population, as well as elephants and tigers. The rise in poaching is the result of an increase in demand for rhino horns in some Asian countries where it is "linked to social status and perceptions of emotional and health benefits," according to a WWF press release.

© WWF-US/Liz Voelker / Black rhino orphan

“My latest adventure in South Africa was as mind-blowing as always. Being that close to majestic creatures like rhinos and elephants reminds me of the deep connection and important responsibility we have to protect and shepherd these fragile species and their habitats. I’m committed and passionate about doing all I can to help ensure that these endangered animals survive, and will continue to encourage others to get into action as well,” Leto said in a statement. “We must join together and protect these powerful yet extremely vulnerable animals from all the senseless slaughter and double our efforts to restore their populations across Africa and Asia. It can and – with a focused global effort – will be done. I’m honored to join with WWF and the global conservation community and do my part. I hope you will too."

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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

Meet Didga, an Adorably Well-Trained Cat

When we first watched this clip, we thought it was going to be some sort of funny video about how it's hard to train cats and other typical cat stereotypes.

Boy, were we glad we were wrong! Meet Didga, a cat displaying the roll command along with her two large, rottweiler friends.

Want to see even more videos featuring Didga? Check out the YouTube channel.

Want to see another well-trained kitty? Check out the video below!

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