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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.

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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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29 Jul

Fat Cat Pounds Makes Amazing Transformation

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

Many times when we see pleasantly chubby cats and dogs we think, eh, no big deal. Some animals, however, just aren't meant to be that big.

A cat named Skinny was adopted by a member of the Dallas-based veterinary clinic, Heal Veterinary. Dr. Brittney Barton adopted Skinny in 2012 — when she first brought him home, he weighed a whopping 42 pounds.

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While that's definitely a LOT of weight for a cat, with a little love (and free reign of the veterinary clinic), Skinny was able to lose a little weight — about 21 pounds to be exact.

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Indeed, Skinny's transformation is pretty amazing. The kitty is practically unrecognizable, and he could definitely win any "before and after contest" he fancies to enter.

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29 Jul

Earl the Grumpy Puppy is Giving Grumpy Cat a Run for Her Money

First, there was a Grumpy Cat, a.k.a. Tartar Sauce, a cat with a face so surly you couldn't help but love her. Now, there is Grumpy Dog, a five-month old puggle named Earl who is here to claim his place as grumpiest(-looking) dog.

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But he isn't actually mad! His irritated expression is caused by his underbite and adorable wrinkles. Plus, he is a second-generation puggle, meaning both of his parents were mixed breeds. Despite his perpetual pout, Earl's owner, Derek Bloomfield, says he is a very laid-back pup and loves to cuddle.

 

Gloomy day... #grumpydog #grumpypuppy #puggle #pugglesofinstagram #puppy #dogsofinstagram #dogoftheday

A photo posted by @earlthegrumpypuppy on Jun 22, 2015 at 1:28pm PDT

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29 Jul

Grown Man Just Discovered His Inner Kitten

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(Guest post by Solon Kelleher from thedodo.com)

Not many grown men play hide-and-go-seek, but when your best friend is a curious little kitten, the game is hard to resist.

Round 1: Man seeks kitten. Kitten does a pretty bad job hiding.

Round 2: Kitten seeks man. Kitten not expecting to find man so quickly. 

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29 Jul

Brave Dog Who Lost His Eyes Will Never Lose His Smile

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

Humans can be so cruel to animals and yet, in the face of such cruelty, many animals still refuse to give up. A 5-year-old pit bull, brought to Animal Humane New Mexico, has had a practically unimaginable life — but he still keeps fighting, KRQE News New Mexico reported.

Raj (which means King), was brought in to the shelter by a woman who lived near him and witnessed his harsh beginnings, Animal Humane New Mexico wrote in a Facebook status. Raj belonged to a family with two other dogs, all of which were kept chained outside at all times.

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Raj lost an eye while in that home, due to unconfirmed trauma, and eventually he and his two dog siblings were poisoned. Raj was the only one who survived. After that, the family decided they no longer wanted him and gave him up to the neighbor woman.  

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29 Jul

Lost Dogs Who Found Their Way Home

(Guest post by Emily Watson from thedodo.com)

Welcome home, old friend.

Remember when Roxy was reunited with her owner on Pit Bulls & Parolees? Relive the emotional moment here.

28 Jul

Patient Shelter Dog Waited 721 Days to Feel the Love of a Family

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

The shelter staff at the Humane Society of Forsyth County didn't understand why no one wanted to adopt Tara.

The 4-year-old boxer mix was impeccably behaved, loved to play with other dogs and her adoption fee had already been paid for by a sponsor — but despite everything she had going for her, Tara had been waiting for a family to adopt her for almost two years.

 

TARA WAS ADOPTED! !!Iron will. 719 days determined......to stay happy and keep her spirits high...... as she waits. ...

Posted by Humane Society of Forsyth County, GA on Friday, July 24, 2015

On Friday, the Humane Society of Forsyth County, in Cumming, Georgia, posted a photo of Tara on its Facebook page, showing the sweet brown dog posing next to a sign that read, "How much longer? I have been waiting patiently 719 days … Please just come see me!!"

The picture was quickly shared over 9,000 times on Facebook. Something about Tara's deep brown eyes quickly caught the attention of Shana and David Brittain of Normandy, Tennessee — they fell in love with Tara even before they met her in person.

On Sunday, after Tara had waited for 721 days in the shelter, the Brittains adopted her. The shelter posted the incredible news on its Facebook page along with some photos of an overjoyed Tara snuggling with her new parents.

"Tara. Is. Adopted. Shana and David Brittain knocked the HSFC on their rear ends today......by loving a dog even before they met her."

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28 Jul

Pit Bull Rescued from Dog Fighting Makes the Bravest Journey

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(Guest post by Cuda The Pit Bull from thedodo.com)

In August of 2013, after a three year investigation, a multi-state dogfighting operation was raided. Three hundred and sixty seven dogs were seized, making this the second largest dogfighting bust in US history. It took nearly two years of court battles, evidence review and red tape but it resulted in harsh prison terms, huge fines and the rehabilitation of not just the dogs who were seized, but for the puppies born while in custody.

Due to the numbers of dogs needing care, the Humane Society of the United States and the ASPCA both set up safe shelters to house them. I met roughly half of these dogs while volunteering with the Humane Society. At the HSUS shelter, staff and volunteers worked countless rotations with the goal of helping these victims of cruelty overcome their former lives. Urgent medical treatment was given, every milestone documented and we rejoiced over tiny acts of courage by the dogs from eye contact to handling.

Each time I returned to the shelter, the improvement in the dogs was evident. They began to trust again and learn about toys and treats. They experienced shelter from the weather and looked forward to regular feedings. They finally knew what life off the chain was about. There were some dogs who struggled quietly; they didn't respond to their new world very well. One of those dogs was Homer. Homer had a comfy kennel with a warm bed in an area designated for quiet and calm. He stayed in the back of the kennel, cowering in the presence of people and cringed when touched.

Homer didn't show improvement with each of my visits to the shelter. Nothing would change and it was heartbreaking. I started to wonder if he'd ever be okay.

The HSUS has a partnership with rescues skilled in the needs of victims of cruelty and when dogs are released from their custody, these rescues step up to start their work with the intention of placing them in loving homes. Bark Nationfounder Kelly McLaughlin met Homer during her volunteer time at the shelter and knew her rescue could help him. Exactly six months after he was rescued from the chain, Homer was released through the courts. Kelly, along with her sister and Bark Nation co-founder, Kerry McLaughlin, brought Homer and two other dogs who were struggling with fear, Zander and Taco, to Michigan. The three dogs had lived apart at the shelter but they shared a common bond.  

Homer's journey from the shelter to Michigan was filled with many firsts, like walking on grass. Photo: Bark Nation

Kelly and Kerry didn't know what to expect of Homer but they celebrated each milestone. Within a week of being in Michigan, Homer, Zander and Taco allowed themselves to be touched. A month later they were playing with tennis balls. With love and understanding and a lot of patience, Homer, Zander and Taco became brothers within four months. They played together and slept together. Still, it was at least six months before the dogs could cope with meeting new people.

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28 Jul

Dog Immediately Recognizes the Mom She Hasn't Seen Since Puppyhood

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

Harper hasn't seen her mom since she was adopted as a puppy, so when her human family brought her back for a reunion, they weren't sure how well she would remember the mama dog who raised her.

But as soon as the car pulls in, Harper is tugging at her leash. She definitely knows where she is.

And when Harper and her mom see each other it's just like they're mama and puppy again. Even though it's been months, they're all over each other.

Dogs don't need to make small talk — for them, it's straight to the loving! 

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Harper and her mom went on to have the happiest family playdate ever.

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28 Jul

Special Dogs Teach Kids That It's OK to be Different

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

Every person is different, of course, but when you're a little kid, being different can feel like one of the worst things ever. Drawing from this feeling, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Penn Vet decided to do something to help kids with differences feel a little less alone — and that's how the Best Friends Bash was born.

The third annual Best Friends Bash took place on Wednesday, bringing together children with craniofacial disorders and dogs with similar issues. Almost all eight dogs in attendance have dealt with some sort of physical or health problem, similar to the kids present.

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