Bites at Animal Planet


27 Jul

Dog Shot in the Heart Still Just Wants to be Loved

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from

When rescuers first found her on the streets, sweet Hazel was heartbroken — literally. Volunteers with Lola's Lucky Day, a Houston-based rescue group, found her roaming around Crosby, Texas, earlier this month.

"We figured once she was safely off the streets she would never face another difficult moment in her life," Krystell Castillo, one of Hazel's rescuers and her current foster mom, told The Dodo. "Sadly, we were mistaken."

Krystell Castillo

On Tuesday, Hazel collapsed, unresponsive. Castillo rushed her to the veterinarian, where an X-ray caught something that vets had missed before — the gentle brown dog had a bullet lodged in her heart.

Sadly the bullet is too deep to be removed. It's something Hazel will have to live with for the rest of her life — a constant, physical reminder of her painful past.

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22 Jul

Pit Bull With Severe Anxiety Finds Parents Who Totally Get It

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

A few weeks back I wrote about a 10-year-old pit bull named King. King has severe anxiety issues, and was having a ton of trouble getting adopted from Animal Haven, the shelter that had taken him in.

While at the shelter, King definitely had issues. All of the commotion and the other animals were making his anxiety more intense, and he almost always needed to have a toy in his mouth in order to feel safe.

980x-4Erin O'Sullivan

King had been at the shelter since December, and Erin O'Sullivan of Susie's Senior Dogs was pushing hard for him to get adopted. Susie's Senior Dogs is an organization that helps senior dogs find homes, and Erin, its founder, had taken a special interest in King. Erin made countless posts about King, hoping that the right person would see one and take a chance on him.

I had the pleasure of meeting King, and what I saw was an anxious dog who just needed to find a place he belonged in order to really find himself. That's all I wanted for King, all I wished for after every post Erin made. Almost a month after I wrote about King, everyone who has been rooting for him has finally seen all of our wishes come true.

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17 Jul

Duck Greets His Best Buddy at the Bus

Some kids have pet dogs or cats that are their best buddies. Some kids are pals with ducks.

Meet Nibbles and his best friend Jonny, and have your heart melt. 


Adopt a Mallard Duck with the National Wildlife Federation.

Photo by C.P. Ewing via Flickr Creative Commons.



11 Jan

Did Your Pet Hit the Jackpot With You? [PETFINDER]



If you've ever adopted a pet, you know how great it feels to give a furry friend a forever home.

But have you ever stopped to think just how lucky your pet feels that you were the one to adopt him?

Our friends at Petfinder are ringing in 2013 by celebrating the luckiest adopted pets around. And they want YOU to share your pet adoption stories and why you think your pet won the jackpot the day you chose to adopt them.

All you have to do is hop over to Petfinder and share your pet's story: what was life like before he met you? Just how pampered is your furry friend? Tell them and you'll have the chance to win a $500 Petco giftcard for your pet and a $5,000 donation to the Petfinder adoption group of your choice.

Why are you still here? Move fast! Enter now!

[Submissions accepted until 11:59:59 PM ET Feb. 20, 2013]

22 Oct

Adopt-a-Palooza: Animal Planet & Petfinder Help Pets Find Forever Homes!

Recently Animal Planet teamed up with Petfinder for Adopt-A-Palooza – an event created to place adorable animals with their forever homes. More than 30 dogs and cats – and one rabbit – were brought by eight local shelters. During the course of the two hour event, seven cats and two dogs were adopted, and several more applications for dog adoptions were submitted!


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14 Aug

Field Trips are the Best Trips




One of the great things about working at Animal Planet is that we're all constantly trying to think of fun ways to feature animals and share the adorableness with all of you. And every once in a while, all of that brainstorming and creative thinking allows us to take field trips. You know... for "research."

Yesterday a group of us had the opportunity to travel to the Washington Animal Rescue League to check out their facilities and meet some animals for a project that could potentially launch sometime in the fall. As you might have guessed, we're all animal lovers and took this time to "oooh" and "awww" over the dogs and cats housed in the lovely temporary home WARL provides them.

We collected some of the cell phone shots from Animal Planet staffers and wanted to share them with you.

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8 Jun

A Sure-Fire Pick-Me-Up for a Slow Day at Work


Need a break from the grind? Here's a fun tip from Jane Harrell, Managing Editor at

Dog1Working for means that I’m pretty much guaranteed an around-the-clock crazy workplace. When the whole team is devoted to saving lives how can we be any other way? But sometimes I need a brain-break to recharge. (Shush, don’t tell anyone.)

I’ve found an easy way to get a few minutes to myself while still keeping my eye on the lifesaving mission of Petfinder. Even better, it’s something ANYONE can do to relax, grab a few minutes for yourself and help make a difference for an adoptable pet: make an adoptable pet meme!

Here’s how:

1)      Enjoy some gratuitous adoptable cuteness: Go to and put in your favorite pet type and Zip code. Then enjoy clicking through the pages of adorable adoptable pets.

2)      Find a standout photo: Pick a photo of an adoptable pet that you just love. It can be funny, serious, mind-blowingly cute – whatever speaks to you. I tend to go for the unexpected photos where I can clearly read the pet’s expression.

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