For months, construction workers would show up at their North Carolina job site like clockwork. And every morning, they were met by the same sorrowful scene from a yard across the street.
A dog had been living in a muddy pen, on a Hendersonville property slated for demolition. He would run to the fence, his tail wagging feverishly. The construction workers were his only visitors and rarely saw anyone emerge from the house, except to occasionally throw dry dog kibble over the fence, where it scattered in the mud.
The workers would share their sandwiches with him. Other days, they'd bring spare construction materials and build him a makeshift shelter from the elements.
The dog, who they named Demo, was all licks and gratitude for every scrap of compassion. At some point, a worker, worried about the dog's condition, called an animal rescue.
Melbourne mom Elizabeth Hunt Burrett had a lovely interaction with another parent at the Melbourne Zoo this weekend.
Her new friend? A curious orangutan.
"While celebrating my daughter's 3rd birthday at the Melbourne Zoo my 13 week old got hungry while we were in the orangutan enclosure," Burrett wrote in a Facebook post. "I took him into a quiet corner away from the crowd to feed."
But before long, a zoo orangutan — a mom herself, according to Burrett — had come to investigate, and she watched Burrett with quiet awe.
"It was the most beautiful thing!!!" Burrett wrote.
Orangutan babies stay with their mothers for up to eight years after their birth. They may nurse for up to four years — sometimes longer. Burrett also reported that no one made any unkind remarks about her breastfeeding in public. Perhaps they noticed that all moms are the same after all.
Baby Moyo was found when he was only a few days old, nearly drowned after being swept away from his family while trying to cross a river. He was brought to Wild Is Life, where Roxy Danckwerts, the sanctuary's founder, became his everything.
When Moyo was still very small, he used to follow Danckwerts around her house, never wanting to let her out of his sight. Now 14-months-old, Moyo still loves to follow Roxy everywhere ... but his rapidly growing size makes this a little tricky.
Valentine's Day is upon us which means a lot of different things for different people.
For some, it's a day consisting of hanging out with friends, basking in being single and free; for others, it's an excuse to get all dressed up with your S.O. and gett a fancy dinner.
Here's all the different types of Valentine's Days you can have as told by our furry friends.
1. A Passionate Love Triangle Conundrum
Maybe this Valentine's Day is going to be a little uncomfortable for you because you don't know your relationship status. These sloths get it. A sloths life may seem simple on the outside--slowly moving from branch to branch... eating one... leaf... at... a... time. But when it's mating season and girlfriend Samantha catches the eye of an eligible slothalor (sloth-bachelor), it turns into a stressful situation for Mr. Sunshine, her "long term companion" (aka, friend with benefits). Who do you side with: Mr. Sunshine or Romeo?
2. A Honey-Moon Stage Love
...with someone you weren't expecting to be attracted to! Is there something more there? Will this Valentine's Day date lead to forever? Let Charles the Kudu and Camilla the Giraffe show you that you can fall in deep love with whoever, no matter their species.
3. A Fun Night Doing What You Love with Friends
Maybe you're not in a relationship, but that's not an excuse to not celebrate love! You'll be spending the evening eating the foods you love with the friends you love. However, hopefully your friends won't surprise you with the secret that Maria surprised Dominic with...
4. Self-Pamper Time
You're smart and taking advantage of all the Valentine's Day spa and massage deals! There's nothing wrong with spending some "me time" this Valentines Day. Hopefully you can get as relaxed as this golden retriever!
Or maybe you can fancy yourself an all natural tea-bath like these baby sloths are getting:
5. Spend the Day With Your Long-Term Love
Whether you've been dating for 10 years or married for 50, Valentine's Day is a great excuse to remind your soulmate how much you appreciate them. Meet Judith and Tariq, two geese that have been together for 8 years and are still going strong.
6. Going and Seeking Out Next Year's Valentine
Maybe you're single this year, but you want to take advantage of the day to find someone to spend next year with! Since it may be awkward to go on a first date on V-Day, you head to the bars or club. Now is the time to bust out your best lines and dance moves. These flamingos have "nine signature moves" - what do you have?
7. A Long-Distance Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day can be tough when your person is away. Whether they're in school across the country, serving in the military or can't make it home for some reason, Valentine's Day is a tough one when you're apart. But don't worry, one day hopefully you will be reunited like this pitbull, Roxy, and her owner. (Warning: tears may occur).
8. A Special Day with the Kids
Valentine's Day doesn't always have to be romantic. If you have kids you might just want to settle down and spend some quality time reminding them how much you love them. Watch this single mom, a Portuguese water dog named Boston, try to wrangle her newborn babies for dinner. She is working so hard, but it's all for love!
There are all kinds of Valentine's Days to have. Whether you're single or in a relationship or something in between, you can still make it great!
But in the end, I think all any of us want is someone to be as excited about us coming home as this boxer is:
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.
Brianna and Ivy are proof that some dogs and people are meant to be together, making this adoption extra special for Mariah.
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.
"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.
Fat Tuesday is a great holiday. Before a period of fasting and self control, it's totally okay to surround yourself with grease, fat, and sugar. These kitties, however, don't need a holiday to gorge on food and rock some fluffy, chubby bellies.
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.
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?
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: animalplanet.com/PBUber
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!