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2 Jul

Puppy Covered In Tar Gets Most Beautiful Rescue

Dodo Circular

(Guest post by Sarah V Schweig from

Born on the streets of India, a tiny stray puppy had to figure out from day one how to survive. Somehow, he fended for himself for his first three months.

But when the puppy got drenched in tar at a construction site, his life was truly at risk. 

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1 Jul

Wallaby Adopts Orphaned Kangaroo Right Into Her Pouch

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(Guest post by Sarah V Schweig from

For the first time ever, a baby tree kangaroo has found a home in a wallaby's pouch.

Makaia, a baby tree kangaroo, was only five weeks old when his mother was tragically killed by a falling tree branch.

Makaia, whose species is already endangered because of overhunting and loss of habitat, was having an especially rough start. Feeding the tiny tree kangaroo by hand was not an option — he was simply too young. Makaia needed a pouch to call his own and finish developing during his vulnerable early months.

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1 Jul

UPDATE: 'Kale Chips' the Beagle Is 20 Pounds Lighter, Healthier and Happier (VIDEO)

Remember our buddy, Kale Chips?  Rescued this past January, he was 85 pounds when he was brought to the shelter One Tail at a Time. That's about 60 pounds overweight by your average beagle body standards.


Photo: Courtesy of One Tail at a Time. Visit the One Tail at a Time Facebook page for more photos >>

But thanks to the One Tail at a Time staff, he's dropped 20 pounds with a healthier diet and lots of exercise. When the rescue first took him in, they were a little daunted by the challenge at hand -- but, Kale Chips is a fighter! He took to his new lifestyle habits happily and charged ahead with his new beginning.


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25 Jun

Dog With Missing Nose Made Her Own 'Home' Because No One Loved Her

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(Guest Post from Caitlin Jill Anders at


All dogs want a home they can call their own, and when this sweet puppy didn't have one, she tried to make one all by herself.

Sienna Rose was found wandering around Baltimore on a snowy night this past winter. She was likely a victim of dog fighting — tragically, part of her face appeared to have been bitten off when she was found, Kelcy Kimmerer, of Second Chance Rescue, told The Dodo.

Before and After Pit Bull
Credit: Kelcy Kimmerer

Crystal Baldwin, a social worker at a Baltimore school, saw Sienna through a window in her classroom — the dog was freezing and huddled up next to a telephone pole. Baldwin took about 20 minutes to approach Sienna, and when Sienna was finally comfortable, she began begging for crackers from the bag Baldwin was holding. Sienna was so excited to have found a friend, and soon led Baldwin to where she had been living. 

"Her home was around the corner of a cement wall — the last remaining part of a burnt-down home — underneath a pile of snow-covered drywall that had been propped up against what remained of the building," Baldwin said. "Under the drywall she had hidden what she had been living off of — a few empty chip bags and a bird carcass. She was so excited to show me and it made me so sad for her." 

Sienna Pic
Credit: Kelcy Kimmerer

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17 Jun

Baby Koala Clings to Mama Undergoing Life-Saving Surgery (VIDEO)

A baby koala clung to his mama as she underwent a life-saving operation after the two marsupials were hit by a car.

The 6-month-old baby named Phantom was not hurt in the accident -- but mama bear, named Lizzie, was in critical condition with both a collapsed lung and facial injuries.  

Photo: YouTube video image

The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital stepped in and performed the life-saving surgery on Lizzie -- and let her little one hang on for dear life. The vets were concerned that it would be too stressful for both to separate the young koala from mom.

Mom is recovering and expected to make a full recovery. Cheers to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital staff who saved her!  Here's an update from their Facebook page on her and Phantom's condition:

Do you recognise these two? They may look familiar from photos of little Phantom cuddling his mum Lizzy during her...

Posted by Australia Zoo on Tuesday, June 16, 2015



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17 Jun

17 Signs You Definitely Need a Dog

Contributed by DogVacay

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At DogVacay, we’re passionate about dogs and pet care, and we make it easy for pet owners to find awesome sitters. The idea: your pet can stay in a real home with a loving sitter while you’re away, whether you’re traveling or just out for the day!

To us, everyone should have a dog (or two or three). On the fence? If you relate to any of these 17 signs below, we see a pup in your future.

And guess what—we’ll be joining Animal Planet this June 27 in Chicago for Woofstock: The Road to Puppy Bowl! Join us to meet adorable adoptable pups from PAWS Chicago, and you just might go home with your furry best friend!

Jessica Trinh

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12 Mar

Perth Truck Driver Pleads for Stolen Puppy's Safe Return

What kind of person steals puppies?!

Have you seen 9-week-old Yogi?

Trent, a truck driver from Perth, Australia, bought little Yogi, a great dane and mastiff cross breed, two weeks ago to be his companion on the road, according to a report by 9 News Perth. But Yogi was stolen from his truck parked at a Wangara shop last Saturday - in the brief time it took Trent to buy a sandwich. Trent is offering a $1000 reward for his safe return, according to Australia's Today show.

Find out what to do when your dog is stolen!

Watch what happens when Shorty from Pit Boss goes after a man accused of stealing a neighborhood dog:

11 Mar

Five Malnourished Pit Bulls Rescued from Bronx Apartment

NYPD cops from the Bronx responding to reports of a domestic dispute ending up finding another type of crime: animal cruelty.

Members of the 49th Precinct’s conditions team found five starving and malnourished pit bulls at an apartment in Williamsbridge last Thursday, according to a New York Daily News article. Upon entering the home, the cops found zero food or water dishes in the entire apartment.

The pups were brought to the 49th precinct station house where they were fed and given water before being given to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for further treatment.

The couple to whom the cops were originally responding were both arrested and charged with animal cruelty.

No animal should go hungry. Watch as Tia and crew rescue a starving pit bull:

Watch Pit Bulls & Parolees every Saturday at 10/9c!

10 Mar

World's First All-Female Anti-Poaching Unit Fights for Rhinos in South Africa

In South Africa's Kruger National Park, the first all-female anti-poaching unit fights to save the endangered rhino, the majestic animal on the brink of extinction.


The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit was founded by Transfrontier Africa, an organization mobilizing to protect and save rhinos and other wildlife in Balule Nature Reserve within Kruger. 

The unit is unique in that it is composed of woman, unarmed but trained in combat.  Twenty-fix Black Mambas and 23 armed guards protect the Balule region in South Africa, a country where a rhino is killed every seven hours. 

And, guess what? The program is WORKING — the reserve has not seen a rhino loss in ten months while another neighboring reserve has lost 23 rhinos in the same time.  Snare poaching has dropped by 90%.


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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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