Bites at Animal Planet


8 Feb

Dog Waits in Crumbling Well for Rescuers Brave Enough to Save Him

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

A street dog in India somehow found himself at the bottom of a deep, unstable well — with no way out. He waited, huddled up in a hole in the corner, for someone to finally take notice.

Animal Aid Unlimited received word about the dog and went to help. The dog was hiding, but when he saw people looking down on him he emerged ...

... and desperately tried to climb up to them, to no avail.

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.

A crane was brought in, and one of the rescuers was slowly lowered down into the well.

The terrified dog had resumed hiding in the wall of the well, and it took a few moments for the rescuer to gain the dog's trust and secure him in a net ...

... but he eventually succeeded, and the two began their slow climb upward ...

... and finally made it back on safe, solid ground.

Without Animal Aid Unlimited, the trapped dog may never have made it out of that well.

Now he's smiling, safe, and back where he belongs.

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?

4 Feb

Manny the Frenchie and His Sassy Siblings Talk Paw-some 2016 Plans and Puppy Bowl XII

Our favorite French Bulldog, Manny the Frenchie, has been busy traveling the country spreading love while raising money for dog charities, so it’s no surprise he recently won the title of Most Pawsome Dog at The CW’s World Dog Awards. We know we voted for him!

We were lucky enough to get a few minutes with not only Manny, but his two-year-old brothers – Filip and Liam – brother Frank the Funny Frenchie and sister Leila the Bullboxer to talk bully life, Puppy Bowl and their plans for 2016!

(From left to right) Leila, Manny, Liam, Filip and Frank have their game faces on for Puppy Bowl XII.

Animal Planet
: Manny, your 5th birthday is on Sunday, February 7. Happy early birthday! Do you have any plans for the big day (besides watching Puppy Bowl XII, of course!)

Manny: I can't wait to eat my doggy birthday cake that my mom makes for me while cheering on my buddies! 

Animal Planet: What are some of your birthday wishes?

Manny: I always wish for more bacon dog treats! I also want to travel more this year and meet more of my friends across the country. I’m also looking forward to relaxing with more sink naps.

Manny taking a quick big cat nap!

Animal Planet: Now that you’ve had time to study the starting Puppy Bowl XII line-up, who do you think are the strongest contenders for Most Valuable Puppy?

Manny: Countess and Harper on Team Fluff look ready to take home the MVP, but it may be tough with competitors Tidley and Chichi looking just as determined! This is going to be a close competition!


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3 Feb

Skaters Found Him Struggling on Frozen Lake and Knew They Had to Help

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

A wild boar in Sweden found himself in quite the predicament when he wandered out onto a frozen lake — and got stuck.

The boar was attempting to escape from a small island in the middle of the lake, where he was likely running out of food. Unable to swim across, he tried to walk but kept slipping, and ended up entirely stuck.

Luckily, a group of skaters who were out curling spotted the little guy and knew they needed to help.

And so, instead of curling stones, they curled boar.

The kind skaters pushed the helpless boar across the lake ...

... and safely to the other side.

If the skaters hadn't stepped up to help, the boar may never have made it on his own. It just goes to show that a little bit of kindness can go a very long way.

Check out the full rescue video below:

When a pair of hungry cheetahs set their sights on a lone wild boar, the outcome is all but inevitable.

3 Feb

Puppy Bowl and Uber Partner to Bring You Puppies on Demand!

Are you jumping at the chance to cheer for Team Ruff or Team Fluff? We've got good news for you today: we're partnering with UBER and animal organizations across 9 cities so adorable puppies can be delivered right to your door!

Photo by Jared Albert

In celebration of Puppy Bowl Sunday, if you're in DC, Denver, Chicago, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Fransisco, San Jose, Phoenix, and New York you can have an adorable carload of pups delivered straight to your office in a few simple steps.


  1. Open your Uber app on Wednesday, February 3rd, between 11am & 2pm.
  2. Request the “PUPPIES” option in your app. Puppy Bowl can only be delivered to offices. In DC? Enter promo code DCpuppies to unlock the option in your app. In NYC? Enter promo code PuppyNYC to unlock the option in your app. 
  3. Once the puppies arrive, you and your friends will get to enjoy 15 minutes of puppy cuteness! PRO TIP: Make sure to have an enclosed space ready for Team Ruff and Team Fluff game time!*
  4. Found your Most Valuable Pup? All puppies are eligible for adoption!

*If you’re lucky enough to request puppies to your office, please make sure your boss or building is going to be cool with the woofs and that no one in the area is allergic. Also, having a dedicated room for puppy playtime is preferred.

Fifteen (15) minutes of puppy playtime is $30, but the good news is that the money goes straight back to the participating animal organization in your city! So, not only are you celebrating Puppy Bowl and playing with adoptable pups, you're also helping great causes. If you can’t get a visit from #UberPuppyBowl today, you can still support the shelters and rescues by visiting GlobalGiving!

Check out the great participating organizations:

Arizona Humane Society | Washington Area Rescue League | Denver Dumb Friends League| Wags and Walks-LA | Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society | SPCA LA | Liberty Humane (NYC) | Bideawee (NYC) | Humane Society of NYC | San Francisco SPCA | Berkeley Humane Society | Peninsula Humane Society

Don't have Uber in your city? That's ruff, but you can still experience puppy cuteness during Puppy Bowl XII, airing this Sunday at 3/2c!


2 Feb

Campaign to Help Officer Keep His Patrol Dog Goes Viral

After 30 years on the job, Officer Matthew Hickey retired from the Marietta Police Department in Ohio--but not before requesting something unusual. He wanted to take his partner in crime-fighting, Ajax, home with him.


Ajax is a four-year-old K-9 who has been working alongside Hickey for the past three years. When the city responded to his request, they said that Ajax is city property and therefore must be sold at an auction.

When the community heard that the city government was making it hard for Hickey to adopt Ajax, they decided to get together and intervene.

Hickey's friend, Corey Orr, set up a GoFundMe page where he asked people to donate a few dollars so that Hickey could afford to be the highest bidder in the auction to win Ajax. 

Although Ajax was valued only at $3,500, the fundraiser page went viral and now over $70,000 has been donated. 

There is no bond stronger than the bond between a man and his dog--especially when they have been protecting each other for years. 

According to local reports, Hickey has been offered an auxillary position at the department, allowing him to keep Ajax. However, the GoFundMe page says this has not been confirmed. 

Orr has announced that the excess donation money will be donated to the Vested Interest in K9's, Inc organization. VIK9s supplies police dogs with stab/bullet proof vests that will help police dogs everywhere safer.  

Did you like this story? Check out this wild and touching video of K-9 police dog, Princess, saving the life of her officer and the bond they share because of it.

1 Feb

He's Not Your Normal Dog, But He Still Charms Everyone He Meets

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(Guest post by Cuda The Pit Bull from

There once was a time when I thought my dog, Cuda, was the only dog of her kind. She has short spine syndrome, a rare genetic condition that causes vertebra in the spine to be compressed — giving dogs an unusual, scrunched-up look.

I'm excited to present to you yet another beautiful dog living with short spine syndrome. His name is Quasimodo and he is also a rescue.

Quasi was found as a stray in Kentucky. SECONDHAND HOUNDS RESCUE

Quasimodo ended up at Secondhand Hounds, a rescue in Minnesota that believes that all dogs, including those with special needs, deserve the chance to live in happy homes. I spoke with Rachel Mairose, executive director of Secondhand Hounds, about their new arrival.

Secondhand Hounds works closely with a shelter in Kentucky and was contacted by a shelter volunteer there about an odd little dog whose looks set him apart, Mairose said. The volunteer originally thought his condition was due to growing up in a crate. That's a common misconception about dogs with short spine syndrome — but they are born this way.

Quasi learns about the Minnesota snow. SECONDHAND HOUNDS RESCUE

He was found as a stray with a severely embedded collar, which means a too-small collar was left on his neck so long his skin grew around it. Mairose said she didn't hesitate when they asked if Secondhand Hounds was interested in pulling him.

Aptly named Quasimodo for his appearance, the dog was transported to his temporary foster mom by a group of volunteers. He is estimated to be around 4 years old and appears to be a purebred German shepherd. Like the other short spine dogs, he is much smaller than his breed standard.

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1 Feb

Cat With Only Half a Head Just Wants Someone to Love Her

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

Just because someone is physically different doesn't mean her heart has any less love to give.

A sweet cat named Holly is looking for a home after undergoing extensive surgery — in which a part of her head was removed. Holly was brought to the Llys Nini Animal Centre in England after a concerned citizen found her with matted fur, an ear infection and scabs all over her face.

"Holly, who is believed to be around 11 years old, was first taken to the center as a stray," Gary Weeks, the manager at the Llys Nini Animal Centre, told The Dodo.

After being examined, it was discovered that Holly had a huge mass on one of her ears, which was later determined to be cancerous.

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1 Feb

Rescue Pig Meets Dog Next Door and Falls in Love

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

Sometimes, against all odds, it's simply love at first sight.

Piper the pig was rescued after being abandoned in the cold and adopted into a loving family a few weeks ago. She's living her best life now, with all the toys, blankets, and love she could ever want — and has even made a few lifelong friends.

Piper has new pig siblings whom she loves very much, but when she met the tiny puppy who lives next door to her, she made sure they were soon best friends.

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27 Jan

He Finally Has a Family That Wants to Make Up For All He's Lost

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(Guest post by Christian Cotroneo from

As miserable as this dog's job was guarding a property in Cairo, he took it seriously.

So when people got too close to the property he was guarding, he did what he was supposed to do — what all dogs do.

"He barked and they cut his nose off," Lauren Connelly of Special Needs Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation (SNARR), told The Dodo.

For the dog, who would eventually be named Anubis, after the ancient Egyptian god of the underworld, that spelled unemployment.

And so for years, he haunted city streets, often seen curled up under a car, living in silent agony.

But others would become his voice. First, it was a local organization, the Animal Protection Foundation, an organization that cares for thousands of downtrodden animals in the country.

Then it was SNARR''s turn.

"We've taken dozens of animals from them and brought them to the States, animals who otherwise would be in agony in a country that cannot care for them," Connelly, a foster coordinator at the U.S.-based group, said.

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26 Jan

Celebrity Uses Instagram to Get Her Grandma’s Stolen Dog Back

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(Guest post by Zainab Akande from

This supposed dognapper picked the wrong sweet old lady to mess with.

Last Friday, well-known animal lover Jessica Chastain took to her Instagram account to announce the alleged kidnapping of her grandmother's dog, Livvy. According to the 38-year-old actress, Livvy was taken from a McDonald's in Vallejo, California. "For those of you who love animals, you must understand how devastated my grandma is," Chastain wrote in the post to her following of nearly 500,000 fans, asking for their help in finding her.

By Sunday, it looked as though the plea worked.

A day later, Livvy returned home to her rightful parent. Chastain shared a sweet photo of the happy reunion on Instagram, also giving thanks to the "guardian angels" who spread the word of her grandmother's plight:

At the time, there are no details available as to how Livvy was found.

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