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26 Feb

Pit Bull Who Survived Abuse Wears Cute Doggie Outfits

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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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24 Feb

Dog Risks Life to Save Animal Friend

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A dog is battling for his life after trying to save the life of another dog. Patrick, a 2-year-old dog, was found in Santa Fe hovering over his litter mate, covered in punctures and wounds all over his face, head and upper body and legs.

Santa Fe Animal Control found Patrick along a country road Saturday morning in terrible shape. Now, it's a challenge for Patrick to make his way out of his kennel.

Santa Fe Animal Control believes Patrick got his wounds from a number of animals, possibly coyotes, who were trying to attack Patrick's animal friend.

"It was pretty clear he was determined to not leave the side of his friend," said Santa Fe Animal Shelter Director of Growth Evelyn Viechec.

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12 Feb

Remembering the Sochi Dogs, One Year Later

Leading up to last year's Sochi Winter Olympics, Russian animal rights activists accused city authorities of leading a campaign to exterminate stray dogs before the big events. Reports of the widespread culling of dogs put city and Olympic officials on the defensive. 

 

One year ago today! Crazy how big Jakey has gotten :) Photos: @robindmacdonald

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The U.S. Olympic team entered Sochi searching for gold medals, but found a different prize. Several American Olympians, notably slopestyle skiing silver medalist Gus Kenworthy worked to adopt and help others adopt some of the more than 1,000 stray dogs, to avoid their untimely deaths. Kenworthy postponed his return home from the Olympics to get the necessary paperwork to allow him to adopt stay puppies that captured his heart in Russia.

His efforts gained great attention in the States, even from the likes of pop singer and animal-lover Miley Cyrus. The rest of America followed suit and welcomed the pups to America for adoption. Our good friends at the Washington Animal Rescue League were among the organizations helping the Sochi dogs find forever homes!

 

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23 Dec

Monkey Saves Electrocuted Friend

Tis' the season of giving, or saving...

A monkey at a train station in India was recently captured on film giving C.P.AWWWWWW to another monkey who was knocked unconscious after climbing on an electric wire.

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Commuters watched as the monkey spent 20 minutes trying to revive the monkey by hitting, biting, slapping and even dunking the monkey in water.

The heroic save was captured on mobile phone, with the stunning scene playing out in front of a group of amazed onlookers.

22 Dec

Monkey Saves Friend with "CPR"

 

How amazing is this video of a monkey in India reviving an injured member of his troop? The injured monkey was knocked unconscious after being shocked by high voltage wires and falling to the ground. His friend then administered the monkey version of CPR, which was to bite and dunk him under water to try to wake him up.

There was no mouth-to-mouth or chest compressions, and the manner might've lacked finesse, but it worked. The injured monkey eventually recovered and was able to walk away. 

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25 Nov

Six Reasons Why Animal Planet is Thankful

There are a lot of reasons why Animal Planet is thankful this year, but here are six reasons that stood out!

  1. YOU ALL WENT #IVORYFREE TO END ELEPHANT POACHING >> http://bit.ly/IvoryFree

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  2. WE DIDN'T GET ATTACKED BY LAMPREYS >> http://bit.ly/BloodLake

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  3. UBER BROUGHT US KITTENS FOR NATIONAL KITTEN DAY >> http://bit.ly/KittensonDemand

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  4. WE DIDN'T GET INFECTED DURING THE #ZOMBIE CAM OUTBREAK >> http://bit.ly/ZombieCamAPL

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  5. PIT BULLS & PAROLEES TOOK THE ALS CHALLENGE >> http://bit.ly/PBPALS

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  6. HOPE FOUND A WAY >> http://bit.ly/Hope4Hope

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7 Nov

Prepare Yourself for Cute Overload: Shedd Aquarium Rescues Orphaned Sea Otter Pup

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We couldn't send you off into the weekend without something ridiculously cute to look at, so enjoy awwing at the cuteness of Otter 681, who just arrived at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium as part of a joint rescue effort with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the United States Fish and Wildlife Services.

The orphaned six-pound female pup arrived at Shedd last Tuesday after living the first four weeks of her life at Monterey Bay in order to make sure was stabilized.

"Pup 681’s situation was urgent. As an organization dedicated to marine mammal care and conservation, we were perfectly positioned to ensure that this little pup had a home, providing the long-term care needed to survive," Tim Binder, Vice President of Animal Collections for Shedd, said in a statement. "This rescued animal provides an opportunity for us to learn more about the biological and behavioral attributes of this threatened species and to encourage people to preserve and protect them in the wild."

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20 Oct

Nothing is Cuter Than This Baby Rhino Playing With a Goat

Today's installment of utter cuteness comes to us from the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre in South Africa.

The centre's mission is to conserve rare, vulnerable or endangered animals. A big part of their work is captive breeding of endangered species. While they specialize in cheetahs, the Centre cares for many other species as well, including Gertjie the orphaned white rhinoceros

Gertjie--nicknamed "Little G"--has a sad story that is all too common. He was found next to the body of his dead mother, who was killed and mutilated by poachers. They hacked off her horn for the lucrative traditional Chinese medicine black market.

Practiced throughout Asia, traditional Chinese medicaine holds that rhino horn is used to treat a variety illnesses--despite the fact that science has shown that it actually has no medicinal value and despite the fact that killing rhinos for their horns is illegal. Rhinos are rapidly declining and some species are close to extinction. Yet such is the power of tradition and faith.

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Luckily for Little G, he was rescued and brought to the Centre. White rhinos are the most social of the five rhino species, and even after Little G recovered from the trauma of losing his mother, it was evident that he needed companionship. So the folks at the Centre introduced Little G to a pair of goats, and a fast friendship was born.

Here is Little G frolicking with Lammie the goat. The joy the two animals are experiencing in this video is evident and infectious. Whenever I get down about the horrible things people do to animals, videos like this one and the story of Little G's rescue help remind me that there are still good people and good things happening in the world.

 

Photo by Vanessa via Flickr Creative Commons.

3 Sep

R.O.A.R. To Their Rescue - Calling All Pet Pics! Send Us Your Adoption Stories

Sept. 1 marked the launch of the R.O.A.R. To Their Rescue program where Animal Planet is teaming up with the ASPCA® to cover adoption fees in Austin, Texas; Miami, Fla.; and Cleveland, Ohio. You can get the details all about the initiative and partner organizations here! >>

To celebrate the launch, we want to hear from Animal Planet fans, far and wide — and we want to know all about your beautiful adoption stories!

Send us your adoption stories and photos and we'll feature our favorites right here on AnimalPlanet.com at the R.O.A.R. website and share them with the hashtag #ROARToTheirRescue.  To submit, email us at animalplanetdotcom@gmail.com. Be sure to send us:

  • Your Name
  • Where You Live (City/State)
  • Your Pet's Name
  • At Least 1 Photo of Your Pet (and any other family members)
  • Your Adoption Story — Tell us why you chose to adopt and how you found your pet soulmate! <3

See additional rules about photo submissions below ... And, stay tuned for YOUR stories!

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2 Sep

Golden Retriever Adopts an Orphaned Kitten

It feels good to be loved.

When this kitten was rejected by its mother, a superhero came to save the day. This Golden Retriever took in the kitten as if it was one of its own. Why? Maybe it's instinctual to take care of young and help them survive, or maybe it's just empathy.

Regardless, this relationship is TOO CUTE! View the full photo album HERE.

 

Tune in Saturday at 8/7c for more cuteness on Animal Planet's Too Cute!  

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