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The Story Of Pumpkin

According to some sources, there is around million dogs trying to survive on streets in Houston alone. This number might be exaggerated, but the fact is that there are a lot of dogs roaming the streets of Houston and many are injured, old and sick. One of them was Pumpkin. She might have stayed one forever, if one man hasn’t put her picture on Instagram.

He hang the picture, because he thought it was funny. He thought that a burned dog walking the streets is funny. Picture went viral . At some point, people who thought this picture was anything but funny, saw it. Many animal lovers started looking for this unfortunate dog. And they found her. It was Halloween. That’s way she got her name Pumpkin.


But Pumpkin wasn’t alone. She had a puppy with her. It wasn’t present on a picture. Pup was infested with flies, skin and bones and barely alive. Pumpkin had chemical wounds all over her body and they even found BB pellet near her spine. Somebody intentionally wanted to hurt this one-year-old little animal.

A whole veterinary team worked days and nights to save Pumpkin and her baby. Unfortunately, puppy was too weak and passed away. But, Pumpkin fought.

After few week Pumpkin managed to recover. One was sure. She will never return to streets again. This tiny dog didn’t stand a chance on streets.

Pumpkin was included in Corridor Rescue program. She was put in a foster home with Kelly Williams, who fell in love with Pumpkin instantly. From that point on her life became a fairy tale. And the burns, loneliness and horrors of the streets were left in distant past for this innocent dog. We hope also long forgotten.

Today, Pumpkin lives with three more dogs, in a true dog paradise. All that one dog needs, and even more, she has. In the end, Pumpkin’s story finished with happily ever after. Her foster mom decided to adopt her. It seems that this girl was, after all, born under the lucky star.

We hope that Pumpkin will live happily in her home forever.

Animal Lovers, we wish that this year all the abandoned animal find their new home.
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What This Lady Did For Abandoned Cats Is Amazing

We all have our interests and hobbies. But when a hobby becomes a life mission, that’s when great things happen. That’s what happened with sixty-seven-year-old Lynea Lattanzio. In 1992, she went to a shelter to save few cats, and she returned with 15 kittens. Since then, 28.000 cats went through her house.

“I’m gonna say that I’m at the top of list of the eccentric crazy cat ladies!” jokes Lynea.

At first she lived in a main house with cats. But as more and more cats came, she decided to leave the main 5-bedroom house and move to mobile house in backyard.
In time this grew to be the biggest no-cage sanctuary for feral and abandoned cats in California. Find out more about The Cat House on the Kings and how you may help. There are many adorable cats for adoption.

As the number of cats grew, so did the costs of running the place. Today there are 50 staff members and twice as much volunteers that take care of more than 1000 cats. Lynea estimate that she spends 1.6 million dollars annually to cover costs of maintenance.
There are whole sections on the estate for cats with different needs. There’s a nursery, a part for cat infected with FIV, a cat HIV, because their immune system is compromised, and a whole house just for older cats. There’s also a clinic for ill cats. The vet comes once a week, but they take cats to the vet every day.

How this 12-acres pure cat paradise looks like, watch below:

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Edie Was So Afraid In Shelter They Decided To Put Her To Sleep, But See What Happened Then

Edie is a tiny dog, weighing only ten pounds. In Lancaster shelter, she was together with hundreds other dogs, and was characterized as aggressive. She couldn’t overcome this behavior and it was decided to put her to sleep. Each dog that shows signs of aggression is considered unadoptable. These dogs, along side sick dogs, are the ones most often put to sleep. That’s how it should have gone for Edie.

But, man named Bronwyne took pity on Edie. It was simply impossible for this dog not to show aggression. Alone, little, among hundreds of other dogs much larger than her. Edie was, in fact, frightened. Very frightened.

They agreed that a veterinarian should do assessment. If he decides that dog is aggressive, Edie will be put to sleep.

Brought in a carrier, Edie started to growl and bark as soon as vet approached. When she was taken out of the carrier, she hid in the corner and even defecated out of fear. This little dog was deeply stresses and traumatized. It seem that the last chance for Eddie was gone.

But, no one wanted to give up that easily. By putting leash around her neck, veterinarian pulled her to his lap. Edie suddenly stopped defending herself. She was quite. For a moment, it seem time has stopped. Veterinarian, gently petted her head and Edie didn’t resist. Soon, something amazing happened. Edie started wiggling her tail. Started to cuddle. To be happy.

Every living being needs affection. Love is the most powerful force that can give us strength to solve any problem. Edie needed just a warm hug and a little love.

Not all aggressive dogs are dangerous and scary. Some are just too afraid. Don’t forget that if you decide to adopt a dog.

Meet Eddie:

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While Wildfires Rage In LA And Ventura County This Is What’s Happening With Animals?

Large number of wildfires destroyed around 230.000 acres in Ventura County and Los Angeles. On social media, message is shared on how to help wild animals. Namely, if you live in an area near the fires, leave water in your yard for wild animals.

Source: Snopes

But, some experts don’t agree with that. John Griffin, director of urban wildlife for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), has a bit different opinion.

“Wild animals are pretty resilient. They know how to find food or water. What they don’t know is how to interact with humans. That can cause problems” – explains Griffin. “Of course, if we are talking about injured animal, that’s different set of circumstances. They can’t manage that easily.”

Also, Peter Tira, a spokesperson for California Department of Fish and Wildlife, agrees with Griffin.

“Fire or no fire, let wild animals be.”

And while wild animals may flee freely, many domestic animals are locked. The worst is for horses.
On Saturday, thousands of thoroughbreds frantically fled Lilac fire. This was happening in San Luis Ray Training Center, 45 miles north of San Diego.
Trainer Linda Thrash of Bonsall was in the middle of that chaos, trying to save 41 horse.

“At one point, fire got too close. Only thing left was to free the horses. There was no time for anything else.” – said Linda.

We are praying for people and animals affected by this disaster:

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They Wanted To Put Him to Sleep When He Was One Day Old, But Life Had Different Plans For Him. Meet The Two-Faced Cat!

He is irresistible, and certainly unrepeatable, meet Frank and Louie. Cat with two faces. They are extremely rare and called Janus cats. They got their name from Janus, Roman god with two faces.

His owner Marty Stevens met Frank&Louie when he was only one day old. He was brought by breeder to Tufts Veterinary Clinic, where Martha worked as a veterinary nurse. He wanted to put him to sleep. But, Martha wanted to give this unusual kitten a chance. She offered to take him, although it was not expected for him to survive more than a few days. These cat often die a few hours after they are born.

But, Frank and Louie didn’t die that day, nor the next one. This cat with two noses, two mouth and three eyes decided to live. He grew and, at one point, he stared to see.

“He first opened eye in the middle, the one without function. When he was little, he looked like a Cyclops” – says Marty.

Although he has two mouths, only Frank’s are connected to esophagus. So we could say, that Frank eats for two.
On September the 8th, 2011 they turned 12, which made this cat the oldest Janus cat in the world. But, this cat lived to ripe old age of 15. Frank and Louie hold a Guinness World Record as oldest Janus Cat in the world.

How the day of this extraordinary cat looks like, watch below:

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The Disasters Of Animal Hoarding

Hoarding is one of the worst types of animal cruelty. Not all people with a lot of animals are hoarders. One of the tell-tales that someone is hoarder is collecting large number of animals, without giving them a proper care. Sometimes, even hundreds of animals live together, without enough food and water and no medical care. Unlike other types of abuse, this one can last for years.

It is important to talk about this subject, because every year around 250.000 animals, mostly cats and dogs end up with hoarders. Their fate is tragic. They often perish due to poor nutrition and untreated infections. And they spend their life in terrible conditions.

Consequences of Animal Hording

Place where hoarders live are often pestiferous. According to statistics, even 72% of all hoarders are women, and victims of hoarding are most often cats. They are closely followed by dogs, but hoarder can collect any animal.

These individuals often suffer from some kind of mental health issue, most often from attachment disorders, delusional thinking, obsessive-compulsive behavior and depression. They believe they are doing a good deed and yet what they are doing is animal abuse.

Once a hoarder always a hoarder. The only way to stop them is for them get permanent ban on keeping animals. Even when all the animals are taken from them, hoarders will at some point start collecting again.

We can help most by educating others. If you know someone who is hoarder, contact local humane society, police department or Animal Legal Defense Fund. They can provide necessary help both to animals and to a hoarder.

Although hoarding is a huge problem, only Illinois and Hawaii have animal hoarding specific laws. In other states, hoarding falls under animal cruelty laws.

See below how one of the worst cases of hoarding looks like. These dogs were found in rural part of Arizona, and rescue operation was led by The Humane Society of the United States:

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This Baby Elephant Was All Alone, Then Something Great Happened

Little baby elephant “Dok Geaw” was all alone in the world. This almost two-year-old baby lost his mother. Fortunately, good people decided to contact Elephant Nature Park in an attempt to help him.

In Thailand, there are many abandoned elephants. Since 1989, teak logging of elephants have been banned, so people started abandoning elephants massively. Some have been struck with even worse fate. They were sold to be a part of tourist attraction.

In order to help these beautiful and smart animals, Lek Chailhert founded Elephant Nature Park. This is a place for rehabilitation of elephants. They are given a new chance to live in natural habitat. After the painful life they led, they easily adapt to new life in nature. Asian elephants really need help.

In 2010, there were 33 elephants. They live in herds and form very deep interpersonal relationships. Apart from elephants, dogs, cats, and even buffaloes live in this park also. All of the animals live together, without cages and fences.

This beautiful park is in Northern Thailand in Mae Taeng District. It is financed in quite unusual way. Namely, tourist can come to the park, meet the elephants, help out and pay for that. They can stay there up to 28 days, and price for seven-days visit is around $400. Splendid way to spend your vacation, right?

Beside warm welcoming park’s guests, elephants most warmly welcome new members to the herd. And how meeting of Dok Geaw and herd went, you can watch in a video below:

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Amazing Friendship Between Cat Ruth And Dachshund Idgie Will Never Be Forgotten

When in 2014, a paralyzed cat and a tiny dachshund were found together, nobody thought their story would travel around the world. Story about one extraordinary friendship. They were picked up by Seminole County Animal Services. And then the fortune smiled up on them.

This unusual couple completely charmed Jackie Borum. She was working in pet grooming store in Lane Mary, Fl. She adopted them together, never wanting them to be apart. Because of amazing friendship they have she named them Idgie and Ruth, after the characters from “Fried Green Tomatoes”.

“Visitors of Hollywood Houndz bring them presents. Here they have attention they need. Even 14 moms are taking care of them. “– says Jackie.

They sleep, live and even share toys together. Idgie protects her friend from other dogs, never letting her out of her sight. Ruth is a cat that moves difficulty. Her paws are curled inward and, thus, she drags her body. Every move is hard to make. But, Idgie is the there to ease her pain, keep her company and support her. They keep each other safe.

Jackie took Ruth to numerous vets to try to help her. But, unfortunately, her disability is permanent. By the beginning of 2016, Ruth’s condition took turn for the worse. She was diagnosed with autoimmune disease. Fearing that her end is approaching, Jackie organised the party. They celebrated second anniversary of Idgie and Ruth’s rescue at Hollywood Houndz. Ruth and Idgie received a lot of presents and love. Lovely party for this amazing duo.

Jackie Borum is amazing fighter, not only for her animals, but for all animals. She founded a non profit organization Project Paws that helps cover veterinarian costs for abandoned and abused animals. Mascots of this organization are, of course, Idgie and Ruth.

Ruth condition got worse and in July last year Ruth left us forever. Idgie lost her best friend.
But the story of this beautiful friendship will stay in our hearts forever. Animals can really teach us a lot of stuff, right?

And how this duo spent their days, you can see below:

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Meet Fifi, The Bear That Finally Got Her Freedom After 30 Years

Fifi’s fate is a sad one. Thirty years ago, as a little baby, she came to Pennsylvania roadside zoo. Even as a baby, she was forced to preform various tricks for the visitors. One of tricks was to stand on her back legs. For ten years Fifi entertained guests and then the zoo closed.

Sadly, Fifi’s life didn’t get any better. Next 20 years, Fifi stayed in a little rusty cage. Only thing in it was a little dog house. Fifi couldn’t even fit in it. Skinny, hungry and with filthy and coarse coat Fifi suffered in her cage for long two decades. In time, she started suffering from arthritis. Pain was sharp and there was no there to help her.

Image: PETA, This is FIFI before she was rescued!

In July of 2015, PETA and Wild Animal Sanctuary decided to help this suffering bear. The question was how Fifi will adapt to life in nature, when she spent her whole life in captivity. She was transferred to Colorado facility of WAS. Such an environment any animal deserve. Everyone hoped that after all that time, Fifi will be able to recover from the life before. Time passed by…

And after 5 months, Fifi made it through. Her appearance completely changed. She gained weight, her fur is shiny and snowy white. Her appearance became magnificent again. And this girl lives a life now that she deserves. After 30 years of captivity, Fifi will be able to do into hibernation for the first time.

And how Fifi’s rescue went, you can watch below:

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When Charlie Entered Shelter, Chances To Find A Home Quickly Were Slim To None, But Then The Miracle Happened

Charlie was one of the thousands dogs that enter high kill shelter every year. He was found aimlessly wandering along the road in LA. When he was brought in, he was covered in painful burrs.

In this kind of shelter, dogs have about a week to find a home. If they don’t, they are usually put to sleep.
But, how is anyone going to adopt this dog? Woolly, dirty and full of dreadlocks… nobody wanted him.

Luckily, Hollywood Grooming and Baldwin Park Animal Care Center organized a special giveaway. In order to get more dogs adopted, they decided to give them a grooming. Trimmed, clean and with bows and scarves, they wanted to increase each dog’s chance to find a home.

When Charlie came to the groomer, he looked dirty and unkempt. Full of dreadlocks, and fleas probably, his future didn’t seem bright. But, then the magic happened. Dreadlocks were gone, and underneath all that hair suddenly you could see the eyes. Beautiful eyes of innocent animal that doesn’t know what to expect, doesn’t know what to hope for. Brown eyes of beautiful Charlie.

Every dog has two looks. One is of a dog without home, dog that no one takes care of, and the other is look of a dog that is loved.

In half an hour Charlie was as cute as a button. Did it help him to find a home and be loved? Of course it did. Charlie was adopted in two days.

Each dog is beautiful and deserves a second chance, right?
See Charlie’s amazing transformation below:

Video by The Pet Collective

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