12-year-old "Sniffles" lost his nose after being attacked by other stray dogs in Puerto Rico. Staff at a veterinarian's office in Florida fear that Sniffles' distinctive features are causing him to lose out on potential forever homes.
Shame on this dogs previous owner for trying to get the vets to put him down -- just because he was overweight! Truly disgusting.
Thankfully, when the previous owner brought the golden retriever, named Kai, to the vet, the vet immediately contacted the Misfits of Alberta Animal Rescue, which helped put Pam Heggie together with Kai. Their goal was to help Kai lose that dangerous weight and find him a home where Kai would be given the TLC he so clearly deserves.
Heggie, his new foster mother, has told Good Morning America that she didn't know much about Kai and his past, but knew he needed help. The vet told Heggie that Kai was the most overweight animal she has ever seen, and that "anything you do is gonna help that dog."
Kai first weighed a whopping 172 pounds before Heggie stepped in and helped him lose more than half of his body weight!
According to AL.com, a girl named Darby tried to prank her friends by wearing the head of a Barney costume.
The joke didn't go quite as planned when the costume head slipped down below her shoulders leaving her both trapped, and forced to walk around with T-rex arms.
Eventually, when her family and friends couldn't help her, they piled in a mini-van and headed down to the fire department where this hilarious scene took place:
The Marion Country Sheriff's department in Oregon shared this story on their Facebook about how the delivery drivers at a local Domino's saved the life of a loyal customer:
On Sunday, May 8th an alert Domino’s delivery driver called the Sheriff’s Office after a regular customer failed to order a pizza from the Salem area company. Tracey Hamblen, an employee at Domino’s on Silverton Road NE, called the Sheriff’s Office after not speaking with the customer in 11 days. Mr. Hamblen had formed a relationship with the victim because of the regular orders and knew he suffered form severe health issues.
When the Sheriff’s Office arrived at the residence in the 4100 block of Penticton Circle NE, they could hear a man calling for help from inside the residence. Deputies forced entry and found Kirk Alexander, age 48, of Salem down and in need of immediate medical attention.
Thanks to the quick actions of Mr. Hamblen, Mr. Alexander is in stable condition at the Salem Hospital. The Sheriff’s Office would like to personally thank Mr. Hamblen for his quick actions and willingness to take time out of his day to care for others.
Reza Baluchi was attempting to run from Pompano Beach, FL to Bermuda in an inflatable bubble. Although the Coast Guard officially warned him not to make the attempt due to dangerous water conditions, he set off on his journey anyway. Since he was making the journey totally alone, the coast guard had to save him.
This isn't his first attempt, he was also rescued in 2014 during a similar trip:
Florida firefighters rescued this adorable baby bear and gave him a very fitting name: Smokey Junior.
Smokey's mom wasn't near by so she's now in the care of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. They believe they might have found her mother and the two will be reunited soon!
This adorable stray puppy needed surgery before she was ready to be adopted. Lucky for her, a very kind surgical assistant was there to comfort her as she was waking up. The original post by BARCS Animal Shelter explains what happened in this sweet video:
Baby Meesha was coming off her anesthesia and was a little scared because her body felt so weird. BARCS Surgical Assistant Dennis Moses took her out into the quiet hallway to comfort her. One of our awesome volunteers just happened to be walking by to capture this sweet moment. Thank you to Dennis and all the staff who work long, tireless hours in the background of our shelter—saving lives and loving the animals. (Turn on the sound, it will melt your heart!)
They also included a follow up post showing Meesha happily snuggling with her new family.
via BARCS Animal Shelter
After many reports of an injured otter spotted on the side of the road, police in Shropshire, England hurried in to save the little guy. Then they Tweeted a picture of him with this description:
Report of an injured otter at the roadside turned out to be the fake fur collar from a coat
Don't worry though, they're taking really good care of him.
If you love horses and you'd like to have one of your own the US Army has a few they'd like to give away for free. These horses were once caisson horses, they pulled coffins to burials at Arlington Cemetery. However, there comes a time in every caisson horses life when it's time to retire.
The application for adoption is extensive in order to vet the hopeful new owner for their ability to care for the horse. That means these horses will end up in good hands and can spend the rest of their lives enjoying retirement.
Quasimodo has Short Spine Syndrome, a very rare condition among dogs. It's exactly what it sounds like, he was born with a spine that's shorter than a normal dog because he is missing some vertebra.
His condition doesn't cause him pain but he does need special medical attention for other health conditions. He's been getting lots of love from foster homes since being rescued. Now that he's in the care of Second Hand Hounds he's managed to bring some much needed attention to the organization that rescues dogs (and cats) in dire need and places them in foster homes.
Keyboard Cat? This Keyboard Cat?
Yes, the very same. This is one of a few videos The Shelter Pet Project created featuring some of your favorite pets of viral fame who were once poor orphans in a shelter. With the hashtag #StartAStory, the Shelter Pet Project Hopes to encourage people to adopt loving pets from the shelter before they decide to buy one.
A wildfire broke out in Waroona, in south western Australia, leaving behind damaged property and lives. The adorable photo has attracted a lot of attention. The veterinary clinic that is taking care of him mentioned that the burns on his tail aren't affecting his balance so they are hopeful. They also released additional information after a massive response.
I have had a lot of messages about this little man - yes he is a boy. Yes he has some bad burns but has taken this long to catch. We will definitely keep you updated on his progress! Nurse Frosina x
Lynea Lattanzio is by far the cat ladiest of cat ladies. She started rescuing and rehoming cats and just couldn't stop. Now she shares her home with around 800 adult cats and 300 kittens according to the video description. This number is ever changing of course, because in addition to caring for so, so many cats who roam free on her six-acre property, she rescues cats and rehomes the ones who are fit for adoption.
What started out as a hobby she paid for out of pocket has become a non-profit, no-kill sanctuary called Cat House on the Kings which is run on donations and adoption fees.