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APR
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Smiling Animals That Will Instantly Make You Smile

Smiling Animals That Will Instantly Make You Smile

Animals. They've been around for longer than us, and they'll probably be around long after we've gone. Why? Because animals know the secret of life. And what, I hear you ask, is that secret? It's happiness. Simple, unadulterated happiness. Take a look at these pictures to see just what we mean. If they don't put a smile on your face today then we really don't know what will!

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APR
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Kitty Discovers Colorful Mini-Ball-Pit For The First Time…Check Out His Reaction!

Kitty Discovers Colorful Mini-Ball-Pit For The First Time…Check Out His Reaction!

Sometimes I wish I loved anything as much as my cats love little toy mice, catnip, the twisty tie from a loaf of bread, and so on.  Boomer's humans probably felt the same way watching what a ball (hee!) their boy had with his brand-new ball pit.

If you haven't seen it yet--or even if you have--do yourself a favor and check out the video below!

APR
12

Sleeping Clouded Leopard Cub Is The Best Thing You'll See All Day

Sleeping Clouded Leopard Cub Is The Best Thing You'll See All Day

The Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, FL just released this insanely adorable video of twin clouded leopard cubs, born on February 29th.  These two gorgeous girls, Aiya and Shigu, are making their first explorations of the outside world, a crucial stage in the development of clouded leopards, who are among the smallest of the big cats.

Clouded leopards are listed as a "vulnerable" species, due to human encroachment--in the form of poaching and deforestation--on their native Southeast Asian forest habitats, which is why breeding them in captivity is considered an essential step in their long-term preservation.

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The two petite beauties at the Lowry Zoo are expected to weigh between 30 and 60 pounds when fully grown and measure about five feet from tip to tail.  They're shy around humans (and rightfully so), but check out the video below to catch a rare glimpse of a napping cub.  And feel free to "Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww!" to your heart's content!

WATCH THE FULL VIDEO BELOW:

APR
11

Homeless Dog Found In Garbage Becomes A Lion

Homeless Dog Found In Garbage Becomes A Lion

When German photographer Julie Marie Werner found a scruffy homeless dog hunting for scraps of food in her garbage in Spain, she fell in love with him immediately. While other people saw nothing but a homeless mutt, she saw a brave little lion, and she now wants the world to share her vision with this heartwarming series of photographs.

The cute canine model is named Tschikko Leopold von Werner, and the project is called Grossstadtlowe, which means “Big City Lion”. And as you can see from these pictures, he really does look like the king of the (urban) jungle! Julie believes that Tschikko was left to fend for himself after being thrown from a car in Spain. He’s come a long way since then, not just emotionally but also geographically, as after deciding to adopt him Julie brought Tschikko back to live with her in Germany.

More info: Julie Marie Warner (h/t: featureshoot)

When photographer Julie was working in Spain she spotted a homeless dog in garbage


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The poor dog was searching for food when their eyes suddenly met…


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He reminded her of Simba from The Lion King


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Juliet just knew she couldn’t leave him behind


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So she brought him back with her to Germany


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He’s come a long way since then


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Juliet thinks Tschikko was thrown from a car and left to fend for himself


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But she saw him as a brave little lion when others only saw a homeless dog


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So she decided to show this side of him to the world


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And as you can see, his suits his new role very well!


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The photographs are part of a series that Julie calls “Grossstadtlowe”


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In English this means “Big City Lion”


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And he certainly looks the Big City Lion in these pictures


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He looks like the king of the urban jungle!


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He loves nothing more than exploring his new home with his owner


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Some passers-by might actually mistake him for a real lion…


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But Tschikko is still just a playful pup at heart


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APR
11

17 Kinda Weird But Really Funny Animal Tweets That Will Crack You Up

17 Kinda Weird But Really Funny Animal Tweets That Will Crack You Up

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APR
11

World's Oldest Cat Still Loves His Cushy Life

World's Oldest Cat Still Loves His Cushy Life

At more than 26 years old, a feline named Corduroy has been declared the oldest living cat in the world by Guinness World Records.  Born August 1, 1989, in Oregon, he's lived with Ashley Reed Okura since she picked him from a litter when she was 6 years old.

"He is such a mellow, cool old cat and it is wonderful to share him with the world," says Okura.  "Corduroy has been through all of my life's major events and I feel blessed he is still healthy and enjoying life. We hope to continue to give him a good life for years to come."

Watch the full story here!

 

He's 121 in cat years.

He's 121 in cat years.

Posted by The Dodo on Saturday, April 9, 2016

 

APR
10

Swan Hugs The Man Who Rescued Her By Wrapping Her Neck Around Him

Swan Hugs The Man Who Rescued Her By Wrapping Her Neck Around Him

Swans are not particularly affectionate or approachable animals. They’re territorial and can be quite intimidating. Which is why the moment when an injured swan hugged Richard Wiese, the host of the television show “Born to Explore” is so touching.

A few years back, Wiese was visiting the U.K.’s Abbotsbury Swannery when he ran into the swan who had been injured after flying into a chain-link fence. Wiese helped to examine the swan by holding her.

“When I put it next to me I could feel its heart beating and it just relaxed its neck and wrapped it around mine,” Wiese told ABC News. “It’s a wonderful moment when an animal totally trusts you.”

More info: Facebook (h/t: thedodo, abcnews)

“I pulled it to my chest and somehow it felt comfortable or safe”


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“I could feel its heart beating and it just relaxed its neck and wrapped it around mine”


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Wiese helped to examine the injured swan by holding her


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“It’s a really terrific feeling when you feel that bond and mutual trust with this non-verbally communicating animal…”


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“…when the animal realizes you intend it no harm”


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APR
09

Fast Track - Simon's Cat

Fast Track - Simon's Cat

Hooray! A new Simon video!

 

APR
09

Amazing Woman Rescues Litter of Starving Kittens

Amazing Woman Rescues Litter of Starving Kittens

Homer's Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, but they one thing they all have in common is their tremendous hearts...

APR
09

This Mom Cat Talking to Her Kittens is the Cutest Thing You'll See Today

This Mom Cat Talking to Her Kittens is the Cutest Thing You'll See Today

If it gets more adorable than this, I haven't seen it!

APR
07

Live Animals Are Stuck Inside These Plastic Keychains

Live Animals Are Stuck Inside These Plastic Keychains

This bizarre souvenir gives the phrase pocket pets new meaning.

Vendors in China have been selling live animal keychains for years: small plastic bubbles containing trapped turtles, fish, salamanders and frogs.

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CNN first reported on them in 2011. The little animals are suspended in brightly colored liquid, often along with beads and other decorations, and are barely able to move.

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The water supposedly contains oxygen and nutrients that can keep them alive for a few days.

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Of course, animal activists have condemned the keychains as unnaturally cruel, as the animals inevitably die once their oxygen wears off.

In the best case scenario, they're freed from their prisons and end up as pets to people who aren't prepared to care for them.

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There's also the psychological cruelty of trapping a sentient animal in a living grave.

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This video shows a tiny turtle spinning around and trying to escape — but there's no way out.

Unfortunately it's not the first time animals have featured in unusual fashion trends. In South America, living beetles are covered in gems and worn as brooches. And earlier this year, a watch company unveiled a watch filled with live ants; after receiving widespread public backlash, the company said it was an early April Fool's joke.

You can watch a video of the desperate little keychain animals below.

(via: www.TheDodo.com)

APR
07

Raven Asks Human for Help with Painful Quills After Porcupine Attack

Raven Asks Human for Help with Painful Quills After Porcupine Attack

Gertie Cleary compared the experience to a child with a splinter. "[W]hen you pull a splinter out, they holler and screech and pull their hand away," she told CTV News.

The young raven fledgling who visited Cleary's Nova Scotia home last month had just borne the brunt of a porcupine attack, and was clearly reaching out to Cleary for help in extracting the painful quills that were attached to its face.

Her daughter caught the amazing incident on camera and uploaded it to YouTube.

According to the description, the bird, which the family named Wilfred, stuck around for a day after the "operation" before flying away.

Hope for Wildlife director Hope Swinimer commended Cleary on her actions, saying Wilfred would not have survived without her help.

Quoth the Raven: "Thanks, lady!"

Watch the video here:

APR
07

These Baby Bats Lost Their Moms, But They Aren’t Alone

These Baby Bats Lost Their Moms, But They Aren’t Alone

These baby bats from Australia lost their mom while they were still too young to fend for themselves.  But thanks to a group of caring humans at a wildlife rehabilitation center (true #HomersHeroes!), they'll receive plenty of food and TLC until they're old enough to fly on their own.

Watch the video here:

 

Soon, they'll be strong enough to fly on their own.

Posted by The Dodo on Friday, March 25, 2016
APR
06

21 Cats That Have No Respect For Your Personal Space

21 Cats That Have No Respect For Your Personal Space

Personal space?  Who needs personal space when you have cats!  Cats are known for protecting their own privacy, but when it's time to respect the boundaries of their humans, they couldn't care less.  These 21 cats below are hilariously invading their human’s personal space, making for these funny and awesome pictures.

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APR
06

The Miraculous Story of Stockings, the Pretzel-Legged Kitty

The Miraculous Story of Stockings, the Pretzel-Legged Kitty

Stockings had a rough start at life. The orange tabby was born with a severe birth defect that left him unable to stand or walk.

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He was only a few weeks old when he was brought in to Chicago's Tree House Humane Society. Despite his handicap, Stockings just wanted to run and play like any other kitten!

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His first surgery was in October of 2014; this would be the first of multiple procedures to correct his tendons and the direction of his feet.

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Stockings' right leg didn't respond well to surgery at first. He would go on to have two more operations. “We went forward with surgery knowing we could never make him normal,” said Dr. Steve Neihaus. “Our goal was to make his feet functional so he could live a happy, pain-free life.”

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He was a little wobbly at first, but soon enough Stockings was was walking and running on his own.  His foster mom, one of the vet techs at the Chicago Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center, decided to adopt him officially.

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Stockings is one of thousands of kittens rescued, treated, and homed by the wonderful people of Tree House Humane in Chicago. Homer's mom is proud to serve on their advisory board!

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Watch the video here:

 

APR
06

Penguin Swims 5,000 Miles Every Year To See The Man Who Saved His Life

Penguin Swims 5,000 Miles Every Year To See The Man Who Saved His Life

In 2011, 71-year-old former bricklayer and fisher Joao Pereira de Souza found a South American Magellanic penguin covered in oil and fighting for its life. The kind man nursed the penguin back to health and called him Dindim. After some time, Dindim was ready for the world out there, however, he wouldn’t leave Joao’s side. When he did, people said that he’d never come back. Amazingly, Dindim has returned to visit the man every year.

“I love the penguin like it’s my own child and I believe the penguin loves me,” Joao told Globo TV. “No one else is allowed to touch him. He pecks them if they do. He lays on my lap, lets me give him showers, allows me to feed him sardines and to pick him up.”

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APR
06

Hospital Lets Pets Visit Their Sick Humans To Make Them Feel Better

Juravinski hospital in Ontario, Canada allows pets to visit their seriously ill humans. The hospital adopted a program called Zachary’s Paws for Healing, launched by Donna Jenkins. She was inspired by her 25-year-old nephew, Zachary, who benefited greatly from having his dogs around him while he was battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

“While Zachary was in the hospital for many weeks and very sick after having a stem cell transplant,  he begged to see his dog, Chase,” Jenkins says. “We sneaked Chase into ICU to see him and the effect it had on Zachary was remarkable. When Zachary realized he was not going to survive his cancer, he made me promise to start the organization. We had our official first patient visit September 15, 2015.

“We know that when patients get to see their pet, it can improve vital signs, improve depression and the feeling of isolation, it opens communication back up and it is a reminder for a reason for the patient to get well and return home.” The visits are weekly and they usually take 1 hour. The pets are thoroughly cleaned before entering the hospital and they are kept away from other patients.

More info: zacharyspawsforhealing.com | Facebook

Juravinski hospital in Ontario, Canada allows pets to visit their seriously ill humans


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The hospital adopted a program called Zachary’s Paws for Healing, launched by Donna Jenkins


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“When patients get to see their pet, it can improve vital signs, improve depression and the feeling of isolation,” Jenkins says.


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“It opens communication back up and it is a reminder for a reason for the patient to get well and return home”


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“Having a pet visit its human brings some normalcy back to the patient’s life. It takes their mind off the hospital and being sick for a bit.”


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“The pet can visit for an hour and can come once a week”


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“Of course, no one is keeping strict time. A good visit is what counts”


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“The pets are relieved to see them and to know they have not lost their human companion”


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Watch the video here:


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07

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The life and legacy of the world's most-beloved blind cat...The odds had always been stacked against Homer, the blind kitten nobody  wanted. But destiny took a hand the day he met Gwen Cooper, and with the publication twelve years later of the international best seller Homer’s Odyssey, Homer went from beloved house cat to world-wide star. He became the scourge and darling of the reporters, photographers, videographers, bloggers, and radio hosts who clamored to meet him—dragging his hapless human behind him as he greeted fame with his usual joie de vivre and occasional “catitude.” He became a spokes-cat for the cause of special-needs animals everywhere, and eventually the wise older mentor to the new special-needs kitten who would enter his and Gwen’s lives. Most importantly, Homer taught those who loved him best how to live and die with courage and joy—and left behind a rescue community of “Homer’s Heroes” that continues to save countless lives in his name.


By turns humorous and tender, this beautifully written, 115-page sequel concludes the adventures of Homer the Blind Wonder Cat—the fearless feline who proved that love isn’t something you see with your eyes, that even the smallest of creatures can make a big difference, and that true love lives forever.

 

SEP
16

This Is How We Did It

Hi, all!  Just wanted to post a long-overdue update on the fundraiser for the 61 (originally 49--kitten season!) West Virginia kitties.

Thanks to the generosity of Homer's Heroes, we raised just a scooch over $15,000 for the rescue effort.  And thanks to the efforts of volunteers who worked in relay teams, the cats were driven to safety at no-kill shelters all over the Eastern Seaboard.  This has been an incredible example of the mountains we can move by working together!

After GoFundMe and WePay (their pay-out service) deducted roughly 10% in service fees, we netted $13,512.  After the fundraiser closed, however, I contributed $900 of my own--which effectively reduced the amount "lost" to service fees to 4%.  :)

Below is a breakdown of how the money was ultimately spent.  Listed first are the no-kill shelters that took the kitties in, and following that is an itemization of the additional costs for the rescue effort overall:

Kitty's Purrsuit of Happiness:   $2550

Forever Homer Feline Ranch:   $2040

Animal Service League of NY:   $680

Taylor County SPCA:   $2000

Seer Farms:   $3775

Good Mews:   $340

Good Mews cats' veterinary care:   $312

Good Hope Animal Hospital, WV:   $1657

Wheeler Veterinary Hospital, TN:   $227

New carriers plus shipping:   $374

Driver gas reimbursement:   $200

Facebook boost (for posts promoting the fundraiser):   $150

Bulk mailing to email list for donations, drivers, etc.:   $100

Grand Total:    $14,405

Each shelter received $170 per cat they took in, and a couple of shelters who took in older or particularly sick cats received a small additional amount.

The one thing that should be clear from this breakdown is that no one shelter received very much money, when all is said and done.  Anybody who's ever had to take a sick cat for emergency veterinary care knows how quickly even one cat can run up hundreds or thousands of dollars in medical costs--and many of the West Virginia cats were very, very sick when we rescued them.

The shelters that were generous and kind-hearted enough to rescue these cats can still use our ongoing support, as many of them are facing incredibly high veterinary bills.  If you would like to make an additional donation to one of these wonderful organizations, you may do so by following the links below!

Kitty's Purrsuit of Happiness

Forever Home Feline Ranch

Animal Service League of NY

Taylor County SPCA (their PayPal address is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Seer Farms

Good Mews

AUG
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Blind Shelter Kitten Has His Very Own Seeing-Eye Cat

Blind Shelter Kitten Has His Very Own Seeing-Eye Cat

Blinkin' and Hefty have become in-house celebrities at the SPCA Albrecht Center in Aiken, South Carolina--mostly because of their extra-special relationship.

The two kittens aren't just best friends.  Hefty actually helps Blinkin', who is blind, get around on his own.

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Hefty, a fuzzy black kitten, was born at the SPCA. About a month later, Blinkin' was brought in as a stray. When shelter staff noticed that Blinkin' was blind back in June, they decided to see if matching him up with Hefty would help Blinkin' be more independent.

"We paired them up together and they've been together ever since," says the SPCA's Sarah Neikam. "It's really sweet to see them together."

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Hefty helps Blinkin' out by guiding him wherever he needs to go and they spend all their time together, so obviously the two need to find a home together.

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The dynamic duo were featured as the "pets of the week" on a local news channel, but they still haven't found a home.

"These two have just stuck around with us," Neikam said. "We're still looking for the right home for them."

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Hopefully these two will find a home with an understanding family, who will make sure they live long, happy lives as best friends and partners in crime.

If you're interested in giving these two their forever home, please contact the SPCA Albrecht Center!

MAY
20

Kittenish

Kittenish

A book designed by selfless cats to raise money for those in need.

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Photos of cats are everywhere—but how many of those photos were taken by the cats themselves?

Behold Kittenish—a send-up of Kim Kardashian's bestselling selfies book, Selfish—featuring hundreds of photos of cats, by cats. The cats in Kittenish have captured themselves at their most playful, affectionate, and haphazard moments, and the result is an unforgettable collection that's equal parts hilarious and heart-tugging. There's even a black-page section for the "sexy selfies." (Warning: Very few cats consented to wear costumes for Kittenish, so most of these selfies are nudes.)

100% OF THE PROCEEDS FROM KITTENISH WILL GO TO HUMANE SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL, TO ASSIST THEIR ONGOING ANIMAL-RESCUE EFFORTS IN NEPAL. The minimum price for Kittenish is $3.99, but you're free to give more than that if you'd like. We're hoping that some of you will.

Brought to you by Gwen Cooper, the bestselling author of Homer's Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, and "Homer's Heroes"—Homer the Blind Wonder Cat's community of rescuers and "furiends"—Kittenish will bring hours of joy to animal lovers, and life-saving aid to animals in need.

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