Disabled Rescue Dog Helps Injured Pastor Heal His Body & Soul

Disabled Rescue Dog Helps Injured Pastor Heal His Body & Soul

Advertisement On the morning of June 2, Pastor Jon Cavnar was in a head-on collision on his way to work. His injuries were extensive, landing the once-active father in a wheelchair. Like many survivors, Cavnar began to suffer from depression. Doctors were unsure whether or not they could save his leg and he found himself facing an uncertain future. That’s when his wife, Alexis suggested bringing a dog into the family. Enter Tankerbelle – a very special rescue pooch from the San Francisco SPCA! The adorable English Bulldog mix is living with spina…continue reading →
TSA Canine Meets The Son Of The 9/11 Hero He Was Named For

TSA Canine Meets The Son Of The 9/11 Hero He Was Named For

Advertisement September 11, 2001 brought the world some of the most tragic scenes in recent history. Many families were broken, and many heroes stepped forward, willing to lay down their lives to search for survivors. One of those heroes was George Howard, a Port Authority police officer who was off-duty when the World Trade Center North Tower was attacked. He immediately leaped into action as a volunteer firefighter – one of the first to arrive on the scene that day to help rescue the people trapped inside. This was actually the second time…continue reading →
Pregnant Foster Dog Is Treated To A Beautiful Maternity Photo Shoot

Pregnant Foster Dog Is Treated To A Beautiful Maternity Photo Shoot

Advertisement Ima is a 3-year-old Hound mix from North Carolina. After being abandoned by her owner, a kind neighbor took her in, but the stressed-out pooch ran away. When she returned a month later, she was pregnant. Soon after, Ima found herself in the shelter system, eventually being placed in a wonderful foster home where she is expected to deliver her pups any day now. Photo c/o Sarah Freeman Her doting foster mom, Sarah Freeman, told PEOPLE Pets: “The neighbor knew she couldn’t afford to take care of Ima and her puppies properly so…continue reading →
Grateful Owner Is Still Thanking Homeless Man Who Reunited Him With Lost Dog

Grateful Owner Is Still Thanking Homeless Man Who Reunited Him With Lost Dog

Advertisement A loving owner’s gratitude knows no bounds when it comes to the return of a lost dog. The relief you feel when someone returns your pet can’t be expressed in words and a cash reward – no matter how big – doesn’t compare to the joy you feel when you get to hold your dog again. So we totally understand why Rick Darge is raising money for James, the man who returned his beloved rat terrier. Rick’s dog, Maya, went missing for a short period of time this summer, and Rick went…continue reading →
Boy’s Lemonade Stand Raises Over $1,500 To Adopt A Pup

Boy’s Lemonade Stand Raises Over $1,500 To Adopt A Pup

Advertisement 11-year-old Nick was determined not just to get a dog, but to earn the money to adopt one himself. So the young entrepreneur set up a Lemonade Stand near his home in Spokane, Washington with a realistic goal of making $20 – $30 and earning the rest gradually mowing lawns, but by the end of the weekend he had more than enough for a new pet and to pay the security deposit necessary to keep a dog in his family’s rental home! In an incredible show of support, neighbors, friends, and even…continue reading →

Dog & Abandoned Baby Moose Become “Fast Friends”

Advertisement It’s not every day you find a moose in your backyard. But Shannon Lugdon, who lives in northern Maine, is one of the few people who can say it happened to her! Now, anyone who knows anything about these majestic animals knows that they’re big, and can get aggressive if they’re feeling threatened. That’s why, when she discovered a 6-day-old, 27-pound baby moose, her initial instinct was to leave her alone and call the wildlife wardens. Lugdon explained on a Facebook post: “So this happened! Miss Maggie Moose was heard calling for her…continue reading →
With The Help Of 20 Strangers, This Hitchhiking Hound Trekked 2,000 Miles To Get Back Home

With The Help Of 20 Strangers, This Hitchhiking Hound Trekked 2,000 Miles To Get Back Home

It was just another day walking his dogs in Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania when Adam Herbaugh spotted a lonely Coonhound wandering along his route. He took the hound to a veterinarian where his chip was scanned, and an incredible discovery was made. Although he was in good health, this pup was long way from home — 2,000 miles to be exact — and the story of how he returned from Pennsylvania to Arizona is making headlines! Once Jake’s microchip was scanned and his identity revealed, his family was contacted to pick him up. But…continue reading →
9-Year-Old Boy Takes A Picture With Every Dog He Pets

9-Year-Old Boy Takes A Picture With Every Dog He Pets

Advertisement It doesn’t matter whether they’re big, small, fluffy, young, or old—Gideon Kidd loves dogs. The nine-year-old loves their different personalities and the way they roll over on their backs for belly rubs. He even loves it when they lick his face. Gideon has one dog at home named Walter (along with three cats and two gerbils), but his love for furry friends extends to the entire canine kingdom. All he wants to do is pet dogs, and while he’s at it, he’s spreading an important message. Regardless of the kind of day…continue reading →
Senior Dog Rescue Helps 104-Year-Old Man Find “Puppy” Love Again

Senior Dog Rescue Helps 104-Year-Old Man Find “Puppy” Love Again

When asked if dogs are the secret to a long life, Milt Lessner tells Jen Reeder with BBC News, “I’d like to think so.” At 104 years old, he probably knows better than anyone. Milt grew up with dogs and had dogs in his home his entire life, until his wife and pets died several years ago. Once a psychiatrist (now retired), Milt would bring his dogs to work with him to help his patients relax. Even though he had excellent references, lots of experience with dogs, and had even previously volunteered with…continue reading →
Adorable Spotted Puppy Wears His Heart On His… Nose!

Adorable Spotted Puppy Wears His Heart On His… Nose!

Advertisement Every dog is special, and some pups show their uniqueness through incredible markings – like Wiley the Dalmatian puppy! Wiley has tons of love to give, and it’s not only evident by his playful, outgoing nature. This adorable pooch wears his heart on his nose, where it’s on display for all to see. As soon as she brought him home, mom Lexi Smith noticed the strategically placed spots. They were so perfect, and he was so little, she thought they might separate as he grew. “I wasn’t sure if it was going…continue reading →

Woman Falls In Love, Gives Home To Dog With Unusual Face

Advertisement Jamie Hulit is a dedicated animal lover in Texas. She works with and fosters for several rescues in the Austin and San Antonio areas, including the Heart of Texas Lab Rescue, Animal Care Services in San Antonio, and a few others. Keeping in touch with other rescuers and fosters through social media, Jamie’s “Dog Rescue World” casts a wide net, and brought to her attention a poor, deformed dog who desperately needed love. Beaux’s first day home Beaux Tox was born with a facial deformity, and for a pup at a breeding…continue reading →
Hikers Are Surprised When A Friendly Dog Follows Them… But His Tag Explains Everything!

Hikers Are Surprised When A Friendly Dog Follows Them… But His Tag Explains Everything!

Advertisement When Scott Brown, his wife, and their hiking group decided to hike Teneriffe Falls in Washington State last week, they were surprised to meet a new friend along the way — a four-legged one, that is! As they embarked on the trail, the hikers noticed a large black dog and assumed he was the pet of someone in the nearby neighborhood. The pup soon joined the group on their adventure, even leading the way to the waterfall. Brown told iHeartDogs: “It was funny, when he stayed with us for half mile or…continue reading →

Photographer Captures The Heart & Soul Of “Perfectly Imperfect” Dogs

Advertisement Growing up in the South Australia outback, Alex Cearns learned to love and care for all creatures great and small. Aside from her family’s own dogs, rabbits, horses, guinea pigs and sheep, she also helped her mother care for orphaned and injured wildlife. As an adult, Cearns was inspired to combine her passion for animals with her love of photography. Alex with one of her rescue dogs, Pixel. She left her job as a police officer in 2010 to focus on photography full-time and started Houndstooth Studio, helping adoring pet parents capture the true…continue reading →
DNA Test Reunites Littermates Displaced By Hurricane Harvey

DNA Test Reunites Littermates Displaced By Hurricane Harvey

Advertisement DNA testing is all the rage these days. With a simple cheek swab, curious humans can learn all about their own cultural heritage or unlock their beloved mutt’s unique blend of breeds. When two families living nearly 1,000 miles apart submitted DNA tests to Embark Veterinary, they expected to learn the genetic makeup of the rescue pups they adopted in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. They had no idea they would discover their dogs’ long-lost littermate in the process! Ollie was discovered tied to a stop sign by Hurricane Harvey disaster responders and…continue reading →
Picasso, The “Perfectly Imperfect” Celebrity Dog, Is Being Honored For His Courage

Picasso, The “Perfectly Imperfect” Celebrity Dog, Is Being Honored For His Courage

Advertisement One year ago, a crooked-faced pooch named Picasso was rescued from a kill shelter along with his brother, Pablo. Liesl Wilhardt, the executive director of Luvable Dog Rescue in Oregon, welcomed the bonded pair with the intention of finding them the perfect adoptive family. But when tragedy touched both Wilhardt and Picasso, the veteran rescuer realized that Picasso was already home. Check out our original story on Picasso! Last week, The Oregon Humane Society’s Diamond Collar Hero Awards honored the pooch with the signature toothy grin for his message of hope and ability to overcome incredible…continue reading →
Scared Shelter Dog Blossoms When She’s Shown Love On Her Big Day Out

Scared Shelter Dog Blossoms When She’s Shown Love On Her Big Day Out

Advertisement Ever wish you could give every shelter dog just one day to feel as loved as they possibly can? Rocky Kanaka is living that dream. You might recognize Rocky from the CW show Save Our Shelter, where he and his crew travelled around the country giving animal shelters much needed makeovers to help boost their adoption rates and make shelter life more tolerable for pets and staff. He also shares his love of good, healthy food with dogs through his company, The Dog Bakery, creating and selling delicious, dog-safe cakes and treats.…continue reading →
Comfy Chairs Give Shelter Dogs A Taste Of Home While They Await Adoption

Comfy Chairs Give Shelter Dogs A Taste Of Home While They Await Adoption

Advertisement The homeless dogs at Knox County Humane Society are enjoying the best seats at the shelter thanks to a creative idea and generous donors. The staff at this no-kill Illinois shelter have always gone above and beyond to provide for their rescued residents. They make sure every dog gets personalized attention and the best opportunities for adoption. But despite all they do, they know life in the shelter is tough. Dogs live in their kennels and spend months without knowing a family. To make life a little more comfortable, shelter staff got…continue reading →
The Cure For This Dog’s “Mystery Condition” May Be His New Forever Home

The Cure For This Dog’s “Mystery Condition” May Be His New Forever Home

Advertisement When Fritos was found living alone on the streets, his skin was itchy and irritated, and he was missing patches of fur. Luckily, the loving folks at the San Antonio Humane Society took him in, and immediately went about trying to treat him. A year and multiple tests later, poor Fritos is still living with this itchy “mystery condition,” even though vets have ruled out lots of potential causes for his symptoms. Image Source: San Antonio Humane Society According to the San Antonio Humane Society: “Initial tests for mites returned negative. Mange, negative.…continue reading →

Man “Pup-proses” To Girlfriend At Animal Shelter With Ring-Bearing Rescue Dog

Advertisement When Lizzie the dog first arrived at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa she was suffering with itchy skin, oozing sores, and painful infections in both ears. Her lovely tan and white coat was patchy with hair loss. Thanks to the ARL team and a pup-loving couple named Conner and Alison, Lizzie’s life has been completely transformed! Just a few short weeks after she was abandoned at the shelter, she served as “ring-bearer” during Conner’s proposal and became their new forever fur-kid! According to the ARL Facebook page, the couple had been discussing…continue reading →

Innocent Man Exonerated After 38 Years Goes Home With Dog He Raised In Prison

Advertisement Can you imagine being imprisoned for nearly 40 years for a crime you didn’t commit? That’s exactly what happened to Malcolm Alexander, a Louisiana man who was given a life sentence for rape when he was 21 years old in 1980. According to Today, Alexander was assisted by The Innocence Project, a non-profit organization that helps wrongfully accused prisoners prove their innocence. With the help of DNA evidence, the now-58-year-old was finally found not guilty after four long decades behind bars. “I want to eat something home-cooked [a slice of beignet-type fried…continue reading →

Boy Pens The Sweetest Sympathy Card To Teacher Mourning The Loss Of Her Dog

Advertisement Mrs. Dunne, a teacher in Glasgow, Scotland, often shared photos and stories of her beloved Golden Retriever, Charlie with her young students. When the dog unexpectedly passed away due to an inoperable tumor pressing on his heart, she dreaded telling the children. Dunne decided to share the heartbreaking news first thing in the morning. At the end of the day, a compassionate little boy named Callum presented her with the sweetest sympathy card to show his support. “Callum had asked for paper in class on Monday, and wrote her the note without…continue reading →
Lonely Dog Finally Gets His Wish After His Photos Go Viral

Lonely Dog Finally Gets His Wish After His Photos Go Viral

Advertisement White Bear Lake Library’s “Paws to Read” program allows kids ages 4 – 8 to practice their reading with a therapy dog, an audience who is happy to snuggle up for a story and won’t judge them if they misread a word. Sting is one of the therapy dogs who looks forward to being read to by children, but last Wednesday, Sting sat alone with no kids and no story time. His owner, John Mullner, snapped a few pictures of Sting, laying alone in the library with a long face and puppy…continue reading →
Thousands Of Facebook Users Step Up To Help Dying Man Rehome His Dog

Thousands Of Facebook Users Step Up To Help Dying Man Rehome His Dog

Advertisement This summer Walter Hollier received the devastating news that he has terminal liver cancer. Given an estimated three to six months to live, he began making final arrangements. The most heartbreaking of those tasks was finding new homes for his cherished dogs, Doc and Diego. Hollier knew that Doc would make a wonderful family pet, but was panic stricken about what might become of Diego. [embedded content] On Friday, Hollier took to Facebook in search of a single kind-hearted soul. Instead, he found thousands. His post was shared more than 80,000 times…continue reading →
Dog With Heartbreaking Message On Name Tag Gets Rescued, Then Returns The Favor

Dog With Heartbreaking Message On Name Tag Gets Rescued, Then Returns The Favor

Advertisement Two years ago, Mercedes Trujillo was at college in Utah when she got a text from her stepmom about a dog that her sister had nearly run over. The pup was wearing a name tag that read: “My name is Lilly. If you found me, pls keep me. My fam can’t & I need love” The heartbreaking photos of a scared dog with a tag on her collar resonated with Mercedes, and she had the feeling that this dog was the one she had been looking for. The next day, Mercedes made the…continue reading →
Dog Welcomes His Dad Home With The Sweetest Hug

Dog Welcomes His Dad Home With The Sweetest Hug

Advertisement There’s nothing like a heartfelt hug from a friend after a long day. One lucky gentleman living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil knows this all too well. His dog, Panthro waits patiently on the front porch until his dad returns home. When he appears, Panthro does a brief happy dance before encircling him in an emotional hello hug! [embedded content] While not all dogs are fans of hugs, some relish the physical closeness to their favorite human. You should never force your pup into a situation where he feels cornered or trapped. Instead,…continue reading →
Cancer Patient Gets The Best Surprise Ever When She’s “Showered With Puppies”

Cancer Patient Gets The Best Surprise Ever When She’s “Showered With Puppies”

Advertisement On January 7, a brave California native battling brain cancer lived out a fantasy thanks to family, friends and a big pile of puppies from Sacramento’s public animal shelter! 28-year-old Courtney Gessford was diagnosed with a lemon-sized brain tumor three-and-a-half years ago. In that time, she has endured three brain surgeries, radiation treatments, and is currently undergoing chemotherapy. Throughout her debilitating migraines and gruelling treatments, Gessford has taken comfort in Clyde, her family’s dog. In fact, she and her friend, Maris Loeffler decided that if snuggling with Clyde was good medicine, being smothered…continue reading →