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Mites Turn Overbred Pug's Skin Black

(29) Comments | Posted December 7, 2013 | 12:11 PM


In September, Charity, an 8-year-old Pug and Georgia, her 2-week-old pup, were dropped off at the Downey Animal Care Center in Downey, Calif. Charity arrived in horrible condition. The first thing you couldn't help but notice was her skin. Her skin was black,...

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Feral Tomcat With Face Ripped Open Finds Help In the Unlikeliest Place

(42) Comments | Posted November 30, 2013 | 11:20 AM

WARNING: One of the images below may be disturbing to some readers.

Rebel, a confident, burly, black tomcat, had been hanging around near A Cat's Tale Rescue in Redondo Beach, Calif. for over a year. He came to eat food that was left out, and then would proceed...

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Abandoned Cat Undergoes Surgery to Remove Baseball-Sized Tumor

(18) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 8:03 AM


Animal control was called to the scene of a recently vacated apartment building in Arlington, Texas. Her owners had moved and decided not to take Sweet Pea, a 1-year-old tortoise-colored cat with them. When animal control finally got to her, her...

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Despite Her Chemical Burns, This Pregnant Dog Still Has The Strength To Wag Her Tail

(15) Comments | Posted November 16, 2013 | 2:16 PM


Tess, a 1-year-old blue pit bull, was turned in as a stray to the Indio Animal Care Center in Indio, Calif. in January 2013. As soon as shelter workers saw her condition, they immediately started calling rescues knowing they couldn't financially absorb the...

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Labrador With Skin Infection Slowly Recovers

(10) Comments | Posted November 10, 2013 | 11:59 AM


Viola, a 5-year-old chocolate Labrador, was found wandering the streets when she was finally caught by animal control. She was taken to the Southeast Area Animal Control Authority (SEAACA) of Downey, Calif. Her history was undoubtedly harsh. She was malnourished and...

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You Won't Believe How This Kitten Was Rescued (VIDEO)

(8) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 12:46 PM


This kitty was certainly in the wrong place but luckily, it was the right time. Southern California resident Paula Tiberius noticed a mama cat moving her kittens along her fence. Paula figured the mother was looking for a more secure, sheltered...

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Dog Loses Leg But Not His Love For Life

(17) Comments | Posted October 26, 2013 | 4:01 PM


It was May 2010 when a sweet, tri-colored Australian Shepherd mix was picked up as a stray and brought to the Bakersfield Animal Shelter. The shelter named the three-year-old shaggy dog Leo. Something was clearly wrong with him. He could not walk. His...

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Meet the Pit Bull That Learned to Trust Humans Again

(56) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 9:32 AM

You often hear negative stories about pit bulls. The press often focuses on attack stories and dog fighting rings, so understandably there are many people who don't trust pitties. This is the story of a pit bull that didn't trust humans. It took the tender loving care of a rescue,...

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Kitten Stuck in a Drain Pipe for Nine Hours; Walks Away Unscathed

(22) Comments | Posted October 12, 2013 | 12:25 PM

It all started with a kitten's mews. It was 3:00 p.m. in August at the Westfield Promenade Mall in Woodland Hills, Calif. Summer shoppers were looking for deals, when a host from Margianno's, an Italian restaurant, heard the unmistakable sound of a kitten mewing. It wasn't coming from a TV...

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Disabled Kitten Uses Walker to Take First Steps

(102) Comments | Posted October 5, 2013 | 2:09 PM

It was unsure if Thumper, a white kitten with black spots, would ever walk, but once he took his first step, there wasn't a dry eye in the room.

Thumper was homeless and abandoned in a yard. There were three litters stranded in the bushes left to die. Nine kittens were saved that day by PACT, including Thumper.

PACT -- People and Cats Together is a nonprofit rescue organization that has been on a mission rescuing cats, spaying, neutering and finding homes for kittens. They have been rescuing animals for years, but Thumper was a unique case.


Thumper could not keep up with his litter mates. He was falling behind. He couldn't walk or even stand. His back legs were not strong enough to support him. He would get around by crawling and dragging his body across the floor. He wanted so badly to play with the other kittens, but his legs prevented him from being able to.


PACT took him to the vet and Thumper was diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder. He was born with the disease and there was no cure. It is simply that some cats recover and others do not. The vet did not know if Thumper would ever walk.

If PACT had not rescued Thumper from the yard that day, there is no way Thumper would have survived. He would have been prey, or hit by a car, or even worse ... he would not even have been able to move to find food or shelter.


PACT rescuer Jane and Thumper's foster mom Anita brainstormed together to figure out ways to help Thumper rehabilitate, so he could live his life like a regular kitten. The odds of finding a home for a disabled cat would be significantly lower than a healthy one. PACT came up with an idea to have a special walker constructed to help strengthen Thumper's legs. Some people were skeptical that Thumper could recover this way, but once Thumper was given the little extra help he needed, he took his first steps.

Thumper was walking faster every day. His legs grew stronger. Soon he was running with the help of his walker. After two weeks of therapy, Thumper had proved all his doubters wrong. A cat has never been so determined to walk before. Soon, he didn't even need it and could stand on his own.


Now, nothing is stopping Thumper. He doesn't use the walker. Thumper plays with his litter mates like all the others. He tackles them, and chases after strings and feathers. He doesn't seem to get tired. He jumps up on laps and loves all the extra love and attention that he gets for being special. Thumper is an inspiration. He was resilient. He just wanted to be like every other cat, and he is! Now, Thumper runs like any other cat, but with a little extra swagger. It would be impossible to know that Thumper was unable walk when he was first rescued, but that's what makes him extraordinary.

Thumper is currently up for adoption and waiting to run, jump, play and be loved in a home somewhere special. If you're in the Southern California area and interested in adopting Thumper, check out his adoption profile on PetFinder.

To learn more about PACT visit their website.

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Cute Dog Viciously Attacked By Coyote Is Given A Second Chance

(5) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 5:25 PM

Roadrunner's life was left hanging in the balance after a coyote attacked him. Small dogs do not usually survive such a vicious attack. Roadrunner, a sweet and docile dog, was left lying on the ground, dying from his wounds. Luckily animal control picked him up, but his life was still...

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This Cat Was Saved From The Brink Of Death

(21) Comments | Posted September 22, 2013 | 1:28 PM

Most cats would not be able to survive such a brutal attack by a dog, even with nine lives. Miss Renata is not most cats. She is a survivor.

It's unknown how Miss Renata ended up defending herself against a dog, or what exactly happened, but she was severely injured. She particularly was hurt in her back and hind legs and lost a lot of blood. She was left to die on the street. Fortunately, she was found by animal services, but even then, it looked like it was too late.


Miss Renata was rushed into emergency surgery. The operation took some time. The surgeons were fearful of complications, but Miss Renata proved resilient and she survived.

Once the cat was out of surgery, she was still not in the clear. She was in horrible pain and the shelter could not afford the pain medication. They had done all they could for her, but the shelter was left with one final decision. They were going to euthanize Miss Renata.


That is when Cat Connection came to Miss Renata's rescue. Cat Connection, a no kill 501(c)(3) non-profit cat rescue in Los Angeles, California got Miss Renata the treatment she needed. Miss Renata needed additional medication and her condition required intensive care. The bite wounds were so deep that she needed more surgery. Miss Renata had serious medical expenses and her post-surgery required intensive daily care. Money was running out. Both Cat Connection and Miss Renata needed help desperately.


Miss Renata is not most cats, and Cat Connection is not just any rescue organization. Together, with the help of the entire rescue community, Cat Connection was able to raise the funds for her. Now, the cat is on her way to a full recovery. Miss Renata is loving her life, getting attention and petted regularly. She is a sweetheart of a cat and is now looking for a permanent home. After all she's been through, she deserves it!


If you're interested in adopting Miss Renata visit her PetFinder profile HERE. (Her name is spelled wrong on the PetFinder profile, but that's her!)

To learn more about Cat Connection visit their WEBSITE and like them on Facebook.

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This Adorable Labrador Retriever Loves Life Despite His Worsening Illness

(24) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 7:14 PM

Elvis got left in the dark when his owners surrendered him. They gave up on him because he was having trouble seeing in the dark, and they soon learned he was going blind. Yet Elvis did not let being abandoned and losing his sight dampen his spirits. He's still got...

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Dog Thrown From Moving Car, Breaks Back -- But Not Spirit

(62) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 8:15 PM

Frogger got his name because of how he was found. Frogger, a sweet dog, was driving with his owner, when suddenly he was thrown from a moving car. There was no rhyme or reason to why these people chose to discard their dog in the cruelest way. He was left...

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This Sweet Cat Was Rescued From A Hoarder Nightmare

(27) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 9:04 PM

Garbo almost didn't make it. The neglect for this beautiful orange cat was so severe that she couldn't have survived much longer. Garbo lived in a hoarding situation where there were too many cats and they were all neglected. She was never properly taken care of. Garbo had never visited...

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Sweet Dogs Dumped at the Shelter Almost Run Out of Time

(50) Comments | Posted August 24, 2013 | 5:52 PM

Maisy and Bear have always been together even when they were dumped off at the shelter. Bear has been like a big brother for Maisy, looking out for her. Maisy and Bear spent most of their life severely neglected. They were most likely tied up and left out in the...

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This Beautiful Cat Cheated Death, Against All The Odds

(25) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 6:19 PM

Just a short while ago, Demetri didn't have a reason to live. He is a beautiful gray cat with white fur on his chest and emerald green eyes that could warm anyone's heart. But Demetri wasn't loved, and didn't have a proper home. He did not have any hearts to...

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Malnourished English Bulldog Dumped On The Street After Giving Birth [VIDEO]

(16) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 6:37 PM

It is hard to believe that someone would abandon Rosebud. Rosebud, an English Bulldog who loves sloppy kisses and belly rubs, was tossed on the streets by her previous owner. She lived in a kennel her whole life as a breeding dog used to breed English Bulldog puppies. Rosebud had...

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Overbred German Shepherd Survives Breast Cancer (VIDEO)

(100) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 8:37 PM

Dora is a survivor, even if she wasn't meant to be. A four-year-old German Shepherd lived in Taiwan, Dora is one of the most gentle and loving dog you could ever meet. Unfortunately, her owner simply used Dora to breed German Shepherd puppies in Taiwan, where they "...are one of...

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WATCH: After A Caged Life, Beagle Finally Finds Freedom

(133) Comments | Posted July 26, 2013 | 6:56 PM

Freedom was something two Beagles named Abe and Davey had never known. They had lived their whole lives in a cage. Born to a breeder and sold to a laboratory when they were just puppies, they were used for toxicity testing where tubes were shoved down their throats against their will. Abe and Davey's chance of surviving this brutal treatment was bleak.

One person would hold the dog, while the other would thrust a tube into the Beagle's stomach that contained pills and other toxic chemicals. There was no place to hide and no one to hear their cries. There was only endless days of solitary confinement. The only human interaction was with the ones testing on them. When a Beagle was finally brought out of their cage he was only to be tested on, or worse, killed.


Abe and Davey are just two of the 70,000 dogs being used for animal testing in the United States alone. Beagles are often the breed of choice for lab testing because they are considered to have gentle, loving personalities. Davey was tested on every day for seven years. Abe spent three years in complete isolation without human hands even touching him. In February 2013, they were no longer deemed "useful" and were slated for euthanasia.

Beagle Freedom Project
, a service of Animal Rescue Media and Education (ARME), a nonprofit advocacy group based in Los Angeles and founded by Shannon Keith, saved ten dogs that day from certain death, including Abe and Davey. That was the first day the Beagles felt freedom... and love.


Beagle Freedom Project placed Abe and Davey into the same foster home. Davey loved receiving affection after being deprived for so long. The years of neglect and solitude took its toll on Abe. He suffered severe post-traumatic stress disorder and was fearful of people.

However, since being fostered together, Abe and Davey have become inseparable, guiding one another to recovery. They sleep together, eat together and play together. Davey loves humans and has aided Abe in learning to trust people. Abe has let his foster parents touch and pet him, and felt human compassion like he's never experienced before. He even kisses them back.

Since the filming of this story, Abe and Davey have found a loving home. Their happy ending video and story will be coming soon.


To follow the progress of these dogs and more follow The Beagle Freedom Project on Facebook and if you feel moved to help, you can make donations via their website.

Related Story: 40 Beagles Rescued From A Testing Lab In Spain Come To America

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