Author: Avria Myklegard

Opossum Found Suffocating in Plastic 6-Pack Ring Makes Astonishing Recovery

Ringo the opossum wasn’t doing well when a homeowner in Amarillo, Texas found him unresponsive in his driveway and made a call to animal control earlier this month. When Stephanie Oravetz, founder of Wild West Rehabilitation Center, was called to help, Ringo had a plastic 6-pack ring strangling his body, was infested with maggots, and had been slowly suffocating for weeks. Since it was a late-night emergency call and the veterinarian’s office was closed, Oravetz and animal control officer Kara Pierce did triage work on the animal, removing the plastic rings and cleaning the wounds that circled his neck...

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Dog Protects Wounded Friend On Icy Train Track for 2 Days

It’s good to have friends who will stick by you when you’re down. Just ask Lucy and Panda, two Ukrainian dogs whose friendship was literally a life saver. Lucy was somehow injured near a live — and icy — train track near Uzhgorod in Ukraine. Despite harsh winter weather and the constant threat of trains, her dog-friend, Panda, would not abandon her side. He laid by her to keep her warm, and tucked in close when the trains pounded over them for two days until they were rescued. Denis Malafeyev, a local man who was alerted to the dogs predicament...

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Study Says: Dogs Get More Than Twice as Many Christmas Presents than Cats

According to a study of search trends of Internet retailers and b2b sites this holiday season, pet owners will purchase 2.5 times more Christmas gifts for dogs than for cats. Retail company SLI Systems researched the activity of eight pet market websites in the United States, UK, and Australia. The findings show that dog gifts were far more popular than gifts for any other pet, and the type of gift a dog is most likely to receive is all about getting Buddy a good night’s sleep. “Dog bed” searches were more than twice as common as the next most popular search, “dog collar.” Other...

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Revealed: The Winners of KIND People Contest

In January 2016, the KIND Foundation started a philanthropic contest to showcase the good works and kindness of unsung heroes across the United States. Last week, 7 winners were awarded $1.1 million. The judges, who included Ariana Huffington, Jack Dorsey, Jason Alexander, Lauren Paul, and Rick Weissbourg, awarded $100,000 to six winners and $500,000 to one grand prize winner. “For me, the kind people that we’re looking to celebrate are people that go above and beyond for no reason than to help others,” Foundation’s President and KIND Healthy Snacks CEO Daniel Lubetzky explained in a video. “They don’t think about themselves....

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Crowdsourcing Campaign Launched to Give a Voice to the Voiceless

Arlyn Edelstein is a 70-year-old nonverbal cerebral palsy patient who has been left speechless by her condition. But with the help of a new and innovative voice-generating device called Voz Box, she was able to read her own poetry out loud last September in State College, Pennsylvania. Project Vive, the startup company that developed the device, has launched crowdsourcing campaign “A Journey to Ten Voices” to fund ten more Voz Boxes for adults with certain voice-robbing conditions such as cerebral palsy or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The device is customizable for each patient, explained Victoria Babb, Marketing Coordinator for...

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