Category: Animal Rescue

Amber’s Donkey: Mute Girl Speaks for the First Time to Rescue Animal

It was 2010 and Shocks, a donkey currently living at the Donkey Sanctuary’s Assisted Therapy Centre, was recused from a farm in Galway, Ireland. He was found with a rope tied so tightly around his neck that he suffered from open wounds and lacerations. Today he lives a free, happy life helping those with emotional, cognitive and physical challenges. Around the same time Shocks was rescued, Tracy Austwick gave birth to twin girls, born prematurely at just 26 weeks old. One of the babies, Amber, was rushed into surgery for an emergency tracheostomy within minutes of her birth. Her parents were immensely grateful that the surgery saved her life, but...

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Cat, Dog, and Rat Best Friends Refuse to be Separated

An unlikely trio of animals was adopted after refusing to be separated at a Wisconsin animal shelter. Sasha the dog, Jack the cat and Tweaks the rat, known as the “Rat Pack,” were adopted together by Kathy Berens and her daughter on April 7th. The previous owners of the Rat Pack had to move and were unable to bring the trio along with them. They brought the gang to the Oshkosh Area Humane Society (OAHS) on March 1st, and mentioned that the animals had a special bond. After the 3 arrived at OAHS, they needed to be medically examined....

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Lost Dog Found 1,400 Miles from Home Finally Sees His Family Again

Losing your dog can be nerve-wracking, even in your own neighborhood. For this Georgia family, it was a nightmare. Their little dog, Pumpkin, ended up 1,400 miles away from home – in New Mexico! Luckily, thanks to a kind woman and the help of a few veterinarians, Pumpkin found his way back home. Lost: A little Dog Strays Far from Home Pumpkin had been living happily with Manny and Alexandra Ornelas in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He had a whole family who loved him, and even another furry friend to play with. However, about five months ago their care-free lives...

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Lion and Bear Survivors of ISIS-Occupied Mosul Zoo Given Second Chance

Members of rescue response team Four Paws International have saved the only two remaining survivors from an abandoned zoo (Montazah al-Morour) in Mosul, Iraq. Following ISIS occupation of Mosul, the facility had suffered devastation amidst fighting between Iraqi forces and Islamic state militants. As a result, all animals died with the exception of one lion (Simba) and one bear (Lula). Simba and Lula were discovered in February, emaciated and covered in dirt and excrement. Neighbors had been offering food and water to the animals until the war-stricken land environment halted all efforts. Amir Khalil, an Egyptian vet who headed the Four...

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Rescue Dogs Make the Best “Ball Boys” at Tennis Games

The marvelous canis lupus familiaris (domestic dog) can be found infiltrating a variety of settings these days: hospitals, schools, nursing homes, airports, pet-friendly offices, pet supply stores, etc. Now canines are retrieving out of bounds balls at tennis tournaments. The Brazil Tennis Open tournament employed shelter dogs as “ball boys” last year, and again this year. The pooches were street dogs rescued from Sao Paulo. The pups love the opportunity to fetch tennis balls, and fans enjoy watching them sprint out onto the court to do their jobs. The dogs were coached for several months so they understood and accepted that...

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Climate Change Forces Albatross Chicks to Find New Nesting Grounds

Last month, fifteen black-footed albatross chicks were relocated from their native nesting grounds in the Midway Atoll in the northern Pacific Ocean to the James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge in Oahu, Hawaii. With rising sea levels, the birds’ homes are in danger of being overtaken by water due to their low elevation and the location of the nests, which are built right on the sand at sea level. The project, overseen by the Pacific Rim Conservation organization and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), is intended to start a new colony for the albatross in a naturally compatible area at...

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Yet Another Chevron Oil Pipeline Spills, Killing Native Wildlife

On March 5, a damaged pipeline of Chevron Corporation leaked 4,800 gallons of oil into an intermittent stream, killing several animals. A Chevron consultant first spotted the broken pipeline on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land near the town of Rangely in northwestern Colorado. Immediately following the incident, the pipeline was shut down, and remnants of oil saturated the dried ravine and engulfed the surrounding wildlife habitat. The oil traveled two miles downstream before being blocked by a preventative dam, which captured the spillage and stopped further damage. Several mice and two small birds were found dead at the...

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