Category: Uplifting

Animal Shelter Hosts Adorable Pajama Parties

What’s more fun than a sleepover? A doggie and kitty pajama party! The Humane Society of Huron Valley in Michigan has cleverly and creatively combined cats, canines, food, and films to make children, parents, and shelter animals very happy. One or two Friday evenings each month, children between the ages of five and eleven are invited to a sleepover party with the resident pups and kitties. The children arrive at Pets & Pajamas Movie Night in their jammies to play with the dogs and felines, eat, and watch an animal-themed movie. The shelter staff also provides humane education during the four-hour FunFest. The cats...

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Pet Squirrel Saves the Day by Ferociously Fighting Off Burglar

We all know burglars can be deterred by security alarms and dogs with booming barks. But it turns out that a little squirrel with razor-sharp claws can be just as effective in protecting a house. Joey, a domesticated squirrel who resides in Idaho, is testament to that. He may look cute and innocent, but he won’t tolerate uninvited guests snooping around and taking things. Adam Pearl is Joey’s human “dad.” Pearl took Joey in six months ago when a friend found him abandoned in a garden. Joey was so young that his eyes were closed, and Pearl had to feed...

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How A San Francisco Biologist Saved a Butterfly Species in His Own Backyard

Though not yet extinct, Northern California’s native Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly was a rare find and had all but vanished from San Francisco. Tim Wong, known as the “Butterfly Whisperer,” has single-handedly repopulated the species. As a volunteer at the San Francisco Botanical Garden, Wong was able to get a few clippings of the rare California Pipevine, which will sometimes fly to death to find the delicate vine where it lays its eggs. Wong gathered up caterpillars and built a screen-sheltered ecosystem in his backyard. The caterpillars survive by eating this same host plant. Once the caterpillar pupates, a chrysalis forms. At...

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New Sundresses Give Orphans and Underprivileged Girls the Chance to ‘Feel Beautiful’

Orphans from the Philippines and underprivileged girls from Illinois received 50 handmade sundresses from Stitching a Legacy, a nonprofit organization created by McKara Caldwell, a 17-year-old girl from Sherrard, Illinois, in October of last year. With the help of life insurance company Royal Neighbors of America (RNA) and its program Difference Maker Fund (DMF), Caldwell was given a $200 dollar mini-grant to showcase her sundresses in a fashion show and later donated them to the above-mentioned girls. Caldwell and a host of volunteers raced against the clock to create the sundresses to model on the runway. This was done...

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Make Someone’s Day Brighter With The Random Act Of Kindness Generator

Whether it’s a compliment from a coworker or having your coffee paid for by the person ahead of you in line, small acts of kindness have an amazing ability to lift your mood. This week marks the 17th Annual Random Act of Kindness Week — a week completely dedicated to altruism. The Random Act of Kindness Organization (RAK) started celebrating this week in 2000 as an opportunity to “unite through kindness,” according to a press release. RAK week is observed Feb 12-18 each year. This year, RAK is launching a “Kindness Generator,” which creates kindness “challenges” for individuals, organizations, companies,...

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Being Pet-Friendly Makes You More Attractive

Struggling to come up with the perfect way to seduce your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? Look no further than your furry wing man. According to a recent study, 76% of people find a romantic partner more attractive if they’re pet friendly. Petcube, a retailer that makes cameras to record all of your companion animal’s crazy antics, conducted their first annual Valentine’s Day Survey in January with a sample of 3,771 people from all around the world.  The results: People are crazy in love with their pets. Besides pets making you more attractive, the survey also concluded that a 3-way-love-affair...

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Video – Dog Thrown from 2nd-Story Balcony Loses Leg, But Not Her Spirit

Celia is a dog with a beautiful, resilient spirit. After being tossed from a balcony, she suffered a broken leg, and subsequently lost the limb. But despite experiencing these traumatic events, she’s happy and playful as ever — and has finally found a loving home. “A 5-year-old girl threw Celia from a two-story balcony to her sister, who was standing below — but she missed, and Celia landed on the ground and broke her leg,” PETA Associate Director of the Community Animal Project Emily Allen told Lady Freethinker. After the incident, the family Celia was living with deemed her “ugly,”...

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Hop on the K9 Bus for London’s ‘Dog Bus Tour’

It makes sense that the first city to operate a Dog Bus Tour would be London, as its monarch has shared her residency with over 30 Corgis during her reign. Beyond Queen Elizabeth, the city seems to be growing more dog-friendly by the minute. And now that canines are welcome at many hotels and even some stores, shouldn’t they be able to enjoy a nice double-decker bus ride? The More Th>n insurance company of the United Kingdom has organized a fun and free bus outing for pooches and their people to celebrate the introduction of their new monthly box...

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