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Hope For Paws received a call regarding two stray pit bull brothers who had been living on the streets.

When rescuers arrived, the dogs were wandering around in the middle of the road, so they used pieces of cheeseburger to coax them toward the sidewalk so they wouldn’t get hit by a car.

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The pups followed them into a parking lot, and the owners of the lot quickly closed the fence behind them so they couldn’t run away. Once the dogs realized they were trapped, they tried to find a way out.

The pups were very nervous, but never got aggressive toward rescuers. You could tell they wanted to take a bite of the cheeseburger, but were reluctant to get close enough to rescuers.

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They were finally able to get ahold of both pups long enough to get the leashes around them. Both dogs were very frightened, but stayed calmed and relaxed more when they were together again.

They took some cheeseburger and even allowed rescuers to pet them. They named them Pluto and Goofy and brought them back to their clinic for a medical examination and a much-needed bath.

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Pluto and Goofy’s playful, bubbly personalities finally started to show, and the two of them couldn’t stop wagging their tails. They were both so happy to be getting the love and attention they desperately wanted after living alone on the streets.

Their exact past is unknown; they could have been abandoned, or they could have been born on the streets. But either way, their future will be much brighter than what they’ve been through!

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They’re now living in a foster home together and awaiting a loving forever home! If you’re interested in adopting these two sweet pups, contact www.TheLittleRedDog.com.

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David Guindon suffered a stroke and heart attack six years ago that has left him disabled. He has needed a motorized wheelchair to get around and wound up getting a service dog named Zeus in 2014 to help him in his everyday life.

In May 2016, Zeus wandered away from their home in San Bernardino, California, and Guindon was devastated. He searched everywhere for Zeus, put up posters, and even hired a pet detective. Zeus was nowhere to be found until a couple of months ago when someone who found Zeus tried to re-register his microchip.

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The microchip company called Guindon and explained that there was a lady who had his dog and wanted to re-register him under her name. They were asking Guindon’s permission, and of course he said no. He wanted Zeus back, but the woman was refusing to give him up.

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Guindon pleaded for his beloved dog back. He missed him every single day and was absolutely heartbroken. Thankfully, last week, the person who had Zeus decided to surrender him to the shelter.

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Guindon was ecstatic to finally get his dog back, but since it’s been a year and a half since he’s last seen him, he feared that Zeus wouldn’t remember him. The two of them were finally reunited, and Zeus did not forget his owner. Zeus was just as happy to see Guindon!

Guindon is relieved to have his furry best friend back and has already bought a new GPS collar for him so this never happens again. He said seeing Zeus again was one of the happiest moments of his life along with the birth of his kids.

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The Winter Olympics are in full swing, and so are adoring cat fans.

Cats love to chase anything that moves fast, including Olympians on the television. Cats are increasingly becoming spectators as the winter weather hinders their bird chasing.

Cats are batting and eagerly trying to catch the snowboarders, skaters, skiers, and anyone else zooming across the screen. They refuse to give up and continue to follow the Olympians all over the screen. These cats deserve a gold medal for persistence.


Even if you are not into the Olympics, these cats trying to bat Olympians off the television will have you laughing.

Cats are unpredictable and so entertaining. That is just one reason why we love them!

Watch this fierce competitive cat take on a snowboarder in the video below.

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Be sure to let South Korea know that you do not support the dog meat farms by signing the petition below. Protect Dogs And Cats In South Korea

South Korea is the only country in the world known to intensively breed dogs for human consumption. Thousands of dog meat farms across the country breed an estimated 2.5 million dogs each year, and they are confined in small, barren cages outdoors.



Please sign our petition calling on the South Korean government to identify all dogs and cats as companion animals under the law, regardless of breed or place of birth, and to ban the slaughter of these animals for human consumption.

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For rescue dogs, this is their day.

Watch the first dog show that does not judge a dog on their breed, but rather their personality. Dogs do not have to be purebred to compete, and mutts are our favorites. The only requirement is that the dogs all be rescues.

This dog show will be showcasing the dogs’ best traits out of 10 categories. Rebecca Romijn and Rich Eisen are the hosts, and the program features some celebrities as the judges.

10 Best of Classes

Best Couch Potato
Best In Fetching
Best In Kissing
Best In Listening
Best In Senior Dog
Best In Snoring
Best In Special Needs
Best In Talking
Best In Underbite
Best In Wiggle Butt

Celebrity judge Ross Matthews states, “I love special needs dogs. I love an underbite and a crocked tooth. That is just how I roll.”


The top ten dogs, the winner of each group, will face off for the ultimate title, Best in Rescue. The Petco Foundation is providing $75,000 in non-profit grants to the winners.

We cannot wait to see who wins in each category. Regardless, each category will be filled with wagging tails and adorable faces. The goal of the show is to raise awareness of rescue dogs and help find homes for all the homeless pets.


“It’s such an incredible idea for a show. It’s a chance to encourage people to ‘adopt, not shop,’ to showcase these unbelievable creatures and help end the epidemic of animal homelessness. A lot of people may not understand that there are so many beautiful dogs, pure breeds as well as mixed breeds, who need to be rescued,” Rebecca Romijn tells People.

You will get to know these rescue dogs on a deeper level as their rescue stories are shared. It is guaranteed to be a heart-warming event that will have you smiling and cheering for each competitor.


Rescue dogs range in personality and breed but fill our hearts and homes with joy. Now all dogs, no matter their pedigree, can compete in a dog show to demonstrate their unique traits.

Tune in for the first-ever American Rescue Dog Show on Hallmark Channel on February 19 at 8pm ET/PT.

If you are thinking about adopting a dog, click ‘next’ for a list of rescue Golden Retrievers looking for a forever home.

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Bumblebee is a sweet cuddly cat who has endured extreme pain and abuse. His soft purrs hide his painful past.

West Coast Dog and Cat Rescue received a young cat who had serious head injuries. Upon investigation, they discovered the fragile kitten, just one year old, had been thrown against the side of a building. The forceful blow to the head made him cross-eyed.

The staff was concerned and brought him immediately to a vet. It was recommended that he get an MRI after such trauma to the head. The vets also found he had a neurological disorder that caused him to have seizures. The rescue organization runs on donations from the public, and a high-cost procedure is not within the limited budget. However, the rescue was not going to give up on Bumblebee.


GreaterGood’s Friend Program stepped up and covered the cost for the MRI and recovery. After the MRI, Bumblebee received all the required medical treatment so he could begin recovering. His seizures are stabilized on regular phenobarbital each day.


The best place for him to recover was in a loving foster home. His foster mom was happy to take him in and help him thrive. She became so attached to his furry face and loving purrs that she decided to adopt him. He will spend the rest of his days enjoying unlimited love!

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South Korea is currently hosting the Winter Olympics. However, they are also the only country in the world known to intensively breed dogs for human consumption.

Meagan Duhamel, Canadian Olympic pairs figure skater, has been a vegan since 2008. She has been raising awareness about how a vegan lifestyle can still make you a top athlete. Her love for animals and their rights continued when she visited South Korea and witnessed the horror of dog meat farms. She immediately joined the fight to end dog meat farms.

Last February, Duhamel visited South Korea and left with a dog named Mootae, a dachshund she rescued from a dog meat farm. Mootae is best buds with her other dog, Theo. Mootae would have suffered the same fate as thousands of other dogs, slaughtered for meat.


With the help of the Humane Society International (HSI), dog meat farms are being shut down. Just last week, another dog meat farm, located 40 minutes from the Olympic stadium, was shut down by HSI. 90 dogs were saved and will be adopted into loving homes.

There is still a ways to go, but with the spotlight constantly on South Korea, thanks to HSI and the people helping to raise awareness, change is happening.

Another Olympic competitor is rescuing dogs in South Korea. Read about his efforts by clicking ‘next’.

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With all the recent recalls on pet food, pet parents are starting to really worry about what is in their pet’s food. They should be!

Just in the last week, there have been 4 recalls by major pet food brands due to Salmonella. However, this new issue is deadly.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating a study that was performed on Big Heart Pet Food, owned by Smucker’s. The brand under investigation is Gravy Train. A report states a study on Gravy Train food found it contained the drug pentobarbital, a drug used to euthanize animals.

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A woman who was feeding Gravy Train to her Miniature Schnauzer, Baby, lost her dog two months after she contacted Smucker’s about her dog losing weight and vomiting. Another dog named Talula passed away after consuming Gravy Train. Talula’s parents started a petition to raise awareness and help save other pets from being poisoned by the food. The petition has received over 53,000 signatures.

According to One Green Planet, “After hearing [Talula’s] story, a D.C. news station and lab specializing in food contaminants investigated further and discovered that a shocking 60 percent of Gravy Train canned dog food contained pentobarbital.”

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A voluntary recall of the following products with UPC codes was issued by Gravy Train.

Recalled Food

Gravy Train 13.2 oz. with T-Bone Flavor Chunks UPC code:7910052541
Gravy Train 13.2 oz. with Beef Strips UPC code:7910052542
Gravy Train 13.2 oz. with Lamb and Rice Chunks UPC code:7910052543
Gravy Train 22 oz. with Chicken Chunks UPC code:7910051645
Gravy Train 22 oz. with Beef Chunks UPC code:7910051647
Gravy Train 13.2 oz. with Beef Chunks UPC code:7910034417
Gravy Train 13.2 oz. with Chicken Chunks UPC code:7910034418
Gravy Train 13.2 oz. Chunks in Gravy Stew UPC code:7910051933
Gravy Train 13.2 oz. Chicken, Beef & Liver Medley UPC code:7910051934
Gravy Train 13.2 oz. Chunks in Gravy with Beef Chunks UPC code: 7910034417

What To Do

Stop feeding these products immediately!
If your dog has eaten the food, bring him to the vet.
Contact Gravy Train by calling 800-828-9980.

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Gravy Train released the following statement: “Veterinarians and animal nutrition specialists, as well as the FDA, have confirmed that extremely low levels of pentobarbital, like the levels referenced in this report, do not pose a threat to pet safety. However, the presence of this substance at any level is not acceptable to us and not up to our quality standards. We sincerely apologize for the concern this has caused.”

Big Heart Pet Food also makes the following items according to Smucker’s website: Meow Mix®, Milk-Bone®, Kibbles n’ Bits®, 9Lives®, Natural Balance®, Pup-Peroni®, Gravy Train®, Nature’s Recipe®, Canine Carry Outs®, and Milo’s Kitchen®, among others.

You may want to proceed with caution on their other brands until a full investigation is conducted by the FDA. Pets are part of the family and we want to do what is best for them. Their health is directly connected to what they eat. Sign below and demand that pet food companies must have stronger safety regulations overseen by the FDA!

Keep Your Pets Safe

This recall is just one of dozens that have occurred in the past year. Your pets deserve better.

Help us keep pet food companies in check.

Tell the FDA to enact stronger pet food safety regulations.

Spread the word to keep our fur babies safe! ☟
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There are hundreds of benefits to owning a dog. If you are looking to add to your fur family, consider adopting a dog. You will save the life of that dog and allow another to come into the shelter to be saved.

Golden Retrievers are well-mannered, loyal companions that love to play. They love meeting new people and their enthusiasm is contagious. Goldens make great family dogs and hiking partners.

Check out all 25 looking for their forever homes and share with a friend. You can find your next adoptable pet here.

Mandy

Mandy is a sweet senior girl looking for a forever home. Her owner passed away and this obedient girl wants to spend her golden years in a loving home. If you are interested in adopting her, you can click here.

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Tess

Tess has had a rough life. She is looking for a soft bed and a faithful companion. Most of her life (9 years), she was used for breeding. She needs someone who will show her how great life can be. Adopt Her.

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Baltoy

He was rescued from a kill shelter in Tennessee and is looking for his forever home. He is a young and playful pup who just needs the right companion. Are you the perfect fit for him? Adopt him!

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Rico, a military working dog with the United States Air Force, served for eight years with his handlers, Tech Sgt. Matthew Salter and Staff Sgt. Jason Spangenberg, in Afghanistan and elsewhere. He completed more than 100 combat missions and even earned the Bronze Star with Spangenberg for finding more than 100 pounds of explosive material. He trained local Afghan police officers. He was loved by his handlers, his unit, and everyone that came in contact with him.

Rico retired from service as a military working dog (MWD) in 2016 and lived as a family pet — and family member — with Spangenberg since. Unfortunately, Rico began suffering from canine degenerative myelopathy, and Spangenberg was forced to make the tragic decision to say goodbye to his friend and partner, having him put to sleep.

On Rico’s last day, Spangenberg and Salter were joined by the 436th Security Forces Squadron, military working dogs and their handlers, and others to pay their respects and give Rico his “last call” at Dover Air Force Base. Spangenberg carried Rico in his arms through a gauntlet of service members giving their final salute as they entered the veterinarian clinic.

It was the only fitting way to bid farewell to Rico, the brave military working dog and fellow Airman.

U.S. Air Force/Roland Balik — Members of the 436th Security Forces Squadron render a final salute to retired Military Working Dog Rico as his former handler and current owner, retired Tech. Sgt. Jason Spangenberg, carries him to the Veterinary Treatment Facility on Dover Air Force Base.

“It’s hard to describe the loss I feel,” said Salter, 436th SFS kennel master and Rico’s first handler. “I know Rico is in a better place and is running around again finding bombs and biting bad guys, but it’s also sad because my partner isn’t around for me to see whenever I need that look he would give. He had a way of saying ‘get up dad, time to work.'”

Rico’s handler wasn’t the only one to know the loss the Air Force was feeling at Rico’s passing.

“The unit is feeling the same loss as I am,” Salter said. “These guys not only had him as a partner on the road, but they also take care of the working dogs at night …so they too develop a bond and take ownership for the health and welfare of the dogs in the unit.”

U.S. Air Force/Roland Balik — Tech. Sgt. Matthew Salter, retired Tech. Sgt. Jason Spangenberg and Staff Sgt. Ashley Beattie grieve over the U.S. flag-draped body of MWD Rico.

“The bond that Rico and I shared was special,” Spangenberg said. “It started off as partners. We then deployed and it completely changed. We became family. I needed him and relied on him to keep me and the others around us safe.”

“The ‘last call’ is something that police officers all over the nation perform,” explained Salter. “It’s our way of saying the officer is no longer in service or has fallen. It gives us a chance to let everyone monitoring the net to know the officer or K-9 is no longer with us… It’s our way of saying goodbye.”

So as an honor guardsman played Taps, Rico’s last call was heard on the radio for all to hear: “To all cars, posts and patrols — to all cars, posts and patrols — stand by on all radio transmissions — standby on all radio transmissions. Standby for last call: BDOC to MWD Rico — BDOC to MWD Rico — BDOC to MWD Rico — End of watch for MWD Rico on January 24th, 2018. Rest in peace, MWD Rico.”

Watch this amazing tribute video to Rico’s last call.

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Pete, a senior Setter, showed his bravery and became a hero after protecting his family from a black bear.

Pete’s dad runs a pet sitting company called Me & My Shadow Pets. Leash-less pack hikes are a typical occurrence and loved by all the dogs. It was just another hike in the wilderness of New York State until the pack encountered a black bear.

The black bear was startled by the dogs and attacked. The brave boy, Pete, held off the bear so his dad could get the others to safety. Once the dogs were safe, his dad returned and chased the bear off, but Pete was gravely injured.

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Pete was brought to a vet and x-rayed only to find out he had severe spine damage and would never walk again. He also would need multiple other surgeries, and they were not sure if he would make it through them with his age. Pete died a hero.

His dad posted this on social media.

Below is an account from my husband of yesterdays pack walk. “Today we lost our brave, old man Pete. The dogs surprised a black bear just off the trail while we were hiking this morning. It must not have heard or smelled us with the pouring rain. It felt threatened and turned around. Pete stepped up and held off the bear until I could get the other dogs to safety. Once I was sure they were safe, I went back and scared the bear off, but Pete was gravely injured. I was able to get him back down to the main trail and, thanks to Cathi and Kate, we were able to get him in a car and to the hospital pretty quickly. He held on like a real trooper the whole time, and he was never alone in his pain. The x-rays revealed some pretty bad spinal damage that would mean he could never walk again, if he survived all the surgeries (not a certain thing at his age). We decided it was best to let him go this afternoon. Run free Pete, you no longer have all those aches and pains of old age. You had a great 18 months with us running the days away like you loved.” Please light a candle for Pete and remember that fostering and rescuing a dog can sometimes save you. Senior dogs have so much to give. Love you Petey. Save me some cheese for when we see each other again.

A post shared by Me & My Shadow Pets (@mmspets) on Feb 12, 2018 at 1:16pm PST

Dogs are loyal and brave beyond belief. Click “next” for another dog hero story.

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