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Adopt Us! It's Hard to Fur-get Cats Patrick and Woody

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Adopt Us! It's Hard to Fur-get Cats Patrick and Woody

Originally posted 07/24/2015 02:40 PM

Home. Some pets never have one to call their own. We'd like to help change that by introducing you to an extraordinary adoptable pet every week. Today, meet Patrick and Woody, an inseparable pair of felines currently being cared for by the North Country Animal League in Morrisville, Vermont.

Throughout history, there have been many memorable duos, and these cuties are right there with the best of them.

"Like Batman and Robin, Peanut Butter and Jelly or Mac and Cheese, Patrick and Woody are the fearless duo here at the shelter," reads a post on the rescue's Facebook page. "Woody is a little more quiet and reserved [cat] who loves to be scratched under the chin and give you all his attention. Patrick is the crazy, outgoing one of the two."

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Abandoned Mother Cat and Kittens Saved from Sealed Hot Box

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Abandoned Mother Cat and Kittens Saved from Sealed Hot Box

Originally posted 07/22/2015 11:10 AM

A mother cat and her five newborn kittens are cooling down after being sealed in a box and abandoned in a hot parking lot.

The helpless felines were – luckily – discovered by Ken Lyons, a volunteer from Ten Lives Club cat rescue in Blasdell, New York, reports WIVB.

Lyons found the box, which was duct-taped shut, in the sunny parking lot without a note. The volunteer immediately freed the cat and her kittens and brought them to Ten Lives Club.

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Adopt Me! It's Easy to Fall For Handsome Valentino

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Adopt Me! It's Easy to Fall For Handsome Valentino

Originally posted 07/17/2015 10:00 AM

Home. Some pets never have one to call their own. We'd like to help change that by introducing you to an extraordinary adoptable pet every week. Today, meet Valentino, a pup currently being cared for by the Eleventh Hour Rescue in Rockaway, New Jersey.

This adorable terrier mix is a happy and funny boy – so why would someone abandon him at an animal shelter? An Eleventh Hour Rescue volunteer was baffled by this too and scooped up the pup in hopes of finding him a forever home.

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Adopt Me! Smarty Pants Oscar Is a Quick Learner

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Adopt Me! Smarty Pants Oscar Is a Quick Learner

Originally posted 07/10/2015 11:20 AM

Home. Some pets never have one to call their own. We'd like to help change that by introducing you to an extraordinary adoptable pet every week. Today, meet Oscar, a pup currently being fostered through Fetch Wisconsin Rescue of Madison, Wisconsin.

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Angelina Jolie Pitt Meets an Adorable Cheetah Cub Named After Shiloh

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On a recent trip to Namibia, Angelina Jolie Pitt secured the sweetest gift for her daughter Shiloh.

The actress, 40, visited the country's Naankuse Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting native wildlife and stopping human-animal conflict in Africa.

The foundation has a special relationship with the Jolie-Pitt family. In 2010, four years after Shiloh was born in Namibia, mom and dad created the Shiloh Jolie-Pitt Foundation to help the Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary with its efforts.

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Adopt Me! Reggie's Puppy Kisses Are the Best

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Adopt Me! Reggie's Puppy Kisses Are the Best

Originally posted 07/03/2015 10:00 AM

Home. Some pets never have one to call their own. We'd like to help change that by introducing you to an extraordinary adoptable pet every week. Today, meet Reggie, a puppy currently being fostered through Pet Connect Rescue of Potomac, Maryland.

This 10-week-old lab/border collie mix is safe now, but just a few weeks ago he was trying to survive on his own. This adorable boy was found by the Pickens County Animal Control on the streets of South Carolina and was plucked from a local shelter by two rescuers. When he was old enough, he was transferred to Pet Connect Rescue, where foster mom Catherine Edwards kept up with his round-the-clock feedings.

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Caitlyn the Dog Stars in New Firefighter Calendar

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Caitlyn the Dog Stars in New Firefighter Calendar

Originally posted 07/01/2015 03:00 PM

Pecs and paws – that's what the soon-to-be-released Charleston Firefighter Calendar is serving up for 2016.

One of the paw-some stars of the latest edition, which benefits abused animals, is Caitlyn, the South Carolina dog who made headlines in May when she was found with her muzzle taped shut.

As these photos show, this courageous pooch has clearly bounced back from the brink – surgery to reconstruct her lips, cheeks and tongue was successful – and, more than a month after her story came to light, she has moved in with a medical foster family, where a veterinary employee is currently caring for her, ABC News 13 reports.

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Pizza Delivery Man Helps Neglected Puppy

Pizza Delivery Man Helps Neglected Puppy

Originally posted 06/30/2015 04:30 PM

Someone deserves a hefty tip!

A pizza delivery man in Orlando, Florida, went beyond the call of duty this weekend when he helped an injured puppy he saw while delivering a pie.

WKMG News 6 reports that Central Florida authorities were notified on Sunday about the injured pooch, who apparently resided at the home where the man made a delivery.

When Animal Services responded to the call, the owner surrendered the puppy to them. The owner claimed that his dog had sustained the wound on her left front leg from another dog in the neighborhood. An investigation is pending, the report said.

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Artist Mark Barone Paints Portraits of 5,500 Euthanized Dogs to Raise Awareness About the Plight of Shelter Animals

Credit: Marina Dervan and Mark Barone

Stacked ten high, they span the length of two football fields and outsize Michelangelo's famous Sistine Chapel ceiling paintings. But for Jacksonville, Florida, artist Mark Barone and partner Marina Dervan, the collective masterpiece of thousands of 12x12 portraits dubbed An Act of Dog is more than a work of art – it's a heartfelt call to action.

"A camera can't give an image soul," Barone says in the trailer for the upcoming PBS documentary on the project. "But an artist can."

To that end, Barone set out to paint the soulful faces of 5,500 shelter pets that were euthanized over the past few years – each portrait representing one of the 5,500 dogs lost to America's kill shelter system daily. That's 1.2 million dogs put down each year because shelters are simply out of space and the animals are out of time.

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It took two and a half hours to remove a seemingly infinite amount of dirty, matted fur. It was hardened and heavy, weighing five pounds.

But the horrific circumstances of Harry's rescue by a shelter in Kansas City, Missouri, don't end there. The Chow Chow is missing most of his nose and he's partially blind due to scarred corneas from his eyelashes growing into his eyes, reports FOX 4 KC.

Underneath all that fur, staff at the KC Pet Project found a sweet but emaciated dog, who suffered like this for far too long.

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