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Adopt Me! Holmes Needs Help Coming Out of His Shell

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Adopt Me! Holmes Needs Help Coming Out of His Shell

Originally posted 01/02/2015 09:00 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 Holmes, a shy guy living at the Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter in Billings, Montana.

Holmes's heart is nearly as big as he is. Just under 1 year old, this 54-lb. pup is overflowing with love, but lacks confidence. He needs a person to help him out of his shell.

"Holmes is a special puppy – he's very shy, and needs a home with an experienced owner who is dedicated to [his] social development," says stray canine coordinator Tiffany Smith.

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Adopt Me! Rainbow Is Ready to Brighten Up Your Day

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Adopt Me! Rainbow Is Ready to Brighten Up Your Day

Originally posted 12/26/2014 09:00 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 Rainbow, a Jack Russell terrier mix currently being fostered in Manhattan through the Best Friends Animal Society – New York.

Last month, Rainbow helped ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange – a sign that her new life was just beginning.

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Adopt Me! Sweetheart Fiona Is a Shelter Favorite

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Adopt Me! Sweetheart Fiona Is a Shelter Favorite

Originally posted 12/19/2014 09:15 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 Fiona, a bull terrier mix from the Eleventh Hour Rescue in Rockaway, New Jersey.

Fiona's heart is just as big as her smile. This 18-month-old sweetheart was found tied to a park bench in Atlanta, but clearly her rough start hasn't held her back one bit. Because of her infectious personality and her love of new people, she's a shelter favorite.

"She is the true definition of a best friend," says volunteer Laura Gubitosa. "When she loves you, she is incredibly loyal and will have you smiling and laughing all day long. Just such a joy to be around."

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The Daily Treat: The Most Brutally Honest Adoption Ad We've Ever Read

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Meet 'Eddie the Terrible': Is This the Best Adoption Ad Ever?

Update 12/16/2014 08:25 AM Originally posted 12/15/2014 04:00 PM

We have a bit of a reputation for shedding a tear or two (or more) when we're reading about pets looking for forever homes.

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Abused Pup Rescued from Sealed Trash Bag

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Abused Pup Rescued from Sealed Trash Bag

Originally posted 12/14/2014 12:50 PM

Just a few weeks ago, she was dumped by the side of the road like trash.

Now, that same neglected dog named Gladys is on the road to recovery – and her story is sure to inspire many this holiday season.

Two days before Thanksgiving, Karen Herrera was out for a morning walk in Fontana, California, and discovered the unimaginable: a little dog in need of serious medical attention, left for dead in a tied-up trash bag.

"She was there inside the bag. She was scared and cold," Herrera told KTLA News. "I patted her on the back of her spine and she started, she was bleeding."

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Adopt Me! Humphrey Needs a Loving Place to Retire

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Adopt Me! Humphrey Needs a Loving Place to Retire

Originally posted 12/12/2014 10:15 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 Humphrey, a senior pup living at the Mitchell Animal Rescue in Mitchell, South Dakota.

Earlier this year, Humphrey was abandoned at a pound and headed for death row. The Mitchell Animal Rescue scooped him up, cleaned him up, and is now working to find the pup a forever home in which he can spend his golden years. Don't let his looks fool you – Humphrey still has lots of energy. If you're not paying attention, he's been known to swipe good food off of a countertop.

"He is healthy and is still a silly, playful puppy," says spokeswoman Megan Luther. "He is housetrained, loves kids and dogs. He is a big, gentle boy, who loves to be with people."

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The Daily Treat: Horse Trots into Hospital – It's Therapy, No Joke

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Horse Trots into Hospital – It's Therapy, No Joke

Update 12/07/2014 11:30 AM Originally posted 12/04/2014 03:00 PM

Though it may sound like one, this is no joke: Two miniature horses trotted into a hospital.

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Joaquin Phoenix Rallies Celebs to Protest Walmart's Pig 'Cruelty' | Joaquin Phoenix

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The pigs waiting to be turned into pork products sold at Walmart have some famous new allies in Hollywood – and it's all thanks to Joaquin Phoenix and his friends at Mercy for Animals.

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Adopt Me! Logan Will Make a Paw-some Companion

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Adopt Me! Logan Will Make a Paw-some Companion

Originally posted 12/05/2014 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 Logan, a 6- to 8-month-old male smooth collie/border collie mix from the Florida Little Dog Rescue in St. Cloud, Florida.

Logan and his littermates have been through a lot in their short lives. He and his three siblings were found in the woods by a Good Samaritan this Fall, huddled near their deceased mom. If that scenario wasn't sad enough, add to it that the pups were doused in gasoline. Vagrants chased the rescuer out of the woods as she carried the dogs to safety.

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Now You Can Fight Cancer By Watching Cat Videos – No, Really

Update 12/05/2014 09:30 AM Originally posted 12/04/2014 05:55 PM

Cat videos have taken over the Internet, and now they're working to win the fight against cancer – thanks to a new charity.

Cats vs. Cancer is a non-profit website dedicated to fighting cancer through the magic of cat videos, reports The Daily Dot. Yeah, you heard that right.

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