It's Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog month, and in honor of the wonderful rescue dogs out there, we're introducing you to pets-in-waiting all throughout October. Today, we'd like you to meet Leroy, a 2-year-old hound/beagle mix who just wants to make someone happy.
This cheerful pup came to the To Love Canine Rescue, Inc., via the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina, where, because he was heart worm positive, he faced an uncertain future.
Nothing brings two individuals together like common ground – and that's exactly what happened in the case of miniature horse Judd and Tyler Cribbs.
Judd was born at the Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association in Grantville, Pa., two months ago with a condition that prevents him from supporting his own weight without splints. The association offers horseback riding as therapy to patients with disabilities, but in the case of Judd, the organization was faced with an opportunity to do the opposite.
"It's our turn to give therapy back," CATRA's Ben Nolt told local station WHTM, adding, "There are horses who have had this in the past and recovered normally. We're sort of a wait and see."
Animal advocacy groups need not fret over finding the right spokesman anymore because there's one who's happy to lend a hand: Bond. James Bond.
Actor Pierce Brosnan provided original artwork for a new license plate commissioned by the California Spay and Neuter License Plate Fund Inc. and California Veterinary Medical Board.
"This license plate will provide much-needed funds which will enable people who couldn't necessarily afford to spay or neuter their pets to do so," said the actor, whose drawing of his own adopted pets, dog Shilo and cat Angel Baby, graces the plate.
Known as the Pet Lover's License Plate, it's currently available for sale through the California DMV, or can be purchased at PetLoversPlate.com. Standard plates are $50, while personalized plates cost $98.
Home. Some pets never have one to call their own. We'd like to help change that by introducing you to extraordinary adoptable pets every week. Today, meet Bella, a 9-month-old Lab/terrier mix who's had a rough start.
The friendly and playful pup was adopted a few months back, only to be returned to Precious Friends of Clarksville, Tenn., with demodex, an environmental skin condition commonly referred to as mange. But not to worry: Bella is responding well to treatment, and she's happy as can be.
"Her favorite thing to do is play with other dogs," says the rescue's director, Melissa Bellman. "She will bark at them if they ignore her. She likes to liven up the dog park."
Home. Some pets never have one to call their own. We'd like to help change that by introducing you to extraordinary adoptable pets every week. Today, meet Charley, a cuddly canine with a winning personality.
Charley has "positude," according to Ron Plante from the Protectors of Animals rescue in East Hartford, Conn. "He is highly adoptable, friendly, happy, good with other dogs, obedient, lovable and cuddly."
We were saddened to learn that a cat who is an inspiration to homeless animals everywhere passed away recently. A blind rescue cat named Homer, who was the subject of 2009's best-selling memoir Homer's Odyssey, proved that pets with disabilities have plenty of potential: he once chased away an intruder during a break-in at his owner's home.
To honor that plucky feline, we found Happy, a three-legged, blind cat who really needs a place to call home.
Home. Some pets never have one to call their own. We'd like to help change that by introducing you to extraordinary adoptable pets every week. Today, meet Holly, a pit bull with tons of personality.
Ask around in Baltimore, Md., and it's likely people have heard of this 2-year-old sweetheart. "She's actually a bit of a local celebrity," says Wendy Goldband of the Baltimore Humane Society. "Known as 'Shakespeare Dog,' she co-starred in Baltimore Shakespeare Factory's Taming of the Shrew and Hamlet. The audience loved her. So did the cast. She was incredibly quick to learn her parts and a great team player."
Even with all those fans, Holly is still looking for a place to call home. This goofy girl – who was found wandering the streets in 2011 – has "a great butt wiggle" says Goldband, "and an adorable cock of the head when she hears interesting sounds." Active and carefree, this pup loves to play with toys and tennis balls, and adores cuddling – she just hasn't found the perfect partner to snuggle up to.
Home. Some pets never have one to call their own. We'd like to help change that by introducing you to extraordinary adoptable pets every week. Today, meet Natasha, an unbelievably soft Lynx-point Siamese who will steal your heart with her beauty and sweetness.
Stare into those baby blues and Natasha will cast a spell on you! Not only is this 10-month-old, Philadelphia-based pet pretty, but she's gentle, affectionate and playful to boot. Like many Siamese cats, she loves to explore and will scale any height to check out her surroundings.
Full of personality and love, Natasha is always up for making new friends (human or feline) and would adore a furry companion to play with. She's also got something to offer dog-lovers: an insatiable love for fetch! Natasha enthusiastically chases balls and returns them to her human to throw again and again.
Home. Some pets never have one to call their own. We'd like to help change that by introducing you to extraordinary adoptable pets every week. Today, meet Batman, Fiona and Superman, three dogs who've been through a lot in their short lives.
In April, the Santa Fe Animal Shelter received nearly 50 dogs in one night from an alleged hoarding case in a rural area of New Mexico. Because of legal issues, shelter staffers weren't allowed to spay or neuter the animals, and soon they had more than 70 dogs on their hands. It took time, but they were able to find homes for all of the pooches, except for these three heeler mixes, all 2 years old.
Home. Some pets never have one to call their own. We'd like to help change that by introducing you to extraordinary adoptable pets every week. Today, meet Windee, a dog who's been dubbed "Mr. All Right" because nothing seems to phase him.
Despite the fact that he was born on some tough city streets, this 14-month-old shepherd mix is super laid-back. He loves people, dogs and taking walks, adapts easily to new environments and doesn't bark or chew things he shouldn't.
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