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WATCH: Rescue Dog with Two Legs Thinks She's a Kangaroo

Originally posted 01/19/2015 07:40 PM

Had she been left on the streets of Romania, she probably wouldn't have survived with just two legs.

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Orphaned Kangaroos & Wallabies in Australian Bushfires Need 'Pouch Liners'

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Orphaned Kangaroos & Wallabies in Australian Bushfires Need 'Pouch Liners'

Update 01/18/2015 08:45 AM Originally posted 01/14/2015 03:30 PM

Sew, here's the deal: Project Pouch needs you!

Koalas aren't the only animals affected by the bushfires in Australia. Orphaned or injured possums, kangaroos, and wallabies need to be kept warm in a pouch-like environment. To help, Project Pouch, a new campaign created by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, is asking for handmade "pouch liner" donations to comfort the traumatized animal babies, nine of which are being cared for by the Adelaide Zoo.

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Adopt Me! George the Albino Doberman Is a Social Butterfly

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Adopt Me! George the Albino Doberman Is a Social Butterfly

Originally posted 01/16/2015 11:00 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 George, an albino Doberman pinscher currently being fostered through the OK Save a Dog Society of Prague, Oklahoma.

Because of his genetic condition, this 2-year-old needs special care from his next owner. In the summer, he's in danger of getting a sunburn and in the winter, he's in danger of freezing.

He has beautiful blue eyes that need special protection from the sun (he'd be grateful if his next owner bought him some doggy sunglasses). Though people spend extra time tending to his skin, he's unfazed. George is a "gentle giant," says the rescue's founder Kim Bowers, "who needs a buddy to play with."

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The Daily Treat: Meet the Today Show's New (ADORABLE) Guide Dog in Training

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Meet the Today Show's New (ADORABLE) Guide Dog in Training

Originally posted 01/14/2015 12:40 PM

The Today show rolled out the red carpet – and fire hydrants! – on Wednesday, in honor of a special new cohost.

Guiding Eyes for the Blind has temporarily given the morning show a 10-week-old yellow Labrador retriever puppy to train as a guide dog.

"This is a really great experience both for Guiding Eyes and for the puppy," said Saxon Eastman, a trainer for the non-profit organization, who gives guide dogs free of charge to individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

"This is going to be an awesome socialization experience for him. That's really what we're looking for, to put him on the right track to being a guide dog someday."

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Dog Finally Finds Forever Home After 3 Years of Waiting

Dog Finally Finds Forever Home After 3 Years of Waiting

Originally posted 01/13/2015 02:50 PM

It was love at first sight for Gabriel Maldanado.

"I kind of fell for him and told my wife, 'You know, I met this dog today, I think we should adopt him.'"

That dog was Tank, a 6-year-old bulldog living at New York City's Top Dog rescue in the Bronx for the past three years – the longest stay any resident at the rescue has ever had, according to New York's News 12.

The reason the dog has spent half his life looking for a home is very superficial, said Andrew Dymburt, a spokesman for the rescue.

"People are often scared of big dogs," Dymburt shared.

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Adopt Me! Hope Knows Her Future is Bright

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Adopt Me! Hope Knows Her Future is Bright

Originally posted 01/09/2015 10:00 AM

Home. Some pets never have one to call their own. We want to help change that by introducing you to an extraordinary adoptable pet every week. Today, meet Hope, a sweet girl who is ready to be someone's loyal companion.

Early last year, Hope was saved from a kill shelter and transferred to a boarding facility by a rescuer. Sadly, that rescuer ran out of money and told the boarding facility that Hope was on her own. The facility contacted the L.A. Animal Rescue, who took her in and is now trying to find the dog a forever hoem.

"I'm very loving, sensitive, polite and appreciative," says her bio. "I think my parents were Dachshund and Staffordshire terriers. I am petite, maybe 35 pounds."

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Koalas Injured in Australian Brushfires Need Your Mitten Donations

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Koalas Injured in Australian Brushfires Need Your Mitten Donations

Update 01/09/2015 09:45 AM Originally posted 01/09/2015 08:30 AM

Animal lovers around the world are picking up a needle and thread to help the numerous koalas injured in Australia's recent surge of brushfires.

These good Samaritans are responding to a call for help from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), which recently posted a plea for koala-sized mittens on its website.

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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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