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Few things tug at the heartstrings more than a happy ending, and the story of Madison the missing cat is one of the furriest and sweetest on the web right now.

Two months ago, 13-year-old Madison slipped out of her home and couldn't be found, reports AOL. The cat's disappearance hit the family's two boys – ages 9 and 11 – especially hard, because they've known Madison their entire lives.

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No One Appreciates Pumpkins More Than this Porcupine

Originally posted 10/24/2014 01:10 PM

Ever had a meal so good it sent shivers down your spine? Teddy Bear the porcupine knows the feeling.

When the hungry critter is presented with a cauldron of pumpkins in this YouTube video, he savors every single delicious bite. Groaning and snorting – and sounding a lot like a joyful Julia Child fawning over ingredients in her kitchen – the adorable animal seemingly gets closer to exploding with each piece (which would be extremely painful for everyone involved on account of those spiky spines).

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Adopt Me! Castle Is Ready to Be Queen of Your Heart

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Adopt Me! Castle Is Ready to Be Queen of Your Heart

Originally posted 10/24/2014 11:00 AM

It's Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month and we'll be introducing you to extraordinary canines who need homes throughout October. Today, meet Castle, an adorable pit bull who is approximately 1 year old.

Here's a way to really celebrate National Pit Bull Awareness Day on Oct. 25: adopt this regal lady, who came to Animal Care & Control of N.Y.C. (AC&C) as a stray found in Queens.

Communications associate Alexandra Silver tells PEOPLE that the black-and-white cutie is very social and pleasantly greets every single person she meets. "She isn't just friendly with humans; she also seems to enjoy the company of other dogs," Silver says.

The young, energetic pup would do great with an owner who has as much pep as she does. Want to go for an impromptu run in the park? Count Castle in. And, if you'd like to curl up on the couch and watch Game of Thrones afterward, she's happy to oblige.

In honor of Pit Bull Awareness Day, anyone who adopts a pit bull or pit mix from AC&C will receive a free New York Pit Bull Appreciation Society BarkBox, a package containing toys and treats for big dogs. Proud adopters will also get New York Pit Bull Appreciation Society pins.

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Cat Gets Drunk to Avoid Antifreeze Poisoning (No, Really)

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Cat Gets Drunk to Avoid Antifreeze Poisoning (No, Really)

Originally posted 10/23/2014 05:45 PM

Sometimes, a stiff drink is the only answer. Even if you're a cat.

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Bear Cub Found Wandering Oregon Drug Store Goes to Rehab

Originally posted 10/23/2014 12:35 PM

A black bear cub found wandering the aisles of an Oregon drugstore will be raised with the goal of releasing him into the wild next year.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said Wednesday the bear has been taken to the PAWS Wildlife Center in Lynnwood, Washington, for rehabilitation.

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Look Out! 6-Ft. Long Pet Boa Constrictor Escapes in Ohio

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Look Out! 6-Ft. Long Pet Boa Constrictor Escapes in Ohio

Originally posted 10/22/2014 02:40 PM

A 6-ft.-long pet boa constrictor accidentally slithered away from its Ohio owner on Sunday, and local police are currently on the lookout for the creature.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the snake escaped from its owner in Delhi Township over the weekend while it was outside being fed; the owner later realized it "wandered off."

The report says that the Department of Agriculture advised that this type of snake – which is permitted as a pet in Ohio – tends to scurry away from people or commotion. But authorities also caution that the snake will want to snuggle somewhere warm in cold temperatures, so home snake checks are advised.

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Life Before & After Your New Cat

Originally posted 10/22/2014 02:30 PM



Let's face it, your life is not a cat-astrophe.

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What can we say? A genius idea is a genius idea. It's just surprising that it took anyone this long to realize that Dachshund's Creek is the Dawson's Creek parody the world deserves.

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Sarah Hyland: My Dog Is My 'Significant Other' | Sarah Hyland

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Sarah Hyland: My Dog Is My 'Significant Other'

Originally posted 10/22/2014 11:45 AM

She's not talking about her messy split from ex-boyfriend Matt Prokop, but Sarah Hyland is open to discussing the messy circumstances involving the main man in her life right now: her dog, Barkley Bixby.

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Why You Must Watch This Bucking Bull Before He Retires Sunday

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Why You Must Watch This Bucking Bull Before He Retires Sunday

Originally posted 10/22/2014 10:45 AM

You don't need much inside knowledge about the sport of bull riding to know that Bushwacker is something special.

This is an animal athlete with swagger. And when a cowboy climbs aboard, he jumps, kicks and spins with such spry athleticism that it's easy to forget he weighs a whopping 1,700-plus lbs.

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