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Adopt Me! April Wants to Put a Spring in Your Step

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Adopt Me! April Wants to Put a Spring in Your Step

Originally posted 04/17/2015 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 April, a one-year-old border collie mix who is hoping this is her lucky month.

"Couch potatoes need not apply," reads a post from the dog's foster mom on Facebook. "This smart, playful, energetic love bug is looking for a home that can keep up with her. She will reward you with devotion and affection."

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Marine and Dog Who Saved His Life Joyfully Reunite After 3 Years Apart

Update 04/17/2015 01:10 AM Originally posted 04/16/2015 05:00 PM

We've teamed up with one of our favorite sites, BarkPost, to bring you and your four-legged friends even more adorable pet videos, photos and must-see stories. Check back every week for new furry fun from BarkPost!

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Jenna Dewan-Tatum's Pitbull Has Adopted a 'Big Sister Mentality Now' for Her Daughter Everly

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Jenna Dewan-Tatum's Pitbull Has Adopted a 'Big Sister Mentality Now' for Her Daughter Everly

Update 04/16/2015 09:30 PM Originally posted 04/16/2015 08:00 PM

To introduce her beloved "first-borns" – dogs Lulu and Meeka – to daughter Everly, Jenna Dewan-Tatum made a plan before she brought her baby girl Everly, now 22 months, home.

"I took some of my hospital blankets ... when I was in the hospital with Everly that had her scent on it – it was one of the receiving blankets and something she was wrapped around – and I had it brought back to our house where our dogs were so they could get her scent," Dewan-Tatum told PEOPLE at the Shutterfly Launches Pet Accessories Collection with Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Hope for Paws event held at the Veterinary Care Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

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Canine Cuties: Dogs Who Are Beautiful on the Inside

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Canine Cuties: Dogs Who Are Beautiful on the Inside

Originally posted 04/16/2015 07:05 PM

All of PEOPLE's Most Beautiful choices have a special something that makes them stand out – that inexplicable "It" factor.

The same can be said for the world's animals. Every pet has his or her own adorable quirk that sets them apart to their owners; each has a version of that "Julia Roberts smile."

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Considerate German Shepherd Lends a Helping Paw with the Laundry

Originally posted 04/15/2015 12:35 PM

We've teamed up with one of our favorite sites, BarkPost, to bring you and your four-legged friends even more adorable pet videos, photos and must-see stories. Check back every week for new furry fun from BarkPost!

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How Did a Black Lab Help Save a Combat Veteran's Life?

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How Did a Black Lab Help Save a Combat Veteran's Life?

Originally posted 04/15/2015 12:10 PM

For more than a year, retired Marine Jim Kuiken spent his days sitting alone in a chair in his living room, barely able to function.

"I would get up out of the chair maybe twice a day to go get food," the highly decorated former Marine Sergeant Major tells PEOPLE. "I would be in my PJs for days at a time. I didn't interact with other people. I didn't even interact with my family. I was in a real bad place."

Like thousands of veterans, Kuiken has suffered silently for decades from PTSD, which slowly eroded away his life, preventing him from going out, keeping in touch with family and friends – or even talking to his wife, Celia, and their children.

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Koalas Given First-Class Treatment Before Their Trip to Singapore

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Air travel can be unbearable, but not for these koalas.

A quartet of the fuzzy Australian natives were pampered by Qantas Airways' first-class treatment before their upcoming flight to Singapore, reports Today.com.

Chan, Idalia, Paddle and Pellita enjoyed big seats, fresh eucalyptus and hot towels before jet-setting to their new home. The koalas are on loan from Australia to the Singapore Zoo as part of an effort to strengthen the diplomatic relations between the two countries.

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Man Reunited with Dog After Losing Wife in Illinois Tornado

Update 04/14/2015 03:10 PM Originally posted 04/14/2015 12:55 PM

Clem Schultz, 84, is one of many Illinois residents facing unimaginable losses in the wake of the tornadoes that struck the region last week: His wife Geraldine, 67, was killed when their home was totaled in the storm.

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Go Inside the Louisiana Animal Shelter Run by Prison Inmates

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Go Inside the Louisiana Animal Shelter Run by Prison Inmates

Originally posted 04/14/2015 09:25 AM

Within the high barbed wire fences surrounding a prison in north Louisiana sits a one-of-a-kind shelter for dogs and cats, run by an animal-loving prison official and staffed by some exceptional inmates.

Welcome to the non-profit Pen Pals animal shelter, where prisoners do everything for the animals seven days a week – from scooping poop to training pups in a large outside yard to diagnosing ailments and assisting in operations performed by veterinarians from Louisiana State University.

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Toddler Falls into Cheetah Pit at Zoo After Mom Dangles Him Over Enclosure

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A 2-year-old boy visiting the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo fell almost 12-feet into a cheetah pit and broke his leg after his mother dangled him over the ledge of the enclosure and lost her grasp on him, according to authorities.

The toddler was rescued by his parents, who went in after him, and then taken to the hospital for treatment. The cheetahs, the fastest land mammals on earth, did not interact with either the child or adults in any way, the zoo said.

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