Shivering puppy left outside of school in cardboard box with note

It’s cold in Michigan, and for a 7-and-a-half week old puppy, it must have been a scary experience – especially for one so young. The Detroit Pit Crew, a nonprofit animal rescue organization had received a call from a teacher at Ronald Brown Academy located in Detroit’s east side. A child had abandoned a puppy on December 7; the note attached read:

“Sorry it didn’t have a home and it was cold so we’re going to give it to you. Please do let it go (sic) find it a nice home – thank you.”

With the puppy came her blanket, food and holes for breathing; she has been named Snowflake.

“Our sweet rescued girl has been named Snowflake by Detroit school teacher Jessica and her wonderful son Kassius who are our Heroes Of the Day!! We also want to thank the kind janitor of the school who found sweet Snowflake and made sure she could stay safe until help arrived. As everyone can see in the pictures Snowflake is now enjoying a new holiday friend and can look forward to having a happy life!!”

Fortunately the puppy is in good physical condition and according to the rescue, is very attached to his box. The founder of the rescue, Theresa Sumpter, states the pup is a “Heinz 57 Detroit Special.” And what does that mean? The adorable little ball of cuteness is thought to be part pittie, chow and terrier. Could her DNA have been anymore perfect?

For now, Snowflake is not available for adoption, but surely she will have a line at the door. In that case, the rescue has many more adorable candidates needing new homes for the holidays. Why not consider adopting your new best friend?  Contact the Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue to interest. Anyone living in the Detroit area, can also help by volunteering to be a foster .

(Photos of puppy left in cardboard box via Pit Crew Dog Rescue)

 

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Drowning puppy saved by unexpected hero

Three puppies stuck in hardened tar for hours

Three puppies had been stuck in hardened tar for hours in Udaipur, India; their hours left to live were limited until a Good Samaritan alerted the rescue organization Animal Aid Unlimited for a last ditch effort to help.

When the rescue team arrived, they could immediately tell the three little ones had been suffering in the black tar – unable to move and set to work on a plan.

“Three tiny angels were trapped in hardened tar. They were so completely stuck, they couldn’t move a muscle. It looked like they’d been engulfed for hours, and one little baby’s mouth was even stuck open. Neighbors had heard their heart-wrenching cries for help and had called Animal Aid,” the organization posted on their Facebook page.

And then the rescuers went into action.

“Prying them loose was impossible for the tense rescue team, so we had to cut the tar loose from the rocks below and bring the puppies and the tar and gravel they were stuck in back to the hospital. Determined volunteers and staff spent hours to soften the tar with oil and dish soap, with time out only to plant kisses on the puppies’ noses. Multiple warm baths later…and wow. For babies who had been on the brink of death, this is what happiness looks like.”

For the next few days, the one-month-old puppies were massaged with oil and bathed until all remains of the tar were removed. What makes the story even better – the mother of the babies was found, and all have been rejoined and kept until they are old enough to find new homes of their own.

Spend a few minutes and check out this glorious story of rescue – work like this is what we all love to see and read. The video has garnered worldwide approval.

(Photo of three puppies stuck in tar screengrab via YouTube video)

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Little Raven abandoned in cardboard box: Proof that angels exist

In Fontana, California, a Good Samaritan spotted an abandoned cardboard box on the side of the road Saturday afternoon. Two tiny white heads popped up, and there they were. The box was soaked with their urine and feces; the pups had been lying there for hours. Someone had dropped the two small dogs off; one of them crying out in horrific pain.

“Found in a box after being hit by a car and in pain. I have to steal myself against the monsters out there because this type of horror is happening daily. We can only try. We will give her the best chance possible,” stated rescue volunteer, Faith Easdale.

Dream Fetchers, a non-profit rescue organization, focusing on rescuing dogs from the streets, stepped forward to help. One puppy was able to be transferred to a foster home; sadly the other pup’s prognosis wasn’t as optimistic. Dubbed Little Raven, which translates to “God’s whisper,”  the tiny dog whimpered in agony, as she was being transported to the vet. Even the tender kisses of her little canine sister couldn’t ease her pain.

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When brought to an emergency veterinarian hospital, staff suggested the little dog be humanely euthanized.

“I listened to what they said and said you’re not killing her,” stated Shanna Franklin. “We transferred her to our regular Irvine vet where they discovered her spine had a break too. I listened again, and the evidence said wait – listen.”

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And instead of humanely euthanizing Little Raven, everyone waited; the signs were promising. It wasn’t long before Little Raven started giving out kisses and began to eat.

“We agreed to see if she could urinate and go to the bathroom on her own. That would be the next sign,” continue Shanna.

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Raven will remain in the hospital while she gets stronger and is able to maneuver better. Is there any doubt that Raven has angels surrounding her?

(Photos and videos of dogs discovered in cardboard box courtesy of Faith Easdale)

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http://www.dreamfetchers.org/dreamfetcher…/DF_Donations.html

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Second man claims he was the rabbit rescuer in wildfire video

It seems there is some confusion who the real rabbit rescuer is? And no, this isn’t a “To Tell the Truth” episode where the real young man seen jumping up and down trying to save a little bunny stands up at the end of the question and answer period by a panel of “B” celebrities.

According to the first report, Oscar Gonzales said he was the person in the  NbcNews video, but had described the rabbits as if they could have been domestic pets (white) and not wild. He claimed he was able to grab one of the rabbits, and the babies followed him to a safe area.

But Huff Post was contacted by another person, who says he was the man in the video, and his story holds more water since a local veterinary office and wildlife rehabilitation center can back it up – with the alleged little wild bunny recovering from her injuries. Caleb Wadman, 21, states he was on the highway in La Conchita on Wednesday when he spotted the tiny bunny in what he called “significant distress.”

“I just ran out,” he said, “and that’s when the bunny ran back towards the flames. And I was like ‘No, baby bunny, I’m here. I’m going to take care of you.”

The bunny is currently being cared for at the California Wildlife Center; she is a female cottontail and suffers from burns and heat related injuries. The rabbit was transferred to the wildlife center after Wadman brought her to the Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital. According to staff, who did not identify Wadman by name, however stated he had been wearing the same clothes as seen in the video and had rescued the bunny from the same location as where the video was recorded.

“HuffPost was able to solve the mystery of who rescued the rabbit from the fire. The rabbit is currently being cared for at CWC. It is still very early in her treatment, but at the moment, she is stable,” the organization posted on their Facebook page Saturday afternoon.

Now let’s all be fair though. None of this means Gonzales may not have rescued a rabbit since more than one bunny rescue occurred that night, but only one video caught a man saving one particular bunny. You make the decision.

(Photos for rabbit rescuer FB)

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Nobody wanted this skinny hurricane survivor, until a reporter gave him a helping hand

Man who rescued bunny from California wildfire speaks out

Oscar Gonzalez had been driving home from work on Wednesday evening in Sylmar when he saw a wild bunny on Highway 1 running as wildfires crossed the roads igniting the brush and trees. In spite of growing criticism from wildlife experts, Gonzalez, 19, states he saved the rabbit’s life and that of her entire family.

The father of one had been videoed by a news reporter jumping frantically up and down as he ran after the frightened wild bunny crossing Highway 1 in LaConchita as the Thomas fire raged forward. According to the Daily Mail, Gonzalez spotted the white rabbit trying to outrun the flames closing in on it.

“I have animals myself and I didn’t want the poor rabbit to get hurt. I knew it was dangerous, but I couldn’t leave them to burn,” Gonzalez stated.

When he got close enough to the rabbit, Gonzalez said the tiny animal jumped towards him as he scooped it up into his arms and allowed him to carry her to the other side of the highway where there were no flames. He stated the rabbit’s family followed him, even though the little ones could not be seen on the video.

As if no good deed ever goes unpunished, local animal experts have since stated Gonzalez may have made things worse for the bunny and her family. The New York Post reports animals like desert cottontails, common in Southern California, should be left alone  and are typically safe as they burrow underground with their young during fires. California Fish and Wildlife experts urge people to leave the animals alone.

“Fire is something animals have to deal with constantly,” explained CFW spokesperson Peter Tira. “Fire or no fire, just let the animals be.”

The animals are known to regularly run near the flames of a wildfire to find areas where they can safely pass through. Most wildlife is said to survive the fires, however some are occasionally killed or burned. 

Do you think Gonzalez was a hero, or should he have just left the bunny to fend for herself? Did Gonzalez endanger his own life and that of firemen if he had been caught in the blaze? Did the bunny’s family follow Gonzalez and the mother bunny out of the forest? Ask away.

 

 

 

 

(Photo of Gonzalez screenshot via NbcNews)

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Nobody wanted this skinny hurricane survivor, until a reporter gave him a helping hand

Touching story behind Los Angeles cop saving cat from fire

The photo of a Los Angeles policeman saving a cat, after rescuing it from the recent wildfires, has gone viral. And if you’re asking why the picture has touched the hearts of so many – it’s simply because most of the men and women in police departments across the United States who protect our rights and safety, also have no qualms when those who cannot speak need help also.

Not only were the police in Los Angeles helping people to evacuate the devastating fires and forcing them to flee their homes losing everything they own, saving their pets were not an option. Our pets are members of our family.

And then came the photo and the brief explanation as an officer ran down the street with a fluffy kitty cradled in his arms:

“For some it might just be a cat. But to others it’s a friend, a loved one, a companion,” the department tweeted. “The LAPD has a motto – “To protect and to Serve” and our officers have been displaying that in many different says during the #Creek Fire & #SkirballFire.”

The tweet has been shared thousands of times.

The cat has been reunited with his family.

In a random act of kindness, a young man stopped on Highway 1 in southern California earlier this week as the Thomas Fire spread to nearby wooded areas when it crossed the road. A man, who has refused to be identified, chased a small wild rabbit finally able to capture it and save it from the deadly flames. The brave rescue was caught on video by a news reporter.

“Dude! You just restored my faith in humanity. May you be forever blessed,” someone wrote on Facebook. Read the heartwarming story here and watch the video.

(Photo of Los Angeles cop saving cat via LAPD twitter)

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Nobody wanted this skinny hurricane survivor, until a reporter gave him a helping hand

Man stops to rescue wild bunny from Ventura fire caught on camera

In Ventura County, California, a Good Samaritan saved a wild bunny from the quick spreading wildfires; the rescue was caught on camera.

A man, dressed only in shorts and a hoodie, is seen running over to chase down a wild rabbit on the side of Highway 1, but the man isn’t quick enough, and the frightened bunny runs into the thick brush. The man can be seen clutching his head and jumping up and down, trying to figure out how to save the defenseless little bunny. The animal lover, however had no intentions of giving up, and he moves closer and is finally able to scoop up his floppy eared friend – cuddling the furry little one in his arms and carrying it to safety.

The entire rescue, as the unidentified man risked his own life to save the rabbit, was caught on video by a news reporter. He declined to be interviewed.

It was a Twitter user who said the video restored her  “faith in humanity.”

“We don’t know who this man is, but it doesn’t matter,” stated another Twitter user. “Whoever he is, he has been added to the ranks of heroes who have risen from tragedy with their small acts of compassion.”

So far the fire has destroyed more than 90,000 acres with more than 50,000 homes having been evacuated.  The fires have been burning since Monday night and continues to be fueled by prevailing winds.

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RSPCA’s abandoned toy puppy Christmas video goes viral in a good way

An RSPCA England and Wales Christmas video about an abandoned toy puppy has gone viral – and in a good way. The video, released less than 12-hours ago as the “Kindness for Christmas” appeal, has garnered 300,000 views on Facebook and 70,000 times on Twitter including thousands of “shares.”

The endearing video begins with a little boy receiving a toy puppy named Woody for Christmas. Soft and cuddly, the child sleeps with Woody, plays with and loves the stuffed toy – that is until he is no longer interested in his dog and leaves it lying on a piece of play equipment at the park. When the once cuddly dog now seen as dirty and regarded as trash is thrown away, he is soon rescued by the RSPCA.

“We rescue, rehabilitate and re-home dogs just like Woody every day, all year round,” states Deborah Caffull, manager of the charity’s Birmingham animal center where part of the video was filmed. “While this video shows the tale of a toy dog, the sentiment behind the story is very real.”

Sadly, Christmas time is a very busy time for animal rescue organizations, and it is hoped this video will bring more awareness to the plight of the abandoned, neglected and abused pets who cannot speak for themselves.

(Photos and video of abandoned toy puppy courtesy of RSPCA)

Check out the video, and yes you will need tissues to wipe away the bittersweet tears:

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Meghan Markle’s difficult decision to leave her adopted dog behind as she moves to UK to wed Prince Harry

Tissue alert: Most beautiful ‘doggie’ commercial ever

If only we all cared for each other this way – this touching and beautiful “doggie” commercial will bring both happiness and sadness. No one knows exactly why this poor dog had been roaming the street scavenging for food, but he was a lost soul trying his best to cope with his untenable situation.

And then came along a very lonely man with a special affinity towards a little dog who had been doing his best to survive on the streets; even though no one noticed the frightened and shy pooch nor ever stopped to help. Yet, whether it was fate or just pure luck, two lonely souls met in a magical moment. When offered a scrap of food, the dog slowly and cautiously approached; a bond began to form.

The kind gentleman took the stray pup home – gave him a bath and they laughed together. Given a mat to sleep on, the dog rested, but after the man who saved him fell asleep on the couch, the grateful pooch walked over to lick his rescuer’s hand.

You will have to watch the video to see how this ends. Don’t forget to have your tissues ready.

(Photos and video of “doggie” commercial via Globe Telecom)

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Meghan Markle’s difficult decision to leave her adopted dog behind as she moves to UK to wed Prince Harry

 

Firefighters rescue mystery rodent: Any ideas?

It was a structural fire in Denver, Colorado on Monday morning, and of course the firefighters always check for any signs of life in need of rescue. Sure, we all see the photos of adorable puppies receiving oxygen and kittens cuddled in the protective arms of soot covered firemen rushing out of flaming buildings, but the South Metro Fire Rescue are heroes to even our smallest friends.

The fire company tweeted a photo of a very small animal describing the mystery creature as follows:

“Exhausted and covered in soot, this little South Metro resident escaped the fire without injuries but needed a helping hand. After some water and careful placement back in the open space, his day vastly improved.”

And we all know by now, Twitter can create quite the drama, but this time the post had everyone smiling and wondering just what was this mysterious little critter that looked so helpless yet quite adorable. The South Metrol Fire Company didn’t have any answers as to its species, and has reached out to the community for answers.

“It’s a rodent, but we’re not sure exactly what type.”

So far the vote is in to be a “vole.” Any ideas?

We’re just so proud of our firemen – great job men. You are heroes.

Check out the rescue efforts for this little guy on Twitter by clicking here and scrolling down just a bit! Photos and video courtesy of South Metro Fire Rescue.

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Deformed dog or not? Strange photo is driving people crazy! I’ll admit, this one took me awhile to figure out.