Baltimore Ravens Offensive Tackle Ronnie Stanley and his girlfriend stopped by The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter and made a game-winning request: “We are looking for a dog that’s been here a long time and maybe not-so-adoptable.”
That not-so-adoptable dog is a 6-year-old girl who was found in mid-May, locked inside a room in an empty home with no food, water, or fresh air.
“She was dehydrated and extremely frightened,” BARCS wrote. “Winter has a long, hanging belly, mostly likely a result of over breeding–something we see far too often at our shelter. Due to her age, her belly is not something that will ever tighten up. Female dogs with such characteristics are often passed by in our shelter — but not by Ronnie!”
Ronnie’s thoughts on her appearance, as recalled by volunteers: “Well, that’s just what happens when you’ve had babies.”
BARCS spokesperson Bailey Deacon is thrilled for what this adoption may mean for other shelter dogs.
“If big, strong, cool Ronnie chooses adoption, so will those who look up to him,” she says. “And the bonus here is that he didn’t come in and adopt just any dog, he specifically asked for a long-term, hard to adopt pup. How cool is that?”
Rick van Beek of Byron Center, Michigan, used to be an ordinary guy who wasn’t much of an athlete. However, in the past few years he quit smoking and chewing tobacco and started running. He has participated in lots of races since then, but there is one thing that ultimately distinguishes him among other runners—¦Rick always runs carrying his 13-year-old daughter Maddy, who suffers from cerebral palsy. Maddy is unable to talk or walk, and one of the few things her parents know about her is that the girl enjoys being outside and feel the breeze in her hair and in her face. Rick pushes Maddy in a buggy, pulls her in a special bike when it comes to cycling and pulls her through the water in a custom-made kayak. Together the “Team Maddy” has participated in more than 70 triathlons, half-marathons and other outdoor races.
A homeless man named Steve has established that one good deed can start an incredible chain reaction. When he lost his home in 2001, Steve found companionship in an unlikely place. As he wandered the streets of California, the displaced man encountered many stray dogs. Instantly, he decided to take care of them all because he understood exactly what they were going through. Along the way, he’s nurtured over 150 strays, even though he’s had nothing left to give.
When a friend in Indiana offered to help Steve during this difficult time in his life, the loving man couldn’t resist the opportunity. The only problem was that he’d have to travel halfway across the country with his dogs, but without a car to help him carry this load. Rather than leaving his furry companions behind, Steve attached a wagon to his bike. With only $6 to his name and 11 dogs under his care, he set off on this 2,000 mile journey.
As he began to bike across the country with his 11 friends in tow, people took notice and wanted to do whatever they could to help. It all started with Alicia Edrington, who spotted Steve pedaling through West Memphis, Arkansas. She told her mother Mickey about his journey and, in turn, the mom was inspired to reach out to her friends. Within a few hours, hundreds of people were volunteering to help Steve.
Since a storm was coming, they immediately set this animal-filled family up in a hotel room. Many contributed leashes and collars, while the West Memphis Animal Shelter donated 100 lbs. of dog food. Fellow animal lover Kelley Seaton even offered to drive the group to Indianapolis. When they arrived, something even more wonderful happened: they received a home. One of the many kind people who’d been following this story ended up donating their trailer to Steve.
Now, the lucky canines have received proper veterinary care and a GoFundMe page has been set up to support them. So many positive changes have occurred in Steve’s life and it all started with his kindhearted, animal-loving spirit.
College can be stressful. The number of exams, projects and homework assignments is often overwhelming for students and leaves many wondering how they will ever find the time to complete it all. Students are constantly under pressure to perform well in their studies because their grades will determine which careers they will qualify for or whether or not their scores are competitive enough to land them in a graduate school program.
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way for students to relax and de-stress? Drugs and alcohol are one method that might be explored, but the students at the University of Augsburg have an alternative stress reliever that is absolutely purrfect.
A ginger feline, known around the school as Campus Cat, has been comforting students and faculty for years. Without any formal training, the cat will walk up to an unsuspecting student and demand affection, which is instantaneously given.
This isn’t a stray cat, like you’d expect. He does have a home. He’s simply an adorable creature that enjoys giving and receiving love.
Every day, the Wild at Heart Rescue in Mississippi brings in abandoned and injured animals who need to be cared for. But they were in for a special treat when great horned owl was brought to their door, one of the biggest birds of prey they’d ever seen according to the rescue’s founder, Missy Dubuisson.
The owl, named Gigi, was suffering from massive head trauma most likely caused from a car collision. “The fact that this bird has lived is beyond comprehension,” said Missy.
But with extensive treatment and the help of Douglas “Doug” Pojeky, also known as “the birds of prey whisperer,” Gigi’s health started to improve. “In all my years of working with birds of prey, I have never seen someone with such a bond with these magnificent birds,” said Dubuisson.
Every garbage day, 2-year-old triplets wait excitedly for their garbage collectors – Andrew Black, Rob Whitmore, and Chad Cover – to show up.
“The crew gets out of the truck and they high-five the babies and give fist bumps and we talk,” their mother, Martha Sugalski, told Buzzfeed. “They spend 10 to 15 minutes with us every Tuesday and Friday.”
The crew became acquainted when the triplets, Holden, Heaton, and Wilder, were just 2 months old. Martha would walk them around their Florida neighborhood in their stroller. She would wave to the crew as they drove by.
It’s not a conventional family, granted, but the Panteleenko unit has been a solid once since they adopted Stepan, an orphaned bear, 23 years ago.
Daily Mail reports that Svetlana and Yuriy Panteleenko took in Stepan when he was just 3 months old. He was found by hunters in a forest all alone and in a very bad condition. Twenty-three years later, the three still live as a family in Moscow, Russia. And, contrary to appearances, the 300-pound, 7-ft bear is a gentle giant.
His humans relay that Stepan helps around the house by watering plants. In the evenings, he loves cuddling on the couch and watching television.
“When we adopted him, he was only three-months-old and had been found by hunters in the forest having lost his mother. He was in a very bad condition.He absolutely loves people and is a really sociable bear – despite what people might think, he is not aggressive at all. We have never been bitten by Stepan.”.
“He’s got so many talents and loves a picnic. It’s a wonder he doesn’t eat us out of house and home,
Reportedly, the bear has never acted out or bitten either of his human companions. They credit it to him being domesticated all of his life as well as being well cared for.
Sometimes, all it takes is a loving hand from someone who understands what you’ve gone through. Two dogs, Sammie and Simon, were rescued two weeks apart, from two different shelters in South Carolina.
Sammie is a 4-month-old puppy who has been brutalized since he was born, and was spray-painted, dragged by a car, and shot. Simon, is a 1-year-old border collie who is still recovering from a terrible experience or his own, at the hands of his previous owner.
When the dogs met at a veterinary clinic this week, it only took a few seconds for them to understand each other.
Sammie was laying on the table,and Simon gently lifted his hand to the operating table and rested it on Sammie’s. It appeared that Simon was comforting a fellow survivor.
A young woman, Tansy Aspinall, grew up alongside gorillas during her childhood because her parents ran The Aspinall Foundation, a non-profit organization that rehabilitates gorillas that were in captivity at a park in England. One of her closest gorilla friends, who she last saw at the age of 11, was released back into the wild and Aspinall went to see if she could reunite with him.
Animals are such intelligent beings, often having memories and senses that surpass those of humans. Many animals, such as elephants, crows, and sea lions, have superb long-term memories that allow them to remember loved ones, grieve, and even seek revenge.
Gorillas are no different, which is something Aspinall learned when she went to visit a gorilla she had grown up with and last seen 12 years prior.
Aspinall told Daily Mail in an interview,
“My sister Clary and I often played with Djalta and Bimms on the lawn and sometimes we went into the cages with other gorillas. I loved being around them all, but those two guys were really very special to us, like our relatives.”
Though Bimms’ and Tansy’s childhood relationship was strong, as she said that they “would come up and hug you, and we’d run and roll around and chase them,” Apinall was understandably apprehensive about meeting Bimms again. She wasn’t sure if he would even recognize her or if he had perhaps even become dangerous like all wild animals can be when defending themselves.
Once the two reunited, all of her apprehensions disappeared. Bimms immediately recognized his best friend from so many years ago and offered her hugs.
Tansy was relieved and happy about the reunion, saying,
“He definitely recognized me. He was so sweet and he was hugging me and being so gentle. He’s 18 now.”
It’s adorable how these two were able to connect after all these years, and it reminds humans that animals have a level of intelligence that many don’t give them credit for.
Watch below to see the touching reunion between Tansy and Bimms.
On a recent visit to the Modisa Wildlife Project near Maun, Botswana, traveller John Hawkins captured this heartwarming footage that shows the incredible bond between a lioness and her rescuer. In the video, Sirga can be seen eagerly pacing back and forth behind a fence as the man, Valentin Gruener, unlocks the gate. Once the gate is opened, the 110-pound lioness jumps onto Gruener—for a cuddly, full-body embrace! Sirga clearly displays her affection for the man, rubbing noses with him during the hug and even laying across his lap on the ground. What an amazing friendship!
After Sirga was driven out of her pride as a cub, she was rescued by Gruener and Mikkel Legarth, who couldn’t stand by and watch her die. The two conservationists took her in, raised her, and even taught her how to hunt on her own. Throughout the years, Sirga has never forgotten her bond with the men who helped her. She now serves as a beacon of success for the Modisa Wildlife Project, which Gruener and Legarth started with the hope of finding long-term solutions for saving the lion population in Botswana, Africa.