When Nicole Elliot saw a photo of a senior dog with terminal cancer on her local animal shelter’s Facebook page, she knew she had to do something.
The Georgia woman decided to not only provide a home for Chester the terrier, but also to make sure his final days would be the best ones of his life.
“Before I went and got him, I decided to do a bucket list,” she told ABC News.
Elliot adopted Chester on June 27 and learned that the senior dog had undergone surgery to remove some of his tumors, but more had turned up. The dog’s owners had surrendered him to a high-kill shelter, and Animal Ark Rescue took Chester in before he could be euthanized.
In addition to cancer, Chester is also tested positive for heartworm, and veterinarians aren’t sure how much time he has left.
But regardless of how many days or weeks remain, Elliot is determined that Chester enjoy them.
Since his adoption, Chester has been to parks, eaten hot dogs and gone on a shopping spree for toys and treats.
“There are so many people that say animals don’t have souls like humans, but I feel like anybody who met Chester would see he does have a soul,” she said. “I think all animals should have a chance to have a happy life.”
Meet Roo, the two-legged chihuahua who was rescued by the Duluth Animal Hospital when he was just seven weeks old.
Two abandoned dogs really need each other — and they need a new home. Glenn the elderly Jack Russell terrier is completely blind. He was found abandoned in a sea tunnel in Hartlepool, Durham, with his seeing eye dog companion, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Buzz. The pair are inseparable, and they need a new home together.
They are being cared for by the Stray Aid Centre in Coxhoe. The two are so attached to each other that they become stressed even if separated for minutes. Of course, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. And the relationship between the two dogs — thought to be between 9 and 10-years-old — is beautiful.
Meet Buzz and Glenn.
A hospital chain has found a way of caring for both the young and the old by having them take care of each other – and in the process, built a bridge across generations.
The Intergenerational Learning Center consists of a preschool inside the Mount St. Vincent nursing home in Seattle, Washington. The 400 adults in the assisted-living center join the kids in daily activities from music and dancing to storytelling and just plain visiting.
The Center’s managers say the children learn from their elders and are nurtured by the adults while the invigorated seniors get a new sense of purpose and well-being from the playful tots.
Film maker Evan Briggs has a Kickstarter page to finish a documentary about the place. His film “Present Perfect” portrays what he calls the “very real experience of aging in America – both growing up, and growing old.”
Meet Della. She lives in a farm in Ireland, and she has kittens.
That’s not all she has, though: a few hours within giving birth, she came across these newly hatched ducklings. Her mother instinct kicked in, and she brought them along and started to nurture them.
Hailey Fort is only 9-years-old but she is already an inspiration to people of all ages. Not even old enough for high school yet and she already spends her free time helping the homeless in more ways than most full-grown adults.
It all started when she was 5 and she saw a homeless man in her hometown. She asked her mom if she could help the man by buying him a sandwich. After her mother said ‘yes’ Hailey never stopped.
Hailey now builds shelters for the homeless and grows food for them too. In fact, this year alone she plans to construct 12 mobile shelters for the homeless community, many of which she considers her good friends.
A Pit Bull suffering from starvation and a severe injury was rescued from certain death by a man in Brazil. Wilson Coutinho Martins lives in Rio de Janeiro and has dedicated his life to rescuing and protecting animals from extreme conditions. For many animal lovers in Brazil he is a hero. For dogs like Davi, he is their savior.
The large dog with beautiful green eyes was rescued from the woods outside of Rio de Janeiro in September of 2012. He weighed just 28 pounds (13 kg) and had a huge, gaping wound in his rear. His bone was exposed and he could barely walk from the pain. If Wilson had not rescued him when he did, Davi would most certainly have died from infection and blood loss.
Wilson took Davi home and began tending to his wounds. During his recovery, Davi had to receive several blood transfusions and his wounds needed to be cleaned, treated with antibiotics and bandaged regularly. Within one month, his wounds were much better. A few months later, Davi’s wound had healed even more and he had gained back much needed weight. Although his journey back to health was slow, Davi has made a miraculous recovery. He is proof of how dedication and hard work and love can transform animals in even the most desperate of circumstances
Meet Tinni (the dog on the left) and Sniffer (the fox on the right).
They are BEST FRIENDS who live together in the NORWEGIAN FOREST.
A year and a half ago, Russell the cat only just survived a house fire, barely making it out alive. He sustained 3rd degree burns all over his face and body and has since been under the care of staff at the Animal Emergency Hospital & Urgent Care in North Carolina.
After more than a year of intensive treatment, Russell is still feeling the effects of the injuries on his body.