PJ Spraggins has spent a year losing 70 pounds so he could donate his kidney to his wife.
Spraggins was delighted when he discovered he was a perfect match for wife Tracy, who was told her life-long battle with Lupus would kill her if she didn’t get a transplant – the waiting list is seven years.
But the next day, the Birmingham, Alabama, couple were dealt a blow: his blood pressure was too high to perform the operation. Refusing to accept the diagnosis, Spraggins embarked on a relentless fitness regime.
Finally, in December 2014, the Spraggins got the green light. In February, they went under the knife together.
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.
His spirit, however, is a different story.
The twins were born three months prematurely and Peder did not get enough oxygen during the birth. As a consequence he suffers from severe cerebral palsy, is bound to a wheelchair and requires 24 hour assistance.
Peder quickly decided not to let his handicap dictate his life or limit his opportunities. The brothers have long shared a dream of completing a full Ironman race together.
Once a mother, always a mother—and the same goes for canines, too.
Maggie, a dog who was staying at Barker’s Pet Motel & Grooming in Canada, recently went into mommy-mode when she heard two foster puppies crying at the center. In the middle of the night, she snuck out of her kennel, and went room to room, looking for the crying pups.
When she found their kennel, she sat outside of it, hoping to comfort them. When staffer Sandy Aldred spotted Maggie through on the security camera, she went to check on her.
As seen in the security footage below, Maggie got up and led Sandy to the babies’ kennel as if asking her to let her in. Sandy did, and Maggie and the pups spent all night cuddling together.
It seems that Maggie, whose own litter of pups had recently been adopted, needed the puppy love, and the foster pooches needed her. “We’ve never really seen it before, where a dog sneaks out to some puppies and is so excited to see them,” said Sandy’s son, Alex, to ABC News.
When Steve and Derek adopted Esther, she weighed just 3 pounds
Two years later, this little piggy weighs in at 670 pounds!
These incredible pictures show how a monkey rescued a puppy and helped it to survive. The scene happened earlier this month in Rode, India. A rhesus macaque monkey adopted a puppy in Rode, India, attracting the interest of locals, who were so touched that they put out food for the pair. They were amazed to see the monkey let the puppy have its food first before taking food for itself.
When a three-week-old kitten was found in critical condition by animal-loving humans, they took her into their home to nurse her back to health. They weren’t sure if she would make it through the night, as she remained “lethargic and limp” despite constant care. Then, they enlisted the help of maternal husky named Lilo.
” [We] decided to go out on a limb and let her cuddle extensively with Lilo. By some miracle, she started suckling on Lilo and Lilo went into full ‘mom mode,’” said this post from the @lilothehusky Instagram page.
In Istanbul, there’s a mosque where you can pray alongside cats. The Aziz Mahmud Hüdayi Mosque’s imam Mustafa Efe has been letting stray cats since last year. Mustafa calls the cats “guests” of the mosque and, as you can see, he’s made them feel right at home.
Rademenesa was diagnosed with an inflamed respiratory tract in 2014, when he was 2 months old. He survived the ordeal and now lives at the animal shelter and keeps other sick animals company at the shelter’s veterinary surgery and tries to nurse them back to health.
Instead of being adopted after his recovery, Rademenes became a mascot to the veterinarians who work at the shelter, which is located in Poland. It is an occupation he is completely suited to.
Reddit user newjhelum posted these photos of Rademenesa (also seen in their Imgur slideshow at bottom of this post) yesterday, and, not surprisingly, images of the compassionate, nurse cat are now going viral and making news.
8-year-old Gabi Mann, from Seattle, has some very unusual friends who shower her with gifts almost every day. Ever since she started feeding her neighborhood crows, they began returning the favor and bringing back all kinds of trinkets.
Gabi’s unique relationship with the neighborhood crows began in 2011, when at age four, she was prone to dropping food. Soon, the crows were always watching for her, hoping to get a bite of the crumbs she dropped. As she got older, she began to feed them consciously – she would share her lunch with them on the way to the bus stop. It wasn’t long before crows were lining up in the afternoon to greet her at the stop.
Two years ago, Gabi and her mother Lisa started feeding the crows as part of their daily routine. Fresh water in the birdbath, peanuts on the bird feeder, handfuls of dog food strewn about the grass. The crows came to rely on this food. To genuinely appreciate it. And it wasn’t long before the gifts started appearing.