Chinese Student Carries Disabled Friend To School Every Day For Three Years So He Doesn’t Miss Class
Every day for the last 3 years, Xie Xu has been carrying his disabled classmate to school on his back
His friend suffers from muscular dystrophy, a disease that results in a potentially a shortened lifespan for Zhang Chi
The canines at Carson Animal Shelter in Gardena, California have found comfort and companionship in 6-year-old Jacob Tumalan, who visits every Thursday after school to soothe the animals with his storytelling. Jacob, who has autism, sits on a mat before the cages and reads to the abandoned dogs, who grow calmer in his presence.
The weekly ritual began when Jacob’s aunt, an animal rescue worker, first brought him to visit the shelter six months ago and saw the special bond he formed with the four-legged, furry friends. Though his autism means he’s often uncomfortable around loud noises and hectic activity, he’s easily relaxed and focused while engaging with the pups, who also give him a sense of purpose.
Jacob explains, “If I read to the dogs they will come out of their cages and find homes…They have to find new homes because they are alone.” His volunteer work and gentle, generous presence help to socialize the dogs in preparation for eventual adoption by fur-ever families. Jacob, too, benefits from the project: he’s improving his language skills and now reads at a third-grade level. It’s a win-win for kid and canine, a reminder that both tales and tails can truly change lives.
A deaf man named Muharrem, who lives in Istanbul, was more than just surprised when, one shiny day, all of his neighbors started to communicate with him using sign language.
To make this happen, the entire neighborhood spent a whole month learning how to communicate using sign language — the only language Muharrem speaks.
Things were looking grim for tortoise Freddy when he was caught in a bush fire in Brazil. Thankfully a group of tech savvy surgeons called The Animal Avengers assembled to his rescue and gave Freddy a second chance in the form of an awesome 3D printed shell.
“Freddy was the first tortoise in the world to receive a fully rebuilt hull and the first creature that we, as a newly formed group of animal rescuers, decided to help,” said the designer Cicero Moraes. He managed to recreate a 3D version of a former shell looking only at Freddy’s pictures. The design was sent to a dental surgeon, Dr. Paulo Miamoto, who then 3D printed the actual shell.
Awesome news for Freddy, and a glimpse into the promising future for the rest of us.
His shell was badly damaged so a group of volunteers made him a new one…with a 3D printer!
Florence And The Machine Gives Private Concert At Hospice For Girl Who Was Too Sick To Attend The Show
Florence And The Machine singer Florence Welch and guitarist Rob Ackroyd surprised an ill fan at an Austin, Texas hospice with an intimate performance after the individual was unable to attend her concert in the city.
On Friday (May 20), Welch stopped by Hospice Austin’s Christopher House, singing ‘Dog Days Are Over’ and ‘Shake It Out’ for a fan who had gig tickets to see the star but was unable to attend due to illness. Watch footage from the surprise gig below.
A video caption from Hospice Austin reads: “Today we were privileged to witness the clear joy of a room full of teenagers singing with Florence Welch and guitarist Rob Ackroyd from Florence and The Machine who came to Hospice Austin’s Christopher House to give a private concert to a teen who missed her concert last night due to her illness. The room was full; full of joy and warmth and love and life and singing. Thank you, Florence!”
“Hospice Austin’s 15-year-old patient had long planned to go see Florence and the Machine with her BFF at the Austin 360 amphitheater; she was bitterly disappointed when her health prevented her from attending. So Florence came to her at Hospice Austin’s Christopher House. Thank you, Florence, for your loving kindness, and for making our patient’s day.”
What a gift to share your gifts so selflessly with those who need them.
Airlines generally have strict policies when it comes to flying with animals, but in the wake of the recent wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alberta, some have broken their own rules. Canadian North and WestJet airlines have altered their policies to help local pets escape the devastation alongside their humans.
The massive fires have forced 80,000 residents to evacuate the city, some having just enough time to leave with their beloved pets in tow—never mind the regulation crates and carriers. “Due to the unusual circumstances we were able to bend the rules to accommodate these animals,” a spokesperson from Canadian North told The Huffington Post Canada.
Passengers, flight attendants, and even the airlines tweeted about the experience, and it looks like the pets were excited to fly. They sat on their humans’ laps, rested on the floor, and canoodled with other furry flyers. It’s all part of the effort to get them to safety and escaping the unruly wrath of the massive blaze, which has grown to cover 85,000 hectares—a size which rivals large metropolitan cities around the world.
This is a story of the right person, in the right place, at the right time. Rock Hill real estate agent Casey Lawrence found the injured Pit Bull dumped in the woods after getting lost while showing a property. The dog was discarded and left to die after likely being used as a bait dog by dog fighters. He was surrounded by bones and animal carcasses!
Fortunately, Casey found the dog, now named Rambo, in time! She rushed Rambo to Baxter Veterinary Clinic. Rambo was covered with bite marks and lacerations and was severely injured, and his leg wounds infected with gangrene.
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.
61-year-old Jung Myoung Sook from South Korea has been saving dogs for the last 26 years. In all, Sook has saved over 200 dogs, picking up stray pups from the streets and even buying others from dog meat farms and restaurants.
Jung’s incredible kindness is considered strange in South Korea, where dogs aren’t popular as pets. She’s had to move house seven times after neighbours complained about the noise of her one-woman dog sanctuary.
Most of the dogs live with Jung full time and she says she spends nearly $1,500 a month on their care, relying largely on donations of dog food and money to get by.
Jung said, “Some people talk about me, saying, ‘Why is that beggar-like middle-aged woman smiling all the time?’, but I just focus on feeding my babies. I’m happy and healthy.”
If you wander the streets of Kochi, India, and visit a restaurant called Pappadavada, you will see something that is both unique and beautiful outside of the dining establishment.
The owner of the restaurant, Minu Pauline, has placed a refrigerator in front of her restaurant, and she fills it every single day with food for the homeless.
Pauline realized she didn’t want to throw away unused food, so she came up with a unique and thoughtful approach to disposing of her restaurants extra food.
She leaves the refrigerator out on the curb so that no one in her community goes hungry.
The refrigerator is known as the “Tree of Goodness,” and since debuting on March 23 it has fed hundreds of hungry locals.