By Amanda Froeli
On July 4th, a crusty, maggot-infested puppy turned up at the Speranza Animal Rescue in Pennsylvania.
Reportedly, the young pup – named Libre – had been given up in by an unnamed breeder. When the staff got to him, Libre was so weak he couldn’t stand, and his skin so infected he gave off a rotting smell.
Some might have given up on the dog, resigned to believe that he would eventually die. But thankfully, the owner of the rescue center, Janine Guido, believed he could recover.
“He was emaciated, dehydrated, and limp. I have never in my life seen a dog this close to death. He was literally clinging to life the first time I laid eyes on him.”
Immediately, the abused dog was transferred into the care of the Dillsburg Veterinary Center. He received antibiotics, laser treatments, and had to endure maggots being removed from his skin.
Jason Haney knows all too well what it’s like for kids to be stuck in a hospital. Haney’s daughter had a stroke while she was still in the womb. At the age of 3, she was diagnosed with brain damage that doctors said might permanently hinder her ability to learn beyond a third-grade level.
Haney remembers those extended stays in the hospital with his family and how hard it was to stay positive. So when he was hired to work on the construction project at Memorial Children’s Hospital, in South Bend, Indiana, the construction foreman did what he could to brighten the days of the children staying in the hospital.
It started with a snowman that Haney dressed up with a construction vest and hardhat.
“It was a huge hit,” Haney told ABC News.
But they didn’t get much snow after that, so Haney set up some inflatable snowmen and an inflatable Sponge Bob. As he was tying them down, one of the electricians joked that it would be funny if they had a ‘Where’s Waldo?’ on the site. When Haney got home, he immediately got to work on making a real-life Waldo character out of plywood and paint.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), India is home to 6 of the world’s worst 10 cities in terms of air pollution, including the top 3 most polluted — Delhi, Patna, and Gwalior, respectively.
But just last week, the nation — which boasts the world’s second largest population at over 1.2 billion — decided to band together and work to combat the problem.
An astounding 800,000+ volunteers supported their country by participating in a nationwide tree plant. Designed to break the world record for the most number of trees planted in a 24 hour period, the organized event far exceeded even these expectations.
While the official number is still yet to be released by Guinness, early projections suggest that the volunteers planted approximately 50 million trees, completely smashing the previous record of 847,275 planted by Pakistan in 2013. Pakistan, like India, was in desperate need of the community effort, as they hold 3 of the remaining 4 spots on the previously mentioned list released by the WHO.
This initiative was largely funded by the Indian government, which has dedicated $6 billion to the creation of new forests over the coming years.
Whether the potential Guinness World Record played a key role in motivating volunteers or not, this feat is an incredible reminder of our power as a collective. In just 24 hours, a nation was able to substantially increase their total tree count, hopefully improving their air quality, and their citizens’ health, for many years to come.
Even if you don’t have the power or connections to organize such a massive event, let this inspire you to take action on one of your community’s needs.
Meet Jake Austin, he’s awesome! He’s been helping homeless people in St. Louis by joining volunteer groups to give out stuff like food and clothes for years. He was giving out things like soap and sanitation goods but realised there was no place for the people to use them. Enter ‘shower the people’, a mobile shower unit that gives homeless people the safe place they need.
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.