A barber is changing the lives of Melbourne’s homeless population, one haircut at a time. Nasir Sobhani, 26, works full time at a hair salon in the city’s north-west but spends his one day off each week restyling the men and women who call the neighbourhood’s streets home. A former drug addict, Nasir knows how hard living rough can be, so started the Clean Cut, Clean Start project, which aims to help people see they are worthy of a second chance. “A homeless person doesn’t get the respect and attention needed, so letting them know that they are worthy of human interaction is actually the main purpose here.” Nasir said.
This Mark. He is 28 years old. He suffers from a mental illness and hasn’t seen his family for a decade.
There are plenty of incredible sights to see on the city streets of Tokyo, but a man walking with his pet tortoise might be the strangest one of all. The odd pair is certainly catching our attention.
Hisao Mitani, a 62-year-old funeral parlor owner, has had his giant African tortoise Bon-chan for almost 20 years. His wife bought the animal from a pet store. Mitani and Bon-chan recently gained attention when pictures of their walks in downtown Tokyo surfaced and went viral.
On May 6, 2014, nine beagles had a very special day. One that would change their lives forever.
Each of these nine beagles has spent its entire life in a cage at a laboratory. Until this day, these beagles had never known a kind touch, been loved, or felt safe. They didn’t have names, just federal ID numbers.
Photographer Guinnevere Shuster of the Humane Society of Utah came up with a fantastic idea for helping dogs get adopted: the doggy photo booth. Her photos of the dogs do a much better job at capturing their personalities than standard snapshots, and the results have been impressive: 93.26% of the dogs are now finding new homes. The photo booth-style portraits are able to show multiple facets of a dog’s personality through four pictures of each puppy. Here are some of the portraits that have been shared so far:
“We think TETON might be part bat, part piggy and part Pittie or a character you might find in a children’s book. He makes adorable snorting noise while trying to shower you with kisses and hugs”
Jill is a 2-year-old squirrel who miraculously survived Hurricane Isaac. Her family found her after she fell from her nest during the hurricane in Louisiana, and she’s been with them ever since.
The cute little rodent has become an Instagram hit thanks to her adorable antics.
When Tillie the golden retriever and Phoebe the basset hound didn’t return from a walk on Vashon Island, Washington, in early September, their owner contacted Vashon Island Pet Protectors in a desperate attempt to find their beloved dogs.
A stranger soon contacted the organization reporting that Tillie had been seen on their property trying to attract human attention.
You’re never too old to be a bridesmaid. Just ask bride Christine Quinn’s 89 year-old grandma Betty Govern, a.k.a. Nana Betty.
“She asked me about 10 times, ‘Are you sure?’ and ‘Why would you want an old lady in your bridal party?'” Christine told the Huffington Post.
Not only was Nana Betty adorable – she was the life of the party!
Hey, China. This is the type of dog festival that people want to go to. The complete opposite of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, the Tihar Festival celebrates man’s loyal best friend. In Nepal, Hindu citizens designate the festival as a time to shower their dogs with love and attention. You won’t see dogs crammed in cages or animal rights activists protesting, it is all about loving dogs in all their four-legged glory.
The festival comes at a time where all eyes are on another dog-themed festival, China’s Yulin festival, where more than 10,000 dogs are tortured, cooked and served up to festival goers. Yulin has been under intense criticism and protest. Many celebrities have spoke out against the horrible mistreatment of the animals. Comedian, Ricky Gervais, has spoke out extensively about the Yulin, but now he is sharing the joy of the Tihar festival.
It’s been hard for Mary and Roberto Westbrook’s three year-old son Luke to understand that the family dog will not be coming home.
At the age of 13, Moe the beagle passed away. One day, Luke asked his mom if he could write a letter to Moe. Doing so became a bit of a mother-and-son ritual. The usual message: “I miss you. Hope you’re having fun in doggie heaven.”
Margaret Thome Bekema, 97, was supposed to graduate from Grand Rapids Catholic Central High in 1936. Instead, she had to leave school at age 17 because she had to take care of her ill with cancer mother and her siblings while their father went to work.
These unhappy circumstances prevented her from graduating with her Class of 1936. However, 79 years later, Bekema received an honorary diploma thanks to a distant relative.
“I thank you from the bottom of my heart,” Bekema told Mlive. “I had to quit school to take over the family. It was hard, you have no idea how hard that was. I loved high school and I had lots of friends.” Central Principal Greg Deja added, “her life has been one of sacrifice and service. It has been so encouraging and inspiring for our community because her choices represent all the core values that we teach our students.”+