In a ravine in South Carolina, a tiny Shih Tzu was found protecting a kitten.
After someone called Animal Control, Officer Michelle Smith found them and brought them in.
Believe it or not, there are about 150,000 stray cats and dogs in Istanbul, Turkey. That’s 150,000 animals that are left to roam the streets with 14 million human beings. Unfortunately, despite the fact that there are so many people in the city of Istanbul, no one is willing to give these animals food, water and shelter. Luckily, a Turkish company called Pugedon decided to create a few awesome vending machines that feed the stray animals and double as recycling receptacles, keeping trash and litter off the streets.
These vending machines have the ability to store and dispense food for stray cats and dogs.
When my 160-pound English Mastiff was diagnosed with terminal bone cancer, I was crushed. Together Gizelle and I had been through college, boyfriends, our early 20s, and a move from simple Tennessee to big and scary New York City. This dog wasn’t just my best friend – she was my roommate and confidant. What does the vet mean she only has a few months left?
My sobbing seemed unstoppable, but Gizelle was sensitive and didn’t like to see me cry. I had to be strong. So I decided we would bury our worries in the dog park and create a bucket-list adventure of everything we wanted to do before she died. It was my mission for us to indulge and explore life’s joys. We’d escape the city and search for waterfalls, cook lobster, and nap in the grass. We’d jump in the ocean without towels, just to enjoy the sun drying us, and never stress about details like sand in the car.
Doing a bucket list for Gizelle not only helped me cope with losing her, it was also one wild ride. It helped me live in the present and see life for what it truly is: a sweet, simple, precious adventure. So paw in hand, we packed our bags and set off. Here are some of our favorite adventures.
Ride in a canoe
A wild elephant and two of his friends were attacked and injured by poachers who used poison arrows in Kenya, Africa. Although attacked by humans, the elephants trusted another group of humans to make them better and sought their help. These group of people are called the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT).
According to a report in The Dodo, the wild elephant although had not been a resident at DSWT, knew other elephants who had lived there. The injured elephants trusted DSWT to be friendly and travelled through Kenyan wilderness to reach them for help.
“We are sure that Mwende’s father knew that if they returned to the stockades they would get the help and treatment they needed because this continuously happens with the injured bulls in the north; they all come to Ithumba when in need, understanding that there they can be helped,” DSWT said in a statement.
1. If you adopt, you’ll save a life
Around 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized each year in the United States simply because too many people give up their pets, and too few people adopt from shelters.
Because there is limited space at shelters, staff members sometimes need to make very hard decisions to euthanize animals who haven’t been adopted.
The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them.
By adopting from a private humane society or animal shelter, rescue group, or the local animal-control agency, you’ll help save the lives of two animals—the pet you adopt and a homeless animal somewhere who can be rescued because of space you helped free up.
Viking Helmet by iheartneedlework
Birthday Cake by Sweethoots
Rats aren’t exactly the most adored animals. But they should be, because they are hard at work in 56 countries, helping to clear out landmines and the explosive remnants of war that kill thousands of people every year.
These African pouched rats have been trained to save lives by sniffing out the scent of explosives.
The group responsible for training the HeroRATs, as they are known, is APOPO (Anti-Personnel Landmines Detection Product Development). It is the brainchild of Bart Weetjens, a product designer in Belgium who quit his job to explore the issue of landmines in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Rats are the perfect mine detectors owing to their high intelligence and keen sense of smell. In addition, they are small enough not to trigger mines, yet large enough to be easily identifiable in the field.
In his little hammock