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Woman Helps Pet Owners in Poverty and Her Program is Now in 28 States

A lot of attention is paid to helping pets get adopted—but one woman saw a need to help furry ones who already had homes. Amanda Arrington, North Carolina State Director for the Humane Society, started the Pets For Life program to provide care and information for pet owners who are sometimes 20 miles away from a

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Arizona City Mandates All Dogs Sold in Pet Stores Will Come From Shelters

For the longest time, rescue groups, shelter volunteers, and animal lovers everywhere have hoped the day would come when pet stores would sell shelter pups exclusively, as a way to cut the profit from “puppy mills”. Last week a federal judge in Phoenix, Arizona upheld a city law requiring that

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Swipe Right For Unconditional Love: App Pairs You With Adoptable Pets

Wouldn’t it be nice if you knew that whoever you “swiped right” for would love you back, unconditionally? With the new AllPaws app, that nicety is a reality. The app, available for iPhone and iPad, helps prospective pet owners filter through adoptable pups and kittens in shelters across the U.S. and

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Clear Your Schedule: Baby Kitten Cuddling is a Real Volunteer Job

If kittens, cuddles, and saving lives are up your alley, we’ve got just the volunteer job for you. In hopes of making shelter kitties more adoptable—and providing them with the love and care they need early in life—Best Friends Animal Society in Salt Lake City, Utah and Los Angeles, California

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How Mervin the Rescue Chihuahua Melted 30,000 Hearts on Instagram

Aside from being absolutely adorable—and the ideal posterboy for #TongueOutTuesday—Mervin is a champion for second chance pups everywhere. Initially found as a stray and brought to the ASPCA, Mervin, a very special-needs dog, has made a major splash all over social media. After being properly nourished, undergoing knee surgery, and

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BarkFeed, The “Instagram For Dogs” Is Photographic Fur Therapy

Cats may rule in online videos, but dogs now have their own Instagram. A new photo-sharing site called BarkFeed is chock full of hundreds of pictures of pooches—and only pooches. The site, which bills itself as the “Instagram of Dogs” features posts from proud pet parents all over the world. Caution:

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I Swerved into His Truck to Avoid a Dog – His Response was Amazing!

Last Monday I was going to PetSmart to buy dog treats. As I pulled into the parking lot, a small dog jumped out of the arms of an old lady. I quickly swerved to avoid the dog– but hit a truck instead. I scraped my car all along one side,

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Energetic Shelter Dogs Get Second Chance in Wildlife Conservation Jobs

For these pooches, their “wild” lifestyle could actually help save wildlife. Shelter dogs with high-energy can sometimes be less adoptable than their more docile counterparts, but a program based in Washington, DC, has found a way to save them by putting their unique traits to good use. By partnering with

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Photo of Shelter Pups Hugging Lands Them Home Together, Just In Time

Aside from being adorable, this photo may have actually saved the lives of the two adorable pups pictured in it. An Atlanta-based animal rescue organization posted the photo of the shelter pups, Kiera and Kala, along with a pleading message, saying the two dogs would soon be separated—and headed for death

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