A Man Kayaking Through Flood Waters Spotted A Tiny Squirrel In Trouble

A flood surveyor was paddling his kayak through waters in Fenton, MO, when he made quite the discovery.

There was a little squirrel struggling in the current. The flood waters were fast moving, so the kayaker helped the waterlogged squirrel out.

“I saw this little guy jump and try to swim for a bigger tree for safety, but the current was just too strong. You can see him jump from the tree in front of me and start swimming but the current was quickly pulling him downstream. I know squirrels don’t understand English but I couldn’t help but yell out some positive encouragement.”

The current was almost too strong for this little guy.

Silly squirrel, you shouldn’t be swimming!

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

This Animal Shelter Is Encouraging Adoptions With Puppy Pajama Parties

No one can resist a cute dog dressed in pajamas, and volunteers from one shelter use that to their advantage.

The LifeLine Animal Project, a rescue group in Atlanta, has come up with an adorable way to get people interested in adopting their rescue dogs. They throw pajama parties with the pups!

The foolproof idea has been causing quite the buzz and dogs that had been waiting a long, long time to find their new families have now been adopted. Not only can visitors to the shelter have sleepovers on site, but they’re also allowed to take dogs home for overnight stays to form bonds. However, the overnight visits aren’t just tryouts for potential adopters. They’re also intended to give these dogs a break from the stressful shelter environment.

But at the end of the day, LifeLine hopes that these pajama parties will help people see the dogs’ true colors and understand the fact that all they want is a little love in return.

That’s it. I’m scrapping my Saturday night plans. I’ll be hosting a puppy sleepover instead.

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

He Bought Some Turtles From A Market And Released Them Back Into The Wild

It’s amazing the things you can buy at foreign food markets. In Papua New Guinea, for instance, a man recently went to the market and found them selling giant sea turtles for a feast. They were still alive and crawling around!

Arron Culling decided to take action. He bought the two turtles, and instead of eating them that night, he did something amazing with them.

These are the turtles that were on sale at the food market.

He paid $50 for them, “drove 5km up the road and let them go,” according to his Facebook post.

This isn’t even the first time Culling has saved turtles! According to his Facebook, he’s already rescued about ten turtles.

There are only a few species of sea turtles and most of them are endangered.

(via Bored Panda)

What Culling is doing is so important if we want to keep these amazing creatures around. If a species is endangered, we should try to protect them as much as possible and get their numbers back up.

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

Lions, Tigers, Bears…Oh Really! This Sanctuary Rescues Them All From Abuse

With so many house pets entering animal rescues every year, it’s easy to forget about their wilder cousins.

It’s not just cruel hunting practices that endanger our wildlife, though. People illegally take them in as pets, abuse them in circus acts, and trade them in the exotic animal market. In fact, this very live underground currency is the third largest source of illegal profits in the world!

That’s where The Wild Animal Sanctuary aims to help. Founded in 1980, today, it’s the oldest and largest sanctuary in the world devoted to rescuing captive exotic and endangered large carnivores. More than 400 lions, tigers, bears, wolves, and others call the Colorado shelter home.

The Wild Animal Sanctuary (TWAS) rescues exotic animals from around the country and world.

They’re victims of abuse in shopping malls, used as attractions in amusement parks, held as pets by people who don’t know how to care for them, and even taken from drug dealers.

Once at TWAS, they’re given top-notch veterinary care to assess their mental and physical health.

Most face years of recovery for the emotional scars left behind long after their external wounds heal.

But with over 720 acres, the animals finally have plenty of space to run, play, sleep, and interact with new friends.

Every animal has its own heartbreaking story…Mary Jane was a truck stop attraction in Texas. Her cubs “were sold to motorists who stopped to get gas.”

Yukon is a tundra wolf who was kept in an Iowa mall as an “educational” display. He was thankfully rescued and placed in the hands of the professionals at TWAS.

Amazingly, though, many of the animals are rescued from more credible zoos, where they’re set to be euthanized because of overcrowding or other sad reasons.

In addition to the wide open grasslands of the sanctuary, there are also lakes and ponds for the animals to explore.

Learn more about TWAS here:

This truly is a magical place.

If you’d like to visit, you can walk along the enclosures and see the animals enjoying life up-close! Please also consider contributing to their wonderful cause, be it through “adopting” one of the animals or donating.

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

Good guy dad used putty to save this turtle’s life

A turtle’s shell is essential to their protection. A damaged shell makes the creature vulnerable, and can even sometimes be fatal.

Luckily, there are heroes that care about the wellbeing of our scaly friends, like this Reddit user’s father.

On Monday, Daniel Hollenback who goes by the username Sublimebro uploaded photos to Reddit of a turtle whose injuries were healed thanks to his father’s efforts. The tiny turtle came back a year later looking better than ever.

Adorably, the Reddit user’s father presumably the above mentioned Ken marked a “Ken’s Body Shop” on the putty patch.

Although Ken’s writing didn’t survive, the turtle thankfully did, and people made car repair jokes about it.

Most importantly, Hollenback’s father handled the situation just like an animal lover should.

This dad apparently has a history of performing heroic animal deeds. Hollenback uploaded a video of his father playing with a raccoon that they rescued from their attic with the intention to relocate.

Faith in humanity and animals has been restored.

WATCH: Korean families separated for more than 60 years are reunited

Source: http://mashable.com/

This Rescue Of A Sea Turtle Caught In A Fishing Net Will Have You Cheering

Life is full of surprises. You never know when a moment might arise where you’re called upon to do something heroic.

It’s these moments of true spontaneity that show others who we really are.

For the three men in the video below, one such moment presented itself when they were sitting by a beach restaurant and spotted something moving by the shoreline. What they found was a massive leatherback sea turtle struggling to untangle itself from a fishing net.

After some incredible teamwork — and some hissing from the nervous turtle — the three heroes with hearts of gold were able to set the majestic sea creature free.

What a beautiful moment when the turtle swims back out to sea. It must have felt so relieved when it took that dive.

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

In the chaos of Harvey, people brave rising floodwaters to rescue animals

Volunteers help shelter dogs out of flooded Houston.
Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock

After Hurricane Harvey made landfall last week it wasn’t just the people scrambling to safety and away from rising flood waters — pets, farm animals, and wildlife needed help, too.

Stories and heartwarming images keep coming in of dogs gathered onto boats, horses freed from flooded paddocks, and pets reunited with their families. Good Samaritans are all about saving the furry creatures of Houston.

Save the mutts

A load of 35 shelter dogs were flown from Texas to Seattle to make room in Texas shelters for displaced pets. The rescue transfer helps families find their pets amid the flooding and keeps shelter dogs out of the flood zone.

A dog stranded on a car roof outside a Houston home was also brought to safety after a few rescue attempts.

The U.S. Coast Guard airlifted families and their pets to safety over the weekend.

Neighbors took in these dogs that had to be left behind during a rescue. The owner posted that the family reunited with them once it was safe to return.

PETA has been on a mission to rescue dogs from flooded homes and kennels.

And so many braved the waters to save dogs.

Image: Joe Raedle/Getty Image

Image: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Image: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

Don’t forget the kitties

Volunteers scooped up wet cats caught up and left behind in flooded homes.

Cat saved from flood waters.

Image: John Glaser/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

This woman held on tight to her cat, Gigi, after the pair were rescued in a boat.

Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock

Rabbits, parrots, and squirrels, too

Beyond cats and dogs, other pets and wildlife were saved in the deluge. 

A rabbit made it to a rescue boat after it was found floating in a flooded Houston apartment complex.

Rescue the rabbit!

Image: Scott Olson/Getty Images

A few feathers were ruffled, but this pet parrot was spared from the historic storm.

Image: SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP/Getty Images

Even hundreds of baby squirrels displaced by the storm found help at a wildlife rescue center in Austin. 

Where’s Noah’s ark when you need it?

WATCH: Smiling rescued donkey is so happy to be back on solid ground

Source: http://mashable.com/

Getting Stuck In Trees Isn’t Just For Cats Anymore, As These Firefighters Found Out

Firefighters are used to rescuing scared cats from tall trees, but what about dogs?

When the Plattsmouth Fire Department in Nebraska got a call one night about a 120-pound dog stuck 20 feet up in a tree, they thought for sure it was a prank. They were a little bit shocked when they turned up at the scene to find Kora, a Great Dane, sitting high up in a tree, looking down at them with her big, bright eyes.

After a bit of brainstorming, the team of firefighters were finally able to lower Kora from the tree using a rope, a ladder, and a police dog harness. Several feet from the ground, Kora’s weight snapped her restraints, but a few brave volunteers were there to catch her with a big tarp.

Although she was a little cold after all that time in the tree, Kora wasn’t hurt and was happy to be down, running straight for the house once she was on solid ground.

Hopefully, she’ll leave tree climbing to cats from now on.

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

These Animals Were Living In Inhumane Conditions Before These Heroes Arrived

When the 66 dogs and three horses on this Galia County property in Ohio were found, they were in terrible shape.

Left without water and adequate food for who knows how long, there’s no telling what the fate of these animals would have been had the Humane Society of the United States not stepped in…

From the outside, the home looked relatively normal.

But the inside told a far sadder story. Hiding under every surface…

…were scared, starving dogs.

They all desperately needed medical attention, food, and water.

The Humane Society of the United States knew just what to do.

Watch the full rescue below.

If you can, please consider helping make more rescues like this one possible by donating here.

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

This Heartwarming Dolphin Rescue Would Be Way Cuter If The Dolphin Wasn’t A Shark

If you asked me right now if I, even as an animal lover, would yank a 12-foot shark back to safety with my bare hands, I’d probably say no.

The way I see it, if I can barely make it down the steps without it turning into an emergency situation, I have no business trying to manhandle a predator. If you asked me if I’d do that for a dolphin, however, I’d most likely give it the old college try.

Judging by this footage, Nicolas Andre, 49, seems to feel the same way. While he was taking in some seriously beautiful weather with his wife in Cornwall, England, earlier this week, he came across a man struggling with what appeared to be a dolphin stranded on the shore.

Being the lovely gent he is, Andre decided to help the guy out.

They quickly discovered that the animal’s skin was too abrasive to lug it back into the water with their bare hands, so they tied their shirts around their palms for protection.

When the shirts come off, you know it’s about to get real.

Fortunately, the whole thing went off without a hitch.

Just kidding. There was a hitch, since their new dolphin friend happened to be a shark.

It was a 12-foot basking shark, to be exact.

Fortunately, the do-gooders left the beach that day with all of their limbs intact. What these guys did was inadvertently reckless, but they ended up saving a life in the process. They did their best, and when it comes down to it, that’s all we really can do.

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

Lions, Tigers, Bears…Oh Really! This Sanctuary Rescues Them All From Abuse

With so many house pets entering animal rescues every year, it’s easy to forget about their wilder cousins.

It’s not just cruel hunting practices that endanger our wildlife, though. People illegally take them in as pets, abuse them in circus acts, and trade them in the exotic animal market. In fact, this very live underground currency is the third largest source of illegal profits in the world!

That’s where The Wild Animal Sanctuary aims to help. Founded in 1980, today, it’s the oldest and largest sanctuary in the world devoted to rescuing captive exotic and endangered large carnivores. More than 400 lions, tigers, bears, wolves, and others call the Colorado shelter home.

The Wild Animal Sanctuary (TWAS) rescues exotic animals from around the country and world.

They’re victims of abuse in shopping malls, used as attractions in amusement parks, held as pets by people who don’t know how to care for them, and even taken from drug dealers.

Once at TWAS, they’re given top-notch veterinary care to assess their mental and physical health.

Most face years of recovery for the emotional scars left behind long after their external wounds heal.

But with over 720 acres, the animals finally have plenty of space to run, play, sleep, and interact with new friends.

Every animal has its own heartbreaking story…Mary Jane was a truck stop attraction in Texas. Her cubs “were sold to motorists who stopped to get gas.”

Yukon is a tundra wolf who was kept in an Iowa mall as an “educational” display. He was thankfully rescued and placed in the hands of the professionals at TWAS.

Amazingly, though, many of the animals are rescued from more credible zoos, where they’re set to be euthanized because of overcrowding or other sad reasons.

In addition to the wide open grasslands of the sanctuary, there are also lakes and ponds for the animals to explore.

Learn more about TWAS here:

This truly is a magical place.

If you’d like to visit, you can walk along the enclosures and see the animals enjoying life up-close! Please also consider contributing to their wonderful cause, be it through “adopting” one of the animals or donating.

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

In the chaos of Harvey, people brave rising floodwaters to rescue animals

Volunteers help shelter dogs out of flooded Houston.
Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock

After Hurricane Harvey made landfall last week it wasn’t just the people scrambling to safety and away from rising flood waters — pets, farm animals, and wildlife needed help, too.

Stories and heartwarming images keep coming in of dogs gathered onto boats, horses freed from flooded paddocks, and pets reunited with their families. Good Samaritans are all about saving the furry creatures of Houston.

Save the mutts

A load of 35 shelter dogs were flown from Texas to Seattle to make room in Texas shelters for displaced pets. The rescue transfer helps families find their pets amid the flooding and keeps shelter dogs out of the flood zone.

A dog stranded on a car roof outside a Houston home was also brought to safety after a few rescue attempts.

The U.S. Coast Guard airlifted families and their pets to safety over the weekend.

Neighbors took in these dogs that had to be left behind during a rescue. The owner posted that the family reunited with them once it was safe to return.

PETA has been on a mission to rescue dogs from flooded homes and kennels.

And so many braved the waters to save dogs.

Image: Joe Raedle/Getty Image

Image: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Image: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

Don’t forget the kitties

Volunteers scooped up wet cats caught up and left behind in flooded homes.

Cat saved from flood waters.

Image: John Glaser/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

This woman held on tight to her cat, Gigi, after the pair were rescued in a boat.

Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock

Rabbits, parrots, and squirrels, too

Beyond cats and dogs, other pets and wildlife were saved in the deluge. 

A rabbit made it to a rescue boat after it was found floating in a flooded Houston apartment complex.

Rescue the rabbit!

Image: Scott Olson/Getty Images

A few feathers were ruffled, but this pet parrot was spared from the historic storm.

Image: SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP/Getty Images

Even hundreds of baby squirrels displaced by the storm found help at a wildlife rescue center in Austin. 

Where’s Noah’s ark when you need it?

WATCH: Smiling rescued donkey is so happy to be back on solid ground

Source: http://mashable.com/

This Rescue Of A Sea Turtle Caught In A Fishing Net Will Have You Cheering

Life is full of surprises. You never know when a moment might arise where you’re called upon to do something heroic.

It’s these moments of true spontaneity that show others who we really are.

For the three men in the video below, one such moment presented itself when they were sitting by a beach restaurant and spotted something moving by the shoreline. What they found was a massive leatherback sea turtle struggling to untangle itself from a fishing net.

After some incredible teamwork — and some hissing from the nervous turtle — the three heroes with hearts of gold were able to set the majestic sea creature free.

What a beautiful moment when the turtle swims back out to sea. It must have felt so relieved when it took that dive.

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

A Man Kayaking Through Flood Waters Spotted A Tiny Squirrel In Trouble

A flood surveyor was paddling his kayak through waters in Fenton, MO, when he made quite the discovery.

There was a little squirrel struggling in the current. The flood waters were fast moving, so the kayaker helped the waterlogged squirrel out.

“I saw this little guy jump and try to swim for a bigger tree for safety, but the current was just too strong. You can see him jump from the tree in front of me and start swimming but the current was quickly pulling him downstream. I know squirrels don’t understand English but I couldn’t help but yell out some positive encouragement.”

The current was almost too strong for this little guy.

Silly squirrel, you shouldn’t be swimming!

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

Good guy dad used putty to save this turtle’s life

A turtle’s shell is essential to their protection. A damaged shell makes the creature vulnerable, and can even sometimes be fatal.

Luckily, there are heroes that care about the wellbeing of our scaly friends, like this Reddit user’s father.

On Monday, Daniel Hollenback who goes by the username Sublimebro uploaded photos to Reddit of a turtle whose injuries were healed thanks to his father’s efforts. The tiny turtle came back a year later looking better than ever.

Adorably, the Reddit user’s father presumably the above mentioned Ken marked a “Ken’s Body Shop” on the putty patch.

Although Ken’s writing didn’t survive, the turtle thankfully did, and people made car repair jokes about it.

Most importantly, Hollenback’s father handled the situation just like an animal lover should.

This dad apparently has a history of performing heroic animal deeds. Hollenback uploaded a video of his father playing with a raccoon that they rescued from their attic with the intention to relocate.

Faith in humanity and animals has been restored.

WATCH: Korean families separated for more than 60 years are reunited

Source: http://mashable.com/

A Mountain Lion That Was Chained Up For 20 Years Finally Experiences Freedom

Mufasa was a mountain lion who had known nothing but a life full of misery. He spent 20 horrible years chained to the back of a pick-up truck in a Peruvian circus, but when kind rescuers from Animal Defenders International heard about his struggle and found a way to free him, they changed his life forever.

The day Mufasa got his first taste of forest life is a moment that can’t be missed.

Sadly, Mufasa passed away in late December of 2015, just a few months after he found freedom. His chained-up life in the circus irreparably damaged his health, and he was suffering from kidney failure. As sad as it is that he didn’t get to enjoy more time in his new forest home, never experiencing life in the wild at all would have been the real tragedy.

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

Getting Stuck In Trees Isn’t Just For Cats Anymore, As These Firefighters Found Out

Firefighters are used to rescuing scared cats from tall trees, but what about dogs?

When the Plattsmouth Fire Department in Nebraska got a call one night about a 120-pound dog stuck 20 feet up in a tree, they thought for sure it was a prank. They were a little bit shocked when they turned up at the scene to find Kora, a Great Dane, sitting high up in a tree, looking down at them with her big, bright eyes.

After a bit of brainstorming, the team of firefighters were finally able to lower Kora from the tree using a rope, a ladder, and a police dog harness. Several feet from the ground, Kora’s weight snapped her restraints, but a few brave volunteers were there to catch her with a big tarp.

Although she was a little cold after all that time in the tree, Kora wasn’t hurt and was happy to be down, running straight for the house once she was on solid ground.

Hopefully, she’ll leave tree climbing to cats from now on.

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

He Bought Some Turtles From A Market And Released Them Back Into The Wild

It’s amazing the things you can buy at foreign food markets. In Papua New Guinea, for instance, a man recently went to the market and found them selling giant sea turtles for a feast. They were still alive and crawling around!

Arron Culling decided to take action. He bought the two turtles, and instead of eating them that night, he did something amazing with them.

These are the turtles that were on sale at the food market.

He paid $50 for them, “drove 5km up the road and let them go,” according to his Facebook post.

This isn’t even the first time Culling has saved turtles! According to his Facebook, he’s already rescued about ten turtles.

There are only a few species of sea turtles and most of them are endangered.

(via Bored Panda)

What Culling is doing is so important if we want to keep these amazing creatures around. If a species is endangered, we should try to protect them as much as possible and get their numbers back up.

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

Lions, Tigers, Bears…Oh Really! This Sanctuary Rescues Them All From Abuse

With so many house pets entering animal rescues every year, it’s easy to forget about their wilder cousins.

It’s not just cruel hunting practices that endanger our wildlife, though. People illegally take them in as pets, abuse them in circus acts, and trade them in the exotic animal market. In fact, this very live underground currency is the third largest source of illegal profits in the world!

That’s where The Wild Animal Sanctuary aims to help. Founded in 1980, today, it’s the oldest and largest sanctuary in the world devoted to rescuing captive exotic and endangered large carnivores. More than 400 lions, tigers, bears, wolves, and others call the Colorado shelter home.

The Wild Animal Sanctuary (TWAS) rescues exotic animals from around the country and world.

They’re victims of abuse in shopping malls, used as attractions in amusement parks, held as pets by people who don’t know how to care for them, and even taken from drug dealers.

Once at TWAS, they’re given top-notch veterinary care to assess their mental and physical health.

Most face years of recovery for the emotional scars left behind long after their external wounds heal.

But with over 720 acres, the animals finally have plenty of space to run, play, sleep, and interact with new friends.

Every animal has its own heartbreaking story…Mary Jane was a truck stop attraction in Texas. Her cubs “were sold to motorists who stopped to get gas.”

Yukon is a tundra wolf who was kept in an Iowa mall as an “educational” display. He was thankfully rescued and placed in the hands of the professionals at TWAS.

Amazingly, though, many of the animals are rescued from more credible zoos, where they’re set to be euthanized because of overcrowding or other sad reasons.

In addition to the wide open grasslands of the sanctuary, there are also lakes and ponds for the animals to explore.

Learn more about TWAS here:

This truly is a magical place.

If you’d like to visit, you can walk along the enclosures and see the animals enjoying life up-close! Please also consider contributing to their wonderful cause, be it through “adopting” one of the animals or donating.

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

In the chaos of Harvey, people brave rising floodwaters to rescue animals

Volunteers help shelter dogs out of flooded Houston.
Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock

After Hurricane Harvey made landfall last week it wasn’t just the people scrambling to safety and away from rising flood waters — pets, farm animals, and wildlife needed help, too.

Stories and heartwarming images keep coming in of dogs gathered onto boats, horses freed from flooded paddocks, and pets reunited with their families. Good Samaritans are all about saving the furry creatures of Houston.

Save the mutts

A load of 35 shelter dogs were flown from Texas to Seattle to make room in Texas shelters for displaced pets. The rescue transfer helps families find their pets amid the flooding and keeps shelter dogs out of the flood zone.

A dog stranded on a car roof outside a Houston home was also brought to safety after a few rescue attempts.

The U.S. Coast Guard airlifted families and their pets to safety over the weekend.

Neighbors took in these dogs that had to be left behind during a rescue. The owner posted that the family reunited with them once it was safe to return.

PETA has been on a mission to rescue dogs from flooded homes and kennels.

And so many braved the waters to save dogs.

Image: Joe Raedle/Getty Image

Image: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Image: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

Don’t forget the kitties

Volunteers scooped up wet cats caught up and left behind in flooded homes.

Cat saved from flood waters.

Image: John Glaser/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

This woman held on tight to her cat, Gigi, after the pair were rescued in a boat.

Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock

Rabbits, parrots, and squirrels, too

Beyond cats and dogs, other pets and wildlife were saved in the deluge. 

A rabbit made it to a rescue boat after it was found floating in a flooded Houston apartment complex.

Rescue the rabbit!

Image: Scott Olson/Getty Images

A few feathers were ruffled, but this pet parrot was spared from the historic storm.

Image: SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP/Getty Images

Even hundreds of baby squirrels displaced by the storm found help at a wildlife rescue center in Austin. 

Where’s Noah’s ark when you need it?

WATCH: Smiling rescued donkey is so happy to be back on solid ground

Source: http://mashable.com/

Lions, Tigers, Bears…Oh Really! This Sanctuary Rescues Them All From Abuse

With so many house pets entering animal rescues every year, it’s easy to forget about their wilder cousins.

It’s not just cruel hunting practices that endanger our wildlife, though. People illegally take them in as pets, abuse them in circus acts, and trade them in the exotic animal market. In fact, this very live underground currency is the third largest source of illegal profits in the world!

That’s where The Wild Animal Sanctuary aims to help. Founded in 1980, today, it’s the oldest and largest sanctuary in the world devoted to rescuing captive exotic and endangered large carnivores. More than 400 lions, tigers, bears, wolves, and others call the Colorado shelter home.

The Wild Animal Sanctuary (TWAS) rescues exotic animals from around the country and world.

They’re victims of abuse in shopping malls, used as attractions in amusement parks, held as pets by people who don’t know how to care for them, and even taken from drug dealers.

Once at TWAS, they’re given top-notch veterinary care to assess their mental and physical health.

Most face years of recovery for the emotional scars left behind long after their external wounds heal.

But with over 720 acres, the animals finally have plenty of space to run, play, sleep, and interact with new friends.

Every animal has its own heartbreaking story…Mary Jane was a truck stop attraction in Texas. Her cubs “were sold to motorists who stopped to get gas.”

Yukon is a tundra wolf who was kept in an Iowa mall as an “educational” display. He was thankfully rescued and placed in the hands of the professionals at TWAS.

Amazingly, though, many of the animals are rescued from more credible zoos, where they’re set to be euthanized because of overcrowding or other sad reasons.

In addition to the wide open grasslands of the sanctuary, there are also lakes and ponds for the animals to explore.

Learn more about TWAS here:

This truly is a magical place.

If you’d like to visit, you can walk along the enclosures and see the animals enjoying life up-close! Please also consider contributing to their wonderful cause, be it through “adopting” one of the animals or donating.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/wild-animal-sanctuary/

When You See Why This Guy Is Drying A Bird With A Hairdryer, You’ll Melt

Anyone who’s lucky enough to have a pool in their backyard knows that there’s nothing better than taking a dip on a balmy summer day — and when it’s not summertime, it’s pretty nice to dream about opening that bad boy up after a dreary winter.

But pools come with a few setbacks that are far worse than having to skim the top every once in a while. If you’ve ever found an unfortunate bird or frog that didn’t fare well after an accidental dip, you know that it’s a guilt-ridden experience. Last year, a Brazilian man found a bird in his pool, and once he scooped it out, he realized that the poor thing needed some serious help.

At first, things weren’t looking good. The bird wasn’t breathing, and it seemed like all hope was lost.

Alessandro Sambatti — the man who vowed to save the poor creature — took everything he knew about CPR and downsized it.

After a few minutes, the little fighter made a miraculous comeback. Sambatti even whipped out the hairdryer to heat the birdie up!

Check out the entire process in the video below:

A man revives a bird

In Londrina, a Brazilian town in northern Paraná, Alessandro Sambatti found a Great Kiskadee Flycatcher lying at the bottom of his swimming pool. The man rushed to the little bird back to the surface, then he tried to revive him by making him a heart massage and "mouth-to-beak". After a few moments, the animal began to breathe again and regained consciousness gradually. Alessandro then used a hairdryer to dry her feathers before putting the little bird in the yard of his house to enable him to resume its flight.This dude is a real hero <3

Posted by We Are Against Trophy Hunting on Thursday, November 26, 2015

(via The Dodo)

While this footage may be a year old, it’s always nice to remind ourselves to do the best we can for everyone and everything around us. Even when a situation seems hopeless, a little proactivity and positivity can go a long way.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/bird-revival/

Your Heart Will Break When You See What Years Of Neglect Did To This Bird

When we think about mental illness, we don’t often consider the fact that thousands of animals are forced to deal with anxiety and depression every single day. These creatures experience emotions just as deeply and intensely as we do, so it only makes sense that they’d develop psychological issues after enduring years of abuse and neglect.

One such animal is a sweet little cockatoo that now goes by the name of Javi. Her previous owners called her Hobby, and they treated her as such. This bird was seen as little more than a plaything for most of her life, which actually caused her to develop anxiety issues.

This is probably what you think of when a cockatoo is mentioned…

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But these beauties, along with other birds, often resort to a practice called “over-preening” when they feel chronically anxious.

Now going by Javi, the beautiful bird came to the sanctuary as Hobby. Born in 1996, the feathered friend was most likely treated like her namesake, which in turn caused her a great deal of stress.

Because of her constant anxiety, she over-preened to a drastic level…

But thanks to Tallgrass Parrot Sanctuary, Javi is finally enjoying her brand-new life!

According to one adorable Facebook post, “She’s doing awesome! She’s a rockstar.” She’s since cut back on over-preening, but as far as feather regrowth, only time will tell. Even if her feathers don’t grow back, she will still be able to lead a healthy, happy life with the right care. In the meantime, she’ll be busy taking nice baths and snacking on some of her new favorite foods!

Watch Javi show off her dance moves in the video below:

We have decided to change Hobby's name to Javi, (pronounced "Ha vee") since no living being should be someone's hobby. She is becoming more confident and loves to explore as long as I'm close by.If anyone would like to donate for Javi's care as well as the others here in our care you can do so at our website www.tallgrassparrot.org

Posted by Tallgrass Parrot Sanctuary, Inc on Sunday, October 11, 2015

(via The Dodo)

It’s pretty obvious that this cockatoo is in great hands, and that she’s finally getting the love and attention she deserves. If you want to learn more about Tallgrass Parrot Sanctuary and find out what you can do to help, check out their website. You can also follow them on Facebook to keep up with Javi’s progress and learn about the rest of their amazing rescue stories!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/heartwarming-bird-rescue/

After Being Taken Into A Foster Home, These 2 Dogs Fled And Were Stranded For Weeks

Meet Laverne and Shirley, two foster dogs that survived the unthinkable together.

The two were taken in by a caring family but escaped from their pens on the first day. Since they were so unfamiliar with the territory, they didn’t know how to find their way back.

The foster dogs were stranded together for weeks. When found, they were inseparable.

But, together, they survived. Thankfully, their rescuers didn’t give up on them.

Their family conducted a massive search to find them, using bloodhound dog teams, thermal imaging, and local volunteers.

To see these dogs be so frightened is heartbreaking.

At least they had each other for their 61 days stranded in the wilderness…and a new, loving family that refused to give up the search.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/dogs-abandoned-in-the-wild/

They Saw This Puppy Near A Busy Road, And What Happened Next Melted My Heart

A puppy named Fram was living a dirty, flea-ridden life by the side of a busy road before volunteers from a rescue organization called Howl of a Dog spotted him on a rescue mission one day. The little guy was clearly disoriented and he was venturing too close to traffic, so they had to act fast.

Before disaster could strike, however, he warmed up to the team (and made everyone melt in the process).

Fram is not only a fluffy bundle of joy, but he’s also very smart, playful, and friendly. He loves humans, other dogs, and even cats! He’s six months old and is now living at a rescue center while he waits for his forever family. If you want to help Howl of a Dog continue doing great work, consider donating!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/rescuing-fram/

A Mountain Lion That Was Chained Up For 20 Years Finally Experiences Freedom

Mufasa was a mountain lion who had known nothing but a life full of misery. He spent 20 horrible years chained to the back of a pick-up truck in a Peruvian circus, but when kind rescuers from Animal Defenders International heard about his struggle and found a way to free him, they changed his life forever.

The day Mufasa got his first taste of forest life is a moment that can’t be missed.

Sadly, Mufasa passed away in late December of 2015, just a few months after he found freedom. His chained-up life in the circus irreparably damaged his health, and he was suffering from kidney failure. As sad as it is that he didn’t get to enjoy more time in his new forest home, never experiencing life in the wild at all would have been the real tragedy.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/mountain-lion-rescue/

Cat-astrophe avoided as charity rescues newborn ‘tumble dryer’ kittens

LONDON Cats are notorious for their peculiar post-partum practices.

For example, a mother cat will routinely relocate her litter, often moving the newborn kittens from one dark and quiet location to the next.

An East London dry-cleaners witnessed this unusual feline fact first-hand when, to its employees’ surprise, the desperate meows of four newborn kittens were heard coming from an unexpected albeit dark and quiet place.

The Forest Gate shop called in the Celia Hammond Animal Trust to retrieve the itty-bitty kitties from behind one of its tumble dryers, where the kittens were apparently born.

Th head of the cat charity, Celia Hammond, is quoted in a BBC article as saying the kittens “needed some intensive care,” but were now recovering in a foster home after being reunited with their mother.

We don’t know about you, but we’re paw-sitively delighted by this tail’s purr-fect ending.

(Too much? Sorry too many cat-tastic puns out there.)

Read more: http://mashable.com/2016/09/27/kittens-newborn-tumble-dryer-london/

This Animal Shelter Is Encouraging Adoptions With Puppy Pajama Parties

No one can resist a cute dog dressed in pajamas, and volunteers from one shelter use that to their advantage.

The LifeLine Animal Project, a rescue group in Atlanta, has come up with an adorable way to get people interested in adopting their rescue dogs. They throw pajama parties with the pups!

The foolproof idea has been causing quite the buzz and dogs that had been waiting a long, long time to find their new families have now been adopted. Not only can visitors to the shelter have sleepovers on site, but they’re also allowed to take dogs home for overnight stays to form bonds. However, the overnight visits aren’t just tryouts for potential adopters. They’re also intended to give these dogs a break from the stressful shelter environment.

But at the end of the day, LifeLine hopes that these pajama parties will help people see the dogs’ true colors and understand the fact that all they want is a little love in return.

That’s it. I’m scrapping my Saturday night plans. I’ll be hosting a puppy sleepover instead.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/dog-pajama-party/

These Animals Were Living In Inhumane Conditions Before These Heroes Arrived

When the 66 dogs and three horses on this Galia County property in Ohio were found, they were in terrible shape.

Left without water and adequate food for who knows how long, there’s no telling what the fate of these animals would have been had the Humane Society of the United States not stepped in…

From the outside, the home looked relatively normal.

But the inside told a far sadder story. Hiding under every surface…

…were scared, starving dogs.

They all desperately needed medical attention, food, and water.

The Humane Society of the United States knew just what to do.

Watch the full rescue below.

If you can, please consider helping make more rescues like this one possible by donating here.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/humane-society-rescue/

This Lion Looks Ferocious But He Refuses To Drop His Blankie For The Cutest Reason

When you think of an animal shelter, you probably picture a place where rescued cats and dogs stay until some kind soul takes it upon themselves to adopt them.

The majority of our nation’s shelters are just like that, but there are also organizations that house more…exotic animals. After all, dogs and cats aren’t the only ones who need somewhere to stay and rehabilitate after years of abuse and neglect.

That’s where places like In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Educational Center come in.

Lambert was illegally purchased by a family in Texas who wanted to give him to their children. Why? Well, because they liked “The Lion King,” of course.

After realizing that having a LION in their house was a bad idea, the family called numerous shelters to take him off their hands. Workers at In-Sync were tasked with bringing in the lion cub while he was only three months old.

Due to the new environment, Lambert suffered high levels of stress and discomfort. One In-Sync worker, Vicky Keahey, recognized this and decided to give him a blanket to try and comfort him. He soon crawled up on the blanket and fell right asleep.

Ever since that day, Lambert doesn’t go anywhere without his blanket. He loves being curled up with it, especially when it’s fresh out of the dryer.

Blankie fort FAIL….guess I’ll just sleep ON my blankie! (“They all stand around taking pictures of me….you would…

Posted by In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Educational Center on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Your Lambert "fix" for the day! (photo by Vicky Keahey)

Posted by In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Educational Center on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

It’s been two years and Lambert is a grown, adult lion…but he still sleeps with his blanket every night.

Aww look how much of a cutie-pie he is!

I have had some comments wondering if Lambert still slept with his blankie…….check it out! G’night sweet Lambert!

Posted by In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Educational Center on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

There’s no telling what would have happened to Lambert, had it not been for the incredible work of these kind folks. Thankfully, now he’s living a healthy, happy life without a worry in the world…except for maybe dirtying his blankie.

G’night sweetheart…….Lambert waits patiently for Mama Vicky to make her rounds and tell him “night-night!”

Posted by In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Educational Center on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

(via LittleThings)

If you’d like to help In-Sync make more rescues and happy endings like this possible, check out their website and see how you can get involved.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/lion-blanket/

She Spent Her Life Rescuing Animals — Now, Someone Is Finally Rescuing Her

Sherri, the owner of West Coast Animal Rescue, had been overwhelmed with stress for a while. Her passion was finding a home for dogs in need, but her animal rescue had been struggling. So, she planned to throw a huge adoption event, in hopes of finding forever homes for the dogs that had been at her shelter for a while.

At the beginning of this video, she thought she was being shut down before the event could even happen — then, she was rescued herself!

If you’d like to help out West Coast Animal Rescue and adopt any dogs yourself, just visit their adoption page on PetFinder. If you’re unable to give an animal a home, please find a local shelter and help them out by donating or volunteering.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/west-coast-animal-rescue/

Missing cat re-united with owners after mysterious 8 year absence

Moon Unit has been reunited with her owners after a long, long absence.
Image: marna gilliant/mashable composite

LONDON A cat that went missing during a New Year’s Eve party at the start of 2007 has been reunited with her owners after an eight-and-a-half year absence.

The brilliantly named Moon Unit disappeared from Marna Gillian and Sean Purdy’s home in London only to somehow turn up again in Paris this summer.

“We had a NYE party eight and a half years ago,” the 39-year-old Gillian told Mashable. “She must have slipped out at some point? We spent ages searching for her, postering/leafleting/phoning around etc. But no cat!”

Here’s a picture of Moon Unit before she ran away.

Image: marna gillian

Flash forward to late June 2016, when Gillian received a very unexpected email from an animal rescue charity ADAD based in France.

“We got an email about a month ago saying that a cat had been found in Paris and they’d traced us by her microchip,” she explained. “I didn’t believe it was her I thought it would be a mistake until we exchanged photographs.

“She’s got a really distinctive stripe on her nose, so as soon as we saw the photo we knew we’d found her.”

Moon Unit in 2016.

Image: marna gillian

Gillian said she was both astounded and delighted to find Moon Unit again.

“She was found in Essonne, a suburb south of Paris,” Gillian explained. “We have no idea how she got there. Our best guesses are that she stowed away, or found a new family, was brought over by them, and then ran away? The stowaway theory seems the most likely i think.

“She didn’t get there legally, we do know, because her microchip would have been checked in that case.”

Gillian and her ex partner travelled to Paris together to collect Moon Unit last weekend.

“The rescue people sorted out her pet passport, and last Friday myself and my ex got the Eurostar to Paris and stayed overnight,” said Gillian. “Her rescuers brought her to our hotel the next morning, and drove us to the station. Then we got the TGV to Calais, where some friends met us with a car for the ferry home.”

Moon Unit travelling home.

Image: marna gillian

Since Moon Unit has returned home, Gillians says she’s been doing quite well.

“Lots of purring, and she’s been eating/sleeping/doing all the normal cat things. She’s mellowed a bit too she was a fierce little cat when I first knew her.”

To make the whole story even stranger, Moon Unit was pregnant when her owners first took her in as a stray all those years ago. One of Moon Unit’s (now grown) kittens still lives with Gillian.

They’re holding off on that reunion until Moon Unit has settled in a bit.

“We haven’t reunited them yet,” Gillian explained. “Moon Unit is living with my ex while she settles back into a normal life. We thought being a solo cat for a while would be easier for her.

“She’s had a tough time, poor mog, and needs to recover.”

Gillian is currently running a Crowd Funding page page to raise money for the charity that found Moon Unit. It has already raised well over 1,000.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2016/07/28/missing-cat-reunited-owners-8-years-later/

Instead Of Euthanizing Unwanted Cats, This Shelter Is Giving Them A New Purpose

Despite the work of tens of thousands of animal shelters and even more volunteers around the country, nearly 3 million companion animals are euthanized each year. More than half of them are cats. To combat this, SpokAnimal struck up a program with the goal of giving unwanted cats a second chance.

So how do they do it? They match cats to farms, warehouses, and other properties where the furry felines can offer their rodent-killing services.

Not only are they saving the cats from certain death, they’re also giving them a new purpose in life.

Learn more about the program here!

SpokAnimal C.A.R.E. is on a mission to save as many cats as possible. Find out how they’re helping ferals get a second chance at life.

Posted by The Animal Rescue Site on Wednesday, March 9, 2016

You can find out how to help these cuties, along with other shelter animals, by visiting SpokAnimal’s Facebook or by donating on their website.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/spokanimal/

He Bought Some Turtles From A Market And Released Them Back Into The Wild

It’s amazing the things you can buy at foreign food markets. In Papua New Guinea, for instance, a man recently went to the market and found them selling giant sea turtles for a feast. They were still alive and crawling around!

Arron Culling decided to take action. He bought the two turtles, and instead of eating them that night, he did something amazing with them.

These are the turtles that were on sale at the food market.

He paid $50 for them, “drove 5km up the road and let them go,” according to his Facebook post.

This isn’t even the first time Culling has saved turtles! According to his Facebook, he’s already rescued about ten turtles.

There are only a few species of sea turtles and most of them are endangered.

(via Bored Panda)

What Culling is doing is so important if we want to keep these amazing creatures around. If a species is endangered, we should try to protect them as much as possible and get their numbers back up.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/turtles/

These Puppies Were Abandoned And Living On The Streets Then They Were Saved

The mother of these stray puppies left them one day in search of food. Unfortunately for the pups, she never returned. The tiny pooches had to scavenge for food and try to survive on their own.

Luckily, someone from the neighborhood stepped in and fed them for a few weeks and then called the good people at Hope For Paws. When they arrived to rescue the little guys, the puppies were harder to catch than anyone could have expected.

What a happy ending! And what a difference a bath and a warm bed made in their disposition. Hopefully someone will adopt them and give them all a good home. Until then, they are clearly in good hands!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/puppies/

Little Dogs Living In Filth At A Puppy Mill Get A New Lease On Life

It’s been said before, but it never hurts to repeat it: When you buy puppies from most pet stores, you’re actually supporting horrible puppy mills.

If you’re in the search of a new bundle of joy in your life, please visit your local animal shelter, rescue organization, or even the pound. There are hundreds of thousands of dogs looking for loving forever homes, and if you’re looking to expand your family, make sure your new best friend isn’t the result of inhumane puppy mills.

The Wollongong Animal Rescue Network recently rescued seven adorable little puppies who had known nothing but a confined and filthy life. They were bred to be sold at a pet store, but after being rescued, they’re finally warm, fed, and have the safety that every animal deserves.

Hopefully these sweet little puppies won’t have to wait very long before someone opens up their home to one of them.

You can find more information on the No Pet Store Puppies project website and learn how you can help stop this cruelty for good.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/puppies-rescued/

A Man Kayaking Through Flood Waters Spotted A Tiny Squirrel In Trouble

A flood surveyor was paddling his kayak through waters in Fenton, MO, when he made quite the discovery.

There was a little squirrel struggling in the current. The flood waters were fast moving, so the kayaker helped the waterlogged squirrel out.

“I saw this little guy jump and try to swim for a bigger tree for safety, but the current was just too strong. You can see him jump from the tree in front of me and start swimming but the current was quickly pulling him downstream. I know squirrels don’t understand English but I couldn’t help but yell out some positive encouragement.”

The current was almost too strong for this little guy.

Silly squirrel, you shouldn’t be swimming!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/kayaker-saves-squirrel/

Getting Stuck In Trees Isn’t Just For Cats Anymore, As These Firefighters Found Out

Firefighters are used to rescuing scared cats from tall trees, but what about dogs?

When the Plattsmouth Fire Department in Nebraska got a call one night about a 120-pound dog stuck 20 feet up in a tree, they thought for sure it was a prank. They were a little bit shocked when they turned up at the scene to find Kora, a Great Dane, sitting high up in a tree, looking down at them with her big, bright eyes.

After a bit of brainstorming, the team of firefighters were finally able to lower Kora from the tree using a rope, a ladder, and a police dog harness. Several feet from the ground, Kora’s weight snapped her restraints, but a few brave volunteers were there to catch her with a big tarp.

Although she was a little cold after all that time in the tree, Kora wasn’t hurt and was happy to be down, running straight for the house once she was on solid ground.

Hopefully, she’ll leave tree climbing to cats from now on.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/stuck-in-tree/

Lions, Tigers, Bears…Oh Really! This Sanctuary Rescues Them All From Abuse

With so many house pets entering animal rescues every year, it’s easy to forget about their wilder cousins.

It’s not just cruel hunting practices that endanger our wildlife, though. People illegally take them in as pets, abuse them in circus acts, and trade them in the exotic animal market. In fact, this very live underground currency is the third largest source of illegal profits in the world!

That’s where The Wild Animal Sanctuary aims to help. Founded in 1980, today, it’s the oldest and largest sanctuary in the world devoted to rescuing captive exotic and endangered large carnivores. More than 400 lions, tigers, bears, wolves, and others call the Colorado shelter home.

The Wild Animal Sanctuary (TWAS) rescues exotic animals from around the country and world.

They’re victims of abuse in shopping malls, used as attractions in amusement parks, held as pets by people who don’t know how to care for them, and even taken from drug dealers.

Once at TWAS, they’re given top-notch veterinary care to assess their mental and physical health.

Most face years of recovery for the emotional scars left behind long after their external wounds heal.

But with over 720 acres, the animals finally have plenty of space to run, play, sleep, and interact with new friends.

Every animal has its own heartbreaking story…Mary Jane was a truck stop attraction in Texas. Her cubs “were sold to motorists who stopped to get gas.”

Yukon is a tundra wolf who was kept in an Iowa mall as an “educational” display. He was thankfully rescued and placed in the hands of the professionals at TWAS.

Amazingly, though, many of the animals are rescued from more credible zoos, where they’re set to be euthanized because of overcrowding or other sad reasons.

In addition to the wide open grasslands of the sanctuary, there are also lakes and ponds for the animals to explore.

Learn more about TWAS here:

This truly is a magical place.

If you’d like to visit, you can walk along the enclosures and see the animals enjoying life up-close! Please also consider contributing to their wonderful cause, be it through “adopting” one of the animals or donating.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/wild-animal-sanctuary/

This Heartwarming Dolphin Rescue Would Be Way Cuter If The Dolphin Wasn’t A Shark

If you asked me right now if I, even as an animal lover, would yank a 12-foot shark back to safety with my bare hands, I’d probably say no.

The way I see it, if I can barely make it down the steps without it turning into an emergency situation, I have no business trying to manhandle a predator. If you asked me if I’d do that for a dolphin, however, I’d most likely give it the old college try.

Judging by this footage, Nicolas Andre, 49, seems to feel the same way. While he was taking in some seriously beautiful weather with his wife in Cornwall, England, earlier this week, he came across a man struggling with what appeared to be a dolphin stranded on the shore.

Being the lovely gent he is, Andre decided to help the guy out.

They quickly discovered that the animal’s skin was too abrasive to lug it back into the water with their bare hands, so they tied their shirts around their palms for protection.

When the shirts come off, you know it’s about to get real.

Fortunately, the whole thing went off without a hitch.

Just kidding. There was a hitch, since their new dolphin friend happened to be a shark.

It was a 12-foot basking shark, to be exact.

Fortunately, the do-gooders left the beach that day with all of their limbs intact. What these guys did was inadvertently reckless, but they ended up saving a life in the process. They did their best, and when it comes down to it, that’s all we really can do.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/not-a-dolphin/

Desperate, Injured Puppy Seeking Shelter In An Ancient Temple Finally Gets Help

Dehydrated and in critical condition, one stray puppy decided to seek shelter from the elements in the depths of an ancient Indian temple.

The dog was in desperate need of help, and his prayers were answered when a visitor to the temple called Animal Aid Unlimited. When they arrived, they found the motionless, unresponsive puppy in a state of shock.

They hurried to get the dog back to the animal rescue center, where they were able to dress his wounds. After four weeks of loving care, Punkin looked like a new dog!

Stray dogs like Punkin desperately need our help. Please consider donating to Animal Aid Unlimited here if you want them to continue doing amazing work like this. Without rescuers like these, more innocent animals would lose their lives every day.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/temple-rescue/

This Rescue Of A Sea Turtle Caught In A Fishing Net Will Have You Cheering

Life is full of surprises. You never know when a moment might arise where you’re called upon to do something heroic.

It’s these moments of true spontaneity that show others who we really are.

For the three men in the video below, one such moment presented itself when they were sitting by a beach restaurant and spotted something moving by the shoreline. What they found was a massive leatherback sea turtle struggling to untangle itself from a fishing net.

After some incredible teamwork — and some hissing from the nervous turtle — the three heroes with hearts of gold were able to set the majestic sea creature free.

What a beautiful moment when the turtle swims back out to sea. It must have felt so relieved when it took that dive.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/turtle-rescue/

This Truth About Outdoor Dogs Will Make You Rethink Everything

When actor Justin Long lent his voice to a dog that was trapped in a tiny yard, we took notice. Although people don’t often bat an eyelash when someone says, “I have an outdoor dog,” most dogs that live outside lead painful lives.

While there are plenty of people out there who provide their outdoor dogs with adequate shelter and plenty of belly scratches, many dogs in similar situations suffer at the hands of neglect. Long’s narration provides chilling insight into the lives of dogs that want love and kindness, but receive nothing but heartbreak in return.

While situations like this one may not seem neglectful from up close, stepping back and taking a look at the day-to-day lives of these dogs paints a much less pleasant picture. So what are you waiting for, people? Go give your pup a hug!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/outdoor-dog/