12 Heartwarming Before and After Photos of Adopted Dogs

BeforeNAfterAdoption is one of my favorite subreddits. With over 35,000 members, the community is described as:

‘a place to share the amazing difference a loving family can make on an abandoned animal.’

Nearly a year ago we shared a gallery of before and after adoption pics and we wanted to follow up with more heartwarming photos shared in the last year that truly show the difference a loving family can make!

If you enjoy this gallery be sure to head over to /r/BeforeNAfterAdoption for hundreds more stories with happy endings :)

Photographs by sweetoldetc

Photographs by Hippyandcarrots

Photographs by TriggerGunner

Photographs by NoSleepTillWhiterun

Photographs by CowtheHankDog

Photographs by iBleeedorange

Photographs by Codemanna

Photographs by alainap04

Photographs by socks4tay

Photographs by Axewerfer

Photographs by baldylox

Photographs by Gniwa

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

Find the Cat

Somewhere in the photo below is a cat. I couldn’t find it, I needed someone to point it out (shame!) I don’t want to tell you how long I stared for because it’s embarrassing. What I will tell you is that there is definitely a cat.

Take a look. If you see it right away, congratulate yourself and show it to someone else. If they don’t see it immediately, they’ll be like me, staring aimlessly wondering if it’s a prank.

If you lose patience, scroll to the bottom of the post to see where the cat is. Good luck!

[via waterhauler]

If you can’t find the cat, scroll down for the answer

Are you sure you want to know? Try once more!

“How did I not see that?” – me

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

Puppy or Bagel? Chihuahua or Muffin? Shiba or Marshmallow? (8 photos)

Is this a puppy or bagel? The question was posed by Karen Zack (@teenybiscuit) on Twitter and was accompanied by a gallery of photos that humorously brought attention to the striking similarities.

The tweet went viral and Karen has since followed up her now Internet famous image with more comparisons between various dog breeds and foods. She has even added a few new animals to the mix like birds and shrews.

The Internet is having a field day with these and her images have garnered her a ton of media attention. For more fun and quirkiness from Karen, check her out at the links below.

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

10 Things You Didnt Know About the Rare and Elusive Spirit Bear

1. The Spirit or Kermode Bear is a rare subspecies of the American black bear living in the Central and North Coast regions of British Columbia, Canada. [source]

2. The colour is due to a double recessive gene unique in the subspecies (Ursus americanus kermodei). They are not albinos, they are white-furred black bears. [Source]

3. Fewer than 400 Spirit/Kermode bears are estimated to exist in the coast area that stretches from Southeast Alaska southwards to the northern tip of Vancouver Island; about 120 inhabit the large Princess and Prince Royal Island. The largest concentration of the white bears inhabits 80-square-mile Gribbell Island, in the territory of the Gitga’at. [Source]

Photograph by Maximilian Helm

4. Like most black bears, the Spirit Bear only weighs about half a pound at birth! [Source]

5. A male Spirit bear can reach 225 kg (500 lb) or more, females are much smaller with a maximum weight of 135 kg (300 lb). Straight up, it stands 180 cm (5′ 11″) tall. [Source]

6. They are known to run up to 55 km an hour! [Source]

Photograph by Maximilian Helm

7. The bear was named after Francis Kermode, a former director of the Royal B.C. Museum. He was among the first to discover the furry fellows. [Source]

8. Being omnivores, they mostly live on fish and berries, but also eat deer and moose fawns, carrion, insects, plants, fruits, nuts, mushrooms and nuts. They depend on salmon runs in the fall to fatten themselves up for the long winter hibernation, where they can go without food for up to 7 months. [Source]

9. Scientists have found that black bears are not as effective at catching fish as white bears, as the white bears are less visible from the perspective of the fish. At night, the two colours of bears have similar success rates at catching fish, but during the day, the white bears are up to 30% more effective. [Source]

10. The Spirit/Kermode Bear is the official provincial mammal of British Columbia, Canada. [Source]

Photograph by Jon Rawlinson

Sources

BC Spirit Bear: Spirit Bear Facts
Wikipedia: Kermode Bear
Canadian Geographic: Animal Facts – Kermode bear
Smithsonian: This Rare, White Bear May Be the Key to Saving a Canadian Rainforest

Photograph by Jackmont

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

Rare Pink Dolphin Spotted in Lake Calcasieu, Louisiana

Photograph via sloshyjacob on reddit

Redit user sloshyjacob recently shared a series of amazing photos his friend took of ‘Pinkie’ a rare pink dolphin known to frequent the waters of Lake Calcasieu, Louisiana.

For those wondering how a dolphin can possibly find its way and survive in a fresh water lake, Calcasieu connects to the Gulf of Mexico and actually consists of brackish or briny water which has more salinity than fresh water but not as much as seawater.

“Pinkie” is an albino bottlenose dolphin that was first spotted on June 24, 2007 by charter boat captain Erik Rue.

More recent sightings from 2015 captured “Pinkie” mating, confirming that the dolphin was female.
 
[via sloshyjacob on reddit]

Photograph via sloshyjacob on reddit
Photograph via sloshyjacob on reddit
Photograph via sloshyjacob on reddit

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

Can You Spot the Panda and Cat Hidden in These Photos?

Gergely Dudás, better known online as ‘Dudolf’, is an artist an illustrator best known for his funny webcomics. However, it’s a series of recent “Where’s Waldo” type drawings that have captivated users as he challenged them to find a panda amongst a sea of snowmen, following up with a challenge to find a cat amongst a group of owls.

The artist’s drawings have been shared over 160,000 times on Facebook and proves that people love a good challenge and finding things and ‘spotting differences’ will never grow old. To see more of Dudolf’s art and webcomics, check out his work at the links below.

Gergely Dudás aka Dudolf
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Artwork by Gergely Dudás aka Dudolf
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Artwork by Gergely Dudás aka Dudolf
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

Doodle This Cat and Give Him New Adventures (23 Photos)

Here we go again

As is so often the case, it starts with an innocent photo (see exhibits A, B and C). Here we have a cat, lying innocently on what appears to be a bed sheet.

You know what happens next. The creative powers of the Internet reimagine the cat in fantastical situations and scenarios. As momentum builds, the ideas get wilder and wilder. There’s currently an open submission on Bored Panda (there are 171 entries to date). You can find my personal favourites below but be sure to see the original post for all of the creative submissions to date.

[Bored Panda via Imgur]

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

This Nursing Home Uses Unusual Animals to Engage Residents

The first thing you see when driving up to the Life Center of Nashoba Valley, a nursing home in Massachusetts, is a pair of llamas. Around the country, homes like this are using animals—chickens and llamas as well as dogs and fish—in their therapy programs, brightening up their residents’ days.

Travis the llama is the star at Nashoba Valley, ambling through the hallways every few weeks and “giving kisses.” The rest of his time is spent with the other llama, VJ, in a large pasture, where residents can return the animals’ visits with their families or on their own.

Animal-therapy programs are said to decrease agitation in many nursing home residents and to increase participation. The animals are sometimes able to bring the residents out of their shells in ways that previously seemed impossible.

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

These are the Original Stuffed Animals That Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

Clockwise from bottom left: Tigger, Kanga, Edward Bear (a.k.a Winnie-the-Pooh), Eeyore, and Piglet. Roo was also one of the original toys but he was lost a long time ago. Owl and Rabbit were not based on toys. Gopher was made up for the Disney version [source]

On display at the New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street) you will find the original stuffed animals that inspired the famous children’s character Winnie-the-Pooh, which was created by author A. A. Milne and illustrator E. H. Shepard.

The NYPL explains:

“Long before Walt Disney turned Pooh and his pals into movie stars, Christopher Robin Milne, a very real little boy living in England, received a small stuffed bear on his first birthday. He named him Edward Bear (later renamed Winnie-the-Pooh). Following Edward came the rest of the stuffed animals, which Christopher loved and played with throughout his childhood.
 
One day, Christopher’s father, A. A. Milne, and an artist named Ernest H. Shepard, decided that these animals, and two other imaginary friends, Owl and Rabbit, would make fine characters in a bedtime story. From that day on, Pooh and his friends have had many fanciful adventures, from Piglet’s encounter with a Heffalump to Eeyore’s loss of his tail. These stories have been embraced by millions of children and adult readers for nearly 100 years. [source]

Sources

Photograph by Spictacular on Wikimedia Commons
NYPL: The Adventures of the REAL Winnie-the-Pooh
Wikipedia: Winnie-the-Pooh
Wikipedia: A. A. Milne

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

18 Then and Now Photos of Puppies/Dogs That Will Restore Your Faith in Everything

Kiersten Amber really summed it up best:
 

Dogs are the best everybody knows that! In fact, @tinatbh sums up this follow-up sentiment quite nicely:
 

Below you will find a gallery that is sure to put a smile on your face. If you’re still feeling glum by the end of this post, scroll to the top and go through them again :)

[h/t Bored Panda]

1.

Photographs via jimmybero

2.

Photographs via Lerchasaurus

3.

Photographs via reddit

4.

Photographs via Irina Werning

5.

Photographs via emmareddit

6.

Photographs via Imgur

7.

Photographs via Imgur

8.

Photographs via justinmillerco

9.

Photographs via The Eslinger Family

10.

Photographs via Jennifer610

11.

Photographs via The_Grim_Sleaper

12.

Photographs via Cute Overload

13.

Photographs via AlmaGordo

14.

Photographs via wojtek9000

15.

Photographs via BraveSirWobin

16.

Photographs via Bored Panda

17.

Photographs via FalconPunchh

18.

Photographs via smiffy86

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

This Guy Rescues Stray Dogs and Takes Them on Weekly Train Rides Around Town

Eugene Bostick is a retired farmer from Fort Worth, Texas. According to The Dodo, the 80-year-old shares a farm with his brother and says people tend to abandon dogs on their property because they live at the end of a dead-end street.

Bostick says him and his brother were heart-broken by this and started to feed the abandon animals, taking caring of them, getting them spayed and neutered and providing a place for them to live.

Bostick says he’s currently taking care of nine dogs. They can roam free on his property but thought it would be nice to take them around to explore other parts of town. As an 80-year-old, walking nine dogs felt daunting so he fashioned a doggy train and drives them around with his tractor a couple of times a week. Bostick tells The Dodo:

“Whenever they hear me hooking the tractor up to it, man, they get so excited. They all come running and jump in on their own. They’re ready to go.”

You stay awesome Mr. Bostick, the Sifter salutes you.

[via The Dodo]

Photograph via Imgur
Photograph via Imgur
Photograph by Jason Magby

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

This Cat Takes Better Selfies Than You (16 Photos)

Hello world, meet Manny, a rescued gray tabby from northern Arizona blowing up on Instagram thanks to his super strong selfie game. Manny rolls deep, counting four dogs, three cats and two loving parents as his #squad.

Manny’s mom, Yorem Ahm, tells ABC News that Manny is “probably the most intelligent, inquisitive cat we’ve ever had.” She also says Manny “thinks he’s a dog” and “loves people.”

To see more of Manny and his fam be sure to check him out on Instagram!

[via ABC News]

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

New Program Lets Kids Practice Reading While Shy Shelter Dogs Learn to Socialize

An innovative program at the Missouri Humane Society is helping kids practice reading in front of a non-judgemental audience while shy shelter dogs learn to socialize with humans, increasing their chances for adoption.

The Shelter Buddies Reading Program also helps reduce the anxiety of shelter pets while nurturing empathy amongst the participating children.

To participate, donate or register visit the official Humane Society of Missouri website. Below you will find photos and video of the amazing program in action.

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

12 Heartwarming Before and After Photos of Adopted Dogs

BeforeNAfterAdoption is one of my favorite subreddits. With over 35,000 members, the community is described as:

‘a place to share the amazing difference a loving family can make on an abandoned animal.’

Nearly a year ago we shared a gallery of before and after adoption pics and we wanted to follow up with more heartwarming photos shared in the last year that truly show the difference a loving family can make!

If you enjoy this gallery be sure to head over to /r/BeforeNAfterAdoption for hundreds more stories with happy endings :)

Photographs by sweetoldetc

Photographs by Hippyandcarrots

Photographs by TriggerGunner

Photographs by NoSleepTillWhiterun

Photographs by CowtheHankDog

Photographs by iBleeedorange

Photographs by Codemanna

Photographs by alainap04

Photographs by socks4tay

Photographs by Axewerfer

Photographs by baldylox

Photographs by Gniwa

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

Citizen Campaign to Replace All Ads with Cats Triumphantly Launches in London

After a successful crowdfunding campaign back in May, the Citizens Advertising Takeover Service (C.A.T.S) has triumphantly replaced all ads in South London’s Clapham Common Tube Station with photos of cats.

For the next two weeks (the campaign launched on Monday) all 68 advertising boards will be replaced with cats. Founder James Turner explained his thought-process behind the campaign in a recent post on Medium (read here).

For more information on the initiative, visit Cats Not Ads.
 
[Sources: CATS, Kickstarter, Medium, Atlas Obscura]

Photograph via C.A.T.S
Photograph via C.A.T.S
Photograph via C.A.T.S
Photograph via C.A.T.S

Many of the cats featured in the takeover are from Cats Protection, the UK’s largest feline welfare charity. Though the charity helps 200,000 cats and kittens each year, they still have many thousands of unwanted cats and kittens in desperate need of new homes. If you’re interested in giving a cat a home, visit Find-a-cat.
 
Other cats in the takeover are from Battersea, who have over 150 years of experience and expertise rehoming dogs and cats. Since it was founded in 1860, the Home has rescued, reunited and rehomed over 3.1 million dogs and cats. More info here.

Photograph via C.A.T.S
Photograph via C.A.T.S
Photograph via C.A.T.S
Photograph via C.A.T.S

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

Puppy or Bagel? Chihuahua or Muffin? Shiba or Marshmallow? (8 photos)

Is this a puppy or bagel? The question was posed by Karen Zack (@teenybiscuit) on Twitter and was accompanied by a gallery of photos that humorously brought attention to the striking similarities.

The tweet went viral and Karen has since followed up her now Internet famous image with more comparisons between various dog breeds and foods. She has even added a few new animals to the mix like birds and shrews.

The Internet is having a field day with these and her images have garnered her a ton of media attention. For more fun and quirkiness from Karen, check her out at the links below.

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

10 Things You Didnt Know About the Rare and Elusive Spirit Bear

1. The Spirit or Kermode Bear is a rare subspecies of the American black bear living in the Central and North Coast regions of British Columbia, Canada. [source]

2. The colour is due to a double recessive gene unique in the subspecies (Ursus americanus kermodei). They are not albinos, they are white-furred black bears. [Source]

3. Fewer than 400 Spirit/Kermode bears are estimated to exist in the coast area that stretches from Southeast Alaska southwards to the northern tip of Vancouver Island; about 120 inhabit the large Princess and Prince Royal Island. The largest concentration of the white bears inhabits 80-square-mile Gribbell Island, in the territory of the Gitga’at. [Source]

Photograph by Maximilian Helm

4. Like most black bears, the Spirit Bear only weighs about half a pound at birth! [Source]

5. A male Spirit bear can reach 225 kg (500 lb) or more, females are much smaller with a maximum weight of 135 kg (300 lb). Straight up, it stands 180 cm (5′ 11″) tall. [Source]

6. They are known to run up to 55 km an hour! [Source]

Photograph by Maximilian Helm

7. The bear was named after Francis Kermode, a former director of the Royal B.C. Museum. He was among the first to discover the furry fellows. [Source]

8. Being omnivores, they mostly live on fish and berries, but also eat deer and moose fawns, carrion, insects, plants, fruits, nuts, mushrooms and nuts. They depend on salmon runs in the fall to fatten themselves up for the long winter hibernation, where they can go without food for up to 7 months. [Source]

9. Scientists have found that black bears are not as effective at catching fish as white bears, as the white bears are less visible from the perspective of the fish. At night, the two colours of bears have similar success rates at catching fish, but during the day, the white bears are up to 30% more effective. [Source]

10. The Spirit/Kermode Bear is the official provincial mammal of British Columbia, Canada. [Source]

Photograph by Jon Rawlinson

Sources

BC Spirit Bear: Spirit Bear Facts
Wikipedia: Kermode Bear
Canadian Geographic: Animal Facts – Kermode bear
Smithsonian: This Rare, White Bear May Be the Key to Saving a Canadian Rainforest

Photograph by Jackmont

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

Dog Walks 4 Miles Into Town Each Day to Say Hi to Everyone

For most of the past 12 years, Bruno has been making a daily, 4-mile commute into the town of Longville, Minnesota to say hello to all of his human friends.

He has become so beloved by the town that a statue was dedicated in his honour on Longville’s main street. “Longville’s town dog and ambassador,” the engraving on the accompanying plaque reads.

You can see more photos and learn more about this heartwarming story on Kare11.com

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

Rare Pink Dolphin Spotted in Lake Calcasieu, Louisiana

Photograph via sloshyjacob on reddit

Redit user sloshyjacob recently shared a series of amazing photos his friend took of ‘Pinkie’ a rare pink dolphin known to frequent the waters of Lake Calcasieu, Louisiana.

For those wondering how a dolphin can possibly find its way and survive in a fresh water lake, Calcasieu connects to the Gulf of Mexico and actually consists of brackish or briny water which has more salinity than fresh water but not as much as seawater.

“Pinkie” is an albino bottlenose dolphin that was first spotted on June 24, 2007 by charter boat captain Erik Rue.

More recent sightings from 2015 captured “Pinkie” mating, confirming that the dolphin was female.
 
[via sloshyjacob on reddit]

Photograph via sloshyjacob on reddit
Photograph via sloshyjacob on reddit
Photograph via sloshyjacob on reddit

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

Can You Spot the Panda and Cat Hidden in These Photos?

Gergely Dudás, better known online as ‘Dudolf’, is an artist an illustrator best known for his funny webcomics. However, it’s a series of recent “Where’s Waldo” type drawings that have captivated users as he challenged them to find a panda amongst a sea of snowmen, following up with a challenge to find a cat amongst a group of owls.

The artist’s drawings have been shared over 160,000 times on Facebook and proves that people love a good challenge and finding things and ‘spotting differences’ will never grow old. To see more of Dudolf’s art and webcomics, check out his work at the links below.

Gergely Dudás aka Dudolf
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Artwork by Gergely Dudás aka Dudolf
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Artwork by Gergely Dudás aka Dudolf
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

Black Watercolor Paintings Capture Innate Connection Between Children and Animals

Elicia Edijanto is an Indonesian-based artist currently living and working in Jakarta as a painter and graphic designer. In an ongoing series of black watercolor paintings, Edijanta captures the natural connection between children and animals. Elicia adds:

“There’s an innate relationship between children and the animal kingdom. Our children sing songs about animals, they have toy animals, they have books about animals and they dream about animals”

To see all of Elicia’s beautiful watercolor paintings check out her website and Behance page. If you’re interested in prints, they are available through Lumarte

ELICIA EDIJANTO
Website | Facebook | Behance | Instagram | Prints

ELICIA EDIJANTO
Website | Facebook | Behance | Instagram | Prints

ELICIA EDIJANTO
Website | Facebook | Behance | Instagram | Prints

ELICIA EDIJANTO
Website | Facebook | Behance | Instagram | Prints

ELICIA EDIJANTO
Website | Facebook | Behance | Instagram | Prints

ELICIA EDIJANTO
Website | Facebook | Behance | Instagram | Prints

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

Doodle This Cat and Give Him New Adventures (23 Photos)

Here we go again

As is so often the case, it starts with an innocent photo (see exhibits A, B and C). Here we have a cat, lying innocently on what appears to be a bed sheet.

You know what happens next. The creative powers of the Internet reimagine the cat in fantastical situations and scenarios. As momentum builds, the ideas get wilder and wilder. There’s currently an open submission on Bored Panda (there are 171 entries to date). You can find my personal favourites below but be sure to see the original post for all of the creative submissions to date.

[Bored Panda via Imgur]

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

This Nursing Home Uses Unusual Animals to Engage Residents

The first thing you see when driving up to the Life Center of Nashoba Valley, a nursing home in Massachusetts, is a pair of llamas. Around the country, homes like this are using animals—chickens and llamas as well as dogs and fish—in their therapy programs, brightening up their residents’ days.

Travis the llama is the star at Nashoba Valley, ambling through the hallways every few weeks and “giving kisses.” The rest of his time is spent with the other llama, VJ, in a large pasture, where residents can return the animals’ visits with their families or on their own.

Animal-therapy programs are said to decrease agitation in many nursing home residents and to increase participation. The animals are sometimes able to bring the residents out of their shells in ways that previously seemed impossible.

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

18 Then and Now Photos of Puppies/Dogs That Will Restore Your Faith in Everything

Kiersten Amber really summed it up best:
 

Dogs are the best everybody knows that! In fact, @tinatbh sums up this follow-up sentiment quite nicely:
 

Below you will find a gallery that is sure to put a smile on your face. If you’re still feeling glum by the end of this post, scroll to the top and go through them again :)

[h/t Bored Panda]

1.

Photographs via jimmybero

2.

Photographs via Lerchasaurus

3.

Photographs via reddit

4.

Photographs via Irina Werning

5.

Photographs via emmareddit

6.

Photographs via Imgur

7.

Photographs via Imgur

8.

Photographs via justinmillerco

9.

Photographs via The Eslinger Family

10.

Photographs via Jennifer610

11.

Photographs via The_Grim_Sleaper

12.

Photographs via Cute Overload

13.

Photographs via AlmaGordo

14.

Photographs via wojtek9000

15.

Photographs via BraveSirWobin

16.

Photographs via Bored Panda

17.

Photographs via FalconPunchh

18.

Photographs via smiffy86

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

Find the Cat

Somewhere in the photo below is a cat. I couldn’t find it, I needed someone to point it out (shame!) I don’t want to tell you how long I stared for because it’s embarrassing. What I will tell you is that there is definitely a cat.

Take a look. If you see it right away, congratulate yourself and show it to someone else. If they don’t see it immediately, they’ll be like me, staring aimlessly wondering if it’s a prank.

If you lose patience, scroll to the bottom of the post to see where the cat is. Good luck!

[via waterhauler]

If you can’t find the cat, scroll down for the answer

Are you sure you want to know? Try once more!

“How did I not see that?” – me

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

These are the Original Stuffed Animals That Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

Clockwise from bottom left: Tigger, Kanga, Edward Bear (a.k.a Winnie-the-Pooh), Eeyore, and Piglet. Roo was also one of the original toys but he was lost a long time ago. Owl and Rabbit were not based on toys. Gopher was made up for the Disney version [source]

On display at the New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street) you will find the original stuffed animals that inspired the famous children’s character Winnie-the-Pooh, which was created by author A. A. Milne and illustrator E. H. Shepard.

The NYPL explains:

“Long before Walt Disney turned Pooh and his pals into movie stars, Christopher Robin Milne, a very real little boy living in England, received a small stuffed bear on his first birthday. He named him Edward Bear (later renamed Winnie-the-Pooh). Following Edward came the rest of the stuffed animals, which Christopher loved and played with throughout his childhood.
 
One day, Christopher’s father, A. A. Milne, and an artist named Ernest H. Shepard, decided that these animals, and two other imaginary friends, Owl and Rabbit, would make fine characters in a bedtime story. From that day on, Pooh and his friends have had many fanciful adventures, from Piglet’s encounter with a Heffalump to Eeyore’s loss of his tail. These stories have been embraced by millions of children and adult readers for nearly 100 years. [source]

Sources

Photograph by Spictacular on Wikimedia Commons
NYPL: The Adventures of the REAL Winnie-the-Pooh
Wikipedia: Winnie-the-Pooh
Wikipedia: A. A. Milne

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

This Cat Takes Better Selfies Than You (16 Photos)

Hello world, meet Manny, a rescued gray tabby from northern Arizona blowing up on Instagram thanks to his super strong selfie game. Manny rolls deep, counting four dogs, three cats and two loving parents as his #squad.

Manny’s mom, Yorem Ahm, tells ABC News that Manny is “probably the most intelligent, inquisitive cat we’ve ever had.” She also says Manny “thinks he’s a dog” and “loves people.”

To see more of Manny and his fam be sure to check him out on Instagram!

[via ABC News]

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

Dog Cant Stop Smiling After Being Adopted

When Lisa Reilly first saw a picture of ‘Meatball’ aka Meaty online, she got this feeling that he was ‘the one’. In an online essay, Reilly recalls:

“My senior bully had passed away 3 months prior and I had the exact same feeling when I adopted him at 10 years old, so I knew this dog was meant to be his predecessor.”

Meaty was adopted from Fresno Bully Rescue and lives happily with Lisa, her fiance, Punky and Ricardo (two other rescued pit bulls) and dachshunds Bitty and Dappe.

The smiling canine has been melting hearts and making friends online, amassing an amazing 46,000+ followers on Instagram. For more Meaty goodness follow @loveabulllisa
 
[via The Dodo, My Modern Met, Petco Community]

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

Citizen Campaign to Replace All Ads with Cats Triumphantly Launches in London

After a successful crowdfunding campaign back in May, the Citizens Advertising Takeover Service (C.A.T.S) has triumphantly replaced all ads in South London’s Clapham Common Tube Station with photos of cats.

For the next two weeks (the campaign launched on Monday) all 68 advertising boards will be replaced with cats. Founder James Turner explained his thought-process behind the campaign in a recent post on Medium (read here).

For more information on the initiative, visit Cats Not Ads.
 
[Sources: CATS, Kickstarter, Medium, Atlas Obscura]

Photograph via C.A.T.S
Photograph via C.A.T.S
Photograph via C.A.T.S
Photograph via C.A.T.S

Many of the cats featured in the takeover are from Cats Protection, the UK’s largest feline welfare charity. Though the charity helps 200,000 cats and kittens each year, they still have many thousands of unwanted cats and kittens in desperate need of new homes. If you’re interested in giving a cat a home, visit Find-a-cat.
 
Other cats in the takeover are from Battersea, who have over 150 years of experience and expertise rehoming dogs and cats. Since it was founded in 1860, the Home has rescued, reunited and rehomed over 3.1 million dogs and cats. More info here.

Photograph via C.A.T.S
Photograph via C.A.T.S
Photograph via C.A.T.S
Photograph via C.A.T.S

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

Puppy or Bagel? Chihuahua or Muffin? Shiba or Marshmallow? (8 photos)

Is this a puppy or bagel? The question was posed by Karen Zack (@teenybiscuit) on Twitter and was accompanied by a gallery of photos that humorously brought attention to the striking similarities.

The tweet went viral and Karen has since followed up her now Internet famous image with more comparisons between various dog breeds and foods. She has even added a few new animals to the mix like birds and shrews.

The Internet is having a field day with these and her images have garnered her a ton of media attention. For more fun and quirkiness from Karen, check her out at the links below.

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

This Guy Rescues Stray Dogs and Takes Them on Weekly Train Rides Around Town

Eugene Bostick is a retired farmer from Fort Worth, Texas. According to The Dodo, the 80-year-old shares a farm with his brother and says people tend to abandon dogs on their property because they live at the end of a dead-end street.

Bostick says him and his brother were heart-broken by this and started to feed the abandon animals, taking caring of them, getting them spayed and neutered and providing a place for them to live.

Bostick says he’s currently taking care of nine dogs. They can roam free on his property but thought it would be nice to take them around to explore other parts of town. As an 80-year-old, walking nine dogs felt daunting so he fashioned a doggy train and drives them around with his tractor a couple of times a week. Bostick tells The Dodo:

“Whenever they hear me hooking the tractor up to it, man, they get so excited. They all come running and jump in on their own. They’re ready to go.”

You stay awesome Mr. Bostick, the Sifter salutes you.

[via The Dodo]

Photograph via Imgur
Photograph via Imgur
Photograph by Jason Magby

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

Can You Spot the Panda and Cat Hidden in These Photos?

Gergely Dudás, better known online as ‘Dudolf’, is an artist an illustrator best known for his funny webcomics. However, it’s a series of recent “Where’s Waldo” type drawings that have captivated users as he challenged them to find a panda amongst a sea of snowmen, following up with a challenge to find a cat amongst a group of owls.

The artist’s drawings have been shared over 160,000 times on Facebook and proves that people love a good challenge and finding things and ‘spotting differences’ will never grow old. To see more of Dudolf’s art and webcomics, check out his work at the links below.

Gergely Dudás aka Dudolf
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Artwork by Gergely Dudás aka Dudolf
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Artwork by Gergely Dudás aka Dudolf
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

Rare Pink Dolphin Spotted in Lake Calcasieu, Louisiana

Photograph via sloshyjacob on reddit

Redit user sloshyjacob recently shared a series of amazing photos his friend took of ‘Pinkie’ a rare pink dolphin known to frequent the waters of Lake Calcasieu, Louisiana.

For those wondering how a dolphin can possibly find its way and survive in a fresh water lake, Calcasieu connects to the Gulf of Mexico and actually consists of brackish or briny water which has more salinity than fresh water but not as much as seawater.

“Pinkie” is an albino bottlenose dolphin that was first spotted on June 24, 2007 by charter boat captain Erik Rue.

More recent sightings from 2015 captured “Pinkie” mating, confirming that the dolphin was female.
 
[via sloshyjacob on reddit]

Photograph via sloshyjacob on reddit
Photograph via sloshyjacob on reddit
Photograph via sloshyjacob on reddit

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

New Program Lets Kids Practice Reading While Shy Shelter Dogs Learn to Socialize

An innovative program at the Missouri Humane Society is helping kids practice reading in front of a non-judgemental audience while shy shelter dogs learn to socialize with humans, increasing their chances for adoption.

The Shelter Buddies Reading Program also helps reduce the anxiety of shelter pets while nurturing empathy amongst the participating children.

To participate, donate or register visit the official Humane Society of Missouri website. Below you will find photos and video of the amazing program in action.

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

Black Watercolor Paintings Capture Innate Connection Between Children and Animals

Elicia Edijanto is an Indonesian-based artist currently living and working in Jakarta as a painter and graphic designer. In an ongoing series of black watercolor paintings, Edijanta captures the natural connection between children and animals. Elicia adds:

“There’s an innate relationship between children and the animal kingdom. Our children sing songs about animals, they have toy animals, they have books about animals and they dream about animals”

To see all of Elicia’s beautiful watercolor paintings check out her website and Behance page. If you’re interested in prints, they are available through Lumarte

ELICIA EDIJANTO
Website | Facebook | Behance | Instagram | Prints

ELICIA EDIJANTO
Website | Facebook | Behance | Instagram | Prints

ELICIA EDIJANTO
Website | Facebook | Behance | Instagram | Prints

ELICIA EDIJANTO
Website | Facebook | Behance | Instagram | Prints

ELICIA EDIJANTO
Website | Facebook | Behance | Instagram | Prints

ELICIA EDIJANTO
Website | Facebook | Behance | Instagram | Prints

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

10 Things You Didnt Know About the Rare and Elusive Spirit Bear

1. The Spirit or Kermode Bear is a rare subspecies of the American black bear living in the Central and North Coast regions of British Columbia, Canada. [source]

2. The colour is due to a double recessive gene unique in the subspecies (Ursus americanus kermodei). They are not albinos, they are white-furred black bears. [Source]

3. Fewer than 400 Spirit/Kermode bears are estimated to exist in the coast area that stretches from Southeast Alaska southwards to the northern tip of Vancouver Island; about 120 inhabit the large Princess and Prince Royal Island. The largest concentration of the white bears inhabits 80-square-mile Gribbell Island, in the territory of the Gitga’at. [Source]

Photograph by Maximilian Helm

4. Like most black bears, the Spirit Bear only weighs about half a pound at birth! [Source]

5. A male Spirit bear can reach 225 kg (500 lb) or more, females are much smaller with a maximum weight of 135 kg (300 lb). Straight up, it stands 180 cm (5′ 11″) tall. [Source]

6. They are known to run up to 55 km an hour! [Source]

Photograph by Maximilian Helm

7. The bear was named after Francis Kermode, a former director of the Royal B.C. Museum. He was among the first to discover the furry fellows. [Source]

8. Being omnivores, they mostly live on fish and berries, but also eat deer and moose fawns, carrion, insects, plants, fruits, nuts, mushrooms and nuts. They depend on salmon runs in the fall to fatten themselves up for the long winter hibernation, where they can go without food for up to 7 months. [Source]

9. Scientists have found that black bears are not as effective at catching fish as white bears, as the white bears are less visible from the perspective of the fish. At night, the two colours of bears have similar success rates at catching fish, but during the day, the white bears are up to 30% more effective. [Source]

10. The Spirit/Kermode Bear is the official provincial mammal of British Columbia, Canada. [Source]

Photograph by Jon Rawlinson

Sources

BC Spirit Bear: Spirit Bear Facts
Wikipedia: Kermode Bear
Canadian Geographic: Animal Facts – Kermode bear
Smithsonian: This Rare, White Bear May Be the Key to Saving a Canadian Rainforest

Photograph by Jackmont

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

Dog Walks 4 Miles Into Town Each Day to Say Hi to Everyone

For most of the past 12 years, Bruno has been making a daily, 4-mile commute into the town of Longville, Minnesota to say hello to all of his human friends.

He has become so beloved by the town that a statue was dedicated in his honour on Longville’s main street. “Longville’s town dog and ambassador,” the engraving on the accompanying plaque reads.

You can see more photos and learn more about this heartwarming story on Kare11.com

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

12 Heartwarming Before and After Photos of Adopted Dogs

BeforeNAfterAdoption is one of my favorite subreddits. With over 35,000 members, the community is described as:

‘a place to share the amazing difference a loving family can make on an abandoned animal.’

Nearly a year ago we shared a gallery of before and after adoption pics and we wanted to follow up with more heartwarming photos shared in the last year that truly show the difference a loving family can make!

If you enjoy this gallery be sure to head over to /r/BeforeNAfterAdoption for hundreds more stories with happy endings :)

Photographs by sweetoldetc

Photographs by Hippyandcarrots

Photographs by TriggerGunner

Photographs by NoSleepTillWhiterun

Photographs by CowtheHankDog

Photographs by iBleeedorange

Photographs by Codemanna

Photographs by alainap04

Photographs by socks4tay

Photographs by Axewerfer

Photographs by baldylox

Photographs by Gniwa

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

18 Then and Now Photos of Puppies/Dogs That Will Restore Your Faith in Everything

Kiersten Amber really summed it up best:
 

Dogs are the best everybody knows that! In fact, @tinatbh sums up this follow-up sentiment quite nicely:
 

Below you will find a gallery that is sure to put a smile on your face. If you’re still feeling glum by the end of this post, scroll to the top and go through them again :)

[h/t Bored Panda]

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Photographs via jimmybero

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Photographs via Lerchasaurus

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Photographs via reddit

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Photographs via Irina Werning

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Photographs via emmareddit

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Photographs via Imgur

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Photographs via Imgur

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Photographs via justinmillerco

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Photographs via The Eslinger Family

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Photographs via Jennifer610

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Photographs via The_Grim_Sleaper

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Photographs via Cute Overload

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Photographs via AlmaGordo

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Photographs via wojtek9000

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Photographs via BraveSirWobin

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Photographs via Bored Panda

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Photographs via FalconPunchh

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Photographs via smiffy86

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

These are the Original Stuffed Animals That Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

Clockwise from bottom left: Tigger, Kanga, Edward Bear (a.k.a Winnie-the-Pooh), Eeyore, and Piglet. Roo was also one of the original toys but he was lost a long time ago. Owl and Rabbit were not based on toys. Gopher was made up for the Disney version [source]

On display at the New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street) you will find the original stuffed animals that inspired the famous children’s character Winnie-the-Pooh, which was created by author A. A. Milne and illustrator E. H. Shepard.

The NYPL explains:

“Long before Walt Disney turned Pooh and his pals into movie stars, Christopher Robin Milne, a very real little boy living in England, received a small stuffed bear on his first birthday. He named him Edward Bear (later renamed Winnie-the-Pooh). Following Edward came the rest of the stuffed animals, which Christopher loved and played with throughout his childhood.
 
One day, Christopher’s father, A. A. Milne, and an artist named Ernest H. Shepard, decided that these animals, and two other imaginary friends, Owl and Rabbit, would make fine characters in a bedtime story. From that day on, Pooh and his friends have had many fanciful adventures, from Piglet’s encounter with a Heffalump to Eeyore’s loss of his tail. These stories have been embraced by millions of children and adult readers for nearly 100 years. [source]

Sources

Photograph by Spictacular on Wikimedia Commons
NYPL: The Adventures of the REAL Winnie-the-Pooh
Wikipedia: Winnie-the-Pooh
Wikipedia: A. A. Milne

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

This Nursing Home Uses Unusual Animals to Engage Residents

The first thing you see when driving up to the Life Center of Nashoba Valley, a nursing home in Massachusetts, is a pair of llamas. Around the country, homes like this are using animals—chickens and llamas as well as dogs and fish—in their therapy programs, brightening up their residents’ days.

Travis the llama is the star at Nashoba Valley, ambling through the hallways every few weeks and “giving kisses.” The rest of his time is spent with the other llama, VJ, in a large pasture, where residents can return the animals’ visits with their families or on their own.

Animal-therapy programs are said to decrease agitation in many nursing home residents and to increase participation. The animals are sometimes able to bring the residents out of their shells in ways that previously seemed impossible.

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

These are the Original Stuffed Animals That Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

Clockwise from bottom left: Tigger, Kanga, Edward Bear (a.k.a Winnie-the-Pooh), Eeyore, and Piglet. Roo was also one of the original toys but he was lost a long time ago. Owl and Rabbit were not based on toys. Gopher was made up for the Disney version [source]

On display at the New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street) you will find the original stuffed animals that inspired the famous children’s character Winnie-the-Pooh, which was created by author A. A. Milne and illustrator E. H. Shepard.

The NYPL explains:

“Long before Walt Disney turned Pooh and his pals into movie stars, Christopher Robin Milne, a very real little boy living in England, received a small stuffed bear on his first birthday. He named him Edward Bear (later renamed Winnie-the-Pooh). Following Edward came the rest of the stuffed animals, which Christopher loved and played with throughout his childhood.
 
One day, Christopher’s father, A. A. Milne, and an artist named Ernest H. Shepard, decided that these animals, and two other imaginary friends, Owl and Rabbit, would make fine characters in a bedtime story. From that day on, Pooh and his friends have had many fanciful adventures, from Piglet’s encounter with a Heffalump to Eeyore’s loss of his tail. These stories have been embraced by millions of children and adult readers for nearly 100 years. [source]

Sources

Photograph by Spictacular on Wikimedia Commons
NYPL: The Adventures of the REAL Winnie-the-Pooh
Wikipedia: Winnie-the-Pooh
Wikipedia: A. A. Milne

Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/2015/11/the-original-stuffed-animals-that-inspired-winnie-the-pooh/

Dog Walks 4 Miles Into Town Each Day to Say Hi to Everyone

For most of the past 12 years, Bruno has been making a daily, 4-mile commute into the town of Longville, Minnesota to say hello to all of his human friends.

He has become so beloved by the town that a statue was dedicated in his honour on Longville’s main street. “Longville’s town dog and ambassador,” the engraving on the accompanying plaque reads.

You can see more photos and learn more about this heartwarming story on Kare11.com

Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/dog-walks-4-miles-into-town-each-day-to-say-hi/