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Takes a Village: Bear ‘Foster Mom’ Raises Cub Saved by Dog

An orphaned black bear cub was placed with a foster mother this week after the baby was rescued by a pet dog and carried gently to safety

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  • Oct 30, 2019

    Ruff Ride: Dog Struck by Car Rides Inside Bumper for Miles

    A dog hit by a car in upstate New York rode for 45 minutes wedged between the broken bumper and the grille before the driver realized she was carrying an injured passenger. Coco the shiba inu was being treated for a fractured elbow after being struck Monday morning in Albany. Rotterdam Police Lt. Jeffrey Collins says the driver knew she...

  • NBC Aug 22, 2019

    Kelly Clarkson to Host Clear the Shelters TV Special

    Grammy award-winning artist Kelly Clarkson will host this year’s Clear the Shelters special, a 30-minute show recapping the NBC and Telemundo stations annual pet adoption drive. The program will air on NBC stations beginning Aug. 23 (check local listings).

  • Atlanta Aug 21, 2019

    Doggy Con: a Pop Culture Convention for Canine Fanatics

    Atlanta’s scorching August heat didn’t stop Megan Nelson from slipping on a long faux fur coat and dressing up like Cruella de Vil for her first Doggy Con convention, a pet event for costumed canines inspired by the upcoming Dragon Con convention. Doggy Con drew hundreds of dog owners and spectators Saturday to an Atlanta park for their...
  • NBC Aug 17, 2019

    ‘I Fell in Love Right Away’: Pets Find Forever Homes During Clear the Shelters

    Clear the Shelters, the fifth annual pet adoption drive sponsored by NBC and Telemundo stations, culminated Saturday with more than 2,000 shelters participating in dozens of communities across the country. Animals lovers nationwide lined up early for a chance to find the purrfect pet to take home. Shelters in Florida, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, O...
  • pets Aug 15, 2019

    Breaking Down the Pet Adoption Process

    Thinking about pet adoption but feeling unsure or overwhelmed? The ASPCA’s Kelly DiCicco breaks down the process of adopting and acclimating your new pet to your home.

  • NBC Aug 12, 2019

    What You Need to Know About the Toxic Blue-Green Algae That’s Killing Dogs

    Temperatures soared to 96 degrees in Wilmington, North Carolina on Thursday. So, Melissa Martin and Denise Mintz gathered up their dogs Abby, Harpo and Izzy and headed to a nearby pond for a swim. Hours later, all three pups were dead.

  • NBCUniversal Inc. Aug 12, 2019

    Pit Bulls ‘Want to Love’: Ga. Man on Mission to End Bully Breed Stigma

    Jason Flatt started “Friends to the Forlorn Pit Bull Rescue” in Dallas, Georgia, to save the dogs no one else wanted. He’s also on a mission to change minds about the stigma associated with bully breeds.

  • Aug 12, 2019

    Stray Puppy Found Covered in Ticks Completely Transforms

    Sage was five months old when she was found covered in fleas and ticks. Thanks to her foster family, she made a complete recovery and went from a terrified pooch to a goofy and playful puppy. Sage was adopted into a new family who renamed her Marley. Ms. Marley is the “sweetest little girl in the world,” her new family...

  • Florida Aug 10, 2019

    Delaware Becomes First No-Kill State for US Shelter Animals

    In a watershed moment for animal lovers, America has its first no-kill state: Delaware. The nonprofit Best Friends Animal Society, which is working with shelters, animal welfare organizations and government agencies across the country to make America a no-kill country by 2025, announced the news at their annual conference in Dallas, Texas. Linda To...
  • America Aug 9, 2019

    New Federal Guidelines Issued for Service, Emotional Animals on Planes

    The government is telling airlines and passengers how it will enforce rules governing animals that people bring on planes. The Transportation Department said Thursday that airline employees can bar any animal they consider a safety threat. Airlines, however, can be punished if they ban an entire dog or cat breed, such as pit bulls.

  • Aug 7, 2019

    Rescue Dogs-Turned-Caregivers Help First Responders Heal in Aftermath of El Paso Shooting

    When a gunman opened fire inside an El Paso Walmart, killing 22 people and wounding dozens more, scores of first responders stepped up to help the victims. Their work is taxing, both physically and mentally. To help the paramedics, firefighters, nurses and doctors cope with the incredible stress, trauma and grief in the aftermath of the tragic even...
  • Milwaukee Aug 7, 2019

    Misunderstood Breed: Pit Bull Mix Goes From Stray to Service Dog

    About six years ago, Paula Slaasted’s husband found Merlin, a boxer-pit bull mix, as a stray running around the campus of USF Holland, a trucking company, near General Mitchell International Airport. Slaasted’s husband sent her a picture of Merlin, saying: “Here’s our next dog.” The couple took the dog to the Wisconsin...
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