8 amazing animal rescues! Watch these real-life heroes.
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Incredibly the dog was found alive under the rubble where Italian firefighters spotted the dog’s legs.
Ten slow lorises are returned to freedom in the forest. Fueled by viral YouTube videos, the popularity of slow lorises has risen and they have become a popular exotic pet. Slow lorises are typically taken from their natural habitat and sold into the illegal pet trade, where they will likely go through the horrifying process of having their teeth and claws removed so they can become “cuddly pets.”
Seeing the lengths these incredible rescuers went to to get these lorises back to the forest is sure to bring a smile to your face! Remember, if you see an exotic animal living in horrible conditions, say something! You can report the suspected abuse to local authorities who can take action. For more information about International Animal Rescue (IAR) and how you can help stop the illegal exotic pet trade, visit their official website!
This Awesome Rescue Shelter Lets Dogs Live in Fairytale Cottages Instead of Cages. Were you heavily influenced by Disney (and any princess-driven movie whose target audience was girls) growing up? If so, you probably understand having a soft spot for anything that looks like it hopped right out of a medieval-inspired fantasy land. You can get your fix by visiting theme parks, but if you’re also an animal lover, it is an unfortunate fact that most theme parks have a pretty firm stance on the presence of man’s best friend: no dogs allowed. Luckily, your fantasyland paradise exists. Nestled in the forests of Eugene, Oregon is a pure and wonderful place called Luvable Dog Rescue, a sanctuary for dogs rescued from high-kill shelters.
While shelters provide a space for thousands of homeless cats and dogs to find their forever home, the stressful environment does not help to bring out the best in every animal. Consider for a moment what it must be like for a dog in a typical shelter. Halls with concrete floors are lined with cages and depending on the shelter, the dogs may not even have beds to curl up in or their own toys to play with. With nothing to do other than bark in desperation whenever a human passes by, there is no way of knowing what these dogs will act like once they make it into their forever home.
Set on a 55-acre wooded property, Luvable Dog Rescue’s pastel cottages and kitschy wall decorations make it look like a combination of grandma’s house and somewhere a Disney princess would live, in the best way possible.
In addition to their adorable cottages, the resident dogs enjoy daily hikes in the shelter’s wooded property and plenty of playtime with staff and other dogs.
Last, but not least, if you’re considering welcoming a dog into your life, always adopt and never shop! To learn more about Luvable Dog Rescue and their work, visit their official website. All image source: Luvable Dog Rescue
Pooh is a very special bear who loves splashing in the water, laying in the grass, and feeling the sun on his fur. However, this was not his life until recently. Pooh was rescued from bear baiting and as a result of the trauma he endured, is now blind and completely dependent on human care for survival.
Pooh is just one of 38 bears living in the World Animal Protection-funded sanctuary, a home to bears rescued from a cruel life of either bear baiting or dancing, or sometimes both. These bears have suffered more than we can begin to understand, and are finally living the life they deserve. However, medicine and veterinary care are expensive, especially given their past troubled lives.
This holiday season, consider giving the gift of healing to Pooh and others like him. Please help us raise $6,500, which could provide all essential vet care and medicine expenses for the bears at the sanctuary for the entire year.
The rescued bears are in terrible shape when they arrive at the sanctuary, often covered in wounds, and in desperate need of veterinary care. Even as they heal, they will continue needing medical attention and preventative care the rest of their lives.
The Look on This Rescued Goat’s Face Captures Exactly What He Thinks About Life. Compartmentalization is a vital tool humans use to navigate life. After all, if we worried about our social lives, our career, our friends, our family, our diet, plus all of the problems in the world today, all at the same time, we’d never get anything done. Compartmentalizing is very useful, but in some situations, it can also be harmful. Take food, for instance. We understand why somebody may want to push calorie-counting thoughts out of their mind while at a birthday party so that they can enjoy a slice of cake in peace. However, people also use this mechanism when thinking about the origins of their food. It is the reason so many people can wholeheartedly say they love animals … and then eat meat.
Unfortunately, there are several industries who work very hard to make sure people don’t connect these dots or at least don’t connect them in the way they should. However, sometimes it just takes one powerful photo of an animal clearly enjoying life to realize that they want to live just as much as anybody else. These moments are often captured on animal sanctuaries, where many times animals are experiencing love and affection for the first time in their lives.
Take Darius, for example. Darius is a baby goat who was rescued and taken in by Santuario Igualdad Interespecie. Although Darius is very young, he has had a lot of stress in his life thus far. Before being rescued, he was fed very little and was hardly given the care he deserves. Now that he’s at Santuario, he’s finally getting the protection and love he deserves – and then some. He’s been enjoying his new fluffy bed quite a bit and seems more relaxed than ever.
The look of happiness on Darius’ face is truly touching. You can tell that he is basking in his new freedom. If this isn’t evidence enough that animals feel emotions, we don’t know what is.
Dog Rescued From the Meat Trade Learns to Trust Humans Again in His New Home. The dog and cat meat trade in places like South Korea and China is a topic that is usually brought up around the time of the Yulin Meat Festival. Although a large number of animals are killed during this event, the cruel and violent practice of eating dog and cat meat actually goes on all year long. In the case of South Korea, dog farms are not uncommon. This is a very upsetting reality for the majority of the world, especially since dogs and cats are typically put on a pedestal above other animals like pigs, chickens, and cows. That being said, what sometimes happens, and is definitely not legal is the abduction of pets into the meat trade. Sadly, many organizations that are battling this industry have come across several dogs that have either been microchipped, have collars, or simply have the behavioral tendencies of a former pet.
Humane Society International (HSI) is one of the organizations that is trying to bring an end to the dog meat trade in South Korea and elsewhere.
Earlier this year, HSI happened upon James, a dog that was languishing in a South Korean meat farm. You can see the fear and anxiety in his eyes.
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3 Rescued Big Cats From The Wildcat Sanctuary That Prove Big Cats Don’t Make Good Pets. Big cats are by far some of the most popular exotic pets. It’s now strongly suspected that there are currently more tigers living in homes and backyards throughout the United States than there are in the wild.
However, the unusual popularity of these exotic pets does not mean that big cats make for good companions. In fact, there are hundreds of incidents between big cats and their owners – and likely many others that go unreported. Despite big cat owners’ efforts to make their cats be the “exception” to the rule and successfully domesticate their animals, these “pets” will always maintain their wild instincts and act out in ways that can be undesirable or even dangerous.
Tragically, many people who purchase big cats for the sake of their entertainment find that they are unable to properly care for the animals and end up surrendering the pets to sanctuaries. In some cases, incidents between big cats and their owners lead to the animals having to be confiscated by the authorities, but in either case, they are left in need of a home.
This is where The Wildcat Sanctuary comes in. Located in Sandstone, Minnesota, this sanctuary acts as a no-kill non-profit that provides a forever home for the cats in their care. The sanctuary is not open to the public as it strives to give the rescues in their care a life as natural as possible, meaning minimal contact with humans. At The Wildcat Sanctuary, these cats are free to live out their days in the company of other big cats and enjoy the simple pleasures of life.
While it is fantastic that this sanctuary exists for big cats, Wildcat’s ultimate goal is to create a future where they are no longer needed. By telling the stories of the animals in their care, the sanctuary hopes to deter prospective big cat owners. These cats are only a few of the sanctuary’s residents, but their stories certainly prove that big cats belong in the wild … not as pets.
1. Lily and Titan
Lily and Titan were both emaciated upon arrival at the sanctuary. While the owner of the tigers may very well have had good intentions, her tragic death and the state Lily and Titan were found in only further corroborated how poorly the animals were being treated.
Thankfully, The Wildcat Sanctuary is capable of caring for big cats like Lily and Titan and they now share a plush habitat together.
His new caretakers at the sanctuary write, “When the transport gate was lifted, Tonka excitedly ran right out into his new habitat and began exploring every square inch of it. He was chuffing and walking all over the habitat, obviously so thrilled with the newness of it all. When he got over to the special shaved wood bedding we’d put in for him, we laughed seeing him dancing on it. He wore himself out very quickly since his back end is atrophied and weak. Our hope is to rebuild the muscle strength he obviously lost over the years while on exhibit.”
Tonka has been at the sanctuary for over a year now and continues to flourish in his forever home.
After being discovered, Sabrina was left in a trailer for a week before finally being transported to a refuge in Texas. After a stint at the refuge, Sabrina and her sons left for their final destinations: Sabrina to The Wildcat Sanctuary and her two sons to the Peace River Refuge (Forest Animal Rescue).
“Today, Sabrina is a totally different cat than when she first arrive,” Wildcat writes, “She chuffs to her tiger neighbors and can sleep peacefully even when strangers are around. She enjoys getting new enrichment and likes to shred any boxes. She really likes snowmen and even made a huge snowball herself after rolling one of the segments around her habitat. In the summer, she soaks in her pool and takes long naps on her perch. Her amazing transformation inspires us all and reminds us that we can make a difference.”
How Can You Help Other Cats?
The Wildcat Sanctuary relies heavily on donations so that they may continue to provide forever homes for as many animals as possible. They’re also committed to raising public awareness about the exotic pet epidemic in the United States. So, by supporting the work of the Wildcat Sanctuary you are not only helping the many residents of the sanctuary but also many other exotic pets. Raising awareness for the plight of exotic pets is the best way to combat this virulent trade. Share this post and check out the Wildcat Sanctuary’s website and Facebook page to learn more.
1) Spokey’s happy day
2) Bumble Bee’s new life
3) Jackson’s a changed dog
4) Pillow’s happy face
5) A brand new Sandy
6) Ned’s ride home
7) A once stray cat
8) Amelia’s Christmas joy
9) Laurel’s new friend
10) Bandit and his treat
11) Little fella, big heart
12) Val has found comfort
13) One lucky Golden Retriever
14) Stray cat finds a home
15) Chex is loving it
16) Even a Betta fish needs some love
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