Category Archives: Heroes

Aiming to Prevent Pet Surrenders

Kerry Lowe Armstrong, founder of North Central Shelter Intervention Program, kisses Charlie, a dog that was helped by the program. The last thing Josephine Chalfino wanted to do was surrender her dog to … Continue reading

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NG Honors “Dogs of War”

To celebrate the “Hero Dogs” featured on the cover of the June issue of National Geographic, in the coming days, NationalGeographic.com will take a look back at a handful (of the many thousands) … Continue reading

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Deaf Woman Adopts Deaf Dog

Rosie, a deaf pit bull mix, has spent the last three months in the Central Nebraska Humane Society, hoping for a new owner. In a sign that some things are just meant to … Continue reading

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Artist Paints Vick’s Dogs

“One of my main goals is to represent Pit Bulls as the dogs that I, and many others, know them to be—loving, humorous, intelligent, forgiving and triumphant,” says Kentucky artist Levity Tomkinson, of … Continue reading

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Marathon Bombing Vics Guided by Dog

Jessica Kensky and her husband of seven months, Patrick Downes, are two of the 16 people who lost limbs in last year’s bombing at the Boston Marathon. Each of them lost their left … Continue reading

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Celebs Team Up with PetSmart Charity

PetSmart Charities has teamed up with actor/producer Josh Duhamel and his production company, Dakotakid Media, to launch an 8-episode web series, Rescue Waggin’: Tales from the Road. Here’s a preview of the series … Continue reading

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Friends for Life award at Crufts 2014

Meet the five dogs competing in the public vote for the Friends for Life award at Crufts 2014. According to the Crufts website the dogs the finalists for 2014 are: Cocker Spaniel, Molls … Continue reading

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ASPCA Dog of the Year

Last fall, an animal-control officer in Georgia found an abandoned, malnourished Pit Bull puppy. DeKalb Animal Shelter volunteer Chrissy Kaczynski, convinced the pup didn’t have long to live, took her home to die … Continue reading

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K9s for Warriors on HLN

This Veteran’s Day, Robin Meade, news anchor for HLN’s Morning Express, and her team take a look inside the world of service dogs who specialize in helping veterans with PTSD. K9s for Warriors … Continue reading

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Pet Food Stamp Programs

(image: This New York City Brownie troop raised money for the Animal Relief Fund (ARF), which distributes pet food to pantries, and Manhattan pet food store Calling All Pets matched their donation—and delivered … Continue reading

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Tribute to Military Dogs is Dedicated

The United States’ first national monument recognizing the sacrifices of dogs in combat was dedicated by the U.S. military on Monday. The nine-foot tall statue features four dogs and a handler is inscribed … Continue reading

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8 Veterans Reunited with Afghan Dogs

Eight National Guard soldiers who had befriended a stray dog while in Afghanistan were reunited on Wednesday with the 65-pound mixed breed—and her seven puppies! The soldiers met and named the dog Sheba … Continue reading

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Celebs Team Up to Help Dogs in Need

Snoop Lion, the musician formerly known as Snoop Dogg, stopped by Chelsea Handler’s late night talk show, Chelsea Lately, to discuss a new product he’s releasing called Dog For Dog. Handler, and singer … Continue reading

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Pet Partners: Ready for Therapy

It’s natural to want other people to feel that special, unconditional joy that only your pet can give—especially when that person is a child in a hospital or a senior in a nursing … Continue reading

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NJ Mayor Cory Booker Rescues (Another) Dog

You may remember reading about Newark, NJ Mayor Cory Booker coming to the aid of an abandoned dog left out in the freezing cold this past January. Well, he’s done it again. Through … Continue reading

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Police Dog Mourns Partner

More than 1,000 people—including hundreds of fellow police officers from surrounding states—turned out at a funeral in rural Kentucky late last week to pay their respects to Jason Ellis, a 33-year-old K-9 officer … Continue reading

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A Special Boy and His Special Dog

Owen Howkins and Haatchi both know what it means to be dealt a tough hand. Owen was born with a rare genetic disease called Schwartz-Jampel Syndrome which means his muscles are always tensed. … Continue reading

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Karelian Dogs: Saving the Bears

When species clash in Washington state, Karelian Bear Dogs help keep the peace—by chasing the bruins away from the humans. The black bear has a choice. She can confront the barking, circling dogs … Continue reading

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Angels on a Leash

To millions, David Frei is the voice of the Westminster dog show. But out of the limelight, he and his therapy dogs bring joy to hundreds of sick children. Christina had been hospitalized … Continue reading

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Bloomberg Bails Out Endangered Pups

Georgina Bloomberg, the youngest daughter of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has helped save 185 dogs from death at an animal shelter in Georgia. Bloomberg, 30, along with “The Bachelor’s” Prince Lorenzo … Continue reading

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Greyhound Helps Teen Battle Lupus

If you spotted Becca Hart striding down the street in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, her red brindled Greyhound Mike loping amiably at her side in his red-and-black service dog vest, you might be tempted … Continue reading

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Pets Bailed Out of Closing Animal Shelter

Just days after announcing that they would be shutting down, all of the animals at the Sayreville Pet Adoption Center (SPAC) have been adopted. The no-kill shelter based in Sayreville, New Jersey announced … Continue reading

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Paralyzed Dogs Walk Again After Experimental Surgery

In a double-blind study at Cambridge University in England, 34 paralyzed dogs have been given the ability to walk again after researchers implanted cells from the dogs’ noses into their spines. The success … Continue reading

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How Pilots Are Saving Pups

Pilots N Paws, a group that voluntarily flies doomed strays to adoptive homes and no-kill shelters, recently capped an annual rescue event, saving 300 lives a day! Read more … “Dog is My … Continue reading

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Our Rescue’s Shelter Saved Our Wedding!

A Florida couple gave up on their wedding to care for a sick Pit Bull mix they’d adopted. Then the shelter staff, moved by this sacrifice, gave them back their dream ceremony. Read … Continue reading

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