A dog in distress was rescued from a hot car in Auburn, Mass., on Wednesday. Police and Animal Control Officer Aimee Contois arrived on the scene and successfully removed the heavily-panting dog from the car in which temperatures had reached 120 degrees, officials said.
Northwest China just got three new, very cute residents. Three panda cubs were born in China at Shaanxi Rare Wild Animals Rescue and Breeding Research Center last week. The center's vet, Ma Qingyi, said two other female pandas there are expecting bundles of joy soon.
Symba the 35-pound cat has been adopted.Kiah Berkeley and Peter Sorkin of Mount Rainier, Maryland, are the proud new owners of the obese feline.“He is lovely. He is a really sweet guy,” Berkeley, 31, told ABC News of Symba’s personality.The engaged couple heard about him like everyone else: on the news.“There were a bunch of news stories about him,” she said. “We love cats. My fiancé and I had two cats already. I have a particular affinity for very large animals and he obviously was a really sweet, loving guy. Very cute. ...
So long, Louie!Peter's Clam Bar in Island Park, New York, said goodbye to Louie, a 22-pound lobster believed to be nearly 100 years old.He's been greeting and teasing customers at the restaurant for 20 years, but owner Butch Yamali told ABC News he decided it was time that Louie find a new home."He became a little aggressive," Yamali, who's owned the restaurant for four years and inherited Louie, said. "We really can't sell him and we really can't eat him because the meat would be too tough. He became like a pet. ...
Behold Symba, the 35-pound cat. He’s up for adoption, waiting for a fur-ever home in Washington, D.C.The obese orange tabby was surrendered to the Humane Rescue Alliance.“We’ve had Symba for about a week,” the organization's spokesperson, Matt Williams, told ABC News. “He was surrendered to us when his owner had to move into a retirement home. He could not bring the cat with him. We’ve put him on an exercise program and supervised diet. And he is up for adoption now.”He added, “We’re certainly going to make sure the adopter understands they need to continue this program. ...
After years on the job, one lucky dog got the retirement party of a lifetime. Gema, a service dog who worked at Orlando International Airport for nearly five years, was feted with a party last week. "We're celebrating the retirement of one of our most loyal and dedicated employees - & we're sending her off in style," the Florida airport wrote on Twitter.
One woman is warning her North Carolina neighbors about her missing cat. “She’s kind of a jerk,” Mary Irwin, 35, wrote in an ad. The cat, named Babou, went missing in the Charlotte neighborhood of Ballantyne.
Picture this: You're on vacation. And before you head to the beach, you decide to spend your morning playing with puppies.If this sounds like a perfect way to spend your vacation, trek to Providenciales in Turks and Caicos. There you'll find Potcake Place, a volunteer-run organization that helps reduce the stray population on the island.Jane Parker-Rauw, the organization's founder, said that when she moved to the islands in 1997 from England to operate a spa she noticed that many puppies would roam the streets."People really didn’t know what to do with them," she told ABC News. ...
As if a wedding day isn’t magical enough, groom Stephen Watt wanted to take it one paw-dorable step further by surprising his bride, Keriann Watt, a lifelong pug-lover, with her very own puppy at their reception in Luss, Scotland. “To give Keri her perfect wedding day meant that there had to be a pug. There was no way I could let that pass,” Stephen Watt wrote to ABC News from New York, where the couple was spending their honeymoon.
A family in British Columbia looking to adopt a rescue dog drove 16 hours to a shelter in California after learning from a border patrol official that the shelter was overcrowded. Paula Power, of Chilliwack, British Columbia, had run out luck trying to adopt a rescue pit bull in her local area so she started looking for dogs in Washington state. When she called the Canada Border Services Agency to find out the requirements for bringing a dog from the U.S. into Canada, the person she spoke with told her of a shelter in Sacramento that had dogs in need of adoption.
A terminally ill dog named Mr. Molson is embarking on bucket list adventures. Mr. Molson, a 12-year-old golden retriever, was diagnosed with cancer in March and was given three months to live. "He's right on the three month mark, but he hasn't seemed to have given up yet," Tim Griffin, 36, of Red Lion, Pennsylvania, told ABC News today.
The latest viral internet trend is flooding Instagram feeds with people and their adorable pups, thanks to one Texas dog owner. Alyssa Greene of Wichita Falls, Texas, and her "number one-pal" Colonel, a 70-pound Golden Retriever puppy, posted a photo as a fun idea that turned into a full fledged internet sensation. #squatyourdog if anyone wants to join me in this fun, take a video of yourself squatting your dog or pet and tag me in it! Or just enjoy this video of me and my freaking adorable pet.
A baby western lowland gorilla was born at the Philadelphia Zoo with big eyes and a big smile, but he had no ordinary birth. The zoo called in the help of doctors who normally treat humans, from an OB-GYN to surgeons and anesthesiologists from local hospitals and institutions to assist in the difficult birthing process for the newborn’s mom, 17-year-old Kira. “On Thursday, June 1, keeper staff noticed signs that Kira had begun labor, but as of Friday morning she had not delivered,” a press release for the new bundle of joy read.
Florida officials are monitoring an outbreak of "dog flu" that has been confirmed or suspected in 13 dogs. Seven of the cases are confirmed, and six are suspected, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. This is the first time the highly contagious H3N2 virus has appeared in Florida, according to the department.
Andrew Wroble of Colleyville, Texas, took professional photos with his cat Charlie as the purr-fect Mother's Day gift. "I really love my cat and so I wanted pictures of him ... and I also didn’t have a Mother’s Day gift," Wroble, 21, told ABC News. The hilarious pictures with his 1-year-old Russian Blue mix cat turned out so well that his friends and family thought they looked more like engagement pictures than just a funny photo shoot.
One school made sure that a student's furry friend was remembered in the yearbook. Andrew "AJ" Schalk, 16, a junior at Stafford High School in Fredericksburg, Virginia, goes to school every day with his service dog, Alpha. Schalk told ABC News that he and Alpha, a black Labrador, were paired Jan. 2, 2014, after Schalk was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on July 9, 2009.
It was an emotional moment on May 19 when Raymond McNamara reunited with his 20-year-old blind cat, Lily, after she was lost for two months in Florida. “Hey Lily, you happy to be home? Happy your daddy’s got you?” Kathy Bieniek, the vice president of Saving Sage Animal Rescue in Miami, can be heard saying to McNamara in a video posted on YouTube.
Weighing in at a whopping 30.8 pounds and measuring 3.93 feet long, Omar is much bigger than your average Australian cat. Owner Stephanie Hirst said she expected Omar, a 3-year-old Maine coon cat, to weigh a maximum of 20 pounds. “We sort of realized that he’s not nearly done growing yet,” Hirst told Australia’s Network Seven.
Adoption offers are pouring in for an adorable male tortoiseshell cat named Burrito. The 6-week-old kitten has beaten the genetic odds by being born a boy, which is considered rare due to the gene that controls the orange and black fur color, found on the X chromosome. “When I turned little Burrito over I was so surprised,” said Dr. Erin Henry of the AWA.
This is certainly a new take on the famous play “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” Instead, it’s a dog on a shingled roof. Huckleberry, a golden retriever in Austin, Texas, has become a social media star for his unusual antics of hanging out on his owners’ roof. Sarafina Nance, who lives in the neighborhood, said she’ll never forget the first time she laid eyes on Huck, or rather, when he laid eyes on her, peering down from his perch.
Owen the puppy hasn’t always had such a sweet life: He was found in an old fridge with his mom and six siblings after being abandoned. “From what we understand is that they were abandoned in the fridge,” Madison Luscombe, a board member at the South Plains SPCA in Texas, told ABC News. “We had gone to the shelter a couple of times,” said Quintana, 20.
When one Michigan shelter held an event to empty its cages, all its animals were adopted except for one dog with health issues. Eastwood, a 1-year-old red-coated Labrador retriever, was the only animal left in the Little Traverse Bay Humane Society in Harbor Springs, Michigan, last Saturday after 21 others went home with new families. The dogs and cats were adopted thanks to an event called Empty the Shelters, sponsored by the Bissell Pet Foundation, which paid for all the adoption fees.
Footage of a veterinarian singing to his furry patient is capturing the hearts of animal lovers across the internet.On April 27, Dr. Ross Henderson was recorded serenading Ruby the golden retriever at Fox Animal Hospital in Lakewood, Colorado. The video, which was shared on the hospital Facebook page, has been viewed more than 260,000 times."Dogs spend 99 percent of their time at home and when they come into the hospital, we try to give them as pleasant an experience as possible," Henderson told ABC News. ...
Before Beth and Michael Clark came along, Rocky was just a feeble, elderly dog who may have otherwise never found a home to live out the rest of his days. Luckily, the couple laid eyes on him one day when dropping off donations at the Anne Arundel County Animal Shelter in Maryland. "He was really frail," Beth Clark told ABC News.
The calf whose birth captured the internet’s attention has been given a name: Tajiri. The name of April the giraffe’s calf was announced today on “Good Morning America” by Jordan Patch, the owner of Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York. “Tajiri is a word in Swahili that means hope,” Patch said.