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Community Steps Up After Truck Hits Animal Shelter

Within hours, foster homes were found for 146 dogs

(Newser) - An animal shelter in Charleston, West Virginia, put out an urgent plea for people to foster its dogs after a vehicle plowed into its building Wednesday, shelter officials said. The Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association said on Facebook that a rental truck struck the building as workers were cleaning, the AP reports....

Animal Shelter Sends Out SOS in Cold Snap, City Responds

Polish shelter had 300 dogs, and not all could fit inside, so it appealed to the public

(Newser) - With a deep freeze approaching, an animal shelter in Krakow, Poland, sent out an urgent appeal to people to adopt or at least temporarily shelter some of its dogs until the dangerous cold spell passed. The result of what it called "Operation Frost" took the shelter workers by surprise....

'True Miracle' Arrives at Animal Shelter for the Holidays

Pennsylvania-based SPCA announces it has no more dogs at facility, for first time in 47 years

(Newser) - In what staff is calling a "true miracle," a Pennsylvania animal shelter has some good news for Christmas: Before the long holiday weekend, it had a grand total of zero dogs housed within its walls. CNN reports on the impressive accomplishment of the Adams County SPCA, which noted...

250 Animals Looking for a 'Forever Home' Likely Fed to Reptiles

Transfer to Humane Society of Southern Arizona didn't end as planned

(Newser) - "A Hollywood horror writer couldn't write something like this." That's how the CEO of the San Diego Humane Society put it to the Washington Post when discussing what befell the 318 small animals that were transferred to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona in early August....

Determined Dog Escapes Shelter 3 Times, Picks Odd Forever Home

Now, 6 years later, Scout is a joyous part of the daily lives of seniors at Michigan nursing home

(Newser) - Nothing too exciting happens at the relatively calm Meadow Brook Medical Care Facility, a nursing home in Bellaire, Michigan, that cares for seniors with terminal illnesses and dementia—but despite that (or maybe because of it), a stray dog decided that was the place he wanted to make his forever...

Shelter's Bell Rang in the Dead of Night. It Was This Dog
This Lost Dog
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This Lost Dog Knew Exactly Where to Go

After escaping new owner's home, Bailey shows up at El Paso shelter she'd been adopted out from

(Newser) - On Jan. 29, an "urgent" message popped up on the Facebook page of Texas' Animal Rescue League of El Paso. "This beautiful girl—Bailey—has gotten loose," the post read, accompanied by photos of an incredibly cute pup. "She is very friendly." Loretta Hyde, the...

Charity on Dogs in Ukraine Shelter: 'They Died a Terrible Death'

UAnimals says more than 300 dogs perished at Borodyanka site after no food, water for a month

(Newser) - As the world recoils at the images of death emerging out of Bucha, Ukraine, Ukrainian officials fear civilian massacres in Borodyanka might be even worse. An animal rights group now announces another apparent horror in the settlement northwest of Kyiv: hundreds of dogs found dead in a shelter, neglected since...

Man's Parakeet Breeding Plan Got Way Out of Control

Son brings in more than 800 birds to animal shelter in Michigan

(Newser) - A Michigan animal shelter took a call last week from a man asking to bring by about 60 parakeets that belonged to his father. It was an unusually large request, but that wasn't the half of it. As it turns out, it wasn't even the tenth of it....

At This 'Eden' for Animals, Cops Make Horrifying Find

Police find dead dogs, cats in freezer at Ky. no-kill animal shelter

(Newser) - Police seized 90 dogs from a no-kill animal shelter in Kentucky due to its allegedly poor conditions, reports the AP , and charged its owner after dead cats and dogs were found in the facility's freezer. The dogs were taken Saturday because of "poor living conditions" at the Trixie...

All the Cats Kept Escaping a Shelter Room. Here's the Culprit

Rescue cat Quilty just did not take to being locked up

(Newser) - Still feeling the void left by Grumpy Cat ? Meet Quilty, aka Houdini, aka "spicy a-hole," who's been terrorizing a Texas animal shelter. It seems the 6-year-old rescue cat hates being locked up—so much so that he repeatedly freed himself and his feline friends from their...

Woman Put Dog in Trunk After Shelter Refused Him: Cops

Sara Ann Perry was arrested and charged with felony animal abuse

(Newser) - Imagine lying in a car trunk when it's 85 degrees out. That was apparently the fate of a Florida woman's dog Wednesday after the Brevard County Humane Society wouldn't euthanize the animal and had no room to shelter it, Fox 35 Orlando reports. Bystanders in the small...

'Please Help,' Writes Person Who Left Dog Tied to Tree

Owner said they could no longer afford Annabell

(Newser) - The plight of a pit bull in Connecticut is tugging at the heartstrings of animal lovers: The young female was left tied to a tree with no tags or microchip, but a note explaining why she'd been left there. "She's an amazing dog," read the note,...

'It's Like Tinder, but With Dogs'
'It's Like Tinder, but With Dogs'

'It's Like Tinder, but With Dogs'

App matches prospective dog owners with shelter animals

(Newser) - If the pooch melts your heart, swipe right. Animal lovers in Lithuania have created a mobile application inspired by the popular dating app Tinder to match up dogs in local shelters with new owners, per the AP . Called GetPet, the app was launched last month, is getting hundreds of new...

A Puppy Was Set to Be Euthanized. Then, a Very Surprised Vet

The drugs didn't work on this pit bull mix, apparently

(Newser) - A happy ending in the form of a forever home has come for a puppy in Iowa, after an animal shelter tried to put him down and failed. Kylie Jo Mitchell, a worker at the no-kill shelter where Rudolph—a pit bull mix estimated to be about 8 months old—...

New Law Says Pets 'Are More Like Children'

California is about to improve animal rights

(Newser) - California animals, rejoice: New laws should put an end to pet-store "puppy mills" and the degradation of pets in divorce cases. Starting New Year's Day, operators of pet stores will only be allowed to sell rabbits, cats, and dogs that come from non-profit rescue organizations and shelters, CNN...

Woman Says Shelter Put Down Pit Bull as It Was Giving Birth
Pit Bull Euthanized
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Pit Bull Euthanized While Giving Birth

The shelter director called it an 'unfortunate' but necessary decision

(Newser) - A pit bull in Texas and her puppies were euthanized as the dog gave birth to the puppies, sparking a social media conversation about the ethics of such a situation. Dacia Anderson, a former volunteer at the Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society , which rents space from the Animal Management and Welfare shelter,...

Dog Gets New Family After 445 Days in Shelter

Mastiff mix was found wandering streets in 2016

(Newser) - A big Mastiff mix with droopy eyes that endured a heartbreakingly long stay at a Kansas City animal shelter has finally found a home. After 445 days at the Kansas City Pet Project shelter, where more than 10,000 pets pass through annually, Polina was finally adopted, the AP reports....

Maria Hit. Then, a 'Horrible' Fate for Puerto Rico's Pets

Shelters are swamped in wake of Maria with both strays and abandoned pets

(Newser) - They've been tossed over fences, tied to gates, and even left with money under their collars. Abandoned animals are overwhelming Puerto Rico's shelters, which were already struggling to cope with hundreds of thousands of strays that were roaming the island before Hurricane Maria. Hundreds of dogs, cats, and...

PETA to Pay for Euthanizing 9-Year-Old's Christmas Gift

PETA says the whole thing was a 'terrible mistake'

(Newser) - A family has settled a lawsuit against the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals for taking a girl's unattended dog and euthanizing it, ending an attempt to effectively put PETA on trial for euthanizing hundreds of animals each year. PETA said it will pay the family $49,000...

Very Merry Animal Shelter Empties Out

Colorado humane society adopts out all its dogs for first time ever

(Newser) - An animal shelter can be a lonely place to spend Christmas, and the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region is especially desolate this holiday season—joyfully so. As ABC News reports, the Colorado shelter ran a "Bring Them Home for the Holidays" promotion in which it waived adoption...

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