ASPCA rescues over 130 dogs from deplorable puppy mill in Alabama

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The ASPCA continues to do what they do best: rescuing and caring for our most precious furry friends. Only last week they did something spectacular. A massive rescue in Arkansas took place when the organization saved over 130 dogs from a puppy mill in Needham, Alabama. (more…)

Second largest dog fighting bust in the United States rescues 367 animals

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Thanks to the ASPCA, 367 dogs were rescued in what was considered to be one of the largest dog fights busts within the United States – the second largest in history to be exact. This occurred on a sweltering hot day in August 2013. These animals were taken from properties from the hot southern states of Mississippi, Texas, Georgia and Alabama.

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How to report animal abuse or pedophiles that are found on Facebook

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November 24, 2014 How to report animal abuse or pedophiles that are found on Facebook

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There is no excuse for abuse of any kind – period! The most well known and popular kind of abuse that is inflicted on others is on animals and children. Often, people witness this type of abuse first hand on Facebook or other forms of social media.

If you witness cruelty on Facebook, in the form of abuse to children or animals in either videos or pictures, there is a way to deal with it where it will get attention. Please do not just ignore it! (more…)

Therapeutic effects of the animal human bond

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“A pet is a medication without side effects that has so many benefits. I can’t always explain it myself, but for years now I’ve seen how instances of having a pet is like an effective drug. It really does help people.”

Dr. Edward Creagan
Oncologist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

It has been proven time and again through studies published in influential medical journals that the human animal bond is a mutually dynamic and beneficial relationship that is like no other. Anyone who has an animal at home and loves them unconditionally does not need to read a journal article to know this, however.

Adopting an animal into the home for both adults and children can be highly therapeutic. It is often prescribed by doctors and is the best medicine, as it does not contain any side effects. The American Veterinarian Medical Association (AVMA) recognizes that this bond as an incredibly therapeutic one that has advantages for everyone in the family. (more…)

Summer is not over: Join the ASPCA and pledge to save animals from the heat

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It may be getting cooler in some states, but others are still enjoying (or maybe not) warm and even hot temperatures that can rise up to over 90 degrees. People have a way of staying hydrated and keeping themselves cool when they know they need to protect themselves. Animals, on the other hand, do not have it so easy. They often get trapped inside cars or left outside on chains without any available water. This is unacceptable behavior by humans.

The ASPCA has shared that every year, thousands of animals succumb to heatstroke and suffocation because they have been left in an unattended vehicle. Even with the windows cracked, temperatures inside of a parked car can climb from 80 degrees to 112 degrees in less than thirty minutes. It is far too easy for a quick stop at the ATM or the drug store to turn deadly.

That is why they need our help!

Leaving an animal alone in a car is more than just a really bad idea, it is actually a form of animal cruelty or animal abuse. That is right. Make no bones about it. Leaving an animal in a dangerous situation that they cannot get out of is abusive.

And since the ASPCA can’t be everywhere at all times, they need all humans to be their eyes and ears on the ground.

Please take the pledge today by clicking HERE.

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Abused dog Chuck’s amazing recovery thanks to the ASPCA

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This is an amazing story about a dog named Chuck. According to the ASPCA, Chuck overcame immense obstacles to make an amazing and “astonishing” transformation.

 

The beautiful dog was found about 6 months ago abandoned and unable to walk at all on his hind legs because of previous fractures that he had sustained. One of the doctors from the ASPCA said he had severe and painful arthritis and atrophy of the muscles in the hips and legs due to not using them. Through a surgical procedure that Chuck had, he is now able to walk again. He may never be “normal” again, but he is able to walk and enjoy his life now. He continues with physical therapy.

 

The ASPCA shows an incredibly heartwarming video of Chuck’s recovery. He is always holding a chew toy in his mouth as they help him to learn to walk again – and even to run.

 

The ASPCA has made believers out of so many that they are a truly honorable society that helps animals. Chuck is a special needs dog and is looking for a home. If you’re interested in adopting him, please call the Adoption Center located in New York City at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4120.

 

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Rachael Ray Adoption Event: $100k Challenge June 1- Aug 31

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June 1, 2014 was the kick off of the 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge. Preparation took months of hard labor, effort, team work and sweat, but the Challenge is now off and running. It will last for a total of three months from June 1 to August 31, 2014. During that time, 50 different animal shelters will compete against themselves to break their own adoption records! This means that they will attempt to save and adopt out more dogs and cats than they did in 2013. The winners and finalists of this competition will win grant money ranging from $5,000 to $100,000. This is an amazing challenge with incredible rewards for everyone!

During this first week of the Challenge, the shelters will be hosting special adoption events with great food, games and excitement. The guests of honor will be the adorable animals that will be up for adoption to worthy homes. PetSocial.org is asking to please support your local competing shelter by attending their events and even adopting if you can.

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The ASPCA dedicated how much to Los Angeles CA animals in need?

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It was on May 6th that the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) announced that they were giving an exorbitant amount of funding to help animals in need in the city of Los Angeles CA. It was a multi-year effort and the announcement came with incredible excitement for animal advocates. (more…)

April 26th is Help a Horse Day

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In 1866 on April 26th, a man named Henry Bergh rescued a horse from being beaten by his cart driver. This resulted in the very first successful arrest for the abuse of a horse. Many may not realize this, but horses are extremely intelligent and very sensitive animals. The ASPCA has played a very large part in the protection and advocacy for horses by rescuing them and assisting in domesticating those who are wild. They do this through legislation and targeted grants. (more…)

Animals have rights: The truth about puppy mill breeding

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Just wanted to share exactly what a “puppy mill” is for those so called friends who say that there is no clear definition of a “puppy mill.” READY? CALL your local pet shop. Ask where they get their puppies. They will tell you “from reputable breeders.” This is a LIE TO DECEIVE the customer.

How is puppy milling different than reputable breeding? (more…)

2014 Olympics: USA won 28 medals & rescued 10 Sochi street dogs from death

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The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics may be over, but the accomplishments that the United States made are still continuing. Not only did Americans bring home a total of 28 amazing medals, but according to Time Magazine, they rescued and brought home many animals as well.

It has been reported that Russian authorities were killing animals before the games. Luckily, some of the strays avoided death by being saved by American animal lovers and brought back to Washington D.C. There, these four legged friends are getting ready to be adopted by loving homes. This is being coordinated by the Washington Animal Rescue League. (more…)

Dying zoo-worker gets final wish: To be kissed good-bye by giraffe

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This photo has gone viral and touched the hearts of so many across the world! The human animal connection is something that cannot be refuted, cannot be denied and exists between those who truly can love unconditionally. It can exist when people understand that animals feel just as humans do. (more…)

ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center get pups ready for adoption

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Did you know that the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has a Behavioral Rehabilitation Center that helps animals to recover from many distasteful and even traumatic situations in which they have been placed? The ASPCA is a non-profit organization with the mission to help prevent any kind of cruelty towards animals. It has based out of New York City since 1866.

 

The organization’s Behavioral Rehabilitation Center is located in Madison NJ and works very hard to treat dogs who are fearful, undersocialized and not ready for adoption quite yet. The warm and loving staff gives these dogs much needed support after they are rescued from some of the most appalling conditions. They rehabilitate the animals and get them ready to join forever loving homes. The ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center offers extensive care and treatment for animals who have survived very abusive situations. Their situations have made them shy, unable to be handled by humans, fearful of leashes and sad. (more…)

Maryland based ‘Pets With Disabilities’ recognized for excellence

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When PetSocial.org read about Pets with Disabilities (PWD) out of Prince Frederick Maryland, we had to share information on this phenomenal organization. It is a nonprofit animal rescue that accepts animals, mainly dogs, from the Mid-Atlantic states. However, this is not just any ordinary shelter with an ordinary staff of paid workers and volunteers. It takes a truly special kind of person to work with and care for the kinds of animals that find temporary shelter at PWD until their forever homes are located. (more…)

Greyhound racing: What happens to retired dogs will astound you

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How can animal activists make the state of Florida answer for the appalling and disgraceful treatment of greyhound dogs? For years, these beautiful creatures have been abused and then die following their stints as race dogs for the sheer entertainment of humans. It needs to stop, but how? (more…)

What happened to this dog? Read to find out.

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The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service, otherwise known as SCRAPS is on the lookout for the owner of a dog who was severely abused and neglected. They are asking for the public’s help. The animal was found at the beginning of the month in the most horrid of conditions.
A SCRAPS animal protection officer was sent to visit the 1800 block of W. Boone on February 1, 2014. What the officer found once arriving on the scene was appalling. She discovered a male brown and white colored pit bull dog who was severely emaciated with lateral twitching and the inability to raise his head. The dog was said to be approximately 4 years old. (more…)

2 Good Samaritans rescue dog after firefighters refuse to help

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Any animal advocate would say that Mr. Russ Miller and Ciro Silvestri were heroes. Although he is truly humble about his heroic act of saving a pitbull dog from a terrible situation, Miller deserves incredible accolades, as does Silvestri. Some people are actually calling the dog named Duke the “luckiest dog in Trenton, New Jersey.”

The story goes like this: Duke was missing for days. On one of those days, Mr. Miller and Mr. Silvestri saw the dog deserted in the center of the Delaware River which was covered in ice. The men immediately phoned the fire department and the response was truly appalling. (more…)

Lost dog: A great tip to help find a lost dog

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The following post is from the source Reshareworthy.com. We felt it to be greatly important to repost. We do not have any intention of violating any copyright infringements. All rights are given to Reshareworthy.com. After 12 days of searching, he had lost hope. But then he learned about this awesome tip and how this has reunited many lost dogs with their families.  (more…)

Lost Dog: To microchip or not to microchip

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One of a pet parent’s worst fears is to lose their pet because he or she ran away. Should you have micro-chipped your pet, you wonder? As Fido is following his nose to new adventures, by the time you notice, he is long gone! Now comes the frantic driving around the block, calling neighbors and putting up the lost dog posters. Anyone who has experienced this knows it to be one of the worst feelings in the world, worry mixed with helplessness!

Each year nationwide between 6-8 million pets enter shelters, many of which are lost dogs and cats from a scenario just like the one above. National averages suggest that as many as 1 in 3 pets will go missing sometime in their lifetime! A growing trend to help reunite these poor lost loved ones is the insertion of a microchip in pets to assist vets and shelters to identify the animal and the owner. (more…)

Don’t return your pet to a shelter during the holidays: Ways to get help

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Tis’ the Season to be jolly, unless you are one of hundreds of animals across the country that are brought to animal shelters around the holidays. All over the nation, animal shelters report a very large increase in the number of pets dropped off right before the holidays and into the New Year. Many of these animals are even returned to the same shelters that they were adopted from originally! Shelter operators feel that the reason for this spike in abandonment is two-fold; either a financial inability to care for the pet after gifting the pet without a plan to care for it, or an inability to plan family holiday vacations around the care of the new animal.  Either way, these poor animals get a new family and get attached to that family, only to be sent packing right before the holidays or soon after.  Besides the emotional trauma to the animals, this causes a severe strain on shelters around the country. (more…)

Dog flu shots: Should you protect your dog from the flu?

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It is that time of year again, when the leaves change colors, the days get shorter, and the cold weather sets in as old man winter arrives.  Along with the winter months comes the influenza season.  Our two-legged children go back to school and bring home every bug imaginable!  The latest trend in “people care” is to inoculate people for the “best guess” flu virus as determined by research at the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  Some employers even provide this as a free service, or in some cases, mandatory requirement of employment now. But what about Fido? (more…)

Abused dog, Xena (ASPCA “Dog of the Year”) and autistic boy, Jonny Hickey rescue one another (Video)

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PetSocial.org loves to share stories of animal rescue and of how the kindness of humans can turn the life around of an animal in need; especially one who has been severely neglected or abused. In addition, when animals save people in return, that is the epitome of what we stand for here at PetSocial.org. Please be forewarned of the graphic nature of the “before” photo of Xena, the “Warrior Dog.”

 

When Xena was found and entered the Dekalb Animal Services Shelter that saved her back in March, she was only 4 pounds and very malnourished. She is a Staffordshire terrier mix who was rescued just in time to save her from dying. Veterinarians and a loving family did the trick.

 

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Community helps bring Michigan “kill shelter” to 0% euthanized in 2013

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Branch County Animal Control (BCAC) in the state of Michigan is unfortunately a “kill shelter,” but because of this classification, volunteers in the community have been stepping up to find homes for the hundreds of stray animals that ended up in the shelter. In 2013, no animals were put down. That is a drastic change from 2005, when 92 percent of the animals had to be euthanized.

It is a wonder what can happen when people who truly care come together and unite for a great cause! In an effort to help the BCAC’s project called “Helping the Dogs of Branch County Animal Control,” the Branch County Community Foundation granted them $1,900 from their “Forever Fund,” according to the Daily Reporter. (more…)

A Veteran’s Day story of a reunion for 2 heroes: A man and his dog

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Sgt. Jason Van Loo and his dog, Blu. / Courtesy of CSU

Sgt. Jason Van Loo and his dog, Blu. / Courtesy of CSU

“In honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, we offer a story about a Colorado soldier and his dog. Separated by more than 7,000 miles, they fought very different battles – both heroically” as reported by the Coloradoan.

Sgt. Jason Van Loo, an Army gunner stationed at Fort Carson near Colorado Springs, had one hope during his recent deployment to Afghanistan — to see his 10 year old yellow Labrador Retriever named Blu again.

After 4 months of Van Loo’s 9 month deployment, Blu had been diagnosed with bone cancer and given only a couple of months to live. A local vet amputated Blu’s left front leg in an effort save the dog by getting rid of Blu’s osteosarcoma. Van Loo’s wife, Kari wanted to do anything to keep the dog alive for her husband’s return to America. (more…)

NASCAR champion and wife open Rescue Ranch in North Carolina

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NASCAR champion Ryan Newman and his wife Krissie celebrated the grand opening of their new Rescue Ranch in Statesville NC. They invited the community to come celebrate with them as they introduced their budding non profit animal welfare organization. It was an autumn festival that deserved much celebration thanks to a wonderful animal advocate couple. (more…)

Pit Bull rescued from sewer after 4 days

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The residents of the St. Louis MO area refused to give up on an abandoned Pit Bull who was stuck in a dark and cold wet sewer for four full days and nights, according to PawNation. It was reported that animal control officers gave up on the animal because they were only “scaring him further.” They said he could leave at any point and stopped their rescue efforts. Locals were not going to accept that.

After the dog’s loud cries got the local’s attention, they fed him and looked in on him until they could figure out a way to get him out of the sewer. That is when they were shot down by animal control. (more…)

Florida Animal Friend non-profit awards yearly grant money for spay/neuter projects

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We love to hear stories about non-profit organizations that have missions to help to prevent animal overpopulation by urging pet owners to spay or neuter their furry best friends. This year, the Florida Animal Friend, a non-profit organization dedicated to this very cause announced the 2013 recipients of their yearly grant award as cited by PRNewswire. These monies granted will give the opportunity to municipal and non-profit organizations to focus on spay and neuter projects throughout the state of Florida. (more…)

First scientific proof that dogs are people too

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Dogs are more than just man’s or woman’s best friend. This has been proven by a study out of Emory University. As you may know, when a dog needs an MRI at the veterinarian’s office, he or she must be put under anesthesia to get them to cooperate. For the past 2 years, researchers have been training dogs to go into MRI scanning machines to get scans of their active brains.

Researchers found that dogs recognize the scents of the people they live with and that they have positive feelings for them. They love people for the same reasons people love each other; social comforts and social bonds. The active brain scans proved that dogs use the same part of their brains to feel called the caudate nucleus for anticipated moments.

The head of the research team, a professor of neuroeconomics at Emory, Dr. Gregory Berns stated in the New York Times, (more…)

Bus destroys Niles Animal Rescue Facility

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Wright Way Rescue is desperately asking for your help with donations after the Niles Animal Rescue Center suffered a devastating accident. The suburban animal rescue facility in Niles, which is located in Cook County Illinois, experienced a school bus crashing into their building, making the center inhabitable. The organization had to rapidly find foster homes and temporary living conditions for all of their animals.

No people or animals were hurt from this accident; however, the building has been said to have suffered major structural damage and will have to be torn down completely. The Wright Way Rescue is asking for donations to help with costs and for people to please help foster its animals. (more…)

Adopt a Pet Rescue Las Vegas hosts fundraiser for homeless pets on Oct. 3, 2013

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If you happen to live in the Las Vegas NV area or are visiting and would like to be a part of a fundraising event put on by Adopt A Rescue Pet, please come out this coming October 3rd. Adopt a Rescue Pet is is one of the largest no kill animal rescue groups in the state of Nevada. In its 13 years of existence, it has helped save the lives of approximately 13,000 animals. (more…)

80 sick dogs rescued from dilapidated puppy mill in KY

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We are moving in the right direction for the extinction of puppy mills! On Thursday, just about 3 hours northeast of Nashville TN, in what were reported to be “extremely neglectful conditions,” a variety of about approximately 80 small breed dogs (including newborn litters) were rescued from a home in Monticello KY. They were seized by the Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) and the Wayne County Animal Control and Sheriff’s Office. (more…)

Sick & abused cats shot with BB guns by kids rescued by Clinton Humane Society: Abuse discovered on YouTube

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Photo by: ShivaPrasad Madaiah (Cat in photo not one of animals rescued from Iowa home)

Photo by: ShivaPrasad Madaiah (Cat in photo not one of animals rescued from Iowa home)

YouTube has discovered many different talented performers, singers, actors and so forth; however, has it ever been the outlet to saving and rescuing animals? Now it has! Thanks to a video found on YouTube, investigators found dozens of very ill cats in an Iowa home.

In the video, you can see several children blatantly abusing cats by shooting them with BB guns. There have been no charges filed against these kids.

There were over 73 animals found in this home and most were suffering with serious health issues. Police and officials from the Clinton Humane Society rescued and took these animals from the home, according to a report by Radio Iowa on Thursday. (more…)

Paint a portrait of your pet for charity

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Come out for some fun and all for a good cause this coming weekend, Friday and Saturday! The Purple Penguin Art Company will be affording animal owners the opportunity to paint portraits of their pets at one of two locations either in Thibodaux LA or in St. Houma LA. Please come out and help raise money for one of several animal rescue organizations and animal shelters in the area. The cost will be (more…)

Dogs for adoption this week in Lake County CA: Add love to your home

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“Delilah” is a 4-and-a-half-year-old border collie mix in kennel No. 4, ID No. 32044. Photo courtesy of Lake County Animal Care and Control.

“Delilah” is a 4-and-a-half-year-old border collie mix in kennel No. 4, ID No. 32044. Photo courtesy of Lake County Animal Care and Control.

If you live in Lake County California or in the surrounding areas, there are plenty of animal rescue organizations who are urging people to come and find their newest member to their family. There are many dogs locked in kennels that would rather be in warm comfortable homes!

There are a variety of dogs available for adoption this week from shepherds, retrievers, cattle dogs, huskies, terriers and pit bulls. Dogs range in age from puppies to more mature dogs, they are both small and big and all want and need loving homes. Lake County Animal Care and Control and the SPCA of Clear Lake are featuring many dogs this week that can be seen here: http://bit.ly/Z6xHMb (more…)

Severely abused with acid, 2 dogs healing at Florida animal shelter

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A beautiful dog, brutally abused, was saved from being put down due to the rescue efforts of some truly caring people, according to WPEC CBS News. With severe acid burns all over her body, a dog named Midnight wouldn’t eat and the fear in her eyes was apparent when she was brought to safety.

Acid was poured from the top of Midnight’s head straight down her back.  She was given to Diane Potter at Justin Bartlett Animal rescue in Royal Palm Beach FL. Despite being told that the injuries were so serious and the pain was extremely excruciating, Potter wanted to give Midnight a chance at life. (more…)

10 pound dog saves girl from poisonous rattlesnake in Texas (Video)

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A small 10 pound dog named, Psycho is being called a hero! His bravery was commended in Texas yesterday for saving a little girl from a venomous rattlesnake. As reported by KCEN, the young child, Maya Delarosa was out making mud pies with her sister when they suddenly heard a hissing and saw a rattlesnake curled up and ready to strike.

The Chihuahua-poodle mix jumped in to save the day by putting himself between the snake and the girl. Little Psycho paid a heavy price though, as the snake bit the dog in the eye. (more…)

Lab grown burgers are here: Could diminish slaughtering animals (Video)

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The world’s first lab grown burger is being unveiled this morning, according to NBC news. It cost $325,000 to create and some brave people in London are going to test it out this Monday morning. Beef from test tubes could be the future as scientists have been working on proving that it can be grown in a lab from cattle stem cells, beet juice, caramel and breadcrumbs. Scientists want to prove that this lab grown meat is also more environmentally friendly. Will people be convinced and buy this kind of faux meat though? (more…)

Owner of 30 Pit Bulls asks for negative accusations from community to stop

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Lemont Sanchez from Madison County, Alabama calls himself an animal lover. WHNT News 19 reported that he owns 30 pit bulls that he considers to be his children. However, the community has been complaining and Sanchez wants it to stop.

People have been accusing Sanchez of chaining some of his dogs and starving them. There has even been talk that he is involved in dog fighting, but Sanchez states that these accusations are absolutely false, according to WHNT News 19.

The director of Madison County’s Animal Control Director, who is a friend of Sanchez’s stated that no laws are being violated according to Alabama state law. (more…)

Actor Ryan Gosling advocates for farm animals

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Celebrities who love animals are celebrities we love! Actor, director, writer, musician and animal advocate Ryan Gosling is one of those celebrities. His beloved dog, George goes everywhere with him and has even appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon with Gosling.

Ryan Gosling talks about animals being part of the family. According to a Canadian online news source, The Globe and Mail, Gosling stated, “We know that they have individual personalities and quirks (George loves apples, for example) and that they feel both physical and mental pain.” (more…)

Woman sacrifices health, marriage and career to save the lives of animals

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Sandra Dezelin Axelband

Sandra Dezelin Axelband

“It was 3:30 in the morning and I was alone in the house. Bloody, dog body parts and dog guts were all over the walls – blood splattered everywhere – dead dogs surrounded my feet,” shared Sandra Dezelan Axelband, as she wept.

Sandra continued: (more…)

Iconic arthritic dog Schoep carried in Lake Superior dies

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Hannah Stonehouse Hudson

Hannah Stonehouse Hudson

Last week we lost an iconic dog whose story inspired so many people around the world. A picture of a dog named Schoep and his owner went viral – and for good reason. The picture was of a man named John Unger who was literally carrying his elderly dog in his arms in Lake Superior to help ease his arthritic pain. The photo touched the hearts of millions all over the world and showed the unconditional and true loving bond that a human can have with an animal.

If you saw this picture on the Internet, have you ever wondered what the story was behind it? (more…)

Animal abuse & rescue cases have doubled in last year

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The bad news is that according to an Austrailian news source, the number of abused animals that are investigated has doubled in the past year. The good news is at least people are recognizing this unacceptable behavior and are making the calls to have these animals rescued. More and more people are reporting animal abuse and cruelty cases to The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), which is the UK’s largest animal welfare charity.

Here are some astonishing figures given by The Advertiser showing the number of animal inspections and rescues in the past 2 years: (more…)

Caring for your animal during summer heat

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We are in the midst of summer time and pet owners need to be aware of how the seasonal heat can dramatically affect their animals. Some people do not truly understand the impact that the heat and humidity can have on our furry best friends, so we are going to give some tips to make you aware of how to keep your animals as safe as possible during the season’s high temperatures. Learn how to protect your pets from the threats of summer heat and everyone will remain happy and healthy: (more…)

No law banning cosmetic animal testing in New Zealand

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There is no legal ban on animal testing in the country of New Zealand and animal rights advocates say this means that it shows a lack of prevention. In other words, products that are currently being tested on animals overseas are legally being sold in the country.

Which countries have legal bans on animal testing for cosmetics? Since 2009, countries throughout Europe have made the list. The same goes for Israel and they were just made official in India last month. (more…)

Rescued animals help in healing abused children

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The Gentle Barn Foundation

The Gentle Barn Foundation

The Gentle Barn Foundation in Santa Clarita CA is a wonderful six acre barnyard sanctuary for about 170 farm animals. Part of their mission is to “rescue severely abused and neglected animals that no one else wants.”

The organization believes that through interaction with their animals, people can learn respect and admiration for all life. It’s a beautiful thing. When the animals are healed and well, they help to rehabilitate and heal abused and neglected children. With the many different programs at the sanctuary, lives are touched, both human and animal. They have many programs including ones for special needs children and at-risk youth.

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Abandoned Chihuahua nursing 2 kittens rescued

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This might be a story you have to see to believe as it shows the unconditional love that animals can show to other species of animals. While people were out celebrating the 4th of July weekend, a small black Chihuahua was abandoned outside the Terrell Animal Shelter that was closed for the holiday. The dog was not alone, though. She was nursing two very tiny kittens. The three animals were rescued by police officer, Steve Johns with the Terrell Police Department. (more…)

Animal therapy proving positive for children with autism

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There has been talk for years about the positive effects that animal therapy has for both adults and children. Linwood High School in Renfrewshire UK has been teaming with the Pawsitive Action Charity to invite their shelter dogs into the school to spend time with children in the Kintyre learning program. The project has been successful.

The teachers have said that the children who are spending time with dogs are showing improvement in their school work, an increase in their emotional well being and the ability to show empathy towards others. There has been a lot of evidence to prove this is true after the implementation of the project began. Volunteers bring the dogs in and teach the kids basic animal care. (more…)

India part of Be Cruelty-Free campaign banning cosmetic animal testing

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Animal advocates will be thrilled that we are moving another step in the right direction. According to the Humane Society International:

“India has banned animal testing for cosmetics following intense public campaigning and legislative advocacy by Humane Society International’s Be Cruelty-Free India campaign, including support from Indian Members of Parliament and State Assemblies.”

Invasive tests on animals for cosmetics will be replaced with mandatory modern non-animal alternative tests. What does this mean for the cosmetic industry and animals? (more…)

Lifeless puppies rescued from 107 degree heat

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Rancho Santa Fe Review

Rancho Santa Fe Review

It was a story that started off with the possibility of a catastrophic outcome, but ended happily. According to the Rancho Santa Fe Review, six small puppies were found abandoned in a shopping cart outside a mall in Central California where the temperatures reached a shocking 107 degrees. The puppies were Shepard-Terrier mixes and only about 4 weeks old.

When they were found, they were reported to be, “listless and not moving.” They were given veterinary care and then taken to the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe. The center announced that they will be ready for adoption by the end of July. (more…)

Extreme pit bull animal abuse, authorities asking for help (Video)

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Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) is asking for your help to arrest the party responsible for what it calls, "an extremely serious animal cruelty and neglect case."

Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS)

This should have never happened! According to a news release from the Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS), they responded to a phone call sharing that a male pit bull was found tied to a fence with duct tape covering its muzzle. The dog was suffering from malnutrition and other injuries as well. This has been called, “an extremely serious animal cruelty and neglect case.”

The organization is now asking to anyone who knows anything about this incident to please contact them to help with the arrest of the person or people responsible for this incredible case of animal cruelty. (more…)

ASPCA gives 5k grant for free spay/neuter in problem areas (VIDEO)

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We love to share when we hear of places people can go to get free spaying and neutering for their animals in hopes that they will not use cost as an excuse to not get it done, but rather take advantage what is offered to them. According to Kiii News, Texas’ Corpus Christi’s Animal Control (CCAC) is addressing a growing problem for the city which has an abundance of stray animals. CCAC will be offering free spaying and neutering in those neighborhoods that have an over- abundance of strays to help control the population. (more…)

Yavapai College becomes animal shelter for evacuees of Yarnell Hill fires

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Aaron Lavinsky / Arizona Republic / July 1, 2013)

Aaron Lavinsky / Arizona Republic / July 1, 2013

Yavapai College in Prescott Arizona has been turned into an animal shelter to help those in need of finding a place to house their cats and dogs after being evacuated from their own homes due to the devastating Yarnell Hill fires. Amongst the complete chaos of these fires, animal owners are sleeping on cots in a gym on one side of the campus, while their animals, consisting of 29 dogs, 26 cats, 3 birds and a rabbit have a shelter all their own on campus, as of last night.

Everyone at Yavapai College is safe and sound thanks to Animal Disaster Services for Yavapai County, according to the Los Angeles Times. The horrid chaotic fires tragically took the lives of 19 heroic firefighters all in a matter of only hours. (more…)

Brutal dog fighting arena in Bronx exposed by ASPCA (Video)

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As reported by the ASPCA, approximately 50 dogs were rescued from what would look like a regular residence in the Bronx. The animals were all under five years old and were living in the basement of a six story apartment building. The space was being used as a makeshift dog fighting arena.

This basement area would make any animal advocate cringe. It had crude wooden cages and space for about 100 spectators to watch what is considered to be a felony – animal fighting. Once discovered, the building’s superintendent was taken into custody and charged with this felony, according to the ASPCA. (more…)

NIH reduces number of chimpanzees used for research

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We are certainly headed in the right direction to ensure the health, safety and well being of the chimpanzee. According to CNN News, The National Institute of Health (NIH) announced earlier this week that it will, “substantially reduce the use of chimpanzees in NIH-funded biomedical research and retire most of the chimps it currently owns or supports.”

Here is an additional NIH statement that has animal advocates thrilled about what is to come to protect our animals: (more…)

Human branding for animal advocacy more common practice than you think

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The shocking act was played out to show solidarity with animals. Sasha Boojor, 27 from Tel Aviv belongs to a group named 269Life. He was physically branded with a hot iron after being pulled out of a cage by men wearing black masked, according to FoxNews.com. The smell was horrible, but it was worth it, shared the man who willingly allowed this to happen to him. Why did he do it? It was to show support for animal rights in opposition of using animals for consumption, research or entertainment, according to the FoxNews.com story. (more…)

Dog shows human-like compassion as he buries dead puppy (Video)

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Pictures snapped from YouTube Video

Pictures snapped from YouTube Video

People are talking about it all over the Internet and the extremely heartwarming video has gone viral receiving view after view on YouTube. What video? The title translates from Arabic to mean, “Dog buries His Don in Iraq.” View it below.

A dog finds a puppy in a ditch surrounded by empty water bottles. He gently smells the puppy and then gently begins to bury it. How so? He nudges it with his nose covering it with the dirt. Three men are in the background of the video speaking in Arabic. When the dog is done burying the puppy, he leaves and a man throws a bottle into the ditch.

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Most dog car restraints offer no safety value

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Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Do you use a car restraint or a car safety seat for your furry best friend while traveling? Check out this information given about the level of effectiveness of vehicle restraint harnesses for dogs who wear them while traveling in the car.

According to a press release sharing the union between the automobile company Subaru and the Center for Pet Safety (CPS), which is a “a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit research and advocacy organization dedicated to companion animal and consumer safety, to fund testing of pet car safety restraints,” currently, performance standards or test protocols in the U.S. for pet travel products do not exist. (more…)

Canine distemper outbreak at Wylie Texas exotic animal sanctuary

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The deadly disease, canine distemper struck a Wylie TX exotic animal sanctuary, infecting their lions and tigers, reported CBS News 11 Dallas. The disease was transmitted from raccoons living in the area.

Inoculating for canine distemper is not recommended in general for cats of any kind, large or small, but this does not mean that they are not susceptible to getting infected with the disease. (more…)

New York passes law for first Animal Abuse Registry

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D Dipasupil Getty Images

Animal advocates all over the country are cheering and celebrating as the New York State Senate recently announced the passing of a new law that requires animal abusers to register their names and addresses with the criminal justice system. In addition, the legislation also bans these criminals from ever owning an animal again, according to MSN. (more…)

Natura brand pet food recall for Salmonella

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Natura

 

Our number one priority is to care for the health and happiness of our furry friends. When an animal food recall comes out, we will be sure to bring it to you here! Natura brand pet food has voluntarily recalled some of their products due to testing positive for Salmonella. If you have purchased any of the following products in the last few days, please either discard of them immediately, or return them to the store where you buy them: (more…)

Ugliest animals on the planet, they need saving too (View incredible photos)

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NewDiscovery.com

They may not be considered pets by any stretch of the imagination, but these creatures need saving too, no matter how aesthetically challenged they are. Poor dears! At least they won’t be teased in school by others more attractive than they are. We don’t believe they can communicate that way.

A new society called Ugly Animal Preservation Society (UAPS) was formed with an interesting mission. According to NewsDiscovery.com, they are “dedicated to raising the profile of some of Mother Nature’s more aesthetically challenged children. The panda gets too much attention.” (more…)

900 cases of animal abuse await investigation: Save an animal

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The ASPCA states that we are now in “kitten season.” What does this mean? Kitten season refers to a strong breeding time of the year (early spring/late fall) when kittens procreate more than usual. They eventually end up in shelters all over the United States that become inundated with homeless kittens that are eventually euthanized because they never find families to take them home. How many healthy cats and kittens are killed during this season? The answer is short of devastating – millions!

Overpopulation does not just lead to homeless animals who end up in shelters and then euthanized. Too many cats also leads to more animal abuse and neglect. Baby kittens are born into homes whose cats are not spayed and then families find themselves with newborn kittens that they do not want. Every cat deserves a happy, healthy and safe home; however, sadly, not all people see it that way and see these animals as very easily dispensable. (more…)

Kitten euthanized due to severe torture: Kids responsible get away with it

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Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images (Kitten in photo not abused kitten from this story, but another abandoned and abused kitten)

Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images (Kitten in photo not animal from this story, but another abandoned and abused kitten.)

It happened in West Columbus OH, but happens everywhere and we have to be on top of the cruelty, the abuse and the completely unacceptable behavior that children impose upon innocent animals. An unidentified woman told ABC 6/FOX 28 on Saturday that after witnessing animal abuse at the Wedgewood Village Apartments complex, she called the police.

It was said that a children’s game got out of control when a group of about 12 kids aged 4 to 13 nearly tortured a kitten to death. They were stomping on him or her, using wielding sticks to poke the animal and used a squirt gun filled with milk to try to drown the cat. Do these children have any conscious or are they brought up to impose torture and cruelty upon other living things? Is this a sign for what is to come for future abuse on animals and people when these children are older? It has to be stopped! (more…)

Nude PETA ad features Miss America winners advocating against fur

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Fadil Berisha/PETA

There is a sexy new advertisement for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Four past Miss USA winners shed their clothing to show their support for animal rights, according to ABC’s ABC15.com.

The sultry black and white photo shoot featured Shanna Moakler (1995 winner), Shandi Finnessey (2004 winner), Susie Castillo (2003 winner) and Alyssa Campanella (2011 winner) all posing naked for the camera. They had their arms wrapped around each other behind the powerful caption that read, “Feel beautiful in your own skin and let animals keep theirs.” (more…)

Colorado Black Forest fires burn, animal & livestock shelters set up for evacuations

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Colorado 9News

Colorado 9News

It began on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, the Black Forest near northeast Colorado Springs CO was burning out of control on fire. Staff from the Red Cross and many volunteers prepared Palmer Ridge High School to house up to 300 people, including their pets.

The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region has designated Palmer Ridge as the place to bring smaller animals if families had to evacuate their homes overnight for temporary shelter. They even provided dog and cat crates. An additional location to drop off small animals was at the society’s Colorado Springs location at 610 Abbot Lane.

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Animal advocates nationwide rally for no kill shelters for ‘Just One Day’

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Animal Ark

Animal Ark

Yesterday, June 11, 2013 marked the second year of the safest day of the year for animals in shelters living on death row. It is called “Just One Day” and for the second year in a row, it was a smashing success. Animal advocates from all over the country rallied together from about 800 different organizations to participate. Approximately 9,000 lives were saved.

This local event occurred yesterday in Stuart, Florida as animal right activists rallied beginning at 11am at the Roosevelt Bridge, according to Fox News. They all had the same goal in common, to make this the safest day of the year for animals.

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4 puppies found in dumpster rescued by Pinal County Animal Care & Control

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A story that usually ends in tragedy instead ended the best way possible. Four puppies that were left in a dumpster to die, were reunited with their mother on Wednesday night. Yahoo! News reported out of Pinal County, Arizona that the puppies were found in the garbage by a Good Samaritan and brought to Pinal County Animal Care and Control for care.

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Man slits throat of Boxer, animal survives thanks to ASPCA

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Courtesy ASPCA

Courtesy ASPCA

When the Animal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) shares stories of animal abuse, people listen. Currently, their website shares the story of Jessie, a 3-year-old Boxer in Buncombe County, North Carolina.

This past March, the innocent animal was severely abused, almost to the point of dying. Domestic violence was the crime and it was committed by the dog’s owner’s former boyfriend.  The trusting animal who loved the man who was to attempt to kill him, had his throat cut with a knife and lost enough blood to almost lose his life.

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ASPCA and NY Attorney General team for Animal Protection Initiative to prosecute case against animal abuse

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It was announced yesterday in a press release that The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)

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Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

will be teaming with the New York State Office of the Attorney General in an effort to provide “critical training and support for investigating and prosecuting large scale animal cruelty and fighting cases in New York State.” This is being called the Animal Protection Initiative.

First announced in the month of May, the Initiative began in its first stages of talk. It was slated to be, “a statewide effort to promote the enforcement of consumer protection laws and target allegations of animal fighting and cruelty,” according to the press release.

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Prague Zoo saves animals in evacuation due to severe flooding

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Courtesy Photo

Over the last week, unrelenting torrential rains fell upon the Prague Zoo causing the water levels in the river to rise substantially. This caused massive flooding of the zoo’s lower level, which threatened the lives of over 4,400 exotic and endangered animals, according to the Prague Post.

This was not the first time this 7th largest zoo had to deal with flooding. In 2002, inundating waters took the lives of 134 animals.

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Gerardo Perez, 50 allegedly caught having sex with pit bull

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Chicago Police Department

Chicago Police Department

The unthinkable to most occurred at the Chicago Animal Care and Control Facility (CACCF) on Wednesday. Mr. Gerardo Perez, 50, was charged with felony sexual contact with an animal and burglary as well, according to NBC Chicago.

The man was allegedly caught by a facility employee inside an animal cage, kneeling down on the ground on his hands and knees, just having finished engaging in sex with a Pit Bull, according to a report from the Chicago Sun Times.

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Rachel Ray $100K Challenge & ASPCA adopt out 217 animals from CAP

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The ASPCA and Rachel Ray teamed up for Pet-A-Fair, a collaboration which helped to get approximately 217 animals adopted from the Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP). This was the amazing kick-off to the ASPCA Rachel Ray $100K Challenge.

CAP is a Houston-based organization which serves pets and people in the Houston TX area. They were thrilled to send 139 animals to good homes on Saturday and 78 animals were adopted into other homes on Sunday – an amazing record high for one single weekend.

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Newborn Harbor seal pup rescued in Long Island

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 Associated Press/Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation


Associated Press/Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation

Happy birthday to a brand new Harbor seal pup! You might think that would call for a celebration, but that was not the case when the newborn baby needed to be rescued from Long Island, New York and taken to the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation; a marine mammal hospital.

The pup was a female and according to the professionals, they say she was struggling against the surf at The Sands in Atlantic Beach. The pup was 3 days old when she was finally found. She was 2½ feet long and her umbilical cord was still attached.

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Animals in Oklahoma kill shelters rescued by Tri-County Humane Society

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Animals in Oklahoma kill shelters rescued by Tri-County Humane Society

The violently destructive tornadoes that hit Oklahoma were devastating to more than just humans, but to the animals living in the area as well. The good news is that the Tri-County Humane Society of South Florida reached out to help.

Approximately 80 dogs and cats were brought to the South Florida area this week after a group drove out to the needy areas in Oklahoma. These heroes rescued animals from 5 different kill shelters, according to WPTV News Channel 5.

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Animal Planet runs documentary on mermaids: Are they real?

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As a little girl, did you ever dream of being a mermaid? What would it feel like to swim in the ocean all day and night amongst your friends? Were you disappointed when you found out that there really were no such things as mermaids?

One of the hottest and highest rated shows to run on the Animal Planet channel involves a mermaid; a fictional creature. However, ABC television thought that it was interesting enough to write about mermaid footage that was actually caught on tape. The pictures are astonishing and their popularity keeps growing with hit after hit to the video below.

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