We all know the Internet loves cats, but that doesn't mean that dogs don't get their day. These pups have inspired millions through their courage, their ability to love and, let's face it, more than a little bit of cuteness. If this doesn't give you your doggy fix for the day, we don't know what will.
Hugging duo rescued in the nick of time
Sometimes all you need to save lives is a picture and a caption. Kala and Keira (pictured above) were two dogs at a Georgia kill shelter. They were next on the list to be euthanized. Angels Among Us Pet Rescue stepped in to post a picture of the two dogs locked in an embrace and captioned with the following words:
"We're so scared in here. The people working in the shelters see how scared we are ... today is our deadline. We have to have someone rescue us or we'll be 'next.' I’m clinging to her. If no one saves us, someone will take her away from me. I'll see her as she goes down the hallway. She won't come back and I'll cry. They'll come for me next and I won't be as brave. We've comforted each other while we were here. She gave me hope when I had none."
Two hours and six minutes after the image was posted, the two friends were saved and on their way to the veterinarian before heading to a foster home. They haven’t been adopted yet, but they aren't in immediate danger. Hopefully the pair will find a forever home where they can stay together.
Chester was finally adopted after a 5-year wait
Chester, a 6-year-old pit bull mix, stayed in a shelter for five years before he was finally adopted. (Photo: The North Fork Animal Welfare League Inc./Southold Animal Shelter/Facebook)
Animal shelters are supposed to be temporary solutions for homeless animals, not permanent homes. And yet Chester, a 6-year-old pit bull mix at the North Fork Animal Welfare League in Long Island, New York, had been at the shelter for five long years. That is, until the shelter posted a picture of a sad looking Chester with a sign. That sign read, "Everyone at the shelter tells me what a good boy I am. So why has no one adopted me?"
The attention (and major tug at the heart strings) worked. Chester was adopted by Dana and Adi Dor, and their two sons, Aidan and Brandon, a family the shelter called "a perfect match" for the pup. Chester finally found his forever home.
Duncan the 2-legged boxer thrives
When Amanda Giese, founder of Panda Paws Rescue, found out about Duncan, a puppy born with significant birth defects, she decided to take him in without even having met him. She then was faced with a choice: Does she euthanize? Or does she remove his hind legs? Giese chose to amputate and fit Duncan with a wheelchair to give him a mobile life.
However, Duncan had other plans. He had no interest in being a dog on wheels, instead, he chooses to balance on his two front feet. "Anything any four-legged dog has that comes naturally that they do, Duncan has had to learn how to do in his own way," said Giese. "Even how he reaches his dog bowl, how he goes up and down stairs."
Cupid the puppy with deformed legs found on a snow bank
Cupid poses on his blanket in the Ruff Start Rescue shelter. (Photo: Ruff Start Rescue)
Cupid the puppy was found on Valentine's Day in 2014 on a snow bank. The icy surface was hardly a warm safe place for a pup barely old enough to be away from his mother. Thankfully, the little guy was rescued by Ruff Start Rescue.
Cupid needed more than a warm bed. He needed surgery. The 3-month-old hound dog suffered from a major leg deformity. Azur Davis, founder of the rescue, said at the time, "He walks with the front paws completely bent in. We know that there's a hard case that's going to need a lot of vet care."
Thankfully, due to the kindness of animal lovers and the dedication of the rescue group, Cupid got the surgery he needed. Veterinarians were able to remove a small piece of bone to help him walk more naturally. When he was all healed up, he was adopted into his new forever home.
Loyal dog won't leave owner's grave
When 68-year-old Lao Pan died in the Chinese village of Panjiatun, his dog soon disappeared. Villagers then found the dog at his beloved guardian's grave. The loyal pup stayed there for seven days without food, and refused to go back to the village, even when locals tried to coax him.
Seeing that it was a losing battle to try and get the dog to leave the grave, villagers began supplying the mourning pooch with regular food and water and even planned to build him a kennel next to the burial site.
Dog waits for a year for his owner to come home
This story shows the importance of having a plan in place in case you die before your companion. When Woody's owner passed away, no one came to get him. He was left for a year to fend for himself. Mostly he hid beneath a shed losing weight from lack of food, his fur growing more matted and filthy. Woody's neighbors tried to feed him scraps, but Woody needed more care than any neighbor could give.
Thankfully, Hope for Paws heard his story and came to the rescue. The little guy was terrified at first, but this story has a very happy ending, and it shows just how resilient animals can be.
Beagles freed from laboratory feel grass for first time
A dog without grass and room to run around is like a bird in a cage — totally unnatural. In the U.S., beagles are often used as laboratory test subjects due to their trusting and friendly personalities. The Beagle Freedom Project, an organization working to find forever homes for beagles that have been used for testing, filmed this video of nine beagles experiencing grass and freedom for the first time.
The timid dogs, once placed on the grass, do what every dog was born to do: sniff and explore. Watch the heartwarming video above, and feel as inspired as we do by these brave survivors.
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