Lucky shelter dog saved from tragic end in Asia, again in NY

Published: Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 1:28 PM

A shelter dog, similar to the one pictured above, is a 'true miracle dog,' according to Animal Haven shelter. The dog was rescued twice from a tragic end.
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A lucky New York shelter dog named Pandy seems to have almost as many lives as a cat.

Pandy was saved from a meat market in Thailand and taken to the Animal Haven shelter in New York. 

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“She was rescued from the dog meat trade in Asia — the illegal dog meat trade,” shelter executive director Tiffany Lacey told CBS New York.

Then, as a snowstorm stuck the city on Tuesday, the 4-year-old pooch got spooked and ran off while she was being walked in SoHo by a volunteer.

The frightened dog ran 40 blocks through Manhattan in freezing temperatures all the way to the Lincoln Tunnel, where officers from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey managed to grab her leash when she was halfway through the tunnel.

The officers took the cold and wet dog with bloody paws to the ASPCA to have her microchip scanned, ABC7NY.com reported.

Animal Haven was relieved and happy to have Pandy back.

“PURE JOY,” the shelter said in a post on its Facebook page.

“We can’t even begin to tell you how grateful we are for the army of animal lovers who helped her find her way back … She is a true miracle dog.” 

Giant 3-foot rabbit found dead on United Airlines flight

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 12:29 PM

While still dealing with legal action and negative public relations after a man was forcibly dragged from a flight, United Airlines is now investigating an incident in which a giant rabbit was found dead aboard one of the airline’s international flights.  

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According to the BBC, a nearly 3-foot-long giant rabbit named Simon was traveling from London’s Heathrow airport to Chicago’s O'Hare airport in the cargo space of a United plane on April 19.

The rabbit was being shipped to a new owner in the U.S.

Simon’s breeder, Annette Edwards, from Worcestershire, England, said the rabbit had been seen by a veterinarian hours before the flight. 

“Simon had a vet’s checkup three hours before the flight and was fit as a fiddle,” Edwards told The Sun. “I’ve sent rabbits all around the world and nothing like this has happened before.”

Edwards said the unidentified American buyer is upset.

“I haven’t got a clue who’s to blame, but it’s certainly very weird when Simon was so healthy,” Edwards told CNN.

Simon, a 10-month-old Continental Giant rabbit, was poised to grow to be the world’s largest rabbit, according to NBC News. The largest rabbit on record, as noted by the Guinness World Records, is Simon’s father, a 4-foot-4-inch and 50-pound animal named Darius.

“We were saddened to hear this news. The safety and well-being of all the animals that travel with us is of the utmost importance to United Airlines and our PetSafe team,” the airline said in a statement. “We have been in contact with our customer and have offered assistance. We are reviewing this matter.”

Earlier this month, United Airlines made headlines when a passenger, David Dao, was forcibly removed from a flight after refusing to give up his seat for a United employee on a fully booked flight. United CEO Oscar Munoz said no one would be fired for the incident.

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Published: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 3:25 PM

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Photographer captures loving relationship between grandfather with Alzheimer's and cat

Published: Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 5:26 PM
Updated: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 4:56 PM

A file photo of an older person stroking an orange tabby cat.
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A photographer in Japan has captured the special relationship that has formed between her grandfather, who has Alzheimer's, and a kitten that she rescued.

Akiko DuPont says that her grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2009, and his demeanor changed over the subsequent years, according to KTVU. Her grandfather lost interest in life and became grumpy.

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Enter Kinako, a four-month-old kitten. DuPont was hesitant to introduce the kitten to her grandfather, who had always been more of a dog person. But she says the minute her grandfather laid eyes on the orange cat, his eyes lit up. 

Kinako is a loyal companion to DuPont's grandfather, following him while he engages in his daily routine and even sleeping in a similar position. DuPont has captured the images on her website.

Ikea donates doll beds for cats at animal shelter

Published: Thursday, April 13, 2017 @ 5:40 PM

Employees of an animal shelter in Canada thought it would be cute if they could get Ikea doll beds for their rescued cats to lounge in until they're adopted, and Ikea agreed.

The Etobicoke Humane Society told The Toronto Star that Ikea donated 10 Duktig doll beds to the shelter. A video posted on YouTube shows shelter workers constructing the beds and the cats checking them out. 

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Ikea also donated $300 to the Humane Society, as staff at the Etobicoke store had already been participating in a fundraising campaign and the Humane Society was the selected charity.

Some of the shelter's cats took to the doll beds quickly, while at least one cat decided to hide underneath one of the tiny beds.