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A Dog Comforts a Sick, Recently-rescued Horse by Assuring It That Everything Will Be Okay

A Dog Comforts a Sick, Recently-rescued Horse by Assuring It That Everything Will Be Okay

Molly the dog has always had a knack for making everyone she meets feel welcome — and she gets plenty of opportunities living at Carolina Equine Rescue and Assistance (CERA), a nonprofit that cares for abused, neglected, and abandoned horses.

Dogs, cats, pigs, goats, horses — the golden retriever loves them all and makes sure that every new arrival at the sanctuary knows they have someone on their side from day one.

“She just goes up with a wagging tail, and sniffs them and licks them like a long-lost friend,” Darlene Kindle, founder of CERA, told The Dodo.

A Dog Comforts a Sick, Recently-rescued Horse by Assuring It That Everything Will Be Okay

So when Sammie, an emaciated silver dapple miniature horse, arrived at the rescue earlier this month, the 3-year-old dog instantly knew he needed her help.

A Dog Comforts a Sick, Recently-rescued Horse by Assuring It That Everything Will Be Okay

Sammie was barely skin and bones when an animal control officer found him wandering the streets of South Carolina in July. Animal control knew the neglected little horse needed to be treated with care if he was going to make it through the next few days.

An assessment at a local veterinary clinic found the horse to be 100 pounds underweight, with painful dental issues and a possible birth defect causing issues with his hind legs.

The time and expenses necessary to bring the horse back to health were substantial, and the vet suggested that Sammie be euthanized if animal control could not find a rescue to take him on.

A Dog Comforts a Sick, Recently-rescued Horse by Assuring It That Everything Will Be Okay

The shelter contacted Kindle in hopes of finding the horse a home, and she called the vet to see what treating Sammie would entail.

“I asked him a whole bunch of questions, and my last question to him was, ‘Does he have the will to live in his eyes?’” Kindle said. “The vet immediately said, ‘Yes,’ and I said, ‘OK, I’ll take him. If he’s willing to fight the fight, then I’ll help him do that.’”

When Sammie arrived at the rescue, he proved to Kindle just how eager he was to get better. “He immediately put his head to the ground and started gobbling grass,” Kindle said.

A Dog Comforts a Sick, Recently-rescued Horse by Assuring It That Everything Will Be Okay

Molly was there, as always, to welcome the newcomer, but Sammie was far too preoccupied with his meal to give her his full attention.

After their brief meeting that day, Molly made a follow-up visit to Sammie’s new pen.

“It was later that evening, after Sammie got bedded down — I don’t sleep well at night so I was out here sitting in the rocking chair — and Molly was with me and she just walked over to him,” Kindle said.

Kindle pulled out her phone and captured the dog and horse’s sweet interaction on video.

“She was telling him, ‘It’s going to be OK, and you’re going to be OK. This lady over here is going to help you, so just be patient,’” Kindle said. “[She was] comforting him, and making sure he’s happy being here.”

Since sharing the video a week ago, Kindle’s Facebook post has gotten hundreds of thousands of views and shares.

Molly truly has an exceptional sense of knowing when one of the animals doesn’t feel good or sad,” Kindle wrote on Facebook. “So she very gently introduces herself. This is her job and she is very good at it as you can see.”

A Dog Comforts a Sick, Recently-rescued Horse by Assuring It That Everything Will Be Okay

Many of Sammie’s medical issues can’t be addressed until he gains weight, so for now, he is eating a healthy three meals a day, and going on short “power walks” with Kindle to build up the muscles in his hindquarters.

Though there may be some difficult days to come, Sammie seems happy to have a friend to support him along the way.

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Firefighters Rescue Dog Stuck in Tire

Firefighters Rescue Dog Stuck in Tire

Certain jobs need bravery and determination. They’re not easy.

Being a firefighter is one of those tough jobs.

The Franklinville Volunteer Fire Company (FVFC) in New Jersey, along with the Franklin Township Police Department, worked together to save a dog in trouble.

The dog, Daisy, got her head stuck in a tire at her home.

Image source: Franklinville Volunteer Fire Department 

The FVFC posted about it on Facebook, and they included a picture showing Daisy’s head sticking out from the middle of a big Firestone tire.

The picture showed how serious the situation was, with emergency workers working hard to rescue the scared dog.

Image source: Franklinville Volunteer Fire Department 

At first, they tried to get Daisy out with soap and water, but it didn’t work.

Then, one of the FVFC lieutenants used his own plasma cutter, which was a new idea. It turned out to be the thing that finally freed Daisy.

Image source: Franklinville Volunteer Fire Department 

The FVFC also shared a tense video of the rescue, filmed by the police.

In the video, you could see the emergency team working carefully around Daisy, who was waiting patiently to be freed.

Image source: Franklinville Volunteer Fire Department 

The rescuers were really careful to make sure Daisy felt safe and comfortable.

They put two blankets around her neck to protect her while they cut the tire. It also made her feel safer.

Then, they used the plasma cutter to cut a piece out of the top of the tire. It was pretty dramatic, with sparks flying everywhere during the rescue.

Image source: Franklinville Volunteer Fire Department 

In the middle of the video, one of the team members thought it would be a good idea to put a collar and leash on Daisy.

This was just in case she got scared and ran away once she was free.

The team kept cutting through the tire rim carefully until there was enough space to get Daisy’s head out safely.

Image source: Franklinville Volunteer Fire Department 

The moment everyone felt better was when one of the team members carefully pulled Daisy out of the tire, and then they wrapped her up in blankets.

After finally getting out, Daisy wiggled out of the blankets and stretched, showing how grateful and relieved she was. Someone held onto her leash while she did this.

Image source: Franklinville Volunteer Fire Department 

In another post, the FVFC shared a picture of the tire after they rescued Daisy. You could see that about a quarter of the top of the rim was cut off.

The post also had some good news: Daisy was okay and doing fine after what happened.

The FVFC proudly said, “This is the dedication and commitment you can expect from the FVFC each time we respond to a call. We are grateful to everyone who responded today to help Daisy.”

Image source: Youtube

This event shows how skilled and dedicated the Franklinville Volunteer Fire Company and the Franklin Township Police Department are.

It’s also a nice reminder of how much our emergency responders care about everyone’s safety, whether they’re people or animals.

To see the brave rescue happening, check out the video below.

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Cleanup Crew Member Finds Abandoned Puppy in Trash Can

Cleanup Crew Member Finds Abandoned Puppy in Trash Can

In a heartwarming rescue tale from St. Louis, the Stream Team of the Missouri Department of Conservation found something surprising during their cleanup in North County—a 12-week-old puppy left in a pile of trash.

This story starts with a surprising meeting with a white dog named “Dude.” Even though he was in a tough situation, he showed that there’s still hope and strength in tough times.

Image source: Missouri Dept. Of Conservation

Brian Waldrop, part of the Stream Team, talked about the touching moment they found the puppy. He said they first thought the puppy was a dead animal.

They were surprised when they saw the supposed dead animal move, and realized it was actually a dirty white puppy.

According to Brian, what happened was not only unexpected but also really touching. It created a special connection right away between him and the puppy.

Image source: Missouri Dept. Of Conservation

The puppy, who was hidden in a pile of trash and stuck in a black garbage bag, went through a surprising change.

At first, he was dirty and yellow from all the filth, but after a good bath, his coat turned into a clean and shiny white. It showed how much he had been neglected but still managed to survive.

“He was found in a black trash bag in a pile of trash. His first name could have been Hefty, you know,” Brian told Fox 2 St. Louis.

Image source: Missouri Dept. Of Conservation

Finding the puppy wasn’t just about rescuing an animal; it also showed how bad the environmental problems are in the area.

The Stream Team usually picks up trash, but they didn’t expect to find a living thing among it.

This shows how serious the problem of waste disposal is and how it affects everything around us.

Image source: Missouri Dept. Of Conservation

Apart from the rescue, the story makes us think about the bigger problem of the environment, shown by the Stream Team finding “Dude.”

The issue of garbage isn’t just in one place—it’s everywhere. It affects cities, countryside, and nature areas alike, showing a troubling lack of care for the environment and the creatures living in it.

Image source: Missouri Dept. Of Conservation

Finding an animal among the trash is a powerful reminder of what happens when we don’t throw away our garbage properly.

The puppy being the first animal they’ve found in this situation shows how uncommon this rescue is and how bad the environmental problems are.

Image source: Youtube Screenshot

Talking about the big problem of waste management, the team member said they’re upset about how money issues make people dump trash illegally.

Throwing away trash improperly is easy and cheap, so people do it a lot. This creates a culture where people don’t care about the penalties for dumping trash because it’s so convenient to do.

Image source: Youtube Screenshot

“This is not just a Missouri problem; it’s a worldwide problem where, you know, people need to get rid of trash, it costs too much, it’s cheaper to dump it,” Brian said.

The puppy’s rescue isn’t just a one-time thing—it’s a reason for us to do something.

It shows that we really need to change how we handle trash, and it also shows how important it is to have groups like the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Stream Team.

Image source: Youtube Screenshot

Dude’s” journey, from being thrown away in the trash to becoming a symbol of hope and caring for the environment, tells a powerful story about being strong, loved, and taking care of our planet.

And luckily, “Dude” has a happy ending. Brian adopted him, and now he’s living happily in his forever home. We’re really happy “Dude” has found a place to belong.

You can watch the Dude’s full story here!

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Cat Rescued After Being Stuck in Car Engine

Cat Rescued After Being Stuck in Car Engine

Sometimes, animals get into tough spots, and kind people have to step in to help them out. That’s exactly what happened to a poor cat who got stuck in a unexpected place. Even though it was a tough job, a team of rescuers worked hard to free the cat, giving her another chance at life.

In 2020, someone called the Arizona Humane Society because a Maine Coon cat was stuck in a car engine in Phoenix. The cat was really scared and crying loudly because it was in so much trouble.

Image source: Arizona Humane Society

The rescue team knew right away that this wasn’t going to be an easy job. The cat’s belly was stuck between two metal plates, making things even harder. They tried to calm the scared cat and let her know they were there to help. Ruthie called for more help, and one of her teammates did surgery right there to free the cat.

“I have never had a rescue more complicated, I’ve never had one more intense,” said Ruthie Jesus from the Arizona Humane Society . “I have never had a moment of fear and panic quite that strong.”

“I think after the rescue was complete and I knew the kitty was going to be safe, her life was safe, I found myself very emotional,” the woman told.

Even though they got the cat out of the engine, her problems weren’t finished. X-rays showed she had eaten a fuel injection plug and some wires from the car. Vets had to do three surgeries to take the car parts out of her stomach. It was a long and hard process for the poor cat, but she finally got better, which made her rescuers really happy.

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