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Big Dog Adopts and Raises Orphaned Kittens as Her Own

Big Dog Adopts and Raises Orphaned Kittens as Her Own

Jelly’s Place animal rescue in San Pablo, California, recently rescued three orphaned kittens who were abandoned on street by their mom. The babies were so young, so they needed a foster mom who could take care of them until they were ready to find a forever home.

Big Dog Adopts and Raises Orphaned Kittens as Her Own

When Kendal Benken saw a post online about three kittens on Facebook, she jumped at the chance to take in them. Benken has experience in fostering dogs and kittens, so the rescue approved her to be the kittens’ foster mom.

Big Dog Adopts and Raises Orphaned Kittens as Her Own

“The COVID-19 outbreak hit, and I was sheltering at home,” Benken told The Dodo. “I was looking for something to do. Who doesn’t enjoy cute little kittens? I saw it as a great opportunity.”

Big Dog Adopts and Raises Orphaned Kittens as Her Own

The little kittens had never known a mother’s love, so Benken tried to care for them as her own. However, Benken said she was not the only woman who loved the kittens and protected them.

Big Dog Adopts and Raises Orphaned Kittens as Her Own

Her 105-pound Lab mix, Truvy, fell in love with the babies and was willing to take over some motherly tasks.

Big Dog Adopts and Raises Orphaned Kittens as Her Own

“It’s so funny, when I brought them in she was immediately like, ‘Let me at ’em,’” Benken said. “She took to them immediately. They’re her babies.”

Big Dog Adopts and Raises Orphaned Kittens as Her Own

The giant dog helps them grow up strong and never lets the kittens out of her sight. She sits next to them, watches their every move and cleans them constantly.

Big Dog Adopts and Raises Orphaned Kittens as Her Own

“When I was trying to get the feedings done I’d have to put her out of the room, she would try to manage me,” Benken said. “When I’d let her back in, she would run over, check them, clean them and smell them. She has taken such ownership of them. She takes that role very seriously.”

Big Dog Adopts and Raises Orphaned Kittens as Her Own

“She will guard them, stand in front of them and push the other dogs out of the way. If another dog gets their nose in there while she’s cleaning the kittens, she will snap at the other dogs. She will give them a stern warning they are hers,” Benken said.

Big Dog Adopts and Raises Orphaned Kittens as Her Own

Benken adopted Truvy from a shelter in Texas when she was 5 weeks old. “She’s always been good with the fosters I’ve brought in. She’s extremely patient,” Benken said.

Big Dog Adopts and Raises Orphaned Kittens as Her Own

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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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