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VIDEO: Wild jaguar makes rare appearance on Arizona wildlife camera

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(UPI) A conservation nonprofit shared wildlife camera footage of a rare wild jaguar found living in the mountains of Arizona.

The Center for Biological Diversity posted a video Thursday to Facebook showing the jaguar, recently dubbed Sombra by students at Paulo Freire Freedom School - University Campus in Tucson, wandering the Chiricahua ...Read more

VIDEO: British fire crew frees puppy with head caught in snack jar

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(UPI) A hungry puppy in England found itself in a tight spot after getting its head stuck inside a glass snack jar.

Crews from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service shared photos of the pup as they managed to gently pull its head free.

"Pictures of Buddy the chug pup, who was rescued by [Hampshire Fire and Rescue's animal rescue team] earlier ...Read more

Firefighters rescue curious kitten trapped inside car engine

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(UPI) A Texas woman's morning commute was interrupted after she discovered a tiny kitten under the hood of her car.

Kara Tumlinson's husband Kevin recounted the story in a Reddit post, alongside photos of the gray striped stowaway they named Max.

"She's a project manager and had driven to a job site. When she got there, she heard this little ...Read more

Iowa bride replaced wedding bouquets with puppies

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(UPI) An Iowa woman put a unique spin on her wedding party by replacing traditional flower bouquets with rescue puppies.

Samantha Clark, 23, teamed up with AHeinz57 Pet Rescue and Transport, which shared photos of Clark and her bridesmaids posing with the tiny puppies.

"Our puppies were in a wedding! They were the 'bouquets' held by the ...Read more

Young 'astronaut' walking his dog inspires Internet photoshop battle

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(UPI) A photo of a young boy dressed in a full astronaut walking his dog inspired an impromptu online photoshop competition.

Reddit user kchitownp shared the image to the Photoshop battles subreddit, encouraging users to modify the image.

The challenge received hundreds of responses, as users placed the young boy and his dog into various ...Read more

A respectful, eco-friendly way to say goodbye

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SEATTLE -- From a few feet away, the metal trays look to be holding tiny rocks, plucked by a very particular and tidy collector. A closer look reveals that each tray holds not rocks, but remains -- one holds the bony bits of a ferret, the other a cat; both were pets, and both are done with their jobs as companions.

One more thing they have in ...Read more

Arizona troopers stop traffic for dog stuck on roadway

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(UPI) Traffic in Arizona came to a halt on Tuesday, as troopers attempted to rescue a dog stranded on a local roadway.

Gil Estrada shared a photo of the stranded dog pressed up against the barrier of a southbound roadway on Tuesday morning and said Department of Public Safety had been contacted to help.

"Poor fella hasn't moved, up against the...Read more

Dog and kitten form friendship at London shelter

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(UPI) A newborn kitten formed a special friendship with a 3-year-old dog after being rushed to an animal shelter in England.

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home shared video Tuesday of the recently rescued kitten Ava and her new best friend Barney the Labrador, who took on the role of caring for the tiny cat.

"She is still so young that she needs ...Read more

VIDEO: Finn the dog runs for mayor of Canadian town

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(UPI) A dog in Canada is seeking to take a bite out of local government by running for mayor of a Newfoundland city.

Dog trainer Glenn Redmond on Sunday shared a video promoting Finn the Australian cattle dog as a new candidate for mayor of St. John's.

Finn took to the campaign trail to encourage residents about his plans to help business, ...Read more

VIDEO: First-ever litter of male liligers born at Oklahoma Zoo

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(UPI) An Oklahoma zoo announced the birth of what was described as the first litter of male liligers -- three quarters lion, one quarter tiger -- in the world.

Joe Schreibvogel, aka Joe Exotic, announced a female liger -- a hybrid animal resulting from the coupling of a male lion and a female tiger -- gave birth Sunday to four male liligers at ...Read more

VIDEO: Illinois dog gently rescues earthworms from hot asphalt

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(UPI) An Illinois woman shared video of her dog displaying an unusual behavior -- rescuing earthworms from the hot road.

The video, recorded amid sunny weather in East St. Louis, shows Holliday the border collie/German shepherd mix gently picking up earthworms from the hot asphalt with her mouth and placing them in the grass.

"On walks, she ...Read more

Dog show aims to dispel pit bulls' stigma

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- When most people think of a pit bull dog, the images are not usually pleasant.

A group working to change the perception of the dogs held a show recently at the Jefferson City Jaycees Fairgrounds.

The Mid-Missouri American Pit Bull Terrier Club hosted owners and their dogs in from several states, as well as Canada.

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Texas rallies to rescue pets, with lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina

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HOUSTON -- The big-rig truck was full of cats. Theo, who had a bit of a sneeze. Vennessa, who was acting like a diva. Two Thomases. And Buck, who, to everyone's surprise, was a girl.

They had been living in shelters in southeast Texas. But with Hurricane Harvey leaving untold numbers of family pets stranded, these cats were being shipped to an ...Read more

Things that pets give us: broken stuff, healing love

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That crashing noise? It was an antique lamp that had belonged to my parents. And Beau, my hunka hunka burning Siamese love, had just sent it hurtling to the floor.

I wanted to throttle him. After I saw the look on his face, I wanted to pick him up, cradle him and tell him not to worry.

Because in the contest of things versus pets, there is no ...Read more

Tomato juice is a myth. Here's what you need to do if your pet gets skunked

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Veterinarian Gary Ryder says it's one of the most common phone calls he receives at his emergency room practice: What do you do when your pet gets sprayed by a skunk?

Before offering advice, Ryder first wants to dispel the myth that tomato juice will remove the awful smell. "They don't work very well," Ryder said of the cans of cocktail juice. ...Read more

Reality TV star Lisa Vanderpump's latest LA venture is simply for the dogs

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LOS ANGELES -- With its bright pink exterior and white picket fence, the Vanderpump Dog Rescue Center, one of entrepreneur and reality TV star Lisa Vanderpump's latest ventures, is hard to miss, especially if the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" costar and her husband's white Rolls-Royce is parked out front.

"It was a couple of years ago that...Read more

With luck and many volunteers, LA city shelters on track to reach no-kill status

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LOS ANGELES -- There they were, felines clinging to life, Laney, Quirky, Koko, all babies without Mama in sight, scooped into the palm of human hands to be soothed, stroked and fed around the clock.

"Not everyone understands how hard it is for newborn kittens. They have to eat every two to three hours. We weigh them before and after. We make ...Read more

Hollywood stylist Tara Swennen adds a new family member to her life — a pet pig

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LOS ANGELES -- This spring, Tara Swennen, a Hollywood stylist, drove to Los Angeles International Airport to pick up her new family member, a miniature pot-bellied pig.

"She came from Idaho," Swennen said a couple of months later at her home as her pig and her pug, Pepper, played in the yard. "I really didn't know what to expect. ... It's just ...Read more

Inside PetSpace: An animal shelter like no other

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LOS ANGELES -- Don't forget to look up as you enter the new Annenberg PetSpace: There's a ginormous motion-sensor sculpture of a wriggling pup, so happy to see you. Look to the right for its feline counterpoint: A curious kitty, poised to paw its prey.

It's safe to say you've never seen an animal shelter like this.

The 30,000-square-foot ...Read more

Lights! Cameras! Sit! Stay! The life of dog groomer and videographer Jess Rona

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LOS ANGELES -- Not just anyone is on a first-name basis with Katy Perry, but even fewer are on a first-name basis with her dog. "Nugget!" L.A. groomer, comedian and director Jess Rona said with affection. "I groomed her yesterday."

Rona shot to insta-fame with her Instagram account @jessronagrooming, an ingenious feed that transforms her ...Read more