Kudos to The Ingham County Animal Shelter .    What a lovely example they set for all others to follow.

…Reading Paws and has seen an “overwhelming response” from the community.  Reading Paws is a program for children between the age of 6 and 16 to read to pets in the shelter.  ICACS said in a post on Facebook that the shelter environment can be overwhelming for many pets and they have found that reading to the animals there reduces anxiety and can create a calm space.

And best of all, the shelter pets are NOT judgmental.  If you have not noticed yet, I love all animals.  They don’t criticize poor pronunciation.  They just listen.  I wish more shelters would allow these activities.

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I understand that there are will always liability issues when making these arrangements.  I also know that it is well worth it.  Children and animals go hand in hand.  Bonus is that children learn to like to read.

Click here for their sign up link to be a part of the program or call 517-676-8311.

 

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Castaway cows.

Cape Lookout National Seashore on the Outer Banks has discovered three cows are roaming the national park, and it is believed they got there by swimming four to five miles across the Core Sound during Hurricane Dorian.

All three were living on Cedar Island when the hurricane generated a “mini tsunami” on Sept. 6, sweeping much of the wildlife off the island, including 28 wild horses that perished, officials say.

Cape Lookout Spokesman B. G. Horvat told McClatchy news group park staff spotted the first cow on the North Core barrier island about a month after the storm. The others revealed themselves in the past two weeks, and the trio are now grazing peacefully together on federal grass, he said.

Horvat believes they survived the amazing trip pushed by storm surge. Any farther, and they’d have drifted into the Atlantic, which happened to some of the wild horses that died.

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Lucky cows!

My African Grey loves to send kisses to everyone and anyone.  Birds are absolutely amazing creatures.

 

Chika is a very smart lab mix and she obviously knows where “inside” is.  LOL

Who needs a doggie door?

A dog-gone adorable image shows the moment a clever canine rang her masters’ doorbell with her nose — after she was accidentally left outside in the cold.

In the surveillance video, Labrador mix Chika goes full-on Lassie as she hops up on her hind legs and taps the buzzer with a big, wet snout at her home in McDonough, Ga., around 2 a.m. Tuesday.

After waiting patiently for her snoozing owners, Robert and Angelia Fox, the whip-smart canine jumps up and punches the buzzer with her paw, causing it to ring a second time.

The couple didn’t hear the bell — but eventually realized they’d inadvertently locked the pup out, and let her back inside.

She isn’t the only one to master this doorbell thingy.

 

he needed a nap.  Yes, he’s a goat.  This is not his home.

It’s nuts when your teen gets home from school and finds the family pet dog in the driveway only to find the sliding glass door shattered.  Luckily, Jennifer Keathley has a sense of humor.

Logan Keathley crept through his own house and, according to his mother, Jennifer, the first thing he noticed was the smell. He soon found the perpetrator asleep in the bathroom: a large goat.

Mom calls the local sheriff office.  Hurray, they came to the rescue…

At one point, the goat turned around and ran back into the bathroom. Eventually, the two deputies each grabbed a horn and managed to lead the goat outside and into the German Shepard’s cage.

Apparently, Big Boy had left home a week prior.  Once Mrs. Keathley posted the proverbial anyone missing some livestock on Facebook, the owner came forward.

Eventually, the goat was returned to his owner, Andrew Watkins, on New London Eastern Road. “Big Boy” had made it over three miles from home after escaping almost a week prior.

“He’s never done anything like that before,” said Watkins. “I think he was drinking too much that night. I’m really sorry it happened but there wasn’t much I could do. I wasn’t there.”

The goat was not injured and the damage was confined mostly to the back door area. The goat did urinate profusely on the first floor of the home, most likely because it is currently breeding season. The dog was not injured either.

“My house definitely smells like a goat farm,” said Keathley. “But there’s nothing you can do but laugh.”

Thank goodness Mr. Watkins carries livestock insurance!

Floyd is 3 years old male Mastiff.  He went on a very long hike and was injured.  Both he and his owner needed help.  floyd-mastiff-salt-lake-county-search-and-rescue-2-5da860b1628dd__700Tell me, who could possibly leave this massive ball of love behind?  Thankfully, Salt Lake County Search and Rescue jumped in to help.

There is nothing sadder than a child who doesn’t have coping skills because they are different.  Coping skills are something that we learn as we grow.  Each of us learns these skills in a different way, meet Jeffree.

A cat who helped pull a Coventry teenager ‘back from the brink’ following a sudden family bereavement has won a national award.

Finn Hackeson has Asperger syndrome which made it particularly difficult to process his father’s death in June 2018 leading to him becoming depressed and withdrawn.

It was eight-year-old adopted cat Jeffree who had a “life-changing effect” helping the 14-year-old to cope with his loss and at London’s Savoy, Jeffree beat hundreds of other nominees to be named National Cat of the Year 2019.

Finn’s mum, Gayle, was present to collect the award on Thursday, August 8.

She said: “I’m thrilled Jeffree has won, he’s most definitely an absolute star in our household.

“I hope that through his story more people will see what an incredible support cats can be for both children and adults with autism. Cats don’t judge, they don’t rush you to talk about your feelings and they accept people the way they are – and that really is priceless.

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Animals are phenomenal gifts of wisdom.  We just need to listen Susan’s spouse did in 2012.

When diabetic Susan Marsh-Armstrong collapsed in the bathroom last December following a hypoglycaemic attack in the middle of the night, the consequences could have been fatal. Unconscious and with her husband fast asleep in the bedroom, Susan’s life hung in the balance until puss Charley discovered her. Aware something was wrong, Charley went to the bedroom and woke Susan’s husband by tapping his face and licking his hand before leading him to the bathroom.

You never know how much love you have inside until you share it.   More kitteh heroes.