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A Virginia cat who’s named for Benedict Cumberbatch, the British actor
who stars in the upcoming Marvel movie Doctor
Strange, has some superpowers of his own — as an incredible surrogate dad.
The sweet white cat loves to help his owner, veterinary technician Ellen
Carozza, take care of the kittens she fosters for Nova Cat Clinic. Carozza typically has two
to five kittens at a time, but will sometimes have up to 12 in her home. The kitties
she brings home usually need more TLC than a regular shelter or foster can
provide, and Benny, who was nursed back to health as a kitten himself, is right
there to pitch in. Carozza shares lots of photos and videos of his work on Instagram. “There is something more that a surrogate cat can give to a kitten vs. a
human,” Carozza said. “They connect better, can communicate in their own way,
and be provided with cat-to-cat comfort.” — Read it at People
Jack had only been living with his new owners, Pam and Greg Taylor, in
their Florida home for a few weeks when he proved how much he loves his new
family. Two coyotes attacked the family’s cat, Kitty, in their backyard, and
Jack raced to the rescue. The coyotes released Kitty and the Taylors quickly
got her to the vet. She suffered from brain swelling but is expected to make a
full recovery, and her canine hero had just a few cuts that didn’t bother him.
“I shudder to think what would have happened if we hadn’t adopted Jack,” Pam
Taylor said. “He saved our Kitty’s life.” — Read it at Florida
Six weeks after she was rescued off the coast of Cape Cod,
Massachusetts, a manatee who’s an expectant mom was released into the much
warmer waters off the Florida coast on Tuesday morning. Washburn, who was named
for the island where she was found in September, was saved by the International Fund for Animal Welfare
and brought to Connecticut’s Mystic
Aquarium. She was nursed back to health at the facility for 26 days before
the U.S. Coast Guard flew her to SeaWorld
Orlando, where she stayed for another two weeks. Finally, the mom-to-be was
ready to be returned to the ocean. As Washburn swam away from her tarp, her
caretakers could be heard calling, “Go, momma, go” and “Good luck, momma.” — Read it at the Cape
More than six months after New York police officers saved an emaciated
Pit Bull from deplorable conditions in a Brooklyn basement, they’re helping her out again by rallying to find her a forever home. Jamie has been
recovering with the ASPCA since she was found in April, and now she’s well enough to be adopted. A group of doting officers recently took her out for a day on the town, riding in a police van, visiting the
dog park and getting some special treats, to give her a break from the shelter environment. “She is happiest when she’s out and about meeting new people and experiencing new things,” said the ASPCA’s Victoria Wells. “She does enjoy going for a run now and again, but she’s more likely to flop down for a belly rub or snuggle up for a nap.” — Read it at
Just hours after finding out the
cat who disappeared from her home three years ago had been found, Samantha Krieger rented a car and made the five-hour drive to reunited with Theodore. “I didn't think this would ever happen,” she said Tuesday. The staff at Skokie Animal Control in Illinois believes the gray cat must have found another home during his time away from Krieger because he appeared to have been well cared for. No one knows how Theodore got to Skokie, but Krieger is glad to have her favorite
cat back. — Read it at the
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