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Bertha, a pregnant 2-year-old Rottweiler mix, was saved by Indiana rescue group Second Chance 4 Pets Network just hours before she was to be put down, but sadly all eight of her puppies were stillborn. The silver lining? They put out a call that they had a lactating dog and were contacted by a local PAWS group with six newborn puppies who had been orphaned by the Oklahoma tornadoes. Bertha "was unsure at first, but the foster got into the pool with her and she started cleaning them right away," said JoAnn Palko, president and founder of Second Chance. The puppies are now a week old and are thriving. "She's a fantastic mom," Palko said. "My foster says she doesn't even want to go outside to go to the bathroom and leave her puppies." — Read it at Fox News
Breeze, a young foal who was abandoned by his mother just days after his birth, is finding comfort in the arms of an unlikely animal — a stuffed bear. Workers at The Mare and Foal Sanctuary in southwest England who have been caring for the horse since May 24 asked for donations of stuffed animals to keep Breeze company. He’s bonded with a 4-foot teddy bear named Button. “We always give our orphaned foals a giant cuddly toy as a companion,” Syra Bowden, executive director at The Mare and Foal Sanctuary, said in a statement. “They’re just like human babies in the way it provides them with comfort.” — Read it at Today
A new study at Washington State University is looking at how shelter dogs can help teens struggling with drug and alcohol dependency. "We found one of the most robust effects of interacting with the dogs was increased joviality," says Lindsay Ellsworth, a doctoral candidate in animal sciences at WSU. "I was surprised, during the trial period, how calm the boys were around the dogs and at how outbursts and hyperactivity diminished.” The researchers hope the success of the program can be implemented in other teen behavioral therapy programs across the country and be a win-win for teens and shelter dogs alike. "Any sort of activity that provides an opportunity for shelter dogs to socialize with humans and other dogs outside of the kennel environment is great, and that is the value that the shelter sees in these dog-interaction activities, too,” Ellsworth says. — Read it at Science Daily
A hospital in Balitmore, Md., has opened its doors to a new mom — a mallard duck. The mother built her nest in the courtyard of the hospital where she has access to a fountain, food and even her own personal caretaker, facilities manager Bob Becker. Staff have enjoyed watching the ducklings in their new habitat. "We have the perfect view from our suite on the second floor," Medford's Bethany Tramontano told WBALTV.com. "We all sort of perch on the window sills — like, there were ten of us yesterday lined up." — Read it at Huffington Post
Animal Control officers in Guntersville, Ala., got a strange call when customers at a Big Lots heard a meowing from the inside of a vending machine. The officers responded and using a scope, rescued the frightened kitten from the Dr. Pepper dispenser. The kitten now has a new home. "I know a little girl that's been wanting a kitten real good,” said Officer Mike Henderson with Guntersville Animal Control. “I decided to give it to her and she named it Pepper." — Read it at WAFF
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