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The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the owners of an older male dog they rescued from a cliff on Sunday afternoon. Rafters on the Clackamas River spotted the dog, believed to be a Rottweiler and Blue Heeler mix, stuck about 30 feet down a 100-foot cliff. They called 911, and the sheriff’s marine patrol launched a boat to reach the distressed pooch. Deputies had to climb a very steep and slippery embankment to get to the dog, but luckily they were able to bring him down safely and get him into the boat. They checked with several nearby residents in an effort to find the owner of the dog, who wasn’t wearing a collar. Now, they’re looking for the public’s help in getting him home. — Read it at Oregon Live
Experienced animal rescue teams are moving from house to house in Alberta, Canada’s Fort McMurray, where 88,000 people were forced to evacuate from a wildfire last week. Many weren’t home at the time of the evacuation and their pets were trapped at home. Rescuers are working with a locksmith to enter homes with pets at their owner’s request. The animals were given food and water, and transported to staging areas and local animal shelters, said the Alberta SPCA in a Facebook post. — Read it from Reuters via Yahoo
Scientists are hopeful that they’ve found a “magic bullet” to save Tasmanian devils from extinction as they battle a contagious facial cancer. They’ve observed that devils with a higher ratio of natural antibodies were less likely to have the deadly disease. So, they’re hoping that new anti-tumor vaccines could be created to enhance production of natural antibodies, or that the antibodies could be used to treat the disease. Tasmanian devils are classified as endangered. The study was published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports. — Read it at Discovery News
Tonya Andrews, a high school teacher in Texas, was upset after her 16-year-old cat, Blondie, passed away. But her thoughtful students knew what to do to cheer her up: they brought her cupcakes, balloons, flowers — and two adorable kittens. A video of the students, Ashlei Mahan and Rachel Hanhart, surprising Andrews with the kittens has gone viral. “Are they mine?” she exclaims as she cuddles the kittens in the video, which was posted on Friday. Hanhart, a junior, said the teacher had talked about getting new kittens soon. “She held them out to me and said they were mine. My heart was filled with joy,” Andrews said, adding she’d “never forget our sweet, sweet Blondie,” who she and her husband had rescued from a warehouse in Fort Worth.“But my heart can now experience happiness again.” — Read it at the Huffington Post
Presley, a Goldendoodle service dog, earned a spot in the Good Hope Middle School yearbook in Louisiana alongside Seph Ware, the 14-year-old boy she accompanies everywhere. Ware, who’s in 7th grade, lives with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a degenerative disorder that makes muscles weaker and weaker. "When it came time to putting the yearbook together, there was no question that Presley had to be included in it because she's part of our school,” said yearbook adviser Sonya Hogg. "She gives [Seph] more confidence and some maturity, and is a great help to him." Seph’s mother, Lori Watkins-Ware, shared the photo of the two side-by-side in the yearbook, on Facebook last week. — See photos at CNN
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