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Butterbean made national headlines in March when a heartbreaking photo of her chasing a pickup truck whose driver had allegedly abandoned her at a Louisiana gas station went viral. It turned out that the 7-year-old German Shepherd mix had an owner who allowed her to run free, and she was chasing her neighbor’s truck in the photo. The Humane Society of Louisiana stepped in and paid her owner $400 to take her into custody. Now, Butterbean has a happy ending to her story. After reviewing dozens of adoption applications from around the country, the group decided Guy Lawrence-Edenheimer, a 65-year-old retired musician from Illinois, was the perfect fit. He said he heard about Butterbean’s story on the 1-year anniversary of his own dog’s death. "It was like it was meant to be," he said. He drove from Illinois to Mississippi to pick her up on May 18, and she happily hopped into the car to drive off to a new life. "She's an absolute sweetheart," Lawrence-Edenheimer said. "After the first night I got her, she jumped onto the bed, licked my face and bounced my elbows up with her nose." — Read it at ABC News
The San Diego feline who held the Guinness World Record for the oldest living cat passed away in her sleep at the age of 27 years, 2 months and 20 days. Tiffany Two’s owner, Sharon Voorhees, bought the tortoiseshell cat from a local pet shop for $10 when she was six weeks old and Voerhees often referred toher as the “best money ever spent.” In February, Voorhees said Tiffany Two still had good eyesight and hearing, despite her age. “She’s not afraid of anything or anyone … she’s very feisty!” Voorhees said. The oldest cat ever record is still held by Crème Puff, a cat from Texas who lived to be 38 years old. — Read it from Guinness World Records
Fourteen of the 17 sea lions who were injured when someone dumped chlorine into their pool at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in California were released in Laguna Beach Tuesday morning. All of the sea lions were ready for release when they were poisoned in late April. Investigators are still trying to determine who put the large amounts of chlorine into the pool and said the culprit faces animal cruelty charges. Three of them are still recuperating from the effects of the chlorine. All of the sea lions had been rehabilitated at the center after stranding on the coastline. There have been record numbers of sea lion strandings in California this year because warmer waters have made it harder for nursing moms to find food, which has forced them to leave their pups for longer periods of time. The pups have been found starving and alone. — Watch it at ABC 7 Los Angeles and find out what to do if you find a stranded sea lion
There’s another happy release to tell you about in Idaho. Cinder the bear barely survived the Carlton Complex wildfire in central Washington last summer. She was suffering from severe burns when she was rescued nearly a year ago and flown to Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care to be nursed back to health. Now 2 ½ years old, the volunteer pilot who helped save her looked on Tuesday as she was released into an Idaho forest, farther west from her old home, where there’s more water available. During her rehabilitation, Cinder befriended a younger male bear, who was released with her. Cinder bolted down a dirt road when she got the chance, her friend following shortly afterward. “This one bear is the source of inspiration for thousands of people,” said a biologist who tagged Cinder and her pal before releasing them. Cinder has been a symbol of hope for people who’ve been trying to rebuild in the area that was devastated by the fire. — Watch it at Washington’s KING5
We didn’t want you to miss this feature from NPR on a touching place for pet lovers in Vermont: Dog Mountain. The beautiful grounds include a chapel dedicated to dogs who’ve passed away. The walls inside are covered with Post-It notes, cards and photos highlighting memories from owners about their beloved dogs — as well as some cats. Creating the chapel was the life’s work of artists Stephen and Gwen Huneck. Their black Labrador Retriever, Sally, was the inspiration for many of Stephen’s wood carvings and best-selling children’s books. The Hunecks have both passed away, but their work on Dog Mountain is told in a documentary and Gwen’s brother continues to run the place. — Read it at NPR
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