Pet Scoop: Hugging Pups Adopted Together, Uber Delivering Kittens in 50 Cities

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New owners Wendy and Pam gets lots of love from "hugging pups" Kala and Keira.
New owners Wendy and Pam gets lots of love from "hugging pups" Kala and Keira.

Pals in Viral Photo Get a Home

The dogs who made headlines when they were saved from a shelter after a photo showed them hugging each other now have two new people to smother with love. Kala, an 11-month-old Hound mix, and Keira, a 15-month-old Boxer mix, have been living with a foster in Georgia since July, and waiting patiently for the right adopter to come along. Finally, Wendy read about their plight in People magazine, and fell in love. Her elderly dogs had recently passed away, and she knew it was fate when she found out the hugging puppies were still available through Angels Among Us Rescue. She and her longtime roommate, Pam, decided to bring them home. “It just fell together,” Wendy said. “We turned our tears into smiles with these two young, playful dogs.” — Read it from Angels Rescue via Facebook

Orphaned Cougar Kittens Head to Louisiana Zoo

After getting several tips from the public, two cougar kitten brothers were found orphaned and emaciated last week by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department. "The mother was a hit by a vehicle, and I think best we can tell, they had been out there several weeks on their own," said the department’s Beausoleil. The kittens appeared to be about 7 to 8 weeks old at the time. After a search for a home for the babies, they were flown from Washington to the Alexandria Zoo in Louisiana. The zoo is working on fattening the cubs up during their 30-day quarantine. — Read it at Louisiana’s The Town Talk

African Vultures Threatened by Extinction

Threatened by poisoning and poachers, about half of Africa’s 11 species of vultures are now critically endangered, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature said Thursday. The group found that six of the species faced a bigger threat of extinction than they did a year earlier. The IUCN said the birds are deliberately killed by poachers because when they circle, it helps authorities find illegally killed big game carcasses who are hunted for ivory. — Read it from Agence France Presse via Yahoo

With a simple request on your Uber app, you might able to get an office visit from some adorable kittens today.
With a simple request on your Uber app, you might able to get an office visit from some adorable kittens today.

Thursday Is Uber Kitten Day

Your workday is about to get 100 times better with #UberKITTENS. Uber, the on-demand ride service, is offering visits with kittens today. As long as your boss is OK with it — and there are kittens available — people in 50 cities across the U.S. will get the chance to ask for kittens to be delivered to their office for a 15 minute visit between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. today, using the Uber app. Uber charges a $30 snuggle fee, and supports the local shelters that are participating. In most cities, the kittens are available for adoption. Uber has done this before, and has helped more than 30 kittens find forever homes. Their goal is to find a home for all of the participating kittens today. — Find out more from Uber

Kitten Goes Home With Warehouse Worker Who Saved Her

We have one more rescue with a happy ending to tell you about today. A few weeks ago, Dan found a tiny kitten all alone in the warehouse where he works in Canada. He thought her mom and siblings might also be in the warehouse, but had no luck when he tried to search for them. He brought the kitten, who he named Boots, to the Regina Humane Society in the hopes that they could care for her until she was old enough for him to bring home. With his work schedule, he wouldn’t be able to bottle-feed her every two hours. A staff member took on that job, and the group was thrilled when Dan came back this week and officially adopted the kitten whose life he saved. — See photo from the Regina Humane Society via Facebook


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