Pet Scoop: Photo of “Hugging Pups” Saves Their Lives, Airport Plans Luxury Pet Terminal

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This photo of the hugging pups helped get them rescued from a rural Georgia shelter Monday.
This photo of the hugging pups helped get them rescued from a rural Georgia shelter Monday.

Dog Pals Rescued Within Hours

Kala, an 8-month old Hound mix, and Keira, a 1-year old Boxer mix, were set to be put down at a rural Georgia shelter when Angels Among Us Pet Rescue posted an adorable picture of them hugging each other on Facebook Monday. They included a plea for a volunteer to save them — and in just two hours, one of their volunteers was at the shelter and taking the pups to safety. “It seems they love to play together,” said Karin Wallace, a founding member with Angels Rescue. They continued to play at the veterinarian’s office, where they were found to be healthy. They will remain at the vet until they’re spayed. Angels Rescue tells Vetstreet they have a foster lined up, but they are looking for an adopter. You can visit the rescue’s website to learn more about adopting the pals, or to donate to help them. — Follow their story on the Angels Rescue Facebook page

Bear Sleeps Off Food Coma

A 500-pound black bear had quite a feast after finding a 20-pound bag of dog food in a Florida garage. The bear dragged the bag into the yard and spent about half an hour eating it until he was apparently full, and decided to make himself comfortable for take an afternoon nap. “It laid all the way down and the thing just rolled right over. I thought, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me,’” said neighbor Bob Cross, who snapped pictures from a safe distance. After about an hour and a half, the slumbering bear woke up and wandered off into the woods. The neighbors quickly removed what was left of the dog food so the bear wouldn’t return for another snack. — See photos at ABC News

Study: Unique Kangaroos Show Climate Survival Tactics

A genetically distinct group of eastern grey kangaroos discovered on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, may show how they’ve survived years of climate change in the grasslands where they live. Researchers said the unique population became fragmented from a larger population because of climate-induced changes in vegetation. "They're not a different species," says senior author Dr. Jenny Seddon, a geneticist at the University of Queensland. "They don't look different and can still interbreed, although there might be something that is adaptively different about them." The study was published in the journal PLOS ONE. — Read it at Discovery News

This artist's rendering shows the bone-shaped pool planned as part of the Ark, a luxury animal terminal at JFK International Airport.
Courtesy of Paws 4 Paradise
This artist's rendering shows the bone-shaped pool planned as part of the Ark, a luxury animal terminal at JFK International Airport.

Luxury Pet Terminal to Open in 2016

Construction of an elaborate animal terminal is underway at JFK International Airport in New York. Set to open next year, the Ark at JFK is a $48 million, 178-square foot facility that will feature Paws 4 Paradise pet resort with a bone-shaped dog pool; a large animal departure lounge with stalls, food and water; and a veterinary hospital for general and emergency care. "The animal terminal will set new international airport standards for comprehensive veterinary, kenneling and quarantine services," said Ark founder and Racebrook Chairman John J. Cuticelli Jr., in a statement. — Read it and see photos at CNN

Dog Comforts Cat During Storm

They’ll get through this together. Reddit user YungDemon says he arrived at his Southern California home during a powerful thunderstorm — and found his cat being comforted by his roommate’s dog. The kitten was curled up in the dog’s bed, hiding under his leg. The dog was a little scared, too, but put on a brave act for his feline friend. Not surprisingly, the photos of the sweet pair have gone viral. — See photos at The Dodo


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