Those are just a few of the incredible stories of animal survival that happened this year. We’ve collected six of them in the gallery below.
Phoebe the 4-year-old Basset Hound got by with more than a little help
from her best friend, Tillie the Setter mix. When their owner reported them
missing from their home on Vashon Island, Washington, in September, the rescue
group Vashon Island Pet Protectors spread the
word on social media and sent out search parties. Nearly a week after they'd
disappeared, a resident reported seeing a dog on their property who matched Tillie’s description. Volunteers went to investigate, and found the loyal dog lying
beside an old water tank — and Phoebe was inside, reported Seattle’s KIRO.
Tillie, 11, was honored
by the governor of Washington for sticking by her pal throughout the
Another pair of dogs was found together after surviving a massive fire
in their Pennsylvania home in July. Their family had feared the worst, but was
relieved when police returned to the scene the next day and found the dogs
standing in a burned-out bedroom on the second floor. Police called the Modena Fire Company saying, “They’re alive,”
and that they needed a ladder to reach the dogs in the unstable structure.
Firefighters got the dogs down safely and reunited them with their owners. The fire
in a statement that finding the dogs alive was “truly a miracle."
Out in California, Ruthie Rosemary the cat also made it through a
terrible fire. Debi and Jeff Brusatori put the 3- to 4-year-old
cat in their car when they had to evacuate their
home in August because of an encroaching wildfire, but she jumped out as they pulled
away. Five days later, when they returned to the ruins of their property, they
heard meowing coming from under their burned-out truck, and spotted Ruthie
Rosemary. She was unscathed except for some singed whiskers and eyebrows,
according to a Facebook
post from the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.
Bailey got a big hug from her owner, Eric Storrs, after a dramatic rescue in
Colorado in September. The dog was walking just ahead of Storrs on a hike
when she suddenly fell 200 feet into a clay mine. “She didn't fall straight down, the rock formations in
the mine are like 'Swiss cheese' according to our crews, who often train
there,” Ronda Scholting, spokeswoman for West Metro Fire
Rescue, told PeoplePets. “So, most likely she fell down a few feet, then hit a
diagonal portion of the shaft and slid further down.” Two rescuers were lowered
into the mine to save her. “They said she was very alert, happy to see them,
very friendly,” Scholting said. Bailey was pulled back up to the surface in a
basket and reunited with Storrs.
a 2-year-old cat, was lucky to survive a fall from the window of his owner’s
fourth-floor apartment in New York in August. He was quickly treated by BluePearl
Veterinary Partners for his injuries, including a broken hind leg, broken
toes and a split palate. Emergency
vet Dr. Rachel Carson called him the “sweetest, gentlest cat.”
An 8-year-old Cockapoo named Frisco had
a close call in Fairfield, Connecticut, in October. His owner, Katie
Keilitz, knew something was wrong when he suddenly stopped barking outside his
home, reported Connecticut’s FOX
61. She went searching for him, and heard his quiet cries coming from under
an “odd pile of rubble and heavy concrete slabs” in the woods next to her home.
She called her husband and the fire department for help. Firefighters used
structural collapse rescue tools and traditional digging equipment to free
Frisco, and handed him back to his owners.