On this day: The out-of-this-world canines who survived space

first dog sent to spaceOn August 19, 1960, Soviet space dogs Belka and Strelka became the first animals to orbit the Earth and return safely back home. It was the first space flight to put animals into orbit and return them safely back to Earth, paving the way for the Soviets to send a human just eight months later.

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Dogs cosplayed in an Atlanta park for ‘Doggy Con’

doggy conDoggy Con is a pop culture convention for furry fanatics. It drew hundreds of dog owners and spectators Saturday to an Atlanta park for their own small cosplay convention, dressing up like fictional characters from video games, movies and other corners of the pop culture universe.

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‘Worst cases of neglect I’ve ever seen’: Reward offered in case of severely emaciated dog

dog -abuse-BostonThe dog, an approximately 1-year-old pit bull mix that staff have been calling “Glitch” — weighed only 15 pounds — 35 less than a healthy dog its age. He was found near the Massasoit Community College campus (Brockton, MA) brought to MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center on July 30. 

The MSPCA’s Law Enforcement Department has opened an animal cruelty investigation and is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction. Anyone with information that may help the MSPCA identify who owned the dog is urged to call the MSPCA’s hotline at 800-628-5808.


$10,000 and a Kennel Makeover for Dog Who’s Lived at Animal Shelter for 6 Years

Lili-bulldog-six-years-waiting-for-adoptionSanta Paula Animal Rescue Center was surprised with $10,000 dollars and a kennel-makeover for it’s longest dog resident, Lili. The tummy-rub-loving white bulldog mix has been waiting for her fur-ever home for 6 years. The fifth annual Clear The Shelters pet adoption campaign takes place Saturday Aug. 17. Hopefully Lili will be adopted.

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Puppy love! Get a 1st look at the live-action ‘Lady and the Tramp’ remake

Lady and the TrampFans of the 1955 cartoon classic can finally take a peek at the pups who’ll bring the canine love story to life. We’ve got a look at the pair of rescue pups who’ll take on the title characters in a new live-action “Lady and the Tramp” remake, and they’re absolutely adorable.

Here’s a real-life spoiler alert about all the rescue dogs in the film: According to “Disney twenty-three,” the entire canine cast “found ‘forever homes’ when production ended.”

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Heartless Owner Demands Overweight Retriever Be Put Down, Vet Finds Him A New Loving Home

dog rescueKai – a beautiful and friendly golden retriever who had put on a lot of weight while living with his owner, who then decided that Kai is too much trouble and decided to put him down. The vet refused to euthanize the canine and helped Kai find a new home. The new owner turns his life into an amazing journey.

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Former Navy SEAL training dogs to combat school shootings

K-9 handleJoshua Morton, a former Navy SEAL and K-9 handler, is now training dogs to find gunmen and take them down during school shootings. He demonstrated the dog’s ability for our NBC News Washington station, as the dog ignores distractions and runs to the sound of gunshots in a simulation.

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NYC Funeral Home Dog is 1 Millionth ‘Canine Good Citizen’

caninegoodcitizenThe American Kennel Club is announcing Wednesday that (including dogs past and present) a Bernese mountain dog named Fiona recently became its 1 millionth “canine good citizen.” Fiona spends her days comforting people at the Pavone family’s Brooklyn funeral home.

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National “Clear The Shelters”: August 17 Is the Best Day to Adopt a New Pet

clear the shelters The coming Saturday, August 17, will be the lucky day that thousands of dogs and cats find a new home. The day marks the nationwide pet adoption drive known as “Clear the Shelters” with more than 1,400 animal shelters and rescue organizations participating in events around the U.S. and Puerto Rico, all aiming to find loving homes for animals in need.

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