Stray Cat at Hockey Game Gets Winning Shot at Loving Home

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by Caroline Golon

Talk about a great game plan to find a home! One homeless cat made a surprise appearance on an ice hockey rink that turned out to be the smartest play of her life.

According to Maddie’s Fund, the little black cat snuck out onto the ice during a San Jose Sharks hockey game, much to the surprise and delight of the players and the fans.

The tiny stray cat, weighing less than 2 pounds, slid around on the ice before she made it to the sidelines where she was scooped up by staff members and brought to safety. In return, the kitten brought the team luck – they won their game that day.

Then, when no one claimed the shy cat, the hockey team called in the Humane Society of Silicon Valley (HSSV) to care for her.

She was named Jo Paw-velski, a female cat spin on Sharks captain Joe Pavelski’s name.

Fortunately for Jo, she’d already made quite an impression on the public with her brief hockey stint.

Finnegan Dowling, content marketing manager at HSSV said, “There was a ton of media interest in her, and a lot of people wanted to know how she was doing and what she was up to. Camera crews wanted to film her.”

The HSSV has a special room where they can broadcast the pets in their care live via their “MaddieCam,” which is what they did with Jo. The public loved it! Jo garnered a record of nearly 40,000 views on the MaddieCam page.

“The outpouring of support and concern for Jo was just amazing,” said Dowling. “The link got retweeted over and over, and shared by NHL.com, yahoo.com and a bunch of other media. It was amazing.”

The Sharks continued to want to help Jo, even featuring her MaddieCam feed on the jumbotron during a game.

Not surprisingly, lots of people wanted to adopt the sweet cat but one lucky family brought her home for good. “She was adopted by a lovely local family who are huge hockey fans. They were aware of her from the game – her being on the ice – and put their name in with us immediately when they found out she was with us,” said Dowling.

Even better, because Jo is so shy, the family adopted a second, more outgoing cat to keep her company.

“This whole experience has served as a good reminder that people are good and the animals have a lot more supporters than just the folks we see on our social media accounts. People want to do the right thing for animals,” said Dowling.

Dog Brings Cell Phone to Woman Who Fell Off Cliff

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by Caroline Golon


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Dina Wuest loves camping and hiking with her dog, Bonnie, but she never dreamed that Bonnie would save her life on one of those trips.

According to the Dodo, Wuest and Bonnie were camping on the Tararua Ranges in New Zealand when they decided to go for a hike. The two were having a great time until disaster struck – Wuest fell off a cliff, stranding her on the rocks below with a broken leg.

Wuest, unable to move, was facing away from her pup so couldn’t see her dog or signal to her.

But Bonnie knew Wuest was in trouble. The dog was wearing a pack that contained some essentials and the brave pup make her way down the cliff to be by Wuest’s side.


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“I fell and was facing the cliff so I couldn’t see her, but I heard her making her way down the side of the cliff where it was not so steep,” Wuest told The Dodo. “Within about a minute she was by my side.”

Luckily the pack Bonnie was wearing contained Wuest’s cell phone so she was able to call for help.

Bonnie stayed by Wuest’s side while they waited for help to come. “She curled up beside me and stayed there until the helicopter arrived,” Wuest told The Dodo. “We had to wait for a bit over an hour for them to come and she stayed with me the whole time.” 

And, while Wuest said Bonnie was a little scared by the noise of the helicopters she remained beside her. Wuest has recovered from the accident and will likely to be ready for camping again sometime soon. Good girl, Bonnie!

Woman Takes Rescue Cat Sailing Across the World

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by Caroline Golon


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Liz Clark has been on an incredible adventure since 2006 – sailing around the world on a Cal 40 sailboat, solo. That is, solo until 2013 when she was joined by an unlikely co-captain – a feral cat she adopted and named Amelia.

According to Clark’s online chronicle, the former bartender has traveled along the western coast of Mexico and Central America, and around the South Pacific.

Amelia was just six months old when Clark found her. The feral kitten was skinny and starving for attention and Clark immediately took to her. She says she saw a  “commanding lioness air and carefree bravado” in the little cat.

Amelia (also known as Tropicat) seems happy on the boat with Clark. “She has adapted to living surrounded by water,” Clark told Buzzfeed. Amelia loves watching the fish and birds and Clark made a cat tree out of a yoga mat wrapped around the boat’s mast and finds loose palm leaves make great toys for her little companion.

But the two also have plenty of time and adventures on land. Amelia loves hiking and exploring, says Clark.


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Clark makes sure to give Amelia plenty of freedom on land to do the things cats like to do. After an episode in 2015 when Amelia went missing for 43 days on an island they visited, Clark is even more dedicated to making sure the cat is happy wherever they might be. Each time they depart land for the open water, Clark lets Amelia decide if she wants to climb aboard or stay on land. So far, Amelia continues on the ocean adventures.

And, while she recognizes someday Amelia might choose to stay on land, having her aboard makes Clark happy.

“But I think she now understands that I will keep her safe and she will have a lot of fun in the end. She makes Swell [the yacht] feel much more like a home.”

Dog Helps Boy with Dwarfism Gain Confidence

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by Caroline Golon


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Five-year-old Quaden Bayles has faced more life hurdles than most kids his age have. He has a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia. Dealing with the challenges of the condition left the boy angry and depressed. That is, until a special dog named Buddy came into Quaden’s life.

According to Today.com, Quaden’s struggles aren’t just physical. People also say cruel things to him and about him when he’s out in public. He hates to attract attention to himself or his condition and even told his family not to speak any words related to his condition out loud. But then Buddy arrived.

Buddy is a 9-year-old Shih Tzu rescue dog who also has achondroplasia.

“Quaden now proudly accepts that he’s got dwarfism, because Buddy’s given him that reason to think that it’s cool,” his mom, Yarraka Bayles, told Today.com. “So he tells everyone, ‘My dog has dwarfism like me,’ and it’s the first time we’ve ever, in Quaden’s five years of life, heard him say the word, because we are not allowed to say dwarfism or achondroplasia.”

Bayles said that Buddy has made a huge difference in the little boy’s confidence and outlook on life.

The pup accompanies Quaden everywhere, even to the hospital when the boy has one of numerous surgeries or other health issues related to his condition.

Not only has Buddy changed Quaden’s life, he’s impacted the lives of his mother and sisters, too. Quaden’s father passed away from cancer recently and Buddy has brought a new joy to the household, helping them all heal.

“Buddy has made things better, Bayles told Today.com. “It was divine intervention, definitely — the last thing that I would have expected or wanted, but it’s what we needed, and we’re so blessed. He’s just the perfect companion for all of us, but mostly for Quaden.”

Dog Runs Away Back to Doggie Daycare

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by Caroline Golon

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Lots of dogs love to go to Doggy Daycare. One dog, however, loves daycare so much that he ran away from home to go visit his friends there!

According to CNN, Riley the golden retriever and his owner were out for a drive one morning when they drove past a group of dogs from the daycare he attends. Riley was excited and happy to see them, reports his owner, Tonia Mosteller. “Riley was crying because he loves to play, he loves happy dogs,” Mosteller told CNN.

But the two went on their way, with Riley whining the whole way home.

Mosteller thought that was the end of it but Riley had other plans. A short time later, Riley was playing in the backyard and decided to take matters into his own paws.

Riley was somehow able to lift the latch on the gate and escape the yard. He headed straight to Happy Dog Café Daycare – a mile away!

Daycare owner Teresa McCarter says she noticed a dog outside at the daycare, waiting to be let in. She recognized him right away. “Oh my gosh, it’s Riley!” she told CNN she remembers thinking. McCarter called Mosteller right away to let her know her wayward retriever was safe.

It turns out that Riley’s plan worked. Mosteller and McCarter agreed to let Riley stay there for the rest of the day. “Of course,” McCarter told CNN, “He stayed for free.”

Barn Cat Demands Rides on Farm Animal’s Backs

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by Caroline Golon

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At Snowfall Ranch in Elizabeth, Colorado, you’ll find the typical array of horses, pigs, goats, miniature donkeys and lambs. You’ll also find a barn cat named Teton who rules the roost.

When the Joanna and Scott Shaw, owners of Snowfall Ranch, began a renovation, they immediately saw mice so they decided to get a mouser. “Right from the start, Teton had spunk,” the Shaws said of the cat they adopted for the job. As much as they tried to keep him in the “cat area” he would not stay there. Instead of hanging in his cat house with food and fluffy blanket, he wanted to hang out with the barn animals. Eventually the team gave up trying to keep Teton contained and let him go where he pleased.

It wasn’t long before they discovered Teton leisurely riding atop the other animals. Joanna says he often climbs aboard particularly in bad weather. “He tends to ride them more in snow with the belief being he doesn’t want to get paws wet,” she told The Dodo.

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Aside from riding on his friends, Teton sleeps with them and even drinks from their water troughs. While the little cat isn’t a big fan of humans, he seems right at home with a variety of other species.

“When they are turned out in pasture he goes with them,” Joanna told The Dodo. “He will lay with them on the 7 acres and I would guess he believes he is one of them.”

Rescue Dog Rescues Tiny Hummingbird

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by Caroline Golon

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Rex the dog was rescued from the streets. He had only been with his new owner for a month when he turned around and rescued another animal in need – a helpless hummingbird.

According to CBS Los Angeles, Rex used to be feral. He lived on his own, scrounging for food, and fighting with other dogs. That’s why his new owner, Ed Gernon, was so surprised when Rex showed such tenderness and concern for the tiny, injured hummingbird they came upon while out on a walk one day in Whitter, Calif.

Rex stopped by the hummingbird lying on the ground. The bird was covered in ants and didn’t have any feathers. Gernon assumed it was dead. But Rex knew otherwise. “…He suddenly stopped and he would not move,” Gernon told CBS Los Angeles.

Incredulous, Gernon brought the bird home and nursed her back to health, feeding her a special formula every 15 minutes all day. He named her Hummer and even taught her how to fly, using a hair dryer.

He was touched by Rex’s concern for the little bird so decided to give her his all to help her survive.

In the early days, Hummer grew very attached to Rex. Gernon says, “There was a time, as Hummer was perfecting her flying skills, that she developed a total crush on Rex,” Gernon explains on YouTube. “Wherever he was, she wanted to be close by. She even started bathing in his water bowl, killing time while he ate before she’d start playing with him again. So strange, but amazing.”

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Now, a year later, Hummer is still with Gernon and Max although Gernon knows she needs to leave them at some point. “It’s time for her to start mating and I keep leaving the doors and windows open thinking she’ll leave,” he told CBS.

Gannon himself is still amazed by what happened. “I rescue this dog. He rescues the bird. The bird rescues all of us in a weird sense and it’s just a miracle.”

Dog Helps Woman Survive 9 Days in Desert

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by Caroline Golon

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A Phoenix woman is crediting her rescue pup, Queenie, with helping her survive nine days lost in the desert.

According to The Washington Post, 72-year-old Ann Rodgers had set out in her car with her Queensland terrier mix, Queenie, and her cat, Nike, to surprise her daughter and grandson in Tucson.

Low on gas, Rodgers became lost looking for a gas station. When her car ran out of gas in a remote area near Canyon Creek on the White River Indian Reservation, Rodgers knew the best thing was to stay with the car, hoping someone would find her.

Unfortunately, after 2 days, no one came by. She was forced to make a decision: hike to find water and cell phone reception or stay and risk dehydration.

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So Rodgers set off. An avid camper, Rodgers also brought along survival tools that she had in her car like a knife, matches and warm clothes and, of course, her dog Queenie. For Nike’s safety, Rodgers left the cat in the car.

Rodgers and Queenie traversed the canyon, looking for help, becoming even more lost. They drank pond water and ate plants and huddled together at night by fires Rodgers was, fortunately, able to build.

“Queenie became my pathfinder,” Rodgers told The Washington Post . “She was the one who would range ahead of me to find the game trail, or cowpath or place to cross a river safely.” 

Meanwhile, a search was on for the missing woman. Police officers had found Rodgers’ car and her cat, Nike, who was in good condition, albeit hungry. The large-scale operation, including helicopters, took another 6 days to find Rodgers.

Rodgers had used white sticks and rocks to spell out “help” in the sand, which helicopters spotted. She left a note next to the bones, explaining that she and Queenie had headed downstream.

When rescuers found the note, they continued their search, happily discovering Queenie and, a few minutes later, Rodgers.

Miraculously, both Rodgers and Queenie were okay, other than suffering from exposure.

Male Cat Perfect “Mom” for Orphaned Baby Kitten

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by Caroline Golon

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One male cat is the perfect “mama” for an orphaned newborn kitten.

According to cat lover’s site, Love Meow, Cristina Piapia found a tiny newborn kitten alone one morning, without a mother anywhere nearby. The kitten was so young his eyes were still closed.

Piapia, who lives in Spain, took the little kitten back to her house to care for him. What happened next surprised her.

Her male cat, Boli, began caring for the kitten, just like a mama would. He groomed the kitten and snuggled with him.

While Piapia bottle fed the kitten, Boli took care of all of the other nurturing aspects of caring for a newborn.

Piapia named the little kitten Fa. As Fa grew, he idolized his “daddy,” Boli, following him around.

Now Fa is growing into a healthy, happy young cat, thanks to the caring and love given by Piapia and her special “mancat” Boli.