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Snakebite the dog finally finds a forever home

By Vetstreet Oct 1, 2013 7:56PM

Snakebite the dogSnakebite the dog, a Bassett Hound mix, has been a regular on the streets of Elko, Nev., since his former owners abandoned him outside a local motel. Animal Control officer Cindy Danielson had kept track of Snakebite sightings for six years, but he’d always managed to disappear before she could catch him. Then, on Sept. 10, officials at a local school called to say he was hanging out on their grounds with another stray he’d befriended, letting the kids pet him. “When I got there, I saw both of them being petted and I was like, 'You have to be kidding me!'” Danielson told the Elko Daily Free Press. "Finding them there, ready to be picked up, made me feel kind of foolish … Both of them came right up to me and were licking my hand and wagging their tails. They both allowed me to put leashes on them.” Now, both of the dogs have a happy ending. The two went home with a new family on Sunday. — Read it at the U.K.’s Daily Mail

Image: John Rasche/The Daily Free Press /AP

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She gifted a local police dog a bulletproof vest

By Vetstreet Oct 1, 2013 7:30PM

Allison Henry via CNNAllison Henry decided she didn’t want toys or clothes for her 10th birthday. Instead, she asked her friends and family to give to a special cause: buying a bulletproof vest for a local police dog. Henry donated nearly $1,000 to an organization called Vested Interest in K9s, which provided the vest to Ryker, a canine officer at the police department in Holyoke, Mass. “I just feel that a dog should be safe, because I really like animals,” she said. The police officers noted that their dogs face the same dangers they do but often don’t have the same protection. Ryker and the police chief thanked Henry in a special ceremony last week, where she met Ryker and was presented with a plaque. — Watch it at CNN

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Santa Ana Zoo in Southern California welcomes them

By Vetstreet Sep 30, 2013 5:01PM

No monkeying around here: the Santa Ana Zoo in southern California has welcomed two baby primates in the last month. Ethan Fisher, Santa Ana ZooA colobus monkey with curly white hair and a pink face was born to mom Kianga on Sept. 1. The little one’s hair will transition to match mom and dad’s distinctive black-and-white look by the time it's 4 months old. Just days earlier, on Aug. 29, an endangered crested capuchin monkey was born at the zoo. It has been spending its days riding around on its mom's back or belly. The Colobus is native to Eastern and Central Africa, while the crested capuchin hails from Brazil. "The colobus monkey is known for its energy and antics, and our new baby is already very curious," says Santa Ana zookeeper Jill Sanders. "We're thrilled to once again have the opportunity to share in the excitement of two live births that play a continuing role in the preservation of the Colobus and Capuchin monkeys." — Watch it at San Francisco's KGO.

Photo: Ethan Fisher, Santa Ana Zoo

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Missing boy found with his Lab

By Vetstreet Sep 27, 2013 2:56PM

Brandi Mumaw sits inside her home in Woodstock, Va. with her son Jakob Heintzelman & their family labrador dog, Chance (Rich Cooley/Northern Virginia Daily/nvdaily.com)It was dinnertime on Tuesday when Brandi Mumaw realized her 2-year-old son Jakob Heintzelman had disappeared from his Virginia home with their dog Chance. Mumaw immediately called the police because she knew it would be getting dark soon.


Café des Chats, home to 12 former strays, says it provides "purr therapy" to patrons.

By Vetstreet Sep 26, 2013 4:07PM

Chessington World of Adventures Resort, a wildlife park in England, has banned visitors from wearing leopard print clothing (Zachary Culpin/Solent News & Photo Agency)Oooh la la! At Café des Chats in one of Paris' trendiest neighborhoods, you can get a hot cup of coffee, a soft croissant and a little love from a cat.

The new café is home to 12 cats that are former strays and were adopted from rescue centers. The felines provide "purr therapy" to patrons who can't keep pets in their apartments.


Zero tolerance policy on visitors issued at Surrey zoo.

By Vetstreet Sep 26, 2013 3:05PM

Customers enjoy a beverage as a cat relaxes on an armchair at the 'Cafe des Chats' in Paris (Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters)If you're heading to the zoo in Surrey, England, leave your leopard print at home. Saying they believe clothing featuring animal prints confuses the animals, Chessington World of Adventures has issued a zero tolerance policy on visitors wearing the prints.


'No bear! Get out!' Ariel Svetlik-McCarthy yelled.

By Associated_Press Sep 25, 2013 3:35PM

James Hager/Getty ImagesJUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — If only all unwelcome bar guests were this obliging.

A black bear walked into the bar at the Alaskan Hotel in downtown Juneau on Monday night.

Bartender Ariel Svetlik-McCarthy says she freaked out and yelled, "No bear! Get out! No! You can't be in here!"

The bear complied, leaving the bar within seconds.


Emotional reunion caught on the "Queen Latifah Show".

By Vetstreet Sep 25, 2013 2:29PM

Emma the dog welcomes home her owner, Capt. Jessamyn Jempson. / Queen Latifah Show / YouTubeCapt. Jessamyn Jempson finally had the moment she was waiting for — on TV. The veteran was reunited with Emma, her Rhodesian ridgeback, on an episode of the "Queen Latifah Show" that aired Wednesday.

When she was deployed, the soldier had turned to Dogs on Deployment for help. The group supports the troops by boarding their pets, and found Emma a foster mom, Sylvia, to care for the dog while Jempson was away. The program's cameras were rolling as Emma was brought on stage to see Jempson for the first time in a year.

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