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When One Hollywood Couple Decided To Adopt a Pet Lion At Home

Tippi Hedren, perhaps most famous for her role in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, is an actress of formidable gifts. But her role as an animal-rights activist and conservationist might well be Hedren's most lasting legacy. For decades, her Roar Foundation and the animal sanctuary, Shambala Preserve, in California have advocated for big (and not so big) cats—from lions and leopards to bobcats and servals—and she's been honored with a host of humanitarian and conservation awards through the decades.

In 1971, LIFE photographer Michael Rougier spent time with Hedren; her teenage daughter, Melanie Griffith, her then-husband, the agent and movie producer, Noel Marshall; and others at their home in California. Also in attendance: Neil, a 400-pound mature lion, who occasionally slept in the same bed as Griffith and, as these pictures attest, had the run of the house, from the kitchen to the living room to the swimming pool.

Decades and several attacks later -- one lion clawed daughter Melanie Griffith in the face during the production of the 1981 film Roar and required that Griffith undergo surgery -- Hedren admitted that having a lion live in her home alongside her children was "stupid beyond belief." 

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This Kindhearted Man Spends His Time Rescuing Senior Canines

Old is Gold!

There are few things more heartbreaking than seeing an elderly canine shivering in the unfamiliar confines of a shelter or watching an old dog being callously dropped off at a pound because its owner no longer wants it. But, sadly, it happens every day. For many of these elderly dogs, the stop at the shelter will be the end of the line. Most potential adopters are looking for a puppy or a very young canine, not a graying senior. Thankfully, though, there are a few angels in the world — people like Steve Greig — who purposefully seek out senior dogs for adoption. Via: The Dodo


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These Orphan Boys Share What Little Food They Have With The Dogs They Adopted

When Photographer Sam Edmonds was in Dhaka, Bangladesh, he came across Robindra Shorbod, a park in the South West of Dhaka. At this small park Edmonds discovered 10 orphan boys that call the park home alongside their 10 dogs. The boys have found many ways to make ends meet, such as begging for money on the streets and collecting plastic to sell for recycling. Despite the sparse resources they have, the children have chosen to share with their dogs. Edmonds wrote on Bored Panda, "In each of these portraits, the boys are individuals. But together they become members of a family. A family of two species and members of each species that have been swept aside in one of the world's largest cities. These portraits show the strength, resilience and most of all, the camaraderie between these orphaned kids and the dogs they have adopted." 

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This Comics Perfectly Captures What it's Like to Adopt a Dog

Moscow-based comic artist Bird Born explains why adopting a dog changed his life. Watching your new family member blossom as they realize they're finally safe and cared is not just life-changing for the dog, but for the whole family




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