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Cat Medley: Cuteness, Funnies, Mourning And Loss

Happy humpday everyone! Just think, you're halfway through the week and we're here to give you that extra push to get you to the weekend even sooner. 

Cats. Nothing warms up our hearts more than seeing wholesome images of cats. Or images of cats being ridiculous and hilarious. Or just images of cats. They are all so beautiful and these cats all belong to someone who loves them to the moon and back. And beautiful of that overwhelming love we feel for them, it's always hard to say goodbye whenever they do leave us. 

Besides these cats being so amazing and adorable, quite of few down below have sadly crossed over the rainbow bridge. We're here to appreciate all cats but also all those who have recently left. They may be gone but never forgotten. 

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Cat Meme Legend, "Longcat" Has Passed Away At Age 18

Most of you have seen the longcat meme but not everyone knows who the longcat is. 

Longcat, who's real name is Shiro-chan, but is referenced to as "Nobiko," the Japanese translated of "longcat." Shiro-chan took the internet by storm in 2006. Shiro-chan rose to fame when an image of the white feline reportedly stood at 65cm from head to toe. Eventually, Shiro-chan came to be known as Longcat, according to Know Your Meme

The news of Nobikos passing comes for a Hong Kong Journalist, Kris Cheng, who has written articles for The Washing Post. According to Shiro-chan's owner, they discovered the feline at home being very lethargic and was taken to the vet immediately. Sadly, Shiro-chan was too ill to undergo any X-Rays and just a few hours later, passed away. Shiro-chan's owners are coping with the loss as best they can, and so is the internet who are mourning the meme legendary.

RIP, Shiro-chan. We'll miss you and your extraordinary length.  Say "hi" to Grumpy Cat and Lil Bub, for the world. 

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Cat Medley: Cuteness, Appreciation, Mourning And Loss

Cats, cats, and cats. Nothing but cats and that's how we like it! Each week, we love to collect the best cat pics and stories online and present them here. 

Each cat picture, or video, tells a different story and has a different set of emotions behind it. That's what makes this gathering a medley of a variety of things, number one being adorableness (which, granted, all cats naturally have), the second is the much-needed balance of humor, and the last being anything that tugs on the heartstrings (good or bad).

In this case, we have both. We have heartwarming stories of glow-ups and transformations. Yet, we also have heartbreaking moments of mourning and loss. We wanted to take a moment and send love to those who had recently had a pet cross the rainbow bridge. Your pet may be gone physically, but never emotionally, and never, ever forgotten. 

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Heartbroken Dog Who Lost Entire Litter Adopts Kittens, And Cares For Them

A heartbreaking tale with a happy ending. Sunshine Dog Rescue, a Non-Profit Organization located in Phoenix, Arizona, rescued a beautiful Australian Shepherd Mix named Georgia. 

Georgia was found living at a gas station near the border to Mexico. Georgia was pregnant, but sadly, none of her puppies made it. All her pups were born prematurely. 

Founder of the Sunshine Dog Rescue, Anita Osa, knew Georgia was heartbroken at the loss of losing all her babies. Osa told ABC15, "I've never had a mom dog lose a whole litter before. The best way I could describe it was she was frantic. It was so sad, she was looking for those babies. She tore up the toddler mattress we had her on, trying to find her babies." 

Osa quickly went to work and asked for help on Facebook. Osa was looking for any orphaned baby animals that were in need of a lactating mother. Osa ended up with three kittens who just so happened to fit that bill. 

Of course, with any interspecies integration, you have to worry about whether or not each animal would accept the other. Thankfully, Georgia and the kittens instantly bonded. Osa claims the moment Georgia sniffed the kittens, she calmed down significantly.

They do nurse on her. She cleans them and everything but the bond is strong. It's really something to see, she protects those kittens just as if they were her babies," Osa added. 

While we are heartbroken for the loss of Georgia's litter, we are grateful she found a family of her own with others who needed her. 

Check out the adorable videos of Georgia and her baby kittens below. 

Story via ABC15

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Birthday Blues: Cat Searches For Forever Home After No One Came To Her Party

Meet Monique, the beautiful 2-year-old moggy cat, who has, sadly, been at the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home for more than 115 days.

The loving crew at the shelter decided to throw Monique a birthday party, after she passed 100 days at the shelter with no applications for her adoption. The party was in hopes to build some hype and find Monique the loving family she so clearly deserves. 

I mean, just look at her! Monique deserves it all! 

Story via Metro

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Half-Asleep Chris makes a 'Keyboard of Meows,' filled with sounds from his beloved cat Ralph, who meows all... the... time. 

With the heartbreaking loss of Half-Asleep Chris's other black cat, Tom, this beautiful video plays as a reminder to appreciate our cats while they're still with us. 

So with that in mind, Half-Asleep Chris has created this keyboard and it will always serve as a beautiful memory of Ralphs' meows, yawns and purrs... even if it sounds like the stuff from nightmares. 

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Jenny Jinya's New Comic About A Duckling

Oh, Jenny Jinya. You've done it again. We are just a sobbing mess after reading your comics. 

Jenny Jinya, artist behind the popular "Good Boy" and "Black Cat" comics, has recently shared her newest comic. 

And yes, it's just as heartbreaking as the previous ones. 

All of her comics, as devastating as they may be, are in hopes to spread awareness and send a message to the world. 

For example, her previous comic was created in order to shed light on some real problems -- this time, the victim being birds and culprit? Plastic.

Check out her Instagram or Twitter for further updates! 


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Rescued Koalas Named After Fallen Firefighters During Australia's Wildfire

Both heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. 

Three Snowy Mountain Koalas, who were rescued from the Australia wildfire crisis, have been named after American firefighters who were tragically killed in the region. 

Two Thumbs Wildlife Trust Koala Sanctuary have named the koalas, and the trio are now in the temporary care of Australian National University (ANU).

Dr Karen Ford, an ANU researcher and who is running the makeshift hospital at ANU, said in a university statement, "We have 11 koalas at ANU that have come in from the various fire grounds in the region.They just keep arriving. There is nowhere else that has the facilities to hold these animals or this many at the moment."

Ford also mentioned that a couple of the koalas are being treated for burns, while the others are "quite skinny" from malnutrition, due to their habitats being completely burnt. 

Koalas are known to breed so slowly that it could take 100 years for the population to rebuild — so saving just one is crucial. That is why the koalas have been a central focus of relief efforts as the blaze spreads across the region.

Story via CBS News

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Aussie Teens Rescue Koalas In Fire Zone And Load Them Into Their Car

Two Aussie teens, 19-year-old Micah and 18-year-old Caleb, have been named heroes for driving around and loading up their car with injured koalas, in Kangaroo Island. 

Storyful reported that the teens delivered the koalas to their neighbor, who has a permit to care for wildlife.

Micah Lovegrove, one of the heroic teens, decided to go on this impromptu rescue mission after witnessing a koala with nowhere to go, when his uncle's property burned down. 

In a video first posted on Reddit, you can see a car filled with poor, exhausted koalas. And in the background, an eerie sight of a road that is lined by blackened trees. 

Unsure of how many koalas they rescued, they assume it's around 20 and of that 20, six of the poor marsupials were orphaned and two of them were mothers with children.

Still, that's 20 more koalas saved. And we're beyond thankful to both Micah and Caleb. 

It is very important to mention that these koalas from Kangaroo Island were not taken to the mainland where they could be affected by Chlamydia and therefore unable to return back to their home on the Island. 

Chlamydia in koalas can cause blindness, bladder inflammation, infertility and death. As the island's koalas are isolated and free of the disease, its introduction would devastate the population.

"It's understandable and heartening that people want to rescue these animals, but unfortunately it will mean that those koalas can't be returned to the island because of the risk of contamination of the population there," said Brenton Grear, Department for Environment and Water bushfire recovery coordinator.

If anyone out there reads this and decided to drive and rescue koalas -- do not take them to the main land. "We ask that anyone on Kangaroo Island who finds injured wildlife call SAVEM on 0477 055 233 or email info@savem.org.au," says Grear.

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Devastating News: Half A Billion Animals Have Perished In Australian Bushfires

It's hard to share such devastating news. 

It has been reported that nearly 500 million animals have perished since the start of the raging fires. 

500 million. That's half a billion. 

According to the University of Sydney, ecologists now estimate 480 million mammals, birds and reptiles have tragically been lost since September. 

Entire species of plants and animals are endangered of being completely wiped out. 

If you're unsure just how insanely large this fire really is, The Guardian has published an interactive map stating the scale of the fire is 1.5 times the size of Belgium, just to give some perspective. 

We pray this horror ends soon without any more damage to the wildlife. 

Story via NZHerald

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In the very words of Lil Bub's owners, "On the morning of Sunday, December 1st 2019 we lost the purest, kindest and most magical living force on our planet. BUB was cheerful and full of love laying in our bed with us Saturday night, but unexpectedly passed away peacefully in her sleep.. I have always been fully transparent about BUB's health, and it was no secret that she was battling a persistent and aggressive bone infection. Even knowing this, we weren't expecting her to pass so soon or so abruptly without warning. I truly believe that she willingly made the decision to leave her failing body so that our family would not have to make that difficult decision ourselves. 

It is impossible to put into words the profound effect that BUB has had on my life, on the lives of thousands of homeless pets, and on the lives of those of you that have cared for her as if she were your own family. She taught me everything that I know about unconditional love, she brought my wife Stacy and I together, she's the reason we have our beautiful children Rosco and Lula, and she has been a constant source of warmth and love in our lives for the past 8 years. To say that our family is devastated would be an understatement. 

But most importantly, BUB has made a huge difference in the world of animal welfare, and in the lives of millions of people worldwide. She has literally saved thousands of lives (both pets and humans), she started the first national fund for special needs pets, she was the subject of groundbreaking genetic and biological research, she's helped raise over $700,000 for animals in need, and has spread a message of determination, positivity, and perseverance to people all over the world. And even though my heart is absolutely crushed by her graceful departure from planet Earth, I know that her sprit, magic, and overwhelming energy are still with us, reminding us every day to be better. 

Dearest BUB, I will never forget your generosity, your limitless supply of love, or your uncanny ability to bring so much magic and joy to the world. I am forever honored and humbled that you chose me as your caretaker. Please visit all of us in our dreams often. GOOD JOB BUB."

We love you, Lil Bub. 

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So many onions up in here. 

In this heartbreaking tale, a loyal pup happened to fall of the ferry in the middle of the Chao Phraya River, near Bangkok, Thailand. 

It is said that he was riding with his owner before being knocked off balance by a ripple in the river, thus plunging into the water. 

The pooch is believed to be 3 or 4 years old. 

After falling into the water, a resident on the riverfront, Piengkamol Kerdsomsri, saw the pup struggle to stay afloat as he paddled over to her home. 

Piengkamol, being the kindhearted woman she is, beckoned the pup over and pulled him to safety. He was shivering and drenched in the dirty water, Piengkamol cared for him for the past week and has nicknamed him 'Luck'. 

'Luck' refused to eat, and would wake up in the early morning and wait on the edge of the jetty, everyday. Waiting. Piengkamol says there's a sadness in his eyes and he's hoping for his owner to return. 

Each time a boat passes by, 'Luck' runs to the end of pier, as if expecting to see someone. But the boat passes by, without stopping. 

Piengkamol said 'Luck' will stay in the same spot and refuse to go anywhere else. 

Here's to hoping 'Lucks'' owner happens to see the footage and they find their way back to each other. There's nothing like a dogs love and loyalty! We pray this story has the happy ending it deserves.  

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Baby Turtle Dies Due To 104 Pieces Of Plastic Being Found In Its Stomach

Humans are destroying sea life with our insane usage of plastic and it shows. And sometimes it shows in devastating ways, such as this baby turtle.

On the shore of Boca Raton, Florida, a baby turtle washed up. "It was weak and emaciated. I could just tell it wasn't doing well," Emily Mirowski, Emily Mirowski, a sea turtle rehabilitation assistant at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, told CNN. The baby turtle did not die of natural causes, it died because this turtle had an astonishing amount of plastic in it's belly -- 104 pieces of plastic, to be exact. 

The Gumbo Limbo Nature Center shared the heartbreaking photo of the deceased baby turtle along with all the bits and pieces of plastic that were found inside. 

"It was really heartbreaking," Mirowski said. "But it's something we've seen for several years and we're just glad people are finally seeing this image and hopefully it's raising awareness."

If this image doesn't make you take a second look at your plastic usage, we don't know what will. 

Story vIa CNN

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Who is chopping all these onions?! Just a warning, this video will surely hit you in the feels. 

Horrifyingly, this beautiful pup, 16-years-young Pomeranian named Okey, was believed to have been shot in Korea. The video shows Okey's owner emotional as she sings to her beloved pup while he struggles to breathe. 

The video has been shared over 3,400 times, nearly 8,000 reactions and is getting loving comments and support from all around the world. 

As we write this through teary eyes, we'd like to send Okey's family our deepest condolences.

Hold your loved ones just a bit tighter and longer today, in honor of Okey. RIP Okey, you will be missed. 

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Eddie Collins From Tucson, Arizona, is willing to take a drastic approach in hopes of finding his beloved 2-years-old Chihuahua, Jenny. Jenny went missing back in April and ever since looked for her everywhere, with no luck so far. When he was asked why was he willing to offer a piece of property with a one bedroom room, he answered News 4 Tucson: "I'm willing to give the land, the trailer, the workshop, all of it free and clear, no questions asked. I just want to have Jenny back." Check out his desperate video. 



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Woman Shares Heartbreaking Message To The Thief That Stole Her Last Memories Of Her Dog

In a viral Reddit post, a woman shares a devastating message to the thief that broke into her home and robbed her of her possessions. And of one certain possession that she treasures most, and can't get back. Memories. According to Reddit user u/whatsmystation, the sign was stuck to a light pole in Toronto, Ontario, and was written by a woman who had just recently put down her rescue dog due to cancer. The DSLR stolen from her had pictures of her dogs last days and meant the world to her. We can only hope that sharing this story will provide more exposure and maybe, just maybe, the thief can read this message and do the right thing. 


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