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Woman Looking To Adopt A Pet Finds Her Long-Lost Dog In Shelter

Hey folks!  We are coming at you today with a heartwarming story that is guaranteed to lift your spirits. This story of a beautiful reunion between human and doggo touched our hearts and we hope you are as uplifted by it as we were. 

According to 6abc: "A former Allentown, Pennsylvania resident once again has a dog in her home, but it is not a new furry friend. Aisha Nieves knew the pup well. She was scrolling through the Lehigh County Humane Society's adoption site looking for a dog for her two sons. She said she froze when she saw a photo of a tan pit bull-rottweiler mix. Nieves realized it was her dog, Kovu, who went missing back in May 2019 after a truck hit her fence and he escaped. She said this wasn't the first time she had seen him since then. Kovu had been picked up by the humane society weeks after the crash.
When Nieves went to the shelter again, she learned he had already been adopted to another family. But earlier this month, that family surrendered the dog and allowed Nieves to reunite with Kovu. Nieves was initially worried Kovu wouldn't remember her, but she said it is like the pair have never been apart."

It's okay to shed a few tears on this one, we will admit that we did!

Story via 6abc.

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Lost Dog Rescued By Ship Crew After Walking Through Arctic Ice For A Week

A dog who had been wandering around in the Arctic for more than a week has been rescued by a crew of a Russian ship! We can not even imagine how difficult and lonely this experience must have been for this poor pup, but we are overwhelmed with happiness that the doggo has been recovered and safely returned to his beloved owners.

 According to NBC News: "Sailors spotted the pup deep in the ice fields near the village of Mys Kamenny on the Yamal Peninsula, in northern Russia. Captain of the Alexander Sannikov icebreaker ship, Yegor Agapov, told sources that the dog approached the side of the vessel on the freezing landscape toward an oil terminal in the Gulf of Ob. Video footage showed the little white dog, named Aika, wagging her tail and walking carefully on the ice before the crew lowered a ladder for her to climb up."

"Navigation assistant Evgeny Nagibin said: 'We put out the ladder, by which the dog climbed aboard on its own. Later, with the help of mobile phone, we established contact with the local population, found the owner of the dog." Wow. We can't begin to imagine how difficult this must have been not only for Aika, but also for her owner Svetlana. Thank goodness Aika is alright and they have been reunited! 

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An itty bitty fox cub got separated from its family and stuck in a little stream. The baby was cold and lost, but luckily, it was surrounded by good people who did everything they could to try to help it. And thankfully, one of them was successful, coming in confidently, picking up the cub, wrapping it up in a warm blanket and rescuing the fox cub

On top of all that, this incredible rescuer managed to gather enough information to find the fox cub's family, and following through with the rescue, he brought the little cub home. You can even hear the adorable foxes chattering and laughing with each other when the baby returns back to his home. It's so heartwarming, it makes our hearts fully melt, and we are so grateful for this happy ending. 

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Swan Waits For Her Rescued Mate To Return After Rehabilitation

After a most dramatic rescue of a beautiful swan from a dangerous waterfall, the swan was reunited with her mate, and this amazing, romantic, incredibly heartwarming moment was caught on camera. It's a happy ending like no other, and we are so happy to not only see this rescued swan back in the wild but back in the wild with her mate - who was waiting for it to return at the site of the waterfall. 

As InYourArea reports, "RSPCA officers had teamed up with rangers from the Greenfield Valley Park to help the stranded swan." The swan had fallen down the raging waterfall and was rescued from the bottom of it. Unfortunately, because of a serious eye injury, the swan couldn't be returned to the wild right away and had to go through a period of rehabilitation. 

During the rehabilitation period, the swan's mate was spotted waiting for his at the site of the waterfall where the swan was rescued, so the rescuers were eager to return the swan to his mate. And the reunion was gut-wrenchingly beautiful.

Check out the pictures from the reunion below!

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After three whole years apart, two wild horses get reunited, and it's the most heartwarming reunion you've ever seen. You might think that they wouldn't recognize each other after such a long time apart, but they did - instantly. 

The male horse got adopted first, and though he was well taken care of, he had a hard time getting used to the new place and making friends. As his owner explains, it was clear as day that something was missing for him, that he had missed his family. So, the amazing owner spent years looking for a female horse who was in a picture she had with the male horse, and after three years, she accidentally found her. 

All it took was for the male to hear the sound of the female to come running to her, and from there on, it was like these amazing horses were never separated at all.

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Blind Feral Kitten Reunited With His Half-Blind Brother

A true Christmas miracle! A 14-week-old kitten with no eyes was rescued by the RSPCA and reunited with his half blind brother. 

As the RSPCA reports, the blind kitten, later named Gabriel, despite having no eyes, is completely healthy. It is assumed that Gabriel had the cat flue, and so it is a miracle in and of itself that he survived. 

Krissy Raine, the RSPCA inspector who rescued Gabriel, explained: "It's amazing that Gabriel survived. I took him to a vet and they believe he had cat flu which left his eyes badly damaged and they perished. But he is very healthy, he needed no treatment from the vets at all." She continued: "Even though he was from a feral colony when I took him to the vets, they were shocked by how calm and friendly he was and instantly fell in love with him. We named him Gabriel as he is an absolute angel and everyone who meets him adores him!" 

That's not all though. A second miracle happened when Gabriel was brought into the shelter. There, he met another half-blind cat who was rescued a few weeks prior from the same area. Arthur is also believed to have had the flu which damaged one of his eyes. That eye had  to be removed through surgery, but thankfully, his other eye was saved. 

When Gabriel was brought into the shelter, "[t]he brothers instantly recognised each other."

And today, they are living together in the same foster home. "Gemma couldn't believe it when she realised she had rescued his brother a few weeks before and we knew we had to reunite them. Arthur was being looked after by a foster family and they were so excited to hear that his brother had been rescued - they welcomed him with open arms too. They are both with the same foster family now, they are such calm, caring and affectionate cats - such special little angels. Now that they are back together, Arthur can guide Gabriel through life."

The brothers will now be looking for a forever home where they will hopefully be able to live together. "It's a Christmas miracle for Gabriel and Arthur - we're just so pleased that they are together for Christmas Day, it's the perfect gift for them."

We wish this pair of angels luck in their new lives and a forever home in the new year! For more positive animal stories, take a look at our collection of the best animal news stories of 2020!

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Forty Most Positive Animal News Stories Of 2020

Let's be frank, 2020 has been a difficult year to say the least. From rumors of a world war in January to a pandemic to a news cycle that just makes you want to turn off your TV. But... things weren't all bad. All the lockdowns had quite a good result to some portions of the population - namely, animals. 

Suddenly, we were seeing videos and news stories about animals walking around on the empty streets, swimming in empty oceans and clearer skies. Animals absolutely THRIVED this year, and we think that's something worth commemorating and celebrating. So, for the end of this year, as a special treat, we have collected 40 of our favorite most positive, wholesome, happy news stories of 2020 that are all about animals. 

This is one news collection that you won't want to turn away from, we promise.


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Seizure Dog Missing For Three Years Reunited With Owner

Reunited, and it's never felt better! After 3 long years, Debra Mejeur has been reunited with her dog, and for the dog, it took no more than a single whiff of her old blanket to jump right back into her owner's arms. 

According to Yahoo!entertainment, Lola, the dog, is an especially trained seizure alert dog, and she went missing in October, having escaped from a fenced area during a family trip to Chicago. Having escaped during such an unfortunate time meant that Debra wasn't able to be there every day in case Lola came back. Despite that, for a month, Debra and her husband made regular trips to Illinois, hoping to find Lola. They "put up "lost" signs, called on the locals for assistance, and even hired a professional pet searcher," but couldn't find her. 

The chances of finding Lola were obviously incredibly low, but, in an incredible turn of events, last week, Debra got a phone call from an Illinois animal shelter and found out that her gorgeous little Labrador has been found. "I still had an ounce of hope, I guess, but the majority of me was thinking she had already crossed the rainbow bridge," Debra said. "I was just completely stunned ... I feel like I'm in a dream right now." 

Apparently, a couple had spotted Lola in the woods and gave her food and water before taking her to the animal shelter, and the reason Debra was known to be Lola's owner was because Lola was - thankfully - microchipped. Lola had lost a little weight, but overall, she is in good health. No one is sure how she survived all these years, but everyone is happy that she did. 

"I wish she could talk because I would probably give her a little lecture, too," Mejeur said. "'You're not suppose to run away. Don't do it again.'" The plan from here on out is to not use Lola as a service dog anymore. Why? Because they "plan to spoil her from here on out." And you know what, we support that. Spoil her as much as you possibly can.

Read another heartwarming dog reunion story right here.

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There's no nightmare worse for any pet owner than losing your pet. Realizing that they're not home, shaking their food and them not coming. I've been there, and I had my baby baby kitty come back to me the following day - exactly 24 hours later. And though those 24 hours were some of the worst I can remember, having her come back was the happiest moment in the world. 

Same thing happened with this young boy who, after finishing with the school day, walked over to the car to be picked up and was shocked to find that the dog he had lost was waiting for him. Tail wagging and a bow tied like a collar, the dog's tail starts wagging immediately, the boy is shocked, and then, we're all crying tears of joy. 

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We always wonder whether our pets will remember us after a long time away. You would think that when it comes to wild animals like lions, one would be even more worried about them forgetting you, because if they don't remember you, things might not turn out too great. Not this man though.

Dean Schneider, YouTube star, after being away from the pride he got so close to for more than two whole months, had not a hint of fear when returning back to them. "We are one family, we are one pride, and I'm incredibly excited to be united with them again," he says in the video, and watching the lions take him in with so much love, we are overwhelmed with both heartwarming wholesomeness and also intense jealousy because we wanna be friends with adorable huge cats too. 

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Man Drives 1200 Miles To Reunite With Lost Dog

Stories of lost pets are the most heartbreaking ones, but when these stories end happily - with a grown man's joyous tears no less - what was once heartbreaking turns to the most wholesome feel-good stories in the world. 

200 days ago, just over 6 months, a man named Pat lost his dog. As the Washington County, TN Animal Shelter Facebook post tells, he "searched and searched but couldn't find him." Blue - the adorable dog - was as good as gone in Pat's eyes, especially when Pat had to move to Texas for his work. "He thought he'd never see Blue again," the shelter says.

So, when suddenly a friend of Pat's sent him "a video of his dog playing ball in the shelter", we can only imagine Pat's joy. But what we don't need to do is imagine his joy when they finally reunited, since Pat drove 1200 miles from Texas to get his doggo, and the shelter caught it all on camera. Be prepared for tears of joy, because these pictures might just break your heart with how wholesome they are.

"This is why WE NEVER GIVE UP," the Facebook post says, and we couldn't agree more. Check out pictures and the video of their adorable reunion below, and seriously - prepare the tissues. 

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One of every pet owners' concerns is always their pet forgetting them when they go away for a long time. When you're a soldier, and the periods of time you spend away are very long, that fear gets amplified. 

We're used to seeing videos of dogs immediately recognizing their soldier owners when they get back from serving that leave us melting from joy. But in this video, for a long terrifying second, our heart almost plummets when we realize that the dog doesn't immediately recognize the soldier, only to be overwhelmed by a palpable feeling of relief when it does recognize her. 

It's a happy ending, and our hearts did indeed melt. The lesson learned from this video has been summed up perfectly by this one youtube commenter: "May take a min, but a best friend will never  forget."

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Cat Medley: Funnies, Cuteness, Glow-Ups And Birthdays

Huzzah! It's another delicious cat medley segment

We've got quite the treat for you! 26 cats were pulled from the most up-voted cat pictures on the popular subreddit r/cats from the past week and it's been a really good cat week filled with funnies, adorable-ness, glow-ups and birthdays! 

We can't get enough of these medleys, there's a little something for everyone. Enjoy! 

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Huston, we have a problem. 

This dog missed her astronaut mommy too much and their reunion is pure joy.  

Christina Koch, the NASA astronaut, returned home this on February 6th after 328 days in space, breaking the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman. When she landed safely, she posted on Twitter: "This journey has been everyone's journey. Thank you to all involved in the success of our mission, and for giving me the opportunity to carry everyone's dreams into space. I'm filled with gratitude to be back on the planet". 

While we are sure many missed her over the past few months, it seems no one missed her more than her adorable dog who welcomed her with so many tail waggings. 

Koch posted a video of the heartwarming reunion, saying she "wasn't sure who was more excited" about it: her or her dog.



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Ahhh, the feels! 

Nothing like a reunion video to get the emotions running haywire! Especially a reunion video between a dog and his marine owner! 

And to ensure his human does scurry off again on duty, this doggo has a clever plan... steal the hat! 

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Matthew B. and his cat, Ashes, often traveled together travel together in the comfort of his 18-wheeler. Then, one unfortunately truck stop in Ohio, Ashes accidentally slipped out of the truck, got spooked and ran for the brush. 

Matthew was devastated. He searched and searched for Ashes with no luck. He had to continue forth on his route but Matthew re-arranged his routes over the next few months so he could return to that same truck spot and search for Ashes. 

Unbeknownst to Matthew at that time, Ashes was found by a women, Kimberly T., who had been moving from the West Coast to New York. She made a pit stop at the very small truck stop and noticed a thin gray cat emerging from the brush. It was 13 degrees outside and Kimberly told Lollypop, "He was trying to not put his feet down on the ground, it was so cold." 

She decided to take Ashes (who she funnily enough named "Smokey") with her to New York and to the Lollypop Farm.

The Lollypop Farm scanned for a microchip and discovered his owner had him registered under a Texas address that was over 1,465 miles away!

Matthew was finally reunited with Ashes. 

Another story that is the perfect reminder on how important it is to get your beloved pets micro-chipped.