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Rescue raccoon, deemed aggressive, has new home

A rare and beautiful animal has a new home.

Isis is an albino raccoon. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources found the 4-year-old female in a suspended wire cage.

The operators of A New Hope Animal Sanctuary in Winterville, Georgia, said she came to them covered in fleas, sores and urine burns, believing she had never touched the ground, living most of her life caged near other animals.

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Officials with the Department of Natural Resources dropped her off at the sanctuary temporarily while they looked for a permanent home for what they deemed as an "aggressive animal."

But sanctuary workers say she's anything but aggressive. They said that as soon as they showed her kindness, she turned into a loving animal, or even a pet that wanted to be held.

>>Click here to see other animals that call A New Hope Animal Sanctuary home

They came up with, in their opinion, the perfect name, Isis, naming the raccoon after the Egyptian goddess of life and magic.

<script>(function(d, s, id) {  var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];  if (d.getElementById(id)) return;  js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;  js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&amp;version=v2.8";  fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script> It took a minute for us to find the perfect name for the albino raccoon who recently joined our family, but we think we'...Posted by A New Hope: Animal Sanctuary & Education Center on Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Isis has also been able to meet other animals at the sanctuary, like Ghost, another raccoon that calls A New Hope home.

<script>(function(d, s, id) {  var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];  if (d.getElementById(id)) return;  js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;  js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&amp;version=v2.8";  fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script> Isis met Ghost today, we think these two are gonna get along great! #raccoonPosted by A New Hope: Animal Sanctuary & Education Center on Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A New Hope says that it costs about $100 a month to care for Isis. If you'd like to help, click here.

Therapy dogs in Halloween costumes a real treat

A group of costumed, four-legged visitors to a hospital in Iowa brought treats, no tricks.

On Oct. 12, dogs participating in UnityPoint Health’s Animal-Assisted Therapy program sported Halloween costumes as they made their rounds, greeting patients and staff at the hospital.

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Our Animal Assisted Therapy dogs are in the spirit of October and dressed up for #halloween before their rounds at the...Posted by UnityPoint Health - Des Moines on Wednesday, October 12, 2016  

According to UnityPoint Health’s Facebook page, Thor, Champ, Cooper, Marco Polo and Cheer participated in the Halloween-themed visit.

 

Family receives 'sign from doggie heaven' after pet's death

Catie Callaghan said that her family pet, Bandit, was a "very good dog."

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"We were his fourth home, and we always talked about how we never gave up on him," she told BuzzFeed News.

She said Bandit was "loved by everyone."

But after undergoing multiple surgeries, Bandit had to go back for another -- his 15th procedure. At the end of the surgery, the 15-year-old dog died.

Callaghan and her family were devastated, but two days after Bandit died, they got a sign from "doggie heaven."

"So my 15-year-old dog passed away two days ago," Callaghan wrote on Twitter. "My mom found his bowl like this tonight. Doggie heaven does exist. Love you, Bandit."

A picture showed water in the dog bowl in the shape of a smiley face.

"The bowl was a sign that he’s happy," Callaghan told BuzzFeed. "We even thought the smile looked like his. It was a God wink."

More than 30,000 people liked the tweet.

"It warms our hearts and makes us feel good about it," Callaghan said of the support that she and her family have received.

Good Samaritan goes above and beyond to help homeless man who lost his dog

A homeless man has been reunited with his dog thanks to the kindness of a stranger.

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Wilma Price spotted a homeless man named Patrick holding a sign that read, “Dog in pound. Need help” outside her local Walmart store in Texas.

“He seemed like a nice, gentle soul who just happened to have a hard life,” Price told Inside Edition. “He looked like a big kid who just lost his puppy.”

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Patrick told Price about his dog, Franklin. After running into some trouble, Franklin was sent to the pound, and it cost $120 to get him out.

Price helped cover some of the cost and within two days, Franklin was back in Patrick’s arms. The fee covered a rabies shot, heartworm test, flea prevention and a $35 impoundment fee.

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“He is a wonderful man and Franklin is a wonderful dog,” Price told The Telegraph.

Price has since started a GoFundMe page to raise money for Patrick and Franklin. So far the page has raised over $2,500. If you would like to donate, click here.

Dog abandoned for being fat has a new home

A 12-year-old dog named Leila, who someone left at the Cobb County, Georgia, animal shelter after her weight made her “inconvenient,” has found a new home.

At 61 pounds, it’s been hard for Leila to get up and down steps, so her past owners gave her up. Cobb County animal shelter volunteers posted a message about Leila’s heartbreaking plight the other day.

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“Leila’s previous ‘family’ left her at Cobb County Animal Control on Oct. 20 because they said it had become inconvenient since Leila had become so heavy she can no longer easily go up and down the stairs to take herself outside to potty.

Leila is so very sweet and looks like a beautiful young pup. You’d never know by looking at her that she has 12 years of life behind her.

We hope that someone sees what a beauty this girl is and snaps her up. Exercise and diet could help this beauty slim down. Her previous humans said she is GOOD WITH KIDS. Please share Leila to help her get out of the shelter!”

Apparently someone got the message. A subsequent post reported the happy news that Leila now has a new home.

UPDATE:  10-24-2016LEILA HAS BEEN ADOPTED!____________________________________AFTER 12 YEARS, HER FAMILY SAID SHE...Posted by Helping Cobb County Animals on Saturday, October 22, 2016

However, lots of other pets are still waiting. If you’re interested, the Cobb County Animal Shelter. The number is 770-499-4136.

Shelter hours for adoptions are Tuesday – Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sundays 2 to 5 p.m.

Report: Family cat killed with bow and arrow

A pet cat was killed by an arrow in Florida this week, and it's not the first time that it's happened to this family.

"That was my baby," said Sarah Trump.

The Nassau County woman wants to find the person who killed her cat.

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"Just the fact that nothing is going to get done. It's just infuriating. Because it's not just an animal," Trump said.

Trump said it was the third family cat that was killed. 

Officials with Animal Control and the Nassau County Sheriff's Office said there isn't anything they can do. 

Trump found her cat, Silas, Tuesday near her driveway with an arrow sticking out of him. She believes the same person shot and killed two other family cats over the last three years. 

Owner claims dogsitter sold dogs on Craigslist

A North Carolina woman said her dogs were sold on Craigslist by a man she trusted to care for the animals while she was in the hospital.

Ekemini Udoh told WSOC she hopes someone recognizes the dogs and returns them to her.

“I am really heartbroken. I have been crying nonstop,” Udoh said. "They are my family. They are my kids.”

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Udoh saved her dogs Rosie and Bella from going to a shelter in July.

The UNC Charlotte student from Nigeria had to go into the hospital in September and doesn’t have family close by, so she reached out to the Humane Society and Animal Control to watch her dogs, because boarding was too expensive. 

When those agencies couldn't help, she posted an ad on Craigslist offering $200. 

A man named Jarred responded. After checking him online, she said she felt comfortable trusting her dogs to him.

Once in the hospital, though, she started to worry after Jarred asked for more money. 

"As soon as I was discharged, I texted him that I had his money and that I'd like to get the dogs, and he told me he'd bring the dogs to me Thursday, Oct. 10," Udoh said.

But that never happened. Eventually, Jarred stopped responding to her calls.

“I thought it was all my fault. I trusted my dogs to a complete stranger,” she said.

She made another post on Craigslist explaining what happened. 

People reached out to her saying the same person tried to sell her dogs to them. 

The ad that Udoh said is offering her dogs is still up on the site. Udoh doesn't know where Bella and Rosie are now, but wants them home with her.

"I also need them to know that, and this might sound crazy, that I haven't abandoned them and I don't intend to, and I'm going to do whatever it takes to get them back,” she said.

Udoh did file a police report. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officials would only tell WSOC that it's an active investigation.

No one has been charged.WSOC called the number Udoh had for Jarred and left a message. He has not returned the call.  

Munchkin cat Giselle capturing hearts at shelter

There's a munchkin cat up for adoption at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals that is capturing many hearts, but she is possibly the hardest cat the shelter's ever had to place in a home. 

Giselle is 2 years old and barely weighs 2.5 pounds. She came into the adoption center because her owner was overwhelmed. She is completely blind, suffers from joint and nerve pain and is recovering from a lung infection. 

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In case you were having a hard time understand just how itty bitty I am, here's a picture of me with Butters, who lives in the vet clinic. He's average size... oh, and I'm standing up! #mspca #mspcaboston #adopt #stumpycat #munchkincat #foster #snelovespets A photo posted by Stumpy Cat (@realstumpycat) on Oct 21, 2016 at 9:19am PDT

Despite this, MSPCA says she is full of life and loves companionship. 

A lot of you have been asking if I can walk- and it's one of the cutest things I do! So here's a short clip! A lot people are also asking if they can donate- THANK YOU! donations toward my vet care and the vet care of other animals @mspcaBoston can be made to Spike's Fund at www.mspca.org/spikesfund. #thanks!! #mspca #mspcaboston #waddle #adopt #munchkincat #stumpycat A video posted by Stumpy Cat (@realstumpycat) on Oct 22, 2016 at 5:07am PDT

She'll soon be up for adoption, though she does have special needs. The ideal adopter can keep her away from stairs. Adopters can email adoption@mspca.org for more information. 

You can follow Giselle's journey on Instagram at realstumpycat.

Dog battling cancer gets sweet wagon ride around town

Joey Maxwell wanted to give his beloved dog, who is battling cancer, a special ride, and the journey has touched the hearts of people around the world.

Maverick is a 9-year-old Golden Retriever who is battling lymphoma for the second time. While Maverick has responded well to chemotherapy, he gave his owners a scare this month when he had to be rushed to the animal hospital and spent two nights in the ICU.

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After being discharged, Maxwell wanted to treat his dog to a ride around town, but he needed a wagon, since Maverick is unable to walk. He went to his local Lowe’s, but the wagon inventory was depleted in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

But once they heard what the wagon was going to be used for, Lowe’s staff sprang into action. They called area stores until they tracked down a wagon, had it sent to the store Maxwell was at and even put it together for him.

"Dear Lowe's Home Improvement, Lowe's, I cannot thank you enough for making this picture possible. Let me...Posted by Love What Matters on Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Maxwell took Maverick on a joyous ride around downtown Deland, where Maverick made many new friends and enjoyed a few treats. According to the latest update on the Everybody Loves Maverick Facebook page, Maverick’s health has stabilized and Maxwell is continuing to take him on wagon rides.

Maverick got to spend the day with some of his best friends yesterday on our downtown wagon adventures! Thanks to Eileen, Steve, and Trevor for the wonderful day, and of course the photos!!Posted by Everybody Loves Maverick on Sunday, October 16, 2016

Maverick has a GoFundMe page to assist with cancer treatment costs.

Man learns why his dog sneezed, had nosebleeds for 6 months

A Michigan man and his dog are getting back into their normal routine after the dog had a five-inch stick removed from its nasal cavity.

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Mark Kovicak told WXMI that his 2-year-old beagle, Rex, chased a rabbit into a wood lot in April and came out of the lot "acting strange."

"I knew something wasn't right," Kovicak told Inside Edition. "Rex and I went walking into the woods, and he came out and had blood all over his nose."

Kovicak took Rex to the vet, who flushed out Rex's nose and prescribed antibiotics for any possible infection.

But the once playful dog continued sneezing and having a runny nose for six months. Periodic vet visits didn't help.

It wasn't until Kovicak took Rex to BluePearl Veterinary Partners to get a CT scan that the dog owner got answers.

"It was a very long stick in his left nasal cavity," said veterinarian Amanda Conkling. "He couldn't breathe out of that side." 

Doctors pulled a five-inch stick out of Rex's nose with forceps. Luckily, Rex, whose snout is between two and three inches long, didn't suffer damage to any soft tissue, WXMI reported.

"Our doctors see a fair amount of strange foreign bodies, but usually, they've been swallowed, and usually, they're not found in a pet's nose," Carrie O’Brion, communications manager for BluePearl, told CBS News.

Kristopher Sharpe, a doctor at BluePearl, said the size of the stick affected Rex more than a smaller stick would have.

"The body attempts to wall off and remove any foreign object within the nose. If the stick was significantly smaller, then his immune system would have walled it off and slowly broken down the material," Sharpe explained. "Given the size of the stick, his body would have attempted to wall off the inflammation, but the wood material would have remained."

Kovicak told Inside Edition that Rex is "back to 100 percent now."

"He came out, I think, at 3:30 or something, and by 6 o'clock, he was frolicking around," he told USA Today. "His energy level was right back, kind of where I remembered it, prior to this all happening."

"If you're struggling to find a diagnosis with a pet, (don't) give up," Kovicak told WXMI.

Conkling recommended dogs wear protective netting over their orafices to prevent foreign objects from entering the nose and ears.

Posted by Mark Kovicak on Tuesday, March 15, 2016

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