By Kendall Curley | Featured on PetMD

According to the ASPCA, around 6.5 million animals pass through the doors of US animal shelters every year. And while there are approximately 3.2 million shelter animals adopted each year, there is still a very large gap between the two numbers.

To help try to close that gap, an annual campaign called “Clear the Shelters” was launched in 2015. This campaign spreads awareness about pet adoption and encourages people to adopt shelter dogs and shelter cats.

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By Samantha Schwab  | Featured on PetMD

Image via Kids and Canines/Facebook

The Kids and Canines program at Tampa’s Dorothy Thomas School pairs students with special needs with service animals in training–an initiative that provides an invaluable learning experience for both the children and the dogs.

“I’ve had kids who say I hate school. I hate you,” Kids and Canines executive director Kelly Hodges tells ABC Action News. “But they love their dogs.”

According to the outlet, many students in the program were labeled as being disruptive in other schools, and were thus asked to leave. At Dorothy Thomas School, however, these kids are welcomed with open arms.

The Kids and Canines program gives special needs students the opportunity to learn and practice behaviors that can be helpful for them later on in life–behaviors like compassion and empathy. The students also learn how to groom and train the dogs.

Not only are the kids benefiting from this program, but the dogs are as well. Many of the dogs in the Kids and Canines program come from animal shelters, and, by way of the program, are training to become service dogs. If the school year goes well, these ex-shelter dogs will be qualified to assist military veterans with PTSD or children with autism.

While the dogs are in training for the year, they will need foster homes. To learn more about this program and how you can get involved, visit kidsandcanines.org.


Laurelwood Animal Hospital,located near Jesuit High School on Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway offers a full range of companion animal services, including surgery, nutrition and behavior counseling, parasite control and preventative medicine. The hospital also offers advanced imaging through an all-digital spiral CT scanner, a comprehensive dental program and laser treatment.

If you’re looking for quality, compassionate veterinary care in Beaverton, Oregon, come visit us at Laurelwood Animal Hospital.

Laurelwood Animal Hospital

9315 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway
Beaverton, Oregon 97005

Phone: (971) 244-4230
Fax: (503) 292-6808

E-mail: info@laurelwoodvets.com

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Article By Noa Nichol and Lani M. Odell | Featued in Modern Dog

Stanley’s unique smile is inspiring change and encouraging acceptance! 

Deborah Pack is the kind of teacher we all wish we had. During her nearly two-decade-long career, Pack, who recently retired, placed enormous emphasis on teaching her preschool students about love, kindness, compassion and acceptance—with help from some very special assistants along the way. 

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By McKinley Corbley | Article Featured on Good News Network

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These abandoned babies may not have lasted much longer if they hadn’t been put into such a pristine cooler. The cooler was sitting on the side of the road in Sulphur Springs, Texas when a woman intent on taking it home with her pulled over to check it out.

When she opened the lid, however, she found nine German shepherd puppies crammed inside.

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Karri McCreary, a veterinarian from Hunt County Pet’s Alive was called to the scene where she diagnosed each of the pups as happy, healthy, and full of life.

“Someone must have stopped and found the cooler almost as quickly as they were dropped off there or else they would not have made it,” McCreary told the Dodo. Though they’ll need their vaccinations, the canines will soon be ready to be adopted by loving forever families. If you’d like to support the rescue dogs, you can donate here.


Laurelwood Animal Hospital,located near Jesuit High School on Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway offers a full range of companion animal services, including surgery, nutrition and behavior counseling, parasite control and preventative medicine. The hospital also offers advanced imaging through an all-digital spiral CT scanner, a comprehensive dental program and laser treatment.

If you’re looking for quality, compassionate veterinary care in Beaverton, Oregon, come visit us at Laurelwood Animal Hospital.

Laurelwood Animal Hospital

9315 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway
Beaverton, Oregon 97005

Phone: (971) 244-4230
Fax: (503) 292-6808

E-mail: info@laurelwoodvets.com

Most important on Howard's bucket list: raising money to help other senior animals in need.

Most important on Howard’s bucket list: raising money to help other senior animals in need.

Ailing Senior Dog Gets Happy Days

An Indiana shelter with a soft spot for seniors is making life better for a Golden Retriever with terminal cancer. Read more

Boxer Has Tumor Removed

What was called one of the worst cases of neglect ever seen by Arizona Humane Society has now become a story of care, recovery, and hope.

According to a press release, in late September, a 6-year-old Boxer mix named Gus was rescued by Arizona Humane Society’s Emergency Animal Medical Technicians. He was found abandoned and suffering in an alley. The dog had a 3.5 pound tumor hanging from his neck that was causing him extreme discomfort and pain.

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By Aly Semigran | Featured on PetMD

When a tiny stray puppy was brought to the Aurora Animal Shelter in Aurora, Colo., she was immediately evaluated by the veterinary staff. The little dog (who was just roughly a month old and a little over a pound) was born without her two front legs.

Dr. Cathlin Craver of the Aurora Animal Shelter tells petMD that, despite her rare birth defect, the Chihuahua-mix puppy “was not in any pain and, otherwise, appeared completely healthy.”

Still, Craver and the Aurora staff wanted to give the canine the chance to move around like other dogs, and with that, they took her measurements and made a fiberglass mold of her body so that she could be fitted for a wheelchair vest.

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 Shock the Pit Bull Learns to Walk Again Following Harrowing Accident

By Caitlin Ultimo | Featured on PetMD | Image Courtesy of PetMD

A simple Sunday evening spent grilling outside quickly turned into a pet parent’s worst nightmare for the McCulloughs of Oklahoma City this past October.

Dr. McCullough and his wife Laura walked out to the startling sight of their 10-year-old pit bull, Shock, lying motionless at the bottom of their pool. Having only left him alone for a matter of minutes, they can only speculate how he ended up there.

“We have an automatic [pool] vacuum and he tries to bite the water that squirts out,” says Dr. McCullough. “All we can figure is that he had jumped when it squirted and had slipped and fell into the shallow end, possibly hurting his neck.”

McCullough jumped into the pool immediately to retrieve his family’s beloved dog. Shock wasn’t breathing and his temperature had dropped. McCullough’s next move was an essential first part of Shock’s survival.

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Soldier and Dog

Article Featured on PetMD | By Dr. Jennifer Coates

Some animals go above and beyond the call of duty. Recently the American Humane Association gave out their Hero Dog Awards. While all the finalists’ stories are inspiring (you can read them here), this one is my favorite.

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