Good news and stories for pet guardians and animal lovers. This section also features animal rescue stories and “Thanks To Animals” profiles about animals who’ve earned our gratitude and awe. Each day, we’re profiling different stories, so keep connected – you’ll be grateful that you did.

Michael Vick, Rescue Dogs, Dogs, Dog Fighting

Michael Vick’s Fighting Dogs: Where Are They Now? (GALLERY)

(RESCUE DOGS/PIT BULLS) It’s been several years since Michael Vick’s former dogs were rescued from the terrible world of dog fighting. Now, we have an update from a handful of these pups and how their lives have changed significantly for the better. Not only are these dogs in happy, forever homes, but they have adjusted perfectly to normal lives. A big thank you to Best Friends Friends Animal Sanctuary for giving these pits  the lives they deserve. — Global Animal

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Purrfect Pranks For April Fools’ Day (GALLERY)

(CATS AND DOGS/ANIMAL PICTURES) April Fools’ Day is finally here! Celebrated by many cultures far and wide, the holiday is famous for the practical jokes and hoaxes people play on one another. But as it turns out, humans aren’t the only animals engaging in pranks. Cats also have a special love for mischief—especially when it involves tricking a dog. Check out the gallery below for some hilarious kitty antics! — Global Animal

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Squirrel, chihuahua, rags-to-riches, PETA

Chihuahua’s Life Changed For The Better

(DOGS/ANIMAL RESCUE) Your pets are your family, so why wouldn’t you treat them like so? PETA’s rescue team recently found and rescued a helpless Chihuahua who was chained outside during the harsh winter. The Chihuahua’s guardians refused to let their pup inside, and in return, lost the privilege of having a pet companion (rightfully so!). PETA works hard to help backyard dogs throughout rural Virginia and North Carolina by providing them with necessities such as: a sturdy dog house, fresh food, and bedding. — Global Animal

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A Happy Reunion: Facebook Guides Guardian To Blind Dog

(PETS/DOGS) Your faith in humanity and social networking will be restored after reading this heartwarming tale. A Kansas woman named Cindy Sundgren was visiting Oklahoma with her dog named Scout for a horse show. But when Cindy was checking out of her hotel, her truck was stolen with her blind, Jack Russell Terrier inside. Cindy was understandably terrified and took to social media to help retrieve her dog. Continue reading below to find out how Facebook miraculously helped Cindy reunite with Scout. — Global Animal.

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It’s Puppy Love! Olympian Reunites With Sochi Strays

(RESCUE DOGS/CELEBRITY NEWS) America watched Friday morning as Olympian Gus Kenworthy was reunited with his Sochi strays on the Today show. Kenworthy was a part of the Olympic freeskiing team, but he walked away with more than a silver-medal in his slopestyle event. Kenworthy, along with a number of other celebrites including Katherine Heigl, fell in love with many of the stray dogs in Sochi, so he decided to rescue four puppies and their mother. After a long month battling with the government to adopt and care for the adorable rescue dogs, Gus and his photographer friend Robin MacDonald were finally reunited with the precious pups. — Global Animal

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From Rags To Regal: Rescued Dog’s Shocking Transformation

(ANIMAL RESCUE/DOG PICTURES) Montreal citizens found what they originally thought was a pile of garbage on the side of the road. But upon further inspection, this “pile of trash” was actually a stray dog. The Cavalier King Charles was quickly picked up, cleaned, and groomed by the Quebec Society for the Protection of Animals. Witness the dog’s miraculous transformation from rags to regal in the photos below. — Global Animal

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