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Sochi Pups Find Their Happily Ever After

(DOGS/ANIMAL WELFARE) With the world watching Sochi, Russia during the Winter Olympics, eyes fell on the city’s method of dealing with their stray dog population and many were outraged. The city hired exterminators to kill the dogs on a large scale, often with inhumane methods such as poisoning. Since October, the city has killed an average of 300 dogs per month. — Global Animal

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Miley Cyrus’ Beloved Pooch Passes

(CELEBRITIES/PETS) This year’s April Fools’ Day was not filled with joy and laughter for Miley Cyrus who found out mid-afternoon that her beloved Alaskan Klee Kai puppy named Floyd passed away. Cyrus experienced a similar loss in 2012 when her 2-year-old Yorkshire Terrier, Lila, passed away unexpectedly. Her three remaining companions are Ziggy, Happy and Mary Jane. Our condolences go out to Cyrus and her family during this difficult time. Floyd will be truly missed. — 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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Cuddling, Kittens, Cute Animal Pictures, Love, Valentine's Day

Celebrate Respect Your Cat Day With These Purr-fect Facts

(CATS/PETS) March 28 is annual Respect Your Cat Day—as if you needed an unofficial holiday to love and cherish your adorable feline friend, but everyone deserves their own special day. It’s the “purr-fect” day to spend lavishing your beloved cat and showing them how much they are loved. — 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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Pit Bull Discrimination – A People Problem?

(DOGS/DOG BREED DISCRIMINATION) Pit bulls have been the target of breed-specific legislation for years despite evidence claiming such laws do not diminish the number of overall dog attacks. Support for these laws is based on the misconception that pit bulls are more dangerous and prone to aggression than other dog breeds. However, the seemingly high numbers of pit bull attacks are, in fact, a result of the high population of pit bulls in the United States. When considering the frequency of attacks by percentage, the number is actually low. Due to inaccurate perceptions of the pit bull, many shelters around the country even put down the animals before giving anyone the opportunity to adopt them. With more and more evidence proving pit bulls are no more dangerous than any other dog breed, education for the public is needed to ensure these animals are not treated unfairly. Read the full article below for more information on the treatment of “America’s dog.” — Global Animal

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