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Old 01-02-2012, 09:21 AM
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Thumbs up Happy Pet stories.

With all the bad and sad animal stories we read here, and on the news, I want to try something here. Post any stories you come accross that are good stories of people doing things for animals, or happy animal news articles.

For example here is one I came accross in the link below.


NJ man swings ax to help animal shelter | Video | 6abc.com



When you come accross a good or happy animal related article post it here. Maybe this is one place we can come to for reading good things that go on out there with animals.
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:30 AM
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This one starts out rough but stick with it It's worth it in the end! (caution: tear jerker!)

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Great stories and a great idea! Thanks for sharing!
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Great Idea!

This is the newest news from my city, which is a VERY good thing--the new ASPCA shelter opens today! The old location, was just so depressing.

Homeless dogs, cats in Dallas get friendlier shelter | Dallas-Fort Worth Communities - News for Dallas, Texas - The Dallas Morning News

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By SCOTT K. PARKS Staff Writer sparks@dallasnews.com
Published: 28 December 2011 10:42 PM

The prospects for orphaned dogs and cats in Dallas will be looking up in 2012.
The Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center, scheduled to open Monday, replaces the outdated SPCA of Texas shelter on Riverfront Boulevard with a much larger, state-of-the-art building that houses neat stuff like the Transfer Dog Behavior Evaluation room equipped with a video camera.
Gone from the new building are the rows of chain-link fenced cages found in the dog pounds of old. They are replaced with glass-enclosed observation rooms that accommodate visits between pets and families that might want them.
“It takes away that jail-type look,” James Bias said during a recent tour of the new SPCA center in West Dallas.
Bias seems the perfect person to be president of the SPCA of Texas. He and his wife have four dogs, six cats, three goats, one horse and 11 children. As he moves through the gleaming new building, his passion for pets is evident.
“The idea is to create a system in which more animals move through the shelter quicker and we are able to save more lives,” he said.
This is the time of year when we humans talk about whether life will be better or worse in the new year. For dogs and cats and the SPCA staff that care for them, there is no question that 2012 will be a better year.
The 40-year-old shelter sits on 1.1 acres. The new shelter and its grounds cover seven acres, including several fenced, quarter-acre outdoor playgrounds where dogs can catch Frisbees or chase tennis balls.
Philanthropic support
The fundraising drive for the new animal shelter began almost eight years ago when Jim Moroney Jr. announced a $1 million donation from his late sister’s trust, the Betty Moroney Norsworthy Charitable Trust.
Other philanthropists subsequently stepped forward to support the project — the Rees-Jones Foundation, the Meadows Foundation and Myron Martin among them.
The SPCA acquired land on the westbound frontage road of I-30 and then purchased an office building once occupied by the United Methodist Church newspaper. The existing building provided the starting point for a renovation and expansion that ended up at 72,000 square feet.
Three main entrances at the front of the building accommodate the SPCA’s main functions.
Adopting families enter an atrium-like lobby decorated with gigantic photographs of impossibly cute dogs and cats. Those needing spay and neuter services enter into a clinic lobby that fronts an operating-room suite with the latest technology.
The third entrance — sadly enough — is for those giving up pets for adoption. This area includes private rooms for anyone overcome by emotion.
“We want to be sensitive to people, and we recognize how difficult it can be to lose a member of the family,” Bias said during a tour of the shelter.
Cat rotunda
The grimmer aspects of the shelter are leavened by more whimsical spaces such as the cat rotunda, built to resemble a circular fish bowl. Glass-enclosed cat “condos” are arranged around the circumference of the rotunda, which is infused with blue-hued ceiling, floor and lighting to resemble a refreshing pool. Colorful “Nemo-esque” ceramic fish hang from a light fixture.
A seating area allows potential adopters to observe the cats frolicking in their enclosures.
SPCA officials hope the new shelter will result in a 20 to 30 percent increase in pet adoptions during its first year of operation compared to the old shelter.
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Great idea Rob. I always found this one heartwarming. First 30 seconds are kinda sad but it gets fun. Happy ending too.

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That was incredible!
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Great Idea!

This is the newest news from my city, which is a VERY good thing--the new ASPCA shelter opens today! The old location, was just so depressing.

Hey DG, that article reminded me of another feel good video when I read “It takes away that jail-type look,” Have you heard of her?

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This was posted a couple days ago and isn't a heart warming love story, but it makes me smile every single time I watch it. So I felt it was appropriate to add to this thread:

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Hey DG, that article reminded me of another feel good video when I read “It takes away that jail-type look,” Have you heard of her?

Love this and its so true. A great pic makes a world of difference to a dog.
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That photographer is a GENIUS! I am by no means a professional but I KNOW I can take better pics than the ones posted from our local shelter!!! I am going to look into helping!!! That guitar loving golden CRACKED ME UP!!!!!!!!!! I am just smiling ear to ear thinking about that handsome boy LOL!!!!!!! This thread was such a great idea!
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