People Rescue Dogs All The Time, But For This Woman, It Was The Other Way Around

Spend five minutes online and you’re bound to come across stories of humans saving animals in need.

They pull cats from dumpsters, puppies from boxes on the side of the road, and old dogs from painful lives spent on dirty street corners. They do important work for those who cannot do it for themselves — animals that rely on human kindness that will never come.

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But if you have a pet, you know that they do just as much saving. They do it every day. They curl up in our laps when we’re crying and run around like crazy when we’re laughing. They sit on the floor next to us when we’re too tired or too stressed or too sad to get up. Shannon Kopp knows that better than anyone. Had it not been for the love of shelter dogs, she may never have gotten up again.

The lifelong animal lover and accomplished writer dealt with more than her fair share of hard knocks growing up. Her dad, although a loving man, struggled with addiction. She dealt with a few demons herself, and those demons almost killed her.

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For years, Kopp fought an eating disorder that often left her feeling broken down and isolated. “My eight-year battle with bulimia started with a plan to lose some weight. Not to lose my teeth and hopes and dreams,” she writes.

But as the years wore on, that disorder slowly stole everything. In an effort to regain control, she saw therapists. She took medication. She spoke to strangers on hotlines across the country in an effort to feel grounded from where she sat, and sat, and sat next to the toilet that collected every meal when it came back up.

But all of that changed when she stepped into the San Diego Humane Society. Therapy never worked, prescriptions never helped, but shelter dogs saved her.

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In her words, “It was there, in dirty kennels and tiny rooms, that an unexpected and transformative kind of healing took place.”

“The anxious and broken person who walked into the kennel faded into the background, and in its place, there was simply an outpouring of love between a girl and a dog.”

As anyone who has ever suffered with emotional or psychological trauma will tell you, those wounds linger. But instead of making room in the pit of her stomach, Kopp now spends her days making room in her heart for the dogs that come into her life and change it forever.

Kopp wrote a book that pays due reverence to her struggles and celebrates her triumphs that rode in on the backs of shelter dogs.

To hear the rest of Shannon Kopp’s story, be sure to grab a copy of her book. For a front-row seat to her many adventures, follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/shannon-kopp/

Shelter Dog Hugs Her Friend Hours Before Euthanasia And Saves Their Lives

Kala and Keira, two shelter dogs who were hours from certain death by euthanization, proved that hugs can save lives. Two hours and six minutes after a photo of Kala, the brown dog, hugging her friend was posted on

Two hours and six minutes after it was shared, the viral pic found them a foster home


They’ve proven that miracles DO happen!

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/shelter-dogs-hug-photo-viral-save-life-euthanasia-kala-keira-angels-among-us/

He Rescued This Dog And Then Made A Hilarious Music Video With Him

Some people celebrate a new furry family member with tons of treats, toys, and love.

But when Liam Sullivan took Fido home from the local animal shelter, he had more…grand plans in mind.

Since Sullivan lives in the Bel Air portion of Los Angeles, he saw an opportunity to recreate the intro to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air…but this time with his pup in the starring role! The result is adorable.

I’m not going to lie…I think I prefer this version to the original.

How did you celebrate your new adopted pet when you took them home?

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/fresh-pup-bel-air/

This Amazing Dog Saved So Many Lives, But His Story Recently Ended In Tragedy

On April 16, 2016, a devastating earthquake occurred in Ecuador, destroying communities and killing almost 700 people. One death is even more tragic than most. This particular hero died while pulling others to safety.

A four-year-old labrador named Dayko saved many people over the course of his career. Sadly, he just died in the line of duty.

When a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Ecuador earlier this month, Dayko went to work rescuing people like it was any other day for the K-9 division of the Ibarra Fire Service.

The brave dog’s mission was to help find people who had been trapped beneath the rubble.

He managed to save several lives.

While rescuing more victims, however, he suffered a devastating heat stroke.

The fire department announced that Dayko died from a “massive coronary myocardial infarction and acute respiratory failure.” They expressed gratitude for the dog’s heroic efforts, stating that he always sprung into action when community members needed help.

(via Independent)

Dayko’s death is even more disheartening when you think about how many more people he could have saved if he hadn’t passed away. He truly died a hero, and the people of Ibarra will never forget hm.

You can do your part by donating to UNICEF‘s disaster relief fund today.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/dayko/

She Was Abandoned On A Park Bench, Blind And Alone. But Then, A Savior Came Along.

It’s incredible the amount of cruelty some humans can dish out to animals. It never ceases to amaze me the insanely torturous things we do to creatures who depend on us and trust that we’ll provide everything for food, comfort, and safety.

That’s why this story is especially disgusting. Someone abandoned a poor, sick, and blind dog on a park bench in California. It was a disgraceful act, but luckily, some heroes came to save the day.

This is Poly. She was abandoned on a park bench in California. She is blind, suffers from a heart and skin condition, and is totally dependent on humans to survive.

Which is why it was insanely cruel for a person to leave her for dead in an unfamiliar place.

Luckily, the people at the Santa Barbara County Animal Services found her and were able to rescue her.

For now, Poly is spending time in a foster home, getting treated for her illnesses and waiting to be adopted by someone who wants to be her forever family.

Understandably so, her medical bills are piling up, so an account was set up to help pay for her expenses.

If you’re interested in donating to Poly’s medical expenses, you can click here.

(via Bored Panda)

Hopefully she can find her forever home soon. Thank goodness for the kind people of the Santa Barbara County Animal Services for finding Poly before something terrible happened.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/dog-blind/

Two Inseparable Dogs Get Rescued From A Harsh Life On The Streets Of LA.

Annie Hart, founder of the Los Angeles-based animal organization Rescue from the Hart, learned of two cute dogs running around an East Los Angeles street earlier this month.

When she turned up to look for them, she found two of the most precious dogs ever. The dogs were clearly inseparable from each other, and in puppy love! The girl dog was hesitant to trust Annie, so she had to lure her into a trap cage to catch her. Once she did, the boy dog came running into her lover’s arms. The little guy didn’t want to fall behind.

(Source: Rescue From The Hart)

Annie decided to name the inseparable besties after one of television’s favorite couples, Chandler and Monica. Rescue from the Hart is still taking care of these sweet pooches, but hopefully they’ll find a loving owner soon!

Read more: http://viralnova.com/love-dogs-rescued/

Dog Whose Owners Abandoned Him At A Gas Station Gets A Full Time Job

Meet a dog named Negão, the cutest gas station employee on the planet. The pooch was abandoned at a petrol stop by his previous owners. Sabrina Plannerer and her partner purchased a Shell gas station under construction in the town of Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil, and when they noticed the wandering doggie, they did something amazing.


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“We adopted him immediately and got him all the care animals need,” Plannerer tells The Dodo. “We bought him food, a dog house, and a leash to take him on walks.”

Then, they went a step further – they made Negão a Shell ’employee’ and even gave him a worker’s ID card. The doggie turned out to be a natural when it comes to stellar customer service.

“Negão waits for people to arrive, and then goes up to say hello, winning them over with his charms,” Plannerer says. “Customers love him. Some people even bring him toys.”

The woman says she hopes this positive example will encourage other establishments to adopt.

Meet a dog named Negão, the cutest gas station employee on the planet