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Featured Cat: Blue

Date of Birth: 5/1/15

Hello, My name is Blue and I flew all the way to Furkids from Dubai. See, I am an FIV+ kitty and I have a better chance of getting adopted from Furkids than I did living in Dubai. I am a very sweet boy and a big talker. So if you LOVE to be talked to, I am the cat for you.

Visit Furkids for more!

Rescue dog becomes K9 cop for a day

The Nebraska Humane Society and a local police department are teaming up to help give rescue dogs a new leash, er lease, on life.

It’s called K9 Cop For A Day and allows a dog from the rescue group to spend the day as an honorary member of the force.

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They do ride-alongs and meet the community. 

This time it was Mickey’s turn to put on the badge.

He’s a 6-year-old Bull Terrier and Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix. Mickey has been up for adoption since July and recently went out with the La Vista Police Department.

"It seemed like a win-win for both of us, where we could definitely continue our programs with involving our community, but also help the Humane Society find a great home for a great dog,” Capt. Bryan Waugh told KETV.

“Oftentimes animals that are out of this environment have a better chance of getting adopted -- if people see them in a normal environment rather than here,” Pam Wiese of the Nebraska Humane Society told KETV.

Mickey was the first dog to take part in the program, but the police department plans on doing it at least once a month, KETV reported.

Family has to pay to get their dog back from Humane Society

A Pennsylvania family was relieved to find their missing dog at a local humane society. 

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Daryl Claypoole said he left his dog, Tubby, outside to go to the bathroom when the animal chewed through his collar and took off.

Claypoole said his family has been upset since Tubby ran and vanished a few weeks ago.

Thanks to social media, the family found out Tubby is at the Butler County Humane Society.

There, he's known as Finn, and Claypoole can't get him back without the right amount of cash.

“Five hundred and fifty-two dollars. I don't have that kind of money. I'm on a fixed income. I just want my dog,” Claypoole said.

Jill Hall, with the Humane Society, said the dog wasn't microchipped, making it harder for them to find the dog's owners.

“Unfortunately, (animals) can't tell us where they belong, so after 48 hours, we get them ready for adoption,” Hall said.

WPXI learned the fee has been reduced from more than $500 to $220.

Claypoole admits he hasn't been to the Humane Society to even identify his dog.

“Because if I do, I'll cause trouble because they won't give me my dog back,” Claypoole said.

“Those vet bills for us are not free. We do have to pay those costs so once an owner comes forward, they do have to incur the cost to reclaim their animal,” Hall said.

Featured Cat: Finnegan

Hi! I'm Finnegan, a big tuxie with a lot of heart.

I'm very mellow and love to be petted. If you're looking to add a whole lot of lovin' to your life, please apply to adopt me! You won't regret it!

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Featured Dog: Harry

Harry is a happy dog who just wants to love you! His favorite activities include snuggling with soft blankets, sitting on your lap (yes, really!), and playing with any dog or human he meets. Harry is house-broken and crate trained. He knows SIT, LAY DOWN, DROP IT, and is working on STAY. Harry loves going on walks and runs, and is learning not to pull when he gets excited (squirrel!). Harry would be very happy in a home with another dog. In fact, he hasn’t met a dog he doesn’t love! He enjoys meeting kids of all ages, but isn’t very aware of his own size so would do better with kids that are a little bigger. Harry’s favorite treat is your affection and he would adore a home that gives him plenty of love.

My Ideal Home: Any loving family that could have kids or other dogs.

Since Harry was born on November 6, 2016, he has an adoption fee of $275 [senior citizens (age 62 and older) and military personnel receive a 15% discount on adoption fees]. If you want to know more about Harry and speak to an Adoption Counselor, please complete an application at https://furkids.org/dog-adoptions/application. Puppies require a lot of time and commitment. Please make sure your schedule can accommodate a puppy’s needs prior to applying. Must be at least 21 years of age to apply. 

Video shows Colorado shelter celebrate all its pets getting forever homes

One animal shelter in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has a lot to celebrate this season.

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The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region held a campaign to clear out its kennels and give as many pets as possible a home, The Colorado Springs Gazette reported.

Gretchen Pressley, the organization's community relations manager, said the "Bring Them Home for the Holidays" campaign waived adoption fees for cats and dogs over the age of 5.

"That's really helped us get these guys out the doors and into wonderful homes," Pressley said.

KDVR reported that 25 cats and 23 dogs were adopted through the campaign. For two days in a row, all the dogs and cats up for adoption got homes.

“We’ve come very close to adopting out all of our available dogs before, but I think that’s the first time we had no available dogs in the shelter, which is just phenomenal,” Pressley told KOAA.

The feat was cause for celebration in the form of a Facebook video, which can be watched below:

 The Empty Kennels!Posted by Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region on Monday, December 19, 2016

Humane Society waives fees on black or orange cats and kittens for Halloween

Here’s a treat for you: the Atlanta Humane Society will be waive adoption fees on all cats and kittens with any black or orange coloring today, Monday, October 31, aka Halloween.

More than 120 cats and kittens at the Atlanta Humane Society, many with festive Halloween coloring, need homes. If potential pet owners find one with black or orange coloring today, the adoption fees are waived until 6 p.m.

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Any adopters are required to complete a preliminary adoption questionnaire. Interested adopters should not adopt in a hurry.

For pet owners and pet parents-to-be worried about the impact of waived fees, AHS says it has policies in place.

"It is our top priority to find all of our animals loving homes through adoption, and we will always do so using expertly trained adoption counselors and our specific adoption process," AHS said to a concerned commenter on Facebook.

More details are at the Atlanta Humane Society website.

 Meet your boo this Halloween! All of our cats and kittens who have any black or orange coloring will be fee-waived on Monday, October 31!Posted by Atlanta Humane Society on Sunday, October 30, 2016

Airport's working dog is well equipped for runway duty

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He's been chasing birds and animals off the runways for over a year at one Michigan airport, but after video of him went viral, Piper became an internet superstar.

Nearly four million people have clicked on video of the 7 year old Border Collie.  Piper is being called the coolest dog ever, thanks to his outfit.

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You can typically spot him decked out in goggles, earmuffs and a safety vest.  His owner says there's a reason for the get up.

"He's very well equipped," says Brian Edwards.   "The specs are to protect his eyes, they're sunglasses first and foremost.  The earmuffs obviously are for sound when he's close to aircrafts, and the vest is so I can lift him up and do all sorts of cool things with him."

Piper was adopted back in 2012, and began working at the Cherry Capital Airport in 2015.

He doesn't get an actual paycheck for his services, but he is rewarded with plenty of treats.

His owner says Border Collies are working dogs and having a job to do is enough to make Piper happy. 

Watch: This girl is determined to sell her little brother

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This adorable girl in a green frog hat is determined to sell her little brother.

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She and her dad watch her little brother prance around in the snow when her dad asks, “How did your brother get so silly?”

The girl responds, “I don’t know. We should sell him.”

Her dad immediately bursts out with laughter and asks who she would sell him to, to which she replies, “The pet store.”

Watch the hilarious video below.

Adopted dog travels 2 days, walks 11 miles, to return to foster mom

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A woman was shocked when her former foster dog showed up at her house.

Rachel Kauffman told the Commercial Appeal that she took in a white shepherd named Hank from a shelter as a foster dog. She only cared for him for about two days, but the two formed a tight bond.

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Kauffman already had two dogs of her own and a puppy she was fostering. She had no plans to grow her furry family.

As planned, Hank moved to a longer-term foster home a few days later.

But just two days after moving into the new home, Hank escaped and made his way back to Kauffman's home in Memphis, Tennessee. A rescue group called Animal Lovers searched for him until he turned up at Kauffman's house.

“When it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be,” said Kauffman.

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After 11 miles, it's pretty clear that Hank wanted his forever home to be with Rachel Kauffman. http://memne.ws/1iGwdcOPosted by The Commercial Appeal on Friday, November 6, 2015

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