Some people may have big shoes to fill, but never leave out the chance to do good. In a courageous attempt to save endangered penguins, the Chilean government snubbed a billion-dollar mining project. On the other side of the world, policewoman Gretchen Byrne is transforming the Boca Raton station into an awesome kitten shelter.
“I will get three breaks: A 40-minute lunch break and two 10-minute breaks. Instead of going for pizza with my colleagues I use that time to run to the station and feed them,” she explained. “It all comes out of my paycheck at the end of the day but I don’t have kids so it is probably still cheaper than having kids.”
In just two years, Byrne has rescued 63 cats, knowing shelters would be too full to take them in. She uses Instagram as a platform to advertise her precious adoptables. Though her four-legged tenants can be rambunctious, Byrne claims they also help her to relax.
“The other thing is that is really nice to come home and have kittens to help me destress. I’m dealing with a lot of stuff on road patrol.”
If there is one thing we’re sure of, it’s that Byrne takes the notion of cat lady to a whole new level!
When shelter dogs are out of luck (because, let’s face it — not everyone is as big a dog lover as the South Korean president), there isn’t much hope that remains. A few fortunate pups might end up as therapy dogs, but otherwise, burdens weigh heavy on shelters themselves. Realizing its need to take a different approach to potential pet parents, Animal Ark Rescue set up a Tinder account. For star resident Henry, it totally paid off.
“I vaguely remember silly things from Tinder in my single swiping days,” [coordinator Miranda] Morrison, who is now married, explained. “I think I once matched with pizza? I thought, what if I make Henry a profile? That would be worth a shot.”
Henry’s profile claims that the lovable pooch enjoys road trips and hiking. Morrison even outlined Henry’s perfect date, which involves Netflix and cuddling. While the adorable mutt has yet to score a new home, Tinder has helped AAR up its adoption inquiries.
“I know Henry deserves true and unwavering unconditional love for the rest of his life. He leaves paw prints on the hearts of those he loves,” she said.
Looks like finding love on Tinder may go beyond just romance.
No matter the distance, lost dogs usually find their way home — even if it takes 9 months. But sometimes, the distance between a furry friend and his family are too great. Such was the case for pit bull Zimba, who hitched a ride with his savior on a 1,30o-mile road trip home.
“We called the number and spoke to his mom. The story is as follows: His mom’s boyfriend left Kansas to come to Maryland for a brief stay with their dog. However while he was here, the couple broke up. And the “now ex-boyfriend” abandoned Zimba. He would not return her phone calls.” [said the Caroline County Humane Society.]
With no airline to fly Zimba back to Wichita, former employee Zach offered to drive the pooch home. It’s safe to say Zimba’s mom breathed a sigh of relief, as she was unable to make the trip due to her (human) children.
“Kind of like The Wizard of Oz story with Zimba playing the part of Dorothy…there’s no place like home.”
With the pair making pit-stops for interviews, Zimba may not have it so bad after all.
In the midst of a disaster, there are always appropriate methods of reaching out to victims. What we sometimes appear to forget is that animals are part of the demographic. That doesn’t seem to be the case for Bali locals, who are frantically relocating cows and monkeys away from an active volcano.
Mount Agung, about 75km from the resort hub of Kuta, has been shaking since August, causing 144,000 people to evacuate their homes over the past week as experts warn an eruption could be imminent.
The volcano has since triggered hundreds of earthquakes by the hour. The Jakarta Animal Aid Network has deployed a 12-man team to carry out the dangerous rescue mission. While a dozen people may seem futile, I’ve got to hand it to them for hiking some 12 km for pigs and chickens.
“Emotionally, it’s really hard for the farmers to part with their cattle, not only for economic reasons but also they care so much about the animals. Some insisted they stay in their village with their livestock even though their safety in is danger.”
Some livestock farmers have opted to sell their animals in an attempt to save them. That’s what I call a whole lot of love for four-legged friends.