Non-Profit Matches Veterans with Therapy Dogs for Life Changing Support

** In celebration of "National Pets For Vets Day", we wanted to share this heart warming story about how a service dog is helping a Vet with PTSD **

Brett Simon was a veteran K9 police officer who went on to work as a contractor for the Department of the Army as a bomb dog handler. However, after serving two tours in Iraq, he returned home suffering from PTSD.

Led by his Mom, Shari Duval, who had worked for veteran's charities near their home in Jacksonville Florida, Brett's family undertook two years of research to find a solution to help Brett and others with this condition.

Their research focused on canine assistance for PTSD. Ultimately, they started a non-profit organization. K9s For Warriors, dedicated to providing service dogs to warriors suffering from post-traumatic stress and/or traumatic brain injury as a result of their military service (post 9/11).

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Rescue Crews in California Come Across Lost Puppy

Puppy pulled from rubble following devastating California wildfire.

Despite the frightful craziness of the massive wildfires California is experiencing right now, there have been heroic stories that are coming out of it.

Many lives have been lost due to the overwhelming and relentless wildfires, but this story about a puppy being found and rescued is a glimmer of good news.

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Hero Rat Wins Top Animal Award For Saving People’s Lives

Yes, we said: RAT!

One of Britain's highest animal honors has been awarded to a rat. Not just any ole rat… this Landmine Detection rat, Magawa, works in Cambodia and has made the lives of the country's citizens safer. For finding mines before they explode and saving lives, Magawa has been awarded the Gold Medal by PDSA, the UK's leading veterinary charity.

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Golden Retriever Puppies Experience Fall for the First Time

These puppies are experiencing the joy of fall for the very first time!

In case you weren't aware how awesome Fall is, we've made this important video of the cutest Golden Retriever puppies playing in a field of pumpkins. CAUTION: if you already DO believe that Fall is the best season, your love for it is about to grow exponentially, causing you to squeal with excitement upon seeing these fluffy rays of sunshine.

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Non-Profit "Open Books" Promotes Literacy to Chicago Youth

Open Books is a nonprofit social venture that operates an extraordinary bookstore, provides community programs, and mobilizes passionate volunteers to promote literacy in Chicago and beyond.

At the heart of it, Open Books puts books into children's hands that can open minds and someday, open doors. "What is the book that is going to change that child into a reader or someone who understands books and loves them?", asks Open Books Chicago Founder Stacy Ratner. "I think without basic literacy skills your future is seriously limited and that is the change we would like to see in the city and the world."

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Comic Book Creator Draws Up Animal Rescue Superhero

Matt Miner is a comic book creator, and animal activist from Rockaway, NY. He and his wife are dedicated animal rescuers who are fiercely passionate about giving abused dogs and cats a loving home.

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The Healing Power of Dogs - Paralyzed 6-Year-Old Falls In Love With New Service Dog

Dogs make amazing pets. They are loyal and loving companions but they can also be healing therapy and service dogs.

Recently paralyzed by a car accident, Memphis Rose Hermann, 6 years-old, was so happy to meet Juliet, her new Golden Retriever, that she smiled brighter than ever. "It was a magical moment for me after a horrific few weeks" said her Mom.

Watch Memphis Rose's full story to see what Juliet means to her.

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The Perfect Rescue Dog Fueled Happy Hour

Sometimes, the best way to occupy your frisky pup is with a good "Yappy Hour". These are gatherings where owners and their dogs can mingle and have fun while their pets are at play.

Cathy Kittell, founder of Mid Atlantic Bulldog Rescue, has found that Yappy Hours are also a great way to raise funds to pay for veterinary bills that are needed help their rescues get adopted.

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