A 4-pound Chihuahua born with a cleft palate is the 2020 American Hero Dog

A 4-pound Chihuahua born with a cleft palate is the 2020 American Hero Dog

Even though she was sick — the dog survived several bouts of aspiration pneumonia — she wanted to care for the other babies at The Mia Foundation, a nonprofit in Rochester, New York, that rescues animals born with birth defects.

Meet the 'hero' mine-sniffing rat who's saved countless lives

Meet the 'hero' mine-sniffing rat who's saved countless lives

In the past five years, Magawa has found 39 land mines and 28 items of unexploded ordnance, clearing more than 141,000 square meters of land and making the areas safe for local communities.

Stray dog rescued from certain death over famed Mississippi river

Stray dog rescued from certain death over famed Mississippi river

(Photo: Stantec and Getty)A dog stranded 120 feet above the Mississippi River was rescued by Stantec bridge inspectors, after facing certain death in the treacherous waters of America’s largest river.

Meet Jeanie – the adorable therapy dog who beat thyroid cancer

Meet Jeanie – the adorable therapy dog who beat thyroid cancer

After she had recovered, Jeanie found a forever home with local resident Lydia Chrochet, who trained the adorable pooch into becoming a therapy dog.A hero in fur (Picture: SWNS) Jeanie is the star of her very own children’s book (Picture: SWNS)Jeanie now leads a lovely life with Lydia and her family, including doggy sibling Pippa.

Police want your help naming new puppies after NHS heroes

Police want your help naming new puppies after NHS heroes

It was also suggested that the pups be named after NHS staff who saved the life of a West Midlands officer who nearly died from the coronavirus.

Kayaker rescues street dog while travelling through Italy and brings her aboard

Kayaker rescues street dog while travelling through Italy and brings her aboard

Spanish kayaker Sergi Basoli has paddled around Italy, France, Malta, Spain and Portugal on an incredible 8,000 mile trip – accompanied by seven-year-old Nirvana , a street dog he rescued from Alghero, Sardinia, Italy (Picture: Sergi Basoli / SWNS.COM)‘I took her out of the street to give her shelter, food, water, and health care.

Coronavirus UK: Dog helps neighbours deliver letters during pandemic

Coronavirus UK: Dog helps neighbours deliver letters during pandemic

Nugget is dropping off letters from Ava’s next door neighbour (Picture: Sarah Jayne)The coronavirus pandemic has revealed heroes across the world – like the woman in self-isolation who leaves packed lunches outside her house for strangers or the woman who gets her entire neighbourhood to sing for her fiancé’s 30th birthday .

Dog died saving family from cobra that tried to get into their home

Dog died saving family from cobra that tried to get into their home

Nong Horm was found in her front yard in central Thailand and was thought to be carrying around 10 puppies (Picture: ViralPress)A heroic pet dog died trying to stop a cobra coming into her family’s home.

Woman jumped in river to save drowning dog weighted down with rock

Woman jumped in river to save drowning dog weighted down with rock

Hero Jane Harper says she was sure Belgian Shepherd Bella was dead until she saw her eyes move (Pictures: Raymonds/Facebook/BPM Media)A woman who threw herself into a river to save a drowning dog that had been weighted down has described the ‘horrific’ rescue mission.

Gypsy the dog is a hero after waking her owner up from a diabetic coma

Gypsy the dog is a hero after waking her owner up from a diabetic coma

Pam almost fell into a diabetic coma (Picture: Spalding Today / SWNS)She said: ‘I woke up with the dog standing over, trying to lick my face and crying and pushing up me and pushing me trying to get me to wake up.

Hero dog injured in al-Baghdadi raid headed to White House

Hero dog injured in al-Baghdadi raid headed to White House

President Donald Trump tweets that the military working dog injured in the raid last weekend that killed the Islamic State leader will leave the Middle East for the White House sometime next week.

Trump releases photo of hero dog injured in al-Baghdadi raid

Trump releases photo of hero dog injured in al-Baghdadi raid

The military won't say, but here's the first look at the hero pooch .The dog that was injured in the raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is back with his handler and recuperating from his injuries, Pentagon officials said.

Hero woman holds umbrella over puppies dumped outside animal shelter

Hero woman holds umbrella over puppies dumped outside animal shelter

A humble hero saved the day when two malnourished puppies were abandoned in the rain outside an animal shelter in Sri Lanka.

Hero dog who saved countless lives is given doggy-OBE

Hero dog who saved countless lives is given doggy-OBE

Border collie Charlie, who died in 2017, has been awarded a pet OBE (Picture: BNPS)His other achievements include locating the body of a murder victim buried in a large field in 2008 and finding a missing 90 year old dementia sufferer who had become disorientated and bogged down in mud.

Hero pit bull dies saving young boys from poisonous snake

Hero pit bull dies saving young boys from poisonous snake

The Richardson family said goodbye to their beloved dog Zeus last week after he was bitten multiple times by a coral snake while protecting their sons outside their home in rural Webster.Gary Richardson and his children said goodbye to their beloved pit bull, Zeus.

Cat Saves 3-Year-Old’s Life From Stray Bullet: Called Hero

Cat Saves 3-Year-Old’s Life From Stray Bullet: Called Hero

Angelica Sipe’s is convinced that Opie saved her son’s life after a stray bullet ricocheted around her home in York, PA Thursday morning, reported Melissa Nardo by Fox43 News.Hero Cats Save a Dog and a Solider >>.

Remembering the incredible story of hero dogs on 9/11

Remembering the incredible story of hero dogs on 9/11

A number of the rescue dogs went on to be deployed in other disaster zonesWhile many remember the heroic efforts of rescue workers who rushed to save lives as the World Trade Centre collapsed on September 11, 2001, the stories of hundreds of dogs who helped people are not as well known.

Hero Bunnies save a Family from Fire

Hero Bunnies save a Family from Fire

We’ll bring you stories of two new pets every weekday from now through the end of the year - then ask you to pick your favorite!.went off and the family would have kept on sleeping had it not been for the ruckus raised by rabbits Bun Bun and Promise.

Hero Cat Saves Abandoned Baby from Freezing to Death

Hero Cat Saves Abandoned Baby from Freezing to Death

Masha is the neighborhood cat who is taken care of by local residents, one being Irina Lavrova, the woman who heard Masha’s calls for help as she was taking out the trash.

Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston's dog Dolly dies after 'heroic struggle'

Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston's dog Dolly dies after 'heroic struggle'

Dolly the dog was actually part of Aniston's life long before she married Theroux back in 2015. In fact, during a visit to "Jimmy Kimmel Live" last year, she revealed that she told Parton about her namesake around 2011, when Aniston and Theroux had just started dating.

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