How therapy animals brought comfort and joy in pandemic year

How therapy animals brought comfort and joy in pandemic year

Because therapy animal handlers believe so strongly in the healing power of pets, in pre-pandemic times they volunteer to take their dogs and cats to hospitals, schools, assisted living facilities, airports, funeral homes, dentist offices and other places where animals can help reduce stress and offer support.

Post-it ‘Picasso,’ a stroke survivor, draws pet portraits to help shelters

Post-it ‘Picasso,’ a stroke survivor, draws pet portraits to help shelters

Ed Attanasio tries to capture the whimsical personalities of the pets he draws, like Leo. Courtesy of Ed AttanasioAttanasio never trained as an artist, though his father was a painter.In his new life as an artist, Attanasio frequently donates artwork to charity auctions to raise money for pet rescue groups.

Dachshund dumped at shelter with a giant tumor bounces back

Dachshund dumped at shelter with a giant tumor bounces back

In addition to surgically removing the tumor, veterinarians spayed Boo Boo. About 90% of dogs who enter Muttville Senior Dog Rescue with mammary tumors have never been spayed or were spayed late in life.

Pets for the Elderly helps seniors adopt and keep pets amid pandemic

Pets for the Elderly helps seniors adopt and keep pets amid pandemic

The goal is to have at least one participating shelter in all 50 states by the time the expanded program officially launches on Jan. 1, 2021.She said Pets for the Elderly was founded by the late Avrum Katz to help seniors feel healthier and more connected through pets and to find shelter dogs and cats forever homes.

30 adoptable pets get ‘courtside’ seats at NBA playoff game

30 adoptable pets get ‘courtside’ seats at NBA playoff game

During Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets, the broadcast cut to 28 dogs and two kittens and their fosters filling virtual courtside seats, with an announcement that they were all “100% adoptable and 100% adorable” and a link to learn more about adopting them.

Jennie Garth rescued a dog named Fauci during COVID-19. Now, she has this message

Jennie Garth rescued a dog named Fauci during COVID-19. Now, she has this message

Jennie Garth is this year's spokesperson for Remember Me Thursday, a global campaign by the nonprofit Helen Woodward Animal Center that shines a light on the need for pet adoption.

Meredith Vieira's 16-year-old dog, Jasper, survives coyote attack

Meredith Vieira's 16-year-old dog, Jasper, survives coyote attack

Trending stories,celebrity news and all the best of TODAY.A veterinarian told Meredith that Jasper's injuries were most likely from a fight with a coyote and that the 16-year-old dog had suffered a broken jaw, two teeth ripped out and deep puncture wounds, which led to numerous staples in his abdomen.“He looks a little like Frankenstein,” she said to Rappaport.

Meet, 'rent' or adopt a dog through Zoom meetings

Meet, 'rent' or adopt a dog through Zoom meetings

Pedigree's Dogs on Zoom campaign helps shelters like Nashville Humane Association host virtual meet-and-greets with adoptable dogs, and sponsors adoption fees for pets adopted through the program.Michigan Animal Rescue League launched a videoconferencing fundraiser in which people can "rent" an adoptable dog, cat or kitten to appear in Zoom meetings.

Therapy dogs spread cheer through virtual volunteering

Therapy dogs spread cheer through virtual volunteering

Duke and Tiger Maynard-White visit residents at Harbor Village Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in New London, Connecticut.Tiger Maynard-White "touches" a woman's hand on the other side of the window at a skilled nursing facility.

How a program where men walk dogs is helping mental health

How a program where men walk dogs is helping mental health

Rob Osman says dog Mali has helped him with both his mental and physical health.Courtesy of Rob OsmanOsman also hopes that "Dudes and Dogs" can help normalize mental health care for men.

Fiona the Hippo stars in new book 'A Very Fiona Christmas'

Fiona the Hippo stars in new book 'A Very Fiona Christmas'

Fiona the hippo weighed just 29 pounds when she was born prematurely at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden in January 2017.

Woman says her dog sniffed out ovarian cancer 4 times

Woman says her dog sniffed out ovarian cancer 4 times

Courtesy Stephanie HerfelA CT scan revealed that Herfel's cancer had spread to her liver this time.“She just changed from this really sweet pet to one that is a life-saving member of the family that is a little like a human,” she said.

Starving dog abandoned with recliner thrives in forever home

Starving dog abandoned with recliner thrives in forever home

It’s hard to believe that a robust, happy dog who loves playing with his canine “sister,” eating ice cream and lounging on his family’s sofas nearly starved to death less than two months ago.

Shelter pets find work (and homes) as hotel 'lobby dogs'

Shelter pets find work (and homes) as hotel 'lobby dogs'

Courtesy of the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and SpaThe program helps dogs get used to socializing with people and children, and gives guests a chance to spend time with a dog, which can be particularly meaningful if they’re missing one at home.

Goats detect slight emotional changes in other goats' calls

Goats detect slight emotional changes in other goats' calls

But a new study finds that goats recognize slight emotional changes in other goats’ calls and respond both behaviorally and physiologically, which indicates the listener’s feelings shift, too. Researchers think that by understanding how goats responding to other goats' calls they can uncover the social lives of the creatures.

Meet the real-life Batman who gives freedom rides to shelter animals

Meet the real-life Batman who gives freedom rides to shelter animals

On his most recent transport, Van Dorn spent several days driving four dogs from Florida to Vermont, including two pit bull puppies named Ace and Zeus.

'Cuddle Club' unites senior people and senior dogs in the sweetest way

'Cuddle Club' unites senior people and senior dogs in the sweetest way

The first time Vince Louie went with his local senior group to participate in an animal rescue organization’s “Cuddle Club,” he didn’t plan on adopting a dog. He’s grateful to Muttville for rescuing Monte and offering programs for seniors like the Cuddle Club.

When Mazie met Blonnie: 'Oreo cow' helps girl get through health crisis

When Mazie met Blonnie: 'Oreo cow' helps girl get through health crisis

Courtesy Emily Watkins-Bunn Constant pain By then, Mazie had endured frustrating symptoms since she was a baby, including hearing loss and ear problems that required multiple surgeries.

Pet-Friendly Vacations for Spring Break: Orlando, Florida

Pet-Friendly Vacations for Spring Break: Orlando, Florida

The modern boutique hotel chain’s pet-friendly “arf” program provides guests with a special complimentary dog bed, dog bowl and a doggie bag filled with dog treats and dog toys.

Traveling with Dogs: 10 Dogs Who Are Ready to Hit the Road

Traveling with Dogs: 10 Dogs Who Are Ready to Hit the Road

8. Riding in Style Courtesy of littlelunathecavalier/Instagram “Get in the car, hooman; adventures await!” 9. Keep your dog safe during car rides by getting the right supplies, like a seat-belt tether, a dog car seat or a dog carrier that can be securely stowed.