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Pets in the news: Dogs, cats, more making headlines

From Facebook rescue missions to Guinness World Records, dogs and cats have been making the news. Catch up on the latest headlines featuring four-legged friends.

Tara, a 7-year-old adopted cat, poses for a
Photo Credit: AP / Richard Vogel

Tara, a 7-year-old adopted cat, poses for a photo with her award prior to being presented with the 33rd Annual National Hero Dog Award in Los Angeles. Friday, June 19, 2015.

Tortoise loses legs, gets wheels instead

When Mrs. T, a 90-year-old tortoise, lost her
Photo Credit: The Telegraph via YouTube

When Mrs. T, a 90-year-old tortoise, lost her legs during a rat attack while she was hibernating, her owner made her a device made of model aircraft wheels.

Over the past two years, California-based LIFE Animal
Photo Credit: AP / Damian Dovarganes

Over the past two years, California-based LIFE Animal Rescue has placed 50 dogs from Thailand in U.S. homes. Thai dogs are rescued from often appalling conditions, Cindy Amey told The Associated Press. Amey partnered with LIFE founder Emily Bernie (pictured), and they are among others, including Humane Society International, working to save dogs from being killed for food.

Woman knits hats for cats

It's just what the cat needed, a hat!
Photo Credit: AP / Running Press

It's just what the cat needed, a hat! Sara Thomas, the author of the book "Cats in Hats: 30 Knit and Crochet Patterns for Your Kitty," knits comfy hats for cats with different themes including chicken, bunny, turkey, cupcake and more.

Gir without feet connects with puppy missing paw

Three-year-old Sapphyre Johnson and 3-week-old Lt. Dan were
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Greenville Shriners Hospital

Three-year-old Sapphyre Johnson and 3-week-old Lt. Dan were instantly bound together by a unique connection: They're both missing limbs.

Many pets go missing each year: Is your pet protected?

According to the ASPCA, only 6 percent of
Photo Credit: Gibi

According to the ASPCA, only 6 percent of dog owners and 2 percent of cat owners bring their pets back home after they end up in a shelter. But, microchipping and GPS-enabled devices devices may lower the number of pets that go missing each year.

Americans spent $58B to pamper, protect pets in 2014

The American Pet Products Association's annual report on
Photo Credit: AP / Richard Vogel

The American Pet Products Association's annual report on pet industry spending says Americans spent $58 billion in 2014 on their 397 million pets, which range from freshwater fish and reptiles to cats and dogs.

Smiley, therapy dog with permanent smile, inspires others

Appropriately named Smiley, a golden retriever, who has
Photo Credit: Joanne George

Appropriately named Smiley, a golden retriever, who has dwarfism, was born without eyes, leaving the appearance of a big smile across his face. Ontario dog trainer Joanne George rescued Smiley from a puppy mill when the dog was about 1 or 2 years old.

Home-made wheelchairs help injured pets

Milce Cankovic Kadijevic with her dog Bak, who
Photo Credit: AP / Darko Vojinovic

Milce Cankovic Kadijevic with her dog Bak, who is in a wheelchair, in the park in Belgrade, Serbia. When Milica's dog Bak crushed a spinal disk two years ago, Belgrade veterinarians told her to euthanize the dog. Then she had a wheelchair made for her pup.

Pet names that may bring the most luck

Petplan, a pet insurance company, revealed its list
Photo Credit: Petplan

Petplan, a pet insurance company, revealed its list of the top luckiest and unluckiest pet names. Did you pet's name make the list?

Queens dog Duke rescued from apartment fire

Duke, a 1-year-old beagle, was rescued from an
Photo Credit: BluePearl

Duke, a 1-year-old beagle, was rescued from an apartment fire in Queens on Tuesday, March 4, 2015. He was home alone when the fire broke out.

American Kennel Club announces most popular dog breeds of 2014

Each year, the American Kennel Club ranks the
Photo Credit: Polly Higgins

Each year, the American Kennel Club ranks the top dog breeds in the U.S. See which dog breeds made the cut.

'AdvoCat' web series draws attention to animal abuse

The
Photo Credit: AdvoCat via YouTube

The "AdvoCat" series consists of two-minute movies about a middle-aged cat lady who helps pets in peril while wearing a risque cat costume. The series, a part of the second animal film festival produced by California's Center for Animal Protection & Education, was created to spread animal abuse awareness without disturbing images.

Police hat-wearing dog seeks its family in New York

A lost dog became an honory police pet
Photo Credit: Twitter / NYPD 88 Pct.

A lost dog became an honory police pet when she was discovered outside the 88th Precinct.

Dogs trained to detect explosives at airports

Transportation Security Inspector Cara Ropp and Nestle check
Photo Credit: AP / Carlos Osorio

Transportation Security Inspector Cara Ropp and Nestle check out passengers at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, in Romulus, Mich. The TSA showed off Nestle who is being used to detect explosives and explosive components at the airport.

Pig excels in dog agility class

Photo Credit: AP / Joshua Lewis

"Amy," an indoor pig owned by Lori Stock, goes through agility training intended for dogs at the Family Dog Training Center in Kent., Wash. Amy can do agility moves that most dogs her age cannot.

World's oldest cat named by Guinness World Records

Tiffany Two, a tortoiseshell feline, has been officially
Photo Credit: Guinness World Records

Tiffany Two, a tortoiseshell feline, has been officially named the oldest living cat by Guinness World Records. At age 26, Tiffany maintains good hearing and sight.

Facebook group to save dog's life

After Beau, a 2 1/2-year-old Golden retriever, German
Photo Credit: PleaseHelpBeau via Facebook

After Beau, a 2 1/2-year-old Golden retriever, German shepard mix, was deemed a "vicious dog" and sentenced to be euthanized, nearly 60,000 Facebook users banned together to change his fate.

Dog cafe to come to New York City

First came the Cat Cafe, and now (maybe)
Photo Credit: Maggie Chan

First came the Cat Cafe, and now (maybe) the Dog Cafe. If Maggie Chan and Mandy Chow have it their way, pups of all ages will be playing and up for adoption in the city's first dog cafe by this spring.

Kitten rescued from SUV

Workers at Park Place Lexus in Texas saved
Photo Credit: AP

Workers at Park Place Lexus in Texas saved a kitten from the grille of an SUV after the driver heard meowing under the hood of an SUV and ended up rescuing a cat.

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