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Posted November 04, 2020in People & Pets

Wonderful Wyatt

When Linda Brown’s boxer passed away suddenly two years ago, she was left without a furry companion. Her friend who worked at Animal Lifeline, a no-kill shelter, told her of a boxer-mix that had lived at the shelter for two years and needed a home. Brown went to see Wyatt

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Posted September 30, 2020in People & Pets

Blind and deaf dog

Ray is a playful and seemingly happy puppy with a tail that wags when he is pet. His cold, wet nose sniffs at your ankles. He’ll wrestle with chew toys clutched in his mouth. However, his toys don’t squeak, and he doesn’t play fetch. He can’t, because he’s both deaf

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Posted September 02, 2020in People & Pets

Mother and daughter share feline affection

When Mary West’s kids exited the school bus, cats walked to greet them on the long lane. Mary West never considered herself a cat person. Yet, as the mother of six children, her mothering instincts took over when homeless kittens needed nursing back to health. Stray cats often found their

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Posted August 05, 2020in People & Pets

Rescue dog blossoms

Former puppy mill mom just needs love. When Deb Davis was viewing the Iowa Golden Retriever Rescue (IGRR) site online, she noticed a new foster care dog that was looking for an adoptive family. The dog’s name was Abby, which was the same name of Davis’ first golden retriever, which

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Posted July 01, 2020in People & Pets

299 cats… and counting

Two-hundred-ninety-nine. That’s the number of cats that have lived with Terry and Stephanie Kruse since 2004. Not all at once, thankfully, but most stay for a few weeks until forever families adopt them. The Kruses volunteer with the Animal Rescue League, fostering cats. The pair began fostering as a way

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Posted April 01, 2020in People & Pets

Pet sitter snuggler

When Abby Strong gets up in the morning, she pours herself a cup of coffee, awaiting her morning pick-me-up. It’s not only the caffeine that gives her a jolt, but it’s the plopping of three cats on her lap who eagerly anticipate their morning cuddle session. Her three rescued cats,

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Posted March 04, 2020in People & Pets

Cheerful visitor

Gracie offers a paw of comfort. Gracie, a golden doodle living in Urbandale, loved her job. She accompanied her owner, Mary Hester, on visits to Methodist, Blank and Lutheran hospitals throughout her 12-year tenure as a therapy dog. There, she visited sick patients, providing cheer to the visitors and staff

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Posted February 05, 2020in People & Pets

Gina the chicken lady

It’s not all about the eggs. When Gina Campos’ neighbors moved away from their current Waukee home, they gave Gina a few chickens. The chickens eventually died, and the only pet remaining was their dog. After a year passed, Gina missed her chickens and started adding several at a time.

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Posted January 01, 2020in People & Pets

Stray keeper

Youngest Puppy Jake trainer loves animals. If Aundrea Cox could adopt every animal from the shelter or rescue any stray animal, she would. And she’s already got a good start. In Aundrea’s short life, she’s rescued dozens of animals. She’s nursed a raccoon, deer and a possum back to health,

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Posted December 04, 2019in People & Pets

Huskies helping heroes

Veteran trains support dogs for other vets. When Jake Hommer returned from his second deployment in Afghanistan, he suffered from PTSD and injuries. It took a toll on his mind, as he replayed combat zone scenes. Going from military to civilian life left him confused. What should he do next?

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