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Rescue dog becomes K9 cop for a day

The Nebraska Humane Society and a local police department are teaming up to help give rescue dogs a new leash, er lease, on life.

It’s called K9 Cop For A Day and allows a dog from the rescue group to spend the day as an honorary member of the force.

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They do ride-alongs and meet the community. 

This time it was Mickey’s turn to put on the badge.

He’s a 6-year-old Bull Terrier and Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix. Mickey has been up for adoption since July and recently went out with the La Vista Police Department.

"It seemed like a win-win for both of us, where we could definitely continue our programs with involving our community, but also help the Humane Society find a great home for a great dog,” Capt. Bryan Waugh told KETV.

“Oftentimes animals that are out of this environment have a better chance of getting adopted -- if people see them in a normal environment rather than here,” Pam Wiese of the Nebraska Humane Society told KETV.

Mickey was the first dog to take part in the program, but the police department plans on doing it at least once a month, KETV reported.

Family has to pay to get their dog back from Humane Society

A Pennsylvania family was relieved to find their missing dog at a local humane society. 

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Daryl Claypoole said he left his dog, Tubby, outside to go to the bathroom when the animal chewed through his collar and took off.

Claypoole said his family has been upset since Tubby ran and vanished a few weeks ago.

Thanks to social media, the family found out Tubby is at the Butler County Humane Society.

There, he's known as Finn, and Claypoole can't get him back without the right amount of cash.

“Five hundred and fifty-two dollars. I don't have that kind of money. I'm on a fixed income. I just want my dog,” Claypoole said.

Jill Hall, with the Humane Society, said the dog wasn't microchipped, making it harder for them to find the dog's owners.

“Unfortunately, (animals) can't tell us where they belong, so after 48 hours, we get them ready for adoption,” Hall said.

WPXI learned the fee has been reduced from more than $500 to $220.

Claypoole admits he hasn't been to the Humane Society to even identify his dog.

“Because if I do, I'll cause trouble because they won't give me my dog back,” Claypoole said.

“Those vet bills for us are not free. We do have to pay those costs so once an owner comes forward, they do have to incur the cost to reclaim their animal,” Hall said.

Heidi is looking for her fur-ever home!

Welcome Heidi! Heidi is a young Hound mix and will probably top out at about 50lbs. She is about 8 months old now and currently weighs 42 lbs. Heidi is good with other dogs and cats, she is mostly housebroken and she is crate trained! In fact, she loves her crate so much that if she ever needs a moment to unwind and relax, that is the first place she goes. Sometimes Heidi will ignore her feline friends while other times she tries to get them to play. When the cat gives a warning and hisses back, she backs off and finds something better to do. 

Heidi currently lives in a household with a lot of canine friends, including both older dogs and younger puppies. She loves playing with her siblings and could wrestle and run with them all day long! She plays gently with the smaller, younger pups and really cuts loose for a good romp with her bigger foster brother Forest. Heidi’s doggy friends act like a security blanket for Heidi and help her learn new things. You see, Heidi is a shy pup. She started life as a stray in a vacant lot with her mom and a few liter mates. Some kind folks found her family and got them to safety at animal control when she was around four months old. Up until that point the world had been a very scary place for her. Since coming into foster care, Heidi has improved tremendously and she's a normal happy puppy at home with Foster Mom! New places and new situations, especially without a doggy friend, are still very scary for Heidi. She will lay down and shiver, trying to melt straight into the floor, and disappear when she gets overwhelmed. But thankfully, with a lot of practice and patience, that is happening less and less as Heidi gains more confidence to take on the world! 

At home with Foster Mom, Heidi now joins her siblings in the "I’m so happy foster mom is home" dance! Rubbing up against Foster Mom's legs and hoping for some pets. She appreciates pets in short spurts and after a few good rub downs she happily frolics off to play. Sometimes if she is feeling really really happy, she will jump up on the couch and give Foster Mom a few little baby kisses then lay down for a nap beside her. She isn’t big on cuddling just yet; that’s still a little out of her comfort zone, but she lays near Mom so she can be nearby for occasional pets and love. 

Out of the house, Heidi has made huge improvements. She can now walk confidently on a leash alongside her siblings in a quiet neighborhood. If there is a lot of traffic she still gets a little worried and hides behind her siblings to feel safer, but as soon as the traffic passes she shakes herself off and is ready to walk again. With her other 4-legged friends, she is sooo happy and will even jog alongside Mom! She just has the cutest run, tossing her puppy paws out in front of her and bouncing around having a blast. If she is by herself though, she is more worried that the big scary world is about to eat her and will hang very close to Foster Mom giving her the “are you really sure we should be doing this” look. Because Heidi appears so much more confident with doggy friends, we think she would do best in a home with another confident pup. 

One of Heidi’s favorite times of day is dog park time! Foster Mom just can’t even believe the difference in Heidi at the dog park. She runs around having soooo much fun!! Happily greeting any new dog she thinks will play with her and be her new BFF. It is absolutely the most adorable thing when a doggy BFF (that aren't her siblings) comes into the park. Her little tail wags sooo hard it just about looks like it is going to fly off and she showers her friends in kisses! She is still shy and wary of strange people at the dog park and if someone tries to pet her she will shy away and stay just out of arms reach. If they crouch down she will slowly walk up to them and sniff their finger tips hoping for treats but if they are empty handed, she takes a few steps back again. As soon as they turn around and aren’t paying attention to her, Heidi will sneak up behind them and sniff them. She is very curious and wants to trust people, but just needs a little bit more time (and a patient and understanding family) to help her figure out how to let her guard down and confidently greet strangers. Heidi is comfortable being around strangers at the park…she just prefers they respect her personal space bubble. 

For the most part, Heidi is laid back and reserved in the house and her most excited points come in spurts while playing in the backyard or wrestling on the couch with Forest on rainy days. Play sessions with Forest in the backyard or visiting the dog park are the best form of exercise for her right now, but jogging would also be an option if she had a doggy friend to join her on the run and it wasn’t along a busy roadway. Overall, Heidi is an independent gal who doesn’t need much physical affection but still wants to be part of the pack and spend time in the same room as the rest of the family. 

Though Heidi still has some work to do, she has come a long way since her first day in her foster home. From shaking in the corner and bolting as soon as someone walked by, to having a blast playing at the dog park, we are confident she is well on her way to finding her new forever home. With a little time, TLC, and patience, Heidi will make a great addition to your family. Keep checking back in for updates on Heidi as she continues to improve!!

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Video shows Colorado shelter celebrate all its pets getting forever homes

One animal shelter in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has a lot to celebrate this season.

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The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region held a campaign to clear out its kennels and give as many pets as possible a home, The Colorado Springs Gazette reported.

Gretchen Pressley, the organization's community relations manager, said the "Bring Them Home for the Holidays" campaign waived adoption fees for cats and dogs over the age of 5.

"That's really helped us get these guys out the doors and into wonderful homes," Pressley said.

KDVR reported that 25 cats and 23 dogs were adopted through the campaign. For two days in a row, all the dogs and cats up for adoption got homes.

“We’ve come very close to adopting out all of our available dogs before, but I think that’s the first time we had no available dogs in the shelter, which is just phenomenal,” Pressley told KOAA.

The feat was cause for celebration in the form of a Facebook video, which can be watched below:

 The Empty Kennels!Posted by Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region on Monday, December 19, 2016

Humane Society waives fees on black or orange cats and kittens for Halloween

Here’s a treat for you: the Atlanta Humane Society will be waive adoption fees on all cats and kittens with any black or orange coloring today, Monday, October 31, aka Halloween.

More than 120 cats and kittens at the Atlanta Humane Society, many with festive Halloween coloring, need homes. If potential pet owners find one with black or orange coloring today, the adoption fees are waived until 6 p.m.

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Any adopters are required to complete a preliminary adoption questionnaire. Interested adopters should not adopt in a hurry.

For pet owners and pet parents-to-be worried about the impact of waived fees, AHS says it has policies in place.

"It is our top priority to find all of our animals loving homes through adoption, and we will always do so using expertly trained adoption counselors and our specific adoption process," AHS said to a concerned commenter on Facebook.

More details are at the Atlanta Humane Society website.

 Meet your boo this Halloween! All of our cats and kittens who have any black or orange coloring will be fee-waived on Monday, October 31!Posted by Atlanta Humane Society on Sunday, October 30, 2016

Airport's working dog is well equipped for runway duty

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He's been chasing birds and animals off the runways for over a year at one Michigan airport, but after video of him went viral, Piper became an internet superstar.

Nearly four million people have clicked on video of the 7 year old Border Collie.  Piper is being called the coolest dog ever, thanks to his outfit.

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You can typically spot him decked out in goggles, earmuffs and a safety vest.  His owner says there's a reason for the get up.

"He's very well equipped," says Brian Edwards.   "The specs are to protect his eyes, they're sunglasses first and foremost.  The earmuffs obviously are for sound when he's close to aircrafts, and the vest is so I can lift him up and do all sorts of cool things with him."

Piper was adopted back in 2012, and began working at the Cherry Capital Airport in 2015.

He doesn't get an actual paycheck for his services, but he is rewarded with plenty of treats.

His owner says Border Collies are working dogs and having a job to do is enough to make Piper happy. 

Watch: This girl is determined to sell her little brother

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This adorable girl in a green frog hat is determined to sell her little brother.

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She and her dad watch her little brother prance around in the snow when her dad asks, “How did your brother get so silly?”

The girl responds, “I don’t know. We should sell him.”

Her dad immediately bursts out with laughter and asks who she would sell him to, to which she replies, “The pet store.”

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Adopted dog travels 2 days, walks 11 miles, to return to foster mom

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A woman was shocked when her former foster dog showed up at her house.

Rachel Kauffman told the Commercial Appeal that she took in a white shepherd named Hank from a shelter as a foster dog. She only cared for him for about two days, but the two formed a tight bond.

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Kauffman already had two dogs of her own and a puppy she was fostering. She had no plans to grow her furry family.

As planned, Hank moved to a longer-term foster home a few days later.

But just two days after moving into the new home, Hank escaped and made his way back to Kauffman's home in Memphis, Tennessee. A rescue group called Animal Lovers searched for him until he turned up at Kauffman's house.

“When it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be,” said Kauffman.

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After 11 miles, it's pretty clear that Hank wanted his forever home to be with Rachel Kauffman. by The Commercial Appeal on Friday, November 6, 2015

Want a dog? Try a TSA canine dropout

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If you didn't get good grades in school you might have something in common with the dogs the Transportation Security Administration wants people to adopt.

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The TSA reminded people that dogs who failed their bomb-sniffing test are available for adoption.

But let's not judge them too harshly for flunking. The pups had to go through 12 weeks of intensive training

Retired TSA dogs are also available for forever homes. Every year they have to go through a grueling recertification process.

The dogs range from 2-year-old puppies to distinguished ten-year-olds. Breeds available include Labrador Retrievers and German Shepherds.

The working TSA canines live with their handlers and many live life as a family dog on nights and weekends, according to Often, the dogs are adopted by them when they retire. 

TSA said most of the canines aren't used to living in a home because they lived in kennels. All pups are spayed and neutered prior to adoption. Also, they're free. 

So if the TSA dogs are the highlight of your airport security experience, you can email TSA for an application and be ready make the trip to San Antonio to claim your new best friend. 

But it's pretty competitive. Back in July, TSA received more than 500 applications. The program launched in 2011 and it's helped more than 100 dogs find homes.  

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Emaciated dog recovering at foster home

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A dog that was nothing but skin and bones and found tied to a tree has been in a foster home.

Ody weighed 26 pounds when he arrived Monday at the GVS Blue Pearl Animal Hospital in Sandy Springs Georgia.

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Angels Among Us got a call from Fulton County Animal Services that they recovered a dog in desperate need of medical attention. The dog was Odysseus, or Ody or short. He couldn't stand up when he was brought to the hospital.

However, according to his foster mom,  Ody is doing phenomenal. 

Foster mom Nicole says his personality continues to come out more and more each day and that he's become quite vocal.

He lets her know when he's hungry and when he needs to go potty.

She says he's quite a character.

He's still eating well and still loves his puppy food.

He recently discovered his love of toys too.

Angels Among Us thanked everyone for their support for sweet Odysseus and for following them on their mission to "Rescue One Until There Are None."

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