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Cat found with 2 pounds of matted fur that looked like dreadlocks

Hidey the cat was found hiding in the cellar of a Pennsylvania home, after her owner, who has Alzheimer’s disease, was moved into a nursing home. Hidey was carrying a shocking secret.

The cat had accumulated years of matted fur, which had turned into what looked like dreadlocks.

Paul Russel, a distant relative of the cat’s owner, told The Dodo that he went to check on the cats after the owner moved out. He found one cat easily but saw a large creature dart from under a bed and run to the cellar. That’s where he discovered Hidey, and he said the scene was “almost like a horror movie.”

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Russel took Hidey to the Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center on Dec. 15. Staff were shocked by the condition of the cat and said it was likely the result of years of neglect. Hidey is also overweight, which can make grooming difficult. The medical team shaved off two pounds of matted fur from Hidey.

The shelter posted before and after images of Hidey on its Facebook page, along with a reminder: “Please remember to not only check on the elderly in your community, but also check on their animals to prevent instances like this from happening in the future.”

This poor cat was brought to our clinic yesterday after her elderly had to move to a nursing home. She suffered from...Posted by Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center on Friday, December 16, 2016

UPDATE ON HIDEY THE MATTED CAT: Hidey's new owners have told us she was originally hiding under the bed in her new home,...Posted by Western PA Humane Society on Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Hidey is now living with Russel and his family and seems to be feeling much better. 

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

Children 'Deck the Howls' at shelter's reading to dogs holiday event

Children brought the holiday spirit to dogs at a special event held at the Humane Society of Missouri.

The second annual Deck the Howls event was held Dec. 2 and was open to children ages 5-11 who wanted to come to the shelter and read holiday stories to the adoptable dogs. According to the shelter’s YouTube page, the kids made toys, treats and pillows at the event, and helped tuck the dogs in for the night.

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Posted by Humane Society of Missouri on Sunday, December 4, 2016

Children reading to adoptable pets has become a popular event at other shelters across the country.

Cat gives birth under Christmas tree, kittens named 'Joy,' 'Faith,' 'Noel'

A rescued cat gave birth to a litter of kittens Tuesday under a family's Christmas tree. 

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 The cat's owner, Danielle Lopez, said her family adopted Tink when she was found with a stray cat family. 

Tink, the runt of the litter, had poor health before the Lopez family took her in. 

"If we didn't take her home, she would have died. She was all bones," Lopez told BuzzFeed.

This year, Tink, who is all grown up, surprised the Lopezes with four furry additions to the family. 

"I heard a soft meow and thought it was our other kitty and then saw the firstborn (kitten) crying," Lopez told Buzzfeed. "I was in shock."

Lopez said she found the family's other cat and the father of the litter, Sagwa, and locked him in a room while she attended to Tink.

"I started running around the house to ... grab towels to help her," she said.

Tink then gave birth to three more kittens on the tree skirt.

The family named the kittens Joy, Faith, Noel and Christmas. They said they plan to keep them.

Photos Lopez uploaded of Tink and her litter on Twitter have garnered more than 45,000 likes. 

She later posted an update, noting that Tink and the babies were moved from the tree skirt to a basket. 

 

Watch: Man reunited with lost dog at pet adoption event

A man was reunited with his lost dog Saturday at a pet adoption event in Florida.

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The man's dog, Daisy, arrived at a Jacksonville animal shelter around Thanksgiving as a stray. The man said he and his family searched for Daisy for weeks after his son accidentally left a gate open. 

The family was reunited with Daisy after a babysitter who works for the family saw Daisy’s photo on the animal care and protective services website. 

The man rushed to the Mega Pet Adoption event to get her back. The event is aimed at finding permanent homes for more than 1,000 puppies, kittens, dogs and cats who call various local shelters and rescues home.

Jennie Clutterbuck said her heart broke every time she walked by Daisy's kennel because the dog, who kennel workers called Sophia, looked so sad.

Clutterbuck said Daisy was terrified at the shelter, but said that when she looked over at Daisy during the adoption event, the dog was jumping all over.

"(I) thought, 'Holy cow, she found someone she really likes.' It turns out this is her Dad!!" she wrote on Facebook.

<script>(function(d, s, id) {  var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];  if (d.getElementById(id)) return;  js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;  js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&amp;version=v2.8";  fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script> Sofia is the dog that breaks your heart every time you walk by their kennel because they Just. Look. So. Sad.  She is sweet as can be but definitely was terrified in the shelter. Yesterday she loaded up with all the other dogs to head to Mega. Today, I looked over to see her absolutely losing her marbles, so happy, jumping all over and thought holy cow she found someone she really likes. It turns out this is her Dad!! Her name is actually Daisy, she came to us as a stray and she had been missing since Thanksgiving. Their baby sitter recently saw her on our website! Dad has been working 7 days a week since Hurricane Matthew for a tree service... Well today he raced down on his lunch break to get his girl  The change in her was absolutely out of this world. I'm not gonna lie... I totally boo hooedPosted by Jennie Clutterbuck on Saturday, December 17, 2016

As of Saturday night, 575 animals have been adopted as part of the Mega Pet Adoption event.

Cute potbelly piglet abandoned at groomers, up for adoption

He’s not exactly what you’d expect to find at a Humane Society just about anywhere, but he’s certainly a cute discovery.

His name is Batman. He’s a potbelly pig and you better act fast if you want him.

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The 5-month-old piglet was dropped off at a Tampa Bay groomers and never picked up by his owner, according to the Tampa Bay Humane Society’s Facebook page.

Staffers said Batman is getting so much “love and attention,” he’s not feeling abandoned anymore.

The Humane Society received the pig on Thursday and said he’s going up for adoption soon.

There's a new little friend at the shelter. Batman is a 5-month-old Potbelly pig who was dropped off at a grooming...Posted by Humane Society of Tampa Bay on Thursday, December 15, 2016

And he’s already making a splash on YouTube. A Christmas video of the tiny piglet shows him snuggling with a stuffed snowman and modeling flashy holiday collars as he prances around his cage.

If you’re interesting in adopting Batman, you can contact the Tampa Bay Humane Society to find out more about him.

Therapy dog in festive van delivers holiday cheer to hospital

Santo the therapy dog is looking more like Santa these days.

He even has his own transportation, though Santo rides in a festive van, not a sleigh. This month, Santo is delivering holiday cheer to patients and staff at San Gabriel Valley Medical Center in California. 

>> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  A Twitter user whose mother works at the hospital posted images of the adorable pooch. 

My mom works at a hospital & they have this service dog go around to cheer up patients. Here he is earlier today with the Christmas spirit pic.twitter.com/5J6f9tlOp4— juliee. (@jewelsssm) December 6, 2016

A hospital spokesperson told Buzzfeed that Santo and another therapy dog visit the hospital regularly. Santo even has his own hospital ID badge. The spokesperson said that Santo's handler decorates the dog's VW van for other holidays as well, and Santo has been seen in the past sporting a Hawaiian shirt. 

Instagram-famous dogs recreate Kanye West's 'Famous' video for good cause

Kanye West's "Famous" video gained lots of attention and much criticism when it was released in June. 

The 10-minute video features 12 naked sleeping wax figures in likenesses of celebrities with whom West has had connections. Taylor Swift, Ray J, Donald Trump and George W. Bush were among those pictured motionless in an oversized bed.

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But a parody version of the video is much different.

A 1-minute video released Tuesday shows 10 Instagram-famous dogs sleeping in matching pajamas.

The spoof, created by (RED), features canines like @TunaMeltsMyHeart, @ChloetheMiniFrenchie and @ToastMeetsWorld in a promotional effort to encourage sales of the (BEDHEAD)RED red-and-white-checkered dog pajamas.

A photo posted by TOAST MEETS WORLD™ (@toastmeetsworld) on Dec 6, 2016 at 7:48am PST <script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script>

Proceeds from the pajama sales go toward the fight against AIDS.

The dog pajamas, which are made of cotton and spandex, are on sale for $28 until Dec. 31. The set includes a sweater and a hat.

BedHead, the manufacturer of the pajamas, has already contributed to (RED) by donating funds to provide 50,000 days of life-saving HIV medication.

Firefighter rescues cats, returns them to owner in emotional video

A Cambridge man recorded the emotional moment a firefighter returned two cats to their tearful owner after a massive fire last weekend.

The cats, named Mac and Cheese, somehow survived the fire that damaged 16 buildings and displaced nearly 125 people.

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Cambridge Fire Lt. Brian Casey said he didn’t think there was any way he would find those cats alive.

Casey was one of the dozens of firefighters on the scene looking for hot spots when he was approached by Christina Jeffrey asking about her cats.

“I said, ‘I’m not how safe your house is. I’m not sure we can get inside but, we’ll take a look and see what we see,’” he recalled.

Jeffery lived in the building right across the street from where the fire began. Her home was damaged, but Casey was able to get inside.

“While I was looking around the bed, under the bed, under the covers to see if the cats were hiding anywhere, I heard them behind me in the closet. I turned around and they were both kind of huddled in the closet,” he said.

Mac and Cheese had survived all the heat and smoke.

“I didn’t expect really much in the way of finding them alive in the fire. The fire burned for 18 or 20 hours, I was actually quite surprised,” Casey said.

Casey scooped the cats up, one by one, and returned them to Jeffrey in a reunion serendipitously captured on camera by neighbor Justin Khoo.

“When I brought the cats out, she broke down, obviously tears of joy in the street,” Casey said. “They were very excited. Tears of joy.”

It’s a beautiful moment and Casey says it was the least he could do for a family that had lost almost everything.

"I'm forever grateful for the fire department and other emergency and disaster relief teams who pulled us out of that horror largely unharmed," Jeffery said. "I hope the video brings a moment of happiness in this very hard time."

Mac and Cheese are doing well after the fire.

Investigators searching for person of interest after starved dogs found

Clayton County police are looking for whoever starved one dog to death and left another one in very bad condition.

Police say they are looking for the last person to live in a now-vacant house along Denson Boulevard.

Investigators said they found two dogs at the home Friday and one of them didn't survive the trip to get help.

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“This case has been given the highest priority and is actively being investigated as a cruelty case,” said Capt. Anthony Thuman, of the Clayton County Police Department.

The surviving dog is with Clayton County police and she is recovering, but authorities say the dogs deserved better.

“This is a horrific case. This is a disturbing case, to any member of my staff. Anytime you see an animal that is literally starved to death, it can’t help but tug at your heartstrings,” Thuman said.

Police went to the house Friday morning for an eviction call. When they arrived, they discovered both dogs chained outside without any food.

Investigators have identified the last tenant as Matthew Darnell Jeffries, who they say is a person of interest.

“We are asking Mr. Jeffries to please contact us in reference to this because we'd like to speak to him about it,” Thuman said.

Police say the ex-tenant is not a suspect. They just want to talk to him. Whoever is responsible faces multiple animal cruelty charges.

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