In 2017, a large storm swept the Southern California area. Thunder, lightning, wind, and rain pummeled the area. Many called it the storm of the century, bringing torrential rains to the drought-stricken state. Those who could ran indoors for safety. One little dog, however, could not escape the violent weather.
This precious pup had been homeless for many years. Area residents took responsibility for feeding her as often as possible. When the storm hit, concerned citizens tried in vain to lure the dog to safety. She refused, and ran into a bush for cover from the raging winds.
In an effort to get help, residents called the animal rescue organization Hope for Paws to save the dog’s life. The Los Angeles based organization concentrates on helping distressed animals in all situations. Volunteer workers moved quickly to respond to the distress call.
Rescue workers battled through the storm-drenched streets for hours to make it to the dog’s reported location. They arrived in pitch-black darkness. Their efforts were hampered even more by the thick, burly bushes the dog used as her hiding spot.
After relentless searching, the dog was finally located. Using hands and tools, rescue workers fought through the dangerous tangle of plant life to reach the distressed pup. The rain and wind made it difficult to get a firm grip on the slippery foliage of the bushes she used as a hiding spot. As the rain continued to pour down, workers knew they had to act fast if the dog was going to make it.
Like most feral animals, this dog did not trust many humans. Despite the fact that these workers had come to rescue her, the dog would not come out of her hiding spot. In an effort to gain her trust, workers fed the hungry dog treats and bits of food. After a while, she allowed them to touch her. That’s when they discovered the secret she was willing to die to protect.
Rescue workers discovered the pup was protecting a litter of newborn puppies. Barely 2 days old, these precious babies would not make it through the storm without human help. Workers knew they had to act quickly to get the canine family to safety if they were all going to survive.
The workers from Hope for Paws needed to gain the mother’s trust before a rescue could happen. One volunteer gently placed a leash in the dog’s makeshift den. She sniffed it several times. Eventually she relaxed and no longer saw the humans as enemies trying to hurt her new family. That’s when the rescue efforts really began.
One by one, the workers gently lifted each puppy from the damp, shallow den. The mother dog gave each of her babies reassuring licks as they whimpered at the touch of unfamiliar hands. She knew these humans were there to help them, and allowed them to slowly lift each of her 8 babies out of the hole and into dry, warm safety.
Through the freezing rain and chilling winds, Hope for Paws workers lifted 8 puppies and their mother out of the bush covered den into their rescue van. Even through the wetness and discomfort, the workers were still able to smile because they knew they had done a good deed.
Once the canine family was safely removed from the elements, workers rushed them to the nearest veterinary office. There they received food, warm blankets to sleep on, and a thorough medical exam. Despite the fact that the storm had knocked out power to the clinic, the canine family still received the best care possible. The staff used flashlights to make sure the dogs received everything they needed.
While treating the pups, workers gave them names to celebrate their victory over the storm. The mama dog was given the name Rainbow because she appeared like a bright ray of hope in the middle of a fantastic storm. The babies were named Droplet, Stormy, Raindrop, Breezy, Misty, Bolt, Flash, and Thunder to document the conditions in which they came into the world.
Once she knew her babies were safe, Rainbow showed her gratitude by becoming a happy, playful, friendly pup. She licked the rescue workers’ hands lovingly to thank them for saving her little family. The team returned her affection with lots of cuddling and doggie kisses.
Finally, Rainbow and her 8 precious puppies could relax. Even as the storm continued to rage outside, Rainbow relaxed in comfort with her babies. With her own tummy full, she could feed her babies and enjoy the attention from rescue workers. She even had enough energy to play with the selection of toys they found at the animal shelter.
After six weeks, the happy, healthy family continued to gain strength. The puppies became furry balls of affection who love nothing more than to frolic in the sun with their mother. The stormy weather that brought them into the world did nothing to dampen their spirits!
The canine family is enjoying their time together in doggie foster care. When the pups are a bit older, the whole family will be available for adoption to good homes. Thanks to the Hope for Paws workers, these doggies became an inspiring story instead of a sad tragedy.
To call attention to the plight of homeless animals everywhere, rescue workers created a video of Rainbow’s ordeal. The video was uploaded to YouTube, where it quickly went viral. Within 3 weeks the video had been seen by over 3 million people around the world.
These happy pups were saved by rescue workers who valued the lives of animals as much as those of humans. Hopefully this story will inspire others to take action and help homeless or lost pets caught in violent weather or other natural disasters.
NYPD Solves a High-Profile Turtlenapping
The New York City Police Department makes headlines every day, but it is not every day that the NYPD makes headlines for solving a turtle kidnapping case. But kudos go to the NYPD for solving the disappearance of a beloved resident of Alley Pond Environmental Center in Queens, 100-year-old African spurred tortoise, Millennium.
A Century of Millennium at Alley Pond
Millennium could have been a youthful, 11-year-old turtle when the 655-acre Alley Pond Park was acquired by the City of New York in 1929. When Millennium found his, her, or its way to the park, the Alley Pond was the source of water that the town of Flushing used for, well, flushing. Millennium survived the construction of the Long Island Expressway across the park, the creation of a golf course, and the founding of the Alley Pond Environmental Center at 228-06 Northern Boulevard in Queens in 1972.
Or maybe Millennium wasn’t around for any of those events. Although Millennium undoubtedly weighs about 100 pounds, and is larger than many of the children who come to visit him every day the park is open, the turtle rescuers who found the intrepid animal believe he could be a mere 17 years old or possibly as much as 100 years old. Either way, visitors to the park regularly ask to see him. And that is how they learned he was missing.
A Shocking Tortoise Disappearance
When visitors asked to see Millennium on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 18, 2017, Millennium was nowhere to be found. The attendants had no difficulty locating Millennium’s companion turtle Mini-Me, but even checks of video surveillance cameras showed no sign of the celebrity turtle. We think of tortoises as moving slowly, but actually they can move quickly, blending in with trees and grasses, so the park staff held out hope that Millennium might just be taking a little vacation looking for a different source of grass and grubs. But when there was no trace of Millennium the next day, they had no choice but to call the police. They were afraid they had a Code 597, abuse of an animal.
Millennium Returns from Connecticut
Fortunately, a Connecticut resident with a conscience made the reunion of Millennium with his young fans possible. And helped the police nab the turtlenappers’ accomplice Shawn Waters in the process.
Thirty-seven year old Shawn Waters loves turtles. He kept small turtles and other animals in the apartment he shared with his mother in Queens. On the afternoon of July 18, Waters was approached by two men who had cut a hole in the back of Millennium’s enclosure and absconded with the famous reptile. They made a deal with Waters to sell him the stolen turtle, and Waters started to take Millennium home in a stolen shopping cart. But no sooner did he have Millennium in his clutches than he realized his mother would never let him keep Millennium at home.
Waters hatched a plan to cover up his crime and get a smaller turtle his mother would approve. A man in Stamford, Connecticut had placed an ad on Craigslist to sell his musck turte. Waters struck a deal to swap reptiles and get $300 cash in the process. (Ordinarily, a turtle of Millennium’s 2 foot by 2-1/2 foot size and gentle watermelon-eating habits would have fetched about $2500, according to park officials.) Waters, who does not own a car, took a commuter train with Millennium to Connecticut, where he sealed the deal.
But by this time the police were checking turtle transactions on Craigslist. They located the buyer, who surrendered the turtle, which was returned safely to Alley Pond Park.
Waters was arrested and later sentenced to six months in jail at Rikers Island. His mother reports that he hopes to get his license to work as a security guard back when he gets out of jail.
Strange Sounds Coming From the Walls Reveal a HAUNTING Surprise to New Homeowners!
No matter where you are in the country, every town has a story about that house. You know the one. The house that looms above all, lending urban legends and stories to people in the community. Well, today, we are going to introduce you to a home in Germantown, Tennessee, as well as the mysterious sounds that emanated from its walls. Let’s dig in because this story is going to make you want to check your own walls!
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