March 12, 2014

Artist Creates Surreal Pictures With Shelter Animals To Help Find Them New Homes

Talented Hungarian photographer Sarolta Ban (whom we wrote about here and here) is back with more of her distinctive surreal images, but this time there’s a noble purpose behind her work – each image is meant to portray a shelter animal in a new light and help them find a loving home.

Everything seems to have begun with one image of a white dog that, according to Ban’s Facebook, she adopted. She went on to create a whole series of images featuring furry friends that are looking for homes.

She also started collecting images of animals from all over the world that are looking for homes. She plans to create beautiful images for them as well, and will gift copies of these beautiful images to the people that choose to adopt them.

“Abandoned dogs sadly have really few chances to appear on a photo that will help them get out of the shelter… [one] that stands out from the crowd, and ‘speaks’ to a person,” she explains on the project’s page.

If you enjoy her artwork, be sure to check out her page as well and buy a print or even get acquainted with a new furry friend!

Via Bored Panda

March 12, 2014

Motley Zoo Saves Kittens in the Cutest Way Possible: Rescue Animals Pose for Pictures with Snoop Dogg, Macklemore, and Slayer

I follow a lot of photo-nerd stuff on the internet. Recently, there was an excellent article on the Huffington Post about how photographs can save the lives of shelter animals across the country. The article mentioned Seth Casteel’s website One Picture Saves a Life (a partnership with GreaterGood.org), where the photographer posts tutorials to help shelters take better pictures of the animals they are trying to find homes for.​ The idea is that if you take a crappy, bummer-ish picture of a cat or dog or bunny—often when it’s terrified upon first landing in a shelter—the chances of it getting adopted are slim. But if you know how to take a flattering photo of a well-fed and groomed animal, looking healthy and happy, it has a real, honest-to-goodness chance of finding a new owner.

But what if you upped the ante even further? Motley Zoo is a nonprofit animal rescue based in Redmond, and its cofounder Jme Thomas (pronounced Jamie) has one of the best photo ideas to date: What if you took a photo of Macklemore, or Snoop Dogg, or some of the dudes in Slayer holding a kitten or a puppy? That’s a no-brainer: The cool-groupie rock animal picture gets blasted around the internets, and the animal gets adopted right away! Hannah Levin (producer and host of Seek and Destroy on KEXP) recently started working with Thomas to organize animal/musician meet-and-greets. “There’s something endlessly entertaining about handing a kitten to a rough and tough rock dude and watching him melt,” says Levin. “Most importantly, though, it’s proven to be an effective way to find homes for the four-legged buddies.”

Named as KING 5’s favorite local charity last year, Motley Zoo, which was founded in 2009, is certainly kicking some ass. “We have adopted out 1,200 pets to date,” says Thomas. “I started Motley with my husband, Bryan. We wanted to change the idea of what an animal rescue could be—we wanted to make it fun and a little rock ‘n’ roll. And it’s working.” She says future photo shoots will include ZZ Top, Mastodon, and Mötley Crüe.

Motley Zoo is volunteer-run and could use your help—or, better yet, a donation. To adopt, volunteer, or give money, go to motleyzoo.org

To see more of Niffer Calderwood’s photography, go to dripbook.com/NifferCalderwoodPhotography.

All via The Stranger

March 12, 2014

How Jarvis the cross-eyed cat was left to die by his first owner – but was rescued and is now a heart stealer

When this cross-eyed cat was abandoned by his owners on the side of the road as a kitten his chances of survival looked slim.

But Jarvis P. Weasley, whose eyes look inward, is now enjoying a new lease of life after an animal lover rescued him and nursed him back to health. 

The five-year-old is named after glasses-wearing Pulp front man Jarvis Cocker and fictional Harry Potter character Ron Weasley who is ginger. 

Jarvis P. Weasley was found when he was four weeks-old by an animal centre in California, and subsequently fostered by cat-mad Daria Kelly.

His arrival in Ms Kelly’s house was only meant to be temporary, but the cross-eyed kitty has now become a permanent member of the family.

She said: “I just remember him standing out because, though he was very sick, he always seemed so happy, and his face never fails to make me smile. One day I was watching him jump for joy in his cage, seemingly over nothing. I took it to be pure happiness. I waited until the sick kittens that I was fostering at my home were well, and then I took him to foster - but he ended up staying permanently.”

At the time Jarvis was rescued by Oakland Animal Services in California, Ms Kelly was volunteering alongside Amber Holly, one of the veterinary technicians.

Remembering the day he came into their lives, Amber said: “Jarvis came in a cross-eyed, snot-nosed, squinty yet adorable mess, but sadly kittens with an upper respiratory at a government shelter do not last long. Daria was a volunteer at the time and she agreed to foster him for Saving Grace Rescue while he was treated so that he wouldn’t be euthanised at the shelter. He captured Daria’s heart and was permanently signed over to her after being neutered.”

Despite his tempestuous early years, Jarvis doesn’t appear to hold any grudges.

"He is so happy-go-lucky!  He has always had a zest for life, even when he was tiny and sick. He’s cuddly, playful, mischievous and very friendly," said Daria. "I often use him for introductions to new fosters because he is so personable and non-threatening."

After spending over 30 years working in the music industry it was inevitable that Ms Kelly would name one of her pets after a rock star.

However, after fostering almost 200 cats, a few dozen dogs and one tarantula in the last 12 years, the time has now come for her to change careers and study to become a veterinary nurse herself.

Ms Kelly, who believes this new job has always been her destiny, said: “In my youth I was always going to be a vet, but life happened and I took a detour. I’m just a tad more rock and roll now and the cats have an extensive record collection to peruse!”

Via Daily Mail

March 12, 2014

Kangaroo and Wombat are Best Friends

A couple of cute animals kangaroo Anzac and wombat Peggy became stars of the Internet. Both orphans – they were in a cage in the center of the rescue of wild animals in Victoria, Australia. And there they became big friends.

Photos by Wild About Wildlife Rescue Center  | Via FreeYork

March 12, 2014

"A happy family is but an earlier heaven." - George Bernard Shaw

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March 12, 2014
"I love you, bro. You understand me."
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"I love you, bro. You understand me."

Photo via I Have Seen The Whole Of The Internet

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March 12, 2014
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Comic by ©Extra Ordinary

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March 11, 2014

Cats meeting babies for the first time: TOO CUTE FOR WORDS.

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March 11, 2014
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March 11, 2014

And now, some cute Rats with their Teddy Bears.

Photos by @Jessica Florence and ©Ellen van Deelen

Via Mother Nature Network

March 11, 2014
Story of my life.
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Story of my life.

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March 11, 2014
"Damn! That bird saw me!"
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"Damn! That bird saw me!"

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March 10, 2014

The Lion Soaking: Lioness takes no chances as she carries nine-week-old cub across fast-flowing river

Her jaws clamped firmly around the scruff of her tiny cub’s neck, this plucky lioness is taking no chances as she tackles a risky river crossing. As her nine-week-old youngster dangles beneath her, the mother skips gingerly between impromptu stepping stones. These stunning images capture the heart-stopping moment the lioness braved choppy waters, clasping her little one’s nape, as she made her way to join the rest of the pride on the other side of the river. Amazingly, the cub escaped with only a sodden coat as its mother safely negotiated the fast-flowing waters of the Ntiakitiak River in Kenya’s Masai Mara game reserve. Greek photographer Kyriakos Kaziras managed to capture the moment during a trip in December. Paul Goldstein, another photographer and owner of Kicheche Bush Camp, where Mr Kaziras was based, said: “Kyriakos and his guide had spent early morning with the large Enkoyanai pride. There had been plenty of rain and the Ntiakitiak River, normally a trickle, was  a swollen torrent. The bulk of the pride were on the east bank and the mother had  to take the momentous decision to carry her nine-week-old cub to join them. The risks of such a journey were very real, particularly as the cub was at least a month older than normal ‘carrying age’. I have photographed lions carrying cubs and seen them crossing rivers, but the combination is unique and has never been seen, let alone recorded.”

Via Daily Mail

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March 10, 2014
"I can has selfie??"
Photo by ©maniek and marcelka

"I can has selfie??"

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March 8, 2014

10 Year Old Cat Huck Finn Helps Heal Sick Portland Kids

Huck Finn, a 10 year old tabby cat, does the rounds at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital helping sick children get better and bringing comfort and smiles to the little patients. Huck pops into their room and lies down next to them, purring away.

Via Love Meow