2012 was an eventful year for animals to say the least.
But which animal stories set the world ablaze with cuteness, heartbreak, and endearment?
FIND OUT NOW!!!
Animal specialists from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals opened shelter to house hundreds of animals as their owners were displaced from their homes due to Hurricane Sandy. Animals were given the opportunity for care for 30 days free of charge.
A Bronx family was able to escape from a fire in their building, but unable to take their dog. New York Firefighter Phil Grippo found the dog inside the building and brought him outside to safety.
Michelle Pool had her horse stolen from her father’s pasture ten years ago. After years of searching, making fliers and alerting people, Michelle was reunited with her horse after the horse had been put up for sale on CraigsList.com.
Receiving the 30th National Hero Dog Award, Rescue Dog Bear saves his owner after she had a seizure and fell down steps into her front yard, losing consciousness.
6. Dog Leading Blind Dog
A golden retriever, born blind and suffering from seizures later in his life, found his new best friend, who would lead the way for him by leash.
German Shepard in Cordoba, Argentina ran away from home after his owner passed away. The owner’s family found the dog a week later at the cemetery grieving at the gravesite, who has remained at the site since his owner’s passing.
Late this year, The Senate passed two bills in support of animal rights which include a provision streamlining the adoption process for retired military dogs and authorizes the Department of Defense to provide care without any cost to American taxpayers and the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act making it a federal offense to attend an organized animal fight.
9. The Last Giant Tortoise, Lonesome George, Dies
Lonesome George, the last giant tortoise of his subspecies died in the Galápagos Islands. Around the age of 100, the death came as a surprise to many as they witnessed extinction.
A dog rode from Massachusetts to Rhode Island in the grill of a Toyota Camry and survived. A passing motorist noticed the dog and made the driver aware. After pulling into a nearby police station, the dog was removed by Animal Control and taken into care.