Pets

Those who have pets in their lives know the tremendous power of these healing animals to bring about feelings of peace, connection, and love. Cats, dogs, service animals, and other furry, scaly, or feathered friends provide companionship and so much more, just by being their adorable selves.

Alisa Johnson, founder of Dogs on Deployment, poses with her two dogs.

She Started a Nonprofit to Care for Military Pets

Dogs on Deployment ensures that canines are cared for when active duty calls.

Talini (R), a 9-month old 160-pound polar bear cub swims with her mother Barle.

She Gave This Abused Polar Bear a Beautiful Life

Famed bear whisperer Else Poulsen rehabilitated the bear at the Detroit Zoo.

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A colorful hummingbird.

Unexpected Blessings: How Animals Bring Us Hope

From cats to hummingbirds to zoo animals, our Guideposts staff and contributors share their stories of unexpected creature comforts during this time of crisis.

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Dog smiles at a computer

How Dogs Are Helping People During the Covid-19 Crisis

Canine heroes are delivering food, visiting from a distance and providing for the front lines 

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Steve Greig and his family of dogs.

He Adopts Overlooked Animals

This accountant gives senior dogs and disabled animals, including a pig and a turkey, the love they deserve.

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Joyce Gardner and a Humboldt penguin.

These Penguins Comfort Residents in a Senior Care Home

The wish of one resident in the English home became a reality enjoyed by all.

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Georgeanne Irvine holding a flamingo.

4 Life Lessons Learned at the San Diego Zoo

She worked at the zoo for more than 40 years; the animals taught her about friendship, courage, resilience and more.

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An artist's rendering of a hen with chicks around her.

Their Beloved Hen Finally Became a Mother

The broody hen never had chicks of her own. But she miraculously accepted a brood of newborn chicks and raised them as her own.  

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A creature up close from Matt's macrophotography.

His Newfound Passion for Photography Changed His Life

He had struggled with depression and anger for many years. Then he learned to see the world in a different light.

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The Johnsons posing with their goat

A Retired School Principal Finds Joy in a Unique Passion Project

David Johnson ended up building the tallest goat tower in the world.

A woman working from home with her dog peering over her shoulder.

Meet the Pets Helping Guideposts Staffers Work from Home

How our animal companions are comforting and inspiring us during a difficult time.

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A cat and a dog

4 Positive Pet Stories from Around the World

They're comforting doctors, learning how to detect the coronavirus—this is how animals are making the world a better place.

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A dog interrupting its owner's reading indoors.

Pets and Covid-19: What You Need to Know

Here's how to best protect your animal companions during this health pandemic.

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A black cat poses imperiously on a computer desk

5 Things We Can Learn from Our Cats About Staying Positive While Sheltering at Home

Pets can teach valuable lessons about how to make the most of social distancing.

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