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.

Brian, Cali and Cathleen at home with cats Butter and Ozzy.

How a Pair of Kittens Reunited After 2 Years

It would take a miracle to find the the other cat. Could she keep the promise to her daughter after choosing only one of the bonded pair?

Cydney, James and Thomas of the W-Underdogs team. Photo credit: Roy Gumpel

This Veteran Volunteer Pairs At-Risk Kids With Neglected Animals

Gracie Hamlin founded W-Underdogs in Atlanta to empower kids by helping them rescue and care for stray dogs and cats.

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Pet photo magnets. Photo credit: Susan M. Meredith

These Pet Photo Magnets Keep Their Furry Friends Close

This creative idea allows them to remember their beloved pets that have passed away.

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Baby Kyle in the car

Meet a Real-Life Father Goose

He rescued an abandoned Canada gosling six years ago and they've been together since.

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An injured golden retriever

How to Tell If Your Pet Is Hurting

Is your animal companion in pain? Here are some signs to look out for.

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A headshot portrait of a black and white cat. Photo credit: Maddie McGarvey

See How this Cat Café Sustains the Perfect Feline Community

 Eat Purr Love Café offers creative ways for humans and cats to interact with each other.

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Iris and her pet cat, Thula

A Kitten Became Her Daughter's Perfect Companion

She worried her daughter's severe autism would prevent her from knowing true love and joy. Then came Thula.

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Bronson the Cat

This Cat’s Weight Loss Journey Is Captivating the Internet

This hefty feline has shed over 20 percent of his body weight.

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Stu Reininger

An Insistent Dog Opened His Eyes to God's Grace

He wanted to be alone in his grief, but on a rural hiking trail in Calabria, Italy, a 60-pound puppy wouldn't take no for an answer.

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Sleeping dog and cat

5 Stories of Heaven-Sent Pets

These pets were mysteriously led to their owners. Could it be more than coincidence?

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.

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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.

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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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