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7-year-old cat who walked 12 miles to owners who gave him away finds forever family

A 7-year-old cat given away by his family walked 12 miles back home -- only to be given away again.

WRAL.com reported that, according to an April 4 Facebook post from the SPCA of Wake County, Toby, a fluffy orange and white cat, was given to another family but found his way back to his home.

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“When he arrived, he was met with heartbreak,” the post said. “The family he thought had loved him took him to a shelter and asked staff to euthanize him. The shelter called us at the SPCA to ask if we could take him in and help him find a new family. Of course we said YES!”

The animal shelter said it took Toby in from a county shelter at the end of February.

Toby was adopted by his new mom, Michele, on Friday the 13, SPCA of Wake County communications manager Tara Lynn said in a blog post.

“It’s funny. He’s very sweet, but he didn’t get along with his (feline) roommate,” Lynn told People Pets. “We thought he’d need to be adopted out as the only cat in a home, but his new family has two other cats and he’s fine with them. He’s just been through a lot and wasn’t settled yet.”

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Lynn told People that she wasn’t sure if Toby, who is FIV-positive, was given up by his family because of his disease, but it didn’t seem to impact interest from potential adopters.

“It’s cool, people were interested in him despite his FIV,” Lynn said.

Toby’s life with his forever family is captured on his own Instagram page, a.cat.named.toby. The page has more than 15,000 followers and includes a post supporting the SPCA of Wake County’s annual Dog Walk, which benefits all animals in the shelter.

Boy bullied for having different-colored eyes, cleft lip adopts cat that looks like him

A bullied Oklahoma boy and his adorable new best friend look like they could be twins — well, almost.

According to "Today," Madden Humphreys, 7, of Owasso started feeling sad after other children made fun of his cleft lip and different-colored eyes, also known as heterochromia iridium.

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“He wasn’t (insecure) until other kids started pointing it out to him and then saying not nice things to him,” his mother, Christina Humphreys, told "Today." 

But Christina soon found something she knew would cheer him up — a rescue cat that looked like her son.

“Last week, a friend posted an image of the cat in our cleft moms group," she wrote in a now-viral post for Love What Matters. "This kitty was taken in by a rescue group in Minnesota. We knew immediately that this kitty was meant to be part of our family. Not only does he have a cleft lip like our 7-year-old son Madden, he also has complete heterochromia iridum, like Madden. They were destined to be best friends. Funny how a pet can make you feel less alone."

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Although money was tight, friends helped the family fund the road trip to Minnesota. There, they adopted the cat, Moon.

“We’re usually not spontaneous people, but we knew that we were meant to love this kitty," she wrote for Love What Matters. "Moon, the kitty, and Madden are the perfect companions for each other. In a word full of bullies and hateful words, we will choose to chase love. I think it’s safe to say that this kitty is love, and was certainly meant to be part of our journey and Madden’s journey."

You can follow Madden and Moon on Instagram at @maddenandmoon.

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Rescue dog becomes K9 cop for a day

The Nebraska Humane Society and a local police department are teaming up to help give rescue dogs a new leash, er lease, on life.

It’s called K9 Cop For A Day and allows a dog from the rescue group to spend the day as an honorary member of the force.

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They do ride-alongs and meet the community. 

This time it was Mickey’s turn to put on the badge.

He’s a 6-year-old Bull Terrier and Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix. Mickey has been up for adoption since July and recently went out with the La Vista Police Department.

"It seemed like a win-win for both of us, where we could definitely continue our programs with involving our community, but also help the Humane Society find a great home for a great dog,” Capt. Bryan Waugh told KETV.

“Oftentimes animals that are out of this environment have a better chance of getting adopted -- if people see them in a normal environment rather than here,” Pam Wiese of the Nebraska Humane Society told KETV.

Mickey was the first dog to take part in the program, but the police department plans on doing it at least once a month, KETV reported.

Family has to pay to get their dog back from Humane Society

A Pennsylvania family was relieved to find their missing dog at a local humane society. 

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Daryl Claypoole said he left his dog, Tubby, outside to go to the bathroom when the animal chewed through his collar and took off.

Claypoole said his family has been upset since Tubby ran and vanished a few weeks ago.

Thanks to social media, the family found out Tubby is at the Butler County Humane Society.

There, he's known as Finn, and Claypoole can't get him back without the right amount of cash.

“Five hundred and fifty-two dollars. I don't have that kind of money. I'm on a fixed income. I just want my dog,” Claypoole said.

Jill Hall, with the Humane Society, said the dog wasn't microchipped, making it harder for them to find the dog's owners.

“Unfortunately, (animals) can't tell us where they belong, so after 48 hours, we get them ready for adoption,” Hall said.

WPXI learned the fee has been reduced from more than $500 to $220.

Claypoole admits he hasn't been to the Humane Society to even identify his dog.

“Because if I do, I'll cause trouble because they won't give me my dog back,” Claypoole said.

“Those vet bills for us are not free. We do have to pay those costs so once an owner comes forward, they do have to incur the cost to reclaim their animal,” Hall said.

Video shows Colorado shelter celebrate all its pets getting forever homes

One animal shelter in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has a lot to celebrate this season.

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The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region held a campaign to clear out its kennels and give as many pets as possible a home, The Colorado Springs Gazette reported.

Gretchen Pressley, the organization's community relations manager, said the "Bring Them Home for the Holidays" campaign waived adoption fees for cats and dogs over the age of 5.

"That's really helped us get these guys out the doors and into wonderful homes," Pressley said.

KDVR reported that 25 cats and 23 dogs were adopted through the campaign. For two days in a row, all the dogs and cats up for adoption got homes.

“We’ve come very close to adopting out all of our available dogs before, but I think that’s the first time we had no available dogs in the shelter, which is just phenomenal,” Pressley told KOAA.

The feat was cause for celebration in the form of a Facebook video, which can be watched below:

 The Empty Kennels!Posted by Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region on Monday, December 19, 2016

Humane Society waives fees on black or orange cats and kittens for Halloween

Here’s a treat for you: the Atlanta Humane Society will be waive adoption fees on all cats and kittens with any black or orange coloring today, Monday, October 31, aka Halloween.

More than 120 cats and kittens at the Atlanta Humane Society, many with festive Halloween coloring, need homes. If potential pet owners find one with black or orange coloring today, the adoption fees are waived until 6 p.m.

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Any adopters are required to complete a preliminary adoption questionnaire. Interested adopters should not adopt in a hurry.

For pet owners and pet parents-to-be worried about the impact of waived fees, AHS says it has policies in place.

"It is our top priority to find all of our animals loving homes through adoption, and we will always do so using expertly trained adoption counselors and our specific adoption process," AHS said to a concerned commenter on Facebook.

More details are at the Atlanta Humane Society website.

 Meet your boo this Halloween! All of our cats and kittens who have any black or orange coloring will be fee-waived on Monday, October 31!Posted by Atlanta Humane Society on Sunday, October 30, 2016

Airport's working dog is well equipped for runway duty

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He's been chasing birds and animals off the runways for over a year at one Michigan airport, but after video of him went viral, Piper became an internet superstar.

Nearly four million people have clicked on video of the 7 year old Border Collie.  Piper is being called the coolest dog ever, thanks to his outfit.

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You can typically spot him decked out in goggles, earmuffs and a safety vest.  His owner says there's a reason for the get up.

"He's very well equipped," says Brian Edwards.   "The specs are to protect his eyes, they're sunglasses first and foremost.  The earmuffs obviously are for sound when he's close to aircrafts, and the vest is so I can lift him up and do all sorts of cool things with him."

Piper was adopted back in 2012, and began working at the Cherry Capital Airport in 2015.

He doesn't get an actual paycheck for his services, but he is rewarded with plenty of treats.

His owner says Border Collies are working dogs and having a job to do is enough to make Piper happy. 

Watch: This girl is determined to sell her little brother

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This adorable girl in a green frog hat is determined to sell her little brother.

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She and her dad watch her little brother prance around in the snow when her dad asks, “How did your brother get so silly?”

The girl responds, “I don’t know. We should sell him.”

Her dad immediately bursts out with laughter and asks who she would sell him to, to which she replies, “The pet store.”

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Adopted dog travels 2 days, walks 11 miles, to return to foster mom

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A woman was shocked when her former foster dog showed up at her house.

Rachel Kauffman told the Commercial Appeal that she took in a white shepherd named Hank from a shelter as a foster dog. She only cared for him for about two days, but the two formed a tight bond.

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Kauffman already had two dogs of her own and a puppy she was fostering. She had no plans to grow her furry family.

As planned, Hank moved to a longer-term foster home a few days later.

But just two days after moving into the new home, Hank escaped and made his way back to Kauffman's home in Memphis, Tennessee. A rescue group called Animal Lovers searched for him until he turned up at Kauffman's house.

“When it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be,” said Kauffman.

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After 11 miles, it's pretty clear that Hank wanted his forever home to be with Rachel Kauffman. http://memne.ws/1iGwdcOPosted by The Commercial Appeal on Friday, November 6, 2015

Want a dog? Try a TSA canine dropout

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If you didn't get good grades in school you might have something in common with the dogs the Transportation Security Administration wants people to adopt.

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The TSA reminded people that dogs who failed their bomb-sniffing test are available for adoption.

But let's not judge them too harshly for flunking. The pups had to go through 12 weeks of intensive training

Retired TSA dogs are also available for forever homes. Every year they have to go through a grueling recertification process.

The dogs range from 2-year-old puppies to distinguished ten-year-olds. Breeds available include Labrador Retrievers and German Shepherds.

The working TSA canines live with their handlers and many live life as a family dog on nights and weekends, according to NJ.com. Often, the dogs are adopted by them when they retire. 

TSA said most of the canines aren't used to living in a home because they lived in kennels. All pups are spayed and neutered prior to adoption. Also, they're free. 

So if the TSA dogs are the highlight of your airport security experience, you can email TSA for an application and be ready make the trip to San Antonio to claim your new best friend. 

But it's pretty competitive. Back in July, TSA received more than 500 applications. The program launched in 2011 and it's helped more than 100 dogs find homes.  

The video includes Getty Images.

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