• (Photo: YouTube)(Photo: YouTube)

    Rushing water and falling rain couldn’t stop one brave volunteer from crawling into a storm drain in West Virginia and rescuing a drowning kitten.

    Dorella Tuckwiller, president of of the Itty Bitty Kitty Committee, crawled head-first into a storm drain pipe located underneath a driveway in order to rescue a barely-breathing kitten, the Laughing Squid reports. It was raining at the time and the water level in the drain pipe was quickly rising. 

    Video footage shows a fire crew member pull Tuckwiller out of the storm pipe by her waist with a rope. As Tuckwiller stands, cheers from the onlooking crowd erupt as she passes the tiny kitten to emergency workers. 

    After the heroic incident, Tuckwiller spoke to the Charleston Gazette, saying she was very frightened for the safety of the kitten.

    “My biggest fear was I was going to lose him,” Tuckwiller said. “If I had dropped him… that was my biggest fear was not being able to hold him above the water and dropping him. I don’t climb in storm

    Read More »from Volunteer braves rushing water to rescue tiny kitten from storm drain
  • Dog saves woman and gets a new home in return

    “It has been such a crazy journey."

    (Photo: SWNS)(Photo: SWNS)

    A stray dog that saved a woman from attackers is being kindly rewarded in the form of a home.

    Georgia Bradley was taking a stroll during a holiday in Georgioupoli, Crete, when a pair of aggressive men approached her. 

    When they started to grab her after she turned down their advances, a black dog leapt out and started barking. The men were scared away and the 25-year-old credits the dog for saving her, reports The Telegraph.

    The scruffy pooch, believed to be a poodle terrier cross, followed Bradley back to her apartment. They instantly bonded and she tried to convince a local animal shelter to let her adopt the dog, who she named Pepper, but they wouldn’t let her.

    “When we left to go to the airport, we looked back and Pepper was running after the car. It was heartbreaking,” she told the Telegraph.

    Upon returning home to Calstock, Cornwall, Bradley couldn’t stop thinking about the dog, and booked a flight back to Greece two weeks later.

    Her mission to find her rescue animal turned into

    Read More »from Dog saves woman and gets a new home in return
  • (Thinkstock)(Thinkstock)

    In a very realistic love story, a B.C. couple has reunited and remarried. 

    Kim and Andrew Hopkins of Port Moody, said “I do” for the second time last week at a reception filled with their close family and friends. 

    According to the Province, the pair first met in 1987 and were married in 1991. They had two daughters and then later filed for divorce.

    After a few years, the couple reconnected again. They got re-engaged, but then Kim was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and wedding plans were put on hold.

    “Life got in the way,” Kim told The Province.

    While the couple worked through chemotherapy and other struggles, A Wish to Wed Society decided to get involved. They volunteer to grant weddings to couples who are facing health problems.

    “We believe that an illness does not define the human spirit and that we can rise above our physical limitations,” the non-profit’s website reads. 

    The organization, which The Province reports is the first of its kind in Canada, provided the planning,

    Read More »from Non-profit helps divorced B.C. couple get remarried after cancer diagnosis
  • (Photo courtesy Lydia Frey/feedfive)(Photo courtesy Lydia Frey/feedfive)

    The first thing to look at when you first see one of feedfive’s T-shirts is the fork.

    Count the tines. It’s a clever, subtle visual pun that alone is worth the $29 asking price even before you know the money is going to a good cause.

    The group of students from the University of Waterloo launched their unique piece of swag this month to support their regular gig feeding the poor and homeless at a Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont., drop-in centre. One T-shirt pays for five meals prepared by the team. feedfive.

    “We wanted it to be something really cool, really simple, [that] gets your attention,” Danny Aguizi, a psychology and business grad, told Yahoo Canada.

    “We liked the fork idea because it’s really simple. Anyone knows what a fork is; you instantly get it. We added a fifth prong to it to kind of make it our own; five meals, five prongs. Most people don’t notice it. It’s kind of a small Easter egg there.”

    Danny Aguizi (left) prepares food at Ray of Hope. (Conrad Grebel University College/feedfive)Danny Aguizi (left) prepares food at Ray of Hope. (Conrad Grebel University College/feedfive)

    Offering goodies in return for charitable donations is nothing new but feedfive’s

    Read More »from feedfive: Ont. student group finds creative solution for raising money to feed homeless
  • Late UBC professor Ted Danner donates $1.1 million to university

    “What a wonderful legacy he’s now left for UBC and future generations of geologists."

    (Photo: Thinkstock)(Photo: Thinkstock)

    Before his unfortunate death in 2012, there wasn't much that late UBC professor Wilbert ‘Ted’ Danner wouldn't do for his geology students.

    Danner was known by many to be “a quirky, enthusiastic professor” who supported geology students at the University of British Columbia and gave back in any way possible.

    But for some, he was best known as the prof that made a habit of collecting empty cans and bottles around the campus in order to return and recycle them. He used the proceeds from his weekly scavenging treks to establish the Beer-Pop Can-Bottle Deposit Refund Award to support his students.

    But now, the university has revealed in a recent press release that Danner has also left a $1.1-million estate donation to help geology students at UBC even more.

    “We’re truly honoured by this gift,” said UBC Dean of Science Simon Peacock in the press release. “Ted Danner cared deeply about UBC and his generosity will continue to benefit students here, and at high schools across the Lower

    Read More »from Late UBC professor Ted Danner donates $1.1 million to university
  • 'Suicide Squad' stars Margot Robbie and Jai Courtney with their newest fan, Na'ama Uzan (Photo: YouTube)'Suicide Squad' stars Margot Robbie and Jai Courtney with their newest fan, Na'ama Uzan (Photo: YouTube)

    For months now, production of the star-studded film ‘Suicide Squad’ has taken over Toronto, but it wasn’t all lights, camera, and action in the downtown core. 

    As the film wrapped up its production over the weekend, two actors in the upcoming movie stopped by a little girl’s lemonade stand after hearing about her inspirational cause. 

    Actors Jai Courtney and Margot Robbie heard about Na’ama Uzan’s heartwarming crusade to help raise money to find a cure for Angelman Syndrome.

    The five-year-old girl was inspired by her brother, Nadav, who has the rare neurological disorder which makes it difficult for him to speak or walk.

    “I heard about Na’ama’s story and what she’s doing for her brother Nadav,” Courtney told CTV News. “There’s no act too small when you’re talking about making a difference.”

    In 2014, Uzan opened her lemonade stand and started to raise money for the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics (FAST).

    Fast-forward a year and a half later and the five-year-old has

    Read More »from ‘Suicide Squad’ stars Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney visit Toronto girl’s charity lemonade stand
  • UN unanimously adopts resolution to combat illegal wildlife trafficking

    "The world has sent an unequivocal and collective signal at the highest-level that ending wildlife crime is a top priority"

    How Cecil the Lion became an iconic animal for Zimbabwe.How Cecil the Lion became an iconic animal for Zimbabwe.

    In the wake of last month’s public outrage at the death of Cecil the Lion, the United Nations has taken a ‘historic’ step forward on the issue of animal poaching, says one animal rights activist.

    In a rare show of unanimous support, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution that commits countries to increase their collective efforts to address wildlife poaching.

    “The world has sent an unequivocal and collective signal at the highest-level that ending wildlife crime is a top priority,” said Steven Broad, executive director of TRAFFIC, a non-governmental organization that focuses on the global trade of animal and plants. “It’s historic.”

    The resolution, which is called Tackling the Illicit Trafficking in Wildlife, was put forward by Gabon and Germany. One of the key objectives of the plan is to ensure that UN member states crack down on the illicit criminal organizations that profit in the trafficking of protected species of animals and plants. 

    Read More »from UN unanimously adopts resolution to combat illegal wildlife trafficking
  • 38 beagles freed from lab testing go outside for the first time

    “The labs gave them numbers, their new families gave them names."

    A group of beagles finally got to see the world when they were recently saved from their caged life as laboratory test subjects. 

    In one month, The Beagle Freedom Project (BFP) rescued 38 dogs in 11 different states - the largest operation ever to take place in the U.S.

    “Despite ‘animal industry’ opposition and obstacles, BFP quietly secured the release and freedom of dozens of ‘purpose-bred for research’ beagles,’” the charity said in a press release.

    These dogs had beendeemed “experimentally spent” and the standard operating procedure is to euthanize them.

    According to BFP, beagles are the most popular breed for lab because “of their friendly, docile, trusting, forgiving, people-pleasing personalities.” They also adapt well to living in a cage.

    The charity managed to convince workers from five different labs in to release their beagles instead. 

    Their video details what happened when the dogs were let out of their cages.

    For the first time, the dogs are seen walking on the grass,

    Read More »from 38 beagles freed from lab testing go outside for the first time
  • Kenyan President pays travel costs for girl with rare condition to have surgery in Canada

    The good news comes after thousands of dollars were stolen from a previous fundraising effort

    Fidelis Muthoni (L) is getting some much needed help from Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.Fidelis Muthoni (L) is getting some much needed help from Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

    A Kenyan baby who’s receiving treatment in Canada for a rare condition is getting help from a powerful player. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is donating Sh500,000 (approximately C$6,300) to the family of baby Fidelis Muthoni, who’s in Canada to get surgery for frontal encephalocele.

    The condition is a rare disorder where the bones of the skull do not fully close, leading it to create a gap through which cerebral spinal fluid, brain tissue and the meninges – the membrane that covers the brain – can protrude into a sac-like formation.

    The president announced he was going to help the family after hearing that Sh2.8 million (approximately C$35,672) in funds raised for travel and lodging had been stolen by a conman. Kenyan news also reports that the governor of Murang’a, Mwangi Wairia, donated Sh300,000 (approximately C$3,816) to the family to help facilitate their stay in Canada.

    Canadian doctors offered the baby girl free medical care as long as her family was able to arrive in the

    Read More »from Kenyan President pays travel costs for girl with rare condition to have surgery in Canada
  • Toy LIke Me made made these disabled Playmobil toys 'as an offering of friendship' [Facebook/Toy Like Me]Toy LIke Me made made these disabled Playmobil toys 'as an offering of friendship' [Facebook/Toy Like Me]

    Move over Barbie, there are some new dolls in town that strive to make children with disabilities feel included. 

    A range of 3D-printed dolls with walking sticks, hearing aid and birthmarks has been introduced by British toymaker, Makies, after the #ToyLikeMe campaign went viral on social media.

    Melissa Mostyn is behind the campaign run by a group of parents for children with disabilities. They are “calling on the toy industry for better disability representation in toys,” their Facebook profile reads.

    Mostyn is a mother of two from London, England, that knows all too well what it feels like to be different. She was born deaf and now is making sure her daughter, Isobel, who has cerebral palsy, feels like any other child her own age, Global News reports.

    Before the campaign, one of Mostyn’s first designs was a walker for her daughter’s doll, resembling the one Isobel uses. She used lollipop sticks to build the mini-walker.

    “Disabled people live full lives,” she told CBS. “They don’t

    Read More »from Dolls with disabilities launched after #ToyLikeMe Facebook campaign goes viral

Pagination

(2,703 Stories)