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    If there was any remaining doubt in your mind that Chris Pratt was a real-life superhero, this is sure to change your mind.

    The 36-year-old Guardian of the Galaxy, whose movie ‘Jurassic World’ is breaking box office records around the globe, decided to take some time out of his busy schedule to have some fun with the patients at a children’s hospital.

    The actor stopped by at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to hang out with the youngsters and take photos with them.

    The hospital’s official website states that Pratt “took time out from filming his latest move to visit [the] amazing kids.”

    “Our patients were all smiles and we are so thankful to Chris for lifting their spirits by visiting.”

    The hospital shared photos on their Twitter of the actor channeling

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  • ‘Spider-Dad’ creates incredible video in memory of late son

    "I'll remember one little boy who inspired me to do great things."

    (Youtube/Mike Wilson 3RUN)(Youtube/Mike Wilson 3RUN)

    Professional free-runner and parkour athlete Mike Wilson set out on a mission fit for a superhero to keep the memory of his late son alive.

    32-year-old Wilson’s son Jayden was a huge Spider-Man fan, he owned Spidey bedding, toys, pictures and even his own miniature costume. Wilson, being the amazing father that he is, decided to become Spider-Dad.

    Just after his fourth birthday, Jayden was diagnosed with a Grade 4 Glioblastoma Multiforme brain tumour, which was terminal. Determined to keep Jayden in high spirits, Spider-Dad came to visit him and all of his friends on his fifth birthday. 

    Jayden’s surprise visit from Spider-Dad was caught on video, and has since received over ten million views.

    Wilson decided that he wanted to create a Spider-Dad movie for Jayden to watch at home. Sadly, while the film was in the planning stages, Jayden passed away on December 24th, 2014.

    Wilson wrote in on his website, “Whatever life holds in store for us, I’ll remember one little boy who inspired me

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  • Glenn and Buzz enjoying a walk together. (Facebook/Cheryl)Glenn and Buzz enjoying a walk together. (Facebook/Cheryl)

    Talk about a special bond between two friends.

    Glenn and Buzz have been inseparable since the day they were abandoned but now they’re looking for a new home together.  

    Glenn, a Jack Russell, is permanently blind but gets around with the help of his guide dog Buzz, the Staffordshire bull terrier. 

    “Buzz acts as Glenn’s eyes and it’s as simple as that,” Sue Biebly from Stray Aid rescue centre told the BBC. “Glenn gets his confidence from Buzz, and if they were separated even for a few minutes they both bark and become distressed, so they would need to have a loving home together.”

    Three weeks ago, the abandoned pair was found in a sea tunnel in Hartlepool, England. They’re now being cared for and reside at the Stray Aid rescue centre, where the staff hope to find a loving home for the pair.

    Glenn and Buzz, best buds, just playing around. (Stray Aid rescue centre)Glenn and Buzz, best buds, just playing around. (Stray Aid rescue centre)

    The centre says the dogs, who are believed to be between nine and 10 years old, were dumped at the tunnel because of their age. Since becoming his guide dog, Buzz cannot stand to be separated from

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  • B.C. neighbours rally to support seven-year-old girl after she loses her mom

    “Frankie’s only seven years old and she needs [your] help."

    Local community is stepping up to help a little girl in her time of need. (GoFundMe)Local community is stepping up to help a little girl in her time of need. (GoFundMe)

    Phoenix and Frankie were more than just family, they were best friends. They shared a Gilmore girls-esque relationship, doing practically everything together.

    But due to unfortunate circumstances, seven-year-old Frankie is now on her own after her mother, Phoenix, suddenly passed away at a farmhouse in B.C., reports Saanich News.

    “They were best friends,” landlord Shawn McLaughlin, who had been renting a one-bedroom suite to the single mom, told the news outlet. “They felt like family to me. I miss having them around.”

    On the day of her death, a neighbour names Marianne Spalteholz was passing by the house to milk the cows. That’s when she heard Frankie’s unsettled cries from the house. 

    “It’s such an unfortunate thing,” said Souza. “Frankie was always outside playing; we saw her a lot.”

    The community had really taken to Phoenix and Frankie, and it didn’t take long for locals to show their support. 

    Just a few days after Phoenix had passed – due to what appeared to be asthma

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  • Cat who saved boy wins Hero Dog award

    "A cat this spectacular should be the National Hero Dog."

    Tara the cat wins Hero Dog award (Skynews)Tara the cat wins Hero Dog award (Skynews)

    The first cat to receive a dog award is definitely a hero. 

    Remember Tara? She was the cat who saved young Jeremy Triantafilo from a dog attack last year. She’s now been recognized for her heroic action.

    The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) presented its 33rd Annual National Hero Dog Award to Tara the cat last Friday. On their website, the organization describes the Hero Dog Award as a testament of how being kind to your animals can be rewarding.

    Breaking from its tradition, the organization was moved by Tara’s selfless actions.

    “We were so impressed by Tara’s bravery and fast action that the selection committee decided that a cat this spectacular should be the National Hero Dog,” said spcaLA president Madeline Bernstein in a press release.

    It’s been a little over a year since the brave tabby cat was captured on video rescuing her owner. In May 2014, the video titled “My Cat Saved My Son” went viral, showing Tara fighting off a dog that attacked

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  • San Francisco mother starts a movement with love notes posted throughout the city

    “I was immediately overwhelmed with deep feelings of contentment, security, warmth and a huge smile.”

    What began as a simple ,essage to her kids has blossomed into a kind-hearted movement. (YouTube)What began as a simple ,essage to her kids has blossomed into a kind-hearted movement. (YouTube)

    John Lennon was on to something when he coined the phrase, “All you need is love.” And Shannon Weber couldn’t agree more.

    It started out as a small gesture. The San Francisco mother of three wanted her children to have a daily reminder of her love so she posted a note to the fridge. Those three simple words of “I love you” sparked an idea in her head, she writes on her website Love You 2.

    (Photo from Love You 2 blog)(Photo from Love You 2 blog)

    “The ‘I love you, too’ sign seemed to have metamorphosed from a message BY me into a message TO me,” she writes. “I was immediately overwhelmed with deep feelings of contentment, security, warmth and a huge smile.”

    Soon after, an idea was born: Weber created signs, with tabs to rip off, and plastered them around San Francisco and anywhere her family visited.

    Flash forward four years and Weber’s small token of love has sparked a movement. Thanks in part of a grant from the Awesome Foundation , Weber’s love notes can now be found all over the San Francisco area, as well as New York City, Utah, and

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  • Retired teacher rescues 100 dogs from dog meat festival in China

    She travelled more than 1,500 miles to save them from the Yulin Dog Meat Festival

    Animal lover Yang Xiaoyun (L) uses a mobile phone next to a cage accommodating dogs which she purchased from dog vendors to rescue them from dog meat dealers in Yulin on June 21, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-HoonAnimal lover Yang Xiaoyun (L) uses a mobile phone next to a cage accommodating dogs which she purchased from dog vendors to rescue them from dog meat dealers in Yulin on June 21, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

    Each summer, residents of Yulin, China, celebrate and honour the summer solstice by throwing the Lychee and Dog Meat Festival, that is known for slaughtering and the consumption of nearly 10,000 dogs for their meat.

    Despite the consumption of dog meat being set deep in Chinese tradition, dating back nearly five hundred years, many people are against it. One retired Chinese school teacher and animal advocate is trying to make a difference when it comes to saving these poor dogs. 

    Common Home is home to more than 1500 stray dogs and cats. (Blogspot / Xiaomin Wang & Jiangwei Zhao 王晓明,赵建伟)Common Home is home to more than 1500 stray dogs and cats. (Blogspot / Xiaomin Wang & Jiangwei Zhao 王晓明,赵建伟)

    65-year-old Yang Xiao Yun runs an animal shelter in Tianjin, China, and over the weekend she travelled more than 2,400 km (1,500 miles) and spent more than 7,000 Yuan ($1100.00) to rescue and save 100 dogs from death.

    The Huffington Post reports that Xiao Yun runs a shelter called ‘Common Home,’ which is home to more than 1,000 dogs.  Many of the dogs she protects require medical attention, which she provides.

    Yang also makes steamed corn bread twice a day to feed the dogs, which is all she can afford. 

    The

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  • Eight year old’s dying wish to make a difference becomes a reality

    "Mom, I just wanted to be able to make a difference."

    Laura Wise recieved this card and a random act of kindness at Dunkin' Donuts in Colts Neck, NJ. (Facebook/Maddy The Mighty)Laura Wise recieved this card and a random act of kindness at Dunkin' Donuts in Colts Neck, NJ. (Facebook/Maddy The Mighty)

    Most eight year olds spend June counting down the days until summer vacation. 

    Maddy Grayless, a spunky Colorado girl with dreams of being a paleontologist and baker, just wanted to inspire good deeds.

    Two weeks ago, Maddy had a nosebleed that would not stop. After spending the night in the hospital and undergoing several tests, the diagnosis was grim: the 8 year old had Osteosarcoma, a deadly form of bone cancer, and was given two months to live.

    “She was so sad,” her mother, Jessica Grayless told Fox Denver. “She talked a lot about the things she was going to miss. And she said to me at one point, ‘Mom, I just wanted to be able to make a difference’.”

    And make a difference she has. The creation of a Facebook page titled 'Maddy The Mighty' calls upon people to perform and post random acts of kindness in Maddy’s name. The site, created by a family friend, has gathered almost 8,500 likes as of Friday.

    Users have dubbed themselves “Maddy’s Mighty Minions,” inspired by the film

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  • Once homeless boy sews clothing for other children in need

    “He always had a huge heart, always had a smile like no other. He has spirit like no other.”

    Young Xavier is making headlines for all the right reasons. (Facebook/Clothes for Charity by the Elliott FamilyYoung Xavier is making headlines for all the right reasons. (Facebook/Clothes for Charity by the Elliott Family

    A little boy has taken on a big task with just his allowance in hopes of helping others in need.

    Once homeless himself, Xavier Elliott now helps out other homeless children in Phoenix, Arizona. Earlier this month, the 10-year-old started his own mission to sew clothes for kids in need while using his own allowance to buy the fabrics. 

    “I think the idea came from everything we have endured and wanting to make a difference for other people,” Elliott’s mom, Stephanie, told The Huffington Post. “I think he took the volunteering he sees now and made it his own.”

    Since starting the mission, the Elliott family has already received tons of help from others in their community. Through his Facebook page, donations of fabric have been flowing in to help Elliott keep the mission going. Until recently, Elliot had been using his mom’s sewing machine to make clothes until he received his very own sewing machine from a generous donation.

    Xavier hard at work with his sewing machine. (Facebook/Charity by the Elliott Family)Xavier hard at work with his sewing machine. (Facebook/Charity by the Elliott Family)

    Elliott decided to take on the challenge of learning to sew

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  • Samson (dog) helps owner Danielle Jacobs when she gets overwhelmed by effects caused by her Asperger's Syndrome.Samson (dog) helps owner Danielle Jacobs when she gets overwhelmed by effects caused by her Asperger's Syndrome.

    A woman with Asperger’s Syndrome has shared her candid experience to the world in an effort to raise awareness. 

    Earlier this month, Danielle Jacobs  posted a video of her beloved dog coming to the rescue while she was going through a violent meltdown.

    The 24-year-old woman from Arizona said she has trained her dog, Samson, to respond to these reactions caused by the autism spectrum disorder. 

    In the video, now viewed over three million times, Jacobs sobs and repeatedly hits herself in the chest and head while her Rottweiler jumps in each time to stop her from self-harm.

    As the video shows, Samson uses his paws to stop Jacobs from hurting herself. As she slides to the ground, the dog comforts her by laying down on her lap.

    Jacobs told The Huffington Post, however, that Samson is not actually comforting her as it may appear in the video. “He responds on action instead of emotions,” she told the online news outlet. “That’s how I trained him.”

    Ever since adopting Samson at a very young

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