Pets to the Rescue! Our Favorite Fearless Friends
For many pet lovers, every animal is a hero. Our pets make us smile when we’re down, show us love and affection each day, and even help us stay healthy and live longer! But over the years, certain pets have gone the extra mile for people in need, earning a special spot in the hearts of humans and places in the Zootoo hall of fame.
Willie was never a particularly chatty bird, but when this parrot saw a toddler choking, he knew he had to speak up — quick. 2-year-old Hannah Kuusk began choking on a piece of Pop-Tart while her babysitter, Megan Howard, was out of sight in the bathroom. “I started hearing Willie go wild,” Howard reported. “He started screaming and flapping his wings.” With “serious panic in his voice,” the bird cried out, “Momma baby, momma baby” as an alert. The bird only calmed down when Howard rushed in and administered the Heimlich maneuver, rescuing Hannah. For his intuitive thinking and communication, Willie was awarded the Animal Lifesaver Award by Red Cross’ Denver, Colorado chapter, with the state’s Governor Bill Ritter standing by.
Mom’s “Furbaby” Saves Unborn Baby.
When Jennifer Gosney, a Type 1 diabetic who was pregnant at the time, went to sleep with her French bulldog Bugsy by her side, she had no idea that having the pooch with her would save her life. During the night, Bugsy began frantically barking and scratching the door of Jennifer’s roommate, Mac. Thinking Bugsy just needed a bathroom break, Mac let him out, but Bugsy kept barking and jumping until Mac went into Jennifer’s room to make sure everything was all right. Finding Jennifer barely conscious and incoherent, Mac called for help. As soon as paramedics arrived, Bugsy became completely calm, and Jennifer went on to recover fully.
Big Cats, Big Hearts.
Sometimes, being a hero just means providing comfort and warmth to those in need. For our country’s war heroes at the Veteran Affairs Hospital in Miami, two Maine Coon cats have made a big impact. Diesel and Charlie Girl, both stellar representatives of this large breed of feline, make therapy visits twice a month with their owners, the Muntz family. As registered “Pet Partners” through the Delta Society, these cats are a powerful team.
These fearless furry (and feathered!) friends prove that animals are more than just loyal and fun companions. Our pets are happy to show their love for us by being there when we need them the most.
To find out more about the Delta Society and their work with therapy animals, visit deltasociety.org.
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5 years ago
Im always watching how my animals act. We have a cat that has always been a daddys boy and he would always be on my husbands lap and cuddling with my husband and lately hes been cuddling with me. It freaked me out when it first started, i thought maybe he wasnt feeling good. But ive kept a close eye on him and he seems to be fine. I think he just realized that im the one more often with a free hand to pet him and give him attention. But i still keep an eye on how the animals are acting.
5 years ago
when a stray cat i was caring for disappeared just before he was to come inside, another stray on our waiting list started crying persistently just outside the opening to an abandoned house. he was a bit of a talker anyway so i didn't think anything of it at first, but the following day i went into the house. the missing cat was just a few feet from the opening, only i was too late. it wasn't in a place i could see from the outside, i had to go in the backdoor and down to the basement, but now i know to take the cats more seriously.
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