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Even pets need to work now and then. These dogs and cats get down and dirty to make ends meet.

Jake is a black lab mix who failed not once, not twice, but three times from service dog training. He doggedly pursued his dream of being a useful social servant and eventually landed a position that fit. Jake is now an emotional support pup at the Anderson County District Attorney General’s Office in Clinton.

Often your first job doesn’t work out, and sometimes you need to figure out what you really want to be when you grow up. Mr Walker recently did exactly that. Mr Walker’s not your average hotel employee, he drools and poops outside but is a favourite with guests.

New Zealand does things a little differently, from Flight of the Concords to their odd national bird, the Kiwi the entire island is delightfully odd. It’s no surprise that they have also started employing police cats on the force. Tia and Snickers are two NZ police felines.

A sting operation is taking place spanning Michigan, California and Costa Rica in order to bust poachers and save the sea turtles. Sea turtles are threatened by extinction; having a delicate ecosystem means even an individual poacher is able to make a huge impact on their survival rates. Turtle eggs are illegally harvested from beaches and sold on the black market, eventually making their way into bars and restaurants as a delicacy.

Move over Ninja Turtles, Hero Rats are here to save the world one landmine at a time. APOPO is a non-governmental organisation committed to making the world a better place. They train African giant pouched rats (affectionately called Hero Rats) to detect landmines and tuberculosis; their mission is “to develop detection rats technology to provide solutions for global problems and inspire social change.” So, basically they’re a superhero squad with giant rats.

Hurricane Harvey has wrecked havoc on Texas, but one resourceful pup managed to make the tropical storm work in his favour. Otis, a mixed breed dog, disappeared from his owner Salvador Segovia’s home during the tropical storm and didn’t return empty-pawed. Local resident Tiele Dockens snapped this photo of Otis, casually walking down a street in his hometown Sinton, Texas following the initial blows of Hurricane Harvey.

Have you ever been as excited as this dog is for school? There’s a doggy daycare in Oregon called Doggie School Bus and this pup cannot wait to get there. The video shows a Bernese Mountain Dog named Rudy racing to get on the school bus.

Silverstone the tortoise inherited $27,000 when his former owner, bookshop tycoon Christina Foyle, passed away in 1999. Ultimately, she left behind a $120,000,000 fortune, a chaotic bookshop, and a number of wealthy pets. She bequeathed $200,000 to her gardener, Anthony Scillitoe so that he and his wife could care for her pets after her death.

Internet slow clap for Cambridge, Massachusetts! This corner of the greater Boston area was the first to ban the commercial sale of not only cats and dogs, but also reptiles, birds, amphibians, and arachnids. Basically, the sale of any pet who is not obtained from a rescue shelter or comes from a home breeder is now illegal.

Dachi the shiba inu has a nose for copping the latest kicks and streetwear. The proof is on her Instagram, where you can see she’s a big fan of Adidas and Supreme. She also has a taste for the Yeezy Boost (because she uses one as her food bowl in her video below).