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If you’ve made it here, then you know nothing puts a bigger smile on our faces than an adorable animal doing what they do best. Puppies do the darndest things and we have them all here.

Usually, firefighters spend their animal rescuing efforts retrieving cats from trees, but that wasn’t the case after a fire broke out in Taylor, Pennsylvania. Earlier in the week, the Veterinary Emergency and Referral Center donated oxygen masks for “Canines and Kitties” to area emergency responders in Lackawanna County. The masks have a special seal for an animal’s snout, allowing them to treat smoke inhalation.

You’ve heard the heartwarming heroic animal tales, from bomb-sniffing rats to doggo’s in goggles digging through collapsed buildings for earthquake survivors. But have you heard of the awards ceremony to honour these legendary pups? The American Humane Hero Dog Awards is an annual campaign which recognizes the dogs who start out ordinary and go on to do extraordinary things.

Entire cities were destroyed when a 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit central Mexico, coming just two weeks after a magnitude 8.1 quake affected southern Mexico. The 7.1 magnitude tremor comes 32 years to the day after Mexico was hit with one of the deadliest earthquakes in it’s history. The country has banded together in search and rescue missions; humans and dogs alike are digging through the rubble to unearth survivors.

Indy is a rescue pup who crawled her way from the mean streets of India, eventually finding her furever home in Texas. Her parents noticed a post about her on Facebook and the rest is history. The handicapable pup was hit by a truck in India and left for dead.

Wesley is a one-eyed swashbucklin’ sea cat, his name an homage to Westley the Dread Pirate Roberts from the classic film, The Princess Bride. Like his namesake, he’s always down for adventurous exploits (especially if it ends in treats). The scallywag kittycat was adopted from a local shelter by Rheanne Taylor in March 2015.

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.

The power of a room full of puppies had it’s effect on Liev Schreiber last week. The British-born Australian actor unexpectedly walked away from an interview on Live with Kelly and Ryan with two new family members. Sitting backstage at the ABC show, Schreiber realized he was in a situation that most of us dream about: a room full of adorable puppies, just waiting to be adopted.

Matilda’s no ordinary tabby cat. Rescued as a kitten with a clean bill of health, her family quickly discovered that she was unlike other cats in a big way… Matilda’s eyes contained tiny galaxies. While the stars in her eyes were initially harmless, things began to change for the little cat.

We all know cat’s can be grumpy little furballs. We also know they usually hate water. This one ginger cat channelled his grumpiness into pure determination to survive and faced a swim in the floodwaters of Hurricane Harvey.

Do you hate sharing your food unless it’s with your absolute best friend? You might have more in common with this rescue pig than you think. Wilbur is wildly possessive of his snacks.