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2 days ago · by · Comments Off on Largest Cage-Free Shelter Opening Alabama Location

Largest Cage-Free Shelter Opening Alabama Location

Big Dog Ranch Rescue, a 100-acre cage-free no-kill rescue group has announced it will open a location in Alabama. The new site will sit on the former home of a greyhound training facility in Macon County and will serve as a rescue, rehabilitation and adoption center for neglected and abused dogs across the south. The facility is set to open its first buildings in September.

The Macon County location will be named “Big Dog Ranch Rescue, Alabama” and will serve as the sister site to the Palm Beach County, Florida location. The facility has 16 kennels and several other structures that will be renovated before its grand opening. They said the rising costs of everything from fuel to food make the opening of the facility in Alabama even more critical.

The group said in a release “Many shelters are severely overcrowded, resulting in a record euthanasia rate for these former family pets. This new campus will allow Big Dog Ranch Rescue to double its impact by eventually saving 10,000 dogs each year. The expansion will allow us to double our impact in saving last-day dogs from euthanasia by increasing our capacity to a facility where our rescue efforts are desperately needed.”

Big Dog Ranch Rescue was founded in 2008 and has more than 50,000 dogs. Their goal is to save 5,000 dogs every year and place them with loving families. They also educate people about the proper care for dogs and the importance of spaying and neutering. The non profit rescues dogs from natural disasters and high-kill shelters as well as takes in owner surrenders and strays. They rehabilitate the dogs and find them loving homes.

They have several programs to match owners including matching dogs for seniors and veterans. They rescue dogs in any condition, then every dog receives a full medical exam, is spayed/neutered, and microchipped. From there, they live out their days playing in ½ acre sections until homes are found. With the new facility opening, they are hoping to expand medical services to be available to all adopters for the lifelong care of their dog. Big Dog Ranch Rescue Founder and CEO Lauree Simmons said “Together, we can make a difference in ending dog homelessness and saving more lives with the help of Shorter, Alabama’s resourceful community.”

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4 days ago · by · Comments Off on 7 Year Old Saves Toddler From Drowning

7 Year Old Saves Toddler From Drowning

A 7-year-old California boy is being hailed as a hero for his quick-thinking actions that helped save a toddler from the bottom of a pool. Massiah Browne was swimming with relatives at the apartment complex where he lives with his mom and brother when he said he saw something out of the ordinary and sprang into action.

Massiah said “I was just playing in the pool and then I saw a boy at the bottom of the pool and I went to get him.” Massiah said he noticed the 3-year-old boy, a stranger, with his mouth and eyes open and dove down to get him, grabbing his arm and pulling him to the pool’s surface.

Massiah, who was in the pool with a 9-year-old relative, swam down in 6-feet deep water to rescue the boy. From there, his 9-year-old relative, a girl named Savannah, pulled the boy onto the pool deck, where adults came to help and then called 911. His mother, Tiara Delvalle, was alerted by relatives who were with her son at the pool, and rushed to the scene to help.

Bystanders performed CPR on the boy, who was breathing by the time first responders arrived. A Sacramento Fire Department spokesperson confirmed the child was breathing when the medical workers arrived, and the toddler was transported to the nearest hospital in critical condition, “with advanced life support efforts provided by Sacramento firefighters.” The toddler is expected to recover.

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5 days ago · by · Comments Off on Maine Boy Turns Farming Into Business

Maine Boy Turns Farming Into Business

A 12 year old boy in Auburn, Maine opened a farmstand in hopes of taking over the family farm one day. Brayden Nadeau said he’s been farming his whole life and now he essentially runs the family farm himself and has opened a farm stand to help feed his community. Nadeau started his first farmstand two years ago and earned enough money to buy a new one.

He sells homemade zucchini bread and zucchini relish made by his family and other community members with vegetables straight from his garden. He also raises livestock and turkeys for meat, chickens for meat and eggs, and pigs for meat and breeding. Nadeau works 12 hours a day, seven days a week in the summer. During the school year, he picks vegetables in the morning and sets up the farm stand before heading to school.

Nadeau says he always wanted to be behind the wheel of a tractor. “I’ve been farming my whole life. As long as I could remember, I’ve been on his lap, steering the tractor, running the bucket,” Nadeau said, pointing to his grandfather, Dan Herrick. Herrick always had a farm at his home but until now, it didn’t serve as more than just a way to feed his family.

Herrick said “There ought to be more 12-year-olds like him. The farmstand teaches him business, it teaches him how to work, it teaches him to stay out of trouble, it teaches him where food comes from, and it teaches him that without farmers, there’s no food.” Nadeau said he’s learning a lot more out in the fields than he would have sitting in front of a TV playing video games.

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1 week ago · by · Comments Off on NY Woman Starts Triathlon Group For Girls After What She Learned During Training

NY Woman Starts Triathlon Group For Girls After What She Learned During Training

Theresa Roden competed in her first triathlon in 2005 and was impressed by what she learned about herself during training and racing. She thought the insight she gained was something that would have benefited her when she was growing up. She believes she would have been a different, more confident woman.

Inspired by her experience, she decided to bring the benefits of visualization, affirmations, nutrition and the active lifestyle that the sport of triathlon gave her, to girls 11-14 years old, who could really benefit from it. With a degree in education and a commitment to her dream, Roden launched i-tri in 2010.

She’s been training girls, free of charge, to compete in youth triathlons through her program, I-TRI. She works with students from 12 schools around Sag Harbor, New York. The 11 to 14-year-old girls swim 300 yards, bike seven miles and run one and a half miles in their races. While it might seem daunting, triathlons teach the girls confidence and the feeling of satisfaction that comes with accomplishing tough tasks.

Roden says the girls are so open to learning and the program empowers them and teaches them that they can do anything they set their mind to. Some of the girls are hesitant but all have said once they were involved they realized they were learning to push their own limits and the program has created a camaraderie among the girls.

In addition to the physical training, I-TRI hosts special “empowerment sessions” once a week for each school group. “We do lessons on things like affirmations and visualization and how to appreciate yourself and love yourself,” Roden said. “We do a lesson on real beauty where we hand out geodes and they get to see that beauty is from the inside out. And what matters most is that part of you that nobody can see … the love that you bring into the world.”

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2 weeks ago · by · Comments Off on Community Helps Senior Shelter Dog With Bucket List

Community Helps Senior Shelter Dog With Bucket List

A community in New York has adopted a senior pit bull with a grim prognosis. Lloyd, a 12-year-old pit bull, was brought to the Niagara SPCA after police found him wandering the streets. Lloyd has a cancerous tumor and is in end stage kidney failure but despite these ailments, he has a love of life and people that Amy Lewis, the director of the shelter admired.

So, Lewis decided Lloyd should live out his last days — which could be anywhere from three weeks to three months — with a bucket list. She posted about it on the SPCA’s Facebook page and community members have been jumping at the opportunity to get Lloyd out of the shelter so he can just be a dog.

For the last two weeks, Lloyd has been treated to a barrage of bucket list items, including eating at Lloyd’s Tacos in Buffalo, hanging out with penguins at the Aquarium at Niagara, visiting Lilly Dale and taking in Jaguar Land Rover Buffalo. He’s also visited local parks, beaches and pools. The Lockport Fire Department even swore Lloyd in as an honorary firefighter.

According to Lewis, Lloyd is completely booked up through August. “I’m super grateful to our community for showing Lloyd so much love. “We want to make whatever time he has left amazing” Lewis said. Lewis said that because of how many people are trying to make a difference in Lloyd’s life, the Niagara SPCA is thinking about making it permanent. “We anticipate that this will be a pilot for a program where the public gets to do this with many of our shelter animals,” Lewis said.

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2 weeks ago · by · Comments Off on McDonald’s Franchise Owner Pays Workers for 3 Months While Location Closed for Renovations

McDonald’s Franchise Owner Pays Workers for 3 Months While Location Closed for Renovations

A 90-year-old owner of multiple McDonald’s franchises did an extraordinary good deed for his employees, who were at risk of losing their livelihoods. Tony Philiou, needed to shut down the Mayfield Heights, OH location for renovations in March. His employees, however, had nothing to worry about.

Philiou had a meeting with his employees where he told them his plans to close, remodel and build the brand-new store. “As I’ve been in their shoes, I could sense their concern,” he said. “You’re going to sit home. You’re going to get paid,” said Philiou, recalling his words in the speech he delivered to workers. He said that he knew about a month before he closed for renovations that he would make the move to keep his workers’ jobs — and their wallets — safe under his umbrella.

Philiou flipped his first burger as an employee at this exact location 60 years ago; now he’s the boss who chose to continue paying all 90 employees, even though they would not be able to work for him during renovations.

He said of the decision “”I have people here that make a living here and go from week-to-week pay. How can I tolerate for them to not have a paycheck? “That was the thing to do.” Over his 60 years in the business he’s helped four employees become franchise owners, and some managers and employees have been around for decades.

Philiou says he values hard work and this has been the hardest time to retain employees but if you do the right thing, word gets out, and people stick around. The new building with the same old values of hard work and respect, reopened with a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 6th.

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2 weeks ago · by · Comments Off on Indiana Man To Be Honored For Saving 5 From Housefire

Indiana Man To Be Honored For Saving 5 From Housefire

An Indiana man is being honored by the city as a hero after he charged into a house fire that had turned into a raging inferno to rescue a young girl. Nicholas Bostic said he was out driving around after an argument with his girlfriend when he saw the house engulfed in flames. He said he immediately turned his car around and ran to the back of the house yelling to wake the occupants.

The eldest sister, 18-year-old Seionna Barret, was babysitting her three siblings, ages 1, 6 and 13, along with a 13-year-old friend of her sibling while her parents were having a date night. She had awoken to the fire in the living room and gathered everyone upstairs while calling her parents to tell them the house was on fire and they were still inside. As her panicked parents David and Tiera Barret raced home, Seionna said they reached an upstairs window when they encountered Bostic.

Bostic said 4 faces appeared in an upstairs window at the back of the house and he helped get them outside. Seionna realized her 6 year old sister was missing and Bostic didn’t hesitate to run back inside. After checking all the bedrooms on the second floor, he still had not found the youngster. He then heard faint cries from the first floor which he described as a black lagoon of smoke.

He wrapped his shirt around his mouth and crawled downstairs to search for her. Once he found her, he ran back upstairs, knowing that was their only way out. Bostic smashed a window with his bare hand and jumped down onto the lawn where a fire and rescue team had arrived and were beginning work to put out the fire.

Bostic suffered multiple injuries including 1st degree burns, severe smoke inhalation and deep lacerations to his hand. Body camera video which captured the aftermath of the jump shows Bostic handing the little girl to police and collapsing on the pavement. While receiving treatment, Bostic is seen asking “Is the baby OK? Please tell me the baby’s OK,” before someone off camera assures him she is and that he did good. Bostic was airlifted to the hospital while the child suffered a minor cut to her foot.

Bostic’s cousin set up a GoFundMe to help with medical bills which surpassed the $100,000 goal by amassing $556,000. The city plans to honor him at the next Lafayette Aviators minor league baseball game. Bostic said the experience gave him a new lease on life and the grateful family has welcomed him into their lives as one of their own.

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3 weeks ago · by · Comments Off on Detroit Community Steps In After Small Bookstore Scammed Out of $35k

Detroit Community Steps In After Small Bookstore Scammed Out of $35k

A Detroit community saved a local bookstore after it was scammed out of $35,000. 27th Letter Books opened just over a year ago and is owned by two couples-Drew and Erin Pineda and Jazmine Cooper and Jake Spease. The little store offers a diverse selection of books and hosts events aimed to bring the community together.

They run story-time sessions for children, book club meetings, open mic nights and many local authors and artists showcase their work at the brick and mortar store. The owners were happy when they started receiving large online orders for textbooks. The customer, who used the name of a professor, placed several orders of medical and engineering textbooks.

In May, the store’s merchant service provider flagged one of the credit cards used as stolen.
The owners quickly realized the previous orders had also been paid for with stolen cards. After contacting law enforcement, their insurance company and several banks-they were told the financial loss would fall on them. Cooper said the loss left them with two options, close their doors or ask for support. They started a GoFundMe campaign in hopes of saving the store.

News of the GoFundMe campaign spread among their customers and they were able to surpass their $35,000 goal in just 10 days. Over 400 of the contributors were local customers, leaving the owners stunned by the generosity and the outpouring of messages they received. One local artist, Nicole Miazgowicz, who showcased her artwork at the store raised funds selling her work to help, saying the decision was a no-brainer considering what they bring to the community.

Pineda said “It’s wonderful that people are willing to pay it forward because of what they’ve seen us provide to the community. It creates a beautiful reciprocity of gratitude between the people in our community and us as a business who care deeply about southwest Detroit”. The owners were able to cover the loss and say they are motivated now more than ever to keep their doors open.

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3 weeks ago · by · Comments Off on Solar Panel Worker Rescues Missing Autistic Girl in Plymouth MA

Solar Panel Worker Rescues Missing Autistic Girl in Plymouth MA

A Hanover man is being called a guardian angel for rescuing a missing five-year-old girl with autism who had wandered from her home in Plymouth, MA. Jake Manna, 20, was at work installing solar panels at a home when he learned the neighborhood girl was missing. Manna didn’t know the area but decided to join the search.

A spokesperson for the police department said Manna and one of the girl’s neighbors decided to search an area other searchers hadn’t headed and walked down a rural trail that ended at a stream. There, he noticed a diaper and t-Shirt in the stream. Manna panicked and said his heart dropped when he saw the clothing. He ran down the stream to a marsh area where he spotted the girl waist deep in the water.

He called out to her but she continued wading outward so waded out and put her over his shoulder, carrying her to safety. Officer Vinnie Roth, who responded to the original call, called Jake “a guardian angel” for the young girl. “Jake is not from Plymouth and doesn’t know the area. If he didn’t pick that path and see the missing clothing, we hate to think about what the outcome would have been” Roth said.

Plymouth Police Department said in a Facebook post “If he didn’t pick that path and see the missing clothing, we hate to think about what the outcome would have been.” Manna later met with Plymouth police officers Chief Dana Flynn and Captain LeBretton to receive a certificate and Command Coin for his heroic deed who described him as he’s the nicest, most unassuming young man that one could meet.

The mother of the young girl said it was the worst moment of her life and she’s very grateful for Manna and others involved in her rescue. Manna was humble about his actions, crediting the many people who helped bring the girl home safe. “I wouldn’t call myself a hero. It was just the right time, right place. And I think anyone else would’ve done the same,” Manna said. “It’s good the community came together and everyone helped.”

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3 weeks ago · by · Comments Off on Oregon Man Walking 33 Miles to Work Given Car by Good Samaritan

Oregon Man Walking 33 Miles to Work Given Car by Good Samaritan

After local Oregon news shared a story about a Prineville man who walked 33 miles to work, a Good Samaritan gave him a car. Eric Akers walked 33 miles to his job in Bend after his car broke down. With no transportation and no means to pay for transportation, he began looking for a ride but couldn’t find one.

Akers told the news outlet “I needed to get to work no matter what. So I woke up early — about 9:00 a.m. Started around 10:00 a.m. Left for Bend and it took about 6 1/2 hours, but I made the trek.” He then worked his eight hour shift, getting off around 1:30am and made the 6 ½ hour trek back home. After his story aired the news station said emails started pouring in from people who wanted to give him a hand.

Chris Arsenault and his wife were amongst the people inspired to help Eric. Arsenault said he was on a tractor when the story came across his phone. “We decided we have more cars than we need, so we wanted to give him this little Honda,” Arsenault said. When asked if he’d have walked 33 miles to get to work he said, “There’s no way I would have done it. That’s what inspired us to do this.”

Arsenault reached out to Akers and the two met. “He just handed me the paperwork for the car and told me it’s mine,” Akers said. “The kindness and generosity of the community has been overwhelming.” Arsenault said the car used to be his aunt’s and she took good care of it but it was just sitting on their property unused. He added that he hopes more people will be inspired to help their neighbors.

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