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Lovely video from Singapore Chinchilla Lovers

This is a video made for Singapore Chinchilla Lovers Group. Singapore Chinchilla Lovers is a Facebook group made up of Chinchilla and animal lovers from Singapore. They share information about chinchilla in their Facebook group page and also take part in some animal welfare roadshows. This video is meant to show people that pets are a lifetime commitment and we should not buy in impulse and eventually abandon them.

Feed a stray animal while saving your environment

One company, Pugedon, is making sure that the stray animals are at least provided food while they wait for a forever home. They created machines that dispense pet food any time a human uses the machine to throw away a plastic bottle. The funds from recycling those plastic bottle go to buying more food for the cats & dogs.

Thumbs up to Pugedon for coming up with such a brilliant and meaningful solution!

Raju the elephant cries after being rescued

For 50 years, Raju the elephant was abused, held shackled in spiked chains and forced to live off scraps from passing tourists. All that changed when he was rescued by wildlife conservationists who said the animal cried when he was finally set free.

Wildlife SOS, a group established in 1995 to protect endangered wildlife in India, set out to rescue Raju on the night of 2nd July 2014. Raju is around 50 years old and was likely captured as a baby and bought and sold many times over the course of his life. He was forced to work as a begging elephant in Allahabad. His legs were bound in spiked chains that made walking difficult and left him with chronic wounds. He was also beaten.

Raju’s captors layered tighter chains on him and attempted to confuse him by shouting commands, but their efforts proved futile. A team of 10 veterinarians and experts from Wildlife SOS along with 20 Forestry Commission officers and two policemen managed to rescue the abused elephant.

“Raju was in chains 24 hours a day, an act of ­intolerable cruelty. The team were astounded to see tears roll down his face during the rescue,” Pooja Binepal, a spokesman for Wildlife SOS said. “It was incredibly emotional. We knew in our hearts he realized he was being freed. Elephants are majestic and highly intelligent animals. We can only imagine what torture the past half a century has been for him.”

Nikki Sharp, the executive director of Wildlife SOS-USD, echoed Binepal’s statement.

“[The rescue team] went in to rescue him and [his captors] had bound him up so tightly that he was in a lot of pain,” she said. “The vet and our team came with fruits and just started speaking softly to him and to reassure him that we were there to help, and it was at that time that tears flooded down his face. The founder of Wildlife SOS, who was there are the time of the rescue, said …. that really caught him off guard. They’ve done a lot of elephant rescues and the fact the the tears were just coming down … he was weeping. It was an emotional moment and everyone was more motivated to get him on the truck and to safety.”

Raju was taken to the Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in Mathura. On July 4, the same day Americans celebrated their independence, Raju took his first steps of freedom. Sharp said he is doing “fabulously.” The Wildlife SOS team is prepared to help make Raju comfortable in his new life and to rehabilitate him by treating his physical wounds and introducing him to other elephants at the center.

Elephants can live up to 70 years. Sharp says they hope Raju has another 10 years or more ahead of him.

Lilica the junkyard mutt

A dog named Lilica has a special devotion and sense of duty to her family. She provides for her extended family by venturing two miles away each night to pick up food specially prepared for her and the other animals in her family, so that they have food to eat. This smart and loyal dog has been sharing her food with her family every night for three years.