A Look Back At Our Happiest Moments From 2017

It’s still early into 2018, but by now we’ve had time to acquaint ourselves with the new year and breathe a collective sigh of relief that we are no longer in 2017.

It was a difficult year, with trials and tribulations, heartbreaks and scandals, and more than enough tragedy to fit inside a mere 365 days. But alongside those hard times, there were also brief moments of love and compassion.

These instances gave us hope when they happened, and even though we have a lot to expect from 2018, let’s take a look back at our happiest moments from last year and remember the good times as we move forward!

When one man found himself heartbroken over a recent breakup, he thought that his life was effectively over. As he dragged himself around the house, he came across someone hurting more than he was.

A sick, starving cat had found its way inside his home and into his new owners arms. The man took in the kitten and nursed him, and his broken heart, back to health. There really are everyday heroes out there!

A dance troupe of girls on the popular Britain’s Got Talent had big dreams to win the competition, but unlike most contestants just looking for fame, they had a heartfelt reason for reaching the top.

One member, 15-year-old Julia Carlile, had lived with scoliosis since she was six, and was going to use her prize money to pay for a surgery to correct her spine.

Unfortunately, the girls ended up finishing 9th in the final round, but their dream wasn’t over. Show host Simon Cowell decided that no one should be denied their good health, paying for her surgery out-of-pocket.

It was a deadly situation that only quick thinking could solve. When nine people were swept out to sea in a riptide, other swimmers could only watch helplessly as they were carried further away from shore.

The bystanders knew they had to do something, but couldn’t risk swimming out into the tide themselves. So instead, they linked their arms and waded themselves out to rescue the stragglers.

From there, expert swimmers paddled out to the drowning people and passed them back to shore. None of them died that day, thanks to their selfless efforts!

This Stealthy Cat Has Everyone Asking, “Where’s Pierogi?”

If you have ever lived with a cat before, you know that they love to explore their territory, and often wind up in the strangest places!

Twitter user Grace Spelman started noticing that she couldn’t easily find her cat, Pierogi, while looking around the room. She began taking pictures to see if the Internet could help her out!

Let’s see if you can spot the Pierogi!

Ready to see the answers? Check the next page! (Plus a bonus Pierogi picture!)

Missing Cat Found More Than 9,000 Miles Away From Home

A pet cat is in for a long road trip after he was found several thousand miles away from home.

Tyson the cat was discovered in Teslin, Yukon after living outdoors for the past six months. The community took him in, and he was brought to the Yukon’s legislative building.

Stacey Hassard, the A Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) of the Pelly-Nisutlin riding, said Tyson was found in a rough state, after a resident saw him hunting near a bird feeder, radio station The Rush reports.

“He was pretty skin and bones, so they nursed him back to health,” Hassard told CBC.

Tyson was taken to the vet for a checkup and see if he had been implanted with a microchip.

Luckily he was, but everyone was shocked when they found out where he came from.

Daughter Created A ‘Wall Of Sorrow’ To Convince Her Dad She Needed A Cat

It’s hard being an animal lover sometimes, because you just can’t save them all. There are millions of animals out there who need loving homes, but we can only fit so many in our homes. Well, one young girl wanted to help give a cat a home for the holidays, but the way she went about it is probably the funniest and most clever way imaginable.

13-year-old Peyton Grubisic wanted a cat more then anything. She had been sad since the family’s 19-year-old cat passed away two years ago of old age. Peyton begged her father for a cat, hoping that he would let her adopt one from a shelter, but he kept saying no.

She wasn’t about to give up. According to her sister, who shared the whole story on Twitter, Peyton decided that if asking wasn’t going to work, she would have to try something else. That’s when she took her negotiation tactic to a new level…

Kitten With “Smushed” Face Beats The Odds And Finds Furever Home

A health plagued kitten has found fame on the internet after having a rough start to life. She was fighting for her life, and while the people at the animal shelter almost gave up on her, she was able to pull through and find the perfect family.

“When she was a tiny kitten she wasn’t eating on her own so she had to be syringe fed every four hours or she would have been euthanized,” Shannon Jackson, the kitten’s owner, said of her pet. “She had a terrible case of ringworm and was on a bunch of medications and had a lot of lyme baths. She also had an upper respiratory infection.”

While it all sounds like a lot, the shelter was able to get her healthy before she went out to her foster home and waited for someone to adopt her. Jackson works with the rescue who was taking care of the tiny kitten as a photographer so when she saw kitten posted online she became obsessed.  

She knew that she was completely in love with this kitten, but what she didn’t know was if she had already found a home…

Cranky Cat Takes Over Role Of Baby Jesus, And We Can’t Stop Laughing

The Nativity Scene is a Christmas classic, depicting the birth of Jesus Christ in a stable.

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In a classic Nativity Scene, there are some key elements:

  • Mary and Joseph, Jesus’ parents
  • Shepherds, who followed the Star to find the stable and witness the birth of Christ
  • Three Wise Men, who brought gold, frankincense, and myrrh to celebrate Jesus’s birth
  • Sheep, because it’s a barn
  • Baby Jesus (duh)

What you don’t usually see, however, is a cat. Like, a real live cat. Just hanging out in the Nativity Scene. That is, unless, you live in New York City.

Heroic Cat Took On A Deadly Rattle Snake To Save A Girl’s Life

Oreo the cat is down to just eight lives after rescuing his “big sister” from a deadly predator.

The fierce feline was raised by 10-year-old Jaiden Peterson from Orlando, Florida since he was a kitten. That gave the pair an unbreakable bond, and the cat is so close with Jaiden that her family used to call her Oreo’s “big sister.” But from now on, they’re calling Oreo her guardian angel.

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“It’s not just Jaiden that has such a strong bond, although she is the closest,” her grandmother Cyndi Anderson told LoveMeow. “It’s the whole family. He seems to watch over everyone in strange, inexplicable ways, including the eleven-month-old human sister. He seems to be wise beyond his years.”

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She also describes him as “loyal beyond loyal,” explaining that Oreo never lets Jaiden or her siblings out of his sight, and that he even sleeps next to her at night. In fact, Oreo is more like a guard dog than a pet cat, and that came in handy when an eastern diamondback rattlesnake crept up on Jaiden.

The young girl was playing outside with her siblings when she noticed Oreo was acting strange. That’s when her beloved pet stepped between her and the snake.

Heroic Cat Took On A Deadly Rattlesnake To Save A Girl’s Life

Oreo the cat is down to just eight lives after rescuing his “big sister” from a deadly predator.

The fierce feline was raised by 10-year-old Jaiden Peterson from Orlando, Florida since he was a kitten. That gave the pair an unbreakable bond, and the cat is so close with Jaiden that her family used to call her Oreo’s “big sister.” But from now on, they’re calling Oreo her guardian angel.

Jaiden and Oreo.UPI

“It’s not just Jaiden that has such a strong bond, although she is the closest,” her grandmother Cyndi Anderson told LoveMeow. “It’s the whole family. He seems to watch over everyone in strange, inexplicable ways, including the eleven-month-old human sister. He seems to be wise beyond his years.”

Cyndi Anderson

She also describes him as “loyal beyond loyal,” explaining that Oreo never lets Jaiden or her siblings out of his sight, and that he even sleeps next to her at night. In fact, Oreo is more like a guard dog than a pet cat, and that came in handy when an eastern diamondback rattlesnake crept up on Jaiden.

The young girl was playing outside with her siblings when she noticed Oreo was acting strange. That’s when her beloved pet stepped between her and the snake.

The Cat With The Goofy Face Is Living Life Smiling Forever

Sometimes life gives you a hard turn, and all you can do in the face of it all is just to grin and bear it. That seems to be the motto of Duchess, the cat with the goofy smile that makes us all want to smile along with her!

She has quite the inspirational story, and dodged death on a number of different occasions, but it hasn’t taken the joy out of her life!

It all began when she was living as a stray. She was brought to the Adobe Animal Hospital in El Paso, Texas. On arrival, it became apparent that her jaw had been broken. She had just been struck by a vehicle and her odds of survival weren’t looking good.

An employee at the clinic saw Duchess and her heart just burst with love for the helpless, hurt kitten.

Crystal Tate explained that typically, with animals in this condition, they would euthanize them to end the pain. But Tate saw something different in her.

The Internet Is Banding Together To Help A Cat Use A Library

Knowledge is power, and one of the best places you can use to gain more of it is your public library.

While they have seen a decline in these past few years with fewer people visiting their hallowed halls, it seems that there are some felines who are trying to take advantage of the lull in the popularity. Unfortunately, not everyone is happy about this.

One college library in Minnesota put out a public notice to refuse entry to a cat named Max who stops at nothing to try and enter their institution, probably to read more about mice and yarn.

Apparently, their owner is worried about Max getting himself lost around campus, and the owner didn’t want a wandering kitty to disturb their patrons.

However, after a picture of their “Keep Out” poster went viral, people have now started a movement to #LetMaxIn.

No One Wanted This “Twisted” Cat, But Shelter Refused To Give Up On Him

Ivan is a very special cat, who was looking for a very special home. His legs aren’t like other cats, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t want love and affection like every other animal. He was surrendered to the shelter because his malformed legs make it difficult for him to get around, but no one was interested in adopting him. They knew they were going to have to really shine the spotlight on him so he could find the perfect home.

The shelter sent out a press release about Ivan, hoping that it would help raise awareness about this “super social” sweetheart. “Born without radial bones in his front legs, which are also missing two toes on each paw, and a deformed left hind leg, Ivan ‘army crawls’ his way around as walking is impossible,” the organization described. “Moreover, he is unable to use his litter box each and every time, making it all the more difficult to identify an adopter willing to take him in.”

“What Ivan lacks in mobility he more than makes up for in personality,” adoption center manager, Alyssa Krieger, said.  “His physical limitations will always be there—so we’re looking for the adopter who can see through that and give him the second chance he deserves.”

The shelter put out the call, hoping that at least one person would consider adopting him, but the response they got was overwhelming…

No One Can Find The Cat In This Picture And The Internet’s Going Nuts

We have struggled finding cats and birds in hidden pictures, but this latest internet brain-teaser has us scratching our heads.

We are being challenged to find another cat, but this time it is hidden in a pile of logs. This one definitely has us scratching our heads.

Can you spot it?

Need a hint?

A Stray Cat Is The Prime Suspect In The Attempted Murder Of A Woman

Most people have not had positive experiences with stray cats who are, most likely, afraid of humans. They hiss and reveal their sharp claws, meaning they want you out of their sight.

When an 82-year-old bedridden woman from Japan was found gravely injured in her home, her daughter was mortified to see all the blood gushing from her face.

Mayuko Matsumoto was rushed to hospital and was reported by local media to be unable to speak.

Kitten Regains Eye Sight After Getting Help From a Doggy Donor

A litter of feral kittens were rescued from the elements just in time to save their lives.

“These angels were born on the street to a feral mum cat, they were exposed to the cold, rain, disease and parasites that their poor mum could not protect them from.”

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These four little kittens were taken to Rescue Me Animal Sanctuary, where they were said to be so weak they wouldn’t have survived another day in the wild.

“Their mum had given birth to them under a shed, she has now been spayed,” Rescue Me Animal Sanctuary said.

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They suffered from a flu that had spread to their lungs, which gave them pneumonia. The infections in their eyes had been so bad they weren’t able to see.

“These pictures do not even show the true extent of their eye problems: the tics and fleas crawling all over them as they slowly died off after their treatments and the sounds they were making simply trying to breathe.”

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Unfortunately the little girl didn’t make it, but her brothers were fighting hard to survive.

“They had fleas like I have never seen (work in a vet’s and done rescue for 15 years) ticks, flu, eye ulcers, conjunctivitis, starving, dehydrated and anemia,” their foster mom, Heather said.

That’s when one of the kitten’s eyes stopped responding to the drops.

The vet then suggested something out of the ordinary to help the poor animal.

A Starving Kitten Wandered Into A Firehouse And Now It’s Part Of The Team

You would usually think of black and white dalmatians as the typical fire station mascot, but with strange circumstances comes special opportunities.

It all began one day in Portland, Oregon, at the the Belmont Fire House, when a malnourished and weak-looking kitten strayed into the station. He barely had enough energy to move, but he was visibly scared of the staff at first.

The firefighters gave him some fried chicken and care, and eventually the white and orange visitor decided it was safe to look around.

Fire Chief Segars noticed the animal walking around after a few days and asked his men where it had come from.

“I came in one day and I saw the guys playing with this kitten,” said the Chief, “So I asked the guys, ‘Why is the cat here?’ And they told me, ‘He lives here now.’ ”

Normally cats and dogs pass through the station for a few days at most, but everyone could tell this cat was different.

That’s when ‘Flame’ made it clear he had no plans on leaving.

Badger Breaks Into Home And Does His Best Housecat Impression

A cunning badger impersonated a pet cat when he snuck into a house and made himself at home.

Homeowners in Linlithgow, Scotland were shocked when they discovered the pesky animal curled into a cat bed after eating all of the feline’s food, the Scottish SPCA reported.

After discovering the badger got in through the house’s cat door, the family called the Scottish SPCA, who had trouble coaxing him out.

“He didn’t seem too happy when I tried to move him but I was able to slide the cat bed round and it was then that the badger noticed the back door was open so made a run for it!” Animal Rescue Officer, Connie O’Neil said.

Scottish SPCA Chief Superintendent, Mike Flynn also said it was a highly unusual call.

The Catwoman Of Boca Raton Is A One-Woman Animal Rescue Team

It’s no secret that Gretchen Byrne loves cats – she has six of her own at home, after all – but she’s not your average pet owner.

The 42-year-old police officer from Boca Raton, Florida protects the streets by day, but at night she’s a one-woman animal rescue team, looking after south Florida’s stray cat population. “Everyone knows me as the cop that loves cats,” she explains. “If I’m not working, this is what I’m doing.”

Her “second job” started two years ago, when she found a pair of stray kittens while on patrol. Many animal shelters in her area are at full capacity, so Byrne took the kittens home instead and nursed them back to health. The dedicated cop actually skipped her own breaks to make sure the animals were fed.

Then, a group of strays moved in next to Byrne’s station – maybe they’d heard about her – and finding them all new homes became the officer’s pet project. One by one, Byrne paired the cats up with forever homes, mostly with other officers in her department.

Along the way Byrne discovered she has a passion for sheltering stray cats, and her record with the animals is seriously impressive…

Tiny Kitten Was Barely The Size Of A Thumb, But When You See Her Now You’ll Definitely Fall In Love

A teeny tiny micro kitty was brought to the veterinary clinic as a newborn.

She was so small, she only weighed 1.3 ounces and needed very special care to keep her alive. Thankfully, Ellen Carozza was a vet who had cared for micro babies before. She knew exactly what needed to be done for the little one.

“I was asked to take her on since all of my neonate work is with the highly complicated cases, I also have an incubator as well,” said Carozza (@thecatlvt).