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31 Days of Happiness Countdown: cute critters. (Day 1)

Let's all enjoy some adorable animals.

31 Days of Happiness Countdown: cute critters. (Day 1)

Hello and welcome to Day 1 of Upworthy's 31 Days of Happiness Countdown! Each day between Dec. 1 and Dec. 31, we're sharing stories we hope will bring joy, smiles, and laughter into our lives and yours. It's been a challenging year for a lot of us, so why not end it on a high note with a bit of happiness? Check back tomorrow for another installment!

What better way to kick things off here than with the unifying power of puppies and kittens (and occasionally piglets)? We promised you smiles and joy, and these adorable creatures more than deliver.


Founded by Tina Marie Lythgoe, Josh and His Critters is a California-based animal rescue and rehab group with a focus on rescuing animals that got a rough start in life. There are a lot of cute animal accounts on social media, but following J&HC on social media is special kind of delight, with Lythgoe narrating the day-to-day lives of whichever animals are currently in her care.

"Our mission is to save as many animals as possible," Lythgoe wrote on the J&HC website. "Even the ones that people consider pests."

I'm particularly fond of Jamison, the Australian Shepherd with a cleft palate taken in by Lythgoe when he was just a tiny pup.

Look! So cute:

Jamison 11 days old today! Happy Easter!! #cleftpalate #baby

A post shared by Tina Marie Lythgoe (@joshandhiscritters) on

I'm so proud of Jameson! We fought like hell and we won!! #cleftpalate #nevergiveup #australianshepherd

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Oh Jamison the struggle was real! But soooooo worth it!!! Look at you now big boy!! You look amazing!! I miss taking...

Posted by Josh and his critters on Monday, August 21, 2017

See? Toldja we'd make you smile.

For more cuteness guaranteed to bring a smile or two to your face this holiday season, follow Josh and His Critters on Instagram and Facebook.

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"I try to share info in a positive way that gives people hope and makes them aware of solutions or things they can do to try to make the world a little better," she said.

For now, she's encouraging people through a barrage of persistent, informative, and entertaining emails with one goal in mind: getting people to VOTE. The thing about emailing people and talking about politics, according to Hebert, is to catch their attention—which is how lice got involved.

"When my kids were in elementary school, I was class parent for a year, which meant I had to send the emails to the other parents. As I've learned over the years, a good intro will trick your audience into reading the rest of the email. In fact, another parent told me that my emails always stood out, especially the one that started: 'We need volunteers for the Valentine's Party...oh, and LICE.'"

Hebert isn't working with a specific organization. She is simply trying to motivate others to find ways to plug in to help get out the vote.

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