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Thousands of dogs are euthanized each day because they don't have a home. But look what happens when someone decides to give them one.

And To Think They Could Have Ended Up Gone Forever...

Dexter the blind dog taught his family about how to thrive with a disability.

"Dexter is our blind rescue dog who has made such an impact on our lives. Our son Kaden was recently diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, the No. 1 genetic killer of infants. He can not crawl or pick up toys, so Dexter brings the fun right to him. Kaden loves giving treats to Dexter in physical therapy, and we love that Dexter keeps Kaden active and moving as much as he can! There's no doubt that Dexter helped us prepare for our son's disabling disease by teaching us that even though he is blind, he still lives a happy and full life. We know that our happy Kaden will too, regardless of being unable to walk."


With the help of a great owner, Charley left his abusive past behind.

"Charley was severely abused, weighed 20 pounds less than he does now, and was frightened of everything when we adopted him as a 2-year-old six years ago. Watching him come out of his shell, pampering him, and seeing him become a confident, super-happy dog has been a life-changing experience for my husband and me. While he loves other dogs, and despite humans burning him with cigarettes in the past, Charley can't get enough affection from people. Every Halloween, he sits proudly in his lion costume in our front yard, waiting for the kids to get their candy and love on him. I relish being his 'mama bear' and knowing that I'm providing him with the life he deserves!"

Shorty's foster family just couldn't quit him.

"We are the definition of the term 'foster failure.' After only three days of fostering Shorty, we quickly fell in love and adopted him. When we first brought him home, he was so nervous, scared, and scrawny after being thrown out into the streets by his previous owners who didn't want him anymore. He was immediately comforted by us and happy in his new home, which told us that all he needed was security and kindness. We figured out that his owner used to hit him, because after he peed in the house, he would crouch down and cry out... thinking that we would hit him. It took only two weeks to potty train him. He still has his moments when his anxiety gets to him, but we are proud to report that he is now one very happy and healthy, tail-wagging boy."

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Between the new normal that is working from home and e-learning for students of all ages, having functional electronic devices is extremely important. But that doesn't mean needing to run out and buy the latest and greatest model. In fact, this cycle of constantly upgrading our devices to keep up with the newest technology is an incredibly dangerous habit.

The amount of e-waste we produce each year is growing at an increasing rate, and the improper treatment and disposal of this waste is harmful to both human health and the planet.

So what's the solution? While no one expects you to stop purchasing new phones, laptops, and other devices, what you can do is consider where you're purchasing them from and how often in order to help improve the planet for future generations.

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One night in 2018, Sheila and Steve Albers took their two youngest sons out to dinner. Their 17-year-old son, John, was in a crabby mood—not an uncommon occurrence for the teen who struggled with mental health issues—so he stayed home.

A half hour later, Sheila's started getting text messages that John wasn't safe. He had posted messages with suicidal ideations on social media and his friends had called the police to check on him. The Albers immediately raced home.

When they got there, they were met with a surreal scene. Their minivan was in the neighbor's yard across the street. John had been shot in the driver's seat six times by a police officer who had arrived to check on him. The officer had fired two shots as the teen slowly backed the van out of the garage, then 11 more after the van spun around backward. But all the officers told the Albers was that John had "passed" and had been shot. They wouldn't find out until the next day who had shot and killed him.

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$200 billion of COVID-19 recovery funding is being used to bail out fossil fuel companies. These mayors are combatting this and instead investing in green jobs and a just recovery.

Learn more on how cities are taking action: c40.org/divest-invest


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Artist Tom Ward has used his incredible illustration techniques to give us some new perspective on modern life through popular Disney characters. "Disney characters are so iconic that I thought transporting them to our modern world could help us see it through new eyes," he told The Metro.

Tom says he wanted to bring to life "the times we live in and communicate topical issues in a relatable way."

In Ward's "Alt Disney" series, Prince Charming and Pinocchio have fallen victim to smart phone addiction. Ariel is living in a polluted ocean, and Simba and Baloo have been abused by humans.

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How we talk about Black Lives Matter protests across America is often a reflection of how we personally feel about the fight for racial equality itself. We're all biased toward our own preferences and a fractured news media hasn't helped things by skewing facts, emphasizing preferred narratives and neglecting important stories, oftentimes out of fear that they might alienate their increasingly partisan and entrenched audiences.

This has been painfully clear in how we report on and talk about the protests themselves. Are they organized by Antifa and angry mobs of BLM renegades hell bent on the destruction of everything wholesome about America? Or, are they entirely peaceful demonstrations in which only the law enforcement officers are the bad actors? The uncomfortable truth is that both extreme narratives ignore key facts. The overwhelming majority of protests have been peaceful.protests have been peaceful. The facts there are clear. And the police have also provoked acts of aggression against peaceful demonstrators, leading to injuries and unnecessary arrests. Yet, there have been glaring exceptions of vandalism, intimidation and violence in cities like Portland, Seattle, and most recently, Louisville. And while some go so far as to quite literally defend looting, that's a view far outside the mainstream of nearly all Americans across various age, racial and cultural demographics.

But what if we step away from the larger philosophical debate and narrow things down to one very important fact: the vast majority of those stirring division at protests are white.

And if you don't believe me, just listen to Durham, North Carolina's mayor and what he had to say about how white people are "hijacking" Breonna Taylor's legacy and transforming a movement that has suddenly split Americans after having near unanimous support just a few months ago.


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