National Pet Day is dominating social media websites on Friday, with people across the U.S. celebrating their beloved four-legged friends.
The national holiday arrives each year on April 11 and marks an occasion to honor pets of all shapes and sizes, from slimy to furry. Furthermore, National Pet Day encourages people to adopt an animal in need this year. Pets provide countless households with loyal companions who are lovable and fun, and there is a large number of animals that need rescue and adoption.
Data released by the Humane Society of the U.S. reveals that National Pet Day may be working- a survey indicated that pet ownership in the U.S. has more than tripled from the 1970s. According to the HSUS website, 62 percent of American households included at least one pet in 2012. more >>
The woman left in a Pennsylvania Burger King has been reunited with her biological mother after an intense search and a viral campaign to find her. Katheryn Deprill was finally able to thank the woman for giving her life and for choosing to leave her someplace safe, where she would be found, rather than having an abortion or leaving her in a dumpster.
"I just want to see you," Deprill said in a message to her birth mother. "I want to say thank you for not throwing me away, literally."
Deprill was born 27 years ago and found inside the restaurant. Police searched for her mother but no leads panned out. Instead, the baby was adopted by Brenda Hollis and her family, and went on to live a happy life. But there was always a nagging and longing in Deprill's life and she wanted to finally find her birth mother to ask her questions and to say thank you. more >>
"16 & Pregnant" star Ashley Salazar is pregnant with her second child, only this time around, she plans to keep the baby. In her episode of "16 & Pregnant," Salazar gave daughter Callie up for adoption to her aunt and uncle.
"I'm really excited about the baby," Salazar told Radar Online. "But I'm nervous about what Callie will think in the future. We really care about her. We don't want her to be mad at us about what we did when we were really young, just teenagers, and we didn't know."
Salazar, then 16, decided that her aunt and uncle could do a better job of raising her daughter and provide more than she could at the time. It was an emotional decision and struggle for Ashley, who really wanted to keep the baby girl but eventually realized she just couldn't. more >>
A Chinese "baby hatch" in Guangzhou City has suspended work after parents overwhelmed the welfare center by abandoning more than 260 children suffering from various kinds of illnesses.
Xinhua news agency reported that the baby hatch, which is where parents can leave their children instead of abandoning them on the streets, was forced to suspend its services on Sunday after its resources were spread too thin by the 262 babies it received since it began operations in January.
"The number of babies we have received is much higher than in other parts of the country over the same period," said Guangzhou City Welfare Center Director Xu Jiu, who noted that there has been a shortage of rooms, quarantine facilities and other things necessary to care for the babies. more >>
"The Little Couple" stars Jen Arnold and Bill Klein have finally introduced daughter Zoey to the American media and public. The little girl whom they adopted in from an orphanage in India is part of the family and will be introduced on the reality show on March 4.
"She is a very strong personality," Dr. Jen Arnold told People. "She is a happy girl."
That happiness has been greatly needed and appreciated by the family, ever since Jen learned that she had a rare form of cancer and went through chemotherapy. It was while Jen was in India, picking up Zoey, when she began bleeding and knew she needed treatment. Since then, Jen has gone through the required course of treatment and is currently in remission. more >>
Many "Downton Abbey" fans are familiar with the show's more dour storylines: death, abandonment and betrayal, but this season Juliann Fellowes is taking the show in a different direction.
In upcoming weeks fans will see a storyline that presents rather unique opportunities for one particular character. Stop here if you do not wish to know more.
As many already know, Lady Edith Crawley is excited about her job in London and the romance with Michael Gregson. They share a night together, a first for Edith, who is clearly torn about the status of being with a married man. more >>