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WATCH: Cat rescued after its paws froze to the ground

A cat found frozen to the ground has a second chance thanks to a quick-thinking couple.

A video posted to YouTube shows a couple comforting the cat whose paws and fur froze to the ground as it sought refuge under a car in Russia.

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The couple used warm water to gently free the cat from its frozen state.

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According to Mashable, the couple said the cat was able to walk later that evening and was adopted that week.

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Gatlinburg aquarium: 'Animals are safe' after devastating Tennessee wildfires

Wildfires fueled by high winds roared through parts of the Great Smoky Mountains, burning the doorstep of the Dollywood theme park, destroying a resort and chasing thousands of people from their homes. In its ashy wake were scorched cars and buildings, and soot-covered debris covered in a smoky haze, The Associated Press reported.

>> PREVIOUS STORY: Gatlinburg wildfire threatens Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies; employees forced to abandon building

But Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies posted a hopeful update Tuesday afternoon: All its animals are safe.

"For the safety of our employees and guests, all of our Attractions will remain closed until the evacuation has lifted," the property said in a Facebook post. "We have a team of Marine Biologists and Life Support Experts inside the Aquarium and are happy to report that the animals are safe."

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For the safety of our employees and guests, all of our Attractions will remain closed until the evacuation has lifted....Posted by Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies on Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Ryan DeSear, general manager of the aquarium, also spoke to the Knoxville News-Sentinel

"All is fine here at Ripley's Aquarium. Obviously, the city has had a lot of problems, and it has been very hard for us to get into this building, but all the animals are fine. Life support's working great, and the building is coming along just fine, so we're very positive moving forward that we're not going to have any issues."

He added, "We're very grateful, obviously, to all the people that have been working these fires. ... All is good. We got very lucky here at the aquarium, and we look forward to getting back to business as usual when the time comes."

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Earlier reports were harrowing.

>> PREVIOUS STORY: Dollywood, other Tennessee tourist destinations evacuated due to wildfires

“We are still not allowed into the city at this time,” the property posted as flamed crept closer to Gatlinburg. “I know our Biologists are trying to get into the city as quickly as they can. We will post updates as soon as we have them.”

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The aquarium also shared DeSear's video showing the town under smoky siege:

Arsonists need to go to prison for a long timePosted by Ryan DeSear on Monday, November 28, 2016

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Cat yoga: Felines, humans get zen together in new classes

Yoga lovers in Georgia are getting into downward-facing dog with the assistance of a few friendly cats.

The “Yoga With Cats” class has become a regular, sold-out feature at Good Mews Animal Foundation in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta in just a few months since it launched.

In each class, up to 15 humans spend an hour getting zen with a some of the shelter’s feline residents. A certified yoga instructor guides the beginner level classes as the cats roam freely around the room – often stopping for a little class participation or maybe a nap.

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“The cats are so curious. They are all up in your business but not in a bad way,”  said shelter manager Lisa Johns. “It is also a fun way for people to interact with the cats. The cats get attention and get loved on and the people are in a calming environment where they can practice yoga and hang out. All and all, it is a fun experience if you are into yoga and you are a cat person.”

Each class costs $20 – and since the instructor is a Good Mews volunteer who donates her time, all of the proceeds go toward care of the cats.

A few months ago, the creators weren’t so sure the idea would take off with the public. They heard about a shelter in California that did something similar and decided to give it a try.

“We are always trying to get new people into the shelter,” said board member, Nancy Riley. “We started our first class in July, and now people are coming back month after month. The people love it, but the cats really love it. It is so fun to watch them.”

In any given class, at least five of the 15 attendees have never been to Good Mews shelter before offering the organization valuable exposure to new people and the potential to find more homes for their cats.

Some of the cats have become yoga regulars, as well. Sampson, an orange tabby, has participated in every class, often getting into poses with humans. During corpse pose (savasana) at end of class, Sampson and his fellow felines take the invitation to lie across the chest of the nearest yogi.

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Rescued goat wears duck costume to calm anxiety

A blind baby goat with anxiety has found a cute and cuddly way to ease her fears.

Polly the goat is still a baby. She is blind, has anxiety and has neurological problems that won't allow her to eat normally. That has left her severely underweight.

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But a chance discovery and a purchase on a whim has brought some comfort to Polly, The Dodo reported.

Leanne Laurichella found a child-sized duck costume before Halloween. She picked it up thinking that it would be cute for the goats in her rescue group.

If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it must be a goat in her duck coat! Happy goatoween! A photo posted by Goats of Anarchy (@goatsofanarchy) on Oct 31, 2016 at 5:59am PDT

Polly has been suffering from anxiety so much that she will go to a corner and start sucking on the wall, Lauricella said. But when the goat rescuer slipped the duck costume on the goat for a quick photo, Polly calmed down.

Lauricella said she tried to calm down Polly with anything she could find, including a traditional ThunderShirt or being wrapped in a blanket.

"There's something about that duck costume that calms her. She goes into a little trance. She just closes her eyes and she's out," Lauricella told The Dodo.

If Polly has an anxiety attack, Lauricella slips the costume on her.

Going to a store is no big deal for Polly. She rides in the shopping cart just like any kid.

Today, Polly and her duck suit captured the attention of media outlets all over the world. You may have seen her story... it's been everywhere! In light of that, I thought I would bring back her duck videos that we took while visiting @tractorsupply. Is there no duck emoji? A video posted by Goats of Anarchy (@goatsofanarchy) on Nov 25, 2016 at 5:15pm PST

Polly doesn't just have the duck costume. She also has a pig and fox outfit, but Lauricella said that the duck is Polly's favorite.

If you would like to help Polly or the rest of the animals at the Goats of Anarchy rescue group, click here.

Shaved cat passed off as Sphynx, warns pet scam victim

A Canadian woman is warning others after she says she fell victim to a scam involving a cat that may end up being investigated as a case of animal abuse.

JoAnne Dyck told the CBC that she paid $700 on the online classifieds website Kijiji for what she thought was a Sphynx kitten. Dyck named the kitten Vlad and noticed that after a week, Vlad  had grown a coat of orange hair. The kitten was exhibiting strange behavior like crying a lot and not wanting to be held. Since Vlad did not get along with Dyck's other cat, she found a new owner for the kitten.

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The new owner took Vlad to a veterinarian's office, where it was discovered the kitten had cuts all over his skin and his tail was badly infected. Staff told the new owner that the injuries were most likely due to razor burns or a hair-removing product like Nair.The Calgary Humane Society is urging Dyck to file a report so they can further investigate. Dyck told the CBC that she's heard from two other women who fell victim to similar scams. 

As for Vlad, he's enjoying his new home as his coat continues to grow back.

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Half-blind turkey rescued from streets, dinner table in time for Thanksgiving

While families across the country prepare to celebrate food and family on Thanksgiving, one turkey can be grateful for avoiding the dining table.

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Leon the turkey was found wandering the streets of Oxnard, California. After a brief stint at an animal shelter, he was brought earlier this month to the Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary in northern California. Under the care of the sanctuary, he's expected to live out the rest of his days as a pet.

"He won't be Thanksgiving dinner, he'll just be loved," a sanctuary employee said in a video posted on Facebook on Nov. 2, in which the Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary welcomes Leon.

<script>(function(d, s, id) {  var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];  if (d.getElementById(id)) return;  js = d.createElement(s); = id;  js.src = "//;version=v2.8";  fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script> Please welcome Leon who is blind in one eye to the sanctuary. A giant thank you to Farm Sanctuary for transporting our Thanksgiving survivor to us from Ventura County! #newarrivalPosted by Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary on Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Sanctuary employees have learned since his debut that Leon, who is blind in one eye, likes to be carried, petted and kissed, according to KXTV. He even likes to have his belly rubbed.

"He just took to people immediately," sanctuary manager Christine Morrissey told the news station.

And people have taken to him as well.

"Everybody is just swooning over him," Morrissey told ABC News. "He has just captured our hearts in the short time he's been with us at the sanctuary. We are so privileged and happy to save his life where so many other turkeys, especially in the month of November, are slaughtered for food."

Sanctuary employees told ABC News that little is known about Leon's life before his rescue. It wasn't clear whether he was abandoned or a runaway, although Morrissey told the news station that he seems too friendly to be a stray.

"He has been a lovebug since the point of being rescued," she said. "His personality has been very sweet and he has gotten more and more interested in being our companion in the sanctuary."

Thousands rally for pet pig Raisin as family battles city's swine ban

An Oklahoma family is working to change a city ordinance so they can keep Raisin, their four-legged, hoofed family member.

Raisin is just like any other family pet to them, but a city ordinance banning pigs is leaving Raisin unwelcome in his own city.

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Raisin's owners say the miniature pig takes baths, does tricks, paints pictures and poses as an Instagram sensation with more than 9,000 followers.

Last night went very well! Nothing is in writing yet so I'm not at liberty to say a whole lot but everything seems like it's going to work out in our favor! Still keep us in your prayers and thoughtS #LetRaisinStay #Minipigsaspets #householdpet #family #pigsaspets #minipigsofinstagram #snout #piggy #pigs #changeoutdatedordinances #raisin #raisinjones #americanminipigassociation #animals #changeorg #pigadvocates #petition #follow A photo posted by Raisin Jones (@raisin.jones) on Nov 8, 2016 at 7:53am PST

More than 100,000 people have signed a petition for updated ordinances to distinguish between farm swine and miniature pigs that are kept as pets.

Raisin's owners say the city has been very supportive, but if they have to, they will move in order to keep Raisin.

A Sapulpa family is working to change a city ordinance so they can keep Raisin-- their four-legged, hooved family member. Raisin is just like any other family pet to them-- and more than 100,000 people have signed a petition for updated ordinances.Meet Raisin the pig on FOX23 News at 9:15!Posted by FOX23 Lynn Casey on Friday, November 18, 2016

Florida man offering truck as reward for lost dog

A Florida man is offering his truck as a reward for the return of his lost dog.

The truck has 243,000 miles on the odometer, according to owner James O’Sickey. 

O'Sickey said he came home for lunch on Wednesday and could not find Buddy Boy. He thinks Buddy Boy may have hopped a fence at his home around 1 p.m.

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O’Sickey’s mother called local animal shelters and went door-to-door, but they have not been able to find the dog.

O'Sickey said he is offering his 2002 Chevy Silverado in exchange for Buddy Boy's return.

“The truck is replaceable. The dog is not,” O’Sickey said.

O’Sickey says the pit bull mix is friendly and is usually right by his side. And if you don’t want the truck, he said a reward worth more than $5,000 is up for grabs. Most of the money, he said, was offered by strangers.

“Not accepting the reward isn’t possible. The reward will be given no matter what,” O’Sickey said.

$500 reward offered for stolen teacup Yorkie

A College Park, Georgia, woman is heartbroken after someone broke in and stole her puppy.

Homeowner Brianna Wright says she's devastated after someone took her teacup Yorkie, Peso.

It happened between the night of Nov. 9 and the next morning in a College Park apartment complex.

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Wright says the burglars used some sort of tool to pop the lock.

Since then, management put a ring around the lock to help stop anyone from getting in.

“They took his treats, they just took everything,” Wright said. “They left us with nothing.

Wright paid a breeder $1000 for the teacup Yorkie who is just 5 months old.

Wright's handed out flyers looking for him and filed a police report. But so far, she's had no luck.

“He was really fun, he was always like friendly, loving,” Wright said. “Every time I was stressed out he would come and lay with me.”

The Meadow View apartments in Riverdale have no surveillance cameras.

Management did not want to go on camera, but said they are in the process of getting cameras and they have several security officers patrolling.

The week Peso was taken the gate was broken.

Management says they fixed the gate as soon as they could.

“The gate was broke, so I feel like anybody could have roamed in with their car during those hours that we were gone,” Wright said.

The burglars also took a flat screen TV off a wall and other electronics, but Wright says she just wants her dog back.

“I feel as though I couldn't protect him. I don't know where he's at, who he's with,” Wright said. “I don't know what's going on with him."

Wright is now offering a $500 reward to get little Peso back.

She's also joined an animal-rescue group in honor of Peso.

Generous donor pays for shelter's pet adoptions through end of year

A woman with a love for animals is doing everything she can to make sure one California shelter finds good homes for all of its residents by the end of the year.

The Front Street Animal Shelter posted the good news on Facebook, thanking donor Kim Pacini-Hauch for her “tremendous act of kindness.” The shelter says all animals will be free to adopt through Dec. 31. Dog adoption fees are usually $85, and cat adoption fees are $65, according to CBS13.

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Free adoptions to get pets home for the holidays!An incredibly generous woman is paying for every animal to be adopted so they can have homes by Christmas! Please help us thank Kim Pacini-Hauch for her tremendous act of kindness. All animals are free to adopt tomorrow through December 31st - Share to empty our shelter!! Kim Pacini-Hauch Re/max Gold Sierra OaksPosted by Front Street Animal Shelter - City of Sacramento on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 

The shelter created a video featuring the adoptable dogs and cats. The video has over 1 million views.

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