Teen Creates ‘Wheels For Change’ Program To Help San Diego’s Homeless Get Jobs

July 23, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Humanity |

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Kevin Barber is helping the homeless get paid with “Wheels for Change”, a program that pays the homeless to clean up the city.

Barber says he got the idea from a TED Talk video showcasing a similar program in Albuquerque that invited the city’s homeless to clean local streets in exchange for wages and access to city services.

Cities across the country have been implementing similar programs, so Barber thought he could start one in San Diego.

Barber and his mother Carolyn, who funded the project for her son, reached out to the city government to start a trial run of the program.


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This Man Drives Hours Every Day To Provide Water To Thirsty Wild Animals In Drought

April 16, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Humanity |

Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua water trucks for animals

Kenya’s Tsavo West National Park is rich in wildlife, however, the land has been left dry and hot due to lack of rain over the past few years.

Hundreds of animals have perished due to thirst and heat but there’s not much that the wildlife service is doing about it. But one man took matters into his own hands and he is determined to ensure that these wild animals are given enough drinking water to stay cool.

To help these animals, Mwalua rented a truck. Now, he drives for hours every single day to transport water to several areas in the national park.“Last night, I found 500 buffalo waiting at the water hole,” he said. “When I arrived they could smell the water. The buffalo were so keen and coming close to us.”

Everyday, Mwalua carries 3,000 gallons of water to fills the watering holes. He often finds the holes dirty with buffalo droppings which he cleans to ensure the animals get to drink fresh and clean water.


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This Man Has Dedicated His Life To Adopting Senior Dogs and Farm Animals Considered ‘Unadoptable’ By Most

February 26, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Animals, Humanity |

When his dog and best buddy died, animal lover Steve Greig set out to give older, overlooked dogs in shelters a new life full of love and happiness. Now, he’s ended up with an entire menagerie.

His home in Denver, Colorado houses 10, mostly senior, dogs, a couple of cats, a rabbit, a pig named Bikini who thinks she’s a dog, two chicks, two ducks, two pigeons and a koi-filled pond.

It all started when Greig’s beloved dog died. Even after months went by, he was still devastated by the loss so he decided to give another dog a good life.

But when he went to his local shelter, he wasn’t looking for a young pup, he wanted to adopt the “least adoptable” senior dog, as they’re often overlooked and have a slim chance of finding a forever home.

His first was a 12-year-old chihuahua named Eeyore, who came with four bad knees and a heart murmur. That was just the beginning, Greig told The Dodo.

Now, he’s a super busy human dad to a host of animals, including a total of 10 elder dogs.


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This Little Boy is a Superhero to Philly’s Stray Cats

October 27, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Animals, Humanity |

 In a world full of hate, it’s always good to see a real superhero.

One little boy named Shon helps rescue stray cats outside of Philadelphia. His super power, you might ask? He is able to connect with cats who are too feral to become domesticated house cats.

Every time Kris Papiernik and Kia Griffin’s 5-year-old nephew, Shon, comes for a weekend visit, he only wants to do one thing — go outside and take care of the street cats.

For the past 10 years, Papiernik and Griffin have been caring for over 40 street cats who live in rough parts of Philadelphia and the surrounding area. While they try to rescue and rehome as many cats as they can, others are too feral and unsocialized to adjust to domestic life, and the most Papiernik and Griffin can do is feed them, and try to get as many of them spayed and neutered as possible.

With such a noble and massive undertaking, Papiernik and Griffin have needed some help along the way. That’s where their 5-year-old nephew Shon comes into the picture. 

“When he was 3 years old he started showing interest in wanting to help us feed the outdoor feral and stray cats,” Papiernik says. 

At first, the couple was hesitant to let Shon help, as feral cats don’t always adapt well to changes, new people, or rambunctious 3 year olds, Griffin says.

But, as fate would have it, the cats welcomed Shon with open paws.  


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This Dutch Charity Fulfills The Last Wishes Of The Dying

September 7, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Humanity |

It all started when in November 2006 when Kees Veldboer, an ambulance driver, was moving a terminally ill patient, Mario Stefanutto, from one hospital to another. The retired seaman desperately wanted to be by the water once more. To his surprise, Veldboer obliged.

“Tears of joy ran over his face,” Veldboer told the BBC. “When I asked him: ‘Would you like to have the opportunity to sail again?’ he said it would be impossible because he lay on a stretcher.”

And so Stichting Ambulance Wens — or Ambulance Wish Foundation — was born: a charity that grants terminally ill patients their final wishes.The charity has grown to 230 volunteers, six ambulances, and a holiday home, and has made an incredible 7,000 wishes a reality.

It helps four people a day on average — the only stipulation is that they are terminally ill and can’t be transported other than on a stretcher.


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This Guy Invited His Taxi Driver To The Theme Park With Him Because He’d Never Been

August 29, 2017 | 2 Comments » | Topics: Humanity |


Liam Murphy, an engineer from Cork, Ireland is currently visiting the United Arab Emirates for work. On his day off, he decided to visit the theme park Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi. On the way there, he discovered that his taxi driver, Shakiha, had never been to a theme park and was going to “wait in the car for four hours.” So Murphy invited him along…



This Brave Man Stayed In Fukushima To Feed The Animals Everyone Else Left Behind

August 8, 2017 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Humanity |

It has been six years since the well-documented Fukushima disaster wrecked havoc in Japan and led to one of the most severe nuclear meltdowns in history, when the tsunami-damaged Fukushima Daiichi power plant started leaking radioactive materials. The threat of radiation exposure prompted Japanese officials to hastily evacuate the people within the government’s 12.5-mile exclusion zone — including the small town of Tomokia.

Tomokia is best described as a ‘ghost town’ — doors to empty shops and homes remain open, and motorcycles lay in the streets with keys still in the ignition. It would seem as if every single person that once lived there has left, if not vanished into thin air.

But one man, Naoto Matsumura — arguably the most stubborn man in Japan, if not the world — chose to stay behind.


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This Story Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity

March 3, 2017 | 10 Comments » | Topics: Humanity, Life |

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Just about every time I see someone I stop. I kind of got out of the habit in the last couple of years, moved to a big city and all that, my girlfriend wasn’t too stoked on the practice. Then some shit happened to me that changed me and I am back to offering rides habitually. If you would indulge me, it is long story and has almost nothing to do with hitch hiking other than happening on a road.

This past year I have had 3 instances of car trouble. A blow out on a freeway, a bunch of blown fuses and an out of gas situation. All of them were while driving other people’s cars which, for some reason, makes it worse on an emotional level. It makes it worse on a practical level as well, what with the fact that I carry things like a jack and extra fuses in my car, and know enough not to park, facing downhill, on a steep incline with less than a gallon of fuel.

Anyway, each of these times this shit happened I was DISGUSTED with how people would not bother to help me. I spent hours on the side of the freeway waiting, watching roadside assistance vehicles blow past me, for AAA to show. The 4 gas stations I asked for a gas can at told me that they couldn’t loan them out “for my safety” but I could buy a really shitty 1-gallon one with no cap for $15. It was enough, each time, to make you say shit like “this country is going to hell in a handbasket.”



Man Gives Shelter Dogs Free Haircuts To Help Them Get Adopted

January 4, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Humanity, Life |

There’s nothing like a good haircut to make you feel like a brand new person. And the same can be said for a dog too. For shelter dogs, it can make all the difference in the world. A good haircut can not only improve their mood and their health, it can increase their chances of being adopted.

Enter Mark Imhof, a volunteer groomer for Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC). Mark is an NYU MBA former businessman turned dog groomer. A few years ago, he wanted a career shift and to work with animals. After getting his grooming training and certification, he decided to use his skills to help transform shelter animals and make them become more adoptable.


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Kids Comfort Shelter Dogs by Reading to Them

December 15, 2016 | No Comments » | Topics: Animals, Humanity |

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The Shelter Buddies Reading Program at the Humane Society of Missouri is doing wonders for everyone involved.

The concept is simple: teach kids to read to shelter dogs as a way of preparing them for forever homes, all while instilling a greater sense of empathy in the youngsters, too.

Kids who sign up for the monthly program are encouraged to sit in front of a shy dog’s kennel with a book and read to them.

“We wanted to help our shy and fearful dog without forcing physical interaction with them to see the positive effect that could have on them,” program director Jo Klepacki told The Dodo.

“Ideally that shy and fearful dog will approach and show interest. If so, the kids reinforce that behavior by tossing them a treat. What this is also doing is to bring the animals to the front in case potential adopters come through. They are more likely to get adopted if they are approaching and interacting, rather than hiding in the back or cowering.”

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