Become a Real-Life Superhero

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Changing someone’s life – for the better – is easier than you might think. Anyone can be a hero. Next time you see an animal in distress, please don’t just walk on by.

Here are a couple of stories about animal rescues that we found really inspiring – and we hope you do, too! Our programmes manager, Yvonne, was out walking with her rescued dog, Zack, when she discovered this cutie:

Bab Wood Pigeon

Zack found her on the street between two cars. I was convinced that she was dead even after I had tapped her, but Zack refused to leave. Then I saw her blink. She was freezing cold and just skin and bones, but I got her warmed up and gave her a meal every three hours through the night. Miraculously, she’s survived. The following day, I went back to see if I could spot her nest in the hope that I could return her after a couple of days of feeding, but I found it close by in pieces, so that was obviously how she had ended up on the ground. She’s a wood pigeon, and when she’s fully recovered, I’ll be sure to take her back to where I found her to release her.

During the same week, PETA France’s Isabelle also intervened to save lives. Here’s her story:

PETA Rescued Puppies

I was walking on the Champs-Élysées and saw a man begging with a big dog. Next to him was a bird cage with two terrified puppies squashed inside it. They were curled up together and clearly deprived of food and water. I called the police and alerted them to this ill treatment of animals. They were as shocked as I was and took the puppies away from the man.

The puppies were badly infested with fleas and worms and were traumatized and apathetic. At home, I bathed them over and over again and gave them plenty of food and water – they jumped on it as if they’d never had a proper meal before! The next day, I took them to the vet, who told me that one of them was so skinny and dehydrated that she was lucky to be alive.

Reporting cruelty to an organisation such as the RSPCA and stopping to disentangle an animal from a sticky situation may not seem like super-human feats, but for the animal you’re assisting, they will make you a hero.

Here are some other day-to-day actions that can save lives:

These are just a few suggestions. But there are so many more ways that you can – and perhaps already do – help animals. If you have your own inspiring story, please share it in the comments below.


  • charlotte newton commented on October 6, 2013 at 9:03 am

    I’d like to help save all thes door things as well what do I do to help

  • Norma Jones commented on October 6, 2013 at 10:11 am

    I have never walked by or not helped any animal in danger or distress, even spiders in the bath!!! & my children have grown up with same ethic, that is why now have 4x sml dogs & 5 x cats & a turtle all rescues or strays, except for 2 dogs also my oldest daughter has 3x cats strays & rescues & all feed wild birds, fox badger & squirrels. Also donate to RSPCA & other rescues.

  • Charlotte commented on October 10, 2013 at 11:54 am

    We rescued a baby crow, called the RSPCA who advised us to hang the crow in a box from a washing line. We explained there were cats and it wouldn’t be safe, RSPCA said that’s nature. So we deceived to bring the crow up ourselves, the mother didn’t mind as we provided a nice home so the mother could see as the nest was far too high to get too. We taught the crow to feed and fly. It was very rewarding and satisfying to finally see our little crow fly away when ready.

  • Rebecca Keir commented on October 14, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    If there is a dog tied to a lamp post outside a shop or on the street- supposidly their owner left them whilst they went in the shop – i stroke them to comfort them as they often seem distressed.
    I would never leave a dog tied up outside or anywhere.
    They usually enjoy me stroking them – but i dont wait till the owner has come out of the shop in case they dont like me stroking their dog – not sure if thats the right thing to do or not but i do hope it makes a difference.

  • Dave and Rita Cross commented on October 30, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Dear Animal Friends,

    Blessings to all of you who reach out for needy animals, birds, etc. This respect and compassion is the only way to live our lives happily and successfully! We pray that more people will develop a love for helping unfortuante animals!

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