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Noah’s Ark – Not A Boat But Animal House To A Unique Brotherhood

A Lion, a Tiger, and a Bear – Oh, My!

They make an unlikely trio, but Baloo the bear, Leo the lion and Shere Khan the tiger have forged an unusually strong bond.

Considering that they would be mortal enemies if they ever were  to meet in the wild, it is stunning to see their unique and genuine  friendship in these intimate pictures.

Rescued eight years ago during a police drugs raid in Atlanta, Georgia, the three friends were only cubs at the time at barely two months  old.   


Jungle japes: Shere Khan the tiger, Leo the lion and Baloo the  bear all live together in a specially-built enclosure at Noah’s Ark Animal Rescue Centre, in Georgia, USA

They had been kept as status symbol pets by the drug barons. Delivered to the Noah’s Ark Animal Rescue Centre in Locust Grove, Georgia, the decision was made to keep the youngsters together, because of their budding rapport. ‘We could have separated them, but since they came as a kind of family, the zoo decided to keep them together,’ said Diane Smith, assistant  director of Noah’s Ark.

‘To our knowledge, this is the only place where you’ll find this
combination of animals together.’

Living with the zoo’s founders for the past eight years, Shere  Khan, Baloo and Leo have now moved to a purpose-built habitat where the US public can now witness first hand their touching  relationships.


Best friends: The three beasts have been kept together since they were rescued from drug barons when they were just two months  old.

‘We didn’t have the money to move them at first,’ said Diane.

‘Now their habitat is sorted and they have been moved away from the children’s zoo areas where the public couldn’t really get a good  look.

‘It is possible to see Baloo, who is a 1000lb bear, Shere Khan,  a 350lb

tiger and Leo, who is also 350lbs, messing around like  brothers.

‘They are totally oblivious to the fact that in any other circumstance

they would not be friends.’  

Handled by Charles and Jama Hedgecoth, the zoo’s owners and founders, the three friendly giants appear to have have no comprehension of  their animal differences.

‘Baloo and Shere Khan are very close,’ says  Diane.

‘That is because they rise early, and as Leo is a lion, he likes  to spend

most of the day sleeping.

‘It is wonderful and magical to see a giant American Black Bear  put his arm around a Bengal and then to see the tiger nuzzle up to the bear like a domestic cat.

‘When Leo wakes up the three of them mess around before they settle

down to some food.’


Larking about: Noah’s Ark owner Charles Hedgecoth enjoys a visit with Baloo and Shere Khan

Surprisingly for three apex predators with the power to kill  with a single bite or swipe of their paw, they are very relaxed around each other.

‘They eat, sleep and play together,’ said Jama.

‘As they treat each other as siblings they will lie on top of  each other

for heat and simply for affection.

‘At the moment they are getting used to their new habitat.

‘Shere Khan is being quite reticent about the move, but Baloo, the bear is very good at leading him on and making him feel comfortable and safe.’  

Explaining that the three ‘brothers’ have always seemed to share a unique bond, Charles said: ‘Noah’s Ark is their home and they could not possibly be separated from each other.

‘You just have to remember who you’re dealing with when you are with them though.

‘It’s when you forget that these fellows are wild animals that  you get yourself in trouble.’   The trio’s new habitat cost an estimated £15,000 and had to be constructed carefully, in order to accommodate its  occupants.

Jama said: ‘The clubhouse had to be very sturdy for the guys, because they all sleep in it together,’  She added: ‘We had to include a creek, because the tiger and the bear both like to be in water.’   


Close – the animals treat each other as siblings and even lie on top of each other to share warmth and affection.

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Leash On Life Program



After spending years watching the shelter system deteriorate, watching countless of beautiful pets die, a vision of what could be began to take shape.  Initially it was a dream.  Soon a blue print for implementation of this dream was in place. Finally a strategy for changes that would most significantly impact the inhumane conditions of these precious pets was arrived at.  Then, in 1997, New Leash On Life Animal Rescue was born, thanks to Bobby & Kelly Dorafshar.

Since its inception, New Leash On Life has been responsible for spaying and neutering thousands of pets, rescuing and placing over 3,000 dogs, providing free educational seminars at local shelters, setting shelter rescue priorities on “hard to place” animals requiring medical or special care, founding the P.E.T.’s program (Pet Educational Trainers) and co-founding Partners for Life which saved hundreds at the East Valley Animal Shelter. Finally in March of 2002, a lease was signed on thirteen acres in the Santa Clarita Valley for our E.R.A Center (Education, Rehabilitation andAdoption) which serves as a safe haven for many companion animals and a learning resource for children and adults facilitating New Leash On Life’s dream of making Los Angeles a no-kill city.

We’ve recently developed our Lend a Paw program, rescuing dogs from the shelter and training them as assistance and therapy dogs for people and children in need.  In addition to our Lend a Paw training program, we are implementing a training program for all of our rescues.  It is our goal to put each dog rescued from the shelter through an obedience training course prior to being placed for adoption.  A very select few may be chosen for Lend a Paw, while most will be adopted to loving families immediately.  By training each dog, the adoptive family has a better chance of developing a better bond and a permanent relationship.  In addition, our dogs get a lot of human attention from our training volunteers while they wait for their new home.

Click here to learn more about Lend a Paw.

Click here for more information about our training program.

Also, please visit our Pet Education area to learn more about the pet overpopulation problem and how you can help! 


E.R.A. CENTER ("The Ranch")
Since its inception, one of the primary goals of New Leash On Life was to establish a no-kill facility.  In 2002, we began development on our 13 acre property in Santa Clarita Valley.  Since the signing of our lease on the property for the E.R.A. Center, incalculable progress has been made.  We moved our offices to the beautiful facility located on the property and initiated remodeling, (enabling us to meet county codes) spent weeks clearing brush, planted fire retardant plants, constructed and landscaped a dog park, developed a memorial park, put up perimeter fencing, built kennels to house many homeless pets, set up an isolation trailer for moms and pups and dogs needing to be quarantined.  We even rescued numerous fowl and built an entirely enclosed bird sanctuary with waterfalls and streams.  In addition to that, our E.R.A. Center has also been used as an educational center for both adults and children.

We recently built indoor kennels so all of our rescues are comfortable no matter what the weather.  We have worked on building our new Lend a Paw program, rescuing dogs from the shelter and training them as Social/Therapy dogs for people with disabilities.  This program is in its beginning phases, but we already have numerous dogs who have passed their CGC (canine good citizen) test.  To learn more about Lend a Paw, click here.

Currently, the E.R.A. Center serves as our administrative offices and adoption center by appointment only.  At the moment, our current rescues enjoy romps in our private dog park, lounging poolside in our exercise yard or strolls around the Rose Garden and walkways.

Click here for a tour of our E.R.A. Center.

Click here to make a donation and help us reach our goal of assisting animals and people in need.

Looking for a trainer in the San Fernando, Simi or Conejo Valley areas??

Try Leash on Life Volunteer and Dog Trainer –

Ask for Marsha at

(818) 886-4PET (4738)
E-mail: care4yrpet@aol.com

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From a friend with family in China…



The earthquake was right in the area where giant pandas live. 

Most pandas in this area were rescued, particular attention was given to the babies, all the pandas were scared. The photos were taken right after earthquake and during rescue effort care. All the pandas were released back into the wild and it was noted that all of the bears stayed together.


People rescuing pandas 

Giving them milk-


After meal 

Look at these babies! 

Staying here maybe safer… 
Here is safe!

I don’t want a shot!






You scared me!






Just One More Pet

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Pet Dogs Meet Hot Dogs – Lowdown… Attend Major League Baseball Dog Days

Ellen Soohoo, Flickr

Welcome to Local Lowdown, where we give you ideas for hanging with your hound (and kitty!) in your home city. We’ll tell you about interesting local events, important activities, useful resources and other fun happenings all across the country.And feel free to help us do a better job by writing in with suggestions for local events near you.

Now that Major League Baseball season has officially begun, it’s time to get tickets to your local team’s Dog Day Game!

At these special events you and your pooch will sit in a designated section and can take part in all kinds of activities like pre-game parades around the field, costume contests, special treats and more. Even better, many ballparks donate a portion of ticket proceeds to local animal charities.
Get your seats now and make sure to order Dog Day tickets not General Admission ones so you can have access to the designated section and events. Also be certain that your dog is comfortable with noise and crowds so he enjoys the day.

We’ve included the dates for games in Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, Oakland, Miami, New York and San Francisco, If your team isn’t listed here, look for the games on your team’s promotions and giveaways schedule. Minor League teams often have Dog Day Games as well so check for those too.

MLB 2010 Dog Days Games

Atlanta Braves – Bark in the Park: May 2 vs. Houston and August 29 vs. Florida

Chicago White Sox – Dog Day: June 3 vs. Texas

Cincinnati Reds – Bark in the Park: May 26 vs. the Pirates and September 14 vs. the Diamondbacks

Florida Marlins – Bark at the Park: April 30 vs. Washington

Houston Astros – Dog Day: April 11 vs. Philadelphia

New York Mets – Bark in the Park: April 24 vs. Atlanta

Oakland Athletics – Dog Day: July 23 vs. Chicago White Sox

San Francisco Giants – Dog Days of Summer
: August 29 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

If your team and your area is not holding a doggie friend event, contact your local team or stadium and suggest they or volunteer to organize one.

Source: Paw Nation

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Save More Lives —Take the ASPCA $100K Challenge


Are you looking to make a real difference in the lives of animals? We’re searching for public and private shelter leaders and volunteers to take their town to the next level by vastly increasing pet adoptions in their community. To sweeten the deal, we’re launching a friendly competition to inspire innovation and showcase successful, life-saving programs.

Officially launched on April 8, the ASPCA $100K Challenge will award more than $125,000 in prizes, including a grand prize grant of $100,000! To qualify for the grand prize competition, shelters need to save a minimum of 300 more cats, dogs, kittens and puppies from August through October 2010, compared with the same three-month period in 2009. Beyond that, the winner will be the shelter that saves the most additional animals from August through October 2010. The ASPCA will also grant $25,000 to the shelter that most inspires and engages its community to get involved in promoting pet adoptions and reuniting lost animals with their pet parents. (And yes, the same shelter can win both big prizes!)

“Unique from our other grants that fund specific programs, the ASPCA $100K Challenge is a competition to inspire creative solutions for increasing pet adoptions and improving return-to-owner rates,” says ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres. “The Challenge will spark innovation and draw more community support to help shelters help animals.”

So hurry and register today or help us spread the word to your local animal welfare leaders! We’re accepting applications through June 30, but the Challenge is limited to 50 shelters. The official competition period is August 1 through October 31, and winners will be announced in early December 2010.

To read all Challenge rules or to enter your shelter to win for animals, please visit ASPCApro.org.

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Mission Viejo 16th Annual Walk and Pet Faire

Save the date for 16th Annual DAWG Walk & Pet Faire

Registration begins next month for the 16th Annual DAWG Walk & Pet Faire on Saturday, June 26 along the Village Green at Oso Viejo Community Park.

The City of Mission Viejo Animal Services Center and Dedicated Animal Welfare Group (DAWG) are hosting the fun-filled family event that includes an impressive display of K9 Athletes in Action, pet contests and pet and wildlife exhibits.

The event includes a pristine walk along the Oso Creek Trail and the Pet Faire, featuring local businesses, animal rescues, booths, entertainment, music, raffle prizes, refreshments and much more.
Dogs needing loving, new homes will be available for adoption.
Proceeds benefit the animals at the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center at 28095 Hillcrest.

Stay tuned to the City’s Mission Viejo Life blog for upcoming information about registration and the event, which is held at 24932 Veterans Way.

Information about DAWG is available at http://www.dawg.org. For more information, call 949-470-3045.

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