May 13, 2009 04:02 PM

These stories are worth a click:

* An Illinois cancer patient lost his home to a fire, but was thrilled that his two cats, who alert him to seizure symptoms, survived. – Catster

* When Rufus the dog passed away, Jasper the mixed breed and Gus the cat seemed sad. Were they grieving? An animal behaviorist says it’s possible. – USA Today

* Kentucky mudslides flattened the Pike County Animal Shelter, but workers pulled all 100 animals from the wreckage. The rescuers were thrilled the public stepped up to foster many and even adopted 15. –

* The North Shore Animal League just got a special shipment: more than 200 dogs that were used as breeders in puppy mills and faced certain death. Now they’ll get adopted into new homes. – Dogster

* Lots of people think about vacationing with dogs, but what about the cat? –

* The Winding Road Horse Equine Rescue & Retirement in Kansas teaches school groups about horses and horse rescue (leaving out discussion of slaughter), then lets kids get their hands on the horses by letting them fingerpaint on the animals. – Emporia Gazette

* A bus took 129 oiled African penguins, who are vulnerable to extinction, on a 19-hour ride from Namibia to the South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds for cleaning and rehabilitation. They’ll be released in South Africa, but will probably swim back to Namibia. – IFAW

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