There's no doubt our furry companions are some of the most faithful friends we'll ever find. Animals have been known to protect people they've only known for hours, much less several years. Once they decide that a person is part of their family, they're willing to do pretty much anything to keep them safe. Like these pets who we salute to for literally rescuing humans from great danger and saving their lives.
The cat that saved her boy from a dog attack
Tara went viral in 2014 after a heroic rescue of her boy was captured on CCTV. When her owner's young son was attacked by a dog on his trike, Tara leaped into action, driving the dog off. June 3 is now known as Tara the Cat Day.
The dog that led a rescue team to a 3-year-old toddler
The Siberian taiga is a brutal and unforgiving place of negative temperatures and wild animals. But in 2014, a 3-year-old named Karina managed to survive 12 days alone there, all because of her loyal dog. The dog spent more than a week by her side, then returned home to alert a rescue team.
The cat that saved a family from dying in their sleep
A Wisconsin couple woke in the wee hours to the sound of pounding on the door only to find their cat Gracie was frantically trying to get into their room. They then realized they felt sick, dizzy, and could barely breathe. Authorities found deadly levels of carbon monoxide leaking through their home.
The cat that alerted neighbors to an emergency
He may have had a goofy name, but Slinky Malinki, a cat in London, is a real hero. In 2014, his owner had a terrible reaction to medication and collapsed, clinging to life for several days in her home. Slinky spent days trying to get out of the house and finally managed to alert a neighbor by tapping on their window.
The cockatiel that sounded a fire alarm
Dylan the cockatiel was home with his owner Andrew, who had worked three consecutive shifts at his job. Exhausted, Andrew drifted off to sleep when Dylan began squawking and screaming. He awoke to find a fire had erupted beneath his house but was able to get out safely thanks to the bird.
The blind dog that rescued a girl from drowning
Norman, a blind Labrador retriever, loved running on the beach with his owner. But one day, he heard a little girl screaming for help from the water. Even though he couldn't see, Norman immediately leaped into the waves and guided her back to shore.
The dog that howled for help
A Michigan man named Bob slipped in the thick winter snow, breaking his neck. Although he yelled for help, no one heard. Eventually, he lost his voice from screaming. His dog Kelsey stayed with him for 20 hours and howled until help came.
The cat that saved an abandoned newborn
In the winter of 2014, residents of a Russian town were stunned to hear a newborn crying in an alleyway. They discovered a baby boy abandoned in a box in the freezing temperatures. He was saved by a local stray named Masha, who snuggled on top of him to keep him warm.
The dog that stopped a suicide
A 13-year-old girl in China was planning on ending her life by jumping from the roof of her family's building. But her dog Roman wasn't having it. He tugged on her shirt repeatedly to get her away from the edge of the roof and eventually pulled her away to safety.
The parrot that saved her owner from an attacker
Most parrots don't get to play in the park with their owners but Wunsy the parrot did. As the bird and its owner were spending time outdoors together in London, the owner was attacked by an assailant. Immediately, the parrot flew into his face, screaming and scratching, until he ran.
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