6 best animal stories of 2015 in Saskatchewan

Stories that will melt your heart.

From Orphan Annie the puppy, to Phoenix the bald eagle, here are some of our best animal stories

The response people have to CBC animal stories is incredible. They're some of the most shared stories that receive the most comments. They make people feel great, so it's definitely worth visiting some of these again. 

Here's a list of the six best animal stories of 2015. 

1) Orphan Annie

Orphaned pup joins litter of 8

6 years ago
A puppy found abandoned is being cared for in a foster home where a dog just had a litter. 0:15

Look at the video, and you can see one puppy looks a bit different than the others. Orphan Annie was abandoned, but joined this litter of eight. The mother had no problem caring for her. 

2) Regina Cat Rescue names kittens after party leaders

Justin, Tom, Stephen and Elizabeth are the Politicats. (Sabrina Millis/Regina Cat Rescue)

2015 was an important year with a federal election, and extremely cute cats. Check out the story about how these cats became named Justin, Tom, Stephen and Elizabeth. 

3) Two black bear cubs rescued by Sask. wildlife group 

June (on the right) and her adopted sister enjoyed each other's company. They are orphaned black bears at a wildlife rehabilitation facility in Dorintosh, Sask. (Mark Dallyn )

The wildlife rescue group said these two cubs have quite the little attitudes. The orphaned bears will be raised, then released into the wild. 

4) Cat missing in Saskatchewan returned to Quebec family months later

Shelby Hallborg, a former gas station attendant from Chaplin, Sask., brought Cricket to the Moose Jaw Humane Society. (Moose Jaw Humane Society/Facebook)

The cat came back, not the very next day, but three months later

5) Sask. researchers praise dogs for healing, therapeutic abilities

According to St. John Ambulance's website, the program started in June, 1992, as a pilot program in Peterborough, Ont. Today nearly 3,000 therapy dog teams reach thousands annually. (Stephanie vanKampen/CBC)

It's the news dog lovers likely knew all along -- regular visits with a therapy dog may improve your mental health and well-being.  

6) Phoenix the bald eagle rises again at Sask. wildlife rehab

The bald eagle survived a tangle with a snare trap. He was named Phoenix because Cheryl Winkler says, "An animal that survives something like that shouldn't be alive."


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