Welcome to a new feature on The Philly Dog! Come On Get Happy will put a smile on your face by sharing happy stories from Philadelphia’s animal world.

This week, we’re taking a look at some of the unexpected, generous, amazing things people do for animals in need.

In case you didn’t know, March 1st is National Peanut Butter Lovers Day, and since peanut butter is one of a shelter dog’s most favorite things in the world, ACCT Philly is holding a special adoption promotion offering half off adoption fees for anyone who donates a new, unopened jar of peanut butter to the shelter today. Well, guess who showed up to shower the dogs with some ooey gooey love? The owners of peanut butter café PB and U – who just happen to be parents to an ACCT Philly pup themselves! Not only did the adorable couple treat the dogs to some gourmet nutter butter, but they’ve given ACCT alum Mabel a home sweet home.

Last Friday, Pennsylvania SPCA Humane Law Enforcement officers worked through the night to save the lives of 28 German Shepherds who were neglected and living in filth in Delaware County. A rescue operation involving so many large-breed dogs is a huge undertaking, and the officers worked tirelessly until every animal was safe. SPCA medical staff treated all of the dogs removed, including a puppy and a pregnant female, and provided them with much-needed comfort and care. The German Shepherds are all now cleared for adoption! Animal rescue is not a glamorous job; it can be emotionally and physically exhausting (not to mention smelly), yet the officers and veterinary team show up every day committed to saving lives – and that is pretty awesome!

PA State Senator Larry Farnese Jr. is sponsoring Senate Bill 510 to ban live pigeon shoots – more specifically, the use of live birds or animals in “trap and block” shoots. During these events, shooters aim at pigeons launched randomly from boxes with the goal of downing the most birds within a ring for prizes and money. This legislation will finally make these mass pigeon shoots illegal. Kudos to Senator Farnese for standing up for animals and working to put an end to this kind of senseless suffering.

This handsome boy named Turk was surrendered to ACCT Philly because his owners no longer had time for him. Unfortunately, he did not do well in the kennels, despite being a sweet and well-mannered boy overall, and his future became uncertain. Last-minute pleas went out on Facebook for foster parent volunteers or adopters to come save his life, but sadly, no one seemed to be able to step forward to save him. That is, until his owners, who had a change of heart, came back to the shelter to take their boy back home! Second chances are a beautiful thing, and Turk’s parents must be pretty special to come back and give it another shot. Here’s hoping they live happily ever after!

Earlier this week, a little pittie with no name and severely deformed legs was waiting at ACCT Philly, hoping for someone to give her a chance despite her special needs. Animals who come into a high volume shelter needing specialist care or surgery depend on the kindness and hard work of rescues to pull them to safety and coordinate their care. With so many animals in need, and resources always stretched thin, finding a rescue partner who is able to take a special case is always a tall order. The amazing people at Street Tails Animal Rescue stepped up to give her the medical attention she deserves. Thanks to their kindness (and the generosity of their donors!), the little black and white dog will get a new name, an appointment with an orthopedic specialist and eventually a brand new family to love her!

Happy Friday, readers.