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Ricky Gervais’s Tweet Saves 650 Starving And Abused Dogs

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Once in a blue moon, a celebrity’s Facebook post or tweet can bring tangible real-life results, and that’s exactly what Ricky Gervais did when his tweet helped save the lives of hundreds of dogs at a rescue shelter in Romania.

When one shelter in Odai, Romania received 650 dogs, it was clear that it would not be able to cope with the load. The UK-based K9 Angels rescue agency decided to help out by starting an online fundraiser. They raised some money, but nothing close to the 30,000 needed to provide the dogs with their most basic needs and to help treat their diseases. And that’s when Gervais stepped in. After he retweeted the fundraising campaign, donations skyrocketed, and the campaign is now less than 4,000 short of meeting its goal. His actions are no surprise, as Gervais has a long track record of animal welfare activism.

More info: Twitter | youcaring.com | Facebook (h/t: thedodo)

Odai shelter received 650 dogs that were in desperate need of help

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They were sick, hungry and cold

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Some of them were on the brink of death

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The shelter had only one staff member to take care of them and not enough food or bedding

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K9 Angels started trying to raise £30,000, but the fundraiser wasn’t going very well…

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Image credits: K-9 Angels

…until famous comedian Ricky Gervais stepped in

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Image credits: Shutterstock

His tweet asked his followers to donate to the shelter and spread their plea for help

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Now, the shelter dogs are getting the food they need

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K9 Angels volunteers have traveled to Romania to help out, and the shelter is considering adding a staff member

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Their future is uncertain, but for now, these dogs will be provided for

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What Politics Looks Like When You Delete Men From The Photos

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Elle UK recently published a video showing how few women are in powerful positions around the world. The video is part of Elle’s greater #MoreWomen campaign, and was produced by Alex Holder and Alyssa Boni from RSA films. To make the film, pictures of political gatherings were Photoshopped to remove all men, leaving eerily empty rooms with only a few women.

“The story of how women in positions of strength continually support and empower each other is consistently ignored while the myth that we pit ourselves against each other perpetuates,” reads the #MoreWomen campaign page on Elle. “We want to change this narrative in our feminism issue and create a more positive conversation – to reflect the power of women, and to support and grow each other as we push for global equality.”

More info: Elle UK | rsafilms.com

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Watch their video below:

Perspectives Pop Culture

What Politics Looks Like When You Delete Men From The Photos

Published by:

Elle UK recently published a video showing how few women are in powerful positions around the world. The video is part of Elle’s greater #MoreWomen campaign, and was produced by Alex Holder and Alyssa Boni from RSA films. To make the film, pictures of political gatherings were Photoshopped to remove all men, leaving eerily empty rooms with only a few women.

“The story of how women in positions of strength continually support and empower each other is consistently ignored while the myth that we pit ourselves against each other perpetuates,” reads the #MoreWomen campaign page on Elle. “We want to change this narrative in our feminism issue and create a more positive conversation – to reflect the power of women, and to support and grow each other as we push for global equality.”

More info: Elle UK | rsafilms.com

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Watch their video below:

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Woman Captures Every Stage Of Her Mastectomy In Creative Photo Series

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Aniela McGuinness, a 32-year-old actress from Hollywood, Florida, decided to deal with her breast cancer with a photoshoot. Titled “My Breast Choice,” McGuinness photographed herself as Rosie the Riveter prior to her operation and the Bride of Frankenstein after. She learned she had cancer just three days before a planned appointment to schedule a preventative mastectomy; McGuinness had lost her mother to ovarian cancer on July 5th, 2013.

This project explores “the impact Breast Cancer, a double mastectomy, and chemo can have on a woman’s body & soul and uses humor & honesty to go beyond just surviving,” explains McGuinness. “Mainly, I needed something to focus on while I went through this, a place to release my creativity and feel useful. My Breast Choice gave me that.”

More info: mybreastchoiceshow.com | Blast’em Photography | FacebookInstagram (h/t: demilkedcosmo)

“Have you ever googled mastectomy before and after photos? It’s a heartbreaking array of faceless women’s maimed breasts under florescent lighting”

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“Before removing my breasts I wanted photographic evidence of what they looked like, but I didn’t want mug shots of attempted murders”

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The uncensored photo is available on McGuinness’ website

This photo was taken after the mastectomy and a week before Halloween

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“I wanted a photo that captured how I felt”

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McGuinness felt plastic while having her expanders in and her hair had not yet regrown, so she did the Mannequin shoot

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“I decided not to get my nipples reconstructed or tattooed because I enjoy the jokes and freedom I get from not having them”

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“I wanted to change the images that women saw of mastectomies”

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“No more Before and After photos. I wanted them to see the Evolution, the Life, and the HUMOR in this dark situation”

Perspectives Pop Culture

Woman Captures Every Stage Of Her Mastectomy In Creative Photo Series

Published by:

Aniela McGuinness, a 32-year-old actress from Hollywood, Florida, decided to deal with her breast cancer with a photoshoot. Titled “My Breast Choice,” McGuinness photographed herself as Rosie the Riveter prior to her operation and the Bride of Frankenstein after. She learned she had cancer just three days before a planned appointment to schedule a preventative mastectomy; McGuinness had lost her mother to ovarian cancer on July 5th, 2013.

This project explores “the impact Breast Cancer, a double mastectomy, and chemo can have on a woman’s body & soul and uses humor & honesty to go beyond just surviving,” explains McGuinness. “Mainly, I needed something to focus on while I went through this, a place to release my creativity and feel useful. My Breast Choice gave me that.”

More info: mybreastchoiceshow.com | Blast’em Photography | FacebookInstagram (h/t: demilkedcosmo)

“Have you ever googled mastectomy before and after photos? It’s a heartbreaking array of faceless women’s maimed breasts under florescent lighting”

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“Before removing my breasts I wanted photographic evidence of what they looked like, but I didn’t want mug shots of attempted murders”

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The uncensored photo is available on McGuinness’ website

This photo was taken after the mastectomy and a week before Halloween

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“I wanted a photo that captured how I felt”

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McGuinness felt plastic while having her expanders in and her hair had not yet regrown, so she did the Mannequin shoot

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“I decided not to get my nipples reconstructed or tattooed because I enjoy the jokes and freedom I get from not having them”

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“I wanted to change the images that women saw of mastectomies”

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“No more Before and After photos. I wanted them to see the Evolution, the Life, and the HUMOR in this dark situation”