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When Pets Become Heroes

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The stories of Digger, the hound mix; Peaches, the boxer/shepherd mix; and Inky the cat are truly amazing.

These three pets, all rescued from shelters, returned the favor by saving the lives of their owners, or in Digger's case, a neighbor.

Stories about the heroic acts of adopted pets are far from unique. All you have to do is Google the phrase 'dog saves owner' or 'cat saves owner' to see just how many pets have come to the rescue of human family members.

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When USA TODAY Pet Talk columnist Sharon L. Peters asked Pet Smart Charities to contact the hundreds of rescue groups on its e-mail list and send her examples of animals that, once adopted, turned into family or neighborhood heroes, more than 200 responded.

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