Heartbreaking plea to help German shepherd ‘Raquel’ with arthritis

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In an urgent message on social media, a plea to help  Raquel, an eight-year-old  German shepherd find her way into the arms of an approved rescue organization in Miami, Florida, is quickly garnering attention from animal advocates. According to notes posted by Facebook advocacy group, Urgent Dogs of Miami,  Raquel has severe arthritis, yet despite the pain veterinarians state she must be feeling, anyone who has met her sings her praises as to her sweet disposition with no signs of aggression.jani-bradford

Carried in on a sling, after having been found as a stray, Raquel is reported to have been adopted from Miami-Dade Animal Services Pet Adoption and Protection Center years ago. And now, at a time where she needs her family the most, the heartbreaking situation begs for a call to action:jani-bradford-3

 “This precious senior girl named RAQUEL, A1069118 arrived at the shelter yesterday and had to be carried in a blanket hammock because she is unable to walk due to arthritis. We don’t have any information on where or how this baby was found, but judging from her low ID number, she was adopted from the shelter as a pup and now finds herself back here again. There is nothing more heart- wrenching than a senior who ends up at a kill shelter when he or she needs their family the most. This poor girl should be curled up in a comfy bed being loved by her family, not fighting for her life in a crowded shelter.”

Follow Raquel’s Pet Harbor listing here. (A1069118) I am a spayed female black brindle German Shepherd Dog. The shelter staff think I am about 8 years old and I weigh 54 pounds. I was found as a stray and I may be available for adoption on 01/07/2017. A Facebook page to follow this dog’s plight can be found by clicking here. Initial veterinary reports indicate Raquel’s heart, eyes, ears and general health are within normal range. If her owner does not show up, she will need immediate rescue.

Share Raquel’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

(Photos and video of Raquel by Urgent Dogs of Miami and Jani Bradford)

Check out her intake video.


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  1. Can’t walk but found as a stray…..translation: POS family dumped her. I currently have 2 senior Yellow Labs, both older than this dog. Yesterday, I spent $1,525 on ultrasounds, x-rays, blood tests, medicine, etc. for both dogs and you know what? I’ll do it again if they need it. I hope someone can help this sweet baby. She deserves it.

  2. What a beautiful baby, I hope she finds a loving home very soon – what a lovely disposition too, and incredible given the pain she is reported to be in. Love and prayers to you Raquel ❤️


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