Oh come on! Owner surrenders 20-year-old spaniel to high kill shelter

On Monday, what has to have been a truly heartless owner, a 20-year-old spaniel was surrendered to the high kill Lancaster Animal Care Center in California. Oh come on! If only our own dogs could have been graced with such a long life, most of us would smile as we lovingly caressed them and fiercely protected them. A volunteer at the shelter told Arnold’s story:

“This poor 20 year old man was just surrendered by his family to LA county’s second highest kill shelter. 20 years old, and he’s now in an overcrowded animal shelter. Beyond heartbreaking. Please share him for rescue.

Hospice foster needed.”

#A5200758

“My name is ARNOLD and I’m an approximately 20 years old male cocker span. I am already neutered. I have been at the Lancaster Animal Care Center since July 16, 2018. I am available on July 16, 2018. You can visit me at my temporary home L722.”

According to Arnold’s description by the shelter, this sweet senior was turned in because he was “too old.” Please share this dog’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. A Facebook page for Arnold and rescue efforts can be followed here.

(Photo of Arnold the spaniel via shelter photo)

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Opus tried desperately to get back to his owner when surrendered to shelter

For nine years, Opus lived with his family, but on Sunday every dog’s worst nightmare became reality. Opus was surrendered to the Carson Animal Shelter because his family is expecting a baby. He knew something was happening, but how to explain to a loyal friend he is no longer wanted? Despite what his eyes perceived when his owner patted him on the head, swapped out his leash and collar for a rope and was being led away, Opus refused give up those last shreds of hope.

“You can see his heart break with confusion as he tries desperately to get back to his dad and stop what’s happening,” a volunteer videoing the sad situation posted on Saving Carson Shelter Dogs Facebook.

Watch this senior’s video as he is led away by the officer. His owner pats Opus on the head, and then he is gone.

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#A5200522 My name is OPUS and I’m an approximately 9 year old male St Bernard Rgh. I am not yet neutered. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 7/15. I will be available on 7/15. You can visit me at my temporary home at C331. My former family who owned me for had to give me up because they were having a baby. He is HOUSEBROKEN, HAS TO LIVE INSIDE, LOVES LITTLE DOGS and BIG DOGS, LOVES THE DOG PARK and going to PET STORES> GREAT WITH KIDS!!

St Bernard Rgh  AGE:9 years
Male  ARRIVED:7/15
AVAILABLE ON: 7/15
Carson Shelter – 310-523-9566
M-TH 12pm-7pm, F-SU- 10am-5pm
216 W Victoria St. Gardena, CA 90248

Share this dog’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. INTERESTED IN FOSTERING? If you’re in LA, OC, San Bernadino or Riverside County and would like to apply to foster a Carson pup, please visit CarsonFosters.com to complete the online foster application.

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Senior, at shelter that is ‘beyond full,’ urgently needs help

A senior dog has the misfortune of being held at a shelter which is described as “beyond full.” Nine-year-old “Papa Sawyer,” is in a Georgia animal shelter and his time is growing short.

An advocate gives Papa Sawyer a voice

“When I came to this shelter, I was infested with ticks  It had been a long time since human kindness had shone on me. They say that when life gets hard, it will toughen you up. And I guess it does. But that doesn’t mean it has to make you hard and mean. I can take whatever life throws at me, but I’ll never let it kill my joy and my trust in my two-legged and four-legged friends. The world may have been unkind to me, but I always look for those moments of light and love.”

Adding:

“I’m a sweet, gentle guy, and I share a kennel with another dog here, so I have that going for me, at least. If this is the end of my journey, that’s ok. I’ve seen a lot, not all of it good, but I got to know kindness.  I’ll keep dreaming of a world where all of us unwanted pups have a warm, loving place to live, no matter how old we are. Please show me that my life matters.”

Homeless senior dog’s known health issues

This aging pit bull is faced with health issues – he has heartworms and a lump on his paw. Anyone interested in helping this homeless old boy is asked to reach out via messenger to this Facebook page.

Please network on Sawyer’s behalf – the more people who see him, the better his odds are of living out the rest of his natural life.

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Starving and full of ticks, two shepherds wandered the streets for weeks

Two starving dogs – one just an eight-month-old puppy, covered in ticks, roamed the streets in San Bernardino, California for weeks. The shepherds dodged getting hit by vehicles in traffic, scavenged for food and searched out human companionship whenever anyone would approach either one. Sadly, no one stopped, until finally an unnamed hero, who had seen the dogs wandering in the area, sent animal advocate, Andrea Neyses the photos of the two beautiful young German shepherds in dire need of rescue.

“Someone did stop,” Andrea wrote on her Facebook page. “a hero who had seen these shepherds wandering too long sent me these pics and called animal control who picked up last night and the animal control truck was VERY full. Not everyone has room to take strays home, but we can all do something.”

So what can we do if we are not able to bring a lost, abandoned or injured dog into our home?

“Stop and call for help,” Andrea added. “Share these dogs so they go to good homes, donate to your local rescues and shelters. Visit shelter dogs. I take pics and visit them – no greater feeling than when I see how happy the animals are to see me.”

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Video #2 Check out how friendly she is in this short video.

 

For more information on these two dogs, email the San Bernardino City Animal Shelter rescue coordinator, Jennifer Van Ness at Vanness_je@sbcity.org. Reference the following identification numbers:

A516120  and A516107

Black shepherd Pet Harbor

“I am a female, black and white German Shepherd Dog. Shelter staff think I am about 8 months old. I have been at the shelter since Jul 12, 2018. If I am not claimed, after my stray holding period, I may be available for adoption on Jul 19, 2018.

Tan shepherd Pet Harbor

I am a female, tan and black German Shepherd Dog. I have been at the shelter since Jul 12, 2018. If I am not claimed, after my stray holding period, I may be available for adoption on Jul 19, 2018.

San Bernardino City Animal Shelter is located at 333 Chandler Place, San Bernardino, CA. They are closed on Sunday and Monday. Telephone: 909 384.1304.

Both dogs have been examined and treated by veterinarians. Follow their Facebook page here.

(Photos and videos of shepherds courtesy of Andrea Neyses)

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Potential adopters bypass beautiful senior dog as they clamor for puppies

A beautiful senior dog is sitting inside of a lonely kennel run waiting to be noticed. The 10-year-old dog, named Maryann, has been at the Los Angeles County Animal Control facility in Downey since April…but she is continually overlooked by potential adopters.

Why is this beautiful senior dog being missed?

Two days ago, an advocate for Maryann explained why she has been missed by potential adopters:

“Her kennel is right by puppies.
Every one flocks to the puppies not realizing Maryann is perfected and very much Puppy like but with the perfect dispostion.
She has a smile so bright.”

How you can help this deserving senior dog

You can help this deserving senior dog by networking this article, which contains her adoption information. People visiting the animal shelter may be missing Maryann, but you can help her be seen by thousands of people by networking to your social media sites (Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter). It just takes one person to save this old girl’s life – please help get her information to that person by taking two seconds to click “share.”

Petharbor link for Maryann here.

For more information about this animal, call:
Los Angeles County Animal Control – Downey at (562) 940-6898
Ask for information about animal ID number A5170365

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Update 7/12/18: Randall has been adopted!!

An old dog is sitting in a California animal shelter because his family didn’t want to “deal with him” when the fireworks were let off on the 4th of July. Randall, an eight-year-old English Mastiff, was taken to the Victor Valley Animal Protection League (VVAPL) in June – today, he is still waiting for someone to take him home.

More information about this old boy

Randall is a very big boy, weighing in at an impressive 150-pounds. Because of his size, the shelter staff wants a meet and greet with any other dogs who live in the household of potential adopters. Susanne Roy, the community outreach coordinator for VVAPL, tells the Pet Rescue Report:

He is a big sweetheart that just needs a big comfy bed and a family to love.

How you can help this surrendered senior dog

You have the power to help Randall – even if you do not live near him. Please share this article to your social networking sites (Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook) to help get Randall’s information in front of people who might want to adopt him.

Petfinder link for Randall here.

VVAPL Humane Society
21779 Zuni Road
Apple Valley, Ca. 92307
760-247-2102
vvapl62@yahoo.com

Video of Randall

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Beautiful old shepherd surrendered to shelter with no reason from family

Update 7/13/18: Rescued!

On June 22, a beautiful old shepherd was surrendered to a busy California animal shelter with no reason from his former family. According to United Hope for Animals, 10-year-old Oso appears to have been neglected at his prior home, but he is still social and enjoys spending time with other dogs and people.

Information about Oso

United Hope for Animals has provided a bit of insight into this handsome old boy’s personality:

Weighing 73 lbs, Oso will need grooming and loving care to look and feel his best. Despite showing signs of neglect and possibly spending most of his time in a backyard, he is well socialized and enjoys spending time with other people and dogs. He also seems to be endowed with a talent for showering volunteers with kisses! This sweet elderly gentleman minds his manners and walks great on leash, has a docile energy level and a mellow disposition.

How you can help this senior shepherd

Oso could use the help of strangers right now. You can lend him a hand by sharing this article to your social networking sites (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest). The more people who see Oso, the better his chances are of finding a loving home.

Petharbor link for Oso here.

For more information about this animal, call:
Los Angeles County Animal Control – Baldwin Park at (626) 962-3577
Ask for information about animal ID number A4790439

For more information on this pet, contact volunteer UHA adoption coordinator Viri at 626-318-2038 or vfloera@gmail.com.

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‘Handsome Dan’ one of last Vick’s Bad Newz kennel survivors passes away

“Handsome Dan” was compassionately put to sleep after suffering a debilitating stroke two weeks ago. As one of the 66 dogs, including fifty-one pit bull type breeds seized in April 2007 from Michael Vick’s Bad Newz kennels in Surry County, Virginia and taken to six different facilities and held as evidence, the plight of these dogs made national news.

Once evaluated, most of the dogs were never deemed aggressive, but only unsocialized and fearful.  One dog had been slated to be humanely euthanized because of health reasons, and  a small black female  so overbred, had been too aggressive to handle. Twenty-two dogs were assigned to Best Friends Sanctuary in Utah. The next largest group headed to BAD RAP in Oakland, California. The rest of the dogs went to different homes all around the country.

As for Handsome Dan, he was adopted in December 2009 by a family that has been inspired to create a pit bull rescue. On his Facebook page, the sad news about his death was posted early Saturday morning.

“By the time you are reading this, Dan will be gone. He suffered another stroke two weeks ago, this one worse than the last. By last week, he had stopped eating regularly and had lost weight and muscle mass, had no use of his back half of his body. When he was not sedated he was panting from stress, unable to settle. In his final days Dan was no longer responding to his human friends. He was defeated.”

And on Wednesday morning, surrounded by love, Handsome Dan died, but not before he had a perfect day.

“On his last day, Dan was allowed to drag himself around the house and yard (something he had wanted, but had been not allowed to do due to risk of further spinal injury), he went for a car ride, sat in the grass at the park he loved near his wooded trail, he ate three scrambled eggs, and settled softly on his spot on the couch. I sat with him, loving him with every cell in my body and every ounce of emotion in my soul, seeing it was time, sobbing, but knowing the best way to love him is to let him go. Dan left us peacefully on Wednesday afternoon.”

More than 300 dogs have been rescued because of Handsome Dan’s legacy. The farewell to him is included in its entirety below:

To My Dearest One,
Handsome, your presence in my life, the gift of your companionship, has been my privilege, my honor, an absolute blessing, every second. You have guided me, kept my heart safe. You have had a profound impact on how I chose to spend my time on this planet. In your name, over 300 dogs with medical/behavioral issues, and survivors of dogfighting, have found their place in this world which previously was a cold and lonely. Your needs guided me. Your spirit inspired me. You gave me purpose.
As you know, Handsome, I am not the strongest of humans. I feel things deeply, I break easily, and I generally choose a to spend my time quietly with you in our home. Thank you for being my One. Thank you for letting me snuggle you, for making me smile countless times. Thank you for the silliness that others rarely saw. Thank you for helping me be better for you, making me better for other dogs.
I will keep going. I promise. I pondered stepping away from rescue when this time came. Would I ever want to see another homeless dog? But I will, in your name the organization will continue. I will wipe my tears, walk back into shelters, find the most broken-down pathetic ones way in the back, smile, and remember you as I enter their cage. I will take you with me every step. Though I know the steps will be heavy and difficult. I will carry with me for the rest of time.
You have helped to change the landscape for dogs who suffered similar trauma. Thank you for the privilege of having been your person, and to sharing you though photos with the world, showing how far you have come from that initial dark place.
I hope I have done you justice, My Love. You have been more forgiving of our species than we could have ever been of yours. You trusted us when you had no reason to trust, when all that came before told you to run and hide. But you found courage, even if only inside of our fence, our home, with your small circle of friends.
I don’t know how tomorrow will look. I have no idea how to recover from this profound loss. What I know is that this is not about me, it’s about a you. So I will smile, hold you dear, continue to send you love to remind you what you have meant to me and my family.
Now I have let you go. You don’t need your body anymore, your work here is done. Be free from pain, and fear, and know I am forever grateful for every moment.
All My Love,
Mama
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Elsa left shaking at shelter after her family moved away

Elsa waits for her family to return. Sadly that will never happen because Elsa was surrendered when they moved. A volunteer shared her story and the reality of this dog’s heartbreak.

“When I first went into the kennels, she was on the other side … not coming to me … with her body shaking.”

Armed with treats of hot dogs, the volunteer sat with the frightened and confused dog on the other side of the kennel. Elsa didn’t leave.

“She just sat with me. She took treats very soft mouthed. She never barked once,” the volunteer said.

According to the dog’s previous owner, Elsa is fine with bigger dogs, but doesn’t do well with smaller dogs and cats. She is only four-years-old and is said to be good with children and suitable for a new pet owner. Sadly, this girl is very broken now, and is in a small shelter which is filling up quickly.

For more information, contact the City of Shasta Lake Animal Shelter located at 3025 Ashby Road, City of Shasta Lake, California. Call 530.275.7480.

 

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When seniors are abandoned: Can you help Abby?

Meet Abby; just one day after celebrating Independence Day, this sweet eight-year-old Labrador retriever hardly has any reason to celebrate. More than likely Abbey was picked up as a stray and is microchipped. Where is her family and why aren’t they looking for her? Abby quietly waits for them to return at the Inland Valley Humane Society in Pomona, California.

Her sadness shows in her demeanor; almost as if she has no hope.

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ABBY will be available on July 11 (3 weeks before rescues are able to pull her)

ABBY
Retriever Mix / Labrador Mix
Age (approximate): 8 years
Sex Female
Color TAN/WHT
Available on:
(Subject to change) Jul 11, 2018
Rescue Date:
(Subject to change) Aug 8, 2018
Control Number: #I1296749

Click here for Abby’s adoption listing.

Please contact the shelter for additional information and updates. Adoptions have to be made in person. Potential adopters have to bring their other dogs (if any) for a meet and greet. Do not ask for the dogs by names; make sure to reference their control number (#I1296749)

INLAND VALLEY HUMANE SOCIETY
POMONA CA 91767
909 623-9777
http://www.ivhsspca.org/

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