Heartbroken child pens note to shelter as family dog surrendered

A spiral notebook filled with pages and pages of instructions addressed to the new owner of his dog named Rhino Lightning, written by a heartbroken child, after his dog was surrendered to a shelter ended with,

“Please tell Rhino that I love and miss him every night.”Rhino Lightning letter 1

Just one week ago, the three-year-old adorable brindle Boxer was surrendered to the Humane Society of Utah. The family had adopted the sweet dog six months ago, but the energetic pooch proved too rambunctious for the family with several small children and would unintentionally knock them down while playing. Maybe he wasn’t the best fit for the family, but nevertheless one young child was so saddened he wanted to make sure the dog’s new family knew all about him; and in a good way:

“Hi, if you are reading this you must own Rino now. He was my puppy. I really hope he is in a good inviorment. (sic) I really miss him. I wish he new (sic) that he was a preaty (sic) puppy…Please tell my ‘striped dream’ that love him and miss him every night.

Also included were the child’s observations about Rhino slobbering, loving cuddles as well as loving to sleep under the blankets. The child warned the dog’s new family not to give him tennis balls because he chews them up, doesn’t like the snow and in the summer is not a fan of swimming. Also Rhino doesn’t like cats, but he is “honestly just adorable.”Rhino Lightning letters

The Humane Society of Utah is looking for a new home for Rhino. Because he is a lively guy, children in the home should be at least eight-years-old. (Fill out an adoption application, if you’d like to be considered.)  According to the shelter, Rhino is a bit nervous in his kennel, but does fine when he is outside and able to romp around. He is house-trained and has a special liking for peanut butter.

On the organization’s Facebook page on Sunday, Rhino was scheduled to have a “meet and greet” with an interested family, but on Monday morning, his adoption photo stating he is still available for a lucky family remains on the website.  (updated at 10:55 p.m.) Please share Rhino’s story with friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

(Photo of Rhino described by heartbroken child courtesy of Humane Society of Utah.)

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Bonded shepherds taken in at shelter – nobody has come forward for them

Several weeks ago, two bonded shepherds, dubbed “Luke,” and “Leia,” were taken in at the Victor Valley Animal Protective League Humane Society in Apple Valley, California. The dogs are beautiful, and friendly, but nobody has come forward to claim them as their own.

According to a volunteer who photographs dogs at the animal shelter facility, Luke and Leia adore being near one another (neither are fixed and there is speculation that they may have been a breeding pair), but Leia becomes very stressed if she is separated from her friend.Bonded shepherds

Luke and Leia have no idea why they are locked away behind bars – right now, they could use the help of strangers. Please share the adoption information for these beautiful German shepherds. Luke and Leia are located in kennel C-17. It is believed that Luke is approximately four to six years of age and Leia is three to five years of age.

VVAPL Humane Society
Phone: 760-247-2102
Email: vvapl62@yahoo.com

(Photos via Susanna Roy)

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First used to breed: Then tortured as bait dog just to be thrown away

A seven-year-old American bulldog has never been treated with love or respect. First used to breed puppies to sell for a profit and when she no longer could produce litter after litter, she was forced into another victimizing role; Jessy became a bait dog. The scars on her face, her body and her legs bear the reminders of the misery she endured.Jessy cover

And then she was thrown away; no identification tags, no microchip and no one ever came looking for her. Brought to the Miami-Dade Animal Services Pet Adoption and Protection Center on February 1, Jessy is in need of a home or a foster family. A shelter volunteer offers the following observation:

“She is so gentle and wants to be loved so badly. She comes and sits with you hoping that you will scratch her all over. After being so abused, you would think she hates people, but she wants the attention of her very own human. She shouldn’t be so abused at her age.”

Sadly, Jessy is giving up on life. In her shelter cage, she barely lifts her head when anyone passes by. A Facebook page following her plight can be found here or here. Animal advocates have been pledging funds to help with veterinarian and other expenses to an approved rescue organization. Share this girl’s story with friends, family and social media contacts. Make sure to reference A1848583.Jessy 2

Contact: Pets@miamidade.gov with identification number to check: availability/status/request medical records. New location: 3599 NW 79th Avenue, Doral, Florida 33166. For information on transportation contact Steve Nash at (954) 774-0934 (by text or phone call); don’t allow a little distance stop you from saving Jessy.
(Photos of Jessy, the American bulldog used to breed and be bait dog courtesy of Urgent Dogs of Miami.)
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Pregnant pit bull left abandoned in hospital parking lot

Just before the 2016 Thanksgiving holidays,  a small black and white pregnant pit bull was abandoned in a hospital parking lot in Stockton, California. The poor dog was emaciated, and full of worms and fleas. The dog was picked up and placed in a boarding facility where she sat for three weeks, not knowing what her fate would be. Due to no interest from Northern California rescue organizations, the dog was going to be sent to a nearby animal shelter which may have resulted in her being put down due to the high intake of pit bulls.  A Good Samaritan, however intervened, and the dog was sent to Portland, Oregon into the care of Animal Coalition Unlimited.  There the dog was given the name “Pee Dee” in memory of Petey the pit bull who lit up the screen alongside of those famous “Little Rascals.”

When Pee Dee was taken to the Lake Grove Vet Clinic for her intake evaluation, it was discovered that she was five weeks pregnant.  Unfortunately, this put Animal Coalition Unlimited into an unexpected situation. They were prepared to take in and care for one dog, not multiple puppies. However, they refused to abort the unborn puppies for their own convenience. The first goal was to get Pee Dee healthy enough to give birth.  She had been totally neglected and emaciated, weighing in at a mere 36 pounds.   The veterinarian at Lake Grove Vet was extremely helpful and supportive in getting her the necessary nutrients to get her to a healthy weight to deliver her puppies.  An ultrasound detected seven puppies but on December 22, 2016 Pee Dee delivered 10 very healthy puppies.

Animal Coalition Unlimited, founded by and run by volunteers in 2014, takes a very unique approach to animal rescue and adoptions. For one, they do not charge any adoption fees.  However, they have certain stipulations for potential adopters under their Foster to Adopt Program. This method confirms the potential adopter can take care of the dogs and meet all of their future medical needs. Basically, the new owner gets to foster their pet for a period of time before officially adopting them. This ensures it is a good fit for both the person and the pet. This is in the best interest of the dog, because it gives the dog a better chance of being adopted by a good family without putting too much pressure on the adopters from the get go. They thoroughly interview and screen all applicants and follow this up with a home visit. With this program, Animal Coalition Unlimited can monitor the ongoing progress of the dogs, for approximately a six-month trial period. Their success rate with this program is very high.

Pee Dee’s puppies are the first in puppy adoptions for Animal Coalition Unlimited.  They will start accepting applications after the puppies have had their first series of puppy vaccines at eight-weeks old.   Although Animal Coalition Unlimited does not take any adoption fees for the puppies, the adopter will be required to deposit the spay/neuter surgery cost at the Lake Grove Vet Clinic prior to taking the puppies home when they reach 12 weeks old.

The rescue is seeking sponsorships from pet food manufacturers, vet clinics, and individual sponsors.  Pee Dee’s story recently caught the attention of a leading pet food company in Canada; PetCurean  has taken on Pee Dee and her puppies as their featured pets. The puppies have been getting the best nutrition possible to ensure they are healthy, playful and ready to become someone’s pet companion.

If you would like to give one of these puppies a new home or you would like more information on becoming a sponsor, please send requests to:

AnimalCoalitionUnlimited@gmail.com.

(Photo for article about pregnant pit bull courtesy of Animal Coalition Unlimited.)

If you cannot adopt but want to help this mama dog with her puppies, you can visit their wish list at:

https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/BC9NYTKIOVL2

For updates on Pee Dee and her pups visit the facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/AnimalCoalitionUnlimited.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Villalobos Rescue Center steps up to help 39 pit bulls sentenced to death

In a landslide of emails and media attention, the Villalobos Rescue Center, founded by Tia Torres of Pit Bulls and Parolees, announced Wednesday on social media they were stepping up to help the pit bulls in the St. Landry Parish shelter who had been marked to be euthanized. Just days ago, the Louisiana shelter  stated the dogs described as “unwanted,”  had no interest:

“Starting Wednesday February 15…we will sadly have to euthanize 39 pit and pit type dogs. They have not been claimed…they are unwanted. They are every color..Every size. The one thing they have in common…The word PIT. Each dog has been posted ….Each dog is unique …(PLEASE keep your negative comments to yourself …we are trying to save these dogs …With this post…your negative comments DO NOT HELP) SLPAC Opelousas La 337-948-6184,” had been posted on their Facebook page.

Unfortunately the dogs – many of them suffering from neglect and abuse with medical and behavioral issues are not permitted to be adopted by the public, but rather need approved rescue organizations to take them. Tia clearly states the Villalobos Rescue Center is not taking in the dogs, but has offered their help:

“We are NOT taking in the 39 Pit Bulls so I want that to be clear. So these dogs STILL NEED YOUR HELP. We have our own small rural shelter to take care of in Assumption Parish. But we do want to help St. Landry Parish Animal Control & Rescue find the responsible and legit Pit Bull rescues as well as helping set up some temporary facilities so that they can hold these dogs longer.”

Tia’s message continued:

“I will be going out to the St. Landry Parish Animal Control & Rescue later this week to meet with the kind folks there and discuss a good game plan. But in the interim, those of you who have plastered our FB pages, bombarded us with emails and phone calls….now’s YOUR chance to help us to help them. If you are a rescue group that is able to take on the responsibility of even one of these Pit Bulls, feel free to email us at: info@vrcpitbull.com. We are going to help with transportation and possibly medical expenses (we’re working on that now).”

Please note that Tia strongly urges animal advocates, readers and dog lovers to hold off on the negativity towards the plight of the dogs at the St. Landry Parish shelter. It is help that is needed for these dogs at this time, and everyone is needed to help save the dogs. Please everyone – we all have opinions, but these dogs have no one except all of us. Tia is standing up to help – the least we can all do is join in and make this a better world for 39 lives who need us more than anything now. If you can help, please email  info@vrcpitbull.com.

Photo courtesy of St. Landry Parish Animal Shelter.

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Ailing senior dog locked away in busy animal control

An ailing senior dog, suffering from a number of maladies, is locked away in a kennel run at a busy California animal control. The 10-year-old dog, named “Screwball,” is being held at the Los Angeles County Animal Control – Baldwin Park, agency.

Screwball has been at the animal control facility since January 6 – he is sick and he needs to be spoiled and pampered as he recuperates from his health problems, not surrounded by the stressful, loud barks and cries from other distressed dogs inside of the busy building.

On February 11, a woman who volunteers her time photographing the homeless dogs at this shelter wrote a post for Facebook on this dog’s behalf:

Screwball is a sweet 10 yr old neutered male black/brown Terrier mix who was confiscated from his owner on 1/26/17 (along with Mitzy – A4538826 – next photo). available 2/9/17. He has a bad case of dermatitis, infected eyes and seems to have a bad case of kennel cough 🙁 He’s very affectionate and deserves a soft bed to land in ASAP.

Mitzy, Screwball’s canine friend, is also in need of help. Mitzy is a 12-year-old shepherd mix who was seized from her owner along with Screwball – Mitzy’s Petharbor ID number is A4538826.Mitzy, 12-year-old shepherd mix

It is apparent that Mitzy and Screwball have been dealt a difficult hand – life has not been easy – life has not been kind. Please share their adoption information and help them find the help that they desperately need and deserve.

Petharbor link for Screwball here. Los Angeles County Animal Control – Baldwin Park at (626) 962-3577/Ask for information about animal ID number A3581464

Mitzy/Petharbor ID number is A4538826

Facebook thread here.

(Photo via Pat Gregoire/Facebook)

 

Injured dogs just meet and find solace in each other at vet office

Two injured dogs became immediate friends and found comfort in each other at a veterinarian’s office in New York City at their very first meeting. Rescuers had never seen two dogs who had endured such neglect and agony respond to one another with such apparent love and comfort.

“They ran into each other at the vet and they would not leave one another’s side. The purity and innocence that live in these two is commendable. They made it…and now they have each other. Little Valentine’s body is still sore and raw but he is coming along; the pain medication is working and he is in way better spirits,” Second Chance Rescue NYC Dogs posted on their Facebook page Wednesday morning updating advocates about the condition of two dogs dubbed Valentine and Moose.  Valentine and Moose

It started with the rescue of  five-year-old Moose late last week who was saved from a high-kill rural shelter that does not allow photos or videos enabling advocates to help these dogs find homes. With Moose’s tragic plight, volunteers were notified that his kennel mate attacked him while eating. Moose did not bite back or even growl; he sat there and took it. As he was being led through the shelter, a pregnant dog lunged and growled at him, and he only offered her his belly.

“He may look rough but he is as gentle and kind as they get, therapy dog type. Clearly a loser once cropped his ears so badly and as a result he has a raging skin ear infection, imagine someone taking scissors to your velvety floppy ears. He has really bad sores, an infection on his bum, he is covered in fleas, has an eye and skin infection.”Valentine and Moose 2

Once he arrived at the vet, he was diagnosed with a severe skin condition, an out of control ear infection and  polyps all over his body, especially on his back end. His toe nails are infected, and he was covered in flea residue. Most disturbing was that most of his teeth were totally rotted out which is uncommon for his young age; he will require surgery for this.  Described as a “low rider pit,” Moose who has a solid disposition despite all he has endured. He is described as an “absolute joy and honor to be around, truly an easy going guy.” Moose will be moving to a foster home for care and will be back and forth at the vet for treatment. Please note three more dogs were rescued that day from that same shelter.

And then came the  rescue of a 10-week-old puppy on Monday. When the organization posted his heartbreaking photo, it appeared as if the defenseless little pup’s face had been shredding away. He had been found wandering the streets in horrific condition, and for days he sat at a high-kill shelter and was scheduled to be euthanized. The rescue organization immediately put out a plea for help:Valentine the puppy

“It sounds like he has some kind of respiratory condition (unfortunately most dogs in the shelter end up with these respiratory infections). He has something that looks like a burn on his face, but may be some kind of severe mange or severe skin infection. His stomach is also raw and has the same bloodied scabs all over it. It looks like the skin was peeled away from his belly. He cries out in pain when anyone tries to touch him. We won’t know exactly what is going on until we are able get him to a vet. We cannot imagine the pain and discomfort he must be in. Please help us pull Sweet Valentine. We would like to save Valentine today and offer his the medical support he needs to get through this.”

And now the two injured dogs have met and their compassion to each other gives all of us a moment to pause and reflect how absolutely perfect is the description that dogs are our best friends – and not only to humans, but to each other in the most crucial times of their lives. If you would like to donate to Moose and Valentine, please click here. If you would like to get them a little gift for their temporary stay in foster care, you may do so at https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/ref=cm_wl_edit_brc…

(Photos of injured dogs find comfort in each other courtesy of Second Chance Rescue NYC.)

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Little stray found wearing his sweater but where is his family?

The curly white stray dog came from somewhere, but no one has arrived at the Carson Animal Care Center to claim little Billy. The unkempt poodle showed up in his tartan sweater, and everyone hoped his family would be searching for him by calling all the local shelters and visiting animal rescue websites anxious to be reunited. Since February 9, 12-year-old Billy had been waiting at the front of his cage. The moment he heard noise or movement – he quickly rushed to the front hoping; wishing his family had finally arrived. Sadly all of that recently changed; too many disappointments, and now Billy barely looks up when someone approaches his kennel cage. The sadness and utter despair shows in his tiny face and in those deep brown eyes.

Click here for Billy’s Pet Harbor listing.  “My name is Billy and I am described as a male, white Poodle – Miniature. The shelter thinks I am about 12 years old. I have been at the shelter since Feb 09, 2017.” For more information about this dog, call the Los Angeles County Animal Control – Carson at (310) 523-9566. Ask for information about animal ID number A5032277.  It is unknown if Billy’s owner died, and he was just dropped off at the shelter or even if his owner may be elderly and doesn’t know how to make use of the Internet to find her lost dog.

A Facebook page for Billy can be followed here.  Sadly, there hasn’t been much attention or interest for Billy, and senior dogs rarely have a line at the door to adopt them. Please share Billy’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. Won’t you help?

For further information, contact the Carson Shelter located at 216 Victoria Street, Gardena, California. Phone: 310.523.9566.

(Photo of stray Billy at Carson Shelter courtesy of Saving Carson Dogs)

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Update: Shih Tzu dubbed ‘Lego’ just wants to dance and kiss

In a disturbing case of animal cruelty, authorities are still trying to locate the owners of a neglected Shih Tzu found wandering the streets in Freemansburg, Pennsylvania last Tuesday. According to the rescue organization, Because of a Dog, it wasn’t long before shelter staff noticed the extremely matted and filthy pooch, dubbed Lego, was not able to defecate – no matter how hard she tried. Initially the staff thought the dog might have had a tumor or severe matting blocking her rectum.Lego on Monday 2

The Chief of Police at Freemansburg contacted Because of a Dog, founder Selena Anstead for help; together they tried to figure out what was going on with the tiny dog’s rectal area. When Selena saw a mat almost the size of her fist, the Chief authorized her to transport the dog to the vet.

“Well, in that matting they found a few legos.  Yes, legos….the little plastic building blocks,” Selena explained. ”Now an x-ray is needed. And ultrasound. This little girl had more legos in her rectum! They had to sedate her to do a short procedure to remove the legos. All together there were about 6-7 legos. This little girl can’t weigh more than 5 lbs! She is emaciated. Thankfully there is no prolapse. However, her rectum is extremely inflamed and sore. We have no idea how long she was like this, but this is not something that occurred over the course of a few days – not for how badly that was matted.”Lego the dog 3

After the procedure, the dog was transferred to Peaceable Kingdom in Whitehall where she is recuperating. Selena was glad to report that the veterinary expenses of $658 have been raised, and the funds will be paid to the vet for Lego’s emergency care procedures. Some advocates have been very critical that the little pup was named Lego; stating it was not appropriate…

“The shelter named her. It wasn’t meant to be cruel. With everything that they see on a daily basis they have to have an outlet – it’s a name, nothing more, nothing less,” Selena explained.

On a bright note, Lego is eating, drinking and going to the bathroom. As the rescue forwarded the latest photos of Lego to the Pet Rescue Report today, she had this to add:

“The shelter sent me new pics. It was hard for her to get Lego to sit still long enough as she wants to keep dancing and kissing! She will make a family very happy!”

Donations and information about adoptions can be sent to Peaceable Kingdom by clicking here.  This organization helps most of the medical strays from the Bethlehem area. They could use the help.

(Photos of Lego courtesy of Because of a Dog.)

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Rainbow Animal Rescue stages massive rescue from Robeson County Animal Shelter

In the United States alone, millions of dogs and cats enter animal shelters every year. More than 50% of the animals in these shelters are euthanized due to overcrowding and lack of fosters or adoptive homes.  Playful, healthy, good-natured dogs, cats, kittens and puppies are put down at a frightening rate simply because no one wants them. Although some shelters have adopted the no-kill model, we have miles to go before we can achieve the status of a No Kill Nation.

Over $2 billion is spent annually by local government offices to shelter and ultimately destroy 8-10 million adoptable dogs and cats. Robeson County Animal Control, located in St. Pauls, North Carolina, has one of the highest kill rates in the nation.  They have recently had a higher influx of animals due to the recent devastation brought about by Hurricane Mathew.

Rainbow Animal Rescue located in Halifax, NC did a massive rescue from Robeson in January 2017. All told, they rescued 72 dogs in the month of January; 30 were from Robeson. They went in planning to pull only 15 dogs, but when they arrived they saw so many animals desperate to be saved that they pulled 30+ dogs and puppies between January 11th and January 17th. Rainbow Animal Rescue is a 501 (c) 3 no-kill rescue based in North Eastern North Carolina. Their mission is to help as many unwanted, abandoned and mistreated animals in North Carolina and the surrounding areas as possible.  All pets rescued are either fostered in a home environment or housed at the new Animal Rescue and Adoption Center based in North Eastern NC, until they find a suitable home.   They take animals from the county dog pounds such as Halilfax County Animal Control as well as from private pet owners who can no longer care for them.

Sadly, and unexpectedly all the dogs rescued from Robeson suffered from Parvo, respiratory illness or were HW positive. Rainbow Animal Rescue knew the risk when taking on so many dogs from Robeson, but they could not turn them away. Of the adult dogs rescued, half were heartworm positive and have started their first phase of treatment. Those that were heartworm negative have found placement.   One of the senior dogs, named Vince, unfortunately cannot be treated with a fast kill method as he would only have a 50-60% survival rate. He must be treated with a slow kill method.

The veterinarians are working round the clock using the best methods available such as Cerenia,  metronidazole, Theraflu and probiotics to treat the various ailments the different dogs are suffering. All of the medical expenses have wiped out the emergency savings account for Rainbow Animal Rescue. Due to this financial setback, they have limited funds which lessens their ability to help other shelter dogs.   Please help Rainbow Animal Rescue care for the sickly dogs they have taken the responsibility of saving and assist them with their continued rescue efforts.

Visit their website at rainbowanimalrescue.org.

Donations can be paid via Paypal at halifaxrescueangels@yahoo.com or called in directly to Williamston Vet Hospital by calling 252-792-3000. Some of the dogs and puppies rescued have succumbed to their illnesses. According to a representative from Rainbow Animal Rescue it is a painful decision to let them pass. The only consolation is the puppies experienced loving arms when taking their last breaths; the truly bittersweet side of rescue.