GTS Husky Rescue struggling to keep their doors open

When GTS Husky Rescue was founded in 2014, their goal and mission was to save arctic breed dogs from high kill shelters across the nation. Although specializing in these breeds, they have also taken in and helped others when space allows.

Located in Jupiter, Florida, GTS Husky Rescue is a 100% no-kill shelter strictly run by volunteers with no paid staff members.  All dogs stay either on the ranch or with a foster until they can be adopted. Those dogs that are deemed “unadoptable” due to behavior problems or medical issues, are either kept at the ranch or placed in long-term foster homes while they are rehabilitated.  According to the statement on their website, they are “dedicated to improving the lives of helpless dogs.”

Unfortunately, their dedication to fulfilling that statement has gotten them in to some dire financial straits; almost to the point where they may have to close their doors. This is due partially to having taken on so many dogs with extreme medical conditions and behavioral issues needing training that funding has become scarce. Because they are a 501©3, they strictly rely on donations.

Two of their rescue dogs in 2016 had been hit by cars; both needed extensive hip surgery and physical therapy.  One dog Corinna had to have cancer removed and required treatment for heartworm and a fungal infection.  Along with her physical ailments, Corinna is also terrified of people which required work with a behaviorist.  Sasha, another GTS Husky Rescue dog, came with severe food and toy aggression which also required training and work with a behaviorist. Thai, has had all her cancerous tumors removed, but also needs a trainer due to biting issues. All of these dogs came from high kill shelters, and all could not be adopted out because of these issues. If it weren’t for GTS Husky Rescue they would surely have been destroyed.

To end the 2016 year, GTS took on two more hard luck cases; Noel, a German Shepherd/Husky mix from Palm Beach County Animal Control who had a fractured pelvis and Jacob who has neurological issues.

Jacob, a two-year-old male Husky was at Miami Dade Animal Services (MDAS) who in turn called on GTS to rescue him. After his neuter surgery, it took him 24 hours to wake up, which is highly unusual. When he finally did wake up, his head was tilted and he could not walk straight. GTS contacted a neurologist for Jacob. The neurological exam proved to be inconclusive, so the next step is an MRI and a spinal tap. Unfortunately, when GTS was asked by MDAS to take Jacob, it was unbeknownst to them that he had any afflictions at all. Per MDAS, he was a healthy dog.   However, when reaching out to Jacob’s original owner, she confirmed he had been experiencing seizures which is why she turned him over to MDAS. She did not disclose this to MDAS.

GTS Husky Rescue is hoping Jacob can go on to be a healthy dog, but this is not a realistic hope unless he can be completely diagnosed and treated. All of this will be very costly.

Although GTS Rescue does not like to rescue beyond their means and capabilities, they have taken on two very expensive medical cases within a few weeks. They are committed to these dogs now, so they must stay the course until both dogs are completely well. Because GTS Husky Rescue has taken on so many hardship cases from all over the nation, their vet bill is enormous. They put out a plea for help so they can keep their doors open and continue to help homeless dogs, blind dogs, breeder dogs, hoarder dogs and even owner surrenders which many rescues do not take in.

The organization completely relies on donations to vet the dogs, upkeep the ranch, feed the dogs and maintain their vaccinations and medications. Since they opened in 2014, GTS Husky Rescue has saved the lives of 400 dogs that otherwise would have died because no one else wanted them.

(Photo courtesy of GTS Husky Rescue)

To donate to GTS Husky Rescue, or to view adoptable dogs, or for fostering and volunteering opportunities visit their website https://www.gtshuskyrescue.com/.

For an opportunity to donate only, visit their fundraiser here: https://www.gofundme.com/help-jacob-from-mdas-neurological.

 

 

 

 

 

Dog ‘Scarface’ who attacked woman over sweater euthanized

In Tampa, Florida, the dog that attacked a woman and her family as they tried to put a sweater over the dog’s head has been euthanized. Hillsborough County spokesperson, Kara Walker stated the dog named Scarface posed a high threat to the public. The dog also suffered several severe stab wounds around his neck and head inflicted by the woman’s son.dog-attacked-family-euthed-2

According to the Tampa Bay Times, the tragedy began on Friday in the Highland Pines neighborhood after the dog’s owner, Brenda Guerrero, 52, was attacked outside the home as she tried to put a sweater on the dog. As the woman’s husband ran to help his wife, the dog turned on him too. Then the couple’s 22-year-old son was attacked as he repeatedly stabbed the dog. The family were able to flee to safety.

Authorities used a taser and bean bag gun along with a tranquilizer weapon to subdue the dog. The family were taken to the hospital after suffering from serious dog bites.

Scarface did not have a history of aggression. Sadly, we will doubtfully ever know the full story, and it was a tragic story for both a family and their once beloved dog. Rest in peace Scarface.

Photos via screenshots by AbcNews.

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Terrified Quarter hides in rear of his kennel wrapped in his red blanket

Quarter is a terrified little pup who has been moved to the back of Carson Animal Shelter where few would be adopters ever visit. On December 19, the five-year-old Chihuahua was surrendered to the shelter. A volunteer had tears in her eyes as she watched Quarter’s heart break:

“Sweet Quarter was very attached to his mom and when he was surrendered today he became very fearful when they did his intake. He is now in the medical building, and he needs help fast to find a home for the holidays…”

Click here his Pet Harbor listing. “My name is Quarter and I am described as a male, brown and white Chihuahua – Smooth Coated. The shelter thinks I am about 5 years old. I have been at the shelter since Dec 19, 2016.” For more information about this animal, call Los Angeles County Animal Control – Carson at (310) 523-9566. Ask for information about animal ID number A502031. A Facebook page can be followed here as advocates share his tragic plight with rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts.  A foster family could save his life.

According to shelter notes, Quarter seems to be good with children, but it is unknown how he does with other pets. He is not house trained nor has he been taught to walk on a leash. He will need obedience training. No matter how attached Quarter may have been to his owner, it is disappointing to realize there was little time spent helping this terrified pup become a good canine citizen.

(Photo of terrified Quarter courtesy of Saving Carson Shelter Dogs)

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Check out this dog’s short video. Who can blame this tiny little guy from being scared and nervous with all the noise, strangers and everything familiar gone?

When their owner passed away, not one family member offered any help

In Valencia County, New Mexico, three dogs may soon breathe their last: this desperate situation was certainly not their fault when their owner passed away. For over a month, the emaciated black Labrador retriever along with two shepherds had been left alone in a home. There was no food or water. It was hoped family members would have stepped forward to save them. No one ever offered.valenica-county-homeless-pets-2

Sadly the dogs have experienced trauma; making all three very fearful and therefore aggressive. Staff and volunteer have reported the dogs bark and growl when anyone approaches their kennels, and although they can not be adopted out to the public, it is hoped an experienced rescue organization will volunteer to help.

A Facebook page can be followed here. Advocates have been pledging funds payable to an approved rescue to help with medical and behavioral expenses. All three of the dogs were emaciated. Now they need a holiday miracle to step in and give them a second chance at life and happiness. Please share their plights with family members, friends and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives, and these dogs deserve better than what they have been experiencing at the most stressful time of their lives.valenica-county-homeless-pets-3

For more information, about the tan German shepherd mix listed as eight-years-old, refer to ID33627. For information about the black Labrador retriever mix estimated to be nine years old, refer to ID33625. For information about the black and brown four-year-old German shepherd mix, refer to ID33626.

The deadline for these dogs is Friday.  For more information how you can help, contact the Valencia County Homeless Pets or contact the Valencia County Animal Shelter located at 1209 Hwy 314 Los Lunas, New Mexico 87031. Please contact them at 505-866-2479 if you are interested helping these dogs.

(Photos of dogs when their owner passed away via Valencia County Homeless Pets)

 

 

Rescue emergency: Life has not been kind to Alfred

Just a year-and-a-half of age, Alfred has not had a kind life. Found wandering the streets of Miami in search of scraps of food, Animal Control brought him to Miami-Dade Animal Services where staff veterinarians helped to soothe the gentle dog’s pain. Did this kind-hearted dog have to fight out on the streets just to survive, or did someone use him as a bait dog to train fighting dogs? Although no one will ever know for sure, Alfred’s short life has been a struggle. According to his medical intake notes, the American bulldog has extensive injuries:

“Pet presents for an evaluation of an injury – quiet, alert, responsive and euhydrated… he has multiple punctures, lacerations, scars and wounds in various stages of healing around the neck, head and ears. The wounds are infected and draining pus… Wounds were cleaned and treated with chlorohexidene. Administered Rimadyl..” alfred-the-dog

A PetHarbor link for Alfred can be found here. “I am an unaltered male, brown and white American Bulldog. The shelter staff think I am about 1 year and 6 months old. I have been at the shelter since Dec 17, 2016.” For more information about this animal, call Miami-Dade Animal Services at (305) 884-1101
Ask for information about animal ID number A1838625. A Facebook page with Urgent Dogs of Miami  can be followed here. Advocates have been pledging funds to help with the dog’s medical expenses which will be turned over to an approved rescue organization. Please share this dog’s plight with friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

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(Photos of Alfred courtesy of Urgent Dogs of Miami)

Notice how sweet he is in the short video:

Abandoned on street, Rotti too scared to move as he cries in his kennel

Bruce used to be someone’s friend, someone’s partner and someone’s companion. The Rottweiler was found abandoned on a street in Miami and brought to  Miami-Dade Animal Services. The staff and volunteers were brought to tears as Bruce needed help to return to his kennel cage; he just didn’t want to stand up and walk.  Craving attention from anyone close by, he has been described as very loving and very friendly – sadly he seems to have given up. While in his kennel he cries, as if hoping his family will hear his plea and rescue him. Perhaps there just ought to be stricter laws protecting dogs against such emotional abuse?bruce-the-florida-dog

Click here for Bruce’s Pet Harbor listing. “I am an unaltered male, black and brown Rottweiler. The shelter staff think I am about 6 years old. I have been at the shelter since Dec 14, 2016.” For more information about this animal, call Miami-Dade Animal Services at (305) 884-1101. Ask for information about animal ID number A1837765.

“Bruce is very sick and lethargic and as you can see, he’s too ill to even walk on his own. This poor angel was picked up as a stray and who knows how much he suffered on the streets to end up this way? He most likely had a family and like many dogs in Miami, ended up on the streets, discarded, abandoned and unwanted,” has been posted on the Urgent Dogs of Miami Facebook hoping to find a rescue organization to help.

A volunteer told his story on Saturday:bruce-the-florida-dog-2

“Rottie angel in need will die tomorrow because he has given up !
Shelter sent out a plea for his life !!!
He is very sweet .. and sleeps long hours dreaming that his family will take him home .. he howls in seeking attention !!!
He loves belly rubs .. he’s very sweet.
Volunteer favorite !!!
Let’s share him far and wide !!!”

Share Bruce’s plight with approved rescue organizations, family, friends and social media contacts. This dog will be euthanized on Monday if a rescue isn’t procured. Advocates have been pledging funds to help with his medical needs. More information can be found on his Facebook page. We are his only hope. Sharing saves lives.

(Photos and video of Rotti abandoned on street courtesy of Urgent Dogs of Miami)

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Puppy stands and watches all day from shelter kennel cage

Tagg is just a puppy, listed as no more than 10-months of age. For most of the day, the anxious puppy stands on his hind feet – front paws resting on the steel bars of his cage watching everyone pass by.

“Maybe someone will stop and pet me? Maybe someone will let me out of here so I can play?”

Yet, the San Bernardino City Animal Shelter is so crowded and sadly doesn’t have enough volunteers to attend to all of the dogs in need, Tagg has to wait, and wait he does. Click here for Tagg’s Facebook page as volunteers and advocates share his story. A shelter volunteer posted the following about this very friendly puppy:

“Tagg waits all day like this watching the door waiting for someone to see him. Ironic the first kennel you see is his as you enter shelter , just another gray Pit?? Sad.”

A puppy with a full life ahead of him may never see his first birthday. Share Tagg’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. Tagg’s future depends on his friends – every life is worth saving. For more information about Tagg, contact the San Bernardino City Animal Shelter is located at 333 Chandler Place, San Bernardino, California. Closed Sunday and Monday.  Telephone: (909) 384-1304. Reference #A499446.

(Photo of puppy stands via Maria Sanchez and Save SBC Shelter Pups)

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Why aren’t I loved? Heartbroken dog gives up

Mocha is a ten-year-old Chow Chow who has just given up. The heartbroken dog lies in her kennel at the Carson Animal Care Center and barely moves to acknowledge anyone walking by her cage. Her eyes look down onto her paws, her demeanor barely recognizable as a dog wishing for a future. Mocha has given up.mocha-the-chow-2

Click here for Mocha’s Pet Harbor listing. A5012686. “My name is Mocha and I am described as a female, brown Chow Chow. The shelter thinks I am about 10 years old. I have been at the shelter since Nov 17, 2016.” For more information about this animal, call Los Angeles County Animal Control – Carson at (310) 523-9566. A Facebook page can be found for Mocha here.

From Mocha’s matted and dirty coat, her life most likely was not an easy one. On Thursday, her family surrendered her to the shelter telling the staff they could no longer to care for her. This senior is a special needs pooch and demonstrates having problems with balance and walking. There has been interest in helping her, but a foster home is needed to assist. Mocha will need followup veterinary care, and a friend who will scratch her gently and assure her that finally she is loved. More information is available here. Share Mocha’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

Please help Mocha find that miracle she needs.

(Photo of heartbroken dog via Saving Carson Dogs)

Senior abandoned at high kill shelter with his toys

Update: Adopted!

An eight-year-old Rottweiler stares through the bars of his kennel waiting for his family to return. Sadly, they have no intentions of coming back for Brock. The handsome senior was abandoned at Miami-Dade Animal Services on Tuesday; no reason was provided. Try to explain all of this to a very depressed senior abandoned at a high kill shelter; now all he has left of his past life are his toys left behind with him.brockie-cover

Click here for Brock’s Pet Harbor adoption listing. A1828423 “I am an unaltered male, black and brown Rottweiler. The shelter staff think I am about 8 years old. I have been at the shelter since Nov 08, 2016.” For more information about this animal, call Miami-Dade Animal Services at (305) 884-1101. A Facebook page for Brock can be found here. What a sad testament to an entire life of loyalty for Brock. He just doesn’t understand.

Share Brock’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. For more information, contact:

Miami Dade Animal Services
3599 NW 79th Ave
Doral Fl 33166
(305) 884-1101 or 311
Opens daily

(Photos of senior abandoned via Pet Harbor and isabel Jaraba)

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Bria is safe: Weeks passed at shelter after her owner was arrested

Bria is safe, but that wasn’t always always the case. The extremely friendly and well-taken care of dog found herself locked in a kennel at the Carson Animal Care Center in California on October 5. Her owner had been arrested, and no friends or relatives stepped up to help the five-year-old pit bull.

For weeks, Bria waited – she was so lonely, and her time was running out, but Bria was to become one of the lucky pit bulls to be rescued. She had captured a couple’s attention, and would be required to undergo a temperament test before the shelter would allow her to be adopted. And that becomes the message of Bria’s successful and heartfelt rescue. As her plight was shared over and over, Bria’s silent prayers were answered. On November 9, Bria was moved to the “safe album.”

Do you think Bria knew that her time had finally arrived and now she had a new family? Check out her exit video, and please remember to share the stories we post with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts.

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Check out the freedom walk. Happy life Bria: