Senior Gibson looked awful at the shelter when he showed up as a stray

Gibson looked terrible when he showed up as a stray, and what a neglected life the nine-year-old Shih Tzu must have had in his past. Now he has a chance at a new life – while he may be a senior, it certainly doesn’t mean he can’t enjoy his golden years. Staff members at the Carson Animal Shelter shaved this precious little guy to make him more comfortable; the matting and the knots pulled against his tender skin. Oh, how that must have hurt.

Click here for Gibson’s Pet Harbor listing. “I am described as a neutered male, white Shih Tzu. The shelter thinks I am about 9 years old. I have been at the shelter since Mar 23, 2017.” For more information about this animal, call Los Angeles County Animal Control – Carson at (310) 523-9566. Ask for information about animal ID number A5043654. A Facebook page for this dog can be followed here and here.

Check out Gibson’s brief video. Who can resist this little one who is depending on all of us to help him? His photo has been shared more than 2,500 times, yet no one has yet to come to his rescue. Please notify approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media. Sharing saves lives.

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




‘Just junkyard dogs’: Owner never bothered to leave their names

In Lancaster, California, a heartless owner arrived at the shelter on Thursday morning dragging a pair of seniors behind him he called “just junkyard dogs.” And to make the frightening ordeal even worse for the two pooches, the owner couldn’t even find it in his heart to leave the dogs’ names with the shelter. Tragically, the dogs were split up and then placed in separate kennels. Who can even imagine their sadness and confusion?

The ten-year-old  Labrador retriever mix and her eight-year-old brindle pit bull  cross have both been scheduled to be euthanized on Monday. The Labrador retriever can be released immediately if adopted; the pit bull mix will be required to pass a temperament evaluation before being released. Rescue volunteer, Sal Valdepena interacted with the dogs at the Lancaster Animal Care Center on Saturday morning:

“Surrendered as a “junkyard dog” completely terrified of the human hand, yet this beautiful girl loves human attention and affection. She warmed up quickly as I petted her; she wasn’t sure how to react. She was so happy running like a little old lady and getting sun on her beautiful frosted face. It breaks me inside knowing she’s euthanasia listed. I hope she felt love and happiness. I won’t give up until the last second. I love you Maggie, and I write this sitting on the floor of the shelter bawling my eyes out. You didn’t deserve the kind of life you had. I’ll keep fighting angel. I love you so much. Please share Maggie; she’s set for euthanasia without ever knowing love isn’t suppose to hurt.” Follow this dog’s plight here as her story is shared with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media.

Click here for Maggie’s adoption listing. A5041578 “I don’t have a name yet and I’m an approximately 10 year old female Labrador retr.  I am already spayed.  I have been at the Lancaster Animal Care Center since March 16, 2017.  I am available on March 16, 2017.  You can visit me at my temporary home at L429.”

And then there is her bonded brother. His life apparently had never been happy, and then he was dumped by his owner after years of abuse and neglect. Although he was also frightened when first touched, all he wanted was some kindness and an affectionate scratch or two behind his ears. Click here for his  senior adoption listing.  A5041572 “I don’t have a name yet and I’m an approximately 8 year old male pit bull.  I am already neutered.  I have been at the Lancaster Animal Care Center since March 16, 2017.  I am available on March 16, 2017.  You can visit me at my temporary home at L420.” 

A composite Facebook page for both dogs can be followed here.

Antje Stobbe “They are both fixed, there is no reason they should have been separated! and NO info was gathered on either of these poor seniors; their chances of getting adopted is virtually zero!”

The dogs remain at Lancaster Animal Care Center located at 5210 W. Ave I in Lancaster, California. Phone: 661.940.4191.

Photos and video of junkyard dogs courtesy of Sal Valdepena and Antje Stobbe.

(Please note the kennel reference number for the male may be incorrect. Please check with volunteers for corrections. All they have left is us. Please share their stories and help them find a safe home.

“Junkyard dogs” video:

Update on Hank: Dog holding his toy facing death at NYC shelter

It was a photo of a happy pooch named Hank, wagging his tail and carrying a favorite stuffed toy in his mouth, at the Brooklyn Care Center for New York Animal Care that attracted the attention of thousands and thousands of animal advocates. Following the dog’s viral photo came the question – “Could life be anymore innocent?” Sadly, the answer was sobering; Hank had been facing humane euthanasia on Wednesday afternoon.

After two days of nail biting pleas and thousands of “shares” on social media, Friday evening, however was one for celebration. Hank safely left the building. Not long after the pup happily padded out the front door of the shelter, Animal Care Centers of New York City posted the smiling pup’s photo with his new mom:

“Check out Hank! He’s spending his first night with his new family. Many thanks to Sav-a-Bull for making this wonderful connection!”

It wasn’t long before volunteer Julie Carner posted the good news on the dog’s Facebook page. Many thanks to all of the advocates who shared his story. Many thanks to everyone for caring about a dog, who because of his misunderstood breed and prejudice, always deserved a chance to be loved and cherished. And many thanks to the staff at Animal Care Centers of New York City who worked very quietly behind the scenes to help a dog in need. 




Check out Hank’s freedom video courtesy of Animal Care Centers of New York City:

Brokenhearted 16-year-old Parson Rat terrier surrendered to shelter

Mandy is 16-years-old and is truly brokenhearted. The adorable Parson Rat terrier lies in her little bed at the Carson Animal Care Center staring at the wall; the senior seems to know she has been abandoned, and as she quietly shivers in fear, perhaps she wonders what she did wrong. Just watching Mandy’s short video, one can sense her confusion and the unmistakable depression already setting in.

Mandy was surrendered to the shelter on March 21. Her intake notes reflect the following comments:

“My former family who owned me for more than 5 years had to give me up because But they said that I spend most of my time indoors. I seem to be good with small children. I am house trained. I am good on a leash. I may need obedience class. I seem to get along well with dogs.”

Check here for Mandy’s Pet Harbor listing. “My name is Mandy and I am described as a spayed female, white Parson (Jack) Russell Terrier mix. The shelter thinks I am about 16 years old. I have been at the shelter since Mar 21, 2017.” For more information about this animal, call Los Angeles County Animal Control – Carson at (310) 523-9566. Ask for information about animal ID number A3444795. A Facebook page to follow this senior’s plight can be found by clicking here.

Share Mandy’s plight with approved rescue organizations, family, friends and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives, and every life counts. Senior dogs have more difficulty finding homes, but age truly doesn’t matter in return for having a best friend who promises never to reveal one’s most hidden secrets. Instead – Mandy is ready to be loved once again and could be just waiting for you. Please help.

Carson Shelter, Gardena, California
216 Victoria Street, Gardena, California
310.523.9566. Interested in fostering? If you are in LA, OC, SB, or Riverside County and can foster this dog, please take a moment to email ASAP to request an application. It would save their life!

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(Photos of Parson Rat terrier courtesy of Saving Carson Dogs)

Check out Mandy’s video:


Innocence of a dog and his stuffed toy as he faces death row in hours

The reality of the happy pooch named Hank is he faces euthanasia at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday in New York City. His favorite past time is lying in the playground at the Brooklyn Care Center for New York Animal Care and watching everything that is happening around him. Hank loves carrying around his stuffed toy. Could life be anymore innocent? Everyone who has interacted with Hank sings his praises:

Volunteer says Rachel Bennett: “I have spent time with Hank and he has the grumpy dog look down pat. But he’s really such a sweet, happy boy who loves treats and attention. He seems very house trained and according to his notes does better with female dogs or should be the only dog in the home.”

Another volunteer writes: “He loves back scratches, and being spoken to and responds happily to the smallest attentions. Hank seems house trained and knows the commands “sit” and “give paw” and will eagerly do both for a treat. Hank is such a character it’s hard not to fall in love with him.”

A Facebook page for this sweet dog can be followed here. “My name is HANK. My Animal ID # is A1106247. Brooklyn Center, NY. I am a neutered male black and white pit bull, 12 months old, Weight 53, weight Average.” Please share Hank’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Dogs listed on “death row” only have a few hours to be rescued. An additional Facebook page can be followed here which includes his complete evaluation.

Publicly adoptable dogs can be reserved via if you can get to the NYC ACC “in person” within 48 hours to complete the adoption process and bring home your dog. More information can be found at the link. Shelter contact information:
Phone number (212) 788-4000

Brooklyn Shelter: 2336 Linden Boulevard Brooklyn, NY 11208

(Photo of Hank carrying around his stuffed toy via Julie Carner)


Make sure to watch his video. You will fall in love:

Badly injured dog escapes death row thanks to Good Samaritan

When a four-year-old Shepherd/Husky mix named Mason arrived at the San Antonio Animal Care Services, he was in bad shape medically and on death row.  He had wounds all over his head and on two of his legs. One back leg was possibly fractured. To further add to his misery, he had live maggots in his flesh. The shelter’s first inclination was to amputate his leg. Sadly, Mason has been through the shelter system more than once. There is a record that he was adopted previously from the San Antonio shelter.

San Antonio resident and animal rescuer, Cheri Kliewer heard of Mason’s plight, so she immediately put out a plea on Facebook for help in saving him.  Cheri has been instrumental in saving many of the death row dogs from the San Antonio shelter. Cheri’s first goal was to prevent Mason’s leg from being amputated if possible. She was given special permission by the shelter to take him to the Callaghan Road Hospital. There Mason was x-rayed, evaluated and cleaned up.  After his appointment, he had to go back to death row.  He was placed on the urgent list which meant he could be killed at any time.   His last available day was 03/10/17.

When Cheri went back to the shelter a few days later, Mason’s leg looked worse – with the bones in his foot showing.  The shelter was adamant about amputating the leg.  The only way Mason and his leg could be saved was for Cheri to pull him immediately, although there was no foster available. But Cheri was not going to give up on Mason. She collected donations so she could pull him and get him into boarding at the Callaghan Hospital where he could receive ongoing care for his leg. The vet determined Mason was going to be fine medically and did not have any broken bones as originally thought.  His leg could be saved by keeping it clean and changing the dressing daily.  It was determined that his injuries were caused by being attacked by a dog or multiple dogs.

Despite all his medical issues, Mason is heartworm negative.  He is also very friendly with other dogs.  Cheri currently has him in boarding at Callaghan Road Hospital, but is desperately seeking a rescue, foster or adopter for him. According to Cheri, Mason has been on his own for a while so he will need plenty of TLC. He is a curious boy who loves giving kisses.

If it wasn’t for a Good Samaritan not giving up on him, Mason would not only have had his leg amputated, but possibly also been euthanized due to his time at the shelter expiring. Cheri Kliewer fought very hard to save Mason’s life and his leg. Now she needs help. Please share Mason for a rescue, foster or adopter.  If you cannot foster or adopt please consider donating to Mason’s medical/boarding fund.

There is an account set up for him at Callaghan Road Hospital under the name Cheri Kliewer. Donations can be called in to 210-647-1101 or via the following direct Paypal link






Seniors bond to comfort each other in a final bid of love

How tragic that these seniors were brought into the Lancaster Animal Shelter in California when they needed their families most. The unlikely pair weren’t brought in together, but this 11-year-old Labrador retriever and 16-year-old French poodle have created a senior bond. These pretty girls need someone to help them, and although they haven’t been bonded for any length of time, wouldn’t it be wonderful to see them adopted together?

Click here for the adoption listing for the poodle. “I don’t have a name yet and I’m an approximately 16 years, 5 month old female poodle min. I am already spayed. I have been at the Lancaster Animal Care Center since February 28, 2017. I will be available on March 10, 2017. You can visit me at my temporary home at L325. Animal ID: #A1188931.”

Click here for the adoption listing for the Labrador retriever. “I don’t have a name yet and I’m an approximately 11 years, 6 month old female labrador retr. I am already spayed. I have been at the Lancaster Animal Care Center since March 2, 2017. I will be available on March 13, 2017. You can visit me at my temporary home at L325. Animal ID: #A3437577.”

Their Facebook page can be followed by clicking here. Please share their plights with approved rescue organizations, family, friends and social media contacts. There has been no interest in either of the dogs. We must not let this happen. Sharing saves lives. Advocates have been pledging funds to help with expenses payable to an approved rescue organization. Please don’t let their last photo read – “nobody came.”

(Photos of seniors bond courtesy Sal Valdepena)

For more information on adopting, fostering or volunteering, contact the Lancaster Animal Care Center located at 5210 W. Ave. I, Lancaster, California. Phone: 661.940.4191.

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Dumped on side of road unable to use her hind legs, pup keeps ‘smiling’

In Rialto, California, Charlie’s family dumped her on the side of the road. Who does that? It’s not like Charlie wandered off – the 12-year-old senior dog is unable to use her back legs. And so she was brought to the San Bernardino County Animal Shelter where volunteers have fallen in love with the pup who keeps smiling. Charlie at SBC 2

After having been examined by the vet staff at the shelter, the following notes have been posted:

 “The boxer has a spinal injury that caused the paralysis of the back legs. She is not in pain at all, and is a very happy and friendly boy. She does not need surgery, but  will need a home that can accommodate her special needs.”

A Facebook page for Charlie can be followed here. Advocates have been pledging funds for an approved rescue to help with Charlie’s needs. Please share this dog’s plight with friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing does save lives. For more information about this dog, reference #A502065 and contact the:

San Bernardino City Animal Shelter located at 333 Chandler Place, San Bernardino, California.
Closed Sunday and Monday
Telephone: (909) 384-1304

Photos of smiling Charlie courtesy of Urgent Pups of San Bernardino

Check out Charlie’s video:

Dog ‘lost in desert’ owners rejected: Tippy’s not looking back

Just a few days ago, the future for Tippy, a 12-year-old female smooth-coated collie abandoned at the Lancaster Animal Care Center by her owners on March 2, seemed ominous. The senior dog, with the broken heart, barely moved in her kennel; records indicated she had  been found in the desert and when her family was contacted, they didn’t want her back:tippie

“Tippie” got lost in the desert… WHAT A LIE! When her “owners” were informed that she was at the shelter they DECLINED to come and get her!! Tippie has allergies and some hip problems which can be addressed, her BROKEN heart may never be mend. This old lady is severely depressed and needs a foster or qualified adopter able to deal with her issues NOW,” stated animal rescuer Antje Stobbe on her Facebook page.

That was then – and this is now! On Wednesday, Tippy was rescued by Grand Paws Senior Sanctuarytippy the dog new2

“…Picked her up from the Lancaster Shelter today. Meeting her while she was in the cage she looked totally defeated, wouldn’t even lift her head, let alone stand up. I actually expected her to have trouble walking, but as soon as they pulled her out of her cage she was ready to go! She was pulling me through the parking lot, and when I opened the car door she jumped right in, with a little boost,” the group posted on their Facebook page.

Tippy isn’t looking back. Treated to a dinner feast topped with chicken and vegetables, this senior’s future is brighter, and she has everyone to thank. Again, thank you to all of the readers of the Pet Rescue Report who share the stories and make the difference. Never again will Tippy spend another night in the shelter.  Tippy the dog new 3

Please PayPal your generous pledges to GRANDPAWSSS@AOL.COM; add a note “Tippy”. Mailing address for checks is Grand Paws, PO Box 513, Acton, CA 93510 please write ‘Tippy’ as a memo.

Read Tippy’s previous story here.

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Dog owner tells shelter ‘dog needed to be disposed of’ like trash

In another heartbreaking case of a pet owner completely failing their best friend, a neglected seven-year-old dog was rescued just in time on Monday as animal advocates coordinated arrangements with Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.  At the Baldwin County Animal Shelter in Hartwell, Georgia, Rock had been scheduled to be euthanized after his former owners informed the shelter they had a “dog who needed to be disposed of” as if breathing, obedient and loving Rock had been yesterday’s trash.rock the disposable

“Disposed of? You mean like garbage?,” Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of the Rescue Dogs Rock NYC asked on the organization’s Facebook page in disgust and shock. “How shameful and how despicable. Despite his rotten owners, despite his condition, Rock approaches with tail wagging – walking under his own power.”

What was especially shocking  and disturbing was the huge, gaping untreated tumor the dog had above his leg which wrapped around his rear end. It appears to have been growing for an unknown length of time. Clearly the dog was in significant pain and discomfort and was immediately transferred to the rescue’s partner veterinarian for an examination and care. And on Tuesday, Rock was diagnosed as extremely anemic, and is currently receiving intravenous fluids. It has not been determined if he will need a transfusion, although that is still a wait and see option. The dog’s best chance will most likely be the amputation of his leg, however that cannot be performed at this time because the tissue surrounding the tumor is extremely infected.rock the disposable 3

“We will do everything possible to turn Rock’s life around, no matter what,” Jaekie posted on the organization’s Facebook page to update advocates and followers. “We are not going to let Rock be ‘disposed of’ without a chance of life. We don’t know what he is facing, but we do know that he deserves dignity, love and respect.”



To donate to help Rock, please click here. or directly to Paypal- If donating by check: RDR NYC PO Box 101, Gracie Station, NY NY 10028.

(Photos of dog needed to be disposed of courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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