Help me: Paralyzed with fear Maltese muppet reaches out to volunteer

Jersey is a male Cockapoo and Maltese blend. The little muppet is so frightened he ran to the corner of his kennel cage while trembling and hiding his face at the same time. When he arrived at the Devore Animal Shelter in San Bernadino County, California, the staff labeled him as “rescue only.” Sadly the little dog had no idea his fate could so easily be sealed. No one ever told him, he had to act sweet and cooperative after having obviously been neglected for a long period of time.  Animal advocate and shelter volunteer Andrea Neyses met Jersey on Tuesday, and now pleads his case:

“I WANT SOMEONE TO HELP ME ” Jersey is special at Devore Shelter, can’t be seen. Jersey is going to change someone’s world, please help him? Jersey is rescue only; listed as aggressive?,” Andrea began after sitting and watching the little dog.

But then the little dog seemed to understand; kindness can be a self-rewarding benefit in the tragic world of animal neglect and cruelty.

“This guy reached out under the kennel as I started to leave: a sign?,” questioned Andrea as she posted Jersey’s video on her social media page. “I petted his head and paws and talked a minute: never once did he growl. Staff is going to try and spend some time with  him. I believe Jersey is a good dog who’s only afraid ….”

Click here for Jersey’s Pet Harbor listing. “My name is RESCUE ONLY. I am a male, cream Cockapoo mix. My age is unknown. I have been at the shelter since May 19, 2017. For more information about this animal, call San Bernardino County – Devore Shelter at (909) 386-9820. Ask for information about animal ID number A672892. Share this dog’s plight with approved rescue organizations; sharing saves lives. Follow his Facebook page by clicking here. Animal advocates have been pledging funds payable to an approved rescue for this little dog’s continued care, vetting and grooming. Can you help?

Check out Jersey’s video and Andrea’s observation. “Take a chance on me!”

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Alone and frozen in fear, emaciated shepherd waits for soft rescue voice

Since May 7, a 14-year-old emaciated shepherd has been frozen in fear lying quietly in a shelter cage at Downey Animal Care Center in Los Angeles. On Tuesday, shelter volunteer Sal Valdepena met Smith; the rescuer’s heart breaking apart. Brought in as a stray, the senior pooch is expected to be available for adoption on May 21, but will that be too late?

“He Laid Frozen Wanting A Soft Voice To Tell Him It Will Be Okay. This Is What Smith Has To Go Through Now. Alone & Defeated,” Sal posted on his Facebook page.

Asked if a video could be done to help garner attention for this senior…

“He wouldn’t get off the floor. He’s very scared & sick. I’m hoping if a rescue contacts Downey they will release because of his condition.”

Click here for Smith’s Pet Harbor adoption listing. “My name is Smith and I am described as a neutered male, tan German Shepherd Dog mix. The shelter thinks I am about 14 years old. I have been at the shelter since May 07, 2017.” For more information about Smith, call: Los Angeles County Animal Control – Downey at (562) 940-6898. Ask for information about animal ID number A5058189. A Facebook page for this dog can be followed here.

Share Smith’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Advocates have been pledging funds to help with the dog’s medical care payable to an approved rescue. Sharing saves lives, and we are this dog’s only hope.

Photos of emaciated shepherd courtesy of Sal Valdepena.

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Surrendered to shelter in garbage bag, but there’s more to Alexa’s story

Just a puppy and saved in the nick of time, Alexa is now resting comfortably at a partner veterinarian for Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. The organization stepped in on Friday when rescuers at a southern Texas high kill shelter spotted the dog as they were leaving. After having been surrendered, the puppy had been carried to the rear of the building to be placed in a kennel awaiting humane euthanasia; sick dogs at this shelter are killed immediately. The dog bled when touched; it was because of her raw skin. Of course, there had been no doubt Alexa had been neglected and mistreated, but there is more to her story. 

Just days before, two college women found the pup as a stray scavenging around looking for scraps. They picked her up and brought her home; the women wanted to help:

 “We actually found ‘Alexa’,” stated Clarissa – one of the young women who found the puppy. “She was a stray and we took her in but working full time and being full time students we knew we couldn’t care for her. I’ve never taken care of a dog with mange; we gave her penicillin but knew that she needed much more care than we could offer. I called the shelter, which in all honesty thought that they would help treat her. The reason she was in a bag was because we were just trying to avoid blood stains in the vehicle. As she has already left some blood stains on the couch at home. We were actually very relieved rescue was there when we got there. We didn’t know that they were going to put her down. I have a dog of my own and love it to pieces, took him the other day for pink eye. So before everyone thinks we were so horrible for leaving her in a bag, that wasn’t the case. That’s the day we got informed about the amazing work…”

Clarissa continued:

“I felt horrible for this dog. And in all honesty I would have left her in the shelter thinking they would have helped her out. I had called before taking her in. I was told that as long as she tested negative for heartworms they would treat her. Rescue was the one that informed us she would be put down. But the bag was the one thing we had at hand, children are in and out of our vehicles so the last thing we wanted was for there to be blood where they sit. Not that we meant it in a malicious way.”

The puppy is in serious condition and had been in excruciating pain. Her skin is completely devoid of fur; Alexa looks like a burn victim. While being transported in the car to the veterinarian, her rescuer described the puppy ” as just being content lying down and resting.” When they carefully picked her up out of the car to take her inside to the veterinary hospital, everything Alexa touched was covered in blood. She is now receiving life saving emergency care.

Rescue Dogs Rock NYC has again come to the rescue of a dog who would have been immediately euthanized had they not stepped in. To help, donations can be made via PayPal Via PayPal at or

Photos courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.

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Criminal charges: ‘Horrifying and inhumane’ shelter workers euthanizing dogs

In a shocking and disturbing announcement presented on Thursday morning from the Harris County District Attorney’s office, three animal control officers at the Baytown Animal Control and Adoption Center in Texas have been accused of using “horrifying and inhumane” methods when euthanizing animals at the shelter.

According to AbcNews, Tod Brooks, 53, Veronica Jimenez, 33, and Christopher Nightingale, 27, have been charged with improper euthanasia of animals described as “intentionally knowingly and recklessly” killing animals without proper sedation. Brooks remained an employee although it has been reported he retired earlier this year. An investigation began in May 2015, after a former shelter employee informed police that dogs suffered while being euthanized. Assistant District Attorney Carvana Cloud stated a surveillance video showed how the animals suffered. In addition, the officers never bothered to check the vital signs of the animals to confirm their deaths before putting their bodies into plastic bags and disposing of them.

“The job of an animal control officer is not an easy job,” the press release read, “but it requires compassion and empathy. It’s unfortunate that these particular officers didn’t exhibit the compassion towards animals that we as a community expect and Texas law require.”

Texas law requires animals to be sedated before they are euthanized. The dogs involved have been described as a blond terrier and a black dog. More dogs may have been involved, however that information has not been released at this time.

If found guilty, the suspects face up to six months in jail and a maximum of $2,000 in fines.

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Profile of abandonment: Lulu sits at shelter shaking with her head down

On Sunday, Lulu was surrendered to the Miami-Dade Animal Services; it didn’t matter that she shook with fright as the only family the five-year-old Rottweiler knew handed her over to shelter personnel.  When a volunteer approached her to momentarily soothe Lulu, the dog’s reaction was not surprising and very sad:

“This little girl was turned in by her owner and is so scared, she was extremely cautious of me, she looked and looked, but never came near me. I threw her treats and she ate them, after I left. Ugh…”

On the Facebook page, Urgent Dogs of Miami, her tragic story has been shared more than 4,300 times with hundreds and hundreds of comments – still no one has come to her rescue. Now she sits in the corner of her kennel shaking with her head down. Who can imagine the heartache she must be feeling as she realizes she has been abandoned? Volunteers tried to lift her spirits and tried to cheer her up, but she barely reacts. Share Lulu’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

Please help by pledging for her rescue here and networking her story. The only hope she has is us! Miami Dade Animal Services is located at 3599 NW 79th Ave in Doral, FL.  Additional information is available here. When making inquiries about this dog, refer to A1824040.

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Blind and shaking in fear, tiny pup clings to volunteer whimpering for help

UPDATE: Returned to owner.

A ten-year-old Shih Tzu blind and shaking in fear has been at an Orlando, Florida shelter for three days. He lies in his bed shaking; who could blame him? According to the shelter, he was found as a stray. How does that happen to a tiny blind dog? Volunteer Cris Ferreira Reed tells his story:

This little guy is 10 yrs old and I saw him laying on his bed trembling in fear. I can not tell you how heartbreaking this is…. I held him and he whimpered clinging to me for help…. I felt like the worse person in the world leaving him there. Please help me get him out.”

Click here for this little pup’s adoption listingAnimal ID: A376579    Room No.: WD61 “Hi, I am an approximately 10 year old fawn and white neutered male.  I have not been tested for heartworms. I weigh approximately 10 pounds. I have been at Orange County Animal Services since Thursday, May 04, 2017. Find out more about our adoption process here. If you are looking for me, please come to Orange County Animal Services
at 2769 Conroy Rd., Orlando, FL. The phone number is (407)836-3111.

Share this senior’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. A Facebook page for this little dog can be followed by clicking here. Advocates have pledged funds for a reputable rescue’s help.

(Photos of dog blind and shaking in fear via Cris Ferreira Reed)

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Bing Bong: Owner left him tied to a tree and now dog is doomed to die

Through no fault of his own, Bing Bong’s life is nearly over. Beginning at 1:00 p.m., the dogs on the euthanasia list at New York Animal Care and Control will be quietly walked back into a room and within minutes will “cease to exist.” Let’s discuss Bing Bong’s life, even though less than 18 hours ago, this friendly bulldog mix smiled and played with volunteers quite convinced this would be the day he would be adopted:

“TIED UP WITH HIS LITTLE SISTER – THEY SAT AND WAITED FOR THEIR OWNER WHO NEVER RETURNED. They thought they were going for a walk, all happy and trotting down the street together, tails wagging in delight. Then they found themselves tied to a tree, they wanted to run after their owner ‘don’t forget us!’ The waited patiently for hours, but they were never to see him again. Why are people so cruel? Bing Bong is adorably chunky bulldoggish good looks, gentle, full of smiles and love – he just needs that one special person to see it that he is so worth saving. “

A Facebook page to follow this dog’s last hours at hoping to find a foster home or adopter can be found here. If you’re wondering what this delightful boy with the pronounced underbite is like, a volunteer gives her opinion after spending a few hours with Bing Bong:

“BB’s great at meeting and greeting new human and doggie pals alike, walks nicely for his size, never guards his toys, sits like a champ for treats and mouths them gently too. He’s not too happy about being cooped up in a kennel but keeps a clean and tidy den and seems to be quite house trained, waiting patiently until we hit the street to do all his business. A gentle yet energetic giant with the smarts and good manners to pass his behavior assessment with flying colors … You’ll never outgrow him and he’ll always be by your side, playing, snuggling and snortling his way through a lifetime of happy family memories.”

Additional information can be found here and here. Manhattan Center BING BONG – “A1110652, 5 year old male br brindle/white APBT mix, 72 lbs” Behavior rating is AVERAGE. Share this dog’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives, and time is running short for a dog who just wants to be part of a family and loved.

A1110652 is available to be reserved on the ACC website until noon of MAY 5th

Shelter contact information:
Phone number (212) 788-4000

Brooklyn Shelter: 2336 Linden Boulevard Brooklyn, NY 11208
Manhattan Shelter: 326 East 110 St. New York, NY 10029
Staten Island Shelter: 3139 Veterans Road West Staten Island, NY 10309
ADOPTION HOURS ARE MONDAY THRU FRIDAY, NOON – 8 P.M. Saturday and Sunday (weekends) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Starlight: Scared senior dog that should not be in a high kill shelter

Imagine the smile on her family’s faces when they named their sweet Golden Retriever puppy Starlight? Just the name reminds us of watching the clear night skies and making wishes as distant shooting stars traversed  the unexplored universe. And for a decade, loyal canine pal, Starlight stretched out contented next to her family; happily dreaming all those things dogs get to dream. Sadly, reality bites and one day the scared senior – now ten-years-old is no longer wanted and winds up at a high kill animal shelter in California.

And on April 29, with the Carson Animal Care shelter completely full, Starlight’s life suddenly fell apart:

“Sweet little STARLIGHT is 10 and her family brought her to the shelter because they said she is Ill and they couldn’t afford her care. She needs help NOW, she is very confused.”

Click here for Starlight’s Pet Harbor listing. “My name is Starlight and I am described as a spayed female, gold Golden Retriever mix. The shelter thinks I am about 10 years old. I have been at the shelter since Apr 29, 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 A4440312. A Facebook page for this dog can be followed here.

Medical records for Starlight indicate her teeth are worn down,  has ocular opacity, red tinged diarrhea, vomiting and presents with a mass on her lateral thorax. Her previous owners stated the dog has been losing weight over the last two months. A veterinarian examination would be needed to complete any diagnosis for this dog. Although scared, Starlight remains very friendly.

Share this dog’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Whether this dog has one day, one week or one year left to live, doesn’t she deserve more than just being surrendered to a shelter? Perhaps her family couldn’t afford the expense if her health needs are complicated and expensive, but isn’t there always just a little extra money to make sure the dog who has been a loyal and loving part of someone’s family isn’t alone on her final journey? Advocates have been pledging funds to help this sweet dog. Who will step up and be Starlight’s hero?

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(Photos and video of Starlight courtesy of Saving Carson Dogs)

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Beautiful bonded German shepherds having very tough time at crowded shelter

Two bonded German shepherds seem to be having a very tough time at the Carson Animal Care Center in California. Whether they were abandoned or lost, no one has yet to come forward to claim the beautiful dogs. It is thought they could be a mother and daughter pair – thus accounting for their very close relationship.

Click here for Tyra’s Pet Harbor adoption listing. A5054165  She is a two-year-old German shepherd who has not been spayed. She arrived at the shelter on April 26 and will be available for adoption on April 30. A Facebook page for Tyra can be followed here.

Click here for Treena’s Pet Harbor adoption listing. A5054159  She is a five-year-old female German shepherd who has not been spayed. She arrived at the shelter on April 26 and will be available for adoption on April 30. A Facebook page for Treena can be followed here. For further information on these dogs, contact the Carson Animal Care Center located at 216 Victoria Street in Gardena, California. Phone: 310.523.9566. Can you blame these dogs for being afraid with all the barking and strangers everywhere? Share their plights with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

(Photos and video of bonded German shepherds courtesy of Saving Carson Shelter Dogs Facebook)

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Out of time: Lito holding his ‘stuffie’ unaware there will be no more playtime

RESCUED! Many thanks to everyone who shared the story of this incredible pooch.

The only constant in Lito’s life at Brooklyn’s New York City’s public shelter has been his “stuffie.” He cuddles with it, he rubs against it and when a volunteer offers to play with him, he grabs his toy. His short life has been summed up as follows:

“IMAGINE A ‘STUFFIE’ BEING THE ONLY THING IN THE WORLD THAT YOU HAD TO LOVE — IMAGINE NOBODY LOVED YOU … This sweet, sweet boy has sat there for weeks peeking his nose through the bars that keep him confined. His tail wagging, his eyes look up with such hope as each person passes him by – but nobody picked him. Lito plays happily with other dogs and is average rated (will fit into just about any home). So today he is out of time simply because he is homeless. This dog IS ONLY 12 MONTHS – AND WILL BE KILLED SHORTLY AT NYCACC – BROOKLYN, NY.”

A Facebook page for Lito can be followed here. Please note that dogs placed on “death row” only get 18 hours to be shared and rescued. With a holiday weekend approaching, Lito’s chances become slimmer, but not before volunteers get one more chance to sing this little guy’s praises. According to Rachel Bennett, who has interacted with Lito, here’s a first hand peek into this playful dog’s personality:

“I have walked Lito a couple of times, and he’s out of this world beautiful! Though he’s very friendly and sweet, he’s a big boy and can be a lot of dog at times (a bit pully on the leash). He is very house trained and seems highly trainable! I love the way he’s always sleeping on the bars of his cage so he doesn’t miss anything!”

Share this boy’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. Euthanasia begins at 1:00 p.m. Be the difference for Lito.

My name is LITO. My Animal ID # is A1106806. Brooklyn Center, NY. I am a NEUTERED male tan and white am pit bull ter mix, approx 12 months old, weight 69 lbs, rated Average (will fit into just about any home)”

LITO A1106806 is available to be reserved on the ACC website until noon of April 13th

(Photos and video courtesy of Julie Carner and Must Love Dogs)


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