Dog thrown out of car on busy expressway

On Friday, June 3rd, 2017 a traveling motorist witnessed two African-American males throw a small dog out of their car on the East/West expressway in Orlando, Florida. The witness was very shaken by what she had seen and contacted the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, who in turn contacted Orange County Animal Control. Unfortunately, she was unable to get the tag number of the vehicle.

According to Animal Control, an officer responded but could not find the dog. Yet, over the course of several days more calls went into the Sheriff’s Office advising of a small black and tan dog roaming around the expressway. A deputy sheriff also went in search of the dog, but once again the pooch evaded rescue.

On Monday, June 5th, 2017, two Good Samaritans, Cathy Wagner and Jennifer Carr decided to look for the dog. Both ladies are staunch animal advocates and active in the animal rescue world.  After searching up and down the expressway in the vicinity where the dog was seen, with no results, they were about to give up. Jennifer then saw the dog peeking out from an area overgrown with weeds and bushes.  The dog was terrified and shaking badly. Luring her out with treats, Cathy and Jennifer were able to pick her up and place her in their vehicle. They rushed the dog to the vet where it was discovered she was approximately and year and a half old, had recently given birth and had one of her canine teeth missing. She was also extremely undernourished and emaciated. The vet and the two rescuers hypothesized that the dog was either used for fighting or breeding, and when she no longer served her purpose she was thrown from the vehicle in hopes of killing her.

Cathy and Jennifer named the dog Willow since she was found in an area overgrown with brush. Today Willow has gotten over her fear of humans and is a loving, affectionate dog whose tail is always wagging. She gets along okay with other dogs but not cats.  She has been vaccinated, spayed and is heart-worm negative. Willow is currently in a foster home, but she cannot stay there because she has already gone after two of the cats. She does, however get along with the Bernese Mountain Dog she shares the home.

If you can help Willow have a better chance at life, please contact and put “Willow” in the subject line.

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Sad little Grace Anne: No one adopts her because she’s ‘ugly’

Had Grace Anne been full of baby fur with fluffy little paws and a curled up tail, potential adopters would have stopped at her kennel the moment they saw her. Puppies have the easiest time finding homes – even at the overcrowded Harris County Animal Shelter located in Houston, Texas.

‘”Grace Anne’ is just a baby. Like our friend Gregory last month, she doesn’t know she is ugly. She just knows that no one stops to look at her. Do you see her? She’s 4 months old. She craves love. Easily treatable demodex mange. Adoptable or donate for rescue and offer to foster.”

Shame on the person who called this four-month-old Grace Anne their puppy before she became sick and tossed her away like an old shoe. According to the shelter, the mastiff mix is so very itchy. Her skin has turned bright pink, she’s nearly bald and what’s left of her coat has turned yellow. Demodex is a common infestation of a puppy’s skin comprised of tiny, cigar shaped, eight legged mites that live and feed in the hair follicles and oil glands. Aside from the mange, GraceAnne also has a secondary skin infection that will have to be treated.

Click here for the puppy’s Pet Harbor listing. “I am a female, tan Mastiff. The shelter staff think I am about 9 weeks old. I have been at the shelter since Jun 20, 2017.” For more information about this animal, call Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services at (281) 999-3191
Ask for information about animal ID number A486553. A Facebook page for the puppy can be followed here.

Share this little one’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives, and this puppy needs our help.

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Check out GraceAnne’s video below. This puppy is so sweet; surely someone wants to take her home and help her become beautiful again:

Kids and dogs: Heartbreaking scene when mother tells her child the dog ‘is too old to adopt’

Nana, an extremely friendly seven-year-old American bulldog, was found as a stray on April 30 along the streets of Miami. When a shelter volunteer overheard the conversation between a mother and her young son, Nana’s advocate’s heart broke into a million tiny pieces. The child instantly fell in love with Nana, but what seemed an instant bond was never to happen:

“A child puts his hands on Nana’s window. Nana tries to give kisses through the glass. The little boy says, ‘mom I want this one.’ Mom replies, ‘she’s too old.'”

How tragic to think this really happened, but the dog’s story continues and gets even sadder. According to the shelter, Nana spent the rest of her day staring at the wall; sad and defeated as if she knew what the mother had said to her son.

“Nana deserves a second chance at life, and for the record, to this person who left this dog behind because she is ‘old’, Nana is just seven. She has a lot of love and life to give to a happy family. She is loved by everyone at the shelter. Her kennel card has hearts drawn on it with ‘very sweet girl’ in big letters,” the volunteer wrote on Facebook describing the heartbreaking scene.

This sweet girl can be adopted from Miami -Dade Animal Services located at 3599 NW 79th Ave., Doral, Florida. Please share her plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. When inquiring about this dog, reference #A1868703. Follow Nana’s plight on Facebook here.  An additional Facebook link found on Urgent Dogs of Miami can be followed here.

(Photos and video kids and dog too old to adopt via Urgent Dogs of Miami and Christina Mignon Pino)



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Showed up as bonded strays: Lenny and Louie begging to be rescued

Less than one week ago, Lenny and Louie showed up as strays together and have been inseparable ever since. They sleep together, eat together and seem to share in an affectionate bond when interacting. Both dogs have been described as extremely sweet; on Saturday they became available for adoption, however no one has stepped forward for either dog. Maybe the two escaped from their yard and went on a sightseeing tour before having been picked up as strays? If only their human would come and take them home where they belong.

#A5077487 “My name is LENNY I’m an approximately 7 year old male Chihuahua. I am not yet neutered. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 6/13. I will be available on 6/17. You can visit me at my temporary home at C238.” Follow Lenny’s Facebook page here.

#A5077488 “My name is LOUIE I’m an approximately 3 year old male Chihuahua. I am not yet neutered. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 6/13. I will be available on 6/17. You can visit me at my temporary home at CRECEIVING.” Follow Louie’s Facebook page here.

For more information about these two dogs, call Los Angeles County Animal Control – Carson at (310) 523-9566.

(Photos and video of  Lenny and Louie courtesy of Pet Harbor and Saving Carson Shelter Dogs)

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Check out Lenny and Louie’s video here. Share their plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.


Who betrayed Rocky? 13-year-old senior silky terrier abandoned and alone

On June 10, sweet little Rocky arrived at the Downey Animal Care Center in California. The nearly 14-year-old female silky terrier had been surrendered; to date her family never changed their mind nor have they showed up to comfort her.. And so she waits, shivering in fright with no idea why she has been abandoned nor why she is alone. shelter adoption listing. “My name is Rockie and I’m an approximately 13 years, 9 month old female silky terrier.  I am already spayed.  I have been at the Downey Animal Care Center since June 10, 2017.  I am available on June 14, 2017.  You can visit me at my temporary home at D701.” Make sure to reference A3165359 when inquiring about adoption or fostering. A Facebook page for this dog can be followed here.

It is not known if Rocky’s former family abandoned her because she is old. Sadly she presents with several medical issues; some apparently from neglect, but dogs are never to be viewed as old couches and thrown away when they actually need their families the most. Her medical records indicate the following:

Cataracts -OU
Yellow Debris and crusting AD
Mass on right hip, right side of chest. Flaky skin, hair loss behind both ears, and rear legs.

A/P- large palpable mass on right hip. R/o lipoma VS malignancy.

Dental tartar
Ceruminous discharge AU- r/o otitis externa vs Media

On medications.

Rocky can be released to an approved organization or a compassionate advocate after agreeing and signing a medical waiver. Surgery is not recommended at this time until there is a consultation with a licensed veterinarian because of the dog’s age. Check out Rocky’s short video. She is so frightened; can anyone help? Please share her plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Whether Rocky only has days, weeks or years, how is it fair to abandon her at a shelter? Advocates have been pledging funds to help an approved rescue organization with the dog’s veterinarian expenses. Sharing saves lives. To help Rocky, contact the Downey Animal Care Center at (562).940.6898.

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Photos and video courtesy of Sal Valdepena.



Poor Betty so scared of leash, shelter volunteer tearfully carries her outdoors

When a volunteer from the Miami-Dade Animal Pet Adoption and Protection Center checked on Betty, the six-year-old frightened terrier mix hid in the back of her kennel. Gently clipping on the leash around the dog’s neck, she refused to move. Initially thinking, Betty was unable to walk, Ashely Lopez decided to carry her outdoors; no dog should have to spend all day in a cage just because she didn’t want to walk. And so Betty’s  sad story began to unfold:

“After carrying her outside, she sat happy in a corner watching the cars and the people pass,” Ashley stated as she gently scratched Betty behind the ears. “She let me pet her and sit with her. When it came time to put on the leash again, she ran away from me. This poor baby can walk just fine!”

And as Ashley’s heart broke piece by piece, she could only guess what may have been a terrible part of this senior’s past.

“She just hates being on a leash. I don’t doubt it was because her old family made her scared of the leash.”

Click here for the dog’s listing. Betty #A1880847. “I am a female tan and white Terrier. The shelter staff think I am about 6 years old and I weigh 64 pounds. I was found as a stray and I may be available for adoption on 06/17/2017.” Follow her Facebook pages here and here. Share this girl’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

Betty needs a loving home where she can cuddle up in a comfortable bed and run free without a leash. Although her shelter notes Betty is six-years-old, she seems much older, and this dog deserves to live her last years in a home full of love and happiness. 

(Video and photos courtesy of Ashley Lopez)

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Video: Meet sad Betty. Please share her story and help her find a home.

Abandoned senior American bulldog due to be euthanized if not rescued

Had it not been for a Good Samaritan, Milo, an American bulldog, might not have survived, but this senior’s extraordinary circumstances and the need for immediate care places the extremely friendly dog at risk for losing his life on Thursday at Miami-Dade Animal Services. According to Urgent Dogs of Miami, a popular networking site to help dogs and cats in the Miami are find homes, Milo’s medical needs have been documented as follows:

“Milo – an 11-year-old American bulldog.  Pet presents for a recheck – quiet, alert, responsive and hydrated. Oral mucous membranes are pale pink and moist with a capillary refill time of less than 2 seconds. The bandage placed yesterday was removed. The ulcerated mass on the prepuce (foreskin)begins bleeding as soon as bandage removed.  Lightly cleaned with sterile saline and new light bandage applied. Pet was observed to be licking at the bandage/mass, so an Elizabethan collar was applied to prevent exacerbation.

Due to age and suspected neoplasia (abnormal growth of tissue) and need for further diagnostics and care, recommend transfer to rescue prior to 6:00 p.m. on 6/8/17. Humane euthanasia may be indicated if condition deteriorates.”

Milo is extremely affectionate, and volunteers describe how cute he is as he happily wags his little nub of a tail. It is suspected he was abandoned by his owner. Share this dog’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives, and Milo only has animal advocates to help, since his family most likely tossed him away as if his life no longer mattered. Follow his Facebook page here. For more information, contact the Miami-Dade Animal Services at 305.884.1101.

Pet Harbor listing for Milo: “I am an unaltered male, white American Bulldog. The shelter staff think I am about 11 years old. I have been at the shelter since Jun 04, 2017. For more information about this animal, call Miami-Dade Animal Services at (305) 884-1101. Ask for information about animal ID number A1878560.

Photos and video for American bulldog in dire need, courtesy  of Urgent Dogs of Miami.

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Check out this senior’s brief video here:

Dog dragged into shelter against his will, heartless owner just didn’t care

UPDATE: as per Christina Dickson: “I updated everyone on this dog. Long story short Miami Dade Animal Services no longer takes owner surrenders as walk ins; this lady was a walk-in and she admitted that this was her dog she has been given an appointment to come back and surrender the dog at a later date.”

The owner has an appointment to surrender her dog on June 19th. Hopefully she will change her mind; nevertheless we are confident Christina will do her best to help this dog and continues to help. Stay tuned.

As to the “real” Tito, here is his Pet Harbor listing. Please share his story. This boy still needs a home. Follow his Facebook page here.

As Tito’s owner dragged her dog into the lobby of the Miami-Dade Animal Services on Monday, animal advocate and shelter volunteer Christina Dickson’s heart broke into a million pieces. Tito knew! This was not the place he wanted to be, and with all his might, but still as gentle as a lamb, Tito pulled back, as if begging the woman he knew as his human companion to leave the building and return home. Without a doubt, Tito loved her.

Still it was not to be. Christina spoke with Tito’s owner, who stated the dog had been a stray who the family took in and fed. Their female dog had become hostile towards Tito and refused to even let him eat. Perhaps if Tito was neutered, he would no longer be perceived as a threat to the family’s other dog? Perhaps if Tito was neutered, in the end there would be no more accidental puppies who most likely would wind up in a shelter just like their dad? Trying so hard to keep Tito with his owner, Christina even offered free veterinary services for the dog’s sterilization; his owner declined, and Tito’s death sentence would soon become a reality if no one came to the shelter to adopt him.

The dog’s Pet Harbor listing describes him as follows: (Please note this ID# has not been confirmed as of this time. Edits will be provided if there are any submitted changes)

“I am an unaltered white and cream American bulldog. I have been at the shelter since June 5. The staff thinks I am about two years old.” For more information on this dog, contact the Miami-Dade Animal Services at 305.884.1101. Make sure to reference ID#A1878910.

A Facebook page for this boy can be followed here. Share this dog’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

(Photos and video of dog dragged into shelter via Christina Dickson)

Watch Tito’s heartbreaking video as he is being surrendered by his owner:

Death row pup uses her toys as ‘pacifiers’ to soothe her broken heart

Wednesday Update: Saved by Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. 

Tuesday: Pelusa has not been rescued. She is on the “To Be Destroyed” list again. Please share her story and help her find a loving family.

Meet Pelusa; just four years old, health and sweet yet she’s on the list to be euthanized at the Brooklyn facility of the Animal Care Centers of New York City. Surrendered by her family because “they were developing allergies towards their dog,” Pelusa has not been able to understand why she has been separated from the only family she has ever known, and as she waits for their return, her toys have become the “pacifiers” to help soothe her broken heart. In her old life,  the  61-pound dog loved to run in the park and go for walks, play with her two-year old human sibling and follow her family around the house. She thought everyone loved her and would be part of the family forever.

A volunteer describes her interaction with Pelusa:

“Pelusa is a sensitive little lamb of a dog that has stolen my heart! She is a little anxious to find herself away from her whole-life-family, but has found an adorable way of coping with it by using toys like pacifiers! She talks to me from her cage (really, she’s on the verge of stringing sentences together) and is just as sweet as can be. She likes carrying toys around in her cage and LOVES to play with them outside (she drops them right in my lap when she’s ready for another go…she is so fun and it’s the perfect outlet for her energy!). She loves treats and already knows “sit”, “paw” and “down” and she’s happy to take a belly rub as a reward for the latter. She’s super affectionate and likes becoming one with my lap and kissing my face clean. We’re told she does well with strangers and children and wants to play with other dogs. She is TRULY a doll and eager to find someone to be the apple of her eye (and she’ll be your sunshine in return!).”

Sadly the stress of shelter life has taken a toll on this dog. A recent evaluation indicates she is at risk for behavior challenges, although no concerns had been noted by her previous owners. Since entering the shelter when she was  social and affectionate, Pelusa has been showing signs of resource guarding in her kennel and has been reactive towards other dogs. Pelusa needs to find a home, and animal advocates are her only hope to survive. Share this dog’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

Follow this dog’s plight on Facebook by clicking here or here. Although this dog was on the euthanasia list slated for Saturday afternoon, her life was spared. It is expected she will again be on the list Sunday evening. When inquiring about this dog, make sure to reference A1110710. Need assistance?  Email for guidance and assistance. If necessary, the group will provide you with links to New Hope rescue applications to foster or adopt via rescue.

PELUSA – A1110710 is available to be reserved on the ACC directly. Contact

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

Photos of dog using her toys as pacifiers via Julie Carner, Animal Care Centers of NYC, and Must Love Dogs

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Owner reclaims one of two dogs from shelter and plays with other, but leaves Mia behind

Mia cried as she watched her best friend and previous owner walk out of the Lancaster Animal Shelter in California on Thursday; as she was no longer wanted to be part of the only family she had ever known.  How does anyone explain to a six-year-old Yorkshire terrier that her life may soon be over? How does anyone explain to a dog that her loyalty doesn’t count? A shelter volunteer tells the little dog’s sad story:

“I met Mia’s previous owner at the shelter; he had returned for her best friend Pepper. Mia watched and cried as her previous owner walked out of the shelter without her. He told me a family member surrendered her because she worked long hours and could not care for her. He said she gets along with dogs and cats, and is a little protective of her food.”

Click here for Mia’s adoption information. “My name is Mia and I’m an approximately 6 year old female Yorkshire terr.  I am already spayed.  I have been at the Lancaster Animal Care Center since May 17, 2017.  I am available on May 17, 2017.  You can visit me at my temporary home at L335. The staff/volunteers here at the animal care center have found 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 seem to get along well with dogs and cats.” A Facebook page for this dog can be followed here. When inquiring about Mia, make sure to reference A5067363.

For more information about fostering and adoption, contact the Lancaster Animal Care Center located at 5210 West Avenue I, Lancaster, California. (661) 940.4191. Share this dog’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social medial contacts. Sharing saves lives. Photos and video courtesy of Friends of Lancaster Shelter Dogs CA.

Heartbreaking video as Mia’s previous owner greets her and then leaves the shelter with his other dog – leaving Mia completely in a panic.