Pit bull that survived death row and cancer now needs a home

Dennis, a brown and white pit bull terrier is a survivor. Not only was he lucky enough to escape death row at the Hillsborough County Animal Shelter in Tampa, Florida, but he has also had health challenges in his six years; a dog twice his age has not experienced. Dennis had ear infections that went untreated and robbed him of his hearing and then a diagnosis of cancer. However, sweet, friendly Dennis is so happy to have a second chance at life he is not going to let any of this break his spirit.  According to his foster Adam Keehnle, Dennis is a happy go lucky 60 pound lapdog who “talks” to everyone he meets.

Dennis’s journey started in July of 2016, when Lisa Palo and her rescue partner, Linda Perrigoue pulled him from the jaws of death at the shelter. Two groups, Save the Animals, Save the World and Friends of Hillsborough County Animal Shelter, FOHCAS,  banded together to raise funds for his care. It was believed at the time, that his ear infection and heartworm positive status were both easily treatable.

It was soon discovered that although Dennis was heartworm negative, his chronic ear infections not only caused him to be deaf, but also created an open wound on his neck which would not heal. Both were treated with round after round of antibiotics, but they stubbornly persisted and worsened. Then to make matters worse, seemingly overnight, Dennis developed a large lump on his leg.  That is when the vet gave the grim diagnosis of cancer. Linda and Lisa took him to two specialists; one who treated the Stage 2 mast cell cancer with Prednisone and Benadryl; that thankfully responded to treatment. Because the tumor responded so well, the vet was confident that the cancer was curable. And the other said that for his ears and neck a complex surgery would be required. It was determined that all of his issues be addressed with one expensive surgery performed by Dr. Matt Oakes at Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialists.

Dennis was not out of the woods yet.  Lauren Contino, founder of Save the Animals Save the World put out a plea for Dennis asking all “angels” to:

“Please help Dennis get well! He needs surgery to save his life. He is one of the many animals we have saved! Donate for Dennis to save his life…let’s get him healthy before the holidays.”

The wonderful folks at Friends of Hillsborough County Animal Services paid their maximum grant too. Linda and Lisa set up a You Caring to help pay for the expensive surgery and Lauren Contino continued her plea. Since then, Dennis has undergone two surgeries. The first was to remove the cancer from his leg and to try to resolve the chronic ear infections in both ears by removing the eardrums. The surgery was successful until early February 2017 when the neck wound reappeared.  Specialty veterinarian Dr. Oaks performed another surgery, during which yet another issue was found.  Apparently, Dennis had suffered a trauma in his earlier life that completely destroyed the saliva glands on one side of his face. Talk about bad luck!

Despite all of these setbacks, Dennis began to recover. All seemed well until February 15th, 2017 when Dennis tore all his stitches out.  He was once again rushed to Dr. Oakes, who stapled the wound shut. Everyone crossed their fingers that this was the last bump in the road for this courageous dog. On March 5th, 2017, Dennis got the staples out. His foster and rescuers were happy to announce that he is now cancer free and the ear infections are gone. He completed his last round of meds and FINALLY, Dennis is ready for a forever home.

Due to the chronic ear infections that went untreated until he was saved last July, Dennis is functionally deaf. He needs to be with a family that understands his special needs and his love of attention. Lisa Palo and Linda Perrigoue are still responsible for covering his food and medical costs until Dennis finds his forever home. Please help them help Dennis by contributing to his Fundraiser.


For the first time in his short life, Dennis is a healthy dog.  He is truly thankful to everyone who helped with his rescue and medical treatments.  It truly took a village!! Everyone who meets him falls in love with him and he repays them with big, sloppy kisses.

Please help this sweet dog continue a life of happiness and health.  And most importantly please help him find his forever home.
















Heartless family surrenders senior dog half-wrapped in a garbage bag

Whenever one thinks they may have seen the most heartless situation at an open admission animal shelter, another soulless act occurs; this time tears flowed freely down the cheeks of volunteers and shelter staff at Carson Animal Care. Blackie’s family surrendered their ten-year-old Welsh Corgi wrapped in a plastic garbage bag – carrying her in a cardboard box. They claimed she had a tumor that had been bleeding, yet they refused medical help. Instead they decided to just dump her.  And despite her family turning their backs on her when she needed them the most, Blackie remained happy.

The Carson staff unwrapped Blackie and cleaned her up.  She is in need of immediate help. Click here for Blackie’s Pet Harbor listing. “My name is Blackie and I am described as a spayed female, black Welsh Corgi – Cardigan mix. The shelter thinks I am about 10 years old. I have been at the shelter since Apr 15, 2017. For more information about this dog, call Los Angeles County Animal Control – Carson at (310) 523-9566. Ask for information about animal ID number A4446812. A Facebook page for Blackie can be followed here. Volunteers who have met this dog state she is very friendly. Other inquiries should be addressed to shelter personnel.

Share Blackie’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Funds are being pledged for an approved rescue organization. A staff veterinarian will be required to clear Blackie to be released to a potential adopter. Sharing saves lives.

Photos and videos of senior dog half-wrapped in a garbage bag courtesy of Saving Carson Dogs.

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‘Not friendly enough’: Owners dump young Great Dane at crowded shelter

Gonner is a one-year-old Great Dane. On April 10, he was surrendered to the shelter at Carson Animal Care because he was “not friendly enough.” Perhaps it was a mystery to his previous owners that dogs don’t train themselves to become good canine citizens. Sadly his previous family weren’t even responsible enough to have Gonner neutered.

And so he sits in the back of the shelter with no kennel card which means he is not available for adoption from the general public. A volunteer offered the following information:

“GONNER is big and beautiful and his family left him at the shelter because he wasn’t friendly enough. He has that collar over his face, and you can see it’s raw underneath and if you give him a cookie he is extremely gentle and sweet. He needs help fast, he’s in the back with no Kennel Card! He will need someone with experience and someone to give him training.”

The dog’s Pet Harbor listing can be found here. “My name is Gonner and I am described as a neutered male, blue merle Great Dane. The shelter thinks I am about 1 year and 1 month old. I have been at the shelter since Apr 10, 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 A5048803. A Facebook page to follow this boy’s plight can be found here. He must undergo a temperament test which has to be requested in person before the shelter will allow Gonner to be saved.

Share this young dog’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Gonner only has the advocates to help.

(Photo and video of Gonner – dog ” not friendly enough” courtesy of Saving Carson Dogs)

Carson Shelter, Gardena, California
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Eight-years of love and Toby was thrown away like trash

Toby, an eight-year-old male brown and white Labrador Retriever mix, was thrown away like trash by his family. The dog was loyal, but not so with the family he trusted to care for him, so after years of love, Toby’s bed was pushed to the Miami-Dade Animal Care Center in South Florida. Volunteers at the shelter do love him and describe him as a sweet, loving pooch so worthy of more than he has been dealt:

“… what a sweetie pie… he was laying on his comfy blanket when I approached. He saw my treats and it all went downhill from there. He was so excited, I thought he was going to break his tail,”

A networking link for Toby can be found here. Sadly, he has been at the shelter since December 15, and even though he is very playful and sweet, he may have food allergies and will need further testing. His skin and his eyes are red, irritated and itchy which makes him quite uncomfortable. Another Facebook page sharing this dog’s plight can be followed here. Please share his story with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. When inquiring about Toby, make sure to reference #A1838107. For further information, call Miami Dade Animal Services at (305)884.1101.

How sad to watch any dog sit in front of their kennel cage – day in and day out with barely anyone passing by to acknowledge their existence; very few people giving them a gentle scratch behind the ears or telling them what good dogs they are. Volunteers do their best and are for the most part, that precious link between utter despair and a wink of hope for shelter dogs. Become a volunteer; share a few hours of your life and help dogs just like Toby enjoy some fun and affection.

Photos of the eight-year-old Toby courtesy of Urgent Dogs of Miami.

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Hospice care needed for the sweetest blind dog in the world

Meet Raiden; he is seven-years-old and is currently in boarding in Cypress, California. Rescued early last week by K-9Kismet from the Animal Friends of the Valley Shelter, he hasn’t had the easiest time. Raiden is blind, and even though two different families had adopted him, his lack of sight was too difficult for the adopters to handle, and each time he was sadly returned although shelter volunteers stated:

“… he deserved a great home with someone who will be patient while Raiden takes his time to learn his surroundings. He is a good boy, but gets a little anxious in new environments. He just wants to feel safe since he can’t see that he is safe. An ‘ouchy’ tumor on his penis has been removed. He needs a place to recover and also away from the stress of being in a shelter. He has more love to give than any seeing dog…”

And for the last week, the rescue has been hoping that very special person would come along to give Raiden a second chance. When rescued from the shelter, he headed into what was hoped to be temporary boarding until a new home could be found, but all that changed on Wednesday. Raiden is now in need of a foster home who can give him hospice care – he only has from two to six months to live. The small tumor on his penis was benign, however veterinarians discovered a larger mass in his groin area identified as squamash carcinoma, neoplastic and already detected in his lymphatic system; his prognosis is terminal.

“We are no strangers to cancer here at K9 Kismet,” the organization’s Facebook page sadly updated about Raiden’s future, “and we know that dogs need to will to fight. Let’s get Raiden out of boarding and into foster so he has something to fight for. Let’s rally behind him and show him what love really feels like and let him die, when he’s ready, with peace and dignity. Let’s give him a home. Please help us…”

Share this boy’s story with friends, family and social media contacts. Raiden does get along with other dogs when introduced slowly. Any questions pertaining to his care, fostering or adoption can be addressed to K-9Kismet.

(Photos of blind Raiden courtesy of K-9Kismet)



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Dog sucks on his blanket for security after owner returned him to shelter

Five-year-old Cheech sucks on his blanket for security as his anxiety has once again emerged after having been returned to the Trumbull County Pound in Warren, Ohio. According to volunteers, Cheech, now known as Harley, had always been a shelter favorite, but some dogs just have special needs. In Harley’s case, this handsome boy needs to be the only pet in the home and safely secured with a fenced in yard. 

Please don’t prejudge this boy; he is neutered, fully vetted, house trained and does well with older children – just because he tends to jump up when excited as if it is time to play. If only families would take their time to make sure the dog is a proper fit. Otherwise, we have heartbroken dogs like Harley:


Harley weighs 60 pounds and is a pit bull and Staffordshire mix of the best qualities of each breed. If interested you are invited to the shelter to meet this boy in person and be entertained by his sense of humor and the true desire to have a home of his own. Obedience training with The Canine Campus Training and Wellness facility located in Hubbard will be sponsored by the shelter volunteers to an approved adopter or rescue organization.

“He waits quietly in his cage until he sees you coming towards him and he is all wiggles. He takes treats ever so gently. He is always up for a fun romp in the play yard along with some loving and baby talk. This boy is a beautiful, friendly and loving boy who well with kids although he does need to be taught basic manners,” stated Tonya on the group’s Facebook page.

For more information about Cheech/Harley, contact the Trumbull County Pound at 7501 Anderson Ave., Warren, Oh (330) 675-2787.

Photos of dog sucking on his blanket and video courtesy of the The Volunteers of The Trumbull County Pound and Community.

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Read about California folks hoping to help a very sad 15-year-old shelter dog 

Annie, abandoned by owner and stuck in boarding since December

Seaside Bully Rescue, located in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida is a smaller rescue group but has had much success rescuing and adopting out many dogs over the past few years. According to their website they were founded on the belief that “our community and our animals are our number one priority.”

Their success rate is amazing as they make un-adoptable dogs their specialty. While some rescues will only help dogs or puppies they know they can easily re-home, Seaside Bully Rescue takes the time to evaluate each dog and try to find them the best forever home possible no matter how long it takes. They are not quick to accept labels of aggression etc. that are often placed on certain breeds and shelter dogs.  Unfortunately, since they are a small organization, their rescue dogs may take a little longer to place, so they are constantly filled to capacity.

In December 2016, Seaside Bully Rescue assisted with a seven-year-old black pit bull named Annie.  Although Annie was in Panama City, Florida, three hours away from Seaside Bully Rescue, they still intervened to help her. Annie’s hard luck story is like so many other dogs.  Her owner was homeless, so she was placed in boarding in Panama City.  Her owner has since disappeared leaving her abandoned and stuck in boarding for four months. Meanwhile funding for her boarding has run out.  Basically, she was surviving in boarding thanks to the help of Facebook friends who helped to pay.

According to Annie’s original owner, she’s an aggressive pit bull that cannot be around kids or cats. However, Seaside Bully Rescue strongly believes that since Annie has been away from her owner for four months, she may have mellowed some or changed her personality.   The rescue believes these behaviors were possibly brought about by jealousy, protectiveness and possibly some prey drive. Annie has never had a professional assessment done by a trainer or dog behaviorist; just by her owner.  What Annie desperately needs is a rescue that has the resources and the funding to hire a trainer to meet and work with her; not only to give her a professional, educated assessment but to also curb some of these negative behaviors to make her more adoptable.  Annie would do best in a home where she is the only dog.

Currently Annie is in boarding at Critter Care in Panama City, Florida.  Her boarding costs are $20 a day.  If you can contribute to Annie’s boarding, donations can be called in to 850-726-0838. If you are a rescue and can take Annie or are willing to adopt her, please contact Patti Florida on Facebook or Ann Winicki McClemore.

Or post on Annie’s Facebook thread https://www.facebook.com/copper1818/posts/706427186203576?comment_id=710415035804791&notif_t=feed_comment_reply&notif_id=1489813112159530.

Annie is just one of many dogs saved by Seaside Bully Rescue. As mentioned prior, they are a small rescue and rely solely on donations. In addition to helping Annie please also consider donating to their fundraising site at:


Or via Paypal to seasideanimalrescue@gmail.com.







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  paypal.me/ckliewer






Owner cried after being evicted from home and forced to surrender shepherd Chato

Chato is a ten-year-old male German shepherd who was painfully surrendered to the Carson Animal Care Center on Monday. In a heartbreaking separation, Chato’s owner cried as he left his best friend behind. The two had met ten years prior when the dog was sick in the shelter and lost an eye. Their love was undeniable, but life stepped in, and this time it wasn’t kind. The man had been evicted from his home and will be living in his car. Trying to do what is best for his dog and knowing life in a car for a dog is not a viable alternative, Chato has become an unintentional victim.

Click here for Chato’s Pet Harbor listing. “My name is Chato and I am described as a neutered male, black and tan German Shepherd Dog mix. The shelter thinks I am about 10 years old. I have been at the shelter since Mar 13, 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 A3724798. A Facebook page for this dog can be followed here.

Share this dog’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. For more information, contact Carson Shelter located at 216 Victoria Street, Gardena, California.(Photos for this dog courtesy of Saving Carson Dogs on Facebook.)

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Woman walks by shelter dog: ‘What an ugly old dog’

“What an ugly old dog,” a woman snarled at a local shelter as she walked by Oscar, a senior Australian shepherd, who had been dumped on the side of the road on a busy street in Compton. For three days, Oscar languished on the curb – people drove by and walked near him, yet no one stopped to help. The 10-year-old mixed breed shepherd was not able to walk away on his own, because his hind legs collapsed beneath him. It was as if Oscar was invisible or viewed as yesterday’s trash.

Oscar was finally rescued and rushed to an emergency veterinarian in Long Beach, California. Fortunately he was not hit by a car, but does suffer from spinal stenosis – a common malady in older shepherds and shepherd mixes. His condition is improving, and the medical staff treating him, believe with a good diet, supplements and a patient and loving human companion, Oscar will be fine.

Oscar’s advocate Claudia Hoffmann has been networking for this friendly dog and hopes someone will come forward to provide Oscar with the care and love he so desperately needs:

“Nobody is standing in line for this sweet senior. But I’ll keep networking until that special person or special rescue comes along. Oscar is great with people BUT I DO NOT KNOW how he is with other dogs or cats. Remember, he was dumped on the streets and has been at the vet since then. He doesn’t care about other dogs when they walk by him. I was hoping a foster would be able to find out more. But that foster needs to be found first…”

If anyone can help with Oscar, please contact Claudia Hoffmann on Facebook or email hoffmannclaudia@hotmail.com . Oscar is located in Long Beach and all medical is/ will be taken care of, including extra funding needed by an approved rescue organization. Please share Oscar’s plight with friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

(Photo of “ugly old dog” courtesy of Claudia Hoffmann)

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