Federal ban forces dog owners to leave their pets behind when fleeing Puerto Rico

As if escaping the island of Puerto Rico hasn’t been stressful enough for Americans who can no longer cope with the lack of electricity and the necessities of life, citizens from the island have been ordered by federal authorities to leave their pets behind.

According to the Daily Beast, commercial airlines are not allowing family pets weighing more than 20 pounds to accompany them out of Puerto Rico. Federal authorities have taken control of cargo compartments to transport supplies and unless the pet can fit into the cabin of the aircraft and weighs less than 20 pounds, they are forced to stay behind. Sylvie Bedrosian, president of the Pet Friendly Puerto Rico stated more than 2,000 pets have been left behind because of the embargo.

“I understand that most planes coming from the U.S. to Puerto Rico are filled with goods, but what bothers me most is that planes leaving the island are mostly empty. Why take custody of an empty cargo?” Bedrosian questioned.

The No Pet Left Behind Fema Act after Hurricane Katrina “authorizes FEMA to provide rescue, care, shelter, and essential needs for individuals with household pets and service animals, and to the household pets and animals themselves following a major disaster or emergency.” Still the federal ban has continued to be ignored.

“Our animal shelters were already at full capacity before the hurricane and now beginning to feel the burden that María left behind,’ Bedrosian said. “Our rescue missions have completely changed. We used to wonder for abandoned pets on the streets and now have to worry about those left on the airports.”

As of Wednesday Jet Blue and Southwest have been allowing up to eight pets on board at a time, but that doesn’t provide any solutions for dogs weighing over 20 pounds. United Airlines stated the embargo has been waived for them until the end of the month.

“United removed your pet embargo via charge until October 31 You can call 1-800-575-3335 to make your reservation.”

Pet Friendly PR, with the help of the Sato Project have been helping to not only help stray dogs find new homes by flying them to various rescue organizations in other states, but also have been helping pets and families to be reunited with special projects and flights:

“Call to action! We have been inundated with messages and emails from people who want or need to leave Puerto Rico but refuse to leave their dogs behind. We applaud you for your compassion and for standing by your family members and we want to help keep families together.
The Sato Project has secured a small private plane on Thursday that will fly to PR with humanitarian supplies. We want to send that plane back to NJ filled with owned animals. We have space for approximately 8 crates.”

To help these shelters – remember none of them have power and are struggling to help these pets, donations can be sent by clicking here and here. 

(Photos via Sato Project and Pet Friendly PR)

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Bonded siblings 14-years-old dumped at shelter brings tears to volunteers’ eyes

Shiba and Jesse have spent a lifetime together.  The bonded siblings have been raised together since they were just puppies, what could have happened 14 years later when their owner told them to jump into the car and arrived at the Carson Animal Care Center in California on Sunday? According to volunteers, Shiba and Jesse’s owners could no longer handle the responsibility of their two dogs. Tragically, just like an old couch, one short ride and a bit of paperwork, the lives of devoted companions no longer mattered.

Look into their eyes. The confusion and heartbreak are all that can be seen. Although they are in the same kennel today, that will likely change in a day or two. Carson Animal Care Center does not support keeping bonded pairs together with the thought that the dogs will have an easier time finding a home if they do not have to be kept together. And so, after having lost the only home they have ever had, on top of everything else, they will be separated and their spirits further broken apart.

Pet Harbor info for Shiba: A5121549:

“My name is SHIBA and I’m an approximately 14 year old female German Shepherd. I am already spayed. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 10/15. I will be available on 10/15. You can visit me at my temporary home at C318. My former family who owned me for had to give me up because they just weren’t up for the responsibility of a pet. Follow Shiba’s Facebook page here.”

German Shepherd  AGE:14 years
Female (S)  ARRIVED:10/15
Carson Shelter – 310-523-9566
M-TH 12pm-7pm, F-SU- 10am-5pm
216 W Victoria St. Gardena, CA 90248

Pet Harbor info for Jesse: A5121545:

My name is JESSE and I’m an approximately 13 year old male German Shepherd. I am already neutered. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 10/15. I will be available on 10/15. You can visit me at my temporary home at C318. My former family who owned me for had to give me up because they just weren’t up for the responsibility of a pet. Follow Jesse’s Facebook page here.

German Shepherd  AGE:13 years
Male (N)  ARRIVED:10/15
Carson Shelter – 310-523-9566
M-TH 12pm-7pm, F-SU- 10am-5pm
216 W Victoria St. Gardena, CA 90248

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Photos and videos of bonded siblings Shiba and Jesse courtesy of Saving Carson Shelter Dogs. Share their plight with friends, family and approved rescue organizations. Sharing saves lives. These dogs deserve better; one perfect “share” could be the difference between life and death.


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‘Jerk of the week’ surrenders 15-year-old dog to shelter because he was moving

On October 4, Shaq was surrendered to the San Bernardino City Animal Control because his owner moved into a new apartment whose policy prohibits large dogs. The unaltered male tan and black Chow Chow mix is 15-years-old. His chances of being adopted about about “zero,” angry shelter volunteers called out. Try to explain to Shaq why his owner, dubbed “jerk of the week,” abandoned him; no one has yet been able to logically explain to any of the volunteers who fight the endless battle for these loyal pets. Who can explain the betrayal they all must feel as they too often sit and wait to be euthanized in the busy, overcrowded shelter? For sure, they don’t want to die.

Perhaps you can help? Click here for Shaq’s Pet Harbor listing. “My name is Shaq and I am an unaltered male, tan and black Chow Chow mix. Shelter staff think I am about 15 years old. I have been at the shelter since Oct 04, 2017.” For more information about the adoption process, click here: Animal Control. Note that the last adoption will start at 4:30 pm. For more information about this animal, call: San Bernardino City Animal Control at (909) 384-1304
Ask for information about animal ID number A508460.

Share this dog’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. A Facebook page advocating for his rescue can be followed here. Help Shaq forget the “jerk of the week” who just dropped him off and  didn’t care enough to search for an apartment that permitted larger dogs.

Check out his video by Cindy Willis. Look how great he looks for an older guy. Please give this boy a chance. He was even wagging his tail at the volunteer while she was videoing him:

Photo of Jack Russell filled with fear at shelter raises hackles of advocates

In the heartbreaking photo of a frightened two-year-old Jack Russell terrier trying her best to hide from the world, comes a ton of controversy. Found as a stray and picked up by Animal Control, Prisma is being held in a kennel cage at the Franklin County Animal Shelter NC. State law precludes her from being rescued until her stray waiting period is over. Described as feral or semi-feral, Prisma was caught in a live trap after living in the wild for a long period of time. Still state law requires a waiting period.

Volunteers and staff from the shelter have been trying to assure well-meaning animal advocates, there has been a lot of interest in the dog’s plight even though she is listed as “rescue only.”

“Franklin County Animal Shelter NC If we did not care we would not post to try and get her rescue. I am on my day off and have worked the majority of the day answering rescues and people on here. Please before you accuse know the facts. This dog has a lot of rescue offers. I was not working today and do not know if a rescue has confirmed. But we have so many other dogs that no one is focusing on. We would love for you to share those dogs and get their information out so that they can find great homes!!!”

More than 2,000 messages have been posted to the organization’s Facebook page. with volunteers and would be adopters wanting to know when the dog can be released. As specified by the shelter, because of her behavior and her intense fear, Prisma can only go to an approved rescue organization for patient and quite possibly a long rehabilitation.

It is unfortunate indeed that a blogger on social media posted Prisma’s heartbreaking photo with apparently inaccurate information which very well could have started the drama on the shelter’s Facebook page when Prisma’s photo was uploaded:

“She was dropped off at the Franklin County Animal Shelter NC. She had no idea why she was abandoned there, and she looked totally heartbroken about it. Her eyes were filled up with tears, and she was visibly shaking with fear. This poor dog looks so clueless—she must have been a faithful pet. She seemed to be wondering what she did for her family to abandon her like this. The look on her face is enough to touch your heart.

Unfortunately, if she isn’t adopted quickly, the shelter she’s in will be forced to put her down. It is very unfair, especially to this innocent pooch, but this is just how the system works.”

Franklin County Animal Shelter NC thanks everyone for the interest in Prisma. Inquiries are welcome about this dog, and we will be following her plight. The shelter also wants to remind people they have not had a single inquiry about the other dogs available for adoption – many well trained and affectionate.  Check this folder for dogs just waiting for a loving family. How about Dozer? This happy guy has been at the shelter since August.

“This dog is one of the happiest dogs! He has not shown any aggression towards dogs or cats at the shelter. He loves all people he meets.”

For more information or for 501c3 rescue organizations interested in helping Prisma, please contact:

Franklin County Animal Shelter NC at +1 919-496-3032
351 T Kemp Rd
Louisburg, North Carolina
Ask for information about animal below:
Prisma – Female, Jack Russell Mix, 2 years old. Available for rescue only 10/10/17. Terrified

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Polka Dance, puppy with an expressive face and sweet disposition, needs a home

Polka Dance, a nine-month-old, female Staffordshire/Dogo Argentino mix is known to her rescuers as the “dog with a million expressions.” When she was just a baby, little Polka Dance was the big sister to all her siblings. She was such a happy, go lucky puppy who got along well with her brothers and sisters.  When her siblings would bicker, like puppies often do, Polka would not get involved. She loved them all equally.

Because of her expressive face and sweet, loving disposition, Polka was the first of the litter to get adopted. Unfortunately, it was not the happily ever after everyone was hoping for.  The older couple who adopted her were wonderful, caring people, What the rescue didn’t know was; the couple’s son who lived upstairs had an aggressive miniature pinscher. Polka Dance was attacked during her first two weeks with her new family.

Polka, who was so easygoing with her own siblings did not expect another dog to come charging toward her while she was just quietly sniffing around her new yard, trying to get familiar with her new surroundings.  She had never been exposed to any mean dogs until that day, and she herself doesn’t have a mean bone in her body. Animal Coalition Unlimited picked her up from her adopters the day after the incident. But sadly, the attack left a lasting mental scar that was not easy to heal.  Polka Dance, who had loved all other dogs became scared of them and reacted by barking excessively, warning all new dogs she met to stay away from her.

Would she ever attack another dog? Most likely not. When reunited with her siblings after several months, she got along well with all of them and other dogs she was familiar with. She will bark at people she has never met before. It’s one of the strong traits of her breed; she is a loyal companion who will bark to tell strangers to stay away from her people.

Secondly, after she was returned from her first home with the miniature pinscher, she was placed in a temporary foster for two months. The foster lived far from the city so Polka was not exposed to new people. Despite her rough start, Polka gets along with almost all respectful dogs, and shared and a kennel bed with her foster housemates and siblings with no problem.  However, she will need some space and time when meeting people for the first time. This sweet girl needs someone who is willing to help undo the undesirable experiences she had during her short stay with the people who had her.

Her next adopter will have to be willing to work and gain her trust. Once she connects with a person, she will be super affectionate and shower you with love.  She lived with a cat and a small dog at her first foster home (from age 10 to 16 weeks), she was fine with them. Polka Dance is currently in a boarding facility and is fully potty trained.  She is available through the Animal Coalition Unlimited Foster to Adopt Program.

Polka Dance will go to her new foster or adopter with a 42” double dog door dog crate, a bag of grain free Petcurean dog food, her Canine Equipment brand walking gear and all of her favorite toys.

Visit her page on the Rescue Me websitehttp://muttambassador.rescueme.org/.

To schedule a meet and greet with Polka Dance, please fill out the application form: https://goo.gl/forms/xh4lxvWEK8JLiOlx2

Animal Coalition Unlimited does not adopt their dogs out on a first come first serve basis but rather on the philosophy of finding the most fitting home for each dog. If interested in Polka Dance please send an email to muttambassador@gmail.com.

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Discarded like trash: Weary and scared Misty needs a hero

In Tracy, California, Misty was discarded by her family as if she were just another weekly trash pickup. For most of her three years, Misty was tied by a leash outdoors; her ear tips had been chewed away by fly bites and her once beautiful coat matted and dirty. And when it was decided she was no longer part of the landscaping, she was surrendered to the shelter.

The long-haired, female black and tan German shepherd’s story continues. Many of the larger dogs that arrive at the Tracy shelter have trouble finding homes. When overcrowding becomes a problem, sadly the dogs are euthanized. Misty may not have been well socialized – after all most of her life she spent outdoors by herself, and when brought into the shelter  she was so tired and so frightened.

A few days passed and a volunteer noticed Misty. She sat down outside of her kennel and spoke softly; the dog’s demeanor changed. When she was finally able to relax, Misty took a long nap. It was heartbreaking to watch the young pup struggling to figure out what had happened. Where had her family gone and why did they leave her? Now trapped in a kennel, another surrendered dog’s life hangs by a thread.

Share this girl’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. Follow Misty’s story on Facebook here and here.

MISTY – ID#A029229
My name is MISTY.
I am a female, black and tan German Shepherd Dog.
The shelter staff think I am about 2 years and 9 months old.
I have been at the shelter since Sep 30, 207
For more information about this animal, call:
City of Tracy Animal Services at (209) 831-6364
Ask for information about animal ID number A029229

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No happy ending yet for this “ugly duckling”

There is no worse feeling in the world than the feeling you are not wanted, or you are the ugly duckling who everyone overlooks.  This is how it felt for Rocket, a nine-month-old female Staffordshire/Dogo Argentino mix. When Rocket, a Christmas puppy was born, she wasn’t the cutest puppy and she was also the runt of the litter.  Poor Rocket was passed over again and again at adoption events while the more attractive puppies were selected.

However, as in the classic story, Rocket has grown into a beautiful dog. She has stunning brindle markings and a perfectly proportioned, athletic body. Unfortunately, Rocket was recently overlooked again and lost her opportunity for a home at the last minute when her potential adopter decided to take in a dog that was rescued from the Hurricane Harvey area. This occurred on Labor Day and since then, Rocket has been stuck in boarding; not the ideal environment for a young, healthy, high energy dog.

Rocket is currently in Oregon under the care of Animal Coalition Unlimited where she has been since she was born. They are anxious to find a home for this affectionate girl. She is described as intelligent, athletic, high energy and strong willed. This girl loves to run and will need to be in a home with a fenced in yard. She also loves car rides, long walks and is crate trained. She is further described as gentle and protective of family members, but no small children because she is quite active and strong. Rocket will make an excellent companion for an active and experienced dog owner. She does well with other adult dogs of the opposite sex and reportedly got along okay with a non-reactive cat for a weekend. She has not been exposed to other cats since then.

Like most dogs, if Rocket does not get enough exercise or is left alone for long periods of time, she will become bored, depressed and frustrated. She is a very curious girl and very inquisitive about her environment.

Watch her video here https://youtu.be/YTvIzm5FLyo

To schedule a meet and greet with Rocket, please fill out the application form here https://goo.gl/forms/xh4lxvWEK8JLiOlx2.

Animal Coalition Unlimited does not adopt their dogs out on a first come first serve basis but rather on the philosophy of finding the most fitting home for each dog.  If interested in Rocket, please send an email to  muttambassador@gmail.com.

Visit her page on the Rescue Me website http://muttambassador.rescueme.org/.

Besides getting an amazing dog, Rocket will also come with a bag of grain free Petcurean and her favorite toys. It’s very important that Rocket’s adopter gives her a lot of exercise to stay sound and fit and also mental stimulation to keep her entertained and happy. When she first meets someone, she is calm and reserved while she tries to size you. Once she gets used to a person, then her true personality comes shining through and she becomes a rocket! She can run for hours with another dog without getting tired. She will make a great dog for agility challenges because she has very good coordination when she runs and jumps.

For updates on Rocket, visit the Animal Coalition Unlimited on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/animalcoalitionunlimited/.

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Rocket is not looking for a fairy tale ending to her story, or a castle to live in. She just wants a home with a caring person who will give her all the love, and exercise she needs. She will return that love tenfold.



















Desperate to garner attention: Last chance for Sparky

In Pilot, Texas a two-year-old terrier named Sparky continues to be overlooked. Perhaps it is because this boy is deaf, but so what? He loves children and gets along fine with other dogs. Still – for the last six-months, volunteers and staff members at the All American Dogs Animal Shelter have had no luck finding Sparky a home.

This adorable little guy, weighing no more than 25 pounds has been in the shelter since February. Tragically the population of shelter pets has exploded to nearly 70 dogs and the shelter, who takes care of 17 local towns has become overcrowded.

“He is neutered, microchipped, heartworm tested (negative) and fully vetted,” reports the organization’s description of Facebook. He LOVES kids and other dogs. He cannot be left in a yard alone or he will try to escape. He must have another dog or human with him. He loves companionship of any kind.”

In addition, Sparky has his talents as can be seen by his desperate attempt to climb out of his shelter enclosure.

“He is very smart and a volunteer worked with him on agility training and thrived. He will chase cats so he does not need to go to a home with cats. Time is of the essence  now.”

For more information about Sparky, contact All American Dogs Animal Shelter 972-382-3647. Pilot Point TX.  Please share Sparky’s plight with friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. A Facebook page featuring Sparky’s story can be followed here.

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Dudley deserves a chance

Dudley, a 9-month-old Staffordshire and Argentine Mastiff mix puppy deserves a chance; the  chance to call a forever home his – a chance to prove to someone what a great dog he is and a chance to be some lucky person’s companion animal.

Dudley’s life started out with some hard knocks. His mom was found abandoned in a hospital parking lot just before Thanksgiving 2016. She was extremely emaciated when Animal Coalition Unlimited took her in. However, on December 22, 2016 she gave birth to Dudley and his nine siblings. All of them were healthy thanks to the Coalition and a very caring and attentive vet. Today Dudley is a 9-month-old, energetic puppy. Although small in size, he is all muscle and weighs approximately 56 pounds. At his full growth, he’ll be about 70-75 pounds.

Dudley is currently in a temporary foster setting but will need a long-term foster or an adopter. He is described as loving car rides and makes a well-mannered travel companion. He gets along well with the adult female dog who lives with his foster mom and some cats but does not do well with other male dogs.  He also shares the residence with two young boys ages 7 and 10 whom he adores.  He will do well in a home with children over 5 years of age. In addition to his love of kids and car rides; Dudley takes treats very gently and is extra careful when taking them from the hands of children.  He is crate trained and almost 100% potty trained.

Dudley needs a lot of daily exercise to keep him entertained and happy. He loves long walks and the opportunity to run in a fenced in secure area. A fenced in yard is a must for fostering or adopting this high energy pup.  When he doesn’t get enough exercise, or is left alone for long periods of time he becomes depressed, bored or frustrated.  However, he is not hyperactive, just curious about his environment. Dudley will do well in a home with an adult female dog to set an example for him as well as a home with a large yard or a country setting.  He comes with his no pull specialty harness and all of his favorite toys.

If interested in Dudley, please visit his page on Rescueme; http://mastiff.rescueme.org/Oregon?17-09-21-00002.

Or email muttambassador@gmail.com with questions regarding Dudley.

To donate to the continued upkeep of Dudley and his siblings and the other dogs in Animal Coalition Unlimited’s care visit their donation site at https://squareup.com/store/GivingPLEDGE/.

Dudley, like any other puppy born into this world deserves a chance. Although his mom was neglected and dumped in a parking lot, she was given a second chance by the rescuers who took her in.  Please be the one to give Dudley his second chance at life.

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Houndhaven Inc. a no kill shelter near Orlando, Florida

Houndhaven Inc. is a no kill animal shelter near Orlando, Florida.  Their main goal is rescuing dogs and puppies from kill shelters where they run the risk of being euthanized.  The dogs stay at Houndhaven until they can be placed in loving homes or with another rescue group.

Houndhaven is not a typical shelter. They house no more than 20 dogs at a time, so each dog can get plenty of individual attention.  Most of the dogs find homes within 5 months, and no dog is ever killed due to lack of space.  Volunteers describe it as a happy, positive environment for the animals.

One of Houndhaven’s most recent “guests” is Kennedy, a black and white puppy who arrived at the haven at 8 weeks old.  This poor pup almost died due to a case of Parvo and also fought off a case of ringworm. Now, at the ripe old age of 4 months, he is ready for a forever home.

Kennedy had two sisters who also suffered from Parvo and ringworm, but they have since found homes. Kennedy is waiting for his turn to find someone to love. Volunteers describe this handsome boy as funny, sweet and cute; a pup who likes other dogs, loves people, and enjoys toys like all puppies his age. Now, a whopping 15 pounds, Kennedy has tripled his weight since his arrival. He will most likely not grow up to be a huge dog, possibly in the 50-pound range.  He will make some lucky family very happy to have him in their home.

Anyone interested in adopting Kennedy, or looking at the many other wonderful dogs available for adoption can visit the Houndhaven web site at www.houndhaven.org or call 352-243-9796 and leave a message.

If you would like to work with puppies like Kennedy, Houndhaven is always in need of volunteers age 18 or older to work in the shelter. They are looking for people who can handle large dogs and have no existing medical conditions that would hinder that such as a bad back or pregnancy.

Volunteers are also needed to work adoption events at Petsmart and Petco in the Central Florida area.

Volunteers interested in working in the shelter can email houndhaveninc@aol.com.

Those interested in volunteering at adoption events can email volunteerhh@gmail.com

Houndhaven has some exciting events coming up for the holidays. Their first event is the Howl-O-Ween Hullabaloo on October 14, 2017 at the Petco in Clermont from 10am to 2 pm. There will be various rescue groups and vendors, as well as a costume contest and other fun activities.

Help bring some Christmas cheer to homeless dogs at Santa’s Twilight 5K Run/Walk in downtown Clermont on December 16, 2017. The race starts at 7 pm, and the sign-up link is https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/Clermont/SantasTwilight5KClermont.

There are so many ways to help the dogs of Houndhaven.

Visit their website www.houndhaven.org  to view adoptable dogs, find ways to donate, see their wish list, and get helpful hints regarding behavioral issues with your own dog.

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”
Josh Billings