UPDATE: Volunteer pens angry message to owner after young Akita dumped at shelter and left to die

Just a few days ago, Andrea McNee, the animal rescuer coordinator for South Florida Animal Rescue Network, a Florida non-profit serving dogs and horses in need in the South Florida area, penned an angry message to the owners of a young Akita surrendered to Miami-Dade Animal Services – an extremely crowded open-admittance shelter. As Andrea watched the young dog shaking uncontrollably in his cage – knowing he had been abandoned and his family would not come back for him, she felt obligated to address that family and wrote the heart wrenching note:

“To the family who dumped Raiden #A1777880 at our local KILL shelter, I hope this post reaches you. Two years ago you thought buying an Akita puppy was the coolest thing ever but didn’t plan what to do with him in the event of having to move. Now he sits there shaking like a leaf, because even though he is a good boy he knows you have left him there to die. He has not eaten or potty; he simply can’t move because he is petrified. We want to help but we may not be able to. There are alternatives to a kill shelter that you probably didn’t consider because it is easier to think that another wonderful family will adopt him. Sorry to break the news but the REAL WORLD doesn’t work that way. The commitment you made to Raiden the day you brought him home as a cute puppy has been broken; you failed him.”

The volunteer’s words resonated throughout social media as Raiden’s photo, showed the dog sadly waiting behind the bars of his cage for the family who would never return. Just one day later however, Raiden’s future changed. On Wednesday, the lonely pup had already been neutered and adopted. Late that afternoon Raiden headed home with his new family.


Our canine companions are life long commitments. Be a responsible pet parent – spay and neuter and make sure you keep your promise to keep your pets safe. That’s how we roll!

(Photos of young Akita Raiden courtesy of Andrea McNee)

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

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

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

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

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




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Queenie: ‘Look at me now I’m standing’ says dog thrown away as trash

Barely one week after Queenie was discovered curled up in a small shed in Houston, Texas and few thought she would ever survive the first few nights at an emergency veterinarian hospital, the emaciated dog thrown away as trash, has now been able to take her first steps. The dog had been another victim of heartless neglect and when her photo was posted onto social media, Queenie’s heartbreaking plight went viral as the phrase  “a picture is worth a thousand words” so aptly described her.

Queenie had been suffering in silence until a  group of animal advocates coordinated her rescue with Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. From there she underwent  hours of surgery to remove and debride the dead and infected skin over her body. Her infections ran so deep that surgeons could see the tendons on her legs. She was then bandaged to protect her raw skin and continues to have  her dressings changed daily.

When the medical staff reported Queenie had started to eat on her own, advocates were encouraged – “hoping Queenie would continue to fight the fight,” the rescue organization’s Facebook posted. And on Thursday morning, Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, labeled Queenie a “true warrior” and updated her condition:

 “Queenie continues her miraculous road to recovery. Here Queenie stands and eats; something she loves to do. Every day she gets a little stronger. We here at RDR NYC NEVER GIVE UP. And here is why … Queenie had the will to live and her medical team agreed. NEVER did we discuss putting Queenie to sleep, because if she had the slightest glimmer of hope, which she did, to pull through her horrific, abusive past, we were going to make sure she had every medical advantage to do so. And now look at Queenie! Her road to a full recovery will be long and hard but worth every second, every minute so that Queenie can go on to live a beautiful life.”

Read the earlier story and see the dog’s earlier video by clicking here.

Photos and video of dog thrown away as trash courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. Watch for more updates as Queenie regains her strength.

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Cops rescue pup destined for Asia meat market again in NYC during blizzard

A four-year-old pooch, who had been rescued after having been destined to be dog stew in the Asia illegal dog meat market, was rescued a second time after she ran away from the rescue organization in Manhattan during last Tuesday’s blizzard. According to the Animal Haven in SoHo, Pandy, the mixed-breed adorable pup had been on her walk early that afternoon when she became spooked and bolted away from her handler:

“She was being walked today by one of our incredible volunteers in the winter storm and got away from him. We are heartbroken and have been searching all over the city in the bitter cold and snow. She was lost in Soho at the corner of Grand and Lafayette and was last seen on 18th Street just north of Union Square about an hour ago. She is microchipped and wearing a purple collar with a leash attached. Please note that Pandy is extremely shy and may try to run if you approach her,” the group posted on their Facebook page.

And so frightened little Pandy ran nearly 40 blocks to the entrance of the Lincoln Tunnel where she could easily have been killed in the heavy traffic, but fortunately she was spotted by our boys and girls in blue – this time by the Port Authority of New York and the New Jersey Police Department as she was just about to enter into the tunnel. The officers weren’t aware of Pandy’s plight, but were able to grab her dragging leash and transported her to the ASPCA on East 92nd Street. From there Pandy was were able to be identified and returned to the rescue group via her microchip.

Pandy suffered from the cold and bleeding paws; she seemed to need some extra love from volunteers and the police – everyone was happy to oblige. After all, Pandy had already traveled more than 8,000 miles to come to New York and ran 2.5 miles in the city during the snowstorm. What a lucky little dog!

(Pandy photos saved from Thailand meat market courtesy of Animal Haven, Port Authority Police Department

For more information about adopting Pandy, click here or call 212.274.8511.

Could it be that Pandy has nine-lives just like her feline friends? What a story this pup could tell if she could only talk.

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Starving dog resigned to death had surrendered to ‘the fates’

Shanti was a suffering, starving street dog in India, and when first discovered she had fallen into a sewage ditch. The senior had an enormous, infected wound on the side of her head and neck; the flies and maggots swarmed her face, yet she never moved. She just sat in the shallow water and had resigned to death – and there she waited for her pain and her life to fade away.

When local villagers notified Animal Aid Unlimited to help, rescuers arrived and wrapped her in a blanket as they gently lifted her out of what was to be her destined tomb and transported her back to the emergency hospital area. Shanti was completely helpless, and had the organization come to her rescue that afternoon, she certainly would have died in that concrete drain – her energy so drained, she could not even muster up the strength to lift herself out.

Treatment immediately began on her massive wound; a powder was applied to kill the maggots, but it would take several hours for the powder to work before veterinarians and technicians could clean the wound. Clearly dehydrated, she was administered intravenous fluids which she would remain on for days. And on her second day at the hospital, Shanti was sedated, and the thorough cleaning of the wound began.  The dead maggots were removed, the wound was debrided and carefully bandaged:

“If there ever was an animal on the brink of death, it was this sweet girl when we rescued her,” the organization posted on their Facebook page. “It was an uphill battle to get her strong enough to eat on her own to stand and to heal…. But after 6 weeks of treatment meet beautiful Shanti today:

Shanti wouldn’t be alive today if not for the generous help of supporters.

“She would have died alone, confused, in terrible pain and so scared in that awful sewage drain. The suffering she was enduring when we found her was unimaginable and something most of us will never come close to experiencing in our whole lives. Thanks to your help we were able to stop that suffering and replace it with comfort, healing and love.”

To donate to help more dogs just like Shanti, please click here.

Photos via screenshots of Shanti – resigned to death, from YouTube courtesy of Animal Aid Unlimited.

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Actor Patrick Stewart melts hearts as he showers rescued pit bull with kisses

The “X-Men” star Patrick Stewart has melted hearts making his fans smile from ear to ear after posting on Facebook that he and his wife Sunny Ozell are fostering a lucky pit bull named Ginger. It’s all about those kisses and the gentle strokes as Ginger contently sleeps on the couch; or the fun just hanging out at the pool.Patrick Stewart and dog

Ginger is a sweet gal rescued from a pit bull fighting ring. Found at a Los Angeles shelter, Lesley Brog, the founder of the rescue group Wags and Walks just couldn’t resist the dog’s positive outlook on life despite what she had been through in the past. An immediate bonding experience began the moment Stewart and the dog met. Ginger knew – as she lathered her new foster parent’s face with those slobbery, wet kisses.

“Thank you for that, that was a nice greeting,” Stewart said in his video. “Thanks to @ASPCA and @WagsandWalks, @madameozell and I are finally fostering our 1st pitbull! Meet Ginger. I’m in LOVE. #AdoptDontShop #pitbullsofinstagram #pitbulls,” states the caption accompanying the video.

The way Stewart just melts as he watches Ginger walk up the driveway and opens the door of his home to this sweet dog is beyond sweet. While stopping by to be interviewed by television host Conan O’Brien, Stewart admitted he hadn’t had a dog in 50 years. On the show he said:

“I’ve longed for this day. We are looking for a permanent home for her.”

If interested in giving Ginger a permanent home, check out the nonprofit Wags and Walks to fill out an adoption application. There has been a lot of speculation as to whether Stewart and his wife will become what is affectionately referred to as “foster failures,” (adopting Ginger) however his press comments seem to indicate no at this point.

“They’re just doing a really, really beautiful thing,” said Lesley Brog, founder of the rescue organization. “Hopefully this will help so many more.”

(Photos via Instagram)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Heartbreaking farewell as soldier drapes American flag over body of his canine partner

It was a heartbreaking moment when a U.S. Air Force soldier held his beloved German shepherd that served alongside him until the very end last week and . As reported by Inside Edition, Air Force Staff Sgt. Kyle Smith found out that his former partner-turned-pet had to be humanely euthanized because of a severe disease affecting the very quality of the devoted dog’s life. And so an American flag helped to pay the proper respect for a military hero.Soldier drapes flag over mil 2

For nearly Bodza’s entire 12-years of life, the German shepherd served the United States as a military dog. In 2012, the canine hero was paired with Smith while in deployment in Kyrgyzstan. And when Bodza was retired by the government a few years later, Smith was there to adopt him; since then the two have seen each other through a number of life’s challenges, but that was alright – anyone with a love for their dog knows the loyalty to each other. Bodza loved life- he loved long car rides, chasing shadows, licking windows when he became excited and the companionship of his human friend:

“My boss said, ‘Hey, go check your Jeep,'” Smith recalled. “They went out and put a bowl, a brand new leash and two collars, and they put [Bodza] at the back of my Jeep. I got to take him home the same day he retired.”

So when years later, Bodza had trouble jumping into Smith’s jeep, it was originally thought the dog suffered from age related arthritis or hip dysplasia – so common with German shepherds. Smith monitored the dog’s condition for months, but when his front legs weakened and the dog would slip beneath his own legs, further testing was performed. Bodza was diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy, an incurable disease that affected his spinal cord, and Smith was forced to make the difficult decision to euthanize Bodza.

“I held him in my arms the entire time. I’ve never cried that much my entire life. It was the saddest thing — he was dragging himself along the tile floor because it was hard to maneuver. Instead of putting him on the table, I had a minute with him on the floor,” Smith explained. “I just kept holding him, rubbing and kissing his head, telling him, ‘I’m going to miss you.’ “My boss immediately said, ‘Where’s your American flag? You should have one in your building. Find it for me now.'” Smith said.

They then draped the flag over Bodza’s body, in recognition for his service to the country. And so we lose another American hero, but he was honored just as all those who serve our country should be. Rest in peace Bodza. You served our country as a hero.

(Photos of Bodza draped with American flag via Inside Edition)

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Blind dog missing for 7 days found in nearby forest

A blind dog that wandered away from her family’s Boulder Creek, California home and into the nearby forest area of the Santa Cruz mountains has been rescued. The blind Labrador retriever named Sage wandered away on February 24 after her owner, Beth Cole, thought the dog had been brought into their house that night.

According to the Santa Cruz Sentinel, the 12-year-old Lab wandered into the forest. When the family realized Sage was missing, neighbors and friends searched day and night, and not only were they worried about the dog surviving the cold temperatures, but mountain lion attacks had been reported more than usual in the immediate area.

And then on the eighth day of the dog’s disappearance, neighbor Dan Estrada and his friend Victor Lopez had been hiking behind their home when they spotted what they thought was a garbage bag in the water. It wasn’t until the men got closer did they realize it was Sage lying lifeless in the stream with her chin barely out of the water. As Estrada carefully lifted her up, Sage picked up her head noticing Estrada’s dogs, but was too weak to walk on her own.

Estrada stated he was overcome with emotion at that moment:

“When we saw she was alive, I jumped in the stream and hugged her. Man, it was really emotional. It had been dry that week and the new rain was moving in,” said Estrada. “When we found her she didn’t have the energy to lift herself out. That stream bed would have been flowing during a rainstorm. My wife and kids were waiting for us at the top. Everyone was crying.”

Estrada carried Sage out of the woods – the blind dog is responding well and is expected to make a full recovery.

Estrada turned down the reward offered by the family and asked that the $1,000 be donated to the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter. Sage is doing well, and her family is very grateful for all the help and support. What a lucky dog you are Sage!

There still are a lot of great people in this world helping those who can not speak for themselves. Dan and Victor – you are awesome heroes!

(Photos pf blind dog Sage courtesy of Dan Estrada)

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Sheriff adopts bloodhound he rescued from ‘death camp for dogs’

The Warren County Sheriff in Iowa has adopted a bloodhound he helped save from egregious conditions at a failed dog rescue located at a deserted home near Indianola on February 2, 2017.. The announcement came on Saturday as the Animal Rescue League of Iowa posted a photo on their Facebook page of the bloodhound dubbed Karma, being hugged by Warren County Sheriff Brian Vos and his wife. The Sheriff hadn’t seen Karma since the day he rescued him with 19 other dogs, but admitted he just couldn’t get the pooch out of his mind.Karma the bloodhound before

Lindsey Morrow, the owner of Bully Breed Miracle Network had rented the property to run the dog rescue, but had collected thousands of dollars and left the dogs to starve and suffer. After reports of animal neglect, Warren County authorities found the remains of two dogs left in filthy cages at the property. The remaining dogs had been living in their own feces and urine and were found inside a camper in the home and in cages – all the animals had been in various degrees of serious neglect. Karma was barely breathing when the sheriff lifted her nearly lifeless body into his arms and rushed her to a veterinarian for life-saving emergency treatment.

According to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, the dog was in hypovolemic shock from hypothermia and had been kept in intensive care.  When finally  cleared for adoption, Sheriff Vos was there to meet her. And so the two met again …

“While there has been overwhelming national interest in adopting sweet Karma,” stated the ARL of Iowa, “we are happy to announce that she will be going home with the very person who saved her life and helped collect the evidence that will hopefully bring her alleged abuser to justice.”

Because of Sheriff Vos and the efficiency and compassion of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, 18  dogs are alive today; all were saved just in time from the worst conditions ever imagined. And for Karma – it’s the perfect name and the perfect family.

Photos of Karma the bloodhound courtesy of ARL of Iowa.

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