Rescued: Dog and koala stuck in abandoned mine shaft

In what the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services in Australia have called an “unusual” rescue, a dog and a koala bear were pulled to safety after getting themselves stuck in an abandoned mine shaft in Ipswich on Saturday. Rescue crews employed the use of animal bags, nets and ropes to hoist the pair out of the shaft in Rosewood.

According to 9News, the rescue crew consisted of firefighters and the RSPCA, but the initial problem centered around the shaft being too dangerous for the crews to be sent down. Fortunately the rescuers were full of original ideas, and the dog was pulled to safety first. His frightened owner stood by, and when the pooch was hoisted up with the rope, he was then sent off to a veterinarian for emergency treatment.

And then came the battle to save the koala who was being less than cooperative. Feared the animal was blind, crews were finally forced to trap the koala in a net, however the sprightly little guy had other ideas. Instead of being ensnared in the net and brought up to safety, the koala used the net to climb out on his own. He is currently in the care of the RSPCA.

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Springfield firefighter comforts dying dog after freeing pet from under a log

A Springfield firefighter comforted a dying dog after police and the fire department responded to a call from a neighbor in the 100 block of N.Hillcrest Road about the dog trapped under a heavy log. According to the Springfield Fire Company’s Facebook, two officers climbed down a slope and tried to move the log. It was too heavy, and so they called the fire department for help.

Buddy, a 12-year-old Gordon Setter had escaped from his fenced in yard on Monday. His worried owners searched all over for their senior dog including posting notices, checking online and notifying police. Because of Buddy’s age, he was also nearly deaf and blind which made it harder for the dog to find his way back home or for his family and rescuers to locate him. On Tuesday afternoon, however, according to, Buddy was found. He had wedged himself under a log; no one can figure out how it happened. Perhaps the dog had been seeking shelter from the heavy rains on Monday evening?

Most likely trapped for more than 24-hours, Buddy still remained calm as firefighters used a hydraulic ram to lift the log. Within 20 minutes the dog was freed; Firefighter Bob Tracey administered oxygen to the dog as he laid down next to Buddy, giving him a small amount of water and gently patting him for reassurance.

And with the tenderness reflected of our most admired and brave firefighters and police, Buddy was gently placed in a Springfield patrol car and rushed to an emergency veterinarian hospital where the dog was reunited with his family before the decision was made to humanely euthanize him.

Many thanks to our brave men and women who protect not just us, but our beloved four-legged companions. Rest in peace Buddy; you will be missed.

(Photos of Buddy’s rescue courtesy of Springfield Fire Company)

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Staten Island man kicks Yorkie puppy down flight of stairs 

Baby donkey rescued with hole in her forehead down to her skull

When villagers in the area of Rajasthan, Udaipur, India found a baby donkey with a huge hole in her forehead, no one could believe she was still alive. Needing immediate life saving veterinary intervention, volunteers from Animal Aid Unlimited were notified, and there in a farm area, rescuers found  tiny April nursing from her mother.

The baby didn’t put up much resistance as the men gently placed a rope around her neck and helped her into the animal ambulance, but not without the baby’s mom who had not been far away grazing along the path. Back at the hospital, the critically injured animal had maggots crawling out of her gaping wound, and so medication to kill the insects was immediately applied; that would take hours to work  before further medical treatment could begin. When the maggots were finally dead, April was sedated and started on antibiotics while the staff  removed the dead maggots, thoroughly cleaned out the wound and then bandaged it.

Within ten days, April’s condition had greatly improved; so much so she had been eating with gusto, and the wound which exposed her skull had begun to heal over. 

And now after two months, spend a few minutes, sit back, relax and smile as April’s life takes a positive change because of the kindness of Animal Aid Unlimited. To donate, please click here.

Photos via freezeshots from YouTube.

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Leave it to NYC dog owners: Creative ways subway pets ride in bags

The New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (aka the subway) is one of the best ways to maneuver through the city streets without owning a car or sitting in traffic. Although the city is known to be pet friendly, certain rules for public transportation exist – new rules about dogs having to be carried in bags passed into law despite a lot of growling and barking. Obviously the law was enacted so a person’s dog wouldn’t annoy other passengers; you know someone who might not like dogs! Could that be?

For pooch parents with smaller dogs, it has always been pretty routine, so the latest law wasn’t much of a hardship. Service dogs and emotional support dogs are still allowed as long as they are identified and leashed, but what about the big dogs?  After all, lots of people have big dogs and quite frankly, don’t they get to accompany their people too? And while many big dog owners have turned to Uber for those long trips to the park, never underestimate the spunk of the more creative pup parents who now legally ride the subway.

Delving into the particulars of the carry-on bag requirements, big pup parents checked to be sure there were no maximum sizes designated for dog carriers. Therefore, New Yorkers have cleverly delved into the more original interpretations of dog “carriers.” Most fellow passengers on the subway are supportive; the ingenuity, the humor and the faces of the dogs absolutely bring about more smiles than we could even imagine. Sure, there might be a “grumpy lumpy” traveling the subway once in awhile who turns his back on the clever owners and their adorable canine pals, but from pit bulls in duffel bags to poodles in beach bags, no one can ever underestimate the ingenuity of dog lovers.

(Photos of subway dogs in bags via Twitter and Facebook)

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Rescued cow cries for her baby after he is left behind – watch the emotional reunion here.

Chicago intervention program saves ailing puppy owner couldn’t afford to help

There were tears in the eyes of a dog owner in the parking lot at Chicago Animal Care and Control on Thursday afternoon, as a man sat in his car hugging an apparently ailing puppy lying helplessly in the back seat. The dog wasn’t feeling well, and the man didn’t have the money to take him to a veterinarian for help. According to shelter volunteer, Lindsay Joy, the man had been to the shelter, then to a vet (no money – no treatment) and then back at the shelter.

“I pulled in and saw him pacing back and forth, with his hands on his head clearly distraught as his options to surrender or go home and hope for the best,” stated Lindsay as she watched anticipating she would be calling one of her rescue friends to help save a dog after being surrendered.

The puppy was quite lethargic as he slept quietly in the back seat. Because he was so young, Lindsay worried the dog could have had a multiple of issues – perhaps even parvo. That’s when Lindsay learned a lot more about the pup’s owner as the two waited for additional help. The man works two jobs in order to pay the way for his teenage daughter’s college expenses. The puppy, named Gray, was the man’s first dog, and the reason he runs home every day to walk, feed and love; calling Gray “his only son.”

“He actually had to walk out on a client to get to Gray when his girlfriend mentioned the dog wasn’t being his normal self. I didn’t want to pry into his life,” Lindsay continued, “but I believe he is a caregiver for the elderly; he was dressed in his uniform with a stethoscope around his neck.”

“I get so used to seeing people carelessly drop off their animals,” Lindsay stated, “and now here’s a man who just wants his dog to live and I felt so hopeless.”

And then there was help; leave it to animal advocates and their larger than life compassion plus the burning desire to make a difference for each – one dog at a time. Chicagoland Rescue Intervention & Support Program CRISP, came to the rescue. The relief on the man’s face melted Lindsay’s heart, and immediately the dog’s owner headed to the veterinarian and promised to call when he arrived at Countryside Veterinary Care.

The man gave a play by play accounting of what was going on with his dog, and expressed how happy, but surprised at how others showed such kindness in a world sometimes just so unexpected. He offered to take everyone out to dinner after he gets paid next week. Gray was sent home with medication; fortunately he was parvo negative and his x-rays looked fine. It is possible Gray ate something he wasn’t, and this first time dog owner was given some expert feeding and care advice. By the time Gray and his human returned home, the puppy was already acting more like himself.

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Photo of Chicago puppy via courtesy of Lindsay Joy.

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Rescued pup reunites with firefighter who saved her – read the heartwarming story here.

Dog on death row holding her stuffy: Look at Layla now

Layla had been on death row scheduled for humane euthanasia less than one week ago at the Brooklyn facility of Animal Care Centers of New York City. It didn’t matter that Layla wasn’t an affectionate snugly pup, and it wasn’t that all adoption care centers aren’t constantly promoting adoptions; it’s that no one came to rescue this dog. The shelter suggested Layla had special needs. No one told Layla; she came from a family where she played with five children. The little ones aged two and seven were her favorites; she followed them everywhere.

Then came the day the one-year-old pooch had been surrendered to the shelter. The family had too many dogs in their household, and Layla was the last one adopted and then the first one tossed away. And when her family walked away and the children were out of sight, Layla grabbed her stuffy; it was all she had left in the world, and she carried the toy down the street and through the yard. It made her feel safe.

Like too many dogs in the shelter system, Layla was never taught the guidance and socialization skills necessary for a young pup to learn, and when Animal Care Centers of New York City recommended she be listed as “rescue only,” Layla’s chances to find a home were greatly diminished. Pet Rescue Report, however refused to give up. We told her story, we shared her photos, and we posted her YouTube video; her story went viral.

Although Layla’s plight seemed hopeless, animal advocates would have no part of giving up. All day, the puppy’s story garnered social media attention; all day messages flooded into the Pet Rescue Report’s email box begging for information wanting to know if Layla had been adopted.

At 5:00, Jackie O’Sullivan and Stacey Silverstein, co-founders of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, rescued Layla.

“Layla from today’s euth list at the NYC ACC (A1113134 Brooklyn) is SAFE with us!! ❤️

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Check out Layla now; she is safe and happy in her Connecticut foster home. Interested in adopting? Contact Rescue Dogs Rock NYC by clicking here.

Stop by the organization’s Facebook page, and thank them for helping Layla; guaranteed to make your heart smile. To help this organization rescue more dogs, donations can be made via PayPal at or

Read all about dog on death row; Layla’s story here.
(Photos courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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UPDATE: Lucky’s heart was broken when his family said he was too old

“Too old” is what Lucky’s family told the staff at the Carson Animal Care Center when they surrendered him on Wednesday. The 12-year-old Border collie’s eyes followed his family’s departure as they walked out. The dog had not given up though; he continued to watch and wait. Lucky wasn’t very lucky! Volunteers shook their heads in sad disbelief:

“LUCKY is 12 and he needs your help now; his heart was broken today when his family left him. Please SHARE for his life; he’s SO special and a FOSTER or ADOPTER would save him. He has not been neutered.  (I will be available on 6/4 may be an error) His former family gave him up because they thought he had gotten too old.”

Pet Rescue Report knew “too old” Lucky deserved another chance; too bad what his heartless family thought of him. And with the help of Saving Carson Shelter Dogs, animal rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts, Lucky found his groove.  Check out this dog’s freedom video and hope that every dog stuck in a shelter can be this lucky. Many thanks to everyone who worked so hard to help – one dog at a time.

“Too old” Lucky’s photos and videos via Saving Carson Dogs.

Puffy Paws Kitty Haven, a cat hospice and rescue shelter

Puffy Paws Kitty Haven is a no kill cat hospice and rescue shelter located in Englewood, Florida. They humorously bill themselves on line and on Facebook as the “World’s Greatest Cat House.” And indeed, they are. The founders and operators, Rick and Chrissy Kingston work very hard, day in and day out caring for two hundred special needs and unwanted kitties on their own.

Puffy Paws Kitty Haven takes care of the largest amount of special needs cats and kittens in the area. They care for cats with feline leukemia, FIV, blind cats, feral cats, epileptic cats, senior kitties, kitties with only one eye and more. All of these special needs cats and kittens would have been euthanized because they would be deemed un-adoptable. None of the cats or kittens are put down due to behavior problems, space or adopt-ability issues. The only ones that are humanely euthanized are those with medical conditions that cause pain and suffering and have no chance of survival.

Also, Puffy Paws is the first rescue in the area to feature adoptable and special needs cats live on the Internet. It all started 16 years ago in the loving home of Chrissy and Rick Kingston. There they took in cats and sometimes even families of cats. In the fall of 2009, Puffy Paws Kitty Haven moved outside the Kingston’s home. To better handle the different medical needs, they have separated them into two separate living quarters. The “Haven Home” is a 2200 square foot building which houses the healthy, adoptable kitties and a permanent resident for those that have physical, emotional and behavioral problems. The second building is 800 square feet with a 400-square foot used solely for kitties with feline leukemia. This section has been nicknamed the “The Kitty Angel Club.”

Over the last 11 years, founder Chrissy Kingston estimated that she has worked thousands of hours caring for the kitties and spent over $100,000.00 on unwanted though loving cats and kittens.

Puffy Paws Kitty Haven was named after a small, sickly kitten that was part of the Kingston’s family for only one year. The kitten’s name was “Poo-Puffy Paws,” or “Poo Puff” for short.  Although he was a happy, well loved, and well cared for kitten, he passed away during Hurricane Charlie in 2004. Naming the Haven after this very special kitten represented to the Kingstons something they wanted others to know and appreciate; one kitty at a time can change the heart of one person at a time.

On November 20th, 2006, Puffy Paws Kitty Haven became a not-for-profit corporation. This allowed Puffy Paws to raise funds for the cats currently in their care as well as future cats that will come to them needing a safe haven. But caring for 200 cats can be very costly and difficult to maintain when you rely solely on donations. It costs $946.00 a month to feed the cats and $275-$300 a day for cleaning supplies to keep the two buildings spotless and the litter-boxes clean.

(Photo of cat hospice via Facebook)

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“What greater gift than the love of a cat?”
Charles Dickens (author, Great Expectations)

Let freedom ring video: Dog no longer left behind after owner only reclaimed one pet

On Friday morning, Mia’s story garnered the attention of dog lovers, rescue advocates and volunteers across the country. The tiny Yorkie blend’s plight was so sad; just watching her former owner play with her for a moment and then abruptly leave couldn’t have been more tragic to a loyal dog. The story of her eventual freedom developed here:

“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.”

And so Mia’s questionable fate became everyone’s concern; her short video detailed the dog’s sadness and desperation.

“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 and I am good on a leash. I seem to get along well with dogs and cats.”

Just hours later, one of Mia’s advocates, Sal Valdepena made the happy announcement concerning the little one’s freedom roll:

“Ever see a dog leave the shelter ??? Pretty incredible….. Friends of Lancaster Shelter Dogs CA 2 networking page has done an OUTSTANDING job at getting the dogs seen. Thank u ladies… soooo thankful to you and the tireless work you do… Mia is free because u shared her story.”

Mia has been rescued by Big Bones Canine Rescue.

Have you ever seen a happier freedom run? Don’t miss it!

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(Photos and video courtesy of Friends of Lancaster Shelter Dogs CA and Sal Valdepena)


Rare male tortoiseshell kitten garners hundreds of adoption applications

Meet Burrito – indeed a very cute kitten as are most of the cuddly little felines, but this tortoiseshell is different. Burrito is a boy! The six-week-old kitten is considered rare due to the gene that controls his orange and black fur color. 

In a press release from the Animal Welfare Association, Dr. Erin Henry was more than slightly surprised as she turned the little cutie over to reveal the kitten’s sex; probably being the only male tortoiseshell the veterinarian has ever seen. Dr. Henry explained:

“Females have two X chromosomes, while males have an XY combination,” the Animal Welfare Association said in a press release. “This means that only female cats can have orange and black fur. To be a male tortoiseshell cat, he must have three sex chromosomes: two XXs and one Y.”

Burrito arrived with his two litter mates, Empanada and Tortilla at the Vorhees, New Jersey rescue the second week in April. So far there have been nearly 400 adoption offers from around the country including Canada. According to the organization’s Facebook page, Burrito will be ready for adoption when he is eight-weeks old and this weekend, the cuddly, curious and adorable little boy kitten will be a guest at the AWA’s Paws and Feet 5K Race and Doggie Fun Day. And a special message from Burrito for everyone and for those kind people wanting to adopt him:

“He is asking that everyone donate $15 towards kitten care today for all the kittens like him that are coming in and need round the clock care because they are too young to fend for themselves. We have over 100 kittens in foster care right now. Please donate now and help homeless pets like Burrito.

(Photos via Facebook AWA)

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