‘Suitcase kittens’: 15 kittens dumped on side of country road

Why would anyone cram 15 tiny kittens into a suitcase and then abandon them? Perhaps it’s a question someone might answer one day, but the 15 tiny kittens, dubbed the “suitcase kittens,” believed to be from several litters – no more than three to five weeks old, were found by a veterinary  nurse walking to work in Dagenham, England on Saturday. The suitcase had been dumped on the roadside and upon closer inspection, the nurse spotted air holes, and just knew she had to open it up to see what was hidden inside.

According to Yahoo News, the kittens are now being cared for by volunteers from Cats Protection’s Hornchurch and District Branch. They will be fostered until they are old enough to be adopted. Alison Gambles, the Welfare and Homing officer described their condition:

 “Although they were all alive and in fairly good condition, they were clearly far too young to be away from their mothers. Six of them had obvious cases of eye infection and although the others seem okay for now, we will need to closely monitor them. Someone must have felt in a very desperate situation to do this. They seem to have intended the kittens to be found as the suitcase had been left near the home of the veterinary nurse, who is well known locally. But with kittens this young and vulnerable, the outcome could have been awful.”

Since their discovery, the Cats Protection organization has received an outpouring of support. Animal advocates have been lining up to adopt the adorable little fluffy loved ones. If only all cats and kittens could be adopted….

(Photo of Suitcase kittens via Cats Protection’s Hornchuch and District Branch)

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Animal lovers celebrate news that Ringling Bros. Circus to close

On Saturday night, news broke that Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus would be shuttering “The Greatest Show on Earth” in May, after a 146 year run. Multiple outlets covered the news and animal lovers who have been hoping to see the end of the circus’ use of wild animals for entertainment have been celebrating ever since.

In a press release, Animal Defenders International (ADI) President, Jan Creamer, stated:

“After decades of exposing the suffering of animals in circuses behind the scenes, we are pleased to hear that Ringlings has finally bowed to public opinion – it was a mistake for them not to see the trend away from animal shows to human-only performances over a decade ago. Circuses can survive without the animal performances.”

Ringling Bros. cited declining ticket sales and a “shift” in public opinion about circuses as the reason behind the decision to end the long-running show. ADI outlined their findings as they worked to stop circuses from using wild animals to entertain people:

Studies of the use of wild animals in traveling circuses show that in the circumstances of a traveling show, circuses cannot meet the needs of wild animals. Animals are confined in small spaces, deprived of physical and social needs, spending excessive amounts of time tied or chained up, shut in transporters and unable to move around.The abnormal, stereotypical behaviors seen in circus animals, rocking, swaying and pacing, indicate that they are under stress and not coping with their environment. ADI’s video evidence has shown how these animals are forced to perform tricks through physical violence, fear and intimidation.

Ringling Bros. transitioned away from using elephants in their performances last May – a press release from Feld Entertainment explained how the move impacted the show:

Ringling Bros. ticket sales have been declining, but following the transition of the elephants off the road, we saw an even more dramatic drop. This, coupled with high operating costs, made the circus an unsustainable business for the company.

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Zuzu, shepherd rejected by owner at shelter has been rescued

A German shepherd mix, who escaped from her backyard and was brought to the Downey Animal Care Shelter in California will have a wonderful new life; the  shelter named her Zuzu after the little girl in “It’s a Wonderful Life.”zuzu-the-dog-3

When brought into the shelter, the staff believed Zuzu was a stray – that is until the two-year-old rushed to the fence of the shelter’s play yard when she spotted her “family.” At that moment the people began to talk to her and petted the top of the pup’s head through the fence.zuzu-the-dog
“With her fast wagging tail seeing her owners, Zuzu lit up like a Christmas tree. She looked like the happiest dog. Yea, she’s going home! But no! Talking to her owners, they told me they were not here to reclaim her; they were getting another dog,” posted volunteer Desi Lara on Facebook as she videoed the heart wrenching scene.
The family no longer wanted Zuzu – she was just too sad.
“Zuzu’s father, another German shepherd had just passed away and Zuzu was crying and heartbroken. She escaped her family’s yard and hopped the wall and got into her neighbor’s yard. The unhappy neighbor called Animal Control, and her owners were going to let her stay there. Their reason? Because she was crying and sad since her father passed away. She was not a happy dog anymore.”
When animal advocate. Sal Valdepena reached out to the Pet Rescue Report to help Zuzu find a new home, it didn’t take long before her story went viral.  And although there has been much criticism against the shelter, it is important to remember the dog came in as a stray.  It has not been verified if the family adopted another dog. Because of  sharing  Zuzu’s plight, she will be leaving Friday to an approved California rescue, Pet Adoption Fund, where she will receive all the love and attention she may have missed.
Previous video and story here.
(Photos of Zuzu via Facebook)
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Enter to win: Couch Coat keeps couches free of pet hair

“Win a Couch Coat” is the first free drawing the crew at Pet Rescue Report is offering. Easy to put on, easy to take off. My dog just can’t get close enough to me, and the moment I come home and sit on the couch, Austen is right there eagerly offering me his soft belly for scratches.pet-blanket-ad

Long haired dogs, short haired dogs, cats and even children spilling their milk – not a worry anymore with the Couch Coat. It fits couches up to 92″ long; it’s reversible and when it’s dirty, just throw it into the washing machine. Keep your couch clean and mess free; so pick the beige or brown side, flip out the arm covers and relax.

Want to win one for free? Just subscribe to Pet Rescue Report which automatically submits you into future drawings. So stand by … the Couch Coat drawing is scheduled for Friday, October 7.

Thank you for becoming one of our readers and helping to make this a better world for those who cannot speak.

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Bonded German shepherds sent to shelter after owner died now tasting freedom

In an emergency plea for help, two purebred bonded German shepherds were in desperate need of rescue. In June, Betsey and Berta’s owner died, and no one in the family would care for the dogs; and so they ended up at the West Valley Shelter in Chatsworth, California.the Barbie German shepherds

When volunteers at the shelter were told the dogs were scheduled to be euthanized just four days ago, advocates flooded social media for help. The plight of the “Barbie Twins” took on a life of their own as their story, their photos and video were shared thousands of times after a feature story by Pet Rescue Report.

And as angels so often appear just in time, came German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County. On  Monday, Betsey and Berta were overjoyed at their freedom walk. On the organization’s Facebook page, the following announcement brought smiles to everyone:

“UPDATE on ‘The Barbie Sisters’: Sprung from the shelter on Monday, the two girls (whom we believe to be mother and daughter) are overjoyed at their freedom! They have been making friends, playing ball and relaxing in comfort. This picture illustrates how bonded they truly are-they like to touch hands, just to make sure the other is nearby.”

“We are working to clear up some minor health issues, and learning more about their personalities.”

Please help to sponsor these two dogs. Donations can be sent here. Please mention “Barbie Sisters” in the notes.

Live long and wonderful lives Betsey and Berta. You are loved.

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Writers lose platform, plead for a helping hand


Freelance writers, Cheryl Hanna and Penny Eims, provided current pet-related content to Examiner.com for the past several years. Earlier this month, Examiner.com unexpectedly shut down the site, leaving the writers without a source of income, and readers without the pet-related news that they had come to rely on.

In an effort to continue providing information to both of the writers devoted followers, the Pet Rescue Report was created. Response to the new site has been positive – unfortunately, there are so many readers the the costs associated with the maintaining site are far outweighing the minuscule earnings.


Hanna and Eims desperately want to continue doing what they do best – writing about dogs, cats and other animals, keeping readers up-to-date on the latest news, and helping at-risk animals who are in need of help.

This particular post is a plea for help – the writers are hoping to find people who are willing and able to provide suggestions for a better website design, ways to secure advertisers, or other ways to keep up with rising costs.

The writers are asking that anyone who wants to see this website continue, and thrive, to comment on the article itself, or send suggestions to Eims1@live.com or cdhanna9703@aol.com.

A GoFundMe account has been established for readers who would like to help this site succeed. Please click here to read more.