Senior dog wakes up to dead canine companion after gravely ill owner surrenders dogs to shelter

When Duke and his bonded companion were surrendered to the Orange County Animal Services in Orlando, Florida on January 25, their world fell apart. Their owner has been gravely ill with Stage 4 cancer, and no one in the family would take on the responsibility of the dogs – so off they went.  Although shelter life was devastating without anything or anyone familiar, the dogs still had each other and slept intertwined in each other’s arms.

And then a tragic turn of fate occurred on Wednesday. Duke’s brother died last night a shelter volunteer revealed early this morning on Facebook. And if Duke could speak, this is what he likely would have told us:

“The worst part is that my brother died last night. I was by his side when he died, but I watched him die and no humans were around to hold him when he died to tell him he was a good boy. I loved my brother so much and told him I loved him before he died, but I had to lay next to him until the shelter people got in this morning and found him dead. He is now safe at the Rainbow Bridge, but now I am all alone in a concrete kennel surrounded by noise and terrible memories of what happened overnight.”

Someone is needed to reassure Duke that he is indeed a good dog and is loved and still has a reason to live. He is described as loving people, but gets excited when someone approaches his kennel cage and barks. Volunteers think Duke just wants to make sure people see him – even though he is a senior pup wearing a black coat with streaks of gray and white.

Click here for more information. “Hi, my name is Duke. I am an approximately 9 year old black neutered male.  I tested heartworm Positive. I weigh approximately 65 pounds. I have been at Orange County Animal Services since Wednesday, January 25, 2017. If you are looking for me, please come to Orange County Animal Services at 2769 Conroy Rd., Orlando, FL.” The phone number is (407)836-3111. Make sure to reference #A137276.

Duke needs pledges to cover his medical expenses (heartworm treatment plus he has some skin growths that need to be addressed). He also needs a foster home before a rescue can save him.  His life literally depends on us to help. Share his plight with approved rescue organizations, family, friends and social media contacts. An additional link for Duke can be followed here.

Photos and video of Duke via Facebook and Brittany Young.

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‘Are you here to save me?’ Shelter pup Creassy looked to photographer for help

All of his life, Creassy spent with his family. On January 14, however came the biggest betrayal the German shepherd never saw coming. It was the day his family surrendered the 11-year-old to the Miami-Dade Animal Services. And as the days slowly passed away – one by one, the shelter pup looked to a photographer for help – “Are you here to save me?,” he seemed to have been asking.Creassy 2

Click here for this boy’s Pet Harbor listing: CREASSY “(A0807127) I am a neutered male brown German Shepherd Dog mix. The shelter staff think I am about 11 years old and I weigh 47 pounds. I was turned in by my owner and I am available for adoption.” His Facebook page can be followed here.  A volunteer on the Urgent Dogs of Miami offered this heartbreaking description:

“Imagine spending 11 years with a family, and then waking up one day behind bars, where they left you without saying goodbye. It is never okay to dump your dog at a shelter, but even worse, to dump a senior dog who has given you all of their love & loyalty for so many years…and now they’re sleeping in a cold metal cage without any comfort or love. Heartbroken Creassy was mid-scratch when we photographed him, and he looked up like “Hey are you going to save my life? Pretty please?” 

This senior is just waiting for a second chance. His adoption fees have been waived. Share his plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. His medical records are as follows:

CREASSY’S MEDICAL HISTORY
A0807127 47.00LBS DOG BROWN N GERM SHEPHERD MIX

Heartworm prevention given today.
If dog is HW negative; the adopter/rescuer/foster has 30 days to contact their own veterinarian for consecutive heartworm prevention treatment.
HEARTWORM SNP NEG
HW PREVENT
FIPRONIL 15%
DHPP
DEWORM
BORDETELLA
NORMAL 0.00LBS DHPP boosters # 2 administered today.
47.00LBS

Miami Dade Animal Services is located at 3599 NW 79th Ave in Doral, Florida and is open Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

(Photos are you here to save me via Urgent Dogs of Miami)

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14-year-old senior Max ‘wandered’ away from home into busy shelter

Gentle and loving, Max currently waits at the East Valley Animal Shelter for his family after he was picked up as a stray. How does anyone explain to a dog the life he once knew is gone?  Animal advocate and frequent shelter volunteer, Sherry Brewer  met this 14-year-old handsome pooch and wants everyone to know he deserves better:

“Just one look was all it took! Then, spending time with MAX (A1677725) outside the kennel had me hooked! At an estimated 14-years of age, it appears that MAX had the ability to wander away, albeit slowly, from his home to end up in the East Valley Animal Shelter as a “stray.” His family, obviously, has not come for him.”

A Facebook page for this dog can be found here. His advocate notes he weighs about 48 pounds and is truly an adorable pooch. He wouldn’t require a lot of exercise; maybe a few times a day for a leisurely walk to enjoy the fresh air, companionship and much needed moderate exercise to keep him “young.” Perhaps a soft bed to sleep on near his family and a gentle pat or two on the head reassuring this senior is a good dog will comfort him. By the way, Max loves treats! When asked how he does with other dogs, the following information was provided:

Friends of East Valley Animal Services- Van Nuys, CA “He showed no reaction when walked by kennels, but that’s not a true test, obviously. He may have some arthritis in his back legs, causing him to walk slowly, so it’s doubtful he can chase after another pet.”

Kindly share this dog’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives; Max is depending on all of us to help him find a new, loving home. Please note that Max is also eligible to be fostered; all medical expenses are covered during that time.

For more information about this wonderful dog, contact the East Valley Animal Shelter located at 14409 Vanowen in Van Nuys, California. Phone: (888) 452.7381. (Photo of Max courtesy of East Valley Animal Shelter)

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Aussie is 17-years-old and deserted at shelter by his family

His name is Clyde, and the kind and gentle Aussie, 17-years-old, was surrendered to the East Valley Shelter in California by his owners on Sunday. The senior’s plight touches all of our hearts as compassionate animal advocates and friends question how anyone could drive their dog to a busy shelter, take off his collar and walk away after so many years together? Sadly, dogs are left behind much too often, and even more tragic are the seniors left to mourn in noisy shelters once they realize their families are gone forever. Some are lucky; some find new homes.

This dog’s Pet Harbor link can be found here. “My name is Clyde and I am a neutered male, black and tricolor Australian Shepherd mix. The shelter thinks I am about 17 years old. I weigh approximately 63 pounds. I have been at the shelter since Jan 29, 2017.” For more information about this animal, call
Los Angeles Animal Services – East Valley Shelter at (888) 452-7381. Ask for information about animal ID number A1678905. A Facebook page can be followed here. An alternate page can be found here.

There has been an offer to help pay for any expenses for Clyde for the remainder of his life. Please share this boy’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives; the rescue community is Clyde’s only hope, and whether he has one week, one month or years to live, this boy surely deserves better than what has just occurred.

For additional information including veterinary records made available by the shelter, interested adopters are urged to call:

Los Angeles Animal Services – East Valley Shelter (888) 452.7381 located at 4409 Vanowen Street in Van Nuys, California 91405.

Photo of  Aussie 17-years-old via Pet Harbor and East Valley Shelter.

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Dog who survived severe cruelty and now fighting cancer finds loving home

In Mesa, Arizona, an eight-year-old Boxer named Daphne is a true survivor. In the age-old adage to “never give up,” this spunky pooch has finally found her loving family and now begins a new chapter in her life – albeit much happier this time although she is fighting cancer. On Tuesday, the Arizona Humane Society announced that Daphne has been adopted. Daphne rescued

When rescued, Daphne weighed only 29 pounds and suffered from a painfully infected skin condition. For years, in her previous life, the sweet dog had spent every day and night confined to a cage where she slept in her own urine and feces. Nursed back to health, Daphne was sent to a foster home where she was described as doing fine. She gained 16 pounds and loved her new home – she loved to sunbathe on the porch and happily cuddled into her own plush bed. It wasn’t until Daphne returned to the Arizona Humane Society for a routine teeth cleaning, that her luck took a turn for the worst.Daphne rescued 3

Veterinarians found a small mass in her mouth; results of the biopsy tested positive for a malignancy. (Gingival Squamous Cell Carcinoma). The organization does not have the funding to treat Daphne’s cancer, but at this time she is doing fine. Daphne is energetic, has a great appetite and loves everyone she meets. Although her prognosis for the future is unknown, it didn’t stop a loving family from adopting her.

Live long and well Daphne. You deserve the best. (Photos of dog fighting cancer courtesy of Arizona Humane Society.)

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Update: Angry blind senior who faced the wall begins anew

Ten-year-old Luna, a blind senior Chihuahua figured out her family didn’t want her anymore.  Brought in as a stray to California’s Baldwin Park Animal Shelter on January 12, Luna had been microchipped, but when called, her owner no longer wanted her. For the first five years of Luna’s life, she had been living with the family she loved. Then cataracts developed, and her sight slowly began to fade away. When her family no longer had time for her, they gave her to another family, and the next five years went quite well – that is until Luna went completely blind. Suddenly the blind senior ended up in a cold cell – dogs barking, strangers talking to her, and she was just plain scared and miserable. There she was – betrayed again.Luna the blind senior

A volunteer, brought to tears watching the frightened sightless Chihuahua who seemed to have given up on life, posted the following on Facebook hoping to attract attention for Luna’s desperate rescue plight:

 “Sh*t out of luck little blind chi who just faces the wall and growls when anyone approaches! She has about as much chance of getting adopted as she has of driving a car. To make matters worse, she is at the back of the shelter and a non-public medical building so no one’s ever going to get to see her. I thought she was incredibly cute though and pray that maybe some kind soul will take pity on her and her grumpy predicament and get her the heck out of there!!”

When Pet Rescue Report shared Luna’s heartbreaking story, social media and kind animal advocates did the rest; they shared the tragic plight of a dog who just got old and lost her eyesight. Just two days later, came the senior’s big break; Hand in Paw came to Luna’s rescue.

“We learned of her story just yesterday, and we were able to help her because a wonderful woman has stepped forward as a committed and experienced, special-needs foster. She is not one bit aggressive and she loves to be touched. She just wants to be safe, surrounded by warmth and calm. Welcome, Luna…your future is bright with us, and we will NEVER stop loving you,” Piper Wood, the organization’s founder posted.Hand in Paw Luna

“I’ve fallen in love with this girl, Luna. She is one of the most precious dogs I’ve ever met! The fear and apprehension are gone. All she has left is love and affection, which is all she will ever receive from now on. This before and after is heartbreaking, but it is proof that kindness and compassion create miracles.”

Welcome home Luna. The group is investigating if Luna’s eyesight can be restored, but no big deal if that’s not possible. Many thanks for everyone who shared this dog’s story. (Photos of blind senior courtesy of Hand in Paw Rescue.

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Blind senior faces the wall day and night with little hope for adoption

Her name is Luna, and the blind senior Chihuahua was brought in as a stray on January 12. Lucky for Luna, she was chipped and her family was called; unlucky for Luna, her family didn’t want her anymore. A volunteer, brought to tears just watching the frightened sightless Chihuahua who seemed to have given up on life, posted the following on Facebook hoping to attract attention for Luna’s desperate rescue plight:

 “Sh*t out of luck little blind chi who just faces the wall and growls when anyone approaches! She has about as much chance of getting adopted as she has of driving a car. To make matters worse, she is at the back of the shelter and a non-public medical building so no one’s ever going to get to see her. I thought she was incredibly cute though and pray that maybe some kind soul will take pity on her and her grumpy predicament and get her the heck out of there!!”

And her advocate continued:

“She is age 10, blind as a bat, grumpy. That may be the good news!! She is tiny anyway and probably has no teeth so her bites, if she follows through on those growls, will probably amount to little more than being gummed!”

Luna’s Pet Harbor listing can be found here. “My name is Luna and I am described as a female, tan Chihuahua – Smooth Coated. The shelter thinks I am about 10 years old. I have been at the shelter since Jan 12, 2017. For more information about this animal, call Los Angeles County Animal Control – Baldwin Park at (626) 962-3577. Ask for information about animal ID number A5025190.  A Facebook page to follow her plight can be found here. Share Luna with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. We are Luna’s only hope.

(Photo of Luna courtesy of Jackie Gibbons Tomlinson.)

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Beyond heartbreaking: 16-year-old senior shivers in fear at Miami shelter

It’s a beyond heartbreaking brief video; 16-year-old Brandie the senior shivers in fear at Miami-Dade Animal Services. Somehow this black and brown Pointer mix was picked up as a stray on January 3. Her family either abandoned or just gave up trying to find her. Tragically, Brandie’s situation is desperate as the shelter has called out to their participating rescue organizations for help.Brandie 2

And as if being a senior and being black and brown isn’t bad enough, Brandie has been tucked into one of the bottom dark cages in the adoption room where she is overlooked and ignored as plump little puppies capture all of the attention of would be-adopters.

“As she looked over to the people choosing puppies, I was observing the sad look in her eyes. The senior shivers in fear and just looks out of her crate to that people that don’t even see her black body in the dark cage,” one volunteer at the shelter observed on Thursday.

Click here for Brandie’s Pet Harbor listing. “I am a spayed female, black and brown Pointer mix. The shelter staff think I am about 16 years old. I have been at the shelter since Jan 03, 2017.” For more information about this animal, call Miami-Dade Animal Services at (305) 884-1101. Ask for information about animal ID number A0812176. A Facebook page for Brandie can be found here.

Watch Brandie’s short video and share her plight with approved rescues, friends, family and social media. She’s a senior – and at this time of her life deserves better than this. We are Brandie’s only hope. Please help. The Miami-Dade Animal Services is located at 3599 NW 79th Avenue, Doral, Florida 33166. Call (305) 884.1101 or email pets@miamidade.gov.

Photos and video of senior shivers in fear by 4Love of Paws Miami:

 

 

Heartbreaking: No new home means Frankie dies today

Update: Rescued!

Ten-year-old Frankie spent Christmas, and now the first nine days of 2017 in a kennel cage at the Miami-Dade County Animal Services. The very sad terrier has waited and waited for someone to save him, and no one has stepped forward. He shakes and shivers and has no idea why he is being kept behind bars as a prisoner; the sweet gently dog didn’t do anything wrong.

The shelter has sent out numerous please for help, and this dog urgently needs a rescue to save his life. His deadline is Monday afternoon at 6:00 p.m. when it has been reported the dog will be euthanized for space. Described as incredibly sweet, friendly and calm, this dog would make a wonderful companion. Surely there must be someone out there to give him a loving home and a warm bed – instead of the cold floor of a kennel and a fate even worse than that. The dog’s initial evaluation described him as friendly, non aggressive, but stiff. Advocates have been pledging funds to help a qualified rescue organization with his medical expenses.

Share Frank’s plight with friends, family and social media contacts. We are his future, and sharing saves lives.

A Facebook page for this dog can be followed here.  For more information about this dog, contact Miami-Dade Animal Services Pet Adoption and Protection Center located at 3599 NW 79th Ave, Doral, FL 33166. Be sure to reference A1840190. According to Urgent Dogs of Miami, there has been interest in rescuing Frank. Pet Harbor listing here.

Photos and video of Frankie courtesy of Urgent Dogs of Miami.

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Senior Labrador retriever found abandoned and depressed

By the look in Ray’s eyes, this senior Labrador retriever knows he has been abandoned and his family will never try to find him. Found wandering alone and scavenging for food scraps in Torrance, California, eight-year-old Ray isn’t feeling that well. He’s much too thin, his eyes are crusty, and he’s missing parts of his coat, but none of that has diminished his love for humans – no hard feelings with Ray. All he wants is a family to love.

Click here for Ray’s adoption listing.  “I don’t have a name yet and I’m an approximately 8 year old male Labrador retriever  I am already neutered.  I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since January 7, 2017.  I will be available on January 22, 2017.”

Ray’s Facebook page can be followed here. Additional information can be found here. Share Ray’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. Advocates have been pledging funds to help an approved rescue with veterinarian and support expenses.

For additional information on fostering or adoptions, please contact:

Carson Shelter, Gardena, California
216 Victoria Street, Gardena, California
Phone: 310.523.9566 Make sure to reference A5023753.

Photos of Ray the senior Labrador courtesy of Saving Carson Shelter Dogs

A short video can be viewed here: