Golden retriever serves as guide dog for senior, blind spaniel

In Quezon City, Philippines, a Golden retriever acting as a guide dog for a senior, blind spaniel as seen in a video, has gone viral bringing smiles from around the world. The dogs, named Ginger and Kimchi, are known in the area as “ambassaDOGS,” and for the last three years their amazing stories have promoted both animal assisted therapy programs and mental health benefits.

The dogs regularly visit hospital patients, schools and company employees. Their service to the community is widely appreciated.

Ginger, the 11-year-old Golden retriever and 10-year-old Kimchi, are both adopted pups. As a puppy, Ginger had never been properly socialized and never was able to get along with other dogs, however her owners decided in 2012 to adopt another dog. And off they went to the CARA Welfare Philippines rescue to introduce Ginger to a new canine friend. As if it may have been destined to be, Ginger immediately bonded with Kimchi.

“We immediately took them out for a walk that turned out to be very pleasant. Ginger even licked him when we stopped for a breather, the adopters wrote on the dogs’ Facebook page. “Seems like the dog, whom we later named Kimchi, chose us, and Ginger chose him.”

Kimchi had been abandoned and suffered health issues including being almost blind. When in 2015, Kimchi became totally blind, Ginger, who never had any formal guide dog training, took over the part of leading her pal anywhere the family traveled.

It was just recently when the video of Ginger leashed together with Kimchi went viral as Ginger helped the blind pooch down the steep stairway at the hotel.

“We tried a few times to let Kimchi go down ‘strange stairs’ by himself and he just stood there and didn’t budge,” said his human parents. Ginger is Kimchi’s eyes, and he gets his confidence and courage from her.”

Of course, social media is always filled with opinions – both good and bad. According to their Facebook page, some people have been critical of the dogs tied together.

“Please understand that there really isn’t any cruelty that’s happening in the video, or in their relationship as guide dog-blind dog. Ginger and Kimchi adore each other. At home, they aren’t tied to each other, Kimchi knows the general lay-out of our humble home, the location of the front door, stairs, water bowls, and his favorite armchair. Heck, he even knows where the cat litter boxes are so we make sure they cleaned quickly because he enjoys partaking a “kitty-choco” snack when he gets ‘lucky’. We also put some barriers around them to discourage him from raiding.”

In addition, Kimchi might be spared some feline wrath at times.

“What he doesn’t know is where any one of our 18 cats is sleeping, so he sometimes gets whacked by 2 particular kitties, when he bowls over them in his daily walks around the house. But he does bump into walls and table legs occasionally so we’re hoping someone would donate a doggie “halo” to him, something that we simply cannot afford given the great disparity in exchange rate.”

Ginger and Kimchi’s humans hope to assure everyone that the two dogs are extremely bonded to each other and have no problem with their living arrangements. They recently celebrated their adoption birthdays together.

“…While there are many pet-friendly parks, resorts, and malls in the capital of the Philippines, none allow off-leashed pets. They are the only ones allowed because well, none of them is going anywhere without the other, as each keeps the other in check. Ginger is very patient, she gently tugs at Kimchi to where we lead her to. But more often than not, she can take Kimchi to any direction she chooses, as we often walk behind them. Kimchi, totally trusts his soul-sister, and allows himself to be led. If he doesn’t like the flooring, say it’s too slippery for him, then he’d just stand and refuse to budge, then Ginger just patiently stands by his lil bro…”

(Photos and video of dog serving as guide dog for his canine pal via Facebook)

Check out their videos.


Isn’t it wonderful to have a best friend?

Now watch Ginger lead Kimchi down a flight of steep steps.


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Beaten and abused – dog gets second chance

From horrific cruelty to the beach – inspiring!

Intentionally starved ‘Champ’ brings hope for change in animal cruelty laws

Champ, the intentionally starved dog, continues to flourish at his Maryland foster home. After four-and-a-half-weeks, he has gained 30 pounds – with another 30 to go, but what a difference. He loves his walks, he loves to roll in the grass, and he carefully watches for any scraps to fall from the kitchen counter.

Who can believe this is the Laurens, South Carolina dog whose photo of him curled up in the dirt starving, near death and crawling with maggots went viral? Animal advocates were outraged as Champ’s terrible story of abuse and neglect unraveled. His journey began on August 14 when he was rescued.

“His heartbreaking story is that he is the victim of a breakup,” Rescue Dogs Rock NYC co-founder Jackie O’Sullivan posted on the organization’s social media page. “… since ‘he was not her dog’, she fed her dogs but not Champ.”

The Justice for Champ Facebook page has garnered nearly 48,000 fans who have been following the dog’s recovery. His photos  tell his story. From the shiny coat, to the friendly outings with other dogs he meets along the way to the hugs and smiles he gives to his foster parents, Champ is a survivor. It is the story of a dog who nearly died, was saved by Rescue Dogs Rocks NYC; and look at him now!

Not only does Champ bring hope that elected officials will see some of the “before” and “after” photos and enact stricter animal cruelty punishments, but also pass new laws prohibiting chaining and legislate to set reasonable  and humane standards of care for all companion animals.

Check out Champ’s video to see where his heartbreaking story started and where he is today. Champ is the hope for the abused, neglected and abandoned.

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Previous coverage of Champ here.

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Bonded pair deserted at 14-years-old in desperate need of help

When their family moved, Oscar and Boba were deserted and sent to Carson Animal Care in California. The 14-year-old bonded dogs had never been away from their home or their family. And if life couldn’t throw any more lemons at these two sweet dogs, the shelter separated them – each in a different building. Neither one knows where the other dog is – neither one can be comforted by each other.

“#A5219560 My name is OSCAR and I’m an approximately 14 year old male Dachshund. I am not yet neutered. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 9/16. I will be available on 9/16. You can visit me at my temporary home at C230. My former family who owned me for had to give me up because they were moving.”


“#A5219565 My name is BOBA and I’m an approximately 14 year old male German Shepherd. I am not yet neutered. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 9/16. I will be available on 9/16. You can visit me at my temporary home at C109.”

Dachshund and German Shepherd  AGE:14 years
Male  ARRIVED:9/16
Carson Shelter – 310-523-9566
M-TH 12pm-7pm, F-SU- 10am-5pm
216 W Victoria St. Gardena, CA 90248


Video 2 for Boba:

Follow their Facebook page here. Please note the dogs’ status has been listed as URGENT. Share their plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

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(Photo and videos of deserted seniors courtesy of volunteers at Saving Carson Shelter Dogs)

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Emma tried to hide in the corner of Texas shelter: This puppy got lucky

Emma Tee tried to hide in the corner of a Texas shelter; this was to be her last stop in the medical ward before a cart arrived to move the neglected nine-month-old puppy to the back room for euthanasia.  On Friday, her story had been destined to begin and end as follows:

“Emma Tee sits in a Texas kill shelter, in horrendous medical condition.
She’s on the cold and dirty, germ infested floor which is so sad
She is at the end of the road here.
Hairless, her limbs are swollen from infection, deep sores and gashes all over her body
We don’t know who did this to her, who allowed this to happen to her
She lies curled up tight, in a little ball hoping she can hide away in the shelter walls
Sadly, it’s just the opposite, there’s no hiding as she’s in the sick ward , where those dogs are first to be Euthanized.”

Emma Tee is one of the lucky ones. Rescue Dogs Rock NYC were asked to help this puppy, and at that moment the puppy’s life changed. She is currently safe and recovering at the organization’s San Antonio veterinary partner. Her skin is badly infected, her legs and feet are so swollen, she can barely walk, and the open sores all over her body are just a small indication of the misery and neglect this young puppy has suffered in her short life.

Emma Tee is expected to make a complete recovery.

To help with Emma Tee’s recovery and the beginning of her new life, donations can be made by clicking here.

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Rescuers devastated as shelter orders euthanasia of healthy dachshund

Rescuers are devastated, but have promised to do  everything they can to save a healthy dachshund from euthanasia after the dog’s owner surrendered him to Devore Shelter in California. According to the owner, the dog has a behavioral problem including having bitten several people. The owner therefore made the decision, paid extra and ordered the dog be killed.

His story begins here:

“Heartbreaking as owner refused to allow the Doxie to go to a rescue. Paid to have it euthanized. The owners are the only people who can reclaim the dog and give the doxie to a rescue. There is no evaluation done by the shelter to re access, and verify signed statements to be true and substantiated . It is because the owner made a claim the dog has bitten before, the impulsivity (sp) of this owner’s action sounds retaliatory. If this bouncing loving dog has behavior issues there would of been many rescues willing to get the dog evaluated and rehabilitated. I hope they are never allowed to adopt another living animal again! Outrageous injustice without a fair assessment from a trained personnel.”

Check out the dachshund’s video as he was being surrendered. How sweet does he seem?

Approved rescue organizations have volunteered to rescue the dog, however Devore Shelter has refused. No explanations have been provided when and why the dog had been aggressive. Rescuers stating they would use a behavioral trainer have also been denied ownership of the dog. No official bite records have been made available.

When contacting shelter personnel, please be respectful.

“Devore Shelter: Doxie A669324
As you can see the dog is healthy and sweet
Please all call Devore and tell them not to do it
‭(909) 386-9820‬
Press 0 for operator. Be nice
Tell u are calling about Doxie and want him released to Rescue.ask for supervisor. Ask the name of the supervisor
Please also email and ask them not to kill the dog.””

Following is the information about the other dog available for adoption:

“KANE – ID #A669325 (available 9/13) **OWNER SURRENDER (the owner dumped this dog along with a doxie. The owner authorized euth of the doxie claiming the dog “was a biter.” The doxie is not on the website, and the shelter plans to klll the doxie based on the owner’s completion of the surrender form. If you can try and save the doxie, call Devore NOW and ask to speak with the supervisor.”

I am a neutered male, tan Pomeranian mix. (ADOPTION FEE = $25)

The shelter staff think I am about 9 years old.

I have been at the shelter since Sep 12, 2018.

For more information about this animal, call:
San Bernardino County – Devore Shelter at (909) 386-9820
Ask for information about animal ID number A669325

(Photos and video of dachshund via Facebook Cindy Sorensen)

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Helping to keep pets safe during Hurricane Florence

Pet owners are encouraged to have a disaster plan for Hurricane Florence, which includes pets.  Reports circulating social media of dogs and cats being abandoned on the sides of the roads as families evacuate cut to the bottom of our hearts. Aren’t pets part of the family?

In 2005, during Hurricane Katrina’s evacuation from the Superdome in New Orleans, families had been standing in line trying to get a seat on a bus waiting to escape the terrible conditions. Among the panicky people was a little boy who held on to his small, white fluffy dog named Snowball. Both the little boy and the dog were scared and hungry, but the situation worsened when a police officer grabbed the little boy’s dog – telling the crying child his pet was not allowed on the bus. Snowball was pried out of the child’s hand as the child screamed “Snowball, Snowball,” and then the little boy vomited as he became overcome with grief. The world reacted.

There have been safety measures enacted since the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act in 2009 (PETS) requires plans for the evacuation of pets in addition to people. The bipartisan initiative requires the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to ensure that state and local emergency preparedness plans include the needs of household pets and service animals before, during and after a major disaster.

It is important to know, however the bill does not guarantee that hotels and motels must accept pets although many make exceptions during this time. The bill reads:

“Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act of 2006 – Amends the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to require the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to ensure that state and local emergency preparedness operational plans address the needs of individuals with household pets and service animals prior to, during, and following a major disaster or emergency.

Authorizes the Director to: (1) study and develop plans that take into account the needs of individuals with pets and service animals prior to, during, and following a major disaster or emergency; and (2) make financial contributions, on the basis of programs or projects approved by the Director, to the states and local authorities for animal emergency preparedness purposes, including the procurement, construction, leasing, or renovating of emergency shelter facilities and materials that will accommodate people with pets and service animals.

Authorizes federal agencies to provide, as assistance essential to meeting threats to life and property resulting from a major disaster, rescue, care, shelter, and essential needs to individuals with household pets and service animals and to such pets and animals.”

It is advised to call the hotel before and ask if pets are permitted, however hotels are required to accept service animals. Check out these pet friendly hotels in North and South Carolina.

To get ready for Hurricane Florence,  reach out to friends and relatives not in the danger zone for help. Make sure to have all emergency necessities for your pets including food, water, bowls, leashes, pet carriers, cat litter, medicines and medical records especially indicating dates of rabies and distemper vaccinations.

When on the road with your pets, keep them leashed or in carriers. Any pet can panic and try to escape, bite or scratch. Stay calm – this is the best way to keep your pet calm. Shelters and rescue groups hundreds of miles away have been taking in pets from up and down the Carolina coast. Foster homes and adopters are stepping up to make more room in shelters and rescue organizations.

If you have been thinking about adopting or even just fostering a pet while Hurricane Florence bears down, this is the time. Never have so many pets needed a helping hand and a big heart more than they need now. If you want to assist and can’t adopt, monetary donations are the top priority.

Check out the information offered on the Hurricane Florence Small Animals Facebook page.

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Shelter employee says dog abused with pepper spray in ‘training exercise’

In Cheyenne, Wyoming, a shelter employee contends a shelter dog was abused with pepper spray in what the Cheyenne Animal Shelter director has called a “training exercise.”

According to the Wyoming/Tribune Eagle, shelter volunteer and foster coordinator Marissa Cox had been bitten by an eight-month-old pit bull mix named Tanner. Animal control officers were able to put the dog back into his kennel, and Cox was treated for her injuries.

The following day, the shelter president, Bob Fecht ordered officers to bring Tanner, and another dog meant to agitate Tanner, to the back of the shelter telling all the employees that no one was to video what was to take place.  Fecht ordered Cox to use pepper spray on Tanner once he was agitated. Cox refused, however another officer complied. Tanner was sprayed until he coughed up blood, and then the dog was hosed off with water, brought back to his kennel and euthanized 24 hours later.

Jay Klapel, the community cat program coordinator, sent a detailed email to five shelter board members after gathering information about the troubling incident; calling what happened a “gross abuse of power,” and claiming it was clearly animal abuse.

The shelter released a report written by an animal control officer whose name was redacted. That person described Tanner as “viciously mauling” Marissa – a claim others deny. The report stated that pepper spray is safe and relatively harmless. The “training exercise” was to determine if the spray made the dog more or less aggressive; show the staff how to use pepper spray and build employee confidence when handling violent animals. The report did not mention no one was to video the situation nor was it noted another dog was brought outdoors with Tanner in order to agitate him.

Thus far, Cheyenne Animal Shelter Board President Chloe Illoway has stated the allegations are being investigated, however there has been no proof of animal abuse and Klapel was just a “disgruntled employee.”

As for Tanner, the very active puppy had spent weeks at the Avenues Pet Clinic with no major incidents before coming to the shelter and was not a “vicious dog.”

A Facebook page Justice for Tanner can be followed here. An investigation continues.

(Photos via Justice for Tanner Facebook)

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To die: Bonded pup and deaf pal torn apart by NYC Housing Authority

In a cruel twist of fate, a bonded pup and her deaf pal have been torn apart by the New York City Housing Authority that restricts pets weighing more than 25 pounds. Who can even count the amount of dogs killed by euthanasia since the city’s inception of the weight restriction law?

And on Monday, one day before September 11 – a day no one will ever forget, Porsha will lose her life at Brooklyn Animal Care Center. For no behavioral reasons, both dogs have been separated from their families and each other. (Her bonded pal Max is not on the list to die today)

A volunteer writes about Porsha.

“Porsha is truly a doll! She is so friendly and sweet. She makes super cute piglet noises when she’s happy. She seems housetrained and walks nicely on the leash. Porsha is reportedly friendly with kids, likes to play with toys and was bonded with her deaf housemate, Max , also at Bacc. She’s a good girl.”

Max # 40223 and Porsha # 40224.


Video #2

Porsha ID# 40224 Brooklyn Animal Care Center
4 yrs old, 69.2 lbs
Gray / White Female
Large Mixed Breed Cross
Intake Date: 08-31-2018

No Cats
No dog parks

Came in with MAX ID# 40223


Upon Intake:
Upon intake Porsha was very friendly as her tail wagged she did lick me. She was also nice enough to allow me to collar her as well as scan her for a microchip. She did sit still for her pretty intake photo as well.

Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):
Owner surrender

Previously lived with:
2 adults, 1 dog

To adopt this dog, follow the instructions listed below:

Step 2: Go to the red menu button on the top right corner, click register and fill in your info.
Step 3: Go to your email and verify account
Step 4: Go back to the website, click the menu button and view available dogs
Step 5: Scroll to the animal you are interested and click reserve
Step 7: Fill in your credit card info and complete transaction Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC)

Shelter contact information
Phone number (212) 788-4000

Shelter Addresses:
Brooklyn Shelter: 2336 Linden Boulevard Brooklyn, NY 11208

“Thank you for your interest in adopting from Animal Care Centers of NYC. Our At Risk List is posted each day (except Saturday) at 6:00PM and remains viewable until 12:00PM noon the following day.”

The shelter starts euthanasia at 1:00 p.m. Follow Porsha’s Facebook page here.

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Houston we have a problem: Suffering stray dogs and few stop to help

Everything is bigger in Houston, but Houston we have a problem. On the exciting sides are professional sports programs, cultural opportunities and dining pleasures, but nonetheless there are many problems affecting man’s best friends; suffering stray dogs wandering around the city and few stopping to help.

On Thursday, animal advocate Laura Jean posted the collage of dogs found  and rescued within a two mile radius of a dog whose photo and story quickly went viral this week. Gus, a stray dog, whose head had swollen to at least twice its normal size, wandered through the neighborhood scavenging for food and relief from his pain. A shoelace had been tied tightly around his neck; he had been shot with pellets at least 25 times.

“All these dogs were found and rescued within 2 miles where I found Gus,” Laura Jean wrote. “All found over 3 years just by ME. In a TWO MILE RADIUS. This collage doesn’t include the ones I have seen dead, who got hit by cars – including a puppy with a collar just yesterday.”

“We don’t have a dog problem, we have a people problem,” Laura Jean explained.

Stray dogs wander the streets in 100 degree temperatures weaving in and out of traffic, begging for food and even approaching citizens practically begging to be helped. Hundreds of cars passed by as Laura Jean tried to help, yet not one person stopped. Some of the dogs rescued were found at gas stations, walking up to individuals, but no one even turned around.

In Houston, stray dogs are a problem. Drive through SunnySide, Fifth Ward or the Third Ward. Many people don’t even want to drive in these neighborhoods – imagine how a lost, abandoned or injured dog must feel? They shake in fright, hide in vacant basements and look like skin stretched over their skeletons, yet humans ignore them and leave them to suffer.

“Seeing a loose dog on the street in NOT normal,” states Laura Jean. Waiting 3-4 days for animal control to pick up a dead dog is NOT normal. Animal control coming out ONLY for bite cases in NOT normal. 100+cats/dogs on a shelter euthanasia list of ONE day is NOT normal. 300-400 animals at ONE shelter is NOT normal… “

And the list goes on.

“A puppy dead in the street is NOT normal. A public shelter refusing intake and asking rescuers/good Samaritans to leave suffering strays on the streets in NOT normal. Chaining a dog up to a tree is NOT normal. Picking up a stray and finding out it’s been shot with a bullet or even pellets is NOT normal.”

Just yesterday, Laura Jean had been out to rescue ONE dog at a local grocery store in SunnySide, and within 30 minutes spotted seven more strays in dire need of help. Tragically there are so few solutions for these pets – not nearly enough low cost or free spay and neuter services, few fosters available and shelters refusing to take strays. And so these innocent victims of irresponsible and neglectful humans suffer the consequences.

Houston – we have a problem. Rescued Gus was one of the lucky dogs, but there are many still out waiting for their day.

Check out Gus’ updated video here:

“I hope Gus’ Journey is a wake up call for our Mayor and city because it’s time for Houston officials to wake the hell up,” Laura Jean told Pet Rescue Report.

Laura Jean is part of Mush Mesh Animal Rescue,  however does much of her work independently. Donations for the rescue organization can be made here.

” If anyone would like to help Laura continue saving the forgotten street dogs

For anyone who is moved by what I do and would like to help me and all the dogs I rescue….

Most of the items are for trapping…. Always in need of Viennas the wysiwash is to sanitize from parvo/coccidia. Gotta stay safe, you know?

I don’t have the salary to be spending what I do on the items I need to rescue/trap dogs so if anyone would like to purchase an item, THANK YOU

And thanks Samantha for pushing me to make this list”

Make a difference in a dog or cat’s life. Get involved.

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Left behind tied up with no food or water, Miracle’s tail still wagged

In Orangeburg, South Carolina, the sweetest dog, dubbed Miracle, was left behind – she had been tied to an old makeshift dog house without any food or water. Still, when Animal Control officers arrived and found her, young dog Miracle, wagged her tail in excitement and happiness most likely thinking someone does care about me.

“…But lucky for her, someone saw her and called us. Miracle just wags her tail. And loves everyone,” wrote the Orangeburg County Animal Control and Shelter on their Facebook page early Friday morning. “And that sweet disposition makes her past even more heartbreaking.”

Surely Miracle had to have wondered why her family abandoned her. Did she do something wrong? Was she going to die? Dogs don’t blame humans; they live for the day.

Miracle needs an approved rescue organization to step up for her and give her the care and love she deserves. Share her plight with friends, family and social media contacts. If interested, email Follow Miracle’s story on Facebook.

(Photos of Miracle Orangeburg County Animal Control and Shelter)

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