Newborn puppies fall through grate at Texas shelter and drown

In a South Texas shelter, negligence of the staff resulted in the loss of four tiny lives less than two weeks ago. The German shepherd and Rottweiler mix, with her ten newborn puppies, had been surrendered to the high kill shelter, and instead of giving the family a bed where the mother dog could safely nurse her puppies, she and the litter were left on the concrete floor. There was no blanket; not even a plastic pool to contain the puppies as they blindly wandered in their concrete prison searching for each other for warmth and comfort, while trying to nuzzle and nurse from their mother.

And then the unthinkable occurred. Because of the shelter’s negligence, four of the babies easily fit through the kennel grates and fell into the drain below

which had been filled with water from hosing down the kennels. The little ones drowned a slow and painful death.

“A volunteer witnessed this and immediately removed the mom and her surviving newborn puppies out of the shelter to safety,” Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC wrote on the organization’s Facebook page. “The shelter did nothing except watch it happen. It’s supposed to be a safe haven for the homeless animals that come into it, but in fact, it’s quite the opposite here, and this family probably was better off on the streets.”

Knowing how helpless this little family was at the time and being aware of this tragedy, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC stepped forward and brought the family to safety. The mother dog, now named Zelda and her surviving six puppies, have all been safely moved and are now in foster care. Since rescue Zelda and her family are doing well, and all of the puppies are thriving. It is expected they will be ready to travel in a few weeks and will be brought to New York City to await their exciting adoptions.

Please check out Zelda. She weighs 50 pounds and is a year-and-a-half-old. She is reported to be fantastic with children, dogs and cats. Please consider adopting this beautiful young dog. Apply here for Zelda and her pups:


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Photos of the newborn puppies and Zelda courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC


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California is first state to ban sale of puppy mill animals

In what will become a significant blow to commercial pet breeders, generally referred to as the puppy mill industry, California pet stores will be required to get their puppies, kittens and rabbits from rescue organizations and shelters. Beginning in January 2019, only individuals will be able to purchase pets from private breeders. For pet stores, violators could face fines of $500 per offense.

On Friday, Governor Jerry Brown signed the law covering the entire state; 36 cities including Los Angeles and San Francisco, already have similar bans against large commercial breeding operations. The bill, A.B.485 has had strong support from animal welfare organizations and was written by Patrick O’Donnell and Matt Dababneh, two Democratic California Assembly members.

Arguments for the ban included how pet stores rarely know nor do they reveal the circumstances relative to the breeding of the dogs, cats and rabbits brought into their stores for retail sale. Puppy and kitten mills have long lists of inhumane conditions as to overcrowding, lack of care, lack of socialization and the very basics of humane care.

The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council has opposed the legislation, claiming the new law would jeopardize hundreds of jobs. Pet stores, however have been dwindling in numbers for the past few years as public awareness of puppy mills draws the ire of animal advocates across the country. Still some pet store owners argue the ban prevents consumers from having their choice of purchasing a specific breed or simply not purchasing “someone else’s unwanted pet.”

“By cutting off the puppy mill pipeline that moves cruelly bred animals from across the country into California pet stores, A.B.485 will also help prevent California consumers from being duped into purchases that contribute to unconscionable animal ‘production’ and suffering,” the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said in a statement.

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(Photo of puppy mill operation via HSUS)

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No happy ending yet for this “ugly duckling”

There is no worse feeling in the world than the feeling you are not wanted, or you are the ugly duckling who everyone overlooks.  This is how it felt for Rocket, a nine-month-old female Staffordshire/Dogo Argentino mix. When Rocket, a Christmas puppy was born, she wasn’t the cutest puppy and she was also the runt of the litter.  Poor Rocket was passed over again and again at adoption events while the more attractive puppies were selected.

However, as in the classic story, Rocket has grown into a beautiful dog. She has stunning brindle markings and a perfectly proportioned, athletic body. Unfortunately, Rocket was recently overlooked again and lost her opportunity for a home at the last minute when her potential adopter decided to take in a dog that was rescued from the Hurricane Harvey area. This occurred on Labor Day and since then, Rocket has been stuck in boarding; not the ideal environment for a young, healthy, high energy dog.

Rocket is currently in Oregon under the care of Animal Coalition Unlimited where she has been since she was born. They are anxious to find a home for this affectionate girl. She is described as intelligent, athletic, high energy and strong willed. This girl loves to run and will need to be in a home with a fenced in yard. She also loves car rides, long walks and is crate trained. She is further described as gentle and protective of family members, but no small children because she is quite active and strong. Rocket will make an excellent companion for an active and experienced dog owner. She does well with other adult dogs of the opposite sex and reportedly got along okay with a non-reactive cat for a weekend. She has not been exposed to other cats since then.

Like most dogs, if Rocket does not get enough exercise or is left alone for long periods of time, she will become bored, depressed and frustrated. She is a very curious girl and very inquisitive about her environment.

Watch her video here

To schedule a meet and greet with Rocket, please fill out the application form here

Animal Coalition Unlimited does not adopt their dogs out on a first come first serve basis but rather on the philosophy of finding the most fitting home for each dog.  If interested in Rocket, please send an email to

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Besides getting an amazing dog, Rocket will also come with a bag of grain free Petcurean and her favorite toys. It’s very important that Rocket’s adopter gives her a lot of exercise to stay sound and fit and also mental stimulation to keep her entertained and happy. When she first meets someone, she is calm and reserved while she tries to size you. Once she gets used to a person, then her true personality comes shining through and she becomes a rocket! She can run for hours with another dog without getting tired. She will make a great dog for agility challenges because she has very good coordination when she runs and jumps.

For updates on Rocket, visit the Animal Coalition Unlimited on Instagram

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Rocket is not looking for a fairy tale ending to her story, or a castle to live in. She just wants a home with a caring person who will give her all the love, and exercise she needs. She will return that love tenfold.



















Hairless dog with horrific case of mange wagged her tail the moment rescuers appeared

A hairless dog suffering from a horrific case of mange lived under an abandoned car in a tiny village located near Rajasthan, India. Her condition was so grave, villagers had called Animal Aid Unlimited; it was feared Pepper as the sweet dog had been named, would die soon because the infections from her sores had taken a desperate toll on her body. Yet, Pepper wasn’t willing to give up.

“She wore her heart on her sleeve,” representatives from the rescue organization posted on their Facebook page when they arrived to rescue her. “This darling street dog made our rescue team smile ear to ear the way she crawled out from under a car, desperately troubled by mange, not only, we think, to get a biscuit, but because her heart was so full of love.”

And yes, Pepper crawled right out from underneath the car – her tail wagging happily and graciously wanting to be hugged and loved in return.

Veterinarians for the organization said Pepper would have soon died had she not been rescued. And when brought back to the hospital, she was treated with intravenous fluids and medications to mitigate the damage being done to her ravaged body. Calming and cooling salves were applied, and twice a week for the next month, Pepper stood patiently while given medicated baths to help heal her wounds and encourage the regrowth of her soon to be new coat.

Her medical regime included all inoculations, virus control and spaying. Check out how Pepper paid her rescuers back with her love. Can you believe she has a black coat?

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(Photos screenshots of hairless dog Pepper via YouTube video)

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Desperate to garner attention: Last chance for Sparky

In Pilot, Texas a two-year-old terrier named Sparky continues to be overlooked. Perhaps it is because this boy is deaf, but so what? He loves children and gets along fine with other dogs. Still – for the last six-months, volunteers and staff members at the All American Dogs Animal Shelter have had no luck finding Sparky a home.

This adorable little guy, weighing no more than 25 pounds has been in the shelter since February. Tragically the population of shelter pets has exploded to nearly 70 dogs and the shelter, who takes care of 17 local towns has become overcrowded.

“He is neutered, microchipped, heartworm tested (negative) and fully vetted,” reports the organization’s description of Facebook. He LOVES kids and other dogs. He cannot be left in a yard alone or he will try to escape. He must have another dog or human with him. He loves companionship of any kind.”

In addition, Sparky has his talents as can be seen by his desperate attempt to climb out of his shelter enclosure.

“He is very smart and a volunteer worked with him on agility training and thrived. He will chase cats so he does not need to go to a home with cats. Time is of the essence  now.”

For more information about Sparky, contact All American Dogs Animal Shelter 972-382-3647. Pilot Point TX.  Please share Sparky’s plight with friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. A Facebook page featuring Sparky’s story can be followed here.

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From the brink of death – firefighters save unconscious puppy.

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Getting by with a little help from friends: 2 lonely shelter dogs bond

Two lonely shelter dogs, Blinker and Chili Pepper, had never met until they were brought into the DeKalb County Animal Services in Chamblee, Georgia. Chili Pepper arrived in August when animal control officers picked him up as a stray. In September, Blinker had been rescued after having been tethered to a property with no shelter available.

When the two  one-year-old dogs were placed together in a kennel, something wonderful happened. Almost instantly the two dogs bonded – cuddling with each other and in the most adorable way. Katie Corbett captured photos of the two as they snuggled up to each other on their little bed.

Getting by with a little help from friends has helped Blinker and Chili Pepper. How frightened any dog must be after winding up in a shelter; strange smells, no one familiar and noise, noise, noise! And so these two are always together and strategically touching – knowing how good it feels. Both dogs are available for adoption, and although it would obviously be preferred to keep them together, they can be adopted separately. Blinker loves to be hugged and appears to be the more sedate of the two dogs. Chili Pepper has some extra energy and enjoys a good romp in the yard chasing tennis balls.

Both dogs will be neutered upon adoption. Blinker will need surgery on his cherry eye which will be paid for by the shelter. Follow their story on Facebook here.

Interested in adopting? Bring the children, bring the cat and make arrangements to meet these two. For more information click here.

(Photos of 2 lonely shelter dogs courtesy of DeKalb County Animal Services)

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Unlikely friendship: Blind dog and seeing eye cat need loving home

In Fulton County, Georgia an unlikely friendship reminds us all how our differences don’t necessarily matter in the much larger scheme of life when picking our friends, mentors and companions. And so true for Kim the cat and her friend Edward the Yorkshire terrier. When Kim moves too far away from Edward, the adorable pup will bark – as if reminding his friend – “Hey where are you going without me?”

And although Kim is partially blind, while Edward is completely blind, Kim doesn’t go anywhere without her favorite pooch. The two had been rescued from a high kill shelter after having been found abandoned and alone after Hurricane Irma.

Both Kim and Edward are currently guests of Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, and besides being “besties” – they are each others’ lifeline explained Krysta Cannon for the rescue.

“I think by now, many of our followers have at least caught a glimpse of Edward and Kim – the blind senior Yorkie and his equally aged seeing eye cat. On the surface the story is so cute, their friendship heartwarming, but there is a dark side, too. From the looks of them, their lives haven’t been pretty. They ended up in a rural GA shelter. One that is extremely overcrowded and was without power for several days due to the storms. That is A LOT for any animal to go through.”

Kim has been fighting off both an eye and upper respiratory infection. Poor Edward has it even worse. The seniors are very old (14) and it takes extra coaxing to help Edward eat – which sadly has not being going well. He needs ongoing medical and care to help him feel better. These two deserved better than what they had, but now their lives are slowly being turned around.

Kim and Edward are in their twilight years; it is not known how long they have, but for now they love cuddling up to each other and feeling the love both have to offer between them. They both love to be touched and deserve any future days they have to be filled with love and happiness.

For more information how to volunteer, donate or provide a home for these two, please click here.

(Photos of blind dog and seeing eye cat via screenshot by WgclNews and Facebook Angels Among Us Rescue)

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Firefighter offers dehydrated deer bottled water – watch the amazing video here.

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Baltimore junkyard mama leads rescuers to her newborn puppies

When Baltimore City Animal Control were alerted to a call in the Broadway East neighborhood, two dogs had been reported living in an alleyway junkyard filled with trash piled nearly to the roof. Living in the filth and chaos were a Labrador retriever male mix and a smaller golden pup – soon to be dubbed Joe and Goldilocks by their rescuers.


According to BARCS Animal Shelter, the dogs had been surviving and sleeping amidst the trash. Their owner had reportedly died, but no one ever came to rescue the dogs. And when it came time to transport the two dogs to the safety of the shelter, Goldilocks hesitated and slowly approached her rescuers as if she had been trying to lead them to a particular spot. The rescue officers climbed through the piles of debris, and within minutes found the dog’s puppies – three of them, and they were no more than a few weeks old.

The staff at BARCS knew a shelter was no place for a mom and her babies and reached out to Maureen Sosa, the intake director of  Humane Rescue Alliance.

“I really wanted to help some of our local partners even though we were also helping out-of-area organizations Sosa stated on the organization’s Facebook page. “We had the space, so I wanted to fill it up!”

Goldilocks and her puppies are now together in a foster home. She is described as a sweet dog who is doing a great job nurturing and raising her puppies. Goldilocks and her puppies will be available for adoption in a few weeks. To browse all of the animals currently available for adoption, visit the organization’s website at

Check out the junkyard photos courtesy of BARCS and Humane Rescue Alliance.

Joe is available for adoption through BARCS.

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Strangers help reunite kittens who were found in two different car engines, miles apart!

Little boy told that he can choose any pet at shelter – he picks a huge, elderly cat who had just lost his home. Heartwarming story here!





We can do more: Blind and deaf 12-year-old senior needs out of shelter

Poor little Nicky; she is on a senior alert. Downey Animal Care Center shelter volunteers Sal Valdepena and Linda Chute worry about the 12-year-old senior who has been at the shelter since July 9. 

Quite sure Nicky is blind and deaf, the pint sized pooch only weighs 11 pounds and has a  heart murmur (1-2/6) The shelter, although volunteers and staff try to make this difficult situation as pleasant as they can for this little pooch, Nicky just doesn’t seem to be able to get comfortable. She paces, shakes and has not been eating well lately. Her tiny stiff legs lack regular exercise; a shelter cage is not a proper home for Nicky.

Share little Nicky’s plight with friends, family and approved rescue organizations. Doesn’t this little elder gal deserve more than this? We can do better and get her into the right loving home where the rest of her days will be filled with sunlight and love. Follow Nicky’s Facebook page here.

When inquiring about this dog, make sure to reference #A5087631.

Downey Animal Care Center
(562) 940-6891
11258 Garfield Ave Downey, CA 90242

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(Photos and video courtesy of Sal Valdepena and Linda Chute)








Dumped at shelter in trash bag: Owner ordered dog euth’ed because of fleas

Why else would a family dog have fleas or intestinal parasites if not from neglect? And so the reason sweet Canela was brought to the clinic of  Compassion Without Borders in Mexico in a trash bag and ordered to be euthanized by her owner because she had parasites had been  a very disturbing and tragic story. Of course, the southern California based non profit organization had no intentions of ending the sweet dog’s life for a condition that could be easily treated, and months later Canela is now healthy, happy and ready to come to California to find her “forever” home.

Tomorrow,  Compassion Without Borders will have the opportunity to transport Canela and 59 other dogs out of Mexico – the organization’s biggest international rescue to date. Canela and 28 other dogs still need transport sponsorship; cost is just $150 to help a dog and save a life.

Kiwi and Mango were also brought into the Mexico clinic a few weeks ago. Both were covered in mange and had a very difficult time beginning their lives. Volunteers and staff fell in love with them instantly. They received the care they needed and are now ready to begin their lives. Won’t you help?

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(Photos and videos of  dog in trash bag, Kiwi, Mango and video courtesy of Compassion Without Borders)

Check out Kiwi and Mango who are hoping to be rescued on September 17 too.