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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.

Read the latest animal news on the National Pet Rescue Facebook page.

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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.

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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

SHELTER ASSESSMENT ~ EXPERIENCED HOME
No Cats
No dog parks

Came in with MAX ID# 40223

BEHAVIOR NOTES

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 1: CLICK ON THIS RESERVE LINK: https://newhope.shelterbuddy.com/Animal/List
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 6 ( MOST IMPORTANT STEP ): GO TO THE MENU AGAIN AND VIEW YOUR CART. THE ANIMAL SHOULD NOW BE IN YOUR CART!
Step 7: Fill in your credit card info and complete transaction Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) nycacc.org

Shelter contact information
Phone number (212) 788-4000
Email adoption@nycacc.org

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.

Follow the National Pet Rescue Facebook page for more animal news and the latest updates.

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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.

Read more on Gus’ story here.

Read the latest animal news at National Pet Rescue on Facebook.

In the news yesterday: Officials believe that moose drowned because of people crowding to take photosMore here.

More news: Busted! Woman accused of dumping blind and deaf senior has been identified and charged. More here.


You’re sure to smile – adorable kittens are simply cuteness overload! Watch the video here.


Clever dog stands in the pool like a human – watch the adorable video here.

 

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 rescuemesc@gmail.com. Follow Miracle’s story on Facebook.

(Photos of Miracle Orangeburg County Animal Control and Shelter)

Follow the latest animal news on the National Pet Rescue Facebook page.

In the news yesterday: Man accused of beating his girlfriend’s dog to death – story here.

More news: Starved dog, Champ, continues to inspire with progress and forgiving heartMore here.


You’re sure to smile – adorable kittens are simply cuteness overload! Watch the video here.

Clever dog stands in the pool like a human – watch the adorable video here.

Funds needed to keep dog ‘Captain’ from being euthanized

Captain, an almost two-year-old male terrier/Dogo Argentino mix has not done very well being the captain of his own destiny.  He was born 12/23/16 to a mother who was a stray and has just lost the only foster home he has known for 1.5 years.  The next stop for Captain is the county shelter where he will most likely be euthanized due to his age and breed.

A Good Samaritan, upon hearing of Captain’s plight, offered to pay for ten days of boarding to keep him out of the shelter. That money has quickly run out.  The Good Samaritan wants to help Captain get into a new adoptive home but will need time to find the right person(s) who will be a good fit for his personality.

Captain is described as small, weighing 54 pounds, but he is all muscle.  He is looking for a forever home after spending 18 months with a foster.  He was lucky enough to live in a country setting and thrived in that kind of environment. He loves kids and shared his recent foster home with two young boys ages 8 and 11. He did well with them because they were young enough to run around and play with him, but also old enough to understand that a dog is not a toy. He would also take treats gently from them.  Captain would not do well with children younger than 7.

Unfortunately, Captain gets very attached and possessive of his loved ones and gets jealous when his humans share their love with other canines in the home.  Because of this, he will do better in a home where he is the only dog. Captain is a dog who needs lots of daily exercise as well as mental stimulation to keep him entertained and happy. He is definitely not a couch potato and loves nothing better than a long walk or the opportunity to run free in a safely enclosed area.

When he doesn’t get enough exercise, or he is eft alone for long periods of time, Captain will become depressed, bored, frustrated and/or destructive. His humans must be willing to spend a lot of time playing with him and letting him burn off energy. Captain however, will not do well in a dog park setting or any type of playgroup.

He has his favorite frisbee and does well entertaining himself with his IQ treat ball toy. He is also very inquisitive about his environment. He is neutered, crate trained and potty trained.

Another one of Captain’s favorite things is riding in a car. He would make a wonderful travel companion for someone as he is quite well mannered. Because the need to find Captain the right home based on his personality traits, it may take longer than expected. Right now, his only option is to stay in boarding, however it is quite costly, and he must have his own food supplied due to his special diet. He cannot eat food with chicken, poultry, corn or beets or he will break out in hives.

Captain is barely two years old. He wants to live and will be most grateful to anyone who helps give him that chance.  He doesn’t want to end up as another statistic; a dog killed because no one wanted him. If boarding funds run out and no one steps forward to take him in, his only option is the shelter and euthanasia.

All funds will be used to buy him more time in boarding until a home can be found. Any leftover funds will be used towards his care and training in a new home.

To help keep Captain safe, please donate to his fundraiser

https://www.gofundme.com/keep-dog-from-being-euthanized.

In the news yesterday: Man accused of beating his girlfriend’s dog to death – story here.

More news: Starved dog, Champ, continues to inspire with progress and forgiving heartMore here.

You’re sure to smile – adorable kittens are simply cuteness overload! Watch the video here.


Clever dog stands in the pool like a human – watch the adorable video here.

 

Owner would have dumped bonded seniors in shelter parking lot

A bonded pair of senior dogs would have been dumped in the shelter parking lot, had Riverside Animal Shelter not been able to take the dogs. According to a volunteer, the heartbreaking story for these two frightened dogs began on August 28.

“The bonded pair was surrendered yesterday while I was at the shelter. Staff let me know that the owner is moving out of state and had tried to rehome them for quite some time with no luck. If the shelter wouldn’t have taken them, the owner said he would have dumped them in the parking lot. Shelter staff told me they are extremely bonded. If you are wanting to rescue, they come as a pair.”

TILLER #A1354780  PetHarbor listing.
I am a neutered male, black and tan German Shepherd Dog and Rottweiler.
The shelter staff think I am about 9 years old.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out the video:

EMBER #A1354781  PetHarbor listing
I am a spayed female, black and tan German Shepherd Dog and Rottweiler.
The shelter staff think I am about 9 years old.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video #2. Check out how sweet these two dogs are to the staff.

For more information about these animals, call the Riverside County Animal Control – Riverside Shelter California at (951) 358-7387. Ask for information about animal ID number A1354780 and A1354781.

Share their plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. Follow their Facebook page here.

(Photos and videos of dogs that would have been left in the parking lot courtesy of Saving Riverside Shelter Dogs)

Read more animal news on the National Pet Rescue Facebook page.

More news: Puppy rescued from beneath suffocating blanket in 90 degree heat – more here.


Border collie gets so excited watching herself on TV – watch the adorable video here.

Puppy reunited with mom – watch the heartwarming video here.

Charity and SuzyQ – all they have left are each other

Charity and SuzyQ arrived at the Jackson County Animal Shelter in Gautier, Mississippi from a bad situation. Charity, a bully mix and her bonded pal SuzyQ, miniature pin and chihuahua mix, are all they have left; both had been severely covered in fleas, undernourished and suffering from demodex mange.

The adoption coordinator, Maridee Bond Mallette captured the two embracing as they seemed to be assuring each other that everything would be fine.

“When I walk by their cage they are always laying in different funny positions together,” Maridee wrote. “They love each other. It breaks my heart to see them taken away from each other. There are so many that come in like this, and I just don’t understand why people don’t take care of their pets.”

The dogs are both available for adoption. On Tuesday, Maridee was able to trim their nails. Both dogs are currently being treated for demodex and have been gaining weight. Share their plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

They are available for adoption. 4400 Audubon Lane Gautier, MS 39553. 228-497-6350.

More news and updates on National Pet Rescue here.

In the news yesterday: Man accused of slitting throat of his mom’s dog – read more here.

More news: Bears held captive for decades moving to sanctuary – read more here.


Border collie gets so excited watching herself on TV – watch the adorable video here.

Puppy reunited with mom – watch the heartwarming video here.

‘Yara’ wants to know: Can someone help me find a home?

Meet Yara. Since July 31, this one-year-old Boxer has been watching and waiting for someone to make her their own. The 52-pound female has been  described as dog friendly, curious and quiet.

“YARA #A1463287 

(Check out her PetHarbor listing here.)

I am a female, brown Boxer.
The shelter staff think I am about 1 year and 1 month old.
I have been at the shelter since Jul 31, 2018.
If I am not claimed, after my stray holding period, I may be available for adoption on 08/04/2018.”

For more information about Yara, call:
Riverside County Animal Control – Riverside Shelter at (951) 358-7387
Ask for information about animal ID number A1463287

Yara really needs help finding a home. Her video already reflects her sadness – just a young dog who deserves better. Sadly, very few viewers have checked out her video.  Share her plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

Adopt your next best friend. Yara promises a lifetime of love.

Positive news: Chubby cat who stole the heart of the nation has found a new home – read more here!


Get your puppy fix – sweet Dane falls asleep while eating strawberries. Watch it here!


Puppy reunited with mom – watch the heartwarming video here.

 

Even when mini pinscher pretends to sleep, senior shivers in fright

Even when Rosie, the mini pinscher, pretends to sleep, her tiny body shivers in fright. She arrived as a stray on August 25 and her family has not been to the Carson Animal Care Center to find her. The nine-year-old adorable pooch seems exhausted and is missing most of her hair. The shelter is very crowded, and Rosie’s life is at risk.

#A5212961 My name is ROSIE and I’m an approximately 9 year old female Mini Pinscher. I am not yet spayed. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 8/25. I will be available on 8/29. You can visit me at my temporary home at C248.”

Mini Pinscher  AGE:9 years
Female  ARRIVED:8/25
AVAILABLE ON: 8/29
Carson Shelter – 310-523-9566
M-TH 12pm-7pm, F-SU- 10am-5pm
216 W Victoria St. Gardena, CA 90248

Follow Rosie’s plight on Facebook here. We can only hope her family finds her, but if not, a plan for her immediate rescue is needed.

Video:

(Photo and video of mini pinscher who pretends to sleep courtesy of Saving Carson Dogs)

Keep up with current animal news on the National Pet Rescue.


Border collie gets so excited watching herself on TV – watch the adorable video here.

 


Puppy reunited with mom – watch the heartwarming video here.

Senior shepherd Truman dumped at shelter because his back legs hurt

Meet Truman. His situation is listed as urgent after he was surrendered to the Carson Animal Care Center on Thursday. Here is a 15-year-old handsome German shepherd because they said “he has trouble with his back legs getting up and down.”

A5212433 My name is TRUMAN and I’m an approximately 15 year old male German Shepherd. I am already neutered. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 8/23. I will be available on 8/23. You can visit me at my temporary home at C136.

German Shepherd  AGE:15 years
Male (N)  ARRIVED:8/23
AVAILABLE ON: 8/23
Carson Shelter – 310-523-9566
M-TH 12pm-7pm, F-SU- 10a.m.-5p.m.
216 W Victoria St. Gardena, CA 90248

Watch Truman’s video. This boy appears to have been well cared for and he gently takes treats out of the volunteer’s fingers, however he cries for his family. Who can blame him? Share this dog’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. Follow Truman’s plight through his Facebook page.

(Photos and video of Truman courtesy of Saving Carson Dogs)

Read more of the latest animal news on the National Pet Rescue.

In the news yesterday: Police dog died after being left in handler’s car for nearly 8 hrs – read more here.

Light hearted news: Silly dog soaks house after dragging hose inside – see the photos here!


Get your puppy fix – sweet Dane falls asleep while eating strawberries. Watch it here!


Puppy reunited with mom – watch the heartwarming video here.