Old and ailing – dog dumped when he needed his family the most

He’s old, and ailing, possibly suffering from cancer, and he has been dumped at a busy, high-intake animal shelter in California at the time of his life when he needs his family the most. The senior dog, named “Rocko,” has been at the Baldwin Park Animal Services facility since August 18.

Volunteer photographer, Pat Gregoire, captured Rocko’s obvious confusion over the loss of his home and family in a poignant image. In a Facebook post to help Rocko find help, she wrote:

Rocko is a sweet 12 yr old male white/black pit bull mix who was surrendered on 8/18/17. He most likely needs a ‘compassion’ pull by a rescue. Another volunteer suggested that he most likely has cancer. He is calm and doesn’t appear to be in pain right now.

This sweet elder needs the help of strangers right now – his own family will not be assisting him. Please take a moment to network Rocko’s adoption information. He is an old boy who needs to be with someone who cares about him – not alone in a stark kennel run, surrounded by barks and cries.

Petharbor link here.

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 A3531915

Facebook thread here.

More news and updates at the National Animal News Facebook page.

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Dead thread means a dead dog – this puppy is in danger

Update 8/22/17: Adopted!

What happens with a Facebook thread for a shelter dog is stagnant? A so-called “dead thread” can equate to a dead dog…a puppy named “Popeye” is in danger right now because nobody is sharing his adoption information.

The eight-month-old mixed breed puppy has been at the Riverside County Animal Control – San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus since July 5. Today, over a month later, he is still sitting in his lonely, concrete kennel run.

The puppy came to the shelter as a stray but his family never bothered to come and get him. Now, though he is described as “people and dog friendly” he may die. You can play a part in saving this adorable puppy’s life by taking a few moments to network his adoption information.

Networking saves lives – plain and simple. The more people who see his face, and hear about where he is, the better his odds are of being adopted or rescued.

Petharbor link for Popeye here.

Facebook thread here.

Riverside County Animal Control – San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus at (951) 358-7387
Ask for information about animal ID number A1376534

(Image of Popeye the puppy via Facebook)

More news and updates at the National Animal News Facebook page.

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Photographer’s fostered pups featured in adorable photo shoot

When three newborn puppies were taken in as fosters by photographer Kelly Frankenburg, of 11 Sixteen Photography, they became the subject of some incredibly adorable photos – photos which Kelly hopes will find them awesome homes.

Kelly specializes in newborn photos – typically of the human sort. But after the two-week-old puppies (don’t worry, her family is caring for mama dog as well) came to stay at the Frankenburg home, she couldn’t resist doing a newborn puppy shoot as well.

She told People what inspired her (aside from the obvious – capturing amazing photos of these little ones),

I thought if people could see past them being homeless shelter dogs, if they could see how adorable they are, that they would be more likely to get adopted.”

She added:

“If I can use my talents to showcase them in a way that catches the eye of a potential adopter, then I’ve done my job. Shelter dogs are just as good as breeder dogs, and I want to raise awareness for all these wonderful shelter animals who need good homes. I hope that people see my pictures and click on the shelter website, whether to adopt these dogs or maybe they see another animal they might be interested in.”

The puppies, and Mama “Paris,” are available for adoption through Virginia’s  Richmond Animal Care and Control. Right now, Love Bug, Tito and Messi, are too young to leave their mom, but in just under six weeks, they will be ready to be adopted. Undoubtedly, their adorable photos will help them find amazing homes in no time at all.

Mama Paris

Kelly hopes that people will be inspired to not only adopt a shelter dog, but perhaps to open their home and foster dogs (puppies too!) in need.

You can visit the Richmond Animal Shelter’s Facebook page here. 

Find 11 Sixteen Photography’s Facebook page here, and website here.

More news and updates at the National Animal News Facebook page.

Please share this article and help inspire others!

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Show me your oldest, hardest to adopt dog – I want to give him a home

Some people walk into an animal shelter seeking out a lively puppy, while others seek out a stunning purebred dog. Sometimes a mixed breed dog will do, but perhaps only if the dog is young, healthy and has striking good looks.

But then there are kind people who know that many dogs are being bypassed by prospective adopters – dogs who are old, mixed breed, sickly, or otherwise ailing. One compassionate woman took it upon herself to seek out one of those hard-to-adopt dogs from the Front Street Animal Shelter in Sacramento, California.

On Friday, the shelter recounted the woman’s act of kindness with its Facebook followers:

This kind woman walked into our shelter and asked who the oldest, hardest to adopt dog was. So we introduced her to Jake.

According to the shelter, Jake is not only a senior, but he has cancer and skin issues. Those problems didn’t deter the woman. The shelter wrote:

Melani came to the shelter not just to find a great dog, but to save a life and give unconditional love to a dog in need. As you can see, it’s a match made in heaven. Please help us thank Melani…People like her are our heroes.

So many dogs are waiting for their own happily-ever-after. For those people who are looking to expand their canine family, please visit your local animal shelter and find your new best friend.

More news and updates at this link to the National Animal News Facebook page.

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Owner surrendered dog shakes uncontrollably at high kill facility


A terrified, owner-surrendered dog is tearing the heart out of volunteers who are witnessing his terrible fear. The black and white dog, ID#A384699, is so frightened at the Orange County Animal Services facility in Orlando, Florida, that he is shaking in fear.

The volunteer-run Facebook page, Rescue Me Orlando Shelter Dogs wrote:

He’s an owner surrender sitting at the shelter, terrified!! Pacman (A384699) is only 4 years old and clearly has never known comfort or safety. He cowers in the kennel and tries as hard as he can to curl up in a ball & disappear. He shakes uncontrollably.


Basically, he’s scared to death. As he should be…he’s in a high kill shelter. He’s heartworm positive and will need pledges for his treatment. Please help us share this baby!! Let’s find him some stability, safety and love

You can help this dog (Pacman) find comfort and safety by taking a moment to share his adoption information. Petharbor link here.

Orange County Animal Services at (407) 254-9150
Ask for information about animal ID number A384699

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More updates and news at the National Animal News Facebook page.

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Not again, another dog mistakenly put down at animal shelter

It’s happened again – a lost pet was accidentally put down at an animal shelter. This time, the tragedy took place at the Harris County Animal Shelter in Houston, Texas. According to Tuesday’s ABC 13 News, Cathy Foster’s two dogs, Chelsea and Diesel, escaped from their yard last Monday.

Foster made arrangements with the shelter to pick up the dogs on Friday, but when she arrived, she discovered that Chelsea had just been accidentally euthanized. Somehow, an employee at the animal shelter grabbed the wrong dog from the kennels – Chelsea paid with her life.

The shelter provided a statement to ABC 13 – a portion reads:

“As a result of this incident, the appropriate employees have been disciplined. I have ordered a review of this event and we will implement additional employee training to prevent this from happening in the future.”

KHOU News reported that Foster’s dogs were temporarily being held at her daughter’s house because her own home had burned down earlier this year. She admitted that the dogs kept getting out of the fenced yard.

The shelter has apologized for the mistake and they are “retraining” employees to ensure that a similar mistake doesn’t happen again.

A similar incident recently claimed the life of a German shepherd who escaped from his yard in South Carolina. Read about that situation here.

Find ALL recent Pet Rescue Report news at this link.

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For the first time in 3.5 years, shelter has to make ‘list’ of dogs to put down

For the first time in over three years, an animal shelter in Arkansas has had to create a “list” of unwanted pets to be put down. The sad situation is the result of a huge influx of animals being taken in and not enough animals being adopted.

In a Facebook post made this week, the situation facing the Jacksonville AR Animal Shelter is explained:

It’s been 3.5 years since we had to euthanize for space
But with the high intake of dogs and cats, we are having to make ‘the list’ today😒
All areas are full and there is no space for any new dogs that will come in today
Last week we took in 25 dogs and only 4 were claimed by their owners
It seems no matter how hard we try to adopt out animals….you can’t fight the high amount of animals that come in on a daily basis!
Please share!

Jacksonville Friends of the Animals is trying to help prevent dogs and cats from losing their lives. On Tuesday morning, the group wrote:

We are full again 😔. The only way we can do free adoptions is when we have enough donations. The city does NOT pay!! We pay for all the vet care for the dogs and cats in our shelter including heart worm treatment at almost $400 per dog. PLEASE HELP. Please share, adopt, or donate!! You can click on the donate button near the cover photo or go to Thank you!

The precious souls who are being held at this shelter have done nothing wrong – they were born and now they are unwanted. Please share this information and help find these homeless pets find a safe haven.
Website for Jacksonville Friends of the Animals here.
The Jacksonville Friends of the Animals, Inc, is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization that raises money to help the animals at the Jacksonville Animal Shelter. We pay for medical treatment not included in the city budget such as heartworm treatment, injuries and amputations (car accidents, etc.), illness such as parvovirus, skin conditions (mange and allergies), and cases of extreme abuse and neglect. We also help with the cost of spay/neuter, and for vaccinations. Our goal is to give every animal in our shelter a chance of a long, happy, and healthy life. Our mission is to make our shelter a true no-kill shelter (no euthanizing an animal for space while keeping our doors open for those who need us.) With your help, we can do it!
Find ALL recent Pet Rescue Report news at this link.
More news and updates at this link to National Animal News Facebook page – here. 

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Cookie’s foster family prepared for the day when she went to her forever home, but the adopters failed to show! Nicki, the foster mom, scrambled to find their phone number. But when she looked closer at Cookie’s file, she was absolutely stunned by what she saw written on the pages.
Read the touching story here.


Couple’s dog accidentally put down – shelter blames human error

A couple in Columbia, South Carolina, was heartbroken when they arrived at the  City of Columbia animal shelter to retrieve their dog and discovered that he had been accidentally put down. According to WCNC News, Tyson, a German shepherd who belonged to Jeff Stahl and Abby Frotten, was taken to the animal shelter after he escaped from his yard.

The couple found out that Tyson had been picked up and taken to the Columbia Animal Shelter, but they weren’t able to immediately retrieve him because they had fines to pay because the dog was not licensed and because he was roaming free.

It took the couple a few days to get the funds together – when they went to pick Tyson up, they were told that he was dead. Stahl told WCNC News, “He was accidentally euthanized. He was mistaken for another dog and that right there is unacceptable.”

Tyson’s untimely demise was a mistake – Robert Anderson with the city explained, “Clearly it was a matter of human error. When our officer went through to pick up the animals to be euthanized, he picked up the wrong animal of the wrong pen.”

The couple has not decided if they want to take legal action against the city or not.

How can you keep your pet safe? Ensure that your dog is licensed, and microchipped. Dogs should also have an identification tag with current contact phone numbers which will allow owners to be notified immediately when/if their lost pet is picked up.

(Images via screenshots from WCNC News)

Find ALL recent Pet Rescue Report news at this link.

More news and updates at this link to National Animal News Facebook page – here. 

Back to life! Watch an incredible video of a dog being saved by firefighters here.

Cookie’s foster family prepared for the day when she went to her forever home, but the adopters failed to show! Nicki, the foster mom, scrambled to find their phone number. But when she looked closer at Cookie’s file, she was absolutely stunned by what she saw written on the pages.
Read the touching story here.


Emaciated dog found in city dog pound’s holding ‘shed’

A disturbing situation has been revealed at a dog pound in Jackson, Louisiana. On Wednesday morning, the Humane Society of Louisiana posted photos of the Jackson dog pound’s holding shed, and an emaciated dog who was found inside.

The words which accompany the photos detail the the dog pound’s dismal holding shed:

Breaking news out of the Town of Jackson, Louisiana (East Feliciana) – please look at the photo of the Jackson ‘dog pound.’ It is a windowless shed located on the edge of town. Dogs found at large are housed in this shed until they are somehow adopted (most citizens do not know of its existence) or euthanized.

Emaciated dog found in dog pound's shed

Additional details were released about a dog who had been picked up and held in the dog pound’s shed:

Next, please take a look at a family pet, Murdock, a 9 year old Weimaraner, who was locked in this shed for several weeks by the local animal control officer. Upon his release , he was rushed to a nearby veterinary clinic. A medical exam showed that poor Murdock was severely underweight, 12% dehydrated, suffered from hookworms and roundworms and scored a 3 out of a 10 body condition scale.

The Humane Society shelter stated, “This facility violates the Louisiana animal cruelty statutes and dozens of state codes for animal shelter operations.” And request for concerned animal lovers to take action:

Please call Mayor Charles Coleman and demand that he close this shelter, replace it with one that conforms to humane standards and pay the medical bills incurred by the family who owns Murdock. His number is 225-634-7777

(Images via Humane Society of Louisiana’s FB page)

(Note – according to the Humane Society, the dog in this photo was returned to his owner)

Dog with ‘rotten mouth’ found on California freeway

Update 10/27/16: Rescued!

A senior dog, with a mouth full of rotten teeth, was discovered on a freeway in California. The 10-year-old Chiweenie, dubbed “Freeway,” was taken to the Baldwin Park Animal Shelter on October 23 and she is in need of help from a reputable rescue organization.

On Sunday, the non-profit organization, “At-Choo Foundation,” wrote:

Today, I met a chiweenie who seems ancient and who was found on the freeway in Los Angeles. She has a mouth full of painful, infected and rotten teeth. She also has a significant heart murmur. AND a great appetite, none the less! Her name is, Freeway, in honor of the place that caused her to be found.

The At-Choo Foundation has committed to lending financial help to a reputable rescue agency who is willing and able to take this senior dog under its wing.

Please help network on behalf of “Freeway” to help find a reputable rescue agency to take her in.

Baldwin Park Shelter (Los Angeles) 626-962-3577. ID Number A5005015…7 pound female