Heartbreaking: Hopeless pup knows no one is coming for him at shelter

He has no name and no one has come to the Clayton County Animal Control in Ellenwood, Georgia.  A volunteer at the shelter describes this young dog’s tragic plight:

“This Is The Face Of HOPELESS! A Dog Stuck In A Shelter Day After Day. At 1st They Are Excited To Hopefully Get A Family Or Rescue But Each Day That Goes By Hope Slowly Slips Away. This Pup Doesn’t Have A Name, Nor A Fundrazr & Isn’t o n A Euth List But Surely Deserves To Be Rescued Or Adopted.”

*Intake Number: #171393
*Intake Date: 6-16-17
*Available Date: 6-24-17
*Breed: Pit Bull
*Gender: Male
*Age: Adult
*Size: Large
*Weight: 60 lbs.
*Shelter: Anvil Block (AB)

*PHONE: 1-(770)-347-0210

*Please Email Rescue:
*FAX: 1-(770)-603-4199

If you need assistance in coordinating rescue please email: &

A Facebook page for this dog, described as calm and sweet, can be found here.  This boy is just looking for some love: he is available for public adoption. Please share his story with friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. Make sure to take a moment and watch his short video. This pup should not be “hopeless.” This boy should be home loving life and running and playing with his new family. Additional information can be found here.

(Photos and video courtesy of “hopeless” pup via Clayton County Animal Control volunteers)

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Show host Chelsea Handler bids heartbreaking farewell to her rescue pooch

While all dogs are special, some dogs just etch their ways into our hearts that somehow bond us together for all eternity. Show host Chelsea Handler explains her special relationship with her rescue pooch as she bid a heartbreaking farewell just two days ago.

The 42-year-old gave a tear-filled sendoff to her dog named Tammy – affectionately called Bear.

“I lost my bear today. She was struggling and I couldn’t bear to have her fight anymore. Anyone who believes a dog doesn’t change your life has never rescued one. I only had two years with Tammy but she made sure I never went to bed without hearing her paws mount my stairwell two paws at a time. If my door was closed, she slept outside of my room like a security guard. Dogs give you something you never knew was missing until you rescue one. I love you bear. Thanks for being such a girl. I will get another dog that needs a home, and it will remind me every day how much I miss you. Lub, lub, lub @realTammyHandler,” Chelsea wrote on Instagram.

Tammy was a frequent fixture on Chelsea’s shows where she would just lie quietly and soak up all the news and drama of the day. Rescued from the streets of Mexico, the photos of the two together made our hearts smile. Sadly Tammy had been suffering from renal failure; on Friday the two parted. One day later, Handler, who is currently in South Africa, shared a photo of a rainbow on Saturday, August 12, writing:

“Rainbows are the best sign the person you loved the most is with you. #tammytime”.

Rest in peace Tammy. You were truly loved. Chelsea’s other rescue dog, Chuck misses you too.

(Photos of Chelsea Handler and Tammy via Instagram and FB)

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Sir Troy: Abandoned in a cage on the streets and now sentenced to death at NYC shelter

How does a friendly, middle-aged dog with a wiggly butt in spite of his dermatological issues, dubbed Sir Troy, be abandoned in a crate and left along a residential street in Brooklyn wind up on Monday’s euthanasia list at New York City Animal Care Centers? Speaking with his expressive eyes on Monday morning, Sir Troy addresses everyone regarding his bad luck:

“…Please find me a home today. I heard them say my time is almost up. I loved my family, but they put me in a crate and left me on the streets. My nose poked through the wires as they walked farther and farther away until finally they were gone. My heart sank and I never saw them again.”

Although Sir Troy might no longer be that adorable little puppy with the black button nose and the playful paws, it is hoped someone can see past his bruised little body and capitalize on that heart just filled with kindness and love. A volunteer writes about this dog, who she says is impossible not to love.

“He is in need of some dermatological TLC, but his tail is such a wiggly blur and his eyes are so soulful that you’ll hardly even notice. He sees a friend in every new face, welcomes help scratching his itches and shows his thanks with kisses and paws-in-the-lap. He is super treat motivated, usually takes them like a gentleman, and already knows ‘sit.’ He’s been fine when we’ve passed other dogs on our walks, has been easy on the leash and seems housebroken. Most of all he’s impossible not to love.”

Follow Sir Troy’s Facebook page here. He is described as seven years old and weighing 58 pounds. This dog can be adopted out to anyone in the public, but will need medical treatment for alopecia and related skin conditions. A veterinarian examination is recommended to diagnose and prescribe treatment.

“Hi, I’m really hoping you will like me, that you will be my friend, that you will pick me even though I’m not looking my best right now. ..He has proven himself to be an absolute darling at the shelter. First, he simply knocked his assessment out of the park, getting ALL COVETED 1’s across the board and a platinum AVERAGE rating, meaning he is good to go to a family with kids and even other pups who are calm like himself. He walks beautifully on leash because, after all, life is not a race – you have to take time to smell the flowers! He sits so patiently and nicely for treats and has a smile that could light up the cloudiest of days. But Sir Troy knows that this is it. He has been on the list before and despite all his charm, and kindness…”

Share this boy’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. Don’t make Monday, this dog’s last day to see the sunshine and the smiling children at the park.

SIR TROY, A1120364 is available to be reserved on the ACC website until noon on Aug 7

SHELTER EMAIL (only if you can pick dog up personally)
Address: 2336 Linden Boulevard Brooklyn, NY New York
Operating hours: Adoption starts at noon till 8 p.m., (6:00 p.m. on weekends)

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Owner amused as he surrenders his terrified dog to overcrowded Miami shelter

It would be difficult to mistake the fear and terror in Gordo last week as he apparently realized the car trip to the Miami-Dade Animal Care Shelter wasn’t going to be a day in the park with his family and other dogs. The two-year-old Labrador retriever and bull dog mix was surrendered by his owner on July 31. Shelter personnel were saddened when the owner laughed as he held the terrified Gordo up to the camera for volunteers to take a photo.

Gordo’s Facebook, page as highlighted by Urgent Dogs of Miami, can be followed here. (A1888730) “I am a neutered male tan and white Labrador Retriever and American Bulldog. The shelter staff think I am about 2 years old and I weigh 50 pounds. I was turned in by my owner and I am available for adoption. 2017.07.31.” Advocates have been pledging funds an approved rescue organization to help with Gordo’s care and veterinary expenses. Additional pledges can be followed here.

Share Gordo’s plight with friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. For adoption or fostering information, contact with #A1888730, to check: availability/status/request medical records. Miami-Dade Animal Shelter is located at 3599 NW 79th Avenue, Doral, Florida 33166. Phone:(305) 468-5900. Hours: Open today · 10AM–4PM

When calling for information, make sure to reference A1888730.

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Puppy tossed out of car in front of Detroit Dog Rescue

Authorities and rescuers in Detroit, Michigan, are asking for the public’s help identifying the men seen on surveillance video pulling up in a SUV and within moments pushing a defenseless puppy out of their vehicle and leaving. The disturbing event occurred on Friday, outside of the Detroit Dog Rescue located on the corner of Harper and Somerset, on the city’s east side. Fortunately an employee of the rescue spotted the puppy before he could run out into traffic and get injured or killed.

“They didn’t even bother to knock on our door. Instead they simply pushed the dog out of the car and sped off leaving Mickey alone, confused and almost wandering into the busy traffic on Harper Avenue.”

According to the Detroit Dog Rescue’s Facebook page, the puppy has been dubbed Mickey; he is underweight and in generally poor health. Mickey’s ribs are protruding, and he has a bite and an abscess on one side described the rescue organization’s Kristina Rinaldi.

“When you have these animals that are roaming the neighborhood they are in danger and again it’s a public safety hazard,” Kristina told Fox News.

The rescue has offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the identification and prosecution of the two men seen in the video responsible for abandoning Mickey. Let’s face it – there’s a right way and a wrong way to surrender a pet – and the wrong way is tossing them out into the street. Animal abandonment is a crime and punishable by a $1,000 fine and 93 days in jail. Anyone with information is asked to call 313-458-8014.

“We would like to thank Detroit Animal Care and Control for helping us with this case. The vehicle has been described as a burnt orange SUV. This is our 8th animal abandonment case today and DDR is caring for all the animals. We are asking for your assistance. If you can, please help by donating to”

Dumped! All of these babies were dumped at animal control’s doorstep in the middle of the night.  (another litter dumped by an unknown irresponsible owner)They need help. At this time they are barely able to eat on their own and need help with vet care. Please help.

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Crixus and Ashur: Forgotten souls who just need a break and a home

Crixus and Ashur have not had the best of luck; both are available for adoption, and in the perfect world the two dogs could stay together, but Border Buddies Rescue just want the dogs safe, happy and loved – even if it means they will be separated.

The story of these two dogs began when they were kept locked up in a kennel in Long Beach, California. They were never exercised, never allowed to play or even had a soft bed to sleep on. Had it not been for animal advocate and volunteer, Heidi van der Hoek, the dogs likely would have continued to be locked up in  the kennel or eventually sent to an overcrowded shelter. Everyday Heidi checked on the dogs to make sure they had food, water and their kennels were cleaned.

“They have been with me since March after they were abandoned by their owner. They were left in kennels under a tarp and the neighbors fed them until a rescue was found. Anyhow, they are in search of a forever home, together or separate,” their foster mom posted on  the dog’s Facebook page.

Time to meet these two baby bullies?

“Crixus (red) is 1.5-2 y.o. UTD on shots and neutered. He prefers female and neutered dogs and does great with cats other than the occasional chase. He does well on leash and with recall and knows basic commands. He will also kennel but prefers the sofa or to snuggle in bed at night. He has a great personality, full of spunk! He loves having a playmate, very independent but likes some cuddle time each day.

Ashur (blue) is 1 – 1.5 y.o. UTD on shots and neutered. He does great with all dogs and cats. He does well on leash and with recall and knows basic commands. He dislikes the kennel but prefers the dog bed next to your bed or to snuggle in your bed at night. He is an old soul, he is well behaved and prefers human company over that of the other pets. He loves to lay next to you on the couch and is a shadow.”

Share their stories with friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. Help Crixus and Ashur make their own memories – separately or together; as long as they are safe and happy.

For more information, contact Border Buddies Rescue or send a message here.

(Photos and videos of Crixus and Ashur via Facebook.)


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London: Abandoned mother slated to die after owner left with her puppy

The abandoned mother dog was still producing milk when her owner tied her to a park bench and walked away with her puppy. And on Wednesday at approximately 1;00 p.m., London is now slated to die. She holds onto her “stuffie”, but who can really feel the extent of the emotional turmoil inflicted upon this dog after everything she knew was ripped away in just moments? To add to this girl’s death sentence at Brooklyn’s New York City Animal Care Centers,  concern her recent evaluation where her adoption status was changed to “New Hope” for “toy guarding.” 

Volunteer Rachel Bennette describes London:

“The first time I met her, completely full of milk, so recently having had puppies she was scared and didn’t want to come out with me, but she took my treats so gently, and was obviously grateful for them (she is skin and bones!) most recently, she was a different dog. So sweet and playful. I believe she originally had an average on her safer, which was changed to nh (New Hope) only for toy guarding. I didn’t witness this behavior at all, in fact you can see in the various videos she has that she relinquished the toy easily. However, it wouldn’t surprise me if she was showing an issue. She had her puppies taken from her, more than likely way too soon, and was dumped at a scary shelter. It’s surprising she’s even as loving as she is. She’s a tiny little thing, seems housebroken, appears to like other dogs and is full of personality.”

My name is LONDON. My Animal ID # is A1119481. “I am a female white and black am pit bull terrier mix. The shelter thinks I am about 4 YEARS old., approx 4 yrs old, weight 35 lbs, rated Rescue only – behavior determination and for CIRDC. While interacting in playgroup, London escalated to correction, lunging at the handler who used a spray bottle to interrupt.

A Facebook page for London can be followed here.

It is important to note upon intake on July 23, “London was very friendly and allowed the counselor to collar her and placed her head on the counselor lap.” On July 29, she was again evaluated and a staff member wrote:

“London honey, you are gorgeous. She’s a tiny little love bug with a big heart. Once I met London, I was in awe. She is so sweet and so kind. When I took London out, she had a loose wiggly body, and wagged her tail non-stop. London loves to be the center of attention. She likes to play around and burn out her energy. When in the play yard, we run around and London engages in play with her toys. She really loves her tennis balls. I can only imagine she dreams of pool full of tennis balls that she can lay her pretty self in one day and I tell you this much, she deserves it. As much as I enjoy this little lady’s company, I would love it if she can get a forever home, in which she wouldn’t have a worry or care in the world.”

On August 1, however life didn’t progress smoothly for London.

“London has growled and lunged at a handler while in playgroup when she was interrupted correcting another dog during a play session.”

Publicly adoptable dogs can be RESERVED via if you can get to the NYC ACC “in person” within 48 hours to complete the adoption process and bring home your dog.

If you cannot get to the shelter in person, please message Must Love Dogs – Saving NYC Dogs for assistance with filling out applications with rescues to foster or adopt both publicly adoptable or Rescue Only dogs. Please share London’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

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Help two-month-old neglected puppy in Texas shelter

Only two-months old and horribly neglected, who can help this puppy left alone to suffer in a San Antonio, Texas shelter? Although she is nearly unrecognizable as to her breed, the nameless little one is described as a yellow and white Labrador retriever mix.

Pet Harbor adoption listing: “I am a female, yellow and white Labrador Retriever blend. The shelter staff think I am about 9 weeks old. I am currently available for foster, rescue, or adoption.”
To adopt me, call (210) 207-6666 or email
To foster me, call (210) 207-6669 or email
If you are with a rescue group, call (210) 207-8173 or email

For more information about this puppy, call San Antonio Animal Care Services at (210) 207-4PET. Ask for information about animal ID number A444540. A Facebook page for this puppy can be followed here.

Please share this pup’s plight with approved rescue organizations, family, friends and social media contacts. Advocates have been pledging funds for an approved rescue to help. The Texas shelter has not confirmed the puppy’s diagnosis as to her skin condition. Anyone interested in helping, is encouraged to call for more information. Sharing saves lives.

Photo of puppy via Texas shelter San Antonio Animal Care Services.

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Animal services director quits after North Carolina shelter fined for leaving a dozen dogs in the hot sun

In Greensboro, North Carolina the county animal shelter was fined $2,500 on Wednesday for leaving dogs outdoors with no protection from the direct sun. An inspection last week discovered a dozen dogs left outside in kennels made out of metal sheeting. In a previous report from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, the animal services director was told to stop placing dogs outdoors.

Drew Brinkley, the director of Guilford County Animal Services, resigned shortly after the news of the fine had been levied. County Manager Marty Lawing confirmed Brinkley’s resignation and stated they would be looking for a person to hold the position on an interim basis while  searching for a permanent director.

According to the Greensboro News and Record, Brinkley took over Guilford County’s Animal Services Department  August  2016, after the previous director, Logan Rustan abruptly quit a few months earlier. The previous, now-defunct United Animal Coalition, had lost its license after an investigation by the state uncovered dozens of examples of animal cruelty and neglect. Since the upheaval, the shelter has passed most of the state inspections, however state officials warned the shelter not to put the dogs outdoors without adequate protection from the sun:

“At the time of inspection, it was very hot and the animals were in the direct sun,” according to the citation from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture. “These kennels have metal sheeting on top, sides and back … which intensifies the sun’s heat.”

It is not known why the shelter staff ignored the orders from the state, however the recommendations certainly were reasonable. Don’t shelter dogs deserve more than what they received? Weigh in on your opinion.

(Photos from North Carolina Guilford County Animal Services dogs for adoption.)

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Connecticut woman pens touching but humorous obituary after death of her dog

Anyone who has ever loved and lost a dog to death knows the emotional pain.  When our dogs die, a little bit of us has been chipped away. Days, weeks and even months later, we imagine we see them walking around the house, begging for a treat or still cuddled up on our pillow in our own bed. For many dog parents, the loss of our canine companions to death is the loss of a family member; it takes time to heal although we never forget.

Brian the dog Courtesy Lee Dibella

On July 12, Lee DiBella, of Watertown, Connecticut, lost her beloved dog of 11-years, Brian. According to NbcNews, Lee wrote an obituary for Brian; yes it was sad, but the humor captured the essence of  her adopted dog – a pointer, Lab and greyhound mix from the Animal Rescue Foundation in Terryville.


Lee begins:

Brian died peacefully, alongside his mom of nearly 11 years, Wednesday, July 12th, under the care of Stone Veterinary Hospital staff. Brian was adopted by his mother, Lee Dibella, on December 19th, 2006, and quickly became a dog legends are made of. Brian arrived in our home with the ability to not only sit, but also “give paw.”

Lee later added that Brian never did figure out the command ‘stay.’ The lovable pooch won everyone’s heart:

“Being able to destroy any crate, gate, door handle or trim and molding in his way, Brian quickly began building loving relationships with all those who came in contact with him, whether it be a new vet, animal control, or whoever’s house he found his way to for an uninvited romp.”

And more about Brian’s wants and needs:


“A lover of couches and blankets, Brian had many hobbies. Some of Brian’s favorite activities included barking at things not there, cuddling alongside you, taking over his mother’s bed, licking his butt, acting like a spazz when it was time to be fed, and trying to figure out who exactly was “the good boy.” In his spare time, Brian dreamt violently, thrashing his legs, presumably chasing dastardly felines or squirrels who dared enter his dreams. The quickest way to Brian’s heart was with a quality scratch of his rear, and a rub of his belly. Brian will be greatly missed by many, but none more so than his mom.”

Brian the dog
Courtesy Lee Dibella

And then came the part of the dog’s obituary that draws us in and reminds us of losing one of our best friends:

Brian will be greatly missed by many, but none more so than his mom. Through thick and thin, she loved him with all her heart, and though the pain she feels without him is great, it in no way would compare to having never had him in her life. Besides his mother, Brian leaves behind a sister, Dr. Frigo Delilah, grandmother, Jeannette DiBella; predeceased by a grandfather, David; his uncle, Michael and family; god-mother, Jennifer DeWitt; and many amazing friends throughout the years. At the wishes of Brian’s family, give your dog an extra hug, belly rub, and treat.

According to People, Lee adopted Brian when he was two-years-old. A local woman had found him with a lot of wounds and fostered him. It seems the pooch has a lot of issues – his anxiety made him un-adoptable, but Lee put up with quirks and couldn’t even consider anyone putting him down. And for years, the two lived together helping each other through serious illness. A few months ago, the senior pup came down with pneumonia, and despite numerous antibiotic treatment, the dog continued to go downhill. Sadly on his second round of therapy, Brian took a downward turn, however he attended the July 4th celebration with humans and dogs and had that celebratory day Lee will always remember.

Brian the dog
Courtesy Lee Dibella

Have you hugged your dog today? If not, please do it now. Rest in peace Brian. You will be missed.
(Photos of Brian after obituary about his death by Lee Dibella and People)
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