Blind senior faces the wall day and night with little hope for adoption

Her name is Luna, and the blind senior Chihuahua was brought in as a stray on January 12. Lucky for Luna, she was chipped and her family was called; unlucky for Luna, her family didn’t want her anymore. A volunteer, brought to tears just watching the frightened sightless Chihuahua who seemed to have given up on life, posted the following on Facebook hoping to attract attention for Luna’s desperate rescue plight:

 “Sh*t out of luck little blind chi who just faces the wall and growls when anyone approaches! She has about as much chance of getting adopted as she has of driving a car. To make matters worse, she is at the back of the shelter and a non-public medical building so no one’s ever going to get to see her. I thought she was incredibly cute though and pray that maybe some kind soul will take pity on her and her grumpy predicament and get her the heck out of there!!”

And her advocate continued:

“She is age 10, blind as a bat, grumpy. That may be the good news!! She is tiny anyway and probably has no teeth so her bites, if she follows through on those growls, will probably amount to little more than being gummed!”

Luna’s Pet Harbor listing can be found here. “My name is Luna and I am described as a female, tan Chihuahua – Smooth Coated. The shelter thinks I am about 10 years old. I have been at the shelter since Jan 12, 2017. 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 A5025190.  A Facebook page to follow her plight can be found here. Share Luna with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. We are Luna’s only hope.

(Photo of Luna courtesy of Jackie Gibbons Tomlinson.)

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Beyond heartbreaking: 16-year-old senior shivers in fear at Miami shelter

It’s a beyond heartbreaking brief video; 16-year-old Brandie the senior shivers in fear at Miami-Dade Animal Services. Somehow this black and brown Pointer mix was picked up as a stray on January 3. Her family either abandoned or just gave up trying to find her. Tragically, Brandie’s situation is desperate as the shelter has called out to their participating rescue organizations for help.Brandie 2

And as if being a senior and being black and brown isn’t bad enough, Brandie has been tucked into one of the bottom dark cages in the adoption room where she is overlooked and ignored as plump little puppies capture all of the attention of would be-adopters.

“As she looked over to the people choosing puppies, I was observing the sad look in her eyes. The senior shivers in fear and just looks out of her crate to that people that don’t even see her black body in the dark cage,” one volunteer at the shelter observed on Thursday.

Click here for Brandie’s Pet Harbor listing. “I am a spayed female, black and brown Pointer mix. The shelter staff think I am about 16 years old. I have been at the shelter since Jan 03, 2017.” For more information about this animal, call Miami-Dade Animal Services at (305) 884-1101. Ask for information about animal ID number A0812176. A Facebook page for Brandie can be found here.

Watch Brandie’s short video and share her plight with approved rescues, friends, family and social media. She’s a senior – and at this time of her life deserves better than this. We are Brandie’s only hope. Please help. The Miami-Dade Animal Services is located at 3599 NW 79th Avenue, Doral, Florida 33166. Call (305) 884.1101 or email

Photos and video of senior shivers in fear by 4Love of Paws Miami:



Stray Havanese guides bonded, blind mini pinscher along city street

An abandoned pair were rescued from the streets of Los Angeles on Friday and brought to the Downey Animal Care Center in California. Rescuers describe the very friendly ten-year-old Havanese pooch leading her blind friend, a miniature pinscher along the lonely streets; the dogs are extremely bonded. Both dogs appear to have been neglected, but their loyalty to each other keeps them hanging on. If only a home can be found for the pair so that they may live together for the rest of their lives.millie-on-thursday

Click here for the miniature pinscher’s adoption listing. “My name is Millie and I’m an approximately 10 year old female min pinscher.  I am not yet spayed.  I have been at the Downey Animal Care Center since January 6, 2017.  I am available on January 10, 2017.  You can visit me at my temporary home at D715. Animal ID: A5023670.

Click here for the Havanese adoption listing. “My name is Larry and I’m an approximately 6 year old male terrier.  I am already neutered.  I have been at the Downey Animal Care Center since January 6, 2017.  I am available on January 10, 2017.  You can visit me at my temporary home at D403. Animal ID: A5023668.

A Facebook page to follow the plight of these two bonded companions can be followed here. Advocates continue to pledge funds to help an approved rescue organization help these two very gentle and sweet little dogs. Share their stories with friends, family and social media contacts. We are all they have, and sharing saves lives.

(Photos of Havanese and mini pinscher via Animal Care of Los Angeles County. Video courtesy of Uyen Nguyen)

Watch their short video here:

Worried and confused: Help Calvin find his new life

Handsome seven-year-old German shepherd Calvin appears to be very worried and confused. Just days ago, he had been home with everything familiar – his bed, his toys and his family. And then it happened. Calvin jumped into the car and thought he was going for an afternoon ride. Sadly, the ride was only to be one way. Calvin was surrendered on December 17 to the Downey Animal Care Center in California.calvin-the-gs2

Animal advocate and shelter volunteer Desi Lara met Calvin on Sunday and had hoped to take him out into the play area for some sunshine and fun. Unfortunately the rain canceled their plans, but Desi provides us with more information as to this sweet dog’s soul:

“His large snout, his questioning eyebrows with these big brown eyes and a white frosty muzzle, just killed me, he ‘gots’ such a great face. He was sweet and easy in the kennel, hoping for a sunny day to take him out. His parents relinquished him and so now he needs new forever parents, who will give him a life time of love. Please post, tag and share him.”

Share Calvin’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. This gorgeous senior deserves better, and surely there is someone to foster him until his “forever” family is found.  Follow his Facebook here. For more information, contact the Downey Animal Shelter located at 11258 Garfield Avenue, Downey, California 90242. Phone: (562) 940-6898.

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Photos by Desi Lara.

Loyal dog waited four days at mailbox for owner to return

In Hohenwald, Tennessee, a Good Samaritan spent four days trying to lure a loyal dog from a mailbox where he was abandoned by his owner. The kind woman who had been feeding the friendly Australian pooch stated he liked other dogs and was well-behaved.cliff-bethke-2

If anyone thinks dogs are loyal only because they depend upon their humans to provide food and shelter, researchers profess a different scenario; that dogs are fiercely loyal because they evolved as pack animals. According to  Dr. Stephen Zawistowski, former science adviser for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, once dogs move “into our homes and into our lives, our families have become their pack.” And it’s never a matter of how much we give to our dogs – dogs are just happy to be loved, and every moment we spend with them just makes them love us more; thus we perceive dogs just as happy cuddling up to their homeless person on a street corner or living in a mansion on a king-sized bed.

So how does an owner just abandon their dog along a rural road in Tennessee? We can only wish that dogs could talk and tell us their tragic plights. For this dog, however his luck has changed for 2017. Lucky Break Pet Rescue has intervened, and on New Year’s Eve announced on their Facebook page this young dog can now look forward to a better life thanks to all of the advocates who joined in and helped:cliff-bethke-3
“This boy has rescue and transport is being worked out between the rescue and the nice lady who has been keeping him safe and fed. Thanks very much for all of your shares and tags! You have made THE difference for this abandoned boy. Those of you interested in adoption, please PM the rescue and we’ll give you the contact information.”
Many thanks to everyone for starting 2017 with good news for the rescue community. Humanity and kindness often starts with one dog at a time. Be the voices for those who cannot speak. Interested in helping Lucky Break Pet Rescue? Donations can be made by clicking here.
Photos of loyal dog via Lucky Break Pet Rescue.
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Friendly pup returned to high kill shelter twice

A friendly pup has been returned to the Devore Animal Shelter in San Bernardino, California twice. Poor Klondike; within just a few days his luck seems to have gone from bad to worse. Sadly the first time the dog was adopted, he was returned because he played too hard with the adopters’ small dogs. How unfortunate, the dogs didn’t get ample time to adapt to each other. And when Klondike was adopted again, he was returned the next day; this time the landlord told his new owners the dog was too big, and they could not keep him.klondike-again

Three’s a charm. Who can adopt this neutered boy who is listed as a Chow Chow mix approximately one-year and three-months of age? Animal advocates can follow the dog’s Facebook page here. Please share this boy’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives, and the shelter is full. Additional information is available here.

For more information about Klondike and how he can become your new best friend, call the Devore Animal Shelter at 909.386.9820 and hit 0 for the operator. Refer to Identification #A662116.

(Photo of friendly pup Klondike via Friends of Freddie Facebook)

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GTS Husky Rescue begging for help to save dog with broken pelvis

GTS Husky Rescue, located in Jupiter, Florida is a 501 (c)3 which specializes in saving Arctic dog breeds such as Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes. However, they will open their rescue to other dog breeds if space allows.  They are 100 % volunteer run and will travel anywhere in the United States to rescue Huskies from high kill shelters.

Recently, Palm Beach, Florida Animal Control reached out to GTS pleading with them to take in a German Shepherd/Husky mix that had been brought to their shelter starved and with a broken pelvis.  Apparently, the dog had been hit by a car.  Rebecca Booden of GTS Husky rescues states they did not hesitate for a second to make the decision as it was the right thing to do.They named the dog Noel and made a commitment to save her life even with the high cost involved making her well again. To get Noel healthy again, she will need surgery as well as a lengthy recovery stay at the veterinarian hospital.

Although Noel has been through so much pain and suffering, she is a sweet, affectionate dog who loves to give kisses even when she is in extreme pain.  After her surgery and recovery, she will go to the GTS Husky Rescue ranch in Jupiter, Florida where she will stay until she gets adopted.  She, like the other dogs at GTS Husky Rescue, will be vetted, fully trained, fed quality food and exercised daily by the volunteers.

A fundraiser has been set up for Noel’s surgery and recovery costs. GTS is asking everyone who can help to please donate to Noel’s care.  She, like all other rescue dogs knows she has been saved and is so appreciative.

According to GTS Husky Rescue:

“They are committed to rescuing the dogs that are broken, blind, hit by cars, suffering from torture or hoarding situations, starved, neglected, and abused. These dogs have no voice so they need our help and the help of rescuers like GTS Husky Rescue.”

Please visit Noel’s Fundraiser page and contribute towards her care.

(Photo of husky rescue courtesy of GT Husky Rescue)


George Michael to be remembered as a friend to dogs

Singer George Michael, one of the most recognizable stars of the 1980s, died on Christmas Day. He loved dogs as much as he loved music. Of course, Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou born in East Finchley, London, in 1963, will be remembered as he and Andrew Ridgeley, 18 years later, formed the duo Wham! in 1981; the talented musicians tasted instant success within two years as  their debut album Fantastic became UK number one- thus producing a run of hit

There was so much more to this man, even besides his extraordinary music talent. As recently as November, The Times of the UK, reported George Michael leading a group of celebrity pet owners demanding a clampdown on the illegal pet trade.  Aiding Blue Cross, a pet charity, the organization continues to raise attention to the scale of the problem and the huge profits being made by criminals selling puppies over the Internet and pet stores. Thousands of puppies are reported imported illegally from European countries and sold online. Michael, Graham Norton, Morrissey, Joanna Lumley, Miranda Richardson and other celebrities have urged the government to give local authorities new powers and resources to regulate breeders and sellers. They described conditions as:

“… horrific welfare issues in pet stores …maggots in animals’ drinking water and puppies having no access to daylight.”george-loved-animals-3

According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), during his 2012 tour, the singer and his crew made a photo collage of their animal companions. The collage, dubbed the “Dog Wall” traveled with them everywhere they went, and it was later auctioned off with all proceeds going to a dog charity. Included in the collage were photos of George’s two dogs – Meg and Abbey.

Thames Valley Police said an ambulance arrived at the property in Goring, Oxfordshire, at 1:42p.m. on Christmas Day, adding that his death was being treated as “unexplained but not suspicious.”Paramedics had been called after Michael was discovered by a friend. The family asks that everyone respect their privacy.

Among his most famous songs George Michael wrote, here are just a few of the hits: Club Tropicana, Freedom, Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, and Careless Whisper – all of which launched his solo career.

We will miss you George Michael. Thank you for your kindness for those who cannot speak – all of the dogs.

(Photos via George Michael Facebook)

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Misbehaving Maltese dumped into shelter 7 times by same family

A three-year-old Maltese mix named Billy, may seem like a happy-go-lucky little pooch, but there is little doubt his former owners failed him time and time again. Whenever the dog’s owners felt they couldn’t deal with their playful and strong willed little one, they would surrender him to the Animal Care Centers of New York City. And seven times, little Billy was a resident of the shelter, however each time the mandatory 72 hour hold period was about to expire, the dog’s owners would show up and reclaim him – that is until the seventh time.billy-the-maltese-2

“The last 2 or 3 times they dumped Billy at the shelter he became very stressed and agitated; obviously Billy’s owners’ actions were completely negligent and affecting Billy greatly. The 7th time Billy was again dumped in the shelter, the staff reached out to us and asked if we could possibly help Billy,” reported co-founder Jackie O’Sullivan of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.

On the final time as Billy’s 72-hold expired, it became an emergency situation, and the energetic, but confused pooch was finally whisked away from the shelter environment forever. He has been medically treated for past injuries and is now ready to be adopted.

“This nine pound dog gets along fine with other dogs and children over five. He is ready to start his new life,” happily announced Jackie.

Anyone interested in giving this adorable little guy a loving home, please apply here.

(Photos of Maltese courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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Owner surrenders dog ‘Darla’ with $90 and note ‘please forgive me’

When Darla’s owner had to move into a relative’s home and care for a sick family member, she had to surrender her beloved dog to the Harris County Animal Shelter. Tragically, the devoted owner had no choice, and in this situation hearts are broken for both Darla and her human. The following was posted on the Facebook page for Harris County Animal Shelter Volunteers:

“If this doesn’t break your heart I don’t know what will! Darla’s owner had to move into take care of a sick, elderly family member. She brought her in with $90 and a note that read, “please forgive me!” Review date Dec 28th. Poor Darla! I feel so bad for her owners too. Sometimes we don’t know all the circumstances around why people have to give up their animals, but this instance sure does hurt to hear.

Her owner said she was nothing but an angel the eight years she has had her since she was a puppy!”

Comments referencing this dog indicates she gets along with other dogs. Click here for her Pet Harbor listing.”I am ready to go!My name is DARLA. I am a spayed female, fawn and white Boxer mix. The shelter staff think I am about 7 years old. I have been at the shelter since Dec 08, 2016.” For more information about this animal, call Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services at (281) 999-3191. Ask for information about animal ID number A473752.

Please share this girl’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. For more information, contact Harris County Animal Shelter located at 612 Canino Road, Houston, TX 77076. Information about donating to a particular animal can be found here.

(Photo of Darla ‘please forgive me’ via Harris County Animal Shelter Volunteers)

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