Stray shepherd found roaming streets desperately seeks her puppies

Desperately seeking her puppies, a two-year-old stray shepherd cries passionately in her shelter cage calling for her little ones at the San Bernardino City Animal Shelter. Animal Control found her roaming the streets, however there has been no information as to the location of her puppies, nor were her puppies found at the time the lactating mother was found.

Click here for her Pet Harbor listing.  #A498519. “I am an unaltered female, tan and white German Shepherd Dog mix. Shelter staff think I am about 2 years old. I have been at the shelter since Oct 07, 2016.” For more information about this dog, call San Bernardino City Animal Control at (909) 384-1304. A Facebook page for this stray shepherd can be followed here. Share her story with approved rescue organizations, family, friends and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

For additional information, contact:

San Bernardino City Animal Shelter  is located at 333 Chandler Place, San Bernardino, California.
Hours of operation: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday.

(Photo: Lois Chisholm)

Shame on Montreal: City council bans pit bull type dogs

On Tuesday afternoon, Montreal city council voted  37-23 to ban the ownership of pit bull type dogs thus changing the animal control bylaws, reports CBCNews.

The antiquated breed specific legislation (BSL) which judges all dogs with certain body types, square heads and just the chance they could be viewed as a pit bull or any pit bull type goes into effect across all 19 Montreal boroughs commencing October 3.

“My duty as mayor of Montreal is making sure I am working for all Montrealers,”stated Denis Coderre. “And I am there to make sure they feel safe and that they are safe.”

Three months ago, Christiane Vadnais, 55, was mauled to death by a dog; the pet was initially identified as a pit bull, however the police have never verified that information and are still waiting for DNA test results stating they were not experts in judging dog breeds. The attack caused a province-wide debate on the breed – of course blaming any dog even slightly resembling a pit bull as a monster. Ironically, media has since reported the dog involved in the woman’s death identified the dog, named Lucifer, as a boxer with a previous bite record.

According to the Montreal Gazette, during the last 30 years in Quebec, five other people have been killed by dogs, and all of the dogs involved were described as from the husky breed. No laws have ever been introduced to ban huskies in Quebec, argued Ewa Demianowicz, a spokesperson for the Canadian branch of the Humane Society International.

“This is the first dog identified as a pit bull who kills someone, and everyone reacted right away,” stated Ewa on Friday.

The Montreal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals stated the controversial legislation is “unfair, unenforceable, and most importantly ineffective.”

The new legislation will define the following as pit bulls:

  • Staffordshire bull terriers
  • American pit bull terriers
  • American Staffordshire terriers
  • Any mix with these breeds
  • Any dog that presents characteristics of one of those breeds

For anyone owning a dog fitting the above description, owners who live in Montreal, will be required to obtain a special permit by December 31, 2016. In addition the law now creates two categories of dogs of all breeds – at risk and dangerous. An at-risk dog is any pet that exhibits aggressive behavior such as having bitten someone. If  a dog is deemed dangerous, the council will be able to “act accordingly.”

Social media has erupted with animal lovers posting photos of their pit bulls – calling the council a disgrace. Anyone with a dog with a square head is afraid they might be stigmatized, forced to make their dogs wear muzzles or even ordered to have their dogs euthanized.

And as animal lovers everywhere hear the decision was based on “common sense” and not a “scientific debate” making it opinion over facts, one can only hope the ignorance will end.

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(Photo courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

Clever German shepherd pulls off great escape from animal shelter

A very clever German shepherd named Ginger managed to escape from a California animal shelter after opening three different doors and waiting at the reception desk for service possibly?german-shepherd-escapes-2

According to the Apple Valley Animal Shelter, Ginger was just determined to win her freedom as she cleverly climbed over the top of her caged kennel and subsequently used her paws, nose and of course some German shepherd ingenuity to maneuver through three different doors.

On September 17, Ginger arrived at the shelter after she was sadly surrendered by her human who had become homeless and no longer could care for his dog. german-shepherd-escapes-3Gina Whiteside, the director of Apple Valley Animal Shelter stated multiple alarms had gone off indicating movement at the shelter. When Animal Control Officers arrived at the shelter, the report indicated the intruder had been moving through the building at a “fast rate of speed.” At the reception desk, officers noted that notebooks, pads and other objects had been scattered about the area and the floor, but suspected a cat had found her way out of a kennel.

By Sunday morning, Ginger was reported missing and to everyone’s chagrin a review of the surveillance video revealed the dog’s adventure. Ginger had apparently headed towards her old home, and when found on Tuesday, she was near where she used to live – about three miles from the shelter.german-shepherd-escapes-4

On the shelter’s Facebook page, Ginger’s intelligence continues to amaze everyone. She is still looking for a home. Please share this gorgeous dog’s story with friends, family and social media contacts.


Rescued shelter pit bull saves life of newborn fawn

In Paupack Township, Pennsylvania, a 100-pound Great Dane and pit bull mix named Willow became a newborn fawn’s surrogate mother for a short time after the baby’s mother was scared away by an approaching bear, reports the NEagleNews.

In this heartwarming story of an amazing dog – no less a seven-year-old pit bull breed so often sneered upon by the uninformed, Chris and James Ludt had just been getting ready to take Willow for her evening walk when they noticed she had escaped from the family’s fenced in backyard. Moments after they called for Willow, she returned; gently supporting a newborn fawn.

And there she was: Willow gently nuzzled the newborn fawn the Ludts named White Foot. In fact, the couple watched as Willow gently licked the amniotic fluid from the fawn’s recent birth.

“The fawn, apparently believing he had an adopted new mom, responded with affection,” stated Chris as she and her husband were just so emotionally affected by Willow’s gentleness and concern.

With some goat’s milk to help White Foot gain her baby strength, Willow was her constant companion until the mother came out of the woods looking for her baby. The two were soon reunited.

Never are there enough inspirational stories to remind everyone that pit bulls are great dogs. Willow was adopted from the Dessin Animal Shelter when she was six-months-old. It’s all about the owners – stop blaming the dogs. You are a hero Willow, and everyone is proud of you.

‘Don’t leave me’: Watch 23 second composite video of dumped dog at shelter

After nearly 120 days at the Carson Animal Care Center, a six-year-old Dutch shepherd named Dutchess, has changed from an optimistic, tail wagging pooch eagerly awaiting the return of her family, to a scared and hesitant dog who needs the help of social media immediately to find a safe home.dutchess-at-carson

Click here for Dutchess’ Pet Harbor listing. ID#A4948282. 
“My name is Dutchess and I am described as a spayed female, brown brindle and white German Shepherd Dog. The shelter thinks I am about 6 years old. I have been at the shelter since May 11, 2016.” For more information about this animal, call Los Angeles County Animal Control – Carson at (310) 523-9566. A Facebook page for this dog can be followed here.

For five years, Dutchess lived with her family and other dogs until one day she was surrendered to the shelter because the “other dogs in the home didn’t like her.” No one was there to witness what may have happened, but volunteers have stated Duchess is sweet, but timid and she very well may have been bullied by the other dogs. Sadly, instead of her family trying to deal with the problem, someone thought dumping her at the nearest shelter was the quickest solution. Advocates have pledged funds for an approved rescue organization willing to help this dog.

And now with over 3,000 shares, Dutchess still has no home, and every kennel at the shelter is full. dutchess-at-carson-2

“Dutchess loves to be with people and children and deserves a chance to have a loving home. You can see the hurt in her eyes and just wants someone to take her home,” stated one of the Facebook comments.

Share Dutchess’ plight with friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. Make sure to watch her video as she moves from hope to helpless; so true of the dogs sadly left behind.






Heartbreaking video of 1-year-old pup at shelter terrified and shaking

Over bred and dumped at the Downey Animal Shelter in California, a one-year-old terrified puppy shivers with fear in an overcrowded shelter full of strangers and loud noises.

Her name is Lady, and once she had her first litter of puppies, she was no longer needed and tossed away as if her young life no longer mattered. Perhaps her unfeeling owner couldn’t sell her puppies for a profit on Craigslist? Click here for Lady’s adoption listing. “My name is Lady and I’m an approximately 1 year old female pit bull.  I am not yet spayed.  I have been at the Downey Animal Care Center since September 10, 2016.  I am available on September 10, 2016.  You can visit me at my temporary home at D220.” Ask for information about #ID A4991439. Call Downey Animal Care Center at (562) 940-6898 for more information.

Follow Lady’s plight on Facebook by clicking here. Share her  information with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Need convincing that Lady doesn’t belong in a shelter? Please watch her video and share this with everyone to help her find a safe home.


Dying dog celebrates his life-long partner’s wedding

If there ever was a dog who had his own bucket list, it had to have been Charlie Bear, a 15-year-old rescue dog who lived just long enough to be there as his human was married.

Charlie Bear, a handsome black Labrador retriever, met his human in 2002 when he was barely 12-weeks-old. Found abandoned in a shopping cart outside of a grocery store, Kelly O’Connell met him at a shelter while she was studying to become a veterinarian. jen-dz-photo-2

“I wasn’t looking for a dog. I was 19, still living with my parents and going to college,” Kelly told BuzzFeed News. “It was the worst time in my life to even attempt to get a dog. He came in, ( the shelter) and I was like ‘Yup, I’m taking this puppy home.'”

And so the two became the very best of friends; the two spent every moment together, and when Kelly moved from New York to Colorado and fell in love with veterinarian James Garvin, they all moved in together and became the family Kelly always wanted Charlie Bear to have. And so the family lived the charmed life – that is until April when Charlie was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Just one week before the wedding, Charlie suffered from five seizures, and the family made the sad plans to put Charlie to sleep; a loving owner’s final act of love making sure her devoted four-legged pal would never suffer. Then something just short of a miracle happened – a few days before the wedding, Charlie’s health rebounded; he had no more seizures, had been walking fine and “seemed like a whole new dog.”

And on September 1, Kelly and James were married in Buena Vista, Colorado, as Charlie and one of their other five rescue dogs stood (or however they wanted to pose) by their side. Walking down the aisle, Kelly broke down in tears as she watched Charlie walk down the aisle to join them. But when Charlie was too tired to walk back after the ceremony, maid of honor, Katie Lloyd scooped Charlie up into her arms and carried him back.

“It hit home for me when I saw my sister carrying him back down the aisle. That this was it; we’re now talking days,” said Kelly in tears.jen-dz-4

Family friend, photographer Jennifer Dziuvenis captured the entire emotional experience with her camera. On her Instagram, Jennifer posted some of the most poignant photos of a “family” so very much in love.jen-dz-photo-3

“I heard Katie say ‘Charlie, I can’t leave you behind’ before she scooped him up. I think he was really happy to be there… I see his face in these pictures how happy he looked. He’s literally smiling.”

On her Facebook page, Jennifer writes:

“When your beloved dog who is at the end of his life can’t make it back up the aisle, and your sister scoops him up and carries him …. THAT is love. Sweet Charlie is this bride’s beloved dog. He has a brain tumor and is on his last few days on this planet. He used up all of his energy before the wedding and didn’t have the strength to make it back up the aisle – so the maid of honor scooped him up and carried him. She’s 5’3″. He’s 80 pounds. There isn’t enough mascara in the world for these moments. Dog people are the best people.

THIS is why I love shooting weddings.”

Charlie Bear was surrounded by his family on September 9th when he was put to  sleep. It was a phenomenal 15 years with Charlie for Kelly, James and the entire family. If only every dog had the privilege of being so respected, cared for and so loved – just like Charlie Bear. Rest in peace Charlie; you were wonderful, and you will be missed.

(Photos courtesy of JenDz Photography)