Dog who survived severe cruelty and now fighting cancer finds loving home

In Mesa, Arizona, an eight-year-old Boxer named Daphne is a true survivor. In the age-old adage to “never give up,” this spunky pooch has finally found her loving family and now begins a new chapter in her life – albeit much happier this time although she is fighting cancer. On Tuesday, the Arizona Humane Society announced that Daphne has been adopted. Daphne rescued

When rescued, Daphne weighed only 29 pounds and suffered from a painfully infected skin condition. For years, in her previous life, the sweet dog had spent every day and night confined to a cage where she slept in her own urine and feces. Nursed back to health, Daphne was sent to a foster home where she was described as doing fine. She gained 16 pounds and loved her new home – she loved to sunbathe on the porch and happily cuddled into her own plush bed. It wasn’t until Daphne returned to the Arizona Humane Society for a routine teeth cleaning, that her luck took a turn for the worst.Daphne rescued 3

Veterinarians found a small mass in her mouth; results of the biopsy tested positive for a malignancy. (Gingival Squamous Cell Carcinoma). The organization does not have the funding to treat Daphne’s cancer, but at this time she is doing fine. Daphne is energetic, has a great appetite and loves everyone she meets. Although her prognosis for the future is unknown, it didn’t stop a loving family from adopting her.

Live long and well Daphne. You deserve the best. (Photos of dog fighting cancer courtesy of Arizona Humane Society.)

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Watchman of apartment complex intentionally set sleeping puppies on fire

In New Delhi, India another egregious case of animal cruelty occurred on Monday when the watchman of an apartment complex in Bowenpally, Hyderabad, intentionally set a pair of sleeping puppies, barely two-and-a-half-months old, on fire burning nearby bushes. The superintendent, identified as Ramakrishna, went to set brush on fire knowing that the mother and the two puppies had been resting in that spot.

According to India Samvad, the disturbing act of cruelty happened at the Satya Sai Enclave. An eyewitness  described the upsetting scene:

“One of the puppies was burnt to death on the spot while the other sustained 40 percent burns. The mother managed to escape, but the watchman knew that the puppies and their mother were sleeping under the bushes in an open plot when he went to light the bushes.”

The surviving puppy was immediately transferred to a local emergency veterinarian hospital, however he died two days later as a result of his injuries. In a complaint to the the animal welfare organization, Ramakrishna has been charged with animal cruelty under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1960 and provisions of the Indian Penal Code. Unfortunately the punishment in India for animal cruelty is barely more than a slap on the wrist and a ridiculously low fine.

When will India wake up and protect the animals? As has been proven, animal torture and cruelty is often just a preamble to cruelty to humans.

Rest in peace little ones. Photo used are not the sleeping puppies involved in this terrible tragedy. (Photo courtesy of Unsplash via Pixabay.)

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5 starving dogs found abandoned after owners evicted from home

Five starving dogs were left inside of an abandoned trailer home in Charlestown, Indiana by their owners. Without forethought or compassion, the starving dogs were left to fend for themselves in a vacant home with no food or water after the owners were evicted.The Arrow fund

The frightened black Labrador retrievers are now receiving emergency care through the Arrow Fund located in Louisville, Kentucky.  Two of the dogs in satisfactory condition are being cared for at Animal Control. The other three severely emaciated dogs have been transferred to the Blue Pearl Veterinary Hospital. According to the organization’s Facebook page, the three dogs now dubbed Phoebe, Prudence and Piper were so dehydrated, veterinarians could not draw blood until the dogs were administered fluids. Their bodies were all rated as a “1” – the lowest number an animal can be classified and still be alive.arrow fund 3

Donations and foster homes are needed. Donations can be made on the organization’s website at; checks can be mailed to The Arrow Fund P.O. Box 11127 Prospect , Kentucky 40059 . Foster applications are on the website as well. Updates will follow. Please be the voices for those who cannot speak.

(Photos of starving dogs screenshots via WDRB)

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Puppy with cleft palate rescued off of Craigslist

A puppy with a cleft palate had been advertised on Craigslist in Virginia. Barely six-weeks-old and weighing less than three pounds, his tiny life held on by a thread when Rescue Dogs Rock NYC stepped up to help. When the pup, dubbed Casper was rescued on Monday morning, he already presented with a discharge from his nose and mouth; since rushed to the emergency veterinarian, the puppy has been diagnosed with pneumonia.Casper with cleft palate 3

“We know these puppies often don’t make it due to complications with eating and breathing, but we hope Casper will,” stated Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of the rescue organization. “Right now he’s on antibiotics and we know if he does make it, multiple surgeries will likely be in his future. There is no other option.”

A cleft palate is an abnormal opening in the roof of a dog’s mouth and is the result of the failure of the two sides of the palate coming together and fusing during embryonic development. The deformity results in an opening between the nasal passages and the mouth. Treatment is surgical repair of the defect, however most surgeons prefer to wait until the puppy is three to four months of age before operating.Casper with cleft palate 2

According to PetMd, the symptoms of a cleft palate are:

  • Runny nose
  • Coughing
  • Aspiration pneumonia (pneumonia caused by milk and food contents entering the cleft and infecting the lungs)
  • Respiratory difficulty (caused by aspiration pneumonia)
  • Difficulty sucking and nursing (for puppies)
  • Slow growth
  • Weight loss
  • Lack of appetite

Follow Casper’s progress on Rescue Dogs Rock NYC Facebook page. To help, donations can be sent via or Casper with cleft palate or RDR NYC PO Box 101 NY, NY 10028.

(Photos of Casper with cleft palate courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.)

Dog tethered with a 35-pound chain for 15 years finally freed

An aged black Labrador retriever named Bear finally tasted freedom on Monday afternoon. Chained in the backyard of a home in New York, the Guardians of Rescue negotiated with the dog’s owner for Bear’s freedom, and when all was said and done – a 35-pound chain tethered to Bear for the last 15 years was permanently cut away. The non profit organization, based in Smithtown, New York, had been out delivering dog houses and food to animals in need when they came across Bear and just knew they had to make a difference in the gray muzzled dog’s remaining life.Bear Guardians of Rescue 2

And so the tough looking rescuers with their soft hearts, made Monday the day that Bear gained his freedom. From the moment his 35-pound chain was cut away came the heartwarming words:

“You are free Bear. You’re finally free and you will be going to a new life. Hopefully Bear can be placed with an older family where he can lie around inside of a home and have a good rest of his life,” the dog’s rescuers stated as Bear walked around for the first time without the weight of the heavy chain.

And soon it was time for Bear to go for his first truck ride – looking happy already. The friendly dog enjoyed the gentle pats on his head and the warmth of the truck. Now Bear needs a foster home or better yet, a family who will show this dog how really sweet his life can be.

“The Guardians got Bear loaded into the truck yesterday, and headed into his bright happy, future off of a chain. Will you give this gentle, old guy a comfy bed, in a new home with a family who will lavish him with love and attention?,” the men asked on Facebook Tuesday morning.

If interested in helping Bear, please click here. Donations can be made to Guardians of Rescue by clicking here.

(Photos and video of dog tethered with a 35-pound chain freeze shots Facebook.

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Owner sought for dog who was rescued from cold canal

On Sunday, a wayward dog was rescued from cold water in a Fresno area canal. The dog, a husky, was trapped in the cement-sided waterway and unable to escape on her own – thanks to first responders with the Fresno Fire Department, the husky was rescued.

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The Fresno Fire Department Tweeted about the dog’s rescue on Monday:

Fresno Fire’s Engine 1 crew rescued a dog that trapped,scared & hypothermic from a canal yesterday at Cedar/McKinley. Dog was taken to vet.

The dog is safe and receiving care, but her true owner is being sought. Though she was wearing a collar, there was no identification, or microchip found.  According to KMPH News, the dog will be transferred from the Cedar Veterinary Clinic to the Central Valley SPCA on Tuesday if nobody comes forward to claim her as their own.

(Photos screenshots via KMPH News)

Van carrying rescue dogs involved in deadly crash

In Pueblo, Colorado, a van carrying rescue dogs from Houston to several Colorado shelters was involved in a deadly crash early Friday morning. The driver of the van, Charles Roberts, 59, was killed; his son Jared who had been sharing the driving survived the crash. The van had been transporting dogs from Houston’s BARC – a trip volunteers made once a week to save countless lives of stray and unwanted dogs.

According to Channel 9 News, Jeff Richey, the owner of Farfel’s Farm and Rescue in Boulder, the dogs are transported and cared for by Rescue Pets Movement. Five vans bring 150 dogs to Colorado every Friday. A nine-pound Schnauzer Yorkie, heading to Richey’s rescue is still missing.

The Pikes Peak Humane Society is currently caring for 23 of the 26 dogs believed to have been in the van when the deadly crash occurred. A few of the dogs have been treated for minor injuries. Three dogs are still missing. Colorado State Patrol tweeted out a picture of the missing dogs. If found, please call 719-544-3005.

According to the Facebook page of Rescued Pets Movement, a GoFundMe page has been set up for Charles Roberts. The group also updated their supporters as to the terrible tragedy:

“… At this time, we do not know how the accident occurred. To say we are grief stricken is an understatement. We are doing our best to determine what happened and how we can help the family. We hope to set up a gofundme page for the family to help them with their terrible loss. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.

Concerning the dogs, three got loose during the accident, and we have contacted the fosters of those dogs. The rest of the dogs are all safe and unharmed. Our friends in Colorado jumped when they got the call and are helping us search for the dogs. Pike’s Peak Humane Society has been instrumental in caring for the dogs and helping us in this time of crisis.”

(Photo of rescue dogs involved in deadly crash via Twitter)

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Dog has ‘Lassie-style moment’ when she sniffs out puppies in recycle bin

It was a canine good deed, described as a “Lassie-Style Moment,” on the Facebook page of Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary in southwest England earlier this week, when a woman’s dog out for a walk sniffed around and discovered a trio of puppies abandoned in a recycling bin. The dog barked to convey her message to her human when she found the shivering eight-week-old border collie puppies. The two males and one little female pup had been left to fend for themselves in an area identified as Failand Woods.Lassie puppies 2

“Luckily a dog out walking sniffed them out, and in a true ‘Lassie style moment’, alerted her owner to rescue them, thank goodness as we truly feel they wouldn’t have survived a cold winter’s night. They were brought in to us for safe keeping and they will be heading into foster care this afternoon after a full vet check,” the sanctuary wrote on Facebook as they described the “Lassie-style” rescue- reminiscent of the puppies similar breed.

The little boys now bear the names of Carlos and Tosca; the female has been dubbed Mabel. Rescue manager, Sarah Schranz fears the pups may have been a Christmas present someone quickly tired of, but since their adorable photos have spread through social media and all over the Internet, the puppies have had dozens of adoption offers.

Animal advocates, and of course those of us who couldn’t get enough of the utter cuteness, donated puppy food, blankets and toys. The trio are all expected to be going to new their new homes next week.

How we love happy endings.

(Photos and video of Lassie-Style Moment pups courtesy of Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary)

Check out how cute these puppies are in this short video:

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:



GTS Husky Rescue struggling to keep their doors open

When GTS Husky Rescue was founded in 2014, their goal and mission was to save arctic breed dogs from high kill shelters across the nation. Although specializing in these breeds, they have also taken in and helped others when space allows.

Located in Jupiter, Florida, GTS Husky Rescue is a 100% no-kill shelter strictly run by volunteers with no paid staff members.  All dogs stay either on the ranch or with a foster until they can be adopted. Those dogs that are deemed “unadoptable” due to behavior problems or medical issues, are either kept at the ranch or placed in long-term foster homes while they are rehabilitated.  According to the statement on their website, they are “dedicated to improving the lives of helpless dogs.”

Unfortunately, their dedication to fulfilling that statement has gotten them in to some dire financial straits; almost to the point where they may have to close their doors. This is due partially to having taken on so many dogs with extreme medical conditions and behavioral issues needing training that funding has become scarce. Because they are a 501©3, they strictly rely on donations.

Two of their rescue dogs in 2016 had been hit by cars; both needed extensive hip surgery and physical therapy.  One dog Corinna had to have cancer removed and required treatment for heartworm and a fungal infection.  Along with her physical ailments, Corinna is also terrified of people which required work with a behaviorist.  Sasha, another GTS Husky Rescue dog, came with severe food and toy aggression which also required training and work with a behaviorist. Thai, has had all her cancerous tumors removed, but also needs a trainer due to biting issues. All of these dogs came from high kill shelters, and all could not be adopted out because of these issues. If it weren’t for GTS Husky Rescue they would surely have been destroyed.

To end the 2016 year, GTS took on two more hard luck cases; Noel, a German Shepherd/Husky mix from Palm Beach County Animal Control who had a fractured pelvis and Jacob who has neurological issues.

Jacob, a two-year-old male Husky was at Miami Dade Animal Services (MDAS) who in turn called on GTS to rescue him. After his neuter surgery, it took him 24 hours to wake up, which is highly unusual. When he finally did wake up, his head was tilted and he could not walk straight. GTS contacted a neurologist for Jacob. The neurological exam proved to be inconclusive, so the next step is an MRI and a spinal tap. Unfortunately, when GTS was asked by MDAS to take Jacob, it was unbeknownst to them that he had any afflictions at all. Per MDAS, he was a healthy dog.   However, when reaching out to Jacob’s original owner, she confirmed he had been experiencing seizures which is why she turned him over to MDAS. She did not disclose this to MDAS.

GTS Husky Rescue is hoping Jacob can go on to be a healthy dog, but this is not a realistic hope unless he can be completely diagnosed and treated. All of this will be very costly.

Although GTS Rescue does not like to rescue beyond their means and capabilities, they have taken on two very expensive medical cases within a few weeks. They are committed to these dogs now, so they must stay the course until both dogs are completely well. Because GTS Husky Rescue has taken on so many hardship cases from all over the nation, their vet bill is enormous. They put out a plea for help so they can keep their doors open and continue to help homeless dogs, blind dogs, breeder dogs, hoarder dogs and even owner surrenders which many rescues do not take in.

The organization completely relies on donations to vet the dogs, upkeep the ranch, feed the dogs and maintain their vaccinations and medications. Since they opened in 2014, GTS Husky Rescue has saved the lives of 400 dogs that otherwise would have died because no one else wanted them.

(Photo courtesy of GTS Husky Rescue)

To donate to GTS Husky Rescue, or to view adoptable dogs, or for fostering and volunteering opportunities visit their website

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