Update: Angry blind senior who faced the wall begins anew

Ten-year-old Luna, a blind senior Chihuahua figured out her family didn’t want her anymore.  Brought in as a stray to California’s Baldwin Park Animal Shelter on January 12, Luna had been microchipped, but when called, her owner no longer wanted her. For the first five years of Luna’s life, she had been living with the family she loved. Then cataracts developed, and her sight slowly began to fade away. When her family no longer had time for her, they gave her to another family, and the next five years went quite well – that is until Luna went completely blind. Suddenly the blind senior ended up in a cold cell – dogs barking, strangers talking to her, and she was just plain scared and miserable. There she was – betrayed again.Luna the blind senior

A volunteer, brought to tears 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!!”

When Pet Rescue Report shared Luna’s heartbreaking story, social media and kind animal advocates did the rest; they shared the tragic plight of a dog who just got old and lost her eyesight. Just two days later, came the senior’s big break; Hand in Paw came to Luna’s rescue.

“We learned of her story just yesterday, and we were able to help her because a wonderful woman has stepped forward as a committed and experienced, special-needs foster. She is not one bit aggressive and she loves to be touched. She just wants to be safe, surrounded by warmth and calm. Welcome, Luna…your future is bright with us, and we will NEVER stop loving you,” Piper Wood, the organization’s founder posted.Hand in Paw Luna

“I’ve fallen in love with this girl, Luna. She is one of the most precious dogs I’ve ever met! The fear and apprehension are gone. All she has left is love and affection, which is all she will ever receive from now on. This before and after is heartbreaking, but it is proof that kindness and compassion create miracles.”

Welcome home Luna. The group is investigating if Luna’s eyesight can be restored, but no big deal if that’s not possible. Many thanks for everyone who shared this dog’s story. (Photos of blind senior courtesy of Hand in Paw Rescue.

Read the original story here.

Residents outraged after small dog shot in his own backyard

Residents in a Canyon Lake, California, neighborhood are outraged after a family’s small dog was shot in his owner’s backyard. According to KTLA News, the Yorkshire terrier, named “Deuce,” sustained injuries on Saturday night which proved to be fatal.

Deuce belonged to the Kerker family, who suspects that one of their neighbors is behind the cruel act. The family is not alone – their neighbors believe that a man who has complained about Deuce’s barking in the past is behind the shooting and they have shown up outside of the resident’s house to protest the shooting. The accused neighbor, who has not been named, told a KTLA News crew:

I don’t put dogs above people, I put people above dogs. If a dog is excessively barking it has to be dealt with, one way or the other.”

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Without hard evidence, the authorities have stated that proving the man’s guilt will be difficult – if an investigation does reveal that he is responsible for the small dog’s death, he could face a penal code violation for “maliciously and intentionally” maiming, wounding or killing an animal.

(Photos screenshots via KTLA News)


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)

Dog removed from home after someone threatened to shoot him

Recently, someone posted a cruel message on social media – threatening to shoot a dog if he wasn’t picked up and taken away. The horrible threat was posted to the Saline County Online Yard Sale Facebook group (and later removed) and it quickly caught the attention of dog-lovers who were horrified.

On Friday, the Saline County Arkansas Sheriff’s Office Facebook page alerted followers that the dog in question was out of harm’s way:

This morning Saline County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jack Campbell was able to locate the black lab which was shown on many social media pages yesterday.
The dog was found to be healthy and in good spirits.
The SCSO is happy to report that the dog is safe and has been transported to the Humane Society.

The good news for the unwanted dog continued – according to the Humane Society of Saline County, the dog did not have a microchip and nobody had reported a missing dog matching his description, so he was able to leave with his new family, reported THV 11 News.

Doomed dog: Irresponsible owner told shelter, ‘You might as well kill her’

A young dog was completely and utterly let down by her former, irresponsible owner, who told an animal shelter, “you might as well kill her.” The dog, named “Xena,” lived her life outside – without training, without supervision, without vaccinations, licensing or ever having been spayed.

Suffice to say, left to her own devices, Xena got herself into trouble and she did not have a responsible owner to help her afterwards. Xena is the type of dog who is highly motivated by movement (shepherd and border collie owners will understand what this means!). On two of the occasions when Xena was gallivanting outdoors without supervision, her propensity to chase after moving objects got the better of her.

In instance number one, she chased after someone mowing his yard and nipped at his pant leg. On instance number two, Xena, again unsupervised, chased after a child on a bicycle (which of course was overly enticing because it was moving). The nips resulted in nasty designations (dangerous dog) and hefty fines.

Xena’s owner did what she always did – let her dog down. Xena was taken to a shelter and staff was told that they “Might as well kill her.” Fortunately for Xena, someone took a chance on meeting her before her period of quarantine expired (at which time she would have been put down) – despite the frightening signs outside of her kennel run warning of a dangerous dog inside.

Xena’s angel described the first encounter, “When I first approached – entering her kennel without fear nor hesitation – I was immediately met by this sweet girl who gingerly took treats from my hand, kissing my fingers in appreciation before burying her head in the crook of my arm, struggling to deposit her entire 66-pounds in my lap.”

Since that time, Xena has been vaccinated and altered and she completed an intensive month-long training program where she exhibited “exemplary behavior.” Unfortunately, Xena needs more help. A fundraiser established to help Xena explains:

We have reached the point where Xena’s training is concluding, and must find her a receiving rescue, foster, or knowledgeable and responsible adopter. In order to facilitate that success, we are asking for your help to raise funds to cover a year’s worth of surety bond and to reimburse the rescuer who used his mortgage payment to cover her training costs. Although we are convinced that Xena would pass a re-evaluation of her “dangerous dog” determination with flying colors, under Minnesota law she would most likely NOT be given that opportunity for at least a full year, given her two-incident history.

Xena deserves a chance to be a beloved companion to a responsible owner. Please click here to read more about how you can help make that dream a reality.

Note: All donations are being processed under the auspices of the Lake Superior Humane Society (Knife River, MN) – a registered 501(c)(3) organization, and donors will receive a tax-deductible receipt for their generosity.


Dog rescues baby possum and the pair become deeply bonded

A heroic dog, and a baby possum, have formed a deep bond after a life-or-death situation. Dr. Chris Brown, a veterinarian, recounted the sweet tale of friendship on his Facebook page on Wednesday.

Dr. Brown described how the unlikely bond began:

When “Chili” the springer spaniel saw a baby possum being attacked by crows in a Brisbane park, he decided to step in and save his life. And out of his selfless act, a surprising friendship was formed.

The baby possum knew the heroic dog was a protector – according to UPI, the baby crawled to Chili’s ear to rest after the frightening ordeal. The dog’s owner, Trevor Weeks, described the tender moment, “Chili sat very quietly in the car with the baby possum still asleep in his ear.”


Dr. Brown continued:

Even though Chili has never been a father, his strong protective instinct even surprised his owner Trevor Weeks when he leapt to the defense of the tiny marsupial. But if that wasn’t paternal enough, Chili then let the possum crawl underneath his long ear flaps and fall asleep. In fact, staff at the local vet had to gently prize the baby away from the inside of Chili’s ears just to give him a health check.

According to Dr. Brown, the baby will be returned to the wild – he wrote:

After a few months of nurturing from a wildlife carer and occasional visits from Chili, he’ll be released back to the wild where his second chance at life will hopefully work out better than the first.

(Photos via Dr. Chris Brown FB page)

Faithful dog saves injured owner from freezing to death in the snow

A faithful dog is responsible for saving her injured owner, who had fallen and broken his neck, from freezing to death in the snow. According to Tuesday’s publication of Petoskey News, a man named Bob was at his Northern Michigan home with only his golden retriever, “Kelsey,” on New Year’s Eve.

The night of celebration turned to near tragedy when Bob slipped in the snow while going outside to gather wood for his fire – the slip broke his neck, leaving him unable to move. No one was around to hear Bob’s cries for help – but Kelsey did her utmost to draw attention to the life-or-death situation.

Bob described the harrowing ordeal, “I was screaming for help but my nearest neighbor is about a quarter mile away and it was 10:30 p.m., but my Kelsey came. By morning my voice was gone and I couldn’t yell for help, but Kelsey didn’t stop barking.”

It took hours for someone to finally realize that Bob was injured and in need of help – despite 20 hours in temperatures which plunged well below freezing, Bob did not suffer any frost bite. Bob credits that amazing fact to his faithful dog, who did her utmost to keep him warm by licking his face and laying on his body.

Bob is still struggling with mobility issues, but a neurosurgeon at McLaren Northern Michigan was able to perform surgery which promises to help Bob get back to himself with time and physical therapy. Bob credits his faithful dog, and Dr. Colen, his surgeon, for saving him – calling both, his “heroes.”

(Photo McLaren Northern Michigan)

For months, senior dog has had zero interest – now he is on ‘the list’

Update: Rescued!!

For months (since October!!) a senior dog named Irving has been held at California’s Riverside Animal Control agency. In the time that Irving has been incarcerated (through NO fault of his own) he has had zero interest, despite multiple attempts to promote him on social media.

On Monday, the Pet Rescue Report received a desperate plea to help save Irving from an untimely demise. The email request reads, “I’ve been desperately networking this poor old guy who’s been at the Riverside Shelter for 2 ½ months now and he is living day to day now, basically winning the shelter version of the hunger games everyday because he’s a such a sweetheart of a guy. I don’t know what else to do to get an adopter or rescue to take him. Irving has been at the shelter so long he’s starting to build a portfolio of PetHarbor photos.”

Irving’s advocate added:

The Riverside shelter obviously doesn’t want to kill him, but they are not a long-term facility, they are strictly animal control, and I was told by the staff that he is “extremely urgent” which is code for “any day now.”

Irving is still alive for one reason, and one reason only – the staff loves him. Despite the adoration of the animal control employees, the facility is not equipped to keep dogs forever (especially when there is a constant influx from people who are dumping their pets and the incoming strays).

You can help save Irving by taking a moment to share his adoption information – he is out of time and is relying on strangers to help.

Riverside Rescue Office 951-358-7302 or email to ADOPT or RESCUE IRVING (who is CODE RED) NOW!

Riverside Rescue Office 951-358-7302 or email

Petharbor link here.  ID#A1324877

Facebook thread here.

Dog found frozen to death in restaurant parking lot

Officials in Clarksville, Tennessee, are seeking information in a case of animal cruelty involving a dog who apparently froze to death in the parking lot of a restaurant. According to Monday’s publication of Clarksville Now, a gray and white pit bull mix was found frozen in the parking lot of Grandma’s Apron Restaurant on Sunday.

The deceased dog was found frozen inside the bottom portion of a plastic dog house, with a blue blanket embroidered with the words “Little Puppies.” It is believed that the dog froze to death at the parking lot location.

The local animal control is hoping to receive tips to help them determine who is responsible for the dog’s death. Anyone who recognizes the dog, or who has information about this situation, is asked to reach out to the Montgomery County Animal Control Agency at 931-648-5750.

Individuals who were concerned for the welfare of a dog who was tethered outdoors in frigid temperatures in Massachusetts learned that after a huge social media outpouring, the dog was relocated. Dogs are not equipped to handle freezing temperatures and should not be left outdoors to suffer.

(Photo via Clarksville Now/Montgomery County Animal Control)


Mail carrier gifts life-altering ramp to elderly dog on his route

When a Colorado mail carrier noticed that an elderly dog on his route was struggling to get in and out of the house to greet him each day, he took matters into his own hands. According to the Daily Camera, Jeff Kramer delivers mail in Boulder and he has been greeted by a Labrador retriever named “Tashi,” for several years.

Lately, Tashi’s advanced age (14 years!) has made his trek up and down the front steps to say hello more and more difficult. Kramer took note of the dog’s struggle and decided to bring over the wood from a ramp that his own dog (now passed) formerly used. Kramer told the Daily Camera,”I just noticed they needed it. I didn’t need it anymore and I hate throwing things away.”

Mail carrier provides generous gift

The gifted wood was not immediately put into use, however – owner Karen Dimetrosky explained the reason why:

We’re not very handy, I’m more handy than my husband, but I didn’t know how to put that together.

Again, the mail carrier came to the rescue – not only did he provide the supplies, but he came over to the home on his day off to assemble the ramp to help make Tashi’s life just a bit easier. Dimestrosky commented on the generous gift, “It’s incredible – I can’t imagine not having the ramp now. It’s the only way he gets in and out.”

(Photos/screenshots via the Daily Camera)