Save Garvey: Lonely shepherd softly whimpers in his kennel at busy California shelter

One can only imagine how lonely Garvey (Snowpea) has been. For the last 72 days, he has been at the Carson Animal Care Center, yet no one has come to his rescue; neither a foster nor an adoption offer. When he arrived at the shelter, he was so frightened and overwhelmed, he just curled up in the corner – hoping he would wake up at his home, and all this would have been a bad dream. Sadly, that was not to be reality.  A volunteer, who has interacted with him, gives us a peek at this dog’s personality:

“GARVEY doesn’t bark or jump around but this week he started to gently cry when we stop by his kennel to visit. After almost 3 months in the shelter he is desperately begging for help in such a sweet, gentle, heartbreaking way. He is amazing and his shy personality is incredibly lovable. Please SHARE for his life, he’s SO special and a FOSTER or ADOPTER would save him. Thanks!”

Click here for this boy’s Pet Harbor listing.  “My name is Snowpea and I am described as a neutered male, yellow and white German Shepherd Dog mix. The shelter thinks I am about 5 years old.
I have been at the shelter since Mar 11, 2017.” For more information about this animal, call Los Angeles County Animal Control – Carson at (310) 523-9566
Ask for information about animal ID number A5040062. Follow his Facebook page here or here.

Share this dog’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. Even though the shelter has been crowded to capacity, the staff, friends and volunteers want this sweet guy to find a home. We are his only hope.

(Photos and video courtesy of Saving Carson Shelter Dogs)

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Good Samaritan and police officer rescue stray German shepherd in labor

In Southfield, Michigan, it was a bittersweet Mother’s Day for a German shepherd dumped in the city and in active labor. All alone on Saturday, the dog began to deliver her puppies. Two dead newborns laid beside her when a Good Samaritan found the dogs; she called and brought the dog to the Southfield Police Department. According to WxyzNews, it was the kindness and compassion of Southfield Police Officer Bob White, who rushed the mother dog to the veterinarian while she was still in labor.

When the veterinarian called Almost Home-NO KILL Shelter, the mother dog had one surviving puppy, however she had been so distraught, the newborn was unable to nurse. Named Nevie with her tiny puppy Nolan, both dogs needed rescue:

“We searched for a foster. Poor beautiful Nevie only had one living puppy left. She needs the warmth and love as only a loving home could provide. Beth our loving foster came through. Nevie appears to be in shock. She is displaying a sense of depression we have never experienced. She will need a lot of support,” reported the organization on their Facebook update. 

Maybe the mystical powers of “Mother’s Day” motivated the beautiful shepherd to bond with her puppy. On Sunday, the happy announcement came:

“Our sweet Mommy Nevie is now bonding with her little baby. She is feeding Noland who is actually Natalie. Foster mom Beth did everything she could to comfort Nevie and give her confidence. She is now nursing her baby!”

The new family will be scheduled for a complete physical on Monday; both will have all that they need including vaccines, testing and well-care until the puppy is ready to be weaned, spayed and made available for adoption. For now on it’s a “happily ever story” for Nevie and Natalie.

To donate, please go to: and make a donation on PayPal at  If you would like to send a check to Almost Home, PO Box 250692, West Bloomfield, Michigan 48325 Please specify donation is for Nevie and Natalie.

(Photos of Nevie and Natalie via Facebook)

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Florida police dog found dead inside of parked patrol car

In Melbourne, Florida a police dog was found dead inside of a parked patrol car outside of the Brevard County Courthouse on Friday. The German shepherd, named Diesel was discovered about 7:30 in the evening; the patrol vehicle belonged to an officer from the Sebastian Police Department. On the department’s Facebook, the sad announcement stated:

“As many of you have heard we suffered a tragic loss of one of our beloved K-9’s on Friday April 28, 2017. The incident occurred in Melbourne Florida. The situation is being investigated by the Melbourne Police Department and when their investigation is over, an administrative investigation will occur here with the Sebastian Police Department. Our entire department is saddened by Diesel’s tragic death; please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. More information will be released when available.”

Authorities have not released any information as to how long Diesel had been left in the car, but the National Weather Service reported temperatures in the afternoon at 88 degrees. One can only imagine how hot the car’s interior temperature had climbed. Melbourne police and Brevard County Animal Control are also taking part in the investigation. Detectives suspect  the officer, who is known to leave his K-9 at home when going to court, forgot that the dog was in the SUV. The officer arrived at the courthouse on Friday at 11:00 a.m.

According to the Sebastian Daily, some of the police vehicles are equipped with alarms if the temperatures rise to a dangerous level, but the officer had the SUV turned off. Area residents who know the officer, say the he has two other dogs that are used as pets; one dog is retired, and the other had been injured while on-duty. As of this time, the officer’s name has been withheld pending the investigation. It has been reported he is “devastated” by Diesel’s death.

(Photos of police dog via Sebastian Police Department Facebook)

Rest in peace Diesel. We are sorry humans let you down.

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Desperate woman found burned German shepherd and had nowhere to turn for help

In Los Angeles, a desperate woman discovered a severely burned German shepherd on Monday morning, and initially had nowhere to turn. Shocked and upset by the dog’s condition, the Good Samaritan immediately took the injured dog to a nearby veterinarian who, after examining the dog, gave her no option other than to euthanize the dog she had already named Charlie. As for Charlie however, he immediately bonded with the woman – following her every step; knowing this was the human who would help him, and he desperately needed someone to ease his pain and loneliness. 

Completely heartbroken and defeated, the woman left the veterinarian’s office with Charlie right by her side; perhaps an omen from somewhere in heaven suddenly appeared. In an instant, another person handed the Good Samaritan a piece of paper; on it was written the contact information for  Westside German Shepherd Rescue’s. When the call came in, rescuers knew they had to step up and help.

“We can only imagine how Charlie’s skin had been burned and the pain he is feeling, but through it all, he has remained loving and faithful,” the rescue organization wrote on their Facebook page as the photos of the injured shepherd appeared.

Charlie has been transferred to the organization’s partner veterinarian where he is currently receiving the best of care. Updates will be provided as more information is made available. To help with Charlie’s medical needs, donations can be made by clicking here or by check. Please mail to WGSR 3016 S. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90007.

Get well soon Charlie. Everyone is hoping for the best. Photos of burned German shepherd courtesy of Westside German Shepherd Rescue.

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Woman finds bags full of dead dogs – canine serial killer on the loose? Read the disturbing story here.

Beautiful bonded German shepherds having very tough time at crowded shelter

Two bonded German shepherds seem to be having a very tough time at the Carson Animal Care Center in California. Whether they were abandoned or lost, no one has yet to come forward to claim the beautiful dogs. It is thought they could be a mother and daughter pair – thus accounting for their very close relationship.

Click here for Tyra’s Pet Harbor adoption listing. A5054165  She is a two-year-old German shepherd who has not been spayed. She arrived at the shelter on April 26 and will be available for adoption on April 30. A Facebook page for Tyra can be followed here.

Click here for Treena’s Pet Harbor adoption listing. A5054159  She is a five-year-old female German shepherd who has not been spayed. She arrived at the shelter on April 26 and will be available for adoption on April 30. A Facebook page for Treena can be followed here. For further information on these dogs, contact the Carson Animal Care Center located at 216 Victoria Street in Gardena, California. Phone: 310.523.9566. Can you blame these dogs for being afraid with all the barking and strangers everywhere? Share their plights with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

(Photos and video of bonded German shepherds courtesy of Saving Carson Shelter Dogs Facebook)

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Big Dog Ranch Rescue reaches out for three last chance dogs scheduled to die at shelter

Three last chance dogs were lucky enough to have been rescued from the open admission Miami-Dade Animal Services on Monday. Barely one day after a holiday weekend, the kennels were crowded, the barking of frightened dogs deafening, and innocent lives were scheduled to die. Big Dog Ranch Rescue was there; the rescue angels who provide love and devotion to the most vulnerable.

Rescuing is not a job for the faint of heart – meet volunteer Jennifer Paige DiCaprio, who frequently shares the freedom walks of the last chance dogs. Her soft, reassuring voice puts them quietly at ease, and with each and every team member at Big Dog Ranch Rescue, the ultimate purpose continues – saving the dogs. And on Monday morning, first came two German shepherd blends – Tim and Tanya. Both dogs were so scared, Tim kept his face tightly tucked into the corner of his kennel cage; Tanya barely moved.

“There are days we are grateful that some of these dogs are unable to speak because we probably couldn’t bear to listen to their past, ” the organization posted on their Facebook. “If Tim and Tanya were not rescued by 4:00 p.m. today, they would have been euthanized. We would not let that happen, and in a few  weeks we will be sharing photos of the adjusting to their new life and trusting the world, but they have a long way to go before we get there. Right now they need a trusting foster and a lot of medical care which we are assessing right now. They are very traumatized and will need a lot of love and support. But even in a short time they have come along way with the staff loving support.”


And in addition to the traumatized German shepherds came the addition of Arnold. This adorable four month old puppy had been hit by a bicycle and had been agonizing in pain. He was left, so young to suffer a disabling injury alone. Arnold is on his way to the organization’s veterinary partner where he will receive the emergency help he needs. And then – this adorable little dog, with the happily wagging tail despite his injuries, will be available for adoption and find a life of love, play and companionship.

But now he is on his way to receive amazing veterinary care by our doctors. Arnold will not suffer anymore and hopefully he will make a quick recovery. Then he has his whole life ahead of him, injury-free, where a new family can cherish his resilience and protect him from harm. Thanks to the Rescue, soon this puppy will be able to love, play and run around again!

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Photos and video of three last chance dogs, courtesy of Jennifer Paige DiCaprio and Big Dog Rescue Ranch.

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Ironic twist: Owner arrested and puppy knows his own crate as ‘jail’

An adorable and extremely clever German shepherd puppy knows his own crate as jail. “Go to jail” the puppy’s owner would yell, and the seven-month-old  would run into his crate and sit. Ironically, Sonny’s owner was subsequently arrested and landed in jail. A volunteer from the Carson Animal Care Center in California tells the dog’s sad story:

“His owner is in jail, and he abandoned this puppy he called Baby Boy. His neighbors brought him into the shelter, and they say he is a smart, sweet, amazing puppy great with everyone. He is also crate trained, and when his owner wants him to go into his crate he would say ironically “GO TO JAIL” and Baby Boy would do it.. He needs help fast.”

Click here for this puppy’s PetHarbor link. “I am described as a male, brown and white German Shepherd Dog. The shelter thinks I am about 7 months old.
I have been at the shelter since Apr 12, 2017. I am not yet neutered. I will be available on 4/16. You can visit me at my temporary home at C348.  For more information about this animal, call Los Angeles County Animal Control – Carson at (310) 523-9566. Ask for information about animal ID number A5049752. A Facebook page advocating for this puppy’s rescue can be followed here.  If interested in fostering this dog, and you are in LA, OC, SB, or Riverside County, email ASAP to request an application. 

Carson Shelter, Gardena, California
216 Victoria Street, Gardena, California

(Photos and videos courtesy of Baby in jail via Saving Carson Shelter Dogs)

Check out his video. What an amazing puppy, but he is so frightened. Please share his plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. (Please note he has also been referred to as Sonny)

Lost shepherd shows up at owner’s door four years after she disappeared

What could be more surprising when Joel McDonald opened his front door on Tuesday and saw a dog waiting there very similar in appearance to his lost shepherd, Molly who disappeared four years ago?

“I didn’t know for sure, but I thought it,” the Rowan County, North Carolina man told WBTV News late last week. “And she just came and put her head in my lap and I said, ‘Oh my.'”

Although Joel was pretty sure the dog was Molly, he took her to Animal Care Center of Salisbury to have her microchip checked, and when the attendant looked up at Joel confirming the identity of the German shepherd as Molly, he was absolutely convinced. When the dog disappeared, Joel and Carolyn McDonald searched for her for weeks, but eventually gave up hope of ever seeing their best friend again.

The happy family has now been reunited, and although Joel has asked Molly where she has been, he says she just won’t answer.


Welcome home Molly. And another reason to never give up hope.

(Photo of lost shepherd screenshot via WBTVNews)

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Aurora Animal Services told to stave off any plans to euthanize suspected wolf-hybrid

On Thursday, members of the Colorado Legislature asked the Aurora Animal Services to turn over records of a family’s German shepherd dog suspected to be a wolf-hybrid and to stave off any plans to euthanize the dog named Capone. State Senator Tim Neville and state Representatives Steve Lebsock, Jovan Melton, and Joann Ginal sent a letter to the shelter expressing their concerns about the impoundment of Tracy Abbato’s dog, taken into custody on February 24, after he was found roaming the neighborhood without a collar.

According to the Colorado Statesman, the lawmakers stated they have been contacted by many concerned constituents about Capone’s future, which has prompted them to submit a Colorado Opens Records Act request to the city for “all correspondence regarding Capone and his owners.”

“We do not want the pet euthanized until we have a chance to review all the facts in this investigation,” the letter stated. “Can we really determine based on DNA if this is a wolf-dog hybrid?, Representative Melton asked. “This dog has never demonstrated any violent behavior, plays well with the family’s other dog, plays well with their kids. I understand public safety, but we should be looking at the whole picture.”

“There’s a question about fairness vs. public safety,” Melton added. “We should look at this on a case-by-case basis.”

Capone’s plight has drawn national attention, as advocates continue to insist that the 11-year-old-dog belongs back with his family. Tracy Abbato, the owner of eleven-year-old Capone, rescued the dog from the Adams County Animal Shelter a decade ago, where he was classified as a German shepherd mix; Capone’s veterinarian agrees with his breed description. And according to animal expert Suzanne Hetts, a certified animal behaviorist and president of Littleton’s Animal Behavior Associates, there is no way to tell whether an animal is a dog or a wolf-hybrid based on behavior – which was the reason animal control officers gave as their reason to keep Capone when he was impounded.

The family’s attorney states Aurora’s ordinance does not specify what constitutes a hybrid, although the State of Colorado specifies an animal is regarded as domestic if it contains just a trace of non-wild ancestry. Meanwhile, Capone remains at the shelter, and the family is only allowed to visit just a few minutes daily with their dog. An Aurora judge continued a hearing for a week until March 22 to allow the family’s attorney to review the case. Tracy is facing five charges which includes; owning a wild, exotic or dangerous animal, letting an animal run at large, failure to obtain a pet license, owning an aggressive or dangerous animal and failing to have a current rabies vaccination.

Read the previous article about Capone here.

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Shelter seeks information after second German shepherd found deceased

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) is seeking information from the public after finding two German shepherds discarded in suspicious manners within a close proximity of time. According to the shelter, a dog’s body was found on Sunday, February 26, on the 1st Line EHS, north of Highway 89 in Mulmur Township.

The dog is described as black and dark tan in color – a brown towel was partially beneath the dog’s body. The body of the German shepherd “type” dog was so badly decomposed that a gender determination could not be made. There was no microchip, or collar, on the dog’s body.

According to, another German shepherd was found in a ditch in Erin on February 25 – that dog, a female, was wrapped in garbage bags. Like the dog found in Mulmur, there was no identification on the deceased dog’s body.

“Our investigation at this time is to find out if this was an act of animal cruelty,” says Alison Green, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “We are asking anyone who may have witnessed anything unusual in that area to come forward.” The Ontario SPCA has requested that any helpful information be called in to 310-SPCA (7722) immediately.

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Ontario SPCA and Humane Society:

Protecting animals since 1873, Ontario SPCA is Ontario’s Animal Welfare organization. A registered charity comprised of over 50 Communities.

Since 1919, when Ontario’s first Animal Welfare legislation was proclaimed, the Ontario SPCA, with the help of its Communities, has been entrusted to maintain and enforce Animal Welfare legislation. The Act provides Ontario SPCA Agents and Inspectors with police powers to do so.

Ontario SPCA provides leadership in animal welfare innovations including introducing high-volume spay/neuter services to Ontario and opening the Provincial Education and Animal Centre.