Sam: Tiny senior is desperate to be saved

Tiny senior Sam is just eight-years-old. This adorable little one looks quite fit for his age, and volunteers at Miami-Dade Animal Services brag about how he just might be the cutest little senior they have ever seen.

Click here for Sam’s Pet Harbor listing.  A1940243. “I am a neutered male, brown and black Yorkshire Terrier mix. The shelter staff think I am about 8-years-old. I have been at the shelter since March 9. For more information about this animal, call:
Miami-Dade Animal Services at (305) 884-1101. Ask for information about animal ID number A1940243

Sadly, Sam’s family has not come to the shelter to find him, and this little dog sits in his cage wondering why no one has come to scoop him up into their arms and reassure him that everything will be alright. He hears all of the loud noises, all of the barking and wishes he could be lying in his own soft bed, in his own loving home watching Animal Planet with his family.

Check out Sam’s short video:

Sam’s video has been viewed more than 1,000 times. Surely someone wants to give this little angel a home. Please share his plight with friends, family, approved rescue organizations and social media friends. Sharing saves lives. Follow this dog’s Facebook page here.

(Photo and video courtesy of Urgent Dogs of Miami volunteers)

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Investigation by Animal Services of video showing dog on treadmill chasing a pig

Miami-Dade Animal Services continue to investigate a video taken by a neighbor who is worried a dog could be in danger. According to News7, the exclusive video was turned over to Animal Services, and a neighbor, Odalys Fernandez, who lives behind the home, knows exactly what she witnessed. First she spotted a dog running on an apparently home made treadmill; the dog had his head down and appeared very tired.

“And then I saw a pig. There was a pig in there as well,” Odalys stated.

The pig had been in a separate cage in the backyard, and there was no way the dog would have been able to get to the animal, however it seemed as if the dog had been chasing the pig in the Southwest Miami-Dade backyard for a long period of time. In addition to the dog and the pig, there were four people in the backyard – including one young child. Several cages of dogs were also set along the perimeter of the yard.

Odalys is convinced the dogs were being trained to fight; why else would any dog be trained on a treadmill with another animal in front of it being chased.

“I like dogs and I like people and what they did to those dogs. I don’t like it. And when I saw that one dog with all the mosquitoes on top of the bite that he had…”

And then over a month ago, one morning the fence to the backyard was down and all of the dogs, their cages, the equipment and the pig were gone. Although Miami-Dade Animal Services has the video and the facts about the possible dog fighting training operation, nothing has been done – or at least the investigators aren’t commenting.

What a tragedy this could be for nine dogs and a pig.

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UPDATE: Miami shelter dog Nina is not ‘too old and she won’t die soon’

Nina has been adopted. Many thanks to everyone for sharing her story. It worked! Check out this happy dog on the way to her new home.

Sadly, Nina continues to be overlooked and forgotten. With tears in their eyes, volunteers have heard parents telling their children that Nina is “too old and she will die soon.” Although Nina can not understand the words, her demeanor is a sure sign she knows she is no longer wanted nor loved. On October 10, she arrived at the Miami-Dade Animal Shelter Services as a stray. Will she walk out the front door with a smile and a new life, or will she die being held by a stranger as poison is injected slowly into her front leg?

Vounteer Jani Bradford is very concerned about the senior’s plight;

“I think she can sense it, and she’s losing all hopes, she doesn’t want to eat anymore and she’s getting extremely sad. Are there any senior lovers out there that can give her a home and make her happy again? Please help Nina find a loving home?,” wrote Jani.

Nina is listed as an 11-year-old Akita mix. Follow her Facebook page here. Another volunteer offered the following:

“Nina #A0866175
11-year-old Akita mix girl. Came in a stray on October 10, and owners have not come to claim she is available as of today 10–14. She lay slumbering in one of the exhibit rooms until I tapped on the glass and she looked up slowly but did not advance. She seems to have fairly dense cataracts so I do not know how well she can see. The seniors make wonderful, very mellow, laid-back pets if an energetic dog is not what you seek. She needs a place to live out her golden years. Please tag and share. Located at Miami Dade animal services 305-884-1101.

Share Nina’ plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. We are all that Nina has – please make sure to send her story to a least one friend and ask them to do the same. It will only take a moment, but could be seen by the one person who could save this senior’s life.

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Video: (Is Nina just giving up?) Help!



Kids and dogs: Heartbreaking scene when mother tells her child the dog ‘is too old to adopt’

Nana, an extremely friendly seven-year-old American bulldog, was found as a stray on April 30 along the streets of Miami. When a shelter volunteer overheard the conversation between a mother and her young son, Nana’s advocate’s heart broke into a million tiny pieces. The child instantly fell in love with Nana, but what seemed an instant bond was never to happen:

“A child puts his hands on Nana’s window. Nana tries to give kisses through the glass. The little boy says, ‘mom I want this one.’ Mom replies, ‘she’s too old.'”

How tragic to think this really happened, but the dog’s story continues and gets even sadder. According to the shelter, Nana spent the rest of her day staring at the wall; sad and defeated as if she knew what the mother had said to her son.

“Nana deserves a second chance at life, and for the record, to this person who left this dog behind because she is ‘old’, Nana is just seven. She has a lot of love and life to give to a happy family. She is loved by everyone at the shelter. Her kennel card has hearts drawn on it with ‘very sweet girl’ in big letters,” the volunteer wrote on Facebook describing the heartbreaking scene.

This sweet girl can be adopted from Miami -Dade Animal Services located at 3599 NW 79th Ave., Doral, Florida. Please share her plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. When inquiring about this dog, reference #A1868703. Follow Nana’s plight on Facebook here.  An additional Facebook link found on Urgent Dogs of Miami can be followed here.

(Photos and video kids and dog too old to adopt via Urgent Dogs of Miami and Christina Mignon Pino)



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Abandoned senior American bulldog due to be euthanized if not rescued

Had it not been for a Good Samaritan, Milo, an American bulldog, might not have survived, but this senior’s extraordinary circumstances and the need for immediate care places the extremely friendly dog at risk for losing his life on Thursday at Miami-Dade Animal Services. According to Urgent Dogs of Miami, a popular networking site to help dogs and cats in the Miami are find homes, Milo’s medical needs have been documented as follows:

“Milo – an 11-year-old American bulldog.  Pet presents for a recheck – quiet, alert, responsive and hydrated. Oral mucous membranes are pale pink and moist with a capillary refill time of less than 2 seconds. The bandage placed yesterday was removed. The ulcerated mass on the prepuce (foreskin)begins bleeding as soon as bandage removed.  Lightly cleaned with sterile saline and new light bandage applied. Pet was observed to be licking at the bandage/mass, so an Elizabethan collar was applied to prevent exacerbation.

Due to age and suspected neoplasia (abnormal growth of tissue) and need for further diagnostics and care, recommend transfer to rescue prior to 6:00 p.m. on 6/8/17. Humane euthanasia may be indicated if condition deteriorates.”

Milo is extremely affectionate, and volunteers describe how cute he is as he happily wags his little nub of a tail. It is suspected he was abandoned by his owner. Share this dog’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives, and Milo only has animal advocates to help, since his family most likely tossed him away as if his life no longer mattered. Follow his Facebook page here. For more information, contact the Miami-Dade Animal Services at 305.884.1101.

Pet Harbor listing for Milo: “I am an unaltered male, white American Bulldog. The shelter staff think I am about 11 years old. I have been at the shelter since Jun 04, 2017. For more information about this animal, call Miami-Dade Animal Services at (305) 884-1101. Ask for information about animal ID number A1878560.

Photos and video for American bulldog in dire need, courtesy  of Urgent Dogs of Miami.

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Eight-years of love and Toby was thrown away like trash

Toby, an eight-year-old male brown and white Labrador Retriever mix, was thrown away like trash by his family. The dog was loyal, but not so with the family he trusted to care for him, so after years of love, Toby’s bed was pushed to the Miami-Dade Animal Care Center in South Florida. Volunteers at the shelter do love him and describe him as a sweet, loving pooch so worthy of more than he has been dealt:

“… what a sweetie pie… he was laying on his comfy blanket when I approached. He saw my treats and it all went downhill from there. He was so excited, I thought he was going to break his tail,”

A networking link for Toby can be found here. Sadly, he has been at the shelter since December 15, and even though he is very playful and sweet, he may have food allergies and will need further testing. His skin and his eyes are red, irritated and itchy which makes him quite uncomfortable. Another Facebook page sharing this dog’s plight can be followed here. Please share his story with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. When inquiring about Toby, make sure to reference #A1838107. For further information, call Miami Dade Animal Services at (305)884.1101.

How sad to watch any dog sit in front of their kennel cage – day in and day out with barely anyone passing by to acknowledge their existence; very few people giving them a gentle scratch behind the ears or telling them what good dogs they are. Volunteers do their best and are for the most part, that precious link between utter despair and a wink of hope for shelter dogs. Become a volunteer; share a few hours of your life and help dogs just like Toby enjoy some fun and affection.

Photos of the eight-year-old Toby courtesy of Urgent Dogs of Miami.

Check out his short video here:



First used to breed: Then tortured as bait dog just to be thrown away

A seven-year-old American bulldog has never been treated with love or respect. First used to breed puppies to sell for a profit and when she no longer could produce litter after litter, she was forced into another victimizing role; Jessy became a bait dog. The scars on her face, her body and her legs bear the reminders of the misery she endured.Jessy cover

And then she was thrown away; no identification tags, no microchip and no one ever came looking for her. Brought to the Miami-Dade Animal Services Pet Adoption and Protection Center on February 1, Jessy is in need of a home or a foster family. A shelter volunteer offers the following observation:

“She is so gentle and wants to be loved so badly. She comes and sits with you hoping that you will scratch her all over. After being so abused, you would think she hates people, but she wants the attention of her very own human. She shouldn’t be so abused at her age.”

Sadly, Jessy is giving up on life. In her shelter cage, she barely lifts her head when anyone passes by. A Facebook page following her plight can be found here or here. Animal advocates have been pledging funds to help with veterinarian and other expenses to an approved rescue organization. Share this girl’s story with friends, family and social media contacts. Make sure to reference A1848583.Jessy 2

Contact: with identification number to check: availability/status/request medical records. New location: 3599 NW 79th Avenue, Doral, Florida 33166. For information on transportation contact Steve Nash at (954) 774-0934 (by text or phone call); don’t allow a little distance stop you from saving Jessy.
(Photos of Jessy, the American bulldog used to breed and be bait dog courtesy of Urgent Dogs of Miami.)
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‘Are you here to save me?’ Shelter pup Creassy looked to photographer for help

All of his life, Creassy spent with his family. On January 14, however came the biggest betrayal the German shepherd never saw coming. It was the day his family surrendered the 11-year-old to the Miami-Dade Animal Services. And as the days slowly passed away – one by one, the shelter pup looked to a photographer for help – “Are you here to save me?,” he seemed to have been asking.Creassy 2

Click here for this boy’s Pet Harbor listing: CREASSY “(A0807127) I am a neutered male brown German Shepherd Dog mix. The shelter staff think I am about 11 years old and I weigh 47 pounds. I was turned in by my owner and I am available for adoption.” His Facebook page can be followed here.  A volunteer on the Urgent Dogs of Miami offered this heartbreaking description:

“Imagine spending 11 years with a family, and then waking up one day behind bars, where they left you without saying goodbye. It is never okay to dump your dog at a shelter, but even worse, to dump a senior dog who has given you all of their love & loyalty for so many years…and now they’re sleeping in a cold metal cage without any comfort or love. Heartbroken Creassy was mid-scratch when we photographed him, and he looked up like “Hey are you going to save my life? Pretty please?” 

This senior is just waiting for a second chance. His adoption fees have been waived. Share his plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. His medical records are as follows:


Heartworm prevention given today.
If dog is HW negative; the adopter/rescuer/foster has 30 days to contact their own veterinarian for consecutive heartworm prevention treatment.
NORMAL 0.00LBS DHPP boosters # 2 administered today.

Miami Dade Animal Services is located at 3599 NW 79th Ave in Doral, Florida and is open Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

(Photos are you here to save me via Urgent Dogs of Miami)

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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:



Heartbreaking: No new home means Frankie dies today

Update: Rescued!

Ten-year-old Frankie spent Christmas, and now the first nine days of 2017 in a kennel cage at the Miami-Dade County Animal Services. The very sad terrier has waited and waited for someone to save him, and no one has stepped forward. He shakes and shivers and has no idea why he is being kept behind bars as a prisoner; the sweet gently dog didn’t do anything wrong.

The shelter has sent out numerous please for help, and this dog urgently needs a rescue to save his life. His deadline is Monday afternoon at 6:00 p.m. when it has been reported the dog will be euthanized for space. Described as incredibly sweet, friendly and calm, this dog would make a wonderful companion. Surely there must be someone out there to give him a loving home and a warm bed – instead of the cold floor of a kennel and a fate even worse than that. The dog’s initial evaluation described him as friendly, non aggressive, but stiff. Advocates have been pledging funds to help a qualified rescue organization with his medical expenses.

Share Frank’s plight with friends, family and social media contacts. We are his future, and sharing saves lives.

A Facebook page for this dog can be followed here.  For more information about this dog, contact Miami-Dade Animal Services Pet Adoption and Protection Center located at 3599 NW 79th Ave, Doral, FL 33166. Be sure to reference A1840190. According to Urgent Dogs of Miami, there has been interest in rescuing Frank. Pet Harbor listing here.

Photos and video of Frankie courtesy of Urgent Dogs of Miami.

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