Update on puppy who was left in a Texas mailbox

A happy update has been released about the puppy who was left inside of a mailbox over the weekend in Buna, Texas. According to Click 2 Houston News, the tiny puppy has already found a new home with a family who met, and fell in love with him, at church on Sunday.

The puppy, who was abandoned by a man driving what appeared to be a dark gray Ford F250 truck, has been adopted by the McKinzy family…and the formerly homeless puppy has been named “Rari.” Surveillance video showed that Rari was left inside of a mailbox outside of the Buna Animal Hospital on Saturday – it is believed that the puppy remained inside of the small box until Sunday, when the McKinzy family discovered him.Screenshot (1159)

Rari is safe and sound and now has a bright future, but the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office are looking for the man who put the pup’s life in jeopardy. Jasper County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Matt Ortego told Click 2 Houston, “That animal doesn’t have a choice. You know, they rely on you to feed them, to water them, you know, to take care of them.”

Former article about this situation here.

(Photos screenshots via Click 2 Houston News)

In Detroit, someone abandoned three sick puppies in a blue tote alongside a highway – read more here.


Sick puppies dumped on Detroit highway

Last week three puppies, sick with the deadly Parvo virus, were dumped in a blue bin along a highway in Detroit, Michigan. One of the puppies did not survive the illness. After the pups were discovered, the Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue penned an open letter to whoever was responsible for abandoning the puppies:

To the owner of the puppies that were dumped on the East Side of Detroit in a blue bin: All three of the puppies are sick with parvo and the female has now died from the disease. If you have more puppies in your home it’s likely that they too have parvo and will die without treatment so we are offering you the opportunity to do the right thing and bring in any other sick puppies to our vet’s office with no questions asked.


On Tuesday morning, the non-profit rescue agency indicated that the two surviving puppies (Pooh and Tigger) were showing signs of improvement:

Our sweet pups recovering from Parvo are continuing to improve! We are praying that they will continue to get better. Poor guys have been in quarantine in the hospital and will be ready to get out and play in a few days.

Click here to access the fundraiser for these puppies.

More about Parvo:

According to PetMD, Parvo is a highly contagious disease which more frequently impacts puppies who are between six weeks and six months old. Symptoms of the viral infection can include: Vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and lack of appetite (anorexia). Parvo can also impact a puppy’s heart and cause death.

The Parvo virus is unfortunately hearty and it can live in the ground soil for up to a year. Dogs can become infected by the deadly virus by sniffing stool from a dog who is sick – one of the only disinfectants which is known to kill the virus is household bleach.

It is important to keep your dog properly vaccinated against this highly contagious virus.

Puppy abandoned in a Texas mailbox – read more about this here.

Puppy locked in a mailbox

Shelter searches for owner of ‘miracle’ puppy hit by car

A shelter in California is searching for the owner of a puppy who was severely injured after being struck by a vehicle. According to the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA, the four-month-old beagle suffered a “severe” break in her leg after being struck by a hit-and-run car accident in South Pasadena.

The shelter recounted what transpired to the pup, which has since been dubbed “Miracle” by PHS staff:

Miracle was hit by a car in the intersection of Fair Oaks and Huntington. After the puppy was struck, she rolled underneath the car and landed on the sidewalk. A Good Samaritan ran to the puppy’s side, while the car drove away. This good-hearted individual rushed the injured dog to the Pasadena Humane Society where our animal control officers were waiting for her arrival after hours.

The injured puppy was diagnosed with a severe fracture in her hind leg, which requires surgery by an orthopedic specialist. Julie Bank, President/CEO of the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA, stated:

“We are pulling together all our resources to ensure Miracle receives the best care possible and we need your help,” says . “We want to give her the best shot at having as normal a life as possible after such a devastating injury.”

The shelter is hopeful that Miracle’s owner can be found, and that she can be reunited with her family – thus far, nobody has come forward to claim the puppy as their own (Proof of ownership must be provided).

If an owner does not come forward, the puppy will be put up for adoption when she recovers from her injury. Interested parties can email and reference animal ID# A410205 for more information.

To help PHS continue to provide lifesaving care for Miracle and more animals like her, please consider making a donation to the Pasadena Humane Society at

If you have any information about this puppy, her owner or the hit and run itself, please call the Pasadena Humane Society at 626.792.7151.

Mother in ‘heavy labor’ when rescued from busy shelter

A gorgeous litter of “snow angel puppies” is alive today thanks to the prompt action of a rescue group in Orange County, California. Not long ago, the German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County sprang into action on behalf of a pregnant shepherd who was in “heavy labor” at an animal control agency.

Rescue Director Maria Dales recounted the rescue effort, “Tempe and her paramour, Booth, were rescued from a distant shelter. Malnourished Tempe was ready to burst with puppies. GSROC responded to a plea from the shelter to rush to get her. Within hours of her rescue, Tempe began to deliver her babies.”


The puppies’ mother was so weak that she was unable to nurse her newborn babies, so veteran foster parents stepped up, armed with baby bottles and formula, to take on the huge task. Working round-the-clock to provide the newborns with their required feedings ensured that the litter of puppies survived.

The dedication of the foster parents has resulted in a gorgeous litter of snow angel puppies who are nearly ready to leave for their forever homes. The pups, Sweets, Hodgins, Parker, Camille, Angela and Finn (all named for characters in the Bones T.V. show), will be ready for their homes in two weeks.

Foster mom, Kelli Noss, described the little bundles of joy:

“The puppies are super goofy. They’re all identical minus a few features (my husband & I can tell them apart but I’m pretty sure no one else will be able to). The whole litter loves, loves,loves our kids (and our kids love them). Our 3 year old son likes to lay down on the grass with them and they all puppy pile him. Sweets has known his name since he was 4 weeks old and comes when he’s called. Camille, Sweets, and Finn were all supplemented 3-4 feedings, every day, for the first two weeks. “


She added:

“When we take in foster puppies, depending on the level of care we need to provide, we shift onto a schedule that’s fairly similar to having a newborn baby. We constantly are able to observe them on a video monitor so I can check on them while I pick up my daughter from school or when I’m resting in bed.  We also have great friends and family who understand that we have to cancel plans/events if a litter comes in,since there’s  no pre-planning when it comes to taking in fosters.  In rescue work, you get what you get.”

These precious puppies are well-rounded…they have spent their time around dogs, cats and even ferrets. All are described as “curious” and of course, they are sweet as they are adorable.

Litter of puppies ready for their home

The adoption donation for the puppies is $475, which includes vaccinations, microchip, worming, and spay/neuter.

Click here to find the website to complete an adoption application.


Someone left a live dog inside of a duffel bag in the desert

A little dog, very much alive, was abandoned by someone who secured him inside of a duffel bag. The horrific act of cruelty, which would have ended in death if not for good timing and the intervention of a good Samaritan, was recounted by the Victor Valley Animal Protective League on Tuesday.

The agency wrote, “SAVED FROM A HORRIBLE DEATH. It was a duffle bag in the desert. Trash in the desert is all too common, which is why he was going to drive around it. That is, until it moved.”


Thankfully, the man was curious, so he stopped to investigate. Much to his shock, the blue duffel was holding a very much alive blonde terrier who has since been dubbed “Duff.”

According to the shelter, Duff, the dog who was left to die in the desert, is not only safe, but in a loving new home, thanks to the good Samaritan who took the time to investigate a strange bag in the middle of nowhere.

(Photos via Victor Valley Animal Protective League)

Dog dies after being abandoned in house

A dog is dead after someone moved away and left her to starve at an empty home in Whiteville, North Carolina. According to a release, the Columbus County Animal Control has instigated an investigation into the situation after finding the deceased dog, along with three malnourished dogs and two starving cats.

The cruel situation was discovered after a 911 caller reported that animals were abandoned at an empty house off of Whitehall Road, north of the Whiteville city limits. The animals at the house are believed to have been surviving on their own for three weeks, reported WNCN News.

According to the release, the animals who survived were “very wary” of people and the decision was made to leave humane traps to capture them in an effort to reduce stress Fresh water and food was left for the animals who remained at the house. Efforts were underway throughout the weekend to capture the animals at the property.


Charges of animal cruelty, animal abandonment and failure to obtain the vaccination for the animals are pending. Several empty bags of animal food were strewn across the property, as well as dog houses, fenced in cages for dogs and feeding bowls, which indicated that the animals lived there for some time.

However, investigators found no clean water or food for the animals at the property this evening.

The investigation is ongoing and it is asked that anyone with information on this crime call 910-641-3945.

Ailing, neglected senior German shepherd ‘Twix’

Take away the crusty eyes, and the itchy, flaky and crusted over skin, and you will find a handsome, albeit senior, German shepherd. The eight-year-old dog, named “Twix,” has been at the Animal Care & Control, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in North Carolina, for nearly a month.

Twix’s body suggests that he has lived a life of neglect – he is “heavy” heartworm positive, and he has hair loss from a suspected flea infestation. On August 31, notes about a volunteer visit with Twix were posted:

He takes treats really gentle. Came nose to nose with another dog in the hallway and didn’t react aggressively. I believe we have several level 2 dogs in adoption so I’m not sure he could be moved.
Could benefit from a good bath because his skin is very crusty and smell and itchy.

Twix has been non-reactive to other dogs at the animal control facility and he has shown himself to be gentle with visitors. Unfortunately, Twix needs veterinary care to help him recuperate from years of neglect – medical notes show reveal his multiple issues:

eyes have some crusty discharge. ears, nose, lymph within normal limits. heart sounds muffled, suspect murmur grade 1-2/6, breathing is labored. BCS: 3/9 – adequate fat coverage but muscle mass is quite deteriorated and canine is weak and rigid in the rear (likely arthritis and/or genetic predisposition). hair loss over much of rear end, likely caused by fleas. will start antibiotics for skin and anti-inflammatory pain meds. This canine was very sweet and gentle during exam. no chip for now.

Please help Twix get the help that he needs by taking a moment to network his adoption information. With adequate care, Twix will reach his wonderful potential.

  • Petharbor link here
  • For more information about this animal, call:
    Animal Care & Control, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department at (704) 336-7600
    Ask for information about animal ID number A1110899
  • Facebook thread here
  • All inquiries about this dog, including those about availability, health and temperament, must be made directly to animal control staff.

Featured adoptable dog of the day – meet Casey

Meet Casey, the featured adoptable dog of the day. Like so many homeless dogs, Casey is special – this particular four-year-old dog has what some may consider to be a special need – he is deaf. According to those who are caring for him, Casey’s lack of hearing does not slow him down in the slightest, nor does it impact his ability to communicate.

Casey is with Redemption Rescues, which stated, “He will melt your heart the first time you meet him.” Casey enjoys the company of other dogs (especially play time) and he is equally happy cuddling with people.

Every dog is different, every dog is special, and Casey has so many unique, lovable and endearing characteristics, deaf being one of them. He does not let it slow him down one bit and it really isn’t a big deal communicating with him at all.

Casey’s rescue group stated, “Casey is fully vetted and available for foster/adoption within two hours of NYC. He is great with kids (10+), doggies (same size) and everyone else.”

Interested in helping this handsome dog?  Please consider being his hero and fill out an application at the website for REDEMPTIONRESCUES.ORG.

Casey’s photo was taken by photographer Sophie Gamand #PitBullFlowerPower

Facebook thread for Casey here.

Save the life of an unwanted pet – consider fostering


Everyday, the same question is repeated by readers of the National Dog News column…”what can I do to help?” Aside from sharing information about dogs in need, there is a life-saving act that is a direct, hands-on way to help and it is called fostering.

There are several types of people who make amazing fosters…

The first type is the dog lover who is horrified by the number of dogs who are dying in shelters; those who want to do SOMETHING, anything to help. This person can make a huge difference in the life of the dog that they foster AND help another dog make it out of the shelter alive.

Another “ideal foster” is a person who already has a “complete” dog family. In other words, someone who is not looking for another dog and who is happy with their current situation. Fosters with a “complete dog family” are less likely to be tempted to keep their foster dog.

The third individual who is ideal for fostering is the person who is considering adding a second or third dog to their family. What better way to pick a companion than to “test-drive” them in your own household? If you find a dog that fits your family’s dynamics perfectly, then you adopt. If the dog is not perfect at your home, you can keep him/her until the dog meets the family that does have the perfect dynamics.

For any of you who HAVE adopted a rescue dog, please consider for a moment that someone fostered YOUR dog at one point in time and gave him/her a chance to find YOU! Remember, pay it forward!!

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