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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Little stray found wearing his sweater but where is his family?

The curly white stray dog came from somewhere, but no one has arrived at the Carson Animal Care Center to claim little Billy. The unkempt poodle showed up in his tartan sweater, and everyone hoped his family would be searching for him by calling all the local shelters and visiting animal rescue websites anxious to be reunited. Since February 9, 12-year-old Billy had been waiting at the front of his cage. The moment he heard noise or movement – he quickly rushed to the front hoping; wishing his family had finally arrived. Sadly all of that recently changed; too many disappointments, and now Billy barely looks up when someone approaches his kennel cage. The sadness and utter despair shows in his tiny face and in those deep brown eyes.

Click here for Billy’s Pet Harbor listing.  “My name is Billy and I am described as a male, white Poodle – Miniature. The shelter thinks I am about 12 years old. I have been at the shelter since Feb 09, 2017.” For more information about this dog, call the Los Angeles County Animal Control – Carson at (310) 523-9566. Ask for information about animal ID number A5032277.  It is unknown if Billy’s owner died, and he was just dropped off at the shelter or even if his owner may be elderly and doesn’t know how to make use of the Internet to find her lost dog.

A Facebook page for Billy can be followed here.  Sadly, there hasn’t been much attention or interest for Billy, and senior dogs rarely have a line at the door to adopt them. Please share Billy’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. Won’t you help?

For further information, contact the Carson Shelter located at 216 Victoria Street, Gardena, California. Phone: 310.523.9566.

(Photo of stray Billy at Carson Shelter courtesy of Saving Carson Dogs)

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Senior dog wakes up to dead canine companion after gravely ill owner surrenders dogs to shelter

When Duke and his bonded companion were surrendered to the Orange County Animal Services in Orlando, Florida on January 25, their world fell apart. Their owner has been gravely ill with Stage 4 cancer, and no one in the family would take on the responsibility of the dogs – so off they went.  Although shelter life was devastating without anything or anyone familiar, the dogs still had each other and slept intertwined in each other’s arms.

And then a tragic turn of fate occurred on Wednesday. Duke’s brother died last night a shelter volunteer revealed early this morning on Facebook. And if Duke could speak, this is what he likely would have told us:

“The worst part is that my brother died last night. I was by his side when he died, but I watched him die and no humans were around to hold him when he died to tell him he was a good boy. I loved my brother so much and told him I loved him before he died, but I had to lay next to him until the shelter people got in this morning and found him dead. He is now safe at the Rainbow Bridge, but now I am all alone in a concrete kennel surrounded by noise and terrible memories of what happened overnight.”

Someone is needed to reassure Duke that he is indeed a good dog and is loved and still has a reason to live. He is described as loving people, but gets excited when someone approaches his kennel cage and barks. Volunteers think Duke just wants to make sure people see him – even though he is a senior pup wearing a black coat with streaks of gray and white.

Click here for more information. “Hi, my name is Duke. I am an approximately 9 year old black neutered male.  I tested heartworm Positive. I weigh approximately 65 pounds. I have been at Orange County Animal Services since Wednesday, January 25, 2017. If you are looking for me, please come to Orange County Animal Services at 2769 Conroy Rd., Orlando, FL.” The phone number is (407)836-3111. Make sure to reference #A137276.

Duke needs pledges to cover his medical expenses (heartworm treatment plus he has some skin growths that need to be addressed). He also needs a foster home before a rescue can save him.  His life literally depends on us to help. Share his plight with approved rescue organizations, family, friends and social media contacts. An additional link for Duke can be followed here.

Photos and video of Duke via Facebook and Brittany Young.

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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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Neglected Boston bull terrier rescued from being euth’ed at last moment

A neglected, blind senior Boston bull terrier mix was rescued from the euthanasia table at the very last moment on Saturday afternoon near Dallas, Texas. The day began when Poppy had been carried into an area veterinarian in a laundry basket. The senior couple, who brought had been waiting for their name to be called, but before that even happened, the older man and woman left – Poppy in tow in the basket. The friendly senior dog was blind in one eye, and her other eye had popped out of its socket. No explanations were given.Poppy the Frenchie 2

The couple’s next stop was an open admissions animal shelter. There, the elderly pair told the shelter they found the dog in a Walmart parking lot. It was just that easy to dump Poppy; at a time when she needed her family the most. Surrendering the dog at the shelter didn’t cost them a dime; the animal advocate who followed up on the story was sure the dog belonged to the those people who dropped Poppy off and walked away.

And just as Poppy was being prepped to be euthanized at the shelter, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC stepped in to save her. She has now been transferred to the organization’s partner veterinary hospital team where Poppy will receive the best of care.Poppy the Frenchie 3

No information has been made available if an investigation into cruelty charges are being pursued. As of this time however, Stacy Silverstein, co-founder of the rescue, wants to concentrate on Poppy’s future. Donations for this dog can be sent by clicking here, or via PayPal at

(Photos of the Boston bull terrier courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC and Leslie Ysuhuaylas.)

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Read more about Opie, the five-month-old abused puppy everyone tried so hard to save.

14-year-old senior Max ‘wandered’ away from home into busy shelter

Gentle and loving, Max currently waits at the East Valley Animal Shelter for his family after he was picked up as a stray. How does anyone explain to a dog the life he once knew is gone?  Animal advocate and frequent shelter volunteer, Sherry Brewer  met this 14-year-old handsome pooch and wants everyone to know he deserves better:

“Just one look was all it took! Then, spending time with MAX (A1677725) outside the kennel had me hooked! At an estimated 14-years of age, it appears that MAX had the ability to wander away, albeit slowly, from his home to end up in the East Valley Animal Shelter as a “stray.” His family, obviously, has not come for him.”

A Facebook page for this dog can be found here. His advocate notes he weighs about 48 pounds and is truly an adorable pooch. He wouldn’t require a lot of exercise; maybe a few times a day for a leisurely walk to enjoy the fresh air, companionship and much needed moderate exercise to keep him “young.” Perhaps a soft bed to sleep on near his family and a gentle pat or two on the head reassuring this senior is a good dog will comfort him. By the way, Max loves treats! When asked how he does with other dogs, the following information was provided:

Friends of East Valley Animal Services- Van Nuys, CA “He showed no reaction when walked by kennels, but that’s not a true test, obviously. He may have some arthritis in his back legs, causing him to walk slowly, so it’s doubtful he can chase after another pet.”

Kindly share this dog’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives; Max is depending on all of us to help him find a new, loving home. Please note that Max is also eligible to be fostered; all medical expenses are covered during that time.

For more information about this wonderful dog, contact the East Valley Animal Shelter located at 14409 Vanowen in Van Nuys, California. Phone: (888) 452.7381. (Photo of Max courtesy of East Valley Animal Shelter)

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Aussie is 17-years-old and deserted at shelter by his family

His name is Clyde, and the kind and gentle Aussie, 17-years-old, was surrendered to the East Valley Shelter in California by his owners on Sunday. The senior’s plight touches all of our hearts as compassionate animal advocates and friends question how anyone could drive their dog to a busy shelter, take off his collar and walk away after so many years together? Sadly, dogs are left behind much too often, and even more tragic are the seniors left to mourn in noisy shelters once they realize their families are gone forever. Some are lucky; some find new homes.

This dog’s Pet Harbor link can be found here. “My name is Clyde and I am a neutered male, black and tricolor Australian Shepherd mix. The shelter thinks I am about 17 years old. I weigh approximately 63 pounds. I have been at the shelter since Jan 29, 2017.” For more information about this animal, call
Los Angeles Animal Services – East Valley Shelter at (888) 452-7381. Ask for information about animal ID number A1678905. A Facebook page can be followed here. An alternate page can be found here.

There has been an offer to help pay for any expenses for Clyde for the remainder of his life. Please share this boy’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives; the rescue community is Clyde’s only hope, and whether he has one week, one month or years to live, this boy surely deserves better than what has just occurred.

For additional information including veterinary records made available by the shelter, interested adopters are urged to call:

Los Angeles Animal Services – East Valley Shelter (888) 452.7381 located at 4409 Vanowen Street in Van Nuys, California 91405.

Photo of  Aussie 17-years-old via Pet Harbor and East Valley Shelter.

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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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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.

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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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