Alone and frozen in fear, emaciated shepherd waits for soft rescue voice

Since May 7, a 14-year-old emaciated shepherd has been frozen in fear lying quietly in a shelter cage at Downey Animal Care Center in Los Angeles. On Tuesday, shelter volunteer Sal Valdepena met Smith; the rescuer’s heart breaking apart. Brought in as a stray, the senior pooch is expected to be available for adoption on May 21, but will that be too late?

“He Laid Frozen Wanting A Soft Voice To Tell Him It Will Be Okay. This Is What Smith Has To Go Through Now. Alone & Defeated,” Sal posted on his Facebook page.

Asked if a video could be done to help garner attention for this senior…

“He wouldn’t get off the floor. He’s very scared & sick. I’m hoping if a rescue contacts Downey they will release because of his condition.”

Click here for Smith’s Pet Harbor adoption listing. “My name is Smith and I am described as a neutered male, tan German Shepherd Dog mix. The shelter thinks I am about 14 years old. I have been at the shelter since May 07, 2017.” For more information about Smith, call: Los Angeles County Animal Control – Downey at (562) 940-6898. Ask for information about animal ID number A5058189. A Facebook page for this dog can be followed here.

Share Smith’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Advocates have been pledging funds to help with the dog’s medical care payable to an approved rescue. Sharing saves lives, and we are this dog’s only hope.

Photos of emaciated shepherd courtesy of Sal Valdepena.

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Blind and shaking in fear, tiny pup clings to volunteer whimpering for help

UPDATE: Returned to owner.

A ten-year-old Shih Tzu blind and shaking in fear has been at an Orlando, Florida shelter for three days. He lies in his bed shaking; who could blame him? According to the shelter, he was found as a stray. How does that happen to a tiny blind dog? Volunteer Cris Ferreira Reed tells his story:

This little guy is 10 yrs old and I saw him laying on his bed trembling in fear. I can not tell you how heartbreaking this is…. I held him and he whimpered clinging to me for help…. I felt like the worse person in the world leaving him there. Please help me get him out.”

Click here for this little pup’s adoption listingAnimal ID: A376579    Room No.: WD61 “Hi, I am an approximately 10 year old fawn and white neutered male.  I have not been tested for heartworms. I weigh approximately 10 pounds. I have been at Orange County Animal Services since Thursday, May 04, 2017. Find out more about our adoption process here. 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.

Share this senior’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. A Facebook page for this little dog can be followed by clicking here. Advocates have pledged funds for a reputable rescue’s help.

(Photos of dog blind and shaking in fear via Cris Ferreira Reed)

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Starlight: Scared senior dog that should not be in a high kill shelter

Imagine the smile on her family’s faces when they named their sweet Golden Retriever puppy Starlight? Just the name reminds us of watching the clear night skies and making wishes as distant shooting stars traversed  the unexplored universe. And for a decade, loyal canine pal, Starlight stretched out contented next to her family; happily dreaming all those things dogs get to dream. Sadly, reality bites and one day the scared senior – now ten-years-old is no longer wanted and winds up at a high kill animal shelter in California.

And on April 29, with the Carson Animal Care shelter completely full, Starlight’s life suddenly fell apart:

“Sweet little STARLIGHT is 10 and her family brought her to the shelter because they said she is Ill and they couldn’t afford her care. She needs help NOW, she is very confused.”

Click here for Starlight’s Pet Harbor listing. “My name is Starlight and I am described as a spayed female, gold Golden Retriever mix. The shelter thinks I am about 10 years old. I have been at the shelter since Apr 29, 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 A4440312. A Facebook page for this dog can be followed here.

Medical records for Starlight indicate her teeth are worn down,  has ocular opacity, red tinged diarrhea, vomiting and presents with a mass on her lateral thorax. Her previous owners stated the dog has been losing weight over the last two months. A veterinarian examination would be needed to complete any diagnosis for this dog. Although scared, Starlight remains very friendly.

Share this dog’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Whether this dog has one day, one week or one year left to live, doesn’t she deserve more than just being surrendered to a shelter? Perhaps her family couldn’t afford the expense if her health needs are complicated and expensive, but isn’t there always just a little extra money to make sure the dog who has been a loyal and loving part of someone’s family isn’t alone on her final journey? Advocates have been pledging funds to help this sweet dog. Who will step up and be Starlight’s hero?

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(Photos and video of Starlight courtesy of Saving Carson Dogs)

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Too frightened to even look: Shelter pup cries when left alone

How it emotionally hurts to be a frightened dog left alone in an unfamiliar and noisy shelter; what happened to Carter? The eight-year-old German Shepherd/ Labrador mix has been at the Ramona Humane Society, located in San Jacinto, California, since April 24. A volunteer tells his heartbreaking story:

“Carter wants someone to stay with him in his kennel. He cries when he is left alone. When someone tries to take him out of the kennel to go outside, he drops to the ground. The loud, scary sounding barking dogs all around him have him terrified.”

A Facebook page for Carter can be followed here.  He does well with people and can be adopted, fostered or rescued by an approved organization.  More information about Carter can be found at Romana Rescue Friends Network.  It is reported the dog came in as a stray and weighs 67 pounds. He is up-to-date on shots, de-wormed and gets along with other dogs. Share his story with friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. (Reference #118008)
The Ramona Humane Society is an open admission non-profit animal shelter located at 690 Humane Way in San Jacinto, Ca 92582

POTENTIAL ADOPTERS: Please contact the front desk at the shelter. Their phone number is 951-654-8002 ext. 4. Please have the animal ID.

RESCUES: Please contact Jose Adrian Farias, the Rescue Coordinator at Ramona Humane Society, via telephone @ (951) 654-8002 ext. 224 or 951.260.7204. You can also email Jose at

(Photos and videos of frightened dog Carter via Sue Wiese and Romana Rescue Friends Network)

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Check out Carter’s video… easy to see how scared he is at the shelter. Help to mend a broken heart – Carter wants to rescue you also!


Sad and confused 17-year-old Shih Tzu left at shelter after owner moves abroad

What could be worse for a 17-year-old Shih Tzu than being abandoned at a noisy animal shelter in Los Angeles? On April 23, Pitty’s world turned upside down and inside out. It’s doubtful that making the decision to move abroad was sudden; one would love to think a family’s loyalty to their dog would have motivated them to find someplace safe, secure and loving for her to spend her last days, months or even years. A volunteer at the West Los Angeles Animal Shelter sheds light on this heartbreaking situation:

“Meet ‘Pitty’ … when the humans who had cared for her for 17 YEARS, moved out of the country, and left her behind – not just behind – but at the West Los Angeles Animal Shelter. 17 YEARS of loyalty and love, gone in an instant… She was so sad and confused, and the wonderful staff and volunteers at West LA gave her a bath, and tried to help her feel pretty and loved again… and the awesome Cat Ku took these videos of her to help us get her seen! But nothing replaces having a real home…,” posted animal advocate Alice Ensor on her Facebook page hoping to bring attention to the senior’s emergency plight.

Click here for Pitty’s Pet Harbor adoption listing.  “My name is Pitty and I am a spayed female, black Shih Tzu. The shelter thinks I am about 17 years old.
I weigh approximately 14 pounds. I have been at the shelter since Apr 23, 2017. For more information about this animal, call Los Angeles Animal Services – West Los Angeles Shelter at (888) 452-7381 located at 11361 West Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA 90064. Ask for information about animal ID number A1694322.

Pitty is also listed on PetFinder and her photo and information is listed. Share her plight with friends, family, approved rescue organizations and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

(Photo of 17-year-old Shih Tzu via Pet Harbor)

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Saddest bonded German shepherd watches over her nearly blind pal at crowded shelter

If there ever was a sad story of two bonded siblings surrendered to the Carson Animal Shelter, then it has to be about Bella and Snowball. On Saturday, their family removed their collars and leashes and told the shelter staff, they just didn’t have time to care for the dogs. A volunteer standing by watched the heartbreaking moment:

“This will be the saddest thing you see today or maybe all week, and it will be hard to get out of your mind…. SNOWBALL is missing an eye and the one he has doesn’t look great. His big sister BELLA takes care of him.”

Bella is an  eight-year-old female German Shepherd. She is not spayed. She has  been at the Carson Animal Care Center since April 29 and is available for adoption today. You can visit her at her temporary home at C217. Reference #A3983340.  Click here for Bella’s Pet Harbor adoption listing. Her Facebook page can be followed here.

Snowball is a 13-year-old male Chihuahua who is neutered. He has been at the Carson Animal Care Center since April 29 and is available for adoption today. You can visit him at his temporary home at C217. Reference #A5055415. Click here for Snowball’s Pet Harbor adoption listing. His Facebook page can be followed here.

(Photos and video of bonded German shepherd and Chi courtesy of Saving Carson Dogs)

For information about fostering or adopting Bella and Snowball, contact:

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

Please watch their video and see how close they are. Share their story with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social medial contacts. Sharing saves lives. These two are very special and deserve better:


Owner in tears as he surrenders 15-year-old cocker spaniel

A 15-year-old cocker spaniel, named Charlie, lies in his shelter cage wondering why he isn’t home with his family. On April 22, Charlie’s owner surrendered him to the Carson Animal Care Center because he was no longer able to handle the responsibility of caring for his dog. Volunteers at the shelter saw the owner in tears as he bid goodbye to the dog he spent his life with for the past five years.

Pet Harbor listing here:  “My name is CHARLIE and I’m an approximately 15 year old male Cocker Spaniel. I am already neutered. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 4/22. I will be available on 4/22. You can visit me at my temporary home at C414. My former family who owned me for more than 5 years had to give me up because they just weren’t up for the responsibility of a pet. But they said that I spend most of my time indoors. I seem to be good with small children. I am house trained. I am good on a leash. I am just learning obedience skills. I seem to get along well with dogs and cats.” A Facebook page for Charlies can be followed here. Additional information can be found here.

Please share Charlie’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

Carson Shelter, Gardena, California is located at 216 Victoria Street, Gardena, California. Call 310.523.9566.

(Photo and video for 15-year-old cocker spaniel )

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Heartbreaking: Abandoned senior reaches out to volunteer for reassuring hug

Near Orlando, Florida, a 12-year-old abandoned senior doesn’t want to die. On Sunday, Orange County Animal Services named him Leon, but a “rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” When shelter volunteer, Cris Ferreira Reed met him, her heart broke as the lonely dog reached out for a reassuring hug. And for a frozen moment in time, bonding with this neglected dog unraveled a bit of his story:

“This guy is 12 yrs old. He has no name yet, but I’ve been calling him “GRAYSON”. He has had a rough life and his skin needs some severe TLC. He also has no teeth; like many seniors he doesn’t hear well, walks slow and seemed not to care about me, so I hugged him… And suddenly, he hugged me back. He buried his face on me and enjoyed the kindness. He is also good with all dogs. Please help me share him for a home to spend his last days.”

Click here for this boy’s adoption listing. Animal ID: A375382    Room No.: WD71  “Hi, the Shelter named me Leon. I am an approximately 12 year old brown and tan male.  I have not been tested for heartworms. I weigh approximately 52 pounds. I have been at Orange County Animal Services since Friday, April 21, 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.” A Facebook page for this senior can be followed here.

As to the dog’s medical records available, please note the following:

“Meet Leon! This cutie is in need of rescue due to age and medical: “Skin/Coat: hair loss and warts all thru head and trunk/body Location/Type of wounds/hairloss (if applicable): Ambulation: gait abnormality rear legs due to arthritis Elimination:No Additional observations: Bilateral cataracts but animal can still see well Assessment: Old arthritic dog Recommendation(s): Rx Rimadyl 100 mg bID for 5 days, and posible an outcome when time is up” “Additional observations: scratching at intrascapular area Assessment: reported fleas Recommendation: request Activyl with kennel. LH/DVM” Please let us know if anyone can take him!”

It continues to sadden advocates when dogs, when at the time in their lives need their families the most, they are abandoned or surrendered, but be the person who can make a difference. Whether Leon has one week, one year or more, he deserves better. Share his plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

(Photos of dog who reached out for reassuring hug courtesy of Orange County Animal Services and Chris Ferreira Reed.)

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‘I don’t need a dog’: Note left with elderly dog abandoned in a cold, wet field

Early Saturday morning in South Yorkshire, United Kingdom, Alan Webster of the volunteer Yorkshire Pet Ambulance service had been doing a fundraising activity when he spotted an elderly dog abandoned in a cold, wet field near Oldcotes Car open market. She was left alone – cold, shivering and afraid; chances are she had been dumped the night before or even longer. Next to the dog named Tessa, were all of her belongings – a blanket, a plastic bag full of food and water and a note.

“The dog was so cold and so upset that we put a tin of rice pudding on using a stove in our van and it downed the lot. It’s totally, totally wrong that someone’s abandoned an old dog like this,” Webster posted on the organization’s Facebook page.

The note left with Tessa was stated:

“The dog Tessa is 12 years old and is not my dog. My neighbor told me that Tessa is chipped. My neighbor asked if I would take charge of Tessa as my neighbor has planned a new life in Canada. Reluctantly I said yes but I know I will not keep Tessa. Tessa likes tea, coffee and watered milk. Tessa’s first meal is a 11:30 am. My neighbor has now gone to Canada. My neighbor was happy thinking Tessa is good hands.

Sorry for the above but I don’t need a dog.”

When found, Tessa had been resting on the soaking wet blanket, but it doing better since her rescue. Hundreds of people have sent messages with offers to help as well as multiple adoption offers.

“We wish to thank everyone for their interest in the abandoned dog this morning – it’s impossible to reply to everyone in person.
At the moment she is at the vets and we will update everyone as soon as we know more.
Regards Alan”

Hopefully Tessa’s veterinary exam will go well and she will be transferred to Netherlands Kennels on Kilnhurst Road in Rotherham for adoption.

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(Photos of Tessa, the elderly dog  via Yorkshire Pet Ambulance Facebook )

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Update: 20-year-old spaniel Sonoma dumped at shelter by owner

As he waited for his owner to return, Sonoma was terrified and confused in a caged kennel at the Carson Animal Care Center. On April 18, the 20-year-old spaniel, obediently walked into the shelter with the one person he trusted his entire life; he had no idea this would be the last time he would ever be with her. It was the supreme betrayal of loyalty. A volunteer standing at the counter overheard the following heartbreaking conversation moments before Sonoma was led away:

“SANOMA spent his entire life with the woman that just left him at the shelter. She felt he was too old and she would come home to find him swimming in the pool because he is DEAF and BLIND! He is completely confused about what is happening to him; it must be so scary. He needs help now! Please share for his life, he’s such an angel.”

On Wednesday, Sonoma was welcomed into the family of Frosted Faces Foundation. 

“…but ultimately, it doesn’t matter when, how, or why you surrendered your dog. At any age, the only languages a dog will ever know are fierce loyalty and love. There is nothing one can say to explain to your dog all of the reasons you feel your decision of abandonment is justified, and that is why we operate Frosted Faces Foundation.”

And so the senior has started his new life – all 20-years of him. With the help of rescue volunteers, Teresa Molina and Vicki White, the happy dog’s butt wiggled and he took his freedom walk on Wednesday afternoon – just hours after his heartbreaking story garnered attention on social media.

“Meet Frosted Face Sonoma whose days will go on, his heart will heal, and we will be his advocates- me, his new family, all of you. Where anger meets love, we act,” stated the group on their Facebook page.

Then came a bath, scratches behind the ears and some reassuring words that this dog is in a better place. Then came the light green bow tie, a delicious meal to take the edge off and finally a soft bed to rest his weary soul. Welcome home Sonoma; you are one of the lucky ones.

To help Frosted Faces Foundation help more dogs, donations can be made here. Sonoma will need $25/month sponsoring Fans, please register at If you are interested in being Sonoma’s Forever Foster (medical expenses covered) or Forever Family (adoption with $500/year major medical grant), please apply right away at

Photos courtesy of Frosted Faces Foundation. Previous story here.

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