Owner didn’t want his 16-year-old pooch after discovering dog was still alive

Penny is a delightful 16-year-old pooch who has a story to tell; too bad it is so sad. Brought into Baldwin Park County shelter as a stray, some careful detective work discovered a link to his past by the license tag he wore. No one expected Penny’s previous owner to react this way:

“#A1303225 Penny, listed as a brown tan unaltered chi, has a story,” wrote shelter volunteer Karen Klink. “His owner said he was dead and wasn’t paying his license fees. A miracle happened, and Penny showed up alive! When the owner came, he said Penny wasn’t worth it despite being offered financial assistance by ASPCA. The little dude is confirmed 16 years old; not by the owner who had no clue, but from when he had been licensed many moons ago.”

And with the push of the red button on the owner’s Iphone, Penny was left homeless, in a high kill animal shelter and now hopes for a miracle. Penny does seen to be quite healthy and is in need of a foster or a permanent home; he promises not to take up much room. He enjoys his naps and loves wet food. After all, those senior years can affect teeth, and although he still has some, it’s just so much easier to chew and then savor the tastes of canned food.

Share Penny’s plight with approved rescue organizations,  friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. This senior can be followed on Facebook here.


Baldwin Park Animal Care Center 4275 N. Elton Street
Baldwin Park CA 91706
(626) 962-3577
Mon to Thu: 12p.m. – 7p.m.
Fri to Sun: 10a.m. – 5p.m.

(Photos and video of Penny the 16-year-old pooch courtesy of Karen Klink)

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Inconvenient dogs: ‘We don’t want our pets anymore -going on vacation’

In Moncks Corner, South Carolina, owners have been abandoning their pets to go on vacation. For the past few weeks the Berkeley Animal Center has seen an influx of abandoned cats and dogs at its gates dropped off at night and non-business hours.

Live5News spoke to Berkeley Animal Center’s spokesperson, Hannah Moldenhauer, who expressed her concern for all the cats and dogs being left behind – including the pets coming in that are pregnant.

“This is not a place where people can board their animals,” Moldenhauer said. “We’ve even had people who have called over the phone and said we want to drop off our animal, we’re going on vacation for a few weeks and we don’t really want our pet anymore. Well, you shouldn’t have gotten a pet in the first place.”

In recent weeks, the pet population in the shelter has increased to 80 dogs; the normal capacity is 69 dogs and 51 cats. The shelter is taking in five new pets a day. To help the animals find new homes, adoption fees have been discounted. For cats over two years old, there is no fee; under the age of two, cats can be adopted for $10. Dogs over the age of two are also able to be adopted for $10; under the age of two are $15.

The shelter is also asking the community to volunteer and foster some of the pets as well as send in donations. And if you’re not interested in finding a dog or a cat for a lifelong pal, there are also rabbits who need homes.

The center is hoping to install a surveillance camera system. It is illegal to abandon a pet by just tying them to the gate or dropping them off on the side of the road during off-hours. Come on – you irresponsible pet parents – don’t get a dog or a cat if you think that going on vacation is a reason to abandon your loyal pal.


Please share this article and encourage friends and neighbors to come visit the adorable pets at the Berkeley Animal Center. Follow the organization on their Facebook and check out the faces you are sure to fall in love with and arrange a visit.

The center does take animal surrenders, however, the owner must schedule an appointment to drop the pet off to prevent overcrowding.

(Photos of pets left behind while their previous families went on vacation via Facebook Berkeley Animal Center)

The Bekeley Animal Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Heartbreaking senior: What kind of life has ‘Wrinkles’ endured?

Update 7/27/17: Wrinkles was returned to his owner

Found wandering the streets of Los Angeles and picked up by Animal Control on Sunday, animal advocates continue to question why neighbors and area residents never reported the condition of Wrinkles wherever he once lived.  The condition of the  13-year-old Chinese Shar Pei is shocking; is there no one who ever cared for this dog? And in this case, he was lucky to wind up at the Baldwin Park Animal Shelter. At the very least he will be fed and safe; at least for now.

Click here for the dog’s adoption listing. “My name is Wrinkles and I am described as a neutered male, tan Chinese Sharpei. The shelter thinks I am about 13 years old. I have been at the shelter since Jul 23, 2017.” For more information about this animal, call Los Angeles County Animal Control – Baldwin Park at (626) 962-3577. Ask for information about animal ID number A5088201.

A Facebook page to follow the plight of this dog can be found here.Share this dog’s photos and story with friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. He is expected to be available for adoption on August 2. 

Baldwin Park shelter  is open for adoptions seven days a week. The facility is located at  4275 Elton Street, Baldwin Park, California 91706. Phone: 626 430 2378.

(Photos of Wrinkles by Pat Gregoire)

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Heartbreaking: 3 tiny dogs tried so hard to protest owner from dragging them into Miami shelter

It was a heartbreaking sight on Saturday afternoon as three tiny dogs tried so hard to keep their owner from dragging and surrendering them to the Miami-Dade Animal Services. The two senior Chihuahuas and their bonded friend, a tan Basenji videoed were pulled through the lobby of the shelter and tried with all their strength to put the “brakes on” with their tiny feet. Still, there didn’t seem to be much they could do as their lives are now in serious peril.

And in one stroke of the pen, the dogs were sentenced to death unless they are adopted or fostered. Here they are:

Meet Marissa A1890143: Basenji “I am a female brown and white Basenji. The shelter staff think I am about 10 years old. I was found as a stray and I may be available for adoption on 07/26/2017.

Meet Bronx A1890147: Smooth coated Chihuahua “I am a male chocolate and white Chihuahua – Smooth Coated. The shelter staff thinks I am about 10 years old. I was found as a stray and I may be available for adoption on 07/26/2017.

Meet Golden A1890145: Smooth coated Chihuahua  “I am a female brown and white Chihuahua – Smooth Coated. The shelter staff thinks I am about 10 years old. I was found as a stray and I may be available for adoption on 07/26/2017.

Share these three dogs with friends, family, approved rescue organizations and social media contacts. Facebook pages advocating for their rescue and pledging funds can be followed here and here.

Sharing saves lives. Please note the dogs are described as “strays” in their PetHarbor descriptions. According to shelter volunteers, the dogs are listed this way to give them more time in the public eye to find homes. Surrendered pets can be euthanized at any time. Again, we do not know the circumstances the dogs were surrendered or if their owner had an emergency situation, however planning for the future of our pets in cases of dire reflect responsible ownership.

For more information about these dogs and how to adopt, contact Miami-Dade Animal Services
Pet Adoption and Protection Center
3599 NW 79th Ave, Doral, FL 33166

Adopters and rescues are responsible for evaluating the dog to make sure that he or she is a good fit. We cannot be held responsible for incorrect information or health/behavior of the dogs.

Per BSL (Breed Specific Legislation), pitbulls and pitbull mixes CANNOT be adopted by Miami-Dade county residents. UDOM (Urgent Dogs of Miami) is against BSL and advocates for pitbulls but we have no control over this legislation.

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(Video by Nadia Lu Bass)

(Photos of the dogs dragging via Pet Harbor and Urgent Dogs of Miami)

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Norman: Help to change shelter dog’s heartbreaking anguish to big Doxie smile

Norman is a senior Dachshund that has had the unfortunate luck to wind up at an open admission shelter. Tragically, the San Bernardino City Animal Shelter is overcrowded, and therefore dogs entering the system need to be placed in foster homes, approved rescue organizations or with adopters as quickly as possible. All kennels are full as is the receiving area; there is nowhere to place the new intakes. Irresponsible owners continue to surrender their dogs. Lives will be lost for lack of space.

What really happened to 10-year-old Norman is confusing; some say he was dumped at the shelter, others say he was a stray, however another source states Norman was confiscated from his former home and owner. Nevertheless, this senior needs a loving home. A volunteer described him:

NORMAN ID #A505669″

A Facebook page to follow this dogs’ heartbreaking plight can be found by clicking here. Click here for Norman’s Pet Harbor listing. “I am a male, brown and black Dachshund min. Shelter staff think I am about 10 years old. I have been at the shelter since Jul 06, 2017. If I am not claimed, after my stray holding period, I may be available for adoption on Jul 21, 2017.” Share this dog with approved rescue organizations, friends. family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives, and isn’t Norman’s life worth saving? You bet it is!

For more information contact:

San Bernardino City Animal Shelter
333 Chandler Place, San Bernardino, CA
Closed Sunday and Monday
Telephone: (909) 384-1304
Rescues please email Jennifer , the SBC rescue coordinator with ID asap if interested in helping .
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Heartbreaking: Senior Great Dane used as puppy machine found wandering as stray

Perhaps the only logical conclusion one could draw is that this beautiful blue merle  senior Great Dane found scavenging the streets and much too close to the road has been tossed away as her puppy producing days have waned. Most likely used as a breeding machine, the friendly eight-year-old dog arrived at the North Central Animal Care and Control on Friday. Sadly, she had no microchip; no owner, no name and no soft bed of her own.

Click here for this dog’s Pet Harbor adoption listing. “I am an unaltered female, gray and black Great Dane. The shelter thinks I am about 8 years old. I have been at the shelter since Jul 14, 2017.” For more information about this animal, call Los Angeles Animal Services – North Central Shelter at (888) 452-7381
Ask for information about animal ID number A1714981. A Facebook page for this dog can be followed here.

“At North Central! Just arrived! No WORDS…. just heartbreaking,” volunteer Denise Santiago Jones posted on her Facebook page to bring awareness to this dog’s plight.

This Great Dane is expected to be available for adoption on July 20, and as noted thus far, can be adopted by anyone from the general public. Think carefully before adopting a dog; it is a lifetime commitment. They depend on us for their happiness, good health and safety.  Please share her story and the video below. Sharing saves lives, and every life counts. Isn’t it time this sweet dog gets to enjoy the pampered life? You bet it is!

(Photos and video of  senior Great Dane courtesy of Denise Santiago Jones)

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Three bonded seniors surrendered together at height of summer heat and slated to die

Three bonded seniors watch everyone coming and going by their kennel enclosure; they most likely are hoping their family is coming back to get them. What they don’t know nor can they understand is they were all surrendered to the Carson Animal Care Center in California on Saturday. No reason has been offered why the three seniors were no longer wanted, but does any excuse it make a difference to these dogs if their lives are soon snuffed away? The shelter is full, it is very hot, and they need help quickly to survive.

#A5087143 “My name is GOLDIE, and I’m an approximately 10 year old male terrier. I am not yet neutered. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 7/8.” I will be available on 7/8.  A Facebook page for Goldie can be followed here.

Goldie’s Pet Harbor adoption listing

#A5087141 “My name is EBONY, and I’m an approximately 10 year old female Terrier. I am not yet spayed. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 7/8. I will be available on 7/8.” A Facebook page for Ebony can be followed here.

Ebony’s Pet Harbor adoption listing

#A5087142 “My name is ROMY, and I’m an approximately 10 year old male Terrier. I am already neutered. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 7/8. I will be available on 7/8.” You can visit me at my temporary home at C405. A Facebook page for Romy can be followed here.

Romy’s Pet Harbor adoption listing

All three can be followed on Facebook here.  Share their plights with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives, and these dogs deserve better. Be an advocate for those who cannot speak. Volunteer, foster, adopt, donate or spread the word. Encourage all pet owners to be responsible and spay and neuter their pets.

For more information about these dogs, contact Carson Shelter located at 216 Victoria Street, Gardena, California. Phone: 310.523.9566.  INTERESTED IN FOSTERING? If you are in LA, OC, SB, or Riverside County and can foster these dogs, please take a moment to email ASAP to request an application. It would save their lives.

(Photos and videos of three bonded seniors courtesy of Saving Carson Shelter Dogs)

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Watch their video here. All three were surrendered together and are closely bonded. Sometimes life is just too cruel:

Careful: Fall in love with ‘trick loving’ Aussie shelter pup

At the Ventura County Animal Services located in Camarillo, California, animal advocate and popular volunteer Jill Dyche has a special way with shelter dogs. Besides being the vice president of a software company, a best-selling business book author and an ardent lover of cupcakes, nothing takes the place in this woman’s heart more than a dog in need. And Oreo, an Aussie mix was no different; he was an owner surrender, but there’s no mistaking how smart this dog is and with just a little encouragement is talents quickly emerge:

“Oreo LOOKS like one of those scruffy terriers that guy rescues and then trains to do all those insane tricks on TV. So we decided to see if he knew any tricks.”

It didn’t take long before Oreo “showed his stuff.” With a few treats as an incentive, Oreo sat on command, gave the “high five” and rolled over. Someone loved him at one time, so why not again? According to his description on Jill’s Facebook page, the shelter describes Oreo’s disposition:

“The shelter says Oreo is a 9 year-old  ‘Aussie mix,’ but whatever. We think he’s younger (7?) and we KNOW he’s a terrier. He is quiet in his kennel and a ‘gentleman.’ Though a bit nervous when he first entered the play yard (he kept to himself and was skittish), Oreo warmed up. Big time. Again, watch his video.

He’s good with other dogs, but we’ll say no little kiddos as Oreo can be initially nervous around people. He’d be the perfect family pet with older kids. God knows what tricks he could learn next.”

Oreo: #A468231
Ventura County Animal Services
Ventura County Animal Services
600 Aviation Dr.
Camarillo, CA 93010
(805) 388-4341

Adoption Hours:
7 Days a week, 1:00pm – 6:00pm

(Photo and video of Oreo the Aussie via Jill Dyche with Ventura County Animal Services)

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Check out Jill’s interview with Oreo. This is one special dog. Please share his story with friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.


Holiday surrender day for unwanted pets at North Carolina shelter

Most likely one of the saddest days for any pet is losing his home and the familu he has loved from the moment that special bond was formed. Wednesday was no different at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control near Monroe, North Carolina as animal advocate and shelter volunteer Teresa Tucker shares the heartbreaking influx of owner surrenders just days before one of the most celebrated summer holidays. As told to Teresa by a fellow rescuer, their story begins as shared on social media:

“THIS IS WHY ANIMAL RESCUERS HATE HOLIDAYS!  Today is a surrender day before a holiday. The line at the shelter has been steady all morning. The giant schnauzer you see  (pictured) is being surrendered for anal sac issues. I started talking to the lady after introducing myself and after the front desk explained how full they are:

Me: What’s going on, why are you surrendering?
Her: He has an anal sac issue
Me: Have you seen a vet?
Her: Once
Me: Have you tried putting him on an appropriate diet? High fiber?
Her: I tried switching him to Rachel Ray.
Me: That’s not going to fix it. Would you consider trying another diet?
Her: No. I had to buy a new couch when he shot out the nastiness during a seizure.
Me: Oh, he has seizures. How often?
Her: I don’t know because I’m not always home.
Me: Weekly? Monthly? Quarterly?
Her: Quarterly. Are you going to take him or not?
Me: I don’t think I can find a foster very quickly with it being a holiday weekend.
Her: Well how much just to put him to sleep?
Me: Ma’am, that’s not necessary. These are fixable issues. Has he seen a vet?
Her: My sister works for the American Cancer Society
Me: I’m sure he’ll be okay here at the shelter
Her: Why? Can’t they just put him to sleep?
Me: Ma’am, I’m done here. ”

And the stories continued. Next came a woman who brought in two cats she told the shelter staff she “found” at the gym. Reluctant to show any identification and acting as if she had an important appointment she was missing, it only took a moment to spot both “stray” cats wore collars, and the woman happened to have a carrying crate at the gym. After doing some social media digging, a volunteer knew the cats were not strays.

Yet the morning continued with little compassion from other heartless owners. An owner surrendered his senior dog because his pet was “old and ill.” Although the shelter told the owner, the dog would most likely be euthanized, the man showed not a drop of emotion. And as the rescuer was preparing to leave after only an hour (two more hours left to surrender pets), a man holding a pit bull had grown tired of waiting in line, and as he walked out of the door of the shelter, he  stated he was just going to “let the dog go.” It was suggested the man return to the information desk and tell the staff what he planned to do, and maybe they would be able to assist him quicker.

Tragically, the majority of the pets surrendered were pit bull types, cats and senior dogs. Pet owners are urged to be responsible; spay and neuter. Commit to a life long relationship with your canine or feline friend, and don’t desert them in their most vulnerable time of their lives. Perhaps skip the lattes, skip a restaurant dinner or even one pair of shoes or a designer purse, and when it’s time to say goodbye, be there with your companion and reassure him that he is loved.

Finally, a personal message from this rescuer to all of the pet owners who treat their loyal four-legged companions as an inconvenience during the summer holidays. If not for the selfless volunteers who visit the shelters whenever they are able, the statistics of the Humane Society of the United States  citing about 2.4 million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs—about one every 13 seconds—are put down in U.S. shelters each year would likely be much higher.  Spay/neuter is a proven way to reduce pet overpopulation, ensuring that every pet has a family to love them.

“I was only there for an hour today and there are still 2 more surrender hours to go,” the rescuer lamented. “Knowing we can’t help because we are also inundated with returns (aka surrenders) and those dogs are taking spots that could have allowed us to pull more, just plain sucks. Next time you pick up a foster or need to utilize animal control, please go out of your way to thank these folks, bring them cookies or snacks, etc. Most importantly, continue to educate your friends and family that animal control is not the enemy. They only exist because these people do, and we live in a disposable society where people get rid of pets because they have vacations coming up.”

Don’t shop for your next best friend, adopt from a shelter. Spay and neuter. Report suspicions of animal cruelty, and be kind; be the gentle hand that tells a frightened shelter dog it will be alright as they go gently into the night with a glimmer of hope and a wagging tail.  The rescue person at the shelter was there to try and save dogs and to offer possible solutions and alternatives.

The schnauzer has since been rescued and will be receiving appropriate medical help.

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(Photo via Teresa Tucker on Facebook)

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On death row because of boyfriend: Lifelong puppy pushed out door by owner

Susie Q may be on death row because of her owner’s boyfriend who just didn’t like her; the dog was just too old and too slow. Found wandering in the streets in Pasco County, Florida, the dog’s microchip led the shelter back to her owner. When contacted, the woman told shelter workers she didn’t want her dog back even though she had been with Susie Q since she was just a puppy. The heartbreaking story begins here:

“You got me as a puppy, when I was small and cute. You took such good care of me; you even let me sleep in your bed. You had me spayed and micro chipped. When I didn’t feel good, you would take me to the vet. You kept my shots up to date. You always told me what a good girl I was. We had so much fun.”

And why didn’t the owner want Susie Q to come home? When her boyfriend decided he didn’t want the dog around anymore, the woman kicked the dog outside, closed the door and finally Susie Q  just wandered away:

“Time marched on. My face grew grey, my step a little slower. You met a new friend, you two became close. I overheard him say that he didn’t like me or want me around. I was confused when you threw me out. I spent every day and night outside. As my body ached from the cold, hard ground, I could only think of how warm it was inside. I miss you Mom. I don’t know what I did so wrong.”

Fortunately, a Good Samaritan found her aimlessly wandering and took her to the shelter where she was named Annie; here at least she would be fed, safe from predators and traffic. She shook in her kennel and watched everyday for her mom to find her, but the real sadness came the next day:

“They found my chip this time. I was so happy when they told me that you would be here soon. You told them my name so they started calling me ‘Susie Q’,,, just like you do Mom. Time went by and I started to shake again. I wondered what was taking you so long. The shelter worker came and moved me into another kennel; in a quieter building. They call this building ‘A’. As she closed my kennel, she told me that she was sorry, that you were not coming. She said that you do not want me anymore. Mom, I don’t understand. You told them that you had me since I was a baby and that I am old now. You told them that I love other dogs and even cats. You also told them how I love farm animals. Mom, what did I do so wrong that I can’t come home?”

On Sunday, Susie Q has both rescue organization and adopter interest. Please continue to share her story until she is safely out of the shelter. And if dogs could talk and tell their story, how many would have repeated the sad plight of Susie Q? Be a responsible pet parent; make sure you are committed to the lifelong responsibility; guaranteed to be returned many times over with lots of love and loyalty.

Anyone wiling to adopt may email the shelter @ Please include Susie Q’s ID#A35691561. Email may be sent anytime but you must come in person to adopt. A Facebook page for this dog can be followed here.

Pasco Co Animal Services
19640 Dogpatch Lane
Land O’ Lakes, Fl

(Photos of dog at shelter because of boyfriend via Amy Miller Kruse)

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