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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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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Good Samaritan finds neglected poodle stuffed inside of gym bag

Whoever Ethel may have loved just days ago surely betrayed her. The senior, neglected and terribly matted miniature poodle had been stuffed into an old gym bag and abandoned on a Queens street in New York City. Had it not been for a Good Samaritan, who spotted the bag moving out of the corner of his eye on Thursday, it’s doubtful this suffering dog would even have survived one more day.

In the dog’s notes at the Animal Care Centers of New York City, Ethel’s tragic story was told:

“Finder came into QAC (Queens Animal Care) with a stray dog that was found inside a gym bag. Finder expressed that he got out of work and noticed a black and blue gym bag was moving. Finder looked in the gym and noticed a small dog. Finder stated he initially attempted to look for help, but he came right into QAC.”

Rescue Dogs Rock NYC stepped up on Friday morning to help the 12-year-old senior who barely weighed nine pounds. Emaciated and not able to stand, Ethel has been rushed to the organization’s partner veterinarian. Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, co-founder Jackie O’Sullivan, posted her thoughts on Facebook:

“Ethel is already showing signs of   Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex. No way were we leaving Ethel to rot any longer like a piece of trash. Ethel is a living being. She feels. She hurts. We are happy to report, Ethel is already on her way to our NY Vet partner for life saving medical care.”

To help with Ethel’s care, donations can be made by clicking here or directly to our PayPal

(Photo of Ethel the senior found in gym bag Animal Care Centers of New York City.)

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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:



In twilight of his life, 15-year-old dog surrendered by family

In the twilight of his life, a 15-year-old dog has found himself alone…held behind the bars of a lonely kennel run, with no familiar faces to provide him with comfort. The dog, named “Pepper,” has been at the Carson Animal Services facility in Gardena, California, since January 7 – the day that his family left him behind.

On January 8, the volunteer-run Facebook page, Saving Carson Shelter Dogs, wrote:

Precious PEPPER is 15 and still in Shock after his family left him at the Shelter. He is a gentle, sweet soul and he needs help fast, the Shelter is FULL and he will not be comfortable in the kennel. HE CAN GO HOME TODAY!!

Pepper is understandably (and justifiably) confused and saddened by his current life circumstance. Right now, he has no one aside from strangers to provide him with hope for something better. Please help Pepper find his way out of the facility by taking a moment to network his adoption information.

If you are in LA County and can foster this dog, please take a moment to fill out an application at

Facebook thread here.

Petharbor link here.

PEPPER – ID#A5023931

Los Angeles County Animal Control – Carson at (310) 523-9566
Ask for information about animal ID number A5023931


Why doesn’t anybody want me? Dog has been homeless for a decade

Why doesn’t anybody want me? A question a dog, homeless for a decade, must surely wonder. The dog, named “Dodger,” has been at the North Fork Animal Welfare League, in Peconic, New York, through his adolescence, the prime of his life, and now, his twilight years (according to the shelter, Dodger arrived after Hurricane Katrina and has been there ever since).

The following information was posted to Facebook about the long-time shelter resident:

He is an older guy now. The good: He walks great on a leash is very clean in his kennel. Loves walks and car rides. Dodger needs to be the only pet in a home, He also cannot be with young children as he is not a fan of tail pulling or pinching. His perfect person would be willing to come meet him a couple times feed him cookies and build a friendship (which really only take a few cookies).

Dodger’s biography on the shelter website states, “Dodger quickly became a staff favorite not only from his personality, but also because he walks excellent on a leash, and knows basic commands.”

Dodger needs to be in a home – enjoy what remains of his life with a person who is his very own. Please share Dodger’s information and help him find a home. Facebook thread here.


Adoptable shelter dogs at this shelter here.

165 Peconic Lane
Peconic, New York 11958


Mail carrier gifts life-altering ramp to elderly dog on his route

When a Colorado mail carrier noticed that an elderly dog on his route was struggling to get in and out of the house to greet him each day, he took matters into his own hands. According to the Daily Camera, Jeff Kramer delivers mail in Boulder and he has been greeted by a Labrador retriever named “Tashi,” for several years.

Lately, Tashi’s advanced age (14 years!) has made his trek up and down the front steps to say hello more and more difficult. Kramer took note of the dog’s struggle and decided to bring over the wood from a ramp that his own dog (now passed) formerly used. Kramer told the Daily Camera,”I just noticed they needed it. I didn’t need it anymore and I hate throwing things away.”

Mail carrier provides generous gift

The gifted wood was not immediately put into use, however – owner Karen Dimetrosky explained the reason why:

We’re not very handy, I’m more handy than my husband, but I didn’t know how to put that together.

Again, the mail carrier came to the rescue – not only did he provide the supplies, but he came over to the home on his day off to assemble the ramp to help make Tashi’s life just a bit easier. Dimestrosky commented on the generous gift, “It’s incredible – I can’t imagine not having the ramp now. It’s the only way he gets in and out.”

(Photos/screenshots via the Daily Camera)

Senior dog has been homeless for over five years

A senior dog, at a no-kill shelter in Oregon, has been homeless for over five years. The mixed breed dog, named “Bandit,” is waiting for his own family at the Humane Society of the Ochocos in Prineville. Though Bandit (who is almost 12 years of age) is loved by staff and volunteers, he does not have a person of his very own.

Bandit had an owner a long time ago – his person was in the military and that individual went away and never returned to take Bandit home.


The shelter describes this handsome senior dog as “very loving,” though leery and distrustful of strangers. The following description explains further:

I know many commands and just want to please. I will protect your property. I do not like strangers. I will need an owner who will make sure that strangers don’t have access to me. The shelter is stressful to me because all these strangers keep coming around. I want to find a quiet home away from folks I don’t know and trust.
I am house-trained, micro-chipped and know many tricks.

Homeless dog, Bandit

Bandit is dog-selective…it is believed that he may do well with a submissive female dog – although a household with no other pets would be ideal. Please help this deserving senior dog find someone of his own – he is now an “elder” dog and he should be living in a loving home for what remains of his life.

Find Bandit’s Facebook page here.

Interested or have questions? Please call the shelter directly at  541 447 7178


No one to claim senior dog left at busy animal control agency

A senior dog is waiting to be saved from a busy, open intake animal control agency in Los Angeles County, California. The 10-year-old dog, named “Isis,” has been at the Lancaster shelter since November 15…in the nearly one month’s time that has passed, nobody has come forward to claim her as their own.

Being held at a noisy, unfamiliar animal control agency is tough on the strongest of dogs…add in age and age-related issues (arthritis and more) and the situation becomes all the more difficult.

Isis could use the help of strangers to help her find somewhere safe to go. Please take a moment to network this senior dog’s adoption information. After all of the time that has passed, it is unlikely that her owner will show up to claim (and save) her.


Senior ‘stray’ dog appears to have never known love

A senior dog, who is listed as a “stray” at the Los Angeles Animal Services – East Valley Shelter (California) appears to have never known love. The dog, believed to be a 12-year-old toy poodle, was taking in at the open-intake shelter on December 12, and already, his pitiful condition has captured the attention of social media users who want nothing more than to see him saved, and shown love.

Early Tuesday morning, the rescue agency, Leave No Paws Behind, Inc. reached out to Facebook followers with a plea for help:

THIS… I have no words EXCEPT we would like to see him celebrate this Holiday Season in a warm and loving home with a loving and life saving LT Hospice foster  If you are in the So Ca area and can help us make his Christmas wish come true, please e mail

The senior boy appears to have lived a sad life – his body is old, and suffering from the effects of age and a lack of care. Please help him find a safe place to go by sharing his information.

Petharbor link here.

DOG – ID#A1672118/Los Angeles Animal Services – East Valley Shelter at (888) 452-7381
Ask for information about animal ID number A1672118

Facebook thread here.

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