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Neglected 16-year-old Tigger left at shelter by his owner to be euthanized

A neglected 16-year-old poodle named Tigger was surrendered on Monday to Carson Animal Care. His family asked that their dog be euthanized because he was old. Of course, Tigger doesn’t understand. Once the only family he has ever known walked out of his life, and the frightened pup was placed in a shelter kennel, he huddled into the corner and shook.

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A volunteer at the shelter has asked for Tigger to be moved to the medical ward where it is quieter and much more personal.

“We asked them to put a blanket but he won’t go inside…He needs help as soon as possible.”

INFORMATION ABOUT TIGGER:

“#A5180830 My name is TIGGER and I’m an approximately 16 year old male Poodle Toy. I am not yet neutered. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 5/21. I will be available on 5/21. You can visit me at my temporary home at C246. My former family who owned me for had to give me up because they felt it was time for me to be euthanized.”

Poodle Toy  AGE:16 years
Male  ARRIVED:5/21
AVAILABLE ON: 5/21
Carson Shelter – 310-523-9566
M-TH 12pm-7pm, F-SU- 10am-5pm
216 W Victoria St. Gardena, CA 90248

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Share his photo and video with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. Dogs that are surrendered can be euthanized at anytime. There are no mandatory holding periods.

If you’re in LA, OC, San Bernadino or Riverside County and would like to apply to foster a Carson pup, please visit CarsonFosters.com to complete the online foster application.

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Terribly neglected 14-year-old Shar-Pei still loves to cuddle and kiss

A terribly neglected 14-year-old Shar-Pei, seized by Humane Law Enforcement officers in Texas, is now on her way to New York City for specialized veterinarian care. Rescue Dogs Rock NYC was made aware of Rouge’s tragic plight and stepped forward to help. Rouge, known for the breed’s affectionate and devoted temperament, just wanted to be loved.

“Rouge breaks our hearts. This sweet 14 year old Shar-Pei was just seized by Humane Law Enforcement and is suffering from horrible neglect. Despite the neglect she has gone through she loves to cuddle with staff, seeks out attention and is very gentle and sweet,” wrote the organization’s co-founder, Jackie O’Sullivan, early Saturday morning.

Rouge is emaciated, has severe ear infections and has an obvious head tilt. In addition, she suffers from a myriad of physical health issues likely a result of severe neglect.

“She has severe skin infections which are especially bad in her legs with proliferative tissue which has led to hypertrophic tissue which could be caused by unknown reason. She is anemic, has arthritis, entropion and one bladder stone. We truly believe that Rouge has more love and life left to give and are desperately hoping she can find placement asap,” Jackie added after she confirmed that Rouge was heading to New York City.

If you would like to foster, adopt or volunteer, make sure to contact RDR NYC here.

Donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org or mail: RDR NYC, PO BOX 101, NY, NY 10028

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Someone amputated this dog’s leg with garden shears – read more here.

Someone amputated dog's leg

 

Florida rescue dedicated to helping senior citizens keep their dogs

Often when visiting an animal shelter, we come across many dogs and cats who share the same sad story. They were once the beloved pet of  senior citizens, but for whatever the reasons were not able to keep them, and a family member was not available to help. It’s a tragedy for both the dog, who has known the same owner for possibly all its life and for the person, as the dog was possibly their closest companion.

That is one of the biggest fears for those of us who love our pets and regard them as family; what will happen when the day comes when we can no longer care for them?

Destiny for Dogs founded by JoAnn Goodrich in West Palm Beach, Florida is a 501 (c) 3 dedicated to helping senior citizens keep their pets in the home and if that is impossible, then re-homing them to responsible caregivers. Their mission statement reads “Destiny for Dogs is dedicated to assisting seniors in keeping their beloved dogs in their homes.”

This is achieved by assisting ‘qualified” seniors with dog food, monthly heartworm and flea prevention, and annual wellness visits to their own veterinarian.

Destiny for Dogs is non-breed specific and relies on fosters to care for the dogs in their rescue. They not only rescue dogs from owners or families who can no longer care for their deceased family member’s dog, but also from shelters. Their goal is to find loving forever homes for the dogs regardless of age, health, or behavioral issues.

All dogs taken in by the rescue are fully vetted, spayed or neutered, up to date on shots and microchipped. All dogs also receive a wellness check before being placed in a foster home. Once the dogs are in their foster homes, they will be evaluated, loved and nurtured to prepare them for their new family and their second chance at a happily ever after life.

Currently, Destiny for Dogs is holding a fundraiser to collect much needed funds to continue their important work.

To donate to the fundraiser, visit the site https://www.greatgiveflorida.org/organizations/destiny-for-dogs.

To learn more about Destiny for Dogs and other ways to help, such as fostering or donating to their wish list, visit their website http://destinyfordogs.com/

Or their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/destinyfordogs

 

 

 

 

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Geriatric blind senior whose time was up at shelter finds loving arms

A geriatric and blind senior, dropped off at the Baldwin Park Shelter, had nearly run out of time late Saturday afternoon. Animal advocates, however had no intentions of abandoning this pooch in her hour of greatest  need.

“… She needs proper medical care. She is blind!. This little girl should not be in the shelter; she should be in our loving arms poor little girl can’t even see. I can’t even imagine what she’s thinking…,” posted the rescue group Josh and his critters Sunday afternoon.

The shelter had performed emergency surgery and removed the dog’s right eye. Within hours, she had been rescued.

“First thing in the morning we will take her to the hospital where she can get the proper care she needs.”

If you would like to send in a donation to her the rescue’s address is 8705 Sunland Blvd., Sun Valley, CA 91352

Never give up. Check out her freedom video and follow her story on here. Now she needs a name.

 

(Photos and video of geriatric little Chi courtesy of Josh and his critters)

 

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Jealous ex-boyfriend hurled little dog into a wall – read the tragic story here.

 

Jealous man killed ex-girlfriend's dog

 

 

‘I rescued your 15-year-old blind Pomeranian today’ message to owner

In Lexington, North Carolina, resident John Travis is well-known as an animal rescuer who friends say “always has room for the throwaways, no matter what.” On Monday afternoon, Travis traveled to the Rowan County shelter and rescued a 15-year-old blind and deaf Pomeranian. His  heart wrenching message to the dog’s previous owner begins:

“I went to Rowan County and got your little dog yesterday. You know … the little blind , deaf 15-year-old Pomeranian that you kept in a crate most of her life, and then dumped without so much as a backward glance as you walked out the door,” John wrote on his Facebook page.

Rowan’s home, known by friends as “Castle Doghair” is a place where the unwanted, abandoned and frightened dogs find a safe and loving environment. His friends praise him for his compassion.

“She was scared and confused when I first touched her, but she seemed to understand why I was there and she soon responded, first with a slight twitch of her tail that quickly turned into a full wag,” John continued as he told more of his story – or rather the story of an elderly, neglected dog surrendered because she was just too old.

On the way home, she slept on John’s lap and when she met the other dogs in the house, took it all in stride. As the others sniffed in typical dog greeting protocol, a few of the dogs walked around the house with her as if guiding and helping her become familiar with her new home.

“They (the other dogs) left her to sleep in her little corner of the room on what was likely the only bed she’s ever had.”

And when she woke up, it was time for a bath. According to the shelter, she had been covered in fleas, and most likely hadn’t been bathed in years. Nevertheless, she loved it and wiggled in delight over the blow dryer as her tangles were gently combed out. Having no teeth, she wasn’t able to eat the dry food the shelter offered, but when now presented with soft food, the bubbly little senior filled up her aching belly.

“John Travis She just got through with her first supper at Castle Doghair, and she was hungry. Since she doesn’t have any teeth, I had to feed her a tub of Cesar, and she licked the bowl clean…so that’s a good sign.” 


“My guess is that they gave her dry food at the shelter last night, and she couldn’t eat it…so it looks like she’s gonna be a Cesar girl.

“When she was full, she found her bed and slept off the stress of the events she’d been under for the last 24 hours, and when she woke up, she found me by my scent, sat at my feet and placed a tiny paw on my leg as it to thank me.”

The Pomeranian was happy and so content to rest on John’s lap and softly pushed her head into his hand as he stroked her face and massaged her ears…

“looking up at me with eyes that can’t see … sniffing my hand to imprint my scent so she can find me again,” John added.

And then John Travis, in his home called “Castle  Doghair,” addressed the final part of his message “upfront and personal.”

“I wish for you no success in your future endeavors whatsoever… and when you’re old and sick and alone and abandoned in some squalid place by your family …I do hope that your thoughts turn to this little dog, and that you have the presence of mind to connect the dots … so that you don’t have to wonder why you’ve been tossed aside. This is why. Know that her last days were better than yours.”

It is tragic so many dogs are dumped; surely our society can do better. Many thanks to John Travis and all of the other unsung heroes.

(Photo of Pomeranian via John Travis FB)

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Police Officer shot and killed family’s elderly dog – who was inside of her own yard. Read the story here.

Senior dog shot by police

 

 

Rescuer pens open letter to owner of ailing 16-year-old dog dumped at shelter

A plea went out to animal rescuers on Thursday asking for help. A 16-year-old dog with age-related health problems had been surrendered to an open admission shelter in California. Leave No Paws Behind volunteered to place the senior, named Lucky, into a foster home; most likely a hospice environment, but a home where he could live out his days being loved and spoiled.

“RESCUED BY Leave No Paws Behind, Inc.! His name is Lucky, he is 16 years old, blind, depressed, has a 3/6 grade heart murmur, dental disease and has a hard time walking and his luck was running out HOWEVER today we scooped him up in our arms and carried him right out of the shelter! HE IS SAFE and now on the LNPB Freedom ride to The Pet Doctors of Sherman OaksLucky will be in need of a hospice foster in the So Ca area, please email info@leavenopawsbehind.com.” posted the organization on Friday.

The next morning, Leave No Paws Behind received a call from their vet. Lucky had suffered multiple seizures. His liver enzyme values were extremely elevated and with his critical heart murmur, Lucky’s life was soon to be lost.

“To Lucky’s owners: My heart is so heavy this morning as we watched your loving dog of 16 years sadly leave us,” rescue found Toby Wisneski wrote on Facebook. “I suspect that Lucky had other seizures and that you knew he was at the end of his life and this is why you made, whatever your reason, the decision to surrender him to a high kill shelter where he would continue to suffer for days…

But on Thursday afternoon, Lucky was carried out of the shelter – a smile seemed to reach across his beautiful face.

“I try not to judge however I do struggle with knowing he was abandoned and left to die alone and wondering on a cold shelter floor when he needed his humans the most. I take consolation in knowing he left us surrounded by so much love and was not alone knowing that his life mattered. He was newly blind and deaf so he did not have to suffer the agony of looking around for the only humans he loved for 16 years or waiting to hear a familiar voice letting him know how much he was going to be missed.”

Lucky didn’t die alone and he didn’t die in a shelter. He was held and comforted by compassionate rescuers, even though Lucky didn’t know anyone, Somehow Lucky managed to hold onto those last hours of his life where it made a difference.

“Today we, total strangers, held and said goodbye to your pet of 16 years. Today, we, perfect strangers, let him know he was not alone, he was loved and that his life mattered, because even though we were perfect strangers to Lucky, to him at that very moment, we were the humans who showed compassion, love and shed so many tears as we let him know how much he will be missed…”

Will Lucky’s owners ever read the message? Will they now be searching for a puppy to take Lucky’s place, and just perhaps, we can  hope they will stop in their tracks when they spot the white fur, the crooked smile and the hundreds of gentle goodbyes to a dog whose honored rescuers became his family.

Rest in peace little one. You are gone, but not forgotten.

To help Leave No Paws Behind rescue more dogs or in honor of Lucky, donations can be sent by clicking here.

(Photo of Lucky a 16-year-old dog, by Leave No Paws Behind)

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Breaking hearts: 14-year-old Fiona needs loving rescue

Who can look at Fiona’s tiny face and not want to hug her gently and and assure her everything is going to be fine? On March 6, the 14-year-old Chihuahua arrived at the Carson Animal Care Center. A volunteer writes:

“This sweet angel needs help now. She has some heart failure possibility and having some trouble breathing; she is being treated by the Vet. She needs a foster and rescue now to save her life.”

The shelter has reached out for help and provides the following information:

“…is a geriatric tan female spayed Chihuahua (12-15 years old) who just came in as a stray from the field. She is very lethargic and appears to be in heart failure. She has a grade 4/6 heart murmur, difficulty breathing and there are crackles and wheezes on lung auscultation. Even though she is stray, we are asking that she be fostered as soon as possible to give her the best outcome. If her health declines any further, we may have to consider humane euthanasia to alleviate her suffering – there is no time frame on this one but she should be considered high priority.”

Check Fiona’s short video:

#A5156228 I’m an approximately 14 year old female Chihuahua. I am not yet spayed. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 3/6. I will be available on 3/10. You can visit me at my temporary home at CRECEIVING. Follow Fiona’s Facebook page here.

Chihuahua  AGE: 14 years
Female  ARRIVED:3/6
AVAILABLE ON: 3/10
Carson Shelter – 310-523-9566
M-TH 12pm-7pm, F-SU- 10am-5pm
216 W Victoria St. Gardena, CA 90248

(Photos and video of Fiona courtesy of Saving Carson Shelter Dogs)

Leave No Paws Behind has volunteered to help, but are in need of a foster home. If you can help, please email info@leavenopawsbehind.com. Please share Fiona’s plight and let’s get her into the loving arms of a caring rescuer. Sharing saves lives.

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Volunteers provide selfless act of human kindness for dying German shepherd

Senior German shepherd, Toby was brought into the Carson Animal Care Center in California by a person who stated, “I found this dog.” When shelter personnel scanned Toby for a microchip, sadly the person who brought the dog in as a “stray” was the dog’s registered owner. Shelter personnel reached out to the family by phone, but all they did was hang up.

The shelter staff had hoped to reunite the ailing shepherd with his family; animal control even went to their house. And in the end, the family willingly relinquished all rights to Toby – the kind and gentle German shepherd who always loved his family and couldn’t understand why he was left alone in a cage.

Tragically Toby is presumed to the have Osteosarcoma, the most common bone tumor found in dogs. The disease is extremely aggressive and has a tendency to rapidly spread to other parts of the dog’s body. And so a plan had to be formulated quickly to save a dog so bitterly betrayed by his family.

Grand-Paws Senior Sanctuary agreed to help with Toby and offered Toby a home and with the help of Shawn Hamon of Harlee’s Angels, the joint effort would save an ailing dog from dying alone in the back of a shelter.

“I pulled Toby from Carson shelter today.” stated Sal Valdepena, a volunteer for the shelter. “His body clearly failing him. His kisses a true indication that he understood that he was safe. I can’t help but tear up because he’s so special, his heart so pure. The definition of man’s best friend.”

So Toby’s first stop was In-N-Out Burger for treats for all the senior dogs at Grand Paws. Toby was gently carried inside to his own bedroom with a private backyard for sniffs and exploring. He ate his burgers and then with a little German shepherd grin, laid down on his own soft bed.

“He might not have a lot of time left. What he will have is love, safety and dignity,” Sal whispered. “When the time comes he will have arms wrapped around him so he’s not afraid. I pray his final time on earth shows him that not all humans are bad, and that he’s so beyond loved.”

May every dog dumped off at a shelter by callous humans be as fortunate as Toby. Go gently into the night sweet dog; your life matters.

(All photos by Sal)

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Oops! 12-year-old pooch’s paw stuck in bathtub drain

Oops! Maybe not a perfect day for an adorable 12-year-old pooch whose paw became stuck in the bathtub drain at her Fort Lauderdale, Florida home on Saturday, but handsome heroes were close by to help.

According to  the Broward Sheriff’s Twitter account, the senior Schnauzer named Angel, had been taking a bath when her paw became stuck. Even though her owner, Maria Fuentes did everything she could think of to help  Angel out of her predicament, nothing worked, so she called the Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue.

It took about 20 minutes for the BSO’s Technical Rescue Team to free Angel using their specialized equipment.

Kevin Meyers, spokesperson for the rescue team could tell Angel had been struggling, but she’s reported to be doing well. During the rescue, along with the advice from a veterinarian giving Benadryl to calm the pooch, the rescue was a success. Ironically Angel has taken hundreds of baths in that same tub – now what are the odds she is going to be a willing participant again?

(Photos of Angel’s paw caught in bathtub drain via Twitter)

Many thanks to the heroes for all those who cannot speak.

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Missing 14-year-old border collie found stuck in mud after 6 days

A 14-year-old border collie missing from his home in Newcastle, United Kingdom has been found and reunited with his owner. The dog named Toby was found stuck in the mud and covered in seaweed after swimming 200 meters (656 feet) across the River Tyne, reports the Chronicle Live.

The dog’s owner Chris Knowles had made an appeal to find his lost dog on Facebook. He feared his dog had died and would never be found. And then came a miracle…

‘There’s life in the old boy yet,” Knowles stated. “With his age I thought I wasn’t going to get him back. I thought the worst. I feared that would have been it, and I wasn’t going to see him again. It was a total surprise because he has never been a swimmer.”

On January 17, Toby escaped from his home. It is thought someone may have left a door open, but as soon as it was discovered the dog had been missing, Knowles launched an intensive search. Friends and neighbors searched for Toby – it was the first time he had ever run off. Signs were posted with the dog’s picture everywhere in the area for miles, but still no clues where the dog may have wandered.

Six days later, when Chris had nearly lost hope of ever seeing his dog again, he received a call from his niece telling him a dog fitting Toby’s description had been found stuck in the mud at  the bottom of the Hebburn Marina. The dog was covered in cuts and bruises and could barely move, but he was alive. Firefighters from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service were called to help rescue the dog,  and Toby was taken to a nearby vet.

Miraculously, a few pounds lighter, very tired and moving a bit slower, Toby is back with Chris and Cassie, a ten-year-old border collie.

How’s that for a happy ending?

(Photos screenshot via Newcastle Chronicle and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service)

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