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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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Blind 12-year-old pit bull waited his whole life to be rescued

A blind and homeless 12-year-old pit bull waited his whole life to be rescued, although he didn’t know it at the time. Somehow the pitbull and boxer mix was able to wander into a junkyard in the Los Angeles area and crawled underneath a dumpster where he was just so tired from years of neglect, he just couldn’t move anymore. Maybe he thought he would lie in that one spot until he died?

When an employee of the junkyard noticed him, she brought him food and water; it wasn’t hard to figure out the dog was blind, dehydrated, suffering from open skin lesions and in need of immediate medical care. Although the owner of the business wanted to call a public shelter, the woman convinced him to contact Hope for Paws.

Dubbed Duncan by his rescuers, the dog put up no fight as he was leashed and gently pulled out from beneath the dumpster. And willingly, Duncan allowed himself to be picked up, placed in the car and there – he placed his tired head on his rescuer’s lap until they arrived at the veterinarian hospital. Besides being completely blind, Duncan suffered from dementia, periodontal disease, corneal ulcers, two mass cell tumors and a skin infection. Duncan’s new life began – he had waited his whole life to be rescued.

Frosted Faces Foundation has since stepped up to help; the senior has adjusted to his new life and enjoys the kindness, hugs and even the laundry basket made to snuggle.

(Photos and video of 12-year-old pit bull courtesy of Hope for Paws)

Check out Duncan’s heartwarming rescue. To help Hope for Paws, please click here. To help Frosted Faces Foundation, please click here.

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Best buddies dumped for being old: Owner gets new puppy next day

Sarabe and Jasmine are best buddies and surely never expected to leave the only family they ever knew. Tragically over the weekend, the bonded pair were surrendered to the East Valley Animal Shelter in Van Nuys, California. And why were they dumped? According to a shelter volunteer, the story for these two seniors – aged 10 and 12 is heartbreaking.

“My hands are shaking as I bring to your attention best buddies 12-year-old Jasmine (A1751690) and ten-year-old Sarabe (A1751691). Both rather neglected-looking dogs were dumped yesterday at the East Valley shelter because they are old and the couple wanted a younger dog,” Sherry described.

Of course, that was sad, but the story isn’t over. The follow-up news is perhaps even more worrisome.

“Sure enough,” Sherry continues. “… the inhumane couple showed up this a.m. and bid on and won a puppy that they didn’t even meet. And, get this, – they named the puppy Jasmine. What a pity for the puppy.”

Follow Jasmine and Sarabe’s heartbreaking plight by clicking here. Please share their stories with approved rescue organizations, friend, family and social media contacts. Help these two little ones find a caring and loving home – preferably together because they are indeed bonded. Sharing saves lives.

For more information, contact the East Valley Shelter located at 14409 Vanowen Street in Van Nuys, California. ( 818.756.9323/4) Make sure to reference Sarabe (A1751691 – Jack Russell terrier – white and tan -10 years-old. Jasmine (A1751690) – Miniature poodle – white- 12-years-old.

(Photo – courtesy of Sherry Brewer)

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UPDATE: Miami shelter dog Nina is not ‘too old and she won’t die soon’

Nina has been adopted. Many thanks to everyone for sharing her story. It worked! Check out this happy dog on the way to her new home.

Sadly, Nina continues to be overlooked and forgotten. With tears in their eyes, volunteers have heard parents telling their children that Nina is “too old and she will die soon.” Although Nina can not understand the words, her demeanor is a sure sign she knows she is no longer wanted nor loved. On October 10, she arrived at the Miami-Dade Animal Shelter Services as a stray. Will she walk out the front door with a smile and a new life, or will she die being held by a stranger as poison is injected slowly into her front leg?

Vounteer Jani Bradford is very concerned about the senior’s plight;

“I think she can sense it, and she’s losing all hopes, she doesn’t want to eat anymore and she’s getting extremely sad. Are there any senior lovers out there that can give her a home and make her happy again? Please help Nina find a loving home?,” wrote Jani.

Nina is listed as an 11-year-old Akita mix. Follow her Facebook page here. Another volunteer offered the following:

“Nina #A0866175
11-year-old Akita mix girl. Came in a stray on October 10, and owners have not come to claim she is available as of today 10–14. She lay slumbering in one of the exhibit rooms until I tapped on the glass and she looked up slowly but did not advance. She seems to have fairly dense cataracts so I do not know how well she can see. The seniors make wonderful, very mellow, laid-back pets if an energetic dog is not what you seek. She needs a place to live out her golden years. Please tag and share. Located at Miami Dade animal services 305-884-1101.

Share Nina’ plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. We are all that Nina has – please make sure to send her story to a least one friend and ask them to do the same. It will only take a moment, but could be seen by the one person who could save this senior’s life.

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Video: (Is Nina just giving up?) Help!

 

 

Sir Troy: Abandoned in a cage on the streets and now sentenced to death at NYC shelter

How does a friendly, middle-aged dog with a wiggly butt in spite of his dermatological issues, dubbed Sir Troy, be abandoned in a crate and left along a residential street in Brooklyn wind up on Monday’s euthanasia list at New York City Animal Care Centers? Speaking with his expressive eyes on Monday morning, Sir Troy addresses everyone regarding his bad luck:

“…Please find me a home today. I heard them say my time is almost up. I loved my family, but they put me in a crate and left me on the streets. My nose poked through the wires as they walked farther and farther away until finally they were gone. My heart sank and I never saw them again.”

Although Sir Troy might no longer be that adorable little puppy with the black button nose and the playful paws, it is hoped someone can see past his bruised little body and capitalize on that heart just filled with kindness and love. A volunteer writes about this dog, who she says is impossible not to love.

“He is in need of some dermatological TLC, but his tail is such a wiggly blur and his eyes are so soulful that you’ll hardly even notice. He sees a friend in every new face, welcomes help scratching his itches and shows his thanks with kisses and paws-in-the-lap. He is super treat motivated, usually takes them like a gentleman, and already knows ‘sit.’ He’s been fine when we’ve passed other dogs on our walks, has been easy on the leash and seems housebroken. Most of all he’s impossible not to love.”

Follow Sir Troy’s Facebook page here. He is described as seven years old and weighing 58 pounds. This dog can be adopted out to anyone in the public, but will need medical treatment for alopecia and related skin conditions. A veterinarian examination is recommended to diagnose and prescribe treatment.

“Hi, I’m really hoping you will like me, that you will be my friend, that you will pick me even though I’m not looking my best right now. ..He has proven himself to be an absolute darling at the shelter. First, he simply knocked his assessment out of the park, getting ALL COVETED 1’s across the board and a platinum AVERAGE rating, meaning he is good to go to a family with kids and even other pups who are calm like himself. He walks beautifully on leash because, after all, life is not a race – you have to take time to smell the flowers! He sits so patiently and nicely for treats and has a smile that could light up the cloudiest of days. But Sir Troy knows that this is it. He has been on the list before and despite all his charm, and kindness…”

Share this boy’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. Don’t make Monday, this dog’s last day to see the sunshine and the smiling children at the park.

SIR TROY, A1120364 is available to be reserved on the ACC website until noon on Aug 7
http://www.nycacc.org/PublicAtRisk.htm

SHELTER EMAIL adoption@nycacc.org (only if you can pick dog up personally)
SHELTER PHONE NUMBER (212) 788-4000
Address: 2336 Linden Boulevard Brooklyn, NY New York
Operating hours: Adoption starts at noon till 8 p.m., (6:00 p.m. on weekends)

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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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Saddest dog: ‘Angel’ neglected and dumped after 10 years

Volunteers at the Carson Animal Care Center in California tell the heartbreaking story of ten-year-old Angel who was surrendered to the shelter on February 24. Her family told the staff they were moving, and Angel was just yesterday’s trash. For nearly a decade, she has been neglected; her skin is raw and her eyes are infected. And just as tragic, this senior feels betrayed; she has been called the “saddest thing you will see all day.”sad Sunday dog 2

“It’s sad that after 10 years of what looks like complete neglect of a treatable and irritating skin condition, they not only gave her the name angel but they left her at the Shelter when they moved. She deserves to know real love and care and this special senior needs help now,” posted members of the Saving Carson Dogs on their Facebook page.

Click here for this senior’s PetHarbor listing. “My name is Angel and I am described as a spayed female, fawn and white Pit Bull Terrier. The shelter thinks I am about 10 years old. I have been at the shelter since Feb 24, 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 A5036102. A Facebook page for Angel can be followed here. Share her plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

Advocates continue to pledge funds to help an approved rescue with Angel’s anticipated veterinary expenses. Make sure to reference A5036102 when calling about this dog at:

Carson Shelter, Gardena, California
216 Victoria Street, Gardena, California
310.523.9566

(Photos and video of this dog courtesy of Saving Carson Dogs)

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Is your heart breaking?: 14-year-old Shih Tzu Tansy needs us

Even the most stoic animal rescuers have been brought to tears at the sight of Tansy, a 14-year-old Shih Tzu brought into the Carson Animal Care Center on February 3rd. As of Tuesday, Tansy was available for foster care or adoption; no one has yet to help her. This tiny little senior is blind, neglected, confused and just shivering with fear.

Click here for this little dog’s Pet Harbor listing. No photo even appears on her adoption listing. “I am described as a spayed female, black and white Shih Tzu. The shelter thinks I am about 14 years old. I have been at the shelter since Feb 03, 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 A5030489. A Facebook page for this dog can be found here.

Please share Tansy’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Advocates have pledged funds to help with this senior’s veterinary expenses. Sharing saves lives. It makes no difference whether she has weeks, months or years to live – every life counts and doesn’t this innocent little life deserve better?

“TANSY’S 14, blind, neglected and so lost and confused. She is shaking with fear and she needs help NOW.”

For more information, contact:

Carson Shelter, Gardena, California
216 Victoria Street, Gardena, California
310.523.9566

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(Photos and video of this dog courtesy of Saving Carson Shelter Dogs)

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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.

Read the original story here.

Blind senior faces the wall day and night with little hope for adoption

Her name is Luna, and the blind senior Chihuahua was brought in as a stray on January 12. Lucky for Luna, she was chipped and her family was called; unlucky for Luna, her family didn’t want her anymore. A volunteer, brought to tears just 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!!”

And her advocate continued:

“She is age 10, blind as a bat, grumpy. That may be the good news!! She is tiny anyway and probably has no teeth so her bites, if she follows through on those growls, will probably amount to little more than being gummed!”

Luna’s Pet Harbor listing can be found here. “My name is Luna and I am described as a female, tan Chihuahua – Smooth Coated. The shelter thinks I am about 10 years old. I have been at the shelter since Jan 12, 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 A5025190.  A Facebook page to follow her plight can be found here. Share Luna with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. We are Luna’s only hope.

(Photo of Luna courtesy of Jackie Gibbons Tomlinson.)

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