Bonded siblings 14-years-old dumped at shelter brings tears to volunteers’ eyes

Shiba and Jesse have spent a lifetime together.  The bonded siblings have been raised together since they were just puppies, what could have happened 14 years later when their owner told them to jump into the car and arrived at the Carson Animal Care Center in California on Sunday? According to volunteers, Shiba and Jesse’s owners could no longer handle the responsibility of their two dogs. Tragically, just like an old couch, one short ride and a bit of paperwork, the lives of devoted companions no longer mattered.

Look into their eyes. The confusion and heartbreak are all that can be seen. Although they are in the same kennel today, that will likely change in a day or two. Carson Animal Care Center does not support keeping bonded pairs together with the thought that the dogs will have an easier time finding a home if they do not have to be kept together. And so, after having lost the only home they have ever had, on top of everything else, they will be separated and their spirits further broken apart.

Pet Harbor info for Shiba: A5121549:

“My name is SHIBA and I’m an approximately 14 year old female German Shepherd. I am already spayed. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 10/15. I will be available on 10/15. You can visit me at my temporary home at C318. My former family who owned me for had to give me up because they just weren’t up for the responsibility of a pet. Follow Shiba’s Facebook page here.”

German Shepherd  AGE:14 years
Female (S)  ARRIVED:10/15
Carson Shelter – 310-523-9566
M-TH 12pm-7pm, F-SU- 10am-5pm
216 W Victoria St. Gardena, CA 90248

Pet Harbor info for Jesse: A5121545:

My name is JESSE and I’m an approximately 13 year old male German Shepherd. I am already neutered. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 10/15. I will be available on 10/15. You can visit me at my temporary home at C318. My former family who owned me for had to give me up because they just weren’t up for the responsibility of a pet. Follow Jesse’s Facebook page here.

German Shepherd  AGE:13 years
Male (N)  ARRIVED:10/15
Carson Shelter – 310-523-9566
M-TH 12pm-7pm, F-SU- 10am-5pm
216 W Victoria St. Gardena, CA 90248

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Photos and videos of bonded siblings Shiba and Jesse courtesy of Saving Carson Shelter Dogs. Share their plight with friends, family and approved rescue organizations. Sharing saves lives. These dogs deserve better; one perfect “share” could be the difference between life and death.


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43 dead and 31 neglected dogs seized from horrific conditions in Delaware home

In Seaford, Delaware, a tip from a member of the public, led authorities to the rescue of 31 severely neglected dogs from horrible conditions. The state Division of Public Health’s Office of Animal Welfare obtained the information on Sunday, visited the home and secured a search warrant. According to the press release issued by the Delaware Government, officers discovered 43 dead dogs and took into custody another 32 animals, including 31 dogs and a cat.

The surviving animals have been transferred to Brandywine Valley SPCA who were at the scene rescuing the survivors. Of the dogs found alive, five were listed in stable condition, while 27 dogs had to be rushed for emergency veterinarian care. One of the dogs had to be euthanized.

On the organization’s Facebook page, Adam Lamb, CEO of the facility described the conditions as having been horrific, but had this to add as to the dogs’ forgiving nature:

“We rushed 27 of the surviving animals for emergency veterinary care, where one dog unfortunately needed to be humanely euthanized, and the 5 stable animals went directly to our Georgetown Campus. All 31 survivors are now at the Georgetown Campus receiving ongoing care. Despite their horrific living conditions, it’s remarkable how friendly and trusting the dogs are. We hope to have the opportunity to help them find loving forever families once they gain enough weight, as all are severely emaciated. We’ll keep you posted on their progress. In the meantime, please donate to help cover the significant cost to help these animals recover and find forever families.”

The small breed dogs include a Bichon Frise, Shih Tzu, Pekingese and small terrier. Two standard poodles were also rescued. The dogs range in ages from 2 to 10.

Donations to help with the care and rehabilitation of these dogs can be sent by clicking here.

The investigation is ongoing and charges will be forthcoming. The Office of Animal Welfare (OAW) urges anyone with information on this case or to report possible animal cruelty to call 302-255-4646. OAW enforces animal cruelty, animal control, and rabies laws within the State of Delaware.

Photos of neglected dogs via Brandywine Valley SPCA.

‘Jerk of the week’ surrenders 15-year-old dog to shelter because he was moving

On October 4, Shaq was surrendered to the San Bernardino City Animal Control because his owner moved into a new apartment whose policy prohibits large dogs. The unaltered male tan and black Chow Chow mix is 15-years-old. His chances of being adopted about about “zero,” angry shelter volunteers called out. Try to explain to Shaq why his owner, dubbed “jerk of the week,” abandoned him; no one has yet been able to logically explain to any of the volunteers who fight the endless battle for these loyal pets. Who can explain the betrayal they all must feel as they too often sit and wait to be euthanized in the busy, overcrowded shelter? For sure, they don’t want to die.

Perhaps you can help? Click here for Shaq’s Pet Harbor listing. “My name is Shaq and I am an unaltered male, tan and black Chow Chow mix. Shelter staff think I am about 15 years old. I have been at the shelter since Oct 04, 2017.” For more information about the adoption process, click here: Animal Control. Note that the last adoption will start at 4:30 pm. For more information about this animal, call: San Bernardino City Animal Control at (909) 384-1304
Ask for information about animal ID number A508460.

Share this dog’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. A Facebook page advocating for his rescue can be followed here. Help Shaq forget the “jerk of the week” who just dropped him off and  didn’t care enough to search for an apartment that permitted larger dogs.

Check out his video by Cindy Willis. Look how great he looks for an older guy. Please give this boy a chance. He was even wagging his tail at the volunteer while she was videoing him:

Update: Charleston man who bound dog’s face with electrical tape up for parole

William Dodson’s Parole denied#justiceforCaitlyn#IamCaitlyn

In Charleston, South Carolina, the man who committed one of the most heinous acts of animal cruelty to a puppy dubbed Caitlyn by tightly duct taping her muzzle so she couldn’t bark, eat or drink nearly three years ago, will soon be eligible for parole. William Leonard Dodson, 43, had been sentenced in the United States District Court for 15 years. 

On May 27, 2015, Caitlyn arrived at Charleston Animal Society in critical condition. The Staffordshire bull terrier’s story went global after she was found with her tongue sticking out and swollen to twice its size. The electrical tape had been wrapped around her snout nine times. During an investigation into Caitlyn’s egregious cruel treatment, a witness told authorities that Dodson had complained the puppy barked too much after purchasing her for $20. When the dog broke free of her chain, she wandered off and was found as a stray. During her rehabilitation, Caitlyn lost part of her tongue and underwent repeated surgeries to enable her to recuperate. The dog has since become the namesake for abused animals through the Charleston Animal Society; her fund pays for veterinary care for dogs involved in cruelty and neglect cases.

Dodson’s sentence was the end result stemming  from drugs and gun possession charges. Having a record of multiple past felonies, the 15-year sentence was the mandatory minimum term. His sentence was to scheduled to be followed up with two years of probation. The charges carried up to life. In addition, he  was charged with felony ill treatment of an animal, and was sentenced to five years – running concurrently with the federal drug and weapon conviction. Dodson made no apologies for what he did, and Judge R. Markley Dennis Jr. told him that he wished the sentence could be longer

Dodson is now eligible for parole on October 11, 2017. The Charleston Animal Society is asking everyone to send the message that animal cruelty will not be tolerated. Share the message.

“Please go to You will need William Dodson’s name and SCDC # (00371880) BE A VOICE FOR CAITLYN!”

Read previous article here.

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Discarded like trash: Weary and scared Misty needs a hero

In Tracy, California, Misty was discarded by her family as if she were just another weekly trash pickup. For most of her three years, Misty was tied by a leash outdoors; her ear tips had been chewed away by fly bites and her once beautiful coat matted and dirty. And when it was decided she was no longer part of the landscaping, she was surrendered to the shelter.

The long-haired, female black and tan German shepherd’s story continues. Many of the larger dogs that arrive at the Tracy shelter have trouble finding homes. When overcrowding becomes a problem, sadly the dogs are euthanized. Misty may not have been well socialized – after all most of her life she spent outdoors by herself, and when brought into the shelter  she was so tired and so frightened.

A few days passed and a volunteer noticed Misty. She sat down outside of her kennel and spoke softly; the dog’s demeanor changed. When she was finally able to relax, Misty took a long nap. It was heartbreaking to watch the young pup struggling to figure out what had happened. Where had her family gone and why did they leave her? Now trapped in a kennel, another surrendered dog’s life hangs by a thread.

Share this girl’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. Follow Misty’s story on Facebook here and here.

MISTY – ID#A029229
My name is MISTY.
I am a female, black and tan German Shepherd Dog.
The shelter staff think I am about 2 years and 9 months old.
I have been at the shelter since Sep 30, 207
For more information about this animal, call:
City of Tracy Animal Services at (209) 831-6364
Ask for information about animal ID number A029229

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Family’s rescued dog ballooned to dangerous weight – now she is getting life saving help.

Sneaky horse gets stuck in window – watch the video of the rescue effort here

We can do more: Blind and deaf 12-year-old senior needs out of shelter

Poor little Nicky; she is on a senior alert. Downey Animal Care Center shelter volunteers Sal Valdepena and Linda Chute worry about the 12-year-old senior who has been at the shelter since July 9. 

Quite sure Nicky is blind and deaf, the pint sized pooch only weighs 11 pounds and has a  heart murmur (1-2/6) The shelter, although volunteers and staff try to make this difficult situation as pleasant as they can for this little pooch, Nicky just doesn’t seem to be able to get comfortable. She paces, shakes and has not been eating well lately. Her tiny stiff legs lack regular exercise; a shelter cage is not a proper home for Nicky.

Share little Nicky’s plight with friends, family and approved rescue organizations. Doesn’t this little elder gal deserve more than this? We can do better and get her into the right loving home where the rest of her days will be filled with sunlight and love. Follow Nicky’s Facebook page here.

When inquiring about this dog, make sure to reference #A5087631.

Downey Animal Care Center
(562) 940-6891
11258 Garfield Ave Downey, CA 90242

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(Photos and video courtesy of Sal Valdepena and Linda Chute)








Guardian Angels and animal rights activists march against NYC euthanasia policy

On Saturday, the Guardian Angels, joined by 50 animal advocates, marched from the East Harlem Animal Care Centers shelter to Gracie Mansion repeating:

“Mayor de Blasio, stop killing cats and dogs.”

According to the New York Post, the Animal Care Centers have euthanized 2,110 cats and dogs through August across the three New York City shelters. The shelter claims 90 percent of all animals have been placed in homes.

Kate Rivello, founder at New York Animal Rights Alliance America and organizer of the event, continues to advocate for “a proven no-kill organization. We’re at a turning point where the awareness is there …”  Kate’s Facebook page explained:

“After seven years of protesting, our most important protest, the First March in History from NY ACC to the Mayor’s Gracie Mansion, garnered the most provocative truth-telling statement yet: ‘The NY ACC kills healthy animals and lies about,'” Kate Riviello the march’s organizer stated.

One of the most controversial issues includes the time period given to dogs and cats scheduled to be euthanized each day. According to the New York City Animal Care Centers, the “At Risk Online” dogs and cats have less than 18 hours to be placed with approved organizations or adopted if deemed publicly available.

At Risk List Online

“Thank you for your interest in adopting from Animal Care & Control of NYC.  Our At Risk List is posted each day at 6:00 p.m. and remains viewable until 12:00 noon the following day.”

Euthanasia for the listed animals begins 1:00 the following day. Individuals and rescue groups often scramble trying to find suitable placement for those at risk. Tragically, it doesn’t always work since adoptions and foster arrangements can often take a longer period of time.

During the rally, some shelter volunteers blasted the marchers stating the rally discourages adoptions.  Many volunteers for the city shelters spend endless hours helping as do staff members. Rescue organizations are able to get extensions when working to save dogs and cats already on the list, and it’s not a “cut and dry” death sentence as the clock strikes the end of the waiting period. There just needs to be more work done, and protesters like the Guardian Angels and Kate Riviello are the people speaking out for those who have no voices.

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(Photo screenshot of Guardian Angels and protest via Facebook and the NY Post)

Homeless dog likes to sleep in cardboard box to feel safe – read more here.

Dog dressed up in adorable back to school outfit by mom suffering from ’empty nest syndrome’

Dumped at shelter in trash bag: Owner ordered dog euth’ed because of fleas

Why else would a family dog have fleas or intestinal parasites if not from neglect? And so the reason sweet Canela was brought to the clinic of  Compassion Without Borders in Mexico in a trash bag and ordered to be euthanized by her owner because she had parasites had been  a very disturbing and tragic story. Of course, the southern California based non profit organization had no intentions of ending the sweet dog’s life for a condition that could be easily treated, and months later Canela is now healthy, happy and ready to come to California to find her “forever” home.

Tomorrow,  Compassion Without Borders will have the opportunity to transport Canela and 59 other dogs out of Mexico – the organization’s biggest international rescue to date. Canela and 28 other dogs still need transport sponsorship; cost is just $150 to help a dog and save a life.

Kiwi and Mango were also brought into the Mexico clinic a few weeks ago. Both were covered in mange and had a very difficult time beginning their lives. Volunteers and staff fell in love with them instantly. They received the care they needed and are now ready to begin their lives. Won’t you help?

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(Photos and videos of  dog in trash bag, Kiwi, Mango and video courtesy of Compassion Without Borders)

Check out Kiwi and Mango who are hoping to be rescued on September 17 too.

Hug a puppy: Last chance to put the pieces back together before Max dies today

Someone must be out there to hug a puppy and put his broken pieces back together. Although little is known about Max, this adorable boy appears to be healthy, well-nourished and well-groomed. No one really knows what happened to his leg and why he limps? No one really knows if he likes children, other dogs or if he even likes to play with toys. Tragically, no one will ever know anything else about Max because he is scheduled to die this afternoon at Manhattan’s facility of New York Animal Care Centers. No one has stepped up to reserve him, and his hours are numbered – no more time for Max!

There’s more to Max’s story, and this boy needs a chance. Need to know something about this pup? A volunteer who interacted with him tells us more:

“Max is a gorgeous and plump puppy all shiny in his perfect oreo suit. He is quite timid in his kennel, laying quietly at the back and very hesitant to come out for a walk. After some coaxing, Max ventures forward and steps with caution into his ward, walking with a limp caused by an old injury according to his former family. Max does not do stairs as a result and needs to be carried into the yard. One could call him “lazy” as he does not do much. He prefers to sit or rather lay down in the grass next to me which gives me the opportunity to pet him plenty… I guess a combination of his shyness and his hurt leg. He is interested in other dogs and goes to salute one little dog and a big one at each side of our pen. His tail is a bit out then and he makes the cutest baby face.”

Follow Max’s last hope on Facebook here. Just 9-months old. How can we watch him die? More information is available here.

Manhattan Center
MAX – A1124876
9 month old neutered male black/white APBT mix, 53 lbs
Owner Surrender: Reason stated PERSONAL PROBLEMS
Behavior Rating is Rescue Only

(Photos and video via Must Love Dogs Facebook)

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Poor Wally: Sweet young Lab burned with liquid now sentenced to die

Poor Wally; talk about having some bad luck. Still as sweet as can be, on Friday this boy could be taking his last breath as the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter plan to euthanize him at the end of the day if he doesn’t have a foster or adopter. Sadly, he arrived at the shelter with a painful liquid burn down his back and behind his head. Although he was in terrible pain, his kind disposition never wavered. And as if he hadn’t gone through enough pain in his short life, at the end of the working day, Wally will die.

Click here for Wally’s Pet Harbor listing. “I am described as a male, brown brindle Labrador Retriever and Rhodesian Ridgeback. The shelter thinks I am about 2 years old. I have been at the shelter since Aug 23, 2017 and I am available for adoption now!

Shelter Staff made the following comments about this animal:

09/02/17 15:49 Adoption consult. Met with 4 y/o female lab. Did really well. Playful and fun. Was submissive to her and affectionate. -nb

For more information about this animal, call:
Moreno Valley Animal Shelter at (951) 413-3790
Ask for information about animal ID number A477256

Wally’s medical notes include the following:

Dog is very sweet, NC
S- chemical burns

O- Dog has multiple large foci of alopecic deep ulcerations along dorsum from the top of the head to rear. Dog smells of motor oil, is still oily despite multiple baths. Otherwise PE WNL

A- Apparent chemical burns

P- Bath, clip + clean ($25)
Rx: cephalexin- 500mg- 1 PO BID x10d (20; $16)
ACT: Daily dilute chlorhex scrubbing of wounds x7d

Wally arrived at the shelter with the burn down his head and back. Veterinarians think he may have been treated with a generic flea and tick treatment or possibly a “homemade” remedy. Share this boy’s plight with friends, family, social media contacts and approved rescue organizations. This dog is running out of options, and he is depending on the rescue community to see tomorrow. Follow the conversation, pledges and discussion on Facebook.

(Video and photos of Wally  courtesy of Friends of Moreno Valley Shelter Animals)

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Uplift your day with some heartwarming photos of dogs and cats cuddling – images here.

Check out a video of a protective dog who won’t let anyone near his human mom’s pregnant belly