Dead thread means a dead dog – this puppy is in danger

Update 8/22/17: Adopted!

What happens with a Facebook thread for a shelter dog is stagnant? A so-called “dead thread” can equate to a dead dog…a puppy named “Popeye” is in danger right now because nobody is sharing his adoption information.

The eight-month-old mixed breed puppy has been at the Riverside County Animal Control – San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus since July 5. Today, over a month later, he is still sitting in his lonely, concrete kennel run.

The puppy came to the shelter as a stray but his family never bothered to come and get him. Now, though he is described as “people and dog friendly” he may die. You can play a part in saving this adorable puppy’s life by taking a few moments to network his adoption information.

Networking saves lives – plain and simple. The more people who see his face, and hear about where he is, the better his odds are of being adopted or rescued.

Petharbor link for Popeye here.

Facebook thread here.

Riverside County Animal Control – San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus at (951) 358-7387
Ask for information about animal ID number A1376534

(Image of Popeye the puppy via Facebook)

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Just in: Death sentence for dogs who fail test at ‘shelter’

Dogs who exhibit reactive behavior – or overly fearful behavior – will likely be put to death if they are held at one of the Los Angeles County Animal Services facilities in California. On Wednesday, the dire news was released on social media.

In a Facebook post, Saving Carson Shelter Dogs explained:

According to this Message, ALL dogs that fail their TEMPERAMENT TEST will not be made AVAILABLE to RESCUES ANYMORE and will be EUTHANIZED!!!! on their AVAILABLE DATE!!!

The TEMPERAMENT TESTS are NOT ACCURATE when testing dog’s Behavior given the way the Test is given!!

The message referred to in the Facebook post came from the Deputy Director of Animal Care, Danny Ubario – his letter states that “all animals deemed not safe for placement due to behavior will no longer be made available to rescues.” Volunteers will no longer receive information about animals who fail the shelter administered temperament tests and as soon as the animal’s holding period is up, they will be killed.

It is common for stressed, frightened and confused dogs to behave in such a way that temperament tests are failed…dogs out of the stressful environment quite often have a completely altered demeanor. According to this release, those frightened, stressed, depressed and confused dogs who don’t manage to pass the test will never have the chance to redeem themselves.

Petition created about this issue can be found here.

Concerned? Email the following individuals:

Heartwarming – reporter stops live coverage to save a drowning dog. Read the story here.

Outrage as video of ailing dog in animal control shared virally online

There is growing outrage over the care, or rather lack thereof, which was provided to a dog who was visibly ailing inside of a kennel run at an animal control agency in Mesquite, Texas. The reason for the anger is readily apparent after one views the pitiful footage showing a chocolate colored dog who is too weak to stand upright, swaying against a wall and surrounded by vomit.

The woman who tried to help the dog, who was being held at the Mesquite Animal Services facility, wrote:

I only saw his face for a second when I banged on the glass. He was too weak to even turn his head. He had no strength, was swaying back and forth supporting himself on the wall, and was drooling after having just vomited.

The woman wanted to take the sickly dog to a veterinarian for care, but she was denied. She explained:

I asked shelter staff if I could help, they said he was adopted. I requested to at least let me check him out, they said he was adopted. I said if I could try to get him medication, they said he had been adopted. I said I can take him to the vet and bring him back, they said he was adopted and was going to the vet on Monday, two days later. The “vet” was a neuter clinic.

She then shared the dog’s fate:

But he didn’t make it. We were told he had gotten better the next day. Today, they said they notified the adopters and the adopters made what they thought was the best decision for him. Conclusion: he’s dead.

According to the woman who has taken the situation public, the animal services staff refuses to comment on the situation – she wants others who are angry, like her, to demand this dog’s records – to see what truly took place inside of their facility.

Click here to access the city’s “report an incident” form.

Click here to read and sign a petition which was created on this dog’s behalf.

National Animal News on Facebook here.

Faithful dog takes a bullet to protect his family – read this hero’s story here.

Dog shot during home invasion


Dumped dogs – shaking in terror at animal control agency

Two dogs, dumped by their prior owner, are confused and frightened inside of their kennel run at the South Los Angeles Animal Services facility in California. The dogs, Molly (age 9) and Chocolate (age 7), were surrendered by their owner on February 17.

A video of the pair was taken at the animal control agency and the dogs’ terror is readily apparent. Molly, in particular, can be seen suffering from fear as she shakes uncontrollably on her bed. On March 6, an update about the surrendered dogs was posted to Facebook:

This small girl is Molly – 9 years old and 16lbs, she probably really needs our help to get out of the South Los Angeles Shelter….not one thread on her yet – you can see in her video that she is terrified in the shelter. We’re hoping to get more video and pictures this weekend (thank you Cat Ku) – but this is what we have for now… and this scared, sweet dog really needs our help! Please share for Adoption, Rescue, Foster and/or pledges.

A subsequent update to Facebook reads:

I just got off the phone with the shelter and they are still there. The shelter doesn’t know if they are good with other cats or dogs as the owner who dumped them didn’t say anything other than they didn’t have time for them anymore.

You can help Molly and Chocolate find a new family by sharing their adoption information.



Skin and bones dog left chained out in the cold

Owners of a neglected dog dubbed “Buster,” will likely face criminal charges for the conditions they forced their pet to exist in. The skin and bones dog was discovered in Howell, New Jersey, on the end of a chain, no food or water in sight – forced to suffer in the harsh cold and rain. According to the Monmouth County SPCA, Buster “barely resembled a dog.”

On February 13, the shelter described the pitiful conditions which Buster had endured before help arrived:

Last week, an anonymous call was made to Animal Control in Howell, who quickly notified the Law Enforcement Division of the Monmouth County SPCA. When we arrived on scene, we saw an animal that once may have resembled a dog, but was now skin and bones, barely able to stand and looking completely out of hope. Buster had been chained outside in the harsh cold and rain with no shelter and no visible food or water. Buster was completely emaciated and dehydrated and at first glance, his future looked very grim.

After being released from his chain, rescuers rushed Buster to MCSPCA where a medical team jumped into action to help. Buster was provided with IV fluids and pain relievers for his visibly swollen joins. During his veterinary assessment, it was discovered that Buster was infested with fleas, suffering from both ear and skin infections and his mouth was full of “rotted teeth.”

Buster’s life of suffering and misery is gone – today he is recuperating in a quiet environment where he is surrounded by people who care for him. His many maladies are being treated and he is being provided with comforts that he could have never previously imagined.

Donations to help Buster with his ongoing veterinary needs can be made at this link to the shelter.

The Monmouth County SPCA addressed the charges which Buster’s former owners will be facing and commented on donations for his ongoing care:

Our Law Enforcement team works hard to make sure cruelty like this is brought into the light. Buster’s former owners will be facing criminal charges so that he can be brought to justice. All money donated towards Buster will go directly to his treatment. If we raise more than the cost of the care for Buster, you can rest easy knowing your donation will help another animal just like him!

(Photo via Monmouth County SPCA)

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Tragic ending for dog who was rescued from a miserable existence on the end of a chain – click here to read more.

Emaciated dog has died

Annie is sick and getting sicker…urgently needs out of animal control

Update 2/9/17: Safe!

A beautiful three-year-old pit bull mix, dubbed “Annie,” is sick, and despite medication, she is getting sicker. Annie is being treated for an upper respiratory infection at the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control facility in Mesa, Arizona, but the stress of being in the noisy kennel, coupled with her lack of one-on-one attention, is worsening her health.

Annie is sick

This week, the Facebook page, MCACC East Dogs, posted a video of Annie (which clearly shows how stressful and loud it is in her kennel run), along with a few words about her condition:

We posted Annie last week (see video in comments). The difference is heartbreaking. She is being treated for a URI, but her symptoms are worsening. We are doing our best to help this girl out while she is in the shelter. The vet added a 2nd antibiotic in hopes that it will help, but Annie really needs to get out of the shelter and into a warm, calm, quiet home.

Imagine feeling horrible, and having no way to truly rest and recover. Imagine being alone and scared and sick…imagine Annie’s current situation. Please help this dog get the help that she desperately needs by sharing her adoption information.

  • Petharbor link here
  • Facebook thread here
  • Maricopa County Animal Care & Control – East Valley Animal Care Center at (602) 506-7387
    Ask for information about animal ID number A3870675
  • Click here to view video on Facebook


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Surrendered trio, including one blind dog, need a home together

Update: The dogs have been adopted (together!!)

A special threesome in Arizona is in need of a new home where they can live together. The trio, Tiny, Teddy and Lola, were surrendered by their family (who is unable to care for them any longer) and they are now waiting for a new family at the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control agency.

The shelter wrote:

This was a very difficult decision for the family and we ask that rather than making negative or unkind comments, we focus instead on trying to find the dogs a home where they can stay together.
They are all about five years of age. Tiny and Teddy are male Chihuahua mixes who are protective of their friend Lola. Lola is a very sweet pitbull/beagle mix who is blind.


A singular photo of the dogs provides clear evidence of their bond – look at the Chihuahua’s eyes as he stares adoringly at his blind companion, Lola. The shelter emphasized the need for the trio to find a home together:

Tiny and Teddy watch over her and help boost her confidence. They sleep snuggled up together and absolutely must remain together.

These bonded friends are available for adoption at the Mesa shelter which is located at 2630 W. Rio Salado Parkway. The adoption fee is $60 for all three dogs. They are not spayed and neutered so they will need to stay an extra day for surgery.

The shelter stated:

They would be best in a home without very small children due to Lola’s vision and the fact that tiny and Teddy do protect her. If you have a dog at home please bring them to the shelter and we can try an introduction. We don’t know how they are with cats.

Maricopa County Animal Care Facebook page here.

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


Shelter searches for owner of ‘miracle’ puppy hit by car

A shelter in California is searching for the owner of a puppy who was severely injured after being struck by a vehicle. According to the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA, the four-month-old beagle suffered a “severe” break in her leg after being struck by a hit-and-run car accident in South Pasadena.

The shelter recounted what transpired to the pup, which has since been dubbed “Miracle” by PHS staff:

Miracle was hit by a car in the intersection of Fair Oaks and Huntington. After the puppy was struck, she rolled underneath the car and landed on the sidewalk. A Good Samaritan ran to the puppy’s side, while the car drove away. This good-hearted individual rushed the injured dog to the Pasadena Humane Society where our animal control officers were waiting for her arrival after hours.

The injured puppy was diagnosed with a severe fracture in her hind leg, which requires surgery by an orthopedic specialist. Julie Bank, President/CEO of the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA, stated:

“We are pulling together all our resources to ensure Miracle receives the best care possible and we need your help,” says . “We want to give her the best shot at having as normal a life as possible after such a devastating injury.”

The shelter is hopeful that Miracle’s owner can be found, and that she can be reunited with her family – thus far, nobody has come forward to claim the puppy as their own (Proof of ownership must be provided).

If an owner does not come forward, the puppy will be put up for adoption when she recovers from her injury. Interested parties can email and reference animal ID# A410205 for more information.

To help PHS continue to provide lifesaving care for Miracle and more animals like her, please consider making a donation to the Pasadena Humane Society at

If you have any information about this puppy, her owner or the hit and run itself, please call the Pasadena Humane Society at 626.792.7151.

Special needs puppy at animal shelter

A special needs puppy, born with shorter than normal limbs, was taken in at an animal shelter in Alberta, Canada. The puppy, named “Chipmunk,” aka “Nubbins,” needed to be adopted by someone who was equipped to handle his special needs.

On December 7, the Edmonton Humane Society reached to Facebook followers to find a special adopter for the adorable puppy, who was born in the shelter:

Chipmunk was born in the shelter after his Mom was brought in as part of the Northern Alberta Rescue Mission we did this past September. When he was born, we noticed his front paws were not fully developed. This has not slowed him down though! He has learned to walk with shorter than average front legs, and was always ready to play with his six other litter mates.


The shelter added:

He will, however, require some special care in his forever home because of this medical condition. He may need orthotics once fully mature, and adopters must be prepared for future veterinary costs.
If your family is ready to look after Chipmunk and his unique needs, please come down to the shelter to meet him!


It didn’t take long to find Chipmunk a safe place to go – shortly after the Facebook post, the shelter alerted followers that Chipmunk had a new home:

Adopter Found!

We are so happy to report that Chipmunk, now named Nubbins (which he was lovingly nicknamed during his stay at the shelter) has already been adopted.

Chipmunk and his litter mates won over the hearts of many staff while he was with us, and we are delighted to see him go to his forever home with one of our amazing EHS volunteers.

Other dogs are still waiting for their own happy “tail.” Click here to see other homeless dogs at the shelter.

(Photos via Edmonton Humane Society/Facebook)

Find Edmonton Humane Society on Facebook here.