Someone in Detroit noticed that their neighbor had chained their two-year-old dog outside during a blizzard overnight. The poor dog was shivering and holding up her paws because it was so cold.
The neighbor knew they had to get help immediately. If the pup stayed outside for any longer, she would have died. They quickly called up Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue, explained the situation, and asked if rescuers could come get the dog.
A law passed last February that made it illegal for owners to tie a dog outside for more than three hours, but this family clearly didn’t care and broke the law anyway.
Animal Aid got word of a sick stray and responded to the call right away. When the rescuers arrived, they saw the heartbroken dog lying in sewage and on the verge of death. He couldn’t do anything to help himself as flies swarmed around his eyes. The rescuers wondered if they were too late.
No one knows for sure how the dog ended up like this, but he was now on death’s doorstep. Animal Aid started by stabilizing him and then hooked up IV fluids to help treat his dehydration. The poor thing was just so exhausted. The next day, staff was able to get the boy to eat by hand feeding him.
And then it was a few days later when the dog was finally able to eat on his own! He was getting much stronger by the day but still not able to hold up his own weight to walk. Rescuers started treatment for his mange.
It’s hard to comprehend what would cause someone to abuse and neglect an animal for a full decade, but that’s what happened to Norman, a pit bull who, when he was found, was barely holding on to life.
He was found by a Brooklyn-based animal rescue organization, AMA Animal Rescue. He was found in a park, chained to a wall. He could barely stand up, was severely malnourished, and had huge patches of fur missing.
Kiah is New York State’s first Pit Bull police dog. After a year on the force, she’s turning heads and proving that Pit Bulls and other rescues can do what’s normally been reserved for purebreds.
Kiah’s story started in Texas. She was found in as an abuse victim in a grocery store parking lot. Kiah had a bad wound on her head.
As she was nursed back to health at the Kirby Animal Shelter, her caretakers noticed there was something different about Kiah. She had an intense drive. She was fearless. She was the perfect candidate for Universal K9, a Texas non-profit that trains strays and rescues to work with law enforcement.
In the past six years, the group has placed nearly a thousand rescue dogs at departments around the country. Unlike purebred police dogs, which often have to be imported and can cost up to $15,000, the former strays are given to the agencies for free.
As soon as Universal K9’s founder Brad Croft saw Kiah, he knew he wanted her to be part of the program. She had many of the qualities he sees in imported dogs who have been training for the job since puppyhood—intangibles like being aware of her surroundings and not being bothered by crowds or noisy environments.
“You don’t just find dogs like that,” he says. “She is one in a billion.”
On her way to work recently, New Yorker, Olena Kagui, was doing something people all over the world do every single day. She was scrolling through her phone and suddenly, her eyes locked on an adorable Pit Bull. The innocent-faced pooch looked back from the phone and Olena could not stop staring at her.
The dog is named Smiley, and when you see photos of him, you’ll understand why. What no one can understand is how someone could abandon this sweet guy to a shelter because they were going to have a human baby. Like millions of dogs, Smiley would have welcomed a new baby and fit right in with proper introductions. Instead, his family chose to dump him.
When the temperatures drop, dogs need to come inside. If you disobey the law in Indianapolis, Indiana, you’ll be ticketed and fined. Indianapolis gets very cold in the winter months, and dog owners are being advised that those who break this law will pay the price.
Dog houses need to have moisture-wicking bedding when it hits 40 degrees outside. Simply leaving your dog outside and hoping they stay warm in a dog house is not the answer. If the temperature falls below 20 degrees or a wind chill advisory is issued, then pets must come inside.
Judy Obregon, founder of a dog rescue group called The Abandoned Ones, got a call about a stray Poodle-mix she had been trying to save. But once she saw the photo of the dog lying there, she knew she was too late. He was already gone.
Obregon got a call earlier about local kids tormenting the dog.
“Kids were throwing food out on the street, so the dog would run out onto the street,” Obregon told The Dodo. “Then neighbors saw some children tying a water hose around his neck.”
Obregon diligently went back to the neighborhood three times, attempting to catch the dog but to no avail. Then the woman who contacted her about the dog in the first place sent her that heartbreaking photo, it broke her heart. If only she was able to catch him sooner.
“I started crying because I felt like I didn’t do enough,” Obregon said. “I felt like I wasn’t there on time to get to this dog before he ended up in this situation.”
Still, the dog didn’t deserve to lie there like that so Obregon went immediately to him. When she got there, the most incredible, unexpected thing happened.
“When I came to him, he was still in the same spot, but his head was up,” Obregon said. “I was probably the happiest person in the world.”
Obregon picked the dog up and named him Gully. She was certain if she didn’t get there when she did, he really wouldn’t have made it.
A retired pastor living in Cape Town, South Africa was driving by the train tracks. He saw a strange plastic bag sitting there and got a sinking feeling. He stopped to investigate.
Pastor Van Wyk had devoted his life to God. The pastor was used to seeing the good in everything– even things that were tainted– but what he discovered that day would haunt him forever. Pastor Van Wyk was driving along the railroad tracks and saw a tied up plastic bag. His gut sank– he knew something wasn’t right about the situation.
He stopped his car anyway and walked over to the bag. What he found inside broke his heart. There was a severely abused puppy tied up with shoelaces. His four legs were tied together as well as his snout. The dog couldn’t bark. He couldn’t pant. Who would do such a thing?
The pastor was afraid to touch the dog– when he tried, the puppy winced and yelped. The pup needed professionals to handle everything IMMEDIATELY!
Rudy was one of millions of pups that find their way into shelters every year. But this abused dog had suffered so much inexplicable horror that he couldn’t even be adopted out to the public. Severe beatings, a broken hip, eye and ear infections, mange… Rudy was in a pitiful state, and with no hope in sight, was scheduled to be put down.
Miraculously, the pup was saved from death row with only hours to spare by a local rescue group called Houston Street Dogs. Watching his tail wag when he eats his first decent meal and gets a little love is enough to reduce any dog lover to tears. But Rudy’s long journey back to health and peace wasn’t over. For months, he underwent extensive treatment, injections, and medications to cure him of his various ailments.
Too often we hear stories about people mistreating animals. Isn’t it lovely when something like this comes along? A story that is all about love and compassion? YES!
The retail giant, IKEA, now has an open door policy in their Catania, Italy store. The staff opens their doors, with the home store’s cozy furnishings, to stray dogs who would otherwise be on the streets freezing in the cold. Dogs otherwise forced to find shelter where they can, often curled up on cold concrete, shivering miserably, can now rest their weary heads on warm shag carpets, away from Mother Nature’s wrath.