Some people don’t understand that a pet is for life. In a case of utter heartlessness, a Poodle named Puppy was dropped off at a shelter by her family, who claimed she was too old for them to keep.
Puppy, a 13-year-old white Poodle-Miniature mix, ended up at the Friends of West Valley Animal Shelter in Chatsworth, California. The staff found Puppy to be sweet and adorable, and couldn’t believe how someone could just give up their lifelong pet saying she was too old.
The staff noticed Puppy had not been taken care for a while. She was dirty and itchy. But all it took was a bath to make her feel amazing again!
Her ‘family’ couldn’t do even one simple thing for her – give her a bath. Such inhumane treatment breaks our hearts.
After her bath, Puppy looked fabulous and fluffy again. The shelter put her up for adoption and she was soon adopted into a new, loving home. We’re glad she’s away from her uncaring old family, and now lives with a family who actually loves and cares for her!
One of the worst nightmares imaginable to dog parents is their dog going missing. That’s exactly what happened when Pakita the dog escaped from her yard. Her devastated doggy dad, Ariel, looked everywhere in Argentina he could for his sweet doggo. She was nowhere to be found.
Where Pakita actually ended up is an animal shelter called Arca Animal. There, she was so sad and depressed. It was clear she missed her family, but she had no way of being reunited. She was just another stray dog.
At the shelter, poor Pakita was passed over by potential adopters time and again for over two years. She had a grey muzzle and appeared so sad that no one wanted her. No one, except her devastated family left behind.
The folks at the animal shelter decided to put some photos up on social media. Although Pakita was not happy to have her photo taken, they managed to get a few shots.
Valeria Nieves, the mother of Pakita’s doggy dad, saw the photo and knew it was the missing pooch. She contacted the shelter, and a very tearful reunion took place.
The dog didn’t recognize Ariel at first, but dogs never forget the scent of something. You can witness the exact moment she “smelled” her doggy dad and the joyful reunion took place. Watch below, as you share in the excitement. These two will never be apart again!
In May 2016, animal control officers picked up a 6-year-old pit bull mix named Lindsy as a stray and took her to the Babylon Animal Shelter in New York. A few weeks later, a child called the shelter — she explained that Lindsy belonged to her and her family, and that she’d recently gone missing.
“The child said she would have to ask her father if they could get her,” Kristin Siarkowicz, an animal control officer at Babylon Animal Shelter, told The Dodo.
Sadly, the family never showed up, and the child didn’t call back. Lindsy had been abandoned.
While this was disheartening, the shelter staff believed Lindsy would find another home quickly since she had a great personality.
“She is sweet, kind and laid-back,” Lyndsey Grosjean, a volunteer at Babylon Animal Shelter, told The Dodo. “She loves to play fetch and rip apart toys. She loves walks and treats and just being with her people.”
But for some reason, no one has been interested in giving Lindsy a new home — and she’s been at the shelter for over two years.
Lindsy is now a senior, at 8 years old, and Grosjean believes that her age, as well as her size, may be deterring people from adopting her.
“She is not a cute little puppy,” Grosjean said. “The older, larger ones just don’t get the attention they deserve from the public. Plus, now that she’s been there for so long, people think there is something wrong with her, when there is not. The long-timers get a stigma about them.”
Living at a shelter for a long time isn’t ideal for any dog, but Lindsy always seems to be in high spirits.
“She has done very well,” Grosjean said. “She does not seem to be stressed, she has a lot of people who care about her and take care of her. But that’s probably half the reason she is still there — she blends in, she has great kennel behavior and just seems happy. It’s actually sad though.”
“Lindsy never has bad days,” Siarkowicz said. “She is always tail wagging and ready for attention.”
What Lindsy truly needs is a forever home with a family who loves her. If she does manage to find that, Grosjean said she’ll “cry with happy tears.”
“This girl deserves a home so much,” Grosjean said. “She is now a senior and needs to find her people. It is heartbreaking seeing these dogs sit and wait and get old with us. It’s not fair and it’s not their fault they are here. She is a wonderful, happy girl and there is no reason why she has waited so long. All she needs is a chance.”
If you’re interested in adopting Lindsy, you can contact Babylon Animal Shelter by calling 631-643-9270 or reaching out through Facebook.
Kerry Haney of Don’t Bully Us Rescue was sitting at home one night relaxing when she started receiving lots of calls and texts about a Pit Bull found in the most horrific situation.
The dog was found in the owner’s yard tied to a tree so tightly he was unable to move his head. He had no food or water but wouldn’t have been able to reach it even if he did. The volunteer rescuer arrived to the address still in her pajamas to try to talk it over with the owner.
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But when she got there, she saw no dog. She then contacted the police who said they were aware of the situation and doing everything possible to ensure the dog’s safety. All Kerry could do now was sit and wait a few days while the police did what they had to do to remove the dog from the property.
Later that week, Max was finally pulled from his neglectful and abusive situation. He was placed with the Gloucester County Animal Shelter where he’d be cared for until the court hearing. His owner would be found guilty and fined, and then Max was officially surrendered to the shelter.
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Don’t Bully Us Rescue wanted to take Max in immediately, but the shelter seemed to want to keep him. But when Max tested positive for heart worm and failed some basic behavioral tests, the shelter reached out to them and asked if they would get him some more personalized care. Kerry was thrilled!
A woman was out walking her dog, just like any other day, when something extraordinary happened. She saw a pooch at an adoption event that looked just like her very own dog, Rogue. As they got closer, she could not believe it: this sweet adoptable mutt was named Beast and resembled her own pup. What makes this story even more interesting, is that Rogue took a genuine interest in Beast! Could they be twins?
Bethany was not really wanting to add another dog to the family, even though her boyfriend had been wanting a second dog for a long time. Deep in her heart, she knew there was no way she could leave this adorable ‘twin’ behind.
Source: Instagram/Rogue and Beast
In an interview with Bored Panda, Bethany said, “What made me want to rescue Beast over the other dogs was that he looked just like Rogue. They’re both Cairn Terrier mixes, Rogue’s mom was a Lab/Pit mix and her dad a Cairn and with Beast we’re just not sure, it just has Cairn mix.”
Jennarae Goodbar, 12, was killed in a tragic accident Saturday afternoon when she chased her dog out onto Route 60 in Rockbridge County, Virginia.
She was training her pup, Cash, outside when he took off running onto a busy road. Jennarae immediately ran after him, but just as she got to him, both she and Cash were struck by a car that was unable to stop in time. Both of them were killed on impact.
Jennarae’s mother, Donna Jean, says Cash will be buried alongside her daughter. Cash’s name was fitting because Jennarae had bought him with her own “cash” that she had saved up. Cash meant everything to her, and her mom describes him as “her baby.”
Pickup trucks are a popular vehicle in the United States. Unfortunately, many models are not equipped with a backseat. Even with four-door models, dogs are often put in the truck bed to protect the vehicle from shedding and dog dirt– and to give Fido some fresh air.
Putting your dog in a truck bed, even for a short ride, is a HORRIBLE idea. In fact, American Humane reports more than 100,000 dogs die each year from truck bed accidents.
Some of the issues are obvious: Dogs are not protected while on a truck bed. They are not secured by a doggy seat belt nor protected from other vehicles, flying debris, or short stops.
Not only are dogs vulnerable to what humans can control, they are also DOGS. Even well-trained dogs are still naturally curious and have been known to jump out of truck beds to investigate whatever has piqued their interest. Also, naturally calm, well-adjusted dogs can still get spooked and jump out causing catastrophic results.
There are reports of dogs being fatally injured from jumping out of truck beds– and humans in other cars trying to avoid them with devastating consequences themselves.
Most kids love puppies. So, it takes a lot of maturity and selflessness for a kid to realize when he needs to let a puppy go and find her a safe home. That is what this kid did when he found a puppy but knew he couldn’t take care of her and needed to help find her a home.
So he did the most heartbreaking thing. He left the puppy in a box outside a school’s front door, knocked loudly on the door and ran away before anyone could question him. The janitor who was cleaning inside heard the knock and opened to door. He saw the boy running away, and looked down to discover the pup in the box.
But the pup wasn’t the only thing there. The little boy had left a heartbreaking note with the puppy. When the janitor read the note, he realized how much it must have hurt the boy to have to part with the dog, all for the dog’s own good.
This is what the note said:
“Sorry it didn’t have a home and it was cold so we were going to give it to you. Please do let it go find a nice home.”
Touched by the note, the janitor took the puppy to a dog-loving school teacher and the teacher immediately decided to foster the pup. The pup’s now named Snowflake. The teacher took Snowflake to a local rescue group, Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue, and had her checked up and vaccinated.
Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue soon helped find Snowflake a new home before Christmas! She now lives with her new family and has a big doggie sister to look up to, all thanks to the little boy who knew he had to do something to help this puppy!
Click the video below to watch Snowflake’s emotional Christmas rescue.
When Kathryn Sinske came across Claire’s photo on Facebook, there was something in the pregnant Chihuahua’s eyes that immediately caught her attention. Whether it was pain or fear in Claire’s expression, Sinske stopped scrolling and decided to take action.
“When I saw her on social media my heart just broke for her,” Sinske told The Dodo. “She was listed as an older pregnant female ready to give birth any day. She looked terrified and confused in her shelter picture.”
Animal control had picked up Claire in San Bernardino, California, and her swollen belly made clear that the officers had found her just in time. Days after her arrival at the shelter, Claire went into labor alone in the early hours of the morning. “She was placed in isolation and given a blanket to have her babies,” Sinske said. “She had four puppies but, sadly, one did not make it.”
As soon as Sinske learned of the puppies’ arrival, she rushed down to the shelter to break the little family out of confinement. Sinske could see that the nervous new mother was filthy and covered in ticks.
“They handed her to me in a carrier and I could tell she was super scared,” Sinske said. “I even had to sign a waiver because she was listed as fearful.”
Sinske promised to do everything in her power to help the little family survive — a job that became more difficult the next day when Claire’s health plummeted. Claire was found to be anemic and suffering from a fever of 105 degrees, so Sinske had to step in as mom for both the sick dog and her babies.
After a week of visits to the vet and hand-feeding both Claire and her babies, Sinske was overjoyed to see the little dog’s temperature return to normal. And while Claire has proven to be a picky eater, Sinske is happy to indulge her whims.
“After everything she’s been through I have no problem making sure she gets what she wants,” Sinske said. “She is so sweet, loves to get lots of love and sit in my lap.”
Once the puppies are weaned and Claire is given a clean bill of health, the entire family will begin their search for a forever home.
But after a hard life, Claire is happy to finally be safe and able to give her babies everything they need, Sinske noted: “She’s a great mama.”
Introducing a newborn human to your pet for the first time can be extremely nerve-wracking. Some dogs might get jealous of the new addition and the lack of attention may not sit well with them. Some dogs might become protective over their new little siblings, while others may be indifferent.
Yvonne and Eddie Walsh, of Dublin, Ireland, were excited to bring their newborn baby, Nicholas, home, but they weren’t sure how their Chihuahua, Quica, would react to him.
Not knowing what to expect, Yvonne decided to capture this moment on video. She said that Quica had been very protective of her pregnant stomach the last nine months. But they never expected what Quica would do next.
In the video below, you’ll see Eddie lowering four-day-old Nicholas toward Quica, who instantly submitted to him. She rolled right onto her back, showing everyone that Nicholas will be the new boss around here.
The couple couldn’t stop smiling at Quica’s reaction. While lying on her back, Quica takes a few good sniffs of Nicholas. It’s obvious that she and Nicholas are going to be best buds.
The Walsh’s say that Quica stands by Nicholas’ crib and watches over him and alerts them whenever he makes a sound or cries. While she is always around him, she knows to be very gentle with him and still submits in his presense.