When we leave our dogs at kennels and doggy daycare, we trust the employees to take great care of them as if they were their own pets. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case, and one pet owner had to find out the hard way.
Rachel Mundy left her dog, Ava, at Bark and Board in Brookhaven, Georgia, a doggy daycare and boarding facility. One neat feature of this daycare is that you’re able to see your dog from your phone or computer on their webcam.
When Mundy went to check on Ava on the webcam, she witnessed one of the employees back her into a wall and cruelly knee her in the throat. If that wasn’t bad enough, Mundy says the employee taunted and abused Ava nearly 20 more times in the span of an hour – the time it took her to get to the daycare from when she first saw it happen.
Mundy posted the video of the webcam footage on Facebook, saying she will do whatever she can to make sure this “pitiful excuse of a human-being is fired.”
Fortunately, the employee was immediately fired after Bark and Board co-owner Stewart Wingate saw the footage.
“No guest under our care is to receive any physical discipline,” Wingate told WSB-TV. “We just hope folks will understand one bad apple doesn’t mean that’s the whole crew. We care for the dogs as if they are our own.”
An 18-year-old Poodle was surrendered to the shelter by his owners because he ended up with arthritis, the wife didn’t like him, and they said he was “stupid.” Figgy was so small, blind, and scared and had no idea what was going on at this point in his life.
Life for a six-year-old Pit Bull named ‘King Zeus’ has not been easy. His past was unclear but it was evident that he suffered. His teeth were worn down and he was covered in scars.
Still, he was gentle and loving. Even hopeful that his life would take the dramatic turn he deserved and he would find a family.
While Zeus is a total love with people, he’s not great with other dogs. This was evident with a family who tried to give him a home and returned him the next day. King Zeus was returned twice to the shelter actually. He was losing hope. And so were the volunteers who adored him.
Zeus’ demeanor changed after the second time he was brought back to the shelter. He used to engage with volunteers. He used to bark happily when people passed by his kennel. But after he held out hope and was returned, he lost a part of himself. He stopped being himself. He totally stopped barking altogether. It was heartbreaking.
King Zeus was given one more chance. A nearby adoption event featured 300 animals in need of homes. His caretakers were hopeful. He’s such a good boy, surely someone would see that and he would get his happily ever after. But no, he was passed up time and time again. It didn’t help that he laid in the crate, totally removed, detached, hopeless. But who could blame him?! When all hope is lost it’s hard to hide it.
The old saying may be “Curiosity killed the cat,” but cats aren’t the only curious ones who get into mischief. Cody the Boxer found himself in a sticky situation after his snooping got the best of him.
He wound up in Hidden Oaks swamp and was unable to get out on his own. He whimpered and cried but just couldn’t pull himself out.
That’s when his owner worriedly called emergency services for help. Deputy Matt Patellis of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office quickly arrived at the scene. Without thinking twice, the officer took off his uniform and jumped into the swamp in the murky chest-deep water
The swamp could have very well been filled with gators and snakes, but Officer Patellis didn’t care; he was willing to risk his life to save this poor, scared pup.
The rescue wasn’t as easy as Patellis expected it to be. He tried coaxing him over with a simple “Do you want to go for a ride?” or a “Do you want a treat?” but the nervous pup started backing away from him. Eventually, he was able to pet the Boxer and comfort him. He carried him to safety where he reunited the dog with his anxious owner.
After Cody was safe, he showered Patellis with lots of kisses and tail wags. That was his way of thanking him and showing him how grateful he was to be safe on dry land.
If it weren’t for Officer Patellis, Cody could have drowned! Thankfully, Patellis’ selflessness and quick-thinking saved the day!
Mothers can cross any limits for their children, be it human mothers or animal mothers. And this mama Ibizan Hound named Vera proved it. She endured the unendurable for her babies and managed to touch the hearts of millions of people.
With her skeletal- skinny body and a broken leg, Vera travelled 2 miles worth of distance to get human help for her babies. She was in no way in the state of doing that, but her love for her babies was so strong that she couldn’t be stopped.
Vera limped all the way toward and back and managed to catch the attention of Lianne Powell, who followed her all along with a local vet. She had kept her pups at the back of the safety of an abandoned car. As the two humans went on to look, they were surprised to find ten beautiful puppies lying in a basket!
The vet anticipated that Vera and her pups were dumped by hunters because they were no longer of any use for them. Her leg’s break was a clean one, and it was when the hunting season had just ended.
The family was brought to the animal clinic, and all of them were safe. Vera’s leg was appropriately treated, bandaged and also re-aligned.
The caring clinic staff brought Vera’s health and strength back soon. After they all are ready, the entire family will be put up for adoption in loving homes.
Abandoning a pet is devastating to the innocent creature who loves you with all their heart. According to pet statistics released by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), 6.5 million pets are brought into shelter homes each year in the USA. Out of these, only 3.2 million shelter animals get adopted, and 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized – every single year. The statistics are devastating.
But that doesn’t seem to stop people from abandoning their pets. Like the family that owned Cookie, a 15-year-old Cocker Spaniel and her best friend, a 1-year-old Lab. The two dogs were rescued from the streets of San Bernardino after being left to fend for themselves by their family.
The shelter staff who rescued the dogs managed to track down the dogs’ family. However, when the family arrived, everyone was in for a surprise. The family chose to only take back the young Lab and left poor Cookie behind. Watching in shock as her family took her best friend home and leave her behind, Cookie began to cry and whimper for them to come back. It was devastating!
The staff was worried about Cookie and her mental and physical health after being abandoned like that, but then a silver lining appeared. Cookie’s story began to spread and many animal lovers reached out to help. Among them was a rescue group who found a permanent foster home for Cookie where she now lives in peace and happiness!
No pet deserves to be left behind. No matter what! Remember, a pet is forever!
In an act of utmost cruelty, a dog owner tied their pregnant dog to a tree in a forest and left her to die. Miraculously, not only did the dog survive, but she gave birth to her puppies and kept them alive for 10 days while being tied up.
When Lara, a Pit Bull mix, got pregnant, her owner decided they didn’t want to take care of her or her puppies. So they did the most inhumane thing. Instead of finding a new home for her or surrendering her to a shelter, the owner tied her to a tree in a forest near Nafplion, Greece.
By this time, Lara was heavily pregnant, and she was left out in the cold forest, in the middle of nowhere, all alone and tied to a tree. Lara ended up giving birth to four puppies while still being tied up.
Most dogs are not fans of baths. They would much rather avoid being clean, shampooed, and even blown dry. When a dog first gets a bath, it can either be a memorable or forgettable experience. For one homeless dog in Oklahoma, her first bath has the Internet clicking for more.
Blossom, a once homeless dog who was living on the porch of an empty house, was barely getting by. She was so afraid of humans that the rescue group had difficulty getting close to her.
Enough trust was gained after offering her food and water. Once they got her to the shelter, a close examination revealed severe skin problems. In order to get her the help she needed, a bath was in order.
In the video from Blossom’s first bath, you can tell the dog has no idea what is happening. The caring, kind people at WOOF Pet Rescue of Woodward Oklahoma took their time and treated her like a queen.
Keep watching all the way to the end because Blossom gets an adorable visitor before she snuggles into her blanket.
Maggie was an absolutely gorgeous Australian sheepdog that has recently passed away at an age that many people believe are breaking world records. Her heartbroken owner confirmed the death to local media outlets.
Dairy farmer, Brian McLaren, was devastated by the passing of his 30-year-old Kelpie. She had been by his side for many years. He says that she was fairly healthy overall up to the time that she passed.
“She was 30 years old, she was still going along nicely last week, she was walking from the dairy to the office and growling at the cats and all that sort of thing,” McLaren, who lives in Victoria, Australia, told The Weekly Times.
“She just went downhill in two days, and I said yesterday morning when I went home for lunch … ‘She hasn’t got long now.’”
McLaren said that Maggie had been curled up in her bed the evening before he went to bed, and she was in the exact same position come morning. His heart dropped to the floor, but he did find a bright side.
Continue to the next page for a wonderful video of the 30-year-old dog, and how McLaren found a silver lining in Maggie’s passing.
How far would you travel if your missing dog was found? For most dog parents, we would go anywhere and drive wherever we had to for the chance to be reunited with our missing dog. Texas dog dad, Dara Prak, never thought he would see his beloved Pit Bull, Titan, after the dog was stolen from his backyard.
Only the collar was found and the dog was missing. Titan was taken, and poor Dara was devastated. He immediately took to social media, visiting shelters in Houston, and never gave up searching. After over three months, he admits to losing hope of ever seeing his best pal again.
Amazingly, a South Carolina shelter worker called Dara and asked if he was missing a dog. The microchip in the dog revealed where he belonged.
Dara and his girlfriend immediately began the 1,000-mile road trip to get to the shelter and reunite with Titan. Based on his condition, the dog is believed to have been abused, but the story of his travels will never be known. He’s expected to make a full recovery.
Watch the tearful reunion when Titan’s dad arrives at the shelter and waits for his dog in the lobby. Would the dog remember him? Watch it all unfold below.