4/16/14 " I am described as a female, brown Poodle For more information about this animal, call: Moreno Valley Animal Services at (951) 413-3790 Ask for information about animal ID number A434361" Moreno Valley, CA Great Cats Also Available at this KILL SHELTER. Please Give Them a Chance at Life.



" This DOG - ID#A434361" female, brown Poodle - Miniature mix.

The shelter thinks I am about 2 years.

I have been at the shelter since Apr 16, 2014 and I may be available for adoption on Apr 25, 2014 at 3:05PM. If you are interested in me, please visit me before this date.

If you think I am your missing pet, please call or visit right away. Otherwise, please visit me in person as shelter staff are busy caring for my needs."



 http://www.petharbor.com/pet.asp?uaid=MRVL.A434361
  Friends of Moreno  Valley Shelter
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Moreno-Valley-Shelter-Animals/135559229932205?id=135559229932205&sk=photos_stream

  Lots of Cats in Need at this KILL SHELTER

4/5/14 "BEYOND URGENT!!! PTS AT ANY TIME!!! Kansas City, MO; “Lumpy Louie” Terrified, Senior PBT X w/Limited Vision **CODE RED** SHELTER IS SUPER FULL!!! AT IMMEDIATE RISK!!! TIME CRITICAL!!! PLEASE HELP!!!" Can WE STOP ALL THIS KILLING? Yes WE CAN!


 Look At This Sad Dog.  Will Anyone Help him? People have abandoned him and now if people do not step up and open their hearts HE WILL  BE KILLED. Yes Killed. Socially sanctioned murder done everyday in shelters because some people choose to not care about dogs' and cats' lives.


''Contact information: Email: Rachel.Long@kcmo.org 
Please help this sweet senior find a new forever home or rescue NOW before it is too late!!! Please do not let him die afraid and alone in a shelter!!! Our seniors deserve so much better than that!!! Louie deserves so much better than that!!! Shelter is super full and there is no time to hesitate here!!!

Anyone who has ever known a dog with diminished vision, even a blind dog, will tell you that once acclimated, which usually takes just a few days, you forget they have any eye issues at all and they are the same characters, the same loving dogs, if not more so, as the fully sighted! This sweet pup will be no different!!!

Senior dogs rebound amazingly well when fed a good..."


Read the rest at...

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=384987428311008&set=a.384296835046734.1073741890.225835284226224&type=1&theater

 and read about more dogs with vision problems at
 Blind Deaf Shelter Dog Networking at Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/BlindDeafNetworking

3/31/14 Habersham County Animal Care & Control 4231 B. Toccoa Highway, Clarkesville, GA 30523 Phone: (706)839-0195/ Georgia Animal Rescue Network 4 Precious Lives Needing Urgent Help

Check out this page -Georgia Animal Rescue Network- to help urgent animals in Georgia. There are so many in need. Lets hope for a day when people value and cherish their pets and only bring them to a shelter and a no kill one as the last resort. So many sad stories and faces. You can help. Even if you can't adopt.  Please help Tinkerbell  in the photo) and the other cats and dogs at this kill shelter


https://www.facebook.com/pages/Georgia-Animal-Rescue-Network-4-Precious-Lives-Needing-Urgent-Help/240578572619337


https://www.facebook.com/notes/nong-obieta/for-more-immediate-exposure-for-your-urgent-animals/365626646822237




 This is a crosspost.

" Tinkerbell was surrendered by her family yesterday. By the looks of her, she was used pretty much a a breeding machine. Surrender reason: "Can't keep up, leads puppies off". So here she sits, in the pound, Lost, confused, and alone. PLEASE help this girl find a forever home that will love her for who she is, NOT for the money they can make off her!
Habersham County Animal Control: Clarkesville, GA
TinkerBell, Female, Rottie/Aussie Mix, Female, Approx 6 years old, Owner surrender reason: "Can't keep up, leads puppies off". Intake Date: 3/5/2014. Obviously been bred MULTIPLE times. Last litter was in January....and she's still needing a "tummy tuck" 


PLEASE READ! MOST QUESTIONS WILL BE ANSWERED HERE!
ALL ANIMAL CONSIDERED URGENT!!! COUNTY RUN, OPEN INTAKE POUND. This is NOT a no kill facility. We need your help to save these furbabies! Please act quickly to help them get out!

All animals located at:
Address: Habersham County Animal Care & Control
4231 B. Toccoa Highway,
Clarkesville, GA 30523
Phone: (706)839-0195
Email: Habershamshelterkids@yahoo.com

Shelter Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tues-Friday: 10am-5:00 pm, Closed 12-1 for lunch
Saturday: 10am – 2pm
***RESCUES: If p/u times do not work into your schedule, PLEASE let us know and I will meet you at the shelter!

Adoption fee: $110.00
Includes:
Dogs: Spay/Neuter, DHLPP, Bord., First worming, Microchip, rabies vaccination, and 30 days accident insurance. We also do blood smear heartworm test on all dogs over 6 months. If may request one if under 6 months if you wish.

Cats: Spay/neuter, rabies vaccination, first worming, FVRCP vaccination, FeLV test, and 30 days accident insurance.

We , welcome, and NEED rescues! PLEASE contact us if you can help any of our doggies! You MUST be licensed to be considered a rescue, and please fill out our rescue application if you have not already pulled from us. (We will send to you on contact)"
 


3/31/14"*Please take a very good look at these 2 darling dogs below,, they gave their hearts, their loyalty and love to owners who simply didn't understand or appreciate what they had. One miserable day,, these two Trusting, Sweet dogs were brought into a southern kill shelter animal control and left behind without another thought.* *Sweet, happy little pair were wagging their tails* *and greeting everyone with smiles. * *And then,, * *the leashes were turned over,,, * *their owner walked away,,, * *their tails stopped wagging,,,,* *they pulled on their leashes to go after "dad",,,, he didn't look back." Two Great Trusting Dogs Dumped at HIGH KILL SHELTER ROME GEORGIA

Mon Mar 31, 2014 9:37 am (PDT) . Posted by:

goldie544

*In the best interest of the animals in their time of great need, please
refrain from altering or removing any original information from their pleas
*

*"Not to hurt our humble brethren [the animals] is our first duty to them,
but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission: to be of service
to them whenever they require it." - Saint Francis of Assisi*
On Sunday, March 30, 2014 9:28 PM, Rescue <keishagirl714@gmail.com> wrote:

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: *Ann Powderly* <putney925@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, Mar 30, 2014 at 10:19 PM
Subject: Rome, GA_2 Tailwaggers Briefly reunited & separated again-TUES
DEADline
To:

*CROSS POSTING*
*Sent:* Sunday, March 30, 2014 4:27 PM
*Subject:* NO WORDS_PLEASE LORD, PLEASE HELP__Briefly reunited,,& Separated
again,, TUESDAY DEADline !!_ROME/GA

Sweet, happy little pair- Wagging their tails & greeting everyone!
They loved their owner, who simply dumped'm without another thought.
ANYONE out there with extra space? EVEN foster ????

*Id# 0403* *"Princess" MEDIUM SIZED*
Labrador Retriever / mix _female_ *and *

*Id# 0404* *"Choca" MEDIUM SIZED *
Labrador / Hound ? mix _male_

*THE CLOCK IS TICKING*
*~ Cross post for their lives ~*

*RESCUE / SPONSOR / FOSTER / ADOPT*

*TUESDAY DEADLINE*

*"Princess" and "Choco" 2 medium sized darlings with Huge Hearts !! they
might even be brother and sister !!*

*Please take a very good look at these 2 darling dogs below,, they gave
their hearts, their loyalty and love to owners who simply didn't understand
or appreciate what they had. One miserable day,, these two Trusting,
Sweet dogs were brought into a southern kill shelter animal control and
left behind without another thought.*

*Sweet, happy little pair were wagging their tails*
*and greeting everyone with smiles. *
*And then,, *
*the leashes were turned over,,, *
*their owner walked away,,, *
*their tails stopped wagging,,,,*
*they pulled on their leashes to go after "dad",,,, he didn't look back. *

*Then the little pair were led down a dark corridor to concrete cells,,
they walked tightly to each other,, side by side,, nervous,,, the walk
stopped,,, they were separated and put into cells. Now they don't even
have each other to turn to.*

*After a couple of days,, a volunteer realized that they came in
together,,, she took them outside to see each other,, and Princess's face
just LIT UP to see her friend Choco again !!! *

*The two of them kissed each other and CLUNG to one another in their brief
time outside in the sunlight. *

*They thought that everything might be okay,, they thought they were
leaving,,, sadly,, they were not,,,, *

*they were led back in,,, Separated AGAIN,,, and now they are so depressed
and sad.*

*They are both wonderful with other dogs,, they do not have to be rescued
together,, but please God,, let them at least leave this place alive,,,, *

*TUESDAY DEADLINE on their lives*
* LOOK at this precious little pair*
*HELP THEM if you can !!!*

*Id# 0403* *"Princess" MEDIUM SIZED *
Labrador Retriever / mix _female_
please don't let her die here *!! *

*Id# 0404* *"Choca" MEDIUM SIZED *
Labrador / Hound ? mix _male_
please don't let him die here *!! *-!!
http://www.adoptapet.com/pet/10469961-rome-georgia-labrador-retriever-mix

*"Here they are Reunited *
*-- Briefly -- *
*LOOK at how Happy Princess is !!!*

*Poor Choco clung closely to her side,,,**please help them*!!"

*You* *CAN* *rescue if you're out of state* *- there* *ARE* *volunteers
who will help run them out of the building to safety - there* *ARE* *vets
and boarding places nearby ,, there* *ARE* *transporters that leave GA
every week - you* *CAN* *make arrangements to get them to you !!*

*just Please,, Please say that you have room in your heart*
*and home for them. You will not regret it,,*

*YOU* *MUST* *WRITE__* *RESCUE* *OFFER*
*in the subject line of the email*

*OR WE WILL MISS THE OFFER OF RESCUE /ADOPTION AND THEY WILL BE KILLED**!*

*Please contact all parties* *below, s*
*no one misses an
offer:*<http://pet-uploads.adoptapet.com/d/6/8/93325181.jpg?336w>

*janie.jones46@comcast.net <janie.jones46@comcast.net> * *
<hope@hope4dogs.net%20>**(706) 506-3611*
*and
<http://us.mc1261.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=androndawoman22@aol.com(@>*
*hope@hope4dogs.net <hope@hope4dogs.net%C2%A0%C2%A0(904)%20797-9402>*
*904-797-9402*
*and*<http://us.mc1261.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=androndawoman22@aol.com(@>

*Rondawoman22@aol.com <andRondawoman22@aol.com>* *(**704) 288-7272** -*
*you can text me too* *!*

*Poor babies are located here :*
*Floyd County animal control*
*Rome,GA 706-236-4545*

3/25/14 Animal Dog Rescue " Rutherford Co, NC: Gorgeous Hound mix girl needs help ASAP! Sweet girl." This is a Kill Animal Shelter. This DOG HAS A RIGHT TO LIVE HER LIFE IN A LOVING SAFE HOME. You CAN DO this for HER!

This is a crosspost.







Mon Mar 24, 2014 4:29 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

erinsilks

This face is killing me, can anyone help this pretty girl?
Please email the shelter ASAP at cpcrutherfordcounty@gmail.com
(@gmail.com) and cc: in Patti at pspeake@windstream.net
(@windstream.net) if you can help and please SHARE if you can't.
She's been there way too long and needs rescue commitment ASAP.
#A028461 F Hound mix, brindle short coat, ~2 yrsAlready off stray
hold and needs help quickly! Sweet girl per the shelter
volunteers and has gotten along well with others.
Pull fee is $106 and includes her spay, heartworm test, first
shots and health certificate. Boarding is usually available at
$6-7/day. I can help you fundraise if you pull her (if you're an
approved rescue) but please work with the shelter directly to get
her out.
THANK YOU!


Erin Silks/Rural Shelter Transports
<http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/NewberryandFriends/>
 erin silks
tierbee@verizon.net<tierbee@verizon.net>;
 

3/16/14''Topeka, KS - URGENT! URGENT! - BARLEY NEEDS RESCUE ASAP! - Abandoned." According to post this shelter dog is next in line to be killed.


"IF you can help Barley PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE contact Jan at:
janprice52@cox.net (at cox.net)

IMMEDIATELY!!

From: Melanie  [mailto:mweaver913@prodigy.net]
Sent: Saturday, March 15, 2014 3:51 PM
URGENT! - URGENT! - URGENT! - Topeka KS - BARLEY NEEDS RESCUE ASAP! -
Abandoned to Fend for Himself NOW is the Next to be KILLED for Space in
Shelter!!!

PLEASE LOOK at Barley's photos (if you have trouble viewing them let me know
and I will send in a different format).

Barley is a SWEET, SWEET Boy. His owner went to prison and he and four
other dogs were left alone in the house to fend for themselves. A neighbor
who was paying attention went and got all 5 dogs. She found homes for
everyone but Barley. She could not continue to keep Barley, and he went to
a high kill shelter in Topeka this morning. THE SHELTER IS FULL AND BARLEY
IS THE NEXT ON THE LIST TO BE KILLED FOR SPACE!!!!

I am including some comments from the lady who had him for several weeks, so
that you can read about what a great guy he is, and LOOK at him in his box!!

Barley does very good in the house. I am gone 14 hours a day, and he does
not make any mess in the house. He stays in the kitchen just in case he
does have an accident. I can't tell you if he gets along with any other
animals except for the other 4 he lived with because he has not been around
any other animals. He got along good with the other dogs on his property
but likes to hog all of the human attention. He is very hyper and excitable
but he walks fairly well on a leash. He is a very loving dog.

IF you can help Barley PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE contact Jan at:
janprice52@cox.net (at cox.net)

IMMEDIATELY!
!

Thanks so much,

PLEASE CROSS-POST with Reputable Rescues!!!"

 THIS IS A CROSSPOST

3/1/14" Rutherford Co, NC: URGENT -- adorable Manx/bobtail, two tabby kitten " Shelter is full! Give These Shelter Cats a Chance at Life.

Fri Feb 28, 2014 6:51 am (PST) . Posted by:

erinsilks

The shelter is full and cats don't get to stay long... if you can
help even ONE of these beautiful cats, please let me know ASAP at
tierbee@verizon.net (@verizon.net). With rescue commitment we can
get them out and into our fosters. There is no pull fee for
approved rescues.
PLEASE share. The shelter closes at 2 pm today and Friday is
usually euthanasia day.
ID # A028270
Black and white female
About 5 months old.
ID# A028314
Male black and white bobtail.
About 1-2 years old.
ID #s <https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/s> A028312 (left) and
A028309 (right)
About 4 months old.
Both female.
One brown tabby and one cream/tan.


Erin Silks/Rural Shelter Transports

http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/NewberryandFriends

2/27/14 OH Duke the Dog WILL BE KILLED NEXT WEEK IF NO RESCUE, FOSTER or ADOPTER IS FOUND. Duke was on table to be killed once before but "they looked into his beautiful eyes."

This is a crosspost







"I'm in an URGENT place with Duke. He is going to be euthanized next week if I cannot find place.   We are at a place where Greg's rescue just cannot keep Duke as they have strict insurance guidelines. Duke is a wonderful boy and Greg and I both feel is easily recoverable outside a kennel. I think he probably needs a vet eval and medicine even to calm him and he would be phenomenal.  Or even outside a kennel environment, he would be phenomenal.

I asked Greg to give me until the weekend or I'm afraid we will have to make the decision to put him down and I cannot live with that......

Please help me find him a place. I am brokenhearted.
Rachel


Hi all! Duke was rescued from Green River, KY a few months ago by Tracey Freeland (Pawsitive Energy and SNIPS in Marysville) and I. He was actually put on the table to be euth'd and they could not do it because they looked into his beautiful eyes, so we took him with another dog named Finn- black lab pup. We vetted and neutered both Finn and Duke and Finn went to Cleveland APL was adopted to an amazing family. My wonderful friend Greg Willey at Friendship APL took Duke after he was fully vetted. The problem is Friendship APL and Greg and staff ADORE Duke but he is not doing okay in a kennel environment (very kennel stressed) and at Friendship APL, even though he gets to go out alot, walked, and plays, he is still in a kennel environment.

He has been adopted twice and we cannot take the chance leaving him at Friendship APL in the kennel environment. Again, he is very loved there and well cared for but needs to be in a foster home to adjust to home environment. The staff there have been very sad when he has been brought back.

He is very friendly but loves to play hard and was returned the first time due to not getting along with the family's dog. The second time, he nipped at a child but again, we are only hearing a piece of that and he did not hurt the child.

We think he would be better in a home with a more submissive dog (he did fine with Finn and others and loves to play- just plays rough. He is very protective over bones, etc.). He would probably be better with kids 10 and over.

Again, he is amazing and lovable and very playful and Greg and I want to ensure he has a chance at a FUREVER life.

So, I am begging any of my beloved friends in Columbus - can we find a foster and help find him a FUREVER home. We think he will adjust very well once outside the kennel environment for a period.

Much love.


Rachel  Columbus, Ohio
614-425-8378
 
Please contact Rachel at racheljean1980@hotmail.com

Please contact Rachel at racheljean1980@hotmail.com

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2/26/14 Humane Society of Preble County 951 S. Barron Street Eaton, Ohio 45320- Bo Jangles the dog Isn't getting Adopted because he is "ugly" and special needs. We think he's adorable, how about you? Please don't be just another person who overlooks this precious boy's stellar personality. Kindly SHARE this post to help him find the home he deserves, thanks!

"Ohio- Isn't getting Adopted because he is "ugly" and special needs. We think he's adorable, how about you? Please don't be just another person who overlooks this precious boy's stellar personality. Kindly SHARE this post to help him find the home he deserves, thanks!"
 This is a crospost.


BO JANGLES--- Boxer Mix
Humane Society of Preble County
Eaton, Ohio Please share him, he may have some physical challenges but his enthusiasm/personality will melt your heart ♥~RS~
“I met Bo about a month ago. He is about 1 year old, and is listed as a boxer mix but I would bet on american bulldog. He is excellent with kids, and is so sweet and playful. Unfortunately he has angular limb deformities. He is bowlegged front and back and has what is essentially scoliosis. He is "ugly" according to the shelter, and so has not had much luck finding a home. There are some interventions that could improve his limbs, but they are pricy and the shelter is not pursuing them. He gets around pretty well as he is anyway.Back legs 4 inches longer than front, skinny, bowlegged front and back, and walking on his heels rather than toes. I am hoping we can find him a family who will love him for who he is.”
From the shelter – “Bo Jangles is a 1 year old male Boxer mix who has a huge desire to play, play play! Though he may not win the prize for the most handsome dog in the kennel, he sure will for being the happiest! Bo will benefit from a fenced yard and an owner who has the time to teach him proper manners.”
http://www.petfinder.com//petdetail/28476469
Please watch the video and you can see why Bo has stolen our hearts.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CT0oON3bV7Q&feature=youtu.be
Humane Society of Preble County
951 S. Barron Street
Eaton, Ohio 45320
Hours
Mon - Thu: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Phone: 937-456-PETS (7387)  "


2/26/14"Pike Pet Pals, in collaboration with Rescue Me Ohio, wish to raise funds to replace the dog kennel walls at the Pike County Dog Pound. The walls are in ill repair and can be dangerous for the dogs and puppies housed at the dog runs. The current walls are made of metal. They are corroded and rusted. It has become very difficult to properly clean and disinfect the kennels. The track holding the walls collects dirt, food and feces. The opening in the track is big enough to allow the foot of a small dog or puppy to slip into and cause injury. Some of the kennel walls have holes big enough for a dog to crawl through. We want to replace the walls so it will be easier to sanitize and safer for the dogs. We would like to replace the current ceiling tiles..."

Please do whatever you can and kindly cross post


Pike Pet Pals, in collaboration with Rescue Me Ohio, wish to raise funds to replace the dog kennel walls at the Pike County Dog Pound. The walls are in ill repair and can be dangerous for the dogs and puppies housed at the dog runs. The current walls are made of metal. They are corroded and rusted. It has become very difficult to properly clean and disinfect the kennels. The track holding the walls collects dirt, food and feces. The opening in the track is big enough to allow the foot of a small dog or puppy to slip into and cause injury. Some of the kennel walls have holes big enough for a dog to crawl through. We want to replace the walls so it will be easier to sanitize and safer for the dogs. We would like to replace the current ceiling tiles. They have become damaged in the last year due to heavy windstorms in our area. Ceiling tiles have fallen down into the kennel area where dogs are housed. Please help us achieve our goal for this replacement project. Checks can be mailed to Pike Pet Pals Inc., PO Box 1239, Waverly OH 45690. Please mark your donation as “replacement project”.





2/19/14 Please Help This Animal Rescue Help Their Animals- Almost Home Rescue Adoption and Sanctuary- Gaffney South Carolina. Help with Vet Bills. Pasture Fence for Horse and More



http://almosthomesc.rescueme.org/
 Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Almost-Home-Animal-Rescue-Adoptions-and-Sanctuary-Gaffney-SC/484366918326011





"General Information
Almost Home Animal Rescue and Sanctuary is a non-profit organization operating out of Gaffney, South Carolina. It was created in 2008 to give a voice to the animals in our world without one.

Can you help us? We take in many medical needy and harder to place animals. Here is the donate link for those that would like to help the many animals that depend on us every day for love, care, food, vetting, warmth, training, rehabbing, protection, sanctuary and for finding their 4ever homes! We are NOT a big concrete and kennel building with an asphalt parking lot and high paid CEOs, but real folks that take our love for animals and rescue so seriously that it is our life's work Thank you!"
http://www.gofundme.com/54b1kk

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp%3Bhosted_button_id=T5PVKLMYJN86Y





http://almosthomesc.rescueme.org/
 Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Almost-Home-Animal-Rescue-Adoptions-and-Sanctuary-Gaffney-SC/484366918326011

2/10/14 HOCKING COUNTY DOG SHELTER, LOGAN, OH.""Bear has been at the shelter the longest. No owners have come for him & no one has shown adoption interest.He is approx 1-2 yrs old, a collie/Shep mix w/ medium hair, 45 lbs & about knee high in height." This Dog Needs A Loving Home. Please Help HIM! "





This is a crosspost 

"Bear has been at the shelter the longest. No owners have come for him & no one has shown adoption interest. He is approx 1-2 yrs old, a collie/Shep mix w/ medium hair, 45 lbs & about knee high in height. He is a little skiddish w/ people & other dogs at first. He all but crawls when he approaches you or another dog. Once he realizes he isn't going to be hurt, he warms up. If you squat down to his level, he crawls up in your lap. Bear welcomes the attention & turns into a lovable lap dog."

HOCKING COUNTY DOG SHELTER, LOGAN, OH

2/9/14 " GSD IS DYING IN HIS KENNEL " Is This True? Is This Dog Dying in the San Bernardino California City Shelter and No One is Helping this Shepherd Dog Mix? I Don't Know. Please Check This Out If You Can. Murphy ID #A460106

From: Lisa  <lrobertt@dc.
twcbc.com>
>Date: 8 February, 2014 10:10:19 PM PST
>To: <Undisclosed-Recipient:;>
>Subject: GSD IS DYING IN HIS KENNEL - SOMEONE MUST GO IN AND HELP HIM: Murphy animal id:  A460106 is per the thread is dying in his kennel.  Needs out NOW!  Please rescue at SBC
>
>

>
> GSD IS DYING IN HIS KENNEL - SOMEONE MUST GO IN AND HELP HIM: Murphy animal id: A460106 is per the thread is dying in his kennel. Needs out NOW! Please rescue at SBC
>VIEW SLIDE SHOW DOWNLOAD ALL
>This album has 1 photo and will be available on SkyDrive until 5/9/2014.  
>From: April Anderson Sent: Saturday,
February 8, 2014 9:54 PMTo: dawn_24_1999@hotmail.com
>Subject: Murphy animal id: A460106 is per the thread is dying in his
kennel. Needs out NOW! Please rescue at SBC
> Please help.  I just got an
urgent request to help network for rescue for Murphy ID: A460106
>  
>Please someone rescue this
sweetboy.  He will not make it out unless someone steps up for
him.
>
>MURPHY - ID #A460106 (MUST EXIT ON
1/30)
>Per Cari Ennis:
>Met this boy today. He is extremely sweet. He likes to rub like
a cat so you pet him. Really surprised he has not been snatched
up.
>I am a male, brown and black German
Shepherd Dog mix.
>Shelter staff think I am
about 2 years old.

>http://www.adoptapet.com/pet/10262047-san-bernardino-california-german-shepherd-dog-mix
>
>San Bernardino City Shelter -
>Phone: 909-384-1304,
>Address: 333 Chandler Pl.,
>San Bernardino, CA
92408

 See ALL DOGS AND CATS AT THIS POUND WHO NEED OUT ASAP
http://www.adoptapet.com/adoption_rescue/81549.html

2/4/14 Rescue Animal Mp3 Project- Music for Shelter Animals- Wonderful Way to Calm Shelter Pets ( Make them More Adoptable) and Staff. See Videos. Free Program for Shelters. From Animal Rescue Site


"Shelter animals are often traumatized and fearful as a result of their challenging life experiences. Many animals are barking, meowing, whining, pacing, panting, shaking, and hiding in their cages and are too scared to interact with potential adopters. This limits their chances of finding forever homes.
The Rescue Animal Mp3 Project is a non-profit organization whose mission is to donate 30 hours of calming music on Mp3 players to animal shelters and rescue groups across the United States."




https://theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com/store/ars/item/55434/?adId=126764&placementId=353391&origin=thehungersite.greatergood.com

1/3/14 California/ Watch Video Of Man Surrender His Dog to Shelter. Watch Him Drag the Dog on the Floor. The Dog is Terrified. Do Owner Surrendered Dogs Know Their Owners are Dumping Them at Kill Shelters? Please Help Ginger and Other Owner Surrendered Dogs Find Homes. Ginger Was Brought to the Shelter After Having Two Litters of Puppies. The Owner Needed to Be Educated on Spay and Neuter IMO. Owner Wanted His Dog Put Down. No Respect for Life Like the City of Sochi in Russia.They are Hosting the Olympics and Hired An Exterminating Company to Murder the Stray Homeless Dogs.

from Dog News Examiner,  a great site

"Our dogs have an uncanny ability to know what is going on...a glance at the keys and they are ready to go for a car ride, walking towards the running shoes and they bound for the door, a mutter of "cookie," and they run for the pantry.
As such it is not a stretch to believe that they know when they are no longer wanted - to know that their life is in jeopardy, to know that they are going to die.
A volunteer who take photos and video of dogs who are at the San Bernardino, Calif. City Animal Control captured Ginger's heartbreaking disposal at the facility on Saturday.
Ginger's owner asked for her to be destroyed - the reason? He could not care for her anymore.
Ginger huddled on the floor, her entire body shaking in fear - her face pressed to the wall and her eyes wide with terror... "

PLEASE HELP GINGER FIND A HOME

  • Shelter: 5210 W. Ave. I, Lancaster, CA 93536
  • Phone: (661) 940-4191
  • Petharbor link here
  • ID#A460620
  • Age 4 years
  • Facebook thread here
 Read rest
 http://www.examiner.com/article/heartbreaking-video-of-dog-being-surrendered-by-owner-who-wants-her-put-down

Other Dogs Surrendered- So Sad
http://www.examiner.com/article/heartbroken-dog-dumped-by-family-too-sad-to-lift-her-head

1/28/14 Dogs and Cats at Carson Kill Shelter Los Angeles County California

 See them all. This is a kill shelter
(oxymoron). Some of these animals are seniors.









http://www.adoptapet.com/cgi-bin/public/petsearch.cgi/search_pets_by_shelter?first=dog&standalone=1&shelter_id=78947&current_page=1


Gardena, CA
Los Angeles County: Carson
216 W. Victoria St.
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 523-9566
http://animalcare.lacounty.gov

1/28/14 " 10 year old female short haired chi mix- Shelter told me she weighs 5 lbs and is "very sweet. They said she may be killed tomorrow morning since she's been there for some time." ID: A4669257 CARSON SHELTER >216 W. Victoria St. >Gardena, CALIFORNIA 90248 >(310) 523-9566



 This is a crosspost


"Date: January 28, 2014, 10:36:31 AM PST
>Subject: MAY BE KILLED TOMORROW AM PER SHELTER!!! - "VERY SWEET" SENIOR CHI
>Reply-To: Tammy Hilo <hilotammy@yahoo.
com>
>
>
Shelter told me she weighs 5 lbs and is "very sweet". They said she may be killed tomorrow morning since she's been there for some time.
>
>
>
>NAME:
>ID: A4669257
>SEX: Female
>AGE: 10 years
>BREED: Short haired chi mix
>INTAKE: 1/17, stray
>AVAILABLE: NOW
>
>@ CARSON SHELTER
>216 W. Victoria St.
>Gardena, CA 90248
>(310) 523-9566
>
>Hours:
>Monday-Thursday 12:00 PM-7:00 PM
>Friday-Sunday: 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM"

 http://www.adoptapet.com/adoption_rescue/78947.html

>  https://www.facebook.com/CarsonACC/info

1/28/14 Videos of Well Fed Shelter Dogs and Cats Helped by RESCUE BANK-The National Pet Food Distribution Program for Animal Rescue Groups and Organizations. You CAN BE Part of the Solution to Find Homeless Cats and Dogs Homes.

This week I have decided to post organizations that help shelter animals by donating food to shelters or to rescues so the rescues can  pull more animals from shelters and give them another chance at a  safe, healthy life with owners who  love and value them. Also I want to post some  rescues and shelters.

 Here is the link to  Rescue Bank with videos of  some of the animals they've helped. If you are  prone  to tears,  these videos might do it. You see the animals  nurtured and cared for and FED and see how they blossom. Isn't that what rescue and shelters need to be about, giving  the animals a safe place to stay while waiting for adoption, helping the dogs and cats be the best they can be ( health and behaviour wise),  doing all they can to find them homes? This does cost money so organizations like Rescue Bank are important to support. Sometimes  the ability of a rescue or shelter  to  provide food for a dog or cat allows  animals who are sick or old or hard to adopt more time to get to safety instead  of euthanization.

 
"Nutritious pet food is donated when it is nearing the ‘best buy’ date, has minor packaging defects or is being re-branded. Animal rescue groups use the savings from their food budget for more spay/neuter and vet services – increasing adoptions of healthier pets.
Rescue Bank® operates on the national food bank model, accepting food donations from any manufacturer, distributor or retailer. Suppliers such as Pedigree, Nutro, Royal Canin, Purina, DelMonte, Wellness and PupChips notify us that product is available.
Rescue Bank® schedules and pays for the freight to deliver the donation to a regional distribution center where it is picked up by pre-qualified non-profit groups.
With millions of pets in need throughout the country, Rescue Bank® is a reliable partner for converting excess product into goodwill for the donor.
Rescue Bank® is a valued partner for both suppliers and the animal rescue and foster organizations across America."
From the website. Read more.



http://www.rescuebank.org/

1/28/14 Dogs and Cats Needing Homes in Charleston West Virginia- National Humane Ed Society. Please Help These Dogs and Cats Find Their Forever Homes. Videos of Dogs and Cats in Need of Your Love and Care.

 The  National Humane Ed Society is a great organization. The more animals adopted from them, the more they can save who are in kill shelters or other life threatening or abandonment  situations.  Please look at the videos of the great animal that need homes. These videos were posted in November, Not sure all the animals in the videos  are still available.  I think they keep adding pictures of new dogs and cats looking for loving homes. Give them a call if you see your new best friend.
 Please help  all the wonderful  dogs and cats find their forever homes. They do shelter other animals. Check the birds out!

 Watch  Dog and Cat videos

 Mickey
 Shelby
 RJ
 Marley
 Lily



http://www.nhes.org/sections/view/275




The National Humane Education Society
P.O. Box 340
Charles Town, WV 25414-0340
Telephone: 1.304.725.0506
Fax: 1.304.725.1523
Email: nhesinformation@nhes.org



1/20/14 COWETA GEORGIA..IMO It is not the right thing to kill homeless shelter animals. The "right" thing is for ALL OF US to TREAT ALL Shelter Animals with the Same Respect, Love and Care We Do Our Own Pets. Just Because WE CAN Euthanize them ( Which is Killing them. This is NOT EUTHANIZING- LOOK up that word in the dictionary to see what it really means). It is a Societal Problem WE MUST DEAL WITH DIFFERENTLY. "Another dog, Roscoe, euthanized without notice! He had been someone's pet...even microchipped...and now his young life has been cut short. Every dog here must be considered urgent as we are no longer given notice on them." Is this Coweta's New Policy? Kill Everything.



On Monday, January 20, 2014 9:09 AM, Newsweeq wrote: All need rescue and two still need sponsors...please help them before any more die!! Sponsorship needed for Beatles...he is hw positive!! All donations are tax deductible: youcaring.com/pet-expenses/help-save-sweet-beatles-/128119 Sponsorship needed for Snubbs; tax deductible: youcaring.com/pet-expenses/help-save-sweet-snubbs/127439 "Another dog, Roscoe, euthanized without notice! He had been someone's pet...even microchipped...and now his young life has been cut short. Every dog here must be considere d urgent as we are no longer given notice on them. Reason? We don't really know." There are wonderful dogs at this shelter! Evaluated, vetted, quarantined, even heartworm treated...we can help with all of that and arrange for pull. Please don't wait...if you can help just one, contact me immediately! None are safe until they are out the front door. Thanks!! Gail 917-873-7408 newsweeq@aol.com...
SEE ALL THEIR PICTURES http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/CanineRescue/conversations/topics/505984

1/18/14 Dogs on Deathrow -" URGENT- Shelter FULL- ID#2013-12-014 Male PitX 1-3yr friendly/shy WINDER, GA Barrow County Animal Control Shelter 616 Barrow Park Drive Winder, GA 30680"






  One of the many dogs who are urgent. All info from link at bottom of post



 "Valentine"
ID#2013-12-014 Male PitX 1-3yr friendly/shy
WINDER, GA
Barrow County Animal Control Shelter
616 Barrow Park Drive Winder, GA 30680
Department Contacts:
(770) 307-3012 Phone (they will not return long distance calls)
(770) 867-1660 Fax
Kimberly Perez – kperez@barrowga.org
Danyal Harper – dharper@barrowga.org
Shelter Hours:
The shelter is OPEN to the public from 8am to 5pm on the following days:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday & Wednesdays 1pm-5pm
OPEN 2nd and 4th SATURDAYs OF THE MONTH FROM 9AM-NOON
CLOSED to the public on:
Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays
— in Winder, GA.



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1/18/14" BEGGING: Newton, NC: 5 DOGS (ALL SPONSORED) CAN DIE ANY MINUTE! BOXER, GERMAN SHEPARDS, EMACIATED LAB HERE AT KILL SHELTER." Please Save Each of These Dogs Lives!


Fri Jan 17, 2014 6:33 am (PST) . Posted by:

erinsilks

Please help if you can 
and please share if you can't. Erin
Silks/Rural Shelter Transports
<http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/NewberryandFriends/>
----------Original Message----------
From: Crystal Mosteller
Date: Jan 17, 2014 8:09:33 AM
Subject: BEGGING: Newton, NC: 5 DOGS
 (ALL SPONSORED) CAN DIE ANY
MINUTE! BOXER, GERMAN SHEPARDS
, EMACIATED LAB HERE AT KILL
SHELTER.

http://esweb.catawbacountync.gov/AdoptAnimal/adoptable.asp?animaltype=DOG

 Lhttp://esweb.catawbacountync.gov/AdoptAnimal/adoptable.asp?animaltype=ALL


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jennifer <rescuejennifer@yahoo.com
<mailto:rescuejennifer@yahoo.com> >
Date: Sun, Dec 29, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Subject: rescue list for Catawba
To: Suzanne Roman <suzanne@njshelter.org
<mailto:suzanne@njshelter.org> >, Crystal Mosteller
<catawbacountydogs@gmail.com
 <mailto:catawbacountydogs@gmail.com>
>



These animals are Catawba
 County Animal Shelter

Please email me back 
if you would like to pull any of these.





DUTCHES

A169743 - UNALTERED FEMALE ,
BR BRINDLE TREEING CUR and BOXER,
1Y

Very sweet. Good with other dogs. Weighs
 about 50-60 lbs. Must
be out by 1/3.



JENNINGS

A169756 - UNALTERED MALE , BLACK GERM
 SHEPHERD and JINDO, 5Y

Very sweet. Good with other dogs. Weighs
 about 50-60 lbs. Must
be out by 1/4.

HAS $100 SPONSOR




MARSHA

A169766 - UNALTERED FEMALE ,
BLACK GERM SHEPHERD MIX, 2Y

Brought in as a stray. Very sweet. Good with other dogs. Weighs
about 50-60 lbs. Must be out by 1/3.

HAS $100 SPONSOR




DUTCH

A169779 - UNALTERED MALE , BLACK GERM
 SHEPHERD MIX, 6M

Sweet. Good with other dogs. Has lots of energy. Weighs about
30-35 lbs. Must be out by 1/3.

HAS $100 SPONSOR





TINSEL

A169798 - UNALTERED FEMALE ,
BLACK LABRADOR RETR,

Brought in as a stray. Sweet. Good with other dogs
 AND CHILDREN.
Was extremely skinny when she was found
. Weighs about 30-35 lbs.
Must be out by 1/3.

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Thanks,

Jennifer Sigmo


--
Crystal Mosteller
If you're thinking of re-homing or giving up your animal, please
take intoconsideration the amount of homeless and abandoned
animals there
currently are & seek out ways to get help via an
animaltrainer/behaviorist. Many rescues & shelters are full to
capacity with
companion animals looking for a place to call their own.
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1/11/13 Neglected Shepherd Mix Needs Rescue "As a shelter volunteer, one of the saddest aspects of my work is seeing an animal whose spirit has been broken. Irene is such a dog and this is her story"- Williamson County Animal Control 106 Claude Yates Drive, Franklin, TN:


 THIS IS A CROSSPOST

 Franklin, TN-Neglected Shepherd Mix Needs Rescue

"As a shelter volunteer, one of the saddest aspects of my work is seeing an animal whose spirit has been broken. Irene is such a dog and this is her story:

Irene is a lovely Shepherd mix who is three years old. She is a shy dog who is learning to respond to attention and affection. Irene is a well-mannered walking companion and is housebroken. She will sit on command, too. Irene loves to play in the shelter yard. We spend time a lot of time simply sitting quietly by her side and petting her beautiful coat. Irene needs a family who will be patient and work to socialize her. She has the potential to be a loving and devoted companion. Irene has made so much progress with the love, care and encouragement of the volunteers who care for her every day. We think Irene may have been neglected or mistreated, and it has been so gratifying to see her learn to trust people and become more confident. All of us have come to love this truly special girl.

Irene is spayed, microchipped, heartworm negative, wormed and current on all vaccinations.

Irene is such a special dog and we are reaching out to the rescue community to help place her. Please crosspost widely on her behalf and contact me at kmenzyk@yahoo.
comif you can save this angel. PULL FEE PAID!


Karen Menzyk
Volunteer, Williamson County Animal Control
106 Claude Yates Drive, Franklin, TN 37064
615-790-5590
Adoption hours: Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Adoption fees: $85 for dogs and $50 for cats"
See our adoptable animals at
  http://wcac.petfinder.com

1/5/14" Needs Licensed Rescue- Neena facing death at HCACC McDonough GA. Neena is awesome, she is pathetic, skinny sores all over, maybe 5 to 6 months old, 25 pounds at the most. She LOVES everyone and is a perfect little lady. She is so sad, she sits hunched over in her kennel and does not even bother to look up at visitors anymore, she has given up hope. Neena will be euthanized if licensed rescue cannot save her." Is this HOW WE SHOW COMPASSION TO A HELPLESS PUPPY? Just Because this dog is a pit bull puppy we let this loving dog loose hope and be euthanized? Please If You are A Rescue ( I don't know if it is too LATE) Help This Dog. I am not sure if they will adopt to public.

-----Original Message-----
From: Newsweeq <newsweeq@aol.
com>
To: newsweeq <newsweeq@aol.com>
Sent: Sat, Jan 4, 2014 9:49 am
Subject: Fwd: Neena facing death at HCACC McDonough GA

*If anyone can help, please let me know and I'll try to help with pull,
etc.*

-----Original Message-----
From: mystiblu <mystiblu@bellsouth.net>

Sent: Sat, Jan 4, 2014 8:48 am
Subject: Neena facing death at HCACC McDonough GA

I don't post Pitbulls often anymore because they never get rescued and
everyone harasses me to no end. I post the exceptional dog now and then.
Neena is awesome, she is pathetic, skinny sores all over, maybe 5 to 6
months old, 25 pounds at the most. She LOVES everyone and is a
perfect little lady.

She is so sad, she sits hunched over in her kennel and does not even bother
to look up at visitors anymore, she has given up hope.

Neena will be euthanized if licensed rescue cannot save her.
Time is short.Please contact me ASAP if you can save her life.

Betsy Merchant~Henry County Animal Control
527 Hampton Street
McDonough GA 30253www.hcacc.
org


 https://www.facebook.com/AvailableGeorgiaDogsInKillShelters

12/23/13 Spay Worcester is Helping Stray, Abandoned, Feral Cats in Massachusetts Via TNR and Supporting Massachusetts Animal Coalition's Goal To Promote Animal Welfare

Spay Worcester



"We are a Trap, Neuter, Return group dedicated to humanely reducing the homeless cat population and to helping Worcester cats have a better quality of life!
Mission
The goal of the Spay Worcester task force is to work to reduce the population of free roaming cats in the city of Worcester through spay neuter and public education. The focus of this task force will be providing basic medical care (spay neuter and rabies vaccinations) for free roaming unowned cats through responsible trap neuter return. However the task force will also seek to increase the resources available for low income spay neuter for pet cats in Worcester by working with other organizations. We believe that all cat populations must be addressed in order to see a decrease in Worcester’s free roaming cat population."

 Read More
https://www.facebook.com/pages/SPAY-Worcester/103407719738473?id=103407719738473&sk=info


Donations for medical care are appreciated.


"This little family is very sweet. But not quite as the caregiver described. One baby missing a half of foot. 2nd baby missing a back leg and momma has something wrong with her lip and no hair on her back hips. And she is just a baby herself. I think she maybe 8 or 9 months old. Sigh !!!!! (7 photos)"
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12/16/13 "12 Dogs, one wish … a home for the holidays.SAD!!! Cincinnati, OH. SAVE THE ANIMALS FOUNDATION http://www.staf.org/ CHECK THEM OUT ON FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/SaveTheAnimalsFoundation." Digby the Dog Has Been Waiting Three Years for a Loving Home." Read This Dog's Letter to Santa.


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Digby
Dear Santa,
It's me again—Digby. I'm sorry to keep asking year after year, but all I want for Christmas is an honest-to-goodness, official family of my very own. Is there anyone out there who could look past my scarred face and snaggletooth and love ME? I know it's a lot to ask. But I believe in miracles... otherwise I wouldn't be alive today. Had a STAF volunteer not found me in the park that day, I would have died from the parvo, the mange and all those nasty fleas that were eating me alive. Three Christmases have come and gone since then and my health is now in check, thanks to the help of a great holistic vet. I'm on a diet because of my allergies. Can't have poultry, potatoes and other veggies—but that's OK because I loves me my lamb and rice!
To refresh your memory, Santa, I'm four years old and I've been told I'm pretty sweet. Humans (including the little kind), other dogs, cats … I love them all. I promise to be a good dog if I could just have a spot in the sun, a place to watch the world go by, and maybe an occasional ride in the car.
I don’t mean to be greedy, Santa. I really am *so grateful* to be alive, to have a safe place to sleep and regular meals. But more than anything I want to belong somewhere. Forever. With someone who can't imagine life without me.
Your friend,
Digby
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12 Dogs, one wish … a home for the holidays.
Save the Animals Foundation's
12 Dogs of Christmas
Amid the craze of the holidays, take a lesson from the Book of Dog: Slow down. Smell the turkey. Enjoy this very moment. Here to bring some canine Zen into your season, we present this year's 12 Dogs of Christmas.
They came to us broken down and broken-hearted. Some were found wandering the streets, others dumped in county shelters for clandestine killing, and still others surrendered to us by their beloved humans for reasons ranging from foreclosure to mere inconvenience.
But those are the ghosts of Christmas Past. We are appealing to the spirit of Christmas Ever-After to send 12 lucky families to love them now, and forever. Here's how you can help…
  • ADOPT! Visit Save the Animals Foundation and find your joy, your jingle… your four-legged happy place.
  • SPREAD THE WORD!
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Can’t give the gift of a home? Cash works! Every bit helps us continue to save more precious animals like these.
Wishing you a fun, fur-filled season!
- The Volunteers of Save the Animals Foundation
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Tripper
In the great debate of nature vs. nurture, Tripper is a solid point for nature. His owner lost her house to foreclosure, and Tripper had been living there on his own for several weeks. But this alone did not explain his condition when we first met him: scabby elephant skin where hair should be, nails so long they were curled in a spiral, a circus of fleas in the little hair he had on his head, goopy eyes and gumped-up ears.
Tripper led an isolated life prior to STAF. In the seven years she'd had Tripper, his owner had never had him to the vet or even beyond the confines of her property. He had not met another human since he was a puppy, left "free to a good home" in front of a feed store. So it stands to reason that Tripper would be fearful, uncomfortable in social situations, and anxious out in the world. Yet he is none of that.
Tripper's tail was wagging from the moment he walked through our door in June, and hasn't stopped since. For us volunteers, it was love at first sight. We were struck by the trusting gaze and sweet, gentle nature of this dog who looked like he'd been through hell and back.
Tripper has had every medical test we can think of … all is clear. His hair loss is due to years of untreated flea allergies … "tragic," in our vet's words, since he could have so easily been spared this kind of suffering with simple flea preventative. He will never get all his hair back, but a person can experience the oddly-satisfying sensation of petting his warm, leathery, solid self. Besides, think of all the dog hair you won't have to pick out of your homemade sugar cookies! Plus, Tripper provides an opportunity for you to legitimately dress up your dog.
Any outer impression of frailty is quickly abated by Tripper's upbeat, game-for-anything attitude … especially if that game is fetch! You could play with him without ever leaving your chair—he is that good at bringing the ball back and dropping it right at your feet. On the occasional overnight with volunteers, Tripper has been a perfect gentleman of a houseguest. His demeanor is so sweet and non-threatening that other dogs can't help but react positively to him.
When asked what he wanted for Christmas, Tripper replied, "What?! You mean there's more?!" He treats every day like Christmas. He is gratitude embodied in the endearing exterior of a Giant Chinese Crested.
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Houser
Houser is one of hundreds of dogs alive today because they made it out of a high-kill county shelter, and into the safe harbor of STAF. In Houser's case, he was a volunteer-favorite at that county shelter … and since his arrival at STAF this summer, we can easily see why. He was scared silly at first. But as he gradually came to understand that he would find nothing but kindness here, he's come out of his shell. It's as tho his inner puppy has finally been set free!
Houser is still shy at first around strangers, but we have seen his big, cheery personality start to shine. He looks rather dignified in his photo, but he reverts to a goofy 1 ½ year old when it's time for day care. (Thank you, Red Dog!) Picture him spinning in circles with a wild wiggle butt and a big, fat smile on his face. Utterly excited, he has to sit in the front seat, even if it means sharing.
We are guessing this handsome work of dogdom to be boxer (which accounts for his silly, happy-go-lucky attitude and hard-playing nature) mixed with lovebug. He eats up the attention and if you stop too soon will butt his head into you for "more, please!"
As is often the case with our death row rescues, we know nothing about Houser's past. But we do know that his future includes one incredibly lucky family whose everyday will soon be a little brighter.
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Ralphie
We have never met another dog like Ralphie— around 25 pounds, with the coloring of a dalmation and the short, squat build of a corgi or Jack Russell Terrier. He's a real original!
When he was first found as a stray, he appeared to be recently groomed and housebroken, but after attempts to find his lost family came up empty, Ralphie came to STAF. That was a year ago, just in time for Christmas 2012. We named him after the little boy in A Christmas Story. Instead of an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle, our Ralphie's deepest, dearest wish is a family of his own.
One of our favorite little quirky dogs ever, Ralphie is always happy, happy to see his volunteer-friends. So much so that you kind of look around to see if Santa is standing behind you, or perhaps a big, juicy steak. But nope… it's you that elicits that over-the-moon reaction. And boy does it feel good!
While Ralphie loves company and belly rubs, you'll need to earn his trust for full body pets and hugs. Close contact makes him uneasy. Like many of us, he is sensitive about his hind end and does not like to be touched there. While is fine with people he knows well, newer acquaintances who overstep these ground rules may be reminded with a snap. For this reason, Ralph is not be a good choice for homes with children too young (or humans too pushy) to remember and respect these limits. Dogs, on the other hand, are a definite YES! Ralphie has gotten along with every dog he's ever been paired with—any size, any time. We especially love his Godzilla move with the big dogs: upright on his hind legs, front paws waving. He is one spunky monkey!
Not the dog for baby-talking or hyperactive types, Ralphie responds best to calm, assertive people. He is great on a leash, in the car and as a house guest. A smart, active two-year-old, Ralphie will be happiest with daily exercise and mental games. He's a fast learner, quickly catching on to commands like "Sit," "Give paw," and "Go Godzilla!"



Lucas
It’s the time of year when we start thinking of our shelter as the Island of Misfit Toys. (Which is where, as Rudolph discovered, all the coolest toys hang out.) In the role of "Dolly for Sue" we have Lucas, so seemingly perfect and therefore out of place amid ostrich-riding cowboys and jelly-shooting water pistols. Maybe, like Lucas, Dolly suffered from a bad case of separation anxiety.
The kid had quite a rough start in life. Back in the summer of 2012, this big hunk of a lab was dumped at county shelter, heartworm positive and head covered in scars. Now in tip-top shape, three-year-old Lucas is in search of a family that can give him what he craves most—lots of companionship. He loves everyone—dog and human, alike—and has a laidback kind of personality, so he should be easy to include in family activities.
Lucas loves car rides and walks—prefers several short walks over one long one. He's happy to play a game or just hang out … whatever you want. Thanks to the generosity of The Pet Spot, Lucas attends doggy daycare every week. He is an excellent car passenger who enjoys looking out the window watching the world go by. Doesn't even drool on the windows. Good dog!
Lucas would have been adopted a dozen times over were it not for his separation anxiety. We know firsthand that this is an issue that can be worked through. We've seen it happen and can offer lots of counsel and support. But it is a process that takes time, an accommodating schedule and, above all, a patient and dedicated human determined not to leave an amazing lab like Lucas stranded.
Boone
There was nothing remarkable about Boone's arrival at STAF. One day he was part of a family. The next day, not. His owner got a new job and relocated … five-year-old Boone no longer fit into her life. Sadly, it's a common story.
But Boone is anything but a common dog. As far as we're concerned he's darn near perfect, with those soulful brown eyes and big ol' ears that beg to be rubbed. He is quite the love, but not in an overbearing way. Outside he'll sit at your feet and lean up against you, just to be sure you're there. He also enjoys an occasional flip of the tennis ball and even brings it back! He's equally terrific company for another dog. He has several canine friends at the shelter and plays well with all of them. Back in his run, he curls up into an adorable red velvet doughnut and waits patiently for his next outing or snuggle with a favorite volunteer.
Boone's list of loves includes car rides, soft beds and long walks. He walks with his head up very high, with a pride that resonates all the way up the leash to the human on the other end. He is housebroken and (provided you do your part by taking him on those aforementioned walks) is happy to take long naps or chew on bones for hours. He reminds us of those classic hounds in films that keep watch on the front porch all day. He is a good, good dog … sweet as peach pie!
Tacoma
Tacoma and his littermates were born in a junked truck bed liner in the summer of 2011. Mom (a basset mix) and pups came to STAF and found homes right away. Six months later Tacoma was returned … "damaged goods."
During those formative months, Tacoma spent much of his time locked in his crate. His former home took him to training classes in which the instructor lifted him off the floor, literally hanging him by his leash to teach submission. The only lesson Tacoma took away is that people hurt, leaving him to this day with a mistrust of strangers.
Tacoma goes on regular home visits with his favorite volunteer. He has excellent house-manners and is completely housebroken. While he enjoys walks and is very well-behaved on lead, he is more or less a lug around the house, lounging 80% of the time. When he does have an energy spurt, he loves to play with the female dog in the house. In warmer weather, he has the best of fun splashing in the kiddie pool and trying to entice other dogs to do the same.
Tacoma is all bark in the beginning, but once he is comfortable with you, you will discover an über lovebug of a dog. One who craves loads of belly rubs and is freakishly perceptive when it comes to understanding commands and interpreting what someone expects from him. He is incredibly responsive to positive training methods and will thrive with structure, routine, and a calm and confident leader. He is not a natural alpha, but will revert to that role if it's lacking in his "pack." Dog siblings (preferably female) would be a big plus.
Because of his stunning good looks, Tacoma gets lots of attention at adoption time … but the right home will understand that the way to this dog's heart is mutual respect. Give him time to trust you, treat him with a firm, fair hand, and he will become your true mutt-mate.
Little Edie
If you like short and sweet, meet our resident love sponge. Little Edie is happiest when she is being snuggled, dressed up and carried around. She would no doubt take right to one of those little pooch-purses for accompanying her human out on errands.
This girl is off-the-charts adorable, from ears that have a mind of their own, to a shake that starts at her head and works its way down to her tail, to her ability to self-entertain … Give her a treat and she'll toss it up and chase it around for a while before finally gobbling it down.
She is a classic little beauty who would love to follow someone around all day just to see what they're doing, grab some cat naps in the sun, and cuddles in the evening. In the relatively short time she's been at the shelter, she is very attentive and responds well to commands.
Some folks are surprised to learn that Little Edie came to us from a high-kill county shelter. (Yes, even cute little dogs are euthanized.) We were told that her owner could no longer care for her due to financial and health reasons. Thankfully Little Edie caught a one-way ticket out of that big, scary place just in the nick of time. Now she's waiting to put the "merry little" into some lucky family's Christmas.
Sydney
Less than a year old, Sydney is the youngest of our "12 Dogs." She was found during a rainstorm … a soggy little ragamuffin playing dodge with traffic in an intersection. Even after years of seeing dogs treated like disposables, we are still surprised every time a dog like this goes unclaimed. She had obviously belonged somewhere in the not-so-distant past. Yet no one came looking. So, after a stint in a foster home, Sydney came to the shelter.
True to the aussie in her, she is one smart and energetic cookie, which makes the confinement and limited exercise of a shelter particularly hard on her. It's like locking a 7-year-old in a closet. We do what we can to keep her happy and sane. Sydney attends obedience class (thanks to our dear friend and wonderful trainer Lydia McCarthy!) and doggy day care (thanks to Red Dog!). But what this bright and spirited adolescent really needs is to get back into a home ASAP where she can get the daily workout (both physical and mental) she needs to grow into a well-mannered young lady. At the moment she's more like a beautiful, bubbly, but slightly spoiled cheerleader. Another dog with a similar energy-level and play style would be icing on the cake.
Sydney is great in the car. She enjoys a good game of fetch with volunteers, and can also entertain herself with a stick. In the warmer weather she likes to play in water. And at the end of the day loves to snuggle. Got sheep? You are Sydney's dream home! Got little kids? Probably not such a great fit as Sydney would have great fun herding them, too!
Boston
We're hoping that the same year that has brought the city of Boston a World Series Championship will also bring our Boston (STAF dog and loverlump) a big win of his own. It would the perfect ending to a year that started as anything but.
Boston was our first arrival of 2013. He'd been found as an emaciated stray, roaming a neighborhood for several days before a kind-hearted soul took him to the local vet to await rescue. His size, age (5 at the time), and—adding insult to injury—a positive heartworm reading were three strikes against him. But it just so happens we at STAF have a weakness for the big boys with soulful eyes and sad stories to tell. So to STAF he came. And he's been a volunteer favorite ever since.
A 6 ½-year-old St. Bernard mixed with something lanky-legged, Boston is sweet, affectionate, and an all-around nice guy. He is such a gentleman, waiting patiently for his turn to go out, and walking leisurely with excellent manners and great dignity. He's a lady's man, preferring the company of female dogs.
Boston's bumper sticker would read, "I brake for belly rubs." Other loves include toys, tennis balls, car rides and a good brushing. Boston has been a dream dog on overnight visits with volunteers. Sound like your kind of guy? Hurry up and visit! Boston is hoping to ring in the new year with a family of his own. (If you are a Yankee fan, you reserve the right to rename.)
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Bandit
Bandit was only a year old when his family left him to die in an overfilled, underfunded rural shelter. He didn't have long to wait … owner-surrenders are the first to be euthanized. Fortunately for Bandit (and for his future home-to-be), he pulled a get-out-of-jail-alive card and came to our shelter—filthy, bone-thin and scared. Always suckers for the shy dogs (OK, any dog), we volunteers instantly fell for those puppy dog eyes and classic hound dog ways.
That was a year and a half ago. (Over ten in dog years!) Since then, Bandit has said hello and goodbye to many canine playmates who have done their time and moved on to families of their own. If adopters were to see the fun-loving Bandit that we know and love, he would already be off making some lucky family's life a better place. But he's like Michigan J. Frog, that Vaudevillian amphibian of Looney Tunes fame who breaks into incredible feats of singing and dancing for a select audience—but in front of anyone else … nothing.
The highlight of Bandit's week is his weekend walk. He does a happy dance in his run when he sees his "date" arrive. Then it's a car ride (woo hoo!) to the park to sniff around and soak in the fresh air. At times like these, his eyes light up like Christmas trees and many contend that he has the best smile in the shelter. (So don't let the verge-of-tears expression in his photo fool you!)
One of our go-to playmates for pairing with other dogs, Bandit would be a fabulous choice for a family looking to add to their pack. He just needs a home willing to put in a little extra time to get over his initial shyness. We promise you it's worth it to see this guy sing and dance.
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Tanner
Combine the lovability of a teddy bear and the strength of an ox, and you've got Tanner. His big, buoyant personality fills the room when we show him at adoption time. He bursts through the door with his crazy wiggle-butt and immediately starts working the crowd, giving sloppy, enthusiastic kisses to all who are willing. (And then some.) He will proudly show off his basic obedience skills, including one awesome shake. As you can see from his photo, he is also a great sport when it comes to things like wearing fluffy white beards.
Judging by his bubbly nature, you'd never guess the hard-knock life this guy has had: found as a stray five years ago, adopted into a home only to be abandoned again a few years later when his owner came upon hard times … and in a kennel situation ever since. Being very people-oriented dogs, bully breeds like Tanner generally deteriorate rapidly in the stress of a shelter setting. Thanks to the official Tan-Man Fan Club that gets him out on regular jogs and outings, Tanner is hanging in … but we can see the strain starting to wear. He is wound a little tight at the shelter and visibly sad when his human friends aren't near.
On his occasional sleepovers with volunteers, though, he is happy and relaxed. He is housebroken, gravitates toward the couch, and—provided he gets sufficient exercise (a good 30-40 minute walk a day should do)—can be trusted to have free reign without being destructive. Tanner likes the simpler things in life ... a Kong filled with peanut butter, belly rubs, a game of fetch, a lap to curl up on. ("What do you mean 'too big?' I'm a perfect fit. See? Now shut up and give me a kiss!")
Although he lived with another dog (as well as two cats) in his previous home, Tanner can be unpredictable around other dogs and may be happiest as a family's one-and-only. If you like the sound of a walk-a-day, hang out on the couch, soul-mate kind of dog, pucker up and come meet Tanner!


From: BK [mailto:brendamathes3@comcast.net]
Sent: Friday, December 13, 2013 8:16 PM
Subject: SAD!!! Cincinnati, OH. All he wants is a home for Christmas and he has been waiting for three years.

This is a heartbreaker.  Hope he gets his wish!

Sent: Friday, December 13, 2013 4:33:50 AM
Subject: Cincinnati, OH.   All he wants is a home for Christmas and he has been waiting for three years.

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Digby
Dear Santa,
It's me again—Digby. I'm sorry to keep asking year after year, but all I want for Christmas is an honest-to-goodness, official family of my very own. Is there anyone out there who could look past my scarred face and snaggletooth and love ME? I know it's a lot to ask. But I believe in miracles... otherwise I wouldn't be alive today. Had a STAF volunteer not found me in the park that day, I would have died from the parvo, the mange and all those nasty fleas that were eating me alive. Three Christmases have come and gone since then and my health is now in check, thanks to the help of a great holistic vet. I'm on a diet because of my allergies. Can't have poultry, potatoes and other veggies—but that's OK because I loves me my lamb and rice!
To refresh your memory, Santa, I'm four years old and I've been told I'm pretty sweet. Humans (including the little kind), other dogs, cats … I love them all. I promise to be a good dog if I could just have a spot in the sun, a place to watch the world go by, and maybe an occasional ride in the car.
I don’t mean to be greedy, Santa. I really am *so grateful* to be alive, to have a safe place to sleep and regular meals. But more than anything I want to belong somewhere. Forever. With someone who can't imagine life without me.
Your friend,
Digby
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12 Dogs, one wish … a home for the holidays.
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12 Dogs of Christmas
Amid the craze of the holidays, take a lesson from the Book of Dog: Slow down. Smell the turkey. Enjoy this very moment. Here to bring some canine Zen into your season, we present this year's 12 Dogs of Christmas.
They came to us broken down and broken-hearted. Some were found wandering the streets, others dumped in county shelters for clandestine killing, and still others surrendered to us by their beloved humans for reasons ranging from foreclosure to mere inconvenience.
But those are the ghosts of Christmas Past. We are appealing to the spirit of Christmas Ever-After to send 12 lucky families to love them now, and forever. Here's how you can help…
  • ADOPT! Visit Save the Animals Foundation and find your joy, your jingle… your four-legged happy place.
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Tripper
In the great debate of nature vs. nurture, Tripper is a solid point for nature. His owner lost her house to foreclosure, and Tripper had been living there on his own for several weeks. But this alone did not explain his condition when we first met him: scabby elephant skin where hair should be, nails so long they were curled in a spiral, a circus of fleas in the little hair he had on his head, goopy eyes and gumped-up ears.
Tripper led an isolated life prior to STAF. In the seven years she'd had Tripper, his owner had never had him to the vet or even beyond the confines of her property. He had not met another human since he was a puppy, left "free to a good home" in front of a feed store. So it stands to reason that Tripper would be fearful, uncomfortable in social situations, and anxious out in the world. Yet he is none of that.
Tripper's tail was wagging from the moment he walked through our door in June, and hasn't stopped since. For us volunteers, it was love at first sight. We were struck by the trusting gaze and sweet, gentle nature of this dog who looked like he'd been through hell and back.
Tripper has had every medical test we can think of … all is clear. His hair loss is due to years of untreated flea allergies … "tragic," in our vet's words, since he could have so easily been spared this kind of suffering with simple flea preventative. He will never get all his hair back, but a person can experience the oddly-satisfying sensation of petting his warm, leathery, solid self. Besides, think of all the dog hair you won't have to pick out of your homemade sugar cookies! Plus, Tripper provides an opportunity for you to legitimately dress up your dog.
Any outer impression of frailty is quickly abated by Tripper's upbeat, game-for-anything attitude … especially if that game is fetch! You could play with him without ever leaving your chair—he is that good at bringing the ball back and dropping it right at your feet. On the occasional overnight with volunteers, Tripper has been a perfect gentleman of a houseguest. His demeanor is so sweet and non-threatening that other dogs can't help but react positively to him.
When asked what he wanted for Christmas, Tripper replied, "What?! You mean there's more?!" He treats every day like Christmas. He is gratitude embodied in the endearing exterior of a Giant Chinese Crested.
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Houser
Houser is one of hundreds of dogs alive today because they made it out of a high-kill county shelter, and into the safe harbor of STAF. In Houser's case, he was a volunteer-favorite at that county shelter … and since his arrival at STAF this summer, we can easily see why. He was scared silly at first. But as he gradually came to understand that he would find nothing but kindness here, he's come out of his shell. It's as tho his inner puppy has finally been set free!
Houser is still shy at first around strangers, but we have seen his big, cheery personality start to shine. He looks rather dignified in his photo, but he reverts to a goofy 1 ½ year old when it's time for day care. (Thank you, Red Dog!) Picture him spinning in circles with a wild wiggle butt and a big, fat smile on his face. Utterly excited, he has to sit in the front seat, even if it means sharing.
We are guessing this handsome work of dogdom to be boxer (which accounts for his silly, happy-go-lucky attitude and hard-playing nature) mixed with lovebug. He eats up the attention and if you stop too soon will butt his head into you for "more, please!"
As is often the case with our death row rescues, we know nothing about Houser's past. But we do know that his future includes one incredibly lucky family whose everyday will soon be a little brighter.
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Ralphie
We have never met another dog like Ralphie— around 25 pounds, with the coloring of a dalmation and the short, squat build of a corgi or Jack Russell Terrier. He's a real original!
When he was first found as a stray, he appeared to be recently groomed and housebroken, but after attempts to find his lost family came up empty, Ralphie came to STAF. That was a year ago, just in time for Christmas 2012. We named him after the little boy in A Christmas Story. Instead of an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle, our Ralphie's deepest, dearest wish is a family of his own.
One of our favorite little quirky dogs ever, Ralphie is always happy, happy to see his volunteer-friends. So much so that you kind of look around to see if Santa is standing behind you, or perhaps a big, juicy steak. But nope… it's you that elicits that over-the-moon reaction. And boy does it feel good!
While Ralphie loves company and belly rubs, you'll need to earn his trust for full body pets and hugs. Close contact makes him uneasy. Like many of us, he is sensitive about his hind end and does not like to be touched there. While is fine with people he knows well, newer acquaintances who overstep these ground rules may be reminded with a snap. For this reason, Ralph is not be a good choice for homes with children too young (or humans too pushy) to remember and respect these limits. Dogs, on the other hand, are a definite YES! Ralphie has gotten along with every dog he's ever been paired with—any size, any time. We especially love his Godzilla move with the big dogs: upright on his hind legs, front paws waving. He is one spunky monkey!
Not the dog for baby-talking or hyperactive types, Ralphie responds best to calm, assertive people. He is great on a leash, in the car and as a house guest. A smart, active two-year-old, Ralphie will be happiest with daily exercise and mental games. He's a fast learner, quickly catching on to commands like "Sit," "Give paw," and "Go Godzilla!"
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Lucas
It’s the time of year when we start thinking of our shelter as the Island of Misfit Toys. (Which is where, as Rudolph discovered, all the coolest toys hang out.) In the role of "Dolly for Sue" we have Lucas, so seemingly perfect and therefore out of place amid ostrich-riding cowboys and jelly-shooting water pistols. Maybe, like Lucas, Dolly suffered from a bad case of separation anxiety.
The kid had quite a rough start in life. Back in the summer of 2012, this big hunk of a lab was dumped at county shelter, heartworm positive and head covered in scars. Now in tip-top shape, three-year-old Lucas is in search of a family that can give him what he craves most—lots of companionship. He loves everyone—dog and human, alike—and has a laidback kind of personality, so he should be easy to include in family activities.
Lucas loves car rides and walks—prefers several short walks over one long one. He's happy to play a game or just hang out … whatever you want. Thanks to the generosity of The Pet Spot, Lucas attends doggy daycare every week. He is an excellent car passenger who enjoys looking out the window watching the world go by. Doesn't even drool on the windows. Good dog!
Lucas would have been adopted a dozen times over were it not for his separation anxiety. We know firsthand that this is an issue that can be worked through. We've seen it happen and can offer lots of counsel and support. But it is a process that takes time, an accommodating schedule and, above all, a patient and dedicated human determined not to leave an amazing lab like Lucas stranded.
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Boone
There was nothing remarkable about Boone's arrival at STAF. One day he was part of a family. The next day, not. His owner got a new job and relocated … five-year-old Boone no longer fit into her life. Sadly, it's a common story.
But Boone is anything but a common dog. As far as we're concerned he's darn near perfect, with those soulful brown eyes and big ol' ears that beg to be rubbed. He is quite the love, but not in an overbearing way. Outside he'll sit at your feet and lean up against you, just to be sure you're there. He also enjoys an occasional flip of the tennis ball and even brings it back! He's equally terrific company for another dog. He has several canine friends at the shelter and plays well with all of them. Back in his run, he curls up into an adorable red velvet doughnut and waits patiently for his next outing or snuggle with a favorite volunteer.
Boone's list of loves includes car rides, soft beds and long walks. He walks with his head up very high, with a pride that resonates all the way up the leash to the human on the other end. He is housebroken and (provided you do your part by taking him on those aforementioned walks) is happy to take long naps or chew on bones for hours. He reminds us of those classic hounds in films that keep watch on the front porch all day. He is a good, good dog … sweet as peach pie!
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Tacoma
Tacoma and his littermates were born in a junked truck bed liner in the summer of 2011. Mom (a basset mix) and pups came to STAF and found homes right away. Six months later Tacoma was returned … "damaged goods."
During those formative months, Tacoma spent much of his time locked in his crate. His former home took him to training classes in which the instructor lifted him off the floor, literally hanging him by his leash to teach submission. The only lesson Tacoma took away is that people hurt, leaving him to this day with a mistrust of strangers.
Tacoma goes on regular home visits with his favorite volunteer. He has excellent house-manners and is completely housebroken. While he enjoys walks and is very well-behaved on lead, he is more or less a lug around the house, lounging 80% of the time. When he does have an energy spurt, he loves to play with the female dog in the house. In warmer weather, he has the best of fun splashing in the kiddie pool and trying to entice other dogs to do the same.
Tacoma is all bark in the beginning, but once he is comfortable with you, you will discover an über lovebug of a dog. One who craves loads of belly rubs and is freakishly perceptive when it comes to understanding commands and interpreting what someone expects from him. He is incredibly responsive to positive training methods and will thrive with structure, routine, and a calm and confident leader. He is not a natural alpha, but will revert to that role if it's lacking in his "pack." Dog siblings (preferably female) would be a big plus.
Because of his stunning good looks, Tacoma gets lots of attention at adoption time … but the right home will understand that the way to this dog's heart is mutual respect. Give him time to trust you, treat him with a firm, fair hand, and he will become your true mutt-mate.
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Little Edie
If you like short and sweet, meet our resident love sponge. Little Edie is happiest when she is being snuggled, dressed up and carried around. She would no doubt take right to one of those little pooch-purses for accompanying her human out on errands.
This girl is off-the-charts adorable, from ears that have a mind of their own, to a shake that starts at her head and works its way down to her tail, to her ability to self-entertain … Give her a treat and she'll toss it up and chase it around for a while before finally gobbling it down.
She is a classic little beauty who would love to follow someone around all day just to see what they're doing, grab some cat naps in the sun, and cuddles in the evening. In the relatively short time she's been at the shelter, she is very attentive and responds well to commands.
Some folks are surprised to learn that Little Edie came to us from a high-kill county shelter. (Yes, even cute little dogs are euthanized.) We were told that her owner could no longer care for her due to financial and health reasons. Thankfully Little Edie caught a one-way ticket out of that big, scary place just in the nick of time. Now she's waiting to put the "merry little" into some lucky family's Christmas.
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Sydney
Less than a year old, Sydney is the youngest of our "12 Dogs." She was found during a rainstorm … a soggy little ragamuffin playing dodge with traffic in an intersection. Even after years of seeing dogs treated like disposables, we are still surprised every time a dog like this goes unclaimed. She had obviously belonged somewhere in the not-so-distant past. Yet no one came looking. So, after a stint in a foster home, Sydney came to the shelter.
True to the aussie in her, she is one smart and energetic cookie, which makes the confinement and limited exercise of a shelter particularly hard on her. It's like locking a 7-year-old in a closet. We do what we can to keep her happy and sane. Sydney attends obedience class (thanks to our dear friend and wonderful trainer Lydia McCarthy!) and doggy day care (thanks to Red Dog!). But what this bright and spirited adolescent really needs is to get back into a home ASAP where she can get the daily workout (both physical and mental) she needs to grow into a well-mannered young lady. At the moment she's more like a beautiful, bubbly, but slightly spoiled cheerleader. Another dog with a similar energy-level and play style would be icing on the cake.
Sydney is great in the car. She enjoys a good game of fetch with volunteers, and can also entertain herself with a stick. In the warmer weather she likes to play in water. And at the end of the day loves to snuggle. Got sheep? You are Sydney's dream home! Got little kids? Probably not such a great fit as Sydney would have great fun herding them, too!
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Boston
We're hoping that the same year that has brought the city of Boston a World Series Championship will also bring our Boston (STAF dog and loverlump) a big win of his own. It would the perfect ending to a year that started as anything but.
Boston was our first arrival of 2013. He'd been found as an emaciated stray, roaming a neighborhood for several days before a kind-hearted soul took him to the local vet to await rescue. His size, age (5 at the time), and—adding insult to injury—a positive heartworm reading were three strikes against him. But it just so happens we at STAF have a weakness for the big boys with soulful eyes and sad stories to tell. So to STAF he came. And he's been a volunteer favorite ever since.
A 6 ½-year-old St. Bernard mixed with something lanky-legged, Boston is sweet, affectionate, and an all-around nice guy. He is such a gentleman, waiting patiently for his turn to go out, and walking leisurely with excellent manners and great dignity. He's a lady's man, preferring the company of female dogs.
Boston's bumper sticker would read, "I brake for belly rubs." Other loves include toys, tennis balls, car rides and a good brushing. Boston has been a dream dog on overnight visits with volunteers. Sound like your kind of guy? Hurry up and visit! Boston is hoping to ring in the new year with a family of his own. (If you are a Yankee fan, you reserve the right to rename.)
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Bandit
Bandit was only a year old when his family left him to die in an overfilled, underfunded rural shelter. He didn't have long to wait … owner-surrenders are the first to be euthanized. Fortunately for Bandit (and for his future home-to-be), he pulled a get-out-of-jail-alive card and came to our shelter—filthy, bone-thin and scared. Always suckers for the shy dogs (OK, any dog), we volunteers instantly fell for those puppy dog eyes and classic hound dog ways.
That was a year and a half ago. (Over ten in dog years!) Since then, Bandit has said hello and goodbye to many canine playmates who have done their time and moved on to families of their own. If adopters were to see the fun-loving Bandit that we know and love, he would already be off making some lucky family's life a better place. But he's like Michigan J. Frog, that Vaudevillian amphibian of Looney Tunes fame who breaks into incredible feats of singing and dancing for a select audience—but in front of anyone else … nothing.
The highlight of Bandit's week is his weekend walk. He does a happy dance in his run when he sees his "date" arrive. Then it's a car ride (woo hoo!) to the park to sniff around and soak in the fresh air. At times like these, his eyes light up like Christmas trees and many contend that he has the best smile in the shelter. (So don't let the verge-of-tears expression in his photo fool you!)
One of our go-to playmates for pairing with other dogs, Bandit would be a fabulous choice for a family looking to add to their pack. He just needs a home willing to put in a little extra time to get over his initial shyness. We promise you it's worth it to see this guy sing and dance.
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Tanner
Combine the lovability of a teddy bear and the strength of an ox, and you've got Tanner. His big, buoyant personality fills the room when we show him at adoption time. He bursts through the door with his crazy wiggle-butt and immediately starts working the crowd, giving sloppy, enthusiastic kisses to all who are willing. (And then some.) He will proudly show off his basic obedience skills, including one awesome shake. As you can see from his photo, he is also a great sport when it comes to things like wearing fluffy white beards.
Judging by his bubbly nature, you'd never guess the hard-knock life this guy has had: found as a stray five years ago, adopted into a home only to be abandoned again a few years later when his owner came upon hard times … and in a kennel situation ever since. Being very people-oriented dogs, bully breeds like Tanner generally deteriorate rapidly in the stress of a shelter setting. Thanks to the official Tan-Man Fan Club that gets him out on regular jogs and outings, Tanner is hanging in … but we can see the strain starting to wear. He is wound a little tight at the shelter and visibly sad when his human friends aren't near.
On his occasional sleepovers with volunteers, though, he is happy and relaxed. He is housebroken, gravitates toward the couch, and—provided he gets sufficient exercise (a good 30-40 minute walk a day should do)—can be trusted to have free reign without being destructive. Tanner likes the simpler things in life ... a Kong filled with peanut butter, belly rubs, a game of fetch, a lap to curl up on. ("What do you mean 'too big?' I'm a perfect fit. See? Now shut up and give me a kiss!")
Although he lived with another dog (as well as two cats) in his previous home, Tanner can be unpredictable around other dogs and may be happiest as a family's one-and-only. If you like the sound of a walk-a-day, hang out on the couch, soul-mate kind of dog, pucker up and come meet Tanner!

We don't usually post dogs at other rescues because we have our own doggies who are looking for forever homes, but the picture of this guy touched our heart and we thought he could use the help of our huge fan base to find his forever home. This is Digby and he's been at Save the Animals Foundation (STAF) for 3 years. Digby's only wish this Christmas is an honest-to-goodness, official family of his very own. Had a STAF volunteer not found him in the park 3 years ago, he would have died from the parvo, the mange and all those nasty fleas that were eating him alive. He's permanently scarred but still so beautiful. His health is now in check, thanks to the help of a great holistic vet. He's on a special diet because of allergies - can't have poultry, potatoes and other veggies—but that's OK because he loves lamb and rice. Digby is four years old and a sweet boy. STAF says he's good with other dogs, cats, and kids. We don't know any more about him than this - you will have to contact STAF for details. http://www.12dogs.org/?id=digby We hope Digby gets his Christmas wish!









Digby
Dear Santa,
It's me again—Digby. I'm sorry to keep asking year after year, but all I want for Christmas is an honest-to-goodness, official family of my very own. Is there anyone out there who could look past my scarred face and snaggletooth and love ME? I know it's a lot to ask. But I believe in miracles... otherwise I wouldn't be alive today. Had a STAF volunteer not found me in the park that day, I would have died from the parvo, the mange and all those nasty fleas that were eating me alive. Three Christmases have come and gone since then and my health is now in check, thanks to the help of a great holistic vet. I'm on a diet because of my allergies. Can't have poultry, potatoes and other veggies—but that's OK because I loves me my lamb and rice!
To refresh your memory, Santa, I'm four years old and I've been told I'm pretty sweet. Humans (including the little kind), other dogs, cats … I love them all. I promise to be a good dog if I could just have a spot in the sun, a place to watch the world go by, and maybe an occasional ride in the car.
I don’t mean to be greedy, Santa. I really am *so grateful* to be alive, to have a safe place to sleep and regular meals. But more than anything I want to belong somewhere. Forever. With someone who can't imagine life without me.
Your friend,

Digby

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