Two Soon-To-Be Retired Police Dogs Are Looking For Forever Homes

Two Soon-To-Be Retired Police Dogs Are Looking For Forever Homes

Advertisement After years of selfless service to their communities, two police dogs with the Massachusetts State Police (MSP) are ready for their next assignment—retirement. MSP announced on Facebook that while retired police dogs typically go on to live with their handlers, some are made available for adoption due to specific circumstances. K-9s Klauss and Alex will soon be up for adoption, and their human employers are looking for the perfect families to take them home. At five and a half years old, K-9 Klauss is dual trained in both patrol and human remains…continue reading →
New Report Shows Dog Illness Can Spread To Humans

New Report Shows Dog Illness Can Spread To Humans

Advertisement A new study published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases is warning pet owners and pet professionals about a previously uncharted risk. A strain of bacterium that affects dogs called Brucella canis can be spread to humans. The infection referred to as brucellosis is most often spread by livestock, but new research shows dogs that have not been neutered are responsible for passing the bacteria on to humans. In adult dogs, the infection often goes unnoticed. According to VCA Hospitals, main symptoms include infertility, spontaneous miscarriages, and stillborn births. Male dogs that…continue reading →
Boy’s Lemonade Stand Raises Over $1,500 To Adopt A Pup

Boy’s Lemonade Stand Raises Over $1,500 To Adopt A Pup

Advertisement 11-year-old Nick was determined not just to get a dog, but to earn the money to adopt one himself. So the young entrepreneur set up a Lemonade Stand near his home in Spokane, Washington with a realistic goal of making $20 – $30 and earning the rest gradually mowing lawns, but by the end of the weekend he had more than enough for a new pet and to pay the security deposit necessary to keep a dog in his family’s rental home! In an incredible show of support, neighbors, friends, and even…continue reading →

83 Dogs Rescued From Deplorable Conditions In Residential Puppy Mill

Advertisement WARNING: Some people may find the information and images in this post disturbing. Rescuers from the Greater Birmingham Humane Society (GBHS) were shocked and appalled when they entered a home in Trussville, Alabama on July 2. Thanks to a tip called in by a concerned citizen, they discovered a makeshift puppy mill with 83 dogs and puppies living in “heart-wrenching” conditions. “Many of the animals, some of which are in the late stages of pregnancy, were crammed two to three in a wire cage. Dogs were together in stacked, inadequate, wire-bottom cages and crates caked…continue reading →
Fly Fisherman Reels In Black Lab Adrift On Galveston Bay

Fly Fisherman Reels In Black Lab Adrift On Galveston Bay

Advertisement Jeremy Van Pelt of Austin, Texas often makes the drive to Galveston Bay on the weekends. This past Sunday, he steered his kayak onto the water and settled in for a relaxing afternoon of fly fishing. But instead of catching flounder or mackerel, Van Pelt ended up reeling in a wayward Black Lab! As Van Pelt rowed through the West Bay, he noticed a large object visible on the surface. “I was scanning the water horizon for fish that I could track down with my kayak and low and behold I saw…continue reading →
JetBlue Flight Attendants Save The Life Of A Dog In Distress On Their Flight

JetBlue Flight Attendants Save The Life Of A Dog In Distress On Their Flight

Advertisement Finally, some good news about pets on an airline! You probably remember the tragic story of a French Bulldog who died on a United flight when his owner was instructed to keep him in the overhead compartment back in March. (You may also know that brachycephalic, or short-nosed breeds, are also especially prone to breathing and overheating problems.) But for a Frenchie named Darcy, the exact opposite happened: two cabin crew members may have very well saved her life! On a recent jetBlue flight, a passenger, her husband, and her three small…continue reading →
Dog Brothers “Shamed” For Stealing Mail Carrier’s Lunch Send Adorable Apology

Dog Brothers “Shamed” For Stealing Mail Carrier’s Lunch Send Adorable Apology

Advertisement Two mischievous Lab/Mastiff brothers from Virginia have been publicly “shamed” on social media after climbing aboard a U.S. Postal Service truck and devouring the unsuspecting driver’s lunch. Their story has since gone viral, garnering attention from dog pawrents across the world. Screenshot via CBS News It all started with a handwritten note left in Carol Jordan’s mailbox. She told CBS News her first thought upon seeing the card from USPS was, “What did the boys do now?” The 6-year-old “boys” are brothers, Bear and Bull. They were adopted by Jordan from a…continue reading →
Dog Goes From Starving Stray To Loved Family Pet, Thanks To Customers Like You

Dog Goes From Starving Stray To Loved Family Pet, Thanks To Customers Like You

Part of each sale through the iHeartDogs store is donated to Greater Good, which helps support various charities. Thanks to customers like you, happy endings, like the one below, are made possible.  START Rescue pulled Paris from a shelter in Riverside, CA back in October 2017. She’d been found roaming the streets, literally starving. She was so weak she could barely stand. Image Source: Greater Good Thanks to some TLC, Paris healed and was ready for the next step along her journey to happiness. With help from the Second Chance Movement, she was transported by START to Cheryl…continue reading →

Thanks To Your Support, This Deserving Veteran Receives A Service Dog Who Turns His Life Around

Part of each sale through the iHeartDogs store is donated to Greater Good, which helps support various charities. Thanks to customers like you, happy endings, like the one below, are made possible.  Dave, a United States Navy Veteran, served in Vietnam as a Navy Corpsman and is the recipient of a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He came to Canines for Veterans seeking greater independence after years of not feeling like himself, growing more and more isolated, less communicative and unhappy. Dave’s smile when he first saw Nicodemus was genuinely touching. Dave is now engaging in his community…continue reading →

Retired Bomb-Sniffing Dog Adopted By Former Marine 7 Years After Serving Together

Advertisement Seven years of separation have done nothing to weaken the relationship former Marine Nick Montez has with his bomb-sniffing dog named Mally. Their bond was forged on the battlefield, but back on the home-front, they’re happy to finally be family once again. When Montez first met Mally, he had never had a dog before. It didn’t take long, however, for him to realize Mally was going to be a significant part of his life. The duo was eventually deployed to Afghanistan and were responsible for detecting IEDs. Their job was to keep…continue reading →
Hero Puppy Takes Rattlesnake Bite To Protect His Mom

Hero Puppy Takes Rattlesnake Bite To Protect His Mom

Advertisement Todd, a Golden Retriever puppy in Anthem, Arizona, is being called a hero by his mom for jumping in front of her to take a rattlesnake bite to his face that was intended for her leg. The incident happened on Friday, June 29 as Paula Godwin was hiking with her dogs. On her Facebook page, Godwin said: “So this morning [I] was up bright and early to go on a hike on 7th street [and] Carefree. It was a beautiful morning but as we were walking down the hill I literally almost stepped…continue reading →
Here’s How Petting A Dog Impacts Your Brain

Here’s How Petting A Dog Impacts Your Brain

Advertisement We’ve already talked about how dogs can help improve depression and your overall health, but new research is showing exactly how petting a dog affects our brains, and it’s just one more way that dogs make our lives better. Here’s how petting a dog impacts your brain, along with other ways dogs improve our lives. How petting a dog impacts your brain You might think that our brains process all the things we touch in the same way, but it turns out that isn’t true. The brain divides things that touch our skin into three…continue reading →
Shelter’s Longest Resident Of Over 3 Years Finally Finds The Perfect Pawrents

Shelter’s Longest Resident Of Over 3 Years Finally Finds The Perfect Pawrents

Advertisement Dots the dog was transferred to the SPCA of Broward County, Florida when he was just 6-months-old. The snaggle-toothed pup became a staff favorite, but for some reason, he was overlooked by adopters time and again. The days, weeks, months and years ticked by until Dots became the shelter’s longest resident. His friends at the SPCA went above and beyond to ensure Dots felt special and loved. They made him one of their “office dogs” to give him a much-needed break from life in a kennel, and posted frequent pleas to Facebook on his…continue reading →
Ohio Hopes To Set National Standard For Puppy Mill Regulations

Ohio Hopes To Set National Standard For Puppy Mill Regulations

Advertisement A new law that will impose restrictions and regulations on puppy mills is headed for the desk of Ohio Governor John Kasich. The legislation, which has already cleared Ohio’s House and Senate, is a compromise that aims to reduce the abuses high-volume puppy breeders can get away with while preventing a ballot that would aim to place puppy mill restrictions in the state’s Constitution. The Humane Society of the United States had aimed to push a ballot that would put puppy mill restrictions in the state’s Constitution after a state law that…continue reading →

Dog Returned To Shelter 5 Times Becomes A Hero Police K9

Advertisement It’s been seven years since an energetic pup named Ruby joined the Rhode Island State Police K9 Unit. She was surrendered to the Rhode Island Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RISPCA) by her first owner, then adopted – and returned – four more times before finding her true calling. Joseph Warzycha, a former police officer and the current director of operations at the RISPCA, told PeopleTV’s Paws & Claws: “After the fifth time [she had been returned] we would be assuming too much liability if we were to place this dog into the average home.”…continue reading →
Boy Sells His Toys To Help Pay For Service Dog’s Care After An Unexpected Diagnosis

Boy Sells His Toys To Help Pay For Service Dog’s Care After An Unexpected Diagnosis

Advertisement Copper may look “scary” to some, but according to his owner Jennifer Jayne, he has a heart of gold. The 4-year-old Doberman first proved this in 2016 when he alerted Jayne to the fact that her son Connor was suffering from nocturnal seizures. “One night Copper begin barking at the door and I assumed the dog needed to go out, instead the dog ran to Connor’s room and I was actually able to see my son having seizure activity, I would have never known,” she told ABC 8. At the time, Connor…continue reading →
Hawaii Police Dog Stabbed, But His Life Was Spared Thanks To His Special Vest

Hawaii Police Dog Stabbed, But His Life Was Spared Thanks To His Special Vest

Advertisement The Honolulu Police Department on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu is proud to employ several working K9s as part of their team. The dogs accompany officers on dangerous assignments and have been an integral part in keeping the island safe. One of those working dogs is a Belgian Malinois named Zero. He first joined the department in 2014, and he’s earned a reputation for being a valuable asset on the field. When a call about a domestic dispute turned dangerous this past weekend, he risked his life in the line of duty.…continue reading →

Delta Airlines Bans Pit Bull Service & Support Dogs From All Flights

Advertisement Delta Airlines has announced they will limit passengers to one service or support animal per flight and ban “Pit Bull-type dogs” altogether effective July 10. According to the airline, the decision is part of a crackdown on fake emotional support animals as well as a safety precaution. “We must err on the side of safety,” Delta said in a statement Friday. “Most recently, two Delta employees were bit by a pit bull traveling as a support animal last week. We struggled with the decision to expand the ban to service animals, knowing…continue reading →

Shelter Dog Becomes State’s First Rescue Pit Bull K9 & She’s Already Busting Criminals

Advertisement For Pit Bulls who find themselves in shelters, the future often looks grim. But when an energetic Pittie named Officer Wildflower was given an important job to do, she proved that she’s so much more than an “unwanted pet”! According to Myrtle Beach Online, the pooch was picked up as a stray and spent 3 years at the North Myrtle Beach Humane Society. At one point, she was adopted, but then returned because of her bounding energy. “Lots of times with pit bulls in the shelter we see that, because they’re so smart…continue reading →
Scientists Decode The Meanings Behind 19 Common Dog Gestures

Scientists Decode The Meanings Behind 19 Common Dog Gestures

Advertisement Before they learn to speak, young children often point at an object they want. Any parent can tell you, it is their way of saying, “May I have that, please?” This type of communication is called “referential signaling” and it is relatively rare among non-primates. Since dogs have such a unique relationship with humans, the authors of a new study sought to discover if some of their many gestures qualify as referential signaling. They asked 37 dog owners to record their pups attempting to communicate. 242 videos were shot, capturing a total of…continue reading →
Brain Scans May Eventually Help Determine Which Dogs Would Make The Best Bomb-Sniffers

Brain Scans May Eventually Help Determine Which Dogs Would Make The Best Bomb-Sniffers

Advertisement It takes a special dog to be a focused, astute bomb-sniffer, and it should come as no surprise that pouring care and training into detection-dogs-in-the-making is a huge investment of both time and money. Despite being groomed since puppyhood, some pooches simply don’t possess the characteristics to be effective bomb-sniffing dogs, or to do so happily. So, what if there was a test that could determine whether a dog would make an ideal candidate before the investment was made? You may have heard stories of pups who’ve (adorably) “failed” out of training, and…continue reading →
Vet Has Important Message After Dog Almost Drowns In Fast Moving Water

Vet Has Important Message After Dog Almost Drowns In Fast Moving Water

Advertisement After an ordinary lunch break turned into a traumatic experience, Utah veterinarian Wynlee Decker has an important message for fellow pet owners. Decker almost lost her three-legged pup named Tobi in an area where they have visited countless times. The Pine View canal was moving fast that day, and now she wants to warn the dog-loving community about the dangers of fast-moving waters. Decker and Tobi regularly decide to spend lunch outdoors somewhere near Decker’s office at North Ogden Animal Hospital. Last week, it was hot out, and Decker took Tobi to…continue reading →
Young Girl Helps Save Hundreds Of Dogs By Starting Her Own Rescue Project

Young Girl Helps Save Hundreds Of Dogs By Starting Her Own Rescue Project

Advertisement Most kids love dogs, but 13-year-old Molly Wogan has taken her passion to a whole new level! She began volunteering at her local shelter at the age of 9, and for her 12th birthday she launched the Precious Animals, Wonderful Shelters (P.A.W.S.) Project to raise money and awareness for homeless dogs. Last week, Molly was honored for her incredible work by the crowdfunding site, GoFundMe who named her one of their Kid Heroes! The P.A.W.S. Project began as a one year endeavor with a goal of raising $2,500 and collecting a few shelter…continue reading →
If An Unattended Service Dog Approaches You, This Is What You Must Do

If An Unattended Service Dog Approaches You, This Is What You Must Do

Advertisement Most people know by now what to do when they see a service dog–leave it be. Service dogs have important jobs to do, and petting, talking, or otherwise trying to get their attention will distract them from whatever service they’re trained to perform. But what happens when a service dog approaches you without their handler? Some people assume the dog is neglecting their duties by wandering away from their handler, and other people that don’t like dogs get annoyed by a service animal’s attention. One woman’s story is setting the record straight…continue reading →
Anxious Veteran & Lonely Shelter Dog Become Each Others’ Heroes, Thanks To Customers Like You

Anxious Veteran & Lonely Shelter Dog Become Each Others’ Heroes, Thanks To Customers Like You

Part of each sale through the iHeartDogs store is donated to Greater Good, which helps support various charities. Thanks to customers like you, happy endings, like the one below, are made possible.  At the time of his adoption, Miller was a seven-year-old black Labrador mix who no one seemed to want. He spent most of his life in shelters and seemed destined to be homeless for the rest of his life – until William changed his world. Image Source: Greater Good William is an Army veteran. Together with his wife, Pamela, they were searching for a new pet…continue reading →
Shelter Dog That Survived Euthanasia Procedure Deserves A Forever Home More Than Ever

Shelter Dog That Survived Euthanasia Procedure Deserves A Forever Home More Than Ever

Advertisement A Texas dog dubbed “Valor” is living up to his name after surviving a euthanasia attempt at a Texas shelter. It is believed the dog woke up in a landfill after the lethal drug failed to end his life. Frightened, confused, and partially blind from the botched procedure, he was left to wander the streets alone. Rescuers suspect Valor was one of many dogs scheduled to be euthanized on the same day and was accidentally given the wrong doseage before being discarded with the others. “When he woke up he started running,”…continue reading →

Senior Dog Receives A Special Spa Day To Help Her Get Adopted

Advertisement After her owner passed away in February, Kisses, a 9-year-old Black Lab, found herself living at the Arizona Humane Society in Phoenix. Despite her sweet nature, playful spirit, and impressive repertoire of tricks, she has yet to find a new home. In order to help her chances, the generous folks at Dogtopia Arcadia treated the special senior to a complimentary spa day! The friendly groomers pampered Kisses with a bath, a special deshedding/conditioning treatment, and a relaxing brush out. They also brushed her teeth, cleaned her ears, and gave her a “mani/pedi”. “Kisses…continue reading →

Dog & Abandoned Baby Moose Become “Fast Friends”

Advertisement It’s not every day you find a moose in your backyard. But Shannon Lugdon, who lives in northern Maine, is one of the few people who can say it happened to her! Now, anyone who knows anything about these majestic animals knows that they’re big, and can get aggressive if they’re feeling threatened. That’s why, when she discovered a 6-day-old, 27-pound baby moose, her initial instinct was to leave her alone and call the wildlife wardens. Lugdon explained on a Facebook post: “So this happened! Miss Maggie Moose was heard calling for her…continue reading →
Stray Dog With No Tongue Impresses Rescuers With Her Ability To Survive

Stray Dog With No Tongue Impresses Rescuers With Her Ability To Survive

Advertisement Liz Oeffner was driving through Detroit’s West Side when she noticed a filthy dog limping along the road at a busy intersection. Concerned for her safety, she scooped up the gentle pooch and brought her home. As the hungry stray ate, Oeffner noticed there was something strange about her mouth. “She was eating weird,” Oeffner wrote on Facebook. “I assumed she didn’t have any teeth. Then she yawned. She didn’t have a tongue.” Oeffner brought the dog to her veterinarian who confirmed that she was indeed missing her tongue. She then contacted…continue reading →
Pit Bull Alerts Family To House Fire & Begins Dragging The Baby To Safety

Pit Bull Alerts Family To House Fire & Begins Dragging The Baby To Safety

Advertisement Sasha the Pit Bull and baby Masailah have a very special bond. Born just days apart, the pair have spent the past eight months growing up together. So when Sasha sensed impending danger in the form of a rapidly spreading house fire, it’s no wonder her top priority was saving her best friend. [embedded content] Sasha was in the backyard of the Chai family’s Stockton, California home when the frightening scene began to unfold. The neighboring house was engulfed in flame and the fire was spreading their way. Latana Chai, Masailah’s mother,…continue reading →
Army Veteran Reunited With His Retired Bomb-Sniffing Dog After 6 Months Of Separation

Army Veteran Reunited With His Retired Bomb-Sniffing Dog After 6 Months Of Separation

Advertisement When Ali, a bomb-sniffing Dutch Shepherd, was forced to retire due to his age back in December, his handler, Troy Sutton, was still in Iraq and worried that he would never see Ali again. Luckily, K-9 Hero Haven stepped in and helped Ali transition into retired life while Sutton finished his time in Iraq. Sutton had served in the United States Army for 24 years but now works for American K-9 Detection Services, where he works with dogs to sniff out bombs in Iraq. Sutton had worked with Ali for about 5 years and…continue reading →
Know Your Rights When It Comes To Saving Dogs In Hot Cars

Know Your Rights When It Comes To Saving Dogs In Hot Cars

Advertisement Every year, pet parents are warned not to leave their animals in parked cars, which can get fatally hot, even on a temperate day. Yet every year, we hear reports of pets who are subjected to unnecessary suffering because of the selfishness or ignorance of their owners. While the majority of pet parents have the common sense to avoid this situation, there are always those few who refuse to do what’s best for their companions. When this happens, it’s up to us, the animal advocates, to do what’s best for those who…continue reading →
Hotel Foster Program Is Getting Shelter Dogs Adopted In Record Time

Hotel Foster Program Is Getting Shelter Dogs Adopted In Record Time

Advertisement Adopting a rescue dog usually means visiting a shelter to pick out the perfect pooch, but a hotel in Orlando, FL is putting a new spin on pet adoption. Thanks to a specially designed in-lobby dog house, Aloft Orlando Downtown recently launched a foster program aimed at getting more local dogs adopted into loving families. The hotel is working with the non-profit Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, and they’ve already found homes for two shelter dogs in need. Foster dog #1: Mavis, a five year old shih tzu mix. Found her forever…continue reading →
Devoted Foster Mom Has Cared For More Than 500 Puppies

Devoted Foster Mom Has Cared For More Than 500 Puppies

Advertisement Sharon Oiler of Houston, Texas has had several jobs including IT salesperson, business owner, and P.E. coach, but her most rewarding career to-date is fostering puppies as they await adoption. Over the past 15 years, Oiler estimates she has cared for roughly 500 rescue pups. [embedded content] Oiler is part of the foster program for the Rescued Pets Movement, a non-profit organization that rehabilitates and transports homeless dogs and cats to communities throughout the country where they have a greater chance of adoption. “They help you every step of the way. They provide…continue reading →

Student’s Service Dog Honored With Yearbook Photo & Plaque

Advertisement 11-year-old Rachel is graduating from elementary school, and while her teachers and friends will miss her this summer, they know she is in good paws! Rachel’s service dog, Linda made quite an impression during her once or twice weekly visits to the school. In addition to assisting Rachel, who has spina bifida and relies on a wheelchair, Linda also took it upon herself to comfort other students. “She will be there to help with tests when the kids start to get a little anxious or nervous,” said Rachel’s mom, Heidi Race. “She picks…continue reading →
UPDATE: Former Owner Of Puppy Found Written On With Permanent Marker Speaks Out

UPDATE: Former Owner Of Puppy Found Written On With Permanent Marker Speaks Out

Advertisement Update: The woman who abandoned Marvella, the pup covered in writing with permanent marker, defended her actions. She claimed that after a dispute with her landlord, she tried to bring the pup to shelters but they were all full. “After I did that cringe-worthy moment where I was just like, ‘Oh my gosh, I messed up. She looks awful,” she admitted in a story by WHOtv. She added: “I knew with everything inside of me that she would find a good home and that’s exactly what happened.” Watch the full story below:…continue reading →
Dog Abandoned & Written On With Permanent Marker Finally Has Hope For A Better Life

Dog Abandoned & Written On With Permanent Marker Finally Has Hope For A Better Life

Advertisement Just when we think we’ve seen it all, another unbelievable rescue story emerges. Marvella is a pup who was found dumped in a park in Ohio. Although her former owners supposedly wanted her to go to a good home, their actions spoke otherwise. The message was written on the young white dog in black permanent marker. Across her side it said “FREE,” and on her forehead, “GOOD HOME ONLY.” Her other side, in very sloppy writing, appears to read, “I AM A GIFT FROM GOD.” …so why was she drawn on and abandoned?…continue reading →
Houston Shelter In Desperate Need After Taking In 200 Surrendered Animals Memorial Day Weekend

Houston Shelter In Desperate Need After Taking In 200 Surrendered Animals Memorial Day Weekend

Advertisement The Harris County Animal Shelter in Houston, Texas took in over 200 surrendered pets over Memorial Day weekend, 100 on the Friday before the weekend alone. In a city of over 2 million, Houston’s shelters are frequently at or over capacity, but for a facility only designed to hold 150 animals, this is an extreme burden. Kennels are designed to hold only one or two animals, but at the moment there are some pets living four-to-a-kennel. Most were formally surrendered, but at least one wasn’t. A small poodle was found in a…continue reading →
VA Hospital Welcomes Disabled PTSD Service Dog

VA Hospital Welcomes Disabled PTSD Service Dog

Advertisement Honor is a 2-year-old Golden Retriever raised from puppyhood to serve individuals with PTSD. Unlike other dogs trained by the non-profit organization, Therapetics Service Dogs of Oklahoma, Honor was born without metacarpals where her back right paw would be. Unable to place her as a regular service dog, Therapetics donated Honor to the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center. There, her prosthetic limb makes her all the more relatable to the heroes she comforts. “So devoted. She doesn’t know she’s handicapped. She’s the prettiest three-legged dog I ever saw,” patient Jim Baker told KTUL-TV. The…continue reading →

Dog Rescuer Dies Unexpectedly, Leaving Her 25 Senior Dogs In Desperate Need Of Homes

Advertisement Marline was loved by her friends and family, and known as an avid dog lover in the rescue world. She adopted 33 dogs, as well as horses, and had a particular soft spot for senior pooches who had a hard time finding homes. Once welcomed into Marline’s family, the pups were able to roam and play on her 10-acre property in Northern California. Sadly, Marline, who was in her 70’s, passed away unexpectedly, leaving her huge four-legged family behind. Thankfully, the animals weren’t left for too long, as friends worked quickly to…continue reading →