Furry Fire Survivor Is The Newest Firefighter In This Florida Town

Furry Fire Survivor Is The Newest Firefighter In This Florida Town

Advertisement After weeks of recovering from third-degree burns, a furry survivor named Ruby is ready for her second chance at life. She miraculously survived a devastating fire, and Palm Harbor Fire Rescue in Florida knew right away she was something special. She was a tiny puppy with a strong will to live, and now she’s going to live out her days as a town’s official fire dog. Posted by Palm Harbor Fire Rescue on Friday, September 14, 2018 When Ruby was only a few months old, a fire broke out in her home in…continue reading →
Saved From Death Row, This Pup Wears His Emotions All Over His Face

Saved From Death Row, This Pup Wears His Emotions All Over His Face

Advertisement 4-year-old rescue dog, Bacon earned himself the nickname “Old Man Bacon” due to his temperamental attitutude and crabby nature. The unique-looking pooch’s story began on the streets of Tampa, Florida where he was picked up by animal control. Bacon was adopted out and returned twice with the owners citing behavioral issues. Eventually he found himself on the euthanasia list. Luckily, local rescue group, Guardian Angel Dog Rescue swooped in and pulled the adorable Pekingese/Dachshund/Chihuahua/Shih-tzu mix into their care. Bacon’s dramatically expressive face soon caught the eye of a gal named Meg, who struggled to believe the…continue reading →
After Being Abandoned Twice, Terminally Ill Rescue Dog Is Living His Best Life

After Being Abandoned Twice, Terminally Ill Rescue Dog Is Living His Best Life

Advertisement Parker may only have a few months to live, but his friends, family, and even complete strangers are making sure those few months are the best he’s ever had. Helping Hand For Animals and S&B Kountry Kennel in Iowa are working together to bring this rescue dog the love and happiness he desperately deserves. His life hasn’t always been easy, but he’s happier than ever as he works his way through a bucket list made especially for him. Posted by S&B Kountry Kennel on Thursday, September 13, 2018 At only four years old,…continue reading →

This Girl Brought Home A $5 Foot Long, It Wasn’t What Mom Was Expecting

Advertisement There’s always a measure of creativity that goes into caring for a dog, and 21-year-old Kelsey Johnstone needed to call on that creativity sooner than expected. Kelsey’s mom wasn’t exactly on board with the idea of adopting another dog. The family already had a beloved dog named Oliver, but Kelsey was determined to get Oliver a new furry sibling. All she needed was mom’s permission. When a sign outside an animal shelter gave her the perfect idea, she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to expand her family. Posted by Dallas Animal Services…continue reading →
Atlanta Organization Helps Strays While Keeping Kids Out Of Gangs

Atlanta Organization Helps Strays While Keeping Kids Out Of Gangs

Advertisement The streets of Atlanta, GA are home to countless stray animals. There are dogs scrounging for food in dumpsters, feral cats struggling to survive, and former pets newly abandoned and afraid. At the same time, there’s a different kind of problem lurking in the shadows. Local gangs take over neighborhoods, and they’re always looking to recruit. Kids are pressured to take sides, teens are forced to join in, and innocent youth are beaten when they try to resist. Disabled veteran Grace Hamlin recognized the problems plaguing her city, and she set out…continue reading →
Peyton Manning Adopts Rescue Puppy During Family Vacation

Peyton Manning Adopts Rescue Puppy During Family Vacation

Advertisement Every year, Philadelphia, Mississippi hosts an event that attracts people from all over the country. The Neshoba County Fair is full of food, fun, and entertainment, and this year, it was also the setting of a lucky little dog’s happily ever after. NFL legend Peyton Manning plays football for the Denver Broncos, but he also has strong family ties to Mississippi. Growing up, he and his siblings spent their summers in Philadelphia, Mississippi where their mother used to live, and they’ve kept up the tradition with their own children. Manning, his wife…continue reading →
Blind Senior Dog Is More Than Ready To Find His Forever Family

Blind Senior Dog Is More Than Ready To Find His Forever Family

Advertisement No dog deserves to spend their days in a shelter, but life in a kennel is harder on some than others. Montgomery County Animal Shelter in Conroe, TX goes above and beyond to make sure every rescue in their care is as happy as possible, but there’s no substitute to finding a forever family and leaving the shelter for good. A senior dog named Max is one of the many dogs currently up for adoption at MCAS. At eight years old, this German Shepherd mix is completely blind and had trouble adjusting…continue reading →

How Much Do Rescue Dogs Remember From Their Pasts?

Advertisement You know your rescue dog had a life before you walked into the shelter, but how much of that time do they actually remember? Would your dog recognize their old owners or where they used to live? Can they recall specific experiences whether they were good or bad? For some rescues, forgetting a painful past might be a good thing, but is that even possible? Here’s a closer look at how your dog’s memory works and what scientists think they can remember about their past. Photo by Samantha Scholl on Unsplash Breaking…continue reading →
Petco Foundation President Susanne Kogut Talks About How Fosters Save Lives

Petco Foundation President Susanne Kogut Talks About How Fosters Save Lives

Advertisement This July, the Petco Foundation is inspiring animal lovers to learn more about fostering rescue animals with their “Be a Lifesaver” initiative. iHeartdogs had the privilege of interviewing Petco Foundation president, Susanne Kogut, about how fostering is an important piece of the animal welfare puzzle. With a house full of rescue dogs and an influential career leading animal welfare organizations, Susanne is spreading the word about how everyone has a chance to “Be a Lifesaver.” We asked her a few questions about the importance of fostering rescue dogs and how everyone has…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 →

10 Things To Know About Adopting A Fearful Rescue Dog

Advertisement Walk through any animal shelter in the country, and there will always be excited dogs begging for your attention. They hop and bark and paw at the gate hoping to catch the eye of the exact right person. But among all that excitement, there’s also a different type of rescue dog. They’re the dogs that would rather curl up and borrow in their beds than face well-intentioned strangers. For one reason or another, they’re afraid of the world. Fearful rescue dogs don’t seek out attention like their more exuberant kennel-mates, and that…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 →
Actor & Animal Advocate Ian Somerhalder Says Goodbye To Beloved Rescue Dog

Actor & Animal Advocate Ian Somerhalder Says Goodbye To Beloved Rescue Dog

Advertisement Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder and his family said goodbye to one of their beloved rescue dogs yesterday. According to the actor and animal advocate’s heartfelt Instagram tribute, Ira, a German Shepherd, succumbed after a long battle with cancer. Alongside a gallery of treasured images, Somerhalder reminisced on the many adventures he and Ira shared over the years. He also thanked the rescue pooch for “loving me like I’ve never known.” Ever since the success of his show made him a household name, Somerhalder has used his celebrity status to spread a message…continue reading →
Rescue Dog With Rare Tumor To Undergo Groundbreaking Surgery

Rescue Dog With Rare Tumor To Undergo Groundbreaking Surgery

Advertisement “Lucky” probably isn’t the first word that comes to mind when you look at Bliss. The 2-year-old pooch has an extremely rare skull tumor, and was abandoned at a Texas kill shelter by her family. Alone, frightened and confused, Bliss had no idea her luck was about to change! Image Credit: Friends of Emma Medical Rescue Friends of Emma Medical Rescue, a major medical/critical care home located in Fort Worth, learned of Bliss’ plight and agreed to take her in. Thinking her condition was terminal, they prepared to care for her as a…continue reading →

How To Help Your Rescue Dog Feel Safe On Walks

Advertisement Heading out on walks is one of the first things families look forward to after bringing home their newest four-legged friend. It’s supposed to be a time-honored tradition between man and man’s best friend where both ends of the leash have a grand time, but it unfortunately doesn’t always start out that way. Instead of being the dog’s favorite part of the day, the prospect of leaving the house for a trip around the block can be terrifying. They run when they see the leash, resist all efforts to put their harness…continue reading →
Photo Of Death Row Dog’s Freedom Ride Melts Hearts Around The World

Photo Of Death Row Dog’s Freedom Ride Melts Hearts Around The World

Advertisement Schenley and Joe Kirk run the 501(c)(3) organization, HOUND Rescue & Sanctuary from their home in Findlay, Ohio. The dogs they welcome have been abandoned, surrendered by their owners, or pulled from high-risk shelters where they faced euthanasia. A beautiful 2-year-old Beagle named Gregory fell into the final category. Image c/o Schenley Kirk Although first assessed as a healthy stray, he was added to the euthanasia list when shelter staff discovered he was heartworm positive. If no one came forward to rescue him by May 3, Gregory would be put down. Luckily, the…continue reading →
8 Ways To Make Your Rescue Dog As Comfortable As Ever

8 Ways To Make Your Rescue Dog As Comfortable As Ever

Advertisement The word “comfort” conjures images of a big, cozy bed on a late Sunday morning. Feeling relaxed in your environment, however, is about more than fluffy pillows and a fleece blanket. It’s the feeling of both safety and confidence. It’s knowing that wherever you are and whomever you’re with, you’re secure, satisfied, and feeling happily at home. Rescue dogs—regardless of their background—deserve homes where their comfort is a priority. After life in a shelter and overcoming whatever past experience earned them their “rescue dog” title, achieving ultimate comfort isn’t as simple as…continue reading →
How To Help Your Rescue Dog Gain Weight

How To Help Your Rescue Dog Gain Weight

Advertisement “Skin and bones” are words to describe a specific population of rescue dog. They’re the ones found staggering near death on the side of the street or rummaging through the dumpster looking for scraps of anything remotely edible. They’ve known what true hunger feels like, and recovering from near starvation isn’t an easy process. Helping a rescue dog gain weight isn’t tossing them a few McDonald’s burgers and letting them go to town. It isn’t even leaving a limitless supply of dog food in their dish. Feeding a dog with the intent…continue reading →

Actress Olivia Munn Defends Her Rescue Dog Amidst Rumors

Advertisement Stars, they’re just like us… and when someone speaks badly about their dogs, they jump to their defense! Actress Olivia Munn, who says she rarely comments on rumors, couldn’t keep quiet on this one. A photo started circulating of her rescue dog, Chance, lifting his leg near an airport greeter. Readers and headlines assumed that the pooch was peeing on the greeter, but in reality, it was just one of those quirky things that our canines do. “Chance loves his leg scratched, so he does this thing where he lifts his leg,…continue reading →

Heartbroken Dog Abandoned Because Of His ‘Ugly’ Face Gets Adopted, And The Difference It Makes Is Unbelievable

Meet Beaux Tox, a Labrador Retriever who was born with a facial deformity and experienced a life of constant rejection and neglect, until he found Jamie Hulit, his soul mate and a true best friend. Show Full Text Beaux was born with his unique features, a result of being squashed in his mothers womb as one of six pups. “He just kind of got pushed out of the way, and formed how he formed,” Jamie told The Dodo. This was just the beginning of a life of being pushed around for Beaux, whose…continue reading →
How To Help Your Newly Adopted Rescue Dog Settle In

How To Help Your Newly Adopted Rescue Dog Settle In

Advertisement The day a rescue dog gets adopted is the day they say “goodbye” to life in the shelter. They say “hello” to people who love them and want to share their comfortable home, and many would assume that it’s the best day of the dog’s life. It’s a day that will change their life forever, but for some pups, the feeling of being overwhelmed may cloud everything else. Whether you know your new dog’s history or not, there’s no doubt their life has so far been extremely stressful. You wish signing the…continue reading →

Zac Efron Takes On The Role Of Dog Dad To Death Row Rescue Pup

Advertisement Los Angeles truly is the city where dreams come true! The rescue dog formerly known as Tilly was saved by Bark n’ Bitches Dog Boutique just moments before she was to be euthanized in a public shelter. As if that weren’t lucky enough, she also caught the eye of actor/singer/performer, Zac Efron who officially adopted the pup and renamed her MACA. Image Credit: Instagram Stories/Zac Efron “Tilly now MACA was being led to the kill room when we stepped in and said we would take her,” Bark n’ Bitches shared via Instagram…continue reading →
10 Misconceptions About Animal Shelters

10 Misconceptions About Animal Shelters

Advertisement Animal shelters across the country do their best to care for the millions of pets that come through their doors every year, but prevailing misconceptions are interfering with their life-saving efforts. Shelters are part of every community, but not everyone understands exactly what they do and what they’re all about. These issues of confusion are hurting adoptable animals, and it’s time to set the record straight. Here are a few myths about animal shelters that simply aren’t true. 1. Shelters are sad and depressing places. It’s not hard to find heartbreak in…continue reading →
5 Tips For Building An Unbreakable Bond With An Adult Rescue Dog

5 Tips For Building An Unbreakable Bond With An Adult Rescue Dog

Advertisement Puppies are often a first choice when it comes to rescuing a new family member, but mature dogs face a different kind of fate. They’re passed up for reasons like their size and looks, and many adopters decide against adopting adult dogs because they’re worried they won’t find that unbreakable bond all dog owners value. This common misconception that adult dogs can’t bond as well as puppies is leaving countless animals stranded in shelters. It’s true adult dogs are often affected by past experiences, but most are waiting for the right person…continue reading →
Famous Former Bait Dog Inspires New Grooming Salon

Famous Former Bait Dog Inspires New Grooming Salon

Advertisement Six months ago Abigail the Pit Bull was awarded one of the highest honors a dog can recieve. She was named American Humane’s 2017 Emerging Hero Dog for her work to end dog fighting. As a former bait dog, Abigail knows first-paw just how brutal this practice is. Now, her mission of peace has inspired a new dog grooming salon set to open in Fort Myers, Florida. The business will be located at One Fort Myers, a new luxury high rise set to break ground this summer. Barbara Bengochea-Perez, director of marketing on…continue reading →
Teenaged Olympian Helps South Korean Rescue Dog Find New Home

Teenaged Olympian Helps South Korean Rescue Dog Find New Home

Advertisement When they weren’t on the slopes or at the rink, U.S. Olympic athletes spent their time in South Korea somewhere a lot less dazzling. Long before it was the stage for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, South Korea was the site of thousands of dog meat farms. Humane Society International estimates there are around 17,000 farms where dogs are crammed into filthy cages while they await their devastating fate. One of these farms is less than an hour away from where the Olympic games were taking place, and several athletes took the…continue reading →
Animal Shelter Celebrates Dog’s Recovery With Contest To Guess Her Breed

Animal Shelter Celebrates Dog’s Recovery With Contest To Guess Her Breed

Advertisement After wandering on her own for an estimated three months, a rescue dog named Kelly is finally recovering from her ordeal. She was found starving and extremely weak in the Bonneville Salt Flats west of Salt Lake City back in January. It’s a miracle she survived the barren landscape for as long as she did, and rescuers from the Utah Animal Adoption Center didn’t hesitate to take her in. Posted by Utah Animal Adoption Center on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 When she was finally rescued and brought into the shelter’s care facility, it…continue reading →
Scary’ Homeless Dog Goes Through Amazing Transformation In 8 Months, Looks Unbelievably Different Now

Scary’ Homeless Dog Goes Through Amazing Transformation In 8 Months, Looks Unbelievably Different Now

They called him Frodo. Maybe because the shaggy remains of his coat looked a little like the curly hair of Lord of the Rings character Frodo Baggins. But for a while, however, the miserable stray doggie was more like the repulsive Gollum rather than the alter ego of Elijah Wood. Show Full Text Last May, someone saw a starving pup wandering around in Croatia. The tiny creature was covered with mange, and his eyes were under attack by infection. According to some, Frodo looked scary like the devil. Nonetheless, he needed help and…continue reading →

Rescue Dogs Turned Into Models

Meet Jack Daniels and Kallisto aka Jack and Kalli (or the Terror Twins, depending on what mischief they got into!) Show Full Text They are 5 year old Lurchers, living in Scotland with myself and my husband. I have a love for dogs, so much so, I am a dog walker and photographer specialising in pets. Basically, my life revolves around dogs (or animals) 24/7! I started my photography journey in 2013, all I wanted was to have nice Images of Jack and later also Kalli, as they grow up. I caught the…continue reading →
Husky Found In Terrible Condition Is Unrecognizable After 8 Months

Husky Found In Terrible Condition Is Unrecognizable After 8 Months

Sometimes it makes you wonder why people spend hundreds of dollars buying fancy, specially bred dogs to suit their precise preferences, when there are thousands of dogs out there already, in over-crowded shelters, who would give anything for a little love and care. Show Full Text Meet Luna, a perfect example of this. Her pictures were uploaded by Imgur user BittersweetSymphony, who seemingly rescued Luna from the streets, looking skinny and mangy and nothing at all like the magnificent husky that she is. According to BittersweetSymphony, Luna is not the first lucky pup…continue reading →
Is It Okay To Change My Rescue Dog’s Name?

Is It Okay To Change My Rescue Dog’s Name?

Advertisement Fluffy, Blackie, Fido, Pooty—not every dog name is a winner. When you adopt a new dog into your home, they most likely already have a name given to them either by previous owners or the shelter. You’ve agreed to do what’s best for your new pup for the rest of their life, but does that mean keeping a name you don’t like? Many people worry that changing a dog’s name will confuse them or cause emotional distress. The situation will always depend on the individual dog, but most new dog owners are…continue reading →
How To Help Your Rescue Dog Gain Confidence

How To Help Your Rescue Dog Gain Confidence

Advertisement From being abandoned by people they thought they could trust to surviving abuse and neglect, adopters can’t always relate to the trauma and obstacles their rescue dogs endure. Some dogs face each new challenge and path in life with optimism and courage, but others learn through past experiences to be shy and fearful. Even after making it out of the shelter and being adopted by a loving family, a lack of confidence can interfere with a rescue dog’s ability to fit in to a new life. Signs of Low Confidence A lack…continue reading →