Rescuer Calls Him The “Most Shutdown Dog She’s Ever Seen” – But Wait Til You See Him Now!

Rescuer Calls Him The “Most Shutdown Dog She’s Ever Seen” – But Wait Til You See Him Now!

Stewart’s story begins in the woods of rural Georgia where he was discovered chained to a tree with a thick leather belt buckled around his neck. Animal control officers brought the skinny, terrified pooch to the Whitfield County Animal Shelter. It was there that photographer and shelter volunteer, Rebecca Rood snapped this heartbreaking photo. Rebecca Rood PhotographyStewart was so terrified he couldn’t even bear to look at the humans outside his kennel. He refused to eat, huddled at the back of his cage, and pressed his head against the wall when spoken to.…continue reading →

Rescuer Comforts Dying Stray Through The Night So He Won’t Pass Away Alone

At iHeartDogs we love to bring you heartwarming and uplifting stories. However, we also think it is important to tell the sad tales sometimes, too. Devoted animal rescuers like Janine Guido do not have the option to turn away. They cannot simply scroll past the hopeless cases. In honor of Guido and the countless other rescuers doing their best to save, comfort, and rehome as many dogs as they can, we bring you the story of Watson. Janine Guido is the founder of Speranza Animal Rescue in Mechanicsburg, PA. When she first me Watson,…continue reading →

Maui Humane Society Hosts Their First Shelter Slumber Party!

Have you ever really considered what it must be like to sleep in a shelter? Volunteers at the Maui Humane Society got to experience it for just one night when they snuggled up to shelter dogs at the MHS’s first ever Shelter Slumber Party! Director of Development & Community Outreach for MHS, Nancy Willis tells iHeartDogs that their inspiration came from another rescue. Maui Humane Society“I actually heard about another shelter in the Midwest that did it last year. It was a fundraising event however there definitely seemed to be an ‘emotional’ component…continue reading →
200 Dogs Rescued From South Korean Meat Farm Are On To Better Lives

200 Dogs Rescued From South Korean Meat Farm Are On To Better Lives

Humane Society International is working to save dogs across Asia from theft, illegal transport, and slaughter. Since 2015, they have shut down 14 South Korean dog meat farms by transitioning the “farmers” to more humane professions. The hundreds of dogs liberated from each location go on to loving homes in the U.S., U.K., and Canada. In their most recent rescue, HSI saved nearly 200 dogs and puppies! This particular facility doubled as a puppy mill, with the dogs being sold as pets or for slaughter – whichever brought the highest price. As a result, most…continue reading →
Boy Sells Rocks To Care For Adopted Beagle With “Broken Heart”

Boy Sells Rocks To Care For Adopted Beagle With “Broken Heart”

From the beginning, 9-year-old Lex had his heart set on a puppy of his own. He had already bought a leash, bowls, and a bed for his yet-to-be-bought puppy using money earned from his business, Lex’s Lucky Rocks. He wasn’t at all interested in rescuing a dog until he met Rocksy. Lex’s dad, Andrew, was at an Amish farm in their area buying eggs when they spotted the little dog. She was a 3-year-old Beagle with no name. She was in rough shape – thin and dirty with a tick in her ear.…continue reading →

Dog Stays On Snowy Train Tracks To Care For Injured Friend Until Help Arrives

Ukraine’s winters are harsh, especially if you’re a lost dog. Worse than being lost, though, is being injured. When two dogs named Lucy and Panda got loose from their home in Uhzgorod, Ukraine, the odds were already stacked against them. Lucy was injured and unable to walk, so she was stuck lying on train tracks in the snow. Not only was it below-freezing, she was trapped on an active track with trains coming and going. Despite the danger, Panda refused to leave her side. Rescuers were taken aback by the emotional connection between the…continue reading →
Lucky Pup Survives Vicious Attack by Cowardly Bullies

Lucky Pup Survives Vicious Attack by Cowardly Bullies

Trigger warning: a pup was harmed in this story. If you can’t stand the thought of a dog in pain, skip to the end of this story to see a thriving pooch. A Golden Retriever overcame the odds after sick pranksters sliced the puppy’s mouth to look like The Joker from the film Batman: The Dark Knight.  The six-month-old dog, named Bobby, was left in dire straits. Rescuers in South Korea found the dog with her mouth tied with rope and wounds on her legs. Bobby was quickly transported to a veterinarian for immediate emergency…continue reading →
Woman Rescues Starving Dog Left to Die on Streets

Woman Rescues Starving Dog Left to Die on Streets

Get your tissues ready. You won’t be able to read this story and without a tear coming to your eye. This is the tale of a young woman in Argentina who rescued a starving dog left to die on the streets. If you are heartbroken at the thought of a dog going hungry, have no fear, this story has a happy ending. The Hero of Our Story Meet Hercules. This picture was taken before his journey of rehabilitation began.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Hercules (@herculesysubanda) on…continue reading →
Woman Rescues Starving Dog Left to Die on Streets

Woman Rescues Starving Dog Left to Die on Streets

Get your tissues ready. You won’t be able to read this story and without a tear coming to your eye. This is the tale of a young woman in Argentina who rescued a starving dog left to die on the streets. If you are heartbroken at the thought of a dog going hungry, have no fear, this story has a happy ending. The Hero of Our Story Meet Hercules. This picture was taken before his journey of rehabilitation began.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Hercules (@herculesysubanda) on…continue reading →
The Chubby Rat Got Stuck In The Sewer Grate And It Took A Whole Fire Brigade To Rescue Her

The Chubby Rat Got Stuck In The Sewer Grate And It Took A Whole Fire Brigade To Rescue Her

Rescue groups often witness strange predicaments animals get themselves into. Take for instance this rat who got so chubby over the winter, that she couldn’t wiggle herself out of a sewer grate. Luckily, kind-hearted people were ready to help set the urban rodent free. More info: Facebook It all happened a couple of days ago when two little girls heard a loud squick coming from a nearby sewer, then they noticed a poor chunky rat completely stuck in the grate. Girls’ family called a local animal rescue organization, Berufstierrettung Rhein Neckar, operating in…continue reading →
Senior Rescue Dog Diagnosed with Brain Tumor Fights for Her Life

Senior Rescue Dog Diagnosed with Brain Tumor Fights for Her Life

After spending a lifetime in a puppy mill, Chloe was finally rescued. Tragedy struck again, however, when Julia Arney’s vet recommended she euthanize Chloe, her senior Maltese, due to a brain tumor. But Julia was determined to give her beloved pet a fresh start, and Chloe was ready to fight! “Every day is a gift. We were supposed to lose her so long ago.” In September 2017, Julia Arney’s vet recommended she euthanize her senior Maltese, Chloe. Julia was heartbroken – but she wasn’t ready to say goodbye or give up without a fight.…continue reading →
I Photographed Adorable Stray Dogs On The Streets Of Cape Verde

I Photographed Adorable Stray Dogs On The Streets Of Cape Verde

Hi everyone, My name is Zoltan. I’m a passionate portrait and travel photographer. I do a lot of dog portraits, I love photographing dogs, but when I travel I photograph the landscape and the everyday life of the people. I don’t even take my portrait lenses with me, because you know, you have to save as much room as you can. I usually just take my camera and my 18-35 mm lens. Recently, we traveled to Sal, Cape Verde with my fiancee Agnes. When we arrived, we were a bit shocked to see…continue reading →
City Photographer Gives Up Everything To Live In The Country With Hundreds Of Dogs

City Photographer Gives Up Everything To Live In The Country With Hundreds Of Dogs

Would you give up everything you own – your home, your career, your lifestyle – for your dog? Russian photographer Daria Pushkareva did exactly that, but for the chance to save hundreds of dogs. Pushkareva once worked in entertainment, lending her talents to produce films, television shows, and a full-length feature. For six years she worked long hours with little off-time, pushing herself to exhaustion to succeed in her career. The stress and busy days drove her to find something slower-paced, and she chose to become a photographer. For awhile Pushkareva was one…continue reading →
This Video Shows What It’s Like To Be Rescued By A Dog After Being Buried In Snow And It’s Adorable

This Video Shows What It’s Like To Be Rescued By A Dog After Being Buried In Snow And It’s Adorable

“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went” – is how the famed American actor Will Rogers once described his connection to these tender, selfless animals. And it’s not difficult to relate to that. Yet dogs are not only your best companions and loyal friends, but also, they’re the most vigilant protectors that will do all they can to keep you safe and sound, not worrying about going to Heaven.”Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England”, a charity dedicated to training rescue dogs to assist…continue reading →
Woman Finds A Stray Dog Trapped In A Wire Bed Frame, Saves Him And Decides To Adopt Him

Woman Finds A Stray Dog Trapped In A Wire Bed Frame, Saves Him And Decides To Adopt Him

Heartwarming stories are all around us. They are what inspire us, move us, and most importantly make us feel alive. When we read stories about acts of kindness or good deeds, we are inspired to become a better version of ourselves and show kindness to others to make the world a better place. This is one of those heartbreaking but inspiring stories when good wins and a mixture of compassion and empathy creates a miracle that saves the precious life of another. It all started on October 12th, 2018, when Kylina Turner was…continue reading →
Ohio Police Officer Surprises Daughter With Stray He Rescued

Ohio Police Officer Surprises Daughter With Stray He Rescued

Officer Ken Bozeman was out patrolling in the wee hours of the night when he spotted the pup wandering up and down Hudson Street in Columbus, Ohio. He didn’t pay him any mind and continued patrolling until later, when he spotted a man on a bicycle kicking at the pup. The man told Officer Bozeman he was afraid the dog was going to bite him, and that he wasn’t trying to harm him, just keep him away. The dog had been wandering the neighborhood for some time, begging for food, he was wet…continue reading →
Luke Bryan Adopts Senior Shelter Dog

Luke Bryan Adopts Senior Shelter Dog

Seniors have it hard in shelters. The chances of finding a home aren’t good for older dogs. At some facilities, it’s the end of the road, but not at Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue. Proverbs 12:10 is named for the biblical verse stating, “The righteous care for the needs of their animals.” They are dedicated to giving a second chance to pets in shelters where they are at risk for euthanasia. They don’t hesitate to take in those who are sick, old, or just need a second chance. Poochie was already an old boy,…continue reading →
UPDATE: Luke Bryan Adopts Senior Shelter Dog

UPDATE: Luke Bryan Adopts Senior Shelter Dog

UPDATE: We are so sad to have heard the news, but Poochie, the dog that was recently rescued by Luke Bryan and family has taken his final walk across the Rainbow Bridge. His final days were spent on the Bryan’s farm. No doubt enjoying the love of family and exploring the Bryan’s farm. Luke’s wife, Caroline, posted the sad news on Instagram this morning. We imagine Poochie enjoyed some of the happiest days of his life, and we’re so thankful for all those who open their arms to all dogs, giving them a…continue reading →
Lovable Pocket Pitty Has Been Waiting Nearly 1000 Days For A Home

Lovable Pocket Pitty Has Been Waiting Nearly 1000 Days For A Home

In the summer of 2016, a short, stalky pitbull mix named Meatball was surrendered to a Los Angeles County shelter by his owner. His ears were crudely cropped, but his tail wagged and his eyes shone with love and hope. Just a few days later, a local rescue group spotted his potential and liberated him from the shelter. They did their best to find him a loving home, but one year after accepting him into their care, the organization shut down. Meaty once again faced an unknown fate. Image c/o Tails and Scales…continue reading →
Letter From A Rescue Dog

Letter From A Rescue Dog

If you’ve ever rescued a dog, no doubt, you’ve heard or even used the expression, “they rescued me.” But make no mistake. You saved this fragile life. That life that had its time on earth measured in days. As great as that little pup may make you feel, you may never know the boundless, heartfelt gratitude that your friend has for you. A Letter From Your Rescue Dog My life hasn’t always been easy. I’ve been yelled at and had things done to me that no dog should experience. I may not show…continue reading →

Heartbroken Man Who Was Saved By A Chihuahua Has Rescued Over 30 Tiny Dogs

Advertisement Bobby Humphreys is a big guy doing big things in rescue – for little dogs! Big Guy Littles World Sanctuary is Bobby’s passion project. He cares for and rehomes tiny Chihuahuas who have had rough beginnings or special needs. But just a few years ago if you had told Bobby that he’d be spending his days with a pack of teeny Chihuahuas, he might’ve called you crazy. For years Bobby’s breed was Rottweilers. The beautiful, athletic dogs are more the type someone might guess a big, brawny guy like Bobby would love.…continue reading →

Terminally Ill Sister-Pups Need Your Help To Get The Most From Their Remaining Days

Advertisement When German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County (GSROC) first heard about Astrid and Eisa, they knew they had to help. The sweet sisters were born in a shelter where it quickly became apparent something was wrong. The adorable pair have a rare congenital condition that inhibits cellular growth. Without the resources to meet the girls’ special needs, the shelter turned to GSROC. Astrid and Eisa were welcomed into the rescue family and placed in a loving foster home. As they grew, the weakness in their hind ends became more pronounced. They had trouble…continue reading →
Puppy Born With “Upside Down Paws” Will Soon Walk For The First Time

Puppy Born With “Upside Down Paws” Will Soon Walk For The First Time

Advertisement Milo has been through more in his first three months than most pups go through in a lifetime. The Treeing Walker Coonhound was born with a rare congenital defect in which both elbows are luxated, forcing his paw pads to turn upwards. Milo’s disability was more than his breeder could handle. When he was 5-weeks-old, she reached out to Jennie Hays, founder of Oliver and Friends Farm Rescue and Sanctuary. Hays agreed to take him in, not yet realizing the extent of Milo’s disability. “Initially, they sent me a small video and the quality…continue reading →
Runner Rescues Puppy During Marathon Then Carries Her 19 Miles To The Finish Line

Runner Rescues Puppy During Marathon Then Carries Her 19 Miles To The Finish Line

Advertisement Marathon runners train for months or even years to prepare their bodies and minds for the arduous 26.2 mile trek. Khemjira Klongsanun of Bangkok, Thailand is no exception. But when she came across a tiny puppy along the roadside about 7 miles into the race, she dropped everything to rescue her. Klongsanun went on to finish the marathon, running 19 miles with the pup cradled in her arms! The pooch contentedly bobbed along with her rescuer, happy to join the event! Rather than handing the little hitchhiker off to a spectator or taking…continue reading →
Watch This Dog Rescue Try To Spend $10,000 In 10 Minutes!

Watch This Dog Rescue Try To Spend $10,000 In 10 Minutes!

Rocky Kanaka does an awesome job raising awareness for dog rescue. We’re especially big fans of his Dog’s Day Out series, which features “less adoptable” dogs with the hopes of finding them someone to love them forever. Rocky’s work with dogs and dog rescues is making the world a better place for all dogs, even if it’s sometimes just one dog at a time! In this video – which you’ll love if you were a fan of Supermarket Sweep – Rocky gives one lucky rescue an unexpected surprise! Marley’s Mutts has cared for…continue reading →

Woman Sleeps Outside In The Freezing Cold To Earn The Trust Of A Stray Senior Dog

Advertisement How much would you sacrifice to save a stray dog? This amazing woman braved several freezing cold nights to save a stray dog in Manhattan’s Highland Park in New York City. Her name is Denise Lauffer, a 40-year-old woman who built a makeshift shelter for an elderly stray dog she named Charlie, and slept beside him for two nights just to earn the dog’s trust. Charlie has been in the park for 10 years. When Denise moved to the area just a few years ago, she immediately took notice of Charlie. Denise…continue reading →
Euthanized Pup Comes Back To Life And Finds A Happy Home

Euthanized Pup Comes Back To Life And Finds A Happy Home

Advertisement At only 8 months old Rudolph’s short life was going to end. For no reason other than bad luck he had found himself in a crowded, high-risk shelter in Oklahoma and his time was up. Shelter veterinarians went through the end-of-life procedure as usual, the same procedure they’d done before, and left Rudolph to pass in the room alone. Rudolph closed his eyes, but this wasn’t the end. When he returned, the vet found Rudolph still breathing and waking up from his nap! Against all odds, little Rudolph had survived a procedure…continue reading →
Heroic UPS Driver Rescues Drowning Dog From Frozen Pond

Heroic UPS Driver Rescues Drowning Dog From Frozen Pond

Advertisement Not all heroes wear capes. This hero wears a brown uniform and drives a big brown truck. Ryan Arens, a UPS delivery driver, was making deliveries along his route last month when he heard a dog in distress and leapt into action. “I heard a dog just screaming bloody murder. It sounded like she was in a bad, bad place.” (KRTV.com) “I could see the dog trapped about 10 to 15 feet off of shore, with ice all around it.” (greatfallstribune.com) Sadie / Photo: Ryan Arens On a nearby pond was Sadie,…continue reading →
Woman Nurses Homeless ‘Blind’ Kitty Back To Health, Gets Amazing Surprise When He Opens His Eyes

Woman Nurses Homeless ‘Blind’ Kitty Back To Health, Gets Amazing Surprise When He Opens His Eyes

Cotton the cat was alone on the streets, starving, disease-ridden and close to death. His eyes were scabbed over with mange and he was being eaten alive by mites, finding any kind of food without the use of his eyes was next to impossible. But then his guardian angel arrived. Carmen Morales Weinberg, founder of Animal Friends Project Inc., was heartbroken when she found him, and immediately took him under her care. Image credits: Carmen Morales Weinberg “He couldn’t even see or open his eyes because the mites were so bad,” Carmen told The…continue reading →
5 Ways To Tell If Your Dog Is Bonded To You

5 Ways To Tell If Your Dog Is Bonded To You

Advertisement If you recently adopted a dog, you might be wondering if they’re bonded to you. Some dogs may be so grateful to be adopted that they’ll bond to you almost immediately. Other dogs are shy or may have had a rough life prior to meeting you, so they may take a little longer to warm up. Even if your dog doesn’t seem bonded to you yet, don’t fret – humans and dogs have created strong, long-lasting bonds for centuries, and with work and patience you and your dog will too! Here are 5…continue reading →
This Duck Greets Her Rescuer Every Time She Gets Back From Work And It’s Too Cute To Watch

This Duck Greets Her Rescuer Every Time She Gets Back From Work And It’s Too Cute To Watch

When you think about ducks that live in fully furnished houses… Only Donald Duck comes to mind. However, there are more ducks in this world, and, fortunately, some of them meet kind-hearted strangers that become their rescuers and friends. One of these fortunate ducks is called Petunia, who happily lives at her rescuer, Chantel Grant’s, home. But Petunia is aware of how lucky she is and she really makes sure that her owner knows how grateful she is. Each time Chantel Grant, her human, comes back home from work, she returns to see…continue reading →
Estimated 450 German Shepherds Rescued From Nightmare Hoarding Situation

Estimated 450 German Shepherds Rescued From Nightmare Hoarding Situation

Advertisement Hundreds of German Shepherd dogs are being pulled from an extreme hoarding and puppy mill situation in Southern Georgia. Animal advocate groups in Montgomery County, Georgia have been calling for action against the owner of these properties for some time. They accused the breeder of keeping over 200 dogs in deplorable conditions on her land in Higgstown, Georgia. But when she began moving dogs to another property in Candler County, neighbors began to complain about the constant barking, yelping, and poor conditions. State investigators had visited the locations before, but said they…continue reading →
After Losing Their Home, A Rescue Dog Helps His Family Move Forward

After Losing Their Home, A Rescue Dog Helps His Family Move Forward

Advertisement No matter how hard we try, life doesn’t always go as planned. That was the reality for Robert and his faithful rescue dog Meaty when they suddenly found themselves homeless. When Robert and his partner first adopted Meaty from Front Street Animal Shelter in Oakland, CA, they were happy with a roof over their heads and great plans for their future. They fell in love with Meaty at first sight, and Robert knew he’d do everything possible to make his rescue dog’s life a good one. The responsibility that Robert took on…continue reading →

Owner Facing Homelessness Leaves Dog At Shelter With Heartbreaking Note

Advertisement “Please take care of Sky. She is 6 years old and friendly. I couldn’t take care of her, I became homeless and couldn’t feed her. She is not sick just hungry, very friendly. Please find her a home. Please.” These gut-wrenching words were found in a note attached to an abandoned dog’s harness last week. The terrier mix was discovered roaming free on the Delaware Humane Association‘s property. Sky wore a spiked leather harness that hung awkwardly on her thin frame. Shelter Director Kerry Flanagan Bruni estimates she is about 20 pounds underweight. “It appears…continue reading →
California Pet Stores Can Only Sell Shelter Animals Thanks To First-Of-Its-Kind State Law

California Pet Stores Can Only Sell Shelter Animals Thanks To First-Of-Its-Kind State Law

Advertisement In October of 2017, California Governor, Jerry Brown signed bill A.B. 485 into law, making it illegal for pet stores to sell dogs, cats, and rabbits from any source other than a shelter or rescue group. In order to allow business owners time to plan for the landmark change, the law was set to go into effect in 2019. That deadline arrived with this week, making California the first U.S. state to effectively ban the sale of “puppy mill” dogs and “kitten factory” cats in pet stores. The law allows private breeders to continue…continue reading →
Dog Who Spent 8 Years In A Shelter Celebrates Her First Christmas At Home!

Dog Who Spent 8 Years In A Shelter Celebrates Her First Christmas At Home!

Advertisement Roxy was only two years old when she found herself in a shelter kennel. Shelter staff knew that as a Pit Bull breed she would have a tougher time finding a home than other dogs, but nobody expected her to spend nearly eight years there! Despite her long stay, Teckles Animal Sanctuary staff described Roxy as a fantastic, cheeky dog. “She can be a little nervous on occasion but with the bribe of a few sausages, she becomes very loving and loyal. She has a cheeky character and loves to play with…continue reading →
Sweet, Fearful Dog And Her Feline Best Friend Need A Home Together

Sweet, Fearful Dog And Her Feline Best Friend Need A Home Together

It’s not easy finding a home for a fearful dog. It’s even harder to find a home for a fearful dog who comes with her own cat – but the Berkson family is determined to make it happen! Advertisement While driving her daughter to school one day, Myka Berkson spotted a gorgeous German Shepherd along the highway. She pulled over at a house nearby and asked a person there if the dog belonged to their family. As it turned out, the dog didn’t belong to anyone. According to KLTV.com, the family told Myka,…continue reading →
Hundreds Come Forward To Adopt Noseless Rescue Dog

Hundreds Come Forward To Adopt Noseless Rescue Dog

Advertisement Sniffles, a senior rescue pooch without a nose, became a viral sensation this week when Florida-based Poodle and Pooch Rescue put out a call for potential adopters. After an overwhelming response from across the country, the group announced they are currently weeding through “200+ emails, voice messages, social media inquires and applications” in order to choose the perfect forever home for the special pup. Little Sniffles was first rescued in July 2017 by the Puerto Rican group, Rabito Kontento (Happy Tails). He was then adopted by a Florida family in early 2018. While…continue reading →

Pet Rescue Organizations Come Together To Save 90 Lives

Advertisement It’s amazing what can be done when people work together! Over the weekend, several organizations pulled together to transport about 90 adoptable cats and dogs from the Harris County Animal Shelter to rescues in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Harris County Animal Shelter is one of the many shelters in the busy Houston, Texas area. Like any other shelter the staff is working hard towards becoming a “no kill” facility but is constantly pushed to capacity. The Lance McCullers Jr. Foundation, Houston PetSet, Rescue Express, and shelters in Houston and Minneapolis all pulled together, and…continue reading →
Wrapped In Love – Group Of Crafters Change The Lives Of Rescue Pets Through Love And Kindness

Wrapped In Love – Group Of Crafters Change The Lives Of Rescue Pets Through Love And Kindness

Advertisement When it comes to pet rescue, everyone can do something. Patrick Desjardins had been involved for some time as a volunteer with a Colorado dog rescue. His friend, Julie, also had a love for animals and wanted to help but was unable to contribute in the same ways. During a visit, Patrick noticed that Julie was a crocheter, and suggested that she could make blankets for the dogs. The rescue was grateful and when they posted the photos of Julie’s gift, others realized that they could help too – and so began…continue reading →