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 →
Dog Given Up For Bad Behavior Finds Exactly What He Needs In Prison Training Program

Dog Given Up For Bad Behavior Finds Exactly What He Needs In Prison Training Program

Advertisement A year ago, Titan was a big dog with even bigger behavioral problems. His owner didn’t want him, and his size combined with his lack of training left him with few options for his future. A good Samaritan was desperately trying to find the 90-pound Great Pyrenees/shepherd mix a good home, but the task was far from easy. She tried local rescues, posted to social media, and sent emails to everyone she could think of. The responsibility of taking in a large, untrained dog seemed to be too much, but then Titan…continue reading →
Pooch Approaching 1 Year In A Shelter Hopes To Ring In 2019 With A Forever Family

Pooch Approaching 1 Year In A Shelter Hopes To Ring In 2019 With A Forever Family

Advertisement It has been 350 days since Marsha arrived at All 4 Paws Animal Rescue in Pawley’s Island, South Carolina. In just two weeks, this sweet Shepherd Mix will mark one full year in a shelter and begin 2019 in a cage. That is, unless her forever family comes along first! Image c/o All 4 Paws Animal Rescue When Marsha was rescued last December, she was accompanied by two adult dogs later determined to be her children. What All 4 Paws didn’t know was that this dutiful mama had a secret to share.…continue reading →
5 Important Steps To Take When You Witness Animal Cruelty

5 Important Steps To Take When You Witness Animal Cruelty

Advertisement Adopting, volunteering, and donating are all part of being an animal advocate, but there’s another important piece of that puzzle. Dogs rely on compassionate people to speak up for them. They need neighbors, friends, and random strangers to recognize the signs of trouble and do something about it. Whether it’s a case of neglect or physical abuse, what you decide to do when you witness animal cruelty matters. Reporting animal cruelty saves lives, and no one should ever turn their back on an animal in need. Knowing what to do, who to talk…continue reading →
Puppy & His Older Pal Hope To Find A Home To Spend The Holidays Together

Puppy & His Older Pal Hope To Find A Home To Spend The Holidays Together

Advertisement Sometimes special bonds form between unlikely friends. Such is the case with Bogie and Maytag. Bogie is a spunky black and white puppy found wandering the streets of Detroit. Maytag is a sweet, subdued adult left chained to a refrigerator on the city’s east side. You may expect Maytag to be standoffish after his difficult start in life, but somehow, Bogie managed to wag his way into the older pup’s heart! The pair became fast friends after arriving at Detroit Dog Rescue. “I started to go in and I would see they were in the same cage, then…continue reading →

Meet Madison, The Dog Who Survived A California Wildfire And Guarded His Home For A Month

A dog that survived wildfires in Paradise, California, which killed 85 residents, was found protecting the ruins of his former home for almost a month until his owner returned. The “Camp Fire,” which practically destroyed the whole town, was the most deadly in state history. The wildfire destroyed nearly 19,000 buildings, including 13,954 homes. As the wildfires spread, the majority of residents had to abandon their homes and belongings and in some extreme cases, even their pets. Andrea Gaylord, a resident of Paradise, fled the town on the 8th of November when the…continue reading →
Dog Was Dropped Off With His Bed And Toys At A Shelter, And Now His Story Is Going Viral

Dog Was Dropped Off With His Bed And Toys At A Shelter, And Now His Story Is Going Viral

The world is filled with poor little animals who don’t have a home and are in desperate need of love and affection. But it is good to know that there are also a lot of people who are willing to give their time and energy in order to help these poor creatures. MCCAC West Adoptable Dogs is a shelter that is filled with generous and loving people who will do anything to help lonely dogs. Recently “MCACC West adoptable dogs” shelter posted a heartbreaking message about one lonely dog Image credits: MCACC West…continue reading →
Senior Veteran Rescues Fellow Sailor’s Senior GSD From Euthanasia

Senior Veteran Rescues Fellow Sailor’s Senior GSD From Euthanasia

Advertisement At 93-years-old, Navy veteran George Johnson is still a hero. His most recent deed saved the life of a senior German Shepherd George served in the U.S. Navy in three wars – World War II, The Korean War, and The Vietnam War. During his WWII deployment, he received a “Dear John” letter from his then-sweetheart, but found comfort in caring for dogs. George is particularly fond of white German Shepherds. It had been a few years since his last GSD, Velabit, passed away, and lonely George craved the companionship he knew he…continue reading →

Wounded Foster Dog Delights Rescuers With A Surprise Delivery

Advertisement When a Canadian foster pawrent agreed to take in a seriously injured dog, she knew it would be a lot of work. But she had no idea she would also end up caring for 11 puppies! Nancy Duykers of Winnipeg learned about Sheba when she was taken in by Feed the Furbabies Canada. The dog had a terrible wound on her left front leg which may have been caused by a gunshot. At first it seemed as if Sheba’s leg would have to be amputated. But, after performing surgery to remove the…continue reading →
Groomers Spruce Up Abandoned Dog & Find Him The Perfect New Home

Groomers Spruce Up Abandoned Dog & Find Him The Perfect New Home

Advertisement Debo arrived at Detroit’s Canine to Five boarding and grooming shop three weeks ago. The 2-year-old Pit-Boxer mix was timid, malnourished and crawling with fleas. He also had wounds on his face. Debo’s “owner” requested a bath and nail trim before heading to his car to get his wallet. He never came back. “He probably was 15 pounds less than he is now, really shy, really scared,” Liz Blondy, owner of Canine to Five, told Fox News. Rather than calling animal control or dropping him at a shelter, a Canine to Five staff member…continue reading →
UPS Driver “Delivers” Shelter Pup To His Own Home

UPS Driver “Delivers” Shelter Pup To His Own Home

Advertisement Ernie, an energetic 1-year-old Pit Bull mix, had been at the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter for a few months. Even with a sponsorship that reduced his adoption fee he’d been having trouble finding the right place. Ernie needed a home where he could be the only pet – a quality that works against a lot of adoptable shelter dogs. Jason Coronado, a UPS driver was delivering packages to the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter October 5th when he met Ernie. Coronado called Ernie into the truck and the affectionate pup hopped…continue reading →
Neglected Dog Abandoned In Dumpster Gets Adopted

Neglected Dog Abandoned In Dumpster Gets Adopted

Advertisement Hearts around the world broke this month when a 2-year-old Chihuahua was found discarded in a Des Moines, Iowa dumpster, but his story is finally getting it’s happy ending. The Chihuahua had been locked in a kennel and thrown away like garbage, but the container broke when it landed in the trash. The dog was able to climb to the top of the pile, where he was spotted by a passerby. The pup, named Oscar by the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, was severely malnourished. His fur was matted with filth and…continue reading →

Man Joyously Reunites With Dog Feared Dead In CA Camp Fire

Advertisement On the morning of November 8, Michael Frey and his dog, Taxi were safely out of range when the deadly Northern California Camp Fire struck. Frey’s other pooch, Maggie was not so lucky. She was at home in the fire’s direct path. The worried dog dad called a neighbor to break in and save Maggie, but she became frightened and bolted. Frey knew the chances of seeing her alive again were slim. Hoping for the best, but fearing the worst, he took to the internet – and spotted a photo of Maggie!…continue reading →

Cute Comic Shows What It’s Like To Adopt A Rescue Dog

Advertisement Every rescue dog has a story. Whether they were found roaming the streets as strays or rescued from abusive situations, there’s something unique about each experience. We don’t always know what their lives were like “before,” but adopting a shelter dog is all about the “after.” We shower them with love and attention, and it’s amazing to watch nervous dogs straight from the shelter blossom into confident members of the family. Anyone who’s ever rescued a dog knows how much that one simple act can change lives. Not only does it permanently…continue reading →
High-Tech Animal Shelter Gives Pets A Taste Of Home Before Adoption

High-Tech Animal Shelter Gives Pets A Taste Of Home Before Adoption

Advertisement Technology has a million amazing applications, but the Wallis Annenburg PetSpace is using technology to get the word out about their pups in ways we never imagined!  Unlike other shelters we’ve seen, the Annenburg PetSpace doesn’t have wire kennels. Each adoptable pet gets his own suite with a television that plays pet-friendly shows to entertain him while he waits! Visitors can learn about each pet on a mega-sized screen outside its suite. Each pet has a profile – not entirely unlike the kind you might have if you were looking for love…continue reading →
Can You Give Keller His Forever Home? Austin Animal Center Needs You!

Can You Give Keller His Forever Home? Austin Animal Center Needs You!

Advertisement The Austin Animal Center, a no-kill shelter, contacted iHeartDogs on behalf of Keller, a sweet pup looking for his forever home. If you, a friend, or a rescue has a place for Keller, please contact [email protected] The Austin Animal Center is probably the nicest place that Keller has ever lived, and he shows his appreciation every day for his luck in landing there. Keller (also nicknamed Keller Beller) tries to figure out what people want him to do, and then he works hard to please them. He has learned that his shelter friends…continue reading →
Rescue Dog Helps Parkland Teen Move Forward After School Shooting

Rescue Dog Helps Parkland Teen Move Forward After School Shooting

Advertisement On February 14, 2018, 16-year-old Annagrace Myers was sitting in a classroom at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. In the middle of her chemistry class, the fire alarm went off. She didn’t know it then, but that was the moment her entire community was changed forever. The sophomore survived what is now known as one of the deadliest school shootings in the country’s history. Recovering from the traumatic event hasn’t been easy, but Annagrace has a special friend, a rescue dog named Auggie, to help her heal. Image courtesy of Petco Foundation…continue reading →

Celebrities Affected By Wildfires Lend Their Voices To California’s Pets – And You Can Help, Too.

Advertisement 2018 has been a terrible year for California. The state has suffered 56 wild fires since February, with five still burning. The Camp fire has been called the deadliest in history, with a death toll at 42, and over 7,000 structures destroyed – mostly homes. South of the Camp fire, the Woolsey wildfire has already consumed 91,572 acres in California, destroying over 300 structures as it spread. As firefighters from around the country join the fight against the Woolsey wildfire in California, others are doing what they can to help the people feeling…continue reading →
Terrified Shelter Dog Comes Out Of Her Shell When She Makes A Friend

Terrified Shelter Dog Comes Out Of Her Shell When She Makes A Friend

Advertisement It’s incredible what a big transformation can be made with just a little love. Zelda was abandoned at Pet And Wildlife Rescue (P.A.W.) in Chatham-Kent, Ontario overnight. She was tethered to a pole, riddled with fleas and in overall bad shape. According to BlackburnNews.com, she was so severely underweight that her entire ribcage was visible through her skin. Screenshot via Facebook/Pet and Wildlife Rescue (P.A.W.) When a shelter employee tried to untie her, she became aggressive and wouldn’t let anyone close enough to free her. P.A.W. did eventually manage to untie Zelda…continue reading →
Dog Left To Die On Beach Finds Someone To Love Him

Dog Left To Die On Beach Finds Someone To Love Him

Advertisement You might not guess by looking at him, but Murray is a Weimaraner. His unusual looks are the product of rough circumstances, but he and his family haven’t let it bring him down. While still just a pup, Murray was dumped by his family on a beach in Puerto Rico. The spot they chose to leave him is such a popular dumping spot it’s known as Dead Dog Beach. Though the area is populated mostly by dogs, there are good people out there doing what they can to save them. The Sato…continue reading →
Georgia Shelter Celebrates ‘Adopt A Senior Pet Month’ With Waived Adoption Fees

Georgia Shelter Celebrates ‘Adopt A Senior Pet Month’ With Waived Adoption Fees

Advertisement November is for football and feasting, but it’s also about senior rescue pets looking for new homes. Shelters across the country spend the month of November celebrating their aging dogs and cats while promoting Adopt a Senior Pet Month. These are the pets that have graying fur and walk a little slower than their younger counterparts, but senior dogs and cats need good homes just as much as puppies and kittens. To celebrate Adopt a Senior Pet Month, Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, GA is having a “gray snout special.” Green…continue reading →
Shelter Dog With Cancer Finally Finds The Perfect Home

Shelter Dog With Cancer Finally Finds The Perfect Home

Advertisement Since August, a little Beagle named Pistachio has gone through a whirlwind of life changes. Everything was turned upside down when he was dropped off at an animal shelter in Ohio, and he’s experienced both highs and lows on his journey to find a family. He was diagnosed with cancer, but that hasn’t stopped the sweet pup from making the most out of life. He’s become a local celebrity and has learned there are a lot of perks to being a national super star. The best perk of all, however, didn’t come…continue reading →
Florida Family Has Heartwarming Reunion After Losing Home To Hurricane Michael

Florida Family Has Heartwarming Reunion After Losing Home To Hurricane Michael

Advertisement When Hurricane Michael hit the Florida panhandle, thousands of people and pets lost their homes. The winds tore away roofs while pounding rain sent floodwaters rushing through neighborhoods. People had to pack what they could to find safety, and amidst the chaos, many were separated from loved ones. For Patrick Burns and his family, Hurricane Michael almost ripped them apart. For days, they didn’t know what happened to their beloved dog, Quinn, but a kind stranger and diligent animal rescuers came through for them in the best way. Before Hurricane Michael showed…continue reading →
Senior Rescue Dog Surprises New Family, Now His Story Is A Children’s Book

Senior Rescue Dog Surprises New Family, Now His Story Is A Children’s Book

Advertisement Once upon a time Bear was a lonely, tired stray. He had been found laying in a ditch by a passing driver who took him to the Humane Society for care. Bear was dirty, and weak, and did not want to move. He had a list of health issues – common for a dog his age, but still extreme. His teeth were bad and he had arthritis, impaired eyesight, and a serious case of heartworms. The Humane Society was able to bring his health up enough to make him comfortable and get…continue reading →
Time Is Running Out For Shelter Dog Who Has Less Than A Week To Find A Home

Time Is Running Out For Shelter Dog Who Has Less Than A Week To Find A Home

Advertisement iHeartDogs recently received an urgent plea from Kayla Murray with Austin Animal Shelter on behalf of Rex, a dog with only days left. If you, a friend, or a rescue can give Rex the time he needs, please contact [email protected] From Kayla: “Some dogs are just dealt unfair hands. And when that happens, it is up to the dog’s advocates to change their luck. So, here we are, hoping that the next chapter of Rex’s life will be the one that finally brings him the love and happiness he deserves. “Rex’s former owner…continue reading →
Troubled Shelter Pit Bull Becomes Indiana’s First Police K9

Troubled Shelter Pit Bull Becomes Indiana’s First Police K9

Advertisement The small town Kennard, Indiana has welcomed the state’s first Pit Bull K9 onto it’s team! K9 Jasper is a handsome boy who had a rough start, but thanks to shelters who refused to give up on him, is now right where he belongs! Jasper was found as a stray by the Prince William County Animal Shelter, who believed that he had been hit by a car. Though he was smart and loyal, Jasper wasn’t easy to place. With his extreme energy he needed a person who had the time and patience…continue reading →

Rescue Dog Pays It Forward To Save Another In Need

Advertisement Saving a dog on the brink of starvation was all about teamwork for a group of rescuers in Dallas, Texas. Brady, an eight-month-old Mastiff, was found on the streets so weak he could barely lift his head. He needed help from staff at the Dallas Shelter, volunteers at DFW Rescue Me, veterinary professionals, and one very special pup. Without eight-year-old Rose, Brady wouldn’t have survived his first night off the streets. Posted by DFW Rescue Me on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 As a rescue dog herself, Rose is no stranger to heartache. She…continue reading →
Shelter Dog Returned By Adopters For Being “Too Good”

Shelter Dog Returned By Adopters For Being “Too Good”

Advertisement Binx is a gorgeous mixed breed pooch with one blue eye and one brown eye. He loves to run, play, hike, and enjoy the Arizona outdoors. In addition to his good looks and adventurous spirit, he is potty trained, sits and shakes on command, and loves kids and other dogs. Despite his perfect resume, Binx was recently returned to the Arizona Animal Welfare League after just 48 hours with his new family. The reason? He is just TOO GOOD! Binx’s adopters could not stop singing his praises on the surrender form, describing…continue reading →
Four Years Later, This Sweet Dog Is Still Looking For The Perfect Home

Four Years Later, This Sweet Dog Is Still Looking For The Perfect Home

Advertisement It’s been four long years since sweet Ginger was first introduced to Responsible Pet Care of Oxford Hills. The no-kill animal shelter in Paris, Maine was built from the ground up by a small group of people dedicated to improving the lives of lost, abandoned, and stray animals in their community. They see several heartbreaking cases a year, but they never turn down an animal in need. In 2014, Ginger came to them as a stray. She needed a good meal and a safe place to sleep, and now all she wants…continue reading →