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 →
Atlanta Considers Bill To Ban Sale Of Pets From Puppy & Kitten Mills

Atlanta Considers Bill To Ban Sale Of Pets From Puppy & Kitten Mills

Advertisement This week, three Atlanta City Councilmembers introduced a bill to ban stores from selling animals from “puppy and kitten mills.” The legislation will move to the Public Safety Committee for consideration at the meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 23. Councilmember Amir Farokhi spearheaded the proposal, and it was co-sponsored by Councilmembers Carla Smith and Natalyn Archibong. Farokhi told First Coast News the ordinance is close to his heart. “Atlanta is a humane city and our policies toward animals should reflect that,” he said. “My wife and I own a rescued dog and two rescued cats. Our…continue reading →

14 Totally FREE Ways To Help Shelter Dogs & The Staff Who Care For Them

Advertisement There are all kinds of dog lovers out there, including those who cannot have a pooch of their own due to financial constraints, physical limitations, or housing concerns. Even if you cannot foster, adopt, or make a financial donation, you can still help the pups at your local shelter and the staff who work hard to give them better lives! Non-profit organizations like public shelters and private rescues are in constant need of supplies, products and services from their community. Many of the most valuable things on their wish lists are items…continue reading →
How To Adopt Any Dog Breed Without Buying From A Shop Or Breeder

How To Adopt Any Dog Breed Without Buying From A Shop Or Breeder

Advertisement It may not be our official motto, but we say it often enough that it could be: “Adopt, don’t shop.” It’s a great thing to do, but it might dampen your spirits if you have your heart set on a specific breed. Some might argue that any dog deserves love, and it’s true, but not every dog fits every lifestyle. There are several good reasons you may be determined to have a specific breed. If you’re a couch potato, you’re going to have a sad, disappointed dog if he’s an athletic breed.…continue reading →
Big Strong Shelter Pooch Loves Being Tucked In Like A Baby Each Night

Big Strong Shelter Pooch Loves Being Tucked In Like A Baby Each Night

Advertisement Prince is a big boy with an even bigger bark. Like many Pit Bull-type dogs, Prince’s looks – and voice – can be deceiving. The handsome pooch currently resides at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society in New York where he has been awaiting his forever home for six months. Each night, before he heads off to Dreamland, Prince climbs onto his bed and waits patiently while a staff member wraps him in a blanket, rubs his belly, and tucks a favorite toy by his side. [embedded content] Prince’s original owner was unable to…continue reading →
Shelter Volunteer Falls In Love With Dog’s Unusual Smile

Shelter Volunteer Falls In Love With Dog’s Unusual Smile

Advertisement We’ve seen how love can transform a dog, but this dog was changed both inside and out thanks to one shelter volunteer. Clefford’s story starts on the streets. According to TheDodo, Clefford’s original family was homeless, and unable to care for his medical needs. His cleft palate caused him pain when he ate regular kibble, and though surgery could repair the issue, his family was unable to afford it. They made a tough decision, and surrendered Clefford to the care of Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston with the hope of giving…continue reading →
Houston Astros Pitcher Pays For Stray Dog’s Surgery And Gives Her A Home

Houston Astros Pitcher Pays For Stray Dog’s Surgery And Gives Her A Home

Advertisement Abby was running late for work the day she spotted a black lab laying near the road. She stopped to check on the dog, and immediately realized that the pup couldn’t walk, and had likely been hit by a car. She was panting, crying, and clearly in an extreme amount of pain. Abby dropped everything to take the dog, now named Holly (for the bush near where she was found,) to the vet. They discovered that the dog was about two years old, and had a broken leg, punctured lung, and a…continue reading →
Blind Rescue Dog Has His Very Own Seeing Eye Dog

Blind Rescue Dog Has His Very Own Seeing Eye Dog

Advertisement When a Cocker Spaniel named Kimchi was found abandoned and afraid on a lonely street in the Philippines, he was already mostly blind. It was 2012, and no one knew what the ailing dog’s life had been like before rescuers took him in. What they did know, however, was that Kimchi deserved better. Compassion and Responsibility for Animals (CARA) was determined to change his life. All they needed was the perfect family to take him home. At a school event recently. Posted by Ginger and Kimchi on Friday, August 17, 2018 With his…continue reading →

Pit Bull Saved From Dog Fighting Is Training To Become A Police K9

Advertisement 3-year-old Dallas is one of 31 Pit Bull-type dogs rescued from a Canadian dog fighting ring. According to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, they were discovered chained to metal stakes with evidence of fighting – including schedules, muzzles, break sticks, steroids and suture kits – found on the property. But after a lengthy legal battle, Dallas has left that life far behind. He will graduate from a six week training program next month and begin serving the town of Honaker, Virginia as their first and only narcotics…continue reading →
The Touching Story Of An Olympic Athlete’s Newest Rescue Dog

The Touching Story Of An Olympic Athlete’s Newest Rescue Dog

Advertisement When Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy and his boyfriend Matt Wilkas toured a dog meat farm in South Korea, they fell in love with a furry bundle of joy they named Beemo. The puppy’s two dads started documenting her life to raise awareness about the serious issues surrounding both the dog meat trade and animal welfare in general. With her fluffy face and sassy personality, the little rescue pup soon stole the hearts of thousands. Beemo went from a scared puppy crammed into a wire cage to a funny and inspirational internet celebrity.…continue reading →
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 →
Trucker Drives 64 Shelter Pets Out Of The Path Of Hurricane Florence

Trucker Drives 64 Shelter Pets Out Of The Path Of Hurricane Florence

Advertisement 51-year-old Tony Alsup hopes to open his own animal shelter one day. Until that dream becomes a reality, he is doing everything in his power to help dogs and cats affected by natural disasters. It started when he learned about the overcrowding in Texas shelters after Hurricane Harvey. The truck driver from Greenback, Tennessee knew he had to help, but he could not transport animals in a semi-trailer. “I thought, well what can I do?” Alsup told the Washington Post. “I’ll just go buy a bus.” And the kind-hearted animal lover did…continue reading →

Pastor & Parishioners Rescue Four-Legged Flood Victims

Advertisement A North Carolina pastor and two of his parishioners set out Friday afternoon to help victims of Hurricane Florence. Although they initially intended to locate humans stranded by floodwaters, they ended up finding cats and dogs in need. In a now-viral video, the trio of rescuers are seen saving two stranded dogs and a pair of water-logged kittens. [embedded content] Matthew Drake is the pastor at Richlands United Pentecostal Church in Jacksonville, NC – an area devastated by this week’s storm. Drake was accompanied by church member Leroy McGee, and a third…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 →
Reporter Interrupts Live Newscast To Help Rescue Dog From Hurricane Flood Waters

Reporter Interrupts Live Newscast To Help Rescue Dog From Hurricane Flood Waters

Advertisement Reporter, Julie Wilson was recording a Facebook Live video in the hurricane-ravaged town of New Bern, North Carolina on Friday when she found herself caught up in the rescue effort. As Wilson waded through knee-deep water, she came across a woman named Tasha who said her daughter’s injured therapy dog was still inside her flooding house. TO THE RESCUE: ABC station reporter interrupts live stream to rescue dog chest deep in the flooded streets of New Bern, North Carolina. After struggling to carry the big dog out at first, they all made it…continue reading →
These “Brothers From Another Mother” Have Been Waiting Over A Year For Their Forever Homes

These “Brothers From Another Mother” Have Been Waiting Over A Year For Their Forever Homes

Advertisement Lover Boy and Colonel Snazzypants have been at LifeLine Animal Project‘s Dekalb County Shelter for 442 and 381 days respectively. Last year, during a stressful move to a new facility, staff members noticed the two dogs’ physical similarities and decided to see if they would make good roommates. The boys became fast friends and have been inseparable ever since! Photo c/o LifeLine Animal Project “These two were paired together because Lover Boy was one of the few remaining dogs after we held an event to clear the shelter to prepare for our…continue reading →
Dog With Grapefruit-Size Tumor Hopes To Find A Forever Fospice Home

Dog With Grapefruit-Size Tumor Hopes To Find A Forever Fospice Home

Advertisement Pinto recently lost his family, ended up in a kill shelter, and was diagnosed with two different kinds of cancer. He also has a grapefruit-size mass protruding from his head. Despite these challenges, Pinto is one lucky pooch. Why, you ask? Because he has been rescued by the Mr. Mo Project, an incredible organization based in Clifton Park, New York. MMP founders, Chris and Mariesa Hughes vowed to provide Pinto with the very best veterinary care, no matter the cost. Like every dog rescued by this caring couple, Pinto will also receive…continue reading →
Three-Legged Dog Helps Middle School Boy Conquer Bullies

Three-Legged Dog Helps Middle School Boy Conquer Bullies

Advertisement Middle school isn’t the easiest stage in life, but for a boy named Carson, life at school was almost unbearable. Bullies harassed him in the hallways, and it didn’t take long for their hateful actions to take a toll on Carson’s emotional well-being. His confidence plummeted, and he started feeling anxious and depressed. It took all his courage to walk into school, and every day was a struggle. Courtesy of A Forever Home Rescue Foundation To try and help their son, Carson’s family sought every kind of professional help they could think…continue reading →
Shelter Posts Before & After Pics Of Elderly Cat That Was Dumped At Shelter Overnight In Terrible Condition

Shelter Posts Before & After Pics Of Elderly Cat That Was Dumped At Shelter Overnight In Terrible Condition

Sadly, the folks at Douglas County Animal Care & Services in Gardnerville, Nevada, are well accustomed to receiving anonymous animal dumping outside of regular work hours, but this one was even more heartbreaking than usual. Show Full Text On arrival at the shelter one morning, shelter supervisor Liz Begovich and her collegues came across an animal carrier, with a huge ball of unidentifiable fluff inside. “All we saw was a matted mess,” Liz told The Dodo. What could this poor creature be? The shelter staff’s first guess was that it must be a…continue reading →
Utah Firefighter Gives Home To Dog Rescued From California Wildfire

Utah Firefighter Gives Home To Dog Rescued From California Wildfire

Advertisement A small act of kindness is even more amazing when it happens in the middle of chaos. Wildfires continue to wreak havoc in California and fire crews from other areas have travelled to join the effort. Firefighters from Draper City, Utah travelled over 800 miles to help fight the Mendocino Complex fire burning North of Santa Rosa, California. On August 12, while working contain the flames in the Potter Valley fire zone, the group spotted a German Shepherd huddled under a tree. The dog was extremely thirsty and tired, and the firefighters…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 →
Pittsburgh Hotel Owner Rescues Thousands Of Pets And Encourages Guests To Adopt!

Pittsburgh Hotel Owner Rescues Thousands Of Pets And Encourages Guests To Adopt!

Advertisement Jonathan Plesset is a man who loves animals – and sharing his love of animals with the people who stay at his hotel! Years ago, Plesset and a friend got their aviation licenses and decided to use them to rescue animals by helping transport them to no-kill shelters where they were more likely to be adopted. Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team (PAART) was born with just two pilots – Jonathan Plesset and Brad Childs. Since then, PAART has become much larger, recruiting volunteers and adding more vehicles to it’s fleet. In 2017…continue reading →
Pit Bull Loses Chance To Protect And Serve Because of Breed Discrimination

Pit Bull Loses Chance To Protect And Serve Because of Breed Discrimination

Advertisement It’s sad news when a dog loses the opportunity to live up to their potential. Nova is a young pit bull mix who recently said goodbye to her future as a police K9 because of her breed. iHeartDogs was contacted by Kayla Murray with Austin Pets Alive! Who shared Nova’s story with us, and our hearts broke for her when we heard that she had lost her chance to protect and serve. “Nova is a 2-year-old pittie mix who just completed her narcotics detection training at the Universal K9 (UK9) training facility…continue reading →
Shelter Gets Crazy and Creative To Get Pets Adopted

Shelter Gets Crazy and Creative To Get Pets Adopted

Advertisement Every year over 7 million pets find themselves in shelters in the U.S. Shelter staff are tasked with finding each and every adoptable pet a home, and some are coming up with clever ways to get the job done! Many shelters use social media to spread pictures and videos, but West Memphis Animal Shelter has taken a wild, crazy, incredibly creative route in getting the word out about their adoptable pets! Adoption and Rescue Coordinator Trent Stacey is making sure that the videos he puts out on the WMAS Facebook page are…continue reading →
“Fun Size” Rescue Dog Beats The Odds Thanks To Her Devoted Foster Mom

“Fun Size” Rescue Dog Beats The Odds Thanks To Her Devoted Foster Mom

Advertisement On June 22,  Onslow County Animal Services (OCAS) in Jackson, North Carolina picked up an emaciated, nearly-hairless stray dog with a severe case of Demodectic mange. Adoption First Animal Rescue specializes in saving death row dogs from euthanasia. They pulled the pitiful pup out of the shelter and placed her with one of their seasoned foster moms, Heather Corradino-Llantada. Photo c/o Heather Corradino-Llantada The moment she took the dog in her arms, Heather knew something more serious than skin mites was wrong. The poor pup was burning up with fever. Heather rushed her to…continue reading →
Project Open Paw Brings Food and Hope To Homeless Dogs

Project Open Paw Brings Food and Hope To Homeless Dogs

Advertisement Many of us wish that we could save every homeless dog we see. Paul Crowell took the most important step in making the wish come true – action. While walking to and from his job at a boarding kennel, Paul would see several homeless people out with their dogs. He noticed that though they did their best to keep their pups fed and healthy, it was difficult from their position. Homelessness makes everything uncertain, and many don’t know where they’ll sleep that night or if they’ll eat that day – those concerns…continue reading →

Senior Chihuahua Finds Best Friend/Ride In His Golden Years

Advertisement It might have taken him 15 years, but senior Chihuahua Tito found a best friend who was worth the wait! When Tito’s owner was hospitalized, he found himself in the care of a shelter in New Jersey. This wasn’t his first time homeless, but at the age of 15, it was likely to be his last. The kind people at Wise Animal Rescue were determined to bring his health up to par and make him comfortable – particularly Adoption Foster Coordinator Kristina Helfer. She fell in love with the tiny boy’s grey…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 →