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 →

Nonprofit Wolf Sanctuary Gives Rescued Wolf Dogs A Chance At A Real Life

Advertisement If you ever find yourself in or around Houston, Texas, try your best to make a trip out to the Saint Francis Wolf Sanctuary in Montgomery, about 50 miles outside of the city. Having lived in Texas the majority of my life, I was equally shocked and pleasantly surprised to find that one of the best, if not the very best, wolf sanctuary lies right here in the Lone Star State. Which, if you really think about it, is somewhat ironic as wolves are not found naturally in Texas’ wildlife, due to…continue reading →
Rescue Pup Has Been Sleeping On His Brother Since He Was 6-Weeks-Old

Rescue Pup Has Been Sleeping On His Brother Since He Was 6-Weeks-Old

Advertisement Last summer, a very special pair of pals named Colt and Charlie arrived at Wisconsin’s Fox Valley Humane Association (FVHA). The best friends met at an Arkansas shelter when the staff placed a then-6-week-old Charlie in Colt’s kennel to cheer him up as he recovered from hip surgery. Despite their 7 month age difference, the two became inseparable. Photo c/o Rebecca Reppert-Klich Soul Reflection Photography And when I say inseparable, I mean it quite literally – Charlie insists on being in physical contact with his best buddy at all times! The pups were…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 →
Woman’s Incredible Rescue Story Inspires Remarkable Project

Woman’s Incredible Rescue Story Inspires Remarkable Project

Advertisement Humans and dogs have a long, colorful history, and the bonds we build with the special dogs in our lives are like no other we experience with any other animal, or even any other human. Every single bond is unique, every story worth telling. For a person who has been saved by a shelter dog, or for a shelter dog who has missed out on real human love, the bond can be the most powerful thing in the world. Halie and Lilly. Photo: Halie West Photographer Halie West knows all about it…continue reading →
Loyal Dog Follows Owner When She Falls 300 Feet Down A Mountainside

Loyal Dog Follows Owner When She Falls 300 Feet Down A Mountainside

Advertisement When Brittany Fintel felt her feet slip on the snow covering Mount St. Helens, she thought she was going to die. She tumbled over boulders and fell over 300 feet until finally coming to a stop near another steep cliff. She was hurt and in tremendous pain, but she was alive. She also had something else to be thankful for—her loyal service dog named Indy. A Navy veteran, Fintel was traveling around the western U.S. with her dog and planned to summit Mount St. Helens, a 8,663-foot volcano. She and Indy started…continue reading →
Kind-Hearted Cyclist Pedals Injured Stray Puppy To Safety

Kind-Hearted Cyclist Pedals Injured Stray Puppy To Safety

Advertisement Avid mountain biker, Jarrett Little was cycling with some friends near Columbus, Georgia when they stopped near a copse of trees to rest. Upon hearing their voices, an injured, emaciated puppy hobbled out from the woods and approached the group in search of help. “We stopped to regroup and he came out of the woods to greet us. He was really thin, ribs showing and had a lot of road rash and a broken leg,” Little told CBS News. Little and his fellow cyclists offered the pup some of their water and…continue reading →
Terminally Ill Dog Has So Much To Teach Her Young Fospice Dad

Terminally Ill Dog Has So Much To Teach Her Young Fospice Dad

Advertisement You may recognize Akira’s sweet face from a previous post detailing LifeLine Animal Project‘s quest to find her a loving fospice home. We are happy to announce that she has found a wonderful human to share her final days with – and she’s got a few life lessons to teach him before she goes! Photo c/o Lawson Chambers At first glance, 25-year-old Lawson Chambers may seem like an unlikely choice to take in a dog like Akira. The sweet pooch was recently diagnosed with mast cell carcinoma – a form of cancer that will…continue reading →

83 Dogs Rescued From Deplorable Conditions In Residential Puppy Mill

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

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

Advertisement Finally, some good news about pets on an airline! You probably remember the tragic story of a French Bulldog who died on a United flight when his owner was instructed to keep him in the overhead compartment back in March. (You may also know that brachycephalic, or short-nosed breeds, are also especially prone to breathing and overheating problems.) But for a Frenchie named Darcy, the exact opposite happened: two cabin crew members may have very well saved her life! On a recent jetBlue flight, a passenger, her husband, and her three small…continue reading →
Dog Goes From Starving Stray To Loved Family Pet, Thanks To Customers Like You

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

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

Sweet Shelter Dog Who Charms Humans Is STILL Looking For Her Forever Home

Advertisement Do you believe that a dog can find true love in any home, or that there’s one perfect home out there for every dog? When we see a perfectly adoptable pup go so long without a home, it seems that there must be a home out there where she belongs that just hasn’t found her yet. That’s the case with Nicky, a young Pibble in California who has waited over a year for the right person to adopt her. Photo: The Zen Dog At only 10 months old, Nicky was pregnant and…continue reading →
Fishermen Notice Something Stranded On An Iceberg Out At Sea

Fishermen Notice Something Stranded On An Iceberg Out At Sea

Life at sea brings all manner of incredible experiences and challenges, with the proximity to the beauty and power of mother nature offering a view of the world that too few of us ever see. Show Full Text Fishermen Mallory Harrigan, Cliff Russell and Allan Russell were out a few miles off shore from Labrador, Canada recently when they came across something quite extraordinary. Something was atop a small, mushroom-shaped iceberg, drifting helplessly out to sea, and it wasn’t a creature designed for swimming. It was a starving and terrified Arctic fox, wet…continue reading →
Shelter’s Longest Resident Of Over 3 Years Finally Finds The Perfect Pawrents

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

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

Short Film Gives A New, Unique Look At The Land Of The Strays

Advertisement If you haven’t been living under a rock, you’ve heard of Territorio de Zaguates: the amazing “Land of the Strays” in Costa Rica. Lya Battle and husband Alvaro Saumet Martinez are living every dog lover’s ultimate dream – to rescue every dog in need that they see! iHeartDogs has featured their sanctuary before, and we are big fans of the work they do! The 375 acre farm is home to over 1,000 dogs, and looks like paradise. Who wouldn’t want to live surrounded by dogs, playing and caring for these sweet creatures…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 →

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

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

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

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

Pregnant Dog Wanders Into Fire Station, Delivers Puppies, & Finds A Forever Home!

Advertisement When a pregnant stray dog was ready to give birth, she seemed to know that the big-hearted folks at the Apopka Fire Department in Florida would be happy to help her! The dog, now named Lady, wandered up to the station, where the crew was happy to take her in. “And so I went outside and saw her, and she was pregnant,” said Lt. Renee Beasley in a story by Fox 6. “Even though she was pregnant with her belly, she was extremely underweight. She also had about nine to 12 nails…continue reading →
Shelter Dog That Survived Euthanasia Procedure Deserves A Forever Home More Than Ever

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

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

What Is “Fospice” & Why Should You Get Involved?

Advertisement Fostering an elderly or terminally ill dog is not a decision to be made lightly. It is often stressful, sometimes messy, and ultimately heart-wrenching. But it is also one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have.  According to the ASPCA’s Comprehesive Animal Risk Database System, the adoption rate for senior dogs is lower than that of all other ages combined. Just 25% of senior shelter dogs find homes, and the odds are even worse for dogs with life-shortening health problems. To combat these harsh statistics, more shelters and rescue groups are…continue reading →