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 →

Senior Dog Receives A Special Spa Day To Help Her Get Adopted

Advertisement After her owner passed away in February, Kisses, a 9-year-old Black Lab, found herself living at the Arizona Humane Society in Phoenix. Despite her sweet nature, playful spirit, and impressive repertoire of tricks, she has yet to find a new home. In order to help her chances, the generous folks at Dogtopia Arcadia treated the special senior to a complimentary spa day! The friendly groomers pampered Kisses with a bath, a special deshedding/conditioning treatment, and a relaxing brush out. They also brushed her teeth, cleaned her ears, and gave her a “mani/pedi”. “Kisses…continue reading →

10 Things To Know About Adopting A Fearful Rescue Dog

Advertisement Walk through any animal shelter in the country, and there will always be excited dogs begging for your attention. They hop and bark and paw at the gate hoping to catch the eye of the exact right person. But among all that excitement, there’s also a different type of rescue dog. They’re the dogs that would rather curl up and borrow in their beds than face well-intentioned strangers. For one reason or another, they’re afraid of the world. Fearful rescue dogs don’t seek out attention like their more exuberant kennel-mates, and that…continue reading →
Stray Dog With No Tongue Impresses Rescuers With Her Ability To Survive

Stray Dog With No Tongue Impresses Rescuers With Her Ability To Survive

Advertisement Liz Oeffner was driving through Detroit’s West Side when she noticed a filthy dog limping along the road at a busy intersection. Concerned for her safety, she scooped up the gentle pooch and brought her home. As the hungry stray ate, Oeffner noticed there was something strange about her mouth. “She was eating weird,” Oeffner wrote on Facebook. “I assumed she didn’t have any teeth. Then she yawned. She didn’t have a tongue.” Oeffner brought the dog to her veterinarian who confirmed that she was indeed missing her tongue. She then contacted…continue reading →
Shelter Worker Dedicates Her Life To Saving Hundreds Of Parvo Puppies

Shelter Worker Dedicates Her Life To Saving Hundreds Of Parvo Puppies

Advertisement KC Pet Project in Kansas City, Missouri takes in about 30 rescued animals every day. There are dogs and cats ready to find new homes right away, and then there are the dogs that come in needing serious help. Many of them are diagnosed with parvovirus. Parvovirus is a serious viral disease that starts in a dog’s intestinal tract and attacks the white blood cells before doing damage to the heart. It’s highly contagious, and many puppies and adult dogs don’t survive. Treatment involves a long hospital stay with aggressive supportive care,…continue reading →

Dog Rescuer Ends 25-Year Marriage When Her Husband Said ‘It’s Me Or The Dogs’

Advertisement Liz Haslam’s life has always revolved around dogs. Growing up, her mother bred West Highland Terriers, and her father owned an animal food business. As she got older, she knew her home wouldn’t be complete without the sound of paws padding down the hall, and she eventually found her passion working with rescue dogs. Unfortunately, after years of living in a home filled with pups, Liz’s husband wanted to take a break from rescuing. When he gave her the ultimatum of, “it’s me or the dogs,” Liz knew what she had to…continue reading →
Actor Gives Shelter Pit Bull A Happily Ever After

Actor Gives Shelter Pit Bull A Happily Ever After

Advertisement If shelter dogs dream of being adopted, this Texas pup dreams bigger than the rest! She’s living in a real, Cinderella-like fairytale after finding her new home! Once named “Sylvia,” the former stray was picked up by Montgomery County Animal Services in the weeks following Hurricane Harvey. Shelters that hadn’t flooded and could still take in pets were filled to bursting, and rescues around the country transported hundreds of animals out of the area to make room for more as many pets were left homeless after the storm. As a sickly pit…continue reading →
Incredibly Unique Big-Eared Beauty Needs A Forever Home

Incredibly Unique Big-Eared Beauty Needs A Forever Home

Advertisement Wanda is a gorgeous pup with huge velvety ears and so much love to give… so why has no one taken her home? This beautiful pup has been waiting at the shelter for nearly half a year, desperate for a family. Normally fun-loving, shelter staff are getting concerned as she becomes more and more depressed. Wanda was taken in to the Broward County Animal Care and Adoption Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida as a stray back in January. Estimated to be about 2 and a half years old, this gorgeous girl’s trademark…continue reading →
Man Honors Late Dog By Rescuing A Senior Pup… Now He Has A Whole Pack!

Man Honors Late Dog By Rescuing A Senior Pup… Now He Has A Whole Pack!

Advertisement ‘Steve Greig, who lives in Colorado and works as a full-time accountant, knew that the only way to recover from the loss of a dear old furry friend was to give another one a loving home. Little did he know that this act of love would grow into something much bigger! As a child, Greig’s parents taught him to love all animals.  “I grew up with a lot of pets,” he told The Dodo. “Both my parents were animal lovers and they pretty much always let me have whatever I wanted as…continue reading →
Hotel Foster Program Is Getting Shelter Dogs Adopted In Record Time

Hotel Foster Program Is Getting Shelter Dogs Adopted In Record Time

Advertisement Adopting a rescue dog usually means visiting a shelter to pick out the perfect pooch, but a hotel in Orlando, FL is putting a new spin on pet adoption. Thanks to a specially designed in-lobby dog house, Aloft Orlando Downtown recently launched a foster program aimed at getting more local dogs adopted into loving families. The hotel is working with the non-profit Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, and they’ve already found homes for two shelter dogs in need. Foster dog #1: Mavis, a five year old shih tzu mix. Found her forever…continue reading →
Rescue Dog With Rare Tumor To Undergo Groundbreaking Surgery

Rescue Dog With Rare Tumor To Undergo Groundbreaking Surgery

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

Dog Abandoned & Written On With Permanent Marker Finally Has Hope For A Better Life

Advertisement Just when we think we’ve seen it all, another unbelievable rescue story emerges. Marvella is a pup who was found dumped in a park in Ohio. Although her former owners supposedly wanted her to go to a good home, their actions spoke otherwise. The message was written on the young white dog in black permanent marker. Across her side it said “FREE,” and on her forehead, “GOOD HOME ONLY.” Her other side, in very sloppy writing, appears to read, “I AM A GIFT FROM GOD.” …so why was she drawn on and abandoned?…continue reading →
UPDATE: Former Owner Of Puppy Found Written On With Permanent Marker Speaks Out

UPDATE: Former Owner Of Puppy Found Written On With Permanent Marker Speaks Out

Advertisement Update: The woman who abandoned Marvella, the pup covered in writing with permanent marker, defended her actions. She claimed that after a dispute with her landlord, she tried to bring the pup to shelters but they were all full. “After I did that cringe-worthy moment where I was just like, ‘Oh my gosh, I messed up. She looks awful,” she admitted in a story by WHOtv. She added: “I knew with everything inside of me that she would find a good home and that’s exactly what happened.” Watch the full story below:…continue reading →

Dog Rescuer Dies Unexpectedly, Leaving Her 25 Senior Dogs In Desperate Need Of Homes

Advertisement Marline was loved by her friends and family, and known as an avid dog lover in the rescue world. She adopted 33 dogs, as well as horses, and had a particular soft spot for senior pooches who had a hard time finding homes. Once welcomed into Marline’s family, the pups were able to roam and play on her 10-acre property in Northern California. Sadly, Marline, who was in her 70’s, passed away unexpectedly, leaving her huge four-legged family behind. Thankfully, the animals weren’t left for too long, as friends worked quickly to…continue reading →
Senior Dog Who’s Called A “Burden” Escapes Euthanasia & Finally Finds A Loving Family

Senior Dog Who’s Called A “Burden” Escapes Euthanasia & Finally Finds A Loving Family

Coco is living proof that it is never too late to find your bliss! This 12-year-old cutie was picked up by animal services and brought to LifeLine Animal Project‘s Fulton County shelter an astonishing six times in one year! Finally, her owner had enough. He threatened to euthanize Coco. Photo c/o LifeLine Animal Project  “The last time she came in, her owner told us that she was a burden and he was going to have her euthanized by his vet,” LifeLine Animal Project’s Public Relations Director, Karen Hirsch told iHeartDogs. “We all had fallen…continue reading →
This Terminally Ill Pup Is Looking For A Family To Fill Her Final Days With Love

This Terminally Ill Pup Is Looking For A Family To Fill Her Final Days With Love

Advertisement Foster and adoption aren’t the only ways to help a homeless dog in need. When you become a “fospice” (foster + hospice) parent to a terminally ill pet, you selflessly provide them with the love, care and comfort they so richly deserve in their final days. Akira is a sweet pooch in search of a fospice home to call her own. Photo c/o LifeLine Animal Project She arrived at LifeLine Animal Project‘s DeKalb County Animal Services shelter in Atlanta, Georgia last June, and has been in the care of this wonderful organization…continue reading →
Soldier Finally Reunites With The Dog She Rescued In Iraq

Soldier Finally Reunites With The Dog She Rescued In Iraq

Advertisement Nine months have passed since Sgt. Tracy McKithern fell in love with a pitiful pup while deployed to Iraq. After caring for her overseas and battling to bring her home to the United States, McKithern’s efforts finally paid off this week with an emotional airport reunion. [embedded content] McKithern is a combat photographer and a major dog lover. After arriving in Erbil, Iraq in April 2017, she caught sight of a filthy white pup sniffing around the camp. McKithern learned from fellow soldiers that the dog’s mother had a litter of three, but…continue reading →
Former NFL Player Travels The US With Newly Adopted Dog In Tow

Former NFL Player Travels The US With Newly Adopted Dog In Tow

Advertisement Few pro-football players would be pleased to be released from the NFL, but for former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Joe Hawley, the end of his football career meant a chance at a new beginning. After eight years spent sacrificing himself to both the mental and physical stress of his football career, Joe has decided to embrace this new chapter of his life and make the most of it. He tells USA Today, “It’s very structured. My whole life has been like that. I felt like I just kind of wanted to experience life,…continue reading →

Celebrities & Advocates Watch Shelter Pets Strut Their Stuff At Pawject Runway

Advertisement We love the clever ways that passionate animal lovers raise awareness for rescue, and BARCS Animal Shelter in Baltimore, Maryland threw a soiree called Pawject Runway to raise awareness, funds, and find families for homeless pets in need! Local celebrities, public figures, and nationally-known athletes all came together in support of the modeling mutts and kitties. Carolina Panther Torrey Smith, Tampa Bay Buccaneer Ryan Jensen, and New England Patriot Lawrence Guy (all former Ravens) donated a combined $9,000 to cover the adoption fees of all the animals, and an additional $190,000 was raised to support…continue reading →
This Husky Was Found So Malnourished He Looked Like A Skeleton, 10 Months Later He’s Unrecognizable

This Husky Was Found So Malnourished He Looked Like A Skeleton, 10 Months Later He’s Unrecognizable

Anyone who has ever visited the beautiful island of Bali will know that, stunning as it is, they do have a stray dog issue and it is quite common to encounter street dogs while walking around towns and villages. Show Full Text While the government has a difficult job on its hands to keep things under control and prevent rabies outbreaks, shelters and citizens take matters in their own hands to give the poor, lost pups the best life they can possibly get. Bali is known for its Hindu faith, and one important…continue reading →

Need A Cuddle Buddy? You Can “Rent-A-Dog” At This Shelter!

Advertisement There are many reasons a dog lover may not be able to have a pooch of their own, but now they can satisfy their canine cravings with a visit to the Camden County Animal Shelter in Blackwood, New Jersey. The shelter introduced their new “Rent-a-Dog” program last week and it is already a rousing success! Since its debut on the CCAS Facebook page, the program has attracted so many potential pup “renters,” the staff has requested more time to reply to them all! Interested parties may “check out” a pooch for up…continue reading →

How To Help Your Rescue Dog Feel Safe On Walks

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

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

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

8 Ways To Make Your Rescue Dog As Comfortable As Ever

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

How To Help Your Rescue Dog Gain Weight

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

Rescue In Georgia Needs Your Help To Make A Bigger Impact

Advertisement Pit bulls have become the most common breed found in shelters and an estimated 2,800 are euthanized every day. Even with their big eyes and gorgeous smiles, people shy away from them and demand laws that keep them out of their neighborhoods, cities and countries. Innocent dogs are dying all over – and even some of the most dedicated dog lovers won’t bother to help because of their breed. Many people absolutely will not consider adopting a pit bull because they believe that they are prone to aggression and violence- however, more…continue reading →
Sweet Pittie Desperately Needs A Forever Home Because Of BSL Laws A Country Away

Sweet Pittie Desperately Needs A Forever Home Because Of BSL Laws A Country Away

Advertisement Breed specific legislation (BSL) has been the cause of a lot of heartbreak and frustration. A lot of good dogs are at risk of losing the homes and families they’ve known and loved for years because people make assumptions based on fear and misunderstanding. Aside from its direct harm, BSL can have indirect repercussions as well. Kayla Murray with the Austin Animal Center tells iHeartDogs about Chloe, a sweet dog who is at risk of losing her home in Austin, Texas to BSL – even though Austin doesn’t have any such laws…continue reading →