Previous Owner’s Heartbreaking Letter Reveals Adopted Dog’s Secret Before He’s Returned To Shelter

Previous Owner’s Heartbreaking Letter Reveals Adopted Dog’s Secret Before He’s Returned To Shelter

We often thank those in our military for their service, but how often do we thank them for their sacrifice?  This story has been passed around the internet for years – it’s a touching reminder of the hearts that are broken and sometimes never mended when our servicepeople have to leave their loved ones behind. We know goodbyes are hard, but we’re reminded that it’s always a two-way street.  They told me the big black Lab’s name was Reggie as I looked at him lying in his pen. the shelter was clean, no-kill,…continue reading →

Stray Dog Pulls Woman Out Of Wrecked Car And Drags Her To Safety

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Even animals can be heroes too! Dogs have proven themselves time and time again that they can be brave heroes and they can do so much more to help us humans. One example is that dog who saved a 14-month-old boy from drowning. The little boy accidentally fell in the pool, and the family’s Labrador Retriever sprang into action and saved the poor boy. Now here’s another canine hero who did something amazing! A woman named Shannon Lorio crashed her car on a rural road, then…continue reading →
Dad Trains Family Dog to Supervise His Sister’s Homework

Dad Trains Family Dog to Supervise His Sister’s Homework

Add one more task to a dog’s resume: homework enforcer. A father in South West China was fed up with his daughter using her smartphone instead of doing her homework, so he came up with a creative solution to keep her on track. The dad trained the family dog to supervise the girl while she attended to her studies. Image via Pear VideoA dog did what? A video depicts the hilarious and adorable relationship between one white dog and his sister. A family in Guiyang City, China, captured this memory on film. The…continue reading →
Boy Sells Rocks To Care For Adopted Beagle With “Broken Heart”

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

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

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

Ukraine’s winters are harsh, especially if you’re a lost dog. Worse than being lost, though, is being injured. When two dogs named Lucy and Panda got loose from their home in Uhzgorod, Ukraine, the odds were already stacked against them. Lucy was injured and unable to walk, so she was stuck lying on train tracks in the snow. Not only was it below-freezing, she was trapped on an active track with trains coming and going. Despite the danger, Panda refused to leave her side. Rescuers were taken aback by the emotional connection between the…continue reading →
Abandoned 130-Pound Saint Bernard Finally Finds Forever Home

Abandoned 130-Pound Saint Bernard Finally Finds Forever Home

Gather round for a heartwarming tale of a dog who started with a tough lot in life and ended up with his happily ever after. This is the story of a 130-pound Saint Bernard finally finding his forever home. Source: YouTube screen captureHumble beginnings Cosmo the Saint Bernard was born in Nebraska in a breeder’s home. For unknown reasons, the breeder gave Cosmo away to the Hearts United for Animals shelter. (We’re shocked too. Who could resist Cosmo’s face? He’s an absolute doll). Even though Cosmo was confused about his new surroundings, the shelter…continue reading →
Lucky Pup Survives Vicious Attack by Cowardly Bullies

Lucky Pup Survives Vicious Attack by Cowardly Bullies

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

Watch Man Risk His Life to Save His Dog in Raging Fire

Jose Guzman displayed heroism and blind love when he ran into his burning house to rescue his beloved two year old pitty, Gabbana. The dangerous and dramatic rescue was caught on video by the landlord’s son-in-law, Adam Guzman and published by KUSI in San Diego. Image courtesy of KUSI San DiegoDevoted father and family man, Jose was attending a barbeque with his fiancé and their three daughters nearby at the home of his parents. He noticed the smoke and fire and decided to go see what was going on. When he arrived at…continue reading →
Incredible Siberian Husky Saves Her Human’s Life Three Times

Incredible Siberian Husky Saves Her Human’s Life Three Times

We often say things like “my dog rescued me,” but Stephanie Herfel’s dog, Sierra, really did – and not just once – three different times! Stephanie Herfel took in her son’s Siberian Husky when he was deployed with the Air Force in 2011. Sierra was only 9-months-old and at the time Stephanie had no idea she’d be a life saver. They became fast friends and together the two moved from California to Wisconsin in 2013. Soon after the move was the first time Sierra tipped Stephanie off that something wasn’t right. Stephanie had…continue reading →
Athlete Thanks Dog Who Saved Her Life By Training Pup For Service

Athlete Thanks Dog Who Saved Her Life By Training Pup For Service

What do you do to show your gratitude to the dog who saved your life and gave you back your confidence? What gesture could ever be enough? Sgt. Christy Gardener didn’t know how to pay it all back to her dog – so she decided to pay it forward. Christy lost both her legs while serving overseas with the U.S. Army. Like many of our servicemen and women, Christy faced extreme mental anguish when she returned home, and often considered ending her life. However, she didn’t have to face the darkness alone. Moxie,…continue reading →
German Debt Collector Sells Family’s Beloved Pug on eBay

German Debt Collector Sells Family’s Beloved Pug on eBay

What would you do if someone attempted to sell your dog on eBay? What would you do if they succeeded? This may sound like an episode of the Twilight Zone, but one German family lived through this trying ordeal. You read that right. When they fell behind on their debts, a German official collected and then sold the family’s beloved Pug on eBay. Tell Me More The story takes place in Ahlen, a northwestern German city. When a family fell behind on their bills (including the city’s $90 annual dog tax), a debt collector came…continue reading →
Woman Rescues Starving Dog Left to Die on Streets

Woman Rescues Starving Dog Left to Die on Streets

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

Woman Rescues Starving Dog Left to Die on Streets

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

7-Year-Old Girl Fighting Brain Tumor Asks For Letters From Dogs

The Mertens family is going through a rough time, but they’re getting by with a little help from their furriest friends from all over the world! Emma Mertens is 7-years-old, and is described as a kind, big-hearted girl. She’s playful, happy, loves her family, and she loves, loves, LOVES dogs! The Mertens family doesn’t have a dog in their home, but Emma enjoys dog-sitting for friends and neighbors. via GoFundMeIn late January Emma was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, an aggressive brain tumor also known as DIPG. “…she was having a normal…continue reading →
Veteran’s Service Dog Attacked By Groomer – Tail Amputated

Veteran’s Service Dog Attacked By Groomer – Tail Amputated

My nightmare! And I know I’m not alone. I love getting my pups groomed. Shiny, brushed-out coats. The sweet smell of perfume…until they jump into the creek. Ugh! But I always worry when I drop them off at the groomer. Somewhere, in the back of my mind, I worry. Will the groomer be nice? Do they really love dogs like I do or is it just a job to pay bills? What if Sandy, my sassy little girl, doesn’t cooperate while they’re bathing her? Will they be sweet? Or mean? Maybe even hurtful.…continue reading →
Enthusiastic Dog Hysterically Fails His Service Dog Training Test

Enthusiastic Dog Hysterically Fails His Service Dog Training Test

For some pups, service work is too good to be true. Enter Ryker, a German Shepard who thinks service training is as thrilling as Christmas morning. A viral video from the Double H Canine Training Academy in Louisville, Kentucky, shows the enthusiastic dog failing his training test in a hilarious way. The video description pretty much says it all, “Every dog has a purpose 🙂. Clearly, Ryker’s purpose is not to be a service dog. Check out this video documenting his good-hearted attempt 😳. Disclaimer: This Training was attempted by trained professionals 😳do…continue reading →
City Photographer Gives Up Everything To Live In The Country With Hundreds Of Dogs

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

Would you give up everything you own – your home, your career, your lifestyle – for your dog? Russian photographer Daria Pushkareva did exactly that, but for the chance to save hundreds of dogs. Pushkareva once worked in entertainment, lending her talents to produce films, television shows, and a full-length feature. For six years she worked long hours with little off-time, pushing herself to exhaustion to succeed in her career. The stress and busy days drove her to find something slower-paced, and she chose to become a photographer. For awhile Pushkareva was one…continue reading →
Service Dog Sully Meets Hero Pilot Captain Sully

Service Dog Sully Meets Hero Pilot Captain Sully

Sully the service dog has been a busy boy since his last assignment ended. Sully came into the service of former President George H.W. Bush shortly after the passing of his wife and first lady, Barbara Bush. Sully was trained by America’s Vet Dogs and spent the last few months of H.W.’s life with him. It’s said that he and the former president were very closely bonded. When his friend died, a photo of Sully resting near the flag-draped casket went viral, and people all over the world fell in love with him.…continue reading →
Petsmart Anti-Pit Bull Policy Keeps 9 Week Old Pup From Party

Petsmart Anti-Pit Bull Policy Keeps 9 Week Old Pup From Party

Pit Bull lovers often suffer heartbreak over the discrimination of their favorite breed. Once called “Nanny Dogs” and praised for their loyalty, Pit Bulls have become a favorite for dog fighters and abusers because of their muscular build and trainability. Their popularity among irresponsible owners have given them a bad reputation they don’t deserve. Discrimination comes in many forms. It can be as simple as someone crossing the street when they see your dog approaching, no matter how well behaved he is on his leash. They’re often banned from neighborhood and apartment communities,…continue reading →
Couple Gives Up Their Dream Wedding To Ensure Terminally Ill Dog Can Be There To Celebrate

Couple Gives Up Their Dream Wedding To Ensure Terminally Ill Dog Can Be There To Celebrate

One of the best things about your big day is spending it with the people you love most. For one UK bride, that person was actually a dog. Estelle and Daniel Harris had their hearts set on a beautiful spring wedding in May. But when they got news that their beloved Bullmastiff, Bruce, had only a few months to live, they decided it was more important to spend their special day with him. Last December the family noticed that Bruce was having trouble breathing and took him to the hospital. There, doctors found…continue reading →
Lovable Pocket Pitty Has Been Waiting Nearly 1000 Days For A Home

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

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

Letter From A Rescue Dog

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

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

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

Volunteers Wanted: Must Want To Drink Wine And Feed Shelter Dogs

Love Dogs. Drink Wine. What could be more relaxing than spending some quality with your pup? Maybe adding a glass of wine and feeding shelter dogs. Great news! iHeartsDogs is excited to announce our new partnership with Winc (pronounced wink). What’s Winc, you ask? It’s just quite possibly the best way to enjoy a glass of wine without ever having to leave home. Plus, with your Winc order 25 meals will be donated to shelter dogs. Even better, Winc is offering a special discount exclusively for iHeartDogs fans. Here’s how it work: Discover…continue reading →
Sweet Shelter Dog With Skin Allergies Finds Perfect Home After Three Years!

Sweet Shelter Dog With Skin Allergies Finds Perfect Home After Three Years!

Advertisement There is a perfect home out there for every shelter dog, it just takes some longer than others to find it! Snow, an American Bulldog, is finally in a home of her own after spending nearly three years at Dogs Trust Honiley Rehoming Centre in Kenilworth. Snow was surrendered in 2016 when her owner was no longer able to care for her due to circumstances beyond their control. Staff at the shelter fell in love with Snow, who they said had an “endearing personality” and is extremely intelligent. Snow suffers from skin…continue reading →
Senior St. Bernard Survives 17 Days Lost In Frigid Minnesota Winter

Senior St. Bernard Survives 17 Days Lost In Frigid Minnesota Winter

Advertisement After a life spent in a puppy mill, it’s understandable that Old Lady would be more than just a little skittish. The senior Saint Bernard had recently been rescued from a bad situation in Wisconsin and taken to Ruff Start Rescue in Minnesota to begin a new life. She was picked up by a foster and off to her new life when things took a sharp turn. Old Lady didn’t get a chance to set foot inside her warm new home. Instead, the sound of crunching snow under her foster’s feet sent…continue reading →
Shelter Dogs Shine In Town’s “K-9 For A Day” Program

Shelter Dogs Shine In Town’s “K-9 For A Day” Program

Advertisement The City of La Vista, Nebraska is taking a different approach to getting its shelter pets adopted. The La Vista Police Department and the Nebraska Humane Society have been teaming up to give locals a fresh look at the faces that have been living in their local shelter’s kennels. The program is called “K-9 For A Day,” and it’s getting shelter dogs a boost in exposure to help them get adopted! The program took off in the Fall of 2017, when shelter pup, Mickey, had his ride along with Officer Jeanette. Mickey,…continue reading →
Euthanized Pup Comes Back To Life And Finds A Happy Home

Euthanized Pup Comes Back To Life And Finds A Happy Home

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

Shelter Dog Slims Down To Half Her Size With Help From Her New Mom

Advertisement Lori, now Lucy, was having a hard time finding a home at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington in Virginia. After several months, and even with a sponsor who paid for her adoption fee, Lucy was still homeless. She was a pretty heavy girl at 26 lbs. – the average Chihuahua only weighs about 5 lbs. On top of that, she had some social anxiety issues and was given treats to help her calm down. Though the treats helped her feel more comfortable, they didn’t help her waistline. A chubby dog isn’t…continue reading →
Girl Says Goodbye To The Senior Dog She Grew Up With In Sweet Video

Girl Says Goodbye To The Senior Dog She Grew Up With In Sweet Video

Advertisement Making the decision and knowing when it’s time to help your dog pass is never easy. It’s often the bravest, most un-selfish choice some of us will ever have to make. To make things a little easier many people choose to give their dogs bucket lists, or a last special day. Our dogs don’t really care if they’re married before they leave us, or want to be made honorary fire dog. But these things help ease the pain for us and give us just a few more happy memories to keep with…continue reading →
NYC Bans Dogs On Subway Unless They Fit In A Bag. Dog Owners Did Not Disappoint.

NYC Bans Dogs On Subway Unless They Fit In A Bag. Dog Owners Did Not Disappoint.

Advertisement In NYC, canine companions are only allowed on the subway if they’re safely stowed in carriers. While the rule is clear, it does not specify a size limit on said dogs. Lucky for this Husky, his dad has a giant tote for such occasions, as well as the muscle and willingness to carry the sizable pooch around. According to Bored Panda, CBS producer Alex Romano snapped the photo, which has given many people a chuckle. And as it turns out, this guy isn’t the only one to heave a heavy dog around in big bag (on…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 →
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 →
Shelter Dog and His Unlikely Best Friend Go Home Together

Shelter Dog and His Unlikely Best Friend Go Home Together

Advertisement It was obvious that these two were meant to be, and thanks to their new family, they’ll never have to be apart! 3-month-old kitten Coco (formerly Muffin) was a stray suffering from sarcoptic mange.  She was taken to the Royal Palm Beach Animal Control Center, and later rescued by Barky Pines Animal Rescue & Sanctuary, who treated her skin condition and showed her love. There, she met 6-month-old Shih-Tzu pup Chico (formerly Rustle) who was taken out of an abusive home. The people caring for him noticed an odor to his face,…continue reading →
Vet Dons Adorable, Perfume-Scented Onesie To Calm Anxious Patient

Vet Dons Adorable, Perfume-Scented Onesie To Calm Anxious Patient

Advertisement Those who have won the hard-earned trust of a rescue dog will tell you that it isn’t always easy – but it’s definitely worth it! Sonya Schiff adopted her Dalmatian, Rupert a few years ago knowing that gaining his trust would be a challenge. He had resource guarding issues that kept his bowl, his bed, and his legs a no-touch zone. It was also recommended that he be muzzled any time he visited a vet for the rest of his life. She explains on Facebook, “…we were told he was to be…continue reading →
Fourth Grader’s Essay Makes Dog Officially “Number 1!”

Fourth Grader’s Essay Makes Dog Officially “Number 1!”

It’s been said that everyone thinks they have the best dog, and none of them are wrong. But Geauga County, Ohio has officially declared a local pup to be Number 1! Geauga County Auditor’s Office asked students in fourth and fifth grades to help them find the county’s number 1 dog. The proud youngsters wrote essays about their favorite pets, but one stood out among the others. Notre Dame fourth grader Olivia Caschera shared her own pup’s story, earning the top prize from the county and tags for life for her family’s dog!…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 →
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 →
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 →