Thousands of shelter dogs are patiently waiting for someone to walk through the door and adopt them. While some dogs can handle the loud noises, strange smells, and constant commotion better than others, it is a stressful environment for all.
Good Samaritans were traveling along a busy highway in North Carolina when they spotted a suitcase on the side of the road. They immediately pulled over when they saw it move. They unzipped the suitcase and were shocked to find four puppies inside – who were thankfully still alive.
A Beagle, originally named Rolo, was rescued from a neglectful situation at a home in Muskegon County, Michigan, and ended up at Pound Buddies Animal Shelter. When he was rescued, he was extremely overweight, weighing nearly 100 pounds.
A blind dog saved a teen girl from drowning after he was rescued from a shelter and given a second chance at life. The yellow labrador retriever named Norman was dropped off at the shelter back in 1993.
A Texas family was heartbroken five years ago when their beloved German Shepherd was stolen right from their property. Stephanie Malmstrom couldn’t believe her eyes when she watched a white truck pull up, grab their dog, Sheba, and drive away from her home surveillance footage.
It can be hard living as a stray dog and in some areas, humans are cruel to them and view them as pests. Everyone can use a helping hand sometimes, though, and that’s something that the late Margarita Suárez understood beautifully.
Dogs would never abandon their humans – even when they get old. Sadly, the same cannot be said of humans when it comes to senior pets. Thankfully there are superheroes, also known as animal rescuers, who take in the unwanted dogs and give them the love and care they deserve.
She was called Susie and while her life had a rough start, she became an advocate for abused dogs and even had a law to punish animal abusers named after her. Her story was shared with people of all ages to encourage people to be a voice for the voiceless.
It’s gut-wrenching to know that there are so many dogs in shelters that are still waiting for their forever homes. So we’re pretty much a mess after watching a video of a senior shelter dog alone in his kennel. What’s even more heartbreaking is that it seems like no one in the shelter is paying him any attention.
When Stephanie Moore-Malmstrom got a text that her dog, Sheba, had been found in a town more than 600 miles away, she assumed it was a prank. “My initial thought was, ‘Where’s my million dollars and my cruise?’” Moore-Malmstrom told The Dodo. “’Somebody’s scamming me.’”
Losing a pet is hard enough. I can’t imagine the heartbreak that comes with realizing that your pet has managed to escape your home and is now lost and wandering the streets by itself. That in itself is already a worst-case scenario.
If there is one thing that all of us love, it’s hearing good news about dogs. We recognize that they aren’t always going to have the best life possible but sometimes, they are given a second chance and they grab hold of it with all of their heart.
One of the most difficult things that any of us has to go through in life is grieving the loss of a loved one. We all face this type of situation in our own way but for the most part, we also need the same thing, the kindness of others.
My wife and I were married only a few years when we discovered that having a child of our own was not to be. I think the need to fill that missing void put us on a search for a puppy. One Sunday, we stopped at a local humane society where we found our little boy Onyx.