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Thousands of dogs and cats died yesterday just because they did not have a home to go to. Thousands more will die today. Can you save one life?
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Things We Realized After We Rescued a Shelter Dog
An artist, Bird Born, decided to tell the story of a rescue dog that became a true member of his family and these illustrations depict his life with his dog. I am sure that dog lovers will love these cartoons.

Make a dog happy Make a Dogs Day - Adopt a Rescue Dog
A day in the life of Monkey, a rescue dog. Adopt a pet - you'll both be into something good (video 1m 55sec).

Make a dog happy Make a Dog Happy - Adopt a Rescue Dog and Save Its Life
Expressions of animals before and after they were adopted (video 7m 47sec).

Amelia Animal Shelter, VA Dogs for Adoption/Rescue at Amelia County Animal Shelter, VA
The dogs at Amelia County Animal Control need our help! Please consider adopting, rescuing, networking and donating to help them find rescues/homes. Amelia County Animal Shelter is located in Amelia County, Virginia. They are a government run facility operated by the Amelia County Animal Control. Our Adoption fee is $10 and all our animals come with a low cost spay and neuter program ($25) thanks to a local Non-Profit, APAW (Amelia Patron's for Animal Welfare). Volunteers are always needed, and welcome!

Galax Carroll Grayson Animal Shelter, VA Dogs for Adoption/Rescue at Galax Carroll Grayson Animal Shelter, VA The Galax Carroll Grayson Animal Shelter is a regional shelter operated jointly by the three local governments (Galax City, Carroll County and Grayson County) under the requirements of the Code of the Virginia. The shelter accepts animals as required under the Code and works to place animals back with their owners, adopt them to new owners, or place them with other non-profit animal welfare agencies that may be able to adopt them. Animals are adopted on a first come first served basis, so always contact the Shelter to check that the animal you are interested in is still available.

Giles County Animal Shelter, VA Dogs for Adoption/Rescue at Giles County Animal Shelter, VA
Before you surrender your pet to a local animal shelter, please consider other options that are available to you. We have great dogs and cats for adoption, so come by and adopt a new best friend or just come by and visit. Our guys love to meet new people and have visitors. Come by and give a local shelter animal a forever home.

Greensville County Animal Shelter, VA Dogs for Adoption/Rescue at Greensville County Animal Shelter, VA
Animals in custody of Greensville County are eligible for adoption unless the Animal Control Officer (ACO) feels that the animal would impose a danger to the new owner or other residents. All animals adopted from the Greensville County Animal Shelter are required to be spayed or neutered unless they meet a special breed provision. Animals may be adopted directly from Greensvile County Animal Shelter. Doris Ozmar (Animal Control Officer) can be contacted at 434-632-1681 and will be glad to assist you with the process.

Lee County Dog Shelter, VA Dogs for Adoption/Rescue at Lee County Animal Pound, VA
Lee County Animal Pound is a small rural facility in the southwest of Virginia. While Lee County Animal Pound is not yet a no-kill facility, this is a goal we strive to achieve each and every day. For more information see the Lee County Animal Control website. From Highway 58, turn south onto State Route 70 and immediately turn left on Bus Shop Road. Follow the signs to the Pound.

Northampton County Animal Shelter, Jackson, NC Northampton County Animal Shelter The Northampton Animal Shelter is a county facilty operated Northampton County Animal Control under the requirements of the Code of the North Carolina. Animals are held in accordance with state requirements, and are redeemed by the owner, adopted, or euthanized.

Russell County Dog Shelter, VA Dogs for Adoption/Rescue at Russell County Animal Shelter, VA
Russell County Animal Shelter is a small rural facility in the southwest of Virginia. Thanks to our rescue partners and adopters, Russell County Animal Shelter does not euthanize dogs to make space for incoming strays. We are also fortunate enough to work with some amazing rescue groups and dedicated individuals who help us move animals to safety each and every week.

Scott County Dog Shelter, VA Dogs for Adoption/Rescue at Scott County Animal Shelter, VA Scott County Animal Shelter will keep a dog for 7-10 days so that the owner can claim it before we can put the dog up for adoption. If you are interested in a particular dog before its available date please phone us on 276-452-1325. Make sure to include your name and phone number so that we can return your call if needed. Messages are checked daily (Monday-Friday). We will not 'hold' a dog in response to a message on Facebook. We log names on a 'first come, first serve basis' and go in order down the list. Once you place a hold on a particular dog, you will have FOUR DAYS once the stray hold ends to adopt the dog before we move along to the next name on our list. We would like a dog to go to a new home or rescue as soon as possible after its 'available' date.

Smyth County Dog Shelter, VA Dogs for Adoption/Rescue at Smyth County Animal Shelter, VA Smyth County Animal Shelter is a small rural facility in the south west of Virginia. If you are unable to keep your dog, please find it a home. Surrendering your dog to Smyth County Animal Shelter will not guarantee it will go to a home for a new life. SCAS is committed to take in stray dogs. If they run out of space, your dog could be euthanized to make room for another stray. Dogs marked as URGENT have little time left to live unless they are adopted or taken by a rescue. DO NOT BLAME SCAS FOR THIS SITUATION - Blame the people that dump their dogs on the street.

Spotsylvania County Dog Shelter, VA Dogs for Adoption/Rescue at Spotsylvania County Animal Shelter, VA The Spotsylvania Animal Shelter is a county shelter operated Spotsylvania County Animal Control under the requirements of the Code of the Virginia. Animals are held in accordance with state requirements, and are redeemed by the owner, adopted, or euthanized. Our shelter has been on a NO KILL Mission since September of 2013. The shelter also houses a low cost spay/neuter clinic, which is operated by Lionhearts Inc, a local humane organization. All dogs and cats adopted from the shelter are sterilized within 30 days from the date of adoption, with the exception of puppies and kittens that are too young.

Sussex County Dog Shelter, VA Dogs for Adoption/Rescue at Sussex County Animal Shelter, VA Sussex County Animal Shelter is a small rural facility in the south of Virginia. Although we have a limited budget, the staff love and care for all animal residents and are willing to do what it takes to save all of them. Fosters, adoptions and rescues are welcome. For more information see the Sussex County Animal Control website.

Surry County Dog Shelter, VA Dogs for Adoption/Rescue at Surry County Animal Shelter, VA Surry County Animal Shelter is a small rural facility in the south of Virginia. Although we have a limited budget and only two staff to love and care for all animal but we are willing to do what it takes to save them. Fosters, adoptions and rescues are welcome.

Tazewell County Dog Shelter, VA Dogs for Adoption/Rescue at Tazewell County Animal Shelter, VA Tazewell County Animal Shelter is a small rural facility in the southwest of Virginia. While Tazewell County Animal Shelter is not yet a no-kill facility, this is a goal we strive to achieve each and every day. We are also fortunate enough to work with some amazing rescue groups and dedicated individuals who help us move animals each and every week.

Dogs for Adoption/Rescue at Wythe County Dog Shelter, VA
Wythe County Dog ShelterWythe County Dog Shelter is in Wytheville, southwest Virginia. We welcome enquiries from potential adopters and animal rescues. If you are not a resident of Wythe County or one of the adjacent counties, contact your local rescue to see if they will rescue the dog for you. Please phone about a specific dog rather than e-mail which may not be read in time. For information regarding the dog featured, please contact Wythe County Animal Control NOW on (276) 228-6003. We keep stray dogs 5 days so that the owner can claim them but you can express an interest before the 'available' date. The date the dog is listed as 'available' is NOT the day it will be put down but we may only keep the dog for 5 days after the 'available' date.

Helping Save Shelter Animals Help SAVE R Animals
Help Save a Shelter Animal today! Rescue, Foster, Transport, Adopt, Donate, ReTweet, or Share our posts on Facebook. Networking SAVES lives!

The New York Times Why Euthanasia Rates at Animal Shelters Have Plummeted
Ten years ago, any stray or surrendered dog in a USA County Pound was not likely to leave alive. Now, thanks to pressure from the public, County Governments are being persuaded to actively find homes and rescues for the pets in their care rather than killing them all.

Puppy Farm Video Did your dog start out life on a puppy farm? (1 min)
Farmers in Wales 'diversify' by breeding puppies despite council pounds in Wales destroying hundreds of dogs every month. Buying a dog from a 'reputable dog breeder' is no guarantee that the puppy did not come from a puppy farm. It costs the same amount to breed a cross breed puppy as a 'pedigree' puppy. The price you pay is dependant on the market. If you are prepared to pay £600 for a puppy then that is how much the 'breeder' will charge even though they paid the puppy farm £50. If you buy it then they will continue to breed it. This is a worldwide problem. Adopt a dog for its personality not for how pretty it is!

PAWS Five Days | Dog Pounds in Ireland Documentary (6 mins)
Stray dogs taken to the pound in the Republic of Ireland are killed if not claimed within 5 days. Dogs given to the pound by their owners do not live as long as that. Over 14000 dogs are destroyed in Ireland every year because they do not have a home.

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Rogers Rescues Until There Are None | Dog Rescue Documentary (20 mins)
This documentary follows a group of volunteers from Rogers' Rescues as they travel to overcrowded rural animal shelters in West Virginia and Kentucky to rescue dogs before they are euthanized. Rogers' Rescues is a network of dog rescue volunteers spread from New Jersey to Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Animal Rescue Corps Operation Freedom Rescues - Animal Rescue Documentary (22 mins)
Animal Rescue Corps spent the month of July, 2012 on the ground in Tennessee in back-to-back rescues saving the lives of nearly 200 animals. This short film by Brian Wilson documents the collaborative efforts, volunteers and partners that made these rescues possible, as well as the process from the first day until well after the last, as animals enter their new lives and loving families. Even using volunteers, rescuing these animals is very expensive and can only be carried out by people donating money. For more information about Animal Rescue Corps click here.

PAWS Please Adopt they are Worth Saving - Animal Shelter Documentary (9 mins)
This documentary highlights the need to adopt animals from rescues in order to save them from being killed.

TCHS FL Dog Adoption Documentary (6 mins)
There are currently about 8 million abandoned, stray and unwanted pets living in animal shelters in the United States. This documentary is a compillation of personal stories from people who have adopted their dogs and advocate for adoption. It aims to open the eyes of those who are still buying dogs from puppy stores. For more information see the Tri County Humane Society website Boca Raton, FL.

Northeast Animal Shelter MA Northeast Animal Shelter Documentary (5 mins)
This documentary explains the work of the Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem, MA. With the valuable help of volunteers they rescue dogs from shelters in states where dogs are dying and find them loving homes in the Northeast of the USA. See their website at

Blount County Humane Society TN Blount County Humane Society TN Documentary (18 mins)
This documentary explains the work of the Blount County Humane Society in Maryville, TN. With the valuable help of volunteers they rescue animals from the local animal shelter and put them in foster homes before finding them a permanent loving home. See their website at

PAWS Shelter Dogs - The life and Death Story of Dogs in an Animal Shelter (4 mins)
Filmed over two years, Shelter Dogs is an intimate look at the ethical life-and-death decisions made at Sue Sternberg's animal shelter in upstate New York.

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Amos did not make it!
Amos RIP Amos was put to sleep on 5/13/09. Amos was one of those dogs that just hated the shelter life and was becoming depressed and angry in the shelter. It is a very sad story and we are all heartbroken that he had to leave us. Please help out other Amos's by adopting a shelter pet or spreading the word to friends and family members that there are very nice homeless dogs that need homes. Don’t go to a breeder, and be sure to Spay and neuter your pets!

Amos - Labrador mix, male, 4 years, black, large size. Amos is a very well behaved and leash trained black lab mix. He listens very well. He is a very happy guy who does not like to be sitting in a kennel all the time at the shelter. He is stubborn when you put him back and grunts with disappointment when he is put back in his kennel. We estimate his age to be about 4 years old and he was found as a stray.

Please see the other dogs needing homes at the:
Hampshire County Animal Control
Twin Oaks Rd,
Slanesville, WV 25444
Hours: 8:00am-2:00pm EVERYDAY (including holidays)
Phone: 304-947-5112 (Email preferred!)

Dogs Out of Time in Lisbon Ohio
We are a county Animal Control Facility. We love dogs and do our very best to get these fur kids new loving homes. Please visit our website to view our adoptable dogs and to read adoption information, or just call the shelter and we will be happy to assist you. Columbiana County Dog Pound and Adoption Center 8455 County Home Road Lisbon, OH 44432. Click on the photo of the dog to read adoption information.

The Cat House on the Kings
The Cat House on the Kings is California's largest no-cage, no-kill, lifetime cat sanctuary and adoption center. Our mission is to place rescued cats and kittens into loving, permanent homes; to provide a safe, happy and healthy home for unwanted cats and kittens in a unique, no-cage facility; to prevent pet overpopulation through spaying and neutering; and to educate the public about responsible pet ownership. Since its founding 17 years ago, The Cat House on the Kings has saved over 18,000 cats and 5,000 dogs (not counting the 40,000 animals we have spayed and neutered) and currently cares for more than 700 cats and kittens.
The Cat House on the Kings • 7120 S. Kings River Rd., Parlier, CA 93648 • (559) 638-8696

See the Video of The Cat House on the Kings

Dachshund Missing 5 Years Returned to Owner Thanks to Microchip
Tootsie the Dachshund - WHTM TV Tootsie was stolen from his yard in New Jersey when he was 6 months old. Two weeks ago he was found wandering in Wilkinsburg, PA. He was taken to the Animal Rescue League of Western Pennsylvania. The staff scanned him for a microchip and found that he had one. They obtained the details from the database and discovered his name was Tootsie and his home was 350 miles away in New Jersey. There was no response from the owners contact phone number but undeterred the staff wrote a letter to his owners address. Luckily his owner still lived at that address and several days later Tootsie's owner contacted the shelter. She could not believe that her dog had turned up after all this time and asked the staff whether the dog that they had found had six toes on his back foot. They confirmed that he does. Tootsie was reunited with his family in Harrisburg on November 24th, 2008. Click here to see the video

Please remember to keep your dogs microchip contact information up-to-date. It may save its life!

I Rescued a Human Today

by Janine Allen

Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her. I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn't be afraid.

As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn't want her to know that I hadn't been walked today. Sometimes the shelter keepers get too busy and I didn't want her to think poorly of them.

As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn't feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone's life.

She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship.

A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well. Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms. I would promise to keep her safe. I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes. I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven't walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.

I rescued a human today.

Janine Allen is a dog trainer and has granted permission to share her essay.

Scrap (and hundreds like him) left to die at the pound
Scrap, Jacksonville, FL I saw you with Scrap today. You were smiling and for a while Scrap was sitting next to you with his tail wagging. You were standing in front of the intake counter at Jacksonville Animal Control. You were explaining that you couldn't keep him because he chewed through a $5.00 dollar telephone cord. I heard the lady tell you that they take in at least 100 dogs a day and that Scrap would most likely be euthanized, because he is a bigger dog. You were still smiling and Scrap was still looking up at you with his tail wagging wondering if the new adventure with you was going to involve some new dog friends that he could hear frantically barking all over the building. The lady asked if you wanted his collar and his leash and you took them off (presumably for the new dog you will buy after the holiday) as the lady put on his new plastic Animal Control, ID collar and an Animal Control leash. Scrap was still a good boy, still wagging his tail. As you walked out the door you were still smiling. When you walked out the door Scrap stopped smiling. As he was tied up Scrap's tail stopped wagging and went between his legs and he started crying. Scrap kept trying to get to you long after you were gone. The lady at Animal Control felt bad for him and tried to give him a treat but all Scrap wanted was to be with you so he kept crying. The Animal Control Officer came to get him and Scrap left with him his tail between his legs and his head down. Scrap knew then that you were leaving him at that place and you weren't coming back.

Scrap has seven days until he dies, Scrap probably won't live until Christmas. This is a true story, it just happened yesterday. I don't expect that anyone is going to run down to Jacksonville Animal Control and get Scrap but please if you are thinking about taking your pet to Animal Control - don't. If you are looking for a pet then check at Animal Control as there are so many Scrap's there.

Although Scrap was in Jacksonville, FL, this is also happening hundreds and thousands of times in all towns and counties AND countries. PLEASE take pet ownership seriously! These precious, loving, loyal animals do not deserve this. They ARE man's best friend! In good times and bad times, they'll always be there for you and never judge you. You have a duty to care for your dog, not to dump it because you cannot be bothered to train it or because it is inconvenient to keep it.

It Does Not Add Up!
The pound takes in one hundred dogs a day. How many dogs do they find a home for? Ten dogs a day would be good! That means that 90% of the dogs brought into the pound are destroyed. Before you take your dog to the pound ask them how many dogs are adopted each day then how many dogs come in. You do not have to be a genius to figure out what the chances are that your dog will find a home.

If the pound has space for 300 dogs and there are 100 coming in every day, then after three days there is no more room and the 100 dogs that are arriving have to go somewhere. Ten of the lucky dogs are adopted or rescued so 90 dogs that have been at the pound three days are killed to make room for the new dogs. This happens every day, in your city, in your county, in your state. OK so maybe your local pound only takes in ten dogs a day and it has space for 70 dogs but they may only save ten dogs a week so everyday 8 or 9 dogs are killed to make room for more discarded dogs.

The majority of these dogs are young, healthy and friendly but time is not on their side. A lucky dog will be taken in by a rescue and they will try to find it a home. Rescues have a limited amount of space so they can only rescue a dog when they have found a dog a home.

The Humane Society of the United States estimates that the number of cats and dogs euthanized by shelters in the USA each year is 3-4 million. That means one pet was deliberately put to death while you were reading this paragraph. How many more will die while you read the rest of the page? See more HSUS facts and figures here.

For Dogs Sake - Adopt a Dog from a Rescue

Saving Georgia Dogs. Saving Georgia Dogs, a 501(c)3 non-profit animal welfare organization and licensed rescue in the state of Georgia. We help save animals from high kill shelters throughout the state and find them loving homes. Please help us with our fight.

Georgia, and other areas in the Southeast, face a monumental pet overpopulation problem. Every day, thousands of perfectly adoptable animals are euthanized because there are simply not enough homes for them all. While many shelters in Georgia have made great strides toward ending the unnecessary killing of healthy pets, many shelters simply cannot handle the numbers of animals coming through their doors. Even worse, however, is that many shelters still use the gas chamber as a method of "euthanasia." This method of killing pets has been almost universally condemned as inhumane.

Saving Lives One At A Time Saving Lives, One At A Time features the profiles of death row dogs and cats as well as unique information regarding rescue and adoption of shelter pets.

Seeking to Save Shelter Dogs From Death By VERENA DOBNIK October 14, 2007

Sweet William, a young black Labrador retriever in Illinois, has two days to live. Sandy, a golden female Jindo in New York, also has just two days left. Kate Hepburn, a tan female boxer in California, has 18 days to live. On Saturday, these were some of the dogs in shelters across the country slated for death - their fate posted on a Web site that aims to save their lives by offering them for adoption. Each is tagged with a death date set by a shelter - and a countdown clock showing the days, or hours, until the animal is destroyed. works with more than 120 shelters nationwide that destroy dogs. How much time the dogs get before death varies from state to state. In New York City, a stray dog must be kept a minimum of three days, while a shelter has the legal right to immediately destroy an animal that is abandoned there by its owner. About 4 million dogs are put to death each year in the United States, by injection or gas. In the three weeks since the site has been up, dozens of dogs have found new homes. Their photos are posted on a section of the site marked "Success Stories." The images of dogs that didn't make it adorn the site's "In Memoriam" wall. "It's not the fault of the shelters," said Alex Aliksanyan, a pet adoption advocate who made money in the Internet travel business. "They don't like doing this, but they have to abide by the law, which requires a shelter to control its animal population."

Aliksanyan spent a half-million of his own dollars to start The Buddy Fund Inc., a nonprofit organization that operates the site and is named after his miniature American Eskimo dog. "I've done well, and it was time to give something back," said the 50-year-old Turkish-born entrepreneur of Armenian heritage. "So I thought, let's bring the story of these animals dying quietly in these shelters to the public and say, 'Can you do something?" He hired a half-dozen staffers to manage and market the site. Shelters post information about each dog directly, with daily updates and information on how each shelter can be contacted. Aliksanyan ships out free digital cameras and software for the task. A shelter can sometimes delay a dog's death date - if it has room in its kennel and few new strays coming in. A death date can get moved up, too, if the shelter becomes overcrowded. The adoption service is free both for shelters and people looking for pets, allowing users to search by location, breed or time until death. The in-your-face site, Aliksanyan said, "is not a place to sit with your 6-year-old and say, 'This one's going to die, that one is going to die." He said he is driven by the philosophy of the Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi, whose words are posted over the "In Memoriam" page: "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated" - Mahatma Gandhi

Save a Sanctuary Dog
Sanctuary dogs usually fit into one of two categories. The first type is the adoptable dog that is constantly overlooked by people searching for a dog. This may be because they are older, or young and lively, or maybe they just look like an ordinary 'mutt' amongst the many other dogs needing a home. These are dogs that still have so much love to give and have sat waiting very patiently for a home to call their own. They may have spent many months, possibly years living in a kennel so will need some time and attention to fit into a home routine. It is possible that such a dog may be better off being moved to another rescue that receives more visitors. Many national rescues will move long stay dogs to another area in the hope of finding them a home.

The second type of sanctuary dogs are the ones that will live out their days at the rescue. These dogs tend to either suffer from health problems, behavioural problems or are just too old. The rescue will care for these dogs until it is their time to cross the Rainbow Bridge. Some of the lucky ones live out their days in a foster home, others have to live in a kennel and thus have less human contact.

Most small rescues will be very grateful if you can sponsor a long stay dog, even if you just contribute to buying them food or medication.

"People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life - like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right? Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long."
A six year old boys explanation for why dogs do not live as long as people, prompted by the death of his dog.

Save a Life - Adopt a Dog!

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