The moment a little dog named Dermot saw his rescuers, he was so excited. The dog had been living inside a tiny wire cage in South Korea on a farm. He was just one of 200 dogs living on the farm, which was a meat farm raising dogs to be slaughtered and eaten. Rather than facing that terrible fate, Dermot and all of his friends were being rescued instead. For 14 years, farmers have been raising dogs for meat in South Korea and now the practice is being put to a stop. The farmer who owned this dog farm actually approached the Humane Society because he wanted to shut the dog farm down and focus on farming herbs instead.
In 2018, the volunteers arrived at the farm to free all of the dogs and give them a chance at a new life full of love. There were row after row of cages full of dogs who would travel to a nearby rescue center. Then, they would all receive medical care so they could be cleared to fly to homes in England, the Netherlands, Canada and the United States. Dermot’s sweet smile soon caught the attention of the Jones family who lives in England. They saw his photo online and fell in love with him. They instantly applied to adopt Dermot after seeing a video of him. The family had lost both their dogs to old age in 2017 and were casually looking for a new family dog when they read a story about the meat farm. Tracy Jones said she watched the rescue video online and that’s where she saw Dermot—and knew he was meant for their family.
After waiting several weeks they met him in person and started the three hour drive home, where Dermot sat in his new sister’s lap the entire time. He is now settled in with his family and is doing well!
A dog named Molly has been with her mom Alyssa Babula since she was just a little puppy. Molly and Alyssa are the best of friends and have been through so much together. Through it all, Molly has always been there for her mom’s best moments. Alyssa can’t imagine her life without Molly and she means so much to her. So, it only made sense that Molly would be there for one of the most special moments in Alyssa’s life. Recently Alyssa and Molly went for a walk with Alyssa’s boyfriend Dann Delorenzo. They were walking together on the beach when something happened that would change all of their lives forever.
Dann stopped as they were walking and got down on one knee and proposed marriage to Alyssa. She was absolutely shocked by the proposal and it seems that Molly was caught off guard as well. Dann had asked a friend to hide behind a building nearby and pop out to capture the moment on camera. As soon as the friend jumped out to snap a few pictures, Molly was caught off guard. She appears to be quite confused by the stranger with the camera and it led to quite the hilarious set of photos. Once Molly got past her initial shock, however, she was so happy to see her parents happy moment and she eventually befriended the photographer.
Alyssa says she was completely surprised by the proposal and was so happy that Dann involved Molly in their special moment—and caught the entire thing on camera. The couple has already decided on a date for the wedding in April of 2021 and they plan to make Molly a special part of the ceremony. The entire family, Molly included, is so excited for their future together. Best of all, they have some hilarious and well timed photos to commemorate the special moment!
When a pit bull named Sterling was rescued by his mom, he was only four weeks old. The little puppy had been abused and all he needed was someone to give him the attention and love he deserved. His mom did exactly that, and these days Sterling is a confident, sweet dog who loves his family very much. Bethany Leigh, Sterling’s owner, says he was so small when she adopted him that he had to be bottle fed every few hours. He had huge scars across his legs and chest and with lots of TLC and training, he has grown into a loving, sweet dog who is a valued member of the family.
Leigh has always had a heart for animals, and has spent her life fostering and rescuing animals from terrible situations. Sterling has grown up in that environment and is a great foster brother to all the animals who pass through the family’s home. One of his favorite animals is kittens, however. Whenever a kitten comes into the family home, he instantly bonds with them in the sweetest way. Sterling had his chance to help a kitten recently, when Leigh found a kitten she named Lux in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant. Once the kitten came home, Sterling instantly fell in love. Lux was scared of Sterling at first, but soon the pair bonded and began spending every moment of their day together.
The pair loves to take naps together, snuggle, and even share their toys and play in the backyard together. It was clear that Lux was a great fit for their family and the cat especially loved Leigh’s daughter—who is Sterling’s other best friend. Leigh realized that everyone in the home had bonded with their kitty member of the family and she could not separate them. So, thanks to Sterling’s help Lux the cat is now a member of the family after being adopted by them!
A dog named Chubbs wants just one thing in life: a family to call his own. The dog, who is a hound mix, has been living in an animal shelter for three years now. That entire time he has been waiting for a family to come along and choose him as their own. Chubbs first arrived in the Austin Pets Alive! (APA) animal shelter in Texas in March of 2016. He is now four years old, which means he has spent the bulk of his life inside a kennel. The staff at APA say he has been there longer than any other dog in the shelter. Chubbs has watched hundreds of other dogs come and go from the shelter and leave with a new family. At this point, he has to be wondering when it will finally be his turn to leave with someone to love him.
Each night, the shelter lights are turned out and it is another day that Chubbs is without a family to curl up with and go to sleep. The sweet dog is all alone. While it may be easy to think that Chubbs is sad or depressed by his predicament, based on all he has gone through. But the staff at the shelter say that is anything but the case. Chubbs is a happy, upbeat dog who simply wants a home. Chubbs is a playful, happy dog who is very resilient and upbeat. The staff at APA is so worried about him though, and they do all they can to make sure he gets plenty of love, attention, and exercise. They have been working with him on training, led by a woman named Carrie Defeo, who runs the APA’s dog behavior program.
Carrie says Chubbs loves to do tricks and work his brain—especially when treats are involved. Chubbs is a great student and he knows commands, is great walking on a leash and will sit calmly when approached by people or other dogs. He is even going through agility training. Chubbs does need a quiet home with adults only and no other animals. For more information on Chubbs, contact the APA.
When you are a cyclist, there are many perils you can encounter while out on a long ride on the road. One of those perils is getting a flat tire while out on a ride. Popping a tire may seem like a simple inconvenience or even an annoyance, but that actually turned into a situation where a life was saved recently. That is certainly the case for a man named Eduardo Reis. It all started about a year ago when he was out for a bike ride. Eduardo and his friends all rode out together on a road near his home in the country of Brazil. The ride came to a halting stop when one of the riders in the group got a flat tire. The group all pulled over to the side of the road when it happened so that individual could change their tire.
While the group was waiting they soon realized that they were not alone. They were on the side of the road where they may not have stopped otherwise so it was certainly a fateful situation. While they looked around they realized there was a dog there that seemed to have been abandoned. Eduardo was the one who spotted him first and the dog was so excited to see the people. The individual with a flat tire was ready to ride again and the group had one thing to do before they left: take the dog with them. Eduardo placed the dog on his lap and he put his paws on the handlebars and they took off together.
It was just meant to be that Eduardo rescued the dog from the side of the road that day. Eduardo fostered the dog in his home and gave him a name: Warrior. He spent time trying to find a loving home for the dog and soon it all worked out. A family adopted him and he is now doing very well. All of it is thanks to that fateful day when someone got a flat tire.
A foal named Tye was just nine days old when he tragically lost his mother. But that night he gained a best friend in a dog named Zip. Zip is a 5-year-old rescue Australian Cattle Dog. His mom, Karla Swindle, says Zip has never really been that interested in the foals she raises on her farm, mostly keeping his distance and watching them from afar. But Zip stepped in when he knew he was needed the most. Tye’s mother became sick after giving birth to him and things were not looking good for the horse, and Karla stayed close to do all she could for her. Zip tagged along and while Karla cared for the mother, Zip laid next to the foal to comfort him. Sadly, Tye’s mother did not make it—but the little horse was not alone.
Zip insisted on staying by the foal’s side, comforting him and keeping him relaxed and happy. Karla says the foal seemed to know that Zip was trying to keep him calm. Zip wasn’t just interested in comforting the foal that night, though. Karla says Zip decided it was his job to care for Tye the foal. Every time Karla went out to feed the foal, Zip would run out first and wait for her by Tye’s stall. As soon as she opened the door Zip rushed inside to lay next to his friend. Soon, Tye the foal put on weight and began growing into a healthy horse thanks to the TLC from his friend Zip.
These days, Tye spends most of his time out in the pasture with his older sister. He is learning all about what it means to be a horse and while Zip likes to come along with his mom to the pasture still, he knows he is no longer needed in the stall with Tye. The foal is grown up now, and like any good dad, Zip knows it’s time to let him go.
Hundreds Of People Surrender Animals At Texas Shelter
At the Harris County Animal Shelter in Houston, Texas, the wait to surrender a pet was two and a half hours long last week. There were hundreds of people in line, sitting in plastic chairs with their dogs on leashes or in cases and crates. The line started inside the shelter and stretched outside into the hot parking lot with many dogs panting from the summer heat. The shelter staff posted about the scene on Facebook, saying the wait to surrender an animal at the shelter was two and a half hours long because of the large number of animals they were receiving. Many people, they said, did not want to wait in the line so they tied their dogs to the trees in the parking lot or just dumped them in a box in the parking lot and left.
The Harris County Animal Shelter has a maximum capacity of 200 animals. But since the beginning of summer, they have had approximately 530 animals on average in their care. The shelter says they are in crisis mode, trying to care for the huge influx of animals being surrendered since the beginning of summer. Many of those surrendering animals say they don’t like the inconvenience of animal ownership. The most common reasons include they cannot afford the animal or have recently moved and cannot take a pet with them. Many people say they found the animal or just don’t want it any longer.
Despite being overwhelmed, the staff is committed to helping the animals in their care—though many are housed 5 or 6 in one kennel. It is their duty, they say, to help these animals so they have the best chance of survival. Summer is the most common time for people to abandon their animals, as is the Fourth of July holiday weekend. The shelter is encouraging residents to consider adopting or fostering animals to help clear space at the shelter and save the lives of animals there.
When a family lost their home, they could no longer care for their dog Ritter or his sibling, Corky. It broke their hearts, but they surrendered the dogs to the Humane Society for Hamilton County in Indiana. Once the family left, Ritter was devastated. He was heartbroken and scared. Most dogs who enter the shelter environment feel that day: they don’t understand why their family is gone and they are frightened and confused by the loud environment at the shelter. Ritter was placed in a kennel and all he could do was stare at the ground in his new environment. He was clearly so confused and upset by his situation. Everyone at the shelter did everything they could to comfort Ritter and make him feel loved, but they knew it could not replace the love of a real home and family.
Ritter received plenty of love and attention from all the shelter staff, and he was so happy to be outside and to play. The staff knew he was heartbroken and they decided to do something about it. They posted the sad photo of him in his kennel on Facebook hoping someone would see the sad, sweet dog and come adopt him. The post was shared 3,000 times and made its way to a woman named Sophie Spenia who was looking for a dog. When she saw Ritter’s photo, she knew they were meant to be together.
Sophie saw the photo of Ritter thanks to her sister, who knew she wanted a dog. She went straight to the shelter to meet him and she was a little nervous about meeting him because she knew how sad he was based on the photo. But her worries washed away the moment they met and Ritter came running to say hello to her and placed his head in her lap. She adopted him and says he’s adjusting well to his new life!
A woman named Nicole Wasieleski is a volunteer at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. She loves dogs and enjoys her time at the shelter helping the animals staying there. She had no intention of adopting another dog from the shelter, but that all changed when she met an older dog all alone in a kennel. The older dog looked like an old wolf and was very gentle and sweet. The dog was ten years old and her name was Kairi. She had been through a lot in her life, after suddenly losing her family recently. Nicole adopted the senior dog and brought her home but she was struggling to adjust to all the changes in her life. Nicole knew Kairi needed something of her own to make her feel secure and safe in her new surroundings.
So, Nicole took Kairi to a local pet store and let the dog pick out a toy for herself. Kairi seemed to understand what was happening and immediately knew just what she wanted. She was immediately drawn to a funny looking pink dinosaur that she found in the store. Nicole says she was laughing and tried to get Kairi to pick out a more “normal” looking toy, but she was set on the pink dinosaur. She carried it all around the store and went straight to the register when it was time to leave. It turns out that dinosaur is now the most important thing in the world to sweet Kairi.
Kairi takes her pink dinosaur with her everywhere she goes, snuggling it and playing with it constantly. She even lets her doggy siblings play with it, but they know not to destroy it like other toys—the dinosaur is special. Kairi has terrible separation anxiety, and the dinosaur is helping as she is working through crate training. But her parents have a backup plan just in case: they recently purchased an extra dinosaur just in case something happens to this one!
There was a very sad situation at the Gwinnett County Animal Welfare in Lawrenceville, Georgia recently. A homeless man named Mr. Williams and his dog, his best friend of 14 years, arrived at the shelter together. The man had been evicted from his home earlier that day and he had just $40 in his pocket and a car full of his belongings. His car was packed to the brim with his belongings, but he left the front seat open for his dog Lucky, his “shotgun rider.” That’s when the staff realized this was no ordinary owner surrender. Mr. Williams had nowhere to sleep and he had such a strong bond with his dog Lucky. But he knew the dog needed a stable situation and he could not provide it for him.
It was an emotional goodbye for everyone as Mr. Williams signed the paperwork to surrender his best friend to the shelter. He left the building but before walking out he held the old dog’s graying face in his hands and told him they were young when they first got together and now they are both old men. He told Lucky to be a good boy and promised he would be back to get him. Lucky was distraught when his owner left and the staff knew it was important to get him out of the noisy shelter and into a foster home as soon as possible. They contacted the local Senior Services Department to try to get help for Mr. Williams. They were able to get him into a hotel that night through Senior Services and donors. Once Mr. Williams was safe, the next task was to get Lucky out of the shelter.
They shared the dog’s story on Facebook and it quickly went viral. A man walked int the next day and offered to foster Lucky and he’s now living a wonderful life with foster siblings and his foster dad. Soon, thanks to lots of donations through a GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-reunite-lucky-and-his-dad They will be reunited very soon!