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Ohio Police Officer Rescues Puppy Twice, Gains a New Best Friend


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In early November, Officer Rodger Nolan responded to the scene of a car accident, where he rescued a tiny puppy trapped under the seat of the car. Once the puppy was safe and sound, the two parted ways and Nolan figured that was the last time he’d see the lab-pit bull mix’s furry little face. When Nolan noticed the puppy’s picture on the Franklin County Dog Shelter’s website two weeks later, he knew he had to pay the shelter a […]

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Bunny the Pit Bull Gets a Second Chance


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Bunny the pit bull is one lucky dog. Her former owners abandoned her in a remote location, where she likely would’ve died if it wasn’t for a good Samaritan who left her some food and alerted a local rescue. Bunny was a little shy at first and her rescuers had to discreetly use a trap to bring her to safety. But once she was out of her cage, it was clear that all Bunny really needed was some love. In […]

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Heiress Gives Abandoned Dog a Happy New Life


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An 11-year-old black lab, now known as Lady, is settling in nicely to her home on a 120 acre Florida farm. She was flown there on a private jet by her new owner, heiress Helen Rich. Lady deserves every first class perk she gets, having experienced more than her fair share of heartbreak. Lady’s original owner died in 2012 and she found herself in an animal shelter in Sedan, Kansas. A local family adopted Lady, but eventually returned her to […]

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9-Year-Old Raises Money for Shelter Dogs Instead of Asking for Birthday Presents


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Most kids don’t ask for donations in lieu of presents for their 9th birthday, but Ethan Katz is an exception. Ethan is a dog lover at heart and his birthday wish was to save the lives of shelter dogs. With the help of his mother, Lisa Pezzoli Katz, Ethan designed and sold t-shirts to raise money for City Dog Rescue, a local non-profit organization that rescues dogs from kill shelters. Ethan’s original goal was to sell 70 shirts, but ended […]

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The Story of Baldwin and the Red Paw Emergency Relief Team


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After two years of responding, and over more than 300 calls involving hundreds and hundreds of animals-most passing through my home-you start to lose track of who’s who. You begin to ask yourself where the third Midnight came from? Is the second Max a dog or cat? Did we give his displaced family resources? What did they need assistance with and what type of assistance? Which Max was reunited with his/her family? Until they all start to blur. But not […]

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A Rescue Story: Buddy


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Several years ago my daughter and I were volunteer dog walkers at the rescue (there are never enough dog walkers). My very first day at the rescue, I spotted a crazy wild dog throwing himself against the run door. I looked at my daughter and said “that dog is going to be mine”. She laughed. Time went on I helped to adopt him out on more than one occasion. I said to myself, if he is meant to be mine, […]

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A Success Story from Shelby Humane Society: Lakota


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Shelby Humane was founded in 1977.  Since 2008, we have made tremendous progress in reducing intake and increasing adoptions.  The decrease in intake correlates to the implementation of our Quick Fix, low cost spay neuter program, which was established in 2008. Additionally, we have a Shelter Partners transport program where we are able to transport healthy adoptable canines to other areas of the nation where they are adopted within days of going up for adoption.  This program has literally saved […]

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Rescued Dog from Afghanistan Saves Owner’s Life


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A friend of a friend was serving in the Army in Afghanistan when he found a small puppy. The puppy had somehow been injured and it was believed that the Afghan people had thrown acid on his face and burned his nose. The soldier befriended the abandoned puppy and they quickly became inseparable. The soldier would soon be returning to the United States and wanted to bring this puppy home with him. He contacted my friend and she began researching […]

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Basset Rescue of Old Dominion Success Story: Chandler


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Basset Rescue of Old Dominion is a nonprofit organization consisting of about forty volunteers dedicated to saving lives one dog at a time. This is the story of one such dog. In September of 2013, Basset Rescue of Old Dominion (aka BROOD) received a call from a shelter  about a basset hound, estimated to be 5 to 7 years old.   He was picked up as a stray, as thousands are each and every year.  His stay at the shelter was […]

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