After several neighbors called the local police about the number of dogs living in a home in Hull, England, the RSPCA went in to check. It was believed there were several dogs living in poor conditions and the RSPCA inspector, a woman named Jilly Dickinson, was shocked by what she found. When she entered the home, it was not suitable for dogs. The dogs living inside were very skittish and nervous. The dogs living inside were in a living room that was dirty and smelly—they were all using the bathroom inside. The other half of the dogs were living in an outdoor outbuilding that was in equally terrible condition. There were a total of nine dogs owned by the woman, who seemed very overwhelmed.
The dogs had never really been outside and had not been socialized. So, Jilly offered the woman some advice to help her turn the situation around. They tried working with her to improve the living conditions for the dogs and even gave her free vouchers to get them spayed and neutered. They even offered to visit the home to help coach her through socializing the dogs. Jilly returned a month later to check on the dogs and nothing had changed—in fact, things had gotten worse. Since the dogs were not safe in the home, the RSPCA took all nine of them in to their facility.
The dogs were so unsocialized that they had never been outside or even walked on a leash before. So, many of them had to be carried out to the car so they could be transported. Once they arrived at the RSPCA facility, it was like they knew they were finally safe. The dogs were so happy to be free: they all had tails wagging, gave their rescuers kisses and just kept smiling. The dogs are all safe now and will be ready for loving home soon.
It seemed like a typical Friday morning for police officers in Florida, but a traffic stop became a tragedy when the gunfire started. It was around 2:00 am in Florida when officers stopped a car. The suspect fled the scene and that’s when K9 Officer Greg Shone and Titan his partner were called in. Titan is a four year old Belgian Malinois and is highly trained to help locate suspects. Titan was searching the area and located the suspect but was shot in the process. Officer Shone rushed Titan to the animal hospital for help, where he was rushed into surgery. Officer Shone and Titan do everything together, and this experience was no exception: he was by the dog’s side the entire time.
K9 Officers and their partners spend ever moment together. They go through training together, they are certified together, they work together each day and even live together. They form a very strong bond through their careers together. Titan and Officer Shone have worked in the K9 unit together for the last three years; they work and live together. Though they’ve had their fair share of challenges, they have never faced a situation like this before. Other K9 officers in the unit have been injured, but Titan is the first to take a bullet.
Titan is now recovering from surgery and though he has a long road of healing ahead of him, Officer Shone is by his side every step of the way to watch over him. The entire police force is wishing Titan a speedy recovery and the dog is in stable condition as he heals. While he has been through such a terrible ordeal, K9 Officer Titan has Officer Shone to comfort him and show him the value of having a life long friend by your side.
Sara Harper, who was working as a vet technician at a low-cost vaccination in Florida saw a dog named Dobby she couldn’t believe her eyes. The little dog had red, raw skin and didn’t even look like a dog at all. The clinic, run by the Concerned Citizens for Animal Welfare, was staffed with people who knew they needed to help the dog. The woman who brought him in said he was five and he had never been to a vet before. Dobby’s body was raw and bloody and he was malnourished. The woman admitted she had treated him for fleas with a powder meant for carpet that should be vacuumed up. She said she didn’t have the money to spend on his care, and agreed to surrender him when employees asked. Sara took him to her veterinary clinic, even though it was closed. She knew Dobby needed help as soon as possible. She gave him a medicated bath and trimmed his nails that were so long they grew into his feet.
She knew he was in pain, but he never complained once. It was like he knew he had finally been saved from a life of pain. He was then taken in by Pawsibilities Rescue Group who helped him continue to heal. He was given medicated baths and soon his beautiful white fur began growing back. That’s where Liz Ford, who had just lost her two dogs, met Dobby. She was at the rescue facility to adopt a dog named Wylie and she fell in love with Dobby too. Dobby curled up on her lap when she met him and Liz just knew they were meant to be together. She adopted Wylie and then four months later came back for Dobby.
The two dogs just love each other so much. While Dobby still had some healing to do until all his fur came back, Liz continued his treatment. These days, Dobby is the white fluffy dog he was always meant to be and he loves to play with his brother Wylie and play fetch in the backyard with a ball. Thanks to the kindness of all those people along the way, he’s now a happy, healthy dog!
A dog named Brindle is very attached to his dad, a man named JD Aument. For the last nine months, JD has been serving overseas as a firefighter in the Army Reserves. During that time, poor Brindle has been inconsolable. JD’s wife, Rachel Marie Aument, says Brindle loves her but JD is his “person” and being without him has been hard on the sweet dog. JD adopted Brindle from the shelter a few years ago when he saw his sad eyes in the shelter. Once he adopted Brindle, he and JD had a strong bond and were inseparable. That is, until JD was deployed last year.
Rachel says that JD being away has been hard for their other dog Xander, too. But Xander is much more bonded with his mom so he’s found a way to cope. But for Brindle, his heart has been broken. There are days he just sits by the window and cries for his dad. While he can’t be there for his best friend, JD figured out a way to bring him some comfort. He took one of his unwashed shirts, packaged it up and mailed it home for Brindle. The moment she placed the shirt on the floor, Brindle knew it was his dad’s shirt. He began rubbing his body all over the shirt, then picked it up and took it to his bed and slept the rest of the day with the shirt.
Amanda did not want Brindle to have to carry the shirt around with him everywhere, so she had a solution: she put it on him. She says the shirt has provided the dog with so much comfort after his dad left and though it’s not a replacement for the real thing, it’s helped Brindle to cope. Best of all, he won’t have to wait much longer: JD is going to be home in about a month! Until that day comes, both Brindle and Amanda have the shirt to comfort them.
It took one look at a picture of Pippa for a woman named Amanda Harris was on her way to the Atlanta Humane Society to foster her. The little puppy had just arrived at the shelter with her dad, mom, and brother. Pippa was just seven weeks old and while the entire family was in bad shape she was in the worst condition of them all. The entire dog family had mange, but poor Pippa had the worst case. She was covered in sores and scabs and had lost all her fur. Pippa was fragile and in a lot of pain, but all she wanted to do was snuggle. Amanda brought the pup home to foster her and had plenty of medication to treat her skin.
Amanda gave Pippa medicated baths and around the clock care. In return, Pippa snuggled every chance she got. She loves to burrow down into blankets and cuddle more than anything. Her skin was painful and itchy, but that never stopped her from snuggling. Thankfully, it took just a few days of treatment for Pippa’s skin to start healing. Her light colored fur even started to grow back. She received medicated baths each week, got medicine for her skin and even special food. Her skin started to heal very quickly. Best of all, her sweet personality began to emerge too. Though she is tiny, she has a big personality. Amanda, her foster mom, has two large dogs—the biggest of which weighs 80 pounds. Pippa didn’t seem to notice they were so much bigger than her.
Pippa loved to chase her foster brother and sister’s tails and even play a good old fashioned game of tug o war. The Atlanta Humane Society posted about Pippa’ progress on Facebook and soon someone stepped forward to adopt her: a woman named Terri Dickson. She fell in love with her after seeing photos and once she held her she knew she was the perfect dog for her. She lives with Terri now and snuggles up to her every chance she gets!
A rescue dog names Sara loves her mom Colleen very much. So much so, Sara has severe separation anxiety whenever her owner leaves her alone. Even if Colleen just leaves for a short amount of time, Sara the dog panics. Sara’s anxiety started when she got older, and she began to get destructive and even injure herself. Colleen says Sara would pant, bark, chew furniture, and pace restlessly around the house trying to find her owner. Sara even rubbed her nose raw once on a door while Colleen was gone. It broke Colleen’s heart to know that Sara was so distraught while she was gone.
So, Colleen tried all sorts of things to comfort Sara. She tried training, giving her CBD oil, giving her vigorous exercise, and even resorted to prescriptions for Clomicalm, Prozac, and even tried tranquilizers from the vet. Nothing calm Sara, unfortunately. Colleen then just made sure Sara was never alone: she stayed with her constantly, or left her at another house or took her to doggy daycare. But then Colleen’s friend gave her an idea: why not leave a “dummy version” of herself with Sara? It seemed crazy, but she was willing to try anything. So, she ordered the dummy and started dressing it to look like her. She even gave it a name: Dolly. She dressed it with her clothes so it acquired her scent, then left it around for Sara to notice.
She used Dolly for trial runs while she left and Sara fell for it: one day she arrived home to see Sara sleeping at Dolly’s feet in the bathroom. While Sara doesn’t think that Dolly is her owner, she seems to be comforted by her presence while Colleen is away. It certainly works the best of any method she has tried in the past, so she is confident Sara will be comforted each time her owner has to leave her alone!
Through no fault of his own, Sam found himself in the dog shelter. The only family he had ever known had a change in their situation and they could not care for him anymore. So, they dropped him at the RSPCA’s South Godstone shelter. He was a senior dog but everyone at the shelter knew that his sweet loving personality meant he would be adopted in no time. But unfortunately, that is not the case for sweet Sam. He’s been waiting for a year now with no interest from a potential adopter. In that time, 134 other dogs have found a home while he sits and waits. No one at the shelter knows why, but it seems no one wants Sam.
Emily Jefferson, who works at the RSPCA South Godstone says she and the rest of the staff just love Sam to pieces. He is older, sure, but he has plenty of energy and love to give someone. He loves being showered with attention and love his peace and quiet—something he doesn’t get at the noisy shelter. He needs a quiet home to relax and finally just be a dog. Sam is thirteen years old, but he certainly doesn’t act like it. The shelter staff says he loves to play and run around outside, and he also loves to curl up and relax with his people. For the right family, he would be the perfect companion.
The shelter staff is determined to find the perfect home for Sam. So much so, they have been posting about him on social media as much as possible in the hopes that someone will take notice of him and give him a loving home. On his one year anniversary at the shelter they gave him a party, complete with a cake. They also photographed him with his “packed bags” so he could go to a forever home. Sam needs a home with no children and no other dogs. He needs a family who can be patient with him as he overcomes his anxiety and can give him lots of love. To get more information about Sam, contact the RSPCA South Godstone shelter.
A woman named Laryssa Giles is a dog lover through and through. Unfortunately for her, she could not own a dog because it was against the rules set by her landlord. While she was a cat owner, she really felt like having a dog in her life was a missing piece. But her dreams of being around a dog soon came true when her next door neighbors brought home a puppy one day. That’s when she met Jake, a Bernese Mountain dog and Great Pyrenees mix. All she had to do was walk outside into the backyard in order to get her much needed dog fix. There was a fence between Laryssa and Jake the dog, but they still found a way to interact. The fence was pretty run down at the time, so Jake stood on his hind legs as a puppy and she could reach his nose. Then, as he got bigger and taller she could reach his head.
Eventually, the neighbors replaced the fence and made it quite a bit taller. But they realized how much Jake and Laryssa loved to interact, so they asked her landlord if it was okay to build a “window” in the fence. The landlord obliged and soon it was easier than ever for Jake and Laryssa to say hello to one another. Jake would wait outside and when he heard Laryssa leave her house he would put his paws up on their special window in the fence. Then, he would wait patiently for his friend to arrive and shower him with pets and kisses.
Jake loved the attention, but not because his owners were not paying attention to him. It’s quite the opposite: Laryssa says they are great people who love their dog very much. Jake is just a dog who loves to be outside most of the time, so he has an insulated doghouse to keep warm on colder days. Laryssa says he mostly refuses to come inside but does have a way of telling his owners he wants to come in: he stands on a bench and stares into a window. Laryssa has since moved away, but she says the new renter loves dogs too and is sure to say hello to Jake each day.
For a dog named Otavio, life has not been an easy journey. You might not know it from looking at his happy disposition now, but he has experienced a lot of pain and sadness as a younger dog. He has been through so much heartbreak, but his life is so much better now. The little dog was adopted by a woman named Joice Lamas and her husband last year. He was living with a rescue group at the time who rescued him from a horrible situation. The home was abusive and neglectful and Ovtavio and several other dogs were rescued from the home. Otavio had suffered many injuries which eventually healed, but he was still very terrified of humans for some time.
Joice and her husband knew they needed to give little Otavio time to heal and were very patient with him in his journey. He quickly blossomed and the once shy dog who would wince when someone tried to pet him eventually grew to enjoy snuggling. Though he began to heal, there were still noticeable remnants of his past. The most noticeable was around how Otavio ate his food. No matter how much food Joice or her husband gave him, Otavio always ate just half of the bowl. No one really knows why he does this, but it’s believed to be connected to his past abuse.
It’s possible he was only permitted to eat a small amount of food or even that he wanted to leave food for other hungry dogs in the home. Joice always tells him he can eat as much food as he wants, but he still only eats half. Joice hopes that as time goes on he will continue to grow and get better knowing that humans are here to help him and not hurt him ever again.
A woman named Jillian took her trash out one Friday evening, and had the feeling that she was being watched. She spotted someone hiding in the shadows on her dark street. When she got a closer look, she spotted two glowing eyes and the shape of what looked like a dog crouching in a neighbor’s yard. She didn’t want to scare the stray dog away, so she slowly and quietly walked toward the dog. As soon as she heard Jillian approaching, the scared dog ran. But when Jillian began talking to the dog, she seemed to stop and listen. Jillian knew there was hope.
The following day, Jillian saw the dog in the light. She was still keeping her distance, and when Jillian approached her she ran again. This time, she didn’t run as far or as far away. When Jillian turned to head back to her house, she realized the dog was following her. So, Jillian knew she could get the dog to trust her. So, she set out a bowl of dog food and water for the scared pup in her front yard. Then, she walked a safe distance away. The dog quickly ate all the food and drank and all the water. But she still kept a distance from Jillian. So, when she saw the dog again the following day, she knew she needed to do something more extreme.
She and her husband came up with a plan: they sprinkled a trail of dog food down the sidewalk and into their yard. Jillian sat right next to a large bowl of food in her backyard, and the dog came and sat next to her to eat. The dog had finally found a way to trust Jillian. She and her husband decided to keep the dog and gave her a name: Luna. Jillian says she and her husband are animal lovers and have always loved pit bull mixes so Luna was the perfect addition to their family. Luna is young and still learning, but she knows her name and some basic commands. Best of all, she loves her new family and taking naps in her new bed!