When Jinx the 5-year-old Pit Bull mix dog arrived at the Animal Care Center of New York City (ACC), he was very scared and fearful.
Aside from the usual shock brought on by a new environment, Jinx was facing another difficulty: ever since he was born, he has been blind. This makes everything so much harder for the gorgeous dog.
So it was never going to be easy for him when his family dropped him off at the center, saying simply “He”s an amazing dog”. According to them, it was just that Jinx didn’t get along well with their other dogs. [Read the full article….]
Joe went from one eye to no eyes to needing dental surgery, but none of this deterred Lauren Truscott. In fact, it motivated her to adopt another rescue.
When Joe came to B.C. from a high-kill shelter he already had three strikes against him: One of his eyes was removed because of Glaucoma, the other one was blind and he was a scruffy senior. In short, this is the kind of dog that gets left at the shelter.
But despite all of this, Lauren Truscott fell in love at first sight, no pun intended.
Nine-year-old Joe now has no eyes at all – his other eye was recently removed because of painful Glaucoma – but now he’s facing another hurdle: he needs dental surgery, and Lauren is fundraising to come up with the cash.
When Splinter got sick, he was exiled to the pantry.
His owner thought it might have been mange and didn’t want him infecting the other animals.
So he spent his days and nights in total isolation, while the sickness claimed his fur, his vision and, very nearly, his hope.
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But one day, the pantry door opened. The owner had been reported for animal hoarding. Authorities took Splinter to a shelter in Shafter, California.
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Doctors found a six-pound tumour attached to his spleen.
It was Cushing’s Disease, an ailment that causes hair loss, skin infection and a unique potbellied appearance. Not to mention the extreme discomfort of having a football-sized tumor pressing up against the internal organs.
AUSTIN (KXAN) — The past year was a good one for the Austin Animal Center. They reported saving approximately 95 percent of the nearly 18,000 animals that ended up in their facility during 2015. That is a lot of lives saved, but one in particular came against high odds.
Blackie had lived his whole life outdoors
Just a couple of weeks before Christmas, the owners of a 14-year-old blind dog with health problems came to the intake facility to surrender their pet. “Blackie” faced a long road and vets thought the most humane thing to do was possibly euthanasia.
“He had not had the greatest of lives,” said AAC volunteer Brunie Drumond. “They felt like the dog must be suffering and would not make it past a week.”
Blackie had lived his whole life outdoors according to the owners when he was surrendered. After so many years of hardship, Drumond wanted to foster the dog. The idea was to give Blackie a place to pass away rather than a cold, steel cage.
“My goal was to take him home and let him live out his last few days in a home instead of a stressful shelter,” she said.
But with a warm place to sleep, new cat and dog friends at Drumond’s home and plenty of love and attention, Blackie is in no hurry to leave. What was expected to be just a few days is now over a month and Blackie’s last days may turn out to be his best.
“He really has been doing better,” said Drumond. “He goes on walks every day. More than anything, he likes relaxing in the room with us. He likes being part of things.”
It is quite the turnaround for a dog which was very close to euthanasia, but Drumond said being surrendered by his owners is possibly the best thing that could have happened for Blackie. And although she knows the inevitable will one day happen, she said giving Blackie extra time and the life he had been missing is all well worth it.
“I would rather have heartbreak about something I care about and matters to me.”
Update: Blackie died on Saturday, Jan. 30. “I’m deeply grateful that I was able to share the last 6 weeks with Blackie,” said his foster parent Drummond in a Facebook post. ” I’m also so very grateful to every person that has been supportive of me and to those who shared his story.”
Blind, Abandoned Pit Bull Finds Home to Live Out Last Days (Foreverhome Rescue)
The heartbreaking story of a blind pit bull abandoned on a park bench shortly after giving birth outraged animal lovers everywhere. But Poly’s story will have a happy ending — sort of.
ABC News reported in October that Poly was found in a park in Santa Maria, California, by a Santa Barbara rescue organization. In addition to being blind, Poly had a few other medical issues: a congenital heart condition, possible ringworm and a skin condition that causes scabbing.
Poly, who is blind, has found love in a foster home after being abandoned on park bench. (Foreverhome Rescue)
Though Poly has found a loving home, it may be short-lived. She has been given somewhere between two months and two years to live, according to Jennifer Wales, the president and founder of Foreverhome Pet Rescue, the organization that placed her in foster care soon after her rescue. That foster home is now considered a hospice situation for Poly but, according to Wales, Poly’s days are filled with everything a dog could want in a home.
“Her activities are limited, but there’s lots of loving and hugging and petting,” said Wales, and because of Poly’s heart condition, “mostly napping.”
A typical day in the life of Poly might include lounging on the twin daybed that’s reserved for her and two other foster dogs in the San Fernando home where they live; rolling in the grass in the yard or at the park down the street, coconut oil massages that she “loves,” and car rides to Starbucks.
“She is getting much more comfortable in the car,” Wales said, “and since she is nervous around new voices, we are trying to at least briefly expose her to more and more people so she can learn to trust again. She is playful and bouncy, not so much with toys as with people. But she can’t get too riled up for more than a couple of minutes or she will start coughing and faint due to her condition.” [Read the full article….]
Downey, CA: The saddest video in the world was published on Facebook the other day.
This little one had no hope, but one volunteer refused to give up.
MacKenzie’s Freedom Ride (Frosted Faces)
Downey, CA: The saddest video in the world was published on Facebook the other day. A 12 year old senior Shiba Inu mix was relinquished at the very high kill Downey Shelter in Calfornia.
MacKenzie’s miracle (Frosted Faces)
MacKenzie was just moments away from being euthanized, an all too common practice at Downey. Volunteer Sal Valdepena begged the shelter to give the elder dog extra time in order to seek rescue opportunity. Downey Shelter give Valdepena until Wednesday, November 18 to create a miracle.
A blind dog was rescued from a canal by Brevard County Sheriffs deputies early Wednesday morning.
Blind Bull Mastiff rescued from canal
A message came in to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), and in the early morning hours, Sergeant Jason Knepp, Deputy Lee Roth, Deputy Megan Lane and Deputy Tim Liston responded to the plea for assistance. When they arrived on the scene, they found a very distressed, 170 pound, blind Bull Mastiff, unable to get out of his predicament. Knowing there was no time to lose, and it would require the efforts of all of them, the group quickly jumped into action.
According to reports, the dog was about ten feet from shore. Deputy Roth secured a blanket around the dog and maneuvered him to the shoreline. The other deputies at the scene helped hoist the dog onto land. Authorities say the dog was returned home safely. Recent reports state that the dog was in good spirits, and is now peacefully resting at home with his owners.
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey posted his thanks to the officers on the BSCO Facebook page, saying, “As a Sheriff, I could not be more proud of our members as this is another perfect example of the great work they do to help protect our community.”
Greyhound Becomes Guide Dog For His Blind Sister By Leading Her Across Busy Street
‘Deeds like this remind us once more that we humans have a lot to learn from the animals who we share this planet with’
By Anthony Pearce | Yahoo News – Tue, Nov 24, 2015
These two greyhound pups have overcome considerable odds to survive – by sticking together. The pair were not only abandoned as newborns – left to fend for themselves – but had to contend with the fact that one of them was blind in both eyes.
But, rather than make his own way alone, the male dog decided to stick with his female companion, believed to be his sister, and teach himself how to work as a guide dog for her.
The pair, who are around five months old, were spotted slowly crossing a busy road, with the female dog resting her head on the back of the male. Continue reading →