MISSING DOG FOUND AFTER NINE YEARS - “Hight’s daughter, who was 4 when Maggie disappeared, cried when she saw the pup.”
Maggie, a Lhasa Apso, somehow escaped from her yard in Florida and disappeared nine years ago. The Hight family searched for Maggie but were not able to find her. Recently, the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) picked up Maggie as a stray from the streets and scanned her microchip. Maggie, now 11, was then reunited with the Hight family, including Abigayle Hight who was just four at the time. Read more from The Gainsville Sun:

This week, April Hight received a phone call she never expected. Maggie had been found by the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society.
“It’s just a gift to have her back,” Hight said. “She’ll be able to live out the rest of her years loved and cared for and hopefully that’ll make up for the hopefully not all horrible years she had to live through to get back home.”
Maggie was picked up by animal control officers in Holt, Tuesday, along with another stray dog. 
When they checked Maggie for a microchip, they found Hight’s phone number and left a message.
When she called PAWS back, Hight half expected it to be a glitch with the chip.
“I called thinking that it’s a German shepherd or something like that,” she joked.
She was shocked to hear that it was a little dog named Maggie who was quiet and gentle with shelter staff.
“I just knew it was her because Maggie was always very sweet, very mild tempered, very loving,” Hight said.

Amazing story. Great to see Maggie back home where she belongs. Click here for the full story, and here for more about PAWS.

MISSING DOG FOUND AFTER NINE YEARS - Hight’s daughter, who was 4 when Maggie disappeared, cried when she saw the pup.”

Maggie, a Lhasa Apso, somehow escaped from her yard in Florida and disappeared nine years ago. The Hight family searched for Maggie but were not able to find her. Recently, the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) picked up Maggie as a stray from the streets and scanned her microchip. Maggie, now 11, was then reunited with the Hight family, including Abigayle Hight who was just four at the time. Read more from The Gainsville Sun:

This week, April Hight received a phone call she never expected. Maggie had been found by the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society.

“It’s just a gift to have her back,” Hight said. “She’ll be able to live out the rest of her years loved and cared for and hopefully that’ll make up for the hopefully not all horrible years she had to live through to get back home.”

Maggie was picked up by animal control officers in Holt, Tuesday, along with another stray dog. 

When they checked Maggie for a microchip, they found Hight’s phone number and left a message.

When she called PAWS back, Hight half expected it to be a glitch with the chip.

“I called thinking that it’s a German shepherd or something like that,” she joked.

She was shocked to hear that it was a little dog named Maggie who was quiet and gentle with shelter staff.

“I just knew it was her because Maggie was always very sweet, very mild tempered, very loving,” Hight said.

Amazing story. Great to see Maggie back home where she belongs. Click here for the full story, and here for more about PAWS.

DOG SAVES WOMAN FROM INTRUDER - “A woman awoke in her Oceanside home Friday to find her mouth covered by the hand of a strange man, who fled moments later when her dog went after him…”
A woman in Oceanside, California, woke up on early Friday morning to find a man standing over her. She managed to scream, which prompted her Rottweiler mix to attack the man. The dog, named Ziggy, successfully chased the intruder out. Police are currently investigating the incident. Great job by Ziggy! Click here for the full story and a news video from 10news.com.

DOG SAVES WOMAN FROM INTRUDER - A woman awoke in her Oceanside home Friday to find her mouth covered by the hand of a strange man, who fled moments later when her dog went after him…”

A woman in Oceanside, California, woke up on early Friday morning to find a man standing over her. She managed to scream, which prompted her Rottweiler mix to attack the man. The dog, named Ziggy, successfully chased the intruder out. Police are currently investigating the incident. Great job by Ziggy! Click here for the full story and a news video from 10news.com.

MAN RENTS BILLBOARD TO FIND STOLEN DOG - “This billboard cost me $1,950 for five days. I don’t care about the money. What I care about is Boomer…”

For the past five months, a man named Eddie Williams has been conducting a desperate search for his dog Boomer, a Poodle. Boomer went missing from the car while Williams was at a gas station. Recently, Williams rented a mobile billboard with Boomer’s photo prominently displayed on the side. Although Williams has spent thousands of dollars on the search, it appears money is secondary to Boomer’s safe return. Read more from Fox 59 News:

Boomer has been missing for five months. Williams said someone stole his dog out of his car when he went to pay for gas inside a station at the corner of Sherman Drive and 25th Street on Indianapolis’ east side. For the past five months, Williams has felt a void in his life without his dog.

“He’s not a dog to me he’s a little human. My little human, and he’s my travelling companion,” said Williams. “I drive semis for a living he was everywhere I went.”

He even hired a private investigator to search for the dog, but when that didn’t work, he decided to rent the mobile billboard for even more exposure. He used a bold yellow background and red writing to highlight the $1,500 reward he’s offering. The billboard is already creating buzz.

Please share, especially if you are in the Indianapolis area. Hopefully Boomer turns up and is reunited with his dedicated owner soon. Bring Boomer Home! Click here for the full story and a news video. 

ssamantharuby:

Today I was only at the spca for a couple of hours because there were a couple of new girls (who i knew from college) and we all got the job done really fast. But today I also got to work with the dogs for the first time! At first I was helping train the puppies but they get distracted because there’s two of them (they are usually separated for training) and so I got to work with Asia! (The dog in the picture) I’m so happy I got to work with her she’s my favourite :)) I was told that she is really lovely and submissive but she jumps up on people and whenever people go to meet her they get intimidated/don’t like it when she does it (which is fair enough as it’s not good behaviour) so i got to train her to sit when someone comes in instead of jumping up on them and she’s so cute and covered my legs in her fur because she kept rolling around trying to get a belly rub

She looks wonderful

ssamantharuby:

Today I was only at the spca for a couple of hours because there were a couple of new girls (who i knew from college) and we all got the job done really fast. But today I also got to work with the dogs for the first time! At first I was helping train the puppies but they get distracted because there’s two of them (they are usually separated for training) and so I got to work with Asia! (The dog in the picture) I’m so happy I got to work with her she’s my favourite :)) I was told that she is really lovely and submissive but she jumps up on people and whenever people go to meet her they get intimidated/don’t like it when she does it (which is fair enough as it’s not good behaviour) so i got to train her to sit when someone comes in instead of jumping up on them and she’s so cute and covered my legs in her fur because she kept rolling around trying to get a belly rub

She looks wonderful

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ROMANIAN TEEN USES SOCIAL MEDIA TO FIND HOMES FOR STRAY DOGS - The 13-year-old is using Facebook to pair abandoned animals with would-be owners in Germany, Austria and Belgium.”

Thirteen-year-old Ana-Maria Ciulcu has been helping stray dogs in Romania by finding them homes in other countries. She uses Facebook to spread the word about the homeless dogs. 150 stray dogs have already found homes thanks to Ciulcu. Read more from the New York Daily News:

When French film actress Brigitte Bardot began a campaign to spare the thousands of stray dogs in Romania’s capital from being put down, she did it with a $150,000 donation scheme.

A similar campaign is being waged by Ana-Maria Ciulcu, a 13-year-old schoolgirl with braces on her teeth who uses Facebook to appeal to dog lovers all over Europe - and to make sure the dogs go to the right homes.

"I like to know that my dogs will be spoiled, and will be allowed to sit on the sofa … so one of my first questions would be: ‘Are you going to chain him?’" Ciulcu told Reuters.

Ciulcu was a baby when Bardot started her sterilization campaign in 2001. Now she speaks fluent German and has a grasp of the Internet, and she’s used both to rescue 150 strays and ship them to Germany, Austria and Belgium since September.

Many dogs have better lives, thanks to Ms. Ciulcu. Best of luck to her. Click here for the full story and here to visit Ms. Ciulcu’s Facebook page. (Photos by Bogdan Cristel)

In this video, a dog named “Jumpy” lives up to his name by engaging in some parkour. Awesome!

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WOMAN WITH TERMINAL CANCER SEEKS HOME FOR PIT BULL - "A terminally ill woman from Northern Colorado has one last wish before she passes away: for someone to adopt her dog."
A woman named Patricia Cudd in Colorado was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer and is in the later stages of her life. She is worried about her Pit Bull, Sherlock, and is looking for someone to adopt him. Read more from 9news.com:

Patricia Cudd was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer. For the last few years she’s been living in a cramped motel room with her dog ‘Sherlock’.
"He’s my best friend," Cudd said as she choked back tears.
A few years back, Patricia rescued Sherlock from a shelter. Since her diagnosis, Sherlock has helped rescue Patricia. But as her time on earth comes to an end, she knows she has to let Sherlock go. “I want someone else to love him as much as I do because I can’t run with him anymore,” Cudd explained.
Sherlock is a pit bull. Cudd says he’s one of the most loving dogs you’ll ever meet.
"He’s taught me to have fun! To just plain have fun. To go outside, look at the sun and enjoy life," she said. If she could, Patricia would hold on to Sherlock longer, but she knows she can’t. So she’s hoping you can find room in your home and in your heart for him. "He’s such a great animal! Just magnificent," she said.

Last August, doctors told Cudd she likely only had six more months to live.

Please share, especially if you are in Colorado. Hopefully Sherlock is adopted soon so his beloved owner can find some peace. Click here for the full story a news story.  

WOMAN WITH TERMINAL CANCER SEEKS HOME FOR PIT BULL - "A terminally ill woman from Northern Colorado has one last wish before she passes away: for someone to adopt her dog."

A woman named Patricia Cudd in Colorado was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer and is in the later stages of her life. She is worried about her Pit Bull, Sherlock, and is looking for someone to adopt him. Read more from 9news.com:

Patricia Cudd was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer. For the last few years she’s been living in a cramped motel room with her dog ‘Sherlock’.

"He’s my best friend," Cudd said as she choked back tears.

A few years back, Patricia rescued Sherlock from a shelter. Since her diagnosis, Sherlock has helped rescue Patricia. But as her time on earth comes to an end, she knows she has to let Sherlock go. “I want someone else to love him as much as I do because I can’t run with him anymore,” Cudd explained.

Sherlock is a pit bull. Cudd says he’s one of the most loving dogs you’ll ever meet.

"He’s taught me to have fun! To just plain have fun. To go outside, look at the sun and enjoy life," she said. If she could, Patricia would hold on to Sherlock longer, but she knows she can’t. So she’s hoping you can find room in your home and in your heart for him. "He’s such a great animal! Just magnificent," she said.

Last August, doctors told Cudd she likely only had six more months to live.

Please share, especially if you are in Colorado. Hopefully Sherlock is adopted soon so his beloved owner can find some peace. Click here for the full story a news story.  

THIS HUSKY PUPPY NEEDS A HOME - “The Scottish SPCA has launched a special appeal to find the ideal home for a Siberian husky puppy.”
The Scottish SPCA is looking for a special home for a three-month-old Siberian Husky named Mika. He was given up to the shelter when his former owner could no longer care for him. They would like someone who already has another Husky to adopt Mika.  Here’s more from the Scottish SPCA:

Staff at our Glasgow Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Cardonald are encouraging husky-lovers who can offer Mika a stable future to come forward.
Animal care assistant Josh Wilson said, “Mika is an adorable looking wee pup so, unsurprisingly, we’ve had quite a lot of interest in him already.
"However, we’re looking for a very specific type of home for Mika and unfortunately we’ve not found his perfect owner just yet.
"Huskies are wonderful dogs but they aren’t for everyone. They need experienced owners who can bring out the best in them.
"Ideally we’d like Mika to go to a home where he can enjoy the company of another husky.
"Being a young boy, Mika is naturally energetic and he can be quite stubborn and independent.
"Although he’s small now, he’ll soon grow into a strapping big lad and he’ll need lots of space, not to mention a large amount of exercise every day.
"We’re hoping to find Mika an owner who will not only give him the lifestyle and care he needs, but also invest further time and effort in his training and socialisation.
"Mika is a fantastic dog with lots to offer. We’re sure the right person is out there for him and we’re just hoping they see our appeal so he can start living the fun and active life he deserves."
Anyone who can offer Mika a new home is being urged to contact our Glasgow Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre on 03000 999 999.

Good luck to Mika! Hopefully he finds a great home soon. Click here for more information from the Scottish SPCA. 

THIS HUSKY PUPPY NEEDS A HOME - The Scottish SPCA has launched a special appeal to find the ideal home for a Siberian husky puppy.”

The Scottish SPCA is looking for a special home for a three-month-old Siberian Husky named Mika. He was given up to the shelter when his former owner could no longer care for him. They would like someone who already has another Husky to adopt Mika.  Here’s more from the Scottish SPCA:

Staff at our Glasgow Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Cardonald are encouraging husky-lovers who can offer Mika a stable future to come forward.

Animal care assistant Josh Wilson said, “Mika is an adorable looking wee pup so, unsurprisingly, we’ve had quite a lot of interest in him already.

"However, we’re looking for a very specific type of home for Mika and unfortunately we’ve not found his perfect owner just yet.

"Huskies are wonderful dogs but they aren’t for everyone. They need experienced owners who can bring out the best in them.

"Ideally we’d like Mika to go to a home where he can enjoy the company of another husky.

"Being a young boy, Mika is naturally energetic and he can be quite stubborn and independent.

"Although he’s small now, he’ll soon grow into a strapping big lad and he’ll need lots of space, not to mention a large amount of exercise every day.

"We’re hoping to find Mika an owner who will not only give him the lifestyle and care he needs, but also invest further time and effort in his training and socialisation.

"Mika is a fantastic dog with lots to offer. We’re sure the right person is out there for him and we’re just hoping they see our appeal so he can start living the fun and active life he deserves."

Anyone who can offer Mika a new home is being urged to contact our Glasgow Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre on 03000 999 999.

Good luck to Mika! Hopefully he finds a great home soon. Click here for more information from the Scottish SPCA. 

DOG WAITS EIGHT DAYS OUTSIDE HOSPITAL FOR INJURED OWNER - A homeless man hospitalized in Brazil after a random attack has a best friend in his dog who waited eight days in the hospital parking lot until being able to see him.”

A dog named Seco waited outside a hospital in Brazil for eight days while his owner was hospitalized. His owner was injured in an attack and went to the hospital for treatment. He expected only a short visit, but ended up being hospitalized after doctors discovered melanoma on the man’s face. Hospital staff fed the dog in the meantime, and after eight days the hospital made an exception and let Seco visit his owner. This videos shows Seco being reunited with his owner. Such a loyal dog. Click here for the full story from the Daily Mail.

MEET THE MAYOR OF DIVIDE, COLORADO - “In a neck-and-neck election, the Colorado town just elected a bloodhound named Pa Kettle to be their new mayor.”
The town of Divide, Colorado has elected a Bloodhound named Pa Kettle to be their new mayor. The title is unofficial, but Pa Kettle is now the closest thing to a real mayor because Divide has no human mayor. The election was held to raise funds for the Teller County Regional Animal Shelter. Congratulations to Pa Kettle! Click here for more information from E Online. 

MEET THE MAYOR OF DIVIDE, COLORADO - In a neck-and-neck election, the Colorado town just elected a bloodhound named Pa Kettle to be their new mayor.”

The town of Divide, Colorado has elected a Bloodhound named Pa Kettle to be their new mayor. The title is unofficial, but Pa Kettle is now the closest thing to a real mayor because Divide has no human mayor. The election was held to raise funds for the Teller County Regional Animal Shelter. Congratulations to Pa Kettle! Click here for more information from E Online. 

RESCUED PUPPY REUNITED WITH ITS MOTHER - “An abused pit bull puppy was reunited with its mother Thursday on Long Island.”
A Pit Bull puppy named Miss Harper was discovered last September after someone had cut off her ears and leg. Since being rescued, Miss Harper has been in the care of My Pets Vet Animal Hospital in New York. The persons responsible for her injuries have been arrested. Recently, Miss Harper’s birth mother, a dog named Missy, was rescued by the Nassau County SPCA. Miss Harper and Missy were reunited at the animal hospital on Thursday. Read more from CBS New York:

An abused pit bull puppy was reunited with its mother Thursday on Long Island.
Miss Harper was found last September with her ears and leg cut off.
Her mother, Missy, was rescued Wednesday by the Nassau County SPCA. Officials said she was being used to breed puppies that were then brutally abused.
Although Missy was not physically abused, she has a number of infections, WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall reported.
“Her ears are infected and she has mastitis, which is an infection of her breast tissue,” said Donna Kramer of My Pets Vet Animal Hospital. “We’re thinking that she’s been bred quite a bit.”
The dogs were reunited at the Huntington animal hospital, which has been caring for Miss Harper since she was found.
Kramer said they will be reintroduced slowly.
“It’s a little tentative right now, they haven’t seen each other in months,” Karmer said. “We’re taking it very slowly and cautiously.”
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Doctors and staff said Miss Harper is loving and playful. She is expected to be fitted with a prosthetic leg in the next week or so.

This mother and daughter suffered a lot but they are now safely back together. Hopefully they will be adopted soon. Click here for the full story. (Photo via Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

RESCUED PUPPY REUNITED WITH ITS MOTHER - An abused pit bull puppy was reunited with its mother Thursday on Long Island.”

A Pit Bull puppy named Miss Harper was discovered last September after someone had cut off her ears and leg. Since being rescued, Miss Harper has been in the care of My Pets Vet Animal Hospital in New York. The persons responsible for her injuries have been arrested. Recently, Miss Harper’s birth mother, a dog named Missy, was rescued by the Nassau County SPCA. Miss Harper and Missy were reunited at the animal hospital on Thursday. Read more from CBS New York:

An abused pit bull puppy was reunited with its mother Thursday on Long Island.

Miss Harper was found last September with her ears and leg cut off.

Her mother, Missy, was rescued Wednesday by the Nassau County SPCA. Officials said she was being used to breed puppies that were then brutally abused.

Although Missy was not physically abused, she has a number of infections, WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall reported.

“Her ears are infected and she has mastitis, which is an infection of her breast tissue,” said Donna Kramer of My Pets Vet Animal Hospital. “We’re thinking that she’s been bred quite a bit.”

The dogs were reunited at the Huntington animal hospital, which has been caring for Miss Harper since she was found.

Kramer said they will be reintroduced slowly.

“It’s a little tentative right now, they haven’t seen each other in months,” Karmer said. “We’re taking it very slowly and cautiously.”

***

Doctors and staff said Miss Harper is loving and playful. She is expected to be fitted with a prosthetic leg in the next week or so.

This mother and daughter suffered a lot but they are now safely back together. Hopefully they will be adopted soon. Click here for the full story. (Photo via Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

STRAY DOG RESCUED AFTER RUNNING ALONGSIDE COMMUTER TRAINS -  The engineer on the first train followed Tie slowly for a mile and a half as the dog walked along the tracks, which are the electrified by 700 volts of third rail power…”

A stray dog, now named Tie, was spotted running alongside trains on the tracks in New York City on April 8th. Authorities were notified and officers were able to lure Tie off the tracks. It is believed that Tie is a Collie mix. She is currently in the care of the Animal Care & Control of NYC, where she will be put up for adoption if no one claims her. Read more from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA):

Yesterday morning, MTA Police Officers Luis Alvarez and Errold Borges pulled Tie to safety at the Harlem-125th Street station after receiving word from rail traffic controller Alex Rodriguez in the Metro-North Railroad operations control center that the dog was on the tracks.

Tie was first spotted by the engineer of a Grand Central Terminal-bound train that had originated at 10:39 a.m. train in Greystone. The engineer immediately notified the operations control center, which in turn notified approximately a half dozen other trains that were in the area or scheduled to come through shortly. The trains were told to slow their speeds and watch for a stray animal.

Rodriguez also notified the MTA Police Department. Officers stationed at Harlem-125th Street mobilized to attempt to apprehend the wayward pup.

The engineer on the first train followed Tie slowly for a mile and a half as the dog walked along the tracks, which are the electrified by 700 volts of third rail power, and across the Harlem River Lift Bridge onto elevated tracks in Manhattan.

Customers on the platform at Harlem-125th Street Station watched as the dog walked along the tracks past the length of the platforms. Alvarez and Borges responded to the south end of the platform, where they joined other Metro-North employees who were trying to lure her to a small staircase leading down to the tracks. Tie finally walked up into her rescuers’ arms while a crowd of customers on the platform clapped and cheered.

What a relief that Tie as not seriously injured during her adventures. Hopefully she finds a permanent home soon. Click here for more information from the MTA.  (Photos by Meredith Daniels and Adam Lisberg)

UNIVERSITY OFFERS INTERNSHIP FOR THERAPY DOG TRAINING - The students take turns bringing one or the other dog to classrooms, dorm rooms, the student union and more. They’re trying to accustom the dogs to strange people, places and movements.

Students at Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio are taking part in a unique internship. They are training therapy dogs who will eventually help children and others with an organization called Ohio Guidestone after they pass a certification test. The students who train the dogs will earn internship credits. Currently, a Great Dane named Luca and a Sheltie named Chloe are being trained. Read more from cleveland.com:

If the dogs pass a Therapy Dog International test in June, they’ll join a new K9 Partners Program at BW’s neighbor, OhioGuidestone. Therapists will use them while counseling consenting families.

"They’re wonderful therapy tools," said Rivienne Levin, the program’s co-director. "Children can pet the dogs and whisper things in their ears that they might have a hard time saying aloud." She hopes to train more dogs in the future and more therapists to use them.

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The trainers get internship credit for their work. They say it can be challenging. Sometimes the dogs whine in class and need to be taken outside. Once Luca parked in the middle of Bagley Road for several minutes and wouldn’t budge.

The trainers also say Luca and Chloe have become Big Mutts on Campus. Students flock to pet them and photograph them.

The trainers’ toughest task is passing off the dogs to each other or returning them to their owners. “It’s like saying goodbye to a baby,” says Carver.

Good luck to Luca and Chloe, and to all the students in the internship. Sounds like an amazing program. Click here for the full story. (Photos by Gus Chan)

THE BALTIMORE’ HUMANE SOCIETY “LOVE THEM O’s” CAMPAIGN - “Any pet with an “O” in its name is $10 to adopt in April!”

The Baltimore Humane Society has released the following press release regarding its “Love Them O’s” adoption drive:

April 7, 2014-Baltimore, MD — Even the homeless animals at Baltimore Humane Society are celebrating the return of the Birds!  The no-kill shelter in Reisterstown is showing its orange pride with a Love Them O’s Special.  Any dog or cat whose name has the letter “o” in it will only be $10 to adopt.  The promotion runs the entire month of April.  The Adoption Center is open to the public from noon until 6p.m, Tuesday through Sunday. Let’s go O’s!  For more information or to see all the companion pets available for adoption go to bmorehumane.org

Please share, especially if you are in the Baltimore area. I’m not a Baltimore Orioles fan, but I support this campaign! Click here for more about the Baltimore Humane Society.

"SHARE FOR DOGS" BY PEDIGREE - These cute puppies figured out a clever way to raise money for dogs in need. Now all you need to do is watch.”

Pedigree has created this video to raise money for dogs in need of adoption. Every view of this YouTube video generates money for this cause. All you have to do is just watch these puppies play. Here’s the explanation from the Pedigree website:

YouTube has a feature called monetization. Long story short, if you create your own content and it’s approved, YouTube will place ads inside or near the video. Whoever uploaded the content then earns 55% of the advertising revenue. How much this works out to be depends on a couple of factors, such as the type of ads and the pricing of ads appearing with the video. But remember, in this case, all money raised goes toward feeding, treating and finding homes for dogs in need. 

All of these dogs are awesome. Click here for more information about the Pedigree Adoption Drive. Please share!