Meet Finn!

This is Finn. A terrier mix who is good with children over 5, weighs about 15 lbs., is good with other dogs. He is about 1-2 years old. And not so great with cats. Finn has been neutered and is ready for adoption!

We found Finn currently being cared for by Smiley Dog Rescue in Oakland, California. Smiley Dog Rescue is a group of volunteer dog lovers whose mission is to rescue, provide sanctuary, and ultimately to re-home abandoned, stray and neglected dogs in the San Francisco Bay Area.

For more information about Finn, click here!

Meet Rascal!

Rascal is a super dog! He is friendly, loving and handsome too. No one knows what kind of life Rascal had before being picked up running stray by animal control. When his time was up at the shelter, Second Chance was there to take him into rescue.

Rascal has adjusted very well to his foster family. He gets along well with the other dogs and has no problem at all sleeping in his kennel crate at night. His foster mom thinks that he would be a great dog for older children if given the chance. A fenced yard would be perfect for him.

Rascal is young, probably around 1 year old. He is looking forward to getting settled with his very own family. If you are looking for a new best friend, please consider Rascal. He will be a devoted companion and loads of fun too!

We found Rascal currently being cared for by a foster family through Second Chance rescue in East Tennessee. They are an all volunteer group in Roane County, Tennessee, dedicated to finding good
homes for homeless animals. They are an IRS 501 (c) (3) tax exempt non-profit organization all money raised through membership and fundraising is spent on animal welfare ONLY.


For more information about Rascal, click here!

Fun stuff for your blog!

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Whew - we are rated G for all audiences. That's a relief!

I love putting fun things on my blog - informational, but fun! Here's a site that has all kinds of interesting widgets and quizzes you can put on your blog. For example: I put together a countdown to the day that my November injury curse is lifted! Only one more day, plus some change and it's over! Yeah!



You may remember that every year of my life I have received a bad injury in November - dog attack in 2005, broken paw at the doggie daycare where I was boarded in 2006. This is the year I break the curse!

Check out the other Blog Stuff they have on their site. It's fun!

Pups from a puppy mill in Maine to be up for adoption soon!

Hundreds of dogs seized from a puppy mill will soon be put up for adoption by three animal shelters in Maine.

The animals include about 250 dogs -- miniature Australian shepherds, Brussels griffons, bulldogs, shelties and other breeds -- that were seized from the J'aime Kennel in Buxton in August. Those dogs have since given birth to more than 100 puppies, which are also being put up for adoption.

The animals are now being spayed and neutered and will be released for adoption over the next several weeks.

The animal shelters involved in the adoptions are The Animal Welfare Society in Kennebunk, the Animal Refuge League in Westbrook and the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society in Lewiston. Those three facilities have about 130 of the dogs among them, with the rest placed at a Portland facility leased by the state's Animal Welfare Program.

For more information read the story from Boston.com.

Donating dog beds to shelters this holiday season!

In the spirit of the holiday season a special gift arrived at the Elmsford Animal Shelter in New York, when an a donor provided over 200 Kuranda dog beds for the comfort of the shelter pups.

The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, had donated previously to the shelter and decided to help again after having a successful year in business.

The donated beds, manufactured by Kuranda, a Maryland-based company that specializes in cot-style dog beds made of materials such as metal, aluminum, fleece and vinyl, were ordered from the donor through the Kuranda's 'Donate a Bed' program. The program allows customers to buy beds at discounts if they are donated to a shelter.

Read more and happy sleeping, pups, until you find your forever home!

An all natural remedies!

We always try to follow a natural way of life at our house. Traumeel for sores spots (me and Mum), grape seed extract for Mum's nose in the winter, acidophilus and probiotics for my tummy, extra omega-3's for my skin and coat, Bach Flower remedies for stress and chiropractic to keep me in great shape for agility.

I've had, at times, taken manufactured drugs when things were serious - like the dog attack and my broken paw, and of course my rabies three year vaccine. But most all the time at our house we practice healing the natural way and feel the best way to heal is from nature itself. A lot of folks lately have been talking about colloidal silver. A natural antibiotic, it is used on pups and other pets for everything from ear and eye infections, coughs and infections, to improving the general health and well being of your pup.

Shawn Messonnier D.V.M., also talks about colloidal silver in her book the 'Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats.' Mum and I are going to research further to look into this idea!

Meet Glitter!

Glitter is a sparkling 1 year old, female, spayed, Shar-Pei, Labrador Retriever, Terrier Mix. She will add a lot of zest and sparkle to your ordinary day! Glitter is fully grown at 51 kissable pounds and shimmering with animation. She's a super athletic coach who will keep you in sparkly shape.

This sweet pup came to Helen Woodward Animal Center from another shelter. About 80% of HWAC's adoptions are pets that have been transferred from other shelters. Under one management, this unique organization benefits the community by providing educational and therapeutic programs for people, and humane care and adoption for animals.

For more information about Glitter, click here!

Dog-friendly cities!

According to DogFriendly.com, there are some really dog friendly cities out there. Chicago tops the list with Vancouver, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Tucson, Toronto and San Antonio following behind.

Since we live near Chicago, we've visited there often - love the city, it's dog friendliness and its beaches. One city we'd like to visit is San Diego.

Here's what DogFriendly.com has to say:

Dogs love San Diego's off leash parks and especially the beaches. Dog Beach and Fiesta Island offer your dog off-leash beaches second to none in California. Many other beaches allow your well-behaved leashed dog to accompany you.

In San Diego you and your pup can ride in a carriage together, or rent a boat or kayak for the afternoon. You can stroll around Old Town State Historic Park with your dog and dine at an outdoor cafe. San Diego has a lot of outdoor restaurants for you and your dog to choose from.

Sea World San Diego has day kennels for dogs at a minimal price of $5 per day and they lend you a pager just in case they need get in touch while you are in the park. Nearby attractions include the mountain town of Julian and the wine country of Temecula.

Room for Improvement - The San Diego Zoo doesn't allow dogs or have a kennel for dogs to stay in while you visit the zoo. It makes visiting this landmark difficult while traveling with a dog.
So if you are looking for a great vacation place to take your dog, San Diego and these other cities look like winners.

As you plan your trip, you may want to visit Trusted Tours and Attractions. They offer discounted tickets to the best sightseeing tours in a wide variety of cities, including San Diego, Chicago, Key West and more! And if you sign up for their newsletter by December 14th you will be automatically entered to win 4 free tickets to tours in a city of your choice.

If I ever get a chance to go out to San Diego, I'll be sure check out the beach and hopefully get to to look up SurfDog. And, oh, I truly want to visit the folks at the Helen Woodward Animal Center and learn more about their facility, program and events for pet rescue.

Dogs homeless following California wildfires soon to be up for adoption!

Sixty-six dogs now find themselves homeless following the recent California wildfires and have been taken to Colorado to find new homes. Most all of these pups were family dogs, given up because their owners lost everything in the fire and could no longer take care for them.

Many are well behaved, family dogs who are in shock as to what has happened to them. The looks on many of the dogs' faces seem to say, "What did I do wrong?"

This past Monday, the dogs were placed with foster families as they go through a series of veterinary checkups and receive any necessary care. Within the next week or two, the dogs will be available for adoption through the Animal House shelter in Fort Collins.

Read more about you can help or adopt these lost pets.

A bed of beans!

OK, I'll spill it! Here's a an interesting new product, a dog bed full of beans!

And it's a big one, 50x34x6, faux suede and very practical. The K9 Couch has an inner liner containing beans, is fire retardant, tough and hard wearing, machine washable. And they offer a similar version that is completely water and dirt resistant, for that messy pup.

In addition to the K9Couch, Bean Bag Bazaar, offers all kinds of bean bag chairs for all shapes and sizes, including two-leggers - including floor cushions, cube and they also offer huge 6ft sofa beanbags. What fun!

A happy tail from the Virginia Puppy Mill seizure!

November was a big month for pup rescue in the Virginia area, as over 1100 pups were seized from a Virginia Puppy Mill, and sent to shelters all up and down the East Coast.

But thanks to hundreds of good Samaritans, the pups have been cleaned up, cared for and put up for adoption - and hundreds of other good Samaritans have welcomed many of them into their homes, forever.

The Washington Post has a great story about one of the pups. This is Barbara Grewe and Gerti. Gerti was adopted from the Montgomery County Humane Society, a shelter that took in over 160 of the Virginia Puppy Mill pups.

As with all rescues of this nature, both pup and their new adoptive families will have new, wonderful, and very challenging days ahead as both begin to adapt to their new living situations. These pups have never been socialized, or free from their cages. They have never seen a toy and don't know how to play. They have never walked on a leash and have no idea about potty training.

They will have a lot of adjusting ahead for them. We are very happy to hear that the shelters are taking these circumstances into consideration and helping potential adopters learn and be aware of the special needs of these pets - through training sessions, screening, and awareness.

These pups and their new families have a long road ahead of them - we wish them well and are sending lots of love their way.

Basements!

We know a lot of pups out there have basements. We even have some friends that have put down matting and do some agility practice in their basements during the winter. A nice open basement with a nice flooring could be a great place to train your pups on some tricks, foundation work and more!

But some basements are usable and some aren't. If you have a basement with a foundation that leaves a bit to be desired, that is wet and leaking, you may want to look into making it useful with basement wall repair. It could come in real handy for a nice place to play with your pups this winter.

Meet Brando!

Hey guys, this is Brando, and he doesn't think anyone has been listening. He is 60 pounds of fun loving goof ball that just needs a little bit of attention. He loves to play, chase the ball some times, and of course, crash on the couch and chill while my people friends hang out and watch some television. Some folks say he may be a Bassett/Lab mix, but one thing is for certain he does have two pretty awesome ears that make it look like the wind is always blowing!

Brando is currently being cared for by Blue Dog Rescue in Austin, Texas. Blue Dog Rescue is a volunteer organization whose purpose is to end the needless killing of homeless dogs. Blue Dog Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, funded by donations, fundraisers, and adoption fees, that works to find permanent, loving homes for homeless dogs in the Central Texas area. All donations are Federal Tax deductible.

For more information about Brando, click here!

Relocating!

Relocating to a different city, home or apartment can be a scary situation for your four-legged companion. We are creatures of habit, but it can be easier if you plan and plan ahead. The Humane Society of the United States, www.hsus.org, offers some great tips on how to make the move with your pet much more pleasant. Just do a search on their site for 'moving.'

Some of their great tips include:

  • Use a carrier and help your pet learn that it's a great home away from home.
  • Puppy proof any locations that your pup will be, including your new home, temporary housing, or while traveling.
  • Make sure your pet wears their ID tags at all times.
  • Give them lots of attention during this difficult transition.
  • And much, much more!
Whether you are young and starting out in your first apartment, relocating and need temporary housing, or you are a student needing an apartment or house, finding a place to live doesn't have to be difficult.

Searching for homes or apartments on the Internet in cities like Indianapolis, Dallas, San Francisco or Kansas City Apartments, can help you save time, money and effort in your search for a new place to live.

Rescue Me!

Many of you know that I'm a rescued pup. Rescued by the Southside Animal Shelter in Indianapolis in 2004. They cared for me until my Mum found and adopted me in September that year.

That's why we started this blog - Rescue Me - to help other shelter pups find their forever homes. Every day Mum and I post to our blog. Sometimes we hear about what happened with the pups, but often times we don't. We just hope that by getting the word out a little more, the pups, shelters and rescues we showcase will have more opportunities presented to them, so the pups can get adopted more quickly.

Mum and I put together a video showcasing many of the pups we featured on our blog this year. We hope you enjoy and share this video with anyone and everyone you think would be able to get the word out, so that these pups, and others just like them, in shelters and rescues through the US, can find their forever homes.

Comparison shopping!

If you're looking for a way to save some bones this holiday season, be sure and check out what the Internet has to offer - especially in the way of online comparison shopping. It's a great way to find the best deals.

My Mum and I have searched for deals on dog beds, collars, computers, toys, mp3 player, TVs, clothing and much more. We're always looking for a way to save money so we can do more agility!

Meet Pierce!

Pierce is a beautiful white poodle mix. He is about 2 years old and weighs about 15 pounds. Perfect for someone with allergies because he has a hypo-allergenic non-shed coat. He's a delightful little dog - spunky, playful, loving. Pierce loves other dogs and lights up when he sees another dog and immediately starts bouncing around wanting to play. It would be wonderful to see Pierce go to a home with another dog.

Pierce is currently being cared for by the Bill Foundation in Los Angeles, California. Working locally in Los Angeles, their goal is to place healthy, adoptable animals in new and loving homes while aiding in the fight against pet overpopulation. They also help care for those animals less fortunate - those who need a little more time to get their health back or may have behavioral problems requiring advanced training before going to a new home.

For more information about Pierce, click here!

Photo frames!

I don't know about you, but my Mum has lot of pictures of us in frames all over the house. We all love them, but they can get kind of cluttery sometimes.

Well, here's an idea! A digital picture frame! Mum and I love technology and what a perfect holiday gift for those that are techy and have pups (oh, and other two and four leggers)!

All you have to do is take your pics, load them into the frame and then the pics are ready to view with the handy remote control. You can even view them in a slide show, and also view movie clips that have been taken with your camera, with music in the background. The frames have built-in stereo speakers, so you don't need any extra cables to plug an external speaker, and they come with headphones for more private use.

And for shelters and rescues, digital frames could also be a great way to showcase the pups up for adoption at local events.


Meet Dixie!

Dixie is a sweet and lazy old bloodhound who is a lay at your feet kind of dog. Although she loves to get petted, go for walks, and take rides in the car, her very favorite things to do are eat and sleep! Dixie does well with all dogs she has met and she tolerates even the rowdy ones, although she is protective of her food around other dogs and must be fed separately. She has also lived with cats and does fine with them too!

Dixie has always lived indoors, and came to APB when her owner had to move from a house to an apartment and couldn't bring Dixie along. She is totally house trained and does not need to be crated. However, she will counter surf shamelessly when home alone and has a knack for getting items that her foster mom was sure were out of her reach, so her new family might want to keep her in a bedroom or other comfortable area where no food is available. Dixie is used to sleeping on the couch or in bed, and being a bloodhound it's her will to do so.

Although Dixie is a large dog, she is not very active, and a small fenced yard or regular leash walks would meet her exercise requirements.

Dixie is currently being cared for by a foster family through Animal Placement Bureau in Lansing, Michigan. For more information about Dixie, click here!

Meet Macy!

Macy is 4 years old and is a very pretty girl. She was adopted once and her new family was very happy with me until I started not getting along with the other family dogs.

She tried to play nice, but what she really wants is just to be somebody's baby and not have to compete for attention. She is looking for that special someone who just wants one dog to love forever and ever.

Macy is currently being cared for Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc., a non-profit volunteer organization with the mission of securing safe, loving homes for displaced or homeless Golden Retrievers. They receive Golden Retrievers from owners who can no longer care for them because of changing circumstances in their lives. We maintain close working relationships with animal shelters in Sacramento, Sutter, Placer, El Dorado and surrounding counties in California to ensure that Goldens are relinquished to us prior to being euthanized.

For more information about Macy, click here!

Meet Buzz!

Buzz is a young, small male poodle who arrived at the shelter on 11-14. He was found wandering around in Royal Oak, Michigan. If his owners do not come for him, he will be available for adoption on 11-19.

We found Buzz currently being cared for by the Royal Oak Animal Shelter in Royal Oak, Michigan. The Shelter is operated as a City service under management of the Royal Oak Police Department. They are currently in need of dog walkers and foster parents who would be willing to foster animals (especially dogs). If you can help please contact them.

For more information about Buzz, click here!

Meet India!

India is a special girl. She is 1 1/2 years old and super friendly. She's spayed up to date on all shots. India was found lost on the highway. She is looking for a secure loving home. She loves children and other dogs.

India is currently being cared for by Best Friends Dog Rescue in Cairo, Georgia. They are a non-profit organization. We rescue puppies and dogs that are abandoned, mistreated or unwanted. All of our rescued puppies and dogs are veterinary checked, vaccinated, spayed or neutered, on heartworm preventative, and are then placed in secure and loving homes. If you can help us, either by providing a home, volunteering your time or with a donation, please contact them.

For more information about India, click here!

Happy Thanksgiving!

My sis Gracie, and kittie brothers, Wolfie and Wiggy, my Mum and I want to wish all of you a very, very Happy Thanksgiving. Have a great holiday with your family, friends, and those with fur!


Cleanin' up!

If you've got pets, we highly recommend a Dyson, well, at least my Mum does. Me? I hate the thing, but that's a pup for ya. Mum thinks it's one of the best vacuum cleaners on the market!

We have the D15 The Ball, and love how it maneuvers around the furniture, cabinets and my dog dish - going from vinyl to carpet with ease. Sometimes if Mum waits a couple of days, she'll vacuum and is just amazed at how much dirt we pups bring into the home - even the smallest, most minute bits of dirt. And the Dyson gets it all.

Recently they have come out with some new products. We haven't tried them, but they sound wonderful. One is a handheld created just for pet hair. The fact that the Dyson company thinks about us folks with pets, is really four paws up in our book.

By the way, when Mum was looking for vacuum cleaners a year or so ago, she did a lot of comparison shopping. The Dyson website was incredibly helpful in her decision making. You can see all the versions of the Dyson - upright, cylinder and handheld, and all the tools and accessories that they offer.

Helping shelters this Thanksgiving!

As cold weather starts to set in, your local animal shelter and rescue will be in more demand for supplies - like blankets, towels, leashes, food, cleaning supplies, toys, treats and more.

This Thanksgiving, remember your local shelter and rescue and stop by to donate a few items - we know they will love you and thank you for it!

Get it published!

Who loves a great story about a pup rescued from the shelter? I know I do!

We all know there are incredible and wonderful stories out there just waiting to be told. Stories of survival, kindness, sacrifice and happy endings.

If you have ever thought of writing down the story of your rescued pup, we certainly encourage you to get started and do it! Share it with your friends, your shelter, blog about it, share it with the world. Because as far as we're concerned, there just are enough stories out there about shelter pups, what they are doing now, how they like their life, and all about their new family.

And we know there are others that feel the same. Write them down. Not only will it be a very rewarding experience but it could also be a great way to get publicity for your shelter or rescue group. We're proof!

Mum has thought about writing a book, many times. She writes a lot for her work and for her favorite things - our blogs. And she's even written books for companies that she's worked for. But everyone knows that getting Book Publishers interested in what you have to offer can be incredibly difficult. Self publishing can be a great way to get your book to market. Not only is it easy, but it's the way many folks are getting their story out. And some of these books have become best sellers. Read more about How to Publish a Book.

Meet Andy!

Andy came back to the shelter after staying 7 months in a lovely home. Andy is housebroken and is a nice, well mannered companion.

He did not, however, get along with the other male dog in the household and though his new owners became very attached to Andy and tried to work through the situation, it became apparent that it just would not work out. Andy is a great dog and will make a calm and affectionate companion, but he will need to be the only dog. Give Andy a chance and he'll reward you with years of devotion.

We found Andy currently being cared for by Gone to the Dogs Rescue in Charles City, Virginia.

For more information about Andy, click here!

Here's an idea!

We've been reading Lee Harrington's book, Rex and the City, which is a really fun read, by the way. We aren't very far into the book yet, but remember reading something that stuck out. When Lee was looking to adopt a dog at the shelter where they found 'Rex,' there was a TV in the lobby that was running a DVD showcasing the story of the shelter and the pups that they had for adoption there.

We thought this was a great way to get the shelter a little more notice, and to share with folks their mission, some great 'happy tails,' and just a good overall human interest piece that could be shown on a TV in the shelter's lobby on TV Stands, with Audio Towers. And putting the TV up on a TV Stand would keep it from getting in the way, and in the way of the pups. If you have a TV already, just add a simple wall mount and you have a great way to get your story out there!

Meet Sheba!

Sheba is a very beautiful German shepherd mix, female, about 9 years old. Her foster family says she's an excellent companion and a very sweet lady. She gets along well at her foster home with another dog and a cat.

She loves daily walks and enjoys being outdoors. Like many senior Shepherds, she does have some joint problems and a degenerative spinal condition that is quite common for older dogs of her breed. Sheba should go to an adult home without small kids or stairs, and she is very attentive and understand most commands.

Sheba is currently being cared for by the Mississauga Humane Society in Mississauga, Ontario.

For more information about Sheba, click here!

Keeping an eye out!

In this day and age, more and more shelters and rescues are becoming concerned about security. There are fairly inexpensive ways to deal with security at your shelter or rescue. Here's an idea, PC Security Cameras.

For about $350.00 you can have a two camera security system for your shelter or rescue, that records on a DVD and is viewable remotely. All you have to supply is the computer. And if cost is your number one concern it may be best to consider the PC Based DVR systems. They cost about the same as Time Lapse systems but they provide 200% clearer recording. Additionally, kits that install on a computer you provide are the most cost effective.

It is an additional expense, but the safety of the volunteers, workers, personnel and pets at the shelter are always of utmost importance. If you have concerns at your shelter, this may be an idea for you.

Meet Ginger!

Ginger, an English Springer Spaniel mix, is a playful girl that wants to be your lap dog. She love toys and to run around.

We found Ginger currently being cared for by The Animal Awareness Society, in Randleman, North Carolina. TAAS is a non-profit organization that works with the communities in Randolph, Guilford and surrounding counties to help people, including the elderly and those on low or fixed incomes, to spay/neuter their cats or find homes for abandoned cats that need care. We help to educate communities on the importance of spaying/neutering of cats and kittens to help reduce the unnecessary suffering and killing of these animals due to overpopulation.

For more information about Ginger, click here!

Hundreds line up to adopt rescued puppies taken from Virginia puppy mill!

Hundreds of people lined up at the North Shore Animal League shelter on Friday looking to adopt one of the 132 refugee pups that were rescued from an overcrowded Virginial Puppy Mill.

Melissa Valdes was one of them, and said that every minute of the two-hour drive from Jefferson, N.J., to Port Washington had been worth it. She adopted a cuddly one-year-old tan and white Shih Tzu.

They brought lawn chairs, blankets, even propane heaters to await the shelter's 10 a.m. opening. By the time the shelter closed Friday night, nearly all of the rescued puppies had new homes, said Devera Lynn, the league's vice president of communications. Read more!

Meet Dutch!

Dutch is a tiny, 3 year old black tri Aussie. She gave birth just before the last raid at the puppy mill. She's about 38 lbs., and quick as lightning when you throw the tennis ball!

Her foster family was told she's a good working Aussie, but they haven't seen her around livestock. She's extremely sweet and loving, avoids strangers and will bark and make large circles if not on a leash. On leash, she's quiet. All she needs (as all the timid puppy mill dogs) is someone who will be a leader and let her know that she's safe.

We found Dutch currently being cared for by NorCal Aussie Rescue, a California State nonprofit public benefit corporation. They rescue, evaluate and then place wonderful Australian Shepherds in just the right new home.

For more information about Dutch, click here!

Meet Pearl!

Pearl is a 3 year old, 6 lb, cream and white colored parti Pomeranian who just got her freedom. Now she has her freedom to learn how to trust, to love, to sleep in soft, warm beds, to eat good food, to play with toys, to have all her medical needs attended to, and most of all freedom to just be a pup.

Pearl was rescued from a puppy mill. Right now she is a very scared, timid little girl, but I know she is going to blossom quickly now that she is safe. Her tail just wags and wags when you baby talk to her.

We found Pearl, currently being cared for by Puppy Mill Rescue in New Jersey. They were created to locate, foster, vet, and place in forever loving homes, purebred dogs previously used as breeders in Puppy Mills and Commercial Kennels. They house feed, rehabilitate, socialize, seek medical attention for, and spay/neuter the dogs rescued from a life of pain.

For more information about Pearl, click here!

A fundraising idea!

As shelters work harder and harder to find ways to generate income, we wanted to share another way that may be of help - selling items through your website. The pet business has become a really big business and who wouldn't want to purchase from a shelter and help them by having the profits going straight to the shelter or rescue?

By utilizing your website and shopping cart software, you could make it easy for those frequenting your site to purchase products they need for their pets. They view a product on your website and click a button to add the item to their shopping cart, pay you with a credit card/or through PayPal, and you send out the item. You may even want to look into dropping shipping with a reputable company, so they take care of the stocking and shipping for you. A tip to keep in mind.

Meet Mags!

Mags is a terrier mix with an abundance of good looks and personality! She was born just one year ago and is housebroken, crate trained and spayed.

She's having a great time in her foster home, going for runs with her humans and playing her heart out with the dogs. Like most year old terriers, Mags loves to play, and at 30lbs she's a good size for big or little dogs. She is not one to automatically submit to other dogs, so it may take a little while for her to find her place, but once she does she mixes well with a group.

Mags always mixes beautifully with humans though! She is learning manners right now and is picking up commands very quickly. She knows 'sit' and 'down' already and is learning to come to her name reliably. Maggie is great on a leash and will walk as far as you want to take her. If you are looking for a fun-loving dog who's eager to learn and to please, Mags is the girl for you!

We found Mags currently being cared for by Athens Canine Rescue in Athens, Georgia. They are a volunteer network of foster homes rescuing strays and placing them in forever homes.

For more information about Mags, click here!

Looking for ways to make money!

I know all the shelters and rescues are always looking for lots of ways to earn more bucks for the pups. One way is by re-selling products through events that you attend, or through your website. Shelters probably already sell some items to raise funds, but you may also want to look at comparable and companion items that fit your market.

Here's an example of one way an organization could provide an additional product: A company that actively sells t-shirts and other printed materials can supplement their sales by providing Wholesale Replica Sunglasses. With this they can provide an additional product to their customers and supplement additional income, at the same time. Now Wholesale Sunglasses, may not be your first choice for your customer and audience, but they are a booming market.

If these items don't fit your fancy, you may try collars, leashes, beds, toys, and/or other items suitable for your animal loving market.

Meet Miley!

Miley is a sweet 5 month old hound mix puppy. She is shy at first, but warms up quickly. She is a great puppy and will make a great addition to a loving family.

We found Miley currently being cared for by the Humane Society Adoption Center of Monroe, Louisiana. They are dedicated to the welfare of all animals because of their intrinsic value and rights. Their primary purposes is the prevention of cruelty to animals, the relief of suffering among animals, the extension of humane education, and the provision of shelter-based services.

For more information about Miley, click here!

Dreamin' of a warmer place already!

Today it was 35 degrees. After a nice Spring, Summer and Fall, it's turned cold, and I'm already dreaming about a warmer place to be.

Sometimes I think that it would be better for us to live in a warmer climate. But not too warm, I'm a black dog, you know. A warmer place would allow us to do agility outside a lot longer throughout the year, and we'd get to spend more time to go hiking and play fetch. When it gets really cold, Mum has a hard time getting used to it, and she needs much warmer clothing to keep up with me out there.

Hawaii could be a nice place for us. But I think it's more a vacation idea, than a consideration for a place to live. Ahhh...a vacation, a little Hawaii rental house, next to the beach, 'cause I love sand. Of course, we would need to check out Hawaii Travel Info to make our preparations.

Meet Riley!

Riley is actually starting to look like a dog now! This poor little girl came into rescue with a serious case of demodectic mange and almost no hair, but Mitaban is doing the trick and she's really turning into a little cutie.

Riley was lethargic and skeletally thin when she first came into rescue, but good food and good care have brought out the energy in her. She is frisky and ready to play. Riley loves other dogs and is a sweet happy-go-lucky character and would make a good family pet. We're hoping she will find the perfect home that will keep the hair on her little hide and meat on her bones. She deserves it!

We found Riley currently being cared for by Gone to the Dogs Rescue in Charles City, Virginia. They are a no-kill, all-breed/mixed breed dog rescue organization located in central Virginia. Gone to the Dogs specializes in re-homing dogs that have been abandoned, have been rescued after running out of time at kill shelters, or have lost their homes for a variety of reasons.

For more information about Riley, click here!

Now were talking - a steel building for agility!

As many of you know I'm a rescue and an agility dog. I just love the sport. I love the competition. I love the excitement. I love the wins, and most of all I love running with my Mum.

Agility is an amazing sport. If you and your pup are looking for a team activity, we most certainly recommend it. Especially if you have an energetic, need to work kind of pup like me. We see lots of rescue pups doing agility, and they are some of the most successful pups in the sport. And in many cases, they've had a much longer road to travel, and lots to overcome, just to get there.

We dream one day of not only the small cabin on a real nice land, but we also dream about a really great Steel Buildings to do agility in. Just imagine those jumps out there on that really great firm, but soft dirt floor in one of those Steel Buildings, a nice little watering system to keep the dust down, and maybe even some big 'ole heaters to keep it warmer in the winter.

Steel Buildings make great agility (and horse) barns. And we'd really like one in red, please!

130 pups from Virginia Puppy Mill at North Shore!

About 130 dogs from among the nearly 1,000 taken from a home targeted in a five-month investigation into puppy mills in Virginia during a massive rescue operation have arrived at a Long Island animal shelter.

The dogs were taken in by the North Shore Animal League in Port Washington, where they are expected to be put up for adoption beginning Friday.

North Shore spokeswoman Devera Lynn says the shelter will give the dogs medical and behavioral evaluations, and spay and neuter them.

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Two dozen dogs rescued from the puppy mill in Southern Virginia have found a temporary home at the Montgomery County Humane Society’s shelter in Rockville, MD.
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The Orange County Animal Shelter said Tuesday that 14 of the 25 dogs it took in from a Virginia "puppy mill" will be made available through its adoption program. The remaining 11 dogs will be transferred to a group with which the shelter works to help them become good family pets.
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Workers with the Humane Society of Charlotte brought seven Jack Russell Terrier mixes back to the Carolinas from the puppy mill operation in Virginia on Friday.The seven join two puppies that were brought into town late Thursday. “They’ll be up for adoption in the next couple of weeks,” said Humane Society of Charlotte Assistant Executive Director Kristi Perman.
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Several volunteers the Broward County Humane Society traveled to Virginia to bring back more than 100 puppies rescued from a puppy mill. The volunteers said they left Virginia with 98 dogs, but when they got to Broward County, they had a few more. Two of the 98 dogs gave birth on the trip down. Anyone who would like to adopt one of the 108 rescued puppies should go to the humane society in person starting Saturday. Adoptions over the phone are prohibited.

Home!

Every stray pup dreams of their furever home...I know I did when I was at the shelter. I was lucky, within 12 weeks of being born, my Mum found me at the shelter and took me home to live with her. My life has been a better life than I could have possibly imagined. And we hope all the pups out there in the shelters, rescues and in foster care are just as lucky I am.

Mum and I love our house, but we have an even bigger dream. A nice little house, on a nice piece of land, with lots of trees, a stream, maybe even a pond, and a large field for an agility ring and barn. We've been dreaming about it for awhile now. And Gracie, my sis, as well as my kittie brothers, share in our dream, too.

We frequent a site now that has Log Cabin House Plans, English Cottage House Plans and Small Ranch House Plans. We love to click and dream of our dream house.

It doesn't have to be too big, just a great place to hang our hat, gather round the fire on cold evenings, investigate nature, do agility, and have a couple of nice rooms for sleeping.

Meet Victor!

Victor is a Viszla/Cachshund mix. He weighs about 25 lbs, is 1.5 years old and is neutered.

Victor loves life and other dogs, people, treats, toys and just about anything else you can think of. Although his foster peeps are not sure he is good with cats. Even though part of his mix is from a breed with a high energy level, he probably will not require the exercise needs of a vizsla and he is not over-exuberant for a young dog.

He should work out well for almost any family or person that are not looking for a “couch potato” dog. Victor has such a nice personality that he will make someone a really great pet since he also loves to sit in laps and receive some calm attention.

Currently Victor is being cared for by a foster home associated with the Animal Placement Bureau in Lansing Michigan. They are a volunteer foster care network with no paid staff and no sheltering facility. All of the dogs in our care live with their volunteers and become as much a part of their family as their own dogs. APB is recognized federally as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization whose primary goal is to place homeless dogs into loving, lifelong homes.

Victor seems to be house broke and we are working on the crate training since he would likely get into some trouble if left out on his own with no one home.

For more information about Victor, click here!

All about humane!

Here at Rescue Me, we are all about humane. So when we came across these humane mouse traps we wanted to share the info with you.

We have a lot of mice around the hill behind our house, and we have kitties. Before Mum got us pups, she took the kitties out to the hill to spend some quality time communing with nature - on leash, of course! They had a lot of fun. But because of the mice, our neighbors started putting out poison to kill the mice. Well, that ended my kittie brother's option to commune with nature on that hill, real fast. That stuff is lethal. So now they spend some time in our nicely fenced in yard, safe from these awful dangers.

A great alternative to using poisons to kill wildlife (which in most communities is against the law, including ours), is to use humane alternatives, like this mouse trap.

The sites products, Jt Eaton Repeater or Tin Cat are multiple mice traps with a low profile door. The trap does not flip the mice into another compartment so they say it is considered a humane mouse trap. You would need to check the traps frequently to let out the mice so they do not suffocate. May be worth checking out.

Shelters take note!

We came across an interesting site that we wanted to pass on to all the shelters and pet lovers out there. It's called Zootoo.com.

Zootoo was founded by pet lovers in response to the massive pet food recall in 2007. Their primary goal is to allow people to make the most informed decisions for their pets using information provided by other real pet lovers. As a "user-generated platform" every pet parent gets a chance to participate in providing valuable information based on personal experience, thus making it an unbiased and reliable source of information and interaction for the pet community.

Zootoo helps pets by allowing active pet lovers on the site to dedicate their points to various causes. As of now, their main cause is the Zootoo House Shelter Makeover program. You can decide to dedicate your points to a shelter of your choice and help it win a shelter makeover. Click here to learn more.

For more information about Zootoo's shelter makeover contest, click here!

Meet Cassius!

This is Cassius and he's a great boy! He's a Catahoula Leopard Hound and Pointer mix, and may even have some Rat Terrier or Fox Terrier in his bloodline as well. He weighs approximately 35 pounds and is a 1 1/2 year-old neutered male.

He is very fun, obedient and sweet, great with people, and good with most dogs. He loves to play, go for walks or runs, but he's also happy to settle down for a lazy evening.

We found Cassius currently being cared for by Ace of Hearts in Beverly Hill, California. They are a 501c-3 dog rescue foundation dedicated to rescuing dogs, the day they are to be euthanized, from various Los Angeles shelters and placing them in loving homes.

For more information about Cassius, click here!

Additional funding opportunities!

As we posted about earlier, in order to help defray the costs involved in our effort to help these wonderful pups find loving homes we will be accepting pay per post opportunities on an occasional basis. And as with all our JohannTheDog.com efforts, we will be donating 10% of our profits to rescues and shelters that provide a no-kill environment.

Recently we signed up for Smorty - another service that connects advertisers with bloggers. With Smorty you get paid for blogging, as advertisers pay bloggers to write opinion posts with links back to the advertisers site.

We know there are many shelters and rescues out there always looking for income making ventures. If your shelter or rescue has a blog to keep your constituents up to date on issues, events and news, getting paid to blog may be a great way to supplement funds.

May be something to think about.

Meet Rocket!

Rocket is a very handsome fellow at one year old. He's an Austrian Cattle Dog, Shepherd Mix

He loves to play, go for walks and meet new people. He so desperately wants to find a forever home. He weighs 40 lbs and has 100 lbs of love. Rocket seems to like all Gods creatures!! We can not believe that Rocket doesn't have a home yet-he is everyones favorite at the shelter.

We found Rocket currently being cared for by the folks at Abandoned Pet Rescue in Florida. They were founded in 1996, and are 501(C)(3) IRS tax-exempt, qualified non-profit charitable organization that rescues and shelters abandoned, abused, and neglected pets, rehabilitates them and finds them new homes.

APR is one of the largest no kill animal shelters in South Florida, where volunteers perform the duties of running the shelter operations on a day to day basis. APR is devoted to the welfare of all animals. Most of the over 300 animals are Cats, Dogs, Bunnies, Birds, Ferrets, Guinea Pigs, Hamsters, Mice, Rats, Iguanas, and other animals in need of help.

For more information about Rocket, click here!

Helping the pups, even more!

On our Rescue Me blog, we have decided to participate and accept pay per post assignments in order to help defray the costs involved in our effort to help these wonderful pups find loving homes. As with all our JohannTheDog.com efforts, we will be donating 10% of our profits to rescues and shelters that provide a no-kill environment.

Our first paid per post opportunity is with one of the companies we will be working with - bloggerwave.

Meet Star!

Star is an American Eskimo, 1-2 years old, and is a spayed female. She somehow ended up a a very rural kill shelter with her 2 to 3 week old puppies.

Sadly, Star's pups were euthanized and Star's life was in danger as well. Star came to rescue depressed, sick and starving for attention. Her coat, or what is left of it, is in very bad shape. With proper nutrition and lots of love, the rescue folks are sure that little Star will regain her health and beauty. Star is very affectionate and would love to be a lap dog.

We found Star currently being cared for by All Breed Rescue & Referral in Western Maryland. They are a a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to animal care and protection. ALL funds donated go directly to the care of the animals.

For more information about Star, click here!

Dogs rescued from the Virginia Puppy Mill!

This week has been a very sad and busy week out in Virginia; for rescuers and shelters in the area. This week has also been 'freedom week' for over 1100 puppies.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those involved who are volunteering and giving of their lives to help these pups in need. Thank you for taking on this massive task. And we send our love to the pups; may you find quality care, love, food and wonderful furever homes, quickly and safely.

According to sources:

On November 1, 2007, Carroll County, Virginia, Animal Control Authorities were contacted by Virginia Partnership for Animal Welfare and Support (VA PAWS) concerning a puppy mill located in the Town of Hillsville, Carroll County, Virginia. This puppy mill is believed to be the largest of several which were the focus of a five-month investigation by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) with the assistance of VA PAWS of puppy mills located in Virginia.

Carroll County, VA officials and local rescue groups declared the situation a disaster, and began this week to rescue over 1100 dogs from this overcrowded puppy mill. Pups are being rescued and taken to many shelters in the area and up and down the East Coast. These shelters will be in need of many daily items - towels, toys, food, supplies, donations for healthcare and more. Help if you can.

Shelters will quickly become overcrowded in these areas. Let's help these pups find a home! Take the time to share this post and info with whomever you feel can help; or with anyone who could bring more awareness to this horrible situation and the pups in need.

Animals may be adopted from the following Animal adoption agencies. Please re-visit this site as new agencies may be added.

Virginia Partnership for Animal Welfare and Support (VA PAWS)
P.O. Box 172
Christiansburg, VA 24068
http://www.vapaws.org

Angels of Assisi
415 Campbell Ave.
Roanoke, VA 24016
www.angelsofassisi.org

Dalmatian Rescue of Southwest Virginia
1784 Bernard Drive
Elliston, VA 24087
www.drswv.com

Floyd County Humane Society
P.O. Box 862
Floyd, VA 24091
www.nrvanimalshelters.com/Floyd

Fairfax County Animal Shelter
4500 West Ox Road
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Phone: 703-830-1100 (Hearing impaired TTY...703-691-3255)
Website: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/animalservices/

North Shore Animal League America
25 Davis Avenue
Port Washington, NY 11050
Phone: 516-883-7575
Website: http://www.nsalamerica.org

Moore Humane Society
5355 NC Hwy 22
Carthage, NC 28327
Phone: 910.947.2631
Website: http://www.moorehumane.org

Montgomery County Humane Society's Private Rescue*
607 South Stonestreet Avenue
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 240-453-9401
Fax: 240-453-9405
Email: juan@mchumane.org
Website: http://www.mchumane.org/rescue.shtml
*Please note that this is the Montgomery County Humane Society's
private rescue shelter. It is not the the main county shelter.


Spartanburg Humane Society
150 Dexter Rd.
Spartanburg SC 29303
Phone: 864.583.4805
Website: http://www.spartanburghumanesociety.com
Email: adoption1@spartanburghumanesociety.com

SPCA of Martinsville and Henry County
132 Joseph Martin Highway
Martinsville, VA 24112
Phone: (276) 638-PAWS (7297)
FAX: (276) 638-0490
Website: http://www.spcamhc.org
Email: shelter@spcamhc.org

Robins-Starr Humane Center
2519 Hermitage Road
Richmond, VA 23220
Phone: 804-643-6785
Fax: 804-644-8327
Behavior Help Line: 804-643-SPCA
Adoptions: 804-521-1307
Website: http://www.richmondspca.org

Animal Protection Society of Durham
2117 E. Club Blvd.
Durham, NC 27704
Phone: 919-560-0640
Fax: 919-560-0643
Website: http://www.apsofdurham.org
Email: doginfo@apsofdurham.org

Humane Society of Broward County
2070 Griffin Road
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
Phone: 954-989-3977
Fax: 954-989-3991
Website: http://www.humanebroward.com
Email: info@hsbroward.com

Washington Animal Rescue League
71 Oglethorpe Street, NW
Washington, DC 20011
Phone: 202-726-2556
Website: http://www.warl.org
Email: adopt@warl.org

Loudoun County Animal Shelter
39820 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, VA 20197
Phone: 703-777-0406
Phone: 540-882-3211
Fax: 540-882-3984
Website: http://www.loudoun.gov/Default.aspx?tabid=1397
Email: animals@loudoun.gov

Humane Society of Charlotte
2700 Toomey Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28203
Adoption Coordinator: Linda Edwards
Phone: 704-377-0534, ext 227
Website: http://www.humanesocietyofcharlotte.org
Email: ledwards@humanesocietyofcharlotte.org

Orange County Animal Services
1081 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd /Historic Airport Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Phone: (919) 967-7383
Website: http://www.co.orange.nc.us/animalservices/
Email: jallison@co.orange.nc.us

Here are additional sources of information:

Carroll County Animal Control
FAQ's from Fairfax County Animal Services
Read the story on Yahoo News
More info from the North Shore Animal League (they took in 200 of the pups)

And get educated, read more about puppy mills.

Meet Freckles!

Freckles is a big, young and friendly dog. He is part Bouvier des Flanders and part Irish Wolfhound. He's a playful pup and needs a large fenced home to romp. Freckles is very mild nature.

We found Freckles currently being cared for by Alaska's Extended Life Animal Sanctuary, in Nikiski, Alaska. Read more about their wonderful efforts in Alaska!

For more information about Freckles, click here!

Meet Hunter!

Hunter is a darling Cairn that came into rescue when his owners no longer had time for him. Hunter will be 2 years old in November and is very playful. He is being fostered with the foster parent's Beagle, Cairns, and Irish Wolfhounds. Hunter is not crated at night and he sleeps on the floor on a dog bed or under the foster parent’s bed. He is working on his housebreaking which is not yet 100%. Hunter is neutered, UTD on all shots, and on Heartworm preventive.

Hunter is located in Accokeek, MD in a private foster home. We found him listed with Cairn Rescue USA, an all-volunteer, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming purebred Cairn Terriers and mostly-Cairn mixes. We are incorporated in New York, but we rescue Cairns nationwide.

For more information about Hunter, click here and scroll down!

Meet Bode and Marley!

Bode and Marley are seven year old purebred Springer Spaniels. They are currently in foster care and ready to be adopted.

Their foster mom says they are great dogs, housebroken, quiet, and love kids. They aren't sure how they feel about cats yet, but are very gentle and laid back couch potatoes.

They would like to be adopted together, if possible.

Currently these two are being cared for by a foster home through MaxFund Dog in Denver, Colorado. They are a no-kill shelter. The MaxFund takes every animal it has the space for and every animal is kept until its owner is found or it is placed in a new adoptive home. MaxFund is a 501(c)3) charity organization.

For more information about Bode and Marley, click here!

Meet Apple!

Apple recently had puppies - three males and one female. Since mom is Apple, the folks Heartland Animal Life Organization in Flaherty, Kentucky have named the puppies after pies.... Derby, Pecan, Custard and Pumpkin.

Apple is a female beagle, about 5 to 7 years old. She was rescued from an Indiana shelter where she was picked up as a stray in an apple orchard. She has a very sweet temperament and loves young children. She seems to get along great with the other dogs as well.

HALO rescues dogs and cats from local shelters. These animals would otherwise be euthanized. We are dedicated to saving as many lives as we can, and educating the community about pet welfare and the importance of altering your pet.

For more information about Apple, click here!

Meet Simon!

Simon was turned in to Sumter County Animal Control by his owner because she was afraid he was going to knock down her elderly mother.

He is a typical, affectionate Golden Retriever who loves to snuggle against you. Simon is heartworm positive, so he will need to be treated before going to his new home. Once that is done, however, he will be looking for someone special to love. He seems to be housebroken, and he rides well in a car. Simon is 4 years old according to his former owners.

We found Simon currently being cared for by HoundHaven in central Florida. Houndhaven, Inc. rescues dogs and puppies from euthanasia at kill shelters, and cares for them until they can be placed in loving homes or with another rescue group. They believe that these lives are precious, and we are strictly a no kill organization. Our mission is life.


For more information about Simon, click here!