NYPD Rescue Dog Left in Snow to Die

The New York Police Department often rescue dogs from dangerous situations. Recently, the NYPD rescued Hennessy, a 6-month-old pit bull puppy. She was in bad shape, but they showed up in time to save her life, according to Buzzfeed News. The police responded to a 911 call that a crazed man was punching and beating a dog with a shovel.

When the officers arrived, they only saw Hennessy’s head poking up through the snow, as the rest of her body was buried. As the officers dug her out of the snow pile, they could tell she’d been hit and mistreated. Hennessy was taken to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals facility in Manhattan for treatment. The ASPCA said that she’d been physically abused as well as starved.

In addition to saving Hennessy, the police also worked to help her get justice. At about 4 a.m., an hour after the 911 call, the police arrested nearby resident Raul Cruz for “aggravated cruelty to animals” and “torture/ injure/ not feed animal.” Witnesses identified him as the culprit.

Hopefully, the worst for Hennessy is in the past and she can recover and be placed with a loving family.

Rescue Dogs from the Dangers of Winter

While starvation and physical abuse are major dangers to dogs, winter weather can be a real threat as well. And while loving pet parents won’t starve or hit their canine companion, they may not fully realize the risks of snow and cold weather. Here are a few dangers to look out for.

  • Puppies are more sensitive – While older dogs may be able to tolerate the below-freezing temperatures that bring snow and ice, young puppies may be more sensitive, the ASPCA warned. Don’t take them on long walks or give them excessive exposure if they aren’t ready. You’re risking serious discomfort for your young fluffball.
  • Pay attention to overexposure – Better Homes and Gardens magazine explained that any good pet parent will keep an eye out for whining, shivering, and other changes in behavior that may signal that your pooch has had enough. Just like people, our dogs can get frostbite or hypothermia if they’re not prepared for the elements. Also, you should avoid shaving your dog in the winter, as it takes away a lot of their winter coat.
  • Feed them more – If you’re spending a lot of time outdoors with your dog in cold temperatures, feed them accordingly. Being in the cold and running around causes your dog to burn more calories than normal. You don’t want your dog to become exhausted halfway through a hike because they don’t have enough fuel to keep going. They’ll need more water, too. Hydration isn’t just important in the summer.
  • Keep the leash on – Even if your dog is well-trained and you’re in a place safe for off-leash exploring, the snow and ice can lead to your dog getting lost. There’s often a spike in lost dog cases over the winter months. Additionally, when they’re off the leash, they may get into a precarious situation running across a frozen lake or pond, because they don’t realize it’s water.

Use PetPlus to fuel your pooch with high-quality dog chow, supplements, and preventatives all winter long.


Meet Muttville, A Senior Dog Rescue Organization

If you’ve ever owned a senior dog, you know how special they can be. Most are happy to spend their golden years lounging on the sofa, taking easygoing walks, and offering lots of cuddles. Unfortunately, many senior dogs lose their owners to old age or are abandoned because of medical or behavioral issues. In San Francisco, that’s where Muttville comes in.

Muttville is a senior dog rescue organization that was founded in 2007 by Sherri Franklin, a long-time volunteer at local animal shelters and a member of the San Francisco Commission of Animal Control and Welfare.

“I’ve always loved the underdog,” says Sherri who, in addition to being the founder of Muttville, is also the organization’s Executive Director. “I’ve learned that it takes a village to do it well, and our Mutt-village grows larger every day. Muttville has hundreds of volunteers and foster parents, and for each and every person, I am grateful that they care about abandoned senior dogs as much as I do. It’s gratifying to save each and every life and see the impact every dog has on the people that care for them. Then, to see a rescued senior find a new beginning with an adopter is the icing on the cake!”

The Rescue Process

So how do senior dogs end up at Muttville? The organization receives hundreds of requests each week from California shelter volunteers, workers, and individuals asking that Muttville step in and help save a senior dog. Currently, Muttville’s capacity is 65 to 75 dogs at any give time.

“We do the best we can with our capacity,” says Sherri. “They come to headquarters in San Francisco by plane, van, and automobile. Volunteer pilots with Wings of Rescue and Pilots ‘n Paws, as well as our own transport volunteers make it happen!”

Once a new dog arrives at Muttville, it receives a number, a name if necessary, a Muttville ID tag, a harness for outside walks, and as volunteer Patty Stanton says, “lots of love from reassuring volunteers.” This is all followed by a bath and a visit to Katy, Muttville’s in-house Vet Tech, who uncovers any health issues and addresses any immediate health needs. Then the dog is matched with a foster parent with whom they will stay and await an adoption application.

Reasons To Adopt A Senior

Some people may wonder why anyone would want to adopt a senior dog if it only has a few years left to live. The fact is that there are plenty of good reasons, from helping a dog’s final years be good ones to benefitting from the lessons that a senior dog has already learned.

“Seniors come with life experience, manners, and gratefulness,” says Sherri. “We believe Muttville has helped to make senior dogs more desirable. After all, some people want a dog that is already housetrained and has a pace to match their lifestyle.”

In addition, Sherri says that potential adopters should know that a senior dog that was once someone else’s pet has nothing but love to give.

“Seniors are more mellow and soulful. They know who butters their bread,” says Sherri. “I also hear from many adopters about how rewarding it is to give one of our older dogs a second chance at love in their golden years. Many adopters have come back to adopt a second or even a third dog from us!”

Thus far, Muttville has placed over 2,300 dogs into loving homes, and more are adopted every day. If you are interested in adopting, head over to Muttville’s “How To Adopt” page. And if you are a senior (62+ years old), you can check out Muttville’s Seniors For Seniors program.

“Muttville’s senior dogs are the perfect companions for senior humans,” says Sherri. “They’re mellow and well socialized, and they want nothing more than the gentle care of someone who loves them.”

Other Ways to Help

If you aren’t in a position to adopt, there are other ways to help Muttville, including fostering, volunteering, and donating.

Muttville’s foster homes are in the San Francisco Bay Area and play a large part in the adoption process. The dog is able to live in a relaxed, family environment (rather than a busy shelter) and establish a daily routine. In addition to day-to-day care, foster parents take their dogs to Muttville adoption events at least once a month, and if someone applies to adopt the dog, they take part in the process to determine if the situation is a good fit.

You can also volunteer with Muttville if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Each day of the week, dog-loving volunteers are on site to help with walking, cleaning, feeding, bathing, grooming, and more.

“We also have volunteers who enjoy talking about the available dogs at outreach events, or give their marketing skills to Muttville,” says Sherri. “Others plan events, volunteer as adoption counselors, or are part of the Seniors for Seniors team. A Seniors for Seniors example is our monthly Cuddle Club, whereby senior citizens from senior centers come to Muttville and cuddle the older dogs with the help of a team of volunteers helping to make that happen. It’s pretty adorable!”

Don’t live in the San Francisco area but still want to help out? Consider making a donation via the “Donate” button on Muttville’s Facebook page or the “Give” button on Muttville’s site. You could also become a monthly Mutt Guardian, whereby an amount starting at $10 is deducted from your credit card once a month. Mutt Guardians help sustain Mutville’s rescue efforts as the organization spends $900 on average for each rescued dog’s vet care.

Our Gift to Adopters

As a thanks to senior-loving pet parents, PetPlus will offer a free trial of our benefit program to the next five dogs adopted from Muttville! PetPlus provides member-only access to medications at wholesale prices, plus discounts on food, supplies, boarding, and more. To become a member, learn more at PetPlus.com.

Upcoming Event

If you live in San Francisco, you can help celebrate Muttville, Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days, and the recent naming of “Rescue Row” on May 31, 2014. Rescue Row is the honorary name of the section of Alabama Street between 15th and 16th streets that is home to four animal welfare organizations, including Muttville.

On May 31st, you can join the organizations for an official unveiling. It is the first of its kind in the nation! Read the press release or visit RescueRow.org for more info.



Momma Pitty Pumpkin Needs Help! And A Home!

When Sara Jackson found Momma Pitty Pumpkin pregnant on the streets of Charlotte, North Carolina, she took her right home, despite the fact that she already had a foster dog and two other dogs of her own.

“She had sores running down all of her legs, her nails were curled under, and her hips were showing,” Sara said. “She had obviously been living outside and was being used to make money for someone.”

A week after bringing her home, Momma gave birth to 8 beautiful pups, all of whom Sara was able to place with loving families.

“We were able to partner up with so many amazing people who gave us great connections with spaying and neutering and all of their vaccines,” Sara said. “It truly took an army to rescue this amazing group of babies.”

Once the puppies had been placed in homes, Sara was able to start focusing on Momma. Momma had a large mass on her back right hip that a vet had previously aspirated (drained), and said could be drained again. Sara hoped this would be taken care of when she took Momma in to be spayed, but after some testing, it was discovered that Momma had cancer. Later testing revealed that it was mast cell 2 cancer.

The mass was removed during Momma’s spay, and because the vet estimated that Momma was only 2 years-old, Sara decided that it would be worth the additional cost to go through with radiation to ensure that the cancer would not spread to the rest of her organs.

Fun Fur All Fundraiser For Momma’s Treatment

The additional cost, however, is not minimal. Radiation therapy will cost $6,000. To help raise the money, Sara is hosting an event in Charlotte on Mother’s Day. The event, which can be found on Facebook at Momma Pitty’s Run Fur Fun 5K and Silent Auction, will include a 5K run, a 1 mile walk, and a fun-filled day of live music, photographers, a silent auction, costume and talent contests, massages, and a pit bull kissing booth featuring Momma’s puppies at Dog Bar, where Sara works on the weekends.

Dog Bar is a dog-friendly off leash bar in Charlotte. It’s almost like a dog park, but with drinks and live music.

“Momma is always at the bar with me, most of the time she is caught ON the bar,” Sara said. “This is her favorite spot and is often seen begging people to pick her up to put her on the bar so that she can kiss everyone directly in the face.”

Adopt Momma!

If Momma sounds like the kind of loving dog you’d like to bring home, consider adopting her! Sara is fostering Momma for now, but hopes to find her a forever home.

A bit about Momma:

– Breed: Pit bull

– Age: Estimated to be 2 years-old

– Weight: 40 lbs.

Crate trained, potty trained, knows basic commands

Walks well on a leash, and can even walk off leash and will come back when called

– Well-socialized and loves people and other dogs

– Loves to swim!

“Her love for life just beams through her large Pitty smile,” Sara said. “She is not only beautiful on the outside — her soul just shines.”

And a note about Momma’s cancer:

“We do not want anyone to be discouraged because of the fact Momma has been diagnosed with cancer. Her mass has been removed; we are doing radiation as a precaution,” Sara said. “Many bully breeds are known for having this cancer and it is something that as a dog owner we feel you should be prepared for even in a healthy dog.  Cancer in dogs is a lot like cancer in people, you treat and do what you can, but you do not just cast the dog aside.”

As a thank you to Sara for all that she has done for Momma and her pups,we are offering her six months free of PetPlus, a benefit program for pet owners that provides member-only access to medications at wholesale prices, plus discounts on food, supplies, boarding and more. We will also offer a free year of PetPlus to whoever adopts Momma to help them take care of her.

If you are interested in adopting Momma or supporting Sara’s fundraiser, visit the event’s Facebook page and leave a message, or leave a comment below and we’ll get back to you with Sara’s direct contact info. Good luck, Sara!




Help Aide the Rescue Dog Heroes of the Oso Mudslide

Last week, the nation reeled after hearing reports of the mammoth landslide in Oso, Washington that claimed dozens of lives. A wall of earth carrying uprooted trees and boulders downhill at breakneck speeds, what is now being called the Oso Mudslide quickly obliterated everything in its path.

With the death toll still rising, our hearts go out to the families effected, as well as those brave men, women, and dogs out searching for the lost. If you would like to donate, or to simply know whom to keep in your prayers, these are the search and rescue organizations out there getting their paws dirty in search of those still unaccounted for.

Northwest Disaster Search Dogs

One of the premier search dog organizations in the Pacific Northwest, the NDSD had 7 teams (dogs and handlers) on site searching for lost persons, leading the charge for the search dog teams.


Snohomish County K9 Airscent Team

Local K9 rescue outfit, the Snohomish County Airscent Team were among the first search and rescue teams on the scene.


King County Search Dogs

A search and rescue team from the surrounding area, the King County Search Dogs were quick to help out the cause.


German Shepherd Search Dogs (GSSD)

A search and rescue group that specializes in training German Shepherds, the GSSD sent a few teams to aide in the relief.


King County Explorer Search & Rescue

One of the largest search and rescue groups in the Northwest, KCESAR sent a number of teams to the location, both with and without search dogs.


Pacific Crest Search Dogs

After the full magnitude of this undertaking was completely understood, the PCSD sent a couple of dogs to help with the search for missing people, helping rebuff the second wave of searchers.


Evergreen Search Dogs

Another organization that had dogs on the scene, the Evergreen Search Dogs were quick to lend a paw to the rescue effort.


If you want to help those effected by the mudslide, all of the aforementioned organizations are accepting donations. Since the area has been barred off from the public for safety reasons, actual volunteer assistance is impossible. A charitable contribution, a donation of resources, or your thoughts and prayers are the best ways to help for those of us unable to physically lend a hand.

This video shows just how devastating the mudslide was to people and pets alike.


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PetPlus is pleased to help in a small way by offering each of these rescue dogs a free annual PetPlus membership plan. Please help us spread the word to support these brave men, women, and canines.