Tag Archives: dog rescue

Beyond the Fairy Tale

Posted on: July 8, 2017 - No Comments

And they all lived happily ever after… I’m a sucker for those stories too. I love to see the heroes and heroines overcome adversity and wander off into the sunset for their fabulous forever. Sadly we all know that happy ever after is just a fairy tale ending to a fairy tale. Neither are real, Read More

Rescuers or Fanatics? The Dark Side of Animal Rescue

Posted on: October 17, 2016 - 13 Comments

Say the phrase "animal rescue" in any given circle of people and watch for a variety of reactions. Some people’s eyes will light up with hope and delight and others will start backing away with narrowing eyes, faces drawn with suspicion. The latter is unfortunate, but the truth cannot be denied that some of the Read More

I Loved This Dog

Posted on: October 20, 2015 - 5 Comments

As long as there are good people out there fighting for better lives for animals, her life, and her death, will not have been meaningless.

A Few Words For the Backyard Breeders Selling Puppies in a Parking Lot

Posted on: June 1, 2015 - 5 Comments

I wish you would stop, but I know you won't. Where there is demand, there will always be supply. And as long as there are people willing to pay $200 for one of your "red nose pit" (your words, not mine) puppies, you will continue to successfully exploit your dogs for easy cash.

I Couldn’t Save Them All

Posted on: March 17, 2015 - 5 Comments

I've been hearing people ask "why couldn't you save them all?" and "why didn't you save more dogs?" When I start second guessing everything, I have to remind myself that those people didn't walk in our shoes, and didn't have to make those difficult choices.

The Beautiful Life of a Paralyzed Dog

Posted on: July 28, 2014 - 2 Comments

Ashley is a chow mix who was just six months old when she was severely injured by an angry homeowner. When the man saw her as a stray in his backyard, he violently attacked her, breaking her back, pelvis, and femurs. When she arrived at animal control, she was in terrible shape. But thanks to the donations of Read More

Pit Bull Saves Stray Chihuahua, They Find Happy Ending Together

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If only every story with such a sad beginning could have such a happy ending. A stray pit bull mix was found wandering the streets by the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department in Savannah, GA. In her mouth was her best friend, an injured chihuahua. The pit bull would occasionally stop to lick the chihuahua's badly Read More

Victoria Gets Hands-On in Massive GA Puppy Mill Bust

Posted on: July 16, 2014 - 6 Comments

Victoria Stilwell was among the first to arrive at the scene of a massive puppy mill bust, helping liberate over 500 dogs and puppies from a lifetime of suffering and neglect.

Man Saves His Blind Dog From Drowning

Posted on: July 1, 2014 - No Comments

Kevin McGarry didn't think twice when his dog, Stevie, fell into the River Liffey in Ireland. The blind dog was sniffing near the edge of the riverbank when he suddenly fell in. He knew his tiny dog would not last long trying to stay above water, so he immediately jumped in after him. He tried Read More

Tennis Player Andy Murray Rescues Dog On Way to Wimbledon

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It's not every day you see a tennis star chasing a dog down the middle of a busy road. And you especially wouldn't expect to see that during the Wimbledon tournament. But that's exactly what happened when Scottish tennis player Andy Murray spotted a loose dog heading towards oncoming traffic while heading to practice on Sunday. Read More

Chihuahua Saved From Highway by Officers Reunited with Owner

Posted on: June 11, 2014 - No Comments

A tiny Chihuahua caused a huge traffic jam on a busy California freeway. The terrified dog darted in and out of traffic and finally perched itself on the highway's concrete median, where a California Highway Patrol officer coaxed her towards him with a protein bar. The officer was able to keep the dog calm and Read More

Are Black-Coated Dogs Harder to Adopt?

Posted on: April 17, 2014 - 2 Comments

There have been some studies out lately that have come to the conclusion that the color of a dog’s coat doesn’t matter to people who are looking for a dog to adopt. They state that the old theory that black-coated dogs are more difficult to adopt than lighter color dogs is not true. The ASPCA Read More

Funding From Sochi Billionaire Helps Save Strays

Posted on: February 12, 2014 - No Comments

It may not look like much, but Sochi's new makeshift animal shelter is a beacon of hope for the city's stray dogs. When word got out that a pest removal company had been hired to eliminate Sochi's extensive stray dog population, animal lovers and activists around the world were outraged. A Russian billionaire was so Read More

Shelter Dogs Shine with Celebrity Names

Posted on: January 20, 2014 - No Comments

What's in a name? Potentially a life! Animal shelters all over the country are using a clever new tactic to help facilitate adoptions and increase the bond between animals and potential adopters--they're naming the animals after celebrities. This new marketing strategy helps potential adopters empathize with the homeless animals and hopefully see them in a different Read More

K-9 Officer Rescues Unwanted Puppies

Posted on: December 10, 2013 - 10 Comments

Sgt. Paul Corso is a seasoned law enforcement officer. As a K-9 handler, he has served the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department for over 20 years. Corso has seen a dark side of our world that most of us will never see or understand. It would have been easy for him to walk away when we Read More

Photographer’s Work Saves Shelter Dogs

Posted on: December 9, 2013 - 3 Comments

A picture may speak a thousand words, but can it save a life? North Carolina-based photographer Shannon Johnstone is doing just that with her "Landfill Dogs" photography project. Johnstone is a photography professor who is using her gift to capture the essence of unwanted and abandoned dogs at her local animal shelter. Johnstone takes dogs Read More

Oliver is Looking for a Home

Posted on: November 19, 2013 - 2 Comments

Some very kind people saved little Oliver from a kill shelter outside Atlanta, Georgia. They have nursed him back to health and he is now searching for a rescue group to take him in or for a forever home. Here's what his rescuers have to say about him: "Poor Oliver was sitting in a rural Read More

Tips For a Successful Adoption

Posted on: October 24, 2013 - No Comments

As we continue to celebrate October as Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog month, many people will head to their local shelter in the hopes of finding their new four-legged friend. For most adopters, the hardest part of the adoption process isn't picking out their dog--it's sticking with that dog for life. If you work for a shelter or rescue group, or if you're considering adoption, it's vital to set yourself up for a successful match.

Victoria Joins the Dog Welfare Alliance

Posted on: October 21, 2013 - 2 Comments

Victoria was asked to join the Panel of Experts for the Dog Welfare Alliance, and she is thrilled to be a part of this fantastic new organization. The Dog Welfare Alliance was created to improve all aspects of animal welfare, including increasing awareness of responsible dog ownership and positive training methods.

Afghan Shelter Harbors the Animals of War

Posted on: October 18, 2013 - No Comments

As a country burdened with poverty, war, and immense suffering, it's rare to find a beacon of hope in Afghanistan. And yet the Nowzad Animal Shelter in Kabul is just that. The shelter was founded by Louise Hastie, a former British soldier. She has operated the shelter for six years with a team of Afghan nationals, and has saved thousands of animals during that time.

Join Victoria at Rock Me Home Paw Jam 2013

Posted on: April 4, 2013 - 2 Comments

Victoria will be a featured guest for Angels Among Us Pet Rescue's fundraising event, Rock Me Home Paw Jam 2013. Click here to purchase tickets.  Join Victoria and other special guests at Rock Me Home Paw Jam 2013! The event will be at Verizon Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, GA and features live music, a cash bar, Read More

A Heartwarming Tale in the Winter Cold

Posted on: February 1, 2011 - 50 Comments

During a cold spell in Atlanta, Georgia, when the whole city shut down and no one could go out for a week, we rescued a dog. For those of you who do not live in Atlanta – this was how crazy it got. We only had about five inches of snow, but what made the roads so dangerous was the sheet of ice that developed on top of the snow from the freezing rain that fell afterwards.

Victoria with Ben the Winter Rescue Dog

Posted on: January 31, 2011 - 16 Comments

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Rescued Dogs Adjust to New Homes

Posted on: June 4, 2010 - 1 Comment

    NJ  Rescue  Highlights Significance of New Federal Bill to Crack Down on Puppy Mills In March 2010, The Humane Society of the United States, NJSPCA, Cumberland County SPCA, and Gloucester County Animal Control/Shelter joined forces to rescue 90 dogs from an unlicensed puppy mill in Monroeville, NJ. Since the rescue, many of these Read More