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Sick, Elderly Man Had to Give Up His 2 Dogs In High Kill Shelter- Help Please!

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These 2 dogs were taken to the shelter by their owner on 7/14/09. He was elderly & going to the hospital, had no place for them to go. He cried like a baby when he handed them over. Chow & Cocker Spaniel- Please crosspost, donate if you can. Urgent!

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Nadia Donato (476)
Monday July 20, 2009, 11:37 pm

*** 7/20/09 Update ***


- I found someone who can pull both dogs from the shelter. Once pulled, they will be in Greensboro, NC. The dogs will be vetted and in temporary boarding for just a week (till 7/28).

- Once destination is determined, transport will be coordinated.

- They're very sweet low key dogs. I also got the contact info of hospital where their ex-owner is. I hope to make a call to him that his dogs will be ok when the time comes.

Please let me know if you can help in anyway:
Foster / Adopt / Sponsor / Transport

If you can't please Forward and Crosspost. You'll never know if a friend of a friend is able to help.

Thank you!

Jeffrey Coolwater (148)
Tuesday July 21, 2009, 12:39 am
Nadia, I would call the owner now to let him know what's going on at least. It sounds from your Share like he is absolutely devastated. Knowing to what extents you are trying to help will ease his sorrow.

chris b (2474)
Tuesday July 21, 2009, 6:05 am
What agood point Jeffrey makes the owner was obviously distraught at having to give up his dogs. He could so easily have abandoned them in the street or left them at his property so he is obviously a responsible owner and his dogs need to be at least fostered for him, and he needs to be kept informed of their fate which will undoubtably aid his recovery. Sadly one assumes he had no relatives or friends that couild have cared for his dogs who were likely his only friends!

Susan d (61)
Tuesday July 21, 2009, 10:26 am
Just donated $30 (wish it could have had extra zeros on the amount) to try to give these old boys some more time in boarding until their owner is well. This story saddened me beyond measure that this man had no other option, no friends, no family, no neighbours that could help him. Hope we can give him some peace of mind to know that his dogs are safe.

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Tuesday July 21, 2009, 10:52 am
What hurts me most that a family member could not care for the dogs. Certainly they know how he feels about his doggies.

Simone Duffin (1462)
Tuesday July 21, 2009, 12:24 pm
Thank you Nadia.

Suzy Rice (129)
Tuesday July 21, 2009, 1:56 pm
ohhhh. this hurts so bad. i wish i could help but I'm stretched out financially beyond the breaking point already. sweet looking dogs...... Nadia, thank you, I noted, and hope someone will help and or foster them. I wish I could talk my husband into letting them come to my home.... although i probably wouldn't be a very good doggie mom.

Alan S (0)
Tuesday July 21, 2009, 4:38 pm
How do i donate to help these poor dogs ! I live in Illinois.

MmAway M (506)
Tuesday July 21, 2009, 6:37 pm
This Hurts my Heart, love dogs and the owner must be just greaving so. Thanks and God Watch over those precious dogs - Wish I could help, but can't.. .can send lots of prayers for those little furry friends.

Susan d (61)
Tuesday July 21, 2009, 6:38 pm
Hi Alan - I have just checked the story and it says that the donation link will be updated soon. I can only advise that you check back here later.

Heide C (53)
Tuesday July 21, 2009, 6:46 pm
I have another concern: These dogs have been together for so many years ... PLEASE don't seperate them!!! Being in a strange environment, surely missing their owner and- generally - not understanding what in the world is going on ... somebody have a heart and adopt both of them together! And, YES, these adult dogs will make incredible companions without first chewing everything in sight!

Also, what is the prognosis for the gentleman, is there a chance that he might be able to leave the hospital to return home and ultimately be reunited with his 2 beautiful dogs? I really pray for that as it would do wonders for his recovery!.

Ndia, thank you for your heart and posting this story and please give us an update ... I might be able to donate a little something when the link is provided!


Nadia Donato (476)
Tuesday July 21, 2009, 7:03 pm

I'll explain later. I need to post that link everywhere.

Thank you all! Loads of love for all your help.

Nadia Donato (476)
Tuesday July 21, 2009, 7:06 pm

Can someone please do a clickable link for me for donation link:


... I forgot how to do it here. :( Thank you!!!!!!!

Susan d (61)
Tuesday July 21, 2009, 7:40 pm
Does that mean that the money I sent won't go to help these dogs? Not a problem if I have helped someone else but I may be able to squeeze a bit more out of the housekeeping for these two if my original donation didn't count!!

Susan d (61)
Tuesday July 21, 2009, 7:45 pm
I hope this link will work (if I can remember by HTML!)


Susan d (61)
Tuesday July 21, 2009, 7:45 pm

Nadia Donato (476)
Tuesday July 21, 2009, 8:42 pm

I was in touch with the shelter today and both dogs are still there. Their due date is this coming Friday. We need foster or adopter, transporters, crossposters, and donations-- no amount is too small, every little $ adds up. I'm also hoping to get them here in NY at North Shore Animal League... still working on it. Please pray that they take these dogs if we can't find them a home.

As for the previous donation link, thanks so much Susan for your donation. But, I'm afraid the link I first posted when I first created the share (link to Help Save One rescue group) updated their page with new dogs from their hoarding case and these 2 seniors are no longer on it. You may contact them directly to see if you can get refunded, if you want. I'm so sorry this happened. I did not get any notice even though they knew I was working on saving these 2 dogs. I have not heard back from them and honestly, I'm quite frustrated. I want to ensure funds go directly to save these 2 dogs which is why I created the Fundable account. Terrie, from Mars Safe Haven who was in charge of the Rachet case and works with placing military dogs and Baghdad pups was kind enough to help me out. The Fundable account guarantees that all monies will go to rescuing these 2 specific dogs.

Nadia Donato (476)
Tuesday July 21, 2009, 8:56 pm

That's an excellent point, Jeffrey. Thank you! I will call him tomorrow. Sorry, I wasn't able to check in here earlier today.

Jeffrey Coolwater (148)
Tuesday July 21, 2009, 9:17 pm
Here's a clickable link to make donations for these 2 dogs:

Laura H (964)
Tuesday July 21, 2009, 9:25 pm
Thank you Jeffrey!
This story is heartbreaking...I hope and pray for the happiest of endings here.....

Blue B (855)
Tuesday July 21, 2009, 9:32 pm
It is a very sad situation; when my cat required EXPEN$IVE surgery I inquired among the various agencies in NYC that would lend assistance and I would have had to surrender my pet to the AGENCY before they would have given her any HELP ...


I finally found a PLAN at the NYC Animal Medical Center that would give car and assitance to a pet owned by a Senior Citizen/Person WIth A Disability/Low INcome/Moderate Income

Helen D (13)
Wednesday July 22, 2009, 1:37 am
This man very obviously loves his dogs and everything should be done to make sure they have a home to go to until he comes out of hospital (or permanently if he is too ill to care for them).

Susan d (61)
Wednesday July 22, 2009, 7:07 am
Well, David, shame on you for NOT caring. These dogs are only 9 - they have many more years ahead of them. The gentleman that handed them over was VERY upset. If he had wanted them put to sleep he had the option of taking them to a vet to have that done. He didn't do that. He was looking for help. Sometimes for the elderly having a pet is the only love and affection they have. It gives them a reason to live - to fight on - having another living, breathing creature to care for. He probably IS spending every moment worrying about his dogs if he is like most animal lovers I know. Pets can be EVERYTHING to people who have no-one else. How do you know he even had any human family? I would say he didn't because they would never have let him hand his dogs in. A kill shelter can often kill animals the same day so how does that link with your view of 'when their time came'? This website is called Care2 for a reason.

Sue Rademacher (0)
Wednesday July 22, 2009, 8:21 am
Wow David! Obviously he cared about "them dogs" if he cried like a baby when he dropped them off! Wow. Isn't there a website for insensitive people that you could join?

Heide C (53)
Wednesday July 22, 2009, 12:33 pm
Susan, thank you from the depth of my heart for your exemplatory answer to this ... what's his name! You said it so well! I know of many elderly that fit your insightful description! May God bless you and for that David ... may he rot in hell!

Barb Knight (1688)
Wednesday July 22, 2009, 3:14 pm
I wish with all my heart I could donate, Nadia, but my family is tight with my money. We're saving every "crumb" of my money as we can because our dad won't be around forever, as I am constantly reminded. All I can offer are my prayers and to fwd. I do agree with Heide; I pray these two adorable furballs will stay together. Oh, I can't stand the thought of them being seperated!! If anyone cares to light a candle for these precious gifts from God-the man too!-you may do so on my page.

My prayer:

Dear God, I ask that you would please protect these dogs from ALL danger
Protect them as you did the manger
On that cold and wintry night
When the Angels never let
Baby Jesus out of their sight!!
~Barb Knight~
(copyright 1977)

Thanks Nadia...God Bless You for helping this family. And God Bless ALL of you who can donate. xxx

Nadia Donato (476)
Wednesday July 22, 2009, 8:49 pm

I LOVE YOU LOVE YOU LOVE YOU ALL!! Barb, I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. For you and everyone on this thread who are not able to donate, please know that forwarding/networking helps! I wouldn't have known about this case if no one cross-posted this on Facebook. People who donate and volunteer to transport or foster wouldn't know if no one networked. Please do not underestimate what you do! We help however we can.

I had a crazy day today and forgive me for the late update... it's worth the wait though. I'll paste the update I posted on my share:

*** 7/22/09 Update ***

"Very Hopeful" news!

(Being superstitious, I won't call it "Good" or "Great" news until these dogs are out of deathrow, sound and safe)

I spoke with both puller and shelter manager today. They're making arrangements for the dogs to be pulled out of the shelter on Friday. I'm working on having a no-kill rescue organization in the Northeast as their permanent rescue (until they have agreed, I can not mention this org's name). If this group is not able to commit to these dogs in time, Help Save One Rescue in RI has agreed to take them.

We also have an angel, Linda C. who offered to foster these 2 doggies!! And, another angel, Kathy C. to help with transport from Greensboro, NC. Thank you so much ladies!
I am keeping the fundraiser going as arrangements for these 2 dogs are still up in the air pending vetting, transport, foster, until the time they are adopted. We have met our target amount in less than 24 hours. ) Thank you all for opening your hearts and making donations. If not all $500 is used (Fundable charges $50 fee), the rest will be donated to these 2 dogs rescue group. After $500, and these dogs are determined healthy by the vet and no other funds are required for their care, the rest will go to help rescue other dogs in gassing shelters.

Unfortunately, I was not able to contact these 2 dogs' elderly owner at the hospital today. I will try again tomorrow.

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR HELP!! As I mentioned, I won't celebrate yet until these dogs are out of deathrow and safe.

xo Nadia

Heide C (53)
Wednesday July 22, 2009, 9:03 pm
Nadia, thanks so much for the update! Indeed, it doesw give credence of what can be achieved if everyone does their little part! What would we do without the internet that made communicating so much easier.
But before sending these pooches so far away, will it be possible to check on the poor gentleman in the hospital? Maybe God will grant him to be released and then reunited with his pets - which certainly would be the best scenario of all!

Vanda H (459)
Wednesday July 22, 2009, 10:57 pm
Noted..very sad!! Thanks Nadia

Kathy C. (0)
Thursday July 23, 2009, 9:28 am
David........I hope when you're old and sick, I hope you're blessed with family and friends surrounding you and someone kind comes along to ease your pain. If you don't have anything positive to contribute to this conversation, please keep your negative comments to yourself. Those of us here obviously care very much. It is our choice to help out this man and these animals.

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 23, 2009, 8:31 pm
well good for you kathy c. go and make that difference.

Nadia Donato (476)
Friday July 24, 2009, 1:13 am

*** 7/23/09 Update ***

Missy (Chow) and Precious (Cocker) will be picked up from the shelter at 7pm tomorrow. Puller works during the day and is 3 hours away. Shelter promised to hold them and not to PTS (it's supposed to be their due date)

The shelter worker, out of desperation, requested for me to consider networking another dog due tomorrow as well (by heart stick). She said this dog (Mandy) is very special unfortunately they do not have room. She said, "Please tell your friends her life is worth saving!"

Mandy is sponsored and puller is available in the area can be pulled and vetted together with the 2 senior dogs. She needs a rescuer/ foster/ adopter/ transport. I wrote a separate share for her plea:

Kathy C. (0)
Friday July 24, 2009, 6:12 am
Thanks for the update Nadia. I couldn't get the link for Mandy to work. Has anyone else gotten it to work? Want to start working to help Mandy ASAP.

Kathy C. (0)
Friday July 24, 2009, 6:38 am
Ok, got the link to work :)

Nadia Donato (476)
Saturday July 25, 2009, 12:05 am

*** 7/24/09 HAPPY UPDATE ***

I am thrilled to report that Missy (Chow) and Precious (Cocker) along with Mandy, (black lab) our last minute fur baby rescue has been pulled from the shelter tonight and is now in NC, in the care of Alisa, the rescuer that pulled them. She said that all 3 doggies are very very gentle and sweet.

Nadia Donato (476)
Saturday July 25, 2009, 12:07 am

(ooops... it got chopped!) Continued.....

They will stay for a week in NC and leave for their foster homes in MA on Friday, 7/31.

We found another angel to step up at the last minute and decided to foster Mandy. All 3 dogs will go to MA next week-- going to the same family (different homes). Linda C. will be Missy and Precious' foster mom and Jennifer, Linda's daughter will be fostering Mandy. Thank you Linda and Jennifer!!!!!! Although she's already set for foster, WE STILL NEED A PERMANENT RESCUE ORG. FOR MANDY.

Kathy C. has volunteered to drive from Greensboro NC for 5-6 hours on Friday 7/31. I need help coordinating their transport as I've never done this before. I'm a New Yorker, I don't even drive! lol Please message me if you can help.

Tonight, we saved 3 innocent lives who would've otherwise been killed by heart stick, bagged and stuffed in a barrel and discarded as trash. Thank you all so much for all your help.This wouldn't have happened without everyone's contribution.


Jeffrey Coolwater (148)
Saturday July 25, 2009, 2:39 am
This is very good news Nadia. I'm so glad for all 3 and that the old man's dogs are still to be together. I'm also glad for you.

I'm continuing to post for assistance in transport.

Susan d (61)
Saturday July 25, 2009, 6:00 am
Does the old man know what has happened? His mind may be eased if he knows his dogs are okay.

Mylene O (6)
Saturday July 25, 2009, 7:29 pm
I'm wondering the same thing. Does he know what's going on?

Natalie Kallenbach (238)
Saturday July 25, 2009, 9:22 pm
I love happy beginnings. Happy happy!

Nadia Donato (476)
Saturday July 25, 2009, 11:55 pm
*** 7/25/09 UPDATE ***

Please go here for updates and pics of their rescue:

We have a new hurdle-- I need a registered Massachusetts rescue org to ensure their safety. Or adopter(s) or foster(s) in other states but RI and MA. Help please!

Winefred M (88)
Sunday July 26, 2009, 10:31 am
Noted. Thank you Nadia.

Nadia Donato (476)
Monday July 27, 2009, 12:17 am

*** 7/26/09 UPDATE ***


Alisa was not able to email but she did phone me tonight to give an update. She said all 3 doggies did wonderfully today! She said it's amazing how they transformed completely after being out of the shelter for 24 hours. Still no problems with their cats or other doggies at the property. They are more alert now and all 3 get along with each other. She said, "it seems like they're comforting each other." She can't say enough how wonderfully sweet, docile and gentle these girls are. She can't ever imagine having any problems with any of these 3 dogs especially in her experience in rescue.

They love their crates-- especially the seniors. While Alisa was feeding one of the dogs, sitting next to Missy in her crate, Missy reached out to try to touch Alisa's arm with her paw. Her heart melted. *hearted* Precious, the Cocker, now completely shaved down is doing wonderfully-- she no longer feels scared and awkward with the leash. Alisa said she was prancing on their walk and that you can tell she's happier. Mandy, she said is such "a great, great dog." Though still missing her puppy, she started to show signs of her young age and was active today. The seniors didn't mind. Alisa said Mandy looks like a mix of Lab and perhaps Weirmeiriner, beautiful dog and that she's got the cutest paws!

Alisa echoes what the shelter worker said that these dogs are low-key, not a drop of alpha, very very gentle... and that their lives are worth saving. Thank you all for all that you have done. This rescue is not complete yet. We only have till Friday, 7/31/09 and plans need to be set before then. Please consider adopting or fostering, or help network them to find their forever or foster homes. They deserve a second chance.

Mary Halwa (119)
Monday July 27, 2009, 7:15 am
This is so sad! At least he is concerned about the welfare of his dog. If I didn't have 4 pets (3 of which are dogs) I would take the dog. However, I also, have a husband who would shoot me! I also have lupus and I can barely take take of myself!

Nadia Donato (476)
Tuesday July 28, 2009, 1:53 am

*** 7/27/09 UPDATE ***

Linda C. (foster), worked all day to help the 3 dogs get into her state. Thank you Linda!
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