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Bridget is a 6 month old dutch shepherd pup who was brought into an LA shelter by her "owner". The owner reported that she was hit by a car. Bridget is in pain and unable to use her hind legs. Coastal German Shepherd Rescue Page:

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Rose V (41)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 6:57 pm
Make sure to visit the Coastal German Shepherd Rescue page:
To see the full story on Bridget!


Laura H (964)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 6:58 pm
The poor baby! She is in pain-aren't they able to do ANYTHING for her NOW?!?
I will forward her information.
Thanks Rose.

Rose V (41)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 6:59 pm
Thank you Laura, its so sad to see so many of them in pain but hopefully they are treating her the best they can until she gets the right medical attention for her.

Julie P (54)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 7:03 pm
Good luck little Bridget!
I've just given something to her fund, I hope they'll manage to gather enough money to help her SOON.

Cynthia H (100)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 7:03 pm
I feel badly for each animal in pain and without a home and facing execution. I also feel for the rescues who are having financial problems. (I volunteer at a rescue.) But I do not think we should post about individual animals or rescues here because there are so, so many. We need to try to address the big problems, despite how these individual cases tug on our heartstrings. Sorry.

Rose V (41)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 7:17 pm
Its true Cynthia that this doesn't solve the big problem facing these animals and the rescues but its still a life that is saved from being part of the "big" problem. Sorry that you feel that this shouldn't be posted but saving a life is still saving a life. To me and to others its better than not saving the life at all.

Feeding one homeless man doesn't mean much to the bigger problem of many homeless people but it means the world to that one homeless man.

Its just the way I feel just like I respect the way you feel.

Thank you for volunteering at a rescue, which is your way of helping.

Laura H (964)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 7:25 pm
I sent the info to all of my Care2 friends.

Posting animals this way IS something we do here at Care2. Not only are the individual animals getting attention but also these little known shelters and facilities are now in the light. Rescue groups and individual rescuers are coming together and making contacts. Transport groups are forming. Money and food is being donated. Lives are being saved! It's all positive!!!! I

Michael Carney (217)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 7:36 pm
I pray that Bridget, get's the help she needs soon, she looks like a sweet little dog, I hope she gets the medical attention she needs, and that she finds her new forever home soon...My prayers go out to Bridgt, and all the animals, in shelters everywhere...Noted, and forwarded...

Ravyn Skies (91)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 7:37 pm
Noted and shared.

Charlie L (47)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 8:02 pm
Those who claim to be concerned about the bigger picture should perhaps keep in mind that one dog saved helps prevent the picture from becoming bigger. Few if any people have the means to solve the larger problem, or if anyone does they are too selfish and greedy to do so. There are however, many caring people who can perhaps afford to give one dog(or cat) a home and provide for it's needs. I have in the past made some suggestions which I feel might go a long way toward solving the bigger problem but no one has ever given me any feedback negative or positive. One is get Congress to pass legislation that gives a tax write-off to anyone who will take a dog (or cat)from a shelter and give it a good home. Another is to make the cost of spaying and neutering tax deductible. I would like to know if anyone thinks this is a good idea and if not....why not?

Rose V (41)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 8:12 pm
Thank you Laura and Charlie and everyone else who is passing this on and keeping Bridget in their thoughts and prayers.

That is a wonderful idea Charlie that would help so many from ending up in shelters. Many people don't spay or neuter their pets for the financial reasons. Those are great ideas that should be made more public! I'll sign a petition to get it sent to Congress.

Alison A (244)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 8:12 pm
Donation made, noted with thanks Rose.

Rose V (41)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 8:15 pm
Thank you Alison for helping little Bridget out.

Catherine T (192)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 12:10 am
quit spamming the news that some of us are interested in.

Catherine T (192)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 12:34 am
not sure what the status is, but the happy act (HR 3501) will do just that.

Marilyn M (145)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 2:42 am
Noted. Thank you, Rose.

Cynthia, on numerous occasions, you have expressed your opposition to posting information about individual animals or rescues needing help because there are so many and because we need to address the "big problems." The majority of Care2 members apparently have a different opinion, believing that we can help individual animals and rescues and at the same time attempt to address the larger problems related to the animal welfare system. Since you indicated in another post that you are a defense attorney, I suggest that it is time for the defense to rest.

There is a well-known quotation, “Saving one animal may not change the world, but surely, for that one animal, the world will change forever!”

According to the citation Catherine Turley provided, H.R. 3501, the Humanity and Pets Partnered Through the Years ("HAPPY") Act would allow an annual tax deduction of up to $3,500 per taxpayer for qualified pet care expenses. Qualified pet care expenses include veterinary care costs for individuals who care for legally owned, domesticated live animals. The Act has not passed; however, you can read the bill at this link:

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 3:09 am
Will try on Monday to find out about Bridget,thanx

Ginger Geronimo (438)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 5:32 am
I put this on Twitter. Cynthia I totally disagree. This is a great place to get the word out about individual animals in need. We also do address what you probably consider big problems, but you don't consider a dog in alot of pain from an injury needing donations for medical care a big problem? What if you were in pain & needed surgery & couldn't afford it? You'd consider that a big problem wouldn't you, so what's the difference?

Charlie, I think your ideas sound great. If you haven't written Congressmen about them, you should.

Charlie, I think your ideas sound great. One of them is in the works

Sheryl G (363)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 5:47 am
I hope the angel finds her. Look at her terrified eyes.

Ramona Thompson (210)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 6:44 am
Charlie why not try to make the world a better place one step at a time. For some taking on "the whole" is too much. It only takes one drop of water to for magnificent stalactites regardless of time involved. The life of one living, breathing creature is worthy of compassion and consideration any time.

What if ER's did not stop to help one patient, and instead waited until all of their stretchers were full to begin helping patients? That should put some thoughts into proper perspective.

Rose my dear, thank you for passing this information along which I have noted and forwarded. Time is working against dear Angel so we must act quickly to save this one worthy life.

God Bless all with compassion for the one and for the whole.

Ramona Thompson (210)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 6:45 am
* "Bridget".

Jeannette A (137)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 9:08 am
I am delighted with all the comments from people who want to help one animal at a time. Looking at the big picture is important but does that call for us not to help each and every time we can? Cynthia, why don't you work on part of the bigger picture... arrange some kind of drive to get funding for your shelter? And these stories are needed to put a face to the problem of animal welfare, to help create the compassion that leads to helping these creatures. Let everyone help where they may.. with words or money or saving of an individual animal or getting legislation passed to protect them. Then will will all get to the same destination through different paths.

Ruth McD (843)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 10:39 am
I hope Bridget gets the help she needs and the money needed to help her.

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 11:13 am
Charlie I think your ideas are great,I try very hard to help these animals,and I think that together we are all making a big positive impact.

Bridget needs an angel today! Page Creator: Coastal GS Rescue
Event: Coastal GS Rescue's Fundraising Page
Event Starts Thursday, May 19, 2011

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Bridget needs an angel today!

Bridget is a 6 month old dutch shepherd pup who was brought into an LA shelter by her "owner". The owner reported that she was hit by a car. Bridget is in pain and unable to use her hind legs. We do not know what is broken or what medical care she needs.

But, in order to help her, we need your help! We can not rescue these special needs cases without sponsors and a foster home.

Can you help Bridget get out of the shelter and get the medical care she needs?


Denina T (12)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 12:17 pm
Good luck Bridget! I'll donate.

Dianne D (490)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 12:51 pm
Good luck Bridget. My prayers are with you. God Bless all those that donate to this cause.

Shirley H (49)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 2:12 pm
As compassionate & kind people every where, don't you think the right thing to do would be to operate on Bridget NOW and collect the money later.
Shirley H.

Rose V (41)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 2:54 pm
I went to the Coastal German Shepherd Rescue web page and there is an update for Bridget:

Update 11/21/10
The shelter xrayed her and we were able to send the xrays to our orthopedic surgeon. We just got the news that we feared. Both of her femoral heads are fractured. She will need a double femoral head ostectomy (FHO). She may also needs some other stabilization but we won't know until she sees the specialist.

On a wing and a prayer, we are picking Bridget up from the shelter today and hoping beyond hope that we can raise the funds for her surgery. Can you help us with this?

She will go to the surgeon on Tuesday and we will have a clear idea of the cost and the surgery needed. At this point, we believe her surgery will likely run at least $2000.

Please help us raise the funds so Bridget can walk again! If you can help this sweet injured puppy or have any questions, please contact Tiffany via email at or fill out our online foster application. You can make an online, tax deductible donation toward Bridget's medical bills by using the paypal or First Giving buttons below.

Anna Borsey (66)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 3:02 pm
@ Cynthia Henley - I seem to remember commenting on a very similar comment by you quite recently.

Do we just stop focusing on individual humans and animals, then? Care2 sponsors a few children (by Click to Donate, and in other ways). The individual who is saved is no doubt grateful, and does this not count at all? Surely it is better to help ONE dog or ONE kitten or ONE needy child, than not to?

In any case, there is nothing preventing YOU from just focusing on the bigger picture and leaving the individual rescues to other people! Why do you bother to click on these stories about individual animals since you think this is the wrong way to go about it?

Charlie Lammers - Excellent suggestions! However, that will not help where unemployed people are concerned (these also have companion animals) so other methods will be needed there. Spay & neuter vouchers, funded by . . . any suggestions?

Charlie L (47)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 3:57 pm
Ramona, are you sure you even read my comment? I am all FOR taking care of individual animals according to each individuals means. If someone out there is of greater means and can solve the problem of an entire animal shelter that would be wonderful and I hope they will do so, but I havn't heard of anyone who has signed on for that. Are you sure you don't have me mixed up with Cynthia?

Charlie L (47)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 4:10 pm
Anna, I for one would be in favor of some kind of assistance to help unemployed people keep their pets. With a Republican dominated Congress however in addition to some Teabaggers I suspect there would be massive resistance to any legislation allowing funding for such a program.

Anne K (139)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 4:42 pm
The puppy was hit by a car and instead of rushing her to a veterinary hospital, the "owner" took her to a shelter? If his/her child were hit by a car and had broken legs, would the child be taken to an orphanage rather than to the ER where pain management and injury treatment could be administered?

janet f (29)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 4:47 pm
Coastalgsr has a very nice website. They appear to place a good number of dogs in happy homes who otherwise would languish in the shelter system, or worse. I'll send them some money to help with their efforts to aid dogs in need of homes and medical attention.

Lisa Zarafonetis (168)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 5:22 pm
Shared on Facebook!!!

Gloria H (88)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 6:11 pm
can we donate butterfly rewards at some point in time to help?

Aletta Kraan (146)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 7:15 pm
Noted and wishing I could help , thanks !!

Ravyn Skies (91)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 8:05 pm
Noted and already circulating the re share.

Geynell Eskite (68)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 9:52 pm
Poor baby. Good luck Bridget. A lot of people love you.

michelle t (41)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 11:34 pm
All the best Bridget

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Monday November 22, 2010, 2:04 am
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I made a donation to help with Bridget's surgery! She must get the surgery done now! This is not humane to let an innocent animal suffer because of lack of fund! The world has gone so greedy for money that we seem to have lost the compassion that this animal is suffering needlessly! Only do to other beings, what you are prepared to experience yourself! I pray that all goes well for this poor dog that it's owner abandoned when she needed them the most! This speaks volume for me & makes me question how they would/could do this to Bridget! This is a life not a thing that you just dispose off! Hopefully she gets a new forever loving home that will appreciate the unconditional love she has to offer!

Natalie Away J (125)
Monday November 22, 2010, 3:43 am
I agree with Henriette - this poor poor dog! I also wonder why the owner didn't go to the vet to try and make some arrangement, or even just for helping with the pain or something. Anyway, I hope Bridget gets to have the op soon. Good Luck Bridget!

Trequl M (170)
Monday November 22, 2010, 7:53 am
fwd: fwd: Story Updates

Laura H (964)
Monday November 22, 2010, 8:53 am
My heart and prayers are with Bridget.
I wish I could do more for her.

Vivien Green (153)
Monday November 22, 2010, 9:42 am
noted and posted to my FB page

Suzanne Hall (7)
Monday November 22, 2010, 9:43 am
Poor thing. If she is in pain, what are they doing for her now? Did they even take an x-ray?

Monique Pouchet (236)
Monday November 22, 2010, 10:25 am
Forward, I hope in time.shared in FB.

Natividad P (104)
Monday November 22, 2010, 11:13 am
My prayers are with Bridget, I hope she gets the medical attention she needs.
I sent the info to all of my friends.

Penelopa Tufis (53)
Monday November 22, 2010, 12:02 pm
Noted and forwarding. Unfortunately, it seems to be necessary a lot of angels for repairing damages caused by ...people

Sally D (91)
Monday November 22, 2010, 3:15 pm
If individual Animals & Humans did not suffer around the world, there would be no 'BIGGER PROBLEM.' Each & every Single Sentient Being that is Suffering, is a very precious part of the 'BIGGER PROBLEM.' If we do not have the humanity & compassion in our hearts for the individual animal or human that is suffering, then we do not have humanity & compassion for animals & people that are suffering as a whole. Every time we post a story about an individual animal or human that is suffering, that story is shared to many people, across many websites around the world. The animal shelter or rescue where that animal is, will also be shared around the world. Some of these shelters & rescues have links on their websites to other shelters & rescues, this will then bring attention to those other animals that are in other shelters or rescues. Basically, when we show care & compassion for the individual & share that compassion, we are by the very nature of how these stories are shared & cross posted across the worldwide web, also addressing the BIGGER PROBLEM.


I have been involved with Animal Welfare/Conservation issues offline for many years. I started online networking regarding Animal Welfare/Conservtion issues about four years ago, centred around Animal Abuse, Neglect, Cruelty & Slaughter Issues Worldwide. I have also Campaigned on behalf of many Environmental Conservation Issues & Human Rights Issues.

I still do a lot of Campaigning & Networking in the above areas, which involves: Writing Stories/Blogs; Sending Letters/Emails; Contacting Media Outlets; Creating Online Petitions; Signing Online Petitions with a Personalised Letter; Posting, Sharing & Cross Posting Animal Related Articles & any other Actions that I can take to help all our Precious Animals & Conserve our Planet.

A great deal of this General Animal Welfare/Conservation work involves dealing with the bigger problems concerning legislation, regulations & trying to change Animal Welfare laws worldwide. One of these laws being a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare.(UDAW)

Over the last three weeks, I have become involved with the Online Networking necessary to Rescue Animals from Euthanasia at High Kill Shelters. I have been Networking to try & source: Sponsorship/Transport/Pullers/Fosterers/Adopters & Rescue Groups. I also Post information regarding individual Animals in need of Emergency Rescue to my Facebook Wall & Share & Cross Post to Friends & other Animal Welfare/Conservation Sites that I belong to. I belong to 40+ Animal Welfare/Conservation Sites & I have linked my Facebook Account to some of the other websites that I belong to. I have found this is a great way to get the word out to as many people as possible. Every time I post individual Animals in desperate need to my Facebook Wall, I can easily Share & Cross Post them with other websites that I have linked to my Facebook Account, such as Care 2, & other Animal Welfare websites that I belong to. Likewise, if I post individual Animals in desperate need to Care 2, & other websites, I can easily Share & Cross Post them with my linked Facebook Account.

When I post the information regarding an individual Animal that is in need of Emgergecny Rescue from a High Kill Shelter, I am also sharing the information of any other Cats/Kittens/Dogs/Puppies that need rescuing from that particular High Kill Shelter.

Likewise, when I cross post a story concerning the plight of an individual animal in desperate need, such as Bridget the Dutch Shepherd dog, this is just as important, maybe even MORE important. It is often the smaller Shelters & Rescues & the individual animals in their care that get overlooked.

We are one huge network of Animal Advocates & the Worldwide Web is the perfect conduit for sharing stories to help the INDIVIDUAL Animal or Human & for addressing the issues regarding the BIGGER PROBLEM.

I have sent the story regarding Bridget to all my Care 2 friends & I have posted the story to my Facebook Wall. If we do not have the Humanity & Compassion to care for the individuals, how can we claim to care for them as a whole?

I am sending all the Prayers I have in my Heart to Bridget, just as I do for all Animals Worldwide. Thank you Rose for posting this very important story. Let us hope & pray that the efforts from those of us who care for the individual (which is most of us here on Care 2 & all the other Animal Welfare websites) will be able to take Bridgets pain away & give her back her Life. Dear Sweet Bridget, you are in my thoughts & prayers.


Jacqueline Lavanchy (42)
Monday November 22, 2010, 7:06 pm
It's important that we can at least join in prayer for those who suffer. I'm not a catholic nor a buddhist, nor a jew, nor a muslim, but I know for sure that prayers link all beings together. We can relieve pain and soothe troubled minds with prayers.

offline away busy sorry (63)
Monday November 22, 2010, 8:49 pm
noted will try to donate i wish to be rich so i can help all those animals in need.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Monday November 22, 2010, 9:13 pm

They've got some beautiful dogs there guys:)
Posted to myspace

Lika P (130)
Monday November 22, 2010, 9:20 pm
Precious dog, my prayers.

Alison A (244)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 1:51 am
We are nearly half way there, this is great, please keep sharing so that Bridget can be helped. x

Charlie L (47)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 10:15 am
Any updates? How is she doing, and how close are we to the goal?

Rose V (41)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 11:43 am
There doesn't seem to be any new updates on the Coastal German Shepherd Rescue page but so far:

$960.00 have been raised from their $2000 goal. So 48% of the way so far. Lets keep posting it up on facebook, twitter, myspace, and to our care2 friends to keep this going. Hopefully the rest can be raised.

I have emailed them to see if I can get a fresh update for everyone.


Rose V (41)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 8:09 pm
Just received an email and I'm sure they will post an update soon on their pages but it read:

Hi Rose,
Bridget has been rescued! She had the first of her surgeries today. She is resting and will go to a foster home on Friday. We are still working on raising the remainder of her surgery costs. She is a sweet, endearing pup who deserves nothing but the best! :)

Tiffany Norton
Coastal German Shepherd Rescue
Dedicated to giving German Shepherds a Second Chance

Alison A (244)
Wednesday November 24, 2010, 6:54 am
That is great news Rose, thank you so much for finding out and sharing.

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Laura H (964)
Wednesday November 24, 2010, 11:08 am
THANK YOU for the update Rose!!!

Hang in there sweet Bridget-we are thnking about you and sending healing love! :)

Carol H (229)
Wednesday November 24, 2010, 1:15 pm
thanks for the update Rose, bless her heart, keeping her in my prayers for the other surgery

Carol H (229)
Wednesday November 24, 2010, 1:22 pm
what a great group of people we have here at Care2! I have read the comments and had tears in my eyes, you all deserve the best life has to offer! keep caring my friends!

Rose V (41)
Thursday November 25, 2010, 2:03 am
Just wanted to give a quick update Bridget's funds are now at 49% at $975.00 almost half way to the Rescue's goal for her surgery's.

Hopefully she is doing great after her first surgery.
Once again thank you everyone for all the help you have given this precious baby.

May you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Remember to take time to reflect upon those who don't have much and those you have helped a little have a better Thanksgiving.

Julie P (54)
Thursday November 25, 2010, 11:55 am
Thank you for the update, Rose, and thank you to everybody who chipped in to help Bridget, or who forwarded her story to other people.
I know that saving one dog or one cat does not solve the bigger problelm of abandoned animals and of the horrible kill shelters, but saving one individual at the time is all we can do. I adopted a cat from a shelter three months ago. I chose the one who would have been killed next (I'm sorry, I find the word "euthanize" hypocritical and insulting in these cases). At the same time i also saw the dozen of poor ketties that I left behind in those horrible cages and felt sad for a long time afterwards (I still do, whenever I think of it). Unfortunately, I could not adopt them all. Just one. Still, at least that cat is now safe and (I hope) happy. I wish her previous "cell mates" also found a home.
Helping one animal at the time is all we can do and it's much better than nothing.

Charlie L (47)
Thursday November 25, 2010, 9:46 pm
Thanks Rose. Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

Rose V (41)
Sunday November 28, 2010, 12:39 am
Just wanted to give an update on Bridget's fundraising progress:
Fundraising target: $2,000.00
Total raised so far: $1,175.00

59% of the way there. thank you again everyone for making an effort to help Bridget. You all are her Angels.

Ness F (211)
Sunday November 28, 2010, 9:45 pm
Bless everyone whom has helped this angel and THANK YOU Rose for the article and updates!

Rose V (41)
Sunday November 28, 2010, 10:53 pm
Just went to the Rescue's page and saw the most wonderful update!
You are all wonderful and may you all be blessed for all the help you have given this lil' one.

Update 11/28/10
Bridget has had her surgeries and BOTH hips were done at once. This little survivor is already walking (slowly) on all fours and putting full weight on the back end. She is on crate rest, moderate exercise (just walking to go potty) and being kept quiet in her foster home. She is an affectionate, loving little gal. We think that she is closer to perhaps 8 - 10 mos old now and she will be a medium size lady at maturity. She is in a home with many other dogs, some young, some old and she mixes in quite well. She is more or less housebroken now and will sleep in a crate if asked to.

Bridget is going to be able to lead a normal life once her wounds heal. She may not be able to do marathons but surely she will be able to keep up with an active family and live a long pain free life!

Past Member (0)
Monday November 29, 2010, 2:40 am
great news Rose,thank you so much.

Alison A (244)
Monday November 29, 2010, 7:07 am
Thank you for the update Rose, it is fantastic news, I am just glad that she is not in that pain any longer, but to say that she should lead a relatively normal life is wonderful. I am so pleased for her and I hope that they find her a lovely home, this Rescue is a godsend to all these poor dogs.


Julie van Niekerk (230)
Friday December 3, 2010, 5:28 am
I can not save all the animals in this world, but a I can make the best world for the one animals. I will do anything for an animals, except selling my body.
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