Buster

10464316_785242578193859_9025413839429817351_nBuster who was chained for 10 years of his life lost his battle to cancer and has crossed the rainbow bridge. Buster knew love and compassion, from his foster Mom and his adopter for two short years, but this is simply not long enough after being confined as a prisoner for a dog to know love, a soft bed, shelter from the elements, to go for a walk, play ball, play with other canines or even kittens. Buster was simply a joy and touched the hearts of everyone he met. Buster even graced the cover of our yearly calendar! Buster warmed everyone with his ear to ear smile; he will be greatly missed.

Kratos Borcherding

kratosDec. 2011 – April 28, 2014

Attending a dog adoption event was the best thing our family has ever done; it brought us our beautiful Kratos. Kratos was adopted as a rescued pup. He was a loving family member for far too short a time. He loved “morning snuggles” and car rides, even to the vet. He is sorely missed and loved forerver as he waits for us on the other side of the rainbow bridge. - Owner

Angela

Angela

Angela lived years in a pen until many people came to her aid.  Angela and her brother Simon were finally released to rescue.  Angela lived the last two year's of her life in a loving, warm, foster home, enjoyed her walks and loved to go for bike rides.  Angela, nick named Gella, was loving and sweet, she loved cuddling on the couch and being by your side.  Angela suddenly develop tumors and some were even removed but they rapidly reappeared, and even with medication, moved into her internal organs.  Angela was suffering and in pain, panting heavily even with medication, so she was laid to rest while being comforted in her foster dads arms.  You earned your wings sweet Gella.  Be free and happy.

Jenny

JenniJenny was a young girl, picked up by animal control and had visible marks around her neck from being tethered for long periods of time with something very thin and tight around her neck. Jenny was pulled from the shelter and went into foster care. After gaining enough weight and was healthy enough to withstand surgery, Jenny was scheduled for spay surgery. No complications were reported during the spay surgery but four days after the surgery Jenny started acting lethargic, vomiting and had diarrhea. The foster Mom rushed her to the vet clinic where some test were performed and poor Jenny’s system had become septic which means she had infection running throughout her body. Jenny was admitted for observation and treatment but unfortunately did not make it through the night. This poor girl knew only a very short time of love, care and compassion from her foster family and certainly deserved more time to be happy and live the good life as a family pet. Jenny’s death is a tragic reminder that spay and neuter surgery is very important to control the number of unwanted pets that flood our shelters but it is also serious, invasive surgery and complications can arise.

Patchie

Patchie

Patchie was as sweet as they come and had an infectious smile and spirit. Patchie was released from his chain after 10 long years and was with a foster family for 3 very short years. Patchie became the our rescue's mascot, traveling to many presentations, children’s groups and seminars. Patchie was put to rest on June 23rd 2012 after x-rays and an ultrasound showed his liver was filled with cancerous tumors. Patchie was in pain and suffering so he was held and comforted, being told what a good boy he was, we thanked him for everything he did to educate others about why dogs should not live at the end of a chain, and how he would be deeply missed until he gently fell asleep. RIP sweet "Patchie Watchie". You were loved dearly and are greatly missed.

Barbie

Barbie

Barbie came to the our family after being rescued by a volunteer from a bad situation and was the last of her litter to find her forever home. All of Barbie’s siblings had been adopted and Barbie remained in foster care. Barbie was one of the sweetest dogs that any of us have ever met but came down very quickly with an illness that veterinarians could not pin point. Barbie was on fluids, and multiple antibiotics but she could not fight the infection that had spread throughout her body. Barbie lost her battle to this terrible infection at the MU Veterinary Hospital. She wore a crown, as she was a princess and was held by her foster family as she drifted into a deep sleep. Barbie touched the hearts of many and everyone simply adored her. Barbie was our poster girl for Pitbull Awareness Month 2012. She was one of the sweetest, most loving pit bulls ever! Run free and be happy sweet girl. We will miss you and think of you often

Lady

ladyLady was 13 years old and was chained her entire life! Lady was in very bad health when she came to us and went straight to the vet. She was diagnosed with lymphoma, had very bad teeth and arthritis, hearing problems and all of the usual issues that come with being chained and living outside to include worms, bad skin, coat and nails. Lady was placed on medications to make her comfortable but surgery was not an option. Lady was the most popular Holiday Dog for Christmas 2012, receiving 3 dog beds to make her comfortable, lots of toys, soft chews and gift cards. Lady touched everyone who saw her picture across the entire country. Lady was pampered by her foster Moms, enjoying home cooked meals until she no longer had an appetite and the drugs were not effective. Lady lost her battle to this deadly cancer very soon after the Holidays in January 2013 and was laid to rest. The ashes of this sweet girl are displayed at her foster family’s home and everyone has very fond memories of this sweet girl who did absolutely nothing to deserve such neglect and abuse. Be young and be free sweet Lady Girl! You will remain in our hearts forever.

Bella

Bella

Bella was approximately 12 years old when her owner died and the children of the family contacted Animal Control to “take her away”. Bella didn’t even have a name, they called her puppy. Bella had been isolated in a pen and chained to the dog house for a very long time, probably here entire life. The caring shelter workers heart went out to this girl and the vetting, bathing and grooming began with an Angel lurking under the feces and mats that covered her body. The shelter contacted us and without hesitation, she came to us knowing that she may not have much time but we vowed to keep her happy for as long as she had left with us. Bella flourished into a very well behaved loving girl, playing with dogs and puppies, enjoying her soft beds, toys and treats and going to events with the rest of the gang. Unfortunately, Bella was only with us for 5 short months when she developed blood in her stool and could not keep food down. Bella was rushed to the emergency vet hospital, but it was too late to help poor Bella. After an examination and blood work, Doctor’s suspected a tear in her colon and surgery was risky and not recommended. Bella, wearing her beautiful pink floral collar with a crocheted flower was held tight and sent over the rainbow bridge. Bella finally knew love, a gentle touch, care and compassion after a life of living hell. You are in our thoughts daily sweet Bella, rest in peace.