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HOLLY, an 11 month old Christmas miracle needs a home!

admin | February 6, 2012 in Donations,Help Needed,News and Updates,Special Needs Adoptions,Success Stories | Comments (0)

Holly is an 11 month old Pittie mix and just like Noelle, she was scheduled to be euthanized on Christmas 2011, at a high kill NYC shelter. There was going to be no evaluation and Holly was automatically placed on a “Euth list” since she had a terrible case of mange, a skin condition causing open wounds and scabs all over the body, as well as hair loss.

We already took in Noelle and didn’t want to leave Holly behind to die just because she was sick! But we had no foster homes available for her. Once again, we turned for help to our friends at Zani’s Furry Friends in NYC and Ramapo Bergen Animal Refuge (RBARI) in Oakland, NJ.

Joining hands with others that share our passion for saving lives of innocent animals would once again prove to work and save Holly’s life. The girl’s at Zani’s helped us get Holly out of the shelter. We agreed to take care of her medical bills and RBARI agreed to house her once she was well enough to leave the hospital. 

Once at the hospital, besides the mange, Holly was also found to suffer from a number of ailments including Canine Influenza, which is highly contagious. She would have to be quarantined for at least a couple of weeks.

About one month later, on the same day Noelle was released from the hospital, Holly was getting her discharge papers as well. She was now healthy and her coat is getting much better. It will still take some time to get her coat back to normal but she is expected to make a 100% recovery. She is extremely sweet, submissive and excellent around people, children and other dogs.

Holly is currently housed at the RBARI facility in Oakland, NJ where she goes by the name Molly to aviod confusion with a different Holly that used to reside there.  Holly/Molly is up to date with all her shots and can be visited during normal adoption hours (to view adoption hours, click on the RBARI link above).  PHOTO ABOVE, HOLLY/MOLLY NOW.


NOELLE is a sweet 1 1/2 year old Pittie mix ready for adoption!

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Noelle is a very sweet Pittie mix who was scheduled to be euthanized on Christmas at a high kill NYC shelter. Noelle didn’t stand a chance since her leg was broken and the shelter does not evaluate dogs that come in sick or with an injury. They are just placed on the “Euth list” and their sentence is carried out within a couple of days. Noelle’s sentence was to be carried out on 12/24/2011…Christmas Eve.

We specialize in the rescue of the ones left behind, the least likely to get adopted and the most likely to be put to sleep inside the shelter walls. Noelle was a perfect candidate. It was a race against time and with only hours to spare, Noelle was pulled from the shelter into the safe hands of SNK9. Noelle was saved on Christmas day and was taken to Pompton Lakes Animal Hospital for treatment of the broken leg. Since she was saved on Christmas Eve, we felt the name Noelle suited her better then her shelter name “Hilda”. We owe a huge thanks to Zani’s Furry Friends rescue (NYC) for helping us get Noelle to safety.

Noelle spent nearly a month at the hospital healing her broken leg and later a foot infection on the same leg. She was finally released at the end of January and went to her foster home, with the assistance of another great rescue located by the Jersey shore, Rescue Ridge. Noelle’s cast has been removed and she is healing beautifully, receiving tons of love from her foster friends.

Noelle is another one of many examples of how working together saves lives. We were not afraid to ask for help from others and others were not affraid to step with us into the “unknown” and save an innocent life!

Noelle is spayed and up to date with all her shots. All she now needs is a loving family to share her life with.


ICE is a BLIND 5 months old puppy looking for love and a home!

admin | September 23, 2011 in Donations,Help Needed,News and Updates,Special Needs Adoptions,Urgent | Comments (0)

IceIce is a 5 months old blind Pittie mix puppy. Ice came from a neglectful and abusive home. He is safe now, but we need to find him a more permanent foster home or forever home! Please don’t stop reading…this boy needs and deserves a chance and once you learn more, you won’t even know he is blind as some people that have met him didn’t even realize that this little boy could not see!

After a mountain of tests and an MRI, the doctors have determined that any abuse that Ice may have suffered did not cause the blindness. The doctors say he was most likely just born this way. No one even knew that Ice is also hearing impaired but can hear and does respond to human voice. This came to light only after the tests at the animal hospital. We also believe he might be able to see shadows…either that or he uses him nose like a sophisticated radar since he is able run around the foster family’s yard and turn before hitting the solid fence or the trees. Dogs have such a great sense of smell that they easily compensate for the loss of sight or impairment thereof.

The good news is that Ice’s condition is non-progressive, he is otherwise perfectly healthy and can live a healthy and happy life!

All we are asking is that people open their minds. The rest will follow…Once you meet this wonderboy, you might just open your heart and your home to him.

We are still attempting to figure out if any of this can be reversed since it is fluid in the brain that has caused this condition…and once again, this is a non-progressive condition so nothing will get worse.

VIDEO of ICE running and playing coming soon. You will be amazed at his navigation skills!

We will post any updates as we get them.


TOBY, a sweet young Pittie mix with a deformed leg needs a home!

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Toby is a small one year old Pit Bull Terrier mix that we pulled from the Newark shelter. He weighs in at only 28 lbs but has a very big heart.

Toby1He is special since he was born with the ligaments missing in the bottom portion of his right front leg, causing the lower portion of the leg to sway forward and act as a foot. But don’t feel sorry for this little guy. He was born this way and he gets around very easily by hopping like a bunny when he runs, using his right leg mostly to assist his left…and he can run! He walks just like all other dogs with a slight limp. The leg also has an enlarged paw cushion/pad just above his paw, which protects his elbow from being scraped against the ground and it works perfectly. He has absolutely zero pain from his condition which is non-progressive and is otherwise perfectly healthy.

Toby is great with people and other dogs. He is also neutered and up to date with all his shots.

Toby has a lot to offer. He is a very happy, friendly and loving boy! All he needs now is a place he can call home and someone to share his life with.


HALO…abused, neglected, sick and abandoned, saved by SNK9.

admin | September 7, 2011 in Donations,Help Needed,Special Needs Adoptions | Comments (0)

Halo is a sweet 3 year old Pit Bull Terrier. Judging by his appearance, one might say this emaciated, scar-ridden boy is a senior on his “last leg.”

Halo W1Severely abused, neglected and then thrown away to a high kill NY shelter, Halo was very sick and set to be euthanized on July, 25th, 2011, only 4 days after being “dumped off.” Although mild mannered and sweet, he was just another dog least likely to be adopted that was going to suffer the consequences of human “unkindness.” We were not about to let him be punished due to the actions of his previous owner, someone without a conscience and a heart. Halo was put on hold and saved by SNK9 the day he was scheduled to die.

Halo WOnce in our hands, Halo was transported directly to Pompton Lakes Animal in NJ for treatment and rehabilitation. Six weeks later, Halo still remains at the hospital until he gets healthy enough to go to foster care. His progress has been slow but steady. He has been receiving great care and attention at the hospital. He is always happy to see people and other dogs. To us, he is “just another dog” that examplifies how quickly abused dogs forgive and their power to love.

Stay tuned for updates!


WEDNESDAY, a brave dog with a broken spine coming to USA from Romania.

admin | August 24, 2011 in News and Updates,Special Needs Adoptions,Success Stories | Comments (0)

Although Wednesday has a broken spine his spirit is far from broken!

WednesdayThis brave boy was found on the streets of Romania dragging his rear legs behind. He was taken in by a Romanian family to foster and another international rescue started working on getting Wednesday to the U.S.A. and finding him a permanent home. SNK9 was contacted to see about a wheelchair for Wednesday. After seeing his video http://youtu.be/Owuqt9jyxuk how could we say no?

After people from all over donated enough funds for Wednesday’s plane ticket to America, the plans were finalized. Wednesday is scheduled to arrive in NY on August 26th, 2011. He will stay over at a temporary foster’s home for a couple of days before being united with his new forever family.

As promised, SNK9 will provide Wednesday with a custom made wheelchair to help him run once again and “feel the wind.” There are many people and groups to thank for saving Wednesday, once again proving that working together saves lives and makes a difference! The abused, neglected and the discarded all deserve a chance to feel the warmth of a true home and the touch of a loving hand!


LEXUS, a 2 year old three legged Mastiff mix needs a home!

admin | August 23, 2011 in Help Needed,Special Needs Adoptions,Urgent | Comments (0)

Lexus2Lexus was rescued from a NYC high kill-shelter, and is looking for a foster or forever home. She is about 2 years old, 83 lbs, up to date on all vaccines, and spayed! Lexus was born with her right front “leg” severely deformed and had no use of it at all. Since the limb was nothing but a burden to her, it was finally amputated several months ago, but don’t let that fool you. Lexus is very fast when she wants to be. She has adjusted and gotten used to her “new life.”
Lexus is currently housed in PA and would love to have a forever home!
Even though she is tolerant of other dogs, she may not be ready to live with another dog yet…depending on circumstances. She loves kisses and her belly rubbed.
If you’d like more info about Lexus, please contact Harriet:  hszucker@mac.com

A Birthday Gift…A Gift of Sight

admin | April 21, 2011 in News and Updates,Special Needs Adoptions | Comments (0)

Isabella, Angel1Last Friday, April 15th, we met Isabella for the first time. Isabella is a 3 year old Lab/Shar Pei mix and is suffering from severe entropion in both eyes.
Entropion is a condition found mostly in Shar Pei and Shar Pei mixes, where the eye lids grow and turn inward, causing the wire like eyelashes to scratch the eyes. It is a painful and very irritating condition that requires surgery.
Isabella, a product of a puppy mill, had passed through a couple of different hands before ending up in the hands of one woman who loves dogs but did not have the means of providing what this dog needed. She was referred to us by a local shelter and even though we could not take on anymore dogs, we went to see her. After spending thousands of dollars in the last few months, our funds just about ran out.
The purpose of our visit was for advice and to leave some eye lubricant behind. When we arrived, we were greeted by Isabella, who was walking around with both eyes shut, which prevented her sharp eyelashes from scratching her eyes and causing further damage and pain. It’s something like brushing your eyes with a tooth brush. So Isabella was walking around pretty much blind and using her other senses for guidance. We tried to administer eye drops, but had no luck in getting the eye even close to open. We knew then, that she was in trouble and our advice and drops alone would not help her.

It was either us, or Isabella would be surrendered to a shelter. Given her condition and overcrowding in shelters, that option would pretty much be a death sentence. As our funds were dry, I realized something. My family has not exchanged gifts for Christmas and birthdays for the last few years. Instead we donated to various animal charities, and the last two years to Special Needs K9. And today, Friday April 15th was my dad’s 80th birthday. Two quick phone calls later, we were getting our paperwork ready to take Isabella into the possession of SNK9. My brothers and I decided that we would donate enough funds to SNK9 to cover Isabella’s surgery which would be the gift to our father for his 80th birthday. And so it was.

Paperwork was complete and she was ours. Stacey even brought our Lily to do a D2D test. Isabella exhibited no signs of guarding or aggression. She is very sweet, playful and friendly with people as well as with other dogs.

Dad 80th IsabellaLater that day, our family went out to dinner and presented our dad with a photo of his gift…The Gift of Sight. He accepted his gift with a smile on his face (photo), knowing that through his gift, a dog that has not opened her eyes in a very long time will hopefully see once again, without pain.

Isabella’s surgery is scheduled for Tuesday, April 26th at the Pompton Lakes Animal Hospital.

Hopefully all will go well and Isabella will be available for adoption once she has healed.

Happy Birthday wishes to our dad.  

Mike, Karl, Jiri and the Special Needs K9 family :)


CHANCE, young Boxer abandoned and left for dead rescued by SNK9.

admin | January 15, 2011 in Donations,News and Updates,Special Needs Adoptions | Comments (0)

Chance:

Chance is a 1 1/2 year old Boxer that was abandoned inside the basement of a vacant house, left to die.

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Being rescued by SNK9, Chance has gotten a second “Chance” at life. He is currently in the process of getting healthy and will begin his training at Kamp Kanine, a boarding and training facility we work with.

Chance is about 70lbs and once healthy, he should be around 90 lbs. He is good around other dogs and is very playful.

He will need a family with strong leadership once he is available for adoption.

Chance scar2Chance as all dogs will deserve a family that can provide him with a home, unconditional love and security…something we are sure this boy has never experienced in his life.

It took us several days to realize that Chance has a deep scar on his chest. Since the scar is deepest on the bottom and fades out on the sides, there appears to be only one explanation.

Chance was most likely tied up around his chest since he was a puppy to prevent his escape, only to be left behind when his captors decided it was time for them to “go”.


PENNIE, a deaf 1 year old Lab/Pit mix is ready for her forever home!

admin | January 14, 2011 in News and Updates,Special Needs Adoptions | Comments (0)

UPDATE: 1/14/2011  Pennie has completed her training at Kamp Kanine, a top notch dog training and boarding facility, and now understands the basic sign language commands thanks to Mark Barish, a trainer/owner at Kamp Kanine with over 10 years of training and competition experience.

Pennie not only knows how to come, sit, lie down along with a few other commands, but she has also exhibited a great temperament. She is very submissive and great with dogs of all breeds and sizes. She is also EXCELLENT with children of all ages!

Pennie is a very happy and loving dog and has a lot to offer! She is only one years old and has a lot of energy. She will need a home which can provide her with proper exercise on regular basis.

If you would like to meet this wonderful dog, please contact us.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW PENNIE’S TRAINING VIDEO.

 

Pennie is a beautiful 1 year old Lab/Pit mix that was pulled from a City shelter by SNK9. Although Pennie is deaf, she seems to love life more each day.

Pennie at KampPennie has high energy and likes to run around and play. She absolutely loves people and is good with other dogs. She loves to give kisses and loves getting attention herself.

Pennie is currently receiving professional training at Kamp Kanine, a 24 hour boarding and training facility. Once she successfully completes her training, Pennie’s new owner/s will be given tutoring on how to comunicate with her using sign language.

Pennie is very smart, loving and deserves a great home. Since Pennie has a lot of energy, she will do best if adopted into an active environment.

If you’d like to find out more about this wonderful dog, please contact us.


BELLA HOPE…Up for adoption!

admin | January 2, 2011 in Donations,News and Updates,Special Needs Adoptions | Comments (0)

Bella HopeBella Hope is finally up for adoption!

This special lady has gained some weight and made a lot of progress following her emergency intestinal surgery!

After being used as a “bait” dog, subjected to severe abuse and neglect, her physical as well as her emotional scars are healing and she is coming out of her shell, showing her incredibly loving and happy personality.

Although Bella Hope is about 2-3 years old, her true birthday is November 30, 2010…the day she was rescued, marking the beginning of her new life.

***Click here to read about Bella Hope’s rescue and her journey.

Bella Hope has been transferred to an incredible and loving foster home, Bella scarswhere she resides with a number of other dogs.

Although still a little scared at times, she LOVES people and absolutely ADORES other dogs!

She is very sweet and has a calm personality. She loves to cuddle up in warm places and is 98% housebroken. 

After all that she has been through, Bella Hope needs a very special home. She has already been spayed and would do best in a home where she is not left alone for very long periods of time and has one or more doggie friends to play with. 

Bella @ foster home (4)If you would like more information about Bella Hope, you can call or e-mail us . If you do have an interest in adopting this special dog, please include your home, property and family information in your e-mail.

This information should include: Number of family members…if children, how many and their ages, number of other pets in the household, your work schedule/hours away from home and property info, such as: home type (apartment or house), rent or own, fenced in yard, pool and other general description of the property. 


You gotta have “FAITH”!

admin | December 20, 2010 in News and Updates,Special Needs Adoptions | Comments (0)

UPDATE: 1/14/2011  Faith underwent surgery for her “cherry eye” which appears to have been successful. She was also spayed at the same time and received all her vaccinations. She is currently recovering in SNK9’s foster care.   

Faith is a Maltese between the age of 6 months and 1 year. She was located at one of the shelters we frequent and it was obvious that she was very neglected and sick.   

FaithJust another homeless dog without a name…her appearance told all. There was no pretty story filled with care and love in this young dog’s life. Her teary eyes were covered with dirty clumped up hair and her nose was running like a dripping faucet. She was scared and curled up in the back corner of her kennel.

Seeing that this dog was in need of medical attention, SNK9 pulled her out of the shelter and took her to see a vet. At first she was very fearful, but once she was in our hands, she relaxed almost as if she had “FAITH” in us to keep her safe.

The vet confirmed that she was sick and running a fever. Faith received a shot and some medicine to go home with. She was placed in our foster care with Wendy, Jim and their two dogs, where she will receive proper care and love until she finds her forever home.

 

Faith5Now that a little time has passed, Faith is all groomed,feeling better and her true personality is coming out.

She is full of life, very sweet and affectionate, loves people and other dogs.

She travels well in the car and even made a visit to NYC, where she showed no fear of her surroundings, including while resting inside her doggie bag.

If you are interested in this young lady or would like more information about her, please contact us.


BELLA HOPE to undergo emergency surgery!

admin | December 11, 2010 in Donations,Help Needed,Special Needs Adoptions,Urgent | Comments (0)

Bella Hope with MargareteBELLA HOPE – GOING INTO EMERGENCY SURGERY TONIGHT!
She has a SERIOUS INTESTINAL PROBLEM DUE TO NEGLECT, which requires a COMPLICATED SURGERY estimated at $4,000. We owe it to her after all the abuse she suffered at the human hand!

Donations towards her surgery cost will be greatly appreciated. 

Click here to donate for Bella Hope.  THANK YOU!


Pennie, a deaf 1 year old Lab/Pit mix is in need of her forever home!

admin | December 6, 2010 in Donations,Special Needs Adoptions | Comments (0)

Pennie is a beautiful 1 year old Lab/Pit mix that was pulled from a City shelter by SNK9. Although Pennie is deaf, she seems to love life more each day.

Pennie at KampPennie has high energy and likes to run around and play. She absolutely loves people and is good with other dogs. She loves to give kisses and loves getting attention herself.

Pennie is currently receiving professional training at Kamp Kanine, a 24 hour boarding and training facility. Once she successfully completes her training, Pennie’s new owner/s will be given tutoring on how to comunicate with her using sign language.

Pennie is very smart, loving and deserves a great home. Since Pennie has a lot of energy, she will do best if adopted into an active environment.

If you’d like to find out more about this wonderful dog, please contact us.


Bella Hope…another victim of the human hand.

admin | December 1, 2010 in Help Needed,Special Needs Adoptions | Comments (0)

Update:   BELLA HOPE ADOPTED!

Bella Hope…a victim of abuse, torture, and horrible neglect is finally safe.

Bella Hope - vetIt was November 30th, 2010 as we received a call from a rescue friend that a massive euthanasia action was under way at one of the shelters from which we have pulled dogs before.

As nearly a dozen innocent dogs were scheduled to be euthanized, Stacey (SNK9 vice president) raced to the shelter to try to save at least one. Unfortunately, it could only be one since all our fosters are full and there is a great shortage of people willing to foster.

Upon arrival, the vet was already making his rounds and no time was being wasted. As Stacey was saying her good byes to some of the dogs, one caught her eye.  It was a little black Pit mix that was shaking like she has never seen before. This dog was only about 2-3 years old and had scars all over her face, mostly on her right side. She was there for only a week and she was on the “put to sleep” list.

Some of the scars seemed to be only a couple of weeks old and some were Bella Hope2fully healed. It became quickly obvious that this dog was not only used for breeding but also as a bait dog. It was also obvious that besides the visible scars, the emotional scars were even worse. This dog was completely terrified. She was bleeding from her nose and was not able to get up on her own. Some of the other dogs looked healthier and stronger but to stay true to our purpose and mission, Stacey chose her. She was not going to die, not that day and not there. We owed her too much for the unspeakable criminal acts committed by the human hand. She was going to get a chance at life and love. Being that she was barely able to walk, Stacey picked her up and carried her off to safety, leaving all the evil she endured behind, never to see again.

Beyond the scars and fear, there was beauty and hope. We named her “Bella Hope”.

First stop was Kamp Kanine for a bath, since Bella Hope was soaked in urine. Next stop, animal hospital.

She was seen by one of the best veterinarians in the area given the seriousness of her condition.

Bella Hope’s nose was bleeding and her breathing was very labored. It appeared that one of her toes was broken, her temperature was 4 degrees below normal and given her under-developed muscles, her stance, posture, her wobble, staggering and difficulty walking, it was determined that Bella Hope most likely spent most, if not all of her life in a small crate…too small even for her 27 pound frame. She was used for breeding and when she became useless for that she was used as a bait dog before being thrown away. Only time will tell if she suffered permanent neurological damage.

Bella Hope was found abandoned outside in an open area, alone, scared and unable to move before being picked up by animal control and taken to the shelter.

Bella Hope next dayThe worst of her ordeal is over. She is safe at last, resting comfortably in our home till she gets well enough physically and emotionally to be placed either into a foster or forever home. Considering what she has been through, this little girl is very forgiving. She loves our touch and it is very obvious that she loves other dogs as ours lay around her crate and make her feel right at home.

We will keep you posted on Bella Hope’s condition.


Jack, a 10 year old vision impaired Jack Russel needs a home!

admin | November 8, 2010 in Help Needed,Special Needs Adoptions,Urgent | Comments (0)

JackJack is a 10 year old wire haired Jack Russel, who is visually impaired, in fact he is almost, but not completely blind.

Jack’s story is especially tragic since he lost his owner and his home, all at once. After his owner died, Jack was turned over to the Monmouth County SPCA in Eatontown, NJ where he is currently residing.

The SPCA reported that there is zero interest in Jack who has cataracts and asked us for help in getting Jack into a foster or permanent home. Jack can still see shadows and gets around just fine. He is very motivated by toys and loves to play fetch, which is a good indication that he can in fact still see to a degree.

Jack1Jack still has a lot of energy and likes to go for walks. He proudly walks around with toys in his mouth and loves to have his chin rubbed.

He is good with other dogs, neutered and up to date with all his shots.

Please consider giving this loving dog a chance. He lost so much all at once, yet he still has so much life to live and love to give.

If you would like to find out more about Jack or meet him, please contact us and become a part of something very special!


Stewart, a 5 year old special needs Shiba Inu, looking for his forever home!

admin | November 4, 2010 in Help Needed,Special Needs Adoptions,Urgent | Comments (0)

Stewart-ShibaStewart is a sweet 5 year old Shiba Inu neutered male that suffers from focal seizures, a condition that is easily controlled with pheno barbital; which is very inexpensive.

Stewart is healthy in all other respects and has had several visits with a neurologist who feels that his seizures are definitely improving.

As with Lexi, the good folks at the Yonkers, NY Shelter asked us to help find a home for Stewart. They also feel that he’ll do even better and make more progress in a home, where he won’t face the everyday stress associated with any shelter environment.

Stewart is also friendly with other dogs, so please give him a chance!

Please contact us if you are interested in meeting Stewart.


Lexi, a deaf Pit/Bulldog mix needs a home!

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LexiLexi is a 2 year old Pit/Bulldog mix who is deaf. The Yonkers Animal Shelter asked SNK9 for help with Lexi, who was surrendered to them in March of 2010, for no particular reason.

Looking back, the shelter staff think that Lexi was surrendered because she is deaf, a “detail” which was never disclosed to them and took quite a while to find out.

Lexi is smart and will learn command signals as other dogs with her condition have. She likes to play with other dogs and loves being around humans. Lexi has a blanket in her run and takes good care of her things, never destroying anything. She also loves stuffed toys.

If you think you might be the one to give Lexi a chance and some love, please contact us and we will provide a trainer who specializes in working with deaf dogs to get you started.


Penelope has been adopted!

admin | October 4, 2010 in News and Updates,Special Needs Adoptions,Success Stories | Comments (0)

PennyPenny, the special needs Boston Terrier has been adopted! This case is a great example of the power of sharing information, people and rescues working together towards a common goal.

Click here to read Penny’s original story.


Shorty…Still looking for a home!

admin | September 27, 2010 in News and Updates,Special Needs Adoptions,Urgent | Comments (0)

Shorty is a young energetic Pit Bull Terrier, located at the Bergen County Animal Shelter in Teterboro, NJ. He was named Shorty because of his cute compact body with short stocky legs. Shorty Although Shorty’s front left leg is slightly deformed, it does not slow him down. He loves to play ball and with tug toys. He also has a sweet side and loves all the attention he can get. The volunteers at the shelter have been working with Shorty and his dog skills have improved SO much! Now he has some doggie friends and enjoys play dates with them at the shelter. He would be best suited for a household with no small animals and no young children. His new owner should have previous experience with bully breeds and be able to continue Shorty’s training. He is smart, loves to learn new things and picks up new training quickly. He is a strong boy so he definitely needs an owner who will be committed, responsible and patient with him.

If you would like to meet Shorty, you can contact us or you can visit him in person at the Bergen County Animal Shelter, 100 United Lane, Teterboro, NJ. The shelter is open everyday from 1PM – 5PM and on Thursday from 1PM – 8PM.


Trooper arrives in sunny California.

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Trooper1From roaming the streets of Elizabeth for over 2 years with a broken leg, Trooper, is a true “rags to riches” story.

After his left rear leg had to be amputated, it took Trooper some time to recover. After nearly ten months, Trooper has finaly found his forever home in San Diego, CA. He will be enjoying the sun with his new family who lives on the beach.

 
Trooper in CAOur hats off to All Star Pet Rescue, their team and all others that were involved to ensure that Trooper get his chance at happiness.

It would be ideal if every story had such a happy ending, but unfortunately that is not the fact.

So please don’t buy, but adopt instead. Support your local rescue groups so there can be more endings like Trooper’s. Sometimes, fairy tales do come true!  Way to go Trooper!


September 5th, 2010, SNK9 celebrated our one year anniversary. Tink adopted!

admin | September 17, 2010 in News and Updates,Special Needs Adoptions,Success Stories | Comments (0)

On September 5th, 2010, we celebrated our one year anniversary. It all started one year ago with Mr. Blue/Willie.

Since then, SNK9 saved many lives and assisted with rescue of many others.
We are grateful for the support of our members, fans and all the animal lovers out there that have been so generous in assisting us towards achieving our common goal.

 
Tink and new familyIt was also on this day that a wonderful dog named Tink was adopted from SNK9, by a wonderful family. Tink was pulled from the shelter by SNK9, along with a couple of other dogs (Diva/Sara and Marley) a few weeks ago, all suffering from severe kennel stress, which would have ultimately claimed their lives.
So, congratulations Tink and your new family!

Photo: Tink on the left, next to Jax (once used as a “bait” dog, before being rescued), with their parents. Teddy and Toni have done an amazing job with Jax and we know that Tink is in the best of hands.

 
Even though our last year was a success, we are shooting for the stars in the coming year, but once again, we will be asking for your help in the future!

Thank you all!


Can you provide a good home for Trooper?

admin | August 13, 2010 in Donations,Help Needed,News and Updates,Special Needs Adoptions | Comments (0)

Trooper3Trooper is a 3 year old Rottie, that spent 2 years living on the streets of Elizabeth, NJ with a broken leg. Once he was rescued by some wonderful people at All Star Pet Rescue, his rear leg had to be amputated.

Now, Trooper has healed and the missing rear leg does not slow him down one bit. He is currently in foster care, but what he really needs is aTrooper2 loving and caring forever home. He loves people and is great with other dogs.

Let us know if you would like to meet Trooper and give him what he deserves…a loving home.

Click here for Trooper’s original story.


Penelope, a little but big spirited special needs dog / Boston Terrier needs a home!

admin | August 1, 2010 in Help Needed,Special Needs Adoptions,Urgent | Comments (0)

Penny is about 3 yrs old and was left in a crate on the front steps of the Maplewood animal control officer’s residence last winter. Penny was denied admittance by two local animal shelters. 

Best Friends were contacted and took her in. For now, she is doing well in her foster home but she really needs more attention and would surely thrive in a “forever home”.

PennyPenny has Ankyloking Spondylitis, (a chronic, inflammatory arthritis and autoimmune disease.) It mainly affects joints in the spine and the sacroilium in the pelvis, causing eventual fusion of the spine. She will need ongoing medical supervision although the vet feels that for now her condition has stabilized. Penny has a brand new set of wheels, custom made for her by “Eddie’s Wheels” with all the bells and whistles. She is still resisting the wheels but, again, she needs someone who is willing to work with her on a more regular basis.

 Penny’s foster mom says the following about this little girl:

“Penny loves to cuddle. She never gives up with walking. Even though she can’t walk very well, that doesn’t stop her from trying. She goes swimming in the bath tub to get clean and to help her legs. She doesn’t mind the water and she does the doggy paddle pretty well, (she has a life vest in case she gets too tired). She’s a fighter, despite everything that she’s been through, she isn’t giving up. She loves people and other animals.”

 “She knows to go to the bathroom outside but in cold weather she knows to go on the wee wee pads. She’s has a funny personality, is eager to please, loves attention and loves to give kisses.”

 Are you that special someone that can take on the challenge this special needs dog, accompanied with a bundle of some serious love?


STEVIE, a blind Shih Tzu looking for a home!

admin | June 13, 2010 in Help Needed,News and Updates,Special Needs Adoptions | Comments (0)

StevieStevie, is a 7 year old blind Shih Tzu and only weighs 8 pounds. He has no idea that he can not see. Stevie walks on a leash like a show dog and is completely housebroken. Steps are his only problem, but give him one day and he’ll know his way around any house or apartment. He is truly worthy of a forever home that will give him the love he so deserves!
He loves other dogs and all humans; best with another older dog or a very calm one. To see him is to witness a wonderdog!

P.S. Stevie loves squeaky toys!


Can You Help Us Help Save Reuben?

admin | May 14, 2010 in Donations,Help Needed,Special Needs Adoptions,Urgent | Comments (0)

Reuben-before copyScroll down for updates.

 In December, this beautiful boy was taken away from his owners because they were starving and beating him.  He endured a lot of abuse including having his mouth tied shut so tightly that the scars are still visible. Reuben was so badly beaten that it caused irreversible neurological damage which makes it difficult for him to walk correctly and process day to day activities.

Although Reuben has gained a lot of weight and looks healthy, it seems as though his emotional scars will never quite disappear.  Reuben is very tense and fearful when around humans and in a home setting. We have tried him in four different homes but it seems that he just can’t get comfortable living around people.

BUT THERE IS GOOD NEWS! What Reuben lacks in trust for humans, he Reuben-after more than makes up in his LOVE of other dogs! They are the only “people” Reuben wants to be around! When Reuben sees other dogs, his body relaxes and his playful puppy side comes out.  Because of this, we have decided that the kindest thing to do for this poor boy is to send him to a dog sanctuary where he can live around other dogs and play, play, play ALL DAY!

The wonderful sanctuary we would like to send Reuben to is Spirit Animal Sanctuary in upstate NY.  http://www.spiritanimal.org/  He will have over 120 acres to play on and 100 other dogs to call his friends!

BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP!  Spirit Animal asks that the dogs be sponsored for the first four years they live there, which totals $3400.00 or $2.30 a day. Rescues don’t have that kind of money but we don’t want to let Reuben down! He has been through so much in his life and deserves a happy ending.  We are asking everyone to chip in what they can!  We are grateful for your $20, $10, $5 or even $1 donation.  No amount is too small and every penny counts! Please help us make Reuben’s nightmare end and his dreams come true!  You can donate on line at specialneedsk9.org. In the comment space please remember to type REUBEN so the money goes specifically to him.  If you have any questions, please email Leigh Carmody at leigh521@gmail.com.                       

Thank you for all your support!!       Please feel free to cross-post!!

 

UPDATE:  On June 1st, 2010, Leigh Carmody, the person that saved Reuben’s life and nursed him back to health, did successfully transport Reuben to his new home in upstate NY (Spirit Animal Sanctuary, SAS).

Alan, the founder of the sanctuary, welcomed Reuben with open arms and as Leigh reported, it looks like a match made in heaven.

Having been at the sanctuary myself 3 days prior with Buddy, I can certainly vouch for this wonderful place…a dogie heaven!

There are many people to thank and more details to share. Details to follow shortly.


Zoey is looking for love and a home!

admin | May 8, 2010 in Help Needed,Special Needs Adoptions | Comments (0)

Zoey (BCAS)Zoey is a six year old Beagle Labrador mix, who has it all; a very sweet disposition and a love for human-doggie interaction. Zoey enjoys taking walks and loves playing fetch! She knows the commands, “Sit” and “Paw.” She also keeps her kennel clean, waiting for her chance to go outside. Another favorite pastime of Zoey’s is blanket cuddling. While Zoey enjoys outdoor activities, she is also a calm, gentle dog. Just taking her outside, makes her wag her tail! Zoey is located at the Bergen County Animal Shelter in Teterboro, NJ. If you would like more information about Zoey, you can contact us or the shelter directly at (201) 229-4600.


SHORTY needs to find a home.

admin | April 23, 2010 in Help Needed,Special Needs Adoptions | Comments (0)

Shorty is a young energetic Pit Bull Terrier, located at the Bergen County Animal Shelter in Teterboro, NJ. He was named Shorty because of his cute compact body with short stocky legs. Shorty Although Shorty’s front left leg is slightly deformed, it does not slow him down. He loves to play ball and with tug toys. He also has a sweet side and loves all the attention he can get. The volunteers at the shelter have been working with Shorty and his dog skills have improved SO much! Now he has some doggie friends and enjoys play dates with them at the shelter. He would be best suited for a household with no small animals and no young children. His new owner should have previous experience with bully breeds and be able to continue Shorty’s training. He is smart, loves to learn new things and picks up new training quickly. He is a strong boy so he definitely needs an owner who will be committed, responsible and patient with him.

If you would like to meet Shorty, you can contact us or you can visit him in person at the Bergen County Animal Shelter, 100 United Lane, Teterboro, NJ. The shelter is open everyday from 1PM – 5PM and on Thursday from 1PM – 8PM.


“URGENT” – Blue is BLIND and his time is running out! He needs a home!

admin | April 3, 2010 in Help Needed,Special Needs Adoptions,Urgent | Comments (0)

Blue (Blind)This beautiful boy, named “Blue”, is in need of a foster! This poor baby was surrendered to the NYC shelter because his owner couldn’t care for him, because he is blind. He is 2 yrs old, and 95 lbs. Blue is totally confused, and scared! He has no idea where he is, and why he is there! He desperately needs a foster or a forever home! A blind dog is not that hard to care for. Once he knows your home and property he will be able to get around by himself. He is another victim that was thrown away and his time is running out!


Snuggles; Abused by humans. He needs a chance at LOVE!

admin | March 18, 2010 in Help Needed,Special Needs Adoptions,Urgent | Comments (0)

SnugglesSnuggles is a one year old very friendly pit boy. He is currently at a NYC shelter waiting for a chance at love that he so much deserves. Asked for help, we need someone willing to at least foster him since all our foster homes are full. This boy was obviously abused by the human hand (it was reported that he was severely beaten.) He can not be neutered at this time due to his weight, but that can be done at a later time. Let’s save Snuggles before it’s too late. He needs to experience what LOVE really means! Neutering and other initial medical expenses will be covered by SNK9. Transport also available.