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admin | May 6, 2014 in Donations,Help Needed,News and Updates,Urgent | Comments (0)

MinnieWe intercepted a Chihuahua, who we now call MINNIE, in the parking lot of a kill shelter before being DUMPED! We had some hard cases lately and we’re NOT financially fit for this but WE TOOK HER ANYWAY…How could we NOT!!! This is just another example of terrible neglect of what we call “Man’s best friend”! One of the worst cases of neglect we have seen in a long time!

SHE COULD HARDLY WALK so we took her to an Animal Hospital right away and we are awaiting test results, blood-work, ultrasound etc. Minnie is about 7 years old and remains hospitalized. There are 3 tumors, 1 giant, 2 smaller…maybe more. In the very best case scenario, she is facing a leg amputation besides the tumor removals etc. If you’d like to donate toward Minnie’s medical care, please click here.  Don’t know what else to say…But how a human being could let this go untreated is COMPLETELY INHUMANE!!!

Cost or funding will play NO ROLE in our decision to proceed with care or to let this sweet dog “go”. Testing is already underway so it all depends on factors such as cancer, pain & suffering, quality of life, prognosis, vet recommendation etc…These are the only factors that will decide Minnie’s fate. ONLY whatever is in Minnie’s best interest, free of any suffering!

BELLE…passed out & HOMELESS in NYC during heat wave.

admin | August 18, 2013 in Donations,Help Needed,News and Updates | Comments (0)

BELLE was found overcome by heat on “Belmont” Avenue of Queens in New York City during the heat wave of July, 2013. (see photo)

We took Belle to an Animal Hospital where she had to spend two nights due to exposure to heat and heavy breathing.  While at the hospital, she was spayed and received all her vaccinations. She also received some dental work (K9 removed) and cleaning due to the poor condition of her teeth and infection.

Although Belle was homeless, we found her to be an extremely very sweet and submissive dog.  All she wants to do is give kisses and play.

Belle is good with children, all people as well as all dogs, cats and other pets.

She is a true sweetheart and a sharp contradiction to a common stereotype of dogs of same or similar breed, especially those living on the streets.

She is one of the sweetest dogs we have come ever come across…but then again…aren’t they all? :)



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PEARL (hiding in the back of the photo) was found scared and living in garbage by Animal Control in central New Jersey.

Used for breeding at some point in her life as well as an obvious victim of ABUSE, Pearl was found with a bloody nose which was later diagnosed as a BROKEN JAW.

This blunt force trauma injury was certainly no accident.

Kicked in the face or being struck by a hard object was most likely just a part of what that caused this extremely sweet dog to be very fearful as well as “emotionally shut down.”


Although Pearl’s spirit seems to be broken, we know that kindness, love and a stable home will give this girl a chance not only at life full of love and happiness but also a chance to trust humans again.

Pearl has undergone surgery to repair and wire her jaw. She will need a second surgery in a couple of months to remove the wires after which time she will become available for adoption.

Pearl is 4-5 years old,  has been spayed and is up to date on all her shots.

JAKE, found homeless, curled up in a ball in below freezing conditions.

admin | February 17, 2013 in Help Needed,News and Updates | Comments (0)

Jake is a 5 year old Pittie Lab mix who was found outside curled up in a ball in below freezing conditions. Frostbite on his paws, his body just skin and bones, he had no one to love and no place to go!

SNK9 was contacted by a concerned citizen for help but we had no room for Jake. The only other option was to bring Jake to a nearby local shelter. We were very familiar with that specific inner city shelter, their high euthanasia rate as well as extremely poor conditions… that was not an option. We posted a request for help on our facebook page and as the “power of sharing” went into high gear, we finally received an offer to foster Jake as well as several donations toward his medical care.  So it was a done deal…we were taking him and he would be safe!

Judging from his emaciated body and thick calluses on his joints, Jake has had a rough life thus far but his soul is warm, kind, gentle and loving. He is currently in a foster home surrounded by a wonderful family and young children including an infant. He is also good with other dogs and cats.  For those that would draw a conclusion about Jake or other dogs with similar appreance, Jake is a perfect example of proving how wrong stereotyping dogs can be! Once he gets stronger and healthier, Jake will be neutered and he will then be available for adoption.


BRANDY, “thrown away” senior from FL rescued from euthanasia.

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Brandy is a sweet senior from Florida, who was surrendered to a local High Kill Shelter by her owner because she was “too old”!

Since a mixed breed over 10 years old that needs medical attention is not at the top of anyone’s adoption list, Brandy was scheduled to be euthanized or as many shelters put it “destroyed”.  HER ONLY CRIME…GETTING OLD!

Special Needs K9 contacted the shelter and put a stop to the execution while looking for a way to get Brandy from FL to NJ. We enlisted the help of Neil Golden of “On The Road Again” and Martha Chandler of “Martha’s Mutt Movers”. They quickly and flawlessly organized the transport and with the help of over 20 volunteers, each of whom transported her part of the way, Brandy finally arrived in NJ two days later. (Brandy’s transport photo gallery)

Brandy was tired and confused, but she was alive. She was diagnosed with mange and giardia. These are common in shelters with poor and dirty kennel conditions. Brandy is currently in ISO at Kamp Kanine while she recuperates. She will be spayed once she gets healthy and will then be available for adoption.

Although Brandy made it out, let’s not forget the thousands of senior dogs that are euthanized in shelters across the country each year after becoming a “nuisance” to their owners who turn them over to shelters for execution!

AMY, rescued from Georgia’s DEATH ROW.

admin | February 16, 2013 in Help Needed,News and Updates | Comments (0)

Amy is a sweet Pit Bull mix, who was rescued from euthanasia by SNK9 from a high kill shelter in GA.

Amy had just given birth to a litter before being picked up by animal control roaming the streets.  She was taken to the local shelter and unfortunately no one knows what happened to her babies. She was obviously in need of medical attention but was quickly placed on a “Put to Sleep” list by the shelter.

Special Needs K9 pulled her from the brink of death just in time and she was transported to NJ. Due to foster homes shortage, Amy was housed at Kamp Kanine, a 24 hour boarding and doggie day care facility that we work with. She was diagnosed with heartworm disease, giardia, an enlarged heart as well as swollen lungs and will require extensive medical care.

Amy is approximately 5 years old. She is very sweet, loving and gets along beautifully with other dogs, cats as well as with all people and children. So far, she has had a life full of pain, sadness and disappointments. She deserves a chance at better life and a loving home!

Our “HOMELESS with PETS” program.

admin | February 14, 2013 in Donations,Help Needed,News and Updates | Comments (0)

In November of 2012, Special Needs K9 hit the streets of NY City as well as some areas of NJ to start off our “Homeless with Pets” program.

This program was designed to help the homeless and their pets by supplying them with food…and yes that includes human food as well as dog food, blankets, cloths, few dollars and other daily necessities. We will also provide medical treatment for their pets when necessary, but unfortunately only when our funds allow such actions.

This program is to run indefinitely or until lack of funding forces us to shut it down. That’s the last thing we want to see as there are many people and animals living on the streets that NEED OUR HELP! So if you can find it in your heart to give a little, please go to our donate page. There are no salaries paid out by SNK9 and all donations go directly to the needy.


UPDATE: 2-14-13 “Valentine’s Day”:  So far we have done about 7 runs in NY and NJ. We have helped a number of people and their pets but we know there are many more as some are hard to track down. If you see any people with their pets living on the streets without homes and daily shelter that we all take so much for granted, please let us know of their location via e-mail so we can help them.

We will continue to do our very best but we can NOT do it alone!  Please…..HELP US HELP THEM!

UPDATE with PHOTOS:  3-17-13  SNK9 at work in NYC caring for dogs living with the homeless.  Stacey of SNK9 and her niece Gabby and nephew Thomas helping to deliver blankets and dog food to the needy. It is great to see that the younger generation cares and wants to make a difference.

Left photo:  Stacey of SNK9 (middle) with her niece Gabby (left) and Ellie, the dog’s owner (right).

Right photo:  Thomas (left) and Gabby (right) making sure that the dog has enough food to last a couple of weeks.

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.

NOAH, a Pittie/Pointer pup mix is up for adoption.

admin | November 11, 2011 in Help Needed,News and Updates | Comments (0)

NoahNoah is a Pointer/Pittie mix and is about 8 months old. He was suffering from severe kennel stress and had to be removed from the shelter.

We pulled Noah from the Newark shelter in September, 2011 and brought him back to health. He has since received obedience training at Kamp Kanine in Little Falls, NJ and is now available for adoption.

Noah is a sweet young boy, full of life and energy, ready to take on the world. He is neutered and up to date on all his shots.

If you are interested in meeting Noah, please contact us.

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.

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!

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:

BRUNO, a super sweet senior looking for a home!

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Meet Bruno! He’s a SUPER SWEET senior (10 year old Pit Bull Terrier) looking Brunofor his forever home to spend his twilight years in! His owners surrendered him when they lost their home. He is approx 80 lbs and is great with kids, other dogs, and is a TOTAL LAPDOG. He’s up to date on all of his shots, is housebroken and knows how to sit, laydown, speak and give paw! All he needs is a place to call home! If you are looking for an easy going loveable dog to open your heart to, please consider adopting Bruno!

BELLA HOPE to undergo emergency surgery!

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

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!

Bella Hope…another victim of the human hand.

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


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.

Mr. Cakes is looking for his forever home!

admin | November 1, 2010 in Help Needed,News and Updates | Comments (0)

CakeHi there! My name is Mr. Cakes but I am also known as Cakey, Cake and Bake, Baker Boy and I am GORGEOUS 3 year old American Bulldog. My foster mom gave me those names because she said I am soooo sweet and well, I kind of had a “crumby” life. You see the people who had me before left me outside all day, every day. I only had about four feet of rope and was surrounded by six foot fences. It was pretty cold some nights and WOW was it hot in the summer! I am not sure why my old owners left me outside, I tried to tell them that I wanted to be indoors with them but I guess they didn’t understand.

But that’s all over now! Lucky me! My foster home has heat, air conditioning Cake3and a soft bed for me to lay on every night! I get to play with my foster brothers and sisters too! I love to play a lot, especially with other dogs! I also like running around my yard. One of my favorite things to do is to chase the water from the garden hose. I get to play AND I get a bath at the same time! See? Aren’t I great?

I am very gentle but full of energy. I’m happy being the submissive one in a relationship. I’m a lover, not a fighter!

I’m neutered and up to date with all of my shots.

If you’d like to find out more about this wonderful dog or meet him, you can contact us or you can contact Mr. Cakes directly at his own e-mail:

Special Needs K9 Fundraiser on November 10th, 2010.

admin | October 24, 2010 in Donations,Help Needed,News and Updates | Comments (0)

You are invited to attend a reception for the

First Annual Special Needs K9 Fundraiser

to benefit Special Needs K9, a non-profit organization

dedicated to the rescue of dogs and other animals with

physical, medical and other special needs.


Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

7:00 – 11:00PM

@ Solari’s Restaurant, 61 River Street, Hackensack, NJ


Tickets are $50.00

Includes Food, Wine and Beer

Cash bar available

Silent Auction and 50/50 Raffle

Please RSVP by November 3rd, 2010.


To purchase tickets: Go to our donate page and make a donation

appropriate to the number of people attending.

Please include your name and in “purpose” or “instructions/comments”

write in “Fundraiser”. Names will be checked off at the door upon arrival.

To donate/purchase tickets by check, please mail to:

Special Needs K9, Inc.

P.O. Box 303

Oakland, NJ 07436


All donations are tax deductible and 100% of all proceeds go directly

to helping the animals.

Solari’s Restaurant Directions:




Marley needs a home!

admin | October 7, 2010 in Help Needed,News and Updates | Comments (0)

Marley and StaceyMarley is a six year old Pit Bull Terrier who was pulled out of a shelter by SNK9 due to suffering from severe kennel stress. What’s even more unfortunate is that Marley was a resident at the shelter not once but two separate times.

We don’t know much about his first stay at the shelter and why he was even there, but we do know that after quite a while, he was finally adopted and things were going well for him. One year later the economy came crashing down, and his new owners had to move to an apartment that didn’t allow dogs. So at no fault of his own and after being with his family for about one year, Marley was brought back to the shelter, where he remained until he could no longer take the stress and started loosing weight.

Marley wth SaraWe have had Marley in SNK9 foster care for several weeks now and he is a wonderful dog! He is great with people, children and other dogs. He has a sweet personality and has finally put some weight back on. His only issue is that he still suffers from separation anxiety, or what some might call “extreme loyalty”. He will follow you anywhere and feel sad and broken when you leave him. As we are working on this issue, we still know that Marley will need a home where he is not left home alone for very long periods of time and where he is exercised daily.

If you would like to meet Marley, please contact us.

Help Us Help TUCKER!

admin | September 17, 2010 in Donations,Help Needed,News and Updates,Urgent | Comments (0)

TuckerTucker, who is only 6 years old, has cancer. Although he’s in temporary foster care, the cancer has altered his mind in some ways and he is now considered unadoptable. He still has a lot of life in him and wants to enjoy the rest of his life eating lots more treats and run around some!

Some have suggested euthanasia again, but would we do that to a human that still has some good years to live without pain and suffering? Why not give Tucker the same chance that we would not only expect, but also demand for ourselves and other humans. Even though the cost is high, we cannot and will not turn our back on the sick and the unwanted. We just need help. Let’s not sign him off just yet!

Tucker will need your help to reach his forever home at the Spirit Animal Sanctuary, where Reuben and Buddy went to live out their years. We have to raise a little over $3,500 which will guarantee him a place in this wonderful sanctuary (that cost is “for life”.)

To donate to Tucker’s fund, just type in the donation comments “Tucker” and 100% of those donations will go directly to helping this high-spirited boy. Once at the sanctuary, he will receive all the love and care he needs for the rest of his life.

All donations are tax deductible.

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.

Diva, now Sara pulled from shelter up for adoption.

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SaraSara is a 1-2 year old sweet chocolate Lab/ Pit mix. She is great with people as well as with other dogs. She is very smart and is responding well to training.

She does not have any physical special needs, but Sara was suffering from serious kennel stress at a shelter and had to be removed from that environment.

Sara needs daily exercise and proper leadeship. If you would like to meet this great dog please contact us.

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?

Newborn birds need help!

admin | July 20, 2010 in Help Needed,News and Updates,Urgent | Comments (0)

Scroll down for an update.

Well, it’s not kittens this time. During a heavy storm two days ago, a bird’s nest fell out of a tree. The nest also contained two babies no more then a week old. One still had the eyes closed and the other seemed a little bit stronger.

baby doves1The nest was destroyed, so I built a new nest from fine branches, tall dried grass and leaves. I installed the new nest only about 10 feet from the tree where it used to be. After placing whatever was left from the old nest as a top layer of the new one, I carefully placed both babies in it.

I did see what could have been the “momma” bird sitting close by, but after I placed them in the new nest, I have not seen her since. I could not leave the babies on the ground since there are a lot of stray cats everywhere.

The nest was solid and it even had a roof which I built from large leaves, but still had plenty of access for the mother if she appeared.

I bought food for newborn birds baby doves3and after mixing with water, I have been feeding them 2X a day with a syringe. I have not seen any adult birds anywhere close to the nest.

So far they survived one night alone. I have marked the nest with some dried grass so that if there is a larger/adult bird in it at any time I will know. If not, I will have to take these two babies to Franklin Lakes Animal Hospital, in Franklin Lakes, NJ. I know they take in wildlife in need of help.


UPDATE:  Since there was no momma bird around, I did not want to wait another night and leave them exposed to the elements. Both of the babies (Doves) were taken to the Franklin Lakes Animal Hospital. The staff there were wonderful and took the pair without hesitation.

I called a day later, on Wednesday, only to learn that one of them did not make it. The other one is still alive and is in the best of hands. 

I hope he/she makes it and gets a chance to fly one day!


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.  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 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                       

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.