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7th Grade students from Wyckoff raise funds for SNK9.

admin | June 21, 2011 in News and Updates,Success Stories | Comments (0)

It started in December, 2010 with a visit from SNK9 to Mrs. Ebanietti’s 7th grade class at Eisenhower Middle School in Wyckoff, NJ. Our mission for this visit was to raise awareness about homeless and needy animals to our younger generation.

Abby, Cameron, Caroline, Connor, Elliot, Eric, Kara, Mike and Ryan were the students in this 7th grade class. They listened and took everything to heart. But that was just not enough for them. Now that they knew the horror that so many homeless pets have to go through, they wanted to make a difference and help save lives.

And so they did. These 12 and 13 year old kids embarked on a mission to raise money for Special Needs K9 by selling customized dog bowls and walking dogs. It was called their “Dog Bowls Project”, and they called themselves SNK9 “Puppy Pals.”

In mid June, 2011 just before the summer break and after months of hard work and dedication, the Puppy Pals contacted us and said they were ready to present us with their contribution.

SNK9 Puppy Pals sold 102 dog bowls, walked 18 dogs, collected $71.00 in coin donations, and $105.00 from a bake sale…GRAND TOTAL: An unbelievable $687.75…that is not counting the 16 bowls made for SNK9 to use for our foster dogs.

SNK9 Puppy Pals

So our hats off to these young people…the Puppy Pals…for not letting it in one ear and out the other, for not looking the other way! They are our heroes and inspiration.

Special thanks to Mrs. Ebanietti, Eisenhower Middle School and we must not forget the parents of these amazing kids, who did such a wonderful job in raisinig their children.

Thank you PUPPY PALS!

ISABELLA, the Shar Pei/Lab mix can finally see!

admin | June 7, 2011 in News and Updates,Success Stories | Comments (0)

Isabella, the Shar Pei/Lab mix who suffered from an extreme case of entropion can finally see again.

Isabella had her surgery 6 weeks ago and it was a huge success. Dr. Cattiny of Pompton Lakes Animal Hospital performed the surgery and had to reconstruct parts of Isabella’s eye lids. This was the most severe case of entropion anyone of us has ever seen.

Isabella now moves her head around non-stop to look at every little movement as she enjoys her new gift of sight. Her recovery has been amazing as the photos below show her journey from before surgery (left), two days post surgery (middle), and finally six weeks after (right).

Isabella after surgery June

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Click here to read about Isabella’s story and her journey to be able to open her eyes and see again.

SNK9 recognized by SPCA International.

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Special Needs K9 is proud to have received the “Shelter/Rescue of the Week Award” by SPCA International, an award recognizing shelters and rescues from all around the world.

CHANCE, the abandoned and starved Boxer mix has been adopted!

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Chance, the Boxer/American Bulldog mix that was abandoned inside the basement of a vacant inner city house and leftChance with new Fam there to die before being rescued by SNK9, has finally been adopted.

After several months of rehabilitation, training and gaining 40 lbs, Chance has found his “perfect” family. He now has the life that he and so many others deserve. His new family, consisting of three young children and their parents, loves him very much.

After our visit with the family to finalize the adoption, we witnessed how this gentle giant shows his gratitude and love by playing ever so gently with all the children. It was very obvious that Chance and his family are a perfect match.

We don’t need to wish him the best of luck…he has already won the jackpot!

To read about Chance and view his original post with photos click here.

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 :)

7th GRADE STUDENTS decorate and sell dog bowls to raise funds for SNK9.

admin | April 11, 2011 in Donations,News and Updates | Comments (0)

Recently, we revisited Mrs. Ebanietti’s 7th grade class at the Eisenhower Middle School in Wyckoff, NJ.

Of course our Lily came along and it was a wonderful reunion from the visit in December of last year. (Click here to read about Lily’s first visit).

These determined 7th grade students wanted to be a part of the life saving process and wanted to make a difference.

Tia's bowlAfter the visit in December, they started walking dogs and decorating and selling dog bowls to help raise funds for Special Needs K9. They even built their own web-site to sell these bowls. The bowls are only $6.00 and there is a lot of love that goes into this project. Please visit their web-site for more information and to order your customized bowl.

We are extremely proud of these kids and of their efforts to help the ones without a voice! We are very much inspired by them and we will keep you updated of their progress with this life saving project.

SNK9 and Lily visit Eisenhower Middle School in Wyckoff, NJ.

admin | January 24, 2011 in News and Updates | Comments (0)

The first step in saving lives of innocent animals starts with awareness and education. Educating our younger generations is key so that one day they can take our place in the rescue world and make a difference. 

Lily with Stacey and Mrs.EIt was December 14th, 2010 and Stacey Pravec (V.P. of SNK9) and our Lily (a dog rescued from euthanization), who we frequently use to help balance troubled dogs, went to visit Mrs. Ebanietti’s 7th grade class at the Eisenhower Middle School in Wyckoff, NJ.

The goal was to do just that…bring awareness and educate the students on issues regarding animal welfare, neglect, abuse and rescue.

The students were a wonderful audience. They showed so much interest in learning all there was to know about these important issues. They asked relevant questions as they played with Lily, who enjoyed all the attention she was receiving.

Lily class

The school visit was a big success. The students were very interested in learning about how they can help and came up with some great ideas such as walking dogs along with decorating and selling dog bowls in order to raise funds for Special Needs K9 Rescue.


A couple of weeks later, we received the following e-mail from the class:

Dear Stacey,

We want to help Special Needs K9 because we are all very interested and
concerned about animal welfare. Class pictureOnce we found out about how many animals are neglected each year, we went to Special Needs K9 for help. To our delight we got a personal visit from Stacey, Gina, and Lily. Lily’s story
inspired us to save more dogs from high kill shelters. Just saving one
animal’s life makes a huge difference. We can’t imagine how many dogs
wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for charities like Special Needs K9.
We are very fortunate to be able to help them achieve their goals and reach our own. Together we can make a difference.
Ryan, Caroline, Mike, Kara, Elliot, Maya, Connor, and Abby


There was another e-mail (below) sent to SNK9 by the students:

Hello this is Maya, Caroline, Kara, and Abby from Eisenhower Middle School and our project is going great. We already made over 50 dollars with our dog walking service and we are going to make dog bowls as well. With the  money that we raise, we want to save dogs’ lives or help with their medical care that makes an impact. Those are some of our ideas. We want to save as many dogs’ lives as possible!

Thank you,

Maya, Caroline, Kara, and Abby


After answering all their questions, we were very pleased with the motivation of these young people and their eagerness to help!

We thank the Eisenhower Middle School, Gina and especially Mrs. Ebanietti and her students for the opportunity to come in and share our knowledge and experiences with them.

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 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.



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.

Special Needs K9 Benefit at The Endless Vine on Jan. 12, 2011.

admin | January 6, 2011 in Donations,News and Updates | Comments (0)





823 Franklin Lakes Rd. Franklin Lakes, NJ

(Next door to the Market Basket)


  • Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 @ 7PM   (No admission fee)

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Please join us for an event to benefit Special Needs K9 Rescue at

The Endless Vine wine shop, with a wine bar and cocktail lounge.


Meet Bella Hope (above), a sweet and gentle soul used as a “bait dog” in dog fighting, abused and severely neglected before being rescued by Special Needs K9.


  • A solo acoustic classic rock played by Dan Kleinrock in the “unplugged” style.


  • Enjoy psychic readings by Tia from The Craft.

**Dan will generously donate all his tips and Tia all her proceeds from  the night of the event to Special Needs K9.


Small bites will be served. Don’t forget to bring your friends and help us help the homeless…the unwanted…the underdogs!  

They deserve a chance at life! 


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.

Cracker Jack – Team work proves miracles do happen!

admin | December 18, 2010 in News and Updates,Success Stories | Comments (0)

Cracker Jack is a 2 year old Jack Russell that was surrendered by his owner at an inner city shelter.

Cracker JackCracker was going to be euthanized the same day he was brought in, even though he had done nothing wrong and appeared to have no behavioral issues. Usually, dogs get 7 days at most city shelters to give people a chance to reclaim them. Cracker’s case was different. Since he was surrendered by his owner, the shelter did not have the legal responsibility to keep him for the 7 day period.

When we met Cracker, even though he was in a very stressful and unpleasant situation, he kept wagging his tail (photo) and shared countless kisses.

We reached out to SNK9’s loyal friends and supporters asking for help in finding this little guy a foster or permanent home. We only had hours to work with and luckily, one of our supporters, Gina Mastrogiovanni, contacted us with news that one of her long time friends, an experienced dog owner who loves the breed was interested in adopting him.

We pulled Cracker out of the shelter, and took him to the vet for a check up, blood work, shots and to be neutered.

The next day, we picked him up at the vet and traveled to the country to do a meet and greet and a home check with his new potential mommy.

Cracker Jack homeThere was an instant connection between the two and everything else went great as well, including meeting with the family’s 2 dogs and a cat.

It was a perfect match and the adoption process was completed before the end of the day.

One week later, his mom reports that he’s just the sweetest thing and she has found an awesome and forever friend in Cracker.

This is yet another case with a similar story and proof that when people pull together, share information and work as a team, miracles do happen and lives are saved!

Merry Christmas Cracker and special thanks to Gina!

13 month old Rocco receives help from SNK9.

admin | December 6, 2010 in News and Updates,Success Stories | Comments (0)

Rocco, a 13 month old Boston Terrier, developed a film over one of his eyes. The family’s regular veterinarian diagnosed him with congenital glaucoma with an eye ulcer.

The family could not afford the lifetime of care and reached out to SNK9. We set up and funded an evaluation for Rocco at the Animal Eye Center of New Jersey.

RoccoThe opthamologist there didn’t see any signs of glaucoma and Rocco was diagnosed with Keratitis from eye trauma. Rocco received eye drops to reduce inflammation and a follow up visit still showed no signs of glaucoma.

Rocco is back to normal and his old self again.

This is an example why at certain times it is so important to seek an opinion of a specialist. Especially when dealing with eyes, opthamologists have the equipment that most regular vets don’t. This equipment is essential to making a correct diagnosis, without which eyesight can be lost. In many cases, eye drops can either solve the problem or at least slow down the process of deterioration.

Buddy the Lab saved from shelter!

admin | November 13, 2010 in News and Updates,Success Stories | Comments (0)

Buddy, the 1 to 2 year old Lab who was skin and bones, was pulled from a shelter by Special Needs K9 last week and taken to the vet for shots and a check up. He was too frail to even be considered for neutering at that time, which will be taken care of as soon as he puts some weight on.

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Buddy has already been adopted by a wonderful family and is doing great. His new family reports that he is getting along with their cats, neighbor’s dog and responding well to training. He goes for a walk everyday and is receiving much love.

Thank you Melinda and family for letting Buddy into your lives and giving him a loving home!

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:

Basil saved from inner city shelter.

admin | October 26, 2010 in News and Updates,Success Stories | Comments (0)

Basil @ shelterBasil, a young sweet and loving Pit Bull Terrier, was scheduled for euthanization at an inner city shelter. Special Needs K9 placed a hold on Basil as we searched for Basil’s new home and his chance at a happy life.

About one week later, SNK9 pulled Basil from the shelter and took him for a check up and shots to a local animal hospital. As some inner city shelters, this shelter does not provide certain medical care such as vaccinations.


BasilAfter the vet visit, we were off to New England to place Basil with his new family we had found for him. The adoption papers were filled out and as we were sad to leave Basil behind (which always seems to be the case), we were extremely happy that he will have his chance at a very happy life with his wonderful new family.

That was several days ago and we are happy to report that Basil is doing great and getting along very well with his new “sister”, Petunia.

 Basil, home at last

Thank you Carl and Pam for opening your hearts and home to this innocent pup as you have done to others in the past. You have made a difference!



  Another life saved…so many more to go.

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:




Three dogs saved from inner city shelter.

admin | October 13, 2010 in News and Updates,Success Stories | Comments (0)

Paterson shelter Transport (2) copyThree dogs that were in urgent need of rescue were picked up at an inner city shelter by Special Needs K9 crew, Leigh and Stacey. Once loaded up, all three were transported to Sussex County, where a second leg (Vanessa) picked them up to bring them to their final rescue destination at the Humane Society of Milford, PA.

There were other people involved in the process of saving these three lives…Frannie from Hug-a-Bunny Rabbit Rescue, Vanessa (a young vet tech involved in animal rescues), RBARI shelter (provided transport crates) and of course others behind the scenes. This brings us to the same point that Paterson shelter Transport copywe have mentioned many times before: It is not only great when people work together to save the lives of innocent animals, but it is an absolute must!  Although saving one at a time is the core of many rescues including SNK9, if we all work together, we can certainly make a much greater impact.

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.

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!

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.

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

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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!

Mr. Blue/Willie. One year anniversary of his adoption this weekend!

admin | September 2, 2010 in News and Updates,Success Stories | Comments (0)

Mr. Blue/Willie, the little one eyed muscle man, who started this all will be celebrating a one year anniversary of his adoption this weekend, September 5th, 2010. Willie struck gold on that day in 2009, when he was adopted by an amazing family.

0824091836a copy2 copyWe always thought we would wonder and worry about “Mr. Blue” and how he was doing. Well, let me tell you…we stopped worrying a long time ago. As we all know, one of the keys to the mental and physical health of a dog is proper exercise.

You see, Mr. Blue’s new mom, Cindy Fox of Cindy Fox Fitness  is a fitness instructor and has over 20 years of professional experience (just click on her link and you’ll understand.)  Mr. Blue gets regular exercise, and we mean exercise, besides a proper diet, his daily eye drops and vet care.

Since the creation of Special Needs K9, many lives have been saved and hopefully many more will be able to get another chance with our help, and the help from people that believe that all dogs and other animals deserve an equal chance.

So…Willie (Our “Mr. Blue”) and Cindy…happy anniversary and thank you!

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.

Truffle, the guinea pig, saved.

admin | August 1, 2010 in News and Updates,Success Stories | Comments (0)

Frannie & TruffleTruffle is a beautiful, sweet and affectionate guinea pig whose owner contacted a local animal hospital and wanted to give Truffle away. The owner also stated that if Truffle does not have a new home within 2 days, Truffle would be “discarded”.

The animal hospital contacted Tina Cox, a woman who has a passion for these wonderful creatures. Tina has rescued many “piggies” in the past including two through SNK9 and has seven of her own.

The time was of the essence, and Tina contacted Special Needs K9. We put the information and request for help on facebook and received an almost immediate response from Frannie, who runs Hug-a-Bunny Rabbit Rescue along with her friend Jamie.

Frannie said she would take Truffle. We picked him up at the animal hospital and transported him into the safe hands of Frannie (see photo), who actually gave him the name “Truffle”. She said, “new name for a new beginning”. 

Special Needs K9 would like to thank the team of people who helped save Truffle’s life, including the people at Dumont Animal Hospital, Tina Cox, Frannie and Jamie of Hug-a-Bunny Rabbit Rescue!

Newborn birds need help!

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

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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!