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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 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:

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!

Pit Bulls and Children…Unjust Prejudice!

admin | July 4, 2011 in News and Updates | Comments (0)


Article by Yonah Ward Grossman, May 4, 2011.



Astoundingly, for most of our history America’s nickname for Pit Bulls was “The Nanny Dog”. For generations if you had children and wanted to keep them safe you wanted a pit bull, the dog that was the most reliable of any breed with children or adults.
The Nanny Dog is now vilified by a media that always wants a demon dog breed to frighten people and LHASA-APSO BITES MAN just doesn’t sell papers. Before pit bulls it was Rottweilers, before Rottweilers it was Dobermans, and before them German Shepherds. Each breed in it’s order were deemed too vicious and unpredictable to be around people. Each time people wanted laws to ban them. It is breathtakingly ironic that the spotlight has turned on the breed once the symbol of our country and our national babysitter.
In temperance tests (the equivalent of how many times your kid can poke your dog in the eye before it bites him) of all breeds the most tolerant was the Golden Retriever. The second most tolerant was the pit bull.
Pit Bull’s jaws do not lock, they do not have the most powerful bite among dogs (Rottweilers have that honor) they are not naturally human aggressive (in fact pit bull puppies prefer human company to their mother’s two weeks before all other dogs), and they feel as much pain as any other breed (accidentally step on one’s toe and you’ll see).
The most tolerant, patient, gentle breed of dogs is now embarrassingly portrayed as the most dangerous. It would be funny if the new reputation did not mean 6,000 are put to death every day, by far the highest number of any other breed euthanized.
That’s a lot of babysitters.
(Pictured: As you’ll see, from the richest to the poorest and everything in between, in America the pit bull was the dog for kids. Don’t miss the little boy in the goat cart at the end. He’s priceless.)

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!

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!

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.

13 month old Rocco receives help from SNK9.

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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.

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.

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!

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:

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.