Palatka/Putnam County, FL – Desperate dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens looking for homes for the holidays!

The following animals are located at the Putnam County Animal Shelter in Palatka, Florida. They are all VERY URGENT. These furry friends need to be adopted into a home or rescued by an organization. This shelter always has a large flow of incoming animals, so many are euthanized each week. These following animals could be euthanized at any time, but none will last beyond November 25. To survive, all animals must get out of the shelter before or on November 24. The animals below are just a small group of those in immediate need at this shelter. To view more of the animals, please take a look at the Putnam County Animal Shelter PHOTOALBUM, each animal’s details are listed below his/her picture. The following animals are those that shelter workers indicated as being most in need.


Cage 66, Brindle mix, Male, Nice dog, Owner-surrender:

Cage 66, Tricolor Terrier mix, Female, Very sweet, Owner-surrender:

Cage 67, Lab mix, Female, Nice dog, Owner-Surrender:

Cage 67, Yellow Lab (looks to be purebred), Male, Beautiful, Owner-Surrender:

Cage 80, Mix, Male, Extremely nice, playful, and friendly, Found as stray:

Cage 46, “Sandy,” Tan mix, Female, Very sweet, Abandoned by owners:

Cage 51, “Henry,” Black-white Lab mix, Male, Very Sweet, Found as stray:

Cage 78, Blue Heeler, Female, Found as stray, (she is PREGNANT-please consider giving her a safe place to give birth where she does not have to fear herself or her puppies being put to death):

Cage 48, Red-white mix, Female, Nice dog, Picked up as Stray, (She has been taking care of the puppies in this photo, but they are not her’s. She rescued these pups, now it’s her turn to be rescued!):

Cage 22, Beautiful silver tabby kitten, (the eyes just look funky in the photo):

Cage 25, Black Hemmingway, Double paws (this poses no problem, it’s just very cute), Very sweet:

Cage 30, Large Snowshoe Siamese, Bright blue eyes, Sweet cat, (bad picture):

Cage 31, Medium long-haired orange Tabby cat, Very nice:

Cage 40, White & Tabby cat/kitten, Beautiful eyes:

If you are interested in adopting or rescuing any of these or any of the other animals at the Putnam County Animal Services, please: (it is best to call & email to cover all your bases)

Call: 386-329-0399 or 386-329-0396 (If you get the answering machine, leave a message including your name, the cage # of the animal(s) you’re interested in, the description of the animal you’re interested in, request that the shelter hold this animal until you can talk to them, and leave your phone number.

Email: (Include your name, contact info, the cage # of the animal(s) you’re interested in, the description of the animal(s) you’re interested in, and ask the shelter to hold that animal)


Miami, FL – Two loving puppies need new homes immediately!

Meg and Peg two lively, energetic Labrador Retriever puppies looking for a home(s). They’re currently 2 months old. When full grown, they will each be between 40-50 lbs. They’re both very engaging, love to play with toys, and enjoy running around together. Meg and Peg love people and are friendly with everyone they meet, and they’d love to meet a special someone who wants to love them forever. Long walks, runs, or fetching sessions will keep them happy and fit. If you are an active person looking for a sports buddy (or two), take Meg and Peg out for a spin; They may be your perfect companions. Meg and Peg do not have to be adopted together, but they would certainly like it if someone were able. While looking at their picture makes it hard to imaging seperating them, if you are able to adopt one, please do not hesitate. It would be devastating if both were euthanized because nobody was willing to separate them.

I was forwarded an email from someone that works at the Miami-Dade shelter. She really cares for these two babies and would really like for them to find loving homes and the lives they deserve. Please help her and these loving dogs if you are able.

Meg and Peg are located at the Miami-Dade Animal Services facility, located at 7401 NW 74th Street, Miami, FL.

Meg’s shelter ID is A1110079. Peg’s shelter ID is A1110080.


If you are interested in meeting, rescuing, or adopting Meg and Peg, please contact the Miami Dade Animal Services Volunteer & Mobile Adoption Liaison at:

Direct: 305-805-1778
Cell:     305-877-5458
Fax:     305-805-1619

Please visit the Miami-Dade Animal Services WEBSITE to view more animals available for adoption.

Petland pet store chain officially linked to puppy mills!

After an eight-month investigation, the Humane Society of the United States accused Petland, the national pet store chain, of selling dogs bred under appalling conditions at puppy mills around the country.

The animal protection group made the charges at a news conference in Washington Thursday. The investigation involved 21 Petland stores and dozens of breeders and brokers. The Petland stores are being supplied by large-scale puppy mills, although customers are routinely informed that the dogs come only from good breeders, the Humane Society said.

“They are buying from puppy mills where these dogs are not treated like pets,” Michael Markarian, an executive vice president with the Humane Society, told a news conference. “They’re treated like a cash crop, where mother dogs live in wire cages, sometimes stacked on top of each other in filthy, dirty, cramped conditions, where they receive little socialization or human interaction or exercise.”

Dogs from puppy mills are sold at Petland stores for as much as $3,500 each, according to the Humane Society.

Investigators reviewed interstate import records of an additional 322 breeders, U.S. Department of Agriculture reports and more than 17,000 individual puppies linked to Petland stores, according to a release on the group’s Web site.

Filthy cages, inadequate care
Among the abuses cited, investigators found puppies in commercial breeders “living in filthy cages reeking of urine, with inadequate care and socialization,” according to the release. The Humane Society says dogs at the mills were found in cages with wire flooring so large that the puppies’ paws and even the paws of the mother dogs would fall through.

The group said pet stores should not be buying puppies from “abusive puppy mills” and “should not be lying to consumers” about where they get their puppies.

A call to Petland corporate offices in Chillicothe, Ohio, was not immediately returned. In a statement, Petland said the company does not support substandard breeding facilities and provides each store with guidelines on humane care of animals.

A statement on the company’s Web sitenoted that “Petland stores are independently operated by qualified franchisees. Each is responsible for choosing healthy pets offered to Petland customers. Petland, Inc. provides each Petland store with humane care guidelines to assist in this important task.”

Individual Petland stores previously have been targeted by animal rights activists for reselling puppies supplied by commercial breeders.

Large commercial breeders are legal and regulated by the USDA, but enforcement of humane conditions is a low priority, according to a recent report on

The Humane Society investigation comes as legislators recently have stepped up moves to crack down on the lucrative puppy mill industry. In October, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell signed a bill imposing stricter standards on commercial kennels, including regular veterinary exams, larger cages and exercise areas. At least three other states have issued laws this year placing restrictions on commercial breeders.

Story by Jane Weaver. Take from

Unfortunately, it is almost certain that this is not the only pet store chain doing this. It’s also important to remember that it is not only dogs that are being bought from animal mills with unsanitary and cruel conditions. Small companion animals such as hamsters, rabbits, and birds are bred by large animal supply companies and sold to pet chain stores. These animals are kept in filthy, cramped cages, interbred, not given medical care, and generally not allowed to live the normal life intended for them. There is video footage of these supply companies and their inhumane practices, including footage of a male rabbits being neutered with a rusty knife and without any form of anesthetic. It’s important to not turn our backs on these animals at these pet stores, but to fight to end the existence of such establishments and the breeding companies. If possible, shop at your local independent pet store that practices humane business.

WARNING! Puppy mill owner posing as rescue!

A woman by the name of Barbara Back who pled guilty to 9 counts of theft by deception, investigated for running a puppy mill, sentenced to 2 years probation, is now posing as a rescue.

Barbara J. Back and Ted W. Back advertise on ( as K-9 Editions Rescue Pets while advertising dogs for sale on the following online puppy selling sites, saying they are located in Clinton, NJ but will ship puppies anywhere!

Next Day Pets:
Dog Breeder Directory:”5654 

From one of their ads: “we run a cavalier king charles rescue as well as breed the Cavalier.on occations (sic) we also take in other homeless puppies and dogs and find them fantastic homes, we run a strict relocation program which we will ship or deliver. the puppies will be ready to go at our next adoption drive in NJ you will need to be pre approved by sending oe mailing you (sic) adoption agreement to us prior to that day is where you will find the adoption agreement as well as more pics and info on puppies and what we do for the pets.” 
Phone:                 256-623-2590
Dog Breeds:       Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Chihuahua, Golden Retriever, Great Pyrenees, Jack Russell Terrier, Labrador Retriever, Maltese, Miniature Dachshund, Newfoundland, Yorkshire Terrier
Aliases: Bach, Beck, Brown
And they  have the unmitigated gall to solicit your vote so they have a chance to win $10,000 for a “rescue makeover”!!! 
“Please rate our rescue, we have a chance to win $10,000 for the rescue and so we can help ever so many more, please take the time to do this we are counting on you all, past and present supporters. Thank You for your continued Support!” (Part of Adopt-a-Pet)

Please contact to demand that it remove and ban this pair from its site immediately:
Phone:  1-800-728-3273


Great deaf pet resource from Petfinder!

I found this wonderful page on Petfinder that explains deaf pets, has wonderful links, and shows many deaf animals that are up for adoption on Petfinder right now!

Check out the Petfinder page to get links to 20 profiles of deaf pets in need, such as these little guys:

Barberton, OH – Homeless man saves 5 pups tossed in river!

Homeless man hero for 5 puppies

He saves sack full of newborns thrown into Tuscarawas River in Barberton. Humane Society takes 3; neighbor, 2

By Connie Bloom
Beacon Journal staff writer

A red-headed homeless man who rides his bike all around Barberton is being called a hero for rescuing a sack full of newly born puppies from the Tuscarawas River on Monday.

”You could hear the yelping real bad and Donnie jumped in to see what it was,” said Debbie Smith, as she was surrounded by friends and family in her front yard in the Snydertown neighborhood.

”He was wet up to his knees and used his T-shirt to dry them off as good as he could.”

Smith doesn’t know the man’s real name, but he is a familiar sight in town and locals call him Donnie. He wears a heavy beard and rides a bicycle with a child trailer in back.

”He saved their little puppy lives,” Smith said.

The rescue began around 10:30 a.m., after Donnie spotted a man driving a green Chevy Cavalier or Ford Tempo toss something into the river, said neighbor Deanna Williams, who chatted with him in passing.

”I said hi to Donnie and he said, look what they did — somebody threw them in the river.”

Five squealing black puppies that still had their umbilical cords intact were pulled from the river. Their eyes were still closed and they appeared healthy. They eagerly took to a miniature baby bottle after a few training sessions.

Smith and Williams said they teamed up to alert police and local rescue shelters. Police told them they couldn’t help without a license plate number. Neighbors are watching for the green car.

The Humane Society of Greater Akron picked up three of the pups for safe keeping.

Smith kept two. She swaddled them in a towel and feeds them using a tricky double baby-bottle technique.

The squirming puppies make a ton of noise in a chorus of high-pitched squeals and squeaks.

A softie when it comes to creatures, Smith already has a full house with an adult Jack Russell and two cats.

”I’ve never been able to say no to animals,” she said.

If the owner didn’t want puppies, he should have had the parents spayed and neutered, she said.

”Donnie should get a medal,” said neighbor Chick Pettitt, known as the Colonel. ”It’s wrong to take puppies before they are weaned.”

Article taken from Akron Beacon Journal.

I heard this story and could only think of the poor little puppies suffering horrible, painful deaths in that cold river. Thank goodness for people like Donnie. If only most people wouldn’t just turn the other way.

Puppy Mill Awareness Day!

September 20 is Puppy Mill Awareness Day! Events are being held across the US today, with the anchor event taking place in Lancaster, PA. If you aren’t able to make it to any of the festivities today, you can watch a live stream of the Lancaster, PA event by clicking HERE .

Today is amnesty day for puppy mill owners/breeders. Breeding stock is being accepted with NO QUESTIONS ASKED. Animals can be taken to Intercourse Community Park. Click HERE for more info.

Click HERE to purchase yard signs, human clothing, pet clothing, and more to help support Best Friends Animal Society’s puppy mill awareness outreach programs.

Click HERE to visit the official Puppy Mill Awareness website.