International Homeless Animals’ Day® 2012-SHELTIE RESCUE

You can read about International Homeless Animals’ Day® here

This video is around 5 minutes long and worth every second

 To Help a Sheltie find a home, visit:

Click on photo to visit their website


For those in the U.S.,  you can find listings of Sheltie Rescues by State  by clicking  here

Or visit

Shelties everywhere thank you!

Barks and licks and love,



Bloggers Unite For Dog Rescue: Pilots N Paws

Hi everyone!

It’s Dakota!

Today I am honored to be participating in:

which is a special, online global event created by Be The Change For Animals in their hope to stress the importance of dog rescue.

From Be The Change For Animals:

“Millions of dogs are euthanized each year because not enough people are adopting dogs through local rescue groups and shelters.  Instead, many people purchase from pet stores not knowing that most come from puppy mills – read more at:  Additionally, many people underestimate the time and dedication it takes to become a responsible pet owner, and surrender their dogs, or worse.”


  • Adopting a companion:
  • Donating to a local dog rescue organization
  • Fostering a dog
  • Volunteering at a local shelter or rescue organization
  • Sharing this post across all forms of social media and encourage others to paticipate!

As I mentioned in my blog post on July 15th, when my Mom and Dad began their search for a Sheltie to live with them, they chose to purchase me through a RESPONSIBLE BREEDER,  because they could not find a Sheltie Rescue near their home. At that time they did not know about the amazing organization called:

Had she and Dad known about them, I might not have ever come to live with my Mom and Dad! At that time obviously it wasn’t meant for them to know about Pilots N Paws but Mom was in complete awe when she met a gentleman named Darren a few months ago at a special ” Pet Connect” meeting that was held by Michigan Humane.

Darren had shown a video and had told everyone in attendance about Pilots N Paws.

Mom was completely in awe of the fabulous work that they do!

Here is some info about them:

“Pilots N Paws is a 501c3 charitable organization of general aviation pilots working together with rescue volunteers and shelters. Together they save the lives of innocent animals by moving them from overcrowded areas, escaping euthanasia, to areas where adoptive homes can be found.”

We don’t have the original video that Darren shared with us (because Mom forgot about  having to help me with  this blog post today, and didn’t have time to contact him! BOL!!) but we found one on YouTube that we wanted to share with you:

Guess what? If you are a pilot, they need you!

Find out how you can help 

You may also “like” them on Facebook

We thank Pilots N Paws for the amazing work that they do, and we raise our paws to them!!!

We also  raise our paws in THANKS to  Be The Change For Animals,  for their commitment  and their passion in helping to bring awareness to the public of the often dire circumstances that exist in the lives of many animals and their dedication to “Making a difference” and “Being the Change for Animals.”

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

Dogs, Cats and Rabbits, OH MY!!





Featuring dogs, cats and rabbits

from MHS and local rescue groups

The Michigan Humane Society (MHS), in partnership with PetSmart and PetSmart Charities,  is hosting  a Certified Pre-Owned Pet Summer Adoption Event  TODAY,  July 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at PetSmart Dearborn. Certified pre-owned dogs, puppies, cats, kittens and rabbits – all loaded with adorable features – will be available for adoption from MHS and three local rescue groups.


“We have a wide variety of makes and models of Certified Pre-Owned Pets that are ready to be driven home today,” said Marie Skladd, MHS Director of Community Outreach. “Each model is made in Michigan, and each of them is available for one low payment and “0” percent financing! And with CPO Pets available from MHS and three wonderful rescue groups, you’re sure to find that perfect match!”

The Certified Pre-Owned Pet Summer Adoption Event will be held at PetSmart Dearborn, located at 5650 Mercury Drive. In addition to MHS, other participating organizations will include the

Friends of Dearborn Animal Shelter,

What We Do is for the Love of Pets

and Mutts n Mutts Rescue

Adoption fees are set by the individual groups,

and all animals have been sterilized

and received age-appropriate vaccinations.


For more information, visit

 or call 1-866-MHUMANE (648-6263),

Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The Michigan Humane Society is a private, nonprofit organization which cares for more than 100,000 animals each year, while working to end companion animal homelessness, provide the highest quality service and compassion to the animals entrusted to our care, and to be a leader in promoting humane values.

Bloggers Unite For Dog Rescue!! Promote Dog Adoption On July 23!

Blog the Change

Hi everyone! It’s Dakota, and this is my first time participating in Blog the Change for animals. Normally, my brother Cody from Cat Chat participates, but this time he passed it on to me. Why? Because I am here to tell you about a special event coming up on July 23rd.

Many of you are probably shaking your head wondering why a pure breed dog would be promoting Dog Rescue.  I’ll tell you why. If my parents had a Sheltie rescue near their home, that is where they would have gotten me. Not that they regret having me, NEVER! It’s just that when they wanted to get a Sheltie, my Mom wasn’t blogging, she didn’t know that there are pet transport services such as Pilots N Paws that could have flown a Sheltie to HER!!

All my parents knew then, was that the Sheltie rescues that they searched online for were much too far for them to visit. They do not regret purchasing me from a RESPONSIBLE breeder at all. Mom and Dad love the breeder where I came from and still keep in touch with her. It is just their first choice would have been to help a dog in need.


One important reason is from

“Millions of dogs are euthanized each year because not enough people are adopting dogs through local rescue groups and shelters.  Instead, many people purchase from pet stores not knowing that most come from puppy mills – read more at:  Additionally, many people underestimate the time and dedication it takes to become a responsible pet owner, and surrender their dogs, or worse.”

So, on July 23rd we are going to be joining other dog bloggers in helping to spread the word about Dog Rescue. 

How can YOU help?

  • You can blog  about a Dog Rescue related topic on July 23rd, 2012
  • Adopting a companion:
  • Donating to a local dog rescue organization
  • Fostering a dog
  • Volunteering at a local shelter or rescue organization
  • Sharing this post across all forms of social media and encourage others to participate!

Be sure to join us and all of our dog blogging buddies on July 23rd and help us to spread the word about the importance of


Barks and licks and love, Dakota

ASPCA & Pets Alive to Help 88 Dogs Start a New Life this Winter-Guest Blog

Hi Everyone!!  We were sent an email from a nice lady asking us if we would help to spread the word about the wonderful work that the ASPCA and Pets Alive are doing to help these doggies and we said sure!! This is super important information and we are happy to share it! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and “Mom”

ASPCA transports dogs from Pope County, Ark. to Pets Alive Sanctuaries in
New York’s Westchester & Orange Counties as rescue facility closes

The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is providing medical care and
transportation for dogs from JP Ranch and Rescue in Atkins, Ark. to Pets Alive Animal Sanctuary in Middletown, N.Y. and Pets Alive
Westchester in Elmsford, N.Y. in two upcoming transport operations. The transports to New York from Arkansas offer the dogs a
second chance, as a founder of the rescue group currently caring for them is suffering from a terminal illness and must close the facility.

Many of the dogs—mostly medium to large mixed-breed dogs, with a handful of small breeds—will even have a chance to find homes
in time for the holidays as the receiving Pets Alive shelters place them up for adoption. The transport operation for the first 53 dogs—
which began on December 19th  in Arkansas—is scheduled to arrive at the first stop in Westchester County, N.Y. sometime mid-morning , Tuesday, December 20. The operation will then continue to Orange County, N.Y. Another transport operation for the
remaining 35 dogs will take place in the coming weeks. To learn more about the dogs, or to inquire about adoption please visit
“The ASPCA Relocation Initiative works collaboratively to assist animals at risk, moving them to where they have the greatest
opportunity to find a home,” said Sandy Monterose, senior director of community outreach for the ASPCA. “We appreciate Pets Alive
and Pets Alive West for providing a second chance for these 88 dogs.”
“We’re very grateful to the ASPCA for working so efficiently and quickly to help save the lives of these dogs,” said Kerry Clair executive
director of Pets Alive. “We also appreciate of the local on-the-ground support in Arkansas. This has been a very complicated rescue,
yet thanks to all the dedicated and passionate people involved it has been a smooth transition and transfer of animals. We can’t wait to
welcome these dogs into our facility and get them quickly into homes.”
In addition to the ASPCA Animal Relocation Team, which is funding veterinary care (including exams, vaccinations and treatments) and the transport of the animals, the transport operation was made possible thanks to the collaboration of the following groups:
Southwind Animal Hospital in Russellville, Ark. – Owners Justin Key and Dr. Corry Key provided all veterinary care, testing,vaccinations, and spay/neuter surgeries for all dogs being transported to N.Y.;
Arkansas Animal Rescue Foundation (AARF) in Dover, Ark. – AARF funded all spay/neuter surgeries for all dogs being
transported to N.Y.;
PetSmart Charities, Inc. – PCI provided all supplies – including crates, bowls, food and leashes – to temporarily shelter the
animals at Southwind Animal Hospital during the vetting and surgery process;
Sumter DART in Sumter, Fla. – Sumter DART is transporting the animals from Ark. to N.Y. in custom built vehicles; and
Pets Alive Sanctuary and Pets Alive Westchester in New York’s Hudson Valley– for accepting 88 dogs into their facilities in Westchester and Middletown.
About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. More than one million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provid eeffective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team
and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to
About Pets Alive:
Pets Alive is one of the oldest and largest no kill organizations in the United States saving more than 2,000 animals each year. Pets Alive is internationally recognized as a leader in developing alliances to end the killing of and promote the humane treatment of companion animals. The mission of Pets Alive is to improve the lives of companion animals everywhere by any means possible, including rescue, adoption, advocacy, collaboration, intervention and education. Pets Alive operates three locations: Pets Alive Animal Sanctuary in Middletown, New York; Pets Alive Westchester in Elmsford, New York; and Pets Alive Puerto Rico. Pets Alive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity operating solely on individual donations, receiving no
funding from city or state. For more information, please visit To become a fan of Pets Alive on Facebook, go to To follow Pets Alive on Twitter, go to

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Help Nutrish Donate To Animals In Need!


“‘Tis the season to help animals in need!”
And right now, Nutrish is  donating $1.00 to Rachael’s Rescue for every new fan they get on Facebook*.

So, “like” their new page and help animals in need today!



We were not compensated for this post. Dakota has been eating Nutrish for nearly five years, we believe in Rachael Ray, Nutrish and her rescue so we wanted to help spread the word!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota


Meet “Almost Home, A Truly No-Kill Animal Rescue and Haven”, Please Help US, Help Them!

I would like to introduce you to  a rescue here in Michigan,  “Almost Home, A Truly No-Kill Animal Rescue And Haven” whose founders Gail and Lauren Montgomery,  work tirelessly in their quest to find the  dogs and cats  at their rescue a furever home.


Meet Gail Montgomery, co-founder,with her daughter, Lauren, of Almost Home:

This message is directly from  Gail: “After volunteering at a number of animal shelters and rescue groups I became disenchanted and sad about the philosophies of so many such organizations. Even the so-called “no kill “shelters were euthanizing adoptable animals. I was devastated, to say the least.

Being a person who is so very passionate about animals, I decided to make a difference. In 2001 I started Almost Home Animal Rescue League. It consisted of myself and my daughter, Lauren. I wanted to help all animals, whether they were young or old, sick or healthy, maimed or beautiful. I wanted to create a place for them not only to FEEL SAFE  but to BE SAFE.


Please help Andrew

It was really difficult in the beginning. Many people thought I was unrealistic. I have proven them wrong. With my compassion for these helpless creatures who ask for so little and give so much in return, I am able to continue my work with a motivation that, well… kind of drives people a little crazy! I have never been so tenacious and diligent in my whole life. Most of the animals that we rescue are so frightened, confused and sick. It breaks my heart to see them in this condition. There is nothing more rewarding than to help them recover from these traumas. Hugging them, bathing them, loving them and giving them a sense of security is just a start. A big bowl of nutritious food to help make them strong and healthy, and then trips to the veterinarian. Then, ultimately finding them their loving, responsible  “forever home”. Now, what can be more rewarding than that?


“Armando” Read About Him Here

It’s hard to believe we live in a world where innocent animals are put to sleep simply because  society says there is no room for them. I feel there is a way to SAVE EVERY ANIMAL. And this is my mission. I encourage every caring person to do your part to help the animals. If you work at a shelter and you see that bad things are going on, speak out. Or start your own organization to advocate for them. Speak for the animals. Do what you can.


“Farrah” Look at that FACE! Read about her here
One day I hope to walk into an animal shelter and all I will see are a few animals there, waiting for their owners to arrive because they were licensed and properly tagged. One day when I see a pregnant dog or cat I won’t cry, feel sad or be frightened. One day I hope there will be no use for organizations like mine.

But, for now, there’s Almost Home.



Help us save the lives of animals

As always, we are in dire need of monetary donations. We can really use your help. We receive no money from governmental funds in any way. All donations, either monetary or material, are TAX DEDUCTIBLE! The more money we raise through donations, the more lives we can save. It’s as simple as that. Please help our animals find their way with a donation today.

You can help by clicking on the widget on the top right hand side of the original blog post that my Mom and my brother Cody put up on their Cat Chat blog. You can see that post and find that widget  here

Or, please send donations to:

Almost Home, P.O. Box 250602

 West Bloomfield, Michigan 48325

Please make checks payable to Almost Home

 It would mean a lot to my Mom, my brother Cody and me if we could help!

Thank you for your support!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota