Cappy is a 2-year old Maltese Mix. He is fully vetted, up to date on shots, great in a car, good on a leash, housebroken, does not bark, good with most dogs but is a runner if he gets out and not on a leash. We would prefer to adopt Cappy out to a family with no small children. Cappy was an owner surrender because they state he displays “guarding issues”. Cappy has been seen by a trainer and was not able to experience any guarding issues. If you are interested in Cappy please contact JoAnn Goodrich at 561-313-2005 or firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Austin and I am a Yorkie Australian Mix male, 2-3 years old. I am neutered, up to date on my shots, micro-chipped, housebroken, I walk well on a leash and good on car rides. I have a lot of energy so I need room to run. If you would like more information or to meet me, please contact JoAnn Goodrich at 561-313-2005 or email@example.com
Chuck is a 5 year old boxer mix. Chuck’s family is moving into a small condo and their pet is not allowed. They have been looking for a place that would allow Chuck but have been unsuccessful. Chuck is housebroken and is a wonderful family pet. If you are interested in Chuck please contact JoAnn Goodrich at 561-313-2005 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rosie is a 5 year old Corgi/American Eskimo mix 18 pound girl. She is sweet, loving, housebroken and is OK with other dogs. If you are interested in Rosie please contact JoAnn Goodrich at 561-313-2005 or email@example.com
Tiny Tim is a 7 year old Maltese. He weighs 9 pounds, neutered, up to date on shots, micro-chipped, good with other dogs, loves people, good on a leash, loves car rides and housebroken. Tiny Tim has a deformed leg. X-rays were done and the vet says that Tiny Tim was born with his leg this way. Tiny Tim’s foster parents say that he is an amazing dog. He runs and plays just like any other dog. He needs no special care. If you are interested in adopting Tiny Tim please contact JoAnn Goodrich at 561-313-2005 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Spencer is a Jack Russell terrier approximately 5 years old and weighs 15 pounds. Good with other dogs but not kids. Spencer is afraid of children. If you are interested in making Spencer a part of your family please contact JoAnn Goodrich
561-313-2005 or email@example.com
Meet Noodles. Noodles is 9 years old and has lived on a balcony his entire life unless it thundered and then the family would allow him to come in. He has been neutered, up to date on shots and Heartworm negative. Noodles is afraid of children as they taunted him for years because he lived on the patio. He is not aggressive just afraid. He does not mind cats and loves when you take him for a walk. He is a little slow as he was never exercised on a regular basis. If you would love to take Noodles into your home and show him how special he is please contact JoAnn Goodrich at 561-313-2005 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Shelly is a Westie mix, 3 years old, 9 pounds, spayed, up to date on shots and is microchipped. Shelly was rescued from Animal Control and is staying in her foster home. If you are interested in Shelly please contact JoAnn Goodrich at 561-313-2005 or email@example.com
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Abby Lei, a 6 year old Tibetan Wheaton Terrier was rescued from Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control in Florida several months ago. Little Abby, like many other dogs has had a difficult start in life. She was found roaming the streets of Riviera Beach, Florida covered in fleas, ticks, dirty matted hair, and starving.
Destiny for Dogs in West Palm Beach, Florida took her in and after a “spa day” Abby was transformed into a beautiful girl outside to match her beautiful soul inside.
Although Abby herself and gone through some hard times, her spirit wasn’t broken and she kept her tail wagging constantly. Abby Lei was able to set aside her own fears and anxieties and be a hero for Chewy, a very scared and frightened Bouvier Irish Wolfhound. Her high spirits were contagious and helped Chewy adjust so well that he was adopted and is now in his loving forever home.
Abby stayed on at Destiny for Dogs and it was soon discovered that she had a lump on her side. Destiny decided to have Dr. Barton at South Dixie Animal Hospital remove the two tumors from Abby Leia’s side. Sadly, the biopsy came back as Mass Cell Cancer. Within 14 days a few other tumors appeared. Leia was seen by Dr. Kosarek, Oncologist who suggested removing the new tumors.
Dr. Barton once again performed Abby Leia’s surgery and was successfully able to remove the entire mass from her leg, getting all the parameters. It was a huge incision and Abby Leia was in a lot of pain. However, still a trooper, she never stopped wagging her tail. Sadly, the biopsy once again reflected Mass Cell Cancer. Thankfully, the Cancer is low grade therefore chemo therapy was recommended by Dr. Kosarek.
Up to this point, Abby Leia’s vet care was almost $2,000 which included the first and second surgery, dental, ultrasound, X-Rays, CBC blood tests, medication and boarding.
Abby Leia is now in a loving Foster Home where she was cared for while healing from both surgeries and now while undergoing chemo therapy. We hope that in the future a special loving forever home will be found for this awesome girl.
Abby Leia receives a chemo pill every other night prior to bedtime. Dr. Kosarek recommended this treatment for a total of six months. Abby is doing great so far with no side effects to date during this two month period.
Abby Leia visits Dr. Kosarek once a month for an exam, CBC Blood Test, and chemo pills. The cost is from $170+ to $200+ depending on the blood and organ levels.
Despite all of her hardships Abby Lei is a true hero, not just by helping Chewy overcome his fears but for everyone she meets. She greets everyone with a smile and keeps her hail wagging. She is not going to let anyone or anything break her spirit. Abby Leia is great with other dogs, large and small, cats, and birds and loves children.
If you would like to assist with Abby Leia’s monthly chemo therapy treatment, any amount would be greatly appreciated. Donations may be made via Destiny’s website www.destinyfordogs.com via PayPal.
Checks may be mailed to:
Destiny for Dogs 326 Macy St West Palm Beach, FL 33405
All donations are tax deductible and receipts provided.
Thank you for opening your heart to assist Abby Leia.
“Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed.” Bob Riley
We lost our dear sweet senior “Papi”. His dear sweet mom, Mary Sue, held him and loved him as he crossed over the “Rainbow Bridge”. Papi surely felt the love around him as he left us. Papi’s mom spoiled him and loved him so much and provided him with such a wonderful quality of life for his last few months. Rest in Peace angel boy.
Before you bring your pet into your home there are things you must remember to do to keep your pet safe. Click on the below picture to print these helpful hints
Don’t Bring Home a New Dog Before Locking Away These 10 Items
By Dr. Becker
Bringing a new pet into the family is an exciting time, but it can also be stressful. There’s so much to remember and do to make your new animal companion’s homecoming a joyful and positive experience, it can be easy to overlook something – even something potentially hazardous.
If you’re planning to add a new dog to your household, preparation for the blessed event should include insuring your home is a safe environment for the new four-legged family member. With a new puppy this is a must, but it’s also crucial for helping an adult dog make a safe, smooth transition to his new forever home.
10 Pet-Proofing Steps for New Dog Parents
1. Securely seal all containers of household cleaning products such as bleach, detergent, dryer sheets, soap, bathroom cleaners, oven cleaners, etc. All these products contain potentially toxic agents that can harm or even kill your dog if consumed. Store all containers out of reach of your pet (which might require cabinet latches if you have an especially curious or determined dog).
Also consider getting rid of toxic cleaning chemicals in favor of safe household cleaners.
2. You’ll also want to secure all garage and garden chemicals, including antifreeze, pesticides, insecticides, fertilizers, weed killers, etc. These items should be safely stowed in cabinets or storage areas inaccessible to your dog.
When it comes to using chemicals in your garden or yard, less is more — and none at all is what I recommend. Lawn pesticides have been linked to malignant lymphoma in dogs, and herbicides are associated with canine bladder cancer.
3. Food wraps like aluminum foil and plastic wrap may not seem dangerous, but if they contain even tiny bits of food or yummy smells, they’ll be calling your dog’s name. These products can be quickly shredded and swallowed, causing a serious problem in your dog’s GI tract, so make sure to throw all food wraps away in a trash container your dog can’t reach.
4. All pest control chemicals should be stored out of your dog’s reach, and if you must use them, make sure your pet is kept a safe distance away. This also includes rodenticides, especially products containing bromethalin, which has no antidote at this time. Other rodent poisons with no known antidote include Vitamin D analogs, strychnine, and zinc phosphide.
5. Keep all drugs in the household, including pet medications, medicinal marijuana, and tobacco products in sealed containers out of your dog’s reach. Common over-the-counter and prescription drugs are the culprits in thousands of pet poisonings each year. Also be careful to quickly retrieve any pills that drop on the floor.
6. There are certain human foods that are toxic to dogs, for example, chocolate, grapes, raisins, and anything containing xylitol, which should be kept out of your pet’s reach. This also goes for fatty foods that can cause GI upset, or even acute pancreatitis. Also make sure your dog doesn’t have access to the trash.
7. There are several household plants that are toxic to dogs, so before you bring your new addition through the door, make sure you have only pet-friendly greenery in your home. You can find a list (with pictures) of toxic and non-toxic plants at ASPCA.org.
8. Puppies and even some adult dogs will chew on electrical wires and cords within their reach, which creates a danger of electrocution as well as a swallowing hazard. Keep cords as short as possible and if necessary, fasten them to walls and/or baseboards to prevent chewing.
9. There are lots of sharp objects around most homes, such as scissors, knives, forks, paper clips, nails, thumbtacks, etc. Any of these items can cause harm to your dog if she ingests them, steps on them, or comes in contact with a sharp object as she’s playing or running through the house.
Just as you would with a toddler, make sure anything sharp or pointed is well out of your dog’s reach.
10. Home repair and renovation products, for example, insulation can cause serious internal problems if swallowed, so if you’re in the middle of a project around the house, make sure not to leave materials lying around that could harm your pet.
One of the great things about dogs is not only their constant loyalty to their humans, but their resilience in the face of adversity. Something we can all learn from them. For those that already work in the rescue world, they see this day and day out. Dogs coming into the shelters starved, mangled, neglected, and sickly; yet through their pain they will still manage a tail wag, a gentle lick on the hand of their rescuer as if wanting to comfort them when they are the ones that are hurting inside and out.
Bagel, an eight year old Basset mix female was rescued from the Broward Shelter in south Florida. Her journey then took her to a rescue, where she was adopted by what was thought to be her loving forever home.
However, when she started urinating in the house the family decided to return her. They did not realize that this poor girl was suffering from bladder stones for what could have been over a year. Bladder stones are very painful, however Bagel continued to wag her tail and provide love.
Destiny for Dogs rescued Bagel and took her to Dr. Barton’s South Dixie Animal Hospital where she had surgery to remove the stones and the best medical treatment available to cure her. Bagel went to a wonderful foster for two months then onto another long term foster home. Unfortunately, after a year and a half the foster family could no longer keep her.
So once again Bagel was taken out of the home she knew and loved and moved back into rescue. Right now she is sitting in boarding in West Palm Beach, Florida waiting for another miracle, waiting for someone to walk through that door and fall in love with her.
This little gal is approximately 45 lbs., fully vetted, up to date on shots, spayed, micro chipped, housebroken, crate trained, loves people, especially kids, she is great on a leash and in the car. She is not good with dogs or cats.
Due to her recent bout with bladder stones she is on Uroese twice a day to prevent crystallization of her urine. The medicine is inexpensive and important for her overall health. Although she has had a sad life and bounced from home to home, shelter to shelter she is a very happy dog and only wants to please.
A teenage girl who cared for Bagel wrote this story about her:
“Hi! I’m Bagel! I love to run, jump, play, kiss, and much more. I know lots of cool tricks that will surely entertain you! I’m very loving, loyal, and protective. I can play fetch for hours but, when the time comes, I’m ready to snuggle and cuddle the day away! I love kids and I’m very gentle and kind. I will always be at the door to greet you when you come home; and when you sleep, I’ll never leave your side. I like to be the main protector of the people I love; so, I do very well with male dogs that are my size or smaller. I take less of a liking to female dogs because I’m a princess and my throne is for my scruffy butt only. If I come home with you, I promise I will be a good girl that will steal your heart.
Hugs and kisses, Bagel.”
When we adopted you we had no idea what you would be like. What could be wrong with you that someone would give you up? You turned out to be the best most loving companion anyone could ask for. Our time with you was short but full of love and joy and we were thankful each and every day for your coming into our lives.
♥ Rest in Peace our sweet angel ♥
Pictures of Miss Bella our rescue Maltese all ready for Christmas dressed in her candy cane dress. What she wants in her stocking?: Bella says “I have everything I want and need. I was blind when adopted from Destiny for Dogs, and Mommy and Daddy gave me surgery so I can see again. All I want is to have more furbabies adopted so they will have a forever home like me!” Owners: Leo & Cheryl Wellence W. Palm Beach FL
This article was posted in the Palm Beach Post on 12-21-14
Jack aka Frankie was called to his forever home and will become part of his new “Over the Rainbow Bridge” family. Sometimes we cannot control what happens but can only hope that this sweet angel knew what real love was before he left us. His final journey was preceded by the love that Destiny for Dogs showed him by rescuing him and letting him know that he was loved.
Rest in Peace our canine friend and don’t forget to find our sweet departed “Destiny” who will be glad to share her bowl, bed, blanket and toys.
Meet Lorraine and Baby. Baby is 8 years old and needed a ride to the vet and a little help with some medical expenses. Destiny for Dogs was happy to help this happy couple. Baby received meds for a bladder infection, meds for a minor skin irritation, vaccinations and Revolution to control fleas, parasites, heartworm, etc. We are happy that Baby will be feeling well soon.
January 15, 2015
Leia is a female Terrier Poodle Mix, 4 years old, 29 pounds, housebroken, walks well on leash. Good with other dogs and would make an awesome family dog. If you are interested in Leia please contact JoAnn at 561-313-2005 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Last night at 8:37PM, a little angel named Peanut grew her wings and flew away from her loving home of 17+ years to Heaven. Her strong will power pushed her to walk without sight, try to stand on legs with no strength and, in the final minutes of her life, I watched her breathe her last struggling breaths after all had failed.
My house & my life feel so empty and lonely now without her, my little Peanie Weenie, who weighed just over 3 pounds at the end. I believe she can now see perfectly and run on strong legs, and the day will come when she will be by my side once again.
Do you know someone who needs a emotional support animal for their mental well being but live in a Condo where pets are not allowed? Healing Through Animals can provide services that may help get an animal approved to live in a no pet complex. Please contact Kristy at 954-422-2715
Healing Through Animals provides Animal-Assisted Therapy and Emotional Support Animal assessments throughout South Florida, including Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties. Office sessions are conducted in Fort Lauderdale, while ranch sessions take place in Pembroke Pines.
Therapy services are provided by Kristy Becraft, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Kristy earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at The Pennsylvania State University, and a Master’s degree in Counselor Education at East Carolina University. She also holds a specialized certification in Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy.
By Jennifer Shapiro-Sacks, Special Correspondent
Name: Catherine Louis
Residence: Royal Palm Beach
Family: Husband, Robert Louis; daughters, Juliette and Caroline Louis
Career: Owner of Bibi’s Doggie Boutique in Palm Beach
Organization: Destiny for Dogs is a nonprofit dedicated to assisting seniors in keeping their dogs in their homes. It provides food, supplies and veterinary care, short-term foster care in the event of medical and emergency situations, and help with the rescue and placement of dogs in need.
How long have you been volunteering there?
Two years but have been rescuing animals all my life.
Why do you volunteer?
To help find homes for dogs that have been abandoned through no fault of their own.
Why did you choose this organization?
They are ethical and really care for the animals. I have a carte blanche to do what I think is best, and JoAnn Goodrich (founder) is always there to help and support.
Describe your volunteer role.
I generally will foster a dog. Sometimes I even go and pick him up from the people who are surrendering him and then will bring him to work with me so that I can evaluate behavior, issues, doing a little training, and re-balance him with direction, comfort, food and discipline. They respond very well to this. Then we find him the perfect home with JoAnn’s networking. I also bring the dog to my doggy boutique, and that way the dog gets lots of exposure. The dogs are in a more natural environment, and I can tell the potential adopter lots about the dog’s likes and dislikes.
What are your goals when you volunteer?
To help the animal — that is my only goal. I can intervene directly and have the satisfaction of knowing that a good dog is in a good home.
What challenges have you faced?
Sometimes people don’t see the dog. They see the age. That is sad because I have adopted 10-year-old dogs that lived a full life with me and gave me much happiness for seven more years.
What does your organization need?
Always funds and foster homes.
Is there a moment that stands out that made you think, “This is why I volunteer?”
Every time I get a dog a home that I know is right. Even when I give up hope and guess that the dog will be mine forever, destiny steps in and the perfect home comes along. I have learned to trust the universe.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Many of the [rescue] groups are overwhelmed with lots of dogs that need homes, and many of the people work a full-time job, so [please be patient]. Also, Animal Care and Control is lambasted for being kill shelters, but the sheer amount of volume of owner surrenders is disheartening. Animal Care and Control does its very best by calling rescue groups every morning to try and save as many pets as possible. People need to understand that if they won’t care for their animal, who wants to? Be responsible pet owners and enjoy your pets. They are wonderful.
For more information, visit www.Destinyfordogs.com or call 561-313-2005.
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Meet sweet loving Sasha. Sasha was found roaming the streets. She has a micropchip and when her owners were contacted they simply said, “We don’t want her.” She is approximately 6 years old, weighs 40 pounds, spayed, housebroken, does not chew anything and is just so loving. Sasha currently is living with someone who is not supposed to have pets. If you or you know anyone who could provide this sweet angel a home please contact JoAnn Goodrich at 561-313-2005 or email@example.com
Frankie’s foster mom loved him so much she has decided to keep him so he can live happily ever after with his sister Gracie. Thank you Barbara for taking such good care of Frankie and showing him real love. Welcome to the “Foster Failure” gang.
Have you a kitty in Heaven, Lord?
Is there room for just one more?
Cause my little kitty died today;
she’ll be waiting at your door.
Please take her into Heaven, Lord.
And keep her there for me,
just feed her, pet her, love her, Lord,
that’s all she’ll ask of Thee.