October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month


Adopt-A-Dog Month®

What Can An Adopted Dog Bring To Your Life?

For millions of dogs, there’s something special about the month of October. No, it’s not holiday sweaters or Halloween treats. It’s the promise of a better life. You see, October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, which means it’s the perfect opportunity to help homeless animals in shelters all across America find loving, happy homes.

If you’re thinking about getting a dog, be a hero and consider adopting a rescue animal or a dog from your local shelter. You’ll be saving a life and greatly improving yours. Dogs are amazing, supportive, and heroic companions who can make a huge difference in your world as a best friend, an exercise buddy, someone who can be trained to provide animal-assisted therapy and help those with challenges they may face, or simply be a fuzzy face to greet you after a hard day at work.

Your local shelter is the perfect place to find dogs of every type, size, age and personality — all waiting for a loving home. Or if you prefer a particular breed that isn’t currently available at a shelter, go online to find a legitimate breed-specific rescue group in need of adopters like you.

How to Celebrate

  • Adopt from a shelter or rescue group: When you’re ready to open your heart and home to a new best friend, adopt from your local animal shelter or rescue group. Talk with shelter staff to find the perfect dog for you and your lifestyle, and remember that older dogs make excellent pets too.

  • Fundraise. What better way to celebrate your love of dogs than to host a fundraiser in their honor? Start a Facebook fundraiser for your favorite rescue. Or, set up a #MonthofRescue challenge and ask your friends and followers to donate $1 a day to your favorite rescue. Just $31 can help provide food, shelter and the chance at a loving home for a dog in need.

  • Spay or neuter your dog: Have your dog spayed or neutered, thus preventing the possibility of unexpected, and potentially unwanted, puppies. Spayed and neutered animals have been shown to lead longer, healthier lives and have fewer of certain behavioral problems than animals who have not been spayed or neutered.

  • ID your pet: By putting identification on your dog, either in the form of a tag, a microchip or both, you will reduce the possibility that your pet will become one of the presumably “homeless” dogs that end up at your local shelter. Only 15-20 percent of dogs who enter a shelter are reunited with their owners. Make sure your dog is one of the fortunate few by outfitting him with proper identification!

  • Support your local shelter or animal rescue group: Show the pets at your local shelter or rescue group that you care by donating time, money, or supplies like pet food, leashes, beds and toys. Call the shelter to see what supplies or services are needed most. Even the smallest effort can make a difference.

  • Foster a homeless pet: It is so true when we say “fostering saves lives” because it does! We can’t rescue an animal in need without a dedicated foster home in place. For more information on fostering, visit our foster page at www.pawprintsinthesand.org/foster. It’s only temporary, but means a lifetime for a pet!


The 4th of July holiday is upon us, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with friends and family. You’ll want to include your pet too. With heat, sun, lots of greasy food, alcohol and fireworks, you need to ensure your pet’s safety and well-being. Paw Prints in the Sand offers the following tips:

Grilling and picnics – It may be a treat for your pet to get some yummy, greasy table scraps, it is never a good idea to do so. Keeping your pet’s diet consistent can help avoid and digestive problems such as vomiting, diarrhea or food poisoning. Foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, grapes, raisins, salt, anything sweetened with sweetener (xylitol especially), and yeast products can be potentially toxic to companion animals.

Sunscreen – yes, dogs can get sunburned too, but make sure any sunscreen indicates that it is safe to use on pets. Ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. Also, be cautious when using citronella as it contains irritating toxins and insect repellent that contains DEET as it can lead to neurological problems.

Alcoholic Beverages – While it’s fun to have a few drinks to celebrate our independence, Fido doesn’t need to partake. Like humans, if alcohol is ingested, it could lead to intoxication, weakness, depression or even death from respiratory failure. But, if you really want them to join in the party, there are products specifically made for dogs that you may want to try such as Bowser Beer.

Fireworks – Fireworks are an Independence Day tradition. However, it’s best to leave your pet at home where she is safe from the noise and crowds, which can cause severe anxiety and distress.  Shelters need to make room for the influx of lost animals this holiday, which means MANY of the pets there now will be put down to make room for those lost in the noise and confusion. In addition, exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma for curious pets. Many fireworks contain potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic and other heavy metals. If your pet is fearful of fireworks, consider talking to your veterinarian about easing their stress with medication or use calming supplements that will help your pets with the anxiety and distress from the noise.

ID’s Please! - Did you know that that 30% of all lost pet incidents each year occur on the evening of the 4th of July? Independence Day is upon us. Make sure your pet is wearing a collar and tags at all times. Also, make sure your pet has a microchip that includes your contact information. Should your pet get lost in the scuffle, tags and/or a microchip are the best ways to ensure they make it home safely.

Security! -  Ensuring that your dogs are kept away from the noise in a secured area or in a crate during the fireworks will minimize runaway dogs. Make sure to leave the TV or  radio on in a louder setting than usual to help muffle the fireworks and keep your dog more relaxed while you are away.

We know you want to include your pet in the holiday festivities, but our best advice is to leave them out of it. Find a secure spot in your home for your pets while you go out and enjoy the noise, lights, food, and crowds. You’ll come home to a safe, happy and healthy pet, which is definitely something to celebrate.

Celebrate National Pet Month By Getting in Shape with Your Pet

May is National Pet Month, and what better way to celebrate than spending time with your furry friends while staying healthy at the same time? Because no one likes to exercise more than your four-legged friend, here are some great ways to workout with your pets:

Walking your dog is not only a bonding experience; if you wear a fitness tracker, walking the dog helps you boost your step-count and reach those daily 10,000 steps more quickly. And yes, you can even leash train a cat, which can also boost your step count and is definitely a show stopper.

Running is a great way to burn calories and your dog will love it. Plus, they will keep you motivated when you’re not in the mood to go for a jog.

Hiking gives you and your pooch a sense of adventure while also burning calories and increasing your step count. Plus, he or she won’t complain if it’s too steep. Just remember to be respectful of other pet owners and mindful of leash laws, and keep your dog on a leash while on a public hiking trail. Here are more tips on hiking with your dog: http://www.gore-tex.com/blog/hiking-with-dog/

Stand-up paddleboarding was made for dogs! Dogs of all sizes and participate while you burn calories and spend time in the sun. Don’t forget the sunscreen for you both and a life preserver or floatation collar for your pooch! Oh, and cats are known for their hatred of water, so best to leave your land loving lynx in his or her favorite lounge spot while you SUP with the pup.


Cycling is perfect for dogs with a ton of energy and a great low-impact activity for pet owners with any injuries. Rollerblading is also a great activity to help burn off a dog’s excess energy. The cat may not run beside you, but a well-trained cat or even a bird is happy to go along for the ride.

Yoga (yep, yoga!) There’s no animal that can balance and stretch like a cat! It turns out, both cats and dogs are naturals at this ancient practice. Hello? Downward dog and cat pose! Incorporating your pets into your regular yoga practice not only improves your bond with your pet, it gives you both mind, body, and soul the replenishment and nourishment. Bonus: It also helps prevent pet diabetes and obesity too.


Don’t have a pet? If you’re not a pet owner, but considering adding a furry fluffball to your family, we highly recommend adopting. Organizations like Paw Prints in the Sand Animal Rescue help would-be pet owners find their puurfect feline or canine companion.

AND, for every purchase of an S7 Smart Scale during the month of May, we will donate a percentage of sales to the rescue to help animals in need find their forever home and ideal workout partners. Paw Prints in the Sand is also an Amazon Smile charity.

And, just like humans need to check with their doctor before beginning a new workout program, check with your veterinarian to discuss your pet’s exercise program and always make sure that you have the right equipment for the activity.

Happy National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day

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National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day is April 30th. Helps us celebrate by helping an  animal in need.

Join the PPITS pack by becoming a monthly donor! Any amount can make a difference! 

  • $15 per month helps save a shelter pet

  • $25 per month helps microchip a shelter pet

  • $50 per month provides food for a shelter pet

  • $100 per month helps provide spay or neuter & vaccinations for a shelter pet

  • $150 per month provides medical care for a shelter pet


  • Become a PPITS foster parent

  • Help with home checks

  • Volunteer at an event

  • Set up a fundraiser on Facebook or GoFundMe

  • Help us network our adoptable pets so we can save more!

  • Volunteer to help transport a PPITS pet to the vet or adoption event

$5 Friday

Hey! It's $5 Friday!! What a day to celebrate! With just $5, you can help an animal in need!

We are raising funds today to help our many medical cases including sweet, handsome Vinnie! He was an owner surrender into our rescue. He's 10 years old and riddled with cancerous mast cell tumors and testicular cancer. He needs to have a costly surgery to have the masses removed and neuter.

 Vinnie is a love and needs your help!

Vinnie is a love and needs your help!

We are also raising funds for our very expensive yet rewarding journey with our precious Oliver!

 Oliver is recovering from his surgery, but he still has a long way to go to regain normal bodily function.

Oliver is recovering from his surgery, but he still has a long way to go to regain normal bodily function.

To participate: Go to www.paypal.me/ppitsrescue. For every $5 you donate, you will be entered into our raffle to win a bag of PPITS swag! 

We sincerely thank you for your support in helping PPITS pups! 🐶🐾😘

April is National Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month

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Even though Paw Prints in the Sand works year-round to prevent and bring awareness to cruelty to animals, April is special because it is officially the ASPCA’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month! We are asking supporters to celebrate by joining us in raising awareness about important issues facing animals today. Here’s how you can help:

April 8th is Dog Fighting Awareness Day -  Dog fighting is one of the worst acts of animal abuse that exists today. The ASPCA created this very special day to bring awareness to and further the conversation on dog fighting. For more information on dog fighting and how you can help, read our previous blog post.

Start Your Own Fundraiser – Join the PPITS team by starting a Facebook fundraiser to support animal rescues and share it with your friends and family. Whether you’re asking people to donate for your birthday or in honor of a furry loved one, the money you raise will help an animal in need.

Adopt, Don’t Shop – Looking to add a four legged friend to your family? The shelters are beyond full with great pets looking for a loving home. Visit your local shelter or adoption web sites such as adopt-a-pet.com, PetFinder, or RescueMe.org. If you’re in California, check out our adorable adoptables at www.pawprintsinthesand.org/adopt.

Consider Fostering – Just like animal shelters, foster based rescues like Paw Prints in the Sand are always full. Without a loving foster home, we can’t save an animal in need. If you aren’t ready to make a full time commitment to a pet, but want to help save lives, consider fostering. Foster policies vary with different rescues. If you are interested in fostering, contact a local rescue for more information. For more information on fostering for Paw Prints in the Sand, please visit our foster page at www.pawprintsinthesand.org/foster. We cover all costs, and it’s only temporary.

Spread the word - Use your Facebook page, Instagram, or Twitter accounts to spread the word about Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. Be sure to tag us at @PPITSresq on Instagram or @PPITSRescue on Twitter. If you don’t already, please follow us on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.

We are excited to get the word out about animals in need. We hope you will join us in our fight to prevent cruelty to animals this month and throughout the year!

From Shelter to Service

Service dogs come in all shapes and sizes. Not all service dogs fit the mold, but they make just as much of an impact on the lives and people they serve.

Meet Buttercup, a 3 year old pit bull.

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Buttercup was rescued by Paw Prints in the Sand from San Bernardino City Shelter the day she was scheduled to be euthanized. She was emaciated, suffered from pneumonia, and pregnant.  After a failed adoption, Buttercup was returned to the rescue and enrolled into a training program at Redefined Dog Training

While in training, the rescue was contacted by a family in need of a stability/service dog for their daughter Jordan who suffers from Dysautonomia, POTS (Postural Arthostatic Tackardia Syndrome) and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS). These conditions cause Jordan to be very unstable and run into things. She needs assistance getting up up from a seated position. She also faints, has blackouts, seizures, severe anxiety and dangerous drops in blood pressure for no apparent reason.

“Before we got Buttercup, it was almost impossible to go out in public with Jordan. She had to hold onto me the whole time. She did not have any independence at all. As a teenager, all Jordan wants is a sense of independence,” Jordan’s mom, Vicki Orr told RuffTails. “Buttercup gives her the freedom to go out on her own and know she will be ok.”

 Buttercup during her training

Buttercup during her training

Buttercup was trained with the basic commands of ‘heal’, ‘stay’, ‘leave it’, and ‘down’. Her trainers also taught her additional commands that cater to Jordan’s needs. They taught her to pick up the leash, which is very important because Jordan cannot bend down and pick something up without falling. Being a teenager, Jordan expanded this command to picking up anything Jordan drops, opening the door, and even taking Jordan’s socks off and handing them to her. The 'back up' command is also important. Normally, a dog would turn around to avoid a door, wall, or curb, but turning around would cause Jordan to become unstable, so Buttercup will back up rather than turn. The ‘focus’ command is used to refocus Buttercup and let her know she is still working. The ‘block’ and ‘cover’ commands make Buttercup a physical barrier between Jordan and the ground or other people. It helps to give Jordan a type of base. If Jordan feels unstable, she can use one of these commands and lean into Buttercup, and Buttercup will help stabilize her.

Buttercup also helps Jordan walk straight and prevents her from walking into objects and areas that could harm her. If Jordan is about to have a seizure or faint, Buttercup will alert her and take her to a supervising adult. If no one else is around Jordan at the time of these episodes, Buttercup will guide her to sit in a secure area. Buttercup will lie on Jordan until the issue passes.

 Buttercup and Jordan

Buttercup and Jordan

Her trainers also taught Buttercup to alert Jordan and an adult if Jordan is about to have a seizure, experiences a change in heart rate, is about to black out, or lose hearing or focus well before Jordan has shown any signs, making it possible for her to address the issue or get to a safe place before they happen.

Orr continued: “Buttercup gives Jordan a reason to get out of bed in the morning and the confidence to know that she will be ok as long as she pays attention to her alerts. Buttercup is truly amazing and has been life changing for our whole family. We finally have a confident happy daughter who now has freedoms she’s never been able to experience before.”

You can follow Buttercup on her Instagram page @buttercuptheservicedog

To make a donation to the rescue's Shelter to Service Program, which is dedicated to rescuing eligible dogs from kill shelters and training them for service, please go to https://www.pawprintsinthesand.org/programs/

Disaster Preparedness: What To Do in the Event of An Emergency


When disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados, floods, or fires strike a community, the impact reaches not only people but also resident livestock and companion animals. The impact on animals can include animals getting stranded and needing rescue, or permanent separation of companion animals from their owners or fosters.

Recent disasters highlighted the need for emergency response plans that include provisions for pet evacuations and to communicate relevant information to our fosters and volunteers. It is important for the Animal Emergency Preparedness Plan to be flexible and scalable, providing the protocols needed in the event of any disaster.

What To Do in the Event of An Emergency

If you have to evacuate please take all pets in the home, including foster pets. If it’s not safe for you to remain in your home, then it is not safe for the pets in your home to remain either.

Evacuate early. Don’t wait for an emergency evacuation order. Evacuating before conditions become severe will keep everyone safer and make the process less stressful.

Be Prepared!

1.    Check for and prevent any hazards that may already exist in your home such as:

  • Propane tanks – ensure they are safely kept
  • Monitor candles and heat emitting appliances such as ovens, stove, or clothes iron
  • Don’t overload electrical outlets
  • Test smoke alarms frequently to ensure they are in working order
  • Purchase a fire extinguisher and learn how to use it
  • Prevent carbon monoxide leaks by having your HVAC system, water heater, and other appliances that use gas, oil, or coal serviced by a professional every year
  • Make sure to always keep anything that gives off heat at least 3 feet away from flammable materials or items
  • If you have a fireplace, make sure your chimney is checked and cleaned by a professional once a year. Use a metal or glass screen that is large enough to prevent escaping embers
  • Check the testing labels on all major appliances that indicate you purchased them in safe working order. You may not find testing labels on older appliances, so consider whether it’s time to replace them or have them checked by a professional.
  • Avoid cluttering debris or junk near a furnace, heater or nay heat source

2.    Make sure that all information on identification tags and microchips are current and that both include your cell phone number and the contact information of a backup contact.

3.    Prepare a disaster kit that includes:

  • Food & water for at least 5 days
  • Bowls
  • Manual can opener
  • Medications and vet records
  • Litter, litter boxes and/or poopie bags
  • Harnesses, collars with tags (preferably martingale collars so your dog can't "back out" of the collar in fear), leashes and crates/carriers

4.    In the event another foster home is needed, write down anything a temporary foster may need to know about your pet(s) and foster pet(s) including behavior, feeding times, any medical issues, medication, etc.

5.    Develop an evacuation transport plan including where pets will immediately go in an emergency (car, neighbor’s house, etc). Determine the number of crates or carriers needed, and an emergency destination (Red Cross or FEMA shelter, family or friend’s house, vet’s office, etc.). 

  • Contact hotels/motels that are at least 50 miles from you to see if they take pets during an emergency.
  • Other essential supplies to store in a secure room in the home:
    • Nonperishable food
    • Bottled water
    • Battery-powered radios
    • First-aid supplies
    • Flashlights
    • Batteries
    • Duct tape
    • Plastic sheeting
    • Plastic garbage bags

Fires and Emergency Situations in the Home

In the event of a fire or emergency situation, call 9-1-1 immediately! Then:

  • Notify all people in your home as soon as possible by sounding any form of alarm- air horn, whistle, smoke alarm, or verbal.
  • Provide instructions to all occupants of the home as to where to exit and where to go once they exit the home. 
  • Once all occupants including pets in the home are safe and emergency personnel have arrived on the scene, contact a friend or family member to notify them of the emergency and your location. Also provide an alternate contact number for anyone who is with you.

Under no circumstances should you attempt to fight a fire that has passed the incipient stage (that which can be put out with a single fire extinguisher), nor should you attempt to enter a burning building to conduct search and rescue. These actions should be left to emergency services professionals who have the necessary training, equipment, and experience (such as the fire department or emergency medical professionals). Untrained individuals may endanger themselves and/or those they are trying to rescue.

Evacuation Routes

Develop an evacuation route plan of your home, assign a Designated Assembly Area or Evacuation Site for your home.

  • Designated Assembly Area (DAA) is an outside location at least 50 feet from the building, away from roads and walkways used by emergency vehicles
  • Evacuation Site (ES) a building in close proximity to the evacuated building that will provide protection from the weather or other elements in the case of a prolonged evacuation.

If an emergency occurs while at home or work, local emergency personnel will instruct and direct you to the nearest DAA or ES.

Discuss all emergency evacuation plans with all members of your household.

  • Appoint 1-2 people responsible for evacuation assistance in your home.
  • In the event that a fire/emergency alarm is sounded or instructions for evacuation are given:
    • Everyone should immediately exit the premises/building(s) at the nearest exits, as shown in the escape route
    • Meet as soon as possible at the Designated Assembly Area.
    • The people responsible for evacuation are to check all rooms for occupants and pets. 
    • Once a room has been checked and cleared, close the door to that room, but leave it unlocked. This will decrease the chances of a fire spreading.
    • Leave home exit doors open to allow any pets that may remain to escape to the outdoors. If you must, break a window to the room where you think pets may be hiding.

Securing Property and Equipment

In the event that evacuation of the premises is necessary make sure that gas mains, electricity breaker boxes and water mains are shut off.  Determine who in your home will be responsible for shutting off this equipment in your home.

Accounting for members of your household after an evacuation

Once a home evacuation has occurred to an evacuation site, an adult should account for each person and pet that was in the home and report this to emergency personnel.

Home Evacuation Re-entry

Once your home has been evacuated, do not re-enter it for any reason. All members of the home should remain at the Designated Assembly Areas or Evacuation Sites until the fire department or other emergency response agency notifies you that either it is safe to re-enter, or if relocation to a new location is discussed and determined.

Sheltering in Place: When not to evacuate

In the event of an emergency where authorities may determine that it is safer to remain where you are rather than evacuate in such instances as chemical, biological, or radiological contaminates have been released into the environment in such quantity and/or proximity to your home, please follow all instructions by emergency personnel and do the following:

  • Immediately lock exterior doors and close windows, doggy doors, and air vents.
  • Turn off, seal, or disable all fans, heating and air conditioning systems, and clothes dryers, especially those systems that automatically provide for exchange of inside air with outside air.
  • If there is a danger of explosion, close the window shades, blinds, or curtains.
  • Ensure all pets are inside.

If you have a room you can designate as a "safe room," put your emergency supplies in that room in advance. A safe room is a room that has no windows or exposure to the outside such as a walk-in closet, bathroom, basement or underground shelter.  Bring all supplies listed above (pet crate and supplies, any medications and a supply of pet food and water inside watertight containers, along with your other emergency supplies.) If there is an open fireplace, vent, pet door or similar opening in the house, close it off with plastic sheeting and strong tape.

Write down the names of everyone in the home and inform emergency personnel outside of the building of who is in the room. Listen to the radio, monitor TV, phone or check Facebook updates. Do not come out until you know it's safe and have been instructed to do so by emergency personnel.

Reporting Emergency Situations

All emergency situations must be reported as soon as possible. Emergency situations may include but are not limited to fires, earthquakes, floods, vehicle accidents during animal transport, injuries incurred by human or animal from bites and animal injuries incurred during physical exercise.

We want to ensure all members of your home are safe and accounted for in case of an emergency - both people and pets. For more information and tips on emergency situations, please visit the Red Cross and FEMA web sites. Also, please contact your local animal shelter and discuss their emergency plans for animal evacuations. You should also contact neighbors, family and friends to discuss emergency plans.


Special Needs, Special Deeds

“Special needs pets need special people!” This is a phrase that we hear frequently from rescues encouraging people to adopt special needs pets. But why is that? Is it because of the sacrifice we are willing to give and the extra time that we are willing to take to care for these pets? Is it because they require people with loads of patience, in a world that seems to have less of it?

The answer is a resounding NO! (echo, echo….) Caring for a special needs pet may be a bit challenging at first. There’s a strict schedule, medication routine, frequent vet visits. They are not like ‘normal’ pets. It is a lot of work, but no one really told me what I would get in return for caring for special needs pet. No one told me about what made these animals so special, or what I was about to experience.

My husband and I have the honor of caring for special needs pets. Our senior dog Reggie, a Lhasa Apso came into my life when we moved in together. He had a heart condition and was partially blind. I had to get accustomed to a new schedule with is daily heart medications, and we couldn’t miss a dose. We had to be aware of where he was at all times when moving around. We had to make sure that sharp edges were protected so he would not hurt himself. When we moved into our new house, we had to make sure to maintain a consistency with objects from our prior home and teach him how to move around the new one.  I could not change my routine while he got used to his new environment.

   Reggie at Grand Canyon with my husband.

Reggie at Grand Canyon with my husband.

Zach is another one of our special needs pets. He was born in our house as part of litter by a mama cat we were fostering. He suffers from a condition called Angular Degeneration, which causes different bones to grow at different rates throughout his life. This results in impaired mobility and the inability to retract the claws from his front paws. He has overgrown shoulder blades and does not have a kneecap in one of his legs so he cannot bend it. We are also not able to microchip him due to his issues with his shoulder blades. He is not able to jump like normal cats, and since he cannot bend his left leg, he is very prone to getting it caught in a certain spaces as he moves around our home. We had to identify all areas and spaces where he may get caught and make them inaccessible to him. We also have to make sure that he never goes outside unattended because he can’t defend himself. We need to give him daily massages to help relax the muscles in his front paws and to help his claws retract. We also have to do weekly nail trims for the claws do not retract.

Tank is another one of our special needs pets. He is an English bulldog who suffers from allergies and requires daily serum injections. Tank came to us with one of the worst cases of mange and skin infections that we have ever had in our rescue. We fostered him, and after Reggie passed, we foster failed and made him a permanent member of our home. Little did we know at the time that his ailments were a direct result of his allergies. Tank is allergic to approximately 90% of the allergens included in a typical canine allergy panel. He will require serum injections for the rest of his life. He also suffers from severe dry eye, which requires life-long daily eye medications.

Our special needs pets are a lot of work! So why put in all of this effort? Why spend all of the time, energy, and money on these pets rather than a perfectly healthy one? Because caring for a special needs pet is one of the most rewarding experiences! These are the pets that get rejected most often and the ones that need us the most. You may think that I am biased because of my personal experience with my own special needs pets, being an animal advocate, and my involvement in animal rescue. But the reality is, we have not met more dedicated, loyal, and loving pets than our special needs dogs and cats.

Reggie was the best boy. He got along with everyone he met. He did not like his ears to be touched, but he loved cuddling with us. Reggie was pretty set in his ways, but always showed gratitude. Everyone who met Reggie loved Reggie. He was everyone’s favorite and still is, even almost 2 years after his passing.

There is no cat more loving than Zach. All of our cats are very affectionate and love spending time with us, but Zach is beyond special with his affection. He makes sure to spend time with everyone in our home, both people and pets. He grooms all of us, and he’s such a cuddler! He also shows his love by trying to knead on me – even though his movements are limited. He is the welcoming committee for all of out new foster kittens. He loves to keep them company and groom them. He is just a wonderful kitty.

   Zach spreading the love with our dog Maya

Zach spreading the love with our dog Maya


Tank is a mama’s boy. He does not leave my side. He follows me everywhere. He listens well. He is obedient and well behaved. What surprises me the most about him is how awesome he is about taking his injections. I just call him and tell him it’s time for his medication. He patiently lets me give him his injection then excitedly waits for his reward cookie. His best friend is Zach, who would spend time with Tank while he was recuperating from his skin issues. Tank gets along with all dogs that come through my home and helps with our puppy fosters by keeping them entertained and always playing with them. I have had to learn to deal with excessive drooling, but that’s just a part of who he is, and we love him.

   Tank couldn’t get closer to me if he wanted to. Here he is while I was working on my computer.

Tank couldn’t get closer to me if he wanted to. Here he is while I was working on my computer.

These are just a few examples of how exceptional special needs pets are. My husband and I also have full-time jobs, and I also run an animal rescue. We find the time to provide our special needs pets with the love and care they require and deserve. It is so worth it!

If you are looking for a pet with whom you can build a strong bond, I encourage you to consider fostering or adopting a special needs pet. They come in all shapes and sizes, with different needs, some require more than others. But in the end, their wonderful personalities and temperament will make it difficult for you to not fall in love with them; and the love you will feel from them in return is beyond measure. It truly takes a special person to care for a special needs pet. It takes a special person who is willing to accept and cherish an unlimited amount of love and gratitude that comes from caring for them. So the question is: Are you that special person?

To show your support for special needs pets, purchase a tee, tank, hat or tote from our new Special Needs, Special Deeds collection. All proceeds go towards the care of special needs pets.

A Rescuer’s Insight on Breed Specific Legislation

The following guest post was originally posted by the Paw Prints in the Sand Co-Founder and President in Pet Rescue Report

 Mack- a PPITS rescue pit out of Carson

Mack- a PPITS rescue pit out of Carson

What is BSL? BSL stands for Breed Specific Legislation, which essentially makes certain dog breeds illegal based on their looks or breed. The breeds most commonly included in these laws are: Pit bulls, Rottweilers, Dobermans, German Shepherds, American Bulldogs, Presa Canarios, Mastiffs, Chow Chows, Dalmatians and Wolf hybrids, among others depending on locality.

The reason these breeds are often deemed “illegal” in areas around the United States including Arkansas, Colorado, and Florida and across the globe is because they are assumed to be “vicious” or “risky” simply due to their breed, mix or even the shape of their heads. Most recently, the City of Montreal passed legislation that would ban any dog resembling a pit bull and kill thousands more. Anyone who owns a dog remotely resembling a pit bull would have to register his or her dog with the municipality and muzzle it while in public. In addition, the dogs would be required to be under adult supervision while in public at all times.

If the dogs are in animal shelters or without an owner (strays), they will be euthanized. Additionally, BSL often prevents responsible would-be dog owners from providing a good, loving home to one of these types of dogs because of landlord or homeowners insurance requirements, which will not allow it. So, here’s why BSL is BS specifically as it applies to pit bulls: Pit bulls used to be known as ‘America’s Nanny Dog’ because of their friendly nature, loyalty and stability. They served in WWI and WWII, and many pit bulls are decorated veterans who have served our country. Furthermore, based on a study by the American Temperament Test Society, Inc., pit bulls are among the most tolerant dogs with 86.8% of pit bulls tested passing for temperament, ranking only second to the Labrador Retriever.

 Ruthie is a PPITS rescue dog. She was once a bait dog used in dog fighting. She's now her baby brothers' best friend.

Ruthie is a PPITS rescue dog. She was once a bait dog used in dog fighting. She's now her baby brothers' best friend.

I have personally fostered numerous pitties and have one of my own. Before I got involved in animal rescue, all I knew about Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Dobermans, and every other dog breed listed under BSL was what I saw in the media and how they were portrayed: vicious, aggressive, or high risk. However, practically every dog that has come through my door has been nothing but loving, loyal, and sweet. It took having hands on experience, educating myself, and gaining a better understanding of these breeds and proper handling for me to change my attitude and perception about these amazing dogs!

 We rescued Dalton from San Bernardino Shelter. He had severe pneumonia and had to be hospitalized for a month. He is now living with a wonderful loving home.

We rescued Dalton from San Bernardino Shelter. He had severe pneumonia and had to be hospitalized for a month. He is now living with a wonderful loving home.

We want to help bring awareness to the issue that is BSL and put an end to the unjustified prejudice against certain breeds of dogs. We hope you will join us and support our ‘I’m With The Banned’ campaign by purchasing one of our shirts and give these great dogs the rights they deserve.

To help bring awareness BSL, please go to visit this link to purchase a 'I'm With The Banned' T-Shirt . Proceeds from this campaign will go towards the dominant breed dogs we rescue and towards our rescue programs. For more information on Paw Prints in the Sand and the work we do, please visit our web site at www.pawprintsinthesand.org, or on our social sites: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.