Success Stories

Below are some of the amazing friends who have found their rescue connections over the years.  Each and every one of their stories is special and we are so happy that they have found their 'fur'ever homes! 


Mason

We have finally stopped jumping up and down long enough to announce that our Mason has been adopted. Michael, Megan McHale and their doggie Zoey fell head over heels for our big, beautiful boy almost immediately and it was clear early on that this was a union meant to be.

We rescued Mason from Manhattan ACC this past November as a major medical case after he was brought in from Far Rockaway in desperate need of reconstructive surgery on his left hind leg. After multiple consultations with orthopedists Dr. Tomas Infernuso performed surgery on Mason. Everyone expected the surgery to be intense, but none of us could have been prepared for what the team found when they opened up his leg. Instead of orthopedic medical screws holding the plate in place they found house screws, Home Depot screws to be exact! Our beautiful gentle giant had house screws holding the plate in his leg to his femur bone. It took Dr. Infernuso a long time to get the screws out of his bone and caused him to actually break multiple surgical instruments doing so. Once he was able to extract the previous house hardware put in by some shady “doctor”, in what could only have been an equally shady situation, Dr. Infernuso was able to re-break Mason’s leg and properly set it using a new orthopedic plate and screws.

Mason has come full circle as he is now back in Rockaway, only this time in the loving arms of his forever family. Thanks to Jen Wilkinson who introduced Mason to his new family and is providing all his on-boarding training. We are so thankful to everyone who played a part in his rescue and to everyone who cared, shared, and prayed to make him well. A special shout out to Mason's guardian angel who sponsored his leg-saving surgery


Suzy

It is with the happiest of hearts and biggest smiles that we announce our Suzy has been adopted by an amazing family. From the moment she stepped in their house it was as if she was finally home. She greeted Joe Sr. and Joe Jr. with butt wiggles, tail wags and even a few kisses. By the end of our first visit she was sprawled out on the couch receiving tummy rubs. Needless to say Suzy was invited back again and the rest is history.

It wasn't long ago that this precious earth angel was alone and scared running around Rockaway. It was clear by her condition that the neglect and abuse this poor girl endured had been ongoing for a very long time. We couldn't believe our eyes when we first saw her. She was so tiny (34lbs.), emaciated and with sores all over her body. She had a growth in one ear that was bleeding and was teetering on nails so long it was painful to even look at. You could actually smell the infection on her skin. Through it all, in pure pit bull fashion she had nothing but love for everyone

We are so thankful to each and every person who made Suzy's rescue possible. It is because of our teamwork that Suzy is safe, happy, and in her forever home today. 


Frankie

We are ecstatic to announce that our Frankie has been adopted! His new mom and dad are over the moon for this hilarious little fellow and he feels the same about them. The connection between Malia, Dave and Frankie was instantaneous and this family was truly meant to be. Within seconds of meeting them Frankie was dolling out doggie kisses for his now mom and dad . Frankie is the last of Laura’s pups to find his forever home and we couldn’t be more thrilled.


LuAnne

What better way to ring in the New Year than with an adoption. It is with the happiest of hearts and biggest of smiles we announce LuAnne has found her way home where she is soaking up the love from her forever mommy Kathy. <

We know her mom well as she used to work at our Queens vet partner AHOR. She helped us in many ways including fostering, and her daughter adopted Aeris from us this year. Kathy tells us from the minute LuAnne entered her life she knew this match was meant to be. And almost instantly Kathy's other forever animals, which include two kitties and and a chi named Nova seconded that emotion. Even Aeris gave her paw of approval and have become playmates :)

We rescued LuAnne from a very neglectful situation in Harlem. When we first met her she only ate cat food, had no confidence, and separation anxiety. Thanks to Tuncay and Kim of Canine Counsel this is all in her past and because of their hard work she has the tools she needs to live a successful life in her new home. A heartfelt thanks to Amelia, LuAnne's first foster, and to all of you who cared, shared and donated to make her well. Last but not least we thank her mom Kathy for loving our girl so much and helping her lead the life she deserves


Wiggles

We are elated to announce that Wiggles, now known as Arrow has found his happily ever ever with his foster, now forever parents. The couple was supposed to go on a trip together this upcoming week but since deciding to adopt Arrow his mom will be staying home and his dad will go alone. When we heard this we knew he was right where he should be. Somethings are just meant to be and are undeniable. This family is one of them. 

It was just a few weeks ago when we were contacted by a friend and asked to help this precious boy who was chained to a window in Coney Island day in and day out. His only relief was when a family friend would come daily to feed and walk him. Within 48 hours of being made aware of his dire situation and need for immediate rescue Wiggles (Arrow) was safely at our Queens vet partner being fully vetted. Once again so many of us came together to save this special soul and his adoption is a celebration for us all. 

This rescue wouldn't have been at all possible if it weren't for quite a few of you. Thank you to Patrick and Laura for stepping up as fosters and for loving our boy so much. We have had such a difficult time lately finding fosters and sadly dogs are not getting rescued because of it. Their decision to foster was truly life-saving. 


Gwen

It is with absolute jubilation that we announce our pint size gal Gwen has been adopted by two of our long time supporters Candice & Michael. The loving couple have been been fostering Gwen for sometime now and today they officially became foster failures and we couldn't be more pleased.

Gwen's life has dramatically changed for the better since she was originally rescued by one of our NYPD friends in Coney Island on May 20th. He got a call about a "vicious" pit bull and when he and his partner showed up they found our pint sized gal shaking like a leaf in a vestibule. Below is an excerpt from our post that very day after picking her up from the precinct. After reading it you will understand why we are over the moon that she has found her way home.

"No words... I just had no words when I crouched down in front of her crate in the precinct garage and she didn't even want to look at me. She just sat there, visibly in extreme discomfort with her head hung low

I told her everything will be ok now and gently slipped my lead around her neck and coaxed her out. She immediately was walking like she had neurological problems at the least, or so I thought, but it could have just been her bleeding paws and disgustingly overgrown nails causing her to teeter so painfully on her feet. 

Her hind end is an absolute mess as well. She has boils and pressure sores and infections abound. The smell that comes from her is so horrific, I feel bad even mentioning it because I feel like it made her even more embarrassed"

Gwen will never suffer again and her parents couldn't treasure her more. She is right where she is meant to be. Just look at how happy she is in these pictures. if only every dog could be so lucky. Sadly, the couple lost their beloved dog Addy a few months before they met Gwen. While they have helped Gwen heal and become the dog she is today we know Gwen has helped them heal too. 

Thank you again Michael and Candice for your patience and dedication to our girl. We are so excited for the adventures you will have together. Thank you to each and everyone of you who cared, shared, prayed and donated to get Gwen well. There is no us without you. ‍‌‌‌‌


Cyde

I said it before and I will say it again, our adopters are second to none. Cute, cuddly Clyde who is another one of throw away mama Laura's pups has hit the jackpot and been adopted by Gary and his loving family. This little guy is going to have the most incredible life and it is all thanks to them. We met Gary and Cari through Christine and Jeff, who are the adopters of Blossom, another on of our RR alumni. Blossom and Clyde love hanging out with their dads as you can see and are so excited for all the adventures to come. 

We would like to say a special thanks to Blossom's parents Christine Ammenti and Jeff for making this adoption possible and for all they have done for Blossom and our rescue. When they took Blossom into their home she suffered from major separation anxiety. Unlike many other people this didn't phase them in the least. And after spending five minutes with them in their home, and in the company of their other dog Cali, who they also rehabilitated from a horrific start in life, we had no worries about their ability to handle the situation.

They patiently worked Blossom to build her confidence and help alleviate her anxiety. Today Blossom is the poster dog for destroying pit bull stereotypes. Everywhere she goes people flock to her and it is all because of their hard work and their true love for their animals. Thank you so much Christine and Jeff for all you do. We are blessed to know you and call you our friends


Sinatra

It is with absolute jubilation that we announce Sinatra has officially been adopted by his foster mommy Christina christinaa_alexandraa and foster daddy Johnny. The decision was also given the paws up by his doggie siblings Murphy and Juicy.

This loving and caring family opened their hearts and home to Sinatra immediately after we rescued him. He had been dumped in Howard Beach when just a few months old and was running around the streets all alone. Due to Sinatra's cleft palate he required some special care until he could have the required reconstructive surgery. His fosters tended to his every need and they all developed a deep bond. 

It was just a few days ago that Sinatra was under the care of some of the industries leading doctors @amcny. Dr. Martel and the surgical team successfully completed his reconstructive surgery which turned out to be a quite intense and involved procedure. Sinatra's absence in his foster families home was felt every minute he was away, even his best canine buddy Murphy cried the while time he was at the hospital. It quickly became crystal clear to everyone that Sinatra was right where he should be and that he was truly home. His dad even wore a sympathy cone upon Sinatra's arrival back from the hospital and the family gave him a heroes welcome <3

Thank you to The Animal Medical Center who gave our boy the opportunity to live a long and healthy life. And to his foster family, now his forever family for loving our boy so much they couldn't let him go. Finally, thank you to all of our amazing supporters in the rescue community for all of your support.


Bam Bam

Hip hip hoorayIt’s official, Bam Bam has been adopted. His amazing forever family Claudio, Cody and Yup Yup made the trip to meet Mama Laura and all her pups while they were still with our superstar foster family in NJ. The trio let Yup Yup pick Bam Bam and the rest is history. They pre-adopted shortly after their meeting and now the fun foursome are enjoying new adventures together. A huge thank you to our friend Jen Wilkinson who introduced us to the family, and who also has Bam Bam in one of her puppy classes. One of Bam Bam’s favorite playmates is none other than Archie, now known as Mugsy and adopted by Jen. We are so happy for these doggies and to all of you who help us with each rescue. We couldn’t do it without your support.


Champ

We are ecstatic, Champ has been adopted by his foster family <3. 
Here he is with his littlest family member and his best friend. We rescued Champ off death row from MACC back in April. He had huge gashes on his head and parts of his skull were caved in from whatever blunt instrument was used to hit him. Champ settled in with his foster heroes shortly after this and he hasn’t left since. Champ needed extensive dental work and because of the damage his skull suffered our vet partner insisted on doing multiple procedures so as not to have him under anesthesia for any extended amount of time. Champ successfully had his last surgery not too long ago and now his brand new life has officially started.:We are so incredibly thankful to his forever family for stepping up to take him in as a foster and saving a life. Thank you to everyone who helped us give Champ his fairytale ending. 


Otto

We would like to thank the droves of people who contacted us wanting to adopt Otto. Primarily being a pit bull rescue we aren't used to this as sadly it is much tougher to find homes for them.

After combing through many applications we were all set to bring Otto to a very loving family yesterday. But when it came time for Otto's foster mommy to say goodbye she just couldn't do it. It had become clear she was his forever mommy afterall. 

We are so excited to announce that Otto has been adopted by Meaghan who runs Rockaway Rising, a program targeted to help the youth in Rockaway, Queens. Meaghan stepped up to foster Otto immediately after we rescued him and the two formed an undeniable bond. Already Otto has been instrumental in helping many of the kids Meaghan works with in the community and she plans to make him her official service dog.

This adoption is so special to us and Otto is so dear to our hearts. His rescue was such an emotional rollercoaster and so many of us in the rescue community came together to help him. His adoption is a celebration for us all. 

A heartfelt thank you to the neighbors who were not afraid to speak up when they saw this cruelty taking place and called us for help. To everyone who cared, shared, donated and called 311 in an effort to get the 100th precinct to respond properly to this cruelty situation. To our good friend Captain Nilan from the 101pct #101pct, for getting involved when no one else would help. And last but not least thank you to Otto's forever mommy for recognizing how special our boy is and bringing him on her journey to help so many kids in Rockaway. This was truly meant to be.


Daisy

What a special family. Our adopters and fosters are really second to none.

Last year at this same time Chris @burrowgoves and Kelly @zimzim_ adopted Taz, one of mama Ivy's pups from us after they were fostered by the life-saving Mundt family. And this summer they have adopted Daisy, one of throw away mama Laura's pups, who were again fostered by Todd MundtDonna Salciccioli MundtCassie Schuster and Jesse Mundt.

We are so happy that these dogs will never know the suffering or cruelty that their mommys did, and thanks to Kelly and Chris their lives will be full of love.

We would like to take this opportunity to give the biggest heartfelt thank you to the entire Mundt family for all of your help and support in taking in so many of our dogs and giving them the best possible care. The amount of time, energy, sweat and tears you happily give away is inspirational. No matter what complication or difficulties arise you work with us through everything. You are true heroes to the animals. Thank you for all you do.


Clyde

 

I said it before and I will say it again, our adopters are second to none. Cute, cuddly Clyde who is another one of throw away mama Laura's pups has hit the jackpot and been adopted by Gary and his loving family. This little guy is going to have the most incredible life and it is all thanks to them. We met Gary and Cari through Christine and Jeff, who are the adopters of Blossom, another on of our RR alumni. Blossom and Clyde love hanging out with their dads as you can see and are so excited for all the adventures to come.

We would like to say a special thanks to Blossom's parents Christine Ammenti and Jeff for making this adoption possible and for all they have done for Blossom and our rescue. When they took Blossom into their home she suffered from major separation anxiety. Unlike many other people this didn't phase them in the least. And after spending five minutes with them in their home, and in the company of their other dog Cali, who they also rehabilitated from a horrific start in life, we had no worries about their ability to handle the situation.

They patiently worked Blossom to build her confidence and help alleviate her anxiety. Today Blossom is the poster dog for destroying pit bull stereotypes. Everywhere she goes people flock to her and it is all because of their hard work and their true love for their animals. Thank you so much Christine and Jeff for all you do. We are blessed to know you and call you our friends.


Sinatra

It is with absolute jubilation that we announce Sinatra has officially been adopted by his foster mommy Christina christinaa_alexandraa and foster daddy Johnny. The decision was also given the paws up by his doggie siblings Murphy and Juicy.

This loving and caring family opened their hearts and home to Sinatra immediately after we rescued him. He had been dumped in Howard Beach when just a few months old and was running around the streets all alone. Due to Sinatra's cleft palate he required some special care until he could have the required reconstructive surgery. His fosters tended to his every need and they all developed a deep bond.

It was just a few days ago that Sinatra was under the care of some of the industries leading doctors @amcny. Dr. Martel and the surgical team successfully completed his reconstructive surgery which turned out to be a quite intense and involved procedure. Sinatra's absence in his foster families home was felt every minute he was away, even his best canine buddy Murphy cried the while time he was at the hospital. It quickly became crystal clear to everyone that Sinatra was right where he should be and that he was truly home. His dad even wore a sympathy cone upon Sinatra's arrival back from the hospital and the family gave him a heroes welcome <3

Thank you to The Animal Medical Center who gave our boy the opportunity to live a long and healthy life. And to his foster family, now his forever family for loving our boy so much they couldn't let him go. Finally, thank you to all of our amazing supporters in the rescue community for all of your support.


Homer

Homer the pup is officially home. He has been adopted by an amazing family who just couldn't love him more. Not only does he have his forever human family but he also has two new fur siblings who he absolutely adores as you can see here. The three are inseparable and want for nothing thanks to Kim and her loving family. Homer's mama Laura was forced to have many litters for her former owners who clearly only used her as an ATM. Sadly we will never know what happened to those puppies, or if they are safe, but thanks to so many of us in the rescue community who came together for this precious family, her last litter is safe and these babies will never know the suffering she has seen. We are so thrilled for baby Homer, now known as Titan. Thank you so much!


 

LouLou

The first of mama Laura’s pups Lou Lou was adopted by an amazingly loving family. She now has both human and canine siblings and is enjoying the best life has to offer. Tony and his family happen to live right next door to our super star foster heroes who took in Laura when she was still pregnant and helped birth all her pups. We are so excited that she will never know the cruelty and neglect that their loving mama has seen. We are so thankful to both Lou Lou’s forever family and foster family for saving her life.


Bernie

Our Bernie is officially adopted :) His forever mommy is none other than his superstar foster hero. Jeannine has been fostering for the last 15 years without fail until she met Bernie, now known as Buddy Shadow Young. It was love at first sight and this match is truly meant to be. 

It was just two months ago that this gentle giant was suffering outside all alone with a 9.8lbs chain around his neck being eaten alive by mosquitoes after his abusive family chained him one last time to the outside fence of their house in Rockaway before they moved out. Well that is all in the past and the best is yet to come thanks to so many in the rescue community. 

Thank you to his mom  for giving him his fairytale ending. Thank you to the loving woman who saw him being abused and mistreated from her project window and refused to look the other way. Thank you to our favorite Captain from our local precinct who escorted us to the owner's house shortly before Bernie was abandoned by them, and made it clear we were not going away until he was helped. Thank you to our fellow rescuer and friend Kim Fraser who runs Sasha’s Mission Animal Rescue for helping us every step of the way and to our loving vet Animal Hospital of Rockaways for providing him with the best care. Last but certainly not least thank you to all of you who cared, shared and donated to save our boy. Happy life sweet boy, we all love you so much.