Thank Rescuers of Neglected German Sheperds

Target: Volunteers at Bandit’s Adoption and Rescue of K-9’s

Goal: Praise volunteers for rescuing severely neglected animals

Virginia’s Colonial Heights Shelter rescued a mother German shepherd and her puppies who had been abandoned and neglected. These dogs were battling disease and hunger, yet the shelter agreed to care for them. The dogs had been found and referred to the shelter by a kindhearted citizen from another county.

These activists began calling the mother dog “Riley,” and they believe her age is between three and four years old. She is covered with mange, a skin condition caused by mites, and she suffers from several internal parasites. However, shelter officials say she is a devoted mother to her puppies who are only newborns. The shelter saw to Riley’s treatment at the Colonial Heights Veterinary Hospital, as well as that of her puppies. They will transfer her case to another rescue organization that is more equipped to handle her, and eventually she will live in a foster home, where she may recuperate from her diseases and regain her strength.

The organization taking over Riley’s case is Bandit’s Adoption and Rescue of K-9’s (BARK). This group is determined to restore Riley’s coat and provide her puppies with happy lives. BARK makes it its mission to adopt abandoned dogs throughout Richmond, Virginia, provide them with vaccinations and spay/neuter services, then adopt them out to willing homes. In 2012 alone, BARK placed 560 dogs in “forever” homes. Thank BARK and the Colonial Heights Animal Shelter for their work rescuing animals battling disease and hunger.


Dear BARK Volunteers,

Recently you rescued a severely neglected German shepherd mother and her newborn puppies. This dog and her babies were battling disease and hunger. The mother, now named Riley, suffered from mange so badly that she appeared years older than her actual age of three or four.

At first glance, Riley did not appear adoptable. She was diseased and emaciated. However, this animal, who clearly cared for her puppies with a mother’s love, was given a chance at life by Bandit’s Adoption and Rescue of K-9’s, as well as the Colonial Heights Animal Shelter.

In some places, stray animals like Riley are euthanized because adoptive homes do not seem immediately forthcoming. Many animal rights advocates try their best to fight against such policies. Your rescue of animals like Riley helps to prove that stray animals really can be rehabilitated, and they deserve life. For this, I thank you.


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Photo Credit: Unomano via Wikimedia

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  1. thanks to all who helped the mother and her puppies.

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