Smokey has been with us since the start of Loving Touch. When a Loving Touch volunteer found out that Smokey had an abusive owner she looked into the situation to see how we could help. She found out from neighbors that Smokey's owner kept him outdoors chained to a fence, he was alone most of the day without much food or water. Neighbors would sneak food to him. When feeding time came Smokey became very excited and out of control so his owner would hit him on the head with a shovel to discipline him. As a result, Smokey became 'food aggressive". Neighbors continued to help him when the owner was not around. One day, they were told that the owner was moving. Our volunteer offered to take Smokey and the owner agreed. Smokey enjoyed being part of our group, he even liked living at the boarding facility and looked forward to long walks in the park on the weekends with our volunteer dog walkers. We had Smokey in boarding for quite some time. He was a fun dog, playful and affectionate but his "food aggression" prevented him from getting adopted. Smokey is now enjoying life on the farm upstate at Silver Streak Kennels.
We received a call from a Queens resident saying that their neighbor was keeping a young pit bull in a cage in their yard and they were sure that the plan was to make her a fighting dog.
They asked if we would take her into our group if they could get the owner to give the dog up. We said, "yes!". Mia was a very sweet and loveable dog, she did fine in boarding and really enjoyed the time she spent with the volunteers. She did fine with the other dogs until she got a bit older and then she began to show some aggression toward them. Mia was adopted by a very nice man who lived in Brooklyn. He lived alone and wanted a companion. Mia made his life complete and they bonded very quickly. It was a very good adoption for us. We received a call one day from Mia's owner, who told us that he was terminally ill and could no longer keep his best friend. He was heartbroken and in tears when he told us the sad news. We promised to take Mia back and try to find her a new home. Unfortunately, we could not due to Mia's aggression but she is living a comfortable life at Silver Streak Kennels.
AK was abandoned at a boarding facility by his owners. This sweet dog had a family and lots of kids to play with. We were told by the staff at the boarding facility that his mom loved him and did what she could to keep him safe from her husband, who was abusive toward him. AK loved woman, kids and men he knew but was very unpredictable when meeting new men. He was great with us and our volunteers and really enjoyed attending events with us but we always had to be careful of his surroundings
We then received a call from someone that new AK, he was a distant neighbor and had heard that AK was up for adoption. He loved AK and wanted to give him a home. AK was with him for a short time and never showed aggression toward him or his kids but they had a bad experience with an elderly neighbor. So before you knew it, AK was back with us. He is now enjoying life on the farm upstate at Silver Streak Kennels.
In Loving Memory of Smokey
In Loving Memory of Mia (a.k.a. Tiffany)
In Loving Memory of AK
In Loving Memory of Sasha
In Loving Memory of Valentino
In Loving Memory of Lydia
In Loving Memory of Justice
Valentino was one of our very first rescues. He was found by a Good Samaritan senior citizen who saw him shivering under a dumpster in College Point. It was a very bitter cold night in mid-February. He was very scary looking due to his huge head and clipped ears yet very pathetic because of his skinny body. He was the sweetest and most appreciative dog. We named in Valentino. Although he was malnourished and may have been used as a bait dog, he was never food aggressive and loved everyone except for CATS!. Valentino had a faint bark, almost like something was blocking his passageway. After a vet check we found out that he had an infection throughout his body and a very narrow trachea but was healthy otherwise. He just needed a little TLC to get him back to looking like a healthy dog. Valentino was with us for a long time. He was boarded in a large kennel in Whitestone and he really loved living there. He loved all the workers and really looked forward to spending time with the volunteers who took him for long walks in the park. Poor Valentino was overlooked due to his appearance and many homes were turned down due to his cat aggression. We had some inquires and even tried him out in a home but it wasn't a good match and he was returned the following day. We took Valentino to many adoption events but he never found his "furever" home.
Although Valentino was highly adoptable we couldn't afford the boarding and hated thinking of him living in a kennel. We thought it was best to send him to live with the other dogs in the upstate facility. We knew he would enjoy the outdoors.
Little did we know that this dog's life was about to change, for the better! Not too long after Valentino was sent upstate, a Loving Touch member, who remembered always seeing him on his walks to the park, noticed him in our newsletter. When she read about him being sent upstate she was heartbroken. She had always wanted to adopt him but knew that one of her two dogs would not accept him. As it turned out that particular dog passed away and her other senior dog was lonely. We prayed that the two dogs would hit it off and Valentino would have a happy ending.
He was delivered to us a few days later. Boy was he mellow, happy and relaxed. He sure was enjoying country living. After a bath and grooming by Zulma (at her previously owned Grooming Shop - Happy Paws that was located in Deer Park, Long Island) we took him over to meet his new family. Valentino and their senior pit bull hit it off immediately. Everyone fell in love with him which made us very happy. Valentino was adopted on the spot!
A few years later the family moved upstate and sent us some new pictures and updates on Valentino. He was really enjoying his new life and his new family. He loved his new brother, they did everything together from eating and sleeping to taking rides in the pick up truck with their dad.
As the years went by he did develop some medical problems and we were eventually told that he passed away. We found out that in his senior years, Valentino lived with a deaf CAT!
Lydia was an adult dog (6-years-old) when we took her into rescue. She had been picked up by animal control and was at the shelter for a while. We wanted to help find her a new home and rescued her just before she was in danger of being euthanized. There was a family interested in adopting her but they decided to adopt a younger dog. Lydia was good with other dogs and okay with most people. We soon found out that she was a "fear biter" and had to be supervised when we were out in public. On the other hand, Lydia had a very sweet side to her if she was comfortable in her surroundings. After several months of boarding we decided that it was best for her to go to a nice boarding facility we knew of in PA that was owned by a couple we knew personally. They would even help try to find her a home. The boarding was getting expensive and it was difficult to find Lydia a home. Finally, we found someone that was very interested in giving a dog like Lydia a second chance. She was a single woman with an adult daughter. We thought it could work out so we sent for Lydia.
The meeting went well, her new home was only blocks away from us and her new mom was very happy to meet her. She understood all about Lydia's fobias and how to approach her. Things were going well and several weeks had passed without any problems. Lydia was soon adopted! HOORAY! A few days later we received a call that Lydia had bitten the daughter. From what we were told it seemed that Lydia was taken off guard and bit out of fear. We removed her from the home immediately and put her back in boarding. We decided the best place for Lydia was upstate with the other hard to place dogs.
Paul and Zulma delivered Lydia and took the opportunity to visit with our other dogs. Lydia did well, she got along with everyone and never gave her caretaker a problem. She lived her life out on the farm. Lydia passed away a few years later, she had a medical condition we were not aware of.
Justice was rescued by a Loving Touch member. Justice was a fighting dog in his younger days He could not be put with other dogs without a fight breaking out. His rescuer worked with him and provided him with a safe home for many years until he had personal problems of his own that forced him to move away and give Justice up. He turned to us for help. At the request of his owner we had Justice sent upstate where he could live out the rest of his life in peace in a county setting. Justice did very well and even mingled with other dogs as he got older. We thought he might do well in a home setting in his senior years but we never found someone willing to adopt him. Several years later we received the news that Justice had passed away.