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Sissy & Riley at ePITome Rescue

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Sissy and Riley’s story is sad, but it is also a story of survival, hope and the power of love. Sissy and Riley were surrendered to a local shelter in very poor condition. It is believed that the owners were an older couple and hadn’t been taking very good care of their pets and hadn’t been for a while.

Thanks to ePITome Dog Rescue for taking these dogs in to their foster care and to donations by loving and caring citizens, Sissy and Riley are slowly beginning to feel better and look better.

Sissy (below) came to ePITome with a bad case of flee allegoric dermatitis (SLOWLY CLEARING UP), a lump on her mammary gland that has a 50 percent chance of being cancer (SCHEDULED FOR SURGERY JULY 9), and diarrhea that was caused by whipworms (CLEARED UP).

Sissy is sweet, funny and gets along with everyone, including other dogs. She also loves kids. “She is also a little pig and can never seem to get enough to eat!” Angela LaFrance of ePITome Dog Rescue said.

Riley (in the header image) has flea allergies (SLOWLY CLEARING UP), broken teeth (HAD 11 TEETH PULLED), and a condition that is likely muscle neuropathy- which makes his back legs not work as well. He walks, but falls sometimes (GETTING BETTER AND IS WALKING MUCH MORE STEADILY).

Despite Riley’s walking issues he loves to be on the move and follows his foster parents all around the house. He isn’t in any pain either. He gets along great with other dogs, loves people and loves car rides.

“He is the absolute sweetest dog on the planet! His favorite thing in the world seems to be the human touch. He loves to snuggle,” LaFrance said.

The shelter that these dogs were initially surrendered to gave Sissy and Riley two weeks to be rescued or adopted before they would be put down. This might have been their fate had ePITome Dog Rescue not stepped in and decided to help save their lives.

“I knew right when I met them that I was going to do everything I could to help Sissy and Riley. Their conditions were so bad at the time; it broke my heart to see them in the shelter,” LaFrance said.

ePITome Dog Rescue is working through donations to save these two dogs. They are both incredibly sweet and very calm. They are heartworm negative, spayed and neutered and have received vaccinations. Sissy and Riley are very attached to each other and are also very calm, senior dogs.

The local veterinarian in Macomb, IL, Dr. Karen Blakeley of All Pets, continues to work on the two dogs and says that they are in amazing shape given the living conditions they were in and their ages.

ePITome Dog Rescue has received enough donations to pay for the initial vetting, but they are still in need of donations for maintenance with the dogs. Riley needs medications for his neuropathy and Sissy needs medications if the tumor is cancerous. They also need to provide good quality food and care to them until they are adopted.

If you want to help these dogs live the rest of their years in a comfortable and happy life, it’s easy! Make a donation toward vet care by PayPal to or by check to ePITome Dog Rescue. You can also help ePITome help many dogs like Sissy and Riley by keeping healthy, nutritious food in their bowls; simply choose BOGO Bowl to feed your own pups and send the matching bag to ePITome.

These two dogs deserve a loving and happy home to live out the rest of their years. This can only be possible through the love and support of humans.

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The Kibble Kitchen keeps families whole

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“I wanted to let you know how much we appreciate your kindness and support of helping those in need. I am a single working person who had 3 dogs. I consider them my kids. Due to many circumstances I ended up adopting my sister’s children, which took a toll on me financially. I did not want to give up my pets (my kids). Times got hard and I just kept praying, about a week or so later I read about the kibble kitchen in the newspaper. It was an answer for my prayers. I know it is temporary assistance, and it sure does help while I look for a 2nd job. I am able to keep my dogs, thanks to the kibble kitchen and all their efforts. Hopefully I will be able to donate back when we get back on our feet. Thank You for ALL you do.” Letter from beneficiary of Kibble Kitchen Pet Pantry services.

The Kibble Kitchen is an all-volunteer animal surrender prevention program in Porter County, Indiana dedicated to keeping pets at home and out of shelters.

The pantry will supply supplemental free pet food to Porter County individuals and families that qualify, and in time will work towards offering low cost options for vaccines and spay/neuter surgeries.

In the past year more pets have become homeless because their families are facing tough economic times. With or without the downturn in the economy, every community has a homeless pet problem. But due to the economic woes here in Porter County, and across the country, the number of pets relinquished to animal shelters and abandoned has increased.

We are responding to that need because helping provide free pet food will help some families keep their pets.

Each day in Porter County families have had to make a choice between providing for their own living expenses versus keeping a pet. Feed the family or feed the pet? Visit the doctor or provide food and care to the pet?

Giving up a pet for lack of ability to care for an animal is a very traumatic experience for both the humans & the animal(s). Animals can help us emotionally, psychologically, and socially. They can even improve our physical health. The Kibble Kitchen works hard to keep families in Porter County together.

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The Animal Rescue League of Iowa has all sorts of stories to tell

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The Animal Rescue League of Iowa is the largest shelter in the state. Each year for the last 86 years they have taken in thousands of lost, abandoned or relinquished pets, and are often called in to help with shocking cases that get national attention.

Earlier this spring, they were part of an effort to rescue 88 dogs from a suspected puppy mill. The ARL brought 18 of the terrified dogs to their facility, vetting and grooming them and letting them experience human kindness possibly for the first time ever. It’s a tough job. "You immediately want to see them healthy, you want to see them groomed, and comfortable and bathed and all of those types of things, but no you don't get use to this, this tugs at the heart every time," says Tom Colvin with the ARL.

Three years ago, on March 5, 2009, a two year old Mastiff mix was found shot and left for dead in the river. The ARL, working with vets at Iowa State University Veterinary School, helped Duke get back on his feet (the bullet damaged his spine, resulting in partial paralysis in his back legs) and find the perfect new family with mom Susan and two Lhasa Apso siblings, Molly and Theo.

Whether they’re rescuing dogs from locked cars in 100 degree heat, investigating animal cruelty, certifying members of the Love-a-Bull Crew as Canine Good Citizens, going into schools to do education, or just finding the perfect match for a pet in their care, ARL-Iowa is making a huge difference in the lives of Iowa animals and their people.

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