This past Saturday, the annual pet rescue extravaganza, “Get Rescued,” took over downtown Gulfport. We stopped pet owners and asked us to tell them the story of their furry companion’s rescue.
Owners found Riley, a long hair dachshund, wandering streets by the Gandy bridge. Riley was thin but microchipped, and in such bad shape “the vet told me to quit looking” for Riley’s former owners. Today, Riley enjoys life with two other doxies.
Lilly, 6, is the middle child of three chihuahua rescues. Her older “sister”, Beatrice is 13, and her younger chi-buddy, Bind, is two. They all wear the sporty glasses.
Pistachia, 7, was an owner surrender to Dachshund Adoption Rescue and Education (DARE), one of two dachshund rescues at Get Rescued. Pistachia also posed for the DARE calendar.
Renny, a morkie, (that’s what happens when a maltese and a yorkie fall in love), is a one-year old boy whose new owners heard barking at a Renaissance Festival tent. They discovered Renny was living in a tent with a carnie and other puppies in Pinellas Park and decided to give him real walls and a forever home.
Hannah’s owner rescued her from a puppy mill in West Virgina. The Humane Society closed down the puppy mill, which had over 1,000 dachshunds, and Hannah spent the first year of her life living in a cage with five other dogs. She had never before walked on grass when she came to her “forever home” Gulfport. Since then she’s appeared in the Gabber dressed as a peacock for Halloween and, most recently, as a flight attendant. She’s not letting the notoriety go to her head, though, and here she posed for use as “everyday Hannah.”