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Pupdates Hot Off The Press: August 14, 2015

Recent Adoptions!!!







Sissy & Shelly TOGETHER!

“Silly” Lilly


Featured Pet: Riley

Meet Mr. Perfect aka “Riley”

Dogs just don’t come sweeter than this. Pick Riley up and he will melt into you. Put Riley down and he will hop around on his back legs a do a little dance for you. He’s the perfect adult age and activity level. He gets along great with other medium to small size dogs and is potty trained. He loves snuggles and walks like a perfect gentleman on a leash. Oh and one last thing, he’s been with us for THREE years. Please help us make him smile by making him your Furever little guy.

The adoption fee of $175 helps with medical expenses incurred by the Rescue.

If you want to meet him, please fill out an on-line application at and we will contact you so that you can meet this darling girl.

Education: Where did those adorable “S” puppies come from???

On June 20, 2015 two Help A Dog Smile volunteers went to investigate a situation with multiple dogs in need on the Apache Reservation. We had been made aware of a woman in her 70s who took in a stray dog. She was unable to afford to sterilize her dog and it was having litter after litter of puppies from free-roaming male dogs. When we arrived we found two adult dogs, four nine-month old puppies, and eight seven-week-old puppies. The Navajo woman was very sweet but just not able to care for all of the dogs. She was desperate for help and refused to “dump them in the field” as all her neighbors and friends were telling her to do. In her words, “no creature deserves to be treated that way.”

She said she had been dreaming that someone would come and help her and there we were. It was really emotional for all of us. We went to work evaluating the four larger puppies, the adult dogs, and the eight teeny puppies. After some discussion, we decided it would be best to take the little puppies and the two larger female puppies. So we did. We promised to go back for the other two nine-month old males once we have more capacity. Both adult dogs on the property have been sterilized by our friends at The Humane Society of the United States.

This woman is VERY poor but she has a big heart. She used every resource she had to try to keep these dogs safe and fed. The larger puppies had harnesses made out of electrical wire wrapped in duct tape. She would transfer them from this large box/container to tethers on trees. It seemed strange but we could see that it was all in an effort to keep them safe and from running away. The puppies were in another “box” which she watered down three times a day to keep cool. It is 100+ out here these days.

Once we took the dogs into our rescue, we had them evaluated by a veterinarian. They were all skinny and malnourished but after a few days of food and puppy formula they came around. Some are undergoing treatment for parasites but all will be healthy soon. They will be spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and ready for adoption to wonderful homes.

This is an example of the types of situations we dive into when others look away. When we say we are committed to helping dogs smile, we do just that. Where there are people trying to be responsible and do the right thing for animals and where there are dogs in need, we provide veterinary, foster, and adoption assistance. This allows dogs like these a chance at a wonderful life! If Help A Dog Smile did not step in, these dogs would have been destined for a difficult and short life on the reservation.