Glimmer of Life, Small Dog Rescue of South Florida

Glimmer of Life is a 501(c)(3) 100% non-profit, no-kill rescue organization dedicated to saving the lives of neglected, abused, sick, and injured animals whose devastating health conditions would have caused them to be euthanized anywhere else. Over 11,000 animals are euthanized each day in the United States. Many of which could have been saved. Glimmer of Life rescues small dogs that have been neglected or abused, or are facing euthanasia in the South Florida area to give them the chance at life that they deserve. We provide great care, love and affection, and any medical attention that they may need before placing them into a safe and loving forever home! Unfortunately, we are unable to accept your pets as drop-offs, and highly advise that you take the time and make an honest effort to find your pet a loving new home if you are unable to keep them for any reason. We very much rely on caring, selfless individuals who volunteer their time and resources for a great cause! If you, or someone you know, would like to make an impact in the lives of these sweet, helpless little animals, then Click Here to find out how you can help!

8/2/14 Izzy's Foster Home Turns Permanent!  
We'd like to congratulate Debbie, our longtime volunteer on her newly adopted companion, Izzy! This amazing woman has been volunteering for Glimmer since the very beginning. She has devoted every one of her Saturdays to our rescue pups for as long as we can remember, offering lots of snuggles, trips to the dog park, and just LOVE in general! We couldn't have asked for a more caring and dedicated volunteer! We are so glad that she was finally able to convince her husband to permanently adopt Izzy, a sweet little Chihuahua that she had been fostering! We know Izzy will have a wonderful life with Debbie!
   
8/2/14 Puppy Mill Chihuahuas, Rambo & Stallone, Finally Adopted After Nearly 5 Years  
After nearly 5 long years of being stuck in a cage, just waiting for a loving family to come along and adopt them, Rambo & Stallone have finally found their forever home - together! The two Chihuahuas came to Glimmer of Life back in 2010 with a shipment of over 40 dogs rescued from a closing puppy mill. The dogs were due to be euthanized until Glimmer caught wind of the news and raised the money to have them shipped here to Florida. Rambo and Stallone were the last 2 remaining from that group, and for reasons we understood completely. To be quite honest, we had almost expected the pair to live out the rest of their days in a cage together, right here in our facility. The truth of the matter is... that the odds were stacked against them. They're older, they're Chihuahuas, and they didn't seem friendly towards outside strangers who would come in to adopt a dog. If they didn't know you, they didn't trust you, and it was all due to their abusive past. It was clear to us that the two, along with the 38 others, were used for nothing but breeding. They were terrified of humans, almost as if they had never had any type of human contact. You couldn't even bend down to pet them without them either trembling and cowering in the corner or viciously barking at you. They did exceptionally well with other dogs, but feared humans. It did take some time for them to come around, but they slowly began to trust our staff here, as well as a few familiar faces. And although we knew their true, kind and sweet nature, others couldn't see what we did. We'd like to give a very special thanks to Ms. Pamela Zuccarini. This wonderful woman has opened her heart and her home to these 2 beautiful creatures who have never before had the chance to experience the love of a family and a nice warm bed. It really takes a special person to adopt a special needs dog, and she's just adopted two of them! We couldn't imagine separating them after all these years, so we are so thankful that Rambo and Stallone are still together, and even more thankful that they've been given a second chance. We'd also like to thank Debbie, our longtime volunteer, who has been with us from the start. Through weekend trips to the dog park and cuddle sessions on rainy days, she has formed a tremendous bond with the pair. We know that they'll be so much happier in a real home and can't wait to receive an update in the near future to see how they've adjusted!
   
7/20/14 Cindy Lou Needs Your Help  

Cindy Lou suffers from a grade 3 heart murmur and is in desperate need of heart surgery. Her days are numbered, and her veterinarian says it's only a matter of time before her heart gives out. Please donate towards a wonderful cause. Your donation is tax deductibe, and 100% of all proceeds will directly benefit Cindy Lou's surgery. If you can take a few minutes out of your day to help save a life, we would be forever grateful!



   
9/8/13 ***UPDATE*** JoJo in Need of Continued Care  
I'm sure you all remember JoJo, the little Maltese rescue who needed surgery to correct a heart defect that was crushing his esophagus and preventing him from eating (see below)... Well, JoJo did get his surgery... but unfortunately, that surgery did not go as well as we'd hoped.

During the operation, they discovered 2 additional restrictions to JoJo's esophagus that did not show up on x-ray. This caused the surgery to last nearly 4 times as long, which really did a number on JoJo's little body. His esophagus ended up tearing while the balloon was stretching it open all the while, and his heart stopped beating while open on the table. Although they were able to revive him, poor JoJo's vision is now impaired due to lack of oxygen to the brain. In addition, he is facing a slew of other problems including an e. coli infection, pneumonia, and difficulty breathing. He is currently in oxygen at AMC Animal Hospital still fighting, but of course the animal hospital is charging Glimmer of Life Foundation for all of these unforseen additional procedures. The bill has far exceeded the original estimate and the foundation has run out of funds completely. We are in desperate need of donations in order to keep JoJo's treatment going. He's really hanging on and is such a little fighter. His vision has improved since surgery, and he is no longer completely blind. If you can find it in your heart to support our cause, please make a donation in JoJo's name and 100% of the funds will benefit his treatment. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, all donations made to Glimmer of Life are tax-deductible.

***UPDATE*** For all of our followers who have been wondering about JoJo, we are very happy to say that he has fully recovered and was adopted by a wonderful family late last year. Thank you all for your amazing support. We've saved yet another life, and we couldn't have done it without all of YOU!!!
maltese rescue dog
 
6/14/13 JoJo in Need of Urgent Surgery to Survive!  
We are now accepting donations for our newest rescue JoJo. JoJo is a little Maltese just 12 weeks old. When JoJo was brought into Glimmer, we immediately knew there was something terribly wrong. He hasn't much hair on his body due to malnutrition caused by PRAA or Persistent Right Aortic Arch. His condition may worsten over time, and can be fatal if not corrected with surgery. Please read on to learn more about JoJo's condition, and feel free to make a donation in his name. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, all donations made to Glimmer of Life are tax-deductible.

Diagnosis: Persistent Right Aortic Arch
PRAA is a congenital abnormality in the blood vessels of the heart. When a puppy is forming in the womb, it has a blood vessel called the right aortic arch, which is meant to naturally deteriorate as the embryo grows. When this blood vessel fails to deteriorate before birth, it ends up wrapping around the esophagus, thus restricting food passage to the stomach and compressing the trachea. In JoJo's case, he is currently unable to keep down most food, and as a result, is severely malnourished (hence the hair loss).
Symptoms:
Symptoms usually appear before 6 months of age and include: stunted growth, regurgitation immediately after eating, difficulty breathing.
Treatment:
Surgical removal of the persistent right aortic arch is necessary. Earlier intervention is best to avoid permanent nerve damage to the esophagus. Without surgery, the prognosis is very poor and will eventually result in death.

JoJo will also be up for adoption pending a successful surgery at AMC Animal Hospital in Cooper City, FL. If you are interested in adopting him, or any of our rescues, please click on the following link to fill out an adoption application. Adoption Application PDF
 
7/15/13 Two Yorkies Found in Deplorable Conditions
buddy rescue yorkie
We would like to thank Gene of Fringes Hair Salon for notifying Glimmer about two dogs living in deplorable conditions out in Cooper City. Upon arrival, they were covered in feces. Their hair so badly matted that their privates were covered and impacted. Their eyes also hidden behind dreadlocked hair, making it difficult for them to get around. Thanks to 2 very special groomers, Val and Kelly of Pets Are People Too Grooming Salon, these little ones were able to get cleaned up and comfortable. Stripping of their coats revealed multiple sores and, unfortunately for one, many tumors. Although they both received the health care that they so desperately needed, one of them did not make it. Sadly, after spending a few happy months here at Glimmer, "Buddy" succumbed to his cancer, which had spread rapidly in the last few weeks of his life. His sister, however, was adopted by a wonderful family and is living happily. A bittersweet ending to a sad story... But if we could save just one of them, it makes it all worthwhile...
   
8/03/12 Toby's Spinal Surgery is a Success: Watch Him Take His 1st Steps!  
We are happy (and relieved) to announce that Toby's surgery was a success! He did spend a few short days in ICU due to some breathing complications, but he's recently been released and is recovering very well. He is now able to walk without falling down, although he's still a bit wobbly, but that is expected to improve in time. He can now tilt his head to look up and down, and is even able to eat out of a bowl, which he did for the very first time today! Click the link below to watch him walk!

Video: Toby's Surgery is a Success!
Video: Toby Walks After Surgery!

We were absolutely amazed by the response we received to our "Save Toby" video. As soon as the video was released, the donations just poured in from people all around the world who wanted to help us save Toby. We just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who made a donation in his name. It was really heartwarming to see the dozens of smaller donations add up for such a great cause. It just goes to show you that every little bit counts, and we are just so grateful for all of the wonderful people who actually cared enough to help us along in our endeavor to save Toby. We were able to raise the money in just 2 weeks! Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

   
5/20/11 Precious' Heart Surgery a Success!  
We'd like to thank everyone once again for donating towards Precious' heart surgery. We couldn't have done this without you, and she wouldn't be here with us today if it were not for you. We'd also like to give a very special thank you to Dr. Dewey Carpenter, the heart specialist who performed Precious' surgery at Coral Springs Animal Hospital. She has made a full recovery, and is doing very well! She now has many happy years ahead to spend with her wonderful new adoptive family, pictured here. Many thankful kisses from Precious!
   
1/20/10 26 Dogs Rescued from Euthanasia, 80 More Await  
After reading about kennels closing down in the mid-west and actually euthanizing their dogs, Glimmer has offered to pay for as many dogs as possible to be shipped to our facility in South Florida so we can try to adopt them out. As most of you know, our facility is very small and can only house so many at a time. So far, we have rescued 26, but there are 80 more out there facing euthanasia. Most of these dogs have only been used for breeding and have never had the chance to experience the love of a caring family. Many of them are actually very sweet and friendly, but others are quite timid and need some work.

If you've been looking to adopt a pet, please check out our Adoptions page and consider taking one of these babies home. The more we can adopt out, the more we can SAVE. Remember, there are 80 more waiting for us!

We are also accepting donations to help feed, house, and provide medical care for those who need it. If you can find it in your heart to help, please visit our Donations page. No amount is too little, and will surely make a difference. This also includes donations of food, beds, blankets, toys, and cleaning supplies. Thank you in advance for your support!
Adopt a small dog at Glimmer of Life pet rescue!
   
1/20/10 Jacqueline in Recovery After Being Hit by Car  
Remember that adorable little Jack Russell Terrier we posted about a few months ago? The one that was found in the street after being hit by a car, and we were collectiong donations to fix??? Well..... she's fixed!

After multiple surgeries, she's finally walking, running, jumping, and playing once again! Not only is she all fixed up, but she's also been adopted by a wonderful family! We hated seeing her go, but are very content knowing that she will be loved and cared for, and that we (with all of YOUR help and support) were able to save her life!
   
10/18/10 Carter's Spinal Surgery a Success: Watch Him Take His 1st Steps!  
We are pleased to announce that we were able to raise enough money for Carter's surgery... and it was a SUCCESS! Thank you so much to EVERYONE who made a donation in Carter's name. This little guy has touched so many hearts that even strangers have reached out to help us. We are forever grateful!

As for Carter, he is extremely happy and after much practice, he's unstoppable! The video to the right shows his very first steps after surgery in Dr. Clemmons' office. It's so funny to watch because he's slightly clumsy at first, like Bambi learning how to walk for the first time! But he's gotten much better since then. Now he runs and plays, he's like a whole new dog!

Thanks again to everyone who made this possible. You are very special, and we could not have done this without you!!!
 
   
3/29/10 - Special Thanks to Just Paws Animal Hospital
We'd like to give a very special thanks to Doctors John & Stacey Eccher, and their entire staff at Just Paws Animal Hospital for providing our rescues with the best care possible!

They have been working hand in hand with Glimmer of Life to support our cause, performing all necessary medical procedures on our rescues, including: spays/neuters, dental cleanings, physical exams, blood work, and so much more!

Just Paws Animal Hospital is located at:

11210 Pines Blvd.
Pembroke Pines, FL 33026
954-392-4567
www.justpaws.vetsuite.com
Just Paws Animal Hospital

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