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!

04/03 Loverboy the Mystery Mix 

I was found wandering the streets by a friend of Glimmer of Life. They immediately took me over to Glimmer and cleaned me up. They were all so surprised with what a little lover I am, that they decided to name me Loverboy! I really live up to my name because I'll smother you in doggie kisses!

Loverboy is an unknown mixed breed. We believe he is just under a year old and has the personality to match! He is a happy, healthy pup just looking for the right family to share all his love with. For more information on Loverboy becoming the newest member of your family, please call us at 954-436-2910 or e-mail us at

03/28 Blizzard the Maltese Puppy Needs Your Help 

I was diagnosed with grade 2-3 luxating patellas at only 2 months of age. Because my human mommy knew Glimmer of Life could help me out, she donated me as a rescue. I'm only about two and a half months old and I'm a whole lot of love.

A luxating patella is essentially a loose knee cap. Blizzard has been walking and doing great here with his new friends at Glimmer of Life. We'd love to have Blizzard adopted to the perfect forever home. For more information on adopting Blizzard, please call us at 954-436-2910 or e-mail us at

03/14 Oreo The Puerto Rican Pup 

Oreo was rescued about 2 months ago off the streets of Puerto Rico. He is approximately 1 and half years old. Oreo only weighed about 5 pounds when he was found, but now weighs 11 pounds and is in great health and spirits! He loves to cuddle on your lap and will follow you from room to room. He is a wonderful addition to a family with children or even other dogs.

Oreo is still in Puerto Rico but we couldn't resist doing a courtesy post for this adorable pup. The kind friends who found Oreo are willing to send him anywhere in the United States for the perfect forever family.

For more information on Oreo, please contact our friends at

02/07 Cuttie The Poodle Saved From Euthanasia At The Pound  

I was found wandering the streets and picked up by the doggie police. I was taken to the pound for a few nights before Glimmer of Life came to the rescue! They came and saved me from being put down. I knew how lucky I was and covered all my new friends here in kisses!

Cuttie is an 11 pound Poodle. She is approximately five years old and is the sweetest little thing. She loves to be scratched and in return will give you plenty of kisses. She's in great health and is now up for adoption. Please call us at 954-436-2910 to bring this baby home with you!

02/01 Geno the Yorkshire Terrier Needs Your Help  

I was surrendered by my family to Glimmer of Life. At first I was a bit nervous and didn't understand what was happening. I immediately warmed up to all the wonderful friends here at Glimmer of Life. I'm like a big baby that just wants to curl up in your arms. I am a happy, healthy pup that just wants to experience a forever home with a forever family.

Geno is a 14 pound Yorkshire Terrier. He is not even a year old yet and still wants all the puppy love he can get. He is in great health and is now available for adoption. Please call us at 954-436-2910 or e-mail us at to make Geno the newest member of your family!

12/21 Deck The Paws With Timber and Scruffy!


We were adopted together through Glimmer of Life once before and became the best of friends. Unfortunately our new family had to surrender us as well, but we are very happy we get to be back with our friends at Glimmer of Life.

Timber is a 12 pound Chihuahua and Scruffy is an 8 pound Chihuahua mix. They are hesitant to letting new people in their lives because of their past, but once they do warm up to you they are the biggest lovebugs! Timber loves his back scratched and Scruffy loves to give and receive kisses.

We would love to have these two adorable pups adopted together since they have grown very fond of one another. Please call us at 954-436-2910 or e-mail Sandi at for more information on making these two a part of your family.

12/14 Bang Bang Wants To Be Your New Best Friend!  

I recently had to be surrendered by my family. At first I was very nervous to make new friends, but pretty soon I started giving kisses out right and left to all my wonderful friends here at Glimmer of Life!

I am a happy, healthy 2 year old chihuahua looking for my new forever family to smother with love. I was raised with a few other dogs so I'd be the perfect addition to your pack!

We want to make Bang Bang's wish come true for the holidays. She deserves all the love in the world. Please call us at 954-436-2910 or e-mail Sandi at for more information on rescuing this sweet little baby.

12/5 Meet Tommy the Chinese Crested!  

I was diagnosed with a liver shunt at only a few months of age. A liver shunt is a bypass of the liver by the body's circulatory system. I fell very ill when I first came to Glimmer of Life, but luckily their wonderful vet Dr. Eccher came to my rescue! I'm doing great now and growing stronger by the day!

We are now looking for that special person, couple, or family to give Tommy all the love he deserves! Please call us at 954-436-2910 or e-mail Sandi at to help us fulfill Tommy's holiday wish of getting a forever family!

11/29 Help Two Chihuahuas Celebrate Their First Christmas  

The gift of giving is one of the greatest gifts you could ever do!

Rambo & Stallone were rescued from a puppy mill about three years ago. They have never experienced true love and are just dying to understand what it's like to be man's best friend.

Please give Rambo & Stallone their very first Christmas in your forever home. They will thank you every day and you will be forever blessed!

For more information, please call us at 954-436-2910, or feel free to e-mail Sandi at!

11/2 Two Loving Poodles Need A Forever Home  
Meet Juicy & Coco! These two adorable poodles were recently surrendered to us by their owner. They are 2 and a half year old sisters who just want love and a forever home! They each weigh only about 4 pounds.

We would like to have them adopted together, if possible. They have been raised together and we don't want to break their hearts by seperating them! For more information, please e-mail Sandi at!
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9/8 ***UPDATE*** JoJo Needs Our Help  
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.

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9/6 New Rescues in Need Of Loving Homes  
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Our newest rescues pictured above (From left: Precious, 4 year old Yorkie; Comet, 1 year old Pomeranian; Rocket, young male Yorkie) are in need of loving forever homes! If you are interested in adopting a pet, please e-mail Sandi at We are now accepting applications, which can be accessed HERE.
6/14 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 usually appear before 6 months of age and include: stunted growth, regurgitation immediately after eating, difficulty breathing.
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 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 Toby's Surgery is a Success!  
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 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 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!
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1/20 Update on Jacqueline  
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 Update on Carter  
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 - 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
Just Paws Animal Hospital

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