Welcome to Grateful Paws Dog & Cat Rescue

We are a small, but mighty, Not-For-Profit - 501(c)(3) - No-Kill dog and cat rescue organization in South Florida.  We are comprised solely of volunteers who love animals. We rescue stray, neglected, abandoned, and surrendered dogs and cats and work very hard to place them in loving homes.

 

We are comprised ENTIRELY of volunteers with full-time careers and families. We believe the best environment for a dog or cat is a loving home.  Acquiring and staffing a shelter becomes a tremendous overhead cost as we want 100% of our funds to go towards the rescue, care and adoption of our animals.  We depend on our Foster Families to care for our rescued animals until we can find their "Forever" Family.  We do the rescue stuff (which is our true passion) after work and on the weekends. So if your phone calls or emails are not answered by a live person right away --- it's probably because we are at work and will reply as soon as we get home.

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COMMENT FROM GRATEFUL PAWS:
UPDATE 11/10/17

WOW –

We are blown away at the kind words of support in defense of Grateful Paws and we’d just like to say THANK YOU!

The positive and heartwarming comments were very much appreciated.

 

BTW: We wanted to let you know the Pet Loss Center/Pet Heaven in Miami has withdrawn their offer to sponsor a memorial service for OLLIE –

So we are back to square one in the planning… We were aiming for Sunday, December 10th – but we are still working on a location and details.

 

So please stay tuned - We will keep you posted.

 

Thanks again…


We are as sickened as you are about OLLIE’s final resting place…
We learned when you did, what may have happened to his ashes. The Lab has not returned our call and we are still awaiting confirmation.


In all fairness, I would like to clarify what was reported in the Sun Sentinel. Unfortunately, by running with a story before all the facts were found and before speaking with a Grateful Paws representative, there have been many negative comments in response to this article. Please know, the article posted today is a revised version from what was posted yesterday evening.


Ollie was part of an active criminal investigation, and in an attempt to strengthen the case against his killer when caught and placed on trial, it was recommended that Ollie have a necropsy performed at the State Lab in Kissimmee. Grateful Paws offered to be financially responsible for those expenses.


In our many years of rescue, we’ve never been in a situation where a necropsy was required and admittedly, did not know the State’s procedures. At the time, it was mentioned that his physical body would likely not be returned but the actual end-disposition of Ollie was never discussed. We were all still in shock at his sudden passing so the thought never occurred to check. It all happened so quickly. In 48 hours, his abuse and story went viral ~~and we were trying to respond to more than 600 emails and 250+ phone calls. I take full responsibility.


Had I thought to do the research, I would have seen this: State of Florida Dept. of Agriculture website under Necropsy. "We are not a research institution; therefore, carcasses are not used for any purpose except diagnosis. The laboratory is unable to return your animals body, ashes, tissues, collars, toys, bed or cooler following a necropsy. Private cremations cannot be performed by the laboratory".


The other misrepresented fact indicated Grateful Paws refused an offer to have Ollie buried outside of Broward County.


Grateful Paws was contacted by Nadia Barkett from Pet Loss Center/Pet Heaven. We were elated when they offered to provide a free Memorial Service for Ollie, but we declined to have the Memorial in Sweetwater (SW Dade County), a considerable driving distance from Hollywood. General opinion of those who wanted to be involved in the planning of the service agreed that a location in Broward would be better tended. We politely declined a “service” not a burial. Grateful Paws NEVER refused to have him buried at Pet Heaven.


Pet Heaven has been actively working on a site for the Memorial Service, at a Broward County park or similar location, but availability and permitting has been the cause for delay. At this moment, we are aiming for December 10, 2017 in Broward County – details to follow as soon as they are finalized. http://www.gratefulpaws.org/ollie.html


But to those who think HUMANS FAILED OLLIE AGAIN… No we did not.


He died with thousands of people praying for him and surrounded by people who loved him.


He died in loving hands – not in a suitcase on Lee Street in Hollywood, FL.


His SPIRIT is with all of us


His abuse brought more awareness than any other dog ever has


His combined reward is likely the largest EVER in an abuse care
and Ollie will forever remain in all our hearts.


And through the generosity of people like you, we are advised the COMBINED REWARDS between Peta & Crime Stoppers has exceeded $70,000.


I apologize for any misunderstanding or confusion – and for being remiss in not checking into all the facts beforehand. As I said, we are awaiting a call from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services regarding Ollie’s ashes~~~ and if there is a way we can retrieve his cremains, we will try.


We would like to thank you for your continued support with regard to Ollie and the continued awareness and abuse of all animals.


Jan Milbyer

Founder

Grateful Paws Dog & Cat Rescue

Email: info@gratefulpaws.org

www.gratefulpaws.org


Thank You Coral Spring Charter School National Honor Society! They organized and hosted a basketball tournament fundraiser for the benefit of Grateful Paws Rescue! Your hard work and efforts, Mr. Singer, Tyler and Logan, are very much appreciated as well as all of the participants and spectators! You raised $500.00 for the rescue and we appreciate it very much!

UPCOMING EVENTS!!!!!

 
We try to have adoption events every weekend.  For details please go to our events page.   View ALL upcoming events HERE
WARNING...Photos are VERY GRAPHIC
UPDATE:  Thursday 10/12/17  3PM
PRAYERS & BEARS~~
We are more than blown away at the support and generosity from all over the United States, England and Norway for Oliver.  Thank you everyone. 
Ollie is still on the mend at VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital in Hollywood, FL - in a great deal of pain and pretty swollen today, which is/was expected.
He is holding his own and is going to make it but the road to recovery will be slow.  50+ stab wounds…  We visited him this morning just after a bandage change.
He was heavily sedated so we didn’t stay long.  And it is sweet that someone attached a hand-written prayer to his cage and stuck a teddy bear in there to keep him company.
We’ve received hundreds of emails and calls with offers to foster or adopt… and it is heartwarming to know so many people care.
Until we can assess his temperament and personality, we cannot determine which home he will go to when released from the hospital.
But we are accepting applications --- Feel free to download an application from our website:  www.gratefulpaws.org
AND… we just learned that PETA is donating $5,000 to CRIMESTOPPERS as a reward for information about the monster who did this. 
It is virtually impossible for us to acknowledge every phone call and email, but we will try.  In the meantime, we will post “Ollie updates” on this page – as well as our Facebook page – Grateful Paws Dog & Cat Rescue, Inc.
Thanks again everyone.  Ollie sends his love.
It is with VERY heavy heart that we report that Ollie went into cardiac arrest last night and has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Five doctors, including a cardiologist 
tried to revive him for more than an hour - to no avail. Because it is an open criminal investigation, a Necropsy must be performed. His doctors were confident he would pull through this, but it would seem that his body had enough and shut down.
There is already a considerable reward being offered through Crimestoppers for information but we are advised police still do not have any valid leads as to the monster who did this... 
Oliver did not deserve this - but the one consolation in all this, is he did not die alone and was surrounded by people who cared. 
Thank you ALL for your kind words and support. Monies donated will be applied to Oliver's bills and to cover the vet and hospital costs of other animals in need. 
Thank you again.
Jan
Grateful Paws Rescue
UPDATE: Friday 10/13/17 3PM

It is with VERY heavy heart that we report that Ollie went into cardiac arrest last night and has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Five doctors, including a cardiologist tried to revive him for more than an hour - to no avail. 
Because it is an open criminal investigation, a Necropsy must be performed. His doctors were confident he would pull through this, but it would seem that his body had enough and shut down.

There is already a considerable reward being offered through Crimestoppers for information but we are advised police still do not have any valid leads as to the monster who did this...


Oliver did not deserve this - but the one consolation in all this, is he did not die alone and was surrounded by people who cared.


Thank you ALL for your kind words and support. Monies donated will be applied to Oliver's bills and to cover the vet and hospital costs of other animals in need.


Thank you again.

Jan
Grateful Paws Rescue



UPDATE: Thursday 10/12/17 3PM

PRAYERS & BEARS~~

We are more than blown away at the support and generosity from all over the United States, England and Norway for Oliver. Thank you everyone.


Ollie is still on the mend at VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital in Hollywood, FL - in a great deal of pain and pretty swollen today, which is/was expected.


He is holding his own and is going to make it but the road to recovery will be slow. 50+ stab wounds… We visited him this morning just after a bandage change.  He was heavily sedated so we didn’t stay long. And it is sweet that someone attached a hand-written prayer to his cage and stuck a teddy bear in there to keep him company.


We’ve received hundreds of emails and calls with offers to foster or adopt… and it is heartwarming to know so many people care.
Until we can assess his temperament and personality, we cannot determine which home he will go to when released from the hospital.
But we are accepting applications --- Feel free to download an application.


AND… we just learned that PETA is donating $5,000 to CRIMESTOPPERS as a reward for information about the monster who did this.


It is virtually impossible for us to acknowledge every phone call and email, but we will try. In the meantime, we will post “Ollie updates” on this page – as well as our Facebook page – Grateful Paws Dog & Cat Rescue, Inc.

Thanks again everyone. Ollie sends his love.




OLLIE UPDATE~~ Weds. 10/11/17 6pm
Ollie is the dog who was stabbed 50+ times, stuffed into a suitcase and left at an abandoned property in Hollywood, FL.
Thank you everyone who has responded and reacted to the wonderful media coverage about this horrific incident. We've received more than 400 emails and 75-80 phone calls asking for an update, wanting to foster/adopt or how to donate. We have reached and more than exceeded our goal for his vet care. So thank you all.

#1: HE IS GOING TO BE FINE -- He had a surgery yesterday to stitch up the wounds on his head (to the bone) and today had surgeries to address the wounds on his chest and torso. Another surgery may be necessary in a day or so. 
#2: When he is ready to leave the hospital, rather than a foster home, we prefer to place him in an adoptive home. He will have to go back to VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital for frequent bandage changes and follow-up visits, so we are preferring to keep him nearby. IF you are interested in adopting, please download our application.
#3: He is new to us - we do not know how he is with children, cats and really, other dogs. Right now, he is still pretty heavily sedated, so his behavior with dogs he meets at the hospital could be drug induced and not totally accurate - YET. And since we have no history on him, we will CANNOT place him in a home with small children. 
#4: His tail was wagging this morning. 
#5: We will be front page in the Sun Sentinel tomorrow!



Wednesday, 10/11/17: 8 A.M.
WE HAVE REACHED AND FAR SURPASSED OUR GOAL…
THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH.

In my 18 years of animal rescue here in South Florida, this is one of the most horrific cases of animal abuse I have ever seen.


But thanks to the hundreds of people who donated towards his care, and offered to either foster or adopt OLIVER, he is on his way to a far better life!


At this time, we do not know how long he will have to remain in Vet care – could be as much as a week – 10 days. Ollie had several surgeries yesterday and Dr. Patterson said he was to have a couple more today. The wounds are deep and we are hoping and praying against infection or complications.


His tail hasn’t stopped wagging – but he IS heavily sedated, so we honestly do not know how he is with children, cats or other dogs in a normal environment. It will take us a few more days to assess his personality and temperament and we will keep you apprised of his progress.


We do know that his foster home must be in Broward County and accessible to VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital for his follow-up visits.


OLIVER and the Doctors and medical team at Hollywood Animal Hospital and I, want to thank you for your generosity.


Please bear with us - we will answer the phones and emails as soon as we can. We will post Ollie updates on Facebook AND here on our main webpage -www.gratefulpaws.org.
Please stay tuned and pray they catch the animal who did this. 

MEET Ray Ray....


 

Ray Ray's Story...

 FOSTER (OR FOREVER) HOME NEEDED~~ (Broward County)

THIS IS RAY RAY ~~~
His human is on life support and the family is trying to rehome the pets in the house.  His best friend is a small female Maltese named Sasha.  But Ray is a 3 year old Lab mix and full grown at 35-40 lbs.  He is a LOVE - lots of energy, loves to cuddle but is nervous in new situations.  He is up to date on vaccines, etc. and has being neutered & chipped.  He is now in a foster home in Broward.  He is dog friendly - appears to be housebroken, calm, laid back - does not get on the furniture -- and hardly barks! 
Rehoming fee $250  
Please download an application from our website:  www.gratefulpaws.org
NOTE: Adoption/rehoming fees are applied towards the vet bill: exam, blood tests, vaccinations, fecal, worming, spay/neuter, dental if necessary, and a microchip. There is rarely anything left over, but if that happens, the monies get applied to the next or previous pet - who may have had to have an x-ray, be groomed or have a dental.

THIS IS RAY RAY ~~~

His human is on life support and the family is trying to rehome the pets in the house.  His best friend is a small female Maltese named Sasha.  But Ray is a 3 year old Lab mix and full grown at 35-40 lbs.  He is a LOVE - lots of energy, loves to cuddle but is nervous in new situations.  He is up to date on vaccines, etc. and has been neutered & chipped.  He is now in a foster home in Broward.  He is dog friendly - appears to be housebroken, calm, laid back - does not get on the furniture -- and hardly barks! 

Rehoming fee $250 

 

NOTE: Adoption/rehoming fees are applied towards the vet bill: exam, blood tests, vaccinations, fecal, worming, spay/neuter, dental if necessary, and a microchip. There is rarely anything left over, but if that happens, the monies get applied to the next or previous pet - who may have had to have an x-ray, be groomed or have a dental.


Remember, if you foster for us, we provide EVERYTHING; crate, food, HW and flea/tick meds, etc. It also counts toward school credits and community service hours. He's a sweet dog who needs a 2nd chance. If interested, please contact Grateful Paws @ info@gratefulpaws.org or call 954-462-8840

WOW - WHAT A DAY!
Grateful Paws held our 4th Annual Howl-o-ween Party at Central Bark Doggy Daycare today -- and WHAT A DAY!

Let me start by saying that CENTRAL BARK was a most gracious and generous host. And we would like to openly thank them for their generosity and the opportunity to have our event at their facility. We have tons of pictures but they haven't been downloaded as yet, so please STAY TUNED! And a special thank you to CHER (aka Debbie Knight) who put on quite a show!

Thanks again Central Bark for supporting Grateful Paws and allowing us an opportunity to raise some funds for the animals in our care. Chris, Lary & Kate -- you ROCK.
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ANOTHER “FIND”…

Grateful Paws tries to be supportive of local businesses and is trying to help our economy by buying MADE IN AMERICA products whenever we can—and supporting independent business ~~~ and the first place to start is in our own backyard.  READ MORE on our Sponsors Page.
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Those of you who know us, know that we try to support LOCAL businesses, especially ones who are supportive of Grateful Paws.
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Those of you who know us, know that we try to support LOCAL businesses, especially ones who are supportive of Grateful Paws.

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