I sat in my office, when across came a plea,for a sweet shelter pup, who was really in need.You could tell he wasn’t cared for, that love was unknown, and now to save his life, he needed a home.Without hesitation, I had to step in so I posted on Facebook, “I will take him!” A wonderful rescue had seen him as well,and could tell this sweet boy had been through such hell.So a hold it was placed, his life had been saved.And it seemed like forever, instead of a day.That he would be mine, and home he would go,And finally, love would be something he’d know.I could tell when I met him, as precious as could be,That he was so sick, so tired and so weak.

The vet gave him meds and prayers to get well,and on our way we went, the relief that I felt.His room was set up, as comfy as could be,With pillows and blankets and of course “a baby”.I lay with him in there and just pet his head I knew he felt safe, as he lay in his bed.My heart broke because I could feel he was so sick,He struggled to breathe and could walk only a bit.I had even gotten him the most delicious of treats,and despite a full bowl, he had no interest to eat.It was the following day a decision was made,Rusty needed more help, like an overnight stay.So I drove to the vet and sat with him on the floor.Kept him warm with a blanket, because I couldn’t do too much more.I gave him a kiss on his white, freckled, nose,And held back the tears as they told me I could go.I knew he was in good hands, but wanted him with me,In my heart I told myself, he was in the best place he could be.The prognosis was poor and it tore me apart,With so little options, I knew in my heart.”Goodbye” was the only way, to set this boy free Of cancer, pneumonia, no more would it be.On a soft, red, blanket with his duck by his side I cuddled along side him and said my goodbyes.He looked do peaceful as into slumber he went I cried so hard thinking the life he had spent Rusty, my sweet, red headed friend, over the rainbow we will see you again. Know that you touched so many hearts And will live in our memories, while we’re apart.



Rex came to us after a good citizen found him in an alley and brought him into the rescue’s vet. Rex was very thin, lethargic and just all around not feeling well. After a few days with the vet on fluids, he came around and was ready to go to a foster home. About two weeks later, Rex’s foster noticed his front legs starting to knuckle and with early intervention, the vet bandaged his legs to help them heal and “straighten” to a normal position.

Just as Rex started to feel better from that obstacle, his foster noticed a dramatic change in his behavior. He was having difficulty walking, laying down, and he just did not seem comfortable. We quickly rushed him to the vet to find out he suffered from hydrocephalus, which is fluid around the brain. The diagnosis was not good. We planned to give him the night to see a specialist but Rex declined quickly over a few hours. There was nothing we could do. Rex passed peacefully that night knowing love and kindness. In a short time, Rex stole the hearts of many and is deeply missed.

Marguerite Orrico

Our hearts go out to the friends and family of Marguerite Orrico who recently passed away. Marguerite was an amazing woman with such a kind heart, who gave so much for animals in need. She was always there for the dogs of Dogs are Deserving and we will be eternally grateful. With her passing –the animals and all who knew her– lost a truly special person. Words cannot express how saddened we are, and how much we’ll miss her love and support. She will always be in the hearts of everyone here at Dogs are Deserving Rescue. Rest in peace Marguerite.


We received an urgent call from a friend on June 19th that there was a pit puppy tied to a trailer in a trailer park. We rushed over there to find little Pablo laying in his own vomit and stool. Poor baby was only three months old. The “owner” said he put him out there because he was throwing up all over the house. The night before we had a terrible rain and Pablo was soaking wet. As I approached, the poor baby couldn’t even lift his head but he wagged his tail. I rushed him to the vet and they took him immediately and did a Parvo test. The test came back positive. Pablo stayed at the vet getting the care he needed through the night.

The poor little boy just couldn’t fight anymore he passed away the next morning. Even though we only had Pablo with us for a very short time he holds a special place in our hearts and reminds us why we do what we do when times get tough. We had Pablo cremated and he is now at his forever home with the DAD Rescue. Rest in Peace Sweet boy!

Kathy Boyle

Kathy was not only a volunteer for Dogs are Deserving but she was also a dear friend. She worked tirelessly to help animals in need. Her creativity and passion will live on in our hearts as well as the hearts of the animals she helped save. Kathy you are deeply missed. Rest in peace!


We pulled sweet little Grace from CACC. Apparently, Grace had been sick since the beginning of May and when we pulled her we brought her directly to our vet who started her on antibiotics and fluids. We are brokenhearted this beautiful baby passed away the next day. She was just to sick to fight anymore. She didn’t die alone, she passed in loving arms which does not make it any easier. We had no idea she was even sick or we would have pulled her sooner to get her to the vet. Rest in peace sweet girl we are so very sorry you didn’t get the care you needed sooner.


Thank you all for caring so very much about sweet Sunny! She received a time of love and spoiling with her awesome foster mommy Heidi! Without her this baby would have never known she was so loved before she passed. Heidi loved her and Sunny loved her back. When we met at the vets Sunny was a completely different dog…her body language showed she knew she was loved! Sunny was doing well; however, our vet examined her and determine it was best to let her go to the rainbow bridge knowing love and peace instead of passing or living in agony. The tumor was rock solid and larger than a baseball and closing of her trachea. Sunny passed peacefully with a group of us around her. She was surrounded by so much love! Run free sweet girl!


This sweet 10 year old girl was only with us a very short time. We pulled her from CACC so she wouldn’t die alone. We wanted her to cross the bridge knowing she was so loved! Her fosters spoiled her, showed her love, and nourished her soul by hand feeding her, giving her a comfy place to sleep, and snuggling her as much as they could. She had been dumped in the shelter 3 weeks prior to us pulling her, sick, sad, and

confused. In a short time she was able to figure out how to nudge her fosters for constant affection and weasel her way into an unforgettable place in their and all of our hearts. Snowy went out in style being held by her foster who showered with kisses and surrounded by love. Run free sweet girl!


Faith was found as a stray in the freezing cold and brought to animal care and control where she spent one night. We are able to secure amazing foster family to love and care for her. We didn’t know what was wrong with her skin in the beginning; however, the vet thought it was cancer. After a biopsy it was confirmed. Her condition led us to believe she didn’t have much time left. Her foster dsaid, my heart is broken but I am

so glad we got to fill her last two weeks with love, soft beds, and special treats. She was the sweetest, easiest dog I’ve ever met. The house is a little emptier today without her in it. Rest in peace sweet girl!



Sweet boy you were not with us very long but you were loved so much by some many. I am glad we were able to be with you and send you off to the rainbow bridge in peace. Run free handsome boy!send you off


Ernestine was and still is a genuinely kind hearted spirit who was truly failed by humans. We have never met a kinder pup. We so wish we could have done something to keep her here with us. This world needs more kind souls. Unlike the person who surrendered her, we will never forget her or her name.




Willie Mays



From Geralds Foster Mom & Dad:

One year ago today, we brought home our very special first foster baby. Gerald gave us a few challenges, but we loved him all the same.

Poor guy couldn’t catch a break, and after a long string of vets and specialists, we found out he had nasal cancer, and he was in alot of pain. He passed away about two months ago while we were on our honeymoon.

Rest In Peace Gerry Berry, you were the best.


From Blue Hospice Foster Mom:

Thanks to all of the DAD’s peeps that helped make Blue break from doggy prison possible. He was picked up by Chicago Animal Control in November of last year and they discovered he had been a guest there previously.

They also confirmed from his microchip that he was 11 years old. Blue was able to spend his final chapter lounging in cozy, comfy beds, and was smothered in hugs, kisses, and cuddles. Even when he did not feel good, he would lift his front leg to let me know he wanted his chest scratched. I am pretty sure he loved his new life being doted on with car rides, trips to the bank (where he was a favorite and received 3 treats upon arrival, and another 3 when the transaction was completed), vacations to Jana’s house, and the Northwoods, boat rides, and walkies, and at the end wagon walkies. He was a hot mess with many health issues but he was still a happy, grateful boy. Tuesday night he developed seizures and passed away Wednesday morning. Thanks again to everyone who made his expensive medications possible to ensure his quality of life and a special thanks to Dr. Brandy for taking such great care of the old guy and not giving up on him. And thanks to Jana for giving me the opportunity to be Blue mom.



Our sweet Berry lost his fight to Parvo. He was only 12 weeks old. During his short life, Berry was so loved and adored by many, especially his foster mom, Anna. He always had a warm lap to nap in, and plenty of doggie pals to learn from and play with. We know Berry is at peace, and playing with all of the toys and taking all of the adventures his little heart desires. You will be so missed little Blueberry






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Sprinkler was a very special, one of a kind boy. A lover of adventure, playing ball and being with his best buddy and trainer, Manny. Forever in our hearts and over the rainbow bridge. Rest in Peace, Sprinkler.