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Too much cuteness! Meet Puppy Bowl players

Published: Saturday, February 04, 2017 @ 11:55 PM

Puppy Bowl athletes up for adoption

All 84 puppies playing in this weekend’s Puppy Bowl are up for adoption.

The puppies come from 44 animal rescue organizations from across the United States, CBS News reports.

The Puppy Bowl pups will be competing on Team Ruff and Team Fluff for show, which airs at 3 p.m. Sunday on Animal Planet. In addition to gridiron antics, the show features special slow motion, water bowl and kiss cams. This year’s event also will include a Hall of Fame to honor legacy players, according to the CBS report.

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Puppies in the bowl range from 12 to 24 weeks old. Breeds include basset hound, beagle, boxer, English bulldog, Chihuahua, cocker spaniel, dachshund, French bulldog, German shepherd, Great Dane, Labrador retriever, pit bull, Pomeranian, poodle, shar-pei, shih tzu, springer spaniel and more.

Puppies aren’t the only animals showing off their cuteness: kittens take center stage for the halftime show.


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3 SICSA adoption "tales” to warm your hearts

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Contributed by SICSA
(Contributed by SICSA)

One longing, droopy gaze from a pup through the wiring of their kennel is almost all it ever takes. 

All the high-pitched yipping and yapping echoing off the cold cement walls of the shelter seems to fade away, as you and your new best friend have a conversation spoken only through a series of wags and smiles.

Their loyalty, unconditional friendship and general cuteness make us humans susceptible to catching the adoption bug at almost any given moment. And generally, it turns out to be the best weakness we have.

The SICSA Pet Adoption Center in Kettering sees hundreds of these moments every year.

>> 5 ways you can show your love to SICSA

We asked SICSA, which is kicking off an expansion project, so share some of its best rescue “tales” through the years. 

Here are a few of those stories, and we invite the community to share their stories . 

1. Jeaneene & Heidi

Jeaneene, Marilyn and Heidi smile for a photo as they take a break in the shade.(Photo submitted by Jeaneene Crowell)

Searching for a new pup to join her family after the passing of her Jack Russell terrier, Jeaneene Crowell stumbled upon Heidi’s photo on the internet and immediately wanted to meet her. 

Kennel anxiety and an extremely energetic spirit caused a few behavioral problems for Heidi, but as soon as Jeaneene and her mother met the young German shepherd as she chased balls in the SICSA yard, the mother-daughter pair knew they wanted to make it work.

(Photo submitted by Jeaneene Crowell)

“They (SICSA) arranged for us a slumber party with Heidi and after a couple days I knew I needed to keep her,” Jeaneene said. “She was so nervous when I got her, she couldn’t wait to get out of buildings, from what I understand she didn’t like being in a kennel ... it was fear based.” 

Living on an almost 10-acre farm between Dayton and Columbus, Jeaneene’s home turned out to be a paradise for her spunky new daughter. Jeaneene’s mother, Marilyn, plays fetch — Heidi’s favorite pastime— with her for hours on end almost every day. 

Heidi has in fact made many attempts to “teach” the horses on the farm to play ball with her. The horses have not returned Heidi’s enthusiasm, Jeaneene said.

>> People, pets line up to support SICSA at Lift Your Leg event 

(Photo submitted by Jeaneene Crowell)

“I’m her playmate. If I’m slow getting ready to go outside, she comes in to get me, sometimes with her ball in her mouth, and she has that look that she knows melts my heart. Whatever I’m doing, I have to drop it to play with her,” Marilyn said.

When Jeaneene arrives home from work, Heidi goes right into "work" mode, ready to patrol the farm in the four-wheeler. 

“When I get home, she gives me 5 or 10 minutes to get changed and ready to go and then she’s bugging me because it’s time to do our tours. She goes from ball mode to tour mode,” Jeaneene said.

Heidi, a once harder to place dog, is now just as big of a part of Jeaneene’s family as any other two-legged member.

>> 5 things to know about SICSA

2. Katie & Twizzler, Tortilla (Leia) and Luke

(Photo submitted by Katie Miller)

Katie Miller, a regular SICSA volunteer, adored watching Twizzler, Tortilla and Luke pal-around in the “MEOW house” every time she volunteered at the center. 

The best of friends, the three kittens came from different litters, but became inseparable while prowling around the MEOW house. Tortilla was the runt, and after the rest of her litter was adopted, she decided to make Twizzler and Luke her new squad.

(Submitted by Katie Miller)

Early this year, as grad school research kept Miller cooped up in her home — PJ’s her constant attire — she knew she needed a stress-relieving escape. Once she began volunteering at SICSA, she decided to keep the feline friends together at home with her.

(Contributed by Katie Miller)

“I grew up a dog person, but once I got out of college, I wanted a pet but couldn’t have a dog. So I got a cat and fell in love,” Miller said. “Cats get a bad rap for not being affectionate, and that’s so wrong. They’re super affectionate, just not overt about it like dogs. Dogs almost stress me out now. When they want attention, they want attention right now. Cats might cry a couple times, but then they’ll just come and sit next to you and chill.”

Sadly, little Tortilla passed away just a month ago.

“It was extremely hard, but we were able to give her a couple months with her best friends in a happy home with a lot of lazer lights,” Miller said.

>> Do yoga with cats every month in Dayton

3. Erin and Richard Glinski & Sassy and Smokey Bear

(Submitted by Erin Glinski)

This heart-warming adoption story begins at the end of another. A major life change forced Richard Glinski to return to SICSA, a bonded mother-daughter canine pair he’d adopted years earlier.

After marrying Erin, the couple decided this past February, that they were ready to expand their family. 

Sassy and Smokey Bear were a closely bonded chow chow pair living at SICSA, after their original owners passed away. The senior pups were from different litters, however, they instantly grew attached, and haven’t separated since. 

(Submitted by Erin Glinski)

“They’ve been great companions and have become little celebrities in the neighborhood,” Erin said. “Adopting a senior dog was hard for us because we knew we wouldn’t have them as long, but really, it has been a blessing for us … for us going the senior dog route was a great option and people shouldn’t rule it out, it can be a great experience.”

After a lifetime of friendship, Sassy spent her last month with Smokey Bear in the Glinski’s home. One recent morning, Erin and Richard found Sassy had passed away in their living room with Smokey Bear by her side, affectionately licking her face.

(Submitted by Erin Glinski)

For a few days, Erin said Smokey Bear was visibly depressed. However, for once in his life, Smokey Bear is getting to experience the limelight.

“Sassy was the more dominant dog between the two, so now that he has more independence,” Erin said. 

>> SICSA moves forward with plans to build new facility in Washington Twp.

>> 5 things to know about SICSA and its new facility


Send your “pet rescue tales” to with the subject line RESCUE TALES, photos of you and your pet and a 200-word story about how you changed your pet’s life and how your pet has changed yours! Please include your first and last name, hometown and a daytime phone number.


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Emaciated dog recovering at foster home

Published: Monday, October 12, 2015 @ 10:16 PM
Updated: Monday, October 12, 2015 @ 11:03 PM

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A dog that was nothing but skin and bones and found tied to a tree has been in a foster home.

Ody weighed 26 pounds when he arrived Monday at the GVS Blue Pearl Animal Hospital in Sandy Springs Georgia.

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Angels Among Us got a call from Fulton County Animal Services that they recovered a dog in desperate need of medical attention. The dog was Odysseus, or Ody or short. He couldn't stand up when he was brought to the hospital.

However, according to his foster mom,  Ody is doing phenomenal. 

Foster mom Nicole says his personality continues to come out more and more each day and that he's become quite vocal.

He lets her know when he's hungry and when he needs to go potty.

She says he's quite a character.

He's still eating well and still loves his puppy food.

He recently discovered his love of toys too.

Angels Among Us thanked everyone for their support for sweet Odysseus and for following them on their mission to "Rescue One Until There Are None."

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Want a dog? Try a TSA canine dropout

Published: Wednesday, November 04, 2015 @ 11:34 PM
Updated: Wednesday, November 04, 2015 @ 11:34 PM

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If you didn't get good grades in school you might have something in common with the dogs the Transportation Security Administration wants people to adopt.

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The TSA reminded people that dogs who failed their bomb-sniffing test are available for adoption.

But let's not judge them too harshly for flunking. The pups had to go through 12 weeks of intensive training

Retired TSA dogs are also available for forever homes. Every year they have to go through a grueling recertification process.

The dogs range from 2-year-old puppies to distinguished ten-year-olds. Breeds available include Labrador Retrievers and German Shepherds.

The working TSA canines live with their handlers and many live life as a family dog on nights and weekends, according to Often, the dogs are adopted by them when they retire. 

TSA said most of the canines aren't used to living in a home because they lived in kennels. All pups are spayed and neutered prior to adoption. Also, they're free. 

So if the TSA dogs are the highlight of your airport security experience, you can email TSA for an application and be ready make the trip to San Antonio to claim your new best friend. 

But it's pretty competitive. Back in July, TSA received more than 500 applications. The program launched in 2011 and it's helped more than 100 dogs find homes.  

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Adopted dog travels 2 days, walks 11 miles, to return to foster mom

Published: Monday, November 09, 2015 @ 10:52 AM
Updated: Monday, November 09, 2015 @ 3:44 PM

            Hank the dog
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A woman was shocked when her former foster dog showed up at her house.

Rachel Kauffman told the Commercial Appeal that she took in a white shepherd named Hank from a shelter as a foster dog. She only cared for him for about two days, but the two formed a tight bond.

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Kauffman already had two dogs of her own and a puppy she was fostering. She had no plans to grow her furry family.

As planned, Hank moved to a longer-term foster home a few days later.

But just two days after moving into the new home, Hank escaped and made his way back to Kauffman's home in Memphis, Tennessee. A rescue group called Animal Lovers searched for him until he turned up at Kauffman's house.

“When it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be,” said Kauffman.

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After 11 miles, it's pretty clear that Hank wanted his forever home to be with Rachel Kauffman.

Posted by The Commercial Appeal on Friday, November 6, 2015

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