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Benji came into our rescue in August of 2015. He was picked up by the local ACO who located his owner only to be told "she didn't want him back". Thankfully the ACO asked PADR to take him in or we would never had the pleasure of meeting sweet Benji. Benji came to us with an inoperable tumor. Not knowing how long he would be with us due to his health we placed him in our sanctuary program. We believe Benji would have turned 12 this year, although we don't know the quality of his first 11+/- years of life, we know his last 7 months were filled with love, fun and adventure and for that we thank his foster family. Benji quickly became part of the Rawlings family and took a special liking to his foster sister and BFF Kylie. If Kylie wasn't home for an extended period of time, Benji would mope around the house and refuse to eat. In this picture, he was watching her as she walked to the laundry room. If she was home, he wasn't too far away. His foster mom Rachel held him until he crossed the bridge, as she said "It's the most important part of rescue..........being there when they need you the most".

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JoJo is approximately between the ages of 17 and 20 years of age and was sanctuary pup here at PADR. He was deaf and frail at a little over 6 pounds, and you would be hard pressed to find a sweeter pup. He came to us in 2017 as an owner surrender. He had not seen a vet in 8 years, was not neutered and had one of the worse case of dental disease that we have seen. We had him neutered, brought him up to date on his shots and gave him a dental.   During his dental surgery a  oromaxillary fistula was found  and his vet was unable to close it. This was of concern, because it went thru his nasal cavity and there was potential of food or water getting into his lungs. We found a specialist that was willing to help JoJo for a reduced cost and he successfully closed the fistula!!  After his recovery, JoJo felt like a new man, ....... an old man but still better than he had in years.

Sadly, in January 2021, JoJo crossed the rainbow bridge.

Eva Marie
It is with great sadness that I announce that Eva has crossed the Rainbow Bridge.
On Oct. 16, 2016, I picked Eva up in Sturbridge, MA, she and her family just having moved here from the mid-west only to discover they couldn't have pets in their new home. Eva did everything in her power to get back in their car. It was absolutely heartbreaking. I fostered Eva and immediately fell in love with her, as did her foster dad. A couple months later, , Eva got an app and she settled into what was thought to be her new forever home, well... until she got into the trash and was returned to me. I thought, that's it, she will stay with me.
The following spring, on a whim, we took a walk down to a local festival and we were not there 5 minutes and this lovely woman, who recently lost her doxie, came running over to me and she and Eva connected! It was fate!! On April 14, 2017, Eva was adopted and quickly fell into step with her new mom, dad and furbrother Max. She and Max were two peas in a pod, until his recent passing.


We are saddened to announce that Kya has crossed the Rainbow Bridge.   Kya came to us as an owner surrender on June 23, 2016 and surprisingly never, ever received an application for adoption.   We guess she was where she belonged, and her foster mom adopted her earlier this year.   She was given a third chance on life when she came to us, after being rescued from a high kill shelter in California and moving to MA.  A divorce changed everything, and Kya found her what was meant to be her new forever mom, Eileen.   Kya was full of spunk, lovable and a great companion.  She will be fondly remembered by all that had the pleasure of meeting her and forever missed by her mom.  Run Free Kya



Sweet Simon and his sister Sophie came to us the day after Thanksgiving 2019.   He was believed to be 15 years of age at his passing on August 24, 2020.  Simon and Sophie were previously rescued from a high kill shelter in California and moved to CT with their new family.   Due to no fault of their own,  they were surrended to PADR a few years later.    We love seniors here at PADR, and they ALL leave lasting memories but Simon and his foster mom bonded immediately and he took a piece of her heart with him to the Rainbow Bridge.



In late September 2015, we  had the privilege to bring a 16 year young senior “PD” into our rescue to spend the rest of his days showered with love in a safe comfortable environment after being surrendered to  a shelter in CT. What we did not expect is to fall in love so quickly with this easy going pup with tail wagging nonstop and all the reason in the world to dislike people after years of giving love and companionship to the very people that would one day discard him.  PD passed away three weeks later in his sleep, in his comfy bed with his blanky.   We are very happy to have known this wonderful soul if only for 3 weeks.

RIP “PD” you will always have a place in our hearts….

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