16 Abandoned Dogs Get A Fresh Start With Missouri Animal Shelter

Sixteen neglected dogs, abandoned near the Warrensburg Animal Shelter on the 4th of July, are getting a fresh start from compassionate shelter staff and a supportive community.

Shortly after the abandoned dogs were found, the animal shelter alerted its Facebook followers about the troubling situation:

When sadness and despair are all you have known, a gentle touch can change your life.

On July 4th, 2017 14 dogs were found near the Warrensburg Animal Shelter. Through collaborative efforts by Warrensburg Animal Control, Warrensburg Police Department, Warrensburg Parks & Recreation, and shelter staff, these dogs were rescued, and brought to WAS for treatment and care.

The neglected dogs were desperately in need of grooming – fortunately, area groomers were happy to answer the call for help.

Look who got all fancy! These two girls are part of the crew rescued from the baseball field. Big Thank you to Alpine Kennels for helping these girls. They look fabulous. In the process of shaving all them down, staff found this piece of wire embedded in the leg of one of the dogs. These girls are on the road to recovery and a better life thanks to your help!

With a little tender loving care, the dogs barely resembled their former selves.

Gotta give a shout out to the amazing ladies at Wag-N-Tails Pet Resort for helping this pretty lady with her transformation from Matted Mess to Dashing Diva! Thank you for helping this girl get on her road to recovery from the life she formerly lived!

All of the rescued pups were treated to much-needed pampering and the community did its part to help the animal shelter with funds and supplies – the shelter wrote:

Donations have been pouring in all day to help with the care of the “Sweet 16” dogs rescued on July as well as all the other pets currently at the shelter. Thank you to everyone who had donated funds or supplies.

Though the canine makeovers have these pups looking vastly better, it will be awhile before they are ready to be adopted. According to the Kansas City Star, some of the dogs may be pregnant and many of them require a good deal of socializing.

But life has already vastly improved for the “Independence 16.”

Click here to find a fundraiser established to help the shelter care for these dogs.

Find the Warrensburg Animal Shelter on Facebook here.

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Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at Examiner.com for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.


  1. Lisa Blanck says:

    This is Missouri, the puppymill capital of the country. Can there be any doubt that’s where they came from; who knows how many are still being held hostage.

  2. Lynne says:

    Excellent and now that I see more human items being donated to the shelter we will get out city and county shelter to come to our thrift shop and get the items they can use for dogs and cats!

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