Abandoned and Neglected Dogs Desperately Want a ‘Home for the Holidays’

Everyone wants a home for the holidays –especially the abandoned, neglected, and injured dogs like the one pictured above, who struggle to survive in the rural areas outside Miami, like Homestead.

Dogs like the ones in the video below have been abandoned to die in an area called Redland, where the roads are badly rutted and the dogs fight for food. It’s a dangerous place for a dumped dog, but people drive there every day and leave their pets behind; residents often see the dogs chasing the car as it drives away. They don’t know how to survive, there is nothing for them to eat, no shelter from cold or storms, and no reassurance that “things will be okay.”

“There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays” is a popular holiday song from 1954 that has passed the test of time. And a special initiative that has been dubbed “Home for the Holidays” is in place to get abandoned dogs that are endangered into safety. A coalition of three groups, Pets Broward, the Pegasus Foundation and Cold Noses Foundation teamed together to save as many dogs from Redland as they could.

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Their goal? To pay for the full cost of vetting abandoned dogs, including spay/neuter, vaccinations, deworming, flea and tick treatment, and any other testing or treatment that each dog needs, so that rescues can take dogs at no cost and find them homes.

Pets Broward told Shelter Me that,

“I know that rescues sometimes can’t pull dogs because of finances, so I thought that if we present a fully vetted dog it’s an incentive, it removes a barrier as to why they might not take a dog. We’re hoping that if we take the cost factor our of helping these animals, more rescues will step up and help.”

The Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project feeds the stray and

He needs to be in rescue or adopted and safe

abandoned dogs in Redland and other rural areas of South Florida, but they have no place for the dogs to go. Even the friendliest of dogs must wait for a rescue willing to accept the dog. What better way to help rescues help the dogs than to make sure all dogs are already vetted and ready to be adopted? That’s the goal of “Home for the Holidays.”

The website for the coalition states: ‘Cold Noses Foundation, along with Pegasus Foundation, Pets Broward and Justin Bartlett  Veterinary Hospital, has teamed to form the “Everglades Animals Coalition.” This coalition is a team of animal grant-makers and rescuers tackling the problem of unwanted litters and animal dumping in the Everglades.’ This group will completely vet the dogs, including all the dogs in the video below who need rescuing, for any rescue or adopter.

Bubba has a home for the holidays. He is a very lucky — and happy — dog.

All of the dogs in the video and pictured here need homes. All except for one: Bubba. Bubba’s story is heartwarming. He was picked up and taken to the vet to be checked and neutered. The process is that dogs are vetted the first day and spayed or neutered on the second day. They spend the night at the veterinary clinic. On his second day at the clinic, an orthopedic surgeon came to do surgery and fell in love with Bubba. He had recently lost his dog. When the rescue went to take him, the vet told them, “No! I want him.” So now, Bubba is not only safe, but he is one of the lucky dogs who will have a home for the holidays.

Below is a video of a Redland rescue of a mother stray and her puppies. They had been trying to catch these dogs for days. Now they are safe.

Handsome dog needs rescue

Do you know a rescue that can help? Do you want to adopt a dog, and are you in Florida? Contact either Pets Broward or the Rock Pit group and let them know. Want to make a difference with a holiday donation to a worthy cause? Donate to Pets Broward here and to Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project here (see the blue donate button). Happy holidays.


Read more about the Redland dogs and their needs at:

Part I: Volunteers feed and save abandoned, hungry dogs; Part II: The Solution; Rescuers Mourn the Death of Abby — the Dog They Couldn’t Save.

Pamela Kramer

​Animal lover and rescuer. Lives with 4 cats, 4 dogs, 1 bird, 2 frogs and usually one foster animal (and very understanding husband). Reviews books (especially about animals) and educates children about compassion toward animals. Former household animals include rabbits, rats, and other assorted creatures. Also writes at pamelakramer.com


  1. Cheryl Jackson says:

    We have rescued a number of dogs from the Redlands through this Redlands group I am wondering if they would qualify we still have two of them left. You can call me at 561-400-1848 if there’s anyway that we can get reimbursed on the vet fees

  2. Cheryl Jackson says:

    Hi-not sure if I sent this or not but how do I go about inquiring about a dog I see on the video at 3:03 that looks like a black and tan Shepherd/sheepdog? Has the eyes of my Shelby I just let cross over this past week. Also, there is a dog in the slideshow that looks like part Dutch Shepherd? No names on either and ? if male/female? How do I find out. Thanks..Donna Schambach schamy-tanning@tampabay.rr.com

    1. Pamela Kramer says:

      I think you’d have to contact Pets Broward for that information!

  3. Cheryl Jackson says:

    How do I inquire about a dog I see in the video but no name I’m interested in? Has the eyes of my Shelby (Belgian Sheepdog & my profile pic) I just let cross over The Rainbow Bridge this past week. The dog I’m inquiring about is a black and tan ?Shepherd/Sheepdog? The dog views at 3min 03sec. on there and there is also another I am curious about and is one that looks like part Dutch Shepherd in the other slide show? Again, no name or male/female so??? Thanks… Donna Schambach / schamy-tanning@tampabay.rr.com

  4. Adam says:

    Is scruffy available still. I have a 2 year old American bulldog and she lost her pal a year ago. She needs a companion and a pal to hang with. She’s dominant so needs a passive male/ female. Looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks,

    1. Pamela Kramer says:

      Please go to the Facebook link and inquire there! Good luck.

  5. Kosh says:

    Where can food be donated for those who are able to do that? Can cameras be placed to see who is doing this? Maybe monies can be gotten from them to help feed the rest of them. This is horrible. Can’t there be a civilized place to where the dumpers can take their unwanted pets?

    1. Pamela Kramer says:

      If you go to the Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project, there is a link to their Amazon wishlist and you can donate food. Ask where to have it sent. Otherwise, there are links to where to donate in the article. Cameras are impractical because the area is around 40 miles square. The county shelter kills many dogs and is over an hour away, so many don’t want to take their dogs there.

  6. Janet Premwong says:

    How awesome thank you for this wonderful story about Miami strays 🐶🐾

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