California Rescue Group Gives Unwanted Special Needs Dogs A Second Chance

In 2010, Hillary Benda fell in love with a down-on-his-luck senior dog who was living in an animal shelter after being abandoned by his owner. The neglected dog, named Beople, flourished under Benda’s loving care and inspired the 2013 creation of her non-profit organization, Beople’s Buddies Animal Rescue.

The rescue group aims to help other dogs like Beople…dogs who might be overlooked because they are in poor health, or are living with some type of disability. The group’s mission is, “to rehabilitate abandoned animals and promote forever homes through compatibility-based placements.”

Dogs like Princess Coconut, who was born with dysfunctional rear legs and wound up homeless at an animal shelter where she was passed by, time and again, because of her disability, reported NBC Los Angeles. Princess Coconut was under-socialized and frightened of most everything when she was taken under the rescue group’s wing, but a good deal of tender loving care, lots of socializing and a special wheelchair, were just the things to help the Labradoodle mix find a new home.

Today, Princess Coconut is living the life of royalty with the Laine family of Long Beach. Alexandria Laine told NBC Los Angeles about her choice to bring this special needs dog into her family’s life, “Even though you’re a blessing to their lives, they end up being a blessing to you more than anything.”

Though Beople is no longer alive, he continues to provide inspiration to the people who keep Beople’s Buddies Animal Rescue going. Read more about the rescue group at this link to the rescue agency’s website.

Find Beople’s Buddies Animal Rescue on Facebook here.

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Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at 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 comment

  1. Lynn says:

    God Bless you for loving the underdogs and giving them a chance for a loving life. It’s sad that people don’t realize they aren’t a burden because of a disability but that they are unique and special and like any other animal has a lot of love to give and teaches us a new outlook on life and thankfulness . I hope more people will come around to this great idea and chance for that special love❤

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