Bucket List Dog Rescued From Basement Has Died But Received Pure Love for Her Last 10 Months

A neglected dog, who was rescued from the basement of a home in Syracuse, New York, has died. The authorities seized the pit bull, named “Jada,” in January 2016 after a good Samaritan reported seeing an emaciated dog locked in a dirty cage. When Jada was first removed from her home, she was starved and filthy – her pitiful condition required that she be admitted to the Veterinary Medical Center of CNY for urgent care.


After a week of intensive care, Jada was strong enough to join Humane CNY, a non-profit animal shelter serving Upstate New York. Concern over suspicious “lumps and bumps” on her body led to further veterinary diagnostics which revealed widespread cancer.


Upon receiving the sad diagnosis, Humane CNY opted to create a bucket list for Jada – their goal, to keep Jada as “comfortable and happy as possible for as long as possible.”

Jada was showered with love and attention and treated to a wide-variety of activities and treats, including her own birthday party, a steak just for her, meeting with the fire department, appearing on television…and more.


For quite some time, Jada flourished with the love and attention, but ultimately, the sinister cancer within her body took its deadly toll. On Wednesday, the shelter let Facebook fans know that the beloved dog was gone. The post reads in part,

“It is with a very heavy heart, staff of HumaneCNY announces the passing of Jada….Surrounded by both current and past staff who fulfilled her final bucket list item by giving her a loving forever family Jada passed away peacefully this afternoon.”

Jada’s story helped shine a light on animal cruelty and she became the symbol of a survivor. The shelter staff who loved and cared for her made one final request on Jada’s behalf:

We ask that in Jada’s memory donations be made to your local animal shelter or other animal care/rights organization of your choice.


Find Humane CNY on Facebook here. Read more about Jada’s story here.

Website for Humane CNY here.

(Photos via Humane CNY Facebook page)


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. Jamie Nesbitt says:

    I’m so so sorry for your loss. Cancer is a horrible disease. Glad Jada fulfilled the bucket list you’ll set out for her to fullfill. My heart goes out to everyone that was involved in her rescue and her well being. The last 10 months of her life was probably the best she ever had. Sending Prayers to all of you. RIP JADA

  2. Danielle says:


  3. Robert says:

    May you run free in heavens streets. May you sit in the Lap of God be at peace

  4. Donna Vidmar says:

    My the rainbow bridge greet you on the other side with all the loving souls of your admirable breed whom have gone before you.. and may your sweet, innocent and honorable soul rest in the loving peace and arms of our Creator… I apologise for the members of “my” species whom hurt , and gave you nothing but pain and sorrow, I’m so ashamed of the human beings that have not evolved to understand that abuse of any kind toward any species is not necessary, or acceptable in any form… There are humans like those that rescued and loved you till your sad end, that are truly beautiful beings as well… Sadly, just not enough of them. Please find forgiveness for our sad race…. And ask your Creator to send his loving grace to this earth to “help” all of those whom are here and still suffering… namaste dear doggie.,

  5. Sue Giffin says:

    RIP Jada. You are no longer sick, no longer in pain. But now running free chasing the squirrels, catching rays of sun and belly rubs all day. One day sweet angel we will meet again.

  6. Tracey says:

    We, as a humane society, must do better for all the “Jada’s” in the world. Cancer sux!

  7. Denise Triest says:

    RIP dear Jada …Run Free

  8. Marla says:

    RIP. JADA. God speed to the Bridge

  9. Francisca A says:

    What a beautiful tribute to Jada she was truly loved and showered w unconditional love from many thank you for showing her the world is such a short time RIP sweet girl

  10. lourie dudman says:

    Thank you!!!! It warms my heart that people like you are out there doing great things.

  11. Colleen says:

    What a beautiful girl! ! At least she’s at peace and not suffering anymore.

  12. JERRY EDELMAN says:

    My heart just aches for those that suffer without a voice. We MUST do better as a society to give them that voice to STOP THE ABUSE. It is the MORAL thing to do. RIP JADA. So glad you finally got to experience the love you truly deserved.

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