Sniffles and Friends Professional Dog Walking Service is also fully
involved in the permanent placement of loving cats and dogs throughout
Philadelphia, PA. Sue is also a member of the Philadelphia Community
Cat Council and she networks with their transport, rescue, fostering and
spay and neuter efforts in Philadelphia.
For more information on animal adoption and to
find animals looking for homes in your area,
please contact Sniffles and Friends Professional
Pet Sitting Service or the following resources:
They're adorable, they're the best friends anyone could have, they're so much fun,
they give unconditional love that is indescribable. They're also a life-long
commitment and a responsibility that should not be taken lightly. A pet is a family
member for life!
Sniffles and Friends asks that you please read the following page from the AKC
before you make this commitment .
There are lots of beautiful cats are available for adoption at Green Street Rescue!
Contact Sue for details about these or any other adorable feline friends at Green
Green Street Rescue's website lists lots of little sweeties who are currently
looking for fur-ever homes!
Here's a "feel good" story for everyone who is still reeling from the devastating
events of earlier this week in the Philadephia dog community.
The week of June 14th, 2010 a young lady named Bernie called Kathy Jordan at
Green Street Rescue and asked for some help. She had been feeding a dog just
off the very busy, very treacherous traffic area off the southbound Bridge Street
exit of Interstate 95.
Bernie was driving her husband to work one morning and he noticed a dog
sitting under a highway column. They couldn't catch the dog, as she was
frightened and ran from them, but each day since the first sighting they brought
her food, fresh water, and even set up a little bed/sleeping area for her under
the second support column right off the exit.
Bernie was getting worried because the dog still wouldn't let them approach her
to get her some assistance, so she emailed Kathy for some advice.
Kathy forwarded the mail to me and a few other dog rescue friends.
Sue Senn lives a mile from I-95 so I made arrangements to meet with Bernie first
thing the next morning; where sure enough the dog was there waiting for her
breakfast. After parking her car behind Bernie's alongside the very busy exit,
Sue waited for about 20 cars and trucks to whiz-by before gingerly getting out of
her car with a slip lead and a hamburger patty to hopefully to lure the dog with.
After dodging a few more cars she finally made her way across the roadside and
into the thickly overgrown ravine to check out the dog.
The dog was very frightened and ran away as Sue and Bernie filled her food and
water bowls, sticking around for a few minutes to see if the dog would return -
but she did not.
Sue went back later in the day, still no luck, the dog ran again.
In the meantime, Sue met with one her most experienced dog-handling friends,
Ray Little, went to the doggie's favorite food and rest spot to set up a humane
trap. They monitored it every three hours, along with Chris Kennedy and Beth
Strecker, more rescue friends who live nearby.
The dog did not come by that night so around dinnertime the following day, Sue
stopped at Kentucky Fried Chicken, bought a 3-piece meal and threw it into the
The next morning when Sue's cellphone rang she knew Ray had good news for
her! Their little wanderer had ventured into the trap to enjoy a chicken dinner.
The dog was naturally apprehensive as Ray leashed her up and they lifted her
over the barriers and into Ray's car. It didn't take long for the dog to allow them
to pet her, and soon she seemed very relieved and happy.
Meanwhile a PennDOT truck had pulled in behind their cars. The gentleman
jumped out and after seeing what was going on said, "You got the dog! Thank
God! I've been feeding her for two or three years down here! No one would
come and help me catch her - she kept running away!" The PenDOT worker went
on to say that the dog even had a litter of puppies under the highway last winter
but one-by-one they starved and froze to death.
Ray decided to name the beautiful exotic Asian lady "Wei-Wei" after the
precocious Chinese pandas who were on-loan to a U.S. zoo several years back
and she went on her long Thursday adventure to the vet for a checkup, where
astoundingly she was found to be in perfect health aside from a slightly elevated
white count, indicative of infection - probably because she was covered with
ticks and fleas!
Gwen at Chez Bow-Wow kindly jumped
in to the rescue and spent hours that
night shaving off years of matted hair,
pulling off hundreds of ticks, splinters,
fleas, burs, and who knows what else
off of our patient Wei-Wei. All the while,
Wei-Wei sat at the salon like a little
princess enjoying all the fuss and the
royal treatment, all on Gwen's own time,
and expecting no payment in return for
her hours of hard work.
Sue was there with them until 8 o'clock that night when Ray and Gwen were
going to give Wei-Wei bath #2 before moving on to a doggie hotel the next
morning. Wei-Wei would stay at the doggie hotel for a few days while they looked
for placement in either a foster home or with a forever family.
Today Sniffles and Friends are looking forward to hopefully seeing their sweet
Wei-Wei again and can't wait to see where her adventure takes her.
So, when people ask, "Why do you bother? Isn't it a waste of time? One dog or
cat gets help but there are still so many more that it never ends" be reminded of
the story of Wei-Wei.
There are few comparable experiences in life that provide the level of
gratification that results from successfully rescuing animals in need. This is
something that Ray, Chris, Bernie, Gwen, Kathy, Beth, a very nice and
compassionate veterinary staff at VSEC and PSPCA, the many, many concerned
dog rescues who contacted Sue and offered help and support, have felt upon
rescuing just one lonely dog. Actually being there and seeing the gratitude,
happiness, and instinctive trust in the eyes of these brave, resourceful,
beautiful animals is what motivates and encourages the selfless acts of animal
PUPDATE - September 19, 2010 - After several months being spoiled at Mainline
Animal Rescue our beautiful friend WeiWei went to her forever home today in
Chester County - she has a big fenced-in yard with lots of room to run and play
and her own family who loves her dearly!