Atticus and Scarlett

Wanted to share some of the images, captions, and stories from the Tiny Rescues book so we will post a new one from the book each week. 

“Well, we tried to make you coffee. It’s just that, well . . . YOU know, we are dogs. So instead we just took the jar of beans and spilled them over for you. Also, we pooped in the living room. That wasn’t part of the coffee thing but we figured since we are sharing things we would just get that out of the way.” — Atticus and Scarlett

Atticus opened my eyes to the world of rescue pups and the sheer happiness a dog can possess. He sat in the shelter for three weeks before I came along. My sassy scruff nugget was five years old and ready to go home. I didn’t care about age and found my heart dog in a scruffy mutt with more sass than you could ever imagine. He is perfect little gentleman that isn’t afraid to assert his opinion. His zest for life is contagious and the way he approaches every day with a smile is inspiring. He never fails to make me smile when I need it most.

Scarlett came home six months after Atticus. I saw her picture on the Bradshaw website and knew she was mine. I met her and was signing the paperwork twenty minutes later! She had so much love in her sad eyes, and I couldn’t refuse. Scarlett challenges me daily to be a better human. She has her difficulties, as any adult shelter dog will, but together we are overcoming them all. A man at the park recently commented on our connection and her adoration. Scarlett always knew where I was and stayed close naturally. He was impressed and surprised she’s only been home 8 months. It warmed my heart to know her trust and love was that apparent! Scarlett is slow to trust, but once she lets you in, watch out. Her smile can light up a room!

From the beginning, we’ve been a family.

You can follow Atticus and Scarlett on instagram at

Bradshaw Animal Shelter is Sacramento County’s shelter. They serve the entire county and get animals of all sorts every day. You can find them on Instagram (@bradshawshelter) and Facebook (@SacCountyAnimalCare).

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Past media coverage on our #leveragelove campaigns: The Dodo, The Chive 

We started Leverage Love after seeing some of the popular dog shaming signs on the internet. We wanted to leverage the love we have for our community and rescue pups into something greater. The goal was to accomplish a few things:

1. Raise awareness for rescue organizations

2. Create a positive message about what our rescue dogs do for us.

3. Raise money for rescue.

For #leveragelove3 we are supporting Marley's Mutts:

Marley’s Mutts is a non-profit animal rescue organization tirelessly devoted to saving lives by exploring and cultivating the human-canine bond. Our approach to success is three-fold: 1) Proactive community education and therapy programs which target youth, the incarcerated, the underprivileged, the disadvantaged and the needy, 2) Exhaustive spay and neuter programs for low income, high euthanasia districts and 3) World-wide rescue and rehabilitation programs aimed at saving lives of desperate dogs wherever we can be of service. 

After we posted about #leveragelove3 a local craft brewery, Poseidon Brewing Company reached out and said they wanted to help support this amazing rescue organization as well. 

Here are the details:

1. #leveragelove3 runs from February 1st - February 14th in support of Marley's Mutts. 

2. We want you to create a positive sign about what your rescue pup does for you and your family. Write a post about it, take a photo, and post to instagram. 

3. Use the hashtag #leveragelove3 and tag @marleysmutts, @rescuestrongsupplyco, and @poseidonbrewingco in the photo. 

4. For each #leveragelove3 post made during the 2 week period Poseidon Brewing Company will donate $5 to Marley's Mutts up to $1,000! 

5. Optional but highly encouraged - make a donation to Marley's Mutts and forward the receipt to Rescue Strong will match donations made during the 2 week campaign up to $1,000. 

Let's raise some funds, awareness, and positivity. 

Friday and Viernes

“So . . . Jake is it? You’ve been a great waiter so far, really top notch. We would love to give you a nice tip, it’s just that we forgot our money at home. No pockets, go figure. So we were actually hoping you could just take us to the back and we can lick all the plates clean for you guys. You know, wash the dishes and what not. Seems fair.” — Friday and Viernes

Friday (R) and Viernes (L) were adopted from Southern California shelters. In 2010, I met Friday while volunteering at a small, local shelter. He was just eight months old at the time. One glance into his big brown eyes, and I knew he had to be mine. Friday has been a sweet, loyal companion for over six years and I can’t imagine my world without him.

In 2014, Viernes joined our family when Friday, my boyfriend, and I visited an adoption event. We weren’t planning to adopt another dog, but Viernes immediately stole our hearts and bonded with Friday. We learned that Labs and Friends Rescue rescued her from a county shelter hours before she was scheduled to be killed.

Unexpectedly, the first few months with Viernes were very challenging. We realized that she has fear-based aggression with humans and severe separation anxiety. However, giving up on her was not an option. Two years have now passed, and I’m happy to share that Viernes has made enormous progress. She’s learned to trust us, overcome many insecurities, and become a more confident, balanced dog. Viernes will always have her “quirks” but we’ve learned to embrace them and love her unconditionally.

Friday and Viernes are different in many ways, but they are both reminders that shelter dogs can be wonderful and loving, regardless of their past. They are proof that patience, guidance, and unconditional love really can go a long way. It’s because of them that I will always advocate for pets to be adopted, not bought.

You can follow Friday and Vierenes on instagram.

Labs and Friends is an animal rescue focused on urgent need dogs and cats from Los Angeles high-kill shelters. Additional information about the organization can be found on their website:



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