Animals Without Limits

American Swedish non profit organisation

Category Archives: abandoned dog



 This Senior Girl is a wonderful lady. SHe was abandon by her owners when she became “old” and left in  a shelter. On concrete she sat, day in and day out waiting for them to come back. But they never did. Love became sick and depressed. AWL saw the picture and “cry for help”

 We asked the shelter to adopt her to our Casa dell Amore.

 This is what it’s all about. Our Hospice is not a shelter with cages. It is a recovery home were all the clients have their own room, bed and menu. We got many loving volunteers and thanks to your donations we can continue helping those who are left behind.

Right now we are nearly out of medicines. These are the ones we need the most.

On our blog you can make a donation on PAYPAL.

That’s Amore!



 THIS IS CHARLIE! He was roaming around in a Parco down in Italy. He is one of these boys that got abandon by his family. They dumped him on the streets.

 A warm family have arranged for Charlie to stay for a short time in a garage. We need a family for Charlie. He is 1 year old we guess. His weight is around 18 kg but could use to gain another 5 kg.

Charlie cannot wait to met you and to be his forever friend.  Next week AWL will sponsor his castration.
For more information please contact us


A couple of months ago I received an e-mail from an American family who asked us for help. Their dog, GUS whom they had had for nearly 12 years had changed his temperament after a fire in their former home. (To refresh your memory please read earlier posting.)  
According to them, he had snapped at their young child and even the dad. 
I knew something was wrong in that statement, I felt it in my gut, and I couldn’t acccept that he was in a kennel and the family was leaving Italy without him. I knew this was only a form of stress after the fire.
From Germany, I tried to find someone who could foster GUS until Minna and I would come down. It was about four weeks I needed help and I needed help to evaluate GUS since I knew he was not a dangerous dog. Help was important since we could work faster to find a solution for GUS. 
But everywhere we turned for help, either people had their own house full of dogs and cats, or they were afraid that he would be “harmed” to be in a home and then move again (never heard about something that ridicules, some would rather have Gus depressed loosing weight than giving him 24/7 watch and health!) Some were afraid what veterinarian bills would be high, he was old after all. 
No one expressed any desire to go to him every day just for a little while, to play soccer or give him some treats. When Minna and I finally arrived down to Italy we rushed to the kennel, and we were not happy what we saw. 
Gus was depressed, and didn’t want to open up to us emotionally. Why should he?
 We were strangers! Every one in the kennel said they gave him food but he lost weight, about 10 kg in one month. They claimed they had taken him to the veterinarian, they had de-wormed him but nothing helped. I wondered if anyone had considered that he was depressed and not wanting to eat since his family after 12 years had taken a huge step away from him. 
The family had said they would give his bed, bowls and other things, but the Kennel owner said there was nothing, only a grey plastic bag with his journals inside. And the journal was big, they had kept him very up to date on all shots and examinations. It didn’t make any sense!
Gus was dirty and greasy, he looked like a baddly treated stray I had the kennel wash him for a couple of boxes cigarettes.
 I promised GUS to come again the next day, and I also told him that we would get him out of that place. Minna and I agreed we would take him to Germany or Sweden. 
We would flip the coin, Germany or Sweden!

 Mia, the little cute wild puppy that was fostered by Martina had been into a small play accident. Mia is a tough 4-month old cookie and loves to wrestle with the big dogs. This day she got her ear bitten. A few stitches and then it was that horrible cone on her head that she didn’t like, of course (who would?)
 I took it off right away since we would be with her 24/7 and could keep an eye on her. We released  Martina and Pio from this little cute monster, they sure needed a break.

Mia was excellent at the hotel AGORA (who are supporters to AWL.) Mia had to follow us everywhere we went, a very good practice. And Minna was a great puppy-sitter Thank you dear!

It was great to come back to the hospice, Casa dell’Amore, to meet all the old clients and the new ones. Ombra, the English Setter was afraid for the steps and the great volunteers carried him down and up every time he needed to go out. I had the evening shift  and could not for my life carry this guy. I knew he had not been neutered and we had one female in heat at the Hospice. I let her out first, and then Ombra. He flew down the stairs like a bird, then up and down, up and down like a Don Juan.

It was good to be back to Casa dell’Amore!



Dumped at the hospice by an Italian person. Fostered now in volunteer Martina´s home.
Thank´s to AWL Spay and Neuter project 2011, Bice could be sterilized for free. That´s prevention amore.



(Picture shows Sassi after a couple of months in Moments home)

When we see animal neglect on pictures we condemn the people who do this. We are angry and want those people to get caught and punished. But when it happens around us and near us by people we kind of know, what do we do?

For four years has AWL been involved in many cases of animal abuse and abandoned dogs here in Campania region.
Even more have we heard broken promises from people. But we have continued working hard to rescue animals, in some cases, we’ve even had to report people to the authorities. We can’t have blinders, even when it is people we know. But tonight happened something that is simply not acceptable.

Shaggy Raggy (not on any pictures)was one of the biggest Casanovas who loved to roam around free. He got adopted by a Swedish lady and a foster lady Ms. Moment offered to foster him. She had also found this black and white (pictures) hunting dog on the streets that she brought in to keep. (She already had two smaller dogs.)
Because she was fostering an AWL dog, AWL provided her with everything, food, medical bills, frontline and de worming, we even provided with medical treatments for the dog she found and wanted to keep, Sassi.
Sassi looked good when found — a happy healthy young dog. One day when we, as agreed, were going to pick up Shaggy for his vet appointment I saw Sassi behind the gate. You can see the picture above. I got terrified that was not something I expected to find in someones home— she was in a horrible condition. I brought her into the veterinarian for examination, afraid she had any diseases. The veterinarian did all the examinations but told us that she was neglected, what she needed was food. The vet asked if AWL could take care of the dog because she was very underweight.
I spoke to Ms. Moment about it –told her this was not looking good but I would give her a chance (son) and we agreed that we would keep Sassi until she was healthy and then switch dogs. Moment was welcome to visit her dog whenever she wanted. She expressed many times that she missed “her Sassi”
Back with Shaggy, complaints were made by her neighbors and she had to move to a new area. We went and visited Shaggy who was not happy to be locked in a small area. Ms Moment jogged a lot and we asked if she could jog with Shaggy or her son could walk Shaggy, we even offered to pay a dog walker. Nothing was done.
Sassi was with us and slowly, very slowly she gained weight and became happy and playful.
The Swedish passport for Shaggy was delayed since some antibodies didn’t develop, we all were frustrated over that message. We always informed Ms. Moment, who claimed to be “fine” with the delay, not happy but ok. “I cannot wait to get my Sassi back” was her exact words. She came few times to the hospice and petted Sassi on the head, took a bag of dog food and left.

Ms. Moment was there for the hospice one year anniversary October 8th. We told her that Shaggy’s owner would fly down and pick him up close to Christmas. Ms. Moment was not happy since she would travel over ThanksGiving and Christmas. AWL offered to solve that by having him kenneled. She agreed again.

Back in Germany I get this e mail that Shaggy has destroyed her garden and her house, her landlord is not happy. (That Shaggy would suddenly destroy her house? no one was allowed to come and help her fix her house and garden)
So we agree via e mail that a switch would be done three days later since arrangements from Germany via Italy had to be done. But she wrote back that we shouldn’t tell her what to do, she didn’t want Sassi back. Her landlord wouldn’t accept that. Well, that was nothing AWL could do about since we had an agreement. No room at hospice for healthy young dogs.
She stopped communicating and tonight I got a phone call from one of our volunteers that during the late evening close-up she found Shaggy deposited in the backyard where we keep a Pitt bull isolated since she attacks dogs. Also since no one knew about this, a tragedy could have occurred also it scared our volunteer to find a big barking dog who she didn’t know of.
Moment didn’t pick up her own dog, Sassi. Now it has become other volunteers problem since Shaggy cannot stay at the hospice. If he could we would have had him a long time ago.
What kind of person does this, when we had agreed to take him back and switch would be made in three days.
Well she abandoned her “own Sassi” too. If you can neglect a dog that bad with skin and bones we should have seen this coming…but what is it we are saying “You should be giving people a second chance!”
We are tired of cleaning up after others, we never get to finish our own rescue missions from real sick shelter dogs. We are not neutral anymore, this has to stop!