Our Gathering of Guardian Angels at Angel Ridge Animal Rescue

Angels at Angel Ridge Animal Rescue

We are deaf, blind, old, crippled and weak,
Confused, scared, uncertain and meek.
Once starved, neglected, beaten, cast off or over-bred;
At last we have food, shelter, veterinary care and a warm bed.

No longer do we have the fear of being euthanized,
Respect, love, kindness and health are now realized.
Freedom from being trapped in cages and tied out;
It&s a much happier life we now lead, without a doubt.

We are finally at a truly no-kill sanctuary, safe and sound;
Angel Ridge surpasses any abusive home, shelter or pound.
Some of us may eventually be adopted, some won't.
But, if you're feeling sorry for us, please don't.

Our forever home will be Angel Ridge Animal Rescue,
Where we will feel joy and we won't be blue.
"Guardian Angel" we hope you'll be,
It will make you feel good - it's a guarantee!

Yours truly,
The "Angels" in the Guardian Angel program

Please join.... Our Gathering of Guardian Angels

At a rescue and sanctuary, our mission is to provide shelter and care to animals in need and to attempt to find them loving, forever homes. We have always opened our doors to the neediest animals.

In our facility today we have dogs that have been forced to live outside on a chain, sleeping in their own feces. We have old dogs that were abandoned by their families. Recently we accepted many dogs with mange and other severe skin conditions, lyme and heartworm disease, and severe parasite infestation. Not long ago, sweet beagle Gracie came to us from a high skill shelter. We learned that she has diabetes and needs insulin for the rest of her life.

Our cat rescues come to us with similar problems. Kitty Mickey has chronic eye problems and will need medication for the rest of his life. What we have learned over the years is that with time, the love of our volunteers and proper veterinary care, a family will eventually meet them, fall in love, and take them home. THIS IS WHERE OUR GUARDIAN ANGELS COME IN TO HELP.

Our veterinary bills and medicines average approximately $25,000 per year. The sponsorship of our Guardian Angels has helped us tremendously to pay these bills. We previously assigned one of our animals in need to a Guardian Angel sponsor. We would like to change this concept to establish the “Gathering of Guardian Angels” so that your contribution can be used to assist many of our special angels in need.

Current Guardian Angel sponsors will automatically be enrolled in the Gathering of Guardian Angels. Our website will have a new page so that you can follow the life of many of our animals that are being helped. The annual sponsorship will remain at $200 per year, or $50 paid quarterly. Please consider becoming an Angel for the Gathering of Guardian Angels. Complete the Guardian Angel form here to become a Guardian Angel. Some of our special needs animals are shown on this page. God Bless!



Our New Angel in Heaven

The same animal control officer that brought us Keller also brought us an older, emaciated Husky that was found alone in the cold in late December.

Our volunteers named this sweet girl, Angel. With our attention and good food, Angel gained some weight and we put her on the website for adoption. We noticed that when she attempted to urinate, it was frequent but in small dribbles. Our veterinarian put her on a medication for a urinary tract infection. Angel’s medication just did not seem to be working. Our veterinarian x-rayed her, and it showed a large bladder stone. Angel was prepped for surgery to remove the stone.

However, our veterinarian discovered a new and bigger issue as she prepared to remove the bladder stone. Several mammarian tumors had developed on her abdomen. Angel would not be able to beat this aggressive form of cancer. We made the decision to free our dear Angel from her suffering and allow her to cross the Rainbow Bridge. We will meet again some day.


Bebo, From Hopeless to a Home

His name was Big Boy in the WV dog pound. Our volunteers changed his name to Bebo. Bebo came to us with Darla and Selena. The county in which this dog pound is located has such an incredible dog fighting problem, that the pound will not allow the public to adopt a pit bull. They are either turned over to a legitimate rescue or euthanized.

“The Paws Squad” is a rescue group in this county that tries to get the dogs in the pound into rescue organizations. They had Bebo tested for heartworm disease and he was positive. They did fund raising and got Bebo his first heartworm shot before he left the pound. Bebo was tested again in February and he is still heartworm positive. Angel Ridge Animal Rescue will see that Bebo continues his heartworm treatment by our veterinarian.

Shortly after Bebo arrived at our rescue, a mom and daughter from Imperial met Bebo and took him home to be a part of their family. They are planning daily walks, jogging, swimming and dog park outings. He has adjusted wonderfully to his new home.


Darla, An Amazing Survivor

Darla’s life so far has been sheer hell. An animal abuser, perhaps a dog fighter, cut off her ears. She is a young dog, but it appears that she has had more than one litter of puppies. She came to us with open sores around her neck, possibly from a chain or an embedded collar. Darla had a hard, malignant tumor on her lower abdomen. She is also heartworm positive. Yet, she greets each new day with a boundless sense of joy.

Darla has become one of the all-time favorite dogs of our volunteer group. She is also one of the most loving dogs that we have ever taken in to our rescue. She licks your hand as if to say, “I am so grateful to you, you saved me.” We blink back our tears and think, “Sweet girl, you have such a long road ahead of you, but we will walk it together.”


Gracie is a beautiful hound mix and she is about 6-7 yrs. old.  She is easy to walk on the leash and loves to go for walks and cuddle.  

Recently Gracie was diagnosed with diabetes and will require to have insulin the rest of her life.  Diabetes is a very manageable disease and she will need an owner that  can take care of her needs.  This poor girl has not had a very good life so far.  She had been "dumped" by her owner and has found her way to Angel Ridge.  


Blind, Old and Freezing on the Streets

An animal control officer from Washington County brought us an old and blind Miniature Pinscher that he found wandering the streets during the frigid weather just days after Christmas. Keller was old and blind, frightened, emaciated and dehydrated. Keller was very close to dying. Our veterinarian examined this poor dog. He was immediately put on multiple medications for infections and he was prescribed IV fluids. He was also put on a special diet for weight gain and liver issues. This protocol worked so well for him. Our volunteers witnessed Keller coming back to life again.

A kind lady offered to foster Keller until he might be adopted. Within a few weeks, Keller was neutered and three teeth were removed and the rest were cleaned.

Then, miracle of miracles – Keller was adopted. This sweet dog now knows that no matter what cruelty he has experienced during his lifetime, he is now safe and loved. Dear contributors, through your generous donations, we are able to help animals in desperate need like Keller.


Selena, New Mom and New Life

Selena came to us as a frightened dog, but day by day has begun to realize that she is now safe and loved. Selena is also heartworm positive, and she began her oral heartworm meds in January. She was scheduled for a heartworm injection in February.

In late January, volunteers saw changes in Selena’s body that indicated that she might be pregnant. Selena successfully delivered four puppies on January 30th. Selena and her pups will be living in a foster home until the pups are weaned.

Selena’s heartworm treatment has been suspended until the spring.




Goldie - what a fitting name for the cat with a golden coat, and a golden heart.

Goldie spent his early years hanging around with the outdoor colony at Angel Ridge. The outdoor life wasn’t always kind to him. Time and harsh weather showed on his crinkled ears. He would let you get close, but never close enough. The volunteers never imagined that we would be able to pet him. We took a chance and brought our outdoor colony inside, and they all adapted wonderfully, Goldie included.  Although he was shy at first, the cat that we couldn’t get near would eventually allow us to pet his belly and touch his adorable little toes. He could always be found snuggling with his best buddy, Midnight. If he would go too far out of sight, Goldie would cry out for him.  Unfortunately we had to say goodbye to Midnight about a year ago. We were all so worried that Goldie would be lost without him. Thankfully after some time he adjusted and made friends with another long term resident. Goldie was a calm, sweet soul. Never made a fuss. One of his favorite activities was sun bathing. He always looked so peaceful soaking up the sun’s warmth. Some may say he never had a home to call his own, but Angel Ridge was truly his home. We only wish that we would have had more time. The volunteers loved and adored him as their own. We’re sure that Midnight was there to greet him at the Rainbow Bridge, but it didn’t make our goodbyes any easier. A piece of our hearts left when he did. We miss his sweet face and relaxing purrs. Rest In Peace our golden boy. 


Mickey, Not Giving Up

Mickey is one of our oldest cats at 12 plus years. Previously he was diagnosed with calicivirus which impacted his eyes which we continue to treat. In 2017 he was having trouble eating and drooling. A Vet visit determined he needed an extensive dental . After recovering in a loving foster home, Mickey continues to have some residual issues which are being treated.

He is a volunteer favorite and is such a sweet boy.


Midnight, a/k/a Middie, Our Care Kept Him Going

Midnight, a senior cat at 12 plus years, was FIV positive and lived a heathy life untillast year. Middie gradually stopped eating and was throwing up more. We gave him fluids and supportive care, but to no avail. So we took him to the Vet where it was determined he was in liver failure. We had to let him go. It was a very sad day for the volunteers as well as his best friend, Goldie.


Samson is a 6 month old loving boy currently in foster.

He was born outside and he lived on chicken feed and raw eggs. He needed surgery and must be on special food. His condition is chronic and needs monitored daily.


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