Glimmer of Life, Small Dog Rescue of South Florida

Glimmer of Life is a 501(c)(3) 100% non-profit, no-kill rescue organization dedicated to saving the lives of neglected, abused, sick, and injured animals whose devastating health conditions would have caused them to be euthanized anywhere else. Over 11,000 animals are euthanized each day in the United States. Many of which could have been saved. Glimmer of Life rescues small dogs that have been neglected or abused, or are facing euthanasia in the South Florida area to give them the chance at life that they deserve. We provide great care, love and affection, and any necessary medical attention before placing them into a safe and loving forever home! We very much rely on caring, selfless individuals who volunteer their time and resources for a great cause! If you, or someone you know, would like to make an impact in the lives of these sweet animals, please Click Here to find out how you can help!

9/12/15 Two New Rescue Dogs Just In at Glimmer of Life

Check out our adorable new foster pups here at Glimmer!

Miley is an adorable purebred Yorkie. She is 4 years old, and super sweet! Princess is a gorgeous purebred Poodle. She is 5 years old and the prettiest thing ever! Both rescues arrived together as an owner surrender. They are both very calm and gentle and would make perfect lap dogs. They would do best in a home with no children or perhaps older children. If we could keep them together, it would be a DREAM come true!!!

If you are interested in adopting either of these two cuties, please visit our current adoption hosting site:

Pets Are People Too Grooming Salon

5195 S University Dr. Davie, FL 33328
954-436-2110 (Ask to speak with the director of Glimmer of Life Pet Rescue)

8/8/15 Please HELP SAVE JACKIE!!!

Jackie is a sweet Jack Russell Terrier (possibly mixed). She is our latest rescue here at Glimmer of Life, and we'll be needing all the help we can get to fix her up! She was found wandering the streets in Davie. She was infested with ticks from head to tail and was faced with many major health problems. Turns out... Jackie was pregnant, had a foreign metal object lodged in her digestive tract, was fighting a terrible case of pneumonia, and heart worm positive. Due to complications, Jackie went in for emergency surgery with Dr. Hannah at Hometown Animal Hospital on 7/21/15. Unfortunately, her babies did not survive. We are now trying to raise money to cover the cost of Jackie's surgery, and to get her the continued care that she needs to treat her heartworms and pneumonia. Assuming all goes well, Jackie will also be in need of a loving forever home. She is super sweet, gives tons of kisses, and would make an excellent companion! She is currently carrying a stuffed toy around everywhere she goes... we think she thinks it's her baby.

We are now accepting donations to raise the funds to make this possible. Please help us help Jackie by making a donation to save Jackie. All donations are tax deductible, and 100% of the proceeds will benefit Jackie's healthcare. We will keep you all informed as to when she will be adoptable, however, if you are interested, feel free to submit an application now!

8/1/15 NEW Adoptable Rescue at Glimmer of Life

***UPDATE*** Bianca has been adopted!!!
There's an adorable new puppy rescue available at Glimmer of Life just waiting for a loving, forever home!

Bianca is a gorgeous purebred 5 month old Maltese puppy looking for a wonderful home! She is super sweet and affectionate, playful, and in PERFECT health! Her owner had to move out-of-state unexpectedly to care for her ill father, and she was unable to take Bianca with her. The adoption fee for this beautiful puppy will help fund life-saving care for Jackie and other dogs in need!

If you are interested in adopting this cutie, please visit our current adoption hosting site:

Pets Are People Too Grooming Salon

5195 S University Dr. Davie, FL 33328
954-436-2110 (Ask to speak with the director of Glimmer of Life Pet Rescue)

1/30/15 Chihuahua "Forrest Gump" Found Hit by Car in Miami Gardens
***UPDATE*** Forrest received X-Rays and treatment at Just Paws Animal Hospital, and he is doing great! Not a single broken bone, and no internal bleeding.. he truly is a lucky guy, AND he's found a wonderful home!
This little guy was brought to Glimmer of Life by a wonderful woman who found him lying in the street in a puddle of his own blood after being hit by a car in Miami Gardens. He has quite a few wounds, bumps and bruises, but is truly lucky to be alive! We are now accepting donations to fund this little guy's care. He will need X-Rays, which have already been scheduled, and may need further medical treatment. He is a bit sore and doesn't walk much, but is in good spirits! He's well fed and most likely belongs to a family somewhere in Miami Gardens. He has no microchip and was wearing no tags. We already have an amazing foster home lined up for him, so if we are unable to locate his family, he will be looking for a loving, forever home.
1/24/15 Ella Needs Life-Saving Heart Surgery
***UPDATE*** Ella has been adopted by a wonderful family who will be taking her in for surgery at the University of Georgia!
Ella is an adorable 4 month old Maltese who was taken in by Glimmer of Life after being diagnosed with a deadly grade 4 heart murmur. Unfortunately for Ella, her family was not prepared emotionally or financially to care for her. Ella's condition is fatal if left untreated, and her vet has described her as a "ticking time bomb." We do not know how long she has left before her heart gives out, so our goal here at Glimmer of Life is to raise enough funds to cover Ella's heart surgery as soon as humanly possible! Ella is so full of life and has LOTS of love to give! Her favorite things are walks, cuddles, and giving tons of kisses! Please help us help Ella by making a donation towards her surgery. All donations are tax deductible, and 100% of the proceeds will benefit Ella's healthcare. She is also in need of a loving, forever home!
8/2/14 Izzy's Foster Home Turns Permanent!
We'd like to congratulate Debbie, our longtime volunteer on her newly adopted companion, Izzy! This amazing woman has been volunteering for Glimmer since the very beginning. She has devoted every one of her Saturdays to our rescue pups for as long as we can remember, offering lots of snuggles, trips to the dog park, and just LOVE in general! We couldn't have asked for a more caring and dedicated volunteer! We are so glad that she was finally able to convince her husband to permanently adopt Izzy, a sweet little Chihuahua that she had been fostering! We know that Izzy will have a wonderful life with Debbie as her mom!
8/2/14 Puppy Mill Chihuahuas, Rambo & Stallone, Finally Adopted After Nearly 5 Years
After nearly 5 long years of waiting patiently for a loving family to come along and adopt them, Rambo & Stallone have finally found their forever home - together! The two Chihuahuas came to Glimmer of Life back in 2010 in a shipment of over 40 dogs rescued from a puppy mill. The dogs were due to be euthanized until Glimmer caught wind of the news and raised the money to have them shipped here to Florida instead. Rambo and Stallone were the last 2 remaining from that group, and for reasons we understood completely. To be quite honest, we had almost expected the pair to live out the rest of their days in a cage together, right here in our facility. The truth of the matter is... the odds were stacked against them. They're older, they're Chihuahuas, they're males, and they didn't seem friendly towards outside strangers who would come in looking to adopt a dog. If they didn't know you, they didn't trust you, and it was all due to their abusive past. It was clear to us that these two, along with the 38 others, were used for nothing but breeding. They were terrified of humans, almost as if they had never had any type of human contact before in their lives. You couldn't even bend down to pet them without them either trembling and cowering in the corner or viciously barking at you. They did exceptionally well with other dogs, but feared humans. It took a long time for them to come around, but with lots of work, they slowly began to trust our staff here, as well as a few other familiar faces. Although we knew their true, kind and sweet nature, others couldn't see what we did. We'd like to give a very special thanks to Ms. Pamela Zuccarini. This wonderful woman has opened her heart and her home to these 2 beautiful creatures who have never before had the chance to experience the love of a family and a nice warm bed. It really takes a special person to adopt a special needs dog, and she's just adopted two of them! We couldn't imagine separating them after all these years, so we are so thankful that Rambo and Stallone are still together, and even more thankful that they've been given a second chance. We'd also like to thank Debbie, our longtime volunteer, who has been with us from the start. Through weekend trips to the dog park and cuddle sessions on rainy days, she has formed a tremendous bond with the pair. We know that they'll be so much happier in a real home and can't wait to receive an update in the near future to see how they've adjusted!
9/8/13 ***UPDATE*** JoJo Has Made a Full Recovery!
maltese rescue dog

***UPDATE*** For all of our followers who have been wondering about JoJo, we are very happy to say that he has fully recovered and was adopted by a wonderful family late last year. Thank you all for your amazing support. We've saved yet another life, and we couldn't have done it without all of YOU!!!

We are now accepting donations for our newest rescue JoJo. JoJo is a little Maltese just 12 weeks old. When JoJo was brought into Glimmer, we immediately knew there was something terribly wrong. He hasn't much hair on his body due to malnutrition caused by PRAA or Persistent Right Aortic Arch. His condition may worsen over time, and can be fatal if not corrected with surgery. Please read on to learn more about JoJo's condition, and feel free to make a donation in his name. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, all donations made to Glimmer of Life are tax-deductible.

Diagnosis: Persistent Right Aortic Arch
PRAA is a congenital abnormality in the blood vessels of the heart. When a puppy is forming in the womb, it has a blood vessel called the right aortic arch, which is meant to naturally deteriorate as the embryo grows. When this blood vessel fails to deteriorate before birth, it ends up wrapping around the esophagus, thus restricting food passage to the stomach and compressing the trachea. In JoJo's case, he is currently unable to keep down most food, and as a result, is severely malnourished (hence the hair loss).
Symptoms usually appear before 6 months of age and include: stunted growth, regurgitation immediately after eating, difficulty breathing.
Surgical removal of the persistent right aortic arch is necessary. Earlier intervention is best to avoid permanent nerve damage to the esophagus. Without surgery, the prognosis is very poor and will eventually result in death.

JoJo will also be up for adoption pending a successful surgery at AMC Animal Hospital in Cooper City, FL. If you are interested in adopting him, or any of our rescues, please click on the following link to fill out an adoption application. Adoption Application PDF

7/15/13 Two Yorkies Found in Deplorable Conditions
We would like to thank Gene of Fringes Hair Salon for notifying Glimmer about two dogs living in deplorable conditions out in Cooper City. Upon arrival, they were covered in feces. Their hair so badly matted that their privates were covered and impacted. Their eyes also hidden behind dreadlocked hair, making it difficult for them to get around. Thanks to 2 very special groomers, Val and Kelly of Pets Are People Too Grooming Salon, these little ones were able to get cleaned up and comfortable. Stripping of their coats revealed multiple sores and, unfortunately for one, many tumors. Although they both received the health care that they so desperately needed, one of them did not make it. Sadly, after spending a few happy months here at Glimmer, "Buddy" succumbed to his cancer, which had spread rapidly in the last few weeks of his life. His sister, however, was adopted by a wonderful family and is living happily. A bittersweet ending to a sad story... But if we could save just one of them, it makes it all worthwhile...
8/03/12 Paralyzed Yorkie's Spinal Surgery is a Success: Watch Him Take His 1st Steps!
We are happy (and relieved) to announce that Toby's surgery was a success! He did spend a few short days in ICU due to some breathing complications, but he's recently been released and is recovering very well. He is now able to walk without falling down, although he's still a bit wobbly, but that is expected to improve in time. He can now tilt his head to look up and down, and is even able to eat out of a bowl, which he did for the very first time today! Click the link below to watch him walk!

Video: Toby's Surgery is a Success!
Video: Toby Walks After Surgery!

We were absolutely amazed by the response we received to our "Save Toby" video. As soon as the video was released, the donations just poured in from people all around the world who wanted to help us save Toby. We just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who made a donation in his name. It was really heartwarming to see the dozens of smaller donations add up for such a great cause. It just goes to show you that every little bit counts, and we are just so grateful for all of the wonderful people who actually cared enough to help us along in our endeavor to save Toby. We were able to raise the money in just 2 weeks! Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
1/20/10 26 Dogs Rescued from Euthanasia, 80 More Await
Adopt a small dog at Glimmer of Life pet rescue! After reading about kennels closing down in the mid-west and actually euthanizing their dogs, Glimmer has offered to pay for as many dogs as possible to be shipped to our facility in South Florida so we can try to adopt them out. As most of you know, our facility is very small and can only house so many at a time. So far, we have rescued 26, but there are 80 more out there facing euthanasia. Most of these dogs have only been used for breeding and have never had the chance to experience the love of a caring family. Many of them are actually very sweet and friendly, but others are quite timid and need some work.

If you've been looking to adopt a pet, please check out our Adoptions page and consider taking one of these babies home. The more we can adopt out, the more we can SAVE. Remember, there are 80 more waiting for us!

We are also accepting donations to help feed, house, and provide medical care for those who need it. If you can find it in your heart to help, please visit our Donations page. No amount is too little, and will surely make a difference. This also includes donations of food, beds, blankets, toys, and cleaning supplies. Thank you in advance for your support!
1/20/10 Jacqueline in Recovery After Being Hit by Car
Remember that adorable little Jack Russell Terrier we posted about a few months ago? The one that was found in the street after being hit by a car, and we were collectiong donations to fix??? Well..... she's fixed!

After multiple surgeries, she's finally walking, running, jumping, and playing once again! Not only is she all fixed up, but she's also been adopted by a wonderful family! We hated seeing her go, but are very content knowing that she will be loved and cared for, and that we (with all of YOUR help and support) were able to save her life!
10/18/10 Carter's Spinal Surgery a Success: Watch Him Take His 1st Steps!
We are pleased to announce that we were able to raise enough money for Carter's surgery... and it was a SUCCESS! Thank you so much to EVERYONE who made a donation in Carter's name. This little guy has touched so many hearts that even strangers have reached out to help us. We are forever grateful!

As for Carter, he is extremely happy and after much practice, he's unstoppable! The video to the right shows his very first steps after surgery in Dr. Clemmons' office. It's so funny to watch because he's slightly clumsy at first, like Bambi learning how to walk for the first time! But he's gotten much better since then. Now he runs and plays, he's like a whole new dog!

Thanks again to everyone who made this possible. You are very special, and we could not have done this without you!!!
3/29/10 - Special Thanks to Just Paws Animal Hospital
Just Paws Animal Hospital We'd like to give a very special thanks to Doctors John & Stacey Eccher, and their entire staff at Just Paws Animal Hospital for providing our rescues with the best care possible!

They have been working hand in hand with Glimmer of Life to support our cause, performing all necessary medical procedures on our rescues, including: spays/neuters, dental cleanings, physical exams, blood work, and so much more!

Just Paws Animal Hospital is located at:

11210 Pines Blvd.
Pembroke Pines, FL 33026