Shelter Me: Paw It 4ward

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Our Shelter Me success story shows how a second chance at life can make a difference for more than just the dog that was saved. (WPVI)

A Shelter Me success story shows how a second chance at life can make a difference for both a dog - and her new owner.

Kari Halinan adopted her sweet Carolina in November.

"She was a momma of many, many puppies, and when she could no longer breed any puppies she was dumped," Halinan said.

Caroline was just two hours away from being euthanized before she was saved by "Paw It 4ward."

"I don't care if we don't have room for her, I'm coming to get her," said Azita Kay, founder of Paw It 4ward. "I adore Caroline."

Once saved, she quickly found her comfort zone - on the road!

"She's so far been to North Carolina, she's been to New York, she likes to go to the beach," said Halinan.

The Paw it 4ward foundation started in 2013.

"We started the foundation as medical funding for local animal rescues," Kay said.

The plan was to run a small rescue.

"By small we meant two to three dogs, but last year we ended up saving 33 dogs," said Kay.

Azita and her team focus on 'bully breeds.'

"They're the ones that need the help, they're some of the most loyal and sweetest dogs ever," Kay said.

Right now they're trying to find a home for Chelsea, a three-year-old terrier mix.

"If you throw the ball with her for ten minutes she will be your best friend!" said Kay.

Meanwhile, Talia was found abandoned in Camden, with no food or water.

"There is this little beauty now who's slowly getting healthy and gaining weight every day," Kay said. "She's lovely."

As for Julius, he was roughed up in a street fight.

"Even his tongue has bit wounds on it."

He is healing just fine, thanks to Paw It 4ward. How he needs ap lace to call home.

"He's definitely not a fighter, he's a lover."

Phoenix is about a year old terrier mix. He gets along well with other dogs and is super friendly. He just needs a home that will love him back.

If you're interested in Phoenix or any of the dogs you've met today you can visit the Paw it Forward Website.

And, if you'd like us to share your shelter success stories, post a picture to the FYI Philly Facebook page using #6abc Shelter Me and tell us where you adopted your pet and how much they mean to you.

Action News will feature your stories on upcoming Shelter Me segments.

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