Simba’s story

An animal lover tagged a post from Simba’s family with a title of “Free to a loving home with a home check”! Seeing picture of a beautiful pitbull with a free sign made me drop what i was doing and I read on. Apparently 12 months old “intact” Simba had some unknown medical issues and his family was going through financial hardship and couldn’t even afford to take him in to the vet for an exam. I later saw another rescue group’s name mentioned, so I assumed they stepped forward. Come to find out they had pretty much just provided info of a few low cost clinics. Simba’s owner messaged me and assured me that the rescue group is not taking on Simba. I arranged to meet this sweet boy and the rest is history! Simba’s mom said they know something is wrong because he cries and yelps at night time in particular when he’s laying down. Our wonderful vet doctor Gonzalez tried to examine him but since Simba wasn’t comfortable to get a full exam, we scheduled the neuter surgery for Monday (Jan 4th) and they took full body x-rays while he was under anesthesia. He had spent the weekend with my dear friends and former OPR fosters Azadeh and Craig along with their 2 dogs Ben and Hannah. Simba was very excited and interested in Hannah so he had really good days, but once again at night time and when he laid down, it was evident he’s in pain. We moved him to his new foster home after the neuter surgery (last night). He was still groggy from the meds during surgery, so he did okay last night but tonight he is displaying pain by crying and yelping. We did get the radiologist report:
“X-ray consult came back only with one area noted abnormal on his cervical spine (neck area).
There is narrowing of the vertebrae so it could be a slipped disc possibly. “
If it is a disc impinging on the spinal cord, he would need surgery to remove it
So I plan to take him in to sage ER tomorrow morning. To get further testing done if needed.
Please consider supporting us if you can, so we can handle Simba’s medical bills. 

Edit: A bit of good news is now that we know where the pain stems from, Jill who is fostering Simba is a Yoga Therapist, Thai Massage Therapist and Therapeutic Yoga teacher.
She has now positioned him with blankets, while resting will help keep him comfortable. (Last picture in the above album)


Happy New Year!

Dear friends and supporters:

We all know this: Emotionally and intellectually, pets make us feel better. Fostering or adopting a pet from a rescue group or shelter saves a life. And that bond, that thing that inspired countless “Who Rescued Who?” bumper stickers — that’s just the best feeling.

As the Times put it, pandemic pets gave us structure, affection and an excuse to get out of the house. But those have always been great things and will continue to be in 2021, 2022 and beyond. So, even though a lot of media attention was focused on rescued animals through the lens of 2020, it was less of a revelation than a validation of things that pet owners and people in animal welfare already know: Having a pet is great. Fostering or adopting is better. And emptying shelters is the best.

OPR took a small piece of this very difficult work and we managed to pull several dogs from the area shelters since the pandemic.    We are grateful to each and every one who opened their hearts and their homes to take on these cases. 

Together, we CAN make a Difference! 

2020 was a difficult year for many ..  we would like to take this opportunity to mention a few of our rescues who crossed the rainbow bridge:

Mamada, Ahou, Rocky, Roland, Bunny, Chuy, Yogi and Nava 

….you will forever be in our hearts. ❤️💔

Here’s to a bright New Year and a fond farewell to the old; here’s to the things that are yet to come, and to the memories that we hold. 

Wishing you all a happy, healthy New Year!


Adopt Me!: Buddy

Meet 2 year old Buddy!

Buddy is a young adult German Shepherd who is very smart (don’t tell my Labrador, but he is probably smarter than her) and is eager to learn. After warming up to you, he will seek your attention and love. However, he is also happy to just lay on his bed and chew on a toy if you are busy. His favorite toy is a chicken-flavored bone.

He has been learning Sit, Stay, Come, Name Recognition (Buddy), Down, Leave It, By Me (informal heel), and Off. He learns very quickly and is food-motivated, but not so food-motivated that he will eat all your food immediately, which is nice.

Buddy loves going on long walks and enjoys his training sessions, which provide for some mental stimulation as well.

He is potty trained, crate trained (sleeps in it, goes into it for food and stays with few complaints), and does not chew on furniture. He walks on the leash quite well. He does jump on the bed and furniture occasionally, but he is learning not to do this (working on the Off cue). He gets along well with other dogs. However, he is learning more about other dogs playstyles and building up more social skills to add to his repretoire, through ongoing socialization opportunites and playdates with other well-behaved dogs.

Buddy appears to be sensitive around his belly and groin areas, and can react to an unfamiliar person touching those areas. We suggest that his new forever family to work on desensitizing him to human touch around those areas, after Buddy has bonded with them.

Buddy is most suited to a loving home with an active lifestyle, previous dog experience, a strong interest in positive reinforcement training methods, and no young children.

To learn more about Buddy or to arrange meeting him, please help us learn more about you/your household by filling out our online application:


Christmas miracle!: grandpa Joe B

Today we were thrilled to take part in a true Christmas miracle!
Meet Grandpa Joe B, a sweet 15-year-old dog who was heartlessly dumped at the San Jose Animal Care Center by his family on 12/22 at 4pm, just days before Christmas. They said he was old and requested for him to be euthanized. Our hearts broke when we saw him, and thanks to a foster/fospice offer from Sarah (who previously adopted Arrow Bear from OPR), we were able to rescue him from the shelter today, on Christmas morning, and drive him to Sarah’s house to spend the holidays loved and cherished!
We will be taking him to the vet early this week after he decompresses and we hope to help him feel much better.
Please donate toward our Christmas miracle Joe B’s medical care if you can. Merry Christmas! 🎄❤️🙏😇


Adopt me!: Penny

Hi everyone, it’s me, Penny! My friends at OPR rescued me from the San Jose shelter at the start of the pandemic in April. I’m a total love bug, and I’ve never met a person I don’t like, but I’m choosy about my canine friends and would do best in a home where I can have my pawrents all to myself. My favorite place to be is next to my humans keeping them company.

I love to go for walks and walk well on leash, but I can get pupset when walking past other dogs. I just need to learn that it’s okay and that I have nothing to worry about. My other hobbies include sleeping in sunny spots, sniffing in the backyard, watching you cook, going for car rides, and being adorable. I don’t even mind going to the vet! I don’t really like to be left alone at home for long periods of time because I start to worry about my people. Can you blame me? I basically think humans are the very best! I would love to find my very own forever family to adore. Do you think that could be you?

To learn more about me and better yet, to arrange to meet me, please fill out this application:


2021 Calendars!

Dear Friends & Supporters:
We hope you and your loved ones are well as our world navigates these unprecedented times. One Planet Rescue remains singularly focused on providing immediate care to dogs and cats with critical needs.
Thank you for your ongoing support of our animals during this holiday season.
We are thrilled with our beautiful 2021 One Planet Rescue calendar and we know you will be too!
These make meaningful gifts to friends, family, and coworkers. Each page is a reminder of how together we CAN make a difference in the lives of neglected animals.
All proceeds go toward paying for vet bills, training, transportation, and care for our present and future rescues.
You can be confident that every calendar you order contributes to making the world a better place for our beloved four (and sometimes three!) legged friends.

Please click on this link to order your OPR 2021 Calendar!


Rest in peace, Roland

Whenever we step up for a shelter dog in need, we never know what the future will hold or how much time we’ll have with them. All we know for certain is that we’ll make sure they’re loved and cared for, perhaps for the first time ever. Our hearts are broken to share that our sweet boy Roland has gained his wings and crossed the rainbow bridge. 

We rescued Roland (aka Rolando or Roli) back in March, amid the growing pandemic, from the San Jose Animal Care Center. Although this sweet boy was estimated to only be about 5 years old, he had clearly not been cared for and had a huge lacerated mass by his penis, as well as an obvious skin issue. Rolando had a successful surgery, where the mass and his entire penis were removed. We treated his skin issue, and he was recovering wonderfully at his foster home with Filomena Farms. Because he was getting so much better, we no longer considered him a hospice dog, and we even had a family interested in him. Unfortunately, at his new home, he started showing signs of separation anxiety and his skin issues flared up again, so he went back to Filomena Farms. 

That’s when we started to notice new cancerous growths on his underside. Then his right eye sank back, and the vet determined poor Rolando had Horner’s syndrome. Shortly after, the whole left side of his face was droopy, and he started drooling. We took him to Sage to check for neurological issues and test his thyroid. During this time, his kind foster mom did everything to keep our boy comfortable, and we are so grateful. Unfortunately, to add to his list of medical issues, Rolando had a splenic mass rupture, was rushed to the ER, and was in a great deal of pain. The kindest thing to do, albeit the hardest thing, was to let him go. 

Rolando was such a sweet, gentle old soul, and we are grateful we had the chance to help him live as comfortable a life as possible. His foster mom shares, “We are grateful that he had enough time left to enjoy the sunshine, respite, solace, and freedom the Farm has to offer. We are very sad, but we are thankful that Roli got to know love in the short time he had on this earth. Fospice is so difficult, but so very much worthwhile.”

Please watch this remembrance video. We hope it brings you joy to see Roli’s journey with us and with his most amazing fospice mama and his farm friends.