Rick Van Benschoten

Oscar & Tiki 🐢 Booda, LoLo, Lil' Man, Baast & Chappie 🐯 Maisie 🏑🐯 NYC πŸ—½ Special needs & rescues ♿️ πŸ–Š Sign the petition - make NYCACC no kill!! πŸ‘‡πŸΌπŸš«

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Snacks are best enjoyed with friends. πŸΆπŸ’›πŸ‘¨πŸΌ Oscar and Anatoly forever.

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This sweet, senior bear is Chuky, and he's running out of time. He's at South LA Shelter, please adopt him if you can, please share if you can't. 🚨
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Repost @rescuealove HE’S RUNNING OUT OF TIME 😞
This is Chuky and I found him ALLLL the way in the LAST ROW in the back of the shelter....and now I have a crush because he’s SWEET AS SUGAR and a kind soul😍 He’s 13 yrs old and his owner gave him up because they moved...without him😒 Nice right? He’s very sad in his kennel, and he’s a pretty quiet guy...I had him meet little Bruno and he was fine with him. He is on the Euthanasia List because of his age and he’s been there so long...I’m really, really hoping this special guy gets a forever home to rest in, and finds a special someone who won’t ever give up on himπŸ™πŸ»BTW: He’s definitely a ladies man, Pooja Teckchandani met him and when she walked away...he followed her and left me cold, lol. Then wouldn’t leave a group of female volunteers 😍Come meet Chuky!! My new love!! (#A0727481) PLEASE please share to your groups
South Los AngelesShelter
1850 W. 60th St X Western
323.565.2161
See more on INSTAGRAM @rescueaIove #southlaanimalshelter #weho #southla #adoptdontshop #rescuedogsofinstagram #vegan #vegetarian #workout #workoutmotivation #bear #rescuedogs #beverlyhills #malibu #akita #chihuahua #yoga #inspiration #nkla #frostedfaces #susiesseniordogs #grandpaw #rescuedogsofinstagram #seniordog #meditation #inspirational #meditate #akitadogs #akitalife

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Four months ago my friend Kaya @kayakristina met and fell in love with a stray dog while on vacation in Greece. With a lot of determination and effort and the help of some kickass Greek rescuers, Ellie arrived in Toronto this week to join Kaya's forever family. How f#%^*+g awesome is that?!? Please join me in giving Kaya the hero cheer!!! πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜

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Oscar's got this Monday thing licked! πŸΆβ€οΈπŸ˜‹ Don't worry about the bandage, he has a small owie that's healing well, it just keeps him from licking it.

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Special needs heartbreaker looking for a home!! πŸ˜πŸΆβ™ΏοΈβ€οΈ Chiquita is with @pupstarzrescue in New York City. She's a northeast cutie doxie wheeler - Oscar's soul sister!! Who wants to adopt Chiquita and make this the best holiday season EVER?!? Please share!!

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ALFIE WAS ADOPTED!!! HE'S HOME!!! β€οΈπŸΆπŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ My new hero, Kat @kahill22, flew from Santa Clara in Northern California to South LA yesterday and Alfie's already made the flight to his new forever home. This sweet, adorable little old guy was found wandering the streets in Los Angeles and brought to South LA Shelter where his only options were adoption or euthanasia, but Kat literally flew to his rescue and now his life will be nothing but love and kindness. Thank you, Kat, for being a DOER and making Alfie's new life happen, and huge thanks also to @rescuealove for championing Alfie (and so many others dogs in need), coordinating his adoption and keeping him safe until Kay arrived. You're heros, too!!!! πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ

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Looking For A Home - Northeast Chunky Monkey Edition!!
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Repost @amaanimalrescue β€œLook at me, I am handsome. Maybe a few extra pounds here and there, but I’ve already lost over 5 lbs, so a few more weeks and you won’t even recognize me.”- Gosha, still looking for his forever home. Fixed and vaccinated, housebroken, great with dogs and people. Fill out the adoption application by visiting https://amaanimalrescue.org/pet/gosha/ or inquire via DM for the link. Currently fostered in Manhattan, NY. ❀️REPOST❀️ #amaanimalrescue #instadog #rescue #adoptdontshop #nyc #dog #puppy #pup #cute #eyes #instagood #dogs_of_instagram #pet #pets #animal #animals #instadoggy #petsagram #photooftheday #dogsofinstagram #ilovemydog #instagramdogs #dogstagram #dogoftheday #lovedogs #lovepuppies #adorable #doglover #instapuppy #instadog

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Looking For A Home - Southeast Special Needs Edition!!
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Repost @loveyloaves Anyone looking for a handsome redhead? Introducing Jumpy...
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Jumpy is a 7 year old smooth red doxie with IVDD. He underwent an unsuccessful corrective back surgery in 2015. He was surrendered to us yesterday by his aging parents who knew they could no longer care for his daily medical needs (no owner bashing please as his family is doing what they can to provide him with a quality life in his senior years).
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At our first vet visit yesterday we found that Jumpy has a severe UTI, a skin infection, dental disease, a minor heart murmur, and is obese. In addition, the muscles in his right front leg are locked up. This is most likely due to him compensating for his weight. He is now on many supplements and medications as well as a strict diet to help soothe his joints while we work to get about 6 pounds off.
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He has a cart, but it is not at all ideal for his shape and size, so he’ll be getting a new one. He’s a sweet and smiley boy who loves his ears rubbed! Welcome to LoveyLoaves, Jumpy!
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#loveyloaves #dachshundsofinstagram #standarddachshund #reddachshund #dachshundlove #dachshundsunited #ivddsucks #ivddsurvivor #ivddawareness #specialneedsdog #eddieswheels #wheeliedog

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Oscar - keeping the hallways safe for adorableness. πŸš€β€οΈ

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UPDATE: ADOPTED BY @kahill22!! C'mon guys, SOMEONE ADOPT ALFIE!!! It doesn't get more adorable than this!!! He's in South LA shelter and he needs to find his forever home now! Contact @rescuealove if interested. ❀️🐢
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Repost: @rescuealove He’s still at the shelter :( ALFIE!!! My little love! You are too cute! Meet Alfie πŸ’ He’s just a sweet little 8 yr old boy with super cute ears!! He was picked up as a stray and now he’s stuck inside the shelter where no one can see him πŸ˜• Please share so we can find him someone that’ll LOVE him FUREVER πŸ’Alfie (#A1734383) COOPER IS THE GUY WITH THE HAT ON (#A1733296)
South LA Shelter
1850 W. 60th St X Western
323.565.2161
See more on INSTAGRAM @rescueAlove #southlaanimalshelter #southla #workout #rescuedogsofinstagram #adoptdontshop #weho #malibu #puppy #workoutmotivation #vegan #vegetarian #vegetarianrecipes #veganbodybuilding #veganfood #beverlyhills #chihuahua #chihuahuasofinstagram #chihuahuaoftheday

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Sunday shenanigans with Tiki and Oscar. "I'll eat you up, I love you so." πŸΆπŸ’›πŸΆ

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Spent yesterday afternoon with @climbonline1990 building a new trail section at #CunninghamPark in #Queens #NY. Eventually there will be a launch into the berm, and those Blair Witch-esque piles of rock will become jumps, too. Climbed under brambles, hauled chunks of broken concrete and clipped, lopped and raked with @sick4surf, @caesare_burke and an awesome crew. Don't worry guys, I'm not sore at all today. Nope, not even a little bit. 🚡🏼

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Oscar made a new friend! This is Little Bear. πŸ’›πŸ» It was love at first sight! 🐢😍

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UPDATE: ADOPTED BY @kahill22!! Guys!! This is Alfie!! He was picked up as a stray and now he's stuck in South LA Shelter. No one can see him in there so it's up to us to share!! See below on how to adopt Alfie!! πŸ’›πŸΆ
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Repost @rescuealove ALFIE why are you still at the shelter!!! My little love! You are too cute! Meet Alfie πŸ’ He’s just a sweet little 8 yr old boy with super cute ears!! He was picked up as a stray and now he’s stuck inside the shelter where no one can see him πŸ˜• Please share so we can find him someone that’ll LOVE him FUREVER πŸ’Alfie (#A1734383)
South LA Shelter
1850 W. 60th St X Western
323.565.2161
See more on INSTAGRAM @rescueAlove #southlaanimalshelter #southla #workout #rescuedogsofinstagram #adoptdontshop #weho #malibu #puppy #workoutmotivation #vegan #vegetarian #vegetarianrecipes #veganbodybuilding #veganfood #beverlyhills #chihuahua #chihuahuasofinstagram #chihuahuaoftheday #susiesseniordogs #nkla #bestfriends #ascpa #shelterme #vanderpumppets

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No time for a full wheelie walk before work? Oxercise!!! With special guest @ringorosenberg πŸΆπŸš€πŸ’›πŸΆ

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Hey guys! Do you know my friend Marilyn @kittensfostered? She's a one-woman neonatal kitten rescue tour de force and she needs our help. One of her current fosters, Wilder, has had a series of sudden and unexpected medical emergencies. The bills are in the thousands. If there's anything you can spare, please donate by clicking the link her profile! Swipe for more of Wilder and some of the other kittens Marilyn has saved. Thank you!! 😻❀️

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Lil' Man is always happy to lend a paw. πŸ―πŸ’›

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It's my birthday today, so I celebrated by biking to work along the west side of the greatest city in the world. There were hundreds of other New Yorkers biking, skating and walking along with me like nothing ever happened, because FUCK YOU #ISIS, YOU WILL NEVER CHANGE US. Thank you @nypd and all the people working to repair and secure the bike path. Please swipe for a moment of silence.

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Happy Halloween from Oscar and family!! πŸŽƒπŸ’›πŸ˜˜ Here he is in @newyorkermag spreading the word and partying with @drizzyelfrenchie πŸΆπŸŽ‰πŸΆ. Big thanks to @djobscene for the tag!! πŸ’›

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Impromptu party with his BFF, Hurricane Gus @guskatakura πŸŒͺοΈπŸΆπŸ’›πŸΆπŸŽ‰

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Happy #NationalCatDay from all our fabulous felines!! ❀️🐯🐯🐯🐯🐯🐯 1) Baast & Chapps: we trapped them while they were living under a utility shed near our building a little over a year ago 2) Lil' Man: we picked him up off the street about 2.5 years ago after a local pet supply shop dumped him 3) LoLo: we flew him in via PetSafe 7 years ago after he ran up to my niece hungry and desperate in a Texas parking lot 4) Booda: Christian picked him up off the the street late one freezing Thanksgiving night. He's over 20 years old and cruises with us in a @walkinpets stroller when we take the dogs out 5) Maisie: she's been living on our building's property for 14 years according to our neighbors. Christian started taking care of her 4 years ago and gives her food and water twice a day. She negotiated with building management so that Maisie could have a permanent shelter courtesy of @mayorsalliancenyc, and we positioned it so we can see her home from our kitchen window. She's made it clear she likes her life outdoors, but she looks forward to Christian's visits every day.

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Guys!! Our friend Scooty @super_scooty is going to be on The Hallmark Channel Monday, October 30th at 10am telling the world all about life as a well-loved Special Needs Dog!!! Go set your DVR!!!! πŸΆβ€οΈβ™ΏοΈπŸ’ͺπŸΌπŸš€

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A complex #lovetriangle between Zadie, @ringorosenberg and Oscar. πŸΆβ€οΈπŸ”Ό

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Here's our last Halloween 2017 hurrah!! πŸΆπŸŽƒ Oscar also appeared in W, New York Times Fashion, The New York Post and in the feeds of some awesome Instagrammers, including @vivianefeldman for @ozy, @istillheartnewyork and @thecompulsivewalker. We did an on-camera interview with Inside Edition that didn't make the cut of their video, but they led off their online coverage with Oscar's picture and story:
Oscar, a paralyzed pup that relies on the use of his two front legs, had his wheelchair transformed into a space station, complete with official NASA patches and stickers the organization had sent them. "He's on a lunar mission," his owner Rick Van Benschoten joked. "His mom built [the costume]. She added the little Earth that he's circling around and the little astronaut, and the moon rocks." Van Benschoten explained that Oscar was paralyzed when the canine was rescued from the streets nearly seven years ago. "He has no idea he has a special need," he said. "He's too busy having fun. He just wants to go out and party with all these gorgeous dogs." We speak to so many people on the street when we're walking Oscar. Many have no idea that paralyzed pets have any hope at all. Seeing Oscar lets every pet parent know that they shouldn't give up, that their pets can continue living happy lives. Hugest thanks to everyone that shared Oscars joy!! 😊❀️🐢

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Repost: @wagaware 🚨RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA URGENT CALL FOR RESCUES AND TRANSPORTERS IN AREA🚨!!! UPDATE: Still need help getting as many animals as possible out of the shelter since it’s 100 degrees+ and smoke in the air and shelter still has no power. πŸ™πŸ»"Not sure if you've heard but there's a HUGE FIRE burning right near our Jurupa Valley animal shelter. We are without power and we need help! I am asking if you could spread the word to any of our rescue partners that would like to pull animals we need animals to exit now. All available animals. Dogs cats etc on our website all adoptable animals and all needs rescue animals are available to exit the shelter immediately. The main road to the Shelter is still closed but we talked to emergency personnel and they will allow staff to escort rescue partners to the shelter to exit animals. We have no landline phone access. We are able to check our rescue email via our cell phones. There is no electricity. This is an emergency.” #Riverside County Animal Control 6851 Van Buren Boulevard, Riverside, CA 92509 (951) 358-7387‬

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Oh, hey guys, nothing big going on here, just Oscar being FEATURED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES!!!!! 😡🐢❀️ .
Photograph by Amy Lombard, Text by Bonnie Wertheim
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"Oscar is a Lower East Side boy,” his owner, Rick Van Benschoten, said. β€œIn 2010, he was abandoned on Delancey Street under the Williamsburg Bridge. He was already paralyzed. He was just dragging himself on the street.”
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Mr. Van Benschoten and his wife, Christian Merry, met Oscar at their veterinarian’s office and fell immediately in love. Since his adoption, he’s been a regular at the dog parade.
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"He’s always representing animal rescue in general, he’s always representing special-needs dogs,” Mr. Van Benschoten said, β€œand this year, as an astronaut on a lunar mission, he’s also representing science, because it could really use our help right now.”

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Christian and I are all about spreading the word for special needs and rescue pets. Oscar's all about partying with hundreds of dogs and falling in love multiple times. 🐢😍❀️

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When Oscar was introduced, I told the crowd he was advocating for animal rescue, special needs pets and science and they gave him a big cheer. There were an estimated 25,000 people there!!! Swipe to see a wide shot of the crowd. The third picture includes our friend Stacie Joy who's been volunteering at the parade for years. She took the fourth picture and posted it on her Facebook. #tompkinssquarepark #tompkinssquarehalloweendogparade

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Mighty Ox online at @people @peoplepets!! Thank you Omaira!! @bentleythefandogandbradleytoo πŸ’›πŸ˜˜ (photo Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket/Getty Images)

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Oscar was in the @DailyMail UK edition!! πŸΆπŸŽƒ We did a ton of interviews yesterday advocating for rescue and special needs pets. If you see Ox in the news please DM me! Thank you Dana!! @damagedgreats πŸ’›πŸ˜˜ (photo by Derek Storm/Splash News)

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