Beautiful open field with a cloud shaped like a dog angel that is passing over the rainbow.

Through the Rescue, there have been special dogs and people who have touched our hearts. We pay tribute to them here.

Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love, they depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog, it merely expands the heart. If you have loved many dogs your heart is very big.

  • Erica Jong


Stevie was born October 30, 2010, to a backyard breeder. He was rescued from the trunk of a car in a Walmart parking lot. On his way home, the radio played the song Superstition by Stevie Wonder. We knew we just had to name him Stevie.

Stevie was a permanent member of the pack at the rescue. He had found his forever family with us and became the proud and handsome mascot of Laura’s Hope Rescue. He never let his blindness stop him. Stevie was a happy go lucky kind of dog. He was always so happy to “smell” people who visited with him. He amazed his friends by how he found his way around the rescue and how he never forgot you once he had your scent. Stevie truly touched many people’s lives. 

This is an image of Stevie. He's a black and white dog with no eyes. Over the image is the text Stevie October 30, 2010 to March 13, 2018.

Stevie, we love you so much. You showed many of us that despite your disability, the concept of “can’t” was never in your world. You made a difference in this world.

Over his life, Stevie encountered many medical issues, sadly the last issue could not be fixed. Stevie is survived by his adoptive mom, Grace. His canine siblings Benjamin, Zachary and Lilly plus his biological brother Murphy, who lives in New York. Thank you to the rescue volunteers and Carbondale Veterinary Hospital for your love and support. Thank you to Greg Looby for driving us this morning.

Our 2019 started off on a sad note as we lost one of our volunteers Kathryn Burdick. Kathryn’s quick wit and willingness to help whenever needed is so very much missed. Since all dogs go to heaven, we are sure that Kathryn is in her glory.


Hope came to the rescue malnourished and overbred. She had her puppies and brought the world together and taught us what true unconditional love means. She was just a very gentle and loving soul and touched the lives of everyone who cared for and watched her and her puppies every day on the live videos, and she even united many around the world into a family.

But she said her job was done, her body tired. She raised her puppies the best she could and she showed us so much how to love. Hope had to leave us for the rainbow bridge. There wasn’t a dry eye that day she left us, nor for days, weeks and months later because she was such a special dog.

But Hope left a legacy of 8 puppies to carry on for her, and those special puppies were adopted to their forever homes and carry on the love she showed to all the world.

Hope you will forever be our Angel.