'Last Chance Highway': Shelly Bookwal...

'Last Chance Highway': Shelly Bookwalter's doggy mission of mercy

There are 183 comments on the Zap2it.com story from Jun 16, 2010, titled 'Last Chance Highway': Shelly Bookwalter's doggy mission of mercy. In it, Zap2it.com reports that:

Got hankies? Good, because you're going to need them as you watch "Last Chance Highway," a life-affirming, family-friendly series currently airing Saturdays on Animal Planet.

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gigi linn

Tempe, AZ

#24 Jun 30, 2010
This is to THANK everyone involved in helping to rescue these poor animals. All the way to the guys driving the truck and delivering them. Thank you from another dog rescuer. There needs to be more of us out there to protect and help these poor animals. I do all that I can as welll, but there are just TOO MANY morons out there and I feel what they did to their animal should be done to them, wether it be an imbeded collar to abandonment, left on a chain, they should experience the same torture. Thank you all you wonderful people, know that you WILL BE blessed for the work you are doing.....
kelly rushby

United States

#25 Jun 30, 2010
Words cannot describe how thankful I am for people like the Bookwalters and the Petersons and all the people they work with for this cause. Our house is filled with the love of a 23 yr old parrot who was going to be sent to a pet store more then 20 years ago, two 9 yr old grocery store box kitties, the puppy of a Katrina survivor and two months ago we adopted an 11 mo old feral shepherd mix who was returned 3 times to the shelter because she wasn't given the chance to bond with her new families. She's bonded now and I have to say a downright fantastically behaved girl. Some things take time, and patience is all that's needed when it comes to excepting an animal into your life that has experienced what most of these gentle souls have been through.
I wish I could have more but I know my limit. However, today I spent the day at the local animal shelter with a friend who tonight is spending her first night at home with her new 6 mo old puppy she's calling Bird. Tonight I'll sleep just a little bit better. Keep up the good work and let's all do what we can.

Kelly Rusbhy
Olympic Peninsula, WA State
kelly rushby

United States

#26 Jun 30, 2010
P.S. What happened to Panda? How is she doing? Did the owner of her mama ever call back about the offer of the free to him spay?
Jan - Texas

United States

#27 Jul 1, 2010
I have 2 rescues and fostered a Chocolate Lab in June '09 for a friend with a rescue. We found what we thought would be a good home for this dog. She is sweet, loving, will follow you anywhere, not afraid of new people, and never met a stranger. Then on May 17 she was found, dumped about 50 miles from where she was supposed to be living. To make a long, sad story short, a man and his 5-year old found her, he called the number on her rabies tag and ultimately my friend with the rescue called me. I told her I would take the dog back to foster. Within 24 hours I realized this was not the same dog. She is TERRIFIED of men, hangs her head, won't make eye contact, has her tail tucked between her legs, and is generally a wounded spirit. Everywhere I take her people immediately are drawn to her but she tries to "melt into me." She was so bad that I had a total stranger offer to have a couple of his "good ole boys teach him a lesson on how NOT to treat a dog." He was dead serious; he wanted the name, phone number, and address of this idiot. Some of my friends said that should have given it to him. She now has a permanent home, with me because I truly don't think she could stand another move, plus she has bonded to me and is never more than 2 feet away.
nan moore

Santa Cruz, CA

#28 Jul 1, 2010
Dear Shelly:

You are an Angel from Heaven. God bless you and all your helpers for saving our beloved doggies. You make me want to be a better person. I volunteer at our local animal shelter, but I wish I could do more. As of now I have three dogs, and am looking for a way to make room and $ so I can bring more into our home. I wish you all the best and energy for your vocation. Take care Shelly.

Whenever I get discouraged or tired, I will think of you, and the inspiration will follow.

United States

#29 Jul 3, 2010
I really love your show. I have looked everywhere for your list of dogs to adopt but can't find it. I'm not very good on the computer so i've missed it somewhere. I'm looking for a dog to adopt but can't find one in nashville thats rite for me.I just thought you might have one. I sure liked Rusty and I know how much your husband loves him, you can see the love between them. I want to feel that love also, so please help me find your dogs. Thanks Gail.
Jack and Hope

Royal Oak, MI

#30 Jul 10, 2010
My dvr cut out at the very end. Did Jack die? My heart just breaks for that family. Have you communicated with them lately?
Has Hope been adopted?
Keep up the great work! We can only do what we can do one "baby" at a time.
Bless you!
Kirstie Elliott


#31 Jul 10, 2010
I love what you're doing. Praise the Lord for people like you. I love my dogs. Two are rescues and two are fosters. I feel the same way about them as you do. I hope you can change the laws to make people be accountable for the neglecting of their animals. Some people don't deserve animals.

Yakima, WA

#32 Jul 11, 2010
I have always wanted to save a dogs life ever since I was 3. That was 9 years ago I would run around saying Im going to be a vet and save puppies.When Last Chance Highway came on I said I want to be just like Shelly when Im old enough. I already planned a location and how big the shelter will be and I will never euthanize a dog not even a pit bull only if the dog has to since its in pain thats the only time I will.
Penny Spade

Guaymas, Mexico

#33 Jul 11, 2010
My husband and I rescue puppies from the Cabo San Lucas, Mexico shelter that would be put down if someone didn't foster them. We have fostered over 65 puppies and found home from the in the US and Canada in the last 3 years. I think what you are doing is wonderful. Keep up the good work.


#35 Jul 12, 2010
Shelley, The job you do is wonderful and I cannot wait for each new episode. If you ever need a contact in NJ, I would be honered to help. [email protected]

Pomeroy, IA

#36 Jul 14, 2010
I was wondering what happened to the feral dog you trapped on the side of the road. Did it have a good outcome?

I love the updates at the end of the show. I am mama to a great little guy named Jack Ryan. Every time I need to leave him at home he watches from the window until I am out of sight. We had to put our first dog, Tobe asleep around 10 years ago and said we would never get another dog as it was too hard to have to make such a choice. Then my son adopted Jack who we were supposed to babysit a month. Now I couldn't ever think of life without Jack and neither can the rest of the family.

United States

#37 Jul 17, 2010
I can not watch animal planet alot of times because my heart just breaks sometimes, I love shelly and her family and friends for what they do as soon as I finish nursing school I plan to buy a house big enough to do animal boarding or rescue I just want to be around animals and it will be a family event because my son has changed his major to veterinary medicine


#38 Jul 17, 2010
We Live in Memphis, A neighbor found a pitbull puppy sleeping under her deck and doesn't want to call animal control because they will most likely put him down. WE NEED SHERRY!!! Contact me @ [email protected]


#39 Jul 17, 2010
We need help to save a little pitbull puppy the neighbor found under her deck. Is there anyway Sherry could take him so animal control doesn't put him down. we live in Memphis. contact us @ [email protected]

United States

#40 Jul 17, 2010
I have alway's wanted some kind of animal rescue in my town. I hate seeing all the stray cats and dogs around here. I would love to do what they do.
susan dunkle

Van Alstyne, TX

#41 Jul 17, 2010
great show you do, you are awesome people doing what you do to save animals. we have 3 labs, and they are like are children. keep up the great work you do.

Naperville, IL

#42 Jul 19, 2010
Mary wrote:
I have a friend that is running a rescue for Chiwawahs (Can't spell it but you know which one I mean. She ctually has no place for them and hs them blocked off in rooms in her house. Mopping the floor constantly. She is in it over her head and
This person while well intentioned sounds like an animal hoarder and nothing good will come of it. Before she takes another animal she needs to establish a way to find homes for them.


#43 Jul 19, 2010
One of the best programs on Animal Planet! Shelly has a heart of gold!


#44 Jul 19, 2010
One of the best programs on Animal Planet, besides "Pit Boss & Whales"! Shelly has a heart of gold! I wish we could clone her!!

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