Animal Shelters Are Honoring Healthcare Workers By Naming Shelter Dogs After Them

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Healthcare workers are tirelessly working to save the lives of those infected with the coronavirus and put their own lives as risk everyday. People around the world are coming up with ways to show their appreciation, including animal shelters.

Hearts and Bones Rescue, with locations in New York and Texas, is naming their rescue dogs after nominated healthcare workers. The shelter wanted to show doctors, nurses, and all the other essential workers on the front lines their appreciation. Since these heroes are all saving lives, the rescue only thought it appropriate to name the rescue dogs that are getting a second chance at happiness after them.

“To celebrate the health heroes working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis, we will be naming all of our new dogs in their honor ❤️,” posted the rescue.

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Beka, a young St. Bernard, was the first dog named after a healthcare worker, PA Beka who works in NYC. “We rescued the canine Beka in Dallas last week and she’s a sweet, loving 1.5 yr old gal who does her namesake proud! She gets along with other pups and is a big fluffy 80 lb mush.”

The rescue encourages people to nominate a healthcare hero through this link. Each submission must have the consent of the nominated person to be considered and must include a short bio about the hero.

There have been tons of nominations and all of the chosen names/dogs are posted on the rescue’s Instagram page.

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This regal pup has got a reason to smile 😊 We just rescued him from a rural Texas shelter today! Meet Dr. Zhang, a 3-5 yr old #greatdane mix named after a doctor (and HBR dog dad) working on the frontlines of the COVID pandemic in Philadelphia – he’s an internal medicine resident and actually volunteered to work in the COVID ICU to do everything he can to fight the virus. Our way of saying thanks is naming this handsome pup after him! Do you have a health hero in your life you’d like to celebrate? Nominate them now at the link in our bio and we’ll name a dog in their honor! Dr. Zhang the dog is a super chill and friendly guy who had been waiting in the shelter for almost 3 months before we met him today. He gets along great with other dogs and is just such a wonderful guy! We’re hoping to bring him to NYC ASAP so he can finally find his forever home. Stay tuned for even more new dogs and don’t forget to nominate your #healthheroes 🖤 . . #adoptdontshop #dogsmile #happydog #rescuedog #rescuedogsofinstagram #rescuedismyfavoritebreed #covid19 #hbrhealthheroes #doctor #dogsofinstagram #dogsofig #instadog #dogstagram #cutedog #dogoftheday #dailydog #bestwoof #mutt #adopt #fosteringsaveslives #lovedogs #doglover #doggo

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Meet the happiest pup around, Nurse Cassie! This 1 yr old 13lb cutie is named after an incredible nurse working in the ICU in Daytona Beach, Florida – we’re honoring #healthheroes with all of our new pups and you can nominate yours at the link in our bio! Canine Cassie loves literally everything: toys, sunbathing, playing fetch, car rides, cuddles – you name it, it’s THE BEST THING EVER to her. Her Texas foster mom tells us she’s “a little ball of pure love” who’s calm and cuddly indoors and an active adventurer outside. Nurse Cassie is ready to share her sunny personality with NYC soon – interested approved adopters can email adopt@heartsandbonesrescue.com, and newbies can apply at heartsandbonesrescue.com 🖤 . . #adoptdontshop #hbrhealthheroes #adoptme #happydog #dogsmile #nurse #chihuahua #chihuahuasofinstagram #chihuahualove #rescuedog #rescuedogsofinstagram #rescuedismyfavoritebreed #dogoftheday #dailydog #instadog #dogstagram #bestwoof #cutedog #lovedogs #doglover #fosteringsaveslives #doggo #aplacetolovedogs #smile #dogscorner

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What. Is. This. Dog?!?! We just rescued this magical fluffy staffie mix and/or magical creature from our friends at @dallasanimalservices today! Sadly, he was found with a BB gun pellet in his face – but he had it removed and is doing great now, being as friendly as can be. Welcome #hbrhero Nurse Ethan, named after a dedicated RN all the way in Scotland. Ethan was nominated for his work during the COVID-19 pandemic by his partner Emma, who’s a fellow dog rescuer. They’re expecting their first baby soon and we’re sending them lots of love from across the world ❤️ The canine Nurse Ethan weighs 35lbs with some growing left to do and will be coming to NYC in a couple of weeks! Approved adopters can email our adoptions team for more info, and newbies can apply at the link in our bio. Please know we are still receiving an incredible amount of adoption interest right now, and we expect this cutie to have a wonderful forever fam lined up pretty quickly 😊. Don’t forget to nominate your front line hero at the link in our bio so we can honor them with a dog named after them! Thank you heroes 🖤 . . #adoptdontshop #heroes #healthheroes #mysterymutt #mutt #muttsofinstagram #dogsofinstagram #dogsofig #instadog #dogstagram #bestwoof #cutedog #rescuedog #rescuedogsofinstagram #rescuedismyfavoritebreed #doglover #lovedogs #dogoftheday #dailydog #doggo #mcm #dogscorner #buzzfeedanimals

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Other essential workers are also being recognized, like New York Officer Shawn and his canine version, an adorable beagle pup.

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Just rescued: meet native New Yorker Officer Shawn, an adorable young beagley pup we rescued from our friends at @nycacc today! Officer Shawn is named after a dedicated member of the NYPD who works tirelessly every day to keep New Yorkers safe, and has been helping bring COVID patients to hospitals to get the care they need. His nominator says: “Officer Shawn has put his life on the line more times than I can count in this pandemic alone to get people the medical help and care they need, and saved many, many lives over the course of his career. He is a true hero and I am very proud to know and love him.” Thank you Officer Shawn for being a real life #hero – we hope the canine Shawn brings a smile to your face when you come home from the midnight shift. Stay tuned for more updates on this pup as he settles into his foster home 🖤 Help us continue to celebrate frontline heroes in the COVID pandemic as we name dogs in their honor – nominate a doctor, nurse, EMT, police officer, firefighter or any essential worker at the link in our bio! . . #adoptdontshop #heroes #nypd #nyc #dogsofnyc #adopt #fosteringsaveslives #beagle #beaglesofinstagram #savethemall #dogsofinstagram #dogsofig #instadog #dogstagram #dogoftheday #dailydog #rescuedogs #rescuedismyfavoritebreed #rescuedogsofinstagram #doglover #lovedogs #aplacetolovedogs #dogscorner #dogsofinsta #buzzfeedanimals

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The rescue is still adopting out dogs but is doing the process virtually with ‘contactless adoption hand-offs’. Anyone interested is asked to contact the rescue for more information.

Just across the pond, an animal shelter in Wales is also naming their rescues after healthcare workers. Hope Rescue just posted a photo of an adorable stray, David, that they named after the entire David Ferguson neonatal unit at the Royal Gwent Hospital.

People love the idea and those nominated are super proud to share their names with rescue dogs. Adopt don’t shop!

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Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast that resides in West Michigan. When not writing, she is exploring the great outdoors with her dogs and horses.
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