Skip to comments.Saturday Night Doggie Thread
Posted on 10/02/2010 10:37:46 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma
Tonight I want to hear of your favorite Animal Rescue Organization. Where would YOU go to if you were to adopt a dog and give it it's forever home?
Please share your stories about your rescue dogs and the folks who rescued them for you.
The one I support and would get another dog if circumstances warranted ... is German Shepherd of Orange County.
Their site is HERE!
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GERMAN SHEPHERD RESCUE of Orange County. Rescue! Sheesh.
So I gave her this pack of 3 balls for this energetic adopted poodle. 4 yorkies, a poodle, 2 cats when they feel like it. Vying for attention. She threw it and it went ‘thud.
VERY good boy!!!
Who couldn't love a face like this?
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Another organization dedicated to saving dogs and cats and help getting them adopted:
The Lange Foundation.
The Lange Foundation was founded in 1993 by Gillian Lange, recipient of the City of Los Angeles St. Francis of Assisi Award in recognition of her work on behalf of abandoned and neglected animals since 1974. To date, she has helped rescue and place over 20,000 cats and dogs that would have otherwise been destroyed in shelters.
Lange Foundation is dedicated to saving impounded companion animals, and preparing them for a journey to a new safe, loving world. We have also initiated an ongoing sterilization program, to dramatically reduce the number of unwanted pets born in Los Angeles County.”
Thanks for your link!!
I’ve recently started following this group via Facebook...
Thank you very much!!!
Unfortunately nowhere because I’m allergic to dogs. But if I could, something around 30-40lbs for me.
Thanks, kanawa! I follow them too...
I know you saw the story about the couple who are homeless, living in their car...AND DIDN’T LEAVE THEIR TWO DOGS BEHIND....
My favorite rescue is Big Fluffy Dogs in TN and MA. They rescue Great Pyrenees, Saint Bernards, Newfoundlands and their mixes in the Nashville area and adopt most out up north. They take in many other breeds of adoptable dogs, though. I don’t think they say “No” to any dog in need. We have 2 Great Pyrenees mixes, Toby and Clancy, from them. Their website is www.bigfluffydogs.com but the real activity takes place on their Facebook page.
Durn about the allergies!!! And not just because of an animal...
You can support them in other ways...by just “being there”. Talking about your local shelter...
I have 2 I really support besides the Humane Society.
http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/WI321.html This lady is amazing. She seriously has devoted her life to helping these babies.
There are others here also that I would look at if we decide to get Giz a playmate.
Only if you wish....
I added cats to the keywords...goodness knows there’s an equally large amount of kittens/adult cats who need adopting, too.
There are others all over the country — I did some searches, unfortunately I didn’t save the link. But I was surprised how many organizations are out there dedicated to saving animals. I think animals are in great need of compassion and help, since they are so dependent on people and are so grateful for the help.
Animal Lifeline of Iowa, Inc. is a no-kill special needs animal shelter that accepts unowned dogs and cats who are handicapped, injured, have a serious medical condition, pregnant or nursing, and orphans that need to be bottle fed. Animal Lifeline (ALI) is supported solely by donations.
ALI is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization.
I’ll bet there were a bazillion...
Iowa checking in...THANKS!
My SO cannot be around any animals because of the dander. Gizmo is basically hypo=allergenic. No shedding and no dander. But, lots of love!
Best Friends Animal Society were willing to take a FeLV+ kitten that I found. They also rehabilitated several of Michael Vick's pit bulls.
Good stuff. Thanks for the ping and the link!!
Oh how adorable!
My cousin and her husband rescue paps and sometimes fly them to their new homes!
This is a great place I first heard about on FR, of course. Their site is interesting, and they not only have hundreds of kitties, but some dogs, too, last time I visited the site.
Some months ago, my husband found a little Chihuahua wandering on a busy street in the next town. She was blind in both eyes, looks like she had quite a few litters, and someone had notched both her ears, perhaps with a cigarette.
We posted our finding of her at the local shelter, but nobody came looking for her. While I was afraid she might be claimed by a former abusive owner it was also possible that someone else had taken her in and she just got out and wandered off, since she can’t see.
She is a great pet, and we may have at least one of her eyes fixed so she can see. Although we love our other dog, who was a “purchased” Russell Terrier, we wouldn’t trade the little street dog for anything.
What HORRIBLE people....to do that to an animal!!!!
God bless you for adopting her!!!
I volunteered there for a couple of vacations. I highly recommend doing that. Had a blast! It’s sooooooooo beautiful there, and the animals look so happy!
Oops—meant to say I volunteered at Best Friends in Kanab, Utah. My understanding at the time was that they only accepted animals that were scheduled to be euthanized if not adopted out of shelters. They also took dogs from the war zone and had yurts for them (Afghanistan, maybe?) Don’t remember.
Good on you!!! I’d have a big ole problem not becoming an instant hoarder. ;)
All my cats are former strays. They don’t seem to miss the street much.
I was under the impression that they took other hard-to-adopt cases, but maybe my FeLV+ kitten was a special case. OTOH, any shelter I brought her to would probably have euthanized her.
LDDR is legit and I gave a forever home to a senior from a kill shelter....This organization goes into kill shelters and rescues dogs due to be put down the following day...she cost me 100 dollara and over the next 1 1/2 years over 400 dollars in vet bills. I was happy to do it as she was a sweet old bitch....her and my dog would take walks with me together but they only tolerated each other. But amazinly they taught each other....my dog learned not to run in panic from a vacuum and my rescue learned not to watch me eat and drool..as my other dog would lay down and turn her back to me when I was eating....they do learn from each other and the 3 of us could play on the floor but they were never big buddies....
The rescue dogs I’ve owned or fostered came from Canine Adoption and Rescue League in Ventura,CA. CARL is a great volunteer organization!
I have adopted only 1 of my animals from a local county shelter. The others have been strays. I have 2 dogs and 3 cats. I have a calico cat named Willow that I adopted from a lady off of craigslist. I know to some, adopting from craigslist isn’t the same as adopting from a rescue organization, but I feel that most of those animals on craiglist will end up in kill shelters if people don’t take them. The lady I got my calico from was in tears when she brought her to my house, and to this day she still emails me to make sure she is doing well.
My other 2 cats were found as strays when they were probably just a month old. They were so tiny that I had to feed them kitten formula as they were too small to eat solid food.
I have a pekinese mixed dog that I adopted from a local shelter. And finally I have a tiny 7 pound shih tzu that was found standing in the middle of I-40 last labor day weekend and my boyfriend and I were driving home to Memphis. He stopped and ran back down the interstate to rescue this poor baby. He was covered in fleas and his fur was so matted around his face that he could barely open his eyes. I was hoping the poor guy was just lost from his family but I tried and tried to search for his owners, but with no luck. He had no collar, and no microchip. He’s been the sweetest little dog I’ve ever owned.
Humane Society of Columbiana County -- not affiliated with the HSUS.
They get a small donation each month from us.
Darn. Tried to post a photo of one of the boys we adopted, but obviously messed up.
At Best Friends, the animals look so joyous that you wouldn’t be as tempted to rescue them. My BFF/coworker and I reserved a cottage or cabin or whatever it was, and we got to bring one of the dogs “home” for overnight stays for a few nights. Had to get special permission from vet because one of the other dogs had attacked him and he was recovering from his wounds—promised to give him his meds and not overexert him. We sent care packages for him and they notified us when he went to his forever home—even sent pix of the family w/son and other dog!
Needless to say, when we’re on that side of the country, hubby and I are going there again.
It’s a total gas! You get to obedience-train puppies, leash-train the older dogs, groom cats....You’d like it!
Finally got it right. This is one of our babies from asiandogrescue.
By April of 2002, we could stand it no longer; and we submitted our adoption application and started the process. I had to write an essay describing my perfect forever dog. Although I didn't get one of the ones shown on their website, I was offered a new dog that had just come up for adoption. One of the organization volunteers came out to check out our home and brought her own dogs to see how we interacted with Goldens. Another volunteer, Betsy, his actual foster mom, saw something in our application that made her think that Max would be a good match for our situation.
In the phone interview with Betsy I ran through all the criteria that I had listed for the perfect dog, and Max met only two of them -- he was big, and he looked like he had good hips. However, he wasn't a she. He wasn't four. He wasn't light blonde. Oh yes, he WAS housebroken. Betsy said that there was no obligationto take him, but I should really meet this dog because he was special and she could bring him out to our home on Saturday. She livles about 50 miles from me, so it was quite an offer from her.
As it happened, Max wasn't anything that I thought was important in my essay, but he was PERFECT. My heart melted when he first set his paw on my front porch. I thought, "Who wants a blonde girl? Obviously dark red males are the very best dogs in the world."
We played in our yard for a couple of hours, but I wasn't sure my husband would go for this dog. In the first place, he wanted a girl because the one we lost had been a girl. And then, Max escaped my pasture because "somebody" had forgotten to close the back gate! In the chase that ensued (3 adults chasing one big puppy) he knocked my husband flat in the grass. He stopped and looked at us as if to say, "Wow! This is fun! If I run hard and clip him in the back of the knees, he falls down. I like this game."
If you go to the GRROW link above and click "Success Stories" on the left hand side of the page and then scroll down to 2002 and scroll down again to find "Magnificent Max" (about the middle of the list) you will see our beautiful dog pictured with one of my grandchildren after we'd had him for about 8 months.
Of course Max is grey now and not as lively as he once was, but so are we. He's still just PERFECT.
Here he is having a little talk with my husband about eating tomatoes right off the bush!
We had such good luck with our Max that my daughter adopted a standard poodle in NJ. Her luck with that rescue organization was not as happy as ours, although the dog was great. But, I learned that not all rescue organizations are created equal. GRROW is really a cut above. The dogs are kept in home environments until they are deemed fit to adopt. They are socialized when you get them. They are neutered, and the fee you pay includes the neutering and all shots and microchipping and the vet exam. The adoptive parent is required to take the dog to professional dog training until he passes 1st level obedience and then GRROW refunds $50 of the fee you paid. Good practice. I had to sign a contract that if I ever have to give up Max (perish the thought) that he goes back to GRROW. My children are appalled, "Do you mean that if you die, we can't INHERIT Max?"
No, you can't INHERIT Max. I imagine that if you applied, GRROW might let you keep him if you have a fenced yard and can prove that you could be a good dog parent. But, you'd have to apply! His microchip even says that he belongs to GRROW, not to me. GRROW has the documentation that says that his MC number belongs to me.
I asked Max's foster mom, Betsy, how come she thought of pairing us with Max, and she said that it was because I had specified a LARGE dog. Who knew? She also liked the story I told about how we had thought of a way to entertain our previous Golden and to accomodate her "hunting" gene after she injured her back at 5 and could no longer engage in rough jumping and retrieving. We used to play "hide the bird wing" in the house and let her go find a frozen duck wing that we kept in the freezer. She never tired of that game, and it did not put any strain on the disc that she ruptured. Betsy liked that story and as a result, offered us Max. I keep in touch with her in case that we are ready to take another dog in the future. Don't want to burn any bridges there, although we no longer go to the "reunion" parties that GRROW holds about twice a year.
I was going to mention Best Friends. I used to subscribe to their magazine. They are a great organization.
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