Saturday, March 29, 2014

*FOXTROT* The Neglected & Abandoned Shepherd

Oh My God! Oh My God! That was our reaction when we first laid eyes on this severely neglected and abandoned Shepherd we now call Foxtrot. Judging by the condition he was in, it was evident that this poor soul was confined somewhere, chained, and left to be consumed by external parasites, covering literally every inch of his body, including his eyes, nose, and ears.

Of course the first question that comes to mind is: Why? Why would anyone acquire a dog and end up treating it this way? Why? Although we will never know why...where...what or who, but one thing we do know is that life has not been kind to this stunning and regal looking Shepherd.

But luckily, this boy found his way to us and now we are doing everything possible to change the world for this beautiful angel, and show him that not all humans are evil....but most do care...we care!

Foxtrot has already been to our vet, has been groomed, and is currently receiving all the medical care that he needs, and will continue to do so until he is healthy, happy, and pain free.

We kindly ask that you keep Foxtrot in your thoughts; and any amount you can DONATE toward his recovery process would be greatly appreciated and much needed.

Please donate at: http://www.petadoptionfund.org/donation.html (please include note *Foxtrot*)
Thank you for taking the time to read Foxtrot's story. ~MB volunteer



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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Matchmaking Process Unpredictable But Worthwhile

These brothers were placed together!
     For people choosing pets, the mutual attraction can be instant, or more involved. Last year, a man who came to look at Ada the Labrador after seeing her on our website declared, “I’ll take her!” when she approached with her tail wagging and rolled over for a belly rub. Last month, a cat named Zane convinced a woman to take him home by reaching out with a paw to stroke her grandson’s hair. Last week, young girls giggled at a Saint Bernard’s friendly slobber and got her to sit on command before telling their parents, “We want her!”
     

Both Jingles the pup and Dixie the Coonhound had numerous meet-and-greet sessions with other dogs before finding new families. The new owner of two kittens visited twice to decide to take them. Timing often plays a part; for instance, if you have an extended holiday off from work to get to know an animal addition, or if you’ve finally moved into a place with a big yard, or perhaps you need to wait until after remodeling the kitchen or returning from a trip, etc.|
      

Some visitors have voiced unique qualifications for dogs, including: will guard our horses but not get too close to them; will fit in the “U-shape” on the floor behind my truck’s driver’s seat; or a dog that “will eat what I make, because no one else in the family does.” Some potential cat adopters have requested one that will talk back, or “will watch my favorite TV shows with me.”         
      

In any case, we always want a standout match for both sides. Come by soon to make it happen! — L.K., volunteer

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Terrific Twosome Seek Real Kindness, Forever Family

    It’s not easy to overcome being miserable, mistreated and misunderstood for a long time. Just ask Dolby and Gina, Akita mixes who seem unsure of what toys are and behave wary around new people. If this attractive pair could talk, they may share a sad story of always being scared of their first owner then always tied up by the second. Criticism was constant, barking led to smacks on the head, and escaping was a desperate way of searching for better lives. Gina went missing for a full month once, before miraculously reappearing in the backyard.
     After initially brought to us due to a move, then returned some years later because the next adopter lost her house, both dogs were petrified — especially the girl. The sister and brother, also named Bubba and Sweet Pea in the past, preferred hiding behind things or crouching in corners to walking on-leash or interacting with volunteers. They’ve since made progress, but must stay together and do require experienced guardians/handlers. Also, no small pets, please.
     Happiness is when these dogs dance around or stand on their rear toes, anticipating exploration of the neighborhood. They walk very well in sync with and alongside each other, often drawing attention and compliments. For fun, they jump on and tug each other’s hair when someone familiar approaches. Treats, brushing sessions and soft bedding are enjoyable offerings. To find out more or to meet this wonderful guy and gal, call or visit soon! We hope a match is made during this month that has a theme of finding true love. Watch their video! The link is: http://www.adoptapet.com/ pet/5897151-canoga-park-california-akita-mix                 
- L.K., volunteer

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Barely Surviving Mystery Cats Get Second Chance

This brave parent and her offspring needed protection.
      She heard the loud and long scream in the early morning, when it was still dark outside. The Porter Ranch resident awoke quickly, immediately worried for the scared family of cats her dog had recently discovered behind a backyard bush. Turns out, the brave young mother cat was trying to protect four tiny, vulnerable babies from a pair of hungry, close coyotes the woman was able to scare away. She and her husband had been feeding the homeless felines for a while, but as of yet had been unsuccessful in approaching or  capturing the group in order to save them. However, this lucky night, the terrified kitties ran in the home’s open rear doors ASAP when they had the chance and were guided inside.

   Across the next weeks, the panicky, feral cats learned to trust their saviors, letting themselves be petted and even held. In fact, the mama liked attention so much, the couple thinks she may have been owned before but had been abandoned or left behind. Named Precious, she has a white mark on her chest and an absent ear tip near dots of missing hair, guessed to be the results of a predator's bite.
     Now all are here, again facing another new environment, strangers and the unknown. Will each have enough confidence and good fate to become adoptable and secure someone's interest? Only time will tell. The two girls and two boys are: Panther (the biggest), Baby (smallest), Minnie (dark gray) and Lion King (longer hair than the others). Their rescuers say after getting over initial fear, all these "angels" enjoy belly rubs. Baby disappeared for a while but returned, Lion King "acts tough but loves human touch," sweet Minnie is playful, and Panther is friendly.
- L.K., volunteer

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Images and Info. Shouldn't Be Final Factors

Small Joey is immediately friendly!
    I’m glad the dogs and cats here don’t use computers or care about website hits. These days, it’s all about page views, click-through rates, “likes,” and how many followers or friends, etc. Sadly, some of our orphans are labeled as having “no recent activity” because their online photos and bios haven’t been looked at in a while.
Brindle Bosco is a super senior!
    Among smaller dogs not ranked as current “favorites” are Ming (Spaniel mix), Bennie (Sheltie mix) and precious Pumpkin, saved from a shelter in 2007. Each of them is shy at first; however, even several dogs who crawl into laps for cuddles haven’t received recent inquiries, including Nick the Chihuahua and Joey (shown above left).
Cute Boots wants an owner ASAP!
    In terms of how often potential owners express interest, senior or special-needs pets were often at the bottom of the rescue’s long list of available animals. For example, Bosco, a great dog (shown above), as well as cats like three-legged Mickey, plus older Earl, Annie and Ethan (the latter three are lovable, long-haired black cats) were rarely the intended result of Internet searches this past year.
    On the flip side, many people are reading their online details, but dogs named Beenie, Princess, Shammy, Sean and Oso remain homeless. Cats called Boots (shown at left), Adorable and Hitchcock tend to get attention for their looks, but still aren’t adopted. Hopefully, more visitors will be on-site at this shelter these next few months to meet and select their next “furry family member.” - L.K., volunteer

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Compassionate Contributors Have Inspiring Impact

Chance has been with us since 2007!
Being part of the behind-the-scenes team involves many rewarding moments. Getting dogs like Ethan, Fifi, Apollo, Chance II, Gracie or Lizzy to walk confidently is wonderful. Watching Shammy, Carlisle, Charity or Dee Dee do learned behaviors makes us smile. It’s fun when little longtimers like Della, Pepper, Toby (here since 2007!), Chance, Peter or Pumpkin still get excited for each outing or during any interaction with volunteers. It was a happy achievement when Rembrandt had successful treadmill sessions, leading to less anxiety.

Fifi (a Boxer mix) arrived in 2009.
Within this season of giving thanks, we extend gratitude to our dedicated volunteers. Several offer brief, but always positive support. Some stay for hours, some are seen regularly, while others appear as often as possible. A few continue their efforts off-site, helping with things like home visits, needed supplies, online promotions, training, fostering, mobile adoptions and more.
Pretty Marisa waits for a new owner.

There’s the girl who gives extra attention to black cats (her favorites), the friends who entice felines with treats or toys, the woman who pets older cats until they purr, and the couple who cuddle kittens to get them used to people. We also definitely appreciate those who exercise the challenging dogs, those who work with the shy or scared animals, and those who oversee the office. 

Free, kind and knowledgeable assistance is truly a treasured and valuable resource, especially for the hundreds of potential pets here.
  - L.K., volunteer

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Promotional Efforts For Precious Pooches

Tater's "socks" caught someone's eye.
“Why does that dog have white there and there like that?” a teen said, noticing the white chest and feet of Tater. (That’s the unique coloring he was born with as a mixed breed!) Another passer-by inquired, “Why isn’t his tail curved?” (Well, cute Tater has similar coloring of a Basenji, but not that breed’s curved tail. Meanwhile, Happy, a small female mixed breed at our shelter, has both Basenji coloring and its curved tail.) 
 “Does her back itch?” a lady asked, pointing to Lucy the black Lab who rolled around on the ground. (No, either she wants a tummy rub or is just happy!) A man asked, “Is she original?” (Uh, yes, Lucy is purebred.) Some questions that people asked about dogs we brought to a recent event were interesting.
Lucky wore his peacock costume well.
“Why is he so chubby?” a youngster asked of Jesse, a sweet brindle boy. (Maybe Jesse likes food a lot.) “What is he saying?” (Jesse's barking could have meant "Take me with you!" or that he wanted the hot dog the kid was holding!)

The bigger dogs wore Adopt Me! bandanas proudly. But tough competition was nearby: about a dozen little ones, also from our shelter, wore standout outfits. At least three got placed soon afterwards. We hoped those dressed as an octopus, peacock or banana would win the costume contest, but a dog from another rescue, dressed as an angel, took top honors.

Siblings Lance and Lucy received many compliments: “Gorgeous. So friendly! So well-behaved. They seem really connected.” Sadly, no applications were filled out that day for the pair. So, like the booth next door which offered hula hoops as a fundraiser, we packed things up after a while, grateful the weather had been decent. Furthermore, lots of feedback was nice: "Good luck. Keep up the good work. I wish I could help more. Bless you for what you're doing." As always, it was a pleasure to hear: "We adopted from you before. We'll spread the word." - L.K., volunteer

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