Saturday, August 29, 2009

Rescue Follow-Up

You've Come A Long Way, Phoebe

All of you faithful supporters know that Saving Shelter Pets works hard to provide a safe intermediary between homeless, helpless animals and the warm, safe forever homes that animal lovers such as yourselves provide. But with the overwhelming number of animals that need rescue, the dire circumstance and real potential of each and every animal can be lost in the long list of transport candidates and continual updates on fundraising initiatives. One member of a transport this past spring, a sweet little female puppy now called Phoebe, demonstrates for us the gift that animal rescue is to each animal and to everyone involved.


Mom, a husky shepherd mix, and her nine little pups were found living in an old abandoned barn in a shallow 'den' dug out of the dirt. It is believed the pups were nine weeks old when discovered. Because of their size and mom's condition when found, they may not have had a whole lot to eat those first two months. Upon rescue, the pups were enrolled in the Puppy Promises program through the local county animal control facility, and meanwhile were cared for by a local foster home. When their transport time came, the pups traveled all the way to New York state to stay in a safe shelter facility and enjoy the last of their time together as littermates.


At this time, a family living in the region was searching for a new companion to welcome into their home. This part of the story is told best by family member Amy Fink...


It had been two years since we lost our beloved Crosby and since we lost him suddenly to cancer, the grieving process was very long. But since we are a dog-loving family, we realized that we wanted to fill that hole in our hearts and welcome a puppy into our home. We really wanted to adopt a rescue puppy this time around. We started perusing the local shelter websites. Then my daughter found petfinder.com. It wasn't long before we discovered Vanilla and her pups in our search.



Those little blonde bundles of snuggliness just tugged at our heartstrings! We made the hour and a half trek to the rescue facility in Corinth, NY, and were lead upstairs to where the litter was. It was amazing to see the internet picture come to life before our eyes! We watched them tumble and roll and jump up to meet us. We picked up a couple of the puppies and just loved holding them! One puppy in particular seemed to take a special liking to us. As soon as my daughter picked her up, she nestled right into her and claimed us! A natural fit, we simply couldn't resist her. We didn't even want to put her down to process the paperwork. She was the perfect blend of perky and content. Her little ears were floppy and her belly was pink and completely hairless! She was a vulnerable little thing and we just wanted to envelope her with the love she deserved. It was nice to meet her mom while we were there, too. She was beautiful and friendly and I promised her I'd take care of her little pup. We named our puppy Phoebe.


Once we welcomed her into our home, I began researching her origin. I became slightly obsessed with wanting to know her birthdate and birth information. I had to know where she came from. I called the shelter back to get more specific information, which is when they told me about Saving Shelter Pets. A couple google searches and I found the blog that showed the transport that Vanilla and her pups were a part of! I couldn't wait to contact you and find out any more info about her. And then to find out her heart-wrenching story of how she was found and rescued made us really lay on the TLC thick! I am happy to report that today Phoebe is a healthy, playful, extremely loved member of our family!


And she's a far cry from the little 7 pound bundle we found at the shelter that day in mid-April. A couple more ounces and she'll hit 25 pounds! And she just earned her certificate for successfully completing an 8-week training class where she enjoyed playing with lots of doggy friends. She can sit, stay, and 'come here' pretty well! She loves squeaky toys and tennis balls...but most of all she still loves to snuggle.

Phoebe started out being born in the dirt in an old barn with lots of siblings and a loving mother, but little else. Now she has a plenty of food, a roof over her head and a doting family of her own. Here at Saving Shelter Pets, we sincerely wish for every animal everywhere to have such a loving family with which to spend their days. That's why we're working hard on every transport and every fundraiser to reach out to as many compassionate friends as possible. We want as many animals as possible to experience the 'happy ending' that Phoebe enjoys today.


Thanks friends for your support of animal rescue and advocacy!





About Saving Shelter Pets:
Saving Shelter Pets (SSP) strives to eliminate euthanasia as a method of population control for homeless companion animals, by providing no-kill alternative solutions and pro-actively addressing the problem of pet overpopulation.

SSP is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization with supporters nationwide. Please see our FAQs for more information.

NOTE: The animals pictured in this or any other message are NOT available for adoption. We do not have the resources to properly screen adoptive homes. We send our dogs and cats to pre-approved no-kill rescues in the Northeast, and these rescues will then adopt them into wonderful forever homes.


Saturday, August 22, 2009

Lexie's Rescue Run (#72) - Dogs are SAFE!!

Good news!! We received almost all of the money needed for the dogs from Lexie's Rescue Run, so the transport is on!! They are all on their way to rescues!!

Thanks to all of you who donated, cross-posted, told friends, prayed, and sent good karma - every one of these kids will have a happy life in a loving home, instead of an uncertain future in a Georgia shelter.

And we'll always remember little Lexie, the sweetie who was supposed to go on this transport, but went into kidney failure and had to be humanely euthanized before the trip. This transport is dedicated to her memory. RIP little girl. :(

Lexie




Below are the precious faces of the dogs that have made it out of Georgia on Lexie's Rescue Run, through the awesome partnership of SSP and our dedicated supporters!! THANK YOU!!!

Litter of 3 Terrier pups





Litter of 6 Lab/Shepherd pups



Litter of 2 Lab mix pups



Gunner and Shelby



Litter of 7 Lab mix pups



Chip
(tiny doxie mix puppy, camera shy)


Lacey



Sally



Litter of 6 Black Lab pups
(camera shy puppies)


Bo



Goofy



Litter of 6 Hound/Lab/Chow pups
(more camera shy puppies)




About Saving Shelter Pets:
Saving Shelter Pets (SSP) strives to eliminate euthanasia as a method of population control for homeless companion animals, by providing no-kill alternative solutions and pro-actively addressing the problem of pet overpopulation.

SSP is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization with supporters nationwide. Please see our FAQs for more information.

NOTE: The animals pictured in this or any other message are NOT available for adoption. We do not have the resources to properly screen adoptive homes. We send our dogs and cats to pre-approved no-kill rescues in the Northeast, and these rescues will then adopt them into wonderful forever homes.


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Transport #72 - Some Very Sad News... :(

Just when things were looking up for the group of rescue doggies traveling on SSP Transport #72, tragedy has struck the effort.

We are deeply saddened to tell you all that Lexie, the adorable little hound/doxie mix from this transport, had to be humanely euthanized at our vet office this morning.

Lexie



She was in for her final exam to get a Health Certificate and the vet found a problem. Blood work and some other tests revealed that her one kidney was very deformed and not functioning, and her other kidney was shutting down too. Her poor little body was in serious distress, and the vet told us there was nothing he could do for her, so we made the difficult decision to let her go.

Lexie had a rescue in Connecticut waiting for her and crate space reserved on the transport van. But sadly, it was not to be.

We at SSP are absolutely heartbroken for Lexie. Rescue work is not always easy or pleasant, and sometimes it takes a tragedy such as this to remind us just how precious these little lives are.

We are re-naming this transport "Lexie's Rescue Run" to honor her memory and the journey she didn't get to take. Would you please consider making a small donation in Lexie's memory to help the other dogs in this transport get their ride to freedom?


CLICK HERE TO DONATE FOR LEXIE'S RUN

Thanks to all for your support in this very difficult time.



About Saving Shelter Pets:
Saving Shelter Pets (SSP) strives to eliminate euthanasia as a method of population control for homeless companion animals, by providing no-kill alternative solutions and pro-actively addressing the problem of pet overpopulation.

SSP is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization with supporters nationwide. Please see our FAQs for more information.

NOTE: The animals pictured in this or any other message are NOT available for adoption. We do not have the resources to properly screen adoptive homes. We send our dogs and cats to pre-approved no-kill rescues in the Northeast, and these rescues will then adopt them into wonderful forever homes.


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

SSP Transport #72 - Dog Days of Summer

SSP Rescue #72 - Dog Days of Summer

UPDATE, Wednesday August 19 - LAST DAY FOR FUNDS!! The animals MUST have funding to get to their rescues. PLEASE DONATE - Every little bit helps!! Deadline is TONIGHT!!

We are still reeling over the untimely passing of Lexie, one of our dogs from this transport (see our latest blog entry), but we still must raise funds for the other dogs going to rescue. PLEASE help if you can!!


The dogs shown below are all hoping to travel north on our Rescue #72. And we have received $1225 in donations in the past month thru Facebook Causes and recurring donations, so we only need half of our usual sponsorship donations for each dog. :) :)

This is the first time in our 3+ year history we've had funds available to partially offset our expenses for a rescue operation, and we sure hope it's a trend that continues!!

Please help us with the funds needed to get each of these VERY deserving dogs vetted and on their way to happy lives with loving families. Donations of any amount are always welcome, and are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Thanks as always for your valued support!!

CLICK HERE TO DONATE



Litter of 3 Terrier pups




Check out the ears on these little cuties!! They're from our Puppy Promises program, and they each need $25 for their vetting and transport to rescue (plus spay/neuter for their mom and other animals in their current household). Please donate to help SSP get them on their way!!

Total Needed: $75
Funds Raised: $25
STILL NEED: $50


Litter of 6 Lab/Shepherd pups


These kids are part of our Puppy Promises program too, and they are excited to get to their rescue up north because they know that families are waiting there to adopt and love them. They each need $25 for vetting and transport (and spay/neuter for their mom and other household companions).

Total Needed: $150
Funds Raised: 25
STILL NEED: $125


Litter of 2 Lab mix pups



These two little guys are orphans who have no one to take care of them in Georgia. Luckily they found SSP, and we promised them we'd get them a rescue!! One of our NJ rescues has committed to them, so we just need funds (only $25 each) to get them on their way!! Please donate to help us keep our promise to them.

Total Needed: $50
Funds Raised: $50
FULLY SPONSORED!!


Gunner and Shelby


This brother and sister pair are gorgeous, aren't they? Gunner, the little boy, is all black with a spotted tongue and his sister Shelby has very unusual brindle coloring. Their unique looks should make them popular with adopting families in the Northeast. They need just $25 each for vetting and transport expenses to get on their way.

Total Needed: $50
Funds Raised: $25
STILL NEED: $25


Litter of 7 Lab mix pups


This big litter of Puppy Promises pups has nowhere to go in Georgia, and they need SSP's help to stay out of the Murray County shelter. They'll be adopted quickly in the Northeast, and $25 each gets them their vetting & transport (plus spay/neuter for their mom & other pets in their household).

Total Needed: $175
Funds Raised: $65
STILL NEED: $110


Chip
(waiting for picture)

Chip is an adorable Doxie mix puppy with a fondness for snack food!! His foster mom named him "Chip" after he stole a bag of Doritos and hid under her couch with them. Chip is an orphan, found wandering all alone on a road in rural northern Georgia, and he needs just $25 to get to a rescue and make a fresh start on his life.

Total Needed: $25
Funds Raised: $0
STILL NEED: $25


Lexie


Lexie is a sweet little Hound/Doxie mix who was running out of time in the Murray County shelter, when an SSP volunteer saw her sweet face in an e-mail. We arranged for an extension on her time at the shelter, and now we need funds to save her life. Will you help us get Lexie out of the shelter and in to a rescue? Donations are needed for her vetting, spay surgery, and transport.

Total Needed: $100
Funds Raised: $75
STILL NEED: $25


Lacey


This girl has a pretty smile, but unfortunately - she doesn't have a home in Georgia. With a little help from SSP and our supporters, she can find a fabulous home through a rescue in New Jersey that couldn't say no to that face! She is already vetted including her spay, so she needs just $50 for her journey north. Then she'll really have something to smile about!!

Total Needed: $50
Funds Raised: $20
STILL NEED: $30


Sally


Poor Sally knows that hounds are everywhere in Georgia so she has a tough time standing out in the crowd. The best hope for this girl from DeKalb Co is to hop on an SSP transport to the Northeast, where adoptive families will surely appreciate her sweet and trusting nature. She is vetted and spayed already, so she needs just $50 to get on her way to a better life.

Total Needed: $50
Funds Raised: $50
FULLY SPONSORED!!


Litter of 6 Black Lab pups


There sure are a lot of Lab puppies on this transport, and here are six more!! We don't have a picture yet, but everyone knows how precious lab puppies are - how could they be anything else? These are Puppy Promises kids, so they need $25 each to cover vetting, transport, and the all-important spay/neuter for their mom and other animals in their current household.

Total Needed: $150
Funds Raised: $35
STILL NEED: $115


Bo


Bo is a handsome Golden mix boy, and really friendly too. Bo's owners were elderly, and when one died and the other went into assisted living - poor Bo was left all by himself! Bo's chances of being adopted from a Georgia shelter are not good, because he's a pretty big fella. BUT - for $100 (to cover vetting, neuter, transport), we can get this big fluffy boy to a new family in the Northeast!!


Total Needed: $100
Funds Raised: $100
FULLY SPONSORED!!


Goofy


Picture a Hound/Poodle mix, with the coloring of a Hound and curly Poodle fur on its back. Well, that's Goofy! :) He loves everyone and everything he sees too! His unique look and happy attitude will surely win him lots of fans at the CT rescue that is waiting for him. SSP needs just $100 for his vetting, neuter, and transport - and then he's on his way!!

Total Needed: $100
Funds Raised: $100
FULLY SPONSORED!!


Litter of 6 Hound/Lab/Chow pups


We're waiting for pics of these fluffy kids, but we hear they are adorable!! However, even the cutest puppies have trouble finding good homes in Georgia, so these kids enrolled in SSP's Puppy Promises program and a NJ rescue will take them if we can raise $25 each for their vetting and transport (plus spay/neuter for other animals in their current household).

Total Needed: $150
Funds Raised: $35
STILL NEED: $115





About Saving Shelter Pets:
Saving Shelter Pets (SSP) strives to eliminate euthanasia as a method of population control for homeless companion animals, by providing no-kill alternative solutions and pro-actively addressing the problem of pet overpopulation.

SSP is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization with supporters nationwide. Please see our FAQs for more information.

NOTE: The animals pictured in this or any other message are NOT available for adoption. We do not have the resources to properly screen adoptive homes. We send our dogs and cats to pre-approved no-kill rescues in the Northeast, and these rescues will then adopt them into wonderful forever homes.


Friday, August 7, 2009

Spay & Neuter Update: Catnappers and TNR in Georgia

After a very successful year in 2008, Saving Shelter Pets is continuing its partnership with TNR group, Catnappers, for 2009 to provide spay & neuter surgeries to feral cats in southwestern Georgia. Catnappers is a very small group of volunteers who donate their time to trap feral cats and bring them to the local vet for spay/neuter surgeries, and additional medical treatment if needed.

Thanks to the donations of our generous supporters, Saving Shelter Pets has been able to provide over $1,200 in funding to Catnappers in the past year and a half to help them continue their important efforts in controlling the feral cat population.

So far for 2009, Catnappers has spayed/neutered 180 cats!

If you are in southwestern Georgia and would like to help this great cause, please visit the Catnapper website for more information. They are always in need of items such as towels, sheets, outdoor building materials for shelters, cat carriers, and more.

The pictures below were taken by Catnappers during a recent TNR effort involving a hoarding case. There were over 40 cats on the property (many of which were skinny and ill) and numerous other animals including goats, cows, dogs, and horses. A huge thank you to Catnappers for all their hard work & dedication to the homeless kitties in Georgia! :)













About Saving Shelter Pets:
Saving Shelter Pets (SSP) strives to eliminate euthanasia as a method of population control for homeless companion animals, by providing no-kill alternative solutions and pro-actively addressing the problem of pet overpopulation.

SSP is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization with supporters nationwide. Please see our FAQs for more information.

NOTE: The animals pictured in this or any other message are NOT available for adoption. We do not have the resources to properly screen adoptive homes. We send our dogs and cats to pre-approved no-kill rescues in the Northeast, and these rescues will then adopt them into wonderful forever homes.