We were contacted about a pound-bound dog in need of immediate help in the city of Colton (San Bernandino County). It was about 104 degrees and she made her way into a yard, matted from head to toe and covered in over 200 ticks and fleas. The person who found her could not bring her into the house because of her neglected shape. She ended up having to spend the night in a shed after being soaked with a hose before we even got the news. Our rescue drove out right away and picked her up and had made efforts to locate a possible owner with no luck. We think she may have been used in a backyard breeding situation (she was full of milk when found with no puppies) and then either escaped or was discarded. It is possible that she was stolen, but again no one had claimed her.
After being rehabbed and getting into better shape physically and mentally, the dog whom we later named "Lascala" became available for adoption. She ended up finding the dream home when an amazing older couple read her story and decided to add her to the family. She is spoiled, enjoys play dates with the neighborhood dogs, and gets to live the life that she probably never dreamed she would have!
We came across a social media posting about a dog that was found after wandering out on a highway from the desert in the middle of the night. The people that grabbed the ten month old shepherd mix puppy, whom we later named Krayon, could not keep him nor could they tend to his injuries. When our rescue picked him up, we saw how horrifying his wounds were and proceeded to get him medical attention right away. While under anesthesia, our vet examined Krayon and found that his injuries were consistent with someone tying a rubber band around his testicles in an attempt to remove them. We couldn't fathom what kind of person would do that - put a dog through torture and perform a medical procedure without proper sedation, pain medication, and expertise! Not only was Krayon in unimaginable pain and discomfort from his raw area hanging out, but he was also slowly dying because of sepsis, an infection that spread, and also the fact that he was skin and bone from starvation. We figured he was likely dumped in the desert to fend for himself on purpose so that he would in fact die. However, he turned out to be one tough puppy that fought to survive, and survive he did! A major factor that played a role in him making it in the desert was that he hung out near the aqueduct and therefore had access to water at least. With summer temperatures way over 100 degrees, packs of coyotes roaming around searching for an easy kill, and the extent of his injuries - a couple more days out there would have proven to be fatal.
After receiving emergency surgery to fix his private area, setting aside a good amount of time to recover physically, and adjusting to being loved and cared for, Krayon began his search for a forever home. Socialization and training were key pieces in boosting his confidence level and making him more adoptable since he did not have any of that previously. Frequent park trips, exposure, and love were perfect.
(Link to dog park video: https://www.magisto.com/video/NkVNKlwNEDNtUhVpYw?l=vsm&o=i&c=c ) .
Krayon ended up being matched with an amazing family - a retired law enforcement human dad, compassionate human mom, and their older college kids. Nowadays he lives spoiled with the dog beach as his second home. No longer having to suffer, no longer a victim of animal cruelty.
Our rescue does not take on birds often, but decided to this time around because it was a very urgent case. ChaiKing was found under a tree at a park severely injured. He had gotten attacked by a predator and was hanging by a thread. It was a miracle that this pigeon survived as they are very likely to die from stress itself. He ended up having so much damage to his wing that flying was completely out of the picture. He remained at our rescue for months and when we finished rehabbing him, he got transferred to a bird rescue where he was adopted as a pet! These birds are super smart and often don't get enough credit. It was a great experience and we were lucky to be part of his journey!
Snowy was an owner surrender with her mother, Princess, from a family that finally decided it would be in her best interest to live elsewhere. She had been through a lot and unfortunately lost her eye at around six weeks of age due to "unknown circumstances". The fact that Snowy had only one eye did not stop her from being just like all the other dogs. She had such a good spirit even though she showed signs of trauma and insecurity. Her so called disability did not stop her from enjoying life to the fullest (and in some ways she was more lively than the other dogs!)
When it came down to finding her a good fit of a home, it was challenging. A lot of people turned away because of her eye. We wanted to do more for her in terms of possibly getting it stitched up and closed, but after multiple consultations were advised that it should not be done (she wouldn't be able to produce natural tears and there was risk of infection as well as other complications). The most important thing to us was that she wasn't in pain and that it wasn't bothering her, which it wasn't! Time passed and she continued to get overlooked until a family came across her availability and committed to making her a part of their pack! The amazing part was that they already had a male pup and he looked
exactly like her! Coincidence or maybe not? The most important thing is that it worked out in the end and now she is enjoying life in a place that absolutely adores her!
We rescued this sick tiny kitten from a young couple that found her on the street. They didn't know what to do and felt bad about taking her to a shelter because she would probably get put to sleep. Their only option was to network her online hoping someone would take her. She had so many infections going and her poor little eyes were a mess! The people named her "Zombie" because of the way she looked. Right away we changed her name to "Miracle" because it was indeed a miracle that she survived and eventually thrived!
Our rescue got word that there were abandoned dogs at a property in South Los Angeles. The owners had moved and left them there all alone to fend for themselves. When I had arrived on site, the first thing that I saw were piles of discarded items on the sidewalk not too far from the driveway. Behind the gates of the home were two hungry and dehydrated dogs resting in piles of trash. They were so scared when they saw me that they ran through an opening under the house right away to hide. A neighbor that they trusted lured them out twenty minutes later and helped me catch them. The pair was put in a crate and I drove off with them in pursuit of a better life. In the car, the poor dogs vomited pieces of stickers and wrappers - the only "food" that they could find to eat, even though none of it was eatable.
The sweet boy, Peanut, was noticeably having issues with his breathing. He would cough roughly and looked pretty miserable. His sister, Butter, was very active but also had a possible medical issue with her leg. She limped at times and was more than likely in discomfort. Turns out that Peanut had damage to his lung area that was consistent of being kicked in the chest and Butter had old breaks in her legs that healed wrong. Both dogs went through a hell of a time before ending up at our rescue.
Sunshine was brought into the shelter as a stray, supposedly found on the street with another look - alike dog, that may have very well been her son because it looked like she had puppies. The shelter labeled her as "feral" and was not even able to initially examine her upon intake because she was way too fearful and shut down. She basically sat in a corner, shaking uncontrollably out of fear, but showed no aggression. After being caged up for a month and finally becoming more trusting of humans (she stopped hiding and interacted more), Sunshine was adopted. Less than 24 hours later she was ultimately betrayed and returned because she supposedly "had severe separation anxiety which caused her to rip through the crate, scratch up the walls, dig, etc." This was a bunch of LIES which almost ended up costing her life. She went on death row for the second time and that's when we saved her.
It was all about socialization the minute she came to our rescue. Link to playtime/coming out of shell: https://youtu.be/6rdlkCHmDXM
It took awhile for her to decompress but before we knew it, she adjusted and fit right in. Dog friendly, cat friendly, amazing hiking and running buddy, no mean bone in the body - Sunshine flourished. She finally found the perfect home with a loving and patient family (mom, dad, daughter, and two cats)! No more shelters for Sunshine! Hooray!
Mona was found curled up in a ball on the pavement near an elementary school. It was triple digit heat that day and no one knows how long she was out for. Our rescue spotted her near a dead bird while walking the dogs. Her body was covered in larvae, she was pale, severely dehydrated, and hanging by a thread. She was rushed for emergency care with a 50% chance of survival. Her little body was as strong as can be, and fight she did! Mona survived and is thriving until she can be released back into the wild. Thanks for letting us help you Mona and we will never forget you!
Little Stu was found around midnight moving inconsistently across a major intersection. It is very common for opossums to wander around at night, but there was definitely something wrong in the way he was moving. It turned out that he was severely injured at four months of age by what vets thought was a raccoon attack. His entire arm was chewed off, with only the shoulder bone protruding. He was taken to the hospital for surgery and a licensed wildlife rehabilitator stepped up to take over his care. He is one of the luckiest little creatures to have survived such an injury because if left in that condition longer, infection would have killed him. It was an interesting experience to be a part of his rescue story because it's not every day that we come across an opossum in need of help. Go Stu!!!
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