The Puppy Bowl’s Over, for Pet’s Sake



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If you’re a Tay-Tay and Tray-K (YAY!) fan, then this Valentine’s week is already sweet for you. It’s also sweet because a big-hearted reader named Suzanne has made Animal House headlines for the second week in a row. She’s just adopted Thor, a dog mentioned in last week’s column.

Last week, she adopted a young white male Jindo also featured in this column. We knew him as Aiden, and she renamed him Baby, as an adopted son for her older white female Husky.

Suzanne Verrault writes: “Thor has found his forever home! We shook on it! I adopted Thor, the Mastiff mix that was located at Moreno Animal Shelter. I saw the video of him in a small cage, and he was stressed, going in circles, and looking really thin. My heart sank. He was to be euthanized at 5 pm the next day.  No one was coming forward to save him, not even rescues, but one was willing to pull him if I would take him the next day. I was afraid of how Baby, who I adopted just 5 days prior, would react but I knew I was Thor’s only hope. It stopped the killing, but he still had to be neutered.

“He was transported to me the same day of his operation by a kind foster mother who volunteered. It took some time for Thor to get out of her car. He was still drugged. He has been isolated from my other dogs while he heals, but he bonded to me very quickly. He is getting better every day and loves the food and attention. He is still very thin, just skin and bones! But his tail is wagging; he is safe and, more importantly, alive!

“Baby is not happy having him here! He has been acting out some, but I think in time, they both will adjust and love each other.”

The first of Buddhism’s Four Great Vows translates loosely “Sentient beings are numberless. We vow to save them.” (No pressure, of course.) While attaining this ideal may be tricky, we are grateful for Suzanne’s example.

Meet Kingston and Byron

Thank you, Darlene, for this touching post below.

“What does it take to get people to take in a shy cat?” 

• (2) Feline DSH males; bonded siblings/brothers
• Brown tabby makings, no blaze
• Age: 3 years
• Neutered, current on vaccines, dewormed; in fine health
• Playful yet gentle; a bit shy, but ready to become pets.

“These handsome brothers need a furever home! They are both age three, very well-mannered and quiet, but oh, so sweet! Although quite shy, they have made lots of progress. They LOVE to play with their toys, watch Cat TV, and sleep with you! They are neutered, vaccinated, and dewormed. They are in a foster home but cannot stay much longer. They’ve been waiting for months! Seems like people only want cute kittens, but won’t you please take these boys home and see them thrive? Yes, they will hide at first and need extra patience and sweet talk and treats, but what a wonder“fur” gift of love to see them blossom and finally ask for cuddles and give you head bumps! Call 562-972-2408 for more information. Submit your adoption application.

Please, before you pass on these boys because you may want a cute kitten or a very friendly cat, take a moment to read this:

“Just a reminder: when you are adopting a pet, take the time to meet the scared ones, the shy ones, the ones that don’t stick out to you, the ones that hide under their bed, blanket or litter pan; the ones that hiss, the ones that cower, shake and cry and look at you with confusion; the ones with boring colors or missing limbs or the older ones, the frail ones, who seem beyond repair or seem to have given up. Because they are not beyond repair, and they haven’t given up. They just need you. And sometimes you just really need them, too.”

Meet Adorable Addison #A792910

This little girl is not feeling her best, which is why she needs your help NOW. Her stay in Devore Shelter has resulted in the sniffles (eye and nasal discharge). She’s taking amoxicillin. She’s become testy (swatting, hissing) as well, and now can only be released to a RESCUE-ONLY with Medical Waiver. If you are an individual who will foster or adopt this beauty, contact a local rescue, and tell them that you will foster/adopt immediately.

• Female Feline; age: 4 months
• Breed: Medium longhair, floofy, Siamese/Burmese mix?
• Coloring: Siamese/Burmese chocolate-champagne blend, blue eyes
• Has a respiratory infection, being treated with amoxicillin
• Available to Rescue-Only via Medical Waiver

Devore Animal Shelter
19777 Shelter Way
San Bernardino, CA 92407
(909) 386-9820 – Press 2 for Devore Shelter, then press 1 if you are a rescuer, to speak with the rescue coordinator.

More From Devore – Pick Alfalfa #A792794

If you are an individual who will foster or adopt this lonely, neglected dog, contact a local rescue, and tell them that you will foster/adopt immediately.
• Male canine; Not happy!
• Rescue Only: tried to nip during intake
• Age: Unknown, Size: Small
• Coloring: shaggy tan and black
• Breed: Silky terrier mix
• Intact/ not neutered
• Requires Rescue-Only intervention to prevent euthanasia

Devore Animal Shelter
19777 Shelter Way
San Bernardino, CA 92407
(909) 386-9820 – Press 2 for Devore Shelter, then press 1 if you are a rescuer, to speak with rescue coordinator.

Still more, more, more from Devore!

Meet Sunshine #A792702

Luscious little Miss Sunshine is doing hard time because her human was arrested and taken to jail, and Sunshine was confiscated from the home. Her two weeks (so far…) in the Clink find her feeling a bit under the weather, so she is only available via Medical Waiver.

• Female feline DSH
• Coloring: ginger-marmalade with white blaze, belly, paws
• Amber eyes, white whiskers, pink eraser nose!
• Health status: has respiratory infection from incarceration, requires Medical Waiver for release
• Age unknown

DEVORE ANIMAL SHELTER
19777 Shelter Way
San Bernardino, CA 92407
(909) 386-9820 – Press 2 for Devore Shelter, then press 3 to speak to the shelter agent.

Meet Cody!

Thanks, Celeste, for this heart-warming post.

Cody’s wearing his Valentine’s sweater vest in hopes that you’ll fall in love. He’s a low-key little guy who does not do well with large, loud, young, boisterous, competitive dogs. In a behavioral assessment from the Downey Shelter, the shelter agent recorded:

“Cody was sitting on his bed amongst his kennel mates with a relaxed demeanor. Cody approached the handler at the barrier and greeted them. Cody sniffed the runner’s hand and was easily removed from the kennel. Cody was taken to the play yard and was given time to decompress before the assessment. Cody displayed a relaxed body, closed mouth, high tail with a loose wag, natural ear set, and soft eyes; Cody sniffed and marked various locations in the play yard with a relaxed demeanor. Cody approached the handler placing his paws on their legs and soliciting petting. The handler was able to examine Cody’s mouth, ears, and front paws without issue. The handler proceeded to palpate Cody’s abdomen, back, hind legs, and tail without issue. The handler was able to pick up and carry Cody without issue and Cody leaned his body into the handler’s chest. Cody is ok for public adoption for low energy-level, small dogs.”

We interpret this last sentence to mean that Cody would be OK with other dogs of similar size and temperament.

• Male canine
• Age: 8 years old
• Breed: Heinz 57?
• Coloring: Mostly white, some tan, with large cinnamon ears
• Size/weight: 8 lbs.
• Good manners, quiet, relaxed nature, social and friendly
• In good senior health

Email: Downey Animal Care Center at [email protected]

Downey Animal Care Center
11258 Garfield Avenue
Downey, CA 90242
(562) 940-6898
Shelter hours, Monday – Saturday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Meet Trish the Dish, #A792681

The shelter environment is traumatic, and frankly, it’s no surprise that impounded animals often quickly contract infections. That’s the case with Trish. We don’t have further details, so she is adoptable with a Medical Waiver.

• Female feline DSH
• Age: 5 years old
• Smoke-point Siamese coloring
• Plush and lush
• Health status: has respiratory infection from incarceration, requires Medical Waiver for release

DEVORE ANIMAL SHELTER
19777 Shelter Way
San Bernardino, CA 92407
(909) 386-9820 – Press 2 for Devore Shelter, then press 3 to speak to the shelter agent.

We know even less about Trebble #A792870, available to rescues only

• Feline DSH
• Gender, age unknown
• Health condition unknown
• Fabulous raccoon-striped tail!

DEVORE ANIMAL SHELTER
19777 Shelter Way
San Bernardino, CA 92407
(909) 386-9820 – Press 2 for Devore Shelter, then press 1 if you are a rescuer, to speak with the rescuer coordinator.

Meet Miss Kitty!

A kind-hearted reader named Priscilla rescued Kitty from being abandoned when her family moved out of state. Priscilla works two jobs and isn’t home enough to give this cat the attention she deserves.

Priscilla writes, “Please help me find a good home for her so she can explore and be spoiled and be a loving pet for someone else.”

Thank you, Priscilla, for sharing Kitty’s story with us, and thank you for caring about her.

• Female feline DSH
• Age: 3 ½ years old (approx)
• Brown tabby, yellow eyes
• Playful, smart, loves her toys
• Affectionate, vocal
• Spayed January 12, 2024
• Current on shots

To meet Kitty, email [email protected]

Bubbles Babies!

Thank you, Victoria Smith, for these several great posts that follow.

Bubbles Dog Rescue is a tax-deductible 501c3 organization. This rescue will provide all necessary supplies, including vet care and training assistance if needed.

Meet Calvin

“Calvin is a 4-year-old, 54-lb male Boxer mix. He has spent more than half of his life (2-3 years) being overlooked at a small shelter in New York. Now he is a California dog, perfect if you’re looking for a dog to love indefinitely that’s been needing his human or humans his whole life. Calvin is a sweet, affectionate, goofy, active, dog-friendly boy! He is so sweet and easy to love. He is amazing at agility, is super fun, adorable, and loves his humans!

Since he’s gone through training, it’ll be imperative that his training structure and practice are followed. He really, really enjoys being around humans, but he needs an alpha in the house to follow! He’s neutered, UTD on vaccines, and completed the board and train.

Available for transport anywhere within CA and some neighboring states so share with friends/ family!”

Meet Chance!

“Chance is a 2-year-old, 60 lb. Staffy/Pittie mix with the most beautiful coat you’ve ever seen! This handsome young man is looking for the perfect furever home to call his. Or at least a foster! Chance is GREAT with other submissive dogs, especially large dogs he can play with and run around with. Chance also really loves female dogs cause he’s a charmer! Chance loves fetch and toys. He’s such a silly, goofy, happy-go-lucky personality. Chance is a dog that’ll always be smiling and put a smile on your face, too. He has high energy and does great on walks as long as his walker is a strong alpha who can give directions and corrections. He will need a foster or owner who is committed to enforcing the good behaviors he has learned in training. Will you give Chance his second Chance at a life in a home?

Apply to meet Chance for possible foster or adoption!”

Available for transport anywhere within CA and some neighboring states so share with friends/ family!”

Meet Sky!

“A foster or adopter is needed for Sky! She is a 4-year-old, 55 lb. Husky girl who LOVES humans and wants to follow them around and get belly rubs! She loves to offer her paw for shake and give kisses! This happy, silly girl’s tail is ALWAYS wagging! Her favorite toy is her Costco dino and chew bone. She does great in her crate but has also been respectful of furniture when her fosters have left the room for a shower, etc. Sky is very treat-motivated and has the cutest smile! She’s great in cars and is a huge snuggler!

Sky was attacked by another dog in or before the shelter, so has some fear-based tendencies that her trainer has been working on with her. She needs slow and proper introductions to other large dogs but when introduced appropriately, she does very well with them. NOTE: Small dogs and cats are a little too delicious.

Foster or adopt sky! She will be your ride-or-die best friend!

Apply to meet Sky for possible adoption, please fill out the Bubbles Dog Rescue app at:  
https://bubblesdogrescue.org/dog-adoption-application

To foster Sky, please fill out our foster application at: 
www.bubblesdogrescue.org/foster 

Three Dog Night!

Here are three love-worthy dogs presently in boarding, ready to bring big, big love to the right person or family now. The photos are courtesy of Girls Who Love Dogs Rescue. Okay, so look. We know these photos aren’t great. So GWLDR are rescuers, not photogs. Please use your imagination, and text (310) 736-8639 to meet Zelda, Woody, or Olive!

Important! – All dogs adopted come with three free sessions with a personal dog trainer.  Every dog adopted comes with two weeks of free food. Interested in fostering? Please text Alicia at Girls Who Love Dogs Rescue at (310) 736-8639. You can visit them on Instagram, too.  

Here’s Zelda

  • Female canine
  • Breed: Boxer
  • Age: 1.5 years old 
  • Spayed, vaccinated 
  • Curious girl likes to go on walks and loves squeaky toys!
  • Good with kids; slow introductions with other dogs. 

Here’s Woody

  • Male canine
  • Breed: Lab/Pitbull mix
  • Age: 3 years old 
  • Vaccinated, neutered
  • Good with small and big dogs 
  • Loves kids, loves to cuddle and be petted; loves toys  
  • Walks well on a leash. Eager to learn/fast learner.  
  • Knows basic commands 

Here’s Olive

  • Female canine
  • Breed: Pitbull mix
  • Age: 3 years old
  • Spayed, vaccinated 
  • Good with other male dogs, selective with females 
  • Will do best with submissive dogs
  • Loves to play. Temperament is a mix between normal and high energy.
  • Will do best in an active household with a yard. Good with middle-school age and older kids.
  • She doesn’t know her own strength yet, so she might be overwhelming to little littles.

All dogs adopted from Girls Who Love Dogs Rescue come with three free sessions with a personal dog trainer.  Every dog adopted comes with two weeks of free food. Interested in fostering? Please text Alicia at Girls Who Love Dogs Rescue at (310) 736-8639.

The short URL of this article is: https://localnewspasadena.com/6bsh

Victoria Thomas

Victoria has been a journalist since her college years when she wrote for Rolling Stone and CREEM. Victoria describes the view of Mt. Wilson from her front step as “staggering,” and she is a defender of peacocks everywhere.
Email: [email protected]

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