Sunday, February 28, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Paulo was one of those special dogs. He was unique looking and his personality was, well, funny to say the least. I guess you could say that he had personality plus and then some! Every one of the volunteers was familiar with his silly antics and loved him all the more for them.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
My really good friend Katya (www.sheltershopper.com) who loves shelter dogs as much as I do wants to know what the problem is! Her favorite dogs at South LA just happened to be brown. They are super sweet and wonderful. Here is what she has to say about these 3 brown kids who are really on their last day at the shelter!
Hope A1092173, 8 years old, medium size
I know this plea is long- and I know it's hard to look at 3 dogs all at once. But they have the same story- adult brown mutts who get overlooked every day. How their final chapters end is up to us. Please please please pass this along and network Smooch, Hope, and Emily. This is a chance to let them be ambassadors for brown dogs everywhere, should they get the chance to live. Know anyone looking for a great dog? Thank you for caring and thank you for helping me help them! So far $150 has been donated to help these sweethearts!
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
XENA WINS GOLD IN WIGGLING!!!!!. See late-breaking video
Xena has been through a lot. Originally turned in as a young pup. Reason = "too many." Next adopted by a family who did not understand Xena's super high energy, shy behavior and fear of new situations. An unfortunate mistake. They claimed she was "unpredictable" -- but what we have seen is that she knows her friends and is fearful of those who threaten her. That is it!!!
When first returned, Xena (A1003106, 1 yr, a very skinny 29 pounds, on "alert" as of 2/16 and needs out now!!!) would hide in her kennel or curl up in a ball. But, little by little, she learned to trust. Staff treasure her antics. Volunteers love to spend time with her. You can't pass this little bundle of enthusiasm without being enthralled. Once she knows you, it is all love. Xena needs understanding but her devotion is so rewarding and her zest will win any Olympic medal.
Please, please, please give her a chance. Contact the South L.A. shelter at (213) 485-0117 or -0119.
And kindly let us know if you have any questions or can help her. She's guaranteed to make you smile.
Andrea & Mindy firstname.lastname@example.org (323) 363-4909
Thursday, February 18, 2010
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Jonesy when he was at LAAS ca.2008
Here is the original plea for Dr. Jones aka Jonesy that appeared on this blog way back in September 2008. Ever wonder what happens to these needy dogs?
Now, here's the story of how he was rescued and rehabilitated through the kindness and persistence of one very determined LAAS volunteer...
No one knows what happened in Jonesy's young life before he came to the West LA Shelter. All we knew was that he was a terrified, withdrawn shell of a dog, trembling in the dark recesses in the back of his kennel--the only place he felt safe--too terrified to even look at a human.
A volunteer began to work with him. There was just something about Jonesy you could see--perhaps that deep, innate bond between humans and dogs--that began to stir and motivate him.
Gradually, he took one hesitant step at a time, and began that process of learning to relate to humans and most importantly, to trust. You could sense the daily struggle between his terror of people and his desire to connect with them.
Eventually his time ran out at the shelter. Days away from being euthanized, the volunteer agreed to foster him and he was then pulled by Tails of the City Rescue. Thus began his new life of rehabilitation to ready him for adoption.
A new dog, he began to blossom immediately. A very smart little guy, he learned quickly, and slowly gained confidence. Then, a setback when he escaped and got hit by a car. Though he wasn't badly injured physically, it scarred him emotionally, adding another layer of fear, that of literally everything outside of his home. But even that would not deter him in his quest for a normal life, and he slowly overcame those fears as well.
A year ago, all Jonesy's hard work and trust paid off, and he found his forever home with Rachel and Ryan Gilleland and their cat, Abby. Today, now known as Tyson, he is a bright, happy, playful little guy who loves his family--and they, him.
Rachel and Ryan Gilleland and Tyson "It's sad to think that Tyson almost didn't get that final chance, but we are grateful to the shelter volunteer and pet rescue services," says Ryan. Adds Rachel, "Tyson is a big part of our family now." And that's all Tyson ever wanted; a loving family to call his own.
shelter or rescue!
Stay tuned for more happy ending stories coming up!
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
This truly wonderful dog was turned in to the shelter by owners who claimed "he doesn't move." Really? Guess that is because they brought him in starving, every rib visible. Guess that is because when questioned, "Do you play with him?" they answered "We don't have time." All you out there -- come to the
Nelson (A1086347, 2 years old, lab body, pit face) is one big love -- he's mushy and scrumptious!!! Kenneled with other dogs and he's been fine. They sleep together and eat together -- and Nelson is probably teaching them a few dance steps after hours in the kennels. Who knows?
Save this guy and you won't stop smiling. Call the
Andrea & Mindy
This terr-ier-iffic scruffer (A1088903, 3 years old, already neutered, has been on alert since January 31st -- as his "owner" called Animal Services to pick him up after he was hurt!!!) is as cute as the breed can be -- just with a little extra height and weight (53 pounds). That makes him all the more lovable. Chuckie has been in ISO alone and is grateful for even the slightest attention. He sits by the door, waiting for you to put the leash around his neck, and away he goes, unconcerned about other dogs barking at him or those that he meets face to face!!! Takes treats gently, gives very polite and sweetheart kisses. Make no mistake about it -- Chuckie's on a mission -- to find a new home. If you can help with this venture, please call the South L.A. shelter at (213) 485-0117 or -0119. And kindly let us know as well -- it is so heart-warming to hear that the dogs we've spent time with are now happier than ever. Many thanks, Andrea & Mindy firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
The Shelter Pet Project: A series of print and TV ads supporting pet adoption
The Shelter Pet Project is the FIRST Ad Council campaign to focus on pets. The project was announced in September of 2009 and is just getting off the ground.
The Shelter Pet Project is a major Ad council campaign run with support from the Humane Society and Maddie’s Fund. If successful, this campaign could be similar to past historic campaigns that have become part of the country’s vernacular such as Smokey Bear’s “Only YOU can prevent forest fires” and McGruff’s “Take a bite out of Crime.” The power of these ads running nationwide can change the common misperceptions of animal shelters and help end the killing of adoptable animals all over the country.
Why is this important?
According to the Humane Society there are approximately 8 million animals brought into animal shelters each year and only 50% or 4 million find homes or go to rescue. Of the remaining animals, about 3 million are healthy adoptable pets who are killed simply because they didn’t find an adopter.
In our own backyard, the City of
Table courtesy of http://sheltertrak.com
Please help educate the public and help promote shelter pet adoption!
Join the campaign today!
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Why is it taking so long to find homes for some of our incredible dogs at the shelter. I have been extolling the virtues of dogs like Roger, who at a young 8 years old is the PERFECT dog for someone looking for a chill dog who is easy going, easy to walk, just easy! Plus he's so sweet.
Then we have Buddy. He is so cute. He's like a Lab/Pit mix who is really sweet. In fact he thinks he's a lap dog! He absolutely hates the shelter though so for him it's quite stressful. He would do well in a variety of situations. He could be a family dog or with a young couple. He's young and energetic and cute as a button!
Not to mention the other dogs who are waiting, waiting, waiting... Peyton, Daphne, Bandit, Hercules, etc...What's up with that??? Please see Black Jacks Bark on You Tube for the lastest and greatest doggie videos!
Well in the meantime, make a note of this event going on next weekend...
Feb. 13th: GR2 on Sawtelle Bvd near Olympic. For a groovy art show and adorable cats & dogs to adopt go to GR2 from 4pm to 8pm to adopt!
Monday, February 1, 2010
Foxy A1079663 STILL available at WLA Shelter! She is a K9 Connection participant! A great dog who needs a chance.
Big News! West LA now has a video link on the www.laanimalservices.com website! Our own, Debbie Fan is providing the videos so you can click and see the latest available dogs right away!
This is such a valuable tool for networking too! You see them all the time from various sources and many rescues are using them to find suitable dogs. Look for BlackjacksBark on You Tube!