Pet name: Aggie
Arrived at Sanctuary: August 2014
Her Story: Aggie came to us first as a puppy from a local Animal Control who seized all the dogs at her home including her mother, father and littermates. She came to us with her 3 sisters and we have many adorable puppy pictures of her! She was adopted to what we hoped would be her forever home in April 2013. Due to health challenges facing both the humans and another dog in the home, Aggie returned to us just over a year later. It turned out that Aggie wasn’t well socialized in her new home. She regularly went to the same places, did the same things, and saw the same people. When she came to us, she found the fact that we did things differently than she was used to very unsettling, and we found ourselves with a very anxious and unhappy dog. It’s been a long process with her since she returned working out a routine that works for her and us. Simple things such as the noise of tires on our gravel driveway or a horse walking down the road can cause her to be aggressive. Shiny objects such as iPads or changing her food bowl cause her a lot of stress (we always make sure we have duplicates of the one food bowl type she will eat from). She walks with a muzzle on because of the unpredictability of what may stress her out. Aggie biggest joys happen daily—she loves her morning hikes on the trails at the sanctuary and enjoys just lying in the sun for her afternoon outing in our large exercise yards. She even has a part of the trail named for her because she loves to just sit there and gaze out over the pond.
Current Status: We are always seeking out ways of accommodating and managing Aggie’s fears, at the same time providing her ways to learn to cope with a world that can be unpredictable.
Pet Name: Amber
Her Story: Originally from Louisiana when she was a puppy, Amber came to the Sanctuary with Estie. They are 2 year old hound/lab mixes who had a history of behaving badly in their prior homes. Amber is the more sensitive of the pair, and we need to introduce her more slowly with strangers. She’s learning that she can face life without having her sister at her side all the time. Once she bonds with her people Amber is the more affectionate of the pair. Amber also has had more physical challenges than Estie, first having to be treated for Heartworm, and then just recently having a bought with Lyme disease. As a result, she’s less physically fit than Estie, so we are doing physical therapy exercises with her to overcome the stiffness she feels from the Lyme disease.
Current Status: Amber is spending time with the staff getting more confident interacting with strangers, and learning to face the sometimes scary world separate from her sister Estie. She’ll be attending classes soon, and will continue to work on her physical fitness.
Pet Name: Arthur
Arrived at Sanctuary: February 2018
His Story: Arthur was found wandering outside as a thin, dirty stray in a neighborhood in Berlin. Taken in by the Berlin ACO, and brought in for a brief medical exam – it was discovered that he was FIV+ , hyperthyroid and about 10 years old. Unable to meet his medical needs the ACO reached out to several rescues for help –we replied offering our assistance and Arthur arrived at the Sanctuary Feb 21. He was given a more extensive physical and started treatment for his hyperthyroidism the next day. He remains painfully thin and his health remains a main concern right now. Through it all Arthur remains incredibly sweet and affectionate to every visitor that comes his way.
Current Status: Arthur’s health is a primary concern, at this time we are working to stabilize his thyroid condition and get him to a healthier weight.
Pet Name: Atlas
Arrived at the Sanctuary: September 2017
His Story: Atlas was brought to New England from a shelter in Florida by another rescue. He’s a loveable large, senior dog, over 90 pounds, and is possibly a Malamute and Lab or Rottweiler mix. When he wasn’t adopted from that rescue we happily took him to the sanctuary. While he was settling in at the Sanctuary we noticed that an elbow wound that had been initially treated at the Florida shelter had not healed completely. Since his arrival the elbow issue has been a recurring problem requiring multiple rounds of antibiotics and warm compresses. Complicating the healing of the elbow was his contracting Anaplasmosis, a tick borne disease. He became very sick from it, and needed steroids and antibiotics to overcome the infection and resulting immune-mediated blood changes. We are still monitoring his progress on recovering from the Anaplasmosis, and are waiting to do dental surgery once we are in the clear on his other issues. Outside of his health issues, Atlas is easygoing, and always has a big smile on his face. He loves people and the treats he gets! Geese and horses surprisingly scare this big boy, but that doesn’t stop him from having a good time, he’s even graduated from Family Companion 1 class while residing with us and also participates in our animal assisted intervention program, the Buddy Project, working with youth at risk for school failure.
Current Status: He is waiting to finally overcome all of his health issues so that he can go home and be someone’s best friend.
Pet Name: Barnaby
Arrived at Sanctuary: January 2018
His Story: This sweet boy was found as a stray in East Hartford and was taken in for rehoming. Despite having a room to himself in the house, Barnaby was still very reactive to the other animals in the house and seemed to nip, swat, and bite those who crossed his path. We took him in to the sanctuary to give him some peace and address his behavior issues. While he was here, the vet discovered he has a painful condition called stomatitis. He needed to have several teeth removed and he's been recovering well. He's very playful and loves expending energy on feather toys. Getting exercise has helped reduce his anxiety a lot. He loves to curl up on laps with humans too.
Current Status: Barnaby is recovering from his dental surgery and will hopefully be ready for adoption soon!
Pet Name: Bonkers
Arrived At Sanctuary: January 2018
His Story: This rambunctious boy was found as a stray and brought into Manchester Animal Control with some nipping issues. Bonkers loves nothing more than to play, play, and then play some more. His exuberant personality would be great for someone looking for an active cat. He's looking for a home where folks can understand his wild side and nurture his spirit. He also has unique looks to match his unique personality. He is polydactyl and has gorgeous fur that volunteers have described as "looking like a porcupine." He's a confident cat that would possibly do well with another cat with a similar personality, or perhaps even a dog. At one and a half years old, he's like having a giant kitten around.
Current Status: Bonkers is ready for adoption and hoping for a home where he can get lots of playtime.
Pet Name: Brooke
Arrived at the Sanctuary: 4/17/18
Her Story: Brooke was born in Afghanistan and was brought to a rescue in the region with her mother and baby sister when she was just one month of age. Her mom and sister didn’t make it, but survivor Brooke has grown into a beautiful girl thanks to the TLC from that rescue. Brooke is now 1 ½ years old, and has been in the US for a few months now. She started in foster care in Virginia, and then made her way to a wonderful family in CT. They loved her, but their border collie did not, so Brooke just recently joined us.
Brooke can run like the wind, is super smart and loves people. She can be selective with other dogs, but she has lived with dogs in the past. She loves to jump up on people and to give them her now famous Brooke hug. We’ll be working on convincing her that people are much happier to greet her when she has all 4 paws on the floor, but Brooke may prove to be a slow learner with this one well practiced behavior.
Current Status: We will be working on improving Brooke’s manners, and then she’ll be looking for accommodations that include humans who will spoil her and a fenced in yard so that she can run flat out when the mood strikes her.
Pet Name: Buster
Arrived at Sanctuary: March 2018
His Story: Buster was living with three other cats when his person could no longer care for them due to medical reasons. All four went there separate ways as they got adopted or lived at the sanctuary. Unfortunately, Buster's second owner was no longer able to care for him. Buster is now at the sanctuary and is about as sweet as can be. His gentle, shy disposition endear him to all who meet him. He would do well in a home with other more zen cats. Since he is newer to the sanctuary, we are still getting to know his personality and preferences.
Current Status: We are getting to know Buster to figure what would be the best forever home for him, but he should be ready for adoption soon.
Pet Name: Carl
Arrived at Sanctuary: January 2018
His Story: Carl lived in a home with 4 other cats including Dime, Kiki and Coco. When their owner passed away they stayed with another family member temporarily before arriving at the Sanctuary on January 27. Likely due to the added stress of the move, Carl had some medical issues that flared up upon his arrival. Diagnosed with Pancreatitis, Carl is now doing much better but managing his condition is still an active process. He is the oldest of his crew at around 14 years old and the least active, but shamelessly wins out at having the loudest purr. He spends most of his day snuggled on his heated pad on his couch- a position and status that he has clearly earned.
Current Status: Carl’s health has been improving, but, as he is dealing with a chronic condition, we are continuing to look to find the best treatments for keeping him stable and comfortable at this time.
Pet Name: Coco
Arrived at Sanctuary: January 27, 2018
His Story: Taken in by his original owner as a kitten Coco eventually became one of four other cats in a home when their owner passed away. The group was taken in by another family member temporarily- one was re-homed by the family while Coco and three of his housemates came to the Sanctuary to live. Vocal at times, he is curious and often likes to be observing out where the action is. A good window perch also provides him with steady entertainment. He is 9 years old but still happy, healthy and frisky.
Current Status: A quieter to moderate activity level home would best suit Coco. He has lived with other cats and a dog in his previous home.
Pet Name: Dime
Arrived at Sanctuary: January 2018
His Story: Dime was found by his original owner as a stray kitten in 2006. He eventually lived with 4 other cats in the home. At around the age of nine Dime had a few health issues that challenged him – his owner discovered a mass on the back of his neck-later diagnosed as a fibrosarcoma . The growth was successfully removed surgically, In addition he required a dental to have numerous teeth extracted. Also at this time it was discovered that he was a diabetic and required Insulin shots. Dime handled all of his medical issues in stride and remained as mellow and happy as ever. When his owner passed away, he was taken in by another family member temporarily until finally coming to the Sanctuary with 3 of his other housemates. Dime has taken all of life’s little roadblocks in stride and has happily adjusted to the Sanctuary. He is around 12 years old now, is a sweet, mellow and affectionate guy that often likes to sit atop his bunk and survey his surroundings. With a small change in diet Dime has been able to reduce his insulin dosage under our care. We continue to monitor his health and are hopeful that his progress can continue.
Current Status: Soon to be available for adoption, Dime is a mellow easy going cat that will likely fit into most home situations.
.Pet Name: Estie
Arrived at Sanctuary: April 1, 2018
Her Story: Originally from Louisiana when she was a puppy, Estie came to the Sanctuary with Amber. They are 2 year old hound/lab mixes who had a history of behaving badly in their prior homes, and as a result were passed around from home to home. Finally, a friend took them in and contacted us. Once they arrived at the Sanctuary we immediately realized that they desperately needed to learn how to experience life independent of one another.
Estie loves to go for walks, is extremely athletic and LOVES the digging pit we have in our exercise yards. She will take a tennis ball, bury it and then dig it up again over and over! She’s a quick learner, and is progressing quickly through our Canine College lessons. She’ll soon be going to Manchester to take a class there while she continues to experience life on her own 4 paws.
Current Status: Estie will be taking the time needed to get comfortable navigating life without her sister. As they are still new to us, we don’t know yet if we will be looking to place Estie as a pair or separate from Amber. Stay tuned for updates as she settles in.
Pet Name: Felix
Arrived at Sanctuary: March 2018
His Story: Felix arrived with his roommate Oscar after their owner passed away and needed a new place to stay. They were truly an "odd couple" and seemed to annoy each other. Initially, Felix was very shy - hiding behind blanket covers and trying to become invisible in covered beds.We gave him the space and time he needed to adjust, and now he's much more comfortable. While still a little skittish and reserved, he's incredibly sweet and gentle. He loves to stand on his tippy toes to ensure maximum headbutts, and he loves to tackle toys. This chunky boy will make the perfect little spoon for snuggles in a quiet home.
Current Status: Felix is up for adoption and ready to meet his forever family.
Pet Name: Gatsby
Arrived at the Sanctuary: 2/15/2018
His Story: Gatsby, is a young 16lb ball of curls and fluff with an incredibly cute underbite. He’s likely a combination of Shih Tzu and poodle, and was taken in by Animal Control as a stray in a nearby town. He came to us because the Animal Control officer saw some naughty behaviors in him that she thought we would be equipped to work on prior to going to his new and forever home. Upon first meeting Gatsby is easy going, snuggly and friendly. He can get overexcited though and then become nippy. Luckily, we have worked with a handful of similar behaviors in dogs that have recently been adopted, so we have a training plan in place so that this young pup is set up to succeed in his new environment. He’s currently working with staff and a specially trained group of volunteers to ensure that he learns a lot and turns his undesirable behaviors into polite behaviors. Gatsby is also currently enrolled in our Family Companions 1 class where he is working hard to obtain his diploma.
Current Status: He is seeking a home where his new people will follow the training plan we’ve put in place so that his naughty behaviors from the past stay there. Gatsby LOVES other dogs, so another playful dog in the home would make him very happy
Pet Name: Gidget
Arrived at the Sanctuary: March 6, 2014
Her Story: Gidget was less than a year old when she was abandoned at a vet hospital with a broken leg. The staff came to work one morning to find that she had been left there overnight. For treatment they put a heavy bandage on her leg and healed her leg using cage rest only. Once the leg had healed sufficiently to start physical therapy they contacted us to take her into the Sanctuary. Once she settled in with us we realized how her rough start in life had impacted her—she stopped wanting to make new friends. Gidget was most likely born and raised with very little early socialization, which was now making it hard for her to cope with all of the new people she was now meeting. So, we moved her to a quieter cottage that had less visitors, and developed a consistent way of introducing her to new people. Gidget has thrived on the routine, and as long as she is managed properly and introduced to people with our now widely used “Gidget intro”, she’s made so many new friends that she has her own excel spreadsheet to keep track of them. Gidget thrives on the consistency of her daily activities at the Sanctuary which even include daily PT and massage for her now healed, but still problematic broken leg. Gidget has attended every type of class that we give at our Valerie Friedman Program Center and also has a spreadsheet for all of the tricks she knows. If you sneeze near her, she can bring you a Kleenex!
Current Status: She is enjoying the safety and security of her management and routine at the Sanctuary.
Pet Name: Glinda
Arrived at Sanctuary: October 2017
Her Story: Way back when she was just a little kitten, Glinda and her sister Locasta were taken in by foster parents. These two orphaned girls grew up together in a home for eight years, until their family had to bring them to the sanctuary due to severe allergies. They stayed with us for less than two weeks, before being adopted together again. But in their second home, both girls developed litter box issues - peeing outside of the box. Nothing seemed to work, and their adopter worked closely with our behavior manager to try to rememdy the situation. After years of failed solutions, they were returned to the sanctuary. We decided a "trial seperation" of what we thought were a bonded pair - and now both are doing well with no litter box issues! Glinda loves to snuggle with humans, play, drool, and be super affectionate.
Current Status: Glinda is ready to head home with someone who has no other cats and wants the sweetest kitty in the world.
Pet Name: Hermes
Arrived at Sanctuary: March 2018
His Story: Hermes came to us with three other cats through animal control. They were found abandoned at a property without access to resources. Since being at the sanctuary, Hermes has become the class clown. He is incredibly friendly and personable, bounding up to every human that comes his way to he can snuggle with them. He's an acrobat - he loves to leap up and zoom around during his play sessions. Full of energy, a total snugglebug, Hermes is the total package. He gets along with other kitties, and would love to go to a home with a playmate.
Current Status: Hermes is up for adoption and ready to meet his forever family.
Pet name: Josie
Arrived at Sanctuary: March 2017
Her Story: Josie was a feral trapped as part of a TNR project March 2, 2017 in New Britain. The vet discovered she had a circumferential wound at the base of her tail and the tail was paralyzed and needed to be amputated. She also was missing most of her teeth-with only 2 remaining. After the surgery it was discovered that she had deficits in both her hind legs and walked with dropped hocks along with possible hearing issues. She is estimated to be about eight years old. She could not be released back outside due to her deficits- her only options were euthanasia or come to the sanctuary. She arrived on 03/21/17. She is still painfully shy around people and will run away when someone enters her room. She has made some progress with being comfortable enough to sleep in her open bed and chair and eat in the open if people remain outside her door. She remains a slow work in progress learning to trust people.
Current Status: Available for adoption to a home with the right environment, one that can provide her with protected outside access.
Pet Name: Kiki
Arrival at Sanctuary: January 2018
Her Story: Kiki came from a home with 4 other cats including Dime, Carl, and Coco. When their owner passed away she was temporarily placed with another family member until finally coming to the Sanctuary on January 27, 2018. She is the shyest of her other housemates –preferring to hold off on meeting others until she feels comfortable and can often be found hanging out on her shelves surveying the action below. At around 10 years old, she is FIV+ but is healthy and sweet and playful.
Current Status: Kiki is available for adoption and would prefer a quieter home where she can feel safe, and her affectionate personality can blossom.
Pet Name: Lacey
Arrived at the Sanctuary: November 2017
Her Story: Lacey is a black, purebred German Shepherd. She was found abandoned at a dog park with her “sister” Zoey. Her microchip revealed much of what we know about her—she is around 10 years old, her name is Lacey, she was spayed when her microchip was implanted, and that her owner has died. She and Zoey are very bonded, and each of them makes up for the insecurities that the other has. Lacey has some arthritis issues that would be expected in a large senior dog, but she doesn’t let that stop her from catching the ball and having fun in the play yards. She has some digestive issues, so we are experimenting with feeding her multiple times a day (she gets lunch), and she eats out of a raised bowl. Lacey can stress when there is excitement in the cottage—especially when other dogs go in and out of the cottage. So, we have experimented with having Lacey and Zoey stay in the living room of an empty cottage during the day. They spend the day happily lounging on dog beds in the living area of that cottage, and then go back to their cozy bedroom at night when things are quieter. Lacey has graduated from Family Companion 1 class, and participates in our animal assisted intervention program, the Buddy Project working with youth at risk for school failure.
Current Status: She is seeking a retirement home with her sister Zoey where she can enjoy her retirement, lay on a comfy dog bed, and take relaxing strolls around the neighborhood.
Pet Name: Leela
Arrived at Sanctuary: March 2018
Her Story: Leela came to us with three other cats through animal control. They were found abandoned at a property without access to resources. Since being at the sanctuary, Leela has become a very friendly and chipper little girl. She's estimated to be around 1 1/2 years old, so she still has that lively kitten energy. She loves to play with feather toys, cuddle up next to us on the couch, and impress volunteers with her meticulously maintained long fur. This silky soft kitty even likes to hitch rides on our shoulders and backs!
Current Status: Leela is up for adoption and ready to meet her forever family.
Pet Name: Locasta
Arrived at Sanctuary: October 2017
Her Story: Way back when she was just a little kitten, Locasta and her sister Glinda were taken in by foster parents. These two orphaned girls grew up together in a home for eight years, until their family had to bring them to the sanctuary due to severe allergies. They stayed with us for less than two weeks, before being adopted together again. But in their second home, both girls developed litter box issues - peeing outside of the box. Nothing seemed to work, and their adopter worked closely with our behavior manager to try to remedy the situation. After years of failed solutions, they were returned to the sanctuary. We decided a "trial separation" of what we thought were a bonded pair - and now both are doing well with no litter box issues! Locasta loves to snuggle with humans, play, get brushed, and be super affectionate.
Current Status: Locasta ready to head home with someone who has no other cats and wants to share their time with a super sweet kitty!
Pet Name: Lucas
Arrived at Sanctuary: December 2017
His Story: Lucas was born to a feral/stray mom and adopted by his first family at the age of 6 weeks. He was raised with two adult cats that he maintained a tenuous relationship with –having no littermates to play with and learn from, his social skills suffered. He grew into a very stressed cat that slowly began to learn to get his way by nipping, swatting and acting aggressive. He was placed on Prozac and a special diet to deal with the urinary issues he developed. When his owners had a child they decided he could no longer be trusted in the home and was passed along to another family member. That family member was allergic and unable to keep Lucas long term. They joined our re-homing program and Lucas at the age of 8 arrived at the Sanctuary in December of 2017. Given space and respect Lucas has been re- learning how to properly interact with people. The kindness he has be shown is now being returned with happy purrs and affection- and only the occasional swat. He is emerging as a playful, affectionate , more confident cat and he no longer needs a special diet or Prozac.
Current Status: Available for adoption, Lucas would best be suited for a home with no other pets or young children and with someone willing to respect his needs so that he will continue to gain confidence and progress socially.
Pet name: Luna
Arrived at Sanctuary: January 29, 2018
Her Story: Luna came to us from a local Animal Control. Luna is an extremely fearful and undersocialized dog who needs a lot of time to get to know and trust new people. Fortunately we can give her all the time she needs to settle in and learn to trust. Luna enjoys sniffing the trails here at the sanctuary and is more comfortable being around new people when she is out and about, as long as they respect her space. She is starting to relax with our routine here at the sanctuary and we have just started slowly introducing her to new people while in the cottage.
Current Status: She is concentrating on settling in, getting comfortable and learning that new people are safe and loving (and bring chicken!).
Pet Name: Marty
Arrived at Sanctuary: January 2018
His Story: A very kind soul brought Marty to Bolton Vet after discovering him struck by a car on the side of the rode. He had extensive injuries, including a shattered pelvis. It was unclear at the time if he'd be able to walk again, or if he'd have any other lasting problems. Marty owes a lot to the vet techs and staff at Bolton Vet for giving him a chance. He needed several weeks to recover at the vet before he was able to come to the sanctuary. A combination of physical therapy, supplements, and healing exercises have put him back on four paws. He's able to walk and climb with the best of 'em! While he does have some limitations as to the style of play he can do safely, he's very rambunctious and loves to bat at toys. But he's just as happy snuggled up on a lap.
Current Status: Marty is a feisty, frisky, happy boy who needs a forever home who understands his journey and can give him a much deserved second chance!
Arrived at the Sanctuary: 1/11/18
Her Story: Miel is approximately 4 years old and was surrendered to a local veterinary practice after a traumatic accident at home that left her with permanent nerve damage in her rear legs. She doesn’t have feeling in her feet to let her know whether she is walking on the top or bottom of her feet. We are hopeful that we see some recent improvement, possibly some feeling is coming back since the accident. Coincidentally and prior to the accident Miel’s owners were actually thinking of finding a new home for her as she wasn’t handling the in-home daycare that her owners ran out of their home. After she was stabilized, the Veterinarian contacted us to see if we could take on Miel’s physical and behavioral issues, and we were happy to take on a new challenge! Miel is still a relatively new guest, and staff are still sorting out how best to handle her physical limitations and the behavioral problems that she had prior to the accident (and may very well have caused the accident). Miel has a long journey ahead of her with us as she continues to heal, perform her daily physical therapy exercises, and we learn what braces, boots and other support equipment work for her.
Current Status: She is working hard at healing her feet, doing her PT on her balance balls, and learning to relax when people come and go.
Pet Name: Oscar
Arrived at Sanctuary: March 2018
His Story: Oscar arrived with his roommate Felix after their owner passed away and needed a new place to stay. They were truly an "odd couple" and seemed to annoy each other. He was the more outgoing of the two and is enjoying all the attention and love from volunteers. This big orange kitty loves to snuggle up next to volunteers on the couch, pounce at feather toys, and meow the cutest little meow. Oscar is a handsome cat that would do great with another mellow cat in a quiet home.
Current Status: Oscar is up for adoption and ready to meet his forever family.
Pet Name: Quincy
Arrived at the Sanctuary: November 2016
His Story: Quincy started off his life living outdoors, as part of a feral colony. Feral cats are cats that, usually, will never make house pets. Growing up outdoors makes them very wary of humans. However, sometimes colony caregivers make a bond with their outdoor felines and can socialize them if they are young enough. Quincy blossomed into a very vocal, friendly boy – bonding strongly with his person. Unfortunately, when his person entered assisted living, Quincy had nowhere else to turn. This shy guy needed time to adjust. All alone in the world, he reverted back to his feral nature. We knew he had sweetness in him - as evidenced by his life with his first owner. Luckily at the sanctuary, he had lots of dedicated volunteers giving him just what he needed: space, patience, and understanding. After several months going at his own pace, he regained the confidence he once had. He loves to sit on laps, knead his paws, and take sun-drenched naps.
Current Status: Quincy is ready for a forever home. He might take a while to warm up, but we know the right people are out there for him.
Pet Name: Sheba
Arrived at Sanctuary: February 2018
Her Story: Sheba was found in an apartment in Hartford after her owner passed away. Removed by Hartford Animal Control (they do not rescue cats), she was placed in the temporary custody of Kenway’s Cause. After a brief medical exam she arrived at the Sanctuary. Although quite a petite girl she was abnormally thin and it quickly became apparent that she had more serious medical issues going on. After an emergency vet visit it was discovered that she had not been spayed and had developed an infection in her uterus that was likely present for some time. She was immediately spayed and after a few days in the hospital she returned to the Sanctuary to recover. She also has a significant heart murmur that is under evaluation at this time. She is about 8 years old very affectionate and loves to be close and snuggling with her people.
Current status: Sheba is ready for adoption to a quieter home with no other cats and an open lap for snuggling.
Pet Name: Tabby
Arrived at Sanctuary: July 2014
Her Story: Tabby lived for the first eight years of her life in a home with other pets. Unfortunately, she spent most of her time petrified in their presence, cowering on shelves and on bureaus to avoid them. She became fearful and would lash out with teeth and claws when she felt threatened - and due to her sensitive nature, she felt threatened a lot! When her person went away to college, her family decided the best thing for her was to find a better home. Tabby arrived at the sanctuary as a behavior case. Her years in a mismatched environment made it difficult to adjust to change. Finally having a room of her own, with space to be herself, made a huge difference, but she still needed help. Staff and volunteers worked together to come up with the behavioral therapies necessary to improve her quality of life. She thrives on routine and has come a long way. She loves to keep people company and get brushed!
Current Status: Tabby is hoping the right people come along who respect her need for a stable, secure household so she can thrive.
Pet Name: Tripp
Arrived at the Sanctuary: 4/26/18
His Story: Tripp was originally adopted by one of our volunteers from a local pound. That volunteer sadly passed away 6 years ago, leaving Tripp behind. We were recently contacted by the surviving family members letting us know that they could no longer care for Tripp, so now Tripp is in our care. He’s a 9 year old Chihuahua/Schipperke mix who has hair loss that looks to be from chemical burns from an incident that happened early in his life. Tripp doesn’t let that experience slow him down, he’s a spunky and opinionated little guy who loves to snuggle. He can be a little vocal when he first meets you, but after the first walk he’ll be your friend for life.
Current status: We need to get to know more about him, and then he’ll be looking for a new home that includes long walks, warm blankets to snuggle in, and furniture that he will share with his new best friends.
Pet Name: Zoey
Arrived at the Sanctuary: November 2017
Her Story: Zoey was found with Lacey in August 2017 in the dog park. Actually Zoey had to spend the night in the park, because Lacey was up by the gate and was found at dusk, while Zoey must have been hiding. First thing the next morning they found Zoey after she had spent a very stressful night alone at the park separated from Lacey. Zoey is the more timid of the two dogs, but compliments many of the insecurities that Lacey has. It’s a very interesting relationship to watch—they compensate for each other very well. From Zoey’s microchip it was found out that she is 8 years old, and like Lacey was spayed when her chip was implanted and that she had the same owner who had died. Zoey is a long haired German Shepherd. Zoey has an overbite that has been interesting to accommodate. We actually use a water bowl that is turned upside down for her to drink out of. It encourages Zoey to lap the water instead of bite at it as she was doing when she first came to us. She also can have some digestive issues, and we are currently experimenting with what diet works best for her (she gets lunch too). Zoey has graduated from Family Companion 1 class and also participates in our animal assisted intervention program, the Buddy Project, working with youth at risk for school failure.
Current Status: She is seeking a retirement home with her sister, she figures that if Zoey can retire at age 10, she can take early retirement with her.