Success Stories
SOS Group throws lifeline to pound puppies
SOS Group throws lifeline to pound puppies
"Story by Sandy Barnosky courtesy of the Medina Gazette" Before the group Save Ohio Strays (SOS) was even established as a 501c3 non- profit organization, an emergency arose and they rose to the occasion. A very pregnant shepherd mix dog had been dropped off at the shelter, and it was imperative to get her into a home and whelping box as soon as possible. Arrangements were made with SOS member, Judy Bleuter, but the babies didn’t wait. Born overnight, they were picked up the very next day and transported to the home of veteran foster mom, Diane Lewin, where they grew and thrived. About 5 million companion animals are euthanized in the United States each year, yet many of these animals would have made wonderful family pets. Save Ohio Strays fills a niche in Medina’s animal welfare community by working with animal shelters in Medina and surrounding areas to target and evaluate healthy adoptable animals that are destined for euthanasia. After being seen by a Vet and given appropriate health tests and immunizations, they are placed in a foster home, where they are worked with on obedience training and house manners if necessary. These wonderful second-hand pets, now available for adoption, are showcased on both the SOS web site, and at adoption day events where the pet can be met in person. Because these animals will have lived and been evaluated in a foster home, a good match can be made to the family inquiring about the pet. Adoption applications, contracts and fees are required to ensure the new home will be a safe and loving indoor environment. Follow-up visits or calls make sure the pet and the families are adjusting well to each other. "We see an opportunity to give immediate help to the strays in Medina County and surrounding areas, as there is currently no real safety net," said founder Sandy Caldwell. SOS will assist private owners or people who have founda healthy stray, but don't want to take it to a shelter, find suitable homes. Animals relinquished to shelters are the sympton of a bigger, but often solvable, problem. Most dog owners have visions of a well-behaved dog, but if obedience training isn't followed through, they find they are faced with a dog that is out of control. The uneducated dog pays for its owner's mistakes by being taken to the pound, often to die alone in a cold, strange environment. Behavior issues often are the cause of so many of our companion animals' lives ending prematurely in shelters, but problems usually can be solved with proper training. SOS offers education regarding responsible pet care, including the importance of exercise, veterinary care, socialization, and especially, training. Not only does obedience training teach the dog proper behavior, but it forms a loving bond between owner and pet. Most people will agree that euthanasia is the most reprehensible way to control the population of happy healthy cats and dogs, simply because there are not enough homes for them all. All animals foster by SOS will be spayed or neutered before being adopted. SOS promotes community awareness - the cycle of pet overpopulation, causing euthanasia of millions of animals in our shelters, is an easily solved problem simply by spaying / neutering. Not only are all members of SOS dedicated to rescuing as many animals as they can from euthanasia, but also to educate the public to the causes of so many of our companion animals' lives ending prematurely in shelters. Unwanted animals relinquished to shelters are the symptom of a bigger, but often solvable, problem. Education is provided to pet owners regarding responsible pet care guidelines including the importance of training, veterinary care, exercise, socialization and companionship. Save Ohio Strays will help to find new homes for healthy strays, and assisting private owners in finding suitable homes for pets they must relinquish, but do not want to take to the shelter. To assist owners in finding new homes for their pets, SOS will post the pet on their website and give the owners advice on screening potential adopters and to find the best home for their pet. Founders and board members are knowledgeable in the issues of animal welfare and rescue. Personal backgrounds include advertising, business management, fund raising and being experienced foster homes. Together their talents build a strong foundation for SOS. The life blood of the organization is the strong network of foster homes and volunteers, with no paid employees, enabling SOS to remain low-cost. The ultimate goal of SOS, as a companion animal rescue group, is that some day there will be no unwanted animals and no need for animal shelters to euthanize healthy, adoptable animals. Their goal is to place 100 animals in loving permanent homes their first year, followed by 200 and 300 the second and third years. "This is an attainable and measurable goal," said Caldwell. The group already has saved 18 lives in the past two m
The Power of One Day!
The Power of One Day!
Lucy was rescued just one day before her last day. Scared, but exuberant to be free, she trotted into her new foster family’s yard with that unmistakable bounce. She got all the love, guidance and vet care she had been sorely missing. She got to play and run and love like all pups should. Then, the most exciting part came… LUCY GOT HER FOREVER HOME! Bev, a police officer, saw her on the web and fell in love. Lucy now enjoys a wonderful new home with Bev and her family. What many of us involved in rescue here locally have found is that there is an immediate need for saving those homeless pets destined for euthanasia. We’ve come together to save them. Our name is SOS – Save Ohio Strays. Our mission is simple - to provide safe and loving homes for companion animals who have no safety net locally. We are registered for 501(c) (3) status and saving lives NOW.
Nina, nka Bridget
Nina, nka Bridget
This sweet, beautiful boxer was making the best of her sad life. Dumped in the middle of winter, she had dug a hole under an abandoned truck cap to stay warm and give birth in. Thankfully, two pups survived and a good Samaritan spotted her. She started feeding Nina, but the weather in Jan. was frightful. Of course, with this horrific weather, Nina needed more shelter and support. As soon as Save Ohio Strays learned of her predicament, Board member, Diane Lewin, jumped into action. Caring for Ty (our pound momma rescue) and her 7 babies, Diane still answered the call to a second momma in need. She loaded Nina and her two babies into her van, and all life suddenly got better for this poor sweet girl! Warm home, lots of high quality food, and an abundance of love, Nina came out of her shell. She thrived with her new foster mom, Teri (a school teacher), and watched both her babies go into wonderful homes. Finally, it was her turn. The Boedickers had never owned a dog, but knew they were ready. They heard about her through a fellow teacher at school. As soon as they met her, it was love! 4 darling girls, both mom and dad are in academics. Dad is Principal of a local school while Mom teaches. They had researched the breed, adopting, and all other important factors. Nina now gets more love, treats and attention that she has ever known in her little life! She waits for the bus to get home every day for her afternoon stroll and just cherishes the girls. Needless to say, it is mutual. In fact, each girl had picked out a personal gift for her for her arrival. She sleeps by Mom and Dad's side and enjoys multiple walks by each every day. She bounces and plays in the yard like every dog should - probably for the first time in her life. Dad called us last week just to let us know how much they loved her already. Thanks, Boedickers, for being her Life Saver! This throw away deserved a second chance, and Save Ohio Strays is delighted to provide it. This is why we do it!
Bailey finds a home!
Bailey finds a home!
This funny faced little lab needed a break. Her owners kept her in the garage or outside 22 hours a day for the first 6 months of her life. She didn't know how to be a puppy! They were on the way to taking her to the pound when we got the call. She would not have survived any pound situation as she was already out of control. When we took her in, she ran like a maniac all around the home barking incessantly. She was frustrated, and very, very confused. She had no manners, and was not housebroken. Bailey's adorable grin and playful spirit convinced us we could help. She would win your heart with her exhuberant love of life. We worked hard at learning manners and played equally as hard with our own pack of rescues. She ran and played for the first time in her short life. She learned quickly and wanted to please. Enter Jennifer, a compassionate adopter looking to save a life and just establishing herself in the work world. She had graduated with her Masters and taken on quite a job at the VA Center. She always knew she wanted her own pup and now, was the time. These two met and it was love at first sight! Bailey couldn't stop hugging and jumping and Jennifer was equally excited. They now enjoy long runs (Jennifer volunteer coaches running for her old school) and lots of hugs and kisses. Thanks to Jennifer, Bailey has finally found all the love and time she deserves! UPDATE AND QUOTE FROM NEW MOM, JENNIFER After notifying Bailey's new mom of their story being posted on our site, I received this note..."This is great, thank you!! I can't tell you how happy we are to have Bailey in our lives. She's doing great in obedience school (she's the most vocal dog in the class), she's a quick learner. I've been meaning to send you these pictures, we recently took the one of Bailey and Gabby - aren't they cute!! Thanks again for helping find Bailey - we love her!!" Thank you Jennifer and family for seeing the light in Bailey and loving her like we had grown to. We LOVE happy endings!
3 Musketeers saved by SOS!
3 Musketeers saved by SOS!
THREE MUSKETEERS SAVED BY SOS! Sammy and his two litter mates were dumped at the shelter in the middle of the nite with no note. These adorable 8 mo. old Golden Retriever / Shephard mixes were afraid of everything… leashes, people, and life. Save Ohio Strays heard of their final day, and responded. “We could not just take one or two – who was going to tell the other that they didn’t get a second chance on life?” said the President, Sandy Caldwell. She asked the shelter manager to hold them for a few extra hours while we figured out how to take all three. We are blessed with wonderful foster homes like Teri & Charlie, who stepped up to the plate to take on two, while Sandy took the third. Teri, who already has 7 foster kitties for us, jumped in to save all three on D Day. Dr. Pepin graciously fitted them in to check for heartworm and give them their shots. They now all enjoy the opportunity to find a real home and real love for the first time in their short, little lives. These are a great example of what we do. They are completely placeable and lovable animals in need of a little training and loving homes. If you can’t open your home to them, then maybe you can consider sponsoring them?
Pepper – Definitely NOT just another Pretty Face!
Pepper – Definitely NOT just another Pretty Face!
June 2005 OK, when I saw this picture of our latest rescue a few months ago, I was not sure if we had decided to also save companion aliens as part of our mission. Obviously, we don’t just grab the pretty ones, although some said he was the cutest dog they had ever seen! I was not one of them…. Poor little guy was scared to death and on his last day at the shelter, when one of our volunteers saved him for us. Diane, our Vice-President, had a houseful already with Ty and her puppies, but she made room for one more, which is her style. Pepper had some really ‘endearing’ qualities like marking everything and well, let’s just say, showing ‘affection generously’ on both animate and inanimate objects! Yes, Pepper needed to be fixed asap. Five days later he was altered and all utd on shots. Eight days later, this little guy went proudly with his new momma to his new forever home! Just goes to show you, there is a match out there for everyone! Happy Trails Pepper and thanks to all of you which help make this happen! Sandy Caldwell, President As a follow, I got this note from his new momma, Patricia. "Hi! I'm Pepper's "adoptive" mom, and I just wanted to tell you how excited I was to see him featured in your newsletter! His name is now Kenneth,(which means 'handsome and fiery' in Celtic)-so as you can tell, I do think he's great looking, but I do call him my little alien all the time! After a great deal of research into his mix, I finally found a match for him-he definitely does have some cattle dog in him, as he heels like crazy, but he's a merle rat terrier, too. There is a site called Running Ridge-a kennel that breeds these dogs, and there are a few that could be his brother and sisters...so he's not the only one. I can definitely vouch that they're rare though-every time I take him with me I get stopped and people just have to look and try to figure out what on earth he is! Finding out what he was mixed with has really helped me in training him, as he is so much more feisty and aggressive that my cattle dogs-now I understand why, and how to work with him, and we're making good progress. You are right-there is a match for every dog out there, and I am so grateful that you rescued this little guy so I could find him. He is a wonderful addition to the family. :) Thanks again, Patricia." Wow, Patricia, not only was he a GREAT addition to the SOS family, but so are you! How wonderful for you to not only see the beauty in this sweet boy, but to take the time to research and work with him! Thanks to people like Patricia, we are able to save and place wonderful adoptables into the most amazing homes!
Pinky's Story
Pinky's Story
It was a cold, rainy day in late April when SOS got the call for help. Poor little Pinky was malnourished, exhausted and giving birth on the cement floor of a local municipal garage! Due to her condition, she lost two of her babies at birth, but thanks to SOS and the kind concerns of the garage workers, Pinky and her 4 remaining babies found warmth, shelter and lots of much needed food and rest. Thankfully, momma and her four adorable babies, Travis, Dixie, Toby & Rascal all thrived under our care. Momma Pinky even showed her gratitude by taking on a fifth orphaned kitty, Gretchen! We are happy to report that all have now been placed in their forever homes.
POUND MOMMA TY FINALLY GETS HER OWN FOREVER HOME!
POUND MOMMA TY FINALLY GETS HER OWN FOREVER HOME!
Many of you already know the wonderful story of Ty, the pound momma we rescued back in Jan. Well, we are HAPPY to report that she has finally found her very own forever home! Almost 5 months after we rescued her from the shelter half starved with her one day old pups, she gets her own second chance. As fate would have it, a family used to shy and discarded homeless pets saw Ty's face on the web and fell in love. They met her that week and took her home just a few days later. They sent us this note, "Hi Diane, I wanted to let you know that Ty is doing wonderful. We LOVE her." It does not get any better than that! Any foster home will tell you there is no greater joy than helping to save and nurture a life only to find the right home for them! People think it is hard to give up a foster, and it is. But, we always know there is another needy soul waiting for its chance at a new life, and we help provide that. To find out more about fostering, call us at 440-567-3585 or email us at [email protected] We give you all the supplies and support – all you add is the love! Congrats to Ty and her new family! She was a wonderful momma to her pups and deserves her own happiness. Congrats to Diane for surviving all the sleepness nights that a litter of pups brings! AND THANKS TO YOU, WE WILL HAVE MANY MORE HAPPY ENDINGS TO REPORT!
Tigger gets a home and special kisses
Tigger gets a home and special kisses
Tigger was a very sweet kitty that came from a litter of 4 rescued from an animal collector. He was adorable and playful from the start. Of course, all of the families who adopt from us are wonderful and special. But this family was particularly special, as they are proud and active in saving lives. All four of their beautiful children, 6,5,4 & 2 are all adopted & special needs..................As per their mom, Malinda says, "Tigger the Tiger" fits right into the family - just as active as they are - yet lets them carry him around like a rag doll !!.....go figure, huh?? I swear he'd make a great Therapy Cat - as I did dual titling of my Show Dobermans. All were also Certified Pet Therapy Dogs, Registered Canine Good Citizens and several also had Obedience Titles to boot. Thanks again for a wonderful addition to our adopted family!!!" You will see an adorable picture of Tigger and their Dobie in the next newsletter. In the meantime, take a look at the love that Tigger is soaking up each and every day. A special kiss from his special buddy!
Macy & Cassie - Our Youngest Donors to Date!
Macy & Cassie - Our Youngest Donors to Date!
Cassie and Macy are our youngest donors to date! Cassie, at the ripe old age of 2 started her reputation of being a life saver. “Never do harm” has been her motto, and that sticks even with bugs! Macy’s mom told of a time when Cassie was sleeping over and a spider was in their room. Macy woke her Dad up to get him to come catch and release the spider for Cassie. Well, these girls have been doing bake sales for some time now with proceeds going to many of the wonderful animal rescue groups of our area. They had a big sale on May 7th and advertised their sale as usual. The girls have a great following and even some of their teachers come to buy their delectable goodies! They proudly attended our first general meeting bringing a jar full of change and hope for our future. They beamed as they presented it to Sandy Caldwell and excitedly told the attendees of their love for animals. “Animals are so cool” was on their little donation jar. We knew we had to give them a very special thank you, although they asked for nothing. These girls do it because they sincerely love and want to help. What better ambassadors for our future than young people like these? At our volunteer meeting, we asked them to attend for a little surprise. We had made photo albums up for them and named one of our just recently saved kitties after each of them. They beamed with pride as we gave them their new buttons with the face of their kitty namesake that they helped to save. Best of all, we brought their namesakes along with a few of their closest 10 friends (we are swimming in kittens right now) and everyone enjoyed themselves. These young animal lovers are our future – our future volunteers, our future fosters, and our future hope to help save homeless pets. Thanks Cassie and Macy for your love and generosity! You give all of us hope!
Patch Gets His Very Own Boy!
Patch Gets His Very Own Boy!
Sweet faced little Patch was one of the 4 adorable kittens rescued from an animal collector. He was the last of his family to get a home, but it was well worth waiting for. His forever family saw him on the web, and it was love at first site! He now enjoys playing chase games with his new best buddy, Tyler. This wonderful family drove all the way from south of Akron to come adopt our little guy. Tyler's mom wrote, "Hi Sandy here are some pictures of Tyler and Patch. We are very happy to have Patch in our family we enjoy having him in our home and spending time with him. He purrs all the time. We believe he is very happy to be with us." We are very sure he is happy with you and thank you for saving a life! Live well and live long, little Patch!
The Magical Story of Soul Mate Travis!
The Magical Story of Soul Mate Travis!
You might recall the adorable little kitty, Travis, with those big eyes, long beautiful hair in tuxedo style. Poor little guy watched all his litter mates go to their new homes while he patiently waited. Well, we figured out why he waited. Enter Cynthia - a wonderful, animal lover who saw us on TV. As soon as she saw little Travis, she fell in love. Cynthia and her husband had just started a new business, so were not convinced this was a good time to bring a new family member into the fold. BUT, Cynthia went into our site every single week to see his progress. His eyes just kept haunting her. She loved everything she saw about our work, so decided to pay a visit to us at the Wadsworth Sidewalk Sale and bring us some generous donations to sell. We spoke about Travis, and about her concerns. Next day, she came out to the Brunswick Rec Center to meet him and I honestly think he has been in her arms ever since! It was just meant to be and the sweetest part of what we do. Travis, you were smart to wait - you finally got your very own Soul Mate and a wonderful, loving forever home! Happy Tails!!!
Beautiful Kia only needed another week!
Beautiful Kia only needed another week!
Beautiful Kia is a shining example of what we do. The shelter called us about her on a Friday afternoon. They said she was dropped off at the shelter a week before with all her adorable pups. The owner was moving and couldn't handle. Sadly, all the pups got homes, but poor Kia was facing death, and had no idea... This really beautiful, fluffy Golden Retriever / Golden Lab mix pictured here with her new 'sister' is the epitome of what we do! Loving, healthy, and completely placeable, all Kia needed was that extra week. She fit right in here, and I knew it was just a matter of time. She would prance around our yard like she was at a dog show, and just loved to play with all the toys. She loaded up on good food and finally had the rest from her pups that she sorely needed. 48 hours after she was posted, we had responses from not only local adopters, but folks willing to drive from Michigan and Pennsylvania! We had a wonderful family respond locally. They feel in love when they met! She was so happy to meet them, I just knew it was meant to be. Kia's new parents stopped by our last open house to update us. They brought her along and she stole the show as usual. Her new mom told me of how she now sleeps in bed with them! So many people ask how I can foster and give them up. This is how... to know that they go into such amazing and loving homes gives me a personal feeling of satisfaction that I truly can't express well enough! Thanks Kia for crossing our path and thanks to Kia's new family for loving her like we did! SC
Heidi’s future is bright despite being Heartworm positive!
Heidi’s future is bright despite being Heartworm positive!
Heidi is another great example of what we do. Saved on her final day with her last three pups (she had been turned in as a stray with NINE puppies), this sweet, loving momma touched everyone she met! Sweet, unassuming, and still trusting the hand that obviously did not feed or care for her, Heidi needed a break. She was very thin, full of fleas and her coat was dry and shedding badly. Despite her rough little life, she filled a room with love when you met her. In fact, Dr. Pepin who examined her and tested her for heartworm was struck by her sweetness. When the heartworm test came back positive, our hearts collectively sank. Heartworm is a nasty, easily prevented disease that devastates its victim’s heart with live worms and then takes their life. The good news is that Dr. Pepin volunteered to treat her for cost because she was so special, and she thought she was a good candidate for survival and recovery! She was confirmed to be in Stage 1 which is as promising as it gets for heartworm. We began treatments with cautious optimism, and Heidi responded beautifully. Like the trouper she is, she let them inject the painful treatments in her little back and handled the pain. She would come home each day and just soak up the love. It is a scary time – watching for signs of trouble and knowing we could lose her any time. Frankly, it was my first heartworm dog and I was more than nervous for her. We nicknamed her ‘the Velcro Dog’ as she absolutely loved to just be near and against you. All this sweet girl wanted was love, and she got lots of it. She slept by my side in the bedroom so we could monitor her breathing and recovery. The hardest part of recovery is keeping them calm and inactive… especially in our home which is full of foster pups and kitties and our own animals! Three weeks later to the day of her final treatment, I am thrilled to announce she has her own forever home! An acquaintance of ours had asked us to keep an eye peeled for a sweet, calm adult female for their mom. Enter Winnie, a very special widow looking for a loving companion, who met Heidi and it was absolute love on both parts. AND, her nephew is a veterinarian so we all knew she would be well cared for given her special condition! Heidi is just one example of several wonderful adult dogs that are requiring more than normal vet care. Thanks to supporters like you, we are able to give them all the extra care and medical treatments they need. Congratulations Heidi on finding your own forever home and congratulations Winnie and Family for recognizing her good heart despite her condition!
9 Lives has new meaning to 9 Abandoned Cats!
9 Lives has new meaning to 9 Abandoned Cats!
I got an email over a month ago with a plea for help from Nancy, a Good Samaritan. Owners of a home had moved in southern Medina County and sadly left nine sweet young cats and kittens behind to fend for themselves. Since we focus on taking ours from their final day at the shelter, I referred her to other groups that might be able to help. The weather started to turn and the pleas for help from this Good Samaritan got more desperate. No one was able to help. No one was coming to rescue them. And these nine adorable, loving cats just loyally sat outside their now abandoned home and waited for what now was becoming a full month. They waited, and waited, and waited… When room opened up in our foster homes, I contacted Nancy to see if there was any progress. The weather had turned cold and nasty so she had opened her garage to them and one by one, moved these steadfast but now sick, little souls to a safe, warm shelter. We were moved at her level of commitment to help these poor animals and finally, we were able to help! She brought me the four sickest ones the night before Thanksgiving. They had severe upper respiratory infections, diarrhea, and really goopy eyes. They were so ill, they actually lay on my lap and let me give them their pills, clean their eyes, and put ointment in! I knew they were special. This one rescue alone will cost us over $1,000! But thanks to you, we didn’t have to think twice or worry about how many we could afford to save! These nine sweet kitties will now get a real chance at homes of their own with good owners who will not desert them! Thanks to you, we will continue to report happy endings. SC
Cody (NKA Guinness) is HOME!
Cody (NKA Guinness) is HOME!
Here's Guinness Welch! Guinness was rescued by a Hospice volunteer when he arrived on her doorstep Thanksgiving weekend. After checking with neighbors and the pound, having the lad scanned for a microchip, and doing everything else she could to find his owner, Michelle finally called Save Ohio Strays. She also spread the word at Hospice. I am also a Hospice volunteer. The nurses knew that I had recently lost a dog to old age. Would I be interested in a Golden mix? You bet! I already love and adore Murphy, my 7-year-old Golden, and knew that any dog with a dose of Golden inside would be wonderful. And Guinness certainly is! Guinness has been with us since early December and has stolen our hearts. He is bright and clever and a very active companion for Murphy. He's been sharing the bed with Murph and me since the first week, learned his new name within days, and by the second week, would put himself in his crate when he heard me getting ready for work! Dog school begins this Thursday. Then, if all goes according to plan, Guinness will be tested for Therapy Dog International certification so that he can really be a Hospice dog. He has already been for a visit to the Hospice of Medina County inpatient unit and was very well-behaved. I am anxious to have him certified so that he can actually visit patients. Guinness has checked the clock and thinks that it's time for a bedtime "out," so I shall go open the door for him. (He's only one opposable thumb away from being able to do this himself!) Thanks to SOS for placing this wonderful guy in my care! Janet Welch Medina FINAL NOTE: Cody was a beautiful retriever mix who was very confused when I took him in. He was trying to tell me that this was not his home, and boy, was he right! Thanks Janet for saving a life and giving him such a loving home! SC
Future is Bright thanks to kids like Crystal!
Future is Bright thanks to kids like Crystal!
We have talked often about how our future is in the hands of the compassionate children who help us make a difference. Meet Crystal Oleson of Rocky River. We got a wonderful email one day from a gentleman, Bill Arthur, who owns a UPS store in Rocky River. He along with pet advocate, Lee Applebaum of Lakewood, assisted Crystal in a donation drive to benefit homeless pets. Save Ohio Strays was chosen as the recipient of their generous work! . Crystal worked tirelessly in a Badge driven drive to make a difference! She solicited monetary support and then went out and purchased hundreds of dollars worth of wonderful toys, treats, supplies from brushes to bowls, and so much more. Her mom, Melissa Olesen, says she has always been an animal lover and advocate. She is proud of her daughter’s achievements. Crystal, we are very proud of you too! Crystal brought 12 kitty and 12 doggie adoption bags that were beautifully decorated and packed full of goodies for the lucky adoptables of Save Ohio Strays. The goodies were a hit! Our fosters are enjoying some of those toys as we speak! Thanks for your kindness and generosity Crystal. Thanks to you and children like you, we have great faith in our future together! SC
The Hubble Has Landed!
The Hubble Has Landed!
ANYONE who met Hubble (aka Hubba Bubba) during his stay with us over the holidays fell in love with this little mellow boy. He was a tiny 6 pounds at 6 weeks old when Calean saved him from his final day at a local shelter. With his beautiful hazel eyes and his long hound ears that would flop in the wind, Hubba Bubba was a big bundle of love with a goofy kind of smile on his handsome face all the time. He would take over a room and did throughout the holidays from the Noble Benefit Party to our own Christmas Volunteer Party. Calean saved him, I fostered him until my surgery, then Teri took over puppy patrol for the holidays. In fact, he quickly became best buds with Boomer, another holiday favorite of ours with another great story. I must confess, he was perfect to have after missing my little foster pup, Happy. She had really gotten to me, but knew she was going to an amazing home. So, to have a little puppy love again was welcome despite the chaos a puppy brings! So many people wanted him, but the right ones had still not stepped up. As I say every time, things happen for a reason. The Bowens had just lost their dearly beloved dog to cancer and were just heartbroken. When they started searching online to replace that hole in their heart, one of our other pups, Boots, reminded them of their beloved Murphy. Similar markings and face struck a chord with them. I met the whole family that day and was so impressed at their compassion. They carefully spent time with both Boots and Turner. They needed to think about it. As they were getting ready to leave, I mentioned our open house the following day in Brunswick where our other pup, Hubba Bubba would be at. Yes, they liked that idea and drove all the way down from Lakewood again. It was magic! Hubba immediately took to them and they just fell in love. They really wanted to try to rescue Boomer also, but that is a lot to take on at one time. Did I mention little Hubba gained 10 lbs. in just one week??? Well, Hubba Bubba trotted off with the whole Bowen family that day, and we were all thrilled. Talk about thrilling... just got this email from them: HI SANDY: SORRY FOR NOT EMAILING SOONER, SO I WANTED TO EMAIL A COUPLE OF PICTS. OF OUR NEW BUDDY. HE'S DOING GREAT LOVES THE KIDS AND HIS NEW FRIEND WINSTON. WE WENT TO THE VET ON 2/1/06 AND HE'S A SLIM 42 LB's AND JUST NOW ABOUT 15 WEEKS OLD DUE TO THE FACT HES NOT LOST ANY BABY TEETH YET.HE'S GETTING TO BE A BIG BOY AND SO GOOD INSIDE AND OUT ONE COULD NOT ASK FOR BETTER DOG. WE WILL BE IN TOUCH AS OUR FRIEND GROWS. HOPE EVERYTHING WITH YOU IS GOOD AND WE APPRECIATE THE WORK YOU AND YOUR ORGANIZATION DOES. THANKS; THE BOWEN FAMILY I still get Goosebumps from being able to be a part of this. How wonderful to find families like the Bowens and get to know pups like H.B. Ladies and gentlemen, I believe the Hubble has landed. SC
Brownie Troup # 1374 comes to the rescue for Save Ohio Strays!
Brownie Troup # 1374 comes to the rescue for Save Ohio Strays!
Sandy Varndell, Troup Leader for Brownie Troup # 1374 approached Save Ohio Strays a few months ago with an idea for her troop to earn their service project badge. They wanted to conduct a food drive on our behalf to help the strays of Medina! Of course we accepted their generosity with glee! What fun to get to go speak to adorable girls who wanted to make a difference in the lives of local homeless pets. They shared stories with us about their own pets and squealed with that squeal that can only come from a little girl’s delight when we brought out sweet little Turner the pup seen here with his foster mom, Judy Blueter. The girls had collected a really impressive collection of food, toys, litter and treats. In return, each brownie was given a special SOS button with their name on it. We talked about the importance of opting to adopt and about some basic stray doggie do’s and don’ts. Save Ohio Strays is thrilled to have the chance to get to know such great girls who are our future volunteers, donors and adopters! HUGE SOS THANK YOU TO TROUP #1374! THANK YOU FOR BEING LIFE SAVERS!!!
Our Sweet Jack finally gets his forever home!
Our Sweet Jack finally gets his forever home!
Jack was a first for us in our first year. He was the first blind dog we have cared for. When no rescue group could step up to help this poor boy, our very own Calean did! She did not hesitate to come to his rescue, and they were buddies from then on. Everyone who met Jack, loved Jack. This handsome Lab/ Spaniel mix had been hit by an SUV several years ago which caused his sudden and full blindness. Jack’s only real handicap was in people’s perceptions, not in his abilities. When you watched him navigate or charm a room, you could only be in awe of his amazing power to sense things. He loved parties, and throughout the holiday season, he was our ambassador along with Hubba Bubba. We really did not think it would take 6 months for someone to fall in love. But, Jack was waiting… He loved his foster family, but somehow knew this was not his final stop. Finally, the most amazing woman contacted Calean. Her daughter had seen his story and told her about him. With Janet’s youngest child going off to college, she knew she was ready for something to fill that gap. Her two beagles wanted a buddy, and she needed a project! When Janet and Jack met for the first time, it was instant chemistry. Jack took her on a tour of the neighborhood, and she watched in awe as he navigated his areas. She had taken off her shoes when she entered Calean’s house, and Jack first stumbled over them a bit. The next time they went by that area, Jack walked AROUND the shoes. This was no ordinary dog, and he was really not handicapped! We are thrilled to report that Jack went to his forever home this week! Pictured here is Calean giving him his goodbye kiss. We all cried as we all loved him. Janet even took a few days off work to be able to familiarize him to his new home! She called Calean the day after they went home together to tell her how much she already loved him. We knew it was just a matter of time. Thanks to Calean for seeing the beauty in this dog and giving him the second chance he deserved and thanks to Janet for seeing his soul and giving him a wonderful, loving home!
Tasha Brings new meaning to the term Potty Mouth!
Tasha Brings new meaning to the term Potty Mouth!
Tasha Brings new meaning to the term Potty Mouth! You all probably expect another story about a dog that enjoys the occasional toilet water cocktail, but this one has a twist. Tasha, an adorable, petite shepherd mix, was a rescue from Brunswick Animal Control. She was found very cold and scared running all over a local park in Brunswick on New Year’s Day. She would not come near Mike Kellums, Animal Control Officer for Brunswick, who worked tirelessly for hours trying to catch her. Finally, needing to use the facilities, Mike went off to the restroom, but left his car door open just in case… He was delighted to see that it worked! Tasha was sitting in the passenger seat waiting for him when he came back. After almost two weeks, Mike asked for our help. When she became a little too much at the first foster home, I took her as a playmate for Leroy. Play they did! They romped all over their room and our yard like kids. When Leroy got his own forever home (see pg. X), Tasha was bummed. My dogs tire of young dog play quickly. She really was sweet and wanted to please, so we knew it was just a matter of time. We got a call from a Father that saw Tasha in the paper. He was looking for a family dog for his wife and three boys to play with. Tasha saw her name written all over that request! They came that day by themselves so to not get the boys’ hopes up. She charmed the heck out of them when they came to meet her. She danced around, and cuddled and sat on command. There was definite chemistry. John and Valerie went home to discuss. When I got their call to adopt her, I was thrilled for her. And, even more exciting, each one of their boys had picked her out separately when visiting our web site! Adoption day! John and Val came to pick up their new ‘baby’ girl to surprise the boys when they got home from school that day. We were reviewing the contract and packing her goodie bag to go. Imagine my surprise when I reached down for one of her toys I was going to send, and there lay our lovely toilet bowl scrubber! Now the pieces of the puzzle all came together as I had found the other scrubber for that downstairs bathroom out in the yard a week earlier. Blaming it on Leroy, I did not give it further thought. But the true ‘Potty Mouth’ was our very own little Tasha! Despite her bad manners, Mom and Dad took her home that day. And, last email from John said this, “Hi! Tasha is doing GREAT! I have probably said 50 times or more...’I can't believe that someone would get rid of her! I can't imagine what type of problem would cause someone to kick her out!’ She really has been great. No problems. We are working on our walks and house rules. She listens and corrects any unwanted behavior immediately. The pinch collar is great, too. Thanks for checking in. John.” Well congratulations little Miss Potty Mouth! Another success story!
9 Abandoned Cats Update - Woody & Larry get a home - together!
9 Abandoned Cats Update - Woody & Larry get a home - together!
Remember the 9 abandoned cats we helped save last fall? Larry was one of 4 of those siblings who came to my home as they were the sickest ones. 6 months later, my kitties were hoping he would get to stay as was I. Woody, found in a woodpile (hence the name) was rescued with his buddy, Al, on a bitter cold day in Jan. by one of our foster’s sons. Woody came to stay with us when they went on vacation, and Larry and my own Bowie (see picture) adopted him. They would play and chase each other all over then cuddle, watch birds, try to help mom with the computer by laying on her desk. Adult cats are our toughest to place. Everyone always wants the babies. Well, our prayers were answered when Cricket met them. We got to showcase our adoptables at a Volunteer Showcase at Westfield, and it was love at first sight. Woody and Larry were cuddled up in a kitty bed when she saw them. They got to go to their forever home together…it doesn’t get any sweeter than that! Thank you Cricket for opening your home and heart to 2 awesome souls!
Tribute to Big Black Dogs - the last to be saved!
Tribute to Big Black Dogs - the last to be saved!
BIG BLACK DOGS they have decided to speak, and here is what they have to say to about their adoptability factor! 1. we cannot clash with your furniture or clothing, and some of you actually worry about that 2. we cannot clash with any collar you might choose either! ditto for bandanas. accessorize us! 3. ease of vaccuuming! you can quickly spot the areas of most urgent need 4. excellent night walk protection, the "bad guy" won't see us til it's too late! 5. we hide dirt well (doesn't mean we don't need that bath after a messy play, but your guests won't be able to see it so quickly) 6. we make an excellent "backdrop" for a second, more colorful dog if you choose to have more than one 7. availability! we are available now at every shelter you can imagine, in every age bracket, no long waiting lists, no long search! 8. status symbol potential. black pearls are the most costly you know.... 9. no annoying queries "what kind of dog is that" people are content with "big black dog" and don't ask! 10. we need you this message brought to you by the thousands of big black dogs who will die today because nobody realizes our wonderful potential!
ELSIE GETS HER OWN FOREVER HOME!
ELSIE GETS HER OWN FOREVER HOME!
Elsie went to her new forever home last night, and boy were the kids excited. They were outside waiting for her to arrive and cheered as Tara and Elsie pulled in the driveway! Thanks to the Andersons for seeing the beauty in this sweet girl and opening their hearts and home to her! Marvin and Mitchell have also gone on to their new homes.
Emaciated Elsie has a Happy Ending!
Emaciated Elsie has a Happy Ending!
On a cold January night Elsie, a sweet momma dog, was left after hours at the shelter with her five puppies. She was emaciated and not producing much milk. Her five pups were put in the kennel next to her. The shelter staff thinks three of the pups were dead when they were dropped off since they were sprawled throughout the kennel, while the two surviving pups were in the box. Marvin and Mitchell were only 3 pounds and bow legged at 10 weeks of age. The Medina County Shelter immediately tried to find a place for her and the pups to go. Once again our volunteers stepped up to the plate and put in motion getting her to the vet and then a foster home. Thank you to Patty Strohmenger and her family for opening their home on such short notice without hesitation. Elsie was so starved that she would not let anyone near her at first when she was eating, even her pups. She wasn’t housebroken, did not know how to play with toys and acted like she had never been in a house. With time and patience Patty was able to show her that the food would always be available, that people are good, and it only got better and better for her and her babies. Today, Elsie is a happy healthy dog with a new look on life. Her food issues have disappeared, she loves playing with toys, knows house manners and is very obedient. She runs and plays outside with a smile on her face. Marvin and Mitchell are also healthy normal pups, they have gained weight and the bowed legs from lack of nutrition, also has disappeared. It is a miracle that each survived from this terrible ordeal with flying colors and can now enjoy the good life in their new forever homes. Thanks to you, miracles happen every day!
One Man's Trash is Another's Treasure!
One Man's Trash is Another's Treasure!
Of course, none of us would ever consider our adoptables as Trash, but as we well know, some people do. They consider their pets disposable, and the more ‘kind’ ones drop them off at local shelters. The less kind just drop them off… What I find most amazing is the growing awareness of the homeless pets’ plight and the option to adopt rather than buy. In fact, we find people coming from even other states to adopt some of our very own! Pictured below is Boomer. A big lug of 85 pounds, Boomer was found as a stray on the streets and was on his final day when saved by SOS. Teri and Charlie fostered him and really loved his soul. He quickly became best buddies with Hubba Bubba, Teri’s other foster. They would play and romp all day long if mom and dad let them! When Hubba went to his wonderful new forever home, Boomer had such a sadness about him. We all tried to comfort him that day at the Adoption Open House, but he was having none of it. He went home that day searching all the yard and house for his buddy. As luck would have it, we got an incredible application on him that same day! Now, even more amazing was that these folks were from outside Pittsburgh! Yes, they were more than willing to make a 3 hour – one-way drive to come adopt our Boom Boom! It was truly love at first site! They just knew he was the one, and Boomer bounced into their vehicle like he had been there all along. They called us the first night to tell us how they were all lounging in bed and watching TV. So, this throw away, this disposable dog found his people who saw all the good and worthiness in him! Congratulations Boomer on getting such a great home and congratulations to Debbie and Gary for seeing the beauty in Boomer!!!!!
Rainbow Bridge - Dedicated to all our pets who have crossed.
Rainbow Bridge - Dedicated to all our pets who have crossed.
Rainbow Bridge Just this side of heaven lies the Rainbow Bridge. When a beloved pet dies, it goes to the Rainbow Bridge. It makes friends with other animals and frolics over rolling hills and peaceful lush meadows of green. Our pets do not thirst or hunger. The old and sick are made young once more; the maimed and the ill become healed and strong. They are as healthy and playful as we remember them in days gone by. Though happy and content, they still miss someone very special, someone they had to leave behind. Together, the animals chase and play, but the day comes when a pet will suddenly stop and look into the distance...bright eyes intent, eager body quivering. Suddenly recognizing you, your pet bounds quickly across the green fields and into your embrace. You celebrate in joyous reunion. You will never again separate. Happy tears are warm and plenty; your hands caress the face you missed, You look once more into the loving eyes of your pet and know you never really were parted. You realize that though out of sight, your love has been remembered. And now, you cross the Rainbow Bridge together...
I Am NOT Garbage!
I Am NOT Garbage!
Unfortunately we have another sad story about a sweet, innocent, and in this case very ill little girl discarded like trash, left in a parking lot. Tia was found in a box with her eye protruding from her sweet little face at closing time for a store. While we normally rescue from the shelters, we sometimes have no choice but to do the right thing. Tara Centea, who had just spent 30 + hours already on our behalf this week, as well as fostering Redford, Charlie and Howie (3 high energy dogs), dropped her Fri. evening to go get this little girl, clean her up and assess the problem. Tara proceeded to get a sleepless night as this pup is only 6-8 weeks old, BUT already special and smart enough to bark when she needed to go out and go potty! She was obviously in pain but so grateful for Tara’s loving touch. She captures the hearts of all who meet her! Sadly, she had to have the eye removed. This baby has gone through much more than most of our beloved pets will ever have to face. We are thrilled to be able to help save this precious life thanks to your support and to AMAZING volunteers like Tara, who no matter how long the day, or how tired she might be, she still manages to find a way to keep giving and make a difference for so many souls. AS I FINISH THIS NEWSLETTER, I HAVE GREAT NEWS! Tia did wonderfully after surgery and gets to go to her AMAZING new forever home in just two more weeks! LIVE LONG AND WELL, LITTLE TIA!!!!!
RAMBO - WHY WE DO THIS!
RAMBO - WHY WE DO THIS!
This dog is remarkably unremarkable – a brindle lab mix. He was a middle aged boy due to be put down in a local shelter. He had TERRIBLE greeting behaviors when he met other dogs but was beautifully rehabilitated by one of our core volunteers, Teri Fodor. He holds the second record in longest foster dog – almost 8 months. He was awful when he met a new dog and was returned for chasing cats. We wondered when, if ever, he would get his own home. Then, the most amazing thing happened... We hope you enjoy this wonderful letter and pictures as much as we did! Thank you Jen & Mike for loving him so much and reminding us that THIS IS WHY WE DO THIS! Here is Jen & Mike’s letter to us: Hello Teri, We wanted to write a letter letting you and everyone at SOS know how wonderfully Rambo has been adjusting to his new home. A few weeks after we adopted Rambo we brought him to the SOS. dog walk at Plum Creek. So many people recognized him and came up to us asking how he was doing, and telling us how happy they were to see he had a new home. On our way home that day we realized how many people played such an important role in saving him and we wanted to thank each of you by letting you know what a happy and loveable addition to our family he has been. After a mild case of the jitters the first few days, which his foster mom Teri was a huge help with, he has settled in beautifully. He is even beginning to make friends with our two cats! Rambo loves to be included in whatever we are doing. Whether watching mike cut the grass, or sitting by my feet while making dinner, he is never more than a step or two away. His favorite things to do are going for car rides and taking walks through the neighborhood. He gets so excited when he hears the car keys or sees us get his leash out that he runs in circles! Every time we go outside he sits next to the car just hoping he gets to jump in. So far his biggest adventure has been going to Bow-Wow Beach Dog Park in Stow where he had a great time splashing through the water and playing with all the other dogs. When it was time to leave we had a hard time catching him! Recently Rambo completed obedience school where he was the star of his class. Thanks again to his foster mom Teri who spent so much time teaching him how to sit and walk on a leash he had a bit of an advantage. Rambo has also been busy learning his new invisible fence. He was a little confused at first but after many, many treats and lots of encouragement he now runs all over they yard! We are so happy to have found Rambo. Thank you to everyone at SOS who took the time to care for him and give him a second chance. This has been such a positive experience that we have told all our friends and neighbors about SOS and hope that they will opt to adopt and help save a life too. Mike & Jen Noll
An Extraordinary Black Cat
An Extraordinary Black Cat
We get more than our fair share of black cats each year, and like big black dogs, they are usually the last to get homes. Meet an extraordinary little girl who wrote us about her SOS Black Kitty: Hi this is Marissa, We have enjoyed having Ozzy as a part of our family, he does a lot of funny stuff! He was 9 months old when we got him and when we brought him home we kept him in the un-finished part of our basement whereTiger could see him but not get in. Tiger would watch Ozzy all day. On the 3rd day we let Ozzy have the run of the house and he and Tiger have been best friends ever since. Ozzy is very playful, loving and funny, REALLY, REALLY funny! Here are some funny things Ozzy does:he will take our bathroom rug and drag it down stairs to cuddle on, he makes this really funny (sometimes annoying) sound when he wants someones attention and he is only social with our family because when anyone knocks on our door he runs upstairs to hide under my sisters bed, when him and Tiger play fight he rolls over and does somersaults and just the look on his face is 'did I do that', and the really annoying but funny thing is he wakes up mom and dad all hours of the night by talking to them, he's not looking for food, he just wants someone to talk to. I knew that Ozzy would be the one to take to Fair when I laid him on his back to check his toe nails and when I was done he just laid there, he didn't move or run away. He lets me put a harness and leash on him and he loves it when I brush him. He also loves anything with feathers. So yes I think Ozzy does deserve that 3rd place ribbon and next year I am going to take Ozzy to the Fair again, this time I hope we win 1st prize! We all love Ozzy very much and thank you for letting our family adopt him we really appreciate it! I am glad that I could send you our family story and I am glad that you will put it on the website and in the newsletter, maybe more families will make a home for a funny cat like Ozzy. Thank you. Marissa
Simon, Our Heartworm Positive Boy gets a home!
Simon, Our Heartworm Positive Boy gets a home!
Simon was saved on the same road trip that our 3 legged girl Tippy was. As an adorable middle aged beagle, his days were done at the shelter so he needed a lifeline. When we rescued him, he was not housebroken so he had probably never known a real home. While we knew he needed some work for that, we did not expect the heartbreaking news that he was heartworm positive. Thanks to his SPECIAL foster mom, Sharon Wilson, and to his loving personality, sweet Simon survived a month of heartworm treatment and recovery which entails being crated for the majority of the time. He soaked up the love and became housebroken, made friends with all who met him, and even got bedtime privileges as he now sleeps with his foster mom in her bed! Life has certainly taken a turn for the better for this sweet guy. Just as he waited patiently for his heartworm to get better, he now waits for his own forever home.
9-30-08 SIMON UPDATE! REJOICE - THEY LOVE HIM JUST LIKE WE DO! Sharon, his foster mom of 7 months proudly reported today, "Hi - I had an opportunity to speak with his new mom regarding Simon. They adore him! He has blended into their family like he was meant to be there. He goes for walks frequently, he plays with the other dog, he plays with the girls, he plays with the husband, he sleeps in bed with them (they are teaching him to sleep at the foot of the bed, instead of own their heads), he has tons of toys. He has a beautiful collar and lead, all new all his own. He has a beautiful life! Thank you from the bottom of my heart by letting me be a part of this beautiful story." Sharon
Deke & Meredith- How Saving Them Saves Us!
Deke & Meredith- How Saving Them Saves Us!
This is a very personal and moving story about a beautiful young girl, Meredith, who adopted a very ORDINARY middle aged black lab, Harry. Harry, nka Deke, is suffering from SEVERE bone spurs & x-rays have revealed he actually has BB shots in him! Some horrible person used to use him as target practice! He now gets more love than he has ever known with his best girl, Meredith. Even in her first note to me, I knew Meredith was special with a heart as big as the great outdoors. She shared with me her struggles with depression as well as her hope to give a wonderful homeless pet another chance at life…just like she was getting. Below is her story in her own words of how this love story began and grew. While we so often celebrate all the lives we have saved, we seldom stop to celebrate all the lives THEY help save! Pets are the loyal, loving constant in many of our lives. Often, families and people change BECAUSE of the love they get from their pets. Sandy Caldwell “Dear SOS Team Members: You should be proud of what SOS has become and all the hard work and dedication you have put into it to make it so successful. You get to experience the satisfaction of saving the lives of animals as well helping people whose lives you change by finding them their new pets. But I’m not sure if you know that one of your most extraordinary success stories is mine. What began with saving Harry (now Deke) on his last day on ‘death row' became the first part of an intricate yet natural connection of two souls. I was disappointed to find out that the dog I initially contacted Sandy Caldwell about (Harry) was already adopted. However, I realized the true potential of SOS finding me the right dog and enlisted their help in doing so. But then I received a voice mail from Sandy ecstatically exclaiming Harry was again available for adoption- this was a day I had never thought possible. And of course, it was love at first sight when we met. For many years, I have struggled to cope with the debilitating mental illness of clinical depression. It was enough of an effort to keep myself alive and it was nearly impossible to function in the ‘real world’. But through years of hard work, I finally found myself in the position I had always dreamed of. Not only was I holding a job, had finally graduated college and was supporting myself, I was finally capable of providing a stable home for the dog I needed most of all. My reward for all my hard work (and for getting out of bed everyday) was finally conceivable. I just never imagined it to be as miraculous as it has turned out to be. I didn't just adopt a dog...I found the bond I never thought I was worthy of. Deke is such an incredible animal- he constantly amazes me. You can look into his eyes and feel what he is thinking. He is staring at me right now from his favorite position on my bed - I swear he knows the emotion I am feeling right now. When you guys saved this dog, you ended up giving a person life as well! I finally have what I needed - I actually don't want to die anymore! I don't expect anyone to truly understand how it is that a dog could be the reason for this. Maybe this is why we are your best success story yet. Deke and I were meant to find each other. Although we both had to suffer our entire lives before we could meet, we can both now appreciate the happiness others take so much for granted. I have someone that for the first time in my life honestly loves me, and he has the same. Please remember this each time you wonder if all the work pays off. Each time you question whether an animal has potential to be adopted. Each time you experience heartbreak. You have all played a role in saving my life. I cannot thank you enough. Now if we could only find a way to make dogs live as long as we do. With all our love - Meredith and Deke”
Patty Strohmenger was his foster mom for several months and loved this boy. She writes "Deke helped to take away much of the pain and sorrow Meredith struggled with on a daily basis. At the same time, she helped Deke to heal as well. He had massive separation anxiety and many health issues, but if anybody knew how to help him through his issues and help him heal, it was Meredith. Deke is now a very well-adjusted, happy boy who received his certification with Therapy Dogs International. Because of the generous people associated with SOS, through time, money, donations, volunteering, or fostering we can produce a phenomenal success story such as this. PLEASE - adopt. There is a lost soul out there waiting for you to save it!" Patty Strohmenger, Deke’s foster mom
Tippy - A True Survivor!
Tippy - A True Survivor!
When we got the email about a dog needing their leg removed at Richland County Shelter out of Mansfield, our tireless team sprang into action…again! Lisa Lowe jumped on the phone with our vets to determine what special needs and care she would need. She and Tara Centea figured they needed a road trip, and with adult dog foster homes just opening up, they could make it worthwhile and grab as many lives as would fit in the car that day…. Tippy arrived at the shelter with a bum leg. They thought she had been hit but the vet found the wound to be old and indeed she had broken her leg somehow in her youth. That can be a death sentence at any shelter. Thankfully, she was at a shelter who works hard with rescues – special thanks to their director, Lori. Within days, this life loving border collie mix was amputated and on her way to a fresh start. She never looked back, AND she never missed the leg.
From Tippy’s new owners- Mandy and Tim : “As a newly married couple, both of whom grew up with a family dog in our life, we knew having a pet was no option. That's when we stumbled upon Ilene (Tippy). It was love at first sight. She came to us fully trained and has the best disposition we’ve ever had in a dog. Adopting from S.O.S. was a wonderful experience. We’d highly recommend S.O.S. to anyone looking to add a loving pet to there home. Thank you S.O.S! Ilene (Tippy) is has turned out to be more than just a pet, she is a member of our family.”
Maddie finds a Happy Home!
Maddie finds a Happy Home!
We adopted Maddie, I was going off to college and my little sister and I had been begging for a dog for years. So 2 weeks before I left for school we brought home Maddie. A friend of ours, knew we were looking for a dog and told us we had to go look at this dog her coworker was fostering. We called the woman right away, and went and saw the dog. My mom, little sister and I fell in love, and filled out the adoption paperwork as soon as we got home. A week later, after my dad had met Maddie we brought her home. By the time I left for school two weeks later, she was the center of our world. She is now spoiled rotten and her favorite nickname (she has many) is Maddie-Moo. She is the biggest baby you will ever meet and her favorite activity is none at all. She loves just to lay in bed with my parents or without them, and soon adopted their bed as her own. I now have a bumper sticker on my car that says I adopted my best friend, and I can say with 100% certainty that it is true. I don't know what we would do without her.
Charli Dilsavor Adopted Maddie Labor Day weekend 2008
P.S. Did I mention her second favorite activity is to beg for food. See pic!





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