I’m writing you so that you may consider helping with a young dog I recently found wondering my neighborhood. Me and my wife were out walking our dogs last Friday (12/30/2016) and we were approached by a young lab/pit-bull mix. She was non-aggressive and seemed confused and tired. We knocked on every door on the street and several neighbors came to the doors and explained they had never seen the dog. The young dog followed us back home so we placed her in our laundry room and gave her food and water. She ate 4 cups of food within the first 30 minutes. I noticed as she was following us she tried to eat a dried frog on the sidewalk and her ribs and hips were showing so she hadn’t eaten for quite a while. Upon further evaluation, she appears to have recently had puppies and has several scars throughout her body. It is believed to us that she was dumped in the neighborhood considering we walked her to basically every house in the brierwood area asking anyone we saw if they had seen the dog and everyone questioned said no. We took her to our vet and they did a parasite test which found she was negative for parasites. She is actually very clean and nails are trimmed while pads are soft. She is house trained, kennel trained and is very sweet. It makes it seem like she was an inside dog until whomever cared for her quit caring for her. We placed posters around the neighborhood, as well as one at our vet. I made a post on the facebook north Florida lost pets page, I placed an ad on craigslist, I placed my own ad on Instagram, facebook, and twitter. We would love to keep her and give her a great home but we have 3 dogs already and 4 dogs would be more than our household can handle. We made sure she has had a secure place to stay until we can find a place where she will be safe. It was rather infuriating that someone would dump her on the coldest day of the year and then the new years fireworks 2 days later is low. I don’t want to take her to ACPS without all other resources being used considering they put dogs down there. The thought of her not being given a true shot to be in a loving home is why I am reaching out to you. Please consider and thanks for your time.
We were a very successful rescue, and over the years placed many wonderful dogs with great loving families and saved many many lives, but some of the dogs for a variety of reasons remained unadopted or returned to us. Some were not young pups when rescued and couldn’t get the potential adopters to over look that they were no longer little puppies, but had some age and wisdom behind those eyes. Some were returned due to no fault of their own. Families lost homes, jobs, divorce, new babies, allergies etc.. and the dogs that were once in a fine loving home had to be returned. We have always made it a policy of this rescue that Bradford County PAWS would take back any animal adopted through us if the family had to give them up. We never wanted them to end up back at animal control with the potential danger of being euthanized again after saving them. So many animals at the sanctuary have returned to us after being adopted for several years. Some returned with health issues such as Holly, and some returned for behavioral issues such as Sookie. Some even returned with a “doggie friend” (Winston and Chloe) because the family had to “downsize” to an apartment because they lost their jobs. Whatever the reason, they are now safe and sound at the sanctuary and get lots of love, attention, and medical care as needed for the remainder or their lives. We love them all! We made a commitment to the animals when we saved them, and we will see that commitment through until they cross the Rainbow Bridge.
We have set up a wishlist on Amazon.com for anyone wishing to help out the rescue. Amazon makes it so easy!
Our rescue could always use food, we use more than 500 lbs. a month, and our doggies are not easy on toys so any new balls or Kongs would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks everyone for all the support!
Banjo is a Australian Cattle Dog or better known as a Blue Heeler. Banjo was adopted from our rescue 5 years ago as a pup of only 8 weeks. He came back into our rescue a few years ago after being found on the streets in Ocala. When I contacted the adopted family they said the family went through a divorce and the wife got the dog but OBVIOUSLY she didn’t want him. Well we do. We have always had a policy of taking back animals that we adopted out no matter what the circumstances are. We are very happy that a good hearted stranger contacted us and we got Banjo back. To quote my favorite country singer, “He is not as young as he once was but he is as good as he ever was”! Banjo has a permanent home here at the sanctuary so he never has to be worried about being left on the street again.
Due to the fact that we rescue adult dogs of varying breeds etc we have opted not to rescue cats at this time for the safety of our dogs, handlers, and most of all the cats.
We will be glad to offer any assistance we can and we will be glad to refer you to cat only rescues or rehabs.
Holly was returned to us in September of 2013 after being adopted since she was 8 weeks old. Her family told us that she had a serious skin condition and they couldn’t afford the medication and treatment for her care any more. The good news: It was only fleas!!!!!! Holly is doing much better now and has a permanent home here at the sanctuary.