Currently Available Dogs



So we have another one of these tiny *goldens*.. She is VERY people oriented.

She is a 30 pound little ball of energy.If you want a running companion, she’s your girl. she is about 18 months. She, like her cousins, is brilliant, athletic and willing to learn anything. No digging, no jumping fences, just ready for a new home. She is also really, really smart, so if you have ever thought of doing agility with a dog, this would be a winner.

Email me if you want to meet her. Make sure I have your application here

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In the last 6 months we have had a number of really big financial hits. Generally speaking, we have enough money to pay all out expenses with about $500 or so in the bank as a cushion. We had a dog who was shot in the leg and abandoned by his owner. The vet was able to reconstruct the leg with a pin so he did not have to have an amputation. You can read his story under Curley. But this cost us $3400.

Then Carlsbad called us to get a very sweet girl. When she arrived I noticed that her face was swollen, when we checked, we found that her front canine had basically been broken out of the bone. I didn’t even keep her here, but took her right on up to the vet. This will be another $1000. Both of these dogs are fabulous dogs. This is the best of what rescue does. But we can only do it with your help.

I just calculated our typical per dog cost at $201.24. This includes an exam, a heart worm and tick disease screen, a chip, a rabies and distemper/parvo shot and a spay/neuter. We buy food for the dogs, we pay for the repair of the kennels when the anxious dog rips it all down, we put clean chips in the kennels and we get throw away dogs new collars . It is not fancy, but you KNOW the dogs feel safe and loved.

People generally give us $200-$400 dollars and sometimes less. When the *sometimes less* happens to coincide with a flood of *extra* expense, we need your help. Last week our money was low and we were thrilled to have a generous donor commit to sending dog food for the SEVEN dogs in residence. Thank you!!

I think many of you know that we are a very tiny group of dedicated volunteers. We have placed more than 700 Goldens over the years. But we don’t have a fund raising department. Colorado just did a fund raising dinner and raised $80,000 in a night. They have 150 volunteers …We have you. And I think most of you know that we are very, very good at placing dogs and have put most of our energy there.

100% of the money you give goes to support dog costs. It is all tax deductible.

We put a paypal button on the home page there. If you can give us anything, we sure will appreciate it.

I have heard from a number of you about volunteering to help out and I apologize for my delay in getting back to you. Here is what we are needing:

1) We need people who are willing to come and work with an individual dog. We want to clicker train the dogs to sit, walk on a leash and not leap around, LOL. What your job would be is to learn something about clicker training…I recommend getting Peggy Tillman’s book called Clicking With your Dog. Long Leash on LIfe has it. While you are there, look at the stuff. Maybe even get a DVD. Go online and watch youtube so you can get the idea. I will help too.

My thinking is that if you learn this, you can come and work with one dog – your buddy. This is what will make the dogs most adoptable.

2) We also need people to take specific dogs walking or running. And…part of the dilemma is that the dogs who need it most are the dogs who don’t know how. Sometimes people come thinking that these are dogs that just need a walk. Sometimes that is true LOL, and sometimes they need to learn how. And the dogs are muddy and hairy so wear jeans.

3) Some of the dogs would love to go on an outing, maybe for a trip to Flying Star or a walk on the ditch. You can see if there is a dog that you think would suit your chemistry, email me and let’s chat.

Several people have asked me why we don’t have more dogs like some of the other state rescues do. I have thought about this a lot. I think it is because we work really hard to get to know our people. So when a dog comes in, we are able to make a placement quickly. If you look at the dogs under adopted, you will see that we have placed many, many dogs. Actually, we have placed more than 750 dogs.

The people who stay in touch, who watch the web site and who call regularly are the people who get dogs. If a dog comes up that you like, email right away. Remember, we must have your application on file in order to consider you for adoption. We will arrange a meeting if the dog sounds like a good match.

…remember, we place dogs based on temperament match to families. And there may be some variables that are not in the description…or you may call and think it doesn’t matter if it says the dog doesn’t like cats and you have a cat …Doesn’t like cats may mean the dog will eat your cat, so we won’t give you a *does not like cats* dog. Or if the dog is particularly rambunctious and you have young children, that will not be a good match.

But we love working with you.