All About Sandy! – UPDATE SANDY WAS ADOPTED!

Sandy

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Sandy is an adoptable dog waiting at Islip Animal Shelter and Adopt-a-Pet Center, located at 210 South Denver Avenue in Bay Shore, New York.

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need to know

  • Sandy is a female Yellow Lab / Pit Bull mix.
  • She’s roughly three years old.
  • She is spayed, microchipped, and up to date on shots.
  • She is also on monthly heartworm preventative.
  • She has been waiting for a forever home since November 11, 2013.
  • Sandy loves people of all ages, especially children.
  • Sandy needs to be the only pet in the home.
  • Sandy is a part of Live.Love.Bark’s training program.

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  • Sandy knows the sit, down, come and stay commands. Watch a short video of her learning commands here. 

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  • She walks nicely on a leash.
  • She is easy to re-focus and food motivated.

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  • Sandy is very well behaved during bath time.

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  • She is well behaved on car rides, too.

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  • Although Sandy is not dog friendly, she is well behaved in public with other dogs around, so long as they’re not approaching her. She walks past them with ease. If she begins to get uncomfortable she is easily re-focused with a verbal command or treat. This is not to say she would do well at events with many dogs around and certainly should not be taken to a dog park, but means she can easily be walked in public.

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  • Sandy is a wonderful model. She is patient and hams it up for the camera.

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  • Sandy is still young and loves her playtime. She loves toys of all kinds and would love a yard to play in with someone to play with.

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  • Sandy’s adoption fee is paid for by Live.Love.Bark, which means she is FREE to an approved applicant.
  • She also goes home with a free collar, leash, bag of food, bed, toys, and treats.
  • Live.Love.Bark will also offer help continuing her training.

ideal home

Sandy’s ideal home would be a home with a family to play with and snuggle with. The home can not have other animals in it. She would prefer a fenced in yard, but walks nicely on a leash so she would do fine without one, so long as she was walked and exercised regularly.

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If you are interested in adopting Sandy, visit her in person at Islip Animal Shelter.

If you are interested in fostering Sandy, contact livelovebarkdogrescue@gmail.com.

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UPDATE: IVY GOT ADOPTED!

I went to the shelter today on my lunch break. I had a few things to get done, like hang up the cage signs I made for all the new dogs, and to hang up photos on the adoption board in the lobby. (The bunny that’s in the cage in the lobby, right under the adoption board, got a hold of some of the ones already up there, so I needed to print new ones anyway and move them to the other side, out of his reach. Silly bunny.) I got those out of the way first and then continued down my “To Do” list.

Another thing I had to get done was to get Ivy’s autographs done for Saturday’s big event. Saturday is the Shelter’s Choice Awards fundraiser, where dogs will be walking the red carpet and receiving awards (over-sized dog biscuits). One of the many things we’re doing to raise extra money is selling photographs of the dogs “signed” by each dog. This requires me to stamp their paw in ink and press it on each photo. Adorable, but not always easy depending on the dog.

I won’t lie, Jackson gave me more trouble than I expected. Not because he was being bad by any means, just distracted and wanted to keep giving me kisses as we were trying to get this done. Sandy wasn’t too bad, but got tired of standing in the same spot while we did this. I had to keep pulling her paw to me and the photos, or shifting everything every time she moved.

Today was Ivy’s turn, and as I expected, it was a breeze. Ivy is quite possibly the most laid back dog in the shelter. If you haven’t met or read about Ivy yet, let me describe her for you – She’s about 10+ years old, all white, Pit mix but not very Pittie. She’s petite and small enough to scoop under your arms, big enough to know you won’t crush her if you accidentally step on her. She is always happy, wiggling her butt and the tail attached to it. One of her most Pittie features is her smile – huge and adorable. Ivy loves people and will gladly sit on your lap. When not in your lap, she’ll frolic (not really run) around the yard for a little bit, munch on some grass, roll around a little, and just mosey. That might be the best word for what she does – she moseys.

So, I took Ivy outside today. I set up the stack of photos on the picnic table, and opened up the ink pad. I called her over, picked her up, and there she laid. She laid on my lap as I rubbed her paw in ink, and pushed it down onto the paper. We did 20+ photos and she sat there the entire time. Every now and then I’d hear a little thump – the wag of her tail on the metal bench. When I finished, I looked at her, said “All done” and she smiled, wagged her tail (thump thump thump), gave me a kiss, and hopped off.

I needed to wash the ink off her white paws, but I didn’t want to spray her with the hose. I put a little water in the pool and picked her up and put her in to wash the ink off. She let me, of course, and then out she went, happy as could be.

We walked back to her cage, easy as can be – she doesn’t pull on leash at all. I opened the cage door and she moseyed right in, went on her bed, looked up at me with that big smile and just stood there letting me take the leash off. As I was putting her back in her cage, I thought to myself (as I do basically every time I see her) “How has no one adopted this dog yet?”

I mean, believe me, I know how… I’m well aware… I just hate that she’s still waiting in her cage instead of living the good life on someone’s couch.

She’s a Pit Bull (mix) – strike one

She’s a senior – strike two

She’s not dog-friendly – strike three

But I still wonder. There has to be someone out there that doesn’t see her as the stereotype, that just wants to make an old dog happy and comfortable in their last few years, and who doesn’t already have a dog. Right? There has to be someone. Somewhere.

Come watch Ivy walk the red carpet on Saturday at 12:30 pm. Spend a few minutes with her, and you’ll be just as obsessed with this little peanut of a dog. And of course, come buy her autograph!

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Dog Friendly Dogs

ADOPTED – Jackson is a very handsome red Pit Bull mix who is about 3 years old. He is a well behaved boy who knows the sit and down command and walks well on leash with a little leadership.He gets along well with every one he meets, dogs, cats and kids included. Jackson has been waiting over 6 months. Adopt him for free!

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ADOPTED – Scrabble is a handsome male Pit mix who is about two years old. He’s pretty much grown up at the shelter. He is an active dog who loves to be out of the cage. He is being trained leash manners and he knows his basic commands. He has learned commands such as sit, down, paw, come, and more. Scrabble gets along with all dogs and cats. He gets along well with kids too but would do best in a home with older children due to his energy level.  Scrabble has been waiting over a year. Adopt him for free and get a free bag of food, bed, toys and treats.

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Jagger is a high-energy male Shepherd mix who is only about a year and a half old. He is a happy and excitable boy who would do best with an experienced dog owner to show him the ropes. He needs a home without children. He gets along with dogs but needs a home without cats.
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Marcy is a sweet girl who is a Plab (Pit/ Lab mix). She is playful and energetic. She loves toys, especially stuffed ones. She’s only about a year and a half to two years old. She gets along with other dogs and would be fine with children.
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ADOPTED – Paige is an adorable female about 2 years old. She loves to play and get her energy out. Once she’s done chasing toys, she looks for lots of belly rubs and loving! She gets along with dogs but would do best in a home without cats. She would do best with older children due to her energy level. Paige has been waiting over 6 months. Adopt her for free.
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Pandora is a pretty girl that has had a rough past, she was thrown from a car and seems to have been abused. She is very hand shy but she wants to trust people. Once she realizes she’s safe, she warms up. She is only about a year and a half old. She needs a calm, quiet home with patient owners who will let her experience the good life she deserves. She gets along with calmer dogs but needs a home without cats. Pandora has been waiting over six months. Adopt her for free.
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ADOPTED – Rambo is the sweetest male Mastiff/ Pit mix who is about 4 years old. He is super friendly and loves people. And he loves to snuggle! He leans right into you. So far, he knows his sit command and he tested very well with cats and dogs. He’d do best with older children just due to his size.

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ADOPTED – Ellis is a handsome male Shepherd mix. He’s come out of his shell quite a bit in the last couple of weeks. He’s now a happy and playful boy. Ellis would do best in a home with kids 5 and up. He gets along with other dogs but he needs a home without cats.

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ADOPTED – Toby is a cute little guy who is slightly selective with who he likes. He would do best in a home without men if possible, and definitely without children. He is dog friendly though.

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Adopt these dogs at Islip Animal Shelter and Adopt-a-Pet Center!

210 South Denver Ave., Bay Shore NY 11706.

 

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Long-timers Waiting at Islip Animal Shelter

You were cold and lonely, roaming the streets, dodging cars, hiding in the woods,  and trying to find your way back to where you came from, but you couldn’t remember how. You were confused and didn’t understand why someone left you, dumped you, ignored you. You were picked up by a nice man wearing brown, who picked you up and put you in a big truck. You were scared, but it was warm in there and you were happy to see someone. They brought you to a building with all different abandoned animals, just like you. They got you cleaned up, got you healthy, gave you food, and put you in your own cage. It wasn’t so bad at first. You got to make new friends with the dogs next to you. You got some lovin’ from the humans who fed and cared for you. Volunteers would take you out to play sometimes. But over time, you watched all your dog friends leave their cage. And they wagged their tails as they met their new family, and then you never saw them again. They got to go home. And you watched hundreds of dogs go home. But not you. You’re still in your cage, and even though it’s warm and safe in there, you want a home and a family to be with. You’re bored of being in a cage. You want it to be your turn. You’ve waited long enough.

Welcome to the life of an animal shelter long-timer.

I did a segment on shelter long-timers in the past, and someone suggested changing the term “Long-timer” because it has a negative connotation. But I don’t think I will change it, because in all honesty, it is a very negative situation, and people should realize that. We consider any pet that’s been waiting for 6 months or longer a long-timer. Some of these animals though have been waiting for their home for years. Every day they get their hopes up to get out, but instead are passed by and ignored by the public. It’s no fault of their own, it’s just the sad reality of it. Some pets just aren’t as desirable to the general public as others are. I’m sad to say that a bunch of the dogs we featured as long-timers last year, made the list again this year.

Although I’m always thrilled to see any animal get adopted, it still breaks my heart a little when an animal who has only been waiting a week goes home before the one who has been waiting nearly two years. And it seems that no matter what we do, we can’t get people to focus on these long-timers. We try new photos, videos, flyers, free adoptions, and for whatever reason, they still get overlooked. I hope this post won’t get over-looked the way they have been in the past, and I hope this encourages people to pick the animals who need it the most. Below is a list of the dogs that have been waiting for more than 300 days. Adopt one today for free.

My name is Hazel and I’ve been waiting 724 Days!!!!

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Can I go home now? I’ve been waiting for forever! I came to the shelter as a puppy and got passed by for so long. I’m about 2 and a half years old now and just want someone to play with, a place and human to call my own. I’ve been practicing my commands and I’m ready to show off. I know sit, down, come and stay. I can walk nicely on a leash and I’m eager to please – especially if it means I get some treats!

The volunteers take me out every week and I love to play with as many toys as I can while I’m out. When I’m done playing, I get lots of love from them and it makes me really wish someone would take me home and give me that love all the time! I’ve watched a lot of dogs leave, a lot of them grow up and go home. When will it ever be my turn?

My name is Sandy and I’ve been waiting 574 days.

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I was brought to the shelter on 11-11, and ever since I’ve been wishing someone would take me home. But my wish doesn’t ever come true. I’m a good girl, but the shelter environment can really stress a dog out. I’m always eager to get out of the building, but you’ll notice as soon as I’m out the door I calm right down and behave very well!

The volunteers take me out every week and we learn commands. So far I know sit, down and come. I’m working on stay. I also know how to walk nicely on a leash, but like I said, only when I’m out of the shelter, otherwise, I’ll admit, I pull to get out of there quicker! But you would too after 500 days in a cage! I keep watching everyone around me leave and I wonder when it will be my turn. I’m a good girl and I know I deserve a human that I can have all to my own!

 

My name is Janell and I’ve been waiting 429 days.

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My name is Janell. I’ve been waiting at the shelter over a year for the right person to come along. I’m a little bit older, maybe about 8 years old now and I have a cloudy eye. I think that’s why people don’t want to take me home. But I have lots of life to live, and my eye doesn’t bother me at all! I love to lounge and roll around on my back, stretch out, and enjoy beds, blankets, and snuggles. Don’t pass me by because of my age!

My name is Momma and I’ve been waiting 398 days.

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I came to the shelter very pregnant and gave birth to a litter of 10 puppies. I got so much attention when they were born, that I thought for sure someone would want to take me home. I even walked the red carpet and showed off in front of a big crowd of people, but instead, everyone wanted my puppies. No one wanted the mommy. One by one all my puppies got adopted, and there I was, still waiting. I’ve been waiting 398 days in my cage. And I’ll be honest, I’m getting really tired of it.

I love when the volunteers come and take me out. They let me run around and have fun. But they also make me work to learn commands. They say it might help get me adopted – I hope so, I’m trying my hardest! I know sit, down and come, and I’m learning stay. I know I can do it! I’m willing to try anything to get adopted. I know I’m not young like a puppy anymore, and I know someone was mean to me and cut my ears off, so maybe I look a little funny, so I try extra hard to get people’s attention. When people walk by I bark so they notice me, then when they stop I smush into the door hoping they reach in and pet me. (The shelter employees tell people not to do that, though. Shux.) I’d do anything to have a home and human to myself. I’m worth it!

 

My name is Jenny and I’ve been waiting 367 days.

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I just celebrated my one year anniversary in the shelter. I’m not sure why I’m still waiting! I’m middle aged and have lots of life to live and love to give. I’m a bit on the bigger side, in fact I’ve been on a diet for some time now. But I hope that’s not the reason no one wants me! That’s just not fair! I like to spend most of my day snuggled in bed or wrapped up in blankets. Do you have a blanket for me at your home?

My name is Desi and I’ve been waiting 359 days.

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I was only a puppy when I got to the shelter. I was about 6 months old and really scared and confused. No one ever socialized me, so I didn’t know how to act around people. I just get so excited to see people, I can’t contain myself! I’m working on it though!

I’ve been waiting for 359 days. In that time, I’ve grown up quite a bit. I even grew into my ears, kinda. I still have lots of energy, but the shelter volunteers get me out every week so I can run it off. They’re also teaching me commands! I know what the “sit,” “down” and “come” words means, and when I do it right, I get a treat! If you see me out of the cage, you’ll see me running around, playing, and having fun. But when I have to go back in the cage, I’m usually sad and quiet. I wish I could stay out of the cage forever.

 

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Just a reminder – all of these pets are paid for by Live.Love.Bark Dog Rescue. You can take them home for FREE. (Standard application process still applies.) If you adopt someone who has been waiting more than a year for its forever home, we’ll even throw in a bed, food, toys and treats.

If you’re interested in adopting one of these dogs, please contact the shelter at 631-224-5660 or email livelovebarkdogrescue@gmail.com. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and be more than happy to show any of these dogs out of their cages.

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Days Go By

You were cold and lonely, roaming the streets, dodging cars, hiding in the woods,  and trying to find your way back to where you came from, but you couldn’t remember how. You were confused and didn’t understand why someone left you, dumped you, ignored you. You were picked up by a nice man wearing brown, who picked you up and put you in a big truck. You were scared, but it was warm in there and you were happy to see someone. They brought you to a building with all different abandoned animals, just like you. They got you cleaned up, got you healthy, gave you food, and put you in your own cage. It wasn’t so bad at first. You got to make new friends with the dogs next to you. You got some lovin’ from the humans who fed and cared for you. Volunteers would take you out to play sometimes. But over time, you watched all your dog friends leave their cage. And they wagged their tails as they met their new family, and then you never saw them again. They got to go home. And you watched hundreds of dogs go home. But not you. You’re still in your cage, and even though it’s warm and safe in there, you want a home and a family to be with. You’re bored of being in a cage. You want it to be your turn. You’ve waited long enough.

Welcome to the life of an animal shelter long-timer.

I did a segment on shelter long-timers in the past, and someone suggested changing the term “Long-timer” because it has a negative connotation. But I don’t think I will change it, because in all honesty, it is a very negative situation, and people should realize that. We consider any pet that’s been waiting for 6 months or longer a long-timer. Some of these animals though have been waiting for their home for years. Every day they get their hopes up to get out, but instead are passed by and ignored by the public. It’s no fault of their own, it’s just the sad reality of it. Some pets just aren’t as desirable to the general public as others are. I’m sad to say that a bunch of the dogs we featured as long-timers last year, made the list again this year.

Although I’m always thrilled to see any animal get adopted, it still breaks my heart a little when an animal who has only been waiting a week goes home before the one who has been waiting nearly two years. And it seems that no matter what we do, we can’t get people to focus on these long-timers. We try new photos, videos, flyers, free adoptions, and for whatever reason, they still get overlooked. I hope this post won’t get over-looked the way they have been in the past, and I hope this encourages people to pick the animals who need it the most. Below is a list of the dogs that have been waiting for more than 300 days. Adopt one today for free.

My name is Desi and I’ve been waiting 304 days.

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I was only a puppy when I got to the shelter. I was about 6 months old and really scared and confused. No one ever socialized me, so I didn’t know how to act around people. I just get so excited to see people, I can’t contain myself! I’m working on it though!

I’ve been waiting for 304 days. In that time, I’ve grown up quite a bit. I even grew into my ears, kinda. I still have lots of energy, but the shelter volunteers get me out every week so I can run it off. They’re also teaching me commands! I know what the “sit” and “come” words means, and when I do it right, I get a treat! If you see me out of the cage, you’ll see me running around, playing, and having fun. But when I have to go back in the cage, I’m usually sad and quiet. I wish I could stay out of the cage forever.

 

My name is Momma and I’ve been waiting 330 days.

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I came to the shelter very pregnant and gave birth to a litter of 10 puppies. I got so much attention when they were born, that I thought for sure someone would want to take me home. I even walked the red carpet and showed off in front of a big crowd of people, but instead, everyone wanted my puppies. No one wanted the mommy. One by one all my puppies got adopted, and there I was, still waiting. I’ve been waiting 330 days in my cage. And I’ll be honest, I’m getting really tired of it.

I love when the volunteers come and take me out. They let me run around and have fun. But they also make me work to learn commands. They say it might help get me adopted – I hope so, I’m trying my hardest! I know sit and come, and I’m learning down and stay. I know I can do it! I’m willing to try anything to get adopted. I know I’m not young like a puppy anymore, and I know someone was mean to me and cut my ears off, so maybe I look a little funny, so I try extra hard to get people’s attention. When people walk by I bark so they notice me, then when they stop I smush into the door hoping they reach in and pet me. (The shelter employees tell people not to do that, though. Shux.) I’d do anything to have a home and human to myself. I’m worth it!

 

My name is Sandy and I’ve been waiting 506 days.

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I was brought to the shelter on 11-11, and ever since I’ve been wishing someone would take me home. But my wish doesn’t ever come true. I’m a good girl, but the shelter environment can really stress a dog out. I’m always eager to get out of the building, but you’ll notice as soon as I’m out the door I calm right down and behave very well!

The volunteers take me out every week and we learn commands. So far I know sit, down and come. I’m working on stay. I also know how to walk nicely on a leash, but like I said, only when I’m out of the shelter, otherwise, I’ll admit, I pull to get out of there quicker! But you would too after 500 days in a cage! I keep watching everyone around me leave and I wonder when it will be my turn. I’m a good girl and I know I deserve a human that I can have all to my own!

 

My name is Hazel and I’ve been waiting 656 Days!!!!

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Can I go home now? I’ve been waiting for forever! I came to the shelter as a puppy and got passed by for so long. I’m about 2 years old now and just want someone to play with, a place and human to call my own. I’ve been practicing my commands and I’m ready to show off. I know sit, down, come and stay. I can walk nicely on a leash and I’m eager to please – especially if it means I get some treats!

The volunteers take me out every week and I love to play with as many toys as I can while I’m out. When I’m done playing, I get lots of love from them and it makes me really wish someone would take me home and give me that love all the time! I’ve watched a lot of dogs leave, a lot of them grow up and go home. When will it ever be my turn?

If you’re interested in adopting one of these dogs, please contact the shelter at 631-224-5660 or email livelovebarkdogrescue@gmail.com. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and be more than happy to show any of these dogs out of their cages.

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Then and Now: Shelter Success Stories

We’d like to remind people that the pet you see in a shelter setting, is not always the pet you’ll be getting. Many dogs and cats appear fearful, or even slightly aggressive in such a stressful environment. Take a look at the photos and read each pet’s description below to see how drastically a scared, sad animal can change once in a home setting.  All of these pets are in their forever homes, happy and healthy, because someone gave them a chance. Open your heart and home and give one of our many other available animals the chance they deserve.

Houdini (Formerly Slug) – Once literally afraid of his own shadow and full of anxiety and worry, he now finds comfort, love, and peace in his new home.

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Slug Now 

 

Taco – Originally thought to be dog aggressive, now hangs out with his pack of friends and gets to go sailing on the boat with everyone.

Taco Then

Taco Now

 

Mash – Passed by due to his size and the stereotype that big dogs are aggressive dogs. Mash now spends his days lounging, or hanging out with his two small human best friends, being his true gentle giant self.

Mash Then

mash Now

 

Demi – Overlooked while at the shelter due to a skin condition and her high energy level, she now is happy, healthy, calm and hangs out with best friend, the cat.

Demi Then

Demi Now

 

Gotham – Taken from a bad situation after refusing to fight other dogs. Though he didn’t look like the friendliest dog due to his poor ear crop job and the cuts and scars on him, he proved his appearance wrong. He now lives with two other dogs and two small children who he adores and loves to snuggle them all.

Gotham Then

Gotham Now

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Cordelia (formerly JC) – Came in as a kitty with Ring Worm who was sad and lethargic. After months in isolation and in treatment, she now is healthy and happy and full of energy in her home, living with lots of other animals.

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JC Now

Lulu (Formerly Vanna) – Skinny and overlooked, she spent months and months in the shelter, barking in her cage from anxiety. She now lives all the way in Texas with her mom and dad and her dog brother Ox. She’s spoiled beyond belief and has nothing left to be anxious about.

Vanna Then

Vanna Now

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Ruby (Formerly Polly) – Passed by for over a year due to her apparent energy level and her large seemingly intimidating size. She now lives in a home with two other dogs who she loves to cuddle and be lazy with.

Polly Then

Polly Now

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King Kong – Scared people away due to his immense size and “aggressive” appearance. Now lives with his best friend and human brother who he is nothing but absolutely sweet to.

King Kong Then

King Kong Now

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Floki – Goofy and hyper in the shelter, now dapper and well behaved in his home. (Still a little bit goofy though…haha)

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Maggie (Formerly Eisel) – Never given a chance because she was missing a leg and seen as “too much work”, she is now in a wonderful home doing all the normal things dogs do – no extra work needed.

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Eisle Now

 

Buttercup – After a long time of being neglected, then a long time to physically recover, and then a long time of being overlooked due to her size and her apparent high energy level, Buttercup is now in a happy home where she loves to relax, be lazy, cuddle, and give kisses. She’s as gentle as can be, even with her new grandma who uses a wheelchair.

Buttercup Then

Buttercup Now

 

Gemma – Sad and somber while at the shelter, she now is happy as can be with her new family and little human best friends. She recently gained a canine brother, Ranger, who was also adopted from us.

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Gemma Now

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Gordon (Formerly Goose) – Confused by shelter life and eager to go home, Gordon got his wish and now lives with his forever momma and dog best friend. He gets cuddles on a regular basis.

Goose then

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Cheddar – Depression can be a very real thing in dogs, especially in a shelter setting. Cheddar was very depressed and because of that wasn’t acting like this normal happy self. After months and months of sulking in his cage, he is now happy at home and living the comfortable life.

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Hannah (Formerly Holly) – Originally unsure of everything, and then spent many months in her cage and got antsy to get out. Her high energy level calmed down when she went home and got her daily exercise. She is now a valued member of the family and gets along great with the kids and other dog.

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Juno – High energy and eager to leave the shelter, Juno is now happy at home and loves going exploring with his family.

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Maddie – Seen as just another brown Pit Bull, Maddie was ignored for almost a year. She is now in a perfect home where she is completely spoiled. What was thought to be dog aggression at the shelter, turned out to just be dominance, (two different things completely!) She now enjoys walks with other dogs and lots of cuddle time with her family.

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Spot – Lonely and confused in a cage and shelter setting, Spot now lives the life, comfy at home.

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Lucy – Our longest resident, waiting 3 years because of her high energy and inability to calm down around people, Lucy now lives the life of a queen, enjoying her new family, lots of dog and cats to play with, even a goat and horse too. She is often photographed lounging on the bed, or snuggling with the other animals.

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Brady – Originally a Hurricane Sandy survivor, he was passed by for nearly a year because of his high energy and big dog persona (which most people confuse with “big aggressive dog” persona). Though still goofy as can be, Brady is now happy and healthy at home, with not an aggressive bone in his body. He is getting ready to become a big brother, as he waits for a new baby to arrive. [UPDATE – Brady is a big brother!)

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Allie – Super shy and timid at the shelter, Allie now runs the household and loves her new family.

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Belle – Anxious and seemingly high strung in her cage, Belle now lives the life of leisure and loves spending her time with her human siblings.

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Bentley and Schmidty -This was an awesome double adoption. I actually don’t have a before photo of Schmidty though because he was so terrified of everyone and everything that we were pretty concerned he would never get adopted. Bentley on the other hand was  just full of energy and hyper all over. Thankfully they brought the best out in each other and were adopted together. They now spend every day together, cuddle often, and get lots of love from their forever parents.

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Arrow – Always looking for an escape out of the shelter and a place to feel comfortable in, he finally found one when he was adopted and is now home loving his new family.

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Izzy – Emaciated, shy and terrified of life,  Izzy was saved by someone who would nurture her back to health and socialize her. She gained weight and trust there and  lived a happy life with another Dalmatian best friend.

Izzy passed away earlier this year, but was loved every second of every day since going to her real home. Rest in Peace sweet girl.

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ADDED 2/4/16 –

Bruiser – Passed by because of his age and his poor skin when he first got to the shelter. He was cleaned up and treated and eventually adopted. He now lives on the other side of the country with his mom and a canine sister.

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Loki (formerly known as Mulligan – Loud and hyper in his cage, this boy now spends most of his time lounging on his huge bed or snuggling with his family.

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Sandy – Spent years in the shelter after being overlooked, was thought of as a ball of energy, now relaxes in her new forever home where she gets to cuddle up on all the couches and beds and hang out with her new human sister.

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Jackson – Would bang on his cage and bark and bark. He just wanted to get out though. Now he spends his days lounging and hanging out with his human and feline siblings.

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Crystal – Passed by due to her strength and energy level. She now spends her time being lazy on her huge bed and cuddling with her dog brother.

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Ellis – Thought to be “sketchy” because he was very still and shy at first. Turned out to just be unsure of his surroundings. Now he’s more than sure and completely in love with his forever family.

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Cody (formerly known as ET) – thought to be devocalized because of the noises he would make in his cage. Passed by due to the sound and due to his energy level and goofiness. Now he is living the life and traveling all over with his new mom.

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Frankie – Considered very hard to handle, he waited in the shelter until we could find someone qualified to train him. With a little love and a lot of patience, he found his humans and is now a gentle giant.

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Ranger – Passed by due to his looks (big and muscular) and due to his energy level. He was adopted into a home with two kids and another shelter alumni and spends his days snuggling and snoozing now.

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Bucky (formerly known as Hop Along) – Overlooked and underestimated because he was missing a leg. Now he is loving life with his family, doing all the same things a 4-legged dog does.

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If you visit us and see a animal is stressed, anxious, depressed, over-active or whatever else in the cage – please ask to see it out and trust that once in a home setting, the animal will warm up and settle down with a little love.  Remember, not all the dogs that seem high-energy in the shelter will stay high-energy once they’re home and get daily exercise. And remember not all dogs that seem lazy and lethargic will stay that way once they’re somewhere they consider comfortable. Spend some extra time with the pet you’re considering adopting and take the chance. That chance is all these pets have to depend on. It’s their only hope. Take a chance – adopt a pet today. 

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UPDATE: Buttercup GOT ADOPTED

I first met Buttercup in February of 2014 after she had just spent about a month at the VMCLI. I walked past her cage and my heart broke upon looking at her. What should had been a 60 pound dog was a skeleton with fur and open wounds. Buttercup had just returned from a long vet visit. As soon as she arrived at the shelter she was sent there, not only due to lack of weight and poor condition, but because she had two huge abscesses on her hind-end that had burst open.

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Buttercup was seized from her former owner and taken away from the cold and uncomfortable cement space she was living. The abscesses were undoubtedly caused by being tied up and sitting on concrete her entire life.

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She was returned to us and we kept up with treatment and socialization. Enjoying the comforts of human contact, a bed, and regular feedings, she began to gain weight and come out of her shell in no time. Though her hind-end took quite the while to heal up, she put on all the weight she needed and never let her circumstances upset her.

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One of the most amazing things about so many dogs that have suffered from abuse and neglect is the way they bounce back and the way they still trust. Though this dog has every reason to hate humans, and every reason to show aggression to the breed of animal that treated her worse than garbage, she continually wags that tail and greets everyone see meets with love and affection. No matter her past, she is truly a happy girl.

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Buttercup has been waiting since January for someone to give her the life she should have had all along. She celebrates her one year anniversary with us with wishes of finding that perfect forever home. This awesome dog is now about three years old. She weighs a healthy 60 pounds of muscle and love now. She loves people, belly rubs, and toys. In that order. Though she’s a big gentle giant, she is a strong girl and would do best with a stronger owner, in a home without small children. (This is only due to her size and strength, not at all based on temperament. She doesn’t realize her own strength as she goofily runs around throwing her toys around or flopping on the floor insistent on belly rubs.)

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Because of her past, and because she’s spent so much time alone in her cage, she hasn’t been properly socialized with other animals. She is a very dominant personality when around other animals, and for that reason, we feel it would be best if she went home to a house as the only pet. But she has so much to offer, that I promise she’s worth it!

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Buttercup has great potential. She knows her sit and come commands. She’s working on down and stay. She is eager to please and with a little leadership and training, she will master those commands in no time.

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If your home sounds suitable for Buttercup, please come down and see her out of the cage. Don’t make this girl wait any longer than she already has. She’s waited her entire life to prove what an incredible dog she can be. Let her prove that to you!

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