Here are the original stories and adoption
information about those dogs who came to us as a result of abuse or
abandonment, and have been placed in permanent homes during 2015.
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Adopted*** Rex (now known as Koda) ***Adopted
When Rex and
Cisco came to SCARS there was work to be done!! After vet care and socialization, a young
woman came to meet our dogs and felt a strong bond with Rex. He was so shy and submissive and seemed
to love the attention, so she took him home for an afternoon. He seemed to do well and she came back to
get him permanently. Having known
nothing but a chain and dirt, one wonders how these dogs maintain their
gentle, kind spirits, but most do.
So far "Koda" is enjoying
city life, his walks, the cool bathroom tile and the full attention he is
getting from his new mom. When we
say goodbye to our dogs, it is with mixed emotions. We are sad to watch
them look out from the car window as it pulls away, but proud when we get a
call that they are happy and loved.
Adopted*** Lolly and Pop ***Adopted
Remember these two
little guys who were hanging out in a haystack? Well, they have come a long way from that
situation. They came to SCARS where they hung out with all the big dogs and
were very brave indeed. Along came a
wonderful couple who, like us, thought they should stay together. After all, they kept each other warm in
that hay bale! They are back in the
country but with a different view.
Now they look out on the field from the back of a sofa, snug
and warm. They have a new wardrobe
of clothes and doggie beds around the house. I would say they hit the
So, here is our
story. Somehow we went from beloved
little housedogs to hay stack dogs.
That's right. We found
ourselves bunking out in hay bales and we can tell you, it wasn't too
great. A nice family snagged us and
called a rescue named SCARS and turned us in!! At first we were concerned that we
were in jail, but pretty soon we found out it was sort of fun
there....or here! We have lots
of friends to play with but are looking for a home either together, or
separately. I am Lolly,
I am a black and white female long haired Chihuahua and I weigh about
7 lbs. And I am spayed and fairly
well housebroken. My pal is Pop
and he is a wirehaired Chihuahua (we think) and he also weighs 7 lbs, is neutered and definitely crate trained. We are not nippy, we are
affectionate and loving and want to snuggle in someone's lap. Come on
and call on us...we are really cute!
Slugger and Moose (now Boomer and
All five of Mama's
pups are off to their new homes and doing great!! They all have wonderful
dispositions and are now housebroken.
Two families adopted two each, leaving Roy who went to a home with
another dog. Mama is still here and
waiting for her new home!!
Finnegan and Rosebud (now Tally and
Slugger Roy Moose Finnegan Rosebud
Adopted*** Lottie ***Adopted
Two years ago Lottie and her puppy arrived here. They had supposedly followed a man for 6
blocks in over 100 degree heat and he never found the owners. Both dogs were thin and the puppy had
lost an eye. We took them in and one
of our neighbors adopted the baby, Nina, and Lottie stayed here because she
was such a favorite. As time went on
we wondered if we could ever let her go.
BUT!!! Along came just the
right home for this bedbug. Lottie likes hanging out on the bed and also
watching TV and so does her new mom.
She has one on one attention which she richly deserves and so far,
she sounds happy and settled!!
Adopted*** Thomas ***Adopted
Thomas was found
as a stray several hours from here, but a friend of ours contacted us. We agreed to take him and find him a
home, which I felt would be easy as he was so cute. Interestingly enough, people were taken
with him, but none really fit. Eventually,
he settled in here until we found the perfect fit, and we did. Thomas has gone to a home where he is
with his new parents all day, gets to go for car rides and will spend
this summer traveling in their camper and going on trips!! From the minute
he arrived at the new home for a meet and greet, he loved the couple
and clearly did NOT want to go back in the car with me, so he stayed!!!
Thomas is a 1-2 year old mix of some sort. He weighs about 30 lbs,
neutered, and is housebroken and great with kids and other dogs. He was found in a city far from Topeka
and their pound was full, so a friend contacted us about taking him. They called him Thomas, and for now, so
will we. He is a real sweetie and
just wants to hang out and watch TV on someone's lap!
Adopted*** Patches ***Adopted
I have been
working in animal welfare for over 30 years and have seen many
miracles. I have seen tragedies, but
I have seen miracles. Our miracle of
2015 was surely Elvis and his wonderful family, but WAIT!!!! There was yet another to come. Patches was abandoned in a clinic in
Topeka and his owner had to go to the rescue mission. When I went to check on her I thought she
was so beautiful, and we brought her here to find out she had a congenital
esophagus abnormality. The result
was all adoptions failed before they began.
Yes, she was loving, housebroken, beautiful and gentle, but it seems
handicaps are not popular. So, we
decided she would just live out her life here although heelers do not do
well among so many dogs...too many to herd.
And her throwing up did not improve.
But, there are still angels doing their work with animals and along
came a darling young couple who decided Patches was just right for
them. I warned and over-warned them and
assured them if they brought her back, not to feel they had failed. It is hard to be constantly cleaning up
her mess, but she continued to gain weight which made us all happy. Patches went to her new home in her brand
new gingham collar and red leash. I
kept waiting for the phone to ring, so I just called them every day. She was housebroken. She was eating and resting well. And....she had not thrown up so far. They are keeping her. She is home. She is home.
Patches is a 25 lb, female, Blue Heeler. She is spayed and up to date on shots -
and somewhat timid. She is lively
and fun and extremely loving and gentle. Her owner lost his home and was
living in the rescue mission when he called and asked us to take her. He told me many things about
her, but left out one vitally important fact. Patches was born with a
congenital defect in her esophagus. To survive, she must eat three small meals
a day, even if that just means snacks. If she eats too much or too fast,
she throws up her food. Therefore, it is going to take a very special
family to adopt her. We love her so
much, we are determined to keep her gaining weight if possible and she is
safe here and we promised her nothing bad will ever happen just
because she was born with an abnormality.
Patches will make someone a great companion and for those of you who
know about heelers, when they bond, they bond for life with their human.
Adopted*** Ruby ***Adopted
to us from a friend who was going into a nursing home and could no longer
take care of her. She proved to be a
gentle, loving soul who would make someone a wonderful pet. A dear friend who had adopted a dog from
us 12 years ago recently lost him to cancer. When she and her
granddaughter met Ruby, they fell in love with
her. Today, January 1, was the first day of the rest of her life and
we wish her all the happiness of the new year and all years to follow.
Adopted*** Bentley ***Adopted
on board the "bus" to Topeka with Piper who came from a town
in Missouri. Bentley was out of
time and they had forgotten to post him. I saw his picture and knew he
would be adoptable because he was so adorable! Sure enough, along came just
the right home in time for Christmas!
He now has a brother who is a basset hound and a mom who can spoil
both of them. So far, the news is
really good and she even sent us a funny video of him on the sofa.....we
love happy endings!
Bentley is a
beautiful, 8 month old, male, Lab/Boxer mix. He is neutered, up to date on
his shots and, weighs about 50 lbs.
We cannot tell for sure yet if he is housebroken, but I imagine
he needs some training. He was left
in a pound in Missouri for 16 days and no one knew about him....they forgot
to advertise and by the time they did, he was out of time. Bentley was picked up by animal control
and the owners said they didn't want him.
He is so gentle and loving and sweet...it is incomprehensible why
anyone would not cherish this precious dog.
Adopted*** Elvis ***Adopted
We want to ring
in the new year with the most wonderful present of all.....Elvis has his
very own family!!
He came to us as
"Duke" but because he was in a shelter and was too hyper there,
he never got adopted. A volunteer
took it upon herself to write such a long and eloquent plea to us for his
sake, we caved and took him in. To
our surprise, the reports on this hound dog/Rhodesian Ridgeback were really
not accurate. We changed his name
after the crooner,
Elvis the King. Yes,
he can jump higher than a kangaroo, yes he can howl like a banshee, but
then there is the other side. He is
loving and sweet, incredibly loyal and kind.
One day a darling family of three came to visit us, not planning on
adopting a dog, and Elvis fell in love with "Dad!" He absolutely adored him, and it was
reciprocated. When they left, it was
with the intention of a trial adoption, which has turned into a permanent
home. Elvis has two doggie brothers,
one little boy to protect and a loving mom and dad. This is what rescue is
all about...happy endings!!
named Elvis after the crooner, he has royal canine lineage. He is actually
a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix without the ridge. He does, however, have the face of the
breed and the gorgeous coloring. Elvis will make a wonderful companion as
he is totally housebroken, up to date on shots, neutered and weighs about
60 lbs. He is gentle and loving and
anxious to have his very own home.
Elvis loves to run and play, but he curls up on the floor next to me
every night while I work on the computer.
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