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2018 (August to November)


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 *** Susie ** Adopted


Susie has been adopted!! Her owner injured his leg and was unable to care for her any longer so we found a wonderful home for her with another Lab!  They play and play and it sure looks like a bright future for this beautiful gal.




Adopted *** Peanut ** Adopted



Peanut was a stray and no one ever claimed him so he came to us.  I was a nervous wreck with this dog...it was like trying to catch a flea!  He weighed 3 lbs and was very lively but fast!! However, a great family came along and grandmom would be in charge during the day until the rest of the family came home from work.  She had another dog weighing in at 4 lbs!!  So, it is a perfect match and I'm not running around searching for him night and day!








Peanut is a three pound, neutered Apple Head Chihuahua.  He is very playful and sweet, no barking or biting, fortunately.  He is, however, very fast and one cannot lose sight of him for a minute.  He loves playing with other dogs and would need a home where he can play, but not run off!!  Is he housebroken??  I really don't know but if he has an accident, it will be tiny!!








Adopted *** Cocoa and Coal (now known as Luke) ** Adopted


Cocoa and Coal were miracle dogs.  Cocoa, a purebred chocolate Newfoundland, had been locked in a dark garage for the first year of her life. Coal, a gorgeous black Lab, was either dumped at a lake, or lost.  Both of these dogs found their way to SCARS and ended up being adopted to two wonderful families in Michigan!  They are now neighbors, and living on a lake...who could ask for more. 





From Kansas Rescue SCARS:

  "Is this the animal rescue in Auburn?" she asked when I answered the phone.   I replied yes, and she said: "I am abusing my dogs."  Well, that was a new one, most people report neighbors or relatives, but not themselves.

  I was all ears.  "I have two registered purebreds, a blonde female lab and a chocolate 1 year old Newfoundland."  Wow...this was a new one and I thought, sure, and you want to sell me beach front property?   But, indeed, she was telling the truth and in response to the neighbors threatening to call the police, she called us.  Thus our story begins.

  I calculated in my head where I could find a spot for the Newfie, if one of my fosters would take the lab.  We all agreed to meet that afternoon in town in pouring rain, I might add.

  I pulled up to the house and there were several women standing in the yard, holding umbrellas in the unrelenting rain.  Jenny was loading the lab in her car.  I walked over to the Newfie and I saw a matted, thin dog who was allegedly registered and the owner admitted to spending $2500 on her.  She clearly needed immediate grooming from a professional.  I went over her vet records and got Cocoa into my van.  As I turned around the neighbor marched over to Jenny and this is what she said.  "These two dogs have been abused and she is starving them.  They have both been locked in her hot garage all summer, in the dark and rarely fed.  I told her I was calling the authorities if she did not relinquish them to a good shelter.  I even bought a fan so there would be some circulating air in that inferno.  After all, it has been over 100 degrees for weeks. "

  With that being said, I wondered how they had survived.  The next day I took her to Petland to the groomer who was the best in town.  After two hours I returned to see a totally different dog, a movie star, for sure.  Where her back legs had been heavily matted, she was shaved and the rest of her was coiffed and her coat glistened.  I have known the groomer for years and he marched up to me, clearly upset.  He told me her back end was encrusted with dry urine, she smelled and her ears and legs were matted.  He also said her back legs shook when she tried to stand for any length of time because of endless hours in a metal crate….no room to move, no bedding, apparently limited food and water.  In addition, he said he thought she was a normal size until he bathed her and could feel every rib. He was mad, and I have never seen him like this.  This dog is starving.

  And so one more journey began.  My life is spent undoing the damage done by uncaring people.  She came back here, started eating but her stool was a mess.  I put her on an antibiotic from the vet and she improved, slowly.  At first, she could not make the entire trip around our pond on 50 acres, but each day she went a bit further.  One day we all cheered as she made the entire circuit and even began swimming in the pond...so good for her legs.  I watched her gain strength and weight, grab sticks, play with the other dogs, roll in the grass....all things she had heretofore been denied.

  She was getting ready for her new family, and one who would love, cherish and protect her.  I dreaded posting her application because the process of weeding people out would begin, not to mention endless hours on the phone.  But then a miracle happened. I heard a ding on my phone.  It was from our webmaster in Michigan...he and his wife were friends of many, many years.  He wanted to know about the Newfie. YES!!! 

As we drove along in the car on the way to meet her new family part of the way to Michigan, she was assured that this would be the last trip. Her friend, the yellow lab, was safely tucked in her new home and gaining weight also. Cocoa's traveling companion was a gorgeous black lab, found running loose for weeks, bearing burns from a shock collar. Coal (now Luke) and Cocoa were now on the right road...the one headed towards home. And this is where their stories will truly begin.

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Adopted *** Sammy  ** Adopted


Sammy was found running down a main road and rescued by some friends.  He ended up at one of our foster’s and was very happy there but a bit too rambunctious.  When people came to meet him, he overwhelmed them with his energy.  But finally the right family came along with lots of kids and they loved him.  We waited for the phone to ring on a "return" call but it did not happen.  So far the news is all good!








Sammy is now 8 months old and housebroken.  He loves other dogs, is fine with cats, energetic outside but settles down nicely inside.  He has a gorgeous black, glossy lab coat and weighs about 40 pounds. Sammy will be such a great companion for some family.!! (he is neutered also!)


Sammy is a six month old Lab mix...and a live wire!  He is only 35-40 lbs, neutered and housebroken.  Sammy gets along great with dogs and cats (and kids) and likes to do the "high jump!"  He calms down nicely in the house but is on the go outside.  We think he is a mix of a jumping jack, a kangaroo and a lab!!  Throw a ball for him and he will bring it back to you until the cows come home.








Adopted *** Bobo  ** Adopted


Bobo ended up being rescued by a grandmother and her daughter, but they really weren't in the position to keep him.  However, they took good care of him, called us and I asked them to hold on until I could be more helpful.  I then had a woman call who was interested in him after seeing his picture on our website, so she went over to meet him and fell in love. Here he is with her son and so far the news is great!!!







Bobo was rescued from a homeless person who could not take care of him.  He is soon to be neutered, between 5-7 years old, totally housebroken and great with little kids.  He has a pleasant, happy personality and really would make some family a wonderful companion.  Bobo is larger than most cockers and weighs about 40 pounds.  He is not fat, but a bigger purebred than most.  He really needs his very own home!










Adopted *** Auggie and Missy  ** Adopted


Several years ago one of our volunteers was accepted to vet school and was moving.  She said "Give me your two hardest to adopt dogs, and I will take them both."  That has never happened again.  By the way, they lived to be over 15 years old and she is now a practicing veterinarian back East.  Although no one has ever volunteered to take the two most problematic dogs, a couple of weeks ago we did have a wonderful family adopt two huge dogs together!  They are both gorgeous, but quite large.  I have been holding my breath for some time, but it appears all is well in their world and the family says they love both Auggie and Missy and are keeping them!!  Although we miss both very much, we are so happy they are together and have completed this great family!




Auggie is a two year old, male, purebred Anatolian Shepherd.  He is neutered, housebroken and good with kids and dogs.....we have no info on cats.  He weighs about 110 lbs and his claim to fame is he is a couch potato extraordinaire. Although he can run like the wind behind the gator, he loves to chill on the couch.  His former owner bought him from a breeder but now he suspects maybe a lab got into the act, but not sure.  Whatever he is, he is absolutely gorgeous!





Missy is a year old Retriever mix of some sort...maybe a dash of Anatolian or Lab?  Her six pups are now all adopted and she is ready to have her own life and family.  She weighs about 75 lbs., will be spayed before she leaves here, and is up on all of her shots.  Missy loves to run and play with the other dogs and has a lot of energy!  She has never shown any aggression and is a fun dog!










Adopted *** Molly  ** Adopted


Molly reminded me of a Kansas windstorm....here today, gone tomorrow.  When I got a call from a friend asking me if I would take an 8 month old, spayed, housebroken, female Yorkie mix, the answer was a no brainer.  Most of my calls are asking if I will take a blind , deaf, diabetic, pit bull or some such dog who will be difficult at best to adopt!  And as I suspected...she was not here for very long.  Her new mom was a riot....she said "Don't tell me I am too old for this dog because I golf and run and am busy every day. And, I have three sons and who live near me, 5 grandchildren, and they will take Molly if I keel over.” She was not kidding...she and Molly have not stopped since they two of them marched out of here.  And do you know how wonderful it is to listen to your messages and hear, "Just wanted you to know how happy Molly and I are. We are having so much fun together.  I love her."  How kind of her to take the time to share good news. As all of us know who rescue dogs, the news is not always so good.  So to you and Molly I send an Irish blessing:


May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face..
and may God hold you and Molly in the palm of His hand



Molly is an 8 month old Yorkie mix, maybe Cairn terrier?  She is spayed and housebroken and loves everyone.  Molly has a lot of energy and runs around energetically.  She does quiet down and sleep peacefully in her crate, but here she has had a lot of exercise so she is tired like the rest of us!  She weighs 13 lbs and really is a total delight.  She also loves to sit on your lap and watch TV!






Adopted *** Eli  ** Adopted



Remember Eli? The adorable King Charles Spaniel mix who practically broke my computer with applications pouring in?  For one thing, he needed another dog and most people wanted him as an only dog.  We knew he would be returned if he did not have another dog to keep him busy, and that is exactly what happened the FIRST time!  In spite of protestations that he would be "perfect," the phone call came that he was "not working out" and they had made a mistake.  So, back to square one and going through all of the apps, most of whom had found a dog by then .  The next home sounded great - she had another dog, but when the phone call came announcing he had THREE accidents, the writing was on the wall and back he came.  I had visions of this person with a pencil and pad of paper lurking behind him making a slash mark for each potty dribble.
For those of you who know me, you also know I screen people very carefully and give NO guarantees on housebreaking assuring them that dogs are not washing machines, and do not come with warranties.  Many times I have had to bite my lip to keep from suggesting they go to Toys R Us when I am told there can be no accidents, no shedding, no eating, no pooping, no breathing...well, you get my drift.  We are living in a very demanding society.
But after two failed attempts at being the bride's dog, never the bride (or groom in this case), Eli got yet another chance.  This time both the foster and I escorted him to the home with dire warnings to him in the car.  The mom instantly loved him and after an hour hanging out in their house, I said "If it does not work, call me."  Her response was "We will make it work."  Now THAT is what I always love to hear because those are the people who will make it work!  They have realistic expectations.
The house is beautiful, the children well behaved, their other dogs boisterous and jumpy (really gorgeous dogs) so all in all, it is a normal household which is alive with real people and animals.  I even saw two guinea pigs who probably aren't housebroken either because I spotted a tiny poop in the corner of their crate!
I have refused to post his adoption, waiting for the other shoe to drop, but so far, so good.  Eli has had a few accidents, but they are working on it.  He has jumped on the counter which they find amusing.  Life is certainly all about perspective, is it not?
I used to be fussy in my other life (lived in big houses with white carpets) so a part of me understands those who want perfection, or something similar.  But when I found myself in the interesting position of being divorced and having to get a job if I chose to eat, I had to get over myself.  I also became a real person thanks to the wonderful teenagers I was privileged to teach every day. They kept my feet firmly planted on the ground.
So to all the imperfect dogs like Eli, and the teenagers out there driving teachers crazy, (not to mention our own children), we are better people because of you.



Eli is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel mix and so adorable.  Weighing in at about 15 lbs, he is neutered and housebroken and gets along fine with kids, dogs and cats.  Eli is fun and loving and about 3 yrs old.....Freckles would be a cute name for him too!













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