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.
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
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.
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!!!
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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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