With its many hurricanes, September was a stressful time for my fellow dog and cat friends. Many of my friends endured the storms in shelters without human love. Then, they were rescued by pawsome humans who wanted to prevent other bad stuff from happening to them. These dogs made their way to local rescues who work diligently to find humans for them to love and their forever homes! Barkingly, I love the humans who helped these guys! WOOF!
My pawsome foster friends at Operation Paws for Homes (OPH) are sharing about their rescues from the storms - Meet William.
Emily from OPH shares: “William’s room at the Turks and Caicos SPCA lost their facility during two hurricanes. We picked him up from Olde Towne Pet Resort (OTPR) in Springfield, Va. He was very shut down and shy, but never once showed aggression. He would not wag his tail or look at us, but willingly followed us into the house. We gave him two days of space, with him in the crate, or with us in the house and backyard leashed. He warmed up quickly and started to show his true colors. He was running around like a goofy puppy and would come sprinting toward us then flip on his back for belly-rubs. He still becomes perfectly still every time someone touches him, when you stop, he puts a paw on you or nuzzles your arm asking to be pet more. William is perfectly fine with our cats, either totally ignoring them, or walking away. We are doing slow introductions with our two dogs. I started doing some training, he is mastering ‘go crate’ and he now willingly enters his crate! We are working on sit. He is very enthusiastic to please when we are training! His food motivation and pleasing people makes him fun and easy to train. He seems to know his name and comes when called. Based on our knowledge and previous experience with Potcakes, they are very independent so until he has more obedience training we would not trust him off-leash without a fence. William is quiet in his crate. We have not heard him bark yet either. We are smitten with him!”
Elizabeth shares: “Meet Gracie, who taken from a shelter in North Carolina right before Hurricane Irma hit the coast. Gracie's first stop was at OTPR. OPH partnered with OTPR and Arlington Animal Hospital to ensure the dogs had a place to stay and proper vetting.
I went to OTPR a couple times to meet these hurricane dogs and take preventatives for fleas and ticks, heartworms, and intestinal worms. Gracie seemed sad and I was determined to foster her once she was cleared to go to a foster home. It turns out, Gracie was heartworm positive. She needed pretreatment and then go through treatment for heartworms. OTPR started her on her pretreatment medications and took care of her.
Gracie came to my house to go through the treatment and the much needed rest. She is doing well and just finished her after treatment medications. Gracie is a love bug and just wants to be cuddled. She is content to play with toys by herself, but enjoys a good game of fetch. She just doesn't always want to bring the toy to you when she gets it. Gracie would do best in a home where she is the only dog. We are still learning about her with cats. So far she has shown little interest in what they are doing and would rather play with her squeaky toys.
“Lab Lady” brought by Crunchy from Lab Rescue and shares: “Crunchy officially arrived at his Lab Rescue Veterinarian for his check-up after a long journey from Turks and Caicos following the devastating hurricanes. OTPR staff treated him like a celebrity and sent him off with his own swag bag complete with toys, a collar, a leash, snacks, and bed mat. This golden-eyed island boy was well-behaved in the car and enjoyed looking out the windows taking in the sights, and leading his chauffeur to suspect this was his first trip to the D.C. area! He’s not yet available to meet his forever family but if you think Crunchy is just what your family needs, contact Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc. www.lab-rescue.org, call the Lab Line: (301) 299-6756, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The hurricanes brought out the pawsomeness of these rescues and their hard-working volunteers. Please consider financially supporting their work.
Noah is Pawthor of www.fromthedogspaw.com- A blog about dog/cat adoption, humor, dog adventures and facts about dogs and cats. He is Dog to his human, Allen Pearson, Dog Photographer, Writer, www.allenpearsonsphotos.com, www.facebook.com/AllenPearsonsPhotos, www.instagram.com/fromthedogspaw.