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Old 12-27-2013, 04:42 PM   #1
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Question Colorado dogs needing help

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I'm a newer member of the forums but I would like to spread the word about a few dogs in Colorado who need to be adopted. They were all at a no-kill I volunteered at for years, but were recently seized (long story) and put in pound and kill shelter situations. Very sad. There are two groups of them who need help right now, and I'll just discuss both here briefly in the hopes that someone here can help us help them.

First, there are two dogs currently up for adoption, one from Adams County Pound and one from the Denver Dumb Friends League (a Humane Society affiliate). Both are FANTASTIC dogs, sweet, loving, well socialized with both people and dogs, but the shelters who don't know their personalities have not been able to find them homes...

The first is named Milo and he's a Rat Terrier/Chihuahua mix. Here's a link to his listing: www.PetHarbor.com pet:ADMS.A093789 . He looks like a bigger Chi, but gets a lot of energy, drive, and intelligence from his Rat Terrier side. People who want Chihuahuas don't want Milo because he's too big and energetic (and he has a tendency to bark, but that could easily be fixed), but he is a uniquely good dog. He can do anything athletic, from runs to hikes, and he would make a truly superb (and unique!) agility dog. This is not just because he can jump feet in the air and run fast, it's because he's *smart,* driven, cooperative and obedient. He's also loving and sweet enough to make a wonderful addition to any family.

The second is named Dawny. We're not sure of the breed on her, but here's her current listing and a good picture of her. www.PetHarbor.com petDFL.A0662701 She's older and was a stray before going to the no-kill so she's got some rough spots on her ears. She's just got a beautiful personality, though, and is one of the most laid-back, loving and happy-go-lucky dogs I've ever met. She's lost two homes, lived on the streets and then been a shelter dog, and through all that her philosophy has been "If it's fun, enjoy it. If it's annoying, ignore it. If it's funny, laugh at it." She also really helped her abused pen-mate at the no-kill learn to trust people again; she's just so special. She's older (one reason she hasn't found a home) but she just deserves a home where she can have the love and happiness every dog wants.


There are also three dogs who need shelter situations. None of these dogs has ever had an aggression incident, but one is unsocialized, one is old and looks intimidating, and one was abused in his former home. The pound has decided that these dogs are unfit to join homes and will kill them if we don't find rescues for them soon.

The unsocialized one is a chocolate lab who we think is about 9 years old. He loves the companionship of small, gentle, older dogs and would be happy just having a place to live with a bit of space. Otherwise he'd be a perfect dog for a trainer who would like to try working with an older dog.

The second is a 13 year old Alaskan Malamute mix who lived for years in a big pen with two other older dogs. The three were very close, and recently two other big dogs moved into the pen and the five lived very peacefully together. He likes people and just needs a shelter who will give him a place to live comfortably and peacefully.

The third is actually Dawny's old penmate, a Husky mix named Cody. I've pet him, moved him from pen to pen, given him treats, given him orders, and he's been very gentle and quick to learn (though he is somewhat afraid of people, having been abused by the family he lived with, which included children). The only complaint they have about him at the pound is that he has "stiff body language," and they are threatening to kill him for that. He's not too far from being a perfect companion, just needs a shelter in the meantime who will help him trust people again.

If you have any questions for me, please ask and I'll be happy to answer, either on the board or in a private message.

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Old 12-27-2013, 06:59 PM   #2
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Have you tried any of the breed specific rescue groups that are online? Most of them take mixed breeds as well as purebred, and rescue dog from kill shelters, even when it requires long range transportation.

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Yeah we've tried tons of them and through them have placed a lot of the dogs. The problem is that the Chi rescue is full and doesn't take mixes, period. The Husky rescues are also full (and other rescues are full of Huskies, too). I'm assuming that's because Huskies are popular in Colorado and people get them without knowing what they're getting into. The Malamute rescue seems to be trying to help, though, thank goodness.

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Your best chance is facebook... Share their links, make them a page...
I work a lot for the dogs on NY urgent list.. every day another 5-20 dogs get killed not to mention cats.. But through facebook we have pulled off some spectacular saves too. I worked with a rescue in TX, Boarding in Bedford, NY (Im on Long island) and a foster in CT, and he's safe and is blossoming.. So.. Don't give up but facebook is def your best bet!!!
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Thanks for the advice! Yeah I've done a lot on Facebook but haven't done a specific page. I made a wordpress page and shared it all around facebook and pinterest. Didn't do the facebook page but since right now the focus is only on one dog for adoption, I'm not sure that that's appropriate at this time. Glad to hear you've had some successes!

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Thanks for the advice! Yeah I've done a lot on Facebook but haven't done a specific page. I made a wordpress page and shared it all around facebook and pinterest. Didn't do the facebook page but since right now the focus is only on one dog for adoption, I'm not sure that that's appropriate at this time. Glad to hear you've had some successes!
Listen you are doing great work it's never easy Like Monkey says a dedicated page would help these dogs no end So at the moment only one dog is up for adoption? I see Dawny and Milo are no longer on the animal data base? Are they ok!!!! Please keep us updated on the other dogs you have mentioned too and keep up the good work
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Thanks Bigboy. It's really hard because they aren't sharing any more information with us than they absolutely have to (and as late as absolutely possible). It's quite frustrating because I found a perfect home for one dog only to find out they'd euthanized him (ostensibly he had "liver failure," but if that's the case it's only because of a medication they wrongfully prescribed him). Dawny and Milo do seem to be gone! I hope they're ok, too. We'll know about Milo in the next couple days. Dawny will be a little harder to find out about but I haven't given up yet!

Thanks for all the advice and support! It's been a very confusing and frustrating situation, but at the very least it's nice to hear from other people who have done similar stuff and had success.

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Thanks Bigboy. It's really hard because they aren't sharing any more information with us than they absolutely have to (and as late as absolutely possible). It's quite frustrating because I found a perfect home for one dog only to find out they'd euthanized him (ostensibly he had "liver failure," but if that's the case it's only because of a medication they wrongfully prescribed him). Dawny and Milo do seem to be gone! I hope they're ok, too. We'll know about Milo in the next couple days. Dawny will be a little harder to find out about but I haven't given up yet!

Thanks for all the advice and support! It's been a very confusing and frustrating situation, but at the very least it's nice to hear from other people who have done similar stuff and had success.
You are welcome! While accidents can happen with medication (It could happen again) it shouldn't have happend. I do hope Milo and Dawny have new homes now Don't ever give up
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Well another update is that we just got Cody! Pretty amazing actually, and supposedly rescues are taking Reuben and Samwise. I'm posting a picture of Cody as he is now in the photo board to see what people think he is mixed with (or if he's full Husky).

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Well another update is that we just got Cody! Pretty amazing actually, and supposedly rescues are taking Reuben and Samwise. I'm posting a picture of Cody as he is now in the photo board to see what people think he is mixed with (or if he's full Husky).
Great New and great update about Cody Can you find out if Reuben and Samwise have been rescued? Could upload Cody's pic to the board here and include it within a post/reply
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