Much of the work we do as an intervention program are interceptions and redemptions. It's been a busy summer for both. Here are some examples of what that means for the pets of North Central Los Angeles and their families.
Natalie's 82-year-old mother adopted fluffy little Happy from the Gardena animal shelter as a puppy three years ago. Happy was the light of her life. Eight months ago, when she broke her hip from a fall at home, Happy waited by her side until Natalie came back from work and found her mom on the floor.
During her recovery, a visitor forgot to close the gate and Happy got out. Natalie and her mom were heartbroken, searching for her high and low. They finally gave up hope of finding her. But still, Natalie's mother refused to adopt another puppy. She started collecting little white dog toys and figurines that reminded her of her beloved Happy. Last week, Natalie got a call from the North Central Shelter -16 miles away. Happy was there, traced back to Natalie by her microchip. Natalie couldn't believe it...and she couldn't afford to pay the full fee to redeem Happy.
Though she was working to raise the money she was worried Happy would be adopted by another family. Shelter staff connected us with Natalie and we helped pay the difference to reconnect Happy with her happy family.
Buster and Max are beloved family pets who got out when the gate was left open during a party. After searching for them all night, their owners found them at North Central Shelter. They knew they had 10 days to raise the money to get them back and were able to come up with the fee for Max, a 14 year old German Shepherd mix. But they didn't have the money to bust out Buster and were devastated to have to leave him behind. A kind Animal Care Tech named Jose brought the crying mother and son to our table to ask if we could help.
We were happy to pay the redemption fee for Buster so that he could go home with his best friend Max. Max was already neutered and Buster went to the vet for his neuter before going home with his family. We love this photo the family shared with us of the two dogs loving on each other in the garden.
We intercepted Barley in April. Even though Barley was the beloved companion of the family's autistic child, his owner felt he had to bring Barley in because they could no longer afford his food. Noah Gives stepped up and offered them a year of free food. All was well until one day, playing, Barley jumped up on the son and accidentally scratched his face. The boy became frightened of Barley and the family had to find him a new home immediately.
Barley had always lived as an indoor dog, loved to be around people at all times, is very sweet and loves kids. He walked wonderfully on leash and knew his basic commands. He had not been introduced to other dogs but didn't react when he saw them on his walks.
So we networked Barley, and guess what?
Barley was adopted by a wonderful family! Thank you to our interventionist Sara Harris and Larry Hill of Puppy Imprinters Academy, who facilitated the first meeting between Barley and the family's other dog, Cookie.
We visited Barley in his new home and he's doing really well. Cookie and the entire family love him. Happy Trails you handsome boy! And thank you to Randolph Heard and family for adopting him. We love a happy ending, and love that there's one less dog in the shelter.
Finally, there's Sammy, a 2 year-old, neutered male Tabby, who looks to be an Abyssinian mix with his long ears and graceful, strong body. Sammy came into North Central Shelter last weekend in a carefully crafted cardboard-and-duct-tape box complete with handmade handles. His owners had been kicked out of their in-laws' house and were living in transitional housing where pets are not allowed.
Lucky for Sammy, Sara Harris, our Spanish language interventionist at NCSIP, is a diehard cat fancier and could not resist this character of a feline. She took him home as a foster and began looking for his forever human soul-mate.
Even though Sara's daughter and Sammy fell deeply in love, Sara had to be a tough mom and say 'no' to them both. But at least she found out that Sammy loved children, purred like a motorboat, and was a complete snugglebug. All of that just added to his appeal.
After much networking, finally Sara herself found sweet Sammy a wonderful new home. Jose took in Sammy because he looked just like Maceo, his old tabby who passed last year, leaving his little grey kitty Misha on her own. Naya, Jose's Mini Schnauzer, and Sammy seem unfazed by each other so far. With the proper introduction period, they should be just fine. Thank you, Sara, for taking in Sammy! Fostering saves lives!
So here are five pets who would otherwise have wound up IN the shelter instead of home with a loving family. But each one of these interceptions and redemptions cost money. Please help us with our work by donating whatever you can or even by volunteering as a foster. Thank you!