It was an extremely hot day in July. Two C.A.R.E. volunteers had made arrangements with San Jose Animal Care and Services to pick up a couple of dogs that were on their Rescue List.
While sitting in the waiting room, a nice couple was sitting across the room with a tired and tattered female pit bull, who was later named Tia. They had found Tia wandering around Coyote Lake in the heat of the day. It was obvious she had a litter of puppies recently, but no puppies were in sight and it appeared that Tia had been surviving on her own for some time.
She had a beautiful, crooked smile; she looked happy and relieved to be out of the heat. Tia was wagging her tail at others in the waiting room, including some kitties in a crate on the floor. But in looking at her physical appearance, it depicted a different story of years of neglect: her coat was sparse with fur, her skin was inflamed with blood and scabs in certain parts, her eyes crusted over with conjunctivitis, and her long nails curled on the floor’s surface.
We thanked the couple for bringing the dog in to the shelter, where others might not have bothered.
Days passed and the C.A.R.E. volunteers saw Tia’s picture on the shelter’s stray/rescue list. However, as quick as she appeared, she then disappeared from the list. We inquired, thinking an owner or rescue group had come forward to take her in. The shelter told us she was on the PTS (Put to Sleep List). Our hearts dropped as we knew this dog deserved better!
C.A.R.E. had no open foster homes at the time, so we reached out to the shelter for an extension of her stay to give us time to network with others. We struck gold when Deb with San Jose Animal Advocates and her team went to work, putting together a video of Tia at the shelter and hitting all the social media spots to spread the word about Tia and asked for help to save her.
Once C.A.R.E. had a temporary foster home lined up, Tia was able to leave the shelter. What a happy day that was for her and for all those that had played a part in her rescue! Tia is truly one lucky gal. At her first vet visit, Tia’s overall health assessment revealed a series of health conditions that would need to be treated: she had contracted kennel cough from the shelter, she had a severe skin infection due to flea dermatitis, she had an infection in both ears, her teeth had a lot of tartar and needed a dental, and she also had a bad eye infection, (conjunctivitis) and had been diagnosed with KCS (dry eye), a condition where she would need drops in her eyes daily the rest of her life.
Her fur was starting to fill in and her beautiful gray coat was starting to show. She was taking daily walks with her foster family and really had settled in very easily. Still sweet and now feeling better, she had more energy to play fetch or just hang out in the kitchen while her foster mom cooked meals for the family. She loved meeting new people and kids on the walks. Tia showed off her signature crooked smile and wagging tail.
Tia went in for surgery on August 23rd for a spay, dental, nail trim, microchip, and removal of the mass. Unfortunately, they were unable to remove the mass which ended up being a more difficult procedure than originally expected. C.A.R.E.’s vet recommended we take Tia to SAGE in Campbell (Centers for Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care) to get her a colonoscopy and to remove her mass and send it in for testing. With that, Tia will have her surgery SAGE on Wednesday, September 6 where she will be in good hands.
We are all thankful that C.A.R.E. has had the opportunity to save her. We are hoping that once this surgery is done, she will be ready to start the next part of her journey. Tia deserves a life that is filled with love and commitment to her well being.
C.A.R.E. truly believes there was a reason our paths crossed with her that day at the shelter. We see many dogs. Tia just pulled at our heartstrings. She has struck at the hearts of a few. Hopefully yours too!
Her medical bills have set us financially back a little. We are organizing some fundraising efforts. We are telling you this story with the hope that you might consider a donation towards Tia’s medical bills, now in the range of $6,576-$7,000. C.A.R.E. feels she is well worth it. Our volunteer rescue work has always been about the dogs we can save.
You can help be a part of Tia’s journey by donating and spreading the word about her recovery.
We will be posting her updates periodically and we hope to have her available for adoption when she is healed.
Please consider a donation and in PayPal, specify your donation to go towards Tia’s medical bills.
Thank you for taking the time to read about Tia – she’s one of many dogs that we were able to save and provide with a new lease on life. As always, the volunteers at C.A.R.E. really appreciate your support over the years!
Hi C.A.R.E. Friends!
One of our awesome supporters, Dr. Kiran Rapal, DDS and her staff, will be supporting C.A.R.E. at the Saratoga Wine Stroll on Saturday, May 13 from 2:30 – 6:00pm! See the information below to find out how to get tickets to the stroll…
Please stop by their booth to meet their awesome TEAM and SPIN TO WIN!! Raffle tickets available for purchase and ALL FUNDS collected will be donated to C.A.R.E!!
We thank Dr. Rapal and her staff for their continued support of C.A.R.E. and encourage you to check out her website for more information on her practice at: http://www.lovemysmile.net/
Hi C.A.R.E. Friends!
We just couldn’t resist sharing this wonderful rescue story below with you! While this tale starts with the local shelter vet, we are proud to announce that Luna was picked up from San Jose Animal Care & Services by C.A.R.E., was fostered by Sheilly Nayyar and her family while she recuperated for a few weeks, and has now found her forever home this past weekend!
We love great endings and we love knowing that even though Luna had a shaky start in life, that she will now be loved and have doggie companions and a great family to spend the rest of her life! We’ll post pictures in a separate post. Thank you for sharing this story about Luna and for supporting us at C.A.R.E.!!!
Read Luna’s whole rescue story →
Hey C.A.R.E. Friends and Supporters!
Please stop by the new Pieology Pizzeria in the Camden Shopping Center (@ Union Ave) in San Jose tomorrow, Thursday December 1st, to help support C.A.R.E! Please share for greater exposure! Hope to see you there!
Come celebrate Opening Day at Pieology Pizzeria’s Camden Park and support Companion Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.) of Santa Clara County.
Visit Pieology tomorrow, Thursday, December 1st between 12pm and 8pm, and receive a delicious artisan style pizza with unlimited toppings for just $5 and 100% of your pizza purchase will be donated back to C.A.R.E.
Sign up for our Pie Life eClub and receive all the latest news plus free pizza on your birthday! Just text PIELIFE to 48307 or visit www.pieology.com to join.
Fall is here! And that means it’s time for cozy sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes, and Halloween. A holiday, that unfortunately for pets, can be filled with looming dangers.
Here are four reminders that can help keep your pet safe on Halloween.
Blow Out the Candles
Glowing pumpkins look great and make your house extra spooky, just make sure to keep them safely out of reach. Pets, and little kids for that matter, can easily knock over burning candles, creating a truly scary Halloween.
Also be aware of other Halloween decorations that can be pulled down, fall down, or are an entanglement risk.
Watch those Doors
As you hand out candy and other treats to gremlins, princesses, and pirates remember to keep an eye on your curious pets who would love nothing more than to sneak out that front door.
If you have a room where you can lock up your furry ones for a few hours, even better! This will keep them from running out the door and away from the sometimes frightening and always strange sights and sounds of trick-or-treaters.
Hide the Candy
We all know chocolate is bad for dogs. But so are candy corns, sweets containing xylitol (a common sugar substitute), and many other treats just calling your pooch’s name. And don’t forget the wrappers! The more inquisitive and less picky pets will eat those too.
Keep your pets inside
Good rule any day of year, but be extra watchful around Halloween when pranksters have been known to tease, injure or even steal pets from their yards. Keep your loved one safe inside, especially at night.
We have lots of caring volunteers who help with a plethora of duties at C.A.R.E. and this week we wanted to spotlight Jessica and David.
Jessica and David first learned about C.A.R.E. when they adopted Savannah approximately two years ago. They had recently reconnected with us, wanting to volunteer and help unite loving families with doggies who need exactly that.
They’ve been on the front lines of adopting for the last six months and have loved every minute of it. “One of the best things is seeing a dog go home. And seeing the family so happy. Especially the kids,” says Jessica. “And it’s pretty amazing to see the transformation that happens with the animals, too. We’ll adopt out a shy dog, who blossoms, and just becomes full of spunk and happiness. All after just a week of love. It changes everyone,” adds David.
One of their recent adoptions is a great story full of second chances. C.A.R.E. got to Zoey, a pocket pit bull mix, just in time – saving her from a shelter in Los Banos, CA where she was going to be put down the very next day. Zoey did have a few behavior issues, but absolutely loved people. After about one month, she was adopted by a family.
However, a few days later the family had a change of heart and circumstances and decided that they could no longer keep Zoey.
The story (fortunately) doesn’t end there. A couple who had been extremely interested in adopting this cutie pie previously but had renewed their search after hearing about the adoption were notified and they were there in a blink of an eye.
Today, Zoey is happy as can be with her loving family and two older doggie sisters whom she adores. And they make quite a team, a 120lb ridgeback, a 65lb pit mix and little Miss Zoey at 35lbs.
It’s been awhile since we’ve blogged but we are back and ready to share adoption stories, available dogs and their tales, volunteer spotlights, tips and tricks, and much more. Our plan is to blog every few weeks so be sure to stay in touch.
If you have adopted from C.A.R.E. and would like to share your story with others, please let us know. All we need is a few minutes of your time for a quick interview, either by email or phone, and some pictures of your adorable dog.
We are very excited about the recent changes at C.A.R.E.
As some of you may have noticed, we have a new, beautiful website thanks to generosity and hard work of i2i Interactive (Shona and Mary who also adopted dogs from C.A.R.E.). Take a few minutes to explore the site and share with your friends and family.
We also have a new home at 1080 Saratoga Ave #3, San Jose, CA 95123. If you haven’t had a chance to stop by and say hello, please do so — we’d love to see you! We’re there on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 10am until 1pm.
GO FUND ME for Sofi and her pups:
On May 22nd, Sofi and two other dogs were found by a good Samaritan scavenging for food around a school. She was able to catch two of the three dogs and took them home. They were given baths as they were scruffy, filthy and exhausted. Next came the vet check and hope for microchips (no chips and no owner could be found). At the 2nd vet visit, it was discovered that Sofi, a 12 lbs. terrier mix, was pregnant. The good Samaritans contacted C.A.R.E. for help. C.A.R.E. readily stepped in and offered financial support as well as 24-hour access for questions or advice.
The night of their births was terrifying. Sofi had been showing signs of labor for over a week. We soon realized something was wrong. Two puppies were trying to come out at the same time! We rushed to United Veterinary Specialty & Emergency clinic in Campbell, CA, where she had an emergency C-section. Without the intervention of the doctors and nurses there, she would have certainly died, along with her puppies. She lost a great deal of blood and needed a blood transfusion. Sofi delivered 6 beautiful puppies; two boys and four girls. They have been affectionately named: Gus, Grover, Cleo, Milly, Lola, and Violet. Since that hectic evening, Sofi and her puppies have thrived. She is a wonderful mother, even at the young age of 1 & 1/2 years.
Any help with the emergency vet bills (which were over $4,000) for Sofi and her spunky puppies would be greatly appreciated. C.A.R.E. will continue to support and care for Sofi and her puppies until they all have found their forever homes. Please check back here or you can find updates on Facebook.
If someone you know is looking to add to their family, please tell them about C.A.R.E. And stay tuned for more posts!