The Story of Tia’s Rescue

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.

photoWhile 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.

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photo 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!


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Support C.A.R.E. at the Saratoga Wine Stroll

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/

Great Ending!

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 →

Pieology Pizzeria and C.A.R.E

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.

April 2016 eNewsletter

April Showers Bring May Flowers

We’ve recently had more rain in the San Jose area – we’re glad to see that as we need the rain, but it makes it interesting if you have dogs: Do they deal well with rain? Do they like playing in the mud? Should you give them a bath every day? Do you have the right attire for them to be out in the rain (if you believe in dressing up your dogs ;-)? We’re happy to send a few rainy day ideas your way as well as some fun images to brighten your day! We’re also repeating an article we had about mushrooms – it’s important to be careful and keep our fur babies safe!
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Should you give your dog a bath every day? Well, if they get as muddy as some of the dogs below, you may need to, but here’s some expert advice about how to deal with your dirty dog: An Expert’s Secrets to Cleaning Muddy Dog Paws.
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Doggie rain attire? Some of you are all over this and others think this is pretty ridiculous… In case you’re in, here are some resources for you:

Enjoy dressing your dog up! Please send us your pictures and we’ll be happy to share them on our Facebook page!

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For those of you who wonder if dressing your dog up is the righ approach, here’s an interesting article that describes what you should consider: Why Not to Put a Raincoat on Your Dog: A Cogntive Scientist Explains the Canine Umwelt.

It’s still raining, so remember to keep an eye out for mushrooms popping up in your yard and the places you walk your dog. It’s best to assume that the mushrooms you see are toxic to your pets and remove them as soon as you see them sprouting up.

For more information about how mushrooms affect pets, here’s a great resource:
https://www.petfinder.com/dogs/dog-health/pets-poisonous-mushrooms/.

In Memorium message

And just remember:
April showers... Bring May flowers

How You Can Help C.A.R.E.

Our biggest need is for foster homes – the more foster homes we have, the more dogs we can save. If you’ve ever thought about doing fostering, please contact us. And even if you’re not sure and just want to commit to be a one-time foster parent, we’re happy to give you that experience. What many foster parents like about C.A.R.E. is that we let you pick the dog(s) you foster based on the size, breed, temperament that works for you! It’s a great experience, one we hope you’ll consider.

Our biggest expenses are related to vet expenses and rent for our adoption center. Our adoption fees cover some of these expenses, but we also look to our donors for their support. We sometimes knowingly or unknowingly take on dogs that are special needs dogs, and often this results in higher vet expenses. This year we took in ranch-born puppies, some of whom had worms and other minor issues – all of which were cured and these pups are now in great homes.

If you’d like to make a donation, you can do so directly on our donate or send a check to C.A.R.E., P.O. Box 111474, Campbell, CA 95011-1474. Keep in mind we’re a 501c3 non-profit, so donations are tax deductible.

C.A.R.E.’s mission is to find good, permanent homes for dogs that were abandoned, relinquished, or lost and never reclaimed. C.A.R.E. will provide temporary shelter, food, love, and medical care to these foster pets until they are placed. In order to promote the reduction of pet overpopulation and euthanasia, C.A.R.E. spays or neuters all of its foster pets. Our purpose is to educate the public on pet ownership and responsibility.

March 2016 eNewsletter

Happy Easter, Everyone!

C.A.R.E. is wishing you a great Easter and a happy spring! Hoping the Easter bunny is good to you this weekend!

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Did you know that chocolate is dangerous to dogs? Why, you ask? Well, chocolate has methylxanthines, like theobromine and caffeine, in it. These chemicals are toxic for dogs. Different types of chocolate have varying degrees of these chemicals, so if your dog has eaten chocolate, here’s a great site to find out the toxicity level of what your dog has consumed: http://www.petmd.com/dog/chocolate-toxiccity

This will help you decide if you need to take your dog to the vet for treatment. Keep your Easter safe and happy for your dog by keeping all chocolate treats out of reach!

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We recently received a letter from a donor that touched our hearts! Here’s what C.A.R.E. Board President Sharon Clifford said when she forwarded Christine’s note on to others at C.A.R.E.: “I can’t tell you how much this letter touched me coming from this young lady…12 years old. She sent a check in the amount of $31. I sent her a thank you along with a note telling her how the heart feeds the soul and her heart is the biggest heart ever. I thanked her for her creativity and thoughtfulness for C.A.R.E.’s foster doggies. I also welcomed Christina to come visit us some day at one of our pet fairs. I hope her letter made you smile as much as it did me.” We welcome donations of any size, visits anytime, and acts of kindness always!

t’s spring and with the recent rains we’ve had, mushrooms are popping up everywhere. It’s best to assume that the mushrooms in your yard are toxic to your pets and remove them as soon as you see them sprouting up.

For more information about how mushrooms affect pets, here’s a great resource:
https://www.petfinder.com/dogs/dog-health/pets-poisonous-mushrooms/.

When you shop at Amazon Smile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Companion Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.). Go to this link to support us when you shop: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/77-0285750.

How You Can Help C.A.R.E.

Our biggest need is for foster homes – the more foster homes we have, the more dogs we can save. If you’ve ever thought about doing fostering, please contact us. And even if you’re not sure and just want to commit to be a one-time foster parent, we’re happy to give you that experience. What many foster parents like about C.A.R.E. is that we let you pick the dog(s) you foster based on the size, breed, temperament that works for you! It’s a great experience, one we hope you’ll consider.

Our biggest expenses are related to vet expenses and rent for our adoption center. Our adoption fees cover some of these expenses, but we also look to our donors for their support. We sometimes knowingly or unknowingly take on dogs that are special needs dogs, and often this results in higher vet expenses. Last year we took in a litter of ranch-born puppies, some of whom had worms and other minor issues – all of which were cured and these pups are now in great homes. If you’d like to make a donation, you can do so directly on our website (http://www.carepets.org/donate/) or send a check to C.A.R.E., P.O. Box 111474, Campbell, CA 95011-1474. Keep in mind we’re a 501c3 non-profit, so donations are tax deductible.

Come by and see us, learn about us, and get the word out about us. Our pet fairs are on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 10-1 at our San Jose adoption center (1080 Saratoga Ave #3). We’d love to see you along with any dogs you’ve adopted from C.A.R.E.

C.A.R.E.’s mission is to find good, permanent homes for dogs that were abandoned, relinquished, or lost and never reclaimed. C.A.R.E. will provide temporary shelter, food, love, and medical care to these foster pets until they are placed. In order to promote the reduction of pet overpopulation and euthanasia, C.A.R.E. spays or neuters all of its foster pets. Our purpose is to educate the public on pet ownership and responsibility.

December 2015 eNewsletter

It’s not too late!

As 2015 winds down, the volunteers from C.A.R.E. would like to thank all of you for your contributions and donations. We wanted to send a quick reminder that there’s still time to make a year-end donation, and we’d appreciate whatever you can send C.A.R.E.’s way.

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If you have room in your HEART & HOME, become a foster

Our next Volunteer Orientation is Saturday, January 23 from 9 to 10 a.m. at our adoption center. If you’re interested in becoming a foster parent, we’ll explain the process and help you figure out the next step for you. You’ll find fostering with C.A.R.E. to be a very rewarding experience – with each dog you foster, you’ll realize the joy of saving a dog’s life and of bringing a new family member to the adoptive family.

Your Company May Match Your Donation

Does your employer have a matching gifts program? If so, your Human Resources department can explain the process and we’re happy to help with whatever paperwork is needed. C.A.R.E. is already set up to receive donations from various Bay Area businesses, and we appreciate the matching funds C.A.R.E. receives in this manner.

It may be too late for this year’s Christmas shopping, but we also wanted to remind you that when you shop at Amazon Smile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Companion Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.). Go to this link to support us when you shop: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/77-0285750.

We also wanted to let you know about our upcoming pet fairs on January 9 and 23 (held the 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.). We’d love to have you visit us at our adoption center and wish you a healthy and happy 2016!

Hope you have a great New Year!

How You Can Help C.A.R.E.

Our biggest need is for foster homes – the more foster homes we have, the more dogs we can save. If you’ve ever thought about doing fostering, please contact us. And even if you’re not sure and just want to commit to be a one-time foster parent, we’re happy to give you that experience. What many foster parents like about C.A.R.E. is that we let you pick the dog(s) you foster based on the size, breed, temperament that works for you! It’s a great experience, one we hope you’ll consider.

Our biggest expenses are related to vet expenses and rent for our adoption center. Our adoption fees cover some of these expenses, but we also look to our donors for their support. We sometimes knowingly or unknowingly take on dogs that are special needs dogs, and often this results in higher vet expenses. This year we took in ranch-born puppies, some of whom had worms and other minor issues – all of which were cured and these pups are now in great homes. If you’d like to make a donation, you can do so directly on our website (http://www.carepets.org/donate/) or send a check to C.A.R.E., P.O. Box 111474, Campbell, CA 95011-1474. Keep in mind we’re a 501c3 non-profit, so donations are tax deductible.

C.A.R.E.’s mission is to find good, permanent homes for dogs that were abandoned, relinquished, or lost and never reclaimed. C.A.R.E. will provide temporary shelter, food, love, and medical care to these foster pets until they are placed. In order to promote the reduction of pet overpopulation and euthanasia, C.A.R.E. spays or neuters all of its foster pets. Our purpose is to educate the public on pet ownership and responsibility.

November 2015 eNewsletter

Note from the President – New Beginnings!

Reflecting on this past year, C.A.R.E. has turned the corner and started a new chapter. We have had our share of struggles and challenges, but we have always remained steadfast and never wavered in our mission to save animals and to find loving permanent homes for our foster dogs.

In February, we opened up our new adoption center in San Jose. Ironically, it is right around the corner from a previous location (at 1080 Saratoga Avenue #3 in San Jose). We have downsized, but also have welcomed and added a few new foster homes which has helped save a few more lives and give some of our foster dogs happy endings.

The C.A.R.E. website has also been given a facelift, our blog is now live and on our website, our Facebook page now has almost 1,000 fans, we’ve adopted 26 dogs to date this year, and our new eNewsletter is reaching you today.

I would also like to take this opportunity to give thanks to our donors, volunteers, trainers, veterinarians, and to those who come and visit us at our adoption center and events to share their stories.

I hope you will enjoy our new website, will comment on our blog, will like us on Facebook, and will share our stories. I also welcome you to come visit us in person at one of our Saturday pet fairs. I always appreciate you, our adopters, for your support and for adding a C.A.R.E. dog to your family!

Keep Calm and Wag On,
Sharon Clifford, C.A.R.E. President
www.carepets.org
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President Sharon Clifford with Oso, one of the Schnauzer-mix pups placed by C.A.R.E. this year.
President Sharon Clifford with Oso, one of the Schnauzer-mix pups placed by C.A.R.E. this year.

C.A.R.E. at Local Events

Every year C.A.R.E. attends several local events. In January, we were at the San Jose Pet Expo at the San Jose Fairgrounds and in September, we were at Bark in the Park at Williams Park in San Jose. These events give us the opportunity to talk about C.A.R.E. and meet new and old friends. Many people who have adopted from C.A.R.E. stop by our booth to say hello and tell stories about their dogs. Here are a few shots from the events we attended this year.

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You can read memorial stories here: http://www.carepets.org/donate/memorials/.

How You Can Help C.A.R.E.

Our biggest need is for foster homes – the more foster homes we have, the more dogs we can save. If you’ve ever thought about doing fostering, please contact us. And even if you’re not sure and just want to commit to be a one-time foster parent, we’re happy to give you that experience. What many foster parents like about C.A.R.E. is that we let you pick the dog(s) you foster based on the size, breed, temperament that works for you! It’s a great experience, one we hope you’ll consider.

Our biggest expenses are related to vet expenses and rent for our adoption center. Our adoption fees cover some of these expenses, but we also look to our donors for their support. We sometimes knowingly or unknowingly take on dogs that are special needs dogs, and often this results in higher vet expenses. This year we took in ranch-born puppies, some of whom had worms and other minor issues – all of which were cured and these pups are now in great homes.

If you’d like to make a donation, you can do so directly on our donate or send a check to C.A.R.E., P.O. Box 111474, Campbell, CA 95011-1474. Keep in mind we’re a 501c3 non-profit, so donations are tax deductible.

C.A.R.E.’s mission is to find good, permanent homes for dogs that were abandoned, relinquished, or lost and never reclaimed. C.A.R.E. will provide temporary shelter, food, love, and medical care to these foster pets until they are placed. In order to promote the reduction of pet overpopulation and euthanasia, C.A.R.E. spays or neuters all of its foster pets. Our purpose is to educate the public on pet ownership and responsibility.

The C.A.R.E. Blog is Back

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!