On Sunday night I asked Lisa if she wanted to go for ice cream, her response was to tell me we may be going to pick up some puppies.
Well, that wasn’t what I expected to hear. She had been on Twitter and read a tweet from the Canine Hope Rescue looking for help with transport of six dogs they had pulled from a kill shelter in Franklin, GA. There were two adults who had been abandoned by their family when they moved out and four puppies from different locations, all had been dumped.
We ended up not having to go thanks to another dog lover who hopped in her car to help out before we got in touch with the rescue. Although we weren’t needed I did get the chance to speak with Tammara Josselyn, the founder of Canine Hope, and found out just how different this rescue is. It’s run by Tammara and her husband who are dog trainers and owners of a doggie daycare.
No doubt you will find we are a different kind of rescue. We require more steps than what you may be used to when looking for a dog. However, we provide more steps before our dogs are put up for adoption.
Dogs in our rescue:
-Have been taken to a veterinarian and received a complete examination.
-Are current on all their vaccinations.
-Are wormed intestinally.
-Are all spayed and neutered before adopted.
-Are tested for heart worms and put on preventive heart worm medication.
-Are house trained or in the process of being house trained.
-Are crate trained to assure an easy transition when brought into your home.
-Are fed premium dog foods while in our care to ensure good health and good healthy coats.
-Are routinely groomed and have their nails trimmed. All dogs are completely groomed before going home with your family.
-Are taught house manners, socialized with other dogs and people.
-Receive some basic obedience training.
-Are micro chipped in case they become lost.
-Families receive an introduction class where you find out all about your dog and its commands, likes, dislikes, history, how to make the transition with your family go smoothly, etc.
-We ask that you have a trial overnight with the dog you are considering, to make sure you are ready and we have made a good match between both of you.
-Go to their new family with food and a gift package, and a new leash and collar, and their favorite toys.
-Receive a scholarship for training with their new family, and a package for boarding with Cool School For Dogs.
-A rescue group that provides support after your dog goes home with you and will take the dog back without question if you no longer want the dog or can no longer care for it. (Adoption Donation is not returned)
-A quarterly newsletter with information that will serve helpful to your family and your new dog.
Yes, we are a different kind of rescue. If you are interested in one of our dogs, please go to our web page “Adoption Process” on the left sidebar and once you understand our process, fill out our application and return it to us.
I want to give a big shout out to Tammara and her husband, along with all the volunteers, for the wonderful work they do. Canine Hope Rescue is run on donations and the generosity of the Josselyn’s who donate much of their own money. This is a small rescue who could desperately use donations, fosters, volunteers, and adoptive homes. Anything you can do, nothing is too small, is greatly appreciated.
The dog pictured above is Blush, she was thrown off a bridge onto railroad tracks. Thanks to Canine Hope Rescue she has a chance at a new life.
Blush is a one year old female Doberman. She came into our rescue after a horrific act of man. A police officer in a neighboring town was underneath a large bridge checking on vagrant activity underneath the bridge. While he was there, someone threw a dog off of the bridge. Deliberately threw her over with one intention and that was to hurt or kill her. This bridge was not over water, but over railroad tracks.
The officer saw her fall, hit the ground, bounce a few inches and thud to the ground. He figured she was probably dead. She wasn’t and he rushed her to Animal Control. A director from a different rescue happened to be there when she arrived and knew we could probably help this Doberman girl and called us. We immediately set to claiming her and getting her help.
Thanks to the generosity of a local vet we were able to get her x-rayed head to paws. Luckily there were no major fractures but there was a head injury and a spinal injury. Time would tell if she would recover and if there were any internal injuries. She spent almost two weeks in intensive care. We visited her everyday and tried let her know that everyone was trying to help her. We brought her a new collar with a bright and shiny tag displaying her new name, “Blush”, for her new life to help her know that she was at a new beginning and only needed to pull through. At first she could not stand or walk. Then she could stand. She had to be carried and supported when she first started using the bathroom outside. Time passed and she eventually could stand, and then could walk. Today she is amazingly a different dog. She still has gentle steps but is happy and friendly and her only sign of having a problem is her gait when walking and that when she tries to do “zoomies” she sometimes stumbles, but she gets right back up.
Blush isn’t quite ready for adoption but the rescue is taking applications if anyone is interested in adopting this beautiful girl. Or any of the other cuties they have available. Blush’s story is just one of many from the Canine Hope Rescue, such a befitting name because they truly give these canines hope.
If you’re still not sure if you have a few dollars to donate I ask that you read Blush’s story again and then look at her beautiful face. That’s where your dollars go.
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