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Lovie and Ginger are always together now.  Since they are only about a year apart in age and have a similar personality, they get along great.  It’s hard to remember not having Lovie and Ginger together.  As you can see in the one photo, after a tough day of begging for snacks, playing, guarding the house, and keeping the ducks and squirrels out of our backyard, they are tuckered out.  They love to sleep on the couch between Jerry and I in the evenings.  They play together constantly and are definitely best buddies.  I knew when I saw Lovie that her and Ginger would be a perfect fit and they are.  One of the neat things that has happened is Lovie now rolls on her back when I pet her just like Ginger, so that lets me know that she feels safe.  She is a happy girl and we love to spoil her.  She definitely gets lots of attention.
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Reece is doing great. Gets along with all the dogs she meets. Has done some training classes and is more interested in playing! She sits, lays down, shakes and crawls. She doubles in size every week and is becoming a big girl!

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Mitzy is doing very well. She is getting along perfect with our other dog and is super with kids. She really likes going camping with us and is a bit of a bed hog. We have the invisible fence here at home so she has almost 2 acres to run and play and she is very fast. She likes playing fetch and playing with my daughter. She is defiantly part of our family now.

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Kiko was a tough nut to crack. Life now, we could not imagine without her. She is still afraid of getting in the pool, but when the kids pop up, she is there to clean faces. She is a constant source of fun and love.

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Lola has found her perfect forever home.  She has a big yard with a high fence to romp and play in and three people to give her all the love she deserves.  Everyone in the family is happy.

  • Most pets end up homeless through no fault of their own – “moving” and “landlord issues” are the top reasons people give for relinquishing their pets, meaning shelters and rescue groups are full of wonderful, family-ready pets.
  • Pets adopted from shelters and rescue groups typically cost less than pets purchased or even acquired for free—once you add in the cost of vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery, microchip, dewormer, and other “extras” included in your adoption fee, you’ll probably be surprised what a bargain an adopted pet really is!
  • Most shelters and rescue groups conduct through behavioral analysis of each pet to ensure that they will be the right fit for your family, dramatically improving the chances your new pet will fit right in.
  • Shelters and rescue groups can provide advice on making your relationship with your pet the best it can be for the rest of his or her life, so you’ll never have to go it alone!

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7217012_origRescued dogs are often raised in terrible conditions. Some of them come from puppy mills. They breed litter after litter, but have never felt loved by humans. There are times when they are mistreated and handled wrongly. Sometimes dogs just run away and live off in the wild. All these cause a lot of trauma to these dogs. They are the reasons why rescued dogs tend to be shy, scared, overprotective and sometimes not wanting to be alone.

The first thing you should do to gain a rescued dog’s trust is to treat it with respect. Always talk to him calmly and allow him to adjust to his new surroundings. You must be patient because they may mark their territories or submissively pee when they are scared. It is an involuntary or unconscious action coming from their previous experience. In this light, it would be helpful to know where your dog came from. With some information on what he’s been through, it would be easier for you to adapt and adjust to his needs. When he is at home, make sure that he has his own quiet space to stay in. Let him feel that there is a place for him in the home. It is also important (more…)

4754019_origThis baby was rescued by UCP. She was 6 months old and had been adopted twice and returned to animal control. We knew she had issues, such as being unattached and not house broken. She was so sad. We named her Kiko, which means Be Glad. Lynda worked with us on training and in doing this we fell in love with this beautiful girl Kiko. So as her foster family, we decided to adopt her! Thank you Lynda and everyone at UCPs.

6493903_origAfter losing my 16 year old pomeranian to heart disease my husband and I swore no more pets. It was too devastating of a loss. We also figured it would be easier to travel without worrying about a furbaby at home. However as the weeks dragged on after our Nikos death, the hole in my heart just wasn’t healing. Somehow I found myself on Petfinder, “just looking” at the dogs. One little face just kept pulling at me. I would check on her daily to make sure she was still listed. I casually mentioned her to my husband, but he thought we should wait a few more months before discussing it. One day I had such a strong feeling that she was meant to be ours that I went ahead and scheduled an interview and filled out an application for her. We met her that weekend and it was love at first sight for me. Thus, my husband couldn’t say no as it was the first he had seen me happy since our dogs death. Two weeks later we came home early from vacation to pick her up. We changed her name from Sandy to Lexi and took her to her forever home. She was just over a year old and had spent the first year of her life in a cage in a hoarding situation with 30+ dogs. She was a bit nervous at first and scared of men but she quickly adapted to life with us. We took her to the lake on our pontoon boat and she enjoys the water and riding up front with the wind whipping through her ears. She spends every afternoon at work with me and has become the official door greeter. She passed obedience class & earned an AKC medal. She loves being outside and bird watching, digging holes in the yard & squeaking one of her dozens of toys. It is hard for us to go anywhere without buying her a new toy as she gets so excited by them. She has healed our hearts and makes us laugh daily with her antics. We both absolutely adore our little girl and are happy to give her the life she deserves.