by Joseph Riloquio
Joseph Riloquio is an Administrative and Humane Education Assistant with Valley Animal Center in Fresno, California. VAC shares their animal rescue adventures with us every month. Check out KRL’s interview with VAC to learn more about what they do.
Sascha is a three-year old female American Staffordshire mix who came to Valley Animal Center in January 2017. Though many of our pets have amazing stories of how they came to our family of adoptables, Sascha’s is truly special.
When one rescue is in need, another is there to lend a helping hand. Sascha came to Valley Animal Center all the way from North Carolina! She was originally rescued from a dog-fighting club by a rescue called Charlie’s K-9 Camp, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. We are very thankful that she was rescued before she was ever forced to take part in the fighting. She then stayed with her rescue family at Charlie’s for two years while searching and hoping to find her forever home in North Carolina.
Sadly, after being unsuccessful in finding a permanent home, the shelter decided that a change of scenery was the best thing for Sascha; so it was off to California and a new home with us at Valley Animal Center.
Sascha’s trip out west was full of exciting adventures! She traveled over the Appalachian Mountains, chased squirrels along the Mississippi River, and dodged rattlesnakes in the desert. When she finally made it to Fresno, she found a giant welcome party waiting for her as soon as she entered our gate. The moment as she leaped out of the car, she saw welcome signs created by our staff and volunteers, new adoptable dog friends, and special treats. It was so important to Valley Animal Center to share this special moment with the community, that her big entrance was streamed on Facebook Live!
Since Sascha’s arrival, she is adjusting well and is also enjoying her time in the California sun. She loves our big dog runs over at the Dog Park, and is known to run non-stop for half an hour playing fetch with the tennis balls before she tires.
We continue to care for Sascha here at Valley Animal Center and we hope to find her the perfect forever home very soon! She would love a big backyard where she would have plenty of space to run and play. Due to her complex background, Sascha is a bit shy at first, but also very sweet and loyal when she gets adjusted to new friends. She has an affinity for women, is very high energy, and would be great as a companion to an athlete or a family with kids. It would be best if Sasha went to a home where she will be the only pet.
If you are interested in adopting Sascha, please feel free to contact Valley Animal Center or stop by to meet her any day between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
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