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Animal Rescue Adventures

by Terese Shaw


In 2011, I and another FBR Board member made the drive up to Jamestown, California, and returned with Shadow. Shadow was an owner surrender, dumped at the local animal control in an area that had very little adoption outlets for Pit Bull-type dogs. Fresno Bully Rescue wanted to give him a chance at finding a forever home, so after a little temperament testing, we loaded him up and brought him back to Fresno with us.

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Throw Away Dog

IN THE May 20 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andAnimal Rescue Adventures,
andLee Juslin
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by Lee Juslin


NY/NJ Scottie Rescue doesn’t get a lot of mixes and when they do, these dogs can be difficult to place. “People come to us because they want to adopt a Scottie,” said Erica, “so often a mix is overlooked.”

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by Joseph Riloquio


Marmaduke is a five-year-old Staffordshire Terrier who came to Valley Animal Center in November of 2016. With his constant smile, friendly attitude, and high energy he quickly became a staff favorite at our shelter.

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by Lupe Gore


In June 2012 a handsome, big, brown and black tabby found himself at North Central Shelter in Los Angeles. His human had betrayed him and left him there at age eight. Thanks to some networking and help from local rescuers, he arrived at Feral Paws Rescue on June 25, and immediately went to a foster home. Feral Paws had to make sure he would be kept inside, as he was declawed.

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by Lee Juslin


Scruffy, or Sam Malone as his first foster mom renamed him, had been rejected by his owner as being too old and too fat. She dropped him at a shelter with instructions to euthanize him. Fortunately, the shelter called Col. Potter Cairn Terrier Rescue Network.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Julie Chase


Armed with a passion for fashion and a love for pets, Lacy Marie Crocker has settled into the perfect occupation as owner of New Orleans’s Furry Godmother. An organic bakery and boutique for pets, Lacy has just been given the opportunity to create a fashion companion line for renowned fashion designer Annie Lane.

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by Wendy Hunter


Welcome to the rumor mill, where all Pit Bulls are man-eating monsters, all Chihuahuas are barky brats, and all children behave like perfect angels. Right, and Donald Trump respects women. Whether it’s a nightly news story, a Facebook post, or just something you overheard, a rumor can spread like wildfire. Any organization can get a bad rap from just one rumor, and Animal Rescue of Fresno is no exception.

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by Jackie Dale



The Open House is next weekend, so I hope you are all set to be there. The staff is working furiously to ready the grounds. Next week the volunteers will begin arriving, and the pace gets frantic as the big day approaches. Don’t forget to buy raffle tickets for the spectacular quilt. We are also raffling off a gorgeous donated ring appraised at $1.300! The 18k white gold ring (size 7) is a large oval citrine surrounded by 40 round amethysts.

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by Lee Juslin


Sophia and Spencer, two senior Westies, had spent their lives since puppy-hood in a stable home with a caring owner. Then, their world was turned upside down.
The Westies’ owner had gone on vacation leaving the pups with a responsible pet sitter. Unfortunately, the owner was killed in a freak accident, and, with no one in the family able to take the Westies, the sitter called Sunshine State Westie Rescue (SSWR) who then took both dogs.

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by Lupe Gore


Around three years ago a handsome gray and white cat named Austin somehow found himself at the Los Angeles County shelter in Lancaster, California. He was scared and only had days to be rescued or adopted. Thankfully Feral Paws Rescue found out about him and made the long trip to the shelter and rescued him along with a few others. Since Austin was friendly and healthy he was brought to the Rescue’s Adoption Center.

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by Joseph Riloquio


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.

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by Wendy Hunter


Anyone who says that size doesn’t matter, never spent three long days in a building the length of an airplane hangar, while crammed into a tiny space the size of a postage stamp. Thus began the great 2017 Fresno Home & Garden Show, where the spas are spacious, the crowds are colossal, and the cinnamon rolls are bigger than your head. At the Fairgrounds early in March, it seemed like almost everything was larger than life. Well, except for our 10×10 baby booth, which had just enough room for a couple volunteers and a handful of dogs; but only if you held your breath.

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by Jackie Dale



The Open House is fast approaching and will be here before you know it. Please, please, please think of something you could donate to our silent auction. The auction is the big money maker for The Cat House and we really need your donations. With the number of abandoned, rescued, and injured animals coming in, we need your help more than ever. I challenge everyone to find something they can donate to our auction.

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Fresno Bully Rescue: Mama Mia

IN THE March 18 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andAnimal Rescue Adventures
SECTIONS

by Pam Burgraff-Woody


We had planned on taking a break from fostering while we moved so that we could get things set up at our new house. One text message changed those plans—and changed them fast!
There is always a wide range of emotions I go through when I hear the backgrounds of each foster we have helped, but some hit my heart more than the others. Momma Mia was one of them.

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by Alyssa Nader


Our featured rescue rat of the month had a terrible first roommate. He lived in a tank with a snake. This went on for two weeks: the snake was not interested in eating him. In spite of this, the snake was antisocial, cold-blooded, and still not a good roommate. Once the snake’s owner realized that his pet was not going to eat the feeder rat that he had purchased, he gave him to a friend, who named him Bacon. The friend wasn’t able to keep Bacon and the volunteers at Rattie Ratz took him in.

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by Lee Juslin


Dougal came into Greater New York/New Jersey Scottie Rescue at about seven years old.
His luck with finding a forever home had not been good. Dougal was turned into a shelter by his first owner but then adopted by a couple who owned a farm; not a working farm but a kind of a gentlemen’s farm. There were a number of various animals on the farm and sometimes Dougal was attacked or bullied.

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