In the last two months, we’ve been able to take in several new dogs at the rescue. None of that would be possible without the generosity of our supporters and affiliates, individuals and other non-profit organizations.
In the month of May, we’ve taken on 4 new dogs.
Paisely came to us during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in California. Her owner, who was struggling with housing and employment, contacted us to temporarily foster their dog while they got back on their feet. We couldn’t say no. Paisley is a sweet, adult chihuahua and will only be with us for a short time before she goes back to her owner. We are glad to have her company for the time being.
Willie was picked up as a stray in Burbank by a good samartin who contacted our SoCal representative Genevieve. Covered in fleas and very timid, they took care of him for the first few nights after rescuing him until he could get up to VVARS. Willie is a sweety-pie! He is a young dog, no more than 2 years old. He has recently been neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. He gets along with other dogs well. Willie knows how to use a dog door to go outside for potty, but he is not crate or leash trained yet. He is still very shy and uncertain around new people, and can be very vocal when excited. Willie’s new forever home will have to have a lot of patience with him and be willing to continue his training after being adopted.
Oakley was brought to the rescue through Gunter’s Legacy, who helped us with Ollie and Stanley in 2018, and Home 2 Home Rescue in Grass Valley. Oakley was rescued from the Sacramento ACC and made it very clear that he is an outdoor ranch dog. He didn’t do well in the city life because he loves to run and play outside too much. We’ve taken him in at Vicki’s Village to help him find that rural ranch forever home. Oakley is a young adult, neutered, microchipped and up to date on his shots. He is a sheepdog mix of some kind and needs a regular grooming. We are working with Oakley to get him more accustomed to a collar and leash, as well as listening to commands better. Oakley is a wonderful dog with a lot of energy. He gets along great with other dogs too.
We said Good-Bye
It’s never easy to say good-bye, and in one week, we had to let go of two our babies.
Katie was surrendered to us May 17th and since we received her, we knew she was struggling. With an obvious upper respiratory infection and a constant bloody nose, we put her on antibiotics in hopes she would make a come back. We force fed her a chamomile tea/soft dog food mush, injecting the concoction by syringe to make sure she maintained her energy. On May 26th, she went to the vet to see what else we could do for her and after a quick blood test, we learned she had kidney failure and was too far gone before she came to us. Only a few hours later, she was gone.
While we didn’t get to know her well or got to love her for very long, she was loved here. Her life was important, her happiness and comfort were important. She became apart of our family as soon as she was placed in my arms. She was treated with respect and dignity, and most of all, love.
On May 29th, we let Eben go. A few days prior, he suddenly showed signs of extreme discomfort with rapid, shallow breathing. He was on a regular dose of Lasix, a diuretic that helps release fluids from dogs lungs. When we rushed him to the vet, they gave him a large dose of Lasix to see if it relieved him of his discomfort, but unfortunately, it did not.
Eben was a spunky and loving character at the rescue, and he is missed immensely. Sharing his crazy antics and funny stories brings a smile to all of us at Vicki’s Village, as it is a wonderful reminder of why we do what we do. Eben’s time with us was too short, but he was extremely loved.
As always, we appreciate the great amount of support we receive from all of you who follow our organization. We are small but mighty, with big dreams of helping animals everywhere. With the addition of our newest Board Member, Genevieve, the flame of inspiration has been stoked again and we continue to define our mission and goals.
It takes a village…