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SNAP-X Grants Save Large-Breed Dogs Nationwide

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Dixie with a favorite toy

Here are updates from three shelters who received our SNAP-X spay/neuter grants.

Dixie, a pit pull mix in Florida
Sarah Humlie, managing director of the Humane Society of Pensacola, tells us about a timid pit mix:

“We operate a no-kill shelter in an area where the county animal shelter euthanizes approximately 3,000 dogs every year. A large portion of those dogs are bully breeds and pit mixes, due to the difficulty of finding suitable adoptable homes for those breeds. With the help of this grant, we were able to transfer two pit-mix mothers, with their litters of puppies (14 total!), from the county shelter to our facility, where they were able to receive the time they needed to wean their puppies and be adopted into loving homes.

“One of the mothers, Dixie, was a very timid pit bull-Lab mix. When she first arrived at the Humane Society, she wouldn’t walk on a leash at all, only lie down, and she had to be carried everywhere in order to go the bathroom, play in the yard, or go to the vet. At the time of transfer, she was very pregnant, and within a week she gave birth to nine healthy puppies!

“Dixie stayed with a wonderful foster family while she nursed and weaned the puppies. They brought her out of her shell, housetrained her, and taught her how to play fetch. Now, you will never find her without a favorite toy in her mouth. She is still learning how to walk on a leash, but with her new, trusted owner, she has made remarkable progress. Thanks to funding through this grant, Dixie, only a year and a half old, was able to be spayed and adopted to a wonderful home!”

Dottie, a Doberman in Nevada

Dottie when she was rescued

Dottie when she was rescued

Pat Getter, president of Doberman Rescue of Nevada in Las Vegas, sends us the story of a Doberman who couldn’t stand up:

Dottie, a young female Doberman stray, was picked up by animal control and taken to a Southern California shelter where she wouldn’t get up in her crate. She was sweet and friendly and apparently had just weaned a litter of pups. But if the shelter couldn’t get her to stand, let alone walk, they would put her down. Nothing showed up on the X-rays, so vets didn’t know what to treat. Could it be Wobbler syndrome? Could it be a cruciate [knee] injury? A shelter volunteer got the word out to local rescue groups, who then spread the word throughout the western Doberman-rescue network.

Dottie, smiling today

Dottie, smiling today

“With the wheels in motion to try to find a rescue group to pull her, the shelter gave her time, and Tuesday was now Thursday. By Friday, this black-and-tan beauty was a little stronger. And by Saturday, she was standing when DRNV’s volunteer came to see her and make arrangements to pull her on Tuesday to bring her to Las Vegas.

“The shelter vet joked that maybe she heard all the commotion about being euthanized and she realized she needed to stand up for herself – literally. Or perhaps, she simply had a badly bruised leg – maybe she’d been hit by a car – and needed a few days for the soreness to subside. But when she arrived in Las Vegas to be spayed, she was up and around, walking on all fours, and you would have never known this was the same Dober-girl who, one week earlier, was nearly put down just because she couldn’t get up.

“She is now spayed and ready to find her forever home. We posted her photo on our Facebook page while she was in transport and we already had an applicant by the time she arrived in her new city – before we even posted her on our own website or Petfinder! Plus a possible adopter from our list of already approved applicants. So life is finally looking up for Dottie and she should be in her forever home soon. A meet-and-greet is set for this weekend. All paws are crossed!”

Our SNAP-X grant made Dottie’s rescue possible, Getter says: “We appreciate it more than you can ever know. Our Dobie boys and girls give you paws up for your generosity and support!”

Leah, a pit bull in Wyoming

Leah with her new family

Leah with her new family

Britney Wallesch, founder of Black Dog Animal Rescue, Inc., in Cheyenne, WY, tells us about an emaciated, but still friendly, pit bull:

“Spay and neuter surgeries are by far the largest recurring expense we currently have. By providing money for this purpose, the grant allowed us to allocate other funds to program services that are lower on the priority list but also badly needed. We believe that all animals should be spayed or neutered prior to adoption and by doing so we are helping them to go onto happier, healthier lives with their new families.

“Leah was a 2-year-old blue pit bull-type dog who came to us from a shelter in one of the largest communities in Wyoming. She was emaciated and had stayed too long in a kennel. But, in true bully style, she was all kisses and wiggles for everyone she met. Like many other communities across the country, Wyoming’s shelters are faced with handling an abundance of pit bull and pit bull-mix dogs. As a result, a greater number of them face euthanasia every year.

“Leah was one of the lucky ones and she got to come to Black Dog Animal Rescue for safety. She was spayed thanks in part to funding from the SNAP-X grant and gained weight well. She overcame some initial shyness and became a great snuggle buddy for her foster siblings. Leah traveled to New York State over the summer with her foster family, where she learned to run of-leash and that she loves to swim! Upon her return from the family vacation, Leah was quickly adopted by a local veterinarian and her family. Don’t be deterred by her serious expression — she never did learn to love the camera. But rest assured, she has found a happy, forever home. She was the 134th adoption in our Summer Adopt-a-thon.”

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These Abandoned Puppies Won’t Be having Puppies!

Adopted Pit Bull Allie in her new home

Adopted Pit Bull Allie in her new home

Thanks to our SNAP-X (Spay, Neuter, Adopt, Protect) grant, some pit bull puppies who were abandoned at the Humane Society of Pensacola in Florida won’t be having puppies of their own.

The shelter applied for a SNAP-X grant to help with the county’s problem with an overabundance of that breed, writing, “We would use the funds to spay the pit bulls and pit bull mixes that we see so often in our shelter.”

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Mama dog Angel’s pups as newborns

Luckily, the grant funds had arrived the day an entire Pit Bull family was left at the facility — mama dog Angel, her mate and their four newborn pups. All six dogs “were abandoned on our porch with a note,” the shelter’s managing director, Sarah Humlie, tells us.

“Dad has been adopted,” she adds. “Mom is still waiting for her forever home, and all of the puppies have gone to great new homes.

“The puppies were beautiful and well behaved. By 10 weeks old, Bane knew how to sit, shake and roll over! Allie, as you can see from the picture, is a sweet girl without a care in the world in her new home. Both of these puppies were able to be spayed and neutered with the help of the grant.”

Bane in his new home

Bane in his new home

The pups’ mama, Angel, “loves to play, is a delight to be around, and will bring a smile to any face,” according to her Petfinder profile. Learn about adopting Angel here.

Sherman

Sherman

A SNAP-X grant also helped a dog named Sherman, who was in the care of Maple Hill Farm Toy Breed Rescue in Butler, Ohio.

Maple Hill president Dawn Porter tells us, “Sherman was a dog sent to us by a lady from Shelby. She found him and tried to find a home for him but could find no one, so she sent him to us. He is a poodle mix — we felt even possibly part Chinese crested. [A couple] came to adopt Laura; they liked her but then saw Sherman and the husband could not stop loving on him. So they ended up deciding to adopt him instead!”

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Thanks to program founder Fabiola Beracasa and everyone who donated to make these SNAP-X grants possible!

 

SNAP-X: Saving Lives, Preventing Unwanted Litters

With our SNAP-X (Spay, Neuter, Adopt, Protect) program, created by media personality and adoption advocate Fabiola Beracasa, we’re helping shelters combat pet overpopulation in regions desperate for spay and neuter services. Here are the stories of just a few of the pets SNAP-X has helped:

West Virginia

“These are some dogs who have benefited from the grant,” says Beth Vuolo, Executive Director of Summers County Humane Society in Hinton, WV. “The first four are still available for adoption.

Trixie

Trixie

“Trixie is a sweetie. So far she is fine with all my creatures, with the exception of Vanna, who won’t stop barking at her. She is doing very well with everyone else these days.

Goose

Goose

“Goose is an awesome guy! Super sweet, shy and timid at first, but always gentle and loving. Goose loves to play with the other dogs and is truly your best friend. Goose is very happy sprawled across your lap getting a belly rub. Goose is about 18 months old and 70 pounds.

Brogan

Brogan

“Brogan is a huge baby. He tries very hard to please and loves other dogs. Brogan is so big, he scares other dogs when he runs up to say ‘hello’ so he is learning some manners. He knows how to sit and he is learning to walk on a leash. It is hard to get a picture because he wants to sit for you all the time. Brogan is not pushy. He’s great with cats, kids and dogs and would love to go home. He is 18 months old and 93 pounds. He has an impressive Mastiff bark and we think he is mixed with Labrador. Very friendly.

Mickey

Mickey

“Mickey loves people! He wants to say hello to everyone he meets and get a good scratch. Mickey loves other dogs too but he doesn’t share his food with them (we are working on manners). He has wandered in the hills so long he hasn’t figured out food is not scarce anymore. Mickey is a great guy and will make a great companion! Mickey is about 5 years old and 59 pounds.

Kelly

Kelly

“Kelly is a 9-week-old puppy spayed before going home. She was surrendered when someone failed to spay their dog and ended up with a litter. Their dog is now altered and has been adopted. This is a picture of Kelly in her new home.”

Wyoming

Brandee Smith, program coordinator for the Laramie, WY, chapter of Black Dog Animal Rescue, emails us:

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Corona

“The first two pictures are Corona, a yellow Husky mix. He was neutered in our program. He was adopted! Corona was [pulled from a shelter]. He hadn’t been there long but he had few options, I think mostly because of his look. He was in our program about two weeks before he was adopted to a family in Laramie.

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Corona with his new family

“The next is Klondike, a black Pit Bull mix, who was neutered in our program and then adopted! Klondike was at a shelter for several months and quickly deteriorating. [One of our volunteers] was there when he was surrendered. She said it was heartbreaking. He screamed and cried and refused to go in the back. He was adopted after only about a week in our program.”

Klondike.

Klondike

Ohio

These two stories are from Dawn Porter, president of Maple Hill Farm Toy Breed Rescue in Butler, Ohio.

Buddy — now Biscuit — in his new home

“Buddy’s owners decided they made a mistake and didn’t want him after all after only one week. He is about 11 weeks old, a chocolate Yorkie. He is a wonderful guy! So sweet and quiet considering his age. He went to his new home today. He will be called Biscuit now!”

Hannah

Hannah

The SNAP-X grant also allowed Maple Hill Farm to help puppy mill survivor Hannah, a 5-year-old Chihuahua who’d spent her life in a tiny cage. “The money has enabled us to make an appointment for Hannah to be fully vetted next week,” Porter says. “Thank you so much for this opportunity to help more dogs.”

Many thanks to Fabiola and everyone who donated to SNAP-X for helping these and many other pets in desperate need!