Silverado and Sierra Together Forever

Silverado and Sierra together at York SPCA

Silverado and Sierra are brother and sister, living together since they were puppies.  Their owners had them for 6 years before surrendering them to the shelter because of a divorce.  Entering a shelter is always a stressful situation for any dog.  Most reputable shelters will attempt to place a ‘bonded’ pair like Silverado and Sierra together, so as not to disrupt their lives any further.

Placing two large dogs like Silverado and Sierra together can be difficult.  Usually adopters will be looking for just one dog, and many times have other animals, which means bringing in two dogs is not an option.   During the summer, the shelter was getting over crowded and they were not having much luck finding a home together, so York SPCA reached out to Sedona for help.

After meeting Silverado and Sierra, it was clear how attached they were to each other.  When we took Sierra for a separate walk, Silverado paced around the fenced in play area, waiting for her return.  During play time, they would chase after the same toy together, never fighting over it and they would come up together waiting for a treat or more attention.

Silverado and Sierra were with Sedona for a little over 3 months, which is about the average amount of time a dog stays in our program before finding a forever home.  Although initially, we had some inquiries into adopting them together, most people that contacted us were interested in one or the other but not both.  In rescue, patience can be a virtue and the wait for the right home that would keep them together paid off.  We received an inquiry from a family that had recently lost their 6 year old German Shepherd after a year of intensive care for many medical issues.  They had a hole in their lives and Silverado and Sierra were soon to fill it.

Despite living about 6 hours away from Silverado and Sierra, their new owners were committed and willing to make the trip to give Silverado and Sierra a forever home.  Their new home included another friendly dog, a fenced in yard, an active household and two loving owners.

So many toys to choose from

So many toys to choose from

When's NCIS coming back on?

When’s NCIS coming back on?

We love our new backyard

We love our new backyard

Bo Knows Rescue

Bo getting ready to enter Sedona Foster Program

Bo getting ready to enter Sedona Foster Program

One of the questions we often get from people interested in rescue in general is, “How do  you find dogs for your program”?  This is one such story with a happy ending for a boy named Bo.   A goal of ours is to try and service people looking for help with rescue in the Northeast areas that do not have a lot of rescue organization options easily available to them.  One such area is central and eastern Pennsylvania.  We had corresponded with a rescue friend, Diane Buhl, in New Ringgold, PA on a number of occasions and were going out to visit their kennel, Charwill Kennels.   Diane had received a call from an elderly couple in Pennsylvania, who were moving unexpectedly and had no luck finding a home for Bo, their 9 year old German Shepherd.   When we visited, she let us know that Bo’s owner had less than 10 days to find him a home.

Space was tight but we would work hard to get Bo a new home.  Within a few days, one of our volunteers met Bo and immediately brought Bo home to foster.  Our volunteer also had a German Shepherd at home, Sheba, who was not fond of any other dogs in the house.  However, Bo was out of options, so after a few days, Sheba and Bo came to a temporary truce.  It wasn’t long before we found Bo a nice foster home with no other dogs.  Bo’s final foster home was a short foster, because they instantly fell in love with Bo and within 3 days decided to adopt Bo.

It would be nice if all our stories and adoptions worked so quickly as it did for Bo, but the ‘average’ time a dog stays with us is about 3 months.   We were happy that all the pieces fell into place with Bo.  In rescue, one never knows where the dog will come from but where they are going is to a new happy home.

Bo in his new home

Bo in his new home

Bo enjoying the summertime

Bo enjoying the summertime

 

TANYA – A Merry Christmas Story

Tanya hoping for a Christmas miracle

Tanya hoping for a Christmas miracle

Our story begins a few years back. Tanya’s holiday season started off on a very sad note. Just before Thanksgiving, Tanya’s owners decided they wanted to give up their 9 year-old German Shepherd dog. They had her since being a puppy but now, they explained that she shed too much for their home situation. Her owners told us that they had young children walking around on the floor and sometimes Tanya would also drag in dirt and poop after they let her outside.

Perhaps there were other reasons that the owners didn’t want to say as to the true reason for giving up Tanya. In rescue, a little further questioning can yield a truer picture. Sadly, no other reason was given. Given how close it was to Thanksgiving, the owner’s were asked if they could wait a few weeks, so that someone could meet Tanya at her home and talk to the owners about their options.

A few days later, a lovely all black 9-year-old German Shepherd wound up at a shelter. It was Tanya. Her owner’s did not even wait for us to try and find her a home. A nice soul sponsored Tanya while she was at the shelter and asked if anything could be done to help a very sad and dejected Tanya.

A wistful Tanya

A wistful Tanya

During Christmas season, sometimes miracles can happen. Fate was on Tanya’s side. A retired couple had recently lost one of their dogs and they were looking for a nice senior dog to be a companion to their other German Shepherd, a retired Seeing Eye dog.

Tanya took a long drive, straight from the shelter to hopefully her new home. When Tanya arrived her new owner’s fell in love with her right away. Tanya was happy as well. She now had her new pack: two friendly dogs, a cat and a loving home.  A Very Merry and Happy Christmas for Tanya!

Tanya_and_friends2

Tanya and her new best friends

A happy Tanya at her forever home

A happy Tanya at her forever home

Tanya lived for another three plus years before passing away. These are the type of stories that move us to rescue adult and senior German Shepherds. Thanks to all the volunteers at Garden State German Shepherd Rescue who made this story come to life.  Consider being a foster home and making another Christmas story like Tanya’s come true.