Posted on July 5, 2014 by Elizabeth Mazzetti
As we sat down to pay our bills last month we came up short….really short. We were scrambling to figure out how to pay everyone and put a hold on any new dogs coming in until we got this taken care of. Just an hour after the board made that decision we got a call about a cocker at the Orange County shelter. He was exactly the kind of dog we could not afford to take. Eight years old, male with double cherry eye. We held firm, “We can not take this dog. We can’t pay our bills and we aren’t taking any dogs until we can.” Then we hear “How much do you need? If I get it for you will you take him?” …..oh yes, we can now!
Buddy was so happy when we send our transporters to pull him. He is safe and sound and waiting for his surgery thanks to Christienne, our new fundraiser in OC!
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Posted on June 24, 2014 by Elizabeth Mazzetti
Katie and Spencer’s mom died and they ended up at the Orange County Shelter. Two seniors, grossly over weight and in terrible condition. How could we say no? Carolyn got them in and her was her first report on Katie:
“My goodness….this poor old girl has really been neglected. Nails were horrible and two of them had curled back into her pads which no doubt contributed to her reluctance to walk…..ears were so gunky it was like scraping spoonfuls of dirt out, her skin is very dry and flaky, and shaving her was like trying to shave fur off a bowl of jello! She is quite overweight, to the point where her little nub tail is actually buried in fat…..her eyes are just enormous with glaucoma pressure. I am not sure if she will even be a candidate for chemical ablation because they might have ‘gone too far’ for it….more than likely we are looking at eye removal now. Will find out at the vet tomorrow morning.
But, she is cleaned up now :-) She is very sweet and good natured…just needs a diet and exercise and fix those eyes! This is the before picture”
Katie’s after picture before her surgery. They both went to the vet yesterday and we got an update. “Quick update…..went to the vet today, obviously grossly overweight. Both have ear infections, no big surprise. Katie’s eyes are bad which we knew. I have now scheduled her for surgery on Wednesday
to have them both removed. Dr. Card feels they are too damaged for chemical ablation to work like it should, so out they come.
Spencer has the start of cataracts in both eyes, but not blind yet :-))
At least Katie will finally get some relief from the pain in those eyes. Spencer will be groomed tomorrow”
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Posted on June 2, 2014 by Elizabeth Mazzetti
Yesterday Rocky was sitting in the Lancaster shelter, no eating, could barely stand by himself and had until 5pm before he ran out of time. Thanks to Kim Johnson who convinced us to pull him, Caitlen and Holly who raced to the shelter before they closed and the extra care he got from Kathy at Oasis, he is now eating like a horse and feeling quite perky!
His teeth are rotten so we offered him some mushy canned food, gave him fluids and a cushy place to sleep. We will get him groomed, give him a dental and see what else is up with him before he will be ready for a foster home. He is 14+ years old and has earned a spot in our sanctuary program. Anyone interested?
Donations to help pay for Rocky’s medical care:
Update on Rocky:
We don’t have a new picture of Rocky yet….(working on it) but we do have an update on his status. The vet report that came back was very positive. also kind of appalling. Rocky was not eating and having trouble standing by himself. But as soon as we got him out of the shelter and fed him bowls of mushy food he was chowing down. We also gave him fluids. The vet reports that he was just suffering from starvation and dehydration. We don’t know when or who but he hadn’t eaten for a week when we got him and had no water for several days. Probably because he was so weak from not eating he couldn’t get up to get the water. He is down to 13 lbs when he should be up at 25 lbs. He is getting plenty of food, water and TLC and he already looks and feels so much better! At 15+ years we were scared he would not be able to recover but this boy has fight left in him.
He will be ready for a sanctuary home as soon as he puts on a little more weight. Any takers?
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Posted on May 29, 2014 by Elizabeth Mazzetti
“I just wanted to thank you and let you you know that Alfie (formerly Boomer) is an absolutely perfect fit for us!! I am amazed at what a good fit he is. You were totally right about him being cuddly and sweet, but playful and all-puppy! I love how he constantly looks up at you for love, attention and/or a snuggle. He has brought such a great fun little energy into our house, and I love it!
The best part is seeing what a great fit he is for Charlie (Adrian’s dog). She is really happy to have a buddy. They are adorable together!! She is a perfect big sister to him…Alfie will wrestle with her and chew on her ears and they play tug-of-war with toys. She often picks up toys and runs around with them to get his attention then will play keep away with him. She runs to chase balls and he just runs along side her, and at the dog park she taught him to jump in the kiddie pool and splash around. They are simply hilarious together. Just the right amount of energy to tire each other out, but also fine with just hanging out together.
And even though he is fun-loving, he is also well behaved. Great at stores and restaurants. And he is great with our neighbor’s 4-year old daughter who l-o-v-e-s to play with him….Thank you so much for keeping me in mind for different dogs and really getting to know what fit would be right. I know it’s a labor of love, but your work and everything you do is truly appreciated. -Megan”
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Posted on April 28, 2014 by Elizabeth Mazzetti
Peach is our poster child for our spring fundraiser this year. She was born with neurological problems effecting her balance so she could not stand, walk or even eat by herself. We have a foster mom who specializes rehabilitation for this kind of problems. Peach is now walking, running and eating on her own. She will always be tipsy but she has a new family and is living like a normal girl thanks to your support.
This year for every $20 donation for Peach we will enter you 12 times in our Spring Fundraiser drawing.
We are giving away $1,000, $500 and $250 this year.
We will be holding the drawing on July 31st and selling tickets at the picnics too. You do not have to be present to win.
Make a Donation for Peach now and be entered to win $1000!
Send a check to SCCR, 1168 Palomino Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
All proceeds of this raffle will go to pay for the medical expenses for Peach and our other Cockers.
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Posted on April 25, 2014 by Elizabeth Mazzetti
We have signed up with four shopping networks where you shop, we get money and it is free. It really works and we love it! Three of them offer the option to download an app to your browsers to automatically track your purchases and put money in our account each time you shop but only one gives 100% of the money collected to the charities. We have rated them below with the pros and cons. You can chose which one works best for you and we can save more dogs.
Goodshop.com –This website allows you to track how much SCCR has raised and how much you have raised for us right on the front of their website. They pay out once a year and have the most stores to offer. We have used them for years and can’t say enough about them.
iGive.com –We just signed up with this oneand we are anxious to see how they do. They do allow you to look up all the groups who they have sent checks to and how much they got. Their minimum check is $25. Funds carry over until the minimum is met then checks are sent monthly, 75 days in arrears. It makes it easy for us to track.
Smile.Amazon.com — Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you use now just to through Smile.Amazon.com for your purchases on amazon.com Many but not all purchases are eligible, they are marked so you will see what is. Your account and shopping experience will be exactly the same, but we will get a check too. They make their payments to the charities quarterly with a 45 day arrears. We don’t see a way for you or us to track our donations. The biggest difference is that 100% of the money goes to the charities. The other companies keep a percentage. This is a new program from Amazon and we are anxious to see how it works.
EasyCause.com –EasyCause has almost as many stores as the top two but their payment policy is not transparent to either you or us. They also change payment policies without notice. The latest scoop is that we have to earn $1,000 before a check is sent out and they send them out every six months. That said we will still earn while you shop so no complaint about that.
Pick one and Shop, Shop,Shop till you Drop, Drop, Drop—and help us rescue more cocker spaniels!
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Posted on April 14, 2014 by Elizabeth Mazzetti
Sadie was at the Sacramento SPCA. They asked us to see if we would be able to pull her as her allergies were making it hard for them to find her an adopter. We already had four other Cockers that were having severe allergy problems this year so we said what’s one more? Bring her on!
This year is so bad we have even had to resort to steroids for some of our babies who are at the mercy of the pollens this year. Sadie is allergic to everything. even the oatmeal shampoo we used to try soothe her skin! She had gotten a secondary bacterial infection on her skin from all the scratching and biting. The antibiotics gave her a yeast infection and that itched even more. What was a girl to do?
We had heard rumors about a new allergy medication called “Apoquel” that was supposed to be revolutionary but we were having trouble getting our hands on any. It was on back order the minute it hit the vets. Sadie’s foster mom managed to talk her vet into enough for a couple of weeks and Eureka! it worked like magic on Sadie. Her foster mom says “She is like a different dog. She’s playful and happy. She’s getting into everything – and has become a real character!”
Sadie is about 3 years old and super sweet. A bit shy she will quickly turn into a love bug.
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Posted on April 10, 2014 by Elizabeth Mazzetti
We had our eye on Eve sitting in the Moreno Valley shelter but we were pretty full. The shelter contacted us. They had shaved down Eve and found out she was eminently pregnant. They needed a rescue to take her immediately. Carolyn from Romoland stepped up and offered to whelp her. We could see that poor Eve was still lactating from her last litter. Talk about not giving a girl a break. We settled her in and on Tuesday evening at 9pm Eve had five bouncing baby girls and boys.
This is what Carolyn said ” Oh my….2 boys and 3 girls! Beautiful babies, color is fabulous as you can see in the picture…..3 whiter ones and 2 buff/champagne colored ones. One is a total runt, and I mean runt…..tiny and skinny. The runt is a boy. They have nice big ears, so I’m hoping will look like cockers!!
But, all are squirming, squeeking and nursing…..Eve is a great mom. She had them about 9:00 last night, no muss no fuss.”
We are proud of you Eve and promise cross our hearts this is the last litter you will have to have!
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Posted on March 31, 2014 by Elizabeth Mazzetti
Put these dates on your Calendars for the Second Chance Cocker Reunion Picnic…SCCR adopters, donors and volunteers are all invited!
June 21th — Lake Chabot Park in Castro Valley, CA
Jul 19th — Rincon Beach Park in Santa Barbara, CA
We will be emailing out the invitations in May with all the details.
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Posted on March 25, 2014 by Elizabeth Mazzetti
We had a hard week working with some especially difficult shelters when we received this email from Jane, the rescue coordinator at the Camarillo shelter. It reminded us that there are some great shelters out there and how much we appreciate them. Camarillo is at the top of that list and Jane is a big reason why. Here is what she had to say and it really brightened up our day:
“Long overdue, my friends, but recent visits from Lesley Bloomer and Karen Perkins reminded me once again how very fortunate we at are VCAS to have the support and camaraderie of ALL of you in the Santa Barbara rescue network and I want to take this opportunity to thank you once again..
In meeting and interacting with each of you, you’ve often heard me say that your S.B. network “makes me want to move to Santa Barbara” because you supported and inspired me during some very rocky times in past years and helped VCAS on its journey toward a higher live release rate. Through some periods when other rescues were at odds with us, you never lost sight of the fact that there were animals here that needed help and you were always such a pleasure to work with. That support was invaluable.
Thank you, Lesley, for transporting for your network and for stepping up for the herding breeds (and others!) and working with those that have behavioral issues in need of healing. Elizabeth never says no to a Cocker — always shows up with some humor and a light heart and makes all of us smile! Janelle dropped into my life like an angel from the blue and became the “godmother” of our joint pony express transports to Sunny Sky’s in WA (funded by K-9 Pals). She is incredibly nurturing & responsible and an A-1 transporter. She wrote the book on the “spa stopover transport system” — providing relaxing evenings out of the crates! We would not have built the relationship with Sunny Sky’s that we have today without her! Annabelle is my fluffy-dog go-to gal. She also likes Jack Russells and some of the scrappier breeds — just like me! The folks at D.A.W.G. have always inspired me! Thank you all for extending your kindness to some of our dogs here in Ventura County as well — with your fosters and, most recently, including five of our little guys n’ gals on the great RV caravan transport to shelters in the Western states. Karen, thank you for standing by for the Frenchies and for also transporting for your network. I feel honored to have become part of “Jellie’s world”!
Please extend my appreciation to others in your organizations and network whose names I may not know. You are ALL so instrumental in helping us make a difference!
All the best, Jane”
We want to acknowledge our top CA shelters Camarillo, all three Sacramento shelters, the Bakersfield City shelter, Riveside, Pasadena Humane Society, the Santa Paula shelter SPARC . You are what all the rest should strive to be!
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