Wish List

Wish List

  • Wet and dry foods, especially senior and prescription formulas
  • Supplements and medications for special medical needs
  • Flea and Heartworm preventatives
  • Pill pockets
  • Low fat treats
  • Canned pumpkin
  • White rice
  • Baby Food – Chicken and Turkey
  • Toys
  • Pet-safe cleaning products
  • Pet shampoo & grooming supplies such as nail trimmers, ear cleaner, brushes
  • CDs with music for dogs
  • Baby gates
  • Outdoor & travel kennels
  • Temporary fencing
  • Collars and leashes
  • Thunder Shirts
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Paper towels & TP
  • Zip ties
  • Newspapers
  • Pee pads
  • Food canisters and bins
  • Pet ramp, steps, carts
  • Heating pads
  • Pet store gift cards
  • Gas gift cards for transporters
  • Donations of items or gift certificates for our fundraisers

Fall Update

Meetings and Partings

Well, it has been a busy year this year and at times a somber one.  So far this year we have had to say goodbye to senior dogs Sadie, Mugsy, Bonnie, Hayden and now Jane.  I know this is what we are all about, giving senior dogs a safe and loving place, no matter how long until we say goodbye. I am so glad we are able to do this. Still … The goodbye part is never easy.

At the same time, it has been a very happy year.  Jenna, Annie, Ebony, and Bunny got forever homes. 

Logan, Ollie, along with Katana, have wonderful forever foster homes. 

Momma, Mia, Max, and Skittles are waiting for their forever foster homes.  If you know a saintly someone who is willing and able to foster one or two of these dogs, please have them get in touch with me.

Our “Pup up” rummage sale

It sure looked like we wouldn’t have a rummage sale this year.  Although it brings in much-needed funds, a rummage sale is quite an undertaking and the logistics just were not coming together.

Then, like a storybook ending, Kathy and Carolyn of K & C Estate Sales came to the rescue. They had a lot of wares left over from a giant estate sale and said if we would get the word out, they would donate the entire proceeds from liquidating the remainder. Plus, we could add anything we had gathered to theirs. Just like that, we had a pop up rummage sale for the pups!

We did get the word out and had an awesome “pup up” rummage sale that brought in over $2,500.00 for Sara’s sanctuary. Thanks again to Kathy and Carolyn of K & C Estate Sales for making this possible.

Goodbye, Sweet Baby Jane

Goodbye, Sweet Baby Jane

I could tell something was going on with Jane. She hasn’t been feeling well lately.

On Monday, I noticed what I thought was dried poop on her leg and started cleaning it up only to find it was her skin. And it was full of puss. I cleaned it up as well as I could and headed over to Bayshore Veterinary Hospital. I left her so they could check it out. It was another tumor that burst.

I said goodbye to Jane today. Even when you know it’s the right thing, the humane thing, even the loving thing to do, it is never easy. We will miss her happy dance and her sweet smile.

Jane, our 9th senior lodger, came to us August 13, 2017 when her owner passed away. She lived to about 19.

Jane had a wonderful couple of years with us and . She lived with an awesome foster mom for most of her time with us. The last few months Jane just couldn’t manage so many steps and we welcomed her back to the Sanctuary.

When I look at this last picture I took of her, I like to think Jane was looking at Sara.

“Pup UP” 6th Annual Rummage Sale Sponsored by K&C Estate Sales

“Pup UP” 6th Annual Rummage Sale Sponsored by K&C Estate Sales

For a while, it looked as though there wouldn’t be a 6th Annual Rummage Sale but K & C Estate Sales came to the rescue and they are sponsoring our sale this year. If you have items you would like to donate to our Rummage Sale, please call us at 503-325-2772 for more information and what type of items we will accept, we will then arrange to pick up.
PLEASE DO NOT DROP ITEMS OFF! It will make a lot of extra work for our sponsors.

Poster advertising a pop up estate state sponsored by K & C Estate Sales with proceeds going to Angels for Sara Sanctuary for senior dogs.
Goodbye, Sweet Bonnie

Goodbye, Sweet Bonnie

Today marks the passing of an epoch in the history of Angels for Sara. In some ways it is a melancholy day. In others, it is a day for remembrance and gratitude.

I promised Sara that I would do whatever I can to gather together angels among us to give older dogs a chance to live out their last days in a loving home.

It was almost 6 years ago that I went to the local shelter and picked Clyde and Bonnie, our very first senior dogs, The ride home with them in the back seat of my pickup was a joyful one. I could see the HUGE smiles on their faces. They were so happy to be going to their new home. When I got them home, we went for our first walk around the property together.  They seemed awestruck by the open field and the big sky above.

It turned out that Bonnie and Clyde were total ball hounds. Always running and chasing balls. Our walks down to the river were so much fun. Bonnie loved the water.

It has been a wonderful journey starting up the sanctuary. Finding homes for all of them hasn’t always been easy. But finding one is a day of celebration.

It was such a sad day when we found out Clyde had tumors in February 2018. He went so quickly and left us in May. It was not only hard on us. It was devastating for Bonnie. Anyone who doesn’t believe dogs have loved friends and mourn their going did not know this pair.

Bonnie started going downhill. You could feel the tear in her heart just looking at her. We tried to “make up for it” by giving her lots of extra love, car rides, and treats. But her old body continued to fail and her heart pined for Clyde.

I know how special Bonnie is to all of you. Thank you for all your help and dedication to Bonnie and Clyde and to the sanctuary. The last few months have been particularly hard on Bonnie. Today we said a sad and reluctant goodbye to our grande dame and helped her transition on to a better life. I know Clyde is there waiting to show her around. I can hear his silly little howls.

Safe journey my lovely Bonnie. Fly high with the angels. Say hi to Clyde for me.


If you want to donate toward medical bills or volunteer to help around the sanctuary, our contacts are found here:

https://www.angelsforsarasanctuary.com/contact-volunteer/

Everyone at Angels for Sara thanks you!

Logan’s new home

Logan’s new home

Obviously, Logan still needs to lose weight but she’s already down more than 10lbs!, She just needs to continue her diet and walkies. She is getting Vetprofin for discomfort which may diminish as the pounds come off.  

Her check up yesterday confirmed that she is doing great. So, we are excited to announce that Logan was able to go to her new foster mom! She is now in her forever foster home with her new mom Bianca and foster dad Anthony. Thank you, Bianca, for being one of our angels and helping us to keep our promise to Sara.

They both seem pretty darn happy about this turn of events. Look at those smiles!

 

If you want to donate toward medical bills or volunteer to help around the sanctuary, our contacts are found here: 

https://www.angelsforsarasanctuary.com/contact-volunteer/

 Everyone at Angels for Sara thanks you!

Katana visits the vet

Katana visits the vet

It seems that our Katana developed a small ulcer on her eye. The cornea is the clear covering of the eye. It gets lots of little scratches from dust and debris without any serious problem; but sometimes an eyelash poking into the cornea or an accidental laceration incurred during horseplay can develop into an ulcer when the abrasions remove the deeper layers of the cornea.

You will usually notice your dog’s eyes are tearing excessively or the dog is squinting as if trying to keep sand from blowing into its face. 

Fortunately Katana’s foster human noticed the ulcer when it was just starting and got her to a vet before a deeper erosion set in.  Dr. D’Orazio thought it didn’t look too deep so the meds should knock it out. Katana was prescribed antibiotic eye drops and she is scheduled to follow up in a week. Dr. D also recommended Vetprofen for discomfort. I have plenty left from JoJo so I will also start her on that. 

If you want to donate toward medical bills or volunteer to help around the sanctuary, our contacts are found here: 

https://www.angelsforsarasanctuary.com/contact-volunteer/

 Everyone at Angels for Sara thanks you!

Isle of Dogs

Isle of Dogs

I love this movie because, well, Isle of Dogs! (Say it slowly.)

If you haven’t seen it, the basic plot is this. An outbreak of dog flu spreads through the city of Megasaki, Japan. Mayor issues an executive order dictating that all dogs be banished to a garbage-dump Trash Island. To show that this law applies to everyone, Kobayashi send his own dog, Spots, to the garbage dump as well.

The mayor’s son, a 12-year-old boy named Atari misses his bodyguard-dog-friend and makes his way in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop to Trash Island to find him. There Atari meets a motley crew of flea-bitten mongrel dogs who befriend him and offer to help. Of course, there are many obstacles and challenges along the Homerian odyssey to find Spots. How this odyssey ends will decide the destiny of the entire Prefecture.

As with many animated movies these days, the story line appeals to both children and adults but may be emotionally difficult for some younger children.

This is a Wes Anderson movie and as such bears the bounties and the flaws common to his movies. Mr. Anderson seems incapable of dealing with difficult subjects and often approaches them only to veer away or skirt them with a clumsy joke or a sight gag. Subjects like genocide and nuclear holocaust are not funny. They are not amusing. And they certainly aren’t trivial.

On the other hand, the dogs are astonishingly touching. They are painstakingly created in both a physical and spiritual sense. Many show wounds, matted fur, malnutrition, and other signs of abuse and neglect. They have been abandoned by their masters and although most people do not agree with the decree, only Atari moves to rescue his canine friend. Yet, most of the dogs yearn for their undeserving people. They pine for the occasional “good doggy” and a pat on the head.

The dialog and the monologs of the dogs are clever, their mannerisms and eccentric personalities are heart tugging. I’d wager that most of the volunteers at Angels for Sara or any of the local animal shelters for that matter, will find themselves thinking about taking one them home before remembering that they are not real.

Flaws and all, this is a wonderful stop-action animation and fitting entertainment for fans of Angels for Sara and for dog lovers everywhere.

~Rodney

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Lovely Logan needs home, exercise

Lovely Logan needs home, exercise

Logan comes to us from South Pacific County Humane Society.

She is a plus size senior chocolate lab. We are told she does well with cats and other dogs. She is a sweet-natured lady.

Logan’s mom passed away and that’s how she ended up at SPCHS. Logan needs someone who can get her healthy –starting with short walks, diet, and rides to the vet for laser and possibly orthopedic treatments for her joints. (Preferably a house with as few stairs as possible) Hopefully her joints will bear up better after she has lost some.

You will be surprised how eager dogs are to walk even when its difficult for them due to pain and excess weight. Little by little, they gain distance and drop weight. Their endurance improves.

If you think you might have what it takes to get this gal back on track, please, please, please fill out the initial volunteer applications and check “FOSTER” if you would like to be on the list for dear Logan or one of our other new senior dogs. If you have filled out the application in the past, we still have it on-hand, so just email us to remind us who you are. Our contacts are here: https://www.angelsforsarasanctuary.com/contact-volunteer/

Our mission is to find the best placement for every one of our senior dogs! Even if we felt that you weren’t the right human for one of our dogs in the past, that does not mean you won’t be given consideration for a current one. You might fit in perfectly!

Once again, our contacts are found here:

https://www.angelsforsarasanctuary.com/contact-volunteer/

Everyone at Angels for Sara thanks you!

Pampered Chef Benefits Pampered Puppers

Pampered Chef Benefits Pampered Puppers

 Mar 18 at 12 AM – Mar 22 at 11:55 PM

The Pampered Chef is hosting an online party and fundraiser for Angels For Sara Sanctuary. Rather than getting hosting gifts as is usual for these events, we will receive a percentage of any proceeds from the event for the benefit of our senior dogs.

Learn yummy new recipes and have a peek at all their wonderful culinary products: kitchen gadgets, cookware, cutlery, just about anything to do with cooking, eating, and storing leftovers.

Check them out. If you decide to place an order at the website below, make sure you use Pamperedchef.com/go/Angels4Sara
Your orders will be sent directly to you.

Please share with all your friends, have fun and help Sara’s seniors all at the same time!

Goodbye, Sweet Sadie

Goodbye, Sweet Sadie

On February 23, we said a tearful goodbye to a sweet lady. I had spent only a couple of hours at Sara’s and I was in love with Sadie. Blind and deaf, she seemed happy to sniff about the house and out in the yard. So as not to startle her, I placed my hand just ahead of her nose then touched her side. She paused for petting, then went about her business.

The equanimity of dogs and of this little lady in particular never ceases to amaze and inspire. Many have come to know her and love her through our Facebook page and many will mourn her going from our presence.

We love you little one. And miss you already

New Website!

New Website!

Angels for Sara Sanctuary made a new friend recently in the marketing firm of beachdog.com in Long Beach.

Long a supporter of dogs in need, owners Keith and Keleigh Schwartz work closely with the Humane Society of South Pacific County as well as being active in Great Dane rescue.  They also own beachdog.com, a full-service marketing company that does everything from designing logos to printing business cards, letterhead, envelopes, brochures, etc., to social media.

Beachdog.com is perhaps best known for their websites which not only look good, they function well, are search-engine ready, mobile-responsive, and, well, pretty much any business owner would want.  Rodney got in touch; there was dog chat;  brunch with Jacque; we met (and ultimately took in) a senior dog from the Long Beach shelter… and we got a new website and a very special price.

Support the people that support rescue!