The Faces We’ve Helped IV

March 3, 2015

Chain of Hope runs across a lot of heartache in the hood, but there are many people that love their animals and are trying to do the right thing. You can’t be around me long before hearing, “education, education, education”-usually after getting back in the van after a frustrating visit with someone. But we get up and do it all again the next day. We are out there in the trenches, going door-to-door and talking with pet owners about the care of their animals. We have our work cut out for us, but as long as our supporters keep sending us, we’ll keep going and transforming lives! Many thanks to all of you who enable us to continue this very difficult work. Here are some of “The Faces We’ve Helped”-enjoy!

 

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Milkshake

February 20, 2015

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The first part of January, 2015, Chain of Hope received a call from some concerned neighbors regarding a pit bull next door. They said that she was very, very pregnant, was chained to the fence and had a tarp for shelter. I had an outreach team go by and check it out and there was Milkshake. Yes, she was very pregnant, was chained to the fence and had a tarp for shelter. There were so many things wrong here, I thought that animal control would intervene, so we called this into KCMO animal control. An officer went over, wrote a citation for Milkshake not having a city license and left. Really??? That’s all they saw wrong over here? They left her there, chained to the fence, ready to give birth any day now and it was 1 degree outside.

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We felt like there was no hope for this girl. With animal control saying nothing was wrong here, where could we turn?  That is why we often feel like we have no back up out there. The next day, the neighbor called again and said that Milkshake had had her puppies. They told me that they could hear them squeaking and crying under the tarp. Oh no! It was bitter, bitter cold. The neighbors had left the message late in the day and we didn’t get it until the next day. I called the neighbor and they said that they didn’t hear the puppies anymore, they’d never seen anyone take them in and they were very worried that they had frozen to death. We went over to check it out and did not see or hear any puppies. Milkshake was still on her chain, her teats full of milk, but no babies. We called animal control back and told them that she had had the puppies outside and that we thought they’d frozen to death. They went back over there and said “No Violations”, which is what we get back the majority of the time.

Poor, poor Milkshake. The neighbor told us that she had been chained out there for years and had had 2 litters of puppies every year for quite awhile. This poor girl needed an angel so badly. She’d been through hell. We had absolutely no help from a city run department that our tax dollars pay for. It’s incredibly frustrating when you see an animal suffering and the powers that be don’t give a damn.

The people that owned Milkshake were Hispanic and spoke little English. I finally called Whitney, who is always so gracious to interpret for us, and asked her if she could go over with me to this house the following Sunday. She said sure and the next Sunday, we headed over. I told her that the only thing we could do since animal control had failed this dog twice already, was to go over there and try and resolve this ourselves.

When we pulled up, there was a kid sitting on the front steps. The kids always tell us everything, so I told Whitney to go up there and talk to the kid before an adult came out and ask him about the puppies. She did and he replied that they had “given them all away” except one and it was in the house. He went and got his dad and Whitney began speaking with the dad about Milkshake. It was like talking to a brick wall. He wasn’t listening, he didn’t care, and really didn’t want to be bothered with us. Whitney asked him if he needed anything for the puppy inside the house and he replied that there was no puppy in the house-they had given them all away. We left and felt totally dejected. Why was it so hard to get help for this poor dog? It wasn’t right was happening to her, yet no body seemed to care except Chain of Hope and the neighbor. We left and wondered if this was one of those cases that we were not going to be successful with. We aren’t successful 100% of the time, but we try harder and work harder than anyone else out there. We felt sick about Milkshake still being chained to the fence.

The next day, I received a call from the neighbor again. They told me that the police had been called to the house late that afternoon, after we had left,  for a domestic disturbance and that the police had shot and killed Milkshake! OMG!!! I was devastated. I couldn’t even believe it. I asked the neighbor if she had been on her chain and he said yes. He said that the police had then called animal control and they had come and taken Milkshake and also taken A TINY PUPPY out of the house. That man had totally stood there and lied to Whitney.

The next day, I went to Kansas City Pet Project (the city shelter) to see about the puppy. I really wanted to see how big it was because if it truly was very tiny, then I knew they hadn’t given them all away, I knew they had all frozen to death except one. When I walked into KCPP and told them that I came to see the puppy of the pit bull that was shot and killed by the police, they told me that the momma was not killed! She had been shot, but she was alive! I was so glad to hear that news. I was able to go back and see her. She had been taken to an emergency clinic Sunday night and they said that her shoulder was shattered and they recommended amputation. I don’t know if animal control had to get her and bring her back to KCPP the next day or if someone from KCPP went and got her and brought her back there, but Milkshake ended up at KCPP. She still had the bullet in her and had not had an amputation yet. The puppy went to foster care. Milkshake’s owner was calling the shelter, trying to get Milkshake back! They were being told that they were going to have to pay all of her medical expenses in order to get her back. They were trying to get the money together. The shelter was in communication with them for a few days, all the while Milkshake was in a kennel at KCPP, awaiting some kind of resolution to her predicament so that she could go to surgery. It was frustrating. They had her on pain control and antibiotics, thank goodness.

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I finally received the green light and I could do a “medical transfer” with Milkshake and at least get her to one of our vets for treatment. I took Milkshake to Independence Animal Hospital, who does all of our orthopedic work. She was on the surgery table that afternoon.

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You can see Milkshake’s extensive bruising on her abdomen, after she was sedated for surgery.

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Milkshake had her leg amputation, her spay, heart worm test, vaccinations and de-worming. She was heart worm positive. We kind of expected that because she’d been an outside dog (and they get heart worms from infected mosquitoes).  At the moment, that was the least of her worries, although she did have a very extended abdomen, which often is a sign of advanced heart worm disease because fluid is accumulating. We had to get her through the initial trauma of losing her babies and her leg. A few days later, we were able to bring her back to Chain of Hope. She had been through so much. Our hearts just ached for this poor girl. We wanted her to have nothing but happiness from here on out.

 

If animal control had done their job and removed this poor baby the first time they went out, none of this would have happened. She would not have lost her litter, she would not have to have her leg amputated. I can’t even tell you how frustrated and disappointed we were with KCMO animal control. The suffering that this dog has endured and they left her there twice. We have so little faith in a department that does things like this. We are frustrated beyond belief, but we will keep at it because this just shows how much the animals in the inner city need Chain of Hope to be their voice. We will keep fighting the good fight.

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Milkshake needed to heal. She would get very out of breath just walking outside to potty and could barely make it to the rocks outside the back door. She would get labored breathing pretty easily. Her heart doesn’t sound very good and we are sure it’s all from having heart worms for an apparently long time. We gave Milkshake so much love and attention and pep talks that she could do it! She’s a strong girl, we already knew that.

I came in the next Sunday morning and Milkshake was excited to see me, was wagging her tail and wanted to go outside. We walked out and went down the sidewalk a little bit and all of the sudden, blood just started gushing out of her gunshot wound. It was like a fountain and she was breathing very heavily. She was hemorrhaging-I was so scared that we were going to lose her. I kenneled all of our dogs real quick, got her in the car and headed to the emergency clinic. She laid in my lap, breathing very hard and I talked to her all the way. I kept telling her to hang on, even telling her which exits we were passing and how many more we had to go, etc. I called the emergency clinic and told them that I was on my way with her and that I didn’t even know if she was going to make it. We finally arrived at the Animal Emergency Clinic north of the river. She was no longer bleeding profusely, but she was very, very weak.

We got Milkshake on the table and her gums were stark white. She was very weak, breathing fast and struggling. I kept thinking, how much can one dog go through?? This poor, poor baby. We ran her blood work and her red cells were extremely low, of course. I finally left her for the night in the very capable hands of Dr, Mischke and his staff at Animal Emergency Center, north of the river. They have saved many Chain of Hope animals through the years and we thank them.

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Milkshake was stable the next day when I picked her up. She had been very close to a blood transfusion, but by the next morning her red count was up slightly. We took Milkshake back to Chain of Hope and got her settled in. We monitored her blood work and after 3-4 days of her red cells just not rising like they should be doing and the fact that she was still very weak and very pale, we decided to go ahead and give Milkshake a blood transfusion. She seemed a little better when we left that night. Over the course of the next couple of days, Milkshake transformed into a different dog! She had a lot more energy, she was nice and pink and just seemed to feel so much better. I was so glad that we decided to go ahead and transfuse her.

Just when we thought we could exhale a little bit, and were over another crisis. Milkshake broke with kennel cough. It was about 10 days after being at KCPP and she began coughing very badly. She had to go into the isolation room to keep her away from our other dogs. She went on medication, we ran a humidifier 24/7 for her, and nursed her through it. I didn’t know if she could beat this nasty kennel cough, but we nurtured her and cared for her the best we could. This dog had a strong will to live. We had a few different volunteers cook her chicken and rice, which she devoured. She always had a great appetite through everything, even the kennel cough. Slowly, Milkshake began getting better. She loved the special attention and goodies that she got. This girl can eat a pig ear in 5 seconds!

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Milkshake was finally able to leave isolation! Now she has a big room that she is in during the day and then she is kenneled at night. She has done very, very well. She never potties in her crate. She has relaxed so much since she’s been with us. She had had so much happen to her and had been through so much hardship, that I think it was all overwhelming at first. But she has settled in. Milkshake does not seem to care for other dogs. Who can blame her? For years, she was chained to a fence, giving birth out there, trying to protect and take care of her babies-I wouldn’t expect her to like other dogs.

Our next hurdle with Milkshake is her heart worms. She is pretty far advanced with them and often times, treating them and breaking the worms up, etc. can kill the dog. Her heart and lungs are very compromised.  The chances of Milkshake making it through heart worm treatment are not high. We could choose to just let her live out her time left and give her as many happy days as we can. It’s a tough call and we are in consultation with our veterinarian.

No matter what happens, Milkshake needs an angel. She needs someone who does not have a dog to step forward and love her and give her a place to call home for a while. Please share this blog with everyone you can think of. Think of friends and relatives that you know who do not have a dog and send them this blog! You never know who may step up. If you felt a nudge in your heart while reading this tragic story and you do not currently have another dog,  please give us a call and talk with us about it at 816-221-8080. Milkshake needs someone desperately. I can’t think of a more deserving dog, can you? We’ll never be able to erase what the human race has done to her, but we can offer her a loving home for what ever time she has left. Please, people with no dogs, take a chance on Milkshake. She’s totally worth it!

 

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Polly

January 22, 2015

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Chain of Hope is very well connected to many utility companies.  Their technicians obviously see a lot of things in the inner city regarding animals-they are in the back yards and the alleys like we are. Thank God a very concerned AT&T technician cared enough about this little dog and knew about Chain of Hope to stop and intervene. He saw this little girl living in these conditions and knocked on the door. It turns out that the pet owner is an older man and he has brain and lung cancer. His health is failing. He told the technician that he loved his dog, but he knew he couldn’t get out there and take care of her like he knew he should.

DSCF7441The technician told the pet owner all about Chain of Hope. He told the man that he was going to contact us on his behalf and that this man would be hearing from us. He then called Chain of Hope relaying all of this information. We went over to visit this dog and check out the situation. Her name was Boots. She was very shy without the owner out there, but when the owner came out with her, she was a different dog. I think this man loved her and had tried to do well, but with his illnesses, Boots just kind of started falling through the cracks.

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We got her back to Chain of Hope. She was pretty dirty and had dreads hanging off of her. Here’s Tanner checking out his upcoming groom job!

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After a good bath and a haircut, Polly (as we were now calling her!) was lookin’ good! It turns out that Polly is a Border Collie, about 1-2 yrs. old. She was already spayed, so the owner was trying to do things right! She did test positive for heart worms, so we went ahead and did her treatment and she is doing very well.

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Polly started making friends at Chain of Hope, both with people and other dogs.  She shares a room with Casper, a little white pit that we have, and they are good friends.

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The best news is that Polly is leaving Friday on a 2 week trial adoption! Yay for Polly!!! We love out Polly-she is super adorable. Thank you for enabling Chain of Hope to put this big smile on her face!!! Her entire life has changed for the better and she’s a happy girl now!

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Harley

January 15, 2015

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We had been involved with Spike for over a year. I can’t even remember if the owner called for help or we just saw him chained up. He was an adorable little brindle male pit bull who had very closely cropped ears-pretty sad.  Spike lived with a woman named Kathy. He seemed to really like her and she seemed to really love him. Kathy told us that she got him from some people that had too many dogs that were not well cared for.

Kathy would come out back with us and show us how she danced with Spike, etc. He was at a good body weight, he usually had clean water, had a good dog house up off the ground on a pallet and he was social. He loved it when we stopped by! Compared to a lot of chained dogs, he was certainly not the worst we’d seen.

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We cared for Spike in the hot summer months. We kept him clear of flies and fleas as best we could.

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We cared for Spike in the freezing winter months.

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At first, things were good. But then we started noticing that Spike’s care was slipping. We would find knocked over water buckets and empty food bowls. He would always have all kinds of contraptions around his neck. Kathy told us that he broke everything they put him on. We gave them numerous collars and tie-out cables, but almost always he’d be on some kind of weird thing when we’d go back. In the picture below, he even has an electrical cord wound up in all that chain. We never knew how we would find him anymore.

 

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DSCN0916Kathy had a guy that moved in with her. I noticed that when he came to the back yard with us, he would talk pretty sternly to Spike. Spike never acted afraid of him, but when I think back, Kathy was always there, too, so maybe that’s why. We were getting pretty concerned about Spike, though. Kathy kept telling me that they were going to move. They were trying to get into Section 8 housing. She told me that they weren’t going to be able to take Spike. I asked her what she was going to do with him and she told me that the people that they got him from said that they could take him back. I asked Kathy to please not do that. I told her that if they got to that point, t0 call me and I would come and get him and figure something out. I told her that Spike was not going to fall through the cracks. I gave her my cell number and she assured me that she’d call.  We continued to stop in and care for him and every time, Kathy would talk about moving. This went on for about 6 months and I was beginning to wonder if they were ever going to move.

I was usually the one that went to Spike’s house on outreach. When I would put it on someone else’s list, they would come back and tell me that Spike was very shy with them, almost acting scared. When I would go and check on him, he would be excited to see me and act normal. I thought he just knew me better because he saw me more often than the others. One day, however, about a month ago, I stopped by and Spike was not himself. He would not come to me-he was a totally different dog. He stayed kind of behind the dog house, he acted very shy. It was totally different than how he’d been with me before. No one was home for me to talk to about Spike’s behavior.

It’s hard to imagine, but  when we’re racing around trying to get to as many dogs as possible, especially with the extreme temperatures and wind chills that we’ve been having, we are shoving straw in the houses, feeding and watering and moving on. We have to operate that way when the wind chills are zero. We try so hard to get to as many as we can. I shoved a bunch of straw in Spike’s house, put down food and water, left a rawhide for him and moved on. I made a note that I needed to get back over here soon and check on him again because something wasn’t right.

The next week was super cold and April and I headed over to check on Spike. We knocked, but no one was home. It didn’t look like anyone had been there. Their mail was spilling out of their mail slot. We went to the back yard and there was Spike. He was very scared and he was sad-it was heart-breaking. He, of course, had another contraption around his neck. He was so scared, he didn’t want me to touch him.  What in the hell had happened to this boy? Had the guy at the house been abusive to him? I don’t know. Kathy was kind of crazy and could easily have had two sides to her. We’d seen some strange behavior over here in the past. Regardless, it was obvious that Spike had been abandoned. These people’s mail was crammed in the slot and hadn’t been picked up in quite a while. They were gone and they had just left poor Spike there. Unfortunately, we’ve seen this many, many times before.

It took a long time for us to get Spike free. He was so scared, I had to go very, very slowly with him while trying to get everything off of him. It broke my heart to see this dog so broken like this. He used to jump up on us and be so excited to see us. Something bad had happened to this boy, but he was leaving his hell right now.

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We got Spike settled in at Chain of Hope. We always change their names because they have to leave that old life behind and begin their new, wonderful life with a brand new name! I named this little guy Harley. We kept him in the back of our facility where it’s quiet. Harley was nervous, but he ate well and I knew he’d sleep well because now he was inside and warm.

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Harley started relaxing. We just went slow with him, but by the 3rd day he’d decided Chain of Hope was a pretty cool place to be! We introduced him to a couple of other dogs and he’s done very well. He and Lorenzo, another young brindle, male pit, are pretty good buddies. I call them “my brindle boys”.  Harley is super cute and he is now a happy dog. He has been getting a lot of love and attention at Chain of Hope. ..and rawhides, and good food, and great friends and soft blankets and fresh water and lots of scratches and hugs!

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Like so many of the dogs Chain of Hope rescues off of chains, Harley is heart worm positive and will begin his treatment soon. He could sure use a foster home or an adoptive home. He is much more relaxed, but could very much benefit from a foster home. He needs to get used to things like the TV being on, a dishwasher going, etc. If you’re interested if fostering or adopting Harley, please go to http://www.chainofhopekc.org and go to our adoptable pets page to find both the foster app and the adoption app! We can’t wait to see this boy in his forever, loving home where he never has to worry about anything again. For now, he is safe and he is much loved. We are very thankful for you, Harley!

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Sapphire

December 18, 2014

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About a month or more ago, I was driving down a one way street in the hood. I saw a very thin black and white pit bull with her empty teats hanging. She was not tethered and was kind of walking around  in the front of a few of the yards. I had someone on my tail so I had to keep going. It was a one way street, so I went around the block and came back to look for her and I could not find her anywhere. It was like she disappeared.

A couple of weeks ago, we were driving down the same street and we saw this same dog again. This time, she was eating out of a black trash bag on the edge of the street! Oh my God, I was so glad that we were seeing this poor thing again! It was a pretty nice day and a lot of people were out on this Sunday afternoon. They were watching us as we pulled our van over. We got out and I asked them if anyone knew anything about this dog and they all said no!  One person told me that it sure looked like she needed some help. I told him that I agreed with him, so we were going to take her and get her medical care.

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We loaded her up in the van. She was so beautiful, with crystal blue eyes. She was skinny. She had numerous scrapes and sores on her. Her poor teats were just hanging, her milk long gone. This girl had been through a lot of bad stuff, we could tell. We headed straight to a Church’s Chicken and bought her a box of chicken strips, which she thoroughly enjoyed!

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We got this girl back to Chain of Hope. She had the most amazing blue eyes, we decided to call her Sapphire.

 

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Sapphire settled in and began gaining weight. She made lots of friends-both people and dog! This girl got along with everyone.

 

 

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We’d only had Sapphire a couple of weeks and she came into heat again! She was well enough to get spayed, so we got that done.

Sapphire now weighs 67 lbs. with a few more pounds to go! She is one strong girl, too! She has a great personality, plays with everyone, and is just thankful to be off the streets and at Chain of Hope! She is now up for foster or adoption!

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Sapphire says, “Merry Christmas, everyone, and thanks for saving me!”

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Maggie

December 11, 2014

DSCF3914Maggie has quite a story. She lived chained up in a corner lot in the hood. There were other dogs chained, too, and it looked like a mess. I vaguely remember getting a couple of emails about this address about 1 1/2 yrs. ago.  I don’t really remember the details, but it was a neighbor concerned about the animals at this house.  However, I think there had been a lot of chaos, a confrontation, the police had come-there was something that had happened over here that had kind of blown up, so we stayed away. I’m sure the owners were not going to be receptive to anyone at that point. We decided to let things die down and maybe try and approach them at a later time.

Probably about 6 mo. had gone by and I was on outreach on a pretty hot summer day. I realized I was right by their house and there were several people on the front porch. I decided to pull over and see if they needed help with fly control. They said yes and were very receptive, so I pulled over and finally got to see what was going on in this yard.  I was so glad to just be able to get in this yard and intervene.

It was then that I learned that the black chow mix had tiny little puppies in the dog house. Oh no! There were 4 of them. Momma was protective of her babies, of course. There was a golden mix chained up in one corner of the yard. She was already spayed (Yay!), but was living in a nasty area. There was a reddish, male lab mix and he was already neutered (Yay again!). His living conditions were not good, either.

I asked them if they could have momma and babies inside. It was very hot and the insects were terrible. I don’t even remember now why they said they couldn’t, but it doesn’t matter-they had no intention of taking them inside. I explained to them that we could help them with the puppies when they were a little older and able to leave momma. I explained about momma needing access to food and water 24/7. I told them that she couldn’t make her good milk for her babies if she didn’t have food and water herself.

This poor little momma dog was not very big. The top 1/2 of her ears are gone-eaten up by flies. It was very, very sad to see her out there, trying to take care of her puppies with little food and water and flies eating away at her. We didn’t interact with her back then because she was a good momma and protected her puppies. The owners always told us that she was “mean”.

We were at this house either once or twice a week all summer long. Every time we stopped by, poor momma would have no water or filthy dirty water. We talked about the water situation every time we were there.

The golden mix dog had a huge rubbermaid contained filled up with nasty water with larvae and things in it. They got upset when we dumped that out and told us that she drank out of that and also “loved to get in it and cool down in the water”.  We patiently explained that that should not be sitting there because the mosquitoes bred in that nasty water and she shouldn’t be in that water. We told them that she certainly should not be drinking it. I try and tell myself, “Education, education, education.” We set up a water bucket and told them to keep the drinking water separate and fresh.

Here is a picture of the red shep mix. You can see the fly strike on his ears and the nasty water he had to drink.

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The puppies grew and started coming out of the dog house and walking all around. They were in a fenced yard. The people started telling us that they had homes for them all, blah, blah, blah-we hear it all the time.

I noticed that the puppies looked like they had skin issues. They had hair missing in some round patches-could be ring worm, could be anything. They were living in very unsanitary conditions. I talked to the people and told them that these puppies needed to see a vet and they responded that they were “going to take care of it”. I stopped by one week later and they had not taken them to a vet. You can see some of the spots in one of the pictures below.

I finally decided to turn them into animal control. We certainly weren’t getting through to these people, despite our noble efforts! Maybe animal control could get through to them with some citations-hopefully that would get their attention. I was very worried about the puppies. They were not thriving like they should. They needed de-wormed and now they had a possible skin problem, too. You can see momma’s ears bleeding from the flies. This was a miserable, disgusting place.

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We could’ve finally gotten these animals the help they so desperately needed, however animal control basically did nothing. I had no case number to look this up the next day because I had called a supervisor to explain all of our efforts and the conditions over there. I have emailed or called 4 times asking for what the results were and got no response. I am quite sure it’s another NO VIOLATIONS. What I do know is that nothing changed AT ALL. Things did not get any better. It was a wasted phone call to animal control, more frustration and a missed opportunity on their part to get these animals in a better situation. You can understand, I’m sure, why we feel like we are beating our heads against a brick wall most of the time.

We didn’t know if the pet owners thought it was us that turned them in or if animal control told them (they have done that before and put us in danger), so we decided we had better not go back by for awhile. More time passed and then one day we just pulled up, asked out our window if they needed any food or anything and they were receptive! We were able to take a look at the animals again. They had given away 3 of the puppies (they actually had given one away at a very early age). They were keeping one and he was already on a chain at 4 mo. old. If this makes you sad, it happens all the time.

I talked to them about spaying momma, letting us take the puppy, etc. They wanted momma spayed, but they were hell bent on keeping that puppy. They insisted that it wasn’t out on it’s chain all the time. They asked about getting a male dog neutered that was in the house. I didn’t even know about him. We made the appointment for me to come and pick them up for their free spay and neuter. The morning I got there, they brought their male out of the house and he was a very handsome, well cared for tan and white pit bull. They told me that he was the daddy to the puppies. At least they were wanting him neutered and weren’t going to fight with me about the city ordinance! They voluntarily wanted him neutered, which was good. He was very well cared for, while the other dogs suffered outside 24/7 in the heat of the summer. I’ll never understand.

Momma dog only weighed 24 lbs. She was down about 1/3 of her body weight, poor thing. When the vet tech got momma dog on the table, she said she felt pretty warm. She had a 103 degree temperature. We thought she might have a pyrometra, which is an infection of the uterus. We decided to go ahead and spay her. She did fine, but our hearts broke for this sweet girl. She was in bad shape and had somehow made it through the summer. She gave birth while on a chain and then tried to take care of her babies while chained and given very little food or water. She probably only survived because of our constant visits and monitoring. This poor little thing was very scared, too. We just couldn’t take her back to these people. We’d have to figure something out.

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I called the woman that owned momma dog and talked to her about her condition, the vet’s concerns, etc. I told her that if she could sign her over to us, we could absorb all of the medical costs to get her healthy again and then we would find her an indoor home. The woman was ok with that, but wanted to bring the kids to tell her good-bye. I gave her directions to one of our vet clinics we use, but of course they never showed. They never really cared about her anyway, that was obvious.

A few hours later, I got a call from a guy who, all of the sudden, was now the owner of momma dog and he didn’t want to give up his dog. He went on and on about how he’d had her since she was a puppy and how much he loved her. I told him he had a funny way of showing love, chaining her up in the terrible heat with no water, letting her give birth to a litter, etc. I explained the hell he had put that dog through last summer and he finally admitted that he “didn’t do her right”.  Then he got right down to the point of his whole phone call and he wanted money for her! Now, this did not surprise me at all because I know how some of these people operate. I’ve been around it a long time.

We knew momma could not go back there. In just 2 days at Chain of Hope, she was a totally different dog! Smiling and loving life and gaining confidence and wagging her tail. It was a beautiful thing to see. Look at her pix just 2 days later. Does this face say it all?

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Here is what I told the guy who was suddenly the owner. I told him that this dog was in terrible shape, that she was only 2/3 of what her body weight should be-she was emaciated under all that hair. I told him that she came in with a fever, was dehydrated, full of parasites, and that half of her ears were gone from flies eating them, even though we gave them fly gel every time we were there! I told him that all of that was documented by our veterinarian and that we had several pictures as well. I told him  to sleep on it and call me the next day. I never heard from him again.

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We all fell instantly in love with Maggie, which is what we named her.  She was the best girl! It is so awesome to watch a dog blossom and that’s exactly what Maggie was doing! She was thriving at Chain of Hope. A few weeks ago, Maggie scored an awesome foster home with Bethany!

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Bethany works at Three Dog Bakery and so she took Maggie to work with her. Maggie was scared, wouldn’t take treats from people and pretty much hid under the counter. Bethany kept working with her. She would take Maggie to her parent’s house when she had to be gone and Maggie and their Golden Retriever, Ollie (10 mo. old and 85 lbs ! ) became fast friends! Maggie was doing so well. Bethany took her back to work with her one day and Maggie was a different dog! She was greeting people, accepting the many cookies that came her way and was very social. She had come so far!

Well, Bethany’s parents fell in love with Maggie, of course, because everyone who meets her does! She’s a great little girl. She now weighs 37 lbs. and is happier than she’s ever been. They all started calling her Mollie. It wasn’t long before Chain of Hope received an adoption application from Bethany’s parents! They wanted to make Mollie a permanent member of their family! Now they had dogs named Ollie and Mollie! We couldn’t be happier for Mollie and for them! (We are still involved at Mollie’s old house and the puppy is not chained outside all the time-he is sometimes inside. We’ll stay on it and see what happens as he gets older and bigger.)

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Check out Mollie’s special cookies that say “Welcome” and “Home”.

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Yes, Mollie, you are finally HOME!!!

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Asking KCMO Animal Control to Step Up

November 20, 2014

I know that our faithful followers know that we are out here fighting on a daily basis for the poor animals that are neglected and forgotten. I wanted to show you a few of our recent cases and show you how frustrated we are trying to resolve situations for these poor animals. You can’t even imagine what we deal with trying to get help for the animals out there.

The first case involves an owner that we’ve helped in the past. I first found his 2 pit bulls on heavy tow chains in his back yard about 2 yrs. ago.  He was receptive, so I brought Red and Duke in for a free spay and neuter. We dewormed his dogs because they were both very skinny. We got this guy to crank up their feedings to twice a day and the dogs started looking and feeling better. We were finally able to score a large dog run for him so that his dogs could come off of their chains. He got it right up and when I visited the next time, both of his pits were in the dog run together, playing and happier than they’d been in a long time.

Then the guy moved. He called for food and I went over and both of his pits were back on heavy chains and they were skinny. I asked him where the dog run was and he said it was at his grandma’s house. I told him I wanted it back because I wanted to give it to somebody who wanted to use it. He insisted he was going to go get it. A few weeks later, he had brought over 1/2 of the dog run, not all of the pieces and had tied up both of his pits with 3 ft. long leashes. They were skinny, his yard was trashy, and there was lots of feces and flies around.We expressed our disgust and disappointment to this guy after everything we had done for him and more importantly for his dogs and this is how they were living now. We cut him off, which is a very hard decision to make. He would not step up. We hadn’t been over there for a few months and I always worried about these dogs. I sent a couple of outreach volunteers over to check on them since we hadn’t seen them in a long time and this is what they found:

 

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These dogs are in a hell hole. They are both very skinny, they had no food, no water, feces everywhere, trash everywhere, the dogs were tied up with short leashes, their igloos that we gave them a long time ago are now broken, not a speck of straw or anything in there to help keep them warm. They were so hungry, when the girls tossed them some raw hides, they went right to trying to actually eat the rawhide right away. This was sad, inhumane, disgusting and unnecessary. We called this into KCMO animal control and they left these dogs here!!! To me, this is automatic impoundment when they find dogs in these conditions. This is unbelievable and heart-breaking.

 

We received a call about a house with several animals. I went over and no one was home. I looked in the back yard and these people had 7 dogs back there! They had a shepherd on a chain, a rottweiler on a chain, a dog run with 2 adult pits and an older mixed breed puppy in there and another dog run with another pit and an older pit  puppy in there. The limit of animals is 4, there were 7 here and 4 of them were pits. I was quite sure none of the pits were altered, which is the city ordinance, so I called a supervisor. This back yard was pretty over whelming.  Animal control called me later and said that 2 of the pit bulls looked pregnant. I asked them what they had done over there and they said they were giving the man time to “get his numbers down”. He was out of town for the day, they spoke with him on the phone and he told them that he would be back in town that eve. and he would move some of his dogs. Unbelievable! They were going to let this guy move his possibly pregnant pit bulls to another location so that he could go ahead and have his “cash crop’ of pit bull puppies. I, of course, was very disappointed and upset and I called the director of animal control. I asked him how much time they were giving this guy and he said, “Two weeks”.  I expressed my opinion that they should have removed those possibly pregnant pit bulls right there and then and he told me that “this is their policy”. I have talked to them about this case more than once and they are sticking to their policy. Letting this man move his pit bulls is irresponsible, especially in a city with a mandatory spay/neuter ordinance for pit bulls. It’s against the law what this guy was doing, yet animal control gave him  a pass. I don’t think this is taking the pit bull ordinance very seriously, but then KCMO animal control barely touched the $100,000 of free money they were granted to spay and neuter pit bulls either.

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We received a call about a small dog outside, tied to a fence with no dog house. I went over and it was a freezing cold day. That night it was supposed to be 12 degrees and this 15 lb., small white terrier mix was tied to the fence. It had some kind of  card board box/recycle container for shelter and that was it. This woman wanted a dog house and I told her that no way were we bringing her a dog house because a tiny dog like that had no business being kept outside. She told me that it barks all the time and pees in the house. I told her we were not enabling her to keep this little baby outside. The next day, the dog was tied out there and so we turned this into animal control. This was the night it was going to be 7 degrees. When I checked the case, it said that “the officer patrolled the area and did not capture the animal”. What??????? This was clearly called in with the address with the fact that this dog was tied up behind this house. Why were they “patrolling”? I was so afraid that this little one would freeze to death that night, but somehow it made it through that brutal night. I called animal control again about this address and yesterday they went out and told her to keep it in the house until she got it a dog house. I already know what’s going to happen-this dog is peeing and barking a lot, it’s going to be right back out there.  We are speaking with this woman regarding signing her dog over to us. Frustrating.

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I have had 2 situations in the last week where dogs had a plastic crates with tarps over them as their shelter. Can you imagine staying outside when it’s 5 or 10 degrees and all you have is a plastic crate? We’ve called them both into animal control and both times, it was considered adequate shelter.

You and I are the taxpayers supporting this department. Do you feel like they are responding like they should? Is this how you want your city-run department to operate? How many animals are going to be left out there while the benefit of the doubt is always given to the owner and animals continue to suffer?

We are frustrated beyond frustrated. I wanted all of you to see why things aren’t that easy when you comment at times “take the dog, can’t you call animal control, is’t this cruelty, won’t animal control do anything, are there going to be citations served, isn’t this neglect, isn’t this abuse?” This is what we are facing on a daily basis. Chain of Hope is a very strong advocate for those animals suffering in the inner city, we are not going away and we will continue to fight for these babies. Thank you for donating and keeping us in this fight.

 

 

 

 

Lorenzo

November 13, 2014

DSCF4966We had met this dog’s owner a couple of months ago when he called for food. A couple of volunteers went over to check it out. The dog at that time did NOT look like anything you’re seeing in this picture. He was a pit bull and was not neutered. Our volunteers explained about the city ordinance and the fact that we will neuter his pit for free, but the guy didn’t want to do it, had to think about it, whatever. We told him to call us if he decided to neuter him, but we couldn’t assist him until his dog was neutered.

We didn’t hear from this guy after a few weeks, so I turned him into animal control. Surprise, surprise, they never went over, but I didn’t find that out until very recently. When I couldn’t get clarification from animal control, I put this boy back on our outreach list for us to check up on him. We didn’t even know if the dog was still there.  Very coincidentally, this pet owner called! He said he needed a dog house. When Patty called him back, this guy told her that the dog was outside with no shelter. She asked him if he’d ever gotten his dog neutered and he said no. She told him that we could not provide services unless he was willing to neuter his pit bull. He said, “if that’s what I gotta do….”

He also told Patty that he was on house arrest and couldn’t “go out to take care of the dog”. He said he’d been sending his little brothers out there to feed and water him. Hmmm, this did not sound good at all.

Jan and I headed over the next day to check on this poor dog. We went to the door and the guy answered. I asked him where the dog was and he said out back. I asked him if we could go back and give him a treat and he said yes and closed the front door. Jan and I headed back and this is what we found.

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It was 35 degrees the night before we were here and this boy spent it and all the other nights tied to a tree in the back yard. He was tied up with a blue rope, which was wrapped around the tree-he could barely move. We could see all of his ribs, he had sores all over, there was no food or water. This situation had gone down hill and was incredibly sad. We gave him a raw hide right away and he just laid there and chewed on that while we took all of this in. There was no way this dog was staying here.

About this time, the guy came walking out into the back yard. Gee-guess he could go outside with his ankle bracelet on after all! I turned to him and pointed to this dog and said, “This is how you’ve been keeping your dog? What the hell?”. He replied that he “couldn’t get out there and take care of him”.  I looked at him and very calmly asked him if he wanted animal control to come and take this dog or did he want to sign him over to Chain of Hope, because this dog was not staying here. He looked at the ground and mumbled that we could take him. I said, “Fine, I’ll have a paper for you to sign in a minute” and started to untangle the dog. He told me that he would get him untied. I walked back to the van to get the relinquishment paper and Jan stayed behind to help get this poor dog. This was his liberation day out of his hell!

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What is so sad is what we see all the time. When we all got out in the front yard by the van, look at how this little boy is staring up. Guess who he is looking at? The owner. How sad. He’s the only thing this dog has known. Dogs are amazing creatures, their love and loyalty run deep despite what humans do to them. Little did this dog know that there was a wonderful life waiting for him and things would be so much better very soon.

 

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We got this boy back to Chain of Hope. We were in the middle of the World Series, so Leah named this little one Lorenzo, after Royals player Lorenzo Cain.  Lorenzo went to the bath tub and Devin got him all cleaned up.

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Lorenzo started getting used to being inside where it’s warm and he thoroughly loved getting to play with other dogs. It turns out that Lorenzo is only about 8 months old. What a precious boy.

 

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We took care of Lorenzo’s parasites and he started putting on weight quickly. Amazing how that works when they have food on a daily basis, too!

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Lorenzo quickly had a new problem, though. He had “happy tail”!!! He wags his tail so much that it made a sore on the end from whipping around and banging on his crate and things like that. We wrapped his tail and it’s doing well. What a problem to have, hey Lorenzo???

 

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This little guy is much loved at Chain of Hope. It is such a pleasure to watch him playing, filling out and having the time of his life. How horrible that he was treated the way he was treated, but he was pulled out of that hell and Lorenzo is loving life!!! Thank you donors and supporters for helping us to save Lorenzo’s life. He’s the best!

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Riley

November 6, 2014

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Chain of Hope has several “angels in the hood” that keep their eye out for animals in need and distress. We received a call one day from  one of those angels named William (he also saved Spanky, an older Shih Tzu that I blogged about fairly recently). William said that the people down the street had “put out” their pit bull. He said they literally took his collar off of him and pushed him out the door.  William told us that those same people had a female pit and a litter of puppies. They kept them in the house, so there’s nothing authorities can do. Whether this dog was the father of the puppies and they were now done with him, who knows? We’ll never understand the thought process out there. William told me that this blue pit had come up to his house  and was hanging out there. William said that the dog was injured and was very thin. He said he had been feeding him and letting him sleep on his front porch, but he really couldn’t afford another dog and this dog needed medical help.

I headed over and that is when I met this dog William was calling Baby. He was pretty thin, the right side of his face and mouth was swollen and his left, front foot was swollen and had a cut on it. He was limping pretty badly. Another poor pit bull having a hard time out here. This poor, poor boy. I loaded him up and got him to the vet.

This dog was ours now, so I named him Riley. It turns out that Riley’s toe was fractured in 4 places and needed to be amputated. He had a tooth that was jabbed extremely far up in his gum and it was broken in 4 big chunks up in there. He had lots of sores on him and his skin was in poor shape. We didn’t know what had happened to sweet Riley, but it wasn’t good. He was the sweetest boy, but obviously had had some kind of trauma.

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Riley desperately needed our help. He settled in at Chain of Hope. We all fell in love with him immediately. He was a doll!

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The next day, Riley went to surgery to get everything taken care of.

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Riley woke up with stitches in his mouth, a toe gone and stitches in his foot, plus he was neutered! He had had a lot done to him and we kept him on pain meds and  kept him comfortable. Through it all, he was the most loving, patient dog-not a complaint out of him.

Riley began healing, putting on weight and making new friends at Chain of Hope.

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This boy was extremely handsome, had a great personality, got along with all other dogs and just had a lot of love to give. It didn’t take long for Riley to find a home with Gabe! Gabe adopted Riley about a month ago and everything is going great! What’s not to love about this dog? He’s amazing!

 

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Thanks to Gabe for giving “Ray” as he is now called, a fantastic, forever home. Thanks to our supporters for keeping us out there.

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Have a wonderful life, Ray!

Luke

October 30, 2014

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I first met a pet owner named Brenda a few years ago. I actually blogged about her three dogs and her back in the summer of 2012: https://chainofhope.wordpress.com/2012/06/26/brenda-and-her-dogs/.

Brenda had always had her dogs inside her apartment, but then moved and the landlord didn’t want any animals inside. Brenda put all 3 of her dogs outside on chains. We  began weekly monitoring of this situation because their care was minimal and they began slipping through the cracks.

 

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There was a wonderful rottie mix, a tan shepherd mix, and a chow mix. The rottie and the shep mix were very friendly with us. The chow mix seemed to dislike us more every time we came over. He just became more and more aggressive and upset when we were there. We could not go into his dirt circle, we couldn’t touch him. His name was Duke and our hearts ached for him. We had eventually been able to gain freedom for  the rottie mix and the shep mix, but we could not get the third dog out of there. He would growl, charge us, and act pretty nasty. We had to scoot his water bowl up to him. One of us would distract him while the other bravely went and shoved hay in his house. Many times, I would have to leave Brenda a note about something because we couldn’t deal with him-like putting his flea prevention on him. I would leave a note and ask Brenda to call me so that I could make sure she was doing the things that Duke wouldn’t allow us to do.

We continued to visit Duke. He was so lonely back in the back yard. It was very overgrown and shady back there. He did his growling and charging at times, but sometimes he would act happy to see us because he knew when that van pulled up, he was going to get hooked up! We still couldn’t get in his circle and we still couldn’t touch him and all of us were convinced that he would bite us if we got too close.

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After we got the rottie mix and the shep mix out of there, we kept visiting Duke. We took him special meaty bones which he loved! We did the best we could for him and continued to come by just about every week. We never forgot about Duke and we continued to try and be his friend-at least he got lots of goodies when we came by. We always came up the alley and he knew the van immediately. We knew we couldn’t get his boy, but we were going to make sure he had the necessities that he needed and keep him as comfortable as possible.

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This boy would have his fur up and be on guard most of the time when we were there. He seemed to be mad at the world and I can’t say I blamed him. Look at how he was being treated. I’d be mad as hell, too. We totally understood and did what we could to bring him a little happiness. Chain of Hope received a couple of different calls about poor Duke during last year’s brutal winter. Two different times, someone who lived on that street called and said that they could hear a dog crying and whining on those frigid, freezing nights. When I went over there and talked to the people that had called this in, they would point in the direction of Duke’s yard. I knew it was Duke that they had heard crying back there. I know he only made it through the winter because we were doing everything we could do for him.

These were common things we found when visiting Duke. His dog house would be in 2 pieces, his water would be filthy, etc.

 

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We visited Duke as often as we could for 2 years! Two years and Chain of Hope had kept in this boy’s life,  making sure he was ok. And then one day a few months ago, Chain of Hope received a call from Brenda. She was moving the next day and “needed us to come and get Duke”.  Yes, just one day’s notice. This happens to us quite frequently. It’s like these people put no fore thought into anything they’re doing. Oh my gosh-what were we going to do?  He didn’t let anyone but Brenda get close to him. This didn’t look good for Duke at all.  I didn’t want him going to the shelter and being freaked out and aggressive there. He would sit there for days and ultimately be euthanized. No one could deal with him. We decided that we needed to go get him and bring him back to the vet for euthanasia. We would spare him the fright, anxiety and stress of having to go to the shelter and sit like that for days and days. We would put him down humanely.

 

I drove over to Brenda’s and came up the alley. Duke was on alert when he saw the van. It was so over grown back there, I had to make a path through the brush and bushes. My heart was very heavy.  I could not believe that I was coming through that path to Duke’s house for the last time and that we were going to be leading him out of here to put him to sleep. It was unbearable.

 

Brenda put a leash on Duke and led him to the van. He came with no problem. I know now that he absolutely knew that he was going to freedom. He jumped up into the crate I had in the van, Brenda closed the van door and turned around to go back in her house. I said, “Really Brenda? “. She turned around and said, “what?” I said, “Not a pat on the head, not a good-bye, nothing???” She said, “Oh (like it was a revelation), I can do that”. She turned around to walk back over to the van, I put my hand on it and wouldn’t let her open it. I told her she didn’t ever give a damn about that dog.  I told her to not get any more animals and to never call Chain of Hope again.

 

 

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As I was driving Duke back to Chain of Hope, I was thinking how nicely and calmly he came out of that back yard. He had a spring in his step and I know that he knew he was finally getting out of his nasty, lonely back yard from hell. He wasn’t growling or barking. I started thinking about saving him instead. I knew he’d been through so much hell in his life that I thought he deserved a chance to see how he would act now that he was off of his tie-out and out of that terrible environment. Everyone was afraid of him at first and if you’d ever been a few feet in front of him in his yard  when he decided to charge you, you’d understand why. I think Judy thought I was crazy! When I got him to Chain of Hope, Leah and I carried him in to a dog run. She made signs that said “no one except Kate Quigley can walk this dog!”

 

 

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I got him out later that day and took him out for a walk and he was SO happy! He loved being able to smell all of the wonderful smells out there. He had lived in his dirt and had nothing to stimulate him or engage him . Now, he just couldn’t get enough of smelling everything! After a day or two, the signs came down off of his kennel, others started walking him and Duke became known as Luke instead! A new name for a new life!

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Before long, he was in our big dog room and going out in playgroups.

 

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Luke is so happy and well-adjusted! He is the BEST dog in the world! He plays very nicely with other dogs, he loves people, he listens well, he is crate-trained. He is an exceptional dog. Whoever adopts Luke will be a very lucky person. I find myself sometimes standing at the window, watching the dogs play in the play yard. I watch Luke run and play and tease and toss stuffed animals in the air and I am so thankful to God for Chain of Hope. Luke’s life is so much better now. He has lots of love and attention. The only thing missing now is his forever home! What a deserving, well-behaved, grateful dog Luke is. If you’d like to offer Luke a foster home or an adoptive home, please go to http://www.chainofhopekc.org and go to our adoptable pets page to find the applications.

Luke is an incredible boy! He is resilient, intelligent, affectionate and he has a song in his heart these days!  We can’t say enough about this fabulous boy!

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Carol and Erica took Luke on an overnight camping trip to the lake. Boy, did he have a blast! This boy’s life had just been turned around.Luke has learned trust and been shown much kindness and love. Here he is running with Cee Cee, one of Erica’s dogs down the country road.

 

 

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Luke is so full of life now. He paid his dues and then some and now he is much blessed! He is strikingly handsome, a “head turner” as I call him! Luke is the whole package-he’s got it goin’ on!

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Thanks for making it possible for us to be out there responding to the many calls that we get! We run so many calls a day, we feel like Luke felt here! Thanks for keeping us out there.

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