ORIGINAL STORY (March 13, 2013):
Last year I noticed a stray dog by our home. For weeks I tried to catch her but she was afraid of me. I decided to gain her trust by feeding her every day. I later learned that I was not the only one. I met two great ladies by the name of Claudia and Sherri who had also been feeding her as well but were unable to rescue her.
We came to learn Sandy had been seen living out in the desert since at least June of 2012. She had survived wind & rain storms, freezing temperatures, and coyotes for over 9 months. We believe another dog she was traveling with was taken away by animal control or possibly died, leaving Sandy all alone. We believe Sandy was used for breeding and was dumped out there by her owners, therefor very cautious of people.
One day as I walked my own dogs I saw animal control had parked along the street where I had seen here. It had been a while since I had seen her. Sure enough she was there. I begged the animal control officer to give me some time to catch her myself and he said if he got another call he would have to take her in, but he agreed that me catching her would be a better outcome and he preferred I tried.
I was able to borrow a large humane trap from Claudia Todd, a local rescuer and animal advocate herself. A couple of weeks went by but she wouldn't allow herself to be caught. I spent hours watching her and seeing her patterns. I checked the trap frequently. Many times the bait was missing, but so was she. She always watched me set the trap again in frustration from a distance.
On March 13, 2013 she was finally trapped and rescued. We were able to secure her and walked her to my home and made her feel comfortable inside my garage. I plan on working with her to get her acclamated to my dogs and be part of the family. That will take time.
Now we need your help.
Sandy needs medications, toys, and financial help to pay for her rehabilitation. She is a survivor but she would love some help from us. Sandy will be staying with me in my garage. There is a lot of work to do with her. She has a skin problem as well needing vaccinations, worm testing, and getting spayed. I'm willing to invest a lot of time and money into her. But I can use your help. I plan on helping her along the way with her medical care and rehabilitation to get her ready for a good permanent home with a loving family. I will need to conduct aggression tests, teach her basic obedience commands, and of course get her health in good condition.
I am accepting donations of all types. I need a large crate, leashes, toys, food, and of course money to provide her with medical care. If there is something that I have a surplus of it will be donated to different animal rescues in El Paso.
THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HAVE DONATED:
BIG thanks to Stacey and the rest of Mack Massey FIAT (I-10 @ Sunland Park exit 13 El Paso, TX 79922) for their donation today. If you're in need of a new or used vehicle please support a great group of people at Mack Massey FIAT! Website: http://mackmasseyfiat.com/
Other great people that have donated:
Dr. Janie Grant at Dog, Cat, & Bird Hospital
I will posting more photos as well as videos of her progress. So please check back soon. If you have any questions feel free to email me at
or call / text me.
Thank you. Sincerely,
UPDATE: 04/11/13Originally the donations were meant to get Sandy's medical treatment, vaccinations, spay, and overall rehabilitation (obedience, behavioral, etc.) until we were able to find a good forever home for her. Dr. Grant at Dog, Cat, & Bird Hospital was kind enough to offer us her services. After a home visit and a check up at her office she found that Sandy was in GREAT health. It's amazing. She's our miracle. Shortly after getting the okay to let her interact with our dogs we found her to be great around them and our dogs welcomed her into our home.
After a month of caring for her Priscilla and I have decided that the best home for Sandy is right here with us. We decided that she is going to stay with us permanately and therefor we are responsible to provide her what she needs as we do with our other pets, Bailey and Abbey. So we ask that if you wish to donate to please consider donating to the other great local rescues in El Paso and the area that help many abandoned dogs like Sandy.
Below is a list of a few that you can help out:
Standard Poodle Rescue/Chantelle Nicole's Kennels
Cyntia, owner and operator of Standard Poodle Rescue and Chantelle's Kennels provided great grooming to Sandy when she really needed it. Cyntia provides great care of all of the dogs she rescues and also provides boarding and grooming. She also cares for many special needs dogs that have little chance of adoption.
Your donation can really help to save some animals that other shelters may not accept.
Address: 244 Tornillo Flats Dr, Chaparral, NM 88081
From the Heart Animal Rescue
Founded in January 2004, From the Heart Animal Rescue (FTHAR) is a 501c non-profit dedicated to caring for hurt and frightened victims of accident, disease, cruelty and neglect, by providing the life-saving surgeries, medications and special care.
From the Heart Animal Rescue has done an amazing job of providing care to all types of dogs regardless of their health and breed.
P.O. Box 56, Canutillo, Texas 79835