Here are the original stories and adoption
information about those dogs who came to us as a result of abuse or
abandonment, and have been placed in permanent homes during 2015.
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Adopted*** Darla and Spanky ***Adopted
adopted together by our veterinarian and her family. So far they are doing great and are so
happy they finally have their own home and four children to love!
Darla and Spanky are five year
old English Mastiffs who are a bonded pair.
They are spayed and neutered and weigh well over 100 lbs! They are
inside dogs who love to curl up on the couch. Both are gentle giants who live now with
a St Bernard and 3 year old mastiff.
Everyone gets along well.
They are not used to being kenneled and do not need to be. They will be wonderful companions for
Adopted*** Noelle ***Adopted
returned twice to a big city shelter.
The reason?? The same old
standard ones...too much energy, they don't have enough time. I wonder what people think when they
adopt a big dog?
So, she came here and ran off tons of energy and settled into a well
behaved family pet as most of them do when released from a cage. (wouldn't you?)
The family who adopted her came to meet a different dog, but decided
Noelle was a much better match, and boy were they right. The pictures are so sweet and touching,
it will make the hardest heart cry.
The children love her, and you can sure tell she loves them. What a
wonderful Christmas gift for this sweet dog.
returned twice to a large shelter.
Her adopters did not "have time for her." This seems to be a common statement so we
all wonder why anyone adopts in the first place. Anyway, according to one of the employees
she was "shutting down." I
went to meet her and saw her sadly shaking violently. I said we would take her and picked her
up the next day. Noelle is a
Boxer/Shepherd mix. She is spayed,
housebroken and good with kids and other dogs. She runs and plays with all of the dogs
here and has limitless energy.
Like so many of the dogs we get here, they run and play all
day, and are quiet and peaceful in the house at night. We feel the main problem
with most families who complain about the dog being too hyper or
destructive is they do not get enough exercise. Why get a dog, put it in a crate all day
while you work, and come home to give it one pathetic walk a day? It is just dumb. We love her and she is now lying at my
feet as I type. What a wonderful companion she will be for some lucky
Adopted*** Clifford ***Adopted
When his owner died, Clifford had nowhere to go. His owner’s relative called my husband and
asked if we could pick him up, which we did. It turned out he is a gorgeous,
purebred three year old Chocolate Lab.
Wow! Everyone loves them.
However, Clifford had to endure 8-9 hours a day in a metal crate and lie in
his urine all day. The result was
that it would take some time for him to get into shape and "fix"
some of the problems resulting from prolonged confinement. A family came along willing to work
with this beautiful dog, providing he got along with their
grandchildren. I knew that was a no
brainer due to his wonderful disposition.
He is settled happily in the country with lots of room to run,
also spending hours inside...but no crates for him ever again. What a great Christmas present!
Adopted*** Sadie ***Adopted
Sadie got bounced around a few times by life, but has
come up smiling every time...this gal is a survivor. Her new home is a fun one.....she is now
an official sorority girl with Alpha Gamma Delta!! She has 40 girls hovering over her and
spoiling her all day long. Her official mom is a senior from Australia and
Sadie will go with her on graduation.
Her mom is staying in America which is fine with us!! All reports are good and it looks like
Sadie will have a very merry Christmas!
Sadie is a
beautiful, two year old, spayed, housebroken black retriever mix. She is possibly part flat coated
retriever, but whatever she is, she is gorgeous. Sadie weighs about 45 lbs
and is 2 years old. She is
a family dog and has a cocker spaniel buddy so she gets along well
with other dogs and kids. But, she is able to jump the fence and
despite all efforts to the contrary, she outsmarts the entire family. The neighbors are not particularly
understanding and although she is friendly and adorable, they
are complaining. We think she
is a doll and will be a great addition to any family who adopts her. She is used to being in the house
but loves the great outdoors also!
Adopted*** Jasper ***Adopted
When I first met
Jasper he was in a rural shelter and I was told he had been there for
over two years. The pit bull
ban precluded him from being adopted in that county. He was too sweet and too pretty to be left
any longer, so he was transferred to us. It didn't take long to figure
out he was the perfect dog and everyone adored him. But something was lacking...he needed his
very own family. Finally, the right
people came along and appreciated him for the wonderful dog he is. Now he is safe and sound with his family
and we could not be happier for that wonderful boy!!
Jasper is a handsome 5 year old American Bulldog. He has been in a rural shelter for over 2
years and could not be adopted because the entire county has a pit
bull ban. I could see immediately
how sweet and loving he was and asked to have him transferred to
SCARS. Jasper is neutered and
weighs about 70 lbs. He is very well
behaved and gentle. It amazes
us here how a dog, locked up for such a very long period of time with
little social contact, could be so well mannered and happy. He never shows
any aggression with our dogs, trots off to the pond with
everyone and goes swimming. Anyone who wants a wonderful, loving
companion, will hit the jackpot with this dog. (He is not good with
Adopted*** Beauregard ***Adopted
are memorable, and all are cause for celebration. But today was an adoption that I will
never forget. A month or so ago I got a text message late at night from
a friend who lives alone in the country.
A HUGE dog was staring in her window and she was scared. In fact, she said "there are four of
them, because he is at every window."
After she calmed down and described the dog, I told her it was a
coonhound and they are gentle and non-aggressive. She gingerly opened the door and he
bounded in! After several days of
his leaping and twirling around she realized she could not keep him from
running off again. She had removed a
very tight shock collar and fed him multiple meals, but would I please come
get him. So, Bo came to SCARS. Weeks
of him howling and baying at trees and generally being disruptive, I
despaired of finding him a home. So
my husband took over, brought him in and Bo sat on his lap watching TV and
slept next to him in bed. This is
what he needed...to be worked with by people who cared about him. We came to find out that he is
housebroken which is amazing considering he had probably never been
inside. Then one day I got an email
from someone wanting to meet him. From the sound of it, she knew
hounds and she loved his picture.
Today, he piled into the car with them and the three kids and went
home. I now have a picture of him beneath their tree and there
are no words for my joy. No
words to tell you how wonderful it is to have a dog, alone and unloved, be
embraced by a family. Merry
Bo is a
purebred, male Walker Coonhound. He
weighs 70 lbs, is about 4 years old, and like
most coonhounds, he howls!! However,
he is quiet and well behaved in the house and walks well on a leash. He loves people and gets along with other
dogs. Typical of his breed, Bo is a
gentle, loving soul who will make someone a great companion. I love to take him for walks, because he
does most of the work!! He is soon
to be neutered and will be updated on all of his shots and then be ready
Adopted*** Rosebud ***Adopted
I got a call from a woman in a nearby county who told me her
son had left a pup with them, and her husband was going to shoot her. Why??
I don't know ....I guess because they didn't want her and there is
no shelter in her area. When I saw
her sad little face, and how skinny she was, I said we would take her. As luck turned out, one of my fosters was in her area and picked her up and
brought her home. Before I could say
abracadabra, I got a text from a friend saying she had seen the picture I
posted on Facebook and her good friend
wanted Rosebud! They came to meet
her, fell in love and took her home.
She is one happy puppy now and safe in her new family!!
Adopted*** Winnie ***Adopted
Winnie was out
of time in a neighboring county. We
had to either pick her up fast, or she would be put down. I saw a picture of her, realized we were
full but had no choice, so she came here.
In the meantime, a friend of Terry's saw her picture
on Facebook and plans were drawn up via texting while we were at our
favorite Mexican restaurant!
Winnie was in the car as it pulled into our driveway, and her
prospective adopter was waiting.
They met and yes...it is a story book romance. They had the same
color hair...red!! Off she went
and the rest of the family said "Let's keep her!" It just doesn't get any better than that.
From being abandoned, scared and
cold to the embrace of a loving family. This is a Christmas miracle.
Adopted*** Christmas Pups ***Adopted
The first of Destiny’s pups to go to new homes were Tobias and
Daphne. Their homes were screened
very carefully and we know they will be well taken care of. Destiny still has three of her babies to
keep her company and lots of dogs to play with during the day!!!
Adopted*** Penney and Piper ***Adopted
Penney and Piper
went off to their new home today, where they have a bed and new clothes
waiting for them. ...and lots of love!
Dad really loves Piper's gray color and is a fan of Dachshunds. It looks like a great match for all.
Piper and Penney
were rescued from a hoarding situation.
The "breeder" says they are dachshund/min pin mixes. They are both females, around 8-10 weeks
old, weigh approximately two pounds and have had their first set of shots
and wormed three times. They need a
good diet and follow up care, but are lively and healthy and race around like
little bullets. We prefer these two
stay together as they are best buddies and keep each other warm at
Adopted*** Dexter ***Adopted
When we got Dexter, he had been picked up by AC in a town in
Missouri and the owners decided not to go get him. Apparently they let him out and he
visited the dogs in the neighborhood and became the local socialite. This did not go over well with AC so he
was "out of time" and we saw him on the website and took him
in. We began to think the right home
would never come along, but patience is a virtue in this business and the
right family appeared!! They say he
is doing great and love him.....he has a sister dog who visits off and on
and he has had no accidents!!
We are thrilled this beautiful boy found his home.
Dexter is a year
old Boxer/ St Bernard mix. He weighs 90 lbs and
is heartworm negative and neutered.
He came from a family with 5 children and they let him out the door continually
and AC kept picking him up. Since
the family had no fence, he wandered around meeting everyone. The last time he was picked up, they
said they did not want him back. So, here he is with SCARS!! He is good with kids and cats, and fine
with other dogs unless they "bug" him and then he
gets grumpy. He loves to play
fetch and will run and run with the ball.
We think he would be fine as an only dog, but whatever, he will be a
Adopted*** Pete ***Adopted
We had many
applications for Pete, but none were a good fit. Even though he
is a beautiful purebred Boxer, he just didn't seem to be the
right dog for families who called.
Then we got the perfect application from a couple who adopted a deaf
dog from us two years ago and they wanted a larger dog who the little
dog could follow around! In
addition, they did not seem too overly concerned about his “dribbling" problem
and are going to follow up on it. We are keeping our fingers
crossed that Pete will turn out the be the perfect
second dog for them!
Pete is a one
year old purebred brindle boxer. He
was surrendered because he was too hard to housebreak. They trained him to use a bell, and he
would forget. They had a brand new
house and could not put up with accidents, so he is now waiting for his
forever home! He is neutered, up to
date on shots, heartworm negative and, according to his foster, doing great
on housebreaking. Pete is gorgeous
and has a lot of energy!!!
Adopted*** Moses ***Adopted
Moses was breaking our hearts.
We knew he was a loving, big fluffy overgrown puppy dog, but he
has a few issues. It seemed no one
would give him the time and patience he needed after spending the
first 18 months of his life on a chain.
But then, miracles do happen.
I got an email from a woman who said she loved his picture, and she
and her family would be driving over 3 hours the next day
to meet him.....and if it worked out, they would take him
home. I had my doubts but they were
dispelled when the family met Moses.
He loved them and they loved him! They are not concerned
about his protectiveness and will guard him carefully when he meets friends
of their kids who come to visit. Latest report... he is afraid
of their cats and getting along fine with the other dog. We want him to
understand why dogs do what they do when they have been neglected is a
challenge. Many shelters, rescues,
and adopters misunderstand dog behavior and do the easy thing....call them
aggressive and write them off. Moses
is not aggressive. He is probably
too protective of those he loves, is not crazy about large male dogs
getting in his face, and definitely has some barrier issues (barks
ferociously behind a fence). After
all, he was chained for 18 months of his 18 month life until coming to
SCARS. Here is what we see - a gentle giant who would never hurt a
child or an adult he knows.
Moses in a male, Great Pyrenees mix and weighs 120lbs. He is good in the house, neutered, just
about housebroken and has no food aggression. He is quiet and well behaved, but loves
to play with our big dog, Jimmy.
Moses was recently adopted and returned by a family who truly loved
him. But he was sleeping with the
kids and doing great. However,
growled when a neighbor child reached to pet him. Of course, this is most
disconcerting to a family with many kids coming and going. So, maybe an adult home with a female
dog? Maybe a single person who
wants to be very safe and have a big fluffy friend to snuggle with? The right person is out there for Mo so
please help us find them.
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