|*Luna* IN A NUTSHELL: Friendly and as sweet as can be.|
*Pearl" IN A NUTSHELL: Initially shy, but warms up very quickly.
|We were first alerted to Pearl and Luna via an email stating, "Can you guys PLEASE SAVE these 2 SISTERS FROM BEING EUTHANZIE AT THE RIVERSIDE SHELTER in CALIFORNIA.......SO PRECIOUS, LOVING, AND BEAUTIFUL...... PLEASE HELP THEM!!!." The email also provided a facebook link. When we investigated the link we found that the sender was a "poster" -- someone who lives in another state (in this case, Nebraska), knows nothing about the dogs (and, in fact, in most cases a "poster" doesn't even know if the dogs they're screaming and posting about are still in the shelter!) and who sounds the alarm for all dogs that come onto their radar, usually resulting in a rescue wasting its time and resources "chasing its tail" while they determine if a dog(s) is truly in jeopardy and in need of immediate help. |
While in some instances posting CAN have positive results, we have learned over our many years of doing rescue that, in most cases, the alarm is a false one. Either the dog(s) are not in any danger or, in most cases, have already left the shelter in one form or another! Therefore, we gave little credence to this alarmist and went straight to the source of the original facebook post (in this case, a group called "Saving Riverside's Dogs and Impounded Paws") to find out the true story of the girls. We thank them for saner heads and knowledgeable answers to our questions about the girls which enabled us to come up with a plan to save them.
Our first email went out to our Facebook Angel Kathy J to find out if we were partnered with this shelter. We were but out paperwork wasn't current, but it only took a very small amount of updating to fix that. Next we had to arrange for the girls to be picked up at the shelter and so we called on our friends at Husky Camp, Chuck and Jon, who agreed to be at the shelter on Saturday morning to pick up the girls.
Pearl and Luna came into the shelter together as strays in late July. We don't know if they're sisters or just good friends ... maybe both ... but Luna is listed at just over a year and Pearl is listed at 2 years. We'll have a better idea of their ages once they are seen by our vet for spay surgery. As they waited out the days for their family to find them, they developed an upper respiratory infection, which effectively signed their death warrants. We could not let that happen!
UPDATE 8/26: The girls have left the shelter and are enjoying the hospitality of Husky Camp, awaiting transport to us in Phoenix. We're not entirely sure who is who just yet but we'll figure it out soon enough.
UPDATE 9/10: Pearl and Luna have arrived in Phoenix! It was dark when we arrived, so we'll work on getting pictures of the girls here in Phoenix as soon as they've settled in. They are scheduled for spay surgery on the 20th and 22nd.
UPDATE 9/17: Unfortunately, once they were settled in in Phoenix, we discovered that Pearl was in season! We will be postponing her spay surgery for about a month. Luna, however, will be spayed on September 20th.
UPDATE 9/20: Luna had her spay surgery today and came through without complication. Our vet determined that she was approximately 12 months of age and had not had any litters of puppies, which is great news. She also showed a weight gain since leaving the shelter; she's now up to 55.5 pounds.
Adoption fees to be determined.