Rest in Peace, Mhora.
Before being surrendered to us, Mhora’s life was a sad and isolated one. Although she was confused and upset to have been sent away all the same, in very short time she understood her good fortune. We wish it had not taken until her senior years for her to have the life she deserved. Mhora was adopted by a loving couple within a few weeks of coming to us, and she enjoyed almost 3 happy years with them before suddenly passing.
Seamus, a 130 pound IWx, was a surrender from the central California coast. Rehomed in Scotts Valley, California.
Rest in Peace, BiBi. We love you. Visit The BiBi Project to read his story and why we’ve created a public service program in his honor.
A very special, loves-everyone boy whom we hope not to miss too much since he’ll be so close by. Love you, mu-mu. <3
Alert: Nucca was reported lost shortly after her foster in Spain asked to adopt her. As it turns out, she was been being offered for adoption as “Betty” just before her reported loss. If anyone has information, please contact us. She was fostered, living, and supposed to have been adoption-finalized through Almeria perrera (her originating rescuers and housers of her paperwork), in the Cadiz region.
Wire-haired podenca Harmony, now Hazel, adopted in Eureka, California.
First photo: Jockey, weak and scared, having been neglected for some time, the day we picked him up from a Craigslist surrenderer. Second photo: Jockey with his adopter several months later.
Zebby, now Sweetie
Chai had been surrendered to us for reasons related to seizures; since before he was surrendered there had been mention of possible euthanasia, we are very glad to report he is happy, well, and seizure free for years!–thanks to the commitment of his adoptive parents and their vet.
Ciclon, now Beezer, lives with Lori and Doug in Milan, Michigan. They are very lucky on two counts: Not only to get a puppy, but to adopt from us at all since we don’t normally place dogs in their area — and things had to be just so, including a travel volunteer, saving them those expenses as well! But above and beyond all of that, we need to know that the dogs will always be safe, well, and happy, so many more concerns and hesitations were explored and conversations were had before agreeing to this placement. We eventually agreed as Lori gave her word that she would never us down.
Ori, a super sweet Podenco Canario, was met in Spain by one of the SSAS directors / caretakers, with whom Ori bonded almost instantly. They spent a few days getting to know one another and there was rumor they might run off together. 😉 But alas, they had to come back to boring old USA. They flew into SFO, where the other director-caretaker waited to make sure all was well and get in some nuzzle time with Sir Cuddly. Origo was eventually adopted in San Francisco, California. His human is very lucky to have this uber special boy.
Iris is a rather timid, sweet, and lovely podenca that now joins our own little family. Welcome home, Iris.
2013 (founding year) to YTD 2019 Lifesaving Percentage: 100%
(100% lifesaving means that all dogs taken into SSAS survive: 0% euthanasia in care; 0% death in care; 0% lost in care.)
Most of our intakes are special needs dogs, which require longer stays with us for ABA and, occasionally, doctor-ordered bed rest. These dogs often need specially skilled forever homes–which are not always easy to find–so may remain with us until they are ready and until willing, suitable adopters are identified. This is why a Capacity for Care approach now guides our operations; fewer dogs means higher quality care, and as much time as each dog needs.
Yearly Statistics / Live Release Rate / Save Rate:
2019: Total intake YTD: = 0 / YTD total homed = 1 adult canine
2018: Total intake = 1 adult canine / Total homed = 3 adult canines
2017: Total intake = 2 adult canines / Total homed = 5 adult canines
2016: Total intake = 16 adult canines / Total homed = 9 adult canines
2015: Total intake = 14 adult canines / Total homed = 14 adult canines
2014: Total intake = 11 adult canines / Total homed = 11 adult canines
Source of Intakes: Transfer from other rescues & shelters (includes strays found by those rescues & shelters): 40 Owner surrender: 5
(No cat data is provided because we are dog only.)