Sunday, September 27, 2015

Foster Homes Needed for Freedom 46 pups

A letter from OBG's President, Teresa Butler

Dear Friends,

It's hard to believe it has been three months since OBG rescued 46 dogs from a hot barn in rural Virginia (click here for a link to the original email with their story). Soon our 46 became 53 as we rescued an additional seven dogs that had originally been part of the group of dogs at the barn but had been moved to other locations including local shelters before OBG arrived on July 25th. Please read on for a short update on these dogs and those Freedom 46 dogs still waiting for foster homes and forward this email to anyone who might be able to help. This should include other rescues, if you have contacts with any rescue that might be able to assist. If you or anyone you know is interested in fostering one of these dogs, please email volunteer@cockerspanielrescue.com.

The good news is 17 have found their forever homes and 16 are currently in foster homes (see our Dogs Available page)!* Those dogs are now living the good life with not only basic care, but also healthy doses of daily spoiling. Sadly, not all of the news has been good. OBG is in mourning over sweet Jelly. She was thriving in her foster home and her foster parents had just decided to adopt her when she passed away unexpectedly a few nights later. Her story from Korean meat market to the "barn" and finally into the loving care of OBG is incredible. OBG will be sharing her story in detail in the weeks to come. May she rest in peace.

One of my favorite expressions is "in for a penny, in for a pound" and that was definitely my motto during the entire Freedom 46 rescue. Once OBG decided to help these dogs, we made the decision to help ALL of the dogs, no matter what. OBG knew there was a risk we would get dogs that had issues with other dogs or health or temperament issues, but decided to take them anyway to rescue them from the horrible conditions they were living in every day. Please read on to learn more about the Freedom 46 dogs that still need YOUR help. They have been stuck in our kennels for two months now.

Freedom 46 Dogs That Are Still Kenneled

Caroline is a beautiful honorary cocker. We think she's a brindle terrier mix and is about three years old. She is a friendly, energetic girl who has already learned basic commands such as sit, shake and down. Unfortunately, all indications are that she does not like other dogs, so we are looking for an ONLY DOG foster home for her.

Royal is a chocolate-colored Cocker Spaniel who we believe is about 3 years old. He is a friendly dog who loves to cuddle on a lap and give kisses. He is housebroken and would probably be an easy dog in the right foster home. He did spend some time in a foster home, but had issues with the other dog in the home, so he is now looking for a new place to call his temporary home. No young children.

Holly is an English Cocker Spaniel is very friendly and outgoing. She is housebroken and rides great in the car. Holly would prefer an ONLY DOG home without young children.






Frisky is a gorgeous black and white freckled Cocker Spaniel who we think is about 7 years old. He had some ear and eye problems but is all fixed up and his vet says he is easy to handle. We think he may be good with other dogs but need to assess in a foster home. He needs a home without young children.

Chewy is an approximately 8-year-old, visually-impaired Cocker Spaniel. He is a candidate to have a cataract removed and this surgery will be done once a foster home is identified for him. Meanwhile, he does have some vision which is evidenced by the way he LOVES to play with the tennis ball. Chewy is now a staff favorite at the vet where he is kenneled; however, his first couple of weeks were a little rocky because he was afraid and didn't like getting drops. He needs a dog owner with some experience and who will muzzle him when giving his daily drops (at least initially (the vet staff no longer need to muzzle him)). Also, while he does great with other dogs at the vet's office, he did have some issues with other dogs in his temporary foster home, so he will need to be an ONLY dog.

Again, I cannot stress enough how much OBG needs YOUR help to spread the word about the need for foster homes for these dogs. While they are certainly better off living in a kennel at the vet's office instead of the barn, they deserve loving foster homes and forever homes. The more we can spread the word about them, the more chances we have of finding them foster homes. Potential fosters should email volunteer@cockerspanielrescue.com.

Last, but most certainly not least, I want to thank you all for your financial support. OBG has spent $65,000 to date on medical care and kenneling for the Freedom 46 dogs and there are still more bills to come. This has only been possible because of the generosity of supporters like you and people all over the country who heard about the Freedom 46 and wanted to help. Words cannot even express how thankful OBG is for that financial support. These dogs have a second chance at a great life because of you. We continue to welcome donations to their care. Click here to donate.

Your Friend in Rescue,
Teresa

Teresa Butler
OBG PresidentPresident@cockerspanielrescue.com

*OBG has transferred some of the Freedom 46 dogs to other rescues so not all numbers are reflected here.

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