Somewhere in a beautiful home in the Fremont suburbs, is an adorable little Chihuahua mix, Lucy, enjoying life with her parents and adopted fur brother, Ricky. But four months ago, this little girl was stuck in a kennel at the Antioch Animal Shelter fighting for her life. She was rescued from fire in a home belonging to a dog hoarder in Antioch. The fire had wreaked havoc on her immune system, and after a long stay at the shelter, her poor little body started to shut down.
With one call from Antioch Animal Services, K9 Paw Print Rescue pulled this little girl and started her on her long road to recovery. For weeks, she was in and out of the emergency room and on constant fluids and numerous rounds of antibiotics. Her dedicated foster mom would stay up through the night checking her temperature, hoping and praying that today would be the day Lucy would eat and drink on her own. As time passed, Lucy started to perk up, eat, drink, and walk on her own. And on one glorious day, ss her foster mom walked toward her crate, Lucy looked up andwagged her tail.
To most dog parents, a tail wag is considered a common occurrence. However, to a foster parent working day and night nursing neglected and ailing rescue dog, a tail wag is a symbol of hope.
Lucy’s first tail wag brought tears to her foster mom’s eyes, because she knew it meant that her little foster girl just might have a chance—a chance to live a better life and be loved unconditionally in a forever home.
Since 2012, K9PPR has helped over 500 abandoned, injured, and neglected dogs find wonderful new beginnings. Our organization is a foster-based, all-volunteer, all-breed rescue serving the entire Bay Area. As a rescue, our organization prides itself in saving as many urgent and high-risk dogs as possible. Urgent dogs are usually out of time at the shelter, either because of overcrowding or medical and financial constraints. Every day, our directors receive urgent pleas from shelter rescue coordinators on behalf dogs facing euthanasia. In these cases, their only hope is a rescue intervention.
As any dog parent can tell you, veterinary care is not a cheap endeavor. On average we have 25 to 40 dogs in our program, and that tends to put a constant strain on our finances as we run solely on donations and the occasional private grant. One grant program that has helped keep us going for the last 12 months is the Dogly Do Good Grant. Dogly (www.Dogly.com) is a free photo-sharing app for dog lovers to post pictures of their dogs on behalf of their favorite rescue or shelter and “love” photos posted by other users. (Think Instagram but with dogs only.) Every month, Dogly awards $1,000 to rescue or shelter with the most “loves.” And thanks to our wonderful supporters, K9PPR has won four Dogly grants, which have played a significant part in helping us keep our medical budget afloat this past year. Every day, countless dogs sit in shelters, scared and alone, waiting for a reason to wag their tail again. With help from grant programs like Dogly, and donations from the public, K9PPR continues its mission to rescue these dogs and give them hope and the life they deserve. And we will not stop until they all have a home.
To learn more about our organization or see our adoptable dogs, please visit our website, www.K9PPR.org.
Jasmine Venkat is acting vice president and grants director for K9 Paw Print Rescue, which she helped found in Pittsburg.