Jacobo

Jacobo - 10 yr old Shih Tzu, unaltered male - recovering from bronchitis, an upper respiratory infection and kennel cough. Uncertain if Jacobo was going to be able to pull through because of his condition, our vet suggested giving him a week on anti-biotics and time outside of the shelter environment to see if he would improve. That evening after a bath, he became a new dog. Full of spirit and curiosity, we knew instantly this little man has the will to live!

Once recovered from his bronchitis, Jacobo will be receiving double eye enucleation surgery (eye removal) as one eye is hemorrhaged and the other is on its way, a full dental with multiple extractions, and will need to be neutered. He has an enlarged tumor in one testicle from its shape, size and firmness could possibly be cancerous. The vet is hoping with its removal will also be any cancer it had with it.

While Jacobo has a laundry list of complications he has proven to be a fighter, a lover and deeply appreciative of pets, affection and love. We pulled Jacobo as he was running out of time at Downey shelter. He had been sitting in his own filth, matted fur in a small cage in medical at Downey for month with every rescue and person passing him by due to all his health issues. We could not let him spend one more day suffering in a cell and boy are we glad to be able to give this guy a great shot a final, loving forever home.

While Jacobo will need to undergo these surgeries with our foundation, we are at this time accepting adoption applications for him. We expect a full recovery from Jacobo with a long life a head.

Minimum Adoption Donation for Jacobo is $350

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Finley

Finley - 1.5 year old Border Collie/Australian Shepherd mix - ready for immediate adoption

Finley was pulled from Downey Shelter recovering in a cage in a dark room in medical from a hind leg injury. He was brought into the shelter as a stray with his hind leg dangling. It was completely detached from his body and with no other internal or external damage, his leg injury was most likely caused from abuse. Finley is also very shy and withdrawn around men which could give insight to who his abuser was. While nervous around men, in the right home and with time, love and patience Finley is incredibly sweet and will learn to trust the good in people again. Finley is a little over a year, does incredibly well with cats and dogs, loves to cuddle and get treats. He had his leg surgery a month ago and his doctor says he will have a full recovery and will soon enough place pressure on his back leg and will walk normally. Due to the nature of his surgery, Finley was not neutered and will need to recover from his leg surgery fully before being neutered. This sweet and adorable little man will make an amazing addition into home!

Minimum Adoption Donation for Finley is $375

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Churro

Churro - 8 yr old, unaltered Cocker Spaniel - needs to recover from his upper respiratory infection and get clearance from his middle grade heart murmur for neuter.

Sweet Churro was dumped at Downey shelter from a family who was moving and couldn't take him with them. Churro sat at Downey for over a month quickly climbing up the euth list ladder. We couldn't let him spend one more day in there alone and boy are we glad we rescued him. Churro does amazing with other dogs and cats and is a complete love bug. He adores pets, cuddles and belly rubs and is friendly with all strangers. He knows how to shake and is has been very respectful in his new foster home. He did amazing in the bath and was living to be brushed. While 8, he has the spirit and spunk of a younger cocker. Churro, like most cockers, would do best in a home with out young children. He will make an amazing addition to any home willing to give him the love and forever home he deserves!

Churro is house trained and knows basic commands including shake!

Minimum Adoption Donation for Churro is $350

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Gustave

Gustave - 6 yr old, male, neutered Husky - ready for immediate adoption.

We pulled Gustave the Husky out of South LA Shelter during the Woolsey fires to make room. He was the saddest dog there, in horrible shape with chronic skin infections, anal tumors and mystery wounds. The staff called him Ghost dog. His time was up. It has been a long journey of getting strong, healthy and learning to be a dog, but Gustave has become the floofiest Husky you’ll ever meet. He is incredibly smart and needs a home with a dedicated, savvy person or people that understand the complexities of the working breed. Gustave is presently in training with the renowned behaviorist Steffen Baldwin to work on his fear aggression with strangers entering his home and resource guarding.

He loves physical and mental stimulation, going for walks and cuddling. Gustave is a good boy when left alone, is quiet and house trained. He is super affectionate and loyal to anyone he knows. He has lived in foster with a variety of dogs, but does best with bigger dogs that aren’t dominant. He would do best without kids and definitely no cats or small pets. He is 6 or 7, good on leash and knows not only basic commands, but some impressive tricks as well.

Minimum Adoption Donation for Gustave is $375

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Birdie

Birdie - 6 years old, spayed, Cheagle (Beagle/Chihuahua mix) ready for immediate adoption.

Birdie is a beautiful, spayed, very calm, female Beagle/Chihuahua mix we rescued from death row at Downey shelter. Birdie was brought to the shelter along with her brother, another Chihuahua, by her owner's family after her owner was hospitalized. When their owner was released from the hospital, he went back to the shelter to only claim Birdie's brother and left Birdie alone in the shelter. Birdie was by herself for a week at Downey shelter while everyone waited for her owner to come back and claim her. After 7 days of being unclaimed, we could not let Birdie spend one more minute in there alone, rescuing her, giving her a new name and fresh start to life where our promise to her is that from now on, she will always be loved.

In the time she has been at her fosters, Birdie has truly come out of her shell and has proven to be an incredibly sweet and loving girl. Birdie is being fostered with a young child and other dogs and is doing great with both. As Birdie lived her life with her brother and is currently being fostered with other dogs as well, we believe Birdie would do best in a home with another dog(s) as she is much more relaxed and confident. She learned the ropes quite quickly on potty training. At first, Birdie had no idea what a leash was or how to walk on it, now Birdie gets excited when the leash comes out and loves walks. Birdie still is shy and timid but loves to be held and will crawl right into your lap for cuddles. It doesn't get any sweeter than sweet Birdie.

Minimum Adoption Donation for Birdie is $350.

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Gavin

Gavin Pupdate - Gavin has started his foster to adopt trial period on Saturday, May 4th. If interested in meeting Gavin, we still suggest filling out an adoption application should it not be the right fit.

Gavin - 13 years old, neutered chihuahua male - ready for immediate adoption

Pulled from Downey shelter, Gavin was literally getting pushed to the back of his run by his run mates. Completely submissive, head and tail down, he walked to the back of the run knowing he was too little and too weak to get any attention through the excitement and energy of the other dogs. Gavin was brought in a stray with the only two teeth remaining being completely diseased and dead. A day after we pulled Gavin, one of his teeth actually fell out on its own. Gavin since has had surgery to remove his final diseased tooth and was also neutered. Gavin has shown nothing but love, affection and appreciation to his foster family since he was pulled from the shelter. Gavin has 4 other senior foster dog siblings and 3 cat siblings. Gavin has proven to love being the center of attention and can get a little jealous of others getting attention. He will walk right up and try to put himself in between you and whoever you’re petting. He would do best in a situation where the other dog/s are not dominant.

Gavin's foster family believes Gavin would also do very well around children. Gavin rarely barks even though his foster siblings are always barking and is loving all the dog beds he gets to choose from. We believe Gavin was kept outside his entire life and literally lights up when he realizes there is another dog bed to sleep in and more treats than he's ever had. He's smart, grateful and would truly make an amazing addition to any home.

Minimum Adoption Donation for Gavin is $150

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Clyde

PUPDATE | Clyde has started his foster to adopt trial period

CLYDE - 2 year old, neutered male, Neapolitan Mastiff ready for immediate adoption.

Clyde and his older sister Olive were brought in together to Harbor Shelter October of 2018 as strays. Micro-chipped with no return call or email from the registered owner, the dogs became available for adoption 7 days after impound. After a month of no interest, both dogs were transferred to East Valley shelter where we found them forlorn, in desperate need of cherry eye corrective surgery and severely malnourished. Olive having cherry eyes in both eyes and Clyde’s only in one eye, have since healed from their surgery and are ready for adoption.

Clyde is incredibly sweet, gentle and gets along with all dogs. Clyde is currently being fostered with small terriers and a GSD and there is nothing but harmony. He has learned how to play fetch from his foster GSD and seems to look to her for guidance on how to just be a dog. Clyde would thrive in a home with other dogs who could remind him on a daily basis what it’s like to be a dog. Clyde is potty trained, walks well on a leash and is working on basic commands. He understands how to “go to his bed” at bed time and “no” when he tries to get up on the couch. Clyde eats very well with the rest of his foster siblings showing no signs of food aggression when his foster mom is making dinner or even during dinner when everyone is eating. Clyde knows he eats last and waits very patiently for his turn to eat.

Unfortunately Clyde is afraid of and very shy around strange, new men. We believe he could have been abused by a man before he was brought to the shelter. Clyde can be around men but pulls away when they try to pet him. He responds very well to men who crouch down to his level as he will give them a curious sniff instead of trying to turn away. With proper training and socialization we believe this is something Clyde could over come very quickly. It took only a few short days for Clyde to really warm up to his foster Dad. After just two days, Clyde was letting his foster Dad give him kisses, take him out potty and feed him dinner with out batting an eye. We know with a little love, consistency and proper training in getting him acclimated to men, Clyde will make the most amazing addition!

While we would love to have them adopted together, they have been fostered in separate homes and we are confident in our findings over the past months neither dog shows any sign of stress with out each other or longing for the other. In fact, it seems Olive adores being an only dog, soaking up the love and attention she gets all to herself. Clyde has really blossomed into his own personality with out Olive overshadowing him for attention. Clyde would also do best in a home with no puppies or toy breed dogs as he is very unsure about them and seems to not be comfortable around them.

Minimum Adoption Donation for Clyde is $425.

The first photos are the latest of Clyde, post cherry eye surgery.

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