June, 2019 | Elgin - 12 yr old, male, neutered, Dachsund/Chihuahua mix was adopted by one of our very own! Our stellar foster and volunteers Nicole and Tom are proud new parents to sweet Elgin!
Elgin was brought into Downey shelter in January as a stray. He was quickly put on death row after a laundry list of health complications came up the shelter stopped treating. His records from his time at the shelter indicate he had an eye wound and a drain coming out of his head that he ripped out himself and mouth surgery. After all these injuries with basic treatment, Elgin was in constant pain and started nipping at the medical staff, therefore, ending all medical treatment for Elgin. Upon rescue and his first vet visit, Elgin had a much needed dental and teeth extraction and was neutered. Elgin is very fearful of humans and the outdoors. We watched the staff at Downey take Elgin out of his kennel upon his rescue and was handled roughly because of his fear biting - we can only imagine how he was treated behind closed doors.
Working with Elgin every day by hand feeding and giving him the time and space (for a few days he had his own suite in their guest bathroom) he needed to decompress from Downey shelter life and most likely a life of abuse before Downey, Elgin quickly realized he was in a home of love and comfort and quickly joined daily life with the rest of his foster pack - including cats who he gets along with famously. This sweet senior is not a fan of walks but enjoys his down time and is house trained. While he is interested in greeting whoever comes inside, he does not bark with the rest of the pack - nonetheless ever. Elgin is happy to receive belly rubs, pets and adoring love.
June 2019 | Lady Bird - 10 yr old, female, Long-Haired Dachshund was adopted by a wonderful friend of the foundation and now lives in sunny, Southern California with her new fur siblings!
Lady Bird was on the 48 hour list at Downey shelter for having a horrible URI (which she languished with at the shelter for three weeks, cuddling up to her various kennel mates that were all adopted before her). Her notes from the shelter mentioned she came in bonded with two others that were already pulled by the time we rescued her. Lady Bird was used as a breeder dog and dumped by her owner when she was no longer making them money. She is the easiest, sweetest, most grateful girl. Super mellow, LOVES dogs and cats and is very motherly to them. House trained and an overall wonderful senior. She’s stiff in the hind legs but enjoys short walks and is content to just be. The couch, blankets and belly rubs are her favorite things. She will be getting spayed, dental and having her some mammary tumors biopsied next week as she is not healed from her URI for surgery quite yet.
May 2019 | Goldie will be living a golden life with her new Mom in Southern California! Congratulations to Goldie and her new family!
Intercepted hours before being taken to a shelter from a life of neglect and living in a bedroom, Goldie is a true 10! While many things are new for her like walking on a leash (she has been doing great with her fosters), elevators and stairs, she will need some basic training but is catching on quickly and is very eager to please. Her tail is always wagging and she gets along beautifully with cats and other dogs. With a calm demeanor, she loves cuddles, sitting in your lap and any and all affection. She is not food aggressive and takes treats softly. Potty training is going very well as she uses the pee pad almost 100% of the time but will need some guidance in her new home. This little girl a true gem and rare find!
April 2019 | Bella was adopted by an amazing family with two boys who absolutely adore Bella. Bella also now has two, female Pit Bull siblings who welcomed her into their home by sharing their toys and farts! We are so happy for Bella and her new family!
Bella has a beautiful light grey/blue coat. Beautiful hazel amazingly clear and stunning eyes. Bella is very submissive and loving. She enjoys hanging out with the pack and has spent her life living with a small Brussels Griffon. Bella gets along well with big dogs but is a little intimidated upon first meeting them and will submit and roll over. She and loves being with people and shows adoring affection. She gets along well with other dogs and is doing great with her foster siblings which include terriers, a GSD and a mastiff. Bella is potty trained and knows basic commands. With a little consistent training she will be perfect on walks and leash. Bella will make a beautiful addition to any home!
April 2019 | Olive, now Hildy was adopted by a wonderful woman and will soon be moving to Portland, Oregon where she will have lots of land to play and roam! In the mean time, Hildy is enjoying her days going for small hikes and lounging on her beautiful new property in Los Angeles where she lives with two cats! We are so grateful to everyone who touched Hildy’s life and who helped her along her journey!
Olive and her younger brother Clyde 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. During her cherry eye corrective surgery, Olive also had 5 broken teeth extracted as the vet believes they were broken from chewing on a metal fence her whole life. 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.
April, 2019 | Ling Ling who is now Emma, was adopted by a wonderful man and is spending her days walking, visiting the beach and lounging on her very own chaise lounge!
Pulled from the high kill shelter Downey, brought in as a “stray”, it was very clear to us Ling Ling was used and as a breeding dog. From abusive over breeding, Ling Ling has enlarged ovaries with cysts on them and drooping nipples. Surprisingly enough, Ling Ling did not need dental work, however almost all of her teeth are completely worn down from chewing, most likely from a life of anxiety and stress. After seeing our vet and having blood work done, we celebrated when the lab results came back with a completely healthy girl! Despite her history, Ling Ling is a bundle of joy! With the looks of a Shar-Pei, she sure does have the personality of a lab! Friendly and wanting to meet and love everyone whether it be human or dog, she is truly a gem! She walks gracefully on a leash and is very eager to meet other dogs with a wagging tail. Ling Ling loves belly rubs and will let you hold her face in your hands to be nose to nose. Although she may look like she has some years on her, this girl brightens up with every passing day and still has so much life left to live! Ling Ling responded very well to the children who attended our adoption event and let every one pet her and love her. She would make a wonderful addition to any home!
The photos of Ling Ling looking sad and in a kennel were taken during her time at Downey shelter. The following photos of Ling Ling not in a kennel at Downey were taken only days after we pulled her. It is truly remarkable how quickly dogs turn around outside of a shelter setting and in a space of love.
April, 2019 | JoJo, now Chico, was adopted out to a wonderful family and will be spending his days in the comfort of Palm Springs, CA!
JoJo is a little over a year old and a complete love bug, eager to please for attention. JoJo is also great with kids! JoJo has some territory issues around his foster mom and other dogs and has been known to randomly bark and go after other dogs that approach if they're in his space. With patience and training, we believe JoJo could live in harmony with any other dogs as he currently lives with his two other siblings, Squeaky and Monkey. This group of cuties are fast learners and with a little training will surely catch on to basic commands and advanced skills quickly! JoJo, his litter mates and another litter, totaling 22 puppies, were dropped off in the middle of a cold night on the outskirts of a farm in Santa Clarita. Found the next morning, the puppies barely alive, were rushed to the hospital receiving care and another shot at life. Over the next year, the puppies were cared for and adopted out by the amazing people who found them. JoJo is one of three puppies from the litter who needs his forever home.
March, 2019 | Pocket is now with his forever Momma in Los Angeles!
Pocket was found sunbathing and living in a Ford dealership parking lot. After a few days of earning his trust and coaxing him over with some food, his rescuer quickly realized he was a sweet, young boy with no micro chip, not neutered, fly strikes on his ears and very un-kept as he had most likely been surviving on his own. On his way to our rescue, Pocket cuddled close to his rescuer and fell asleep and showed signs of gratefulness to be somewhere warm. Pocket fit in quickly with our pack, getting along with everyone, not quite sure how to play yet though. Pocket loves to curl up and sit in your lap and loves to be loved and give love. As home living and meeting new people is very new to this little man, he is shy and timid at first but quickly warms up and becomes eager for your attention. He is a good eater, playful with humans, a fast learner, has a lot of personality and his little wiggle butt is always going. He would do well in any home!
February, 2019 | Monkey was adopted by an adoring couple in Los Angeles, CA.
Monkey was a part of two separate litters of 20 puppies left in a box on a farm in Santa Clarita. Found the next morning barely alive, the puppies were taken to the vet where they received proper medical care to keep them alive. The neighbors in the community each took a handful of the puppies, providing them with shelter, food, vaccines and spayed and neutered.
January, 2019 | Mango was adopted by his foster Mom and now lives a beautiful life with his Mom, Dad and other foster pup and cat siblings in LA! What we thought was going to be a hospice situation ended being a prolonged life he was not ready to let go of! It is truly incredible how dogs can turn around once they’re out of the shelter!
Mango was placed on medical alert at West Valley shelter with a high heart murmur and in desperate need of a dental. The HIT Living Foundation pulled Mango with all medical history and current state believing he was going to be a hospice case. After seeing the vet, the vet suggested moving forward with dental surgery to remove his remaining teeth as they were so diseased, they were causing a strain on his heart. Getting through the dental surgery with flying colors, Mango is now thriving!
August, 2018 | Sage was recently adopted by a close friend of the HIT Living Foundation and lives with her new poppa in Los Angeles
Sage was pulled by the HIT Living Foundation from East Valley shelter right before the 4th of July as she was at risk of being euthanized because she seems to be half pit bull breed if the shelters reached capacity. Sage is 9 months old, spayed and up to date on shots. She is a complete love bug and gets along very well with all of her other foster fur siblings. She has good energy and is highly intelligent and a fast learner. Her foster mom says she follows her around the house and yard everywhere and when they sleep she sleeps curled up right next to her or on her. Sage has beautiful green eyes and white paws and a white mark on her front and back neck. She is almost house broken and is currently being crate trained. She has not been tested with cats or children but with her sweet demeanor and nature we believe she would do very well with either. This sweet girl is so young and has so much life and love to offer!
May, 2018 | KESA (now Tifa) - This potcake (a mixed breed, orphaned dog found on several Caribbean islands) was rescued by an amazing family on the island of Abaco in the Bahamas. Our friends in the Bahama's had a boxer named Kes who unfortunately passed away on December 5th, 2017. On the morning of December 6th, 2017, this little beauty babe showed up on their front lawn with terrible mange, heartworm and downtrodden spirits. It seemed as though she had been fending for herself in the Bahamian wilderness for the longevity of her life which was guesstimated at about 1.5 years. Our friends knew she was an angel sent from Kes and they named her Kesa. They helped nurse her back to health and once healthy, some other close friends of ours took over fostering Kesa and helped her develop positive social behaviors with humans and other dogs. Over our vacation and upon meeting Kesa, we knew we had to help her find her furever family. With dedicated team work, we were able to fly Kesa from Abaco to Los Angeles on April 15th where she has since found her absolutely amazing, furever family! Through the love and integrity of our amazing Bahamian friends and Kesa, the Habitat team has been inspired to help more dogs, helping bring forth this segment of The HIT Living Foundation.
A NOTE FROM TIFA’S FUREVER HOME