CARE Rescue’s 2nd newsletter is here and we hope you are enjoying this new outlet to hear about your CARE Rescue family. And keep your pet photos coming so we can include your pet in future CARE Rescue newsletters.
It has been one of our busiest times in our short 3-year history. Since the first of the year, we have placed 37 dogs with wonderful new adoptive forever families, while we have 68 dogs in foster homes or in our Care. If you are a recent adoptive family, we sincerely welcome you to our CARE Rescue Family. And to our foster families, we couldn’t do what we do without you opening your homes and hearts. If you are reading this and you are willing to give fostering a try, please contact me because we desperately NEED YOU.
Our STAR program, where CARE Rescue dogs partner with inmates in Hominy, OK, is now beginning our 3rd session. That’s more than 20 dogs in 7 months who CARE Rescue has pulled from certain death! And the benefits of learning and living beside inmates in their cell for 12 weeks continue to outpace all of our expectations. Here you will read about some of our amazing families who have adopted our 1 st session of STAR dogs.
We promised you stories about CARE Rescue pets deserving a special ‘shout out’; or somebody providing extraordinary care; or a story just ‘beggin’ for your attention. And there may be no better story that meets all three of our criteria than Luke. Enjoy!
More great news - all 9 CARE dogs in our last newsletter’s Photos Section were looking for their Forever Families and would you guess all 9 are now in loving homes? Because of you, these dogs now have wonderful families and CARE Rescue is featuring 6 new dogs waiting for a chance at their forever families. Adopt: They will love you for it!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting CARE Rescue and for loving one of our CARE Rescue pets. Hope you enjoy this 2nd edition!
President of CARE Rescue Oklahoma
CARE Rescue's STAR Prison Program
Care Rescue’s inaugural prison/dog program had several fantastic forever family matches including: the Lewis family (see their Facebook post below); our sweet Harvey who found the perfect running buddy and is now training with Mom for her local Runs; and Lexi who is loving her very own recliner in her Dad’s man cave.
Finn also hit the jackpot. Sharon and Bill reached out to us after learning of STAR via their church’s Prison Invasion Ministry (PIM) program. What wasn’t known initially is their church’s PIM program performs monthly visits at the same prison our dogs live and train.
Agreeing to try CARE Rescue’s foster to adopt program, it was clear within days where Finn belonged, but not without normal trial and error and even a few mishaps as Finn is only 17 months old.
Can’t we all empathize when Finn wasted no time meeting the deer in the area, leaving Sharon anxious he was lost forever? Realizing she was no match for Finn’s agility and speed, Sharon returned home only to find Finn sitting on the porch waiting for her.
Finn came to CARE Rescue after a local mom contacted us deeply concerned for his well-being. Finn had been found by the family as a stray puppy, but her teenage son, who had severe emotional challenges, was taking out his anger on Finn and it was in Finn’s best interest to immediately be removed from the house.
And Finn’s handler while in prison has worked to turn his own life around after finding faith and spirituality.
“As a child I was abused, abandoned and mistreated, just like most of these dogs brought to this program,” said Finn’s handler. “We have so much in common.”
Sharon and Finn continue to learn from one another where the two are more than best friends, as Finn opens doors for Sharon to share her faith.
"Sadie (aka Teva) is home and we’re in love! She’s so smart, and so sweet with the girls! She has lots of new toys and a brand new comfy bed. Thanks to her inmate handler with the STAR - Save Train And Rehabilitate and thanks so much to CARE - Compassionate Animal Rescue Efforts for giving our family the best gift!"- Jan 2018
CARE Rescue is working to create a standalone home for the animals in our care. We are under no illusion this will be easy, but we know to meet our Mission of rescuing homeless dogs, those dogs in public shelters who are at high-risk of euthanasia due to pet overpopulation, or dogs given up by their owners because of difficult circumstances and dogs in danger of abuse or neglect, we must take these next steps. We’ll continue to keep you informed as to our progress, but we want you to know our sights are on our future.
Luke is Finally Home!
For every rescue animal, his/her forever family is one click or chance away from finding their perfect someone. But for us, Luke’s story has been one of patience and perseverance. As many of you know, CARE Rescue has been working to help rescue homeless pets for only a few years and there is one dog who has been with us since our early months. Since pulling him from Tulsa’s Animal Shelter, Luke has been waiting 815 days for his special someone. That is until March when everything came together.
We all know how well Tulsa’s rescue groups work together and share posts. It began in late February with Jessica at Sapulpa Animal Shelter sharing Luke’s photo on Facebook and that was all it took. “I saw him and instantly felt a connection with him,” said Wes.
“I’m just thankful for the opportunity to give Luke a loving home for the rest of his life. He has already brought so much joy into my life in this short time we have been around each other - from on the couch watching baseball to him trying to be an 80lb lap dog in my recliner snoring. I’m just thankful Luke found me and I found him!” - from Luke’s Forever Dad, Wes.
For THIS dog, the world has most certainly changed forever. And CARE Rescue is elated for our man LUKE!
Do you believe in miracles? We have no way to explain it, but Scooter is now WALKING! Scooter came to us in bad shape, in bad shape. It was determined he had been shot and the bullet was lodged in his spine, causing paralysis in his hind end. Sitting in a shelter, Scooter had just 48 hours. But only due to the love and kindness of Stine, a CARE Rescue foster, who agreed to foster Scooter AND fund his medical needs including a wheelchair, this special boy is well…you’ll have to check out this amazing video to see for yourself!
Let's find Scooter his forever family.