OCPoundhounds supports a number of dogs that come in to our rescue but are not adoptable for a variety of reasons. Some may be aggressive, others requiring long-term, on-going veterinary support and those that need a hospice place as they are dying but we want to extend them a place where they can relax, enjoy some home comforts, good meals, pain relief and just unconditional love for their final days. With so many senior dogs being abandoned in the Southern CA shelter systems we would like to expand our hospice care so they can have their dignity and spend their final days in a loving home. These dogs could easily die alone on a concrete, cold floor of a shelter, but we want to offer them some days, or even just hours where they are surrounded by people who care, and make them feel their lives mattered.
Sterling is a 6.5-year old, 6.5-lbs pure bred, neutered Lavender Pomeranian. He is a wonderful little boy, but is socialized, due to coming out of a commercial breeding operation. He is very much a “love me from afar” type of guy. His coat grows in a sort of natural lion cut, due to the fact he has CDA (Colour-Dilution Alopecia). Due to the coat colour, which is the same gene that affects teeth, he is very high maintenance in the dental area of his health as well, so we have decided it is best he stay here at OCPoundhounds and be a spokes-dog for us in fundraising and awareness of commercial breeding, and the effects it has on the dogs held back for continued breeding.
Branson (A4136475) from the Baldwin Park Shelter, known as Brannie to his buddies, is a 5 year old Chihuahua who is challenged with some skeletal deformities (most likely in vitro) and also suffers with seizures, but only when he leaves his OCPoundhounds foster parent! He has been placed twice but has come back to us, earning the name of “Boomerang Branson”, due to having violent seizures both times. So with us he remains as he has never experienced one seizure while with us, and extensive veterinary testing has not discovered any reason for his seizing.
Merlin, rescued from the San Bernardino City Shelter in 2009, suffers with the neurological after affects of canine distemper. Due to his on-going neurological issues, and associated ailments, we felt he earned a place at our sanctuary. The distemper impacted mainly his ENT. He has had his tonsils removed and has had numerous dentals. The bone is his upper muzzle reabsorbed so his sinuses etc., is held together only by cartilage. Due to these issues he takes a lon time to eat and therefore resource guards anything that is within paw or mouth’s reach.