OCPoundhounds Sanctuary branch, One Last Good Home, 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 there are 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.
Branson (A4136475) from the Baldwin Park Shelter, known as “Boomerang Branson” or Brannie to his buddies, came to the rescue in 2010 at about a year old. He had been badly mauled while in the shelter and we took him as he also appeared to have some skeletal deformaties in his hips/knees and lower back area. Branson was placed in an adoptive home twice, but came back to us, hence earning the name of “Boomerang Branson”, due to having violent seizures both times. Once back at the rescue, not one seizure was ever noted, continued veterinary testing was performed with nothing ever discovered for his past seizures. He created a spot in the Sanctuary for himself!
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. His lower jaw is pretty much non-existant. Due to these issues he takes a long time to eat and therefore resource guards anything that is within paw or mouth’s reach.