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We recently had a little miracle happen for one of our pups – actually two large miracles for two pups.
On August 4th, AFH traveled to southern Virginia to pick up a large number of dogs from our rescue friends – 40 dogs. Five of those dogs included Lola and her four puppies. The pups were only four weeks old and still nursing.
The night before we were to arrive, Lola (the escape artist) dug out of her enclosure to go exploring. Two of her tiny little puppies went with her.
Our friends were beside themselves with worry and searched all night. Lola was found by a neighbor and was returned, soaking wet, back to our friends. The puppies were not with her. This is a very rural area and we were all terrified thinking about what might have happened to the puppies.
AFH immediately engaged our amazing dog tracker Sam, who headed down to where we were and began searching. Not only did Sam and her dog search, but so did our friends, AFH volunteers Arlene and Jessie, and several members of a film crew who were filming us for a possible reality show!
Our van headed toward home with the remaining dogs and shortly afterward we got a phone call – one pup had been found! The poor little guy was found in a creek sitting on a log. It was a miracle (the first miracle) that he didn’t fall into the water and drown or get killed by a wild animal. We were all celebrating this victory but were mindful of the fact that one pup was still missing.
Our team, led by our tracker, searched for hours without any luck. Sadly, we resigned ourselves to the fact that the other pup was gone although our friends never stopped searching. The took Lola out in the hope that she would lead them to her puppy. Our tracker also resumed her search the following day.
Then….. 10 days later…. you guessed it! The other pup (Sweet Pea) was found! This was a 4 week old puppy who had been out in the woods all alone. She traveled miles through thick woods and brush, and across creeks.
Sweet Pea made her way to a neighbor’s house 3-4 miles away. This neighbor, thinking she belonged to another neighbor, dropped her off at the other neighbor’s house while they weren’t home. Sweet Pea then returned back to their home!
They then posted her picture on Facebook and word started to spread. Sweet Pea was then taken to yet another home in a nearby town. During this time, people started tagging our friends in a photo of the pup. This was our pup and she was safe!
Sweet Pea had lost weight and was dehydrated and very hungry. We know that she had a guardian angel looking after her.
After picking her up, giving her a warm bubble bath, and giving her small amounts of food at a time, it was not long before her little personality started surfacing. She still liked giving kisses and loved to be snuggled. The only negative effects from her adventure are that loud noises startle her a little and she is thin.
This is nothing that good food, lots of love, and a forever home can’t fix!
If you would like to donate to help Sweet Pea and the rest of her family, please visit www.aforeverhome.org
We are very excited about our latest newsletter. In this issue we cover our Ruby Slipper Gala, which was a blast. We also introduce two new sections: Ask the Vet and Ask the Trainer. In addition we cover one of our favorite dogs, Hope!
Speaking of favorites, our volunteer highlights are none other than Judy Kautter, one of our most important volunteers, and Annette Anderson who does a great job on our social media. We also could not be happier to announce that DogGone Natural has helped us to forge a new pet food partner, Annamaet! We also had a big win in the Sandwich Madness contest, thanks to Rebecca Cooper.
On a sadder note, we pay tribute to two very special volunteers we recently lost, Teresa Edwards and Kim Wilson. There is no way we can express how deeply we miss them; we still can’t believe they are gone.
To read all about it go to: https://afh-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/AFH%20Newsletter_August%202017_Web.pdf.
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Dear AFH and Dominique, I cannot adequately express my thanks for allowing our team of social workers to play with all of the puppies! You were extremely generous with your time and we cannot thank you enough! They are still talking about it and I have a feeling they will continue talking about this kick-off meeting for months to come! We really appreciate your time, efforts and energy! You have made 12 social workers very happy!!! Thanks Shannon.
We have recently received several complaints concerning news reporting supposedly attributed to “Forever Home.”
We want to make everyone aware that, even though we were – as far as we could determine when we started the group back in 2002 – the first “Forever Home” rescue group around, there are now many groups out there with very similar names. Unfortunately, some of these groups don’t adhere to the same standards of conduct that we here at AFH do. There have been two cases, recently, in Virginia (caution – the content linked to below may be upsetting for some readers):
Please understand that these groups have no affiliation with the A Forever Home Rescue Foundation (AFH) located in Chantilly, VA. AFH, whose site you are currently viewing, takes pride in providing superior care to the animals in our custody. We find the conduct of these other supposed “rescue groups” absolutely abhorrent and hope that the authorities in each of these (and similar) cases are able to punish the perpetrators and ensure that this type of behavior is not allowed to continue.
The Board of Directors
A Forever Home Rescue Foundation
Grayson and Brayden’s family adopted a puppy from A Forever Home five months ago and the entire family has been so thrilled and grateful to have this addition to the family. They wanted to show their appreciation to AFH and help other rescue dogs, so on their 9th birthday the twins asked their friends for items to donate to AFH in place of birthday presents. Their friends were so generous and together they have many new dog treats, toys, beds, collars, and cleaning supplies to help the dogs in need. They hope that their donation will help make other rescue dogs more comfortable as they wait for their “forever home.
Good news! We have just launched a new program, Home Referrals Save Lives. It’s an easy way for you to support our rescue activities without costing you a thing. It’s easy, if you or someone you know, is looking to buy or sell a home you can refer them to us by emailing Homes@aforeverhome.net. For every home referral successfully closed through this program, A Forever Home will receive a $500.00 donation in your name.