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Adopt a Companion
We have a large selection of dogs and some cats too that are looking for their forever home.  Will you be that home for one of them?  We place our companions in homes where they will become part of the family, to love and be loved.

As we are a No-Kill Sanctuary, any animal that we receive into our program is provided a warm, friendly home where they can thrive until they are placed into their new forever home.  We believe that every animal is adoptable. 

We reserve the right to do a home visit and background check on anyone interested in our dogs, specifically the Pit Bulls, Mastiffs & Rottweilers.
Tray’s Poem
Written by: Leslie Whalen 2/01

One by One, they pass by my cage,
Too old, too worn, too broken, no way.
Way past his time, he can’t run and play.
Then they shake their heads slowly and go on their way.

A little old man, arthritic and sore,
It seems I am not wanted anymore.
I once had a home, I once had a bed,
A place that was warm, and where I was fed.

Now my muzzle is gray, and my eyes slowly fail.
Who wants a dog so old and so frail?
My family decided I didn’t belong,
I got in their way, my attitude was wrong.

Whatever excuse they made in their head,
Can’t justify how they left me for dead.
Now I sit in this cage, where day after day,
The younger dogs get adopted away.

When I had almost come to the end of my rope,
You saw my face, and I finally had hope.
You saw thru the grey, and the legs bent with age,
And felt I still had life beyond this cage.

You took me home, gave me food and a bed,
And shared your own pillow with my poor tired head.
We snuggle and play, and you talk to me low,
You love me so dearly, you want me to know.

I may have lived most of my life with another,
But you outshine them with a love so much stronger.
And I promise to return all the love I can give,
To you, my dear person, as long as I live.

I may be with you for a week, or for years,
We will share many smiles, you will no doubt shed tears.
And when the time comes that God deems I must leave,
I know you will cry and your heart, it will grieve.

And when I arrive at the Bridge, all brand new,
My thoughts and my heart will still be with you.
And I will brag to all who will hear,
Of the person who made my last days so dear.

Please watch this video before considering adopting a new dog.
The “Rights of the Rescued”

1)       No further harm, endangerment or imminent risk while in rescue care

2)       Immediate provision of qualified veterinary care proportional to risk and disease presented at time of rescue

3)       Bathed and groomed at the earliest opportunity and as needed, with minimum twice daily feedings of appropriate food for the age, breed & health

4)       Easy access to clean water, kept in sanitized area with regular removal and cleaning of excrement and urine soaked areas

5)       Daily walks with a minimum 60 minutes outside a cage every 24 hours featuring attentive human contact and play

6)       Transport arrangements in keeping with the animal’s welfare and safety as paramount considerations in planning & execution

7)       Spay or neuter and micro-chip with updated and correct paper work following each relocation until final adoption

8)       Adoption home screening for safe, relevant and appropriate placement with the animal’s welfare a first consideration
9)       Rescue group is a forever God-parent with unconditional “open arms” to receive the adopted anytime should they be subsequently abandoned, neglected, maliciously treated, injured or suddenly unwanted.

Original Source:  http://www.forgottenpaws.org/