Zachary has a sensitive stomach and will need to be on special food for the rest of his life. Located in Dixon, CA
Bree came to us from a hoarding situation. She is playful, silly, gets along with other dogs and isn't bothered by cats. She is about 2 to 3 years old. She is vaccinated, microchipped and spayed. She does have a heart murmur but is not currently on medication. Weight 7 pounds. Located in Sacramento, CA
Josh came from a shelter. He had been severely beaten. He is a great little dog, however, he is incontinent and will require belly bands. As long as he is on a strict eating schedule he is able to control his poop. He is on special food for a sensitive stomach and digestion. He gets along with cats and some dogs. He loves to be held and have his head rubbed between his ears. He is located in Pomona, CA. 7 pounds. Neutered. Microchipped. Vaccinated.
Before we bring a dog into Gunter’s Legacy we put a lot of thought into it. We￼ think are we the best rescue for this dog at this time for this particular dog. Every one of them pulls at our heartstrings and our conscience. But it’s the ones like Chiquis who, after all of the neglect, can still look at a human with her big black eyes and wag her tail like it’s a propeller that makes us say how can we say no. There is a need in this country for animal rescues who take in senior medical dogs. I would love to be able to take more of these dogs, but we can’t. We simply don’t have the funding. We thought long and hard before taking in Chiquis. Like many others sitting in Shelter’s waiting to die, she had a story. Unfortunately, the story does not start with when she was a puppy and how she lived her life until she ended up at the shelter. The story began at the shelter and almost ended there as well. Chiquis came in on July 14 as a stray. It just happened her owners were actually looking for her. They had posted her on Pawboost, and Facebook, they probably also filed a report with Long Beach Animal Care Services,￼ and most likely posted flyers as well. When Chiquis arrived at the shelter, it was clear the neglect she had suffered for years. She was not spayed, so she was probably used for breeding over and over again. Her numerous tumors are evidence of her overbreeding. Her nails were long, her ears have fly strikes on them, her teeth are awful, she has luxating Patelas in both her back legs, and she has a difficult time pooping because there is a huge tumor that prevents her from pooping easily. Yet every time I look at her and I call her name, she slowly walks towards me with her tail wagging so fast you almost forget everything she’s going through. Her owners were contacted, they were offered services to help pay for her medical bills, and they chose to leave her there, knowing that her fate was most likely death. They chose to leave her there, frightened, and alone, and chose to leave her there to die with strangers. On the post where I saw her first they were many people on there that were irate and saying such nasty things about the shelter, and that they should have given her back, regardless of the owners ability to take care of her, because it was her family, and the only life she’s known. all I can say is shame on them shame for thinking that Chiquis deserve them that family that neglected her and then left her to die. I wish I had my camera out when I took her out this morning, and she rolled in the grass on her back and for a moment everything was alright. She wandered around with her little tail, wagging the entire time. She sleeps in my room where she makes the cutest little sounds while she’s sleeping. However, I’ve been in Rescue long enough to know that cute little breathing sounds are a sign of more internal problems. We will not know anything until her vet appointment on Tuesday and we are trying to stay positive, and hope that in some way we can help save her. In the back of our minds, we know that she is most likely in hospice, and the veterinarians will not be able to save her. If after her examination, the veterinarian tells us that she has a chance we are going to need help a lot of help. We are a small rescue and cannot do it alone. If you cannot donate, please consider sharing this post with your friends and ask for donations. I know some of you are looking at this video and thinking just let her go, but I know if you all met her in person you would say let’s do everything we can to prove to her that humans are not all bad, and give her some time to know even just a little happiness and love. This morning when she pooped I did a happy dance. I know my neighbors think I’m nuts already and I just solidified what they already thought. Sometimes it’s the little things that really are momentous and we have to celebrate them. Venmo at @gunterslegacy PayPal at firstname.lastname@example.org Zelle at email@example.com Gunter’s Legacy PO Box 1214 Claremont, CA 91711