Animal Success Stories
I am writing this letter on behalf of Kate and The Dog Spot Rescue. On February 12,2009, we adopted an adorable one year old Corgi mixed named SunDance from the Dog Spot, and we are glad we did! Rather than purchase a purebred dog, we wanted to provide a home to a dog who really needed one. We found SunDance through PetFinder.com. We contacted The Dog Spot and made an appointment to meet with Melissa, a volunteer, and to get acquainted with SunDance. After an interview with Melissa and time to interact with SunDance, we were in love, and it was clear that SunDance was a perfect dog for my family.
SunDance had been well taken care of by The Dog Spot Rescue. He was happy,well-adusted and well fed. He had a shiny, healthy coat and lots of energy. There were a number of dogs at The Dog Spot when we visited, and it was clear that they were all receiving the loving care and attention they needed from the rescue until a home could be found. The Dog Spot provided us with SunDance's medical records, which showed he had received all necessary examinations and shots, and that he had been altered. The $300 suggested donation helped cover all medical and other costs for the dogs at the rescue, which I would say was a bargain.
Had it not been for The Dog Spot, our wonderful dog (who we now call Marty)would surely have been euthanized. Allowing this to happen to such a wnderful dog would have been a reall tragedy. I believe whole-heartedly that The Dog Spot is doing all it can to find loving, forever homes for dogs in need.
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I wanted to thank you personally for helping us find Brodie who us now Butch IV. We are so pleased with him and I think he is a happy little guy too. He just could not be a better match for us. He loves to sit with my husband in his recliner and snooze. It is just too cute. He will be going to our vet tomorrow and I have a standby appointment with our groomer. He is a beauty and will be even more beautiful once Robert grooms him. We have a dog door and he has already learned to use it. This morning we took a walk with him and he loved it. Just everything about him is perfect for us. Thank you again so very much Kate. You are doing such a wonderful job with your organization. There need to be more people on this earth like you and the ladies who do this much needed work. I would recommend your services to anyone looking for that perfect pet. Sincerely, Dee
Kate, Please use my experience to help support The Dog Spot Rescue in your battle to keep your organization going strong and saving lives of animals. I had been looking for the right dog for over a year and looked at many rescue groups in the process. I called the Dog Spot Rescue in January of 2009 and discussed the availablity of dogs and adoption process with one of their very patient and kind volunteers, Melissa. I went to the Davis Farmer's Market s week later to spend time getting to know some of the dogs. I appreicated that all of their dogs were spayed/neutered, clean and up to date on their shots. Each dog was in an appropiate sized playpen and the volunteers allowed us to wlk as many dogs as we wished. I was lucky enough to find my dog Tate that Saturday and just two months later, he is a part of our family and can't ingaine life without him. He was fixed, had his shots, rabies tag, and even given a number of a local vet who had cared for Tate. If not for The Dog Spot Rescue, Tate would have not survived. If not for the Davis Farmers' market, I would have never had the relaxed atmophere to sit on the grass for hours with Tate to bond. I can't imagine the life Tate was having at the shelter before he was rescued by The Dog Spot. Dirty,scared,or on the euthanasia list. Today, he is happy and healthy thanks to Kate and all the volunteers. Thank you for giving us a new family member. We hope that The Dog Spot will continue to save dogs from certain death. Best regards, Margaret Honeycutt
Dear Dogspot Family, My family had to put my yellow lab to sleep in February of last year, he was almost 13 years old he had severe arthritis and was in a lot of pain and no longer eating. I had had this dog since I was 16 years old (now 29). It broke our hearts, he was not just a dog he was a member of our family. My parents had 3 kids not two. =) Anyway in January I started poking around on the internet at adoption places, as I wanted to give an abandoned puppy a good loving home. When I google searched dog rescues The Dog Spot was one of the top ones, I clicked on it and found the site very easy to use, and started looking through the dogs available. I found 3 american bulldog mix pups available, I emailed the management and asked how to go about this. They got back to me right away and told me they would be at the Davis Farmer's Market on Saturday from about 8am to 1pm if I wanted to come look. I got there at 730am just to be sure I would get first pick of those pups as I knew they would go fast, which is true all three were adopted that day. At 8am they officially opened so I started filling out the paperwork for the male American Bulldog mix named Bubba. I filled out the paperwork, gave my donation/fee for the shots and neuter as Bubba was only 9weeks old at the time and took the little guy home. He appeared very healthy, clean (just muddy paws), and happy. I took him right away to Petsmart to get puppy supplies (food, toys, etc..) I had him bathed and toenails filed. While bathing him they did notice some fleas but gave him a puppy flea dip and he was fine. I was supposed to bring Bubba back the following week for shots but it rained so I contacted one of the representatives who allowed me to bring Bubba to her house and gave him his shots there. Same goes for his other set of shots, I was able to take him to one of the volunteers homes as it is closer to my home then driving to Davis or Woodland. I also had a lot of questions when it came to when I could walk him, when he could be around other dogs...etc.. Melissa was so helpful and patient as she answered all my questions and was very informative. I also took Bubba (who I renamed Chuey) to my Veternarian to get a full puppy check up, Chuey had been scratching his ears badly. Dr. Howard said that he may have a food allergy or be allergic to the detergent I use. I changed his food and he is fine. Dr. Howard also stated other than the fact that he is going to be a BIG boy he is healthy and beautiful. Chuey is now 4 1/2 months old, 35lbs and is doing great... he is healthier than ever. I cannot think of one negative thing to say about my experience with The Dog Spot. I am so thankful for all their help, and for them taking such good care of my puppy before I adopted him. I can say with 100% certainty that if The Dog Spot had not been at the Davis farmers market that day, I would not have adopted a dog. I looked around and did not see another one I was interested in. I think everyone has an idea of what they want when adopting a dog. So for there to be variety and options when it comes to a few different places with many different breeds of dog is perfect. I think you are all doing an amazing, selfless job. Again my experience with The Dog Spot was a great one, and I've given many friends the web address and phone number. Bubba now Chuey is happy, healthy and loved and started out like that at The Dog Spot Rescue. Thank you
My husband and I adopted Candy, a little terrier mix, on March 7, 2009. I had visited Melissa’s home in Vacaville about 3 times previously to look at dogs. I had nothing but good experiences with Melissa and the dogs; they seemed very well cared for. When I adopted Candy, she hadn’t yet been spayed. I left her in Vacaville for the week to be taken to the vet, and Kate was kind enough to hold her for a few days after until I could pick her up the next weekend. A few days after I brought Candy home, I took her to a local vet in Oakland, where I live, for a general check-up during my trial period with her. The vet identified some fleas (which we immediately treated with Frontline) and a little kennel cough (which disappeared within the week). Candy is also a few pounds underweight and needs to gain a couple of pounds, but that will come with time. She was skittish with food the first week we had her, but is now eating heartily and regularly. Needless to say, after two weeks with Candy, we find her a very happy, generally well-adjusted dog with an adorable personality; she was obviously well cared for in the past. She has some severe separation anxiety issues which we are slowly working on (and hope to resolve soon!), but other than that has been pretty much the perfect “ready made” dog for us.
Dear Kate, I wanted to write to you let you know what a wonderful experience we had adopting Tuffy from Dog Spot. My husband and I lost our last dog of 10 years to cancer 18 months ago. We enjoyed the initial break from having a dog and certainly one of our rescue cats also enjoyed being in a dog free home, however my husband and I both found ourselves starting to look at dogs again on petfinder. We saw many lovely looking dogs during our internet searches and I have always loved the herding and gundog breeds however with a new baby and a cat who might appreciate a smaller dog I realized these breeds were probably not right for us right now. I felt for sure that with the foreclosure crisis there must be nice family dogs out there who were good with kids and cats who would fit our needs but how to find that dog. Adoption is so often a stab in the dark you really don’t know what you are getting. The same is true for puppies but with a puppy you get less of someone else’s baggage but you get toilet training and chewing instead, neither of which we could do right now. Eventually I came across a little terrier type called Ruby who was with your organization. I read her thoughtful profile and thought she might be a good fit and on your informative website I found another little dog called Tuff also a potential possibility. I called you and Ruby had found a home already and we spoke about Tuffy and I found your honesty about his shy personality very helpful. We decided to come to the Davis farmers market the next day to meet Tuffy in person. As you had mentioned he was very shy and yet he lit up when he saw you he was clearly happy and wagging his tail. Being able to talk to you and find out that he had lived with one of your helpers who had a cat and a small baby was very reassuring to us. As was the weeks trial because it really was hard to see his true personality when he was so obviously overwhelmed by all the visitors. Our last dog who I loved was a major project but we just can’t do a major project right now so knowing we could have a week to see how things settled out was a huge benefit for us. Everything you said about Tuffy and his personality has been true. He is a lovely little dog. He does not bother our cats is remarkably patient with our daughter who thinks he is the best thing so much more fun than the cats who always walk off when she wants to stare at them. Of course there have been a few kinks in these first 2 weeks there always are with a new dog as we all figure each other out but the foundational things about him that we asked you about are true and he a wonderful little dog. It was clear to us from visiting with you at the farmers market that the dog spot is most interested in finding good life long homes for the dogs. The paperwork that came with Tuffy his medical record etc was of great help and shows great care since you have had him. Being able to take him for a walk away from the other dogs to see how he handled it was a very good idea and not something I see any other rescues offer. In fact my experience with other rescues is that it is almost as if they don’t want you to adopt their animals there appears to be no consideration of the adopting families needs only that of the dog. Clearly it is a two way relationship if it is going to work and it seems Dog Spot gets that. The Dog Spot offers a much needed service to dogs who need a fresh start on life and to those of us out there who want to do our bit to adopt a dog but need reassurance and honest info as to what each dogs needs are and abilities are. I would not hesitate to recommend your organization to anyone else looking to adopt a dog. Thank you for all you do and for helping our family to find such a lovely dog. We hope to see you at the farmers market soon so that we can bring Tuffy by for a visit. Best regards, Clair Thunes, PhD
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