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100KChallenge: There’s No Place Like Home

29 May

We work hard to find the perfect, fulfilling forever home for every animal we rescue. We couldn’t do this without our amazing community of adopters and supporters. We are extremely grateful to be a part of a community that cheers us on every single day. We need your help now more than ever.

We are pleased to announce that we are the only New Jersey finalist in this year’s ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge. The ASPCA is challenging fifty shelters and rescues across the United States to save more lives and find more animals homes this summer. We are in the running for over $100,000 in grants: money that we can use to build our new, permanent kennel, pay the incredible medical expenses for our animals, and continue to rescue until all the cages are empty.

Help us show our rescue animals that there really is no place like home. We appreciate your support in any way: adopt, foster, volunteer, donate, advocate.

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Happy Homes: Josie

1 May

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“I’m totally in love and I am so thankful for this precious gift.”  Words that just make you smile, especially when they are about little Josie.

Josie is a Pit Bull mix, described as looking like Pete from The Little Rascals, that comes from Tennessee.

Rebecca saw Josie on Eleventh Hour Rescue’s website looking for a good dog for her friend to adopt.  When she came across a picture of Josie, she could have sworn there was a smile on her face, and she then and there that she needed to have Josie in her family.  With help from the volunteers at Eleventh Hour Rebecca was approved for adoption and was eager to get Josie into her home. There was some delay before Josie could make it onto a transport to the kennel, but as soon as she did, Rebecca was on her way to met her.  During their meet and greet Rebecca fell in love and gave Josie a new collar and leash.

Life for Josie now is full of play and love, not just from her family but anyone that comes across her.  From kids at a baseball game to Rebecca’s son’s school bus driver, Josie can’t help but make people smile.

Pet Projects: Super Stewie

1 May

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Stewie (or Stewart, as I call him when he is being funny, which is most of the
time) is a bull terrier mix, about two-and-a-half years old. He has been with EHR
since the summer of 2012, so that makes him more seasoned than I, who has
been with EHR since December 2012. Stewie is from Tennessee; perhaps he
came up on a transport, but knowing his energy level, it wouldn’t surprise me if
he bounced on up here himself.

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It is a mystery to me why he even is here at the kennel. One guess might be
because he is an energetic terrier who does not like people roughhousing with
him, or playing tug-of-war with him, or surprising him. He has the heart of a true
terrier and will nip under those circumstances.

Despite his energy level, he is a dog who would match well with a mellow person
who leads an active lifestyle. He needs someone who would manage how high
he can jump, which is over my head (5’ 4”). And he would benefit from someone
who understands and loves the terrier breeds.

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Stewie and I met at EHR’s 2012 Winter Wonderland fundraiser. He was the first
pup I noticed because of his comedic antics in his crate. We went on our first
pack walk together in January and it was true love from then on. He has the best
smile! Stewie was so funny and active, and so sweet and snuggly that I wanted
him as my pet project.

We have only been working together for four months. We have started working
on sit and wait in his kennel before I take him out. We also work on sit and wait
when we are in the play yard, before he fetches his (deflated) soccer ball.

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My goal is to start Stewie on agility. He is so awesomely smart and will excel
at it. Before his class, we run together at the dog park to burn off some of that
excess energy so he can better concentrate in class. He walks really well on a
leash, too. He listens once I get his attention and really make him focus on me.

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I love this sweet, silly guy and would adopt him if I could. He loves walks, runs,
playing with (deflated) soccer balls, jumping over obstacles, being read to and
snuggling in your lap. And he gives kisses!

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For more information about Stewie or to fill out a foster or adoption application, please visit http://www.ehrdogs.org/animals/detail?AnimalID=4307511

By Judy Julian

Happy Homes: Daisy

1 May

My family has always had multiple dogs in our home; we feel that a house isn’t a home without pets to love. Labs have been the breed we seem to gravitate towards, but we have always had a “mutt” too. My parents and I have long wanted to foster or save a “senior citizen” as all of our dogs have lived well past life expectancy. Unfortunately, our life circumstances kept us from doing so until this past year.

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I always kept a look out for senior dogs in need of a foster or forever home and in December of last year I saw Daisy, a 10 year old yellow lab, on the Eleventh Hour Rescue Facebook page. I immediately showed the post to my mother. We knew right away that we HAD to have her!!! Her sweet face just spoke to us and tugged at our
heartstrings. We filled out an adoption application that evening and watched and waited patiently for Daisy to arrive in NJ (10 long days later). Our adoption application was approved, and we were thrilled, but were warned that there was someone ahead of us in line for Daisy.

We heard nothing for a few days and came to the conclusion that the other person had rescued Daisy – we were sad for us, but thrilled for her. The next day we received a call from Susan, Daisy’s foster mom in NJ. She wanted to set up a meet and greet with her. Our hearts soared- there was still a chance!!!

We met Daisy at Susan’s house and to say we fell in love with her immediately was an understatement! She was just so sweet and had A LOT of energy for a 10 year old dog! We played with her and talked with Susan for quite a while. Susan said that the person in line for Daisy before us hadn’t worked out. Susan felt we were a good match for Daisy, but we still needed to be sure that our dogs and Daisy got along and Susan had to make sure our yard was secure.

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Daisy and Susan came to our house that weekend, on December 23rd. We walked all of the dogs (our two dogs Sig and Koda along with Daisy) and let them play in our yard. The meeting went very well and that day we signed our adoption papers for Daisy.

She was our early Christmas present, and what a gift she was! Daisy has made our lives so fulfilled; she is truly the sweetest creature to ever walk this Earth and we are beyond blessed to have her in our lives. We realize that her time with us won’t be more than a few years, but those years will be precious!

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Adopting Daisy opened my eyes to the plight that so many homeless dogs and cats have. I researched EHR’s philosophy and decided that I had to give back to the organization that brought so much joy. I began volunteering in January and the time I spend at the kennel each week have become the most gratifying hours of my week. I not only work with the dogs, but also foster Maddie, a gorgeous, playful, sweet, silly cat up for adoption through EHR. Now, our home and hearts are full thanks to Eleventh Hour Rescue!

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To see all of our adoptable animals, including Maddie the cat, please visit http://www.ehrdogs.org/

 

 

By Erika McKeon

Pet Projects: Mocha-chino

1 May

One of our favorite parts of Eleventh Hour Rescue is the chance to work with a kennel pet project. We have a dedicated group of volunteers who share special bonds with some dogs who need their love and time to help prepare them for their forever homes. Join us as we explore the stories behind these amazing pet projects.

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Eleventh Hour Rescue volunteer Michelle Cilurso has a special place in her heart for her pet project, Mocha. When asked how she started working with Mocha, Michelle explains:

“I saw that she was fearful and would nip at people that would come near her. I just decided one day to go into her kennel with a handful of treats and hoped I could sway her to like me. In 5 minutes, she was sitting in my lap. Every time I went to the kennel, I made it a point to visit her and take her out. I’d say after about 3 times, she started to like me and trust me and the rest is history. She is so loving, affectionate and sweet to those she loves.”

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Mocha started out as a fearful dog. Although young, it was obvious she had experienced trauma in her short life. Michelle is dedicated to helping her overcome her fears and trust people. She shows her love and helps her meet new people. The second Mocha started trusting Michelle, she became a different dog.

Michelle spends time with Mocha every week. Their favorite activities include playing fetch and snuggling. When Michelle throws stuffy toys to Mocha, she runs around with them in her mouth showing off her catch. Mocha also loves to lay on top of Michelle or next to her on the couch or bed.

Whenever Michelle comes to get Mocha from the kennel, this pretty girl greets her with a cute smile and a wiggly butt. Mocha still has some issues with strangers, but to the people she knows, she is amazing. She is loyal, affectionate, devoted, and just wants to be close to the ones she loves.

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Michelle loves Mocha so much and wants her to find a great forever home or event foster home. Michelle loves everything about this gorgeous girl: “She is stunningly beautiful which is what draws you in initially but when you get to know her, she has such a wonderful personality. She is so loving and she just wants to please. She will just stare at you with those eyes and it makes you just melt.”

Mocha’s ideal home would be a place with few visitors since she is still leery of strangers. Michelle thinks a single person or couple with no children and no other animals would be perfect.

It breaks Michelle’s heart to leave Mocha at the kennel. She wishes she could take her home, but unfortunately her dog does not get along with Mocha. However, she loves Mocha like she’s her own and has spent over a year with her.

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For more information on Mocha or to fill out a foster or adoption application, please visit http://www.ehrdogs.org/animals/detail?AnimalID=4427116