After four years at the shelter, our little ’Sylvester’ has found his forever home. His new owners, John and Sonia, shared with us the intimate details of his first week.
A New Name: They considered keeping him ‘Sylvester’, but decided that his new life should be accompanied by a new name. So, Sylvester is now Riley…… living the “Life of Riley!”
John tells us that immediately after adopting him from the shelter, Riley’s first stop was the Arcadia Dog Park. Looking out the car window, Riley had the most adorable look of wonderment in his eyes. It must have been sensory overload, like a kid at Disneyland, with so much to see. He seemed spellbound by people crossing the street, cars passing by, and all the activity going on around us. At the park, he wandered about and did lots of sniffing and peeing (of course) and played with the handful of other small dogs that were there. When we went home, he was introduced to his new brother and sister, Chiquita and Rummy, on a walk so we could introduce everyone away from home turf. As we expected, the first time inside our house, Riley must have tried to pee half a dozen times in the first five minutes. We always knew this would be the biggest challenge for Riley after spending more than four years at the shelter. Let me say that after the first 30 minutes, and up until today, he has only had a single “accident” in the house. We are blown away how well he has done. The first night we went to bed, we put Riley in the crate next to our bed but let him out during the night to join us in bed. He’s been sleeping with us in bed ever since and he sleeps like a log.
We’ve spent tons of time getting Riley acclimated to his new home. It’s still so difficult for me to imagine him spending four years at the shelter, but I try to focus on his new life. I know he’s six years old, but he has an amazing puppy-like enthusiasm and energy. He has a zest for life. You can see it in everything he does: sunbathing on a patio chair, chasing the birds and squirrels in the back yard (he just likes to see them scatter), eagerly devouring his twice daily meals, sleeping peacefully in our warm bed, and playing chase with his new brother and sister. Riley said to tell everyone at the shelter ‘thank you for not giving up on him’. He appreciates all the love (and snacks) he’s been showered with all these years. Here are some pictures of the new Riley!!
Mark your calendar!
Saturday, April 16th
9am to 3pm
Whittier Narrows Park
Meadows Picnic Area
750 Santa Anita Avenue
South El Monte 91733
We will be joining animal lovers for this year’s Healthy Pet Expo. Bring your dog or cat and take advantage of the many free services for your pet, including nail trims, spay/neuter, vet consults, giveaways and free and low cost vaccines.
There will be a dog contest with prizes for the best outfit, coolest trick and pet owner- look alike. Spend a fun day with your best friend and learn how to keep your pet healthy!
Thank you to everyone who stopped by our table at the Festival this year.
Shelter volunteers enjoyed a fun-filled day meeting animal lovers and sharing our mission of “Putting People and Pets Together”.
The Festival is an annual event that attracts thousands to view the 122 year old Wistaria vine that has been named by The Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest flowering plant. We were happy to be a part of the celebration.
As an animal lover, you know that any pet with a significant medical problem is unlikely to be adopted until that issue is resolved. We need your financial support to ensure that we can continue to provide the level of medical care that will alleviate suffering and save lives. Hoppy will find his forever home. We’ll make sure of it. We are very proud of our 94% canine adoption rate. Healthy, happy pets are adoptable pets! With your help we can afford to make dreams come true. Please find it in your heart to help us raise money for medical supplies, instruments and medications to make our pets adoptable so they can thrive in a happy home with a family all their own!
Would you please give a gift that will help us continue to save lives and end painful suffering so that we can bring people and pets together? Your support will ensure that we can provide the medical care, food, shelter and psychological support that our animals need while they are in our care. Together, we will make it possible for every pet who needs a forever home to have the chance to find one. Please make a contribution through PAYPAL to the ‘Help Hoppy Holiday Fund Drive’ and make a difference for the many others like him who will come through the shelter’s doors!
We joined with other rescue groups in the LA area to fly 120 Chihuahuas from local shelters to Vancouver, Canada on Saturday, November 7th for a special adoption event with a Canadian based rescue organization known as ‘Thank Dog I Am Out’. These lucky dogs have over 300 families waiting to meet them and welcome them into their homes. Volunteers, as well as animal behaviorists, will be on hand at this most-anticipated event to facilitate the adoptions. ‘Save The CHI’ is a collaborative effort between Pet Orphans, Eastwood Ranch Foundation, LA4Animals Foundation, the San Gabriel Valley Humane Society and Wings of Rescue.
We have partnered with Southern California Edison to participate in an adoption event this month at the Rivergrade Farmer’s Market in Irwindale.
SCE and City of Hope employees will be there to meet shelter dogs and support our efforts to find every adoptable pet a loving home.
Thank you for inviting San Gabriel and working with us to save more lives!