Over $18,000 Raised For Lovebugs At The Race For The Rescues OC!

Team Lovebugs Rescue raised $18,161 and reached 73% of their goal of $25,000 for the OC Race for the Rescues. We were the NUMBER ONE team in the Orange County race! We are so appreciative of all our hard working volunteers who participated in this event and raised money for our cause. Thank you!!!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

at The Great Park – 7 am – 12 pm

GO Team Lovebugs Rescue!

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Halloween Hopefuls All Dressed Up & Ready For New Homes

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See Lovebugs On K-9 Corner All Month!

Featuring Our July Lovebug Rescues

A huge thank you to Megan Medick with K-9 Corner for having us as their featured July rescue group! We had so much fun sharing our loveable Lovebugs on camera, and we even got a few of our foster mom’s to go on camera!

Watch Our Clip Above NOW To Help Us Find Homes For These Featured Pets.

This clip has been played throughout the month of July 2013 twice a day 12pm or 8pm. In the South Bay area of LA…. on Time Warner Cable channel 3. or Verizon FiOS channel 31. Time Warner Cable Screen Name: CitiCABLE

Join Lovebugs In The Race For The Rescues OC!

2013RaceLovebugsBannerSunday, November 10, 2013

at The Great Park – 7 am – 12 pm

Join Team Lovebugs Rescue!

Register for the 1K Dog Walk, 1K Kids Run, 5K, 10K or Couch Potato Race, select Lovebugs Rescue as your team & then create your very own personal fundraising page to help us meet our goal of $25,000.

To sign up to run one of the races and create your own fundraising page visit our Race for the Rescues Lovebugs Team Page
To donate to support one of our rescue’s participants at this event
1. Visit Our Race for the Rescues Team Page.
2. Scroll To The Bottom.
3. Click on A Team Member’s Name
4. Click Their “Support Me!” Button located the bottom of their page.
5. Donate!

Happy Tail: Luna – Lovebugs Largest Rescue To Date

CocoHTOur not so little Lovebug Luna found herself discarded at a high kill shelter by her former owners when they decided to move but not take the “house” with them. Weighing in at 140 lbs, Luna is our biggest lovebug yet! Luna is an Old English Sheepdog and had been terribly neglected by her former family. We gave Luna a much needed grooming, began treatment on both eye and ear infections, and started her on a healthy diet along with some small walks to start shedding the extra 40 lbs of weight she has been carrying around. It wasn’t long before Luna’s family to be saw her on our facebook page and fell head over heels. Luna’s family had recently lost their beloved New Foundland and was ready to open their hearts and home to another furry giant. We couldn’t have asked for a better match for Luna. Her family reports that she has melted their hearts!

BINGO 137 lb Old English Sheepdog

Donate To Spring Us Towards Our Goal Of Saving 200 Dogs This Year!

Annual-need Average routine medical costs for 200 dogs in 1 year:

  • Microchips: $1,300
  • Grooming: $1,500
  • Vaccine/Deworming Litters: $2,100
  • Board & Training: $2,600
  • Shelter Pull Fees: $3,200
  • Spay/Neuter: $11,000

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In 2012, Lovebugs Rescue put $46,000 towards our rescues major medical surgeries, treatments, & care.  This does not include routine medical, care, microchips, worming, vaccines, grooming, etc.  We are 100% volunteer based Non-Profit 501c3 Rescue.  We need your support to be able to continue on our mission.

We Can’t Do It Alone… We Need Your Help!

Happy Tail: Max & Doug

We couldn’t have asked for a better person to adopt Max other than his new owner Doug!

 We received a call from a family who desperately needed to surrender their Maxht3Aussie/Boarder Collie mix. We did the typical run down of asking for some basic information and photos of the dog.  One look at his mugshot and we said “yes, we will take him in!” About a week after taking Max into our rescue, we realized good looks and good manners did not go hand in hand. While Max was responsive to basic obedience commands and proved to be smarter than the average dog, Max began to show signs of being “off”. Max began to lunge at people and other dogs for no known reason. His behavior was so unpredictable, that we were not sure what his trigger points were. We quickly enrolled Max into a board and train program experienced with Aussies where they confirmed this behavior.

Meanwhile, applications were pouring into our rescue for Max. But how could we tell these potential adopters that this handsome dog was in fact very unpredictable and needed a lot of work.  We knew we needed to place him into the right hands with a quiet home who was willing to continue his training. It was then that we received Doug’s application. While Max was in his board and train program, we asked Doug to come to the training facility and meet Max to see if they had a connection. After that meeting, Doug was determined that this was the dog he was meant to have!

OMax ht1ne week later, after Max’s training was over, Doug came to pick up Max and take him to his forever home.  He enrolled Max into some private training sessions, and all seemed to be going ok. But about a month after having him, Max began to go back to his old ways. He began to lunge and growl at the neighbor, other dogs on walks and even at Doug.  We knew we needed to find the right trainer for Max or he wouldn’t stand a chance. That is when we came across Rick Klassen, who specializes in dogs that have aggression and dominant behaviors. Rick explained to Doug that what Max has been lacking his whole life is discipline and that he has been under stimulated. All of Max’s behaviors stem from anxiety.  In just a few sessions, he gave Doug the tools he needed to work with Max and get positive results.

Max is a perfect example of one of many dogs that are misunderstood and labeled aggressive. Many of these dogs are put down because they didn’t fall into the hands of someone who would give them a chance or of someone experienced enough to work with them. While Max is still a work in progress, he continues his journey with Doug. We are so happy that we found not only the right owner, but also the right trainer for Max.  Doug said, “I think rescue pets also rescue their owners”, and we can see that it has been a life changing, symbolic experience for both of them.

CAUTION: Poisonous For Your Pup!

If you have ever wondered what the number one cause of poisoning in dogs is, wonder no more.

pet-medicationMotrin, Advil and other human medications account for the vast majority of companion animal poisoning cases each year.  Other substances that are poisonous to dogs are obvious things most people have heard of like antifreeze and chocolate but there are many things that can make your dog sick that just might surprise you. Remember a dog is very much like a toddler and is quite likely to put anything that looks appealing or appetizing into their mouth.  Below is a list of items potentially dangerous to the health of your Lovebug that you may not be aware of.

Chocolate contains theobromine and theophylline, a compound that is a cardiac stimulant and a diuretic.  Symptoms include vomiting, tremors and increased heart rate.

Cocoa bean mulch, a common byproduct of chocolate, used in gardens has been found to cause the same symptoms as chocolate when dogs eat it.

chocolatepoisonOnions and garlic contain the toxic ingredient thiosulphate. Onions are more of a danger. Dogs affected by onion toxicity will develop hemolytic anemia, where the pet’s red blood cells burst while circulating in its body. Symptoms include Hemolytic Anemia, labored breathing, liver damage, vomiting, diarrhea, and discolored urine, coma and death.

Wild Mushrooms can be extremely toxic to your dog and he may experience symptoms only a few moments after consumption.  Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and abnormal drooling.

As few as a handful of raisins or grapes can make a dog ill.  Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and lethargy. If ingested, it can cause liver damage or kidney failure in dogs.

dogpoisonsMacadamia nuts are another concern, along with most other kinds of nuts. Their high phosphorus content is said to possibly lead to bladder stones. Dogs develop a tremor of the skeletal muscles, and weakness or paralysis of the hindquarters. Affected dogs are often unable to rise and are distressed, usually panting. Some affected dogs have swollen limbs and show pain when the limbs are manipulated.

Moldy food or garbage can cause seizures, panting, hyper activity, vomiting, uncoordinated movements, weakness, increased heart rate, increased body temperature, dehydration and lack of appetite.

poisonsignSugarless candies can be toxic to pets. Candies containing xylitol have been recognized by the National Animal Poison Control Center to be a risk to pets. This compound can cause liver damage and death in dogs susceptible to being poisoned with xylitol. If your dog ingests sugarless candy it would be best to contact the NAPCC (1-888-426-4435). It is possible your vet will not be familiar with this source of poisoning as this information is fairly new and candies have not usually been associated with poisonings in dogs if they did not contain chocolate as the major ingredient

Raw salmon and trout can be infected with a parasite called Nanophyetus salmincola, a type of trematode worm. The worms themselves can be infected with a type of bacteria known as Neorickettsia helminthoeca. The bacteria only infects canids; other animals show no symptoms from eating it. When dogs eat raw fish infected with this bacteria, they can show symptoms including weakness, vomiting, loss of appetite, swollen glands, and fever. Ninety percent of untreated dogs die. However, cooking kills the worm and the bacteria.

Poinsettia, Holly & Mistletoe  – Despite common misconceptions, poinsettias are only mildly toxic, and most dogs who eat them will experience no symptoms at all. Some dogs will drool or vomit after eating them. Holly causes intense nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Mistletoe causes vomiting, diarrhea, neurological problems and heart failure.
Most plants in large amounts can be potentially toxic. These common flowers are particularly dangerous: amaryllis, aconite, azalea, belladonna, buckeye, foxgloves, hyacinth, hydrangea, ivy, all species of lily, night shade, rhododendron, tulip, sego palm and yew. Symptoms of ingestion include: dilated eyes, vomiting/diarrhea, irritation around mouth, swelling of the mouth and throat, excessive drooling, excessive thirst, irregular heartbeat/breathing, muscle tremors, seizures, coma, and death.

pet-poison-photoAntifreeze contains sweet-tasting ethylene glycol, among other dangerous chemicals, highly fatal to pets even in the smallest amounts. Keep all chemicals out of canine reach. Symptoms of ingestion include vomiting/diarrhea, dilated eyes, depression, increased thirst, kidney failure, seizures, irregular heartbeat/breathing, coma, and death.

Rat Poisons that are meant to attract rodents also attract your dog. Insecticides can also be easily accessed by your dog nosing around in the garden, and his flea/tick collar can make him sick if he chews on it. It is crucial you keep rat bait in inaccessible places to your dog, and monitor him if he wears a flea/tick collar or is in the garden. Pesticide poisoning symptoms include: Fatigue, pale gums, internal bleeding, nosebleeds, blood in urine/stool, excessive drooling, breathing difficulty, muscle tremors, and death.

Mothballs are pesticides that slowly release a gas vapor to kill and repel moths and other insects. The chemicals in mothballs can be inhaled, absorbed through the skin, or absorbed through the stomach and intestines. Naphthalene mothballs, or old-fashioned mothballs, are considered the most toxic type of mothball. Modern PDB mothballs are less toxic but still can cause illness, especially when ingested. Clinical signs of mothball poisoning include vomiting, mothball-scented breath, pale or brown gums, weakness or lethargy, difficulty breathing, tremors, seizures, liver and kidney failure.

WHAT TO DO – If you believe your pet has ingested something toxic, don’t wait!  Contact your vet or the National Animal Poison Control Center immediately.  It could mean the difference between life and death to your devoted furry family members.  You can reach the NAPCC by calling 1-888-426-4435.

Our Wishes For The New Year…

Funding For Our Medical Needs Rescues, Loving Homes For Our Rehabilitated Rescues & Awareness In Our Community Of The Imminent Need!

 Calendar2013Coverlovebugsheaderheart Last Chance To Buy Our Lovebugs 2013 Calendar

For just $1/month and get one for yourself and everyone you love… it will be a great stocking stuffer or small gift to give during the holidays.  This sweet mini calendar is 5.5″ X 8.5″ and features a few of our over 400 rescues thus far.

> Click to get more details and/or buy caledars!

 

sheltertake lovebugsheaderheart CONSIDER LOVEBUGS FOR YOUR YEAREND GIVING!

Every cent you donate goes directly to our rescue efforts.  Help us rescue & find homes for dogs that will be put to sleep due to overcrowding at our local shelters! WE NEED YOUR HELP! 

> PLEASE CLICK TO DONATE NOW!

Xmaspup1lovebugsheaderheart GIFTING PETS: DO’S & DON’TS!

There are things you should consider before you gift a pet during the holidays.

> Read Our Blog: Think Before You Give That Gift

Max formerly Monty3lovebugsheaderheart Monte Becomes A Certified Therapy Dog.

From OC to Nevada, Monte Gives Back!
When we met Monte at the Orange County shelter, we knew this adorable boy was special but we had no idea just how special he was.

> Click to read Monte’s Entire Story.

Happy Tail! Monte Becomes A Certified Therapy Dog.

From OC to Nevada, Monte Gives Back!

Max formerly Monty3When we met Monte at the Orange County shelter, we knew this adorable boy was special but we had no idea just how special he was.  Monte had been turned into the shelter and adopted only to be returned two weeks later by a family that was not willing to make the lifelong commitment that every dog needs.  Lovebugs Rescue was ready to step up and make the commitment so that Monte would never have to worry about being homeless again.
Monte easily settled into the new routine in his foster home and flourished under the care of his loving foster parents.  It was quickly clear to everyone Monte met, that he was a smart and wonderful dog who was going to be a great companion to someone very special.  Little did we know that Monte was soon to embark on an amazing journey.

One day we got an application from Dr. Nancy McNaul who was interested in adopting Monte.  Dr. McNaul happened to be a therapist who helped patients working to overcome many different types of traumatic experiences and she was looking for a very special dog to help her in this important endeavor.  Of course it was impossible to tell for sure but Monte’s foster parents had a feeling that with some specialized training, he just might be a good fit.  Dr. McNaul must have had a good feeling as well and she quickly made plans to drive all the way from Reno, Nevada to Orange County to meet our man Monte.

When the day finally came for Monte and his potential new parent to meet, it was love at first sight!  Dr. McNaul was sure that Monte was the perfect candidate for the training it would take to do such important work and Monty and his new mommy happily drove off to begin their new lives together.

Fast forward several months and Monte, now named Max has completed his training and is now an official Therapy Dog!  Max goes to work with his mommy everyday and seems to know exactly what each patient needs from him and gladly obliges.  We have also learned that Max has unbelievable empathy with distressed children and is a wonderful help to them.

We are so happy to have been able to make this wonderful match for one of our Lovebugs and so proud that this loving, twice abandoned dog now has the opportunity to touch the lives of many.

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Please Think Before You Give That Gift!

Pets As Presents!

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Movies and TV have given people the idea that adorable puppies make heartwarming holiday gifts. In reality it can often end in the heart-wrenching realization that this living, breathing “gift”, is not a good fit for the family and they are now faced with the dilemma of how to get rid of their new pet.  All too often we find these “gifts” discarded at overcrowded shelters where they run the risk of being euthanized.

During the holidays, many people capitalize on the flow of emotions and spur of the moment decisions.  This is when the pet stores are full of popular breeds straight from their puppy mill suppliers. Backyard breeders are also in high gear at this time of year. You need only look in the classified ads to see the flood of people trying to turn the family pet into a Christmas money maker.

Bringing a dog into your home should be a family decision and not a surprise gift. Everyone, including the children, should educate themselves on different types of dogs and decide what breed or mixed breed would best fit into their lifestyle. It is also important to remember that an adult in the household will ultimately be responsible for the dog, not the children. The adult must be willing to accept this responsibility and be willing to care for the dog for the next 15 or so years, which may be long after the children lose interest or leave the nest.

Instead of buying that cute little puppy as a gift, we suggest giving books on pet selection, training, care, health, diet, and individual breeds. Pet care supplies and subscriptions to pet magazines and newsletters are also good choices.  These presents are wonderful ways to introduce the joys of pet ownership and will help when deciding what type of dog is right for your home.  It’s a decision that everyone in the household should make together when they are truly ready to commit to a new lifetime companion. This will benefit everyone – the gift giver, the family and the deserving animal.

Once you have decided to make the commitment and add a furry family member to your home, we believe that choosing to adopt from a reputable rescue is one of the best ways to find a dog that is a great match for your family.  Most of the time the dogs have lived with foster families who get to know each of the dogs very well.  Knowing the dog’s personality, temperament, good and bad habits, likes and dislikes, etc, will go a long way to help ensure a great match is made for everyone.

We hope that when you hear someone say that they plan to give a pet as a gift, you take the opportunity to educate them. Animals cannot speak for themselves, but you can be their voice and convey the message that pets aren’t disposable; they need love and commitment their whole lives and choosing a new pet should be something everyone in the family enjoys together.

FALL in Love With A Lovebugs Rescue!

Calendar2013Coverlovebugsheaderheart Order Our Lovebugs 2013 Calendar

For just $1/month and get one for yourself and everyone you love… it will be a great stocking stuffer or small gift to give during the holidays.  This sweet mini calendar is 5.5″ X 8.5″ and features a few of our over 400 rescues thus far.

> Click to get more details and/or buy caledars!

 

dog chewing shoeslovebugsheaderheart BACK TO SCHOOL BLUES FOR YOU & FIDO!  WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR DOG’S SEPARATION ANXIETY SETS IN.

lovebugsheaderheart Read Our Blog About The Symptoms & Treatment Of K9 Separation Anxiety

 

lolaandhermomlovebugsheaderheart Help Lovebugs Fix Lola’s Hind Feet…

Shortly after the rescue of her & her brother, we noticed that Lola had a deformity in each of her paws – similar to club foot. After extensive xrays and consultations with 3 orthepedic specialists, we finally came across one that could help Lola. Dr. Kenneth Bruecker with VMSG in SJC performed the first of two surgeries on Lola. The first surgery was a success and Lola now has a natural extension to her front two paws. When Lola is a little older, she will get the second surgery to correct the back paws, which are worse then the front.

> Click to read Lola’s Entire Story.
> Donate To Help Us Pay For Lola’s Second Surgery!

merlinfoster lovebugsheaderheart Tiny, 5lb, Blue Chihuahua Survives The Threat Of Chemical Burns & Shelter Overpopulation.

Magical Merlin was dropped off at the Orange County Animal shelter as a stray with no owner in sight. Merlin had terrible burns covering the entire surface of his head, down his neck and on some parts of his body. This little guy weighing only 5 lbs was no match for this type of abuse, but he is a miraculous survivor and is now recovering with us. The photos show the painful healing process Merlin has undergone so far. Despite being treated this way, Merlin is a very happy, playful young dog with a lot of love to give.
Merlin will be ready for his forever family by the end of next week.
> If interested in making Merlin a permanent family member, click here to fill out our online adoption application.
> Click to read Merlin’s blog.

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lovebugsheaderheart Momma Dog Leads Lovebugs Rescuers to 5 Newborn Pups In A Lying In A Riverbed.

This family was dumped the other night in a riverbed left to die. Thankfully, one of our previous adopters found the mom running along the trail. We asked them to take her back to where they found her to see if she would lead them to her pups. They did and sure enough, mom led them to 5 tiny tots just days old tucked into some bushes in the riverbed. They are now safe and sound with Lovebugs Rescue. A huge thanks to Jessica Caravella for being the guardian angel this family needed ♥.

> Click to see images and read updates on this amazing little family.

Inspiring Rescues:

Riverbed Rescued Mama “Hope” & her Pups

This family was dumped the other night in a riverbed left to die. Thankfully, one of our previous adopters found the mom running along the trail. We asked them to take her back to where they found her to see if she would lead them to her pups. They did and sure enough, mom led them to 5 tiny tots just days old tucked into some bushes in the riverbed. They are now safe and sound with Lovebugs Rescue. A huge thanks to Jessica Caravella for being the guardian angel this family needed ♥.

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Special Needs Rescue: Suffers Foot Deformity

Little Lola In Need Of 2 Orthopedic Surgeries

Miss Lola was on the way to the shelter, along with her brother, when we happen to be at the right place at the right time. We wisked brother and sister away to the safety of one of our foster homes. Shortly after getting the two settled, we noticed that Lola had a deformity in each of her paws – similar to club foot. After extensive xrays and consultations with 3 orthepedic specialists, we finally came across one that could help Lola. Dr. Kenneth Bruecker with VMSG in SJC performed the first of two surgeries on Lola. The first surgery was a success and Lola now has a natural extension to her front two paws. When Lola is a little older, she will get the second surgery to correct the back paws, which are worse then the front. Lola also had to undergo surgery to correct both a umbilical and ingunial hernia. This little pup has been through so much in her short life, but the great news is she has found a forever family that is head over heels for her despite her imperfections. Lovebugs has paid $1,800 to date for her corrective surgeries, and is estimated to pay another $1,500 for her second surgery. Please help us by supporting Lola and making a tax donation today towards her medical costs.

> Donate To Help Us Pay For Lola’s Second Surgery!

Lovebug Laurel Upon Rescue:

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Now Named Lola in Her Forever Home Awaiting Her Next Surgery…

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Meet Magical Merlin Now Marly!

Abandoned 5lb Chihuahua Suffers Severe Chemical Burns!

MerlinadoptionNovember 2012 – Merlin (blue chi) now named Marly has gone home with a new loving family and has a new furry sister named Baby!

Sept 2012 – Magical Merlin was dropped off at the Orange County Animal shelter as a stray with no owner in sight. Merlin had terrible burns covering the entire surface of his head, down his neck and on some parts of his body. This little guy weighing only 5 lbs was no match for this type of abuse, but he is a miraculous survivor and is now recovering with us. The photos show the painful healing process Merlin has undergone so far. Despite being treated this way, Merlin is a very happy, playful young dog with a lot of love to give.
Merlin will be ready for his forever family by the end of next week.

Merlin at the OC Shelter on Rescue Day:

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Merlin Safe At The Doctor Getting Love & Medical Treatments:

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Merlin Cuddling In Foster Care:

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