Every once in a while Camp Cocker Rescue gets a call about a senior dog sitting in a shelter who is in dire need of help. Senior dogs are often overlooked by families due to their age, health condition, emotional or physical state. We strive to reach the animals in the worst conditions or those who have been involved in an accident. These dogs have the least likelihood of ever being adopted (or even rescued by other rescue groups) yet they are still very deserving of a home. Because it is so difficult to find homes for our dogs of a certain age(or situation) they become part of our Forever Foster Program. What this program achieves is placement in a stable foster home where they can live out the rest of their days. These foster homes are not like any other homes: They are one-of-a-kind and extremely rare. They offer a loving home where these special dogs can live out their 3rd act. These homes are patient, kind, and willing to care for any (and often many) medical need that presents itself. In the mean time, Camp Cocker will cover the costs of their care and medical for the rest of their days. This is a wonderful program that allows these dogs to get placed into loving homes with families who are dedicated to caring for them and could possibly be the first time these dogs feel love and patience. Bringing in a Forever Foster dog is not uncommon but quality foster homes are. We are always in need of homes that are willing to open their doors to a senior/major medical dog. For we never know when we are going to get the call and there are thousands of senior dogs each sitting in their concrete shelter stalls waiting for their own rescue story.
Below are the Forever Fosters of Camp Cocker Rescue.
It is a great service to care for the sick, the old, and the unwanted.
“Where there is life, there is love.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
Handsome Breeze was relinquished to the Long Beach Animal Shelter for being too old. When we rescued him, we weren't sure how old he was; his intake card said 12 and that seemed about right. We were devastated to learn from his urinalysis that Breeze had the signs of liver failure and that he may not be around too much longer. We scrambled to find him somewhere to live - boarding is no place for a hospice dog. Just two weeks prior, FF Lenny passed over the rainbow bridge after battling heart failure and his foster parents were left with an empty home. Just a few hours after the bad news about Breeze we received a call from Lenny's foster mom who said We'll Take HIm!
We are so overwhelmed by the endless compassion from our foster parents who endlessly give their hearts and homes to the voiceless. Thank You for saving Breeze.
Jack had twice seen the inside of animal shelters in his life. We were broken hearted to find old shelter paperwork attached to his microchip.
Jack has manageable Cushings disease, but this diagnosis was a setback in trying to find him a suitable forever home. Sure he could live in medical boarding for awhile - but what kind of life is that?
We were very thankful when previous adopters contacted us and offered to help Jack. They had experience with Cushings and could offer Jack a stable, loving environment where he would get the special Vet care he needs every month.
If you want to help us with Jacks on-going medical needs, please do! We need all the help we can get with out Forever Fosters.
$5 can go a long way for a little dog in need!
Kasey was dropped off at the animal shelter at 16 years old and soaking wet from being left outside in the rain. She looked defeated in her kennel, we decided to take her in as a one-day-at-a-time hospice. Her major spinal pain has since eased from her weekly acupuncture, laser therapy, and deep tissues massage as well as much needed medication and the comfort of being an inside dog. She had the luck to land in our Forever Foster program. Since December 2017 she would only sleep on the hard floor but just a few months later she is now comfortable enough to sleep on flat dog mats.
Our sweet Greta languished at Palmdale Animal Shelter for 2 weeks. She looked worn out to say the least. Greta came into the shelter with 2 different microchips and this shelter stay wasn't her first rodeo. Greta needed a lot of work: 2 large fatty lipomas, cherry eye, dental disease, and a heart murmur that was worrisome for all the major surgeries she needed. Everything worked out just fine for Greta, thanks to all of our supporters who chipped in little by little to make sure Greta got what she needed - because she deserved it after all she has been through in her life. The shelter listed her as 6 years old, but research into her double microchip information revealed Greta was actually 15 years old.
Greta's advanced age made her not appealing to most adopters.
Greta found the most wonderful foster home to live in and be cherished! We will take care of her medical needs so Greta wont have to worry about that!
Please consider donating towards Greta's Forever Foster needs!
Skylar was part of a rescue mission in April 2017 that we nicknamed The Mojave 9: Abigail, Zoey, Dot, Daisy, Hunter, Skylar, Wally, Piper, & Mckenna. All have since been adopted except for little Skylar.
Our Forever Foster Program is perfect for Skylar because his timid and terrified, and un-socialized behavior made him not suitable for adoption. Read more about Skylar below:
Violet is now part of our Forever Foster Program. She will stay in her current foster home while we pay for her medical expenses if needed. She had been available for adoption for 7 months with no serious interested parties. She is our disabled lady and needs a lot of care that involves physical handling multiple times each day. It has been extremely difficult to find an adopter who could handle this little girl. We are so grateful for our foster homes.
Read more about how Violet came to CCR:
Eli has come into our Forever Foster Program! Eli is a special needs cocker spaniel who has frequent vestibular episodes and seizures. He is one of the gentlest, sweetest, bestest little buddies we have ever met! We love him so much as he has been with us for 7 years now and has not had any adoption interest due to his special needs and the cost of his necessary medication.
He will stay in Camp Cocker Rescue and be cared for his entire life. Read his story here:
We came upon Mr. WIlson at the East Valley Animal Shelter in 2016 and were completely speechless at his condition: fur so matted he had dreadlocks hanging from his face, and feces were woven into his backside. His ears were bulging from his skull almost as if they were turned inside out; his knees caved in when he walked. His shelter paperwork stated that at the time of his owner relinquish, he was soaking wet from being 'hosed down'.
We couldn't leave him there. We signed the paperwork and drove him to our groomers where it took 2 hours to bathe and shave him down.
Multiple tumor biopsies later, Mr Wilson was diagnosed with Oral melanoma: a very aggressive cancer of the mouth. We are currently seeking treatment options for him. As of right now he is simply enjoying the foster life: he follows his foster mom around the house and is getting used to being cared for. Finally.
We rescued Tucker in 2012 from the Coachella Valley animal shelter after he was dropped off for being too old. He is approx 14 years.
Tucker has a heart murmur and has seen a cardiologist a few times since in our care. He is partially deaf but that doesn't slow him down. His foster brother and him get along super well and he too, follows his foster mom around the house all day and she sends us pictures often of Tucker on Christmas morning surrounded by his new toys! That is just they way we imagined life for him and we couldn't be happier.
Tucker needs just a couple of monthly sponsors to cover the costs of his care and heart medication! If you're up to it, we could sure use the help! Click the button to the left and be part of Tuckers Posse!