Did you miss this year's Cocker Palooza? (click on photo) C'mon now, don't be sad because there is always next year. Mark your calendars for the 4th weekend of Sept 2013 and make your plans to visit the beautiful central CA coast!
3-26-10 update: Camp Cocker has been struggling so far in 2010 (both financially and emotionally). We hear the same thing at all of the other rescue groups, donations are down because of the economy and yet the numbers of animals in the shelters is at an all time high. Camp Cocker has gone from having a hefty 15 dogs at a time to our all time high right now of 32 dogs (what the heck have we gotten ourselves in to?). The problem is saying no, and we have to say no on a daily basis. We are saying no to taking in more shelter dogs, we are saying no to owners who want to relinquish their dogs to us. Saying no and turning away animals in need goes against the very emotional fabric of who we are and it is taking an emotional toll because we worry worry worry, what will become of the dogs we turn away? On any average day within a hundred miles of Los Angeles, there can be forty or fifty or more cocker spaniels at risk of being euthanized. It hurts to accept this reality and we dream of one day being able to do more, have our own facility so we can make a bigger difference.
We are busting at the seams with cockers and our boarding/medical is also at an all time high. Right now, we owe $3,000 to the boarding facility for the month of March. (yikes!) We have Shakespeare (the emaciated cocker with mange) who is still at the vet until he is no longer contagious (don't even want to think about what his bill is going to be) and then still on the waiting list to get their medical are: Alvin whom needs to get an orthopedic consult for a limping leg (either it is an old break that healed wrong or it might be his patella). Josie is on the waiting list for us to raise funds for her cherry eye surgery to be redone (oops, it popped out after her first surgery). Oh boy . . . guess we better hurry up and start fundraising!
We also are looking for Los Angeles area foster homes whom can make a long term ongoing commitment to foster (we have 15 dogs in boarding, all on the list to get a foster home while waiting for adoption). To foster a dog takes a special person, someone willing to be inconvenienced by the surprises that every shelter dog brings. Fostering is also a very rewarding experience as you help to transform a shelter dog into an adoptable pet for some lucky person. If you can make a commitment to foster a dog for as long as it takes for them to find a great home, then please fill out the online application (it is the same as our adoption application). And of course, how to pay for it all. Anything you can donate, will go directly to our boarding/vet debt and please help spread the woof to everyone you know! Thank you SO MUCH!
Please help donate towards the veterinary and boarding bills from March!