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
Daphne has had so much sadness in her life recently. Her former owners had some extreme health problems (her mom had a stroke and is permanently in a nursing care facility, and her dad has cancer), so she was returned to Camp Cocker in the hopes of finding a new forever family who could take care of her.
However, when we took our sweet Daphne to have a dental cleaning, the vet found a mass on Daphne's anal gland during the cleaning. A biopsy was sent out, and the results came back that it was adenocarcinoma (cancer).
We brought Daphne to an oncologist, and they did a series of tests to see how far the cancer spread. Both her chest x-rays and the ultrasound of her lymph nodes were clear, which was made us hopeful that we had caught the cancer early.
Daphne had surgery to remove the cancerous mass and her anal glands, and then a CT scan, which showed that her lymph nodes were slightly swollen. We have gone back and forth with Daphne’s foster family about whether we should move forward with radiation therapy, but we’re still not sure what the best decision is for her.
In order to not rush with what is best for Daphne, her foster parents have offered to keep her as part of their family, so we can continue to take it day by day when it comes to making life-changing decisions about Daphne’s health.
It’s going to be a long and difficult journey, but you can help ease Daphne’s struggle by donating to Daphne at the link below.
Emma was originally rescued from the Downey, Los Angeles shelter in January 2019. We originally thought she was maybe between 8 and 10 years old, and seeing how gentle and affectionate she was, we were hoping she would be adopted by a nice family looking for an older adult or senior dog.
However, as we spent more time learning about Emma and her needs, the more health issues arose. First, we learned she was completely deaf. Then, was learned she was incontinent (probably from spending her whole life as an outdoor dog and never learning to be house-trained).
After that it was several trips back and forth to the vet for small things like skin irritation, lethargic behavior, not eating, or bloody stools. But the vets couldn’t find anything specific that was causing these issues.
We then realized it was likely that Emma was most likely closer to being 15 than 8 or 10, and all of these small issues were just par for the course when it comes to a super senior dog. It also meant that any chance of Emma finding an adopter was likely slim to none.
As such, we reached out to one of our lovely volunteers who is experienced with hospice dogs, and she agreed to take Emma in and be her forever person for however long she has left.
If you want to help make the rest of Emma’s life as comfortable as possible, you can donate to her care at the link below.
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!
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.
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.
Special Needs puppy Morgan came to us from Baldwin Park Animal Shelter in 2016. Many quirks and one MRI later confirmed Morgan suffered with a malformed Cerebellum and required a dedicated adopter. Morgan has many admirers especially his foster parents, who have committed themselves to the special care that Morgan needs. More information about Morgan click below!
We rescued Tucker in 2012 from the Coachella Valley animal shelter after he was dropped off for being "too old".
Tucker has a heart murmur and has seen a cardiologist a few times since being 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!
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 9 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:
The Mayor if Camp Cocker Rescue
Owen was rescued from Baldwin Park Animal Shelter in 2012 with a bad knee and cherry eye. After surgery Owen came out of his shell but it was obvious he had some challenges regarding human touch and high pitched voices.
With unconditional love and patience over the years and ample amount of space this independent aloof dude has mellowed out and often seeks attention by rubbing his whole body against you like a cat. Owen has rules to live by and we respect that.
Due to his trust and handling issues, we have decided it is best to keep Owen where he is in his foster home.
Brady was rescued by Camp Cocker Rescue all the way back when he was a puppy in 2010. He and Eli were littermates. Like Eli, he soon showed that he had various special needs, including having separation anxiety and seizures, so he would need a very special adopter to care for him.
However, after years of waiting for the right person, no adopter ever appeared. Now a senior, we have decided to include Brady amongst our forever fosters, so he can be cared for and happy in the home he has called his own for his entire life.
You can help support Brady and his forever foster friends by donating at the link below:
Lily was rescued from the Lancaster Animal Shelter in 2015. She is an incredibly beautiful freckled dog, and we had high hope that her beauty would attract the best adopters from near and far.
However, we soon learned that Lily had such severe separation anxiety to the point where she could not be left alone at all or she would have terrible seizures.
We waited to see if Lily would be able to find an adopter who could keep up with her needs, but no price charming came to rescue this princess.
Lily will now spend the rest of her life being the Queen of Camp Cocker Rescue, where she will be loved and cared for.
Lily was recently diagnosed with glaucoma, and you can help support the cost of her medication here: