Often we meet animals in shelters who are not good candidates for adoption. These animals usually have chronic health conditions or temperament issues that require that they be closely monitored for safety.
Over the years, CAPE has been able to save the lives of dozens of animals who were brought into our ALP which is designed to provide animals who are not candidates for adoption with permanent foster care in the home of a loving CAPE foster volunteer. Volunteers who sign up for this program make a commitment to care for the animal for the remainder of the animal’s life, and CAPE covers all expenses.
The huge success of this program has been due to the kindness and commitment of our wonderful volunteer team, who we are deeply grateful for.
If you are interested in becoming a foster volunteer for an animal with special needs, please click here to fill out the Foster Application.
Maybe at one time this sweet, old dog had a good life – we will never know for sure. She was found wandering the streets matted and scared. She was in horrible condition. You could see the fear in her eyes. But more than that, you saw her despair. The scruffy little dog was taken to a shelter where she waited for someone to come for her. As days went by, no one came. The shelter staff knew the little dog had medical needs and emotional issues that made her chances for adoption slim. CAPE was contacted and that’s when we jumped in to help.
First the homeless dog was taken to Muttopia, the shelter in Santa Rosa for rescued dogs which was created by CAPE and CWOB in 2017. We named her Toto. Blood work and a thorough exam revealed that Toto has early kidney disease. Her mouth is full of rotten teeth and she also has impaired vision and hearing.
Toto is now in a loving CAPE foster home. She loves to explore the yard, eat specially prepared food, and her favorite activity is to be cuddled by her foster mom. But Toto still has health challenges ahead. Her most recent vet visit reveled that her current health issues may make it risky to put her under anesthesia for a dental cleaning. The vet is giving Toto’s impoverished, little body some time to heal and then more tests will be run to determine what the best course of care will be for her. Our goal is to do whatever we can to ensure that Toto is comfortable and pain free.
Athena is mostly blind in one eye and almost deaf, covered with lumps and dry itchy skin, had foul breath, frequent seizures, arthritis and bladder control issues when she came to CAPE. You can imagine how awful she felt. She’d lost her spark.
After a year in her Assisted Living home, with multiple trips to a variety of doctors, her foster mom’s dedication has turned Athena’s life around. Every one of her health issues has greatly improved. She’s got her outer beauty back on and she sparkles like a diamond.
Please know that YOU help heal Athena’s wounds and bring her sparkle back to life; that YOUR support is the reason CAPE’s Assisted Living Program can continue to change the lives of these precious beings. We cannot possibly thank you enough.
Confiscated by an animal control officer from the home where he had received no treatment for an injured leg and a bad flea infestation, 12 year old Rico was taken to the county animal shelter where he was found to be blind and to have a 4-5 grade heart murmur.
CAPE came to the rescue and placed Rico in a loving Assisted Living home where he now lives happily--with all expenses paid by CAPE--loved by people who are striving to make up for the world of pain and neglect that was once the only world Rico knew.
Little 10 year old Roxie’s life took an unexpected turn when her guardian was no longer able to care for her. CAPE was contacted by someone who pledged to cover all Roxie’s costs for the rest of her life if CAPE would find a home for her.
As Roxie has special needs, CAPE found the perfect Assisted Living home for her where now she spends glorious days curled up in the blissful comfort of her new guardian’s lap.
Roxie's blindness doesn't hinder her from exploring her new setting and snuggling up in the sun.
Little 8 year old Chihuahua, Estee, had medical problems that shelter staff determined would render her unadoptable. CAPE was called to evaluate Estee for possible placement into a CAPE Assisted Living home.
Upon meeting her, CAPE saw that Estee had too much spark left in her to leave this little girl behind. She is now happily living out her life with a wonderful family, with CAPE paying all her expenses.
The story of each CAPE rescue is unique and often unusual. Bucky’s story, however, is uniquely unique and unusually unusual. He is a playful, sweet and gentle boy whom his CAPE Assisted Living foster mom describes as “an almost perfect dog.” Why is that?
In 2018, CAPE rescued Bucky, a young Lhasa Apso from a local shelter. A vet exam found a urinary tract infection as cause for his lack of bladder control. When several rounds of antibiotics didn’t cure it, x-rays and an ultrasound were done. Bladder stones, requiring surgery, were found. The problem remained. Alas, another set of x-rays and an ultrasound found a very old, partially crystalized foxtail in his urethra! It had caused damage which required several repairs, re-routing surgery, and many tense moments.
Bucky will live a full life in one of CAPE’s amazing Assisted Living homes where he will always be loved and cared for. We thank you for all the Bucky’s you’ve given homes, good health, happiness and zoomies to. Thank you. For all who have been, are now, and are yet to come.
It’s hard to imagine the shock and fear in the heart of 9 year old Coco, when he found himself in the animal shelter; strange sounds and smells….his guardian nowhere in sight. He tucked his little body into a corner, hiding as best he could from unfamiliar surroundings that frightened him.
CAPE answered the shelter’s call, placing Coco in an Assisted Living foster home where the tender care he receives has brought him out of the corner and into the center of family activity.
Raise your hand if you’d like to sponsor Coco!
CAPE’s Assisted Living program was the perfect answer for little Vito. He’d been terribly abused before being relinquished to an animal shelter. Because of the abuse he’d experienced, which led to his fear of people, the shelter rendered him unadoptable. CAPE placed him in an Assisted Living foster home where he is learning to love and be loved; where all his financial needs will be covered by CAPE.
As with all CAPE’s Assisted Living dogs, Sponsoring Vito will greatly help CAPE place more of the many dogs waiting for the chance to live and thrive in a home with a loving family!
Lily has been with CAPE since 2010, which would make her anywhere from 10-12 years old. It took Lily a couple of years to overcome her separation anxiety, but can now be left alone (with her dog companions) without too much stress.
Lily just had a check up at the vet and other than her panic disorder she is in excellent physical shape. She is a sweet dog that craves attention, and has never met another dog she did not like. She is also the best and easiest walker in the pack!
We're thankful to provide Lily with a loving home.
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