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.
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.
When CAPE staff first laid eyes on Gretta, she was in an isolation kennel at the Front Street Animal Shelter in Sacramento. She had been dropped off as a stray and there was no chance that she would be put up for adoption. Her age was estimated to be around 13 years old. She had multiple tumors all over her body. Her fur was matted with dirt and filth.
Gretta was never going to leave the animal shelter unless CAPE rescued her. So we did.
Gretta is now in her CAPE Assisted Living foster home. She is nearly blind and mostly deaf. After she was shaved and groomed, our veterinarian removed two tumors from her body. The tumor on her front leg was determined to be a sarcoma. Gretta also has multiple mammary tumors and we discovered she was never spayed.
Now that she will live in CAPE's Assisted Living program for the rest of her life, Gretta has settled into a comfortable routine. From the start she was clearly house trained. She loves wearing her little jacket all day long. When she is not waddling around the house, Gretta likes to nap in her favorite bed.
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 yr 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.
Marigold wandered the streets of Watsonville – lost
and alone. She is an old, blind dog who is incredibly
sweet. She was taken to the shelter in Santa Cruz, but no one came to look for her. After her stray
period was up, the shelter contacted CAPE for help.
The veterinarian at the shelter thought Marigold
might be a good candidate for CAPE’s Hospice or
Assisted Living Program.
Luckily, one of our hospice care volunteers offered
to take her in. So transport from Santa Cruz to
Grass Valley has been arranged and on Tuesday we
are welcoming Marigold to CAPE.
Marigold will settle into her new home for a day or
two and then be taken to one of our vets for a
complete work up including and exam, bloodwork,
and dental check-up. We will make sure that
Marigold is comfy and well cared for throughout her
golden years. WE will keep you posted as her
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.
“Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace."
~Dr. Albert Schweitzer