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. Mostly, When she is not waddling around the house, Gretta likes to nap in her favorite bed.
Roxie's guardian had to move to a nursing home. Roxie is a 10 year old, eight pound fox terrier. She is missing one eye due to cataract surgery and her other eye has limited vision, also due to cataracts.
But the good news is Roxie has a guardian angel! She has a generous sponsor! All her expenses will be paid for: veterinary, food, toys, dog clothing, etc.
Roxie is a perfect little citizen. She is quiet, house trained, and very affectionate. Roxie would love to be in a quiet household where she can hang out with her family and take long naps in her bed.
Rico is an elderly, blind Chihuahua. After being hit by a car, Rico's family did not provide him with any medical attention. An animal control officer noted that Rico's right rear leg was contorted and he was not bearing any weight on it. Because he was in pain, Rico kept his leg tucked close to his body. Rico's nails were overgrown, he was infested with fleas and he was suffering from dermatitis on his hind end. The officer confiscated Rico, removing him from the home where he received very little care.
Later at the animal shelter, the veterinarian discovered that Rico has a grade 4-5 heart murmur.
CAPE brought Rico into our Assisted Living Program where he is now living with a loving foster family. He will be in their care for the rest of his life. Please sponsor Rico to help cover his medical care as he enters his golden years.
Lily has been with me 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 my other dogs) without too much stress. Unfortunately over the past 6 months, she has developed occasional panic attacks that occur in the middle of the night. These attacks are both scary for me and her as there is no consoling her while she is having one. We are looking into medications that will hopefully help her. 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, loves to hunt for gophers and has never met another dog she did not like. She is also the best and easiest walker in our pack! We are glad we have been able to provide a stable, patient home for Lily, one that she feels safe in and can continue to increase in confidence.
Little Coco, a senior citizen at nine years old, suddenly found himself homeless after his person dropped him off at a shelter. Like so many animals who arrive at shelters with no understanding of the reason their life has changed so drastically - he went into the mode of protecting himself by going into a shell.
Luckily, one of CAPE's wonderful foster families offered to take him in with the hope that Coco would emerge from his shell once he felt safe. And we have good news - that's exactly what happened. His foster family created a secure and positive environment so that Coco could rebuild his confidence and trust in people.
In a very short time, Coco bounced back. His wonderful foster mom says "his confidence is overflowing now".
Coco is neutered, crate trained, house trained and gets along well with dogs and cats. He takes two medications; one for a skin allergy and another for arthritis. Despite everything Coco has been through, he is still a very loving and forgiving 9 year old pup.
Bucky is 3 - 5 years old and weighs about 12 lbs. He is an energetic, happy. Bucky has been diagnosed with prostate cancer so he will remain in his CAPE foster home as part of our Assisted Living program.
Bucky will require some medical care for the rest of his life. If you would like to sponsor Bucky, click the button at the top of this page. We thank you so much for your support! We could not give animals like Bucky a comfortable life without your help!
At 12+ years of age, Athena wandered the streets alone and hungry. Someone found her dirty and tired in a garage in Watsonville. She was brought to the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter.
Athena is deaf and has dry eye. Vision in her left eye is mostly gone. She is arthritic and has some respiratory issues, Most of her teeth are rotten and will need to be removed.
Today Athena is in a CAPE foster home. She is a sweet girl, who lives to eat! She gets along beautifully with other dogs and is usually a very happy girl. She may have a bit of senility as sometimes she will stand still not knowing where to go. She happily follows her foster mom, wanting to know that she is close by.
Athena has multiple health issues. One thing we are very worried about is that since CAPE rescued her, Athena has suffered from a few seizures. She also is getting over Kennel Cough. For her dry eye, she receives ointment daily. She is also on Proin for urine leakage.
CAPE's veterinarian is determining if Athena can have all her teeth removed. She also may have to have one eye surgically removed as well.
Meet Vito! He was pretty down until CAPE took him from a local shelter and placed him into a foster home. Vito endured people kicking and hurting him in his past life. He can still be fearful of people hands, so instead of adoption, Vito is in Assisted Living for life!"
Estee is an adorable, 8 year old, pint sized, housetrained, Chihuahua. It is CAPE's plan to keep Estee available for adoption, but with her medical problems, there is a chance she would become an Assisted Living dog. This means she would stay in her foster home for the remainder of her life with CAPE being financially responsible for her care. Thankfully, her health concerns are not life threatening.
“Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace."
~Dr. Albert Schweitzer