On Monday April 23, Mary was diagnosed with anal cancer that had spread throughout her abdomen. Although the news was not good from the veterinarian who examined Mary, the decision was made to take her home. And that's where her story begins.
For the rest of her life, all of us at CAPE have dedicated ourselves to giving Mary enriching, fun and loving experiences. In this blog you will be treated to seeing Mary as she meanders through her days living at the CAPE Animal Sanctuary with our executive director JP Novic and her husband Josh Novic.
On the couch with her are Maia and another foster Dottie. Mary is settled in, comfortable and carefree.
On a recent day while JP Novic, CAPE's Executive Director, was visiting a local shelter to rescue several dogs, two women pulled their car next to the CAPE truck. They motioned to JP asking for help. They had found a female dog wandering the streets. She was all skin and bones and covered in fleas. Her nails were inches long, and she had what looked like a few tumors under her skin. The dog was very sweet, mellow but clearly weak and exhausted.
JP assisted the women to make sure the dog was properly checked into the shelter. The staff assured JP they would contact her once her stray period was over.
A few days later, it was determined that the shelter could not put her up for adoption, so the dog was slated for euthanasia. On Saturday, April 21, "Mary" became a CAPE dog. She was picked up and immediately bathed and had her nails trimmed. CAPE consulted with a veterinarian on the best and most appropriate way to feed her. An appointment was scheduled for Mary to receive a full medical evaluation.
Once she arrived at her new foster home, Mary found a comfy couch, crawled into its soft warmth, laid her head down and slept for 12 hours.
Since then she has been enjoying several meals each day. She is house-trained and the family dogs have fully accepted her.
Her first veterinary appointment is Monday afternoon, so we will give you an update then.
Overall, Mary is a sweet, soulful, non-demanding girl. CAPE is honored to have saved her life, and we could not do so without your support.
Like a bag filled with fast food trash, a small dog and her puppy were tossed from the window of a moving car. When the car was long gone, the mother dog remained on the side of the road, not daring to leave in case her puppy should wake up.
Santa Cruz County Animal Control discovered why the mother dog did not run away. She was not willing to leave the side of her dead puppy.
CAPE brought the mother dog, now named Beverly, into a foster home where she was enveloped in love and comfort. Her traumatic story appeared in both television and print news. People were outraged over the heartless act that killed Beverly’s puppy. Offers to adopt Beverly poured into the CAPE office.
The day of her adoption to Monterey resident Paul Bennett, Beverly was composed and curious. Her new canine family member, 15 year old Dobby, excitedly welcomed Beverly, renamed Olivia, into their home.
Paul says, “Since her arrival I have suffered the loss of both my father and my partner. These dogs kept me going and helped me get through this difficult time. Olivia is fully adjusted and keeps Dobby going strong. He is now 17 and thriving thanks to her.”
In honor of CAPE's 25 year anniversary join us in another walk down Memory Lane as we check in with Sadie, a dog who CAPE found a loving home for so many years ago...
Many years ago CAPE heard about a dog referred to as “the mac & cheese dog.” We learned that for five years this small black dog had been living under the bushes along a road median in Watsonville, CA. A kind-hearted woman took pity on the dog and started feeding her macaroni and cheese. Her husband would not allow the dog inside their house, so the “mac & cheese dog” did her best to survive outside alone.
At last she was brought to the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter then placed into a loving CAPE foster home. Today, many years later, Sadie lives with a wonderful family who dotes on her every need. They tell us, “Sadie made her way
into our home and hearts. She has blossomed into our ‘little gnome’ who gathers her blankets and tennis balls like a squirrel preparing for winter!”
It is clear that Sadie knows to cherish the people and things she once never had. Lucky, lucky ,sweet girl!
In honor of the thousands of animals CAPE has rescued over the past 25 years, we checked in with several past CAPE dog adopters to see how life is for their families. Each few days, we will bring you a new story and update. Walk with us down memory lane as we bring you the story of Oscar, now Piggy.
Oscar aka Piggy: From Trash Can to Comfy Couch
When Anna Roton and her family adopted a small boy from Korea, the child was horrified when he first laid eyes on their dog Piggy. Anna explained, “Our little boy had never interacted with dogs before, but Piggy calmly won him over.”
Five years ago, Piggy, aka Oscar, was the victim of abandonment. Someone had heartlessly dumped him into a garbage can at Pinto Lake in Watsonville. Luckily he was rescued and placed into a CAPE foster home with Anna and her family. It didn’t take long for them to realize Piggy had found his forever home.
While Piggy was being neutered, the veterinarian discovered he had a grade four heart murmur. Anna says, “He is on medication for his heart and is doing so well!”
Since that horrible day when he was tossed away like a bag of trash, Piggy has shown himself to be a little love bug. He gives kisses liberally, loves children and is especially attached to his fellow dog family member, Vinnie.
Howard has moved into the CAPE Animal Sanctuary bringing with him his sweet personality and some very endearing traits.
On day three at his new home, the weather was wet and rainy. Howard decided he wanted no part of these outdoor events, so he stayed put in his warm, cozy stall. But Howard is house trained. His stall is immaculate. So we knew he would definitely need to go outdoors sooner rather than later. Sure enough, during the next coaxing by CAPE staff, Howard was eager to find his way outside. "He is a very clean pig," remarked JP Novic, CAPE executive director.
Howard now gets first priority each morning when the barn doors are open allowing the animals outside. And his stall has remained squeaky clean.
Unlocking the Cage, an award winning film touring the US, will be the final film screened at CAPE's 4th annual Animal Film Festival. Don't miss your chance to see this ground breaking film about the courtroom battle to bring basic rights to animals. All day tickets are $25. For $5 off, use promo code: AllDayPass. You can also choose to purchase an Evening Session ticket to see Unlocking the Cage and some wonderful short films. The Evening Session is from 7:00 - 10:00 pm. Delicious vegan food will be available in the lobby that you can take back to your theater seat to enjoy! The 4th annual Animal Film Festival is Saturday, February 25 at the Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley. Doors open at 9:30 am and the films begin at 10:00 am. Buy your tickets by clicking here. ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT CAPE ANIMAL RESCUE PROGRAMS. See you at the movies!
Yesterday morning CAPE staff discovered our 14 year old goat Lulu, laying down in her stall whimpering. She was cold and could not be coaxed to stand up. We immediately called our wonderful veterinarian Dr. Jen, who gave Lulu fluids and suggested we put Lulu next to a heater vent. That's when the bathroom turned into a hospital room!
Many years ago, CAPE rescued Lulu from a backyard slaughter operation. She has always been a very shy goat, but in recent years since living at the CAPE Animal Sanctuary in Grass Valley, she has shown another side of her sweet personality.
Lulu is already showing signs of improvement nestled in her blankets on the bathroom floor.
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Even though the thermometer is pulsing at 100 degrees, the animals at CAPE have their own way of finding the joy of living despite the heat.
Rafi, CAPE's rescued horse from Mexico, enjoys standing in the shade of an old oak tree grazing on dried grasses. He also likes to sneak into the hay barn to see what treats are within reach that he can nibble on.
Tabby, a goat born with a cleft palate, settles near the salt lick making sure it is within easy reach. In this heat, moving as little as possible is the name of the game.
Speaking of not moving very much, Rootie the pig basically just lolls around in his mud puddles all day. There is no happier pig than Rootie bathing under the hot sun.
“Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace."
~Dr. Albert Schweitzer