It’s that time of year again when we join together to support two of our favorite things- local businesses and RESCUE DOGS!Read More
In January, two terrified, feral young Shepherd girls arrived at Thrive Animal Rescue from Mexico. Healthy, beautiful and dressed in sweaters to keep them warm for the trip, these two Mexican street dogs stared at us with the look of dogs who have never seen human kindness. It’s a look we don’t often see with Southern California shelter dogs, but once you’ve seen it, it is something you do not forget.
What we loved about these two untrained beauties, was how much they love other dogs. That is definitely a theme for us at Thrive- we try our best to find dogs who like dogs as much as we do. We knew it would be some time before they were ready for adoption, so we sent them to Dusty Tails Lodge to get them acclimated to life among human kindness, and now, several months later, they are coming around. Here’s Marlie’s report on the girls.
“These girls came to us when they were around 12-14 weeks old. They were beyond terrified and wanted nothing to do with people. They were perfectly happy being in their crates and being left alone. We gave them some time to acclimate to their new environment and then had them take turns each day being in a crate in the middle of the house, so they could get used to all the sounds, and sights that go along with being in a household with people and other dogs. We started to notice they loved to be around the other dogs, it was the humans they were very afraid of. If out in the yard with the other dogs they would run and play but as soon as they realized we were around they would scatter and run for their crates. I took turns attaching them to my waist and having them follow me all over the house and I would give them treats all day long. This really helped form a closer and more trusting bond with the girls.”
If you, or someone you know is looking for a wonderful, small Shepherd to share their life with, call Marlie at Dusty Tails Lodge and she’ll fill you in on their personality traits and needs in going forward. There is nothing as rewarding as watching a dog learn to trust and begin to accept and give love.
Marlie Robinson 760.828.0961
"Everyone thinks they have the best dog, and none of them are wrong."
The only thing better than the happily ever-after photos we receive from our adoptive families, is getting to see the dogs we've rescued in real life! For that reason, we are having a Family Reunion on September 23rd from 12:00-3:00.
There will be tacos!
So save the date, share this post and bring your dog for a fun filled afternoon with the Thrive Family of Rescue Dogs.
13875 Old El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130
Thrive Animal Rescue is raising money for a free Spay and Neuter Clinic in Tijuana on May 19th.Read More
The Rescue Express Puppy Pipeline is gearing up for a transport date the third week of April. Our rescue heroines, Simply Southern Rescue and The Rescue Life (Leigh Ann Albritton, Ren Dowhaniuk and Shannon Poole Hagan) will be coordinating this amazing rescue effort. The focus will be on moving puppies and their mothers out of the local shelters and off the streets while they wait for their ride to California.Read More
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On Sunday December 3rd, Thrive Animal Rescue will be holding our annual Holiday Farmer's Market and we are more excited than ever. With many of our previous vendors returning this year and some of the most amazing artisans in Southern California debuting, we have every reason to believe that this year’s event will be an unprecedented success.
In addition to supporting small businesses, this event is another way for us to raise the funds necessary to support our ongoing rescue efforts. Often times we come across a dog who may require costly medical attention or specialized training. We are consistently raising funds so that we don't have to leave those dogs behind. Each Holiday Marketplace vendor has agreed to a set donation made directly to Thrive Animal Rescue to help future Thrive dogs receive the care they need.
With over 20 of the coolest local businesses on board, there will be something for everyone on your list. Be sure to tell your friends and by all means bring the children. We will have food and live music for the adults, apples and carrots for the ponies, and Santa Paws will be on site for holiday photos with your furriest family member.
So mark your calendar, Sunday December 3rd, 12:00-4:00.
NEWMARKET FARM 13875 Old El Camino Real San Diego, Ca 92130
SHOP... EAT... ADOPT!
Every year shelters all over the country do their best to prepare for the July 4th holiday. From "Empty The Cage" campaigns to reduced adoption fees, they are preparing for the unfortunate yet imminent influx of stray dogs who have run away from home because they were frightened.
More pets run away on the Fourth of July than any other day, so you should take extra steps to ensure their safety. Keep a keen eye on your dog during the commotion, and make sure your pet is wearing proper identification.
Remember, to your dog, the experience of fireworks is different than other natural loud noises, like thunder. Fireworks are closer to the ground, more vibrant, and are accompanied by sudden booms, flashes and burning smells. Dogs experience the world through their senses — nose, eyes, ears. The typical Fourth of July celebration can be overwhelming to them.
Here are some tips to help keep your dog calm, making for an easier holiday for both of you.
If you can't be home, arrange to have your dog in a place where there won’t be loud fireworks displays — a friend’s or relative’s home or a doggie day care with which your dog is familiar. If it’s an unfamiliar place for your dog, take him over there a few times in the days before the holiday so that it won’t be a surprise when you take him there on the fourth.
If you cannot take your dog to a place away from fireworks, then have a travel kennel at home for him or her to feel safe in. If you’re not going to be home, have a friend or sitter there to keep your dog company.
These snug-fitting shirts target various pressure points, creating a sensation similar to swaddling a baby. Veterinarians and dog trainers frequently recommend this drug-free option for dogs that suffer from separation anxiety, fear of loud noises (thus the name “Thundershirt”) and travel anxiety.
If you do find it necessary to use medication or a Thundershirt to calm your dog during the fireworks, remember that you must introduce any such tool at the right time, conditioning your dog to understand that the medication or Thundershirt is there to bring them to a calm state. This means that you must bring your dog to that calm state first, then introduce the tool — before the fireworks and the anxiety begin. If she is already at an anxiety level of 8 or 9, then her mental state will overrule the medication. If she is already breathing heavily, then the Thundershirt, which is designed to slow her breathing, won’t work. A tool is an intellectual thing we use with a dog’s instincts. The challenge is knowing how and when to connect the two.
If you are going to be with your dog during the fireworks, sending the calming message that they are nothing to worry about will also help him to relax. Remember, though, while humans communicate with words, dogs communicate with energy, and will look to their pack leader for clues on how they should behave. If you’re not making a big deal or showing excitement about the fireworks, then he will learn to be less concerned as well.
In all cases above, expend your dog’s excess energy first, before the fireworks start, by taking her on a very long walk to tire her out and put her in a calm state.
Most importantly, don’t think of this in terms of your dog as your child who is missing out on a great, fun time. That’s human guilt. Your dog won’t know what she’s missing. You’re being a good pack leader by not exposing her to a situation that will trigger her flight instinct in a negative way. When the booms and bangs of Independence Day are over, your dog will be grateful to you for having made it a less stressful experience!
If you do find a stray dog, please keep it safe for the night and bring it to the nearest shelter in the morning. This is the best way to help reunite lost dogs with their families.
I have a feeling, dear reader, you are having a hard time deciding what to focus on in this picture. There is me, exhibiting impressive flair in my canine tie and blue steel face. Yet, there is also an absurdly large pile of COCONUT BACON. May this be the biggest dilemma you face all day. Though I am not usually one to divert attention away from myself, focus on the bacon. It’s all about bacon.
Coconut bacon is one of the reasons I endeavored to start writing a Meatless Monday column for Thrive Animal Rescue. Stay with me on this one, because I’m going to have to rewind it back. First, if you’re not familiar with Meatless Monday, it is a global movement encouraging people everywhere to eschew meat one day a week. Giving up meat all days a week, for many, would be a way-too-radical change. Meatless Monday is bite-size radical, doable radical, nonetheless-will-have-an-impact radical. The health of the planet and of your mind, body, and soul are all positioned to benefit. But, also your tastebuds. Sacrificing meat does not mean sacrificing flavor. I bet it becomes your favorite day of the week.
Meatless Monday is a delicious revolution. It is a battle cry to chefs and foodies everywhere to prepare vegan and vegetarian food with gusto, and share their ideas broadly. Eating is one of the primary pleasures of life, along with tennis balls and covering every inch of yourself in as much sand as possible. I approach each meal like it is a new Beyonce album about to drop. In order to make Meatless Monday successful, the movement must never lose sight of the joy of eating something indescribably wonderful. Which brings us back to bacon—that salty, crispy, smoky manna that elevates everything. I started this column so I could share how to enjoy something like bacon without a pig involved.
By marinating thick, pearly coconut shards in a flavor-rich combination of ingredients, then roasting it low and slow, the result is something quite akin to actual bacon, but I’d argue even better. You can stack coconut bacon in a deep pile on top of your avocado toast and go at it guilt-free. You can sandwich it in-between pancakes, or bananas and peanut butter Elvis-style. Anoint a salad with it. Eat it with your hands. Toss it across roasted vegetables like it was confetti. Dip it in chocolate because you are a wild, wild thing and I would if I could. Coconut Bacon for President.
(makes one impressive pile that will keep for several weeks in an airtight container)
5 cups dried coconut flakes
1/4 cup tamari sauce, soy sauce or Bragg’s liquid aminos
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 T liquid smoke (see note)
1/4 tsp. smoked paprika (optional)
1/2 tsp. garlic power
Salt & freshly ground pepper
Preheat oven to 250. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, whisk together the tamari, maple syrup, liquid smoke, smoked paprika, garlic powder and a fat pinch of salt and several grinds of pepper. Toss the coconut in the bowl and gently coat the flakes with the liquid mixture. Let marinate for 10 minutes.
Spread the coconut mixture evenly across the prepared sheet pan. Roast for 45 minutes - 75 minutes (a lot depends on the size of the coconut flakes), stirring at 15 minute intervals, until the coconut bacon is deep golden and smells delicious. Let it cool as it will crisp up as it cools. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 weeks.
Notes: This recipe is adapted from Sara Britton of the My New Roots blog. There are many options for liquid smoke—look for a natural version without added preservatives and coloring.
The Humane Society of Imperial County is undergoing a crisis that they are trying their best to stay ahead of. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in Imperial County was 20.5 percent in May 2017, the second highest in the nation. As one would expect in an area hit with economic calamity, the animals become unwitting casualties.
Located in El Centro, California, the Humane Society which serves the area is being inundated with dogs that people can no longer care for. The animals, mostly dogs, are being relinquished at an unprecedented rate, which unfortunately supersedes the rate of adoption by a longshot. To make matters worse, the temperatures are currently soaring over over 115º F. So, with too many dogs and not enough funds, flea meds or, at times, even food, this struggling shelter needs our help.
We will be bringing supplies to leave with them, as there seems to be no end to the incoming abandonment issue. Here are a few things they are in dire need of:
Bleach, paper towels, topical flea and tick meds, potty pads, plastic pet carriers, non-clumping cat litter, latex free gloves, Pedigree dog food, newspaper, and antibacterial hand soap.
If you would like to drop off provisions for us to deliver to them, please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and she will make arrangements for you to drop off. As always, thanks to everyone who helps make these rescue efforts possible. You seriously are the wind beneath our wings! xoxo
At Thrive Animal Rescue we consider our ability to save shelter dogs the greatest privilege we know- but with this privilege comes responsibility. Once we have rescued a dog in need, the next step is to ensure that they have all of their medical needs taken care of before being placed into a forever home. This is a particularly costly undertaking when going into areas that have been hit with misfortune. Every year we set a goal to step outside of the San Diego area and help one of the hardest-hit shelter situations we can find. Whether a casualty of natural disaster or grave socioeconomic factors, there are shelters in this country that cannot supply enough food for their dogs, not to mention other necessities like flea medication and spay/neuter programs.
As a non-profit 501(c)3, we rely entirely on donations to keep doing the work we do, and are delighted to have been invited by Ralph Lauren and Charlotte Olympia's South Coast Plaza stores for a fund-raising event to help support our next mission. South Coast Plaza is a major international shopping destination and home to more than 250 boutiques and restaurants. This event, to be held on June 14th, will offer a day of shopping in three of their most prominent designer boutiques, with 10% of all sales donated back to Thrive.
The privilege of being able to save dogs from deplorable situations is something we do not take for granted, and we believe it is our duty to use our resources where they are most needed. Last year we organized a trip to Lafayette, Louisiana to save dogs from shelters overcrowded due to the devastating August floods. In what came to be known as our “Flooded With Love” mission, Thrive Animal Rescue was able to raise enough money to pay for a Wings of Rescue flight which transported 65 dogs back to California.
This year the Humane Society of Imperial County is our intended benefactor. Their big-hearted shelter employees are working tirelessly in an overwhelmingly underfunded shelter situation. Located in El Centro, California, a town with one of the highest unemployment rates in the state, they are battling with a larger number of dogs coming in than they can possibly find homes for. This is where Thrive Animal Rescue comes in: In addition to providing them with some basic necessities, we can also ease their burden by pulling dozens of dogs from them in the coming months, provided we have the resources necessary to do so.
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JUNE 14TH from 10:30- 1:00
INVITATION TO FOLLOW!
The story of Doris begins in the very worst way possible for an old dog. After many years of loyalty as someone’s family pet, this senior girl was relinquished to a high kill shelter by the very people who had raised her. Amid a cacophony of barking and yelping, Doris, confused, depressed and in need of some basic medical care lay on the cement floor, barely able to get up.
As a rescue group whose mission is to get sweet family dogs out of shelters and into good homes, these are the stories that are the most difficult to comprehend. For those of us who think of a dog as part of the family, the thought of abandoning a senior is unfathomable. We don’t always know what causes people to make such choices, but we do know what we can do about it. When Thrive’s founding board member Georgia Spogli saw her on the shelter's website, she drove there and saved her. “I have always had such a thing for the seniors” said Georgia. “If we have the resources to help them, it’s imperative that we do so.”
As with virtually every old dog we've saved, Doris adapted quickly to a having a routine, being back in a home and taking on a matriarchal role at Thrive.
Last week we received an application for Doris from a family who was a perfect fit for the sweet senior girl who had won our hearts. Kathleen and Adam Gelcich welcomed Doris into their home on Sunday as part of Thrive's Forever Foster program. Doris will live out her golden years among two Golden Retrievers along with a 19 month-old human sister to love her forever.
I adopted your dog today… the one you left at the pound; The one you had for ten years and no longer wanted around.
I adopted your dog today… did you know she’s lost weight? She’s scared and depressed and lost all of her faith.
I adopted your dog today… she had fleas and a cold; Guess you don’t care what shape she’s in — you abandoned her because she is old.
I adopted your dog today… were you having a baby or moving away? Did you suddenly develop allergies, was there no way she could stay?
I adopted your dog today… she doesn’t play or eat much; she’s sad inside, it’ll take time to trust.
I adopted your dog today… and here she will stay; She’s found her FOREVER HOME and a warm bed to lay.
I adopted your dog today… we'll give her all she will need — patience, love, and security, so she forgets your bad deed. ~Author Unknown
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The recent floods in Louisiana were undeniably devastating: 110,000 homes were impacted and 100,000 cars were lost, leaving people in a situation where in order to find shelter, many had to sacrifice their family pets. Learning of the gravity of the situation, Thrive's friend Jan Percival Lipscomb boarded a plane with her daughter and went there to volunteer in some of the hardest hit shelters. Upon her return, Jan reached out to Cece Bloum and asked if Thrive would be willing to help. One week later, the two women made a 4 minute video asking Thrive Animal Rescue's Facebook followers for donations to fund a rescue mission, and if you will pardon the pun, the floodgates opened.
In order to bring as many home as possible, we then reached out to several other rescue organizations who were ready and willing to help. Rancho Coastal Humane Society offered to do the spay and neuter for all the Louisiana dogs and committed to taking in 20 dogs, Spot Animal Rescue committed to 17 puppies and one momma dog, Labradors and Friends committed to the Labs, Animal Samaritans committed to 5 and Wings of Rescue was contacted and on board!
That is how the story began for the #FloodedWithLove mission, but in reality it started way before we became involved. Through the tireless efforts of the warriors at Acadiana Animal Aid in Lafayette, Louisiana, our shelter runs were organized and dogs were pulled moments before they were scheduled to be put down. Acadiana, a no-kill shelter run by these angelic women, was our liaison for this mission, but they do this every day. They organize and transport thousands of dogs out of shelters that have 90% Euthanasia rates and bring them back to their facility for rescues like ours. Beyond organizing these efforts for hundreds of organizations like Thrive, they also run a full fledged, seven day a week, adoption center with veterinary care. These incredible women go far beyond medical attention for each animal. They know the names and temperaments of every dog and cat and talk about each pet as if it were their own. They were our connection, made possible by another badass dog rescue organization, Danny and Ron's Rescue 501(c)3 who have inspired us from the beginning.
On Friday, September 23 there will be 65 dogs leaving Lafayette, Louisiana aboard a “Wings of Rescue” jet at 9:00 AM CST scheduled for arrival at Gillespie Field at 1960 Joe Crossman Drive in El Cajon at approximately 2:00 PM PST.
Please feel free to come to the airport and welcome these dogs to California! They will be getting spayed and neutered on Monday and not available for adoption until Friday. They need time to chill...
This mission isn't over yet- if you'd like to contribute please click here.
For nearly 2 1/2 years now, Thrive Animal Rescue has been sending formerly homeless and unwanted dogs off to begin new lives in their forever homes. On August 28th we are inviting these dogs and their forever families back to Thrive Headquarters where it all began!
We will have acclaimed animal communicator Lisa Larson on hand to assist with your pet's issues ranging from:
- Behavioral problems
- Being alone while you are away
- Fear & abandonment issues
- Introduction to a new family member (human or animal)
- Simply connecting with your pet to know him or her better
And don't forget the tacos! There will be authentic taco-truck style Mexican food prepared by one of Southern California's best Mexican cooks- ice cold drinks and spicy food for the humans and fun and games for the dogs!
We will also have adorable adoptables, so please be sure to share this post with anyone you know who may be looking for a wonderful rescue dog to add to their family.
Please join us as we celebrate all the lives that have been saved by our wonderful FOREVER FAMILIES!
A $5.00 entrance fee required to benefit future dogs looking for forever homes.
Send R.S.V.P. to Olivia Cameron- email@example.com
Today’s spotlight will focus on Jeanne Burton, a friend of Thrive who began helping us by taking our adoptable dogs to do service work with seniors at an assisted living home in La Jolla. Not only was it beneficial for the people at the assisted living facility, but the attention garnered from the experience resulted in forever homes for the dogs.
Jeanne, affectionately known to her friends as Jeannie Kundalini, has focused her attention in the last two years on overall health and well being. After taking a break from the corporate world, Jeanne received her Kundalini Teacher Certification and continued to study Kundalini Yoga with many advanced yogis here in North County San Diego. While studying under various instructors she is continually learning more about healing within the yogic practices – and has begun to integrate that practice with the use of essential oils.
Jeanne began using Young Living Oils within her home when her son, now 19, was 5 years old. After over a decade of practical use of essential oils she began to experiment with the diffusing of oils in various new environments; yoga studios, car, office, and most notably in her mother's senior assisted living facility. So when Thrive's founder Cece Bloum told her about a new senior dog she had who was in very bad shape, Jeanne offered her help. What ensued, was nothing short of a miracle.
Wags, a 10 year old, 77 lb. Labradoodle Terrier mix came to us as an owner relinquish and was in very bad shape physically. Although only 10, she had lived a very rough life on cement, without a bed, and appeared much older than her 10 years. She had skin issues due to flea infestation in addition to some pretty severe arthritic and neuropathic pain. Mrs. Wags was walking “sideways” behind and with very little movement in her tail.
Jeanne began the treatment by introducing various oils from a tiny drop in her hand and offering it to Mrs. Wags. In doing so she was able to see what she liked or didn't like. The ones she liked she would lick and show interest, and the ones she didn’t like she literally shook her head, got up and went to the opposite side of the room. Not easy for an arthritic dog to do.
She chose Stress Away, Copaiba and Frankincense- three oils perfect for her neuropathy/arthritis. Jeanne took ½ drop of each of these and combined it with a teaspoon of coconut oil, rubbed it well into her hands and then placed them on her back haunches and let the energy sit for a minute. She continued to do this on several areas of her body while Mrs. Wags voluntarily stood perfectly still.
Lastly, she took some of the Young Living oils and coconut oil and rubbed it up into her hair along her spine, all the way to her ears and massaged it in. Within moments, and to everyone's delight, Mrs. Wags went outside, rolled in the grass and trotted back in like a different dog.
Wags is now moving around much better and her skin condition is bothering her much less. A big thank you to Jeannie Kundalini for all you do to help seniors of all species!
If you're interested in learning more, you may contact Jeanne Burton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earlier this week Cece Bloum received an email from one of the local shelters about a momma dog and her eight puppies that had been found alone and abandoned at a gas station. Normally Thrive's policy is to try to help the dogs who otherwise might be overlooked due to age or medical issues and leave the puppies for families who specifically want young dogs; but once in a while the rules are meant to be bent...
Upon learning of the situation, Cece sent out an email to our board members asking what they thought, and the reply was a unanimous and resounding, "YES!" Twenty minutes later Victoria and Cece were headed downtown to pick up this wonderful doting mommy and her eight fat puppies!
So now we will need to find them all homes, especially Mamacita, the tired and dutiful mom who needs a break! Please help us in our effort by sharing this blog post, tagging a friend, making a call or adopting one yourself. Mamacita would like to be relieved of her duties...
We will be bringing them in sets of three, for one hour at a time, to our adoption event next weekend at Del Mar Horse Park.
Call Cece with inquiries at 858.229.4972
Visit us next Friday and Saturday at the Ranch and Coast Horse Show
14550 El Camino Real, Del Mar, CA 92014
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This April marks the second year since Thrive Animal Rescue became a reality. Little did we know the day we started our Facebook page and ordered an adoption tent, that 2 years later we would have placed 200 dogs and saved countless seniors from the inevitable suffering of abandonment. It’s been quite a ride, and along the way many members of our organization have succumbed to the phenomenon of a “foster fail” and adopted a new family member from Thrive.
To commemorate this wonderful anniversary milestone, we thought we would share a little peek at where some of these dogs ended up and what they’ve been doing. In writing this we are sending out a CALL TO ACTION: Please send us a photo of your Thrive rescue dog with a blurb about what they’re up to. Email your favorite photo to Olivia@thriveanimalrescue.com or tag us on Instagram @thriveanimalrescue. Please be sure to use the hashtag #ThriveAnimalRescue so we have a page full of our beloved rescues, past and present for our website. If your dog has his or her own Instagram account (as so many do) don’t forget to include your handle!
Cookie was found wandering the streets in the Palm Desert area and delivered to the Riverside County shelter. She was pulled by Thrive for an adoption event, but upon learning of her personality quirks, was rendered temporarily un-adoptable and in need of training. Thrive board member Victoria Shevlin Hobbs volunteered to foster her in the interim, and for reasons beyond our comprehension (insert tongue in cheek) she and husband Frank have fallen madly in love with her.
Her hobbies now include heading up the welcoming committee of all current fosters in the Hobbs household, bossing around the Hobbs’ other family dogs and being the apple of Frank’s eye. She is currently the only dog allowed to sleep on Frank and Victoria’s bed. In short, Cookie is Thriving.
Izzy Pop Smith was adopted by Thrive board member Laurel Evans Smith and her family after losing their Mexican rescue dog Pablo to old age and severe hip dysplasia. Some of you may remember Izzy and her brother Ghost who we pulled from a San Diego shelter. This beautiful Mastiff/Hound duo had been surrendered by the person who raised them while living on the streets, in a car. They were remarkably well cared for, and had obviously been loved.
Izzy now lives with her forever family in a home in Solana Beach with two human brothers, Silas and Lane, her father David Smith and an endless supply of tennis balls, love, and her brothers' socks that she destroys if left unattended. On occasion Izzy is reunited with her brother Ghost for playtime and a quick walk down memory lane. Ghost also found a wonderful forever family, and has his own Instagram account @ghoost_maaddeen.
Rowdy was a lonely little guy in the Chula Vista shelter. Not being able to resist his cute face and sweet nature, Thrive pulled Rowdy to find him a forever home. Thrive couldn't believe that two adoption events passed and no one wanted to make wonderful little Rowdy a part of their family. Rowdy is the perfect example of a "greater plan." Olivia, one of Thrive's many fosters, realized she was leaving an adoption event empty handed after her two other fosters had been adopted. She volunteered to take Rowdy home and wouldn't you know it, Rowdy's plan was executed perfectly. He slid right into the hearts of Olivia's family and his new brother Carter the tri-pod!
Currently Rowdy is living the dream in Encinitas on a street full of children who ask every day if Rowdy can come out and play. Rowdy befriends every single foster dog that comes into his house and wishes them a lifetime full of happiness on their way out. Rowdy loves everyone and everything and is convinced there is nothing but puppies and rainbows in this world. We should all live like Rowdy!!
Karl was pulled from one of LA County’s most overcrowded and underfunded shelters by Thrive’s founding board member Georgia Spogli. He was terribly ill and in need of medical attention, so getting him out of there was imperative. His foster, Tricia Knappe, took one look at the listless young dog who she would be taking care of and the rest, as they say, is history.
Karl now lives with Tricia and her two daughters Aleka and Miranda Gonzales. He is bilingual, splits his time traveling between Cancún and San Diego and has recently overcome his anxiety about spending time in his crate. Karl has appeared on TV with us for the Tonight In San Diego show and he was a star!
Now, make our day and show us the favorite photo of YOUR Thrive dog thriving! Email your favorite photo to Olivia@thriveanimalrescue.com or tag us on Instagram @thriveanimalrescue. Please be sure to use the hashtag #ThriveAnimalRescue
“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
The 2016 horse show season is underway and we have some exciting news to share; Blenheim Equisports has chosen Thrive Animal Rescue as one of the four charities who will benefit this year from their innovative new Chip In For Charity program. Kicking off during the Blenheim Spring Series, every blue ribbon class winner will receive a "chip" that can be used to redeem a first place prize, or to donate the chip's value to one of the four charities in the program.
Thrive, along with Uryadi's Village, Park Place Foundation and The Shea Center for Therapeutic Riding was selected by Blenheim based on their admiration for the work that we do to save homeless and neglected dogs and place them into loving homes. "Blenheim really gave us our start by allowing us to bring dogs to the horse shows for adoption events." said Thrive Founder Cece Bloum "They helped to put us on the map in terms of recognition within the equestrian community, and in doing so opened up a host of potential forever homes."
Like Thrive, all of the selected charities have strong ties to the equestrian world. "We are constantly inspired by those that work tirelessly for charity," said Melissa Brandes, Blenheim EquiSports VP of Marketing. "We're excited to join with our extended horse show family to help support these great causes.”
See you at the shows!
Uryadi's Village: Founded by Jennifer Crooks, Uryadi's Village is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support vulnerable children and their extended families around the globe by developing social, economic and environmentally renewable systems with orphans, vulnerable women and children where the need is greatest. Their current focus is in Ethiopia, Africa which has five million orphans, more than any other country in the world.
Park Place Foundation: Park Place Foundation, based in Southern California, was formed to promote and embrace a healthy lifestyle for children and teens as they embark into their journey toward adulthood. The Foundation strives to make changes in how society perceives and treats addiction and mental illness through education, increased awareness and sharing the personal stories of peers. The Scarlett's Jumper Derby, held in San Juan Capistrano by Blenheim EquiSports, is one of the area events that benefits the Park Place Foundation. Now in its third year, Scarlett's Derby brings attention to some of the stories behind the Foundation's mission.
The Shea Center for Therapeutic Riding: Established in 1978 and located in San Juan Capistrano, the J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center is dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities through therapeutic horse-related programs. It was founded by Nancy and Derek Lewis for their son Michael, who was born with cerebral palsy. The Shea Center now serves over 860 riders each year, utilizing 20 horses and the assistance of more than 750 community volunteers.
When Thrive Animal Rescue began, it was our intention to search the shelters for family friendly dogs without significant behavioral issues. We aren't particularly concerned with breed, size, color, or even the number of eyes or legs they have so much as whether or not we feel comfortable bringing them to adoption events where they are safe around children, dogs and other animals. Although there is no guarantee when it comes to introducing a new pet into the home, our record speaks for itself when it comes to placing our dogs into a suitable environment, with only a minute percentage of our dogs coming back to us to be re-homed.
With that being said, once a new dog has had a chance to decompress after the trauma of being in a shelter, personality changes can emerge. They may at times test their boundaries, and it's important that they know the rules. For this reason we have teamed up with Pawtopia founder Colleen Demling for a series of training events to help our furry friends adapt to a new way of living in their forever homes. Colleen, a frequent contributor to local and national media including Yahoo, The Huffington Post and Woman’s Day, has a record which speaks for itself. She has professional associations with the International Association of Canine Professionals, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and the Animal Behavior Management Alliance, just to name a few.
Colleen has generously offered to teach a Basic Obedience Class starting June 6th at 11am, with a portion of proceeds to benefit Thrive! This 5 week class, designed for dogs 16 weeks of age and older, covers proper leadership skills, sit, stay, down, come, heel, wait, spot, leave it, drop it, and other basic commands and problem behaviors. Cost: $160 for the series.
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Newmarket Farm, 13875 Old El Camino Real, San Diego 92130
“A dog has no use for fancy cars, big homes, or designer clothes. A water logged stick will do just fine. A dog doesn't care if you're rich or poor, clever or dull, smart or dumb. Give him your heart and he'll give you his. How many people can you say that about? How many people can make you feel rare and pure and special? How many people can make you feel extraordinary?”
― John Grogan, Marley & Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog
“A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things-a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight. And as he grew old and achy, he taught me about optimism in the face of adversity. Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty.”
― John Grogan, Marley and Me
“In a dog's life, some plaster would fall, some cushions would open, some rugs would shred. Like any relationship, this one had its costs. They were costs we came to accept and balance against the joy and amusement and protection and companionship he gave us.”
― John Grogan, Marley and Me
“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.
It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.”
― John Grogan, Marley and Me
“Then I dropped my forehead against his and sat there for a long time, as if I could telegraph a message through our two skulls, from my brain to his. I wanted to make him understand some things.
You know all that stuff we’ve always said about you?” I whispered. “What a total pain you are? Don’t believe it. Don’t believe it for a minute, Marley.” He needed to know that, and something more, too. There was something I had never told him, that no one ever had. I wanted him to hear it before he went.
Marley,” I said. “You are a great dog.”
― John Grogan, Marley and Me