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Caught Stray Dog at Ortiz Dog Park!

This sweet male, not neutered Arroyo Mutt or Cattle Dog let himself be captured today down in the arroyo. I was looking for him after I heard of him sighted again, despite Animal Control's promise to come out for him early in the morning. I wandered around the dog park for about 1 1/2 hours before we came upon him down in the arroyo. He was seeking out the company of other dogs, he is so social.

I offered treats to all dogs, he was not too eager, but let me pet him. This gave an opportunity for the other lady to pull the collar of her dog over him and for me to attach my lead. He did not resist, came along with no fuss, eager to belong it seems. Animal Control soon met us at the park and the same guy was able to lift him in to their vehicle with minimal resistance.

I sure hope this sweet dog finds his way in to a good home real soon. He should be at the shelter and I will contact them and follow this and last night's stray to the best of my ability. I am worried that they might be someone's dog, that they belong to a home nearby the dog park? Feel free to use the images to alert others to this two dogs. Let us do what we can to take care of pets, if they are ours or not.

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Comment by Claudia Inoue on December 30, 2009 at 1:32pm
WOW!!! I am out of town but this is the BEST news, om!!! Ich wuensche Ihnen ein frohes, neues Jahr, jetzt, wo dieser Hund ein neues Heim gefunden hat!!! Hurrraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
Comment by om on December 30, 2009 at 1:13pm
Checker checked out from the Shelter this morning, hooray! He was taken to his new home which means this story has a very happy ending and a happy new beginning and a happy new year, hooray, I am ecstatic over this news.
Comment by Bill Hutchison on December 22, 2009 at 1:41pm
Hello, all. I wanted to give you a little update on Checkers. Because of the holiday and the regulations about holding dogs for the requisite amount of time to allow potential owners to reclaim their animals, Checkers won't be "ours" until the 26th. We are, however, going to do a series of behavior tests on him today to try and get a fuller picture of his personality. Right now, he is scheduled for neuter surgery on either the 28th or the 29th, and we will hold him at the shelter until January 1st or 2nd when Amy B. has offered to reclaim him and pay the fees. Rather than charge for boarding and the neuter surgery and vaccinations, we will charge only the adoption fee of $87 (which will also cover his microchipping). I don't want to speak for Amy, but if those of you who have worked to see this dog get a new beginning could offer some small contribution to Amy and/or the shelter, I suspect it would be welcome. (The $87 will only barely begin to cover the shelter's costs of caring for this sweet boy, and for all of us these days, even $87 can be a stretch, not to mention in the post-holiday recovery time!)

I will be gone from the shelter from the 23rd to the 30th, and not back in the office until the first week of January, but will have intermittent email access. The receiving staff will have the information on Checkers.

SFAS&HS Communications Director
Comment by om on December 21, 2009 at 6:06pm
So good to hear from you Bill, thank you for the reassurance!
Comment by Claudia Inoue on December 21, 2009 at 8:20am
Thank you, Bill :)
Comment by Bill Hutchison on December 21, 2009 at 7:56am
Hello, everyone. Thanks for your united efforts and concerns on behalf of this dog. The shelter will be a very safe haven for him until we either find his owner or get him a new home. Most rescues are filled to capacity right now, and we are happy to help this sweet guy. He may not be moved to adoption right away, as we are also quite full and may need some time to get to him, but he will not be euthanized at the shelter, I guarantee. If anyone wishes to foster him until Amy returns, he will be available after the 23rd. If you have dogs already, please check with us -- hopefully we will have had a chance to test him with several dogs and with food, etc., to check for any trouble spots he may have. Feel free to be in touch with me; I will be out of town from the 24th-30th, but will be intermittently available via email, and our receiving staff will be taking good care of him.

SFAS&HS Communications Director
Comment by om on December 20, 2009 at 1:28pm
Amy made a flyer that could use distribution of copies around the neighborhoods of the dog park and grocery stores and pet places. She calls upon us to foster him for at least 1 week, until she can take over starting January 1. 2010. One idea is to come up and meet the dog at the shelter next wednesday, when he will be put up for adoption if nobody claims him.
Comment by om on December 19, 2009 at 3:25pm
Yes, the dog seems plump to me too and I wonder about it. Is there an owner nearby the dog park? Can dogs find food to survive on in the dog park (rabbits?) It might be a good idea to make a flyer and post it near around the dog park neighborhood. Anyone up for it?
Comment by om on December 18, 2009 at 3:06pm
HIs control number is A045218 the Shelter phone is 983 4309
By Friday afternoon nobody had looked for him. They will keep him until the 23. of December and then evaluate him for adoption. Please keep putting out the word on this sweetie, thank you all.
Comment by Claudia Inoue on December 17, 2009 at 9:12pm
Yup, just found him on the shelter web site too....I am crossing my fingers for him!

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