North Carolina English Shepherd Rescue Update

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I thought I would give everyone a quick update about the dog rescue effort going on in North Carolina.  Some of you might remember I posted about the rescue effort.  From what I heard now the National English Shepherd Rescue (NESR) will be taking over the handling the care of the Farm Collie mixes in Pilot Mountain from the Scotch Collie Association to my understanding.

Currently there are 14 total dogs still there, 11 adults and 3 pups. These dogs have their origins in a breeding pair of an English Shepherd many years ago.  The owner continued to breed dogs to work his cows so although more recent breeding is unclear, NESR feels they are close enough to English Shepherds to help.  Right now NESR has team members heading to North Carolina this week to assess the situation with the dogs and will be coordinating vet care which will include spays/neuters, vaccinations and treatment for injuries.  As well treatment for the mother and pups who appear to have mange.  Some of these dogs will leave on a transport north to Minnesota.  Due to limited vehicle space, NESR will need to coordinate a second wave of transport and routes will be determined based on where the foster homes are.

At this point, NESR needs specifically foster homes for these dogs and help with transporting them.  They are also desperately in need of donations of towels to serve as bedding in the crates they will be transported in.  If you can help or would like more info please contact the NESR.  Donations of money to NESR will be appreciated as well as I am sure they will need it.  They are working on getting general info and recent photos up on the website so watch out for those.

These dogs will also eventually be looking for loving homes.  You can visit NESR’s website to learn more about their adoption process.  If you’re interested in adopting one of these English Shepherd dogs or fostering, you’ll find the application at the bottom of this page.

The community has already received a number of offers of help but more is needed.  NESR could use all the support they can get, so please help these dogs if you can.

 

Farm Collie Rescue Effort in North Carolina

farm colliesI recently heard about 14 Farm Collies or English Shepherd mixes that need help and rescue in Pilot Mountain, North Carolina.

I am not sure of the entire story but from what National English Shepherd Rescue (NESR) has said the owner of this farm in North Carolina purchased an English Shepherd years ago.  He mainly wanted cow dogs for the farm.  The dogs are most likely a mix of Teverun or Belgian Shepherd since the owner might might have had these breeds of dogs on the property at one paint. His main concern was producing cow dogs.  He seems to have lost control of the breeding as the dogs appear to have been running loose for some time.  It sounds like the owner did not have relatives or was estranged from his family.  A daughter might be coming to help sort out what to do with the dogs on the property.

Someone from the county’s Humane Society down there has evaluated the dogs behavior and determined that they exhibit herding behavior and are probably part Farm Collie or English Shepherd.  This person is familiar with herding dogs and specifically English Shepherds to my understanding.

She felt the dogs, although under socialized, will come around with attention.  She did not seem any sign of aggression but they are a bit scared.  It sounds like they have not had much contact with humans from just running around the property.

The Old-Time Scotch Collie Association is now the main group aiding in the rescue efforts down there.  They believe the dogs reflect the behavior and are might be Scotch Collies.

Please click here to visit the page and donate through PayPal to help these dogs.  We donated a small sum to make sure these dogs are vet bills, transportation, and other needs are taken care of.  You can email – Tonya AT farmcollie.org – if you are in the area and can help these dogs.

The dogs that are still there should be split up as they are relying on each other, like a pack would. The dogs that have been removed from the property are already are responding well to individual attention and care. Of the original 21 dogs that are on the property that are 14 left that are still on the property that need help.  The dogs appear to be in good shape and are healthy.  Most likely they will all adapt very well to a loving home environment.  Donations and fostering will be needed though.

If the dogs are seized by county animal control the outlook is not good for them. There are 2 possibly more pregnant dogs out of the 14 dogs still there.  There is an immediate need to get them into safe and secure surroundings.

The Humane Society had a routine was feeding the dogs in certain pens in the hopes of capturing the ones that are there.  I am not sure of the Scotch Collie Rescue group has taken over but these dogs will need foster homes so they can learn to be trust humans.  The pregnant dogs will need to be in a home where someone can whelp and help raise a litter of puppies.  Who wouldn’t want to have a bunch of puppies around?  🙂

I will keep people updated with the progress of the rescue efforts of these Farm Collie, Scotch Collie, or English Shepherd dogs.  Hopefully all of them will find a great home with great families soon.

Sweet and Wonderful English Shepherd up for Adoption in Virginia

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Sweet and Wonderful English Shepherd up for Adoption in Virginia

UPDATE 5-25-2013 – Mister Bear was adopted according to the National English Shepherd Rescue adoption page.

You might have noticed that we have started to post animals on Singing Dogs that are available for adoption.  Today I am featuring Mister Bear an English Shepherd located in Virginia.  I transported him from a shelter in Ohio out here so he could find a good home.  Unfortunately he has been  in foster care with the National English Shepherd Rescue for over a year.

I think it is really time for him to find his forever home (some like to say furever home) with a new family.  He was a sweet and calm dog when I transported him and I have been told he has adjusted quite well to being in a foster care environment.

Wanted: Special person who enjoys laughing, fully living every moment, and lots of public displays of affection. If you bring confidence, experience, and a gentle hand to this relationship, I’ll give you all the love you can handle! Sheep, goats, or geese are a plus, but not a necessity, so long as we have plenty of room to play and you can think of ways to keep me busy! My first relationship was a huge disappointment, but I’m ready to try again, so if you like long walks through green pastures, full-body hugs, and chasing the occasional goose back into its pen, please drop a line to my agent, Michael. (sage_moon_naturals@yahoo.com)

Can’t wait to meet you!
Love, Mister Bear

If you need an all around partner on your farm and would like more information on Mister Bear contact Michael at (sage_moon_naturals@yahoo.com) please put Bear in the subject line.

Click here for Mister Bear’s listing and to find out more about the adoption process.  If you want to know about the English Shepherd breed visit the National English Shepherd website to learn more.

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Cat Loves (or Hates) Singing Dogs

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If you think two Singing Dogs was funny, how about a Cat that Loves Singing Dogs?  I got an email today from a no-kill animal shelter down in Tennessee, The Tennessee Humane Animal League, who sent me this video of Jackie one of there available cats for adoptions.

Here is what they said about Jackie when they play our original ‘Auld Lang Syne‘ video (which got us on Anderson by the way) for this smart cat;

“Apparently it effects cats too. see attached. Jackie has never done this. I tested it three times. Every time I started the video and she heard it, she came running over and did the same thing… “singing dogs” blog is not just for dogs.”

I think that Jackie the cat loves singing dogs, but what about you?  Does the keyboard pawing mean she doesn’t like it and wants it to stop?   Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.

If you are interested in adopting Jackie click here.

Jackie is a calm, laid back, friendly girl.  This Tuxedo beauty with medium length fur was born March 31, 2007.  Jackie is in fantastic shape – her weight is ideal.  She has high contrast white whiskers against her dark face and a smattering of white that runs up the length of her nose.

Jackie is affectionate with people and starts making biscuits with her front paws when you talk to her.  She would love a home where she can nap on soft blankets, sit in windows, and be part of the activities of her family – especially if the activity involves time together.  Jackie is fearful of dogs and would prefer a home where no dogs can bother her.

In the listing for Jackie it says she is fearful of dogs, but judging from the video I am not so sure.  Hopefully this wonderful kitty can find a good home soon.

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Ambrosia Kicked Cancer and Wants to Celebrate in a New Home

I’ve decided to start to start posting about dogs that need homes.  While I mainly focus on English Shepherd rescue I hope that all dogs and pets can find loving homes.
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Look at that Face
Ambrosia kicked cancer, but she needs your help to kick homelessness.

It took two surgeries to remove her mammary glands, but every awful malignant cell is gone! And to think that could have been avoided had she been spayed. But she is healthy and spayed now, not to mention current on her vaccinations, house- and crate-trained, a doll on a leash, and a total lady in the car. And her foster parents say she’s going to make some lucky family very, very happy.

Originally pulled from Cleveland Animal Control by the Tennessee Humane Animal League-Pet Placement Center, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Brobee – as her friends affectionately call her – is a petite, 45-pound, two-to-three year-old pit bull terrier mix. At some point in her life, she suffered a leg injury that didn’t heal properly. So now she looks a little bow-legged on one side, but it certainly doesn’t slow her down. Nothing keeps her from enjoying a game of fetch

Besides fetch, Brobee also adores her squeaky toys. You can hear her squeaking away almost all day long. Something else she loves? Being coddled, cradled, and rocked like a baby! It’s true – you can trim her nails, examine her, give her a bath … she’s fine with it all as long as she has your arms around her.

Perhaps the only sticky point with Brobee is her choosiness about canine friends. In general, she doesn’t want any. That’s why her foster family can’t adopt her. They have four rescues already. But Brobee shows a gentle attentiveness to their elderly, sight-impaired Chihuahua mix. It’s hit or miss, so it’s probably easier if she’s an only pet.

You can read a whole lot more about Ambrosia here.  

Can you please welcome this sweet cancer  survivor into your family today?  If you’re sold on bringing this little lady home with you, please contact Nan at nshdavis@live.com or (423) 290-5159.

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