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“He is totally unaware of his limitations and disfigurement!”

The story Anne Graber heard was that Bjarni — the smiling dog with half a nose — was found roaming the streets by an animal control officer.

He had a family, but when they were contacted, they said they didn’t want him back. So Bjarni was brought to a local shelter.

This part Graber knows for sure: Shelter staff reached out to Graber, who is the founder of a Texas-based animal rescue group called St. Francis’ Angels, and asked her if she could help.

Graber immediately said that she’d make sure this dog was loved and made whole.

“He will remain with us until such time he has fully recovered and been adopted,” she says.

St. Francis’ Angels

Graber says this gorgeous boy is having a hard time eating and breathing, since what nose he has left is covering his sinus cavities.

But his personality is intact. He loves to play with other dogs. He loves to be around people. He loves, all around.

“Vivacious and engaging. He is totally unaware of his limitations and disfigurement,” Graber said. “He loves everything that moves.”


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How Returning a Rescue Dog Made Me Re-Think Who I Am
I was blown away by the incredible, inspiring, and compassionate responses after writing a post about returning our dog, Rocky Blue, to his rescue group. After six months and with a baby on the way, we just knew he wasn’t a good fit for our home, resulting in my heartbreaking decision. (Of course I received some emails and responses from people that were outraged or felt like they didn’t want to be in my community anymore. And I honor that too … I knew it was a risk and am still proud I told the truth about my experience.)

The very day we dropped off Rocky Blue at the rescue group’s adoption fair, he was adopted by a young woman who fell in love with him. YES! That means that he never had one night without a home. And I know in my heart he was meant to be with us as our teacher for 6 months and is now settling into his forever home. I’m eternally grateful when The Universe conspires like this.

Among the dozens of lessons this experience has taught me, one in particular stands out: the idea of who we THINK we are. The story of who our ego tries to convince us we are and when we bump up against a situation or challenge that pushes us outside our perceived identity, it kind of … well … messes us up.

For me, I never thought in a million years I’d be the type of person to return a rescue dog to a rescue group.

The act of doing just that shattered a part of my identity and had me look at myself differently. I had an “Inner Mean Girl attack,” where my Inner Critic raked me over the coals for a day or so. (Thank goodness I have so many tools to help!) When we commit an act that feels contrary to who we think we are we open ourselves up to some very harsh Big Fat Lies. (i.e. “I should be better than this.” “I hate people who do things like this and now that person is ME!” etc.)

But it also showed me what my highest priorities truly are: to honor my husband, to honor my family, and to honor my limits. (Guess I’m not superwoman after all. DARN!) And it allows me to have access to compassion that I didn’t even know existed. I stop the harsh judgments of others who have done such things and realize that I can never know what others are going through.

This “who you think you are” phenomenon can also work when we do things beyond what we perceive our limitations are.

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A1381239 Sasha Breed:	Vizsla	 Color:	Brown/Chocolate	 Age:	Adult Size:	Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)	 Sex:	Female	  I am already spayed and purebred.  East Valley Animal Care and Control Center www.laanimalservices.com   14409 Vanowen Street Van Nuys, CA 9140


Animal Rescue Dumps Dog Back At A los Angeles Kill Shelter.

Recently there was a dog ‘rescued’ from the East Valley Animal Shelter in Van Nuys California. The Rescue who pulled the dog was Muttshack Animal Rescue.

Muttshack is run by Amanda St. John. They have a permanent adoption event location at Pet Co a store in Burbank, California. Puppy adoption in a store environment may cause people to consider taking home a puppy with the same mindset of bringing home the cat litter. Extra vigilance should be given to what the possible adopters idea is of a “life long commitment”. .

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MuttShack

This is what happened, this is what they did …

Mid-january 2014

Muttshack pulled Sasha, who was listed as a pure breed Visla dog. They pulled Sasha from the East Valley Animal Shelter, A high kill facility under Los Angeles city’s jurisdiction.

Muttshack then adopted out Sasha to a family, that to my knowledge had at least one known child. (Nothing wrong there, I believe children should grow up around dogs)

At some point Sasha nipped the child. ( the child could have provoked or it could have been a unprovoked incident, either situation should not have affected the rescues response.)

The adopters contacted Muttshack to return Sasha and asked if they could be refunded the adoption fee. Muttshack refused to refund the fee ( that isn’t the issue)

The following are accounts from the Adopter , shelter staff , and a rescuer who happened to be at the shelter when Sasha was returned..

Muttshack told the adopter that they do not take back in troubled dogs and that if they didn’t want Sasha, that they would have to bring her back it to the shelter.

East valley shelter contacted Muttshack to redeem Sasha . Muttshack refused.

The rescuer/trainer who witnessed Sasha being brought back to the shelter told the adopter to ask for any pledge money donated to go towards training, and offered to help for less then half a normal training rate. muttshack either refused or the didn’t contact back.

Either way .. Sasha was dumped by the rescue.

They not only couldn’t have cared less that the animal they “rescued” only days before and then placed into a home that turned into a bad situation. Knowing that this could lead to her being isolated, kept out side, or even treated wrongly meant nothing to Muttshack.. They even encouraged the decision to put the animal’s life in urgent danger by making the adopter bring Sasha to the same shelter Muttshack pulled her from.

To quote the high school me , “dude, that’s cold and scandalous”

Now to quote the animal rescuer and advocate in me, “muttshack’s actions should not go ignored. They should be held accountable. ”

If you ask me , and you should… independent , group, non profit or not for profit rescuers or rescues should consider the act of rescuing an animal to be equal to that of making a promise. A promise that you will find them a loving home no matter how long it takes. If that loving home ever lets them down, it is also the promise that you , the rescuer. .. never will. Your job as a rescue is to care not be careless.

And last but most importantly …

Sasha now sits waiting for a real rescue or adopter to save her.



Breed: Vizsla

Color: Brown/Chocolate

Age: Adult

Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)

Sex: Female

I am already spayed and purebred.

East Valley Animal Care and Control Center


14409 Vanowen Street

Van Nuys, CA 91405

Voice: (888) 452-7381 Fax: (818) 756-9110

Our Shelter hours are:

Mondays – Closed (Emergencies Only)

Tuesday (8:00AM – 5:00PM)

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Dogs euthanized and shallow graves found on property of no-kill sanctuary

February 6, 2014

According to Thursday’s Bay News 9, officials who executed a search warrant at a Bradenton, Fla., animal sanctuary discovered multiple shallow graves on the property.

On Wednesday, following a weeks long investigation, deputies with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, veterinarians and animal services officials, seized upwards of 300 animals from the Napier’s Log Cabin Horse and Animal Sanctuary, a self-described “No-Kill,” non-profit animal sanctuary.

Many of the animals on the property were in poor health – approximately 12 dogs were in such poor condition that they were humanely euthanized.

Eight dogs were found in a shallow grave on the property and it is unclear if there are more which have yet to be found.

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Animal Cruelty Search Warrant

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Published on Feb 5, 2014




The Sheriff’s Office and several other local and state agencies are executing a search warrant today at Napier’s Log Cabin Horse and Animal Sanctuary located at 20010 State Road 64 East, Bradenton.

Over 300 dogs, cats, horses, pigs and other animals are being confiscated from the property, due to poor health conditions. Veterinarians are on-scene examining the animals, a majority of which are dogs.

The investigation involves possible animal cruelty and fraud. The property owners were out of town during the execution of the search warrant. No arrests have been made at this time and the investigation continues.


You can greatly help in several ways:

~Make monetary donations to rescue organizations in Manatee County (see below).
~Foster animals currently in rescue adoption programs to free up space.
~Adopt! Thinking about adopting a new family pet soon? Now is the time. Head out to one of our adoption partners tomorrow.

Together we can help these animals. Most likely, it will be a while before these animals from Napier’s are ready for adoption due to medical care and screenings, legal issues with the animal cruelty case, etc.

But YOU CAN HELP NOW by bringing your friends and family out to local rescues and adopt to free up space and resources so the rescues can give time and care to these animals in need.

Click below to learn more about donating to, fostering for and adopting from local animal rescues in Manatee County:

Gulf Shore Animal League: http://www.gsalinc.org/

Humane Society of Manatee County: http://www.humanemanatee.org/

Honor Animal Rescue: http://www.nateshonoranimalrescue.org/

Bishop Animal Shelter, SPCA of Manatee County, Inc.:

Manatee County Animal Services: http://www.mymanatee.org/home/governm…

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