Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Where Are They Now? A Hoarding Case, Revisited - Part One, The Story of Jake
Exactly two years ago, HSTJ responded to a hoarding case, a man was found to be hoarding 157 dogs in two locations of Tijuana. (a link to the article is below). As a result of mass publicity and the help of rescue groups, 80% of these animals were adopted out. However, the conditions of the animals that remained were horrible. HSTJ arrived to conduct a street clinic on these remaining animals, but as volunteers started processing the animals and treating them, we slowly realized that we could not just leave them there, we had to do something. Within an hour, we had found a property where we could temporarily house the remaining dogs, a huge undertaking for an organization of such meager resources, but the volunteers were strong, resourcful and determined. I don't thinkwe realized how much work would have to be put into this project but in the end it was well worth the blood, sweat and tears.
Read the full story here
I have decided to re-visit this story and follow up wth as many of the owners of the rescued hoarding dogs, so that their amazing stories can be shared and live on forever.
Where Are they Now, Part One - Here is Jake's heart-warming story
I don't know what I would have done without my rescue dog
About a year and a half ago, after a relationship break up, I decided I wanted to get a dog. I always wanted a Jack Russell. So, I checked the Craigslist Pets section. Amazing, miraculous timing. There, just a few ads down from the top, was my Jake. The "Friends of Humane Soceity Tijuana" had rescued and saved some dogs from a horrific hoarding, some 157 dogs. I believe they rescued 30 of them, and Jake was one of them. I loved his picture, and wrote/called immediately. Jake was under the care of a Foster home. The young woman and her boyfriend brought Jake to my place, so I could meet him, and he meet me. They also wanted to make sure that he was getting a good home. I loved him immediately. I don't know if he loved me right away, but he did love the Pup-a-roni treats I had gotten for him.
I had to go to their adoption event that Saturday, in order to apply, and adopt Jake. I went, filled out the paperwork, and took my new best friend home. He had been in a horrible situation. I know he could have not been the largest, most aggressive dog at the hoarding house. I am sure he had to fight for food, water, a place to sleep, and fight for his life. He also still has, to this day, a chain mark around his right hind leg. Nice hoarders, huh? As a result of this part of his life, he is easily frightened, is very wary of people, does not like other dogs, and took about a month at my place to not look depressed. He was so depressed, that I actually thought it was not going to work out.
Well, it seems like the very next day after thinking that, Jake snapped out of it. He was prancing around, started to eat more, and have a personality. I work from home, so he is always with me. Where ever I go, he goes with me. If I go out to eat, I only go to restaurants with a pet friendly patio. He is, without a doubt, my very best friend. I thank the Friends of Humane Soceity Tijuana, for saving Jake, and for placing the ad for him, at the right time for me to see it.
People always say how nice it was for me to rescue Jake. That might be true, but how I think of it, is that Jake rescued me right back.
Adopt a rescue dog!!!! They know they have it better than before, and they will love you for it. Here is the web site for Friends of Humane Soceity Tijuana. Tell Michelle WE sent you.
Brian and Jake