Even if you can't adopt, you can still sponsor a sighthound. The opportunities are many because there are so many in need. You may choose to sponsor a Spanish hound's initial costs to rescue while in Spain including preparations for departure (release fees, vaccinations, sterilization, blood tests, passport, etc.), her/his fostering expenses while waiting to travel to us, her/his flight to the sanctuary (cost of the flight escort's ticket and the dog's ticket), her/his daily care once here (food, blankets, beds, harness, coat, etc.), her/his veterinary bills, or training, or behavior modification for hounds with special issues needing extra attention (the expense of keeping these babies happy and well is often as much or more as the initial cost of saving them!) Or you might prefer to sponsor an American-born sighthound. Currently our most needy cases happen to be American-born; they are Story and Bibi, aka Habib. Their photos and profiles are below.
These hounds and others need Rescue Angels to get them home or help them recover.
Story is a sweet, gorgeous Afghan hound mix (apparently bred with a Golden retriever) from Washington state. We do not know how long he had been feral, only that he was caught in Washington by another rescuer there (thank you, Harbor Rescue) after a sighting 1.5 weeks previous. He was not approachable and not touchable.
We have been working with Story every day/evening since his arrival to help him reintegrate, at his own pace, and without force, pain, intimidation, or fear (as much as we can control anyway–we accept Story’s fears while at the same time slowly working to help him overcome them; his startle responses are quite notable, but non-threatening). He learned his new name after a couple of days, began coming to Rain when she called him a day or so after that, and about that same time began following her around the yard, etc. Around that same time, Story also took one treat from her hand, but did not repeat it. It was about 2 weeks after his arrival day when Story finally took his first treats from Rain’s hands–not just one treat, but a string of them–and continued to do so from there on. The day after, he comfortably allowed Rain to touch and pet him; she is now proceeding with the petting process in an intentional, measured way to ensure Story’s comfort at all times.
Story is about 1.5 years old and getting his puppyhood back now. He loves to run around in the yard, adores all toys and even things that are not really toys such as blankets, bed pads, and Rain’s cellphone if she forgets to pick it up! Fortunately, Story is not destructive, just playful. 🙂 Lately he has begun storing all the toys along the shady side fenceline. That seems like a good plan for summer.
If you would like to sponsor Story, you may sign up for a monthly PayPal automatic subscription at any amount you wish, or you may choose a one time amount if you prefer. Our PayPal is HoundSanctuary@gmail.com. We hope and believe he will be adoptable eventually, but in the meantime he needs all the love and support he can get from all of you, his adoring fans. To follow Story’s progress on a daily basis, you can visit him on our instagram, www.instagram.com/HoundSanctuary. #goldenafghan
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