Rescue Report May 2024

Fortunately, it’s been a “quieter” month with more dogs going out than coming in to rescue.

Mochi, the owner-surrendered puppy who was too much dog for her previous owner’s home, was adopted a month ago. She has a new BFF sister to run around with, which is great for her energy levels (but maybe not so great on the amount of grooming her owners now have to do!).

Mochi and her new BFF
Mochi and her new BFF

Moko, our 12-year-old senior girl, found her new home, too! She joined a family with another Samoyed and a Husky, and she gets lots of love from all.

Moko leaving her foster family to go to her permanent home.

It’s a great month for our senior dogs because Kaya, our sweet 13-year-old, who came in to rescue last month with two other Samoyeds was adopted today. Her new owner grew up with a Samoyed, and she’s excited to have one back in her home. Kaya and her new terrier sibling got along well, so we’re excited for her new life. 

Kaya heading to her new home in North Idaho with her new terrier sibling

After trying everything over the last year, Chalky’s itching (and scratching and cone) has finally ended. The only thing that has worked is Prednisone, so we called the vet and asked if we could put him on it for the rest of his life. After all, he is probably 13 years old. The vet agreed, and the combination of the Prednisone and another flea treatment completely stopped his itching. We have been able to remove his cone for the first time since he arrived nearly a year ago. It’s hard to describe what a difference this has made. His rear legs are beginning to give out, so there is no telling how much more time he has. We will enjoy him as long as he is here.

Chalky’s skin condition is getting much better.

Since Sophie died, Tessa has been without her partner in fear. She is coming into the house without as much hesitation, and we are forcing ourselves on her a little more. Son Jeff picked her up, and we removed a number of mats near the base of her tail. Recently, his wife took Tessa to their home to give her a different place to explore. We’re also giving her a treat when she comes in, which probably helps her come inside. If we could find a home with only women, ideally an older woman, we think it would be a successful adoption.

Tessa has slowly been coming out of her shell and engaging more.

We have also found an amazing home for an owner-surrender male Samoyed. We are waiting to finalize all of the details and then we’ll post more about that next month.

If you see a dog on our site that you are interested in fostering or adopting, please fill out an application. You can also drop us a note at rescue@nwsams.org if you have questions. 

Recently, we’ve had a lot of expenses for fostering and transporting dogs, so if you would like to donate, you can do so here.

April 2024 Rescue Report

This has been a busy month with many dogs coming into our care. In February, we were alerted to three dogs that needed to be rehomed. One of their previous owners had passed away, and the other needed to move into assisted living. After some back and forth with the owner’s son, it was determined that we would wait to take them until he sorted everything out with his mom. During that time, the dogs were moved into a boarding facility, where the change in food and location stressed them. 

We were finally able to take the dogs in mid-March. Kaya, 12, Nika, 9, and Karma, 6, were all taken to Melissa’s house, where they could decompress and relax for a few days. It was not ideal, though, because, in addition to her own dogs, Melissa was also fostering 12-year-old Moko, whose owners surrendered her due to a move out of the country. 

Nika
Karma

Fortunately, Karma met with a fantastic family who quickly fell in love and adopted her. Nika is currently being fostered in the Seattle area, and Kaya is now being fostered in North Idaho. All three dogs are getting health checks and grooming and are settling in. 

Kaya

Meanwhile, Moko is still with Melissa, and we are looking for a home for her. She is a sweet dog in excellent health with the energy levels of a dog half her age. Initially, we thought she would need to be the only dog in the home, but as she’s adjusted to her new environment, it turns out she’s opening up and engaging with other dogs. We have a couple of people interested in Moko, so we’re crossing our fingers. 

Six-month-old Mochi, who was surrendered because she was too much puppy for her previous owner and her toddler, is still being fostered and is looking for her new home. She is getting comfortable with crate training and has a ton of young dog energy. She needs to be physically and mentally engaged, so she will do best in a home with another dog, particularly one who can show her the ropes and keep up with her energy. Her foster said she shows all the markers of being a good agility dog, so she’ll be a great match for someone interested in participating in dog sports. 

Mochi
Mochi

We’re so excited that Judi has been adopted! This blue-eyed girl came a long way from being the dirty, flea-infested dog with seizures. Now her seizures are under control, and she is a happy girl. 

Judi heading to her new home

There’s good news about Anna, the Seattle dog, who lived with an older woman with dementia. After she was seized by Animal Control and taken to the shelter, she landed in a foster home and was eventually adopted. 

Anna

We took Sophie, Fena, and Tessa into rescue in February 2018. They were nearly feral and spent much of the first year hiding in the garage, eventually coming in the house. We found Fena a good home, but Sophie and Tessa were still so fearful that they were unadoptable. They became part of our pack, but only Kathy could get close to them.

Tessa and Sophie

Last year, Sophie developed a perianal fistula that made it hard for her to poop. We treated her with Cyclosporin and antibiotics and then a laxative. A couple of days ago, she became lethargic and quit eating. A trip to the ER vet showed her colon was remarkably full, and they said it was like a firehose trying to empty through a tiny hole. A stricture made it even worse. They tried enemas, which didn’t work, then gave her the liquid humans get before a colonoscopy. Surgery would have been impractical. Our only option to avoid a life of pain was to help her cross the bridge, so we went to be with her as she left us.

Sophie

We are working with Tessa now, hoping she will improve now that she won’t feed off Sophie’s fear. She really is a nice dog who deserves a home with a woman since she is afraid of men.

Chalky has been in the rescue since August of last year. He has a skin problem we haven’t diagnosed yet; we requested at a veterinary dermatology clinic several months ago and were told to wait until they have a slot open. We’re still waiting. Meanwhile, a mobile vet visited and put him on Apoquel, which has been marginally effective. Steroids work well, but he can’t be on them for at least a month before he sees the dermatologist. In the past month, his rear legs have weakened, and he has trouble standing. He is at least 12 years old, possibly 13, and we took him as a hospice foster. Chalky is the kind of dog you wish you had his whole life. He is a truly special, friendly, loving dog.

Chalky

If you see a dog you are interested in fostering or adopting, please fill out an application. You can also drop us a note at rescue@nwsams.org if you have questions. 
And if you would like to donate, you can do so here.

March 2024 Rescue Report

Judi is a challenging girl. She has made great strides since she first came into rescue back in November. She had been bounced between owners, was overweight, and was having seizures. The last owner didn’t give her the meds she needed, but now she is stable as long as she gets her twice-daily pills. She is a gorgeous dog, with beautiful blue eyes; only the second blue-eyed Samoyed we have seen in over 20 years. As she learned she was safe in her foster home, Judi’s personality emerged. She is friendly, gets along with other dogs, and enjoys walks. She loves toys and treats and being close to her people. She is losing weight and gaining strength with exercise. It probably goes without saying that Judi needs the right kind of home, because she absolutely has to adhere to a twice-daily medication schedule. And lots of walks. There is someone interested in meeting Judi later this month, so cross your fingers.

Judi

Mochi is a 5 month old typical Samoyed puppy; spunky, sassy, energetic and super sweet and cuddly. She was surrendered to rescue because the previous owner had a toddler at home, and Mochi was too much puppy for them to handle. What we can tell you since she’s been with us is that she is very smart, picks up tricks very easily (good and bad tricks), and does all of the normal puppy stuff — barking, playing, running like a crazy dog, and being super affectionate when she stops to think about it. She is still working on potty training. She mostly is successful but occasionally has indoor accidents. She also has made a good start with crate training while she’s been with us. She will sleep through the night in her crate but doesn’t love it during the day. Mochi loves other dogs and has oodles of energy, so she would do best in a home with other young-ish dogs to play with and a yard to run around in. We think we found someone who will meet all her needs, and they get together soon.

Mochi

We heard of a dog in the Seattle area living with an older woman who has dementia. The dog has been kept in a crate and not given exercise, and is generally in terrible condition. As we followed the story, Animal Control was convinced to visit, and the dog was seized and taken to a shelter. We are following closely and have been in contact, but we can’t give more information than that. If we get this dog, we will foster for a while and make sure she is rehabilitated for adoption.

Sophie and Tessa are former puppy mill dogs who have been with us for a little over six years, and are still fearful. If we can split them up, we believe either would be a good candidate for a home with only women (they are scared of men), with a yard that is super-secure.

Sophie (rear) and Tessa

If you see a dog you are interested in meeting or adopting, please go to our website at www.nwsams.org and fill out an application to adopt. You can also drop us a note at rescue@nwsams.org if you have questions.