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The local Community Center serves as a makeshift operating room for the Veterinarians volunteering their time.

Thrive Animal Rescue in conjunction with a local group of selfless volunteers from North County San Diego, is raising money for a free Spay and Neuter Clinic in Tijuana on May 19th. There will be 4 veterinarians on staff, volunteering their time, working from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and hoping to spay and neuter up to 300 pets. While this seems like a lofty goal, this will not be their first time accomplishing such a task. Last month, 200 animals underwent this important procedure with 10 volunteers on staff helping to sedate animals, shave them, and take care of their post-operative needs.

Volunteers are on staff seeing to the needs of the animals after their surgery is completed.

Although there are many organizations doing their best to find homes for unwanted dogs and cats in Tijuana, the problem of pet overpopulation in the area is overwhelming. “Until we get to the root of the problem, we are just putting a Band Aid on the situation,” said Thrive founder Cece Bloum. “We are looking for a way to minimize the amount of dogs and cats who suffer needlessly as a result of being born homeless.”

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This month they have a team of volunteers going door to door offering this free service to dog and cat owners in specified areas of Tijuana. There is an incurred cost of $11-$15 per animal, so we’re hoping to raise $3,300, plus additional funds to cover any medical needs, flea and tick medications, etc. that a pet may need. They are also collecting donations to purchase dog and cat food for the pet owners in the impoverished areas they’re serving. Donate HERE.

Just a few of the volunteers helping to make an impact by slowing down pet overpopulation.

If you'd like to help, donations are welcome! At $15.00 per animal, every dollar makes a difference!

Donate Now (anything helps). Please specify your donation is for Spay/Neuter TJ.Another way to help, is to share this post with your friends!

 

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Sweet and submissive, Roxy, was abandoned in an oil field. She's six months old, recovering from Demodex, and we cannot wait to welcome her to the Thrive family!

Spring is the season of new beginnings. Fresh buds bloom, animals awaken and the earth seems to come to life again. It's a beautiful thing unless, of course, you live in an area that is overrun with pregnant and homeless momma dogs and puppies being thrown into trash cans. This is the current plight in many places around the country which lack appropriate spay/neuter and dog licensing laws. Things become very desperate during puppy season in the south.

These three puppies were moved from this trash can into the safety of a shelter where they are awaiting transport to San Diego!

What this means from a practical standpoint is that shelters are bursting at the seams and litters upon litters are abandoned in dumpsters and on the side of the road. Shelters are forced to euthanize newborn puppies, because it's impossible to find homes for all of them. In many instances the ones adopted are returned to shelters within the next 8-9 months because they are no longer cute and little and they need training. Mothers are euthanized when their puppies actually do get adopted because they are left behind. We need to change this culture, but that takes time. It is for this reason that Thrive has chartered The Rescue Express bus to transport 75 mommas, puppies and a few oldies-but-goodies to come find new homes in California. The Puppy Pipeline is going to be a lifesaver. Literally.

Meet Checkers, one of SIX German Shorthair Pointer/Blue Heeler mix puppies that will be heading our way! 

The Rescue Express Puppy Pipeline is gearing up for a transport date the third week of April and our Louisiana rescue heroines, Simply Southern Rescue and The Rescue Life (Leigh Ann Albritton, Ren Dowhaniuk and Shannon Poole Hagan) will be coordinating the amazing rescue effort. The focus will be on moving puppies and their mothers out of the local shelters and off the streets to safety while they await their ride to California.

Rescue Express has saved the lives of over 14,000 dogs and cats since February of 2015, by transporting them to safety and away from overpopulated and under-regulated areas.

So here's what we need:
  • Your help upon arrival. Greet the bus and show these dogs our finest Southern (California) hospitality!
  • Volunteers to help socialize puppies, clean up, feed or foster-  Sign Up HERE
  • Donations to pay for transportation and medical care- Donate HERE
  • Share this post, spread the word, and tell your favorite dog lover who may be looking for a new family member, that we have lots to choose from. The life they save may be their own...
  • Stay tuned for updates with the most current details about our trip.
  • You are awesome. Thank you!
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Please bring your dog and join us for an afternoon of adoptable dogs, tacos, agility training and more!

For nearly 2 1/2 years now, Thrive Animal Rescue has been sending formerly homeless and unwanted dogs off to begin new lives in their forever homes. On August 28th we are inviting these dogs and their forever families back to Thrive Headquarters where it all began! 

August 28 from 12:00-3:00- 13875 Old El Camino Real San Diego, Ca. 92130

We will have acclaimed animal communicator Lisa Larson on hand to assist with your pet's issues ranging from:

  • Behavioral problems
  • Being alone while you are away
  • Fear & abandonment issues
  • Introduction to a new family member (human or animal)
  • Simply connecting with your pet to know him or her better

Book your session ahead by contacting Lisa Larson via email pawstalker@gmail.com or phone between the hours of 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at 760-444-0811.

And don't forget the tacos! There will be authentic taco-truck style Mexican food prepared by one of Southern California's best Mexican cooks- ice cold drinks and spicy food for the humans and fun and games for the dogs!

We will also have adorable adoptables, so please be sure to share this post with anyone you know who may be looking for a wonderful rescue dog to add to their family. 

Playful pups and taco trucks... 

Please join us as we celebrate all the lives that have been saved by our wonderful FOREVER FAMILIES! 

A $5.00 entrance fee required to benefit future dogs looking for forever homes.

Send R.S.V.P. to Olivia Cameron- olivia@thriveanimalrecue.com

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This year's event promises to be a joyous day of shopping with gifts in every price range, while helping Thrive dogs thrive! (Photo by Marcia Siggins Jonas.)

When you buy from a local business, you are helping a little girl get dance lessons, a little boy get his team jersey, a family pay a mortgage, or a student pay for college. When you support small business you are supporting someone’s dreams and hard work.

 Local & chef inspired provisions and gift items from Baker & Olive.

On Sunday December 3rd, Thrive Animal Rescue will be holding our annual Holiday Farmer's Market and we are more excited than ever. With many of our previous vendors returning this year and some of the most amazing artisans in Southern California debuting, we have every reason to believe that this year’s event will be an unprecedented success.

Gifts to yearn for... award winning interior design firm Intimate Living Interiors will be bringing some of their most coveted gift items.

In addition to supporting small businesses, this event is another way for us to raise the funds necessary to support our ongoing rescue efforts. Often times we come across a dog who may require costly medical attention or specialized training. We are consistently raising funds so that we don't have to leave those dogs behind. Each Holiday Marketplace vendor has agreed to a set donation made directly to Thrive Animal Rescue to help future Thrive dogs receive the care they need.

Chance, an 11 week old Terrier, came to us paralyzed and in need of costly diagnostic work, physical therapy and medical care. It is only through our ongoing fundraising efforts that dogs like him can be given what they need to thrive.


With over 20 of the coolest local businesses on board, there will be something for everyone on your list. Be sure to tell your friends and by all means bring the children. We will have food and live music for the adults, apples and carrots for the ponies, and Santa Paws will be on site for holiday photos with your furriest family member.

Your Instagram will be the envy of all your friends after your dog's awesome photo sesh with Santa Paws.

So mark your calendar, Sunday December 3rd, 12:00-4:00.

NEWMARKET FARM 13875 Old El Camino Real San Diego, Ca 92130

SHOP... EAT... ADOPT!

 

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In December of 2014, Thrive was contacted about Emma, a young, healthy Belgian Malinois mix with a severely broken leg in need of amputation. The shelter did not have the resources to pay for her necessary medical care, so the volunteers were looking for a rescue organization to intervene before she was euthanized the next morning. A Thrive volunteer pulled her from the shelter and we paid for the surgery. The family who fostered her during her recovery (founding Thrive member Susie Saladino and Greg Buttner) ended up adopting her as their own after a failed adoption attempt that Emma clearly did not think was a good fit. Shepherds are funny that way. Her hobbies now include hiking, chasing lizards and keeping everyone in line at her forever home in Carlsbad. When she isn't playing, she is involved in community service events which include educating children on the gift of overcoming adversity. 

Emma's intake picture perfectly illustrates the hopelessness of an injured and unwanted dog. It is solely because of the generosity of our supporters that she was saved.

This April marks the second year since Thrive Animal Rescue became a reality. Little did we know the day we started our Facebook page and ordered an adoption tent, that 2 years later we would have placed 200 dogs and saved countless seniors from the inevitable suffering of abandonment. It’s been quite a ride, and along the way many members of our organization have succumbed to the phenomenon of a “foster fail” and adopted a new family member from Thrive. 

To commemorate this wonderful anniversary milestone, we thought we would share a little peek at where some of these dogs ended up and what they’ve been doing. In writing this we are sending out a CALL TO ACTION: Please send us a photo of your Thrive rescue dog with a blurb about what they’re up to. Email your favorite photo to Olivia@thriveanimalrescue.com or tag us on Instagram @thriveanimalrescue. Please be sure to use the hashtag #ThriveAnimalRescue so we have a page full of our beloved rescues, past and present for our website. If your dog has his or her own Instagram account (as so many do) don’t forget to include your handle!

Cookie was found wandering the streets in the Palm Desert area and delivered to the Riverside County shelter. She was pulled by Thrive for an adoption event, but upon learning of her personality quirks, was rendered temporarily un-adoptable and in need of training. Thrive board member Victoria Shevlin Hobbs volunteered to foster her in the interim, and for reasons beyond our comprehension (insert tongue in cheek) she and husband Frank have fallen madly in love with her. 

Her hobbies now include heading up the welcoming committee of all current fosters in the Hobbs household, bossing around the Hobbs’ other family dogs and being the apple of Frank’s eye. She is currently the only dog allowed to sleep on Frank and Victoria’s bed. In short, Cookie is Thriving.

Izzy Pop Smith was adopted by Thrive board member Laurel Evans Smith and her family after losing their Mexican rescue dog Pablo to old age and severe hip dysplasia. Some of you may remember Izzy and her brother Ghost who we pulled from a San Diego shelter. This beautiful Mastiff/Hound duo had been surrendered by the person who raised them while living on the streets, in a car. They were remarkably well cared for, and had obviously been loved. 

Izzy now lives with her forever family in a home in Solana Beach with two human brothers, Silas and Lane, her father David Smith and an endless supply of tennis balls, love, and her brothers' socks that she destroys if left unattended. On occasion Izzy is reunited with her brother Ghost for playtime and a quick walk down memory lane. Ghost also found a wonderful forever family, and has his own Instagram account @ghoost_maaddeen.

Rowdy was a lonely little guy in the Chula Vista shelter. Not being able to resist his cute face and sweet nature, Thrive pulled Rowdy to find him a forever home. Thrive couldn't believe that two adoption events passed and no one wanted to make wonderful little Rowdy a part of their family. Rowdy is the perfect example of a "greater plan." Olivia, one of Thrive's many fosters, realized she was leaving an adoption event empty handed after her two other fosters had been adopted. She volunteered to take Rowdy home and wouldn't you know it, Rowdy's plan was executed perfectly. He slid right into the hearts of Olivia's family and his new brother Carter the tri-pod!

Currently Rowdy is living the dream in Encinitas on a street full of children who ask every day if Rowdy can come out and play. Rowdy befriends every single foster dog that comes into his house and wishes them a lifetime full of happiness on their way out. Rowdy loves everyone and everything and is convinced there is nothing but puppies and rainbows in this world. We should all live like Rowdy!! 

"Welcome to my home, where everything is perfect and all foster dogs find happy homes. Unicorns do exist and butterflies are my friends." ~Rowdy

Karl with a “K.” Like Lagerfeld…

Karl was pulled from one of LA County’s most overcrowded and underfunded shelters by Thrive’s founding board member Georgia Spogli. He was terribly ill and in need of medical attention, so getting him out of there was imperative. His foster, Tricia Knappe, took one look at the listless young dog who she would be taking care of and the rest, as they say, is history. 

Karl with a K, in the arms of Thrive's Founder Cece Bloum.

Karl now lives with Tricia and her two daughters Aleka and Miranda Gonzales. He is bilingual, splits his time traveling between Cancún and San Diego and has recently overcome his anxiety about spending time in his crate. Karl has appeared on TV with us for the Tonight In San Diego show and he was a star! 

Now, make our day and show us the favorite photo of YOUR Thrive dog thriving! Email your favorite photo to Olivia@thriveanimalrescue.com or tag us on Instagram @thriveanimalrescue. Please be sure to use the hashtag #ThriveAnimalRescue

 


 

 

 

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It is natural for dogs to be afraid of loud noises. The sounds trigger their nervous system and they can become anxious and afraid. Running away from the noise is a survival instinct. 

Every year shelters all over the country do their best to prepare for the July 4th holiday. From "Empty The Cage" campaigns to reduced adoption fees, they are preparing for the unfortunate yet imminent influx of stray dogs who have run away from home because they were frightened.

More pets run away on the Fourth of July than any other day, so you should take extra steps to ensure their safety. Keep a keen eye on your dog during the commotion, and make sure your pet is wearing proper identification.

Remember, to your dog, the experience of fireworks is different than other natural loud noises, like thunder. Fireworks are closer to the ground, more vibrant, and are accompanied by sudden booms, flashes and burning smells. Dogs experience the world through their senses — nose, eyes, ears. The typical Fourth of July celebration can be overwhelming to them.

Here are some tips to help keep your dog calm, making for an easier holiday for both of you.

1. Preparation

If you can't be home, arrange to have your dog in a place where there won’t be loud fireworks displays — a friend’s or relative’s home or a doggie day care with which your dog is familiar. If it’s an unfamiliar place for your dog, take him over there a few times in the days before the holiday so that it won’t be a surprise when you take him there on the fourth.

2. Accommodation

If you cannot take your dog to a place away from fireworks, then have a travel kennel at home for him or her to feel safe in. If you’re not going to be home, have a friend or sitter there to keep your dog company.

3. Thunder Shirt

These snug-fitting shirts target various pressure points, creating a sensation similar to swaddling a baby. Veterinarians and dog trainers frequently recommend this drug-free option for dogs that suffer from separation anxiety, fear of loud noises (thus the name “Thundershirt”) and travel anxiety.

4. Sedation

If you do find it necessary to use medication or a Thundershirt to calm your dog during the fireworks, remember that you must introduce any such tool at the right time, conditioning your dog to understand that the medication or Thundershirt is there to bring them to a calm state. This means that you must bring your dog to that calm state first, then introduce the tool — before the fireworks and the anxiety begin. If she is already at an anxiety level of 8 or 9, then her mental state will overrule the medication. If she is already breathing heavily, then the Thundershirt, which is designed to slow her breathing, won’t work. A tool is an intellectual thing we use with a dog’s instincts. The challenge is knowing how and when to connect the two.

5. Communication

If you are going to be with your dog during the fireworks, sending the calming message that they are nothing to worry about will also help him to relax. Remember, though, while humans communicate with words, dogs communicate with energy, and will look to their pack leader for clues on how they should behave. If you’re not making a big deal or showing excitement about the fireworks, then he will learn to be less concerned as well.

In all cases above, expend your dog’s excess energy first, before the fireworks start, by taking her on a very long walk to tire her out and put her in a calm state.

Most importantly, don’t think of this in terms of your dog as your child who is missing out on a great, fun time. That’s human guilt. Your dog won’t know what she’s missing. You’re being a good pack leader by not exposing her to a situation that will trigger her flight instinct in a negative way. When the booms and bangs of Independence Day are over, your dog will be grateful to you for having made it a less stressful experience! 

If you do find a stray dog, please keep it safe for the night and bring it to the nearest shelter in the morning. This is the best way to help reunite lost dogs with their families. 

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I have a feeling, dear reader, you are having a hard time deciding what to focus on in this picture. There is me, exhibiting impressive flair in my canine tie and blue steel face. Yet, there is also an absurdly large pile of COCONUT BACON. May this be the biggest dilemma you face all day.  Though I am not usually one to divert attention away from myself, focus on the bacon. It’s all about bacon.

Coconut bacon is one of the reasons I endeavored to start writing a Meatless Monday column for Thrive Animal Rescue. Stay with me on this one, because I’m going to have to rewind it back. First, if you’re not familiar with Meatless Monday, it is a global movement encouraging people everywhere to eschew meat one day a week. Giving up meat all days a week, for many, would be a way-too-radical change. Meatless Monday is bite-size radical, doable radical, nonetheless-will-have-an-impact radical.  The health of the planet and of your mind, body, and soul are all positioned to benefit. But, also your tastebuds. Sacrificing meat does not mean sacrificing flavor. I bet it becomes your favorite day of the week. 

Meatless Monday is a delicious revolution. It is a battle cry to chefs and foodies everywhere to prepare vegan and vegetarian food with gusto, and share their ideas broadly. Eating is one of the primary pleasures of life, along with tennis balls and covering every inch of yourself in as much sand as possible. I approach each meal like it is a new Beyonce album about to drop. In order to make Meatless Monday successful, the movement must never lose sight of the joy of eating something indescribably wonderful. Which brings us back to bacon—that salty, crispy, smoky manna that elevates everything. I started this column so I could share how to enjoy something like bacon without a pig involved. 

By marinating thick, pearly coconut shards in a flavor-rich combination of ingredients, then roasting it low and slow, the result is something quite akin to actual bacon, but I’d argue even better. You can stack coconut bacon in a deep pile on top of your avocado toast and go at it guilt-free. You can sandwich it in-between pancakes, or bananas and peanut butter Elvis-style. Anoint a salad with it. Eat it with your hands. Toss it across roasted vegetables like it was confetti. Dip it in chocolate because you are a wild, wild thing and I would if I could. Coconut Bacon for President. 

Coconut Bacon

(makes one impressive pile that will keep for several weeks in an airtight container)

5 cups dried coconut flakes
1/4 cup tamari sauce, soy sauce or Bragg’s liquid aminos
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 T liquid smoke (see note)
1/4 tsp. smoked paprika (optional)
1/2 tsp. garlic power
Salt & freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 250. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. 

In a large bowl, whisk together the tamari, maple syrup, liquid smoke, smoked paprika, garlic powder and a fat pinch of salt and several grinds of pepper. Toss the coconut in the bowl and gently coat the flakes with the liquid mixture. Let marinate for 10 minutes.

Spread the coconut mixture evenly across the prepared sheet pan. Roast for 45 minutes - 75 minutes (a lot depends on the size of the coconut flakes), stirring at 15 minute intervals, until the coconut bacon is deep golden and smells delicious. Let it cool as it will crisp up as it cools. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 weeks.

Notes: This recipe is adapted from Sara Britton of the My New Roots blog. There are many options for liquid smoke—look for a natural version without added preservatives and coloring. 

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Basic Obedience Class begins June 6th, 11:00 a.m. at Newmarket Farm

When Thrive Animal Rescue began, it was our intention to search the shelters for family friendly dogs without significant behavioral issues. We aren't particularly concerned with breed, size, color, or even the number of eyes or legs they have so much as whether or not we feel comfortable bringing them to adoption events where they are safe around children, dogs and other animals. Although there is no guarantee when it comes to introducing a new pet into the home, our record speaks for itself when it comes to placing our dogs into a suitable environment, with only a minute percentage of our dogs coming back to us to be re-homed.

With that being said, once a new dog has had a chance to decompress after the trauma of being in a shelter, personality changes can emerge. They may at times test their boundaries, and it's important that they know the rules. For this reason we have teamed up with Pawtopia founder Colleen Demling for a series of training events to help our furry friends adapt to a new way of living in their forever homes. Colleen, a frequent contributor to local and national media including Yahoo, The Huffington Post and Woman’s Day, has a record which speaks for itself. She has professional associations with the International Association of Canine Professionals, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and the Animal Behavior Management Alliance, just to name a few.

Colleen has generously offered to teach a Basic Obedience Class starting June 6th at 11am, with a portion of proceeds to benefit Thrive! This 5 week class, designed for dogs 16 weeks of age and older, covers proper leadership skills, sit, stay, down, come, heel, wait, spot, leave it, drop it, and other basic commands and problem behaviors.  Cost: $160 for the series.

Sign up today by clicking here

Newmarket Farm, 13875 Old El Camino Real, San Diego 92130

 

 

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Thrive Animal Rescue by Susie Saladino - 5M ago

The heartbreak of family dogs living without their families and with very little hope of being adopted if they don't get out. We're coming for you, sweet ones...

The Humane Society of Imperial County is undergoing a crisis that they are trying their best to stay ahead of. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in Imperial County was 20.5 percent in May 2017, the second highest in the nation. As one would expect in an area hit with economic calamity, the animals become unwitting casualties.

A bath and haircut can make the difference between a dog being miserable and homeless to happy and adoptable. 

Located in El Centro, California, the Humane Society which serves the area is being inundated with dogs that people can no longer care for. The animals, mostly dogs, are being relinquished at an unprecedented rate, which unfortunately supersedes the rate of adoption by a longshot. To make matters worse, the temperatures are currently soaring over over 115º F. So, with too many dogs and not enough funds, flea meds or, at times, even food, this struggling shelter needs our help.

With the extreme heat often exceeding 115ºF, The Humane Society of Imperial Valley needs to find a way out for these dogs as soon as possible. 

This Wednesday, June 21st Thrive Animal Rescue is heading out with a team of volunteers alongside The Rescue Express, ready to load-up and drive out with as many shelter dogs as we can logistically support. So here's the ask:

WE NEED FOSTERS. Sign Up here.

Rescue Express, an initiative of MGM Animal Foundation, has been providing free weekly transport for 100-150 dogs and cats on their shiny new customized transport buses for two and half years. 

We will be bringing supplies to leave with them, as there seems to be no end to the incoming abandonment issue. Here are a few things they are in dire need of: 

Bleach, paper towels, topical flea and tick meds, potty pads, plastic pet carriers, non-clumping cat litter, latex free gloves, Pedigree dog food, newspaper, and antibacterial hand soap.

If you would like to drop off provisions for us to deliver to them, please contact us by emailing cece@bloum.com and she will make arrangements for you to drop off. As always, thanks to everyone who helps make these rescue efforts possible. You seriously are the wind beneath our wings! xoxo

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A few of Thrive Animal Rescue's board members with their beloved shelter dogs. 

At Thrive Animal Rescue we consider our ability to save shelter dogs the greatest privilege we know- but with this privilege comes responsibility. Once we have rescued a dog in need, the next step is to ensure that they have all of their medical needs taken care of before being placed into a forever home. This is a particularly costly undertaking when going into areas that have been hit with misfortune. Every year we set a goal to step outside of the San Diego area and help one of the hardest-hit shelter situations we can find. Whether a casualty of natural disaster or grave socioeconomic factors, there are shelters in this country that cannot supply enough food for their dogs, not to mention other necessities like flea medication and spay/neuter programs.

As a non-profit 501(c)3, we rely entirely on donations to keep doing the work we do, and are delighted to have been invited by Ralph Lauren and Charlotte Olympia's South Coast Plaza stores for a fund-raising event to help support our next mission. South Coast Plaza is a major international shopping destination and home to more than 250 boutiques and restaurants. This event, to be held on June 14th, will offer a day of shopping in three of their most prominent designer boutiques, with 10% of all sales donated back to Thrive.

The privilege of living with a rescue dog is not to be taken for granted. Anyone who has saved a shelter dog will attest to the fact that they are the greatest gift imaginable. 

The privilege of being able to save dogs from deplorable situations is something we do not take for granted, and we believe it is our duty to use our resources where they are most needed. Last year we organized a trip to Lafayette, Louisiana to save dogs from shelters overcrowded due to the devastating August floods. In what came to be known as our “Flooded With Love” mission, Thrive Animal Rescue was able to raise enough money to pay for a Wings of Rescue flight which transported 65 dogs back to California. 

On Sept. 21st 2016, 65 dogs landed at Gillespie Field as part of a rescue effort taking them out of flood-stricken Louisiana and placed into loving homes.

This year the Humane Society of Imperial County is our intended benefactor. Their big-hearted shelter employees are working tirelessly in an overwhelmingly underfunded shelter situation. Located in El Centro, California, a town with one of the highest unemployment rates in the state, they are battling with a larger number of dogs coming in than they can possibly find homes for. This is where Thrive Animal Rescue comes in: In addition to providing them with some basic necessities, we can also ease their burden by pulling dozens of dogs from them in the coming months, provided we have the resources necessary to do so. 

SO PLEASE SAVE THE DATE 

JUNE 14TH from 10:30- 1:00 

INVITATION TO FOLLOW!

 

 

 

 

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