03/1/13  | 

For those of you who don’t know the story, 3 of START Rescue Team members answered a plea to save a poor pitty that had been wandering the streets of south Central Los Angeles. Reports that people were throwing things at him and the sad photo of him curled up in a ball on the side of the road was enough to get them on the streets looking for this baby. While searching they spotted another dog curled up on the side of the road. When they stopped, he came right up to their car and was super affectionate. They couldn’t just leave him…So we named him Riley!!!

They continued to look for the pitty that they originally came to find and just when they were feeling like giving up…there he was. He was in a pack of stray dogs that took off running when they called out to them. As all the other dogs ran off, this pitty stopped and looked at them and then came up to the car as though he knew we they were there to help. The pitty hopped in the car and immediately laid his head on Steve’s lap. This puppy was exhausted, he had such a look of relief on his face. He was found at midnight so they named him Midnite.

Both dogs were not neutered and had no identification. Its unfortunate that in the neighborhood where they were found…there are countless dogs just like them. Both boys were fostered by the START husband wife team, Ray & Celeste for a few days. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect as we learned that one of our amazing rescue groups, Snipped was coming all the way down from Oregon to pick up Sandy on Thursday 2/28. Sandy is the female pitty at East Valley Shelter with the broken arm. We decided, rather than them wait until our 3/20 transport…lets get them to some of our amazing groups so that they can find them forever homes quickly. Luv A Bull, which is like a doggie heaven said they would take Midnite and the awesome team at Safehaven said they would take Riley. Since Snipped was already coming down here and had extra room on the transport, we got them a ride to their new lives. Please take a look at how amazing these rescue groups are, consider donating to them and following them on Facebook. We will as always keep you updated as each of these dogs gets adopted. If you want to know more about the rescue groups that we work with, please visit our site: https://startrescue.org/our-transports/our-partners-up-north/

Snipped is the group that Popeye went to for his eye removal and then the good people at Snipped found him the most amazing home. Visit Popeye’s facebook page to see what an amazing home he now has and how great his eye has healed- CLICK HERE

We spoke to Tamara at Snipped about Sandy’s arm and she said that there is a possibility that her arm wont need the invasive surgery after all. X-rays from when Sandy was 1st admitted at the shelter and then taken again today show new bone growth. It is possible that with weekly castings that a new bone will form which will be a lot less painful for Sandy. We will keep you updated as she arrives at Snipped and has further evaluation by their vet.

We thank you again to everyone that shared this story and helped make it all possible by your donations! We need each and every one of you!!!

Tamara from Snipped told me this today… What we do reminds me of that story that is retold in so many versions about the guy who walks along the beach and throws the stranded starfish back into the ocean. He is asked “Why do you bother? It can’t possibly make a difference when there are so many” he replies “It makes a difference to the starfish”.

10,000 dogs a day are put down, just not these lucky ones!!!

Here is a video of Midnite, Riley and Sandy getting on to the Snipped transport:


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“Luv-a-Bull Pit Bull” and “Luv-a-Little” small-breed rescue collaborate with partners in Los Angeles to save exceptional dogs from LA shelters and bring them to our facility in Eugene, Oregon. All dogs receive medical care, are spayed/neutered, groomed, evaluated, and put up for adoption.


SafeHaven Humane Society is a private non-profit organization that has been serving Linn County and surrounding communities for more than 35 years. In that time, SafeHaven Humane Society has helped to find forever families for 25,000 animals. SafeHaven Humane Society is not affiliated with any other local or national humane society organization nor does it receive any government funding. SafeHaven Humane Society is located at 33071 Hwy 34 SE in Albany . They can be reached by calling 541-928-2789.


S/Nipped, Inc. is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization with a driven mission to end the suffering and euthanasia of healthy adoptable dogs and cats due to over population through education and high quality, low cost, assessable spay and neuter. S/Nipped is also dedicated to improving the lives of feral and stray cat populations through our trap, neuter and return program. S/Nipped’s small no-kill rescue enhances our mission by removing at risk dogs and cats from our shelter system, as space permits. We also provide a safe place for abandoned and medically fragile animals, as
resources permit. Founded on the principle of compassionate care, the organization is committed to assisting the community by helping place animals in healthy, humane surroundings while providing education and information about responsible animal care for all members of the community.


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