Work in progress

Introducing the dogs we’ve rescued, but are not yet adoptable. Stay tuned as we continue to assess and address their needs. If you’re interested in learning more about any one of our dogs, please reach out:


A good Samaritan reached out seeking help for a four to six-month-old pup who was hit by a car. Here’s what we know so far: her back leg was degloved from the hock down (i.e. stripping the skin off her leg, which has exposed the muscle, bones, and tendons) and one of her toes was broken so badly that part of it had to be amputated. She appears otherwise healthy, and surprisingly happy. The good Samaritan did everything right: She notified animal control, checked for a microchip, posted her on all the lost dog sites, and sought urgent medical care. Realizing her medical needs were greater than she could manage, the good Samaritan started looking for a rescue who would provide medical care during the final days of her stray hold. We weren’t prepared to take on another medical dog, but with a family willing to foster her, and our friends @ampmidealpetcare able to take her on as an emergency patient, we knew we had to find a way.


Ace, along with his littermate Lyla, came to us by way of OC Animal Care Shelter. They arrived at their doorstep at eight weeks old as “strays,” both very sweet and friendly. They were deemed “rescue only” because Ace has a physical disability and Lyla was underweight and underdeveloped.


It was reported by the shelter medical staff that Ace had a congenital defect and most likely would need surgery to correct it. They initially and incorrectly diagnosed him with a condition commonly known as “swimmer’s hindlimbs,” which makes walking difficult at best. We would come to learn that it was something altogether different.


Finding a foster for Lyla proved easier than for Ace, but we lucked out: A former adopter and dedicated foster stepped forward. Because of her generosity in agreeing to care for a pup with special needs, we were able to take Ace into rescue and schedule him for an MRI after he grew large enough for imaging to be effective. It was then that we would learn Ace was suffering from spina bifida. This condition is rare in breeds his size and is further complicated by his fecal and urinary incontinence. We’re uncertain what his future looks like, but we’re going to give him the best we can, day by day. We’re amazed all the time by his foster who truly excels at his care.