July 29 Update: Charlotte and her babies are now safe! but so many of the others below have been waiting more than a month for a home. Please, I beg of you, look at their photos and bios and share them. They are out of time at OCAS… they have been given extensions, but they cannot stay there forever..
Imagine having your babies on the cold, hard, floor of a shelter. That’s what happened to Charlotte, on July 22. She’s a sweet shepherd mix who found herself at Orange County Animal Services (OCAS) in Orlando, Florida. She came in on July 6 as a stray, and the staff’s assessment was that she’s bright, attentive and responsive. She also is heartworm positive and has a growth on her bottom lip, which may possibly be a tumor.
So no matter how sweet she is, chances were slim to none for an adopter walking through the floor of OCAS to say, “hey, that’s the one I want!” Though both of these conditions are treatable, not many families want to take on the added expense at the outset.
So Charlotte sat in her cage, a friendly, 39-pound, six-year-old dog, and waited for her turn to take the inevitable walk to the room from which she would never walk out of.
And then, something happened that no one was expecting. Expecting is certainly the term for it. Unbeknownst to the staff, Charlotte was also pregnant and just two days ago, the day she was scheduled to be euthanized, she gave birth to THREE adorable little girls. Facebook crossposters are frantically trying to get her and her little family out alive.
Today, Dil Luther, OCAS Division Manager, has given this new family an extension to July 27 to find a rescue partner willing to take in Charlotte and her girls, Samantha, Carrie and Miranda, each sibling weighing just 0.1 lbs. Yes, obviously Charlotte had sex in the city of Orlando somewhere. He says the girls are really nice pups, but thinks this might be a hard sell. Before she gave birth, she’d already been posted out four times to rescue partners, but because of her obvious growth, and heartworm, she had no takers.
Local crossposters are keeping their paws crossed that there is a rescue who is willing to take on this new mom and her small family. They don’t want a rescue that will just take in the puppies; they are only two days old and cannot survive with their mom.
To help with costs, donations have come in for her heartworm and medical treatment for her mouth growth, which might be a tumor, but needs an outside veterinarian to examine. OCAS vets believe the tumor may need surgical removal. Right now, the total donations for a reputable RESCUE amount to at least $425. There is also a donation of 30 days of doxycycline, used to treat the heartworms.
OCAS is not overseeing the donations. If you’re a rescue and are willing to help take in this ‘Sex in the City’ family, the contact for donations is Veronica@fldoglover.com. If you’re already a rescue partner with OCAS, you know the drill regarding pull fees, pick-up and transport. If you’re not a partner, please become one by contacting Kristin Tsukamoto, Rescue Coordinator, at (407) 254-9143 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need additional help, you can contact Veronica, cross-poster extraordinaire, who is working very hard to get this family safe.
Here is Charlotte’s page link. She is Animal ID: A324176 Room No.: WDI02. Her babies are not posted on the OCAS website; they have only been posted out to rescue partners.
Here is the address for the shelter: Orange County Animal Services, 2769 Conroy Rd., Orlando, Florida. The adoption phone number is (407)836-3111. When you go, the building is located on the right side of the parking lot. Across the street is the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando.
If you are unable to help Charlotte now but can donate additional funds, please contact Veronica directly. There are other animals currently in need at OCAS, if you have some time to check out their photos in the slideshow provided, and in the links below. Ask Veronica if you need help, or would like to donate to rescue for them. They all come with donations for rescue!
Gunnie: 2YO male chocolate labbie Animal ID: A317342 Room No.: WD44, he’s been neutered, vaccinated and microchipped so he’s ready for rescue or immediate adoption to a one-dog home. His assessment notes say, “I have a ton of energy, I love to run around and play! My favorite thing in the world is to eat treats. I know a few commands, such as sit and lay down, and I will do just about anything if a treat is a reward. I cannot wait to find a forever home, could it be with you?”
Peter: 4YO male Animal ID: A323800 Room No.: WD31 I love to run around in the yard and I love a good scratch on the back. I still have a lot of energy to run and play outside but I still love to cuddle! I get along with other dogs and humans too! I cannot wait to find my new home and hopefully it’s with you! Check out more pictures of me here.
Shasta 1YO female Animal ID: A324177 Room No.: WD28 with all that frou-frou, she must have a great deal of patience! A young girl with no issues noted. Check out more photos here.
Nina 2YO female Animal ID: A324092 Room No.: WD18 sweet girl, very friendly, pulls on lead, yet corrects easily. She knows how to sit, but no other commands were noticed. Nina is very interested in handler, playful with humans and other dogs, has no issues!
Matty 2YO male Animal ID: A322997 Room No.: WD13 had a great evaluation: greeted me at the cage in a friendly manner, walks well on leash, calm and alert to his surroundings.
Lucy 1YO Animal ID: A322555 Room No.: WD50 brindle girl friendly, HW negative, She is ready for immediate adoption/rescue.
Greta 3YO Animal ID: A323044 Room No.: WD46 spayed, HW negative, ready to go home today!
Myra 7YO Animal ID: A308771 Room No.: WD73, her owner could no longer keep this lovely girl, the total package. Her assessment says she came to the door with a wagging tail. Once out of the cage the dog walked well on the leash, and able to restrain the dog with no problems. Myra allowed me to tug on her ears, legs, and tail. No aggression with dogs, food or people.
Cara 2YO Animal ID: A323812 Room No.: WD41, very friendly, calm, waits to be leashed. HW negative. Very attentive to handling, commands. She was surely someone’s dog. Maybe she can be yours?