Rescue at Dolan Springs

June 14, 2010
May 2010

A few weeks ago, H.A.R.T. got a call for help with a hoarding situation in Arizona. A woman with several dogs had to move off her property and was in desperate need for help with her dogs.

With support from several other rescue groups in the area, including FIAS, Cedar Animal Rescue, We Care for Animals, and Best Friends, H.A.R.T. traveled to Arizona in our van to see how we could help.

After assessing the situation, we knew that we could only make a dent in the amount of help she needed, but we were there to do whatever we possibly could.

None of the dogs there were spayed or neutered, which was causing a huge problem with puppies. We decided to take all of the puppies, knowing that we had help waiting for us with the other rescue groups to care for the puppies.

We had also decided early on, to take as many of the female dogs as we possibly could, and to leave the males for next time.

So by the time our van was ready to make the trek back to Utah, we had loaded up 26 puppies, ranging in age from 5 weeks to 8 weeks, and 8 female dogs.

We had a wonderful group of volunteers waiting for us at the Ivins Animal Shelter when we returned.
Cedar Animal Rescue took a mama dog with her 5 little pups, and 2 of the younger female dogs.
Ivins agreed to take 18 of the puppies for 2 weeks till they could be transported to a rescue in California.

We had quite the assembly line going for those puppies... take their photo, give them a name (we used almost every letter of the alphabet), vaccinate them, record it all, and kennel them.

After getting the puppies settled in, we sent the other 5 girls and 3 pups off to their new H.A.R.T. foster homes, where they would stay until adoption.

Before the 2 week transport date to California, the Ivins shelter had adopted out ALL 18 PUPPIES. How amazing is that?!

To date, one of the adult female dogs has also been adopted.

Thank you SO much to all of the wonderful volunteers, and to the other rescues who jumped in to help with the rescue. Together we can make great things happen!

There are still several dogs there that need help, and hopefully we can get out there again to take some more dogs, and to get her the help with spaying/neutering the dogs we are unable to take, so that she doesn't end up in the same situation that she was in before.

To see photos that were taken on our return to Utah, please click HERE.


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