I saw this posting and thought it was important to share to see if anyone can help. Senior dogs like Sweetie and Tuffy deserve a second chance and a loving home to retire to.
Two 10-year-old dogs in Spring Valley, San Diego, California are on their last week of life. They will be put down on November 10th if they cannot find a new home and apparently no local rescue will take them in because they are "too old".
Suzanne Buckles placed a Craigslist ad stating, "Will you be the ones to save Sweetie and Tuffy? These bonded littermates recently lost their 90 year old mom. Their 90 year old owner has been moved to assisted care for health reasons and will not be able to live alone again and take care of these two girls. Efforts to place them, have gone unanswered. If I can't help get them a home by Nov 10th, they will have to be euthanized. So sad."
"The dogs are 2 spayed 10-year-old female husky shepherd mixes with beautiful bi-colored eyes. They are bonded litter mates and must be adopted together. Would be good in a house with a decent sized back yard and where they can run in and out of the house or garage freely. They are in great health and very active walking 3-5 miles a day or can hike 4 miles and still not seem tired. They probably could do more miles but we don't have the stats. They have a happy disposition and once they get to know you they wag their tails non stop and are very talkative. They are 10 years old but have the energy and personality of 5 years of age. They cannot be kenneled or confined simply because they never have been their whole life and it stresses them out. I think they would be best with dogs that are not aggressive. Those girls are not food, people or dog aggressive which is really good and rare."
The poster adds, "there is no re homing fee and they come with the offer of FREE FOOD for the rest of their lives."
If you think you can help Sweetie and Tuffy, contact Suzanne Buckles at firstname.lastname@example.org
Update November 7, 2012:
Thanks to the comment below by Suzanne Buckles, who originally posted the ad for help on Craigslist, there is good news regarding Sweetie and Tuffy's future. These two special girls are no longer in danger of being euthanized.
Suzanne says she had a meet and greet with Jessica Steinacker yesterday that "went well and the family is excited about giving the girls a new home".
However, Suzanne is still compiling a list of back-ups, should the placement with Jessica not work out for whatever reason. Suzanne says that local placements are preferred, as the girls will likely be stressed at having to be caged/kenneled for transport.
Suzanne joined the efforts to rehome Sweetie and Tuffy three months ago, and her efforts have finally paid off, with this story going viral in the past two days. According to a comment on a post on the Dogs are Family Facebook page, Suzanne is working with the owner's niece to find the perfect home for the girls (they strongly recommend a home without any cats).
"The owner's niece has been working tirelessly to find someone to take these girls for 3 months and when I found out about it, I joined forces with her. Please note, we tried rescue groups - turned away due to age and no fosters slots open for both girls together. No room in humane society for their size. One shelter had a big cage unused they both could stay in, but director turned them down due to age. No hating please.......you have no idea how we've worked this and are frustrated to not find a solution. We did have one foster, but her eldest alpha dog hated them, started a fight - bit her owner badly requiring stitching. The girls were not at fault and could have ripped the alpha apart in defense and didn't do it. We dont want to put them to sleep. But to quote someone else, "putting them down isn't the most unkind thing you can do".......meaning, it's better than placing them in what might turn out to be an abusive situation - or stressing them out by separating them. They have a family here in san diego, that is willing to take them. We are taking them up for a meet and greet in a few hours. Keep them in your good thoughts that all goes well and a smooth free transition can occur"
To everyone who has offered to help, home, transport, finance or share this story to help save these two girls, thank you!
If you have tried to contact Suzanne and not received a response, please understand that her inbox has probably been flooded. Note in Suzanne's comment below, she says, "I am still attempting to respond to each and everyone one of you kind souls that have replied about them. The amount of email I have to answer to is staggering. It touches my heart to finally get responses like this, as it's been 3 months since I joined the efforts to find them a home. This story has gone viral and our local newspaper had emailed me wanting to to an article on them. Thank you all so very very much!!"
Update November 29, 2012:
Sweetie and Tuffy have a new home! Read the full story here: Good Samaritan saves senior bonded dogs from euthanasia by finding them perfect home
Update February 1, 2013:
Sweetie and Tuffy are in urgent need of rescue. Their new home has not worked out and they now face euthanasia within one day if they cannot find a home. Read the urgent appeal here.