Finding Shelter Animal Rescue is a no-kill, all volunteer, 501c3 registered charity dedicated to saving the lives of dogs and cats in need. All animals live in foster care or are temporarily boarded until a permanent home can be found. Basic medical needs such as spay or neuter, vaccinations, heartworm and flea and tick preventative are costly yet necessary for every animal in foster care. There are many animals that need more than just the basic care and we must always be prepared to pay those costs.
In August, 2010 Finding Shelter Animal Rescue received a phone call from a woman who had found a senior Chihuahua roaming the streets in her neighborhood. The neighborhood was one where everyone knew everyone else’s dog and this little chi had never been seen before.
Out of 50 rescues contacted, Finding Shelter was the only organization to take the woman’s call and try to offer some suggestions for help. Every SPCA was contacted, every vet hospital, every neighbor and signs were posted about a found dog, but it all led to dead ends. The woman and her family kept the little dog safe until a foster could be found.
The little Chihuahua was named Ray and he was mostly blind, underweight and had been neglected for quite some time. The vet suspected him to be at least 14 years old and since he was never neutered, he developed cancerous tumors. He had to have almost all of his teeth removed due to advanced dental disease.
Ray proved to be a quirky and interesting dog, but as he settled into his foster home, he enjoyed the comfort and love of his human companions.
Ray lived five months in the loving care of a Finding Shelter foster home. All of his basic care and extraordinary medical needs were met and he was shown more love and compassion that a dog could be given. Ray peacefully passed away naturally and in his sleep in his foster mom’s arms on January 15, 2011.
The Ray of Hope Fund is in memory of our own Little Ray and his journey into rescue and the peace he found at the end of his life.
Thank you for your support!
The animal(s) below are currently listed in the Ray of Hope Fund and are in need of or are recovering from surgery. Please consider donating to Finding Shelter to help cover the cost of their medical care.