The end of the year brings us no greater pleasure and opportunity than to express our sincerest thank you to everyone. Whether a long time follower or a new addition to team “Merlin’s Hope”, everyone makes a difference in what we are able to do and will continue to do.
By volunteering, cross posting , networking, transporting, fostering, doing home visits , reference checks, and of course sponsoring or donating …….you make a difference. ❤
To our amazing fundraisers (Cathy @ Thinkartisan and all the talented artisans she finds), and the fantastic auction & event organizers at 12 Days of Thanksgiving …….you make a difference.❤
To our amazing veterinarians and their staff..you make what we do possible, with your care and the compassion you have for all our animals. ……you make a difference. ❤
Last but certainly not least all our incredible adopters …..it is all of you who make the dreams of these dogs come true, by giving them the luv, and fur-ever home they so desperately deserved and needed. …..you make a difference. ❤
Look at all these beautiful faces of 2019 ….all given a second chance at a new life, and a future full of endless love.
How did all this happen you ask. …because all of us came together …because WE all made the difference together
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 🎄☃️🎄
Dawn & Debbie
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”
HAPPY ADOPTION DAY ARYA !!♥️ Little Arya was wandering around loose through the big streets of N.Y., clearly lost. A concerned samaritan brought her to animal control in hopes she would reunited with her family..but sadly no one came. Poor behaviour and a bad attitude slated her for “Rescue only”. She did not get along with other dogs…period. Once in rescue, she had to learn cope with her new foster siblings. It was a challenge, but she was a puppy with potential. A past adopter with oodles of experience watched her progress and was excited to work with her to become an agility dog. Arya joined her pack and in no time, this little rambunctious girl with zero manners, training or social skills was in doggy boot camp. Not only did she learn her basic obedience, but so much more. She was having a great time until she decided she didn’t want to share any of this with her new pack. Things got tense, and the decision was made to return Arya. Although it was hard for her new mama, it was the responsible thing to do. She needed to be an only dog. Before she left, another family met her and saw a happy little girl with manners. That family had a planned holiday which gave them time think about adopting a new fur baby. Arya was back to her original foster family when we got the call, “We’re cutting our vacation short!” They wanted Arya sooner then later! It was an exciting beginning for this sweet girl. Her new mom and dad arrived to pick her up but nobody prepared them for what happened next. They came to the house, and Arya jumped into their arms! She cried with excitement covering them with wet nose doggy kisses! Arya started this journey as a lost puppy with no one looking for her. Her journey ends with a loving family who will always keep her close safe and she’s grateful they cam
Sweltering hot temperatures do not discourage people in Kuwait to keep their pets cool indoors. Often it’s the complete opposite. In Roo’s case, she was tied to a leash on the hot roof top of a three story building. Thunder boomed and spooked her, she panicked and ran. Trouble was, there was no where to run except off the edge of the building. There she hung by her neck three stories high. Dangling, scared…helpless Eventually her collar broke. Her fall crushed her pelvis and several other bones but determined, she dragged herself to shelter. A by passer found her and called for help. KAREQ8 came and brought her to the emergency vet where she underwent the first of several surgeries. Three surgeries to put her back together….but she continued to cry in pain. A couple months later, the crying didn’t stop so two more surgeries followed. Our Rescue vet, Dr. Sagu in Oakville, looked at her X-ray and said the surgeon who repaired her did a remarkable job. She has recovered with no limp, or awkward gate…he was extreamly impressed. Eventually Roo’s fur grew back, covering her long scar and reminder of the awful past. Roo stayed in foster care for the next year where she healed and was loved to bits until it was time to find a safe happy forever home. A lovely couple were missing their chow after she crossed the Rainbow bridge. Their home felt empty without the pitter patter of paws. They patiently waited for the right rescue to come in, and once again fill their home with doggy love. Roo was just the girl to do that. It was an exciting introduction full of wagging tails and smiles. Not only does Lou Lou Roo have her own forever family, but also a whole kingdom-home to guard and meander in. She will be spoiled with love – care and attention. Best of all, her family will keep her safe and always protect her from the Thunder Monsters! Congratulat ions Lou Lou Roo, you came to this beautiful country to find a better life, and you did! Details and photos of Roo’s story are on Instagram at Saving Roo KAREQ8 Special thanks to Maha and her team for saving her and to Roos loving foster family for still caring. Congratulat ions to Lou Lou Roos new family, you have a special little girl well worth the wait!
Yogi Bear- aka Rolly- aka “Stinky”…because when animal services picked him up from the streets of Rochester, he reeked of skunk. After a month in the shelter, his time was up. A volunteer determined to save him, reached out to rescues but there was no room. She then appealed to other shelters to take him which would buy him more time. Again, there was no room, but a shelter did point her to us. We met the volunteer in Niagara Falls NY and the very “Stinky” Rolly. Instead of heading home, we took him straight to the doggie spa for a much needed bath where he blissfully melted into the groomers arms. Rolly was patient and co-operated while his horribly matted coat was shaved off, simply happy to be handled. Now looking and feeling good with his adorable bear face, he was appropriately Re-named Yogi. Yogi had a lot to learn like how to get in and out of a vehicle. He learned how to walk on a leash and sit respectfully for his dinner or a treat. He learned “wait”. He also learned those big brown eyes caught the attention of a previous adopter. After a long drive from New Hampshire, they met Yogi and knew instantly, he was going to become the newest member of their family. Yogi’s lucky to have two beautiful siblings Rosie and Madi to help him settle in. He has his very own family who will smother him with pets, belly rubs and love. Finally Yogi will get the care and attention he craves and a fur-ever happy home where he absolutely belongs. We couldn’t be more happy for this sweet boy. Congratulations Yogi!