Throwaway dogs: Will you foster Flowers?

click to enlarge This is Flowers. Someone threw her away. Please give her a temporary home. - Suncoast Animal League
Suncoast Animal League
This is Flowers. Someone threw her away. Please give her a temporary home.

In March, Suncoast Animal League undertook a huge rescue endeavor: They traveled to Redland, Florida to rescue dogs (and two kitties!) abandoned by the roadside and left to die. In some cases, Suncoast Animal League couldn't save the dogs — dogs people had poisoned or stuffed, still alive, into plastic bags.

Those dogs didn't make it.

But others did, and there's hope.

We asked if they needed money. Rick Chaubody, who is better than God when it comes to puppies and kitties, told us what they really, really needed is foster homes for the rescued pups. And the only way we can start to help fix this is by asking you to help, because Kate's apartment is really small and there isn't room for all the doggies (and kitties!). We figure between us and all y'all, we can find temporary homes for these animals.

See? We're not even asking you to take in a new pet. We're asking you to foster for Suncoast Animal League, which means you get food and medical care provided, and also, you don't have to commit to 15 years with a pet. You're doing a great thing: You're helping animals — in a time of extreme need and at no real cost to you.

We're going to help Suncoast by showing you one pup a week until they all have temporary homes. We're going to start with Flowers and we're going to let Rick tell you about her.

Here's what he has to say:

Flowers has blossomed into one very special little 10-pound pooch.

A three-year-old Chihuahua mix, recently rescued from Redland, Florida, the only thing Flowers likes more than other dogs and walks is laps. She loves to snuggle.

Flowers is heartworm positive. Although we wish she didn't have it, neither Flowers nor the League is alarmed by this as Suncoast Animal League successfully treats hundreds of heartworm cases a year, as we will do for Flowers.

Nothing brightens up your life like Flowers. For more information, call Suncoast Animal League at 727-786-1330 or email them.

See? Easy. Save a dog. You can do this. 

We promise.

About The Author

Cathy Salustri

Cathy's portfolio includes pieces for Visit Florida, USA Today and regional and local press. In 2016, UPF published Backroads of Paradise, her travel narrative about retracing the WPA-era Florida driving tours that was featured in The New York Times. Cathy speaks about Florida history for the Osher Lifelong Learning...
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