Owner's Terminal Illness Leaves Two Shepherds Homeless

One of the most impressive traits of our community is an overwhelming sense of good will, and another member has come forth to seek assistance for two dogs in urgent need of a new home – through no fault of their own.

Update (3/23/12):  They have a home! The Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (http://www.nevadaspca.org/)  has agreed to take the girls, despite all odds. Doug (an absolute angel) who works with the no-kill animal sanctuary, will work with both of the dogs.  Happy dance   He has agreed to help with their spaying, shots, etc .  To those of you who offered monetary help, if you would like to make a donation to this group, please follow your heart and no that euthanizing is not a happy ending BUT stepping up and finding the resources when you are not sure they are is the solution.
 
I know to all of you who have posted, chatted, texted, emailed, facebooked these dogs — please know that today — you made a difference!  I love you all for that.

Cheers,
Diane

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In fact, these are sad circumstances, but perhaps their current owner will find comfort in knowing they will be cared for. Diane reached out to us with the following message:

Hello,

A friend has contacted me about his two 8-year old female (not spayed) German Shepherds. He is a single dad with end-stage pancreatic cancer. These beautiful dogs are running out of time. I am willing to have them spayed; make sure their shots are current and drive them to any rescue organization within 500-800 miles of where I live.

I am in Sanpete County Utah 84647. I don’t have any resources; I live in a rural area; I am just trying to help. The man and his son are devastated … as you can imagine. Any suggestions or recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Diane Gardner

If you or anyone you know might be able to adopt, foster, or assist in the transport of the dogs, please contact Diane at [email protected]

 







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  • March 20, 2012 7:35 amPosted 2 years ago
    SinMN

    They should try to contact Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah. Even though they get inundated w/ pleas on a daily basis perhaps they can assist w/ these older girls and also having them located in the same state might make a difference.
    (They helped me w/ a older dog rescue in the state before)

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      March 23, 2012 10:04 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      Best Friends would not take them because I could not guarantee they would get along with other dogs.

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    March 20, 2012 11:42 amPosted 2 years ago
    Paula

    I hope and pray these two sweet girls find a loving, forever home.

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      March 23, 2012 10:04 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      They did. Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    March 20, 2012 12:22 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    I hope they find a good home for these gorgeous girls and hope they can stay
    together.

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      March 23, 2012 10:05 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      They did. Yay!!!!!!!!!!!

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    March 20, 2012 5:42 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Loretta
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      March 23, 2012 10:06 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      Thank you, thank you, thank you

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  • March 20, 2012 5:42 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jason

    I am dealing with the same situation myself, I just buried My Mom yesterday, She left behind a Male and a Female TreeWalker Hounds…I am trying to find homes for them both…spayed/neutered..micro chipped

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      March 23, 2012 10:07 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      Good luck and keep the faith

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      March 23, 2012 10:41 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Peter S.Mulshine

      Why not keep them?? I have 2 tree Walkers,,They are they best!!

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  • March 20, 2012 5:42 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Gail

    Call Best Friends.

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      March 23, 2012 10:08 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      I did. Unfortunately Best Friends would not take them because I could not guarantee they would get along with other dogs.

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    March 20, 2012 5:43 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Loretta

    The group above help place pets whose owners are terminally ill or deceased.

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    March 20, 2012 5:43 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    Maybe there are K-9 units in the area that could help them?

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    March 20, 2012 5:46 pmPosted 2 years ago
    KD

    Please help these babies

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      March 23, 2012 10:08 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      Yay!!!!! They have a home

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    March 20, 2012 5:46 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Shannon

    poor fellas. not only are they losing their owner they are losing their home.

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    March 20, 2012 5:47 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Melissa
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      March 23, 2012 10:09 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      Thank you

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    March 20, 2012 5:48 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Michelle

    Heather Santora Barker – know anyone in Utah that can help?

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    March 20, 2012 5:49 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Judith

    consider contacting Best Friends in Utah

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      March 23, 2012 10:09 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      I did. Best Friends would not take them because I could not guarantee they would get along with other dogs.

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  • March 20, 2012 5:49 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Yolanda

    Oh my Lord, this is really sad…can someone out here adopt them together? I can’t due to my having 2 already and the Rules in my homeowners association does no allow more than that..Please, someone out there, resucue these poor babies. God will reward you.

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    March 20, 2012 5:50 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Carolyn

    putting on attorney hat: people, please make sure that you have someone designated to care for your animals when you are gone. You can even set up a “pet trust” and fund it with a small life insurance policy so that it can cover the cost of care. There are facilities (one near my house, no affiliation, http://www.petestates.com) which provide care to animals whose owners are deceased if a proper bequest is made. Contact an attorney familiar with drafting wills and trusts for more information.

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    March 20, 2012 5:50 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lois

    I was just going to say that!
    http://www.bestfriends.org/index.htm

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      March 23, 2012 10:10 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      I tried. Best Friends would not take them because I could not guarantee they would get along with other dogs.

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    March 20, 2012 5:50 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Carolyn

    I have boarded my crazy terriers here, and they have done very well.

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  • March 20, 2012 5:53 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Marie

    NEED UTAH RESCUE, FOSTER. PLS PLS PLS

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      March 23, 2012 10:11 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      Yippee! They have a home

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  • March 20, 2012 5:53 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Marie

    kimberly allan chapman, pls share

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  • March 20, 2012 5:53 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Terri

    Shared <3

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      March 23, 2012 10:12 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      Bless your heart. Diane

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    March 20, 2012 5:57 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Christina

    This is so sad….

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    March 20, 2012 5:58 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Diane

    shared

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      March 23, 2012 10:13 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      Thanks and bless your heart

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  • March 20, 2012 5:59 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Marj

    Shared.

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      March 23, 2012 10:13 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      Thanks for your help. Diane

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    March 20, 2012 6:01 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Angela

    Such pretty girls! Hope they find a loving home…wish I could take them… :-(

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      March 23, 2012 10:14 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      Hooray!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A home has been found

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  • March 20, 2012 6:08 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sandy

    Breaks my heart, wish I could take all pets in need:(

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    March 20, 2012 6:14 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Debbie

    I will share when I get back home

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      March 23, 2012 10:14 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      I appreciate your efforts. Thank you. Diane

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  • March 20, 2012 6:21 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Nicole

    i would take them in heart beat

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  • March 20, 2012 6:24 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Penny

    i have 2 german sheperds and would take to more in such loving dogs and loyal friends <3

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  • March 20, 2012 6:27 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Malena

    :o((((

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  • March 20, 2012 6:28 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Tammy

    https://www.facebook.com/woodysplacesgss a senior GSD rescue in Pa

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      March 23, 2012 10:15 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      Thanks for the info. A home has been found. Diane

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  • March 20, 2012 6:43 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Michelle

    Shared

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      March 23, 2012 10:15 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      Diane says: Thank you

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    March 20, 2012 6:47 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Joanna

    Very very sad where in utah?

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      March 23, 2012 10:16 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      Sanpete County, but a homr has been found in Nevada

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  • March 20, 2012 6:57 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sue

    So sad.

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  • March 20, 2012 6:59 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Scott

    Please try to find a home for these beautiful dogs before time runs out for them.

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      March 23, 2012 10:17 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      Diane says: A home has been found. Yay!

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    March 20, 2012 7:06 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Laura

    I’ll be praying for this family and for their dogs…I hope someone hearing their story can help. Big thank you to the lady offering her assistance..the world is a better place because of caring people like you.

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  • March 20, 2012 7:08 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lori

    So sad when they r left behind.

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    March 20, 2012 7:13 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Nancy

    How very sad

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    March 20, 2012 7:20 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Bonnie

    Manay blessings to the 2 babies, the family, Diane, and all those who have helped.

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  • March 20, 2012 7:21 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Scotia

    I hate that Im in UK.

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  • March 20, 2012 7:29 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Debbie

    Thanks for the info! I hope some one in Utah can help them

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    March 20, 2012 7:32 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Tracie

    Canny post this to The German Shepherd Dog Community

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    March 20, 2012 7:33 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Tracie

    Can you post this to The German Shepherd Dog Community maybe they can help!

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  • March 20, 2012 8:16 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Valerie

    I hope they find homes for them….Nov Scotia

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  • March 20, 2012 8:40 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Janet

    Pets are JUST like children. Make sure someone will care for them forever when you are gone!

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    March 20, 2012 8:42 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Rose

    Shared

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      March 23, 2012 10:17 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      Thank you for your effort.

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    March 20, 2012 9:40 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kim

    Praying for these beautiful babies <3 Hoping someone opens their hearts and home to them <3

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      March 23, 2012 10:18 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      A home has been found. Happy dance.

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    March 20, 2012 10:31 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    If i could get them i would take both i live in TN have a part german shepard she is great and so sweet live on a 14 acre small farm with pond room to play hate it i am so far away

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  • March 20, 2012 10:43 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Carsten

    They look like my dog?

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    March 20, 2012 10:47 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sue

    Please someone help them, that poor man doesn’t need that worry on top of his illness. They need a loving home together…Please help <3

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      March 23, 2012 10:21 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      Yahooie! A home has been found

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  • March 20, 2012 10:59 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Carsten

    They look like my dog?
    Unfortunately, I live in Germany I? My dog has short hair Died last month and was also 8 years!
    I hope that they both find a beautiful new home!
    I would have taken it but unfortunately I live too far way, I!

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    March 20, 2012 11:03 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anna

    I’d love to take them. I’ve always wanted a shepherd. I’m just not in the position to take them right now. Their situation breaks my heart and it kills me that I can’t take them. They are beautiful and look very sweet.

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    March 21, 2012 8:02 amPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    Call the German Shepherd breed rescues within your range. Breed rescues are the best bet for purebred dogs. Often they are backed by breed clubs and have a large network of GSD lovers to foster and help with placement. Google German Shepherd rescue for the states you can get them to.

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      March 23, 2012 10:22 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      Thanks for your help

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    March 21, 2012 4:06 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Deborah

    Shared, please let us know when they are adopted, or any changes. Wish I could help!

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      March 23, 2012 10:24 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      Your help is appreciated

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      March 23, 2012 10:25 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      Sorry, I forgot to add that a home has been found. Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    March 21, 2012 4:53 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anne

    Contact German Shepard rescue of Utah, http://www.gotdogsonline.com

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      March 23, 2012 10:24 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      Thanks for your help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    March 22, 2012 2:14 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    The way LWD fans are mobilizing to help this story have happy ending is the feel good story of the day. This man will soon, I believe, find some measure of peace in his last days knowing his fur children are being cared for. And the dogs will have someone to ease their confusion and fear.

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    March 22, 2012 11:08 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jamie

    Whoever is in charge of these gorgeous darlings please email me, I could take them both to keep them together and spoil them rotten & Love them both for the rest of their days. I lost my Lil Man Jack last year and my heart is still hurting for him. I hate the thought of these two loves being separated or even having to go into any sort of kennel …. it just makes my heart hurt. Although I’m in Illinois I’m willing to drive half way to pick them up. If this seems like a solution to whoever is in charge please contact me anytime. BIG HUGS TO THOSE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS & MANY PRAYERS TO THEIR SICK OWNER.

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