Border Collie Loses Owner to Murder and Now Needs a New Home

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On Jan 11, 2014, 56-year old Jennifer Zerbe-Hecker from West Hanover Township, Pennsylvania was shot to death near her home. She left behind two pets, 13-year old Border Collie named Cody and Callie the cat. They are now in need of a new home.

Since the passing of their owner, the pets have been under the care of Perry County Animal Rescue, and even though good Samaritan Melissa Peiffer-Berrell has offered to pay the adoption fee for both homeless pets, no one has come forward to offer the four-legged friends a new home.

Cody needs a new home. Photo Credit: Perry County Animal Rescue
Cody needs a new home. Photo Credit: Perry County Animal Rescue

 

Peiffer-Berrell told PennLive.com that she would take in both pets herself, but she works long hours and already has a pet of her own.

Her offer has enticed many people to contact the animal rescue and inquire about the pets, but nothing has been finalized, and Cody and Callie continue to wait for their new forever home.

The adoption fee is $185 for Cody and $45 for Callie, however, those interested should know the kitty is diabetic and requires daily shots of insulin and Cody suffers from slight arthritis, but it is nothing that hampers his playfulness or overall health. Both pets have been vetted by the organization.

“[Cody] still likes to play. He likes to chase sticks. He likes to fetch,” said Paula Current, executive director of Perry County Animal Rescue. “He would like a yard where he could run around in. He isn’t a high maintenance dog. He isn’t a high energy dog, but he still likes to get out there and walk and play.”

If you are interested in taking advantage of Peiffer-Berrell’s offer and give a loving home for these pets, please contact Perry County Animal Rescue by calling 717-589-3005 or visiting their website at www.perrycountyanimalrescue.org.

 

 

 

0 thoughts on “Border Collie Loses Owner to Murder and Now Needs a New Home”

  1. I called this morning about adopting Cody and let the woman who answered know that we are in Illinois (they’re somewhere in Pennsylvania). She started reading off this litany of things we had to do to be considered: come see the dog…then fill out their paperwork….then references, etc..then maybe we’d get to come back and get him, etc….

    I asked her if there was some way to shorten their ‘process’ since we’d be willing to jump in the car with our pets today (to make sure they got along) if we could pick him up when we got there (it’s a 1,000 mile ride one way). She went off on me about how they had to be careful and had their rules and couldn’t bend them (what did she think….we were going to drive 2,000 miles, actually, 4,000 adding the trip to come back for him to make border collie stew or something?). Anyway, I wound up telling her to have a nice day.

    Seems to me this woman is more of a roadblock to helping these pets than anything else. I suggested that they might consider giving some leeway to serious inquiry’s instead of being the problem……Cody’s probably not going to get adopted by someone down the street and we were willing to spend a considerable amount of money (lots of gas, a hotel room for maybe 2 nights, etc). We considered calling back but forget it….I don’t need to deal with people who have become crazed with the ‘power’ they have over these pets.

    Cody just lost a great home (with two girls – a Katrina storm save catahouls/border collie we think & a golden retriever – who are 9 and 10 – Tess is very playful, Connie, the golden, prefers to just relax) where he’d get spoiled and loved and exercised and have pals his age to romp around with (big yard, invisible fence for safety, wide open neighborhood with miles of county forest preserves within walking distance) because of this woman’s attitude. Too bad for Cody.

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    • CALL HARRY BROWN AND EXPLAIN WHAT HAPPEN…THESE PEOPLE DO HAVE PROBLEMS…IF THEY DON’T LIKE THEIR JOB THEN THEY SHOULD LEAVE…MY FRIEND WHO PASSED AWAY LEFT EVERYTHING TO THEM AND I DO HAVE THE RIGHT TO STOP THE CHECK IF I SEE NEEDED…. THEY BETTER START CHANGING THEIR WAYS !!!!!!!

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      • Anonymous, We’ve since been in touch with the president of this organization via email. If you would like to talk about it give me a call at 847-477-9163 or send me an email at [email protected].

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    • Why do you have to be so snippy? What purpose does it serve? I volunteer at our local shelter. If a shelter truly wants a loving home for animals, they will adopt to people willing to go out of their way to drive 1,000 miles to rescue these animals! I think it’s wonderful someone is willing to go that far to give these babies a loving home. Someone needs to open this eyes and really take a look at what they are doing…who are they hurting in the long run ?

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    • I adopted my English setter from OHIO. I live in northern Minnesota, and he was rescued from KENTUCKY.
      Lots of rescues organizations adopt from out of state. Some people should get their facts first. Wow. Mean people suck. Lots of rescue places have or have access to transporters, which is how our rescue dog got all the way ip here.

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    • i’ve never talked to a rescue place that cares where the adoptor is. Get your facts straight you idiot. Facts are not things you make up…..they’re the way things are. Did you fall on your head at birth?

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  2. I would love to adopt Cody. I have a dog his age that I’m sure wouldn’t mind sharing his people with another dog. My concern is that I don’t know how he does with kids because I have a 3 month old baby. I did ask the shelter and I am waiting to hear back.

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  3. What ever the circumstances are amongst the humans don’t lose sight that these two need a loving home NO MATTER HOW CLOSE OR FAR IT MAY BE. I drove from central Maine to Detroit, Michigan to get a shelter dog. John, I’m sorry you feel this way it sounds like you would were willing to give them a great home. Who ever adopts I hope the two go together.

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  4. Why doesn’t someone else who works at this shelter step in and contact these potential adopters. It would be sad to see someone slip away who could offer a good home. If someone from the shelter does actually contact them, would you consider adopting the cat also?
    Shame on that receptionist.

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