We have a 6-year-old male named Chance coming to Northern California from North Carolina. He has severe storm phobia and has broken a lot of his teeth trying to get out of the crate. He is extremely noise sensitive so the owner thought he would be better off in California where there are fewer storms. This sensitivity to noise also prevents him from flying so he is coming by ground. His family spent his entire life trying to find something to
help him. They tried everything — thunder shirt, CBD treats, crating, prescription drugs. Nothing worked. Chance’s physical condition started to deteriorate from the stress of his storm phobia. He broke half his teeth trying to get out of his crate during storms. He started losing weight. The family made the heart-wrenching decision to re-home Chance to a location where there are fewer storms so they contacted the Vizsla Rescue Haven in Northern CA. The Vizsla Rescue Haven contacted rescue people across the U.S. to help with Chance’s rescue. Due to his noise sensitivity, Chance could not be flown so the work of establishing a cross country ground transport for Chance began. Days of planning by text, email, and phone occurred. Thanks to the generous rescue people across the country, Chance’s Ride to Rescue was set up. He would go from North Carolina to South Carolina, then to Kansas, to Colorado, to Nevada, and finally to Northern California via the generous time and energy of 7 volunteers. But then Kat and Ray Harrington of Airsongs Angels, a nonprofit rescue organization, saw Chance. Kat immediately contacted me with concern over how thin Chance was. She cooked up tubs and tubs of rice and chicken to supplement his food for the trip. Then the morning they were going to leave on the trip, the nearby army base started firing practice canons. Chance immediately started shaking, panting, and exhibiting other signs of extreme anxiety. They realized Chance’s condition was too fragile to go through the stress of being handed off to stranger after stranger. Even though Ray had taken a couple of days off work to enjoy a long birthday weekend, he immediately volunteered to drive Chance almost the entire way. He would meet up with Chance’s foster dad John Hartin in Elko, Nevada. Follow Chance’s journey here and on Facebook. If you would like to donate to help pay for the expenses of Chance’s journey please go to http://vizslarescuehaven.org/how-to-help/ or to the PayPal account for Airsong’s Angels: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your generosity will help Chance and other rescue Vizslas.
BTW, Friday is Ray Harrington’s birthday. Instead of relaxing and celebrating with his family, he will be on the road taking Chance to his new life. Happy Birthday, Ray. And thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping Chance!!!
And a huge thank you to all those rescue volunteers who spent days working to help Chance.
Conner is a five-year-old male Vizsla from Southern CA. He was severely abused by his owner who would rub his face in feces & kick & hit him. When he was 3, Conner bit a child that jumped on him to give him a full body hug while he was sleeping. Eventually he bit one of the owners when she was screaming at him for having diarrhea in the house & dragging him from under the bed. At this point they surrendered him to the VRH. Conner is receiving 24/7 training & socializing with a trainer. Once he has completed this training, he will be evaluated for possible adoption.
Meet Jake V
Jake V is a 4 yr. old male Vizsla that came from a puppy mill situation in the Central Valley of CA where he was kept in a outdoor cage with other Vizslas. He had a chronic eye infection & was 15 lbs. under weight. He’d never been around people & would not let anyone touch him. He is improving & lets Kay pet him & even lays in her lap. He has yet to let other people pet him. Jake V has a long way to go before he will be available for adoption.
Bentley came from a back yard breeder in Southern CA. His owners got him when he was 9 mos old. He was skittish from the beginning but when they moved to the country, he freaked out. He barked all the time, ran the fence line, & bit a couple of people. He came to the Haven at the age of 6 in Sept, 2014. Bentley suffered from stranger aggression & resource guarding. In the beginning, he had to be on leash when going for walks. He has become more social and passes strangers, horses, and cows in the off leash park without being reactive. He will even ask for pets and treats from people now. Due to his need for constant management of his behavior problems, Bentley is a “lifer” here at the Haven where he will live out his life being loved & cared for in a home environment.
Blaze came from a back yard breeder in Illinois but his owner lived in New York state. He was very fearful of unusual or unexpected noises, startles easily & resource guards also. He did bite a child when startled so the family was concerned about the safety of their kids. When he was 4 yrs old, he came to the Haven in July, 2013. He is a big boy & loves to cuddle & play tug of war. Blaze is a “lifer” at the Haven due to his behavior issues.
Beau was born with a severe cleft palate in June, 2014 & was from a back yard breeder in No. California. The owner tried to re-home the malnourished 12 week old puppy on social media because she could not afford the $8,000 surgery to correct his cleft palate. When the Haven called her, she agreed to give him to the Haven. Beau could not have the surgery until he was a year old. Thanks to a wonderful Haven foster home that nursed him for 9 months until the surgery could be done, Beau came through 3 surgeries & has gotten a Senior Hunter title. Once his condition is deemed stable with no lasting medical issues, his foster family will be adopting him.