First I would like to start with saying a little something about Dolores the founder of NY Abandoned Angels Rescue. Dolores suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and she is severely disabled. This is one of the reasons that she refuses to discriminate with regards to the dogs she rescues. Her organization never refuses an animal due to their heath or physical handicaps. She saves each animal and gives them all the second chance at life they deserve. She is truly an inspiration. Please share her story and LIKE NY Abandoned Angels (also known as Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue)
Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue, Inc. (AACSR) dba NY Abandoned Angels Rescue (NYAAR) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the rescue and re-homing of Cocker Spaniels and other dog breeds in need of loving forever homes. AACSR will not reject any dog due to age or health reasons and often accepts dogs with temperament and/or medical issues. AACSR relies solely on donations whether through adoptions or the generosity of the public to help pay for the veterinary care of sick, physically disabled, and behaviorally challenged dogs. Abandoned Angel Cocker Spaniel Rescue, Inc. is a proud member of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals.
Ways/Programs We Utilize to Save/Rescue Dogs:
The amount of homeless Cocker Spaniels and other dog breeds in the tri-state area is staggering. Our “Abandoned Angels” come from local shelters, owners who wish to surrender their dogs, strays, and puppy mills or breeders across the country that wish to downsize. Our dogs have all been spayed or neutered, are up to date with vaccinations, on heartworm, flea and tick preventative and have been vetted by our wonderful vet.
We do not have a physical facility so all of our dogs are currently residing either in private foster homes, at the vet clinic receiving medical care, or in paid boarding which is very costly to us. Because we need immediate space in which to place a dog that was just saved, we are always looking for good foster homes and they are extremely valuable to our rescue. Some foster opportunities are short term while others last longer. Our senior dogs are much harder to adopt than puppies, so seniors often need long term fostering. It is important to know that when you foster a dog, you are saving 2 lives: the dog you are fostering and the dog we are able to save because a space is now available.
We seek forever homes where our Abandoned Angels will be cherished and valued family members for the rest of their lives. Our adoption process begins with an application to foster or adopt, and then a scheduled “meet and greet.” We carefully evaluate not just a prospective adopter’s interaction with the dog, but also the dog’s interaction with his or her prospective adopter. A home visit may be required. We prefer adopters who have experience with Cocker Spaniels and/or have previously owned a dog, but we do adopt to first-time dog owners.
Our Special Animals :
Rugby was adopted in January of 2012 but returned to our rescue after having trouble walking. MRI results indicated that Rugby needed emergency cervical spine surgery immediately, or the vet recommended euthanasia. The surgeon agreed to move forward with the surgery while we continue to raise emergency funds (approximately $4,000). Once the surgery was over, the surgeon told us that 80% of Rugby’s cervical spine was compressed. He was placed in a post-surgery hospital where he is getting the best care possible and receiving necessary physical rehabilitation. He recently started to eat on his own again and can stand, but with assistance. Rugby’s post-surgery vet bill will run close to $2,800, making his total vet care costs approximately $6,800.
One of our biggest success stories is Andy who came to our rescue as an owner surrender. At the young age of 5 months old, Andy suffered from Canine Distemper (which could have been prevented by a series of puppy shots) and was on the brink of death several times. We would not give up on him. He had such a will to live and fought hard to survive. Andy required hospitalization, intense treatment with antibiotics, steroids, and physical therapy. The virus attacked his body and left him severely disabled with damage to the nerves that controlled his hind legs. Andy eventually found a loving foster home with a family who took incredible care of him. While Andy was in foster care, we sent him to hydrotherapy treatments several times a week. Eddie’s Wheels was kind enough to donate a wheelchair to help Andy feel more independent. His foster family quickly fell in love with Andy and decided to adopt him. Now, Andy walks (and even runs) without a wheelchair, though one leg still drags.