Today Curly, our 1yr old Chesapeake Bay Retriever,
is on his way home to Kansas. His adventure started
back in July when he was brought into the Moab Animal
Shelter. Shortly after his arrival there was a heavy
influx of animals and the shelter needed help. The
Humane Society of Moab Valley stepped in to assist
by taking several dogs, Curly was one such dog.
A couple in the state of Kansas wrote to us asking
about Curly. After many e-mails and conversations,
they decided to make the drive out to Moab to see this
wonderful boy. After speaking with their local vet,
long discussions with the family & a cross country
adventure from Kansas to Moab it was decided that this
would be a good match for our boy. Curly, with his
goofy charm and loving nature, won the hearts of this
Curly now looks forward to playing on a 10 acre ranch
with his 5 new companions.
Update November 2012
"Curly" (featured in your Rescue Stories)
the young energetic Chessie cross that we adopted two years ago quickly
became the center of attention at our home near Manhattan Kansas. His
name is now "Joey" as my wife said he reminded her of a young kangaroo
with his ability to jump. When he came to us he was a still growing 35
pound youngster. He has filled out into a solid 85 pound healthy boy.
shares our home with four other companions two black labs another
Chessie and a senior Golden. Joey however is special as he is always by
our side and would do about anything to earn praise.A favorite
pastime is leaping to catch a ball. His vertical leap is absolutely
those who aren't familiar with Chessies: They swim like an otter. You
have never seen a dog that loves to swim as much as a Chessie. Our
Joey is classic. He would rather swim than run and can stay in the water
for hours if we'd let him. His only challenge in the water is when our
yearling Black Lab tries to climb on his back to help her when they are
swimming together. She is swimming challenged but has great enthusiasm
as long as our Chessies are in the water too. As you can tell our dogs are part of the family and we enjoy them dearly. Our
special thanks to the Humane Society of Moab Valley for rescuing Joey.
While he is still a "desert dog" at heart (he doesn't care for
humidity) he is an important part of our family. Keep up the terrific
job that you do. Carlin and Stephanie Murphy Alma, KS
Brody’s story is like many others in the animal rescue
world. A witness saw his owners open the
car door, push Brody out, and then take off down the highway. They were never located. A deputy brought Brody into the Moab City
Animal Shelter where his story really began in January of 2011.
Brody is a brindle Chow-Chow mix with lots of soft fur. When he arrived he was a bit of a hairy mess,
but with lots of love and attention is the dog you see today. Brody was walked and trained by volunteers at
the shelter and occasionally brushed and bathed. He lived at the Moab City Animal Shelter for
almost a year and during that time he learned basic commands, leash-walking
skills and how to play with every other type of dog available. He was often taken to the Dog Park
by volunteers and got along well with everyone he met.
In November of 2011, HSMV was able to place Brody in a dog
foster home with two canine siblings and their humans and Brody has learned
even more. He now knows how to be polite
in the house and when eating with others, to sit calmly for a good brushing, to
stick close on off-leash hikes and how to use the doggie door. He will even “shake” hands! Brody is not a needy or demanding dog and
just wants to be near you. If you see
Brody in his “Adopt Me” vest with his foster mom walking down Main Street make
sure to stop and say “Hi!”
Update: ADOPTED!!! Thanks to numerous
volunteers, a wonderful foster home with Nicole and Marshall here in Moab, and the help of the Animal
in Jackson Hole, WY Brody has found his
forever home up north. Finally he can
put that fluffy coat to good use!
was found when she was four months old playing in the duck pond at Old City
Park. She did not have a collar and tags and no one
reported this sweet girl missing so she lived at the Moab City Shelter for the
next five months until a foster home was found for her.
gained a lot of dog experience at the shelter and is wonderful with other
dogs. She was great with the volunteer
dog walkers and quickly learned Sit and Down as well as some polite leash
manners and good Doggie Park etiquette.
being at her new foster home, Bella has learned even more. She still has her puppy exuberance so her
foster mom has gone with the time honored method – “A tired dog is a good dog”
and they go for lots of hikes. She has
also fully house trained Bella and given
her a nice soft dog bed where Bella can chill out in the house and chew away at
her Kong dog toy. Bella is most likely a
lab/dane mix and she has the longest legs and the softest coat. She would make a wonderful addition to a
family home with older kids (she’s still learning to use those long legs!)
Wherefore Art Thou Romeo
Romeo is a flame point Siamese mix and
was part of an extended feline family group with 10 other young cats and
kittens. They were living in a trailer until their owners moved and left them
our Feral Cat Coordinator Margaret Griffith learned of the situation she
immediately stepped in and all 11 cats were moved to her home, which has an
outside enclosure and a 2 story cat house.
of the cats but Romeo were adopted quickly. He was the friendliest, but didn’t
see as well as the others and an early injury to his back legs sometimes caused
an uneven gait when he runs. He doesn’t
know that though and still loves to play with the string and climb trees.
is now just over a year old and all of his playmates have been adopted
out. He is still looking for a family
that will love him and his confident personality. Romeo socializes well with other cats and all
people, he is litter-boxed trained and comfortable both indoors and out. Romeo will come when called and loves to meet
his foster mom at the gate at the end of her day.
Update: August 29, 2012- Romeo was adopted and found his forever home.
Savannah came to
the HSMV July 2011. She was very obese and had difficulty walking due to her
size and lack of exercise and at the time did not “play well with the other
dogs”. Savannah’s original owner, no longer able
to care for Savannah
due to her own maturing age and health, surrendered her to the HSMV. After a
visit to the vet Savannah
was diagnosed with a thyroid condition and gum disease. She is now on
medication and feeling better than ever. Her foster volunteer takes her on
daily walks and she’s beginning to smile again. Savannah longs for a loving forever home
where she can be a part of her new family.
Update: “ADOPTED!! Our senior dog, Savannah
was adopted by a wonderful home and is now content living on a small ranch in Wyoming."
Shelter cats Squeek and Floyd
“Squeek (the large orange tabby) is the official cat greeter
at the Moab City Animal Shelter. He has
decided this is his home and the shelter humans respectfully agree. Ten months ago, Squeek decided to keep his
friend Floyd (white and orange tabby).These two share their bed and every morning Floyd gives Squeek a back
massage and then they make their rounds of the cattery together to check on new
The Odyssey of Scott...
A Rescue Tail with Heart
I met Scott when I came to interview for the Director
of Animal Services position in September of last
year. He was (and still is!) an older Shepherd/Rottweiller
mix who is extremely personable, nice with other
dogs, people, babies, plants, molecules, anything.
He just liked watching the world go by. While many
of the other dogs barked their heads off, Scott
just chilled, enjoying the show.
When I arrived in Moab to start my position as
Director of Animal Services, I went out to where
he was boarded and found out very quickly why he
had been in the adoption pool longer than any other
dog: he had this thing about escaping. It bordered
on phobic. If a door was open, he was flying for
As I ran to try and catch him, I watched as he
flung himself on barbed wire at the boarding facility.
I saw his expression as he got over the fence-absolute
joy! He lived for that moment when he out smarted
whatever was trying to contain him. He thrived
in chaos. In essence he was an anarchist. No wonder
I hit it off with him!!
We transferred him to another more secure location
and his escape opportunities were non existent.
He pouted for a few days, but enjoyed the ever
changing population at the day care. He still liked
to be high, so they built him a ledge on top of
the entrance way to the dog area, well away from
the exterior fences and it made him the official
Nice guy, unrealistically adoptable in the land
of the 5’ field fence, he stayed in boarding
way too long. The reality of dogs that habitually
escape is that eventually people get tired of looking
for him, deep down their feelings get hurt because
he continues to run away and or they just simply
don’t come home one day as “something” (car
vs dog-the dog never wins) gets in the way of their
One day it hit me “If he was in Los Angeles,
he would have been adopted 20 times by now! Scott
needs to be moved to a higher crime area!”
I made arrangements to swap him with another dog
at the Utah Animal Adoption Center. I had him micro
chipped right before-just in case he got loose
again and lo and behold, he already had a micro
chip!! Scott may not have to go to SLC after all!
I found out that his name was Taz and that he was
probably about 6 years old. That he had lived in
Vernal and the last time he had been to the vet
there was in 2005. They remembered him and his
escapist ways! I called the numbers listed on his
file as well as wrote a letter to the address but
got so response. So off we went to the Great Salt
They were pretty crowded at the facility, but they
had 10 foot fences and promised that he would never
be out there unsupervised. I felt that they would
care for Scott and hopefully find him a nice family.
We brought back a very sweet heeler mix (the official
dog of Moab) and she was promptly adopted by a
very nice lady. Scott stayed in SLC and I became
worried that maybe he would end up long term there
About a month after we moved him, I got an email
saying that Scott was adopted by a nice older couple
who lived in a condo (a controlled environment-whoo
hoo!!) and that he was finally home.
Sometimes we just have to think outside the box
and go that extra mile for the dogs that through
no fault of their own languish in the system. Scott
deserved nothing less.
by Elaine Allison, CPDT
Casper - The Lucky Ghost
Poor little Casper arrived at the pound in very
bad shape. Just five-weeks old and very thin, his
eyes were so infected that it looked like someone
had inserted a marble under each eyelid. He could
hardly hold his head up. The humane society’s
kitten fosterer or “Meowmie” (as she
is called by her cats) took in the tiny starved
kitten. He was named “Casper” because
he was such a little thin white wraith. It was
defi nitely touch-and-go for the first few weeks.
At first, Casper need to be tube fed, because he
was too weak to suck on a bottle. His eyes were
soaked, washed and medicated every two hours and
he received antibiotics twice a day. It was several
weeks before Casper was strong enough drink on
his own, maintain his body temperature, or even
walk. Gradually, he was able to eat out of a dish
and his eyes began to clear-up. He had made it!
A new and improved Casper
Casper is now 4 months-old. He is no longer white,
but a lovely semi-longhaired blue point. His one
eye still needs medication, but hopefully will
heal. Although he only has partial sight in his
eyes, he now runs and plays with his toys and the
other cats. Meowmie just couldn’t let go
of this wonderful little guy and has adopted him
as part of their furry family. A definite success
by Pam Walston
Two Hearts Make a Whole
Nala is a beautiful pitbull mix that came to
the Humane Society in the fall of 2004. Nala had
been kept penned in a backyard with little to no
socialization for the fi rst year and a half of
her life. She was fostered by a Humane Society
volunteer who worked with Nala to housetrain and
socialize her both with people and other animals.
Nala also received one-to-one instruction for basic
commands and leash training.
In September of 2004, Sheila Maxfield came to the
Humane Society Adoption Days to fi nd a loving
companion for her fourteen year old grandson Jake.
Jake’s therapist had recommended a pet for
Jake. Jake and Nala immediately bonded and Nala
went home with them that day.
Best buddies Nala and Jake
enjoy a cozy moment together.
By December the two were inseparable. Unfortunately,
the Maxfields were renting a home and their landlord
had decided to evict them for having a dog. But
Sheila, seeing the difference Nala had made in
Jake’s life, decided to fight for both her
grandson and Nala. Sheila contacted a disabilities
lawyer in nearby Monticello to help her with the
eviction order. Because Jake’s therapist
had recommended a pet, the lawyer was able to have
Nala declared as a “service dog”. Happily,
Sheila, Jake and Nala were able to remain in their
Jake walks Nala every morning before school, after
school and once again at night. He has continued
to help Nala socialize with other people and dogs,
as well as crate training her. Nala stays in a
fenced yard when Jake is in school and sleeps inside
every night. In return, she has helped Jake to
set a consistent routine and learn both the responsibilities
and joys of caring for an animal.
by Tricia Gundlach