We wanted to share with you how our Neighbor to Neighbor program has been working in our Community.
Meet Shatza and Junior!
We were called by social workers from Banner Del Webb and told the dogs had been left alone in the home after their owner had a medical emergency. We were given permission to enter the home and take care of the two dogs.
When we arrived at the residence, Shatza (the older female) was not receptive to our being there. She barked a lot and we were unsure if she would even let us in the home. We dropped some treats and eventually made our way in. They had no water and so we took care of that and fed them. We were told to leave the back sliding glass door open for them and so we did.
We were given permission to clean up the backyard of dog feces and any other potential hazards to the dogs. We were eventually able to earn their trust and started walks with them in the evenings. We cared for the two dogs morning and night for next 27 days.
The owner returned home and we were able to reunite the dogs with their owner. That same evening we received a call from the caregiver who was taking care of the owner. He stated that there were issues and that the dogs could not stay at the residents. At this time the owner realized it was for the best to surrender the two dogs in to Chance Shelter’s care. We can not give a whole lot of information, but it had a lot to do with the safety of the owner and the caregiver and what would be in the best interest for Shatza and Junior. Sadly, we learned that just days after the owner surrendered the two dogs, he had passed away.
Typically, our goal is always to keep pets and their owners together. In this case, it was apparent that if we did not find new forever homes for the two dogs that they would be surrendered elsewhere and possibly split up. This would have been devastating for Shatza and Junior as they were inseparable.
We were able to find a new forever home for both dogs and they remain together along with a new friend name Cesar! The three of them have a beautiful back yard full of grass and they are doing great!
This was not a typical case for us and we are so happy that the outcome for the dogs was still a positive one.
We are always looking for short and long term fosters and volunteers. If you are interested in helping please fill out a foster or volunteer application on this website.
first meeting with Shatza & Junior
Taking Shatza & Junior to dog park to help socialize and exercise
Shatza, Junior and Cesar in their new backyard and a new chapter in their lives. Their new forever home!