Five dogs were rescued by a kind-hearted stranger a year ago, but four of them are in danger now. Anastasia Devaris took in five dogs with the help of another rescuer, who abandoned Devaris when the going got tough. She found them all in an area that is known for dog fighting. One was running in the street and almost got hit by a car.
Because the dogs had nowhere to go, she put them in boarding. All the dogs have been in boarding for over five months. Boarding is $25 a day for each dog, and Devaris has also paid for vetting each dog and heartworm treatment for one. The bill is shown on the photo — she has paid almost $13,000 for these dogs. In the interest of transparency, she welcomes people to call the animal hospital, Temple Terrace Animal Hospital at (813) 988-1189 to verify the costs. If people want a full itemized bill, she is happy to email that, as well.
To make matters worse, the person she worked with to save these dogs took the adoption fee for the one dog that did get a home and walked away with it — refusing to help Devaris any more. It’s important that Devaris get donations for what she has spent, but even more important is to get the dogs networked so that they get out of boarding and into homes, thus also saving Devaris from incurring even more in boarding and veterinarian bills.
Information about the four dogs needing foster homes, rescue, or adoption was provided by someone who has worked with a certified canine behaviorist, but is does not herself have the certification.
Willow is a male who barks at other dogs from his cage but does not lunge or snarl. He has a very high energy level and can get mouthy while being walked on a leash. He is also unpredictable around other dogs while on a leash. He doesn’t have any apparent food aggression, nor does he know any obedience commands. He is very food motivated, though, which might help in training. He is very affection around people, but because of his high energy level, tends to mouth when excited. It’s recommended that he go to a family that is willing to give him the exercise he needs. He might do well with other dogs who have a lower energy level. After basic training, he might get along with other dogs. No children is the recommendation until after training and further assessment. While he is not aggressive, he does play rough.
Sadie also barks at other dogs from her cage but doesn’t growl. She does have some food aggression issues. Sadie is great on a leash, and she has average energy. She is friendly with other dogs (a bit dominant) and mirrors their energy level. She knows basic commands, is food motivated and very affectionate with people. She would be great with almost any family. It is not known how she is with children.
Diamond also just barks at other dogs when caged but doesn’t growl. She is very food motivated but at this point, she is not an attention-seeking dog. It’s thought that in a different environment, Diamond could learn that people are to be loved, and she is very food motivated. She is very active and loves to run. Diamond is a typical high energy, alpha female. She needs basic obedience training. She is very intelligent and does know basic commands. There is no information about whether Diamond gets along with children. She should be in a home with pets who are submissive and low energy. She should only be introduced to other pets or children after a period of decompression. (See article “Decompressing Rescue Dog”)
Lucy has some food aggression. She does well on a leash. Because Lucy is heartworm positive, she has not been allowed to run around with other dogs, but she appears to be fine with dogs. She is very affectionate with people and knows basic commands. Lucy would be great in almost any family. She would probably do best with other dogs who have a similar energy level or who are calmer.
Link to Fundraiser page to donate. To contact Devaris to inquire about fostering or adopting (or rescuing) one of the dogs, send her a message on her Facebook page. Please share the story of these four dogs who are truly running out of time, as their savior and rescuer is way beyond running out of money.
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