Rescuing River

For: Long Beach Spay and Neuter Foundation
Organizer: Lindsay Messett (w/ Noahs Bark) and Long Beach Spay and Neuter Foundation
$915
of $1,500 goal.
Raised by 25 donors
61% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

River was first noticed living the Los Angeles riverbed during the summer of 2013.  She was extremely emaciated and struggling to survive.  Several people tried to earn her trust and catch her but she was obviously scared of people and very smart.  It took a community effort but she was finally rescued in July 2014.  River is a very sweet girl who doesn’t have an aggressive bone in her body but she is very scared of people.  She is currently being fostered by Noah’s Bark Animal Rescue and has made great improvements since being in a home environment.  However, because of her bad experiences with people, and lack of social skills, River needs ongoing professional training in order for her to gain confidence and blossom into the great, well-adjusted dog that we know she can be. 

Along with training, River also needs veterinary care.  River has obviously had puppies in the past and will need to be spayed as soon as possible.  In addition to her spay, because she was living in a riverbed in less than sanitary conditions, she will also need to be fully vetted, including all vaccinations, as well as heartworm and Giardia tested.  

Please consider contributing to our Rescuing River fund and help this well deserving girl know that not all people are bad.  

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on October 2, 2014

Posted on October 2, 2014

River is doing really well these days and is still making all the right moves towards becoming a well adjusted dog.  She now responds to her name and comes when called!  She is even initiating contact with strangers and likes to be pet on the head.  That may not sound like much but that is HUGE for this girl!  River also really enjoys walks out with her trainers and her doggie daycare pack.  

RIver's fear of everyday noises is still present but she is gradually learnig that she doesn't have to be afraid of everything.  Her trainers are working on her tendancy to hide from everything new.  It's a slow process because hiding is what kept her alive in the riverbed.  She had to hide from people throwing stuff at her, people shooting at her and from the ever present coyotes.  

This amazing girl is coming out of her shell at her own pace and that's just fine.  It just means that we need to fundraise a little more money so she can keep up the great progress!   

Please continue to share her story and contribute to her rehabilitation if you can.  No amount is too small...and all donations are tax deducatable!

Posted on August 28, 2014

Posted on August 28, 2014

River is all healed from her spay and is making great progress with her training! Check out some of the new pictures of her with her doggie daycare pack!  This girl who was once living in piles of trash in the LA riverbed, getting rocks and bottles thrown at her is now finally learning what a dogs life should be.  She enjoys walks on a leash now and is wagging her tail occationally in her trainers home!  Whlie this may not sound like a big deal to some people, for this dog it is amazing!  She gets along with all dogs that she's come in contact with and has no reaction to cats.   River comes out of her shell more and more every day but she is still very scared of new sounds and people and will hide if given the chance....who could blame her given that she was so mistreated by people and abandoned in a riverbed?  It is very important that she continue with her professional training to increase her chances of being adopted. 

Posted on August 15, 2014

Posted on August 15, 2014

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to Rivers Rehabilitation!  Thanks to donations and the Long Beach Spay and Neuter Foundation, River has now been spayed and is up to date on all her vaccinations.  She was also microchiped and tested for heartworm and giardia, both of which were negative!  River has now started working with a professional trainer and is making great improvements.  Her training will be an ongoing process so the fundraising is also ongoing!  Please continue to share her fundraising page and contribute if you can.  

"Saving one dog won't change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever."

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