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12/14: Puppies brought to lady in Kansas instead of being dumped on the side of the road in farm country.

12/16: Foster Mom creates Dogster page for pups.

12/18: Dogster members start forming a plan to rescue puppies.

12/19: Pups evicted from temporary foster home. Moved to new foster home but kept in backyard in Kansas. Fears abound that they may have to go to local kill shelter.

12/21: Pups moved to Des Moines, Iowa by Dogster member who drove 12 hours round trip to rescue them.

12/22: Pups get their first shots at the vet.

12/23:
Pups get baths.

12/26 am: 4 puppies to go by volunteers drivers to Columbus Ohio where Luna has a permanent home waiting.

12/26 pm : 4 puppies now in Ohio. Lena and Lexi remained in Iowa and will continue to be fostered there until they find homes.

12/27:
Luna will go to her new forever home on Saturday.

12/29: We have CANCELED the transport of the two puppies to NJ. Even though a wonderful no-kill shelter agreed to take them we just don't have the heart to send them there. They need love and socialization, something the shelter wouldn't have time to give them. So the 3 remaining pups will stay in Ohio until homes are found for them.

12/30: BONUS! Today Luna and Lea go home with their new forever Dad! YAY! What a great guy to take two of them so that Luna wouldn't be lonely. We would love to adopt all of them in pairs if possible.

1/2: Leta went to her new foster home today. She is still available and in the Columbus area. In the end Leta was adopted by her foster mom.

1/6: Today Lana's foster mom decided to adopt her and give her the forever home she deserves! YAY! We couldn't be happier for little Lana who had become best pals with her foster brother Caelen!

1/16 Lena and Lexi have been adopted in Iowa! YAY! Their foster mom decided they was a perfect fit with the three dogs she already owns.

We'll keep you posted!

 

I have tiny paws!
In Nebraska!
With Raven in Nebraska

And One More Puppy Makes Seven Lives Saved!
Yes it's their brother!
(Well we're 99.99% sure it is)

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November 24, 2007
Make that 8 lives saved! Buck has been adopted!

I'm pleased to announce that we just received word that Buck has been adopted into a loving new home. Another Kansas success story bringing our total to 8 dogs now in happy loving homes! Thank you to all who helped us make this happen. Thanks to those who drove to rescue and transport Buck, those who fostered him and those who donated. We couldn't have done it without all of you pitching in to make this adoption possible!

Happy Day!

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November 10, 2007

Sorry for the long delay in updating but I have great news to report. Levi traveled from Hutchinson Kansas to Beatrice Nebraska where he was fostered for a short time before being transported to Des Moine, Iowa where another foster mom, part of our rescue team was waiting for him. From there he went to Columbus Ohio where he is now in the process of being integrated into his new forever pack. One of our original rescuers who adopted one of the first girl puppies has decided that Levi's home is with her, his sister and her two huskies Mellow and Caelen.

Buck is now in the hands of a very respected German Shepherd Dog rescue in Colorado. He's still looking for his forever home but we are confident that he'll find it in no time.

So another chapter closes in the Kansas 6 pack plus one story. One of our dedicated rescue group members still checks the shelter website each day just in case their only other brother ever appears there. If he does we'll be ready to do whatever it takes to save the little fella.

Thank you to all of you for your donations, emotional support and prayers. They've all meant a lot to everyone on the rescue team.

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October 14, 2007

We did it! Both Levi and Uncle Buck are now safely out of the shelter and at home in Nebraska with one of our rescue group members. Two members of our Kansas Puppy Rescue team made the drive to Hutchinson today to pick up our precious cargo. We had already paid their adoption fees earlier in the week and Levi was neutered just a few days ago.

Both dogs were friendly and happy to be leaving the shelter. Levi is adorable and Uncle Buck shocked all of us at how truly beautiful he is. We'll be posting updates and new pictures in the coming days as we learn more about what these two guys are like.

As you can see in the new photo Levi has tiny front paws.... Just like his sisters! We're as sure as can be that he is in fact their long lost brother.

We would like to thank the staff at the Hutchinson shelter for helping us to keep these two pups safe until we were able to arrange the transport to pick them up. We think they're great!

Meet Uncle Buck

At the Hutchinson, KS. shelter

His name is Uncle Buck and he is an owner surrendered German Shepherd Dog. By looking at his photo you can tell he is underweight and most likely was not cared for properly in general. We are coordinating with a different set of official rescues to place Uncle Buck in an experienced GSD foster home where he can get the help he needs until he finds his forever family.

Both of these dogs were at deaths door. Sadly the Hutchinson shelter takes in too many dogs and cannot rehome all of them. There aren't enough people adopting there in Hutchinson and it would seem there aren't enough rescues and fosters to help them ease their burden, so great dogs like Levi and Uncle Buck are routinely euthanized to make room for the incoming dogs.

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Posted: October 8, 2007
Hutchinson, Kansas

"Levi" is currently in the Hutchinson Kill Shelter. After one of our rescue group members spotted him online on the shelters website we were 99.9% convinced he is one of the 2 male dogs from this litter who were adopted before we ever even heard about the 6 girls last Christmas. Of course after investing the time, energy and love it took to rescue the girls we just couldn't turn our back on this pup in case he is their brother. He is the right age, size and color. The shelter director confirmed that he has very small feet, a trait shared by his 6 sisters.

I'm THRILLED to report that we contacted the shelter and have managed to obtain his release by adopting him! We know we will be able to find a home for this little fella and are committed to making sure he gets the chance to be adopted into a loving family. If you are looking for a new addition to your family or know a great person who could give Levi a loving home please contact me and let's talk.

The transport has been arranged for this Sunday with one of our rescue members driving to Kansas from Nebraska after he (the dog, not the driver ) has been neutered.

DONATIONS: Of course there will be expenses to cover his adoption fee, food, transport costs, any additional medical needs, etc. so we are setting the PayPal link back up for those of you who would like to help us in giving Levi a brand new start. Any amount will be very appreciated!

This is the feel good story that keeps on going... We've been told the odds for a mixed breed dog like Levi being pulled by a rescue from an over burdened kill shelter are extremely low. So he and all of his sisters are incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to be given their second chance rescues. We want to thank all of our Dogster pals who are helping us to make this happen. We love you all to bits for caring about these pups as much as we do.

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Posted: December 2006
Hutchinson, Kansas


The Rescue of the 6 Kansas Puppies is Complete!

Thanks to a team of Dogster.com members who facilitated the rescue from California, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Orleans and Ohio, We also want to thank all of the other Dogsters nationwide who contributed donations to help pay for the transport, food, medical care and other basics that the 6 girls needed once they left Kansas.

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Here we were back on 12-16 living with the first lady in Hutchinson KS. We lived in her basement for 6 days.
Then we moved to her friend's backyard. We got rained on but we were alive!

Here is how their story began...

It was almost Christmas day 2006 and nobody wanted the 6 under socialized girl puppies. Their two brothers had found new homes but It was suggested to the owner he should just shoot the girls. Instead he left them in his back yard for months until he could no longer afford to feed them and then decided to dump them near a farm.

A woman in Hutchinson heard about their plight and asked to have the puppies brought to her. Knowing she could not keep them she reached out to Dogster.com. The puppies lived in her basement for 6 days.

Due to extenuating circumstances all 6 puppies had to be removed from the house unexpectedly. Their next stop could have been the local kill shelter.

Thankfully her friend took the girls for a couple of days and kept them in her yard as Dogsters from coast to coast got together online to undertake an amazing rescue effort before she was forced to surrender the 6 puppies to the areas over burdened shelter. Due to their lack of socialization they would have been in jeopardy of being euthanized as they weren't suitable pets. They were going to need a lot of time, patience and care to become loving pets.

The rescue truly began on Thursday the 21st with one member driving 12 hours roundtrip from Des Moines, Iowa to Hutchinson, Kansas to pick up all 6 puppies.

One of the girls was adopted by a family in Iowa but they returned her the next day due to her fear issues of being around people. Later their foster mom adopted both of them as they had already become part of her family.

Four continued on12/26 with volunteer drivers up to Columbus, Ohio to stay with another Dogster. Yet another Dogster member and a NJ shelter worker offered to help transport 2 of the puppies to New Jersey a week later where a no-kill shelter was prepared to take them in, spay them and find them homes if we would provide some $$$'s to cover the costs.

We soon discovered that the foster parents were unwilling to send the pups to the no-kill shelters who had so generously offered to give the girls safe havens until homes could be found. They felt what little progress the girls had made at becoming less fearful of humans would be undone if they were placed in the shelter system. The fosters set to work searching for homes as the rest of the team did their best to market the pups online through Dogster.com and CutestDogEver.com.

Our efforts paid off. All of the pups found forever homes and the rescuers are so grateful that they were able to be a part of such an amazing experience.

Thank you to all who donated money to the cause. Medical, food and vet bills totaled out at around $1000, the rescuers and other sponsors have offered to absorb the additional costs involved as yet another contribution to the puppies. Giving time, money and love was not a hardship for these very special little girls.

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