Happy Holidays from SARA: 10 Animal Cards

Happy Holidays from 600+ rescue animals in Seguin, Texas.

Since 2020 had a range of emotions, we made SARA animal cards to reflect some of the feelings throughout the year or even just this month. From happy to tired, to annoyed and a little scared, to not worried at all and ready for a break.

If you didn’t have time to mail cards, these can still make it on time. Pick your favorite animal or emotion and share the SARA e-cards with friends.

1. Click on the picture.

2. Hold with your finger or mouse.

3. Save or download to your phone or computer.

4. Share with your friends by email or social media.

Thanks for spreading awareness about SARA animals and for supporting us in 2020 and in the coming year.

Photography by…

1-6 from Mandy at @keepnitwild

7-9 from SARA & Tracy

10 from Shelbi & Madison @shelbizleee

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Spend 60 Seconds with Our Donkeys

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PUPPY TALES: ‘M’ Litter Heads to Chicago

The ‘M’ puppies and mom Marlee have arrived safely in Chicago. SARA had an owner surrender of a young Chihuahua mix family, but dad is still a mystery. Is that the ‘M’?

The pups and mom were transported across several states by Team Fetching Tails Foundation. SARA & FTF have a partnership where we swap Texas friendly, adoptable dogs and cats for ‘unadoptable’ dogs from the Chicago area shelters.

The photo below is from May 2020. All are adopted accepted Batman who is with us at the sanctuary and Moonpie who is still with her loving foster in Chicago. She hasn’t had an application for adoption yet. But she is happy with her fosters and we hope she finds a spot soon.

Learn about our Dog Swap partners.

The ‘M’ crew are available for adoption in the Chicago area in 2 weeks including Mom Marlee plus Margo, Melanie, Misha, Monia, Morton, Maury & Manny.

If you would like to adopt or send puppy food, reach out on Instagram to @fetchingtailsfoundation.

We have more than 30 patrons and some new to SARA Patreon: Leslie, Shelbi & Madison, Michael. And Erin.

Thank you for being a SARA Ambassador and for your monthly support making it possible to care for animals in need like the ‘M’ puppies.

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FRANK TALKS: A GHOST STORY

We recently received an email including a picture of dog in distress with a terrible wound on his shoulder. The dog was in San Antonio, unapproachable, in a lot of pain and in need. The community called him Ghost because he would appear and disappear.

The wound turned out to be a huge cancerous tumor. After radiographs and blood work, we found that the malignancy had also spread to his lungs. The prognosis is terminal. Eventually, he will have to be euthanized.

This photo of Ghost was taken after a week of having a home at the sanctuary. A SARA friend has pledged to cover Ghost’s vet bills and meds.

For now, Ghost is happy and follows us everywhere. He is gentle and gets along well with the other animals despite being un-neutered. There isn’t much to be done other than clear up the infection and give him the usual battery of cancer medications and pain killers to keep him comfortable.

Ghost has to wear an old t-shirt and an E-collar to keep him from chewing the site as he heals. He seems so grateful to have a home. We don’t know how long he has, but whatever it is, he will be surrounded by those who love him.

FRANK TALKS BLOG is a collection of pictures, videos and stories from SARA Founder Tracy Frank.

Thanks to our monthly patrons who are supporting the SARA mission to help any animal that comes to the sanctuary regardless of species, special health needs, or temperament.

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FRANK TALKS: Thor Rescued from Abilene

“Thor was an owner surrender. He was going to be killed at Abilene Animal Services after being there 5 months. We are out of pens for fighters. But Thor gets along with other dogs so we were able to take him. He’s great. That’s Tiffany (photo) from New Braunfels who volunteered to transport Thor half the way.”

FRANK TALKS are photos and videos straight from the phone camera of Founder Tracy Frank.

Thor’s rescue story is on public access to share with animal loving friends during the giving season.

Thanks for joining us on Patreon and supporting animals in need like Thor.

SARA DAILY: Pumpkin Fairy is Back

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SARA RESCUE STORY: Why so Grumpy?

In October, SARA was contacted about a special dog case in East Texas. Michelle Gonzalez and her daughter Danielle made arrangements to help Grumpy become a permanent resident of SARA Sanctuary. Since she had spent so much time making things right for Grumpy, we asked Michelle to tell Grumpy’s rescue story.

Grumpy was found wandering along a dam in rural East Texas. He was skinny and had obviously been lost for some time. He was picked up by animal control and housed in a holding pen. 

For 8 months he sat depressed in an open, outdoor chain link kennel sitting on concrete and sand. Workers asked that he not be euthanized, but not one person or rescue was interested in giving him a chance. Grumpy’s location was not a staffed facility, but it’s monitored by the local sheriff’s office. Inmates from the local jail were brought once a day to give food and water.

The dogs that find themselves at this facility either get reunited with their owners or they are euthanized. The really lucky ones, will be selected by a rescue. Grumpy had witnessed many dogs come and go, but he was not one of the lucky ones. Until he was.  

INMATES NAMED HIM GRUMPY
An inmate told the rescue that Grumpy was given his name because he can be so good and friendly about 95% of the time, and then he just changes. The other 5% is the scary side. The grumpy side that lets people know he wants to be left alone. Although he showed this side, he had never bitten anyone, and actually had bonded with a few of the inmates.

Grump suffered through sweltering Texas heat, then frigid cold days and through a rampant flea infestation. When things got bad at the kennel, a rescue intervened and asked volunteers to pick up Grumpy.

VIDEO: Grumpy on his rescue ride 

The rescue placed Grumpy in a very good boarding facility where he received excellent care. Grumpy resided there for 3 months and during that time, his Grumpy side would show itself often without warning. Again, no biting, but he definitely had a way to make people take notice.

TRIGGERS
Because there was no way to identify what would trigger his grumpy side, it was decided that he would not be an adoptable dog. After hundreds of pleas for a rescue, experienced foster/adopter, reasonable trainer, consults with vets and animal control officers, it was decided that humanely euthanizing him would be the correct and responsible decision.

Literally, the night before, the rescue was inundated with pleas to explore all avenues. People also wanted to know why weren’t more trainers contacted. Several trainers had been contacted, but the cost was prohibitive and the results probably not successful. 

Another suggestion was to test his thyroid levels. Several people said that their dogs were aggressive, but when put on thyroid medicine, they were brand new dogs. So Grumpy was  tested and everything came back normal.

SARA TO THE RESCUE
Grumpy’s fate was then sealed. However, not wanting to completely give up, numerous emails were sent to sanctuaries throughout the US that could facilitate a dog with aggressive tendencies. After many negative responses from sanctuaries things were looking grim for Grumpy.

That’s when Tracy answered from SARA Sanctuary that she had a space for him and would love to have him. Needless to say, everyone cried.

DOG VLOG: Trainer Chris up close with Grumpy & Mariska 

Grumpy went to live at SARA Sanctuary October 10, 2020. When he was shown to his new accommodations, it was like he had been destined to live there. He inquisitively sniffed his neighbors on either side, wagged his tail, ran around the perimeter and ran to the front fence to let the volunteers know that he was fine, that he would be fine, and that he was going to live.  


FRANK TALKS VIDEO: Grumpy & Mariska together at SARA Sanctuary   

Grumpy’s Rescue Story was written for SARA Sanctuary by Michelle Gonzalez. Join us on Patreon to learn more about our animals. Your monthly support helps more than 600 animals all year long. Thanks for becoming a patron.
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Road Trip: Bruno & Molly

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