Lara, Cleo and June Need Your Help to Get Homes!

Meet Lara, June and Cleo. They’re three dogs looking for what so many dogs are looking. A home. All three are sweet tempered, loving, and get along great with other dogs and cats too. They love to play and they don’t have a mean bone in their bodies. So why are they still here? Well, they need a little work, and we need your help.

Lara, Cleo, June when rescued off the beachThese dogs were sent here from a rescue group in Puerto Rico. They reached out to us after reading one of our blog posts, hoping to make some connections to the states. Although Pets Alive no longer has a facility on the island, the plight of the dogs of Puerto Rico is still close to our hearts. We were eager to help this group with their first transport to the states.

According to the rescue group, the seven dogs were all raised in foster homes. They were supposed to be well socialized, walk great on leashes, and be very easy placements. Four of them were, and we found new homes for them within two weeks. The other three dogs were a different story. They cowered in fear in the back of their crates, shaking. They would not come out at all for the first two weeks. They weren’t housebroken, and they were terrified of a leash. Any attempt to put a leash on them resulted in the dogs rolling around in fear, desperate to get away.

10922627_952825601413068_939084073722453093_nWe immediately contacted the rescue that sent the dogs to us to gather more information. It turns out that while the dogs were indeed in foster homes they had basically lived in a pen in the back yard. The rescue group meant well, but it turns out the dogs were basically feral. Now that the dogs were in our care there wasn’t much we could do about their temperament’s but work with them. We would do what we always do here at Pets Alive and focus on giving them everything that they need to be successful in getting a new home.

We had a staff meeting and developed a training plan for the dogs. Afraid that the dogs would be too fearful in the kennel to make any progress, we outfitted our quarantine room for their home. Volunteers took shifts sitting with the dogs, talking to them, feeding them hot dogs by hand, and teaching them that it is OK to be pet. After two months of what amounts to round the clock socialization and interaction they’ve come a long way. They still don’t come out of their crate for new people, but they will come out and eat from the hand of someone they know. They will play when we aren’t in visiting with them or if a trusted person sits for a long time with them.  We were fortunate enough to find an experienced foster home for Cleo, who was the most fearful. She’s made great progress in housebreaking and is now able to walk on a leash, too. The problem with working with these dogs in a quarantine room is that it doesn’t get them ready to live in a real home.

10915172_777018299000210_3106907051929260161_nSo what we’re asking is for some help. We really need to find either foster or forever homes for all three of these dogs. Ideally, we’d like to find three separate homes for them because they will progress more quickly without each other to fall back on. We’d love for the homes to have a dog that’s good with other dogs and a fenced in yard would be ideal.  It would be perfect if we could place them with someone who works from home so that someone is around all the time with them. Neither of those things is absolutely necessary. The things that are necessary: You or your family must be patient, kind, and understanding. We will provide you with what you need to get started, as well as all the time you need with our staff trainer. You provide the love. If you are interested in fostering these dogs, please email us at and we will  be in touch as soon as possible. Thanks for participating in the rescue of these girls. They deserve every possible chance for success.

Fostering saves lives! With your help we can remain committed to these sweet girls and still continue to pull more like them to safety.


Filed in Animal Rescue by Audrey Lodato on Jan 09, 2015.  There are 2 Comments

2 Responses to “Lara, Cleo and June Need Your Help to Get Homes!”

  1. Nancy Says:

    It’s so nice to see a Cleo baby picture! I highly recommend fostering Lara or June. Cleo has been a treat from day one and is so different than she was cowering in the cage. These girls are friendly, sweet and loads of fun. And you get to show them how awesome the world is.

  2. seth cooper Says:

    My wife and I are extremely interested in one of these dogs and possibly to foster another. We lost our “pony” Dakota last July. We own a 50 acre farm in pennsylvania and have 7 acres enclosed. BTW we own a dog boarding business Canine country quarters.. We have three dogs of our own and foster for CPR compassionate pet rescue in connecticut (their dogs come from Tennesee). All of our dogs are rescues and we have had two successful adoptions in the last three months. We were waiting to adopt another forever home with us and if you look at our website and see Dakota you will know why we want to come meet these girls. I will fill out the application at we will be there when you open!!! Thanks , the coopers!

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