Ethel’s Mission

It all started when HartSong received a call regarding a 17 year old, 2.9 pound pup – picked up as a stray and now languishing in a high kill shelter in Northern California.  Fortunately, the shelter was quite familiar with this pup (then named Chica) because she had been picked up as a stray 3 times prior.  Her family was notified of Chica’s intake but this time, the family declined to pay the shelter fees, dumped her and walked away…

 

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Ethel’s Story…

Ethel’s shelter examination revealed that she was completely blind.  In addition, she had no lower jaw, not one tooth in her mouth and a broken rear leg that was never treated.  Eventually, the fractured leg fused in such a way that did not allow her to extend her foot to the ground so basically, Ethel is a tri-pod dog.  The shelter also discovered that Ethel had a concerning heart murmur.

HartSong Ranch was not aware of this pup’s predicament until a woman by the name of Sarah Macchia stepped into our lives.  Sarah, a huge advocate for senior dogs, desperately wanted to get Chica out of the shelter but, the shelter had labeled her unadoptable so the only way out alive for this sweet, little girl was to locate a rescue organization willing to pull her.  Upon hearing her story and without a moment’s hesitation, HartSong authorized her release and shortly thereafter,

Chica left the scary shelter in the arms of Sarah Macchia.  Our initial prediction was that she might live a few weeks.  As heartbreaking as that might be, we just couldn’t allow this kind old lady to die alone in such a frightening place.  Sarah decided that Chica needed a fresh, new start and, an “old lady name” so after some thought, Sarah decided to call her Ethel.

Ethel in the shelter.  This photo shows her weight and also, her broken rear leg.

Fast forward 10 months…  Much to everyone’s surprise, Ethel is thriving, happy and healthy.  She loves any and all “in the car” adventures but she especially loves to visit schools where she is quickly surrounded by youngsters anxious to hold and adore her while her delightful, kind demeanor paves the way to educate students about the rewards of adopting senior dogs.

As of July 14, 2019, Ethel will turn 18 years old.  Her strength and absolute love of life are the reasons why HartSong decided to launch Ethel’s Mission.  She alone, inspired our decision to focus on the “old ones”.  All of the pups pulled since the launch of Ethel’s Mission, are now living in loving “fospice”(foster + hospice) homes and there they shall remain until they take their last breath.  We are forever grateful to sweet Ethel for showing us that the “old ones” want what all dogs want…  to live another day.

The day Ethel left the shelter in Sarah’s embrace.  You can see that her eyes had a raging infection

P.S.  Sarah Macchia is now a cherished member of HartSong’s board.

As the Director of Ethel’s Mission, she trolls the high-kill shelters weekly, always in search of another “old one” in need of a way out.  Sadly, the shelters are full of the “old ones”, abandoned by their owners and left to die in the shelter.

Please consider becoming a “fospice” care provider because the reality is, we can only pull them from the shelters once a “fospice” home has been secured.  Please know that HartSong Ranch will cover all expenses – food, bedding and vet care – forever.  All the “fospice” provides is a kind, warm, loving home – forever!  We guarantee that caring for a “fospice” dog will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.

 

Just ask Ethel!!!

Ethel’s Friends

Luna

Luna is a 17 year old female. 5.80 pounds and we pulled her March 13 from the Sacramento SPCA

Maggie

Maggie was pulled on April 15th, 2019 at the Yolo County Shelter. She is 15 years old and 12.80 pounds

Nana

Nana was pulled 4-17-19 at the Stanislaus Animal Shelter. She is 15 years old and 7 pounds

Lucky

Luck is 16 years old and 18 pounds. He was pulled from Stanislaus County Animal Services on April 26th, 2019.

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Featured Pets

Oli

Domestic Short Hair
Baby – Male

Ginger

Domestic Short hair
Adult – Male

Smokey

Domestic Short Hair
Senior – Male

Poppy

Collie Mix
Adult – Female

Zeoy

Staffordshire
Adult – Female

Felix

Domestic Short Hair
Adult – Male

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Adopting VS BUying

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