The UnderDog Railroad Program
Our Mission is Crystal Clear…
…to save as many dogs as we are able – especially those that languish in the back rooms of animal shelters due to behavioral issues or special needs. Instead, hidden from view, they wait for the time when they will be pulled from their kennels and walked or carried into the euthanasia room.
We see their inner light, we understand their fears and we are determined to help them.
Many of the rescued UDRR dogs were just hours away from death by injection. Once removed from harms way, they are then placed in the loving arms of one of HartSong’s cherished canine foster parents. Most of the dogs are very frightened and timid but once introduced to a peaceful, tranquil environment and allowed the necessary time to decompress from the stresses associated with shelter life, they begin to blossom and their personalities begin to shine.
Read some of their stories below…
This is not just a story about an old, abandoned dog finding a new forever home. It is also a story about the extraordinary kindness of a woman named Betty, who quickly realized that she needed this pup as much as he needed her.
Hawk was dumped in a high-kill shelter by his family of many years. Not only was he a senior pup (12 years old), he was also very sick so he was not considered a candidate for adoption. Instead, Hawk was placed on doggy death row.
When HartSong’s UnderDOG Railroad became aware of Hawk’s sad situation, we pulled him out of the shelter just a few hours before he was scheduled to be destroyed. We were only able to remove him from harms way because of a very kind woman named Betty who stepped up to the plate and agreed to foster him.
A Mama dog And 5 puppies – Rags to Riches!
One evening in mid July, a kind hearted woman named Kathilynn was out walking her dog when she encountered a homeless man named John, living with his dog Shepp in a tent along the banks of the American River near Sacramento. According to Kathilynn, many, many homeless folks set up camp along that particular stretch of river but most prefer to keep their distance from strangers. John, however, was an articulate, talkative sort of character – always willing to share stories with Kathilynn and especially those that had to do with the most important treasure in his life – his faithful dog Shepp. Soon thereafter, the two quickly went from being strangers to being acquaintances…
Mr. Mojo – The Last of the 5 Homeless Puppies – Finally Found a Forever Home!
His new name is Peanut! How wonderful that he now gets to share his life with two young boys and a mom and dad that adore him. I hear tell that he LOVES playing with other dogs at the dog park – SQUEAKY toys – going ANYWHERE in the car AND, his favorite pastime EVER, snuggling up – warm and comfy – with his people.
Peanut now lives in El Dorado Hills, CA….
Johnny / now named Riley – HartSong’s quickest adoption EVER!
September 8, HartSong was notified by the Yolo County Animal Shelter that a Lab mix – # A127878, needed rescue by 5PM on September 9, or he would be euthanized. Found as a stray in the small rural town of Knights Landing, #A127878 was severley emaciated, alone on the streets and in need of help….