Monday, February 27, 2012


This one took place at Rancho Cucamonga when the County was in charge. Remember that Rancho, under the County, had an 86% return to owner/adoption rate for dogs. I do remember this little one, she was well loved by the Staff.


A woman taking a walk in a local park found a puppy. She proceeded t o t h e R a n c h o
Cucamonga Animal Shelter with the little dog and gave her to the first Animal Control Officer she saw. The dog weighed about 9 ounces at the time and was approximately 2 months old. She was stiff, blue in color, and hardly breathing. She was held in a blanket by a shelter County staff member for 4 1/2 hours until she regained her body warmth. She then began to have seizures. The staff took her to a local vet where she was diagnosed with low blood sugar and exposure to the elements.

With medical treatment from the vet, a little honey water, and a lot of love she was eating puppy food within 24 hours of being delivered to the shelter. This little dog or “The Rat” as she was nick named, was a brown/white Tea Cup Chihuahua. She was spayed and licensed and became a shelter pet who was cared for by the shelter staff on a daily basis. Oftentimes, she traveled with the Special Projects Animal Control Officer to local schools to help educate students about proper pet care and how animal shelter workers assist the homeless animals that are unwanted by society. Her story was shared with the students who loved to pet her and she in return loved the attention.


Trouble was a c h o c o l a t e L a b r a d o r /Weimaraner mix who was born in 2004. He was taken to t h e D e v o r e Animal Shelter when he was only 10 days old. He was released by his owner to be euthanized because of a defect to his left leg and foot. The owners did not want him with the rest of the litter because they were afraid potential adopters would think all of their puppies had genetic defects. The shelter supervisor spoke with the owners and they agreed to allow the shelter to bottle feed and wean Trouble so that he could become a part of the Animal Care & Control (ACC) family. Trouble had a microchip implanted at ACC’s 4th annual Be Kind to Animals Week Car Show & Carnival in May of 2004, he was neutered, began obedience training classes. Trouble liked to spend his days greeting shelter visitors and has been since adopted.

Anyone else remember these dogs? If so, make a comment.


  1. Oh yes, I remember them, years ago. I remember staff would always have a bunch of little ones behind the desk, bottle feeding, etc. And Princess, she was a diva, always in someone's lap. Thanks for the memory.

  2. So tiny, and yes, a diva. These are examples of the staff I know.

  3. The staff at Devore works very hard with limited resources in a low income community. The staff care about the animals and no matter what they do or how hard they try, they are labeled “Killers,” called horrible things and tormented by the “activists.”


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