Sunday, April 6

Ecar's 1st Annual Rummage Sale..


Thank you Ecar supporters! Our first annual rummage sale was a huge success! We had great fun selling items and meeting folks who knew all about us, and those who had never heard of the work we do. All the money raised is going to our "kitten season" needs for food, medicine, and care. We appreciate all of our generous shoppers!

Wednesday, March 19

Announcing Tabitha's Trust...

ECAR is excited to announce a trust for our special cats and kittens. These beloved permanent residents of our rescue have disabilities--some are behavioral and others are neurological. These and other medical problems have kept them from being adopted to date. They are safe with us, and receive all the care they need.

The trust is named after Tabitha, who is now 2 years old and has Cerebellar Hypoplasia. This condition limits her mobility, but she does get around in a staggering sort of walk. She has head tremors and falls over. But we give her steps and lift her to the places she wants to go. She never misses the litter box!

ECAR has 70 cats that are in this special needs category. All are available for adoption to a home that can accommodate their needs. Please contact us through info@eastcountyanimalrescue.org for more information on these special cats.
You may help by donating through Paypal or check, please mark "TT" on your donation so it goes to Tabitha's Trust.

If you would like to read more about Tabitha's condition, Cerebellar Hypoplasia" pls go to:
http://lifewithchcats.com/what-is-cerebellar-hypoplasia/

Sunday, January 27

Thank you for the generous gift Ark Antiques!

A big thanks to Ark Antiques!  They gave us $6400 to make an enclosure for some of our cats and purchase cages we so desperately needed!

Ark Antiques is a non-profit volunteer organization in La Jolla, CA,  benefiting local animal charities and humane causes.  Their shop offers consigned and donated treasures from the finest estates in La Jolla and beyond.

Stop by and visit them on Girard Ave in Law Jolla or at http://www.arkantiques.org/



Willow is now living happily ever after...

Willow's heartbreaking story came to a happy ending.  After fostering her for a couple of weeks, Willow's foster family couldn't bear to bring her to adoptions.  They decided to keep her!  Willow now spends her nights spooning with an elderly lady and bringing lots of love to her new family. We are so happy to see such a horrible situation come to a happy ending.  While Willow's story ended well, this is not the case for countless other Pit Bulls out there. Pit Bulls are smart, sweet, and make excellent family pets.  If you are looking for a great family pet, consider saving a Pit Bull.

Tuesday, October 30

A Puppy on a Mission to Come Home

Willow a few months ago
Willow is one brave puppy with an amazing story. She has been abandoned twice, cheated death twice and lost her mother at two weeks of age. Now she sits at Animal Control in the state of Colorado, where pitbulls are usually automatically euthanized, eagerly waiting to come home to ECAR! We have been working around the clock to try to save Willow.

2 Weeks Old: Orphaned and Set to be Euthanized
Willow's story begins at Los Angeles Animal Control where she was abandoned with her mom and siblings. Animal Control found placement for Willow's mom, but not her puppies. Willow and her siblings were set to be destroyed. 

San Diego Resident Steps in to Bottle Feed Willow and her Siblings
A San Diego resident offered to bottle feed the babies. She picked them up and asked us if we would take them into the rescue if she fostered them. She fell in love with Willow and, after Willow was fixed, she decided to adopt her. Because Willow is an ECAR puppy, she was microchipped with an ECAR chip and the bottle feeder signed an adoption contract - which would require her to relinquish Willow to us if she could no longer look after her. When we take animals into our rescue they are ECAR animals for life - when something goes wrong with an adoption, we take them back.

Thrown out Like Garbage into Almost Certain Euthanasia 
Saturday we got a call from Animal Control in Colorado indicating they had a pitbull puppy with an ECAR chip. We immediately panicked as Colorado is peppered with anit-pitbull laws. In some areas, if you are even caught with a pitbull, it will be destroyed. As it turns out, Willow's owner had moved into an area that does not allow pitbulls. Instead of sending her back to us where she would be safe, they dumped her off at Animal Control.

ECAR Pulls Together to Bring Willow Home
ECAR volunteers pooled their resources and quickly found someone in Colorado willing to pick Willow up on Wednesday. Animal Control agreed to release Willow over to ECAR! Even just driving through Colorado with a pitbull puppy is a complicated task because of all the pitbull bans. Traveling through many Colorado cities means we can't even stop for gas with a caged pitbull puppy in the vehicle (yes, we think this is crazy too!). We are navigating the city laws and coming up with a plan for Willow!

Update 10/30  Jail Break! Willow is Released From Animal Control
Willow was released by animal control into ECAR's care.  A friend of a friend of a friend (we really had to network to make this happen) picked up Willow from Animal Control and is letting her stay until we get our plan in place.  Thank you Cheryl of Pueblo, CO!!  Willow is bouncing around Cheryl's yard having a great time with her kids.  Cheryl lives in an area that is not included in the pitbull ban so she is safe. Cheryl says Willow is such a great dog!

Update 11/8 Costly Pitbull Restrictions on Airline Won't Allow Willow to Fly - ECAR Volunteers Head Off to Colorado


Required crate to fly Willow home
Our plan to fly Willow home was met with red tape and breed discrimination.  When we finally found an airline that would allow a pit mix to fly, we were told that the only way this sweet puppy could fly was if she was contained in a $700 reinforced steel box (like the one pictured here).  Keep in mind, this is a sweet 36 pound puppy who wants nothing more than to lick your face.

ECAR volunteers, Amy and Serena, volunteered to make the long journey half way across the country to rescue this sweet puppy.  Pueblo Colorado resident, Lura, volunteered to make the journey easier for them by driving Willow to New Mexico. Despite the stormy weather, Amy and Serena left this evening.  So far, the weather is making the drive difficult but that isn't stopping them!

More to come on Willow's story...