Happy Tails

Happy Tails of the Week - July 8th, 2019

Rescue is about saving lives - no matter the circumstances.

You may recall that a few months back, TLC took in a 6 year old, Heartworm positive, pregnant momma dog named Mona. After her 4 surviving pups were adopted, we discovered that her case of Heartworm was more severe than normal. This meant Mona would need longer treatment which equates to a larger vet bill. We at TLC began to prepare our fundraising efforts for Mona's treatment, which we estimated to cost about $3,000 when all was said and done.

And then, every rescue’s worst nightmare, a Parvo outbreak.

A very adorable litter of doodle puppies, all named after the famous Peanut clan, made their freedom ride up from Mississippi. Linus was confirmed with Canine Parvovirus (Parvo) before he even made it over the Pennsylvania state line. He was quarantined, rushed to VRC in Malvern and has been in their attentive care since. In the last week, we've had 3 additional puppies - Lucy, PigPen, and Snoopy - test positive for Parvo, who are now also at VRC.

 What does all of this mean in terms of financials? As of today, July 9, 2019, the puppies have cost TLC $14,000. We are estimating over $20,000 of vet bills from these puppies alone.

Money isn't the only thing at stake here. Our foster families and volunteers have been working overtime to care for the Peanut-Parvo Puppies and clean everything they’ve possibly come into contact with. 

Every shirt sold, every dollar donated goes to saving these lives. Whether it be an older Heartworm positive dog, or an adorable littler of curly haired puppies, we mean it when we say...

Until they ALL have a home.

Happy Tails of the Week - July 2nd, 2019

We’d like to take a moment this week to remind you of some helpful tips to help keep your dogs happy and safe this 4th of July week!

Fireworks can be fun for humans, but dogs don't have the same reaction. Veterinarians say that July 3rd is usually the most trafficked day in their offices, with clients coming in to get drugs to calm their dogs. Tips for providing a safe July 4th for your Canine Household:

  • Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise earlier in the day.

  • Keep your dogs inside during fireworks, preferably with human companionship. If it’s hot, air conditioning will help. Bringing your dogs to a fireworks display is never a good idea.

  • Provide a safe place inside for your dogs to retreat. When scared of sounds they can’t orient, dogs often prefer small enclosed areas. If your dog is comfortable in a crate, that is a good option.

  • If possible, keep the windows and curtains closed. Covering the crate or lowering the blinds can also be helpful. Removing visual stimulation can also help calm dogs.

  • Make sure all your dogs are wearing ID tags with a properly fitting collar. Dogs have been known to become Houdini around the 4th of July.

  • Leave your dog something fun to do – like a frozen Kong filled with his favorite treats.

We wish all our human and canine friends a Happy 4th of July. Stay safe and keep your pets safe too.

Happy Tails of the Week - June 24th, 2019

We love our fosters at To Love A Canine! Recently our dog in foster the longest, Daisy, was adopted by her foster family. Here is what Daisy’s foster mom, now forever mom had to say:

Back in early January we picked up our 3rd TLC foster named Daisy. She was very shy, timid and scared. We knew she would need extra TLC, and she got lots of it. My dogs welcomed her and they quickly became best friends. They helped build her confidence and showed her how to be a dog.

From Day 1, Daisy was the most loving, cuddly and snuggable girl, maybe expressing her gratitude for us loving her back. She was always the sweetest girl that stole our hearts from the moment we said our first hellos. Our plan was not to adopt another dog, but we can’t imagine our life without Daisy. We knew that if she was adopted, there would always be something missing in our family. We fostered her for almost 6 months and her bond with my family (humans and furry) kept growing stronger and stronger every day.

Daisy still has some fears to overcome and we’ve been helping her along with the way, and her confidence is blossoming every day. She’s a smart girl too and we can’t wait to sign her up for training classes. It’s amazing how one day someone walks into your life and then the next thing you know, you can’t imagine living your life without them.

We are soo glad we get to wake up to Daisy’s hugs, zoomies, and her big smile everyday—it’s a great way to start you day! Welcome home Daisy, our family is now complete!

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Happy Tails of the Week - June 18th, 2019

TLC celebrated Father’s Day by making sure 15 dads didn’t have to open a bad tie as a present… they got to celebrate the day by welcoming their new fur babies! Kids don’t always have just 2 legs. We think kids with 4 legs and fur are some of the best!

They aren’t just dog Dads, they are Rescue Dog Dads and we think that makes them extra special. Their new family additions are safe, well fed and loved tonight instead of spending their days in a cement kennel with no one to love them, no place to run and no one to tell them they’re good boys and girls. Rescue Dads (and moms) save lives!

Are you ready to save a life? Apply here and meet your new dog soon, they’d love to meet YOU!

Happy Tails of the Week - June 11th, 2019

Why we volunteer for To Love A Canine

We volunteer because we have a desire to see dogs pulled out of shelters and given a chance to live long, happy, healthy lives.
We volunteer because we want to make a difference.
We volunteer to advocate and speak for those that don’t have a voice.
We volunteer because it’s nice to be around people with the same interest.
We volunteer because others don’t.
We volunteer because the hard work makes the rewards more heartwarming.
We volunteer because the dogs need us.
We volunteer because it fills a void we didn’t know existed.
We volunteer to not only find forever homes for our dogs but to complete families.
We volunteer because we know what it's like to love a dog and have them love us back and every dog deserves to have the chance to be loved.
We volunteer to fulfill the promise ...until they all have a home.

Do you want to volunteer? We’d love to have you!

Happy Tails of the Week - June 4th, 2019

74 dogs made their way to new homes, new families and new lives in May!

May signals the end of winter and the transition to the warmer months of summer but for TLC it also means we start to be seen in more places. Community Days, Festivals, County Fairs, “Yappy” Hours, and much more.

One of the new events you can come meet us at and see some of our dogs is the Chester County Mac & Cheese cook off this weekend in Downingtown. Come out and say hi, meet some of our adorable adoptables and sample some great food. We look forward to seeing you there. If you want to know where we’ll be, check out our events calendar or Facebook page.

Happy Tails of the Week - Memorial Day 2019

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This Memorial Day weekend, To Love A Canine would like to take a moment to express our thanks, our gratitude and our respect for all who have given their lives so we can live with the freedoms we have.

Not just to our human soldiers, but to their canine partners. They served alongside their humans and gave the ultimate sacrifice also.

You sacrificed so we can be free.

You fought for those that couldn’t.

You missed holidays, birthdays, births so we don’t have to.

To all those who gave their lives and all those who serve today, we say Thank You.

If you are a current military member or a military veteran, TLC offers a discount on our adoption fee. So, if you know one who is looking for a companion, let them know. They can apply here to adopt one of our wonderful dogs.


Happy Tails of the Week - May 20th, 2019

Fostering can be both challenging and rewarding, and we love our fosters at TLC! Here’s a note from one family about their recent foster Mandy.

Sometimes you have a foster that will put you through the works. Mandy appeared to lack some proper socialization skills and would mouth at people’s hands, feet, clothes or any other appendage/item within her reach. It became apparent after a week with us that this pup was possibly mouthing due to illness. It was soon discovered that she had terrible ear infections and a UTI. She never showed one sign of pain, but she was clearly communicating the best way she knew that she was in discomfort. Multiple vet visits and many food trials, baths, and ear care later, it was all worth it to have her find her family. And while some of her challenges really put us through the wringer and sometimes had us pulling our hair out, it was nothing compared to the life she experienced as a stray, in the shelter, or her health struggles. Little Miss Mandy Pandy can now rest her head in her permanent spot with those she can now call family and that makes all the craziness worth it. Have the best life, little mama.

If you want to make a difference and help us save lives, click here.

Happy Tails of the Week - May 14th, 2019

This was a record setting week at To Love A Canine, and it’s time to pat ourselves on the back!

We celebrated our 3000th adoption on Monday when Sadie stole the heart of her foster mom and made their family complete. On Sunday, 12 of Sadie’s puppies (yes, she had 13 puppies born into our care) started their new beginnings and are being loved by their new families. To top it off, we set a record on Sunday by having 20 dogs adopted! That’s a lot of hard work by a group of dedicated people working to fulfill our mission “until they all have a home...”

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18 more lives saved this week!

2869 lives saved since TLC started opening our arms and hearts to dogs in need.

In just under 6 years, TLC has placed close to 3000 dogs in warm, loving, safe homes. We’ve given them a chance to thrive and live somewhere other than a cold, scary shelter.

Would you like to help us reach the 3000 lives saved milestone? Apply here to adopt your new canine buddy and maybe you’ll be the lucky adopter of our 3000th dog!