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August 2013 Update

We want to thank all of you who responded with donations so that we could continue to feed our "kids" a good quality dog food. Your continuing support means a lot to all of us and allows us to take the very best care of the Pei while they are with us.

We wanted to let everyone know that Cinnamon has completed her heartworm treatment and has now been spayed and had entropion surgery. There is no lasting effect from heartworm disease as long as it has been treated. We did notice a slight limp when Cinnamon would go for walks here so we had some xrays done while she was put under for her surgeries. It turns out that although only about three years old, Cinnamon already has arthritis in both elbows. This does not mean she can't go for walks, but it does mean that running and hiking are out for her. Cinnamon is such a gentle spirit and very loving. She is happy just chewing on a bone which she is also very willing to share with you. Sometimes it looks like a cigar hanging out of her mouth! We just wanted to let you know Cinnamon is ready to find her forever home. She is going to make someone very happy.

We're all looking forward to fall with its cooler weather and changing colors!

Anna and Rich

Donations Needed - We Have Lost A Major Food Donor

We have been receiving our premium dog food from a pet food bank in Southern CA for quite a few years. We got our last food from them late last year and are going through it quickly since at this time we are responsible for feeding 30 dogs here at the rescue. Unfortunately, the pet food bank has not received any donations for several months now and is not anticipating receiving any in the near future. When our current food runs out, we will be faced with paying retail. Even with a substantial discount per pallet, our food will go from $200 per pallet to somewhere close to $1500 per pallet.

We all know that our breed does not do well on "junk" food and feeding them less than a premium food is just not an option for us. One pallet of food (2000 pounds) will last us about four months.

We are asking for your help in obtaining the food we need for our "kids". A donation in any amount will help and when added to others will help us to purchase the food we need. Our commitment to each of the dogs taken into our program is to provide them the best of care while they are with us. That includes a healthy diet of premium food to achieve and maintain their physical well being.

Please help our rescue family.

California Shar-Pei Rescue's 15th Anniversary

Hello and Happy Spring to everyone! I'm sorry for the very long delay between updates. So far 2013 has been good to us and our "kids". We have placed 12 dogs this year with one more adoption pending. The best news is that two of our recent adoptions were for Lou and Major. Major had been with us for about a year and went to a wonderful home in San Diego. Lou had been with us for about two years and went to a great home in Southern CA with previous adopters. Lou was the third Pei the Medinas have adopted from us in the last ten years. Here is their Face Book quote:

We adopted Amanda almost 6 years ago from California Shar Pei Rescue. Lou is the third one we have adopted. Our first one was Andy, who we adopted 10 years ago. He had cancer and was on Chemo which prolonged his life but eventually he got an internal infection and we had to send Andy to doggy heaven. Now that we have Lou it has filled a void since Andy has been gone. He is a great loving dog and loves to give kisses. Thank you for letting us have another wonderful opportunity to rescue another Shar Pei.

This year California Shar Pei Rescue celebrates its 15th anniversary. The last fourteen of those years have been spent in Redding. We want to thank so many of you who have known and supported us from our beginning when we moved back to CA in 1999. You have helped us in so many ways-financially, by volunteering your time, or most of all by offering your homes to one or more of our "kids" over the years. We are always so grateful that the adoption process was a positive one and that when the time is right you feel comfortable enough to come back to us for another "best friend".

I can't think of a better way to celebrate the last 15 years than by honoring some of the dogs we have here, that will for one reason or another live out their days with us. We know and care for every dog we place so that we know what kind of homes they need. We also know when a dog is not a good candidate for adoption, but that does not mean that he or she does not have a home here until they cross the "Rainbow Bridge". There are only two reasons we may euthanize a dog. Those are terminal illness or extreme aggression. These are some of our "kids" who are just never "chosen" to go into a forever home. Almost always it is not their fault-it could be their age, or looks, or sometimes we don't even know why they are continuously overlooked. People who know me know that I want for every dog we take in to find a forever home with a new family, but if that is not possible, then we are committed to caring for them and loving them until "death do us part".

The first Pei I would like to reintroduce you to is Cookie. Here is her story:

Cookie came to us from the Upland Shelter in Southern CA in 2008. According to our Dr. Larry's best guess she was about 10 years old then which makes her about 15 now. Since she has been with us, she has been paired up and lived with several male Pei-always outliving them. She seems content now to be living alone and sleeping much of her time away, enjoying her special food and treats and lots of soft blankets. Cookie has always been a wonderful girl, but was elderly when we took her in, and there was never any interest in her. I wish someone else could have gotten to know and enjoyed her sweet disposition as much as we have-she is a treasure, and we will treasure her for her remaining time with us.


An anonymous donor has offered to match each and every donation that CA Shar Pei Rescue receives between now and December 31, 2012, up to $1,000. This is such a wonderful and generous gift to the dogs that need our help. No donation is too small! Five dollars will get us $10, $10 will get us $20, and so on! Please consider making a donation to our "kids", and help us meet this challenge!

Cyber Monday - Donation to the California Sharpei Rescue

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Thanksgiving Update - More Dogs Saved - Increasing Veterinarian Costs

Hi folks,

Happy Thanksgiving! We are just about back to normal after Rich's back surgery. That means we are taking in new dogs and with that comes new challenges. Our biggest challenge is keeping up with the vet bills here. We realize that due to the economy most people have limited funds for donations, but we need your help more than ever so that this rescue can keep helping those Pei who need us the most. We have never turned down a dog because of medical needs, and we hope that day never comes. Please know that no donation is too small and that 100% of your donation will go to the needs of our "kids" We are all volunteers-no one is paid who helps this rescue. There are several ways to donate-Paypal through our website or a check or through your employer. Perhaps the below information will help.

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