Featured The Newark 3
The Black & Blue Newark Crew:
Merrill, Blaze and Whitney.
In the case of the Newark 3, the dogs were taken to the shelter when the police arrived at the house and found their owner incapacitated. And there they sat for over a week. The family wanted to the dogs to come to rescue, but they had no POA so could not turn the dogs over to the shelter or to us. Legally, the shelter’s hands were tied. The shelter was great working with us, and did the best they could caring for the dogs. But, shelties are sensitive dogs and they were stressing, and not really eating well.
It took an incredible amount of legwork, many many phone calls, and many sleepless nights to get things squared away so we could get these precious babies in a safe place. We are NOT complaining, we will do whatever we can to help a sheltie in need. But we could have kept these dogs from being stuck in a loud, noisy, scary shelter for over a week had their owner had plans in place. And now, they’re in a small, QUIET kennel for a few weeks in QT to be sure they haven’t caught anything they could pass on to any of our foster home’s dogs.
Now that we safely have these dogs out of the shelter, we’d like to share some important information regarding your pets.
Have a plan in place for your dogs should you become incapacitated. Who is going to take care of your dogs if something happens to you?PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE – make a plan. Have paperwork signed and notarized and with your will stating what will happen with your precious pets if you are unable to care for them. Give copies of it to your family and friends. An ethical breeder will want their dog back and will have that in their contract with you, so be sure to include them. Will your dogs go to a friend ? A family member ? DO NOT assume they will take the dogs in. There should be a backup plan to your plan – rescue is a good backup plan because we are here and we will not turn a dog away.We cannot stress how important this is. If you love your pets, think about their future without you in it.