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Home For The Howlidays

Rescued from a dog collector, Cassie came to HCWS with absolutely no confidence.

Deannalynn Arzola

Cassie, an adorable 4 year-old shepherd mix, has a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. She has found a forever home with Toni and Rhonda, who have been a part of our HCWS family for several years now. In fact, Cassie is the fifth rescue they have adopted.

When the Lab mix with the face of an angel came to Heaven Can Wait, our Dog Coordinators knew she had led a bleak life. Cassie was rescued along with several other dogs from a “dog collector.” She didn’t have any social skills with humans or dogs and had absolutely no confidence in herself. She was a dog who never put her head up.

When Cassie first came home with Toni and Rhonda, she had negligible human trust issues, but after settling in nicely with her family was, within four weeks, following her brothers and sisters through the doggie door and up the stairs to settle in for the night. “Crazy Cassie”, as she is lovingly called by her moms, enjoys chasing Molly and Bebe around the pool and enthusiastically hopping up on Bebe’s back to earn her treats.

Cassie hanging out in her new backyard with a dog pal.

Cassie is a graduate of our highly successful “Pups on Parole” program. “Pups on Parole” partners dogs rescued by HCWS with female inmates at the Southern Nevada Women’s Correctional Facility in North Las Vegas, in an attempt to beneficially rehabilitate both. The dogs stay with their foster moms 24 hours a day, learning to adjust to human companionship, to trust, and to become successfully adoptable through behavioral training provided by the inmates. This program simultaneously allows the ladies at the facility to learn a useful skill, receiving the rehabilitation needed to forge a successful life outside of the walls of the prison. The inmate handler working with Cassie spent several months gaining the dog’s confidence and turning her into a more self-assured pup.

This is a time of year when most of us give thanks for the blessings in our lives. Here at HCWS, we are so thankful for pet parents like Toni and Rhonda. We know that Cassie is thankful for her new home, and Toni informs me that she and Rhonda are very thankful for her Basset Hound, Molly, who has welcomed all of her new family members with such patience and open paws.

We hope that during this holiday season, more abandoned animals will have much to be thankful for, and we know what a gift a rescue dog is to a warm and loving family. If you’re thinking of gifting a pet to someone for the holidays, please make sure that they are ready to welcome a new pet into their home and please be sure to adopt a rescued pet. When you adopt an abandoned animal, you are not just giving the gift of a pet to your loved ones, but you are giving the gift of life, and that is the greatest gift of all. Happy holidays from all of us at Heaven Can Wait.

Cassie is happy in her new home – just in time for the howlidays.

Check out all of the cats and dogs waiting for new homes by Clicking Here.  Cat adoptions are held Thursday – Sunday at Petsmart in the Arroyo Crossing Center (I-215 and S. Rainbow).  Dogs are adopted at Bone Appetit on Saturday from 10am to 5pm (Ft. Apache and W. Tropicana.)


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