By Anna Payne, Wednesday 1 October 2008 à 09:21 :: General
By Anna Payne, Sunday 20 July 2008 à 14:48 :: General
Well, things here in Redding are settling down. The fires are still burning, but no longer a threat to us. Merrian and Rick still have a home, and were able to go back on Thursday evening. All of their “kids” are safe and no longer stressed. They are glad to be home. We certainly thank all of you for all of your support during this crisis. Your financial help was and is much appreciated as well as your kind words and good thoughts.
While the threat from these fires has passed for now, it has taught us to be working towards a plan if it were to happen again, and we were forced to leave our home. We were evacuated in 1999, but we only had 11 dogs and were able to get them out safely. It is much different now with 30-35 dogs, and it’s very necessary that we know what we would do should the need arise. We certainly wouldn’t want to leave anyone behind so we will work towards getting a trailer to be able to move all the dogs. We have enough crates for everyone now, but we need a trailer to put them in. If any of you know of anyone with a trailer to donate or sell at a reasonable price, please let us know.
Now we have some more news. Merrian and Rick hope to move to Redding by the first of next year. This will make things so much easier for all of us to have all the dogs close to each other so we can help each other with their care. Anyone coming to visit our “kids” will be able to see all of the dogs together-or at least very close to each other. We are really looking forward to their move and having some great new neighbors here in Redding. They are a huge part of our extended Shar Pei “family”.
Thanks again for your continuing support.
Anna and Rich
By Anna Payne, Thursday 10 July 2008 à 21:16 :: General
I am writing this because even when this is over we need to have a plan to evacuate our 30+ dogs at a moment’s notice. We will need more wire crates to keep on hand to take with us. We have some, but sure could use more. Right now, we could us portable kennels to keep the dogs at Merrian’s a little more comfortable and give them a little more room. We will also need those if this happens to any of us again. If you have anything you could donate, you can click under any dog on our webpage, where it says “Click to Sponsor” and your donation will be used for our immediate needs. We could sure use your help. If you prefer to send a check it can be mailed to:
California Shar Pei Rescue
P.O. Box 492404 - Redding, CA 96049-2404
As always, your donations are tax deductible, and we will send you a letter acknowledging them for tax purposes. We understand that this is a tough time for a lot of people for many reasons, and really appreciate any help.
Due to the fire situation here in Redding, we will be closed to incoming dogs until further notice. We are sorry to have to do this, but until things settle down here, we just need to take care of the dogs already in our care.These fires were started almost a month ago and none are contained. Our firefighters are tired and stretched thin. Please keep us in your thoughts.
Anna and Rich
By Anna Payne, Sunday 29 June 2008 à 12:24 :: General
We also hope to open our online store again soon. We will, hopefully, be offering T shirts, collars and leashes, and bandannas. Other than the collars and leashes, I will need some time to make the other items, so please be patient. I will do my best to get everything done in a timely manner. With the economy as it is, donations are down, so if you find yourself with a few extra dollars that you are able to donate, our “kids” would be very grateful. As always, your donations are tax deductible.
Also, as I am writing this Redding is surrounded by fires. We have been evacuated once in the ten years that we have been here, but that was with only 11 dogs-we have way more now! We are hopeful that we can make it through this fire season with no evacuations, but fire will always be a concern to us here during the summer months.
We hope you all have a safe and enjoyable summer.
Anna and Rich
By Anna Payne, Wednesday 23 April 2008 à 08:02 :: Event
Here is Bobo shortly after he was rescued from a puppy mill (along with many others):
By Anna Payne, Saturday 16 February 2008 à 15:00 :: General
1) Fill the application out as as possible. The more detail, the better. We love our rescued Pei and don't want them to be returned because you forgot to tell us you had a cat/snake/hamster...and it became a squeaky toy.
2) Full street addresses only, please. We can't do a homecheck at a P.O. Box.
3) Listing your other pets is crucial. We have limited ability to tell if our dogs are safe around cats/snakes/hamsters, etc. Shar Pei are amazing hunters and for a lot of our dogs, cats are a no-no. We are rescuers and we hate to see a life lost due to misinformation.
4) Please list your veterinarian and a contact number. Even if you are not currently using a veterinarian, please let us know who you used in the past. It's important to us that our dogs get excellent care.
5) Please. please, please...if you rent have the contact information for your landlord. Like we said, we want our Pei to stay in the loving home of an adopter.
6) Be open-minded about which Pei you want to adopt. Sometimes, one of our dogs will generate a lot of applications. We have many other wonderful dogs that would love to make you the center of their universe. Please give them a chance; you will help save another life.
7) We can't take requests. If you are looking for an 8-week-old, blue, brushcoat, female meat mouth, we can't help you. Think of us as a thrift store for Pei. You know that somewhere in our facility is an amazing dog. You just have to look.
8) Please be patient. We are all volunteers and it sometimes takes a few days for us to get back to you. We really want to make sure you get the right dog and our dog gets the forever home of its dreams.
Thank you for considering adoption. Everytime one of our dogs is adopted we can save another dog from a shelter. We can't do this without you!