Category: “Adoption”

From Dumpster to Service Dog

From Dumpster to Service Dog

Sesame Street’s Oscar, the Muppet who lives in a trash can, is called Oscar the “grouch”. After all, wouldn’t living in a trash can give you a nasty disposition?  Well, not our Oscar – named for where he was found.  Yep, this sweet little guy pictured cleaning the face of his newly adoptive ‘mom’ was found in a dumpster.  Someone had dumped him in a trash bin in Indian Wells.

After being brought to Pet Rescue Center and feeling the love and compassion of our volunteers and trainers, our Oscar trusts humans again.  That’s one of the special differences between dogs and humans (well Muppets too apparently).  Dogs forgive quickly and love unconditionally.

When soon-to-be-retired Marine Kelli Sloan came to the Pet Rescue Center looking for a companion service dog to help her readjust to civilian life, Oscar was the ideal fit.  Kelli has significant hearing loss as a result of her ten years in the service.  She instantly fell in love with Oscar and as the picture clearly shows, the feeling was mutual.

Kelli has given Oscar a more continental name.  Now he answers to  Henry – pronounced as the French do, “Onre.”

Actress Cindy Williams Helps the Pet Rescue Center Celebrate 17 Years of Rescuing Over 10,000 Pets

Actress Cindy Williams Helps the Pet Rescue Center Celebrate 17 Years of Rescuing Over 10,000 Pets

Cindy Williams Pet Rescue Party crptActress Cindy Williams, most known for her co-starring role in the television hit series “Laverne & Shirley,” arrived at the Pet Rescue Center’s seventeenth birthday bash bearing much-needed supplies for the facility and a vow to “help the center in any way I can.”

A life-long animal lover with three rescued dogs herself, Williams beamed as she held a tiny Chihuahua in need of knee surgery rescued from death row from an East Los Angeles shelter. She asked that someone take his photo so she could send it to a friend who is looking to adopt a new family member.

After texting the photo of the Chihuahua to her friend, Williams explained that she’s loved animals all her life and that she was previously the National Chairperson for the Fund for Animals.

“I always carry dog food, water and a leash in my car,” Williams said, “just in case I see an abandoned dog along side the road.” In the past two years, she has found five abandoned dogs in Coachella Valley. “With the help of my friend here who works in a vet’s office,” she said, nodding toward her guest at the event, Cindy Hodges, ”we’ve found them all homes.” Her friend Hodges said she has been rescuing animals for over 20 years.

“I don’t have any friends who are NOT involved in rescuing animals,” Williams said. “Most of my actor friends have at least one animal. In fact, I’d love to write a book about actors and their animals.”

Her first book, “Shirley, I Jest”, will be out on May 1. “There are no animal stories in this book,” Williams explains, “but I’ve dedicated it to my animals.” This first book is a light-hearted look back at her journey from a childhood of meager means to a career in show business. “It’s a book of happy stories,” Williams emphasized, “there is nothing salacious or controversial in it.” She describes it as a “perfect airplane read … a happy, upbeat and fun book.” Her old friend Harrison Ford, whom she met while filming “American Graffiti” is quoted on the book’s jacket, “A great read. I couldn’t put it down. Not a word of it is true. Cindy who?”

Williams has not given up acting to become an author, however. She will soon be putting on a habit to star in “Meshuggah-Nuns!” as Rev. Mother Mary Regina ” at the Meadow Brook Theatre in metro Detroit. The play is a musical comedy, the latest “Nunsense” sequel, that runs from April 22 through May 17.

When she returns, she hopes to add one of the dogs she’s fallen in love with at the Pet Rescue Center to her little pack. “If I continue on this way,” Williams jokes, “I’ll soon have an Iditarod team. And I expect to WIN!”

“Adoption fees don’t come close to covering the costs of operating the facility,” said Pet Rescue Center Co-founder and Director Christine Madruga. “It’s a labor of love but it also takes substantial funds for liability insurance, vet bills, rent, and a long list of on-going necessities. We depend entirely on individual donations. We do not receive government funding or any significant corporate funds. Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated and it’s all tax deductible.”

A Home for Christmas?

A Home for Christmas?

Hello there, my name is Bambi and I’m 5 years old. I’m here at the Pet Rescue Center with my brother Buddy and we decided that we have to stay together. You see, Buddy and I are siblings and BFF’s and I don’t know what I’d do without him. We’ve been together all our lives, but, sadly, our owners could no longer keep us. We know how hard it was for them to give us up because they loved us so much and we were such good doggies for them. But on the bright side, we’re glad we’re still together. Everyone here has been so kind to us and we show our appreciation and affection willingly and lovingly–we’re real people dogs! Not only are we cuddle bunnies, but we also like to run and play with each other. So, if you are looking for a really nice pair of doggies, please visit us and think about taking us home. We both keep wishing on that special star to make our dream come true! Are you that special person? We sure hope so! Keep saying to yourself, ‘Double your pleasure…double your fun’.

“Please visit us and see if we’d make a good team. It’d be a win-win-win situation for all of us!Until then, I remain…your Buddy”

PRC to Benefit from Sales of New Book

PRC to Benefit from Sales of New Book

Miracle Dogs celebrates the rescuers and the dogs whose lives they’ve saved, a tribute to dog lovers everywhere as well as the canines that fill their lives with love. It’s filled with wonderful stories and photographs of dog rescuers, dog trainers, rescue organizations, and organizations that train assistance dogs for war veterans and the disabled.

Celebrity pet owners like Hoda Kotb, Chevy Chase, Lance Bass, Jamie Lynn Sigler, Amanda Hearst, Peter Marshall, and others share their stories of adopting dogs in need, while organizations like The Gentle Barn, Operation Heroes and Hounds, Friends of Finn, Gimme Shelter and Assistance Dogs of The West share uplifting stories of rescue animals who have gone on to help their humans live fuller and more independent lives.Each story features close-up and lifestyle portraits of the dog and their new family, followed by a concise, compelling narrative detailing the dog’s journey and new environment.

As a professional photographer, Liz Stavrinides spends much of her time on projects related to animal rescue. Miracle Dogs was born out of her desire to collect and share the stories of the dogs she’s met over the years, showcasing the incredible bravery and compassion of both canines and owners. Her portraits showcase beloved companions that were cast aside until they found owners who recognized their true worth, giving them a second chance to make a profound difference in the lives of others.

Miracle Dogs is an unforgettable collection of stories celebrating the meaningful and often miraculous lives of rescue dogs given a second chance. Readers cannot fail to be moved by stories like that of Wyatt, an assistance dog who helped a young boy with autism communicate with the outside world, and Fiona, who was found blind and starving in an alley and is now safe with her loving family. Stavrinides’ portraits are filled with emotion, love, and empathy, making this heartwarming collection a loving and poignant tribute to man’s best friend.

Our 10,000th Dog Saved!

Our 10,000th Dog Saved!

Rex was the 10,000th dog we took in and recently adopted instead of facing a certain death.  Rex was at the Coachella Valley Animal Campus picked up as a stray.  For some reason he was not adopted and was listed for euthanasia.  We saw him on the CVAC website and knew he had to come to our slice of heaven.  I asked two volunteers to please go pull 7 dogs and he was one of the lucky pets.  He is a gem on the agility field and is working on not being the class clown.

The PRC Director Christine said “The sweet man in the picture has adopted 5 dogs from us over the 16 years I have been blessed doing my work. Richard and sexy Rexy will live happily ever after.”

Stories like this are why we do what we do.  If you would like to help save another life of a dog just like Rex, please make a donation of any amount on our website at the bottom of any page.

Spring Bling raises $75,000+ for Pet Rescue Center

Spring Bling raises $75,000+ for Pet Rescue Center

Self-proclaimed hippie Christine Madruga has morphed into a canine Florence Nightingale, healing and finding approved homes for over 9,000 homeless or abused dogs through her nonprofit, no-kill Pet Rescue Center in Coachella, which has dominated her life for over 16 years.

To continue funding her work, more than $75,000 was raised at the shelter’s “Spring Bling” luncheon held at the luxurious Hideaway Resort in La Quinta. DJ Dave provided smooth music on the club’s exclusive terrace where 30 white linen tables were set. Nearly 250 guests paid $125 for lunch tickets that included domed chopped salad topped with broiled chicken breast, plus champagne and fabulous shopping for chic fashions, jewelry, and handbags.

Madruga, the center’s founder and director, thanked her long-time fundraiser Melanie Scherer and her event committee Priscilla Avedon, Ginny Goodrich, Sheri Lane, Carmine Grifferty, Hilary Holt and Sue Murphy plus many dedicated volunteers.

“It does take a village to allow these broken dogs to… just be dogs,” Scherer said, adding her own thanks to the Hideaway clubhouse staff, friends, their husbands and Christine’s “silent angels” at the Center. “They are all phenomenal,” Scherer added.

Among the vendors donating 20 percent of sales was Palm Beach jewelry designer Stephanie Kantis who flew in to personally assist guests.

One of the afternoon’s happy-ending stories was the touching tale of a poodle mutt called “Jimmie Bob Crane,” rescued after being doused with acid. An old Indian remedy, slippery elm powder, helped heal him, as it has other animals. After rehabilitation, he was placed in a compatible Calgary, Canada, forever home.

The Pet Center’s vet, Dr. Eric Jackman of Desert Dunes Animal Hospital, was praised for providing hugely discounted spay, neuters and injury care for rescued dogs.