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NY woman loses home, urgently needs help for her four dogs

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Update 7/20/14: Desperate Dogs of Long Island has posted on their Facebook page: A RENTAL HAS BEEN FOUND- Although no paperwork has been signed or money exchanged, we've been told the owner has a tentative house rental that will accept all 4 dogs commencing Sept 1- many thanks to all of you for caring, for your kindness, and for the outpouring of support- we couldn't have done it without you!!!!

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Dramatic lifestyle changes often force people to make decisions they wouldn’t normally make. Animal advocates are disheartened by people who immediately surrender their pets to shelters in times of hardship, rather than trying to find another solution. But that is not the case for Gail from Long Island, who is doing everything she can to keep her beloved dogs after losing her apartment.

Desperate Dogs of Long Island has put out an urgent plea to help Gail, whose lease was not renewed, forcing her to move out with her four dogs. Apparently the landlord is within his rights, and she has no recourse action.

Being a responsible, loving guardian, she was initially driving around with the dogs in her car, with a broken air conditioner, trying to keep them cool by day, and sleeping in a friend’s backyard with them close by at night. Recently a friend kindly offered them housing for two weeks.

Gail is trying to do the right thing for her dogs, and her loyalty to her canine companions is admirable, but time is of the essence. In a perfect world, this family would stay together. But it is becoming clear that finding an apartment with four dogs is an extremely difficult task, and it is imperative that these dogs find housing.

At this time, Gail is hoping to find fosters for Otis, a 2 1/2-year-old male mastiff, and Soubie, a 2 1/2-year-old male blue nose pit bull, until she is settled and they can be reunited. She is also trying to re-home Shelby, a 1 1/2-year-old black and white boxer/lab mix, and Repo, a 1 1/2-year-old brown and white staffie mix, if necessary.

The dogs are described as well-balanced, great with other dogs, no knowledge with cats as they've never lived with one, and housebroken. Due to their size, a home with children over eight would be best.

Many are trying desperately to find suitable housing for Gail and all the dogs in the Suffolk County, Long Island, NY area, in the $1,800 range, where she works and must stay.

Any help to foster, adopt, or offer of pet-friendly rental should be addressed to samanthamullen161@gmail.com.

We hope that all turns out well for this family, and that if they can’t stay together, all the dogs end up with loving families. Then Gail can move on knowing she did all she could to give her dogs a happy life.

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