The traveling minister couple who dumped a Dachshund off at a shelter with a note saying that they can't care for it anymore and to put it down will not get the dog returned to them.
The decision was described as a mutual agreement between the couple and the Leave No Paws Behind volunteers who have saved little Otto and many other dogs from being exterminated in shelters.
You can meet some of these brave rescuers in person at a fundraiser:
The Third Annual Dog Day Afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m. on May 18 at Peterson Park, 14142 E. Sylvan Glen Road, Diamond Bar with Frisbee-catching dogs, booths, giveaways and more.
Many people from across the country were torn up by the 13-and-a-half-year-old Dachshund left tied to a basket with a sad note, asking the shelter to put the dog down.
At first, it looked like the dog, who was nicknamed Harley, but was soon found to be named "Otto," was going to be reunited with the senior citizen couple who claimed poverty. They are traveling ministers and they could no longer care for the dog and were out of the state, but heard about the public outcry to help find the owners and return the dog after Leave No Paws Behind paid for a health exam and vet bills.
But Toby Wisneski, founder of Leave No Paws Behind, who talked at length with the couple, came to a mutual decision to not return the dog to the owners that gave him up. It was a mutual decision because the dog is fragile, and the couple is constantly on the road and traveling. However, a lot of people online condemned the couple and were without sympathy toward them.
The couple has been shy with press and Wisneski said, "People can be so cruel. It’s horrible what a handful of people can do on social media, they are afraid and I cannot blame them.”
The couple had a photo album of Otto from the time he was a puppy. "They love him very much,” Wisneski said. They will be looking for a local home to take Otto permanently.
The latest from Toby is that:
"Otto is doing great and getting stronger and more comfortable with each passing day. As we have stated many, many times, and per our update the other day, he will continue to remain with Leave No Paws Behind, Inc. under our care where all his medical and basic needs will be tended to for the rest of his little life. As we have always stated, our first and foremost priority is always the safety and well being of our animals. Our decision for Otto was solely based on what we feel is best for Otto and his on going care."
Dachshunds can live to be ripe old ages, as old as 18 to 20, and Toby says, "At 13 1/2 years old, Otto needs to spend his twilight years in a quiet, peaceful and loving home, resting on a comfy bed and basking in the warmth of the California sun with no worries or cares. This little old man has been through a lot in the last few weeks and while he continues to improve, he is in no way in any condition to travel about and needs to remain close to us for continuous care."
Their decision is final, and in the best interest of Otto. See some of the other rescues and help out with the cause below . . . You can email Toby at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This unique rescue group, Leave No Paws Behind, is the voice for those who cannot speak. They help all breeds, all foster based rescue, specializing in seniors, and animals with special medical needs. When possible they step up to help save the lives of those that are in most danger of being left behind to die on a cold shelter floor, like they did to Otto.
Relying solely on public donations
Toby adds, "We are doing for our four legged friends what they cannot do for themselves. We are their voice and we we will continue saving lives one set of paws at a time making every effort to assure we Leave No Paws Behind."
LNPB relies solely on public donations, no amount is to small and all amounts benefit the health and well being of abused and abandoned animals and are tax deductible. EIN# 45-2717681
Leave No Paws Behind is a 501 (c) 3 non profit corporation governed by the laws of the State of California. LNPB provides long term hospice care, comfort, love and a safe haven for the aged and terminally ill.
Preachers won't get Otto back
Rev. Chris Gonzales, 62, and his wife, Christine, 59, were the traveling ministers who abandoned the 13-year-old dog. They said they have have been harassed and threatened since they were identified initially as the ones who left the dog at the shelter.
In order to get them back, they had to fill out a standard foster application, undergo a background check and home visit. “They are disabled, they live in a modest home and are considered seniors by almost any standard,” Wisneski explained.
Taking care of medical woes
Upon rescue, the agency immediately has all of our rescues vetted and those with minor and treatable medical needs and disabilities per diagnosis from the doctor’s are then placed in the loving care of fosters until they are adopted. LNPB’s more serious medically challenged rescues such as seniors who may suffer with terminal and/or severe mobility medical conditions as diagnosed by the veterinarians are placed in loving hospice/long term foster care for as long as needed.
Help save a dog
Snoopy, a min pin mix , 12-13 years old and blind, is in need of a foster with a yard and room for this lil fella to roam around and explore! If you are located in the So Ca area and can help them continue to help him, please e mail email@example.com
Helping them cross the rainbow bridge
From time to time, and when deemed necessary by the vets due to severe pain and suffering, we have the sad task of helping our beloved animals cross the rainbow bridge. Toby says, "We are with them, holding and loving them in the end as they peacefully pass quietly in our arms. We do not hesitate to pull the terminally ill or the ones the shelter will inevitably PTS due to sickness and inability to walk as we cannot bear having them die alone, frightened and sadly wondering."
A Mission Statement
“We will leave No Paws Behind as we reach across America to make a difference in the lives of those who devote their time to loving and caring for animals in need. We are the voice for those who cannot speak and we are doing for them what they cannot do for themselves. In honor of all our four legged canine and feline friends we are barking across America and helping animals everywhere one paw at a time.”
Look at this face! Snoopy, 12-13 years old and blind, is in need of a foster with a yard and room for this little fella to roam around and explore! If you are located in the So Ca area, please e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Look at this face!!!! Look who is bright and alert this morning! Our little Tulip is doing great after her major surgery yesterday! We all remain cautiously optimistic for a complete recovery! This darling little one will be in need of a local foster in the Los Angeles, Ca area. Please e mail email@example.com. Please help us continue to help her! — at East Valley Veterinary Clinic/Mark Hohne DVM.
How does it work?
The agency will never board a rescued animal. Upon rescue, the dogs are taken to a vet and then placed in short-term foster homes until they are adopted by responsible owners.
The more serious medically challenged rescues such as seniors who may suffer with terminal and/or severe mobility medical conditions as diagnosed by the doctors, are placed in loving hospice/long term foster care for as long as needed.
Leave No Paws Behind needs your help!!!! Vet bills are continually challenging our medical slush fund because of the type of urgent care that is often necessary for the senior dogs and special need rescues, many of which have been severely neglected.
Please help give the gift of life and the promise of tomorrow to these very special animals. No amount is to small and all amounts help save lives and are tax deductible. Donate Now.
Donate here: http://leavenopawsbehind.org/donate