Monday, February 25, 2008

A few final stories from Camp Reno!

Although Camp Reno officially closed its doors last Friday, I want to share a few more nice stories about some of the dogs who were transferred to other facilities last week.

Wednesday proved to be a busy day as Steve Markwell from The Olympic Animal Sanctuary arrived to pick up five of our more socially challenged dogs. His facility is located on the Olympic Peninsula in Forks, Washington, and specializes in working with dogs who have lived on the streets -- including those from fighting bloodlines and those who have generally been abused.

Steve works slowly and methodically with each dog to gain his or her trust and help rebuild their confidence in people. Steve is in the process of filming a documentary about the sanctuary, so he brought along a film crew to capture his experience at Camp Reno. Here you can see Steve getting to know Dixie a little better and acting submissively to gain her trust while the film crew captures the moment on film. Below, Steve and EARS volunteer Janell Matthies load up the dogs and prepare for the long journey to Washington. For more about The Olympic Animal Sanctuary, please visit

Just as Steve and the film crew were breaking for lunch, Kris and Anna arrived from Placer County (CA) Animal Services to transfer dogs to their facility. Kris had explained prior to coming to Camp Reno that the support provided to their facility by the Wylie Animal Rescue Foundation (WARF) has given them the flexibility to take a few Gabbs dogs. WARF has an extensive foster system that allows some dogs the extra time they need in a home before going up for adoption.

Above you can see Kris and Anna giving Winnie a ride to the truck, and here, Apple is ready to make the short drive to the shelter in Tahoe Vista. Kris and Anna took an extra liking to Apple; I think Anna is winking at him! To learn more about Wylie Animal Rescue Foundation (WARF) please visit

And, last but not least, Jane Hollingsworth, EARS volunteer and foster volunteer for the SPCA of Northern Nevada (shown here with her yellow Lab, Manny) came to pick up Annie, the black female border collie mix she will foster and eventually place for adoption with the SPCA. Manny had also been coming to Camp Reno with Jane to visit with Annie and the other dogs. They both took a liking to Annie and are happy to temporarily share their home with her.

Thanks to all of the rescue groups, foster families and shelters who took in our Camp Reno alumni! We look forward to hearing of their continued success and eventual adoption into permanent homes.

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