Newly rescued dogs fostered out, need real homes

Owner willingly relinquishes litters once it all became too much to handle
By: Kim Palaferri Auburn Journal Correspondent
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On Thursday, Cassie Reeves returned to her office at Auburn Area Animal Rescue Foundation to find a message on her voicemail regarding a dog owner who had more animals than she could handle.
The legal number of dogs in most of California is seven without a kennel permit, and the voicemail explained the owner had three litters of 17 Chihuahua puppies located at her home in Lincoln.
According to Reeves, it was a non-confrontational seizure and the unidentified dog owner was willing to turn over the dogs without incident, and upon doing so, AAARF agreed to protect her identity.
“The seizure went smoothly, and the dog owner was concerned for her dogs’ wellbeing. We retrieved a total of 23 dogs, that included 17 puppies from three different litters,” Reeves said. The unidentified dog owner was allowed to keep the legal limit of dogs.
According to Humane Society of the Sierra Foothills Officer Rosemary Frieborn, the dogs were allowed to roam free throughout the house and there was fecal matter inside the home. All the dogs appeared to be in good condition and were given a full exams, including being given Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus vaccines, oral de-worming medicine, a check for heart worms and micro-chipping. Frieborn was invited to assist Reeves because of her expertise in these types of situations.
“I’d say on a scale of one to 10 regarding the conditions, it ranges about a six to seven,” Frieborn said. Reeves supported Frieborn’s assessment of the situation.
The Auburn Animal Rescue relies a lot on their volunteer staff of 50.
Many were given short notice of the seizure and showed up at a moment’s notice to help bathe and feed the dogs. Laura Reed and Melissa Luce dropped whatever responsibilities they had scheduled because they wanted to help with the process by bathing each dog.
Fostering the dogs out is the first priority for Reeves.
“It is sometimes tricky to call all your foster families and ask them to take a litter of puppies at a moment’s notice,” said Reeves.
The center has had 35 rescues since the beginning of this year.
“We usually rescue about 100 dogs per year, so we are off to a quick start” Reeves said.
The next step for the dogs and puppies is to spay and neuter before the adoption process can take place. Each dog will be personality profiled by AAARF volunteer Patrick Duffy.

“After I have profiled each dog, I help match the dogs with families to make sure it is a perfect match, not just for the owners, but the dog,” he said.


Want to help?
Auburn Area Animal Rescue Foundation (AAARF) runs exclusively on donations, volunteering and fostering.
Location: 11940 Masters Court, Auburn
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Contact: (530) 887-5577 or email