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Success Stories

Lola's Success Story
3R Rescue loves hearing from adopters! Here, we see Lola celebrating her 3rd birthday with a favorite toy after a 2-mile jog with her new adopter, who is an avid runner. Her new family shared they find Lola to be a very intuitive dog, something our volunteers can attest to as well. During her time at 3R, Lola received daily training and socialization sessions designed in collaboration with our professional advisory partners. The dedication of our volunteers and the ongoing commitment of her wonderful family has paid off for Lola! "We love having her in our lives...she brings lots of joy," report her adopters. And we're sure Lola feels the same way.

Ike’s Success Story
Rescue: Little Ike was found wandering the streets of Winters. He was thin, full of fleas and ticks and his coat was badly matted. He was very fearful and shook when we picked him up.

Rehab: When Ike got to 3R, he was slowly introduced to new people, places, and sounds. Diet was especially important for this little guy who was about 4 lbs. He received a custom raw diet and high-quality supplements. He became more trusting, and enjoyed the attention given to him by volunteers. He also made some new canine friends. Ike started going to small dog class every week and learned basic commands.

Rehome: From Ike’s Adopter - He is a sweetie pie as he always has been, and his confidence has really blossomed. One of my favorite things is seeing him be a silly dog racing around the lawn and chasing toys. I am so thrilled to have him and thank you all for all of your work rescuing and working with him and the other 3R dogs.

Elle’s Success Story
Rescue: Elle (aka Indie) came from a rural shelter with several other dogs. Her behavioral problems made her a difficult dog to handle and marked her as unadoptable at that shelter. Her only chance was to come to a place that would give her the extra time, care, and attention she needed.

Rehab: Indie was a reactive dog when she first got to 3R. It took several months of training with multiple trainers to help her gain confidence and learn basic manners around other dogs. With the dedication of several volunteers, she mastered many basic obedience commands and even learned how to play Frisbee and became a ball fetching maniac! This solid foundation and her very loving and loyal personality enabled her to be ready for a new forever home.

Rehome: From Indie’s Adopter - She’s so affectionate.. all morning has been playing and cuddling. She’s doing great… Indie has been behaving so so well. There is nothing bad to report… Thank you so much for all your hard work! We’re headed for a Frisbee errand :)

Luna’s Success Story
Rescue: Luna, her litter mates, and her mom were saved from the ‘kill room’ at a high kill shelter. They were found laying on a cold concrete floor. Only a couple weeks old, the 5 pups needed lots of care and attention that couldn’t be provided at this shelter. They needed some place that had the time, space, and volunteers to take care of them.

Rehab: A lot of work goes into caring for 5 pups! A few tasks done with Luna and her litter mates include monitoring health, cleaning the kennel (multiple times per day), feeding mom enough to keep up with growing babies, wearing and feeding 5 hungry bellies, performing puppy socialization protocols daily, and teaching each one basic obedience. Luna (and her siblings) turned into wonderful, playful pups!

Rehome: From Luna’s Adopter - I can't believe it's been three months and I also can't imagine life without our sweet Luna. She is the smartest dog we've ever had! I think she actually understands English… She has become best friends with our 90 lb. lab and it's so fun to watch them playing together… We absolutely love her to death! Thank you so much for rescuing her and starting her life out right!!

Rescue: Kiwi was a 5 month-old little terrier cross who was at a large rescue facility in a big city. Unfortunately, she was puppy who was very under-socialized. She feared people, her surroundings and life in general. She wasn’t eating and spending most of her time hiding under her dog bed. Her last chance for success was to get her into an environment where she could feel safe.

Rehab: 3R’s Rehab program included diet, medical and behavior assessment. Over several months with the patience of several volunteers and a carefully planned program, she learned to play with toys, accept treats, basic socialization to trust people and her environment, and she was started in basic obedience class.

Rehome: From Kiwi’s Adopter Sally: Kiwi, now Lucy Lu is doing great & fitting in well with our little pack! Four days in she is starting to blossom & her puppy self is coming out! I’ll be sending you videos & photos. Pictured: Ozzie, Lucy and Missy! Note: Sally has saved 2 lives for 3R. Ozzie is also a 3R Alumni. Thanks for completing my pack. Thank you so much for rescuing her & making her available to me!

A story to make you smile plus an adopter turned volunteer! Oliver was rescued as a stray on a rural, country road and instantly won the hearts of all the volunteers at 3R Rescue. His energetic personality and quickness to pick up on new commands made him a joy to work with. Alex Sommerfeldt, who assisted 3R with his initial rescue, fell so deeply in love with Oliver that she decided to adopt him and give him a forever home. He is now the fur-brother of Frank - Alex's spunky Dachshund - and together they provide love and entertainment to the whole family. What makes this story extra special is how Alex also fell in love with 3R Rescue. She is now part of our weekly team of dedicated volunteers that helps with exercise and caretaking of the dogs in our care. She is a professional photographer, occasionally bringing her camera along to snap fun and touching photos while she volunteers. Alex is the most recent of several adopters that have become volunteers at 3R Rescue. This sense of rescue and community warms our hearts and we'd like to express our thanks. High five...rather..."high paw" to Alex & Oliver!

Almost from day 1, Teddy has fit in with the family. He is best friends with Max (3 year terrier mix/rescue). They chase each other, wrestle and hang out together all the time. Teddy has been on 2 airline trips to Corpus Christi and has done just great. Of course, we carry him on the…

Progress report on Ichiro (formerly Astro): We have found such a great companion and he is doing really well! He is just the right amount of energetic and sweet. We can’t recommend 3R enough; Linda and Jack are great to work with and they are amazing with their dogs! Thank you, from Matt, Angela and…

Hi 3R! We are absolutely in love with our little boy, LD. He’s the best. He is sitting next to me at my desk at work right now. He knows that we are his Mom and Dad now. He’s enjoying life. We take him everywhere we go and he’s making all sorts of friends. Truly,…

Hi Linda, My name is Clare and my husband Carlos and daughter Gabbi adopted our lovely Lucy in January, about 2 1/2 years ago. Wow, has time flown by! Just a little update on our girl … she is fitting in so well with our family and we honestly could not imagine life without her. …

We adopted Roxy 6 weeks ago and she has become part of our family. She loves sleeping in a sleeping bag during our camping at Yosemite. She has gained 6 pounds and is now at her proper weight. She is such a lap dog; which I love!! Thank you 3R Rescue for finding Roxy for…

This is one of those amazing stories that will melt your heart. I wish I could say that 3R had a lot to do with it but the fact is that we are stepping in now to help when most of the heavy lifting has been done. It started back in February this year when Lynn…

This is the story of Cooper a 4 year old Corgi-cross. Cooper and his two friends Trixie and Tracy were surrendered to a local shelter when their owner passed away. We rescued all three. Trixie and Tracy were adopted fairly quickly. Cooper became depressed and withdrawn. One day a lady called to inquire about a…

Pi got adopted!! Pi went to live with a wonderful couple and their handsome adopted Chihuahua named Grisha. It was love at first sight for Grisha and Pi. 3R thanks you for adopting and saving these tiny lives.

This is Cody – he is very scared and shy but is slowly becoming more confident in his new home