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Big Dog Rescue offers respite

Friday, November 30th, 2012 | Posted by | no responses

Somi, a dog awaiting adoption at Big Dog Rescue

Somi, a one-year-old Great Pyrenees awaiting adoption, came to Big Dog Rescue when her owner could no longer care for her. The Penngrove sanctuary and adoption center for stray, abandoned or abused dogs saved from kill shelters (as well as horses, parrots and a few farm animals) helps canines who were once in danger of being euthanized.

“Ahimsa,” a Sanskrit word meaning “do no harm,” is the non-profit center’s motto.

Sleeping in their kennels among blankets and toys, the dogs enjoy freedom and fresh air outdoors during the day, running in their play yards or going on walks to recuperate from their shelter experiences.

Founded by the Babcock family, the center is run by a dedicated staff, including Abbie Newhouse, Jose Mutul and Antonio Cervantes, who along with his wife and three daughters manages the land and takes care of the horses and livestock.

Like many non-profits, their success depends on volunteers, including several retired teachers, a dog trainer and a professional groomer who spend their spare time washing, walking, grooming and caring for the pets.

Edie Kaufmann, an 81-year-old pet adopter, walks the dogs rain or shine. Jenna Maken, a 16-year-old who lives across the bay, has been helping out for the past seven years.

All of the dogs are spayed or neutered, with current vaccines and microchips. Along with health exams, they learn basic obedience and are socialized daily, with plenty of rest. They’re ready for adoption!

For more information about volunteering, donations or adoptions, visit homelesshounds.us.

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Nick Walden is our Cotati and Penngrove correspondent.
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