THIS IS DOMINO. When I got him from the shelter, he was limping and then screaming in pain…could not even move his eyeballs without crying. We put him in the hospital for five days (thank you Dr. Gary Adams Dvm at CVG for stabilizing him) and then got him to Dr. Wayne Barry at SCVSH in Irvine for an MRI. He had two ruptured discs. and surgery was done immediately.  It went well, but Domino is still in pain…but recovering. He is expected to make a full recovery.

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Rugby was standing in the middle of the street when his rescue angels found him.  He was friendly, happy, and dripping wet in the rain.  They brought him into the house but  noticed that he had cataracts and seemed to be sight challenged.  More like 90% blind….but we are going to fix that.  We are hoping that little Rugby can have cataract surgery, which will cost $5,000 …. unless we can get them to lower the price!  But it is very exciting to us that we may be able to restore this little angel’s sight.  Stay tuned and if you are so inclined, please donate.

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Say hi to Jolson! Despite being dumped in the scary shelter with glaucoma that was obviously never treated, he remains a sunny little guy! We thought that he was going to lose his other eye, but happily, the eye specialist said he actually has vision in it and the pressure is almost normal now!  We are no stranger to dogs without eyes. One of our long-time fosters, Tyler, also had no eyes, and he found a great forever home just this past January.  Even if Jolson lost his other eye, this happy boy will see right thru to your heart because he brings joy to everyone who meets him!  He also has an enlarged heart — the bigger to love you with.  He is on medication that is very inexpensive and we think this boy will live long into his teens….because he has a lot of heart…..literally!

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Georgia is a very brave, tenacious, strong willed little girl, or she never would have made it to the shelter. She was rescued from the Baldwin Park Shelter a day after her six babies were born.  It appears that she was somehow dragged — either by a car or otherwise — during her pregnancy, and her tail was broken and needed to be amputated. Through it all, Georgia has been a survivor, a wonderful mom and loving girl. It appears that Georgia has been a mommy before, but she will never be a mommy again!

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Little Apple — a 5 yr old, white, 11 lb Shih Tzu —  came from the Baldwin Park Shelter with a urinary tract infection.  When we were at the vet, she peed, and it was bloody, so our wonderful vet, Dr. Gary Adams, did an ultrasound and sure enough, she had bladder stones.  Well, to be accurate, she had one ginormous stone. 

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Tommy Lee Jones

We received a call from East Valley Shelter telling us they had a Lhasa X with a dislocated ankle and a broken foot…could we take him.  Of course, we said yes.  What happened?  We can only imagine that his foot was either caught in a door or he was hit by a car.  All we know for certain is he was in excruciating pain, yet he still wagged his tail like a champ!  When we arrived at the shelter, we were told that the foot was infected, necrotic and basically dead; surgical repair was not possible.  It had been splinted for four days without medical attention; his leg would need to be amputated.  Surgery was performed and this little grizzle colored, very brave, 1 . 5 year-old Lhasa boy will adjust.

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Van Dyke

VANDYKE came to LHH with a coat matted to the bone (as you can see in these pictures) and a broken leg. The shelter said it was his tibia and didn’t need surgery; it was actually his femur and DID need surgery. He is now recovering and learning to trust people. He just had the surgery this past week and so we will update you as his recovery progresses. He wants to love and be loved, but he is still a little unsure of his surroundings.

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THIS IS TYLER… who came to the Rancho Cucamonga Shelter with one of his eyes totally “gone” — so they removed the eye and did a wonderful job. Even though he couldn’t see out of his other eye, we thought we could save it. However, due to the glaucoma, he ruptured his other eye, and it had to be removed also.

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VALENTINO (known as “Rudy” to his close, personal friends) has had a tough time of it. It’s a good thing that he landed with Lhasa Happy Homes. Who knew he would have to go thru this? Upon rescue from the shelter, we learned that Rudy had a large open wound on his left front elbow, with a severe bacterial infection. After several months of care, with recurring infections requiring regular veterinary care, it was decided to do an aggressive skin graft. Rudy has been a real trooper throughout the entire process. It appears that the graft is taking, but it is still “young” and Valentino is visiting the vet on a regular basis to monitor the healing. The vet is very happy about his improvements and he is now wearing a brace to help the healing. Valentino is a swooner and he will make you fall in love with him as everyone in the hospital has. He has been adopted to a wonderful home, but his bills are still outstanding so your support is appreciated 🙂

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Adoption Events

We do not have a public viewing facility; however, we hold bi-monthly adoption events in Santa Monica. Please check our calendar for changes and cancellations due to holidays or weather.

2nd and 4th Sunday of each month, 11am – 2:30pm

2116 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405 [Map]

Metered street parking.

Please bring pictures or video of your home/yard if we have not yet done a home visit (preferred).

And…don’t forget to bring your dog(s), if you have any. They make the final decision!