Caged and confused, puppies cling to each other in holiday sadness

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While lucky dogs with homes of their own are unwinding from the holiday toys and treats, two caged and confused puppies cling to each other in a cage at the overcrowded San Bernardino City Shelter. Barely a year-old, the Jack Russell mixes, dubbed Tiny Tim and Candy Cane, cuddle and stay close to each other for reassurance at all times. A rescue volunteer offers the following observation:tiny-tim-and-candy-2

“Staff has been in kennel and petted, and they have never growled or bit but they are warming up to people..fear…Tiny Tim and Candy Cane are barely a year old; Jack Russel Terrier mix haven’t seen much human kindness, caught in a cage. Probably not had much love or touch from humans. I watched staff pet and the tension and fear just went away. There was never growling or biting. It was like they expected to be hurt and when touched their fear went away.”

A Facebook page following the plights of Tiny Tim and Candy Cane can be followed here. It is possible Candy Cane could be pregnant. Advocates state the dogs have been wandering the streets for a year until they were captured. Pet Harbor link A500325 for Tiny Tim “I am a male, brown and white Jack (Parson) Russell Terrier mix. Shelter staff think I am about 1 year old. I have been at the shelter since Dec 16, 2016.” Pet Harbor link A500324 for Candy Cane “I am a female, black and white Jack (Parson) Russell Terrier mix. Shelter staff think I am about 1 year old. I have been at the shelter since Dec 16, 2016.” Both dogs have been available for adoption and rescue since December 23. Their fates depend on advocates to share their stories with approved rescue organizations, families, friends and social media.tiny-tim-and-candy-3

Sharing saves lives. Help Tiny Tim and Candy Cane into 2017 with lots of love and the promise of a new life.

San Bernardino City Animal Shelter
333 Chandler Place, San Bernardino, CA
Closed Sunday and Monday
Telephone: (909) 384-1304

(Photos of puppies cling to each other courtesy of Lois Chisholm)

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19 replies
  1. ellen cottone says:

    come on people!!
    lets get together!
    lets get this homeless brother and sister team. these survivors and escapies of a filthy backwood deserty puppy mill.

    Can someone local step up and bail these 2 out.?
    Out of this Epic and Notorious High Kill (shelter!?),
    and into safe hands?
    Till we can find the right jobs and homes.
    Can anyone step up and take them out of immediate danger.

    They are in Harms way.
    They may only have days left. these are good dogs. great dogs. their terror and bashful ness may make adopters walk past.
    Can any local sm-med dog rescue step in. we can arange adoptions thru a stringent and ligitiment adoption org.
    Please lets keep the puppies out of the shelter system they must be monitured, spayed and adopters must also be registered. the days of this pictures are numbered.
    we will start to treat domestic and shelter dogs as a great commotie and resorse.
    can anyone call a local va hospital and offer them as therapy dogs?
    New world, new centrry, new way of thinking.
    Why Cant this work??
    no more sad pictures of suffering.

  2. Nancy Raymond says:

    PLEASE save Tiny Tim and Candy Cane – they deserve safe loving homes – they are adorable and will give unconditional love.

  3. Rosemary says:

    This to the San Bernardino shelter why didn’t you put any comfortable blankets for Candy Cane and for the other DOG. Merry Christmas keep those cute Dogs warm.

  4. Shelly sruscito69@gmail says:

    I wish I could have them! So painful to watch this. I own two pets and can’t have anymore where I rent. Please someone step up and save these babies!

  5. Yuki says:

    UPDATE: I am fostering the female and her 2 beautiful baby girls who are 6 weeks now. Mommy is coming around but still skittish. The male is with another foster because the female became aggressive after the babies were born but all is doing well.


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