UPDATE: Heartbreaking story of ‘junkyard’ dogs takes positive turn

Less than one week ago in Lancaster, California, a heartless owner arrived at an open admissions shelter, dragging a pair of bonded seniors behind him he called “just junkyard dogs.” And to make the frightening ordeal even worse for the two pooches, the owner couldn’t even find it in his heart to leave the dogs’ names with the shelter. Tragically, the dogs were split up and then placed in separate kennels. Who could ever imagine their confusion?

The ten-year-old  Labrador retriever mix and her eight-year-old brindle pit bull  cross had both been scheduled to be euthanized on Monday. The Labrador retriever was able to be released immediately if adopted; the pit bull mix – required to pass a temperament evaluation before being released. Rescue volunteer, Sal Valdepena interacted with the dogs at the Lancaster Animal Care Center on Saturday morning and their heartbreaking stories quickly caught the attention of dog lovers everywhere. Sal described their plights – each dog scared but approaching quietly appreciating the kindness of some gentle pats, scratches and delicious treats.

And on Tuesday night came the good news:

Per Antje Stobbe
“RESCUED tonight – They are OTB finally ….. Thank you Home Fur Keeps Rescue. Please check their page for updates on Brendan and Maggie. THANK YOU ALL. Thank you, every single person who rallied to support these angels. They are no longer disposable. Nope, tonight they both became irreplaceable.”

Never say never that kind heroes can’t come together and make miracles happen. The following story about these two dogs and their new foster parent says it all. Happy reading:

“… Today, this senior pair left shelter life behind them. I had to be honest with the fosters who stepped up to the challenge: ‘These dogs are unsocialized. They’ve probably never been in a house before, and most definitely aren’t house trained. And did I mention they’re bow-legged and have been living in a junkyard?’ I did everything I could to discourage our fosters from this pair. Not because I didn’t want to see them take these two home, but because if they were going to back out of this commitment they had all the excuses at their disposal to do so immediately, so we could move on and find a better foster match.

Their response? ‘You know what?’ they said. ‘This makes us want them even more. We want to give them the life they never had.’ Happy life, sweet Maggie and Brendan. You’re in the best hands.”

This my friends is why we write this column.

Photos of junkyard dogs (no more) courtesy of Home Fur Keeps Rescue.

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Read their original story here.

16 replies
  1. pennysdachshund says:

    What a LIFT to MY DAY!! The wonderful Foster who Stepped UP to the Plate!!! Are more than Hero’s They are Angel’s on the Ground!!! Now with A NAME , Together Again, and with love and tenderness these two HOPEFULLY , will be able to enjoy the twilight years of their lives together, BEING CHERISHED AND LOVED!!! This is ABOUT THE HAPPIEST POST I have read FROM CALIFORNIA!!!! I haven’t heard of HOME FUR KEEPS RESCUE , But YOU GUYS ARE SIMPLY GREAT!!!!

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  2. LESLIE says:

    Tears of joy for this senior couple!! Thank you for saving them. Who ever has these angels is in for lots of joy, happiness, smiles and laughs. Adopted seniors are a riot. Im a bit jealous in the happy good way. Thank you thank you thank you to everyone involved in saving the angels.

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  3. Nancy Raymond says:

    So glad the foster family could not be discouraged from taking Brendan and Maggie – these dogs deserve all the love and commitment this family is more than willing to give. HUGE THANK YOU to the wonderful humans who are so willing to help them.

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  4. Barkley's Mom says:

    God bless the fosters that took them, I’m sure they will be rewarded many time over for taking in these two dogs, So glad to hear some good news for a change!

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  5. Darla says:

    Kudos to the foster for wanting the dogs even more knowing they’re going to take a tremendous amount of work and patience…but they’re so worth it. I like the part about them no longer being disposable – instead, they’re irreplaceable. That’s perfect.

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  6. Vicki Hood says:

    The worst cases are the ones that respond with such thankfulness. Willing to please, become your very best friend with absolute devotion. It makes you a better person to show kindness and love to some innocent that needed you. Try it.

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  7. Solveig Pettersson says:

    Thanks for the dogs are saved ???????? Whish you a good life whith Brendan and Mary !!!! HAPPY HAPPY ❤❤❤❤❤

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  8. Bette says:

    Thank you so much for rescuing these 2 beautiful dogs and your giving them their loving forever home. Something they never had before. You are true heros in my eyes. God bless,????❤❤

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