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Johah was rescued on December 1st, 2014, from the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society Shelter in Menands, where she was scheduled to be euthanized!

The Story

On November 27th, 2014, PETCARE Community received a call from a concerned woman named Jen. Jen explained that a dog was on its way to the shelter in Menands, where it was to be euthanized! PETCARE Community immediately jumped into action. The dog, whose name was Johah, had been in the custody of an animal control officer in the town of Bethlehem. She was a Brindel/Massix mix, a big dog. I immediately called PETCARE Community Volunteer Linda Cussing, who has helped me in the past…especially with big dogs. Linda operates a horse farm in Berne, so I figured she may have room to foster the dog. Time was crucial in this case as the dog was scheduled to be euthanized that same day…but Linda came through. I explained the situation and Linda jumped into action. Linda called the shelter directly to speak with the owner. The owner agreed to give the dog additional time provided the dog could only be released to PETCARE Community. Unfortunately, due to poor timing and circumstances beyond our control, the rescue had to be put off for several more days until a full staff returned to the shelter from the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Johah would have to spend 4 more days at this facility, but at least she was safe.

On Monday December 1st, 2014, Linda and I met at the Hudson Mohawk Shelter. After some red tape/paperwork, we were given full custody of Johah. What a great dog she was! Once again, it just blows my mind how such amazing animals wind up in these types of situations. But thankfully, we have people like Linda on our side to bring them back to safety and get them to the home they deserve.

Johah was to begin a new life and given a fresh start. Another huge thank you to Linda, it is not easy being a foster home…especially when you are taking in big animals. This dog would not be alive today if it were not for the efforts of our amazing PETCARE Community Volunteers. She is safe at home starting a new life with some amazing journeys ahead of her. Thank you!


 P.S. – I spoke with Linda several days later. She was happy to report that Johah was eating “like a whale” and very affectionate. Time to find her a permanent home!