Since 2009, Pupz N Palz Rescue in Modesto, California has been searching for those dogs who no one else will take. They rehabilitate those dogs that have slim chances. They care for those dogs no one else will care for. Over tears, joyful or sorrowful, they are changing and rallying the community to better love their four-legged friends.

Pupz N Palz recently won a $500 Product Donation from Best Bully Sticks by participating in a 1-Day Animal Rescue / Shelter Giveaway. We congratulate this rescue not only on their winnings but their hard work and successes. We talked with Karri Husman about her love affair with rescued dogs. Find out more about Karri and Pupz N Palz below. 

When & Why did you start?

I first began rescuing as a very young girl and would drag home every stray dog or kitty off the streets who I assumed needed my help. Kids and animals have always been a passion of mine so when I saw an ad about 7 years ago to help foster animals I jumped at the chance. 

The very first dog I was given to foster was a severely emaciated, very sick and depressed, 3 month old Cattle Dog mix puppy that was filthy and was found in the back on her kennel at the shelter and had given up. They handed me this poor sweet, dirty, emaciated, very sad dog and I, at that point, had no clue what I was going to do with, but my love for animals prevailed. I was so excited to get my first foster dog that I hadn’t eaten anything all day. It was around 3 in the afternoon I guess and so I stopped and grabbed a couple drive through tacos on the way home. When I got the new foster pup home she wouldn’t even come out of her kennel, but she smelled the tacos. They had given me some special diet, bland food as they had just started to get her to eat a little and suggested I give her that to start. The smell of the food drew her out, and I looked into her sad eyes and figured, “you need it more than I” so I tossed her a taco and she devoured it like she hadn’t eaten in days so she got the other one too. From that point on we formed a bond and she started trusting me. I got her to eat regular puppy kibble and gave the rescue back their “blank diet.” They wanted to know how I got her to eat and I told them “a little love, and a small bribe” and that’s all it took. My first foster was such a success that I wanted to do more. I worked with several different rescue then about 3 years ago felt I had learned enough to start my own and formed Pupz N Palz Rescue.

What’s different about your rescue?
My dogs are very family oriented as I keep all mine indoors, and never in kennels. They stay with either myself, or a foster home and become part of that family until a home is found, no matter how long it takes. We work on things like house manners, crate training, leash training, and some times my foster begin basic training as well. We also have a trainer who volunteers with us so if any of our adopters ever has a behavior question they know they can call or email me day or night and if I cannot answer their question I will find an answer to their question.  

What is the greatest success story or “win” that your rescue has had? 
Over the years there have been many so it is really hard to just pick one. We have taken in lost, discarded, abandoned, abused, sick/neglected, and special needs animals too.

I know one story that has touched many was Faith our beautiful blue Pit Bull girl who was found abandoned in a house in Sacramento with 12 new babies living in their own feces and trash. Faith and her pups were delivered to our foster home around midnight on Christmas Eve. What a wonderful Christmas for this mom and her pups to wake up in a loving, warm home with constant food and water. Her pups all grew up and were adopted out and then Faith needed to get spayed to be ready for adoption. Faith was spayed and days later became very ill. Faith had Tetanus, which is very rare in dogs and this was this vet’s 3rd case in 30 years of veterinary medicine. She was kept in a quite spot at the vet’s office, in ICU on IV fluids, several different meds, pain meds, seizure meds, and meds to take out the toxins in her body. After 3 days of constant around the clock care we unfortunately lost her. Everyone in our community was heartbroken over this dog as she drew in so much attention.

I guess the “win” in all of this, if you can call it that, is that we pulled her out of that filth, got her and her babies healthy, got her pups adopted into forever homes, then did everything in our power to help “cure” this dog. Had she not came into our care, there is no telling what would have happened to her babies or for how long she could have suffered in an abandoned house without vet care.

I’ve also gotten in special needs dogs such as the 2 lb, 6 month old Boston Terrier pup who had a spinal deformity causing her no feeling in her back end so she was constantly going to the bathroom. We got her spayed, and seen by our vet and found a wonderful new home for her.

We currently have a special needs girl name Zarrah who was born with deformed front legs and elbows so she walks on her front elbows with her front feet turned out (looks like her has flippers). She was seen by our vet who took x-rays and informed us that she could not be splinted as all of her “parts” were not there for her to stand up on her legs so we have decided the best thing for her is to be adopted as she is.    

What’s the most rewarding thing about working at your rescue?
For me, it’s the hard work and dedication from all of our fosters and the support of the community that makes this job so rewarding. If we didn’t have the support from so many, we could not have rescued the number of dogs that we have done to date (over 1000). I am thankful every day for the ongoing support of each and every person that has helped volunteer, foster, support, network, and pray for our animals each and every day. I cannot tell you how many tears I have shed through the years not only loss but success too. When people ask me, “How do you not get so attached to them all,” and “Isn’t it hard when you loose one?” I tell them that, of course it is hard to see them go, some harder than others, and even harder to loose one. If it gets to the point where I become numb or have no tears left to give, then I probably should not be doing it any more.

What can people do to help your rescue?
Our rescue is always in need of volunteers, be it at events or simply behind the computer screen helping us to get the word out. I start every morning about 7 am and do not shut down until about midnight, 7 days a week. So, of course volunteers are greatly appreciated. As with most rescues, supplies and monetary donations are also greatly needed and funds can be sent straight to our vet so that the person knows what their donation is going towards. Any monetary donations can be sent directly to Empire Vet Clinic, 5132 Yosemite Blvd. PO Box 602, Empire, CA  95319 to the Pupz N Palz account, or call directly at 209-521-7305 to make a donation over the phone.

A big thank-you to Pupz N Palz for all the work they do in their community; for the care of the animals in their community. Find out more about Pupz N Palz on Facebook.

We have another 1-Day Animal Shelter/Rescue Giveaway next week! Stay tuned to the BBS Facebook Page for our announcement!