Thursday, February 27, 2014

Team Janica Racing

A huge thank you to Team Janica Racing for their donation to Dream Paws Rescue's Haenlein Emergency Medical Fund.

Team Janica Racing performed a memorial race in honor of driver Mark Haenlein. Mark, Wonderful father to Maestro and husband to Vanda, passed away in a tragic vehicle accident in June 2012. The number of individuals and families across the continents that his death shocked cannot be recorded. There was standing room only at his funeral.

So many people I have spoken to have shared what they were doing at the time they found out about Mark's death and how it affected them minutes later to years later.  I still remember the moment I found out and almost went off the road. I still cry when I hear from Vanda, Millie or Otto (Mark's mom and dad), or hear about wonderful things that Maestro is doing.

Mark  was one of those special people that one will never forget and one whose love for all around him brought joy and a smile to everyone's face.

Maestro and Vanda:
 Thank you Team Janica for making another Dream Come True.


So many of our crew have been adopted out to their wonderful Forever Homes!  One of our fur babies that still needs a home is O'Rien.
O'Rien is an American Staffordshire mix. He is just shy of 7 months old, great with other dogs, housebroken, crate-trained, and fantastic with children. He also rides very well in the vehicle!

O'Rien's Story:
 At just under 6 months of age, O'Rien was picked up by South Bend Animal Care and Control. He was in a wire crate next to a dumpster on December 30th, 2012. This was one of those MINUS 40 DEGREE days!!!  He is lucky to be alive and even luckier to have a fantastic foster home at Tyler's, but O'Rien is in need of his own family now.

If you have bully breed experience and can continue with his basic obedience, please fill out an application online.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Medical bills

There are times that families ask us why we charge $200 to adopt out a companion and isn't that excessive?
 Our costs for vetting in itself, runs over $170. That does NOT include the heart worm prevention, intestinal parasite wormer, food,  harness, leash, or collar. Generally, our out-of-pocket expense is $300 per companion animal.

Then why don't we increase our adoption fee?
  We match the companion to the family to make sure they have a Forever Home. That is more important than covering our costs. We operate for the animals.

What happens when there is an emergency or unexpected veterinary bills?
  Since we are a small rescue, we do not have many funds in the bank account. We DO rely on donations. Unfortunately, we have had to dip into our own pockets to help save 5 dogs in 2013. Overall, that bill was more than $4,000!

Are there any medical expenses coming up?
  Yes, we have three dentals, a tumor removal, and four spays/neuters!

What about grants?
  Grants are fantastic, but they require research, time, and someone able to apply for them. Grants are very competitive and difficult to obtain.

What are some options as a volunteer?
  There are many positions a volunteer can have in our rescue!  Fund-raiser coordinator, attend events to socialize the companions as well as answer peoples' questions, follow-up phone calls on adopted out companions, photographer, website assistance, writing out thank you cards to those that have adopted and those that have donated goods as well as funds, and so much more!

PetCo January Event!

Our next event in January 5th at the PetCo in Granger, IN from 11am to 2pm!!

Friday, December 13, 2013


Mark your calendars for this coming Sunday's event at TSC in Niles, MI. Bring your  pets for fantastic  holiday photos. $5.00 sitting fee only!!

We will be there from noon to three :-)

See you there 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013


Apache in his new home!!