Pause for Paws Event
March 16, 2013
What a beautiful day at Pause for Paws!
Sue and Shamrocky
Foster Mama Donna and Liam
Mommy and Zoe arriving by Train! Oh,how I love my girl!
Cassidy is "dog-tired" after a fun day!
Choo Choo... Donna, Liam, Sue and Fergus ride the gravy train!
Cindy and Zoe tell the crowd about our very special rescue!
Thank you evryone, especially the Center for Spiritual Living in Simi Valley for your Animal Ministry! We are so thankful to be a part of such a wonderful event!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
When Zoe and I began this journey, we knew very little about starting a nonprofit dog rescue. What we did know about, was the bond that we had and will always have with each other. This incredible love that we share became a labor of love for Zoe and I, as we began the process of opening our nonprofit rescue. We struggled through self-help books and government forms. We rallied our friends to volunteer as board members, fosters and more. We have driven hundreds of times to shelters, foster homes, vets and home checks. We have made countless public appearances and even walked the “green carpet” at Zoe’s First Annual Dog Day Afternoon Event. We have been peed on, pooped on, puked on, jumped on and shed on. We have laughed, we have cried and we have cursed sometimes too. More than two years later, Zoe, my tireless volunteers and I have placed 150 small loving homeless doggies into happy “furever” homes.
We have made many friends. We have made many ”furever” families so very happy. We treasure each and every one of their “happy endings” stories and how they share that incredible bond with their new doggy, just like Zoe and I. We have been blessed by the generosity of so many wonderful people! We could never express our thanks adequately enough. In other words, Zoe and I are truly blessed. We are blessed to know each and every one of you. We are blessed to have gotten to know the special little homeless doggies that have touched our lives more than we could ever have imagined.
Without your love and support, there would be no Zoe’s Friends Animal Rescue. You are a part of our family, our past, our present and our future. Zoe and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts, furry and otherwise. Please consider becoming a foster family if you are able or volunteering in so many other needed capacities.
Please consider making a donation if you are able, to help us continue the work that Zoe has started. Zoe dreams, not of sugar plums, but of a Rescue Facility where she can save so many more of her homeless friends. After all, Zoe knows that dreams DO come true!
Zoe and I wish you and your families the Happiest of Holidays!
We love you!
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I had a kidney stone the size of a golf ball! Ouch!!!
My name is Frankie (previously Frenchi) and I am a precious little shih tzu mix that Zoe rescued from the Camarillo Shelter. I am so thankful that they not only saved my life, but they got me the surgery I desperately needed to make me better! Dr.Gregory McDonald, of Westlake Village Animal Hospital operated on me and gave me a new leash on life! However, these surgeries are very expensive for a small rescue like Zoe's Friends! Zoe asked if I would let people know that we can really use donations to cover the $1300 out of pocket expenses for my surgery. Zoe's asks for a $200 donation when they adopt a doggy, regardless of the actual costs each doggy incurs.
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Would you like to FINALLY get to decide how your tax dollars are spent?
Ive always said that I wouldnt mind shelling out money every paycheck (AND at the end of the year!) to Uncle Sam, if only I had a say in how the government spends my money. Then we'd truly have a government run by the people, for the people!
Well, if you make a tax-deductible donation before the end of 2012 to Zoe's Friends Animal Rescue, in effect, you ARE choosing how your tax dollars get spent.
When you donate to a charitable organization, youre allowed to take that donation as a deduction off your income taxes. Its not exactly a dollar-for-dollar exchange, but if you know youre going to owe some income taxes, its a great way to offset that. Personally, Id much rather give money to Zoe's Friends Animal Rescue than to the government!
In order for this to affect your 2012 tax return, you HAVE to donate before the end of the year. This helps us as well with our year-end fundraising, which is the time of year we rely on for most of our donations.
So think about it: your hard-earned money could buy food, supplies, medical costs and toys for homeless dogs and cats.or $360 government pizzas. Its up to you!
Brighton Collectibles at The Lakes in Thousand Oaks... a proud partner of Zoe's Rescue!
Thank you so much Jeanette!
We love you Brighton!
Come check out our "Doggy of the Week" poster at Brighton!
Prince Harry, Shopping at Brighton in Thousand Oaks at The Lakes!
A GREAT time was had by all at the "Bark In The Park!
Thanks to The Conejo Park and Rec for a fabulous Event!!!
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THANKS Anthropologie for hosting Zoe's Rescue! Two doggies found their "furever" homes that day!!! We love you!
Zoe's Rescue will be hosted by Anthropologie (mine and Zoe's favorite store!!!) in The Oaks Mall this coming Friday, September 21st from 1-5 pm. There will be beautiful doggies for adoption and they are having a donation drive for us too!
Please come meet Zoe's Friends and say hello!
Zoe is so proud of Trey Spellman and his good friends who contacted Zoe and held a lemonade fundraiser to benefit Zoe's Friends Animal Rescue. They collected over $200 for Zoe's Friends as well as dog food, supplies and warm blankets! Trey began this adventure as a Mitzvah Project and now, we consider Trey and his friends "FAMILY"! Thanks so much Trey! You are the greatest!!!
My good friend, Connor! I couldn't help myself... I just had to give him a big kiss!
Connor, you are wonderful!
Love and Licks,
Zoe devouring a delicious Smashburger!!!
Hi, Zoe here!
I just wanted to let you in on an exciting event! Smashburger is making it's debut in Thousand Oaks, CA on Wednesday, July 11th! And Smashburger is partnering with Zoe's Friends to help raise money and awareness for homeless doggies!!! From Saturday, July 14th through Saturday, July 21st Smashburger will donate $1 to Zoe's Friends for every regional LA burger purchased at the Thousand Oaks location. The signature LA smashburger consists of crispy wonton, fried egg, cilantro, cucumber, lettuce, tomato and Japanese steakhouse ginger dressing on a black and white sesame seed bun.
At Smashburger its not just about feeding the masses and serving a bottom line. Its about helping America rediscover fresh, quality ingredients. Its about using local products, vendors, and incorporating local flavor to support local economies and cater to local tastes. Its about the creation of a whole new category of affordable dining thats converting eaters from yellow-cow quarter pounders to real meat, and the previously unaware to conscientious consumers. Visit www.smashburger.com to read more about the brand and locations.
Please spread the word!
Check out the Zagat blog on Smashburger!!!
A Huge THANKS To Paul Panico and PANIC! PRODUCTIONS for their generous support of Zoe's Rescue with their absolutely FABULOUS Benefit Performance on Friday, June 8th!
The "LUCKY STIFF" was one of the best plays that I have ever seen! The performers were incredibly talented and well-cast! The theatre was intimate and cozy! It was like watching a live performance in your own living room! I have not laughed so loud in such a very long time!!!
Thanks to everyone that attended from the bottom of our hearts! You are making a difference for homeless doggies!
Love and Licks!
Cindy and Zoe
THANKS to everyone who made our DOG DAY AFTERNOON event on April 29th at The Fabulous Barkley Pet Hotel such a fabulous success!!! It was so wonderful celebrating our 100th Doggy Adoption and Alumnae Reunion with all who attended! The weather was beautiful, the band, INCREDIBLE, the food, YUMMY the silent auction donations, plentiful! I want to personally thank all of our partners, sponsors and donors and encourage all of Zoe's Friends to use the services of our loyal donors! They made all the difference in the world and Zoe wants you to refer them to everyone you know!!!
One of our very special donors, Martha Trulock, pledged $1 for each of the first 100 dogs adopted from Zoe's! She brought Zoe's Friends a very special gift to Petco to celebrate this historic event!!
Thank you so very much,Martha, for supporting us all throughout the year with your generous donations and for this very special gift! You are making a differesnce in the lives of many little doggies! And people too, of course!
In celebration of our 100th Doggy Adoption, Martha would like to challenge all of Zoe's Friends to give generously by donating any amount that you can for each of our 100 adopted dogs. Can you give a dime, a quarter, a half dollar, a dollar or more for each of the 100 doggies?
Please accept the challenge and help us save more doggy lives!!!
ZOE ADOPTED HER
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH, 2012!
AND THE WINNER IS...
AND HER "FUREVER" GUY
ALSO, PLEASE CHECK OUT THEIR NEW
"FOXY FINDS TRUE LOVE!"
on Zoe's new YouTube channel
ZOE ADOPTED HER
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH, 2012!
AND THE WINNER IS...
AND HER "FUREVER" GUY
ALSO, PLEASE CHECK OUT THEIR NEW
"FOXY FINDS TRUE LOVE!"
Zoe & Santa Paws at The Oaks
On Wednesday, November 16th, Zoe was at The Oaks and got her picture taken with Santa Paws himself! Zoe's Friends Animal Rescue partnered with The Oaks Mall for this awesome event to kick start the holiday season! Thanks for bringing your family and friends (both furry and human) for the festivities!
Zoe loved seeing you all there!
Zoe's Friends was at the "POOCH PARADE" Sunday, July 24th at San Buenaventura StatePark in Ventura,sponsored by C.A.R.L. (Canine Animal
Rescue League). Thanks for joining us for a day of fun!!!
Courtesy of the Ventura County Star
March 18, 2011
When Cindy Lotspike saw a little white three-legged dog running around a dog park, she said it was a life-changing moment.
It turned out that the little Chihuahua/terrier mix was living in a foster home waiting to be adopted and Lotspike jumped at the chance to take her home.
It was a move that started her down the road of trying to give other little dogs like Zoe the chance of a better life.
"After that I started helping out at rescues and adopted two more dogs, but I really wanted to do more," she said.
So Lotspike determined to set up her own dog rescue group, named in honor of Zoe, recruiting friends as volunteers and foster parents for small dogs who would otherwise be euthanized at the Ventura County Animal Shelter in Camarillo.
The Thousand Oaks-based group started rescuing dogs from the shelter in January, she said. She registered "Zoe's Friends Animal Rescue" as a nonprofit and currently has six dogs in foster homes waiting to be adopted.
"I need fosters desperately. They are really the lifeblood of any rescue organization because we can't take a dog if we don't have somewhere for it to go," she said. "We operate on a shoestring and it is a lot of responsibility, but it's so fulfilling."
"I would love to be an organization that could really save a lot of dogs," she said. "I just want to get the word out to let people know we're here."
Each Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lotspike and her volunteers take the rescued dogs to the Petco at 140 W. Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks, hoping to find them new "forever" homes.
On March 5, the available dogs all small breeds about a year or so old ran around a pen at Petco and greeted possible new owners as foster "moms" Kate Collins and Sue Shotsky kept an eye on them.
"I just love the dogs and I just wanted to contribute some time," said Shotsky, a retired teacher who's on the rescue group's board and is fostering Abby, a Yorkie mix.
Kate Collins, 26, who teaches ninth- and 10th-grade English at Santa Paula High School, is fostering Suzi, a Maltese/poodle.
"Just by taking the dogs out of the shelter you're giving them a second chance," said Collins, who lives in Newbury Park. "We take the ones that are eligible for euthanization the next day."
Sergio Salvador, the dog and cat department manager at the Petco store, said the company is happy to accommodate the adoptions each week.
"They're great and we love having them here," he said.
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My husband came to Petco on 8/13 with Jack and adopted Julie. What a blessing she has been in our lives. As you can see, she is now the reigning Princess in our home. Jack allows her to share his room (yes, he has his own room) and is very watchful over her.
The Queen Mother (Ava Edwards) and Jeff Edwards
I just wanted to let you know how happy we are to have added Toby to our family! He is fitting in perfectly... And what a smart little doggie! He learned to use the doggie door in just 2 days and so far he's done all his "business" outside! He is getting along great with our dog Gidget and LOVES to play chase with her all over the yard. When they get tired he likes to sleep nestled up against her so I would definitely say we found the perfect match! My kids took both dogs for a walk today and Toby did great on the leash. In fact, they said he was better than Gidget so who knows, maybe she will learn something from him! Well, I just wanted to let you know how great he's fitting in and to thank you once again!
Such a sweetie - she & Riley are pals!
Thank you. She's wonderful!
I wanted to email some pictures to you of Peanut with my daughter Emily. Everything is working out great. Peanut is incredibly patient with Emily! She is a great little dog.
Thank you for rescuing her from the pound, and giving us the opportunity to adopt her. :) We love Peanut!!