Blind dog and his seeing eye dog rescued in San Bernardino
Just days after a blind Husky and his seeing eye dog - a female Terrier mix - were brought into the San Bernardino City Animal Shelter, the duo received a new "leash" on life Tuesday thanks to a Los Angeles-based rescue organization.
Isaac - the Husky - and his pal, Isabella, were found roaming the streets of Fontana prior to being brought to the shelter.
Their inseparable bond was captured by an animal lover who shared their story on Facebook last week. The post was immediately shared by hundreds - and then thousands - capturing the hearts of many, including members of the Stand Foundation who traveled to San Bernardino Tuesday to retrieve the two.
"The internet is a critical tool of rescuers, and there are some key players who "connect" rescuers based on geographic location, timing and a wealth of other factors," said Dan Guss, president of the nonprofit organization. "Often, saving animals' lives has a lot to do with timing and luck. "
The duo's story also captured the hearts of many at the San Bernardino shelter, who marveled at the incredible bond.
Whenever Isaac would leave Isabella's side, she could be seen calling out for him. And when he would reappear, her tail would never stop wagging.
The Stand Foundation was not the only rescue organization interested in rescuing the two - the shelter was flooded with phone calls asking about the duo when the
posting was launched onto social media. And another rescue group had stopped by the shelter Tuesday morning, but did not have have the proper paperwork to bail them out.
"When you find animals like this, there's a lot of people who want to help rescue animals, so they step up and do the right thing," said Debi Shuker, acting animal control manager. "This (situation) really put a smile on my face. It makes you feel warm-hearted. "
Isaac and Isabella are under the care of a Los Angeles vet who works closely with The Stand Foundation, Guss said. Isaac will be sent to a board-certified veterinary opthamologist, who will check on his eye condition after blood tests are completed. Volunteers with the nonprofit organization believe his eyes are bulging and distorted because of his eye condition, which is most likely glaucoma.
The two will also be up for adopting shortly, Guss said, but only in a home where the two can keep their friendship going.
"The loyalty of any given dog is innate and amazing. Us humans pale in comparison," he said. "Theirs is clearly a special situation, and not the first "blind dog with guide dog" situation I have seen. They will be adopted to a great home together, but only after we know them better and thoroughly screen... interested families. "
To learn more about The Stand Foundation, visit thestandfoundation.blogspot.com. Donations can be sent directly to the organization via PayPal at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at STAND Foundation, P.O. Box 5921, Sherman Oaks, CA 91413.