Useless Bay Sanctuary Calendar 2017
Here are the dogs of our calendar for 2017, along with their stories. You can click on the pictures to see larger versions. Please let us know if you would like a calendar. Ordering options will be updated soon, but you can email UselessBaySanctuary@gmail.com to place an order. The suggested donation is $20.
Max was found in Enumclaw and turned over to the King County shelter in Kent. UBS worked with Regional Animal Services of King County to get him out of the shelter and into a new home. Max loves his new family, and he is spoiled rotten.
Fozzie was captured in November of 2012, before Useless Bay Sanctuary was founded as a nonprofit. Fozzie is one of the main reasons UBS was formed, so that we could help dogs like him. Fozzie was reported running down a freeway in Burien, and UBS volunteers Jim and Komu responded to see if we could help him. Jim tried to use Komu as a magnet dog, because he is friendly with other dogs, but Fozzie wasn't in the mood to play. Next, we set up a humane trap, and Fozzie went in to get the bait within ten minutes. Once trapped, he was very friendly and easy to get along with. We searched for his previous owners for over two months, but no one ever responded to our posters or ads. Fozzie has been trained as a search dog, and now he finds lost dogs. Fozzie also works as a magnet dog in certain situations, and he often helps dogs feel at home in a foster setting.
Sky lived in a cemetery in Everett for several months before UBS learned of her. Volunteers responded and coaxed her to safety, using Calming Signals, over the course of a week. More than 100 volunteer hours went into her capture. Sky had a microchip, and we were able to connect with her previous owner. His living situation had changed, and he was unable to keep her. Because of her time living in the cemetery, Sky had some issues that made her challenging to live with. She still has a few issues, but she is very happy in her permanent home, living with her best friends, Komu, Fozzie, Viktor, and Tino.
Oliver was roaming a park in Edmonds when UBS volunteers learned about him. He went into a humane trap, and we took him to the shelter. When no one claimed him there, Oliver went into a foster home, and was soon adopted.
Gus and Barney were captured at different times, but they now live together in the same permanent home. Gus was the first stray dog captured by UBS volunteers, in August of 2013. He finally came up to Dina as she used Calming Signals. Barney lived in the bushes near a hotel in Fife. UBS volunteers were alerted to his situation, and Barney was captured in a humane trap. No previous owner claimed him from the shelter, so he went into a foster home, with Gus, and was eventually adopted. Now they are buddies who go on adventures together.
Tuck roamed around a hardware store for many weeks, and he wouldn't go into the humane traps that had been set for him by Animal Control Officers. A UBS volunteer was able to put a leash on him by using Calming Signals and spending many hours becoming his friend. Tuck is a Jindo, a breed of dog known to be aloof and independent. He is now with a permanent owner who understands him and appreciates his approach to life.
Fozzie is pictured here with his buddy Rufus. Rufus roamed a college campus in Tacoma, evading capture. A UBS volunteer responded and soon located him milling about the student housing. Several of the housing units had their doors open at the time because students were away for the summer and maintenance workers were getting them ready for fall. Rufus went into one vacant house to sniff around for food, and we were able to sneak up and close the door behind him. Once captured, Rufus turned out to be very friendly and easy going. After no one claimed him at the shelter, Rufus came to live with Fozzie, as a foster home. Rufus is probably the one dog Fozzie wishes had stayed forever, but Rufus found a great home where he lives like a king.
Komu lives with Fozzie, Sky, Viktor, and Tino. He also has worked as a magnet dog on several UBS captures. Komu was chained to a tree when he was a puppy, and a UBS volunteer bought him for $100 just to get him out of that situation. Because he wasn't properly socialized as a puppy, Komu was quite challenging between the ages of six months to a year. Then he began training as a search dog, and having a job made him much easier to live with. Komu now searches for lost cats, and he has helped find hundreds of missing cats over the past five years.
Wilson. This sweet dog was running loose around Seward Park. Using calming signals and a humane trap, we were able to get him to stop running and eventually go into the trap. Wilson went to the Seattle Animal Shelter, but no family ever claimed him. Wilson did not do well in the shelter, and they felt they could not offer him for adoption. Useless Bay Sanctuary pulled Wilson from the shelter and placed him with a great family. He is very happy in his new home. He still has some issues, which they are working on, but they love Wilson and Wilson loves them.
Tino, the puppy, wants more than anything to be friends with Viktor, the grumpy old man. More about Tino's story later. Viktor was five years old when he came from a shelter in California. The rescue group that brought Viktor to Washington took him to an adoption event in Everett, and Viktor escaped, darting across a busy arterial. A UBS volunteer spotted Viktor as he was roaming around, and we continued to follow his movements for five weeks as he roamed from Everett to Queen Anne Hill in Seattle, 20 miles away. Eventually, Viktor went into a humane trap. Despite extensive precautions, Viktor escaped from a foster home, and he ran ten miles from Burien to West Seattle. It took another week to capture him again, using soft tacos as bait. Viktor does not really warm up to people or dogs, even after being in his permanent home for over a year, but the puppy, Tino, might be getting through to him. Tino is bending one ear in sympathy with Viktor's permanently bent ear, trying to win him over.
Salma was reported to UBS when she was a stray roaming near Hyak ski area. A UBS volunteer responded with a humane trap, and the skittish girl went into the trap within 3 minutes. The next day, at a foster home, Salma gave birth to one puppy! He was named Valentino. Tino has begun his training to become a search dog, and he is showing great promise. Salma is currently available for adoption. Salma is very affectionate and loves to be with people. She is still a puppy herself, and could benefit from ongoing training.
Patches was hit by a car in Snohomish, and taken to the emergency vet, with serious injuries. UBS agreed to be the responsible agency, and we collected donations to pay for the thousands of dollars of surgery and care necessary to recover from his accident. The previous owner of Patches released him to UBS, and we found a permanent home for him. In this picture, he is still high on drugs after his surgery. Patches now runs all over the house and yard of his forever family, often chased by another UBS dog adopted by the same family.