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My Story

Hi there! My name is Isla Ray (pronounced "eye-luh" ... humans are always getting that wrong. Maybe it's because I spell it with my paws). I love to play with plush toys. I love to sleep with or very near people. I do snore and snort, but I promise that it's super cute. Irresistible even! I do give lots of kisses and you'll often find me smiling ear-to-ear, tail wagging away.

If you haven't yet followed my story, I'll tell you about it ... but it is sad. I've had a very rough past. People were not nice to me. I was found in a yard, covered in gashes and open wounds. I could barely breathe and none of my legs were working. I'm sure I wanted to greet my rescuer with a tail wag and kiss, like I do with all the people, but my wounds were too severe to stand. I was in such bad shape when found that the wonderful Animal Control Officer wrapped me in a fleece blanket and carried me in her arms all the way to safety with Paws for Life Animal Rescue. I spent a long time in the hospital, then in foster care being nursed back to health. That's where I am now, but I am doing so very well that I get to mix and mingle so I can find a loving forever home. With the help of my very good friends, I am now able to stand, jump and play with my toys like the rest of the dogs! As much as I should dislike people, I can't. I just love them no matter what. I've been told I'm the most forgiving girl in the world. I'm young, at just 1 year old, but I am full-grown at 40 lbs. I always thought that I was a dog, but my foster mom has informed me that I am, in fact, a pig. I snort all the time! When I play with my toys, when I sniff for my treats in the grass (which ... by the way ... is my favorite game), and when I come say hi to my humans when they get home from work. If you put a treat out on your hand, I gently nibble it out like a pig too. After all I've been through, I am pretty scared of other dogs, but my friends at Paws for Life promised me they'd find me a home where I am kept away from dogs until I'm more comfortable - no matter how long that takes. They told me they'll find someone kind and patient. They told me they'll find someone who will give me lots of chicken and hot dogs, 'cause boy-oh-boy do I love food! It's a pig thing. I was also promised I'd be allowed on the couch ... maybe even the big human bed ... but we can discuss the specifics over cookies and water later. Please give me a chance and apply today!

Apply online: www.pawsforliferescue.org. Complete this form and a volunteer will contact you to answer questions and to schedule a meet-n-greet.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
Sunday, December 8: Holiday fundraiser "Quartermania 2019" starting at noon at Fifth Avenue, second floor, 215 W 5th St, Royal Oak, MI 48067. This amazingly fun, end-of-year event will include cash bar, lunch, quarter auction, raffles, bake sale, vendors, holiday shopping and much more! Purchase your $12 ticket in advance and you'll receive an additional FREE raffle ticket: https://2019quarters.eventbrite.com


Adoption and Foster Care Application

NOTE ABOUT BREED LABELING: Visual breed identification of dogs is unreliable and usually inaccurate. So, for most of our adoptable dogs, we are only guessing at predominant breed or breed mix. We get to know each dog as an individual and will do our best to describe each of our dogs based on personality, not by breed label.

Why is labeling a dog such a big deal? A label will stick with a dog for the rest of its life. A label can mean discrimination, losing its home or even death. Labels are a problem for the dogs when we, as the local experts on animals, allow adopters, politicians and community members to think that the label we assign can predict who that dog is or will be.

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Adoption Process:
Complete the application at www.pawsforliferescue.org. We then arrange a location, date and time for you to meet some pets. If the meeting goes well and everyone is happy, you begin the mandatory, minimum two-week adjustment period with the pet as part of your family. You will pay the non-refundable adoption fee at the start of the two-week adjustment period. This pending period allows your new dog or cat time to adjust to their new home, new people, new routine, etc., and for you to decide if it's a match and the right pet for you. At the end of two weeks (some people extend the adjustment time as needed and that's fine too), if everyone is happy, then we finalize the adoption. Feel free to email if you have any questions.

Adoption Process

Adoption fee for cats: $60 (includes testing, age-appropriate vaccinations, deworming, microchip, spay/neuter and 60 days of free pet insurance)

Adoption fee for kittens: (6 months and younger): $100 (includes testing, age-appropriate vaccinations, deworming, microchip, spay/neuter and 60 days of free pet insurance)

Adoption fee for dogs: $75 (includes testing, age-appropriate vaccinations, deworming, microchip, spay/neuter and 60 days of free pet insurance)

Adoption fee for puppies: (6 months and younger): $100 (includes testing, age-appropriate vaccinations, deworming, microchip, spay/neuter and 60 days of free pet insurance)

Adoption fee discounts apply for adopting a pair.

Apply online:

DOGS: https://form.jotform.com/81935638982170

CATS: https://form.jotform.com/72344550240144