Upcoming Fundraiser/Raffle – January 12

Our annual fundraising raffle is only two short months away.  The raffle is held during the Celebrate Virginia Cluster in Fredericksburg, VA.  This year it falls on January 12.

We had such a good response pre-selling tickets for people unable to attend, that we will be doing that again this year.  Last years winners were in Maryland and West Virginia!

This year is going to be very exciting!  We have a wonderful group of small business owners donating items for the raffle and it is definitely going to be our biggest and best raffle ever!!  Start saving for tickets now (I know I am)!

In the upcoming weeks I will be posting links to our generous benefactors store fronts on Etsy or their website.  I implore you to please check out their stores while you are Christmas shopping this year.  Take a moment to let them know in the comments during check out that you found them through the Virginia Pom Club so they know how much we all appreciate their donations.

If you have something you would like to donate to the raffle, please contact us via Facebook or through the links on our site.  It does not have to be Pomeranian or even dog related!  It can be new, vintage, big or small!  We will be combining items into baskets.

As always, thank you for your continued support.  Your generosity throughout the past years have allowed us to rescue many dogs that had special needs that may not have found homes otherwise.

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Available Rescue – Cody

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PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE APPLYING TO ADOPT CODY

If you are looking for a serious lap dog & complete cuddle bug look no further! Cody is 8 years old, 8 pounds and addicted to love!

He is a gorgeous, rare, red Pomeranian and his fur is silky soft (more like hair). He came to us as part of a 9-dog surrender from a “backyard breeder”.  He has one of the best temperaments I’ve seen.  Cody loves to play and is obsessed with his Care Bear or Tatty Teddy.  We’ve never had a Pom that loves toys as much as he does.  There are usually at least 4 toys on our bed because he loves to sit on the bed and play!  Play Video -Cody the toy hoarder

Cody would do best in a quiet low-key home. Ideally, we would like to see him with an older couple that is home to more to give him extra cuddles!  He is not a licker and doesn’t really give kisses, but he insists on resting his head on your leg while watching your favorite shows.  I have an obsessive licker, so this is a wonderful quality for me!  Play Video – Cody the Lover

He gets along with everybody 2 or 4 legged.  He doesn’t socialize with the other dogs much unless Romeo steals his care bear and he is waiting for an opportunity to snatch it back.

Cody has some health issues that will need to be taken into consideration before placing an application to adopt him.  We will be very selective in placing him, so please review his needs below.

  1. He had hip surgery in 2016 and has a little bit of a “bow-legged” walk. It is good therapy for him to go on short walks to build up the muscle in the hip/leg area to keep him strong.
  2. He has minor arthritis in the hip due to the surgery and his age, another reason for the walks.
  3. He must be in a home with carpeting or significant area rugs. He slips on slick, shiny hardwoods which aggravates his hip which in turn makes him limp more and makes it harder for him to maintain his balance which makes him slip more.
  4. A single story house is preferred.  Mutli-level is ok if the stairs are carpeted and he’s only going up for bed and down in the morning.
  5. He has a heart murmur that is a Grade 3-4.  He takes furosemide (reduces excess fluid from building around his lungs/heart) and enalapril (helps the heart beat more efficiently) every morning. The cost of these meds is approx. $15/month. Giving him his meds is very easy.  He looks forward to it and swallows them down in two seconds!  He also gets children’s cough suppressant as needed.
  6. You must be within 100 miles of Richmond, VA for this adoption due to his health issues.

If you think Cody is the right dog for you, click here for an application.

You can also check out more pictures of Cody in his FB Album here.

If you can’t adopt Cody but would like to help pay for his care and medications, click here.

Kroger Community Rewards

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We are now part of Kroger Community Rewards!

If you shop at Kroger, just go to Savings and Rewards, then click on Kroger Community Rewards.

CLICK HERE to go to Kroger’s Website!

Select enroll and search for Pomeranian Club of Central Virginia.

We will get a portion of what you spend! Thanks 😁

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Who gets rescued and why?

pomeranian-silhouette-clip-art-1Before you pass judgement on a rescue that you perceive as “picking and choosing” only to take “cute & quickly adoptable” dogs, please read the following and reconsider your judgments.

Recently there was an abused and neglected Pom that was taken in by a rescue who unfortunately, despite heroic efforts, weren’t able to save his life, but were able to provide him with more love than he’s ever known in his short life.  It takes extraordinary people to be able to provide these dogs love and care knowing that you are probably the last person that will have the opportunity to befriend these precious Poms.  While it is fulfilling, it is also emotionally taxing and no one should feel guilty for not being able to open up their home and hearts to severely ill animals that demand around the clock or hospice care.

That being said, some of the comments hit a little too close to home for me.  They were not made with the intention of being negative, but they hurt just the same.

The comments made were worded differently, but all carried the same message.  The sentiment was that rescues that “pick and choose” the dogs they receive by avoiding sick dogs or only taking in “cute, quickly adopted” dogs were terrible and run by horrible people.  It was borderline offensive to me, but basically just hurt my feelings.  Not just on my behalf, but on behalf of the other fosters in my group or other groups in similar situations to ours.

Our group, and me specifically as Rescue Chair, have the unenviable task of deciding which Poms we can take into our rescue program at any given time.  Every time I have to say “No”, it is not done lightly.  I understand that my decision may have negative consequences.

While our rescue program has grown these past 5 years and is now a 501C(3), it is still extremely small.  We have 2 “full time” fosters that always have a few in their care, and just a couple “part time” fosters who will occasionally take a foster, but not on a regular or consistent basis.  We live in cities with limits on how many animals we can have at a given time (in my case it is 5) and we run at the max allowed.  Our annual budget is less than $3,000 and any special care has to be paid for by fundraising which we are constantly doing and always trying to come up with new ways to increase our “medical cost kitty”.  Adoption fees seldom cover the actual costs incurred. We pay out of our personal pockets for food (even special diets), treats, toys, shampoo, vitamins, grooming, gas, and anything else not veterinarian related unless it is donated or sent from our Amazon Wish List.  It is a full time passion on top of the full time jobs we already work.

Even with these limitations, we have taken HW positive Poms, puppy mill Poms, Poms with congestive heart failure, collapsing tracheas, broken legs, diabetes, luxating patella’s, blind, deaf, missing a jaw (he’s been with me for 2 years now), and even a paralyzed pom in a wheelchair.  We can’t do them all at once and we can’t take them all the time, but when we can, we do!  And every time we do take a special needs or senior pom, we have to consider if we are the best resource for this pom? Or is there another organization that can better handle their needs?  Will this most likely be a long term foster?  If so, how many Poms are we going to have to turn away because we simply do not have the space to foster another legally? The only absolute rule we have when taking in fosters is that we will not take any Pom that has bitten or shown unnecessary aggression.  We don’t have the resources or capabilities to take them on.

So again, before you pass judgment on rescues that say “No” to certain poms, please consider their reasons.  If you’d like them to be able to say “Yes” more often, consider becoming a foster home or donating to their medical fund.  We have one donor that setup automatic PayPal donations for $5.00 every month.  You may not think that is much, but her donation covers the cost of a little one receiving HeartWorm and Flea Prevention meds every month!

If you would like to set up a recurring donation, or a one time gift, please click here!

This actually gave me chest pains my heart hurt so bad!

Donations Needed!

Yikes! Here’s today’s vet bill! I’m afraid we are going to have to curtail our rescue activities until we can pay this off. We still have 2 more dogs from the Madison Heights 9 to get neutered and have a dental.

Check out our shop on our Facebook page for Pomeranian and Rescue themed jewelry! All proceeds go to support our rescues.

You can also donate via Paypal.me/pomeranian or Venmo (Click Here)

Every $1.00 is appreciated!!

Our vet is Hilliard Road Veterinary Hospital, 3008 Hilliard Rd, Richmond, VA 23228 if you would rather make donations directly to them on our behalf.  They will also take credit cards over the phone.

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Fostering – An Essay from a Foster Mom

s4002nsopopbwyr4I’ll be the first to admit that fostering is hard. In my experience, the first is super hard because you’re just figuring out how to love another being, but still let them go. That was Frisco, now Cody. Then I had Mickey. He was a little fussy and dad babysat most of the time i had him so it was easier.

Then came Ashton. Ashton was my potato. I loved that little guy with all of me. He needed me and I gave him all of me. It was one if the hardest things I’ve ever done.

Wade and Johnny came next. They were a different sort, I knew they would be adopted quickly so I was able to stay detached, but still care for them.

Jasper… He is quirky and a pain, in the best way. I missed him when I came home and didn’t see his head pop up in the window, but he was young and energetic and I have no doubt he will be cared for.

Now… Bandit and Rascal. I love them. I am connected to them and I think they love me, based on their wiggly butts when I come home. I am in love with Bandit and Rascal and if I didn’t have a rescue minded heart, I would keep them.

If I did that though, my heart and house would be above capacity. I wouldn’t be able to help anyone else.

The most important thing when fostering is knowing what is really best for them.

Maybe it is you and that’s awesome! Maybe you just think it’s you and if you really consider it, you’ll realize that even though you love this tiny being to infinity and beyond… you know there is someone else who could love them just as much as you do, while you keep room for the next pup who needs you.

Fosters Needed in the RVA Area

If you are in the Richmond, VA area and interested in being a foster parent for a Pom in need, please email Krystyna Lineberry using our gmail account, PCCV.InFoster-Homes-Needed-250x300c or message on Facebook.

We are receiving a total of 13 Poms this coming week and are in need of caring homes for them while they are vetted and waiting for their Fur-ever homes.

FOSTERING Means:

1) Foster parents get first dibs for adoption as well as the option of a payment plan!

2) Foster parents are given all supplies needed to care for their foster dog if needed.

3) Foster parents receive support and advice when needed.

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES:

1) Provide a temporary, safe and loving home ranging anywhere from a few days to several months as we find the perfect home for the animal.

2) Help break bad habits using positive re-enforcement as well as train those with minimal or no training at all to help place them in a loving home.

3) To speak with and show a dog to a potential adopter. Meeting place can be elsewhere if you’re not comfortable showing at your home.

4) Are open to home inspection while fostering.

5) To take to a designated vet for on-going medical treatment like vaccinations, dental or other medical needs.  Our vet is located off Staples Mill Road, but it is possible to use a personal vet if they are willing to offer discounted services for a rescue.

6) Notify us immediately in the event the dog is sick or lost.

Adoption Applications

With 9 Poms coming into rescue ranging in age from 12 years down to puppy, we are going to be super busy!

Even though we don’t have all the details yet, Poms will be adopted on a first come first serve basis based on compatibility with an appropriate family.  So if you have been considering adopting a Pom, even if you aren’t sure, it can’t hurt to get an application in now to have on file.  Having an application on file will ensure you are first in line for consideration when an appropriate Pom becomes available for your family.

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Here are the links to our applications.

For a printable PDF application to fill out, scan, and email back to us, click here.

For a WORD application you can download to your computer, type, and email back, click here.

Submitting an application in no way obligates you.

We will only put your application on file as a place marker in the event you should choose to adopt a Pom from us in the future.

Don’t forget to check out our Amazon Wish List

Incoming!! Amazon Wish List

We have 9 Poms coming into rescue!   All are coming as a result of an elderly couple being separated by the death of one partner and the surviving partner not being able to care for them and being moved into a care facility.

We are very small and usually do not take more than 2 or 3 at a time due to resource limitations, but we cannot allow them to go into the pound in Lynchburg so we are calling out for assistance to our network.

We could use some food and cleaning supplies before they arrive!  We use the Costco brand food for small breed and it is available on Amazon.  Here is the link to our Amazon Wish List:

PCCV Rescue Wish List

ADOPTED 6/2/17 Available Rescue – Gypsy – Retired Therapy Dog, AKC, Canine Good Citizen!

 Richmond, VA – Gypsy is an owner surrender (surrendered to us on 2/25).  Her previous owners have an Aussie that was starting to intimidate her & they were afraid he would hurt her. They got her as a puppy at 11 months & have had her ever since.
Her birthday is 2/28/2008 and she just turned 9 and weighs in at 8.25 lbs. She is AKC registered, and is a retired certified (TDI) therapy dog.  She also has her CGC (Canine Good Citizen) from AKC .  We have all her paperwork, Vet history, also a newspaper article featuring her as a therapy dog. 
 Overall, she is in very good health.  She just had a dental in April and her heart and knees are both good (common problem areas for Poms).  However, she was attacked by a larger dog who picked her up and shook her in 2009.  In addition to traumatizing her, this attack appears to have made her susceptible to some arthritis in the back of her neck that needs to be treated (think “old football injury” and doggie Aleve).  She has been prescribed Metacam .25 once a day at a cost of about $35.00 every 4-6 weeks.  She will need to take this for the rest of her life as she is in pain without it and becomes very withdrawn and timid.
She has a history of ruptured anal glands and requires that her anal glands be expressed every 6 months. You can do this yourself at home. You can have your vet or groomer show you how. 
We took her to the South of the James Farmers Market for the first day of the summer market. The market was very busy with tons of people and dogs of all sizes and breeds, but she wasn’t overly timid and she let people approach her and hold her.  She does get nervous around larger dogs.
She uses the doggie door without problems and is housebroken.  When we let her out into the large yard, she loves to run around the yard until she is out of breath!  Inside, she is content to be curled up next to my legs/feet on the couch.
She has decided that I am her “person” and is very attached.  She has her head sticking out the door to greet me before I cross the threshold when I come home.  When I’m home, she stays with me wherever I am.  She sleeps in bed with us at night, usually pressed against my legs. She also has a habit of walking very close to me and circling.  Very easy to trip over her if not careful.
Gypsy needs someone that will be patient with her.  She still shies away when you reach out to touch her overhand.  The best way is to start by scratching under her chin, after that, it’s all good.  She will give kisses, but only if you are laying down at her level after she trusts you. 
She needs to be adopted to a no young children home (20 lbs).  She loves going with us in the car and is great on the leash.  She would be a great travel companion as she is very quiet.  If there was a playful dog in the house, I think she would engage with them after a while.  Our dogs just aren’t big “players”.
Gypsy’s adoption fee is $300.  
To fill out an adoption application, Click Here for Word or Here for PDF!

RIP Special Agent Gibbs – 2/25/17

This post is very hard to make.  Gibbs left us this past Saturday.  He fought so hard, but it was too much on his little body.  We only had him a short time, but he will live in our hearts always.

ADOPTED!!! – TANK 07/2014

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What a sweetie!
He is a throwback Pom at about 13 pounds. A nice clear orange.  He would be an awesome family dog! 

Tank would love to go for daily walks and maybe a game of indoor fetch on those dark, rainy evenings, but he’d be just as happy hanging out with his people on the couch.
He would be okay with other dogs and kids to play with!  He is very patient and his foster mom says that it is tested constantly with a little obnoxious puppy that likes to cause trouble.  He knows sit and comes when called, he is working on other commands, but it’s hard with so many other dogs at his foster home.
We don’t have any paperwork on this guy, but they thought he was about 10. His age is a bit suspect as he has a full mouth of sturdy teeth, no white along the muzzle and no indicators that he is in fact that old.  Perhaps closer to 7 or 8.
Click here to send an email or send a message to Margaret McKee of Goochland on FB to contact his foster mom directly, or message us here for the phone number.  His foster mom’s PC is on the fritz so please include your phone number so she can call you.
Tank’s adoption fee is $200.

ADOPTED 06/15/14!! – Ollie

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Ollie comes to us all the way from Delaware.  Tragically his mom passed away in April leaving dad alone to raise their 3 children.  Ollie was a true Mamma’s boy and the family made the difficult decision to surrender him so he could find a home where he could be that again.
Ollie is a 5-7 year old, red sable male, approximately 8 pounds.  He has long legs which make him appear larger than he really is.   His fur is growing out right now from a previous cut, so he looks a little shaggy.  His bark is very low and gruff making it possible that he has been debarked.  We do know that when his family adopted him about 4 years ago, he had been abused and had cigarette burns covering his head.
In spite of everything, he is a very sweet and loving boy.  It took him all of 30 minutes after he sniffed around the house to decide it was a quite comfortable place and I would do just fine as his new mommy.
He is excellent on a leash, housebroken, he stood still for his bath, and he loved being towel dried!  Every time I started to pull the towel away, he stuck his head back in it until I rubbed some more and he stretched his head up towards the ceiling in appreciation.  He got along fine with my dogs and came from a home with a large dog, a cat, and 2 bunnies that he got along with just fine.
Ollie has had dental surgery, been neutered and has had his shots and vet checkup.  He has a clean bill of health and is ready for his new home.
If you would like to fill out an application to adopt Ollie, please click here:  PCCV Adoption Application

If you can’t adopt, but would still like to support our rescue efforts, PayPal has now given you the option of making a one-time donation or to set up a monthly donation (you can stop anytime)! 
Here is an example of how far your donations go, based on a 12 month commitment:
For $5 a month, a rescue can be chipped and registered so if they ever got lost, they would come back to us.
For $10 a month, spay/neuter and shot updates.
For $20 a month, a full dental with tooth removal, antibiotics, pre-op blood work, and post-op pain medications provided.
You do not need a PayPal account to send money.  
All monetary donations are used for veterinary services only.
  
If you would prefer to donate food or other supplies, please visit our Amazon Wish List: