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, 9 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 in May 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. It’s a never ended cycle.
  4. A two-story house (tri-level can be discussed) 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.
  6. He developed a cough related to his heart disease. He takes furosemide (reduces excess fluid from building around his lungs/heart) and enalapril (helps the heart beat more efficiently). The cost of these meds is approx. $30/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.
  7. He may need to take Vetmedin in the future to help his heart. This will add about $50 to his care every 4-6 weeks depending on dosage and frequency.  He is worth every penny!
  8. Due to the medication above, he will need labs drawn to check his kidneys and liver 2-4 times per year. The labs are about $60 at our vet, but you will need to check with your vet.
  9. 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.