A little puppy was found wandering in the streets in East LA and a Good Samaritan picked her up. She was so tiny her foster mom gave her the name Bean. A happy little puppy that found her forever home very quick! Bean lives now in the middle of the mountains of Topanga with her big canine Sister Pookie. It is amazing how much they look a like. We hope you will get just as big Bean! Bean is the small dog on the right.
Beautiful Sonya was found in the streets of Los Angeles by one of Forte’s friends. She brought her to the pound where she waited anxiously but no one came to pick her up. As soon as she became available for adoption, Forte took her out of that terrible place and rescued her from death row. It didn’t take long before she found a great family where she will grow up with her two human brothers and have a wonderful family life. We couldn’t have wished more for this awesome dog!
Charlie was given up by his previous family because they truly did not appreciate what a wonderful guy he is. He went immediately to one of our foster families who could not believe how easy going and adaptable he was. Despite the trauma of being rejected by the only family he knew and the circumstances surrounding that he did not lose his trust and faith in humans. His incredible sweetness shone through and last week he scored himself a fabulous forever home with two ladies who simply adore him. Judging by the photos and the big smiling faces we can see how happy they all look together which makes us very happy too!
Beautiful Sizzles was neglected by her former family, there was a lot of damage that needed to be undone. In addition to having little confidence and socialization skills, a series of tests revealed a chronic digestive condition that will require lifelong attention. Despite her special needs, her soulful spirit charmed her adopters, and Sizzles found herself loving parents. Now known as Izzy, she is adored, respected and learning what commitment means. She makes progress every day as she settles into her new life. We wish Izzy good health and the happiness she truly deserves.
Sienna was languishing in the pound with what they called “eye infections.” We saved her and found out that she actually had entropion on both eyes and the surgery and related medical care cost us over $3, 000. Perhaps that was the reason she was discarded. It caused her pain and she mostly had her eyes half shut all of the time. But we found a great foster home for her who cared for her during her surgery. And when the foster’s sister and husband from upstate New York visited they fell in love with Sienna and that is the end of the story! Sienna stayed in the family and moved with her foster ‘uncle and aunt’ to upstate New York. They renamed her Sadie. We hope that you enjoy the snow this winter Sadie!
What people sometimes do! Sansa’s original family took her to a vet’s office and then abandoned her there! When one of our volunteers heard about it, she asked Forte for help. It was probably for the best because in no time she found a wonderful, loving home with someone who will never abandon her.
In her new home she had to learn to get along with two cats. She wanted to chase them and got very excited every time she saw them. But three months later she has calmed down and knows that she cannot chase the cats. Dogs and cats — it is possible, with patience and time! And now we are waiting for that photo of Sansa sleeping together with the kittens hopefully soon!
Little Caroline has been abandoned twice in her life and the second time she came to us. When she first came to us she was a timid and gentle girl. Luckily we found a wonderful foster Mom for her pretty quickly who showered her with love and helped her to feel secure again. During her time with us Caroline was a popular girl and had many enquiries. However during a vet appointment it was discovered that she had two lumps near her mammary glands. We were all very concerned about this and every person who had shown interest in adopting her very quickly lost interest. Her surgery was expensive and her amazing foster Mom set up a fundraising campaign to help cover the cost of the surgery. It was a huge success and so was the surgery as the results of the tests showed that the lumps were benign and she was in the clear! Well shortly after this her foster Mom who is also a Forte volunteer realised that they were meant to be together and decided to adopt her! We are all so happy about this and we believe that this was the best outcome for Caroline who is clearly very attached to her Mom. It was clearly meant to be. We love happy endings!
When we received an email about Belatrix from the neighbor of where she had been living for 5 years, it broke our hearts. She had been chained up outside by herself for 5 years in the back yard. She was ignored, neglected, fed very little and had no shelter. The neighbor could hear her crying day and night. The neighbor would throw food to her and try to console her. She pleaded with the family to take better care of her. Eventually the family got a puppy, moved out and left her behind! They told the neighbor that she could keep her! Well that was the best thing that could have happened as the neighbor rescued her and contacted us. It amazed us that she had not lost any faith in humans. She has the sweetest nature and is full of smiles. Everyday she seems so grateful to be loved at long last. Last weekend she found her forever home and it was love at first sight! You can see from the photos just how happy she is now with a family who will stand by her and give her all the love that she deserves. Her name is now Bella. We will miss you Bella but we are so happy for you!
Super Cooper the Copper Cocker came to us when his family no longer had the time for him. He had been spending his days and nights alone and his family decided this was no longer fair on him.
He was stressed and scared when he first came to us. He kept to himself and would not let his poor foster Dad anywhere near him but within a few days when he started to feel safe and secure we saw a very different little guy. Fun loving and full of smiles and kisses, it did not take long before he found his perfect home. This family have always adopted Cocker Spaniels and so understand the breed. He simply adores the children and they adore him too! He is very rarely alone now. They include him in everything they do. He is a part of the family which is what he deserves. We are so happy for you Cooper!!
Chops was dazed and confused when his family surrendered him to the pound. He was overwhelmed and shut down, but we knew he had great potential. Once in our care, we met the real Chops; good-natured, happy, affectionate, well-behaved and good with all creatures! Within two weeks of his rescue, he found himself with an active adopter who had been seeking for some time for the right dog to be his first. Now named Milo, this charming little guy is enjoying a life filled with love, making lots of canine friends, and being adored.
Boots had been in the pound for almost two months and his time was up. Forte literally pulled him out of there a few hours before he was supposed to be killed. As if to make up for the long time it took to get him out of the pound, it took only one short week to find him a home! Boots is a sweet big boy and he immediately conquered the hearts of his adopters and their dog Scarlet. The dogs love each other and they have a big yard to play in. All the best Boots! (Boots is the white dog with the gray mask)
Oh Little Leland, what a character he is! It took him 11 months before he finally got adopted. A girl dumped him at the pound after having him for practically his whole life, just saying that she couldn’t keep him anymore. Lucky for him, at the same time one of our volunteers was there to pick up another dog and she couldn’t see Leland be put in a cage. She took him home, as if she didn’t already have enough pets: 3 dogs, 2 cats and 2 other foster dogs! It took a while, but Leland made himself at home. It takes Leland a little time to warm up to people but he wasn’t able to get that time during our adoption events. One stare of a stranger was enough for his little lips to curl up and if that person didn’t pay attention, a growl or even a bite would follow. We knew what a great little guy he was once he knew you but it was hard for other people to see that. But fortunatley Olav saw that too. Olav adopted another dog from Forte about a year ago, his first dog. It wasn’t easy, Tucker is deaf and had separation anxiety. But Olav did a great job! He met Leland some months ago at our adoption event at Healthy Spot and a few weeks ago he told us he was ready to adopt Leland. With the same care and patience he had with Tucker (now Einstein) he introduced Leland to his home, to Einstein, to his new life. We think Olav and Einstein are just perfect for Leland! We will miss our grumpy little man, but are oh so happy he finally got a home.
It didn’t take long for Bear, gorgeous as he is, to find his forever home. But he (nor we) would never have expected for him to go from homeless in the streets of South LA to a ranch with 4 acres and 13 horses in Santa Barbara! Paradise even gets more beautiful when he goes on a run on the nearby dog beach every morning. We couldn’t have wished for a better life for Bear. Go for it!
Tedik was rescued from the streets by a good samaritan. Every effort was made to locate his previous family if he had one but nobody came forward for him and so we set out to find him a great home. He is a happy go lucky, Dad and a cat named Bagheera. Such a happy ending for Buddy and we couldn`t be happier for him!
Sweet Honey was dumped at the pound by her previous family who said they could not afford to take care of a dog. We saw a video of her looking so sad and confused and we knew we had to save her. She went straight into the arms of loving foster parents who doted on her and nursed her back to health from her kennel cough. She thrived while in their care and changed from a sad little girl to the happiest girl alive! While spending time at the local dog park, Honey made a friend called Peppermint. They would play everyday and a bond grew between them. Peppermints Mom and Dad had been thinking of adopting another dog and so it became clear to them that Honey was the one! One week ago Honey became a part of Peppermint`s family. Now the two girls spend every moment together and couldn`t be happier. We think the names are really cute together too. What a wonderful happy ending for our sweet Honey.
Honey is the dog on the left with the red collar.
It’s hard to imagine why anyone would want to dump a dog at all, where his owners threw him out of their car and where he was found by lifeguards, this lovable little chihuahua quickly found his way into the hearts of all the volunteers he met. Despite his troubled past, he was a sweetheart who only wanted someone to play with him, and a lap to sleep in. And he quickly found that in Erin and Rob. Both fell in love with him and decided they wanted him to join their home. And Weiler agreed wholeheartedly!
Smokey is one of those dogs we will never forget, and for two reasons. First of all, his incredible story. One of our volunteers heard about a dog that wasn’t treated well. She asked for a photo and was shocked, his abusive owners left him starving in the back yard with no food or water. She asked Forte for help and that is how he became a Forte dog. He was only 40 lb while his healthy weight should be around 65. Fortunately there was no damage to his organs and soon after we rescued him he started gaining weight.
The other reason we will not forget Smokey is because of his incredible personality. He is the type of dog everybody loves, so mellow and sweet. Still so trusting and loyal after all he has been through. One of our volunteers took him to her office while he was staying with her for a few days and her co-worker fell in love with him. She soon took her two kids with her to the adoption event and the deal was done after her daughter fell asleep on Smokey’s belly! We couldn’t be happier for Smokey who is now 25 lb heavier and in a very loving home, where he will always have food, water and tons of affection. That is all he needs and more. Have a forever happy life Smokey! View More »
At the end of 2014, right before Christmas, Joshlynn ended up in the pound when she was found as a stray. When our founder saw that Joshlynn’s time was almost up and that she was so depressed in the pound, she decided to pull her, whether we had a foster or not. Luckily she could stay a few days with one of our senior volunteers and soon we were able to place her in a new foster home. At the time we rescued her, one of Forte’s adoptable dogs, sadly died of cancer, Josh. In his memory we named her Joshlynn. How the volunteers at the pound described her was all true: sweet, mellow, wagging tail. We were so happy to have rescued her and even happier when she found her forever home in less than two months. Joshlynn has been named Exene and she lives with her human mom and dad and an adorable little canine brother and she is very happy! View More »
When Leonardo, about 8 months old, was found as a stray and brought to the shelter, he was dehydrated and emaciated. The staff called the number on his tag, but the person who answered said they didn’t want him anymore and that they had left the gate open intentionally. How sick can you be, he is only a puppy! But things changed soon for the better. Luckily for little Leo, at his first adoption event he met Mary and she fell for him immediately. She had been looking for a year now for a dog and with Leo she instantly had a click. Together with her grandson she will give Leo all the love she can and will give him the care he truly needs. Leonardo is now Topper and that he is! View More »