I'm GIBBS and I need to go to REHAB
"I'm GIBBS and I need YOUR HELP! I need to go to a *DOGGY REHAB SCHOOL aka BOARD AND TRAIN* so I don’t become a *LIFER* at the shelter! Please DONATE and SHARE my campaign!"
"Please help me become a social dog and overcome my insecurities so I can find my forever home! They say that if I get to enroll in a three- week live-in behavior modification program, I will have a much better chance of finding a forever home, instead of becoming a 'lifer' at the no-kill rescue I am currently at. But I need funding! I need to raise $3950 by 8/31/18 for my training. Pleeez help me! Please read my story below and share! ~Love Gibbs" ♥ https://www.gofundme.com/rehabforgibbs
We are Pet Adoption Fund, and we rescued Gibbs only a couple of months ago from a very high kill public shelter here in Southern California. His dire plea "pulled for euthanasia - please save Gibbs" posting was circulating on Facebook, and it caught the attention of one of our volunteers. She immediately made an inquiry call to the shelter, and sadly it was confirmed that Gibbs was indeed scheduled to be euthanized by the end of the day if not pulled by a rescue. Gibbs was on a stray hold and had been in impound for 30 days, and unfortunately, those 30 days of confinement had taken a toll on him, and he had become extremely kennel stressed. Too stressed for even other rescue groups to consider pulling him. Death was his fate by 6:00 pm.
We immediately sprung into action and made the long drive to the shelter to meet Gibbs in person. Much to our surprise, Gibbs appeared relaxed and overjoyed to meet us. He was so loving and welcoming and was very happy to leave his kennel and come outside on the grass and roll for a belly rub and some treats. The video below was of our first interaction with Gibbs, and it was love ♥ at first sight!
Gibbs had the most striking features, the cutest itty-bitty eyes, a giant egg head his breed is so known for, a distinct heart-shaped nose, and the biggest smile that melts your heart. Only a year old, Gibbs deserved to be given another chance, and we were his last hope. He showed much potential, and we could not turn our backs on him.
So in the two months that he's been with us at our no-kill facility in Los Angeles, we have come to witness the beautiful creature that he is, his sweet and goofy characteristics, and his intelligence and eagerness to please. He enjoys a belly rub, a splash in the kiddy pool, and lots of play time with his favorite volunteers. He is also a kisser, a tail wagger, a bottom wiggler, who would do anything for a treat. We love ♥ our Gibbs very much, and he is like a little clown who puts a smile on our faces every day.
But we have also come to realize that along with all of his positive traits, and underneath that tough exterior, lies a very insecure soul, who is scared and confused, and is afraid to take a step outside of his comfort zone. He is easily overwhelmed by new people and new situations, making it very challenging for us to show him to potential adopters. It is not unusual for the Bull Terrier breed to develop such social anxieties that can stem from lack of training and guidance as a puppy and lack of socialization with people and other animals in general, at an early age.
Our Plan and Goal for Gibbs:
Therefore due to his current behavior and reactivity that he exhibits, Gibbs is in need of a rehabilitation and behavior modification program before he is ready to make his transition to a new home. He is only a year old, and the best course of action for him at this point would be to place him in a "Board and Train" type of a program.
Our goal for Gibbs is to get him enrolled in a training program, where he can build confidence, overcome his insecurities, learn to trust, and just become a well-mannered and well-balanced companion all around. We already have a wonderful and a highly experienced training and rehab center who is willing to take him in, and we are very excited and optimistic about the outcome.
Gibbs will be in the live-in and behavior modification program for 3 weeks at a cost of $3950. The course will address all of his social issues and phobias, and expose him to new social settings in a controlled manner. He will also work on correcting his reactivity and poor leash manners, and most of all, he will learn how to cope with new situations and not be so overwhelmed when faced with new encounters. The facility we have chosen for him comes highly recommended and has produced wonderful results over the years. All we need now is financial support. We need all of you animal loving and Gibbs fans and followers to come together and make this happen for him. This is an expensive endeavor but will be much rewarding and very instrumental in changing Gibbs's life for the better. He is a young and gorgeous boy and we would hate to see him live out the rest of his life at our kennel. He is counting on you to change that!
"PLEASE HELP ME! I need to raise $3950 by 8/31/18 for my *live-in* rehab program. I need it badly so I don't end up living at the kennel for years to come! Please help me by supporting my GoFundMe campaign! ~Love Gibbs" ♥
We have no doubt that with the right guidance, Gibbs would blossom and make a wonderful pet for the right family and have a happy Hallmark ending. All he needs is this boost! We need to raise $3950 by 8/31/18 to make this happen!
Please contribute whatever you can and please share our campaign for Gibbs's cause. Gibbs has touched our hearts and we hope he will touch your heart too. ♥
Please donate to his cause, so he does not end up calling our kennel home for the rest of his life. All of your donations are tax deductible and life altering! Donate right here on GoFundMe or check for other options below. Thank you!
Also, please check to see if your employer has a matching program to double your donation.
Gibbs is all packed and is ready to rock and roll! He just needs you to make this happen for him! Please DONATE and SHARE! Thank you very much for caring!
"PLEASE HELP ME! I need to raise $3950 by 8/31/18 for my live-in training program. I need the training so I don't end up living at the kennel for the rest of my life. Please help me by supporting my GoFundMe campaign! ~Love Gibbs" ♥
Once we get Gibbs on his path to success, our plan is to continue on the same path and focus on helping many of our other challenging rescues currently residing at our facility. Most rescued dogs come to us with painful pasts that contribute to social and behavioral issues, making them more challenging to place in forever homes. The reality is, even though their lives were saved and we keep them safe at our no-kill facility, the time is still of the essence. The longer they stay at our kennel, the harder it becomes to find them suitable homes. Therefore they become “LIFERS.”
So our future plan is to implement a new campaign to prevent our lovely but overly exuberant dogs from becoming lifers with us. If we raise more funds, we will add more deserving dogs to this training program...and we have many awaiting! Please find it in your heart to donate towards this life-altering cause. We are a non-profit and your donations are tax deductible.
We are Pet Adoption Fund, a Non-Profit, No-Kill, Cat & Dog rescue and adoption organization since 1983, located in the city of Canoga Park, Los Angeles County, CA. Fed ID# 95-3842460. Tel# (818) 340-1186/1687 * Website www.PetAdoptionFund.org
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us at adopt@PetAdoptionFund.org
How to Donate:
1 - You can donate directly through this GoFundMe fundraiser link https://www.gofundme.com/rehabforgibbs
2- You can also donate on our website http://www.petadoptionfund.org/donation.html
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3- You can send a check to Pet Adoption Fund - 7507 Deering Ave. Canoga Park, CA 91303
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4- You can donate on Facebook by clicking on the DONATE button. https://www.facebook.com/petadoptionfund.org
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We cannot THANK YOU enough for being our backbone, our support system, our loyal friends, and we are turning to you now to help us help GIBBS with his cause. Please DONATE towards his GoFundMe campaign and SHARE! Thank you ever so much! Woof Woof ♥ XOXO from Gibbs and all of us at the Pet Adoption Fund - Los Angeles! Go Gibbs!
**This video was of our first interaction with Gibbs at the public shelter just before his final hour......**
Thanks to all the loving support that GIBBS received for his new endeavor, GIBBS has made it to his LIVE-IN training/rehab program, and we now have a short video to share with you to show how happy he is! This is NOT a training video, but it's just to show that GIBBS is responding well to his new setting and is getting to know his trainers and is happy to be in his new environment. We will continue to update as new videos come in. Please stay tuned for his exciting journey! Thanks again to all of you for pulling together and making this happen for GIBBS the Bull Terrier (the cutest egg-head we've ever seen!) XOXO from #Gibbs and all of us at the #PetAdoptionFund - Los Angeles! Stay tuned! ♥