Holly Walthers rescues dogs. She does it because she cares. She does it because she can. Holly owns Vail Doggie Day Spa and Lodging in Eagle-Vail, Colorado. When one of several local rescue groups, animal shelters or humane societies has a dog or cat they feel is “less adoptable”, they call Holly. And once she has agreed to foster a dog, she provides loving care and training until they are ready to find their forever home. She takes older dogs, abused dogs, overweight dogs, dogs who are blind or deaf and puppy mill dogs who are afraid of people. To Holly there is no such thing as an unadoptable dog. To her, all dogs deserve to become part of a family. So Holly works to help the dogs heal from their wounds, become healthier and to learn how to be loved by people.
If one small doggie daycare, located behind a strip mall off I-70 can give over 140 dogs a second chance in only two years. How many lives will be saved when doggie daycares across the country get involved
More than 100,000 dogs could be saved this year alone, just by having 30 doggie daycares in each state inspired by Holly.
- You can help save thousands of lives, just by encouraging your local doggie daycares, shelters and rescue groups to work together.
- If less than half of the dog daycares located in Colorado, began fostering just 6 dogs per year, more than 1,000 dogs could be saved from being euthanized each year.
It’s very difficult to get Holly to talk about what she does, but these dogs (and many, many more) are thrilled to be able to tell her story for her.
Vail Doggie rescue tails…..
Dutchess, a papillion who was rescued by National Mill Dog Rescue, had never been touched by people. She had never walked on grass or seen a child. She had been surrounded by other dogs in cages for her whole life.
For the past year she has been at Vail Doggie, able to watch other dogs interact with people and to observe from a distance. With patience Holly has shown Dutchess that being loved and pet is a good thing, and will finally let Holly pick her up, sometimes. Holly thinks that she will be ready to go home soon, once she is a little more willing to let someone pick her up. She would like to find Dutchess a home with another dog so that she can continue to learn to trust people through watching another dog do so. Ideally Holly thinks Dutchess would do best in a home with a fenced yard, having someone home most of the time and without small children. I know Holly will find someone who will be greatly rewarded for their patience and understanding, Dutchess has tons of stored up unconditional love to give.
But without Holly, would she have ever had the opportunity?
Jackson (rat terrier mix) was attacked by a wild animal, shot, and left for dead in New Mexico, and taken to the Aztec Shelter. They got him the medical attention he needed to heal his wounds. He then survived a bout of pneumonia, only to be on the “to be euthanized list” due to overcrowding. Luckily, Vail Doggie was able to step in just in time. Jackson was fostered by Holly until he found his forever family in Evergreen, CO. Jackson survived so much pain and trauma, but through it all has remained a friendly, happy and loving dog, if only humans could be this forgiving…
Shadow (black lab mix) was left in an outdoor kennel from the age of 4 months to 10 years old without any vet care or attention. She sat in her own urine with numerours bladder infections for 10 years. Luckily, she was fostered by Vail Doggie and placed in her new forever home. She is getting lots of health care and love now. Thank goodness for those who adopt Senior dog with special needs.
Alex and Xander (doxie mixes) after they were put into two different shelters, following a hoarding situation in Oklahoma. Both these cuties were on Death Row when Vail Doggie stepped in. They found their forever home, together, and are enjoying many, many happy dog days with their new forever family!
When Lucy (French mastiff) could no longer produce puppies for the puppy mill, she was given to National Mill Dog Rescue. At the mill she had given birth to litter after litter of puppies, until her last litter of 11 puppies died. Lucy had developed mastitis after they were born and was unable to produce enough milk to keep them alive. One by one her puppies died, then they were taken from her and tossed aside, leaving Lucy to frantically wonder what had happened. But her life was saved that day thanks to NMDR and Vail Doggie. Lucy has now received the medical attention and love necessary to now live as a happy healthy dog in Evergreen, CO with her forever family and is enjoying a life of middle school soccer games and sleep-overs. She loves having a family and home with a yard to play in so much that she doesn’t even mind wearing the occasional pink tu-tu!! (Lucy even has her own Facebook Page)