Success Stories

Meet some of the animals that generous support of the Malibu Pet Companions has helped to find homes over the years. To see our current animals, please visit us on Petfinder and to see recently adopted animals please visit us on Pet Finder adopted pets from Healthcare for Homeless Animals.

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Rasta

Rasta

When Rasta arrived at the shelter she was so badly matted and had so many dreadlocks that she was named "Rasta". Rasta's eye was so badly infected that the vets thought it might need to be removed, but they were able to save it despite its poor condition. In spite of the obvious neglect this little girl has suffered, she is a very sweet and engaging little gal who enjoys the company of other pups as well as people. She badly needs a lap to sit on after all she's been through. Will you make everything "Irie" for Rasta?

Update: Rasta was spotted at the Best Friend’s Adoption Festival by Molly’s Mutts & Meows and is in foster care with a loving family.

UPDATE: Adopted!

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Robbi

Robbi

  • F / 
  • Rottweiler / 
  • 6 mos

Sweet Robbi Needs a Home! Robbi was dumped on the streets of Lancaster in a box with her nine siblings when she was only 6 weeks old. A volunteer from the Agoura Shelter was so charmed by Robbi’s sweetness that she transferred her to the Agoura Shelter, where a pup with the type of deformity such as Robbi’s has a better chance for adoption. Robbi’s front right leg is shorter than her other limbs and her paw is shaped like a claw but she doesn’t let that slow her down! She runs, climbs stairs and loves to play with her foster sister! Robbie is pen trained (she’ll let you know when it’s potty time!). Robbie will be spayed, have her shots and be microchipped before adoption. Please call (818) 519-3093 for more info on sweet Robbie!

UPDATE: Adopted!

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Roberta

Hi my name is Roberta. Most people wouldn't think that a sick and aging cat was particularly lucky to end up in a shelter, but in my case it was the best thing that ever happened! I arrived at the shelter in really bad shape - I was lethargic, weak, and raw from severe diarrhea, and my fur was a mess. The wonderful volunteers with MPC took me immediately to the vet where it was found that I was suffering from hyperthyroid. I was put on medication, and within a few weeks I was on my way to becoming a gorgeous and healthy gal again. My luck continued when a nice lady saw me at the shelter and asked to hold me - I just felt so comfortable I fell right to sleep in her arms. I left with her that very day and am so happy to have a warm and loving home to call my own!

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Rusty

Rusty

I'm Rusty! My owners brought me in for euthanasia. MPC took me to the vets to determine what was wrong since I didn't look bad and I wasn't in pain. They examined the vet notes from my previous vet and the MCAH ran some tests. They determined that I had a sensitive stomach and gave me some medication and special food. With time I can probably be weaned off the medication and the special diet will take care of my sensitive stomach. The prescription food doesn't cost any more than premium brand of food from the pet store. Siamese cats are prone to stomach and food sensitivity. My symptoms cleared up and I am now on public display.

Rusty's new owner came in looking for a senior kitty that needed a good home. She spent a long time deciding because she wanted to make sure she chose the cat that was right for her. Once she was certain she understood Rusty's needs, she was able to make the commitment. Rusty responded to her and soon after their meeting went home. Rusty is lucky to have found someone with a big heart to take in such a special boy.

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Sammy & Hermione

Sammy & Hermoine are a closely bonded pair turned in by their owners. Sammy's eye did not appear normal when he arrived at the shelter so MPC funded Sammy's vet visit vet, where he was diagnosed with dry-eye (for which drops were recommended), as well as having one eyelid that is partially missing, and developing growths. Dr. Lisa and Dr. Victor at Malibu Coast Animal Hospital recommended a surgical specialist, who fell in love with Sammy at first sight, and offered to treat him free of cost! Sammy recovered beautifully from the surgery, and now these cats (who slept with paws entwined) were adopted together.

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Sara

Sara

Sara came to us from another shelter. A large tumor was discovered on her belly. MPC funded the surgery needed for the tumor removal giving our portly girl a new and slimmer physique. Her health since the removal of the non cancerous tumor has been good and our spunky, butt-wiggling, lovable gal is ready to find her forever home.

UPDATE: Adopted!

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Scruffy

Scruffy was turned into the shelter with his partner Kiko when their family lost their home. Scruffy and Kiko, both senior pups badly needed their teeth cleaned. MPC funded a senior blood work panel which indicated a clean bill of health and funded their teeth cleaning as well as the extractions Scruffy needed. Recently both pups were featured on the KABC news. Kiko was adopted but Scruffy, with his cute little under bite, still awaits his forever home. Scruffy is good with other dogs, housebroken, and good with older kids. Please call Karla at (818) 519-3093 or the shelter at (818) 706-5898 for a chance to meet Scruffy

UPDATE: Adopted!!

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Shadow

Shadow

Shadow was transferred in from another shelter and arrived in very bad shape. He was emaciated, very frightened, with a back end that sloped downward. He also had massive diarrhea. A vet exam determined there was nothing wrong with his back end and in fact with daily exercise and time out of his kennel cage his back end unfolded to almost normal in appearance. (We surmise he had spent so much extended time with out exercise in a kennel cage at the other shelter that perhaps his back end had atrophied) With lots of TLC from the volunteers, medication, and special food and supplements funded by MPC, Shadow has turned into a magnificent and handsome pup. A goofy lovable guy, he was adored by all the volunteers and has found a wonderful home!

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Sharky

  • M / 
  • Norfolk Terrier Mix / 
  • 8 Years

Sharky is one of the most delightful terriers you will ever meet. When Sharkey came to the Shelter he had a lump on his chest and needed a dental. Our private vet removed the lump, which turned out to be just a benign fatty tumor and cleaned his teeth. Now Sparky has a sparkling bright smile! This little guy came to the shelter as a stray but it is obvious that he loves people and has plenty of spunk!

UPDATE: Adopted!

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Skittles

Skittles

Skittles is a 2-year-old male "Aussie mix" who was confiscated from a hoarding situation along with 20 other dogs. Despite the fact that his back legs were severely deformed (like seal flippers or in permanent first position like a ballet dancer) he maneuvered his way right up to the officers on the scene.

With his cute personality they quickly fell in love with him and called Robin to see if Malibu Pet Companions could help. The MPC board agreed and Skittles was soon on his way to Agoura Animal Shelter.

UPDATE: Adopted!!

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Slappy & Lucinda

Slappy & Lucinda

Our names are Slappy and Lucinda and we found our forever home. We were in foster care for a longer than usual period because Lucinda developed a fungal skin condition called ringworm. They say it is similar to athlete’s foot. MPC brought us to Malibu Coast Animal Hospital and they prescribed some medication. My foster applied it twice a day but our fur didn't grow back as quickly as they hoped. We were always active and playful but just had some bald spots. MCAH suggested another medicine that was oral and worked well for fungus. We were given the medication daily. It tasted like chicken so we didn't mind taking it. Our fur grew back and on the first day at the shelter we got adopted. A lady came to look at us. Her family was grieving over a loss in the family. Her son needed something to love. They picked us. We love to play with the boy and his dog. We had lived with a dog in our foster home so the adjustment was easy. We think dog tails are fun to play with. It is so nice to have someone to love us and care for us.

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Smokey

Smokey

Hi, my name is Smokey! I came to the shelter after being on the run for over a month, and by the time I arrived I was frightened, emaciated, and had patchy fur from a bad skin condition. MPC got me to the vet right away and found out I had a flea allergy, which was treated with special baths, Frontline, and antibiotics. MPC bought me some special food and Missing Link - a food supplement designed to help bring fur back. As you can see from my picture, I'm looking oh, so handsome! Working with the friendly shelter volunteers and staff I grew comfortable around people, and ready for my forever home.

Happily Smokey was adopted to a gentleman whose senior rottie had just passed away. Smokey's new guardian is so happy to have Smokey as a part of his family!

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Snowflake

Hi, my name is Snowflake! My owners turned me into the shelter to be euthanized because I was vomiting and they were unable to cope with the special diet I needed. Thankfully the nice volunteers with MPC intervened, took me to the vet, and voila - a little medicine and a special diet, and I am good as new! I was recently adopted and am living happily ever after.

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Stuart

Stuart was turned in to the shelter by a neighbor who grew concerned for his safety when she saw that he was not allowed in his house, and was roaming the neighborhood. His owners did not come to claim him from the shelter, but another neighbor felt sorry for Stuart and adopted him. Unfortunately, after only a couple of days, Stuart became very sick and was returned to the shelter. He was taken to a private vet where he was diagnosed with Parvo (it's likely he had never been vaccinated and so was vulnerable to such diseases). He fought for his life for eleven days in the hospital and now, with the care MPC provided and the love of a good foster home, Stuart is happy and healthy. After several weeks recovering in foster care, Stuart was officially adopted by his foster family. He knows what it's like to be loved and living indoors with a family, and instead of sleeping under cars, he now loves going for rides.

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Taz

Taz

Taz was turned into the shelter by his owner because "his breath smells bad and he needs a dental". Taz was also so underweight that his ribs were showing and his waist was tiny. MPC took Taz to a private vet where it was determined that his teeth were so bad that it was painful for him to eat. The Vet removed two of his teeth and he is now in foster care with a healthy appetite and a growing waist! Taz’s foster family has taught him to use the doggy door so he is completely housebroken and gets along very well with dogs of all sizes. He comes when his name is called and stays right by his person. He is also very affectionate and leans into you when being petted.

UPDATE: Adopted by his foster family!

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Tiger

Tiger

Hi, my name is Tiger. I became an MPC dog when I started to have massive stomach troubles. The MPC got me tested (I had giardia - yuck!), and with antibiotic treatment funded by MPC, I recovered quickly.

Tiger was adopted to a young man and his family who fell in love with his personality and beautiful stripes!

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Toby

Toby

Toby is a happy-go-lucky young pup that came to the shelter as a stray. He had entropian in both eyes (eyelids rolled in) which MPC paid to have corrected by a private vet. Toby now looks bright eyed and bushy tailed and is ready to be adopted into a home looking for a sweet and active pup!

UPDATE: Adopted!

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Tommy

Tommy

Tommy "the Tummy" is a big, gray tabby boy who weights about 26 pounds. Yes, that is overweight BUT he is on a diet. His owners could no longer care for him and were sad to have to give him up. MPC took Tommy to the vet for an exam since he was a bit -- correction -- a lot bigger than the average cat. Happily we discovered though that other than his weight issue, he is basically a healthy cat. Tommy is a nice boy that doesn't seem to mind being on a low calorie diet since he seems to like all types of food. You can find him waddling around the habitat for cats at the shelter. With winter around the corner, you wouldn't have a need for a blanket since Tommy would be more than happy to be your personal big cat blanket to sleep with. He likes other cats and is good with kids.

UPDATE: Adopted!

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Trina

Trina

  • F / 
  • Chihuahua mix / 
  • 7 Years

Trina is a favorite at the shelter. Everyone loves to watch her play with her toys. One of the volunteers noticed a lump developing on her side. MPC arranged and funded her vet visit at which time it was determined that she had an abscess. She is now being treated and is looking for a home to call her own!

UPDATE: Adopted!

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Trina

Tulip

  • F / 
  • Chihuahua  / 

Tulip arrived at the Agoura Animal Shelter as a stray in really bad shape. Missing most of her fur, ears full of yucky, dirty wax, and teeth in very nasty shape. She visited Malibu Coast Animal Hospital almost immediately where she was checked for mange but those tests came up negative. Tho with the appearance of her skin it was determined to treat her as if she had mange and to add in some good fish based food and prednisone to calm her skin down. The good news is after being under treatment she started to get a tiny bit of hair re-growth, kind of like peach fuzz and her skin and ears began to calm down heading towards a healthier direction. And her teeth?...well it turns out she had to have all her teeth pulled but ONE as they were all loose and rotted. She entered foster care after her dental surgery and in quick order her foster fell in love with her happy, easy spririt and decided to make her a permanent part of the family! Tulip now named Stella continues to be almost fur less but wears an assortment of sweaters daily to keep her warm and the most fashionable Chihuahua on the block!

UPDATE: Adopted!

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Twinkie

Twinkie

Hi, my name is Twinkie! When I arrived at the shelter as a stray I was in a much neglected state, with nails so long I could barely walk.  As soon as I was off stray status, MPC paid for me to see a private vet, who diagnosed me with a bacterial skin infection and chronic ear infection. I then went into foster care where was started on a course of antibiotics and medicated baths.  I now look and smell much better, plus I'm more alert. 

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Twinkie

Tyrus

  • M / 
  • 9 Years

Tyrus, 9 years old, arrived at the Agoura Animal Shelter as a stray and quickly became a volunteer favorite! Volunteers loved his gentle easy going demeanor so much that they selected him for a meet and greet with a girl scout troop that came in to see some of the shelter dogs. On this day he met Katie and her family who fell in love with Tyrus and decided to adopt him. However during a senior well check with Dr. Dana at Malibu Coast Animal Hospital Tyrus was found to have a mass on his spleen. Surgery was needed immediately to remove the mass. Katie's family was devastated to learn Tyrus was sick and waited anxiously to here what the outcome would be. The biopsy indicated the mass was cancerous but Katie's family realized Tyrus was meant to be their new family member and decided to move forward with adopting him despite knowing he may not have long to live. He continues to amaze his new family with his gentle demeanor and is loved by everyone he meets! 

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Yuma

Poor little Yuma has been at the Agoura Shelter far too long through no fault of his own. He is a wonderful little dog that loves people and gets along well with other dogs. Yuma is affectionate and very easy to walk on leash. His wellness vet exam showed that he is healthy except for some teeth extractions, which MPC funded. He is 10 years young and overdue to go to his forever home. Please call the Agoura Shelter to meet Yuma, Impound No. A1303308, (818) 706-5898.

UPDATE: Adopted!

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