There is a common misconception that all dogs found in the shelter have been abused or mistreated, but that's not always the case. No matter the reason, the dog in the shelter, without being physically harmed or abused, goes through a lot emotionally. Abandonment causes fear. Living in the shelter for any duration of time means, confinement, isolation, multitude of noises, strange smells, and a complete change of normalcy for a dog. Fortunately, dogs live in the moment and adapt readily to positive change allowing them to settle into their forever home within weeks.
All our animals have been rescued from local shelters or nearby streets. They all have a past we know nothing about, but one thing we do know, we are their future. These are their stories.
This greyhound mix was the first rescue to Scarlet Oak Farms. She was adopted from the local Humane Society in August of 2007. Ten years later, Scarlet was diagnosed with Lymphosarcoma in 2017. She spend the next two years fighting her cancer battle, receiving weekly chemotherapy treatments at the vet hospital. May 2019, Scarlet lost her fight crossing the Rainbow Bridge with us by her side.
This tabby cat was the only survivor from Nola's first litter. She was born on the farm in the summer of 2016. She is the oldest of the current feline residents and makes sure her presence is known. Because Scarlet Oak Farms actively promotes spaying/neutering of all its animals, reproduction will no longer be possible for any of the rescues.
This walker hound mix was found in April of 2018 running in the middle of the street in front of the farm. She was emaciated, covered in ticks, with significant dental damage. Charlie was heart worm positive and treated with a series of vaccinations. Her transition into the sanctuary has been a slow process, but her loyalty and devotion to the process is evident.
This handsome tabby cat is the sister to Uno and son of Nola. He is the only male resident on the sanctuary currently. Uno can be quite vocal at times and make sure his dinner is served at a specific time daily.
This beautiful blue tick coohound mix was rescued from the shelter in June 2019. She weighted close to 90 pounds and close to 4 years old. Lady Bird sat in the shelter awhile, being passed over several times. The shelter staff was actually surprised at her adoption success. She came to the sanctuary already knowing simple commands and maintains her gentle temperament.
This beagle mix was found on the side of the road about 7 miles from the farm. Here's what we know: he is definitely a senior (most likely between 7-9 yrs old), weighs 15 lbs, is super gentle and docile, still in tact, and just wants to next to someone. He loves the other girls on the farm and Duke is helping Mable come out of her shell.
This beautiful hound mix was rescued from a local shelter from a desperate plea to find her a forever home. Charlotte is appoximately 2 years old and full of spunky despite being adopted once and then returned to shelter shortly after. She has a gentle demeanor and knows basic commands. Charlotte is finally home!
This fearless tabby cat was rescued back in 2015. She was looking for her forever home and decided Scarlet Oak Farms was it. Nola is the mother to all three tabby cats- Dos, Shrimp, and Uno. The sanctuary lost Nola in early 2019 to a neurological disorder. She will always be remembered for her fearlessness and ability to rule the feline herd on the farm.
This hound mutt was rescued the week before Thanksgiving 2016, wondering the roads by the sanctuary. She was completely emaciated, weighing less than 30 pounds, heart worm positive, and suffering skin/ear issues. Through all her treatments, Marla showed pure gratitude and affection. Marla Mae suddenly passed from what was believed to be Spontaneous Hemoabdomen. She was the definition of unconditional love.
This wire-hair hound mix was rescued from the shelter in April 2019. She came weighing 46 pounds, approximately 4 years in age, with bumps, scrapes, and a sun-burned snout. Her transition from the shelter has been incredible. Roxanne's depression phase upon arrival was short lived and she integrated better than expected.
This tabby cat was born on the farm, 3 years ago, from Nola's last litter. Dos is sister to Uno man, another tabby cat at Scarlet Oak Farms. Dos is quite shy. She lingers in the background observing her surroundings before interacting with the others.
This two year old hound mix was a nervous wreck sitting in the shelter back in August of 2019. She needs the company of the other hound girls to fill secure. Upon rescuing her, it was apparent Mable had received little human interaction before her SOF rescue.
We've named this beautiful girl Harley Quinn. She came to us in November of 2019 and seems to be a true pit bull. We found her pretty severely emaciated weighing about 28 lbs. She has such a beautiful personality coming through. Harley seems to love people and the other dogs, shes unsure about the cats, and has the loudest bark of the pack. Shes already destroyed one Kong and claimed Duke as her new best bud!
This large hound is an old man, roughly 9 years old. He holds the title for the largest dog on the farm to date. Forest was considered to have "no hope" when we rescued him. He and Charlotte were adopted on the same day and have become bonded due to being in the shelter at the same time. Forest is a jumper! Even at his age, he can jump on tables over 4 feet tall. Forest is our definition of pure.