Sherri Stankewitz is the founder of West Coast Animal Rescue (WeCARe) in Long Beach. Sherri is the goddess of lost causes speaking of dogs. She picks up animals that are ignored, maimed, abused and abandoned and rehabilitates them. Also, she pulls dogs from Long Beach Animal Care Services and puts them up for adoption along with the other critters she actively saves. What’s better, there seems to be no case that remains a case, and forever homes are found for them, no matter how hopeless the cases seem.

Recently, Sherri was a victim of the Prank It Forward National Campaign in which Sherri was first freaked out and then overcome with emotion as every one of her dogs at an adoption event was taken to preselected forever homes. There will be more about Sherri and WeCARe in a future article, but know that even with a bunch of dogs going home, more still remain at WeCARe and shelters everywhere. And they keep coming in.

What’s more, all dogs have been vetted and spayed or neutered and are current on their vaccinations.

Gypsy, Jack Russell/Irish terrier mix

This sweet gal was found on the side of the 710 freeway ramp at the 91. Gypsy was ready to give birth and was extremely dehydrated and starving. A kind Samaritan scooped her up and called WeCARe to bring her to safety. She gave birth to eight beautiful puppies, who are all in homes, Gypsy is looking for her forever home—she weights about 25 pounds and loves attention.

Gypsy, Jack Russell/Irish terrier mix

Porkchop, papillon/Chihuahua mix

Porkchop and his sister were brought into the shelter as strays and were very shut down and scared. However WeCARe rescued them, and they have both made incredible progress in the couple of months that they’ve been there. Porkchop likes playing with other dogs, loves running up to you for tasty treats, and has really come out of his shell. He would love to find a loving forever home of his own very soon!

Porkchop, papillon/Chihuahua mix

Bugaloo, Bichon frise/poodle

This amazing boy was left at a shelter in the High Desert, and no one was interested in adopting this sweet little guy. He’s had a little streak of bad luck this year, including surviving an attack by another dog and having to spend many days and nights at the vet’s office. In spite of it all, he is nine pounds of pure love. He likes other dogs, is extremely sweet, and wants nothing more than for someone to make his wish for a new home of his very own come true!

Bugaloo, Bichon frise/poodle