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You will find our adorable fur kids for adoption weekends at Pet Food Express in Silicon Valley. We can also accommodate appointments in the evenings during the week.

Pet Food Express
15466 Los Gatos Blvd.
Los Gatos [MAP]
12 noon-4:00 pm
Every Saturday


Happy 2014!

We hope that all of you had a gentle 2013 filled with love and purrs and woofs. For all of us at Unconditional Love, 2013 marked our fourteenth year of rescue! Hard to fathom at the beginning of this venture that we'd still be going strong fourteen years later. . . Year one was a tremendous challenge. Year fourteen has also been a tremendous challenge. For those of you who have adopted precious little ones from us recently or awhile back, and/or have supported us throughout the many ups and downs of this extraordinary journey, we thought we'd share a bit of our history, along with some of our most recent rescue missions. This really has been quite a ride. . .

Unconditional Love was born when two teachers decided that it would be fun to rescue and place animals after a stray cat (Bob) materialized on one of our doorsteps and we found him a wonderful home. Because our students wandered in with the occasional stray, we figured supply was potentially plentiful. We researched veterinarians, decided on our name, and within a week, had our first two little rescues from a student whose family couldn't keep them. "This is easy!" we thought.

Alas, the universe has a way of making absolutely certain people are serious about the choice to rescue. And shortly after our first two easy-breezy kittens went home, our vet called. Would we take three newborn bottle babies found at a nursing home? Of course!!! One little buff and two little black tinies became our lives. We fed them. We snuggled them. We kissed them. And then they started losing fur. . .and our own furchildren started losing fur. . . and we began to break out in mysterious rashes . . .

Yep--kittens three, four and five were COVERED in ringworm! And it was no ordinary ringworm--it was a virulent strand that took months to cure. We tried topicals. We tried oral meds. There were tears and ample discussions about quitting. This had to be a sign that we shouldn't be doing rescue!! We seriously thought that ringworm was the absolute worst thing that could possibly happen to us. . .

Flash forward fourteen years. This year, we've seen a kitten survive being placed in a plastic bag and tossed into a dumpster (his siblings were not so lucky). We had our first experience with distemper and lost a precious litter of four beautiful fluffball kittens--one by one--over the course of ten days. We took a twelve year old Australian Shepherd from the shelter who had been abandoned in the mountains and was so covered in urine-soaked mats that she could barely move. And just four days ago (December 18), we pulled a 30 pound (who should have been 45 pounds), 14 year old border collie, covered in feces, unable to stand, with a glimmer of hope that maybe, MAYBE, our phenomenal vets at Adobe Animal Hospital could find a way to save her. Princess (named because of the pink princess collar that she was wearing when found) is currently being treated for multiple issues. We will stand strong with her--whatever it takes--because she deserves a chance.

There have been a great many lessons in the last fourteen years. We have learned that ringworm is not all that bad. There are many, many things that are worse. Abandonment is worse. Starvation, horrible wasting diseases, being tossed away like garbage. . . these things are all worse. But we've also learned that when we stand strong in times of terrible sickness, trying situations and the worst examples of humanity, amazing things happen. A former adopter hears a kitten in a dumpster and crawls in to rescue him. The amazing groomers who sign on to clean up an elderly, matted dog decide she is home -- with their family. The seemingly unadoptable kitten is adopted--and it's a perfect fit. A former adopter calls in with a huge donation because he believes in our work. Princess the dog takes a shaky walk around the ICU . . .

Rescue is about faith--faith that, if we do the right thing, all will be OK in the end. After 14 years of triumphs, loss, tears, smiles and daily challenges, we have learned to trust in the potential of tomorrow. Tomorrow, good things can happen. Lives can be saved. People can be extraordinary. The impossible can be possible--if we just take the risk today.

Here's to all of you who have sent e-mails of encouragement with perfect timing . . . or stepped up to foster an incredibly difficult baby. . . or adopted one of our unadoptables. . . or donated just when we thought we couldn't afford to keep going with a little one. . . Here's to our veterinarians who are on call all hours of the night via text and phone. . . Here's to our amazing periphery of supporters (Pet Food Express, The Cat Hospital, Adobe Animal Hospital, Laurie Roberts and her entourage, TLC Grooming) who hold fundraisers and give our name to clients and encourage us when we need it most. . .

Here's to 14 years of having the support and courage today to believe in the miracles of tomorrow Year 15--here we come:)

With Endless Gratitude,
Lisa Lotti
Director, Unconditional Love Animal Rescue and Placement


Three Stories of 2013: Oscar, Gracie and Princess

Oscar the Dumpster Kitten

Oscar's story is a bit lengthy, because it needs to be for you all to understand just how serendipitous his rescue really was. . .

Here is the back story . . . Former adopters Kim and Jason (parents of Kumi, Milano, Fiona and Ephiny) rescued a sweet tortie abandoned in their parking lot. We offered to help with vet bills and support because they stepped up to foster--quite a commitment for a couple who already had four kitties!! Kim, a networking genius, managed to find an adopter for Sophie, the adult tortie via numerous Facebook pleas. And Sophie's new mommy needed to follow up with a single vaccine that Sophie still needed. So, she brought Sophie to the Cat Hospital where we could take care of that last vaccination. And while she was waiting, she ran to Starbucks for a coffee. And that's when she heard meows coming from the dumpster.

When we tell you we believe that the Universe puts us exactly where we need to be, we aren't kidding. Sophie's mama recovered a shivering, skinny filthy baby from the dumpster, and found evidence that the rest of his litter wasn't so lucky. She brought the little man to the Cat Hospital, and they called us. If baby was OK, would we take him? Of course we would.

So Oscar became a U-Love kitten. He was 8 weeks old and just over a pound. We medicated him, fed him and snuggled him. Our amazing foster family, the Kellums, made him their special project. Oscar turned out to be an amazing, intuitive little baby. He was recently adopted by a wonderful woman who sometimes has health issues. When she does, Oscar is snuggled right by her side--all day. When she is fine, he is a normal, wild and crazy kitten. It's perfect. A little one who shouldn't be here at all is comfort and best buddy to a human who needs him to understand a little bit about life's challenges. And Oscar definitely has that in his wheel house!

Gracie . . . A Pleading Face on a Rescue List

Sometimes, our director gets what she calls a "heart-tug." When this happens, she goes against every reasonable argument created by her own brain (and those of others she trusts implicitly) and simply dives in. This is how it was with Gracie.

Gracie's photo was on THAT list--the list we receive every day that shows babies at the shelter who are in danger of being euthanized. "Needs rescue by December 10." This means there is no December 11th. . .

As she was scrolling down the list, Gracie's photo made her stop. The photo had a pleading quality--almost like Gracie was begging for someone to help her. She read the story: 12 year old Australian Shepherd, found abandoned in the mountains, stiff gait, rotten teeth, covered in mats. Her marketing strategy was not great. . . with the exception of that face. So on her way home from work that day, our director took a little detour and found herself at the shelter, asking to meet Gracie. And as we all know, when eyes meet eyes, well, this is the kiss of life;) Gracie was as sweet and gentle as her photo suggested--she was not spending one more night at the shelter.

Lisa (our director) called her amazing mobile groomers to see if they could possible clean up a dog who was covered (and we mean covered) in huge, urine-soaked mats. They did not hesitate. "Bring her to us," they said. So into Lisa's car Gracie went and oh, my goodness--she was a perfect little lady, if terribly stinky (see photo above). Gail and Buff from TLC Grooming worked their magic on her (it took hours). All clean and beautiful, Gracie took a long deserved nap . . . and wiggled her way into Buff and Gail's hearts. It took less than a day for them to e-mail and suggest that Gracie may have found her forever home--with them:) No surprise--Gracie, and all of us at Unconditional Love, were ok with that;)

Princess: A Ride to a Gentle Death Results in a Chance at Life

We eluded to Princess in our intro, but we couldn't refrain from telling her story here. Even though we are still in the middle of our journey with this little girl, the fact that there IS a middle to this journey is quite miraculous to us--and a testament her spirit. Endings aside, she is here today, wobbly and walking, trying. And that's important.

You will see the names Buff and Gail again in this story, because frankly, they are the reason Princess is alive. Gail sent a text to Lisa asking if any desperate, older pups needed a miracle at Christmas. Because of that text, Lisa took a deep breath and opened the rescue list. . . and there was Princess.

We called the rescue coordinator to inquire about both Princess (unnamed on the list) and Annie, a 10 year old German Shepherd. The response was that Princess was bad off and slated for euthanasia the next morning. The rescue coordinator actually expressed concern that putting off euthanasia would be a bad idea. So we agreed to get to the shelter at an ungodly hour to assess both babies ourselves.

We met Annie first (and trust us--we have obligated to Annie). Ten years old with a graying muzzle, Annie was still spry enough to beg an early morning play session out of us (which we loved). She has a neck mass, and we have a vet appointment next Friday to get that taken care of, because Annie is special . . .

Princess was next. She was laying in her kennel, and the stench was potent. We sat down next to her and she didn't even lift her head. Her back end was covered in feces and urine. A shelter tech asked if we could try to get her to eat. She just didn't have the strength or will to try. We sat there with her for a solid hour--debating whether we should just let go and move on, or if we should be the people who snuggled her as she exited this world. The answer (like always) was inherent in the debate. "Please wrap her in a clean blanket and bring her to the car."

We stopped at Pet Food Express, where compassionate employees set us up with a warm bath and tons of towels, all free of charge. Once we were all clean, we headed to Adobe--seriously, we figured this was a one way trip. But Dr. Zarday saw something in Princess, and asked if we wanted to actually run some tests or just call it. We figured that we were there, so what the heck. And so many things were wrong! Free fluid everywhere. Horrible urinary tract infection. Zero protein levels. Liver failure. BUT--all of those things are treatable for awhile. So we determined that, if we could get her to stand and go potty NOT where she sleeps, maybe she could have quality of life. And we invoked the pharmaceutical gods to help us

Two days ago we visited Princess early. She greeted us with a wagging tail. She stood up with just a little help. And she walked outside and squatted and went potty. She promptly fell afterward, exhausted. BUT SHE WALKED AND WENT POTTY OUTSIDE! For Princess, the dog signed for euthanasia on December 18th, little things were huge on December 20th! We chatted with our wonderful vets in charge at that point, Dr. Blackwolf and Dr. Denise. And they agreed that Princess was at the point where she could leave the ICU and go have a fabulous, if short, rest of her life with someone who loved her.

On December 21st, we picked up Princess from Adobe. Wonderful Gail met us and scooped up Princess, put her into the grooming truck and headed for home. An hour later, Gail sent a text to inform us that Princess would rather be called Holly, and that she and Gracie were hanging out together--members of the "old girls' club"--in sunbeams, snoozing.

None of us is guaranteed tomorrow. When we are lucky enough to get tomorrow, we should make it special. We should wag our tails, take a walk outside, and find a sunbeam . Princess, aka Holly, has taught us that.

As we wrap up 2013 . . .

We continue to dream of a time when no animals will be killed in shelters. . . when every animal is able to curl up by a warm fire or snuggle up on the sofa with a family who adores him or her. We continue to dedicate our time to saving, nurturing, treating, and placing every animal that we can. We continue to educate whomever will listen about the horrible animal overpopulation problem in our country, and we continue to encourage spaying and neutering as the ultimate solution to this issue. Finally, we continue to hope that you will walk with us in this journey toward a more humane and compassionate world.

If you would like to assist us in our 2014 quest to save lives, please send donations to Unconditional Love Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 1715, Los Gatos, CA 95031.

If you prefer to donate via credit card, please visit our website (Click Here) and click on the donations link, where you may donate via Paypal!

We invite you to stop in and see us!! We are at Pet Food Express, 15466 Los Gatos Blvd, Los Gatos, between noon and four EVERY Saturday! We so enjoy seeing past adopters and hearing about the lives of our rescued babies! And, whether you adopted from us yesterday or 14 years ago, you qualify for what we humorously refer to as our REPEAT OFFENDER DISCOUNT should you decide to add another Unconditional Love baby to your family!

We are deeply grateful for your support of and trust in our organization. Have a peaceful holiday and a fabulous 2014!

Lisa Lotti, Director
Unconditional Love Animal Rescue and Placement

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