Thursday, December 15, 2011

This Week's Featured Adoptable: Canella

All she wants for Christmas is you!

Canella is a beautiful two-year-old Shepard mix -- and if her striking widow's peak doesn't draw you in, her adorable, fun-loving personality will.  She is an active girl who loves to run and play, but is eager to curl up on your lap for a good belly rub.  She loves to play in the water during the summer and would be perfect for a family who likes to hike and would take her for walks in the park -- she'd even be willing to teach you how to play fetch!  Canella would love a backyard of her own, but likes to snuggle up inside where it's soft and warm.

Canella is house trained and has basic manners.  She loves children -- she was fostered by a family with two- and four-year-old boys -- but she can be selective with cats and other dogs.

Come meet this amazing girl today -- her warm eyes are sure to melt your heart. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Featured Adoptable: Toby

Toby is an adorable little ball of energy that would be perfect for an active home.  Toby loves to run and play outside, and his fetch skills rival those of dogs six times his size!  He'll sprint to the door and for a quick lap around the yard, then skid to a halt at your feet and flop on his back for a belly rub.  He also loves to be held and will curl up for a nice long cuddle. 

Toby is great with other dogs and would love to have a friend or two to play with.  He's also great with kids, so he'd fit in perfectly with a family.  Toby is very friendly and is house- and crate-trained.  If you're interested in meeting Toby, give us a call at 801-359-9959 or email Cathy at

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Confessions of a reformed pit bull hater

Okay, "hater" is not exactly the right word.  I've never hated any dog, nor have I never supported breed specific legislation or the mandatory euthanasia of any breed, and I've always held a very big grudge against those who give pits a bad name.  I was always just a little, let's say, overly cautious around pits.  I said I've never bring one into my home because in the past they have been bred to be vicious, and I believed part of that likely lingered deep in their DNA. 
Miss Molly

But all of that changed when I came to work for CWAC.  The pit that changed everything for me was Molly.  This adorable little girl was a compact, muscular bundle of joy.  I remember being a little nervous the first time she jumped up to lick my face.  I was even more nervous when I took her out to play with one of our other dogs, Cody.  Molly and Cody took opposite ends of the yard, stared one another down for a few minutes then took off at full speed toward each other, collapsing into a big ball of wrestling fur.  It took just a split second to realize they were playing, not fighting, and having a great time.  Molly always greeted me with slobbery kisses and hugs, and climbed up onto my lap for loves whenever she could.  Molly changed my perception of pit bull type dogs.

During my time at CWAC, we've been blessed to have several pitties come through our kennels.  From Mama and Tina to Gus -- a dog with cropped ears, the broadest head I've ever seen, a seriously bad-ass mean-streets look, and the biggest heart imaginable. 


Gus killing me with kisses.
I loved talking him for walks, because people would clear the sidewalks when they saw us coming.  I couldn't blame them, if I saw a dog looking like that coming toward me, I would be scared, too.  Gus could have been the poster child for BSL -- he definitely had the right look -- but he was a much better representative to fight against it.  Gus was a perfect example of exceptional behavior.  He seldom barked, never jumped up, and always answered when called.  He also loved to get attention and wouldn't hesitate to plop his heavy paws on your lap and tilt his head just enough to tell you he was open for some ear scratches. 

Molly, Gus, Rocky, Chubby, Bella, Billy, Katy, Tina and Mama have all had an impact on me that is nearly impossible to put into words.  They changed me.  There's nothing inside them that makes them prone to snap, not a violent bone in their stocky bodies.   Every time I see them, I saw the love and appreciation in their eyes, and the undeniable truth that there is nothing that separates them from Labs, or Collies, or even Poodles.  Okay, maybe one thing -- their fierce loyalty and ability to love.  I've never seen a type of dog so willing to please and so desperate to bond.  Despite the popular stories in the media, they are not vicious or unsafe.  Of course, all dogs should be properly socialized and introduced to new people and children.  But pit bull types should not be excluded simply because of the way they look. 

We now have several pits at the CWAC facility, all waiting for a home of their own.  It's Love Your Pit this month at the kennels, and we invite you to come down and meet them for yourself.  I promise you'll never be the same.

Amber is a caretaker with Canines With A Cause and runs public relations and marketing campaigns.

Monday, November 7, 2011

How You Can Help

The holiday season is upon us, and how better to celebrate than giving to those in need?  We have 14 adorable dogs looking for new homes, but we realize adoption isn't an option for everyone.  But you can still help, and make a big difference in their lives.

It's getting colder outside and we have several kennels without warm beds.  The kennel floors are cold and a new bed would give the dogs a warm, comfortable place to spend the nights dreaming of their forever homes.  Some of our dogs already have beds, but there isn't enough for everyone.  Please help us provide beds for each of them by donating a bed in your name, or as a gift for a friend or family member.  Simply click on the link below and select our shelter from the list.

If a full donation is a little out of your budget, you can still help us reach our goal by chipping in toward the cost of a bed.  You can donate by clicking here.  It's something that the dogs will appreciate every day.

We are also always in need of gently used blankets, toys, and towels.  If you can help, please contact us at

Any donations are appreciated!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Little Dogs -- Big Love

It's said that big things come in small packages, and that's definitely true when it comes to dogs!

We have a special promotion this month featuring some very special, very teeny pups.  Come meet them every Saturday in October from 11 am to 3 pm at the CWAC facility (40 N. 800 W., Salt Lake City) and fall in love with your new best friend. 
All new adoptees with go home with a special welcome home package to help ease the transition into their new family life.  

Here's a look at just a handful of the dogs up for adoption:

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Help Us Help Them

Canines with a Cause is expanding, and with more dogs in the kennels, we are in need of more warm beds -- especially with winter quickly approaching. 

Every dog deserves a comfortable place to curl up and dream about their new forever family, and now you can help us supply them.  Simply click the link below to donate a bed, and Kuranda will send it straight to the facility. 

Please help us make their time with us a little more pleasant. 

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Congratulations Canella!

Canella was with us yesterday at the Hogle Zoo adoption event and was snatched up within an hour!  She was our first CWAC pup to be adopted yesterday; Rocky followed soon after.  Canella's new family was very excited to find her and she's now sleeping comfortably in their son's bunk beds.  Congratulations, Canella!  We'll miss seeing your beautiful face, but are so happy for you and your new people!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Meet Your Best Friend This Weekend!

Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo

Start: Saturday, October 1, 2011
End: Saturday, October 1, 2011
Times: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Utah's Hogle Zoo will be hosting the Pedigree Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo animal adoption event from 9 am to 5 pm Saturday, October 1st, and Canines With A Cause will be there!
Cats and Dogs from local adoption agencies will be at the zoo in the American Express Event Pavilion, waiting to meet their new families.   
The American Express Event Pavilion is located just east of the main Zoo entrance, and is separate from the zoo.  Admission to the adoption event is free, Zoo admission is not included.  Outside animals are not allowed inside the adoption area.  Non-service animals are not allowed inside the zoo.
Stop by and see us -- and meet your new best friend!

This Week's Featured Adoptable -- Rocky

Rocky has had a terrifying and tragic start, but has found new life since becoming a part of the CWAC family.

Rocky and two of his canine siblings were taken by animal control officers in California after they were found by police officers at the scene of a horrific crime.  According to police reports, his owner, in a drug-induced rage, tortured and beat his wife and three children with a monkey wrench, killing his 16-year-old son.

Rocky was inside the home with two other pit mixes, Harley and Bonnie.  It was obvious to workers at the San Bernardino shelter that the dogs had also been subjected to some abuse because of scars found on their bodies.  Harley, a puppy, was soon adopted, but Bonnie and Rocky needed more time to heal.  After spending months at a veterinary clinic, Rocky was released and found his way on a transport to Salt Lake City.

Rocky is such a happy, playful boy it's hard to imagine the things he must have seen inside that home.  He has shown us how resilient dogs really are when they are properly cared for and loved.

Rocky may be full-grown, but he's still very much a pup by personality.  He loves to chase, and pounce on tennis balls and is one of the most playful dogs we've ever had at CWAC.  He's gentle and kind with small children, but hasn't been fully tested around cats.  He does have some basic manners, but needs a little more direction when it comes to walking politely on a leash.

Do you have room in your family to help Rocky finish healing?  If you'd like to meet him, contact Cathy at or 801-359-5595 for more information.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

New Faces at CWAC

We have several new faces at the CWAC kennels -- and they'd love to meet you.  Each of these adorable pups was brought in from high kill shelters in California and have found a new leash on life with CWAC.  More on their stories, coming soon!




Friday, September 9, 2011

Cathy Stops by FOX13 to Talk About Paws & Stripes

In case you haven't heard, we have this little event coming up this weekend.  Cathy King, Director of CWAC stopped by the FOX13 studios to share more about the event.


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Meet Our New Pups!

 We have seven new pups looking for a wonderful new home!  Meet Lady, Chubby and Browning.  If you're interested in meeting them, email  


More on their stories coming soon.. and more photos of our new adoptables.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Paws & Stripes Day -- Schedule of Events

Below is a list of the great events that will be happening during Paws & Stripes Day. 
Want to participate in one of our doggy derbies for a chance to win a great prize pack from Purina?  Email us at and we'll get you signed up, or you can sign up at the CWAC booth on the day of the event.

9:00 AM
CWAC Booth, South Lawn

9:30 AM
Doggy Dash - Sponsored by Fox 13
South Lawn

10:00 AM
Bike Joring Demo with Arctic Dog Rescue
Walking Trail

10:30 AM
Tennis Ball Challenge - Sponsored by Utah Dog Park
South Lawn

11:00 AM

Bike Joring Demo with Arctic Dog Rescue
Walking Trail
11:30 AM
Woof Relay
South Lawn

12:00 PM
Bike Joring Demo with Arctic Dog Rescue
Walking Trail

12:30 PM
Bobbing for Hot Dogs
South Lawn

1:00 PM
Bike Joring Demo with Arctic Dog Rescue
Walking Trail

1:30 PM
Temptation Tower of Treats - Sponsored by Ma & Paws Bakery
South Lawn

2:00 PM
Bike Joring Demo with Arctic Dog Rescue
Walking Trail

2:30 PM
Obedience Baseball - Sponsored by Animal Care Center
South Lawn

All Day 9 AM - 3PM
Lure Coursing with Happy Mutts
West Lawn

Nail Clips with Auntie Jayne's Groomerie
South Lawn

Pet Photography with Benjamin Bamba Photography
South Lawn

Behavior Consultations with Peaceful Pups
South Lawn

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Paws & Stripes Day

Fun, Family, Food and Fur!

Paws & Stripes Day is a day full of activities for the whole family, including the dog! Come mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11 by honoring our military heroes and helping the four-legged companions that have changed their lives.

All proceeds will benefit Canines With a Cause, a Salt Lake City-based non-profit dedicated to the rescue and training of shelter dogs as service animals for our military veterans.

Come test your pup's skills in our doggie derbies or enter to win great prizes, including restaurant gift cards, gift baskets, spa days for you and your pet and much more! Games include Tennis Ball Challenge, Obedience Baseball, Bobbing for Hot Dogs, Doggy Dash and the Temptation Treat Tower.

Other features include local pet-related businesses, bikejoring demonstrations, animal entertainers, pet photography and refreshments for both dogs and their human companions. And of course, giveaways!

Admission is free for spectators and dogs.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

This Week's Featured Adoptable: Tina

Tina is a beatiful red pittie with the most adorable smile. 

Tina was rescued by the Heigel Foundation after she was dropped The Humane Society of Utah after being used as a backyard breeder.  But she hasn't let her past get her down! 
Tina is a bright, fun loving girl, full of energy for a good game of fetch.  If Tina were a person, she'd be an athlete for sure -- this girl is all muscle.  She loves to run and chase her tail, but walks very well on a leash.  She likes to snuggle and give kisses, and will jump up to get them, so a home with older children would probably be best.  Tina adores being around people, and will sing if you leave her crated up for too long.  She's also a little afraid of water, so bath times can be a challenge.  She hasn't been tested around cats, but they may not appreciate her love of the chase.  Tina is also very selective of her canine friends, so it would be best to introduce her to any potential new siblings first. 

One thing's for sure: Tina's bright eyes and silly smile will warm your heart every time you see her. 

If you're interested in meeting Tina, please contact Cathy at 801-359-5599 or

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

This Week's Featured Adoptable: Greta

Greta is a beautiful two-year-old German Shepherd who is looking for a family to love, and her warm, golden eyes mirror her warm heart.

Greta came to CWAC from Salt Lake County Animal Services.  We're not sure how she arrived at the shelter, but we quickly fell in love with this bright girl.  Greta began her training in May and has excelled at all of her lessons.  She is a playful girl who loves to romp around in the yard.  She loves to chase things, but hasn't quite gotten the hang of fetch yet.  She tugs a little while walking on leash, but has come a long way  in her time with us and is eager to learn.

 Greta loves nothing more than to be around people -- her eyes light up when you walk into a room -- but she is a little skittish and sudden movements can spook her, so a home with older kids may be better.  She is house-trained and has a very soft voice (especially for a Shepherd), but like all Shepherds, she is strong and will need a family that is willing to positively enforce for boundaries.

If you are interested in meeting Great, please call 801-359-5595 or email Cathy at

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Mark Your Calendars!

Please Join us for the
First Annual

Sunday, September 11, 2011
Wheeler Farm
9am – 3pm
 Fun, Family, Food… and Fur!

Paws & Stripes Day is a day full of activities for the whole family, including the dog.  All proceeds will benefit Canines With a Cause.

The event will feature doggy derbies, games and contests, local pet-related businesses, K-9 demonstrations, animal entertainers, pet photography, prize raffle and refreshments for both dogs and their human companions.

Admission is free for spectators and dogs.  Hope to see you there!

More information is coming soon... stay tuned for further updates. If you're interested in volunteering, please contact Amber at

Sunday, August 7, 2011

This Week's Featured Adoptable: Jake

Have you ever seen a more handsome boy?  Just look at that beautiful brindle.

Jake is a two-year-old Plott Hound mix who has stolen the hearts – and laps – of everyone at CWAC.  Jake came to us from one of the highest-kill shelters in the country: Lancaster Animal Shelter in California.  Jake was brought to the shelter with his sister, former CWAC adoptable, Glory, after their elderly owner passed away.  Jake quickly earned a reputation as a talented escape artist after breaking out of the shelter twice.  He was then rescued by the Heigel Hounds of Hope and was on his way to Salt Lake City.

Jake loves to smile and is very active.  He would be the perfect hiking, running or biking companion.  He’s very gentle but doesn’t quite know his own strength, so a home with older children would probably be better.  He’s also a big lap dog and won’t hesitate to snuggle onto your lap whenever he gets a chance.  Jake loves to chew, and has employed this skill while honing his escape from crates.  He is dog-friendly, but cat selective and is house trained. 

Plott Hounds are touted as one of the most trainable breeds, as we’ve found out first hand at CWAC.  Jake is eager to learn and is able to get along with everyone.  True to his breed, Jake is active, brave and enthusiastic – and is looking for the perfect family to call his own.

If you are interested in meeting Jake, contact Cathy at, or call our offices, 801-359-5595.

Monday, August 1, 2011

This Week's Featured Adoptable: Mama

Mama is an absolutely adorable two-year-old pittie mix.  She's a smaller girl, but don't let her size fool you -- her personality is larger than life!

Miss Mama was rescued from a shelter in California after her litter was born and her bright prance never fails to bring a smile to the faces of everyone who meets her.  Mama loves to play ball, but expect a fight -- once she gets a hold of a tennis ball, there is little chance that you'll get it back, unless you can outrun her.  Mama is very loving and protective and would be the perfect pup for a family with children.  She's great with kids and tolerates cats, but she can be picky with dogs. 

To meet Mama, or just to see her jovial trot, contact Cathy King at 801-359-5595 or  

Mama gets some love at a Utah Humane Society Benefit.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

This Week's Featured Adoptable: Duke

No dog in the world is sweeter than Sir Duke.  Regal as his noble name, this two-year-old black lab loves to play, whether it's with a rope, a ball or even just a stick he finds in the yard.

Duke came to us from SLCO Animal Services and has really grown as part of the CWAC family.  He's the smartest pup we have, mastering every trick and task effortlessly.  He loves to learn and is always looking for the next opportunity to improve his skills or learn a new trick.  He lives to please and would make a fabulous addition to any family.  Duke is gentle and great with kids.  He's house trained, walks perfectly on a leash and has impeccable manners. 

Is there room in your home and heart for this amazing animal?  If you're interested, contact Cathy at or call 801-359-5595.

Fundraiser Time!

Please join us for our fundraiser July 20th at the Sweet Tomatoes in Midvale from 5 to 8 pm.  We'll have sign up sheets for those interested in volunteering or fostering, and you'll have a chance to meet some of our great dogs and see the amazing work they do.  

Just print off the flier (also available on the CWAC Facebook page) and bring it with you when you purchase your dinner.  Part of the night's proceeds for everyone that brings in a flier will be donated directly to the organization.  What's better than having a great meal and helping a great cause?  Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Weekly Featured Adoptable: Molly

Molly's had a rough start, but she's become a ray of shining hope since coming to CWAC.  Molly is an adorable two-year-old pit mix, and her beautiful face is a direct reflection of her beautiful personality.  Molly is a lover -- all she wants is to cuddle and lay in your lap.  She's also extremely smart, and has risen to one of the top in her training class.  She loves to play ball, and her speed will astound you.

Even though Molly has flourished at the CWAC facility, she's ready to find her forever home and would be a perfect addition to an active family.  She walks great on a leash, is gentle with kids and has basic obedience skills.  If you're interested in meeting Miss Molly, please contact Cathy at

Volunteers Needed!

Do you love dogs?  Have a little extra time on your hands?  Then CWAC needs you!

We need volunteers who can commit to two to three hours each week to walk, play with and generally give a little extra love to our wonderful pups.  We have several time slots available and are able to work around nearly every schedule.  We're also filling spots for every day of the week.  If you're interested in spending some of your spare time giving back to the dogs who are changing lives every day, please let us know.  You can send us your contact information via our Facebook page, just click on the link to the right of the page.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Donate Online

We're happy to announce that you can now donate online.

Did you know it costs about $1500 per dog, per month to care for our dogs?  Your donation would ensure we can provide proper veterinary care, training, food, treats, toys and basic comforts like blankets and soft beds.

To donate, just click the link on the left side of the page.  We are currently accepting donations through PayPal. 

And don't forget, we're always looking for items as well.  Here's just a few of the things we are always in need of:

- towels or blankets in usable condition
- cleaning supplies
- paper towels
- bleach and disinfectant
- leashes
- rope toys
- tennis balls
- treats

If you have anything you would like to donate, please contact

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Show Your Support!

Show your support for your rescue animal and our cause with these great new shirts.

They are available in mens and womens sizes in both black and white.  The shirts feature "Who Rescued Who?" on the front and the Canines With A Cause logo on the back. 

For just $20, you can show your support for shelter animals everywhere, and help pay for the training and care of one of our amazing dogs.  For more information, or to order, contact Cathy at


Welcome to the Canines With A Cause blog!  Here at CWAC, we're dedicated to changing lives through canine companionship. 

More than four million healthy, adoptable companions animals die in shelters each year, and one of the main challenges animal welfare groups have is finding homes for these dogs.  The main focus of Canines With a Cause is to help shelter dogs find loving homes by training them to work as service or therapy dogs for people in need.

Check in here for the latest news about upcoming adoption fairs, our amazing dogs, training tips and more. 

Changing Lives Through Canine Companionship

One in four Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans return home with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. More than four million healthy, adoptable animals will be euthanized in shelters this year. These dogs can provide an understanding, loving companion that can help these veterans cope with debilitating flashbacks by bringing them back to the present, therefore helping them re-assimilate back into civilian life.

Canines With a Cause brings shelter dogs and returned veterans together. Vets benefit from the healing companionship of the dog and shelter dogs' lives are saved by finding loving homes.