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'Rescuing Cujo' helps give dogs a second chance in Jamul

A group of friends who have a passion for saving and caring for animals has started a unique no-kill dog shelter, their mission? To help, "abused, neglected, abandoned dogs by providing them with shelter, care and affection until a loving home is found." It's a project called "Rescuing Cujo." It started with friends Rob Harris, Rick Goldenstein, Connie Cook Saunders, and Luis Saunders. The facility was constructed in the scenic craggy landscape of Jamul California. 

For those of you wondering, the name "Cujo" in the title is an homage to founder Rob Harris' labrador and pit bull mix with the same name. People were intimidated by Cujo, but Harris put him through obedience training which helped him become the gentle giant people knew and loved. "Cujo grew up to be such a friendly, fun dog, who loved people and playing with other dogs. He showed me how dogs are a great source of love, happiness, and companionship," said Harris. 

Then almost two years ago Harris retired to 10 acres of land just outside of Rancho San Diego called Jamul. He had plans to build not only a new home but a canine sanctuary. And that is what he did, with a nice donation which helped with the cost of construction. San Diego Gay and Lesbian News talked to "Rescuing Cujo" partner Rick Goldenstein about the project. He says the facility isn't just for aggressive dogs, all are welcome, Cujo would want it that way. 

"It’s a dream for Rob Harris and myself to honor our beloved Cujo, who passed three years ago by giving unconditional love to all dogs needing a home and love," said Rick. "Being able to build his large shelter on twenty acres will provide a large dog park for them to run and play, plus a large dog path for hiking on the property."

Rick says the dogs will live in their own quarters with a doggie door so they can all venture outside to go to the bathroom or soak up some sun. He adds, "Rescuing Cujo Sanctuary will also have two quarantine rooms and a veterinary clinic." 

He says the sanctuary will accommodate 40 to 60 dogs with, "Twenty-five enclosures, that allows a maximum of 130-pounds per enclosure. This means each enclosure can house one large dog, or several little ones, totaling the maximum weight."

"Rescuing Cujo" will work with other shelters and rescues and provide temporary housing through their fostering program they are also licensed by the county as a registered non-profit. 

Everyone involved in the project is excited to get started,"We can’t wait to open and start saving homeless dogs," they said in a statement. 

Even though the bulk of the facility has been constructed there is still some work to be done and they could use your help to get the facility up and running.

You can donate to the GoFundMe campaign by clicking HERE.

You can also visit their website by clicking HERE.  Or friend them on Facebook HERE.