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7/25/2013 3:09:00 PM
Shelter works to send home last Fourth of July dog
Business partners Gregory Bernier and Jude Kingston hold Zeus, their newly adopted puppy and Out on a Limb Tree and Home Care mascot. VVN/Yvonne Gonzalez
Business partners Gregory Bernier and Jude Kingston hold Zeus, their newly adopted puppy and Out on a Limb Tree and Home Care mascot. VVN/Yvonne Gonzalez

Yvonne Gonzalez
Staff Reporter

COTTONWOOD - Forever homes have been found for all but one of the 11 dogs abandoned at the Adopt for Life Center for Animals on July 4.

Gregory Bernier, Out on a Limb Tree and Home Care owner, heard about the abandoned dogs and went into the shelter in the hopes of finding a dog to take on work trips. 

He picked a black puppy named America.

"The whole pack went to the right, and he came around to the left," Bernier said. "He separated himself for everybody else."

Bernier and his business partner Luke Kingston renamed the puppy Zeus. 

Liberty is the last to find a home due to a badly healed fracture in her leg that has kept her from being cleared for adoption. The shelter is working to raise the $500 to pay for a discounted surgery at Montezuma Veterinary Hospital in Camp Verde.

Donations can be made directly to the shelter or online at the Adopt for Life page on

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013
Article comment by: Tessa Unwin

Liberty, the injured dog, had her surgery yesterday. A big thank you to the generosity of the folks in the Verde Valley for helping us fund it. We will keep the "go fund me" account active in order to build up our depleted medical emergency fund. The three adult dogs that were tied to the shelter fence on the Fourth of July have not been "on display" for adoption, but if you want to look into it, ask a staff member or volunteer when you attend our Birthday Bash this afternoon at 4 pm!

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