Monday Apr 02 2012
Puppy Beyonce gains national attention
By: Penne Usher, Telegraph Correspondent
A tiny pup, weighing about an ounce at birth and now the size of an Iphone brought international attention to the Grace Foundation and founder Beth Decaprio has hopes that the publicity will pay off for the other animals in need. The story originated locally and has been published in the LA Times, Reuters and newspapers in Europe. Decaprio and the Dachshund mix puppy, along with aids and Beyonce’s mother and siblings, flew out to New York last month to film segments for Good Morning America. Since the shows airing Decaprio said Grace has been inundated with calls to adopt the tiny canine. However, at only four weeks old Beyonce is not up for adoption at this time. “My hopes are that this will give us a forum to discuss what’s going on with the shelters and allow people to fall in love with a rescue dog,” Decaprio said in a recent phone interview. “I want to bring awareness to the millions of animals euthanized annually.” Since its founding in 2004, The Grace Foundation, based in El Dorado Hills, has been dedicated to saving the lives of horses and other animals. Grace provides critical care and rehabilitation for abused and neglected horses, livestock, dogs and other animals. The little one who started the media frenzy was born March 8 to a rescue dog found abandoned and wandering the streets of San Bernardino. The littlest of the liter of five weighed in at just an ounce and fit in a teaspoon. Decaprio, while grateful for the attention Beyonce has brought to the Grace Foundation, is quick to point out that there are many animals in need and that the overpopulation of dogs and cats tat end up in shelters could be avoided. “This is a 100 percent preventable problem,” she said. “All we need to do is spay and neuter our animals and we wouldn’t have this problem.” The Grace staff has seen has seen an increase in phone calls as of late. “We’ve had calls from all over,” said staff member Larissa Porter. “Lots of people are interested in Beyonce, but once they learn she’s not up for adoption some of them ask about other dogs that might be available.” Decaprio said that Grace has received several letters of support and some donations in the wake of the Beyonce hype. “This has been a positive experience,” she said. “People are talking, and that’s good.” The Grace Foundation survives on donations and relies on its volunteers. For those interested, the next orientation for new volunteers is Saturday, April 7. For more information, visit thegracefoundationofnorcal.org.