When one of my 2 Sams passed a few years ago and the other aging I could not stand the thought of not having a Samoyed in my life. I also wanted my remaining Samoyed to have a companion. I searched and searched for another and was hoping to find one to rescue.
I decided to put an ad in an online classified "Wanted Samoyed". Yvette answered that ad and called me to tell me about Sams in Korea. She sent me pictures of Sams that might interest me and one caught my eye. "Tanner". After a few delays getting him on a plane to the USA he was finally shipped cargo to Salt Lake City. Tanner arrived a little scared but quickly snapped out of that as soon as I got him home. He has become such a great member of the family. He loves to play with his sister Keeley (another Y-not Save a Sam Rescue that I will talk about in another success story) and give hugs. And I do mean hug, every morning I get my coffee and go downstairs to my office where I will hear Tanner wake up and come running downstairs where he throws his paws around me and gives me a long hug. At night he does the same when I go to bed. When I sit down in the chair with the ottoman he always backs up to my feet and sits down for his back rub. He never licks but loves to give nose bumps. He also loves to watch Avatar and Eight Below. He is very smart and has learned full sentence commands and hand signals.
I love him so much. He is truly my best friend!!
Jeff Morgan-Salt Lake City, UT
MARKUS MCGRUFF (FKA SOLAR)
We fell in love with Markus (fka Solar) on the Empathy For Life (EFL - Korea) website. We initially contacted Yvette because we saw that she had been coordinating rescues with EFL to the US and wanted to gather some information. She was super helpful and encouraging! She not only helped us understand the adoption process but also let us know what to expect from rescue dogs. After we submitted our application, there was some concern about how Markus would do with other dogs and potentially children. He had been at the shelter for over a year and his only exposure were to other dogs there, so there was a lot of hesitation in bringing him over. Yvette believed in Markus and in us, and she spoke to the rescue shelter for us, going as far as being the guarantor for the adoption. After much discussion, we were finally approved to adopt Markus! Yvette arranged for the flight and we were able to form our family with Markus. Yvette continued to be available for any of our questions and concerns, giving us tips and supporting us through getting Markus settled into his new life. He has come a long way, and has since made lots of friends - doggies and humans alike! He has been such a blessing in our lives and is such a sweet dog. We are so grateful to Yvette for her loving heart!
Masha became a part of the family so quickly and we cannot believe how lucky we are! She is so fun and playful, but also incredibly gentle and patient. She does great with our 2yr old daughter, loves cuddling with our son (and us of course) and she has a great time playing with our cat (the cat likes the attention as well!).
We really can't thank you enough for letting us provide a forever home to this wonderful pup!
I've attached some images of our family, feel free to use them in a post. Thank you again for what you do!
My partner and I were living in Seattle when a friend of mine contacted me to see if I would be interested in fostering. She explained that they’re coming from S. Korea, and at first, I was leaning NO, but I started to think about it and decided to foster. I contacted Yvette and asked how I could help. The next thing I know I was picking two beautiful Samoyed’s up at the airport. We fostered a beautiful male named Bodhi. Bodhi was frightened of the world when he came to our house, but he was extremely handsome and gentle, so within a week we’re in love with him. When the first family came for an onsite visit to see Bodhi and learn more about him, I knew he was our dog. There was no way we could allow Bodhi to go to another home because he was home. I sent an email out to Yvette that day letting her know we wanted to adopt Bodhi ourselves. I’m sure the other family would have given him a beautiful life, but we knew, and Bodhi knew he was already home. Bodhi has certainly given us our challenges. Since he was afraid of everything and everyone he would dash for a door when it opens to escape. Our house was covered in dogie gates and signs up for anyone visiting to be careful when opening the doors. Each day we’ve had Bodhi he becomes closer and closer to us, and we no longer have dogie gates or signs up. Bodhi now stays when we open a door when told, and I’m not sure who’s more excited to see whom when we come home from being out. Bodhi, will jump straight up in the air with excitement and always has the hugest smile on his face to greet us. This makes our entire day!!! Adopting a rescue takes a lot of work but it’s worth every minute and energy one puts into it, and the love you receive back is overwhelming.
Bodhi, truly changed our lives for the better,
Richard & Matt Bond
It's been almost a year since we adopted Loki. He’s very playful around other dogs and just loves to play! We love him. He is well behaved although the stubborn Jindo comes out sometimes especially when chasing squirrels. He loves going on walks with anyone who will take him outdoors - boy can he run fast! He enjoys going to the dog park to play with other dogs and make new friends.
He has been wonderful with my family and coworkers. His best playmate is my coworker’s husky. Loki is still a lover and loves anyone who pets him. I am amazed the dog has fur on his body because he wants to be petted 24/7. This has been a wonderful experience.
Loki has added a great deal of joy to our lives, and I have to thank Danielle and the good folks at www.saveasam.org for helping me rescue young Loki. I will certainly look no further when its time for Loki to have a new friend.
BODIE (FNA MIKEY)
This little Boy Mikey (Now Bodie) was in such horrible condition.
He suffered from Distemper, Mange, Pneumonia and extreme weight loss. It was due to these great Woman that our beautiful boy survived. They stored him with 3 other Samoyeds and 1 Chow in the basement of a Pet Shop to hide them in China. They were not sure Bodie could travel since he was almost near death. Yet Sonya, Yvette and Danielle did not give up on this happy sweet boy. They were determined to give this Boy a wonderful life in the US.
When our Bodie arrived in the US, Yvette made sure Bodie was healthy and Happy. Bodie got his teeth done, his mange treated, and his weight up. Most importantly, he was given such love by Yvette, Russ and their granddaughter, Bridgee. Thank you! Because if this, Bodie started to blossom.
Bodie is one of the sweetest dogs I have ever owned. He is so gentle and happy. He loves his comfortable Dog beds, being by your side just watching TV, and playing with our 3 Samoyeds. Yvette even gave us some of Bodie’s toys, bed and oils to help him through thunderstorms. He is afraid of loud noises, but is okay when you wrap your arms around him and show him love. He is a big fluffy teddy bear! His eyes are so stunning. Beautiful inside and out!
Thank you Yvette for our beautiful Bodie Bear. Bella, Skya and Pasha have their new little brother and couldn’t be happier. He loves to play tug a war with Pasha and looks up to his big Sister Skya. He loves to watch our Bella chase squirrels. He even loves our cat cuddles! Gentle sweet wonderful boy! He is a gift from God.
Yvette, Sonya, and Danielle saved our little Boy. For this we are eternally grateful!
-Maureen and Ann Battle, Bella, Skya, Bodie and Pasha
ADALIND (FNA LINDY LOO)
We adopted Adalind (FKA Lindy Loo) a year ago and just celebrated her birthday (her official adoption date!). When she first came to us, she had had a bad skin condition and had her hair shaved in various spots; she was sweet but timid and wasn't quite sure what playing was. A year later, she is the silliest little girl who loves hopping around at the park, saying hello to other dogs, and taking herself on walks. She makes the funniest growling noises like Chewbacca and spends her day napping and plotting with her Samoyed sister, Ella -- they are two peas in a pod. Adalind is the sweetest girl and has brought so much joy to our lives. She is well loved by everyone in our family! We get many requests to bring her over and have surprise visits at home (that are really for her, not for us).
We had a great experience working with Yvette and Y-Not Save A Sam Rescue. Thank you for helping us find our Adalind!
-Thuy Vi & Daniel