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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Everyone Needs a Second Chance & Happy Tails


I don't know if you all know Inge Irby, who runs Second Chance & Happy Tails, a small-dog rescue and retirement home from her own home.

Inge, a native of Germany, has been involved with rescue for many years, and I truly don't know how she does it--and she does it pretty much all by herself, with help from her husband. She specializes in small dogs and has rescued and adopted out hundreds in the years since she's been doing rescue.

I could write pages on all the dogs she's helped. It's hard for her, as she's had some knee and back problems, and a few times she's been so stressed from the calls she gets and the dogs she rescues that she planned to wind down. But then she'll get another call about a dog in terrible shape or with a sad story, and she just can't say no.

Bennie, the little dog now living in the lap of luxury with my Mom and sister is just one such dog. He had been a stray and was attacked by a Chow before she took him in.

Any help you can give her would be greatly appreciated: pet food, supplies, money for her enormous vet bills. You can read all about her and her organization, a registered nonprofit on her Petfinder website at: www.secondchancehappytails.petfinder.org. Read the story of how she got into rescue and her dedication to the little dogs, especially the old ones.

Above is a picture of a little dog named Sami who came to her with a huge tumor. Imagine that little dog living with that! The dog was used in backyard breeding and when no longer able to breed, was cast aside. LOOK at the size of that tumor! Sadly, little Sami didn't make it. While Inge has lots of sad stories, she also has many great happy endings for her dogs, like Bennie.

She is having a yard sale May 12 (rain date May 19)from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. at 513 Yvonne Drive, which is in North Clarksville off Layfatte. The zip code is 37042 if you want to mail donations, or you can go to her Web site and donate through Paypal. Call her at 503-8300 if you can help in any other way.

I don't know what Clarksville would be like without her, and women like Greta and Suzanne who run Cats Are Us, as well as the dedicated volunteers at the Clarksville and Dover Humane Societies.

posted by Sandy at 4/26/2007 08:34:00 AM

7 Comments:

Blogger pearcehart said...

How sad for the little doggie and how wonderful Inge is to help these special little ones. Thank you Inge and thank you Sandy for spotlighting her good work!

Thursday, April 26, 2007 3:54:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

I will not say what I was thinking upon first glancing at the picture today! I am in the gutter again, forgive me... That poor little guy had such a sad life. I am glad Inge was there for him his last days on Earth as I am sure he was finally a happy boy... Thank God for people like Inge with such a big heart for such causes. I wish her many years of good health so she may continue her work...

Thursday, April 26, 2007 7:24:00 PM  
Blogger Braveheart said...

Sandy is she accepting donation items to sell or just needs monetary donations? Inge has helped many a dachshund in hertime nad every time I thank god she got them..you know how I feel about ALL animals but dachshunds are my soft spot.
I hope Inge can take some time for herself some day and really reward herself for all she has done for the animals.

Thursday, April 26, 2007 9:17:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Inge has enough stuff to sell, so she just needs SHOPPERS and anyone who wants to stop by to donate things for her operation, food, pet supplies, cleaning supplies and monetary donations as well.

She is worried it's going to rain, but the rain date will be the following week. Carmen, maybe you can send out an Action Line about her yard sale.

Oh, and Skeeter, Inge wanted me to tell you that Sami was a little girl.

It breaks my heart to look at that picture, but sometimes we all need a reminder of why it is we do what we do for animals, for if we don't--even though it's so hard--who will?

Friday, April 27, 2007 10:08:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Ops sorry for calling that adorable little girl a little guy! It is indeed hard to look at pictures when animals are in distress. But again, the program I watched awhile back on Animal Planet about the Ugly Dog contest was a really neat program to get the word out on such topics. After watching that, who could not open up their heart to those precious babies…

Saturday, April 28, 2007 9:45:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

If anyone is interested, here is a website for the ugly dog contest pictures.
http://www.ugliestdogs.net/ugliestdogwinners.html

Such sad looking little baby’s with loving parents!

Monday, April 30, 2007 1:47:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Poor poor precious Sami! Those awful people who put her through all taht misery should be in jail! At lwast she is now with all of oour sweet ones in heaven too!

Wednesday, May 02, 2007 9:01:00 AM  

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Sandy Britt, an animal welfare advocate and volunteer with Clarksville rescue organizations, takes care of three dogs: Zoe, Scooter and Peanut; two cats: Catfish and Tarzan; and one husband, Glen, and according to him she takes care of them in that order.
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