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