Why Rescued Pets are the BEST!
This is a picture of Phoebe, the ugliest dog in the world--so ugly she's beautiful. She represents why rescue is worth it. I've blogged about her before, but wanted to use her as an intro to this topic. She was dumped at a local shelter. Old, one eye, nipped off left ear, a limp and a crooked tooth, unspayed. But she was sweet as ever. I thought, "Who will EVER adopt this dog?" Well, a woman in Lexington, Ky. involved in Keeshound rescue, saw her on Petfinder. She has a heart for the old and forgotten. She was going to try to get Phoebe into a rescue, but ended up keeping her. Phoebe is so well-loved and happy and good. She has her own little kiddie pool, follows mama around all day and watches over the new dogs that come into the house. Having had a rough terrible life, she APPRECIATES the fact that she is now loved. They know.
Dollar, as you know, was rescued from a bad situation. Thanks to all who sent money to the Humane Society for his needs. The Humane Society was shocked by his condition and after taking him out of there, wrote a letter to the previous owners. Here it is, which gives an update on him and also more insight as to how the poor boy was living:
"It is amazes that you were able to look at this scene day in & day out & not care enough to do something more for this dog a lot sooner. His physical condition & desperation for human interaction were deplorable & it was obvious that little care was provided since adopting him as a puppy in 2005. His back end was completely matted all the way to the skin & he reeked of feces & urine. His collar was so tight we were amazed he didn't have any cuts around his neck. His chain was all tangled up. His doghouse had no floor... and no protection from cold winds or rain. His water was grimy & hot from 97 degree temps. He was not current on any vaccinations (especially rabies, which is required by TN state law). He was so desperate to get off the chain & obviously never had any training. It cost us over $250 to get him current on all of his vetting and to provide him with much needed grooming.
Despite all of this,(The owner) cried when Dollar left saying she loved him, which only proves that people "love" in very strange (and often cruel) ways. Perhaps they were tears of "guilt" rather than sadness. While we don't typically provide updates on adopted pets in situations like this, we felt the need to do so in this case. Dollar is thriving in his new home. He is getting along with other animals of all shapes & sizes & is responding extremely well to training. He was described by the veterinary office, volunteers, & his new home as a "sweet, sweet boy." We felt the need to share this information with you all so you could no longer blame Dollar for the reason he was "housed" in this manner. You see, he DID have the potential all along to be a great family companion... but he was never given that opportunity. We sincerely hope the next time you opt to get a pet you will always carry this picture of Dollar in your hearts & minds, so that NO dog will ever experience this kind of suffering at your hands again."
If only all such dogs could be saved. I will never understand the human who could let such things happen and worse yet, pretend that they care about them. They don't, they just put on a show for others once they know what is thought of them. The same with Adrienne's Hunter and his previous family.
Working in rescue is hard and heartbreaking and it's tough knowing you can't save them all. But when you help dogs like Phoebe and Dollar, it makes it easier to carry on. Remember, even if you can't help by taking in another pet you can send donations to help rescue groups. You can help with a leg of transport to pet's new home. You can report neglect to animal control. You can talk to a neighbor about a better way to care for a dog or cat and help any way you can. Because, if not for us pet lovers, who will help them?
posted by Sandy at 8/08/2007 08:27:00 PM