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Sep 3, 2006

Today was my first trip to animal control.  The dog director of the rescue group that I volunteer with asked if I'd like to come along.  I would help select dogs that would be taken into our rescue and adopted out.  I wasn't sure what to expect, but knew it would be hard.  The first dog I see is a chocolate lab.  Have you ever seen a full grown lab that weighs 20 lbs.?  All skin and bones, and diarrhea.  Down the aisle is a puppy that still has a chance to be reclaimed.  2 beautiful black labs, a cream shepherd mix, a retriever/lab mix, a rat terrier.  All barking, begging to PLEASE pet them and let them out.  Where did these dogs come from?  How did they get here?  Our rescue group has restrictions that you have to follow in order to adopt one of our rescues.  People tend to get upset when you tell them "sorry, we can't adopt a young lab to you if you don't have a fenced yard."  Now I have seen the reasoning behind that.  We have accepted one of the labs to our rescue group.  We will feed him, get his shots all done, have him vet checked, dewormed, checked for heartworm and any diseases and treat him for all of these.   He will be treated with love and respect.  He will go into a foster home where he will be spoiled (in a very good way!) with love, hugs and all the running he needs.  He will be housebroken if he is not, he will be taught good manners if he doesn't have them.  Then he will be adopted out.  I have been told our guidelines are too strict.  Why do we do this?  We don't want this boy to go through what he has already been through.  We want to be sure he will be loved and cared for from this day on.  We are also taking 3 of the other dogs.  Another rescue group has taken the rest.  This animal control is very unusual in that they do their very, very best to find a rescue group to take each and every one of their dogs.  We all know how many dogs are euthenized every single day because of the greed of people who breed dogs for profit.  I won't even go into that here.  The animal control has one of their own fosters who takes sickly dogs like the 20 lb. lab and pampers them for 2 months so they are healthy enough for a rescue group to take them and adopt them out.  (I'll be first in line for that girl when she is well enough to come!) 

I'm a dog person.  I don't even look at cats because I'm allergic.  Slowly, I've begun to sneak over to the cat side and see them.  "No, I don't like cats."  I had NO idea how many cats there were in the world!  Wow.  Wow.  I snuck over and took a look at the cats.  My heart dropped when I heard - "this one has been here forever!"  If that cat can't get adopted, there is no room for the next cat.  One will end up being euthenized, not because any of us believe in it, but because there plain and simply IS NOT ROOM.  What did I do?  Held one.  Mistake.  In two weeks he is coming to my home so I can foster him and make room for more.  If I DON'T foster him, a cat has to die.  I will foster him, take care of him and pamper him, and find him a home.  WE NEED MORE FOSTER HOMES!!!  This is a huge problem.  Please, please tell me how to get the word out that you need to spay and neuter all dogs and cats??  They are suffering, suffering in cages and kennels.  Suffering when bad people buy them at pet stores with credit cards because they "can".  People we won't adopt to because we know the fit isn't right.  Then we end up with more and more dogs in our rescue because we don't want them to suffer but the people realize "oh, this isn't going to work." 

I hugged the woman at animal control when I left.  She said she goes home many days and just cries.  One person can't do it all.  It is a huge problem, there are animals suffering.  What will you do?

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Posted: Sunday September 3, 2006, 12:29 pm
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