Monday, January 12, 2015

Two Days in the Life of Many Dog Rescuers

The 14 yr old blind senior needing a home
Volunteering with dog rescues brings challenges, deadlines and rewards. Last week in two days, I  networked with many people trying to ensure that 74 Dachshunds were in rescues and safe. It's all about networking and sometimes it takes a lot of time. We have the pleasure of working with such incredible people as Donna Gerhauser, Corinne Zoscak, Shelley Sehnert, Janet Sailor Tobin, Melinda Wharton, Whitney Packard Jaeger, Karin Bakin, Tera Cunningham, Melissa Ball, Kristen Sparkman, April Lindsey, Katie Wehner, Fabre Sanders (whom I met through the Boston save) and many others (who were not on these particular rescue activities). These folks are superheroes to us. NOW, onto the rescue stories.

ONE SENIOR DOG IN TEXAS - Our friend Shelley, who works with Dachshund Rescue of North America and helps every
other rescue around, sent me an email notification about a 14 year old red Dachshund that was in a county pound. The dog is blind, and was apparently dumped because he's old and blind (working rescue really makes you hate a lot of people that mistreat animals).  Fortunately, Kim L. who lives near  the Montgomery County Animal Shelter in Conroe Texas and usually gets dogs out of shelters and gets them transported north to rescues, decided to foster the scared senior.
  Meanwhile, Donna G. of Coast to Coast Dachshund Rescue posted information about the dog on social media to find him a foster home through her network.

TWO 5 YEAR OLD DOGS IN A SOUTH CAROLINA SHELTER - Shelley S. emailed me Coast to Coast Dachshund Rescue and find them foster homes. I immediately emailed the shelter to get details in hopes of getting them foster homes.
One of the 2 dogs in So. Carolina
on Wednesday morning at 6 a.m. EST about 2 other dogs that came into a shelter in South Carolina, so I could work with Donna G. in New Jersey of
  WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW: Age, sex, neutered or spayed, heartworm positive or negative, teeth condition (most come in with rotted teeth), mange, fleas, aggressive or passive behavior, other medical issues.
   I learned that these 2 young long-haired dachshunds were found outside in a pontoon boat in South Carolina with a third dog (that was adopted directly from the shelter that day). (AGAIN- Some people make me furious!) **I contacted our friend April, who is currently without a foster dog and she let me know she could take one of the two.
  Meanwhile, Donna contacted a potential foster home in NJ, and got the okay from them to take a dog. Donna then contacted the shelter person I was working with, emailed them the rescue paperwork and got confirmation that the two dogs would be transported to Maryland and New Jersey, where they would get medical attention in their foster homes.

   RESCUES COVER MEDICAL EXPENSES FOR FOSTER DOGS! - Foster parents just need to feed, love and care for the dog, and pay for food, and take them to the vet. 
    WE NEED MORE FOSTER HOMES! - PLEASE consider opening your home to foster a dog. It's not a permanent thing.

 
COVERING THE BIG GROUP - 
    71 of the Dachshunds came from a hoarding home in Massachusetts, that several friends sent me articles about from my home state. I immediately posted a group message about them to see if any of the Dachshund Rescues Tom and I work with could help.    My message to several rescue friends:Today, I saw this article about 71 dachshunds now at a shelter in Massachusetts from a hoarder. Please reach out the the shelter if you can help. -
   FROM THE BOSTON GLOBE: Here's a video report on them from today's Boston Globe: http://bcove.me/qsm97gsu **60 of the 71 dachshunds were temporarily taken in by MSPCA-Angell’s adoption centers in Boston and Methuen.
The majority of the dogs were found underweight with matted fur. Others were coated in urine and feces.
    CORRINE MAKES CONTACT - Corinne manages the Dachshund Rescue called Sophia's Grace Foundation, and she has a connection in Mass. She checked with her  friend Fabre who  lives in MA and is on the Board of another wonderful dachshund rescue. *Thanks to Fabre and Corinne, all of the Dachshund Rescues connected on the Facebook message learned "The MSPCA is not willing to release any to rescue -they have hundreds of applications. They are a no-kill shelter and will handle the adoption of these dogs."  The shelter representative said that they already had over one hundred applications for the dachshunds that they needed to go through- to ensure the dogs go in loving homes. 
  For more information about the MSPCA Shelter in Boston: Boston Animal Care and Adoption Center350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130; Phone (617) 522-5055
 

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

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