The Humane Society, ASPCA, and other shelters work with Dog Rescue groups if their shelters are full and cannot afford to bring in and care for anymore abandoned pets. Take the case of Hypatia. Hypatia is a sweet, female 4 month old Lab mix who with her siblings and another litter by the same owner were dumped at a shelter in South Carolina after the owner decided they didn’t want to deal with puppies. This is, unfortunately, a big problem in many states, but, the South seems to bear the brunt of it, so to speak. Enter Operation Paws for Homes, an organization I am proud to volunteer for. OPH saves dogs from shelters in rural areas and educates the public about treating animals humanely. There are times we will get older dogs who would for certain have been euthanized. Intead, they are placed with an OPH foster until a good, permanant home is found for them. OPH (as well as many rescue groups around the country) try their best to find the RIGHT home, not just a home. It’s hard and rewarding work.
According to the Humane Society, approximately 2.7 million adoptable pets are euthanized yearly in the USA simply due to the fact that people/families decide to give up their pets. In addition to this problem, not many people adopt from the shelters. Many people may ask, “So, why am I paying a fee for dog adoption if the rescue group (or shelter) is trying to find them a home. The fee is minimal when you think about the fact that the new member of your family will already be spayed (or neutered), vaccinated and in good health. All of these important factors are taken care of prior to the adoption and that is Priceless.
There are dog rescue organizations for pure bred breeds, as well. These animals get dumped because their owner decided having a dog (or that specific breed) was not for them. In most cases, the owner did not do their research to figure out which breed best fits their lifestyle and family. In all rescue cases, whether they are pure bred or not, the end result is the same. They get dumped at the shelter looking lost and bewildered as to what happened. Dog rescue organizations are always in need for good, dependable people who want to make a difference in this world. There are many ways you can help dog rescue groups. You can Volunteer your time to the organization, foster a dog until he/she finds the right home, volunteer to help with advertising, newsletters, special fund-raising events, etc. Click here to find a dog rescue organization near you. What are you waiting for? Start making a difference today!
DID YOU KNOW?:
According to WebMD, “If a dog lived in the home, infants were less likely to show evidence of pet allergies — 19% vs. 33%. They also were less likely to have eczema, a common allergy skin condition that causes red patches and itching. In addition, they had higher levels of some immune system chemicals — a sign of stronger immune system activation.”
**If you can’t adopt – foster
**If you can’t foster – sponsor
**If you can’t sponsor – volunteer
**If you can’t volunteer – donate
**If you can’t donate – educate, network, and crosspost
**Everyone can do something, large or small, to help save a life.
No act of kindness is too small.