Once upon a time there was a man, a good man. He was responsible for euthanizing cats and dogs at Animal Control in his small community. He cried each time he had to put a healthy cat or dog down. Each and every time. Ninety-eight percent of the animals at the kennel were euthanized. The man could not sleep at night. He knew there was a better way. There had to be.
The man lived in a trailer in an economically depressed area. He didn't have much money. He just knew he had to do more. But how?
The man decided to look to the internet for help.
He joined Facebook and apprehensively sent out a plea to fellow animal lovers. The town he lived in was remote and he was not sure if his plan would work.
A kind woman answered his post. If he could get the animals to her she could arrange for shelters in the northern part of the state to take the animals in and use their abundant resources to find them homes.
The woman issued an appeal to kindred spirits in the area. If the man could get the animals and she could arrange for them to get to safety would there be people willing to drive them hundreds of miles to shelters and rescues?
Countless people responded, "Yes, we will!"
A transport was born.
Now the man spends his time and his own money driving his horse trailer, filled with crates of cats and dogs, to the center of the state where transporters have arranged to disperse them to assorted, waiting shelters. No longer must he spend his nights lamenting the lost.
But his work is not done.
Nearby, there is a city run kennel with an extremely high kill rate and the commissioner will not allow the animals to be transported. "Too dangerous", he says.
He's the boss.
The individual who runs the kennel contacts our hero and together they hatch a plan. They will lie. Yes, they will lie. They will say the animals were euthanized. That is the official story. That's where the volunteers come in. They transport those animals to various shelters around the state and the commissioner is none the wiser.
Without divulging too much information, someone you may know may have helped in the underground rescue of two pups whose faces bear a striking resemblance to the angels shown above. That someone is filled with so much joy right now!
They are safe. They will eventually find homes and be loved as they were meant to be.
Thank you, God, for people who know when bad rules should be broken!
This man is my hero.
Some day I will tell you the story of how I rescued two baby skunks from a trap in the dark of night with a very NOT helpful, yet handsome, husband by my side!
(Names have been withheld to protect the guilty).
It's Spring and with the change in seasons comes Spring cleaning rituals! Animal shelters are always in need of what you may be throwing out!
Here are 10 common items that are welcome at many shelters:
• Blankets. Fleece blankets are especially good for pet bedding. They keep animals warm and comfortable, and hopefully make them feel at home in the shelter until they find a cozier permanent home. Bolts of fleece fabric are also welcome! Remnants too!
• Plastic bags (with no holes!). Because doggy doo happens. Plastic bags are always welcome donation items.
• Heating pads (good condition, only). They’re used to comfort and keep newborn kittens, puppies, and wildlife infants warm.
• Cleaning supplies. Keeping shelters clean and sterile is a huge job. They are never at a loss for paper towels, large trash bags, bleach, dish and laundry detergent, buckets, mops, brooms, etc.
• Batteries. Some shelters need AA and AAA batteries to run their microchip scanners.
• Baby food. The strained meat variety is used to feed kittens.
• Latex and rubber gloves. For animal handling and cleaning purposes.
• Office supplies. Pens, pencils, staplers, etc, to be used for administrative purposes in the shelter offices or front desk.
• Other bathroom linens. Some shelters also take bath mats and fluffy toilet seat covers to line animal crates.
• Cell phones. Donate them in the name of your favorite participating animal shelter (or other good cause) at WirelessFundraiser.com. Participating shelters earn commission from cell phones that are donated in the name of their cause. The Web site allows donors to print a postage paid shipping label to send in their old phones.
It’s always a good idea to call your local shelter before dropping off donations to see what they need most.
Thank you for reading my ramblings and thank you, too, for being my friend!
Since we were gone all day I did not know about the bombings at the Boston Marathon until now. My prayers are with the survivors and the families of those lost.