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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Dog Rescue Takes Teamwork!

Yesterday I got to help save a puppy. She had only a few days left at a rural Missouri shelter before being killed due to lack of space. With our little "crew" of rescuers, transporters, and fosters on Facebook we did it! We saved a life.

 Look at this face...

Isn't she adorable? She's a 12-week-old husky mix.

It felt good to be part of the reason she's alive, but it's crazy how much teamwork is involved...for ONE dog.

First, our Facebook friend Aimee saw that this puppy was in danger.  Aimee routinely checks this particular shelter's website for dogs in danger of being killed.  She notified us on FB that time was up for this pup.

Another friend who operates a rescue agreed to be responsible for vet care and post the dog on its website...IF someone offered to foster.

My friend Kelly (of course) offered to foster.  Usually the foster gets to name the dog. Hence, Olivia.

Another friend, Becky, offered to drive the puppy from the shelter to an animal hospital closer to St. Louis, where the dog was treated and given vaccinations.

Kelly had to work, so I picked the puppy up from the vet, took her home for a bath and then to Kelly's.

The foster (Kelly, in this case) gets the hard/fun job of potty training and snuggling a puppy or adult dog and watching it thrive.  She socializes it with other dogs and people, takes it for spay/neuter (or I take them since she works) and then finds it a good home through adoption events or the rescue's website.

I love that everyone helps in whatever way they can:

Aimee has a toddler, so her role in rescue is limited but crucial. She is a crossposter and is the best plea-er / beggar around.  She is relentless and refuses to let a dog die on her "watch." I'm sure her family and friends are maxed out on dogs.

No dogs would be saved, of course, if it weren't for the rescues who agree to take on a dog and its baggage, which could include thousands of dollars in medical bills. SO PLEASE DONATE, especially to small rescues!

Without fosters, the rescues couldn't save dogs from shelters. With only so much space in their own homes, where would they put them?

Transporters drive the dogs to their destinations. Sounds menial, but with dogs being saved from all over the country or in this case the state, transporters are essential.

I wish I could do more, because it's the most gratifying feeling in the world knowing a life was saved because of something I did. I can't imagine how fosters must feel.

Maybe some day...



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