Florida City Bans Breeding

Ban Puppy MillsWe are doing a happy dance!  Please share this fantastic idea with the representatives of your county, city, and community officials.  This is what needs to be done.

Florida City Bans Sale of Commercially Bred Pets .  While I believe reputable breeders should not be stopped from breeding gorgeous and healthy purebreds, these days, it’s hard to tell the bad guys from the good guys apart.

While the article states that will not ban hobby breeders (which is weird) they will only allow breeders to produce one litter per animal per year.  Hobby breeders that we have rescued from have several dogs on their property, and even producing one litter per year per each dog will produce a staggering number of homeless puppies.

Several years ago, we rescued some dogs from a local breeder, seven of them, and we didn’t make a dent on the dogs she kept.  She just gave us the old ones that weren’t of any use to her anymore.  The laws need to be more clear, maybe a certain number of litters per household instead of one litter per female.  The dogs we rescued back then were ALL heartworm positive, none had had their shots, most had acute ear infections, and most needed dental extractions.  I was furious that the dogs received better medical care while in our rescue than while being breed.

While this is a great start, the law needs to be tweaked for it to make a difference.  Maybe one caveat should be, breeders who knowingly and willingly breed deaf and/or blind dogs should be banned completely and their adults should be spayed and neutered without exception.

The Examiner states:

Hallandale Beach, Margate, Lake WorthLauderdale Lakes and several places in Miami-Dade County already have such restrictions in place. Wellington will consider its own ban on Tuesday.

Homeless Dogs – Comparing 2007 to 2013

Gordon Ramsay's Shelter Photo

Gordon Ramsay’s Shelter Photo

Back in 2007, I designed a video based on raw numbers I found on Petfinder.  I designed another video similar to the 2007 video in 2009, and again in 2011.  Amazing that I kept the numbers in notes and I found them today.  I’m probably the most disorganized person you’ll ever meet!  However, I went onto petfinder, and looked at the numbers for 2013.  What I found was shocking!

First, there are more dogs available.  How can that be?  More people are using it, but is that it?  No, once I did further research, I noticed that a few breeds grew, and I mean in a catastrophic way.  The breeds are being breed and not adopted – double whammy.  Regardless, I really think we (rescue) has done a good job over the years.  We really have, and the numbers prove it.

We warmly welcome your comments, but please appreciate that the numbers do not lie.

ONE VERY LUCKY DEATH ROW DOG SPEAKS

Shenandoah

You know the expression, “what you don’t know can’t hurt you?” It’s not true! Every day I post dog food recalls so that you can be aware of the dangerous lurking in your dog’s food bowl!

Soon, I’m also going to tell you where the money goes. Here is a video about Shenandoah, a little border collie we rescued in 2011. She was heartworm positive, adopted, used the alternative method of treatment, and is negative today.

Ever wondered why I take the heartworm positive dogs? It’s not like I seek them out! I know that many shelters have a standard rule; do not adopt out heartworm positive dogs. They must go to a rescue, or they are put down. Even if the shelter has dozens of empty crates available, even if the dog is young, even if the dog is a purebred, even if the dog has an awesome temperament, heartworm positive dogs are doomed.

If you research all of my heartworm positive dogs, you’ll see that many of them were rescued by me because I knew they had no way out. There was no chance in hell they would be allowed to live because of a simple and easy-to-cure heartworm.

Shenandoah is one of those dogs.

Click here to see Shenandoah’s Original Post

Walking the Green Miles of Georgia

Khaz and Athena

Last week was quite an experience for me, and my family.  I rented a van and put 2,000 on it driving from Deltona to Atlanta, and visiting as many shelters as I could.

Immediately, my experience became humbling.  As I drove, I saw signs and every city or county reminded me of a dog that I once saved from there.  Gainesville, Jacksonville, Lake City, Augusta, Rome. I couldn’t believe how many hours I was driving, and how far these dogs traveled to get to me.  I have always admired and appreciated our volunteer transporters, but after this trip, my appreciation tripled, and I was barely out of the state of Florida.  The trip up to Atlanta consisted of my kids hearing me shout out the names of dogs and their cities.  At one point I was turning it into the Name Game song, but my kids were not impressed.  “Bart Bart, Lake City, Bananafana Fee Fi Fo Fi Bart!”  It just wasn’t working for me.

Once I arrived in Atlanta, I found myself driving around in circles most of the time, depending on a useless GPS and constantly calling Steve, Khaz or Vicki to help me.  One simple trip to a mall with my daughter Sarah consisted of  just two right-hand turns and you’re there.  You’d think I could find my way back?  No, I was about 15 miles off course.  I was not severely punished for my lack of direction, but I was the laugh of the town!

I enjoyed good company, it was wonderful to spend time with Vicki and Kathy again.  Meeting Khaz and Steve was a bonus.  I was constantly reminded what a great team we have.  I also had the pleasure of meeting Amber, the owner of K9 Coach.  I was very impressed with her self-confidence and business savvy.  It was no surprise that after I left, we were told that CNN was going to feature Amber in a story about women-owned businesses.  Amber started K9 Coach from a parking lot, I started The Dog Liberator in my home!

Atlanta Aquarium

Being in charge of a rescue is not a glamorous job!  It’s filled with ups and downs, and you never know what’s around the corner.  Many times I’ve thought about getting a job at Wendy’s instead… so much easier.  While in Atlanta, Hopscotch was bit by a pygmy rattlesnake and I was on the phone with Valuvet most of that evening.  Even though the drama followed me, I stayed focused on my task to walk the pounds.  I can’t tell you how many times my kids asked, “you call this a vacation?”  I felt bad for them, but we did sneak in the Atlanta Aquarium, and Stone Mountain.  The food in Atlanta is amazing, the Marietta Diner was a major hit!

Sarah invents Dra-ma-way

My phone was constantly ringing, emails, texts… you name it, I was busy.  At one point I felt like I was juggling cats.  Emily Kennedy called in and reported that my dogs were doing well.  Little Red (Sharon) was being affectionate, Bart was growing, China was waiting by Sarah’s door wondering where she was, Lady Di had stopped eating, and Ozzie had no idea we were even gone!  Frustrated with all of the commotion, my daughter invented a new product for me!  It’s called Dra-ma-way.  Hilarious!

Spending time with TDL Georgia folks was awesome.  Seeing Paw Paw again was so great, he’s huge!  Seeing Daisy again and meeting Raider was wonderful, but I spent most of my time with Athena.  She is one awesome dog!  It was nice to get away and be with friends.

Peggy, Walking the Green Mile

Our first stop was Hall County Animal Services.  We have rescued at least 35 dogs from Hall County in less than a year.  It was a pleasure to meet the Baxleys and their new foster, Diva.  What a dog!  Peggy and James Baxley have fostered many awesome dogs for us.

I also had the honor of meeting Justine, the adoption coordinator.  What I saw at Hall County was people getting the job done, i.e.,  cleaning cages, feeding dogs, and meeting adopters.  Justine is the type of person that doesn’t complain or give up, instead, she is an idea person.  Always brainstorming on how to help the dogs.  Finding Fosters is their biggest hurdle right now, and that’s what Justine is focused on.

Vicki, Justine, Me and Kathy

If only our audience understood how many dogs we could save if we had a foster.  Obviously, if you’ve been following The Dog Liberator, you yourself should know that our dogs don’t stay in foster care for very long.  Very rarely do we have a dog that lingers for more than a month, in some cases, dogs are adopted within one week.  If you live near Hall County, Georgia, stop by and visit Justine and get involved.  Fostering just one dog a year does make a difference!  For details about fostering for TDL visit this page.

Our next stop was Gordon County Animal Services.  Kathy and I drove for hours before we reached this rual shelter tucked away off the beaten path.  All I could think about was how hard it must be for the general public to find this place.  Location, location, location.  If it wasn’t for Kathy, I’d still be driving around in circles!

Doc Holiday

We have rescued at least 29 dogs from Gordon County, located in Calhoun, Georgia.  I can’t tell you how I felt when I glanced at the kennel where Doc Holiday and Wyatt Earp once sat, depressed and scared.  Or the photo that I saw of Lady Truelove.  I had to pause for a moment and realize what a dream come true it is for these dogs, the shelter employees and volunteers to witness the before and after.  I’m very humble about my job, it’s a job.  I take it seriously, and we all work very hard, but the difference that it makes for a dog in one of these shelters to get out alive, be transported and adopted by TDL is bigger than even I realized.  Until you actually walk the green mile for yourself, you have no way of understanding how dismal it really is, how impossible it can be to save just one dog yet it happens.

One simple thing sets TDL apart for these employees and volunteers.  While they work every single day trying to help an almost lost cause, the mention of “TDL” can make a difference.  While they watch hundreds of dogs being put down, the joy of following a TDL dog from transport to foster to adoption, and to be part of the adoption updates helps make their job worth it.

Very sweet boy who has never seen a brush

So while all of you are enjoying your adopted dog, please understand that it’s the employees and volunteers, like Sherrie Ward Ford and many others from these shelters that made the adoption of that dog possible.  My chat with Sherrie was a very emotional one.  We must take turns lifting each other up when everything tells you there’s not much to look forward to.  Send in your adoption updates…. they are more valuable than you realize.  Your updates make people smile.

Sherry Ford hugs a big teddy bear!

Let’s face it, my job is a cake walk.  I get all of the happy endings.  I reap the reward of identifying and saving gorgeous adoptable dogs, while these folks work in the trenches day in and day out wondering why… why people do not spay/neuter, why people mistreat animals, why people don’t do something as simple as feed their dogs.  While the situation at Gordon County needs help because of their location, the animal abuse and neglect is everywhere.

 

 

speechless

It was another busy day for Vicki, but somehow we managed to visit Clayton County Animal Services in Jonesboro, Georgia.  This is where Huckleberry and many other wonderful dogs came from.  We’ll never forget his story.

While I was there, a gorgeous little pup was brought in, because of a potentially dangerous domestic violence situation.  A white poodle was rushed in by an animal control officer.  The poodle was in bad shape.  The matting around her face was so severe her ears were swollen.  I suppose that I’ve gotten dogs in that bad of shape in the past, but you never get used to it.  I met two bull dogs who were abused.  Recently, in the news, this shelter has received animals who have been burned by cigarettes on their backs.  The Captain there believes that it’s an initiation ceremony used by local gangs to gain entrance.

The staff at Clayton County was top notch professional.  They were very busy.  The facility itself was never designed to be a shelter, and plans for a new shelter in the future was exciting.  What I liked the most about this shelter was two very simple things.  Open air, meaning windows and fans everywhere, and one small container of water/bleach mixture at the entrance of the pound itself.  Everyone walking in must step into the mixture to sanitize their shoes, on the way in and on the way out.  I believe that should be mandatory at every shelter and pound.  That tiny ounce of prevention is huge for the health of the animals.  My trip two years ago to Hale County Humane Society educated me on how important open air is to the animals as well.

I really wanted to take photographs of the facility and the dogs, but I had to wait for the Captain’s okay.  He pulled me aside and explained how many people sneak into the facility, just waiting for a dog to take a dump so they can photograph how horrible of a facility it is!  I’ve heard that before.  The people trying to ruin the reputation of a facility like this are certifiably insane!

gorgeous

Just an hour ago, Bart got a hold of a roll of toilet tissue.  He and Ozzie shredded it… it’s all over the place.  I’m going to need a shop vac to clean this mess up, but that doesn’t mean I’m a bad foster home!  Every shelter, rescue or pound has times to clean up, times to feed and times to exercise.  If it’s not up to your standards, shut the front door and Volunteer!

Please take a moment and realize that if everyone spay/neutered their dogs, vaccinated their dogs, and took care of their animals, these shelters, pounds and rescues would be empty.  Wouldn’t be nice to visit empty buildings where dogs were once kept, shout out loud and hear my own voice echo off the walls.  Not in my lifetime.

The Captain, Amy and Vicki

While we shared stories about special dogs that came from Clayton County, the Captain made it very clear that the real heroes are the volunteers.  “This is my job, I come to work every day, and I get paid to do this, but these ladies over here are volunteers, and they are here every day trying to save these animals.  They are the ones that makes a difference here.”

By the time I was back in Florida I learned that the majority of all of these dogs that I met had been rescued or adopted!  Amy Grayson Adams reported that at least 25 dogs were transported to safety.  While there, a stray that had not yet been evaluated was waiting.  Vicki entered the crate, and showed me how she evaluates new dogs who have no temperament history.  I learned later that he too was adopted.

Here is the video that I shared on Facebook with Vicki and this new boy.  “Patience Grasshopper”, is the key!

After I posted this video, we did receive some comments about the other dogs crying in the background, and comments about all of the dogs there screaming for out attention.  No worries, they all got our attention, we walked the green mile and greeted every one of these dogs, but it proves that people just don’t understand how bad it really is out there.  I walked a shelter many many years ago, and to be honest, all I remember is a lot of animals screaming, the sound echoing off the floors and the walls, the smell of urine and poop, and the despairing look on the faces of the staff.  Everything I learned during this visit, I already knew.  But I could not write about it in this manner without actually seeing it again for myself.

brainstorming with Vicki, Amy and Maria

It was very disappointing that I couldn’t visit Habersham, Athens GA, Athens AL, Fulton, or Gwinett County, maybe next time.  But I knew that I had put my kids through enough.  “Is that all we’re going to do on vacation, is visit dog pounds Mommy?”  Ugh!  I knew I had gone too far when my 14 year-old son, Ryan started singing “The wheels on the bus go round and round.”  He was definitely becoming unglued!  We channel surfed Sirius Satellite Radio, and I tried to listen to the oldies most of the time, singing at the top of my lungs, which irritated my kids even more.  We rarely agreed on a song, but when we did, it was a moment to treasure.  On the way home my 9 year-old daughter, Sarah, wanted to do nothing but talk.  Ugh!  “Mommy, we should have some grown up girl bonding time now.”  Double Ugh!  I don’t know where she gets her ideas.  Quickly changing the subject, I tried to sing Allouette a few times.  She likes it, only because she doesn’t know what it means!

Vicki at the Marietta Diner

You may not believe me, but there is one thing I clearly feel in my bones, and that is the days for the puppy mills are counting down, i.e., soon it will simply not be a profitable business.  We have succeeded in educating “adopt do not shop”.  We are making an impact on spay/neuter.  It’s small, it’s slow, but it’s happening.  Shelters, pounds and rescues must continue screaming not just adopt, but you can adopt a purebred, go see for yourself.

Buying is being frowned upon, while Adopting is becoming is becoming cool.

Free to a Good Home

Holly posted this (thank you) and Lynne Deal responds on Facebook: “People value what they pay for” Pets obtained for free are less likely to be spayed or neutered by their new owners (why bother with vet bills?), and more likely to be abused and/or discarded, because “there are plenty more where that came from!” A recent study at one animal shelter yielded the startling statistic that 51% of all owner-surrendered dogs had been purchased for less than $100; 41% of all owner-surrendered dogs had been obtained “Free to good home.”

Read it and Weep for yourself!

 

Wisconsin Puppy Mill Project, Inc.: Why we ask that you not give pets away Free To Good Home

 

Animal Over-Population, Gassing and Lethal Injection

I feel compelled to share what is being Circulating on Facebook.  While we are honest about where a dogs come from, and share with you the history that we know, the number of dogs that we rescue compared to the number of dogs that we are asked to rescue is shocking.  This article is not appropriate for young children.

A Letter from a Gas Chamber Man in an Animal Shelter     This where your pups will end up, I put dogs in the gas chamber Yes, I Gas Dogs and Cats for a Living. I’m an Animal Control officer in a very small town in central North Carolina. I’m in my mid thirties, and have been working for the town in different positions since high school. There is not much work here, and working for the county provides
good pay and benefits for a person like me without a higher education. I’m the person you all write about how horrible I am.
I’m the one that gasses the dogs and cats and makes them suffer. I’m the one that pulls their dead corpses out smelling of Carbon Monoxide and throws them into green plastic bags. But I’m also the one that hates my job and hates what I have to do.   First off, all you people out there that judge me, don’t. God is judging me, and I know I’m going to Hell. Yes, I’m going to hell. I wont lie, it’s despicable, cold, cruel and I feel like a serial killer. I’m not all to blame, if the law would mandate spay and neuter, lots of these dogs and cats wouldn’t be here for me to gas.

I’m the devil, I know it, but I want you people to see that there is another side to me the devil Gas Chamber man.   The shelter usually gasses on Friday morning.   Friday’s are the day that most people look forward to, this is the day that I hate, and wish that time will stand still on Thursday night. Thursday night, late, after nobody’s around, my friend and I go through a fast food line, and buy 50 dollars worth of cheeseburgers and fries, and chicken.
I’m not allowed to feed the dogs on Thursday, for I’m told that they will make a mess in the gas chamber, and why waste the food.
So, Thursday night, with the lights still closed, I go into the saddest room that anyone can every imagine, and let all the doomed dogs out of their cages.   I have never been bit, and in all my years doing this, the dogs have never fought over the food. My buddy and I, open each wrapper of cheeseburger and chicken sandwich, and feed them to the skinny, starving dogs. They swallow the food so fast, that I don’t believe they even taste it. There tails are wagging, and some don’t even go for the food, they roll on their backs wanting a scratch on their bellies.
They start running, jumping and kissing me and my buddy.   They go back to their food, and come back to us.
All their eyes are on us with such trust and hope, and their tails wag so fast, that I have come out with black and blues on my thighs.. They devour the food, then it’s time for them to devour some love and peace. My buddy and I sit down on the dirty, pee stained concrete floor, and we let the dogs jump on us. They lick us, they put their butts in the air to play, and they play with each other. Some lick each other, but most are glued on me and my buddy.
I look into the eyes of each dog. I give each dog a name. They will not die without a name. I give each dog 5 minutes of unconditional love and touch. I talk to them, and tell them that I’m so sorry that tomorrow they will die a gruesome, long, torturous death at the hands of me in the gas chamber. Some tilt their heads to try to understand. I tell them, that they will be in a better place, and I beg them not to hate me. I tell them that I know I’m going to hell, but they will all be playing with all the dogs and cats in heaven. After about 30 minutes, I take each dog individually, into their feces filled concrete jail cell, and pet them and scratch them under their chins. Some give me their paw, and I just want to die. I just want to die.   I close the jail cell on each dog, and ask them to forgive me.
As my buddy and I are walking out, we watch as every dog is smiling at us and them don’t even move their heads. They will sleep, with a full belly, and a false sense of security. As we walk out of the doomed dog room, my buddy and I go to the cat room. We take our box, and put the very friendly kittens and pregnant cats in our box. The shelter doesn’t keep tabs on the cats, like they do the dogs. As I hand pick which cats are going to make it out, I feel like I’m playing God, deciding whose going to live and die.   We take the cats into my truck, and put them on blankets in the back. Usually, as soon as we start to drive away, there are purring cats sitting on our necks or rubbing against us. My buddy and I take our one way two hour trip to a county that is very wealthy and they use injection to kill animals.

We go to exclusive neighborhoods, and let one or two cats out at a time. They don’t want to run, they want to stay with us. We shoo them away, which makes me feel sad. I tell them that these rich people will adopt them, and if worse comes to worse and they do get put down, they will be put down with a painless needle being cradled by a loving veterinarian. After the last cat is free, we drive back to our town.   It’s about 5 in the morning now, about two hours until I have to gas my best friends.
I go home, take a shower, take my 4 anti-anxiety pills and drive to work.. I don’t eat, I can’t eat. It’s now time, to put these animals in the gas chamber. I put my ear plugs in, and when I go to the collect the dogs, the dogs are so excited to see me, that they jump up to kiss me and think they are going to play. I put them in the rolling cage and take them to the gas chamber. They know. They just know.
They can smell the death.. They can smell the fear. They start whimpering the second I put them in the box. The boss tells me to squeeze in as many as I can to save on gas. He watches. He knows I hate him, he knows I hate my job. I do as I’m told. He watches until all the dogs, and cats (thrown in together) are fighting and screaming. The sounds is very muffled to me because of my ear plugs.
He walks out, I turn the gas on, and walk out.   I walk out as fast as I can. I walk into the bathroom, and I take a pin and draw blood from my hand. Why? The pain and blood takes my brain off of what I just did. In 40 minutes, I have to go back and unload the dead animals. I pray that none survived, which happens when I overstuff the chamber. I pull them out with thick gloves, and the smell of carbon monoxide makes me sick. So does the vomit and blood, and all the bowel movements. I pull them out, put them in plastic bags.
They are in heaven now, I tell myself. I then start cleaning up the mess, the mess, that YOU PEOPLE are creating by not spay or neutering your animals. The mess that YOU PEOPLE are creating by not demanding that a vet come in and do this humanely. You ARE THE TAXPAYERS, DEMAND that this practice STOP!   So, don’t call me the monster, the devil, the gasser, call the politicians, the shelter directors, and the county people, the devil. Heck, call the governor, tell him to make it stop.   As usual, I will take sleeping pills tonight to drown out the screams I heard in the past, before I discovered the ear plugs. I will jump and twitch in my sleep, and I believe I’m starting to hallucinate.
This is my life. Don’t judge me. Believe me, I judge myself enough.
Please CROSS POST this, and don’t be proud; SPAY AND NEUTER your pet, and keep it indoors, for the sake of our animals futures.

Should Abortion and Euthanasia be a Form of Birth Control?

Posted by Andrea Rigler: Dog Lovers – Please read this – and share it. Full term aussie puppies aborted instead of being allowed to be transfered to approved rescue. Details below.

Saturday a friend of mine send me photos of a red tri aussie in Hillsborough County Animal Services that was pregnant and ready to give birth. Immediately we go on the phone to be first on the list of rescues that would take her and whelp and raise the puppies until they’re ready to be adopted. While this was going on, we were calling our puppy fosters and lining up the team to be ready to receive the momma. Saturday afternoon we hear that she’s expressing milk so the babies should come any day now and we expected them to be full term. We were also informed that she had a stray hold in place until Wednesday May 25th.

We left several messages for the Rescue Coordinator and didn’t receive a response on Saturday before the end of the day. So Monday we called again first thing in the morning. The rescue coordinator said that their policy is that no pregnant mother can be released to anyone, not even rescue. That they do not want any more puppies in this world, regardless if they’re full term and/or if a rescue is ready to adopt both mother and puppies.

This just didn’t make sense to me – to abort a whole litter of puppies from a healthy mother to a rescue that is fully capable of raising and adopting them and their mother. So we started brainstorming ways we can make this work. HCAS doesn’t have the proper equipment to abort full term puppies, so we were informed by the rescue coordinator that she would be transfered to the Humane Society instead of rescue, to be aborted and spayed before the puppies were born. This was supposed to happen as soon as her stray hold was fulfilled – Wednesday morning. We were then going to follow the HS van to the HS prepared with vet letters of recommendations, a copy of our 501c3, info about our foster and her experience to whelp and raise a litter of puppies, testimonial letters from our adopters, etc. We pulled together our team and started to gather all of the pieces and hoped we could make this happen.

If she were to give birth during her stray hold, before being spayed/aborted, the Humane Society would back out of the transfer and she, and her litter of puppies, would be released to an approved rescue – at least 2 of which were lined up to take her. So there was a window of opportunity and we were hoping she’d go into labor before Wednesday.

Tuesday morning the plan was for our rescue friend in the area to go back to the shelter, and search her again for any ID and a microchip. If they were to find a microchip, the shelter would have to hold her an additional 5 days for the owner to pickup and surely in that time frame, she would give birth. I followed up with our contact at the shelter Tuesday morning, and got devastating news. Volunteers at the shelter witnessed people from the Humane Society taking her from her kennel on Monday afternoon and transporting her. She was taken 2 days prior to her stray hold being fulfilled. Was she taken early to prevent her giving birth to the puppies so they can be aborted? Why else would they break their own rules of not releasing a dog to anyone until the stray hold date?

We immediately called the HS, and they had no record of the dog, or of any other dog that came from HCAS on Monday’s transport – that they were all likely in surgery and will not be posted to the system until the next day – Wednesday. She was moved 2 days early and was likely undergoing surgery on Tuesday morning to abort the babies. All of this happening a full day before her stray hold at HCAS was fulfilled.

This morning (Wednesday) I checked the Humane Society website and she’s listed as on the adoption floor ready to go home with her new family – spayed – one day after her full term puppies were aborted. It is done.

If the reason stated for not allowing a pregnant mother to be released to rescue was that that was their “rule”, why is it ok for them to break another rule and release a dog to the Humane Society 2 days before stray hold was fulfilled?

I understand their rule – they don’t want any more puppies brought into this world as long as they have adult dogs in their shelter that are not being adopted. I can understand the black and white of that rule.

However black and white is a archaic way to operate an organization, especially an organization that’s responsible for the lives of animals, and preserving those lives. If no rescue had stepped up for momma aussie, and no one wanted those puppies, or even if a rescue stepped up but wasn’t equipped or suitable to care for a litter of newly whelped puppies, I could better understand their decision. I’m not interested in debating the viability of full term puppies, and at what point it would be appropriate to abort a pregnant momma’s puppies. I don’t want that to be the discussion here.

I believe we can make a difference from the loss of these babies.

I’m fighting for a change to the rule. For them to allow some gray into the black and white approach to shelter care. It’s simply logical to allow a rescue to take a momma dog and her litter of puppies if the following guidelines exist and are met:

The rescue is 501c3

The rescue has letters of recommendation from veterinary offices

The rescue has experience successfully whelping litters and adopting the puppies from that litter and the mother as well

The rescue can provide testimonials from their previous adopters and their experience of working with that rescue

The rescue has a website or web presence (like petfinder) that can be visited to see how the dogs are marketed and the marketing practices of that rescue can be seen first hand

The rescue requires and provides contracts for each of their adopted dogs, taking full responsibility for those dogs if the new owners can no longer care for them, requiring them to be returned to the rescue and not a shelter

We fulfilled each of these requirements but we weren’t given the opportunity to show that. She was taken 2 days early. Cut open at full term and babies aborted – fully viable puppies that we would have whelped, raised, loved and adopted to deserving homes.

We have a window of opportunity here. We can’t save every dog, and most of the time, we save one at a time. This is a chance to transform how things are done – and potentially save hundreds of lives of unborn babies that are very much wanted by rescues like ours and deserve a chance at life. The shelter director retires in one month. If we can bring attention to this matter, we can push for a change to the rule that the new soon-to-be-director could support.

We fought for days to save this momma and her babies. We met nothing but resistance and rules from the shelter. That is how things are done. Black and white. Please share this story. We can make a difference.

Read the Facebook comments on Andrea’s Post.

Read Rescuing the Rescuers Article written by Lisa Colangelo.  “The bill, unveiled by Assemblyman Micah Kellner last week, would make it tougher for shelter officials to bar rescue groups from taking these unwanted cats and dogs.”

You can friend Micah Kellner on Facebook.

Summary: Andrea’s article is well-received.  We do understand that shelters and pounds are not the cause of the animal over-population problem, owners are.  Owners who fail to spay/neuter, who do not microchip and/or reclaim their pets, and owners who carelessly allow their pets to breed are at fault.  However, the reasoning for the abortion was because there are too many animals at this shelter, and they can not allow more animals to be born on their watch.  Clearly, tiny puppies are more attractive therefore more “adoptable”, thus taking away an available home from the other animals waiting at a shelter.  Every puppy that is adopted forces a shelter or pound to euthanize an older dog.  But should cute white fluffy poodles, darling dachshunds or adorable jack russell terriers enter the shelter, would they be euthanized because of their adoptability?  Any cute  small dog is more adoptable than an older dog.

When we found out that Katie was pregnant, we did not abort her puppies.  Katie’s puppies, whelped by Lynne Deal, and her pups did not jeopardize the adoptions of our adult dogs that were in our rescue at that time.

Lynne Deal stood ready to receive this female Aussie, hoping to whelp her puppies as she did Katie’s puppies.  When we heard the news that they had been aborted, we shared a deep sadness.  This Red Aussie female was adopted by a good Samaritan.  She will be transported to Lynne Deal, she will recover from this ordeal, and be available for adoption shortly.

Ironically, most shelters and pounds have a greeting on their phone that directs you to an extension or number to dial “if you want to report animal abuse” .  But what if it’s the shelter/pound that you are calling that is conducting what we consider abuse?

Please Spay & Neuter


05/26/11 3:00 pm Update: Amazing Grace has been transported to Lynne.  She is said to be very small, and not an Aussie at all.  Lynne strongly believes that she is a petite Border Collie.  She has a gorgeous coat, that is not matted.  She does not appear to have been a stray for very long, because her condition is amazing.  Lynne describes her as being someone’s pet because she is right at home in Lynne’s home and with her pack.  She is also not phased at all about Lynne’s cats.  We will continue to provide updates of Grace on her own page when they are made available.

Today on Facebook, written by Carl – Join to Help Alabama!

Photo shown of a young female we are pulling from a shelter in Mobile, AL.

Facebook Post: I had not paid much attention to how many dogs that are homeless and in shelters.. until I started looking for another puppy to replace one that we lost to age and many health issues. It makes me sick, mad and angry to see all the needs. Plus in rescues. It is a sad state of affairs. Mobile Ala is getting 20 to 40 dogs a day dropped on them and that is only one annimal shelter. It makes me detrmined to be more involved than before. I am retired and disabled and my wife has been after me to find something to do. I think that I have found it. I just wish there was more people like the Dog Liberator and those who help her. The staff at Mobile, some I have gotten to know especially Kimberly, care just as much and working just as hard. Joyce I know the answer but will let the Dog Liberator answer. In Florida in some state parks there has been close to three hundred horses dropped off to fend for their own. So It is not only dogs and cats but other annimals as well. My pets are with us till the end and we do what we can to extend that as long as we can.

Carl
My response: What we need is to stop the puppy mills, they are our #1 enemy. The reproduce faster than we can absorb, however, the American fast-food mentality is treating the American Dog like a cheeseburger… hold the lettuce. Kids go to see a dog movie and scream at their parents to buy them …that dog… 8 months later, it’s dropped off at the pound.

Others are banning together to help Alabama, as I did with Carol Henderson, to help New Mexico. Georgia has won, why not Alabama? We can’t expect the world to ever be perfect with the animals, so it’s up to the good guys to force legislation and spank the bad guys! Change is coming people, it’s slow, but I’ll take anything I can get. And… I revamped the website! Been working on it for FOUR DAYS AND I’M OVER IT! Thank you for the compliment!

Oh, and spay/neuter is my 2nd important thing, but leave the responsibile breeders out of this one please! I like my purebreds!

More TDL Articles

National list of No-Kill Shelters

Follow

Get every new post on this blog delivered to your Inbox.

Join other followers: