"Who has adopted , who rescues for a living, who volunteers to help at shelters or other sites, who rescues on their own using their own resources. How do you feel about it and why do you do it. " ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
all my pets up until scout have all been adopted/rescued. all for free also. never paid for a dog or cat until i got scout.
i have helped out my rescue organization by performing in home visits to check the potential owners of a rescue dog and to make sure they were what they said they were.
i have helped transport dogs to their new homes. i guess on my own resources considering i donated my gas to do so.
i am currently fostering a dog for the rescue organization. that would with my own resources also since i dont get reimbursed for food, medical bills, etc.
i enjoy helping out immensly. this is the first time i have fostered a dog in my life. so i cant say how i like it. i mean i love salty and at this point i dont know how i could give her up to someone else. if it came to that i am not sure how i would feel.
I've never paid for a dog, all have been dogs that weren't wanted. Some I even took for short periods of time and then found homes, putting up flyers etc. I don't work with a rescue per say. I work in a clinic so there is always an animal that needs help. Today we got in a Poodle X, 4 yrs, the owners came in to euthanize him because he bit the owner. They refused to work with the dog or find someone that can work with them .(Behavioralist) We have to quaranteen him for 15 days, and in that time I will evaluate him and mabe train him a little and see how it goes. Two girls from work are going to help me, with walking, feeding and handling. I don't think hes been handled very much, but its only the first day so we'll see. A few months ago I took in a Boston X and rehouse trained her and found her a REALLY good home. She went from apartment liveing only to mansion with huge backyard and a pug friend. I'm really prowd of that one. I recently took in a cat that had a litter of kittens, adopted the kittens out, now we will spay the mother and find her a home. She was left behind in an apartment 2 times. And was continuously pregnant. She was really ratty, now shes grown in her hair and gaining some weight.And I think shes glowing now. I've bottle fed new born kittens, baby squirrels and robins. I bottle fed a new born rottie puppy that was seizureing on a regular basis.
***Edited By: sue on 7/14/2005 12:23:32 AM*** Reason: ssssds
I have rescued all my animals, dogs, cats, chickens, horse. I did buy some horse too. The first dogs I have paid for are my Old English Sheepdogs. But I firmly believe in rescueing animals. I have so many cats that were dumped here on my farm that I have taken to be fixed I cannot count. I love all animals, I don't care what they are.
I have never bought a dog. Missy was the product of a friend's accidental litter, given to me. Manson was given to me because the owner didn't have time for him, and Bosco I got from someone after seeing them post about his needing a home ASAP on this site! (a terrificpets success story!)
***Edited By: shinyblackpit on 7/12/2005 7:31:03 PM*** Reason: asdf
I was so excited when one of my moms friend's took me to a meeting about helping at the no kill animal shelter. She was telling me all the womderful stuff I could do to help. But then I found out they wouldn't let me because I was too young. I was angry, because he I was wanting to help and they said no. I could see there point but you think they would have aquired a system which allows young ppl to help.
Well thank you all for the responses.. and sharing your stories.
I my self rescue.. using my own resources and home. The animals I rescue are still in the homes of the abuser most of the time a few just wonder into my view. Most that I help with are the more severe cases. The ones that are starved, beaten, kicked, chained, tormented, …. The ones “gang” members have… so when I go into the home/ yard to remove them… I get to see and handle dogs raised to fight or ones fighting for their survival. I also frequently help new pet owner in my area with education on care as well a leashes, collars, food, etc. I will halt a date if I see an animal in need… … I love doing anything to help those that can not speak or help themselves.
I currently have 3 rescued dogs as my own:
***Edited By: ivydragonn on 7/19/2005 4:52:27 PM*** Reason: remove
I've rescued three cats and I volunteer at the SPCA.
My first cat Putsy came from a lady who was a collector. She had maybe 50-60 cats in a tiny little house and the SPCA made her give away most of them. We went and saw Putsy and took her home the same day.
My next cat - the mama cat was a stray and pregnant. They found her on a highway and she had her babies a couple days later, 3 little boys. I picked out my baby Samie.
And my third cat Meera was found in a barn, with some other cats, severely starved and was definatly abused. She is still scared to this day of feet and being picked up.
***Edited By: thelifeofriley on 7/13/2005 10:13:18 PM*** Reason: add
I BOUGHT my first Jack Russell Terrier from this hell hole PETSHOP, and didn't know anything bad about doing so. Then "Jake" got really sick, which I naively thought was rare. So, I brought him to the vet, and it was there that I learned the TRUTH about petshops. From that day forward, I started doing research, and found PuppyMillRescue.com. I began reading about more and more about rescue, and decided to get involved immediately. Since then I've taken in 3 fosters, and placed all of them in loving homes. Currently I have "Jake," and one female foster "Bailey," who I hope to be placing next week! RESCUE has given me new meaning in my life. I've literally done a 360. I went from being a dedicated Pre-Med student, to an even more dedicated Pre-Vet student with a minor in Business, hoping to one day open an official Rescue/Shelter of my own. For now, I am content saving a Jack anytime, anywhere. My in-home rescue is called "jUST jACKS!" and I have been working quite hard to make rescue contacts, and I'm happy to report that I've made a few along the East Coast, and I've even found a discounted Transport that runs from MA to TN, and anywhere in-between. Everyday I thank God for "Jake," he has brought me the meaning in my life. Leading me to Rescue was the best thing I could have asked for. I'll admit, it's hard work, it tries my patience, tests my emotions, and breaks the bank, but I couldn't think of a better way to live my life.
***Edited By: truebluerain on 7/13/2005 10:48:51 PM*** Reason: needed to edit!
I have just adopted a dog this week and I love her. It has been a bit of an adjustment more for my golden than anything, but she (MAcy) has only been here for a week. We were set on adopting a second dog and MAcy came along out of the blue froma family that really just had no time for her. I also volenteer to walk dogs at the humane society. This is my first year. It is sad, but to a least get them out for 20 minutes helps them relax and say social. I do it because well I love my dog and he thought of other dogs not being loved break my heat. I have to say it has been a real eye opener how many dogs and cats there are that are ditched. I really had no idea. It is also sad to see some of the behavior problems that follow a left dog or cat. If I ahd any advice spay and neuter your pets and drop off items your local shelter needs at least once a year. It feel good and saves alot of money for them.
we adopted snoopy, our 18 month old american eskimo, from a rescue when he was 9 mos old. i did it because there are so many animals who need a home, adn it was a stroke of luck to have a toy eskie PUPPY into rescue. that is nearly unheard of. we snatched him up right away. i also volunteer with the rescue.