A few years ago I was one of the many people who got concerned when a shelter or rescue near me had an abandoned dog in their care. It was heartbreaking, but it can be done.
I really liked the rescue and volunteer volunteers who work so hard to care for animals and bring them back to their loving homes. I am not sure if I would have had my own dogs if I didn’t get involved in rescuing another dog or two from shelters. Maybe I would have had them in a pet store or a dog pound.
So, I decided to get involved in the dog rescue near me. I wanted to see if I could help find homes for homeless dogs in need. So I made a list of the local rescues in my area, researched them online and sent my information to all of them.
When I first started looking into the dog rescue near me, I was surprised at how many dogs there were! There were three at the time, but I found out later that there are now five. I thought they would be limited to around ten dogs, but they still seemed to grow as I went along. This is because most of them live in their own kind of “rescue” and then sometimes go to foster homes.
They also rescue more than just dogs. A couple times a year they get people who are traveling with their animals, so a stray dog or puppy will often be put up for adoption while he is being looked after by other people. This is great since the other people might not have enough time to care for him, so they end up with a nice, long-term animal.
All of these rescues are very nice and professional. The staff at the one I volunteered at is very compassionate and they love working with animals. Ihave seen them welcome new volunteers, help people with their questions about the different types of dogs and how to properly care for them, and all of this takes place under the watchful eye of a very good vet, so the volunteers are very well taken care of.
So I started to wonder how many dogs are actually rescued from a shelter near me each year. That got me thinking. Then I figured it may be interesting to see what kind of numbers I could come up with.
So I checked with the agencies that rescue homeless dogs in my area to see how many they had taken in. They said they only take in strays. They said they always take in strays that were abandoned by their owners or surrendered by their owners. They also said they had about three dogs that were adopted from their own rescue.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I want my dog to be the one to save my life from being lost. How about if the dog rescue near me took them in and took care of them? I am sure there are many dogs in all kinds of terrible conditions in shelters and dog pound, but the number of rescue organizations trying to help them make me feel better.
So how do we know how many more there are, and how many numbers are abandoned and taken in? I have a feeling that there are a lot of them and a lot of homeless dogs in need of a home. I will be looking into that and trying to find a way to bring them all to where they need to be. I am sure many of them are still looking for their forever homes.
If you are near an agency that does what I did, please consider contacting your local veterinarian to see if they can help you out. If you are able to adopt an animal, and they will have medical care needs that are pretty minor, please consider those.
As I said before, I am sorry that my rescue is not one of the many that was listed. There are still plenty of good ones out there, but every year I have to watch them because more are abandoned and taken in, so it is nice to see some others show up every year.