Rescuing Dogs

I don’t see myself as a dog rescuer though most of my dogs have come from the pound. Fortunately, in recent years, many “pounds” in my world(s) have evolved from the pound of the old days, “Five days, no one claims you, you’re under the gun, little guy. Sorry,” to no kill shelters. I have been very happy to see those changes, but it’s not easy to find homes for every dog who could live with people. Now the only dogs euthanized by many shelters are those who cannot get along with people and are dangerous and those too ill to save.

My good friend is studying to be a vet tech. A foster-based rescue, New Hope Rescue, in his town brings dogs to the school where they get care for free — as animals used to train the vet techs. There’s always a vet in the room when any procedure is performed, and the trainees don’t work on any animal until they’ve proven they have the skills to do whatever is asked of them. I think this is awesome. The dogs New Hope Rescue rescues come from a high kill shelter in New Mexico.

A few days ago a very damaged young dog — Ricky — was brought in. He had a shattered femur, all in pieces, and an old injury, a broken tibia that had healed but in a crooked, lumpy way. My friend had to carry the dog outside for the dog to pee and poop. Everyone at the school found the dog to be incredibly friendly and loving. It was breaking my friend’s heart. He asked me if I knew how to set up a fundraiser on Facebook. I do so I did. The woman who runs the rescue told my friend what the surgery would cost. In one night we got within $48 of the $600 needed to help the dog.

It was very inspiring and heartwarming to see people from literally all over the world step up to help a dog they’ll probably never see.

19 thoughts on “Rescuing Dogs

  1. Poor fellow, glad they were able to raise the money, there are a lot of good people out there. I hope Ricky recovers well and finds his furever home.

  2. All our dogs — even Bonnie — were rescues. Bonnie was a baby, so she doesn’t remember anywhere but here, but the other two are wackos. Good-natured, mostly, but crazy. If I find I have a little extra money, I’ll send it. Could you post the location of the post where I’d send the money? I think our days of taking in dogs is ending with the Duke. We don’t get around well and the dogs need more energy than we have to give them. Well, we may change our mind about that. But I don’t know who could take our dogs if we weren’t here and unless I find someone to care for them … Tom says he told his foster son that if he doesn’t take the dogs, he will come back from the grave and haunt him eternally. That’s one method.

    • 🙂 Dogs don’t care that much. I haven’t been able to walk mine for two weeks because of my injured foot. They’ve gotten used to it. They’ll be happy to be out there again, but meanwhile they’re playing more with each other and loving me when I have to put up my foot with ice.

  3. Ah, just read back and see you reached your goal.

    Dogs do surprisingly well on three legs. I’ve known at least a dozen of them, many having lost legs to cancer or car accidents. It takes them a bit of practice to learn to use stairs, but otherwise, four legs work better than two!

  4. It restores a little faith in humanity to see stories like this. Huge love, hugs and best wishes to Ricky and to all those who care for him and the other dogs who find shelter with them. 🙂 ❤ ❤ ❤

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