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.